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ROH: A great final build to Final Battle
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This week on Ring Of Honor on HDNet, Austin Aries goes 1-on-1 with ROH World champ Roderick Strong in a non-title match. No problem - these guys are gold with or without a title on the line.

Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak are ringside and we start in the ring from The Arena in South Philadelphia.

Jim Cornette brings out Davey Richards, who hypes this weekend's ROH card in Boston and the Final Battle pay-per-view in New York City. Davey will face Strong Saturday night for the title and basically says he'll walk out the champ. He then says Truth Martini is full of (bleep). Roddy comes out with Truth and confronts Davey, even bringing up Davey's deceased grandfather. Good build-up for this weekend.

Daizee Haze and Sara Del Rey talk about their match at Final Battle and thankfully, the word "diva" is not used once. "Women's wrestling," however, is. Refreshing!

Match #1 – Daizee Haze vs. Taylor Hendrix

Actual wrestling. Wrestling moves and everything. And Prazak calls the ladies wrestlers and not superstars or divas. Wow!

Daizee gets the win with a German suplex into a bridge.

Winner via pinfall: Daizee Haze

The Briscoe family is baskstage and go on and on about their six-man match in NYC against the Kings of Wrestling and Shane Hagadorn.

Match #2 – Korey Chavis vs. Kevin Steen w/ Steve Corino

Odd seeing Chavis in a singles match. Conspicuous by his absence is his Dark City Fight Club partner Jon Davis.

Steen dominates the match and even yells at the camera about El Generico. His demented heel gimmick is awesome, as is his power bomb and package piledriver finishing sequence.

Winner via pinfall: Kevin Steen

After the match, Steen takes Generico's mask and talks to it and the camera. A video package recapping the past year's feud between Steen and Generico plays and whoever Alex O'Keefe is, nice job on the video, lad. Nature of the Beast's "River Blood" plays during the video.

Match #3 – Austin Aries vs. ROH World champion Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini - Non-Title Match

Aries comes out to his old theme music from when he and Roddy tagged as Generation Next. My only question before the match is this - is there a face? Or two heels going at it? I believe it's the latter, especially after they shake hands.

Prazak calls this a "warmup match" for Roddy before Final Battle, but I think it's more than that. It's the definition of what a TV main event should be.

Just a great wrestling match here. Strong counters an Aries brainbuster into a release suplex/back breaker combo and the running boot turns A-Double inside out for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Roderick Strong

What a solid 17-minute main event. I'd be good with another 17 minutes.

The show ends with a great video deal previewing Final Battle. This should be a great show and one I may get. Maybe.

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 wonders if the weekend is here yet. Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com to share your thoughts.