Welcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. We have a great main event lined up for tonight with the World Champion in action. Let’s go down to ringside.
Tyler Black Interview
Jim Cornette is in the ring and he is speaking with the ROH World Champion Tyler Black. He is in the main event tonight against Christopher Daniels. Black talks about his relationship with the fans. He vows to come out night after night and always give the fans 110% because that is what they deserve. That seems pretty ironic now given the fact that Black has signed a developmental deal with the WWE. Also he shoots on the fans that want to see him lose the belt. He says they’ll have to wait a long time for that to happen. I don’t know, September doesn’t seem like such a long wait to me.
Necro Butcher vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown
This match is joined already in progress as both men are in the ring laying into each other. Necro has a new look, as he has decided to shave his head but keep the long beard. I’m not really feeling it. Brown dominates early with his size advantage, that is until he eats a chair courtesy of Necro. Brown grabs a chair himself but before he can use it, The Embassy runs in to jump Brown, thus causing another DQ finish. Of course, the Dark City Fight Club quickly appear to even the odds.
Kyle Durden interviews the Fallen Angel. Daniels looks really intense and focused tonight. Since returning to ROH, he has been on a mission to become World Champion. With Black leaving for the WWE, don’t be surprised to see Daniels finally achieve his goal.
Davey Richards Promo
Richards talks about Ring of Honor, Tyler Black, and Roderick Strong. Strong earned a title shot against Black, but next week he will be putting that title shot up for grabs against Richards in a match. You know who I will be pulling for in that one, just five simple words, “The Best In The World”.
Colt Cabana vs. Alex Anthony
Anthony has an interesting look. If Little Richard and Sabu had a kid, I know what it would look like. One other thing about Anthony, he weighed in at 171 pounds. If you weigh that little and are a professional wrestler, just omit the weight from your introduction. Not surprisingly, Anthony can mount no offense at all. Cabana wrestles this match in his usual mocking, clowning, and disrespectful style before applying the Billy Goat’s Curse for the submission win. The best part of this match for me was when Steve Corino and Kevin Steen jumped Cabana afterwards and Corino tried to strangle him with a chain. Unfortunately, El Generico came out to make the save.
Roderick Strong Interview
Kyle Durden interviews the number one contender. Strong is with his manager, Truth Martini, and he is in full on heel mode now. Every week it seems like Strong gets a little deeper into his new heel persona. And every week I like him a little bit more.
Here is the main event of the evening. This is a non title match but don’t let that fool you. Daniels looks so intense you’d think for sure the belt was on the line tonight. This match is a battle of Black’s athleticism versus the superior technical skills of Daniels. The Fallen Angel controls the action early with a series of arm drags. If that sounds dull, it’s not. When an arm drag is done properly it can be a thing of beauty. One of my favorite memories from back in the day was watching Ricky Steamboat in his prime execute that really deep arm drag like no one else. Back to the match, Black hits a summersault over the ropes onto Daniels to take the advantage. Black is displaying a more aggressive approach in this match. In fact, he’s bordering on rule breaker with some of his antics. The crowd is behind Daniels and Black seems a little unnerved by that. This allows Daniels to regain the momentum. He hits an Arabian Press, a Death Valley Driver, and a Fall From Grace for only two. The champ battles back with a series of kicks, but goes to the well once too often. Daniels catches him in the Koji Clutch but Black won’t tap. In fact he lifts him up and slams him into the corner. Both men are spent but they battle on with a series of near falls/reversals/near falls. But then the bell mysteriously rings. It seems that we have gone to the 20 minute time limit draw. That’s a little bit of a bummer ending, but it was still a really good match.
This was a good episode this week for one reason only, the main event. The last several weeks have had really strong main events and next week will be no exception. With Davey Richards in a match for a shot at the ROH World Title, you know he is going to bring his ‘A’ game to the ring. And with his old No Remorse Corps running mate Roderick Strong standing in the way, things are going to get nasty.
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