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ROH on HDNet Recap 8-23

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. If you didn’t notice, and judging by the lack of comments you haven’t, I was on vacation last week so there was no recap. But now I’m back with my 25TH ROH recap. Let’s go down to ringside.

On Last Week’s Show…

We see a recap of last week’s main event. Roderick Strong faced Davey Richards with a title shot against ROH World Champion Tyler Black on the line. This match was exactly what you would expect from these two, a great back and forth match with lots of high impact moves. Richards refused help from his manager Shane Hagadorn and this distraction led to Strong getting the win and the title shot at the next pay-per-view. If you were unaware, Richards has announced that he is leaving wrestling at the end of the year. This split with Hagadorn sets him up as the face to challenge the heel Strong in the future. With Black leaving for the WWE next month, Strong is pretty much a lock to win the title. Then Richards can chase and ultimately win the belt as a farewell gift for all his hard work over the years.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Alex Anthony & Bobby Shields

This is the total mismatch that you would think it is. The Briscoes end it after a few minutes with the Doomsday Device. Ho-Hum.

Kevin Steen vs. Jerry Lynn

It’s the former World champion against a future World champion. With all the upheaval going on in ROH these days, I feel someone like Steen represents the future of the company. By this time next year, after Strong and Richards have had their title runs, I believe that you will see the ROH World Title around the rather portly waist of Mr. Wrestling. But that’s the future, in this match Steen is at his heel best. In my opinion, Steen is the best heel in ROH right now, even better than Austin Aries. He really seems to revel in the heat he draws from the fans. Steen uses every cheap tactic he can think of but Lynn doesn’t give in easily. Even after Steen locks in the Sharpshooter, Lynn won’t give up. He makes it to the ropes but then goes for a sunset flip and Steen just sits down and then grabs the ropes for good measure for the 1-2-3.

Jim Cornette Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Jim Cornette about the upcoming pay per view, Glory By Honor IX. Specifically, the tag match between the Kings of Wrestling and Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Roderick Strong and Truth Martini interrupt and say that they want to pick the referee for the title match with Tyler Black. Cornette balks at the request but Black comes out and gets in Strong’s face. Tyler says that they should take the referee out of the equation all together and just have a no DQ match. Of course, Strong gladly accepts the stipulation.

The Embassy vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown & Dark City Fight Club & Grizzly Redwood

Here is the main event of the evening. Representing the Embassy we have Shawn Daivari, Ernesto Osiris, Erick Stevens, and the Necro Butcher. This is a match up that has been brewing for several weeks now. The faces come out on fire and take the fight right to the Embassy. One early spot is Rasche Brown picking up his own teammate Grizzly Redwood, and launching him like a missile onto the entire Embassy outside the ring. Speaking of Brown, a funny thing happened along the way to ROH building up this feud. Rasche Brown quit the company. It seems he missed a show recently and therefore was removed from the pay-per-view as punishment. So Brown took his ball and went home. But this match was taped weeks before that incident, so it will be interesting to see how they address that over the coming weeks. But Brown is in this match and he is bringing the pain. He even executes a running somersault over the top rope onto the Embassy at ringside. It wasn’t the most graceful move ever but it was impressive for a man of his size. However in all the chaos outside the ring, Prince Nana hits Kory Chavis with a low blow, allowing Daivari to get the rollup and the win for the Embassy.

This was only an average episode this week. The last several weeks have had really strong main events but I wasn’t really into this week’s matchup. I just don’t care that much for the Embassy storyline. Being that this is my 25th ROH article for camleclutchblog.com, I just want to take a few lines and thank Eric Gargiulo for giving me this opportunity. I am a very passionate supporter of ROH and I am very grateful for the chance he took on me to bring my thoughts and opinions to the masses. And if I have convinced even one person to tune into the weekly program or attend a live show, then I guess I’ve been a success. So thank you to Eric and thank you to all of you that check in with me every week. As long as you will have me (and as long as there is a Ring of Honor, but that’s an article for another time) I will keep bringing you all the exciting Ring of Honor action.

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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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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