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ROH Up For Grabs (Repost)

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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.

ROH The Tokyo Summit (Repost)

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

Originally posted on 1/5/09.

Larry Sweeney is annoyed that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards both lost their matches last night.  He tells Richards he has the Briscoes tonight, and his partner is Takeshi Morishima.

The ring announcer puts over that tonight’s show includes participation from 5 promotions: ROH, NOAH, Kensuke Office, DDT, and New Japan.  He starts talking about the main event, but Austin Aries comes out, mad about Age of the Fall kicking his ass last night, and calls out Tyler Black.

Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black. Aries meets Black on the ramp and they brawl they way to, out of, and around the ring.  Aries locks in the Last Chancery on the ramp.  As always, Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.  These two hate each other, and this match reflects that.  Aries wins with the Last Chancery in 11:06 in a good match.  Jimmy Jacobs attacks Aries after the match and locks him in the End Time until he passes out.  Jacobs takes the mic and says the same thing he says every time he picks up a mic.

Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Eddie Edwards (w/ Larry Sweeney).  I believe this is Miyamoto’s second match in ROH.  He wrestled in a tag match during the ROH vs. All Japan series at Final Battle 2003.  Shockingly, the announcers don’t mention it.  They normally put stuff like that over.  Good little match.  Sweeney gets involved.  Edwards holds Miyamoto for Sweeney to hit him, but Miyamoto ducks and Sweeney slugs Edwards.  Miyamoto school boys Edwards for the win at 5:09.  Sweeney apologizes to Edwards after the match, and they hug.  Awww.

Bryan Danielson talks about being in ROH since the beginning.  He says tonight he’ll achieve one of his dreams, and finally become a singles champion in Japan.

El Generico vs. Taiji Ishmori.  Ole, Ole Ole Ole!  The crowd is actually lively for this show, and they really like Ishimori.  7 minutes in, Ishimori does a big moonsault to the floor.  Back in, Ishimori gets some near falls.  Generico hits a crazy Crossfire-like move for a near fall.  Ishimori hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner and follows with a German for a near fall.  Ishimori hits a sick tornado DDT.  Generico gets a near fall off a Michinoku Driver II.  Ishimori gets a near fall with a crucifix hold, then hits a sick DDT-type move for a near fall.  Ishimori wins with the Superstar Elbow at 12:23.

Takeshi Morishima & Davey Richards (w/ Larry Sweeney) vs. The Briscoe Brothers.  The Briscoes try double team tactics to take down the big former ROH World Champion, Morishima.  At one point they try to double suplex him, but Morishima suplexes them both.  The Briscoes try stereo sunset flips, but Morishima and Richards sit on them.  I imagine Richards’ butt splash is less effective than Morishima’s.  Sweeney keeps getting involved, but Jay decks him and knocks him off the apron.  Morishima takes Jay down, though, and Mark falls victim to Richards’ Alarm Clock to give Morishima & Richards the win at 11:58.  The announcers say it was right on the chin, even though he obviously hit Mark’s chest.  I always thought ROH wasn’t as stupid as WWE, but I’m rapidly being proven wrong.  AOTF runs in and assaults the Briscoes after the match, complete with Jacobs making Jay pass out to the End Time.

ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness says Danielson got lucky when he pinned him with an inside cradle last night.  He said tonight, Age of the Fall’s luck would run out tonight, because he wouldn’t lose the belt to Jimmy Jacobs.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. Bryan Danielson.  Joe Higuchi reads the title match declaration, we get the introductions.  I don’t watch much NOAH, so I’ve only seen Kanemaru wrestle a couple of times.  Even if he sucks, it doesn’t matter, because he’s in there with Danielson.  The match is typical Danielson greatness.  At 14 minutes, Kanemaru misses a moonsault but lands on his feet.  He hits lots of DDTs.  Fuck, Danielson is great.  Kanemaru murders Danielson with a DDT off the top, but Danielson gets his foot in the ropes, then kicks out of a brainbuster.  Kanemaru goes for the moonsault again, but Danielson gets up and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope.  At 20 minutes, Danielson hits a Tiger suplex and transitions into the Cattle Mutilation.  Kanemaru fights it.  Danielson gives him the elbows and another Tiger suplex, then locks in the Cattle Mutilation again.  Kanemaru submits at 20:40.  Danielson is awarded the belt and a trophy, and poses for pictures like everybody in Japan when they win something.

Danielson’s post-match interview, which is translated into Japanese for their TV.  He says he wants his match next week with Katsuhiko Nakajima to be a title match.  After that, he’ll wrestle anybody.  He’s the champ, bitches!  At the end of the interview, you can hear Hogan’s nWo music playing in the background.  Weird.

Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. KENTA & Kota Ibushi.  Marufuji has gotten a haircut since the last time I saw him.  Warning: If you don’t like kicks, this is NOT the match for you.  It is, however, fine for me.  There’s just something about guys kicking the shit out of each other that I enjoy.  28 minutes in, they finally mention that the match has a 30 minute time limit.  Ibushi and Nakajima desperately try to beat each other with less than a minute left, but the time limit expires.  They ask to go five more minutes, and get the restart.  KENTA and Marufuji start going for big moves to finish each other off.  Marufuji hits the Shiranui, but Ibushi breaks it up.  Ibushi hits an awesome handspring kick on Marufuji to set up KENTA’s top rope Falcon Arrow, but Nakajima breaks that cover up.  Ibushi hits the Phoenix splash and KENTA covers, but Nakajima breaks that one too.  KENTA eats Marufuji’s superkick, then hits the Busaiku knee kick and gets a two count just as the overtime expires as well.  Match is a time limit draw.  It still ruled.  Everybody shakes hands after the match.

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Tyler Black pumps up Jimmy Jacobs for his World title match.  Jacobs says he’ll win the title, then AOTF will have all the power.

Non-Title: Roderick Strong vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki.  This shall rule.  It doesn’t take long for them to start chopping the shit out of each other.  4 minutes in, Sasaki does an avalanche-style Frankensteiner.  Sasaki dominates Strong for several minutes, but Strong finally makes a brief comeback.  The match is back and forth from that point.  Sasaki wins with the Northern Lights bomb at 12:20.  Fine match.  They embrace afterwards.  How nice.

ROH World Championship Match: Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Jimmy Jacobs.  Jacobs jumps Nigel during the introductions to start the match.  Nigel plays babyface for this match.  The Japanese like him, while Jacobs just gets on their nerves.  He gets on my nerves, anyway.  At 9 minutes, Jacobs locks in the End Time, but Nigel gets a rope break.  Jacobs sets Nigel in a chair at ringside and dives onto him.  He tries something else, but Nigel hits the rebound lariat, then the Tower of London off the guardrail.  Back in the ring, he gets a two count.  Jacobs hits the Contra Code at around 15 minutes for a near fall.  Jacobs goes for the End Time, but Nigel counters.  Nigel hits the Tower of London, but Jacobs gets a rope break at 2.  Nigel hits the lariat on the ropes, but Jacobs kicks out.  At 17 minutes, Jacobs locks in the End Time.  The ref gets hit and Jacobs nails Nigel with a chain, but only gets a two count.  Nigel sucks it up and hits the lariat for a near fall.  Crowd chants for Nigel.  They exchange blows.  Nigel hits another lariat and gets a near fall.  Jacobs tries to use the chain again, but Nigel hits the lariat for the win at 21:02.

But wait, there’s more!

NO LIMIT vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Genba Hirayanagi.  This was a dark match, but it was still taped and included on the DVD.  NO LIMIT were getting ready to challenge Suzuki & Kanemaru for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title, and this is a preliminary skirmish to that.  It’s also the first New Japan vs. NOAH match in a few years.  There’s no commentary, which is annoying.  I haven’t seen Yujiro or Naito since they were young lions, and I don’t think I’ve seen Genba wrestle ever.  So far, he’s the most interesting guy in the match.  10 minutes in they brawl into the crowd and NO LIMIT throw Suzuki out of the building.  With Genba left all alone, he falls victim to Naito’s Stardust press.  It’s announced as 9:29 I think but I timed it at 11:41.  Maybe I misheard, and my time was probably a little off from the video skipping because my computer is ancient and sucks.  They brawl after the match, too.

Good show, all in all.

NOAH “Rusher Kimura Memorial Show” 6/26/10

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Some dudes go over the card.  Akira Taue comes to the ring to hold up a picture of the late Rusher Kimura.  The other wrestlers surround the ring and they do a 10-bell salute.

Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi.  Marufuji and Kanemaru start.  Kanemaru backs Marufuji into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Marufuji takes a swing at Kanemaru, then they do some face paced stuff, stalemate, applause.  They do some chain wrestling, always a good thing.  Ogawa tags in and takes over.  Kanemaru does a cool victory roll style headscissors.  Ogawa cuts him off on top and Kanemaru rakes his face repeatedly.  Ogawa falls down, then hits the ropes to make Kanemaru crotch himself.  Kanemaru hits Ogawa in the balls and tags in Genba.  Genba kicks him in the balls again.  Marufuji tags in trades shots with Genba.  Kanemaru tags in, throws Marufuji outside, and whips him into the barricade.  Marufuji and Genba go at it int he ring again.  Marufuji throws Genba outside where Ogawa throws him into the barricade.  Ogawa and Marufuji take turns working over Genba.  Marufuji and Kanemaru fight on the outside.  Ogawa goes for his backdrop on Genba, but gets kicked in the balls again.  Kanemaru comes in against Ogawa and hits a moonsault press for 2.  Ogawa launches Kanemaru across the ring.  Marufuji and Kanemaru run around and hit each other.  Kanemaru hits a jumping DDT and goes for the Touch Out.  Marufuji counters and lands a superkick.  Kanemaru counters the Shiranui and hits a spinning DDT.  Genba comes and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Genba gets an Oklahoma roll for 2.  Genba hits an STO and goes op top, but Ogawa pulls his leg.  Kanemaru powerbombs Marufuji out of the corner and Genba hits a diving elbow for 2.  Marufuji hits Genba with a series of kicks, the Shiranui, and Kanemaru’s Touch Out for the pin in 12:37.  Marufuji uses Kanemaru’s finisher to pin his partner leading into their upcoming title match.  This was technically fine, but kind of boring.  The crowd seemed dead for Tokyo fans.  I wonder if that’s a Differ thing.

Marufuji’s post-match interview.

Kanemaru’s post-match interview.

Takeshi Morishima & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Yutaka Yoshie & Bison Smith.  Moroshima and Taniguchi go on the attack immediately to start us off with a big brawl.  It settles down into Smith and Taniguchi being in the ring.  Taniguchi hits a dropkick and clamps ion a front face lock.  Smith backs him into the corner and tags in Yoshie.  Yoshie seems to want Morishima, but settles for trading shots with Taniguchi.  The crowd is slightly more lively for this match.  Morishima tags in and we have our FAT GUY FIGHT! between he and Yoshie.  Morishima lands a dropkick and Yoshie bails.  Morishima teases a dive, then just steps out.  Yoshie reverses an Irish whip to send Morishima into the barricade.  Yoshie slams Morishima on the floor.  Yoshie works over Morishima back in the ring.  Smith tags in and tries to knock down Morishima.  He struggles, despite not being small himself.  Morishima knocks Smith down with a shoulder block and tags in Taniguchi.  Taniguchi knocks Smith down again and locks in a camel clutch.  Yoshie tags in and hits Taniguchi with his large ass.  Stink face!  Yoshie hits a rolling senton splash for 2.  Yoshie applies kind of a half crab bow & arrow, then transitions into a regular half crowd.  Smith tags in and takes over the half crab.  Taniguchi gets a rope break.  Taniguchi clubbers Smith, then gets backed into the enemy corner again.  Yoshie tags in and beats up Taniguchi some more.  They trade shots, then Yoshie slaps the piss out of him.  Taniguchi avoids a charge in the corner and hits a backdrops suplex!  Morishima tags in and hits a missile dropkick, causing Yoshie to stumble into a corner.  Morishima hits a running ass to the corner.  Morishima struggles to known down Yoshie, but manages to drop him with a lariat for 2.  Morishima goes for the backdrop suplex, but Yoshie lands on top of him.  Yoshie hits a senton splash for 2.  Yoshie slams Morishima and goes up top.  Morishima cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Yoshie recovers and hits a German suplex.  Morishima hits a lariat.  Smith and Taniguchi tag in and go at it.  Taniguchi hits a spinebuster for like 1.  Smith escapes a German suplex attempt, but Taniguchi hits a belly to belly suplex.  Taniguchi and Morishima double team Smith.  Taniguchi hits a suplex for 2.  Taniguchi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Smith hits a half nelson suplex.  Yoshie and Smith double team Taniguchi.  Smith hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Smith hits an Iron Claw Bomb, but Morishima saves the match.  Smith nails Taniguchi with a lariat and a powerbomb for 2.  Smith hits the Bisontenniel (Styles Clash) for the pin in 14:23.  This was really fun.

Morishima’s post-match interview.

Yoshie’s post-match interview.

Jun Akiyama vs. Keith Walker.  Akiyama immediately bails when Walker tries to use a chain.  Akiyama throws Walker into the barricade.  Back into the ring.  For like a second.  Walker drops Akiyama, then beats him up outside in the crowd.  Finally back inside, Walker continues to abuse Akiyama.  Walker is a beast.  Walker hits a suplex for 2.  Walker drives a knee into Akiyama in the corner.  The referee tries to break and Walker throws him out of the ring.  Walker covers and yells for the ref to come back in.  The ref refuses to count for him.  Walker chokes Akiyama.  Akiyama starts to hulk up and they trade shots.  Walker nails him with an elbow smash for 2.  Akiyama hits a backdrop suplex.  Akiyama hits come knees and goes up top.  Walker cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Walker beats up Akiyama some more.  Walker hits a swank Fisherman buster for 2.  Walker hits a German suplex for 2.  Walker hits some lariats for 2.  Akiyama hits the Exploder and clamps on a guillotine.  Akiyama hits something for 2.  Akiyama tries for the Exploder again, but gets an inside cradle for the pin in 9:01.  This was sort of interesting, but it didn’t do much for me.  Walker throws a fit.  Akiyama pics up the mic and says “1, 2, 3!”  Walker is really pissed off.

Akiyama’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the Junior tag title match.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin (c) vs. NOSAWA Rongai & FUJITA.  FUJITA and NOSAWA jump Ishimori and Marvin before the bell.  They send Marvin outside and try to double team Ishimori, but Ishimori rallies and cleans house.  NOSAWA and Ishimori do the fast paced junior stuff, stalemate, applause.  NOSAWA shakes Ishimori’s hand for some reason.  Marvin and FUJITA tag in.  FUJITA tries to throw Marvin out of the ring, but Marvin skins the cat and hits a headscissors.  Marvin hits a rana and a rope walk arm drag.  FUJITA bails and Marvin fakes a dive to the outside.  Marvin applies a half crab.  FUJITA gets a rope break.  Ishimori tags in and works FUJITA’s leg.  Marvin tags back in and hits the Eddie hilo for 2.  Marvin hits a basement dropkick to the back of the head for 2.  NOSAWA comes in and slaps the back of Marvin’s head.  Ishimori tags in and gets sent into the turnbuckles by FUJITA.  NOSAWA tags in and ties up Ishimori in a wacky lucha submission hold.  NOSAWA and FUJITA take turns working Ishimori over.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a springboard missile dropkick.  NOSAWA tries to cut him off, but Marvin gets the tag and runs wild.  NOSAWA side steps Marvin and sends his shoulder into the post.  FUJITA comes in and hits an Ace Crusher for 2.  FUJITA plants Marvin with a DDT for 2, then locks in a submission hold.  Marvin botches a diving sunset flip, ducks a lariat, then rocks FUJITA with an enzuigiri.  Ishimori tags in and hits a Vader Bomb-style double stomp on FUJITA for 2.  Ishimori hits the diving double knees for 2.  FUJITA fights off a crucifix attempt, nails a lariat, and tags in NOSAWA.  They double team Ishimori with kicks for 2.  Marvin comes in and cleans house.  Ishimori and Marvin double team NOSAWA.  Marvin tries a dive on FUJITA, but FUJITA avoids it and Marvin eats the floor.  Ishimori goes up top to finish NOSAWA, but FUJITA cuts him off.  Marvin pulls FUJITA to the floor.  NOSAWA crotches Ishimori on the top rope and hits a superplex.  NOSAWA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  FUJITA hits a Tombstone Piledriver on Ishimori.  NOSAWA gets an Oklahoma roll, but Marvin saves.  Marvin drops NOSAWA with a kick and takes out FUJITA with a tope suicida.  Marvin goes up top, but FUJITA knocks him down.  NOSAWA low blows Ishimori and gets a cradle for 2.  Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a Pele kick.  Ishimori lands a superkick, but FUJITA saves.  Marvin holds FUJITA while Ishimori hits NOSAWA with a 450 splash for the pin in 16:34.  Okay match, but it didn’t really light my world on fire.  The STILL champions are presented with trophies.  NOSAWA and FUJITA show respect to Ishimori, but NOSAWA flips off Marvin instead of shaking his hand.

NOSAWA & FUJITA’s post-match interview.

Ishimori & Marvin’s post-match interview.

Hype video for NOAH vs. New Japan!

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Go Shiozaki & Atsushi Aoki.  Despite this being a NOAH show, the crowd chants for the outsider Tanahashi.  Go wants to start with Tanahashi, but Tana decides to make him wait.  Aoki and Taguchi start.  Now the crowd is chanting for Aoki.  They lock up and do the usual great wrestling.  They trade submission holds.  Stalemate, applause.  Go tags in.  Tanahashi finally obliges and tags in.  They get the crowd going, which this show desperately needed.  They lock up.  Tanahashi backs Go into the ropes and teases a clean break, but instead punches him in the stomach.  Tanahashi clamps on a side headlock.  Go breaks free and scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  They lock up again and Tanahashi pulls Go’s hair.  They trade forearms in the corner.  Tanahashi slams Go.  Go fires some vicious chops and sends Tanahashi outside.  Back inside, they go to a test of strength and Tanahashi hits a double arm suplex.  Go drops Tana with a chop and tags in Aoki.  Aoki knocks Taguchi off the apron and shines against Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Taguchi double team Aoki.  Go throws Tanahashi to the outside and they brawl on the floor.  Tanahashi whips Go into the barricade.  Taguchi rams Aoki’s knee into the ring post.  Tanahashi and Taguchi apply a double leg lock on Aoki, then proceed to take turns torturing Aoki’s leg.  Aoki manages to land a missile dropkick on Tanahashi and make the hot tag to Go.  Go runs wild on Tanahashi until Taguchi knees him from the apron.  The New Japan team try to double team, but Go rallies and runs wild on both of them.  Go hits a Fisherman buster on Tanahashi for 2.  Go and Tanahashi trade strikes.  Go hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Aoki and Taguchi brawl on the floor.  Go hits Tanahashi with a discus lariat for 2.  Go slams Tanahashi and goes for a moonsault, but Tanahashi avoids it.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Go, then dropkicks Aoki off of the apron.  Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Go moves out of the way.  Tanahashi and go have an awesome countering exchange.  Taguchi tags in and hits a springboard dropkick on Go’s knee, which was injured in the last exchange.  Go flapjacks Taguchi into the top turnbuckle.  Taguchi tries to take out the knee.  Go hits a spinny slam and tags in Aoki.  Aoki runs wild on Taguchi and hits a spin kick for 2.  Taguchi hits a dropkick and a Fisherman buster, then knocks Go off of the apron.  Aoki fights off a double team attempt and sends Tanahashi outside.  Aoki hits Taguchi with a backdrop suplex.  Go hobbles back in and Team NOAH double team Taguchi.  Go powerbombs Taguchi and Aoki hits a frog splash, but Tanahashi saves.  Go throws Tanahashi out of the ring and they brawl on the floor.  Go puns Tanahashi down with a sleeper.  Taguchi hits Aoki with a 2 German suplexes.  Aoki drops him with a kick.  Tanahashi gets in and cuts off Aoki from making the tag.  Tanahashi hits Aoki with a flying forearm and the Sling Blade.  He goes for a Dragon suplex, but Aoki counters into an arm lock.  Taguchi saves.  Go takes Taguchi out to the floor and they brawl.  Aoki and Tanahashi trade forearms.  Tanahashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Tanahashi hits a Fisherman Michinoku Driver and goes up top.  Go cuts him off.  Aoki goes for something off the top.  Taguchi cuts him off and hits the Dodon.  Tanahashi hits the High Fly Flow on Aoki for the pin in 22:45.  Really fucking good match.  This match was the only reason I wanted to watch this show and it definitely delivered.  Tanahashi cuts a promo.  No clue what he’s saying, but it seems to irk Go.  He puts over New Japan.

Tanahashi & Taguchi’s post-match interview.

Go’s post-match interview.

Hype video for the main event.

Yoshihiro Takayama, Kensuke Sasaki, & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura, Mohammed Yone, & KENTA.  Takayama and Sugiura start immediately beating the hell out of each other.  Sugiura manages a belly to belly suplex on the much larger Takayama.  Takayama responds in kind.  They clobber each other some more.  Sasaki and Yone tag in and lock up.  Sasaki gives a mostly clean break.  Repeat in reverse, but Yone declines the clean break.  They then tire of that wrestling BS and start clobbering each other.  Yone lands some boots.  Sasaki blasts him with a lariat.  Yone bails.  I’d be done after eating a lariat from Kensuke too.  He comes back in and they tease a test of strength, then Yone cheap shots him and tags in KENTA.  KENTA kicks the shout of Sasaki’s knee.  They wail on each other and it’s awesome.  Nakajima tags in and trade kicks with KENTA.  That’s a game you’re just not going to win, buddy.  Nakajima is finally forced to take a breather.  Sugiura tags in and beats up Nakajima.  Yone tags in and beats up Nakajima.  It’s a good old fashioned Nakajima beat off!  KENTA takes another turn.  A big brawl breaks out at ringside.  Back inside, Nakajima lands a dropkick on KENTA for 2.  Kensuke tags in and hits a lariat on KENTA for 2.  Takayama tags in and trades shots with KENTA, which is great shit.  KENTA is sent outside and all 3 opponents take turns wailing on him.  Back inside, KENTA gets the shit beaten out of him some more.  Sasaki hits a long stalling suplex for 2.  Sasaki applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Everybody else brawls.  Yone manages to make the save for KENTA.  KENTA and Nakajima trade shots.  Nakajima hits KENTA with the Go 2 Sleep!  Cover, but Yone saves.  I love KENTA’s subtle putting over of his move by needing to be saved instead of kicking out of it.  KENTA comes to and they wail on each other some more.  KENTA hits a Falcon Arrow.  Takayama and Sugiura tag in and go at each other again.  Takayama wails on Sugiura so hard you can see sweat fly off of him.  Sugiura hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Takayama does a headlock takeover into a cradle for 2.  Takayama lands a knee lift and tags in Sasaki.  Sasaki and Sugiura wail on each other.  Sasaki does a shoulder takeover for 2.  Sasaki hits a chokeslam like move and applies the Strangle Hold Gamma.  Yone saves again.  Sugiura ducks a lariat and hits a spear, then tags in Yone.  Sasaki lands some chops.  Yone lands a lariat in the corner, then in the opposite corner.  Yone slams Sasaki and hits a diving leg drop for 2.  They trade shots.  Sasaki nails a lariat.  Takayama tags in and hits a double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  KENTA and Sugiura saves, then send Sasaki and Nakajima to the floor.  The enemy team triple teams Takayama until his partners save.  Sugiura and KENTA take them out again and the 4 brawl at ringside.  Takayama hits Yone with a knee lift.  The Takayama/Kensuke Office team triple team Yone.  Takayama hits a backdrop suplex, but Sugiura and KENTA save.  Takayama and Sugiura trade forearms.  Kensuke blasts Sugiura with a lariat.  Takayama knees him in the face.  Nakajima whips KENTA into the barricade.  Yone drops Takayama with a kick.  Takayama and Yone trade boots.  Takayama hits a half nelson suplex for 2.  Takayama hits the German suplex hold for the pin in 23:31.  Really good match.  I love technical wrestling, but I’m not above enjoying a big slugfest like this.

Takayama, Sasaki, and Nakajima’s post-match interview.

Video clips of the late Rusher Kimura, who this show is in honor of.

Now I guess they’re going to go back and show the prelim matches that they didn’t show earlier…

Kento Miyahara vs. Eddie Edwards.  JIP.  Edwards reverses Miyahara into the turnbuckles, then locks in a rolling half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  They trade shots.  Edwards gets the better of it and covers for 2.  Edwards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Edwards applies a Muta Lock.  Edwards hits an elbow smash for 2.  Edwards applies a body scissors and a sleeper, then covers for 2.  They trade forearms.  Edwards lands a dropkick for 2.  Edwards applies a modified camel clutch and pulls on Miyahara’s mouth.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Edwards gets the better of a chop exchange.  Edwards telegraphs a backdrop and gets kicked in the face.  Edwards goes for a suplex, but Miyahara blocks it and hits his own suplex.  Miyahara hits a dropkick to the head for 2.  Miyahara lands some knees in the corner, including one the face for 2.  Edwards hits a belly to belly overhead suplex and a snap suplex, then a missile dropkick.  Miyahara bails to the floor.  Edwards hits a tope sucida that sends them both crashing over the barricade.  Edwards hits a Shining Wizard for 2.  Edwards hits a Backpack Stunner for 2, then locks in the half crab.  Miyahara gets a rope break.  Miyahara hits a Frankensteiner for 2.  Miyahara gets a reverse cradle just as the 15 minute time limit expires (9:20 shown).  What they showed of it was pretty good.

Akira Taue & Akitoshi Saito vs. Takuma Sano & Masao Inoue.  JIP.  Inoue and Taue rake each other’s face.  Saito beats up Inoue on the outside.  Taue plants a boot on Inoue’s neck in the corner and tweaks his nipple.  Taue with a titty twister takedown.  Seriously.  Saito tags in and lands an elbow smash, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Cover gets 2.  Saito hits a LONG stalling vertical suplex for 2.  Taue tags in and yells in Inoue’s ear.  And Inoue sells it.  Inoue hits a diving shoulder block and makes the tag to Sano.  Sano hits a diving double stomp on Taue for 2.  Taue hits a DDT and scampers over to make the tag to Saito.  Saito hits a Rock Bottom  and goes for a German.  Sano escapes.  They lariat each other.  Sano lands some kicks and scampers over to make the tag to Inoue.  Inoue hits a side Russian leg sweep for 2.  Inoue and Sano touble team Saito.  Inoue covers, but Taue saves.  Sano takes Taue outside and hugs him.  Inoue goes for a move, but Saito counters and hits a Rock Bottom.  Inoue blocks a lariat and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Inoue gets a schoolboy for 2.  Saito hits a knee lift and goes for a German, but Inoue turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Taue comes in and chokeslams Inoue.  Saito covers, but Sano saves.  Taue takes Sano outside.  Inoue rakes Saito’s eyes and goes for a suplex, but Saito turns it into a modified suplex, then hits 3 more Rock Bottoms for 2.  Saito lands an enzuigiri for the pin (9:02 shown).  Typical early card comedy match.  Taue cuts a promo that is apparently funny.

Man, it took me a long time to get through this show.  The undercard was really boring.  The only 2 matches worth watching were the top 2, which were really good.  Also, I don’t understand why they aired the first 2 matches last.

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 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 4/12/10

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 3/15/10

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Grappleholic

The following is an exclusive presentation of Ring of Honor on HDNET!

“Last week…”

ROH open.  Tonight, Davey Richards vs. Delirious and Colt Cabana vs. Eddie Edwards in the TV Title tournament!

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

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Round 1: Eddie Edwards (w/ Shane Hagadorn) vs. Colt Cabana.  They observe the Code of Honor.  Is that still a thing?  Back and forth action early on.  Cabana gets a neat Kobashi roll/Gedo clutch type move for 2.  Steve Corino comes out to watch, presumably to fuck with Caban’s head.  Cabana takes Edwards down with a head scissors, then goes outside to argue with Corino.  Edwards takes him back to the ring and gets the advantage.  Edwards works Cabana’s leg.  Cabana hits a side Russian leg sweep, then locks in an Anaconda Vice-type move.  Edwards counters a Colt 45 attempt and hits a double stomp to Cabana’s back for 2.  Edwards works Cabana’s back.  Backbreaker gets 2.  Cabana tries to get going, but gets nailed with a lariat.  Edwards works a waist lock for a bit.  Cabana makes his comeback with some Bionic elbows.  Cabana hits a butt butt (Prazak calls it a “reverse flying ass”) for 2.  Another butt butt in the corner.  Corino comes back out and suckers Cabana into getting locked in Edwards’ half crab for the submission in 9:59.  Good little match, and a lot of fun.

The show the King of Wrestling attacking the Briscoe Brothers at Final Battle.  They’ll meet for the tag titles at The Big Bang!

Kyle Durden interviews the ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoe Brothers.  Typical funny rambling Briscoes promo.

Announcers hype the Big Bang.

Roderick Strong talks about wanting the ROH World Title and being screwed by Austin Aries and Tyler Black.  He says he’ll win the title at the Big Bang.

Jim Cornette introduces ROH’s newest talent, Shawn Daivari!  Daivari comes out with the turban and crap on, then throws it off when he gets to the ring.  Daivari says he’s not a sheik or a terrorist, he’s a professional wrestler.  He cuts a spirited promo about being a wrestler.

The main event is still to come!

Austin Aries talks about the three-way at the Big Bang.

Big Bang hype video.

Kyle O’Reilly vs. Tony Kozina.  Neither guy gets an entrance.  Back and forth action with no heat.  Actually, none of this stuff has had any heat.  O’Reilly does rolling butterfly suplexes.  Sweet.  Cover gets 2.  Kozina avoids him in the corner, then spears him in the corner, then lays him across the top rope and dropkicks him.  Cover gets 2.  Kozina comes off the top and hits an hurricanrana off of the apron to the floor.  Nice.  Back inside, Kozina hits a diving cross body.  O’Reilly rolls through the cover and gets 2.  O’Reilly hits some kicks.  Kozina does some flips.  O’Reilly whiffs a dropkick and gets 2.  They trade forearms.  O’Reilly boots Kozina in the face, then falls a minute later.  O’Reilly covers for 2.  Kozina hits a springboard bulldog and a throwback for 2.  O’Reilly connects with some blows and hits a tornado DDT, holds on, goes for a suplex, but Kozina cradles him.  O’Reilly reverses the cradle for the pin in 6:09.  This kinda sucked.  No flow at all, and ZERO heat.

Tyler Black has his turn to talk about the match at the Big Bang.

Main event time!

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Round 1: Davey Richards (w/ Shane Hagadorn) vs. Delirious (w/ Daizee Haze).  Delirious goes into crazy mode at the bell, which I think is his thing.  They do stuff.  I don’t care at this point.  My 360 is being stupid and the audio has fallen out of sync too, which is extremely annoying.  They keep doing stuff.  Richards hits a snap suplex and a missile dropkcik that went clear across the ring for 2.  The damn audio syncing has completely taken me out of the match.  Delirious hits a big dive from the top rope to the outside.  Delirious hits a big diving lariat for 2.  Richards goes for a handspring elbow, but Derlious headbutts him and hits a neckbreaker drop for 2.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Stretch, but Richards gets him into the ropes.  Richards lands a kick to the mid section.  Richards hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2, then locks in the Kimura.  Delirious gets a rope break.  Delirious hits a clothesline and hits the Chemical Imbalance II for 2.  Delirious takes too long to go up top and Richards chops him, then goes for a superplex.  Delirious fights him off and goes for the Shadows Over Hell, but Richards catdhes him with a kick to the middle.  Richards hits a backdrop driver for 2.  Richards with a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  Richards locks in a cross armbreaker.  Delirious turns it into a cover for 2, then locks in the Cobra Stretch.  Delirious turns it into a Cobra Clutch suplex for 2.  Delirious locks int he Cobra Stretch again.  Richards turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards moves and causes Delirious to spear the post.  Richards dropkicks Delirious’ arm, hits a Tombstone for 2, then locks in the Kimura.  Delirious turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards rolls back into the Kimura for the win in 13:23.  Okay, this was really good.  They actually brought me back into the match when I was completely out of it.

Black/Aries/Strong hype video.

The main event made this show worth watching.  Otherwise, this AND last week’s show were kind of a chore.  I remember the days when ROH was awesome.  What happened to that?