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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ring of Honor (ROH) - "Showdown in the Sun - Day 2" Review

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ROH delivered the second half of its back-to-back iPPV experience with “Showdown in the Sun” from the War Memorial Auditorium from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Day 1 set the bar high, but Day 2 is where ROH showed they have no peer when it comes to in ring action as ROH truly is wrestling for the 21st century, highlighted by a main event that will go down as one of the best matches in ROH history.    

In the main event, ROH World Champion Davey Richards defeated Michael Elgin in a phenomenal match.  All the talk for Day 1 centered on the co-main event between Kevin Steen and El Generico in a Last Man Standing Match, but in Day 2, the Champion and Challenger had their working boots on as Richards and Elgin delivered a MATCH FOR THE AGES in their ROH World Title bout.  You won’t find a better match this year and you’ll be hard pressed to find one in any wrestling organization’s library over the past 10 years.  The main event alone was worth the price of admission.  Fans and historians alike will talk about this match for a long, long time.  Both Richards and Elgin laid into each other with stiff shots and showed “American Strong Style” is alive and well in ROH.  In the beginning, it was Richards’ speed and athleticism against Elgin’s power.  As Richards landed kicks, dives and punches, while Elgin was more methodical delivering suplexes and power bombs.  From there both men showed off their aerial moves as Elgin landed a corkscrew moonsault while Richards delivered a belly to back suplex from the top rope.  Both men then traded clotheslines, kicks, more suplexes and even submission attempts and yet there still was no pinfall.  Richards finally ends the match like he’s ended so many before by using Elgin’s head as a soccer ball and after several unforgiving stiff shots to Elgin’s cranium the powerful challenger was done.

In the co-main event, in the second Blind Destiny Match of the night, Roderick Strong defeated Jay Lethal to win the ROH World TV Title.  It was a tainted victory as Strong got help from Tommaso Ciampa who smashed Lethal’s face first into a ring post, incapacitating the former champ.  Lethal was winning the bout after a hard fought effort by both men when he went to the top rope and landed a flying elbow.  But Lethal tried to do too much and found himself outside of the ring where Ciampa slammed him into cold hard steel.  All that remained was a Strong pin and ROH had a new TV Champion.

Catch all of the action, including a World Title Match that is the Match of the Year frontrunner as ROH World Heavyweight Champion, Davey Richards defends his title against Michael Elgin.  Also, watch the ROH TV Title change hands as Roderick Strong defeats Jay Lethal to become the new champion.  The Tag Titles were also up for grabs with the Briscoes defending.  Watch the second half of the exclusive double iPPV presented by Ring of Honor as “Showdown in the Sun – Day 2” built upon Day 1 and even exceeded it for in ring action!  Don’t miss all of the battles and spectacle of the conclusion of this back to back iPPV extravaganza. Order now at GFL.tv, to watch the PPV everyone will be talking about.

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