The promotion is debuting its new ring and ring barriers tonight. The promotion had a new 20x20 ring built specifically for the company going forward....There will be a five or six camera shoot for the TV show....The Chicago Tribune is in the house covering the event....Working backstage as agents are Delirious, Jim Cornette and Jerry Lynn...Daizee Haze is also working backstage...The promotion brought in a lighting truss for the taping and designed a number of new graphics for the series....There is scheduled to be at least one surprise tonight....Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis is visiting at the show....Jackie Gayda-Haas is also in attendance.
The taping began with Jim Cornette coming to the ring and thanking everyone for reminding him of something that he had forgotten - that Chicago kicks some ass. Cornette said that he wanted to tell them why he picked Chicago for their first TV Taping. He said that Chicago has been a Ring of Honor town for years and has supported the company through thick and thin. He said that he wanted to show everyone what Chicago has known all along - that ROH is the best live wrestling experience in the world.
Cornette said that he wanted to clarify something he said the last time he was here. He said that everyone will be able to watch the TV show online for free on the revamped ROH Wrestling website. The place popped huge for that. That was the first planned surprise.
Cornette asked everyone not to become a mob. He said that they have to help him out - he wanted the entire world to see that not only ROH is about the wrestlers and the matches, but it's about the people. He said that they've mic'd the entire building and cameras will be shooting them and interviewing fans. He said that they love the signs and cheers and boos and asked them to do it like they always did it for ROH. He then pointed out that they are going to be on broadcast TV and asked the fans to keep the chants TV friendly. He got booed for that. He thanked everyone and wished them a good time. Everyone chanted for Cornette.
Kevin Kelly was introduced.
Tony Kozina vs. Grizzy Redwood
This is a dark match so the production crew has test everything. They locked up and Kozina forced Redwood into the corner. He worked over Redwood who leapfrogged him and nailed an enziguiri. Redwood unloaded with chops in the corner. Kozina cut him off and draped Redwood over the ropes, nailing him across the back with a running dropkick.
Kozina continued the beating until being caught with a bulldog for a two count. Redwood nailed him with a clothesline for another two count. Kozina cut him off and worked Redwood over in the ropes until missing a charge, sailing through the ropes to the floor.
Redwood unloaded with punches and backdrops before raining down with punches in the corner. Kozina avoided a charge in the corner but was caught with a rana into the buckles. Redwood nailed a dropkick in the corner for a two count.
Redwood pulled down his straps and went to the top but was caught with a slap to the face as he played to the audience. Kozina nailed a top rope rana but Redwood rolled through and scored the pin.
Your winner, Grizzly Redwood!