Dream Tag Team Match: Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Briscoe Brothers
While in the wrestling world, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin were known as The World’s Greatest Tag Team, Jay and Mark Briscoe proved it for nine years in Ring of Honor with six unprecedented ROH World Tag Team Championship reigns. Could Haas and Benjamin live up to their own hype, defeat one of the top tag teams in Ring of Honor history, and earn an opportunity to face Kings of Wrestling for championship gold?
Yes they can…
Originally, the ROH World Championship match was scheduled for the night’s main-event (read further for details), but not only did Haas and Benjamin earn a championship match, but together with the Briscoe Brothers, they delivered for the fans, enough so that they chanted, “This is wrestling!”
Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin will be challenging for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at the following internet-pay-per-view Honor Takes Center Stage on April 1
Two out of Three Falls Match for ROH World Television Championship: [C] Christopher Daniels vs. Eddie Edwards
Christopher Daniels won the TV Championship from Eddie Edwards on the 1/31/11 edition of HDNet. After neither competitor could score the pinfall within the 15-minute time limit, Edwards demanded five more minutes to prove that he could defeat Daniels. A week after their match, Christopher Daniels requested, out of respect for the honor of the former champion, to defend the title in a 2 out of 3 falls match with a 30-minute time limit.
The sequel was everything that you could expect from it and more. With Edwards locking in Daniels’ signature Koji Clutch, and Daniels later returning with Edwards’ signature Achilles Lock, the fans knew that they were witnessing something special.
With shades of C.M. Punk vs. Samoa Joe, the time-limit constraint was not enough for Daniels and Edwards to find a decisive winner with each earning a pin-fall. The match was declared a time-limit draw after Daniels was unable to accept a five-minute extension after splitting his head from Edwards’ Top rope hurricanrana.
Jim Cornette announced that Daniels would be challenging for the ROH World Championship at the following internet-pay-per-view Honor Takes Center Stage on April 1
ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: [C] Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) (with Shane Hagadorn) vs. The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King)
For years, The All Night Express never took themselves seriously as competitors. But even after utilizing the services of Austin Aries, managing ANX with a pipe, Rhett Titus and Kenny King came to terms that no one else took them seriously either.
The Kings of Wrestling’s Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli have held the ROH World Tag Team Championships for almost a year since defeating The Briscoe Brothers back at ROH’s The Big Bang!
The match accomplished two things: 1) KOW further solidified their legacy as the most dominant ROH World Tag Team Champions, and 2) ANX proved to be serious competitors with the outlook of championship gold in their future.
Women of Honor Match: Sara Del Rey vs. MsChif
ROH’s 9th Anniversary Show marked the third time that these two women have wrestled one another. The first on Shimmer Volume 18, MsChif ended Sara Del Rey’s two-year reign as SHIMMER Champion, and ROH’s Rising Above when MsChif successfully defended the SHIMMER belt against SDR. More than two years later, Sara Del Rey’s demand for competition was answered in the form of The Soul’s Tormentor.
Just a few weeks ago on HDNet, MsChif desecrated long-time rival Daizze Haze, and sprayed her with green mist as a warning that she had come to dominate on ROH’s Women of Honor platform. However, ROH disappointed their fans with a 4-minute match which saw SDR utilize the Death Razor wrist clutch slam for the victory.
Sara Del Rey then added insult to injury by spitting on her, which provoked MsChif to spray green mist into the eyes of SDR.
(Side note: Ring of Honor misspelled MsChif’s name during her entrance, reading “MsChef”)
Barrio Street Fight for ROH World Championship: [C] Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini vs. Homicide
The Barrio Street Fight for the ROH World Championship was obviously scheduled to be the show’s main-event, but when Roderick Strong attacked El Generico directly after his match (Generico is a contender for the championship), Homicide demanded that his championship opportunity start immediately.
It wasn’t until this match that you realize how “indy” Ring of Honor actually is. When Homicide and Roddy fought into the crowd, Dave Prazak and Kevin Kelly were unable to call the action due to not having monitors at the announce table. Damn… that’s indy.
Homicide was able to get the upper hand towards the end of the match, rushing Strong head first into steel chairs wedged into the ring posts, and DDT’d him through a table. But thanks to Truth Martini and Michael Elgin, the champion capitalized on the distractions to retain his belt. And for that, I thank them.
El Generico vs. Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini
Since Final Battle, El Generico has left his darker persona for the fun-loving generic luchador that the fans all love. Michael Elgin debuted in Ring of Honor a few weeks ago on HDNet as a new member of Truth Martini’s House of Truth. During their match, Generico went for a tornado DDT off the barricade, but Elgin used his Bane-like strength to stop Generico and ram him back-first into the barricades on the opposite side of the ring. “Now that! That was impressive.” Elgin later powerbombed Generico with Truth Martini in the fireman’s carry position begs the question, is this guy Bane? However, a quick roll up is all that Generico needed to secure the win.
Four-Corners Survival Match: Steve Corino vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Grizzly Redwood vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Bob Evans
Steve Corino seems to have turned over a new leaf? After driving Kevin Steen to follow down a dark path that cost him his ROH career, Corino proclaimed that he was a changed man and turned babyface. Let’s see if his urge to stick his thumb up men’s poopers finally comes to an end.
Kyle O’Reilly, training under the tutelegue of Davey Richards, is indeed the top prospect in my opinion. His rolling butterfly suplexes alone should tell you that there is something special in O’Reilly. If you haven’t already, look him up on YouTube and see what I’m talking about.
Grizzly Redwood, a graduate from the ROH Academy, is billed as the littlest lumberjack. Peter Jackson sure could have used him on the set of Lord of the Rings. He’s also the littlest person, that I’m aware of, to have a six-pack.
Back at Final Battle, a mysterious wrestler and his Mickey Goldmill handler sat through Christopher Daniels’ match with Homicide. The unknown prospect made his Ring of Honor in-ring debut on the 1/10/11 edition of ROHonHDNet as “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett, with his handler “Brutal” Bob Evans. As of yet, Bennett has not lived up to his moniker, though he does possess the attitude and arrogance of a prodigy. Then again, Mike Bennett won the Four-Corners Survival match.
Special Attraction Match: Davey Richards vs. Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana
After the bloody hardcore series of matches with El Generico against Steve Corino and Kevin Steen, Colt Cabana has stated that he wants to go back to the more traditional technical based wrestling. Though his wish was granted at ROH’s 9th Anniversary Show, he was unable to pick up the victory from Davey Richards.
While Colt dreams small, Richards is on his own quest to become the ROH World Champion, and has stated that the next time he challenges for the belt will be his last. Basically it’s do-or-die for Richards as “The Hunt never dies.”
And don’t forget, check out The Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana available for free on iTunes or through WeLoveColt.com