Welcome to a review of Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet. This show was taped at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and features several talents that would go on to work for WWE, such as Bryan Danielson, Tyler Black, Kevin Steen, and, for a brief stint, Chris Hero.
ROH on HDNet #6 – April 25, 2009
We open with a recap of last week’s show, which saw Brent Albright defeat Claudio Castagnoli in the main event. Afterwards, we head to Dave Prazak and Mike Hogewood in the studio, who preview tonight’s main event between Tyler Black and Bryan Danielson.
Before the opening bell, there’s an in-set promo from Grizzly Redwood and Andy “Right Leg” Ridge. Redwood mentions that they’re here to chop their opponents down to size, which came off considerably cringeworthy. I should also mention that Redwood’s gimmick is that he’s a lumberjack. Ridge is a graduate of the Ring of Honor dojo. DCFC cuts an in-set promo claiming to be the baddest tag team in ROH, then challenges anyone to prove otherwise. The story of the match was that DCFC kept Ridge from making the tag before hitting various double-team moves, including an assisted Ace Crusher. Ridge made the tag to Redwood but was never able to mount any offense. Chavis took out Redwood with a pounce, and DCFC eventually pinned Ridge with a combination of a cutter and a powerbomb. This was a solid showcase for Dark City Fight Club.
Following that, ROH reporter Kyle Durden interviews “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson about his upcoming match with Tyler Black. Danielson says that he’s beaten ROH’s biggest and baddest, and knocked out their quickest and slickest. He says that athletes come and go, but real competitors stay.
Pre-match, McGuinness cuts a promo. He says that he’s put his body through a lot over the years and fans don’t seem to appreciate it. Payne gains the advantage early on, but his offense only angers McGuinness more. From then on, McGuinness takes his time dismantling his prey before putting away “Sugarfoot” with the Tower of London.
Next, we get a backstage interview between Kyle Durden and Tyler Black. Black says that Danielson is the best wrestler in the world, and tonight he plans on proving that he has what it takes to hang with Danielson.
I’m a fan of all four of these guys, so this match should be spectacular. Once again, there are in-set promos. Steen mentions that while he and Briscoe may not see eye-to-eye, they have a common enemy in Sweet ‘n’ Sour Incorporated. Hero and Edwards go on the attack before the bell sounds. Briscoe plays babyface in peril before making the hot tag to Steen. Both teams exchanged big moves, but it was ultimately Steen who was able to secure the victory after hitting a package piledriver on Edwards. Fast-paced, chaotic action that was a lot of fun to watch.
Lots of support for Danielson early on, including chants of “You’re gonna get your head kicked in!” and “Best in the world!” A chain wrestling sequence breaks out, and Danielson immediately targets the legs of Black. The added dynamic of Black being a fan of Danielson’s often comes into play throughout the match, as he attempts to escape holds rather than fight back. On the other hand, Danielson realizes that he must methodically wear his opponent down in order to succeed. Black drives his knees into the mid-section of a grounded Danielson, which is enough to get him a near fall. Danielson regains control and hits a suicide dive on Black, but it appears he injured his back. Shortly thereafter, Black fires back with a springboard forearm, but it’s not enough to put Danielson away. Continuing the assault on Black’s limbs, Danielson gets him in an Ankle Lock before hitting a leg-trap German suplex. Danielson looks for a top-rope superplex, but Black is able to turn it into a crossbody. Both men attempt big moves; Black with a Phoenix Splash, and Danielson with a running knee strike. Both are unsuccessful, and the bell sounds signaling a time limit draw. Black’s selling of the leg was tremendous, if a bit questionable in the final moments of the match. These two put on one heck of a wrestling match.
A fantastic main event to cap off a good hour of Ring of Honor television. If you’re pressed for time, check out the last two matches and skip the rest.