Welcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. Ring of Honor has been on a streak of really good episodes of late. Can they keep the momentum going? Let’s go down to ringside and find out.
Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. Josh Raymond & Christian Able
This is the second time I have seen Raymond & Able on HDNet. The first time I thought they were jobbers but they were actually very competitive, and this match is no different. Raymond & Able once again display lots of good fresh offense. Able uses the smaller Raymond as a weapon by power bombing him onto a prone Rhett Titus. Kenny King hits a vicious running double knee to Able’s face in an attempt to swing the momentum, only to have Raymond execute a shooting star press onto King, who is STANDING UP! Lots of good back and forth action here, especially for an opening match. Eventually, Raymond & Able show their inexperience and allow King to hit the Royal Flush off the top rope for the win.
Last week on HDNet…
We see a recap of last week’s Pick 6 Battle Royal won by Austin Aries. Commentator Mike Hogewood rants and raves about how despicable Aries is for attacking Delirious the way he did a few weeks ago. And of course that leads to…
Me, Me, Me
…the footage of Aries attacking Delirious. Which leads to the footage of me and my son at ringside. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s six weeks in a row we’ve been on television.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge
[adinserter block=”1″]Okay, okay, I guess we were due for a squash match. “Right Leg” delivers some devastating shots with his thunderous right leg…actually Castagnoli shakes off most of the shots as no more than minor annoyances. Claudio ends it with a UFO (Unidentified Flying Opponent), which is just an airplane spin. Did I really just see someone end a match with an airplane spin? What is this, 1955?!?!?
It never gets old…
Jim Cornette discusses all the great press the finals of the ROH World Television Title Tournament has received. I assume he is talking about me and how much I’ve carried on about here at camelclutchblog.com (ding ding). Don’t mention it Corny, you’re welcome. For any fans that may have missed it, we are treated to footage of the last ten minutes of the match. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired watching these two go at each other. It would be just plain criminal if they don’t get consideration for match of the year for this one.
Colt Cabana Interview
Kyle Durden interviews Colt Cabana, who announces that next week he will be the first challenger for Eddie Edwards’ ROH TV Title.
Roderick Strong Interview
Kyle Durden interviews Roderick Strong, who is still complaining about not getting a fair shot at Tyler Black. Austin Aries interrupts and tells Strong that he wants to help him. With his help, he can raise Strong up to the level of mediocre, which of course leads to a scuffle. Great stuff again from the one and only A-Double.
The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana
This week Colt Cabana interviews The Briscoes on the art of beer chugging. This was really funny as all three men bet who could chug a beer the fastest. Cabana won, but was disqualified for chugging root beer. The Briscoes then proceeded to shake him down for the rest of his cash and beat him with his own shoes.
Pick 6 Contenders Series Match – Kevin Steen vs. Roderick Strong
[adinserter block=”2″]Here is the main event of the evening. Aries comes out and jumps Strong before he can get to ring and injures his back and neck. Steen very graciously offers Strong a forfeit rather than risk further injury. What a gentleman. Strong declines and Steen goes on the offensive. Strong is unable to do much of anything. Again Steen grabs the mic and asks Strong to quit, and Roderick’s answer is to spit in Steen’s face. Steen really starts laying into Strong, including landing a Swanton bomb which is quite impressive for someone of his size. Steen again grabs the mic and asks him to quit. Strong replies with a chant of “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole”. Steen freaks out at the mention of his former partner El Generico and Strong seizes the opportunity to catch Steen in a roll up for the 1-2-3. After the bell Steen locks in the Cross Face and refuses to let go until Tyler Black runs in to make the save.
The streak is still intact as this was yet another very entertaining episode. The main event was one sided until the end, but the in ring psychology of Kevin Steen was very well executed. See you all next week for more exciting Ring of Honor action on HDNet.
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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