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ROH TV Episode 246 Review (5/28/16)

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After airing recaps for over a month, ROH comes to us with new content from the War Of The Worlds 2016 TV tapings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The show opens with a recap of the ROH World Championship match between Jay Lethal and Colt Cabana, which went to a no contest after both competitors were attacked by The Bullet Club. Just as it appeared Cabana was going to make Lethal submit, The Young Bucks hit the ring, delivering superkicks to everyone in sight before revealing the latest member of the Bullet Club, Adam Cole.

Commentary mentions that tonight’s main event will be The Elite, Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks, vs. Michael Elgin, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Yoshitatsu. Kevin Kelly says that Adam Cole joining the Bullet Club was an eye-opener, but alludes to the fact that the faction had more in store for Dearborn, Michigan.

Lio Rush vs. ACH

Before the match begins, we take a look back at the War Of The Worlds show from Dearborn, Michigan. ACH tells Matt Sydal that he has learned a lot, but he can’t allow him to hold his hand anymore. ACH then adds that he must become his own man, and we head back to the ring. The bell rings, and Silas Young joins Nigel McGuinness & Kevin Kelly on commentary.  ACH pinned Rush after hitting the Midnight Star. This was a fun opening contest, although it was far from as crisp as it could’ve been. Post-match, Young attacked Rush. ACH pulled Young off of Rush, and Young began to walk away before taking out ACH from behind.

(ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Match) The Addiction vs. Roppongi Vice vs. The Motor City Machine Guns

We take yet another look at the War Of The Worlds show from Dearborn, Michigan, which saw The Addiction defeat War Machine to win the ROH World Tag Team Titles. The Addiction come out for a promo. Christopher Daniels says that all is right now that they’re the ROH World Tag Team Champions, then proceeds to take a cheap shot at the fans in attendance. Daniels adds that The Addiction is better than any other team in ROH. This brings out the Motor City Machine Guns. Chris Sabin calls The Addiction “sad, middle-aged [expletives]” before joking their lack of hair. Next, Roppongi Vice makes their way to the ring. Trent jokingly runs down the usual tropes, including “Maybe we deserve title shots too…” Trent states that RPG Vice is the new tag team, whereas MCMG, and The Addiction are old. Infuriated by the claims of MCMG & RPG Vice, Daniels says that he’ll give one of the teams a title shot if they can beat The Addiction in a triple threat match. Eventually, Shelley and Sabin picked up the win with a combination move on Daniels. This wasn’t a great match, but there was never a dull moment, and all three teams looked good.

Next, we get a promo from Roderick Strong. Strong who says he has carried ROH on his back for thirteen years. He also states that Jay Briscoe was injured when the company needed him the most, then calls Jay a great tag team wrestler and a mediocre singles wrestler. In closing, Strong says that he will prove himself when he goes one-on-one with Briscoe in Columbus, Ohio on June 5th.

Backstage, The Young Bucks welcome Adam Cole to The Bullet Club.

Next, Nigel McGuinness announces that Steve Corino will face BJ Whitmer in a Fight Without Honor at Best In The World. We head back to Dearborn, Michigan once again, where Adam Page joined The Bullet Club.

The Elite vs. Michael Elgin, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Yoshitatsu

Omega pinned Tatsu after hitting a One-Winged Angel. This was a very good match with some spectacular spots. At one point, Elgin did a tope onto everyone. “Big Mike” was easily the star of the match.

Overall, this was a solid show with a clear direction for everyone involved. If you’re pressed for time, watch the main event and skip everything else. Next week, Jay Lethal takes on Donovan Dijak.

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