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ROH: New TV champion crowned
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This week on Ring of Honor, El Generico defends the World TV title against Jay Lethal. I mean, Jay Lethal. Not the Randy Savage imnpersonator. Jay Lethal. Plain and simple. Dig THAT!

Jim Cornette opens the show, taped from the Frontier Fieldhouse in suburban Chicago, interviewing ROH World tag champs Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in the ring. I smell an interruption. Cornette asks about the Briscoes and the champs give their take. Haas says he wants to give Mark and Jay a title shot. Please, let's have it on TV!

Mike Bennett is in the first match and we get a feature on him with comments from Bennett, his trainer, "Brutal" Bob Evans and Cornette. Bennett says he can be a better wrestler and actor than The Rock. Wrestler? Maybe. Actor? Probably.

Match #1 - "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett w/ "Brutal" Bob Evans vs. Jimmy Jacobs w/ Steve Corino

And the push continues for Bennett. When ROH was on HDNet, he was the face of that show in the program's final days.

Jacobs goes up top, but as he comes down towards Bennett, the knees come up. Bennett drills the Box Office Smash (think Book End, Rock Bottom, moves like that) and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett

Jacobs and Bennett shake hands after the match, but Bennett incites Corino and we nearly get extra curriculars.

Nigel McGuinness is ringside with a fan, who predicts Generico will retain tonight.

Eddie Edwards is profiled next and discusses how he earned the nickname "Die Hard." It stems from an injury two years where he wrestled a tag title match with Davey Richards with a shredded elbow. Great piece here.

Richards will defend the ROH World title next week against Roderick Strong and each get their say trashing the other. Still can't believe Roddy had a role on Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling two weeks ago as a frat boy. Ha!

Match #2 - ROH World TV Champion El Generico vs. Jay Lethal

Just a 15-minute time-limit. These guys could easily go 30. Oh well, I'll take it.

Generico goes for a brainbuster, but the time limit expires. The crowd starts a "five more minutes" chant and I hope it happens.

Cornette comes to ringside and tells referee Paul Turner that he can't give five more minutes, but we can get three. Ring the bell!

generico lands the Yakuza kick and a full nelson back suplex for a near-fall. Lethal hits the top-rope elbow for another two. Generico gets control, goes for another Yakuza kick, but eats a superkick from Lethal, who strikes with the Lethal Injection (back breaker/flapjack combo) and gets three.

Winner via pinfall ... and NEW ROH World TV champion: Jay Lethal

Lethal celebrates with the belt as the show fades to black.

Great show again tonight! ROH is wrestling. I mean, WRESTLING. They don't need the word "entertainment" in the name of the company to let you know what it's supposed to do for you. It just happens naturally.

'Til next week, folks.


Matt Mackinder first saw ROH live in Detroit in 2007 and was instantly hooked. When did YOU first get hooked on ROH? Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.