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ROH - 4/22 - Philadelphia, PA results -- Team CZW defeats Team ROH
On Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 7:13 AM EST [email protected]$#%ing believable...again.
Ring of Honor returned to Philadelphia for its 100th Show Celebration before a packed Northeast Philadelphia National Guard Armory of well over 1,000. The large crowd (given that the Philadelphia Flyers were opening their Stanley Cup playoff series last night), has to be considered a tremendous testimony to what happened when independent promoters do business the right way with each other, as opposed to other promoters in the market telling their workers where they can and can't work...and screwing their fans in the process.
From all appearances the crowd has only been topped once at the National Guard Armory by the Final Battle 2003 show on December 23, 2003 with The Great Muta, Tomoaki Honma and Kazushi Miyamoto, Arashi, and Kaz Hayashi.
Early on, even during the pre-show, there were numerous loud CZW-ROH dueling chants. While the crowd was about 3/4 ROH fans to 1/4 CZW fans, the CZW fans made up for the disadvantage in volume, creativity, and general rowdiness all night long.
Chris Hero appears, cut a promo to set up the night's main event that had the CZW fans going nuts and the Ring of Honor fans going into overdrive yelling mode.
"American Dragon" Bryan Danielson then cut a promo on the CZW fans, which included him mooning the CZW fans, and insulting their members, their intelligence. In reaction to the CZW fans chanting "Overrated" at him, Danielson told the CZW fans he was a "real world champion", and "he'd prove it by taking all challengers". American Dragon is accepting a ROH Heavyweight Title match with Delirious.
Then there was the debate between James E. Cornette vs CZW's John Zandig. Cornette was at his profane, funny, witty best with Zandig doing surprisngly well, even if taking a distant second to Cornette (mind you, this is like losing an IQ test to Einstein...not exactly any shame in it).
This segued into the main event...
Team CZW (Chris Hero, Necro Butcher, and Super Dragon) defeated team ROH (BJ Whitmer, Samoa Joe, and Adam Pearce) in a violent, bloody, all-Arena brawl to take onInsane brawl, the debate turned right into the main event. At the finish, Claudio Castagnoli turned on Ring Of Honor and helped Chris Hero in beating Samoa Joe. BJ Whitmer took an insane Psycho Driver through a table that had to be seen to be believed. Hero won via after a Hero's Welcome (helped by Castagnoli) on Adam Pearce for the pinfall.
Post-match, the Ring of Honor fans seemed stunned (some others were for different reasons...that CZW and ROH have handled this so well, done the right things for business..including putting over the "enemy promotion" over at their home shows) After the match, Zandig, Necrobutcher, Super Dragon, and Chris Hero came up into the CZW side of the bleachers. Samoa Joe sputtered out "this is only the beginning", before the CZW fans drowned him out.
NOTES: Ring of Honor will return to the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia on July 15. This weekend, Ring of Honor goes to Dayton (Friday night) and Cleveland (Saturday night).