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ROH Review – Mark Briscoe Challenges Jay Lethal for TV Title

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7/15/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Jay Lethal (w/ Truth Martini) def. Mark Briscoe (w/ ODB) by pinfall to retain the World Television Championship

Roderick Strong sat in on commentary with Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino. Truth Martini made an early distraction, allowing Lethal to hit a baseball slide on Mark. Lethal held up Mark for Truth to hit him with the Book of Truth, but ODB ran in to even the odds.

Mark repeatedly drove Lethal into the barricades, then tossed him into the ring and hit a diving chop. Mark followed up with a vertical suplex, earning a two-count. J Diesel ran in to try and cause another DQ, but Mark tossed him from the ring.

Lethal took advantage of the distraction to hit an enziguiri and a backbreaker. Mark responded with a jawbreaker, but Lethal put him back down with a clothesline for a near-fall. Mark fought back with a uranage and a clothesline of his own, followed by a brainbuster, but Lethal managed to kick out.

Lethal hit a superkick, but Mark countered the Lethal Injection with a German suplex. Mark clotheslined Lethal out of the ring and hit a dive between the ropes, followed by an apron elbow drop. Mark got Lethal back in the ring and climbed up top. Truth jumped up on the apron, but ODB pulled him back down, preventing him from causing a DQ.

Donovan Dijak ran in, but Jay Briscoe was right behind him, again stopping the House of Truth from intentionally disqualifying Lethal. Mark hit the Froggy Elbow, but Lethal kicked out as ODB and Jay cleaned house on the outside. Lethal recovered and hit a dive between the ropes on ODB.

J Diesel took advantage of a distracted referee to hit Mark with a low blow, and Lethal hit the Lethal Injection for the pinfall victory. After the match, the House of Truth attacked the Briscoes, and Strong made the save, dismantling the entire House of Truth and clearing the ring.

Strong grabbed a mic and proposed that he and the Briscoes take on the House of Truth next week on the 200th episode of ROH TV. ODB took the mic and said that she wanted in on the match too, challenging Truth to join the match as well. Lethal accepted the four-on-four match for next week.

Scott’s Thoughts: I loved the story told during the match, with the House of Truth continuously trying to intentionally disqualify Lethal, and the Briscoes/ODB stopping every attempt. Having Strong team up with the Briscoes is a fun way to build to Death Before Dishonor. Pretty much everything about this angle is working.

 

Matt Sydal def. Adam Page (w/ BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino) by pinfall

Sydal hit a series of arm drags and a hurricanrana, followed by a spinning heel kick. He followed up with a running corner knee strike and a baseball slide, which struck Colby instead of Page. Page took advantage to hit a shooting star from the apron, and Whitmer took advantage of a distracted referee to drive Sydal into the barricade.

Back in the ring, Sydal earned a near-fall with a schoolboy, but Page answered with a bridging pumphandle fallaway slam for his own two-count. Sydal fought back with a series of kicks and a double-knee takedown for two. Sydal added a leg drop and a standing moonsault, but Page kicked out.

Sydal hit a thrust kick and climbed up top, but Page caught him and hit a fireman’s carry backbreaker. Page hit a running lariat for a near-fall, but Sydal answered with a running knee strike. Sydal climbed up top and hit a shooting star press for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Whitmer attacked Sydal as Colby tossed chairs into the ring. ACH hit the ring to even the odds, but Whitmer assaulted him with a chair. Page piled up a bunch of chairs and hit a reverse piledriver on Sydal onto the chairs.

Scott’s Thoughts: I haven’t been a fan of Page/Whitmer’s recent antics, but this was all very good. Page wrestled one of his better singles matches to date, and the post-match angle did a good job of getting some actual heat on The Decade.

 

Will Ferrara def. Silas Young by pinfall

Silas hit a facebuster, but Ferrara answered with a sunset flip and an arm drag. Ferrara locked in a submission, but Silas picked him up and hit a deadlift side suplex. Ferrara responded with a jawbreaker and a dropkick, following up with a tornado DDT for a near-fall.

Ferrara hit a sunset flip powerbomb for another two-count. Silas fought back with a DDT in the corner, but Dalton Castle’s boys ran in to distract him. Ferrara took advantage of the distraction to roll Silas up for the victory. Silas hit a hangman’s DDT and Misery on the boys after the match.

Scott’s Thoughts: When we as wrestling fans ask for actual midcard storylines and feuds, this is what we’re asking for. I’ve loved the idea of Silas Young feuding with Dalton Castle since it was first hinted at, and I am still loving it today.

 

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