ROH: Two squashes and the Briscoes
MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
With WWE going “old school” tonight on another channel, I think it’s a safe bet to say that Ring Of Honor does that on a regular basis. That said, I’m on ROH duty tonight where we have a tag match and two singles matches on tap.
After a new opening video montage, last week’s show gets recapped to start tonight’s show and we also learn Homicide will make his HDNet debut tonight. Can’t wait!
Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are ringside we get to the action from The Arena in South Philadelphia.
Match #1 – Grizzly Redwood vs. Kevin Steen w/ Steve Corino
Big-time squash here. I really dig this intense Steen character and his obsession with El Generico. After a power bomb on the apron, Steen rolls Grizzly, a more innovative, entertaining and slightly bigger in stature version of Hornswoggle, into the ring, puts the Generico mask on him, and hits the package piledriver for three.
Winner via pinfall: Kevin Steen
Steen grabs the mic and says at “Final Battle” next month, it’s an unmasking from Generico against Steen’s ROH career. Generico, I think, comes out with a towel covering his melon. He takes off the towel, has on a new mask, and points to Steen, apparently accepting the challenge, and then giving the throat slash motion.
A new wrestler is coming to ROH – “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett. Anyone know anything about this kid?
In-ring interview time as ROH World champion Roderick Strong, with Truth Martini, comes to meet with Jim Cornette. Truth rambles on and on about not looking back at the past, or something, and says the House of Truth doesn’t watch past matches that they were involved in. I would – some of those are great matches! As Roddy and Truth start to leave the ring, we get footage of several House matches showing Martini interference.
Match #2 – Homicide vs. Tony Kozina
Another squash, sort of, though this match did eclipse the two-minute mark. Kozina gets in some minor offense, but Homicide wins it with his patented Ace Crusher.
Winner via pinfall: Homicide
Davey Richards is next with a sit-down interview. He says that “Final Battle” will be the beginning of a new era, blah blah blah. Good stuff, but stuff we’ve all seen before. Oh, and he faced Strong for the belt at the event in New York City. Should probably have mentioned that earlier.
Match #3 – The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark) vs. Rhett Titus and Austin Aries
It’s always a treat to see the Briscoes. Put them with Rhett and Aries and we have a solid, solid main event – and a tag team match at that.
Lots of back and forth action here, lots of near-falls and lots of above-average spots. Titus can really throw a dropkick – almost up to “Jumping” Jim Brunzell and Paul Roma standards, but not quite yet. Yeah, I said Paul Roma, people.
With all four men in the ring, Titus sets up Mark for the Super Sex Factor. Jay comes from behind to knock Aries off the apron. Jay grabs Titus, puts him on his shoulders for the Doomsday Device (yeah, same move the Road Warriors used years and years ago) and Mark comes off the top with a clothesline to get the three count on Titus.
Winners via pinfall: The Briscoe Brothers
Next week, the Kings of Wrestling find out who they will defend the ROH World tag titles against at “Final Battle” and Davey Richards goes 1-on-1 with Shawn Daivari.
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.
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