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ROH: Who's next in line for a TV title shot?
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This week on Ring Of Honor on HDNet, we have a match to determine a No. 1 title contender, a women's match and Davey Richards in action. Sounds like a solid lineup, wouldn't you agree?

Tonight's show starts out with a recap of El Generico accepting Kevin Steen's mask vs. ROH career challenge for Final Battle 2010 next month.

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

Match #1 – Colt Cabana vs. Erick Stevens w/ Prince Nana & Mr. Ernesto Osiris - Match To Determine No. 1 Contender For ROH World TV Title

I love how Colt just has the crowd in the palm of his hand. Just a great character, you know? This match had constant flow and both guys really played to the fans.

As Colt goes for the Billy Goat's Curse (think a reverse Boston Crab), Nana and Osiris jump up on the apron to distract Colt. Stevens grabs Colt to go for the Doctor Bomb, but Cabana rolls up Stevens out of nowhere for the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Colt Cabana

After a commercial break, Jim Cornette is in the ring with the Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) and their manager, Shane Hagadorn. Cornette announces that the Kings will face the Briscoe Brothers, now also in the ring, at Final Battle in a non-title match and the Briscoes will have their father with them. The heels go nuts, but so do the Briscoes, who want a contract. Cornette produces one and as everyone signs, it's revealed that the match will actually be a six-man tag with Mike Briscoe joining his boys and Hagadorn suiting up, too.

Match #2 – Daizee Haze vs. Sara Del Rey

Another positive to ROH that the other guys lack - women who not only have the look, but can WRESTLE and not just pull hair and scream.

Daizee goes for a German suplex, but gets backed into a corner where Del Rey drills her with a kick and then a hurtful-looking power bomb for a near-fall. Del Rey goes to power bomb her again, Haze counters the move, but the bell rings.

Result: Time-Limit Draw

Booooo!

Kyle Durden is backstage with Steve Corino, who says he has lost control of Steen. He actually sounds genuine until he and Durden look off-camera and we see Steen sitting with the Generico mask on. It's a shame this storyline ends at Final Battle because it's not often we get feuds and storylines like this that go on for a year.

Another video package for this "Prodigy" Mike Bennett guy. What's the scoop here, people? Guess we'll find out next week when he debuts on this show.

Also next week, it will be Homicide vs. The Necro Butcher in a non-PG-13 "Butcher's Rules Match." I hear the Connecticut government is taking a keen interest in this one. Let's hope for some juice, eh?

Match #3 – Davey Richards vs. Shawn Daivari

It's funny how no one really realizes how underrated Daivari is. After all, he was a lackey in WWE, a stereotyped sheik in TNA and who knows what else over his career. ROH is just letting him wrestle and do what he does best. Very refreshing!

As for Davey, well, he's one of the best active wrestlers. In the world. Period.

Davey hits an enziguiri, but Daivari ducks a move and hits a lung blower (?) for a two-count. Daivari hoists Davey up in a fireman’s carry, but Davey counters into a victory roll and then the ankle lock. Daivari crawls towards the ropes, so Richards switches to a Texas Cloverleaf and Daivari taps.

Winner via submission: Davey Richards

Davey celebrates with the imaginary belt motion across his waist and we are done for another week.

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, among other things, is thankful that ROH is professional wrestling worth watching. Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com to share your thoughts.