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Csonka’s ROH TV Review 1.10.18

January 10, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s ROH TV Review 1.10.18

ROH TV Title Match: Champion Silas Young defeated Simon Grimm @ 8:03 via pin [**½]
– The Briscoes defeated Ryan Nova & Eli Isom @ 1:30 via pin [NR]
– Marty Scurll defeated Flip Gordon @ 13:35 via pin [***½]

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The NEW Champ Is Here: New ROH Champion Dalton Castle is here to kick off the show, and the boys are with him. Castle is in a great mood and says this feels right. He’s very happy to be here, he made mistakes, like investing all of his money in the sparkling water business. But coming to ROH wasn’t one of them, despite the fact that people telling him he’d never be champion. Cody beat him down, but he got up and is your world champion. As long as the title is in his hands, the world will know he’s not a big fish in a little pond, he a megaladon on the ocean. Jay Lethal arrives, and he has something to say. Castle says this is shocking because Lethal never came out to talk to him or even friend him on Facebook. Castle asks what’s on his mind. Lethal is here to congratulate Castle and to stake his claim for a title shot. Lethal says for now, since Castle is champion, he’s the best in the world. Castle says lethal caught him off guard and takes a seat on a boy and offers Lethal a boy to sit on. Lethal is trying to stop from laughing his ass off. Lethal wipes down the boy and takes a reluctant seat but gets right back up. Castle says it’s a shame to waste a perfectly good boy and uses him as a footrest. Lethal warns him that challengers will be coming at Castle from all angles and wants to be at the top of the list. Castle agrees. Punishment Martinez now arrives and lays out Castle with a chokeslam and poses with the title. This was a good opening segment, with Castle staying true to his character and the crowd loving him for it. As I expected after Lethal’s PPV win, he’s ready for a title shot. Martinez won Survival of the Fittest and is owed a title shot, and also laid claim to his title shot, freshening up the scene.

– The Kingdom say they are coming for the six-man tag titles and ROH can’t hold them back anymore.

ROH TV Title Match: Champion Silas Young vs. Simon Grimm: They work a series of standing switches, Grimm looks to work the arm but Young picks up the pace and he looks to work the arm. They trade takedowns, Grimm counters a crucifix and powers Young up, but Young gets a roll up. Grimm powers up Young, but Young hits a RANA. Post break, and Young is in control until Grimm looks for an arm bar. Young cuts him off, hitting a knee strike and covering for 2. Young maintains control, demanding that Grimm fight back. Grimm fires back with uppercuts, and hits a lariat. The bridging butterfly suplex follows for 2. Young fights off a piledriver and hits a double stomp. Grimm keeps fighting back, eats a knee strike and misery and that’s that. Champion Silas Young defeated Simon Grimm @ 8:03 via pin [**½] This was a perfectly solid opening match, with Young picking up his first win as TV champion and Grimm looking good. Grimm is doing well so far in ROH, working hard, and trying to lock in a new identity post WWE.

– Former TV Champion Kenny King arrives, and is not happy about how he lost the TV title (due to the Bruiser’s interference). He claims that the way Young won the title proves that he isn’t a real man. Young calls King a stupid man for a so-called college educated man. King says he will get his rematch for the title. He then spits beer in Young’s face and officials break things up.

– They hype the women of honor title tournament.

The Briscoes vs. Ryan Nova & Eli Isom: The Briscoes killed these poor guys, with mark hitting a froggy bow for the quick win. The Briscoes defeated Ryan Nova & Eli Isom @ 1:30 via pin [NR] This was exactly what it needed to be, further setting the Briscoes as ruthless heels ready to go after the tag titles.

– Post match, the Briscoes claim to be the best tag team on the planet, and take credit for ending Bully Ray’s career. They are now focused on the ROH Tag Team Championships from the Motor City Machine Guns, who they put over, but say aren’t on their level.

– We see Silas Young pissed about getting beer spit in his face. The Beer City Bruiser wants to go after tag team gold and tells Silas he has a man in mind, and Young is supportive of his new quest.

– The Young Bucks and Adam Page are talking, and they are upset about getting attacked by Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky at Final Battle. They’ll give the newly named SoCal UnCensored a title shot if they want it.

– We get a Marty Scurll promo, who says he’s proud of Jay Lethal for confronting Dalton Castle. But adds that he never knew it was so easy to get a title match. Scurll adds that he hasn’t ever had an ROH World title chance, and thinks that ROH deserves him as a champion.

Marty Scurll vs. Flip Gordon: Marty looks to ground the action and use his grappling skills, but Marty Scurll surprises him and isn’t worried about flipping and is grabbing holds. This frustrates Marty, Marty Scurll does a handstand and then repeated kip ups, confusing Marty. Marty looks to battle back, but gets kicked to the floor. Gordon teases a dive and mocks Marty’s bird pose. Post break, they have picked up the pace, working back and forth until Marty hits the uppercut and suplex to the buckles, covering for 2. Marty then takes the heat, hitting a backbreaker and grounding Gordon. He applies the Japanese stranglehold, and the backstabber follows for 2. Marty argues with the ref, allowing Gordon to fights back, but Marty hits a superkick as Gordon does his handstand, covering for 2. Marty follows with forearm strikes, they trade and Marty cuts him off but runs into a PELE. Gordon hits a 619 and springboard clothesline, and then a springboard sling blade for 2. Gordon hits the Samoan pop and running shooting star press for 2. Post break, Gordon is sent to the floor and eats an apron superkick. Back in and Marty covers for 2. Marty calls for a chicken wing, but cradles Gordon instead for 2. They trade superkicks, and Marty runs over Gordon with a lariat and hits the ghostbuster for a great near fall. Gordon trips up Marty and follows with a suicide dive and a tope! Gordon up top and the 450 connects but Marty kicks out on a great near fall! Marty counters the kinder surprise, Marty locks in the chicken wing, but Gordon escapes. Back up top and Gordon hits kinder surprise and then does the deal with a falcon arrow for another good near fall. Marty cuts off the springboard and the ghostbuster finishes Gordon. Marty Scurll defeated Flip Gordon @ 13:35 via pin [***½] This was an overall very good main event, with great back and forth action and some really great near falls down the stretch. Gordon’s issues with Bullet Club continue as he comes up just short once again, while Marty picks up the big win as he looks to climb the card following his loss to Lethal.

– Next week…

* Jay Lethal vs. Will Ospreay
* The Kingdom vs. Dalton Castle & The Boys

– End Scene.

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The final score: review Good
The 411
This week’s episode of ROH TV was a good show, kicking off the Dalton Castle era with multiple challengers, Silas Young rolling as TV champion, the Briscoes setting their sights on the tag titles and a very good main event between Scurll & Gordon.