Nov 26, 2006

The Rise Of The Fallen Angel

ROH: November 25, 2006
Inman Sports Club - Edison, NJ
This is the first time that I was in attendance to see one of the ROH titles change hands.  The Kings Of Wrestling were defeated for the Tag Team Championship by "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal in the eighth match of the night.  This is the first time Matt Sydal has held an ROH title, but it's Christopher Daniels' second time with the belts.  He was one half of of the first tag team champions in company history as a member of The Prophecy in 2002.  There have been rumors for the past few weeks that Claudio Castagnoli is in talks with WWE, so I'm not too surprised to see The Kings Of Wrestling drop the titles, but I was pretty shocked that it happened at this show.  I thought that they would end up losing to as established team like The Rottweilers or The Briscoe Brothers.

Speaking of the Briscoes, they had an intense tag team match in the main event against Samoa Joe and Homicide.  It was advertised as a Street Fight Rematch, which ended up being a Falls Count Anywhere match that was held under elimination rules.  This meant that a single pinfall or submission wouldn't end the match - it would just eliminates the person who was pinned or submitted, and leave the remaining member of the team in a 2-on-1 situation.  It ended up being a moot point, because Joe and Homicide both hit their finishers and pinned Jay and Mark Briscoe at the same time - odd finish to a wild match.

  • BJ Whitmer vs Jimmy Jacobs ended in a no-contest
    The referee was attacked and there was no opening bell, so this was not an official match

UPDATE: This show was released on DVD under the name "Dethroned".  It's available for sale on

UPDATE #2: Mitch Franklin would continue with ROH under the name Grizzly Redwood.  His opponent on this show, Jagged, went on to sign with AEW where he wrestles as Angelo Parker.

Nov 24, 2006

Grandma's Pumpkin Pie

This is the recipe that my grandmother based her pumpkin pie off of.  It's from the inside of a Carnation Evaporated Milk can label from the 1960's.

Nov 23, 2006

Nov 19, 2006

Kicking Off The Holiday Season

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Wachovia Arena - Wilkes Barre, PA
I've listened to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a few years now, but I feel like I haven't experienced them at all until we got to see them in concert last night.  Definitely one of the best concerts I've ever been to!

Nov 10, 2006

Pac Lottery

Pac-Man Instant Ticket
Pennsylvania Lottery (2006)
If you get this ticket, you really should scratch it off with a quarter, preferably in an arcade.  It's good luck.

Nov 5, 2006

A Fight Without Honor

ROH: November 4, 2006
PA National Guard Armory - Philadelphia, PA
After a show in Edison a few months ago, the crew were asking for volunteers to help clear out the arena and pack up the truck.  It wasn't difficult work - mostly just carrying boxes of merchandise, chairs and pieces of the ring to the truck as the ROH students were taking everything apart.  They gave us a couple of shirts and DVDs to thank us for helping out and they let us know that if we showed up a few hours early to help them set up at future shows, we would be given free tickets to stay for the show.  It's a pretty sweet deal and we've done it a few times since then, including last night in Philadelphia.

My two favorite wrestlers on the roster are Samoa Joe and Bryan Danielson.  I was able to meet Joe and take a photo with him after Final Battle last year, but I never saw Bryan after any of the shows I've been to... until yesterday.  We had finished setting everything up and were just kind of hanging out in the building before the doors opened to let people in when I saw Bryan walking past the ring on the way to the backstage area.  I was a little hesitant because I didn't want to bug the guy the second he got to work, but I figured that it may be now or never, so I went ahead and approached him, and I'm very glad that I did.

He could not possibly have been a nicer dude!  I apologized for bugging him, and he was super nice about it and joked with me.  He asked me to make the ugliest, meanest face that I could for the picture.  I did, but then I busted up laughing, and that's when my girlfriend managed to snap the picture, so if I look like an especially big goober in this pic, that's part of the reason why.

This totally made my night, and the show hadn't even started yet!

The first of Homicide's three wishes that were granted by Jim Cornette at Death Before Dishonor IV came true in last night's main event.  Homicide took on "The King of Old School" Steve Corino in a Fight Without Honor, which is what ROH calls a match in which there must be a winner, with no countouts or disqualifications.  This is a fairly rare occurrence in ROH.  There have been a total of eight Fight Without Honor matches in company history before this weekend, and two of them have involved Homicide.  Both of those matches took place in 2003 and both had Homicide taking on Trent Acid.