Diamond_Dog Posted May 11, 2008 Share Posted May 11, 2008 ROH at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City 5/10/08 Report By Ryan Mulligan This was ROH's debut show in the Hammerstein Ballroom and they set a new attendance record for the company (without announcing a number). Almost the entire place was packed, and the crowd was hot for at least the first half of the show. Unfortunately, I had the worst seats ever and, as is usually the case when I go to ROH shows, I couldn't see anything on the mat without standing on my chair. ROH! 1. FIP Heavyweight Champion Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens vs. Go Shiosaki. Erick Stevens has lost the mohawk and looks somewhat less bizarre as a result. If you like brutally stiff chopfests, you'd love this match. It didn't last very long, but the crowd was hot for it and popped for the big spots. The highlight to me was Shiosaki kicking out of a cradle by Strong, and then lifting him up from that position into a suplex. Stevens gave Shiosaki a Doctor Bomb, but then Strong cradled Stevens to retain the title. After Strong's feud with Stevens ends next month, they should turn him back face. He's not hateable enough to be a good heel. 2. Kevin Steen and El Generico vs. Davey Richards and Rocky Romero. Romero and Richards sure are hateable, though. The crowd was way into the faces, with plenty of "Mr. Wrestling!" and "Ole!" chants. They teased a lot of finishes here and had lots of hot exchanges, with only a brief heat period on Generico in the middle. Steenerico got the win after Steen gave Richards a Package Piledriver, then Generico gave him a brainbuster and pinned him. Good match, but when do Steen and Generico have bad matches? 3. Tag Team Scramble: Chris Hero and Brent Albright vs. Jack Evans and Jigsaw vs. Delirious and Pelle Primeau. Primeau now has blue-streaks in his hair. What's with the ROH students and awful haircuts? Hero and Albright had Larry Sweeney, Sara Del Ray, Eddie Edwards, Shane Hagadorn, Johnny Fairplay and (shirtless) Bobby Dempsey in their corner. The Vulture Squad had Julius Smokes. Delirious and Primeau didn't have anybody, though, because nobody likes them. So of course they won. This match had all the flips, planchas, somersaults and kick-outs typical of an ROH Scramble. Hero's supposed to be a serious wrestler now, but he still dresses like a goof. And jobs like one too, getting pinned by Delirious here. Fairplay didn't do much, but did fall victim to a "Bonaduce!" chant. The finish came when Albright was blinded by Delirious and then mistook Hero for Delirious and gave him a full-nelson suplex, leaving him easy prey for Delirious. Afterwards, in what was the highlight of the night, Albright finally turned on Sweet N' Sour by refusing to attack Dempsey and then murdering Hagadorn by tossing him through a ringside table, before killing both Edwards and Del Ray with sick suplexes. ALBRIGHT! ROH returns to the Hammerstein Ballroom on August 2nd in a show that will feature THE MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS! 4. ROH vs. NOAH: Bryan Danielson vs. Naomichi Marufuji. This match was slightly disappointing, mostly because I know these two are capable of putting on an all-time classic. They did plenty of chain-wrestling in the beginning that the crowd wasn't really into, but picked it up nicely towards the end. Marufuji hit a springboard dropkick from corner to corner at one point, but missed when he tried a second one, as Danielson's the type of wrestler who learns lessons as matches progress. Danielson eventually got Marufuji to tap with the Cattle Mutilation. Intermission Daizee Haze came out to announce that a new attendance record had been set, but Delirious (in a tie) interrupted her and gave her a rose. He struggled with the English language in typical Delirious-fashion, but eventually asked her out to dinner. She didn't get a chance to respond, because Rhett Titus (someone who never worked a match upstairs in the Grand Ballroom) interrupted and put himself over as a sex machine. Daizee eventually left without choosing either of them. Delirious received a "You got cockblocked!" chant on the way out. This angle doesn't exactly capture my interest. 5. Battle of the Brawlers: Takeshi Morishima vs. The Necro Butcher. Some people thought this match would rule. They were wrong. Seeing Morishima sell Necro's weak offense after no-selling everything for about a year just didn't work. Morishima absolutely killed him with a chairshot to the head. He also gave him a belly-to-back suplex off the top rope onto a seated chair. Seriously. The crowd was pro-Necro, of course, and deflated when Morishima pinned him following a Backdrop Driver in a short match. The crowd eventually resumed cheering for Necro afterwards. Perhaps it's time for a face turn. 6. No Disqualification Match: ROH Tag Team Champions Austin Aries and Jay Briscoe vs. Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black. No Lacey on either side tonight, as she's out selling the "attack" by Jacobs outside a health center last week. Austin Aries is one of the best wrestlers in the world, and Tyler Black is one of the best up-and-coming talents in the independents, and Briscoe and Jacobs aren't anything less than awesome either, so this match was very good. The No DQ stipulation resulted in a lot of the match being fought on the floor, with chairshots and barricade-ramming aplenty. Aries and Jacobs shoved each other off the top through a table on the floor. Eventually, Jacobs and Black got Jay alone, and Jacobs pulled out the spike and spiked poor Jay's head, which bled like crazy. Jacobs began rubbing the blood all over himself to chants of "You sick fuck!" After a lot of false finishes and tense kickouts by both teams, plus some interference from Necro, Mark Briscoe (complete with his wrist in a cast) ran in and the Briscoes gave Black a Doomsday Device to retain the titles for Jay and Aries to a huge pop. For some strange reason, the Briscoes left Aries alone in the ring after the match, so the AOTF beat the heck out of him. Jacobs got on the mic and said he'd rather hurt Aries emotionally (how emo) then physically, and so I guess he's going to continue tormenting him. I was somewhat alarmed when Necro slowly fell down and then laid down in the ring during this segment, but I overheard him say backstage a few minutes later that he was just a little dizzy. Yes, that's how bad my seats were. I could hear people talking backstage. 7. ROH Heavyweight Champion Nigel McGuinness vs. Claudio Castagnoli. Nigel is so the man it's not even funny. He was massively over with tons of heel heat. Unfortunately, I don't think people bought Claudio as a legitimate threat and so the first ten minutes or so of this match had very little heat, as they chain-wrestled with minimal high-spots thrown in. Nigel hit plenty of lariats, receiving a "Same Old Shit!" chant from the ungrateful crowd. At one point, Claudio got him in the Giant Swing for about thirty seconds. Otherwise, there were plenty of European uppercuts, which makes sense when you consider where each man is from. Claudio ducked a Jawbreaker Lariat and connected with the Ricola Bomb, but Nigel kicked out. Nigel won shortly thereafter by getting Claudio to submit to the London Dungeon. Good match, but not exactly a stellar main event. All told, this was, of course, a good wrestling show, but somewhat less spectacular then I was expecting, given that it was A)ROH and B)the first show ever in the Hammerstein Ballroom. Both Danielson/Marufuji and Morishima/Necro were expected to be better, but everything ranged from okay to very good tonight, so I don't have much right to complain. I'd put the show on par with "Rising Above" (the complete live show, not the ppv version) and below both "Final Battle 2007" and "The Sixth Anniversary Show" in terms of the recent ROH shows. Thanks for reading. Traffic sucked driving from Virginia to New York this afternoon so I was late to Ring of Honor's debut in ECW's old stomping grounds in New York! Roderick Strong retained the FIP Title against Go Shiozaki and Erick Stevens. I missed this but everyone I asked said Roderick won and couldn't remember who he beat. Kevin Steen and El Generico beat Rocky Romero and Davey Richards with a package piledriver into a brainbuster. I walked in midway through this match. Crowd was hot for this. Sweet n Sour Inc. entered and Larry Sweeney introduced Jonny Fairplay before the next match. He didn't do or say anything of note. Has he ever? Bobby Dempsey was shirtless and Sarah Del Ray sported her new look. Delirious and Pelle Primeau beat Jigsaw and Jack Evans and Chris Hero and Brent Albright in the Tag Team Scramble match. Guy next to me noted they were doing a lot of ECW tribute spots, and just as he said it, Albright did a flip dive after everyone else had done dives. Non-stop spotfest, like these matches usually are, with every wrestler getting his character over. A blinded Albright hit Hero with a half-nelson suplex, allowing Delirious to hit a pump handle pinning move I have never seen before for the win. Sweeney berated Albright for his mistake. Fans chanted "fuck 'em up Albright." Sweeney said to redeem himself, Albright had to beat up Dempsey. Albright wouldn't do it. All the other members of SnS, including Jonny Fairplay, did. Then Sweeney told Albright to do it again. And just as he was about to, he ran roughshod on every member of SnS with his power moves, including a vile-looking awesome bomb through a table on the outside and a half-nelson suplex to Sara Del Ray. Sweeney of course escaped and the crowd gave Albright a loud face ovation, which he played to. Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin were announced for ROH's return to Hammerstein, Saturday, Aug. 2. Bryan Danielson defeated Naomichi Marifuji with the Cattle Mutilation. Danielson wildly over. Go figure. Match was what you'd expect from these two. Very good. Match seemed to be missing something though... crowd wasn't dead but wasn't super hot like you'd expect. New York usually wants an angle behind its big matches and this lacked one. Daizee Haze came out to thank the fans. Couldn't really hear what she was saying. Delirious nervously came out wearing a tie and hiding a rose. He spoke in gibberish and asked Daizee to dinner. Before she could answer, Rhett Titus came out and spoke in rhymes propositioning Daizee. As he rubbed himself, Daizee ran in disgust, leaving Delirious alone to chants of "you got cockblocked." That's right up there with the "sloppy seconds" chant from the night before. Necro Butcher came out to Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down" (new song) and thunderous chants. He also had a haircut! Takeshi Morishima pinned him with a backdrop driver. Match was not nearly as brutal (or good) as I was hoping for. Just a brawl, and not a particularly intense or violent one. Not a BAD match but I would expect more from Morishima's first singles match back in the States in months. Jay Briscoe and Austin Aries beat Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles. Started as a long, wild brawl on the outside and finally ended up in the ring after Jacobs and Aries tumbled off the top rope through a table on the outside. When Jacobs returned to the ring, he used the railroad spike on Briscoe. Briscoe bled heavily the rest of the way. Briscoe kicked out of the double-team Contra Code. Black kicked out of a spike Jay Driller. Necro stopped Aries from hitting a 450. Mark ran out, cast and all, and he and Jay hit a one-armed springboard Doomsday Device on Black for the pin. Good, intense match. Briscoes left, but with Aries still in the ring, Black and Butcher ensured Aries was powerless while Jacobs basically told Aries he took everything away from Jacobs, that no amount of harm could do it justice, but eventually, he'd get his revenge. Jimmy Jacobs... he's so emo! At this point, the crowd began saying "Hey!" in anticipation of the main event. Nigel McGuinness beat Claudio Castagnoli to retain the ROH World Title. Some fans chanted "Boring," which this match certainly was not. It was less flashy than most ROH main events, owing to the styles of the two wrestlers. The wrestling and strikes were all solid. The hatred for Nigel remains strong in New York. Claudio got the fans behind him down the stretch and started hitting high spots like a suicide dive and top rope cross body, then a top rope flying forearm. He still couldn't get the three count. Nigel then came back with his signature spots. Crowd started to die, then Claudio did a ridiculously long Giant Swing and he had them back. Nigel kept trying to win with his arm submission but Claudio kept finding a way out. Likewise, Nigel kept escaping the Ricola Bomb. Finally, Claudio reversed the Jawbreaker into the Ricola Bomb!... for two. He kicked out of several more lariats before finally tapping to the arm submission. Very good match, nothing epic about it though, especially compared to the last Manhattan main event (McGuinness vs. Danielson). Overall, good show, but I liked the Virginia debut better. This show had more angle development. It didn't feel like a home run to me for a debut in the new venue, but as a wrestling show on its own merits, it was worthwhile. I don't think I will buy this DVD. Thanks, Dave. Notes: The FIP match had no time limit and surprisingly went less than fifteen minutes. The crowd was very into it. Towards the end of the scramble match, Delirious blinded Brent Albright, sticking his fingers in Brent’s eyes. This led to Brent accidentally using his half nelson suplex on Chris Hero. Delirious then used his Chemical Imbalance No. 2 driver to pin Hero. After the match Larry Sweeney was irate and blamed Brent for the loss. He told Albright he could redeem himself if he beat up Bobby Dempsey. He refused. Sweeney asked why when all the other members of Sweet and Sour would. Sara Del Ray, Johnny Fairplay (not an actual member but the Hollywood liaison), Eddie Edwards, Shane Hagadorn and Chris Hero all proceeded to hit Bobby. When given another chance he clocked all the other Sweet and Sour member except for Larry who escaped and Adam Pearce who wasn’t there. He used his half nelson suplex on Sara del Ray who had to be helped from the ring. Daizee Haze announced a new attendance record but didn’t say what it was. Delirious came out dressed, wearing a long tie and wirh a rose behind his back. In his own lizard way he asked Daizee Haze to dinner at Nobu, a popular Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. Before she could answer, Rhett Titus came out and did some corny rhymes putting over his physique. He wanted to get with her but she left the ring. Rhett followed leaving a forlorn Delirious in the ring with the crowd chanting “You got cockblocked” at him. Towards the end of the Tag tTitle match, which was No DQ, Necro came out. Then Mark Briscoe, came out, with a big cast on his wrist. He took care of Necro and executed the springboard doomsday device on Tyler which led to the pin. All in all this was a great debut show for the Hammerstein and it ended at 11:00PM, a good twenty to thirty minutes earlier than normal. The next show at the Hammerstein is August 2 and the Motor City Machine Guns will be on the card. Quote Link to comment
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