Csonka Reviews This Week’s Free ROH & Impact Matches
– Tasha Steelz defeated Brandi Lauren @ 4:08 via pin [**]
– Eli Drake defeated Mahabali Shera @ 6:00 via pin [**]
– John Skyler defeated Gladiator Jeremiah, Matt Sells and Big Brother King @ 4:08 via pin [*½]
From ROH: Gladiator Jeremiah vs. Matt Sells vs. Big Brother King vs. John Skyler: This is a “Future of Honor” match, which are essentially pre-show tryout matches the company has started to put on Youtube. Skyler is wearing his sweet Fit Finlay tribute jacket. They all brawl to begin as the Gladiator tosses King to the floor, but Sells cuts him off. Skyler back in and sunset flips both Sells and Gladiator King returns, attacking Skyler. Skyler lays into him with chops, but runs into a spinebuster and King locks in a Boston crab. Gladiator flies in with a missile dropkick and sliced bread o King, but Sell sneaks in and gets a near fall on Gladiator. King hits a sloppy version of the bossman slam on Sells, while Skyler hits the spear and heads up top. Sells cuts him off, Gladiator joins then but King rolls him up for 2; Gladiator hits a RANA on King go the floor. Gladiator up top with Skyler and Sells, but gets tossed to the floor onto King. Skyler hits Sells with southern salvation (Finlay roll off the ropes) for the win. John Skyler defeated Gladiator Jeremiah, Matt Sells and Big Brother King @ 4:08 via pin [*½] They did some fun stuff, but were incredibly rushed, which led to some sloppiness and a general feeling that the work was disjointed; ROH either needs to allow them some time, or not book four guys in a four-minute match.
From Impact Wrestling: Eli Drake vs. Mahabali Shera: Drake lands a jab and then runs from Shera, Shera chases and takes control, hitting a big backdrop. Shera takes control, but Drake avoids sky high and bails to the floor. Shera pulls him back in, but Drake hits a boot but jumps into a big right by Shera. Shera dumps him to the floor, post break and Drake hits a suplex for 2. Drake then works him over with rights and boots in the corner. Drake plays to the crowd a bit, allowing Shera to hit a back elbow. Drake cuts him off, slamming him to the mat. Shera hits a big boot, but Drake hits the powerslam and elbow drop for 2. Drake then grounds Shera with a chinlock, Shera fights and gets to his feet. Off the ropes and Shera hits a lariat and forearm smashes. Drake fights off sky high, but then runs into a powerslam. Shera fires up, but gets dumped into the ropes and Drake hits the sitdown front stunner for the win. Eli Drake defeated Mahabali Shera @ 6:00 via pin [**] Not bad, Shera is showing signs of improvement, but his footwork is largely a mess, which makes him come off clumsy. He’s cleaned up other aspects, but needs to desperately work on his footing and needs to be in the ring more and more to really improve; otherwise this is all we’ll ever get from him.
From ROH: Brandi Lauren vs. Tasha Steelz: Brandi Lauren was trained by Jay Lethal and recently appeared on the Impact One Night Only Victory Road PPV under the name Kayci Quinn; she’s been working for about one year. Steelz trained under Rip Rogers, and has been wrestling since 2015. Steelz shows a good attitude and presence, quickly taking control, hitting the dropkick and sending Lauren to the floor. As they work back in, Lauren stuns Steelz off the ropes and choked her out in the ropes. Lauren worked face on the Impact PPV, but is working heel and that is coming off much better to me. She controlled with a solid heat segment, showing a nice pissed off/entitled attitude. Steelz starts to fire up, hitting clotheslines and a back elbow; Lauren countered a butterfly suplex into a neck breaker for 2.She misses the spin kick, Steelz hits the butterfly suplex and picks up the win. Tasha Steelz defeated Brandi Lauren @ 4:08 via pin [**] Nice, solid, back and forth match here. Both showed some nice attitude in the ring, with Lauren looking better here than in her match with Angelina Lobe on the Impact PPV.
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