Epic Encounter III

International Centre – Mississauga, ON – Saturday, March 20, 2010

PRESHOW MATCH: Bobby Dempsey Gauntlet

First up for Dempsey is Rahim Ali. Dempsey immediately grabs him in a Death Valley Driver and pins him in 0:06. Next up is RJ City. Dempsey knocks him down and hits another Death Valley Driver for another pin at 0:35. Number three is Hornet. He fares a little better than the others but also succumbs to the DVD at 1:24. The fourth entrant is Kevin Nemesis. He does a little flipping but Dempsey catches him with another DVD for another pin at 2:10. Number five is Lou Crank; I’ve refereed for him. Crank hits a dropkick and a flying forearm. He goes up top for a cross body block but Dempsey catches him and hits the Death Valley Driver for the pin at 2:58. The last entrant I believe is named Danny Duggan. He gets a cross body block for a two-count, but then Dempsey hits a shoulderblock. Dempsey misses a leg drop and Duggan hits a flying clothesline. Duggan hits a dropkick and a Rock Bottom for two. He hits another cross body block for a two-count. Dempsey pulls the straps down and finishes Duggan with the Death Valley Driver at 5:19. If they want to keep Bobby Dempsey on the preshow that is fine by me.
Rating: *

Bobby Cruise announces that due to immigration issues, Roderick Strong and Mark Briscoe will not be appearing tonight. ROH World Champion Tyler Black comes out, since he was scheduled to tag with Strong against Austin Aries and Kenny King tonight. He says he still wants to fight both of them, and he will do it RIGHT NOW! Aries comes out and says that he will think about Black’s challenge and give him an answer later. Then from out of nowhere Kenny King attacks Black from behind and Aries jumps in the ring to join in the beating. Jay Briscoe comes out to make the save, and then Rhett Titus comes out to once again tip the scales. Then Tyson Dux comes out to even the score. I smell a tag team match brewing. Rasche Brown comes out to send Aries, King, and Titus running for the hills. Aries challenges these four to an eight-man tag team match.

Dave Prazak and Joe Dombrowski are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Flatliners vs. The House of Truth

The House of Truth is Josh Raymond and Christin Able, accompanied by Truth Martini. The Flatliners are Asylum and Burns. This is their second appearance on ROH main shows, after a loss last November to the Young Bucks. Raymond and Burns start the match. Burns overpowers him and throws him around the ring, so Raymond takes a powder. Back in the ring Raymond makes the tag to the powerhouse Able, so Burns tags Asylum. They take turns chopping each other, and when Raymond tries to interfere he gets dumped right to the floor. Asylum takes the advantage and tags his partner. He hits a suplex and burns follows with an elbow off the second rope. The Flatliners continue working Able over as I wonder who are the heels and who are the babyfaces. Able avoids a charge in the corner and Burns hits his shoulder against the ring post. Raymond dropkicks him in the face and Able covers for a one-count. Raymond tags in and hits a knee drop on Burns for two. Burns almost mounts a comeback but Martini trips him from the floor to keep the momentum in his House’s favor. Finally Burns makes the comeback and tags his fresh partner. Asylum throws Raymond to the floor and then hits Able with a double underhook neckbreaker for a two-count. The match breaks down to a brawl. The House hits Asylum with the elevated quebrada for a two-count. The referee loses control of the match as Burns and Raymond tumble to the floor. Back in the ring the Flatliners go for a double-team move but Martini knocks Burns off the top rope. Moments later Able picks up Asylum and Raymond comes flying off the top rope onto him (kind of like what the Rougeau Brothers used to do except facing the other way) to get the big win at 11:49. That was a rock solid opener and a good showing for the House of Truth.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Kevin Steen vs. Player Dos

Dos is accompanied by his injured tag team partner Player Uno. Steen runs right to the floor to punch Uno in the face, and Dos responds by wiping him out with a dive. Back in the ring Dos sends Steen to the apron right away, and then delivers a headscissors to the floor. Dos brings Steen back in the ring for a two-count. Steen comes back with an elevated backbreaker and takes control. In addition to wrestling moves, Steen creates a lot of offense by doing disgusting things with smelly body parts. Steen goes for the Cannonball but Dos rolls out of the way and goes up top. Dos hits the Dos Knees and both men are down. Back on their feet Dos is on fire, hitting a tornado DDT for two. Dos follows up with a superkick and a release dragon suplex for a two-count. Steen fights back with a powerbomb. He goes for the Package Piledriver but Dos counters with a rana for two. Dos avoids another Package Piledriver but Steen catches him with a superkick and a pumphandle neckbreaker for two. Steen goes up for the Moonsault but Dos knocks him down and hits a Super Dragon Suplex! That only gets two. Dos goes up top but misses the corkscrew senton. Steen capitalizes and hits the Package Piledriver but Dos actually kicks out at two. A stunned Steen hits one more Package Piledriver to get the win at 10:33. That was a good match and Dos certainly got himself over. In fact I think Dos did such a good job getting himself over that it wasn’t necessary to kick out of Steen’s monster finisher. Steen comes back and throws Dos back in the ring for one more Package Piledriver.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: ROH World Television Title Match – Eddie Edwards vs. Petey Williams

Edwards is accompanied by Shane Hagadorn. He gets on the microphone to insult the crowd and his opponent for tonight, who happen to share a home country. Williams comes charging out and kicks Edwards to the floor. He defends the honor of his people, and challenges Edwards to put his title on the line, and he agrees!

Edwards has been the champion since 3.5.10 and this is his second defense (although his first defense hadn’t aired on TV at this time). Williams retrieves Edwards from the floor and goes to work on him. He goes for the Canadian Destroyer early but Edwards slips out and takes a powder. Edwards comes back on the floor and whips Williams into the barricade. Back in the ring he gets a two-count. Williams comes back with a rana for a two-count of his own. Edwards comes back with a lungblower. The champ works Williams over, and as usual Williams fights back a lot. Williams hits a jawbreaker but misses a charge in the corner and hits the ring post with his shoulder. Back in the ring Williams hits a DDT and both men are down. They get up and Edwards charges, but Williams pulls the ropes down and Edwards crashes into the barricade on the floor. Williams hits the slingshot rana and throws Edwards back in. He hits the slingshot reverse lungblower, and then the Canadian Legsweep for two. A face plant maneuver gets another near-fall. Edwards avoids a Canadian Destroyer and hits a leg lariat. Williams is right back with the 6-1-Dropkick and tries the Destroyer again. Edwards avoids it but Williams is able to lock on the Sharpshooter. The champion reaches the ropes and then hits a running knee to the face for a two-count. Edwards hits a Codebreaker off the second rope and then an overhead flapjack for two. He goes for the Backpack Chinbreaker but Williams reverses to a release German Suplex. Edwards shrugs it off and hits the Backpack Chinbreaker for two. He goes up top and hits a double stomp to the back and then locks on the Achilles Lock. Williams escapes it with an inside cradle for two. He hits an enziguiri and lands the Canadian Destroyer! Hagadorn pulls him to the floor at two, but the referee shouldn’t have counted in anyway because Williams’ legs were outside the ring. Williams gives chase to Hagadorn and throws him in the ring. He goes for the Destroyer on Hagadorn, but with all the time Edwards has had to recover he’s able to trap Williams in the Achilles Lock and Williams taps out at 15:22. The match was okay, but the finish took forever and wasn’t particularly clever.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: Eight Man Tag Team Match – Tyler Black, Jay Briscoe, Rasche Brown & Tyson Dux vs. Austin Aries, Kenny King, Rhett Titus & ?

Aries, King, and Titus come out to introduce their mystery partner. Before Aries can do that though, he has to take a few shots at the crowd of course. Their partner is none other than the man in charge (though obviously not identified as such) and current NWA Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce. It’s a good thing Pearce was able to get to Toronto from San Diego so quickly.

The babyfaces run in and attack from behind and the fight is on. Black pushes Aries into the crowd and then suplexes him back to the floor. Brown and Pearce are the only two in the ring and Brown levels him with a clothesline. The dust settles and we wind up with the Skullcrusher and Aries in the ring. Before any contact can be made Aries makes the tag to Titus. Brown brings Titus over to his corner and all four men take turns beating up Titus. After a few minutes King gets tagged in and he hits an inverted atomic drop on Briscoe and then makes the tag to the bookerman. Team Aries successfully isolates Briscoe in their half of the ring. Briscoe recovers and tags the World Champion in, and the good guys go to work on King. Aries uses some dirty tactics to take advantage on Dux. King is able to prevent Dux from making the tag with a kick to the face for two. Dux is able to slip past Titus and make the tag. Skullcrusher comes in and Titus’s partners all abandon him. Brown is all over everybody, and it looks like the referee has lost control. Briscoe and Black knock Aries and King to the floor and then follow them out with simultaneous dives. Brown follows with a no hands dive of his own to wipe out opponents and partners. He throws Titus back in the ring and goes up top but King cuts him off with a kick to the head. King and Titus go up for a double superplex and everyone else gets back in the ring. I have no idea who the legal man is. Black whips Pearce into a shoulderblock off the second rope. He then grabs Titus in the God’s Last Gift to get the win for his team at 16:19. That was a fun tag team match and a good way to adjust to the immigration issues. Rasche Brown continues to look like a big deal.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Steve Corino vs. Colt Cabana

These two were teammates once, way back at Enter the Dragon on 10.14.05. Now they’re bitter rivals. The normally jovial Cabana is in a surly mood tonight, and he takes Corino down to the mat with malice. He goes for the Flying Apple but Corino slips to the floor. Cabana joins Corino on the floor and slams his face into the apron. He goes for the Asai Moonsault but Corino blocks it. Back in the ring Cabana gets a sunset flip for two. Cabana hits an atomic drop that sends Corino back to the floor. He tries an axe handle off the apron but Corino catches him with a punch to the midsection. Corino goes for a whip but Cabana reverses it, sending the King of Old School into the crowd. Cabana tries an axe handle off the guardrail and Corino punches him in the gut. Corino tries a whip into the barricade but Cabana reverses it. Seriously, they just did that exact sequence. Corino catches Cabana with a low blow getting back in the ring, and proceeds to work him over. Eventually Cabana fights up and they exchange punches. Cabana hits a solid elbow to the head and a clothesline. He sort of hits the quebrada for a two-count. Corino reaches into his tights for a steel chain but Cabana is able to knock it out of his hands. Cabana grabs the chain and Corino gets a schoolboy rollup for two. They get back up and Cabana threatens to hit Corino with the chain but instead throws it up in the air and when Corino looks up he smacks him in the face. Cabana then locks on the Billy Goat’s Curse, and Kevin Steen runs out for the disqualification at 11:09. El Generico comes out to make the save. That was pretty dull and I’m interested in seeing El Generico fight Kevin Steen, not Colt Cabana fighting Steve Corino. I know it helps keep the feud going so I can understand why they did it but the match just did nothing for me. Also, Joe Dombrowski isn’t helping get the feud over with me.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: Pick 6 Series Match – El Generico vs. (3) Chris Hero

Generico just stays in the ring and waits. Hero is accompanied by Shane Hagadorn. They start with some chain wrestling and Hero takes Generico down and goes to work on the leg. Generico recovers and Hero takes a powder. Back in the ring Hero kicks Generico in the face and stomps on his fingers. Generico comes back with some of his fast-paced offense. He hits a leg lariat for two. A standing moonsault gets another two-count. Hero comes back with a suplex I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. He kicks Generico in the face and then lands a senton. Hero is in total control now, both in and out of the ring. Generico almost comes back with an Asai Moonsault but Hero catches him and drives him into the barricade and into the crowd. He barely makes it back in the ring and Hero boots him in the face for a two-count. Hero stays in control and hits his first elbow of the match. He continues the strike based offense, and talks trash to Generico while he beats him up. Generico fires back with a clothesline out of the corner. He boots Hero to the floor and follows him out with a dive off the top rope. Back in the ring Generico goes to the top rope and hits a hurricanrana for a two-count. Hero counters a brainbuster with a release vertical suplex for two. He hits the Dislocator for two. He hits a rolling elbow but Generico fights right back with a t-bone suplex. Generico goes for the running Yakuza but Hero beats him to the kick. They get back to their feet and exchange strikes. Hero blasts Generico with a rolling elbow and a kick to the face. He picks Generico up and delivers another brutal kick to the face. He hits more elbows but Generico refuses to give up. A vicious rolling elbow only gets two! Hero hits the Rip Cord elbow but it only gets two. The Death Blow gets another two-count. Hero locks on the Stretch Plumb and Generico is finished at 20:05. As usual the crowd was heavily invested in Generico and Hero is on an unbelievable roll right now. It’s great to see him get this kind of push.
Rating: ***¾

Kevin Steen comes out and gets in the ring with his former partner. He has something to say and he wants Colt Cabana to hear it too. He says that at first he didn’t like Generico but used him to get places. Over the years he grew to like Generico, and when he realized this he started to hate himself. He says Generico stole his moment at Final Battle, and he is a parasite. He tells Generico to leave and when he doesn’t, he challenges Generico to hit him instead. Cabana encourages Generico to hit him, even handing him a chair. Before anything can happen, Corino comes out and a short brawl ensues.

MATCH #7: Davey Richards vs. Kenny Omega

Richards attacks Omega with a running Yakuza kick before the bell. He knocks Omega down with a shoulderblock and hits a spin kick that sends him to the floor. Richards follows him out with a Tope Con Hilo that sends him deep into the crowd. AMERICAN WOLVES! Back in the ring Richards kicks away, and hits an Alarm Clock for two. He goes for the Texas Cloverleaf but Omega reaches the rope before the hold can be put on. Omega catches a kick and gets a leg lace takedown and a bodyslam. He hits a running kick to the head for a one-count. He dumps Richards to the floor and they trade chops out there. Richards whips Omega into the barricade and follows in with a big kick to the face. Back in the ring Richards locks on a headscissors. He continues wearing Omega down with a variety of holds. He counters a rana with a powerbomb and then locks on the Cloverleaf. Omega has to reach the ropes. Back up Richards nails Omega with a solid kick to the head and thinks he might have a knockout. Richards tries the handspring kick but Omega cuts him off with a kick of his own. The pace quickens and Omega takes the advantage, hitting a uranage slam for two. They trade pinning combinations for a series of two-counts. Omega avoids a charge in the corner and hits a missile dropkick, and then a dragon suplex with a bridge for two. Richards comes back with a cross armbreaker and Omega gets the ropes. He goes to work on the arm, hitting a missile dropkick to the head before locking on the cross armbreaker again, and again Omega reaches the ropes. Omega comes back and dumps Richards to the floor and dropkicks him into the crowd (give Davey the assist for his nice little leap there). He runs and hits a springboard moonsault to wipe out both Richards and Hagadorn. They get back to the apron and kick away at each other. Omega hits his bulldog off the apron and onto a ringside table. Richards just makes it back in the ring at the count of 19. He spits on Omega and so they trade slaps and kicks, which leads to an offensive sequence much too fast for me to call. It ends with Omega hitting a reverse rana, which unleashes fighting spirit in Richards, who hits a clothesline and both men are down. Back up they trade strikes again. Richards hits the Alarm Clock and three more kicks for a two-count. He slams Omega and goes up top, but Omega knocks him down and meets him up there. Richards hangs on and tries a super release German Suplex but Omega lands on his feet (!) and tries the Hadouken but Richards counters it with a kick to the head! Omega hits the Hadouken on the second try and then hits a 2K1 Driver for a two-count. He goes for a Super Croyt’s Wrath but Richards fights it off and hits a nasty sunset bomb. Richards hits a running kick and forearm and then a German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. He hits a kick to the head and the DR Driver for two, and then rolls that into the Kimura. Omega rolls out of it but Richards comes right back with a cross armbreaker. Amazingly Omega rolls that into the Croyt’s Wrath and drops Richards into the turnbuckle! Omega hits another reverse rana and another Croyt’s Wrath for a two-count but Richards immediately rolls into another Kimura and Omega taps out at 23:51. That was a great match! Neither guy is my favorite but they weren’t doing most of the things they do that annoy me and were just kicking the crap out of each other and selling for each other and doing sequences that didn’t look at all contrived. The crowd was hot the entire way. I don’t really care for the fact that Richards kicked out after TWO Croyt’s Wraths and a reverse rana because holy crap that’s a lot to kick out of. Richards gets on the microphone and says that it’s his time and tells Tyler Black that the hunt is on. I think I liked this match a little less than most, but it was still an excellent bout.
Rating: ****

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