A look at some of the articles that I've written for NUVO (or its website) will tell you that I'm a fan of professional wrestling. Yes, I know it's not really a sport. But I'd rather watch pro wrestling than a "reality" TV show or an F1 race (aka "Follow the Leader").
I had planned on checking out the Ring of Honor show that was held in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on October 10th, but did not make it. A friend of mine Kevin Buerge, another fan of pro wrestling, went to the ROH show and wrote the following article.
Two nights before World Wrestling Entertainment brought their weekly episodic Monday Night Raw to Conseco Fieldhouse, Ring of Honor Wrestling, a national, independent wrestling organization, held their second-ever show in Indianapolis at the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
ROH, as it is also known, was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in the Philadelphia suburb of Bristol, Pennsylvania. The organization has been recognized in the past as one of the top wrestling promotions in the United States and featuring some of the top wrestlers in the country by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Eschewing the glitz, glamour, pyro and jumbo display screen that are common at WWE shows, ROH concentrates and prides itself on excelling at pure wrestling action. The promotion records the majority of its shows and sells them on DVD.
Former Ring of Honor wrestlers include: two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion C.M. Punk and Total Nonstop Action stars Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles. ROH is very well known and highly regarded on the independent wrestling scene. Pro wrestling legends Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and Mick Foley have also made appearances in the promotion.
The theme of Saturday's show was the promotion's annual Survival of the Fittest match where wrestlers competed in qualifying matches with the winners competing in a six-man elimination match for the main event. The evening also featured an appearance by professional wrestling legend Jim Cornette, a regular personality with the promotion.
All of the wrestlers worked hard throughout the evening, determined to give the fans a show. At the end of the main event, Tyler Black and Roderick Strong also had the crowd of nearly 400 on their feet chanting and yelling as they put on a superb finale to the final bout. The two had superb back and forth action with numerous near falls that had the fans roaring in appreciation.
The tag team match between Jay and Mark Briscoe and Austin Aries (current ROH World Heavyweight Champion) and Davey Richards (one-half of the current ROH World Tag Team Champions) was also a highlight as it perfectly told a story of a match with a team with a lot of dissention (Aries and Richards) competing against another duo. The Briscoe Brothers are one of the best tag teams on the independent circuit, having been selected as Tag Team of the Year by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2007 and winning tag team championships in numerous promotions in which they competed.
Black ended the show profusely thanking the fans for their support and adding that he, Strong and the other wrestlers put on the matches that they do because of them.
Cornette might have said it best when he addressed the audience at the beginning of the show when he said "Ring of Honor wants to give the fans what they want, professional wrestling."