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ROH: Edwards defends TV gold against Necro Butcher
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


A TV title match and two tag team matches are on tap for Ring Of Honor tonight. Needless to say, I’m stoked!

Last week’s cage match main event between Colt Cabana and El Generico vs. Kevin Steen and Steve Corino is recapped and much is made of Generico ready to snap.

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. The Necro Butcher w/ Prince Nana and Mr. Ernesto Osiris

Necro is a title contender? Apparently, but while this match may seem out of left field, it has two different styles going head-to-head and ROH always seems to have guys mesh extremely well in that regard.

This match seems a bit short, but it’s still a good title match and opening match tonight. Eddie gets Necro in the Achilles Lock, but Nana and Osiris jump up on the ring apron. Eddie chases away Nana and kicks Osiris, but this allows Necro time to recover. He punches Edwards and then hits a chokeslam, but the champ counters the Tiger Driver into a small package for a surprise three.

Winner via pinfall … and still ROH World TV champion: Eddie Edwards

Kyle Durden is backstage with the Kings of Wrestling and Sara Del Rey. We learn that Mike Briscoe (Jay and Mark’s old man) has been banned from ROH. Durden says that the Kings haven’t defended the titles much recently and Chris Hero wants to know who they would defend against.

Match #2 – The Bravado Brothers (Lance & Harlem) vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly

Great action here, let me just say. Again, this match went maybe five minutes, which is too short unless we have a 20-minute main event.

O’Reilly and Harlem trade rollups late, but O’Reilly kicks out and Harlem eats an enziguiri from Cole on the outside. Harlem then turns into a tornado DDT from O’Reilly and then a guillotine choke and is forced tap out.

Winner via submission: Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly

Durden is in the ring and his special guest is Christopher Daniels, whose rant is interrupted by the returning Homicide, who says his title shot is getting blocked by Jim Cornette. A good promo here and maybe leads to a match or two with these guys shortly.

Match #3 – The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis & Kory Chavis) vs. The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) w/ Shane Hagadorn – Non-Title Match

I’d like to see this as a title match, but I digress.

ROH has great tag teams and this match showcases two of them. This was one of those bouts you can really get into.

All four are in the ring when the Kings hit a double-team sit-out power bomb on Davis. Hero chops away on Chavis, only to see his elbow smash interrupted by the Pounce for a two-count. Chavis has referee Todd Sinclair’s attention and the champs take advantage. The Kings bring Davis into a vertical suplex lift, followed by a Hero elbow strike to the back of the head and then a European uppercut. Claudio boots Chavis out of the ring as Hero pins Davis.

Winners via pinfall: The Kings of Wrestling

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 has nothing witty to write here this week. Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.