Courtesy of Adam Iorio, @adamshaska
We open the show with a recap of Kevin Steen's attack on Kyle O'Reilly from last week’s main event. We're only hours away from Border Wars and a championship match actually seems important; am I really watching professional wrestling?
Match 1: Bodysnatcher and Black Ice "D-Line" vs. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas "Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team"
Winner: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team via submission, length: 5 minutes 54 seconds, Code of Honor: Denied
It was an impressive debut showing from D-Line, especially considering it’s against WGTT. The match was a little short by RoH tag team standards but as I said D-Line was rather impressive, put up a good fight but eventually fell victim to the Haas of Pain.
A short "serious" interview involving "the Prodigy" Mike Bennett with "The First Lady of RoH" Maria making fun of Lance Storm.
Match 2: El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr "Los Ice Creams" with Ophidian vs Soldier Ant Fire Ant & Green Ant "The Colony"
Winner: "The Colony" via pinfall, length: 13:28 - 18:06 4 minutes 38 seconds, Code Of Honor: N/A
This was an interesting match to say the least. I'm not too familiar with Chikara Pro but I have seen enough of it to know the basic rules (luchador). Very fast paced, and honestly who doesn’t love a good six man tag?
The anthill finish was a very nice move and that’s the kind of action Chikara offers on a regular basis I wouldn't mind seeing more of it.
Match 3: Ricky Reyes vs Jay Lethal
Winner: Jay Lethal via Pinfall, length: 3 minutes 22 seconds, Code of Honor: No
I won't lie Jay Lethal isn’t one of my favorite wrestlers, I know he's loved by a lot of people but something about him just screams, or whispers, boring to me. And this match was no exception, clocking in at just under an impressive 3 and half minutes one might see why. Solid finish, which is rare form for Lethal, but Reyes, could have taken it little better.
Short Interview with Davey Richards about his upcoming match with Rhino
Promo with Eddie Edwards and Mike Bennett on their match next week
Promo with The Young Bucks and the All Night Express about their match next week
Promo with "The Wrestling Greatest Tag Team" about their match with The Briscoes at Border Wars
Promo with Rhino about his upcoming match with Davey Richards
Match 4: "The Man Beast" Rhino vs Davey Richards
Winner: Davey Richards via Pinfall, length: 14 minutes 39 seconds, Code of Honor: No
Rhino dominates Richards for the majority of this match, which I wasn't surprised by at all. Richards tries too hard with his submissions against Rhino which wouldn’t be a problem if he didn't win with a sunset flip. After the match Strong attacks Richards from behind then Truth jumps in with a few kicks to Richards before Jay Lethal comes out to save the day, I guess he wants the TV title back more than breaking Ciampa's undefeated streak.
Not as great as last weeks show but still entertaining; my only gripe is the promo/interview placements, one or two back to back is fine, but not five or six. I know you're only working with about 45 minutes of air time, but you could space them out a little bit. Having both main event promos right before the match is a little stale, opening up the show with one of them would work well.