Sunday, January 27, 2013

ROH Glory By Honor IX Review

Tyler Black comes to NYC for the final time as a part of ROH, but before he goes, he defends the World Title against a familiar foe...

ROH Glory By Honor IX
New York, New York 9/11/10

1.) Jay Briscoe vs. Kenny King: ***

The Briscoes and the All Night Express are split into singles matches tonight. This was a very solid opener. Good stuff from probably the better halves of each team.

Rhett Titus comes out after the match and attacks Jay, but Mark comes down for the save which leads to the next match!

2.) Mark Briscoe vs. Rhett Titus: **1/2

Not as good as the match before it, but still fairly decent. 

3.) Ballz Mahoney & Grizzly Redwood vs. Erick Stevens & The Necro Butcher: *3/4

This match came about after Ballz Mahoney saved Grizzly Redwood from an Embassy beat down at Supercard of Honor V. Honestly, this is just there. Skippable.

4.) Double Chain Match – Kevin Steen & Steen Corino vs. El Generico & Colt Cabana: ****

The Steen/Generico feud continues in this match. This was actually pretty good. Both teams brought the violence & the hatred. Corino's son coming out & freeing Steen from his chain definitely added a unique twist to this one. 

After the match, they continue to go after each other. El Generico looks to set Steen up for his signature Turnbuckle Brainbuster, but Steen PULLS OFF HIS MASK!! Generico quickly covers his face as Cabana rushes him to the back with a towel covering his unmasked head. Steen then uses the mask & blood from Corino (who had been busted open during the match) to recreate Steen's disturbing T-Shirt, which features Generico's severed head on a Steel Chair with the words "Mr. Wrestling" on it.

5.) World TV Title – Eddie Edwards vs. Shawn Daivari (with Prince Nana): **3/4

Nothing overly exciting, but a fairly decent TV Title Match. Good showcase for Edwards.

6.) Battle of the Best – Austin Aries vs. Christopher Daniels: ***1/2

Now I believe this show (or the next HDNet Tapings) would be the last show for Aries. These two had a pair of encounters in 2006 but this is the first time they've met one-on-one since. This was a very good match. Excellent wrestling from both guys, as one would expect.

7.) Non-Title Special Dream Tag Team Match – The Kings of Wrestling (with Shane Hagadorn) vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas: ****

The World Tag Team Titles are not on the line in this dream match. It's certainly interesting to look back on this and see how excited everyone was for WGTT and now they're pretty much despised and criticized for being boring. Anyway, this was a very good exhibition. Awesome stuff from both teams. The Kings picking up a dirty win points to a future match between the teams.

Afterwords, WGTT beats down Shane Hagadorn in a fun little bit. They grab the World Tag Team Titles (foreshadowing obviously).

8.) ROH World Title No-Disqualification Match with Terry Funk as Special Ringside Enforcer – Tyler Black vs. Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini): ****

Terry Funk is the Special Ringside Enforcer here for some reason (seems very Cornette-ish). Anyway, the match itself was a good one. Not as good as some of the encounters they had in 2009 and perhaps on the same level as their Supercard of Honor V Match. Martini, Funk, and I believe Raymond & Able all got involved at one point or another.

After the match, it looks like Tyler's going to shake hands with Roderick, but flips him & the fans off instead as he leaves. Strong & Martini continue to celebrate until the lights go out & a familiar tune plays. IT'S HOMICIDE!! He comes out & confronts Roderick Strong to end the show.

Overall: 8.25/10

After going back & watching it, this show was actually pretty solid. You did have three **** matches on here. However, they were just really good, and didn't reach the "Must See" level. The Double Chain Match provided a big moment in the storyline and the rest of the undercard was good overall. A solid iPPV from ROH.

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