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Ring of Honor on HDNet Results & Recap – July 05

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. I ranted last week that Ring of Honor has not had any quality tag matches lately. In fact, we were forced to watch two jobber teams battle each other last week. Well it looks like someone was listening because there are two great tag matchups on the card tonight. While the Fourth of July festivities may be over, it looks like ROH has saved some fireworks for this episode. Let’s get right to the action.

Dark City Fight Club vs. ROH World Tag Team Champions Kings of Wrestling

Most weeks this would be the main event, so I am psyched to see this as the opening match. Good things must be in store for us tonight. This is a big opportunity for the DCFC, who have come up small every time they have had a big match. The early part of the contest has the DCFC displaying their power and strength. But the Kings aren’t the champs for nothing. They have Sara Del Rey at ringside and use her interference to gain the upper hand. The Kings display their own brand of smash mouth wrestling with a flurry of European uppercuts and big kicks. Chris Hero lands his “Death Blow”rolling elbow smash for the 1-2…2?!?! I have never seen someone kick out. The DCFC are showing some real heart tonight. Shane Hagadorn throws Hero the loaded elbow pad to finish the job, but the Briscoes run in and drive the Kings from the ring. Half the ROH locker room comes out to try and restore order, but the DCFC and the Briscoes clear them out too. Jay even picks up one of the smaller guys in a “Razor’s Edge”looking hold, and throws him out of the ring on to the other security personnel! Good solid tag match that

Prince Nana Interview

Kyle Durden talks to Prince Nana, who is very pleased with himself and his new crown jewel of The Embassy, the Necro Butcher.

Daizee Haze vs. Jamilia Craft

Here is a contrast in appearances. Haze weighs maybe 95 pounds. Craft is wearing a full body outfit with lots of tassels and frills to mask her, ummm, thickness. Craft displays some nice reversals and counters. Moves that she no doubt learned at the ROH wrestling academy under lead female instructor, you guessed it, Daizee Haze. This is a nice technical matchup with several counters from both wrestlers. However, the student is not yet ready to defeat the master, as Haze hits a tiger suplex for the victory.

Christopher Daniels Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Christopher Daniels who will be in the main event up next. He has been chasing Davey Richards for weeks and is looking for a one on one match to decide just who “The Best in the World”really is. He’ll get a shot at Richards tonight, but in a tag team match.

The Embassy Promo

Next we see a quick promo featuring Shawn Daivari. He spouts off on why he joined The Embassy. ROH is really pushing this group as the dominant heel faction in the company. Too bad nobody cares about any of the wrestlers in the group. Forget the B team, back in the day they would have been the nWo D team.

The American Wolves vs. Christopher Daniels & Roderick Strong

Here is the main event of the evening. I am really pumped for this match. Any time I can see the Wolves in action I am excited. The match starts with all four men displaying their skill and ability, with neither side able to get the clear advantage. At the three minute mark, Richards and Daniels finally get in the ring together. For the next several minutes, these two trade deep Ricky “The Dragon”Steamboat style arm drags, and high impact kicks. Every hold is locked in tight, every crisscross into the ropes is crisp and well executed. Edwards and Strong tag back in and even though the Wolves are the more experienced unit, Edwards and Daniels actually function a little smoother. They use lots of fast tags and quick double team action. Maybe the Wolves are a little rusty, what with all the singles wrestling they’ve been doing. But the Wolves are too good to keep down for long. Richards tags in and takes control as Strong gets isolated in the Wolves half of the ring. Strong eventually makes the tag, and Daniels comes in like a whirlwind of big moves. Enzuigiri…check, STO…check, Death Valley Driver…check. But once again the Wolves take control, as Edwards catches Daniels in the Achilles Lock. Strong makes the save and he and Richards trade hard blows. It’s a No Remorse Corps reunion in the ring. Strong hits a running gut buster for only two. This match is wearing me out! Somehow Daniels and Richards wind up in the ring again and pick up right where they left off in the beginning of the match. Daniels climbs the ropes for the BME but Richards runs up and catches him in a German superplex that literally drops Daniels on his head, followed by the cover for the hard fought victory. The crowd gives all four men a well deserved and hard earned standing ovation.

This was a great episode this week. Ring of Honor got back to its strength, solid tag team wrestling. The opening match was very balanced. The woman’s match was a nice technical display that you won’t see anywhere else. And the main event, well what more can I say. This was just further proof, in my humble opinion, that the American Wolves are quite simply “The Best in the World”.

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