ROH on SBG - 8/24/13
Previously on ROH on SBG: Team ROH bested SCUM in Steel Cage Warfare, ending their reign of terror for good. However it wasn't without consequences, as Jay Briscoe was injured and put out of action forcing Nigel McGuinness to vacated the ROH World Championship for the first time in its existence.
Brian Fury vs. Todd Hansen vs. Kongo vs. Vinny Marsiglia - ROH TV Championship Proving Grounds Match. Winner gets a shot at Matt Taven. Hansen and Kongo are immediately interesting and provide stark contrasts to what you normally get in ROH. Hansen is of the Bruiser Brody/Stan Hansen-variety while Kongo brings to mind Abdullah the Butcher or Kimala. I would even say pair them up as a team and let them run roughshod for a couple of years over the tag division. Anyway, decent match here. I pegged Vinny for the win, but it's Fury who ends up taking the bout. He'll fight Matt Taven next week. Rating: **
C&C Wrestling Factory (Cedric Alexander/Caprice Coleman) vs. #PartyBoyz (Mike Sydal/Zizou Middoux). I like the Party Boyz as the jobber team. Kevin Kelly makes a big deal about how C&C just need one, true pure championship match with no distractions to win the titles. Literally no clue what that means, but they've been beaten by just about every champion team in the promotion for the past year or so. Another decent match with the Factory going over. Rating: **
Inside ROH, Steve Corino shows up. He says he wants to get back to commentary as he is contracted to do. Well there's go the importance of that stipulation. The C&C Wrestling Factory say the same stuff Kevin Kelly did on commentary earlier about wanting a true, pure title match. What the hell does that even mean? Finally, Adam Cole assures everyone that he is on the up and up with honor and stuff. I can't wait until he wins the ROH Championship.
Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal - ROH World Championship Tournament Match. These two have a storied history elsewhere. It's interesting because these are two guys who actually benefitted and grew, character-wise, in TNA and have now taken multiple steps backwards. Battle of the NO PERSONALITIES. Regardless, they're good workers and that benefits this match immensely. The beginning and middle portions are slower, building to quite the crescendo for the finish. Not surprisingly, Jay Lethal wins to advance with the Lethal Injection. Rating: ***
Match of the Show: Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal
0 - Horrible and avoid.
* - Not good.
** - Decent.
*** - Good.
**** - Really good.
***** - Amazing.
I don't do quarter or half stars.
When you're as good as Chael, you can only call out people worse than you.