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ROH: McGuinness, Briscoe impress in main event
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ROH on HDNet: It's the promotion's second week of national television following a strong debut show. Tonight, the Ring of Honor Champion finally shows up on HDNet, as Nigel McGuinness takes on Jay Briscoe in the main event of the evening.

Tonight's show is broadcast from The Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) in Philadelphia, Pa. Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are our hosts.

Match #1 - Eddie Edwards vs. Kevin Steen

Right off the bat, you can actually hear the crowd in this one, as they are firmly behind Edwards.

Edwards puts Steen in a chinlock and then pulls back on his nose. He then puts Steen on the ropes and pulls up on his upper mouth. Edwards is just working Steen over here. But Edwards gets an "accidental" low blow and that turns the tide. Steen hits a belly-to-belly suplex and a cannonball for two.

Steen goes for a Swanton but Edwards gets his knees up. Edwards hits the backpack chinbreaker for two. In an exchange, Steen hits a power bomb and follows that up with the Package Piledriver and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: Kevin Steen

Match #2 - Daizee Haze vs. Sara Del Rey

Del Rey is all over Haze early. Haze hits a heart punch and starts to rally. She hits a backslide for two. They stay in the backslide position, with each trying to gain position. Del Rey gets Haze in the Gory Special. Haze flips out but is immediately kicked halfway across the ring into the turnbuckle. Haze sends Del Rey face-first into the mat for two.

Del Rey then hits a rolling kick and the Royal Butterfly for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Sara Del Rey

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Match #3 - Alex Payne vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Payne is game, but Claudio is just too strong, too much for him in the early going. Castagnoli hits the bicycle kick, but makes a cocky cover and Payne kicks out at two.

Claudio hits a big European uppercut for a two count then latches on a headlock. Payne gets out and lands some dropkicks and a running knee. Payne hits a bulldog from the second turnbuckle. It doesn't last long, though, as Castagnoli hits his finisher in short order.

Winner via pinfall: Claudio Castagnoli

Match #4 - Jay Briscoe vs. Nigel McGuinness

Well, about two minutes into this match, my Internet goes out (I watch this using a SlingBox). So I missed a considerable amount of this match, which I am not happy about because I wanted to see what these guys were all about after hearing so much about it.

When I get back online, McGuinness is kicking out after a long two count. It appears both wrestlers have a hurt arm. McGuinness goes for the Tower of London but Briscoe gets out and lands a boot. He lifts McGuinness up and hits the Death Valley Driver but McGuinness again kicks out at the last second.

Briscoe then goes to the top rope but he's too slow, allowing McGuinness to bolt up and knock him down. He goes for the Tower of London again but is thwarted, but McGuinness keeps control, but is eventually pushed off the rope. Briscoe then lands a big leg drop from the top for another two count.

In a scramble, Nigel hits the jawbreaker lariat and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: Nigel McGuinness

Well, from what I saw from those two, I can't wait to see more.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. If you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio. Should be a good one!.