Welcome to the newest article here on ROHworld.com – Ladder of Honor. Every week, I will look back at the ROH on HDNet broadcast and decide who came out of the show looking better, and worse. So without delay, here is this week’s, Ladder of Honor.
All Night Express
Rhett Titus and Kenny King may have not have won their big eight-man tag team match but they definitely came out looking good. After much deliberation, Titus started the match on behalf of ANX and their partners, The Kings of Wrestling. After some brilliant back-and-forth action, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli accidentally kicked both members of ANX in the face which led to King and Titus extracting revenge. The pair then walked out on Hero & Castagnoli thus leaving them four-on-two and avoiding the ensuing mayhem involving The Briscoes and The World’s Greatest Tag Team.
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett
Bennett decided to interrupt both the current and former ROH World Television Champions and staked his claim for a shot at the title. He said that whoever wins the rematch between Eddie Edwards and new champion Christopher Daniels will have to deal with “The Prodigy”.
Despite several chants of “you can’t wrestle”, Bennett showed his credentials with a dominating win over Grizzly Redwood. Despite a plucky performance from Redwood, Bennett was able to put him away in just over four minutes. This win included several impressive moves including a spinebuster, big boot, legdrop and the move which got him the victory – a running powerslam. It’s obvious the ROH fans haven’t taken to Bennett but what he says might be true, it may well be “the year of The Prodigy”.
Kings of Wrestling
Although they didn’t actually lose the match, if it wasn’t for the conflicting egos of The Briscoes and Haas & Benjamin, they would have. They were starved of in-ring action until well into the match and when they did get in, they delivered some impressive manoeuvres. However, after accidentally taking out their tag team partners, Hero and Castagnoli were left on their own.
As the match was ruled a no contest, they were helped to the back by Shane Hagadorn and Sara Del Ray, and at the moment, The All Night Express definitely have a psychological advantage going into their big ROH World Tag Team Championship bout at the 9th Anniversary Show later this month.
Redwood wasn’t given much of a chance, going up against “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett, and although he did put up a good fight, it was ultimately a very one-sided contest.
He gave up a lot of size and strength to the highly focused Bennett and even though he was cheered on by the crowd, he couldn’t chop this particularly giant down to size. It’ll be interesting to see if the ROH veteran bounces back from this loss.