Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/14/16: Unbreakable Allies
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– We had two big matches set for this episode and the opening video focused on one of them – a six-man tag between Jay Lethal/Tetsuya Naito/Evil and ROH World Champion Adam Cole/Yujiro Takahashi/Hangman Page. It basically brought us back to the reason for the match last week, as Bullet Club loved the fact that Lethal had no friends and it was Lethal who reminded us of his past alliance with Naito/Evil of Los Ingobernables de Japon as they backed him up on the stage.
– The six-man tag between Cole/Page/Takahashi and Lethal/Naito/Evil went down as great as it could in terms of advancing several storylines in one segment. Cole continued to duck Lethal at multiple points early on, which led to the conflict between Lethal and Naito when the latter refused to tag in Lethal when he had Cole vulnerable in the ring. Lethal blindly tagged in and that angered Naito to the point where he avoided a tag back in from Lethal as both he and Evil walked out on their partner, which left him alone to fight Bullet Club. A nice cliffhanger for a commercial break. Luckily for Lethal, he had “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin come join him officially, which also made sense since it was Elgin who’d challenge Cole for the ROH World Championship at the next Pay-Per-View, All-Star Extravaganza on Sep. 30. Elgin also sported a head bandage to sell the injury he sustained when he was clobbered with the belt previously. Kyle O’Reilly came down to even things up, as we had Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness approve it. Also made sense given O’Reilly’s rampant hatred of Cole. In fact, their feud even played a cool role in the match, as they traded ferocious forearms before they engaged in simultaneous forearms. The six men battled around with the goal of protecting Cole as much as possible, yet still showing his many enemies off and giving Lethal some momentum as he got the pinfall with a Lethal Injection on Takahashi.
– The backstage promo from ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish hyped his main event Title defense against Katsuyori Shibata, as he remained confident when he claimed that the roster “could sleep well that someone like him exists” as he told Shibata things wouldn’t end well for him because his fate was in his hands. Cookie-cutter stuff from Fish, who has a marvelous way of saying a lot of nothing in a cocky way.
– We had some hype for Ladder War VI to take place at ASE as ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addictions put themselves over as fighting Champions in comparison with their opponents, The Young Bucks (“t-shirt sellers”) and The Motor City Machine Guns (“hand-pointers”) in a way that kept things warm for this big bout. Short and sweet.
– Lethal’s ringside promo carried off the opener as he mentioned how Naito made the biggest mistake of his life when he chose to betray him and wanted to settle things “sooner rather than later.” This led to McGuinness officially penciling in a Lethal-Naito bout for ASE, all from this one occurrence. How awesome is that? A cold line from McGuinness to end the segment though, as he reminded Lethal of what happened the last time he was begged to book a match by him.
– The ROH World Television Championship main event between Shibata and Champion Fish was a good, closely contested match between two guys with nice in-ring chemistry. Also on the agenda was the push for Donovan Dijak as the guy waiting in the wings for whomever won this. Prince Nana made his presence known as he came down to commentate about mid-way through things. Nana continued to build up his client and threw some shade at McGuinness. There was a cool spot where both guys applied the same submission on each other. The finish was a good way to end things yet do it in a way that could also call for a rematch down the road. Fish used the momentum from being in a triangle chokehold to roll over and pin down Shibata’s shoulders to the mat. That made the ASE TV Title match officially Fish-Dijak, whom stared down Fish from the ramp with Nana as Fish-Shibata traded words as Shibata wanted to go “one more time.” It wasn’t disclosed then if McGuinness would make it happen, but he did close out on the awesome note that Steve Corino would officially come back to commentary next week after his one-year suspension.
- Six-Man Tag – Jay Lethal/”Unbreakable” Michael Elgin/Kyle O’Reilly def. Yujiro Takahashi/Adam Cole/Hangman Page via pinfall
- ROH World Television Championship – Bobby Fish (Champion) def. Katsuyori Shibata via pinfall to retain
Posted on November 5, 2016, in ROH and tagged Adam Cole, All Star Extravaganza, Bobby Fish, Donovan Dijak, Evil, Hangman Page, Jay Lethal, Katsuyori Shibata, Kevin Kelly, Kyle O'Reilly, Michael Elgin, Nigel McGuinness, Prince Nana, Tetsuya Naito, The Addiction, Yujiro Takahashi. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.