Match-by-match results and television rating of this edition of ROH Television.
Show: ROH Television
Date: December 18, 2016
Location: Phildelphia PA
Commentary: Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness
Reported By: Jacob Gilbert
1. Decade of Excellence 1st round: Christopher Daniels def. Mark Briscoe.
2. Lio Rush def. Caprice Coleman.
3. reDRagon & Dalton Castle def. the Bullet Club when Kyle O'Reilly submitted Nick Jackson.
I guess Ian Riccoboni misspoke last week when he assumed this was going to be the best of 2016 show. That's next week. Fallout from Final Battle begins this week.
New champ Kyle O'Reilly opens. Showing more positive emotion than I've seen in a very long time. Name-checks Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, and Nigel McGuinness in listing some of the greatest champs in ROH history. The fallen former champ, Adam Cole, is out whining & crying, claiming the No-DQ was added at the last minute, leaving him no chance to prepare. Nigel would refute that in commentary, saying that Cole signed off on the added stipulation. Predictable from Cole. Team New York, Dalton Castle and Bobby Fish, are out soon after. Castle pinned Cole in Champions vs. All-Stars, and Fish added the 2016 Survival of the Fittest to his trophy case, putting both in the hunt.
Nigel would announce after the break that it would be Castle & reDRagon vs. the Bullet Club (Cole & the Young Bucks) in the main event.
1. Decade of Excellence tournament, 1st round: Christopher Daniels (w/Frankie Kazarian) vs. Mark Briscoe.
Pre-match taped promos from both men. Comes off more as a total babyface match. Briscoe noted that he was part of Daniels' Prophecy group when he first came up, though Prophecy was never mentioned by name. I guess the Addiction are now faces or tweeners. Kazarian did absolutely nothing, but for a momentary distraction early that gave Daniels control with an STO. Daniels has never won the ROH title, and that may be the storyline here. Very good, back & forth opener. Turning point came when Briscoe missed Froggy-bow, and Daniels promptly hit the Angel's Wings to advance.
Winner: Christopher Daniels.
The Decade of Excellence tournament is a #1 contender's tournament open only to wrestlers who made their debut with ROH in the last decade-plus.
2. Lio Rush vs. Caprice Coleman (w/the All Night Express).
The Rebellion cut a promo that sounded too much like the Decade's rhetoric of three years ago, trying to recruit Rush. The kid wasn't having any of that, and with Coleman not even focused, Rush schoolboyed him for a quick win, only to be beaten down after, prompting Jay White and a newly turned Donovan Dijak to make the save.
Winner: Lio Rush.
Dijak must've dumped Prince Nana at Final Battle, the 2nd manager he's parted with this year.
3. Bullet Club (Adam Cole & the Young Bucks) vs. reDRagon & Dalton Castle (w/The Boys).
About what you'd expect from this group. Superkicks all over the place as the Bullet Club tried to maintain control by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Nick Jackson was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, as Kyle O'Reilly first locked on a gogoplata, then transitioned into Armageddon. Castle cut off Cole. Bobby Fish cut off Matt Jackson. Nick taps to end it.
Winners: reDRagon & Dalton Castle.