Ring of Honor Wrestling presented “Big Bang!” on iPPV from Charlotte, North Carolina featuring two “Match of the Year” contender matches as Tyler Black defended the ROH World Title against Roderick Strong and Austin Aries in a Triple Threat Elimination Match. And Jay and Mark Briscoe defended the ROH World Tag Team Titles against The Kings of Wrestling. This DVD also includes a bonus match: Blue Demon, Jr. and Magno vs. Super Parka and Misterioso.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. With last week being the lackluster week that it was in professional wrestling, I decided to turn back the clock to April 3, 2010. On this night, Ring of Honor made their mark in the world of professional wrestling by delivering a glitch-free internet pay-per-view, and delivering two amazing main events. So you know the drill. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–ROH REWIND!
The story surrounding the ROH World Championship was a war of “Who deserved a Title Match?” On the one hand, Austin Aries, who had lost the belt to Tyler Black at the ROH 8th Anniversary Show, was entitled to a rematch, while Roderick Strong was promised a championship match. So, in order to give everyone a fair opportunity, Jim Cornette announced that the Championship Match would be contested under Triple Threat Elimination Rules.
TNA Wrestling may have the right to boast on having some of the biggest names in professional wrestling, but when a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match for its World Title between Sting, Mr. Anderson, and Rob Van Dam lasts no more than eight minutes, they have to wonder whether they made a bum deal. This Three-Way between Black, Strong, and Aries went past the thirty-one minute mark, which tells me that Ring of Honor Wrestling knows what makes a great wrestling match. It’s not signing over-priced, over-hyped, wrestlers relevant a decade or two ago, it’s focusing on those who actually have the talent and endurance to leave it all in the ring. Three unknowns outside the independent circuits created a bigger impact for their promotions, than three “mega-stars” were able to accomplish in the past year-and-a-half.
Cornette had taken extra precaution to make sure no monkey-business took place by having Todd Sinclair officiating inside the ring, and Tommy Young officiate on the outside. Cornette hand-selected Young because he had officiated the majority of “The Dirtiest Player of the Game’s” matches, so he knew all the tricks.
The match was simply incredible. Austin Aries, in his signature pink feather coat, halted the start of the bout with some smack talk to his competitors, and to Tommy Young (not so young). As a heel, there is no one more entertaining and skillful than A-Double. If WWE does not sign him soon, they will seriously miss the boat. Roderick Strong is known as “The Messiah of the Backbreaker” for a reason, because out of no where, his victims fall prey to Death by Roderick or the Half-nelson Backbreaker. Sadly, Tyler Black (currently signed to a WWE developmental contract) had some of the best title defenses in the company’s history, and still received heat from the fans. When Tyler became champion, he became a victim of a heel turn by circumstance.
The other great match was between The Briscoe Brothers against The Kings of Wrestling. This was the night when Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli earned their second championship as a team, and would reign for almost a year. The match concluded after Hero struck Jay with the loaded elbow pad. (Immediately after the 3-count, Jay rushed to the side of the ring and started puking his brains out.) Recently in Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the readers voted for the “Tag Team of the Year,” and the decision went to The Motor City Machine Guns, with The Hart Dynasty and Beer Money Inc. as first and second runner-ups. And way in third runner-up were The Kings of Wrestling. Is this to say that KOW or The Briscoe Brothers are shoddy tag teams? Far from it. The issue was obviously the amount of exposure that TNA and WWE have over ROH. If more people attended ROH live events, and purchased the DVDs, Ring of Honor Wrestling would steal the PWI “Tag Team of the Year” award and runner-up positions. ROH has, undoubtedly, the best tag team division in all of professional wrestling.
Speaking of tag teams, the feud between El Generico and Kevin Steen became serious on this night. For months, since Final Battle 2009, Generico didn’t have the heart to fight back. Steen clearly moved on when he started teaming with his mentor (former AWA, NWA, and ECW Champion) Steve Corino. Generico, with Colt Cabana, challenged Steen and Corino to a tag team bout, and even though it ended in a disqualification, after Steen struck Cabana with a steel chair, the fire was lit in El Generico.
Another gem on this DVD was the Pick 6 Series Match between (5) Kenny King and Davey Richards. King, one-half of The All Night Express, is one of the most athletically gifted talents in Ring of Honor today. (Some have even compared him to Shelton Benjamin.) For those of you unaware of the Pick 6, it is a ranking system of wrestlers eligible to challenge for the ROH World Championship. In this case, Kenny King was ranked number 5, with Richards (unranked) attempting to assume his spot. And assume he did, as Davey Richards defeated King in a classic bout. But it wasn’t all celebration for The American Wolf, as “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels made his return to Ring of Honor, and flat out challenged Richards to a future bout to see who was truly the Best in the World.
Before I end this, I wanted to get one more jab at TNA. The opening contest was Phill Shatter against Zack Salvation. Only in TNA could they take a promising athlete like Phill Shatter (n.k.a. Murphy) and make him into nothing.
That’s it for this post. Other matches on the DVD included: Phill Shatter defeated Zack Salvation; Necro Butcher defeated Erick Stevens; Cassandro el Exotico defeated Rhett Titus; and Blue Demon, Jr. and Magno defeated Super Parka and Misterioso.
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