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By Stuart Carapola on 2011-09-17 19:16:20


Welcome to's ongoing coverage of ROH Death Before Dishonor IX! For information on ordering the internet PPV, click on the poster above.

Kevin Kelly and Dave Prazak welcome us to the show and run down the card, then send us to the ring for our opening match...

Rhino & Tommaso Ciampa vs Homicide & Jay Lethal

Lethal and Ciampa start off going face to face, and Lethal takes Ciampa down and outwrestles him before getting to his feet and breaking clean. Ciampa comes back with a shoulderblock off the ropes, but Lethal gets a hiptoss and a dropkick to again frustrate Ciampa. Rhino tags in and immediately begins overpowering Lethal with the heavy offense, but Lethal with the Tajiri handspring elbow for 1. Homicide tags in and starts firing right hands at Rhino, but Rhino simply boots him in the gut and flattens him with a press slam. Homicide comes back with a tornado DDT, but Ciampa tags in and goes nuts beating Homicide down in the corner with boots and right hands, but Homicide drills Ciampa with a clothesline and tags out to Lethal for a double team flying elbow. Lethal winds up on the ring apron and Rhino distracts him long enough for Ciampa to dropkick him to the floor where Rhino works him over and rolls him back inside so Ciampa can get a 2 count. Ciampa and Lethal trade chops, but Ciampa springs from a seated position and dropkicks Lethal's knee out from under him, which was pretty impressive. Rhino comes in now and unloads on Lethal with multiple short clotheslines and covers for 2, then tosses Lethal with a belly to belly suplex. Rhino sets for the gore, but Lethal moves out of the way and lays Rhino out with a superkick. Lethal makes the hot tag to Homicide, who comes in and goes to work on Ciampa with rolling vertical suplexes and a t-bone suplex for 2. Rhino comes in and takes a flying headscissors that sends him to the floor where Homicide wipes him out with a tope con hello. Homicide heads back in and Ciampa nearly pins him with a northern lights suplex and then kills Homicide with a succession of running knees in the corner. Ciampa goes for the powerbomb over the knees, but Homicide blocks and hits an Ace Crusher for 2. Rhino tries to come in and go after Homicide, but Lethal clotheslines him out to the floor. Homicide goes for the Cop Killa, but Ciampa blocks and hits the powerbomb over the knees for the win.

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Rhino

The entire Embassy starts putting the boots to Homicide in the middle of the ring, but Lethal runs in with the TV Title belt and starts swinging wildly to clear the Embassy out to the floor where they celebrate in the entryway.

Mike Bennett vs Shelton Benjamin

Shelton is, of course, one half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions, and he easily outwrestles Bennett at the start. Bennett responds by trying to fight Shelton, but winds up on the short end of that stick as well and bails out to the floor to confer with Brutal Bob Evans. Bennett in and takes Shelton down with a running shoulderblock, but Shelton hits a hiptoss and Bennett rolls back to the floor. Shleton goes after him this time and chases him around ringside, but Evans grabs Shelton's ankle on the way back into the ring, allowing Bennett to baseball slide Shelton to the floor and then side suplex him on the ring apron. Bennett pounces like a shark raining down right hands on Shelton and hitting a snap suplex for 2. Bennett goes to a chinlock, Shelton fights his way out and tries to boot Bennett in the face, but Bennett grabs his leg and wraps him up in the ropes where he hits a nice backbreaker. Crowd chants "you can't wrestle" at Bennett as he tries for a vertical suplex, and Shleton capitalizes on the distraction by rolling Bennett up in a small package for 2, and Bennett immediately regains his feet and dropkicks Shelton square in the jaw, then yells "Who can't wrestle now?" at the crowd. Shelton counters a vertical suplex to a neckbreaker and they start trading blows. Shelton comes out on top and whips Bennett to the ropes for a BIG backbreaker and starts rolling over him with clotheslines and hits a fallaway slam for 2. Shelton with a Sky High for 2 and then he motions that he's getting ready to put Bennett away and goes for Paydirt, but Bennett catches him in midair and counters to a backbreaker for 2. Excellent counter, and Bennett follows up with a missile dropkick for 2. Bennett goes for the Side Effect, Shelton counters to a victory roll for 2, then nearly German suplexes Bennett out of his shoes. Shelton covers and Evans puts Bennett's foot on the bottom rope, Shelton chases Evans into the ring and superkicks him, superkicks Bennett, and hits Paydirt for the win.

Winner: Shelton Benjamin

Great match, both guys looked good in there. Bennett has a great right hand and he got a good chance to show it off here with all the punch exchanges.

Elimination Match: Bravado Brothers vs Future Shock vs Young Bucks

This will be a lot of fun to try and recap. Bravados attack Future Shock to start, but they wind up on the floor and everyone does dive after dive to the floor like this was 2003. O'Reilly comes out of nowhere and kills Lancelot with his diving dropkick off the apron, then they go back inside to go face to face with the Bucks, but Lancelot comes back in to interrupt and gets pummeled with kicks from O'Reilly. Cole tags in and hits a running dropkick followed by a springboard splash by Nick Jackson for 2. Nick dropkicks Harlem out to the floor, then everyone else takes free shots at Lancelot, but Harlem comes in and big boots everyone in sight. Harlem covers Cole for 1, then hits a brainbuster for 2. Cole with a crucifix out of nowhere for 2, but the Bravados with the double team enziguiri/German suplex for 2. Matt Jackson comes in and hits a combination Guile kick/Sliced Bread #2 on the Bravados, then Nick hits a slingshot facebuster. Nick slides out to the apron to try and moonsault to the outside, but O'Reilly catches him on his shoulders so Cole can hit a dive through the ropes. Nick vertical suplexes Lancelot to the floor, and Future Shock hits Shocking Elimination on Harlem to eliminate the Bravados.

The Bravado Brothers are eliminated.

It's down to the Bucks and Future Shock, and the Bucks take the advantage with Max repeatedly powerbombing Cole, powerbombing him into the corner, and then hitting a double team Tombstone on Cole for 2 when O'Reilly makes the save. O'Reilly begins cleaninghouse on both Bucks, suplexes Matt, then gets his knees up on a Nick splash attempt and locks him in a triangle choke while Cole gets Matt in a fron guillotine choke. Matt rams into O'Reilly and Nick to break both holds as the crowd chants "this is wrestling" at the remaining teams, and they go back and forth firing superkicks at each other until all four men are down. Future Shock go for their finisher, but Nick pulls down the top rope and O'Reilly sails out to the floor, allowing the Bucks to hit More Bang For Your Buck on Cole for the win.

Winners: Young Bucks

This was an awesome showing of athleticism, you had three hungry young teams going out there and leaving it all in the ring. I really enjoyed this because these are the kinds of matches and feuds that make young tag teams. Cole & O'Reilly stick their hands out to the Bucks, but the Bucks just walk off because they don't shake hands.

We continue with El Generico vs Jimmy Jacobs on Page 2!

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