Ring of Honor Retribution: Round Robin Challenge II April 26th, 2003

April 26, 2003

From the Allegheny County Community College in West Mifflin, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The Prophecy are backstage as Daniels says that tonight is their right of retribution. Donovan Morgan is finally back and says it is not his fault he has a job in Japan and blames RoH for punishing them because they are successful. Allison Danger makes fun of Corino for being a bed-wetter at age fourteen as Daniels brings out the former Mafia as their enforcer who will now go by Danny Maff, who comes out and cuts a promo about the Code of Honor getting him straight to the midcard but with the Prophecy, he will make his name.

Round Robin Match
Amazing Red vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels w/ Allison Danger & Danny Maff

We learn here that the Round Robin Challenge will consist of Daniels, Red, and Paul London. The match starts off with Daniels overpowering Red. Daniels gets a bit cocky then Red comes back with an armdrag and a headscissor takeover. Daniels ducks outside for a breather then Red slingshots out and takes Daniels down with a hurricarana. Red roughs up Daniels then the action heads back into the ring where Red runs into a clothesline. Daniels hits a move similar to the Eye of the Hurricane that gets two then he continues to target the neck. Standing dropkick gets two. Red is able to land on his feet after a German Suplex attempt and dropkicks Daniels in the leg. He gets a nearfall with a La Magistral cradle and a botched rana. Red hits a springboard swinging STO for two but in another sloppy sequence Daniels blocks a rana attempt and takes Red down with an enziguiri then works a neck vise. He catches Red with a sleeper but is able to eventually break it up with a jawbreaker. He then hits Daniels with a float over inverted DDT as both men are down. Red hits the 718 then gets two with a springboard rana. Red connects with a few different kicks but gets caught with an STO. Daniels drags Red a bit closer then hits the Best Moonsault Ever but that only gets two. Red cuts off Daniels from the top and takes him down with a rana that gets two. Code Red gets two as these two are not on the same page tonight. Red heads up top but Daniels pushes the ref into the ropes and Red falls down, allowing Daniels to hit him with the Last Rites for the win (11:08) **1/4.

Thoughts: Really disappointing as these two did not appear on the same page and Red was really sloppy tonight.

Da Hit Squad w/ Allison Danger vs. Colt Cabana & Ace Steel

Cabana acts all goofy then hits Mack with a few forearms while asking if that was “stiff” then gets knocked down and sells it in an over exaggerated manner. Cabana is what I call a “rec center guy,” meaning he should only be wrestling in rec centers in front of 350 fans at most. Mack roughs up Cabana, who is doing a lot of awful comedy here. Maff tags and catches Steel with a leg lariat then orders Mack on the apron as he chops Steel. He misses a senton as Steel fires back. Maff catches him and hits a Dragon Suplex before tagging Mack as they hit a double press slam then they use quick tags to neutralize Steel. Maff and Steel trade slaps and chops for a while as Maff wins that then attacks Steel in the corner. Steel ducks a big boot as Maff’s foot is caught on the ropes and tags Cabana as they hit repeated charging attacks. Maff is able to make the tag as Mack catches Cabana with a powerslam and an Orange Crush that gets two. He hits Steel with a neckbreaker then kills him with a lariat. Steel is down in the corner and they set up for the cannonball but Steel moved out of the way and Steel catches Maff with a tornado DDT then Cabana and Mack fight on the top and he and Steel end up hitting him with a Colt 45 for the win (8:13) *3/4. After the match, Maff is pissed but Danger is able to talk him down and remind him about how he is in the Prophecy.

Thoughts: The comedy stuff with Cabana at the beginning was garbage but this got better towards the end. This was Mack’s last match for RoH as Maff stayed on for a few years. When Da Hit Squad first started, they were tough to tell apart but as the year went on, Maff got himself into better shape while Mack got even fatter. Cabana’s comedy stuff was terrible and Steel is one of my least favorite wrestlers.

Before the show, Dunn & Marcos cut a promo then the Outkast Killaz want to but the camera man says he doesn’t have the time so Diablo said that they have a catchphrase and first copy the “Rock You Like a Hurricane” phrase then Oman Tortuga gets serious and calls out the other teams. Seems like the Outkast Killaz will be getting involved with something soon.

Scramble Match
Dunn & Marcos vs. Hydro & Brian XL vs. EZ Money & Sterling James Keenan vs. SAT’s

Keenan is the current Corey Graves, who dresses like he is part of MNM here. To his credit, Graves had the look before they came around. He is quite skinny here too. The match starts with Money and Dunn going at it until Money sends Dunn into the ropes with a monkey flip. Marcos comes in as Money roughs him up but he spills outside and Hydro flies out with a tope. The action is too fast for play-by-play and Joel and Brian work a terrible sequence, which is sadly expected. The match breaks down as Brian ends up in the front row with a tope. Back in the ring, there are all sorts of dives with nothing standing out until the crowd cheers for a move where Money picked up Brian XL on his shoulders from the tope, who had Jose Maximo in a bodyslam position, then flips them off of his shoulders. Angel Dust comes off of the top behind the ref’s back and hits a blockbuster on Money. Everyone else trades all sorts of high impact moves with other Special K guys interfering until EZ dives to the floor instead of taking care of Marcos then the SAT’s climb up and hit the SAT on Marcos for the win (9:11) *1/2. After the match, Slugger beats up the SAT’s then the other huge, unidentified black man goes after Hydro but Slugger steps in between and stares him down and as the guy fends off one attack, Angel  Dust kicks him low and Slugger slams him down.

Thoughts: No one stood out and the novelty of these scramble matches were really wearing thin. The fact they all seemed to involve the same people was not helping matters either.

CM Punk heads to the ring as some jabroni is sitting in the corner acting like Raven. The guy gets into Punk’s face until Daffney of WCW fame runs in and takes him down. Punk then introduces her as “Lucy” before telling the crowd he is better than them.

#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
CM Punk w/ Lucy vs. Homicide w/ Julius Smokes

Homicide tries to slap on the STF at the start but Punk is able to reach the ropes. Homicide gets the best of Punk then they trade all sorts of moves at a rapid pace that ends in a stand off. Homicide takes control as he boots Punk in the face. Punk takes control with a shining wizard then flies out to take Homicide down with a tope. Back inside, Punk catches Homicide with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker then Lucy interferes and screams a lot while cheering for Punk. Pumphandle backbreaker gets two. Homicide regains control and starts kicking away before putting Punk in a surfboard. Punk escapes and is able to put Homicide in a STF. After a few reversals, Punk hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Homicide kicks Punk out of the ring then takes Punk out with a tope con hilo that pinned him against the guardrail. They go back and forth outside until Punk catches Homicide with an overhead suplex. Smokes tries to fire up Homicide as he rolls back into the ring. Homicide catches Punk with a low blow then drops him on his head with a German Suplex for two. They head up top as Homicide gets two with a hurricarana. Punk dodges a charge then takes Homicide off of the top rope with a Pepsi Plunge but Homicide is able to kick out as the fans go crazy with Punk completely shocked. Homicide then catches Punk with an Ace Crusher then gets two with a lariat. So much for selling the move. He then drops Punk on his head then tries for the Cop Killer but Punk flips out of the move and after a few revesals, Punk hits a Death Valley Driver but that only gets two as Homicide got his foot on the ropes. He hits an enziguiri but Homicide then reverses a move and locks on an STF as Punk taps (15:29) **1/2.

Thoughts: First, the crowd reaction for this match was awesome. The story of Homicide trying to win the belt to provide for his family because its all he has and he does not want to go back to his violent past was great. The announcers sold it well on commentary too. Punk was a great heel here too and the fans hated him. However, the match itself was pretty bad. There was no selling and just a bunch of moves without purpose. The fact that Homicide kicked out of the Super Pepsi Plunge and went right on offense was just ridiculous. If the storytelling in the match that even close to compelling as Homicide’s angle, this could have been a classic.

No Disqualification Match
Carnage Crew & Masada vs. Hotstuff Hernandez & Fast Eddie & Don Juan w/ Rudy Boy Gonzalez

Before the match, the Carnage Crew run down Rudy Boy. The Crew bring weapons into the ring but the Texas Academy guys use them to their advantage then the match breaks down. Masada takes an unprotected chair shot from Juan then smashes his head off of the chair in a nasty spot that busts open the bavk of his head. Eddie flies across the ring with a somersault Van Terminator. In the ring, Hernandez no sells some of DeVito’s offense and outside of it, the camera shows the back of Loc’s head which is soaked in blood. Jesus Christ. Hernandez tosses DeVito across the ring as the announcers talking about actually being able to soak up the blood. Just about everyone is bleeding as they brawl all over the place as Masada takes Juan off of the top with a Death Valley Driver. He heads back up top but Eddie cuts him off and takes him off with a hurricarana that sends Masada through a pair of chairs on the floor. Hernandez then picks up Eddie and tosses him over the top as he takes out the Carnage Crew. Loc’s neck is completely covered in blood. DeVito then whacks Hernandez with a chair on a tope attempt. In the ring, the Carnage Crew hit Eddie with the Carnageplex then after Loc wipes his blood on Eddie, they hit him with the Super Spiked Piledriver for the win (9:13) **3/4. After the match, the Carnage Crew beat the shit out of Scott from Tough Enough 3 until they get run off by Rudy Boy.

Thoughts: An entertaining garbage match. Tons of blood in this one so you “juice freaks” out there would enjoy this a lot.

Round Robin Challenge Match
Paul London (0-0) vs. Amazing Red (0-1)

The announcers bring up how London was pissed at Red for taking his spot when he was hurt as AJ Styles’ teammate. The match starts on the mat with neither guy gaining an advantage. They trade counters then Red hits London with a tornado DDT. London fights back and hits Red with a top rope knee smash that gets two. He hits a spinning heel kick then gets two with a dropsault. Powerbomb gets two. London is acting heelish here tonight as he is a lot more aggressive than usual. Red fights back with a few kicks as London ducks outside. Red and London try to outsmart each other but London catches Red off of the apron and drops him on the guardrail. London then mentions how he is bleeding as he rolls Red back inside then gets two with a slingshot senton. He hits rolling double underhook suplexes then turns it into a submission hold. He boots Red in the face and tries a delayed vertical suplex but Red turns that into a small package for a nearfall. They trade punches and Red ends up getting two with a German Suplex that dropped London on his head. Red tries to slingshot in with a sunset flip but London turns that into a Northern Lights Suplex for two. London mocks AJ Styles but misses a corner attack then Red ends up hitting a Super Code Red for two. Red fires away then gets two with the Red Star Press. He tries a springboard rana but London catches him with a powerbomb then picks him up and hits the Styles Clash for the win (10:11) ***. They shake hands after the match.

Thoughts: Much better than the first Round Robin match but it was clear that Red was not in the same class as London and Daniels. London was the heel here too and did a good job as they are continuing his story with AJ Styles when he was pissed that Red replaced him as his partner when London was in the hospital.

Backstage, Gary Michael Cappetta is with Matt Stryker. He asks Stryker about his four way match tonight against Chad Collyer, BJ Whitmer, and Donovan Morgan. Stryker cuts a dull face promo until Collyer interrupts and talks about how he will make him tap for the third time. Stryker cuts an even worse promo in response to that. Cappetta leaves then runs into Michael Shane and Simply Luscious. Shane says that he will get camera tonight as he does not have a match but promise they will be in the ring tonight. Shane’s stock has dipped a lot in RoH.

Persephone vs. Alexis Laree

I have no idea who Persephone is but she is noticeably bigger than Laree. They take it to the mat and Laree gains the advantage. She hits a basement dropkick then gets a rollup for two. They have an exchange of chops until Persephone hits a neckbreaker. Laree fights out of a chinlock but Persephone yanks her down by the hair. Persephone stays on the attack as she targets the back and neck. Laree fights back after kicking Persephone in the face after she ducked her head. Missile dropkick gets two. Persephone works over Laree in the corner and tries a DDT but Laree escapes and ends up hitting an inverted DDT for the win (5:23) *1/4. After the match, Shane and Luscious run in as Luscious hits both girls with Death Valley Drivers. Shane sits in a chair in the ring as Cappetta runs in and gets run off.

Thoughts: Better than any other women’s match in RoH to date but still not that good. Laree became a much better worker later on and Persephone seemed okay. Without an official women’s division, these matches were meaningless.

The Second City Saints backstage. Punk talks about being discriminated against at an early age for not using drugs and alcohol and says that his life was a war. He then runs down Raven before bringing out Lucy. The promo wraps, and Punk was great, then when it ends, the others are fucking around as Punk is frustrated. Too often here the leader of the stable is serious while the rest are just fucking around. Makes them seem all weak and that was what made the Prophecy look pathetic at the beginning.

Michael Shane w/ Simply Luscious vs. Matt Stryker vs. Chad Collyer vs. Donovan Morgan vs. BJ Whitmer

Shane apparently booked himself into this match according to the announcers. Shane tags Whitmer instead of facing off against Morgan to keep the Prophecy vs. Corino stable feud going. Whitmer and Morgan go back and forth in a solid sequence. Shane tags Whitmer blindly as he thought Morgan was hurt but runs into a hiptoss. Shane scurries out after tagging Stryker then Morgan spits at him and runs out to attack Shane. He goes after Luscious when she interferes but Stryker attacks him from behind. In the ring, Collyer tags in and works an intense mat sequence with Stryker that ends in a standoff. Stryker takes control then tags Whitmer, who puts the boots to Collyer. Morgan tags and suplexes Whitmer around. Stryker tags back in and grounds Morgan with a headlock. Lots of quick tags follow until Shane tags himself in and unloads on Collyer in the corner. Shane really did throw a great worked punch. Collyer comes back with a few rollups but Shane chop blocks him then works the leg. The other guys all tag each other and work over the leg of Collyer with Shane tagging himself in and breaking up submission holds when needed. Shane misses a kneedrop then Collyer takes him down with an enziguiri before tagging Morgan, who goes right after Shane. He beats on him for a minute until Shane hits an enziguiri then tags Whitmer. Morgan hits Whitmer with the Sayonara after a reversal sequence but Shane breaks up the pin with a super kick. Collyer and Stryker are in the ring and go back and forth until Collyer puts him in the Texas Cloverleaf until Shane breaks it up with a super kick. The guys trade off moves until Stryker rolls through a rollup then locks on the Stryker Lock as Collyer eventually taps out as Stryker gets the win (19:11) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Solid match. Also, unlike the other random multi-person matches in RoH, this one actually had some storylines going on as you had Shane and Morgan feuding as part of two different stables to go along with the Collyer/Stryker feud as Stryker finally made Collyer tap.

Round Robin Challenge
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels (1-0) w/ Simply Luscious vs. Paul London (1-0)

Daniels stalls to begin the match but London returns the favor as they are playing mind games with London basically copying Daniels and fucking around. They finally get to the action and trade arm wringers until London cradles him for a nearfall. Daniels ducks outside for a breather then grabs the mic and tells London he is going to kick his ass as he is mad at London for not taking the match seriously. London then slips outside and grabs the mic as he tells Daniels he should shake hands if he is serious about the match. In the ring, Daniels extends his hand but it was a trap as Daniels boots him down. An Irish whip sequence ends with Daniels trying to skin the cat but London kicks him to the floor then follows out with a pescado. Back inside, London gets two with the dropsault after that he runs into a knee. Daniels targets the ribs of London and gets two with a gutbuster. London tries to fight back but Daniels puts him an abdominal stretch for a while. Daniels then misses a charge and London hits an enziguiri but Daniels comes right back with a dropkick to the ribs. London manages a quick rollup but Daniels sends him down with a clothesline then stretches out London on the mat. Daniels then hits London with the Angels Wings but London is just able to kick out as Daniels is in disbelief. He goes back on offense but London fights back then knocks him down with a springboard forearm smash as both men are down. London is up first and fires away. He hits an enziguiri and that gets two as London is still selling the ribs. He misses a double jump moonsault then Daniels whips London into the turnbuckle then slams him off the top rope for two. He misses the Best Moonsault Ever but is able to block a sunset flip and that leads to a rollup reversal sequence. London knocks down Daniels and heads up top. Daniels cuts him off but gets knocked off then London takes him off with a gordbuster and follows with the Shooting Star Press. London goes to cover but Danger distracts the ref by jumping up on the apron. London grabs Danger then sends Daniels over the top rope and takes them both to the floor. London flies out and hits Daniels with a tope then in the ring he gets two with a DDT. He tries another SSP but Daniels got his knees up as London is in agony. Daniels hits a Flatliner then hits the BME for the win (24:53) ****.

Thoughts: The match itself was very good but it was odd to see London, who had been acting like a heel all night, play the face in this match. The London/Styles storyline itself made sense but I never got why RoH wanted to make London a heel. The fans loved the guy and never wanted to boo him. Even when mocking Styles they did not seem to care much at all.

RoH Championship Match
Doug Williams vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)

The match starts with each guy going after the ankle. Williams works the arm for a bit then they use all sorts of counters and submission holds until they end in a stalemate. Joe takes the advantage with an enziguiri then chops away. Elbow drop gets two then Joe works the neck. Joe then face-washes Williams in the corner before getting two with a delayed brainbuster. Joe stays on the attack until Williams blocks a kick then takes him down with several knee smashes. Williams works the arm of Joe for a while as this match slows right down. Joe blocks a piledriver attempt but Williams turns it into an Octopus Hold until Joe reaches the ropes. Williams charges but Joe catches him with a Uranage then gets two with a German Suplex. Powerbomb gets two then Joe locks on the STF as the crowd rallies behind Williams. He breaks the hold then puts Joe in a cross armbreaker after ducking a clothesline. Williams targets the arm then heads up top and kneedrops the arm of Joe. Williams yells at the ref for breaking a submission hold then walks into an enziguiri. Joe gets two with a lariat then applies a chinlock. Williams escpaes and tries the Chaos Theory but Joe grabs Williams by the leg. Joe then knees Williams in the head repeatedly before putting him in the Coquina Clutch as Williams quickly taps out (11:46) **1/2. After the match, Morgan and Maff run in to attack Joe. Shane runs in and attacks Morgan but Daniels runs out and attacks him as the Prophecy has the 3-on-2 advantage. After laying them out, Daniels grabs the mic and says that the Prophecy made retribution tonight.

Thoughts: Disappointing match. It felt more like a midcard match instead of a title match and it lacked crowd heat. Plus, Williams’ mat based offense it not exactly the most exciting thing to watch.

We get a pretaped promo from the Carnage Crew as they run down the Briscoes for being kids, Special K for living off of their parents then CM Punk for not understanding why the drink to deal with their shitty jobs, ugly wives, and nagging kids. This is to hype their match at “Do or Die.” The Carnage Crew was a fine lower card tag gimmick for this company. Their promos were kinda funny too.

Backstage, the Prophecy are gloating  after laying out Shane and Joe. Daniels then puts himself over winning the Round Robin Challenge and being in the Top 5 rankings. He then tells Corino that he hope he is watching.

Joe shows off his broken nose and asks Daniels if he wants a war then tells Daniels that he will break him in half.

Final Thoughts: This was probably the most storyline driven RoH show to date. However, it lacked a big match and the Round Robin paled in comparison to last year. Also, the scramble tag matches are really getting tiresome to watch too. I’d recommend seeking out Daniels vs. London and that is all from this show as far as good matches are concerned. A lot of people love Punk/Homicide but I found that to be highly overrated for the reasons I explained above.

Here is my schedule for the next several days

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/6/86
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/7/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Raven, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/13/86
Saturday: RoH Frontiers of Honor 5/17/03

Ring of Honor: The Round Robin Challenge March 30, 2002

March 30, 2002
Your hosts are Steve Corino and Eric Gargiulo
The show begins with Christopher Daniels cutting a promo about RoH thinking that they are better than all of the other independent promotions and doesn’t like the shaking hands as he is here to pin shoulders to the mat. He then tells Low Ki and American Dragon that he will beat them both tonight in the Round Robin Challenge.

Da Hit Squad are shown outside of the building pumping up the mutants in line who start chanting where they are coming from, with a majority of them stating they are from NYC. Then, some pussy who looks like a child molester starts pretending that he is a tough guy by swearing at the camera man to focus on him. Then, two assholes who brag that they are from Wisconsin start to swear a lot as one of them calls Da Hit Squad “the stiffest tag team they have ever seen.” Oh, boy. Anyway, Mafia tells them that they will get their “motherfuckin’ money’s worth” tonight. (I had to throw in all of the cursing in explaining these mutants as they were the only adjectives in the English language that were appropriate enough for the situation. I am not mad at all about the segment, I just had to describe these folks the best that I could). 

Quiet Storm is trying to get Chris Divine to take a move from him. Dragon walks by and see this then shows him how to do the move and as Divine in agony. Dragon came across like he was on the high school wrestling team in this segment.
Round Robin Challenge
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. American Dragon
Daniels hits a leg lariat but misses a clothesline and gets knocked down. Dragon works a choke hold on the mat until Daniels breaks the ropes. They take it to the mat where they work some test-of-strength spots until Dragon counters to a crossface. He switches to a side headlock as Corino says these guys have the ability to top the three-way match from the last show. The announcers bring up the “code of honor” and who will have the bigger advantage when they face Low Ki as Dragon maintains a side headlock. He hits a dropkick but Daniels comes back with a back suplex then goes to work on the neck. They start to trade chops in the corner but Daniels takes him down with a forearm smash to the neck. He gets a few nearfalls as he continues to target the neck. Dragon comes back with an overhead belly-to-belly then chops Daniels against the ropes. He hits a few running strikes then a flying forearm in the corner. He sells the neck as he is too hurt to hit a suplex so he settles for a DDT. Dragon gets two off of a diving headbutt. Daniels ducks a discus forearm and takes him down with an STO. The Best Moonsault Ever only gets two, which shocks Daniels. Dragon comes back with an elbow then they engage in a chop battle. Daniels takes him down with a clothesline and gets two off of a Blue Thunder Driver. Dragon goes for the Cattle Mutilation but his neck is hurt and Daniels reaches the ropes. Daniels hits a piledriver then the Roll of the Dice before making him tap to the crossface (14:42) ***1/4. After the match, Daniels grabs the mic and makes a mockery of the code of honor as he forces Dragon to shake his hand. Dragon then tells Daniels he respects him and accepts as the crowd applauds.
Thoughts: Good match. Since they would both be wrestling again tonight, they did not go all out here. Even still, it was good action. 
Backstage, Prince Nana is with “Towel Boy” Eric Tuttle. He makes him shine his shoes.
CW Anderson grabs some kid and tells him that he will be his partner against Joey Matthews & Christian York. The kid was laughing and accepted.
Prince Nana & Eric Tuttle w/Simply Luscious vs. Da Hit Squad
Gargiulo informs us that Simply Luscious drove 30 hours from Texas to get here and this was the only “spot” for her on the show. Before the match, Nana cuts a promo and is upset that the crowd refuses to show him respect. This goes on for far too long until Da Hit Squad enter and destroy them. Mafia hits a frog splash on Nana will Mack had him in a figure four. He then leaves as they destroy Tuttle until Mafia puts him away with the Burning Hammer (1:51) DUD. After the match, the Christopher Street Connection make their way ringside to the tune of “YMCA” then Da Hit Squad launch Tuttle out side as the CSC and Nana barely broke his fall then take Simply Luscious and do the same but lucky for her, the others are there to catch her. Nana picks her up then drags her to the back by her hair as the CSC are performing their own version of CPR to Tuttle, with one of the guys giving mouth-to-mouth to Tuttle’s crotch and drag him backstage but Nana saves him and takes him away.
Thoughts: Just an awful “sports entertainment” segment. They seem to be trying to get Da Hit Squad over. 
Backstage, Danny Drake of the Boogie Knights says that he pulled a “classic rib” by taking a shit in the bag of a ring attendant. Mike Tobin reminds him of how the Natural Born Sinners are after them as they take a walk and steal the rubber chicken of the sinners but got scared and dropped it and walk away angry.
York and Matthews are backstage and tell CW Anderson that it will take more than just himself to beat them.
Christian York & Joey Matthews vs. Elax & CW Anderson
Elax is some goofy-looking dipshit wearing a t-shirt that reads “got poop?” CW orders him to stand on the apron. The match starts out with Matthews and CW going back and forth. Matthews hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and tags York. Elax tags and lands a few shots but York catches him with a slam then hits a senton and starts to grunt. The announcers say that Elax is part of the ring crew as Corino thinks he is “half-retarded.” Elax gets hit with double-team suplexes until CW breaks it up then tags himself into the match. He hits a Michinoku Driver on Matthews for a nearfall then targets the arm. He tags Elax, who also works the arm but Matthews breaks free and knocks him down. CW tags and knocks York off of the apron then places Matthews up top. Matthews shoves him off but CW climbs back up and hits his standing superplex. That would be an awesome finisher today and someone should steal that. Matthews eats an elbow off of a charge but comes back with a neckbreaker and makes the tag. York hits a few clotheslines then picks up Elax for the Gory Guerrero special, who thinks it is fun. CW hits the Ferris Wheel suplex on York then Elax hits a missile dropkick on Matthews as the match breaks down. CW gets shoved and knocks Elax off of the apron and that allows York and Matthews to hit the Problem Solver for the win (7:05) *1/2. After the match, CW blames Elax for costing him the match then knocks him down before hitting him with a spinebuster.
Thoughts: The match sucked when York was working and this Elax goof was useless. It wouldnt be the end of him though. 
Xavier cuts a generic 80’s face promo, sucking up to the fans and that he is here to compete and will face James Maritato.
Maritato then cuts a promo about how it has been a year since ECW folded and he is no longer “Little Guido” but will be known as James Maritato, the name he used for the UWFI shoot promotion in Japan. He says that it is time to start somewhere and that Xavier will feel his wrath.
James Maritato vs. Xavier
Maritato gets a good reaction from the crowd, who starts an “AC Slater” chant aimed at Xavier. The announcers state how Maritato has ditched the comedy and will go back to his roots. They go back and forth and roll all around the mat as they battle for position. Xavier comes back in after taking a breather and uses the bow-and-arrow lock. They end up in a standoff after a rollup reversal sequence as the crowd applauds. Xavier hits a draping DDT then stomps away. He hits some strikes in the corner then places him up top and tries to take him down with a headscissors but Maritato turns it into a hanging Boston Crab then gets a nearfall with a top rope stomp to the head. Xavier comes back and hits a knee drop but Maritato comes back with a tornado DDT. He then hits him with a leg drop to the back of the neck from the apron then puts on an Oriental Scorpion. He breaks out of a Cobra Clutch then they have a reversal sequence that ends with Xavier scoring the pin with a cradle (7:00) **1/4.
Thoughts: A decent enough match, thanks to Maritato. He was really brought in as a name guy for Xavier to beat. They were really focused on pushing him. 
A man named Frank Talent from the PA State Athletic Commission is shown addressing the locker room before the show. He dresses like a school principal from the 1960’s. Anyway, he tells them that last month’s show was one of the best ever in the state and that they can top it this week but not to use any blood or cursing. Spanky is shown brushing his teeth as the camera keeps focusing on him as he smirks. He then throws on his headphones and sarcastically claps as Talent leaves.
The Natural Born Sinners are backstage. Homicide tells the Boogie Knights that they are “lucky bastards” and that they are going to kill them when they are done with them. Boogaloo says that they will never get his chainsaw.
The Boogie Knights vs. Natural Born Sinners
The Knights won on the inaugural show by DQ but they got their asses kicked the entire time. Corino tells Gargiulo that he smells as Homicide beats Tobin with the rubber chicken. Boogaloo then takes down Drake and takes Homicide. He hits a cradle suplex and a tombstone before hitting a double stomp off of the top rope. Tobin comes in and gets tossed around before getting hit with a clothesline/half nelson suplex for the win (2:49) ½*.
Thoughts: The Sinners got their win back from the first show. Their act isnt all that great though. 
Low Ki tells Daniels that he defeated him the last time they met and that he is the best athlete. Ki then tells Daniels that he will respect him after their match.
Round Robin Challenge
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Low Ki
Ki extends his hand but Daniels slaps it away so Ki slaps him. He chops the shit out of Daniels then hits him with a roundhouse kick. He gets a nearfall with a rolling heel kick and follows that with some headbutts. Daniels fights back but Ki takes him down and stretches him out then follows that with three vicious kicks to the head. Ki works a headlock until Daniels puts him in the corner. Ki then uses a hanging armbar then kicks Daniels in the face. Daniels fights back and hits a clothesline. He hits a few suplexes then takes him off the ropes with a leg drop. Daniels uses a half crab as the fans start a chant for Low Ki. Daniels switches to a bow-and-arrow lock for a bit and breaks to hit a falcon arrow for a near fall. Daniels hits an uranage but misses the BME and Ki takes him down with a springboard kick. Ki is up first and they have a reversal sequence that ends with both guys trading chops. Daniels takes Ki off of the top turnbuckle with a necksnap then hits the Angels Wings but that only gets two as Daniels did not hook the leg. He picks him up again but Ki rolls through and hits the Ki Krusher as both men are down. Daniels is up and tries for the Last Rites but Ki reverses it to the Dragon Clutch and gets the win via submission (11:02) ***. After the match, Daniels grabs the mic and says that despite the fact that he tapped out to him, he isn’t going to shake his hand because this was his second match of the night and Ki’s win doesn’t prove anything. Daniels then brings up the RoH Title and leaves the ring and heads down to the locker room where Da Hit Squad confront him.
Thoughts: The handshake angle with Daniels is a lame idea but it does fit in with the handshake rule. Even lamer is Daniels going on making excuses for his losses. I get that heels do that but in this context, it doesnt work. 
Divine Storm and the SAT’s are shown playing basketball earlier this afternoon. They are really short and really terrible at basketball. Divine Storm leaves angrily after losing and throws the ball across the gym.
Chris Marvel w/ Masado vs. Paul London w/ Rudy Boy Gonzales
Corino puts over London by saying how Terry Funk put him over in an “RF Video” shoot interview. London grabs a side headlock then they work an Irish whip sequence. London hits a few kicks and Marvel rolls outside. London stops on a dive then hits a quebrada but Marvel’s legitimately breaks his leg the match ends (2:08) ¼*. Marvel’s leg is twisted around completely and its just a gruesome injury. London was legitimately freaked out when this happened. 
Thoughts: London showed some flashes of potential during the match and Marvel was at least competent in the ring
Jay Briscoe w/ Mark Briscoe vs. Spanky
The match starts off with both guys going back and forth. They take a break then lockup again and start to chain wrestle. Some of it was pretty sloppy. Briscoe then gets a nearfall off of a snap suplex then that leads to another sloppy sequence of reversals. Briscoe tries to hit the Jay Driller off of the top rope but Spanky pancakes him in midair and takes control. He puts on a chinlock but Brsicoe fights back. Spanky blocks a suplex then starts to act really cocky between moves as he takes control. He hits a reverse leg sweep for two then works a neck vise. Briscoe blocks the Sliced Bread #2 and that busts up Spanky’s forehead badly. Briscoe kills him with a German suplex then fires away. Gordbuster gets two as Spanky’s face is covered in blood. Spanky fights back with a leg lariat but gets booted down. He places Spanky on top but he fights off Briscoe and sends him to the floor and follows him out with a double springboard splash. Back in the ring, Spanky flies off the top but Briscoe gets his knees up then folds him in half with a powerbomb that only gets two. The crowd starts a Spanky chant as he floats over on a suplex then hits Briscoe with the Sliced Bread #2 for the win (11:02) **1/2. After the mask, Mark mocks his brother Jay for losing.
Thoughts: The match started off a bit rocky but ended up being solid overall. Spanky showed a ton of potential and was fantastic at acting like a douchebag. I forgot how talented he was as he was neutered when he got to the WWE and didnt give a fuck while he was there at the end. 
The American Dragon won the Texas Wrestling Academy poll at 64%. Gabe Sapolsky was seen in the video. 
Elimination Match
Divine Storm vs. Spanish Announce Team vs. Brian XL & Amazing Red
The match is under Lucha Rules. Divine and XL engage in an over-choreographed reversal sequence to start. Most of this match was an over-choreographed reversal sequence just to let you know. Joel and Quiet Storm slap each other and that draws applause from the crowd. Steve Corino plugs his newest shoot interview as Joel hits a poor excuse of a hurricarana on Red. Storm takes out Joel with a suicide dive and that starts a trainwreck spot that ends with Red botching a quebrada. Red and Strom work a fast-paced sequence that at least looks good but Joel tags himself in and the match gets worse. Joel takes down Storm with a superplex but Red comes off the top rope with a kneedrop then springs off of his back to hit the Red Star Press onto Storm for the pin (7:49). Joel hits a backdrop driver on Red for a nearfall then Jose and Brian work a really shitty sequence that ends with Brian hitting a Michinoku driver after Jose turned his 450 into a powerbomb. Red then takes Joel off of the turnbuckle with a sunset bomb. Red misses a Red Alert then Brian XL recklessly lands on Joel’s shirt after a springboard drive. Brian and Red then fight with each other as Jose rolls up Red for the win (12:20) ¼*. The shoving match between the partners continues after the match
Thoughts: Just an awful and overly long spotfest. The SAT’s and Brian XL did not belong anywhere near a wrestling ring. 
Low Ki cuts a generic promo on the American Dragon hyping their match.
Round Robin Challenge
American Dragon vs. Low Ki
Before the match starts, Ken Shamrock comes out and asks for the microphone and says that both guys impress him and would be honored to be the referee for this match. He says you can win the match by knockout and there are no count-outs. Match starts with both guys taking it on the mat. Ki hits some mounted punches as they wrestle this like an MMA bout. Neither guy can gain the upper hand as they go back and forth. After five minutes they end in a stand off then go right back to the mat. Dragon locks on a cross armbreaker from the mat then headbutts Ki as he tries to fight him off. Dragon drops Ki, who rolls on the apron for a breather. Dragon puts him in another hold but Ki kicks him in the face and he spills outside. Back in the ring, Ki grounds Dragon, who reverses, as the announcers tell us that AJ Styles will make his RoH debut next month against Low Ki and that Eddy Guerrero will be here next week. Corino tells us that he is in the WWE. Dragon grapevines the leg then gets on a crossface but Ki reaches the ropes. Ki fights back with knee strikes and kicks but Dragon takes him down. After a brief struggle, Dragon hits a back suplex then chops Ki all over the place. Ki kicks Dragon in the face after he attempted a surfboard as both men are down. Ki is up first and destroys Dragon with a barrage of chops and kicks. He locks on a Dragon Sleeper then switches to a Cobra Clutch. Dragon runs around and through the ropes as Ki maintains the hold. Spit is coming out of Dragon’s mouth as Ki rolls him in the ring and gets two. Ki hits a few double stomps but Dragon fights out of a Ki Krusher and hits a roaring elbow. Dragon suplex gets two. He heads up top but Ki gets his knees up on a headbutt attempt as both men are down. The crowd is super into this match by the way. Ki hits Dragon with the Tidal Wave then gets two off of a Dragon suplex. Ki then puts Bryan in the Cattle Mutilation but Dragon counters and puts Ki in the Ki Klutch. Bryan uses a neck vise then tosses Ki and that gets two. Northern Lights suplex gets two. They trade chops then Dragon catches Ki with a dropkick as he attempted a springboard kick in a great spot. Ki comes back with a brainbuster but struggles to make the pin and only gets two. He kicks Dragon in the face repeatedly before hitting him with the Ki Krusher, which only gets two as the fans give that a standing ovation. Ki is shocked then hits a backbreaker but Dragon gets his knees up on the Phoenix Splash. Dragon gets two off of a Dragon suplex then places him on the top turnbuckle and hits a back suplex but that only gets two. They fight up top  and that ends with Ki hitting a Ki Krusher, causing the crowd to start a “holy shit” chant. Ki tries the Tidal Wave but Dragon catches him with a full nelson and hits a suplex for two. He locks on the Cattle Mutilation but Ki grabs the ropes so he puts it on again after dragging him into the middle of the ring. Shamrock checks to see if Ki is conscious and he isn’t so Dragon wins the match (32:12) ****1/2. The crowd starts a Dragon chant after the match then applauds both guys. After the match, Dragon grabs the mic and thanks the fans for coming out tonight and also his opponent. The crowd starts a Dragon chant.
Thoughts: What an awesome match. The chain wrestling was fantastic at the beginning and these guys clicked in all aspects in the ring. After a long show, this match at the end was well worth the wait.

Backstage, Spanky accuses Dragon of stuffing the ballot box. Paul London and Simply Luscious are there too and it ends with London, Spanky, and Dragon all taking shots at each other.

Final Thoughts: If you take away the Round Robin matches, this show was pretty damn bad. The promotion couldnt decide if they wanted to be an old-school promotion with the handshakes or try to use all insider terms on commentary and in backstage segments. It was a mess. Plus, the constant plugs of RF shoot interviews were grating. We get it, Rob. Besides the Round Robin, Spanky shows a lot of promise and is the most entertaining character on the show.