The Briscoes (Mark and Jay Briscoe) and Bully Ray (ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions) vs. War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Hansen) and Dalton Castle(ROH Unauthorized- April 28, 2017)

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War Machine come out dressed as the boys. This is the first of two teams to come out impersonating another team. This is also the first of two matches where another promotion that’s dead and is not named ROH would be chanted.

Dalton Castle is arguably a guy ROH should  be building up and protecting as a top guy, but he’s here to to do the job. The Briscoes never lose. Bully Ray loves ROH apparently but won’t lie down for anyone, and War Machine have the IWGP Tag Team Championships. I’m mostly reviewing this match because I’m curious about the atmosphere and the Briscoe/War Machine interactions. Silas Young’s ring introductions for the challengers is pretty outstanding. Bully almost makes a homophobic comment, but Castle saves him. Bully Ray calls for a street fight, and the crowd chants for tables. The brawl is on. Very much a typical ECW like brawl and not the more intense brawls War Machine and the Briscoes had been engaging in. Lots of comedy between Castle and Bully while the crowd chants “This is wrestling!” Then Bully starts dancing. Why not? This actually turns into a traditional six man tag. I’m not kidding. It’s a street fight, and they’re observing actual rules. Of course, the match can’t end until tables are brought out.  Bully Ray powerbombs Rowe through it. They hit a 3-D on Castle and get the win. I can definitely say this was a match that happened on this show.

The fans loved this, and I didn’t. I clearly don’t know anything and ROH has passed me by.

Winner (s)/Rating: The Briscoes and Bully Ray/*

The difference between this show and the Truth Martini unsanctioned show is that was actually funny and still had a couple good matches. The comedy also felt more organic.


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