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The Cord Community & Performing Arts Center – Dearborn, MI – Friday, May 6, 2011

Kevin Kelly and Eric Santamaria are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Homicide vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Homicide won a four-way match over Ciampa, Colt Cabana, and Caleb Konley at Honor Takes Center Stage – Chapter 1 in Atlanta, and Ciampa beat Homicide in a singles match at Honor Takes Center Stage – Chapter 2, also in Atlanta. The commentators are putting over how Homicide may be missing something since making his return at Glory By Honor IX in New York. They have a decent back and forth match, with the Embassy interfering but Homicide still making Ciampa look strong. In the end Homicide gets distracted by Evans and Nana hands Ciampa a weapon. Homicide turns right around and grabs jacked with the weapon and Ciampa gets the pin at 8:05. That makes two straight victories over an ROH legend for Ciampa. That was a solid opener and about the right length for Homicide matches these days. I like how Ciampa is getting a solid push.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Michael Elgin vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge

The awesome Brian Gorie is the official for this match. There’s no real story going in other than Ridge is still trying to prove himself after going 0-5 in his trial series, and Elgin is trying to build himself up as the House of Truth’s powerhouse. As expected, Ridge uses his quickness and kicks to try and gain control, but Elgin is just too powerful. Ridge puts up a pretty good fight but Elgin catches him in a Frankensteiner attempt with a spinning powerbomb to get the pin at 7:19. Ridge still has no direction so it’s a good call to feed him to Elgin. I would have even had it a little shorter and Elgin be more dominant, but this was pretty much right.
Rating: **

Steve Corino Will Address the Ring of Honor Fans

Earlier tonight, Redwood cut a promo outside about how he doesn’t want or need Steve Corino’s help, and that he’s already annoyed to be fighting his battles tonight against Mike Bennett. Cut to the arena and Steve Corino is coming out to cut a promo. He says he’s an evil person but he’s trying to get better every day. He goes on to call Christopher Daniels a sellout for joining the House of Truth. Now he wants to bring out his sponsor, a fellow evil man who has been Corino’s sponsor. This man has been exiled from Ring of Honor but he is here tonight. Mike Bennett and Brutal Bob come out instead, and Corino tries to lecture Bennett into getting rid of Brutal Bob and wrestling for the fans. The crowd has no interest in hearing Bennett’s reply. When they finally let him talk, Bennett tries to get Corino to fall off the wagon, and that brings out Grizzly Redwood, Bennett’s originally scheduled opponent.

MATCH #3: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett vs. Grizzly Redwood

This goes about as one would expect, with Bennett using his power to dominate, Redwood coming back with high flying offensive attacks, and Brutal Bob interfering when he gets the chance. The end comes when Bennett grabs Redwood with a piledriver to get the pin at 4:05. That was a solid little sprint and a good extension of the Corino versus Bennett feud. Speaking of, Corino and Bennett get into a brawl and Bennett hits him with the Box Office Smash.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: First Blood Match – The All Night Express vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe

The ANX beat the Briscoes at Manhattan Mayhem IV, and the Briscoes took one back in a grudge match at Honor Takes Center Stage – Chapter 2. This feud has absolutely MADE Rhett Titus and Kenny King thus far, and it’s far from over. I love the double turn here too, because the Briscoes are much scarier as heels. They fight both in and out of the ring, and the referee has little to say about it due to the rules of course. The Briscoes focus on Titus and try diligently to bust his head open. Both teams go to some creative lengths to draw blood. Finally the ANX is able to draw blood on Mark when King gives him the shotgun knees to the back, sending him into the guardrail. Meanwhile, Jay throws a chair at Titus’s head, busting him open. However, referee Paul Turner sees neither because he’s on the other side of the ring where King delivers a dive to the floor to wipe out Jay. Mark actually hides from Turner, but Titus isn’t as smart and Turner sees him and calls for the bell at 13:53. It’s rare that the Briscoes outsmart anyone, but there it is. I like the finish because it does make the ANX look more credible but also gives the feud a reason to continue.
Rating: ***½

The brawl continues after the bell, and the Briscoes bail. Mark is bleeding like a faucet. King gets on the mic and issues the challenge for a Chicago Street Fight at Supercard of Honor VI. King then decides that a gay slur is necessary to get his point across, which is disappointing.

MATCH #5: Non-Title Match – World TV Champion Christopher Daniels vs. Colt Cabana

Truth Martini cuts a promo before the match to introduce Daniels as the newest member of the House of Truth, after he double-crossed El Generico at Honor Takes Center Stage – Chapter 2. Daniels chimes in as well, putting over the Book of Truth. He then says the TV Title is basically going on hiatus because ROH no longer has TV, but also that it makes sense for him to hold it because he’s still on TV every week. The match goes about as you would expect, with Cabana utilizing his unorthodox chain wrestling and Daniels countering with Truth-related chicanery. After both guys run through their moves, Truth hits Cabana with the Book behind the referee’s back and Daniels hits the Angel’s Wings to get the pin at 8:58. The match was perfectly adequate, both guys are pros, but it was never particularly interesting or anything.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Non-Title Match – World Tag Team Champions Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly

No entrances for this match for some reason. It doesn’t take long for the fans to chant “this is wrestling.” This is one of those “remarkable opportunity” matches in which Cole and O’Reilly are being given a chance to shine against the much more established champions. Haas and Benjamin dominate most of the action but Cole and O’Reilly get some offense in too. The match breaks down and the referee loses control. Somewhere in all the action, Benjamin hits O’Reilly with Paydirt to get the win at 17:42. The crowd loved it and I liked it too. Cole and O’Reilly looked about as good as they should against a team on Haas and Benjamin’s (perceived) level. I’m sure they’ll meet again.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #7: No-Disqualification Match – Roderick Strong vs. El Generico

Strong attacks Generico from behind to start. So far this year Strong successfully defended the ROH World Championship against Generico at SoCal Showdown II, and then Strong eliminated Generico in the main event of Defy or Deny, and then Generico got a win back at Honor Takes Center Stage – Chapter 2. Of course Truth liberally interferes since it’s a No-DQ match. They fight both in and out of the ring and Generico is able to weather the storm and control most of the early part of the match. Chairs and tables get involved and both men use their signature moves but have trouble putting the other guy away. Generico strikes big by setting Strong on a table and delivering a splash off the top rope but it only gets a two-count. Eventually Truth just decides to get in the ring and when Generico goes after him, Michael Elgin comes in for the save but gets thrown to the floor. Truth channels Shawn Michaels and sets up for the Sweet Chin Music for some reason, but stands there too long and Generico hits him with the running Yakuza kick. Generico then hits Strong with the Brainbuster but Elgin pulls referee Paul Turner to the floor. Christopher Daniels comes out now to beat Generico down in the corner. Elgin throws a table in the ring as the crowd chants for Colt Cabana. Finally Cabana does come out to make the save and he tumbles to the floor with Elgin. Generico then flies to the floor to wipe out both Elgin and Daniels. Referee Brian Gorie makes his way to the ring in time to see Generico land the running Yakuza Kick. Generico goes for a Super Brainbuster through a table, but Strong kicks him low and hits a half nelson suplex through the table for the pin at 20:52. I’m not against the interference, but some of Truth’s stuff just looked awkward. Aside from that, these two have mad chemistry as opponents and this was a really fun brawl.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: Kings VS Wolves II – The Kings of Wrestling vs. The American Wolves

This is a rematch from Tag Title Classic II in Plymouth last December. In the meantime, Eddie Edwards won the ROH World Championship from Roderick Strong at Manhattan Mayhem IV in March, and the Kings lost the ROH World Tag Team Titles to Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team at Honor Takes Center Stage – Chapter 1 in Atlanta in April. The Kings attack early to seize the advantage but the Wolves fight right back both in and out of the ring. They use a lot of their big moves early on and isolate Edwards, going for an early win. Interesting to note is that Edwards and Richards are now wearing two different color tights. As one would expect, this match features tons of striking and suplexing from everyone involved. Sara Del Rey and Shane Hagadorn of course do their best to interfere and give the Kings an advantage when they can. Near the end of the match, Richards accidentally cracks Edwards in the face with a knee. Hero follows up with the Death Blow to pin the ROH World Champion at 23:29. I’m glad they kept this one a lot shorter than the last one that’s for sure. This was a lot of fun and nonstop action, but it was exactly the match I was expecting to see from these four guys, if that makes sense.
Rating: ***½