NWA National Champion Colt Cabana def. Mark Briscoe
Cabana's last title defense on ROH TV against James Storm went to a draw and saw The Briscoes attack Cabana afterward only for Nick Aldis to make the save. Cabana and Aldis will take on The Briscoes at Best in the World this Friday, so this was meant to be a preview of that. Briscoe and Cabana received plenty of time and had a really good match I thought with Cabana winning clean. The Briscoes proceeded to lay out Cabana and we were told that Aldis was overseas and couldn't help out Cabana this time. This was a very well executed angle all around.
Silas Young def. El Hijo del Squid Jr.
Young has been all over ROH TV for months now pretending to be a "master technician" and mocking Jonathan Gresham. He previously faced a man called The Squid, and although he faced the same guy here, Young acted as if he was Squid's son. As you'd probably expect, it was completely ridiculous, but at least it built to Young's upcoming match with Gresham at Best in the World. The only thing really worth nothing about this was that Young beat Squid with the same move he recently beat Gresham with.
Jay Lethal def. Kenny King by Disqualification in Match #2 in Their Best of Three Series
This was another entertaining encounter from these two. King was on offense for a majority of the match, so while the pace didn't pick up until the final few minutes, it was well wrestled on the whole. Despite coming out with a broom to signify that this Best of Three Series would be a clean sweep in his favor, King intentionally got himself disqualified because apparently he wants to beat Lethal on the grand stage of Best in the World. That was a bit of a lame excuse, but nevertheless, this was a smart way of evening the score yet keeping King looking strong.
This was the go-home show for Best in the World this Friday night and the hype for the event was excellent overall. Lethal vs. King and Cabana vs. Briscoe were not only enjoyable but also built to two different matches at Best in the World. Young's match was short and sweet and there were also a few other promos that aired over the course of the episode hyping up the other matchups on the card. All in all, this was a successful edition of ROH TV that left me looking forward to the pay-per-view.
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