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Csonka’s ROH WOTW UK iPPV Review 8.19.17

August 19, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s ROH WOTW UK iPPV Review 8.19.17

– Kenny King defeated Adam Page @ 8:40 via pin [**¾]
– Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero defeated Mistico & Titan @ 11:40 via pin [***½]
Non-Title Match: Jay Lethal defeated Rev Pro British Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom @ 9:25 via pin [**¾]
– Bully Ray & The Briscoes defeated LIJ (BUSHI, EVIL, Naito) @ 13:37 via pin [**]
– Mark Haskins defeated Silas Young @ 10:15 via pin [***]
ROH TV Title Match: ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA defeated Marty Scurll, Dalton Castle, and Hiromu Takahashi @ 11:28 via pin [**¾]
ROH Tag Title Match: ROH Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs. The Addiction @ 12:06 via pin [***¼]
ROH Title Match: ROH Champion Cody defeated SANADA @ 20:03 via pin [DUD]

– BJ Whitmer & Ian Riccaboni are on commentary.

Adam Page vs. Kenny King: They work a fun and fast paced opening clip to begin and then brawl to the floor, where Page hits a moonsault off of the barricade. Back in the ring, Page does the Jinsei Shinzaki praying ropewalk, and then drops down and eye pokes King. King fought back, hitting a spin kick and spinebuster, covering for 2. It didn’t last long as Page hit a draping neck breaker to the floor. Back in the ring, Page spits at King and follows with a bridging suplex for 2. King connects with a high kick, sending Page to the floor and following with a dive. Back in and King hits the springboard blockbuster for the near fall. They work into a series of counters, with Page hitting the buckshot lariat for the near fall. King counters rite of passage, hits the head kick and royal flush for the win. Kenny King defeated Adam Page @ 8:40 via pin [**¾] This was a pretty good opening match, although I felt that the layout left a lot to be desired. The crowd was hot and wanted something really fun to get into, but the layout was a bit too low key and they weren’t into it as much as they could have been if they would have picked up the pacing some more. King gets the win to continue his babyface rise and to also keep him in the TV Title mix.

Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero vs. Mistico & Titan: Mistico and Bucanero to begin, they trade chops and then pick up the pace into a series of arm drags; Titan and Guerrero tag in and Titan hits a head scissors, sending Guerrero to the floor. Guerrero catches the tope and powerbombs Titan to the floor as Bucanero looks to rip off Mistico’s mask. Everyone brawls to the floor, with Guerrero and Bucanero hitting a modified AWA special. The UK fans like the luchadores so far. Bucanero & Guerrero take the heat on Titan, working over his injured ribs, which were hurt last night. Guerrero hits a pair of headstands into the corner attack. Titan fires up, runs wild and tags in Mistico. He runs wild, hitting RANAS and then sends Guerrero to the floor. Titan sends Bucanero to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Mistico hits a RANA off the top to Guerrero on the floor. Back in and he hits a RANA into a cradle for 2 on Guerrero. They work up top but Guerrero hits a dump suplex off the ropes. They work up top again and Guerrero counters the RANA into a superbomb for 2. Titan then hits a kick on Guerrero from the apron, and then hits a missile dropkick onto Bucanero. Titan gets a roll up but Guerrero cuts that off, but Mistico flies in with a RANA. Titan hits an asai moonsault onto Guerrero on the floor. Mistico runs wild, and wipes out Bucanero with a moonsault to the floor. But back in the ring, the top rope Guerrero special finishes Titan. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero defeated Mistico & Titan @ 11:40 via pin [***½] This was a very good and fun tag match, worked exactly how it needed to be and got the crowd into things, They maybe should have opened with this.

Jay Lethal vs. Rev Pro British Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom: They open up with some nice back and forth counter wrestling, Jay hits a dropkick and sends Bodom to the floor. Bodom trips him up and cuts off the triple dive sequence and back in the ring huts a RANA and enziguri. Bodom follows with chops, a snap suplex and standing moonsault for 2. Jay fights back, hitting the cartwheel into a dropkick. The basement dropkick follows for 2. Jay then lays in uppercuts and chops, taking control and then heads up top. Bodom avoids the attack, hits a knee strike but Jay hits the enziguri but Bodom counters the lethal injection and sends Jay to the floor and follows with a moonsault. Back in and Bodom hits a double stomp to the head, and running shooting star press for 2. They work up top now, Jay fights him off but lands in the tree of WHOA. Bodom hits a dropkick, but walks into a lethal combination. Jay hits the top rope elbow for 2, and then transitions into the figure four. Silas Young makes his way out to ringside. He talks trash to Jay, allowing Bodom to get a roll up for 2. The Lethal injection finishes Bodom. Jay Lethal defeated Rev Pro British Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom @ 9:25 via pin [**¾] This was a pretty good match, with a flat and anticlimactic finish. The work was good, well executed, but didn’t exactly build well throughout and to the finish, which even if it had, I don’t think it would have helped with the flat finish.

– Post match, Young & Lethal briefly brawl to help set up their match tomorrow.

Bully Ray & The Briscoes vs. LIJ (BUSHI, EVIL, Naito): BUSHI and Mark to begin, with BUSHI taking the advantage and tagging in EVIL. Jay tags in and he and EVIL go face to face, and just as Jay fires up Naito trips him up. BUSHI back in and slaps Bully and shoots him the middle finger. BUSHI lays in chops, Bully no sells and rips off BUSHI’s shirt and fires away with chops. Bully now wants Naito to tag in, and he does. Naito wants everyone to tranquilo. We get a lot of stalling here, with Bully mocking Naito by “speaking Japanese” to him. It was just sounds. Naito works a headlock and drives a knuckle into Bully’s eye. They work some wristlocks, Mark tags in and then Jay. Naito manages to avoid damage; EVIL in and they take control of things. Naito tags out to BUSHI, BUSHI hits a missile dropkick and Naito hits the corner dropkick combo. BUSHI does his shirt choke as LIJ takes the heat on Jay. Jay hits a desperation dropkick, tags Mark in and he runs wild off the hot tag. Mark hits a fisherman’s buster for 2. EVIL then hits the low superkick, BUSHI and Bully tag in with Bully taking control as Naito tries to make the save. Bully slams BUSHI, they look for the wazzup but Naito rolls in and does the tranquilo pose to distract the. LIJ works over Bully and BUSHI teases the wazzup and then dropkicks Bully in the balls. It breaks down, BUSHI accidentally mists EVIL, allowing Bully and the Briscoes to hit the triple team 3D. Bully Ray & The Briscoes defeated LIJ (BUSHI, EVIL, Naito) @ 13:37 via pin [**] As many expected, Naito didn’t do much as he was coming off of the G1 and is banged up (and I don’t blame him). And ROH should have realized this and considered changing the match to the Briscoes vs. EVIL & BUSHI. It wasn’t that this was bad, just disappointing considering the skill level of the guys involved; it was more joking around and grab ass than anything.

– Post match, Bully and Naito exchange pleasantries and then do dueling tranquilo poses.

Silas Young vs. Mark Haskins: Young refuses to shake hands and talks shit to Haskins. Haskins looks to out grapple Young to begin; they work into a stand off and then trade strikes. Haskins picks up the pace, tripping up Young and hitting a corner dropkick. He then follows with the suicide dive and then hits a bicycle kick. Young counters the second attempt and hits the apron bomb. Young then follows with a slingshot double stomp back into the ring. Young follows with a back rake and lariat for 2. Young takes the heat, slamming Haskins to the mat and then grounds him with a side headlock. Haskins makes the ropes, so Young then stomps away at him. Haskins fires up with strikes and kicks after Young was talking shit to him. Corner elbows and uppercuts follow, and then transitions into the arm bar, but Young makes the ropes. Haskins hits a superkick and applies the sharpshooter; Young fights and makes the ropes. They work to the floor, Haskins works him over with kicks, and then back in the ring follows with more kicks. Young avoids a kick, hits the electric chair, a knee strike and short DDT for 2. Young follows with running boots to the corner, and then the back breaker/lariat combo for 2. Lethal is out to distract Young, Haskins gets a roll up for 2. Haskins then counters Misery and hits the Michinoku driver for the win. Mark Haskins defeated Silas Young @ 10:15 via pin [***] This was a good back and forth match. Lethal distracting and costing Young the match is some revenge for Young taking him out and injuring him, and adds some heat on their match tomorrow. I also appreciated that he never got physically involved.

– Post match, Young and Lethal brawled on the ramp.

ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA vs. Marty Scurll vs. Dalton Castle vs. Hiromu Takahashi: The good news is that Daryl is here, surviving a Meltzer driver on last night’s show. The Boys are out with Castle. Daryl is in with Takahashi to begin, as KUSHIDA and Scurll brawl to the floor. Castle is amazed by Daryl and does cat poses with him. That allows Takahashi to attack, Scurll in and he and Castle do poses, KUSHIDA is back in while Daryl joins commentary. KUSHIDA & Scurll work back and forth, KUSHIDA hits the cartwheel into a dropkick. They work into a counter sequence, and Takahashi hits a dragon screw leg whip, Castle back in and dumps Takahashi to the floor. Castle struts around, it breaks down with bodies flying to the floor. KUSHIDA locks in an arm bar on Takahashi on the floor, and then tosses him back in the ring. KUSHIDA attacks the arm, but Takahashi hits the belly to belly on the corner. he then tries the sunset bomb on Castle and Scurll tries to break Castle’s grip but the Boys saved Castle and carried him around the ring, but KUSHIDA wipes them out with a dive. Scurll takes control back in the ring, working over Takahashi and looks for the chicken wing, but Castle returns to hit him with a German. Scurll and KUSHIDA exchange pinning attempts, Castle back in and he lays in strikes to both and then hits suplexes to both and then one on Takahashi. Takahashi then fights back, hitting RANAS to all. Scurll cuts him off but misses a moonsault, KUSHIDA hits the moonsault on Scurll but Takahashi and Castle break that up. The crowd tries to rally Scurll, but KUSHIDA starts to work over his arm. Scurll then fires back with a big time lariat and catches the back springboard into the chicken wing, but KUSHIDA counters out and looks to roll into back to the future; Takahashi and Castle hit Germans to break them up. Castle hits bangarang on Takahashi but Page pulls the ref out. Scurll uses his umbrella, but it doesn’t help as KUSHIDA hits back to the future on Castle and retains. ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA defeated Marty Scurll, Dalton Castle, and Hiromu Takahashi @ 11:28 via pin [**¾] This was fun at times, but was too slavish to the multi-man formula; one on one, and then one guy comes in while another goes out, rise and repeat. It had a lot of potential, and was pretty good overall, but could have been way better

ROH Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs. The Addiction (Daniels & Kaz): The Addiction attack right away, but the Bucks quickly battle back and send them to the floor. They tease rise of the Terminator dives, and then roll Kaz back into the ring. Daniels saves Kaz from a superkick and then pulls Nick to the floor and slams him to the barricade. The Addiction takes control, working quick tags and isolating Nick in their corner. Nick hits a desperation dropkick, tags in Matt and he runs wild on Daniels but Kaz low bridges him to the floor. They roll Matt back in and Daniels works the heat on him, choking him out and raking the eyes. The Addiction follow with double teams, continuing to isolate Matt. Matt then gets the knees up to counter repeated moonsault attempts and finally rolls into the tag to Nick. Great hot tag by Nick, running wild on both and Matt returns and the Bucks work together to take control back. They work over Daniels, and Matt locks in the sharpshooter. Daniels fights, Nick takes out Kaz as Daniels struggles for the ropes; Nick hits an x-factor to cut off Daniels and then takes out Kaz on the floor. Daniels makes the ropes, and then counters the buckle bomb and that allows the Addiction to fight back. Matt counters angel’s wings, hits the superkick and the Bucks get stereo sharpshooters ad too sweet each other. The Addiction escapes, but they eat superkicks and now look for more bang for your buck, but Kaz cuts it off and they hit their own version of more bang for your buck for a good near fall. Nick fires up with kicks, but eats celebrity rehab for a good near fall. They get pissed at the ref and look for the best Meltzer ever, Nick cuts it off and the Bucks hit the Meltzer driver for the win. ROH Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs. The Addiction @ 12:06 via pin [***¼] This was a good tag team match, with both teams playing the hits a bit due to their history of working with each other. It felt really dialed down compared to most Bucks matches, and felt if something was missing.

ROH Champion Cody vs. SANADA: Cody stalls to begin, because he’s upset that the fans are cheering for SANADA. So after 2-minutes of stalling to some minor heat, they finally get to action. They work into a series of counter exchanges, and both go for a dropkick and ending in a standoff. SANADA counters the beautiful disaster with a dropkick. Cody looks to bail but Naito appears and stops that and that allows SANADA to attack and take control. Cody then slams SANADA into the announcers, and then slams SANADA to the barricade and rolls him back intakes control covering for 2. The delayed vertical suplex follows for 2. SANADA heads up top, but Cody runs up the ropes and hits an arm drag. He takes some time to pose and mock SANADA before laying the boots to him. He then does some pushups and celebrates more. Cody then continues to stall, yelling at the fans. Cody works a half crab, SANADA escapes but Cody locks in the American nightmare. SANADA fights and makes the ropes. SANADA rolls to the floor, and Cody just sits on the apron and stalls some more. They work back to the apron, SANADA fires up and knocks Cody onto the commentators. SANADA rolls him back in, hits the dropkick and then a plancha to the floor. Back in and SANADA locks Cody up in the paradise lock and then dropkicks Cody’s ass. Cody escapes the TKO, and hits the beautiful disaster for 2, no reaction on the near fall there. Cody up top and misses the moonsault press and SANADA rolls him up for 2, no reaction on the kick out. They struggle to their feet, trade strikes but SANADA hits the TKO and covers for 2. Again the lack of reaction on the near falls is depressing. SANADA up top and Cody avoids the moonsault, SANADA whiffs on a spin kick and they go back to the strikes,Ref bumpANOTHER REF BUMP! Cody hits cross Rhodes, but the ref was still down. SANADA escapes a roll up and locks in the LeBell lock. SANADA makes the ropes and escapes. Coy then does YES chant and says, “I’m waiting on you Brian Danielson.” Cody struggles to set SANADA up top, SANADA slips out and hits a powerbomb. Eye poke by Cody, but SANADA counters cross Rhodes into skull end. Cody counters, hits cross Rhodes and ends this mess. ROH Champion Cody defeated SANADA @ 20:03 via pin [DUD] Talk about a main event that simply shit the bed, this was absolutely horrible. This match had a horrible layout, too much stalling, the bumps into the announcers, more stalling and then the added joys of the ref bumps to just kill this. The layout was so poor that down the stretch, the crowd just couldn’t be bothered to give a shit to react to the near fall. Whoever laid out this match should be fired, Cody is coming off of a great effort with Okada, and managed to put on match that managed to work away from one of the most athletically gifted wrestlers working today, and giving SANADA his worst one on one match is years. This was a horrible way to close a lackluster and disappointing show.

– End scene.

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The final score: review Not So Good
The 411
When you look at the level or talent on this show, there is no way that it should have been mediocre or bad. But here we are looking at a flat, uninspired and disappointing show. There was a good bit of average to pretty good, the two tag matches I thought were easily the best, but that main event was an embarrassment for any company.