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.
[adinserter block=”2″]We are then treated the second installment of the “Focus On” feature of the show where the spotlight is shined on another up and comer in ROH. This week featured “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett. Bennett comes off as very cocky and has the skills in the ring to prove it, just ask him and he’ll tell you. Perhaps the most annoying thing about Bennett is that, yes, he is that good. I for one have seen Bennett wrestle live and he definitely a star in the making and possess all the tools to go far in the wrestling business. This feature also formally introduced us to Bennett’s trainer who almost always seconds him to the ring and that being “Brutal” Bob Evans. Bennett’s role is that of a wrestler merely using ROH as a way to get his foot in the door and then he’ll move on to bigger and better things, mainly Hollywood ala the rock.
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.
[adinserter block=”1″]Next we have our main event of the evening and this was for the ROH TV title and it pits the challenger Jay Lethal and perennial ROH fan favorite “The Generic Luchador” El Generico. This match was a great in that it had a slow build and wasn’t too much, too fast for tv. Both men looked great in this match and in the end Generico went to the well one too many times when he went for his second Yakuza kick and Lethal countered with his lethal combination finisher and became the new ROH TV champion.
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.