ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, EPISODE 327
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- The Dawgs VS Simon Grimm & Flip Gordon; The Dawgs win.
- 10 Man Christmas Surprise Tag Team Match: Team Cody VS Team Dalton Castle; Team Castle wins.
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ROH celebrates Christmas, but Cody doesn’t look happy.
Cody wants the fans to imagine his “burning excitement turn to a smoldering lull” when he learned about the randomized 10 Man Tag he and Dalton Castle are going to captain. The names of ROH stars are inside the gifts, so that means Cody can’t choose his own team. He’ll be surrounded by this “artificial, superficial, material holiday”. But with no way out of it, Cody chooses his first gift. That’s when Dalton comes by to asks who he got.
“None of your business,” Cody says with a scowl. Cody’s being a Grinch. Just make your pick, Castle. Castle does, and seems very pleased with who he got. Who will join the American Nightmare and the Peacock to wage war this holiday season?
The Dawgs VS Simon Grimm &
“Ho ho ho and a oh hell yeah!” Rhett Claus and Little Willie the Red Nosed Rein-dawg are here to spread Christmas cheer, but is their fun going to be ruined by another wrestler’s ROH debut?
The bell rings, Grimm and Ferrara start. However, Ferrara is a bit busy taking off the reindeer costume, so Grimm goes for a full nelson right away! Actually, Grimm is just zipping Ferrara back up. Ferrara gets upset, Grimm spins him around and flips his hood. Ferrara gets madder and runs at Grimm, but ends up in an arm wrench and elbow lock. Lil’ Willie wants to unzip, but Grimm keeps him zipped up. Ferrara gets even angier and swings on Grimm, but Grimm hits the arm-drag takedown into an armlock. Grimm stands Ferrara back up for an arm-wrench and wristlock takedown.
Grimm goes back to an armlock, Ferrara gets up and arm-drags out. Things speed up, Ferrara gets a wheelbarrow but Grimm stalls it, into a full-nelson drop down!
And the rear naked choke!
Ferrara flails, he elbows his way out and up. He reaches for Rhett, Grimm reels him in for a back suplex. Grimm fires up as he flexes, then covers, TWO. Tag to Flip, Grimm gives Ferrara a European Uppercut and Flip gives him a haymaker. Ferrara asks Flip to help take the costume off. Flip unzips Ferrara just enough to chop directly on chest! Flip chops and chops, then snapmares for a running kick and standing moonsault. TWO, Rhett Claus cheers on Lil’ Willie. Flip stands Ferrara up and rocks him with a forearm. Flip whips Ferrara corner to corner but is reversed, Ferrara runs in but gets a back elbow. Ferrara runs back in, Flip jumps up and over and handsprings to a dropkick. Cover, TWO, Flip dares Ferrara to tag Rhett. Ferrara crawls, Flip uses him as a step stool to forearm smash Rhett down!
Flip gives Ferrara a stiff knee to the face before going to the apron. Rhett swings but Flip cartwheels over to then mule kick, Rhett grabs that foot to trip Flip up. Flip hits apron and tumbles to the floor, Rhett rebounds off ropes to clothesline Flip into the barriers. The Big Dawg taunts while the Lil’ Dawg finally gets out of his costume, and we go to break.
ROH returns, The Dawgs still have control. Rhett backs Flip into his corner and tags in Ferrara. The Dawgs technically work together as Rhett stops Ferrara from whipping him into Flip and instead whips Ferrara into Flip. Ferrara gets upset, but Rhett still makes him into a human battering ram to boot Flip down. Then Rhett dumps Ferrar onto Flip for a splash, cover, TWO. Ferrara taunts Flip with barks, then stomps him down. Grimm and fans rally for Flip while Ferrara stands him up. Flip blocks the suplex, Ferrara gives body shots and tags in Rhett. The Dawgs double suplex Flip down, then take time taunting, and arguing. Rhett shoves Ferrara over, then uses a catapult to give Ferrara a boost into another splash.
Rhett covers, TWO. The Dawgs are frustrated, but Rhett keeps on Flip. Fans rally again, Flip feeds off that energy to get up and fight out. Rhett gives a body blow, Flip follows him on the run, Flip hits the Spring-Blade!
Both men are down, the fans rally as the two crawl for their corners. Rhett grabs Flip’s foot, but gets an enziguri. Ferrara tags in, Flip tags Grimm! Grimm rallies on Ferrara with big EuroUppers, one after another, and even against the ropes. Grimm runs rope to rope and clobbers Ferrara with a forearm smash before throwing him overhead! Ferrara tags Rhett back in, Grimm is ready, he turns Rhett around for a EuroUpper to the back of the head. Then, straitjacket hold to a wristlock spin-out boot! Grimm double underhooks, tiger bomb! Ferrara breaks the cover, Flip returns, Ferrara puts him on the apron. Flip swing-kicks Ferrara back then slingshots up, Ferrara shoves him down! Grimm runs Ferrara over with a clothesline. Rhett returns, grabs Grimm in the waistlock but standing switch to roll up, TWO, Grimm is sent into Ferrara’s package! Er, present.
Ferrara tags in, Rhett lifts Grimm and they hit Who Let the Dawgs Out!
The Dawgs win! And they ruin Christmas for Grimm & Gordon. Will Rhett & Willie ruin the New Year for other ROH tag teams, too?
The American Nightmare continues his Christmas Surprise selections.
This time, Cody looks much happier with his present.
“I’m getting greedy! Here we go.” Wait a minute. “Does this guy even work here?”
Cody continues selections after the commercial break.
Cody’s been a good boy, hasn’t he? He can turn this around. He thinks about going for the big stuff but realizes that could be a trick. Last year, Cody got Cheeseburger, he’s not falling for that again.
Cody goes with the smallest gift but, no, it doesn’t look good. Not a single one of his friends will be on his team.
Who did Cody get as teammates for Christmas? Can he still turn it into a winning hand?
The Peacock has his turn with the Christmas Surprise.
“One more gift.” Castle carefully considers his options and… “Well this certainly makes things interesting.”
Castle clearly likes what he got for Christmas. Is this going to turn out to be Cody’s own Nightmare Before Christmas?
ROH takes a look back on the Women of Honor in 2017.
First, the Exotic Goddess, Mandy Leon, graduates from the ROH dojo and joins the Gatekeeper, Kelly Klein, on excursion to Japan’s Stardom Wrestling. Within the WOH Division, Kelly Klein would go back and forth with The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. Controversy created personal grudges between the two women, and even a third woman as Karen Q made her WOH debut and found herself entangled in Klein’s and Purrazzo’s feud. Karen would take advantage of this and make a name for herself, at the expense of her friendship with Purrazzo. Karen Q and Deonna Purrazzo would wage their own war in a Street Fight, and things naturally got vicious. The Virtuosa would tough it out and make Karen tap out, establishing herself near the top of the WOH Division.
With 2018 coming, that means new women graduating the dojo. But biggest of all, a WOH Champion will finally be crowned! Who will climb the mountain to stand at the very top of this premier women’s wrestling division?
10 Man Christmas Surprise Tag Team Match: Team Cody VS Team Dalton Castle!
“In the spirit of the holiday,” Cody will give a gift to the loudest ROH fan in the building tonight. Everyone makes noise, Cody looks around, but it is tough to tell who is the loudest. “I’ve made my choice. Nobody gets it!” And he stomps on the gift!
Cody hates Christmas! Fans boo his lack of holiday spirit. Cody protests that he didn’t get to be with his friends on Christmas, so just go ahead and introduce his “team”. On Team American Nightmare, it’s Scorpio Sky, Josh “The Goods” Woods, Chris Sabin of the Motor City Machine Guns, and… Punishment Martinez!
With Cody’s team fully introduced, The Peacock finally makes his entrance.
And on his team: The Last Real Man, Silas Young; War Machine’s Hanson; The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham; and… THE VILLAIN, MARTY SCURLL!
What irony it is that Bullet Club members are on opposite teams. In fact, neither of them is very happy about this, especially Cody.
Marty wants to be on Team Cody but has no choice but to be Team Castle, the teams sort out and settle in while we go to break.
ROH returns and the match finally begins.
The Bullet Club isn’t the only stable stuck on opposite sides. Team Search & Destroy must face itself as The Octopus goes up against Chris Sabin to start this Christmas Surprise. They circle, tie up in a test of strength, and Gresham slips out and aruond but Sabin is right with him. Sabin goes for the throw but Gresham lands on his feet to wrench the arms. Gresham brings Sabin down but Sabin pops right back up to spin and roll, arm-drag to takedown. Gresham pops back up, Sabin kip-ups for another arm-drag. The fans applaud the stand-off but it’s only for a moment as Sabin runs and Gresham trips him up. Gresham runs, Sabin dodges, things speed up even more, Sabin stops himself and goes arm-drag for arm-drag with Gresham. Sabin pops out of a headscissors and the two stand-off again, “Bang Bang!”
Fans applaud and chant “Merry Christmas!” while the two shake hands in respect. Gresham tags Castle, Sabin tags Scorpio Sky, but then Silas tags himself in. Fans boo but a tag is a tag. Silas and Scorpio circle, tie up, Silas powers Scorpio to a neutral corner. The referee calls for the break, Silas tries a sucker punch but Scorpio ducks and gets around behind Silas. Silas swings but Scorpio dodges. Scorpio kicks, Silas blocks. Silas swings but Scorpio ducks to chop Silas. Silas dares Scorpio to “be a man!” Scorpio hits him with a forearm, so Silas hits back with his own. Silas gets running, Scorpio dodges and speeds things up. Dropkick drops Silas, but Silas gets up and dares Scorpio to try again. Scorpio runs in, but into Silas’ backbreaker and lariat! Silas drags Scorpio up but Scorpio gets away to tag in Cody, Castle tags himself in!
Team Captains finally enter, like a flashback to Final Battle. However, Cody swerves and tags out to The Goods. Mr. Top Prospect 2017 circles with The Peacock, Castle takes off the holiday sweater. Castle swings the sweater around and around and around, to then sling it at Cody’s team! Cody grabs a chair, but calms down as Castle and Woods start shoving. Woods puts Castle in a corner, Castle comes out with a waistlock to put Woods in the other corner. Fans applaud because Cody’s put on Castle’s sweater! And blows friendly kisses to The Villain across the way.
Scurll of course returns them, but then argues with his teammates. Castle is upset Cody is wearing his sweater, but this distraction allows Woods to get a waistlock slam on The Peacock. Castle gets up and Woods is ready for more, so Castle comes in and dumps Woods on his head! Woods gets up and gives Castle an arm-wrench takedown, then brings him up to his feet. Woods tries to gutwrench, Castle counters with his own gutwrench, waistlock again but standing switch, another standing switch, Castle bucks Woods off, Peacock Pose!
The fans applaud the charismatic Castle while we go to break.
ROH returns, and now the Monster and the War Beard have tagged in. Hanson and Martinez circle while fans–and Cody–rally. They run in and collide, but neither one goes down. They back up and collide again, but still neither falls down. Martinez kicks low, whips Hanson but Hanson cartwheels. Hanson swings but Martinez ducks the clothesline to run and hit a clothesline of his own. Hanson gets up, ducks the kick and runs Martinez over this time, but then Martinez gets up again. Martinez lifts Hanson and hits a back suplex, but then Hanson gets up and gives Martinez a back suplex of his own. Martinez stands up again, and the two behemoths stare down.
Cody is upset with Martinez, he throws Castle’s sweater at him. Martinez picks it up to throw it back at Cody. Martinez is the bigger man, why isn’t he finishing Hanson already? Well, if Cody is so fired, he should try it. Martinez tags Cody in! Marty mouths off at Hanson on the other end, so Hanson chops Marty for a tag! The Villain and the American Nightmare must face each other! But as Hanson and the fans say, “Rules is rules!” Hanson hip tosses Marty into the ring, he and Cody come face to face. Sabin starts a “FIGHT! FIGHT!” chant, the fans join in. Marty gets an idea, and Cody plays along: the two Bullet Club members give each other a Christmas One Sweet.
Castle doesn’t care for their friendship, he gets in and shoves Scurll into Cody! Cody gets mad, he thinks Marty did that himself. Marty takes offense and is ready to fight Cody for real. The two bark at each other as they circle around the ring, then run in, for a hug.
Fans applaud the power of their friendship, but the others on their teams feel let down. Therefore, the others get in and attack the man not on their team!
Fans boo, they were enjoying the friendly gesture. The referee tries to regain order but the other eight men decide instead to whip Cody and Marty at each other. Cody and Marty do-si-do and spin around, and end up on the same sides as their teams. The ten men stand against each other 5v5, but then Castle stops them all. “This is NOT the spirit! Everyone’s hitting each other, it’s CHRISTMAS for God’s sake.” That doesn’t seem to bother the others, because another brawl breaks out! Things spill out of the ring while fans chant “Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!” The chaotic pairings soon regroup on one side, Castle runs but fakes them out. The Peacock struts!
Sabin sneaks in, mocking the strut, kicks Castle and throws him out to join the cluster. Sabin gives Castle a Penalty Kick from the apron then strikes his own pose, but The Villain knocks him down. Marty builds speed now, slips out to the apron and SUPERKICKS Sabin. Marty flaps his wings “woop woop” but Scorpio Sky knocks him off the apron now. Scorpio builds speed and FLIES!
Everyone topples down, the fans are thunderous. Gresham gets back in the ring and builds speed, but Woods follows to stop him with a kick. Woods lifts Gresham in a powerbomb, and throws him onto the others!
Silas drags Woods out and hammers away while Cody gets in the ring. The fans chant for Cody as he runs corner to corner to then jump and FLY!
The American Nightmare wipes everyone out, but now the Monster returns to the ring. Martinez runs, Martinez FLIES!
The fans are thunderous but this isn’t over! Hanson climbs up to the top rope, takes aim at the cluster, and JUMPS for a meteoric cannonball!!
The fans again chant “Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!” as Hanson rises from the human wreckage. Marty even gets up and celebrates with him while we go to break.
ROH returns once more to find the teams have regrouped back in the ring. Scorpio Sky is in a corner, Marty coordinates a “choo choo” corner train. He whips Gresham in for the forearm smash, then Silas for another, then Castle for a third. Hanson goes in for the fourth, Marty runs in but gets a boot! The train goes around a second time, Gresham hitting, then Silas hitting, then Castle and Hanson. Marty tries again, but gets another boot! They go a third time, with success from Gresham, Silas, Castle and Hanson again, but still a big boot for Marty! The team doesn’t understand, they try and help the dazed Marty find his way, but he just flops like Flair.
Cody’s team returns to drag out the others, Scorpio gets out of the corner and regroups. They say it’s their turn, as they whip Scurll corner to corner. The train starts with Scorpio, Sabin, Woods and Martinez, who all hit. However, Cody hesitates; he and Scurll are still friends. His team encourage him, though, but he stops short. The others tell him to just do it, Martinez makes him run in, but Scurll dodges and Cody hits post. The teams regroup at their corners while fans rally. Marty and Cody crawl, tags to Scorpio and Castle. Castle blows up Cody’s corner but goes after Cody, not realizing he isn’t the legal man. Castle gives Cody a big single-leg suplex, but in comes Martinez. Martinez runs at Castle but is dumped back out. Sabin comes in, gets a waistlock, standing switch and German Suplex! Woods comes in, he gets a single-leg suplex! Legal man Scorpio comes in, runs to a corner and jumps, but Castle catches him for another overhead suplex! The fans are fired up and cheer Castle. Castle goes after Scorpio again, bringing him up into position, but Scorpio slips out in the spin. Scorpio sends Castle to a corner but Castle elbows back before hopping up. Scorpio jumps up to SUPER STEINER Castle down!
Castle rolls all the way out, Gresham comes in. Things speed up, Quebrada onto Scorpio then a DIVE onto Sabin! Gresham puts Sabin in the ring before climbing up. He jumps over Sabin as Sabin rushes in, but then runs back to try for the Octopus Stretch. Sabin counters with a modified torture rack slam! Gresham rolls out, Silas returns, he gives Sabin the full-nelson spin-out. Then, fireman’s carry and spin but Sabin slips out. Silas rolls him up, knee to the face, low DDT into the mat. Woods returns, Silas trash talks too much but still ducks the kick. Silas brings Woods up in the fireman’s but Woods slips down, and catches Silas in the saido suplex. Hanson returns and heel kicks Woods right down! Martinez returns and climbs to the top, to hit a flying heel kick!
Hanson stays in, Martinez whips him, Hanson hits the handspring back elbow! Cody returns, runs at Hanson, Hanson scoops but Cody slips out. Hanson runs and cartwheels to avoid Cody’s counter, so Cody cartwheels to void Hanson’s lariat. They both cartwheel, Cody spins Hanson around for Cross Rhodes!
Hanson rolls out, Castle returns, Cody wants another but Castle shoves him away. Cody springboards for the Beautiful Disaster Kick! Castle is out on his feet, Cody runs in but into BANGARANG!
Scorpio returns while Cody rolls out, takedown and roll to the jumping neckbreaker! Castle is dazed, but he still fights Scorpio off with a back elbow. Castle runs in but Scorpio boots him back, Scorpio runs into another BANGARANG!
Team Castle wins the Christmas bonus! The Peacock and his team will go home a little richer, will the New Year bring more success for each of them?
A fun Christmas episode for ROH, but this was clearly recorded before Final Battle yet meant to be considered after Final Battle. First, Cody’s hair isn’t bleached blonde like it was for Final Battle. Second, even though he is no longer ROH World Heavyweight Champion and Dalton Castle is, Cody still had the ROH WHC belt. Third, they don’t even refer to either man as the ROH WHC, as they probably didn’t even know which man was going to be champion at this time. Fourth, The Boys returned at Final Battle but were not present in this episode. Continuity aside, they managed to make this a great episode.
The Dawgs win a Christmas filler match, but great to see the man formerly known as Simon Gotch has found somewhere to be. Character/gimmick isn’t as important in ROH, so if Gotch/Grimm can keep up in the ring, he’ll definitely have a home here. Meanwhile, The Dawgs are slowly building wins and may one day be able to challenge for the ROH World Tag Team Championships, or at least be in a #1 contender’s match to put another team over. Then the 10 Man Tag was incredible, mostly for story. Cody and Castle were great in their selection promos, and Cody-Marty were great being reluctant opponents. In the end, Castle wins because whether it was before or after Final Battle, the Peacock needs to stay strong to be a believable ROH WHC.
My Score: 8.5/10
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