Jonathan Gresham def. TK O'Ryan by Disqualification
Members of Search & Destroy and The Kingdom have been feuding for a while now, hence the reason for this match. It was a well-wrestled matchup and a fun way to kick off the show, but I can't say I was incredibly invested or cared too much about who won. The Motor City Machine Guns as well as the rest of The Kingdom were banned from ringside toward the end before The Kingdom interfered to cause the contest to be thrown out, so I'm sure we'll see more of these two trios battling it out in the weeks ahead.
ROH World Champion Cody def. Scorpio Sky
Cody did a deal a few weeks ago where he issued an open challenge and put his gold up for grabs against a newcomer (beating Cheeseburger), so given he did something similar here, I'm left wondering whether this will be a recurring gimmick going forward and it will culminate in someone big answering his open challenge (or at least I hope so). This was a nice little match while it lasted and Sky definitely gained something in defeat, because I didn't even know who he was prior to this.
Caprice Coleman Hosted Coleman's Pulpit with ROH World Television Champion Kenny King
Coleman's Pulpit is quickly becoming an effective platform for wrestlers on the roster to receive some character development and progress storylines. Here, we heard from King about his recent World TV title victory, and what I liked about this was that his history with Coleman was addressed as well. Coleman stayed in heel mode and even acknowledged that he didn't think the company had faith in him before, but no tension was teased beyond that.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA and Jay Lethal def. The Addiction
KUSHIDA and Lethal make for such an exciting tag team that they were bound to get a great match out of whoever they faced, so it helped that their opponents, The Addiction, are every bit as excellent as they are. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian teased walking out at first, but KUSHIDA and Lethal forced them to stay and I'm glad they did because this was a very entertaining tag team match. The Addiction aren't too damaged by the defeat, though I'm curios whether their rivalry with Lethal and/or KUSHIDA will continue.
The Final Battle pay-per-view isn't for another month and a half, so there is plenty of time to start building up the card. For now, it's entirely acceptable to kill time with matches that may not lead to anything at the event, such as the main event on this edition of ROH TV. That was a real treat, and the other two matches were enjoyable as well. Throw in a successful Coleman's Pulpit segment and you have yourself a quality episode.
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