This week’s Ring of Honor saw a New ROH TV Champion crowned, the ROH debut of Chuck Taylor and the seeds planted for a feud between stars Marty Scrull and Adam Cole.
The show opens with The Bullet Club consisting of the Young Bucks and Hangman Page taking on Roppongi Vice and the debuting Chuck Taylor. The six men brawl before the match eventually gets underway. A fun match with some very exciting spots especially towards the end of the match, until Chuck Taylor hits the Awful Waffle and picks up the pinfall victory. A good math that just felt a little out of sequence being shown only a matter of days after the Young Bucks beat RPG at Dominion for the IWGP Jr Tag Titles. Nothing they can really do about that scheduling, but it did make things feel a bit out of place. A very fun match by all men involved though.
We learnt that next week on ROH TV The Kingdom will take on The Boys, we also saw a backstage promo of the Briscoe’s furious with the Boys for costing them their match last week.
There was a fantastic Jay White feature package talking about his journey in wrestling so far and his outstanding match against Ospreay, before talking about Punishment Martinez and his interference. The Rebellion then fought Jay White and Jonathan Gresham to a no-contest, before the MCMG got involved to even the numbers out. After the match, the challenge is issued for the Best in the World PPV.
The main event saw KUSHIDA defeat the newest member of the Bullet Club Marty Scrull to become the new ROH TV Champion. The two men put on a very good display of wrestling worthy of a Television Title Match. The finish came when Marty Scrull went for the Chicken Wing only for the lights in the arena to go out, and Adam Cole appeared dressed as the Villain. This distraction was enough for KUSHIDA to get the pinfall and become the new champion. Again, this felt a little disjointed; obviously KUSHIDA becoming champion at the time of tapings and with his recent Best of the Super Juniors victory; but as was the case with the Young Bucks this is merely unfortunate scheduling and shouldn’t take away from a good match and a good story. It appears the story between Adam Cole and Marty Scrull is only just beginning; the feud essentially writes itself with the Bullet Club and it is sure to be something special. KUSHIDA on the other hand is running red hot right now. Once again exciting times lie ahead of Ring of Honor.