ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll def. Adam Cole
With Cole on his way out of Ring of Honor, I'm so happy they did this match while they could. Scurll is an up-and-coming star in the company and Cole is one of the best talents ROH has, so it was an awesome use of Cole to have him put Scurll over in one of his final televised appearances. The match itself was absolutely incredible and an amazing way to kick off the evening. The crowd was hot for everything they did, and even the botched Tombstone spot was covered well by the commentators. The ROH TV title feels more prestigious now than it has since Jay Lethal last held it in 2015.
Silas Young and The Beer City Bruiser def. The Kingdom
The match suffered slightly from not being for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, but what was weird was how The Kingdom losing the titles wouldn't air until after this event. Despite the lack of backstory for the bout, they still produced a pretty good match and the crowd wasn't as quiet as I thought it would be considering they didn't have an incentive to cheer for either tandem. They kept the pace consistent throughout as well, and it was also necessary to bring down the crowd a bit after the opener with this match.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bully Ray and The Briscoes def. The Bullet Club
Bully Ray and The Briscoes may be criticized for relying too much on their Dudley Boyz nostalgia spots, but it's part of their appeal at the moment and making their matches fun, so I can't complain. This match didn't receive much build coming into the event, but the backstage promo from Bully Ray before the bout effectively set up the story of him wanting to teach his former pupils in Bullet Club a lesson. All six stars brawling was a smart style to work for this kind of matchup.
Jay Lethal def. Cody in a Texas Bullrope Match
I'm so happy with the program that has played out between Lethal and Cody since December's Final Battle pay-per-view with Lethal desperate to avenge that loss to Cody. The stipulation was perfect given Cody's family history with it, and while you'd think they'd be fairly limited with what they could do, they contested an excellent match, nevertheless. Playing off spots from their Final Battle bout was brilliant and Cody showing some color was a great touch. This came across like a heated feud and a significant improvement over their initial encounter.
The Motor City Machine Guns def. Cheeseburger & Will Ferrara and The Rebellion
For a match that was virtually meaningless, I enjoyed this for what it was worth. All three of these teams have basically been floundering lately, but they worked well tonight and kept the crowd invested, especially down the stretch with a fun final few minutes. Cheeseburger being a lovable loser obviously helped, and I appreciated how both Ferrara and Punishment Martinez were able to get heat at his expense by attacking him afterward.
Punishment Martinez def. Frankie Kazarian
As I've said countless times in the past, Martinez continues to impress me with every outing he's had so far. This was another solid showing from him and it was a wise move to pair him up with the established veteran Kazarian so he can gain more experience. Although Kazarian will be challenging for the ROH TV title soon, Martinez needed the victory more, and Kazarian was protected in defeat with Hangman Page running in and costing him the contest.
Bobby Fish def. Silas Young by Disqualification
It was cool to for Fish to make an unannounced appearance after there were rumblings that he was done with ROH after the 15th Anniversary Show, but the match was a waste because fans already saw Young earlier in the evening and it lasted all of one minute before it ended on a disqualification. Thankfully, the fans dug their post-match brawl and that spear to the outside looked brutal. I guess this was done to start a storyline between them, but it could have been done on ROH TV and I don't think anyone would have minded.
Volador Jr. and Will Ospreay def. Jay White and Dragon Lee
Yes, this match was every bit as exciting and as entertaining as it looks on paper. I don't know too much about Volador Jr., but he impressed me with his incredible offense and the other three were amazing as always. This was your typical "spotfest" but I loved the hell out of it and the live crowd did, too. I really wish ROH would do more with the guys here they have under contract because they're all outstanding athletes and shouldn't be relegated to working random matches with each other all the time (but hey, I'm not complaining).
ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels def. Dalton Castle
Although Daniels and Castle worked well together and had a good match, it paled in comparison to everything else on the show. Quite honestly, I would rank it toward the bottom of the list of the night's best bouts. The fact it took place toward the end of the evening didn't help (along with having to follow that tremendous tag team match), and thus the crowd was relatively dead for it. Furthermore, while it was cool to see Castle challenging for the gold, he was never a believable threat to the title. Thankfully, Cody laying out both men afterward brought the crowd back to life and established him as the next contender to the championship.
The Young Bucks def. The Hardys in a Ladder Match to Win the ROH World Tag Team Championship
Anyone who doesn't think The Hardys have any awesome matches left in them need to see this instant classic. Both teams went all out with their sensational spots, creating drama and keeping the crowd invested throughout. This was easily among the greatest matches I've seen so far in 2017 and a hell of a way to restore importance and prestige to tag team wrestling. This truly felt like a main event caliber contest from how it was presented to the action itself to the aftermath that saw The Hardys put over The Young Bucks big time. The Hardys may not have been around for long, but their brief run with Ring of Honor was remarkable as they helped elevate The Young Bucks, which I initially assumed was impossible considering how over they already are.
WrestleMania weekend was filled with many wonderful wrestling shows, but Supercard of Honor comes close to being the best of the bunch. The main event alone is worth watching, but the rest of the card was extremely entertaining as well. Sure, the ROH title match was merely mediocre, but that speaks volumes about the undercard and how strong it was. ROH tends to deliver when it comes to their pay-per-views and Supercard of Honor was no exception.
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