From The Shelf- ROH Eliminating the Competition
Posted by Dylan Diot on 06.24.2014
For the third time, Nigel McGuinness defends the ROH Championship against three previous challengers....
ROH Eliminating the Competition
Your hosts are Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard.
This is my only live ROH experience and this is the first time I watched it in full since I was there live, so this will be interesting. I remember loving the four way and the Steen/Briscoe tag from that show so hopefully it holds up.
Nigel McGuinness claims ROH has run out of contenders so they are throwing people he beat already to face him at one time. He claims no one is taking the championship off his waist.
Papadon vs. Bobby Fish
Bobby goes for the arm to start but Papadon backs Fish to the corner to break. Dropkick by Fish and he hits a suplex for 1. Papadon pulls Fish into the corner to come back and Fish catches him with a superkick for 2. Kicks to the chest by Fish and he goes up but Papadon pulls him down to the mat. Papadon stomps away and they trade forearms. Snap mare and Papadon hits a kick to the back. Fish comes back with kicks to the chest but Papadon pokes the eye to stop the momentum. Snap mare into a basement clothesline by Papadon gets 2. Knee lift by Papadon but Fish comes back with a snap mare. He misses an elbow drop and Papadon hits a backbreaker for 2. Surfboard by Papadon but Fish fights out. Knee to the gut by Papadon and they trade forearms. Papadon breaks that with another knee to the gut and he snapmares Fish into the chinlock. Fish begins to fight out so Papadon catches him with a back suplex. He goes up and misses a diving head butt. Hurricanrana by Fish and he hits another kick to the chest. Knee lift by Papadon but Fish comes back with the Falcon Arrow for 2. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Fish and he goes up. Moonsault misses but Fish lands on his feet and hits a leaping knee strike for 3. Winner- Bobby Fish *1/2 ( This was a really dull opener. They wrestled it as a prelim style match where they did basic maneuvers and did not invest the crowd in their characters or anything that they were doing. Bobby Fish has come a long way since this match. )
Kenny King and Rhett Titus vs. Erick Stevens and Bobby Dempsey
King and Titus attack to start and King officially starts with Stevens. Stevens chops away in the corner and he hits a hip toss to King. King slips up trying to run the ropes and he falls to the floor. Back in, Stevens chops away and he hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. Tag to Dempsey and King toys with Dempsey. Dempsey comes back with bionic elbows and Stevens tags in. Titus also gets the tag and Stevens DESTROYS him with a chop!!! Tag to Dempsey and Titus runs into the ass of Dempsey. Inverted atomic drop by Bobby and he hits some bionic elbows. Tag to King and Stevens. Stevens and Dempsey hit a double hip toss into a double elbow drop for 2. King pokes the eye and Titus tags in. Stevens hits a hard shot to the midsection and Dempsey tags in. They press Titus to the mat for 2. Tag to Stevens and Titus catches Stevens with the Fameasser for 2. Tag to King and he works Stevens over in the corner. Slam by King and he hits the springboard leg drop for 2. Tag to Titus and Stevens hits a jawbreaker. Dropkick by Titus gets 2. Stevens comes back with a Samoan Drop/DDT combo on Titus and King. Tag to Dempsey and he cleans house. Exploder suplex by Dempsey gets 2 as King saves. Titus rams Dempsey’s head into Stevens’ and Dempsey comes back with an avalanche in the corner. Tag to Stevens and he goes for the Choo-Choo but King blocks with a spinning heel kick. Titus covers for 2. Tag to King and he hits a double knee strike to the back of Stevens. Spinning backbreaker by King into a knee drop from Titus gets 2 as Dempsey saves. Stevens catches Titus with the Choo-Choo driving him into King in the corner. Dempsey hits the Cannonball on both in the corner. Stevens goes for the Doctor Bomb but King counters into the small package with his feet on the ropes for 3!!! Winners- Kenny King and Rhett Titus **1/4 ( This tag match was OK but you can only do so much with Bobby Dempsey, as he was a terrible worker but was super over as the lovable oaf. )
Tyler Black says tonight his primary objective is to eliminate Jimmy Jacobs physically. Winning the ROH World Championship would be the feather in his cap.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright
Test of strength to start and Albright turns it into the hammerlock. He works the arm of Castagnoli but Claudio comes back with an uppercut. A chop by Albright knocks Claudio to the floor and back in, Albright hits a monkey flip. Claudio bails so Albright follows with a slingshot pescado. Claudio dropkicks Albright as he was coming back in and he hammers away on Albright. Albright blocks a monkey flip attempt and he hits an exploder suplex. Back elbow by Albright but Claudio comes back with the hot shot. Claudio stomps away and he chokes Albright in the ropes. Gut wrench suplex by Claudio gets 2. Surfboard by Claudio but Albright begins to power out so Claudio hits a knee to the midsection. Backdrop by Claudio gets 2. Claudio stomps away but Albright catches him with a backslide for 2. Clothesline by Claudio gets 2. Albright goes for the Crowbar but Claudio rolls into the ropes to break. He stomps away some more and he pushes Albright to the floor. Claudio follows and Albright goes for a belly to belly on the floor but Claudio blocks and sends Albright into the barricade. Back in, Albright chops away and he stomps away in the corner. Claudio chokes Albright with his boot and Albright chops away to come back. He charges in the corner but eats boot and Claudio hits an elbow drop for 2. Claudio goes for a suplex but Albright blocks and hits a swinging neck breaker for 2. Claudio hammers away in the corner and he toys with Albright. Powerslam by Albright gets 2. Albright slaps away and catches Claudio with a leg lariat. Air Raid Crash by Albright and he goes up. He misses a crossbody off the top and Claudio catapults Albright into the corner. Bicycle kick to the back by Claudio gets 2. Albright blocks the Ricola Bomb and he goes for the Half Nelson suplex but Claudio blocks. Waterslide by Claudio gets 2. Claudio goes for the springboard uppercut but Albright catches him in the Crowbar!!! Claudio rolls through and Albright hits a German suplex. Crowbar by Albright and Claudio tries to rolls through so Albright catches him in the Crossface!!! Claudio rolls Albright up for 3 and Claudio taps!!! The ref declares the match a draw. Albright wants five more minutes but Claudio wants none of it. Claudio catches Albright from behind when he wasn’t looking but Albright makes his own comeback so Claudio bails. Match ends in a Draw ***1/2 ( I liked this even more than I did when I saw it live. These two complement each other so way with the great mix of power and technical wrestling, making for a fun contest that never drags at any point. The finish was part of the larger story of Albright now being able to get the clean win over Claudio, so I had no problems with it. )
Sweet N’ Sour Inc. (Chris Hero and Eddie Edwards) w/Shane Hagadorn and Sara Del Ray vs. Kevin Steen and Jay Briscoe
They changed the music since this show happened the day before the first ROH on HDNet so I was so disappointed when Jay didn’t come out to Give Me Back My Bullets. All four men brawl to start and Sweet N’ Sour bails. Steen and Briscoe follow and brawl on the floor. They repeatedly send Edwards and Hero into the barricades and back in, Jay officially starts with Edwards. Jay stomps away in the corner and he chokes Edwards with his boot. Tag to Steen and Jay hits a back elbow on Edwards. Steen covers for 1 and he snap mares Edwards into the diving forearm to the back for 2. Tag to Hero and Steen hits some forearms. Tag to Briscoe and he drop toe holds Hero into the summersault leg drop from Steen. Jay chops away on Hero in the corner and he hits a suplex. Leg drop by Briscoe gets 1. Hero rakes the eyes of Jay and Edwards tags in. Chops by Jay and they take turns getting shots in on Edwards. YTg to Steen and he hammers away on Edwards in the corner. Back suplex by Steen gets 2. Tag to Jay and Edwards catches him with a lariat. Tag to Hero and he covers Briscoe for 2. Big boot by Hero and he dumps Jay to the floor. Suplex on the floor by Edwards and Hero drops Jay on the apron. Big boot on the floor by Edwards and back in, he covers for 2. Flatliner into the corner by Jay and Steen tags in. Inverted atomic drop by Steen and he hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Cannonball in the corner by Steen gets 2. Hero attacks from behind and Edwards hits a dragon screw leg sweep in the ropes. Hero stomps on the leg in the corner and he slams Steen’s leg off the apron. Back in, Hero gets 2. Tag to Edwards and he works the leg of Steen. Steen blocks a Figure-4 attempt and Edwards pulls Jay off the apron befoire Steen could make the tag. Dropkick to the leg by Edwards and Hero tags in. Back senton by Hero gets 2. Small package by Steen gets 2 and Hero dropkicks the leg. Inverted half crab by Hero and he hits a knee breaker. Tag to Edwards and Steen catches him with a superkick. Enzuigiri by Edwards but Steen presses him into the powerbomb to come back. Tag to Jay and he hammers away on Hero. Dropkick by Jay and Hero catches him with the forearm. Clothesline by Jay and he hits the sit-out gordbuster. He gordbusters Edwards onto Hero for 2. Hero blocks the Jay Driller and they trade forearms. Hero rakes the eyes of Jay on the DVD attempt and hits the Sick Kick. Codebreaker off the second rope by Edwards into the rilling elbow by Hero gets 2. They go for the Doomsday Device but Edwards misses and Jay victory rolls Hero for 2!!! Jay fights back and he clotheslines Hero to the floor. Edwards clotheslines Jay to the floor and he goes for the suicide dive but misses Jay and hits Hero!!! Summersault plancha by Steen!!! Back in, Jay goes for the Jay Driller but again, Hero blocks. Superkick by Jay and Mark Briscoe comes out!!! Hero hits a Saito suplex on Jay and Sara Del Ray gives him the elbow pad. Jay blocks the rolling elbow and he goes for the Jay Driller but Hero escapes. Steen goes up and they hit the Doomsday Device on Hero for 3!!! Edwards and Hero attack post match but Mark scares them off with a chair. Winners- Kevin Steen and Jay Briscoe ***3/4 (This was a ton of fun, as Steen and Jay’s experiences wrestling each other helped them work exceptionally well as a team. This was a hard hitting, competitive match that would tend to expect from these four. )
Sami Callihan says now is the best time to be part of ROH and he claims to be part of the next group of stars in ROH.
Delirious w/Jimmy Jacobs vs. Bryan Danielson
Delirious avoids Danielson in the early going and Danielson begins to work Delirious over with a wrist lock. Delirious bails and seeks comfort with Jacobs on the floor. Back in, Danielson goes for the cross arm breaker but Delirious rolls into the ropes to block. Delirious overpowers Danielson and begins to hammer him on the mat but Danielson catches Delirious in the Mexican Surfboard to come back. Delirious bails to the floor again and Danielson chases him on the floor. Jacobs distracts Danielson, allowing Delirious to hit a baseball slide. He rams Danielson into the barricade and back in, he throws some head butts at the back of Danielson. Fireman’s carry drop into the back senton by Delirious. He hits repeated back sentons for 2. Surfboard by Delirious but Danielson starts to fight out so Delirious hits a knee to the midsection. Snap mare and Delirious goes back to the surfboard. More head butts to the back by Delirious and he hits some double stomps to the back of Danielson. Danielson catches Delirious with a roll-up for 2 and Delirious hits a knee to the midsection. Urinage by Delirious gets 2. Delirious rakes the face of Danielson and Danielson comes back with a knee to the midsection. Flying elbow strike by Danielson and he hits a butterfly suplex into the cross arm breaker. Delirious gets his foot on the ropes to break and Danielson puts Delirious on top. Delirious fights Danielson off and hits a powerslam for 2. Dropkick by Danielson and Delirious bails. Baseball slide to Jacobs and Danielson hits a suicide dive to Delirious. Back in, Danielson goes up and hits the missile dropkick. Basement knee strike by Danielson gets 2. Danielson hammers away in the corner and charges but eats boots. Dropkick to the back by Delirious and he hits a Panic Attack to the back. A second Panic Attack by Delirious and Jacobs orders him to do one more. He covers but Danielson is in the ropes. Jacobs and Delirious argue and Delirious goes up. Shadows Over Hell misses and Danielson hits a flying knee strike for 2. Cattle Mutilation by Danielson but Delirious counters into the Cobra Stretch. Danielson escapes the Cobra Stretch suplex and gets the small package for 3. After the match, Jacobs scolds Delirious for the loss and Delirious begins to fight back. Jacobs hugs Delirious and they walk to the back. Winner- Bryan Danielson ***1/4 ( A good outing from both guys. It was nice to see Danielson remain focused on the arm of Delirious throughout the course of the match and Delirious showed some nice aggression and played the role of Jacobs’ whipping boy well. )
Jimmy Jacobs says tonight is only his third shot in five years at the ROH World Title. He says that the only thing that stays the same is change and Nigel will fall to him tonight. He says he will represent ROH on HDNet as the leader of the company.
Austin Aries vs. Sami Callihan
Before the match, Aries claims it took his star power for a town like Danbury to get a B-show. Aries works the arm of Callihan to start and he toys with Callihan. Callihan grapples Aries on the mat and Aries grabs the ropes to break. Knee to the midsection by Aries but Callihan rolls Aries on the mat a few times to come back. Aries bails to regroup and back in, Callihan hits a single leg second rope dropkick for 1. Aries bails again and he snaps Callihan’s neck off the ropes to come back. Knee to the back by Aries knocks Callihan to the floor and Aries hits a double axe handle off the apron. Back in, Aries covers for 1. Back elbow by Aries and he hits an elbow drop for 2. Aries pretzels Callihan and he hits a gutbuster into the STO. Pendulum elbow by Aries gets 2. Stroke by Aries and he grabs the Fish Hook. He releases for 2 and Aries chokes Callihan in the ropes. He goes to jump on Callihan in the ropes but misses and Callihan hits a basement Ace Crusher. Forearms by Callihan and he hits a belly to belly suplex for 2. Callihan blocks the Brainbuster attempt and Aries goes up. He leaps but Callihan catches him with the inverted atomic drop. Exploder suplex by Callihan gets 2. Northern lariat by Callihan and he hits a Saito suplex for 2 as Aries grabs the ropes to break. Rolling elbow by Aries and he hits the knee breaker into the back suplex. Corner dropkick by Aries and he hits the kick to the head. Brainbuster by Aries gets 3. Winner- Austin Aries **1/4 ( If this match took place today, it would be spectacular. On this occasion, it was just a match to get over Aries’ new heel persona and Callihan would defiantly see better days down the road. )
Jerry Lynn says he committed the last few months to get his hands on Nigel and says he’ll go through anyone to get the ROH Title.
Street Fight-Brodie Lee vs. Necro Butcher
Lee attacks at the bell and Butcher comes back with rights and chops. Lee misses the Yakuza Kick and falls to the floor. Summersault senton off the apron by Necro and he rakes the eyes of Lee. He sends Lee into the post and hits a big foot. He drives a chair into the gut and back of Lee and Necro drives the barricade into Lee. Necro hammers away on Lee and back in, Butcher throws some foots into the head of Lee. He slams Lee’s head off the barricade and hits some rights. Dropkick by Lee and he hits a German suplex onto the barricade in the corner!!! Lee sets up some chairs and he knocks Butcher off a chair with a big boot. Yakuza kick by Lee and he sends Butcher into the barricade. Lariat by Lee gets 2. Lee goes for the Tiger Driver but Butcher escapes so Lee hits the Truck Stop onto a chair for 2. Lee goes up but Butcher nails him in the midsection with a chair. He tosses Lee off the top and he works Lee over in the corner. Bulldog on the barricade by Butcher gets 2. Butcher slams Lee onto a chair for 2. Butcher misses a back senton and he crashes onto the guardrail. They slug it out and Lee hits a big boot. Butcher come dback with a hard right and he goes for the Tiger Driver but Jacobs breaks it up with a chair. He hammers away and Delirious comes out but Daizee Haze follows. Delirious shoves her down and Jacobs goes for a Spear but misses Necro and nails Delirious. Butcher hits a hard right knocking Jacobs gto the floor and Butcher nails Lee with a chair for 3. Winner- Necro Butcher ** ( This was such a disappointment. I expected a crazy, chaotic brawl but instead a got a tame brawl with rugged wrestling. The overbooking at the end came off as weak to and this didn’t feel like a satisfying conclusion to their feud.)
Lynn hits an Air Raid Crash on Nigel and hits a slingshot pescado to Jacobs on the floor before leaving. Frog Splash by Black gets 2. God’s Last Gift by Black gets 2 as Jacobs goes low to save. WHY DID HE BREAK UP THE COUNT?!?!?! So dumb. Stomp to the gut by Jacobs and he hits a double stomp. Jacobs chokes away on Black and covers for 2. Tag to Nigel and he hits a hammerlock STO. Short arm lariat by Nigel gets 2. Pele by Black and Jacobs tags in. Elbow drops by Jacobs and he hits the repeated double stomps into the slingshot back senton for 2. Black hammers Jacobs on the mat and he hits some rights. Jacobs breaks with a knee to the gut and Black comes back by pressing Jacobs. Corner forearm by Black and he hits a hip toss. Backdrop to Nigel and Black hits an enzuigiri to the back of the head of Jacobs. Springboard clothesline to Nigel and Black hits Paroxysm on Jacobs for 2. Jacobs blocks the F-5 attempt and Nigel crotches Black. Black blocks the second rope lariat and hits a kick to the head. He counters the Jawbreaker Lariat and hits the Buckle Bomb. Spear by Jacobs to Black gets 2. They slug it out and Tyler tries to suplex Jacobs but Nigel trips him up and Jacobs blocks for 2 as the ref catches Nigel providing the assist. O’Connor roll by Black to Jacobs gets 2. Forearm by Nigel and he hits the Tower of London onto the floor on Black!!!! Suicide dive by Jacobs to Nigel and back in, he grabs the End Time. Black tries to enter the ring but Jacobs dropkicks him and Black is counted out!!! Tyler Black is eliminated.
Jawbreaker by Jacobs but Nigel comes back with the Jawbreaker Lariat for 3!!! Winner and Still ROH World Champion- Nigel McGuinness ***1/2 ( Good main event that really picked up when Jerry Lynn was eliminated. I was invested in the Tyler vs. Jacobs and Nigel segment, as Tyler always made for a great underdog story in a match and Nigel at this point was three for three in elimination matches as champion. )
After the match, Black attacks Jacobs but Delirious comes out to save. Jerry Lynn comes out and chases them off to end the show.
Sal Rinauro vs. Bison Smith from ROH Proving Ground 2009 Night One
Forearms by Rinauro but Smith shoves him away to stop that. Spinning backbreaker by Smith and he chokes Rinauro with his boot in the corner. Chops by Smith and he hits a hip toss. He runs over Rinauro and Rinauro botches a springboard moonsault attempt. He leaps off the second rope but Smith catches him with a lariat. Chokeslam by Smith gets 3. Winner- Bison Smith SQUASH ( Well, Bison looked like a monster, so this accomplished its goal. )
Bison Smith vs. John Kermon from ROH Proving Ground 2009 Night Two
“Kill The Jobber” chant kicks this off and Smith hits a lariat. Smith presses Kermon into the corner and he hits the Chokeslam for 3. Winner- Bison Smith SQUASH ( This might be the shortest match in ROH history or at least it’s one of them. )
The 411: This is regardded by many as one of the worst shows in ROH history. I wouldn't go that far, as even different from the live experience I thought this was a decent show. Despite the company's first TV Tapings the next days, the roster still gave a good effort in the ring and didn't hold anything back. There are no must see matches but there is nothing outright bad and it's a pretty easy show to watch. I think it might be worth picking up in a sale or if you can find it cheap.