Show Date: 15/1/16
RoH house shows have become very missable since the start of the Sinclair era, but every now and then we get a show with some cool stuff on it. This has the potential to be one of those shows.
Will Ferrara vs. Dalton Castle (w/The Boys)
Solid but nothing special opener. The two guys worked hard, including Dalton taking a pretty unnecessary looking face first bump to the outside, and seem to have somewhat decent chemistry. Castle pins Ferrara with a Bang-a-rang ** ¼
ACH vs. Silas Young vs. Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway)
The faces had some fun with Young who apparently had some car trouble earlier in the night, including using a fan’s sign that read “Real Men Don’t Use Hertz.” This was a pretty fun match, although it fell into old “you two do stuff and then we’ll do stuff” triple threat trope. Moose looked really good here and even though he didn’t get the win here this was really a showcase match for him. ACH pins Silas Young with the Midnight Star ** ¾
Tim Hughes vs. Michael Elgin
I love a good squash match and this was a good squash match. Elgin had a lot of fun with Hughes and the crowd, and Hughes for his part was great as the delusional jobber. Not a great match technically but far and away the most fun match on the show up until this point. Elgin pinned Tim with an Elgin Bomb ** ¾
Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin vs. ReDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish)
Damn fun tag match that built nicely. Kazarian and Sabin worked very well together which is a little surprising since they don’t really team regularly, even if both are basically tag team specialists at this point. Kyle really impressed me here as he seemed to be working harder than everyone else in the early stretches of the match, which isn’t a slight on the other three who put in a fine showing but more of a testament to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle O’Reilly pins Chris Sabin with Chasing the Dragon ***
Ken Phoenix vs. Adam Page
Ken Phoenix was a part of the Top Prospect Tournament play in earlier this year and has a cowboy gimmick. Earlier in this show we had a super fun squash match with Elgin and Hughes, this was the complete opposite of that match. It was well worked in every way, but had absolutely no heat and killed a lot of my excitement for this show. Page pins Ken with the Rite of Passage * ¾
Even on house shows we get the mandatory BJ Whitmer promo. Whitmer was getting booed so hard he couldn’t cut his promo, which is at least a little bit fun. No good and boring, this was everything the last few weeks of BJ Whitmer promos have been.
Roderick Strong (c) vs. Curry Man (ROH World Television Championship)
This match is basically the only reason I am even watching this show, I love the Curry Man gimmick and became super excited when this match was announced. Before this match started Roddy claimed he would beat Curry Man in less than 5 minutes, which lead to some fun sequences as the time ran out. These was actually a pretty decent match overall, a lot of comedy spots by Curry Man but a pretty solid back and forth in the last half to quarter. This Roddy vs The World gimmick has led to some pretty interesting match ups and this one delivered for sure. Roddy retains with a Sick Kick ** ½
Adam Cole vs. Alex Shelley
Shelley as a singles guys is not someone I have ever really enjoyed all that much, but this was a fun match. We got some nice back and forth between the two which eventually led to them throwing bombs at each other. Things kind of dragged in places as the match went nearly 20 minutes but never to the point where I was really disengaged with the match. Adam Cole pins Alex Shelley after distraction from Kazarian ***
Sabin teases going after Shelley after the match but ACH comes out to make the save.
The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) vs. The Briscoes (Jay and Mark Briscoe) and War Machine (Hanson and Ray Rowe)
This was a pretty good multiman match with a lot of cool highspots and general intensity. Jay Briscoe really stood out to me in this match, which is difficult to do in a match like this. Jay Briscoe wins for his team with a Doomsday Device on Rhett Titus ***
Looking at my star ratings for this show you would think it was a show of the year contender and something definitely worth checking out. That’s not entirely true, while nothing was bad nothing stood out as exceptionally great either. Everything was good but there was nothing you had to watch.