3/9/16 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters
Christopher Daniels (w/ Frankie Kazarian) def. Dalton Castle (w/ The Boys) by pinfall
Dalton hit a deadlift t-bone suplex, but Daniels answered with an elbow drop. Dalton responded with a fisherman’s suplex and a back bodydrop, followed by a bridging deadlift German suplex for two. Castle fought back with a hurricanrana off he apron, but came up empty on a frog splash.
Dalton tried for Bangarang, but Kazarian tugged at his foot. Daniels took advantage of the distraction to hit Angel’s Wings to earn the pin. After the match, Dalton took a mic and directed some comments at Silas Young, who had been sitting in on commentary. Dalton offered to close the book for good, and challenged Silas to a Fight Without Honor. Silas agreed and walked off up the ramp.
Scott’s Thoughts: A decent, if unremarkable main event, and that comes from a huge Dalton fan. I’m ready for the post-PPV filler episodes of ROH to finish airing. The prospect of a Fight Without Honor is always exciting, however.
Lio Rush def. Brian Fury by pinfall to win the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament
Fury dominated early, using his power advantage, but Rush fought back with a spinning heel kick and an enziguiri. Fury tried for a pop-up powerbomb, but Rush countered into a Frankensteiner. Rush followed up with a tilt-a-whirl DDT, earning a near-fall.
Fury responded with a modified back-to-back suplex, then took him up top. Rush fought him off and hit a frog splash for another two-count. Fury hit a pop-up powerbomb, but Rush managed to kick out. Rush hit a leaping snap scoopslam to pick up the victory.
Scott’s Thoughts: It was a somewhat foregone conclusion that ROH would choose the youngster over the veteran Fury, but Rush’s 5’6″ stature limits his ceiling considerably. Still, he’s an incredible athlete, and for a guy who’s only been wrestling for a year, his abilities are astonishing.
Moose def. Kongo by pinfall
Moose hit a dropkick, and the action spilled outside. Kongo hit a cannonball into the barricade on Moose, then tossed him back into the ring. Kongo nailed Moose with an exploder suplex, which Moose no-sold.
Moose immediately hit a spinning lariat and a running senton, following up with a springboard crossbody and a spear, earning the pinfall.
Scott’s Thoughts: Moose always looks best in these brief matches, where his lack of ring psychology and limited moveset don’t come into play. Kongo is very fat.
- Cheeseburger beat up a fake rapper and his posse. This was not good.
- Cedric Alexander was supposed to have a match with Adam Page, but BJ Whitmer entered and started beating on Page. Jonathan Gresham entered to even the odds. This served no purpose.