This week, ROH TV has one enormous Tag Team Gauntlet to crown the new #1 Contenders for the ROH Tag Team Championships! While it’s not announced, you can likely expect the winners to challenge current champs War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) at Supercard of Honor X the same night as NXT TakeOver: Dallas.
The chaos starts with 3-time ROH World Tag Champs and 2-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Champs reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) taking on the team of Will Ferrera and Caprice Coleman. You can probably guess by that sentence who took the victory. After less than ten minutes of action, a knee bar on Ferrera from Bobby Fish forces the submission victory and sends reDRagon to the next phase. The familiar music hits for The House of Truth, but it’s probably not members you’re expecting. Truth Martini emerges from the curtain with The Book of Truth in hand (if you’re not familiar with Ring of Honor, I think the schtick here is pretty clear). One member is Joey “Who’s Your Daddy” Daddiego, formerly known as J. Diesel. Look no further than other ROH competitors Jay Briscoe and Jay Lethal to see why he got a name change.
His partner is “lawyer” and “martial arts expert” Chris LeRusso, who is getting his House of Truth try out here. Another short bout ends when Martini and Daddiego leave LeRusso high and dry to fend for himself. O’Reilly gets him in a guillotine shortly thereafter, and picks up another reDRagon submission victory. Now it’s really time for the action to pick up, as the fourth team in the gauntlet are indy-darlings The Young Bucks. The current NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Champs (with Kenny Omega in NJPW) come out swinging and exhibit their trademark fast-paced offense. There’s a good glimpse of some great wrestling here, but the fresh Bucks pick up the win over reDRagon after they hit O’Reilly with More Bang For Your Buck. Next up is Tough Guy, Inc. (“Brutal” Bob Evans & “Tough” Tim Hughes) who really only succeed in giving the crowd a good Superkick Party.
After nearly double-digit superkicks from the Young Bucks to the duo, a powerbomb to the corner followed by a rope-hung swanton is plenty to put them away and advance the Young Bucks. The entrance lights up with the video and music of The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian), but they emerge from the crowd shortly after to ambush the Young Bucks. Despite this surprise attack, it does about zero good as a superkick interrupts Daniels as he goes for Angel’s Wings allowing a quick jackknife pin to eliminate The Addiction. They continue a beatdown on the Bucks briefly after the match but eventually clear the ring for our final team.
The last duo to emerge is Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta). They may have the catchiest theme of the night, but they’re also former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champs and a formidable team in their own right. The excitement hits a fever pitch for the first time since reDRagon was eliminated, and RPG Vice are on the delivering and receiving end of plenty of near falls. The action finally culminates as Trent makes a blind tag on Romero as the Bucks go for More Bang For Your Buck on him. Rocky is able to slip out of it, and RPG Vice hits Strong Zero for the upset victory to make themselves the new #1 Contenders. Despite what was essentially an extended cluster with almost half the teams being nowhere near the skill level of their competition, this nearly hour-long gauntlet had glimpses of what is so great about ROH’s tag team wrestling. If you enjoyed the bits with reDRagon, The Young Bucks, and RPG Vice, go back and watch NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 10.
The IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match was those three teams and the duo of Matt Sydal & Ricochet competing in a high-speed demolition derby of a match. Next week, the build for Supercard of Honor X continues and the NJPW stars return to Ring of Honor!
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