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ROH: Elgin vs London a true gem
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


Paul London leaps out onto Michael Elgin during their battle in Toronto. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


Hello again, everyone! I have returned to cover the weekly Ring Of Honor TV show and hope I’m not too rusty.

To me, ROH is where it’s at when it comes to straight wrestling with no hint of reality TV or any of that other nonsense. If you want a pure wrestling product, look no further than ROH.

From the Mattamy Athletic Center in Toronto, tonight’s show features the continuation of the ROH World title tournament with three matches. Yeah, I realize these shows are taped and the matches in the tournament happened weeks ago, but I choose to not read the spoilers and simply enjoy this one-hour program.

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are ringside and away we go.

Match #1 – “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa vs. “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man” Silas Young


Two things to start – Young’s mustache is of the highest quality and Ciampa’s entrance theme (“They Are Lost” by Last Remaining Pinnacle) is top-notch, yet not available on iTunes. Maybe it’s time for ROH to produce a theme music CD collection?

The match itself is pretty good, with both wrestlers looking to work stiff and the crowd showing its appreciation. Ciampa still doesn’t look 100 percent and still wears a knee/leg brace on his left side, but he looked good here.

After a couple of missed clotheslines from each guy, Ciampa catches Young, hoists him up in the power bomb position and drills Project Ciampa (sit-out power bomb onto his knees) and gets the duke to advance in the tournament. Young refused to adhere to the Code of Honor after the match.

Winner via pinfall: Tomasso Ciampa

Ciampa will face the winner of the Michael Bennett-B.J. Whitmer match, which is next.

Match #2 – “The Buzzsaw” B.J. Whitmer vs. Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis

Midway through the bout, Maria takes off a shoe and leaves it on the apron before going to distract Todd Sinclair. McGuinness grabs the shoe, which apparently has spikes on it, before Bennett can and tells Sinclair to eject Maria from ringside. This elicits some boos from the crowd and to be honest, I agree.

Nigel picks up Maria and whisks her away to the back and gets in a few spankings along the way.

As the match continues, the crowd seems out of it, but why? Bennett piledrives Whitmer on the ring apron and Whitmer is out on the floor. Sinclair checks on Whitmer and calls for the bell. Bennett advances.

Winner via referee stoppage: Michael Bennett

It’s time for our main event and this should be a doozy!

Match #3 – Paul London vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin

Elgin, as the No. 1 contender, is the top seed and gets a great ovation, what with being an Oshawa boy and all. The winner of this match gets “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson in the second round

This match starts with about 22 minutes left in the hour, so let’s sit back and watch two technicians go to work!

Elgin reminds me of a poor man’s Rhino, only with a skullet and more talent.

London nearly gets the three after a shooting star press, but Elgin’s power comes to life at the end of the match. Elgin power bombs London off the top rope, hammers London with a vicious back elbow, then hits a buckle bomb into the spinning sit-out power bomb and London is done.

Winner via pinfall: Michael Elgin

What a match! Elgin is definitely the real deal and like Kelly says, yes, London’s still got it.

Next week, I would guess it’ll be more tournament matches – certainly an hour that will be very well-spent. ‘Til then, folks!

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    Matt Mackinder has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2006, but has been MIA for about past two years or so. He’s now back in the saddle and rarin’ to get back at ‘er! Contact Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com