of Honor Presents
Debut: March 7, 2008
Reviewed: March 8, 200 by Sassy
If anyone heard shrieking, screaming, swearing and
breaking of household goods last night, not to worry!
It was only me, myself and I when I discovered MY PAY PER VIEW PROVIDER
DIDNíT PROVIDE ME WITH ROH! I missed it last night and was furious but I am
trying again today.
ROH fans know the drill, right? I do not do play-by-play reviews of ROH events because it is
impossible. There is no way that anyone could match the action in these matches
with words alone. You have to see it for yourself to believe it.
REVIEW CONTAINS THE WINNER OF EACH MATCH!
YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS EVENT AND DONíT WANT TO KNOW THE OUTCOME, DO NOT READ
THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE SHOW!
The anticipation is killing meÖso on with the show!
A+ for Ring of Honor, the ROH Roster and ďRising AboveĒ!
PG for language, A for action, and OMG for OH MY GAWD!
New York City
Announcer Dave Prazak welcomes the audience and introduces
his broadcasting partner, Lenny Leonard.
Adam Pearce and Brent Albright are in the ring and you can
guess who has the mic in his hand...
Lenny Leonard thanks the viewing audience for joining them
and tells us that as a special feature tonight there are cameras all around the
building in the backstage area. One of the cameras provides us with a view of
Kevin Steen and El Generico in a hallway.
Pearce takes offense to the time spent on Steen and El
Generico in the back and draws attention back to the ring Ė and himself.
Pearce wants to address Delirious who has been in The Hangman Threeís sites
for several months. Pearce calls Delirious out as Albright removes his hood and
we see Albright is wearing the green and black mask of Delirious that was
destroyed by The Hangman Three.
NOW I know how Delirious got himself into a match with Brent
With Adam Pearce of The Hangman Three accompanied by Shane
This is one of those oh, crap! matches when you just know you
will spend your time yelling at Delirious to STAY DOWN! Delirious is a fantastic
wrestler but Albright is just plain brutal and has a distinct size advantage.
You have to give Delirious credit for even getting in the ring with someone that
could take him apart. And if it wasnít enough that Albright is such a powerful
force, he has his backup with him outside the ring.
Delirious wears a black and red outfit into the ring tonight,
complete with mask, as a replacement for his green and black mask. Delirious was
thinking ahead, however, as he comes to the ring and blows some sort of mist
into the face of Pearce before he goes after Albright. At one point during the
match, Prazak calls Hagadorn, who is at ringside attending to the still blinded
Pearce, a manservant. I wondered
why Hagadorn was never working in the ring. It must not be part of his job
match was an excellent show of what Delirious can do in the ring in spite of
being outsized by his opponent. Both wrestlers showed a tremendous wrestling
knowledge and worked quite well as opponents in this match. I only caught myself
telling Delirious to stay down once. Albright went up to the top turnbuckle and
performed a high dive but he didnít look comfortable doing so. Other than a
lack of top rope balance, Albright deserves an outstanding grade for his work in
the ring during this match. Great match!
After the three count, Pearce and BJ Whitmer join Albright in
the ring to demolish Delirious. Itís not a pretty sight but Steen and El
Generico hit the ring to put a stop to The Hangman Three. Hagadorn is in the
ring but heís spending most of his time yelling at the crowd until Steen
decides if Hagadorn is in the ring, then heís fair game. Generico and Whitmer
are out on the floor battling it out. Pearce and Steen fight around the side of
the ring and Necro Butcher, Tyler Black, Jimmy Jacobs and Lacey, all members of
Age of the Fall, are now in the ring. Jacobs has the mic and he tries to get the
crowd in New York to join AOF but the crowd isnít interested. Maybe it has
something to do with your hair, Jacobs. The Hangman Three, Steen, Generico and
Delirious are still battling outside the ring and we hear the sound of Julius
Smokes and the Vulture Squad, consisting of Jack Evans, Jigsaw and Ruckus.
Smokes has a mic and Smokes calls for a tag team scramble match.
If I thought I was having a problem keeping up with the men in the ring
In response to Smokesí suggestion, Jigsaw goes over the top
rope to take out Necro Butcher and we have men fighting in and out of the ring
The Vulture Squad
Jack Evans, Jigsaw and Ruckus
Accompanied by Julius Smokes
The Age of the Fall
Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black and Necro Butcher
Accompanied by Lacey
The Hangman Three
Adam Pearce, BJ Whitmer and Brent Albright
Accompanied by Shane Hagadorn
Kevin Steen & El Generico
that enough players for everyone? With
Lucha libre rules, when one wrestler leaves the ring, another wrestler can enter
the match. They didnít think I was going to have enough trouble following the
Generico via pinfall
Iíll try to cover everyone in this match but it was
difficult to keep up with all of the action. Iím not complaining.
This match kept me on the edge of my seat. There were numerous high-risk
maneuvers, many close calls and everyone had a chance to take on everyone else
in the match. Jack Evans and Ruckus
did not disappoint their fans. They work very well as a team in the ring. Jigsaw
did not get much in ring time and since I could not see all the action on the
floor, I canít judge his performance in this match. The same thing happened
with Necro Butcher. Most of his time was spent on the floor and I did not get to
see him in action. Jimmy Jacobs was his usual fast paced maniacal self and
though I had not seen Tyler Black very often in the ring, I saw enough of him in
this match to want to see him again. Adam Pearce and Brent Albright are solid
wrestlers and although they are well versed in wrestling maneuvers, they
didnít show the audience much wrestling in this match. They were power houses
in and out of the ring. BJ Whitmer did a good job in the time he was in the
ring. I like BJ in one on one action but he did a fantastic job working with
Pearce in this match. Kevin Steen amazes me every time I see him in the ring.
Heís not small but heís quick and he doesnít mind taking risks. Steen and
El Generico are a great tag team and would do well as champions if they get the
chance in the near future. Delirious spent his time during his second match on
the floor battling it out and I donít blame him.
He took numerous hard hits during his match with Albright.
The crowd was so loud during this match that I couldnít hear Lacey at
ringside. And I cannot neglect to mention Julius Smokes standing at ringside
flapping his wings Ė yes, his wings! Absolutely fantastic action!
NOTE: If you have seen the classic
ďbattle royalĒ matches where everyone is in the ring at once, you MUST see
one of these tag team scramble matches. Although they are fast paced and
furious, it is an entirely different match. Instead of everyone trying to throw
anyone over the top rope, the basic action in the ring is two wrestlers although
it can be any two. With the no tag in rules, it can be confusing when you are
trying to figure out who is the legal pair in the ring but it is a much more
entertaining and exciting match.
Jay and Mark, The Briscoe Brothers, are backstage to tell the
audience they are going for a 5-0 win on ROHís pay per views and then they are
going after the AOF.
Three Way Match
of the Fall
Sara Del Rey
'n Sour, Inc.
In my preview of this pay per view, I said it would be nice
to see Sara Del Rey take on Lacey in a one on one match. Donít misunderstand
me, I love to watch Daizee in the ring. She
is great and even with her small size can take on the larger women, but I wanted
to see Del Rey take Lacey down. I
know she can do it. This was another match worth seeing.
Tammy Stych is at ringside watching this match.
Haze via pinfall
find it very refreshing to see a womenís tag team match that is actually a
match. The women of ROH are true wrestlers.
Their wrestling knowledge and ability is not seen on network television.
They work as hard as the male wrestlers to keep the audience on the edge of
their seats All three of these women have great agility and all three took hard
knocks and Del Rey took a nasty hit that sent her off the ring apron and down to
the floor. The referee in this match got his exercise trying to keep up with the
women in the ring. There was as much action in this match as I saw in the tag
Of the No Remorse Corps
Stevens doesnít seem to be a crowd favorite in this match
up. During the match, Prazak brings up the fact there is commotion in the
audience area and asks Leonard if someone is signing autographs. Leonard brings
the talk back to the action in the ring.
Eventually the camera pans the audience seating area and
Daniel Puder is in the audience.
Richards via submission
Stevens has a slight height and weight advantage but Richards
has the upper hand in speed. Stevens kept stopping to look at Daniel Puder
during the match giving Richards an even bigger advantage with the element of
surprise. At one point during the match, Richards came off the top turnbuckle
and flew all the way across the ring to the opposite turnbuckle to nail Stevens
in the back with a dropkick. I donít know how Stevens withstood that hit. This
match had action but after the first three matches of this pay per view, this
match was easier to follow. That is
not a bad thing for a one on one match.
After the match, Stevens has the mic and he addresses Puder.
The audience suddenly becomes Stevens lovers and Puder haters. Stevens proceeds
to challenge Puder to a match, but the manager ROH fans love to hate, Larry
Sweeney of Sweet Ďn Sour, Inc. accompanied by Sara Del Rey, interrupts
Stevens. Sweeney approaches Puder and introduces himself. Sweeney convinces
Puder to go to the back with Del Rey to Sweet Ďn Sourís private suite so
that he can watch the matches on closed circuit television and avoid being stuck
out with the New York City crowd. Sweeney then tells the audience that Chris
Hero will take out Claudio Castagnoli tonight and when that happens, Sweeney
will own Claudioís contract. Sweeney then threatens to sell Claudioís
contract outside of ROH just as he did with Matt Sydalís contract. Sweeney is
abruptly interrupted when Claudio charges into the arena after him. Sweeney runs
fast for a guy in a suit. Sweeney makes his way through the audience, out of the
audience, around the outside of the ring, and into the ring where Claudio has
him cornered. Sweeney is saved by Sweet Ďn Sourís personal trainer Tank
Toland and Bobby Dempsey. Claudio takes out Toland and Dempsey, Sweeney hits
Claudio in the back and as Claudio prepares to take out Sweeney, into the ring
comes Chris Hero.
Of Sweet Ďn Sour, Inc.
With Larry Sweeney, Tank Toland & Bobby Dempsey
Hero really does need some help getting his outfits color
coordinated. This purple and green thing he is wearing hurts my eyes. The one
plus about this match is that perhaps Claudio will finally get his hands on
Thank goodness! I was a little concerned that we were going
to be losing Claudio but, as usual, he came through! Claudio didnít get his
chance at Sweeney but I can wait until the next ROH event.
knows Iím a big Claudio Castagnoli fan but Chris Hero does a great job in the
ring. Watching Claudio and Hero fly around the ring is amazing. They are both
agile and quick and work well against each other as opponents every time they
face each other in competition. They use the ropes as easily as a smaller ring
worker. They both show working wrestling knowledge and this match was nothing
less than I would expect from the two ROH roster members in the ring. The match
was filled with good wrestling moves and counter moves. I donít know how they
took the hits in this match and got back up to keep going. This is another must
The Briscoe Brothers are backstage warming up for their Tag
Team Title match and via split screen we see AOF members Jimmy Jacobs, Necro
Butcher, Tyler Black and Lacey. Jacobs acknowledges the Briscoe Brothers are
looking for them and decide instead to take the fight to the Briscoe Brothers.
Be careful what you wish for Jacobs.
Rules Grudge Match
Look out for:
Size & Agility
Thirst for Revenge
Takeshi Morishima from Tokyo, Japan, weighing 149 kilos
American Dragon Bryan Danielson from Aberdeen, WA,
And Danielsonís weight announcement gets cut off because
Morishima goes out of the ring to meet Danielson. Rest assured that Morishima
outweighs Danielson.This has all the elements for a major brawl but Morishima
certainly has the size advantage in height and weight.
American Dragon Bryan Danielson
think Danielson bled for 8 Ĺ minutes of the 9 minutes of the match.
Danielson has the speed advantage, but he develops a cut on
his forehead early in the match and the cut is a major bleed. Morishima took out
two refs before they can get him stopped and Danielson is still going after
Morishima. With all the blood on Danielsonís face, I donít know he could see
anything. This was a match that started out rough and got rougher. I did want
Danielson to stay down on the mat Ė there was blood everywhere and it all once
belonged to Danielson -- but he was determined not to let Morishima win.
Morishima is tough and fast and agile but Danielson shone throughout this match.
Morishima was the one down in the ring and Danielson, still bleeding, was
on his feet when it was all over. Danielson says he is the best wrestler in the
world. He may not be THE best, but heís not far from it. After
this match, ROH referees may be demanding hazard pay.
The Hangman Three with Shane Hagadorn are backstage. Albright
is complaining about how The Vulture Squad cost them the tag team scramble
earlier tonight. They go looking for The Vulture Squad who we see via split
screen is in another area backstage.
World Tag Team Championship Match
out of 3 Falls
Jay & Mark Briscoe
The Briscoe Brothers
ROH Tag Team Champions
No Remorse Corps
My favorites in this match are the Briscoe Brothers not only
because they are the current champions but they work as such a well-synchronized
unit. Rocky Romero is excellent in the ring and Roderick Strong can hold his own
against his opponents. Romero and Strong have as good a chance as anyone to
become the next ROH tag team champions.
Romero via pinfall
Great beginning to this match with a full 12 minutes of
action. There were several close pinfalls.
Briscoe Brothers via pinfall
Only 4 minutes and nothing but quick and efficient in the
ring action during this round. Iím breathing a little easier now that the
Briscoes have won the second fall. The live audience is chanting for the Briscoe
Brothers as well.
3 and Winners of the Match
& Mark Briscoe
retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship
This match was action packed, fast paced and kept
everyoneís eyes on the ring. The
Briscoe Brothers certainly did some of great team work in this match up. Romero
and Strong gave it their best shot but the Briscoe Brothers remain one of the
greatest tag teams out there today. Mega hits, mega high-risk maneuvers,
constant action. This was another spectacular fast paced ROH match and a must
see no matter who your favorite tag team might be.
Camera shots of the hallways and the room where The Vulture
Squad is hanging out. In one hallway, we see The Hangman Three searching for The
Vulture Squad. In another hallway,
we see Age of the Fall searching for The Vulture Squad. I think Necro Butcher is
carrying a crowbar! In another area, Nigel McGuinness and Austin Aries are
facing each other with a referee in the middle keeping them apart.
World Title Match
Look out for:
Horns of Aries
Austin Aries from Milwaukee, WI, weighing 205 lbs.
Nigel McGuinness from London, England, weighing 222 lbs.
ROH World Champion
I hate this! I am a fan of both of these wrestlers and I
canít decide who to cheer for. I
have faith in Austin but Nigel took that title belt away from Takeshi Morishima.
That wasnít an easy thing to do and Austin is nowhere near the size of
OH MY GAWD! I am SO not kidding! Aries delivered a suicide
dive that slammed Nigel face first into the guardrail and Nigel suffers a cut
above his eye as a result. He got back to his feet and back into the match. He
should be down for the count. I thought the fans in the front row were going to
be wearing the guardrail Ė thatís how far it went when Nigel hit it!
Another NO! NO! NO! moment as Nigel delivers a tower of London from the
ring apron sending Austin down to the floor. Those were just two of the heart
stopping slams in this match.
retains the ROH World Championship
Nigel entered this match with tape on his left shoulder. The
two wrestlers do shake hands prior to the bell. During the match, Leonard tells
us that Nigel had injured his left shoulder earlier. We have true wrestling
holds and submission maneuvers from both of these wrestlers and the result is
one exciting match. It is difficult to watch a match between two of your
favorite wrestlers but their wrestling styles are so different and they are so
athletic and tough, it was impossible not to keep your eyes glued to the
In the back, The Age of the Fall and The Briscoe Brothers
meet up and we have a brawl in the hall. The Hangman Three and The Vulture Squad
appear and the hall gets a little crowded but there are fists flying
nonetheless. Even Lacey and Daizee Haze go after each other.
ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness with one nasty looking
cut over his right eye is shown on camera before the show ends.
NOTE: If my information is correct, Nigel suffered a
concussion, a broken nose, and received 14 stitches to close the gash over his
Not to leave out the other important people that worked on
this pay per view, Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard did their usual informative
calling the matches. The fans appreciate a running commentary that provides the
different holds and maneuvers each wrestler uses as well as the backgrounds of
the wrestlers in the match. The referees involved in the matches were animated
and active during the matches and special kudos to the refs who took hits from
Morishima during his match with Danielson. The sound system has been better
during the last two pay per view events and the mat seems to have a little more
give than it has had in the past. The cameramen and/or camerawomen kept the
action coming to the screen.
All in all, this pay per view is definitely a must see for ROH fans. If you are not an ROH fan, check it out!
You too can be chanting
ROH! ROH! ROH!
the next pay per view!
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