Welcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet.
This week’s program begins with some highlights from the 8th Anniversary pay-per-view main event where Tyler Black defeated Austin Aries for the ROH World championship.
Rhett Titus vs. El Generico
This match represents one of my favorite aspects of ROH. The weights of both wrestlers are 203 and 199 lbs. respectively. I love that ROH gives smaller wrestlers a chance to perform without pigeonholing them into a “cruiserweight” or “light heavyweight” division. When everyone is basically the same size and you don’t have 300 + pound juiced up monsters, you don’t notice that the wrestlers are smaller. The ROH crowd starts off by chanting, “You have herpes!” to Rhett Titus. Nice to see the spirit of the old ECW crowd is still alive and well in ROH. Generico is playing up the whole “distraction” angle from his feud with former partner Kevin Steen. Titus uses this to his advantage and gets the inside cradle for the surprise win over “the Generic Luchador”.
Backstage with Colt Cabana
Outside with the Necro Butcher
Necro is in the parking lot and he wants Erick Stevens and he wants him now! Wait here for a minute, I need to go move my car. Or call my insurance company.
Colt Cabana vs. Bobby Shields
Bobby Shields is currently in the ring so you know how this one is going to end up. Colt Cabana has some of the best mic skills in the business today. I am not a huge fan of his in ring work but I do love watching him cut a promo. Colt really plays up to the crowd and basically humiliates and toys with Shields before ending it with a quick submission. After the match, Steve Corino comes out and warns Colt about getting involved with El Generico. Can you say “future tag team grudge match?”
Next week on ROH…
A promo is shown for next week’s main event, The American Wolves vs. The Dark City Fight Club. The tag team division in ROH is ridiculously deep and these are two of the best. Next week should be a war!
Meanwhile, back in the parking lot…
The Necro Butcher is slamming Ernesto Osiris’s head into the side of a truck. Erick Stevens shows up and they brawl around the parking lot. Eventually they wind up inside the arena with Necro punching out the time keeper and Stevens power slamming Necro onto a stack of metal chairs. Just another quiet night in South Philly.
Backstage with Jim Cornette
The commissioner starts off with some comments about the Necro Butcher. And I quote, “He’s as crazy as a rainbow trout in a car wash”. Ummm, I need a minute to think about that one. One thing I did understand was his announcement of a tag match he is making for next week. Former ROH champ Austin Aries and Kenny King vs. new ROH champ Tyler Black and Roderick Strong.
The Briscoe Brothers vs. The Young Bucks
This was a solid episode of ROH. The groundwork was laid for future matches and angles. And the Young Bucks wrestled their last match for ROH. And don’t forget, only two weeks to go until the TV title tournament begins. “He’s as crazy as a rainbow trout in a car wash”… nope I still don’t get it.
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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