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Results from #Demboys: Pro Wrestling Revival

Dem boys Jay and Mark Briscoe held their own wrestling show in Delaware on Friday the 4th of May. Here are the results: 

Pre show: 

PPW Tag Team Championship: American Standard (c) vs D-Line vs Pretty Ugly

- American Standard retained

Main show:

1) Homicide defeated Ryan McBride

2) Jigsaw vs Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs Azireal vs Aden Chambers

- Azireal won

3) Mia Yim defeated Kimber Lee

4) Brute Force defeated Keno Murdoch

5) Zac Conner beat a jobber

6) APW champion Delirious defeated Greywolf

7) The Nigerian Nightmare beat two jobbers

8) Adam Flash defeated Eddie Kingston

9) No Holds Barred: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated BLK OUT

Thanks to PWponderings for the results. You can read Chris GST’s detailed coverage at the following link: 

http://www.pwponderings.com/2012/05/07/demboys-presents-pro-wrestling-revival-5412-laurel-de-results-vids-pics/

Thoughts: It was apparently a great show in front of a sold out crowd. I’m a big fan of dem boys, so I’m pleased it was such a success. 

- Lee

Haste & Nichols meet the Briscoes (video)

After winning the “Rise And Prove” tag team tournament, Australian team Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls walked into the Ring Of Honor tag team champions the Briscoes backstage. According to Jay, Haste & Nicholls “ain’t proved shit” yet. The tournament winners will receive a tag team title shot at the Briscoes in Florida (in March), but I’m not sure which of the two shows it will be at yet. 

- Lee

Review - Ring Of Honor (episode 21)

THE GOOD

Eddie Edwards vs Kyle O’Reilly (Eddie won)

This was great. It was a hotly contested match with a narrow roll up finish, featuring fantastic wrestling throughout. O’Reilly continues to improve, and competitive bouts like this with top talent are succeeding in elevating him in the eyes of viewers.

Richards/O’Reilly/Edwards/Cole story

The plot thickened in this story, as Davey showed his clear allegiance to Kyle during Kyle vs Eddie, before Kyle’s partner, Adam Cole, came out and started rooting for Eddie. This led to the formation of a new team; Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole. I guess that means that the American Wolves and Future Shock are over, changing the landscape of the ROH tag division significantly. 

I like this move. Hopefully the association with Edwards will elevate Cole in the same way that the Richards association has elevated O’Reilly. 

The Briscoes vs Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin (Strong & Elgin won after Jay Briscoe was DQ’d for hitting them with a baseball bat)

This was a very good match, with great action and a good story, but it suffered from a strange ending. More on that later.  

Mike Mondo vs Matt Taven + Kevin Steen inteference

Mondo and Taven were having a decent match that the crowd didn’t care about, until Steen interfered. Steen talked for a while, before ultimately delivering F5’s to both of them. It was a good way of showcasing lower card guys while also putting over the chaos that Steen brings to the show. It looks like he’ll be using the F5 as his finisher now. 

Commentary 

I wasn’t a fan of Nigel McGuinness’s commentary when he first joined the booth, but he has come a long way since then. Steve Corino was good too (he joined Kevin Kelly and McGuinness for Mondo vs Taven, and will now be doing colour commentary on DVDs).

Overall show

A solid episode of Ring Of Honor, highlighted by a great opening match. Questionable finish to the main event aside, this was a very entertaining hour of television. 

THE BAD

Nothing really springs to mind. Well, the recap of last week’s TV title match was absent from the website version. When that’s the biggest criticism I can think of, it must have been a pretty good episode. 

THE QUESTIONABLE

Main event finish

The main event (Briscoes vs Strong and Elgin) revolved around a $5000 bet that each team had put up (stemming from the fallout of the eight man, eighty minute tag match that the Briscoes/Strong/Elgin were on the losing side of). It ended when Jay Briscoe, after having powder thrown in his eyes by Truth Martini, obtained a baseball bat and hit both Strong and Elgin with it, causing a disqualification and costing he and his brother $5000. Jay and Mark then proceeded to steal both their money back, and the $5000 that House of Truth put up. This was confusing, and unfaithful to the stipulation, so viewers may not buy into it as much in the future. 

Agree? Disagree? Let me know at indywrestling@hotmail.co.uk, or on Twitter @IWEnews

- Lee

A promo from the Briscoes

This Friday, Jay and Mark Briscoe will defend the Ring Of Honor tag team championship against the world champion Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly. They some words for their opponents and their MMA training here: 

Thoughts: It was brilliant, just like ever Briscoes promo. 

- Lee

Review - Ring Of Honor (episode 20)

THE GOOD

Maria

I recall her being very attractive in WWE, but I don’t recall her looking as amazing as she does now. She stole the show just by being there. 

TV title match (Jay Lethal retained against Mike Bennett)

Good match. Lethal was impressive as always, and Bennett showed some flashes of good wrestling among his heel antics. 

I particularly liked the pacing. The show opening with a big match like this is rare, as was the shock finish about ten minutes in (Maria shoved a groggy Bennett over Lethal, but Lethal countered and rolled him up for the three count).

Veda Scott

Not only does the new backstage interview lady increase the female presence in ROH, but she also helps cut down the Kevin Kelly overload that the show sometimes suffers from. 

PPV highlights

A great way of getting people caught up with the action they missed on pay per view, without giving too much away for free. Very good advertisement for future PPVs too. 

Inside ROH

As soon as the Briscoes speak, greatness happens. I like how they’ve used the Briscoes/House Of Truth loss (in the 80 minute tag match) to build up the Briscoes vs House Of Truth. 

Kevin Steen/Jim Cornette segment

This was okay, but went on a bit long. At least Steen and his world title aspirations are established to the TV audience now. Steen’s piledriver finisher being banned (as well as all other piledrivers) is an interesting twist too. 

Hooks for next week’s episode

The tension between Eddie Edwards and Kyle O’Reilly reaches boiling point as they face off one on one? A $5000 grudge match between the Briscoes and the House Of Truth? Count me in. 

THE BAD

Brutal Bob

Mike Bennett looks big time, Maria looks big time, Brutal Bob does not. He adds nothing of value to Bennett’s act.

THE QUESTIONABLE

Main event (The Briscoes defeated Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas via DQ)

So, Benjamin and Haas got the tag team championship rematch they had demanded, then got themselves disqualified for no reason? Benjamin just cracked Mark (or it may have been Jay) with a chair in the middle of the match, giving the Briscoes the victory. I get that they want revenge on the Briscoes for taking their belts, but wouldn’t getting their belts back have made more sense? Weird. 

Agree? Disagree? Let me know at indywrestling@hotmail.co.uk, or on Twitter @IWEnews

- Lee

Review - Ring Of Honor Wrestling (episode 17)

Warning, results ahead! Well, result, since there was only one match.  

THE GOOD 

8 man elimination tag (Eddie Edwards, El Generico, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas defeated Roderick Strong, Michael Elgin & The Briscoes)

This was awesome. Approximately forty of eighty minutes were shown (it was clipped so there was still a beginning, middle and an end), so it took up all but the first few minutes of the episode. It was full of fantastic action, with the great tag team exchanges giving way to absolute carnage half way through, with everyone brawling outside the ring. So much was going on, causing the cameras to miss a few spots, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. In fact, it added to the chaos more than it took away.

The final stretch as Eddie (alone) fought his way through Elgin and Strong was both dramatic and spectacular. He delivered an inspiring performance here. He went hard for the whole match, so he must have been exhausted and in pain by this point. 

I was impressed and surprised that they managed to keep the crowd into it throughout. They were still hot near the end, when they’d been watching the match for nearly an hour and twenty minutes! 

The match was quite the spectacle, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times it was intense, at times utterly crazy, and very entertaining throughout. Maybe I would have been drained had I witnessed all eighty minutes, but that’s not really relevant since I’m judging the TV show (rather than the DVD or the live experience).

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Ring Of Honor line ups (for this weekend)

Ring Of Honor: The Homecoming 2012 @ Philadelphia, PA

January 20th 2012 (8:00pm) Pennsylvania National Guard Armory 2700 Southampton Road Philadelphia 19154

ROH World Championship: ROH World Champion Davey Richards vs Jay Lethal

No Holds Barred: Eddie Edwards vs Roderick Strong

Chris Hero vs Michael Elgin

Kevin Steen vs Kenny King

Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) vs Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly)

Proving Ground: ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes vs Jigsaw & Hallowicked

Four Corner Survival: Tommaso Ciampa vs Mike Bennett vs Andy “Right Leg Ridge vs Grizzly Redwood

+ Steve Corino will discuss his future plans with ROH

Ring Of Honor @ Norfolk, VA

January 21st 2012 (7:30pm), Norfolk Scope Arena (Exhibition Hall) 201 E. Brambleton Ave Norfolk 23510

Team Richards (ROH World Champion Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly) vs The House of Truth (Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin)

- The winning team will receive a tag title shot on February 17th

Kevin Steen vs Adam Cole

ROH Tag Team Championship: The Bricoes (c) vs Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman

"Survival of the Fittest 2011" Rematch: Eddie Edwards vs Mike Bennett

Proving Ground: ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal vs Tommaso Ciampa

Kenny King vs Andy “Right Leg” Ridge

Thoughts: Two solid line ups there, as usual. Getting to go one on one with the hottest star in the company, Kevin Steen, will be great for Adam Cole and Kenny King. The roster looks so much stronger with Steen back in the fold. If you attend either show, feel free to send a report/review to indywrestling@hotmail.co.uk and I’ll post it here.

- Lee

Ring Of Honor line ups (for this weekend)

Saturday November the 5th, TV taping at Louisville, Kentucky: 

Davey Richards vs Michael Elgin

ROH TV Championship: Jay Lethal (c) vs El Generico

The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs Future Shock (Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly)

The Briscoes vs Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

Also scheduled to appear: Eddie Edwards, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, Kenny King, Rhett Titus, Jimmy Jacobs, Steve Corino, Tommaso Ciampa and the Embassy, Mike Bennett, TJ Perkins, Andy “Right Leg” Ridge and Mike Mondo. 

Sunday November the 6th, house show at Collinsville, Illinois: 

ROH Tag Team Championship: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas - champions) vs Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly)

The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs The All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus)

Jay Lethal vs Mark Briscoe

El Generico vs Mike Bennett

Jay Briscoe vs TJ Perkins

Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs vs The Bravado Brothers

Tommaso Ciampa vs ? 

Michael Elgin vs Grizzly Redwood

Visit http://www.rohwrestling.com for more information. 

Thoughts: The matches announced for the TV tapings have a lot of potential, and the line up for Sunday is great. The American Wolves vs the All Night Express is the biggest draw of the weekend for me. It may be one of the last times Davey and Eddie team together, since an Edwards heel turn appears to be on the horizon. 

Line up for tonight’s episode of Ring Of Honor

- TJ Perkins vs Mike Mondo

- Briscoes promo

- Main event: Jay Lethal vs Mike Bennett for the ROH TV Championship

Thoughts: The Briscoes will cut a promo. Do you need any other reason to watch this show? 

Review: Ring Of Honor Wrestling (episode 4)

THE GOOD 

Match of the night: Eddie Edwards vs Michael Elgin (Edwards won)

I don’t have much of an investment in either man, but their match was great. Solid TV main event. They really put over that Eddie needed the victory to set him back on track for the world title. My favourite spot was Eddie’s double stomp to Elgin on the ring apron.

Eddie’s character has purpose, and he is a terrific wrestler, but he still lacks the charisma which he needs to become a “must see”. I suspect he will turn heel (on Davey Richards) in the near future, perhaps he will find that role easier to work in. 

I was impressed with Elgin in this one. He’s bigger than most guys in ROH, which gives him an edge.

The Briscoes vs The All Night Express (The Briscoes won)

Good match with these two, though it wasn’t a wild brawl like one would have expected. It seemed more like the first match of a feud rather than a match in the middle (which it actually was). Still, a better tag match than you’re likely to see on any other American TV show.  

The Briscoes’ promo

This promo was my favourite part of the show (but I felt that I had to put the matches above them in this list since they were so good). Mark and Jay went off on a tangent about having to pick up chickens back on their farm that was absolutely hilarious. I like how they can be funny without detracting from the seriousness of whatever they are supposed to be talking about. 

Edwards/Elgin hype video

They managed to put over Elgin, his stable, and Eddie’s world title aspirations very well here. The comments from Davey Richards ensured that new fans won’t forget who he is.

Haas and Benjamin package

Good video package that put over WGTT’s accomplishments as amateur wrestlers. 

Richards/Strong highlights

A surprisingly long and very well done highlight video. I imagine it would have made people who missed last week’s show wish they’d seen it, hopefully giving them a stronger incentive to tune in regularly.

No man left behind

I like how they manage to get people on the show even if they don’t have a match, something that didn’t happen as much back on HDnet. Although only Eddie Edwards, Michael Elgin, the Briscoes and ANX were in action, we still saw and heard from Davey Richards, Jay Lethal, Roderick Strong, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. 

Overall show

Another very enjoyable hour of wrestling from Ring Of Honor. I’ve loved all but the first episode of the new show (which I thought was just decent). This was the final episode cut from the first set of tapings, next week’s episode will be the first (of three or four) cut from the second set of tapings. 

THE BAD

The ring bell of censorship

The ring bell sound effect that censors swearing still isn’t gone. It needs to go. 

THE QUESTIONABLE

Truth Martini

Truth Martini’s over the top “Life Intervention Expert” character is a blast, but not one that can really be taken seriously. I don’t really think it matters much now, but they should be careful with how they use him, as he could potentially distract from the seriousness of Roderick Strong’s feuds and matches.

Ring Of Kelly? 

I still feel like there is too much Kevin Kelly on this show. On commentary, on adverts, there is no escape! 

McGuinness’ commentary

Nigel’s commentary is okay, but he doesn’t sound very dramatic, which can detract from the drama of a match at times. I picked up on this during the highlights of last week’s main event. 

Next week? 

No matches were announced for next week’s show, so I don’t think there was as much of a hook for viewers to tune in (next week) as there has been in previous weeks. 

Agree? Disagree? Let me know at indywrestling@hotmail.co.uk, or on Twitter @IWEnews

-Lee