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ROH: The Briscoes' last chance at tag gold
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


Last week, Tyler Black ended his ROH tenure by tapping out to Davey Richards in what should be a match of the year candidate. This week on HDNet, we get the Briscoe Brothers challenging the Kings of Wrestling for the ROH World tag team titles - in the Briscoes' last chance at the belts. While nothing may top last week’s show, this week may come close.

The epic bout between Davey and Black is recapped from last week. I can’t watch that match enough. Seriously.

Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are ringside we get to the action from The Arena in South Philadelphia.

Match #1 – Grizzly Redwood & Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Erick Stevens & The Necro Butcher w/ Prince Nana & Mr. Ernesto Osiris

The Embassy has the early advantage, but once Ridge gets the tag, he goes to work with (what else?) right-leg kicks on Stevens. Necro comes in and hits two lackluster chokeslams on Ridge before folding him in half with a short-arm lariat.

Stevens hoists Grizzly on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry and heaves him over the top to the floor into the waiting fist of Necro. Back inside, Stevens nails Gonorrhea on Grizzly and that’s it. Yeah, Gonorrhea. It’s basically a swinging Angle slam flip-like move. Pretty sweet, actually.

Winners via pinfall: The Embassy

Kyle Durden is in the back with the Kings of Wrestling, Sara Del Rey and Shane Hagadorn. Good hype here for the main event. Chris Hero is gold on the mic, while Claudio Castagnoli is humorous in a serious sort of way, if that makes any sense.

Christopher Daniels pinning ROH World champ Roderick Strong in a non-title match two weeks ago is shown again in brief highlights. This match was a true clinic.

Match #2 – The Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno & Player Dos) vs. The House of Truth (Josh Raymond & Christian Able) w/ Truth Martini

Like Hog said during the previous match, tag teams are relevant in ROH. The other show builds a team for 10 minutes and then has the partners turn on one another. Great writing there, clowns.

This is a solid match and it’s chock-full of near-falls and constant action. You gotta love that, eh? It really looked like the Smash Bros. were going to get the win until the House hits their double-team finisher on Player Uno.

Winners via pinfall: The House of Truth

The long-running feud between the Briscoes and the Kings is recapped. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – feuds actually have relevance in ROH. Feuds last and feuds have substance. They’re not just something to kill time between pay-per-views every two weeks.

Homicide cuts a promo backstage. What a great move for him to come back to ROH.

Kevin Steen and Steve Corino quitting the company two weeks ago is shown. Jim Cornette then says Steen and Corino will never wrestle again unless they show up next week to face Colt Cabana and El Generico in a cage.

Match #3 – The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) vs. The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) w/ Sara Del Rey & Shane Hagadorn – ROH World Tag Team Title Match

What you see is what you get with these four guys and it’s old-fashioned tag team wrestling. No BS or flashy ring attire to take the fans away from the poor wrestling skills, just straight-up wrestling. The way it should be.

Both teams go back and forth early on until Mark gets isolated by the champs. Sara Del Rey gets booted by referee Paul Turner for hitting Jay, but Hagadorn gets to stay.

Hero gets a couple elbows in on Mark, who looks gassed. Claudio pitches Mark to the floor and Hero wails away on Mark, including sending him into the barricade. Claudio gets Mark in a horse collar stretch, but Mark gets to the ropes. Mark tries to fight back, but he’s been in there for probably 10 minutes. Claudio gets a two-count after the UFO (a no-hands airplane spin) and then finally, Mark gets the hot tag to Jay.

Jay gets the Jay Driller (double-arm butterfly piledriver) on Claudio, but Hero breaks it up. The Briscoes go for the Doomsday Device, only for Hero to break that up and pull Mark to the outside, hanging from the top rope. Hagadorn comes in and tries to piledrive Jay, but Jay gets out of it. Jay corners Hagadorn and then Hagadorn kicks Jay where a cup would be useful. Claudio crawls over for the cheap pin.

Winners via pinfall and STILL ROH World tag champs: The Kings of Wrestling

Mike Briscoe, father of Mark and Jay runs in and wrecks Hagadorn. As the champs and their manager flee, Mike takes the mic and hollers something incoherent at the victors. The Briscoe family stands in the ring as this week’s show ends.

I say this each week and I’ll say it yet again tonight. 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 ROH go together a lot like 3 a.m. feedings and a newborn. Email Matt your stay-awake remedies to mackindermedia@yahoo.com.