From The Shelf- ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII
Posted by Dylan Diot on 09.10.2013
ROH's biggest iPPV at that point features the first single match in the Steen/Generico feud and Davey Richards becoming a main event mainstay....
ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII
-Tyler Black faces his toughest test as ROH Champion to date when he defends against the red-hot Davey Richards.
- The Briscoes look to avenge their father when they go into a No DQ war with the men who attacked him, the Kings of Wrestling.
- El Generico finally gets his one on one match with Kevin Steen six months after Steen betrayed him at Final Battle 2009.
Up in Smoke come out for the opening match but El Generico charges out to the ring and calls out Kevin Steen!!!! Steve Corino comes out and tells Generico that he is not calling the shot, he and Steen are. He says Steen is the main event so he wonít come out right now. Corino claims heís in black for Genericoís funeral but Kevin Steen charges to the ring and goes face to face with Generico. Steen says it ends now!!!
El Generico vs. Kevin Steen
They slug it out and Generico dumps Steen to the floor. Summersault plancha to the floor by Generico and he sends Steen into the barricades. Back in, Generico goes up and hits a crossbody off the top for 2. He hammers Steen on the mat and stomps away on Steen in the corner. Steen presses Generico in the air and Generico catches him with a dropkick. Steen snaps Genericoís neck off the ropes but he walks into a leg lariat from Generico. Generico goes for the assisted tornado DDT but Steen counters into a backbreaker. Back senton to the back of Generico by Steen and they slug it out. Superkick by Steen and he chokes Generico in the ropes. They trade forearms and Steen chokes Generico with his knee. Cannonball into the corner by Steen and he knocks Generico down with a hard forearm. Generico hits some forearms of his own but Steen knocks him down with a back elbow. Clotheslines by Generico and he charges in the corner but eats elbow. Michinoku Driver by Generico gets 2. Generico goes for the assisted tornado DDT again but Steen crotches him to block. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver on the apron but Generico backdrops out. Tornado DDT through the ring post on the floor by Generico!!!! Back in, he goes up and hits a flying splash off the top for 2. Steen catches Generico with the Brainbuster backbreaker for 2. Steen goes for the Sharpshooter but Generico blocks. Steen presses him into a sit-out powerbomb for 2. Generico slaps him so Steen clubs away on Generico. Big boot by Generico but Steen comes back with a superkick. Corner clothesline by Steen but Generico comes back with an Ukuza kick. Half nelson suplex by Generico but Steen comes back with a clothesline and both men are down!!!! Steen goes up for a moonsault but misses and Generico grabs the Sharpshooter!!!! Steen grabs the ropes to break. Generico goes for a Brianbuster but Steen escapes. They trade counters and Generico hits a big boot. Steen COUNTERS THE BRAINBUSTER IN MID-AIR INTO THE PACKAGE PILEDRIVER FOR 2!!!! Steen goes up for the Swanton Bomb but eats knees. Ukuza kicks by Generico and he puts Steen on top. He goes for the Turnbuckle Brainbuster but Steen bites the hand to block. He shoves Generico into the ref which allows Steen to nail Generico with a wrench!!! Super Fishermanís Buster by Steen gets 3!!! Winner- Kevin Steen **** ( Not the violent spectacle that was expected for their first encounter but this was still an awesome match with both men beating the hell out of each other and basically throwing caution to the wind. One hell of an opener. )
We see members of the ROH roster picking between Davey Richards and Tyler Black.
Up in Smoke (Cheech and Cloudy) vs. All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
King and Cloudy start. King stomps away and hits a corner clothesline. Tag to Titus and Cloudy catches them with a double arm drag. Up in Smoke dropkick them to the floor and Cheech backdrops Cloudy off the apron onto the All Night Express. Back in, Cheech covers Titus for 2 and he hits a back suplex for 2. Tag to Cloudy and Cheech basement dropkicks Titus into a jackknife roll-up from Cloudy for 2. Tag to King and he charges at Cloudy but eats boot. Reverse atomic drop by Titus into a spinebuster from King gets 2. Tag to Titus and he hammers away in the corner. Tag to King and they stomp away on Cloudy in the corner. Titus charges in the corner but eats boot and Cloudy goes up. Missile dropkick by Cloudy and he goes to tag Cheech but King knocks him off the apron. Tag to King and he slams Cloudy. Springboard legdrop by King gets 1 off the cocky cover. Chinlock by King but Cloudy fights out so King takes him down by the hair. Cloudy escapes the Royal Flush and he tags Cheech who hits a leg lariat to King. Corner back elbow by Cheech and he goes for a monkey flip but King blocks. Superkick to the midsection by Cheech and he hits a basement dropkick in the corner. Double basement knee strike by Cloudy and Cheech hits a 619 from the floor for 2. Spear into the corner by Cheech and he hits a Fishermanís suplex for 2 as Titus saves. Titus trips up Cloudy which allows King to knock Cheech down. Kick to the head by King into a dropkick from Titus gets 2. Tag to Titus and they go for the powerbomb/blockbuster but Cloudy blocks. King kicks Cheech in the back of the head and this time they connect with the combo for 2. Tag to King and Cloudy. Cheech presses Cloudy into a swinging DDT onto King for 2. Superkick/enzuigiri to Titus and they hit Partly Cloudy with a chance of Cheech. King catches Cheech with a double knee strike in the corner and he catches Cloudy comes off the top with the crossbody. Swinging backbreaker by King and they hit the One Night Stand for 3. Winners- All Night Express **1/2 ( This was solid but it was sloppy at different points and these two teams didnít really click all that well. )
The All Night Express introduces Austin Aries who claims with his arrival the purchase of the iPPV was worth it. He promises to teach Delirious a lesson and calls him out.
Austin Aries w/All Night Express vs. Delirious
Delirious is in red tonight, so heís pissed off. The ref kicks out Titus and King before the match begins. Delirious spits mist into the face of Aries to start and he chokes Aries with a piece of streamer. Tree Slam by Delirious and he goes for the Cobra Clutch but Aries backs him to the corner to break. Northern lariat by Delirious and Aries goes to hit the Brainbuster ON THE REF since heís blinded but Delirious saves. They go to the floor and Aries drives Delirious back first into the barricade. Aries sends Delirious into the barricade and he chokes Delirious on the barricade. Aries goes up for the double axe handle to the floor but misses and hits the railings. Delirious sends Aries into the barricade back first and he stomps away in the corner. He bites the head of Aries and goes up but Aries crotches him. Neckbreaker off the ropes by Aries and he hits a slingshot chop to the floor. He hammers away on Delirious and back in, Aries chokes Delirious with his tassels. Aries drives the boot into the head of Delirious and he hot shots Delirious in the ropes for 2. Slam by Aries and he steps on the face of Delirious. Headscissors by Aries and he hammers away on Delirious in the corner. Aries charges in the corner but eats boot and they go up. Delirious bites the ribs of Aries to knock him off and Delirious leaps off the top but Aries moves. Delirious drives his head into the midsection of Aries and he hits a release Cobra suplex. Clothesline by Aries but Delirious chokes away. He tosses Aries across the ring and he hits a firemanís carry press. Back sentons to the back by Delirious and he hits a basement flatliner. Cobra Clutch by Delirious but Aries runs into the ropes sending Delirious to the floor. Aries misses the Heat Seeking Missile and back in, Delirious goes up but the All Night Express knock him off the top for the DQ. Winner by DQ- Delirious ** ( They were going for an old school style match but it fell completely flat. Crowd didnít really care for that they were doing, they went at a snailís pace and the heat segment on Delirious was boring. This match didnít work at all. )
After the match, Delirious pulls Titusí pants down and he goes low on Titus. He goes up and hits a summersault senton to the floor onto King!!!
The fans give their opinion on the Black/Richards main event.
2nd Annual Toronto Gauntlet
Winner gets a future ROH Championship Match. Tyson Dux and Eddie Edwards starts. Feeling out process to start and they trade arm drags until they reach a standstill. Chops by Edwards but Dux fights back with some of his own. Backdrop by Dux but Edwards comes back with a head butt. Release Straight Jacket suplex by Dux and he charges but Edwards dumps him to the floor. Suicide dive to the floor by Edwards and he catches Dux with a Ukuza kick. Back in, Edwards goes up for a double stomp but misses and he rolls Dux into the Achilles Lock. Dux is able to make the ropes to break. Snapmare and Edwards goes for a sitting chinlock. Edwards charges in the corner but eats boot and Edwards comes back with some big boots. Dux cleans house and hits a back suplex to Edwards. Sliding D by Dux gets 2. Gordubster by Dux and he hits a basement DDT for 2. Lariat by Edwards gets 2. He puts Dux on top and follows up but Dux fights him off. Sick kick by Edwards and he goes back up. Dux catches him with a sunset flip powerbomb and he hits a lariat for 2. Edwards escapes the DVD attempt but charges in the corner but eats elbow. Edwards catches Dux with the enzuigiri and he goes for the Backpack jawbreaker but Dux escapes. Second rope Codebreaker by Edwards and he rolls Dux up for 2. Achilles Lock by Edwards but Dux counters into a small package for 3 to eliminate Edwards!!!
Shawn Diavari is next and he chop blocks Dux. Elbow drops to the leg by Diavari and he goes to work on the leg of Dux. He goes for the Figure-4 but Dux kicks him to the floor to block. Prince Nana slams Duxís leg off the post a few times as the ref counts Diavari out and back in, Diavari grabs the Figure-4. Diavari gets some assistance from Nana but gets caught so heís forced to break the hold. Diavari goes to jump on Duxís leg but Dux kicks him to the floor again to block. Diavari goes up but Dux stops him and follows up. Superplex by Dux and he hits an ezuigiri. Saito suplex by Dux and he hits a lariat for 2. DVD by Dux gets 2. Diavari stomps on the knee of Dux but Dux catches him with Total Anarchy for 2 as Nana puts Diavariís leg on the ropes!!! Dux grabs Nana and knocks him off the apron. Dux goes to suplex Diavari into the ring but Nana grabs the leg to block and Diavari falls on top for 3 to eliminate Dux.
Colt Cabana is next and Nana grabs his leg as he enters the ring which allows Diavari to attack. Back elbow by Diavari but Cabana takes him down into the Billy Goatís Curse. Diavari taps!!!
Steve Corino is next and Cabana hits some jabs before connecting with the bionic elbow. Atomic drop by Cabana but Corino comes back with a knee to the midsection. Cabana takes Corino down into the Billy Goatís Curse but Corino makes the ropes to break. He bails to the floor but Cabana quickly catches him with a slingshot pescado. Cabana hammers away on Corino and back in, Corino brings a fork into the ring. The ref takes it away which allows Corino to go low and hit the Sliding D on Cabana for 2. He hammers away on Cabana and chokes Cabana in the ropes. Cabana tries to fight back but Corino pokes the eye to stop the momentum. He rakes the eyes of Cabana and hits a short arm clothesline. He goes for a second Sliding D but Cabana counters into the crucifix for 3!!! Corino continues to attack Cabana as Roderick Strong enters.
Sick Kick by Strong gets 2!!! Strong stomps away and catches Cabana with a dropkick for 2. Chinlock by Strong but Cabana makes the ropes to break. Suplex by Strong gets 2. Chops by Strong but Cabana fights back with his own. Bionic elbows by Cabana and he knocks Strong down. Enzugiri by Strong but Cabana comes back with a springboard Asai moonsault for 2. Strong bails to the floor as he appears to have injured his ankle. The distraction allows Truth Martini to come in and hit Cabana with the Book of Truth. Strong covers for 3. Winner- Roderick Strong ***1/4 ( The match started great with the awesome ten minute segment with Dux and Edwards and there were some fun stuff throughout the match but the final segment with Strong and Cabana wasnít all that great and did hold up compared with the rest of the gauntlet. )
We see that during intermission, El Generico and Kevin Steen get into a brawl!!! Generico tosses a chair at the head of Steen and he drives Steen into the barricades a few times. Back in, Generico has a chair but Steve Corino saves Steen. Cabaan comes out and all four men brawl as ROH students come out to separate them. Generico catches Steen with a Brainbuster and he takes Bobby Cruiseís tie!!! He chokes Steen with the tie as a tribute to Daniel Bryan. The refs finally get Generico off of Steen and he stands tall with Cabana.
Jim Cornette comes out to thank the fans for supporting ROH. He talks about the history of pro wrestling Toronto and thanks them again for support real pro wrestling. Not much else to this.
Pick Six Match- Kenny Omega vs. Christopher Daniels (2)
Feeling out process to start and Daniels keeps catches Omega in the side headlock. Omega counters a urinage attempt into an arm drag and they reach a standstill. Springboard arm drag by Omega and he hits a backdrop. Corner back elbow by Omega and he goes up. Crossbody off the top by Omega gets 2. Daniels bails to the floor and Omega tries a springboard moonsault to the floor but Daniels blocks. Daniels goes for a back suplex on the apron but Omega blocks so Daniels hits an enzuigiri to the back of the head. Neckbreaker on the apron by Daniels and back in, Daniels hits a clothesline for 1. Knee drop to the back of the neck by Daniels gets 2 and he grabs a half nelson chinlock. Omega fights out but Daniels catches him with a leg lariat. Forearm to the back in the corner by Daniels and he hits a back suplex for 2. Final Cut by Daniels gets 2. Suplex by Daniels and he hits the Arabian moonsault to the back of Omega. Crossface by Daniels but Omega makes the ropes to break. Daniels goes up but Omega stops him and follows up. Daniels goes for Super Angelís Wings but Omega backdrops out. Daniels charges in the corner but misses and Omega cleans house. Dropkick to the leg by Omega and he hits the Leapfrog bulldog for 2. Springboard dropkick to the back by Omega gets 2. Daniels escapes the Dragon Suplex attempt and he hits the Flatliner into the Koji Clutch!!! Omega gets his foot on the ropes to break. Daniels puts Omega on top and he hits Fall From Grace for 2. Elbows to the back of the neck by Daniels and he hits a neckbreaker for 2. Omega blocks the Angelís Wings and hits a reverse piledriver for 2. Stop enzugiri by Omega but Daniels comes back with the Urinage. BME misses and Omega hits a hurricanrana. 2K1 Bomb by Omega gets 2. Angelís Wings by Daniels gets 2!!! Jawbreaker by Omega and he hits a spin kick. Release half nelson suplex by Omega and he hits the EX Hadouken for 2!!! Daniels escapes the Croytís Wrath attempt and Omega hits a leg lariat to the back of the head. STO by Daniels and he hits the BME for 3!!! Winner- Christopher Daniels ***3/4 ( Excellent match. These two men did their signature stuff and the final few minutes they had people buying the idea of Omega winning. )
The 411: ROH had a lot to live up to with all the hype and expectations for this show and they certainly meet and even surpassed most of those expectations. The main event is an ROH classic and there is some really good wrestling throughout this event. An all time great ROH show and a must watch if you ever get the chance.