The Dark Order (John Silver, Alex Reynolds and Evil Uno) def. Dalton Castle and The Boys
It was nice to see Dark Order receive a step up in competition for a change, even though both of these trios are babyface and no reason was given as to why this happened. I assume Dark Order are one step closer to challenging for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship soon with this win. This was decent, but I have no idea why Castle would lose (even if he wasn't pinned) as he works his way toward a rematch with Samoa Joe for the ROH World Television Championship.
Kiera Hogan def. Lady Frost
Hogan called out Frost in a backstage segment last week. Frost won her last match, which you had to know would mean she would lose here. Hogan already unsuccessfully challenged for the ROH Women's World Championship, but I'm glad she hasn't completely disappeared from ROH TV. She's finally starting to find her footing as a babyface. This could have been better with more time.
Matt Sydal def. Serpentico
Sydal has largely been teaming with Christopher Daniels since the relaunch of ROH TV, but I have no issue with him being back in the singles ranks. Serpentico is the ultimate enhancement talent, so there was no questioning the outcome here. There was no reason for this to be longer than it was, but it also suffered from being fairly meaningless unless Sydal is being built up to lose to someone else.
"Legit" Leyla Hirsch def. Leila Grey
I honestly forgot Grey was on the roster as I'm not sure she's been around since Jade Cargill lost the AEW TBS Championship back at Double or Nothing in May. She's not too great, so I'm not complaining, but in her defense, she just needs more experience. In this match, though, she was just a sacrificial lamb for Hirsch, who is racking up wins left and right. Maria Kanellis-Bennett was once again shown watching Hirsch from afar. Can we please reach the next step of this storyline?
Blake Christian def. Brandon Cutler
Christian was all over ROH TV when it relaunched earlier this year, but it feels like we've barely seen him lately. He's a good wrestler with no character and limited charisma, like a majority of ROH's roster at the moment, so I'm not advocating for him to appear more regularly. That said, I'll take him any day over Brandon f'n Cutler. I know Dark is no longer a thing, but that doesn't mean he should be booked for ROH TV instead. This was fine yet pointless.
ROH Women's World Champion Athena and Billie Starkz def. The Renegades
The stuff with Starkz and Athena has been well done in recent weeks and it's actually given Athena something to do for a change beyond just squashing random jobbers. They're getting along, so it's a different dynamic than them being reluctant partners. To their credit, they have fun chemistry together. The Renegades played their roles well. It makes sense to build toward Athena vs. Starkz for the title instead of rushing right into it.
ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli def. Ryan Nemeth (Non-Title)
Unless you live under a rock, you probably read the report from a few weeks ago from Nemeth being "banned" from Collision tapings by CM Punk. Well, to my knowledge, this was taped at Dynamite (likely last week), and he was able to appear on this episode. Huzzah! It didn't make much of a difference, though, as Castagnoli showed up and beat him almost immediately. I love Castagnoli, but it's pretty ridiculous the ROH World Champion barely has a presence on ROH TV.
NJPW World Television Champion Zack Sabre Jr. def. Christopher Daniels
I'm slightly surprised Sabre isn't on the All In card being an England native, but I guess there just wasn't a spot that made sense. Instead, he took center stage on this show and had a quality contest with Daniels. No, Daniels was never going to win the NJPW World Television Championship, but it's just a treat to still see him wrestling at this stage of his career and I'll take Sabre whenever we can get him in ROH. I enjoyed their outing.
Thankfully, this edition of ROH TV was a little less than 90 minutes compared to the usual two-plus hours. That made for a better show on the whole, even though it very much felt like Dark at times. The main event was entertaining enough and we got some more progression with the Athena-Starkz stuff. However, the biggest issue with ROH TV right now is that the ROH World Championship, the ROH World Television Championship, and the ROH World Tag Team Championship do not feel like focal points whatsoever, consequently making these shows inconsequential. You simply are not missing out on anything if you don't tune in.