Monday, May 8, 2017

ROH Supercard of Honor X: Night 2 Review

Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly go to war!!

ROH Supercard of Honor X: Night 2
Dallas, Texas 4/2/16


1.) The Pretty Boy Killers (Keith Lee & Shane Taylor) vs. “The Outlaw” Ken Phoenix & Shaheem Ali: **1/4

Keith Lee & Shane Taylor have been featured in ROH pre-shows and smaller ROH live events before, but this was a particularly big opportunity for them, since all of the big ‘Mania Weekend festivities are on their home turf. Ken Phoenix & Shaheem Ali got some offense it, but this was basically an extended squash match. At one point during the match, Shane Taylor attacked some security guys, which was a setup for Keith Lee’s insane dive over the top rope. In the end, The Pretty Boy Killers won with ease.

Main Card

The show kicked off with a promo from ROH World Champion Jay Lethal. He wanted to address what happened the night before with Colt Cabana. Lethal claims that it wasn’t a return, because people like Cabana can’t come & go as they please, and get instant title shots. That’s not how it works here, Lethal said, and added that he’ll be damned if he lets someone like Cabana leapfrog everyone on the roster who’s actually deserving of a title shot. Lethal called out the fans for cheering for Colt Cabana, pointing out that he’s probably recording a podcast somewhere, while he’s busting his ass here in ROH. He said a ton of guys in the locker room deserve a shot at his ROH World Title. Someone in the crowd shouts Cheeseburger’s name, and Lethal agrees. He seems amused by this idea, and said he’ll defend the ROH World Title against Cheeseburger right now.

1.) ROH World Title – Jay Lethal (with Taeler Hendrix) vs. Cheeseburger: **

This was a relatively short match. Cheeseburger got some offense in, but Lethal pretty much dominated most of the match, and won with the Lethal Injection in short order. It was ok for what it way, but Cheeseburger’s matches against Lethal for the ROH World TV Title were much better than this.

After the match ended, Colt Cabana came out. He called out Lethal for claiming he’s the greatest ROH World Champion, only to call out someone like Cheeseburger for a title defense. Cabana said that the night before wasn’t a publicity stunt, and that he’s returned home to ROH. He wants a match with Lethal right now, and asked him if he has the balls to accept his challenge. Lethal goes to leave, but Cabana says he’s here because he wants the ROH World Title, and if Lethal wants to prove he’s the greatest, he’ll face him right now. Lethal backs down again, and Cabana responded by saying that without Truth Martini, Lethal’s lost his balls. He claims that Lethal is scared to call his own shots, and adds that Truth Martini and Taeler Hendrix would say no to this challenge. Lethal gets incensed, the bell rings, and it looks like we have a match!

2.) Non-Title Match – ROH World Champion Jay Lethal (with Taeler Hendrix) vs. Colt Cabana: **1/4

This only went about three minutes or so, but for what it was….it actually worked pretty well. It was essentially worked like the final minutes of a much longer match. They managed to pack in a nice little mini-match in such a sort time frame. It ended when Cabana caught Lethal in a rollup for the three count!! Cabana stared down Lethal intently as the crowd went wild after his victory over the ROH World Champion. After the match, Cabana took the mic and said that’s how you come back to ROH! These weren’t exactly good matches, but as whole package, this opening segment did a great job to build up a proper match between Jay Lethal & Colt Cabana.

3.) ACH & Matt Sydal vs. The All-Night Express: ***1/4

Everyone involved in this match lost the night before (ANX was on the losing side of an Eight-Man Tag, while ACH & Matt Sydal both lost singles matches), so a win would go a long way for both sides. This was a fun tag team encounter. It wasn’t as exciting as some of the other tag team matches that ROH presented across these two shows, but still, it was entertaining. The last few minutes were particularly good, and in the end, ACH & Matt Sydal would score the victory.

4.) Donovan Dijak (with Prince Nana) vs. Will Ferrara: ***1/4

Joey “Diesel” Daddiego is on commentary for this match. Dijak came out with his ribs taped up after being attacked by Daddiego the night before. Before the match began, Ferrara took the mic, and brought up how he and Dijak met in the Finals of the 2015 Top Prospect Tournament. Ferrara brings up Prince Nana’s letters, mentioning that they said that those who seize opportunity will be rewarded greatly. Dijak’s been rewarded recently, but Ferrara said that won’t stop him from kicking Dijak’s ass.

As for the match itself, it was pretty solid, though it definitely had some rough patches. There was some good action throughout, and both guys were definitely working hard. There were some insane moves towards the end of the match. Dijak hit Ferrara with a super chokeslam from the top rope, followed by a moonsault to the outside that didn’t connect 100%. He then tried to hit a springboard dive from the top rope to the inside, but he tripped on the ropes. Ferrara was supposed to counter with a dropkick, but with Dijak tripping, it looked pretty rough, to the point where it garnered “Botchamania” chants. Despite those issues Dijak eventually picked up the victory after hitting Ferrara with Feast Your Eyes.

After the match, Dijak and Ferrara shook hands, but as the former when to leave, he was attacked by Joey Daddiego, who used a chair to go after the ribs of Dijak, just like he did the night before.

5.) 2/3 Falls Match – Bobby Fish vs. Roderick Strong: ***3/4

This was the culmination of the feud between these two that dates back to late 2015. As a whole, this was a very good 2/3 Falls Match that told a fascinating story. Fish dominated the 1st Fall, but Strong used the referee as a distraction, and took out Fish with a jumping knee followed by The End Of Heartache to win the 1st Fall. Then, Strong really dominated the 2nd Fall, but Fish caught him with a flash rollup to even things up 1-1. They fought hard in the 3rd and final fall, but ultimately, Fish was able to make Strong tap out to the heel hook to win the match. Again, this was really good, but it just fell shy of being a great match. Both guys worked hard, but they haven’t had a truly great match since the feud fully got into gear.

Up next, “P Dog” Mike Posey comes out with his posse. He tries to start a rap concert, but is quickly interrupted by Moose. Posey calls out Moose, calling him slow, overrated, outdated, and said he can’t wrestle. His posse teams up on Moose, but Moose easily fights back. He dropkicks Posey and the male members of his entourage to the floor, and then hits a massive dive on the outside onto all of them. He beats them all up some more on the floor, and eventually spears Posey in the ring. Stokely Hathaway then tells Kevin Kelly & Mr. Wrestling 3 that a special surprise is coming in May.

6.) ROH World Tag Team Titles – War Machine vs. Silas Young & The Beer City Bruiser: ***1/2

Before the match, Young took the mic and called out the fans, saying that they’re the worst group of fans he’s ever seen. He then said that he wants this match with War Machine to be for the ROH World Tag Team Titles, which was a challenge that the champions gladly accepted. When the dust settled, this ended up being a really strong match. It was actually similar to the Eight-Man Tag from the night before, in that it was a sprint/brawl (relatively speaking), going about ten minutes or so, and they packed in a lot of fun action. War Machine are always fun to watch in these types of matches, and I think they worked well with Silas Young & The Beer City Bruiser, who really took it to the champions at a number of points. In the end, War Machine would end up scoring the victory to retain their ROH World Tag Team Titles.

7.) Dalton Castle vs. BJ Whitmer: **3/4

Adam Page was on commentary for this one. I don’t necessarily have an issue with the match itself taking place, but the big issue was that it was WAAAY too long. There was fine wrestling here, particularly in the second half, but this didn’t need to go nearly fifteen minutes. That wasn’t necessary at all. Towards the end of the match, BJ Whitmer took a mask from one of The Boys and stomped on it. That detour led to his downfall, as Castle would capitalize and scored the victory.

After the match, Adam Page brought a chair into the ring, but instead of going after Whitmer, he sits down. Page said that The Decade once had a purpose, but over the last year, they lost focus. He said the obsession that BJ Whitmer has with Corino cost him a big match against Jay Briscoe. Page said that Whitmer was worried about Corino, when he should’ve been worried about him. He said that he waited patiently, until the moment was right to cut out the cancer, and that cancer was BJ Whitmer. He then announces that later that month, when ROH returns to San Antonio, they’ll be facing off in a San Antonio Street Fight!

8.) #1 Contender’s Four-Corner Survival – The Addiction vs. The Briscoes vs. The Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Young Bucks: ****1/4

The winner of this match will receive a future title match against War Machine. This was about as crazy as you would’ve guessed. There was crazy action from start to finish, bodies were flying all over the place, and all four teams involved had moments to shine. I wouldn’t really call this a MOTYC, but it fits right in with the quality of tag team wrestling that we were seeing from ROH around this time. It’s matches like this that really show the quality of ROH’s tag team division. I would call the main event (which I’ll get to in a minute) the best match on the show, but this four-way tag team battle wasn’t that far behind. The Briscoes would pick up the win after hitting Daniels with the Doomsday Device, setting up a future clash with War Machine with the ROH World Tag Team Titles on the line.

Before the main event, Stokely Hathaway came out to cut a quick promo. He said that people think they failed when Moose lost to Okada, but that wasn’t true. He got a call from Gedo, who said that Moose earned the respect of Okada. Hathaway then announces that, in May, Moose would be teaming up with Okada for a special tag team match.

9.) No Holds Barred Match – Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly: ****1/2

Well, we all knew that it would come to this. After what happened at Final Battle, it was obvious that these two were going to meet again, and when they did, it was going to be violent. That’s exactly what we saw here, and it was a fantastic hardcore brawl. It was violent right from the beginning, as Cole attacked O’Reilly with a chain during his entrance. There was a ton of great action throughout, and the match got a lot of time (going nearly a half-hour), so all of the big hardcore spots they did got the chance to breathe, which definitely helped. There really wasn’t any blood in this one, but it was still pretty violent. Chairs, Tables, The Barricades (more specifically, a barricade bridge), a chain, and other weapons were used throughout. The fact that these two have shown a true distain for each other over the course of their rivalry added a great deal to this. As a final match in a long, heated rivalry between two former tag team partners, this was tremendous. In the end, O’Reilly would get the win with a Triangle Arm Bar with an assist from the same chain that Cole brought out earlier. O’Reilly stood tall as the show came to a close.

Overall: 8.25/10

While this wasn’t as good as Night 1, I still thought that Night 2 of Supercard of Honor X was still a very solid show. The first two matches weren’t exactly great from an in-ring perspective, but from a storyline perspective, they did a fantastic job in advancing the issues between Colt Cabana and Jay Lethal. Aside from Bobby Fish vs. Roderick Strong, the middle of the card was good, but by no means spectacular. However, this show was really lifted up by the final two matches. The Four-Way Tag Team Match was exactly what you excited, while the main event proved to be an epic conclusion to the Adam Cole/Kyle O’Reilly rivalry (even though they would renew that rivalry later in the year). Again, it wasn’t the best ROH show of this big weekend in Dallas, but it served as a good continuation from Night 1, and it capped off a strong weekend in general for ROH.

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