The Shadow Effect: My first Ring of Honor Show
by, 02-26-2012 at 07:52 PM (1941 Views)
Hello readers and watchers of wrestling. My name is Zachary Morales and I will be your host for this blog post. Let me introduce myself first before we get to why I'm writing today. I have been watching wrestling for about 15 years. I am now 18 years old. As you can tell I've been watching since I was pretty young. Wrestling to me is an escape. I like most of you want, wrestling to come back to the prominence it once was. I grew up loving most of the guys everybody did. From the Rock, to Stone Cold, to everyone's lovable human wrecking machine, Mick Foley. I've been through most of the good, to the horrendous bad. Through it all, I stick with it. Call me crazy but wrestling is just the best thing in this world.
I kind of lost track on what I’m supposed to be writing about. As you can probably tell, I’m a WWE guy. I didn’t watch WCW and I rarely watch TNA. The indies also didn’t interest me up until about 2008. One of my friends had told me about a product called ROH. I started to look into it and started to watch it and I was amazed. I was hooked. The wrestling was some of the best I've ever seen. So fast forward to this year 2012. I had heard ROH was coming back to Philly (where I live), so I had to get tickets. This was the first show I was going to be attending. My excitement was there. My friend and I had gotten third row seats at forty bucks a pop, great deal I might add.
The night came and I could not be more excited. We got to the arena and the first thing my friend and I did was get merchandise. I got a t-shirt plus a dud.
ROH had advertised autograph signings with three people I had really eager to meet: Chris Hero and The Briscoe’s. I first went into the line to meet Chris Hero. I had been a fan of Hero after watching him wrestle Low Ki at PWG in 2008. (Another great company btw). I complimented him on that match and he told me that it was one of his hardest matches he's ever been in. I thanked him for wrestling and putting his body on the line every night. He looked at me and told me no thank you for supporting me and making me love this business. Got to love this guy!
Up next I got to meet one of the best tag teams out there: The Briscoe’s. When I tell you guys (and gals) they are straight from the south, they are. We talked a little about how tag team wrestling is better in ROH than anywhere else. Jay commended me on my t-shirt. I guess he's a fan of punk. Another great meeting.
After the meetings, we went to our seats. The seats were awesome and ROH does a great job of getting everyone involved in the matches. A lot of the matches were good to great but there were two matches that have stuck in my mind since that day. The first was a match that involved my personal favorite wrestler in all of wrestling: Kevin Steen. This guy had the entire arena eating out of the palms of his hand. He had us laughing and cheering him, even though he was a heel. The best part of the match was when he was messing with this guy in the front row. He looked at the guy and asked him if he wanted a kiss. The guy obliged and laughed at him thinking he wouldn’t do anything. Kevin then grabbed the guy and kissed him right on the lips. It was awesome and one of the best moments I've seen in wrestling.
The other match which I remember to this day would be the main event: The ROH World Champion Davey Richards vs. The ROH Television Champion Jay Lethal. The match that followed was 25 minutes of awesome action. An arena that was filled with maybe a couple hundred people, these two guys told a story that had me on the edge of my seat for 25 glorious minutes.
The one of the reasons I like ROH and other indie promotions so much, is that they do this every night they have a show. Wrestling like I saw is why I love this business. If you take anything away from this blog, its give your indie promotions a chance. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
I hope you guys enjoyed my first blog post. Feel free to comment, leave any criticism or just what you liked about the blog. There will be more to come. Thanks guys!