Reaching 5 hundred episodes is a noteworthy accomplishment for any tv present, nevertheless it’s nonetheless wild that Ring Of Honor has been in a position to attain this large milestone. After all, this episode rely is referring to the episodes of ROH TV underneath the Sinclair banner (not together with the 2 years they have been on HD Web from 2009 to 2011), nevertheless it’s nonetheless unimaginable nonetheless. The wrestling world was a a lot completely different place in September 2011, and ROH itself has undergone so many adjustments since that first episode. Beginning within the Jim Cornette period, then transferring right into a little bit of a rebuilding part earlier than they actually gained steam in 2014-2015 (with the return of AJ Kinds together with the New Japan partnership), then the extended exodus of expertise to WWE coupled with one other rebuilding part in 2016-2017, then the Bullet Membership/Elite period, and eventually, the most recent rebuilding part which led into the present Pandemic Period of occasions. There at all times gave the impression to be adjustments each few years, however one of many constants all through the final ten years has been that ROH has supplied a reliably stable (high quality varies from week to week, clearly) and straightforward to look at one hour tv present every week.
The five hundredth Episode kicked off with a cool video bundle highlighting the final ten years of ROH TV earlier than that includes the present crop of expertise. I’m undecided who they’ve obtained engaged on the video packages on this firm, however they at all times do an excellent job, whether or not it’s for the PPV intros, or particular events like this. That was adopted by the same old intro from Quinn McKay, who launched us to our two matches on this episode: Jonathan Gresham vs. Jay Deadly for the ROH Pure Title, and Jay Briscoe vs. Mark Briscoe.
Earlier than the opening bout, we obtained feedback from each Jay Deadly and Jonathan Gresham. I actually love this format that ROH has give you for his or her TV for the reason that pandemic with the pre-match sit-down interviews. It’s one thing that I hope they hold as a part of their TV as soon as they’re in a position to run in entrance of crowds once more. Anyway, this was a matchup chosen by the followers (I consider on the ROH Fb group), and Deadly talked about how he was conflicted when he heard concerning the match. Whereas dealing with Jonathan Gresham has at all times been a terrific check and a robust studying expertise for him, Deadly additionally is aware of that Gresham is harmful and the most effective on this planet. Nevertheless, when he realized the Pure Title was going to be on the road, all these doubts and considerations went out the window. Deadly is aware of that he’s the most effective wrestlers on the planet, whereas additionally noting that Gresham will count on him to deliver his greatest. He loves Gresham, however irrespective of who wins, what issues most is that the Pure Title will stay with The Basis.
We additionally heard from Jonathan Gresham, who places over Jay Deadly as somebody who’s transcended the ROH World Title by means of his work in ROH over time. Even with out the ROH World Title, Deadly continues to be the most effective on this planet, Gresham mentioned. He’s proud to name Deadly a good friend, proud to face by him in The Basis, and proud to offer the followers what they need on ROH’s five hundredth Episode, with the Pure Title on the road. He mentioned they are going to present the world what true Pure Wrestling is.
ROH Pure Title – Jonathan Gresham © def. Jay Deadly
Your entire Basis got here out collectively, with Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus remaining at ringside for the match. Ian Riccaboni was fast to say the earlier encounters these two have had in ROH (considered one of which was their improbable Iron Man Match from ROH TV again in 2018). Whereas Deadly got here into this bout with an impeccable file in singles conferences in opposition to Gresham in ROH (5-1), his leads to Pure Guidelines Matches are blended (7-6). In the meantime, Gresham is 8-0 in Pure Guidelines Matches (presumably since these COVID tapings began) and 9-0 in his final 9 singles bouts. I really like these stats that they supply through the entrances. It’s one other factor that ROH ought to positively carry over after they can run in entrance of crowds once more. On this case, they actually assist to recover from the truth that these two have completely different traits working for and/or in opposition to them.
So far as the match itself is anxious, the one factor I’ll say proper out of the gate is that it’s not for everybody. There have been no strikes exchanges in any respect, and it was very grapple heavy for almost all of the bout. It was positively a match that may’ve match proper in on an EVOLVE present from 5 years in the past, and once more I might positively see it being a polarizing match within the eyes of some. That being mentioned, these two (notably Gresham) pull off this fashion very effectively, and I felt the match was actually good. Was it the perfect match these two have had collectively? No, however they did a really stable job placing collectively a compelling bout. There was a number of backwards and forwards within the first half, although we finally obtained a big turning level when Deadly nailed Gresham with a hammerlock again suplex. Gresham would do injury to Deadly’s arm, however this couldn’t forestall Deadly from forcing Gresham to slowly deplete all three of his rope breaks. The good of these spots noticed Deadly counter a Gresham hurricanrana try right into a Boston Crab. Gresham was in a position to survive these setbacks, and emerged victorious in a really cool end. Deadly tried to get out of a headscissors on the bottom, however Gresham managed to seize onto Deadly’s leg when he tried to kip up, and trapped him for the pin. One other side of Gresham that’s so cool is that he wins in so many various methods, and this was positively a end that I had by no means seen earlier than. The 2 shook palms afterwards, and all was effectively between them, for the reason that title remained in The Basis it doesn’t matter what. ***3/4
Earlier than the principle occasion, we get a spotlight bundle of the primary important occasion of ROH TV, which noticed Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin efficiently defend the ROH World Tag Staff Titles in opposition to The Kings Of Wrestling. An fascinating trivia be aware with that match is that it was the ultimate ROH bout for Claudio Castagnoli earlier than he went off to WWE. A enjoyable little look again on the first episode, which was a very completely different period of ROH.
Mark Briscoe def. Jay Briscoe through Depend Out
I discussed earlier how I’m an enormous fan of the little stat graphics that ROH places up through the entrances. Nicely, I’ve a minor bone to select with whoever did the analysis on these. For Jay Briscoe, it mentioned that he’s had 4 consecutive singles wins in opposition to his brother Mark. When you did a search on Cagematch, that may seem like true. Nevertheless, the stat card (and Cagematch as effectively, because it doesn’t come up within the seek for some purpose) forgets to say the singles bout these two had on the Fifth Yr Pageant Finale in 2007. Now that match did finish in a Double KO, so neither brother truly received, which implies that Jay technically has received the final 4 Jay vs. Mark bouts that had a transparent winner and loser. Nonetheless, I felt it essential to make that correction for the file. Apart from that, an essential be aware coming through these stat graphics is that Mark hasn’t scored a singles victory over Jay since their first match in opposition to one another in ROH again in 2002 at Honor Invades Boston. So in that regard, it’s similar to the David Finlay/Jay White story in New Japan.
I used to be positively trying ahead to this one, since these Briscoe vs. Briscoe matches are fairly uncommon. When the mud settled, it positively met my expectations. Everyone knows that The Briscoes have misplaced a step in comparison with their prime ROH years, however they’re nonetheless actually good wrestlers with out query, and also you knew that they have been going to deliver it in a singles bout in opposition to one another. They brawled within the ring, brawled on the ground, and didn’t maintain again. The bout picked up a ton after a blockbuster to the ground by Mark. He went to make use of a chair to launch off of for a dive to the ground, however Jay minimize him off, and nailed Mark with an enormous Spicolli Driver on the open metal chair. This wasn’t billed as a No DQ Match, however I’m guessing the referee simply let it go because it wasn’t truly used as a weapon.
From there, we obtained into the closing stretch which noticed the 2 commerce finishers. Jay was in a position to keep away from Mark’s Reduce-Throat Driver, however Mark was in a position to hit the Froggy Bow for a nearfall. Jay Briscoe then linked with a Jay Driller which led to an enormous kickout from Mark. Jay managed to hit one other Jay Driller, however Mark rolled out of the ring to keep away from getting pinned. They brawled on the ground for a bit, and that arrange an enormous spot the place Mark put Jay on a desk on the ground, after which put him by means of the desk with a Froggy Bow off the highest rope. Jay was unable to get again within the ring, so Mark received through rely out. This was the primary time that Mark had crushed Jay in a singles match since their first assembly in ROH in 2002. A rely out doesn’t sound like a really perfect end on paper, however I felt it labored on this occasion. Mark took out Jay with an enormous transfer, and it broken Jay an excessive amount of for him to get again within the ring. I believed these two had a really pleasant bout. As I mentioned beforehand, The Briscoes aren’t the height Briscoes that we knew from the glory days, however they’re nonetheless actually good wrestlers, and bouts like this are proof of that. The 2 brothers shook palms and embraced because the present got here to an in depth. ****
ROH celebrated its five hundredth Episode with two actually sturdy matches that have been fully completely different from one another. The primary occasion was an motion packed battle between two brothers, whereas the opener was a technical affair with the Pure Title at stake. When you’re somebody who’s trying to get into the present ROH product, this episode serves as a terrific leaping off level. A really stable hour of wrestling tv.