- Monday’s newswire focuses on the Friday’s show in Elizabeth, PA which, in addition to being ROH’s return to the Pittsburgh area in nearly six years will see many big names returning to ROH. One of the top matches on the show will feature two of those men squaring off in one-on-one competition for the first time in ROH (and just the third time ever) as Mike Quackenbush takes on COLT CABANA!
- Friday’s main event will see the American Wolves take on the team of Bryan Danielson and another returning name, Danielson’s former rival KENTA in the main event. The reason this match has been booked is because Danielson and KENTA have requested a warm-up match before Saturday night’s 7th Anniversary Show
in New York City where they will fulfill a match they signed for via answering one of the open contracts that has been put out by ROH World Tag Team Champions Kevin Steen & El Generico!
- While Cabana, Quackenbush, and KENTA are sure to be receive hero’s welcomes, the fourth man to return to ROH this weekend, while equally talented, will likely receive a much more hostile reception from the Elizabeth crowd, as JIMMY RAVE makes his return to ROH to take on Sterling James Keenan.
- Making his first “return” to ROH this weekend will be D’Lo Brown, who impressed ROH officials in his debut weekend in Florida last month. He will take on the debuting Shiima Xion in Elizabeth before going to face fellow returnee Colt Cabana in New York.
- Another man making a return to ROH action is former ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness, who has been cleared to return to action after collapsing at the end of this one hour time-limit draw with Tyler Black in the ROH World Title match last Friday in Collinsville. Nigel will not have an easy weekend ahead of him as he takes on El Generico in Elizabeth and Mike Quackenbush in NYC.
- Someone else making a perhaps unexpected “return” of sorts is Necro Butcher. Despite being told that he had to win his matches last weekend in order to continue to be booked in ROH and only managing to pick up a disqualification victory, Necro Butcher is being rewarded for his courageous effort having to deal with both Jimmy Jacobs and Delirious in his No Disqualifications match with Delirious in Indianapolis. Necro- along with Austin Aries and Tyler Black- will continue his war with the Age of the Fall on both of ROH’s shows this weekend. First, in Elizabeth, the two sides will collide in a six-man tag team match that will be fought under Relaxed Rules! Then, the next night at the 7th Anniversary Show
Necro faces off with the AOTF’s big bruiser Brodie Lee, Aries goes one-on-one with Delirious, and Tyler Black defends the ROH World Title against his former leader Jimmy Jacobs.
And speaking of Austin Aries and the ROH World Title, Aries has not been pinned in his last seven matches and has won four of his last six. If Aries can avoid getting pinned or made to submit this weekend while winning at least one match, ROH officials are prepared to grant him a shot at the ROH World Title on April 4th in Houston at ROH International Showcase
. Aries will receive this title shot against the winner of a match the previous night at Supercard of Honor IV
in which the winner of Saturday’s Black vs. Jacobs match will defend the title against Japanese sensation Katsuhiko Nakajima.
- While Rhett Titus might have successfully defended the Top of the Class Trophy against Shane Hagadorn at Night of the Champions II
on Saturday, he still isn’t finished with Sweet N’ Sour Inc. as he called the ROH office demanding a match against Adam Pearce to make Pearce pay for his part in the post-match attack on Rhett the night before in Collinsville.
- And speaking of unfinished business, that will hopefully be settled this Friday night Daizee Haze looks to get some revenge on the Age of the Fall’s Rain for jumping her backstage during Trios Tournament weekend. While they did have a match on the second night of that weekend it was marred by interference from the Age of the Fall, so for this match everyone will be barred from ringside!
- The Briscoes heard what Sweeney said about their 2-0 win over the American Wolves last weekend was a fluke so they and dare the Wolves to “prove it” in an Iron Team match in Houston.
- Lacey tells Jimmy she won’t be there for the six-man tag in Elizabeth in advance. Jimmy says that he understands, but pleads with her to please be there for him against Tyler in NYC. She asks him for the truth about Dempsey. Jimmy swears on their love that he had nothing to do with it. Lacey says that she believes him, and tells him that she will be there for him in NYC.
On Wednesday there is another newswire. This one notes that Claudio Castagnoli has called ROH management to claim that Kenny Omega’s victory over him in Indianapolis, like Lynn’s victories over him, was a fluke, and demanding a rematch with Omega to set the record straight. This rematch has been signed for the 7th Anniversary Show!
It also notes that instead of the singles match that ROH management wants to sign between Rhett Titus and Adam Pearce, Pearce’s agent Larry Sweeney will only allow them to face off in a tag team match, so in Elizabeth we will see Rhett Titus team up with his usual tag team partner Kenny King to face Adam Pearce and his usual lackey Shane Hagadorn.
- Speaking of Sweeney, he spent most of Tuesday in negotiations with ROH management proposing a very unlikely match: Sweeney has asked for his charge Sara Del Rey to team with her usual rival Daizee Haze to take on the Age of the Fall team of Rain and the SHIMMER Women Athletes Champion MsChif. When contacted, Haze said she was eager for any chance to get in the ring with the SHIMMER Champion, even if she had to team with Del Rey. The leader of the Age of the Fall, Jimmy Jacobs, said that his faction is always happy to fight greedy corporations like Sweeney’s Sweet N’ Sour Inc. With all parties in agreement on the terms, the match has been signed for this Saturday night in at the 7th Anniversary Show.
- Rounding out the card for Elizabeth will be the Briscoes vs. Roderick Strong & Erick Stevens of the No Remorse Corps and a Six-man Scramble featuring Jerry Lynn, Matt Cross, Brent Albright, Grizzly Redwood, Alex “Sugarfoot” Payne, and ROH World Tag Team Champions Kevin Steen.
Thursday also has a newswire, which mostly contains match announcements for WrestleMania weekend:
- Larry Sweeney has accepted the Briscoes challenge on behalf of the American Wolves. An Iron-Team match has been signed for the second of ROH’s two WrestleMania Weekend shows in Houston, International Showcase
- The reason that that show will be called “International Showcase
” because ROH will host a number of international visitors. From our friends at Pro Wrestling NOAH we will see not only KENTA but also but also the return of Japanese prodigy Katsuhiko Nakajima. Nakajima will challenge either Tyler Black or Jimmy Jacobs for the ROH World Title at Supercard of Honor IV
. KENTA has been booked to face Roderick Strong at International Showcase
In addition to these two Japanese superstars, Supercard of Honor IV
and International Showcase
will also see some Luchadors from AAA making their ROH debut: Those three men will be Magno, Incognito, and the Lucha Libre legend himself, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Blue Demon Jr., who will be defending his title both nights, against former champion Adam Pearce at Supercard of Honor IV
and against Jerry Lynn at International Showcase
To add to the international flavor of the weekend, AAA will also be sending Russian star Alex Koslov. At International Showcase
Koslov will be involved in a special Lucha Rules Four Corner Survival with Magno, Incognito, and ROH’s own luchador El Generico!
- It is also announced that Friday April 10th, ROH will return to Philadelphia to tape its next PPV: Take No Prisoners 2009
. Stay tuned to www.ROHWrestling.com
for an announcement of the main event of that show on Monday morning!
Many Happy Returns (3/20/2009)- Elizabeth, PA
ERNIE OSIRIS vs. BRANDON DAY-
Ernie wins clean in seven minutes
The DVD will start off with a backstage promo with Jimmy Jacobs and Rain of the Age of the Fall. Jimmy cut a promo about what a big weekend this will be for the AOTF. He says that this weekend he will win the ROH World Title and they will vanquish all of their enemies: Tyler Black, Necro Butcher, Austin Aries- Jacobs then goes off on a mad tangent about how he will make Aries pay for preventing him from spending more time with Lacey, who isn’t here tonight because she won’t support seeing Aries and Jacobs fight each other. Rain, Lacey’s best friend and former tag team partner, tries to calm Jimmy down by assuring him that Lacey still loves him. Jacobs rounds on her and tells her that part of the Age of the Fall destroying their enemies this weekend includes Rain taking out Daizee Haze, with Jacobs telling Rain that “this Delirious thing is becoming too much of a distraction for me and for him. I want her out of my hair. For good.”
SIX MAN SCRAMBLE: Jerry Lynn vs. Matt Cross vs. Brent Albright vs. “Sugarfoot” Alex Payne vs. Grizzly Redwood vs. Kevin Steen (w/El Generico)-
Steen wins clean in nine fast-paced minutes, pinning Sugarfoot with a Package Piledriver.
SAL RINAURO vs. CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI-
Sal puts up a good fight but Claudio wins clean in eight minutes. After the match Claudio gives Sal a Ricola Bomb through a table, with Jerry Lynn coming out too late to make the save, half-dressed and very wet to explain that he didn’t come out sooner because he didn’t know what was happening because he was in the shower but came out as soon as someone told him (the announcers will explain this on the DVD as well).
STERLING JAMES KEENAN vs. JIMMY RAVE (w/Prince Nana)-
Rave is back and thus so is Nana, returning to manage “the crown jewel” of The Embassy. Rave wins clean with the heel hook in ten minutes.
EVERYONE IS BARRED FROM RINGSIDE: Rain vs. Daizee Haze-
Rain is very aggressive in going after Daizee and wins clean in ten minutes. After the match she tries to attack Daizee some more but security pulls her off. Delirious comes out after the match, with Jacobs chasing after him shouting “NO!” Security runs over to intercept Delirious as well, thinking that he might be looking to aid in Rain’s assault on the defeated Daizee. Jacobs drags Delirious to the back.
THE YRR (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) (w/random hot chicks) vs. SWEET N’ SOUR INC. (Adam Pearce & Shane Hagadorn) (w/Larry Sweeney)-
The hot chicks leave in disgust when Sweeney literally tries to treat them like prostitutes by offering them money to have sex with him and the various members of SnS. Pearce & Hagadorn win in nine minutes when Pearce knocks Kenny King out with brass knuckles and pins him.
POST-MATCH SEGMENT- SnS beat the YRR down after the match until the No Remorse Corps all run out to make the save. Roddy grabs a mic and says that he is in a fighting mood now so he wants the Briscoes to come out so they can have their match right now. The Briscoes, never ones to back down from a fight, come out and we get…
THE BRISCOES vs. THE NO REMORSE CORPS (Roderick Strong & Erick Stevens) (w/Brent Albright)-
They try to make up for all of the short matches so far by having a twenty-two minute slugfest to send us into intermission. NRC win when Stevens pins Jay after a Doctor Bomb. Handshakes all around, both before and after.
(During intermission on the DVD we get a promo from Jerry Lynn calling Claudio both a bully and a coward)
D’LO BROWN vs. SHIIMA XION-
D’Lo’s Code of Honor handshake is very overdone, to the point of seeming insincere. D’Lo wins clean in nine minutes with the Sky High and cuts a promo saying he is going to dominate everyone in ROH. After cutting this promo he heads to the back, but right before he gets to the curtain he turns around, heads back to the ring and makes a big show of shaking Xion’s hand again.
NIGEL MCGUINNESS vs. EL GENERICO (w/Kevin Steen)-
Nigel pins Generico clean in twenty minutes with a Jawbreaker Lariat.
RELAX RULES MATCH: Tyler Black, Austin Aries, & Necro Butcher vs. The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs, Delirious, & Brodie Lee)-
Fifteen minutes of wild brawling with some weapon use. Aries taunts Jacobs about Lacey’s lack of presence at ringside as a sign that Lacey really doesn’t love him and that she will come back to Aries eventually. Jacobs eventually pins Necro Butcher after a Contra Code, then tells Tyler he’s coming for the belt tomorrow and when he gets his hands on it, he’s going to destroy it because it’s a symbol of the system that the AOTF stands against- and that Tyler has sold out to- just like what Tyler should have done when he won the belt at Final Battle.
COLT CABANA vs. MIKE QUACKENBUSH-
They change up the pace from the previous match with twenty minutes of good, clean, technical wrestling, with Cabana going over clean with the Colt .45. Cabana cuts a promo talking about how happy he is to be back in ROH.
BRYAN DANIELSON & KENTA vs. THE AMERICAN WOLVES (w/Larry Sweeney, Adam Pearce, & Shane Hagadorn)-
Dragon & KENTA win clean in thirty minutes.
We get a segment taped for the DVD where Cabana is cutting a backstage promo about how happy he is to be back in ROH when his opponent for tomorrow night, D’Lo Brown, shows up. D’Lo puts Cabana over and says that he knew how good Colt was the moment he first laid eyes on him in WWE, and says that he thinks he and Colt could for a very successful tag team. Colt says he thinks it’d be really cool to team with D’Lo and they decide that they will take it to the powers that be.