ROH on HDNet Recap 8-23

August 27, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. If you didn’t notice, and judging by the lack of comments you haven’t, I was on vacation last week so there was no recap. But now I’m back with my 25TH ROH recap. Let’s go down to ringside.

On Last Week’s Show…

We see a recap of last week’s main event. Roderick Strong faced Davey Richards with a title shot against ROH World Champion Tyler Black on the line. This match was exactly what you would expect from these two, a great back and forth match with lots of high impact moves. Richards refused help from his manager Shane Hagadorn and this distraction led to Strong getting the win and the title shot at the next pay-per-view. If you were unaware, Richards has announced that he is leaving wrestling at the end of the year. This split with Hagadorn sets him up as the face to challenge the heel Strong in the future. With Black leaving for the WWE next month, Strong is pretty much a lock to win the title. Then Richards can chase and ultimately win the belt as a farewell gift for all his hard work over the years.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Alex Anthony & Bobby Shields

This is the total mismatch that you would think it is. The Briscoes end it after a few minutes with the Doomsday Device. Ho-Hum.

Kevin Steen vs. Jerry Lynn

It’s the former World champion against a future World champion. With all the upheaval going on in ROH these days, I feel someone like Steen represents the future of the company. By this time next year, after Strong and Richards have had their title runs, I believe that you will see the ROH World Title around the rather portly waist of Mr. Wrestling. But that’s the future, in this match Steen is at his heel best. In my opinion, Steen is the best heel in ROH right now, even better than Austin Aries. He really seems to revel in the heat he draws from the fans. Steen uses every cheap tactic he can think of but Lynn doesn’t give in easily. Even after Steen locks in the Sharpshooter, Lynn won’t give up. He makes it to the ropes but then goes for a sunset flip and Steen just sits down and then grabs the ropes for good measure for the 1-2-3.

Jim Cornette Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Jim Cornette about the upcoming pay per view, Glory By Honor IX. Specifically, the tag match between the Kings of Wrestling and Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Roderick Strong and Truth Martini interrupt and say that they want to pick the referee for the title match with Tyler Black. Cornette balks at the request but Black comes out and gets in Strong’s face. Tyler says that they should take the referee out of the equation all together and just have a no DQ match. Of course, Strong gladly accepts the stipulation.

The Embassy vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown & Dark City Fight Club & Grizzly Redwood

Here is the main event of the evening. Representing the Embassy we have Shawn Daivari, Ernesto Osiris, Erick Stevens, and the Necro Butcher. This is a match up that has been brewing for several weeks now. The faces come out on fire and take the fight right to the Embassy. One early spot is Rasche Brown picking up his own teammate Grizzly Redwood, and launching him like a missile onto the entire Embassy outside the ring. Speaking of Brown, a funny thing happened along the way to ROH building up this feud. Rasche Brown quit the company. It seems he missed a show recently and therefore was removed from the pay-per-view as punishment. So Brown took his ball and went home. But this match was taped weeks before that incident, so it will be interesting to see how they address that over the coming weeks. But Brown is in this match and he is bringing the pain. He even executes a running somersault over the top rope onto the Embassy at ringside. It wasn’t the most graceful move ever but it was impressive for a man of his size. However in all the chaos outside the ring, Prince Nana hits Kory Chavis with a low blow, allowing Daivari to get the rollup and the win for the Embassy.

This was only an average episode this week. The last several weeks have had really strong main events but I wasn’t really into this week’s matchup. I just don’t care that much for the Embassy storyline. Being that this is my 25th ROH article for, I just want to take a few lines and thank Eric Gargiulo for giving me this opportunity. I am a very passionate supporter of ROH and I am very grateful for the chance he took on me to bring my thoughts and opinions to the masses. And if I have convinced even one person to tune into the weekly program or attend a live show, then I guess I’ve been a success. So thank you to Eric and thank you to all of you that check in with me every week. As long as you will have me (and as long as there is a Ring of Honor, but that’s an article for another time) I will keep bringing you all the exciting Ring of Honor action.

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ROH on HDNet Recap 7-12

July 15, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. Last week’s program got back to what ROH does best, top flight tag team action. They’ll have a lot to live up to this week. Let’s get to the action.

Necro Butcher vs. Bobby Beverly

Prince Nana comes out to introduce Necro Butcher. But not before rambling on about how The Embassy is now the elite force in ROH. Personally I couldn’t care less about this stable or this angle. This match is a “Butcher’s Rules” match, meaning Necro just beats the crap out of this poor kid with everything not nailed down for five minutes before getting the win with a Tiger Driver onto a chair.

Jerry Lynn & Delirious Promo

Next we see a video recap of the feud between Jerry Lynn and Delirious against the All Night Express and Austin Aries. And as you know by now, Delirious + Aries + flashback = Me.

Eddie Edwards Ten Minute Hunt

This is another challenge match for a shot at Edwards’s ROH World Television Title. And who answers the call, none other than Andy “Right Leg” Ridge. This is the second joke match in a row in this challenge series. ROH is really dropping the ball with the TV Title. The appeal of the TV Title is that you get to see it defended on TV. You maybe get to see a belt change hands on free television. No title is changing hands in these matches. In fact, Ridge last all of three minutes and two seconds. At least the last match lasted five minutes.

All Night Express Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Austin Aries, Kenny King, and Rhett Titus. They are in the main event tonight against Jerry Lynn, Delirious, and ROH World Champion Tyler Black.

Roderick Strong Interview

Jim Cornette is in the ring and he interviews Roderick Strong. He goes on and on about being screwed over again and again. He then introduces his new “life intervention expert”, Truth Martini, along with the tag team of Raymond & Able who are now called The House of Truth. It looks like we have a new heel stable and a full blown heel turn for Roderick Strong. This should be an interesting development for his character.

The All Night Express & Austin Aries vs. Jerry Lynn & Delirious & ROH World Champion Tyler Black

Here is the main event of the evening. The faces come out and jump the heels right away. It takes a few minutes to get some order but even once they get inside the ring the faces keep up the offense. As you would expect though, the heels use their dirty tactics to gain the advantage. First Lynn gets worked over for a few minutes. Then he makes the tag to Delirious, who makes a brief flurry but then gets overwhelmed for the next several minutes. Meanwhile, I think Tyler Black has fallen asleep at ringside waiting to get tagged in. Black finally gets into the ring and things finally heat up. This match was pretty formulaic up to now and the crowd wasn’t really into it. Suddenly it’s an explosion of high impact kicks. I’m talking missile drop kicks, super kicks, round house kicks, and flying drop kicks. Lynn and Delirious execute simultaneous cross bodies off the tope rope to the outside of the ring. The ref loses all control of the match and calls for the bell and the double count out. Another disappointing finish in the main event. I think they’re overdoing the disqualifications and double counts lately. Afterwards, Kevin Steen comes out and hits the package piledriver on Tyler Black. The crowd shows where their allegiance lies with their chants of Mr. Wrestling.

This was a disappointing episode this week. Two squash matches and an average main event do not a good show make. I do have some hope for next week’s program. The main event is a No Holds Barred Street Fight with Colt Cabana & El Generico vs. Steve Corino & Kevin Steen. I’m hoping for some sick spots in that match.

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Ring of Honor on HDNet Results & Recap – June 21

June 24, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. The ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII pay-per-view was this past weekend. What will the fallout be, let’s go down to ringside and find out.

The Eddie Edwards Ten Minute Hunt

ROH World Television Champion Eddie Edwards comes out to the ring and announces that anyone in the locker room can come out and challenge him. If that wrestler can beat him or last ten minutes, then they will receive a TV Title shot at a later date. Who answers the challenge? Nick Westgate does. Who is that you ask? I have no freaking clue who this guy is. He kind of looks like John Cena, or at least how Cena would have looked in 7th grade. Edwards completely dominates the match, if you can call it that, and uses the Achilles Lock for the win. For the record, young Mr. Westgate failed to last even three minutes let alone ten.

The All Night Express

Austin Aries is backstage with the All Night Express, Kenny King and Rhett Titus. They have a match later against Jerry Lynn and Delirious. A Double brings out a couple of hotties as extra motivation for the boys.

Reggie vs. Sara Del Rey

I am a big fan of Sara Del Rey. I don’t think she gets nearly the amount of in ring time that she deserves. She is a great athlete and a heck of a wrestler. Reggie, well I only have one word for her… ABDOMINIZER!!! Why the hell are you wearing a two piece outfit, take some pride in yourself please. I’m not saying you have to be some anorexic ninety pound twig. But damn, do an occasional stomach crunch now and then. Reggie wrestles like she looks, sloppy. I really am having trouble watching this match because of Reggie’s muffin top. Mercifully, Sara ends it in short order with a piledriver. That’s right gang, a piledriver. That’s why I love Sara Del Rey.

Jerry Lynn Interview

Jerry Lynn talks about his near career ending injury at the hands of the All Night Express.

Ricky Reyes vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown

Poor Ricky has not had much luck since making his return to Ring of Honor. And I don’t think it’s about to change tonight. Brown has had nothing but squash matches since debuting in ROH, but he’s in the ring with a former ROH World Tag team Champion this time. Reyes weathers an early flurry of power moves by Brown and then goes for Brown’s knee. Every time Brown tries to mount some offense, Reyes very wisely goes back to work on the knee. This is definitely the most trouble I have seen Brown in during his time in ROH. Reyes gets a little too cocky and goes to the top rope, only to get caught by Brown who executes his Burning Hammer finisher for the win. Definitely the most entertaining match the “SkullKrusher” has had to date.


Next we see a Delirious video package. He is looking for revenge tonight against Austin Aries and Kenny King for their attack on him. And if we’re talking about the attack, then you know what that means.

Manager Supreme

Austin Aries is in the ring and announces that he is no longer wrestling but is now concentrating on managing. Aries is following in the footsteps of greats like Mr. Fuji, Percy Pringle, “The Doctor of Style” Slick, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Or as only A Double can put it, “I’m going to go from the greatest man that ever lived to the greatest man-ager that ever lived”. And to do that he plans on leading the All Night Express all the way to the top. The journey starts next.

The All Night Express vs. Delirious & Jerry Lynn

Here is the main event of the evening. Aries is at ringside looking very scholarly with his tweed jacket and pipe. The first half of the match is all Lynn and Delirious. They make the Express look silly and amateurish, which is a little surprising given all the hype they’ve been getting tonight. Finally the Express gain the advantage on Delirious and work him over for the next several minutes. Naturally, they pay special attention to his neck and throat. After several near pin falls, Delirious tags in Lynn and all hell breaks loose. Action is going on both in and out of the ring. Delirious climbs to the top rope but Aries grabs Daizee Haze by the hair and distracts him. Meanwhile, the Express execute a version of the Alabama Jam on Lynn for the win. Looks like they are really rehashing the old Midnight Express angle. I wonder if they’ll start coming out to “Chase” by Giorgio Moroder.

This was only an average episode this week. No real mention of Death Before Dishonor VIII this week. Maybe with a week to prepare they can have some highlights ready for next week’s show. I wasn’t that into the main event, but it was nice to see Rasche Brown finally have a real match for once.

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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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Ring of Honor on HDNet Results & Recap – April 12

April 15, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. After an episode last week that was well below average, I am really looking forward to this week’s show. The ROH World Television Title Tournament resumes tonight, and yours truly is in attendance.

I am sitting in the second row with my eight year old son Vincent by my side. This is his first live Ring of Honor event. And since ROH tapes multiple shows in one night, we will be in attendance for the next several episodes. But enough about me, let’s get to the action.

In the ring with Jim Cornette

After a Big Bang recap, where Tyler Black successfully defended the ROH World title, the commissioner brings the champ out to the ring. Black comments on his feud with Austin Aries and Roderick Strong. I actually have to give the production crew credit on this one. This interview was recorded before Big Bang, but his comments actually make it sound like the aftermath of the pay-per-view. Nice recovery from the debacle that was last week’s show. Davey Richards comes out to challenge Black for the title. That doesn’t bode well for the future of the American Wolves.

Jerry Lynn Retrospective

Next we see the same highlight package we saw last week detailing Jerry Lynn’s year in ROH. One thing I forgot to mention last week was the segment involving one of the two actual appearances that Ric Flair made for ROH. Might as well use the footage, it cost you enough. That sure was money well spent.

Jerry Lynn vs. Jake Manning

Lynn comes out to a loud pop from the crowd, who chant, “Welcome Back”. I’ve never been a huge Jerry Lynn fan, but he does put out good effort. This match has good pacing and lots of counters. Lynn puts Manning over pretty good here, allowing him to control a fair amount the action. But you just know there is no way Jerry Lynn is losing his return match. And the cradle piledriver makes sure of it. Afterward, Lynn calls out Kenny King for almost ending his career.

The winners…And New ROH World Tag Team Champions!

At the Big Bang pay-per-view the Kings of Wrestling, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli, defeated the Briscoes to capture the tag team titles for the second time. All Hail the Kings!

Backstage with Steve Corino

Kyle Durden interviews Steve Corino, who shoots on El Generico. Corino has real good mic skills and as I’ve said before, he makes a better manager than wrestler these days. I’d prefer to see him as Kevin Steen’s mouthpiece instead of embarrassing himself in the ring.

Steve Corino vs. EL Generico

Corino comes out dressed in a suit. Something tells me he isn’t in the mood to wrestle tonight. He then proceeds to cut a great promo on El Generico. He makes a great heel and he doesn’t mind generating the cheap heat. How cheap? At one point he says he used to think of Generico as a cancer but actually he’s full blown aids. Interestingly enough, the network bleeped the word aids on the telecast. Corino refuses to fight and forfeits the match. After some more words, Generico finally snaps and beats the hell out of Corino, who winds up having his nice outfit torn to shreds by the generic luchador.

By the way, if you were curious what your favorite wrestling blogger looks like (no not Eric Gargiulo wise guy), here is a screenshot. I am wearing the old school #7 Eagles jersey (Jaworski not Vick) and my son is to my right.

Television title Tournament Recap

Next we see the same recap of the first round of the TV Title tournament that we saw last week. Could we at least get some new filler please?

Backstage with Eddie Edwards

Kyle Durden interviews Eddie Edwards about his upcoming TV title match. Eddie is in no mood to discuss the possible breakup of the American Wolves. Kenny King interrupts the interview and warns Eddie not to plan on an all Wolves finals just yet. Kudos to Kenny King for wearing a Thunder Cats t-shirt. King takes on Davey Richards next week in the other semi final match.

World Television Title – Semi Finals – Kevin Steen (1) vs. Eddie Edwards (6)

This is the main event of the evening. Although I must note that at the taping this was actually the first match of the night. The crowd seems a little reserved during this match, and I think that is the reason why. I myself didn’t want to get to rowdy right away, not with three hours of matches to go. At my age you have to pace yourself. Steen starts off by shooting on Generico and commenting on Edwards’ injured elbow. The early part of the match has Steen working the elbow repeatedly. One nice spot that you don’t really appreciate on television was when Steen was outside the ring and Edwards ran and dove through the ropes onto him. This was right in front of us and I really thought he was going to overshoot him and wind up right in our laps. I think I might have even flinched, just a little bit. When the fans do finally get vocal, they are solidly behind Edwards. These two are telling a great story in the ring. Edwards is really selling the injury with every move he attempts. Steen grows increasingly more and more desperate as he can’t put Edwards away. Lots of near pins towards the end really brings the crowd alive. Steen hits a Swanton Bomb for two. Edwards with a Code Breaker off the top rope for two. Steen eventually catches Edwards in the Cross Face and I was sure that this match was over. Suddenly El Generico comes out and Steen releases the hold. While he is glaring at Generico, Edwards rolls him up for the 1-2-3. A great match by these two and it’s on to the finals for Edwards.

This episode of ROH was all about the main event. An awesome match by Steen and Edwards has me half way to my dream finals of Eddie Edwards against Davey Richards. Will Davey hold up his end of the bargain and make it? Will I get more face time on television? Tune in next week to find out.

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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Ring of Honor on HDNet Recap – April 05

April 07, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. After a two week hiatus, Ring of Honor is back and so am I. So without any further ado, let’s go down to ringside.

Steve Corino vs. Bobby Shields

As I have stated before, I used to be a big fan of Steve Corino back in the late ‘90s when he was young and athletic. But now his style is very slow and deliberate in the ring. Plus, to help disguise his rather prominent gut, he wears tights that resemble your grandmother’s underwear. I would rather see him as a relevant heel manager than a washed up heel wrestler. Anyway, this match is more of the same from Corino, who ends it with a lariat. At the end of the match, Colt Cabana comes out to the ring. In the first round of the TV Title tournament, Corino distracted Cabana and caused him to lose to Eddie Edwards. After some words in the ring, Cabana lays into Corino, including a nice “Dusty” elbow.

Back to the Future…ROH Style

Commentators Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak come on screen and announce that this broadcast was taped before the Big Bang pay-per-view, which occurred this past weekend on the 3rd. In other words, if you see someone with or without a title in this episode even though that title changed hands this weekend, now you know why. That being said, I really hate that there is such a delay between when the episodes are taped and when they actually air. In this age of Internet spoilers and instant “tweets” you just can’t have a month gap between taping an episode and broadcasting it. If Ring of Honor wants to be taken seriously on a national level, they are going to have to close that gap. Jim Cornette, I’m talking to you.

Big Bang Promo

Next we see a promo for the triple threat match for the ROH World title at Big Bang. Boy this looks like it will be a great match. I can’t wait for April 3rd. Wait a minute, weren’t they listening to me? This already happened! Who is running things here? As someone who is more than just a fan, this stuff kills me. I am very passionate about ROH and I desperately want to see it succeed. It’s nights like this that make it hard for me to defend them.

Dark City Fight Club vs. The Set

A promo for something that already happened, really? I’m still too upset to even care about this mismatch, which is good because it lasts only about two minutes. Although, DCFC did execute a nice variation of “Total Elimination”, which was cool to see. RIP John Kronus and sweet dreams Perry Saturn, wherever you are.

Jerry Lynn Retrospective

Next we see a highlight package detailing Jerry Lynn’s very eventful 2009. From defeating Nigel McGuinness (Desmond Wolfe) for the ROH World title, to losing the title to Austin Aries, to almost having his career ended at the hands of Kenny King and Rhett Titus. Next week, Lynn makes his return to ROH television.

Erick Stevens vs. Pelle Primo

Pelle Primo is a graduate of the ROH Wrestling Academy. Actually he looks like he hasn’t graduated elementary school yet. In fact, he bears a striking resemblance to Kelly Leak from the Bad News Bears. He should have Chico’s Bail Bonds on the back of his tights. And if you don’t get either of those references then either you’re too young or I’m too old. Kelly, I mean Pelle actually mounts a fair amount of offense before succumbing to the power of Stevens. The Embassy comes out to work over Primo but out of the crowd comes the suspended Necro Butcher to make the save.

Television title Tournament Recap

Next we see a recap of the four first round matches from the TV Title tournament. The semi-finals are Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards and Kenny King vs. Davey Richards. The semi-finals matches will air over the next two weeks.

Chris Hero vs. Jay Briscoe

Here is your main event. This match would make sense as a lead up to the Briscoe’s defending the ROH tag team titles against the Kings of Wrestling at Big Bang. But since we have already established that the pay-per-view ALREADY HAPPENED, this seems out of place. I am a big fan of Chris Hero and his wrestling style. He is someone I could see moving on to WWE or TNA with great success. This match pits the brawling style of Briscoe against the athleticism of Hero. There is some nice back and forth action to start things off. Hero lands several rolling elbows but Briscoe keeps on coming back for more. Finally after some outside distraction, Hero lands a vicious elbow to the back of Briscoe’s head and gets the 1-2-3.

This was probably the weakest episode of ROH that I’ve seen in a long time. The main event was good but the rest of the show felt uninspired and seemed like filler to me. With the return of the TV Title Tournament next week things should pick up. In fact, I know they will. How do I know, tune in next week to find out.

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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