10 Thoughts on … Ring of Honor October 14, 2017

Thought Zero – Ring of Honor television promises to bring me the best professional wrestling on the planet. They have apparently not seen the great work done by MPW, Madagascar Pro Wrestling. Check it out and decide for yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH1F047qWQo

  1. We start with a cold open showing The Addiction being denied access to the building. The best part was when Daniels and Kazarian were walking up, discussing how they were going to jump the rail and screw up some match.
  2. First match is Kushida versus Scorpio Sky. I have never seen Scorpio Sky before, but he looks a little like Jay Lethal with the bald head. Of note, Kushida is wearing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title around his waist as he comes to the ring. That thing looks super tiny. Like action figure tiny.
  3. Kushida’s mom is in the audience which leads to a weird discussion between Colt Cabana and Ian Riccaboni about sunglasses. As the match starts going, Christopher Daniels comes out to ringside with an air horn. I guess he found a way into the building anyway. Poor security, security guys. Frankie Kazarian attacks Kushida from behind and then The Addiction double team Mr. Sky. Jay Lethal makes the save because no one beats up someone who sorta looks like him and gets away with it.
  4. Back from break and we see Lethal challenges The Addiction to a tag match against him and Kushida. I’d think Lethal should have asked Kushida first, but apparently the match is a go. Next, we take a very special look at Jay Briscoe and Tommy Dreamer being all serious last week. Now here is Bully Ray with a very somber and quiet promo about his concussion. He teases retirement again without actually retiring. You know what, with the seriousness of head injuries in sport, if he comes back and fights like there is no consequence, I will be quite disappointed. Mark Briscoe comes down to give Bully Ray support and let him know his issue with with Jay, not him.
  5. We come back with the Bullet Club coming to the ring. Apparently it is a big celebration and announcement. With the Bullet Club is Mr. Jackson, whoever he is, Cody’s wife, Shane Taylor fulfilling a Big Bubba Rogers bodyguard role. We are here to see Cody Rhodes sign his Ring of Honor contract, which he calls the biggest contract ever given out by ROH. The Bullet Club then leaves Cody alone in the ring with his suit. Yes, Cody has on a suit but says he will defend the title right now against the top contender. The crowd starts chanting for Dalton Castle, but instead we get … Cheeseburger.
  6. Cody and Cheeseburger try to pull off the Triple H versus TAKA Michinoku thing, but it doesn’t work nearly as well. First, Cheeseburger is actually treated as a serious contender most times. Cody not having his wrestling gear on makes this look not very serious where the HHH/TAKA match was pushed as a big event. While TAKA was not seen as a threat to Triple H, he had Funaki and the APA to help out. And the crowd REALLY wanted to buy in to a title change. HHH and TAKA made it work. Cody and Cheeseburger didn’t as much. Don’t believe me, watch the original.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-iUL2IBn4
  7. Cody won with the the American Death Lock after a boring few minutes. Honestly both men tried hard, but it just didn’t do it for me. The submission hold looked sort of cool, but I’ll give it a shot.
  8. Back from break with Caprice Coleman and Coleman’s Pulpit. His guests are Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara. Apparently they are a tag team now. Weird interview with Titus looking goofier than usual and Ferrara acting like he is hopped up on cocaine-laced steroids or something. I guess they are called The Dawgs now, but Titus calls them “The Big Dawg and Little Willie” which really needs to never be said again. Caprice stirs up some shit as he asks Titus about his experience in the past with selfish tag team partners. What’s up with that? What did Kenny King do to you?
  9. Main event is The Kingdom versus Search and Destroy. I used to think Triple H’s sledgehammer was a pretty scary weapon, but Vinny Marseglia carrying an axe around is kinda horrific. What if someone gets some roid rage and starts swinging that thing wildly? They are facing Search and Destroy, being played by Jonathan Gresham and the Motor City Machineguns.
  10. The Kingdom show they are the better six-man tag team with impressive distraction, double-teaming, triple-teaming, and use of weapons. In this case, it was a distraction with TK O’Ryan’s baseball bat that allowed Matt Taven to smack Sabin with his wooden walking stick for the victory. Suitably fun match full of chaos, but nothing we haven’t seen before. Hopefully they do something to push The Kingdom now.

Thank you for joining me here today. Until next week…

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