By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Moose def. Dominic Carter
Of course, the match was over before before it even began, but that was the intent. It was definitely more impressive than Michael Elgin's quick squash last week, which came off awkwardly. It gave them something to argue over as they both look to enter the ROH World Championship picture. The post-match promo from them and the House of Truth was enjoyable and set up the subsequent tag team match. Also, it's great to see Taylor Vixen in Ring of Honor. I believe this was her first on-air appearance, so it was strange she wasn't properly introduced, but at least Elgin incorporated her into his promo.
Moose and Michael Elgin def. J Diesel and Donovan Dijak
It's a shame Diesel and Dijak have been positioned as the "fall guys" in the House of Truth because it at least would have made the outcome less predictable since Moose and Elgin were struggling to get on the same page. Despite that, the match had a fun dynamic to it and it effectively teased tension between the two, setting up a potential No. 1 Contender's match for down the line.
Nigel McGuinness Banned The Decade From Final Battle
I figured with Steve Corino taking time off for surgery that The Decade would be given different opponents at Final Battle, but it looks like they won't be on the show at all. I can't say it's a huge loss since they're not a huge faction and they likely won't be missed. With the Steve Corino feud off the table, I'd imagine they'll move forward with Colby Corino standing up for himself in the near future.
Roderick Strong def. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal to Win the ROH World Television Championship (ROH World Championship Wasn't Defended)
Damn! It's tough to say where this ranks among their previous two battles, but this was still a hell of a match and one of the best TV main events in quite some time (which is saying something considering all the great matches we get on ROH TV). Lethal has held the belt for so long that it made for a magical moment when Strong finally won and the crowd popped huge. Not only was the in-ring action exceptional, but the environment was absolutely perfect. Stellar stuff all around.
Needless to say, this edition of ROH TV is worth watching for the amazing main event alone, but the rest of the episode held up well. Putting aside the acceptable promo from The Decade, this show was split up into two parts: the angle with Moose and Elgin and then the ROH World TV title. It made for an entertaining hour and I'm excited to see where the rest of the programs going on right now will take us from here.
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