8/25 Gutteridge's ROH TV Report: Jay Lethal defends the ROH TV Title against ACH, #TheNewStreak is defended as RD Evans faces Moose, and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Rocky Romero


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8/25 Gutteridge's ROH TV Report: Jay Lethal defends the ROH TV Title against ACH, #TheNewStreak is defended as RD Evans faces Moose, and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Rocky Romero
2014-08-25 13:05:41


By Darren Gutteridge

Ring of Honor TV
Taped August 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aired August 25, 2014 on the ROH website

After titles, Kevin Kelly introduced himself, and welcomed Steve Corino back to the announcers table after his match with Kevin Steen last week. They introduced tonight's main event, Jay Lethal vs. ACH for the ROH TV Title.

Rocky Romero made his entrance, as we cut to a video from a house show event. Romero was teaming with Tommaso Ciampa against Red Dragon. Red Dragon picked up the win, and Ciampa and Romero brawled after the match. Kelly said some backstage were questioning Ciampa's emotional state. Ciampa received a good ovation for his entrance...

1. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Rocky Romero. Both men shook hands. Romero was wheeling out his entire arsenal of showboating moves early on, until a Sliced Bread attempt ended with him suffering a mean backbreaker from Ciampa. We cut to the first commercial ...

Backstage, TaDarius Thomas was speaking about his match with ACH last week. He said that ACH was better than him on the night. Before he could continue, BJ Whitmer shouted at him for putting ACH over. He slapped him around the head before mouthing off at production crew and taking his microphone off...

Though Ciampa was on the top rope when we returned, Romero brought him down with a superplex. He followed up with a suicide dive to the outside that popped the crowd. Back inside, Romero came flying at Ciampa, only to be picked out of the air by a dropkick. After a little back and forth countering, Romero ended up sat in the corner, and ate two running knees. However, he recovered in time to turn Ciampa's top rope Samoan drop into a powerbomb for a two count.

Romero tried for some hit and run offense, but Ciampa knee'd him in the face when he went for his rope hanging spot. Ciampa applied the Sicilian Stretch following an Air Raid Crash. Romero got to the ropes, but Ciampa didn't break the hold. The ref counted to five twice, but Ciampa just laughed him off. The ref called for the bell...

Rocky Romero defeated Tommaso Ciampa in 7:31 via DQ.

Ciampa eventually let go, and leaned into the camera, saying "Michael Elgin, I'm coming for you". Romero attacked him, but Ciampa rolled outside and retreated. Moose vs. RD Evans is up next. IT'S STREAK TIME!...

Gutt Reaction: It's been FAR too long without a streak match. I may be overly excited. I like the idea behind turning Ciampa heel. He seems like a natural one anyway, and the fans did turn on him at the end (although not all that strongly). The talk of people questioning his emotional state at the start seemed a little out of left field, but it's believable in retrospect considering his rant a few weeks ago.

Backstage, ACH likened himself to Superman. He said at Best in the World, he earned his title shot, and he would be leaving Philly with the TV Title. "And that... is pure motivation". What a weak, nonsensical catchphrase that is ...

We cut to Jay Lethal and Truth Martini. Lethal called the TV Title ACH's "ticket out of the ghetto", but he would unfortunately be living there "for a little longer than he had hoped". There was more, but I became distracted by Truth's sunglasses reflecting the entire camera setup. That's some amateur hour crap...

Darren Gutteridge's Favourite Wrestler™ , RD Evans, came out with Darren Gutteridge's Favourite Female Wrestler™, Veda Scott, and Ramon. All three looked nervous as they chanted "Streak". Ramon's sign stated that #TheNewStreak now stood at 138-0. Moose was out next, with his music that chants "Moose". Oh my God, I know now how to fix the NXT tag division - Moose and Bull Dempsey, the Barnyard Battalion! They could even do one of those awful tag team remixes of both songs, and alternate "MOOSE!" and "BULL!".

Before the match started, Veda grabbed a mic and reminded Moose that she had made him an offer to join her stable not once, but twice. She claimed that Moose could get all the opportunities that Evans has had. She asked him to consider the offer one more time, and shake Evans' hand. "No one wants to see Moose vs. Evans". The fans started to indicate that they did, and Veda started shouting "NO!".

RD took the mic, and said he would speak to Moose in a way he might understand - sports lingo. He claimed that wrestling doesn't have to be a sport of individuals, but a team sport. "There is even a thing called Tag Team Wrestling!". RD said Moose's time in the NFL should mean he knows all about being a team player, so he should take the advice being offered to him by a "respected locker room veteran". RD closed by saying "Every lineman needs a quarterback. I can be your quarterback. Mr. Moose, will you be my lineman?".

Moose pondered for a moment, and then shook RD's hand. "Touchdown!". Veda got a "Streak" chant going before shaking Moose's hand, while Ramon looked on unimpressed. RD motioned for a hug, but didn't get one, so instead shook Moose's hand again, bowed a few times , and then held the ropes open for him...

Gutt Reaction: Well, I guess we know how the Streak is going to end in a few months. But, for now, take away this - THE STREAK LIVES!

ACH got a decent pop for his entrance prior to the main event. Jay Lethal, accompanied by Truth Martini and Seleziya Sparx, had his hair out of cornrows. It looked like Andre the Giant's hair when he had it grown out super long in his early years. In conclusion, it looked ridiculous. They handled the introductions in-ring...

Backstage, Cedric Alexander said 2014 had been an amazing year, and he had overcome obstacle after obstacle. Next week, he has to get past his next obstacle - Michael Elgin. When he beats Elgin and wins the ROH title, he claimed everyone would know he was legit...

2. Jay Lethal vs. ACH for the ROH TV Title. No man was on offence for very long early on. The first real thing of note happened when ACH landed on the outside and was shoved into the ringpost by Seleziya. The ref saw it, but chose to eject Seleziya from ringside instead of DQ'ing Lethal. Even after she left though, Lethal continued the beat down on the outside. We cut to another commercial...

ACH worked on Lethal's middle section, and the commentators sold it as ACH attempting to blow Lethal's cardio game up. After some taunts from the outside, ACH took after Martini, but Lethal met him with a clothesline. Martini interjected himself again a short time after, tripping ACH as he wound up for a dive to Lethal on the outside. The ref saw it, and ejected Truth.

Lethal set to work grounding ACH, and was successful right up until ACH hit him with a second rope launched Flatliner. ACH hit a hot streak, culminating with a bridging German Suplex. He got a two count, and got another (after another commerical break) off of a flying double foot stomp. He attempted the 450 splash, only for Lethal to roll out of the way and come back with the Lethal Combination. He followed up with the Hail to the King elbow drop, and ACH barely kicked out before 3.

ACH kicked out of a massive superkick as well, and Lethal got frustrated. He rolled to outside and grabbed his title, and started to walk up the ramp. ACH stopped him, and the two laid into each other on the outside. ACH got the upperhand, and took Lethal out with a beautiful running backflip splash over the top rope. He rolled Lethal back in, and nailed the 450 splash. He seemed to be heading for the win, but Lethal managed to get a foot on the ropes.

The fans though it was over, and a few threw streamers in before they realised. Kelly and Corino sold the hell out of the disbelief. ACH look bewildered, but soon put Lethal down with a Lethal Combination, and rolled into a Koji Clutch. Lethal was passing out, but rallied with punches to escape. The two traded blows as Corino shouted "It's Rocky and Apollo here in Philly!". Just as ACH landed a big blow and Lethal fell to the mat, the bell rang to signify that the 30 minute time limit was up...

The match ended in a time-limit draw at 30:00. Jay Lethal retains the ROH TV Title.

The fans chanted for "5 more minutes" as ACH fell to his knees. Lethal grabbed his title, shook ACH's hand, and left on shaky legs. Kelly pitched next weeks ROH Title match as the show closed...

Gutt Reaction: I know that in saying this, somewhere in the world, JR will get mad, but I must be honest – I despise time-limit draws. It may be that I have never been subjected to them in WWE, but it seems like such an anti-climax, even in comparison to cheap DQ or Dusty finishes. I get its value as a storytelling device, but it leaves me, and everyone watching it live, feeling cold and a little cheated. In fact, I hate people announcing time limits in general. When it happens on indie shows and two people I don't like get "30 minutes", it destroys me.

That aside, the main event, as it seems to every week, offered great action. Considering ACH was in there, the pace wasn't over the top. Lethal marshalled the action well enough that it didn't seem slow, but it didn't seem to be going 1000 mph either. The only silver lining of the time-limit draw is the potential it has to spawn a rematch. And that means no more Lethal/Matt Taven matches!

Overall, an OK first match was followed by a fun segment (though I suspect I may have been its biggest fan) and a strong main event. Check it out.

Thanks for reading. If you have any thoughts or opinions on this article, add me on Twitter - @DazatheG . You can also check out my website, Thegutteridgelog.co.uk

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