ROH TV tapings report 4-9
By Ray Begley
Taping started with the introduction of Ric Flair as ROH ambassador. Flair brought out Jerry Lynn, leading to a confrontation with Austin Aries.
1. Chris Hero b Kenny Omega with the roaring elbow.
2. Necro Butcher b Brodie Lee with a rolling cradle.
3. Erick Stevens b Sal Rinauro in a squash with the Doctor Bomb.
4. Austin Aries b Roderick Strong with a brainbuster. Solid match.
Presumably dark segment:
Colt Cabana cut a short promo and was interrupted by Prince Nana and Ernie Osiris. Cabana laid out Osiris and Nana bailed.
1. Delirious and Daizee Haze b Jimmy Jacobs and MsChif when Haze hit the Mind Trip on MsChif.
Nigel McGuinness cut a promo. He’s going to take some time off, dust himself off and regain his spot in the wrestling world.
2. The American Wolves b ? And Orange Cassidy with a superkick/German suplex/jackknife cradle combo. Wolves then cut a promo on Steen and Generico.
3. Bryan Danielson and Tyler Black went to a double countout. About a 22 minute match. Very good match. Countout was kind of flat though. A fan threw a chair towards the end of the match.
Austin Aries came out wanting to know who threw the chair. Fans didn’t hesitate to point him out. Aries said he could go the easy way or the hard way by stepping in the ring. The fan left. Aries then challenged anyone that was here solely to get himself over to get in the ring. No one did and he left.
1. Claudio Castagnoli b Brent Albright with a low blow. Albright had Castagnoli in the Crowbar when Nana and Osiris distracted the ref. Cabana chased Castagnoli out with a chair afterward. Looks like Castagnoli will be joining the Embassy.
2. The Dark City Fight Club b Alex Payne and Grizzly Redwood with a sitout powerbomb/neckbreaker combo on Payne. Total squash.
Flair came out and announced the first World Title match on HDNet, a four-way with Lynn, Danielson, Black and Aries. He then did a dark promo which was fun. He acknowledged the arena as the home of ECW, which prompted huge chants. He said he came to terms with Mick Foley. He said he had a hardcore match and 2 ladder matches. He then said they taught him how to roll in thumbtacks, but he taught them how to bleed. Before leaving he asked if anyone had seen the Definitive Collection. He then said for men, it’s inspirational. For women, it’s soft porn.
3. Jay Briscoe b Sami Callihan with the Jay Driller.
4. Kevin Steen and El Generico b Kenny King and Rhett Titus with a package piledriver by Steen and a brainbuster by Generico. The American Wolves attacked Steen and Generico afterwards, laying them out.
Flair was easily the highlight of the night. It was weird seeing him in this arena, but cool because of the small setting. This is my 3rd straight ROH tv taping, and it’s not the normal ROH crowd. You have a few hardcores, but also a lot of kids and their parents. Also, Shane Hagadorn was out with all the Sweet & Sour guys, so it appears Sweeney’s done. At least for the time being.