Welcome 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
[adinserter block=”2″]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
[adinserter block=”1″]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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