ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor and ROH World Champion Rush def. Dalton Castle and Matt Taven
Per the theme of ROH The Experience (where this match took place), the fans got to pick the partners. Taylor and Rush made for a formidable duo, while it was interesting to see Castle and Taven pair up given their history. This was a well wrestled tag team match where all four guys got to shine at one point or another. I fully expected Rush to win for his team, so Taylor scoring the victory instead was a pleasant surprise. I really hope Ring of Honor keeps him around once his contract reportedly expires at the beginning of 2020.
Dak draper def. Ryan Nova
I honestly forgot Draper won the 2019 Top Prospect Tournament a few months ago. In fact, I don't think he's been featured on anything major (including the weekly television show) since then. I haven't seen enough of him to get a good grasp on how talented he is, but nothing about him stood out as special in this match. It was a pretty standard squash that gave Draper a decent win, but only 10 people in the crowd seemed to care.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Villain Enterprises and Dan Maff def. Colt Cabana, Jeff Cobb and Cheeseburger
Brody King was injured at the time of this title defense, so the board of directors chose Maff to team with Marty Scurll and PCO instead. Meanwhile, the trio of Cabana, Cobb and Cheesebuger was chosen at random. Maff worked really well with Scurll and PCO and I've heard only great things about him since his return to ROH. He really impressed me here and I thought he had a breakout performance. They went for comedy early on, but once they got serious, this turned into a super fun main event, even though those six-man tag titles continue to mean nothing. By the way, isn't Scurll's contract up at the end of the month? Why is he still one-third of the six-man tag champs?
This show featured highlights from The Experience earlier this month, and since that was one of the ROH shows I didn't watch/review, all of this stuff was new to me. As a result, it ended up being a pretty enjoyable episode. The tag team match was solid and the main event was a blast for what it was. The only thing I didn't care for was Draper vs. Nova, as ROH has done a poor job of getting Draper over thus far. Despite all this, there has been minimal build for Final Battle, which is coming up quickly, on these shows. It's supposed to be the company's biggest pay-per-view of the year, and as of now, it feels like a total afterthought.
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