Getting ignored by SCOTT STEINER
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Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
I saw a report last week that ROH management felt the most recent edition of ROH on HDNet (4/12) was the best episode they'd produced, so I was eager to check it out. Although match-wise it's nothing spectacular, it's terrific television and definitely worth checking out.
It's a very angle-driven show, starting out with the Cornette/Black segment, which was fine and did the job of setting up a Richards/Black feud down the line. If a match comes to TV out of this, it should make for a great main event.
Then we had a brilliant video package for Jerry Lynn. ROH video packages have never really been anything to shout about but I thought this was put together so well. I'm not a massive fan of Jerry Lynn but it certainly had me rooting for him when he came out for his squash match, and had me eager to see him get revenge on Kenny King.
The El Generico/Steve Corino segment RULED and is probably the main reason why you should check out the show. Corino is a total dick and the crowd are just dying for Generico to do something, making the moment even more sweeter when the Generic Luchador finally snaps. I think I just love this feud because the face/heel dynamic is so clear. EVERYONE wants Generico to man up and beat the shit out of Steen for what he did, and everyone wants Corino to get smacked in the mouth. The whole segment had great heat, and Generico is still really over as a singles competitor, so here's hoping he gets a push once this feud is over.
We got some great hype for the finals in two weeks, with Kenny King cutting a good promo towards Eddie Edwards, telling him not to overlook him in favour of Richards. ROH have done a great job booking this latter part of the tournament, and the episode in two weeks with the finals is being pimped as a big deal, which I'm happy about.
The main event between Steen and Edwards isn't great by previous main event standards, but once again it's all about the angle. Steen's face after the match is over is awesome, helping to build the tension between him and Generico even further. The feud is simmering away nicely, and I hope they keep spotlighting it on the HDNet shows. It'd be a shame if they suddenly drop it and let it pan out on the main shows. Maybe the big first time Generico-Steen match at a NYC show with a follow-up gimmick match on PPV, using the TV shows to bridge the gap? We'll see.
Anyway, a really easy show to get through, and despite the lack of stellar matches, this is what TV wrestling is all about; furthering angles. They did that tremendously, so this was a very successful show in my opinion.