ROH 5/4/16 BREAKDOWN AND ANALYSIS
This week’s ring of honour comes from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Japan. Yet again, this is another show which was from 3 months ago. Great way to build up to this week’s PPV…
1- Moose, Michael Elgin, Tomaki Honma, Tanahashi vs The Bullet Club (Cody Hall, Tama Tonga, Fale, Takahasi)
Moose and co each come out first to their own entrances, Bullet club come out second.
The two big men Moose and Fale start the match. Moose and Fale both take it turns trying to knock each other down with shoulder tackles but neither falls. Dropkick from Moose as Fale attempts another knockdown on moose. ‘Moose, Moose, Moose’ chants. We cut to a break.
We come back from the break. Honma and Tanahashi both team up to knock down Tonga. However, all the bullet club come into the ring but so does Moose and co who eliminate all members of the bullet club over the top rope. Moose, Elgin, Honma and Tanashi all flex and pose whilst the bullet club are outside of the ring. Tanahashi and Tonga are now both the legal men. However, Takashi grabs Tanahashi out of the ring and grabs a chair and hits Tanahashi with it on his injured shoulder. Referee begins the 20 count whilst Tonga mocks Tanashi in the ring. Tag made to Fale, who puts his 300 pound worth of bodyweight on Tanahashi by standing on him. Tag made to Cody Hall, who begins working the injured shoulder of Tanahashi. Early cover attempt from Hall on Tanahashi results in Tanashi kicking out of 2. Tag made to Tonga, hits a drop kick on Tanahashi which is then followed by a tag to Takahasi. Tanahashi takes control and is able to tag in Big Mike, who hits a shoulder tackle off the top rope on Takahasi followed by a German suplex. Tonga then breaks up another suplex on Takashi but Elgin gets Tonga in the military press position before slamming him down. We cut to a break.
We come back from the break. Elgin continues control over Takahasi. Hall comes to try and help Takahasi from being suplexed but Elgin hits a double suplex on both Hall and Takahashi. Elgin then hits a brilliant deadlift German Suplex on Takahasi who manages to kick out at 2. Elgin then attempts another suplex but Takahasi grabs the referee whilst being held by Elgin, the ref then falls as Takahasi lets go who then manages to gain the advantage via low blow to Elgin whilst the ref was down. Takahasi makes the tag to Hall, however, Elgin finds the tag to Moose. Continuous right hands to Moose however, Hall reverses it and hits Moose with a slam. Moose instantly gets up and hits Hall down, kick out at 2 from Hall. Moose attempts a spear but Hall reverses. Bullet Club enter the ring and Takahasi, Tonga and Fale each take it in turns to hit Moose in the corner. Hall then hits a choke slam on Moose who manages to kick out at 2.
Hall then sets up for his finisher but Honma breaks it up. However, Takahasi hits a fisherman buster on Honma. Elgin then hits a double botched throw on Tonga and Takahasi. Tanahashi then knocks Fale down with a dropkick off the apron. Elgin then gets Tanahashi in a military press position and throws him on the outside onto the members of the Bullet Club. Moose and Hall are now the legal men. Moose hits a spear on Hall. 1-2-3.
WINNERS – MOOSE, ELGIN, HONMA, TANAHASI. Good match overall. Moose really seemed to be over with the Japanese crowd here. Going to be an interesting year for Moose to see how much more he improves.
*Video highlight of Lethal defeating Leo Rush for the world title at the Super card of honour show. Also shows the return of Colt Cabana who returned to ROH and defeated Lethal in a non-title match up to set up a title match between the two at Global Wars on Sunday May 8th*
MAIN EVENT – BULLET CLUB (GALLOWS & ANDERSON) VS THE BRISCOES (JAY & MARK)
Anderson and Gallows come out first. Still don’t understand why Gallows doesn’t rock face paint like he does here in the WWE now. The Briscoe’s come out next.
Anderson and Gallows attack both the Briscoe Brothers before the bell rang.
Mark Briscoe and Gallows start the match. However, Jay Briscoe runs in the ring and clotheslines Gallows outside of the ring whilst Mark hits a running dropkick on Anderson outside of the ring. We cut to a break.
Back from the break. Mark Briscoe and Anderson are now in the ring. Mark hits a single leg dropkick on Anderson and then fails with the cover. Tag made to Jay Briscoe. Jay hits a big head but on Anderson followed by a suplex, another failed cover attempt on Anderson. Tag made to Mark, who hits a Russian leg sweep on Anderson. Anderson hits an elbow to knock out Jay Briscoe on the apron whilst Gallows pulls Mark Briscoe from the outside of the ring. Gallows takes Mark Briscoe to the fans and hits mark with a chair shot. Referee begins the 20 count, but Mark manages to get into the ring just in time. Anderson gets Mark in the corner before making the tag to Gallows. Gallows then knocks Jay off the apron before continuing his assault on Mark, he then hits a running elbow drop on Mark who manages to kick out at 2 after a pin attempt from Gallows. We cut to another break.
Mark Briscoe manages to make a tag to Jay who hits Anderson of the apron before trying twice to knock down Gallows, but fails both times. However, Jay hits the ropes and knocks Gallows down with a big front kick to the face of gallows. Jay then hits a fireman slam on Gallows who kicks out at 2. Gallows gets Jay down then makes the tag to Anderson. Anderson goes for the gun stun but Jay reverses twice. After interference from Gallows and Mark, Jay manages to get Anderson down with a clothesline and then hits a neck breaker. Mark then hits a Froggy Bow. 1-2-3.
WINNERS – THE BRISCOE BROTHERS. Good paced match.
Overall Thoughts – Good show, however, feel like ROH have failed 2 weeks in a row now to build up to this week’s PPV by airing shows which were recorded almost 3 months ago.