ROH Review – ACH Comes Up Big in All-Star Showcase


Alberto El Patron, Matt Sydal, and ACH def. The Briscoe Brothers and Roderick Strong

It was an odd week of programming for ROH as it wrapped up the matches from an outstanding set of TV tapings in San Antonio. A bad cut to Kyle O’Reilly created some continuity issues and seemingly contributed to the show going black and white for about ten minutes. ROH also went against its usual pattern and spent nearly 20 minutes in the middle of the show promoting the Global Wars iPPV without any wrestling. On top of that, the main event was a babyface-laden six-man tag that appeared to be disconnected from any of ROH’s ongoing rivalries.

The upshot of the strange main event was that it created pairings that are seldom, if ever, seen in a wrestling ring. The fans chanted early in the match for a Jay-Alberto pairing and went crazy when they got to see it. The all-star feel continued when Strong hit a nice backbreaker on Sydal. ACH tagged into the match and held his own with Jay until they tagged El Patron and Strong, respectively. Strong answered an enzuigiri with a gutbuster.

From that point, the match started to break down. Sydal hit a combination DDT-jawbreaker on both Briscoes. Mark regrouped and hit a Froggy-bow on ACH and El Patron saved him from the pin. El Patron fought back against the whole team and put Mark in an armbreaker. With Mark immobilized, Sydal hit a shooting star press and ACH hit a 450 splash to get the pin. After ACH’s string of high profile losses, the pin was a good way to help catapult him to the next level.


Chris Sabin def. Kyle O’Reilly

ROH had to do some promotional gymnastics to explain O’Reilly’s bloody, bandaged head going into this match. The Tag Team Title match with The Addiction that busted him open was taped the same night, but aired two weeks earlier, so Kevin Kelly had to explain that the cut had not closed for two weeks. Naturally, Sabin went after the cut and reopened it (since he received the stitches only hours earlier in realtime). When O’Reilly started to bleed heavily once again, the broadcast switched to black and white, seemingly to diminish the visibility of the blood.

In spite of all of the non-wrestling confusion, Sabin and O’Reilly had a stiff, entertaining match. Sabin jumped him during the entrance and beat him around the ring and O’Reilly got going with an armbreaker in the ropes when the match formally started. O’Reilly continued to target the arm. Sabin acted as heelish as possible, calling for timeout and spitting in O’Reilly’s face. O’Reilly hit a string of underhook suplexes that led to his armbreaker. Sabin reached the ropes and hit a springboard DDT for a near fall.

O’Reilly hit a brainbuster that took all of his remaining energy. He rolled to the outside and Bobby Fish came to ringside to offer him moral support. The Addiction also came to ringside and Daniels distracted the referee to allow Kazarian to attack O’Reilly. Sabin took advantage with Cradle Shock and got the win. Other than the odd production, this match worked very well. O’Reilly continues to prove that he has tremendous upside as a singles wrestler. On top of that, this match helped to build the narrative tension that will get fans emotionally invested in his fledgling babyface run.