Sunday, July 3, 2016

ROH Reloaded Tour '15: California Review

ROH comes to California......Pennsylvania!

I should note, before the show begins, that there were some changes to card. Nick Jackson had to pull out of the show either the day before the show or the day of the show, since his wife was about to give birth, or had just given birth, to a new child (not sure what the exact case was). This meant that Matt Jackson would be flying solo this weekend.

ROH Reloaded Tour ’15: California
California, Pennsylvania 9/25/15

1.) The Addiction vs. Will Ferrara & Takaaki Watanabe: **3/4

Ferrara & Watanabe teamed together back at Reloaded Tour: Atlanta about a month prior against The Kingdom. Here, they’re taking on The Addiction, who are coming off of losing the ROH World Tag Team Titles at All-Star Extravaganza VII, in a three-way tag team match where they weren’t pinned. I thought this was a fine opening match. Ferrara & Watanabe are a fun lower card tag team. In hindsight, I wish they had been teaming more often. The Addiction would get the win here.

After the match, The Addiction cut a promo expressing their anger at the fact that they lost the ROH World Tag Team Titles without getting pinned. They demand that the titles be returned to them, or they would “start crippling people”, as Daniels said. They decided to start by attacking Ferrara & Watanabe! Fortunately, The Briscoes quickly come out to make the save! Jay Briscoe challenges The Addiction to a tag team match in the Main Event, and after initially saying no, The Addiction says “They’ll think about it”. It was later announced on commentary that the match would, in fact, be taking place.

2.) ACH vs. Caprice Coleman: ***

Before the match, Coleman cuts a promo saying that he’s not happy about people talking about him like he’s past his prime. These two actually had a match at the Aftershock Tour TV Tapings in Philadelphia about a month prior. This second match was right around the same quickly as that first match, though I would prefer this match. A fine undercard affair. ACH would, once again, pick up the win, while Coleman’s frustrations continued.

It’s Story Time with Adam Cole Bay Bay! Cole talks about screwing Kyle O’Reilly out of the ROH World Title at All-Star Extravaganza VII. He decides to call out Kyle O’Reilly for a match right now, knowing full well that Kyle O’Reilly was overseas competing in New Japan. Cole makes fun of O’Reilly for “running away” to Japan. He’s about to leave, when Cheeseburger comes out! It looks like we may have a match.

3.) Adam Cole vs. Cheeseburger: **

This went pretty much exactly how you thought it would. Cole spent a lot of the match toying with Cheeseburger, and did things like “pretending” that Cheeseburger kicked out, or that he got his foot on the ropes. Cheeseburger did get in a few hope spots in, but in the end, Cole would get the victory.

Cole continues to attack Cheeseburger after the match, but then Matt Jackson runs out and hits a superkick on Cole!

4.) Six-Man Tag – Moose & War Machine vs. The House of Truth (ROH World Champion & ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal, Donovan Dijak, & J. Diesel with Truth Martini & Taeler Hendrix): ***1/4

Now this is a very interesting match, at it basically involved all of ROH’s “big men”. To give you some perspective, I think that ROH Undisputed Champion Jay Lethal might have been the smallest person in this match. I thought this was a good Six-Man Tag. Nothing spectacular by any means, but it was perfectly fine for a house show/live event. There was some decent action throughout, and we even got to see some of these bigger guys fly (like Dijak, Moose, & Hanson). Eventually, Hanson would score the victory for his team after pinning J. Diesel.

5.) “Brutal” Bob Evans vs. Shaheem Ali: *1/4

Up next, we have a random match featuring “Brutal” Bob Evans. He cuts a heel promo before the match that I honestly didn’t pay much attention to. I don’t understand why this was on the main show. It would be a decent match for the pre-show, but this added absolutely nothing to the card. Shaheem Ali got some offense in, but in the end, “Brutal” Bob Evans would get the win.

6.) Proving Ground Match – ROH World Tag Team Champion The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett with Maria Kanellis) vs. The All-Night Express: ***1/4

Kenny King & Rhett Titus made their return as a tag team a week prior at All-Star Extravaganza VII, where they earned a huge victory over The Briscoes. The Kingdom, of course, won the ROH World Tag Team Titles on that same night in San Antonio, Texas. If ANX wins here, then they get a future shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles. I thought this was a pretty solid match. Both teams seemed to work well together, and there was some good back & forth action. Towards the end of the match, Adam Cole came out, and hit a superkick on Kenny King while the referee was distracted. This allows Bennett & Taven to pick up the victory. I’m not sure about having ANX losing right after their big return. I mean, it’s not like this was a title match. It was a Proving Ground Match, and ANX could have easily won here.

The Kingdom taunts ANX for a little bit after the match before Bennet, Taven, & Maria Kanellis go to the back. Cole stays behind in the ring, and keeps taunting the crowd. This allows Matt Jackson to slip into the ring again hits Cole with two more superkicks. As Matt Jackson is leaving, Cole takes the mic and challenges him to a match, which we end up getting right now!

7.) Adam Cole vs. Matt Jackson: ***

It’s very rare to see one of The Young Bucks in singles action, but the fans in California, Pennsylvania are getting a special treat! This was a fun little match. There was some good action, though the crowd wasn’t as loud as you might think, considering the competitors involved. Matt Jackson came close to winning on a few occasions, but in the end, Adam Cole is able to secure the win.

8.) Roderick Strong vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin: ***3/4

These two have had several matches against each other in the past. For me, this was very similar to many of those other matches. It was very good, but it was just shy of being great. It’s so weird, because these two are sooo great. You’d think all of their matches would be fantastic, but the only match they’ve had that I would say was truly awesome was a ROH World Title match they had in the summer of 2014 when Elgin was champion. Still, this was a very good hard-hitting match. Both guys worked very hard here, and it was a fun match to watch. Eventually, Michael Elgin would pick up the victory.

9.) The Addiction vs. The Briscoes: ***3/4

I thought this was actually a really good Main Event. I’d say this was on par with their first encounter at Survival of the Fittest 2014: Night 2. Both teams worked very hard, and they produced a very entertaining Main Event. The Briscoes are always fun to watch, while The Addiction continue to play their roles as heels very well. A very good match from start to finish, in my opinion. In the end, The Briscoes would score the win, and they celebrated to close the show.

Overall: 7.0/10

I thought this was a fine and completely inoffensive live event. Aside from one match (“Brutal” Bob Evans vs. Shaheem Ali, which belonged on the pre-show), nothing on this particular show was objectively bad. Even the Adam Cole vs. Cheeseburger match was decent for what it was. The issue was that the majority of the undercard was solid, but largely forgettable. The last two matches really lifted this show up. You also had the running angle with Matt Jackson repeatedly superkicking Adam Cole, which I thought was fine for a little house show angle (though I could understand people not liking it). There’s no real need to go out of your way to see this show. The last two matches are the only things that are worth checking out.

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