ROH World Television Championship: Marty Scurll (champion) vs. Lio Rush (ROH 15th Anniversary- March 10,2017


It’s interesting to see how quickly Scurll got the ROH television title given how seemingly no other new star can scratch the main event scene. This should be an important PPV match, but with Rush on the way out (and seemingly everyone else except ROH knew), the result is not much in doubt. On the other hand, this could be an excellent match depending how these two work out the clash of styles.

Before getting into the match itself, I’d love it if Ian could stop making “pushing all the chips into the middle of the table” references. It’s a rote cliché that way too many ROH shows have relied on. Also, who thought Scurll’s change In theme music was a good idea. I don’t know what the solution is, but it’s soooooooooooooo generic and bad.

Much of the crowd is cheering for Scurll despite being the literal villain. Scurll has a clear vision of his character, but Rush has a lot of poise despite being only wrestling for two years. Hopefully, his behavior doesn’t get in the way of his career. Scurll focuses on the arms and goes for a crack of the fingers. Rush cracks the champion with a hard slap to the face. That’s one way to counter. Despite the clear contrast in offense, Scurll focusing more on working a body part while Rush uses flash and more innovative offense, the back and forth works out. Scurll’s character work is second to none and someone like Rush is almost the perfect opponent.

Things really pick up when Rush shows fighting spirit after eating three superkicks in a row. Tremendous flurry of action as they exchange nearfalls and connect on finishers. Rush brings the title belt into the ring like an idiot. Who made this booking choice? He throws the belt away and…continues on offense? Rush sets up two chairs outside of the ring. Rush Hour countered. Scurll struggles to get the chickenwing but removes the tape and gets the hold. Rush taps. I liked a lot of this match, but Rush going for both the belt and chairs made him look like a complete idiot. Scurll didn’t outsmart his challenger. Rush outdumbed the champion and lost.

Winner (s)/Rating: STILL ROH World Television Champion-Marty Scurll/***1/2


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