of Honor Presents
Is Earned II
August 1, 2008
Sassy - August 9, 2008
Prazak has grown some hair since the last pay per view!
right with the world.
You havenít seen the latest Ring of Honor event? You have until August
15, 2008 in most areas to see it. ROH fans wonít be able to pass it up, non-ROH
fans have the chance to become fansÖRespect Is Earned II is another pay per
view that no true wrestling fan wants to miss.
Iím way past ready for
this so hereís the show:
Dave Prazak and Lenny
Leonard welcome the fans to Philadelphia, PA and introduce a video of the first
year of ROHís pay per view. (Iíve
seen them all!)
Injustice, Edison, NJ, Jay & Mark Briscoe defeated Rocky Romero & Davey Richards for the ROH Tag Team Titles, but Mark Briscoe was injured.
At Up For Grabs, Hartford, CT, Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black won ROH Tag Team Titles in a tournament.
They will defend the
Steen & El Generico
This was a great way to
open the pay per view with four wrestlers who canít keep their feet on the
mat. While every one of them is agile, Kevin Steen wows me every time I see him
in the ring. El Generico &
Steen work very well as a tag team and Ruckus & Jigsaw continue to grow on
me as a tag team with potential. ROH will need new guardrails after this match
alone. Match time: 8 minutes.
Iím a Castagnoli fan but
Richards is an amazing wrestler. ROH
World Heavyweight Champion Nigel McGuinness was at the announcerís table to
offer his opinion of the talent or lack thereof of the wrestlers in the ring.
This match was a good contest of wrestling moves, holds and counters. Castagnoli
showed the fans some nice moves but Richards had a counter for everything
Castagnoli throws at him. These two
have very unique wrestling styles. Fans of either wrestler will not want to miss
this match. Match time: 8 minutes.
Man Tag Team Match
Sweet Ďn Sour, Inc.ís
Sweeney, Shane Haggadorn & Bobby Dempsey
I donít know about anyone
else but I live to see Brent Albright appear in the ring to kick a**. When I saw
this match advertised, I thought someone in ROH was out to get Albright.
What a shock to discover Albright picked his own partners.
Has Albright lost his mind? I think Albrightís mind is in great shape
and the time Primeau & Delirious have in the ring mean for some high risk
and daring action. Chris Hero looked better than I have ever seen him look. Adam
Pearce still makes me want to spit at the television screen and Eddie Edwards
held his own during this match. You just know there will be outside interference
and some of us will be screaming for Sweeneyís blood. This was a match I could
get into and I feel a little better about my mindÖI didnít understand a word
Delirious said. Match time: 11 minutes.
I have seen ROH ďFight
Without HonorĒ matches before but staying in my chair during this match was
impossible. How either of these
wrestlers could stand up and leave the ring after this grueling match is beyond
me. There were tables and ladders
(wobbly ladders at that!) and chairs galore not to mention major damage to the
guardrails surrounding the audience. The match went from the floor to the ring
to the floor to the ring with never a dull moment, hard heavy hits and dangerous
maneuvers to win including one big HOLY S***!
Stevens may be one of my favorite ROH wrestlers but no one can say Strong
canít hold his own. Caution: Major
bloodshed and certainly not for the faint of heart. Match time: 23 minutes.
World Heavyweight Title Match
Iím about to do something
I donít often do when I review a Ring of Honor event. Iím going to say the biggest let down for me in this pay
per view was Nigel McGuinness defending his title against Go Shiozaki.
I like McGuinness in the ring and I like what I have seen of Shiozaki but
they didnít pull off a great match. Although the match began in with a bang, I
had a problem getting into the action and staying focused on the two men in the
ring. I may have expected more from Shiozaki than he delivered or it may have
been that Shiozaki wasnít comfortable in the ring. Both wrestlers seemed to
have trouble keeping the match flowing. Once the match got into a rhythm, it was
better but it was certainly not the best championship match I have seen come
from ROH. Match time: 17
World Tag Team Title Match
Age of the Fall
Dragon Bryan Danielson
The final match of the pay
per view and it topped every match on the card. This was the continuation of a
feud between Austin Aries and Jimmy Jacobs culminating in a very short initial
match as the referee called for the bell due to chairs being brought into and
used in the ring. After a
conference with all four men involved, the referee decided to restart the match
and was it ever worth seeing! I
want to dislike Bryan Danielson and I think it is because he is so darned good
in every match he works. Austin Aries didnít let me down with his ability and
whether you love him or hate him, Jimmy Jacobs continues to grow as a force in
the ROH ring. Tyler Black, even with the AOTF affiliation hanging over his head,
has ROH fans enthralled when he makes an appearance. Danielson and Black make
this a match to remember. I was on my feet the entire last half of the match
screaming for both teams to win. If you do not see this pay per view for any
other reason and the above matches are reason enough, do NOT miss this match!
Match time: 23 minutes.
As always, if you need a
Ring of Honor fix between this pay per view and the next, visit www.rohwrestling.com.
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This delayed review is not on purpose. I had a problem getting the pay
per view through my cable company. Initially the company attempted to charge
more than what was advertised and although I would have paid what they asked in
order to see the show, I was unable to purchase it through my cable system. This
is not the first time I have had this problem.
If anyone else had a problem with overcharging or the inability to get
the show on their cable system, please send me an email and let me know.