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RING OF HONOR 042807 HOUSE SHOW REVIEW

EVENT:
RING OF HONOR 042807 HOUSE SHOW

EVENT REVIEW BY:
Andrew Schumann

EVENT DATE:
Saturday, April 28th, 2007

LOCATION:
Chicago Ridge Frontier Fieldhouse, Chicago Ridge, Illinois
"The new wrestlers they have brought in to help offset some of their losses in the last year are fitting in nicely."
MATCH 1:
Delirious v.Pelle Primeau v.Mike Quackenbush v.Gran Akuma v.Jigsaw v.Hallowicked
The live event started with their typical six men mayhem match. This match was a great lead off with all giving there all in the ring. The four guys besides Pelle and Delirious are being given their tryout match. All traded high impact on each other back and forth. Mid match Delirious and Hallowicked had a comedic spot and double- teamed the other competitors. Gran Akuma was knocked outside on the floor and Hallowicked wound up on Akumaís shoulders and Mike Quackenbush bounced of the ropes and hit a splash onto Hallowicked. The momentum of Quackenbush took him and Hallowicked into the front row. The finish was Delirious hitting the bizarro driver on Pelle for the pin. Delirious gave the other competitors credit for one heck of the match. Mike Quackenbush, given enough time, could be the next big star for Ring of Honor.
 
MATCH 2:
Christopher Daniels w/Allison Danger v.Erick Stevens
Christopher Daniels came out in his current NWA TNA gimmick right know in full detail. Erick Stevens is a newcomer to Ring of Honor since the beginning of the year. Nothing spectacular about the match. A lot of back and forth action. The match went to a time limit draw of full 15 minutes. The crowd was chanting for 5 more minutes. Daniels proceeded to tell Stevens to leave the ring as he had something to say. Daniels used basically Mick Foleyís promo from 1998 about taking your fandom and sticking it to them. Daniels said that we use the wrestlers up and then forget them mentioning Samoa Joe, CM Punk and also Colt Cabana. He said he sick and tired of not getting any title shots and mainly working filler matches since his return. Allison Danger couldnít believe what he was saying and tried to consul him. Daniels announced that he quits the company and then threw Allison down on the mat. BJ Whitmer came out to confront Daniels and check on Allison. Daniels gave one of the best heel promos in the last few years.
 
MATCH 3:
Austin Aries v.Rocky Romero
This match featured the two feuding factions right now in Ring of Honor. Aries was representing his faction The Resilience and Romero representing the No Remorse Corps. Romero dominate most of the first half of the match using his kicks efficiently. They spent a couple of minutes on the floor brawling after Aries splashed Romero from the ring. Romero, once back in the ring focused on Ariesí arm with several moves and submission holds. Romero took Aries off the top turnbuckle and locked on the cross arm bar in the middle of the ring. Aries stood up and turned it into pinning attempt. The finish had Aries finally nailing his brain buster in the corner of the ring. Aries proceeded to hit his 450 splash to pick up the win. After the match Roderick Strong ran down and started to assault Aries. Delirious came in and made the save. Delirious than chased Strong all the way out of the building.
 
MATCH 4:
Jimmy Rave v.Homicide v.BJ Whitmer v.Brent Albright
Jimmy Rave made his surprise return to Ring Of Honor at the event. He had been out for the last month after having jaw surgery. The match was very hard hitting from the opening bell. The action was fast and furious throughout the match. The last five minutes had bodies falling all over the place. Homicide hit his ace crusher off the top rope onto BJ Whitmer. Albright then came in and took out Homicide to the outside. Rave snuck back into the ring and hit his running knee to BJ Whitmer. Albright locked on the Fujiwara arm bar onto Whitmer. Homicide broke it up and then Rave locked on the heel hook submission onto Homicide. The finale had Albright hit the half nelson suplex onto Whitmer for the pin.
 
MATCH 5:
Takeshi Morishima v.Shingo for the ROH Title
The best way to describe this match is physical in its finest form. Morishima is very agile for a guy his size about 300 lbs. Shingo showed some serious strength with multiple slams of Morishima. The best one was that Shingo power slammed Morishima on the outside of the ring. Shingo and Morishima exchanged some very stiff shots on each other. The pin came after Morishima hit Shingo with a belly to back suplex.
 
MATCH 6:
Alex Payne v.Bobby Dempsey
The match never got underway. Tank Tolland (of The Dicks of WWE) hijacked this match. Tank just squashed Payne.
 
MATCH 7:
Roderick Strong w/Romero v.Jack Evans
The match was a total contrast in styles Strong is power based where Evans is more speed base. Strong used his power to take control of the match right after the bell. In the first few minutes Strong had thrown Evans out to the floor. Strong than picked up Evans and ran him, back first, into the ring post several times. After that then he locked in a submission maneuver and wrapped him around the ring post. Once back in the ring Evans made a comeback. He used his speed and agility to the max. Evans hit a flying knee off the top rope. After Strong escaped to the outside Evans hit a dropkick onto Strong over the top rope. The match went back outside and Strong used his strength to regain the advantage. Once back in the ring Strong locked on a surfboard on Evans. Strong wrenched back on Evans and Evansí body was almost lying flat on the mat. Towards the end of the match Romero got involved and kicked Evans in the head. Strong than preceded to pick up Evans in a Razorís Edge type maneuver then turned it into an ace crusher. That move allowed Strong to pick up the win. After the match Romero attacked Evans along with Strong. Strong put a chair in front of Evansí face and Romero kicked it into Evansí face. Delirious once again came down to make the save. Strong and Romero left through the crowd and Delirious announced that he was granted a match against Strong on June 23rd the next Chicago show.
 
MATCH 8:
The Briscoes v.Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin for the Tag Team Belts.
The Briscoes and Shelley and Sabin put on one of the best tag team matches Iíve seen in a long time. Each team had to dig deep and keep improvising double team maneuvers. The beginning of the match they exchanged maneuvers back and forth. The Briscoes were the first team to gain an advantage for a period of time. The Briscoes worked over Alex Shelley for about 5 minutes. Shelley than made the hot tag to Sabin. Sabin proceeded than to take control of the match. Halfway through the match the pace picked up quite a bit. Both teams were starting to hit their signature double team moves. The Briscoes hit Sabin with a big boot and side Russian leg sweep combination. Shelley and Sabin started a great double team combination. They whipped Mark into the ropes and as he came off Shelley and Sabin hit dual Japanese arm drags. Shelley and Sabin then kipped up and delivered dual kicks to the chest and the back. Jay Briscoes than picked up Shelley in a Razorís Edge. Then Mark came by and delivered a big boot to Shelley off of Jayís shoulder. The pace picked up even quicker and both teams were exchanging moves back and forth. Shelley and Sabin had the advantage and locked on submissions maneuvers. Sabin locked on a sharpshooter type maneuver on Jay. Mark tried to break it up and Shelley from behind locked on his signature move the Border City Stretch. The best way to describe the stretch is the crippler. Instead of locking the arm, Shelley takes his opponents arm and pins their arm with his own arms. Mark was able to break the move and then proceeded to break up Sabinís submission try. Shelley and Sabin knocked the Briscoes outside to the floor. They followed up with a pair of dives through the ropes onto them outside. Jay Briscoe than grabbed Alex Shelley and dragged him back into the ring. Jay got Alex down in the corner and proceeded to tag in Mark. Mark came off the top rope and nailed the shooting star press on Alex. Shelley kicked out at 2 7/8ths at which the crowd went ballistic. Shelley was able to regain control of Mark and whipped him into corner. Shelley followed up with a clothesline and then put him in the tree of woe position. Sabin followed up with a dropkick onto Mark. Sabin and Shelley were able to pick up several near falls in the next few minutes. Briscoes were able to regain control of the match. They were than able to pick up several near falls. The finale of the match had Jay picking up Shelley for a reverse Death Valley driver and hitting Shelley with it. Mark and Sabin were on the outside tying each other up. Mark whipped Sabin into the barricades and took Sabin out. Jay once again picked up Shelley for the previous move. At the same time Mark came off the top rope and hit Shelley with a leg drop. Mark then went out and held Sabin down so that Jay could pick up the pin. This match was the best of the whole night. Shelley and Sabin both got a huge crowd response and cheers for an awesome match. Shelley and Sabin than put the belts around the waist of The Briscoes. This match shows what Ring of Honor does best a great series of near falls and non-stop action and the guys give one hundred percent effort.
 
MATCH 9:
Colt Cabana v.Adam Pearce w/Shane Hagadorn
The whole night lead up to this moment the last Ring of Honor match for Colt Cabana. Cabana, at the beginning of April, finally signed a developmental contract with WWE. Cabana requested that Pearce be his last opponent in ROH. The match itself was very short. Pearce attacked Cabana before the bell. Cabana than proceeded to tie up Pearce with the streamers and tipped him over. Pearce than tossed Cabana outside and distracted the ref. Hagadorn was going to hit Cabana with a chair. Cabana blocked the chair and proceeded to pull a late Eddie Guerrero. Cabana took the chair and hit it on the apron and then acted like Hagadorn hit him with it. The referee than kicked out Hagadorn from the ringside area. Pearce was able to hit a couple of big moves on Cabana. Pearce got a near fall with a leg drop from the top rope. Cabana focused on Pearceís back and got the win with a reverse Boston crab.
 
SENDOFF:
After the match, it is what Ring of Honor does whenever a long time member of the promotion leaves. Cabana took the mike and proceeded to tell Pearce that he was the guy that he looked up to when he first broke into the business. Pearce than proceeded to spit in Cabanaís face after describing their history in the business. Afterwards most of the locker room came down to the ring and joined Cabana for a speech. Even Cabanaís parents were in the ring sharing in there sonís moment. Cabana started off saying that he didnít have anything planned speech wise. He remembered that when Paul London left, he kissed the ROH logo. Cabana remembered sitting at home as a teenager and wanting to make his mark in sports entertainment. Cabana thanked the owner of the company for stepping up and saving the company. Cabana thanked and gave praise to the promoter Gabe for all of his hard work. Cabana finally wrapped up by saying that he was very proud of his time in ROH. The only regret that he had was that he never won the world title. Cabana wished the best of luck to his ROH family. This speech describes what makes the company is that theyíre wrestlers who are very passionate about the business.

Overall the show was well booked. The new wrestlers they have brought in to help offset some of their losses in the last year are fitting in nicely. The promotion is going through an adjustment period in finding the next long term main eveners. Since the beginning of the year they have lost Cabana to the WWE, Samoa Joe to TNA, Bryan Danielson to injury and Daniels quitting on the spot. The company continues to grow by leaps and bounds. If you want an alternative to WWE and TNA, come check these guys out on June 23rd for their next event.
 
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Photo © 2007 Ring of Honor
Article © 2007 Alternate Reality, Inc.

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