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Csonka’s ROH 17th Anniversary PPV Review

March 16, 2019 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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– Marty Scurll defeated Kenny King @ 12:45 via pin [**¾]
ROH TV Title Match: Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Shane Taylor @ 13:30 via pin [****]
Women of Honor Title Match: Champion Mayu Iwatani defeated Kelly Klein @ 9:00 via pin [**¾]
ROH Title Match: Champion Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven went to a 60-minute time limit draw [***½]
– Rush defeated Bandido @ 15:00 via pin [***½]
ROH Tag Title Las Vegas Street Fight: PCO & Brody King defeated Champions The Briscoes @ 19:50 via pin [****]

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– Nick Aldis & Caprice Coleman joins Ian on commentary; Colt is in Japan.

Marty Scurll vs. Kenny King: Scurll takes King to the floor, follows with a superkick and rolls King back in. They trade chops; Scurll hits a back elbow and then runs into a spin kick. King stuns him over the ropes, and the blockbuster gets 2. The blue thunder bomb follows for 2. King follows with a hip toss, and a knee drop as he grounds the action. King follows with strikes and a back breaker, grounding things again. Scurll fires back, but King cuts him off as they work up top. King gets shoved off and follows with an enziguri. He misses the tornillo and Scurll hits a tornado DDT on the floor. Back in and Scurll follows with rights, and then a clothesline. They work into counters, half and half suplex and a powerbomb follows for Scurll. Scurll fires away with rights, but King answers with jabs. Scurll trips him up and hits 619 and the cradle gets 2. King now follows with a flurry of kicks, covering for 2. The spinebuster connects and King gets 2. King slaps Scurll around now, Scurll fires up and slaps him back. The cradle follows for 2. They work into a series of near falls, superkick fake out by Scurll, but King counters the hand break spot with a kick. King hits a senton off the apron, back in and King up top. Scurll cuts him off and hits the superplex and King rolls into the royal flush but Scurll rolls to the floor. King follows, lays in chops and grabs a chair. The ref stops him, umbrella shot by Scurll and that’s that. Marty Scurll defeated Kenny King @ 12:45 via pin [**¾] This was a pretty good opener, but lacked drama and Scurll really should have won clean since he’s challenging for the ROH Title next, but it was revenge for King cheating to beat him.

Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Shane Taylor: Cobb attacks at the bell, Taylor fires back with knee strikes and hits a suplex. Cobb pops up and they trade strikes. Cobb follows with an XPLODER, but Taylor is up. They start colliding like a pair of rams, and Cobb follows with a dropkick. Taylor rebounds with the pounce, and follows with strikes. He repeatedly whips Cobb to the buckles and lays in chops. Cobb fires back, hits head butts, and then connects with uppercuts. Cobb now lays in chops, more strikes and then dumps Taylor to the floor. Cobb follows, but Taylor trips him up and follows with an apron cannonball. Back in and Taylor misses the cannonball. Cobb follows with elbows, chops, and Taylor fires back. Cobb then hits a delayed pump handle suplex for 2. Taylor cuts him off and the knee strike follows for 2. They work into counters, trade strikes, and Cobb hits a huge lariat and falls to the floor. Back in and they go face to face and start unloading on each other. Cobb hits a jumping uppercut, and then a dropkick. Cobb takes Taylor up top and Cobb drops down and hits a press slam for 2. The standing moonsault follows for 2. Cobb follows with chops, but Taylor hits the spinebuster for 2. Cobb fights off the powerbomb, but Taylor hits the uranage. The second rope splash gets a great near fall. Taylor slaps him around, but Cobb fires up and hits the delayed German for 2. Cobb follows with kicks, Taylor with rights and then turns Cobb inside out with a lariat and the destroyer follows for another great near fall. Cobb counters the knee strike and hits tour of the islands, he hits it again and Taylor is done. Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Shane Taylor @ 13:30 via pin [****] This was an absolutely great big man’s banger. These two have great chemistry, and Taylor stepped up big time.

Champion Mayu Iwatani vs. Kelly Klein: Kelly has her team out with her. Sakai is out with Iwatani. Kelly shakes hands and then attacks with strikes and kicks. Kelly whips her to the buckles repeatedly, with Kelly easily overpowering Iwatani. She follows with knee strikes, and Iwatani is down. Kelly follows with ground and pound, but Iwatani cuts her off with sling blades. Iwatani follows with kicks and a northern lights suplex for 2. Iwatani to the ropes and the double stomp connects; the dropkick follows for 2. Superkick by Iwatani, follows with slaps, and they trade. They have miscommunication on a kick spot as Kelly dumps Iwatani. Back in and Iwatani hits the German, but Kelly fights back and dumps Iwatani on her head with a German. Iwatani fires up and takes Kelly down, head kick by Iwatani and heads up top and the moonsault connects. Back up and the second moonsault eats knees. Kelly hits K power for 2. Kelly misses a charge, but hits a lariat. She looks to pick up Iwatani but Iwatani cradles her for the win. Champion Mayu Iwatani defeated Kelly Klein @ 9:00 via pin [**¾] This was pretty good, a bit sloppy at times, but it worked overall.

– Taven arrives and cuts a promo, noting that as the real champion, he’s been disrespected. He wants his match right now; Jay arrives and accepts.

Champion Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven: They brawl right away with Taven taking control and beating down Jay in the corner. Jay fires back, lays in chops and slams Taven to the buckles. Taven cuts him off with a suplex, and grounds the action. Jay fights out and follows with a basement dropkick for 2. Knee drops follow and he covers for 2. Jay lays in chops, but Taven lays in rights in the corner. Jay cuts that off and hits the cartwheel into the dropkick for 2. They trade rights, and Jay follows with a suplex and covers for 2. Taven now hits the clothesline, and that gets 2. Taven grounds things now, working a camel clutch variation. Jay fights out and hits the dragon screw. He follows with strikes but Taven fights off the figure four and cradles Jay for 2. They work into counters; spin kick by Taven and the cover gets 2. He dumps Jay. Back in and Jay hits a dropkick, but is favoring his shoulder after the spin kick spot. The back breaker follows for 2. He follows with chops, but Taven cuts him off with a dropkick. He charges in and Jay hits the powerslam for 2. He follows with a grounded cloverleaf, but Taven fights out. Jay follows with chops, Taven counters but his knee buckles. Jay dumps him to the floor, and follows with a suicide dive. He looks for a second and it connects. He sets up for the third, and it also connects and Taven is down on the floor. Back in and Taven rolls back to the floor and Jay hits a suicide dive to the back of Taven. Back in and Jay covers for 2. He starts attacking the knee again, and covers for 2. Taven hides behind the ref, rakes the eyes and posts Jay on the bad shoulder. The single arm DDT follows for 2. Taven looks for an arm bar variation, Jay fights but Taven keeps him grounded. Jay counters into cradle for 2. Taven cuts him off and locks on the crossface, transitions to a rings of Saturn but Jay makes the ropes. Taven follows with strikes, talks shit and Jay fires up with chops until Taven attacks the arm and cuts him off. The gut buster suplex follows from Taven, he heads up top and misses the frog splash; lethal combo by Jay connects and both men are down. Back to the feet and Jay lays in chops, the flying forearm and then an enziguri. Jay up top, Taven follows him up and Jay knocks him off. Vinny arrives and so does TK. Vinny lays out Jay, Gresham arrives but gets cut off. They take out his knee with a chair shot. They set up a table as Haskins & Williams make the save and chasse the Kingdom away. Low blow and climax by Taven but Jay kicks out. Taven follows with a neck breaker; heads up top and the frog splash connects for 2. Jay counters the second frog splash, hits the cutter, and that gets 2. They trade strikes; Jay gets the rack and then rolls through, covering for 2. The Spicolli driver follows; Jay up top and the elbow drop is countered into a crucifix for 2. Jay immediately locks on the figure four, but Taven reverses it and Jay rolls it back. Taven finally makes the ropes. Jay then works the figure four in the ropes. They fight over a suplex, but Taven suplexes Jay over the ropes from the apron and falcon arrows him through the table at ringside. Back in and Taven covers for 2. Taven now lays in chops, takes Jay up top, and hits an enziguri and lays in more kicks to the shoulder. The backpack stunner gets 2. The crowd is getting less invested on the near falls. The blue thunder bomb follows for 2. Jay fights back and hits the climax for 2. Taven shoots him the middle finger; superkick and knee strike by Jay follows. The lethal injection only gets 2, and crowd bit hard on that one and are getting back into it. Jay then hits a cutter on the apron, and then one on the floor. Back in and Jay pulls out a table. He sets it up, lays Taven on it and heads up top. Taven is up and Taven DDTs him on the apron. Taven gets a ladder, makes a bridge at ringside, and Jay fights off the powerbomb. He dropkicks Taven onto the ladder. Jay heads up top and the elbow drop MISSES as Taven moves. The ref and staff check on Jay, and Taven hits the big tope to wipe them all out. Back in, and the cutter and just the tip follows for 2. Taven hits just the tip three more times, lays in rights and hits just the tip again for 2. Taven up top and flies into a cutter, and Jay covers for 2. They trade from their knees, and back to he feet. Superkick by Jay and another. The third connects and the lethal injection connects but Taven kicks out again. Time expires. Champion Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven went to a 60-minute time limit draw [***½] This was every “important” Taven match ever. It starts fine, then drags, and then the goof troop gets involved to really kill any and all momentum. This was also just way too long for what they delivered; too much Wyatt Earp and not enough Tombstone. This was nowhere near the level of the usual great Lethal title matches, but they worked hard, largely kept the crowd invested and the closing stretch came off well. I’m not a fan of the MSG match likely becoming a triple threat.

– Marty Scurll arrives and poses with the championship and leaves.

– Silas Young attacked Jonathan Gresham backstage.

– Jeff Cobb has challenged Will Ospreay for the MSG G1 Supercard show in a title vs. title match.

– Ian announces Mega Ran to perform. Bully Ray interrupts and complains about rap music. Bully runs them off, and praises himself for being the only ROH or NJPW guy to work, main event & sell out the Garden. He says no one can step up to him in MSG, and runs down Flip as the crowd chants for Flip. He issues an open challenge for MSG. I hope Ishii answers and fucking slaughters him, but it sounds like this will be Flip’s return match.

– Dalton Castle replaces Aldis on commentary.

Rush vs. Bandido: Both men are undefeated in ROH so far. They lock up, work to the ground and into counters. They end in a stalemate. Rush takes him down, lays the boots to him and Bandido picks up the pace and again work into a stand off. Bandido hits a head scissors, but Rush counters the apron RANA and powerbombs Bandido through a ringside table. Rush follows with chops, and sends Bandido into the barricade. Back in and Rush hits a corner splash and then tranquillos. Rush attacks the mask of Bandido, and then flings him across the ring. Rush follows with chops, and follows with strikes in the corner. He misses the dropkick, and Bandido connects with a springboard tornillo, dumps Rush and follows with a suicide dive. The Fosbury flop then lands. The springboard high cross follows for 2. Bandido then follows with a powerslam for 2. Rush cuts him off with a German for 2. He follows with corner attacks and the running kick connects. Bandido fires back, but runs into a knee strike and they trade until Rush hits the running destroyer. Bandido fights back with a la mistica takedown. Rush fires back, heads up top and Bandido hits an enziguri. Rush cuts him off with a dead lift superplex. Bandido fights off Rush, and hits the suplex for 2. Bandido hangs Rush in the ropes and hits the 450 for a good near fall. Rush cuts a off the springboard with a dropkick and follows with a tope. They work to the apron and Bandido fights back with kicks and a RANA to the floor. Back in and Bandido counters a German and hits a GTS. He charges and runs into a suplex into the buckles. Rush follows with kicks and hits the corner dropkick for the win. Rush defeated Bandido @ 15:00 via pin [***½] This was a very good match and a strong change of pace following the draw. Bandido losing is highly questionable, since he’s in a title match at the G1 Supercard.

– Post match, Castle praises Rush and challenges him to a match at the G1 Supercard. Rush asks who he is, but accepts.

– Silas Young now joins commentary.

– Jonathan Gresham vs. Silas Young & Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams vs. Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan won’t be happening tonight.

Champions The Briscoes vs. PCO & Brody King: This has been made a no DQ match/Las Vegas Street Fight. They spill to the floor at the bell and start tossing in chairs. They chair fight until Mark lays in chair shots to both and Jay works over PCO and dropkicks a chair into his face. They take him to the floor and post him as Jay works over King in the ring. Jay follows with chair shots, and double teams follow. King fights them off and hits a high cross. PCO is back, and hits a Michinoku driver from the apron through a table on Mark. King works over Jay with chops, PCO back in and King chops him to fire him up and double teams follow. They then slam a chair into his balls. Mark hits PCO with a kendo, and then stuns him off the barricade. Jay cuts off King, Mark lays in chair shots and they isolate and double team him. Thy bring in a table, set it in the corner but King slams Jay into a chair and hits a DVD through the table on Mark. Jay is busted open as they brawl on the floor with the challengers in control. PCO lays out Jay with a piece of the table. They elevate the ramp with chairs, but the champions battle back with kendo shots and layout PCO on the ramp. Jay accidentally hits Mark, and PCO is up and charges down the ramp and is backdropped onto the apron. They then slam him onto the ramp. Jay has a crimson mask going as they double team King. Mark gets a table out, Jay takes King back into the ring and lays in head butts. Mark sets up a second table, King fights off the champions and heads to the apron with Jay. Mark catches him with a blockbuster through the tables. Back in and Jay hits the lariat for 1. The Jay driller connects but King kicks out. The champions get kendo sticks, and light up King with them. King dares them to deliver more, so they do. PCO is alive and no sells kendo shots, breaks one of them and then the other. PCO is busted open now and hits clotheslines to both. Jay stabs King with a shard of kendo stick and then do the same to PCO. Mark gets out another table, they lay PCO on it and King brawls with Jay and hits n apron chokeslam. He then presses Mark off the top onto a pile of chairs! Low blow by Jay to King but King sorta hits a piledriver from the apron and through the table. Back in and they work over Jay and PCO hits the moonsault onto Jay with a chair assist for the win. PCO & Brody King defeated Champions The Briscoes @ 19:50 via pin [****] This was a great and insane brawl, with an unexpected title change ahead of MSG. This was just insane and played to the stipulation very well and was the right call as the main event.

– End Scene.

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The final score: review Good
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The ROH 17th Anniversary PPV was an overall good and strong show, with some unexpected results and the G1 Supercard taking shape.