February 21, 2011
ROH: Kings and Express battle in singles matches
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
This week on Ring Of Honor on HDNet, we have Christopher Daniels defending the World TV title against an ROH newbie and the Kings of Wrestling and All Night Express going at it in two one-on-one matches. I like this lineup, so let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
The show starts with a recap of last week’s brawl between Homicide and ROH World champ Roderick Strong and then a quick bit on Davey Richards nearly winning the ROH World title from Roddy at Final Battle in December.
That is a perfect segue to Jim Cornette in the ring and interviewing Davey. He basically says that he has no excuses for his loss at Final Battle. Cornette says he offered Davey a rematch, but Davey wants to earn it, not be handed it. Davey then calls out Colt Cabana and the two will battle Saturday night in Chicago at the ROH 9th Anniversary Show.
Next up is the first segment on the top five ROH moments of all time. This ties in with the anniversary show Saturday night. The first moment is Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi. This looks to be about six or seven years ago and looked like a dynamite match.
Now it’s interview time with Mark and Jay Briscoe, who hype their match with Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin Saturday night for the right to challenge the ROH World tag team champions. Kyle Durden starts the interview, but quickly winds up in the background.
Match #1 – Christopher Daniels vs. Devon Storm – ROH World TV Title Match
Yes, THAT Devon Storm, AKA Crowbar from WCW. Apparently, he gets a title match in his debut.
This match wasn’t that bad at all. Daniels blocks a punch and drills Storm’s head into the middle turnbuckle. Daniels up top for the Best Moonsault Ever and we have a three count.
Winner via pinfall … and STILL ROH World TV Champion: Christopher Daniels
The next top five moment is CM Punk's farewell and highlights from his last ROH match when Cabana pinned him. How come this highlight deal looks nothing like the Punk WWE has now? Are they two different people, like the Ultimate Warrior and the Renegade?
Match #2 – Rhett Titus vs. Claudio Castagnoli w/ Shane Hagadorn & Sara Del Rey
Claudio gets Titus up in the UFO and then yells out “Ricola,” but Titus gets free. He hits the ropes, gets tripped by Hagadorn and then eats a clothesline for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Claudio Castagnoli
After the match, Kenny King comes in to argue the outcome and Chris Hero is not far behind. A Pier Six erupts and Titus almost paralyzes himself jumping from the ring over the ropes to the apron. Scary moment there, folks.
Match #3 – Kenny King w/ Rhett Titus vs. Chris Hero w/ Shane Hagadorn, Sara Del Rey & Claudio Castagnoli
The brawl from the last match is still going on and King and Hero are trading shots on the floor.
Hero hits a rolling kick and sets up for a Liger Bomb, but Kenny reverses into a small package for a two count. Both men get up and then Hero is successful with the Liger Bomb, but only gets a near-fall. Sara distracts the ref, Hagadorn grabs King and Hero goes for a flying elbow. King moves out of the way and gets the quick crucifix-type roll-up for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Kenny King
The Kings then snap and go to town on King and Titus as this week’s show comes to a close.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.