Welcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. I’m looking forward to seeing the Ring of Honor World Television Champion Eddie Edwards defend the title for the first time on this episode against Colt Cabana. Let’s get right to the action.
Joey Ryan vs. Eddie Kingston
This match doesn’t really do much for me. As you know, I am a fan of Joey Ryan, who is personally bringing sleazy back to ROH. But I really don’t care for Eddie Kingston. I find him slow and un-athletic. I know he’s supposed to be a brawler, but could he try to get into shape. This guy and I have similar physiques, and that isn’t a compliment. To either of us. Ryan controls most of the action here. Anytime Kingston mounts some offense, The Embassy distracts him and allows Ryan to take control again. Finally Shawn Daivari just jumps in the ring and pummels Kingston for the DQ. Necro Butcher comes in to make the save and The Embassy starts to leave. But Jim Cornette meets them in the aisle and tells them that their night isn’t over yet, which leads us to…
Joey Ryan & Shawn Daivari vs. Eddie Kingston & Necro Butcher
[adinserter name=”366 left”]We now have a tag match, and it’s under “Butcher’s Rules”. In case you forgot, that means anything goes. This really isn’t a match, it’s just Necro walking around the outside of the ring and hitting Ryan and Daivari with a trash can. The most technical move is Necro performing and airplane spin on Ryan. Wait a minute, that’s two weeks in a row I’ve seen an airplane spin. What’s next, the return of the heart punch? Anyway, the whole “Butcher’s Rules” angle backfires as Daivari just hauls off and kicks Kingston in the family jewels and gets the pin. The Embassy then proceeds to beat down both men after the bell. Rasche Brown comes out and it looks like he is joining The Embassy, until he clears the ring of them.
Steve Corino Interview
Kyle Durden interviews Steve Corino, who has some harsh words for Colt Cabana. Something tells me we might be seeing Corino again later on tonight.
Super Card of Honor V
We see a recap of the May 8th Super Card of Honor V show from New York. Highlights include an appearance by Balls Mahoney, “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Eddie Edwards, and Delirious looking for revenge against Austin Aries for his attack on him several weeks ago. In case you missed the attack, let’s roll the clip…what no clip this week…hmmm, thought we were going to show the clip again. Oh well.
Death Before Dishonor VIII
Jim Cornette announces the main event for the next ROH pay-per-view. It will be Tyler Black defending the ROH World Title against Davey Richards. Wow, I might actually have to buy this one.
Oh here’s that clip…
We come back from commercial and again are treated to the footage of Aries attacking Delirious, with you know who in the crowd. That’s now seven weeks and counting. Those seats are without a doubt the best $30 I have ever spent.
Austin Aries Interview
Kyle Durden interviews Austin Aries, who has a non title match against Tyler Black in two weeks on HDNet.
ROH World Television Championship – Eddie Edwards vs. Colt Cabana
[adinserter name=”366 right”]Here is the main event of the evening. This is the first defense of the title for Edwards. The crowd is solidly behind the champ in this one. The first part of the match is very fast paced. It’s hold counter hold and move counter move. Cabana has a chance for the win after executing a perfect superplex but misses the opportunity for the pin. In fact, I’m really disliking Cabana’s whole approach to this match. He is clowning around and mugging for the camera way too much. I know that’s what he normally does, but that is against weaker competition. This is for the TV title and I would have liked to have seen him a little more serious and focused here. Edwards takes advantage and lands a vicious flying knee to sway the momentum. He goes for missile drop kick off the top rope but Cabana blocks it and gets Edwards in the Billy Goat’s Curse (an inverted Boston crab). Right on cue Steve Corino comes to ringside and that causes Cabana to release the hold. See I told you we would see him later in the show. While the referee is distracted with Corino, Edwards uses the TV Title belt on Cabana’s knee. He then applies the Achilles Lock and Colt taps out in short order. A solid match but it could have been better had Cabana had a different in ring demeanor.
This was only an average episode but the main event was an entertaining ten plus minute back and forth affair. But what else would you expect from one of the best in the business, Eddie Edwards. Ring of Honor is on hiatus next week for the Memorial Day Holiday so I will see you all in two weeks for the next exciting edition of Ring of Honor on HDNet. In the meantime, find a veteran and shake their hand and remember all those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be free.
Vince DeHoratus lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. He has been a life long wrestling fan and he has passed that love onto his son. Though not quite yet “middle aged and crazy”, he is fast approaching it.
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