ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb def. Silas Young
I've become a big fan of Cobb's since he showed up in Ring of Honor late last year and I'm glad he's beginning to face increasingly more credible competition. Young is a former ROH World Television Champion in his own right and definitely posed a threat to the title here. This started out slow, but once they picked up the pace in the second half, it turned into a real solid match. While not as exciting as some of Cobb's past championship defenses, it was smart wrestling throughout.
Rush def. ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Vinny Marseglia
Rush previously beat Marseglia's fellow Kingdom member TK O'Ryan in his ROH debut match several weeks back. That was an incredibly exciting outing, but I liked how this was more hard-hitting and filled with intensity because Rush was out for revenge after The Kingdom ambushed him that night. The final few minutes were a ton of fun and Rush going over decisively was the right call. He has "star" written all over him and his eventual encounter with Taven should be great.
Jonathan Gresham def. ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Matt Taven by Disqualification
Taven issued an open challenge to anyone except Jay Lethal, which was accepted by Gresham. It started so close to the top of the hour that you knew it wasn't going to last long, instead turning into an angle with The Kingdom attacking Gresham before Lethal and Lifeblood made the save. Lethal then proceeded to destroy Taven's fake world title belt, which served as good hype for their upcoming ROH World Championship clash at the 17th Anniversary Show.
ROH's 17th Anniversary Show is coming up next Friday, so I was happy to see the card finally come together on this show. In addition to Taven vs. Lethal, it was announced that The Briscoes vs. Villain Enterprises for the ROH World Tag Team Championship, Bandido vs. Rush, Kenny King vs. Marty Scurll, Mayu Iwatani vs. Kelly Klein for the WOH World Championship and Cobb vs. Shane Taylor for the ROH World Television Championship were also being added to the event. This was a quality edition of ROH TV overall with plenty of build for the pay-per-view and a strong match between Rush and Marseglia.