ROH Report: “Fifth Year Festival Part 3” 2/23 in Dayton, OH

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Quick results from the ROH board plus commentary from myself.

Match 1: Colt Cabana and Nigel McGuinness defeat Jimmy Jacobs and Brent Albright

To be expected. I eagerly await word on how Jacobs and Albright fared against top of the card talent.

Match 2: Jimmy Rave defeated Sterling Keenan

Word is this was a bad match and since Rave’s been so hot of late, one would think Keenan will be blamed for this one.

Match 3: Lacey defeated Daizee Haze

This one is just to continue the feud as Lacey, the heel, won by interference from Jimmy Jacobs.

Match 4: Homicide defeated Jay Briscoe and Christopher Daniels

One wouldn’t expect this to be anywhere near as good as the three way from the very first show it was trying to recreate, but the win by Homicide, trainer of Low Ki, who won that first match, is a very nice touch. This was very fast paced and Homicide won with the top rope Ace Crusher.

Match 5: Matt Sydal defeated Austin Aries

This was clean from all early reports, suprisingly. Sydal is really getting a huge push if that’s the case. This was very technically sound, but featured a few missed spots, unfortunately.

After the match Roderick Strong and Davey attempted a beatdown on Aries, but Delirious made the save.


Larry Sweeney announces he’s going to have Tank Tolland train with Chris Hero.

Match 6: Tank Tolland defeats Mitch Franklin

Squash. Well, another monster is useful.

Match 7: Claudio Castagnoli defeats Roderick Strong, Pelle Primeau, Matt Cross, Mark Briscoe, and Shingo

This was supposedly a great match. Put on this late in the card, it’s easy to see this collection of talent attempting to steal the show. Pelle apparently looked fantastic and stole the crowds heart in defeat. Claudio got the win on Matt Cross.

Match 8: Samoa Joe defeats Davey Richards with a Muscle Buster on the Apron

This was supposedly match of the night and a star making performance from Davey. Hopefully that’s true and Davey can pick up the mantle left by Joe and Low Ki as the stiff main event star. Joe may have KO’d Davey legitimately in this one.

Match 9: Takeshi Morishima defends the Ring of Honor World Title by defeating BJ Whitmer

This was supposedly supposed to be a big Morishima beat down to establish him as a monster heel. It didn’t do that, by all accounts, nor did it give BJ enough to elevate him. That’s a shame; it really should have accomplished one of the two.

Sounds like a good show with lots of effort from everyone involved. When this locker puts in top notch effort the results are top notch. This doesn’t sound as great as night one or two of the Fifth Year Festival, but still sounds like a good show. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Thanks for reading.

Check back tomorrow for a recap of “The Fifth Year Festival Night 4.”

Glazer is a former senior editor at Pulse Wrestling and editor and reviewer at The Comics Nexus.