Welcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. Let’s get right to the action.
Dark City Fight Club vs. The American Wolves
This week’s Ring Of Honor television show starts off with a bang. Most weeks this match would be a main event. The Wolves come out to a big pop from the crowd. I’ve never seen the fans so behind The Wolves. Usually The Wolves are the “power” team in their matchups. But with the strength advantage clearly with the DCFC, The Wolves are the “finesse” team here. The Wolves dominate the early going with lots of reversals and high impact kicks. The DCFC takes control with some nice power moves, such as when Davey Richards is caught in mid air trying a springboard enzuigiri and John Davis executes a spinning torture power bomb. All match long the commentators elude to dissension within The Wolves. I think they are just too good a caliber of athlete to be sharing the spotlight in a tag team right now. To further this angle, the DCFC actually get the pin after executing their Project Mayhem finisher.
Backstage with “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown
Kyle Durden interviews Rasche Brown. He cuts a standard “crazy guy” promo for his match later on. I don’t really know how to feel about Rasche Brown just yet. All I’ve seen him in is squash matches that last about 30 seconds. Hopefully tonight he gets a little bit more of a challenge.
Bobby Dempsey vs. Steve Corino
[adinserter block=”1″]I used to be a big fan of Steve Corino back in the late ‘90s during his “King of Old School” days. Now he looks really slow and pudgy. Lord knows I don’t look as good as I did ten years ago either. But I don’t go out in public in my underwear either. Well there was that one time after I got really really…ummm. Anyway, back to the match. Corino ends it with a bland roll up to end a bland match. Kevin Steen runs in to beat up on Dempsey after the bell. Alex “Sugar Foot” Payne comes into “make the save”. If by “make the save” you mean get busted open by Corino and take two Package Piledrivers from Steen.
Sara Del Rey Interview
Sara Del Rey shows off her softer side. She talks about her dedication to training and to her sport. Just a note for future interviews, please do not have a piece a gum rattling around in your mouth while you’re talking.
“SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown vs. The Set
The Set is a tag team that makes Up in Smoke look like the Road Warriors. This is a 2 on 1 handicap match. I find this match completely and utterly unfair. The Set should have had more people on their side. Brown ends it quick with his finisher, the Burning Hammer. Another week and another squash for the “SkullKrusher”.
Portia Perez vs. Sara Del Rey
This is a nice treat since I haven’t seen any women’s matches lately on ROH. While neither of these ladies would qualify as a “Diva”, most “Divas” don’t qualify as wrestlers. So there. This is a good athletic match with Del Rey winning it with a piledriver. That’s right a piledriver. That’s how the ladies do it in ROH.
Ring Of Honor World Television Title brackets announced
The brackets for the TV Title tournament that starts next week are announced. There are eight participants and Kevin Steen is the number one seed. Both members of The American Wolves are in the tournament on opposite sides of the bracket. Could they be meeting up in the finals? I will have an article up in a few days with my predictions for the tournament. Sneak preview, I just might like Davey Richards as a number four seed.
[adinserter block=”2″]This is the main event. These four men were involved in the ROH World title match last month at the 8th Anniversary show. From the outset it’s clear the Aries and King are working better as a team. They have been teasing trouble between Strong and Black for weeks now. And with Tyler Black as the new champ and Roderick Strong promised first shot at the belt you know trouble is brewing. Strong takes most of the abuse and can’t seem to make the tag to Black. Finally Tyler gets into the ring and cleans house. Wait for it, wait for it. Only to inadvertently nail Strong with a super kick allowing Kenny King to get the pin. After the match, Strong is not too pleased and the two start shoving each other. I think we just saw the setup for the next pay-per-view main event.
This was another solid episode of ROH. The foundation was laid for a good “face vs. face” World title fight. The American Wolves look like their days may be numbered. And the anticipation is building for the upcoming TV title tournament.
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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