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ROH on HDNet Recap 7-12

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

[adinserter block=”1″]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

[adinserter block=”2″]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.

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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