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ROH: More from ROH's top prospects
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This week on Ring Of Honor on HDNet, we get the remaining three matches in the first round of the Top Prospect Tournament and then Christopher Daniels defending the World TV title against Kenny King. I’m hip! Let’s get to it, shall we?

We start out with a video recap of Kyle O’Reilly winning the first match of the tournament last week over Jon Gresham and then it’s to ringside with Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak.

Top Prospect Tournament – Adam Cole vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Bob Evans

It’s hard to think Cole will win this match when ROH is pimping the you-know-what out of Bennett.

A very solid opener. Cole gets a cross body from the top for two and then hits a superkick to the back of Bennett’s head into a German suplex for another two. Bennett then reverses a whip and scores with a side effect-type move for the pin out of nowhere.

Winner via pinfall: Mike Bennett

Steve Corino, who was watching from ringside, is interviewed by Kyle Durden and tells Bennett that overconfidence is his worst enemy. Bennett took the mic and told Corino to have a seat.

Top Prospect Tournament – Bobby Dempsey vs. Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini

The crowd in South Philadelphia loves Dempsey, even though he seems like nothing more than a glorified jobber. And a 350-pound one at that. Yeesh.

Dempsey hits a sidewalk slam for two and then climbs the ropes looking for either a Vader Bomb or a Yokozuna-esque Banzai Drop. Elgin gets up and gets Dempsey up for a running power bomb that is enough for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Michael Elgin

Corino is back on the mic and tells Elgin to ditch Truth.

Kenny King is backstage and hypes his title match tonight with Daniels. He says ROH is his kingdom and everyone needs to watch their back. Good stuff here.

In the back, Andy "Right Leg" Ridge and Grizzly Redwood talk about their upcoming match in the tournament. Corino interrupts and tells both that they are the future of ROH.

Top Prospect Tournament – Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Grizzly Redwood

Kind of a painful match to watch, especially at the end.

Ridge readies for a superkick, but Grizzly blocks it and drops Ridge on the second rope. He then (I think) attempts a 619 variation, but that doesn’t work, so he jumps over the top rope (barely) and then goes for some type of move off the top. Ridge superkicks Grizzly out of mid-air and this one is history.

Winner via pinfall: Andy Ridge

Princess Mia is shown backstage as Prince Nana and Mr. Ernesto Osiris ogle. Nana says the Embassy is back in ROH. But with what members? It was, oh geez, let me think, Erick Stevens, Joey Ryan and the Necro Butcher. Any of them coming back, too?

Backstage, ROH World champion Roderick Strong and Truth are interviewed by Durden about Strong’s four-way non-title match next week with Jay Briscoe, Homicide and El Generico. Durden asks Strong about what he said about handing the title over if Truth ever interfered and said he had proof that Truth had interfered. Truth, nasal voice and all, cut him off and said none of the four guys next week could beat Strong and that was the truth. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

ROH World TV Title Match – “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Kenny King w/ nameless woman

Just a great match here. I wouldn’t expect anything less from these two, though.

Daniels hops up top for the Best Moonsault Ever. King rolls out of the way and Daniels lands on his feet. King goes for a crucifix and about six reversals later, still nothing. Daniels gets to his feet and hits a picture-perfect Angel's Wings for the pinfall.

Winner via pinfall … and still ROH World TV champion: Christopher Daniels

Daniels and Kenny shake hands and Daniels celebrates with the belt as the 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 (not WWE or TNA, he said “good wrestling”) he should know about? Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.