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Chicago Ridge, Illinois at Frontier Fieldhouse
A video package hyped most of the matches on the card…
1. Davey Richards defeated Colt Cabana at 12:12. Competing Davey Richards/Colt Cabana chants broke out before the match. Kevin Kelly and Dave Prazak finally checked in on commentary. Cabana worked and arm twist to start. They ran a series of reversals and Davey just missed a kick. Colt and Davey played cat and mouse getting in and out of the ring and Davey hit a scary suicide dive on Colt.
Davey worked the arm with arm bars and arm drags. He hit two kicks on the arm and hooked a wrist lock. Cabana kicked him away, but Davey hit a dropkick to the face and went back to the arm bar. Colt made his feet, but Davey hit a back suplex on a hammer lock and went to the top. He jumped off, but Colt got the feet up and kicked Davey in the face.
Colt flipped and flopped, but Davey hit a kick. Davey hit the ropes and Cabana hit the fly elbow. Colt hit several double chops on Davey and then a springboard moonsault for two. Cabana went to the top, but Richards ran up and hit a kick. Colt grabbed Davey in a fireman's carry and then dropped him on the top turnbuckle. He followed with a moonsault from the top for a great near fall.
Cabana tried for Colt 45, but Davey escaped the lift and drove Colt to the ring post. He followed with a missile dropkick and a diving headbut from the top for two. Davey locked in the cross arm breaker and Cabana reversed into the Billy Goat's Curse. Davey reversed into a roll up for two. Davey hit a forearm in the corner, and then strung together a knee to the face, swinging DDT, and Falcon Arrow into the cross armbreaker for the submission win…
Shore's Slant: Good opening match. The crowd was very hot for the finish, but they didn't blow the roof off the place and burn them out. Nice work from both men.
A "Top 5 Greatest Moments" video was CM Punk's farewell from ROH which occurred in the building they are in tonight…Grizzly Redwood and Kyle O'Reilly were already in the ring when Steve Corino and Mike Bennett made their entrances…
"The Prodigy" Mike Bennett (w/Brutal Bob) defeated Steve Corino, Kyle O’ Reilly and Grizzly Redwood in a Four Corner Survival Match at 10:44. Bennett refused to shake hands, and he and Corino started. They circled the ring twice and Bennett tagged Redwood in much to Corino's aggravation.
Grizzly tried to take Corino down several times before finally hitting a flying shoulder block to do so. O'Reilly tagged himself in, replacing Grizzly. O'Reilly kicked Corino and Corino slapped him. O'Reilly hit the ropes and Corino hit a scoop slam.
Bennett tagged Corino and hit a dropkick on O'Reilly. O'Reilly tossed Bennett to the floor and hit a dive on him. Grizzly hit a dive on O'Reilly. Corino teased doing a dive, but Bennett slid in the ring and hit a clothesline.
Brutal Bob pulled Corino to the floor, but Corino blocked the punch and was going to hit him, but Bennett made the save and rolled Corino in the ring. Corino rolled away on an elbow drop and both men tagged out.
O'Reilly and Grizzly flew around the ring. O'Reilly hit three suplexes for two and went to the top. Bennett knocked him down and tagged in at the same time. Grizzly ducked the clothesline and tagged in Corino. All four men hit big moves and everybody was laid out.
They made their feet and O'Reilly hit forearms and superkicks on everybody. He hit a double missile dropkick on Grizzly and Corino. All four men battled and Grizzly hooked an abdominal stretch on O'Reilly. Corino hooked another on Grizzly and started to do the thumb trick. Bennett pulled him off and took out everyone, hitting a side effect type move on Corino for the win…
Shore's Slant: Fun match that was a little chaotic at times. But I have to say, I'm still not impressed with Bennett in the ring. I'm not entirely sure what the problem is, but this match looked like they were covering for his shortcomings.
Another Top 5 moment was shown. It was Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels…
3. El Generico defeated Michael Elgin (w/Truth Martini) at 10:29. They shook hands and Elgin jerked Generico into a clothesline. Generico came right back and they traded blows. Generico kicked him to the floor and tried to hit the ropes, but Martini grabbed the leg. The distraction allowed Elgin to take control.
Elgin hit back to back backbreakers and then a senton for two. He tossed Generico to the floor and followed. Generico kicked him and backed up to run. Martini grabbed him again and Elgin ran up. Generico tried for his run on the rail into a DDT, but Elgin reversed and hit a powerslam into the railings. Generico barely beat the count.
Elgin worked ground and pound on Generico. He charged at Generico and Generico pulled the ropes down. He hit a front flip senton on the floor and rolled Elgin back in the ring. He hit a flying cross body for two, and then finally hit the swinging DDT for two.
Elgin hit a wristlock slam and then drove Generico into the turnbuckle back first, and then a swinging slam for two. Bennett worked the back of the neck with blows and then hit a huge clothesline for two. Generico ducked a clothesline and fought to hit a half-nelson suplex for two.
Generico hooked for the Brainbuster, but Elgin knocked the ref down and drove Generico to the corner. He held Generico and Martini went to the top. He jumped off and Generico ducked. Elgin caught him on his shoulders and then grabbed Generico and hit a powerbomb while holding Martini.
The ref took his time recovering so Elgin checked on him. He turned around into a small package for a Generico win. Post-match, Elgin held Generico for Truth again. Generico escaped and attacked Elgin. Roderick String made the save, allowing Elgin to hit his powerbomb again.
Elgin and Generico left the ring and Strong cut a promo on beating Homicide at his own match. Homicide ran out and chased Strong from the ring. He said he didn't want to wait until later, he wanted to go right then. Strong said no, but Homicide hit a suicide dive on him. Todd Sinclair ran out and called for the bell…
4. Roderick Strong (w/Truth Martini) defeated Homicide in a No Holds Barred Barrio Street Fight to retain the ROH World Championship at 14:53. They immediately spilled into the crowd and Strong choked Homicide with someone's coat. They spilled back into the entry way and teased going to the back before finally coming to the ring. Homicide hit Strong with a plastic chair and then bit his ear. He slammed Strong on the plastic chair and they went back to the floor.
They battled all over the ringside area and Homicide tossed a real chair in the ring. Strong hit an Angle slam type move onto the apron and worked the back. He rolled Homicide back in the ring and put a real chair in three of the four corners. He teased doing the forth, but didn’t and the fans booed.
Strong hit the Three Amigos for two and then set a chair in the final corner. Homicide fought back and then drove Strong head first into each of the chairs. Homicide hit an exploder suplex for two. He stood Strong, who pushed him away and hit a big knee for two before setting up a table in the corner.
Strong tried for a Gibson driver on the table, but Homicide ended up reversing into a swinging DDT on the table for two. He set Strong on the top and climbed up. Martini pulled him down to save Strong. Homicide tried for a Cop Killa on Truth, but Elgin ran in. Homicide dropped Truth and tossed Elgin from the ring.
He hit the ace crusher from the top rope and clothesline, but Truth broke it up. He hit a low blow on Homicide, but Homicide came right back with an ace crusher. He turned around into a sick kick and then hit his suplex backbreaker for the win. Post-match, Homicide trashed the table and Kevin Kelly announced that the World's Greatest Tag Team vs. The Briscoes would now be the main event…
Shore's Slant: Wow, no break between matches is a killer. Good match, but kind of short. And the street fight stipulation did not help the match as much as it should have. Still a nice pre-intermission main event that shows you can move the world title out of the main event spot and it not hurt the title.
Jim Cornette joined Kevin Kelly in the ring and he announced the next ROH iPPVs. He hyped the April 1 and 2 back to back PPVs. He announced the winner of the tag title match would face the winner of the WGTT vs. Briscoes match for the tag titles and the ROH Champion defending vs. Christopher Daniels would both occur on April 1…
5. Sara Del Ray (w/Shane Hagadorn) defeated MsChif at 4:00. Sara started with three big boots to start and talked trash as she lifted MsChif in the Gory Special. MsChif flipped out and hit a northern lights suplex with bridge for a near fall. I had some lag issues and then Sara hit the Del Razor (wrist clutch slam) for the win. Post-match, Del Ray spit on MsChif, and MsChif replied by spitting the green mist in Del Ray's eyes…
Shore's Slant: Odd match. I didn't see much, but what I did was mostly a squash match. Not a full squash mind you, but MsChif was booked very weak from what I saw.
6. The Kings of Wrestling (w/Shane Hagadorn) defeated The All Night Express to retain the ROH Tag Team Championships at 15:59. Titus and Hero started. They tried a shoulder block challenge at first, but Hero hit a chop into a takedown. They ran the ropes and Titus hit a kick. Both men tagged out.
Claudio and King locked up and Claudio slapped King on the break. King attacked and Claudio hit a knee lift and the crowd cheered, "Hey" with every Claudio strike. King reversed an armbar into a hip toss and Hero tagged in. All four men were in the ring and the ANX worked several tag team moves on the KOW.
They rolled to the floor and King hiptossed Titus over the top onto them. He went for a dive, but the KOW broke it up and King stopped and hit a plancha on just hero. Titus and both Kings wrestled on the apron. Titus dropped Hero to the floor, but Claudio botched a popup European uppercut to take Titus out.
Hero rolled Titus in and Claudio covered for a near fall. Hero tagged in and Claudio whipped Titus into a kick. Hero hit a hammerlock backbreaker for two and tagged Claudio in. The crowd continued to cheer for him and he screamed at them and jumped up and down in frustration.
The Kings worked in and out with power moves and strikes on Titus. Hero knocked King to the floor and Titus tried to attack. Hero shoved him down and hit a boot from the top and a rolling elbow for two. Claudio tried for a superplex, but Titus reversed into Snake Eyes and both men made hot tags.
King worked his house of fire offense and reversed Hero's rolling kick into a very cool suplex with bridge for two. Hero hit the rolling kick and tagged in Claudio. He hit a European uppercut and running knee for two. Claudio continued to work huge strikes on King and went to the top.
King ran up and caught him. King hit a back flip and then a enziguri on the top. Titus ran in and hit a super sex factor and King covered for two as Titus took out Hero. King hit the Royal Flush and covered, but Hero broke it up.
Titus took out Hero again and hit a brainbuster on Claudio. Kenny King broke out a shooting star press and Hero broke the count again. Hagadorn tossed the loaded elbow pad in the ring. King intercepted it and tried to hit Hero. Hero ducked and Titus pulled him from the ring.
Claudio ran up and tried for the UFO on King, but Claudio was too stunned. King escaped and picked up Claudio. Hero slid back in the ring with the elbow pad and hit the rolling elbow on King, who fell with Claudio on top. The ref counted for the pinfall victory…
Shore's Slant: Holy hell was that a great match! If you didn't like that, then stay with WWE because you hate tag team wrestling for sure. Just wow. Tough break for ANX this time, but they will be champions sooner rather than later. Nothing but good things ahead for both of these teams.
7. Christopher Daniels fought Eddie Edwards in a 2 out of 3 falls match with a 30 minute time limit for the ROH Television Champion to a time limit draw on the third fall. The match is ruled a draw and Christopher Daniels retains the ROH Television Championship. Daniels and Edwards faced off to start and then locked up hard to get going. The fans traded name chants as Daniels and Edwards showed off their mat wrestling abilities with several series of reversals into arm bars and head locks.
Edwards ducked a clothesline and hit a knee lift into a kick to the back for two. He worked the back with a rest hold. Daniels escaped, but Edwards hit a running knee for two and worked chops on Daniels in the corner. He stomped Daniels down and hit several kicks to the face and then pulled him out for a near fall.
Daniels hit a saito suplex and both men recovered. Daniels made his feet and drove Edwards face first into the corner. Daniels hit two sick chops to the back and followed with a side DDT for two. Daniels locked in a figure four headlock, but Edwards rolled back in a pin attempt so he broke it. He chopped Edwards so hard, Edwards fell to the floor.
Daniels went to the floor and drove Edwards into the railing. He rolled him back in the ring and stomped the back of the neck. Daniels followed with a suplex for two before locking in a rest hold on the neck. Edwards tried to escape, but Daniels set him on the top buckle. Edwards fought back and dropped Daniels on to rope and then hit a hurricanranna.
Edwards hit a leg sweep on Daniels and then a kick on the apron. He followed with double stomp and my feed froze. I got it back and Edwards hit a dive from the top rope onto Daniels in the crowd. It froze again, and Edwards hit a drop kick and tied Daniels to the tree of woe. He backed up on the floor and then hit a baseball slide into the ring on Daniels head.
Daniels basically no sold it and went right to work on Edwards. He hit a stomp to the chest and then a Burning Hammer type move for two at 19:29. Daniels charged at Edwards who hip tossed him into the turnbuckle and both men recovered. Edwards hit a splash in the corner and followed with the Chin Checker for a near fall.
They traded chops in the middle of the ring and Edwards hooked a take down into an Achilles lock. Daniels reversed into the Koji Clutch. Edwards reversed again, but Daniels re-reversed into an Achilles lock. Edwards reversed into the Koji Clutch. Daniels escaped and scored a roll up for the first pinfall. Christopher Daniels earned the first fall at 22:55.
Daniels hit Blue Thunder on the apron and Edwards sold till a 19 count as the five minute mark was announced. Daniels immediately hit an awkward piledriver for a near fall. He hooked for Angel's wings, but Edwards drove him back to the corner. Daniels hit a slam into the turnbuckle and setup for his chest stomp on the top. Edwards rolled through and hooked the Achilles lock. Daniels submitted to tie the falls at one a piece. Eddie Edwards earned the second fall at 26:42.
Edwards hooked an STF. Daniels crawled to the rope so Edwards broke and hit an exploder suplex for two. Edwards hit a super-hurricanranna that busted Daniels open on the side of his head for two. Daniels tried to hip toss Edwards to the floor, but Edwards held on and they both crashed to the floor. Edwards made it back to the ring, but the bell rang as the time limit expired.
Daniels sold being hurt. Jim Cornette came out as did the other ref and some of the guys from the back. Cornette announced that they would have been happy to give this match five more minutes but Daniels was in no condition to compete according to their trainers. Edwards seemed exasperated but finally accepted the ruling…
Shore's Slant: What a great match with a terrible ending. Why do two out of three falls just to get a draw? Just give it more time. The two stips really gave away the finish, and the match will suffer for it in our memories. I hate the way it played out, but the match itself was fun.
8. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas defeated The Briscoe Brothers for the number once contendership for the ROH Tag Team Championships at 22:25. Benjamin and Jay started. They locked up and backed Jay into the corner. Benjamin broke clean, but Jay shoved him. Benjamin shoved back and they stared off. They locked up again and traded waist locks. They mat wrestled, trading arm bars and front chanceries.
Jay tagged Mark in who worked a figure four head lock on Benjamin. Benjamin popped out into a headlock. They traded Sunset flip rollups and faced off. The fans chanted for Haas so he tagged in. Haas worked his ground and pound offense on Mark. Mark hit two chops that Haas no sold and then they traded chops. Mark hit a knee lift and tagged in Jay.
The Briscoes hit a double shoulder tackle, but Haas hit a standing dropkick for two and tagged in Benjamin. Jay and Benjamin traded twisting sunset flip rollups and the crowd chanted, "Man up!" Benjamin responded by hitting a sick big boot for a near fall.
Haas tagged in and Benjamin slammed Jay across Haas's leg. Haas hit a series of moves and then Jay hit the exact same moves and tagged in Mark. Haas whipped Mark and Jay blind tagged. He hit a superkick on Haas and then the Briscoes hit a double superkick on Benjamin.
Mark tagged back in and they hit a double running kick on Haas in the corner and then strong whipped him to the opposite corner. Mark tossed Haas to the floor and Jay dropped him on the rail. Jay rolled him back in the ring and tagged in. Jay tried for a back suplex, but Haas flipped out and hit one of his own.
Both men tagged out and Benjamin worked his offense. He hit the stinger splash into the exploder suplex for two. Mark hit redneck kung fu and then a blind tag followed by a superkick. Jay hit a huge clothesline for two. Haas came in and hit suplex on Jay.
He set Jay up for their top rope tag team move, but Mark hit a missile dropkick on Benjamin. Everybody traded kicks and Jay hit the DVD on Haas and Mark went to the top. Benjamin jumped up and tossed Mark off the top. Everybody but Mark battled to the floor and into the fans. Mark made his feet and hit a dive from the top rope on all three men.
They made it back in the ring at 21:00 Mark hit a Finlay roll, Jay hit a leg drop on the top, and Mark hit an elbow from the top. Jay covered and Haas broke it up. The Briscoes setup for the Doomsday Device on Haas.. Benjamin kicked Mark to the floor and Haas escaped from Jay. He lifted Jay and they hit a neckbreaker Doomsday Device of their own for the pinfall victory. Post-match, the WGTT put over the Briscoes and then everyone shook hands…
Shore's Slant:Anybody ever want to know if my job is hard should try and cover one of these shows. Just amazing wrestling. You knew it was going to get crazy because they didn't do much for five minutes but get the crowd hyped up. Then they let it all hang out. Great ending to a fantastic PPV. And if I go to Atlanta, I get KOW vs. WGTT for the tag titles? I see Hotlanta in my future. I'll have more to say tomorrow on the hitlist and Will Pruett and I will be along with members only audio shorty. Thanks for reading and I'll see you then.
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