ROH in Review (3/2/16)
Hello, I’m back. Sorry for the delay. Here is the 1st ROH in Review for March 2016.
MATCH #1: Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs. Dalton’s Boys (forgot their names): Before the match, Dalton Castle attacks Young and Bruiser, but is stopped by security and taken backstage. Young gets on the mic and tells The Boys that he has been patient with them and he is confident in his abilities as a ‘real man’ that he was willing to put his career on the line. You all know that he’s not going to lose so it was basically a squash match (sort of). The Boys are at a disadvantage by Young and Bruiser’s size and strength, although they did hit some impressive high flying moves, especially two dives from the top onto both Young & Bruiser. In the end, Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser win. Castle returns and fights off both men, but is beat down. The Castle-Young feud is far from over.
MATCH #2: TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL MATCH: Brian Fury vs. Action Ortiz: Brian Fury, a New England veteran and trainer (he trained Donovan Dvjack and Hanson, both Top Prospect winners) who advanced over Shaheem Ali. Action Ortiz is from Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore; he advanced over Leon St. Giovanni. Both men use quick moves to gain control of the match. Ortiz, for his huge size, hits a high flying dive out of the ring on Fury; Fury dropkicks Ortiz in the knee to slow him down. Despite Furty’s control, Ortiz reverses out of a neck breaker and avalanches Fury in the corner. Ortiz clocks Fury, but Fury’s foot catches him in the groin, allowing Fury to hit a pop-up powerbomb for the win. This was a good match, but I felt that Brian Fury was going to advance. Kevin Kelly interviews Fury who says that he is ready for either Lio Rush or Punisher Martinez.
MATCH #3: TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL MATCH: Lio Rush vs. Punisher Martinez: Punisher Martinez is from the Monster Factory training camp; he annihilated Colby Corino to advance. Lio Rush is a favorite from Maryland Championship Wrestling (Woo-Hoo!), winner of 2015 Shane Shamrock Cup-he defeat Jason Kincaid to advance. Rush chops and drops Martinez, but Martinez is too strong to go down…until he goes out of the ring and Lio brings him down with a high body press. However, Martinez powers back and dominates the match. Then Rush rolls out of the ring, only to be brought down by Martinez hitting a high flying move. Its seems its all over for Rush until he counters a South of Heaven (?) chokeslam and pins Martinez to advance in the tournament! I really enjoyed this match being a fan of MCW and having the opportunity to see Rush win the Shane Shamrock Cup. He is interviewed by Kevin Kelly and Rush says that he’s ready for Brian Fury in the finals.
MAIN EVENT: Adam Cole vs. “Reborn” Matt Sydal: According to ROH, the last time these two met Cole beat Sydal. Sydal gets an armbar on Cole, but Cole counters for an armbar of his own, and taunts him with his “Adam Cole Baby” chant, which Sydal gives him a hi-five! This pisses Cole off and he proceeds to stomp Sydal into the corner. During the match, Sydal hits a wheel kick and puts Cole in a death lock submission, but Cole bites him to break the hold. Lots of reversals in the match! At one point outside the ring, Cole is about to throw Sydal into the crowd, but changes his mind, laughing at the ROH fans. Sydal uses quick kicks to damage Cole’s legs, then hits a moonsault for a two count; Cole then slams Sydal’s back on the ring apron (OW!) and only gets a two-count. He then poses on the top rope, allowing Sydal to catch him in a hurricarana for another two-count. Cole slaps his figure-four leglock, but Sydal reverses. In the end, Sydal reverses a hurricarana and hits his Shooting Star Press for the win. Great match and great pacing between the two.
Overall, this show was good. The two Top Prospect Tournament semifinal matches were good, bu the Cole and Sydal match was awesome. The opener was an expected squash, so not much was missed in that one. Well, that’s all for now. See you next time on ROH in Review.