I mentioned events heating up at the ECW Arena after the traditional summer slowdown.
Ring Of Honor returned to the ECW Arena this past Saturday night (despite other reports to the contrary, it wasn”t their debut as the promotion has run the Arena before, on March 11, 2006 during the exciting 2006 Ring of Honor vs. CZW series) last night before a standing room only crowd estimated at 1100. This was the largest crowd in the ECW Arena since the TNA Hardcore War 2006 shows.
Here are match results:
Post-match, Nigel McGuinness ran in and DDT”d Kevin Steen on the ROH World Championship belt, saying that hewouldn;t ever get the Ring of Honor title, and maybe HE”D go after the tag belts next.
In an incredible match, Pro Wrestling NOAH Global Honored Crown Junior Heavyweight Champion Bryan Danielson defended his title, defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima to retain with the Cattle Mutilation submission
Post-match, Larry Sweeney and Sweet and Sour, Inc. came out, with Sweeney offering Erick Stevens a contract to join the Sweet and Sour, Inc. Stevens declines, so Sweet and Sour, Inc. jumpedt him down followed by Go Shiozaki kneedropping Stevens on a chair. Roderick Strong, Ruckus, and Jigsaw came in to make the save, which segued into…
Rules: Two men drawn at random will start. Wrestlers from each team will enter the cage in 3 minute intervals. Eliminations can happen at anytime. Eliminations are by pinfall or submission. The Necro Butcher can be drawn to enter the cage at any point. The match goes on until only one team (or The Necro Butcher) survives. There were no other rules.
The participants were:
The Briscoes/Austin Aries vs. The Age of the Fall of Jimmy Jacobs/Tyler Black/Delirious vs. The Necro Butcher
Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black started the match. Order of entrants Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher, Jay Briscoe, Delirious, and Mark Briscoe
Necro Butcher tookes some lobotomy-inducing chairshots from Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs. Necro Butcher is later the first one eliminated (by Aries and Jacobs) to the vocal displeasure of a strong segment of the crowd.
Mark Briscoe has brought in a barbed wire table only to be its victim as Tyler Black gives Mark a running powerbomb through the barbed wire table. Later on, Jay is dumped off the top of the cage through a table on the floor. Next elimination was Austin Aries, taken out by Jacobs” End Time.
In the shocker moment of the match, Jacobs gives Delirious his spike. He goes to spike Jay, but in comes Daizee Haze. Daizee tries to talk him out of it pleading for him to nail Jacobs. Then, Delirious nails Daizee with the spike to the shock of the crowd.
Later on, Mark Briscoe climbs to the top of the cage and does an insane dive onto all assembled. Finally, Delirious is eliminated via a Doomsday Device from the Briscoes.
Jimmy Jacobs nailed both Briscoes with the spike, followed by chair shots. The Briscoes pull one out of the Road Warrior playbook and no-sell the chair shots. Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black are taken out by double pin via stereo Jay Driller/Cut-Throat Drivers
Additional news is that it appears that Ring of Honor is moving its Philadelphia shows to the ECW Arena from the Northeast National Guard Armory, due to military obligations and resulting difficulty getting dates at the Armory. The promotion returns to Philadelphia on December 26th, on the eve of Final Battle.
For those who are recent Ring of Honor fans, this marks a return to the roots of promotion (intended or otherwise), as the first Ring of Honor shows were held only blocks away in the Murphy Recreation Center in South Philadelphia.
While I was lucky enough to get a seat on the seats placed on the old stage and had great sight lines, Arena management needs to consider bringing in bleachers for any future Arena show as loaded as this, at least for General Admission fans. They also might want to put those bleacher seats on sale for the general public and charge a premium for the good view.
Until next time….
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