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ROH TV Episode 14 Review: Dark Order No More

ROH TV Episode 14
Photo Credit: Ring of Honor Wrestling

ROH this past week took place in Las Vegas, and while the Vegas crowd was questionable during Double or Nothing, they were on fire regarding the ROH TV Taping. With three substantial title matches and a faction splitting up let’s review the fourteenth episode of ROH TV!

The Infantry (Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo) vs The Kingdom (Mike Bennett & Matt Taven): The Kingdom is trying to get back to its winning ways after losing their Fight Without Honor match two weeks ago. The Infantry has been on quite a losing streak since the start of the new era of ROH, and unfortunately, their losing streak continued. This was a great opener to the jam-packed show we had as The Kingdom look to build momentum towards Death Before Dishonor.

Winners: The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett)

Trish Adora vs Skye Blue: This was outstanding. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman did an excellent job in explaining how Adora has gone down to the New Japan Dojo and has begun training to become a better wrestler. Blue right now is delivering some of her best in-ring work since signing earlier this year. Blue wins two in a row as she looks to be back in contention for the ROH Women’s Championship.

Winner: Skye Blue

Dark Order (Evil Uno John Silver & Alex Reynolds) vs The Righteous (Vince & Dutch)& Stu Grayson: The Dark Order is no more! The Righteous has been a thorn in the side of the Dark Order for weeks and they seem to finally have gotten their way. Grayson was a full force in beating down Silver and Reynolds. The interactions between Uno and Grayson were a long time coming as the duo has teamed for over 20 years. The Righteous and Grayson get the win as the rest of the Dark Order is left stunned that their former friend has turned his back on them. This is STORYTELLING!

Winners: The Righteous (Vince & Dutch) & Stu Grayson

Zack Sabre Jr. and Samoa Joe Backstage Promo:  After their impressive tag team win last week Joe begins to respect Sabre. Sabre says they have more in common than he thought, meaning that they are both island boys and the top television champions in all of professional wrestling. Joe agrees and says that we all have a crystal clear image of who the top television champion is in all of wrestling. As the two bicker back and forth Joe seems to lay out the challenge for Sabre. Possibly at Forbidden Door?

Promise Braxton vs Diamanté: Braxton got a LOT of offense in, but the good thing about ROH is that they hardly ever do squash matches and a lot of the local talent they bring in gets a chance to shine! Diamante in ROH is a fantastic idea, since now she will be used more often than she was on the regular AEW brand. She picks up the W in a competitive matchup.

Winner: Diamante

Brian Cage vs Willie Mack: These two have wrestled everywhere. From Impact, Canada, and even Mexico these two have amazing chemistry and the crowd was really into this match. Even though in the beginning it was slow and a tad sloppy business picked up towards the end and this match really came down to the end. Cage picks up the win to continue his amazing winning streak in ROH, but ROH should definitely run this one back.

Winner: Brian Cage

New Japan Pro Wrestling Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. Vs Rocky Romero: Sabre Jr. is on another level right now. He frequently defends the TV title not only on ROH but in New Japan and other independent companies as well. His ongoing feud with Samoa Joseph” will either culminate at Forbidden Door or Death Before Dishonor in what very much may be a match-of-the-year candidate. Romero looked good in this match as well as he has been another delight to see in ROH a lot more frequently. Sabre retains while also calling out Joe and saying how he is the greatest TV Champion in all of professional wrestling.

Winner: “And Still” Zack Sabre Jr.

Action Andretti & Darius Martin vs The WorkHorsemen (JD Drake & Anthony Henry): Andretti and Martin are such a fun team. Although it is upsetting that Dante is out, Riccaboni revealed that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and he should be back soon. This match was a spotlight on two teams that are looking to get into the tag team title hunt and both teams delivered. Andretti and Martin continue their winning streak as they look to take on the Lucha Brothers at the pay-per-view in July!

Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin

Shogun, Bryce Saturn, & Jakob Austin Young vs Kip Sabian, The Butcher, & The Blade: I take back what I said before this was a total squash. I would not mind seeing Butcher, Blade, and Sabian challenge for those six-man titles down the line. This was a quick one as the experienced six-man team gets the win in under a minute’s time.

Winners: Kip Sabian, The Butcher, & The Blade 

El Hijo Del Vikingo, Komander & Bandido vs Jack Cartwheel, Serepentico, & Angelico: Seeing Vikingo so often on ROH and AEW programming will always be a  blessing. This six-man was a lot of fun. All six of these men have very similar styles which is why this match was so great. The crowd loved seeing all of the competitors fly high and do crazy moves that truly only Vikingo and Bandido can do. The faces pick up the win as we head into our double championship main event.

Winners: El Hijo Del Vikingo, Komander, & Bandido

ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata vs Alex Coughlin: This match was crazy. Coughlin used all three of his rope breaks within the first two minutes of the match which led him to have a huge disadvantage against his teacher in this match. Although I do not really like Pure Rules Matches, this was the true story of the teacher vs the student. Coughlin knew all of Shibatas moves as he was able to counter a lot of them and come close to becoming the Pure Champion a couple of times throughout the match. Shibata gets the win over his student as he goes on to his next challenger, Daniel Garcia.

Winner: “And Still” Katsuyori Shibata

ROH Women’s Championship: Athena vs Kiera Hogan: I sure do love a women’s main event in ROH! Athena mostly dominated this match as she moved to a rather impressive 25-0 in ROH competition. As Hogan was getting a little offense in, Athena attacked the already injured shoulder to roll her up for a quick three count. This led Hogan to attack Athena after the match as security failed to separate these two. This one is not over! This was a fun one Athena is on another level and to see my fellow baddie get some shine in ROH is always amazing to see.

Winner: “And Still” Athena

Overall: The episode was fine, I still think a lot of their stronger episodes take place when they are in Orlando, which thankfully they were in this past weekend. Now that we are gearing towards the pay-per-view next month you are going to see a lot of storylines come to head, and hopefully, the world heavyweight champion will grace us with his presence after his match in Japan.

ROH TV Episode 14 is streaming now on Honor Club.



Kimmy Sokol
Kimmy Sokol
Kimmy Sokol is known to do many things in the world of professional wrestling. If she is not writing on thepopbreak, she is co-hosting The Bob Culture Podcast and traveling the country working with the biggest wrestling superstars on the convention scene.


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