Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ring of Honor Thoughts - August 31, 2009

Kicking things off this evening with Delirious vs. Sonjay Dutt. Hate to say it, because I'm a big fan of both of these guys, but this match was very disappointing. The crowd was dead, there were way too many lull periods and I personally thought Dutt should've went over in his return match. I've always found Dutt to be very underrated, he never really got a fair shake in TNA and hopefully he'll make some waves in ROH, but this match certainly won't make it on his highlight reel.

Total squash match with The American Wolves vs. Up In Smoke, but this match is worth watching just to see that NASTY Powerbomb/Lungblower (Backstabber) combo. How you do that move without paralyzing someone, I do not know. Dark City Fight Club make an appearance after the match to rough up Cheech & Cloudy some more, and I think the time it took you to read this paragraph was longer than this segment.

Silas Young vs. Erick Stevens was pure filler. Not a bad match, but the crowd was just as dead for this one as they were for the opening bout and we haven't really seen much of either of these guys on HDNet, so I don't think audience watching at home was that interested either.

Main event time - The Embassy: Prince Nana, Claudio Castagnoli, Jimmy Rave & Dirty Ernie Osiris vs. Colt Cabana, Brent Albright, Necro Butcher & Grizzly Redwood was a ton of fun. The spot with Team Cabana using the front row of the audience to apply extra pressure to the abdominal stretch was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in wrestling, period. Definitely something you could only get to see in a company like Ring of Honor. The match wasn't a technical classic, but it was a blast to watch and even had the Survivor Series vibe going for it, especially with the Albright/Claudio double count-out. Odds are stacked against Cabana 3-1 at the end, but he really only had to compete with Jimmy Rave, who was the only legit threat on The Embassy side at that point. Cabana made quick work of Osiris, got a surprise pin on Rave and finished off Prince Nana with the Chicago Crab for the win. Hopefully that puts an end to this feud, because quite frankly, I couldn't care less about The Embassy and I'd like to see Colt Cabana move up the ranks in ROH.

Overall, a weak show saved by an incredibly fun main event. Definitely felt like a placeholder for next week's show, which features the return of the Briscoes and Tyler Black vs. Jerry Lynn, which is sure to be an excellent main event.

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