Ring of Honor
Take No Prisoners
Debut: May 30, 2008
Reviewed: June 2, 2008
I have been trying to do more play-by-play reviews of ROH events but there
is so much action in and out of the ring in these matches, there is no way I
could type fast enough to catch all the action! I did a preview of this event.
No way would I miss it! And you shouldn't miss it, either. Reading the
review is nothing like seeing the action.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS THE WINNER OF EACH MATCH!
IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS EVENT AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE OUTCOME, DO NOT
READ THIS REVIWE UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE SHOW FOR YOURSELF!
Another A+ for Ring of Honor, the ROH Roster and "Take No Prisoners"!
Rated R for language, A for action, and N for NEVER miss a Ring of Honor
In Philadelphia, PA, announcer Dave Prazak welcomes the audience and
introduces his broadcasting partner, Lenny Leonard.
I MISS DAVE PRAZAK'S HAIR!
Nigel McGuinness is backstage watching the first match on a monitor. He had
better be watching the match. He will be facing the winner of the first match
and defend his ROH World Title in the main event.
Tyler Black Representing Age of the Fall
Delirious is busy with the referee and Castagnoli is all smiles. Castagnoli
goes for an early pin but Delirious powers out. McGuinness is at the announcer
's table but I'm not really paying attention because Black and Shiozaki are
now in the ring and I want to see them in action. Shiozaki goes for a cover
and gets a two count. Shiozaki is big on chops. Castagnoli and Delirious
enter the ring to take on Shiozaki but he takes them both out. The distraction
gives Black enough time to take down Shiozaki and tag in Castagnoli. Shiozaki's
chops aren't having the same affect on Castagnoli but he can't get Shiozaki
down for the three count. Castagnoli delivers his swing, delivers a European
uppercut and goes for the cover but Black is in to break up the pin.
Shiozaki delivers a super kick and goes for the cover but only gets a two count.
Delirious tags himself into the match and comes off the top turnbuckle to take
down Castagnoli. Delirious has Castagnoli in the cobra clutch but Castagnoli
takes Delirious down for the cover. Black and Shiozaki enter the ring to break
up the cover and both end up out on the floor. Black is tagged into the ring
and Delirious is ahead of the game until Shiozaki takes Delirious down. Now
we have all four men on the mat. Delirious slams Black to the canvas and goes
up to the top turnbuckle but Black gets out of the way. Black goes up to the
top and comes off to get the three count. Time: 10 minutes.
Winner: Tyler Black with a Phoenix splash
I may have gotten a quarter of the action that went on during the match both
in the ring and on the floor outside of the ring. I have to say it. Tyler
Black is admirable in this match as was Shiozaki. I don't want to mention
Delirious because I understood what he said before the match and I'm not
certain that is normal. I was a little disappointed in Castagnoli. He should have
been able to pull this match out. He spent too much time playing comic relief
with Delirious. It was a great opening match with a lot of action and some
suspenseful near falls. I think the audience was as surprised as I was that
Black won but I'm not complaining except we have to wait until the main event
to see if Black can take the title from McGuinness.
Prazak and Leonard inform the fans that Takeshi Morishima has been suspended
due to his attack on a referee at Rising Above. He can be at the pay per
views but he isn't allowed any airtime. Since"Rising Above", Jimmy Jacobs &
Tyler Black defeated the Briscoe Brothers for the title belts and then Davey
Richards & Rocky Romero took the titles from Jacobs & Black.
Jimmy Jacobs is in front of the camera. He is at an undisclosed location.
Zack Gowen is with him. The camera switches to Black in the locker room. Necro
Butcher and Joey Matthews appear to congratulate him on his win.
Steen works with the audience to give Strong a hard time by helping them
chant"Rod-er-ick". The two men play shoulder block off the ropes but Strong
wises up and delivers a leg lariat to drop Steen to the mat. Steen goes for a
pin but Strong kicks out. Steen continues to pound on Strong to the enjoyment
of the live audience. Another cover and Strong kicks out. Steen needs to stop
showing off and start concentrating on his opponent. It catches up with him
as Strong nails Steen in the gut with a boot. Forearm fight in the center of
the ring but Strong uses a knee to the abdomen to back Steen up. Both men are
taking some hard hits in this match up and Leonard tells the audience this
is Steen's first singles match on an ROH pay per view. Steen needs to be able
to keep Strong out of the air. Time: 11 minutes.
Winner: Kevin Steen with a pile driver
I like Steen and thought this match was a great way for him to be able to
shine in a singles match. As much as I enjoy Steen and El Generico as a team,
Steen can certainly do the job as a singles competitor. Both men took a lot
of hard hits and kept the action flowing. There was a lot of wrestling and a
little bit of underhandedness but both men are adept in either department.
Strong may be one of the most hated members of the ROH roster but the fans like
to see him in the ring especially when he is losing. Steen was definitely
the fan favorite during this match.
Jacobs again appears on camera using his jaw muscles. He's talking to some
guy in a wheelchair.
In Orlando, FL
Jay & Mark Briscoe
Necro Butcher & Joey Matthews
Representing Age of the Fall
The Briscoe Brothers are in the back of the building battling Necro Butcher
and Joey Matthews. Lacey and Daizee Haze are somewhere in the mix. They
appear to be using everything but the actual wrestling ring in order to take each
other out. Prazak informs us this is a street fight rules, anything goes
match. One of the Briscoe Brothers bleeding from the scalp, I think. Butcher is
down and one of the Briscoes is down. Butcher sends the bleeding Briscoe over
the guardrail surrounding the audience and they appear to be going at least
outside the ring to continue the fight. The women are still fighting outside
on the floor and Lacey seems to have the upper hand. The women are now in the
ring and the men are out on the floor. Haze is down on the mat but manages to
get back to her feet and continue fighting. Haze delivers a German suplex to
Lacey. The two women are now out on the floor and Jay and Butcher are inside
the ring. Mark makes it back up the ring apron and he is still bleeding from
the gash in his skull. Butcher sends chairs into the ring to Matthews in
order to double choke slam Jay on the chairs. Matthews uses his shirt to choke
Jay. Mark is still missing in action. Jay makes it back to his feet and goes
after Matthews as Butcher goes out to the floor to keep Mark busy. Jay uses
the chairs to take out Matthews and Jay enters the ring to take out Butcher
with a chair. Matthews is taking the hits as Butcher is still down on the canvas
but the Briscoes haven't forgot about him. They toss Butcher out to the
floor and Mark goes out to keep Butcher occupied allowing Jay to go one on one
with Matthews. Jay sends Matthews out of the ring and onto a table outside the
ring, catching Butcher's head in the process. Mark nails Matthews with the
doomsday device but Butcher is back in the ring. Jay sets up a chair but
Butcher rolls up Jay. Butcher gets a two count. Everyone is back on the floor. Mark
and Butcher battle toward the back of the arena and the women are nowhere to
be seen. Matthews has a table set up in the ring. Mark is outside the ring
climbing up the scaffolding in the back to come off and take out Butcher as
Jay delivers a death valley driver and a jay driller to Matthews, going for the
cover and getting the three count. Time: 16 minutes.
Winners: Mark Briscoe with a Jay driller & Jay Briscoe
This was a long match with no time to look away from the screen. If you aren't a brawl
fan, this might not have been the match for you but you can't
deny that all four of the men and the two women gave this their all. Necro
Butcher did a better job than I expected and I hope to see him in action again
soon. Always a Briscoe Brothers fan, I'll be waiting to see them back in line
for a chance to regain their tag team titles.
Black is now outside the building waiting for his chance at the ROH World
title tonight against Nigel McGuinness.
Larry Sweeney is in the ring with Bobby Dempsey. Sweeney announces it's the
Larry Sweeney Show starring Larry Sweeney. Nice earring, Sweeney. You should
be able to afford a diamond stud in that ear. Sweeney calls out The Hangmen
3 (Adam Pearce, Brent Albright & BJ Whitmer) with Shane Hagedorn. And Pearce
found the mic. Pearce informs the audience that the Hangmen 3 will now be a
part of the Sweet & Sour family. Whitmer and Albright look a little
surprised but Hagedorn hangs right in there with Pearce. Erick Stevens appears at
ringside and enters the ring. Stevens tells Sweeney what the rest of the world
wants to hear: Shut up, Sweeney! Stevens is looking for a match and since he
can't have Daniel Puder, Albright attacks Stevens from behind.
Once the match really begins, this is the kind of match I like to see. I
like them both and Stevens goes for an early cover but can't get the three
count. As I was saying, both of these men are great in the ring and they are so
close in size and speed. When Albright delivers a chop to the chest, I'll bet
you know you've been hit. Sweeney paces up and down outside the ring
exercising his jaw muscles. Nice suplex by Albright and he goes for the cover but
Stevens gets a foot up on the bottom rope. Power slam by Albright and another
cover attempt but Stevens kicks out. Stevens ducks as Albright charges and
Albright hits the ropes. Stevens is trying to get back to his feet and the fans
are behind him. Stevens nails Albright with a release German suplex. Stevens
backs up into the corner and Stevens nails Albright with a choo choo but
Albright rakes the eyes. Stevens suddenly has to deal with everyone outside the
ring before delivering a body slam. Sweeney gets involved, Albright delivers a
half Nelson suplex and gets the three count. Time: 7 minutes.
Winner: Brent Albright with a half Nelson suplex
I was expecting a little more interference from Sweeney and his crew outside
the ring. Stevens continues to look better and better in the ring although I
have to say Albright would look better if he wasn't with Sweeney and his
cohorts. A hard fought match and worth the watch.
ROH Tag Team Title Match
Jigsaw & Ruckus, representing Vulture Squad
Davey Richards & Rocky Romero,
representing No Remorse Corps
ROH Tag Team Champions
Jigsaw is working without a mask but that doesn't stop him from his
high-flying maneuvers. Ruckus and Jigsaw are do a wonderful job working together in
the ring. If they can keep Richards and Romero separated, they may just win
this match. Jigsaw goes for a bridge pin with Richards but only gets a two
count. All four men are battling outside the ring. Richards and Jigsaw make it
back into the ring as Richards tags in Romero. Jigsaw is having a terrible time
trying to get to Ruckus to get the tag. Jigsaw has to send both of his
opponents out to the floor before getting the tag to Ruckus. Ruckus delivers a
suicide dive to take both men out again before going back into the ring with
Richards. Ruckus delivers a standing shooting star but only gets a two count
before Richards powers out. Richards tags in Romero. Romero is upside down in
the corner, Jigsaw and Ruckus go up to the top and the crowd is on their feet
as they come off and nail Romero. The audience delivers a few"that was awesome
" but no one seems to be able to get the three count. Jigsaw is in the ring
with Richards, Richards ends up on the mat, Romero has Jigsaw in an arm bar
but Ruckus is in the ring to make the save. Romero and Ruckus face off and
Ruckus ends up on the floor and Romero goes out after him. Jigsaw and Richards
are in the ring. Jigsaw delivers a backslide but only gets a two count.
Richards and Romero deliver a spiked driver and get the win. Time: 10 minutes.
Winners: Davey Richards with a spiked driver & Rocky Romero
Black is pacing back and forth in the locker room as McGuinness sits in
another room admiring his title belt.
BJ Whitmer and Sweet & Sour, Inc. seem to have had a disagreement during
the time the fans were watching the tag team title match and Leonard says that
Whitmer was attacked by his former stable mates and has been rushed to the
hospital with a neck injury.
Bryan Danielson from WA, weighing 185 lbs.
Austin Aries from WI weighing 205 lbs.
Prazak doesn't have any hair and Danielson has hair again.
I'm afraid to try to type and watch this match. Some of the readers may be
under age and my language may not be suitable for a rated"G" audience. Aries
certainly makes getting out of Danielson's cattle mutilation seems easy. I
cant' tell who the favorite is in this match but the fans don't seem to want
Danielson to lose. This is how a grudge match should be and this is how a
wrestling match should go…there are fantastic moves and counter moves going on.
ARIES GET UP! Sorry, couldn't help myself. But I did watch my language. It
is constant action with no lag time and only minor non-wrestling moves. Aries
is having trouble with his left arm and Danielson is taking full advantage.
Aries delivers a small package and gets a two count. Darn it! Aries is really
favoring that left arm. Danielson delivers a triangle choke from the top
rope and doesn't let go until the ref makes him break. Aries goes up top and
delivers a brain buster but can't get the three count. Danielson has the arm
locked up again but Aries gets out of the hold. Danielson again has the arm in
the middle of the ring and Aries taps. NO, NO, NOOOOOOO! Time: 18 minutes.
Winner: Bryan Danielson with an arm submission hold
Need I say it? This match was awesome. I am surprised that Danielson won
with the submission move but the two men couldn't have worked the ring any
better. A lot of action, real wrestling holds and counter holds from both. It
was as close as you could get to a fair match up and either winner would
have made the fans happy.
Jacobs is again on camera. He is pushing Age of the Fall to anyone who
will listen but I'm too busy worrying about the ROH World Championship match
ROH World Title Match
Tyler Black weighing 225 lbs.
Representing Age of the Fall
Nigel McGuinness weighing 242 lbs.
ROH World Champion
As much as the fans seemed to have hate Black in the first match of the
evening, they hate McGuinness more. Black has the fans behind him during the
entire match. McGuinness is championship material but ever since Black appeared
in the ROH ring, he's just had that something that makes me believe he will be
a top ROH star. McGuinness shakes hands with Black and then waits till Black
turns his back to deliver some major damage to Black's left arm. Black is
going to have a tough time winning with only one arm to work with. I really
thought Black would be the one who began the down and dirty tactics during his
first championship match. Was I ever wrong and no wonder the fans are anti
McGuinness. Black may be only 21, but he's good, ROH fans, he's very good. Even
with one bad arm he is making it a fight for McGuinness. McGuinness
continues to work on that arm but McGuinness -- who should know better -- needs to
stop and get the fan reaction before he continues with Black. McGuinness sends
Black out to the floor and again stops to get the jeers of the crowd before
going out to the floor after Black. The battle is now on the floor and I could
have sworn I saw blood on McGuinness but the camera doesn't stay on
McGuinness long enough. McGuinness does have blood on his chest but I can't see where
he is bleeding or if it is him or Black who has shed blood. McGuinness is out
in the audience area as Black flies from the ring at McGuinness but
McGuinness has a chair in his hand and he takes out Black. The audience is chanting"
Tyler" but Black appears to be out on the floor. Black moves an arm but
McGuinness says the match should be over. Black is trying to get up and the
audience is doing their best to will him to his feet. Black is back to the
guardrail and he makes it over the rail and to the ringside area. Black has a cut on
his lower back but he manages to roll back into the ring and McGuinness
tries for a cover. Black gets a shoulder off the mat. Black ducks a lariat and
goes for a roll up. Black gets a two count but he still isn't back where he
needs to be to win this match. McGuinness nails Black with a running European
uppercut and follows up with a lariat. McGuinness still can't get the three
count and it appears that it is McGuinness that is bleeding from the chest.
McGuinness then tries for a submission move using the arm that Black previously
injured. McGuinness goes for the tower of London but Black fights him off and
comes off with a neck breaker. Black nails McGuinness in the face with a boot
and now both men are down on the mat. McGuinness is back to his feet first
and we have an uppercut and chop contest going on in the middle of the ring.
Black delivers a paroxysm and goes for the cover but McGuinness manages to kick
out. Another lariat and McGuinness goes for the cover but he only gets a two
count. McGuinness goes outside on the ring apron and then up to the top
turnbuckle, picking Black up by the hair. Black fights McGuinness off and both
men are at the top. Black delivers a superplex, hits the fireman's carry and
gets a two count before McGuinness manages to kick out. Both men are again down
on the mat. This is a helluva match! Black climbs back up to the top but
McGuinness is back to his feet. McGuinness delivers the tower of London but
Black manages to kick out again. McGuinness looks confused and I don't blame
him. I don't understand how Black is still going either. Leonard says that
McGuinness had Black's trunks and still couldn't get the three count. Black
misses the Phoenix splash and McGuinness has Black in the dungeon submission hold.
Black rolls up McGuinness and gets a two count. The fans have been on their
feet for quite some time now. I just neglected to mention it. McGuinness
delivers a lariat, goes for the cover and gets a two count one more time. Oh, my
Gawd, Black is more than incredible and the audience is chanting"this is
awesome" along with me. McGuinness hits another lariat but Black won't stay
down. McGuinness hits the jawbreaker lariat and goes for the cover but Black
makes his way out one more time. AWESOME! FREAKIN' AWESOME! McGuinness uses a
lariat and then goes for the London dungeon again. Black taps out. The audience
is booing and so am I! What a great battle. Black was everything I thought
he would be and I can't wait to see him in action again. Time: 23 minutes.
Winner: Nigel McGuinness
Let's not forget that Black already wrestled in a very active match in the
first event and then to go for another 23 minutes with his only resting time
being on his back on the concrete in the audience area is more than awesome.
He was spectacular and I continue to tell everyone that they are watching a
champion in the making. He can brawl but oh, baby, can he wrestle. He can
work on the mat, on the floor, off the ropes or in the air. He keeps us
riveted to our seats, or in the case of the fans in Philadelphia, he keeps us on
our feet. McGuinness did not disappoint the fans and their dislike for the
cocky British wrestler continues to grow in spite of his tremendous talent.
McGuinness is great, but next time, Tyler Black, next time…
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