Mark Briscoe and ROH World Tag Team Champions The Lucha Brothers def. Shane Taylor and The Workhorsemen
Briscoe has said he will no longer be taking part in standard tag team matches out of respect for his brother Jay but will continue to compete in singles matches, six-man tag team matches, and multi-man matches. He and Lucha Brothers have great chemistry together and I'd have no issue with them winning the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship eventually. This was fun stuff. Taylor needs Shane Taylor Promotion back, but it may have to be a new version with Kaun a part of The Gates of Agony now.
ROH Pure Rules Champion Katsuyori Shibata def. Christopher Daniels
I was wondering how often Shibata would be wrestling for Ring of Honor given he's a New Japan Pro-Wrestling talent, so I appreciated that we got him on the first show coming out of Supercard of Honor. Daniels is an ROH legend and was a nice first challenger for Shibata. They had a well-wrestled match, but the Pure Rules stuff continues to fall flat. I wasn't a big fan of it before ROH shut down in 2021 and it hasn't translated well to the new ROH, either.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Brian Cage def. Ortiz
Ortiz has been completely directionless since Santana got injured last summer, and there's no guarantee that they'll be back together once Santana gets cleared due to the reported falling out between the two. He and Eddie Kingston briefly feuded with House of Black earlier this year before Kingston and Ortiz imploded, but that went nowhere. I was surprised this was as competitive as it was. I would've preferred to see Cage straight-up squash Ortiz.
Jay Lethal def. Darius Martin
The Kingdom sat in on commentary for this match, so clearly Darius isn't done feuding with The Kingdom yet even though Dante got hurt at Supercard of Honor. Will Darius recruit a new temporary partner while Dante is out? This was a decent match with Matt Taven costing Darius the win to further the aforementioned feud. I'd love to see the Lethal of old in this new ROH, not this version of Lethal being bogged down by Jeff Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh.
La Faccion Ingobernable (Rush and Dralistico) def. The Infantry
La Faccion Ingobernable came up short of winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship at Supercard of Honor, so this was meant to get them back on track. Rush and Dralistico work really well together and I love them in the tag team division, so I appreciate that they're staying put. Them against The Lucha Brothers for the belts eventually would be awesome. Maybe Andrade El Idolo can reunite with them if he returns soon?
Daniel Garcia def. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams
Garcia is coming off losses to Adam Cole on Dynamite and Hiroshi Tanahashi at Supercard of Honor, so he needed this victory. As I've mentioned before, he has lost any and all momentum he had last summer by sticking with Jericho Appreciation Society instead of turning face when the fans were behind him. He's a good fit in ROH, but not if he's going to be doing the sports-entertainment crap. This was well worked, though.
Willow Nightingale def. Notorious Mimi
Mimi is the former Sloane Jacobs in WWE NXT, who was released a number of months ago. She didn't receive a televised entrance, so you knew how this one was going to go. She didn't do much to impress in this outing, but it was all about Nightingale and continuing her winning ways. The ROH Women's World Championship has to be in her future as a rematch with Athena could potentially top their first excellent encounter.
The Righteous def. Steve Somerset and Stephen Azure
The Righteous returned on the Supercard of Honor Zero Hour pre-show. Bateman and Vita VonStarr weren't with them here, so it looks like Vincent and Dutch will be sole representatives or The Righteous moving forward. The crowd was quiet for this match, but it was necessary to reestablish them with a win. It's a bummer they didn't end up going to WWE as had been rumored at one point, but at least they have a home in ROH.
Konosuke Takeshita def. Tony Nese
Nese is where he is on the card at this point and there's no changing that. On the bright side, he's a quality competitor, so his matches tend to deliver when he's in there with the right opponent (even though the outcome is never in doubt). This was an energetic little sprint. Takeshita is always a treat and I'm glad it looks like he'll be making appearances in ROH in addition to AEW. Hell, I could even see him winning the ROH World Championship at some point
ROH Women's World Champion Athena def. Miyu Yamashita by Referee Stoppage
I watched three Yamashita matches last week (one on IMPACT! Wrestling, one on ROH TV, and one at Multiverse United) and she stood out every time. She's terrific, so unsurprisingly, this was a hell of a main event. We've seen Athena have a lot of squashes but not a ton of competitive matches, but this was one of her best yet since turning heel. It definitely deserved the main event spot and the referee stoppage finish was a cool touch.
Supercard of Honor was a hell of a show and this followed up on the pay-per-view properly. We didn't get new direction for most of the roster, as this was mostly just matches and not too much storyline progression, but at least the in-ring action was entertaining and the crowd was lively despite this taking place at an AEW taping and not at Universal Studios like the first batch of episodes. I still think ROH TV would benefit from being around an hour instead of two hours to limit the filler.