RING OF HONOR WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 366
The Octopus may not have won the title, but he won the ROH World Champion’s respect and friendship. Can Gresham & Lethal shut down Bully Ray & Silas Young?
- The Boys VS Best Friends; Best Friends win.
- Kenny King VS “Hangman” Adam Page; King wins.
- 2018 Top Prospect Tournament Opening Round: Dante Caballero VS Brian Johnson; No Contest.
- Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray & Silas Young; Bully & Young win.
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Last time on ROH TV…
The Octopus stood up to the Hall of Fame bully, so the bully beat him down! Flip Gordon tried to save Jonathan Gresham, but Bully beat him down, too. Colt Cabana wasn’t anywhere present to fight Bully, either, so it was up to Jay Lethal to step forward for his new friend! The Franchise had Bully Ray on the ropes, but Silas Young would bail Bully out! The Last Real Man dislikes Lethal so he was doing it more for himself, but that only raised the ire of his old foe more. Lethal and Gresham are ready to do this the way you’re supposed to do this, will they make the bullies of ROH regret being bullies?
The Boys VS Best Friends!
The Peacock may not be back in action just yet, but his personal Wonder Twins are! But they’re returning against Trent and Chuckie T, who are an accomplished tag team on top of great pals. Will brothers of friends win in the City of Brotherly Love?
Being twins, both Boys want to offer their Code of Honor handshake at the same time. But they can’t decide if they want to shake hands with Trent first or Chuckie first. The Best Friends just give little handshakes so that the CoH is upheld. Chuckie starts against Boy 1, the one without dyed hair. Fans chant for Chuckie even as he kicks Boy 1 low. Chuckie whips Boy 1 but Boy 1 ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick Chuckie out. Trent comes in but Boy 2 comes in to headscissor and dropkick him! Chuckie returns but Boy 1 intercepts. The Boys whip the Best Friend at each other but they do-si-do and head back at the Boys. The Boys dodge, then hop up for double headscissors! Both Chuckie and Trent end up outside, so both Boys coordinate. Best Friends hug, but Boy 2 FLIES!
Chuckie takes the hit for Trent, but Trent gets strikes from Boy 2. Boy 1 holds Chuckie up, Boy 2 ducks Trent. Chuckie hits Boy 2 away while Boy 2 enziguris Trent. Boy 2 runs but Trent trips him up and chops him on the ropes. Trent runs, sliding German! Chuckie tosses Boy 2 for the long dart cutter! Chuckie gives Boy 1 the spinning sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! The Boys still live while we go to break.
ROH returns and Boy 1 tilt-o-whirl DDT’s Chuckie down! Both men crawl for their corners, but Boy 2 isn’t there. Trent tags in and gives Boy 1 a big back elbow. He brings Boy 1 over, Chuckie helps, Best Friend Choke Slam! Cover, Boy 2 breaks it up! Chuckie throws Boy 2 out, then returns to his corner while Trent goes after Boy 1. Trent drags Boy 1 up by his hair and vows to finish this just like the Bad Guy used to do. Trent lifts Boy 1 but he slips out! Boy 2 tags in then kicks Trent. Boy 1 rolls while Boy 2 flies for the crossbody! Chuckie gets a forearm for good measure, and Boy 2 fires up. He runs at Trent for the back stabber, and feeds him to his twin’s flying code breaker! Cover, TWO!! The Boys were so close but they’re not deterred.
Boy 2 throws body shots then whips corner to corner. Chuckie saves Trent and Trent clobbers Boy 2! Boy 1 blasts Trent but Chuckie knees him. Trent adds a knee, and then the Best Friends vow to finish both Boys! “It’s going down for real!” Double Gotch lift, but Boy 2 slips out to a jackknife cover! Boy 1 holds Chuckie back while the ref counts, TWO!! So close! Chuckie boots Boy 1, Trent lifts Boy 2 in position. Chuckie lifts Boy 1 back up for synchronized Awful Waffle and Dude Buster! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, Trent Baretta pinning
And they hug it out! Chuckie T & Trent will join Team Chaos at Death Before Dishonor, can their five beat the Bullet Club’s chosen five in a crossover of ROH and NJPW?
ROH takes a look at what led to the coming World Tag Team Championship match-up.
At Best in the World, #DemBoyz looked to finish off the Young Bucks even after the match, but SoCal Uncensored came out to interrupt. It looked like SCU was going to add on, but then they attacked the Briscoes! The Addiction know their days are numbered, so they’re looking to go out the three-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. However, the Briscoes would beat down Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels every chance they could get. This war of East Coast VS West Coast is heating up, who will survive come Death Before Dishonor?
Kenny King VS “Hangman” Adam Page!
The K I N G of Sin City had to get a bit sneaky to win against The Villain, Marty Scurll. But that doesn’t bother him none, and he’s ready to do it again if it means big money. Before he takes on the living legend, Jushin Thunder Liger, he must get through Bullet Club’s Problem Solver! Will Kenny be able to solve the problem that is Adam Page? Or will the Hangman be ready for any tricks up Kenny’s sleeve?
ROH returns as Kenny and Hangman uphold the Code of Honor, and we begin. Hangman and Kenny tie up and push each other around. Hangman gets the headlock but Kenny reverses to a keylock. Kenny bends Hangman back but Hangman bridges then spins to reverse. Hangman has the wrist but Kenny reverses it back on. Hangman rolls and reverses to a hammerlock then spins Kenny for a chinlock. Kenny stands up and pries his way out but Hangman gets the ropes. Kenny applauds Hangman and backs off. Both men adjust their gear while fans rally up. The two circle again, and Kenny gets a waistlock. Hangman shifts but Kenny gets the headlock. Hangman powers out but Kenny bumps shoulders with him. Neither man backs down so Kenny breaks it down with his dance moves.
Both men trash talk, daring each other to try the shoulder again. Hangman runs and they collide, but Kenny doesn’t fall. Hangman goes again, but Kenny drop toeholds and floats to the side headlock. Fans rally up as Hangman fights his way out. Hangman pushes but Kenny slides off his back. Things speed up and Kenny gets Hangman with the dropkick! Hangman bails out and Kenny soaks in the applause. Kenny slingshots but adjusts as Hangman dodges. Kenny leaps but Hangman dodges the clothesline to give Kenny haymakers. Fans applaud Hangman as he whips Kenny. Kenny slides off the apron to rock Hangman with a right. He puts Hangman in but Hangman crawls to the apron.
Kenny gets a selfie with a fan, but he turns around to see Hangman up. He swings but Hangman dodges, to come back with the shooting star shoulder! Now Hangman gets a selfie with that same fan! Hangman gives high-fives while fans chant for him. He gets Kenny up and into the ring, then grabs that golden donut pool ring, as well as the balloon bottle of Jack. Hangman wants to use the donut but the ref takes it away. Kenny uses the bottle balloon to shield himself from Hangman’s haymakers! Kenny bops Hangman with it, but the ref takes the balloon away. Hangman kicks Kenny back, then takes the bottle back. He puts the bottle on the mat, and fans fire up as he suplexes Kenny onto it! Somehow that hurt. Fans are fired up while we go to break.
ROH returns and Hangman throws Kenny for the pumphandle fall away slam! Bridge cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool while Kenny crawls away. Fans duel while Hangman stalks Kenny to a corner. Hangman whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny reverses. Kenny runs into Hangman’s back elbow, but Hangman runs into the fireman’s carry, Chin Checker! Kenny counters Hangman’s clothesline into the backbreaker, then runs to give Hangman a clothesline of his own! He waits for Hangman to stand, but then Hangman dodges, only to get the spinning heel kick! Hangman staggers to a corner, Kenny runs but into the boot. Hangman runs but into the spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Kenny stands but Hangman follows, so Kenny stomps him. Kenny throws hands then forearms. He runs but Hangman reels him into a waistlock. They trade standing switches but Kenny gives the German Suplex! But Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman takes aim, but Kenny blocks the superkick. Kenny spins Hangman around but Hangman hits a roaring elbow! Hangman waistlocks, German Suplex with bridge! TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Kenny gets all the way out but Hangman sits up. Hangman feels the energy building, builds speed but runs into a BIG knee from Kenny!
Kenny hurries up to the apron and fireman’s carry, but Hangman manages to fight back. The Eddy Gordo kick hits, then Kenny slingshots in. But Hangman slingshots, Kenny runs into the Buck Shot! Cover, TWO!? Kenny survives and fans are thunderous. Hangman drags Kenny up and throws an elbow. Kenny throws one back, and now it’s a brawl. They go back and forth, but Kenny switches to jabs. Kenny runs but into another roaring elbow! Hangman lifts Kenny but Kenny sunset flips, and has ropes! The referee catches it this time, the King won’t cheat like a Villain this time. Hangman gets up but walks into the fireman’s carry. Royal Flush countered into a small package! TWO as Kenny rolls it his way, TWO as Hangman rolls it back. TWO, TWO, with tights! Kenny wins!!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
Another match with a Bullet Club member, another win Kenny gets with cheating! The K I N G will do whatever it takes, but what will it take to cheat a legend like Liger?
2018 Top Prospect Tournament Opening Round: Dante Caballero VS Brian Johnson!
This year’s tournament has been plagued by the powerful Jeff Cobb pulverizing the prospects unprovoked. Will Cobb return to plaster Puerto Rico Suave and the One who is Number One like he has everyone else?
The bell rings and Dante tries to catch Johnson off guard. Johnson is ready and waistlocks Dante. Dante standing switches and clubs Johnson down, but Johnson gets up. Dante whips Johnson but Johnson forearms and dropkicks Dante. But here comes Cobb!! Fans are loving this, but then Johnson tries to reason with Cobb. Beat up Dante, not him! Cobb takes Johnson up on that. Dante tries to fight back but Cobb catches those kicks and yanks Dante up and in to the cradling side slam!
This bracket is thoroughly busted but Cobb isn’t done. Johnson thinks Cobb is still on his side, that he’s the Ric Flair to Cobb’s “The Enforcer”, Arn Anderson. But then Cobb headbutts Johnson down! Cobb drags Johnson up to whip, and take on a Tour of the Islands!! And finally, Cobb speaks!
“The Top Prospect Tournament is over!” Cobb claims the title of THE Top Prospect! No one disagrees with him, at least not in the audience. Will Cobb simply be handed a shot at the ROH World Television Championship? Or will Cobb have to still earn his shot at the title first?
ROH looks at what led to the WOH World Championship match at Death Before Dishonor.
Firstly, Sumie Sakai has been undefeated as the inaugural Women of Honor Champion. She’s won in the States, in Japan and in the United Kingdom, so that earns the belt the status of world title! But the Ray of Sunshine doesn’t feel right calling herself that just yet, so she challenged Tenille Dashwood to a title match. Tenille would come out and accept the challenge. But Tenille made sure Sumie understood something first: Tenille respects Sumie immensely, but that doesn’t mean she won’t do everything she can to win. Sumie feels the same, and we have our title match set. Will the spotlight move from Sumie to Tenille and make the WOH Division #AllAboutTenille? Or will the Ray of Sunshine still shine championship gold?
Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray & Silas Young!
The last time the Last Real Man and the Hall of Famer were in a match together, the ECW legend left Milwaukee’s Meanest high and dry. But now, in taking down common enemies, it seems Silas is willing to work with Bully so that he can also get one over on the ROH World Champion. Will Bully & Silas bully their way to a win? Or will the Franchise & Octopus show them that bullies never prosper?
Of course, things are still tense between Silas and Bully, mostly because Bully gets in Silas’ face about how they’re doing things Bully’s way. Silas won’t let Bully tell him how to wrestle, but they’ll need to stay focused tonight if they want a chance against Flip Gordon & Colt Cabana at Death Before Dishonor. Gresham and Lethal make their entrances and we begin, after the break.
ROH returns but there is no Code of Honor. Bully trash talks Gresham but Lethal holds him back. Bully demands that Gresham start, and Gresham wants to, so Lethal allows it. Fans are obviously on Gresham’s side as the bell rings. Gresham and Bully circle, feeling out the grapple. Gresham rushes in but Bully manages to avoid the takedown. Bully then just tags right out to Silas. Bully even stays away from the corner just so Silas can’t tag right back out. Fans boo Bully while Silas enters. Silas circles with Gresham and tie up. Silas powers Gresham to ropes, then backs off. Gresham comes out and the two tie up again.
Gresham gets a waistlock, Silas gets the standing switch but Gresham gets the drop toehold. He floats over to the headlock but Silas slips out to a hammerlock. They both stand up and Gresham spins around to a hammerlock of his own. Silas backs down to a corner, and Gresham lets him go. Silas tells fans to shut up, but then Bully tells Silas to get it done. Even Gresham tells Bully to mind his own business, and he circles with Silas. Silas gets a headlock, but Gresham powers out. Things speed up but Silas holds rope to avoid the dropkick. Silas taunts Gresham but then Gresham handsprings to huricanrana! Gresham rolls to then dropkick Silas, and Silas rolls to a corner.
Gresham dares Bully to get in the ring! Bully doesn’t move, so Gresham SLAPS Bully! Silas tags Bully, telling him to do man up and work. Bully is surprisingly silent as he storms off and up the ramp! Is he ditching Silas again? But then Bully hears the fans chant “You Suck!” and all that, so Bully goes back. However, Bully throws the streamers in a tantrum first before entering the ring. Bully and Gresham circle then tie up. Gresham gets a waistlock and he ducks the back hand to speed things up. Gresham leaps but his crossbody is caught! Bully pops Gresham up but Gresham slips out and gets a headlock. Gresham shifts to a hammerlock, to slap Bully on the back of his head!
Lethal is fired up while Gresham runs, but Bully tosses Gresham with a back drop. Bully then pie faces Lethal, and dares him to tag in. Lethal asks Gresham for the tag, and Gresham gives it. Fans chant for Lethal as he stares down Bully. Bully has the referee come over to check Lethal? But Lethal is clean, the ref checked before the match started. Lethal gets Bully in a headlock and squeezes tight. Bully powers out then runs Lethal over. He drops but misses his elbow, yet still blocks the dropkick. Bully dropkicks but Lethal manages to avoid it! Fans are actually impressed, and we go to break.
ROH returns again and Bully CHOPS Lethal. Lethal throws haymakers but Bully gives another chop. Lethal wants another, Bully gives him another! This fires the fans and Lethal up. Lethal chops Bully, Bully slaps Lethal! They both trade slaps, then Bully fires off right hands. Lethal fires off haymakers and chops then runs, but into Bully’s big body! Bully glares while Silas tells Lethal that’s what he gets. Silas holds Lethal but Lethal dodges, sending Bully into Silas! Lethal enziguris Bully down then tags Gresham. Fans rally up and both Gresham and Lethal build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! They both take out Silas and Bully, then put in the legal Silas in.
Gresham climbs up while fans are thunderous, but Bully shakes the ropes up. Bully sits Gresham up to chop him, then dump him down. Silas tags in and holds Gresham down for Bully. Bully chops Gresham’s leg, then throws down a right. Gresham stands so Bully hits him again. Bully drags Gresham up for jabs. Gresham stays standing but on wobbly legs. Bully pumps it up but Gresham dropkicks the legs out! Gresham reaches for Lethal but Bully grabs him first. Bully ends up in the Octopus Hold! Gresham pulls as hard as he can but Silas distracts. Lethal trips Silas but Bully powers out with a side slam. Bully and Gresham stir while Lethal returns to his corner. Gresham reaches again but Bully is on him first. Bully puts Gresham in a corner for a chop!
Lethal coaches Gresham up and Gresham stands up to Bully. Fans are thunderous again as Gresham dares Bully to chop him. Bully does and Gresham falls, but then Gresham gets up again. Gresham wants more, so Bully floors him with another. Bully hops up now, leaps, but misses the back senton! Gresham crawls for his corner, Bully rolls for his, hot tags to Lethal and Silas! Lethal rallies on Silas, then he chops away in the corner. He whips but Silas reverses, Lethal takes out Bully. Lethal boots Silas then hops up for the missile dropkick! Lethal Combination! Fans fire up but Bully comes in, only to get the boot, the enziguri, and the suplex. Bully blocks it, but Lethal keeps trying. Lethal gets another, but then Gresham comes in to help! Double suplex lifts Bully up and over!
Bully wants to bail out but Lethal tags in. Lethal drags Bully into position while Gresham climbs up, and the champ asks, “Wazzup?!” Flying headbutt! Bully feels a taste of his own medicine, but in comes Silas. Silas misses and rebounds into a snap German Suplex! Gresham drags Silas around, Lethal climbs up, HAIL TO THE KING! Then for Gresham, SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, but Bully barrels through Lethal to break it! Everyone is done, including the referee. Bully dumps Lethal out, then low blows Gresham! Silas takes advantage, full nelson knee to fireman’s carry, Misery! Cover, Silas & Bully win!
Winners: Silas Young & Bully Ray, Silas pinning
The bullies win tonight with veteran cunning and treachery. However, they’ll face Flip & Cabana in Vegas, will they get what they deserve in Sin City?
The stars of ROH speak before Death Before Dishonor.
First up, The Addiction know that in the Silver State, they strike gold to become three-time world tag team champions. The only sure bet here is #MandatoryViolence. Second, Punishment Martinez admits that as a tag team wrestler, Chris Sabin is a legend. “But alone, you’re just my next victim.” However, Sabin has a response, putting all his money on him walking out the ROH World Television Champion. Third, Silas Young tells Colt and Flip that they’re facing “the two realest men this business has to offer.” DBD will show everyone what Silas is all about.
Fourth, the K I N G thanks Liger for passing the torch and for being too old to stop him, because not even God himself could stop Kenny. Liger better hand over the torch, or Kenny will put his lights out. Fifth, Lethal says the ROH World Championship “sums up Death Before Dishonor.” That title will make you, it will break it, and is what it’s all for. Lethal vows that even after facing Will Ospreay, the belt stays with the Franchise! Lastly, the Bullet Club talk over each other as they tear into Chaos and the collection of “bloody numpties” they’re bringing. Who will walk out of Sin City having hit the jackpot? Who will walk out having lost it all?
This was a pretty decent semi-go-home for ROH. I like that the Boys are back, even without Dalton Castle. They did pretty good, but it was clear that they were going to be the tune-ups for Best Friends going into Death Before Dishonor. The Bullet Club has definitely been rolling as far as ROH goes, aside from Hangman and Scurll being cheated by Kenny King, so I am guessing they find a way to win against Chaos, even with Trent and Chuckie coming in with momentum. Plus, that group promo that turns into frantic crosstalk was hilarious. The string of promos at the end was also good, and helps review the entire card for anyone who has missed an episode or two in the builds.
I like that Jeff Cobb not only wrecked the Top Prospect Tournament again, but he declares himself Mr. Top Prospect 2018 without even having competed yet. I still want to see Cobb take on anywhere from four to all the “prospects” and then dominate them all again to officially earn that title match. And then while Chris Sabin faces Punishment Martinez at DBD and Scorpio Sky feels like the next contender, I must have Martinez VS Cobb no less than twice. Then in the main event, Lethal & Gresham made a great team against Silas & Bully. Of course, Bully being such a powerful Heel and needing to looking strong so that Colt & Flip get a great win in Vegas, Bully & Silas win. Lethal VS Ospreay is going to be great, too, but Lethal is the sure bet here.
My Score: 8.2/10