By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Briscoes def. The Bloodhound Warriors
I had never seen or heard of The Bloodhound Warriors before this bout, and this wasn't a strong introduction for the duo on ROH TV. It's not that this was a bad match, but they weren't nearly as dominant as they appeared to be. They scored some offense, but mostly it was all The Briscoes as it should have been. They're the ones involved in a notable program right now, so they needed the win more. Are The Bloodhound Warriors essentially ROH's version of The Ascension? Let's hope not. As for the post-match promo, it was a nice way of furthering the feud between Jay Briscoe and Adam Page and building to a match between the two next week.
Roderick Strong def. Donovan Dijak
Dijak continues to impress me with each of his outings in ROH. It's been well-established that Strong is great, but Dijak was a question mark when I started watching ROH again a few months ago and he's been one to watch lately. He had a very good outing against Strong and it wasn't pointless either considering Strong's issues with The House of Truth and Jay Lethal. War Machine making the save for Strong afterward effectively hyped the two upcoming title matches Lethal will be involved in with Strong and a member of War Machine.
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction def. Future Shock
There isn't a more stacked tag team division in wrestling today than in ROH from what it seems. The Addiction are the perfect duo to be the standard bearers of the division as they're such excellent heels. They worked a very fun match with the returning Future Shock and there were various points, especially down the stretch, that it looked like they were on the verge of winning the gold. The interference from The Kingdom teased more tension between them and Adam Cole while also giving the babyfaces an out for losing. The Young Bucks joining in on the chaos to close the show showcased just how much talent there is in the tag division right now and it made me want to see all four tandems in a Fatal 4-Way than in two separate matches in the coming weeks, but perhaps we get that at some point.
My biggest gripe with ROH TV recently, as entertaining as it has been from an in-ring standpoint, is that it didn't feature any storyline consistency from week-to-week, solely great matches that didn't mean anything in the end. Thankfully, that problem was fixed this week with all three matches not only being good to great, but storylines were progressed, thus giving viewers an incentive to continue to watch going forward.