Ray Rowe def. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
This was probably a pretty random match for you if you didn't watch the 15th Anniversary Show last month, but if you did, then you'd know that these two had a falling out following their loss to The Briscoes and Bully Ray in six-man tag team action. Thus, I appreciate the follow-up to the angle, but that felt like forever ago at this point. Nevertheless, this was a good opener to the show. Smith is trying to find success on his own right now with his tag team partner Lance Archer out injured and he's significantly better than he was during his WWE days years ago.
Josh Woods def. Brian Milonas in a Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final Match
As I noted during his First Round match, Milonas can definitely move around for a guy his size, but he comes across as a generic big man to me. Woods, on the other hand, appears to have crazy charisma and he shined more here than Milonas did in my opinion. The crowd was quiet for a majority of the match (this was taped during the Manhattan Mayhem show in early March), but they came alive for the final few minutes when Woods busted out some impressive maneuvers. Of course, he was the wise choice to have advance in the tournament.
ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll def. Kenny King
For as little as I like The Rebellion group, I dig King as a wrestler and he has always been tremendously talented. When he's on his own, he stands out in a major way and I loved the outing he had here with Scurll, who is a star in his own right. Although both men are technically heels at the moment, that didn't stop the crowd from being engaged in the action. They worked well together and put together an exciting encounter, especially in the second half. I would have nothing against Scurll holding that TV title forever. On a side note, Frankie Kazarian did a solid job on commentary of establishing himself as the next challenger to the championship.
The ROH World Television Championship match taking center stage this week was absolutely the right call as it was far and beyond the best thing of the night, though the other two matches were treats as well. In fact, this entire edition of ROH TV was enjoyable from an in-ring standpoint. A brief video played at the beginning teasing tension between Adam Cole and The Young Bucks, so I'm excited to see what's next involving them as well. Stay tuned until next week for an update on the ROH Six-Man World Tag Team Championship!
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