Sunday, February 18, 2007

New ROH champ, CHIKARA results, Pro Wrestling/MMA news and notes 2/18/06

By Art Shimko

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-- Takeshi Morishima defeated Homicide last night in Philadelphia to become the new ROH World Champion in front of close to 1,000 fans at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory. Morishma was a fucking monster as he wasted no time beating the shit out of Homicide pulling off power moves a man half his size normally does. My friend DJ called him the Japanese Terry Gordy and that pretty much summed it up. I was fine with Morishma winning the title from Homicide because let's face it, Homicide's NWA tag champ in TNA and I'm sure the office wants him concentrating on his TNA tenure than outside indy dates not booked by TNA. People from the back came out, including BJ Whitmer towards the ring only to get their asses kicked by Morishma, he then stormed towards the back. It was also Samoa Joe's final match in Philadelphia defeating Jimmy Rave in a match that was good, not great in my opinion but it was somewhat of a historic moment which included Joe coming out to his original entrance theme Another Body Murdered by Boo-Yaa Tribe and Faith No More and concluded his match putting Philadelphia and its fans way over. The Briscoes and Kevin Steen and El Generico had an AWESOME (~!) match that really got the crowd hot, Steen and Generico impressed the crowd and recieved a "PLEASE COME BACK~!" chant. I'm not crazy about FIP title matches on ROH shows, just not into it man and Roderick Strong/Delirious furthered my opinion of FIP matches on an ROH card. The tag title match was decent but fell apart at some point only to pick up the pace and turn out for the better. The street fight was fun, lots of brawling in the crowd and Lacey and Daizee both looked so hot, I don't know why but I really became more into BJ Whitmer after this match and the storyline with Lacey/Jimmy Jacobs/Colt Cabana has been great. Aries/Castagnoli and McGuinness/TJ Perkins were good opening matches. Here are the results from last night and from results from Friday night in NYC.

-- CHIKARA holds its finals for the King Of Trios 2007 tournament tonight at the New Alhambra Arena [7 Ritner St.] in South Philadelphia, bell time 4PM [card credit:]
-10 Team Gauntlet Match: Lucky and JC Ryder vs. ??? vs. Jason Gory and Shiima Xion vs. ??? vs. Dunn and Marcos vs. Dr. Cheung and Darkness Crabtree vs. ??? vs. Player Uno and Create-A-Wrestler vs. ??? vs. Jimmy Olsen and Colin Olsen
-Allison Danger vs. La Malcriada
-Masamune vs. Nobutaka Moribe
-King Of Trios Tournament Semi-Finals: Gran Akuma, Icarus and Chuck Taylor vs. MIYAWAKI, Yoshiaki Yago and KUDO
-King Of Trios Tournament Semi-Finals: El Pantera, Sicodelico, Jr. and Lince Dorado vs. Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw and Shane Storm
-Sara Del Ray vs. Daizee Haze
-Claudio Castagnoli vs. Ricochet
-Mokujin Ken vs. MECHA Mummy
-King Of Trios Tournament Finals: Winners of Gran Akuma, Icarus and Chuck Taylor/MIYAWAKI, Yoshiaki Yago and KUDO vs. Winners of El Pantera, Sicodelico, Jr. and Lince Dorado/Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw and Shane Storm

-- WWE's 'No Way Out'
STAPLES Center (sold out)
Los Angeles, California
Sunday, February 18
Live pay-per-view @ 8 PM ET

* Shawn Michaels & John Cena vs. The Undertaker & Batista - Should be a decent match, I can see the RAW guys going over on this one to further the dissension between Taker and Batista.

* Chris Benoit & The Hardys vs. MNM & MVP: Please, don't let the team with that shitball MVP win~!

* WWE Tag Team titles: Brian Kendrick & Paul London vs. Deuce & Domino - I have a bad feeling the untalented Andrew Dice Clay clones will get the titles through some type of cheating method of some sort.

* ECW title: Bobby Lashley vs. Mr. Kennedy - even with Kennedy doing what he can to carry Lashley, expect to see Lashley exposed even more with his greenness... no way Kennedy wins the ECW title though.

* Kane vs. King Booker - Well this is a blah match... I haven't followed this feud so my answer could be wrong but I'll go with Kane on this one.

* 'Diva Talent Invitational' - C'mon now, do I really have to talk about this one??

* 'Cruiserweight Open': Gregory Helms defends against Daivari, Chavo Guerrero, Shannon Moore, Funaki, Jimmy Yang, Scotty 2 Hotty, and Jamie Noble - Hmmm, which one of these jabronis will win the Crusierweight title? uh, Daivari?

* The Boogeyman & Little Boogeyman (official name) vs. Finlay & Little Bastard - God, this fuckin' match... wackiness galore here folks, it would be horrendous having the Team Boogey go over yet not surprising...

-- Dwayne Johnson will be doing a Q&A session at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave. in Davie, FL on Monday for a Black History Month event. Call 954-262-1662 for more info.

-- WWE Hall Of Fame tickets for 3/31 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit go on sale 3/3 with prices ranging from $45, $75 and $100.

-- WWE stars make dream come true

-- Wrestlemania 23 will be hair-razing

-- Here's an article on Dr. Death Steve Williams on

-- Ex-Gopher, WWE wrestler Lesnar coming to town

-- WWE, No Holds Barred

-- Irate father tosses son's 11-year old wrestling opponent

-- UFC will be holding a live Fight Night on 4/5 from the The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas with Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard in the main event. Tickets go on sale 2/22 and range from $150, $250 and $350.

-- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will be appearing in the Toyo Tires booth on March 18th at the DUB Car Show being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 1:00pm-2:00pm. []

-- reported on Friday that the NSAC suspended Kevin Randleman indefinitely and was fined $5,000 for giving a fake piss sample; Thiago Alves tested positive for the banned diuretic drug Spironolacton folllowing his fight on UFC 66 being fined $5,000; and Aaron Carvalho for testing positive for pot following his 12/29 Tuff-N-Uff fight.

-- Va. may soon regulate professional fighting

-- Takedowns and knockouts

-- Sylvia to Defend Title

-- Fight clubs flourishing
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