Ring of Honor presented “Death Before Dishonor VIII” on iPPV from Toronto, Ontario featuring two must see matches as Tyler Black battled Davey Richards for the ROH World Title and The Kings of Wrestling defended the Tag Titles against Jay & Mark Briscoe in a No Disqualification Match. DVD includes a bonus disc featuring “Buffalo Stampede II” from the previous night in Hamburg, NY featuring a Non-Title Match between Tyler Black and Steve Corino. The DVD also includes a bonus match: Davey Richards vs. Tyler Black at Proving Ground 2009 Night 1 2/6/09.
Kevin Steen vs. El Generico
Initially, the tag team match between The All-Night Express and Up in Smoke was scheduled to open the pay-per-view, but an enraged El Generico demanded, “STEEN! NOW!!!”
Steve Corino, dressed in black, came out to tell Generico that Kevin Steen does not open pay-per-views, he main-events them. And that the reason why he was dressed in black, was because he was dressed for Generico’s funeral after tonight.
An exciting hard-fought opening bout ending with Steen as the victor after striking Generico with a wrench and driving him down with a top rope Steenalizer package powerbomb.
(Side note: During the intermission, Generico and Steen continued fighting from the entrance ramp down to the ring. El Generico stole a tie from a nearby ring announcer and started choking Steen. This was indeed ROH’s response to Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) being released from WWE during the summer. Danielson, an ROH-Alumni, strangled Justin Roberts with his own tie during the Nexus segment on Raw. His release transpired less than a week prior to this event.)
The All-Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus) vs. Up in Smoke (Cheech and Cloudy)
Kenny King and Rhett Titus of The All-Night Express were at the time managed by Austin Aries. While they were steadily picking up more victories, including this match against Cheech and Cloudy, ANX had yet to prove that they deserved championship opportunities.
Delirious vs. Austin Aries
A chapter in the feud of Austin Aries and Delirious, with the match ending in disqualification after ANX intervened. The feud between Aries and Delirious would come to an end on HDNet in a classic steel cage match, which saw A-Double tap out at the top of the cage.
Delirious has since replaced Adam Pearce as the head booker of Ring of Honor. While Austin Aries continues to wrestle in competing promotion Evolve, and Dragon Gate USA.
Toronto Gauntlet for a ROH World Championship Match: Roderick Strong, Steve Corino, Eddie Edwards, Colt Cabana, Shawn Daivari, and Tyson Dux
This was the match when Roderick Strong earned the opportunity to challenge for the ROH World Title at Glory By Honor IX. The Gauntlet began with Tyson Dux, who had the hometown advantage, rolling up ROH’s TV Champion Eddie Edwards. Then he was pinned by Shawn Daivari, who was quickly eliminated by Colt Cabana. Then the intensity picked up when Steve Corino entered to attack Cabana, who had gotten entwined with the Generico-Steen feud. After defeating Steen, Cabana could have won if not for Truth Martini striking his head with The Book of Truth, allowing Strong to win the Toronto Gauntlet match, and eventually capture the ROH title at Glory By Honor IX.
Pick 6 Series: (2) Christopher Daniels vs. Kenny Omega
The Pick 6 Series are rankings of wrestlers eligible to challenge for the ROH World Championship (similar to what TNA tried, except it’s not pointless). At the time, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels was ranked number 2, with Kenny Omega (unranked) attempting to assume Daniels’ spot.
Kenny Omega (for those of you who don’t know) is a Canadian professional wrestler, who, having toured Japan, has performed various Japanese-inspired finishers: Aoi Shoudou cross-legged fisherman buster, Croyt’s Wrath electric chair dropped into a bridging German suplex, and the popular EX Hadouken High-impact double palm thrust.
Though Omega could not unseat Daniels from his spot, the two delivered a downright impressive wrestling match, the kind of intensity and passion that is lost in WWE and TNA. The same can also be said of the following two matches.
No Disqualification match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship: [C] The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero) vs. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark)
The ROH broadcast team stated throughout the course of the night that Jay and Mark Briscoe were stuck at customs, and that ROH would do everything in their power to get them to their scheduled match against The Kings of Wrestling. When it came time to their match, ROH officials regretted to inform that The Briscoe Brothers were unable to get through customs and would therefore forfeit their championship match. As Chris Hero and Cladio Castagnoli started patting themselves on the back for another successful title defense (albeit by forfeit), Mark and Jay came out through the crowd and started attacking KOW. The match immediately started with the officials stating that this bout would be contested under no disqualifications. Despite this ruling, the referee was able to get control over the four men to utilize traditional tag team rules, rather than it turning into a Tornado Tag Rules match. The match saw many gruesome tactics, including tying Jay’s neck against the ring post on the outside, while the Kings double-teamed Mark.
These are definitely two teams that showcase that Tag Team Wrestling is not dead, not by a long shot. And should be watched not only by wrestling fans, but by WWE who once had a flourishing tag team division over a decade ago.
ROH World Championship Match: [C] Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards
There is a reason why fans said Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards was a match of the year candidate. The match featured pure unadulterated wrestling in a storied match of a champion who had not been accepted as such by the fans or his peers. Though wrestling fans for the longest rallied for Tyler Black to win the ROH Championship, once it occurred at ROH’s Eight Anniversary Show, the fans immediately turned against him. The match lasted over 34 minutes, with each wrestler kicking out of the other’s finisher. The war started out in the ring, spilled out to the floor, and ended in the ring with Tyler still the ROH Champion, much to the dismay of the wrestling fans in Toronto. Though Tyler didn’t win over the fans that night, Davey finally stated, “Now you’re a champion.”
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