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Hall’s ROH TV Review 2.29.24

March 1, 2024 | Posted by Thomas Hall
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Ring Of Honor
Date: February 29, 2024
Location: Great Southern Bank Arena, Springfield, Missouri
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Coleman

We are just over a month away from Supercard Of Honor and this show has been a bit up and down in recent weeks. This has mainly been due to the Women’s TV Title tournament, which has made things feel a bit more important. That importance should continue this week with Dalton Castle finally getting his hands on Johnny TV. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

We run down some of the card.

Women’s TV Title Tournament Quarterfinals: Taya Valkyrie vs. Queen Aminata

Johnny TV is here with Valkyrie. Aminata grabs a headlock to start but Valkyrie reverses into one of her own. That’s reversed as well so Valkyrie powers her into the corner for the exchange of forearms. Aminata misses the hip attack though and gets knocked into Johnny’s arms, allowing Valkyrie to hit a dropkick through the ropes.

A suplex on the floor keeps Aminata in trouble and Valkyrie makes it worse with the STF. That’s escaped as well and Valkyrie spears her down for two. Aminata comes back with a suplex into the penalty kick, setting up the required hip attack in the corner. Valkyrie gets in a slam for two but walks into a headbutt for the pin at 8:55.

Rating: C+. So I guess Aminata is just kind of a thing now, as she went from losing all the time to being a serious contender for the title. I do like putting some fresh blood out there, but they took a rather odd way to get there. The match was fine enough and beating Valkyrie is the biggest win of Aminata’s career to date.

We look back at last week’s tournament matches.

Mike Sydal vs. Lee Johnson

Johnson takes him to the mat to start and switches into a hammerlock. A rollup gives Johnson two and Sydal needs a breather in the corner. Said breather seems to work as he takes Johnson down into a chinlock, followed by a Michinoku Driver for two. Johnson fights out of another chinlock and grabs a Blue Thunder Bomb for two of his own. The reverse inverted DDT finishes Sydal at 5:49.

Rating: C. Johnson is a good example of someone who is technically sound but not very interesting. There isn’t much about him that stands out and while his matches are fine, they come and go week after week. He doesn’t feel like a complete waste, but he needs something to make him stand out a lot more.

Komander vs. Blake Christian

They trade some rapid fire armdrags to start until Komander takes over with a dropkick. Komander kicks him off the apron and hits a Lionsault for two back inside. A missed charge hits post though and Christian knees him in the head as the arena is eerily silent. Christian knocks him outside for a big running flip dive and a snap suplex off the steps (that was cool) drops Komander again.

Back in and Christian’s top rope elbow to the back gets two and a backbreaker gets the same. Komander kicks his way out of the corner and snaps off a middle rope hurricanrana to the floor. The 450 hits Christian’s raised knees, but Christian’s top rope elbow hits Komander’s raised knees. Komander catapults him throat first into the rope but Christian bails to the floor. That means a moonsault to the floor and a shooting star press back inside gives Komander the pin at 9:57.

Rating: C+. They got the crowd into it by the end but this was another ice cold match that was out there for the sake of filling in time. Komander is on this show almost every week and it never feels like he’s getting anywhere. The fans were eventually into it but I felt sorry for the wrestlers when the place was so eerily silent to start.

Athena has called an emergency minion meeting with Lexi Nair and Billie Starkz coming to the stage. She’s sick of Lexi trying to interview everyone else so from now on, she’s staying by Athena’s side. Athena brags about beating Nyla Rose last week but she isn’t impressed with Starkz winning her first two TV Title tournament matches. The fans think she can do it, so Athena says win the title or else. Athena says this is the year of Minion #400237 ¾ and if you don’t like that, step up or step out. So unless Rose is coming back, Athena currently has no opponent for Supercard Of Honor. Maybe work on that?

Taiji Ishimori vs. Jacoby Watts

Watts picks up the pace to start but Ishimori knocks him down. Ishimori goes up but his high crossbody is blocked, allowing Watts to hit a hard clothesline for two. Not that it matters as Ishimori pulls him into a Border City Stretch for the tap at 2:57.

Queen Aminata is ready for the last two rounds of the tournament.

Johnny TV vs. Dalton Castle

For the Boys and Taya Valkyrie is here with TV. Castle can barely walk so the Iron Savages and Jacked Jameson come out to revive him with Savage Sauce. TV rolls around to start before Castle sends him outside. Back in and TV sends him outside, where the Boys fan him up. Castle gets back in but misses a charge to the floor, where TV grabs the Boys for a picture with Valkyrie. Back in again and Castle grabs a throw, followed by a DDT to put TV down.

They head outside again, this time with TV driving Castle into the barricade. Castle is dropped onto said barricade and TV neckbreakers him down back inside. The cravate doesn’t last long for TV so Castle is back up with some suplexes. TV slips off the shoulders though and hits his flipping neckbreaker for two more. This time Castle catches him on top for a…reverse Razor’s head face plant, which looked rather painful indeed. They both go up top where Castle knocks TV onto the Boys, allowing Valkyrie to shove Castle down. Starship Pain finishes for TV at 12:24.

Rating: B-. The stakes helped here but this really didn’t feel that dramatic. It was a nice back and forth match with the two of them working hard, though I’m not sure what this is going to leave for Castle. I’m sure the feud will continue, even if Castle is not quite the same without his Boys. What mattered here was it felt like a big match and that is how a main event should feel.

Valkyrie and TV literally drag the Boys up the ramp as they leave. Castle leaves as commentary sounds like they witnessed a murder to end the show.


Queen Aminata b. Taya Valkyrie – Headbutt
Lee Johnson b. Mike Sydal – Reverse inverted DDT
Komander b. Blake Christian – Shooting star press
Taiji Ishimori b. Jacoby Watts – Border City Stretch
Johnny TV b. Dalton Castle – Starship Pain



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The final score: review Good
The 411
This was one of the only times in the history of this show where it felt like the idea of “leave them wanting more”. The show was less than an hour and ten minutes long and nothing felt like it was a waste of time. It was a show built around keeping things moving and not overstaying its welcome. I’m well aware that this is likely a one off idea, but this was something close to a normal non-ROH show and my goodness it was nice for a change.

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