ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 404
Four of the best in ROH today face off all at once! Will Jay Lethal, Rush, PCO or Jeff Cobb prove they’re the best just weeks before Best in the World?
- Hikuleo VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.
- Kelly Klein & Jenny Rose VS The Allure; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS PJ Black & LifeBlood; Black & LifeBlood win.
- Four Corner Survival: Jay Lethal VS Rush VS PCO VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
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Hikuleo VS Hirooki Goto!
The little brother to the Guerrillas of Destiny represents Bullet Club while the Fierce Warrior represents Chaos! Both represent NJPW in ROH tonight, but who represents their faction stronger with a win?
Since this is ROH, Goto offers the Code of Honor handshake. Hikuleo doesn’t care, he slaps the hand away. The bell rings and fans rally up behind Goto. Goto and Hiku tie up, and Hiku powers Goto down! Hikuleo grins as he and Goto circle again. They tie up and Goto goes for a scoop. Hiku blocks with his height, and clubs Goto into a scoop. Goto resists but Hiku still gets him up. Goto slips out and kicks low to put on a headlock. Hiku pulls hair and powers out, and the two collide shoulders. Neither falls, so Goto runs. They collide again but still no one falls. Goto goes to run again but Hiku grabs his hair to throw him down! The young son of Haku is grinning while we go to break.
ROH returns as Hikuleo has Goto in a corner. Hiku CHOPS Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Hiku runs in but misses, and Goto give kicks. Goto reels Hiku in but Hiku blocks the suplex with clubbing elbows. Hiku runs but Goto dodges to clobber him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he gets to his feet. Goto drags Hiku up into a fireman’s carry, but Hiku fights out. Hiku CHOPS Goto then stands him up for another! Hiku grins as he drags Goto up again. Goto throws forearms then runs, but into another chop! But Goto just powers up! He deflects the boot to lariat Hiku down again! Both men are down, and they get to opposite corners.
Fans rally for Goto as Goto and Hiku stand. Goto runs in for a big corner clothesline! He pushes Hiku down then fires up as he goes up top. Hiku springs up to CHOP Goto on the top rope! Hiku climbs up to join Goto, but Goto fights back. They brawl and Hiku clubs away on Goto. Hiku brings Goto up, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hiku almost had a major upset! Hiku keeps going, scooping Goto up. But Goto slips out and the two collide with clotheslines. It’s Goto who falls to a knee! Hiku wants Goto to stand, and then he runs in, but they both collide with clotheslines again. Goto staggers but still dodges Hiku, only to get CLOBBERED! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives again and Hiku grows frustrated.
Hiku vows to end this as he lifts Goto. Goto fights out but gets shoved back. Hiku runs in but into a boot. He runs back in but Goto dodges and Hiku hits buckles. Goto blocks Hiku’s boot, spins him around, but Hiku elbows back. Hiku swings, misses, and gets a headbutt! Both men stagger but Goto has Hiku in the Reverse GTR! Cover, TWO!! Hiku survives, but Goto is not done with him! Goto fireman’s carries Hiku, for USHIGOROSHI! And then, dragon sleeper, TRUE GTR! Cover, Goto wins!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
The Fierce Warrior got quite the fight out of Bullet Club’s young guerrilla. Will Goto be able to maintain momentum as the G1 Climax draws near?
Kenny King speaks on his Best of 3 Series with Jay Lethal.
“I walked out there, and I put a whooping on Jay Lethal. I broke him down. Jay Lethal couldn’t get out of first gear because I had an answer for everything.” The K I N G won’t lie, he’s a bit obsessed with Lethal. Did it ever occur to Lethal that King was coming out “blind” to his matches? Was that not strange to Lethal? King has the timing and the moves. The series is 1-0 for King, and King won with Lethal’s own move! King might just do it again in a sweep. He’s not playing, he’s not crazy, he’s just better. ROH has Lethal VS King Round 2 next week! Can Lethal get on the board to avoid the sweep?
Kelly Klein & Jenny Rose VS The Allure!
In order to get payback for the G1 Supercard assault, the Pretty Badass and American Joshi called out Mandy Leon and the Beautiful People to put up or shut up! Now the Exotic Goddess and Angelina Love team up for Allure’s ROH in-ring debut. Can they prove they’re worthy of our attention? Or will the Allure #GetFamiliar with losing?
ROH returns, and the Allure has already attacked during the break! They used their entrance music and titantron package to distract so they could attack from the crowd! Angelina Love would give Jenny a bicycle boot while Mandy Leon would use a studded high-heel boot to clobber Kelly Klein. Clearly, Jenny Rose and the WOH World Champion can’t compete now.
However, ROH management makes a decision to fix this! At Best in the World, The Allure will have no choice but to face Kelly and Jenny fair and square! Will Mandy and Angelina finally work up the courage to actually fight?
ROH makes another Best in the World tag match!
After the sneak attack and all the trash talked by The Briscoes, #DemBoyz will face the top two champions of NWA! Will Jay & Mark avenge the Crockett Cup “conspiracy”? Or will Nick Aldis and Colt Cabana shut them up and shut them down?
The ROH World Television Champions is also on the line at Best in the World!
The Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, got the belt in a Four Corner Survival after Jeff Cobb did the hard work. But he already has a contender in LifeBlood’s Bandido, given the major victory the luchador got over Taylor in a singles match! Will Bandido be able to replicate that amazing performance? Or will he get Greetings from the 216 instead?
The Peacock wants retribution!
Dalton Castle admits he lost at G1 Supercard to El Toro Blanco. But there is no shame in losing to Rush, because Rush is a “dirty, filthy, cheater!” Castle says that at Best in the World, he will challenge Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, to a match! Rush will have to pay for his cheating through his family. But will Castle really get revenge on Rush this way? Or will he have loses to both brothers on his record?
ROH has other Best in the World matches to announce!
Speaking of Rush, he will be taking on Flip Gordon in a match that will surely excite, while “The Last Real Technician” Silas Young will have to put up or shut up. That’s because the Octopus, Jonathan Gresham, returns to ROH! Will Gresham prove Silas’ new leaf is just as rotten as the old one?
Six Man Tag: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS PJ Black & LifeBlood!
Cheeseburger leads Eli Isom and Ryan Nova into battle as the team with the best win-loss percentage of 85%! But it will take more than odds to take on a combination of Darewolf, Hot Sauce and Overkill! Will Triple S prove itself worthy of the ROH World Six Man Tag titles? Or will PJ, Tracy Williams & Mark Haskins unite in their fight to find Bully Ray?
The Code of Honor is upheld by all six men, and teams sort out. We start with Cheeseburger and Hot Sauce! Burger and Williams circle and tie up. Williams gets Burger in a chinlock then throws him, but Burger lands on his feet. Williams waistlocks and throws Burger down for sure, but Burger gets right back up. Burger and Williams tie up again, and Williams wrenches to a wristlock. Burger rolls and handsprings to wrench Williams back. He gets a headlock, but Williams just stands up and powers out. Williams runs Burger over, then things speed up. Burger leaps up but into a roll up, TWO! Burger dodges Williams and goes for an arm-drag, but Williams blocks. Williams yanks Burger up and deflects the superkick, but Burger ducks the chop! The two stand off and fans cheer!
PJ wants in, so Williams tags him. Eli Isom tags in, and now the Future of Honor circles with the Darewolf. PJ baits Isom in to a kick, then headlocks. Isom powers out but PJ runs him over. Things speed up, and PJ rolls off Isom’s back. Isom ducks a kick to give a kick then whips. Isom hurdles PJ a couple times before hitting him with a leaping knee! Fans fire up with Triple S but PJ needs a time-out. Good timing, as we go to break.
ROH returns as Haskins and Nova tag in. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Haskins KICKS Nova right down! But Nova gets up in a huff, and pie faces Haskins! Haskins keeps his cool, then fakes Nova out to get him with a JAB! But Nova hits back with forearms! Nova goes Matrix to dodge Haskins and mule kicks to then sweep the legs. Nova keeps moving, but misses the basement dropkick. Haskins kicks but Nova ducks it, and then things speed up. Haskins rolls and tags in Hot Sauce, then whips Nova into a CHOP! Williams whips Haskins in but Nova puts him on the apron, only to get Williams’ back elbow! Tag to Haskins, and he gives Nova a step-in springboard dropkick!
Fans cheer as Haskins tags in PJ. Haskins catapults Nova into PJ’s forearm, then Nova falls back onto Haskins’ knees. PJ springboards in to stomp Nova down! Cover, TWO! PJ keeps on Nova with a Mexican Surfboard! Or is it the Billy Goat’s Curse? Williams tags in and climbs up while PJ holds Nova, Sicilian Slice leg drop on the South African Bucket! Cover, but Burger and Isom break it up! Williams protests and the ref reprimands the other shinobi. Williams CHOPS Nova to an open corner, then brings him around to tag Haskins. Haskins gets the hand-off to snapmare and kick Nova swift in the back. Haskins drags Nova up to whip him hard into a corner. He hits a forearm smash then a running uppercut. Haskins runs in a third time, but Nova goes up and over, hot tag to Isom!
Isom throws hands on Haskins, then enziguris! Fans fire up as Isom runs in, but Haskins dodges. Haskins is put on the apron and Isom dropkicks him down! Isom hits PJ and Williams then climbs up, springboard moonsault onto Haskins! Isom puts Haskins in, tag to Nova! The shinobi combine for a flying knee drop back suplex! Burger springboards to add a senton! Cover, TWO!! Haskins survives the shinobi assault, but Nova stays on Haskins. Haskins dodges the basement dropkick again, and runs to jackknife Nova into a fireman’s carry! Soldier shoulder roll to a slam! Both men are down, hot tag to PJ! Burger and Isom run in but PJ dodges to Wolfsault them both down!
Williams and Haskins return but Nova dodges them to throw forearms! Nova runs, but into a knee, a boot, and an atomic drop! Haskins enzugiris and Williams fireman’s carries. Haskins goes to the apron and Penalty Kicks Burger down! Williams hits a Spicoli Driver, then wrecks Isom with a dropkick while PJ climbs up top. PJ gives Nova the moonsault double stomps!! Cover, PJ and LifeBlood win!
Winners: PJ Black and LifeBlood, Black pinning
The Darewolf flies high and gets the win for him and his new allies. PJ, Williams and Haskins bring the Code of Honor full circle as they again shake hands with Shinobi Shadow Squad and thank them for the match. But now, to business! “Bully Ray! And whatever goons you want to bring!” How about things finally go face-to-face? Any time, any where, the challenge has been made! Will Bully and the Soldiers of Savagery stand up to the trio in the ring? Or will they continue to bully and blindside LifeBlood instead?
Four Corner Survival: Jay Lethal VS Rush VS PCO VS Jeff Cobb!
All four stars of ROH have busy schedules. The Franchise Player has round two with Kenny King next week, while El Toro Blanco prepares for Flip Gordon. The inhuman living legend awaits contenders for his and Villain Enterprises’ multiple tag titles, while the Hawaiian Juggernaut prepares to challenge Matt Taven for THE ROH World Championship. But these four aren’t ones to back down from a fight, so who comes out of this one all warmed up for the summer heat?
Speaking of Matt Taven, he joins commentary to keep a close eye on his contender, but he does find time to brag his belt is bigger than Colt Cabana’s. Taven talks trash on each of them, from Rush’s name being pronounced wrong to almost blinding PCO in his good eye, and of course how he defeated Jay Lethal (and Marty Scurll) in the G1 Supercard Triple Threat ladder match to finally become ROH World Champion. All four participants make their entrances, and we begin this main event after the break.
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is upheld, except by Rush. Rush forearms PCO right into a corner! Lethal runs at Rush but Rush sends Lethal’s forearm into PCO! Cobb runs in but Rush jumps over, and Cobb sandwiches Lethal and PCO with his shoulder tackle. Rush runs at Cobb and things speed up while Lethal bails out. Cobb manages to keep up with Rush and then runs him over. Rush gets up to run Cobb over! The two get face to face with trash talk, but PCO runs them both over with clotheslines! Fans fire up with PCO, but Lethal returns to CHOP PCO. PCO doesn’t flinch! He even eggs Lethal on to hit harder! Lethal isn’t sure what to make of it, so he goes at PCO, to get uppercuts!
PCO whips but Lethal reverses to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick! PCO gets up but gets another hip toss to dropkick! Fans fire up with Lethal as PCO goes to the apron. Lethal triangle dropkicks PCO down! But PCO stays on his feet, and even eggs Lethal on. Lethal builds speed, but stops when PCO practically demands he dive. Cobb runs Lethal over in the hesitation! PCO wants Cobb to fly!? Cobb shrugs and runs, but then stops. Rush runs Cobb over! Rush builds speed to fake PCO out to Tranquilo! Lethal basement dropkicks Rush, then DIVES onto Cobb! Lethal gets back in the ring to DIVE onto Rush! And then finally, as PCO keeps demanding it, Lethal runs and DIVES onto him! But PCO catches Lethal for a choke slam to the apron!
PCO gets in and catches Rush to a fireman’s carry! Rolling senton! PCO climbs up top, and BANZAI to a Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO! Cobb goes after PCO while Rush rolls out. Cobb whips but PCO ducks to grab Cobb around the throat! But Cobb breaks free to grab PCO around the throat! PCO breaks free to grab Cobb and shove Cobb at a corner. Cobb bounces off buckles, into the choke slam! Cover, but Rush breaks it with a swift kick to PCO’s face! Rush talks trash then runs at Lethal. He ducks Lethal’s lariat to knee trigger Cobb! Rush side steps Lethal for a rebound German Suplex! PCO returns to knee Rush low, then whips Rush to a corner. Rush reverses but PCO stops himself, only to turn around into a SUPER PUNCH!
Fans fire up with Rush but Cobb stands up. Rush throws body shots but Cobb SUPERKICKS Rush down! Cobb then lifts Rush to a stalling suplex, and holds him for 10 counts, before Lethal kicks Cobb! But Cobb keeps Rush up! After another five counts, Cobb tosses Rush! PCO returns to grab Cobb again, but Cobb breaks free to belly2belly PCO overhead! Lethal CHOPS Cobb, then whips, but Cobb reverses. Cobb runs in and blocks the boot to sweep the legs. Cobb yanks Lethal up into the Athletic Plex! Lethal bails out but Cobb pursues. Cobb drags Lethal up and in as fans cheer “This is Awesome!” Cobb covers, TWO! The fans keep cheering while we go to break.
ROH returns again, and Cobb whips Lethal to ropes. Lethal holds ropes to deny the powerslam, then boots Cobb away. Lethal runs, dodges and huricanranas Cobb! Rush returns but gets a kick from Lethal. Lethal has Rush and then catches Cobb, complete shot DDT combo! Fans fire up as Lethal goes to a corner. Lethal climbs up but PCO stops him with haymakers. PCO climbs up and clubs Lethal on the back. Lethal fights back but Cobb joins in to go after them both. Cobb climbs and has PCO but Lethal clubs Cobb. Cobb still tries to get PCO but also grabs Lethal. Rush adds on to go after Cobb! TOWER OF DOOM! Double superplex and a powerbomb! Fans are thunderous while all four men are down!
A standing count begins and the four men stir at 3. PCO sits up at 5! Rush bails out while PCO goes after Lethal. Lethal and PCO brawl! Lethal boots and spin kicks, then calls for his finish! But PCO counters to a pop-up powerbomb! Cover, but Cobb breaks it in time! Cobb drags PCO up to chop away then whip corner to corner. Cobb runs in for a big elbow! And then hoists PCO up for a Samoan Drop! And standing moonsault! Cover but Rush breaks it with a dropkick! Fans fire up as Rush goes after Cobb with body shots. Rush whips but Cobb reverses, only to get a SUPERKICK! Cobb runs back in, but into a belly2belly overhead suplex into buckles! Cover, but Lethal breaks it!
Lethal bumps Rush off buckles and CHOPS! Lethal whips but Rush reverses for a big corner splash! Rush rolls Lethal to dropkick him down! Cover, but PCO breaks it. Now Taven recognizes Rush as he CHOPS PCO! But PCO stays up so Rush throws forearms. Rush runs but into a clothesline! PCO puts Rush on the apron and heads for a corner. PCO climbs up, apron swanton misses!! He hits nothing but edge! Rush runs at Lethal but Lethal dodges, LETHAL INJECTION! But Lethal can’t make the cover before Rush bails out. Cobb sneaks up on Lethal and waistlocks, but Lethal breaks free.
But wait, Kenny King comes storming down the ramp?! Lethal runs, ducks a clothesline and gives Cobb the Lethal Combination! King gets Lethal’s attention, saying Lethal is using King’s move. “Did I tell yo ass you could use my move?!” Fans boo King but Lethal runs anyway, into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall
Matt Taven says he won’t be distracted against Cobb, and King says he is the “Lethal Injection Master.” King talks a lot of trash, but will this only be motivation for Lethal to tie up their Best of 3 Series? As for Cobb, is he going to roll into Best in the World to steamroll Taven and take that world title?
While this was a good episode, it also felt like a go-home, and not necessarily a well-executed one. Why did the Allure’s attack on Kelly and Jenny happen during commercial when ROH isn’t even live?! They should’ve just aired the attack as it happened, instead of framing it as a recap? Everyone knows this isn’t live when it airs at such random times all over the country, so understand that when scripting and editing! As for putting this match on the PPV for it to actually happen, Kelly and Jenny have to win now to make up for this. Then to the filler of Goto VS Hikuleo, it was really good stuff, but again, just kinda filler for the sake of exciting the crowd. The Six Man Tag was also very good, but only moderately progresses the story of LifeBlood VS Bully Ray.
On top of the filler, there was also a lot of recap to fill for time, too. Yes, it keeps the stories fresh in our minds, but so would new promos backstage or via videos. Aldis & Cabana VS Briscoes will be pretty good, but I wonder if Briscoes lose because of disqualifications just so no one is too strong or too weak coming out of the match. Rush VS Flip surely goes Rush’s way clean, while Castle VS Dragon Lee probably goes Castle’s way thanks to cheating. Unless the Boys come back to screw Castle over. Shane Taylor VS Bandido will be another great match, but considering the connection to LifeBlood and Bully Ray, I expect something shady to cheat Bandido out of the title.
The Four Corner Survival tonight was great, mostly because it turned right into a normal Fatal 4 Way. None of this tagging business, just fight! All four men got to shine, and Taven was still good as his usual snarky self on commentary. But instead of Taven interfering, it was a good move for Kenny King to be the one to go to ringside. Lethal VS King II is happening next week, and I bet Lethal wins so that their third and final match in the series is at Best in the World. Cobb wins to stay strong, and I still think he’ll find a way to win, no matter what The Kingdom tries. Next week’s true go-home will have more to say on that, but I would hope there’s no 50-50 booking math when it comes to the Hawaiian Juggernaut.
My Score: 8/10