Ring of Honor returned to Chicago Ridge, IL for ‘Richards vs. Daniels’. This show had a lot of interesting match ups; the main event featured Davey Richards vs. Christopher Daniels in a match that was six months in the making. Elsewhere, Steve Corino battles Colt Cabana in an I Quit match and the Kings of Wrestling face the Briscoes. All that and more on ‘Richards vs. Daniels’ (10/16/10):
Future Shock vs. The All Night Express
Ring of Honor often open up their shows with a fast paced tag team match and this was no different. Even in 2010, you could tell that Cole & O’Reilly would cement themselves in ROH as a credible team, what a fantastic showing from them. ANX did their jobs as the cocky heels and helped put on a really enjoyable opener to the show. ANX picked up the win after two vicious kicks and then a knee from Titus on O’Reilly.
Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Ricky Reyes
This was part of Ridge’s ‘Trial Series’ throughout late 2010. If anything, this match went much longer than it should have. There were several false finishes and they could have made Ridge look like a plucky rookie without doing that. It was a decent enough match but the crowd were dead for most of it and there was no chemistry at all. Reyes won with a spinning neckbreaker.
Daizee Haze & Jamilla Craft vs. Lady JoJo & Nevaeh
Women of Honor action now as ROH regular Daizee Haze teams up with Jamilla Craft to face an unfamiliar team in Lady JoJo and Neveah. JoJo has a bit of an altercation with a male spectator before the match and it continued for quite some time. Decent enough match with Nevaeh grabbing a surprise victory for her team after rolling up Craft.
Kevin Steen vs. Homicide
I didn’t have the highest of hopes for this one but this was probably one of the best performances from the ‘Notorious 187’ since his Ring of Honor return. It had more biting than I’ve seen in any other match and was carnage at times. It was a flat out brawl but a really entertaining one at that. Not much actual wrestling involved but I enjoyed it, Homicide got the win with a super Ace Crusher. After the match, they brawled to the back with Steen in an El Generico mask.
Mike Mondo vs. The Metal Master
Metal Master is definitely up there for the weirdest gimmick in wrestling history. Just why? It’s a good job he can wrestle! Not a bad match at all, a filler more than anything but served its purpose. Both of these guys are from OVW so worked well with each other. Mondo has featured a bit on the new ROH TV show but Metal Master got the win with a crossface that forced Mondo to tap.
The Kings of Wrestling vs. The Briscoes
This was an elimination match and is not for the ROH World Tag Team titles. Mark is eliminated first after diving straight into Hero who uses the lucky elbow pad. Jay then levels things by hitting the Jay Driller on Claudio. Hero puts the elbow pad on again but Jay is aware of it and a backslide gets him and his brother the win. Not a long match here and it was mainly done to keep things fresh between these two teams. Nowhere near as good as some of their other matches but decent enough.
Steve Corino vs. Colt Cabana
This was a flat out war and an I Quit match. Everybody should know about the epic Steen vs. Generico feud that spanned all of 2010 and if you don’t, go and watch some matches. Steen was in a straightjacket although Corino managed to free him about half way in. Cabana eventually put Corino in the jacket as Steen was taken to the back by security. Cabana got the win after putting Corino through a table and then using a piece of broken wood to grind on Steve’s head. Corino quit after a pretty nasty gash opened up next to his eye. This was a nasty brawl, a bit of a train wreck but still entertaining.
Christopher Daniels vs. Davey Richards
A match billed as ‘six months in the making’ and ROH fans were certainly desperate to see this one since Christopher Daniels returned to the company. I don’t know what to say about this one. I think everybody expected this to be great and it turned out to be exactly that. Both men are so intense and in great physical shape that even after 30 minutes of wrestling, they kept going. Lots of big moves, painful moves and submissions which kept things interesting. The only thing I would say is that the crowd was a bit flat. Overall a terrific match and one you should definitely try and watch.
Overall Thoughts: The matches that you expected to deliver did. Unfortunately, there were too many filler matches to really make this event a great one. The main event was spectacular but apart from that, there was nothing that you have to see. Corino/Cabana was good, especially if you’re into your bloody brawls. This was a nice watch but I’ve seen better. I’d advise you to wait for a sale for this one.
Overall Score: 6.5/10