Welcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. This week it’s the completion of round one of the Ring of Honor World Television Title tournament with both members of the American Wolves in action. Let’s go down to ringside.
World Television Title – First Round – Colt Cabana (3) vs. Eddie Edwards (6)
I had originally picked Colt Cabana in this matchup. But after El Generico lost last week to Kenny King I am now going with Edwards here and eventually an all American Wolves final. Edwards starts working the leg and lower back of Cabana, softening him up for his half Boston Crab finisher, the Achilles lock. Surprisingly to me, this is a rather slow match that the crowd doesn’t seem to into. Cabana manages some offense but is distracted twice by the appearance of Steve Corino at ringside. The second time, Edwards applies the Achilles lock and Colt taps out in short order. Eddie Edwards moves on to the semi-finals against Kevin Steen. I think you will definitely see some sort of retaliation interference against Steen that will cost him.
Backstage with The Briscoe Brothers
[adinserter block=”2″]Kyle Durden interviews the ROH World Tag Team Champions, the Briscoes. They have a match coming up at the next pay-per-view, Big Bang, against the Kings of Wrestling. Get your tickets now!
Roderick Strong Promo
Next we see an interview with Roderick Strong, who will be in a triple threat match for the ROH World title at Big Bang. Roddy is not happy with the match being a 3-way and he blames Tyler Black for going back on his promise of offering Strong first crack at the belt.
The newest member of ROH is…
Jim Cornette is in the ring to introduce the newest addition to the ROH roster. This must be somebody important. It turns out to be Shawn Daivari. You might know him better as, well…Daivari. Not really the big news I was hoping for. He comes out in his traditional Arabian outfit, which he promptly rips off. He then shoots on all the promoters who have made him play the stereotypical Middle Eastern role. Maybe things will work out differently here for him after all. And then he insults the fans, which prompts chants of “U-S-A”. Nope, things will be exactly the same for him.
Austin Aries Promo
Next it’s Austin Aries’ turn to speak. “A Double” is also in the triple threat match at Big Bang. He comments on his superior mental abilities and with Strong and Black in the match, that isn’t saying much.
Kyle O’Riley vs. Tony Kazina
I have no idea who the heck either of these two guys are. I’m not even sure how to spell their names since neither ones merits any graphics. This is a snoozer of a match and I won’t bore you with any details except to say the O’Riley wins it with a rollup. I want those six minutes of my life back Jim Cornette.
Tyler Black Promo
Of course the champ needs a turn to shoot. He talks about the challenge of having to defend his title against not one but two men. Tyler’s promo skills are improving, but he still has a ways to go.
World Television Title – First Round – Davey Richards (4) vs. Delirious (5)
[adinserter block=”1″]Here is your main event. Very interesting development early, Davey Richards does not come out in his American Wolves tights. Does that mean anything? We’ll see. By the way, Davey was my sleeper pick to win this tournament before it began. With Eddie Edwards winning earlier tonight I would be shocked if Richards doesn’t go over here. Delirious sets the early pace with his unorthodox offense. Richards starts to land some truly hellacious kicks. Richards is so intense, I love his attitude in the ring. Delirious sends Richards out to the floor and does a somersault off the top rope… onto Richards’ head!! Not his shoulder, not his chest, not in the general area of Richards so he has to catch him, but right on top of his freaking head. Richards counters a little later with a perfect fisherman’s suplex (get it, Perfect) that he then converts into a kimura. This is some really good back and forth action. Richards catches Delirious in a juji-gatame (cross arm lock) and there’s nothing left to do but tap out. Great match that really showcased the skills of Davey Richards. Now it’s on to the semis and a date with Kenny King.
This was a good episode of ROH. Surprisingly though, there were only three matches the whole show. And one of them involved two guys I had never heard of. Luckily, the other two matches involved members of the American Wolves, that’s what made it a good episode in my opinion. Everything is in place now for an Edwards vs. Richards finals. That would make an awesome conclusion to the TV Title Tournament. But I’m getting ahead of myself. They still have to make it through their semi-final matchups. Will they be victorious? Be sure to tune in next week for more 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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