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Manhattan Center – New York City, New York – December 19, 2009

PRELIMINARY MATCH: Alex Payne vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge

This is Ridge’s highest profile match to date. Payne tries to control the action with a headlock, but Ridges escapes. Undaunted, Payne continues to hold the advantage, staying one step ahead of Ridge. They somehow manage to blow a back body drop spot, and Payne tries to cover it up with a dropkick. Payne gets a La Magistral rollup for two. Ridge fights back with a couple of nasty kicks for a two-count. A big boot to the face and a running kick to the face gets another near-fall. Payne comes back and tries a German Suplex but Ridge reverses it to an O’Connor roll and grabs a handful of tights to get the pin at 2:49. I don’t know what they expect the students to learn if this is all they get. It’s the preshow, let them go nuts and get all their stuff in.
Rating: ½*

The show opens with a really good highlight package starting with Final Battle 2008, when Tyler Black and Austin Aries battled in a Number One Contender’s match. They show quite a few highlights from the three-way match at Manhattan Mayhem III where Aries won the title, as well as clips of the show on HDNet. Whoever put that together deserves a raise; that was a great setup for the main event tonight.

Dave Prazak and Eric Santamaria are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Pick 6 Series Four Corner Survival – (6) Kenny Omega vs. Rhett Titus vs. (1) Claudio Castagnoli vs. Colt Cabana

Castagnoli is accompanied by Prince Nana and Mr. Ernesto Osiris. Omega defeated Castagnoli in a singles match at least year’s Final Battle. Cabana and Titus opened the last New York show, Glory By Honor VIII with a singles match, so there’s plenty of history here. Omega and Cabana reprise their tag team by going after Castagnoli, and merely threatening Titus. Their lack of a killer instinct gives Castagnoli and Titus to take control. Cabana and Omega are too smart for them though, and they come back with dueling atomic drops to send their opponents to the floor. We wind up with Omega and Castagnoli wind up in the ring, and when Castagnoli tries to backdrop Omega to the floor, Omega lands on the second turnbuckle and hits a moonsault to the floor on Titus! Cabana is in the ring now and he hits a headscissors on Castagnoli and then dumps him to the floor. Omega gets back in with a rolling prawn hold on Cabana for two. Cabana throws Titus back in the ring, while Castagnoli throws Omega into the barricade. Back in the ring Titus hits Cabana with a dropkick. Castagnoli goes back to the floor to ram Omega into the barricade again. He gets back in the ring and hits a double suplex with Titus. Omega gets back in the ring with a cross body block on both men. Cabana tries to give Omega the Stop Sign, but Omega hits him with an enziguiri and then a uranage for two. Titus throws Omega to the floor, but then Castagnoli executes the UFO on him. Omega gets back in the ring with a missile dropkick on Titus and then a dragon suplex on Castagnoli for two. Omega and Cabana battle on the rope and when Omega knocks Cabana down, Titus takes the opportunity to hit the Super Sex Factor. Cabana then locks Titus in the Billy Goat’s Curse, which Castagnoli breaks up with a bicycle kick. Castagnoli then hits Titus with a German Suplex with a bridge to get the pin at 6:17. That was brief but certainly energetic and was a good choice to open.
Rating: **½

Before the next match we cut back to Chicago on December 5, when challenger Tyler Black talked about his path towards his ROH World Title match tonight. He takes unnecessary shots at WWE as he promises to win the ROH World Title. The promo ends with “we’re taking over the world,” but it’s unclear who he means by “we.” Does he mean him and his fans maybe?

MATCH #2: Delirious & Bobby Dempsey vs. Bison Smith & Erick Stevens w/ Prince Nana & Ernesto Osiris

Necro Butcher was originally scheduled for this match, but I believe couldn’t make it due to travel difficulties caused by the Asshole Snow Storm, so Delirious starts the match by himself! He gets double-teamed and beaten down pretty quickly by his larger opponents. The battle spills to the floor, where Delirious gets dumped into the crowd. Smith charges and dives over the guardrail to wipe Delirious out. Then some music hits and Pelle Primeau comes from out of nowhere to make his ROH return. Primeau unleashes a flurry of offense on Stevens, but Smith comes in and clobbers him with a clothesline. Smith military presses Primeau to the floor. Bobby Dempsey’s music hits and now he’s here to be Delirious’ partner. He hits a powerslam on Stevens for two. He makes the tag to Delirious and apparently we’ve got a real match here. So why was Primeau involved – just to build to Dempsey coming out? Smith breaks up a pin attempt and pitches Delirious to the floor, where Nana and Osiris take free shots while Dempsey stupidly distracts the referee. Now the Embassy takes control of the masked man. Santamaria points out that both men who came to Delirious’ aid are ROH students, and Delirious is the current head trainer. After a few minutes Delirious makes the hot tag to Dempsey. The fat man is a house afire, bringing Stevens down in the corner. Delirious charges in with a Panic Attack and Dempsey follows with a Cannonball. Both Stevens and Smith are on the floor now, and Dempsey and Delirious follow them out with simultaneous somersaults, although Delirious’ came from a much higher altitude. Back in the ring Delirious goes for Shadows over Hell on Smith but Stevens pushes him to the floor. With Dempsey on his own, the Embassy hits a Claw Slam / Backbreaker combination. Stevens appears to have injured his knee. Smith goes for a powerbomb but Dempsey backdrops his way out of it. He comes back with a lariat for two. Smith then connects on a powerbomb to get the win at 9:41. I like Smith and Stevens as a tag team, but the match was nothing special. I don’t get the Pelle Primeau thing.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Fight without Honor – Chris Hero vs. Eddie Kingston

Hero is accompanied by Sara Del Rey and Shane Hagadorn. Does Del Rey really have a purpose in ROH at this point? I know she’s a good wrestler, but when was the last women’s match? Kingston meets Hero in the aisle and the fight is on. I think this is going to be a lot of kicks, punches, and forearms. Hero gets the first advantage and finds a chain. He whips Kingston with it, and then wraps it around his throat and mouth. He throws Kingston into the guardrail, taking out a camera man in the process. Back in the ring Hero continues using the chain to abuse Kingston. Hero hits an elbow and Kingston kicks out at one. Back up Hero hits headbutts and a boot to the face. Kingston is bleeding from the forehead. Hero tries a Liger Bomb but Kingston counters with a headscissors and a uranage. Kingston hits an enziguiri and a Northern Lights Bomb for two. Hero comes back with a series of elbows for two. They rip each other’s shirts off and trade chops. Hero hits another elbow for two. He goes outside and brings one of the barricades in the ring. Back in the ring Hero hits a Saito Suplex. Hero and Hagadorn set the barricade up horizontally in the turnbuckles. He sets Kingston up on the top and then climbs on the barricade, and ends up hitting a powerbomb off the top rope and onto the barricade. Kingston kicks out at two. I call bullshit. Hero goes back to the chain and wraps it around Kingston and tries the Death Blow, but Kingston reverses to a straight jacket suplex. Kingston wraps the chain around his arm and hits a lariat for two. Hagadorn and Del Rey interfere, and Del Rey takes a leg capture suplex for her troubles. Hero puts on the golden elbow pad but Kingston ducks a shot and hits the Back Drop Driver. Kingston tries the spinning back fist but Hero ducks and hits a low blow. Hero then kisses Kingston on the head and then hits a rolling elbow for two. Kingston gets up and hits two spinning back fists but Hero kicks out at two. He takes Hero’s golden elbow pad and hits a rolling elbow to get the pin at 15:09. If you’re into this feud and this style of match you’ll probably love this, but it went astray for me when Kingston kicked out of that ridiculously sick powerbomb. Some moves should just finish a match.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. The Young Bucks

These two teams met at both Contention and Aries vs. Richards, with Steen & Generico getting the win both times. The video packages tonight have been pretty great across the board. Steen is noticeably hobbling on his way to the ring, and he looks despondent. Generico and Nick start the match. They wrestle on the mat briefly before taking it to the air for some of the high flying both men are known for. Steen asks to be tagged in and gets his wish, so Nick tags in Matt as well. Matt takes the advantage and it’s obvious that Steen is not 100%. Things get personal when Matt offers to help Steen up and gets spat at. Matt counters by spitting his gum at Steen, who picks it up off the mat and puts it in his own mouth just to spit it at Nick on the apron. Both men knock each others’ partners off the apron, but Generico sneaks in the ring and helps Steen gain an advantage, and he hits the front flip legdrop. Steen then knocks Nick off the apron and blasts him with a snot rocket. The former ROH World Tag Team Champions isolate Matt in their half of the ring and work him over. Matt comes back with a standing Sliced Bread and makes the tag. Nick comes in a house afire, knocking Steen off the apron and hitting Generico with a springboard swinging DDT for two. Now the Bucks isolate Generico. After a few minutes of abuse, Generico makes the hot tag. Steen is all over both Bucks, taking them both down with a simultaneous clothesline. He hits a cannonball on Matt and then an Orton DDT on Nick for two. The match breaks down a bit, with people coming in and out of the ring. Steen hits Nick with the pumphandle neckbreaker for two. He goes for a powerbomb but Nick flips out and hits a kick to the head. Matt gets tagged in and Generico gets knocked to the floor. The Bucks double-team Steen and get a near-fall. Steen comes back with a Codebreaker and he tags Generico, who hits a high cross body off the top rope on Matt for two. Generico gets trapped in the corner and Nick hits him with a running knee and the springboard X-Factor. When Nick tries that flip to the floor thing he does in every match, Steen catches him and powerbombs him on the ring apron. Back in the ring Matt hits Steen with a superkick and then Generico catches Matt and suplexes him into the turnbuckle. Nick comes back in and pitches Steen to the floor. He then wipes Steen out with a dive over the top rope to the floor. Meanwhile Matt hits Generico with the Diamond Dust, and then the Bucks hit a moonsault/splash combo for a close two-count. The match breaks down and Steen dumps Matt to the floor. Generico hits Nick with a running Yakuza kick and a half-nelson suplex. Steen follows with a frog splash, but it only gets two! He sets up for the Package Piledriver but Nick escapes it. After a couple reversals, Steen powerbombs Nick and traps him in the Sharpshooter. Matt tries to break it but Generico cross bodies him to the floor. Steen’s knee gives way and he has to release the hold. Matt rams Generico into the guardrail. Steen once again tries the Package Piledriver but Matt breaks it up and hits a superkick. The Bucks hit More Bang for Your Buck but Steen kicks out at two! Why are we killing finishers on an already injured wrestler? The Bucks each hit two superkicks and then a double superkick to finally get the pin at 17:10. That was the usual pretty good tag team match between the two teams, but the Bucks pretty much do the same stuff in every match, and really don’t understand why Steen had to kick out of their finisher only to get beat by superkicks just seconds later.
Rating: ***¼

Steen gets on the microphone as the crowd chants his name. The sound on this DVD is horrible; I can barely understand what he’s saying. It sounds like he’s cutting a goodbye promo from what I can hear. Steen hugs Generico. You know how I know those guys are gay – because they’re holding each other ever so gently. Steen then swerves us all by telling Generico he “hates his fucking guts,” and then pulls a Chris Jericho and kicks Generico in the balls. He grabs a steel chair and cracks it over Generico’s head. Colt Cabana comes running out to question Steen’s actions, so Steen kisses him on the lips and bails. It sounded like a great promo; I wish I could have heard it better. After three years teaming together in ROH and one World Tag Team Title reign, I’d say Kevin Steen & El Generico are over.

MATCH #5: Pick 6 Series – (4) Roderick Strong vs. Kenny King

They lock up and Strong grabs a wristlock. King comes back with a takedown and then locks on a side headlock. He knocks Strong down with a shoulderblock, but when he gloats Strong makes him pay with a spinning heel kick for two. Strong hits a chop and puts the boots to King. He maneuvers King to the floor, and then takes him down with a clothesline off the apron. He hits a chop, rams King into the edge of the ring frame and hits another one. King blocks a whip into the guardrail and takes Strong down with a twisting senton off the barricade. Now King takes advantage of the outside, ramming Strong’s head into the barricade several times. Back in the ring King gets a two-count. It’s all King now. King hits a spin kick for two. He gives Strong a taste of his own medicine with a backbreaker. He tries a springboard legdrop but Strong moves out of the way. King hits a few strikes in the corner and then dances to celebrate, giving Strong the chance to unleash a backbreaker of his own for two. Strong hits a dropkick for two. King counters with a spinebuster for two. Strong goes for the Stronghold but King reverses out of it and hits an enziguiri. King follows up with a clothesline for two. They take the fight to the apron and Strong hits King with the back suplex right on the ring frame. King comes back with a sunset flip, and a series of reversals ends with King hitting an enziguiri for two. He sets Strong up on the top rope and they slug it out, and King pulls Strong out with the Royal Flush for two! King goes for the double knees but misses and Strong hits the torture rack backbreaker for two. Strong goes for a crucifix but King rolls through with a schoolboy rollup for the pin at 10:27. This was technically proficient but not terribly exciting. King extends his hand, and Strong spits on him.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: Rocky Romero vs. Alex Koslov

This match is courtesy of the AAA promotion in Mexico. I’ve yet to see what others see in Alex Koslov, so this should be interesting. Romero gets on the mic to announce that Jack Evans and Teddy Hart are not here, so instead of the tag team match we get this singles match. The crowd is not pleased, so hopefully Romero and Koslov can get them into it. They take it to the mat and wrestle to a couple of quick stalemates. They’re working cautiously, since apparently they know each other very well from Mexico. The crowd seems to be with them now, which is good. The pace quickens and Koslov does the stupid stop sign just like Kenny Omega, and Romero just stops. Both guys stand there for a few seconds and then Romero hits a low dropkick. Romero is able to lure Koslov into crashing to the floor, and then he wipes him out with a dive that sends him all the way into the crowd. Back in the ring they decide to exchange strikes. Romero hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, but then falls victim to a kick to the back of the head by Koslov. That gets a two-count for the agile Russian. Koslov hits the Russian Legsweep and puts on his little hat. He hits the kicks to the head, which Romero no-sells. Romero hits a rana, and Koslov counters with a drop toehold. Koslov ties Romero up in a surfboard using the ropes, which looks really cool. Back in the ring Romero hits a flurry of offense and then he puts on the hat and does some dance moves of his own. Romero hits a swinging DDT for two. The fight spills to the floor and Koslov chops Romero into the crowd. Koslov leaps off the top rope and wipes Romero out. Back in the ring Koslov tries a splash off the top rope but Romero gets his knees up. Romero hits a reverse enziguiri for a two-count. Koslov comes back with a vicious superkick for two. He goes up top again and Romero pops up and locks on the Diablo Armbar and the bell rings at 11:19. The crowd is rightfully pissed because Koslov didn’t actually tap out and the bell rang out of nowhere. The match was a terrible mess of guys just hitting moves and not selling a damn thing. I understand what they were going for in trying to make up for Jack Evans and Teddy Hart not being there, but it just didn’t work for me. Plus the messed-up finish, which the commentators gloss over, didn’t do the match any favors.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: World Tag Team Title Match – American Wolves w/ Shane Hagadorn vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe

The Wolves have been champions since 4.10.09, and this is their tenth defense. This feud began one year ago at Final Battle 2008. This is the Wolves’ first title defense since Ladder War II almost three months ago. Richards and Mark start the match. They chain wrestle for a bit, and then Edwards gets tagged into the match. Edwards and Mark trade kicks to the back and Edwards tags back out to Richards. Mark subdues Richards with a headlock and then goes after his leg. They trade some holds and wrestle to a stalemate, and then tag their partners. Edwards kicks Mark right off the ring apron just to be a dick. Richards gets tagged back in and Jay returns the favor by kicking Edwards to the floor, and then the Briscoes level Richards with a double tackle, sending him to the floor. The Wolves attempt to regroup on the floor while the crowd chants “Man Up.” Back in the ring it turns into a pier-six brawl, with everyone kicking each other in the face and head. Mark hits Edwards with a t-bone suplex and Jay follows up with a boot to the face for two. The challengers are cutting the ring in half and working Edwards over. The Wolves use some clever double-teaming to target Mark’s knee and take advantage on him. Mark comes back with an Ace Crusher on Edwards and makes the tag. Jay is all over both Edwards and Richards. He drops Edwards with a spinebuster for two. Edwards appears to be injured, while Richards throws Mark into the guardrail and kicks him into the crowd. In what should come as a shock to no one, Edwards was playing possum, and the Wolves hit Jay with the Superkick-German Suplex-Jackknife Pin combination for a two-count. The Wolves work Jay over for several minutes. Jay comes back with a Death Valley Driver on Edwards and both men make tags. Mark is on fire with his redneck kung fu. He hits Richards with an Iconoclasm for two when Edwards breaks it up. Mark hits Richards with a missile dropkick, and then the Briscoes execute the Sidewinder (!) for a near-fall! I love that move. Jay sets Richards up for the Jay Driller but Richards escapes it. Edwards gets tagged in and he exchanges strikes with Jay. He hits an enziguiri and then charges into a big boot. He fights back with the Backpack Chinbreaker for two. Edwards hits a super Frankensteiner and Richards hits a running kick to the chest. Richards follows up with a DR Driver but it only gets two! Edwards has a Half Crab locked on Jay, while Richards has a Texas Cloverleaf on Mark. The Briscoes counter them both with small packages for two-counts. Mark gets dumped to the floor and the Wolves hit the double-team Alarm Clock and a powerbomb/lungblower combination for two. Edwards locks Jay in the Half Crab and he reaches the ropes to break it. The Wolves try a Doomsday Device but Mark breaks it up and the Briscoes throw some suplexes. Jay turns Edwards inside out with a lariat for a two-count. He goes for the Jay Driller but Edwards fights it off. The Briscoes hit Edwards with a double superkick for a two-count. Jay hits Edwards with the Jay Driller, which only gets two. I hate how that move doesn’t mean the end of a match. The Briscoes nail Edwards with the Doom to get the pin and their sixth ROH World Tag Team Title at 22:52. I think they could have cut a few momentum shifts out of the early going and had a much tighter match at 18 minutes or so, but this was still really a very good match. It does make me wonder though why didn’t they move the titles over to the Briscoes back in September when Edwards got hurt, and then you could have done the rematch here? That way the title wouldn’t have sat dormant for three months and the same result is achieved.
Rating: ***½

While the Briscoes are celebrating, Claudio Castagnoli comes out and gets in the ring. Meanwhile Chris Hero sneaks up behind Jay and hits an elbow! The Kings of Wrestling then hit Mark with the KRS-One and hold up the tag belts as the crowd chants “Kings of Wrestling.” I’m all for this.

MATCH #8: Jack Evans vs. Teddy Hart

Bobby Cruise is in the ring to announce the main event, but the lights go out, and when they come back on Jack Evans and Teddy Hart are in the ring with Julius Smokes! Evans proposes that he and Hart face off in a singles match. There’s no referee so there’s no opening bell, so I don’t think this really counts as an official match. Evans busts out an early Super Space Flying Tiger Drop. He hits a springboard 450 and goes for a cover but there’s no referee. Hart comes back and hits some wicked head-dropping maneuvers to the delight of the fans. J-Train has stepped in as the referee. Hart tries a Shooting Star Press but eats knees. Evans tries a 630 but also meets knees. Hart hits an amazing back suplex into a powerbomb. He hits another piledriver variation for a two-count. Evans comes back and this time hits the 630 senton for the three-count around six minutes in. This was definitely not an official match so I’m not going to give it a rating, but the fans got to see Jack and Teddy do a bunch of crazy spots in a short amount of time, so I think they did the best they could, weather considering.
Rating: *

MATCH #9: ROH World Title Match – Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black

Aries has been the champion since 6.13.09, and this is his lucky thirteenth title defense. The champ immediately bails to the floor and wastes some time. Back in the ring Black takes Aries down in the corner and stomps away, so Aries bails again. Aries bails a third time. They wrestle on the mat and Black hits a mini piledriver, so Aries bails again stomps on Black sliding back in the ring. Black hits some mounted punches and the crowd barely cares. Aries takes Black down with another headlock. This is just brutal. They take it to the floor, where Black chops Aries into the crowd. Speaking of the idiots in the crowd, they’ve brought Twinkie back. Another part of the crowd chants “shut the fuck up” while Aries literally runs away from Black, very slowly. They go back to the floor and Black hits Aries with a moonsault off the guardrail. Aries continues trying to escape Black on the floor. Half the crowd is just actively booing Tyler Black. Aries takes he advantage and works on Black’s left knee. They’re about 15 minutes in but it feels more like 45. Aries takes forever to try the pendulum elbow, so Black comes back with a kick to the head and a flurry of offense. Black knocks Aries to the floor and follows him out with a running moonsault, on his badly injured knee. Back in the ring Black hits the springboard lariat for two. He gets an O’Connor Roll for two, and then lands a running knee to the face for two. He misses the Quebrada but hits the standing shooting star press. Aries slips out of paroxysm and hits the shinbreaker / belly-to-back suplex. He goes for the IED but Black blocks it with a boot to the face. Black sets Aries on the top rope, but it’s Aries who’s able to hit Black with a Super DDT for two. Aries then locks on the Last Chancery but Black gets out of it. Black comes back with an IED and Paroxysm for two, and then locks on the Last Chancery. Aries elbows his way out of it. Black goes up for the Phoenix Splash but Aries shoves him down to the floor. Aries follows him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. A few minutes later Black tries the Phoenix Splash and misses, so Aries goes back to work on the knee. Aries locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and Black turns it over. The hold is broken and Black goes on offense to the seeming chagrin of the crowd. Black puts Aries up on the top rope, but Aries counters the superplex into a super gourdbuster. Before he can capitalize, Black jumps up and kicks Aries in the head, sending the champ crashing through the timekeeper’s table! Thirty minutes have gone by. Aries simply recovers and goes back on offense. Black reverses a whip and sends Aries into the barricade. Back in the ring Black gets a two-count, and Aries bails again. Aries tries the brainbuster but Black reverses it to a gourdbuster and sets up for the superkick, so Aries bails AGAIN. That takes the fight to the apron, and Aries hits a Death Valley Driver on the edge. Aries then shows he was playing possum with his arm injury. So what was the point of the table spot anyway? The chants are dueling, but the Austin Aries chant is murdering the Tyler Black chant. Aries hits knee strikes and then locks on the Last Chancery and Black is able to reach the ropes. Now Aries tries to keep Black on the floor and win by countout. This goes on FOREVER. Black finally has enough and fights back and this time Aries bails. The crowd chants “we want wrestling.” I don’t blame them. Now they’re chanting “this is bullshit” about 40 minutes in. Aries continues trying to run away and Black chases after him. He actually goes back to the locker room and Black follows him. A sizable group chants “don’t come back,” and then they boo when it happens. Black is carrying Aries on his shoulders and hits an F-5 on the ramp. He convinces the referee not to count them out, turning himself into an even bigger accidental heel. Aries has been busted open. Black carries him back to the ring and locks on the End Time. Aries rolls that into a pin cover for two. We’re past the 45 minute mark here and the crowd is fairly hostile.

Aries once again tries to run away so Black Buckle Bombs him onto a chair on the floor and follows up with a superkick. He quickly rolls Aries back in the ring but the champ grabs the ropes before a three-count can be made. Black goes for a Phoenix Splash and misses, and both men are down. Aries goes up the ramp again and this time he’s able to hit Black with a Brainbuster on the ramp. Now Black is busted open. The challenger barely makes it back to the ring as we go north of 50 minutes. Aries locks on the Last Chancery, and then decides to straight up choke Black and not break on the count of five, but he doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a blatant low blow, but Black begs him not to call for the DQ, so the match will continue. Aries pulls a turnbuckle pad off and rams Black’s head into it, but Sinclair still won’t disqualify him. He hits a Russian Legsweep into the steel turnbuckle. He hits a perfect 450 Splash but Black reaches the bottom rope. Aries goes back to the Last Chancery and Black elbows his way out. So Aries goes to the floor and brings the belt into the ring and the referee tries to stop him. This distraction allows Black to come back with a schoolboy rollup for two and then a kick to the head. They trade punches as 55 minutes have elapsed. They trade kicks and Black is able to take Aries down with Cattle Mutilation. Black then rolls that into Bryan Danielson elbows and back to the Cattle Mutilation. The crowd doesn’t seem amused. Aries escapes the hold and hits a brainbuster for a close near-fall. One minute remains now as they duke it out. Black hits God’s Last Gift but Aries kicks out. Before anything else can happen, the bell mercifully rings at right around 60:00 (a little short by my clock but after Injustice II I’ll take it). This whole match was just a big bowl of wrong. This was just the worst match they could have possibly put on for this crowd under the circumstances. The crowd turned on it in a number of ways and I don’t blame them. This was an absolute disaster in every sense of the word. Hopefully this doesn’t set a bad omen for 2010.
Rating: DUD

Aries and Black continue brawling. Black knocks Aries out with the World Title belt. Meanwhile, the Briscoes and the Kings of Wrestling are brawling around the building as well.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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Pennsylvania National Guard Armory – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sunday, December 26, 2004

Jimmy Bower and CM Punk are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Trent Acid vs. Jimmy Jacobs

They start with some shenanigans and quickly transition into mat wrestling. Acid delivers a couple of armdrags and then taunts Jacobs and pays for it. Jacobs knocks Acid off the apron and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Acid comes back by powerslamming Jacobs into the steel barricade. Back in the ring Acid tries to keep Jacobs on the mat. Jacobs fights up and tries the Contra Code but Acid blocks it and hits a superkick. Acid follows with a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. The crowd HUSSes Jacobs back into the match. Jacobs misses a Big Boot and Acid hits a Yakuza Kick for two. Acid pulled Jacobs up for some reason. He goes for the Shovel Driver but Jacobs slips out and hits the Contra Code to get the pin at 6:00. That was okay for a match with no build of any kind, but I don’t understand why it was necessary for Acid to pick Jacobs up from that last cover. It kind of makes Jacobs look bad. Other than that this was fine.
Rating: **¼

Acid is so disgusted with his recent losing streak and inability to beat that goof Jimmy Jacobs, so he profanely quits Ring of Honor. I think that really was his last appearance with the company.

MATCH #2: Lacey & Deranged vs. Becky & Angel Dust

I believe this is ROH’s first mixed tag team match. The men start it off. They chain wrestle and the girls take cheap shots when they can. The pace quickens and the action gets a little too fast to call. Angell Dust drops Deranged on his face and then hits a double stomp to the back of the head. Deranged fights back with a modified tornado DDT and a slingshot springboard double stomp to a standing Angel Dust. Lacey gets a tag and she’s not she about going after Angel Dust. Deranged goes for a super hurricanrana but Angel Dust shoves him down and hits a double stomp to the face. The women get the tags and it’s Cat Fight time. Becky takes advantage and Deranged has to pull her off a cover. She slaps Deranged and gets knocked on her ass for her troubles. Angel Dust comes to her rescue and takes out all the Special K members at ringside with a dive. Meanwhile, Deranged trips Becky up, allowing Lacey to hit the Implant DDT to ge the pin at 7:40. That was solid and well put together given the participants.
Rating: **½

After the match Special K looks to attack Lacey, but Dunn & Marcos make the save and beat up on Cheech. They rocked him like a hurricane.

MATCH #3: Homicide vs. Josh Daniels

They start with some chain wrestling, but things get heated and both men throw some strikes into the mix as well. Daniels takes the early advantage and grinds on Homicide with a headlock. He hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Homicide fights back and targets the left arm. He goes up to the top rope and misses a diving headbutt. Daniels capitalizes with a hard clothesline and a back body drop. He tries his own diving headbutt but he also misses. Homicide tries the Lariat but Daniels ducks and hits a German Suplex for two. Daniels tries another Northern Lights Suplex and Homicide counters with an Ace Crusher for two. Homicide goes back to the arm but Daniels grabs a Dragon Suplex for a two-count. Moments later Homicide traps Daniels in a Key Lock and Daniels has to tap out at 10:19. That was a solid showing for Daniels, as Homicide gave him a good amount of offense. Homicide also worked the arm throughout the match and won with an arm submission, so good on them.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: ROH Pure Title Match – John Walters vs. Jimmy Rave

Walters has been the Champion since 8.28.04, and this is his fifth defense. Rave is accompanied by Prince Nana and The Outcast Killaz. These two faced off at All-Star Extravaganza 2 just a couple of weeks ago, where Walters won via countout. Rave takes control early and throws the first punch, earning a warning from referee Todd Sinclair. Walters fights back with chops and takes Rave down with a side headlock. He locks on a particularly painful submission hold right near the ropes and Rave is forced to use his first rope break. Rave responds by hitting a spinning vertical suplex. He takes control now, keeping Walters grounded, and poking him in the eyes when he tries a comeback. Rave dumps Walters to the floor, where there is a 20 count during Pure Title matches. He hits a flying knee off the apron and Walters makes it back to the ring at the count of 19. Rave covers right near the ropes and Walters uses his first rope break. Walters gets fired up and unleashes a flurry of offense, including Snake Eyes and a huge clothesline for two. He covers again and this time Rave uses his second rope break. Walters hits the Hurricane DDT for another two-count. He goes up top but Rave knocks him down. Rave goes for the Rave Clash but Walters escapes. The Crown Jewel of the Embassy puts on a guillotine-like submission and Walters uses his second rope break. Rave then locks on a Crossface and Walters uses his third and final rope break. Walters comes back and locks on a Sharpshooter. Rave uses his third and final rope break. The ropes are in play now for both men. Rave uses an O’Connor Roll with the ropes for leverage but only gets two. He goes up top but Walters knocks him down and ties him up in a submission hold. Walters is outside the ring during the hold, so he is risking countout. For some reason Rave holds on until 19 and then taps out, giving Walters the win at 11:31. I have a hard time buying that Rave could hold on for 19 seconds in the hold bu wouldn’t wait one more second to win the title. I appreciate points for effort on a creative finish, but it didn’t work for me. The match was solid stuff but not quite as good as their previous encounter.
Rating: ***

Nana gets in the ring and puts over Rave and his efforts tonight. He then switches gears and offers Walters a spot in The Embassy. Walters is convinced and he joins! Good for him, Nana made a convincing case.

MATCH #5: Fight Without Honor – Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew

Loc pairs off with Whitmer while Maff and DeVito do battle in the early going. They all take it to the floor and engage in various levels of brutality. Maff is the first one to use a chair, and he also brings out a ladder. More brawling and hardcore activity continues with little rhyme or reason. Loc and DeVito take control for a good amount of time and use plenty of weapons to their advantage. Ladders get set up and all four men climb up and slug it out. Maff and Loc fall down crotch first on the top rope, and DeVito takes Whitmer down with a Side Effect. All four men are down. Mick Foley makes his way out to take the attention away from the wrestlers. He cuts a promo to reveal a Christmas stocking full of thumb tacks. DeVito hits an Ace Crusher pretty close to the tack pile for a two-count. Things get crazy when Loc delivers a neckbreaker to Maff, from the apron through a table on the floor. Back in the ring Whitmer hits the Wrist-Clutch Exploder on a pile of tacks for the pin at 14:48. That was lightly better than the Boston Street Fight, but mostly more of the same. Foley coming out there was just weird and unnecessary, it just felt forced.
Rating: *½

The Foley – Steamboat Confrontation

Foley gets on the mic to put everyone over, and the wrestlers shake hands and return the favor to Foley, the Hardcore Legend. Ricky Steamboat, fresh off the announcement that he will be returning to WWE as an agent, comes out to tie up the loose end of the hardcore wrestling versus scientific “feud” the two legends had. Foley appeals to Steamboat’s past hardcore matches with the likes of Wahoo McDaniel and the Hollywood Blonds, among others. He says that ROH doesn’t always stand for Ring of Hardcore, but he wants Steamboat to admit that it sometimes does. Foley takes unnecessary shots at Heidenreich, Snitsky, and Luther Reigns. Steamboat agrees that hardcore wrestling is okay in small doses. Then they shake hands. Wow, what an exciting climax for the feud. Foley then calls out Samoa Joe, the ROH World Champion. He says that when Ric Flair punches him in the mouth he deserved it for disrespecting a legend, and he wants to offer Joe a chance to apologize. Foley talks down to Joe and offers a handshake. Joe makes nice and then sucker punches Foley! That makes Foley angry and it looks like they’re going to fight but Steamboat stands in between them. Joe tells Foley to call him when he’s ready to wrestle. Sadly, the Foley versus Joe match never happened.

MATCH #6: Jay Lethal vs. Weapon of Mask Destruction #2

WMD #2 attacks right away and they trade control a bit in the opening minute. Lethal hits the first big strike with a dropkick. WMD #2 comes back with a back elbow smash. He drills Lethal with a dropkick to the back of the head for two. WMD #2 keeps Lethal on the mat and uses his generic (the he) offense to wear him down. He goes up top and misses a moonsault. Both men are down. Back on their feet Lethal fires up and tries the Dragon Suplex but can’t connect. Lethal can hit a big clothesline though and that gets two. He hits a leaping DDT from the second rope for another two-count. WMD #2 comes back with a Fisherman Buster for two. Lethal responds with the Dragon Suplex to get the pin at 6:22. That was another solid win for Lethal and a fine way to come back from intermission.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: CM Punk & Steve Corino vs. Alex Shelley & Roderick Strong

Punk and Corino have Traci Brooks and some random students with them. I believe this Corino’s first match since defeating Homicide in a Barbed Wire match last November at War of the Wire/i>. Corino and Strong start it off and they wrestle on the mat and trade strikes. Whenever Corino tries to tag Punk in, Punk stays in for a matter of second an tags back out, exposing Corino’s poor endurance. On the third try Corino ducks, leaving Punk in the ring to battle Generation Next. Punk and Corino continue their shenannigans while Shelley and Strong try to win the match. Generation Next is able to isolate Punk in their half of the ring. After several minutes of abuse Punk is able to hit the Pepsi Twist. Corino gets the hot tag and he is a house afire. Strong cuts him off with a backbreaker for a two-count. Shelley misses a Frog Splash and Corino makes the tag. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring, and all four men get taken down. Back on their feet Punk hits Shelley with Welcome to Chicgo Mutherfucker for two. Punk follows with a Mule Kick and an enziguiri for another two-count. He puts on the Anaconda Vise but Shelley escapes with Strong’s help and hits Shellshock for two. Corino and Strong take the fight to their floor. Strong comes back in to hit Punk with a backbreaker and Shelley covers for two. Corino comes in and Shelley tries a Tornado DDT but Corino catches him and Punk flies in with the Hart Attack. Punk then locks on the Anaconda Vise and Shelley taps out at 17:32. That was a solid formula tag match with some neat stuff at the beginning and a hot ending.
Rating: ***¼

Austin Aries comes out to talk to Shelley, who hasn’t been around much in recent months. Aries says he’s going to take the top spot in ROH by defeating Samoa Joe later on to win the ROH World Title. He says that he also wants Shelley’s spot, and offers him five seconds to leave. Aries sucker punches Shelley and Strong pulls him off. Strong then hits Shelley with a huge backbreaker! Aries officially kicks Shelley out of Generation Next and takes his place as leader!

MATCH #8: Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki

Ki is accompanied by Julius Smokes. They aggressively wrestle on the mat to start. Ki takes the first sustained advantage as the match stays on the mat, much like their first singles match in ROH at Round Robin Challenge. He focuses on Danielson’s left arm and viciously attacks it. Danielson fights back with a series of kicks. Ki cuts him off with a dropkick right to the arm. Danielson tries to fight back but only has use of one arm at this point. Finally Danielson has had enough and he gets angry. Danielson attacks KI’s knee, which should help subdue his kicks. He brings Ki up to the top rope and hits a superplex. Ki tries to use the Dragon Clutch but Danielson airplane spins him and both men spill hard to the floor. They fight into the crowd, where Danielson executes a roving Airplane Spin. As they get close to the entrance, Homicide and Julius Smokes bust out and interfere. Homicide uses a chair to beat on Danielson, and Jay Lethal comes out to brawl with Homicide. Danielson gets helped to the back, while Ki threatens the referee to declare him the winner. Ki knocks Hanson out and then chokes him with a belt. I never heard a closing bell, but I think it was a no-contest around 20 minutes in. This was similar yet different from their aforementioned match in 2002, as this one was much more hate-filled. The finish being inconclusive was kind of a bummer, but ROH very rarely used something like this (and I think they later changed it to a DQ win for Danielson), so that at least helped the match feel unique.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #9: ROH World Title Match – Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries

Joe has been the Champion since 3.22.03, and this is his thirtieth defense. Aries starts off hot and attacks Joe right away. Joe fights right back and plants Aries on the mat. Jay Lethal is in Joe’s corner and Roderick Strong is in Aries’ corner. Aries and Joe take it down to the mat and trade holds. Joe uses his power to dominate and tries the Big Joe Combo but he misses the knee. Aries goes back to the headlock, trying CM Punk’s strategy. Joe also uses a headlock. They criss-cross the ropes and Aries lands a dropkick to the knee. Aries zeroes in on the knee, which is pretty good strategy. He tries the shinbreaker / belly-to-back suplex combo but Joe blocks the suplex and hits an enziguiri. Joe goes to work with strikes and hits the Face Wash. Aries tries to fight back but Joe cuts him off and sends him to the floor. Joe goes for a dive but Aries avoids it and goes for one of his own, but Joe catches him with an enziguiri. The Champ hits the Ole Kick twice, but misses his third attempt. Aries knocks Joe back into the chair and hits an IED. Back in the ring Aries hits the slingshot elbow but Joe catches him in the Choke! Aries escapes out of that but runs right into a snap powerslam for two. Joe tries a powerbomb but Aries reverses to a rana for a near-fall. Aries hits a running dropkick that sends Joe into the corner, and then hits two IEDs in a row. On the third attempt Joe catches Aries and hits the Island Driver but it only gets two! The crowd cheers for both men, but when they cheer for Aries it just irritates Joe. They fight up on the top rope and Aries knocks Joe down and hits the 450! Joe kicks out at two! Aries gets knocked to the apron but comes back in with a sunset flip for a two-count, and then locks on the Samoan Crab! Joe powers out of the move, but Aries is tenacious and locks on the Fish Hook. That’s an illegal hold so he has to break it. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Joe blocks it and sets Aries on the top rope. Joe unleashes a series of strikes and goes for the Muscle Buster but Aries counters with a crucifix bomb. Aries hits a series of strikes and kicks Joe down to his knees. He lands a kick to the head, the Brainbuster, and a 450 Splash to get the pin and become the fourth ROH World Champion at 17:29! This one holds up really well, with great strategy and emotion from both guys and a hot crowd to match. It was a fitting end to Joe’s epic, company-defining title reign. Ever the company man, Joe goes out of his way to put Aries over after the match, even strapping the title on him as the crowd chants “ROH.”
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New Alhambra Arena – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – September 20, 2008

MATCH #1: Jerry Lynn vs. Kenny King

The set looks awesome, by the way. This is a good choice to open the show, given Lynn’s history in this area. I’m getting tired of Prazak and Leonard always referring to “the original ECW” or “the real ECW” whenever they mention those three letters. Both men are cautious early on, doing some basic counter wrestling. Lynn stays one step ahead, scoring a sunset flip for two. A schoolboy rollup also gets two and Lynn goes to the headlock. He says in control so King rakes the eyes and tosses him to the floor. Lynn apparently is the only man in wrestling not affected by an eye poke, since he doesn’t sell it and avoids a dive attempt by King. He then hits the somersault off the apron. King comes back and slams Lynn’s back into the ring apron. Back in the ring the much younger King takes control. A spinebuster gets two. King continues working on the back. Lynn makes a comeback and uses some of King’s own dirty tactics against him. He hits a swinging DDT for two. He tries the Cradle Piledriver but Lynn avoids it. King tries a cradle with his feet on the ropes but the referee catches him. The ensuing argument allows Lynn to hit a top-rope rana and this time connects with the Cradle Piledriver to win the match at 10:20. That was a solid opener and the crowd is into Lynn so good for that old, old man.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: NWA World Heavyweight Title Match – Brent Albright vs. Adam Pearce

Albright won the title on 8.2.08, and this is his fifth defense. They show footage of the match, which is a nice touch. These two definitely over-performed in their last match, so I’m very curious to see how this one goes.

Both men start aggressively, with the champion overpowering the challenger. Pearce tries to powder but doesn’t pay attention and Albright follows him out and throws him around for quite a while. Referee Paul Turner for some reason starts his count over when he gets close to 10, because in NWA Title matches there is a 10-count on the floor. Well why is he re-starting his count? And there are also disqualifications under NWA rules, so why was Albright not disqualified for using a chair? This match is already irritating. Shane Hagadorn distracts the referee, allowing Pearce to throw Albright over the top rope. He follows the champion out and hits a suplex on the entrance ramp. Pearce at least goes slides under the bottom rope for a second to restart the count, which Albright couldn’t be bothered to do. Back in the ring Pearce takes over with his usual boring offense. Sweeney gets a cheap shot in behind the referee’s back. Pearce hits the Superfly Splash for two. He undoes his wrist tape but Turner catches him before he can use it. While they stall for a ridiculous amount of time, Hagadorn sneaks in the ring and takes forever to wedge a chair between the top and middle turnbuckle. A contrived spot leads to Pearce taking the chair to the skull and both men are down. Albright gets up and gets a suplex for two. Pearce tries a cross body block for some reason, but Albright (with an injured arm) catches Pearce and hits a swinging backbreaker. The challenger recovers and tries the figure-four but Albright gets a rollup for two. He then conveniently jumps right into position for the Air Raid Crash for two. They fight over a Half-Nelson Suplex and Pearce gets a low blow and then hits the move for two. He tries the Piledriver but Albright reverses it and hits one of his own for a near fall. Pearce goes up top again and appears to be going for a Pepsi Plunge. Albright fights it off, and then Sweeney distracts the referee so Hagadorn throws both men off the top rope to the floor. Why would he do that? They make it back to the ring and hit simultaneous clotheslines. Albright puts on the Crowbar but Pearce rolls out of it. The champ tries a Half-Nelson Suplex but Pearce blocks it and Pearce locks on his own Crowbar. Albright actually taps out and Pearce regains the title at 13:56.

The crowd is pretty shocked, and not in the good way. I’m sure NWA politics figured in to it somehow, but since that was Pearce’s last match in ROH to date, that’s a pretty strange way to end this feud. The match, by the way, was filled with so much garbage and internal logic conflicts that it drove me crazy. It’s pretty crazy that a little over a month later Pearce would become the booker of this company.
Rating: **

Bryan Danielson, the new GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, has a lot of things going on right now. In addition to being the GHC Junior Champ, he’s feuding with Claudio Castagnoli, and chasing ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness. He promises that he will not go down no matter how hard his challenger, Katsuhiko Nakajima, kicks him.

MATCH #3: FIP World Heavyweight Title Match – Go Shiozaki vs. Kevin Steen

Shiozaki has been the champion since 8.23.08, and this is his first defense. They also show footage of Shiozaki’s title win from Heatstroke ‘08. These two wrestled back in February at Eye of the Storm, Shiozaki’s first show as a regular member of the roster.

They stall a bit to start. They try to out-power each other, but neither man will budge. They continue running into each other until Steen sidesteps Shiozaki and dumps him to the floor. He’s able to hit a somersault from the apron to the floor and the crowd approves. They fight out on the floor, where for FIP Title matches there is a 20-count instead of 10. Steen throws Shiozaki back in the ring, but then Shane Hagadorn distracts him, allowing Shiozaki to dropkick the knee. He continues working on the injured body part, which thankfully doesn’t stop Steen from slapping Hagadorn in the face. Steen fights back and hits a legdrop with his non-hurt knee. He follows up with a dropkick off the second rope into a jackknife pin for two. Shiozaki comes back and drops Steen’s neck across the top rope. He tries a knee drop off the top but misses, and Steen hits a flying forearm. Steen now works on Shiozaki’s leg, tit for tit I guess. Shiozaki avoids the Package Piledriver and hits a Fisherman Buster. He misses a moonsault and Steen hits one of his own, but Shiozaki kicks out at two. Steen is selling off and on here, which is kind of annoying. He goes up top and tries the Swanton but Shiozaki gets the knees up. Shiozaki locks on a Dragon Sleeper but Steen reaches the ropes. The champion comes back with a couple of lariats for two. He hits mounted chops to the neck and Steen appears to be out. Steen comes back with a German Suplex, which Shiozaki no-sells. The challenger follows up with a Sky-Hi Powerbomb for two, and then rolls Shiozaki into the Sharpshooter. Shiozaki powers out and then hits two Go Flashers to get the pin and retain the title at 15:21.That was better than the previous match, but the selling and psychology of the match came and went.
Rating: **½

Before Steen can leave the ring, ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness comes out and delivers a DDT onto Steen’s Tag Team Championship belt. The champ cuts a promo about how nobody is good enough to beat him.

MATCH #4: GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title match – Bryan Danielson vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

Danielson has been champion since 9.14.08, and this is his first defense. Of course they show footage of his title victory six days ago. They aggressively lock up and Danielson narrowly avoids a kick to the head. They take it to the mat and trade holds and do the standoff. Danielson gets an early advantage and works over the arm. Nakajima is only 20 years old, but he’s been training since he was about 14. He lands a kick to the chest and tries to back Danielson into the corner, but the champion fights out and goes right back to the arm. The challenger fights back with kicks and Danielson continues focusing on the arm. Danielson abandons the arm to lock on a surfboard, which seems designed to injure Nakajima’s kicking legs. Nakajima fights back with an enziguiri and goes to work on the champion now. Danielson comes back with a flying forearm that sends Nakajima to the floor. He hits a baseball slide dropkick and then tosses him over the barricade into the crowd. He hits the springboard dive to the floor, much to the delight of the crowd. Back in the ring a little bit of back and forth ends with Nakajima dragon screw leg whipping Danielson into the ropes, and they go outside. Nakajima works on the leg and hits a kick to the chest. Back in the ring the challenger continues working over the leg. Danielson makes a brief comeback but Nakajima cuts him off with a DDT for two. The champ gets a German suplex with a bridge for two. They do the stupid spot where they trade suplexes and then sell them afterward. I know, they do it in Japan, and Nakajima is from Japan, but it’s still stupid. Nakajima gets the advantage and both works on the leg and hits a series of kicks. He locks on an Ankle Lock but Danielson reaches the ropes. Danielson almost fights back, but Nakajima hits a brainbuster for two. The German Suplex also gets two. A series of kicks knocks Danielson down, but he gets up before the 10 count. Danielson gets a quick small package for two. He hits a release German Suplex and begins kicking Nakajima’s head in. He then locks on the Triangle Choke and Nakajima reaches the ropes. Danielson goes for the super back suplex, but he abuses Nakajima in the Tree of Woe first. Then he hits the suplex. Danielson tries the Cross-Face Chicken Wing and the Cattle Mutilation but can’t lock on either of them. He hits a series of elbows to the face and a Tiger Suplex for two. He holds on and now locks on Cattle Mutilation and Nakajima taps out at 23:02. There was that one annoying bit of no-selling but other than that this was yet another great match from The Best in the World, Bryan Danielson.
Rating: ****

Jerry Lynn is backstage trying to channel Randy “The Ram” Robinson. I always give Lynn points for effort, but he’s no Mickey Rourke. He says almost beating Nigel McGuinness in June lit a fire under his ass and he wants a shot at the title now.

MATCH #5: Erick Stevens vs. Rhett Titus

Shockingly I think Titus has more heat at this point than Stevens. Titus tries a headlock but Stevens gets out of that and hits a shoulder block. It doesn’t knock Titus down, but a second one does, and a Samoan Drop does more damage. Stevens hits a chop and then clotheslines a kneeling Titus for a two-count. Titus fights back with his own flying shoulder tackle and it gets a one-count. He tries to keep the momentum going but Stevens forces him into the corner and unloads on him with chops and forearms. Apparently Stevens’ nose is busted open and he’s not happy about it. Titus comes back with a dropkick, and then continues to attack the nose, just to be a jerk. He goes for mounted punches in the corner and Stevens slips out. He catches Titus jumping off the ropes with a suplex and hits the Choo-Choo. He finishes it up with the powerbomb lariat and the Doctor Bomb for the win at 3:24. The broken nose provided the match with its only real excitement and that was accidental.
Rating: *

Larry Sweeney comes out after the match and has a contract offer for Stevens. He guarantees that if he takes the offer, in six months he’ll be moved on to somewhere else making more money, though what Sweeney really wants is no more Stevens in ROH. Stevens is smart enough to see through the offer and refuses. Sweeney tries to get him to reconsider, so Stevens blows his bloody nose on the contract. That angers Sweeney so he slaps Stevens, and when Stevens tries to beat up Sweeney the rest of Sweet & Sour run out and beat him down. Jobbers from the back try to help Stevens but they get held off. Go Shiozaki hits a knee drop off the second rope to the back of Stevens’ head that’s resting on a steel chair. Roderick Strong hits the ring and somehow he and the Vulture Squad clear the ring. It appears as though we have an impromptu match on our hands.

MATCH #6: Roderick Strong & The Vulture Squad vs. Sweet & Sour Inc.

Jigsaw and Ruckus represent the Vulture Squad, while Sweet & Sour is made up of the motley crew of Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, and Shane Hagadorn. Strong starts the match in control, working over Chris Hero. Jigsaw and Ruckus get their shots in too. Hagadorn gets tagged in and he gets beaten up too. Sweeney finally get s chance to interfere and that gives his team the advantage over Jigsaw. He gets beat up for a while and then makes the tag to Strong, who takes out all three of his opponents. The match basically becomes a scramble from this point on, with everyone getting in and out of the ring and going for big moves and stuff. Hero hits Strong with the loaded elbow pad to score the pin at 11:08. The action was decent but of course had little rhyme or reason. And “That Young Knock-Out Kid” does nothing for me as a gimmick.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Sasaki’s GHC Heavyweight Title is not on the line here. Castagnoli outmaneuvers Sasaki in the early going. Sasaki beat former ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima to win his current title, which also made him the only man to hold all three major Japanese Heavyweight Championships: the GHC Heavyweight Championship for NOAH; the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for New Japan; and the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship for All Japan. Castagnoli tries a headlock early on but Sasaki winds up hitting a chop and Castagnoli regroups. They come back out with a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock, and Sasaki wins that exchange as well. Sasaki hits a series of chops and Castagnoli powders. Back in the ring they have a strike exchange and Castagnoli uses an eye rake to take the advantage. It doesn’t last long though, as the GHC Champ is soon in control with a clothesline and a suplex. Castagnoli comes back with a hot shot for a near fall and puts him in a front chancery. Jimmy Bower makes a special appearance in the booth, and it’s oddly fitting that he did that since it would be the last DVD he would produce. So long Jimmy Bower. This match is going nowhere fast. Sasaki eventually grows weary of Castagnoli’s rest holds and runs him into the corner and hits a series of chops. It’s all Sasaki now. Castagnoli tries fighting back with European Uppercuts and Sasaki fights back with chops. Sasaki gets a judo throw and a powerslam for two. Castagnoli comes back with the Alpamare Water Slide for two. He tries the Ricola Bomb but Sasaki blocks. He settles for an inverted atomic drop and a running European Uppercut for two. He goes up top but Sasaki thwarts him and hits a nice rana off the top. He follows up with a clothesline off the top for two. Castagnoli comes back with a bicycle kick, but when he tries another one Sasaki catches him and powerbombs him. He then locks on an arm/neck submission but Castagnoli reaches the ropes. Castagnoli hits a springboard European Uppercut and then drives his knee to the chest from the second rope. He hits another Bicycle Kick for two, and a Ricola Bomb also only gets two. Sasaki comes back with a Half Nelson Suplex, a Northern Lariat, and two more lariats to take him down for a two-count. Sasaki then hits the Northern Lights Bomb and that’s enough for the pin at 14:44. That match never really developed any kind of story, and the crowd didn’t seem too invested.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: ROH World Title Match – Nigel McGuinness vs. El Generico

McGuinness has been the champion since 10.6.07, and this is his twenty-sixth defense. They start off cautiously with basic chain wrestling, and Generico breaks that up by chopping the World Champion up against the ropes. McGuinness comes out shoving and lands a chop of his own. He switches to European Uppercuts and he immediately goes into wear-down mode, focusing on the arm. Generico comes back with a leg lariat for one, and hits some mounted punches in the corner. He also hits a rana off the top rope for two-count. McGuinness comes back with the mule kick in the corner and goes right back to the challenger’s arm. The battle spills to the floor where McGuinness stays in control. Back in the ring it’s more of the same, with the champion dismantling the challenger. Generico comes back and hits a Blue Thunder Driver for two. He avoids several of the champion’s lariats, but does fall victim to a Tower of London. He kicks out at two. McGuinness hits another Tower of London, this one on the apron, and that only gets two. He puts on the London Dungeon and Generico makes it to the ropes. Generico lures McGuinness to the top rope and tries the Super Brainbuster but McGuinness avoids it. And now Generico has entered his standard “barely selling the beating he’s taken for so long” phase of the match. He avoids a lariat and hits the brainbuster for a near fall. They trade holds and McGuinness hits a DDT, and then he undoes the turnbuckle pad off, and while referee Paul Turner tries to reattach it, McGuinness attempts to use his belt as a weapon. However, Kevin Steen is there to stop him and he hits a superkick. That gets a near fall (Turner’s hand actually hit three times), and the crowd is hot now. Generico hits the running Yakuza Kick and sets up for a Super Brainbuster on the exposed corner but McGuinness pushes him down and gets a jackknife pin to get the win and retain the title at 20:59. The crowd is pissed, but they were pretty quiet for most of the match until Steen interfered. That was the usual good match from the Champion, but Generico’s selling is starting to get out of hand.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #9: Steel Cage Warfare – The Briscoe Brothers & Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black & Delirious vs. Necro Butcher

I would be much more excited for this match if we didn’t know what Necro Butcher would do, but since he already turned on Jacobs we know he’ll go after the Age of the Fall team. The video package detailing this feud is actually pretty awesome. It’s probably one of the best ROH has ever done. Thanks, Jimmy Bower. This is a regular cage setup except there’s no door. This is just like War Games, except with three-minute intervals and elimination rules. Age of the Fall won the coin toss so they will have the man advantage. Austin Aries drew number one, and Tyler Black is number two. The fight actually starts on the floor, with Aries in control. They get into the ring and Aries pretty much has control there too. Three minutes have gone by and Jimmy Jacobs makes himself entrant number three. The former two-time ROH World Tag Team Champions go to work on Aries, busting him open. The wild card Necro Butcher comes in at number four, and he cleans house on Jacobs and Black. He even goes after Aries. Necro and Black fight on the floor, and Jay Briscoe and some steel chairs come out at number five. Some are brawling in the ring, some are outside. Jay is busted open as well. Number six is Delirious. Everyone is brawling, and the first real sick spot of the match comes when Aries and Jacobs take turns blasting Necro in the head with steel chairs. Jacobs then hits a spear, and Aries follows with the kick to the head and the brainbuster, and Jacobs joins him to cover Necro and eliminate him at 14:09. Well that “wild card” was pretty wild, I guess. The crowd isn’t happy with his elimination. Soon after Mark Briscoe comes out at number seven and that’s everyone. Mark is coming armed with a barbed wire table. They do some more meandering brawling and the crowd is sporadically interested at best. The Age of the Fall dominate for a bit, and Delirious is able to hit three straight Panic Attacks on Aries, and then Jacobs locks on the End Time to eliminate Aries at 21:52. The crowd chants “We Want Necro” at this point. Jacobs wants Delirious to spike Jay, but Daizee Haze runs out and tried to talk him out of it. Jacobs of course takes offense and gets in on the argument, and Delirious decides to spike Haze! I should do that to girls who reject me. The bloodthirsty crowd really enjoyed that. This gives Mark a chance to recover and the Briscoes have had enough. They hit the Doomsday Device on Delirious to eliminate him at 25:49. Now we’re down to Jacobs and Black versus the Briscoes. Jacobs and Black take control briefly and each of them nail a Briscoe in the head with a steel chair, but they just no-sell it and finish off the Age of the Fall with a Jay Driller and a Cutthroat Driver, respectively, at 27:09.

That certainly didn’t live up to the standard of the first Steel Cage Warfare, or even live up to the potential of everyone involved. I know former booker Gabe Sapolsky has written at length about the struggles he had surrounding this match so I don’t feel like I need to expound on it much, but this was certainly a huge disappointment. Beyond that, it didn’t even end the Age of the Fall versus Briscoes feud, so the whole thing really doesn’t mean much.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Survival of the Fittest 2007 (Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/03/a2z-analysiz-roh-survival-of-the-fittest-2007-chris-hero-claudio-castagnoli/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/03/a2z-analysiz-roh-survival-of-the-fittest-2007-chris-hero-claudio-castagnoli/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:00:12 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170691 SOTF07

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Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – Friday, October 19, 2007

Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Roderick Strong vs. Brent Albright

Strong is the current FIP World Heavyweight Champion, and he has been in all three prior Survival of the Fittest tournaments, winning it all in 2005. Albright is making his SOTF debut and he has Shane Hagadorn in his corner. They start off with some chain wrestling and Albright chases Strong to the floor. Back in the ring they continue with the aggressive chain wrestling, going back and forth on the mat. Albright targets the arm, which is not a bad strategy against a guy known for backbreakers. He keeps Strong on the defensive, using a variety of offense on the leader of the No Remorse Corps. Strong is able to fight back, and Albright is one of those guys like Jerry Lynn that thinks he can’t let someone just take hear on them without coming back all the time. At any rate, Strong hits an enziguiri and a falcon arrow for two. They’re trading moves and near-falls now, and Strong lands a gutbuster. Strong then rolls Albright up and grabs a handful of tights to score the pin at 8:59. This was just nine minutes of stuff with nothing tying it all together and an abrupt finish. Not much to see here.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Chris Hero vs. Karl Anderson

This is Anderson’s ROH debut, and both men are making their debut in the Survival of the Fittest tournament. They take it right to the mat. Hero stalls and does all his flippy-flip nonsense. Anderson fights back with hard strikes. He hits a powerslam and a knee drop for two. Hero responds with strikes and starts targeting the neck. Anderson fights back and hits the spinebuster but only gets two. He follows with a gourdbuster and a kick to the head for a two-count. Hero comes back with the Hero’s Welcome and then locks on the Hangman’s Clutch for the tap out win at 7:02. That was mainly an exhibition for Chris Hero, and that’s fine, but the match was not at all exciting due to the foregone conclusion aspect.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Rocky Romero vs. TJ Perkins

For some reason Perkins makes his entrance with a water bottle sticking out of his mouth. It looks weird. Both men are making their SOTF debuts. They start off at a fast pace and take it right to the mat. Strikes come into play early on as well, and Perkins is able to take the first real advantage. Eventually he misses a knee drop and Romero quickly goes on offense. Now it’s Romero keeping Perkins grounded and assaulting him with kicks. Romero uses an Octopus Hold to almost earn the tap out, but Perkins fights on. The cocky Romero shows no signs of concern. Perkins fights back with a nice neckbreaker and both men are down. Back on their feet Perkins lands some kicks and a leg cradle Falcon Arrow for a near-fall. Perkins slams Romero and goes up top but Romero avoids the strike. A series of reversals ends with Romero destroying Perkins with knockout kicks to get the pin at 6:28. That was brief but they certainly packed a lot of action into that short time. I would have enjoyed to see more.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Austin Aries vs. Delirious

This is the fourth time Aries has been in Survival of the Fittest, and he has gone to the finals all three times and been the last man eliminated twice. Delirious debuted in the tournament last year and went on to win it all, last defeating Matt Sydal. So there is some impressive pedigree on display here. Delirious does his usual right from the start, and Aries counters that with a side headlock and a shoulderblock. The pace stays fast, and Aries targets the arm. Delirious fights back and things get heated pretty quickly. They trade control back and forth, as both men have a lot to prove in getting back to the finals. Both men utilize their signature moves but both men continue to fight back. Delirious pulls out a Cobra Clutch Suplex with a nasty landing but Aries kicks out at two. Now Delirious puts on the Cobra Stretch but Aries escapes and hits the kick to the head, Brainbuster, and Last Chancery combination. Delirious is forced to tap out and send Aries to the finals at 12.16. In some cases these move-move-move matches irritate me, but I read it as wanting to show both guys on the same level, and they had similar motivations for getting back to the finals so this worked for me.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Claudio Castagnoli vs. Davey Richards

These two start off hot, trying to end the match quickly. Castagnoli executes the Giant Swing, and I admit that I had to stop myself from typing Cesaro there. Richards comes back and goes to work on the left leg, softening up the lanky Castagnoli. It doesn’t take long for Castagnoli to fight back and fire up the crowd with some of his signature spots. Castagnoli goes for the Riccola Bomb but Richards counters with a rana. Richards goes back to the leg and locks on a Stretch Muffler. Castagnoli fights out and executes the Alpamare Water Slide for a near-fall. He puts Richards on the top rope but Richards is able to score a sunset bomb and a running kick for a two-count. Castagnoli looks a little messed up here, so Richards kicks him in the head again. I think Castagnoli realizes he’s in trouble so he digs down and blasts Richards with a European Uppercut, and then plants him with the Riccola Bomb to get the pin at 8:04. This was another match a bit on the short side, but I love how the finish played out, with Castagnoli realizing he was in danger and pulled through to hit his big finish and get the win. Good stuff.
Rating: ***

MATCH #6: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness

This is McGuinness’ first match since becoming ROH World Champion, but the title is not on the line here. These two have wrestled each other many times, so there is a definite familiarity there. They take it down to the mat and exchange holds, both men trying to establish dominance and set the pace. McGuinness goes after the arm and Danielson goes after the leg in the early going. We cross the 10-minute mark and they have been trading control back and forth, battling on the mat. No one else in Ring of Honor can have the kind of unique mat battles that these two have and it’s a lot of fun to watch. They finally start throwing out some strikes as the time limit starts to become a factor. Both men are worn down but they refuse to quit fighting. McGuinness busts out the Tower of London, which Danielson counters, but McGuinness re-counters to the Divorce Court for a two-count. The Champ goes for the Jawbreaker Lariat but Danielson dropkicks him low and puts on a half crab. McGuinness reaches the ropes. Danielson hits a suplex and then goes up top for the diving headbutt and hits nothing but boot. The pace quickens and both men are pulling out the big guns now. Time is running out as Danielson brings McGuinness to the top rope McGuinness sets up for the Tower of London but the time limit expires at 20:00. Both men are eliminated from the tournament now. I love watching these two wrestle, as they can make a 32-year old lifelong wrestling fan who has a pretty good understanding of how the business works believe that they are really battling each other in there. Both men came into this match with a well-defined strategy and they stuck to it, and both guys’ selling was spot-on throughout the match. The time limit draw is fine here, as it wasn’t the main event and it helps to build to a title match between these two down the road.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #7: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Three Way Match – Shane Hagadorn vs. Human Tornado vs. Tony Kozina

This is a last-minute qualifying match so that there won’t be a weird five-way finals again. You know what’s interesting about Tony Kozina? Nothing. Everyone in this match is wearing red gear. Things start off fast, with everyone trying to grab that last available spot in the finals. Tornado is quite over with the crowd and he gets them going with his unique offense. Hagadorn takes himself out of play by running into the steel ring post, and Tornado catches Kozina with a half nelson suplex to get the pin at 3:28. Not much they could do with three minutes and 28 seconds, but Tornado kept it pretty fun while it lasted.
Rating: *½

MATCH #8: Street Fight – The Briscoes vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Necro Butcher

The Briscoes are the ROH World Tag Team Champions but the titles are not on the line here. No one wastes any time in getting this brawl going. The fight immediately spills to the floor and into the crowd. They battle all over the building, and make their way up to the staging area, where Necro is able to Chokeslam Mark off and through a table. Eventually Necro and Jacobs take Jay back to the ring and continue to double-team him while Mark recovers from taking that Chokeslam. Necro finds some chairs and things do not look good for the Briscoes. He hits the Chair Slam for a two-count, and then the Tiger Driver on the chair for another near-fall. Mark crawls his way back to ringside but has a hard time getting back to the ring. Jay gets a second wind and attacks, sending Necro to the floor. Mark is back and hits Jacobs with a chair. Necro responds by hitting Jay with a chair. That leaves Mark and Necro to duke it out, and Mark wins that battle. Mark is all fired up with his Redneck Kung Fu, but Necro and Jacobs are able to fight back. Jacobs and Necro set up a chair and try to slam Jay through it, but Jay hits Jacobs with a Stunner and then slams Necro off the top rope right on top of said chair. The Briscoes then drop Necro on the chair right on his head, and Jacobs has to break up the pin cover. Jay and Mark continue to dominate, using chairs and double-teams but they are not able to score a win. Necro takes Jay out and holds him back as Jacobs hits Mark with a DDT on a steel chair. Jacobs locks in the End Time for the win at 12:43. That was a good brawl and it had definite reason to exist given the blood feud between these two teams. It made much more sense than just having a regular match. Jacobs and Necro also went over clean so that’s a good bridge to a title shot.
Rating: ***

MATCH #9: Survival of the Fittest 2007 Final Six Way Elimination Match – Roderick Strong vs. Chris Hero vs. Rocky Romero vs. Austin Aries vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Human Tornado

Aries and Romero start the match, and Strong attacks from behind to give the No Remorse Corps team an early advantage. Meanwhile, Hero is working out up by the entrance to avoid Claudio, his hated rival. Aries knocks Strong and Romero to the floor and wipes them out with the Heat Seeking Missile. Claudio then traps Hero in the ring and goes to work on him. Hero bails and tags in the Tornado, who dumps Claudio to the floor and then wipes everyone out with a dive. Hero gets in the ring and hits a celebrating Tornado with an inverted suplex and the Hero’s Welcome to score the first elimination at 3:59. Claudio and Strong battle each other now. Aries works with Claudio as a way to counter Strong and Romero working as a unit. The makeshift duo isolates Romero for a bit until Romero is able to avoid a brainbuster and tag Strong. Hero is back up by the entrance, sitting in a chair watching the match. Aries is able to survive long enough to tag Claudio, who shows No Remorse to Romero and Strong. Claudio and Strong fight up the ramp while Aries and Romero go back and forth in the ring. Hero hides up by ringside now. Aries hits Romero with the Brainbuster and then hits the 450 Splash. Hero blind tags himself in and grabs Aries off the cover and powerbombs him onto Romero for the second elimination at 13:33. Aries and Strong battle in the ring now after Hero bails again. Hero makes another blind tag, this one on Strong, and is able to roll Aries up for another elimination at 15:38. Sweeney pays off Strong to work with Hero, and they go to work on Claudio. Strong hits Claudio with the Gibson Driver and Hero double-crosses Strong, hitting the Hero’s Welcome to eliminate his fourth opponent at 19:49. Hero then takes the money back from Strong and hands it to Sweeney.

It’s all Hero as he tries to become the first man to eliminate everyone in a Survival of the Fittest match. Claudio tries the Riccola Bomb but Hero reverses it and hits a big boot to the face for two. Momentum continues to shift as both men know each other’s moves from their history together as a tag team. Claudio goes for the Alpamare Water Slide but Hero avoids it and hits a rolling elbow and a cravat suplex for two. The pendulum shifts again as Claudio hits a Bicycle Kick and the German Suplex for a near-fall. Claudio goes for the Riccola Bomb but Hero lands on his feet and hits a forearm strike and the Hero’s Welcome but Claudio kicks out again! Hero puts on the Hangman’s Clutch and Claudio makes it to the ropes. Claudio comes back and hits the Riccola Bomb but Hero kicks out of that! He runs right into a boot, and then Hero hits a cravat neckbreaker off the second rope. Hero goes up and hits a double stomp and then locks on the Hangman’s Clutch again. Claudio passes out at 27:40. So far this has really been the only Survival of the Fittest match to try something a little different, and it actually worked really well and turned out to be pretty memorable.
Rating: ***¾

BONUS MATCH: Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black vs. Mitch Franklin & Ernie Osiris, Honor Nation, 10.5.07

This match is on the 10/12/07 edition of the Video Wire. Jacobs and Black attack right away and destroy the students. All four men are in the ring at the same time and the referee has no control. Osiris gets dumped to the floor and Black follows him out, while Jacobs continues to abuse Franklin in the ring. Black sets Osiris on a chair and Jacobs wipes him out with a dive. Franklin tries a dive to the floor but Black catches him and hits a vicious Buckle Bomb into the barricade. Back in the ring Jacobs puts Osiris in the End Time and Black hits Franklin with the God’s Last Gift to get the pin at 1:50. That was a nice, effective squash for Jacobs and Black.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Survival of the Fittest 2005 (Roderick Strong, Austin Aries) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/01/170518/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/01/170518/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:00:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170518 SOTF05

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National Guard Armory – Dorchester, Massachusetts – Saturday, September 24, 2005

Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Jay Lethal vs. Sal Rinauro

They start off with some chain wrestling, as Prazak explains that Rinauro gained entry into this tournament by winning a Four Corner Survival match at Do or Die V in August. That show was never released on DVD sadly. Lethal scores the first big move with a spinebuster for two. They continue to go back and forth, both men getting some offense in but Lethal clearly looking stronger. Lethal puts Rinauro on the top rope but it backfires when Rinauro brings Lethal down with a super bulldog! Rinauro is fired up now and he unleashes a flurry of offense, including a sick tornado DDT for a near-fall. He hits a combo ending with a German Suplex for another two-count. Lethal comes back with the running vertical suplex and a diving headbutt for two. A series of counters and reversals ends with Rinauro hitting a Stunner for two. Rinauro goes to the apron and tries a springboard spin kick but he misses badly. Lethal hits the release Dragon Suplex to get the pin and move on at 11:38. Rinauro had no chance here but he a made a solid go of it and they built some nice drama down the stretch. Good choice for an opener.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Colt Cabana vs. Ricky Reyes

Reyes tries a sneak attack but Cabana avoids him and unloads with punches and elbows. A dropkick sends Reyes to the floor to regroup. Back in the ring Reyes lands some kicks and stomps Cabana down. Reyes targets Cabana’s left arm. Cabana fights that off and delivers a series of offensive maneuvers. Reyes cuts him off with a Fujiwara Armbar. Cabana reaches the ropes and then hits Reyes with a quebrada press for two. Reyes gets a rollup for two. Cabana comes back with a big lariat to get the sudden pin and advance to the finals at 4:28. They didn’t have much time to get a whole lot going, but I don’t really care to see much more of Ricky Reyes than what was seen here so that’s okay. The finish was certainly abrupt.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Roderick Strong vs. Jerrelle Clark

They start with some chain wrestling, both trying to use armbars to subdue their opponent. Clark shows off his agility but Strong isn’t impressed. Strong switches it up and goes after the left leg, but Clark busts his way out of that. Clark shows off some impressive skills and sends Strong reeling to the floor with a headscissors. Strong isn’t paying attention and Clark flies through the ropes with another headscissors. Back in the ring Strong catches Clark with a leg lariat for two. Strong goes to work on Clark, trying to keep him grounded. Clark tries to fight back but Strong just viciously cuts him down. Strong is looking dominant, but Clark comes back and starts flying all over the place and Strong is caught off-guard. Clark scores a series of near-falls with some high flying moves and pinning combinations. Strong is all like “F this” and he press slams Clark into the turnbuckles! Cool spot. Strong covers a couple of times just to make Clark expend energy kicking out. Clark catches Strong with a tornado DDT, and follows with a series of dropkicks for a near-fall. Strong comes back with a slingshot and then tries a powerbomb but Clark counters with a rana. Clark tries to follow up but Strong destroys him with a powerbomb for a near-fall. The back-and-forth continues, but Strong ends all that with a hard backbreaker. Strong then cinches in the Stronghold and Clark taps out quickly at 11:14. Clark looked good here, but man Strong was just on fire at this time, able to look dominant while not making his opponent look like a jobber. These two meshed very well together and this was quite the entertaining match.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Jimmy Rave vs. Austin Aries

Rave is accompanied by Prince Nana and Jade Chung, whom Nana has on a leash, literally. Aries charges the ring and attacks before the bell, as Generation Next and the Embassy have been feuding for the last few weeks. He knocks Rave to the floor and wipes him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. The crowd is digging on Aries just destroying Rave all over the ringside area. Nana interferes as they try to get back in the ring, allowing Rave to knock Aries off the apron and into the barricade. Rave is in control now and he beats on Aries for a while and they finally make it back to the ring. Aries is looking worse for wear, and every time he tries to make a comeback Rave is able to cut him off. Finally Aries is able to land a roaring elbow and an IED, and both men are down. Back to their feet Aries is building momentum, unleashing a series of maneuvers on Rave, but he’s not able to keep him down for the three-count. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Rave counters it and gets a schoolboy rollup with a handful of tights for two. In a nice little change, Aries hits a torture rack into the Finlay Roll, and then goes up top for a beautiful frog splash that unfortunately for him does not connect. Rave hits a Spear and the running knee but only gets two. He hits Ghanarrhea and then goes for another one but Aries flips out of it and kicks Rave right in the skull. Aries goes for the Brainbuster again but Jade distracts the referee and Nana brings a chair in the ring. Rave gets control of the chair and cracks Aries across the back right in front of the referee. That’s obviously enough for the DQ and Aries moves on at 12:54. That was a good heated contest between two rivals and the added bonus of something at stake. Disqualifications in ROH were pretty rare at this time so this was a cool finish that worked both for SOTF and for the larger feud. Good stuff here.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #5: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Samoa Joe vs. Milano Collection AT

This is Milano’s ROH debut. They spend the opening moments feeling each other out and wrestling on the mat. Joe brings his power advantage to the forefront as Jimmy Bower invades the announce booth to announce that Joe will face Kenta Kobashi next week in Manhattan, and then in Philadelphia Joe will team with Low Ki to face Kobashi and Homicide in a tag team match. Meanwhile the chain wrestling continues and Milano is holding his own against the ROH Legend. Milano uses his unique offense, including use of the ropes, to take Joe off his feet and keep him off guard. He targets the arm, but gets cut off when he charges into an STJoe. That’s the opening Joe needed to go back on offense and hit the Big Joe Combo for a two-count. Joe continues the abuse, using his striking power to nearly knock Milano out. Milano gets back on his feet and is able to re-target the arm. Joe responds with a leg sweep and a senton for two. He hits the powerbomb for two and turns it into the STF. Milano reaches the ropes, and is able to take Joe down with a clothesline. He connects with an enziguiri and a running senton for two. Joe grabs Milano with the snap powerslam for two, and then he locks on the Cross Armbreaker. Milano reaches the ropes again. He hits Joe with another enziguiri and then a springboard twisting senton for a two-count. Joe gets up and hits a Death Valley Driver for two. He puts Milano up on the ropes and delivers the Muscle Buster to get the pin at 14:23. I’d say Milano made a pretty good first impression, as that was a nice clash of styles. Any time you can hang with someone on Samoa Joe’s caliber in ROH, you’ve done something right. The crowd chants “please come back.”
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – James Gibson vs. Christopher Daniels

Daniels is immediately annoyed because this was supposed to be a title match, but Gibson lost the belt last week to Bryan Danielson at Glory By Honor IV. “The Fallen Angel” tears right into Gibson and works him over with a variety of strikes. Gibson appears very off his game in the early going here. They take it to the floor and brawl. I definitely expected more of a scientific matchup, so this is certainly a surprise. Gibson picks Daniels up and rams him into the barricade. Back in the ring Gibson continues to control Daniels and work on his arm. Daniels fights back and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to buy himself a little time. He recovers and puts the pressure on Gibson’s back, keeping the former ROH World Champion grounded. After several minutes and thwarted comeback attempts, Gibson is able to hit a belly-to-back suplex and that gives him the opening he needs. Gibson slams Daniels down and hits an elbow drop off the second rope for a two-count. This time around Gibson puts his focus on Daniels’ neck area, which is good strategy given his finishers. Daniels fights back after getting worked over for quite some time, and he’s able to hit Gibson with the Iconoclasm. They make it back to their feet and Daniels has gained a second wind. They take it back to the floor and Gibson is able to retake control out there. Back in the ring Gibson misses a Best Moonsault Ever and Daniels hits the STO for two. A Blue Thunder Driver gets another two-count for Daniels. Gibson counters an attempt at the Texas Cloverleaf into the Guillotine Choke, and Daniels counters that into a cradle for a near-fall. They battle up on the ropes and Gibson goes for a Tornado DDT but Daniels counters into a Flatliner. The back and forth battle continues and Gibson catches a charging Daniels in a snap powerslam for a two-count. A series of reversals and finisher attempts ends with Daniels hitting the Last Rites to get the pin at 26:02. That was a fantastic match between two tremendous wrestlers. I love the little touch of Daniels being angry that it was no longer a title match, and it gave the match even more juice than just being a Survival of the Fittest match. They worked in technical wrestling, brawling, and signature moves without doing any huge spots and kept it entertaining throughout. These guys are just plain great.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: ROH Pure Title Match – Nigel McGuinness vs. BJ Whitmer

Nigel has been the Champion since 8.27.05, and this is his second defense. Whitmer is one half of the ROH Tag Team Champions, but his partner Jimmy Jacobs wasn’t even booked on this show. They start with some chain wrestling and that is going to favor the Pure Champion. Nigel positions Whitmer in such a way to cheat him out of his first rope break, frustrating the challenger. The chain wrestling continues and Nigel once again forces Whitmer into a rope break, leaving Whitmer with only one to use. Nigel tries to goad Whitmer into using a closed fist, which is quite illegal in Pure Title matches. The Champion continues using his stellar combination of dirty tactics and pure wrestling to keep Whitmer off guard. Whitmer is able to catch Nigel in a suplex and then drives a knee into his face for a near-fall. He takes the Champ up the ropes and brings him down with a superplex for a two-count. They rise to their feet and slug it out and Nigel wins that battle. Whitmer comes back with a huge clothesline for a near-fall. Nigel comes back with the Tower of London and Whitmer uses his third rope break to avoid getting pinned. Now the Pure Champion can use the ropes in any way he wants. They fight up on the top rope and Whitmer brings Nigel down on his head with an exploder! That looked cool, but it only gets two. Whitmer hits a dropkick and covers, but Nigel gets his foot on the bottom rope. While the referee is telling the ring announcer about the rope break, Nigel hits Whitmer right in the stones and then cradles him up in the ropes to get the pin at 14:14. I actually miss the Pure Title, as it offered a different style of match due to the unique rules, and no one used those rules better than Nigel McGuinness.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: Survival of the Fittest 2005 Final Six Way Elimination Match – Jay Lethal vs. Colt Cabana vs. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels

Aries and Strong make their entrance together. Joe and Lethal clear the ring right from the start and then take everyone out with stereo suicide dives. Back in the ring Joe and Lethal focus on Cabana and work as a team to wear him down. Cabana takes quite a beating but is able to catch Joe in a sunset flip and almost pins him just like he did last year. Daniels is able to get a tag and he unloads on Joe, but he runs right into an STJoe. Lethal tags in and the action continues rolling at a rapid pace. Generation Next finally make their presence felt and they focus on Daniels, working him over in their corner of the ring. Daniels is able to hit Strong with a desperation STO, and that fires him up enough to take on both Aries and Strong quite successfully. Joe tags in to engage Strong in a chop battle. A series of reversals ends with Joe locking on the Choke, but Strong fights his way out by attacking Joe’s injured arm. Daniels sneaks in with a Best Moonsault Ever right to Joe’s arm. Strong takes Daniels out with a backbreaker and then pins Joe for the first elimination at 13:57! For the second year in a row Joe is the first man out. Cabana, Daniels, and Lethal all take turns beating on Aries, focusing on his back that was injured by the chair shot from Jimmy Rave. Lethal misses the diving headbutt and Daniels and Strong get tagged in. Daniels is all fired up, which is impressive given the length of his match with Gibson earlier and the fact that it was the last of the qualifying matches. Too bad it’s all for naught, as Aries makes a blind tag and surprises Daniels with a sunset flip to eliminate him at 19:12. Cabana and Lethal decide it would be in their best interest to work together against Aries and Strong, and they take them out with dives to the floor. Their advantage is short-lived, as the Gen Next duo is able to isolate Cabana and keep him far away from making a tag. Cabana is resourceful though, and he is eventually able to get to the corner and bring Lethal in. Momentum shifts back and forth during this de-facto tag team match, but Gen Next is obviously the more polished team. Aries and Strong take Cabana out and that leaves Lethal all alone. Strong hits the gutbuster and Aries scores with the Brainbuster to eliminate Lethal at 31:23. Cabana is all alone, but he doesn’t have to get in the match, meaning Aries and Strong have to go at each other. Sadly that’s not to be, as they pretty much force Cabana into the ring. Strong and Aries dominate, obviously, but Cabana shows a lot of heart in fighting back. Aries goes for the 450 Splash but his injured back causes him to slip off the ropes. Strong tags in and hits Cabana with a backbreaker and a piledriver to put him away at 35:51. That leaves tag team partners and stable mates Austin Aries versus Roderick Strong to decide just who is the Fittest.

For some reason Aries gets on the mic and tells the fans not to boo Generation Next for teaming up in the match because they would have done the same thing. He tells Strong that they’ll always be friends, but that’s all being put aside to see who the best man is. What a stupid waste of time that was. None of that needed to be said and it was just an annoying distraction. Anyway, they make good on the promise to fight each other, and show no mercy as they tear into each other. Strong is in a bit better shape because he wrestled a clean match against Jerrelle Clark and didn’t get struck with a chair the way Aries did. Momentum swings back and forth between them as the crowd seems oddly subdued. Aries has trouble pulling off all his usual moves because of his back, and it’s too bad for him that his opponent’s specialty is backbreaker variations. He injures his back performing the inverted Finlay Roll, but is still able to hit an IED and the Brainbuster. So I guess he can do all his usual moves. Aries goes up top but Strong brings him down with a super gutbuster. Strong tries a half-nelson backbreaker but Aries counters to the Crucifix Bomb. Aries kicks Strong in the head and goes for the Brainbuster but Strong counters into a half-nelson backbreaker. Strong hits another half-nelson backbreaker and then locks on the Stronghold! Aries is forced to tap out at 50:29. That match had a lot to live up to after last year’s greatness, and it couldn’t quite get there. It had some good stuff, like Gen Next and Joe/Lethal working as a team, and Aries’ back injury working against him as he faced a guy known for backbreakers. But there was some awkward spots sprinkled throughout, the crowd didn’t really pick up for Aries v Strong until the last couple minutes, and Aries’ mid-match promo really killed the momentum. Still, it was a good main event and a great showing for Roderick Strong on his way to challenging Bryan Danielson for the ROH World Title.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Survival of the Fittest 2004 (Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/31/a2z-analysiz-roh-survival-of-the-fittest-2004-bryan-danielson-austin-aries/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/31/a2z-analysiz-roh-survival-of-the-fittest-2004-bryan-danielson-austin-aries/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:00:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170294 SOTF 2004

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Ramada Inn – Essington, Pennsylvania – Thursday, June 24, 2004

Jimmy Bower and Mark Nulty (dammit) are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Mark Briscoe vs. Alex Shelley

They immediately take it to the mat and exchange holds. Back and forth they go, with both men showcasing their unique offensive repertoires. Mark attacks Shelley’s knee and tries to keep him grounded. Shelley fights back with a Superkick, and then he goes to work on the neck area. That’s smart strategy given that Shelley uses the Border City Stretch and the Shellshock as finishers. Mark cuts him off with a fisherman’s buster. Both men get back to their feet and Mark is able to strike first, going right back to the knee. They continue to go back and forth, working on the neck and knee, respectively. Shelley locks on the Border City Stretch, but Mark escapes and goes for a Cloverleaf. As Shelley struggles to break free, Mark turns it into a cradle to get the pin at 10:13. That was a good choice for an opener, and both men looked good here. They both had a strategy and focused on it, and it played into the finish. That’s the kind of match I can get behind.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Colt Cabana vs. Trent Acid

Cabana is one half of the ROH Tag Team Champions alongside CM Punk. They start with some chain wrestling and Cabana turns it into shenanigans, embarrassing his opponent. Acid takes a powder as the crowd chants for Cabana. Back to the ring and it’s more shenanigans. Acid tries going to the top rope and Cabana shoves him down into the ringside barricade. That gives Cabana a pronounced advantage and he goes to work, keeping Acid grounded. Acid fights back with a tornado DDT. They fight up on the ropes and Acid hits a super gourdbuster for two. Acid keeps up the offense and goes for the Yakuza Kick but Cabana ducks it. Cabana hits a gutbuster and then traps Acid in an inescapable cradle to get the pin at 7:57. That was a perfectly solid, but not unlike most other Colt Cabana matches.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #3: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Austin Aries vs. John Walters

Aries comes out with Shelley, Jack Evans, and Roderick Strong, while Walters is on his own. Shelley gets on the mic and tells Walters he can either step down out of the tournament, or get beat down. Walters tries to fight, but four-on-one are pretty huge odds. Shelley wraps a chain around his fist and they destroy Walters. He declares Aries the winner. Gary Michael Cappetta comes out and tells Generation Next that what they just did isn’t going to fly. He calls out Josh Daniels, who tells his manager Prince Nana to stay backstage. Generation Net beat him down too, but Walters makes his way back to the ring and somehow runs off the same four guys who just whooped his ass. Walters makes a challenge for a tag team match. Referee Todd Sinclair announces that the match is on, and the winner of the fall will advance to the finals.

MATCH #3: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Austin Aries & Roderick Strong vs. Josh Daniels & John Walters

Aries and Strong try a sneak attack but Walters and Daniels are fired up and ready for them. It’s all Daniels and Walters in the early going, as they use some unique offense and double-team moves to wear their opponents down. After several minutes of abuse, Aries and Strong are able to use some dubious tactics to overtake their fiery opponents. Aries and Strong focus on Walters and wear him down in their half of the ring with seamless teamwork. Finally Walters is able to fight back and hits a desperation simultaneous Lungblower on both opponents. That allows him to make the tag and Daniels comes in a house afire. Daniels almost kills Aries with a release Northern Lights Suplex, and then continues throwing chops and suplexes all around. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring throwing bombs. Strong dispatches Walters to the floor. Daniels has Aries up for a superplex but Strong rescues his partner and powerbombs Daniels. Aries follows with a 450 Splash to get the pin at 12:46. That worked really well as a tag match and it was nice to see some variety instead of six singles matches. Aries and Strong worked really well together as a team and you could see that right away. Walters and Daniels did too, especially for being thrown together. This got especially good down the stretch and the finish was aces.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #4: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Homicide vs. Jay Briscoe

Homicide has Julius Smokes in his corner and Jay has his brother Mark in his. They start off with some chain wrestling, but I would expect this one to get heated in short order. Homicide dropkicks Homicide to the floor and they trade dive attempts but neither man can connect. Jay is able to take control and brings Homicide down with a headlock. They continue to go back and forth, mixing in some brawling with their technical wrestling. Homicide focuses on Jay’s neck, and tries to keep him grounded. Jay is able to fight back and hit a Blue Thunder Bomb to finally get a respite. He follows up with a missile dropkick for a two-count. They trade finisher attempts but neither man can connect just yet. They both go for Yakuza Kicks and hit each other at the same time. Back on their feet Jay hits a leg lariat and a Falcon Arrow for two. Jay goes for the Jay Driller but Smokes interferes to break it up. Even so, Jay levels Homicide with a Superkick. Jay goes to the second rope and Smokes grabs onto his leg. That allows Homicide to bring Jay down with an Ace Crusher. Homicide hits the Lariat to score the pin at 15:00. Jay appears to be injured but Homicide doesn’t care, and he and Mark almost get into it. They’ll see each other again in the main event. As for this match, it was a solid back and forth contest, and Homicide worked the neck for most of it and then won with a neck submission so that works.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Jack Evans

They start off by trading dance moves. It doesn’t take long for Danielson to aggressively attack Evans with chain wrestling. Danielson stretches Evans in unnatural ways, but the plucky Evans tries his best to fight back. After a few minutes of that Evans is able to fight back with a series of kicks that send Danielson to the floor. Evans follows him out with a ridiculous dive. Back in the ring Evans hits a standing Phoenix Splash for a two-count. Danielson responds with a European Uppercut that turns Evans inside out. He then literally bends Evans in half with a submission hold to get the tap out win at 11:00. That went on a little long for what they were going for but Danielson stretching Evans is good fun and this was a unique combination of styles.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Samoa Joe vs. Matt Stryker

Joe is the ROH World Champion but the title is not on the line tonight. They start off with some chain and mat wrestling, as these two are not strangers to each other after a title match in April at ROH Reborn: Stage Two. Joe knocks Stryker to the floor and takes him out with the elbow suicida. He tries the Ole Ole Kick but Stryker avoids it and scurries back to the ring. Joe goes back to the ring and Stryker catches him with a leg trap DDT for a two-count. Stryker goes up top and comes down with a neckbreaker for another near-fall. Joe fights back with an enziguiri and then the powerbomb that he turns into an STF. Stryker catches a charging Joe with a powerslam for two, and then hits the Death Valley Driver for another two-count. They fight up on the top rope and Joe shoves Stryker down to the mat. Stryker perseveres and brings Joe down with a superplex! That gets a two-count. Stryker goes for another DVD but Joe blocks it and hits the Island Driver to get the pin at 9:35. Stryker obviously had no chance to advance here, but he made a solid go of it. It was about as good of a match as these two could realistically have given their places on the card.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #7: ROH Tag Team Title Scramble Match – CM Punk & Colt Cabana vs. Dunn & Marcos vs. Outcast Killaz vs. Special K

Punk and Cabana have been the Champions since 5.15.04, and this is their second defense. Dixie and Hydro are representing Special K tonight. I’m not sure what any of the jobber teams did to earn a shot at the titles. Punk and Cabana come out together, but Punk says he wants Cabana to focus on winning Survival of the Fittest, so he’ll go it alone. The titles can only change hands if Punk is pinned.

Punk and Dunn start it off, but Punk shows little interest in that so Dixie takes his place. The action immediately gets fast paced and heated and fast-paced, and everyone takes a shot at pinning Punk. Hydro gets all up in Punk’s face, and it’s the battle of basketball shorts! Punk bails again and lets Oman Tortuga and Diablo Santiago take Hydro out. Marcos comes in and the Killaz stay on him. The jobber teams continue to go at it while Punk picks his spots and mostly stays on the apron. Hydro is able to hit a double release Dragon Suplex on Dunn and Marcos, and Punk sneaks in and dumps Hydro to the floor. That allows Punk to steal the pin at 4:53. That was fun enough while it lasted, but it was really only there to set up the following…
Rating: **

MATCH #8: CM Punk vs. Hydro

Punk gets on the microphone and challenges Ricky Steamboat for the next show, and denigrates the teams he just beat. Hydro takes exception and challenges Punk to face him in a singles match. He calls Punk a pussy and that brings Punk back to the ring to retort. Punk says he is Straight Edge and Hydro slaps him in the face. Hydro offers a handshake for the first time ever and away we go.

Nulty immediately irritates me by confusing Special K with the Christopher Street Connection. I guess they’re practically the same stable … not. Punk tries to intimidate Hydro in the early going but it doesn’t work. They take it to the mat and Hydro gets an early advantage. Hydro knocks Punk to the floor and Punk takes his time regrouping. Back in the ring Punk hits a powerslam and starts going to work. Punk hits what Nulty calls a “crotch hold left, backbreaker, European style.” I hate Nulty so much. Anyway, Punk dominates for several minutes, making Hydro look very overmatched. Punk hits Welcome to Chicago and Lethal looks to be in great pain. This continues and Punk appears to be going for the Pepsi Plunge. Hydro fights back and hits a superplex. He follows up with a flurry of offense, including a leg lariat for two. Punk comes back with a Shining Wizard for a two-count. Hydro responds with a combo ending with a suplex for two. They trade more holds back and forth and Hydro clobbers Punk with a clothesline. Punk comes back with the hammerlock DDT and covers but pulls Lethal up at two for the second time in the match. He hits a super hurricanrana but it leads to a brief fish out of water spot, and then Hydro hits the release Dragon Suplex! He doesn’t cover right away though and only gets two. Hydro tries a hiptoss but Punk executes an “Oklahoma Side Roll into a Bridge” for the win at 18:48. That was a little bit long for Hydro at that time, but it did work in helping him become more serious and Punk made him look good.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #9: Survival of the Fittest Elimination Match – Mark Briscoe vs. Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries vs. Homicide vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe

Mark and Homicide start it off, and Mark is angry after what Homicide did to his brother Jay earlier tonight. Homicide quickly tags out and lets Cabana chain wrestle with Mark. Cabana and Mark are certainly no strangers to each other. The feeling out process continues as Danielson comes in and takes it to Mark. Danielson works Mark over on the mat, focusing on the leg. Joe tags in and continues where Danielson left off. Homicide tags in and the crowd is amped to see him and Joe fight, so he tags out and lets Aries fight Joe instead. Aries plays a little duck and move, and then levels Joe with a crucifix driver. He celebrates though and Joe makes him pay for it. More tags are made and all six men get a chance to battle each other and try to establish some kind of dominance. Things really get out of hand and Joe gets fired up. Danielson wipes Mark out with a dive to the floor and then hurls him into the barricade. Aries follows them out and takes both of them out. Cabana attacks Joe and gets dumped to the apron, but he comes back in with a sunset flip to eliminate the ROH World Champion at 15:22! The crowd is in shock. The match carries on with Homicide stepping in to battle Cabana now. Homicide drills Cabana with the lariat but Mark had made a blind tag. Mark comes in with a Shooting Star Press to pin Cabana at 17:07. That leaves Mark and Homicide to duke it out while Danielson and Aries watch on from the apron. They battle back and forth with ferocity and Mark hits a German Suplex, but he cannot maintain the bridge with his injured leg so both men are counted down at 19:04.

They take it to the mat right away and Danielson establishes dominance. Danielson is absolutely vicious in attacking Aries, who was very new to ROH at this time. Aries fights back and gets a little cocky with the ROH veteran. Danielson has been scratched over the right ear and he’s bleeding as Aries takes control with strikes and kicks. That doesn’t last long before Danielson comes back and hits a butterfly suplex for two. Aries tries the fancy back elbow off the second rope that he does, but Danielson cuts him off with a dropkick. Now Danielson goes to work on the back. Danielson goes to the second rope and Aries dropkicks him, causing Danielson’s leg to get tangled in the ropes. Aries follows up with another dropkick, this one to the back of the head, and Danielson tumbles to the floor. Sensing an advantage, Aries follows Danielson out and whips him into the barricade twice. Back in the ring Aries hits a slingshot splash for two. Aries hits the IED and another dropkick to the back of the head for two. Danielson is able to fight back with a series of hard chops. Aries goes to the apron and Danielson tries to suplex him back in but Aries reverses it and sends Danielson back to the floor. Somehow Aries’ chin has been busted open. Back in the ring Aries hits the shinbreaker/belly-to-back suplex combination. Aries then goes up for the 450 but misses and Danielson clobbers him with a running forearm. Danielson hits a series of clothesline for a two-count. He follows with a bridging Dragon Suplex for two, and then locks on Cattle Mutilation. Aries breaks out of it and turns it into a Fish Hook, and then into the Rings of Saturn. Danielson reaches the ropes. Aries continues the momentum, hitting the Brainbuster for a two-count. He goes up for the 450 again and this time hits nothing but knees. Danielson unloads with a series of bodyslams and a roaring forearm for a two-count. He sets Aries on the top rope and hits the belly-to-back superplex for two. Danielson goes back to bodyslams, and Aries cuts him off with a quick small package for two! That just angers Danielson, who goes back for more bodyslams and then locks on a bearhug. Danielson really wrenches it in and twists Aries’ body into unnatural positions and Aries is forced to tap at 42:28.

This match made Aries a star in Ring of Honor. The final sequence between himself and Danielson was tremendous stuff, with both men pulling out all stops to try and earn the title shot. The match leading up to that was also great, with non-stop action and lots of developments happening: Cabana earning a title shot by pinning Joe, both Mark and Joe continuing their wars with Homicide, and Aries keeping pace with five very established Ring of Honor stars. The progression of the eliminations also made sense, even though the first four were in pretty rapid succession. Ten years later and this is likely still the best Survival of the Fittest match.
Rating: ****½
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Bound for Glory 2012 (Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/11/a2z-analysiz-tna-bound-for-glory-2012-jeff-hardy-austin-aries-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/11/a2z-analysiz-tna-bound-for-glory-2012-jeff-hardy-austin-aries-2/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:00:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168918 bfg12

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Grand Canyon University Arena – Phoenix, Arizona – October 14, 2012

MATCH #1: TNA X Division Championship – Rob Van Dam vs. Zema Ion (c)

Ion has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his sixth defense. For a while there was a weight limit on the X Division Title, but then they just kind of stopped that because it’s dumb. RVD controls the early going and sends Ion reeling to the floor. Back in the ring Ion fights back and shows off some of his unique offense. Ion gets too cocky and RVD makes him pay for it, kicking him to the floor. The champ gets back to the apron and leaps in with a swank tornado DDT for a near-fall. Ion continues to dominate, hitting a missile dropkick for two. The crowd wills RVD back into it, and he hits a pop up dropkick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and then lands the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin and win the title at 8:04. That was solid and all, and Ion’s heat segment really worked. But the finish was just kind of abrupt. Putting the belt on RVD sadly didn’t help make the X Title more prestigious.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: TNA World Television Championship – Magnus vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (c)

Joe has been the Champion since 9.27.12, and this is his second defense. This is a feud based on hatred, so they start with some chain wrestling. Joe takes the first control and starts wearing Magnus down. Magnus repositions the referee so he can poke Joe in the eye. He takes control now and almost puts Joe away with a Michinoku Driver. Joe comes back with the Big Joe Combo for two. He follows with the snap powerslam for another two-count. Magnus tries a leap frog but Joe catches him in a powerbomb for two and then Joe turns it into the STF. Joe turns that into the Rings of Saturn and Magnus just makes it to the ropes. They fight up on the ropes and Magnus knocks him down with a knee. Magnus goes up top and hits the Top-Rope Elbow Drop. He covers Joe is able to kick out. Joe gets fired up and unloads with a series of strikes. He locks on the Choke and Magnus turns it into a cradle for two. Joe goes right back to The Choke and Magnus breaks it this time with a jawbreaker. Magnus takes out the knee. He goes for a figure-Four Leglock but Joe counters it and locks on The Choke with a body scissors to get the win at 9:15. These two had surprising chemistry as partners and have shown the same as opponents. This was a bit on the short side but they worked it smart and the finishing stretch was hot.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Street Fight – “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bobby Roode

Senior Official Earl Hebner is handling the action in the ring, while some guy named King Mo is the outside enforcer. Storm is the aggressor early on. They quickly spill to the floor and they battle each other under Mo’s watch. Roode is able to avoid taking the Eye of the Storm and he catapults Storm into the ring post. That of courses busts Storm open. Roode brings some weapons into the ring but Storm is the first one to use the kendo stick. Storm takes Roode over to the entrance walkway and delivers the Orton DDT! That’s sick. A fan hands Storm a crutch, so he makes that fan’s night by using it as a weapon. They then trade shots with a trash can lid, just destroying each other. Storm wins that battle and levels Roode with a trash can. He charges at Roode but gets caught in a huge spinebuster. Ouch. They fight over to the announce table and Roode spears Storm off and through another table. They make it back to the ring and Roode covers but only gets two. Roode gets in Hebner’s face about it and Mo comes to the rescue. A shoving exchange gives Storm the chance to hit Roode with a big Codebreaker. Storm drills Roode with the Last Call but it only gets two! He goes for another one but Roode catches it and throws Storm face-first into a chair for a two-count. Roode even had a handful of tights there. He goes out and grabs a chair to hit Storm with, and then he produces a bag of thumb tacks. Roode goes for a superplex onto the tacks but Storm pushes Roode down into them instead! Storm hits a flying elbow but Roode kicks out! Roode is able to hit a low blow and then he brings a six-pack of beer bottles into the ring, but Storm repays the favor with a low blow of his own! Storm breaks a bottle on Roode’s head and then destroys him with the Last Call. Roode lands on the tacks and Storm gets the pin at 17:32. That was a terrific brawl and a fitting end to the feud. They were doing big spots and kicking out of each other’s finishes because their feud had been built up over a year and they HATED each other, it wasn’t just two guys going out there and doing it to pop the crowd. Matches like this prove that Roode and Storm should be on top of TNA.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #4: Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow

Joey Ryan participated in the Gut Check and 87% of TNA fans polled wanted him to be offered a contract. So TNA did not offer him a contract, so he has to fight Al Snow to get his deal. How does that make Ryan the heel in this situation? Snow dominates the early going by showing off that he’s a wily veteran. Ryan fights back and shows some fire, according to Taz. Snow of course makes a quick comeback and hits the trapped headbutts. He hits the Snow Plow and Ryan kicks out at two. He goes outside the ring and grabs a mannequin head. The referee stops him from using it and Ryan shoves Snow directly into the idiot referee. While the referee is down the enormous Matt Morgan comes out and drills Snow with the Carbon Footprint. Morgan shoves Snow back in the ring and Ryan gets the pin at 8:27. That was an okayish TV-style match, but I don’t know if they ever bothered to explain why Morgan would help Ryan in the first place.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Chavo Guerrero, Jr. & Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian (c)

Daniels and Kazarian have been the Champions since 6.28.12, and this is their fourth defense. This is likely to be action packed. AJ and Chavo start the match. Angle and AJ take the early control, even thwarting the rule-breaking attempts from the Champions. Chavo and Hernandez work on AJ briefly, and then Kazarian tags himself in. Many tags in and out happen as all three teams try to set the pace. Finally the Champions successfully cheat to gain an advantage on AJ, and they isolate him from his partner and their other two opponents. After several minutes Angle gets the tag and he is a house afire. The referee loses control and bodies are flying all over the place. After a series of dives to the floor, the only one unaffected was Chavo, so he tries to take advantage. Angle hits him with the Angle Slam but Hernandez breaks it up. The action continues coming from everywhere and I don’t know how the referee has kept track of the legal men. Hernandez tags himself in at an opportune time and hits Daniels with the Border Toss. Chavo follows with the Frog Splash to get the pin at 15:33. That was good fast-paced action from three solid-good teams. Styles and Angle were clearly slumming it, but they did manage to class up the match just by being there.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: TNA Knockouts Championship – Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher (c)

Tessmacher has been the Champion since 8.16.12, and this is her second defense. Things get heated between the two combatants in this student versus mentor match. Tessmacher scores a little bit of early offense but Tara withstands the punishment to deliver plenty of her own. After a few minutes Tessmacher is able to catch Tara in a tornado DDT. Tessmacher unloads with a flurry of maneuvers and the crowd is sort of getting into it. The champion goes up top and hits a nice hurricanrana. Tessmacher goes back up top and this time misses the big elbow. Tara hits the Widow’s Peak and gets the pin to win the title for the fifth time at 6:21. Tessmacher has gotten passable in the ring but this never got much chance to develop and then it just ended.
Rating: **

Tara gloats about her win and finally introduces her “Hollywood Boyfriend” and it’s Jesse from a show called Big Brother. I have no idea who this guy is. I mean I do now that he’s been in TNA, but before that I have no clue. The crowd chants “Who Are You?”

MATCH #7: No Disqualification – Sting & Bully Ray vs. Aces & Eights

The masked, unidentified members of the Aces & Eights (I think it’s Mike “Knux” Knox and Luke “D.O.C.” Gallows) bring their hostage Joseph Park with them and handcuff him to the ringside barricade just to be jerks. Sting and Bully jump them on the floor and away we go. The brawl continues out on the floor, with Bully and Sting each paired off with a different gang member. Bully and Sting dominate and the crowd wants tables. The rather sizable A&8s are able to absorb the punishment and they focus on Sting in the ring, keeping him away from Bully Ray. After several minutes Sting hits one of them with the Scorpion Death Drop and the hot tag is made. Bully is a house afire. He tries to use a chair but a third masked member of the group comes out (probably Wes Brisco) and hits Bully in the nuts. The third man spits on Joseph Park, and that makes Park so angry that he rips the handcuffs right off!Park gets in the ring and unloads on the third man, chasing him to the back. Meanwhile, back in the ring Bully and Sting hit a Doomsday Device. Bully and Sting then hit Stinger Splashes on the other one. Sting tells Bully to get the tables. Before they can use said table a fourth member of the group comes out and slams Bully through the table, and that’s enough to get the pin at 10:53. That was an okay garbage brawl, but not knowing who Sting and Bully were fighting kind of dulled the impact.
Rating: **¾

More Aces & Eights come out to continue the beating, so of course Hulk Hogan comes to the rescue and starts taking out everyone with a simple punch. They focus on one of the masked guys, and are able to unmask him to reveal Devon. Yep, that’s it. Devon’s contract had supposedly run out a few months back so he left quietly and vacated the TV Title, so this was supposed to be a big surprise. But it’s just Devon.

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries (c)

Aries has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his second defense. The crowd actually seems to be more behind Aries than the conquering hero challenger. They start out on the mat but it’s pretty clear that there is some tension between these two. The momentum shifts several times in the opening minutes. Whenever Hardy goes on offense the crowd mostly boos, as they are solidly behind the Champion. Aries takes control and acts ultra cocky about it, angering his challenger. Hardy kicks the middle rope as Aries is getting in the ring. He takes control now and sends Aries back to the floor. Hardy appears comfortable heeling it up a little. He works Aries over on the floor, even hitting Poetry in Motion. Back in the ring Hardy misses Whisper in the Wind and Aries hits an elbow drop from the top rope. Aries controls the match now, thwarting Hardy’s comeback attempts for several minutes. He goes for the Brainbuster but Hardy counters with the sitout gourdbuster. Aries quickly squashes Hardy’s advantage, but then Hardy comes back with an Alley-Oop powerbomb. That looked awesome. The pace quickens and Hardy is just a step ahead of Aries, looking like the next TNA World Champion. But Aries isn’t done yet. Hardy hits (sort of) Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. They spill to the floor and Hardy tries a house show dive but misses. Aries follows with the Heat Seeking Missile, and then hits another one. Back in the ring Aries tries the pin but Hardy kicks out. Aries puts on the Last Chancery and Hardy reaches the ropes. They fight up the entrance ramp and Aries goes for a Brainbuster. Hardy avoids it and tries the Twist of Fate, but Aries is able to avoid that and take Hardy down against the ropes. Hardy’s neck snapped awkwardly there, so Aries follows up with an elevated neckbreaker right down on the ramp. That was cool. Back in the ring Aries hits a missile dropkick and then goes for the IED but Hardy gets a boot up. Hardy is able to connect with the Twist of Fate but Aries kicks out! The challenger goes up top and Aries knocks him down on his junk. Aries goes up top and delivers a super hurricanrana! The Champion is locked in now and he drills Hardy with an IED. Aries hits the Brainbuster but Hardy kicks out! He goes for the Warrior’s Way of all things but Hardy avoids it. Hardy hits a Stunner out of the corner and then another Twist of Fate. The Charismatic Enigma heads up top and hits the Swanton Bomb to get the pin and win the title at 23:03! The crowd made this pretty interesting with the mixed reactions, but Hardy did get a pretty sizable pop for the win so I think the crowd did appreciate the match for as good as it was. Both guys wrestled liked they legitimately NEEDED to beat the other guy, and this felt much bigger than I thought it would when I first heard this match announced. They won me over.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH All Star Extravaganza IV (Bryan Danielson, Jerry Lynn) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/05/a2z-analysiz-roh-all-star-extravaganza-iv-bryan-danielson-jerry-lynn-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/05/a2z-analysiz-roh-all-star-extravaganza-iv-bryan-danielson-jerry-lynn-2/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:00:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168760 all star 4

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Alhambra Arena – Philadelphia, PA – December 26, 2008

Kyle Durden is backstage to get the first ROH interview (as far as I know) with Kenny Omega. He tries to be funny but he’s just not. His opponent for tonight, Rhett Titus, busts in and talks some trash.

Moving on, Durden finds Chris Hero backstage, who enforces his “That Young Knockout Kid” nickname. He promises to knock his opponent Erick Stevens out tonight.

We head out to the arena, where Bobby Cruise announces all the various officials and doctors for this evening. Philadelphia State Athletic Commissioner Frank Talent makes his first appearance on camera in quite a while.

MATCH #1: Kenny Omega vs. Rhett Titus

They start with some basic back and forth stuff. Omega’s response receipt for Titus jerking off his arm is worse than the original act. Astute readers will recall that I pretty much dislike everything about Kenny Omega. Titus takes control with a dropkick for a near fall. He continues to control the action, keeping Omega on the ground. A tilt-a-whirl backbreaker gets two. He continues working on the back. Omega fires up and hits a couple of Polish Hammers. He lands a couple of kicks and then the leapfrog bulldog. He tries to hoist Titus up on his shoulders but his back is too damaged to hold him up there. He is able to hit the Stop Sign Enziguiri, which is without a doubt the stupidest, most contrived move in Ring of Honor, if not all of wrestling. He follows that up with the Electric Chair German Suplex to get the pin at 7:42. Titus controlled almost the entire match with his boring offense until Omega hit the finish, so there really wasn’t much to see here.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #2: Erick Stevens vs. Chris Hero

Stevens charges the ring and the fight is on. It’s all brawling at the start, as both men exchange chops and kicks. Hero tries to take a powder but Stevens follows him out and throws him around ringside. Stevens tries to get back in the ring and Sara Del Rey distracts him long enough for Hero to grab Stevens and ram his shoulder into the ring post. Hero is fully in control now, and tosses Stevens to the floor. Stevens recovers, tossing Hero into the ring post. Del Rey and Sweeney distract him once again, and Hero rams him into the barricade. He follows up with a mat-assisted senton. Back in the ring they trade strikes, and Stevens absorbs Hero’s shots and unloads some of his own. Hero comes back with an elbow strike, only to get back body dropped into the lights. Stevens hits the Choo-Choo and a shoulder-block off the second rope for two. Hero comes back with another elbow for two. Stevens gets an O’Connor roll for two, and then the capture clothesline. He goes for the Doctor Bomb and Del Rey climbs in the ring, but since she doesn’t actually touch Stevens there’s no DQ. In the distraction, Sweeney slips Hero a loaded elbow pad, which he puts on his foot. He kicks Stevens in the face with it, and that’s enough for the pin at 9:38. The match was decent enough, but it’s not like the booking of either guy right now is making them look like a threat to anything.
Rating: **

Brent Albright and Roderick Strong are backstage getting themselves fired up to face the NOAH contingent of Kensuke Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima. It’s a good thing that Albright and Stevens competed in a gauntlet match for the right to face these guys and lost, so that Albright and Strong could face them instead. At least there’s some reason, as Strong asked for a rematch with Sasaki any way he could get it.

MATCH #3: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Roderick Strong & Brent Albright

Strong and Nakajima start it off. They take it to the mat, with Nakajima seeming to have the early advantage. They wrestle to a standoff, and then continue some back and forth chain wrestling and striking. Strong begs for Sasaki to come in the ring, and he unloads the chops to no effect. He goes over to tag in Albright. They quickly engage in a Greco-Roman Knuckle Lock, and Sasaki gets the first advantage. Albright powers back and they start trading chops. Both hit hard, so they decide to switch over to shoulder-blocks, and neither man can knock the other down that way either. Albright hits a dropkick for a near fall. Sasaki comes back with a powerslam and tags in Nakajima. He delivers a missile dropkick for a near-fall. He unloads a combination of kicks for another near-fall. He charges in and Albright catches him with a swinging backbreaker for two. Strong gets tagged back in and they double-team Nakajima as Albright forgets who the legal man is. Nakajima comes back on Albright and tags Sasaki back in. He suplexes Albright for a two-count. Nakajima comes back in to trade blows with Albright. He hits a knee in the corner and a series of slaps and kicks. Sasaki and Nakajima double team Albright, and Sasaki focuses on the knee. Strong tries to help his partner and eventually does break the hold. The NOAH team continues working over Albright’s wheels, tagging in and out to keep a fresh man in there. Sasaki whips Albright off the ropes and they clothesline each other. Both men make tags, and Strong is on fire. Sasaki makes his way back into the ring and halts Strong’s momentum. He hits a nice powerbomb for two and then locks on an arm submission. Strong recovers and tags in Albright. They double team for a moment, and then Albright hits the Air Raid Crash for two. They dump Nakajima to the floor but can’t put Sasaki away. Nakajima gets back in the ring and they brutalize Strong. He dumps Strong back to the floor and hits a dive over the ropes. Meanwhile Sasaki hits Albright with a lariat for a near-fall. Moments later the Northern Lights Bomb is enough to do the trick at 15:59. It took the fans a little bit to get into it, but they eventually did. The match just didn’t have any real flow, just moves going back and forth for a while. It was fine for what it was I guess.
Rating: **¾

Larry Sweeney is backstage with his American Wolves. Richards has developed personality over the years; Edwards is still a blank slate.

MATCH #4: Takeshi Morishima vs. Go Shiozaki

Shiozaki is six days removed from dropping the FIP World Title to Tyler Black. I miss Morishima. Shiozaki attacks right away and knocks Morishima down with one chop and then sends him to the floor. He rams the former ROH World Champion’s head into the steel post twice. Back in the ring it’s all Shiozaki, surprisingly. He works Morishima over and puts him in the Tree of Woe. Morishima finally fires up and lands a series of strikes. Shiozaki comes back and tries a Piledriver but can’t hit it. Morishima takes control now and throws Shiozaki to the floor. Shiozaki’s back gets cut open by the barricade, so he takes his time getting back into the ring. When he does Morishima takes control and keeps Shiozaki down. Shiozaki makes the comeback and hits a Fisherman’s Buster after several attempts. He still can’t hit the Piledriver though, and winds up taking all of Morishima’s weight down on his chest. Morishima hits a missile dropkick. A running clothesline in the corner and a uranage gets two. Morishima goes back to the top rope and Shiozaki stops him and hits a superplex. A clothesline by Shiozaki gets two. Morishima tries the flying hip attack but Shiozaki grabs him in a German Suplex. A couple of shots to the head area gets another two-count for Shiozaki. He goes up for a moonsault but Morishima grabs him in a powerbomb for a near-fall. Morishima withstands Shiozaki’s strikes and hits a lariat of his own. He follows up with the Back Drop Driver and that’s good enough for a pin at 11:31. I was hoping for something along the lines of Morishima versus Shingo from Chicago, and even though it didn’t quite reach that it was fun.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Three Way Elimination Match – Nigel McGuinness & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The American Wolves

Nigel and Jay start the match. They chain wrestle for a bit before Nigel aggressively tags Richards into the match. Richards takes control of Jay, but the momentum switches to the Briscoes when Edwards gets tagged in. Mark follows the apparent tagging rule for this match, as he aggressively tags the ROH World Champion into the match. The Wolves try to double-team him in their corner so the champion wisely takes a powder. Back in the ring Nigel wants no part of Richards, so he tags Jay into the match. The E.U. lets the Wolves take control of the Briscoes before weaseling their way back into the match. They work over Jay for a while before he makes the comeback. The Briscoes try the springboard Doomsday Device on Claudio but Davey breaks that up from the floor, further injuring Mark’s bad knee. Claudio hits a pop-up European Uppercut on Jay, but he’s unaware that Edwards made the blind tag, and Edwards rolls Claudio up to eliminate him and Nigel at 10:33! Man, Claudio jobs to everybody. Nigel is unhappy about this development. An angry Claudio grabs the timekeeper with that ridiculous mustache and throws him into the first row.

Back in the ring we’re down to the Briscoes versus the Wolves, and they’re working on Mark’s weakened knee. After several minutes of abuse Mark makes the hot tag to Jay, and he cleans house on the Wolves. A Death Valley Driver on Richards only gets two. The Wolves use some double teaming to reclaim the advantage. Edwards hits the backpack chin-breaker for two. Does that move have a name? The Wolves use more double teaming, and even try the springboard Doomsday Device. The Briscoes won’t allow that though, and break it up. Moments later Jay hits the Jay Driller and the Briscoes pick up the win at 18:57. That was a fun match with a variety of styles and it came together pretty well. I don’t like the name “American Wolves” but I think they can be an effective tag team, especially if Edwards can develop some sort of personality.
Rating: ***½

Naomichi Marufuji gets some promo time backstage to hype his upcoming match with Austin Aries. Thanks to the interviewer for translating.

MATCH #6: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Austin Aries

Both men are over with the crowd, and they start cautiously. They take it to the mat early on and play fair. They trade holds and reversals with neither man gaining a clear-cut advantage. Aries is able to take Marufuji down and lock on the Last Chancery, but he’s too close to the ropes and Marufuji rolls to the floor. Back in the ring Marufuji is able to land a Superkick that knocks Aries to the floor. Back in the ring it’s more back and forth, with both men exhibiting their skills. They exchange chops in the corner and Marufuji gets the better of it by nailing Aries in the nose. He continues to work on the face. Aries tries fighting back but Marufuji is able to maintain control. He puts Aries in the Tree of Woe, but Aries avoids the coast-to-coast dropkick. He hits a neckbreaker against the ropes, and then continues going to work on the neck. Back in the ring that trend continues. Marufuji makes a brief comeback but Aries cuts him off with a nice dropkick to the face. Aries for some reason starts jawing with the fans, which gives Marufuji the opening he needed to make the comeback. He hits a Superkick for two. Aries comes back with an STO and the Power Drive Elbow for two. He throws Marufuji to the floor and tries the Heat Seeking Missile, but Marufuji kicks him in the face. He follows up with another running dropkick and a slingshot elbow back into the ring for two. He tries the Shiranui but Aries avoids it. Aries hits a Crucifix Bomb and Marufuji rolls to the floor. This time Aries hits the Missile and Marufuji looks like he took it hard, that’s what she said. Back in the ring Aries hits the knee strikes and locks on the Last Chancery. Aries just releases the hold for some reason and then goes for the brainbuster. Marufuji avoids that but can’t avoid the shin-breaker/belly-to-back suplex combo. Aries then hits two running dropkicks in the corner. He then goes for a Super Brainbuster but Marufuji drops him down and hits a variation of the Curb Stomp off the top rope. He follows up with a springboard dropkick for a near-fall. He tries the Shiranui but Aries once again avoids it. Marufuji hits a series of three Superkicks and then hits a move that Prazak doesn’t have a name for (I HATE THAT) and gets the win at 20:06. The match had some really good stuff in it but both of them seemed slightly off at certain points. Luckily those two being off is still better than a lot of guys.
Rating: ***½

Prince Nana once again makes an appearance, begging Cary Silkin for a job. The crowd gives him an enthusiastic recommendation.

MATCH #7: Kevin Steen, El Generico & Necro Butcher vs. The Age of The Fall

Age of the Fall is represented tonight by Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black, and Delirious. The fans are still chanting “Next World Champ” at Black at this point. Oh if they only knew what ROH management had in store for him. Daizee Haze comes out with the good guys, as she usually does. Jacobs tries to stall, but the good guys will have none of it. The match starts as a big brawl on the floor, with everyone pairing off with an opponent, Generico and Black being the first two actually in the ring. The match is still a bit out of control, and finally settles down when the AOTF isolates Steen in their corner. Steen makes the comeback on Delirious and they take over on him in their corner. They beat him up for a while, but Delirious is able to tag in Black, who goes to work on Generico. Steen soon gets tagged in and now Black is being worked on in the corner. Generico comes back in and Black rams him into the corner and the AOTF take control again. He gets beat up on for quite a while before making the hot tag to Steen, and the crowd wakes up. The match breaks down into a brawl and the referee isn’t even trying to control it. Delirious is about to spike Necro, but Daizee Haze comes in and stops him, and he drops the spike. Necro then choke-slams Delirious and somersaults off the top rope onto his opponents. The tag champions then get back in the ring and go for the Package Piledriver / Brainbuster combo, but the American Wolves come out and break it up and hit Steen in the knee with a pipe, all behind the referee’s back. Jacobs takes his chance to lock on the End Time on Steen, who can’t escape and has to tap out at 15:30. That had some decent action and stuff, but it never felt like there was any real heat between anybody here.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: Bryan Danielson vs. Jerry Lynn

ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness has joined the commentary team. The match starts off with both men tentatively trying to secure a hold on his opponent. Danielson gets an early advantage, but a series of reversals sees both men tumbling to the floor. They get back in the ring and start all over with a lockup. They do some more back and forth that leads to another standoff. Yes, really. More reversals lead to another standoff, and then Danielson starts going after the leg. Lynn powers up and they trade reversals once again and it’s another stalemate. Danielson avoids a springboard body press and hits a running knee strike for two. He switches gears and starts working on Lynn’s arm, likely to set up for Cattle Mutilation, and perhaps to help thwart the Cradle Piledriver. They do the rolling fish out of water spot, and neither man is able to even get a one-count on his opponent. Both men are dizzy but back to their feet. They simultaneously try cross body blocks and both men are down once again. They get back t o their feet and Lynn goes on offense. He gets a few moves in, and then Danielson uses his legs to pull Lynn to the floor. Danielson follows him out with a big dive through the ropes and both men are down. Back in the ring Danielson tries a Missile Dropkick but Lynn (sort of) grabs his leg and catapults Danielson to the floor. Lynn now follows him out with a dive and both men are down. They get back in the ring and Lynn hits a cross body off the ropes for two. Danielson makes a brief comeback but Lynn shuts him down with a Cross-Face Chicken Wing. Lynn can’t coax a submission though, and Danielson reaches the ropes. Danielson avoids the Stupid Jerry Lynn Legdrop and hits a springboard knee strike. He follows up with a German Suplex with a bridge for two, and rolls it over into Cattle Mutilation. Danielson rolls it over in the elbow strikes but Lynn won’t give in. Lynn powers out of the hold and drops Danielson with a sort of inverted Gory Bomb. He tries the Cradle Piledriver, but Danielson plays possum and locks on a triangle choke. Lynn escapes that and Danielson gets a jackknife cradle for two. A powerbomb by Lynn gets two. Lynn once again tries the Cradle Piledriver and Danielson counters it to the Triangle Choke. Unfortunately for Danielson, Lynn makes the ropes. Danielson sets Lynn on the top rope but Lynn counters to a sunset bomb for two. Both men get up and trade maneuvers once again. They reverse each other’s small package, but on third reversal, Danielson is able to hold Lynn down for the win at 26:28. That was way too long for Jerry Lynn these days. The ending got pretty hot (even if I hate the finish), but this isn’t what I want to see in a main event. The first 10-12 minutes was all just standoff spots and that stuff went out of style years ago. And there’s no reason for Lynn to be portrayed as being on even ground with “the best in the world.” Sometimes it’s okay for guys to lose, and Lynn losing to Danielson would be one of those instances. Not everybody has to always be equal. Danielson gets on the mic to put Lynn over, and Lynn gets to speak his piece as well.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH All Star Extravaganza III (Austin Aries, Delirious, CIMA, Susumu Yokosuka) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/04/a2z-analysiz-roh-all-star-extravaganza-iii-austin-aries-delirious-cima-susumu-yokosuka/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/04/a2z-analysiz-roh-all-star-extravaganza-iii-austin-aries-delirious-cima-susumu-yokosuka/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:00:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168756 2007_03_30

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Michigan State Fairgrounds & Expo Center – Detroit, Michigan – March 30, 2007

Rebecca Bayless is amongst the rubes in the crowd asking them how far they came for the show. They came from some different places. I don’t see why this was included.

Next up is a video package for the Dragon Gate stars that are appearing tonight. Previous appearances included at Dragon Gate Invasion, Dragon Gate Challenge, Supercard of Honor, Better Than Our Best, International Challenge and Final Battle 2006. Returning to ROH tonight are CIMA, Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito, Naruki Doi, and Shingo. Making their ROH debuts tonight are Masaaki Mochizuki, Susumu Yokosuka, and YAMATO.

MATCH #1: Four Corner Survival Match – Adam Pearce vs. Chris Hero vs. Colt Cabana vs. Matt Sydal

Hero is accompanied by Larry Sweeney and Tank Toland. Pearce has Shane Hagadorn (with the Top of the Class Trophy) in his corner. Cabana and Sydal start, but before any contact is made Sydal tags Hero. The chain wrestling begins, and these are two of the best at it. Cabana and Hero engage in some shenanigans much to the delight of the crowd. Hero gets frustrated so he takes a powder. Back in the ring Hero tags Sydal back in. Sydal uses his quickness to disorient Cabana, and Pearce takes the opportunity to tag himself in. Pearce plants Sydal with a huge Chokeslam. He hits a powerslam for two. Pearce tags Hero and he continues the work on Sydal, keeping him grounded. Hero and Pearce work together as a team, which sure won’t last. Sydal is able to leap off Pearce’s back and hit Hero with a tornado DDT. He makes the hot tag and Cabana is a bayit afire. Cabana uses Sydal as a battering ram. The referee has lost control and all four men are in the ring. Cabana hits Pearce with a super hurricanrana and then pitches Hero to the floor. Sydal takes Hero out with a dive. Pearce hits Cabana with brass knuckles behind the referee’s back to get the pin at 11:15. That was a good, high-energy opener that effectively used the talents of all four men.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Erick Stevens vs. Alex Payne

This is Stevens’ ROH debut. I think it’s Payne’s first main show match too. Stevens uses the pre-match handshake to pull Payne into a pop-up powerslam. He hits the Choo-Choo and the Doctor Bomb to get the win in short order at 0:23. That was a perfectly acceptable squash.
Rating: ¼*

The Briscoes are outside the building getting fired up for their Tag Team Title rematch tonight against Shingo and Naruki Doi. They say 2007 is the year of the Briscoes. Man up!

MATCH #3: Davey Richards vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

Richards attacks right away and the fight is on. The kicks start flying right away, which is expected. Mochizuki takes Richards to the mat and uses a half crab. Richards reaches the ropes but Mochizuki doesn’t let up. They go to the floor and Mochizuki is dominating. Mochizuki misses a kick and connects with the ring post, injuring his leg. Back in the ring Richards goes to work. That goes for a few minutes and then Mochizuki remembers how badass he is and kicks his way back in control. Richards comes back with the Alarm Clock and a bridging German Suplex for a near-fall. He goes up top and tries the Shooting Star Press but Mochizuki gets the knees up. Mochizuki hits Twister but Richards kicks out! They trade some strikes and Richards catches a kick and executes a Dragon Screw leg whip. Richards puts on the Stretch Muffler and Mochizuki reaches the ropes. They continue to go back and forth, trying to out-man each other. Mochizuki drills Richards with a kick to the back of the head to score the pin at 10:41. That was an entertaining match between two guys with similar styles just unloading on each other. Good stuff.
Rating: ***¼

Bruno Sammartino

The longest reigning WWE Champion of all time comes out and puts over Ring of Honor, and is appreciative for how they reached out to him and stuff. He puts over the wrestlers, but Larry Sweeney, Chris Hero, and Tank Toland come out to interrupt him. Sweeney puts Sammartino over, but says that the only reason he accomplished so much is that Hero was born 50 years too late. He then challenges Sammartino to arm wrestle Hero. Sammartino is not afraid. Even so he is at a three-on-one disadvantage, so Nigel McGuinness comes out to make the save. Sammartino decks Sweeney, sending Sweet N’ Sour Inc. scurrying to the locker room. That was fun.

Backstage – Christopher Daniels cuts a promo on Homicide, his opponent tonight. Daniels calls their match a battle of icons, and reminds everyone that he beat Samoa Joe at this time last year, so he can beat Homicide this year.

MATCH #4: Anything Goes Mixed Tag – BJ Whitmer & Daizee Haze vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Lacey

Whitmer and Haze rush the ring and the battle begins. The men fight in the ring while the women take it right to the floor. The spike gets involved right away, and Whitmer tries to take Jacobs’ head off but misses and the spike gets stuck in the top turnbuckle. Whitmer suplexes Jacobs to the floor and they both tumble out. Lacey and Haze take their war into the ring. Whitmer and Jacobs fight into the crowd. This goes on for a while and the crowd pops for the big moves or weapon shots. It’s very hard to tell what Jacobs and Whitmer are up to since they’re on the small part of the split screen. Finally Jacobs and Whitmer make their way back to ringside and Whitmer is dominating. Meanwhile Lacey hits Haze with an elevated neckbreaker for two. Jacobs gives Lacey a chair and she goes for the Implant DDT but Haze counters with a jackknife cradle for two. Haze hits the Heart Punch and goes for the Yakuza Kick but Lacey avoids it. The men get in the ring and they go to their infamous corner. Lacey knocks Whitmer down on his crotch. Haze takes care of Lacey so Jacobs takes Haze out with an ax handle from the second rope. Jacobs then drills Haze with a Spear so hard that she comes out of her shoes! Lacey then hits the Implant DDT to get the academic pin at 9:49. That was a pretty standard brawl albeit with an extremely memorable finish.
Rating: **¼

Lacey wants to reward Jacobs for all his hard work lately. The crowd chants “show your tits,” showing what an evolved group ROH fans are. Lacey gives Jacobs a nice hug and the crowd chants “dirty whore.” She promises a whole lot more if Jacobs beats Whitmer in the cage match tomorrow night.

Jack Evans is dressed up nicely for a change, because tonight is a big weekend for ROH. He says it’s an even bigger weekend for him personally. Evans goes over his history with Roderick Strong, and says that Strong has managed to piss him off.

MATCH #5: ROH World Tag Team Title Match – Shingo & Naruki Doi vs. The Briscoes

Doi and Shingo have been the Champions since 3.3.07, and this is their second defense. Jay and Shingo start the match with some chain wrestling. Mark and Doi tag in and refuse to let the other gain an advantage. The Briscoes are able to take the first control and they focus on Doi. That doesn’t last long before Shingo gets a tag. The champions are back in control and Doi hits Dai Bosou. They continue to beat Mark down until some miscommunication allows him to come back and make the tag. Doi gets knocked to the floor and Mark goes for a Shooting Star Press and lands right on top of his head. That was one of the scarier bumps I’ve ever seen live – what is it about that building in Detroit? Jay continues fighting while his brother lays motionless on the floor. Gabe Sapolsky and paramedics come out to check on Mark, and Jay finally goes out to see how his brother is. Back in the ring Jay is fired up but Shingo quickly cuts him off. I’m surprised they’re continuing the match. Jimmy Bower enters the booth and gives an update on Mark’s condition, noting that he is not paralyzed but there is a lot of blood and he has at least a concussion. Bower also notes that Mark told his brother to get in the ring and win the Tag Team Titles. Back to the match, and the Champions are in control. Doi hits a Rydeen Bomb for two. Jay is a fighter though and he won’t stay down. Shingo tags in and hits a DDT and a back senton for two. He hits a superplex and Doi follows with a flying elbow for a two-count. The champions continue the double-teaming but Jay is able to duck a Shingo clothesline and Doi is out. Jay then hits Shingo with the Jay Driller to get the pin and regain the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 16:03. That was going along all well and good before the horrific bump. After the bump it was fine, but it was hard not to be concerned about Mark.
Rating: ***

From out of nowhere the Motor City Machine Guns make their way out to the chants of “Welcome Back.” Chris Sabin says they are here out of respect, but also that Detroit is their backyard. Alex Shelley takes the mic and talks about the things that the Guns and the Briscoes have in common. He challenges the Briscoes to put the tag team titles on the line against the Guns on April 28 in Chicago. Jay agrees, and then the Guns attack him just to be dicks.

Backstage – Rebecca Bayless is talking about Mark Briscoe. Larry Sweeney comes in and interrupts her. Sweeney is furious about what Nigel McGuinness did to him tonight. Bayless says she will have an update on Mark a little bit later on.

MATCH #6: Pelle Primeau vs. YAMATO

They start with some chain wrestling as I try to wrap my head around how different YAMATO looks from what I’m used to. Primeau uses his high flying skills to keep YAMATO subdued in the early going. YAMATO catches Primeau with an exploder and then a Spear. He tries a German Suplex but Primeau counters into a cradle for two. Primeau tries a headscissors but YAMATO slams him down for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with YAMATO hitting a bridging German Suplex for the pin at 2:23. That was brisk but fun.
Rating: *½

Larry Sweeney makes his way out with Brent Albright, and says that he hired Albright for the night to take on Nigel McGuinness. Sweeney calls Nigel out for the match, RIGHT NOW.

MATCH #7: Nigel McGuinness vs. Brent Albright

McGuinness attacks right away and Albright cuts him off with a big clothesline. Albright tries to follow up but McGuinness comes right back. McGuinness hits an early lariat for two. He gets distracted with the referee and Albright takes control. McGuinness fires back with a lariat, of course. He goes to work and tries the Tower of London but Albright fights it off. Albright tries a cross body block but McGuinness rolls through for a two-count. Back on their feet Albright nails McGuinness with a European Uppercut and a belly-to-belly suplex. Albright goes back up top and McGuinness tries another Tower of London, which Albright counters tot he Crowbar. McGuinness reaches the ropes. Albright continues to attack the arm and they trade some forearms. McGuinness goes for the Jawbreaker Lariat but Albright once again counters with the Crowbar. McGuinness reaches the ropes again. He is able to hit the Tower of London but Sweeney has the referee distracted. That gives Albright the chance to hit the 61Knee and a neckbreaker for two. McGuinness comes back with a superkick for two. Chris Hero comes out to distract McGuinness and Albright hits a half nelson suplex to get the pin at 11:36. Albright was really boring but McGuinness made this a passable match. These shows were just so long that sometimes matches like this that were added just to get more people on the card just dragged.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: Homicide vs. Christopher Daniels

Daniels attacks Homicide right away and starts slugging away at him. This is Daniels’ first match since he and Matt Sydal lost the ROH World Tag Team Titles to the Briscoes. They are scheduled for a rematch tomorrow night, but with Mark’s injury who knows how they’re going to handle that. Anyway, Homicide fights back with a sloppy headscissors that sends Daniels to the floor. Homicide follows Daniels out to continue the brawl. He goes for a piledriver but Daniels backdrops him and Homicide’s ankles break a piece off a table. Of course, Homicide sells that for all of five seconds before whipping Daniels into the guardrails repeatedly. Back in the ring Homicide stays in control. Daniels sidesteps a charging Homicide and sends him to the floor. He follows him out for some more punishment. They go back inside and I’m waiting for Homicide to fight back. Daniels is able to delay said comeback and teases the Best Moonsault Ever but decides not to give the fans want they want to see. Instead Daniels hits the Iconoclasm for two. Homicide comes back with the Ace Crusher. He hits a t-bone suplex and Daniels goes to the floor, so Homicide follows him out with the Tope Con Hilo. Back in the ring Homicide hits a DDT for two. Homicide hits Three Amigos. He goes up top and hits a big elbow drop for two. Daniels comes back with a dropkick and the Blue Thunder Bomb for a two-count. He locks on the Koji Clutch and Homicide reaches the ropes. Daniels hits an STO and tries to use the ropes for leverage but referee Paul Turner catches him. They fight up on the top rope and Homicide hits a super Ace Crusher for a near-fall. Homicide lands the big Lariat but it only gets two. He goes for Da Cop Killa but Daniels reverses to the Angel’s Wings and Homicide kicks out! A series of reversals ends with Homicide trapping Daniels in a jackknife pin for the win at 15:00. That was okay back and fort stuff but the finish was lame and you could tell both guys were treading water with the impending PPV debut coming up and knowing TNA was going to pull them from ROH shows.
Rating: **¾

After the match Jim Cornette, Adam Pearce, and Shane Hagadorn make their way out to put a beating on Homicide. Didn’t this feud end? Homicide cleans house but doesn’t see Brent Albright coming. Albright traps Homicide in the Crowbar and Delirious and Colt Cabana run out to make the save.

MATCH #9: Jack Evans vs. Roderick Strong

They tear into each other right away, as this is their first time facing each other in Ring of Honor. Evans gets the upper hand so Strong takes a powder. Strong stalls a while and then makes his way back in the ring. He targets the arm and they take it down to the mat. Evans fights back with his incredible agility and lands a headscissors from the top rope to take control. He hits the first chop of the match and that just irritates Strong. Evans hits a flying elbow for two. Strong catches Evans in a handspring maneuver and slams him to the mat. Now Strong really tears into Evans, stretching him and abusing him in inhumane ways. Once again Evans fights back, as the momentum has shifted several times in the opening minutes of this match. Evans actually hits a standing 450 splash, which is just ridiculous. Strong responds with a backbreaker. They fight to the apron and Strong drops Evans with a slam. He didn’t even have to piledrive the man to get a pop. Back in the ring Strong covers for two. Evans fights back and sends Strong to the floor and after some flips and flops he hits a hurricanrana off the apron. Strong picks Evans up and drops him on the guardrail, and then hits a fallaway slam into the ring post. Strong throws Evans back inside and covers for two. He continues decimating Evans and bending him in unnatural ways. Evans tries fighting back but Strong is able to cut him off. Finally Evans comes back and hits the Sasuke Special. Back in the ring Evans hits a twisting splash off the second rope for two. Evans goes for a swinging DDT but Strong blocks it and sets him on the top rope. Strong pulls Evans into a backbreaker and then hits the torture rack backbreaker. Amazingly Evans kicks out of that. Evans fights back with kicks and hits the Ong Bak knees. He follows with a standing corkscrew body press for two. Strong heaves Evans onto the top turnbuckle and follows him up to hit a super fallaway slam for a near-fall. Evans tries a reverse rana and they can’t quite complete it, so they repeat the spot. Bummer. Evans goes up top but misses the 630. A series of reversals and pinning combinations ends without anyone able to score a pin. They fight up to the top rope and Evans knocks Strong down. Once again Evans misses the 630. Strong follows up with the Sick Kick and the Gibson Driver, and then locks on the Stronghold and Evans taps out at 21:42. These two have great chemistry as partners and that translates to them as opponents. Evans flying around and Strong throwing him around is always fun.
Rating: ****

Backstage – Rebecca Bayless announces that Mark Briscoe is fully mobile but suffered a severe concussion. He will definitely not be competing tomorrow night at Supercard of Honor II.

MATCH #10: Austin Aries, Delirious, Claudio Castagnoli & Rocky Romero vs. CIMA, Susumu Yokosuka, Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito

Delirious and Saito start the match. Of course Delirious loses his mind at the bell and runs around the ring. Romero tags in to start the match proper. They go back and forth for a while and then tag Kid and Castagnoli. This should be a good match up; Castagnoli works great with smaller guys. Not much happens and then CIMA and Delirious tag in. They do some stuff and finally Yokosuka and Aries tag in, so everyone has been in the ring within the opening minutes. Aries gives everyone armdrags and they go to the floor, so he wipes them out with the Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Aries goes to work on CIMA. Momentum shifts over to the Dragon Gate side and they isolate Aries. After a few minutes Aries is able to hot tag Delirious. The ROH team uses some impressive teamwork to work on Kid, and that’s a smart pick for who to isolate on that team. After a few minutes of that Kid makes the tag to Yokosuka. Now it’s the Dragon Gate team’s turn to dominate. The referee loses control and all eight men are flying in and around the ring. People are hitting signature moves but no finishers yet, so they’re not quite in the Go Home stretch yet. The action continues to be rapid and the finisher parade begins. Finally in all the chaos CIMA is able to hit Delirious with Crossfire to get the pin at 27:54. Well that was just tons of fun to watch and never felt as long as it was. There were semblances of strategy and psychology from both teams that helped it become more than just a spot-fest. This was a fitting main event.
Rating: ****

Backstage – Jimmy Jacobs cuts one of the best promos of his life, recapping his history with BJ Whitmer and talking about their steel cage match tomorrow night. It’s a remarkably effective promo and perfectly sets the stage for the cage.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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TNA One Night Only PPV Taping Lineups (Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/22/tna-one-night-only-ppv-taping-lineups-jeff-hardy-samoa-joe-austin-aries/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/22/tna-one-night-only-ppv-taping-lineups-jeff-hardy-samoa-joe-austin-aries/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:12:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169285 TNA had house shows scheduled for Setpember 5, 6 and 7. However, these were changed to PPV tapings for remaining One Night Only PPvs in 2014.

Here are the proposed lineups for the shows/PPVs in early September:

Setpember 5, 2014 (Charlottesville, VA)

  • Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
  • Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
  • Eric Young vs. Magnus
  • Bram vs. Abyss
  • EC 3 & Rockstar Spud vs. Gunner & Ken Anderson
  • Austin Aries vs. Great Sanada
  • Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne
  • Samoa Joe vs. DZ Zema Ion vs. Kenny King
  • Setpember 6, 2014 (Roanoke Rapids, NC)

  • Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus
  • Bobby Roode vs. MVP
  • Eric Young vs. Abyss
  • EC 3 vs. Austin Aries
  • Ken Anderson vs. James Storm
  • Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
  • Bram vs. Gunner
  • Samoa Joe vs. Great Sanada vs. Rockstar Spud
  • Setpember 7, 2014 (Fayetteville, NC)

  • Matt & Jeff Hardy vs. MVP & Kenny King
  • Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
  • Bram vs. Eric Young
  • EC 3 vs. Abyss
  • Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne
  • Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries
  • James Storm vs. Gunner
  • Ken Anderson vs. DJ Zema Ion
  • No word on which months for One Night Only these will air.
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    A2Z Analysiz: TNA Hardcore Justice 2012 (Austin Aries, Bobby Roode) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/20/a2z-analysiz-tna-hardcore-justice-2012-austin-aries-bobby-roode-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/20/a2z-analysiz-tna-hardcore-justice-2012-austin-aries-bobby-roode-3/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168894 Hardcore Justice 2012

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    Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – August 12, 2012

    Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

    MATCH #1: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Kid Kash & Gunner

    Kash and Gunner attack before the bell and here we go. They dump Hernandez to the floor and try to double-team Chavo but of course he’s too good to succumb to that. Chavo takes Gunner out and then hits Kash with the Three Amigos. He goes up top but Gunner knocks him down. Now Kash and Gunner are able to work Chavo over and wear him down. Chavo comes back with a headscissors on Kash. Gunner cuts Chavo off from the apron and they go back to work. Kash and Gunner have been totally dominant here. Finally Chavo is able to make a comeback and he and Kash clothesline each other. Both men are down. Hernandez gets the hot tag and he’s a Super Mex afire. He throws Kash and Gunner around while Chavo recovers. Kash and Gunner try to double-team but Hernandez fights them off. Hernandez throws Gunner to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Chavo actually made the tag while Hernandez was in flight, which is kind of neat. Hernandez hits Kash with a slingshot shoulderblock and Chavo follows with the Frog Splash to get the pin at 9:36. I don’t much care for these two teams so I was ready to dump on this match, but it was actually a perfectly serviceable opener, with the tag team formula done to a T.
    Rating: **¾

    MATCH #2: Bound for Glory Series Falls Count Anywhere Match – D’Angelo Dinero (7 points) vs. Magnus (21 points) vs. Mr. Anderson (40 points) vs. Rob Van Dam (35 points)

    Dinero is in eleventh place, Magnus is in ninth, RVD is tied for fifth, and Anderson is in fourth. The winners of tonight’s matches will get 20 points apiece. For some reason Dinero doesn’t come out when his music is played. Cut to backstage, where Dinero is getting beaten up by the Aces & Eights. I think this was the last time Dinero has appeared on TNA television to date (June 17, 2013). RVD foolishly gloats before having actually done anything and Magnus dumps him to the floor. Anderson and Magnus go at it until RVD gets back in and he takes it to both of them. RVD spin kicks Magnus to the floor and they both tumble out. Anderson joins them on the floor and no one has been able to take a sustained advantage yet. Magnus introduces a steel chair and swings it t Anderson, who ducks. Anderson goes for a DDT on the chair but Magnus blocks it and Anderson’s back cracks against the chair. They fight up the aisle and RVD follows them to whip a chair at the back of Magnus’ head. RVD once again turns his back to celebrate and Magnus clips his knee. Magnus then locks on a Texas Cloverleaf and Anderson has to break it up. Anderson and Magnus make it back to the ring and slug it our before clotheslining each other. RVD gets up to the top rope and Anderson knocks him down. That leads to an almost Tower of Doom spot. Anderson pitches Magnus to the floor and tries to superplex RVD but gets shoved down. RVD then hits the Five-Star Frog Splash and Magnus pulls him off the cover. Magnus brings RVD up the aisle and suplexes him. Magnus tries to grab a chair from the crowd and gets into an altercation with a fan. He’s able to get the chair and goes for a bodyslam, but RVD slips out and hits the Van Daminator. I hate that move. Despite my hatred of the move, that gets the pin for RVD at 9:04. The finish came a bit out of nowhere, as I thought these three had some steam left. I think Magnus has the biggest upside, so I was bummed he didn’t win this and go further in the BFG Series. Surprisingly fun match though. Rob Van Dam is now in second place with 55 points.
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #3: TNA World Television Championship Match – Devon vs. Kazarian

    Devon has been the Champion since 3.18.12, and this is his twelfth defense. Kazarian is one of of the TNA World Tag Team Champions of the World. Hey, a Devon match I’m bored already. Kazarian tries to stall but Devon brings him in the ring the hard way. Devon is all over the challenger. He throws Kazarian around the ring and then to the floor. Devon continues to abuse Kazarian outside the ring. Back inside Devon is still in control. Kazarian rakes the eyes and snaps Devon’s neck off the top rope. Now the challenger is in control. Kazarian controls for several minutes until Devon blasts him with a Spear. Devon unleashes a flurry of offense and the crowd goes nuts. I don’t get it. Devon hits a Hangman’s Neckbreaker (or in Tenay-speak “straight down, hangman’s style neckbreaker”) and a diving headbutt. He hits a Stinger Splash and another flying shoulderblock for two. Kazarian hits a jawbreaker but then goes to the second rope and Devon pulls him down with a super neckbreaker for a two-count. Devon tries a Rock Bottom but Kazarian counters with a crucifix for two. Kazarian goes for Fade to Black but Devon rolls out of it and hits the Spinebuster to get the pin at 8:30. Well, Kazarian did his best to make it interesting, and he did the best he could with Devon and got something decent out of him.
    Rating: **¼

    MATCH #4: TNA Women’s Knockout Championship Match – Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne

    Tessmacher has been the Champion since 6.10.12, and this is her third defense. For some reason, the storyline around this match was that Rayne was having a love affair with referee Earl Hebner. How that was supposed to get anyone over I don’t know. The ladies jockey for position in the early going, and Hebner appears to be impartial. Tessmacher gets a series of pinning combinations and Hebner makes fair counts. Rayne goes to the floor to regroup. Back in the ring Rayne is able to go on offense. Tessmacher fires back but Rayne cuts her off with a back elbow. Rayne hits a Northern Lights suplex for two. She follows with the Skull Fucker for another near-fa.. Once again Tessmacher makes a comeback and goes for her finisher but Rayne shoves her off. Rayne misses a charge in the corner and Tessmacher hits the face plant. Tessmacher hits an elbow off the top rope for a two-count. The champ argues with the referee, giving Rayne the chance to score an O’Connor Roll. Rayne also grabs the ropes for leverage and scores the pin and her fourth Knockouts Title at 5:28. The match was short and boring, and Tessmacher won the title back four days on IMPACT Wrestling so the whole thing was pointless.
    Rating: *¼

    MATCH #5: Bound for Glory Series Tables Match – Bully Ray (28 points) vs. James Storm (66 points) vs. Jeff Hardy (35 points) vs. Robbie E (5 points)

    E is in last place, Ray is in eighth place, Hardy is in sixth, and Storm is in first. Jeez, is one of these guys out of place or what? Storm, Ray, and Hardy feel the same way I feel and get rid of Robbie E in short order. Ray takes control and then “apologizes” to E, asking him to bring a table in the ring to help him out. Hardy and Storm join forces and try to double-suplex Ray through a table. E moves the table at the last second, and Ray actually clips the corner and breaks it off. The referee decide that the match must continue. E sets up a table and is actually in control of the matchup. Of course that doesn’t last long. Storm tries to superplex E through a table, and Hardy joins in to make it a Tower of Doom. Ray moves the table out of the way though. He tries to put Hardy through the table but Storm moves it. Hardy sets up a table on the floor and tries to put E through it from the top rope, but E’s bouncer Robbie T comes out so Hardy leaps onto him instead. E sets Hardy on the table and jumps off the second rope but Hardy moves out of the way and E crashes hard through the table to the floor. Ray and Storm have been out for a while, and now they’re back in the ring slugging it out. When Ray tries to put Storm through a table, the Aces & Eights come out and distract him. Storm hits the Last Call and the gang gives Storm the thumbs up. Hardy comes in and goes after Storm. He blocks the Last Call and hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy sets Storm on the table and the Aces & Eights are back. Storm hits Hardy with the Last Call and goes for a powerbomb. Ray comes back in and pulls Hardy down and throws Storm to the floor. He then powerbombs Hardy through the table to get the win at 13:45. Oddly enough with 20 points on the line, the match lacked any sort of urgency until the Aces & Eights showed up. I liked how they were building the intrigue around Storm being the leader of the group, even though everyone knew in the end he wouldn’t be. Robbie E also had no place being out there, but the made the best of it and was willing to take the big bumps. Ray has moved into a fourth place tie with Kurt Angle.
    Rating: **¾

    MATCH #6: TNA X Division Championship Match – Zema Ion vs. Kenny King

    Ion has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his second defense. The crowd is behind the challenger in this one. King goes after the arm and takes Ion down to the mat. Ion tries to fight back but King has his number in the early going. King knocks Ion to the floor and tries to follow him out with a dive but Ion avoids it. Ion tries to whip King into the apron but King jumps up and this time wipes Ion out with a somersault senton. Back in the ring Ion knocks King back to the floor and this time the Champ hits a dive. Back inside again Ion hits a neckbreaker for two. Ion is in control now, wearing King down with a variety of maneuvers. He hits a really nice DDT for a two-count. Ion goes up for a moonsault off the second rope but King gets his knees up. King unleashes a flurry of offense now, including a huge spin kick for two. He hits an exploder into the turnbuckles and Ion rolls to the floor. King follows him out with a corkscrew plancha. Back in the ring King hits the springboard Blockbuster for two. They have a nice exchange of reversals that ends with King locking on a half crab. Ion escapes and hits King with a facebuster of sorts for a near-fall. The Champ goes up top and King meets him. Ion knocks King back and jumps down right into a kick to the head. King covers for two. King lands another kick for another two-count. He charges into the corner and goes for a sunset flip but Ion counters to the Gory Special to get the pin at 11:06. I liked that more than I expected to, as they had good chemistry together. King looked like the star of the match, but Ion held up his end.
    Rating: ***¼

    MATCH #7: Bound for Glory Series Ladder Match – AJ Styles (16 points) vs. Christopher Daniels (33 points) vs. Kurt Angle (48 points) vs. Samoa Joe (54 points)

    Styles is in tenth place, Daniels is in eighth, Angle is in a fourth-place tie, and Joe is in third. Daniels is one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions of the World. Styles attacks Daniels right away because they’re in the middle of a never-ending feud. Angle and Joe take their shots at Daniels as well. The united front doesn’t last too long and now it’s every man for himself. Daniels pulls Joe to the floor and then Styles wipes both of them out with a dive. Back in the ring Styles and Angle fight it out. Styles goes for a springboard maneuver but Daniels takes his legs out from under him with a ladder! That was cool. Angle tries to come to the rescue but Daniels takes him out too. Back in the ring Daniels uses the ladder as a weapon on Joe. He charges into the corner but Joe hits the STJoe on to the ladder! Styles gets back in the ring and drills Joe with The Dropkick. No one can sustain control for very long, as four men and a ladder is a recipe for chaos. In the coolest spot so far, Styles whips Angle into the ropes under the ladder, and then shoves the ladder into his face. Styles then hits Joe with the Pele. The Phenomenal One is all over everybody, which is cool because he’s in tenth place so he should be the most motivated. Joe sends Styles to the floor and hits the elbow suicida. Angle grabs Joe in a belly-to-belly suplex. Daniels comes out and hits Angle with a DDT. Back in the ring Joe is the dominant one. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster on Styles and Angle tries to hit a German Suplex on Joe but everyone just sort of crumbles. It was a great idea anyway. Daniels sends Angle to the floor. Styles hits Daniels with the springboard flying forearm. He climbs up the ladder and Daniels shoves him out to the floor. Daniels tries to climb up but Joe and Angle thwart his efforts and remove him from the match with a sequence of “Can You Top This?” Joe and Angle trap Daniels in the rungs of the ladder and unleash kicks on his unprotected chest and midsection. Finally they turn their attention to each other. Angle tries to climb up and Joe grabs another ladder and goes up that one. Joe knocks Angle down and appears ready to grab the points but Styles springboards to the top of Angle’s ladder and grabs the contract to win 20 points at 16:20! These are arguably the four best guys in the BFG Series, so it was great to see that much awesome concentrated into one match. They did some awesome spots with the ladder and the pacing was perfect. Styles needed it the most and it showed in the way he wrestled the match. Great stuff here. Styles moves all the way up to seventh place, and Daniels falls to ninth.
    Rating: ****

    MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode

    Aries has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his first defense. Roode talks trash so Aries spits water in his face. Aries goes for a quick Last Chancery but Roode escapes and goes to the floor. Back in the ring Aries locks on the Last Chancery again and Roode bails. Roode continues to stall and avoid the Champion. Aries is able to connect with the IED and he goes for the Brainbuster but Roode slips out to the floor once again. Roode takes his eye off the ball, twice, and Aries is able to hit him with two house show dives. When Roode goes to the floor again, Aries goes up top for an ax handle but Roode avoids it and Aries hits the guardrail. Now Roode is like a shark that smalls blood, and he goes to work. Roode focuses on the chest and midsection, trying to take Aries’ wind away. Every time Aries tries to fight back, Roode is able to cut him off with his impressive power. Finally Aries is able to escape the Tree of Woe into a Stunner and both men are down. Up on their feet Aries unleashes a flurry of offense, sending Roode to the floor. Aries hits the double sledge to the back from the top rope, and then nails Roode with an IED up against the guardrail. Back in the ring Aries puts on the Last Chancery. Roode is able to rake the yes to escape, but the tenacious Aries is able to come right back with a Crossface. Once again Roode escapes, this time with a backbreaker. Now Roode uses the Crossface and Aries reaches the ropes. Both men rise and they trade strikes. Roode tosses Aries to the apron, and Aries counters with a shoulder to the gut. Aries goes up top to hit a missile dropkick. He follows with an IED but Roode quickly counters with a spinebuster. Roode takes Aries up top but Aries knocks him down. Aries goes for the 450 Splash but Roode gets his knees up. Roode goes for a Spear but Aries avoids it and the referee gets hit instead! On the next attempt Roode hits the Spear and another referee comes down but can only counts two. Roode goes for the Payoff but Aries slips out and tries the Brainbuster and Roode pushes him back into the second official and he gets squashed in the corner. Aries avoids a charge in the corner and kicks Roode right in the head. He hits the Brainbuster and the first referee has recovered enough to make the count but it only gets two! Aries goes up top and Roode crotches him. They do the superplex spot where both men’s shoulders end up down and each referees makes a count for each guy and the bell rings at 22:54.

    I hate that finish. The first referee declares Roode the winner, the other referee says Aries. Senior official Earl Hebner comes out to sort out the mess and restarts the match. Roode has the belt and is pissed, but he’s able to counter the Heat Seeking Missile by putting the belt up and Aries flies into it. The challenger rolls the Champion back into the ring and covers but only gets two. Roode is frustrated but he picks Aries up, only to get surprised with a schoolboy rollup and Aries gets the pin at 1:40 (24:34 total match time). I do like that they played up the “no rematch” clause in the contract, but stopping and restarting a match almost always just hurts the momentum of the match and dulls the finish. Still, these two have great chemistry as opponents (and teammates, as we would later find out), and this was a tremendous match and a worthy main event. These two should be centerpieces of the TNA main event scene.
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    A2Z Analysiz – ROH Death Before Dishonor VII: Night Two (Lance Storm, Chris Hero) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/18/a2z-analysiz-roh-death-before-dishonor-vii-night-two-lance-storm-chris-hero-4/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/18/a2z-analysiz-roh-death-before-dishonor-vii-night-two-lance-storm-chris-hero-4/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168732 2009_07_25

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    Ted Reeve Arena – Toronto, Ontario Canada – July 25, 2009

    We open backstage with D-Lo Brown, who was talking to his wife on the phone. He cuts the usual stupid promo, making me wonder what anyone thought bringing D-Lo Brown in would do for anyone. Did he gave one good match or cut one good promo?

    MATCH #1: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. The Super Smash Brothers

    Steen and Player Dos start the match. They go back and forth a little bit, with Steen using his size and power to his advantage. Generico and Player Uno get tagged and it’s a battle of masked men! The back and forth continues, and once again tags are made. Steen is all over Dos, and along with Generico they double-team him in their half of the ring. The Smash Brothers creatively use the referee to take the advantage. Generico fights back with a chinbreaker and then tags Steen. The Smash Brothers work in tandem to control the much larger opponent. Steen comes back using his power, catching Dos and using him to kick Uno down, and then hitting Dos with a backbreaker. The former ROH World Tag Team Champions are dismantling Dos here. Dos ducks a double clothesline and hits a simultaneous Pele Kick. He makes the tag and Uno is all over Generico. He hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then tosses Steen to the floor. He hits an electric chair neckbreaker for two. The Smash Brothers start throwing out double teams maneuvers but can’t put Generico away. The crowd generously chants “this is awesome.” Generico comes back with a Michinoku Driver for two. Steen gets tagged and goes for the Swanton but Does gets his knees up and Uno comes in with a double stomp to the back of the head. Generico comes in with a running Yakuza kick on Uno and then a release German Suplex, and Dos is able to land on Generico at exactly the right time with a splash. Steen grabs Dos with a powerbomb and then turns it into the Sharpshooter. Uno breaks it up and makes the tag. Steen hits Uno with a superkick but misses the moonsault and hurts his knee. Generico flies in out of nowhere and hits the running Yakuza and Steen follows up with the Swanton but Uno kicks out at two! Steen goes for the Package Piledriver but his knee is too injured. Dos flies off the top rope with Evan Bourne knees and Uno gets a jackknife rollup for the big upset victory at 15:54. That was a surprisingly good opener, as the Smash Brothers kept the cutesy stuff down and just wrestled a good tag match.
    Rating: ***¼

    MATCH #2: Frankie the Mobster vs. Bison Smith

    I do believe Frankie the Mobster is one of the weirdest wrestlers I’ve ever seen on an ROH show. Bison Smith is of course accompanied by Prince Nana. Smith immediately takes the fight to Mobster. Shockingly Mobster comes back with a clothesline and a big boot to take Smith off his feet. He also hits an exploder suplex for two. He hits a dropkick off the second rope for another two-count. A vertical suplex gets Mobster another two. Smith comes back with a big lariat. He locks Mobster in the Claw and hurls him to the floor. This is turning into a slaughter and I love it. Smith throws Mobster back in the ring, and Mobster surprises him with a dropkick to the face and a suicide dive. Both men are down in the aisle. They get back to their feet and Smith throws Mobster into the crowd and then sails over the barricade to wipe him out. The crowd is actually getting behind the Mobster here. Back in the ring Senior Referee Todd Sinclair tries to hold Smith back and gets tossed aside. Mobster then gets desperate and holds on to him as a shield. Smith doesn’t care and he chops Sinclair, causing the disqualification at 8:08. I’m not sure what the point of this was, and it’s depressing to see ROH do nothing at all interesting with Bison Smith.
    Rating: *¾

    Claudio Castagnoli is near a landfill, which he compares to Brent Albright, who is the biggest piece of trash in ROH. He promises to take out the trash tonight and win the European Rules match.

    MATCH #3: Toronto Gauntlet – Featuring D-Lo Brown, Davey Richards, Sonjay Dutt, Necro Butcher, Jimmy Rave, and Jerry Lynn

    I keep time in gauntlet matches running, for anybody who might wonder. D-Lo Brown and Jerry Lynn start it off. Brown grabs Lynn as he’s making his entrance and hits the Orton DDT. He controls the action and fights off Lynn’s comeback attempts. He hits a diving clothesline for a two-count. He goes up top and misses the Lo-Down. Lynn hits a series of clotheslines and a crucifix bomb to eliminate Brown at 3:20. That was sudden.

    Sonjay Dutt is the next man out. He hits a springboard Thesz Press and a standing shooting star press for two. He does the Jarrett strut, of course. The commentators take pointless shots at Jeff Jarrett while Lynn catches Dutt in a spinning backbreaker. Dutt comes back with a slingshot legdrop and a springboard splash for a two-count. A contrived series of reversals leads to Lynn hitting the TKO for two. Moments later Lynn hits the Cradle Piledriver to eliminate Dutt at 7:19.

    Next up is Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana. Despite getting pelted with toilet paper, Rave hits a running knee for a two-count. They go to the floor and Rave whips Lynn into the barricade. Back in the Rave gets another near-fall and then locks on a chinlock. Lynn slips out of a bodyslam and hits an inverted DDT. He hits a regular DDT for a two-count. He goes for the Cradle Piledriver but Rave avoids it and hits Ghanarrhea to eliminate the former ROH World Champion at 10:27.

    Necro Butcher is next, and Rave doesn’t look too happy since these men have had issues. In a huge shock, the battle quickly spills to the floor with Necro in control. He throws Rave into the post. Necro moves some of the mats outside the ring and slams Rave down. He throws Rave and a chair into the ring, but when he tries to join them, Nana grabs his foot and hangs on as Necro is counted out at 13:05. Referee Paul Turner looked like he kind of didn’t know what was going on there. A frustrated Necro blasts timekeeper Giuseppe di Lorento with a steel chair and starts tearing up ringside. Meanwhile Jimmy Rave just hangs out in the ring.

    The last entrant is Davey Richards. He immediately comes in and hits Rave with the handspring spin kick. This is a rekindling of Richards’ first feud in ROH way back in 2006. Richards locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. Rave reaches the ropes. Richards is bouncing off the walls here, like it’s some kind of MMA fight or something. AMERICAN WOLVES! They trade strikes and Rave hits an STO for two. Rave looks for a superplex but Richards knocks him down and grunts some more. Richards tries a dropkick but Rave catches him with a powerbomb and the running knee strike for two. Rave locks on the Heel Hook, and Richards stays in it for a while and then easily gets out, thus killing the move forever. Richards also doesn’t sell the leg at all when gets up and goes for a kick. Rave ducks and rolls him up for two, and then Richards rolls that into an arm submission. That doesn’t get a submission, and Rave rolls through and reapplies the Ankle Lock. Richards reaches the ropes. He hits a kick to the face and hops up to the top rope for a missile dropkick, really selling that leg. That gets a two-count. Richards grunts more and calls for the DR Driver. Rave slips out but gets hit with the Alarm Clock and a clothesline. Richards then hits the DR Driver, but Rave kicks out at two. Rave can’t escape the Kimura Lock though, and Richards wins the Toronto Gauntlet at 21:09. Gauntlet matches are really hard to do really well.
    Rating: **½

    The Nature Boy Comes to Toronto

    This is Flair’s last ROH appearance. He tells some old story about Toronto and Niagara Falls. He says “Canadian Women Can Go.” He puts over The Ring of Honor and the locker room. If you saw one Flair promo in ROH you saw them all.

    MATCH #4: European Rules – Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright

    Castagnoli is accompanied by Prince Nana. I really don’t feel like recapping all the ridiculous rules right here (I’ll explain them when necessary). It’s basically a more complicated version of Pure Title rules, with rounds. I do find it funny when Cruise says one of the rules is “no standing eight-counts” someone in the crowd rightfully asks “what the hell does that mean?” You know Albright means business because he’s wearing his hat backwards.

    They trade forearms to start round one. Albright is fully in control, countering all of Castagnoli’s attacks. Both guys look like they’re moving in slow motion. Albright clotheslines Castagnoli to the floor and follows him out with a dive. The bell rings to end round one, and now we go into the 30-second rest period and there can’t be any contact during said rest period.

    Albright charges to begin round two and they back into the corner. Castagnoli hits a closed fist behind the referee’s back, which would have earned him a yellow card if the referee saw it. He peppers in a few more punches, and Albright comes back with a belly-to-back suplex. Albright locks on the Crowbar and Castagnoli reaches the ropes. They go back and forth some more, and Castagnoli hits another closed fist behind the referee’s back. Albright fires back with a right hand and gets tagged with a yellow card right at the end of round two. Castagnoli takes the yellow card in order to clothesline Albright from behind. That’s awesome.

    Back in the ring Castagnoli keeps Albright grounded. Albright has a cut on his forehead. Albright catches Castagnoli with a uranage and round three is over. Well there certainly wasn’t much to say about that round.

    Albright is fired up now and he unloads on Castagnoli, hitting a belly-to-belly suplex, a forearm in the corner and a lariat. Castagnoli tries a springboard European Uppercut but Albright catches him with a backbreaker. Albright hits a Half Nelson Suplex and locks on the Crowbar. Nana distracts the referee and Jimmy Rave runs out, allowing Castagnoli to get a schoolboy for the pin at 12:24. Albright gets his non-existent heat back by beating up Rave, Joey Ryan, and Bison Smith. They overtake him and then Colt Cabana, Necro Butcher, and Grizzly Redwood come out and make the save. That was a dull match with confusing rules and a lame, weak, hackneyed finish. And that’s coming from someone who thinks Claudio Castagnoli is the best thing in ROH today. What a difference a year makes for Brent Albright at Death Before Dishonor, no?
    Rating: *

    The camera follows Albright to the locker room to get a few words with him. He says that he proved he can beat Castagnoli in his own match, so he wants Castagnoli to face him in His match – a Steel Cage!

    MATCH #5: Tyler Black vs. Tyson Dux

    Dux uses Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” for entrance music, which is a great song but terrible entrance music, and I don’t get how it would relate to him at all. I like that Tyler Black is not afraid to show that he loves Harry Potter. Black was originally scheduled to face Nigel McGuinness, but he got injured last night so Dux is filling in. They start off slowly, as Dux is a newcomer to ROH and didn’t even know he’d be wrestling, and Black had prepared to face another wrestler. Dux seems a little more prepared and works on Black with a headlock. Black comes back with a bodyslam and a face stomp, or the top of the chest according to Leonard. They take it to the apron and Black tries a springboard but Dux knocks him down and Black’s midsection lands on the ropes. Then Dux knocks him off the apron entirely and Black’s midsection crashes into the barricade and he falls into the crowd. Black makes it back to the ring and Dux pushes him right back out and hits a suplex. Back in the ring Dux works over the back. Out of nowhere Black nips up and hits a kick to the face. He hits a clothesline off the second rope and then a springboard lariat for two. He snaps Dux’s throat across the top rope Randy Savage style, and then hits the top rope elbow drop. Black then does my least favorite move of his, the stomping the mat before hitting the running forearm in the corner. Dux comes back with a release German Suplex, which Black no-sells, but then Dux hits a lariat and a Death Valley Driver for two. They fight up on the ropes as Dux goes for a superplex but Black escapes and they trade victory rolls for two-counts. They trade more pinning combinations until Black lands a kick to the head. Black hits God’s Last Gift for the pin at 9:13. That was a nice little midcard match that actually could have used more time.
    Rating: **¾

    MATCH #6: No Disqualification Match – Colt Cabana vs. Joey Ryan

    Cabana cuts a long-winded promo trying to be funny. The gist of it is that Cabana challenges Ryan to make it a no-disqualification match, and since both wrestlers agree, referee Todd Sinclair has the authority to make it such.

    Cabana takes the early advantage so Ryan pokes him in the eye. That goes nowhere as Cabana hits Ryan with a dropkick, sending him to the floor. Ryan tries to throw Bobby Cruise’s chair in the ring, but Cabana gives it back to him. Why would Ryan just give Cabana a chair? Ryan charges in and takes a drop toehold right into the chair. He takes a powder and Nana goes to the back. Cabana brings Ryan into the ring the hard way and does his usual. Nana comes back with a hockey stick but Cabana intercepts the handoff to Ryan. That distraction allows Ryan to hit a spear. Ryan now goes to work on Cabana kicks and punches. Ryan grabs the ring bell and tries to ring it in Cabana’s ear but no luck. Cabana picks up the bell and Ryan picks up the hammer. Ryan rings the bell and both men stop as if the match is over. Sinclair has to convince them that they need to keep wrestling. Ryan resumes control but runs into a big boot. Once again Nana uses his scarf to trip Cabana, and when Ryan charges in Cabana moves and Nana crashes to the floor. Cabana unloads with jabs and rips out some chest hair. That’s nasty. Cabana hits a backbreaker and then whips Sinclair into Ryan with a flying apple. Now Cabana runs to the back to get some garbage bags. Apparently there was some kind of garbage strike going on at the time. Anyway Cabana bashes Ryan in the head with the trash bags and then pitches him to the floor like so much garbage. He sets Ryan up on the announce table and rings the bell against Ryan’s balls. He grabs Nana’s headdress but can’t connect with it. Ryan grabs the scarf and tries to choke Cabana, but winds up getting tied up in it. Cabana gets control of the scarf and wraps it around Ryan’s head, and then puts Nana’s headdress on him. Cruise then hands Cabana his chair and he cracks Ryan in the head with it to score the pin at 12:34. I understand that many are entertained by this kind of match and I respect its place on the card, but it doesn’t do much for me.
    Rating: **

    MATCH #7: Kenny Omega, Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Austin Aries, Kenny King & Rhett Titus

    The ROH World Champion Austin Aries comes out to make fun of the fans and brag about his victory last night. He then calls out Kenny Omega to answer his challenge from last night. Aries agrees to give Omega a title match – just not yet. Kenny King and Rhett Titus run down to help Aries beat up Omega, and the Briscoe Brothers make the save. Omega cuts a brutally stupid promo, calling Aries “Anus Double” and challenging the three of them to a six man tag. The challenge is accepted.

    The match starts off as a big brawl outside and inside the ring. The Briscoes are initially in control but King and Titus take Jay down and go to work on his knee. After several minutes Omega gets the tag and unloads on Titus with Canadian Hammers and a rana. Titus’ teammates try to interfere but Omega is able to thwart all three of them simultaneously. Omega spends too much time celebrating and Titus blasts him in the face with a dropkick. After several minutes of abuse, Omega blocks the IED with a boot to the face. Mark gets tagged in and he goes all Jaden Smith on the future All Night Express. The Briscoes unleash some double-teams, but the referee is having trouble controlling these six men. King and Titus come back and deliver a double-biel out of the corner on Jay. King whips Jay chest-first into the buckle and follows him in with double knees. Titus covers and gets a two-count. Aries tags in and hits mark with the Heat Seeking Missile. Jay makes a blind tag to Omega, who comes in with a cross body off the top rope for a near-fall. Aries hits a low blow behind the referee’s back and once again the referee loses control. Titus and King hit the Powerbomb/Blockbuster combo on Omega while the Briscoes hit Aries with the Doomsday Device. The tag teams slug it out now. King hits Jay with a spinebuster and King hits Mark with a clothesline. Jay recovers and hits Titus with a superkick. King hits Jay with a spin kick, but then runs right into Mark’s Ace Crusher. Whew. Mark somersaults off the top rope to wipe out King and Titus on the floor. Omega tries Croyt’s Wrath on Aries but can’t hit it. Aries hits the shinbreaker/belly-to-back suplex combo. He hits the IED and a Brainbuster, and then he pulls Omega up at two. That never ends well for heels. Predictably, Omega gets a quick small package to pin Aries at 16:09. I understand what they were going for with Omega and I’m not even against him getting the win, but that finish was just so uninspired. The match was solidly entertaining formula stuff.
    Rating: ***

    After the match Aries and Titus almost get into a fight with fans over the Canadian flag. Titus is trying to rip it out of some fat guy’s hand and the guy won’t let it go and gets pretty uppity about it. I kind of hate how Omega says “thanks for coming out.” Again, I understand the intent, but you’re a professional wrestler, not playing in a high school band. Nitpicky I know, but deal with it.

    MATCH #8: Lance Storm vs. Chris Hero

    Storm scores the first knockdown with a shoulder block. Back on their feet they trade wristlocks and other holds on the mat. Storm seems to be one step ahead so far. He hits a dropkick that sends Hero to the floor. Hero takes his time to regroup, and when he gets back in the ring he takes Storm down in a test of strength. Storm tries a springboard elbow but Hero catches him, slams him down to the mat, and then hits a senton. Hero is firmly in control now, not being intimidated by the more experienced Storm. He throws Storm to the floor, allowing Hagadorn to take a cheap shot or two. Hero tries a baseball slide but Storm moves out of the way and unloads on Hero. He tries a whip into the barricade but Hero reverses it. Hero traps Storm underneath the ring mats and hits a senton. Back in the ring Hero continues to wear Storm down. Storm fights back with a flurry of chops and a side Russian Legsweep. He hits a couple of lariats and a leg lariat for two. He hits a springboard lariat (Tyler Black anyone?) for another two-count. Hero hits a rolling elbow out of nowhere but Storm kicks out. He goes for the Liger Bomb but Storm blocks it. They run the ropes and Hero hits a flash kick for a two-count. Storm ducks an elbow and hits a superkick for two. He then locks on the Maple Leaf but Hero reaches the ropes. Hero fights back with a shoulder to the gut and then goes up top. Storm joins him up there and hits a super powerslam (don’t see that every day) and Hero kicks out. Once again Storm goes up top and this time tries a Fog Splash but Hero moves out of the way and hits a ripcord elbow for two. Hero puts on the lucky green elbow pad and Storm gets a quick backslide for a very close near-fall. Unfortunately for Storm Hero pops up and hits two rolling elbows to get the pin at 16:46. That was a good, solid match but nothing special. Not to be rude, but that’s kind of how I feel about Storm in general.
    Rating: ***¼

    Storm gets on the house mic to be serious for a minute. He thanks the fans for supporting him and for supporting Ring of Honor. He goes on about how great it is that Ring of Honor still has the word Wrestling in their title, but so does World Wrestling Entertainment.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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    A2Z Analysiz: ROH Death Before Dishonor VII Night One (Austin Aries, Lance Storm, Bret Hart) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/17/a2z-analysiz-roh-death-before-dishonor-vii-night-one-austin-aries-lance-storm-bret-hart-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/17/a2z-analysiz-roh-death-before-dishonor-vii-night-one-austin-aries-lance-storm-bret-hart-2/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:00:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=167696 2009_07_24

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    Ted Reeve Arena – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 24, 2009

    MATCH #1: El Generico vs. Sonjay Dutt

    Dutt is over in Toronto for some reason. Generico gives Dutt a pre-match hug, and we’re underway. Dutt immediately busts out the Jeff Jarrett strut, and Generico counters with the Jackie Fargo strut. They play to the crowd some more, and make first contact about two minutes in. Generico takes Dutt down to the mat with a headlock, and they trade holds on the mat a bit. The pace quickens a bit and they trade holds, and this time it’s Dutt taking the advantage with an armbar. Generico escapes and puts on an armbar of his own. Dutt breaks it with a closed fist, drawing the ire of the crowd. Generico comes back with an armdrag and a leg lariat. The masked man continues controlling the Bollywood superstar. Dutt comes back with Déjà vu for a two-count. He continues working Generico over and acting like a jerk at the same time. After several minutes Generico is able to bait Dutt into flying over the top rope and crashing to the floor. Generico follows him out with a somersault dive over the top rope. Back in the ring Generico goes up top and hits a high cross body block for two. Generico goes for the running Yakuza but Dutt blocks it. Dutt hits a DDT and a Red Star Press for two. Generico avoids the quebrada and hits a Michinoku Driver for two. Once again Generico tries the running Yakuza but Dutt moves and hits a slingshot hurricanrana for two. Dutt hits an Asai DDT but Generico kicks out at two. Both men are down. Bobby Cruise announces one minute left as Dutt punches away on Generico. Dutt hits a running elbow in the corner and Generico fires right back with the running Yakuza as we’re down to less than 30 seconds. Generico goes for the Super Brainbuster and the time limit expires before he can hit the move at exactly 15:00 (good job Giuseppe). The crowd wants five more minutes but Dutt denies them. That was actually a pretty good opener, and if Dutt would stop taking shot after shot at TNA he would be a lot less annoying. I also don’t understand Generico’s selling sometimes, but that’s probably my problem.
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #2: Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The Super Smash Brothers

    This is Mark Briscoe’s return from knee surgery. Jay Briscoe and Player Dos start the match. They go back and forth and Dos is able to hold his own with the eldest Briscoe. Jay makes the tag to Mark Briscoe, who immediately overpowers Dos. Uno gets tagged in and Mark can’t shove him around as easily. They take it to the mat and Mark goes after the arm. Uno escapes, hits a chop to the chest, and then makes the tag to Dos. The Briscoes quickly take over and bowl Dos over with a double shoulder tackle. They can’t hold the advantage though, and the Smash Brothers go back on offense. Jay quickly recovers and the Briscoes work on Uno. No one has held control for a sustained period of time. Uno comes back by using referee Paul Turner to his advantage. Both men make tags and Jay plants Dos with a hard spinebuster right away. Now the Briscoes are in firm control and work Dos over with a variety of offense and quick tags. Dos comes back and makes the hot tag. Uno is a house afire, nearly pinning Jay with an O’Connor Roll. Jay comes back and hits Uno with a big boot to the face for two. He puts Uno up top and gets knocked down, but Mark is able to sneak in the ring and hit a Super Ace Crusher for two. Dos breaks up the pin and Mark tosses him to the floor. The Briscoes set up for the Springboard Doomsday Device but Dos superkicks Mark in the face. The Smash Brothers have Jay alone and hit an Alabama Slam Lungblower for a near-fall. The Briscoes recover and hit Dos with the regular Doomsday Device to get the win at 12:38. That was a solid tag team match, but it would have been more interesting if Mark’s knee (or perhaps fear of injuring the knee again) would have prevented him from executing the Springboard Doomsday Device and that cost the Briscoes the match. That creates some kind of intrigue; the Briscoes overcoming the odds for the millionth time and beating everyone does not. I love the Briscoes but they’ve pretty much become the John Cenas of Ring of Honor.
    Rating: **¾

    MATCH #3: D-Lo Brown vs. Frankie the Mobster

    I’m not sure what it is about Frankie that makes him a mobster. He looks and acts more like a steroid freak on cocaine. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. They stall for the first little bit, as we come to the conclusion that Toronto loves D-Lo Brown. Then Brown stupidly turns his back on Mobster, but it doesn’t much matter, as he comes back and “goes Kobashi” on Mobster. Brown stays in control until Mobster is able to grab him and ram his shoulder into the ring post. Mobster controls briefly until Brown comes back with a Shining Wizard. Both men rise and Brown takes control. Brown hits a high back body drop and then a Ski-Hi for the pin at 6:19. Given how lame that match was and how long both guys were around after this, I’d say this was pretty pointless.
    Rating: *

    MATCH #4: 8-Man Elimination Match – Necro Butcher, Brent Albright, Colt Cabana & Grizzly Redwood vs. Jimmy Rave, Joey Ryan, Claudio Castagnoli & Bison Smith

    It’s pretty sad how Butcher went from fearsome monster to comedy act, but I guess it’s good for his health. Albright and Ryan start the match for their respective teams. They trade holds back and forth, but when Albright slams Ryan down by the beard, Ryan runs over to the corner and tags in the Crown Jewel, Jimmy Rave. No real contact is made, and then Smith and Butcher get tagged in. They trade strikes and Smith hits a little harder this time. Smith backs Butcher into the corner and tags Castagnoli. Butcher comes back with a monkey flip, atomic drop, and a headscissors, of all things. Cabana and Rave are tagged in next, and Cabana immediately takes Rave down to the canvas for a two-count. Rave wastes no time and goes to the corner to tag Smith. Before any contact is made Rave tags himself back in. Cabana immediately takes advantage, wrestling circles around Rave. Redwood gets the tag and he knocks Smith off the apron! I think he caught Smith napping there. Smith tags into the match proper and Redwood avoids him momentarily. Of course it doesn’t last, as Smith catches Redwood and gorilla presses him all the way to the floor! Redwood’s team tries to check on him but the Embassy is there to run interference. Smith rams Redwood into the barricade, and the littlest lumberjack is busted open. He blasts Redwood with a chair. Back in the ring Smith launches Redwood into the turnbuckles. Smith throws Redwood around a little more and then tags Ryan in. Castagnoli also gets a shot at Redwood, who is just getting brutalized here. Eventually Redwood hits an Enziguiri and almost makes the tag, but the Embassy pulls all his partners to the floor! Redwood tries a bodyslam, which obviously goes nowhere. Smith finally finishes Redwood off with a Powerbomb and then the Bisontennial for the first elimination at 13:05. Redwood just got destroyed there.

    Smith continues to attack Redwood, so Cabana sneaks in the ring and schoolboys him for a quick pin to even the odds at 13:26. Castagnoli attacks Cabana from behind and the match continues to be a big brawl. Cabana gets knocked to the floor and Albright takes his place. Albright hip tosses Castagnoli to the floor and then follows him out with a suicide dive. Butcher goes to wipe everyone out with a dive, but Rave cracks him with a steel chair. That doesn’t much hurt Butcher, who turns around and punches it back in Rave’s face. Now Rave is bleeding, and the babyfaces work him over in their half of the ring. Rave gets a schoolboy out of nowhere on Butcher to eliminate him at 17:10. Albright tries to pick up the fight but Butcher doesn’t like that he’s out, so he attacks Rave and dumps him into the crowd. The referee counts Rave out at 18:31.

    Castagnoli and Albright get in the ring and renew their rivalry. Albright goes up top and Castagnoli kicks him down to the floor. That allows the Embassy to wear Albright down in their half of the ring. They work him over for several minutes, but when Castagnoli goes up top Albright meets him up there and superplexes him down. Cabana gets the hot tag and he unloads on both Embassy members. He gets a couple of near-falls but can’t put Castagnoli away. Castagnoli comes back with a one-armed powerbomb for a two-count. The Embassy hits simultaneous kicks to Cabana’s face and Albright breaks up the cover. Cabana makes the tag and Albright is all over Castagnoli. Albright locks on the Crowbar but Castagnoli reaches the ropes. Castagnoli comes back with a diving European Uppercut off the second rope for two. He executes the Giant Swing and then looks to put Albright away. Albright counters with a backslide for two. He then locks on the Crowbar again but Castagnoli escapes with a roll-up for two. Albright then connects with a Half Nelson Suplex to get the pin at 28:55. Ryan immediately blasts Albright with a superkick to eliminate him at 29:04. Cabana then gets in the ring and hits a shoulderbreaker for two. Nana interferes and Ryan gets a rollup for two. Cabana comes back but Nana interferes once again, tripping him from the floor. Meanwhile behind the referee’s back, Ryan hits Cabana with a foreign object to get the pin and win the match for his team at 30:23. That could have been a little shorter but the action was good and it furthered a couple of feuds.
    Rating: ***¼

    The Hitman Comes to ROH

    Bret Hart comes out and cuts his standard ROH promo, thanking the fans, thanking Ring of Honor, and thanking the city of Toronto. His countrymen are very appreciative of the Hitman, and he of them. Hart shakes a lot of hands on his way back to the locker room.

    MATCH #5: Kenny King vs. Kenny Omega

    King attacks Omega from behind before the bell, which is good strategy. He controls the first minute or so before Omega comes back and lands a spin kick to the side of the head and King powders. Titus distracts Omega but it winds up backfiring, as Omega dumps King over the top rope and onto his partner. Omega blasts King with a dropkick through the ropes. Back in the ring King distracts the referee and Titus interferes once again, allowing King to take control. That goes on for a while, and then Omega comes back with his usual stuff. King comes back with a spinebuster for two. He wears Omega down with a reverse chinlock. Omega avoids a charge in the corner and goes for a suplex and winds up hitting a nasty DDT. Both men are down and when they get up Omega unleashes some Polish Hammers and a cross body block off the top rope. A Northern Lights suplex gets two. Omega goes up top and Titus tries to hold him back but gets kicked back into the barricade. That gives King the chance to recover, and he kicks Omega right out of the air, and then hits the shotgun knees for two. Omega comes back with an unnecessary flip and then the Stop Sign Enziguiri. He hits a Dragon Suplex, called a Tiger Suplex by Leonard. You’re fired, Lenny! Once again Titus tries to interfere and it almost backfires. King hits the Royal Flush for a two-count. He sets up the Coronation but Omega avoids it, and then King just stands there waiting to get kicked. Omega hits a reverse rana and then a version of the Polish Hammer to get the pin at 11:39. I don’t understand the appeal of Kenny Omega’s character at all, not to mention that there were multiple times in this match where he looked lost waiting for a spot. King was on though, as he usually is, and he did a good job holding the match together.
    Rating: **½

    MATCH #6: Lance Storm & Kevin Steen vs. Chris Hero & Davey Richards

    Storm gets a nice reception. Steen and Hero begin the match, and it’s clear that Hero has his sights set on Storm. They start off with some mat wrestling, which obviously Hero controls. Steen comes back with a leg lariat and tags Storm, so Hero bails and tags Richards. Storm and Richards take it to the mat and wrestle to a standoff as the crowd chants “you still got it.” They engage in a test of strength and once again wrestle to a standoff. Storm is able to take both Richards and Hero down, sending the duo powdering to the floor. Steen wipes them both out with a suicide dive and then throws Richards back in the ring for a two-count. Storm and Richards exchange strikes, which Storm wins with a dragon screw leg whip. He traps Richards in an O’Connor Roll for two. Richards kicks Storm right into Hero, who cracks Storm with an elbow for a two-count. Now Hero gets in the ring with Storm, putting the boots to him. Richards and Hero take turns working Storm over, keeping Steen outside the ring. After a few minutes though Storm is able to make the tag, and Steen goes right after Richards with a flurry of offense. Steen hits Richards with a Cannonball for two. Hero breaks up a Package Piledriver attempt but then gets pitched to the floor. Steen hits a powerbomb and then almost turns it into a Sharpshooter but Richards reaches the ropes. Richards makes a blind tag and Hero blasts Steen with a rolling elbow to the back of the head for two. Hero uses the Half Crab just to raise the ire of Storm. Now Steen is the one getting worked over by the former Sweet N’ Sour Inc. (what do you call the guys in that stable now that they’re under Hagadorn?). Hero and Richards use cleverly modified American Wolves’ tag team maneuvers. Steen hits a DDT out of nowhere but still can’t quite make the tag. Hero gloats too much and pays for it, as Steen is able to get the hot tag. Storm hits Hero with a leg lariat for two but then gets dumped to the floor. Richards tries a Missile Dropkick but Steen catches him and locks on the Sharpshooter. Storm recovers and locks Hero in the Sharpshooter as well. Both Hero and Richards make the ropes. Steen and Richards go tumbling to the floor. Hero hits a boot to the face for two. Storm reverses a rolling elbow and locks on the Maple Leaf. Hagadorn tosses Hero the green elbow pad, and Richards breaks up the hold. Hero accidentally levels Richards with the green pad. Storm and Steen then hit Hero with the Hart Attack to get the win at 20:02. That was a rather enjoyable tag team match, and they kept up quite a pace given that one of the participants hasn’t wrested regularly for almost half a decade.
    Rating: ***½

    MATCH #7: ROH World Title Four Corner Survival – Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Nigel McGuinness

    Aries has been the champion since 6.13.09, and this is his second defense. This is Lynn’s rematch. Black immediately goes after Aries and they take it to the floor. Lynn and McGuinness go at it in the ring, as Leonard reminds me that this is the first time these two have been in a ring together since Lynn beat McGuinness for the title in Houston. Anyway, Lynn takes McGuinness down with a tornado DDT, and then they go to the floor as Aries beats on Black in the ring. Black goes for an early Buckle Bomb, which gets countered, but Black counters back with a dropkick to the face for two. McGuinness pulls Black to the floor while Lynn hits Aries with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Lynn hits Aries with the guillotine legdrop and then a slingshot splash for two. Aries comes back and hits Lynn with the shinbreaker/belly-to-back suplex combo. He hits the IED for two. The champ hits a Gourdbuster and locks on the Last Chancery, but McGuinness breaks it up. McGuinness knocks Aries to the floor and goes after Lynn’s shoulder. He locks Lynn in the London Dungeon but Aries breaks it up. McGuinness tosses Aries right back to the floor and hits Lynn with a hammerlock Divorce Court. Once again McGuinness locks on the London Dungeon and this time Black breaks it up, but McGuinness tosses him right back out onto Aries. McGuinness goes for the Tower of London but Aries breaks it up. Aries goes up to fight Lynn on the top rope, and McGuinness grabs him too. Black comes back in to hit a superkick on McGuinness, who conveniently falls with a double Tower of London, and Black covers McGuinness for two. He covers Aries for two, and then covers Lynn for another two-count. Black fights off both Aries and McGuinness, sending Aries to the floor and wiping him out with a dive. Lynn hits McGuinness with an inverted DDT, and then Black hits Lynn with a leaping enziguiri. Black hits Lynn with the F-5 for two. McGuinness tries the Tower of London on Black, who reverses it to a Paroxysm for two. Black hits Lynn with the Buckle Bomb for two. Aries sneaks back in and gets rolled up by Black for two. Black hits him with a kick to the head but then McGuinness hits Black with the hammerlock Divorce Court and then locks on the London Dungeon. Aries breaks it up and then gets put in the London Dungeon himself. Lynn breaks it up by going to the top rope, and McGuinness makes him pay with a Tower of London through the official’s table! It looks like Aries and Black will settle things one-on-one. Just as I type that Aries wipes McGuinness out with the Heat Seeking Missile, and Black follows with a back flip over the top rope to take out Lynn and McGuinness. Aries grabs the ROH World Title belt and bashes Black in the head with it behind the referee’s back but Black kicks out at two! McGuinness gets back in the ring and aims a Jawbreaker Lariat at Aries but hits Black instead for a two-count! Aries goes for the IED on McGuinness, but it gets awesomely countered to a Tower of London attempt. Lynn breaks that up. The champ locks on the Last Chancery but Lynn pulls him out with a Cradle Piledriver and McGuinness breaks up the fall. Lynn hits McGuinness with the Cradle Piledriver, and Black superkicks Lynn to the floor. Black goes up top for the Phoenix Splash but Kenny King runs down and hurls Black into the barricade. Aries goes to the top rope and hits a somersault legdrop (I’m guessing he was intending to hit the 450 Splash) to get the pin and retain the title at 16:09. I’m not a big fan of the finish, but the match was pretty much non-top balls to the wall action and I can appreciate that.
    Rating: ***¾topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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    Pennsylvania National Guard Armory – Philadelphia, PA – August 11, 2007

    It’s a cold open right to the arena tonight. Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

    MATCH #1: Falls Count Anywhere – Mark Briscoe vs. El Generico

    The match actually starts with all four men brawling in the aisle, but Jay and Steen quickly brawl their way to the back. Mark and Generico battle around ringside, and Mark hits a perfect shooting star press off the top rope to the floor for a two-count. Back in the ring Mark hits a Samoan Drop for two. They go right back to the floor and Mark tries a leap off the apron but Generico sidesteps him. Mark comes back with a bodyslam and tries to balance on the barricade. Generico joins him up there and actually hits a suplex down to the floor! That’s different. It gets a two-count. Back in the ring Generico hits a cross body block off the top rope for two. Generico hits a split-legged moonsault for another two. Briscoe comes back with a Merosault and then some patented Briscoe Karate. He hits a springboard missile dropkick that sends Generico to the floor. He hits a baseball slide dropkick and then goes up to the apron. Generico recovers and hits a belly-to-back suplex off the apron for a two-count. They battle up the aisle and Generico hits a running boot to the face for a two-count. Briscoe comes back with an exploder on the ramp for a near-fall. Steen comes running out with a ladder and tries to hit Briscoe with it, but he eats a superkick instead. Generico then leaps through the ropes to grab Briscoe in an impressive swinging DDT on the floor to get the pin at 8:19. That was a great opener with a couple of spots I don’t believe I’d ever seen before. They probably had a few more minutes in them.
    Rating: ***¼

    Jay comes out to battle Steen but gets thrown into the guardrail. Steen and Generico then make their way to the back.

    Backstage the No Remorse Corps is getting ready for their Philadelphia Street Fight tonight. They’re making a, let’s call it “interesting” fashion statement. As usual Davey Richards is treated like the whipping boy of the group.

    MATCH #2: Jack Evans vs. Deranged

    This is Deranged’s first appearance since the disaster at Unforgettable that didn’t even make the DVD. Before the match can actually start a crazed fan jumps over the guardrail, screaming about Project 161 into a megaphone. Security throws him out and the match commences in the ring. Evans controls the early part of the match, hitting the handspring elbow and a springboard knee to the back of the head for two. He tries another handspring elbow but Deranged avoids it and hits a kick to the face. Deranged then hits a springboard double stomp to send Evans to the floor, and he follows him out and an Asai Moonsault. Back in the ring Deranged gets a two-count. Deranged hits a delayed vertical suplex for two. Evans tries to fight up but Deranged hits a rana and a running knee strikes to the face. Deranged hits a springboard tornado DDT for a near-fall. He tries a Code Red but somehow manages to drop himself on his head. Evans tries to cover their blunder with a kick to the head, but I saw it. He hits a twisting senton for two. A running knee strike gets another two-count for Evans. Then Evans goes up top and Deranged joins him there. A contrived little sequence ends with Evans hitting the Tree of Woe double knees to the chest. Evans finishes the match with the 630 Splash at 6:51. Other than the botched Code Red and the little bit at the finish there, this wasn’t a terrible match, but it certainly didn’t win Deranged his job back either.
    Rating: *¾

    MATCH #3: Nigel McGuinness & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Hero & Jigsaw

    Hero is accompanied by Larry Sweeney, Tank Toland, and Bobby Dempsey. This is the first time either of these two teams has been a team. Castagnoli and Hero start the match, thus Hero stalls for a while and then makes the tag to Jigsaw, so Castagnoli makes the tag to McGuinness Jigsaw tags Hero back in. Whew. McGuinness goes to work on the arm and Hero responds by showing off his athletic skill. While Hero is distracted McGuinness tags Castagnoli, who scares Hero to the floor. Back in the ring Jigsaw gets tagged in once again. They take it down to the mat and then Castagnoli tags McGuinness. This match has finally gotten going after a bunch of stalling. They continue on with the pattern of Hero avoiding Castagnoli. After a brief exchange Jigsaw tries to bail to the floor but Castagnoli grabs him and pulls him all the way over the top rope and back into the ring for a European Uppercut. That was awesome. Castagnoli hits the rope-walk elbow drop for two and then makes the tag. McGuinness hits a huge lariat for a two-count. He sets up for the Tower of London but Hero breaks it up and now Hero will tag in to the match. Hero and Jigsaw work on McGuinness’s arm while Dempsey does jumping jacks and Sweeney talks on his cell phone. Finally after several minutes McGuinness makes the hot tag. Castagnoli hits Hero with the Match Killer, and then uses the Giant Swing on Jigsaw. He hits Hero with a pop-up European Uppercut and the Alpamare Water Slide for two. He sets Hero on the top rope and then misses a step up enziguiri. Jigsaw climbs onto Hero’s shoulders and hits a legdrop, and Hero follows with a double stomp for two. McGuinness broke up that pinfall and then blasts Hero with a lariat. He hits Jigsaw with the Tower of London and then kicks him to the floor. He throws Jigsaw into the barricade. The referee gets distracted and Hero hits Castagnoli with his Race to the Top Trophy to get the pinfall at 15:00. That took its sweet time getting going, but three of these guys are amazing so they sort of won me back.
    Rating: **¾

    After the match Sweeney holds Castagnoli’s head against the trophy and Hero double stomps it off the top rope! Castagnoli is busted open. McGuinness comes back to make the save for his European Union tag team partner.

    Backstage Bryan Danielson is sporting a black eye. Tonight he is taking on Mike Quackenbush. He promises that Quackenbush will be just another stepping stone on his way to regaining the Ring of Honor World Championship.

    MATCH #4: SHIMMER Title Match – Sara Del Rey vs. Lacey

    Del Rey has been the champion since 6.2.07 (defeating Lacey) and this is her second defense. The champion starts the match aggressively, throwing Lacey around the ring and working the arm. Daizee Haze is watching and studying from the entrance. Del Rey kicks Lacey in the chest to send her to the floor. She chases Lacey around the ring and hits her with a forearm. Lacey gives it right back to her but Del Rey wins that battle with a rolling elbow. Del Rey tries a somersault off the apron but Lacey moves out of the way and Del Rey lands with a thud. Back in the ring Lacey gets a two-count. The challenger is firmly in control now, working the champion’s back. She hits the Rain Drop for a two-count. Del Rey fights back with a big powerbomb out of nowhere and both women are down. I don’t understand why Haze keeps shaking her head while she’s watching the match. Anyway Del Rey is unleashing a flurry of offense now. She hits a back senton for two. She tries the Royal Butterfly but Lacey escapes and goes right back to the back. Lacey goes for the Implant DDT but has to settle for a lungblower for a couple of near-falls. Del Rey avoids the Implant DDT and gets a schoolgirl rollup for two. Lacey comes back and hits an elevated swinging neckbreaker for two. Del Rey comes back with a hard German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. She sets Lacey up on the top turnbuckle, and Lacey flies off with a sunset flip. Del Rey rolls through that into the Royal Butterfly into a slam to get the pin at 12:37. They got enough time and were able to tell a solid story, which rarely happens in ROH women’s matches.
    Rating: ***

    Backstage Brent Albright says tonight is the night he’s been waiting for. He promises that Morishima will either have to get out or tap out.

    MATCH #5: Bryan Danielson vs. Mike Quackenbush

    Oh goody, a Mike Quackenbush match. Danielson goes right after the arm, but Quackenbush counters and they find themselves locked in a simultaneous headstand. Quackenbush goes after the arm as well, but Danielson breaks his hold and hits a dropkick. It doesn’t do much damage though, so Quackenbush hits a series of armdrags, frustrating Danielson more than anything. Danielson backs Quackenbush into the corner and hits a series of kicks, and then lands a snap suplex with a bridge for two. Now Danielson is going after the neck. He hits three knee drops to the face for a two-count. Danielson hits a series of slaps to the face, which Quackenbush takes exception to. Danielson weathers the storm and goes right back to work. He tries the surfboard but can’t quite lock it in before Quackenbush reaches the ropes. He hits a series of kicks to the chest for a two-count. Now Danielson goes back to work on the arm. He locks on a rather painful looking submission hold but can’t quite get the submission. Once again Quackenbush puts on his angry face and fires back. Quackenbush knocks Danielson to the floor and follows him out with a somersault dive. Danielson appears to have injured his shoulder. Back in the ring Quackenbush hits the Black Tornado Slam and locks on a submission. That one doesn’t get a submission so he tries another one. That one doesn’t work either and Danielson goes back on offense, hitting a Tiger Suplex with a bridge for two. He locks on the Cross Face Chicken Wing, but Quackenbush is able to reach the bottom rope. Quackenbush comes back with a Cross Face Chicken Wing of his own but Danielson quickly breaks it. He gets a quick pinning combination but Danielson rolls it into the Cattle Mutilation. Danielson rolls that into a cradle for two. Quackenbush gets up and hits Paroxysm for two. He goes up top and hits double knees for a two-count. He then locks on the Stretch Plum and then turns that into a Cross Armbreaker, but Danielson reaches the ropes. Back on their feet they exchange strikes. Quackenbush gets an inside cradle for a two-count. Danielson pops up and locks on the triangle choke and hits elbows to the head and the referee stops the match at 17:07. That was well executed and Quackenbush kept the nonsense to a minimum. Danielson was on a roll at this point, as if he ever wasn’t.
    Rating: ***½

    Bill Apter is backstage with the Resilience, who is also making an interesting fashion statement. They’re joined by Delirious for the big eight-man street fight tonight.

    MATCH #6: Lights Out Match – Jay Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen

    The rules of a Lights Out match are the same as for a Last Man Standing match. The fists immediately start flying. Steen knocks Briscoe to the floor with a forearm and follows him out with a somersault over the top rope. They continue brawling on the floor, trading control, hitting each other with punches kicks and forearms. Back in the ring Briscoe goes up top for a missile dropkick. Briscoe is just all over Steen, kicking him all over. Steen pops out of the corner with a superkick and then hits a cannonball. They get back to their feet and exchange forearms and then slaps. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver but Briscoe fights it off and hits a rana, only to get grabbed in a pumphandle neckbreaker for a two-count. They take the fight to the top rope and Steen knocks Briscoe down. Steen goes for a Swanton but Briscoe gets the knees up. Briscoe locks on a Stretch Plum and then pulls him up for a lariat. He knocks Steen to the floor and hits a slingshot dive. Back in the ring Briscoe hits a guillotine legdrop. They take it back to the floor and Briscoe goes for a Jay Driller but Steen counters with a backdrop. Steen then launches the back of Briscoe’s head into the barricade. Briscoe makes it back to his feet and they battle on the ring apron. He hits Steen with a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron and both men are down. Back in the ring Steen locks on a sleeper and Briscoe counters with a release German Suplex. Steen comes back with a step-up enziguiri and a Package Piledriver! Briscoe gets up at eight so Steen goes for another one and Briscoe slips out and hits the Jay Driller! Steen makes it back to his feet, and then Generico sneaks in the ring and hits the running Yakuza Kick. Generico hits another one and Steen follows up with another Package Piledriver and Briscoe’s Lights are Out at 14:11. That was another good brutal match in this feud. These four just had crazy chemistry together as opponents.
    Rating: ***½

    MATCH #7: ROH World Title Match – Takeshi Morishima vs. Brent Albright

    Morishima has been the champion since 2.17.07 and this is his fourteenth defense. They immediately start throwing bombs, and Morishima takes his challenger down. Albright tries a dropkick but it gets shrugged off, so he bodyslams the champ instead. He solo clubbers Morishima down in the corner and then knocks him into the guardrail. Outside the ring Morishima tries a clothesline but Albright ducks and he hits the ring post. Like a shark smelling blood, Albright goes right to work on the arm back inside the ring. After several minutes Morishima fights back with a side slam and Albright rolls to the apron. Morishima knocks him off the apron into the guardrail. You know, tit for tit. The champ goes outside the ring and runs Albright’s head into the barricade. He sets Albright up in a chair and then runs ass-first into him. Back in the ring Morishima hits the cartwheel avalanche and Albright crumples down to the mat. Morishima goes up top and hits the missile dropkick for two. He bowls Albright over with his girth and gets another two-count. Albright shows fighting spirit and hits a powerslam. Both men are down. They get back up and Albright hits a couple of chops, and then catches Morishima on a butt-butt attempt and hits a German suplex for two! That’s a great spot. Albright locks on the Crowbar and Morishima reaches the ropes. The challenger foolishly tries a sunset flip and Morishima crashes down on his chest for a two-count. Morishima hits a big boot to the face and goes for the Back Drop Driver but Albright falls on top of him for a two-count. Albright once again locks on the Crowbar and the crowd is buying it. Morishima powers out of the hold and hits the Back Drop Driver but Albright kicks out at two! The champ goes up top again and Albright meets him there to hit a superplex. Morishima pops right back up and Albright has to hit two Half Nelson Suplexes to keep the big man down for a two-count. The crowd chants “that was three.” Albright goes for one more Half Nelson Suplex but Morishima blocks it. Morishima hits a cross body block for two and then comes charging right into a belly-to-belly suplex. He ducks a clothesline and hits a release German Suplex and a big lariat for two! Morishima then hits one more Back Drop Driver and Albright is counted down at 15:15. That was another great title defense by Morishima, who had an uncanny ability to make it look like anyone MIGHT be the guy to beat him even though he was so huge. That’s quite the achievement, especially with cynical ROH fans. Speaking of them, they give Albright a standing ovation.
    Rating: ***¾

    MATCH #8: Philadelphia Street Fight – The Resilience & Delirious vs. No Remorse Corps & Matt Sydal

    Roderick Strong gets on the microphone and says that they eliminated Austin Aries last night, so he gives Matt Cross, Erick Stevens, and Delirious the option to not go through with the match lest they want to get beaten up. Aries runs in out of nowhere and hits Strong, Sydal, Rocky Romero, and Davey Richards with a weapon. The fight quickly spills to the floor. Strong pairs off with Stevens, Delirious with Romero, Sydal with Cross, and Richards with Aries. They’re fighting all over the arena, clearing fans out of their way. Cross leaps to the top of the bleachers and Sydal joins him up there. Everyone else migrates over to the bleachers for some reason. Cross knocks Sydal off the bleachers onto the six bodies below, and then runs up the wall and dives onto everyone! The first two back in the ring are Cross and Sydal. Delirious and Romero are battling by the barricade not too far away. Cross and Sydal go right back to the floor and Richards gets in the ring. Richards hits a slingshot dive onto a pile of chairs stacked on top of Cross. Sydal brings a ladder in the ring and quickly falls victim to a Panic Attack from Delirious. Romero hits Delirious with a flying knee strike for two. Aries and Stevens recover and bring a rake into the ring to take the advantage.

    Stevens hits a Choo-Choo on Romero and Strong stacked up in the corner, but misses on his second attempt and crashes into the ladder. Richards pulls Aries to the floor and they brawl. In the ring Delirious hits Strong with the Cobra Clutch Suplex onto a ladder. Romero hits Delirious with a Tiger Suplex and a knockout kick, but Cross breaks up the pin by throwing a chair. Cross hits Romero with a Death Valley Neckbreaker and then double stomps Romero into a chair for two. He goes for the same move on Sydal, but Sydal moves out of the way and hits a fisherman buster on a chair. Stevens comes in and hits Sydal with a TKO on a ladder. He avoids Richards’s stupid handspring spin kick and throws a chair at him. Out on the floor Strong hits Stevens with a powerbomb. Inside the ring Aries kicks Richards in the balls and DDT’s him on a chair. Strong breaks up the cover there with a huge kick to the face. Back outside the ring Strong battles with Delirious, and Sydal jumps from the top rope over the guardrail to knock Delirious off a table. Richards and Aries fight by one of the camera scaffolds with a table set up. Aries throws powder and sets Richards up on the table. Cross hits the Flag Pole Press on Richards to break the table. Aries drags Strong back to ringside and the others follow.

    In the ring Richards hits Aries with a powerbomb for two. Strong and Richards double-team Aries while Delirious battles Sydal on the floor. Stevens tries running off the apron at Strong but gets swatted out of the air with a chair, and then cracked in the skull with the chair again. Back in the ring Aries hits Richards with a brainbuster on a chair. Aries goes for another brainbuster on Strong, but instead hits him with the Stroke. He goes up top and Richards hits his injured ankle with a chair. Stevens is busted open from the chair shots. Strong and Richards now double-team Stevens in the ring. Stevens recovers and powerslams Richards off the apron and through a table. Strong and Stevens are back in the ring slugging away at each other. Stevens hits a modified powerbomb for two. Strong comes back and hurls a ladder into Stevens’ face. He sets up two chairs and puts the ladder between them. He goes for a Gibson Driver but Stevens avoids it and hits a release German Suplex and a lariat for two! Strong and Stevens fight up on the top rope and Strong hits a half nelson backbreaker off the top rope through the ladder and then locks on the Stronghold and Stevens is done for at 33:50. That was an insane brawl throughout the arena. They probably could have cut it down five or six minutes, but these guys did some insane spots and this felt like a big feud ender. That’s just too bad for the Resilience.
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    Mennen Sports Arena – Morristown, New Jersey – June 18, 2005

    ~DISC ONE~

    Good Times, Great Memories

    We open up with Good Times, Great Memories, hosted by Colt Cabana. He says he is sad tonight because it is CM Punk’s last match ever in ROH. But the good news is that he finally made time for Punk to appear on GTGM. Sadly Punk is nowhere to be found.

    Cut to outside the arena where Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans are preparing for their respective matches tonight. Aries promises that Punk will not win the ROH World Title from him tonight.

    Paul London’s Farewell

    Next is footage from Paul London’s farewell speech, which happened at the original Death Before Dishonor on 7.19.03 after losing a ROH World Title match to Samoa Joe.

    Jimmy Bower and Dave Prazak are on commentary.

    MATCH #1: ROH Tag Team Title Match – BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs vs. The Embassy

    The Embassy is represented by Jimmy Rave and Fast Eddie. They are of course accompanied by Prince Nana, Mike Kruel, the Outcast Killaz, and their footstool Jade Chung. Nana cuts a promo just to make sure the crowd will boo him out of the building tonight. I love Nana. Whitmer and Jacobs have been the champions since 4.2.05, and this is their fourth defense. The Jimmies start the match and Jacobs gets the first advantage by going after the arm. Rave runs Jacobs into the corner and tries to mount some offense, but Jacobs tricks Rave into HUSSING instead. Jacobs gets another armdrag and locks on the armbar again. Whitmer tags in and continues the arm work. The champs tag again and they CLUBBER Rave. Moments later Rave slams Jacobs down to the mat by his hair and makes the tag. Eddie and Rave now work Jacobs over in their corner. That doesn’t last too long before Jacobs makes the tag to Whitmer. The biggest man in the match throws forearms on both challengers. Nana tries to trip Whitmer, giving Rave the chance to hit a Northern Lariat. Now the Embassy works over Whitmer. They knock Whitmer to the floor and Kruel takes some cheap shots. Whitmer catches Eddie running in with an exploder suplex. Both men make tags, but it is Jacobs that is the House Afire. Jacobs pulls off a springboard forearm; good for him. Eddie pulls Jacobs to the floor while Whitmer and Rave battle in the ring. Rave hits Ghanarrhea and a running knee strike but Jacobs breaks up the cover with a senton off the top rope. Eddie and Jacobs get tagged and they trade punches. The tag champs go for the Doomsday Hurricanrana but Eddie blocks it and hits a leg cradle Russian Legsweep on Whitmer. Eddie then hits Jacobs with the Moonsault Fallaway Slam but Whitmer breaks up the cover. Rave runs off the ropes and gets absolutely clobbered with a lariat by Whitmer. Eddie goes after Whitmer and gets put up on the shoulders, and Jacobs is in position to hit the Doomsday Rana and the champs retain at 10:03. That was a solid tag match that would have benefitted if the teams were given any issue but the belts to fight over. There was just no sizzle to the match because Jacobs and Whitmer were never given a feud or any real reason to get behind them other than “He’s Big! He’s Small!” That’s really a shame.
    Rating: **¾

    CM Punk Memory #1

    This is Jimmy Bower and CM Punk himself commentating over some of his biggest moments in the company. The first memory is of Punk’s debut promo with Colt Cabana at Unscripted on 9.21.02.

    We cut back to Cabana on the Good Times, Great Memories set, still waiting for Punk. He mocks Nigel McGuinness for not winning the Pure Title last week, and says that he will win the title himself tonight.

    AJ Styles says he is making his return to ROH tonight, and this time it’s for good. He says he’s coming after Jimmy Rave specifically. He wants Rave to stop stealing his moves.

    CM Punk Memory #2

    This is highlights of Punk’s feud with Raven. Their first match was at Expect the Unexpected on 3.15.03. They also had a Dog Collar match at Death Before Dishonor on 7.19.03.

    MATCH #2: Anything Goes – Carnage Crew vs. Dunn & Marcos

    The Carnage Crew is Loc and DeVito. Dunn & Marcos charge the ring as Prazak introduces CM Punk on color commentary one last time. It doesn’t take long for the Ring Crew Express to bring garbage cans into the ring. They take it to the floor as DeVito and Dunn are already busted open. Back in the ring Loc suplexes Marcos on two trash cans. DeVito dumps Jack Daniels into Dunn’s open wound. This is just a brawl all over the place with little rhyme or reason. Loc finds some rope under the ring and chokes Marcos with it. Dunn sets up a table, and then gets back dropped through it from the ring pretty quickly. That leaves Marcos alone with the Crew. They hit a Super Splash Mountain / Neckbreaker combination through a table to get the pin at 8:36. If you like matches where guys mindlessly hit each other with stuff and bleed, have fun with this one. For those of us with a brain, take a pass.
    Rating: ¼*

    Lacey

    They show a clip of Lacey defeating Cindy Rogers on this show. Then they cut to Lacey backstage where she tries to get her “top businesswoman who hates every man” character over. She yells at some guy in a car and at someone in the ROH office for checking her out. Then she goes to the ROH School to work out and all the guys ogle her. Shane Hagadorn is the most vocal of them, so Lacey challenges him to a match, slapping him across the face. They get in the ring and have a little exhibition. They do some basic stuff and then Lacey gets him in a Cross Armbreaker and he taps out. This is not a bad character but it was just played way too over the top.

    CM Punk Memory #3

    This is clips from Punk’s match with Homicide at Retribution: Round Robin Challenge II on 4.26.03. This was their first ever match and Punk says it was his breakout match in ROH.

    MATCH #3: ROH Pure Title Match – Samoa Joe vs. Colt Cabana

    Joe has been the champion since 5.7.05, and this is his third defense. Cabana immediately tricks the champion into using one of his rope breaks off the handshake. Joe is extremely angry, which could be good for Cabana if he can outmaneuver Joe, or bad for Cabana if he gets his ass handed to him. Bothe men regroup and start some chain wrestling. Cabana seems to be one step ahead of the Pure Champion here. They engage in a test of strength and they take it back down to the mat. Cabana once again escapes Joe’s hold, frustrating the champ. Finally Joe has enough and cracks Cabana in the jaw with a straight right hand, which costs Joe his second rope break. Cabana tries some open hand strikes but Joe brushes them off and locks on a Cross Armbreaker and Cabana has to use his first rope break. Joe continues working on the arm. He knocks Cabana to the floor and goes for a dive through the ropes but Cabana counters with a sunset flip for two and then rolls that into an STF and Joe is forced to use his third rope break. Back on their feet Joe hits a powerbomb (sort of) but cabana rolls through and hits a quebrada for two. Cabana hits a Butt-Butt in the corner and a leaping lariat for two. Joe comes back with a real powerbomb and then rolls it over to a Crossface and Cabana uses his second rope break. The champ goes for the Muscle Buster but Cabana fights it off and hits a missile dropkick for two. Joe hits a leaping enziguiri. He tries another Muscle Buster but Cabana avoids it but runs into a snap powerslam. Joe locks on a Cross Armbreaker and Cabana taps out at 14:07. That was an interesting clash of styles and they did some creative spots.
    Rating: ***

    Backstage, James Gibson cuts a promo about Homicide, who he apparently lost a match to recently. He looks like he has something gross in his nose. That was a pretty bush league promo.

    CM Punk Memory #4

    This memory is from Empire State Showdown on 10.25.03. Punk takes a few jabs at Corino but admits that it’s all in good fun.

    We go back to backstage, where Jay Lethal is talking angrily about Low Ki. Jay Lethal promos used to be a hot topic of conversation around my house at this time. I miss those days.

    MATCH #4: AJ Styles vs. Prince Nana’s Secret Weapon

    This is Styles’ first match in ROH since the anniversary show in February in Dayton. Prince Nana comes out with Jade Chung, Killer Kruel, and the Outcast Killaz. Styles wanted to face Jimmy Rave, but Nana wouldn’t let that happen. Before Nana can introduce the mystery opponent, Allison Danger comes out, which causes that pot-stirrer Gary Michael Cappetta to come out. She announces that Christopher Daniels will return on July 8 in Long Island. She wants Nana to destroy AJ Styles tonight. Nana then introduces the mystery opponent – Petey Williams!

    Styles is the NWA World Champion at this point. They take it down to the mat and trade holds and reversals. Both men show off their impressive athleticism as they exchange maneuvers. Williams ends up on top with a wristlock. Styles escapes that and after a battle on the apron he hits a dropkick to the chest. He hits a backbreaker, a bodyslam and a couple of knee drops for two. He hits the pop-up headscissors for two. He dumps Williams to the floor and tries a sunset bomb to the floor but Williams blocks it with a legdrop. Williams hits a slingshot rana to the floor and he takes control. Back in the ring Williams works Styles over for a bit until Styles comes back with a couple of punches. Styles hits a roundhouse kick and a big clothesline. He hits the pumphandle gutbuster, and then sort of hits the flipping inverted DDT for two. He tries the suplex into a neckbreaker but Williams reverses it to a swinging neckbreaker for a two-count. Williams tries the Canadian Destroyer but Styles rolls through and tries the Styles Clash, which gets reversed to a DDT for two. Styles is able to maneuver Williams to the apron and hits a Pele kick. He tries to suplex Williams back inside, but Williams blocks it and tries a super Canadian Destroyer. Styles backdrops Williams down to the mat and then goes up and misses the Spiral Tap. Both men are down. They struggle to their feet and trade rollups for two. Williams locks on the Sharpshooter but Styles reverses it to a cradle for two. Williams tries the Canadian Destroyer again but Styles reverses to the Styles Clash and that’s enough to get the win at 16:36. That was solid, but with Petey’s appearance being a one-off and Styles being the NWA Champion the result was a completely forgone conclusion. Still, they made the most of it.
    Rating: ***¼

    After the match Prince Nana is irate. He tells Jade Chung to get in the ring and slap the hell out of Styles. Of course rather than feel bad for Chung, Styles gets in her face. Styles then goes after Nana, allowing Chung to hit him with a low blow. Jimmy Rave then comes down to hit Styles with the Rave Clash.

    It’s intermission time, and Gary Michael Cappetta is with the ROH Tag Team Champions. Jacobs wonders why Whitmer gets to do all the cool stuff and all the talking, but when he gets the chance to talk he blows it. Whitmer says they’re going to be champions for a long time.

    CM Punk Memory #5

    We start with a clip from The Battle Lines Are Drawn on 1.10.04, when Punk injured Christopher Daniels and took him out for about a year and a half. Next up is Reborn Stage Two on 4.24.04 when Punk and Cabana won the ROH Tag Team Titles from the Briscoe Brothers. Brad and I were at both of those shows.

    Cut to Colt Cabana in the rafters, once again waiting for CM Punk to show up on Good Times, Great Memories. He promises to have Punk on his show by the end of the night.

    MATCH #5: Roderick Strong & Jack Evans vs. Lacey’s Angels

    Izzy and Deranged are representing Lacey’s Angels tonight. I love their music. They are accompanied by Lacey, Cheech, and Cloudy. Winner of this match presumably gets a shot at the Tag Team Titles. Evans and Deranged start the match. They trade dance moves and Evans doesn’t take too kindly to that, hitting a low blow and sending Deranged to the floor with a headscissors. Evans dances in the ring, so Deranged takes the opportunity to sneak back in the ring and kick Evans in the nuts. Deranged can’t sustain the offense as Evans trips him up and makes the tag. Strong goes to work on the arm, taking Deranged down to the mat. Deranged escapes and makes a quick tag to Izzy, who also gets beaten up by the strongest man in the match. Lacey’s Angels can’t get untracked here as they try to regroup on the floor. Strong is out there with them, and Evans wipes everyone out with a somersault dive over the ropes. Back in the ring Gen Next continues to be in control until Izzy comes back with a springboard tornado DDT. Now Lacey’s Angels go to work on Evans in their corner. They hit a springboard Doomsday Ace Crusher for a two-count. Evans comes back with a quebrada on both men and everyone is down. Strong gets tagged in and he is on fire. The match breaks down to a big brawl. Evans hits Deranged with a reverse hurricanrana. Izzy comes in and hits Evans with a Blue Thunder Piledriver for two. That should be a finisher. Both members of Gen Next are on the floor on opposite sides, so the Angels hit stereo dives to wipe both of them out. Back in the ring Strong hits Deranged with a knee and then sets him up in the corner. Strong powerbomb flips Evans onto Deranged with a double stomp for a two-count. They hits Skipping a Generation but Cloudy pulls the referee to the floor. Evans goes up top but Izzy and Deranged knock him down and join him up there for a flipping Splash Mountain to get the pin at 12:33. Where was Roderick Strong to break that up? The match turned out to be pretty good for a heel versus heel tag team match, and the result was a bit of an upset.
    Rating: ***

    CM Punk Memory #6

    This is a clip of Punk rescuing Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat from an attack by Generation Next at Reborn Completion.

    MATCH #6: Four Corner Survival – Azrieal vs. Nigel McGuinness vs. Homicide vs. James Gibson

    Bower has come back to commentary to replace Punk, who has gone to get ready for his World Title shot later on. Homicide and Azrieal start the match. Bower tries to put Azrieal over as the breakout star of 2005. Yeah, right after Vordell Walker. The issue in this match is between Homicide and Gibson; McGuinness and Azrieal are peripheral. Homicide refuses to fight Gibson initially, which of course is smart. McGuinness spends about five seconds in the ring with Homicide before tagging out to Azrieal. Gibson gets tagged back in and Homicide teases locking up with him, but then tags out to McGuinness. They engage in some chain wrestling, taking it to the mat. Gibson goes after the arm and is able to control his much taller opponent. McGuinness comes back with a back elbow and a series of European Uppercuts. Homicide tags in because he thinks Gibson is weakened, but he thought wrong! Prazak completely buried Azrieal on commentary, calling him by far the weakest link in the match. Gibson works Homicide over a bit, and then Homicide stumbles over to make the tag to the Weakest Link. Gibson makes the tag to McGuinness, who starts throwing headbutts to the midsection. McGuinness locks on an arm and neck submission, and then slams Azrieal down for two. He hits a short-arm lariat for two. My, times would eventually change, no? Azrieal comes back with a flapjack and McGuinness tags Homicide. They go back and forth a bit, as you can see Gibson itching to get in the ring. McGuinness blind tags himself in and hits Azrieal with a superkick. The match breaks down to a brawl and the referee loses control. They do a Tower of Doom spot, probably because they have to. Azrieal now works on McGuinness, who comes back with the headstand into the Tower of London, but Homicide breaks that up. The referee has decided that he does not care about tags or legal men. Gibson hits Azrieal with a German Suplex with a bridge, and Homicide breaks it up by kicking Gibson square in the nuts. Everyone is hitting moves on everyone as the action is moving pretty quickly. Homicide sends McGuinness to the floor and hits the Tope Con Hilo. Gibson follows Homicide out with a slingshot dive. Azrieal then wipes all three of them out with a moonsault. Homicide and McGuinness are the first two in the ring. Azrieal and Gibson make their way back in as well. Homicide tries the Cop Killa on Gibson but McGuinness breaks it up and pitches Homicide to the floor. McGuinness then hits Gibson with the Tower of London (not yet called as such) for the win at 20:28. That was insanely long for the great amount of nothing that happened. They did a decent job putting heat on Gibson versus Homicide, but it just took forever and a day to get there.
    Rating: **

    CM Punk Memory #7

    Now we recap the epic Samoa Joe versus CM Punk World Title trilogy. Brad and I were at the World Title Classic (Dayton) and Joe vs. Punk II (Chicago Ridge) shows. The funny thing about JvP2 is that it was originally scheduled to be Joe versus Steve Corino and Punk versus Alex Shelley, but Zero-One called Corino away at the last minute and they replaced it with a second 60-minute draw. Man, Gabe Sapolsky just had a knack for dealing with adversity. They ended the series with a no time-limit match at All-Star Extravaganza II in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

    ~DISC TWO~

    MATCH #7: Low Ki vs. Jay Lethal

    They start off immediately throwing hands in a vicious slugfest. Lethal hits the first big move with a springboard dropkick that sends Ki to the floor. Back in the ring Lethal hits a snap suplex for two. Lethal hits a backbreaker for another two-count. Another suplex gets two again. Lethal seems to be having problems with his previously injured neck. Even so he hits a leg lariat for two, as Julius Smokes rolls his aluminum baseball bat into the ring, but nothing comes of it. Ki comes back with a hard dropkick to the face for two. Now Ki takes control, working over Lethal’s injured neck. Ki sends Lethal to the floor and Smokes takes some cheap shots. Lethal comes back briefly and tries the Dragon Suplex but Ki blocks it and slams Lethal down to the mat by his hair for a two-count. Ki continues to control the match, but Lethal does sneak in a series of sunset flips for two-counts. The vicious Rottweiler sets up for the Warrior’s Way but Lethal pulls him off the top rope down to the mat as the crowd chants are dueling. Lethal gets his second wind and takes the fight to Ki. He hits an atomic drop, a gutbuster, and a gut wrench suplex for a two-count. He hits a neckbreaker for another two-count. Lethal tries the running vertical suplex but Ki slips out and hits a leapfrog double stomp. That’s awesome. Ki tries a Ki Krusher but Lethal reverses to a small package for two. Once again Lethal tries the running suplex but Lethal avoids it and hits the shotgun dropkick for a two-count. Ki goes up for a Super Ki Krusher but Lethal fights it off and hits a diving headbutt for a near-fall. Smokes gets on the apron to distract the referee and gives Ki the bat. Ki tries to hit Lethal with the bat, but Lethal ducks and hits the Dragon Suplex! Smokes dives in the ring to break up the pin and the match is over at 15:12. For some reason the referee calls the match a no-contest rather than a DQ win for Lethal, which seems logical. Smokes tries to piledrive Lethal, but Lethal avoids it and tries the Dragon Suplex. Homicide comes out to save Smokes and Ki. The match was way better than I remember it, with great intensity and hatred permeating the match. This is kind of a forgotten feud but it certainly did a lot for Lethal.
    Rating: ***½

    MATCH #8: ROH World Title Match – Austin Aries vs. CM Punk

    Punk has tears in his eyes as he makes his way down to the ring for his last ever ROH match. The crowd is grateful for all Punk’s contributions to ROH. Aries has been the champion since 12.26.04, and this is his eighteenth defense. They start off slowly with some chain wrestling. Punk targets Aries’ injured neck right away. Aries comes back and works the headlock. Punk responds with a headscissors. Aries headstands his way out of it but Punk dropkicks him right back down and locks on a headlock. Punk tenaciously holds on to the headlock despite Aries’ best efforts. The challenger has counters for everything the champion throws at him. Punk knocks Aries to the floor with a Chris Jericho dropkick and then wipes him out with a Tope Suicida. The fight migrates to the apron and Aries finally gets an advantage with a Death Valley Driver right on the edge of the ring. Finally the champion takes control and works Punk over around ringside. Punk reverses a whip into the barricade. He takes a few moments to regroup, allowing Aries to pull him face-first into the barricade. The champ resumes control. Aries is also working on the neck. They finally make it back to the ring, where Aries hits a twisting body press and a quebrada for two. The crowd is really getting into it now, doing the “boo / yay” thing. Aries works Punk over, feeding off the booing of the crowd. He exposes the turnbuckle and whips Punk into it. He goes for another whip but Punk reverses it and Aries take it chest-first, and then Punk hits a Northern Lariat. Both men are down for the count. Back on their feet Punk takes the advantage, much to the delight of the crowd. Punk hits Welcome to Chicago Motherfucker for two. He goes up top for a flying cross body block that gets another two-count. He goes for the Pepsi Twist but Aries blocks it and hits a lariat for two. Aries hits a piledriver for two. The crowd is heavily invested in Punk winning the title. Aries hits the Finlay Roll and goes up for the 450. Punk stops him and slams him down to the mat. He slams Aries down again and hits the Shining Wizard for two! The crowd wants to see Punk execute the Pepsi Plunge but Aries blocks it and hits the Super Brainbuster DANGEROUS but Punk kicks out! Aries goes up for the 450 but gets stopped. Punk looks for the inverted Pepsi Plunge but Aries fights it off. Aries then executes his own Pepsi Plunge, but Punk kicks out at one! The crowd super happy but they get pissed when Aries knocks Punk down with a roaring elbow and a kick to the head. Aries goes up and hits the 450 but Punk rolls it into the Anaconda Vise and Aries has to reach the ropes! The champ tries a crucifix bomb but Punk reverses to a TKO. Punk hits the Shining Wizard and then the inverted Pepsi Plunge to get the pin and the title at 30:28! The match went by fast and had a very infectious crowd heat. The no-selling was a blatantly obvious and took the match down a little bit, but for sheer emotion this one is hard to beat.
    Rating: ****¼

    Aries hands the belt over and congratulates the new champion. The crowd shows Aries some love too as he makes his way to the back. What follows is the single greatest promo and angle in the history of Ring of Honor. Punk cuts an amazing promo about how the fans are stupid for having followed him, and that he used them just to capture the ROH World Title on his way out. Some super smarks are still cheering for Punk’s vitriol filled rant against them, but the people who are not jerks boo Punk like they should. Punk says he’s taking the title with him, and that no one can stop him. Then from out of nowhere, Christopher Daniels enters the ring! Punk doesn’t see him right away, and when he turns around the crowd goes nuts. They jaw at each other briefly and then the brawl is on. The crowd chants “ring the bell.” Daniels goes for the Best Moonsault Ever and Punk rolls out of the way. The returning Daniels challenges Punk to put the belt on the line right now, WrestleMania IX style. If Punk wasn’t staying around until August, imagine how hot Daniels winning the title right here would have been. But since Punk was staying a little longer it was obviously the right call to put the belt on him. Anyway, Punk turns down Daniels’s challenge and scurries out of the arena. Daniels then proceeds to cut a promo about the reasons he left ROH back in 2004. He goes on for a little while, which of course isn’t quite as exciting as Punk.

    The Aftermath

    Backstage Generation Next is in disarray. Aries has just lost the title, and Evans thinks he needs to disappear for a while because he keeps dropping falls.

    Elsewhere the Ring Crew Express is taking the ring down and they challenge the Carnage Crew again. They’ll be once bitten, twice shy, if Dunn and Marcos have anything to say about it.

    One more time we go back to Good Times, Great Memories, as Cabana thinks Punk is still going to show up. He looks depressed when he realizes Punk did what he did.

    They show ads for the ROH merchandise store and the ROH Wrestling School.

    The last feature was taped a few days after the show. Austin Aries is reflecting on losing the ROH World Title to CM Punk. He says he had over 20 title defenses, but ROH’s official history only shows 16 (though two separate matches are listed as if they were one, so he really had at least seventeen). He says he will not take any time off, and that Generation Next will be back better than ever, essentially.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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    Impact Zone – Orlando, Florida – Friday, April 5, 2013

    MATCH #1: Xscape Match – Matt Bentley vs. Alex Silva vs. Lince Dorado vs. Sam Shaw vs. Puma vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Christian York

    In an Xscape match, elimination occurs via pinfall or submission, until we get down to the last two men, and then you have to escape the cage. Dorado and Silva start it off and it’s fast and furious right away. Everyone gets a chance to show off a bit in the early going. The match breaks down and all seven men brawl in the ring, but just briefly. We settle with York and Dorado going at it, but they quikcly give way to Silva and Shaw, two Gut Check competitors. We go back to York and Dorado, and York scores the first elimination with a big boot to the face and a gnarly swinging neckbreaker at 7:17. There’s no break in the action as Puma and Shaw get in the ring. Shaw hits the Orton backbreaker and a neckbreaker to eliminate Puma at 8:00. Silva and Bentley are next to go at it, but Shaw sneaks in and hits Silva with the same combination he used to eliminate Puma, and Bentley steals the pin at 9:00. It’s a fatal four-way match now. Rave comes in and hits Shaw with a Lightning Spiral to eliminate him at 10:41. Bentley and Rave team up on York and start wearing him down. York weathers the storm and hits Rave with a half nelson suplex, and then hits the swinging neckbreaker on Bentley to eliminate him at 12:38. Now we’re down to York and Rave, so it’s escape rules from here. Both men try to climb out the cage and slug it out at the top. They go down to the top rope and York brings Rave down with a swinging neckbreaker! That’s enough for York to climb up, and when Rave tries to stop him he gets kicked back to the mat. York climbs out and touches the floor to win the match at 16:00. This was a decent way to kick off the show and highlight York, but the rest of the guys were either released (Silva), not brought back (Bentley, Dorado, Rave), or brought back with different characters (Puma, Shaw), so it was hard to get too invested.
    Rating: **½

    MATCH #2: Kid Kash & Douglas Williams vs. Anthony Nese & Rashad Cameron

    Williams and Cameron start it off. They chain wrestle a bit and Williams would seem to have the advantage there but Cameron keeps up with him. What I don’t understand is why Wiliams has his knee pads around his boots instead of his knees. Why have them if you’re not going to use them on your knees? Kash and Nese tag in and they go back and forth trying to establish dominance. Nese clotheslines Kash to the floor and looks for a dive but Williams cuts him off with a clotheslines. Cameron comes to his partner’s aid and sends Williams to the floor, and then wipes out both Kash and Williams with a dive. Nese follows with one of his own and the Impact Zone is digging it. Back in the ring the veteran duo of Williams and Kash take control and wear Nese down in their half of the ring. Cameron gets a hot tag but is quickly cut off and Williams and Kash continue to do their thing. Kash tries a Merosault but Cameron gets his knees up. Nese gets the hot tag and he unloads on Kash. Williams tries to help out but Nese takes it to him too. Things break down and Cameron takes Kash out with a dive to the floor. That leaves Nese and Williams in the ring, and Nese is giving Williams everything he has. Kash comes to his partner’s rescue, giving Williams the chance to hit the Chaos Theory for the win at 13:17. This was solid tag team formula stuff, and a good internal story of “old school” versus “new school.”
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #3: Robbie E vs. Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

    Robbie comes out to brag about being the best X Division Champion ever. Chavo comes out and takes umbrage with that claim, and challenges Robbie to a match. Robbie says he would love to, but they don’t have a referee. Chavo says that they do have a referee – the brother of former X Division Champion Abyss, Joseph Park! Robbie stalls a bit to start, and Chavo is the aggressor. Chavo charges at Robbie and gets back dropped to the floor. Robbie tries to follow with a dive but Chavo avoids it. Chavo hits a slingshot senton to get back in the ring. He tries to cover but Robbie kicks out before a count of one. Robbie uses Park as a shield and then takes a cheap shot on Chavo to take control. Chavo fights back with a dropkick and a headscissors. He hits a leg lariat and then tries the Three Amigos but Robbie pushes him off. Robbie tries a cross body block but Chavo ducks and Robbie lands in Park’s arms! Cute spot. Park drops Robbie, and Chavo follows with the Three Amigos. One Frog Splash later and Chavo gets the win at 5:10. That was a whole lot of not much from two of my least favorite X Division wrestlers ever. At least they kept it short.
    Rating: *½

    MATCH #4: Ultimate X Match – Zema Ion vs. Rubix vs. Kenny King vs. Mason Andrews

    This is the twenty-ninth Ultimate X match in TNA history. Ion is the Ultimate X veteran here, having appeared in three prior, winning the X Division title in one at Destination X 2012. King and Andrews are both appearing in their second Ultimate X match after appearing in the same one that Ion won the X Title. Rubix is making his Ultimate X debut.

    King and Rubix square off in one half of the ring while Ion and Andrews fight on the other side. That doesn’t last long as all four men end up battling each other. The action is fast and furious both in and out of the ring. Rubix is eager to prove himself in his first Ultimate X match, and he looks good in the early going, as does King, who is the first man to go after the X but he gets pulled down with aggression by Rubix and Andrews. Rubix dumps Andrews to the floor and he goes after the X but Ion stops him before he gets too far. Action continues on the floor, with King, Andrews and Ion all hitting impressive dives. Rubix won’t be outdone though, and he climbs up the steel truss and takes everyone out with a cross body block. Rubix tries to grab the X but King is able to stop him. Andrews takes King down in the ring, and almost gets the X but Ion pulls him down. Offense comes from all sides and all four men find themselves hurting on the mat. They all get up and it’s right back to 100 mph for everyone. Rubix is in the best shape and he makes it out to the X and takes it off the cables, but King sneaks in and drops Jigsaw with an Electric Chair Drop, claming the X in the process and winning the match at 15:25. That was fun and energetic, and the finish was quite clever. Outside of the finish though it wasn’t at all memorable, and nothing at all was on the line so it was just a match that happened and nothing more.
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #5: Bad Influence vs. Sonjay Dutt & Petey Williams

    Williams and Christopher Daniels start it off. They go back and forth briefly and then tags are made, leaving Dutt and Kazarian to do battle. Williams and Dutt show impressive teamwork in the opening minutes, even trapping Bad Influence in simultaneous submission holds. Soon after Daniels and Kazarian use some dirty tactics to take control, isolating Williams in their half of the ring. Eventually of course the hot tag is made and Dutt is a house afire. Sadly for Dutt it doesn’t last, as Kazarian cuts him off with a slingshot DDT for a two-count. The referee loses control as all four men are in the ring doing whatever they want. Williams goes for the Canadian Destroyer on Daniels but Kazarian breaks that up. Dutt hits Kaz with the Asai DDT and Daniels breaks up the cover. Williams sends Daniels to the floor and follows him out with the slingshot rana. Dutt takes Kaz down and goes to the top rope and Daniels knocks him down on his crotch. Kaz hits Fade to Black, Daniels adds the Best Moonsault Ever, and Kaz gets the pin at 12:50. More solid tag team goodness here, as they kept it interesting throughoutand kicked it into a higher gear for the second half of the match. It’s too bad that Petey Williams has since retired, I always thought he was underrated.
    Rating: ***¼

    MATCH #6: No Disqualification Match – Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam

    They start off with their usual back and forth circle jerkery. It doesn’t take long for RVD to introduce a chair, and he tries to monkey flip Lynn onto it but Lynn cuts him off. They head to the floor and RVD drapes Lynn over the guardrail and leaps onto him with a legdrop. RVD brings a table into the ring and sets it up in the corner, where it waits. Back to the floor RVD sets up another table and tries to suplex Lynn from the ring through the table, but Lynn counters with a sunst bomb attempt, which RVD blocks. Back in the ring they continue to exchange maneuvers, neither man holding the advantage for very long. They work in several of their contrived spots, including Lynn hitting the sunset bomb right on the chair for a two-count. RVD sells that for about five seconds before trying the chair-assisted running dropkick in the corner, but Lynn thwarts that with a spear through the table! That also gets sold for like five seconds. RVD takes Lynn down on the steel chair and goes for the Five-Star Frog Splash but Lynn moves so RVD hits nothing but chair. Lynn rolls RVD up for a two-count. He hits a TKO on the chair for another near-fall. Lynn goes to the top rope with the chair, but RVD kicks him in the face and Lynn crashes through the table at ringside. Back in the ring RVD covers for two. RVD then goes up top and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 15:53. They did a bunch of stuff and then RVD won. It was just like every other match they’ve ever had, and if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.
    Rating: **

    In a nice moment, Lynn and RVD embrace, and then they locker room empties to give Lynn an ovation. I’m not a huge fan, but he definitely had a big impact on a certain style of wrestling, and I can certainly respect anyone who gave himself to the business the way Lynn has.

    MATCH #7: Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe

    These two have faced each other numerous times over the years so they start off slowly, feeling each other out. Joe takes the first advantage using his size and power, and he keeps Aries grounded. The crafty Aries goes to the floor and tries to slam Joe’s legs into the ring post, but Joe is all like “na I’m good bro,” and he chops Aries out into the crowd. Joe beats on Aries some more and then throws him back in the ring. Aries catches Joe with a dropkick to the knee and that’s the opening Aries needed. Aries relentlessly (and wisely) targets Joe’s legs, keeping the big man on the mat. That totally neutralizes Joe’s striking ability, which is why it’s always good strategy against Joe. Aries maneuvers Joe to the floor and follows him out with a Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Aries hits a Missile Dropkick, and Joe pops up for one last gasp with a hard clothesline. Both men are down. Back on their feet Joe fires up and unleashes a flurry of offense, culminating in a senton splash for two. Joe hits a snap powerslam for two. He follows with a powerbomb for wo, and then he rolls it into the STF. Aries escapes and goes back to the leg, but Joe catches him in the Choke! They’re too close to the ropes though and Aries is able to reach out and break the hold. Aries traps Joe in the corner and hits the IED. He tries the Brainbuster but Joe counters it. Aries recovers and hits the crucifix bomb and then a solid kick to the skull. That gets a two-count. Aries goes up top but misses the 450 Splash and then runs right into the STJoe. Now Joe is fired up and goes for the Muscle Buster but Aries slips out and cradles Joe to get the pin at 18:18. These two have had great chemistry together for the last decade and this match was no different. Both men had solid strategy and hit all of their moves right on. The finish was a bit underwhelming, but I understand wanting to keep Joe strong. On the other hand, so few people actually see these shows it probably doesn’t matter.
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    A2Z Analysiz: TNA Destination X 2012 (Austin Aries, Bobby Roode) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/31/a2z-analysiz-tna-destination-x-2012-austin-aries-bobby-roode-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/31/a2z-analysiz-tna-destination-x-2012-austin-aries-bobby-roode-2/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:54 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168511 destination x 2012

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    Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – July 8, 2012

    Mike Tenay is joined by Jeremy Borash on commentary.

    MATCH #1: Last Chance Match – Rubix vs. Mason Andrews vs. Lars Only vs. Dakota Darsow

    All four of these men lost qualifying matches but looked impressive, so they’re getting one last chance. Only and Darsow quickly spill to the floor while Rubix and Andrews battle in the ring. Rubix sends Andrews to the floor and Only gets in the ring to take his place. Only sends Rubix to the floor and Darsow jumps in. Darsow looks good here, keeping Only isolated and wearing him down. Rubix makes his way back in and Darsow takes control of him too. The action is coming fast and furious. Andrews hits the first dive of the night, wiping out Darsow and Only on the floor. Rubix follows him out with a dive to take out all three. Back in the ring Andrews traps Rubix in a Fujiwara Armbar as Kid Kash watches on from the back. Kash will face the winner immediately after. Only breaks up the Armbar and no one can hold an advantage here. They work in a Tower of Doom spot and then Rubix drills Darsow with a coast to coast dropkick. The crowd is all about Rubix here. So of course Rubix gets taken out of the match by Only. Andrews then hits Only with a knee to the face and a an Ace Crusher to steal the pin at 8:22. That was a fine exhibition, but I think they shit the bed by not giving Rubix the win here.
    Rating: **¾

    MATCH #2: Tournament Match – Kid Kash vs. Mason Andrews

    Kash didn’t have to beat anyone to earn his spot in the tournament because he’s a former X Division Champion. They go right to the floor and Kash is dominating. Since Andrews just went through that four-way Kash is at a huge advantage. Andrews fires back with dropkicks and a crucifix for two. Kash cuts him off with a hot shot and goes back to work. He even mocks Andrews while he beats him up, which I know would irritate Jerry Lawler. Kash kicks Andrews back to the floor and then just throws him right back in. Okay then. Kash goes up to the second rope springs tot he top for a moonsault but Andrews gets his knees up. Andrews fires up and unleashes a flurry of offense, including a missile dropkick for two. He hits a huge knee strike to the face but again only gets two. Kash comes back but before he can hit anything Andrews catches him in a quick schoolboy rollup to get the pin at 8:08. That was solid stuff, and well worked given the circumstances of Andrews working the match before as well. I don’t mind Kash in this role. Andrews is the first man entered in the Ultimate X match later on for the vacant TNA X Division Title.
    Rating: **½

    MATCH #3: Tournament Match – Douglas Williams vs. Kenny King

    Williams is a former two-time X Division Champion, as well as a Television Champion and a World Tag Team Champion, so he earned his spot in the tournament that way. King had to defeat Lars Only. They start with some chain wrestling, which is a bold move for King to try with an expert like Williams. After some pinning combinations they stand off and the crowd cheers. Williams tosses King to the floor and tries to follow him out, but King quickly sneaks back in and hits Williams with twisting body press. Back in the ring they continue the back and forth and King shows off his athleticism. King works the arm and keeps Williams grounded. Williams catches King in the corner with an elbow, and then hits a diving European Uppercut off the second rope and a hard clothesline. King gets a quick sunset flip for two, but Williams quickly cuts him off and goes back to work. Williams hits a running knee in the corner and goes for Chaos Theory, which King blocks. King hits an atomic drop and an enziguiri. Both men are down. Back on their feet King unleashes a flurry of offense, including a nice spin kick for two. King hits a huge spinebuster for another two-count. He charges into the corner and eats boot. Williams goes up top and King joins him. That proves costly for King, as Williams shoves him all the way down to the floor. Williams wipes King out with a knee off the top rope and both men are down on the floor. Back in the ring Williams covers for two. King comes back and drops Williams’ neck on the top rope Macho Man style. He follows up with a Blockbuster for a near-fall. Williams tries a rollup using the ropes for leverage, but King is in the ropes as well. They battle on the top rope again and King shoves Williams down. Back on the mat King hits the Royal Flush to get the pin at 10:35. These two meshed better than I thought they would, and King looked really good here. I’d like to see them go again.
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #4: Tournament Match – Sonjay Dutt vs. Rashad Cameron

    Dutt defeated Rubix to get here, while Cameron bested Mason Andrews. They start very quickly and trade maneuvers until they reach a stand off. This is what I’m talking about when I say RVD and Jerry Lynn damaged Indy Wrestling. The back and forth continues until Cameron knocks Dutt to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring Cameron covers for two. Dutt fights back with a rana that sends Cameron to the floor, and he follows him out with a baseball slide. He gets up on the apron for a maneuver but Cameron sweeps his legs out from under him. Cameron whips Dutt into the guardrail. Back in the ring Cameron covers for a near-fall. Cameron continues to control Dutt, keeping him on the mat. Dutt fights back with his unorthodox offense and he gets the crowd going. He hits a springboard splash for a two-count. Cameron is not out of it yet and they continue to exchange maneuvers. Things get a little awkward and Dutt hits an Asai DDT. Dutt goes up top and hits the Moonstomp to get the pin at 7:16. These two did not mesh as well as others in the tournament and the result was a bit underwhelming.
    Rating: **

    MATCH #5: Tournament Match – Zema Ion vs. Flip Cassanova

    Ion earned a bye into the tournament and Cassanova had to defeat Dakota Darsow. Before the bell can even ring Ion takes it to Cassanova just to be a jerk. Cassanova fights back and sends Ion to the floor and follows him out with a beautiful dive. Back in the ring Cassanova tries a standing moonsault but Ion kicks him in the back. Ion knocks Cassanova to the floor and hits a baseball slide dropkick. Back in the ring Ion hits a slingshot curb stomp. Ion goes for a moonsault off the second rope but Cassanova gets his knees up. Cassanova gets an inverted atomic drop and an enziguiri. He follows with a springboard twisting body press for two. Cassanova slams Ion down and goes up top but misses a 630 senton. Ion hits the Hostile Makeover and then the Gory Bomb to get the win at 3:53. That was short but they sure packed a lot of action into that time.
    Rating: **

    MATCH #6: Bound for Glory Series Match – Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe

    Joe is in second place with 27 points, and Angle is in fourth place with 20 points. Both men are former TNA World Heavyweight, X Division, and World Tag Team Champions. These two have wrestled many times over the years, so they start slowly and try to establish dominance. They take it to the mat but Joe powers Angle up and rams him into the corner. Angle’s face is dirty, so Joe washes it for him. Joe dumps Angle to the floor and follows him out with the elbow suicida. Back in the ring Angle uses kicks and stomps to wear Joe down. Joe counters with a running elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. He goes for the Muscle Buster but Angle blocks it with a headbutt and then hits a missile dropkick to the back. Angle hits a belly-to-belly suplex and puts on a chinlock. Joe escapes and makes it to the second rope for a nice leg lariat. He follows with a flurry of offense but can’t put Angle away. Joe hits the snap powerslam for two and tries a Cross Armbreaker. Angle counters to the Ankle Lock and Joe kicks his way out of it. The tenacious Angle responds with rolling German Suplexes, hitting three of them. Angle goes for the Angle Slam but Joe counters with an armdrag. Joe boots Angle in the face and goes for the Muscle Buster but Angle counters into the Ankle Lock! Once again Joe escapes and catches Angle in the STJoe. Joe hits the Muscle Buster and covers for two. He tries The Clutch but Angle once again counters to the Ankle Lock. Joe counters that into The Clutch! Angle powers out into the Angle Slam but only gets two! The straps come down but Joe is able to counteract the power of the straps and locks on The Clutch. Angle passes out at 14:36. Of course Angle sells passing out by getting right up and arguing with the referee about how he didn’t tap out. That aside, the match was great stuff between two awesome opponents. The counters and reversals were great and everything just looked smooth. These two can’t have a bad match together. Joe goes into first place now with 37 points, taking a one point lead over Storm. Angle stays in fourth.
    Rating: ****

    MATCH #7: Last Man Standing Match – AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

    These two fought in the main event of Destination X last year. Daniels is one half of the World Tag Team Champions of the World. Styles is riled up because of the stupid Claire Lynch storyline, so Daniels stalls in the early going to further get under his skin. Daniels literally runs away from Styles but eventually the Phenomenal One catches up to him and takes out his frustrations. This is much more of a brawl than their match from last year. They continue to fight back and forth, with Styles looking a little bit more impressive in the early going. Daniels takes control and the fight spills to the floor. He throws a chair in the ring and brings Styles back in. Daniels hits a uranage slam right on the chair. Ouch. They go back to the floor and Daniels continues to dominate. Styles is busted open. Daniels sets up the steel steps but does not get to use them yet. Back in the ring Daniels continues to work on Styles’ back. Daniels tries to use the steel chair but Styles blocks it with a kick. Styles then hits the springboard forearm, sending the chair right into Daniels’ face. Daniels rolls to the floor. Styles follows him out and hurls Daniels into the steep steps! That busts Daniels open. Daniels tries begging off up the ramp and Styles chases him. They fight on the entrance stage and they clothesline each other. Back on their feet they slug it out and Styles hits am enziguiri. Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Daniels backdrops his way out of it. Amazingly, Styles uses a piece of the set to jump off and hit the flip over inverted DDT. Kazarian shows up from out of nowhere and shoves Styles off the ramp! Styles barely makes it back to his feet. Daniels sets up a table and goes for an Angel’s Wings off the ramp! Styles luckily blocks it and shoves Daniels into Kazarian. He hits Daniels with the Pele, and then hits a Styles Clash off the ramp and through the table! That was awesome, and it’s enough to keep Daniels down for the 10-count and give Styles the win at 17:40. I actually preferred this to last year’s match, as even though the storyline was stupid it did make it seem like they had a reason to dislike and fight each other, and the hatred came through. The match was brutal and the finish was sick. Great stuff here.
    Rating: ****

    MATCH #8: Ultimate X Match for the vacant TNA X Division Championship – Mason Andrews vs. Kenny King vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Zema Ion

    The title has been vacant since 7.5.12, when Austin Aries voluntarily relinquished it to take a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Title in tonight’s main event. This is Ion’s second time in Ultimate X, Dutt’s third, and the first time for King and Andrews. Nobody in the match has either won an Ultimate X match or the X Division Title, so they all have something to prove.

    Ion talks trash and uses his hairspray at the beginning, and receives a triple dropkick for it. The action takes off and everyone battles everyone. King makes the first serious attempt at going for the belt and Dutt stops him. They fight on the apron and King kicks Dutt down. King goes for the belt and Dutt takes him down with a springboard missile dropkick. Dutt follows with a standing shooting star press. He hit his head on the bottom rope and apparently injured himself. Ion takes Andrews out and goes after the belt. Andrews and King pull him down. King hits a springboard legdrop on Ion and then goes up top. Andrews joins him and takes him down with a back suplex. Ion goes out after the belt but Andrews pulls him down. King hits Andrews with a suplex. He tries a corkscrew plancha on Ion but misses and hits the floor. Andrews then takes out both King and Ion with a dive. He goes for the belt but King takes him down with a Spear. Dutt makes his way back out King and Andrews go up for the belt and take each other down. Meanwhile Dutt and Ion climb all the way to the top of the steel structure. Ion finds his hairspray and sprays it into Dutt’s eyes. Dutt falls to the mat and Ion grabs the title at 8:48. This was weak for an Ultimate X match, with way too much laying around for a less than nine minute match. Nothing about this was overly memorable and Ion was a lame champion.
    Rating: **¼

    MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries

    Roode has been the Champion since 11.3.11, and this is his fifteenth defense. These men are the longest reigning champions ever in TNA in their respective divisions. Roode is confident in the early going but Aries is right there with him in the chain wrestling department. Aries even takes the advantage and uses his high flying skills to discombobulate the Champion. Roode avoids a missile dropkick and takes control. He wears Aries down at a deliberate pace. Roode misses a knee drop off the second rope and Aries zeroes in on the injury. Aries goes for the Last Chancery but Roode gets to the ropes. He sends Roode to the floor and goes for the Heat Seeking Missile but Roode moves! That’s a big turning point. Roode focuses on the midsection and keeps Aries grounded. Every time Aries tries to fight back Roode cuts him off. The crowd continues to support the challenger. Finally Aries fires up and refuses to stay down. Aries hits a huge discuss forearm and then clotheslines Roode to the floor. This time Aries hits the Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Aries hits a missile dropkick. Roode catches a charging Aries with a powerslam for a two-count. Roode tries a Spear but Aries blocks it with a knee and then locks on the Last Chancery! The Champ is able to rake the eyes to beak the hold. They battle on the top rope and Aries knocks Roode down. Aries misses the 450 and runs right into a spinebuster but it only gets two. Roode throws Aries shoulder-first into the ring post. He locks on a Crossface and Aries eventually makes it to the ropes. Roode goes out and grabs his title belt but the referee takes it away from him. With the referee’s back turned Roode hits a blatant low blow and Aries kicks out! Roode argues with the referee, giving Aries the chance to hit an IED from out of nowhere! Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Roode slips out and shoves him into the referee. Now Roode grabs the belt again and this time smacks Aries in the face with it. The referee rolls over to make the count and Aries kicks out! Roode goes for the Payoff but Aries counters with an inside cradle for two. Aries avoids a charge in the corner and drills Roode with a kick to the head. He follows with the Brainbuster and scores the pin to a huge pop at 22:38! There was a great story heading into this match and both men carried it through with a tremendous match. The psychology from both guys was sound, the crowd was with them, and it just felt like a huge moment. These two are great together.
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    Rabblecast Ep. 371 – Jim Ross Contactually Done w/WWE, TNA NYC Manhattan Center Shows http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/25/rabblecast-ep-371-jim-ross-contactually-done-wwwe-tna-nyc-manhattan-center-shows/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/25/rabblecast-ep-371-jim-ross-contactually-done-wwwe-tna-nyc-manhattan-center-shows/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:01:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168470 This is a solo show for your humble host, Hernandez. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get your pro wrestling news and rumors. In this episode, The Guatemalan Bulldozer covers the recent news in WWE regarding Jim Ross and CM Punk’s contracts coming to their respective ends. Will we ever see either of these two in WWE again?

    TNA Impact Wrestling is still showing their run of tapings from the Manhattan Center in NYC and they are fun to watch. The NYC fans know how to add that special something to a televised wrestling show. So much so, that TNA will be returning for another round of tapings in early August. Hernandez runs down the matches from the 7/17 show and recent happenings in TNA.

     

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    Meanwhile, the two major spoilers for upcoming Impact Wrestling episodes are that Austin Aries wins the TNA X Division Title from Sanada ahead of Destination X and MVP is removed as director of operations due to abuse of power.

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    My Thoughts: TNA Sacrifice 4.27.14 (Eric Young, Magnus, Dixie Carter, The Wolves) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/27/my-thoughts-tna-sacrifice-4-27-14-eric-young-magnus-dixie-carter-the-wolves/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/27/my-thoughts-tna-sacrifice-4-27-14-eric-young-magnus-dixie-carter-the-wolves/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:56:47 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166520 TNA Sacrifice 2014 Header

     

    <- I absolutely love the fact that The Wolves are being featured on an international stage. I hate that it has to be against the BroMans. The minds for tag team wrestling that The Wolves have is incredible. But now does TNA have any other tag teams to face the Wolves since Daniels & Kaz are gone?

    <- The Samuel Shaw character completely jumped the shark on last week’s Impact. The whole “trip to Shaw’s house” where he lives with his “mom” and his mom is named “Christy” – it was too B-level (or more like D-level) horror movie that probably had more people rolling their eyes than anticipating their match at the PPV. The match was nothing special but I did like that Christy Hemme was the one to cost Shaw the win in the end. Oh and hey Mr. Anderson is finally wearing long trunks! It only took about 8 years to realize how stumpy his legs look on TV.

    <- All I got out of this match was that Rockstar Spud was more over in the Impact Zone than Kurt Angle or Jeff Hardy and that the people in Orlando made history with their “Mary Poppins” chant.

    <- Sanada & Tigre Uno might not be as good as guys like AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels but they’re what the X-Division is right now. It’s nice to see flashes of the X-Division past, TNA needs to get guys like Kenny King and Austin Aries back into this title mix. That or pick up new blood.

    <- I know wrestling is a constant evolution and guys need to evolve their characters to remain relevant. But damn do I miss when James Storm was entertaining. This match was just damn violent. At least they had a strong back story to support the violence compared to recent matches.

    <- So Dixie Carter is now becoming a part of the in-ring/on-screen product? Such a bad, bad idea and what a plodding & cruddy match. I expected more from these two guys, especially with the intensity they brought to the feud but everything just fell flat.

    <- I like how Eric Young threw in some of his old gimmicks at the beginning of the match to “throw off” Magnus. It was a nice homage to how far Young’s character has come. What sucks is that this two men had a much better match than most of the rest of the card but received half of the TV time. There definitely needs to be a conversation on what should be more important than others. Problems such as the TNA World Championship match being shorter than Kurt Angle/Willow versus EC3/Spud. Young did look great again in his title defense so there’s that for whomever paid for the PPV and stayed awake long enough to see the main event.topstory120x120-http://htcwrestling.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/htc-120×120-2013.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://htcwrestling.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/htc-500×250-2014-tna-sacrific.jpg|topstory500x250

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    My Thoughts: TNA Impact 4.17.14 & 4.24.14 (Eric Young, Magnus, MVP, Abyss) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/27/my-thoughts-tna-impact-4-17-14-4-24-14-eric-young-magnus-mvp-abyss/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/27/my-thoughts-tna-impact-4-17-14-4-24-14-eric-young-magnus-mvp-abyss/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:30:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166490 TNA Impact Header - 2014

     

    <- So I’ve been pretty much out of the loop when it comes to Impact lately. The last show I watched saw Daniel Bryan’s doppelgänger win the World Championship just days after Daniel Bryan had a career making night at WrestleMania 30. That said, I knew I needed to catch up on Impact with a PPV tonight so I figured I’d throw 2 shows in one column. Who knows if it will work but then again, when was the last time TNA worked?

    Impact Wrestling 4.17.14

    <- I don’t think I mentioned this is my last report but I’m glad Eric Young won the title with a piledriver since that move should be considered a match ending move with how dangerous it is. Also, I’m not against Young winning the TNA Championship. What bothered me was the rushed building of his “legitimate wrestler” push & the timing of the title change.

    <- Dixie Carter invented the beard… Such a pathetic attempted cheap shot at Daniel Bryan and the WWE.

    <- Annnnd now they want to do a “corporate makeover”? Good God. To think I used to love this promotion…

    <- The Beautiful People were a great act for TNA during their first run when they had plenty of women to work against. They were heels but sexy as hell & still able to get heat. That’s an easy thing to do at all. This reunited version of the BP seems water downed & unable to capture the magic they had on their first go-around. I think all TNA fans had high hopes for the Beautiful People reunion but I can’t see anyone pleased with their direction thus far.

    <- Samoa Joe won’t come to work because he’s “disgruntled” he’s not in the main event. If this wasn’t a work, I’d say Samoa Joe and CM Punk should just go off and start their own promotion of disgruntled pro-wrestlers.

    <- So the rumor was that The Wolves turned down a WWE contract because they would have to start out in NXT whereas they would be put right into the spotlight at TNA. I don’t know about many other wrestling fans but the quality of NXT & now it’s higher visibility on the WWE Network rates NXT higher than TNA. I wonder if Eddie and Davey feel like they made the wrong choice as I do.

    <- A ton of people are down on the Willow character but I say why not? Everyone knows it’s Jeff Hardy and they’re not trying to hide that fact. But Hardy DID need a reboot or anything that made Hardy fresh again. This character is completely different and I think it works BECAUSE they’re not trying to hide the fact that it’s Jeff Hardy. I guess TNA did learn something from Suicide.

    <- You would think that with all of that time off, Kenny King would be better on the mic. I’m not down on the new character as it’s just ramped up from his previous persona and he’s always good in the ring. But there’s nothing that stands out about him. I’d much rather watch Tigre Uno and Sanada in a best of 7 series than a best of 3.

    <- Why do wrestlers ALWAYS go for the tables hidden under the ring instead of the ones that are leaned up against the damn ring post? It always looked idiotic to me. I don’t see how Gunner doesn’t win most improved. He’s in-ring work is night and day from when he debuted as a member of a TNA “security”.

    <- I understand that you want Eric Young’s first title defense be a big one and earn him an impressive win but Monster’s Ball? There’s nothing to build up to now. Hopefully this will be the last Abyss/Young match for a while. Still, very good match for a hardcore fight and another win to legitimize Eric Young as a real World Champion.

     

    Impact Wrestling 4.24.14

    <- Why did I do this to myself? TNA is bearable on a weekly basis and even sometimes pretty good but I never should have let myself watch two episodes back-to-back and then a PPV Sunday.

    <- I hope we don’t get video packages showing Eric Young’s title win all night like it was the week before. If your fans are watching your show, they know what the hell happened.

    <- Wait, is Abyss a babyface again now because Magnus fired him and Abyss thought they were friends? I know that there’s a lot of shades of grey in pro-wrestling and not everyone is a clear-cut “good guy” or “bad guy” but after Abyss tried to potentially kill your “good guy” World Champion the previous week, I definitely wouldn’t consider him someone to root for because his feelings were hurt during one promo.

    <- The last time I think I saw someone compete in a bow tie was Howard Finkel and he was a lot more entertaining than Rockstar Spud.

    <- What’s with the TNA Knockouts all wearing wrestling skirts? Even ODB wears a damn skirt for Christ’s sake! And Brittany is the new Victoria/Mickie James/Bayley super-fan that turns stalker. I know there’s only a limited supply of wrestling angles but this one is WAY too played out. (FYI: I included Bayley because I’m assuming when they want to turn her, they’ll play this card.)

    <- So what’s the logic of putting a talented guy like Kenny King you’ve been promoting for weeks in a match with an already established monster like Bobby Lashley? Sure it was a somewhat competitive match but not enough to actually help King’s character. Although how the hell Bobby Lashley caught King in a vertical suplex I’ll never know!

    <- It might be the talent he’s been able to work with but the MVP we’re seeing in TNA is nothing compared to what we saw in WWE. Why can’t all wrestlers take a few tours of Japan if it enhances their ring talent?

    <- Why wouldn’t you hype a Beer Money reunion? Because they’re heels? Then don’t team them together and wait until you can do a “reunion” tour of (arguably) TNA’s most popular tag team instead of having them compete in a random match on Impact.

    <- OK, Samuel Shaw has jumped the shark, Fonzie-style.

    <- Abyss seriously just apologized to Eric Young one week after their Monster’s Ball title match… The “Monster” just apologized to his “friend”. How the hell am I going to stay awake tonight during Sacrifice?

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    A2Z Analysiz: ROH Supercard of Honor IV (Jerry Lynn, Nigel McGuinness) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/01/a2z-analysiz-roh-supercard-of-honor-iv-jerry-lynn-nigel-mcguinness-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/01/a2z-analysiz-roh-supercard-of-honor-iv-jerry-lynn-nigel-mcguinness-2/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:00:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164751 supercard of honor 4

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    George R. Brown Convention Center – Houston, Texas – April 3, 2009

    We open backstage with the ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness, who will defend his title against Jerry Lynn tonight. He says he’s been champion as long as he has because he hates to lose, and he loves proving people wrong, basically.

    MATCH #1: Erick Stevens vs. Rhett Titus

    Titus does everything he can to avoid getting hit with a chop, but ends up taking a Samoan Drop instead. Stevens is firmly in control in the opening minutes here. Titus blocks a body slam attempt and grabs onto the Mohawk. A punch to the face and a Rocker Dropper takes Stevens down and Titus is in control now. He hits a running knee to the face. A dropkick gets two for Titus. He goes up top for a flying something, and Stevens catches him in an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Stevens is all over Titus now, throwing him face-first into the canvas. He hits a shoulderblock off the second rope and goes for the Doctor Bomb but Titus goes to the eyes. Titus sets up for the Muff Driver but Stevens backdrops him and hits the Choo-Choo. Stevens hits the leg capture clothesline and that’s all for Titus at 6:48. That was a perfectly competent opener.
    Rating: **

    MATCH #2: Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards & Incognito vs. Kevin Steen, Jay Briscoe & Magno

    The heels are accompanied by Shane Hagadorn. Steen charges the ring along with his partners and they send the Sweet & Sour team running to the floor to regroup. Jay and Hero start the match. Hagadorn is now the “Head of Ringside Operations.” Hero starts throwing strikes but Jay weathers the storm and hits a high back body drop. Incognito gets tagged in and Jay follows suit by tagging Magno, who promptly breaks the top rope off an Irish whip. Oh that sucks. The match quickly turns into a ringside brawl, and we end up with Incognito and Magno in the ring. They start wrestling on the mat, because what else are they going to do? Steen tags in but he’s only interested in going after Edwards, and that costs him, allowing Edwards to attack the knee and start wearing it down. All three of Steen’s opponents take turns brutalizing his knee. Steen eventually makes the hot tag to Briscoe, and he’s handling all three of his opponents. Hero comes back with an elbow strike and a sit-out powerbomb for two. He hits a series of elbows but Jay counters with a big boot and tags Magno. He hits some impressive aerial maneuvers with only the use of the second rope. He sends all three opponents to the floor and Steen wipes them all out with a dive. Magno hits a moonsault off the ring post to the floor! He and Hero wind up back in the ring and Magno hits a slam and goes to the ropes. Hagadorn distracts Magno, allowing Hero to put on his loaded elbow pad. Hero clobbers Magno with it to get the pin at 14:21. Well the rope breaking certainly didn’t help, but they managed to make the best out of a bad situation.
    Rating: **¾

    Backstage D-Lo Brown is wearing a t-shirt that says “Heel.” Wow, he’s so “hip” and “insider.” He cuts a brutal promo trying to establish his heel persona. His “future endeavors” thing is already old. I just don’t care about him.

    MATCH #3: Roderick Strong vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

    The crowd chants “This Is Awesome” before the match even starts. I’ll be the judge of that. They trade arm drags and stuff in the early going. Of course that quickly becomes an exchange of elbows and chops, and the crowd loves it. Strong takes control with chops, clotheslines, and a suplex for two. A backbreaker gets another two. Nakajima comes back and tarts attacking Strong’s knee. Strong makes the comeback with an enziguiri and slams Nakajima down on his face. Both men are down. They rise and start throwing chops at each other. Ouch. Strong ends that with a backbreaker on his bad knee, and he sells it like a champ. He goes up to the second rope and Nakajima kicks him in the head. Nakajima hits a brainbuster for two. Strong comes back with another backbreaker. They trade more kicks and Strong hits the gutbuster, and is able to hit the running Yakuza. He finishes up with the Gibson Driver at 9:30. They sure packed a ton of action into a small amount of time and it was quite fun to watch.
    Rating: ***½

    MATCH #4: Sweet & Sour Challenge – Bobby Dempsey vs. Kamala

    This is the second of the open contracts Larry Sweeney had in place before Bobby Dempsey left Sweet & Sour Inc. back in January. Shane Hagadorn and Kimchee are accompanying Kamala tonight. Dempsey takes off his shirt and he has the same belly paint as Kamala, thus Kamala won’t attack him. Hagadorn smacks Kimchee, so Kimchee takes a shot at Hagadorn and sends Kamala after him instead of Dempsey! Kamala squashes Hagadorn in the corner and Dempsey follows in with a cannonball. There was no closing bell, but this was obviously some kind of no-contest. Should I even rate it?
    Rating: DUD

    Alex Koslov is backstage cutting a promo in Russian on his opponent tonight, Bryan Danielson. I have no idea what he said.

    MATCH #5: Four Corner Survival – El Generico vs. Blue Demon, Jr. vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright

    No tags are needed in this one. Albright chases after Claudio before the other two participants can even be introduced. Two of the competitors in this match hold gold, as Generico is one half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions and Demon is the current NWA Champion, having beaten Adam Pearce for the belt back in October. Demon and Claudio start the match. They go back and forth for a bit before Claudio winds up in the ring with Albright, his nemesis. Albright is throwing punches, chops and kicks, wearing Claudio down. He charges and gets sent over the ropes and to the floor. Generico enters the ring and sends Claudio and Demon to the floor. He has three options and chooses to hit Claudio with a big dive. They wind up back in the ring and Claudio works to ground Generico, wearing him down with a chinlock. Eventually Generico makes the tag to Albright, who is more than happy to unleash fury on Claudio again. Albright hits a powerslam for two. Everybody’s in the ring now, and the masked man take to throwing chops at each other. Demon knocks Generico to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring Albright tries to put Claudio in the Crowbar but can’t do it. Claudio blocks several attempts at the Half-Nelson Suplex, and the referee gets knocked out of the way. That’s the only opening Claudio needs to hit Albright with a low blow and score the pin at 9:13. That was mostly just a jumble of moves surrounding a mid-card feud.
    Rating: **

    MATCH #6: Bryan Danielson vs. Alex Koslov

    Koslov score the first knockdown but Danielson doesn’t seem to be sweating his Russian opponent. I hate to say it, but Danielson seems less motivated since Pearce has taken over. Outside of the Bison Smith thing, Danielson has done very little since losing the big title match to Nigel McGuinness back in November. It’s not that he’s not having good matches; he always does, but something just seems different. They do some stalling and let the crowd enjoy themselves. They engage in a test of strength and Danielson gets the first advantage, but Koslov powers back and takes Danielson down for a series of near-falls. They take it to the mat and Danielson goes for the surfboard but Koslov reaches the ropes. Danielson of course issues a clean break before the count of five. Koslov traps Danielson in a head scissors but Danielson escapes and once again tries the surfboard but Koslov powers out. Some fans are rooting for Koslov. Once again we’re back to square one with both men on their feet. Danielson locks Koslov in an armbar and starts going to work. Koslov reaches the ropes, and when Danielson breaks the hold Koslov scampers over and attacks Danielson’s knee. That was pretty clever. Koslov then destroys any good will he had built up with me by executing the Kenny Omega “stop sign” garbage. Not only should he not do it because it’s Omega’s thing in ROH, but it’s just a stupid thing for anyone to be doing. Danielson apparently agrees and makes Koslov pay with the surfboard, finally. That gets broken and Koslov suplexes Danielson from the apron to the floor, with Danielson taking a nasty bump on his tailbone. Koslov leaps from the top rope and wipes Danielson out on the floor. Back in the ring Koslov goes to work, and even puts on his little Russian hat and does the dancing kicks. Danielson doesn’t think much of that and goes back on offense. He tries Cattle Mutilation but Koslov successfully avoids it and hits an enziguiri. Some kind of alarm seems to be going off in the building. Koslov hits a Frog Splash for two. He then locks on Danielson’s own Cattle Mutilation. Koslov then takes it a step further by hitting some elbows to the face. Danielson really doesn’t take too kindly to that, and he Hulks Up! Koslov fights back with a Russian Legsweep. He covers Danielson in the Russian flag and goes up top. Koslov misses the splash and Danielson takes advantage with elbows to the face. Danielson then rolls into Cattle Mutilation and Koslov taps out at 15:15. Danielson was on autopilot and Koslov didn’t do much to impress me.
    Rating: **¾

    MATCH #7: Colt Cabana vs. D-Lo Brown

    This is Cabana’s second match back with the company, and this is D-Lo’s third match with ROH overall. They do some back and forth, with Cabana doing the fun-loving good-time mat wrestling he’s known for. They engage in a test of strength, which D-Lo takes the first advantage in. Cabana escapes it and does more of his goofy stuff, but winds up taking a shining wizard for his troubles. D-Lo goes on offense, as the pace slows to a crawl. Cabana battles back and hits D-Lo with an Asai Moonsault for two. He hits the running butt-butt in the corner, but D-Lo comes out with a TKO. D-Lo goes up to the second rope and misses the senton. Both men get back to their feet and Cabana locks on the Billy Goat’s Curse. D-Lo taps Cabana’s leg, so Cabana thinks he’s won and breaks the hold. But since Paul Turner didn’t see it, the match goes on. That’s lame. D-Lo gets a quick small package for two. Cabana gets up and goes for the Colt 45 but D-Lo reverses it to a Sky-Hi Powerbomb. D-Lo goes up top and Cabana shoves him down to the floor. Cabana follows him out and throws him back inside. He takes his own sweet time getting back in the ring for some reason, giving D-Lo time to put on brass knuckles. Cabana jumps off the top rope and D-Lo punches him with the knuckles to get the pin at 11:04. That finish took far too long to set up and makes Cabana look like a complete idiot. Three matches in and I would be ready to pull the plug on the D-Lo Brown experiment that’s for sure. It’s not like the match was good leading up to the finish anyway.
    Rating: *¾

    MATCH #8: GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title Match – KENTA vs. Davey Richards

    Richards is accompanied by his fellow American Wolf Eddie Edwards. KENTA has been the champion since 3.1.09, this is his third reign, and I believe this is his first defense. Richards declines the handshake and here we go. KENTA was Richards’s mentor at one time, so these two know each other very well. The tempers flare early on and the strikes are coming in stiff. KENTA takes the first advantage and lays in the kicks. Richards comes back and goes to work on the leg, which is quite the smart strategy. KENTA comes back with a flurry of offense and heads to the top rope to hit a leaping lariat for two. He’s barely selling the knee, and Prazak is all but calling him on it. Richards comes back and sends KENTA to the floor. He charges out with a running dive through the ropes and pretty much misses KENTA as he crashes into the crowd. Back in the ring Richards hits a German Suplex for two. The crowd chants “this is awesome” and Richards basically breaks kayfabe to acknowledge their assessment. Richards goes for a superplex but KENTA knocks him back and hits the slingshot missile dropkick and two running boots in the corner followed by a dropkick. A sit-out powerbomb gets another two for KENTA. He follows up with a crazy double stomp to the chest off the top rope for two. He tries a rana off the top but Richards powerbombs him down and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. KENTA reaches the ropes, and both men get up and start trading kicks. They nail each other in the head and both men are down. They get back up and start throwing bombs again. KENTA wins that battle and hits a Tiger Suplex for two. They fight to the ring apron and KENTA hits a nasty looking Falcon Arrow to the floor. The fans chant “F*ck WrestleMania,” which is ignorant and obnoxious. Back in the ring Richards flips KENTA off and gets smacked around for it. KENTA hits the Busaiku Knee for two. Richards blocks Go 2 Sleep and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. KENTA reverses to a rollup for two. Richards hits the alarm clock and a clothesline. He hits the D.R. Driver but KENTA kicks out at two! KENTA comes back and tries Go 2 Sleep again but Richards counters it to a crucifix for two. Richards tries the cartwheel elbow, but KENTA grabs him in a Torture Rack and hits Go 2 Sleep! I haven’t seen him do that before. KENTA retains the title at 18:17. That was definitely the best match in ROH so far this year, but Shawn and Undertaker would eclipse this match and likely every other match so far or to come this year just two days later. But hey, the crowd didn’t know it, give ‘em a brake. Anyway, Richards has become so awesome and KENTA was his usual excellent self. The crowd wants Richards to shake hands, which to my great disappointment he does, and then bows to the guy who just beat him. Richards then gets on the mic to put over Ring of Honor, and everything after that match was completely out of character for Richards and that really upsets me.
    Rating: ****¼

    MATCH #9: Austin Aries & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Tyler Black & Necro Butcher

    I feel like these guys have been wearing the same red dress forever, so to speak. Jacobs and Aries enter separately but Tyler and Necro come out together. Aries and Jacobs stall outside the ring, so Tyler dives over the referee’s back to the floor and wipes them both out. Necro joins him and goes after Jacobs, while Tyler and Aries briefly fight into the crowd. Jacobs and Necro fight in another part of the crowd. Meanwhile Aries and Tyler start the match proper in the ring. That doesn’t even last too long as Tyler knocks Aries to the floor and drops him face-first on the apron. That leaves Jacobs alone in the ring with both of his opponents, and they try to toss him through a table on the floor but Aries makes the save. Jacobs then returns the favor, and then they both avoid getting slammed simultaneously. They send both of their opponents to the floor and Aries hits the Heat Seeking Missile. He tosses Tyler back into the ring and he and Jacobs go to work on him. Aries and Jacobs come across a disagreement and start throwing hands at each other! Tyler takes the opportunity to make the hot-ish tag to Necro. The barefooted warrior throws Jacobs to the floor and hits the Necrocanrana on Aries. Jacobs breaks up the pin but Necro remains in control. The referee gets in the way so Jacobs helpfully removes him and boots Necro in the junk. He locks on the End Time, while Tyler and Aries fight on the floor. Tyler makes it back in the ring and breaks up the hold. Necro chokeslams Jacobs onto Aries, and then takes Tyler’s order to put Jacobs on a table. I thought the whole reason he left Age of The Fall was so that he didn’t have to take orders anymore? Tyler goes to the top rope and Aries knocks him down and follows him out. Aries sets Tyler on the table while Necro and Jacobs fight. Necro punches Aries off the ropes and back into the ring. Now Necro sets Aries on the table but Jacobs stops him before any damage can be done. Jacobs goes for a tornado DDT but Necro blocks it and tries a chokeslam. That gets blocked, and Jacobs tries a back suplex. Aries dropkicks them both through the table, leaving him and Tyler to go one-on-one. He tries the dropkick in the corner but Tyler catches him and hits an F-5. Tyler sets up for the Buckle Bomb but Jacobs intercepts him with a spear, and Aries lands right on Jacobs’s head. Aries hits Tyler with the kick to the head and the brainbuster to get the pin at 11:02. That was the good match you would expect from these guys, but none of it seems to be going anywhere. Jacobs and Aries try to demolish Tyler after the bell, but Necro runs them off.
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #10: ROH World Title Match – Nigel McGuinness vs. Jerry Lynn

    Nigel has been The Man since 10.6.07, and this is his thirty-ninth defense. They start the match with some chain wrestling, and Lynn goes hold-for-hold with the Champ. He wisely focuses on Nigel’s injured arms. Nigel tries to run to the floor but Lynn follows him and goes to work on the arm. Back in the ring Nigel takes a cheap shot and goes to work on the challenger. Lynn comes back with a flurry of offense, including a tornado DDT. Nigel comes back and tries the Tower of London but Lynn reverses it to an inverted DDT for two. Moments later Nigel does hit the Tower of London but Lynn kicks out. The champ then locks on the London Dungeon but Lynn reaches the ropes. Nigel sets Lynn on the top rope and goes for the Tower of London on the apron. Lynn avoids it but gets clotheslined back into the ring. That really took a toll on Nigel, but he’s still able to hit the Tower of London to the floor. Lynn barely makes the count back in before 20. He’s able to fire up and hit a Sunset Bomb for two, and then locks on a London Dungeon of his own, and Nigel reaches the ropes. Nigel gets an O’Connor roll for two, and then misses a Jawbreaker. They trade pinning combos but neither man can get the three, and Nigel locks on the London Dungeon again. Lynn reverses to his own London Dungeon again and Nigel barely makes the ropes. He then locks on a cross armbreaker and Nigel once again reaches the ropes. The challenger hits a lariat and an Air Raid Crash but still can’t wrest the title away. Nigel goes for an Alabama Slam, which Lynn reverses to a Cradle Piledriver and Nigel barely gets his foot on the ropes! Lynn goes for another one but Nigel blocks it and connects with the Jawbreaker Lariat. It does so much damage to Nigel’s arm that he can’t make the cover right away. When he does Lynn kicks out and once again locks on the cross armbreaker. Nigel reaches the ropes after being in the hold quite a while. He gets up and tries another Lariat but Lynn avoids it and hits the Cradle Piledriver to score the pin and become the eleventh ROH World Champion at 19:08. That was a shockingly excellent match, with Nigel being so crippled and Lynn being so Lynn. It really made me wish the storyline building up to the match had been more compelling and less “Jerry Lynn is Randy the Ram,” but I can still appreciate an excellent match when I see one. The crowd appreciates both men after the match, and both Lynn and Nigel cut a promo.
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    A2Z Analysiz: ROH Supercard of Honor III (Nigel McGuinness, Austin Aries) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/31/a2z-analysiz-roh-supercard-of-honor-iii-nigel-mcguinness-austin-aries/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/31/a2z-analysiz-roh-supercard-of-honor-iii-nigel-mcguinness-austin-aries/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:00:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164747 supercard of honor 3

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    Downtown Recreation Complex – Orlando, Florida – March 29, 2008

    MATCH #1: Delirious vs. Go Shiozaki

    Delirious loses his mind at the sound of the bell, of course. Shiozaki isn’t quite sure how to react to Delirious’ strange antics but the crowd is enjoying them. Delirious tries to take Shiozaki down with shoulder tackles but has no luck there. Shiozaki tries a chop and Delirious gets out of the way in a hurry. Back in the ring Delirious shows off his chain wrestling skill but when Shiozaki tries a chop again Delirious goes right back to the floor. Delirious can only avoid the chops for so long and finally he gets hit with a couple of them. Shiozaki covers for two. Delirious comes back with a clothesline off the top rope for two. He follows with a back suplex for another two-count. Shiozaki fights back with more chops. He goes to work with various strikes and submission holds, keeping Delirious grounded. Shiozaki hits a delayed Fisherman Buster for a near-fall. He slams Delirious down and goes up for the moonsault but Delirious gets his knees up. Delirious unleashes a flurry of offense now but can’t keep Shiozaki down. He hits the Panic Attack and goes up top for Shadows Over Hell but Shiozaki cuts him out of the air with a superkick. Shiozaki then hits a nice German Suplex with a bridge for two. Delirious puts on the Cobra Stretch and Shiozaki makes it to the ropes. Shiozaki shrugs off an enziguiri and hits a big lariat for two. Delirious tries an inside cradle but Shiozaki rolls through and hits the Go Flasher for the pin at 12:34. That was a good choice for an opener, as they mixed some Delirious comedy with some solid action.
    Rating: ***

    Backstage – Larry Sweeney and Shane Hagadorn are gloating about their private locker room. Apparently Adam Pearce and Brent Albright are on vacation on Sweeney’s dime. Sweeney says offers for Chris Hero and Daniel Puder are flooding in. He then decides that Hagadorn needs some better threads if they are going to be seen together. I miss Sweeney.

    MATCH #2: The YRR vs. Bushwhacker Luke, Dingo & Alex Payne

    The Young, Rich, and Ready for action is represented tonight by Sal Rinauro, Kenny King and Chasyn Rance. They have some sluts with them. King is a co-holder of the FIP Tag Team Titles and Rinauro is the FIP Florida Heritage Champion. I’m not sure why Luke, Dingo, and Payne deserve to be on a show called “Supercard of Honor” but here they are. Dingo and Rinauro start the match. They go back and forth a bit and Dingo takes the first advantage. Payne tags in and looks skinny and weak. The YRR use some questionable tactics to take Payne down on the floor and they put the boots to him. They isolate Payne now in their half of the ring and work him over. King tries a suplex on him but Payne sort of counters it to a DDT. Dingo gets the hot tag and he unloads on all three members of the YRR. The match breaks down and it turns into a pier-six brawl. Watching the YRR sell for Luke is somewhat depressing. The YRR isolates Dingo and hit him with a flurry of offense. Rinauro finishes him off with a springboard spin kick to the face for the pin at 8:13. Luke’s involvement was kept to a minimum, which kept this match in the acceptable territory.
    Rating: **¼

    At this point a match was taped for the upcoming Take No Prisoners pay-per-view in which ROH World Tag Team Champions Davey Richards and Rocky Romero successfully defended the belts against Ruckus and Jigsaw. Larry Sweeney then makes his way out with Shane Hagadorn for reasons unknown. Sweeney makes a pitch to have the No Remorse Corps join up with Sweet N’ Sour Inc., but Roderick Strong comes storming out and tells Sweeney for the last time that they have no interest. Erick Stevens then comes charging out and attacks! The Vulture Squad takes the tag champions to the back and the FIP Title match is on!

    MATCH #3: FIP World Heavyweight Title Match – Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens

    Strong has been the Champion since 2.16.08, and this is his third defense. Stevens dominates and chops Strong so hard that his chest starts to bleed! They make it into the ring but the referee for some reason doesn’t ring the bell. Instead both Stevens and Strong take shots at him to knock him out. The brutality escalates and they fight out on the floor, just tearing into each other. Strong wraps a chair around Stevens’ head and slams it into the ring post! Stevens is bleeding from the head now. Back in the ring Strong tries to whip Stevens into a chair but Stevens reverses and slams Strong’s head into said chair. Stevens then hits a TKO on the chair and Strong rolls back to the floor. Strong’s head is busted open now too. Back in the ring Stevens continues his domination. Stevens goes for the Choo-Choo but Strong cuts him off with a boot and a clothesline. Strong tries to follow up but Stevens grabs him in a release German Suplex. Stevens then hits the Choo-Choo and a huge lariat. Strong comes back with an enziguiri and the Sick Kick. Both men rise and they start trading hard strikes. They knock each other out with simultaneous hard forearm shots. Strong grabs the chair and CLOBBERS Stevens over the head with it. He calls Richards and Romero out and they cut Stevens’ Mohawk! That’s brutal. The crowd is pissed. I guess technically that’s a no-contest but that was one HELL of a fight, where the two guys really seemed to hate each other and didn’t care about winning, just hurting the other guy. In the context of their feud I think this was surely the right “match” to have at this time.
    Rating: ****

    MATCH #4: Relaxed Rules – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black

    They show a nice video recap of this feud, and then Jacobs cuts a promo before the match introducing Mr. Milo Beasley, an FIP mainstay. Jacobs and Black are also accompanied by Lacey and Rain. The Briscoes charge to the ring and we’re off and running. This is actually the first time we’ve seen just these two teams against each other since Jacobs and Black took the ROH World Tag Team Titles from the Briscoes at Final Battle 2007. The battle quickly spills to the floor and the Briscoes pitch Jacobs and Black into the crowd. Mark finds a tramampoline and uses it to spring over the guardrail and wipe his opponents out. Prazak and Leonard vacate the commentary position, so I will be back when they are. After a wild brawl all over the arena featuring tons of chairs and Mark diving off the balcony to put Mr. Milo Beasley through a table, we pick it back up in the ring with Jay on his own against Jacobs and Black. Jacobs tries to put a plastic bag over Jay’s head and that doesn’t really work, but The Age of The Fall still has a two-on-one advantage. Black hits Paroxysm and Jacobs follows with the back senton for a two-count. Jay fights back with a series of strikes and hits Jacobs with a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. He hits Black with a Death Valley Driver for two. Jay goes for the Jay Driller but Jacobs kicks him in the nuts and Black rolls him up with a cradle for a near-fall. AOTF hit the Super Contra Code combo but Jay kicks out! Black goes up top for the Phoenix Splash but Mark is back and he shoves Black down. The Briscoes go for the Doomsday Device but Jacobs actually catches Mark in mid-air and locks on the End Time! Mark is out at 15:05! The crowd chants “That Was Awesome.” It was awesome, probably the best match these two teams had against each other. The brawling around the arena was well done and the crowd was into them the entire time. Also the finish was really awesome and creative.
    Rating: ****¼

    Backstage – Erick Stevens Is looking worse for wear, face all bloody and Mohawk all shaved. Stevens says he’s not going to stop until he gets the FIP World Heavyweight Title.

    Elsewhere – Rebecca Bayless is with The Age of The Fall, who are celebrating their victory. Black says they accomplished their first goal by beating the Briscoes. Jacobs says next up is Austin Aries will win the ROH World Title from Nigel McGuinness tonight and join The Age of The Fall. He says he has a plan. Lacey says that if his plan falls through, she has a backup plan. Jacobs looks surprised by that.

    MATCH #5: BxB Hulk & Shingo vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico

    Shingo and Hulk represent the New Hazard faction. Generico and Hulk start the match. I expect this will get fast and our of hand relatively quickly. My prediction comes true as Generico and Hulk exchange maneuvers and the crowd is juiced. Hulk gets the advantage so Steen tags in and Hulk takes control of him too. Hulk then weirdly sells his head for some reason and tags out. Shingo and Steen try to out-power each other now. Steen sends Shingo to the floor and Generico wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring Steen and Generico start going to work on Shingo. Generico doesn’t fare too well before Shingo slugs him down. New Hazard is in control now, but they knock Generico right back into his own corner and he’s able to make the tag. Steen comes in roaring. He and Generico isolate Hulk and wear him down. Hulk fights back with dropkicks and makes the tag. Shingo is a house afire. Things start to get crazy and it’s hard to keep up with the action. This is exactly what I expected from these four guys and I love it. Hulk hits the first finisher, an EVO on Generico for a two-count. Steen tries a Package Piledriver but Hulk slips out of it. Hulk hits Mouse but Steen responds with a lariat. Shingo clobbers Steen with a lariat. Generico flies in with a cross body block on Shingo and all four men are down. Steen and Shingo knock each other to the floor. Generico hits Hulk with the running Yakuza Kick, and Steen follows with a Swanton Bomb for two. Steen misses a moonsault and Shingo grabs him in the Blood Fall for a two-count. Hulk hits Generico with EVOP for a near-fall. Shingo tosses Steen to the floor. He then puts Generico on his shoulders and Hulk knocks him off with a springboard leg lariat for two. Steen gets knocked to the floor again and Hulk wipes him out with a moonsault. Shingo hits Generico with a huge lariat in the corner. He follows with a super Death Valley Driver but only gets two! Shingo hits the Pumping Bomber but Generico pops right back up so Shingo clobbers him with another one. He then hits Last Falconry to get the win at 17:48. That was just phenomenal action from bell to bell from two great teams. Both duos have a power guy and a speed guy and they matched up really well. All the moves hit and the crowd was pretty hard for them the whole time.
    Rating: ****¼

    Backstage – Erick Stevens finishes shaving his Mohawk.

    MATCH #6: ROH World Championship Match – Nigel McGuinness vs. Austin Aries

    McGuinness has been the Champion since 10.6.07, and this is his tenth defense. They start off cautiously, as this is their second title match after the classic at Rising Above 2007. Both men target the arm early on. Aries tries the Last Chancery but McGuinness wisely slips to the floor. Back in the ring Aries goes on the attack and hits a Thesz Press. Aries continues to strike and locks on the Last Chancery but McGuinness is too close to the ropes. The challenger continues to focus on the head, and looks extremely determined to become a two-time ROH World Champion. Aries makes a slight misstep and McGuinness capitalizes, going to work on the shoulder. Aries fights back with a running knee strike. He follows with a series of chops, including one off the top rope. McGuinness hits the Guns of Brixton for two. He goes back to the arm and locks on the London Dungeon but Aries reaches the ropes. Aries comes back and locks on the Last Chancery again. McGuinness rakes Aries’ eyes, and I wonder why more guys don’t do that to get out of that move. McGuinness goes back on offense and tries the Tower of London but Aries responds with an eye rake of his own. Aries hits a missile dropkick. He goes for the IED but McGuinness kicks him in the face. This time McGuinness hits the Tower of London but Aries kicks out. McGuinness sets Aries on the top rope for the clothesline but Aries ducks and traps McGuinness in a headscissors in the ropes. Aries then hits an ax handle down to the floor a la Macho Man. He follows with a vicious IED. Back in the ring Aries hits another IED, and then two more. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but McGuinness blocks it. McGuinness tries the headstand but Aries hits him with another IED. Aries tries to follow up but McGuinness cuts him off with a big lariat. Both men barely make it to their feet by the count of 10. They slap each other and then upgrade to forearms. McGuinness goes for the Jawbreaker Lariat but Aries hits a lariat first. Aries hits the Brainbuster but misses the 450. McGuinness locks on the London Dungeon and really wrenches it in. Aries counters it to a rollup and nearly pins the Champion. He then puts on the Last Chancery but McGuinness is able to slip out and put on the London Dungeon! Aries counters out of that and kicks McGuinness in the head. McGuinness tries the Jawbreaker but Aries ducks and gets a backslide for two. Aries kicks him in the head and hits the Brainbuster. He goes up top once again and this time hits the 450 but McGuinness gets his fot on the bottom rope. McGuinness rolls to the floor and Aries goes for the Heat Seeking Missile but McGuinness moves out of the way! Aries crashed into the barricade hard. McGuinness puts Aries on the barricade and hits a nasty lariat. Back in the ring McGuinness covers but Aries somehow kicks out. McGuinness hits a short-arm lariat but Aries kicks out again! The Champion tries another Lariat but Aries ducks and hits a crucifix bomb. McGuinness is able to come back with the Jawbreaker Lariat to finally get the pin at 24:43. That was a brilliant match from both guys, who stuck to their strategy for the first while and then just started throwing bombs in the last half. They played off the first match brilliantly and countered each other expertly. This match is even better than I remember it being, and it’s probably one of the best matches of 2008.
    Rating: ****½

    A Choice is Made

    Before Aries can leave the ring, The Age of The Fall’s music hits. Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black, Lacey, and Rain all make their way out. Jacobs wants his answer right now. He gets frustrated so Lacey takes over. Lacey takes Aries by the hand, and after a brief protest Jacobs agrees to allow it. Before they can even leave the ring, Tammy Sytch makes her way out. Sytch offers herself to Aries, but he decides to leave with Lacey instead. Jacobs and Black then hold Sytch for Rain to slap across the face until the Briscoes come out and make the save.

    Backstage – Nigel McGuinness declares the era of Austin Aries over. McGuinness says he’s the best wrestler in the world and the Ace of Ring of Honor. He challenges anyone to face him and promises to break their jaw.

    MATCH #7: Typhoon vs. Muscle Outlaw’z

    The Typhoon trio is CIMA, Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito. The Muscle Outlaw’z team is Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & Genki Horiguchi. These are the same participants from the first Supercard of Honor match, just with CIMA and Horiguchi switching sides. Horiguchi and Saito start the match. They wrestle to a standoff and then tag CIMA and Doi into the match. After another standoff, Kid and Yoshino tag in. This should be quick. Kid sends Yoshino to the floor and thinks about a dive but Yoshino moves out of the way. Horiguchi comes in and Typhoon goes to work on him. The Outlaw’z come back on Saito and work him over. Momentum continues to shift as both teams try to establish dominance and set the pace. The Outlaw’z focus mostly on Kid, but they’re equal opportunity destroyers tonight. They dominate for several minutes and you can see the confidence building. Finally Kid hits Horiguchi with a leg lariat and makes the tag. Saito comes in fresh and ready to go. CIMA comes in and the pace is taking off. I’m starting to lose track of where everyone is at. Typhoon is clicking on all cylinders and the crowd is jacked. I would hate to be the referee in one of these matches. I can’t type fast enough to keep up with what they’re doing. The finish finally comes when Horiguchi hits Kid with the Beach Break and Doi follows with the Muscular Bomb to give the Muscle Outlaw’z the victory at 25:46. This was another amazing exhibition from six tremendous wrestlers. I didn’t think two guys switching sides would make that big of a difference but it gave the match a different dynamic than the first one. I also love the synergy of Doi getting revenge on Dragon Kid for winning the first match. It’s ridiculous what these guys can pull off while making it all look good.
    Rating: ****½

    Backstage – Shane Hagadorn and Larry Sweeney are celebrating after a great night. Sweeney says he’s going to make all the money and be laughing all the way to the bank.

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    Manhattan Center – New York City, New York – February 13, 2010

    We open backstage with Tyler Black, who is ruminating on his title shot against Austin Aries tonight. He says he’s in the best shape of his life, he’s super focused, and he’s the “ideal Tyler Black.” He says the match will not go to the judges, and he will be the ROH World Champion.

    MATCH #1: Brian Kendrick vs. Roderick Strong

    Kendrick’s music is great. He gets a nice ovation and a “welcome back” chant. Strong gets quite the ovation himself. Interesting to note is that this is the first match in ROH where Kendrick has been billed as “Brian Kendrick” rather than “Spanky.” They take it to the mat right away, attacking each others’ arms. Kendrick switches gears and goes after the leg. Strong doesn’t appreciate that so he starts throwing chops. Kendrick tries to cover up in the corner and gets stomped. Strong hits a backbreaker for a two-count. He continues working the back, hitting a vertical suplex for two. He hits a fallaway slam and Kendrick rolls to the floor. Kendrick tries to escape but Strong catches up with him, only to get caught with a drop toehold into the barricade. Now Kendrick is in control, so he slides back in the ring to regroup. Back in the ring Kendrick nails a dropkick for two and then locks on a Camel Clutch. Strong fights out of the Camel Clutch but Kendrick cuts him off with a neckbreaker for two. Kendrick hits a kick to the back of the head and chokes Strong against the middle rope. He goes to the second rope and Strong chops him all the way to the floor! Strong hits a leaping lariat off the apron and whips Kendrick into the barricades. He hits another chop and rolls Kendrick back in the ring. Kendrick hits a dropkick, and Strong comes back with one of his own for two. Strong hits a leg-capture backbreaker for two. He sets Kendrick up for a superplex but Kendrick fights him off and hits a side kick for two. Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread No. 2 but Strong counters it. Strong tries the gutbuster but Kendrick reverses to a crucifix for two. Kendrick hits a tornado DDT and then a beautiful Frog Splash for a two-count. He goes for Sliced Bread No. 2 again but Strong blocks it and hits the torture rack breaker. Strong hits a running boot to the face and then the Gibson Driver to get the pin at 10:25. I know he was miserable in WWE, but Kendrick has really become an excellent all-around worker since working there. This was an excellent choice to open the show.
    Rating: ***

    MATCH #2: Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) vs. The Bravado Brothers

    The Bravado Brothers actually get promo time, and they make a game effort. They promise to make an impact tonight. Apparently the brothers Lance and Harlem are from the ROH Wrestling Academy. The Kings of Wrestling are accompanied by Shane Hagadorn and Sara Del Rey. Hero and Castagnoli attack right away, tossing one of the Bravados to the floor and throwing the other one around inside the ring. Lance gets back on the ring apron and makes the tag, but the Kings shrug him off and do what they want. Del Rey gets her shots in on the floor, as Lance is just getting dominated. Castagnoli gets the tag and hits a European Uppercut for two. He tags Hero right back in. Hero hits a flying elbow in the corner, but Lance avoids the next one and hits a dropkick. Harlem gets the lukewarm tag and he takes both Kings down. He hits Hero with a split-legged moonsault, but Castagnoli dead lifts him off and suplexes him. The Kings hit the double boot to the face on Lance. Hero then throws Lance into a European Uppercut by Castagnoli. The Kings hit the KRS-One to get the win at 5:22. That was pretty squashy but the Kings of Wrestling are good enough to make it entertaining.
    Rating: *

    MATCH #3: No Rules Match – Necro Butcher & Eddie Kingston w/ Gypsy Joe vs. Erick Stevens & Joey Ryan w/ Prince Nana

    Earlier tonight in the hotel room, the Embassy was getting ready for their match and talking trash to Necro Butcher and Eddie Kingston. Stevens and Ryan are also accompanied by Ernesto Osiris. The fight begins on the floor, with Kingston battling Ryan and Stevens battling the Butcher. The Kingston / Butcher tandem dominates the Embassy early on, but somehow Butcher is bleeding. I think Ryan is bleeding as well. Watching Gypsy Joe punch Osiris is pretty embarrassing. Kingston and Ryan wind up back in the ring. Ryan hits a powerslam for a two-count. Now Stevens and Butcher get in the ring. Stevens takes forever to set up the Choo-Choo, so Butcher punches him in the face. Bucher then executes his own version of Mr. Socko. Ryan breaks that up with a superkick, and then Kingston hits Ryan with a back fist, and then Stevens hits Kingston with a lariat. Stevens and Kingston get up first and exchange strikes. Kingston hits a Back Drop Driver. Ryan grabs Kingston with a spinning swinging neckbreaker. He knocks Kingston to the floor and then goes back in the ring to attack Butcher with his belt. He wraps his belt around Butcher’s beck, but Kingston breaks it up. Stevens and Kingston battle on the ring apron, and Stevens powerbombs Kingston on the table! The table doesn’t even break properly. Gypsy Joe distracts Ryan, allowing Butcher to put a plastic bag over his head. Ryan is done at 8:05. That was the usual Necro Butcher hardcore stuff.
    Rating: *¾

    MATCH #4: El Generico vs. Davey Richards w/ Shane Hagadorn

    Generico is accompanied by Colt Cabana. Richards backs Generico into a corner and issues a somewhat clean break. They take it to the mat, trading holds. Richards gets Generico in a position for forearms to the back of the head, which for some reason the referee breaks. Then Richards yells out “American Wolves,” and I’m going to be keeping track of how many times he hells that out. Richards goes for the arm and locks on a cross armbreaker. Generico reaches the ropes and then takes a powder. Back in the ring Generico seems energized, as he hits a series of quick armdrags. Generico hits a side kick for a two-count. He goes up to the second rope and Richards pulls him into a modified Alarm Clock. Just over five minutes into the math I hear Richards shout “American Wolves” for the second time. Richards wastes time by jawing with the crowd and Generico tries to make a comeback. Generico hits a bodyslam and they take it to the apron. Richards yanks Generico down by the shoulder, right into the edge of the apron. He throws Generico into the barricade and then kicks him into the crowd. Back in the ring Richards viciously attacks the arm and shoulder. Generico fights back with clotheslines out of nowhere and a back body drop. He dumps Richards to the floor and follows him out with a nice Hilo. Back in the ring Generico hits a high cross body off the top rope for two. Generico hits a nasty Michinoku Driver for two. He goes for the running Yakuza but Richards kicks him first. Richards then pulls Generico out of the air with a Fujiwara Armbar, and then blocks a brainbuster with another Fujiwara. Generico reaches the ropes. He recovers and goes for the running Yakuza again but Richards catches him and suplexes him into the turnbuckle. Richards hits a big lariat for two. He spits on Generico and gets slapped in the face. He hits a series of Kawada Kicks and gets slapped by Generico again. He tries the Alarm Clock but Generico reverses it to a Dragon Screw and finally hits the running Yakuza. Generico hits a half-nelson suplex and goes for a brainbuster but Richards reverses it to one of his own and both men are down. Richards gets up first and sets up for the Shooting Star Press. Generico pops up and tries the Super Brainbuster but Richards goes after the arm to knock him down. Richards tries the Shooting Star Press but Generico moves out of the way and hits another Yakuza Kick. Generico once again goes for the Brainbuster but Richards slips out and goes for a super German Suplex. Unfortunately for Richards, Generico slips out of that and hits the Coast-to-Coast dropkick for two! Generico goes up for the Super Brainbuster again, and Richards slips out. This time Richards hits the Super German Suplex. Richards hits another German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. He drills Generico with a kick to the head for two, and then locks on the Kimura. Generico rolls Richards up for a quick two-count, so Richards switches over to the cross armbreaker and Generico has to tap out at 21:13. They kept the no-selling to a minimum and this was an overall pretty fun match to watch. Richards goes for a handshake after the match, and gets slapped in the face instead.
    Rating: ***¾

    MATCH #5: World Tag Team Title Match – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Dark City Fight Club

    The Briscoes have been the champions since 12.19.09, and this is their second defense. They cut their usual promo backstage. The way they talk over each other is truly Altman-esque. Tempers flare before the opening bell even rings. Jon Davis and big brother Jay start the match. Jay takes the first advantage and backs Davis into his corner. Mark gets tagged in and blasts Davis with chops. Davis comes back with a back elbow and then makes the tag. Kory Chavis and Mark exchange strikes. Mark hits the kick to the back of the head and then tags his brother back in. Jay hits a dropkick for two. Chavis comes back with a sit-out powerslam for two. Davis gets tagged back in and he slugs away. Jay comes back with a boot to the face and tags his younger brother. Davis drills Mark with a spinebuster but doesn’t go for a cover. Chavis is back in now and he orchestrates the beating of Mark Briscoe. Jay comes in the ring illegally to knock Chavis to the floor as Mark hits a superkick on Davis. He then clotheslines Davis to the floor, while Mark hits Chavis with a somersault senton to the floor. Davis Pounces Mark into the barricade, as Dombrowski points out that the referee is basically ignoring the 20-count. Back in the ring Davis nails Jay with a powerslam, and then the DCFC hit Total Elimination for another two-count. They continue the double-teaming until Mark makes it back in the ring to break it up. Davis shoves Mark back to the floor. Jay has recovered and is now trading forearms with Davis. Out of nowhere they hit the Spiked Jay Driller to get the pin at 9:58. I was looking forward to that match but something definitely seemed off there. It just seemed like a lot of punching and kicking and then a finish out of nowhere. Maybe if they built a feud and got some bad blood going maybe it would have been more exciting.
    Rating: **

    Sara Del Rey comes out to distract the champions and the Kings of Wrestling come out for a big braw. The locker room empties to try and split it up, but we wind up with a three-way brawl amongst the Briscoes, Kings, and the returned Dark City Fight Club. The Briscoes knock everyone to the floor and hit a simultaneous Hilo. Mark tosses Del Rey back in the ring and she’s all by herself. The Kings save her from taking the Doomsday Device.

    MATCH #6: Four Corner Survival Pick 6 Series Match – Delirious vs. (4) Kenny King vs. Steve Corino vs. Rasche Brown

    This is Corino’s first ROH match since the unfortunate Fight without Honor against Homicide back at The Bitter End on November 4, 20006. Delirious is accompanied by Daizee Haze. Corino pretty closely resembles JBL physically. Delirious freaks out at the bell and concentrates on catching Corino. That leaves King and Brown to start the match. They trade holds and counters, and Brown uses his size advantage to knock King down with a shoulderblock. Brown then executes a handspring splash, which is quite impressive. King rolls to the floor and Corino knees Brown out as well. Delirious comes in the ring with a clothesline off the top rope but misses the Panic Attack. King gets back in the ring to battle the masked man, and Corino joins him, creating an impromptu team. They keep Brown on the floor and work Delirious over. This seems to go on for a while. Finally the Skullcrusher makes his way back in the ring and he takes on both Corino and King. Delirious tries to subdue the big man with a sleeper but he continues punching everything in sight. Corino and King try regrouping on the floor but Delirious dives out after them. Brown follows out with a dive of his own. Corino finally ends the alliance between himself and King by hitting a Flatliner on King for a two-count. King sets up for the double knees but Brown cuts him off with a spear. Corino hits Brown with a clothesline. Delirious hits King with the Shadows over Hell for the quick three-count at 9:09. Now Delirious is number four in the Pick 6, while King falls to number five, and Roderick Strong falls off the list. As for the match, it was pretty awkward and sloppy, but I like Delirious going over.
    Rating: *½

    MATCH #7: Kevin Steen vs. Colt Cabana

    Cabana cuts a promo before the match, summarizing the open letter Kevin Steen wrote to him on ROH Wrestling Dot Com. Apparently Steen hates Cabana for the way he treated him in the past. Cabana tries to apologize, and Steen says he accepts it, but then sucker punches Cabana instead. Good! Cabana fires back so Steen runs to the floor but Cabana follows him out. Back in the ring they continue trading shots. Steen knocks Cabana down with a back elbow. He works Cabana over methodically. They trade gum back and forth, which is just silly and kind of takes away from the match. Cabana makes a brief comeback but misses the Flying Apple and Steen hits the Cannonball. Steen tries the Swanton but Cabana got his knees up. Cabana unloads with right hands. This time Cabana hits the Flying Apple and clotheslines Steen to the floor. Steen is holding his injured knee as the referee starts counting him out. Cabana gets on the microphone and says he doesn’t believe his knee is hurt. Steve Corino comes out and orders Steen to get back in the ring. Cabana punches Corino and tosses him to the floor. He gets back on the mic and tells Steen to stop being a bitch and start being a man. Corino slides a chair in the ring. Generico comes out to go face-to-face with his former tag team partner, but before anything can happen Corino tosses Cabana to the floor for the DQ at 9:13.Corino tries to hit Generico with a chair but Generico grabs it from him. Steen steps in front of Corino and Generico won’t hit Steen. Unfortunately for Generico, Steen doesn’t feel the same way, so he knocks Generico down and hits him with the chair. He locks on a Crossface and Cabana comes in to chase them off. The match started off pretty good but it turned into pure angle advancement, which in this case was the right move. The acting is a little cheesy but it’s the kind of storyline that lends itself to a lot of different matches and different places to go and it’s much more interesting than the average wrestling storyline. They’re also not revealing everything right away or giving everything away, so this was really well done.
    Rating: **½

    MATCH #8: ROH World Title Match – Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black

    Aries has been the champion since 6.13.09 and this is his fourteenth defense. This is Black’s ninth crack at the gold. And if my calculations are correct, this is the eleventh time these two men have met in a singles, three-way, or four-way match; Aries leads the series 7-2-1. First we introduce the judges: Kenny King (picked by Austin Aries), Roderick Strong (picked by Tyler Black), and Jim Cornette (picked by Jim Cornette). Tonight’s New York crowd seems a lot more supportive of Black than the Final Battle 2009 crowd. Austin Aries has his supporters tonight as well. Before the match, Aries gets on the microphone to defend the debacle of a main event back at Final Battle 2009. Of course Jim Cornette has to get his two cents in.

    Aries sucker punches Black to start and goes to work on him. Black reverses a whip and back body drops the champ. He goes for the F-5 but Aries slips out and rakes the back, so Black punches him to the floor. Aries seems to be stalling so Strong forces him back in the ring. Black hits a dropkick and then a series of punches for a one-count. He hits the springboard lariat for a one-count and Aries rolls to the floor. Back in the ring Aries takes a timeout. Black continues to keep the momentum, thwarting Aries’ comeback attempts. Finally Aries comes back by snapping Black’s neck off the top rope, and then hitting a slingshot splash. Aries misses an elbow and Black follows up with a slingshot heel kick. Black hits the stomp to the face. Everything Aries tries, Black has a counter for. Black uses an O’Connor Roll and Aries kicks Black’s shoulder into the ring post. Now the champion dominates, working on the neck. The champ goes to the top rope and Black dropkicks him in the face. Black hits a beautiful superplex, and floats it over into an F-5, which looked really cool. Aries kicks out at two. Aries seeks solace on the apron but Black knocks him back into the crowd. Black leaps off the top rope and wipes Aries out. Back in the ring Black looks to be going for a Buckle Bomb and Aries backdrops him to the apron. Aries then hits a Death Valley Driver on the ring frame. He goes for the Heat Seeking Missile but Black moves and Aries crashes into the barricade. Back in the ring Black gets a two-count. Black goes for the Buckle Bomb again but Aries blocks it, so instead he hits a Rubik’s Cube for two. He goes up for the Phoenix Splash and Aries moves out of the way. Aries hits the IED and two rolling Brainbusters for a two-count! He goes up for the 450 but hits nothing but knees, and Black gets a cradle for two. Back on their feet they exchange strikes. Aries goes for another Brainbuster but Black reverses to God’s Last Gift but it only gets two! Black goes for the Phoenix Splash once again and King gets on the apron. Strong knocks King off the apron but also knocks Black off the top rope. Black superkicks Strong off the apron, and when Cornette jumps up to yell at him, Black superkicks him too! The crowd is hot and Black is fired up. Black hits a Superkick, the Buckle Bomb, and two more superkicks. He goes up top and hits one of the prettiest Phoenix Splashes I’ve ever seen in my life to get the pin and finally win the ROH World Title at 22:23. The babyface locker room empties as the Briscoes put Black on their shoulders to celebrate his win. That was a tremendous match and the finishing sequence was pretty perfect, literally taking the judges out of the match and giving Black the super clean win. Hopefully they have some good storyline ideas for his title reign because Tyler Black definitely deserves it.
    Rating: ****

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    10 Thoughts: TNA “Genesis: Part Two” 1.23.14 (Sting, Magnus, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/24/10-thoughts-tna-genesis-part-two-1-23-14-sting-magnus-kurt-angle-bobby-roode/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/24/10-thoughts-tna-genesis-part-two-1-23-14-sting-magnus-kurt-angle-bobby-roode/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:09:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=163665 HTC 500x250 - 2014 - TNA Genesis

    1. Somehow I’m still holding it together AND covering TNA. It truly is a week by week test and they’re lucky that I don’t watch the show live. If I did, I’d be watching this on my birthday and I think I’d be too resentful to ever watch the show again.

    2. So THIS is the episode of “Genesis” where we get to see all the matches they’ve been hyping for the last few months. Last week was like seeing the trailer for The Empire Strikes Back for weeks & then when you sat down in the theater you got The Phantom Menace.

    3. Who the hell is this attorney and why would he be discussing ANY of this with Magnus? He’s the World Heavyweight Champion but he’s not an executive with the company. He has no power or authority when it comes to business dealings. Magnus isn’t Triple H and this is just bad storytelling. Though  it’s not any better when it DOES involve Triple H.

    4. It’s not a big TNA event without a pole. It still kills me how far James Storm has fallen. This guy had the promo skills, charisma and enough talent for the TNA roster to be the biggest star TNA ever created on their own. Instead he became a caricature of his own character & stuck into another tag team with another sub par experiment that TNA doesn’t want to give up on yet. Just look at the finish of this match as a perfect example. Not only couldn’t Gunner be put over clean but he’s also a babyface who had to win the #1 contender’s match contract is a cheap/fluke fashion. Way to build momentum for the new #1 contender…

    5. While a lot of people see Chris Sabin & Austin Aries battling over the X-Division title as a step down, I don’t see that at all! When the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships were unified, that created a very small selection of wrestlers who can be in the championship picture at one time. What are the other main event players supposed work towards then? That is my main argument for unifying the WWE Intercontinental and United States Championships as it would automatically create the second most prestigious title in the company and allow main event players to take a “step down” to the IC title level. This is essentially what TNA has done with putting former TNA World Champions back into the X-Division. Austin Aries and Chris Sabin are two very talented wrestlers and if there isn’t any room in the World Championship division, why not return them to the X-Division? They proved again how good they are tonight (despite the shenanigans) and it HELPED build the prestige of the X-Division Championship. For once, WWE needs to take a cue from TNA and how they book their secondary title. Seriously, when was the last time Dean Ambrose defended the United States title anyway?

    6. So The Wolves will be debuting the new authority figure? Dammit. I was hoping it was just a way to introduce Edwards & Richards to TNA and not have them involved in ANOTHER authority angle.

    7. Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode began at a frantic only for it to come to a screeching halt when Kurt Angle once again missed a moonsault off of the top of the cage. Angle has never hit his opponent with that move (even when he was supposed it) and all it did was add an unnecessary for a guy whose body should be able to endure this punishment anymore. The “This is awesome!” chants don’t help either fans, especially when the match was good but nowhere near “awesome”.

    8. This new “investor” must only kind of like Sting since he put Sting’s career on the line in this match even though he/she could have just given him a World title shot.

    9. At least the WWE bailed on the Jersey/”bro” gimmick back in 2011 when they benched Zack Ryder. TNA has their “broskis” as their tag team champions. Hell, even the Jersey Shore TV show ended in 2012! Sigh…

    10.  Well the rumors have already begun and now they’re really going to kick into high gear. If this was Sting’s last appearance for TNA, he was not booked in a way you would think a guy of his statue would be booked. Then again this is the same company that let AJ Styles just leave when his contract expired. I do like that they’ve already set up Magnus’ next feud against Samoa Joe. Joe seems more motivated than I’ve seen him in a long time and its damn refreshing to see. If he can keep up that intensity and if this new “investor” story-line doesn’t wrap Magnus up too much, Samoa Joe versus Magnus could be a fun feud.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2013/06/HTC-120×120-2013.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://htcwrestling.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/htc-500×250-2014-tna-genesis.jpg|topstory500x250

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