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ROH 3/21/09 (Repost)

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

Nice opening video.  Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are our hosts.  They explain the Code of Honor (that’s still around) and hype the main event.  Then. it’s on to the first match!

Delirious vs. Jerry Lynn.  They show a brief “smack talk” segment before each wrestler’s entrance where they have a moment to speak, then, during the entrances they show a little information on the wrestlers.  Delirious goes crazy at the bell, then they lock up and go at it.  Delirious gets a knock down, then Lynn takes him down and locks in a surfboard.  Delirious counters.  Fast paced match.  Lynn hits a head scissors and a backbreaker and gets a two count.  Delirious drops Lynn and hits a senton for a near fall.  Delirious works a hold, but Lynn fights out.  Delirious hits a couple of lariats, then Lynn ducks one and gets a near fall with a backslide.  Lynn hits a Gory Bomb for a near fall.  Back and forth stuff.  I haven’t done a review in a while so I’m off my mark.  Lynn hits the Cradle Piledriver for the win at 5:41.

Kyle Durden (who?) interviews Tyler Black, who apparently grew up watching Jimmy Jacobs, so he must be about 10 years old.

Sami Callihan vs. Kenny King.  King leapfrogs Callihan to start, then they lock up.  Callihan grabs a hammerlock, but King swankly counters it.  They have a nice little exchange, then King drapes Callihan across the ropes as he jumps out of the ring.  King goes to work on him.  King hits an enzuigiri and a huge spinebuster for a near fall.  Callihan makes a comeback and hits a sweet Exploder, then works him over a bit and locks in the Koji Clutch.  King manages to get a foot on the ropes.  King hits a running double knee in the corner and follows with the Coronation for the win at 5:43.  Fun little match.

Kyle Durden interviews Jimmy Jacobs.

Sweet ROH History highlight video, showing lots of WWE and TNA guys and legends who have appeared in ROH over the years.

Rhett Titus vs. Brent Albright.  Albright fires away with vicious chops.  Titus fights back and tries to suplex Albright, but can’t get the bigger man up.  Albright does the suplexing, complete with stall.  Titus stands on the ropes and Albright pulls him down straight into a backbreaker.  Neat.  Albright hits a Crucifix Bomb and covers, but Titus gets a foot on the ropes.  Albright clotheslines Titus out of the ring and dives onto him.  Albright throws Titus back in, but gets his eyes scraped and is knocked off the apron.  Titus gets the offensive and goes to work on Albright.  Albright battles back with chops, but Titus scrapes his eyes again and hits a move for a near fall.  Titus keeps up the beating, complete with his homo taunts.  Albright makes a comeback, but Titus hits a dropkick for a near fall.  Albright hits the half-nelson suplex and locks in the Crowbar for the victory at 6:33.

They show footage of Austin Aries murdering Jacobs at Rising Above, leading to the break up of Jacobs and Black at Final Battle.  The main event is next!

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Tyler Black.  They lock up, then shove each other.  Black gives the stronger shove.  They lock up again and tear into each other.  Jacobs throws some chairs into the ring, then jumps Black from behind as Black removes the chairs.  Jacobs beats on Black for a bit, then Black makes a comeback and beats on Jacobs until Jacobs counters with a neat headscissors that sends Black face first into the turnbuckle.  Jacobs beats on Black for a bit.  Black gets some shots in and goes up top, but Jacobs pushes him off the top rope into the guardrail.  Jacobs continues his beatdown.  Black finally makes a comeback and hits a huge springboard lariat for a near fall.  Black misses a moonsault but hits a standing Shooting Star press for a near fall.  Black goes up top and goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Jacobs avoids it and spears Black for a near fall.  Jacobs works over Black again, and starts to get frustrated when he can’t put him away.  Black gets his knees up to counter Jacob’s diving senton.  Black goes for the God’s Last Gift, but Jacobs locks in the End Time.  Black finally manages to escape it.  Jacobs avoids a kick and gets a schoolboy for a near fall.  Jacobs locks in the End Time again.  Black manages to turn into into a bridge to pin Jacobs at 13:51.  Good little match.

Next week: Nigel McGuinness takes on Jay Briscoe!

ROH 4/26/10

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

…on HDNET!

Kyle Durden interviews ROH World Champion Tyler Black.

ROH open.

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

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

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

Hogewood and Prazak talk.

Roderick Strong/Tyler Black video package.

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

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

American Wolves video package.

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

The main event is NEXT!

Live event plugs.

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

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

Alright show.  The main event was good.

ROH 4/19/10

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

…on HDNET!

“Last week…” video.

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

ROH open.

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

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

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

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

Kyle Durden interviews the aforementioned Tyler Black.

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

Austin Aries will speak, NEXT!

TV Title Tournament recap.

Kyle Durden interviews Kenny King.  Davey Richards interrupts.

Hogewood and Prazak talk some more.

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

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

Hogewood and Prazak talk some more.

Pre-taped Austin Aries promo.

The chick brings out the TV belt.

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

Good show this week!

ROH 4/12/10

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

Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet!

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

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

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

Same Jerry Lynn video package from last week.

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

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

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

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

Kyle Durden interviews Steve Corino.

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

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

Hype for live events.

Christopher Daniels is back in ROH!

Earlier tonight, the beginning of the show happened.

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

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

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

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

Richards vs. King next week!

Another disappointing ROH TV show.

ROH 4/5/10

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

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

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

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

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

Tyler Black/Austin Aries/Roderick Strong video package.

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

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

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

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

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

Ugh.  Another mediocre ROH TV show.

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?

ROH 3/8/10

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by Grappleholic

About time I gave this show a look, I guess.

The following is an exclusive presentation of Ring of Honor Wrestling!

They show clips of Tyler Black beating Austin Aries for the ROH World Championship, then the backstage celebration.  Jim Cornette yells at Tyler Black for superkicking him.  Black said he didn’t know why Cornette was there, he was just doing what he had to do.  Aries in his locker room bitches and demands a rematch.  Roderick Strong yells at Cary Silken about wanting his title shot.  Cornette announces that at the Big Bang, Tyler Black will defend the title.  He’ll announce his decision about the challenger tonight.

ROH open.

Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood are the announcers.

A chick brings out the new ROH World Television Championship belt.  They show the brackets for the tournament.

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Round 1: Kevin Steen (w/ Steve Corino) vs. Rhett Titus.  Steen holds up a sign that says “Kiss me, Rhett,” then tears up the sign.  They lock up.  Steen backs Titus into the corner.  Titus ducks a cheap shot, struts, and swivels his hips.  Steen kicks his ass.  Titus hits a monkey flip.  Steen hits an arm breaker on Titus and goes to work on his arm.  Steen hits a side Russian leg sweep onto the bad arm for 2.  Ouch.  Steen talks smack to Titus, who pokes him in the eye.  Titus tries to make a comeback, but Steen hits another armbreaker for 2.  Titus makes his comeback.  He hits a fucked up move that turned out like a half assed Fameasser.  Titus hits a one legged Codebreaker and a swank neckbreaker for 2.  Titus goes for the Muff Driver, whatever that is, but Steen counters it and hits a powerbomb for 2.  Steen goes up top.  Titus catches him with a shot and tries a move, fails, goes for a Frankensteiner, but Steen avoids it and crotches him.  Steen cannonballs into Titus, tied to the tree of woe.  Steen locks in the crossface for the win in 7:16.  It was okay.

The announcers talk.

Jim Cornette sits down with Black, Strong, and Aries.  He tells them they’ll be in a Three-Way Match at the Big Bang.  Strong bitches him out and leaves.  Aries tells Black they should take Strong out first.  Black tells him to fuck off.  Strong comes back, argues with Cornette some more, and slaps Black.

The Kings of Wrestling (w/ Shane Hagadorn & Sara Del Rey) vs. The Bravado Brothers.  Kings beat up the jobbers.  Hero kills one of them with an elbow.  Claudio tags in, hits a European uppercut, and tags back out.  Kings make quick tags and punish the Bravado.  Del Rey gets her shot in behind the referee’s back.  The Bravado makes a small comeback.  Harlem Bravado, according to Prazak.  I can’t tell them apart.  Hero throws Harlem into a backbreaker from Claudio.  Lance Bravado comes in and gets his ass kicked too.  Awesome double teaming by the KOW.  KOW hits the KRS ONE on (I think) Harlem and Hero gets the pin in 3:58.  Good squash match.  Hero and Claudio cut a promo on the Briscoes after the match.

Announcers talk again.  They show a recent brawl between Necro Butcher and Erick Stevens.  Necro has been suspended from TV.

Kyle Durden interviews Prince Nana.

“Skullkrusher” Rasche Brown vs. Caleb Connelly.  Brown destroys the jobber and finishes him off with a Burning Hammer in 1:19.

Durden interviews Colt Cabana about the TV Title tournament and El Generico.  Steve Corino interrupts.

The main event is NEXT!

The Big Bang hype.

They show the recent dissension between the American Wolves.

Ring announcer Bobby Cruise announces the main event.

ROH World Television Championship Tournament – Round 1: Kenny King vs. El Generico.  They lock up and do some nice back and forth wrestling.  When that’s done, Generico throws some chops and hits some nice arm drags.  King bails for a minute.  Generico works the arm some more.  King hits a nice hip toss and nips up.  Generico drops him with a kick for 2.  King gets on the offensive and works on Generico’s arm.  Generico fights back with chops.  King dropkicks his bad arm.  King whips Generico into the corner, dances, and gets clotheslined.  Generico hits a big back body drop.  Generico clotheslines King out of the ring.  Generico hits an Arabian press to the outside.  Back inside, Generico gets a 2 count.  Generico tries to get some feeling back in his arm.  King elbows him in the back of the head.  Generico catches King with a Michinoku Driver II for 2.  Generico signals for the Yakuza kick, but King NAILS him with a big double knee kick.  King clotheslines Generico, avoids the Yakuza kick, and connects with some kicks and a clothesline for 2.  King fights off a half nelson suplex attempt, but Generico plants him with it a moment later.  Generico hits the Yakuza kick in the corner for 2.  Generico goes up top.  King rocks him with an enzuigiri and goes for a superplex.  Generico counters, ties King to the tree of woe, and hits a flip kick from the next corner.  Cover, but King gets a rope break.  Generico goes up top.  King uses the referee to crotch him.  King hits the Royal Flush off the top for the pin in 14:40.  Fine match.

ROH tour dates.

Fine show, but nothing great.