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ROH on HDNet Recap 7-19

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. We have a special treat this week, as a no holds barred street fight is scheduled for the main event tonight. Let’s get right to the action.

The Set vs. Up in Smoke

I’m sorry but I just can’t get behind Cheech and Cloudy as a viable tag team contender. Sure, pitting them against The Set makes them the favorite in this match, but that’s like being the tallest midget as far as I’m concerned. The crowd doesn’t care about this match and really neither do I. Up in Smoke get the win in a less than inspiring opener.

“SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown Promo

Next we see a video recap of the feud between Rasche Brown and The Embassy.

Sara Del Rey vs. Jamilia Craft

I am always pleased to see Sara Del Rey in action. She is one of the most polished and athletic women wrestlers in the business today. Craft looked good in her last match against Daizee Haze. But this time it’s a different story as Del Rey controls this match from start to finish and the “Queen of Wrestling” gets the win with a jumping piledriver.

Roderick Strong Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Roderick Strong and his new “life intervention expert”, Truth Martini. Strong has a match next week against “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels. I’m glad ROH has turned Strong heel now. Before he was just a whiny face but now he has the potential to be a despised heel and generate some real heat with the fans.

Kings of Wrestling Interview

Kyle Durden interviews the ROH World Tag Team Champions the Kings of Wrestling. The Kings announce that they refuse to be anywhere near the Briscoes from now on. The Briscoes have been terrorizing the champs of late as they try to regain their ROH Tag Team titles.

Erick Stevens vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown

This will not be a technical match to say the least. This one is all power all the way. These two start off trading hay makers and clubbing forearms. They go outside the ring and take turns ramming each other into the steel barricades. Brown turns Stevens inside out with a clothesline. I didn’t much care for Brown when he debuted in ROH because he only had squash matches. But the more he actually wrestles, the more I like what I see. Unfortunately, The Embassy can’t help interfering in the match causing the DQ finish. The Dark City Fight Club come out to even things up and make the save for the “SkullKrusher”.

Kevin Steen & Steve Corino vs. Colt Cabana & El Generico

Here is the main event of the evening. This is an anything goes match. I am looking forward to some good old fashioned ECW style mayhem here, especially with Corino in the match. As you would expect, the match starts off outside the ring. Steen is rammed into the steel barricade so hard that he actually dents it and knocks it off its frame. All four men take the fight into the crowd. As the walk through the rows of fans, being handed items to use as weapons on each other, I can’t help but flashback 15 years or so to the same scene in the same building. Back then it was The Gangstas and The Eliminators, but the effect was the same. Actually that was way crazier back then, but you get the point. They eventually work their way back to the ring and the heels take over. The crowd literally erupts into a chant of “We Want Tables”. It is so loud that when Corino actually gets one, the crowd goes completely unhinged. However it’s Generico who gives Corino a half nelson suplex into the table. Steen follows up with a cradle piledriver on Generico…ONTO A CHAIR! That was one of the most unsafe, insane, and totally awesome moves I have ever seen. Somehow Generico kicks out at two and the crowd can’t believe it. Corino then brings the barricade into the ring and lays it across several chairs so it looks like a table. Corino then superplexes himself and Generico through this makeshift table from hell. Cabana makes the save on the pin attempt and then gives Steen a spine buster onto another chair. This match is totally insane. I agree with the crowd, this is awesome. Finally Corino gives Cabana a superplex off the top rope through a table for the win. Afterwards, Steen and Generico take the fight outside where Steen power bombs Generico onto the hood of a car. Tyler Black returns the favor from last week and jumps Steen from behind and rams his head into the side of the car repeatedly.

This turned out to be a very good episode this week. It started a little slowly but the main event was totally sick. With all the talk lately about TNA bringing back ECW, the main event tonight proved that the spirit of ECW is still alive and well at The Arena in South Philly.

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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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