ROH Women of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai def. Madison Rayne
I had my doubts about Sakai being crowned the inaugural ROH Women of Honor Champion earlier this year, but so far she has had a great reign for himself and has impressed in every match I've seen her in. This championship clash with fellow seasoned veteran Madison Rayne was no exception as they both put forth a strong effort and had an entertaining encounter. The babyface vs. babyface dynamic didn't hurt them any as the crowd seemed to enjoy the action, anyway. Between her work with IMPACT, Ring of Honor, All In and the Mae Young Classic, I'd argue Rayne is more relevant now than she has ever been in her entire career.
Shane Taylor def. Josh "The Goods" Woods
I wasn't blown away by the last match these two had against each other, but they managed to have a better bout this time around where the crowd was more invested in what they were doing. It probably helped that they worked a more hard-hitting and physical style that kept things interesting throughout. Woods had a solid showing, but Taylor is the one they company is aggressively pushing right now and thus it made sense for him to go over.
Charles Zanders vs. Marcus Kross in a 2018 Top Prospect Tournament Quarterfinal Match Ended in a No Contest
This is the third Top Prospect Tournament match that has ended on a disqualification, so I'd have to think that it's just a running gag by this point that it isn't actually happening. Zanders vs. Kross was a nice little match while it lasted, but it wasn't long before Jeff Cobb showed up and laid waste to both men. He technically debuted two weeks ago by doing the exact same thing, yet the commentators treated this like it was the first time we've seen him on ROH TV. Either way, he has arrived and I'm excited.
Best Friends def. Silas Young and Bully Ray
Bully and Young formed an alliance a mere week ago and they were already teaming up on this show. They definitely have chemistry as partners due to their similar "man's man" gimmicks and they also had the perfect opponents to work against in Best Friends, who are complete comedy yet always a ton of fun. I believe Trent was hurt, so this marked the official return of Best Friends and the fans in attendance were thrilled to see them. This was a pretty good main event where the focus was mainly on Bully and Young failing to coexist with Bully abandoning his partner at the end. Will this "tough love" from Bully lead to them getting stronger as partners or will Young embark on a babyface run stemming from this?
Aside from the ROH Women of Championship being defended, this wasn't the most newsworthy edition of ROH TV, but it was a quality show on the whole with everything serving a purpose. The opener was very well-wrestled, and the main event was a treat. Plus, next week's episode will feature the ROH World Championship being defended in a 30-minute Iron Man match between current champ Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, so I'm really looking forward to that because it has the potential to be excellent.
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