Ring of Honor
Date: May 9, 2018
Location: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Coleman
We’re on the road to Best in the World and I’m really not sure what that means at the moment. The show is in June but since Ring of Honor’s schedule is so all over the place, we might be getting a wide variety of stuff to set things up. Hopefully the show is at least good, which has been the case more often than not as of late. Let’s get to it.
Beer City Bruiser/Brian Milonas vs. Coast to Coast
Back from a break with Ali in more trouble and Milonas hitting his falling splash. Another splash misses though and it’s off to LSG for some fast kicks. A 450 gets two on Milonas but Bruiser is back in with a Downward Spiral. Ali hits the same thing on Bruiser but Closing Time is broken up. Last Call connects instead with Ali diving in to make a save. Bruiser is sent outside and Coast to Coast hits Coast to Coast for the pin at 10:24.
Result: Coast to Coast b. Brian Milonas/Beer City Bruiser – Coast to Coast to Milonas (10:24)
Jay Lethal is lost without gold and is ready to do whatever it takes to change that.
The Young Bucks are ready for one more match with the Briscoes in their Tag Team Title match next week.
Will Ferrara vs. Jonathan Gresham
Rhett Titus is on commentary. Feeling out process to start and that’s a really bad idea from Ferrara’s perspective. Ferrara actually manages to take over with a wristlock as Titus keeps calling himself the Big Dog. Gresham can’t get out of the wristlock until a headscissors gets us to a standoff. Ferrara drops him again and we take a break.
Back with Ferrara working on the arm until Gresham uppercuts Ferrara’s arm in a nice counter. A running kick to the arm has Ferrara in more trouble but the Octopus Hold is broken up in short order. Ferrara takes him down with a clothesline and slaps on a cobra clutch Crossface of all things. Gresham makes the rope so it’s time for the slugout, which goes against the entire match they’ve been having so far. A German suplex gets two on Ferrara but la majistral into a bridging cradle ends Ferrara at 8:35.
Result: Jonathan Gresham b. Will Ferrara – Bridging La Majistral (8:35)
Post match the Dawgs beat on Gresham until the Motor City Machine Guns make the save.
Cody and Marty Scurll can’t agree on who should become the World Champion at Best in the World. Bullet Club is fine though.
So Cal Uncensored wants their belts back.
Shane Taylor is here to hurt people again. He doesn’t like having people like his opponent here tonight because that money could go in Shane’s pocket. That more money is Nova’s problem though.
Nova actually gets promo time, promising to scorch Taylor.
Shane Taylor vs. Ryan Nova
Kicks, two chokeslams and a Fire Thunder Driver are enough for the match to be stopped at 38 seconds.
Result: Shane Taylor b. Ryan Nova – Fire Thunder Driver (0:38)
War of the Worlds rundown.
Dalton Castle/The Boys vs. The Kingdom
Taylor is still at ringside and the Kingdom pays him for something. During the entrances, Castle and the Boys are ready for some chaos. TK O’Ryan hides from Dalton to start as Shane is sitting at ringside and guarding the Six Man titles. A shoulder puts O’Ryan down and there’s the first suplex to send him flying. Marseglia comes in and has to fight out of an early Julie Newmar attempt.
Instead Castle settles for another suplex and it’s off to the Boys with #1 climbing on #2’s shoulders to kick Marseglia in the face. #2 comes off the top with a missile dropkick for two but Marseglia takes him down by the leg. Taven comes in to face Castle chest to chest with Dalton sticking his out rather hard. A running kick to the chest in the corner has Taven in trouble and we take a break.
Back with Taven tripping Castle so Marseglia can take him down and going for the hand. Everything breaks down and the Boys dropkick Taven down. #1 gets triple stomped down as this just keeps going. A Saito suplex gets two on #1 and Taven adds a spinebuster. Cue Christopher Daniels to go after the titles but Shane shoves him down because money talks.
The Boys switch places (which works despite them having different color hair) in the melee, allowing #2 to kick O’Ryan in the head and bring in Castle. Everything breaks down and the Boys are tossed over the top rope multiple times each to take the Kingdom out over and over. Taven uses the distraction to hit Castle in the bad hand with a title, leaving #2 to take the Climax for the pin at 15:32.
Result: The Kingdom b. Dalton Castle/The Boys – Climax to Boy #2 (15:32)
Post match the beatdown continues with Taven Pillmanizing Castle’s arm.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the WWE Grab Bag.
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