Air Date: 9/1/16
Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Trent Barreta) vs. The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King)
The show immediately starts with this match. This was a really fun opener that started off with ANX working over Rocky for the early part of the match, which then evolved into a more back and forth until Roppongi Vice seemingly got the upper hand. The finish of this killed it for me though, Trent and Rocky hit Titus with their finish and pinned him only to discover he wasn’t the legal man which led to Kenny King rolling up Trent for the win. It makes sense for ANX to win since they are the number one contenders for the tag titles but this finish felt clunky and wasn’t clear enough what the hell was going on. Another example of a good match being spoiled by a poor finish. Kenny King rolls up Trent for the win ** ¾
After that we get Story Time with The Kingdom. This added more tension between The Kingdom with Adam Cole calling out Matt and Mike for losing the tag titles, this eventually led to ReDRagon and The Young Bucks coming out setting up an triple threat Philly Street Fight for next week. Okay segment that set up what it needed to, the match could be a lot of fun and probably will be though.
House of Truth (Joey “Diesel” Daddiego & Donovan Dijak w/Truth Martini) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Rowe)
I am not sure I agree with Dijack looking to be in so much control over the new tag team champions to start this match, even if he looked incredible and hit one of the coolest looking corkscrew dives to the outside, but that was fine as after some miscommunications with Diesel and Truth War Machine killed both of these guys and looked like monsters. This was basically a glorified squash to set up the post-match angle. Hanson pins Dijak with Fallout **
Post-match Truth slaps Dijak in the face and kicks him out of the HoT, I think it’s about time Donovan gets a singles push. This is a guy who clearly has potential to be something special and I like that RoH are giving him a shot.
Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. Moose (w/Stokley Hathaway) vs. Matt Sydal vs. Jay Briscoe (Four Corners Survival)
The early portions of this match built towards a confrontation between Jay and Moose which I thought worked really well, even if the eventual striking exchange wasn’t as good as they might’ve hoped. Dalton Castle and Matt Sydal really shined in this match for me, the other two were also good but this was all about Castle and him regaining The Boys while Sydal is just great in everything he’s done the last few months. The match was good overall but felt a little bit short to me for a main event. Dalton Castle pins Matt Sydal with the Bang-A-Rang ** ½
Not as strong as last week’s show but still a super easy watch. They built well to the big match next week and had decent matches this week. Nothing is really must watch here except maybe the opener but even that was hurt tremendously by the finish.