ROH: Title match, women's match, cage match - oh my!
MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight’s ROH has a title match, a women’s match and a steel cage match. Can it all be contained inside of an hour? We shall see, but I’m betting it’ll be an hour well-spent.
The show opens with Shane Hagadorn’s issues with the American Wolves and how he’s been snubbed by both Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. In any event, Hagadorn is now with the Kings of Wrestling, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be out of the spotlight for long.
Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are ringside we get to the action from The Arena in South Philadelphia.
Match #1 – ROH World TV champion Eddie Edwards vs. “Addicted To Love” Rhett Titus w/ Kenny King – ROH World TV Title Match
Start it right off with a title match. I like it. We start out with actual wrestling – headlocks, waistlocks and hammerlocks. The match spills to the floor where Titus runs Edwards into the post twice, seemingly injuring the champ’s shoulder.
Back inside, Eddie is cut open as Titus sets him up on a turnbuckle, but Edwards knocks him off and then nails a top rope hurricanrana. Edwards sends Titus to the floor with a belly-to-belly release suplex and follows up with a suicide dive. Both get back in the ring and Edwards covers Titus for three.
Winner via pinfall … and still TV champion: Eddie Edwards
What? What happened here? Was Edwards hurt? Sure looked like it as he was favoring his left wrist, so maybe the finish was rushed. The match wasn’t what I hoped for in a title match, but these things happen.
In the back, Colt Cabana and El Generico pimp tonight’s cage match main event with Steve Corino and Kevin Steen. Colt is intense. No script here, people.
Match #2 – Rachel Summerlyn vs. Sara Del Rey (w/ Shane Hagadorn, Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli)
A quickie here that sees Del Rey win it in two minutes with a leglock submission.
Winner via submission: Sara Del Rey
Del Rey grabs the mic and asks for better competition in ROH. Is this a sign that someone big is on their way into the female division? Let’s hope so!
A video package looking back on the double chain match at “Glory By Honor IX” is next and that segues into our main event. Good deal – let’s not waste any time!
Match #3 – Colt Cabana & El Generico vs. Steve Corino & Kevin Steen – Steel Cage Match
Just an all-out brawl here and pretty much what we’ve come to expect from these four.
The end of the match came out of nowhere, but it definitely leads me to believe this feud is far from over. Cabana moonsaults off the top rope onto Steen, Corino hits a clothesline on Cabana when he gets up, Generico hits a half-nelson suplex on Corino and then hits his patented running Yakuza kicks on Steen and Corino in separate corners.
Generico goes up top for a splash on Corino, but Colt stops him and tells him to go higher. Steen is up and shoves Cabana into the cage twice to knock Generico down to the floor. Steen shows off the key to Generico, who is going nuts on the floor. Corino then goes Abdullah the Butcher and brings out a fork. Cabana swipes it, uses it on Corino, but Steen makes the save with a piece of the turnbuckle. Steen jabs Cabana with the fork and locks in a crossface with the turnbuckle steel as Corino forks Colt. Referee Todd Sinclair calls for the bell.
Winners via ref’s decision: Steve Corino & Kevin Steen
The heels taunt Generico, who is giving the cage chair shots. Generico runs to the back and comes back with bolt cutters. Cabana sits up as Generico is going ape to end the show.
Next week, Homicide makes his HDNet debut, the Kings of Wrestling battle the Dark City Fight Club and Edwards defends the TV title against … the Necro Butcher?!? Really? Nice!
WEEKLY DISCLAIMER: 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 digs ROH, but digs sleep even more. Email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.