ROH 09/08/10 VIDEOWIRE
LAST WORDS BEFORE GLORY BY HONOR IX
First of all, let me just say that this might have been the strongest VideoWire ROH has ever put together - and a lot of it is not only because of how unbelievably good the promos are, but also how good the build and hype has been for this event. All you need to do is watch this video and you'll find that your hands will act without your knowledge and just order the iPPV for you by clicking this link right here. Awesome, awesome stuff.
IN THIS VIDEO
- Davey Richards teases (er, clearly states, rather) that his retirement is drawing near.
- The All-Night Express make Wu-Tang references in their challenges to the Briscoe Brothers.
- The Briscoe Brothers make no references what so ever, because they are clearly very pissed off and covered in blood.
- The Kings of Wrestling outdo themselves once again, particularly Chris Hero. His promo is incredible, and needs to be seen by anyone who had to endure a Kane soliloquy in the past few months. I don't think anyone can stop him on the mic. He's like a method actor or something, I don't know. And yet, Claudio says two words at the end of Hero's promo that stands up to what Hero just did. Incredible. Kings. Reign. Supreme.
- Erick Stevens dons a disco-looking Ghana football jacket that makes him even more hilarious. No one has improved like Erick Stevens in terms of gimmick and promo skills. He's finding his stride as this douchey bro guy that is really easy to hate. Prince Nana ALSO kills it in this interview - my goodness ROH has some gold on their hands right now.
- Kevin Steen busts out his Roderick Strong impression again and promises to essentially chop Generico's head off and keep it in his living room.
- Speaking of, Generico and Cabana cut yet another fired-up promo (well, Cabana does all the talking) leading into this chain match, which I'm positive will be an absolute bloodbath.
- Roderick Strong says he will save the ROH World Title even though everyone just lies to him.
- Tyler Black does what no one thought he could do, and that's cut a killer fucking promo. On the people that think he can't do it, nonetheless. Excuse me while I get off my fat ass and do something with my life - I'm sorry, Tyler!!
Now if that doesn't wet your wrestling whistle, here's a card preview for Glory By Honor IX, followed by some GBH history:
GLORY BY HONOR IX NO DISQUALIFICATION MAIN EVENT
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: TYLER BLACK DEFENDS AGAINST RODERICK STRONG
SPECIAL ENFORCER - TERRY FUNK
Notable Encounters: Time limit draw in Toronto; the Supercard of Honor V three-ref fiasco; a Pick 6 battle in Manassas with Roddy coming out on top.
Height Advantage: Tyler (3 inches)
Weight Advantage: Tyler (10 pounds)
Chop Advantage: Roddy (lots)
Outside Interference Advantage: EVEN - Roderick has Truth Martini at ringside, and he could always enlist the help of his cronies the House of Truth. Tyler, on the other hand, has a wildcard in Kevin Steen who could make his presence known at any moment. In fact, in the last VideoWire Steen went as far as saying he'd do anything to make sure that the Ring of Honor World Title stayed around Tyler's waist. And he's a scary bastard right now - he could easily dispense of Strong, Martini, Raymond, Able AND Funk in a heartbeat.
Other Variables: Tyler Black's pending trip to WWE developmental; Roderick Strong's confidence boosted after the world sees the Tyler Black he always saw; Terry Funk's involvement from ringside and how he could butt heads with Truth Martini; the New York crowd (and any "fat ass" at a computer)'s rich and pure hatred for Tyler Black.
Winner?: Logic points to Roderick Strong - Tyler Black can't take the ROH Title to WWE, can he? Or could something drastic happen and neither man walks out with the belt? Or something EVEN MORE DRASTIC (yeah I went there) and someone ELSE walks out with the belt?! I DON'T KNOW.
DREAM TAG TEAM MATCH
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE KINGS OF WRESTLING VS. "WRESTLING'S" GREATEST TAG TEAM - CHARLIE HAAS & SHELTON BENJAMIN
Years Teaming Advantage: WGTT (Debuted 2002, approx. five years of solid teaming together)
Combined Weight Advantage: WGTT (25 lbs)
Combined Height Advantage: I don't think combining height makes sense.
Double Team Advantage: KOW - No one has ever kicked out of the KRS-1.
Who Is The Greatest?: Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas are so great that their tag team name, World's Greatest Tag Team, is trademarked. Meanwhile, the Kings of Wrestling are so great that they have beaten all there is to beat on the independent circuit, even capturing the Juggalo Championship Wrestling tag team titles.
Winners?: Us, because this match will reign supreme.
DOUBLE CHAIN MATCH
KEVIN STEEN & STEVE CORINO VS. COLT CABANA & EL GENERICO
Combined Weight Advantage: Steen/Corino (69 lbs)
Hardcore Experience Advantage: Steen/Corino. While Colt Cabana has been known to show his mean streak in matches with Homicide and Kevin Steen, I think the edge goes to ECW alum Steve Corino, and the Antichrist of Ring of Honor Kevin Steen. Steen's bouts in Ring of Honor and elsewhere in the indies go to show just how psycho this guy can be.
Chain Experience Advantage: Kevin Steen. He spends a lot of time petting chains backstage. Or maybe Colt Cabana, since he's been in the WWE and has probably seen John Cena's chain up close.
Vengeance to Be Had Advantage: El Generico. It's time for Generico to extract some serious revenge on Steen for the heartbreaking nutshot-chairshot combo he pulled at Final Battle. Steen got the win at DBD8, and now Generico needs to put an end to this 9-month blood feud by chopping Steen's head off, taking a picture and making a t-shirt out of it.
Other Variables: Steve Corino's son Colby. He could show up at any minute you guys!
Winners?: Generico/Cabana. And anyone who has a blood fetish (I hope that's not a real thing because that would be terrifying) because blood is going to be spilled like spaghetti sauce in a Bounty commercial come Glory By Honor IX.
BATTLE OF THE BEST
AUSTIN ARIES VS. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS
Height Advantage: Daniels (3 inches)
Weight Advantage: Daniels (23 lbs)
Age Advantage: "Old Man" Daniels
Old Man Pipe Advantage: Aries
Momentum Advantage: Daniels. Aries has been caught up in becoming the Greatest Man(ager) That Ever Lived and not focusing so much on wrestling. In terms of iPPVs and live events (non televised), Aries hasn't scored a pinfall since March 19th when he pinned Petey Williams in Dearborn. Meanwhile, Christopher Daniels has been on an absolute tear on his mission to become the best in the world. It seems like it's only a matter of time until he finally crosses paths with Davey Richards, and then (if he weren't on his way to the WWE) to ROH Champion Tyler Black. Instead, it works out that Daniels will face Black in Plymouth, one night before GBH. If Daniels can take out Tyler, then what would stop him from taking out Aries?
Bottom Line: ROH World Title reigns - Aries: 2, Daniels: 0
Winner?: Even so, Christopher Daniels and Austin Aries seem to be going in two different directions. Daniels gets my vote.
ROH WORLD TELEVISION TITLE
CHAMPION EDDIE EDWARDS (IF STILL CHAMPION) DEFENDS AGAINST SHAWN DAIVARI
Height Advantage: Eddie (2 inches)
Weight Advantage: Daivari (9 lbs)
Backup Advantage: Daivari. While Edwards has Davey Richards to back him up, Davey's been a bit of a lone wolf lately, focusing on big career decisions. Daivari, on the other hand, has the Embassy in his corner (although that could be up in the air after Eddie defends the TV strap against fellow Embassy member Erick Stevens the night before GBH9).
Conditioning Advantage: Eddie Edwards has been doing a ton of ten-minute hunts lately, but unfortunately they usually don't last long and could hamper his success in a match with a Championship time limit. Meanwhile, I remember reading a story somewhere about Shawn Daivari doing so many squats that he pissed black bile or some crazy shit.
Crazy Bastard Advantage: Eddie Edwards. He broke his elbow in an INSANE Anything Goes match against Kevin Steen, finished the match (don't know how), then wrestled the LADDER WAR THE NEXT NIGHT AND WON (DON'T KNOW HOW NEITHER).
Winner?: Eddie Edwards. He is cementing himself as a legit rising star in ROH today.
A PAIR OF SINGLES CHALLENGE MATCHES
THE ALL-NIGHT EXPRESS VS. THE BRISCOE BROTHERS
Photo - ROHWrestling.com
Combined Weight Advantage: King/Titus (3 lbs)
Combined Teeth Advantage: King/Titus (full sets)
Theme Music Advantage: Currently - King/Titus, couple years ago - Briscoe Brothers' "Gimme Back My Bullets" trumps just about any other song (save for the Final Countdown).
Tag Team Advantage: Briscoe Brothers. Frequently referred to as the greatest team in ROH history.
Singles Advantage: A much closer call. Both Kenny King and Rhett Titus can hold their own on their own, while the Briscoes tend to stick together.
Winners?: I'll give the upset to King and Titus to win both of their singles' matches.
TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH
ERICK STEVENS & THE NECRO BUTCHER VS. GRIZZLY REDWOOD & ???
Squash Advantage: Embassy.
Winners?: Embassy forever.
And finally, a brief look at past Glory By Honor shows:
GLORY BY HONOR HISTORY
PAST MAIN EVENTS
I know this wasn't the main event, but c'mon, look at that beard.
Photo - SLAM! Wrestling
Glory By Honor - Murphy Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA
October 6th, 2002
MAIN EVENT: Christopher Daniels VS. Doug Williams
Glory By Honor II - Murphy Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 20th, 2003
MAIN EVENT: ROH Title - Champion Samoa Joe VS. Challenger Christopher Daniels
Glory By Honor III - Rex Plex, Elizabeth, NJ
September 11th, 2004
MAIN EVENT: ROH Tag Team Title (Ultimate Endurance) - Champions The Rottweilers VS. Challengers Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer, The Carnage Crew, and Roderick Strong & Jack Evans
Glory By Honor IV - Lake Grove, NY
September 17th, 2005
MAIN EVENT: Styles Clash VS. Rave Clash Match - AJ Styles VS. Jimmy Rave
Glory By Honor V: Night 1 - A tent, East Windsor, CT
September 15th, 2006
MAIN EVENT: KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji VS. The Briscoe Brothers
Glory By Honor V: Night 2 - Manhattan Center, New York, NY
September 16th, 2006
MAIN EVENT: ROH World Title - Champion Bryan Danielson VS. Challenger KENTA
Glory By Honor VI: Night 1 - Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, PA
November 2nd, 2007
MAIN EVENT: Mitsuharu Misawa & KENTA VS. Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji
Glory By Honor VI: Night 2 - Manhattan Center, New York, NY
November 3rd, 2007
MAIN EVENT: Street Fight - The Briscoes VS. Necro Butcher & Jimmy Jacobs
Glory By Honor VII - New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, PA
September 20th, 2008
MAIN EVENT: Steel Cage Warfare - The Briscoes & Austin Aries VS. Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black, Delirious & The Necro Butcher
Glory By Honor VIII: The Final Countdown - Manhattan Center, New York, NY
September 26th, 2009
MAIN EVENT: The Final Countdown - Bryan Danielson VS. Nigel McGuinness
GLORY BY HONOR HISTORY
THE ROH WORLD TITLE - BY THE NUMBERS
Photo - ROHWrestling.com
Total times defended at Glory By Honor: 7
Times retained: 6
Historical percentage of Tyler retaining: 86%
Historical percentage of Roderick winning: 14%
Roddy's Only Hope: Growing a Bryan Danielson-sized beard and Crossface Chickenwinging the shit out of Tyler Black, and promise to never sign with the WWE as long as he was champion.