The latest episode of ROH Wrestling focused on Saturday Night at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA from earlier in the month. The show opened with a video package from Saturday Night at Center Stage’s main event between PCO and Rush, and what transpired when the match ended with a disqualification, as Nick Aldis and Rush’s La Faccion Ingobernable teammates came to the ring.
After the recap, Team IQ brought up the Free Enterprise PPV, and how it was a thank you to the loyal Ring of Honor fans. Ian Riccaboni and Quinn McKay then went on to say it’ll feature some fantastic debuts, followed by the announcement of the episode’s main event between Villain Enterprises and Bandido, Flamita, and Rey Horus for the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles.
ROH TV Title Match: Dragon Lee (c) defeated Andrew Everett
Whilst the match consisted of highlights, it was still a pleasure to witness the genius of Dragon Lee, however, Andrew Everett is a future star, and he gave Lee a run for his money. Everett did his best to take down Lee, but the match ended with Dragon Lee connecting with the Incineration for the win.
Quinn McKay interrupted by Two Guys One Tag
Quinn McKay was backstage at Saturday Night at Center Stage hyping the show, when Josh Woods and Silas Young appeared. I’m a big fan of Woods, but his mic work needs improving. Young is more of a natural, but it wasn’t enough to stop the segment from being cringe-worthy, especially when Woods almost fell into Quinn as the tag team tried to get past her in the corridor.
Vincent Marseglia & Tyler Bateman defeated The Wrestling Buddies (Michael Stevens & Sal Rinauro)
Before the match, a video package aired of Vincent cutting a promo about him turning on his former friend Matt Taven. Vincent is a joy to watch because he exudes energy and creativity, and his new faction of circus freaks may finally help him get the push he deserves.
Bateman started the match by beating down Stevens and Rinauro, using his strength to land strike after strike. The Wrestling Buddies tried to fight back, but Bateman overpowered them, landing a hip toss then a brainbuster on Rinauro, followed shortly after with a tombstone. Vincent, who hadn’t even stepped foot in the ring, grabbed a microphone and cut a promo, but the audio was cut due to “Vincent’s controversial statements.”
It’s unclear what he said, but it ruined the atmosphere. Whether it was done for shock value or to build Vincent as a heel, it felt like a letdown, especially as he’s so good with a microphone in his hand. The audio cut back in as he lay down on Rinauro for the pin, surrounded by his new faction members Bateman, Chuckles, and Vita Von Starr.
An Interview with Nick Aldis
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis was backstage looking smart in his suit when he was asked what he was doing on ROH. Aldis said we should be thanking him for being there, and that he turns people into stars. He then turned his attention to “The Villain” Marty Scurll, calling him a fraud and reminding him that they aren’t friends right now, telling Scurll that if it’s a turf war he wants it’s a turf war he’ll get. At Free Enterprise, it’ll be Marty Scurll and PCO against Nick Aldis and Rush, and in his closing comments, Aldis spoke highly of Rush, and that he doesn’t have a problem with him.
Shane Taylor Calls Out ROH COO Joe Koff
Next up featured highlights of Shane Taylor calling out Ring of Honor’s COO Joe Koff. Alongside his Shane Taylor Promotion cohorts, Taylor started off by thanking Koff for giving him a chance, and saying he’s had a great 18 months in ROH. He then went on to tell Koff that if he wanted him to remain in the company, he needed to meet his demands. Taylor asked for a Six-Man Tag Team Title shot for Soldiers of Savagery and a partner of his choice, a ROH World Championship match whenever he wants, his face on every poster, and to become the “highest paid-per fight” wrestler in the company.
Jonathan Gresham defeated Josh Woods
Another highlight reel from Atlanta aired featuring Jonathan Gresham defeat Josh Woods via count-out. Gresham is an incredible talent, and he continued to weaken Woods’ knee which eventually led to his downfall. The referee was sick of Jay Lethal and Silas Young getting involved at ringside, so he banished them to the back. When the ref turned his back, Lethal used his Tag Team Title to strike Woods’ weak knee. Gresham then locked in the figure four leg lock outside the ring, breaking the hold at the last minute and getting in the ring.
ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championship Match: Bandido, Flamita & Rey Horus defeated Villain Enterprises (c) (Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon & Brody King)
I can’t even begin to explain how good this match was. It was a perfectly choreographed match featuring the high-flying expertise of the three luchadors and the intelligence of Villain Enterprises. Before the match, Marty Scurll announces that Flip Gordon will be taking PCO’s place and that the match would be for the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles. The powerhouse Brody King started things off with Flamita. After a brutal knife edge chop, Flamita dropped King with a hurricanrana and a dropkick. Members of both teams tagged in, featuring fast-paced action that helped to build up to the fantastic moments of the match.
The match was almost too fast to call, with Caprice complimenting Riccaboni on commentary. Horus and Bandido worked on Brody King, delivering a great pop-up cutter and tornillo. Flamita joined the match, and all three launched a barrage of attacks on Villain Enterprises, followed by Horus delivering a 450 splash on Flip Gordon. It became chaotic, with every wrestler getting in some incredible moves. A springboard spear by Flip, a top-rope DDT by Horus, a crucifix powerbomb from King, followed by a suplex and Spanish fly from Bandido.
Scurll eats an X-knee from Bandido and a double superkick thanks to Flamita and Horus, but Villain Enterprise managed to deliver some solid teamwork to get back into the match. Brody King and Flip Gordon ended up diving to the outside, taking out Flamita and Horus. With Bandido down in the ring, Scurll went for the chicken wing, but Bandido reversed it and manages to pin the Villain. What a match! The Luchas deserved the win, but everyone involved deserved a pat on the back.
All in all, this was a great episode, and it showed just how good Saturday at Center Stage was. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Vincent and his new stablemates, as well as Joe Koff giving a response to Shane Taylor’s demands.
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