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ROH Manhattan Mayhem II

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by Grappleholic

The Hangmen 3 of Adam Pearce, Brent Albright, and BJ Whitmer shave Shane Hagadorn’s head backstage.

Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.  Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Erick Stevens & Matt Cross of The Resilience.  Quack and Stevens lock up.  Stevens shoves Quack down.  They lock up again and Quack grabs a side headlock.  Stevens picks him up and drops him.  Stevens continues to overpower Quack until Quack decides to take a breather.  Quack uses his speed and technical ability to match Stevens.  Quack gets Stevens in an octopus hold, but Stevens carries Quack to his corner and Cross tags in.  Quack lets go and tags in Jigsaw.  Cross and Jigsaw wrestle.  Jigsaw does some really nice stuff.  Jigsaw does a crazy multiple revolution spinning head scissors, but Cross face plants him.  Stevens tags in and beats up Jigsaw.  The bad guys get heat on Jigsaw.  Jigsaw surprises Cross with an inside cradle for 2, then continues getting worked over.  Great double team from from Stevens and Cross.  Quack gets the hot tag and runs wild on Stevens.  All 4 guys end up in the ring.  Jigsaw hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner on Stevens, followed by a Swanton Bomb from Quackenbush.  Cover, but Cross saves.  Quack hits a backbreaker on Stevens and tags in Jigsaw, who misses a diving leg drop.  Cross tags in and gets caught mid air with a kick.  Jigsaw goes for the Jig & Tonic, but Stevens clotheslines Cross and it turns into a sunset flip for 2.  Heels work over Jigsaw.  Stevens hits a backdrop suplex, followed by a corkscrew moonsault from Cross for 2.  Jigsaw avoids a double suplex and tags in Quack.  Quack counters the double teaming and DDTs both of them.  Quack hits a wacky move on Cross for 2, then locks in a cross armbreaker.  Cross gets a rope break.  Stevens tags in and pounces Quack into his corner, where he tags in Jigsaw.  They do some great stuff, ending with Stevens hitting the Doctor Bomb on Jigsaw for the pin in 12:27.  Awesome match!  They shake hands afterward.

Mitch Franklin vs. Jimmy Jacobs.  The returning Jacobs gets a “FUCK HIM UP, JIMMY!” chant.  They shake hands and lock up.  Franklin takes Jacobs over in a side headlock.  Jacobs wrestles out, but Franklin shines some more with nice arm drags.  Franklin gets booed for dropkicking Jacobs’ injured knee.  Jacobs hits Franklin with some chops.  Franklin avoids a charge in the corner and dives, but Jacobs catches him with a clothesline.  Jacobs dropkicks Franklin’s head into the post.  Cover gets 2.  Twice.  Jacobs stretches Franklin and drives him into the mat repeatedly.  Franklin gets a crucifix hold for 2.  Franklin sends Jacobs into the turnbuckles with a diving rana, then schoolboys him for 2.  Franklin hits another wacky move for 2 (sort of a victory roll face plant).  Jacobs counters a bulldog and sets up Franklin on the top, then ties him to the tree of woe.  Jacobs hits a running butt and a dropkick.  Jacobs hits a diving senton, then locks on the End Time for the submission win in 5:15.  Very good little match.

Jack Evans talks backstage.  He says he found a manager.

The Hangmen 3 come out.  Pearce cuts a promo.  Delirious runs out and attacks them before his partners can even make their way out.

Adam Pearce, Brent Albright, & BJ Whitmer (w/ Shane Hagadorn) vs. Delirious, Nigel McGuinness, & Pelle Primeau.  Delirious is quickly overwhelmed.  His partners come out and everybody brawls.  The match settles down and Delirious clotheslines Pearce a thousand times, then tags in Nigel.  “FUCK HIM UP, NIGEL!” chant.  Nigel beats up Pearce on the outside.  Pelle hits Pearce with a dropkick off the apron.  Back inside, Nigel covers Pearce for 2.  Pelle tags in and plants Pearce with a spinning DDT for 2, as Pearce saves.  Delirious tags in and beats up Pearce some more.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Clutch, but Pearce fights back, chokeslams Delirious, and tags out.  The heels make quick tags and beat up Delirious.  Nigel gets a tag, but the referee didn’t see it, so Delirious continues getting destroyed.  Delirious hits a diving rana on Whitmer, then finally makes the hot tag to Nigel.  Nigel runs wild on every one and suplexes Pearce onto Whitmer.  Hagadorn tries to sneak up on Nigel, but gets dropped with a lariat.  Nigel is very generous with his lariats.  Delirious clotheslines Pearce out of the ring.  Nigel hits the Tower of London in Whitmer, assisted by a double stomp from Primeau.  Primeau covers, but Albright saves.  Albright kills fuckers, then gets dealt with by Delirious.  Pearce hits the Rack Bomb on Delirious.  Pelle springboards on Pearce and drops him.  Whitmer MURDER DEATH KILLS Pelle with a sit-out Tombstone for the pin in 11:34.  Really good match.  Whitmer continues to pound on Pelle, egged on by Pearce.  Whitmer hits a BIG whiplash powerbomb.  Pelle is BUSTED WIDE OPEN.  Pearce powerbombs him too.  Albright DRILLS him with a half nelson suplex that would make Taz proud.  Nigel finally chases them off with a chair.  Nigel, Delirious, and random people check on the recently murdered Pelle.

ROH President Cary Silken and Pro Wrestling NOAH representative Ryo Nakata come out.  They shake hands, and Bobby Cruise announces that KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima, and Mitsuharu Misawa will be appearing at Glory By Honor.

Delirious rants in Delirious speak backstage.

PAC vs. Davey Richards.  PAC offers a handshake, but Richards spits in PAC’s hand.  They lock up.  Richards backs PAC into the ropes and breaks.  Richards works PAC’s arm.  They do some good mat wrestling.  Richards beats the crap of PAC’s head.  More awesome wrestling.  Richards gets a rope break to escape a hold, then takes a breather on the outside.  They go some more, PAC does some flippy stuff, and Richards bails again.  They trade chops.  PAC backdrops Richards out of the ring and hits a diving twisting thing to the outside.  More awesome fast paced wrestling back inside.  PAC hits a standing moonsault stomp for 2.  PAC gets a fast front cradle out of nowhere for 2.  Richards rams PAC into the corner and hits him with chops and headbutts.  Richards turns PAC inside out with a lariat, then hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Richards hits a cross-armed (straitjacket) German suplex hold for 2.  PAC fights back hits a crazy Shooting Star kick thingy and a German for 2.  Richards locks in the Kimura, but PAC turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards goes for a gutwrench something, but PAC hits an enzugiri and a reverse Frankensteiner for 2.  Richards catches a diving rana and goes for a powerbomb, but PAC turns it into a Frankensteiner for 2.  PAC goes up top, but Richards cuts him off.  PAC fights him off, but Richards cuts him off again.  Repeat.  PAC lands on his feet from a Spider German.  Richards hits a Tombstone, then locks the Kimura in for the submission win in 12:40.  This was awesome.

Jack Evans comes out.  He says he didn’t have the work ethic to start his own group, so he found some to motivate him.  He introduces his new manage, Julius Smokes.  “WELCOME BACK!” chants for Smokes.  Smokes says the name of the unit will be the Vulture Squad.

They show some clips of the Generation Next group.  These three were the founders of Generation Next, and now they all have (or are forming) their own groups.  Strong has the No Remorse Corps and Aries heads The Resilience.

Three-Way Match: Jack Evans (w/ Julius Smokes) vs. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries.  Strong throws Aries out of the ring, then beats up Evans.  Aries hits the Eddie hilo on Evans, then a Lionsault block on Strong.  Aries and Evans beat up Strong.  Strong tires of being double teamed and bails.  Evan dance kicks Aries.  Evans lands on his feet from a backdrop, but Aries hits the Stroke.  Evans kicks Aries off of a figure-four attempt and Strong low bridges Aries out the ring.  Evans tries a diving rana off the apron on Strong, but gets powerbombed.  Strong bridges a table between the apron and the guardrail.  Strong sets up Aries for a Tiger Driver off the apron, but Aries blocks it.  They reverse suplex attempts.  Aries hits a reverse cradle for 2, then a rebound kick for 2.  Strong counters the brainbuster and hits a fireman carry flapjack.  Evans breaks the cover.  Evans dropkicks both of them, then hits a standing corkscrew press for 2.  Aries DVDs Evans on top of Strong and covers both for 2.  Strong hits a backdrop suplex on Aries, then fights Evans on the top.  Evans hits a dropkick that knocks Strong out of the ring.  This fast paced stuff is hard to call.  Aries turns Evans inside out with a lariat for 2.  Strong comes in and hits a Northern Lights bomb on Aries for 2.  Strong chops Evans some more and goes for the Tiger Driver off the apron.  It doesn’t happen, but more crazy shit does.  Aries and Strong fail at suplexing each other again.  Strong hits a gut buster and locks in the Strong Hold, but Evans saves and hits a reverse Frankenesteiner on Strong.  Aries breaks the cover.  Aries accidentally clotheslines the referee.  Evans drops Aries with a kick and covers, but no referee.  Evans goes up top, but Aries cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Aries goes up top, but Strong pushes him off and through the table.  “HOLY SHIT!” chants.  Davey Richards runs in and helps Strong put the boots to Evans.  Smokes calls out the first member of the Vulture Squad, Ruckus!  Ruckus does a bunch of flippy stuff and a suicide dive to the NRC.  Evans hits a crazy suicide dive on the NRC too.  Aries comes back in and is like “WTF man?”  Smokes tells his boys to kick Aries’ ass.  The Resilience makes the save.  Stevens powerslams Evans.  Cross hits a suicide dive onto the Vulture Squad and Stevens.  Back in the ring, Strong goes for Aries with a chair, but Aries cuts him off and they brawl.  Strong hits a low blow and hits Aries in the back with the chair, then hits a big running kick on Aries.  Strong goes for the Tiger Driver, but Erick Stevens hits Strong with the chair.  Aries hits the brainbuster and the 450 splash on Strong.  Stevens revives the referee, who counts the pin for Aries in 14:43.  Even with all of the overbooked shenanigans, this was awesome.  The faction warfare is heating up in ROH!

Becky Bayless (who is HOT) interviews Jimmy Jacobs.

The Resilience talk backstage.  It’s WAR!

Eddie Edwards vs. Ruckus (w/ Jack Evans & Julius Smokes).  Ruckus refuses the handshake, so Edwards kicks his ass.  Ruckus does some flips and some head scissors.  Edwards avoids a suicide dive, but gets kicked in the face.  Ruckus hits a Shooting Star press off the apron.  They do stuff in the ring.  Edwards counters a tornado DDT and hits a Backpack Stunner for 2.  Edwards hits a clothesline for 2.  Edwards hits a brainbuster for 2.  Ruckus hits a Pele kick.  They trade forearms.  Ruckus rolls through a sunset flip and hits some stomps and a twisting splash.  Ruckus goes for a moonsault leg drop, but Edwards counters into a pinning predicament for 2.  Edwards hits a weird flipping slam for 2.  Ruckus hits a rolling Fisherman suplex for 2.  Ruckus fights off a superplex attempt and hits a corkscrew senton for the pin in 6:10.  Good spot fest.  The Vulture Squad celebrates.  Ruckus and Edwards shake hands and hug.

Chris Hero (w/ Larry Sweeney, Sara Del Rey, & Bobby Dempsey of Sweet & Sour Inc.) vs. Claudio Castagnoli.  Claudio lunges for Sweeney, who runs to the back.  Hero and Claudio go at it.  Hero quickly bails.  Claudio pulls Hero back in.  Hero bails again.  Claudio chases him around the ring.  Hero slides back in and kicks Claudio to the floor, then does his stupid flips and dancing.  Claudio nails him with some European uppercuts.  Yay!  Claudio hits an elbow drop off the middle rope for 2.  Sweeney is back out now.  Claudio goes for the Ricola Bomb, but Hero escapes and bails again.  Claudio hits an axe handle off the apron, then chops Hero against the barricade.  Claudio whips Hero into Dempsey.  Hero side steps Claudio, sends him into the barricade, then Yakuza kicks him over it.  Sweeney trips Claudio on the apron, then begs off.  Del Rey kicks Claudio in the middle behind the referee’s back.  Daizee Haze comes out to bitch to the referee about the interference.  Hero beats up Claudio on the outside.  Inside, Hero hits a couple of sentons for 2.  Hero continues to beat up Claudio.  Claudio finally fights back, sends Hero outside, and hits a tope suicida.  Hero hits a boot from the apron and goes for a springboard something, but Claudio catches his legs and does a lengthy giant swing.  Claudio hits a European uppercut for 2.  Hero counters the Alpamare Waterslide and hits some swinging neckbreakers for 2.  Claudio hits a springboard European uppercut and the Alpamare Waterslide for 2.  Hero avoids a kick and hits an elbow smash, then a German, then a weird suplex neckbreaker for 2.  Hero goes up top, but Claudio cuts him off with some European uppercuts a head scissors off the top.  Claudio hits a bicycle kick for 2!  Hero counters the Ricola Bomb.  They trade forearms.  They counter each others’ backslide attempts.  Hero hits a diving neckbreaker and a diving stomp for 2.  Claudio counters the Hero’s Welcome and hits a diving European uppercut, followed by the Ricola Bomb for the pin in 16:00.  Another really good match!  Haze celebrates with Claudio.  Hero and Sweeney abuse Dempsey after the match.

Claudio talks backstage.

ROH World Championship Match: Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. Bryan Danielson.  The crowd does my favorite chant ever, “YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN’ HEAD KICKED IN!”  Danielson throws some kicks at Morishima early.  Alternate “MORISHIMA!” and “LET’S GO DRAGON!” chants.  Morishima gets the better of a Greco-Roman knuckle lock.  Danielson kicks Morishima’s legs some more.  “FUCK HIM UP DRAGON, FUCK HIM UP!” chant.  Morishima pounds on Dragon.  Dragon throws more leg kicks.  Danielson lands a bunch of kicks and is like “Bring it, motherfucker!”  Morishima looks perplexed, but then beats on Danielson for a while.  Morishima hits a butt butt, then kicks the crap out of Danielson some more.  My commentary does not do this match justice.  It’s awesome.  Morishima throws Danielson outside and sends him into the barricade.  Morishima puts Danielson in a chair and nails him with a big boot.  Morishima drives Danielson into the barricade again with another butt butt.  Danielson is selling an eye injury, but starts fighting back.  Danielson bundles Morishima over the barricade and hits a springboard dive OVER the barricade and onto Morishima.  “HOLY SHIT!” chants.  “BEST IN THE WORLD!” chants.  Danielson throws more uppercuts and kicks.  Danielson hits Morishima’s leg with a chair.  Back inside, Danielson hits a missile dropkick that fails to drop Morishima.  Danielson hits him some more, but Morishima turns Danielson inside out with a lariat.  Danielson counters a backdrop drive and lands on top for 2.  Morishima knocks Danielson down repeatedly, but the motherfucker KEEPS FIGHTING.  Danielson finally takes Morishima down and sets to work torturing his leg.  Morishima gets to his feet and dumps Danielson with a release German suplex.  Morishima hits a backdrop uranage for 2.  Danielson avoids a missile dropkick and tortures Morishima’s leg some more.  Morishima hits a Thesz press, then Danielson turns it into a half crab.  Morishima kicks Danielson’s eye to get free.  Danielson lands on his feet from a backdrop driver attempt and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Danielson hits some elbows and a schoolboy for 2.  Danielson goes for a sunset flip, but Morishima sits on him for 2.  Danielson gets Morishima up for a German suplex hold for 2!  Danielson does the elbows to the head.  Morishima gets up.  Danielson kicks at his legs some more.  Danielson KICKS HIS FUCKING HEAD IN!  Cover gets 2.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation!  Morishima struggles, but gets a rope break.  Danielson goes for a backdrop suplex off the top, but Morishima turns it around and squashes him!  Morishima tries to knock some feeling back into his legs.  Morishima clobbers Danielson and turns him inside out with another lariat for 2.  Morishima hits the backdrop driver for the pin in 20:18.  Really fucking GREAT match.  Danielson has the ability to have matches like this.  Him doing 1 minute jobs to green guys on NXT is fucking sickening.  Danielson gets a standing ovation after Morishima leaves.  He deserves it.  That match was amazing.  Crowd chants “BEST IN THE WORLD!”  Danielson takes the mic and says that whoever has the ROH World Championship is the best in the world.  He apologizes for letting the fans down.  Crowd chants “THANK YOU DRAGON!”

Larry Sweeney rants and raves about Claudio Castagnoli backstage.

2/3 Falls Match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  Steenerico jump the Briscoes before the bell.  Steen and Jay brawl outside while Mark and Generico brawl inside.  Mark and Generico go outside too and Mark suplexes Generico onto a chair.  Generico sends Mark into the barricade.  Steen does the same to Jay.  Mark is already bleeding.  Briscoes double team Generico in the ring.  Mark hits a suplex on Generico for 1.  Mark hits a side suplex and a knee drop for 2.  Jay tags in and traps Generico in a figure-four head scissors.  Mark tags in and knocks Steen off the apron.  Steen quickly recovers and saves Generico from getting double teamed.  Steen tags in and brawls with Jay.  Steen rams Jay’s head into Generico’s boot, then tags out to Generico.  Generico hits a body slam for 2.  Jay takes some abuse.  Steen decks Mark on the apron again.  Jay is also bleeding.  Jay hits a blockbuster-like move on Steen, then makes the hot tag to Mark.  Mark runs wild on Steen.  Briscoes hit the veg-o-matic on Steen for 2.  Steen stacks up the Briscoes and tags out.  Generico hits a diving cross body on Jay for 2.  Generico hits the swinging DDT on Jay, then Steen hits his pumphandle backbreaker.  Generico covers Jay for 2.  It’s hard to tell the Briscoes apart when they both have hair.  Jay hits the Death Valley Driver on Generico.  Mark hits a moonsault, then takes out Steen with a dive to the outside.  Jay hits a frog splash on Generico for the pin in 11:04 to win the first fall.  30 second rest period.  Briscoes hip toss Generico out of the ring onto Steen.  The Briscoes bring Steen back into the ring.  Steen realizes he’s fucked.  He blows his nose at Jay and slaps Mark.  The Briscoes beat the shit out of him.  Generico is dead in the aisle.  Steen takes a beating for a while.  Generico finally makes his way back to the apron.  Generico low bridges Mark out of the ring and Steen hits him with a cannonball dive.  Jay kicks Generico off the apron, then hits Steen with a Death Valley Driver on the apron.  Generico DDTs Jay on the floor.  Mark ranas Generico off the apron to the floor.  Mark and Steen trade forearms in the ring.  Generico and Jay tag in and trade blows too.  Generico goes for the brainbuster, but Jay drops him with a front suplex.  Jay goes up top, but Generico cuts him off and goes for the brainbuster.  Mark hits Generico with a springboard Ace Crusher.  Jay hits a diving leg drop on Generico for 2.  Briscoes for the springboard Doomsday Device, but Steen cuts on Mark from hitting it.  Generico gets Jay with a victory roll for 2.  Generico schoolbosy Jay for 2.  Steen tags in and goes for the Swanton Bomb, but Jay gets his knees up.  Mark tags in.  He and Steen end up outside.  Mark goes for a rana, but Steen powerbombs him into the apron.  Steen powerbombs Jay into the barricade.  Generico throws Mark back in and hits a diving splash.  Steen hits the Swanton Bomb on Mark.  Generico covers Mark for 2.  Generico hits Jay with an Asai moonsault.  Steen hits Mark with a lariat, then goes for a moonsault, but Mark avoids it.  Mark hits an Exploder on Steen.  Steen no sells it.  Jay comes in and they double team Steen.  Springboard Doomsday Device, but Steen kicks out!  Generico kicks Mark into Jay.  Steen ties Mark to the tree of woe.  Generico hits a somersault dropkick on Mark.  Steen hits the Package Piledriver on Mark.  Generico goes for the brainbuster, but Jay cuts him off.  Jay hits Steen with the Jay Driller, then Mark hits Steen with the Cut-Throat Driver for the pin in 24:44.  Briscoes win 2 straight falls to retain the titles.  Pretty good match.  Generico and the Briscoes face off after the match.  Crowd chants “SHAKE HIS HAND!”  Generico shakes hands with the Briscoes.  Steen chastises him for it.  Generico and Steen argue.  Steen shakes hands with the Briscoes too, then kicks them both in the balls.  That dick.  Steen hits the Briscoes with a ladder, then demands that Generico help him clothesline the Briscoes with the ladder.  Steen and Generico pose with the belts, Generico reluctantly.  Steen blows his nose on the Briscoes again.  Steen and Generico leave with the belts.

Really awesome show with a lot of awesome matches.  Danielson/Morishima in particular was fucking great.

ROH Driven 2007

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by Grappleholic

Ring of Honor… in association with… G-Funk!

Chicago!  Dave Prazak welcomes us to the show.  He and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.  Delirious, Erick Stevens, and Matt Cross come out.  Stevens challenges the No Remorse Corps to a six-man tag.  Delirious rants in Delirious speak.

Opening video.

Delirious, Erick Stevens, & Matt Cross vs. The No Remorse Corps of Roderick Strong, Rocky Romero, & Davey Richards.  The NRC run to the ring and everyone brawls.  Nobody bothers to ring the opening bell.  The NRC get routed and bail.  Richards comes back in and gets beaten up by Delirious.  Strong comes in and brawls with Stevens, knocking him to the floor.  Romero and Delirious both hit dives to the outside.  Delirious rolls Romero into the ring and works him over.  Romero takes over and the NRC take turns beating up Delirious.  Delirious gets triple teamed by the NRC.  He finally makes the tag to Stevens, who runs wild on the NRC.  Cross and Stevens sandwich the NRC in the corner.  Delirious hits the Panic Attack on Strong.  Stevens hits a TKO on Strong for 2.  Cross hits a dive to the outside on Richards and Romero.  Stevens hits a powerslam on Strong, but Romero saves.  Stevens throws Romero out of the ring.  Richards his a missile dropkick on Stevens.  Cross hits a reverse Frankensteiner on Richards.  Everybody hits moves.  Cross gets triple teamed a spiked by a jumping DDT from Romero.  Clusterfuck continues.  Strong and Stevens chop each other.  Stevens and Cross hit a double team move on Romero for 2.  There’s way too much going on.  Delirious hits the Shadows Over Hell on Richards.  Cross follows with the Shooting Star press, but Romero saves.  Strong drops Delirious on the apron.  Stevens takes on Strong.  Richards hits Stevens with a tornado DDT off the apron.  Cross and Romero do stuff.  Cross hits a spinning splash off the top for 2.  Romero locks Cross in an ankle hold, but Cross turns it into a cradle for 2.  Romero kicks the crap out of Cross.  Richards hits the DR Driver on Cross for the pin in about 11 minutes.  Total clusterfuck, but it was fun.  The NRC continue the beat down, but Austin Aries (fresh off of his TNA run) runs in for the save.  Aries cleans house and hits a dive to the outside.

With everyone else gone, Austin Aries cuts a promo in the ring.  He signs an ROH contract and says he’s back where he belongs.

The Briscoe Brothers introduce a video package of the ROH shows in Japan.

Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Matt Sydal vs. Claudio Castagnoli.  They trade arm drags.  Claudio blocks a hip toss and gets arm dragged again.  Sydal gets a series of 2 counts.  Claudio hits a monkey flip.  They do a neat chain wrestling bit.  Claudio hits a leg drop for 2, brother.  Claudio continues to work Sydal over.  Claudio does the giant swing for a 2 count.  Claudio hits a side suplex for 2.  Sydal side steps Claudio, sends him outside, and takes him out with a dive.  Back inside, Sydal lands a spinning kick for 2.  Claudio hits a spinning drop thing for 2, then the Alpamare Waterslide for 2.  Sydal blocks a bicycle kick and hits a Dragon screw leg whip, then gets a la magistral for 2.  Sydal hits a Frankensteiner, leaning to a cradle reversal bit.  Sydal hits a standing moonsault for 2.  Sydal ducks the bicycle kick and hits a DDT for 2.  Sydal goes up top, but Claudio cuts him off and hits an enzuigiri.  Claudio hits the bicycle kick for 2.  Claudio hits a European uppercut for 2.  Sydal hits a big head scissors, then lands some chops.  Sydal hits a Frankensteiner for 2.  Sydal goes for another Frankensteiner, but Claudio rolls through it and gets the pin in 8:19.  Good match.

Sweet N Sour Inc. (Larry Sweeney, Chris Hero, Tank Toland, and Bobby Dempsey) come out.  Sweeney wants to recruit Sydal.  Claudio tells Sydal that Sweeney is a scum bag.  Crowd chants “YOU’RE A SCUM BAG!”  Claudio rips up the contract, then nails Dempsey and Hero with European uppercuts.  He goes for Sweeney, but Sydal jumps him.  Hero hits the Hero’s Welcome on Claudio, then puts in a modified STF.  Sydal shakes hands and hugs Sweeney.  Crowd chants “YOU SOLD OUT!”

Jimmy Rave video package.

BJ Whitmer vs. Naomichi Marufuji.  They lock up and trade arm locks, with Marufuji doing his flippy stuff.  Whitmer backs Marufuji into the corner and gives a clean break.  They trade arm drags, then throw simultaneous dropkicks.  Japanese style stalemate and applause.  They trade chops.  Whitmer lands a dropkick that sends Marufuji to the outside.  Whitmer hits a dive.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Whitmer hits a suplex for 2.  Marufuji tries to suplex Whitmer inside from the apron, but ends up DDTing him onto the apron.  Marufuji gets a cross armbreaker, but Whitmer gets a rope break.  Marufuji goes up top, but Whitmer cuts him off and hits a superplex.  They get to their feet and trade chops and forearms again.  Whitmer hits a German suplex, rolls through and hits a Dragon suplex, then goes for a powerbomb.  Marufuji counters, but gets kicked in the face a bunch.  Marufuji hits a straight jacket German suplex hold for 2.  Marufuji hits a Codebreaker-like move for 2.  Whitmer catches Marufuji in mid-air and hits a powerslam for 2.  Marufuji hits a lariat for 2.  Marufuji goes for the Shiranui, but Whitmer counters and hits a brainbuster for 2.  Whitmer goes up top, but Marufuji hits the ropes.  Whitmer ends up in the tree of woe.  Marufuji hits the coast to coast dropkick for 2.  Marufuji hits a superkick and goes for the Shiranui again, but gets countered.  He lands on his feet from a suplex attempt, then lands another superkick and hits the Shiranui for the pin in 10:56.  Pretty good match.

Becky Bayless is super hot.  She’s also in the crowd to plug live events.

Pelle Primeau vs. Brent Albright.  Albright slaps Pelle before the match.  Pelle tries, but gets massacred.  Albright lands some hard forearms.  Albright throws Pelle across the ring.  Pelle tries to get something going, but gets killed with a series of suplexes.  Albright covers after a half nelson suplex, then lifts Pelle’s shoulder at 2.  Albright says he’s going to break Pelle’s arm.  Albright press slams Pelle into the Crowbar and gets the submission win in 1:40.  Total squash and a good way to make Albright look like a beast, which I’m sure was the intent.!

ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  Jay and Generico shake hands, then start the match.  Jay backs Generico into the corner and gets an aggressive clean break.  Jay and Generico wrestle some more.  Jay wants a test of strength.  We he gets it, he takes Generico down and hits him in the face, then clamps on a front face lock.  Another speedy exchange, then back to the front face lock.  Generico backs Jay into a corner and gives his own aggressive clean break.  Speedy arm drag routine from Generico.  Steen tags in and trades strikes with Jay.  Mark comes in to trade shots with Steen as well.  Mark does his goofy karate chops and gets dropped with an enzuigiri.  Jay tags in and runs wild a bit.  Double dropkick into the corner by Briscoes on Steen.  Jay hits a dropkick on Steen for 2.  Steen throws Jay into Mark to knock Mark off the apron, then hits a neckbreaker on Jay for 2.  Generico tags in.  Steenerico double team Mark a bit.  Steen blind tags in and beats up Jay some more.  Steen chokes Jay with the middle rope.  Steen knocks Mark off the apron again.  Generico tags in to work over Jay some more.  Dropkick gets 2 for Generico.  Jay manages to tag in Mark.  Briscoes double team Generico.  Mark finally gives Steen a receipt by knocking him off the apron.  Mark hits a brainbuster for 2.  Mark hits a fist drop and a knee drop for 2.  Jay tags in and hits a diving leg drop to the back of the head for 2.  Jay locks Generico in the stretch plum.  Jay kicks Generico in the back of the head, then makes the tag.  Mark hits a diving knee drop for 2.  Mark hits a Samoan drop for 2.  Briscoes cut off Generico from making the tag.  Generico sends Jay out of the ring.  Steen hits a dive on Jay, then grounds and pounds him.  Mark hits a dive on Steen.  Jay clotheslines Generico and they both go out of the ring.  Mark hits a moonsault off the barricade on Steen.  Briscoes hip toss Generico into chairs in the crowd.  Steen spears Jay into the barricade, then powerbombs Mark into chairs in the crowd.  Steen asks Generico “What are you doing all the way over there?”  Steen and Jay go at it back in the ring.  Jay goes for a Frankensteiner, but Steen powerbombs him for 2.  Steen goes for the Package Piledriver, but Mark cuts him off.  Generico throws Mark outof the ring and takes him out with an Asai moonsault.  Steen hits a pumphandle backbreaker thing and a Swanton Bomb for 2.  Steen goes for the Package Piledriver again, but Mark cuts him off again.  Generico hits a swinging DDT on Mark.  Mark catches Generico with a boot in the corner, then dives outside and puts Steen through a table.  Jay hits a Death Valley Driver on Generico for 2.  Briscoes hit a spiked Jay Driller on Generico and Jay gets the pin in 16:07.  Typically crazy Briscoes match, but pretty good.  Steen lays out the Briscoes with a ladder, then blows his nose on them.

Larry Sweeney and Chris Hero talk to Matt Sydal backstage, then Sweeney rants at Claudio Castagnoli.  Toland has Dempsey on some kind of workout machine.  They all make fun of Dempsey.  Toland uses a cookie to motivate him, then doesn’t give him the cookie.  That dick.

ROH World Championship Match: Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. Jimmy Rave.  Morishima goes into ass kicking mode immediately.  He throws Rave out of the ring.  Rave reverses Morishima into the barricade.  The ring is still covered with streamers.  Back inside, Rave spears Morishima and goes up top.  Morishima catches the dive and hits an overhead belly to belly suplex.  Morishima goes up top, but Rave cuts him off.  Morishima pushes Rave away and hits a missile dropkick.  Morishima hits a handspring forearm into the corner for 2.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Rave goes for a sunset flip.  Morishima tries to sit on him, but Rave avoids it and hits a running knee for 2.  Rave goes for the Pedigree, but gets backdropped out.  Rave locks in his heel hook finisher.  Morishima gets a rope break.  Morishima hits a sidewalk slam and a lariat for 2.  Morishima hits the backdrop driver for the pin in 3:57.  Fine little match.  I like Morishima’s short, explosive title defenses.  He’s a beast.

“We’ll go to Philly in a moment…”

Adam Pearce talks to Shane Hagadorn in an empty gymnasium somewhere, then to the camera.  He hugs BJ Whitmer, then punches him out.


ROH World Championship #1 Contender Match: Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson.  They shake hands, then lock up.  Nigel gives a clean break.  Danielson takes Nigel to the mat.  Nigel gets to the ropes to escape.  Danielson gives a clean break.  “YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN’ HEAD KICKED IN!” chant.  That’s my favorite chant ever.  Gorgeous mat wrestling.  Stalemate, applause.  Nigel grabs a side head lock.  Nigel gets thrown into the ropes, but drops Danielson with a shoulder block.  They lock up again.  Danielson takes Nigel down for some worked MMA.  Nigel escapes and keylocks Danielson into a pinning predicament, but they’re in the ropes.  Danielson offers a handshake, then slaps Nigel in the face.  Crowd chants “YOU GOT BITCH SLAPPED!”  Danielson lands some kicks to Nigel’s chest.  Nigel gets to his feet and slaps Danielson.  Danielson slaps Nigel several times in the corner.  Nigel head stands in the corner and kicks Danielson in the head.  Nigel goes to work on Danielson’s arm.  Danielson escapes a painful looking hold strangles Nigel with his own arms.  Nigel hits a lariat and Danielson bails.  Nigel follows and beats up Danielson out the outside.  Danielson fights back.  Danielson turns the time keeper’s table over onto Nigel’s head.  Danielson throws Nigel back into the ring, but Nigel comes back with the rebound lariat and knocks Danielson into the crowd.  Nigel hits a dive from the top rope into the crowd.  “ROH!” chants.  Nigel goes for a lariat on the outside, but Danielson nails him with a forearm.  Danielson suplexes Nigel across the guardrail.  Fucking ouch.  Danielson suplex Nigel from the barricade to the floor.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Danielson attacks Nigel’s injured back, then locks him in the crossface.  Danielson works the back some more and grinds his elbow into the back of Nigel’s neck.  The ref counts, but Danielson reminds him that he has until 5, referee!  Danielson lands some forearms across Nigel’s nose.  Ouch.  Danielson throws European uppercuts.  Nigel responds with a forearm.  Danielson attacks the side of Nigel’s face.  Nigel starts asking for more slaps.  He’s FIRED UP!  Nigel hits the lariat, but can’t make the cover.  Nigel hits a European uppercut to the corner.  Nigel lands another lariat for 2.  Nigel fails a suplex because of the injured back and gets driven into the corner.  Danielson kicks Nigel in the ear for 2.  Danielson goes up top, but Nigel cuts him off and goes for the Tower of London.  Danielson fights him off and hits a diving sunset flip, but Nigel rolls through it and they do some commercials.  Nigel catches a leap frog and powerbombs Danielson for 2.  Nigel locks in a half crab.  “THIS IS WRESTLING!” chant.  Danielson gets a rope break.  Nigel head stands in the corner again, but Danielson dropkicks him the head.  Danielson throws some more kicks at Nigel’s back, then hits the avalanche-style backdrop suplex for 2.  Danielson locks in the crossface chickenwing.  Nigel forces a break and hits the Tower of London almost out of nowhere, but fails to make the cover.  Nigel sets Danielson on the top rope and hits a diving lariat for 2, as Danielson manages to get a foot on the rope.  Danielson connects with an enzuigiri.  They come face to face again and start slapping each other, then trading headbutts.  Nigel hits a lariat.  Danielson is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Danielson lands some elbows.  Danielson hits a Tiger suplex hold for 2, then turns into the Cattle Mutilation.  Nigel rolls through for 2.  Danielson lands the elbows, then locks in the Cattle Mutilation for the win in 24:31.  Fucking awesome match.  Crowd chants “BEST IN THE WORLD!”  Nigel gets up.  Crowd chants “THANK YOU BOTH!”  They shake hands again.

Good show.  The main event was fucking awesome.

ROH Respect Is Earned 2007

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The first ROH PPV!

Ring of Honor in association with G-Funk!

New York City!

BJ Whitmer is in the ring.  He issues an open challenge.

Respect Is Earned open.

The challenge is answered by the ROH World Champion, Takeshi Morishima!  He indicates that he’s putting the title on the line.  Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

ROH World Championship Match: Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. BJ Whitmer.  They trade elbows.  Whitmer can’t knock Morishima down.  Morishima can hit a sidewalk slam.  Morishima just shoves the referee out of his way.  He goes for backdrop driver, but Whitmer lands on top for like 0.  Whitmer hits the Exploder for 2.  Whitmer hits a lariat for 2.  Whitmer hits a frog splash for 2.  Whitmer goes for the wrist-clutch Exploder, but fails.  Whitmer still can’t knock Morishima down.  Morishima nails Whitmer with a lariat, then a big boot for 2.  Morishima hits another lariat for 2.  Morishima hits the backdrop driver for the pin in 2:52 to retain the title.  Good way to make Morishima look like a beast.

Nigel McGuinness comes out and challenges Morishima for the next title shot.  Bryan Danielson comes out to a big pop, returning from a 5 month absence.  He also wants a title shot.  Danielson and Nigel banter, then start brawling.  Danielson and Morishima team up to take out Nigel.  Danielson picks up the belt and says it’s his.  Morishima snatches it away and leaves.  Nigel gets up ready to fight, but Danielson leaves.

Brent Albright hype video.

Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Rocky Romero vs. Naomichi Marufuji.  They have neat little video packages to show highlights of the wrestlers.  Romero takes Marufuji down.  Marufuji does some gorgeous wrestling.  Romero locks in an Octopus hold.  He turns it into a cradle for 2.  Marufuji locks in an abdominal stretch.  He turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for 2.  More gorgeous mat wrestling to a stalemate and applause from the crowd.  Marufuji runs the ropes and ducks a knee.  Marufuji leap frogs Romero.  Romero lands with some kicks.  Really quick action, which I love, but it’s hard to transcribe.  I don’t know how court transcribers do their job.  I could never keep up with every little thing like that.  Romero takes Marufuji down into a cross armbreaker.  Awesome.  He lets go and throws hard kicks at Marufuji’s arm.  Romero works the arm.  Marufuji turns a cross armbreaker into a cradle for 2.  Romero keeps punishing the arm in awesome ways.  Marufuji backdrops Romero to the apron, then springboard dropkicks him off and into the barricade.  Marufuji tries to work feeling back into his arm, then follows Romero outside.  Marufuji rams Romero’s knee into the post.  Back inside, Marufuji goes to work on the knee.  Gorgeous leg work.  Marufuji brings Romero off the middle rope with a Dragon screw leg whip, then locks in the figure-four leglock.  Romero gets a rope break.  Romero fights back and brings Marufuji down RIGHT ON TOP OF HIS FUCKING HEAD!  Romero goes for a flying dropkick, but Marufuji catches his legs.  Romero flips around and kicks Marufuji, then dances.  They counter suplex attempts.  Romero hits a tornado DDT for 2.  Romero goes for the Tiger suplex, but Marufuji lands on his feet and hits a Codebreaker-like move.  They get to their feet and trade chops.  Marufuji hits a lariat.  Marufuji hits a powerbomb for 2.  Marufuji goes up top, but Romero cuts him off and hits an avalanche-style cross armbreaker!  Crowd chants “PLEASE DON’T TAP!”  Marufuji gets a rope break.  Romero kicks the arm.  Marufuji kicks the face.  Romero kicks the head to drop Marufuji.  Marufuji powerbombs Romero into the corner, then ties him to the tree of woe.  Marufuji hits a coast to coast dropkick for 2.  Marufuji goes for the Shiranui, but Romero hits the Tiger suplex and a head kick for 2.  Marufuji lands some kicks and hits the Shiranui for the pin in 16:04.  Awesome match!

Larry Sweeney and Tank Toland are backstage.  Sweeney says Sweet N Sour Inc. have signed a new client… Sara Del Rey.  Toland says he’s going to get Bobby Dempsey in shape.  He makes Dempsey do squats.  Del Rey joins in.  Toland says this is an exercise for men.  Del Rey says she can do more squats than Toland, so they have a squats challenge.  Dempsey falls down.  This was stupid.  There’s something going on in the ring!

Takeshi Morishima and Nigel McGuinness brawl in the ring.  Bryan Danielson joins in to help Morishima.  KENTA makes the save for McGuinness.!

ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Matt Sydal.  No entrances for the challengers.  The Code of Honor is observed.  Mark and Claudio lock up.  Nice mat wrestling.  Claudio works Mark’s arm a bit.  Mark gets a Northern Lights suplex, but Claudio holds on and turns it into a front face lock.  Sydal tags in and wrestles with Mark.  Jay tags in and clamps a side headlock on Sydal.  Sydal wrestles him to his feet and into the ropes.  Sydal chops Jay instead of giving a clean break.  Really fast exchange with ranas between Jay and Sydal.  Sydal catches Jay with a spin kick, then tags in Claudio.  Claudio schoolboys Jay for 2, then twists him into a wacky crucifix hold for 2.  Mark tags in.  Briscoes double team Claudio.  Claudio takes Mark down and tags in Sydal.  Sydal hits a Cannonball leg drop for 2.  Briscoes double team Sydal.  Mark hits a knee drop on Sydal for 2.  Briscoes double team Sydal some more.  Jay locks Sydal in a stretch plum, then chops him.  Sydal fights back, but Jay hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and holds Sydal so Mark can hit a split legged moonsault.  Cover by Jay gets 2.  Mark tags in and hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Sydal rallies, sends Mark outside, and ranas Jay off the top rope (jumping up from the ground).  Claudio gets the hot tag and runs wild on Jay.  Diving elbow drop gets 2.  Mark catches Claudio with a knee from the apron and comes in with a double stomp.  Briscoes double team Sydal.  Briscoes double team Claudio.  Claudio hits one Briscoe with a diving European uppercut while Sydal hits the other an enzuigiri.  Claudio works over Jay.  Sydal tags in and works over Jay as well.  Now it’s Jay’s turn to play face in peril.  He gets double teamed.  Mark and Sydal fight outside.  Claudio gets Jay with the giant swing.  Cover gets 2.  Sydal tags in and plants Jay with a bulldog.  Sydal hits a springboard twist senton for 2.  Claudio tags in and hits a springboard elbow drop for 2.  They try setting up Jay on the top rope, but Jay fights them off and makes the hot tag to Mark.  Mark runs wild and does a bunch of karate chops.  Briscoes send Claudio out of the ring.  Jay wipes him out with a suicide dive.  Mark and Sydal do some fast stuff in the ring.  Briscoes hit the veg-o-matic on Sydal for 2.  All 4 guys in now.  Claudio hits the Match Killer (I think that’s what they called it).  Sydal covers for 2.  Claudio tags in and hits the Alpamare Waterslide on Mark for 2.  Claudio with a flying headscissors and a big boot on Mark for 2.  Sydal hits a leg Final Cut on Mark for 2, then a standing moonsault for 2.  Mark makes a comeback against Claudio and tags in Jay.  Jay hits a diving cross body for 2.  Jay hits a front suplex on Claudio.  Hart Attack-style kick on Claudio.  Mark hits a springboard kick on Claudio and Jay covers for 2.  Claudio hits a springboard European uppercut on Jay and sends him outside.  Sydal dives off of Claudio shoulders onto both Briscoes with the knee strike.  Sydal throws Jay into Claudio.  Claudio hits the Ricola Bomb, but Mark saves.  Claudio throws Mark out of the ring.  Sydal tags in and hits the Shooting Star press.  Mark barely makes the save.  Claudio and Mark trade shots.  Mark sends Claudio out.  Jay hits a Death Valley Driver on Sydal.  Mark takes Claudio out with a dive.  Jay covers for 2.  Sydal counters the Jay Driller with a Frankensteiner for 2.  Jay ducks a kick and lifts Sydal.  Briscoes hit the springboard Doomsday Device.  Jay pins Sydal in 20:07.  Another really good match.

Prazak and Leonard put over the sell-out crowd.  Kevin Steen and El Generico come out.  They want a title shot.  The Briscoes seem to challenge them to come to the ring.  They do, and the 2 teams brawl.  Security and other geeks try to break them up with limited success, as some of them get beaten up int he process.  Steen and Generico in the Package Piledriver/brainbuster combo on somebody, then Genero hits a suicide dive onto a big pile of people.  The Briscoes and Steenerico brawl to and around the back.  Steen eventually lays on Jay with a chair shot.

Delirious/Roderick Strong video package.

Roderick Strong vs. Delirious.  No entrances.  Delirious goes ape shit at the bell, as always.  Strong bails before any contact is made.  Delirious gives chase and beats up Strong on the outside.  They make it inside and Delirious continues to dominate.  Strong goes for the Strong Hold, but Delirious turns it into a cradle for 2.  Delirious hits a cross body for 2.  Delirious hits a diving rana.  Strong finally manages to get the advantage briefly.  Delirious hits a clothesline and a backdrop suplex for 2.  Strong avoids a shot in the corner and hits a uranage backbreaker for 2.  Back and forth action.  Strong goes for a springboard dive, but Delirious catches him mid-air with a headbutt.  Delirious hits some clotheslines.  Delirious dropkicks Strong into the corner and hits the Panic Attack.  Delirious goes up top, but Strong avoids him.  Delirious hits the Bizarro Driver for 2.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Stretch, but Strong backs him into the corner.  Delirious hits a hangman’s neckbreaker for 2.  Strong hits a Torture Rack backbreaker for 2.  Strong hits a fall away slam off the middle rope for 2.  Delirious counters a fireman’s carry into a crucifix hold for 2.  Delirious hits an enzuigiri and goes up top, but Strong cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Delirious fights him off and hits the Shadows Over Hell to the back for 2.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Stretch.  They do a sweet cradle reversal sequence.  Strong hits a sick powerbomb backbreaker.  They fight on the apron.  Delirious dropkicks Strong to the floor and hits a suicide flip from the top rope.  Delirious sends Strong into the guardrail and hits the Panic Attack.  Back to the apron.  Strong hits a backdrop suplex onto the ring apron.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Strong goes for the Tiger Driver, but Delirious blocks it.  They trade blows.  Strong gouges Delirious eyes.  Strong hits a gut buster for 2.  Strong locks in a crab hold.  Delirious gets a rope break.  Strong goes for another backbreaker, but Delirious counters and hits the Chemical Inbalance II for 2.  Delirious locks in the Cobra Stretch and turns it into a Cobra Clutch suplex.  Cover, but Strong gets a rope break.  Delirious whiffs a kick, but lands a serious of blows.  Strong ducks a clothesline and hits the half nelson backbreaker, a big boot, and the Tiger Driver for the pin in 17:06 (estimate, as I didn’t hear a closing bell).  Very good match.  Strong’s No Remorse Corps mates, Rocky Romero and Davey Richards, bring out a piece of steel barricade.  They beat down Delirious and set up the barricade between the ring and… well, the barricade.  Strong hits the Tiger Driver on the barricade.  Erick Stevens of the Resilience runs in and takes out Romero and Richards.  He and Strong brawl, then Stevens hits a powerslam to send him running too.

Adam Pearce talks to Shane Hagadorn backstage.  He tells Hagadorn to go find someone, then cuts a promo.  Hagadorn says “he” is around the corner.  “He” is BJ Whitmer, who got destroyed earlier tonight.  Pearce talks some more, then goes to console Whitmer.

Main event time!

Nigel McGuinness & KENTA vs. ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima & Bryan Danielson.  Danielson and KENTA lock up and wrestle, and it’s great.  Morishima and Nigel tag in and go at it.  Nigel can’t knock Morishima down, but Morishima can knock Nigel down.  Danielson tags in and takes Nigel down to the mat.  Awesome stuff there as always.  Nigel tries to set up the Tower of London, but Morishima provides a distraction that lets Danielson hit a diving European uppercut.  Brief clusterfuck ensues as everybody comes in to hit moves.  Order is restored and Morishima dominates Nigel some more.  Danielson tags in and gets on Morishima’s back as Morishima stands on Nigel’s throat in the corner.  Danielson has until 5, referee!  Danielson works over Nigel.  Danielson does a sweet grounded Dragon sleeper, but Nigel turns it into a cradle for 2.  Morishima tags in to beat up Nigel some more.  There isn’t really a clear face/heel dynamic, but Nigel is the de facto face in peril.  He takes a beating from Morishima and Danielson.  He finally makes a comeback on Danielson.  Morishima comes in and Nigel connects with the rebound lariat.  KENTA tags in and runs wild on Danielson.  Danielson fights back and we get an awesome exchange.  Danielson makes the tag to Morishima.  Morishima hits a flying dropkick on Danielson.  KENTA hits a powerslam on Morishima and makes the tag to Nigel.  Nigel and Morishima start throwing bombs.  Nigel takes a flying dropkick, but hits the lariat for 2.  Nigel hits another lariat for 2.  KENTA and Danielson brawl outside.  Nigel goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Morishima sits on him.  Morishima blocks the lariat and hits the backdrop driver, but KENTA saves.  Morishima throws KENTA out of the ring.  Morishima goes up top, but KENTA grabs his leg.  Nigel hits the Tower of London on Morishima.  Tags to KENTA and Danielson.  They trade blows.  KENTA slingshots Danielson into the ropes, then hits a diving knee drop to the back of the head for 2.  Danielson hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2, then locks in the cross face chickenwing.  KENTA kicks off the turnbuckles and lands on top of Danielson for 2.  Danielson goes for a backdrop suplex off the top, but Nigel powerbombs Danielson.  Morishima catches KENTA and hits a move on him.  Nigel hits the lariat on Danielson.  Morishima throws Nigel outside, then tries to throw him back in, but Nigel hits the lariat.  Nigel comes off the top rope and dives onto Morishima in the crowd.  Danielson hits a double-arm suplex on KENTA.  Nigel and Danielson face off and trade European uppercuts.  Danielson kicks Nigel’s elbow and sends him outside.  Danielson goes for a diving heatbutt on KENTA, but gets kicked in the head.  KENTA hits the KENTA rush and the Busaiku knee kick for 2.  KENTA hits the Go 2 Sleep on Danielson, but Morishima saves.  Nigel tapes up his elbow.  Danielson hits a diving headbutt on KENTA for 2.  Danielson hits the rolling elbow on KENTA.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Danielson covers for 2.  Morishima and Danielson set up a Doomsday something, but Nigel saves and hits the lariat on Morishima.  KENTA hits an avalanche-style Falcon Arrow on Danielson for 2.  Danielson and KENTA trade blows.  Danielson goes for the cross face chickenwing and ends up hitting the backdrop suplex off the top for 2.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation, then turns it into the MMA elbows.  KENTA lifts Danielson and goes for the Go 2 Sleep, but Danielson counters into a Tiger suple xhold for 2.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation again.  Morishima cuts off Nigel from making the save.  KENTA submits to Danielson’s Cattle Mutilation in 24:56.  Awesome match.  Danielson picks up the title belt.  Morishima hits him with the backdrop driver.  Nigel picks up the belt and hands it to Morishima.  Morishima clotheslines him.  Don’t fuck with Morishima.

That’s the PPV, and it was an awesome show.  Now for the bonus matches!

Tank Toland (w/ Larry Sweeney & Bobby Dempsey) vs. Brent Albright.  They shake hands.  Toland looks like a buff midget.  Albright dominates the match.  Toland finally manages to press slam Albright into the top rope, then knocks him down for 2.  Toland hits a slam, then does jumping jacks on Albright, then drops an elbow for 2.  Toland locks Albright in a body scissors, then hits some sit up elbows for 2.  Dempsey does squats at ringside.  Toland hits a one armed delayed chokeslam for 2.  Albright connects with a dropkick and makes his comeback.  Albright hits an enzuigiri and a 619-style knee (“6-1-knee”).  Toland hits a spear for 2.  Albright gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Albright hits the half nelson suplex for the pin in 6:47.  Fine little match.  Albright plays with Toland’s bendy thing that weight lifters have after the match.

We get a No Remorse Crops promo backstage.  Strong puts over being the FIP World Champion, then they beat up Pelle Primeau, just to be dicks.

Erick Stevens vs. Davey Richards.  It’s Resilience vs. No Remorse Corps.  Richards refuses the handshake and they just go at it.  Richards tries to bail, but Stevens pursues him and kicks his ass all over the place.  A fan pours beer on Richards.  What a fucking prick.  That guy should have been kicked out.  Richards catches Stevens coming back in the ring and gets the advantage for like a second, then gets his ass kicked some more.  Stevens clotheslines Richards out of the ring.  Stevens hits a shoulder block off of the apron.  Richards makes it back into the ring and boots Stevens off of the apron into the barricade.  Richards throws Stevens into the barricade.  Richards works over Stevens in the ring.  Diving leg drop gets 2.  Richards clamps on a leg scissors hold.  Stevens suplexes Richards out of the ring.  Back inside, they trade chops.  Richards hits a flurry of strikes, then Stevens hits a German suplex.  Stevens hits the Choo Choo and a TKO for 2.  Richards hits a handspring enzugiri.  Stevens hits a cool pumphandle powerbomb for 2.  Richards hits a springboard dropkick, a running elbow to the corner, and a backdrop suplex.  Stevens no sells.  Richards kicks his arm and hits an other backdrop suplex for 2.  Richards locks in the Kimura.  Stevens gets a rope break.  Stevens goes for the TKO, but Richards counters and goes for the DR Driver.  Stevens counters, but Richards hits a tornado DDT, then locks in the Kimura for the win in 10:03.  Good match.

Jimmy Jacobs and Lacey go shopping in Chicago, then he drops her off at her hotel room and they hug.  Pointless.  He’s in love with her and she doesn’t reciprocate, apparently.

Sara Del Rey vs. Daizee Haze.  Hand shake.  They lock up and go back and forth with some good stuff.  Haze fails a diving cross body and gets fall away slam’d.  Del Ray covers for 2.  Del Ray works Haze’s arm.  Del Rey gets another near fall.  Haze gets a sunset flip, but Del Rey rolls through.  No count.  Del Rey locks in a crab hold and walks around the ring with it.  Haze gets a rope break.  Del Rey ties Haze to the tree of woe and puts the boots to her.  Haze fights out and hits an Ace Crusher to start her comeback.  Haze gets a cross body for 2.  Haze goes up top, but Del Rey cuts her off.  Haze fights Del Rey off and hits a diving lariat for 2.  Del Rey locks in the Royal Butterfly, then turns it into a modified Gory Special.  Haze gets free and gets a sunset flip for 2.  Del Rey puts her knees on Haze’s shoulders for the pin in 5:51.  It was fine.  They shake hands again afterward.

Another stupid Jimmy Jacobs & Lacey video.  I’m fast forwarding.

Tag Team Scramble Match: Pelle Primeau & Mitch Franklin vs. The Irish Airborne vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Adam Pearce & Jimmy Rave (w/ Shane Hagadorn).  Everybody shakes hands.  Rave and Pelle start.  Pelle sends Rave out with a tilt a whirl head scissors.  Generico comes against Pelle and they do stuff.  Pelle hits a dropkick on Rave coming off the apron.  Pearce comes in and heels it up against Generico.  Crowd chants “REPO MAN!” at Pearce, so he puts on a Repo Man mask.  Awesome.  Franklin comes in and slaps Pearce.  Pearce slaps Franklin.  Franklin slams Pearce again.  Pearce launches Franklin across the ring from the top rope.  The Irish Airborne double team Pearce.  Steen and Generico go with the Airborne.  Dave Crist hits a cross body on Generico that takes them both out of the ring.  Steen and Jake Crist go at it in the ring.  Steen sends him out and hits a flip dive on everybody.  Rave drops Steen face first on the apron.  Pearce beats up Pelle in the ring.  Rave tags in and beats up Pelle too.  Pelle fights back.  Rave backdrops Pelle out.  Pelle hits a springboard Bombs Away and a double stomp.  Jake Crist and Kevin Steen go at it again.  Jake hits a sweet springboard neckbreaker.  Generico hits a tilt a whirl gut buster on Dave.  Pearce hits a lariat on Generico, followed by a diving leg drop, but the Irish Airborne save.  Irish Airborne hits stereo Asai moonsaults outsdie on Pearce, Rave, and somebody.  Franklin hits a Franklinsteiner (I just made that up) up Generico for 2.  Generico hits a sick spinning powerbomb on Franklin for 2.  Pearce low bridges Franklin out of the ring.  Pelle cradles Genericho for 2.  Steen catches Pelle’s dive and hits a spinning Samoan drop for 2.  Generico hits a tornado DDT on the blonde Airborne… Dave, I think.  It’s a clusterfuck now.  Rave hits Jake with a knee lift and goes for the Pedigree, but Steen breaks it up.  Steen hits the Package Piledriver on Dave Crist for the pin in 7:33.  Fun little clusterfuck.  Steenerico, the Irish Airborne, and the students shake hands after the match.

Another stupid Jimmy & Lacey video.  He gives her a ring.  She puts on something naughty and invites him into her room.  “Some time later…” the camera man comes back to find Jimmy’s shirt on the floor.  Stupid.

The show was really good, especially the actual PPV.  The Jimmy & Lacey crap was stupid.

ROH 4/26/10

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by Grappleholic

…on HDNET!

Kyle Durden interviews ROH World Champion Tyler Black.

ROH open.

Jim Cornette shows off the ROH World Television Championship belt.  The first champion will be crowned TONIGHT!

Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are the announcers.  Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Non-Title: Rhett Titus vs. ROH World Champion Tyler Black.  Black offers a handshake, but Titus fondles himself first, making Black not want it.  They trade arm locks.  Black holds on to the ropes to avoid a dropkick, then clamps on a side headlock.  Black lands a stomp for 2.  Black lands a cross body for 2.  Black gets Titus up in a fireman’s carry, but Titus fights out.  Black hits a backbreaker and goes for a Lionsault, but Titus gets his knees up.  Titus clotheslines Black out of the ring.  Titus slams Black on the outside.  Back inside, Titus lands a dropkick for 2.  Titus hits a backdrop suplex, then locks on a body scissors.  Back up, Black lands some punches.  Titus hits an enzui leg lariat for 2.  Black takes Titus down and punches him.  Titus gets Black in a grounded abdominal stretch and pounds on the ribs.  Black blocks a hip toss and hits a rana.  Black hits some clotheslines and a back body drop.  Black rocks Titus with a kick from the apron and hits a springboard lariat for 2.  Black fails the Lionsault again, but hits a standing Shooting Star press for 2.  Kenny King and Austin Aries run out.  King distracts the referee.  Aries holds Black, but Roderick Strong runs out and pulls Aries off the apron.  Black superkicks Titus.  Strong runs off Aries and King.  Black hits the God’s Last Gift for the pin in 8:38.  It was fine.  Strong gets in the ring and basically tells Black he’s going to protect him until Strong gets his title shot.  Black tells him to stop acting like a little bitch.  Strong slaps Black and they brawl.  Referees and other geeks separate them.

Hogewood and Prazak talk.

Roderick Strong/Tyler Black video package.

“Skullkrusher” Rasche Brown vs. James Stone.  Stone puts a cigarette in his mouth, then behind his ear.  They shake hands.  Brown kicks Stone’s ass and throws the cigarette at him.  Stone picks it up and puts it back in his mouth.  Brown beats him up some more.  Brown avoids a moonsault and spears Stone.  Brown hits a Burning Hammer for the pin in 1:15.

Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards in the TV Title Tournament Final TONIGHT!

American Wolves video package.

Shawn Daivari comes out and cuts a promo against “modern day Americans.”

The main event is NEXT!

Live event plugs.

The chick brings the belt out.  Shane Hagadorn comes out to be in the neutral corner, since he’s both guys’ manager.  Entrances, intros, and we’re off!

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Final: Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards.  They shake hands, then lock up.  Break, lock up again, repeat.  They do some face paced stuff and both fail dropkicks.  They work a test of strength.  They work in and out of holds, which is wonderful.  Richards lands a dropkick, then hits a clothesline.  Richards hits a snap suplex for 1.  Richards goes for a figure-four head scissors.  Edwards gets a rope break.  Richards goes for a handspring, but Edwards dropkicks him in the back.  Edwards hits a backbreaker for 1, then applies a rear chin lock.  Richards ends up on the apron and they both tease suplexes.  Richards ends up suplexing them both out of the ring.  They make it back to the apron and trade blows.  They big boot each other.  Edwards comes off the apron and gets caught with a middle kick.  Richards hits a dive INTO THE CROWD, and knocks Edwards into the barricade in the process.  Back inside, Richards lands some kicks.  Handspring kick gets 2.  Richards hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2, then transitions into the Kimura.  Richards gets a rope break.  Edwards hits a belly to belly throw.  Edwards hits an elbow to the corner, then a snap suplex, then a missile dropkick.  Richards bails.  Edwards hits a tope suicida.  They go at it back in the ring, with more great counter wrestling.  Edwards hits a diving Codebreaker and a… backdrop face plant… for 2.  They fight on the top rope.  Richards connects with some slaps.  Richards goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Edwards blocks it.  Richards climbs back up, but Edwards fights him off again.  Richards finally hits a FUCKING GERMAN SUPLEX OFF THE TOP.  Richards hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Richards gets a cross armbreaker and transitions into a triangle choke.  Edwards powers him to the top rope.  They fight over it again.  Edwards hits a FRANKENSTEINER OFF THE TOP.  Edwards hits a powerbomb for 2, then transitions into the half crab.  Richards turns it into a cross armbreaker.  Edwards turns into a pinning predicament for 2.  They trade kicks.  Edwards his a German suplex.  Richards hits a lariat.  They fight on the apron again.  Crowd chants “THIS IS AWESOME!”  Edwards avoids a kick and Richards kicks the post.  Edwards hits a shin breaker on the apron.  Richards works the arm, Edwards works the leg.  Edwards gets the half crab.  Richards kicks himself free.  Edwards’ shoulder hits the post.  Richards hits a missile dropkick to the arm.  Richards hits a Shooting Star press for 2, then locks in the Kimura.  Edwards turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards turns it into the cross armbreaker.  Edwards turns it into the half crab!  Richards submits at 20:01.  Really good match.  Richards straps the belt around Edwards’ waist.

Alright show.  The main event was good.

ROH 4/19/10

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Grappleholic

…on HDNET!

“Last week…” video.

Tonight, Davey Richards takes on Kenny King in a TV Title Tournament Semifinal!

ROH open.

Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood are the announcers.  Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Ricky Reyes vs. Colt Cabana.  Reyes refuses the handshake, so Colt shakes the referee’s hand.  Cabana shines early.  They go outside the ring a little bit.  Back inside, Cabana gets some 2 counts from cradles.  Reyes finally starts connecting with some kicks.  Reyes works Cabana’s shoulder.  Cabana avoids Reyes in the corner and back body drops him, then connects with some Dusty Rhodes elbows.  Colt hits a Lionsault body block for 2.  Reyes hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Cabana hits the Colt 45 for the pin in 4:08.  Fine little match.

This Saturday in Chicago, Colt Cabana & El Generico take on Steve Corino & Kevin Steen in a Chicago Street Fight!  They show highlights of their match at the Big Bang.  They show both teams’ post-match promos in the locker room.

Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak talk.  They show Davey Richards calling out ROH World Champion Tyler Black last week.

Kyle Durden interviews the aforementioned Tyler Black.

They show the highlight video of the Black/Roderick Strong/Austin Aries match.

Austin Aries will speak, NEXT!

TV Title Tournament recap.

Kyle Durden interviews Kenny King.  Davey Richards interrupts.

Hogewood and Prazak talk some more.

They show the Kings of Wrestling Tag title win over the Briscoes at the Big Bang, then Mark Briscoe bitching about being cheated while Jay sulks.

The Briscoe Brothers vs. Josh Raymond & Christian Able.  Mark and Raymond start.  I remember Raymond from WSX.  The Briscoes dominate.  Raymond cheap shots Mark from the apron.  They work over Mark a bit.  Raymond and Able do some cool double team moves to Mark.  Mark fights back and makes the hot tag to Jay.  Able cuts off Jay when he goes for the J-Driller on Raymond.  Jay hits an elbow on Able for 2.  Able hits a cool almost Regal Plex and makes the tag.  Raymond hits an aided Lionsault on Jay for 2.  Raymond does an awesome corkscrew dive, but Jay avoids it.  Mark hits an avalanche-style Ace Crusher on Able.  Briscoes hit the Doomsday Device on Raymond.  Jay gets the pin in 5:45.  Fine little match.

Hogewood and Prazak talk some more.

Pre-taped Austin Aries promo.

The chick brings out the TV belt.

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Semifinal: Kenny King vs. Davey Richards (w/ Shane Hagadorn).  They trade Greco-Roman knuckle locks.  Richards turns it into a strangle hold.  King reverses it.  Richards gets a rope break.  Richards works King’s leg.  King gets a rope break.  They fuck around a bit, then no sell shoulder blocks.  King slaps Richards.  Richards kicks King.  King bails after a dropkick to the gut.  Richards goes for a dive, but King catches him with a kick.  King hits a spinny over the shoulder gutbuster, then puts the boots to Richards in the corner.  King applies a bow & arrow hold, but Richards gets a rope break.  King hits a suplex and applies a leg scissors.  Richards turns it into a like an inverted surfboard.  King escapes and stomps Richards in the middle.  Richards dodges a kick and lands some of his own.  King responds with a big one.  Cover gets 2.  Richards connects with some more kicks.  He rocks King with an enzuigiri.  Richards pulls King off the top into another middle kick for 2.  Richards hits an elbow smash and a snap suplex, then goes up top.  Richards hits a diving headbutt for 2, then locks in a cross armbreaker.  King gets a rope break.  Richards catches King with a kick in the corner and goes for a tornado DDT, but King counters it and suplex Richards into the corner for 2.  King sends up a superplex, but Richards brings him down with an arm takedown.  King fights out of a Fujiwara armbar.  Richards does some flippy stuff, then locks it in again.  King gets a rope break.  They do some awesome fast paced stuff.  King hits a springboard Blockbuster for 2.  Richards rocks King with a kick from the apron and goes up top.  King cuts him off and goes for the Royal Flush, but Richards turns it into a head scissors.  King lands a kick.  Richards nails a lariat for 2.  Richards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Richards locks in a cross armbreaker.  King turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards locks it in again, and King is forced to submit in 13:33.  Really good match.  It’s an all American Wolves final next week!

Good show this week!

ROH 4/12/10

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Grappleholic

Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet!

They show highlights of the Tyler Black/Roderick Strong/Austin Aries match from The Big Bang, where Black retained the ROH World Title.

Jim Cornette introduces the ROH World Champion Tyler Black.  Of course, this show was taped before The Big Bang and Black is still carrying the old belt.  They cover up the continuity errors by not specifying what World Title match we just saw footage from.  Black talks for a while.  Davey Richards comes out to tell Black he’s coming after the title.

ROH open.  Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood are the announcers.

Same Jerry Lynn video package from last week.

We finally have a match!  Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Jerry Lynn vs. Jake Manning.  The shake hands.  Manning cheap shots Lynn to get the upperhand.  “JERRY!” chants.  Lynn can still go at his age, which is pretty damned impressive.  They do some nice wrestling.  Manning avoids a reverse cradle and hot shots Lynn into the top rope for 2.  Manning attacks Lynn’s previously injured neck.  Crowd chants “YOU SUCK!”  Manning goes for a sleeper.  Lynn reverses it.  More stuff happens.  Manning hits a neckbreaker for 2.  Lynn hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner and some clotheslines.  Lynn hits the cradle piledriver for the pin in 3:40.  Good little match.  Kyle Durden comes out to interview Lynn, who wants to fuck Kenny King’s shit all up.

Highlights of the Kings of Wrestling beating the Briscoe Brothers for the ROH World Tag Team Title at The Big Bang.

Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards in an ROH World Television Title Tournament Semifinal TONIGHT!

Kyle Durden interviews Steve Corino.

El Generico and Steve Corino come out for their match, but Corino is still wearing his suit.  Corino tells Generico is a loser and a masked freak, while Corino is a legend.  Corino continues to run down Generico for some time, forfeits the match, then runs him down some more.  Generico grabs Corino by his tie and kicks his ass.  Corino bails.  Generico wipes him out with a dive.  Geeks come out and separate them.  Generico wins a moral victory as well as a technical victory, I guess.

Hogewood gushes over El Generico, then the show highlights of the TV Title tournament.  Steen vs. Edwards is NEXT!

Hype for live events.

Christopher Daniels is back in ROH!

Earlier tonight, the beginning of the show happened.

Next week, Davey Richards takes on Kenny King in the other TV Title tournament semifinal!

Kyle Durden interviews Eddie Edwards (w/ Shane Hagadorn).  Kenny King interrupts.  He’s “the pretty boy pit bull,” eh?

Bobby Cruise is in the ring to introduce the main event.  The chick who comes out to hold the TV belt is there too… holding the TV belt.

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Semifinal: Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards (w/ Shane Hagadorn).  Before the opening bell, Steen talks for a while about their history, then attacks Edwards’ previously injured elbow to start the match.  Edwards hits a “desperation” dive to the outside and makes a comeback.  Steen avoids a baseball slide dropkick and attacks the elbow again.  He throws a chair into the ring to distract the referee, then uses another chair to hit the arm against the post.  Finally back inside the ring, Steen continues working on the arm.  Edwards rocks Steen with an enzugiri, then hit a Frankensteiner,  Steen avoids Edwards in the corner and Edwards spears the post.  Steen attacks the elbow some more.  Steen hits a Swanton Bomb for 2.  Steen clotheslines Edwards’ arm, then Edwards manages to hit a German suplex that Steen takes a front bump from.  Edwards gets rolling.  Steen cuts him off and beats him up some more.  Edwards his a crazy diving Codebreaker for 2.  That was awesome.  Edwards hits a diving stomp to Steen’s back for 2.  Steen fights out of a half crab attempt and powerbombs Edwards for 2.  Steen goes up top again.  Edwards cuts him off.  They fight, then Edwards goes for a backpack Stunner.  Steen counters and locks in a crossface, then lets go when El Generico comes out.  Edwards gets an inside cradle for the pin in 10:32.  It was fine.  Crowd chants “OLE!  OLE!  OLE!  OLE!” at Steen.

Richards vs. King next week!

Another disappointing ROH TV show.

ROH 4/5/10

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Grappleholic

ROH open.  Tonight, Jay Briscoe takes on Chris Hero in a Pick 6 Challenge Series match!  What the fuck is that?

Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood are the announcers.  Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.

Steve Corino (w/ Kevin Steen) vs. Bobby Shields.  Corino reluctantly shakes Shields’ hand, then talks shit.  Shields does well early, hitting a couple of armdrags and a dropkick, causing Corino to bail.  Outside, Corino sends Shields into the barricade a couple of times.  Corino beats up Shields back inside.  Corino hits a Beach Break of all things.  Colt Cabana walks out to distract Corino, allowing Shields to make his comeback.  Corino drops Shields with a Complete Shot and hits a sliding lariat for the pin in 3:19.  Fine for what it was.  Corino calls for Cabana to come into the ring.  Cabana is ready to fight, but Corino just wants to talk to him.  Crowd chants “BULLSHIT!”  Corino gives Cabana his “last warning.”  Cabana kicks Corino’s ass and throws him out of the ring.

Prazak and Hogewood explain that the Big Bang has already happened by the time this show aired, but the show was already in the can.

Tyler Black/Austin Aries/Roderick Strong video package.

The Dark City Fight Club vs. The Set.  DCFC destroy The Set.  I don’t know who any of these people are.  DCFC hit a modified Total Elimination, then kill the skinny white member of the Set with a double team move and the DCFC member who wears trunks gets the pin in 1:27.  Jon Davis pinned Lance Lude.  It took me like 10 minutes to figure that out.

Jerry Lynn video package.  They show clips of his return match against Kenny King at the California show.  He returns to TV next week!

Erick Stevens (w/ Prince Nana & Ernie Osiris) vs. Pelle Primeau.  Pelle fails to get anything going, then does a head scissors.  Stevens bails.  Pelle tries a dive, but Stevens catches him and rams him into the post.  Stevens beats up Primeau.  Primeau fights back.  Stevens flapjacks him, then clamps on a bear hug.  Stevens hits a weird suplex.  Primeau hits a rana.  Stevens hits a slam and DDTs himself.  Primeau hits a springboard Bombs Away and a double stomp for 2.  Primeau goes for a jumping DDT, but gets caught a suplexed.  Stevens kills Primeau with a lariat, then hits the Doctor Bomb for the pin in 4:07.  Third squash in a row.  Pelle did get in a little offense, though.  The Embassy beats down Primeau after the match.  Necro Butcher, who is banned from TV, comes in through the crowd with a chair.  The Embassy bails.  They cut away, since Necro Butcher is banned from TV.  But it’s a taped show, so why even show Necro being on TV at all?

The announcers apologize for that stupidity, then they show highlights from the first round of the World Television Title tournament.  The semifinals are next week!

Pick 6 Challenge Match: Chris Hero (w/ Claudio Castagnoli, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Rey) vs. ROH World Tag Team Champion Jay Briscoe (w/ ROH World Tag Team Champion Mark Briscoe).  Briscoe half asses the handshake, but technically follows the Code of Honor.  They lock up and do some wrestling.  That’s always a joy to see.  They go back and forth on the mat for the first couple of minutes, so I automatically love this match.  They get to their feet and wrestle a bit more, then start taking turns shoulder blocking each other.  Hero knees Jay in the middle.  Jay drops Hero with a shoulder block, then hits him with a series of strikes.  Jay hits a rana and a double stomp and beats up Hero some more.  Hero bails.  Claudio fans Hero with his jacket.  Heh.  Hero comes back in and gets beaten up some more.  Jay rolls through a sunset flip and hits a dropkick for 2.  Hagadorn grabs Jay’s boot.  Hero throws Jay out of the ring, where the heels get their shots in before Mark chases them off.  Hero kicks Jay from the apron, then throws him back in the ring and beats him up some more.  Hero hits some elbows for 2.  Jay makes his comeback and hits a backdrop suplex after pulling Hero’s hair.  Jay hits Hero with some strikes.  Jay hits a big boot for 2.  Hero dumps Jay with almost a Regal Plex.  Jay hits a Death Valley Driver out of nowhere for 2.  Hero rocks Jay with an elbow smash.  Jay hits a spinebuster, but fails to capitalize.  They get back to their feet and Hero bails after taking a Complete Shot into the middle turnbuckle.  Jay hits a suicide flip dive onto Hero and Claudio at ringside.  Back inside, Jay hits a diving cross body for 2.  They trade strikes.  Hero hits a series of elbows.  Jay catches him with a superkick for 2.  Jay goes for the J-Driller, but Hero counters and squashes an attempted sunset flip for 2.  Hero nails an elbow smash for 2.  Hero goes for a neckbreaker, but Jay turns it into a backslide for 2.  Hero hits another elbow smash for another 2 count.  Del Rey distracts the referee.  Mark Briscoe distracts the referee.  Some shits happens.  Mark chases Claudio out of the arena.  Hero hits another elbow smash for the pin in 14:11.  They did a lot of shit, but it didn’t really flow for me.  Mark Briscoe runs back out and throws a chair at Hero.

Ugh.  Another mediocre ROH TV show.