ROH on HDNet (04.04.09)

ROH on HDNet
Philadelphia, PA
April 4, 2009

Your hosts are Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood.

Tonight in the main event, Bryan Danielson battles Austin Aries! OH yeah.

Breaking News: Jerry Lynn has captured the ROH World Title. He definitely deserves it with the amazing comeback he has undergone over the last 8-10 months in ROH, but it’s a shame to know it happened over Nigel’s torn biceps. Almost like a tainted victory.

  • Erick Stevens vs. Sterling James Keenan

Even though he’s been a squash guy sporadically for WWE in the past few years, this is my first time ever seeing Keenan. Here’s Hogewood’s analysis of Keenan: What’s there to know about Keenan? Nobody likes him. Why? There’s nothing likeable about him. Alright. That tells me nothing. Stevens thinks he’s going to make short work of this newcomer. He chops Keenan up pretty good until Keenan cheapshots him with a Michael Hayes jab. Keenan hoists Stevens up in a fireman’s carry and drops him with a backbreaker across the knee. Nice! Cover, 1-2-NO! He puts Stevens down with an STO and locks in a neck tie sleeper. Stevens fights out and starts his comeback with a release belly to belly suplex. CHOO CHOO corner splash connects. Flying shoulderblock gets two. However, Keenan refuses to die and gives Stevens an Implant DDT. That gets him a pair of two-counts. Stevens avoids an O’Connor Roll and nails Keenan with a press into a powerslam ala Goldberg for 1-2-NO! Keenan knows he’s in trouble, so he goes to the eyes to slow down Stevens. It’s not enough to stop him though, as Stevens drills Keenan with a Lariat. Stevens delivers the DOCTORBOMB and gets 1-2-3. (6:53) Hogewood ~ “SLAP THE PORPOISE! IT’S OVER!Well, that’s certainly a new one. I like how they keep these squashes competitive. It’s closer to the ’80s squashes in the NWA. **¼

In the back, Kyle Durden asks Bryan Danielson if he’s nervous about wrestling in the main event. No way, Kyle. Austin Aries is the one who should be nervous, because Danielson has explosive elbows, killer kicks and sickest submissions in the WORLD-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D! Alliteration has never ever sounded cooler in a promo than this.

  • The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis & Kory Chavis) vs. Up In Smoke (Cheech & Cloudy)

Hogewood thinks Cheech and Cloudy are a couple of surfer dudes when they’re just a couple of pot heads who happen to wrestle in Philly-based promotions. The DCFC look like the baddest all-black duo since the last one we saw that had flames on their tights. Cloudy gets thrown around until he catches Chavis with a hurracanrana out of the corner and makes the tag to Cheech. He’s all hot and heavy on the DCFC. Up In Smoke deliver Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Cheech to Chavis! Cloudy gets thrown away, leaving DCFC to finish off Cheech with the Dark City Street Cutter! It’s an awesome powerbomb/neckbreaker double-team. (2:30) The DCFC show lots of potential, but they need to man up their tights. By the way, Hogewood slaps another porpoise. ¾*

In the back, Kyle Durden talks with Austin Aries. Aries tells Kyle he has no fashion sense. He also informs us that he put on his lucky sweatband tonight, because he knows he’s going to have to break a sweat with Danielson. After this match, Danielson just might find out that Austin Aries is perhaps the greatest man to ever live. Wow, those are HIGH expectations. In closing, Austin Aries calls Kyle a fool. AND KYLE ISN’T GOING TO DO A THING ABOUT IT! Don’t worry Kyle, Hogewood has your back.

  • Necro Butcher vs. Chris Hero (w/Larry Sweeney & Sara Del Ray)

Whoa, when did Chris Hero grow a huge Mike Knox beard? Not only that, but he’s traded in his long tights for Chris Jericho tights. There needs to be a “put some pants on” chant in ROH. Any phrase with four syllables can be a chant, ya know. Hero and Butcher stand back and let the crowd do their thing. It’s one of the few instances on these first three shows where you can HEAR the crowd really reacting to something. Necro absorbs Hero’s blows as he comes off the ropes. Necro fires back on Hero with straight shots to the face and goes for the TIGER DRIVER, but Del Ray and Sweeney hopping up on the apron stops it happening. Necro turns around into a ROARING ELBOW for 1-2-NOPE! Hero throws out Necro for a stomp job for his Sweet n Sour entourage. Hero lifts up the floor mats and lays them on top of Necro so he can’t escape a running senton! Back in, Hero unloads with more elbows. He grabs a cravat, but Necro fights out and hits a backdrop. Necro delivers the West Virginia Violence Parade, ending with a running bulldog. Hero hits another elbow smash and catches Necro with a blockbuster for 1-2-NO! He boots Necro to the floor, which is where you don’t want Necro to be. He gets a chair from ringside and gives Hero the chair-assisted slam where the mats had been peeled back. Sweeney distracts Necro while Del Ray hands Hero the loaded elbow pad. Necro looks to finish with the TIGER DRIVER, but Hero slips away and decks Necro with the LOADED ROLLING ELBOW SMASH! That’ll do it for Necro. (8:20) No slapping of the porpoise here from Hogewood. Not sure if this means Hero gets pushed more in ROH or not. The dirty finish was the only way to introduce Hero though, so time will tell. **½

  • Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries

No ‘Final Countdown’, and that’s just odd. Before they shake hands, the crowd is chanting “You’re going to get your f—ing head kicked in!” obviously directed at Aries with a series of claps to match the syllables. I wish Hogewood had repeated that chant. This show would be even MORE pro if he had. Aries snaps off some armdrags to start and locks in an armbar. Danielson escapes with a dropkick as we come to a stalemate. Aries goes back to the arm. Danielson counters him with a headscissors and pulls Aries on top of him when he tries to handstand out for the dropkick. Nice. It’s the little common sense things, folks. Danielson trips up Aries and goes for the Surfboard, but Aries makes the ropes. He’s got until the count of five, ref. Aries dumps Danielson, but he shoots back in with a sunset flip. Aries rolls through that into the dropkick. Dragon makes a nice changeover from an armbar into a cross armbreaker to show off some new submission skills he’s learned at the Xtreme Couture school. Yeah, that’s just what Danielson needs: more submissions. Aries pops Danielson in the back of the head with an elbow smash when Danielson tells the ref AGAIN that he has until the count of five to break the hold. Aries buries some knees into Danielson’s back and then grabs a nerve hold. Danielson fights up, but gets caught in a shin breaker/back suplex that takes him to the floor. Aries follows that up with a Heat Seeking Missile! Well, that ruled. Back in, that gets two. Fish Hook of Doom by Aries! That’s totally illegal, bro. Aries misses a running dropkick in the corner, which allows Danielson some regrouping time. Danielson dishes out some elbows and running kicks Aries in the back for two. Aries reaches the ropes to avoid a full extension on a cross armbreaker. Once again, Danielson informs the ref of the rules. Aries fights off a back superplex, but eats a forearm to knock him off the apron to the guardrail. Aries moves away to prevent a suicide dive from Danielson, but then turns around into a diving knee off the apron! Back inside, Danielson delivers the front missile dropkick and kips-up! Running knee sets up CATTLE MUTILATION, but Aries rolls through into a pin for 1-2-NO! They trade rolling elbows. Aries flips out of a German suplex and kicks Danielson on the top of his head. Ouch. Both men are “exhausted”. Danielson avoids a couple BRAINBUSTER attempts, but can’t avoid the LAST CHANCERY! Aries flips back over to drill Danielson with knees, but then Danielson counters into a Triangle Choke! Aries tries to roll out of it, but Danielson clamps it on FOR REALZ and gets the tap-out. (14:29) As expected, here’s another great competitive main event. Certainly not the best they can do, but it’s fantastic for TV. ***½

Next week, Jerry Lynn battles the big guy Brodie Lee from Age of the Fall. Is that the main event?

Final Thoughts: All I can tell you is to check out Aries/Danielson if you don’t watch anything else from this show. It’s not completely amazing, but it’s probably the best way to book an ROH match with this type of talent if you’re going to have to watch them weekly on TV. I’m sure it will be on YouTube shortly. And after you do that, go and enjoy WrestleMania 25 if you can!

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