Welcome everyone to another installment of “This week in ROH TV”, this week features the debut of “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett and our main event features ROH TV champion El Generico defending his title against Jay Lethal.
The show opened with Executive Producer Jim Cornette in the ring and he was joined shortly thereafter by the ROH tag champs “Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team” Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin. Hass and Benjamin made it abundantly clear that they want the Briscoes and they want them now. Cornette doesn’t feel it’s right to reward the Briscoes for their actions at Best in the World by giving them a title shot and Hass and Benjamin let it be known that they don’t care if the titles are on the line or not they just want to get their hands on the Briscoes.
The “Focus On” feature served as a perfect lead in to our first match of the evening which pitted “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett (accompained by “Brutal Bob Evans VS. Jimmy Jacobs (accompanied by Steve Corino). This match was back and forth with both men showcasing skills and Jacobs hit a fantastic springboard cutter leaping back towards Bennett off the second turnbuckle but Jacobs took a little too long to get his footing right on the top rope when going for his finisher a back senton and Bennett was able to get his feet up and hit his finished appropriately titled the box office smash, as for a description just think rock bottom.
We were treated to a couple promos for upcoming shows that aired last week as well as some commercials for the website. Next up was Inside ROH and this week it focused on Eddie Edwards and how he got his nickname “Die Hard” this was absolutely awesome as it really showed what Edwards went through in his quest for the ROH title and really showed a “human” side to Edwards. It also set up our main event next week by airing promos from both the ROH champion Davey Richards as well as Roderick Strong. It’s clear that these two don’t like each other and I don’t anticipate there being any shaking of hands or observance of the code of honor when these two lock up next week.
My thoughts on the show were that the “inside” and “focus on” features and informative and I now find myself looking forward to them. The fan and wrestling purist in me would like to see one more match in an hour long show but this show is in it’s infancy and I just keep my fingers crossed for more in-ring action.
From here we look forward to next week and the much anticipated main event between “The American Wolf” Davey Richards and “The Messiah of the back-breaker” Roderick Strong.