January 18, 2008 Ė Review by Sassy
I cannot provide a play-by-play review of this pay per view
because it just appeared tonight. It would be unfair to post that type of
information until everyone has a chance to see it.
I AM POSTING THE WINNERS
TIME OF EACH MATCH!
If you have NOT seen Undeniable,
If you do NOT want to know the results,
DO NOT read this review
you have seen the show
Iíve been chanting ROH all day in anticipation of this pay per view.
Ring of Honor was taped at Edison, NJ with the exception of
the Briscoe Brothers match which was taped in Dayton, OH.
And away we goÖ
Ringside announcers: Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard
Dave Prazak, Lenny Leonard and Claudio Castagnoli are in the
ring. Prazak welcomes the fans and reminds everyone there is a championship
match between Takeshi Morishima, current ROH Champion, and Nigel McGuinness.
Leonard lets everyone know that tonight Claudio is facing
Chris Hero and the match begins now. However, Larry Sweeney of Sweet Ďn Sour,
Inc., Sara Del Rey, Bobby Dempsey and Chris Hero enter the arena. Sweeney says
there will be no match between Claudio and Hero because Hero hasnít gotten the
money from ROH Sweeney has demanded. Sweeney tells Claudio to hit the showers
and that he is off the pay per view. Sweeney says there will be a hold out until
his wrestlers get what they want.
Claudio Castagnoli is not happy with what just transpired.
OF HONOR PRESENTS
In the ring are members of Age of the Fall: Tyler Black,
Necro Butcher, Wife Beater, Tyler Black, Lacy and Jimmy Jacobs. Jacobs has the
mic. Jacobs wants everyone to know why they are here. Age of the Fall is a
revolution and they are there to spread their message. They have targeted the
Briscoes and their tag team championship. Since Age of the Fall attacked the
Briscoes, the Briscoes will not be in the arena in Edison, NJ tonight. ROH
management has informed Age of the Fall they will not be considered contenders
for the tag team belts until they have proven themselves by beating other tag
teams in ROH.
A little more talk than I prefer but then Jacobs issues a
challenge to any tag team in the back to face them in the ring.
Enter the Vulture Squad: Jack Evans, Ruckus and Jigsaw with
Man Tag Team Match
of the Fall
Lacy and Julius Smokes are at ringside. Necro Butcher and
Jigsaw fight their way up the ramp, through the curtains and into the back and
out of sight. During the match, Prazak informs the audience the reason the
Briscoe Brothers will be working out of Dayton, OH tonight is to keep Age of the
Fall and the Briscoe Brothers separated. I was surprised that Lacy wasnít more
vocal than she was during this match up. Evans taps out to Jacobsí submission
of the Fall
Time: 6 minutes
Nice opening match with high flying tag team action. Black
and Jacobs work well together as a tag team. Evans is always impressive with his
athletic ability and the reaction he gets from the fans. Ruckus took some hard
knocks in this match but his in ring performance was good. There wasnít enough
camera time for Butcher or Jigsaw for me to tell how they work the ring.
Morishima is backstage in the locker room and the cameraman
appears. Morishima responds by throwing a chair. The cameraman responds by
Nice promo highlighting the wrestling talent of Erick Stevens
who has been with ROH for almost a year.
Sweeney is in the ring with a mic and he says the hold out is
still ongoing for Sweet Ďn Sour, Inc., members, however they have come to an
agreement to have a contestant in the first ever womenís match on an ROH pay
Accompanied to the ring by Larry Sweeney, Chris Hero and
I like women in the wrestling ring as long as they know what
they are doing. Both of these women are fantastic wrestlers and even with the
size difference, Haze did a spectacular job in this match. In the middle of the
match, Claudio shows up and takes down Dempsey and goes after Sweeney. Claudio
is cut off by Hero who drops Claudio to the floor outside the ring.
Time: 4 minutes
Great womenís match with impressive moves and fast paced
After the match, the lights in the arena go out. The American
Dragon Bryan Danielson enters. Danielson
is looking for Morishima and a title shot. Danielson verbally puts down Sweeney
and his group. Danielson wants Sweeneyís ďbest athlete in wrestlingĒ in
the ring so that Danielson can prove that Chris Hero is not the best.
American Dragon Bryan Danielson
Accompanied by Larry Sweeney, Sara Del Rey, and Bobby
Prazak concluces that Hero is afraid of Claudio and that is
why he refuses to get in the ring with him. Hero will, however, get in the ring
with Danielson. During the match, Prazak informs the audience that Claudio
Castagnoli has been removed from the building and taken to a local medical
facility. Not bad for an impromptu match. Hero may look and act like a goof but
he does have talent. Danielson is very talented and he never messes around when
he gets in the ring. Win by referee stoppage.
Iím not sure Iíve ever heard of a wrestler winning a
match by referee stoppage.
Adam Pearce is in the ring with a mic Ė itís hard to find
Pearce without a mic. Pearce calls out Kevin Steen. Pearce makes an attempt to
recruit Steen into his stable, known as the Hangman Three. Pearce wants to make
it the Hangman Four. Donít laugh - itís nice to know Pearce can at least
count to four! Steen is not interested and when the Hangman three bring out a
beaten El Generico, Steen decides to stick with his friend. Steen goes after the
Hangman Three in the ring, but heís a little outnumbered. To the rescue is
Delirious who helps clear the ring and delivers a little speech in front of the
mic. I didnít understand a word of the rant but then neither did Steen. Steen
calls for a six-man tag match and itís on!
by Shane Hagedorn
Weíre getting a lot of impromptu action in the course of
this program. Iím not complaining about the matches since all of them have
been good thus far. BJ has cut his hair and dyed it blonde! Itís a noticeable
change. For those that may not have known, Pearce, Whitmer and Albright stapled
Deliriousí mask to his face. The more I see Kevin Steen in the ring, the more
I like him. He is not a small guy but he does some high-risk moves you would
never expect from someone his size.
Time: 9 minutes
Thjs was a decent match with a lot of action both in and out
of the ring.
Nigel McGuinness is in the locker room getting ready for his
match tonight against Morishima.
Recap of the feud between Austin Aries and Roderick Strong
that culminates in the match tonight.
Aries is the audience favorite but Strong doesnít seem to
care what the fans think. The two wrestlers who were once friends work inside
the ring and outside on the floor.
Itís a good thing Iím typing and not trying to talk after
this match. Everyone who knows me understands that I am a big Austin Aries fan.
There were several times during this match I thought Aries was going down for
the count and I screamed and beat up furniture accordingly. This match was
spectacular. These two competitors fought hard and long.
Tag Team Champions
All four of these men know their wrestling and the members of
the No Remorse Corps tend to bend the rules a bit in the ring. The match is fast
paced and entertaining. The Briscoe Brothers continue to do things in the ring
that amaze even new ROH watchers. They are a finely tuned tag team. Romero and
Richards kept up their end of the match.
& Mark Briscoe
The Briscoe Brothers
retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
Time: 19 minutes
According to the Prazak, the Briscoe Brothers are 4/0 at ROH
pay per views. This was typical of the matches ROH fans have come to expect from
these four wrestlers. Again a long hard fought battle.
World Championship Match
McGuinness from London, England, weighing 240 lbs.
Morishima from Tokyo, Japan, weighing 149 kilos
The two do shake hands before the match begins. Morishima has
been champion for a long time and McGuinness has beat him in the ring once
before. The live audience seemed to be split with half for each competitor.
ROH World Champion
Time: 14 minutes
Whether it was because of the great match between Austin
Aries and Roderick Strong or the action in the other matches during this event,
I was not as impressed with this title match as I thought I would be. It was not
a bad match and these two opponents did work hard. After the match Morishima
argued with the referee about the three count and then took the title belt in
order to personally hand it to McGuinness. The two men shook hands in the middle
of the ring and the audience voiced their approval of Takeshi Morishima as he
exited the ring.
The locker room cleared and all those in the back entered the
ring in order to congratulate Nigel McGuinness on his big win, Bryan Danielson
was there to make sure Nigel knows he is still after that title belt.
I did miss seeing Claudio Castagnoli in action and the lack
of someone in the locker room to take that mic away from Larry Sweeney.
All in all, this was a good series of matches and recommended
watching for wrestling fans who prefer unique, energetic, and spectacular
Ring of Honor shows contains Undeniable talent. Donít miss
Canít wait for the next Ring of Honor pay per view?
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