Welcome loyal readers to what is the first in a weekly series chronicling the happenings in Ring of Honor wrestling. In this series, I will recap the weekly television program and provide some thoughts and opinions along the way.
This week’s program begins with a recap of the previous week’s main event, Tyler Black vs. Roderick Strong. ROH World champion Austin Aries came out and distracted Roderick Strong allowing Tyler Black to get the win. This match is part of the storyline involving the ROH World Championship. At the next pay-per-view, Tyler Black will be challenging Austin Aries for the title. If the match ends in any other way besides a pin fall or submission, three judges at ringside will determine the winner. The three judges are Roderick Strong (face), Kenny King (heel), and ROH commissioner Jim Cornette.
Alex “Sugar Foot” Payne & Bobby Dempsey vs. Steve Corino & Kevin Steen
This is a pretty standard tag match. With Corino’s influence, Steen has really started to let his dark side out. Most of the match is controlled by Corino and Steen, with Payne taking the worst of it (ironically enough). The good guys get a late flourish but ultimately the heels are too much and Steen delivers his signature move, the Package Piledriver (like a regular piledriver, but instead of grabbing the waist of the opponent, he puts his arms underneath the opponent’s arms and grabs their legs by the knees), followed by a Sharpshooter just to add insult to injury.
Backstage with “The American Wolves”
Kyle Durden is backstage interviewing “The American Wolves”. The tag team division is really the strength of ROH in my opinion. And Davey Richards is my favorite wrestler in ROH. In my opinion, he is the spitting image of Chris Benoit. And I mean that in the great in-ring work way, not the go insane and kill your family way. The Wolves have been selected by the fans to face The Young Bucks in a tag match tonight. Because ROH tapes their programs well in advance of the air date, something odd has happened here. By the time this aired, The Young Bucks had already left ROH for TNA. You might know them know as “Generation Me”. Anyway, the Wolves look really intense and seem determined to make a statement tonight.
Dark City Fight Club vs. The Bravado Brothers
The DCFC were passed over by the fans in favor of the Wolves in the fan voting to face the Young Bucks and they do not look happy about it. This match lasts maybe 90 seconds with the DCFC using their power bomb/neck breaker double team finisher to end it. Now that’s a squash match.
Prince Nana Interview
Prince Nana talks about the influence of his heel faction “The Embassy”.
Austin Aries Interview
“A Double” and Kenny King are in the ring talking up the pay-per-view.
The Young Bucks vs. The American Wolves
For the first 40 minutes of the broadcast this was an average at best show. But the last match more than lived up to the hype and is exactly the reason that I turn to ROH for true wrestling entertainment.
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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