ROH: Daniels and Strong put on a 20-minute clinic
MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
For starters, I apologize for no Ring Of Honor TV report last week. My excuse is simple. I was busy meeting my brand-new daughter and didn’t ask the hospital staff if they could put HDNet on in the delivery room. Silly me, I know.
In any event, my wife Stephanie, and daughter, Madelyn Grace, are home and doing very well. Maddie’s older brothers, Ethan and Wyatt, are also adjusting nicely.
That being said, it’s back to business this week with the ROH report.
The tension between Davey Richards and his manager, Shane Hagadorn, has been building since August and tonight, the two will have a face-to-face confrontation in the ring.
Hagadorn calls out Davey to start the show and Richards comes to the ring. Hagadorn pretty much takes credit for Davey’s career and thinks he’s driven a wedge between him and Eddie Edwards. Hagadorn tells Davey to do the right thing or risk a beating. Davey starts to wail away on Hagadorn until Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli hit the ring. Edwards arrives and clears out the Kings of Wrestling.
Christopher Daniels, in tonight’s main event against ROH World champion Roderick Strong in a non-title match, is backstage and vows to pin Roddy tonight.
We get a flashback to September 20 when the All Night Express took out Delirious with a spike piledriver. Austin Aries is in the back with the Express and Kenny King and Rhett Titus and the three basically say they’re going to the top.
Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are ringside we get to the action from The Arena in South Philadelphia.
Match #1 – The All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) w/ Austin Aries vs. The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis & Kory Chavis)
King and Titus control the first part of the match isolating Chavis from his partner. Prazak makes mention of how solid the tag division is in ROH and that it’s not something you see too often in 2010 professional wrestling. Very true, Dave. Very true.
Davis gets the hot tag and so does King. The DCFC gets a couple near-falls, as do the Express. Who are the two legal men? Todd Sinclair has lost control, but the crazy action continues until King sneaks in and schoolboys Davis for the clean three.
Winners via pinfall: The All Night Express
Kyle Durden interviews Strong and Truth Martini backstage. I cannot stand Martini’s voice. Get that man a Kleenex or something. Roddy, like Daniels, says he’ll win in the main event.
Match #2 – Pick Your Poison – Kevin Steen w/ Steve Corino vs. Steve Corino
Steen and Corino picked Davey Richards to face El Generico last week and this week, Generico and Colt Cabana pick Steen’s partner to wrestle him. Never saw that one coming! Generico and Cabana sit ringside for a match Cabana says will be a “doozy.” Steen grabs the mic and refuses to wrestle Corino, who then goes on a rant about money and tells Steen the grass is greener someplace else. Steen then takes the mic and quits ROH.
No match. No result.
Hogewood and Steen discuss what just happened and apparently, Corino quit, too.
Match #3 – Non-Title Match – ROH World champion Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini vs. Christopher Daniels
Like Gorilla Monsoon used to say, this match is a main event anywhere in the country.
Daniels takes the early advantage with chops, punches on the mat and then a dive through the ropes onto Strong, who was standing on the floor. Daniels takes it to Roddy inside, but the tide turns and the champ gets in his share of offense.
Lots of mat wrestling in this match. Most current wrestling fans want the high-flying flips and acrobatics, but being an old-school fan, the mat stuff appeals to me. This question also came to me during this match: Has Christopher Daniels ever had hair? Or has he always been like Strickland, the principal from Back To The Future?
Strong gets Daniels in the Stronghold, a Boston Crab variation, but Daniels fights his way to the ropes and Strong breaks the hold. Daniels gets back on offense and gets a near-fall after a Blue Thunder Bomb, a kind of spinning spinebuster-type move. Strong then gets two on Daniels after his gutbuster finisher.
Roddy takes Daniels off the top with a back suplex and gets another near-fall. The pendulum swings back to Daniels until Christian Able and Josh Raymond hit the ring to distract referee Paul Turner. Martini tries to get involved, but gets crotched on the top rope and tossed over the top by Daniels.
Strong comes in and drills Daniels with his running kick and covers. Turner gets to two and then sees Martini’s book in the ring and assumes Roddy clocked Daniels with it. While Strong and Turner argue, Daniels sneaks up on the champ and after a yuranage (Book End or Rock Bottom for you “other” fans), hits the Best Moonsault Ever and gets the duke.
Winner via pinfall: Christopher Daniels
A solid 20-minute main event. You might get 20 total minutes of actual wrestling in a two-hour block on the other show, but not here, folks. ROH is the real deal.
Next week’s main event will be Davey Richards against Tyler Black in Black’s final ROH appearance.
I say this each week and I’ll say it again. ROH was an excellent show this week and continues to show why it is not just another wrestling show on Monday night, but the only wrestling show on Monday night.
'Til next week, folks.
Matt Mackinder and his wife finally got their daughter last Monday night, which also means he and Stephanie also got themselves a few months of no sleep. Email Matt your stay-awake remedies to email@example.com.