Ring of Honor TV – August 3, 2016: The After Before The Middle That Sets Up The Future

Ring of Honor
Date: August 3, 2016
Location: Cabarrus Arena, Concord, North Carolina
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Kevin Kelly

We’re two and a half weeks away from Death Before Dishonor and it should be interesting to see how they get around last week’s ruling. Last week ROH matchmaker Nigel McGuinness said Adam Cole will NEVER get a World Title shot against Jay Lethal…..and then the match was announced on ROH’s website last week. They really need to time this stuff better. Let’s get to it.

We open with a long recap of last week’s World Title match with Cole and the Young Bucks injuring Kyle O’Reilly. This seems to be setting up Jay Lethal’s face turn.

Opening sequence.

Here’s Lethal with something to say. What happened to O’Reilly last week just wasn’t right and Jay wants to do something about it. Last week Cole took the shot away from O’Reilly and it’s time to do something about it. Tonight is supposed to be Young Bucks vs. the Briscoe Brothers, so let’s just add Lethal and Cole to make it a six man. Nigel agrees to the match and we have a new main event.

Steve Corino and Kevin Sullivan are in a park with Corino talking about embracing his evil. Sullivan blames Corino for ending the legacy of evil by having a family. I’d still love to hear why Kevin Sullivan is on my TV in 2016.

P-Dogg (former referee Mike Posey) is in the ring with his Getalong Gang to call out Moose.

Moose vs. P-Dogg

The Getalong Gang is thrown away like a group of rappers called the Getalong Gang is going to be, leaving one of them to be powerbombed over the top rope onto the rest. Dogg’s microphone shot to the head doesn’t work and a buckle bomb followed by two spears give Moose the pin at 1:16.

Post match here are Prince Nana and Donovan Dijak with something to say. Nana says he brought Moose to Ring of Honor and it’s been fun to see Moose dominating all these smaller talents. Instead, how about Moose vs. Dijak right now?

Moose vs. Donovan Dijak

Moose jumps him at the bell (which thankfully rings as we come back from a break and not before we go to one) but gets dropkicked out to the floor. Moose swings him into the barricade in one of those very cool power displays, only to charge into a chokeslam onto the apron. Back in and Dijak loads up something on top but Moose pops up with a dropkick to knock him to the floor in a nasty looking crash.

A Sky High gets two for Moose and it’s time for the big slugout. Moose gets the better of it thanks to the fist pumps and kicks Dijak in the face. A discus lariat looks to set up the spear but Dijak sends it into the corner. The chokebreaker gets one on Moose and Dijak is stunned. It’s not bad enough that he can’t give Moose Feast Your Eyes for the pin at 7:25.

Rating: C. I liked this more than I was expecting to as it was just two big guys beating on each other until one of them couldn’t get up anymore. That’s all it needed to be and it’s a good way for Moose to go out as he heads to TNA. Dijak needs to get away from Nana, who is becoming as valuable as Mr. Fuji or Slick at this point.

Post match Nana tells Dijak to kick Stokely in the head, which will likely write Moose and Stokely off TV.

Addiction says they’re awesome.

Colt Cabana gets his World Title rematch next week.

The Cabinet thinks they’re going to build a wall around the Young Bucks which the Bucks will pay for with a t-shirt and 8×10 sale. They don’t like Moose either.

Young Bucks/Adam Cole vs. Jay Lethal/Briscoe Brothers

Matt Taven is on commentary again. For the sake of sanity, I’ll only refer to Jay Lethal as Lethal and Jay Briscoe as Jay. It’s a big staredown and brawl to start with Mark (sporting a big haircut) hitting a Blockbuster off the apron to take Nick down. A double superkick saves Cole from a powerbomb over the top and the Bullet Club stands tall. Things settle down to Jay playing face in peril as the Club takes turns on him.

Matt comes in off the top with a double stomp to the shoulder, which is then sent into the turnbuckle. A quick fall away slam (more like an AA) allows the tag off to Mark, meaning it’s time for Cole to take a beating of his own. The Froggy Bow is broken up with Mark being shoved off the top and through a table for the big spot of the match. Back from a break with Mark being helped to the back to make this a handicap match, at least for the time being.

Lethal gets caught in a chinlock as the announcers talk about Taven’s sexual voice. A backbreaker and neckbreaker combination plants Lethal but he grabs the Lethal Combination on Nick for a breather. The hot tag brings in Jay for superkicks all around but Cole sends him head first into the mat as we take a break. Back with the Lethal Injection being countered with a double superkick. Jay has some better luck with a double clothesline, setting up the Lethal Injection on Cole. Lethal rolls Nick up for the pin at 13:47.

Rating: C. This was a bit too messy for my tastes and as much as I like seeing the Bullet Club lose, it wasn’t the right call to have them lose this match. The last thing you want is to have your heel stable look like they’re not capable of beating the teams the top guys, especially when they have a man advantage.

Post match Jay takes a Jay Driller onto a chair, leaving Lethal all alone. A triple superkick knocks him silly and it’s time for a haircut. They go almost all the way too as you can see most of Lethal’s scalp. Cole holds up the title to end the show.

Overall Rating: C-. I like the idea of them focusing on the World Title picture for extended periods of time for a change as it’s often not that clear what the top story is in this company. That being said, there’s also stuff like the Prince Nana mess and the huge waste of time that is the Kevin Sullivan story. They need to start setting up some more stuff for Death Before Dishonor, though it would be nice if they didn’t spoil their stories on their own website.

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