RING OF HONOR IN GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND LIVE REPORT
by Joe Mistretta
Ring Of Honor returned to Glen Burnie, MD for their second show at Michaels 8th Ave tonight in front of a crowd of about 500 people. It was a solid night of wrestling starting at 8:00pm and ending just after 11:00pm so people were able to get home at a reasonable time. I wouldn't call it a blow away show but it wasn't bad either. The Glen Burnie crowd is very different from other ROH crowds as is the building, which is a catering hall. Onto the results:
The SAT & Qenaan Creed beat Chad & Dino & Slugger - For those that don't know, Chad & Dino's gimmick is that they dress and act like Jay & Silent Bob. They are locals who were really over with the crowd. It was an ok opener; The SAT's looked good getting the pin with the Spanish Fly.
John Walters beat Chad Collyer with the 3-rope break rule in effect - The 3 rope break gimmick is definitely over and it really adds something to these matches. The story of the match was Collyer using up his three rope breaks until he had none left and Walters hooked him in a tarantula for the tap out finish. The drama of the three rope breaks really kept the crowd into the match.
Chris Sabin beat Jack Evans, Sonjay Dutt, Caprice Coleman, Hydro, & Slyk Wagner Brown w/April Hunter in the first ever six-way mayhem match - This was in my opinion the match of the night. There was some unbelievable stuff done in this match that makes this show worth buying a tape of. It was under scramble rules so we of course had the spot where all six guys did dives. Jack Evans is unreal; the guy can do some amazing stuff. They did a spot where all six guys where hooked in submissions, and a triple suplex spot. Slyk Wagner Brown looked really good in the match and big props go out to him because he was driving from Baltimore to Boston overnight to catch a 7:00am flight to Puerto Rico. Caprice Coleman showed a ton of charisma and was also a good worker. Sabin won the match and will now get a spot in the top five rankings.
The next segment was the live edition of Colt Cabana's "Good Times, Great Memories" with special guests Dunn & Marcos. Cabana opened up the segment with a monologue full of funny one liners like you would see on Leno or Letterman. Cabana then called out Dunn & Marcos who cut their usual "We Are Dunn & Marcos" promo. Cabana then flipped out and started ripping into them. Dunn & Marcos then grabbed the mic and said they were tired of being laughed at and being treated like nobodies. They went on to say they were officially beginning the "We're Not Gonna Take It" 2004 Tour. At this point Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer of the Prophecy ran out to attack Colt Cabana. Cabana escaped and Dunn & Marcos were left in the ring with the Prophecy. Twisted Sisters "We're Not Gonna Take It" started to play and Dunn & Marcos attacked them. The Prophecy ended up laying them out to end the segment. Pretty Funny.
The Backseat Boyz beat Loc & Justin Credible and Special K in a No DQ Match - The Special K members were supposed to be just Dixie & Izzy but Angel Dust and Lit wound up in the match too. The beginning of the match was all brawling on the outside. The Backseats and Carnage Crew worked together for most of the match. This was pretty much just a brawl with some comedy spots mixed in but it served its purpose. At the end of the match Carnage Crew hit a spike piledriver on Dixie but Justin was pulled out of the ring and the Backseats snuck in and gave Loc the T-Gimmick for the pin.
Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer w/Allison Danger beat Matt Stryker and Xavier in the #1 Contenders Trophy Match - Another solid match with lots of stiff shots. Maff and Xavier killed each other with chops. Maff and Whitmer teased getting in the ring together for most of the match, always finding ways to tag out. Finish of the match was Whitmer hitting Maff by accident, causing Maff to fall on Xavier and Whitmer jumped on top for the double pin. After the match Maff and Whitmer argued over who could hold the trophy continuing the tension between the two. Allison Danger who looked awesome tonight, eased the tension and wound up leaving with the trophy. This sets up Samoa Joe vs. Dan Maff vs. BJ Whitmer in a 3-way dance for the belt at the "Second Anniversary Show" on 2/14 in Braintree, MA.
Alex Shelley beat Jimmy Jacobs - These guys have worked against each other so many times you just knew this was going to be a good match. They did a lot of stand offs to begin the match to show they knew each other's moves. Great match with a mix of mat wrestling and some high spots. The gimmick in this match was the winner would be guaranteed future bookings and the loser would not.
Homicide w/Julius Smokes beat CM Punk w/Colt Cabana & Tracy Brooks - Another great match from these guys. They started out really slow but gradually built it up to a match that is just as good as their classic on 4/26. The interaction between Smokes and Cabana on the outside was hilarious and almost took away from the match in some spots. It was kind of surprising to see Homicide go over since he won the first match they had too. Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer ran in after that match and attacked Colt Cabana. They picked him up and rammed his shoulder into the ring post which will be an angle to explain Cabana being out of action for a couple of shows because of a legit shoulder injury that he has. They wanted to attack Punk next but Homicide and Smokes scared them off.
Jay & Mark Briscoe w/Jim Cornette beat Samoa Joe & Jerry Lynn in a ROH Tag Team Titles Match - Solid main event with a flat finish. There was a great spot in the match where Joe was going for his corner kick and Mark came off the top rope and hit Joe in stride. Jerry Lynn was really over and I think he'll be good for the pure wrestling division. I'm not sure what the story was with the finish but here is the best way to explain it. Mark and Lynn were both on the outside and Cornette came into the ring to interfere. Joe saw Cornette and went after him while Jay picked up the racket and gave Joe a weak looking shot in the shoulder. Jay pinned Joe and Joe's shoulder came right up at the three but the ref called for the bell. I actually think the pinfall went as planned but it was the weak racket shot to set up the pin that was messed up. Joe wasn't happy and planted Ref Garry, Jerry Lynn then did the same giving him a Cradle Piledriver.
Notes: Former MCW owner Dan McDeviit came out during the show and announced that Ring Of Honor will hold the annual Shane Shamrock Cup in Glen Burnie, MD at Michaels 8th Ave on Thursday June 24th... The 12/27 "Final Battle 2003" show featuring the All Japan talent was released on VHS... Raven will be returning to ROH for the double shot weekend on 4/23-4/24... There have been lots of changes to the "Second Anniversary Show" card in Braintree, MA. Below is the updated card for the show:
- Samoa Joe vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Dan Maff - ROH World Title Match
- Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The Backseat Boyz - ROH Tag Team Titles Match
- Pure Wrestling Title Tournament with AJ Styles, Jimmy Rave, Matt Stryker, Chris Sabin, John Walters, Alex Shelley, Doug Williams, and mystery entrant TBA that night
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