MCNEILL'S TAKE Synergy Crisis: McNEILL previews ROH's Boiling Point 2012 internet pay-per-view!
Aug 11, 2012 - 1:01:35 PM
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By Pat McNeill, PWTorch columnist
Wake the pets and call the neighbors. It's time for our semi-monthly ROH internet pay-per-view preview column!
DISCLAIMER: Projections are made by myself and for myself with absolutely no assistance from James E. Cornette, Gary Juster or The Man With The Lizard Face. No one knows the contents of these projections, but I, in my divine and mystical way, will ascertain the finishes to these matches while being several months behind on my Ring of Honor DVD's. Some of our departing contestants will receive a free Bissell Carpet Sweeper. Since 1876, when Bissell says clean, they mean clean. And remember, four whammies brings tears to your eyes and puts you out of the game. Remember, this is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, please, no wagering. This lineup is based on the best available information as of this writing.
Normally, independent wrestling fans would be abuzz over a storyline like this one. The Grand Champion of Chikara is challenging for the Ring of Honor World Title in a storyline that's been built up in both promotions for several months. But somehow it loses something when it's the current champs instead of a matchup like, oh, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Roderick Strong.
There's also been an outbreak of Ring of Honor criticizing current ROH booker Jim Cornette for being old-fashioned and out of touch. Sure, people in the industry have said that about Cornette since the days of Smoky Mountain Wrestling, about twenty years ago. On the other hand, even a hip, young booker would have trouble with the current situation. Ring of Honor has very few house show dates, has had several really good wrestlers poached by WWE and TNA, and can't even afford to steal wrestlers from Dragon Gate USA. Frankly, if you're looking for a guy who can keep a struggling wrestling promotion afloat with very little money, Jim Cornette's your man.
The big news going into tonight is...Oh, just watch the main event of last week's ROH television show. It's less typing for me. Here's the rubber match between bitter rivals Lance Storm and Mike Bennett.
And without further ado, let's roll right into this month's Wrestling History Lesson. Before Ring of Honor, the "number three promotion" in North America was the Philadelphia-based Extreme Championship Wrestling. The original ECW ran from 1993 through 2001. Among the many wrestlers who passed through ECW were Steve Austin, Mick Foley and the late Eddie Guerrero. A young Gabe Sapolsky worked for the company, as did ROH founder Rob Feinstein and legendary manager Jim Cornette.
Back in the original ECW, the monthly cards at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia meant everything to the insider fans. And back on August 9th, 1997 in South Philadelphia, the ECW Arena was packed to the gills to see the main event. It's Terry Funk defending the ECW Heavyweight Title against Sabu in a barbed wire match. This one's pretty violent, even by ECW standards. Parental discretion is advised.
And, as your free gift for viewing this column, let's take you back to the January 8, 2010 episode of Ring of Honor television. Who is this Eddie Kingston guy anyway? Here he is, teaming up with Necro Butcher against Joey Ryan & Erick Stevens.
On with the projections!
I have no idea what the dark match will be for this show, but I hope The Bravado Brothers are involved.
Matt Taven vs. Q.T. Marshall vs. Antonio Thomas vs. Vinny Marseglia (Fatal Four Way Match): Actually, Marseglia has wrestled for DGUSA, so maybe I jumped the guy on that earlier statement. Thomas is ex-WWE and ex-TNA. Taven is rumored to be on his way to WWE. Projection Marshall hits Thomas with the Glamour Shot to pick up the victory.
Adam Cole vs. "Brutal" Bob Evans (Non-Title Bout) : Remember, kids, when you make a new star on pay-per-view and give him a singles championship on television, you'll want to follow-up on the next pay-per-view by putting him out there against someone's manager. It worked for John Cena and John Laurinaitis. Projection? Cole takes out the larger man with the Corona Crash
Mike Mondo vs. Roderick Strong (w/ Truth Martini): Yes, Cornette's a big fan of Mike Mondo, and Mondo's doing better now that he's refined his gimmick somewhat. But Strong's had a rough month, and he's one of the cornerstones of the promotion right now. Projection? Strong wins with the Death By Roderick.
Jay Lethal vs. Tommasso Ciampa (Two Out Of Three Falls): Yes, I know the breakup of the Embassy is a big storyline, but was there anyone actually hoping this feud would last another month? Projection? The two men split the first two falls. Prince Nana comes out and attacks Barrister R.D. Evans during the third fall, and the distraction enables Lethal to hit the Lethal Injection for the victory.
Michael Elgin vs. Charlie Haas: Elgin probably isn't leaving the House of Truth for several more weeks. Haas is not only without the services of regular partner Shelton Benjamin, but his temporary tag partner, Rhett Titus, is also not scheduled to appear. Projection? Elgin hits the spinning powerbomb for the big victory.
Eddie Edwards & Sara Del Ray vs. Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis (Mixed Tag Match): This is the ROH swan song for the Queen of Wrestling, who is on her way to Florida to help revive the Diva Division. She deserves a decent farewell. Projection? Edwards makes Bennett tap to the half-crab, and Sara goes out a winner.
Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino: I won't spoil future television storylines but, yes, Jacobs and Corino will be a team for the ROH Tag Title Tournament. And it's possible we'll see these two teams battle again. Projection? This will be the designated juice match of the show. Jay hits Corino with the Jay Driller to give Dem Boys the win.
Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Kingston (ROH World Title): Champion vs. Champion. Indy fans are all a-flutter. Projection? There are two possibilities here:
1) This show is a swerve to cover the big announcement of Chikara purchasing Ring of Honor Wrestling (a rumor I just made up seconds ago.) Kingston beats Steen. Mike Quackenbush comes out and fires Jim Cornette, who gets beaten down and removed from the ring by The Colony and Los Ice Creams. You can then cancel the tag tournament. Chikara stays on Sinclair because it's more "fan-friendly" than the current product, and we go from that. Or...
2) More of the same. We get a wild brawl between two gentlemen who are more than familiar with the genre. Steen hits the F-Cinq on Kingston after a ton of outside interference while Cornette blows a gasket at ringside.
I'm leaning toward Number 2, for what it's worth.
Aftermath: We go to Death before Dishonor X on September 15th, where we get Steen defending against Rhino, Haas & Titus vs. Corino & Jacobs, and Adam Cole vs. Mike Mondo. Join us then.
*** Pat McNeill of Richmond, Va. has been a Torch columnist since February 2001. His weekend's not over yet.
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