Match-by-match results and television rating of this edition of ROH Television.
Show: ROH Television
Date: June 12, 2016
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Commentary: Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness & Mark Briscoe
Reported By: Jacob Gilbert
1. Non-title: Tatsuya Naito def. Moose.
2. The All Night Express def. Cheeseburger & Jushin "Thunder" Liger when Rhett Titus pinned Cheeseburger.
3. Non-title: Kyle O'Reilly def. Kushida.
Part 3 from Toronto:
1. Non-title: Tatsuya Naito vs. Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway).
The IWGP champ takes his sweet time walking down to the ring, casting aside his belt as a show of disrespect to it. Hmmm. Seems like Naito makes the Bullet Club look like choir boys by comparison, but that's asking for suspension of disbelief.
Anyway, the question I have is would it have hurt for Naito to put Moose over in a non-title match, to set up a title fight later, either in ROH or in Japan? While Naito's approach is old school in its scope, dragging out his entrance to get heat, he is still proficient inside the ring. All he needed was one mistake from Moose, and when that came, he hit his Destino finisher (a variation on Salida del Sol, as it ends with an inverted DDT), and that was it.
Winner: Tatsuya Naito.
The All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) are parodying the campaign of a certain loudmouth demagogue, claiming they want to make wrestling great again. Hypocrisy becomes these two. The Donald Trump reference aside, you'd think they were playing can you top this with WWE, which is also parodying Trump with Bob Backlund & Darren Young.....
2. The All Night Express vs. Cheeseburger & Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
The ANX had one goal in mind---avoid the Shokai palm strike at all costs. Of course, Liger & 'Burger hit their share, but in the end, Cheeseburger was left all alone, and King finished him with the Royal Flush (not called by Kevin Kelly).
Winners: The All Night Express.
Post-match, Roderick Strong came out to confront Mark Briscoe, who was on commentary. Those two will have at it at Best in the World on June 24, but next week, they have to team with Mark's brother, Jay, and ROH champ Jay Lethal, vs. the Bullet Club team of the Young Bucks and Guerrillas of Destiny. Hmmmm. Three sets of brothers in the same match. Novel!
Speaking of the Jays, we get dueling promos from the two to promote their title rematch on the 24th.
Silas Young comes out and cuts a promo on ACH. He confronts a planted fan at ringside wearing an ACH shirt. So who should show up but ACH himself, and he quickly takes out Young with a tope, then makes good his escape. ACH's logo, by the by, is derived from a late period Fantastic Four comic book, in case you wondered.
Adam Cole & the Young Bucks promo. Meh, whatever.
3. Non-title: Kushida vs. Kyle O'Reilly.
Pre-match, Kyle talked about losing the Best of the Super Junior tournament final to Kushida last year, so this is about revenge. Both men went for submissions early and often, and Kyle sold an "injured" left arm for much of the match, making it questionable whether or not he'd use his Armageddon finisher. As it turned out, he improvised, or so it'd seem, as he countered out of the Hoverboard Lock, Kushida's finisher, with a modified flip into a pin.
Winner: Kyle O'Reilly.