ROH Episode #394
This episode wast taped prior to the G1 Supercard of Honor. You shouldn’t expect a big show this week given the timing. The next big event for ROH is the Crockett Cup. This show served as a transition episode. The next few weeks should set up the card for that show. This week the main event features Jonathan Gresham versus Silas Young. Gresham is looking to get back at Silas Young after being attacked backstage.
Dalton Castle and the Boys defeat Karl Fredericks, Clark Conners, and Alex Coughlin
The Bouncers defeat The Voro Twins
Silas Young defeats Jonathan Gresham
Dalton Castle and the Boys vs. The NJPW LA Dojo Young Lions
Clark Conners, Alex Coughlin, and Clark Conner took on Castle and the Boys. As we saw Saturday night, Castle took out the boys. There were any real signs of issues in the match. The young lions each took turns trying to take on Dalton Castle. Young lions who are in training keep to very simple offense in the ring until they have mastered the art of fundamentals of wrestling. There weren’t a lot of high powered moves on their end, but the boys ended up hitting a couple of suicide dives. Eventually, after some twin magic, one of the boys rolled up Fredericks for the win.
In spite of the move-set limitations, the match was good. You can see potential in the 3 men in training for NJPW. From a storytelling standpoint, Castle has been on a bit of a losing streak. With a boy picking up the win, this was the first time one of them got the pin in a 6 man tag. The boys are pretty solid in the ring and have a nice tag team move-set. It will be interesting to see what ROH does with them after the Castle split.
PJ Black Video
We get a video recap of PJ Black vs. Bandido from a few weeks ago where Bandido won with a fall-away moonsault. The video package focused on how Black came into ROH as a heel. Because of LifeBlood’s influence, PJ Black has seen the error of his ways. Consequently, he claims he will now work within the rules and honor the code of honor.
He believes this will get him back on the winning track. He face Bandido in two weeks. Just a guess, but I’d put money on PJ Black being even a bigger heel than we’ve seen. I’m not sure there’s money in PJ Black, but maybe ROH will find a way to make him a bigger star than he’s been elsewhere.
The Bouncers vs. The Voros Twins
— VörösTwins (@VorosTwins) March 17, 2019
Our second set of twins on the night. This was the ROH debut of the Veros Twins. I’m guessing this isn’t a team we’re going to see a lot. Firstly, they were bad. Paraphrasing Nick Aldis, they might have had the worst moveset in the history of ROH. After some shenanigans by the twins, Bruiser and Milonas make quick work of the twins.
This was a waste of time. If you are watching a stream, just skip ahead.
Silas Young vs. Jonathan Gresham
The main event features Gresham who was trying to get revenge after Young attacked his knee and flicked cigarette ashes on him. Early on, there were some good back and forth moments. They had some chop spots. There was a neat little spot where they traded headlocks and eye rakes. In my opinion, there was an unneeded spot where the two men traded unprotected headbutts.
Young eventually hits his finisher. Gresham kicks out. Gresham then blasts Young with 3 big right hands, but can’t put Young away. Young pushes Gresham into the ref and hits a low blow for the win. This was a nice little match. It’s probably not main event worthy, but was by far and away the best match of the night.
I’m giving this show a 1.5 out of 5. I didn’t expect much given the timing and that’s what we got this week. Gresham/Young was good, but it wasn’t a main event worth carrying a show with zero star power. ROH didn’t have a great weekend at G1 Supercard of Honor. They are going to have to step it up to keep the audience tuning in. Rush, Bandido, Taven, Scurll, and Cobb are going to get ready to carry ROH. Bandido and Cobb are rising stars and ROH needs to push them to the top…quickly.