ROH on HDNet
April 19, 2009
Philadelphia, PA (ECW Arena)
Commentators: Mike Hogewood & Dave Prazak
Report by: Josh Boutwell of

Sorry about the late review this week, guys. I?ve been gone all weekend where there was no internet connection and then when I got back tonight (Sunday) I had an essay that needed finishing and also I wanted to see the TNA PPV. So, I?m going on about 4 hours straight of wrestling and a poetry essay so bare with me!

The show opens with a quick recap of last weeks show and a preview of this weeks. Then, we cut to the studio where Hogewood & Prazak discuss the show for tonight. Prazak quicly discusses the feud between Claudio & Brent and then we go to a promo from Jimmy Jacobs.

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Necro Butcher

Jacobs cuts a decent little promo speaking on Necro’s ignorance and briefly speaking on their past together (Necro is a former member of Age of the Fall). Necro comes out wielding the trusty staple gun. The referee tries to take the staple gun from Necro which allows Jimmy to attack him from behind. Jimmy puts the beat down on Necro in the early going but Necro fights back and whips Jimmy into the corner and then hits a high back body drop. Jimmy hides behind the referee to get distance from Necro as the fans want him to ‘f*ck” Jimmy up. Jimmy offers the handshake to Necro and Necro punches him in the mouth and then puts the boots to him in the corner. Necro then slams Jimmy into the top turnbuckle and tosses him through the ropes to the floor and follows him out. Necro grabs the ring bell and hits Jimmy with it (how is that not a DQ?). Necro grabs Jimmy’s coat that he wore to the ring and chokes him with it and then grabs a table. Necro goes for a Powerbomb but Jimmy blocks it and then suplexes Necro on the floor! Jimmy grabs a chair and sets it up at ringside and then pulls out a plastic bag and puts it over Necro’s head! He goes Terry Funk on him! Jimmy sits Necro on the chair and then climbs back into the ring and hits a plancha over the top rope onto Necro who was sitting in the chair! Jacobs rolls Necro back in the ring and reigns down repeated right hands. Jimmy then climbs to the middle rope and hits the Flying Elbow Drop, 1..NO Necro kicks out. Jimmy goes for the Spear but Necro hits him in midair with a huge right hand! Necro picks Jimmy up and hits a Chokeslam and then hits the Tiger Bomb! 1…NO Necro stops the pin and goes out to the floor and grabs the staple gun! Necro clims back in the ring and Brodie Lee slides in and attacks Necro!

Winner: Necro Butcher via DQ

Jimmy tries to staple Jimmy with the gun but Necro kicks him and then low blows Brodie Lee. Jimmy and Brodie bail out to the floor while Necro pitches a fit in the ring. So you can hit a guy with a ringbell or a chair, but no outside interference?

In the back Kyle Durden is with Brent Albright who discusses his ongoing feud between he and Claudio. He says tonight they will show the entire world how much they hate each other.

Eddie Kingston vs. Sami Callihan

I was told by some readers last time we saw Sami that he was indeed the “new Horror” and not the “new whore” of ROH, but it still sounds like he says “whore” to me. Ah, and it’s the Thug wannabe from CHIKARA, Eddie Kingston! The crowd is very familiar with him (since he is a CHIKARA and CZW regular) so they get behind him from the start. They lockup and Eddie gets in a side headlock but Sami pushes him off and then they exchange shoulder blocks but neither goes down. Eddie then slaps Sami but Sami takes him down with a headlock takeover and locks in a Koji Clutch! Eddie was able to quickly get to the ropes and then shoves Sami again and gets in Sami’s face. Sami with vicious knife edge chops but Kingston comes back with a T-Bone Suplex! Sami comes back by pulling Eddie into the middle turnbuckle and then puts the boots to Eddie. They exchange slaps and chops with Eddie getting the advantage and chopping away at Sami. Sami comes back with an eye poke and then hits a big right hand to the same eye and then chokes Eddie. More slaps exchanged but then Sami rakes Eddie’s eyes again. Sami goes for a Suplex but Kingston blocks it so Sami slaps him again and then chokes him on the ropes. Sami beats down Kingston in the corner but Kingston comes back with a boot and then a big running forearm. Eddie with big chops and then a huge headbutt! Eddie picks Sami up and hits a Jackhammer for a nearfall. Sami with a backkick and then a big front kick and a side suplex! 1..2…NO Eddie kicks out! Sami’s forehead is busted open (presumably from a headbutt) and Eddie hits the Backdrop Driver and then the spinning backfist! 1…2..3 and its done!

Winner: Eddie Kingston via pinfall (spinning backfist)

In the back Kyle Durden is with the much, MUCH larger Claudio Castagnoli. Claudio makes fun of Kyle’s tie and then says European’s have the best fashion sense. Claudio makes fun of American’s some more saying all we do is sit at home and watch football and drink beer (what’s wrong with that?).

Hogewood and Prazak talk to new ROH Champ: Jerry Lynn. Lynn talks about how great it was to win the ROH Title and he says he will be a Champion Champions like CM Punk, Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson, & Nigel were. Prazak and Hogewood put Lynn over more.

Bobby Dempsey vs. Orange Cassidy

Bobby says ‘hi, mom.’ Oh yeah, and he’s not a fat whipping boy anymore. Prazak thinks he’s just fat and useless. Dempsey has the crowd on his side and he squashes him with a body splash and then the DVD for the pin.

Winner: Bobby Dempsey via pinfall (DVD)

Erick Stevens gives us his “buzz words” for the week which are powerful, aggressive, intense, unstoppable, and a runaway train (that’s three, Erick).

Rhett “Addicted to Love” Titus & Kenny King vs. Cheech & Cloudy

Kenny calls Rhett the “sexiest man alive” which was a bit disturbing. “You’re a virgin” chants start before the bell at Rhett which he doesn’t like too much. Kenny and Cheech start the match off with King getting the advantage with a side headlock, but Cheech counters with a hammerlock. Kenny reverses it but Cheech goes right into a side headlock. Kenny counters into a wristlock but Cheech rolls through into one of his own. Nice chain wrestling in the early going. Kenny with a cheapshot and then he tags in Rhett but Cheech nails him coming in with an arm drag. Rhett and Kenny double team Cheech and then Cloudy comes in and they double team him. Rhett and Kenny go for corner splashes but Cheech & Cloudy move and then pound on them in the corner and hit stereo bulldogs for a nearfall! Cloudy officially tags in and back drops Rhett over the top but he lands on the apron and Cloudy goes for a shoulder block, but Rhett avoids it and Kenny comes flying in with a knee strike to the head out of nowhere on Cloudy! Kenny back in and he hits a snap suple and floats over into right hands and a nearfall. Rhett tagged back in and does the thrust but gets rolled up by Cloudy for a nearfall. Rhett comes back with a snapmare and a headlock. Titus whips Cloudy into the ropes and hits a corner splash followed by a running knee strike! 1…2…NO Cloudy kicks out! Kenny King back in. Rhett with an atomic drop and then a lariat from Kenny! 1…2..NO Cloudy kicks out! Kenny with a scoop slam and then a springboard leg drop attempt, but Cloudy moves and then hits a sunset flip for a nearfall. Cloudy tags in Cheech who hits a back elbow to Kenny and then dropkicks Rhett off the apron. Cheech with a shoulder block in the corner and then a big superkick! 1…2…NO Kenny kicks out! Cloudy tags back in and they hit a Tornedo on Kenny and then Cheech flips Cloudy off the top with a somersault senton for a nearfall until Rhett breaks it up and pulls Kenny to his corner to tag in. Cheech & Cloudy hit a drop toe hold on Kenny and then the Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Cheech! Cloudy climbs to the top but Kenny pushes him off into the guard rail! In the ring Rhett hits a Powerbomb on Cloudy while Kenny hits a springboard blockbuster at the same time! 1….2…3 that’s it!

Winners: Titus & King via pinfall (Powerbomb/Springboard Blockbuster)

Main Event
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright

Castagnoli jumps Brent on the outside before the bell and they go at it back and forth. Brent slams Claudio into the timekeepers table and then the ring apron before rolling him back into the ring. Claudio with a huge European Uppercut but then Brent hits a swinging backbreaker! Albright with chops in the corner and then Claudio comes back with kicks and more European Uppercuts, AYE! Claudio bites Brent and then Brent comes back with big chops of his own! Brent whips Claudio into the ropes and charges but Claudio hits him with another uppercut and comes off the ropes only to get monkey flipped and then clotheslined to the crowd! Brent with a slingshot cross body over the top but Claudio catches him in midair and then charges full speed slamming Brent into the guard rail! A fitting “holy sh*t” chant starts up! Claudio rolls Brent back in the ring and then hits a snapmare and locks in a headlock. Brent fights to his feet and then comes off the ropes but Claudio hits a big lariat! 1…2.NO Brent kicks out! Claudio puts the boots to Brent and another uppercut before whipping Brent harad into the corner. Claudio with a gutwrench suplex! 1…2..NO Brent still kicks out! Claudio with a dropkick for a one count. Brent comes back with chops but eats another uppercut and then Claudio chokes him in the ropes. Claudio with yet another uppercut and they go to the floor where Brent nails a belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the floor out of nowhere! Albright tries to crawl back in the ring but Brent snatches him back onto the floor hard! Back in the ring Claudio gets a nearfall and then puts Brent back in a headlock. Brent fights to his feet and breaks the hold with big right hands and then a Rock Bottom! Big clotheslines from Brent and then a T-Bone Suplex! Brent whips Claudio into the corner and hits a overhead belly-to-belly release suplex. Brent charges Claudio in the corner and Claudio gets his boot up but Brent catches the boot and flings it away only to eat another uppercut! Claudio charges Brent but he hits a snap powerslam out of nowhere! 1…2…NO Claudio kicks out! More chops from Brent and then a Vertical Suplex attempt but Claudio blocks it so he hits a Roll of the Dice! 1…2..NO Claudio still kicks out! Brent with right hands and chops. Brent whips Claudio into the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Claudio ducks it and hits a springboard European Uppercut! Claudio hits the Big Swing and then goes for another European Uppercut but Brent counters with a Backslide for a nearfall! Claudio comes right back with a Bicycle Kick! 1..2…NO Brent kicks out! Brent then comes out of nowhere with the Crowbar as Claudio argued with the referee! Brent transitions into a crossface as Claudio rolls through and then goes right back into the Crowbar! Claudio is able to get into the ropes and then Brent drops a knee on Claudio. Claudio forces Brent into the corner and then hits repeated shoulder blocks and charges, but Brent hits a back elbow and then climbs to the top. Claudio with a flying forearm in the corner and more big European Uppercuts and poke in the eye! Claudio climbs up to the top and goes for a Superplex but Brent pushes him off and hits a big Flying Cross Body! 1…2…NO Claudio kicks out! Brent with big knife edge chops and then goes for the Half Nelson Suplex but Claudio counters with a hip toss and then goes for the Popup European Uppercut, but Brent counters and goes for the Half Nelson Suplex again! Claudio counters into a rollup and grabs the ropes for leverage, 1…2…3!

Winner: Claudio via pinfall (rollup)

Next week is Tyler Black vs. American Dragon which should be exceptional.

Final Thoughts

Another solid outing from ROH but Hogewood still sucks, though Prazak is a little better as a heel announcer. The opener between Necro and Jimmy was pretty good but had a horrible finish. Brodie Lee was not needed and I had really hoped not to see him on TV this week, crap.

Sami and Kingston was solid and stiff. Both guys are pretty weird but very good in the ring.

I still can?t get over the fact that they are trying to build Bobby Dempsey up as a serious wrestler. Yeah, moving on.

The tag match between King & Rhett against Cheech & Cloudy was very good. King and Titus are extremely entertaining and King is extremely exciting in the ring. Cheeh & Cloudy are great in the ring too and will bump like crazy for anybody.

The Main Event was stellar. Albright and Claudio have great chemistry together and don?t mind beating the hell out of one another. Very well done finish to the match as well and was definitely match of the night easily.