Ring of Honor Wrestling ended its run on HDNet last Monday. The end was a result of HDNet, owned by Mark Cuban, opting to no longer feature professional wrestling on its telecast.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. The Final Chapter of ROH on HDNet showcased a star-studded main event: Roderick Strong and The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) with Shane Hagadorn, Truth Martini, and Sara Del Rey against the team of Davey Richards and The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark). So let’s get right down to it and discuss–are you ready?–Real Wrestling!
When ROH signed on to a three-year TV deal, it undoubtedly elevated the status of the Philadelphia promotion. HDNet offered incredible production value, and a prime time spot on Monday nights (once considered wrestling’s night); ROH was soon considered one of the top wrestling promotions along with WWE and TNA.
Since The Final Chapter only featured the main event, ROH used the first half to play these incredible video packages of The Kings of Wrestling, Roderick Strong, The Briscoe Brothers, and Davey Richards to showcase why they are the top guys in Ring of Honor. This was very special because (for anyone who watched the show) Ring of Honor hardly ever took the time to play video packages; instead, ROH’s focal point for every episode was wrestling.
The main event was everything that one would expect from Ring of Honor. Intensity, athleticism, and pound-for-pound the best–and final–pure wrestling match on TV. It had fan interaction: Mark Briscoe dove off the top turnbuckle over to the Kings and Jay stationed in the audience, Mark took the time to high-five the fans that he almost landed on. It had a kick-ass woman: Claudio and Strong had Richards isolated by the barricades, Sara Del Rey managed to get some repeated shoot kicks to Richards’ chest as the referee’s back was turned.
Throughout the match, The Arena in South Philly buzzed with fans shouting “This is Awesome!” and proudly crying out “ROH.” When the match finally ended, The Arena erupted to a standing ovation in respect for the honor these men (and woman) gave in that ring.
Davey Richards signed off the Final Chapter better than anyone could, “Try and find a wrestling program that can top that.”
WWE and TNA will never top that.
That’s it for this post. For those of you new to Ring of Honor, or just plain miss it: Check out “The Best of Ring of Honor” video package to see what real wrestling is about.
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