January 31, 2011
ROH: New TV champion crowned
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Ring Of Honor on HDNet, we get the long-awaited TV title match between champion Eddie Edwards and challenger Christopher Daniels. I know what happens, but I still want to watch. Reports say the match was a classic. We shall see about that.
Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood call the action from Louisville and we get right to the ring.
Match #1 – Colt Cabana vs. Mike Mondo
Mondo starts out with a promo hyping his “giant killer” gimmick. Does Colt job to the up-and-comer? I hope not.
Mondo tries to get Cabana up for a superplex, but Cabana counters by putting him up on his shoulders and throwing him into the turnbuckle. Colt follows up with the Billy Goats’ Curse (reverse Boston crab) and Mondo taps.
Winner via submission: Colt Cabana
The almost-five-year feud between Jim Cornette is recapped next, with their 2006 situation up to last week’s meeting. How (and when) will this end?
After the break, Truth Martini is in the ring and says he has a new wrestler to showcase – Michael Elgin. Truth says he has put Elgin through many tests, but the final test is the approval of ROH World champion Roderick Strong, who will team with Elgin right now.
Match #2 – Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin vs. Alex Silva & Christian Heyme
Squash City. Heyme get a hot tag to Silva, but eats an Elgin power bomb into the turnbuckle and then a spinning power bomb in the center of the ring for three.
Winners via pinfall: Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin
Elgin looked solid. He’s a big dude and by big, I mean stocky and Davey Boy Smith-like. Gorilla Monsoon would have called him a “physical specimen,” so let’s just say that.
Next is a recap of last week’s main event between Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin defeating the All Night Express and then a brief video package highlighting MsChif.
Match #3 – Sara Del Rey vs. Tayler Hendrix
This must be the night of squashes because that’s what Del Rey does to Hendrix, winning with the Gory Special.
Winner via pinfall: Sara Del Rey
Next week’s main event will be an eight-man tag with the Briscoe Brothers and Haas and Benjamin facing the Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) and the All Night Express. Each teams gives a quick promo about being the next tag champs (or staying the tag champs in the Kings’ case).
It’s main event time and can I just say that this match should make me forget about the impending 30 feet of snow coming our way tomorrow night.
Match #4 – ROH World TV Champion Eddie Edwards vs. Christopher Daniels
The crowd is 50-50. Think back to Hulk Hogan-Ultimate Warrior from WrestleMania VI, only on a much smaller scale. You get my drift.
This match has a 15-minute time limit and we get reminded how much time is left. Makes me remember the old school days when a situation like this meant a pin attempt at 14:58 got a two count, the bell would ring, and we get a draw. Somehow, I don’t think that will be the case tonight.
Edwards hits a hurricanrana off the second rope while Daniels is hung up on the ropes, but Daniels rebounds with a Blue Thunder for a two count. Edwards responds with a double stomp off the second rope. With only 30 seconds left, Edwards gets the Achilles Lock, but Daniels reverses into a head scissors until time runs out. You’re kidding, right? A freaking time limit draw?
Edwards grabs the mic and requests five more minutes. A brawl ensues on the floor and eventually back in the ring. Daniels gets a two-count after a brainbuster and Eddie answers with a flying knee strike and a super kick for a near-fall of his own. Daniels rallies, reverses a power bomb and after the Angel’s Wings is nailed to perfection, we have a new TV champion.
Winner via pinfall … and NEW ROH WORLD TV CHAMPION: Christopher Daniels
Daniels celebrates in the ring as “This is awesome” rings out from the crowd. Daniels and Eddie shake hands to end this show on a great note.
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, people, when the eight-man tag will main event the show.
Matt Mackinder is still saddened with the news that April will spell the end of ROH on HDNet. Any other good wrestling on TV he should know about? Email Matt at email@example.com.