Air Date: 23/1/16
Brian Fury vs. Shaheem Ali (2016 Top Prospect Tournament First Round)
Brian Fury has wrestled for Beyond I believe, apart from that I know next to nothing about either of these two men. Fun opening match with both men looking good, I thought Shaheem Ali had a much better outing here than Fury although I think Fury is the more complete wrestler at this stage. Brian Fury wins with a sitout powerbomb after referee distraction ** ¾
Veda Scott is out with Cedric Alexander talking about their recent lawsuit against Ring of Honor, great heel work here from Veda who is far better as a manager than a wrestler. Veda asks for the biggest and baddest of the RoH roster to take on Cedric and she gets it.
Cedric Alexander (w/Veda Scott) vs. Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger got some early offence and then got completely destroyed by Cedric. Cedric Alexander pins Cheeseburger with a Lumbar Check * ½
Cedric attacks Cheeseburger post-match and Jonathan Gresham comes out to make the save. Veda grants Gresham a rematch with Cedric.
Cedric Alexander (w/Veda Scott) vs. Jonathan Gresham
This was basically just an angle with Gresham having control of Cedric which led to Cedric viciously attacking him. Gresham wins by DQ NR
Jay Lethal, Truth Martini, and Taeler Hendrix are out as Nigel McGuinness is about to make an announcement about Lethal’s title at the upcoming 14th Anniversary show. Nigel makes the match with Kyle O’Reilly, which causes Adam Cole to come out. The match is made into a triple threat with Lethal defending against Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole. Kyle comes out and Nigel makes Lethal and Cole vs. ReDRagon for later. Fine segment, on paper that match could be very good so I am excited for this.
We get a recap of The Boys turning on Silas Young at Final Battle. After that Silas Young again pleads with The Boys to come back to him. Scorned lover Silas Young is great.
Michael Elgin vs. Jay Briscoe (w/Mark Briscoe) vs. Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway)
This was billed as Elgin/Briscoe throughtout the night but Moose and Hathaway came out at the start and said that Nigel had made it a triple threat. This was an awesome big man hoss fight, with Elgin and Moose looking the best coming out of it. It’s incredible to see just how much Moose has improved since just last year. I wasn’t a fan of the finish of this, but as an angle to set up something bigger (which I’ll get into in a bit) it was fine. Jay Briscoe pins Elgin with a backslide *** ½
Elgin gets on the mic and challenges The Briscoes to a tag match at the 14th Anniversary, with Tanahashi on Elgin’s side. Now this match could be the match of the night if Tanahashi decides to go for it, his team with Elgin at the World Tag League this year was incredible.
This show was mostly about building up to the 14th Anniversary show, which makes sense. That said we got a hell of a main event and some good looking matches for the Anniversary show coming up.