Rhett Titus def. Shaheem Ali
This is the first original match to air in full on ROH TV in forever. I guess it was taped at Center Stage, but it definitely didn't air as part of the Saturday Night at Center Stage event on HonorClub. Unfortunately, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. I appreciate the effort from Ring of Honor to make Titus an important player in singles competition again (if ever was one to begin with) with the commentary team playing up how big of a family man he is, but I honestly don't get the hype surrounding him at all. To their credit, Titus and Ali produced a quality contest, but beating Ali really doesn't mean anything.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Marty Scurll def. Bandido
(From my Saturday Night at Center Stage review...) Although he's one-third of the current World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, sometimes it's easy to forget Scurll is still with ROH, simply because he hasn't been as a top player in the promotion since failing to become ROH World Champion back at G1 Supercard in April. It's obvious he has one foot out the door, but he never ceases to capture the attention of the audience and go all out in his matches. This was a hell of a match as the crowd was electric for all the action, the storytelling was terrific, and both men killed it. I loved that they were given almost 20 minutes, too. Like I said earlier, I'd have no problem with the Villain Enterprises vs. Lifeblood feud lasting a little longer.
I'd recommend checking out this show for the fresh match it featured, but considering it was Rhett Titus vs. Shaheem Ali, there's no need. It was a fine matchup but obviously nothing worth going out of your way to see. Scurll vs. Bandido is, however, so if you haven't already checked it out, definitely do so. The rest of this edition of ROH TV was business as usual (filled with recaps and highlights that aired on other shows). While the build for Death Before Dishonor later this month has basically been nonexistent, it is shaping up to be a solid show based off what's being advertised.
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