8/2 Mathieson's ROH on HDNet Live Coverage: The Briscoes vs. the Kings of Wrestling in singles matches, Austin Aries vs. Delirious, the Dark City Fight Club vs. the Embassy, and Eddie Edwards' Ten Minute Hunt
By Joe Mathieson
Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet
Taped in Philadelphia, Pa.
The show opened with a quick video hyping the two Briscoes vs. Kings of Wrestling singles matches, then The Embassy of Shawn Daivari and Ernesto Osiris entering, followed by the Dark City Fight Club.
1. The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis) defeated The Embassy (Shawn Daivari and Ernesto Osiris) in 7:40. Daivari offered a handshake to start, but the DCFC jumped him and beat him and Osiris around ringside. The Embassy duo took over, but Daivari tagged in Osiris who could do nothing against Davis.
Both men tagged out and Chavis hit a spinning sideslam for two. Chavis dominated Osiris for a bit but was thrown out by Daivari. The finish came when Osiris held Chavis and Daivari slapped him until Davis came out of nowhere with a Y Daivari and the DCFC hit Project Mayhem on Osiris for the pin.
Joe's Judgment: Yeahhhh, not particularly exciting there. It was a squash when Osiris was in, not so much when Daivari was in. The DCFC didn't sell for Daivari at all though, so it may as well have been a squash.
Kyle Durden was backstage with the Briscoes, who said they would beat the Kings like buck-toothed red-headed stepchildren, and they'd get their belts back.
Eddie Edwards was in the ring and brought out the next contender in the Ten Minute Hunt, which has its own graphic now. Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak didn't know who the guy was. Edwards gave him the mic and asked who he was, to which he replied that he was Jay Freddie from Watertown, New York. Edwards handed him the belt and asked how it felt, then hit him with the mic.
2. Eddie Edwards defeated Jay Freddie in a Ten Minute Hunt in 2:20. Freddie got a bit of offense with a dropkick and a top rope huracanrana. Edwards quickly took over with a Yakuza, dropping Freddie to the floor. Freddie went for another top rope huracanrana and Edwards caught him with a powerbomb, then locked in the Achilles Lock and stomped on Freddie's head for the win. [C]
Joe's Judgment: I'm divided in my opinion on the Ten Minute Hunt. On one hand, it gets Edwards over, but on the other hand I would like to see the belt defended more. This did the first pretty well, but now it's time for the second.
Kyle Durden was backstage with Rasche Brown, who said that he saw Necro Butcher liked boards, and he liked boards as well. He said that he was from Gary, Indiana, and a Butcher's Rules match was like playing tag in the yard, and that for Necro, pain was coming.
Delirious entered with Daizee Haze, followed by Austin Aries in street clothes. Aries said that he had a doctor's note, saying he had "a third-degree case of Laurinitis, excuse me, laryngitis". He said he was looking for a replacement and found his man: Kenny King.
3. Kenny King defeated Delirious in 8:30. Delirious controlled the match until he started chasing Aries around ringside. King intercepted him when he entered the ring and went for the Royal Flush but Delirious elbowed his way down. King went on the offensive for the next couple minutes.
Delirious hit a baseball slide through King's legs on Aries and continued to beat him up on the outside. King came down and attacked him, then worked over his neck for a couple minutes. Delirious fought out and locked in the Cobra Stretch, when Aries came up on the apron and Delirious broke the hold. King got to his feet and hit his shotgun knees, then rolled up Delirious for the pin.
Joe's Judgment: I've had enough serious Delirious to last the rest of my life. Let him be an undercard comedy guy, that's his niche, and he's one of the best at it. He's a good wrestler, but I can't get interested about seeing him in a serious major feud any more.
The Kings of Wrestling entered with Shane Hagadorn and Sara Del Rey. Hagadorn said this would be the last time the Kings would have to wrestle the Briscoes in ROH.
1. Jay Briscoe defeated Claudio Castagnoli in 7:50. Briscoe came out and the matchs tarted before he even took his jacket off. In the first couple minutes, Claudio hit a bicycle kick while Jay was on the apron. Castagnoli continued to work over Jay until Jay hit a lariat.
Claudio went back on the offensive but Jay hit another lariat and a spinebuster for two. Jay went for a DVD but Claudio avoided and ran the ropes, right into a DVD from Briscoe. Claudio hit a suplex of sorts and went for the Ricola Bomb, but Jay backdropped him and Claudio turned it into a sunset flip. They exchanged pinning combinations and eventually Jay got a three count.
Post match, Chris Hero ran out and the Kings hit the KRS-1 on Jay, bringing out Mark Briscoe to start the next match.
5. Mark Briscoe defeated Chris Hero in 8:30. Mark controlled the opening minutes with strikes, but Hero hit a couple elbows and took control. Mark brought Hero to ringside and whipped him into the barricade, but Hero jumped up onto the barricade and jumped back down with a diving elbow strike.
Hero brought Mark back in the ring and hit a suplex for two. Mark no sold and forearmed Hero a few times, but Hero caught him with a sick elbow for two. Hero hit another elbow and went up top for a moonsault, but Mark rolled out of the way and then connected with an elbow strike.
Mark hit some more strikes and then went for the Cutthroat Driver unsuccessfully. Del Rey distracted the ref and Hagadorn threw Hero the stupid loaded elbow pad. Hero went for an elbow, but Mark ducked and hit a kick to the head. Hero countered with a kick of his own and went for the Death Blow, but Mark reversed it into a backslide for three.
Joe's Judgment: The second match was the better of the two. Decent TV main event with a good sense of chaos, although I wish the KOW would get some clean wins once in a while. At least they weren't practically squashed like last week. By the way, the crowd absolutely hated Hero. He's a fantastic heel, amazing on the mic and in the ring, and yet he can't win matches without the loaded elbow pad. If ROH would just drop that aspect of his gimmick and just let him win matches clean, then be a heel about it, he could be the best thing in wrestling.
A video played that claimed ROH had the best tag team wrestling in the world, with the Briscoes, American Wolves, DCFC, All Night Express, Kings of Wrestling, and more. The video announced that on September 11th, in New York City, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin are coming to ROH to face the Kings of Wrestling. NICE.
Overall tonight's show was nothing fantastic in the wrestling department, though the last two matches were pretty good, but it was very newsworthy with the big WGTT announcement. If you've got anything you'd like to say, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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