Match-by-match results and television rating of this edition of ROH Television.
Show: ROH Television
Date: January 24, 2016
Location: Charlotte NC
Commentary: Kevin Kelly & Mr. Wrestling 3 (Steve Corino)
Reported By: Jacob Gilbert
1. Brian Fury def. Shaheem Ali.
2. Cedric Alexander def. Cheeseburger.
3. Jonathan Gresham def. Alexander-DQ due to interference from Veda Scott.
4. Jay Briscoe def. Moose & Michael Elgin, pinning Elgin.
The 2016 Top Prospect tournament kicks off this week, and leads off the show.
1. Shaheem Ali vs. Brian Fury.
Fury is a 17 year vet who trained last year's winner, Donovan Dijak. We've seen Ali on ROH-TV before, but he has yet to pick up a win. Decent opener. Kevin Kelly mentioned that Ali had just come off the injured list after being out with neck & shoulder issues. Fury, then, targets the neck, but not in such a malicious fashion, though he is playing the heel, and picks up a win to advance.
Winner: Brian Fury.
2. Cedric Alexander (w/Veda Scott) vs. Cheeseburger.
Alexander got a hometown face pop, but Scott, the heat leech, tried to get the fans to boo by saying that with the "settlement" she & Cedric just got, they could buy & sell everyone many times over. They wanted top talent, and got Cheeseburger instead. 'Burger went for the palm strike, but Alexander avoided that and hit the Lumbar Check.
Winner: Cedric Alexander.
The unnecessary beatdown after the match should've been cause for the ref to reverse the call and DQ Alexander. However, it did have the desired effect, as Jonathan Gresham, who beat Alexander a couple of weeks back, shows up, and we have another match.....
3. Alexander vs. Gresham.
Nothing more than angle advancement. Gresham locked on the cobra twist, a variation of the abdominal stretch which sounds like a yoga position, but Scott ran in for the deliberate DQ. Gresham ended up getting beaten down afterward, ending with another Lumbar Check.
Winner: Jonathan Gresham via DQ.
4. Michael Elgin vs. Jay Briscoe vs. Moose.
Originally billed as a single between Briscoe & Elgin in a return from Survival of the Fittest, Stokely Hathaway decided to deal Moose in, just to get him some TV time. Mark Briscoe was on commentary after accompanying his brother to the ring.
About what you'd expect. Moose speared Briscoe, then turned his attention back to Elgin. However, Briscoe recovered and schoolboyed Elgin for the pin.
Winner: Jay Briscoe.
Post-match, Elgin cut a promo and said that he & Briscoe were even in singles, but this time Moose had a hand in the decision. At the anniversary show next month, Elgin will team with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. the Briscoes.
However, word has come across the wires since the show signed off that Tanahashi suffered an injury in a 6-man match in Japan. Hmmm.