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ROH Up For Grabs (Repost)

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

The point of this show is an eight team tournament to crown new ROH World Tag Team Champions.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: Chris Hero & Adam Pearce of Sweet N Sour Inc. (w/ Larry Sweeney, Bobby Dempsey, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Rey) vs. Ruckus & Jigsaw of The Vulture Squad.  Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary as always.  Jigsaw and Hero start with fine wrestling.  Hero bails.  Jigsaw teases a dive, but Hero walks up the aisle to avoid it.  Pearce and Ruckus tag in.  That doesn’t last long, as Hero and Jigsaw come back in.  There are frequent tags on both sides.  Jigsaw gets Pearce down with a cradle and has him pinned, but the referee is arguing with Ruckus.  The Sweet N Sour team manages to isolate Jigsaw and wear him down.  Ruckus gets the tag and comes in with lots of flippy stuff.  The Vulture Squad hits a whacky Gory Special/Ghetto stomp move on Hero.  Hero blasts Ruckus in the face with his elbow smash for the win at 12:06.  Eddie Kingston comes out to check on Ruckus and gets into a slap fight with Jigsaw.  Ruckus tries to calm everyone down.  Consulting Wikipedia… the angle here is that Ruckus is a member of the Vutlure Squad in ROH, but in CZW is a member of BLK OUT with Kingston.

Sweet N Sour Inc. are in the back talking about their win.  Hero says 1 down, 2 to go.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness & Go Shiosaki.  Steen coughs in his hand before offering to shake with Nigel.  Nigel responds by playing with his junk.  Go and Generico start.  Generico hits some nice armdrags, then Shiosaki chops the shit out of him.  Steen tags in and insists that Go tag in Nigel.  Nigel comes in for a moment, then tags out and bails.  The crowd sings some kind of weird rendition of “The London Bridge is Falling Down.”  Go and Steen trade shoulder tackles for a while, then Steen sidesteps one and tosses Go out of the ring.  Steen hits the ropes, but Nigel trips him.  Generico hits a suicide dive on Nigel.  Nigel come in the ring and gets a cheap shot on Steen and starts to work him over briefly, but Steen kicks his ass.  Generico tags in and he and Steen hit a backpack senton on Nigel.  Did I just invent that name?  Nigel and Go target Generico’s arm.  Generico plays face in peril and has his arm tortured for a while, then makes the hot tag to Steen.  Steen dispatches Nigel, then Go tags in and gets the better of him.  He goes for the Go Flasher, but can’t lift Steen. so he settles for a Fisherman’s suplex and gets a near fall from it.  Go hits a sweet diving knee drop to the back of Steen’s head.  Steen takes some punishment from Nigel and Go, but Generico saves him from being pinned with a German suplex.  Steen avoids Go’s moonsault, then they trade Germans and superkicks.  Tags to Generico and Nigel.  Generico hits a diving cross body for a near fall.  Steen tags in and nails Go before he can be tagged in.  Nigel goes for the Tower of London, but Generico hits a Yakuza kick to prevent it.  Nigel takes Steen’s Swanton and Generico’s diving splash, but Go breaks the cover.  With less than a minute left in the time limit, Steen forces Nigel to submit to the Sharpshooter at 19:21.  Nigel Pillmanizes Steen’s leg with a chair after the match, then Go makes him stop the attack.  Nigel leaves to “YOU TAPPED OUT” chants.  Steen and Generico hobble out hurt.

Steen and Generico are shown in the back getting their injuries taped up.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black of the Age of the Fall vs. Delirious & Pelle Primeau.  Delirious starts with Jacobs, then Pelle tags in, presumably to get his ass kicked, but he shows some fire against Black.  Delirious quickly comes back in and goes at it with Black.  Pelle eventually does take his ass kicking, then does some fancy flipping and makes the hot tag to Delirious, who cleans house.  Jacobs accidentally spears Black, then gets schoolboyed by Delirious for a near fall.  Jacobs (I think) blocks the Panic Attack, so Delirious tags in Primeau, who Black promply powerbombs into the turnbuckle, then hits the God’s Last Gift for the pin at 7:58.  Daizee Haze comes out and Delirious speaks jibberish to her, then Rhett Titus comes out.  He tries to woo Haze, but she bashes him and leaves.  Titus follows her to chants of “YOU GOT COCK BLOCKED!”  Delirious leaves, dejected.

Jacobs and Black talk in the back.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Round 1: FIP World Heavyweight Champion Roderick Strong & Davey Richards of the No Remorse Corps vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries.  “YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN’ HEAD KICKED IN” is the best chant ever.  Richards and Aries start.  Aries does a sweet headstand in a pinning predicament, then tags in Danielson.  Danielson tries the surfboard and fails, but it leads to some sweet double teaming on Richards.  Strong tags in briefly against Danielson, then Richards comes back in.  Danielson tags in Aries and they double team Richards some more.  Strong comes in to save and brawls with Danielson until Danielson tosses him out of the ring.  Match goes on, and it’s good stuff.  Eventually the NRC starts to build the heat on Danielson.  Aries gets the hot tag and locks Richards in the Last Chancery.  Strong saves and hits a backbreaker variation on Aries, then tags in and covers for a near fall.  Aries hits a steam roller on Strong and tags in Danielson.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation, but Richards throws Aries on top of it to break it.  Strong hits some vicious backbreakers on Danielson, then locks in a crab hold.  Danielson escapes and goes for the Cattle Mutilation again, but Richards locks him in a Texas Cloverleaf.  Aries saves and NAILS Richards with a kick to the head.  Richards rolls outside and Aries nails a tope suicida.  Strong and Danielson trade strikes.  Strong hits a stomach breaker and a big sliding kick for a near fall.  Strong locks Danielson in some sort of strange submission hold, but Danielson gets a rope break.  Strong goes for the Tiger Driver, but Danielson backdrops his way out of it.  Danielson kicks Strong’s head in and locks in a triangle choke for the win at 19:23.  Awesome match.

Danielson and Aries talk in the back.  Aries is ready to kill Jimmy Jacobs in the next round.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Semifinal: Chris Hero & Adam Pearce of Sweet N Sour Inc. (w/ Larry Sweeney, Bobby Dempsey, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Ray) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  Hero immediately attacks Steen’s injured leg.  Understandably, the Sweet N Sour team continues with this strategy for some time.  After a few minutes, Steen manages to tag out to Generico.  Generico comes in and cleans house until Sweet N Sour attack his injured shoulder.  Generico makes a comeback with a diving rana, but can’t get the pin because of various distractions.  Hagadorn gets on the apron with Pearce’s briefcase.  Hero tries to throw Generico into it, but Generico reverses him headfirst into the briefcase.  Generico pins Hero with a reverse cradle at about 8:15 (didn’t hear the closing bell).

Steen tells Generico they have to fight through the pain for one more match to win the titles.

ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Semifinal: Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black of the Age of the Fall vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries.  Aries runs down to brawl with Jacobs at ringside while Danielson starts with Black in the ring.  Aries and Jacobs come in the ring.  Jacobs uses a chair while the referee is paying attention Daniels and Black.  Aries ducks a shot and grabs the chair.  The referee sees him nail Jacobs and calls for the DQ at the 56 second mark.  AOTF leaves with Aries in pursuit.  Danielson listens to chants of “BULLSHIT” and “YOU GOT SCREWED” before leaving as well.  It makes sense for the match to go this way since the two teams were already scheduled to meet the following night.

Jacobs and Black talk backstage again.  Jacobs says he’s in Aries’ head.  They think they’ll have any easy time against Steen and Generico in the final.

Alex “Sugarfoot” Payne vs. Shane Hagadorn (w/ Larry Sweeney, Eddie Edwards, & Sara Del Ray).  Nice basic wrestling early on.  Payne shines, then Hagadorn hammers him down.  Payne fights back and gets a near fall with a sunset flip, then Hagadorn drops him with a sweet backdrop suplex for a near fall.  Payne fires up again, then Del Ray pulls him out of the ring and kicks the crap out of him.  Del Ray throws Payne back in the ring, then Hagadorn hits an STO for the win at 5:46.  Nice post-intermission match.

Sweeney gets in the ring and babbles a bit, then calls out Claudio Castagnoli for his match against Eddie Edwards.

Eddie Edwards (w/ Larry Sweeney, Shane Hagadorn, & Sara Del Ray) vs. Claudio Castagnoli.  Edwards jumps Castagnoli from behind to start the match.  Claudio fights back and Edwards bails.  Claudio follows him out of the ring and kicks his ass.  Edwards managed to get the advantage back in the ring.  Sweeney takes a cheap shot when the referee isn’t looking, then does it again when Claudio is sent to the outside.  Edwards jumps on Claudio and continues to bring the pain.  Claudio makes a comeback and fires away with European uppercuts and a dropkick, the a spinning drop thingy for a near fall.  Edwards avoids the Ricola Bomb and hits the Backpack Stunner for a near fall.  Edwards hits a big missile dropkick and tries to set up a backdrop, but Claudio escapes and hits a sweet springboard European uppercut for a near fall.  Edwards counters another Ricola Bomb attempt and hits a Lionsault for a near fall.  Claudio hits an airplane spin for a near fall.  Claudio lands a European uppercut.  Edwards responds with a superkick, then another cool unidentifiable move for a near fall.  Claudio throws Edwards in the air and nails him with a European uppercut for the pin at 9:50.

Three-Way Relaxed Rules Match:
Erick Stevens vs. Brent Albright vs. Necro Butcher.  This is just a wild brawl.  Necro uses the ring bell, then a piece of the barricade.  They brawl into the crowd.  Necro tries to bury Albright and Stevens under a mountain of chairs.  They fight their way back to ringside and Necro bodyslams Stevens and a chair.  That was neat.  Albright nails Necro and takes Stevens back in the ring, then hits a diving elbow for a near fall.  Necro hits a backdrop suplex on Albright, then tries a Frankensteiner off the top on Stevens, but fails.  Albright gets a cool arm lock on Stevens, but Necro breaks it.  Necro goes for a Tiger Driver on Stevens, but gets backdropped out of it.  Stevens dives off the ropes at Necro, but Necro catches him with a punch to the face.  Albright sends Necro out.  Stevens goes for the Doctor Bomb, but Albright hits an Air Raid Crash.  Albright nails some knee strikes, but Necro comes back in and hits some knee strikes.  Stevens hits the Doctor Bomb on Necro for the win at 11:36.  Fun crazy brawl.

Sweet N Sour Inc. runs out to attack Albright after the match.  He fights off Edwards and Hagadorn, but Hero gets the better of him for a moment.  Albright fights back and powerbombs Hero, then gets hold of Sweeney.  Pearce runs in and nails him with the briefcase, then beats the shit out of him with it.  Edwards and Hagadorn hold Albright down while Pearce whips him with a belt, but Albright escapes and chases them all off.  That’s bad ass.

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ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Final:
Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black of Age of the Fall vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  In-ring introductions for this one, because, ya know, it’s the final.  They argue and shove each other before the match starts, then just go at it, brawling.  They fight at ringside, where Steen powerbombs Black against the side of the ring.  Steen hits a sweet pumphandle neckbreaker on Jacobs back in the ring and gets a near fall.  Tag to Generico, who hits a diving splash, but Black makes the save.  AOTF works over Generico’s injured shoulder.  Generico is helped out of the arena 6 minutes in, leaving Steen to go it alone.  At 9 minutes, Black locks Steen in a figure-four leglock.  Steen fights it and manages to get a rope break.  Jacobs tags in and locks Steen in a Sharpshooter, which is one of Steen’s favorite holds.  Steen counters it as Jacobs makes a tag to Black.  Black goes for another figure-four, but Steen kicks him away into Black.  Powerbomb to Black, then a powerbomb to Jacobs onto Black.  Steen goes for the Swanton on Black, but catches Black’s knees on the way down.  Steen keeps fighting, but Jacobs clips the bad leg and AOTF gets the advantage again.  Steen gets a near fall on Black with an inside cradle.  He goes for the Package Piledriver, but his knee gives out.  Black hits the God’s Last Gift, but Steen manages to kick out.  Jacobs and Black go for the powerbomb/Contra Code out of the corner, but Generico runs back down to make the save.  Generico lands a Yakuza kick and an Asai Moonsault, then gets the tag.  Package Piledriver to Jacobs, then Generico tries to follow with the brainbuster, but Black schoolboys Generico for the pin at 16:51.  AOTF regain the titles.

Jacobs cuts his usual promo as the fans throw trash in the ring.  Jacobs says Age of the Fall is unstoppable, then repeats “unstoppable” about 437 times.  They leave, then Steen and Generico hobble to the back to applause.  Fin.

PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2007 Night 2

Posted in PWG with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by Grappleholic

Excalibur, Bryce Remsburg, and Dino Winwood are on commentary.  Jon Ian is the ring announcer.

TJ Perkins & Ronin vs. Karl Anderson & Bino Gambino.  Ronin and Gambino start.  Gambino gets knocked down and nips up x2.  He tries to knock the much larger Ronin down and fails, so thumbs him in the eye.  Ronin hits a Manhattan drop and throws him out of the ring.  Gambino comes back in and slaps Ronin.  Ronin responds in kind and send him out of the ring again.  Perkins and Anderson tag in and do some sweet mat wrestling.  Perkins throws some kicks and hits the Eddie hilo.  Perkins hits a botched diving rana, then applies a modified cobra clutch.  Perkins turns it into a pinning predicament for 2.  Anderson thumbs Perkins in the eye and tags in Gambino.  Perkins gets a cradle for 2, then hits an arm drag.  Ronin tags in.  Ronin hits a snap suplex for 2.  Perkins tags back in and throws some European uppercuts as Gambino is tied up in Shattered Dreams position.  Perkins locks in an STF.  Perkins connects with some kicks.  Anderson blind tags in and hits a lariat for 2.  Anderson knocks Ronin off the apron and hits a vertical suplex on Perkins for 2.  Gambino tags back in to work over Perkins, but Perkins kicks the crap out of him.  Anderson tries to keep Perkins down and gets kicked too, but Anderson connects with a big kick of his own for 2.  Gambino tags in and hits a float over suplex for 2.  Ronin gets the hot tag and runs wild.  The heels cut him off and double team him.  Perkins hits a diving cross body on both of them.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Perkins hits a Falcon Arrow on Gambino, but Anderson saves.  Ronin tags in as Perkins tags out Anderson with a dive.  Gambino hits a move on Ronin for 2.  Ronin hits a short range lariat and a Death Valley Driver on Gambino for the pin in 12:00.  Good little tag match.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Human Tornado (w/ Candice LaRae) vs. CIMA.  The audio for PWG DVDs are absolute shit, but I think Tornado offers CIMA the chance to fuck Candice LaRae.  Apparently he pimps her out.  He kicks her out of the ring and CIMA gets the jump on him to start the match.  CIMA kicks Tornado’s ass, because CIMA doesn’t approve of domestic abuse.  He dropkicks Tornado in the ass and drives him into the post.  Tornado scampers out of the ring.  CIMA follows and drives Tornado’s back into the side of the ring.  Back inside, CIMA hits a Lung Blower and Tornado goes outside again.  CIMA goes for a baseball slide dropkick, but Tornado pulls LaRae in front of it.  That dick.  Tornado beats up CIMA on the outside and heels it up.  Back inside, Tornado hits a leg drop for 2.  Tornado hits a senton and a standing moonsault for 2, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Tornado hits a swank leg drop, jumping over the top rope and dropping the leg when CIMA was laying against the middle rope.  Tornado randomly chases LaRae around the ring, then goes back in to punish CIMA some more.  Tornado clamps on a headscissors.  CIMA gets a rope break.  Tornado dances while lightly kicking him, then kicks him in the balls for 2.  CIMA fights back.  Tornado nails him with a boot that sends him outside, then lands a baseball slide dropkick that sends CIMA over the barricade.  Tornado hits a suicide plancha OVER the barricade.  Back inside, Tornado tries to superplex LaRae onto CIMA, but CIMA kicks him in the balls and powerbombs on him, with Tornado suplexing LaRae at the same time.  CIMA goes for the Mad Splash, but Tornado gets his knees up.  CIMA hits the Crossfire for 2.  CIMA goes for the Schwein, but Tornado counters and hits the DND for 2.  Tornado hits the Cancun Tornado for 2.  Tornado goes up top and calls for LaRae to help him, but LaRae pulls him down and crotches him.  CIMA hits the palm strike and the Iconoclasm.  LaRae hits Tornado with a missile dropkick.  CIMA lands a thrust kick and hits the Schwein for the pin in 10:52.  Really fun match.  Tornado makes an awesome heel.

After the match, Human Tornado offers a handshake to Candice LaRae.  They hug.  Tornado raises her hand, then decks her and puts the shoes to her.  Tornado hits the DND.  The crowd approves, because they’re a bunch of bastards.  Tornado teases leaving, then comes back and gives her the DND again.  Then, just 2 months after the Chris Benoit tragedy, Tornado gives the throat slash and locks her in the Crippler Crossface.  That really creeped me out the first time I saw this.  Chris Hero runs out to make the save and promises to kick Tornado’s “skinny black ass.”  They brawl, and for the first time ever, I don’t hate Chris Hero.  This was the beginning a feud that went on for the next year in PWG.  Hero carries LaRae to the back.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Scott Lost (w/ Jade Chung) vs. SHINGO.  SHINGO overpowers Lost in the beginning.  Lost tries to use some chicanery to get the advantage, but fails.  SHINGO goes a cobra clutch giant swing for 2.  SHINGO hits a fist drop, then grinds his foot into Lost’s face.  Chung grabs SHINGO’s boot.  Lost tries to get the jump again and gets elbowed in the face.  SHINGO hits a knee drop for 2.  They trade punches.  SHINGO tries to leap frog Lost and gets kicked in the balls.  Lost hits a vertical suplex for 2, then clamps on a body scissors.  SHINGO gets a rope break.  Chung chokes SHINGO against the bottom rope.  Lost hits a Sliding D-like elbow smash and does a weird half jackknife hold for 2.  Lost locks SHINGO in a camel clutch.  SHINGO fights out, but Lost dropkicks him for 2.  Lost tries a diving double axe handle, but SHINGO catches him and turns it into a vertical suplex.  They trade punches again.  SHINGO gets the better of it and drops Lost with a Mongolian Chop.  SHINGO hits a gut buster, DDT, and senton for 2.  SHINGO hits a sit-out spinebuster for 2.  Lost lands an enzuigiri for 2.  Lost hits an Ace Crusher for 2.  Lost hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  SHINGO hits a gut wrench suplex and a lariat for 2.  SHINGO goes for the Last Falconry, but Lost counters and gets a schoolboy for 2.  SHINGO hits a half nelson suplex for 2.  SHINGO goes up top, but Lost cuts him off and hits a superplex.  He rolls through and suplexes them both out of the ring.  Chung pours water on Lost to revive him.  Back inside, Lost covers for 2.  SHINGO ducks a Buzzsaw kick and hits the Last Falconry for the pin in 11:54.  Pretty good match here.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: PWG World Tag Team Champion Kevin Steen vs. Necro Butcher.  Steen wants to wrestle, but Necro just wants to fight.  Steen manages a hammerlock, but Necro elbows him in the face.  Steen calls for a Greco-Roman knuckle lock, but Necro doesn’t understand, so just punches him in the ribs.  Steen goes back to the hammerlock, then transitions to a side headlock.  Necro escapes.  Steen tries to knock him down with a shoulder block, but fails.  Steen gets the referee to hold Necro’s leg, then kicks him in the knee.  Steen works the knee.  He bites Necro’s bare foot, then gags, then goes back to working the knee.  Steen keeps the heat on Necro and keeps working the knee.  They trade forearms.  Steen tries a Dragon suplex, but Necro headbutts him in the face.  Steen lands a superkick and the Swanton Bomb for 2.  Necro lands some punches and nails Steen with a lariat for 2.  Necro goes for a Tiger Driver, but Steen counters and goes for a spinning toe hold.  Necro punches him in the face a bunch, then catches Steen with a reverse cradle for the pin in 8:17.  Really fun match.  The joke is that Necro Butcher, who can’t wrestle, beat “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen with a wrestling hold.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: Nigel McGuinness vs. Davey Richards.  Nigel backs Richards into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat, except the opposite.  They do some chain wrestling with Nigel working the arm in awesome Nigel fashion.  Richards sends Nigel outside with a headscissors, then teases a dive but fakes Nigel out.  They trade blows.  Nigel blocks Richards’ kicks and snapmares him down into a rear chin lock.  Richards ducks the rebound lariat and Nigel tumbles to the outside.  Richards steps on Nigel’s fingers.  Nigel gets his girlfriend to come over from the gimmick table and kiss it to make it better.  Richards cuts Nigel off from getting back in the ring again, so Nigel goes to get his girlfriend to kiss him on the cheek.  Coming back in, Nigel kicks the middle rope into Richards’ balls.  Richards tries to get Nigel’s girlfriend to kiss them too.  She shows him the “Nigel” tattoo on her shoulder blade.  Nigel pulls Davey’s tights down to expose his ass and throws him back in the ring.  Richards takes Nigel down and attacks his arm with his naked ass still exposed.  Richards finally pulls his pants up, then reconsiders and exposes his ass again.  He attacks Nigel’s arm again and finally pulls his damn pants up.  Nigel rallies and hits a lariat for 2.  Nigel lands some blows in the corner.  Richards responds with some blows on his own.  Richards hits a springboard missile dropkick.  Nigel takes a powder.  Richards hits him with a suicide dive.  Nigel blocks Richards’ kicks again.  Richards hits a rana and a running knee strike for 2.  Nigel goes for the Tower of London, but Richards avoids it by grabbing Nigel’s nose.  Davey hits a sunset flip powerbomb, then locks in the Kimura.  Nigel escapes.  Richards goes for the DR Driver, but Nigel counters and hits a lariat.  Nigel hits another lariat for 2.  They trade blows.  Richards hits a handspring kick, ducks the rebound lariat, and gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Richards hits a DDT and goes for a Shooting Star press, but Nigel avoids it and hits the Tower of London.  Richards gets a foot on the rope to save himself for being pinned.  Nigel sets Richards in the top rope and nails him with a lariat for 2.  Nigel nails the rebound lariat for the pin in 15:31.  Really good match.  There was some comedy early on, then it turned into a good match, so good stuff all around here.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: Tony Kozina vs. PWG World Tag Team Champion El Generico.  They lock up.  Kozina backs Generico into the corner and gives a clean break.  The lock up again and Generico takes Kozina down and goes to work on his leg.  Nice mat wrestling, including the headlock cutback cradle spot I love.  Generico hits a big monkey flip and a kick for 2.  Kozina takes control and gets some near falls on Generico.  Generico cuts Kozina off on the top rope and tries something, but ends up getting tied to the tree of woe.  Kozina hits a 619 around the ring post.  Cover gets 2.  Generico makes a comeback and connects with a rough looking clothesline.  Kozina goes outside.  Generico somewhat connects with an Asai moonsault.  Back inside, Generico hits a diving cross body for 2.  Generico hits what I think is a Blue Thunder Driver for 2.  I really need to check on that.  Kozina tries a backdrop suplex, but  Generico elbows him in the back of the head.  Generico goes for the brainbuster, but Kozina catches him with an inside cradle for 2.  They botch some shit leading to Generico getting a 2 count.  Generico goes for the brainbuster off the top, but Kozina fights him off.  Generico tries again, but Kozina ranas Generico from the top rope to the floor.  Wowza.  Kozina hits a springboard bulldog for 2.  Kozina avoids the corner Yakuza kick and schoolboys Generico for 2.  Generico hits the brainbuster for the pin in 12:08.  Okay match.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: Dragon Kid vs. Susumu Yokosuka.  They shake hands and lock up.  DK flips around and hits an arm drag.  They do some mat wrestling and DK hits a big snapmare.  Yokosuka suckers DK into putting his hand on the mat and stomps on it.  DK does one of his 90 MPH headscissors and sends Yokosuka outside, then does a feint 619.  Yokosuka comes back in and gets cut off immediately.  DK hits a knee drop for 2.  DK keeps the heat on and lands a dropkick to the corner.  Yokosuka nails DK with a clothesline on the apron.  He tries to cover him, but DK is on the apron.  That’s humorous.  Yokosuka hits a backbreaker for 2.  Yokosuka applies an abdominal stretch on the ground.  Yokosuka turns it into a pinning combination for 2.  Yokosuka hits a long delayed vertical suplex for 2.  Yokosuka locks in an STF and transitions into a crossface.  DK manages to get a rope break.  They trade blows.  Yokosuka tries a suplex, but DK lands on his feet.  Yokosuka catches DK with a tilt a whirl backbreaker for 2.  Yokosuka spanks DK.  Seriously.  Dk backdrops Yokosuka out of the powerbomb position.  DK hits the deja-vu and sends Yokosuka outside.  DK hits a Dragonrana suicida that is pretty cool, but not as impressive as the one Rey did Eddie at Halloween Havoc ’97.  Back inside, DK locks in the Cristo.  Yokosuka escapes and tries a suplex, but DK turns it into a Stunner for 2.  Yokosuka ducks the Dragonrana.  DK tries a tornado DDT, but Yokosuka turns it into a suplex.  Yokosuka lariats DK in the corner and tries to set up something off the top.  They fight on the top rope and Yokosuka ends up hitting an avalanche-style Exploder off the top.  DK gets a crucifix bomb for 2.  DK goes for a Frankensteiner, but Yokosuka counters and hits a Death Valley Driver for 2.  Yokosuka goes for a Last Ride, but DK turns it into a sunset flip for 2.  Yokosuka nails DK with a lariat and hits the Yokosuka Cutter for 2.  Yokosuka goes for a powerbomb.  DK counters into a Frankensteiner, but Yokosuka rolls through with a sunset flip for 2.  Yokosuka goes for a Splash Mountain, but DK turns it into an avalanche-style Frankensteiner.  DK hits a swinging DDT for 2.  DK hits a springboard Dragonrana for the pin in 16:37.  Very good match!

Good times as usual with PWG!

PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2007 Night 1

Posted in PWG with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by Grappleholic

Ring announcer Jon Ian introduces the PWG World Champion, Bryan Danielson.  The audio is pretty shitty, but he apologizes for not being able to participate in the tournament and promises to be back for the next show (after BOLA).  He’s sporting an eye patch, having suffered a detached retina in a match with Takeshi Morishima.

Excalibur and Dino Winwood are in the ring with the trophy that will be presented to the winner of the tournament.  Excalibur introduces referees Bryce Remsburg, Patrick Hernandez, and Rick Knox.  He then introduces the participants in the tournament: Tony Kozina, Tyler Black, Jack Evans, Jimmy Rave, Austin Aries, Joey Ryan, Doug Williams, Susumu Yokosuka, Matt Sydal, Davey Richards, Scott Lost, Human Tornado, Dragon Kid, Roderick Strong, Chris Hero, Necro Butcher, SHINGO, Claudio Castagnoli, PAC, Alex Shelley, PWG World Tag Team Champion El Generico, CIMA, PWG World Tag Team Champion Kevin Steen, and Nigel McGuinness.  Winwood “unveils” the trophy that was covered in clear plastic.  They all pose for pictures.

Excalibur and Bryce Remsburg are on commentary, but you can barely hear the commentary anyway.

The Young Bucks vs. Los Luchas.  The lighter haired Buck and the lucha guy in blue start.  Nick Jackson and Phoenix Star, I think.  Fast paced action with lots of flips and quick tags.  Lots of contrived spots, but it’s fun stuff.  At about 3 minutes, Zokre hits an Asai moonsault into the crowd on the Bucks.  “HOLY SHIT!” chants.  Back in the ring, Zokre hits a suplex on Matt for 2.  Phoenix Star hits a sweet drop into a spear for 2.  Star hits a dropkick on Matt for 2.  Matt hits a neckbreaker across the knee and tags in Nick.  Nick covers for 2.  Bucks hit a cool double team cutter.  Matt covers, but Zokre saves.  Bucks double team Star.  Matt hits a really nice dive to the outside on Star.  Nick catches Zokre with a knee strike in the ring.  Bucks double team Zokre.  Nick covers Zokre, but Star makes it back in to save.  Star gets a sunset flip on Matt, but Nick saves.  Zokre locks Nick in a surfboard.  Star lifts Nick and drops him across Zokre’s knees.  Cover gets 2.  Matt hits an Asai DDT on Star.  More Bang For Your Buck leads to the Bucks getting a double pin in 8:59.  Really fun opener.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Joey Ryan (w/ Jade Chung) vs. Chris Hero.  Is Ryan supposed to be a sleazy 1970s porn star, or is that just the vibe I get from him?  He hides in the ropes for a bit, then they lock up.  Hero hits an arm drag.  Hero locks Ryan in a half crab.  Ryan gets a rope break and bails.  Ryan stalls for a bit, then kicks Hero in the cut.  He puts Hero in an arm lock, but Hero dances out of it and dropkicks Ryan.  Hero fucks around and poses a bit.  They both throw dropkicks.  Hero nips up.  Ryan tries to nip up and fails.  Four times.  Twice with the referee’s help.  Hero helps too and Ryan finally manages it, but Hero takes him down and hits a senton.  Another senton and a cover gets 2.  Hero gets whipped into the corner and dances around the post, then elbows Ryan.  Ryan dodges a moonsault body block, but gets hit with a dropkick.  Ryan bails.  Hero flips out of the ring and gets sent into the guardrail.  Ryan beats up Hero on the outside, then back in the ring.  Ryan dances.  Hero schoolboys him for 2.  Ryan beats up Hero some more.  Hero side steps Ryan and connects with a rolling elbow smash and a release German suplex.  Hero connects with some chops, then hits a flip neckbreaker for 2.  Hero hits a cravat neckbreaker for 2.  Ryan hits a wrist-clutch Exploder and a couple of superkicks for 2.  Ryan tries to set up something on the top rope, but Hero comes off with a Diamond Dust into a cravat.  Ryan counters him and superkicks him to the floor.  Ryan hits a tornado DDT on the floor.  Back inside, Hero fights back and rams Ryan into the post, then hits a slingshot double stomp the apron, then a slingshot senton.  Hero hits a diving double stomp and covers, but Chung distracts the referee.  Ryan’s Dynasty mate Scott Lost hands Ryan a pair of brass knuckles.  Hero cuts him off and takes the knuckles himself.  Ryan tries a reverse cradle as Hero deals with Lost on the apron, but Hero hits the Hero’s Welcome for the pin in about 16:44 (didn’t hear a closing bell).  The referee sees the knucks in Hero’s hand and reverses the decision, giving the victory to Ryan.  It was a slow paced match, but it was a good match and really fun.  After watching so much ROH lately, it’s nice to watch something that actually gives you time to digest it, as opposed to being move after move with no time to breathe in between.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Austin Aries vs. Roderick Strong.  No fucking around with these two.  They lock up immediately and do a bit of sweet chain wrestling.  Aries some some awesome stuff and goes for the Rings of Saturn (I think he calls it the Horns of Aries), but they’re way too close to the ropes.  They go outside briefly.  Strong tries to get the jump on Aries coming back into the ring, but fails.  Strong connects with an enzui lariat for 2.  Strong goes for slingshot suplex, but Aries counters and hits the Eddie hilo and his swinging elbow drop.  Aries connects with some elbows to the back of Strong’s head.  Aries goes for a suplex, but Strong reverses it and slings him into the ropes.  Strong knocks Aries off the apron into the barricade.  Strong hits Aries with some chops on the outside, then press slams him into the barricade.  Back inside, Strong covers for 2.  Strong hits a weird drop for 2.  I need to learn more move names for the sake of these reviews.  Aries gets a sunset flip out of the corner for 2.  Strong hits a fall away slam and an elbow drop for 2.  Strong connects flush with a dropkick for 2.  They trade forearms.  Strong stomps Aries’ foot, then clubbers his back.  Strong charges Aries in the corner, but gets caught with an elbow.  Aries hits the Stroke, of all things.  Aries low bridges Strong out of the ring and hits a tope suicida.  Aries hits a slingshot flip splash for 2, then a Lionsault for 2.  Strong hits a suplex for 2.  Aries hits a rolling elbow and a DDT for 2.  Aries goes up top, but Strong cuts him off.  Strong falls off the top rope.  Seriously.  Aries goes for a frog splash, but Strong gets his knees up.  Strong hits a uranage backbreaker for 2.  Aries hits a sunset flip powerbomb off the top for 2, then locks in the Rings of Saturn.  Strong gets an easy rope break.  Strong counters the brainbuster and gets a reverse cradle, but Aries rolls through and hits a Tombstone Piledriver for 2.  Aries goes up top again, but Strong cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Delayed cover gets 2.  Aries gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Aries lands some soccer kicks and goes for the brainbuster, but Strong catches him with an inside cradle for the pin in 14:30.  Really, really good match.  I love the slower pace guys seem to work in PWG as opposed to ROH.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Jimmy Rave vs. Matt Sydal.  Nice chain wrestling to start.  It always warms my heart to see a nice chain wrestling sequence.  Rave works Sydal’s arm.  Sydal works Rave’s leg.  Sydal speeds things up a bit.  Slingshot dropkick into the corner gets 2 for Sydal, as does a leg drop.  Rave hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sydal does a weird Oklahoma roll into a bow & arrow lock.  Rave escapes and hits a gut buster and a front suplex for 2.  Sydal sends Rave into the post and hits a clothesline to the corner, then his diving double knees to the shoulders thingy.  They trade shots.  Sydal hits a head scissors and a back body drop.  Sydal tries his leg drop Final Cut thing, but they fuck it up.  Cover gets 2 anyway.  Rave hits a spear for 2.  Rave goes for the Pedigree, but Sydal counters and goes for a standing moonsault, but Rave gets his knees up.  Too many buts in that sentence.  Rave hits a knee strike for 2.  Sydal gets an inside cradle for 2.  Sydal hits an enzuigiri and goes up top.  Rave cuts him off, but Sydal slides underneath him and goes for a Frankensteiner.  Rave rolls through and goes for the heel hook, but fails.  They do some reversals and fuck up another spot.  Sydal hits the Shooting Star press for the pin in 9:33.  Okay match, but it had a couple of noticeable fuck ups.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Alex Shelley vs. Tyler Black.  They lock up and trade arm locks.  Black goes for a series of quick covers.  Shelley gets a crucifix hold for 2.  Great back and forth action.  Shelley stretches Black, then gets another crucifix hold for 2.  Shelley hits a slingshot elbow drop for 2.  Shelley kicks the rope into Black’s throat, then hits an elbow smash for 2.  Shelley does the hold I’ve been calling a stranglehold but they’re calling a straight jacket.  Shelley drops Black and covers for 2.  Black fights back and hits a running Stunner for 2.  Black applies a shoulder hold.  Shelley bites Black’s hand.  Black charges Shelley in the corner, then hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Black applies a stump puller, then turns it into a front face lock.  Black hits a knee drop and a basement dropkick for 2.  Shelley side steps Black and sends him to the apron, then kicks him in the chest a couple of times.  Shelley hits a diving knee drop to the back of Black’s head.  Shelley hits a Fisherman suplex for 2.  Shelley locks in a wacky submission hold.  They get back to their feet and trade shots.  Shelley kicks Black in the back of the head, then dives off the top rope.  Black catches him with a dropkick.  Shelley hits a few moves, then they hit each other with a couple of simultaneous elbows.  Black hits a springboard clothesline and goes for a moonsault.  Shelley avoids it, but Black locks in a sleeper hold.  Shelley backdrops Black onto his front.  That sounds confusing.  Shelley hits a tornado DDT for 2.  Shelley locks in the Border City Stretch.  Black gets a rope break.  Shelley lands a kick to the side of Black’s head, then sets Black on the top turnbuckle.  Shelley goes for a move, but Black counters and hits a running powerbomb into the opposite corner.  Black hits a flurry of moves, ending with a standing Shooting Star press for 2.  Shelley locks in the Border City Stretch.  Black counters into a crossface.  Shelley gets a rope break.  Shelley counters a move and goes for a move, and gets kicked in the head.  He responds in kind.  Shelley goes for the Sliced Bread #2, but Black counters into a Tombstone-style Snake Eyes.  Does that make sense?  Black hits a reverse DDT for 2.  Black sets Shelley on the top rope and goes for a superplex.  Shelley tries to turn it into the Sliced Bread #2.  Black ends up hitting a TKO off the top for 2.  Black goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Shelley avoids it and hits a Michinoku Driver II for 1.  Shelley hits a superkick for 2.  Shelley hits a superkick to the chest for 2.  Shelley hits the Sliced Bread #2 for the pin in 20:08.  Really, really good match.  I love this match.  Shelley cuts a post match promo putting over PWG.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Doug Williams.  Hand shake.  They lock up and trade arm locks.  Claudio takes Williams down and tries to pin him, but Williams bridges back.  Claudio applies an ankle hold.  Williams manages to turn it into a head lock.  Williams gets a nifty cradle for 2.  Williams applies a stranglehold surfboard.  Castagnoli reverses it into a stranglehold of his own.  Williams reverses it again and turns it into a straight jacket camel clutch.  Claudio reverses it yet again.  Williams reverses it one more time and they start doing other stuff.  Williams gets a schoolboy for 2.  Williams does another wacky hold and transitions into a body scissors.  Claudio escapes and locks in an ankle hold.  Williams tries to escape and almost gets pinned int he process.  They do more great counter wrestling.  Claudio hits the giant swing for 2.  Claudio hits a European uppercut to the back.  Williams is amused.  They trade European uppercuts.  Williams gets a backslide for 2.  They trade European uppercuts again.  Williams hits an arm drag.  Claudio hits another European uppercut.  Williams ducks a clothesline and drops Claudio with yet another European uppercut.  Claudio bails to clear his head.  Williams goes for a tope suicida, but Claudio catches him mid-air with a European uppercut.  They trade European  uppercuts on the outside for a while.  Claudio throws Williams into the front row.  European uppercuts in the crowd.  Williams pokes Claudio in the eye.  More uppercuts.  Finally back into the ring.  MORE European uppercuts!  They finally throw forearms and knock each other down.  Williams hits a couple of jumping knees and a diving knee drop for 2.  Claudio hits the bicycle kick and goes for the Ricola Bomb.  Fails.  Williams fails the Chaos Theory.  They reverse cradles.  Claudio manages to hit the Ricola Bomb for the pin in 14:34.  Really fun match.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Jack Evans vs. PAC.  They shake hands.  Evans fucks around and gets the crowd to chant something.  Evans talks shit to PAC.  They shake hands again, then after more than a minute finally lock up.  PAC immediately takes Evans down.  They actually do mat work.  Evans goes for a cross armbreaker.  PAC gets a rope break.  They lock up again and trade arm locks.  Evans does a cartwheel head scissors.  Evans does a lot of cartwheels.  Evans hits a basement dropkick for 2.  Evans hits kind of a reverse powerslam, then locks in a stretch plum and attacks PAC’s ribs.  Evans hits a standing Shooting Star press for 2.  PAC avoids Evans in the corner, charges, and hits a dropkick.  Evans with a flip dropkick into the corner.  PAC bails.  Evans flips the apron, then takes a bump on the apron.  PAC hits a baseball slide dropkick.  PAC hits a slam and a leg drop for 2.  PAC hits a suplex and a twisting press for 2.  Evans lands some kicks.  PAC hits a dropsault.  Evans goes outside.  PAC vaults to the floor and eats a spin kick.  Evans hits a cartwheel flip dive to the floor on PAC.  Back inside, Evans goes up top.  PAC cuts him off and goes for a Tiger suplex.  After some counters, Evans hits a running knee strike for 2.  PAC hits a release German suplex for 2.  PAC goes up top and gets cut off.  PAC gets tied to the tree of woe.  Evans hits a diving double knee drop.  Evans goes for the 630, but PAC gets his knees up.  PAC goes for a twisting splash off the top, but Evans moves out of the way.  Evans takes his shoe off for some reason.  They trade blows.  Evans hits a Pele kick.  Evans hits a dropkick and goes for a springboard kick, but misses.  PAC hits his own Pele kick.  Evans hits a spin kick and goes up top.  PAC cuts him off again and hits a slingshot neckbreaker from the top.  PAC hits a Tiger suplex for 2.  PAC hits the Corkscrew Shooting Star press for the pin in 11:37.  Pretty good match, even with my intense hatred of Jack Evans.

PWG World Tag Team Championship Match: Kevin Steen & El Generico (c) vs. Dragon Kid & Susumu Yokosuka.  Yokosuka and Steen lock up.  They trade arm locks.  Steen gets a crucifix hold for 2, then mockingly bows to Yokosuka.  Yokosuka takes Steen down with a leg hold.  Steen counters with a cross armbreaker.  More good mat wrestling.  Generico and Dragon Kid come in and go at it briefly.  Yokosuka tags in and goes after Generico.  Yokosuka chokes Generico with the tassel on Generico’s mask.  I just noticed that CIMA is in DK & Yokosuka’s corner.  DK and Yokosuka double team Generico.  Generico is de facto face in peril.  Steen tags in and beats up DK.  Generico tags in and also beats up DK.  Steen takes another turn and hits a stalling suplex on DK for 2.  Generico works over DK some more.  DK finally makes the tag to Yokosuka.  Yokosuka runs wild.  Weird knee buster by Yokosuka on Generico.  DK hits Generico with a 619 and a diving moonsault to the outside.  Yokosuka hits Steen with some lariats, but can’t drop him.  Steen hits an enzugiri and a Fire Thunder bomb… I think that’s what it’s called.  I could be an idiot.  Yokosuka hits an Exploder on Steen.  Generico comes in and Steen gives him a Dominator onto Steen.  DK and Generico tag in and do stuff.  DK hits a slingshot sunner and locks in the Cristo.  Yokosuka goes outside to cut off Steen from making the save.  Generico manages to get a rope break.  Yokosuka spanks Generico.  Generico back body drops Yokosuka.  They fight on the top rope.  Generico goes for a split legged moonsault, but Yokosuka gets his knees up.  Generico hits a Yakuza kick the corner and goes for the brainbuster off the top, but Steen prevents it.  DK low bridges Steen out of the ring and hits  a Frankensteiner on Generico off of Yokosuka’s shoulder on the top.  Yokosuka hits an Exploder off the top for 2.  DK hits a springboard Dragonrana, but Steen knocks Yokosuka into him to break the pin.  Generico hits a crazy move that ends in a sit-out powerbomb on DK for 2.  Steen tags in and goes for the Swanton Bomb, but DK avoids it.  Steen superkicks DK into a half nelson suplex from Generico.  Steen covers for 2.  Steen goes up top, but Yokosuka cuts him off.  Generico throws Yokosuka out of the ring.  Generico throws DK up to Steen.  DK counters and hits a Frankensteiner off the top on Steen for 2.  DK goes the springboard Dragonrana, but Steen catches him and hits a Schwein for 2.  Steen rolls through a Frankensteiner and hits the Package Piledriver.  Generico follows with the brainbuster.  Steen pins DK in 18:46.  Good match.

This was a really fun show with several really good matches!

ROH Manhattan Mayhem II

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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

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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.

ROHWrestling.com!

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.

Philadelphia!

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 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

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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.