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A Quiet But Fun Build to Best In The World

ROH TV Review: July 13th (Fite TV Edition)

Ok, so we’ve got this a little bit backward. The Best In The World PPV aired on Sunday and yet, the go-home show only aired on the Fite TV app on Tuesday, two days after the PPV. That might be something ROH wants to look at in the long-term, but don’t worry; any ROH action is usually good action, and so, I’ll be bringing you the review of the go-home show here, with a review of the PPV to follow.

So let’s not waste any time, let’s get into it!

The Big Match: Gang Warfare Sees Sneaky Tactics Win The Day

Ahead of Best In The World, representatives of The Foundation, LIF, and Violence Unlimited agreed to face off in the main event here in a triple threat tag match, the tussle for domination in ROH only getting more heated between the three factions as the months go by.

Dragon Lee and Kenny King made it clear in their pre-match interview that they would be standing back and watching the other two teams beat each other up, and that’s exactly what they did. Jonathan Gresham and Tony Deppen started off the match with some smooth technical exchanges before Lee and King pulled Gresham out of the ring and nailed him with a double suplex on the floor before retreating again. As the match wore on, with Jay Lethal and Brody King going at it in a preview of their match at Best In The World, Lee and King kept their distance, only getting involved to pull Lethal out to The floor and suplex him as well as Reopen later. When they tried to do it to Brody King though, they faced a BIG obstacle, Brody suplexing the pair on the floor instead!

The Foundation began to pick up steam, nailing their opponents with some wonderfully fluid double team maneuvers before Dragon Lee and Kenny King did the same, overwhelming their opponents with some flamboyant strikes. As it all began to break down, Tony Reopen was able to crack Gresham with the Shining Wizard in what would have won the Violence Unlimited team the match…if Kenny King hadn’t snuck in, knocked Deppen off Gresham, and made the cover himself for the win! A total steal for LIF, who watched with obvious pleasure from the ramp as Lethal and King argued in the ring, king, in particular, getting hot with Lethal, claiming it was The Foundation’s fault that Violence Unlimited lost! I’m.not sure about that…

Still, this was a fun match with some really lovely exchanges between The Foundation and Violence Unlimited, while LIF stirred the pot with their sneaky strategic actions, garnering heat off everybody, including their opponents.

Whether they will win the battle of the factions overall though, well, time will tell…

Results

  • The Briscoes defeated Joe Keys and Dante Caballero in a decent showcase for the return of the Briscoes as a tag team.
  • Flip Gordon beat PJ Black in a good match after Gordon made PJ tap to the STF. Flip reapplied the hold after the bell, bringing Brian Johnson down to make the save. Johnson was guesting on commentary, where he was killing it.
  • Dragon Lee & Kenny King beat Tony Deppen & Brody King and Jonathan Gresham & Jay Lethal in a fun main event after Kenny King pushed Deppen out of the way and covered Gresham.

Final Thoughts

The go-home show to Best In The World was a quiet show in a lot of ways, with no big angles or shocking surprises to send us crashing into the PPV. In fact, the PPV itself was more full of surprises than the go-home show.

Still, within that, this show featured some fun matches and the faction war in ROH is completely compelling, making for a very entertaining main event.

As for Best In The World, that’s a whole different story. Stay tuned for our review and analysis shortly!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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