December 5, 2011
ROH: Corino, Cornette make Steen an offer
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Ring Of Honor, the main event looks to be a doozy with Future Shock taking on the Young Bucks. Wish I could fast-forward live TV. We'll get there soon enough.
Prince Nana and Tomasso Ciampa give a sweet promo backstage. Ciampa is being groomed as a Brock Lesnar-type dominant wrestler.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are ringside from the Davis Arena in Louisville, Ky., and we head to the ring.
Match #1 - Shiloh Jonze vs. "The Dominant Male" Tomasso Ciampa w/ Prince Nana, Princess Mia and Mr. Ernesto Osiris
Ciampa dominates and takes out Jonze with Project Ciampa. I love that move.
Winner via pinfall: Tomasso Ciampa
Main event yet?
More hype for the Briscoes challenging Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin for the ROH World titles at Final Battle is next with comments from the All Night Express and 'Dem Boys.
ROH executive producer Jim Cornette is in the ring with Kevin Steen and his legal counsel. Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs flank Cornette, while Kelly and McGuinness are also present. Cornette gets bleeped a couple times and calls Steen crazy. The two throw barbs back and forth until Cornette asks Corino to make Steen a settlement offer. Steen will face Corino at Final Battle. Steen wins, he's reinstated. Oh, and Jacobs is the special referee with Cornette at ringside. Steen is all for it. I smell a heel turn. The segment ends with Steen spitting in Corino's face and the two being pulled apart.
On the "Inside ROH" portion of the show, last week's ROH World TV title match between champ Jay Lethal and El Generico with Mike Bennett interjecting is shown. The match at Final Battle will now be a three-way between those three. We then get more on Dan "The Beast" Severn training Eddie Edwards for his World title match with Davey Richards at Final Battle. Davey also comments on Eddie and Severn and says Eddie is showing his dark side. Lastly, Roderick Strong is back at the bar with his floozies and whines that he doesn't have a match at Final Battle.
The Young Bucks are backstage and go on a mini-shoot. They say they won't work for a retirement home company against people that can be their fathers any more and claim Booker T said they didn't kiss enough you know what. Google it, people. I'm sure the info is there somewhere.
Match #2 - Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
Wow. Just wow. Seriously. This match defines tag team wrestling. I wish I had the patience to describe this match blow-for-blow. Find it on the ROH website. It's a great 15 minutes you won't regret.
The Bucks get the win after hitting O'Reilly with More Bang For Your Buck.
Winners via pinfall: The Young Bucks
WEEKLY DISCLAIMER: 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. And yes, I say this every week.
'Til next week, folks.
Matt Mackinder is a born-again wrestling fan and has ROH to thank. Email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.