The Kingdom Attacked Dalton Castle and The Boys
It was cool to hear from Castle for the first time since he returned to the ring last week on ROH TV in a successful effort against The Kingdom. He established he still has his sights set on regaining the ROH World Championship, but in the meantime, he has to finish up his feud with Matt Taven from many months ago. It's a logical route to take heading into Final Battle where I believe they'll go one-on-one. This was a solid segment to kick off the show and allow them to rekindle their rivalry.
Marty Scurll def. Shane "Hurricane" Helms in a No Disqualification Match
These two have been trading victories back and forth for weeks, and following their last encounter, Scurll stole the mask of Helms, so Helms looked like the 2007 version of Gregory Helms here, just with The Hurricane attire on. While I maintain that this program has been a total waste of Scurll, the matches have been fun and this was no exception. The crowd was into everything they did and it was a nice little hardcore brawl. With Scurll winning decisively, it's time for him to move on to something new and more important.
SoCal Uncensored def. The Briscoes and The Young Bucks in a Three-Way Tag Team Match to Win the ROH World Tag Team Championship
SCU have been feuding with The Briscoes for months, though I have no idea why The Young Bucks were involved in this thing. I don't remember them doing anything to earn a title shot, nor have they had any sort of direction lately. Sure, they made this more exciting by being a part of it, but they didn't even factor into the finish at all. Nevertheless, this was a terrific three-way tag match and it had the perfect pace. It was highly entertaining from bell to bell and the title change was just the icing on the cake. SCU as champions should shake up the division a bit, but I'm interested to see if their rivalry will continue heading into Final Battle.
Between the build for Castle vs. Taven at Final Battle kicking off, Scurll and Helms wrapping up their rivalry in an enjoyable No Disqualification match, and the tag titles changing hands in an excellent main event, this was both a newsworthy and above-average edition of ROH TV. Ring of Honor has been announcing multiple matches for Final Battle on social media recently and it is shaping up to be one hell of a show. Damn, I cannot wait to be in attendance for it!