Okay, so Padme survived long enough to give birth to Luke and Leia, but then we saw she had the baby bump during her funeral so nobody would know that the child(ren) was alive, right? Anyone wonder how they made her look pregnant? Like, did they just drop her off in FuneralWear, stuff a turkey underneath it, and hope nobody noticed? Or did they find something to actually cram back into her in case somebody thought to, say, change her outfit? Ewwwwwwwww.
Can you imagine being the poor sap Mace Windu landed on after Palpatine pitched him out the window? There you are, just strolling along and minding your own business when the charred, one-handed remains of a Jedi Master fall out of the sky and land right on top of you. I mean sure, it wouldn’t be as bad as actually BEING Mace Windu at that moment, but still would have sucked.
Frozen is a touching tale of sisterly love, as royal siblings Anna and Elsa of Arendelle stuck together and helped each other overcome the many tough struggles they faced…or is it? What if there was more to the story than meets the eye? Is it possible that this was really a story of the tragic and lonely life of Elsa, and that Anna was dead the whole time?
Even though we have a lot of unanswered questions about the events and characters in the sequel trilogy after the end of Episode VII, I have a feeling that things are going to take a dark turn at the end of Episode VIII. Regardless of the specific people, places, and situations involved, the previous Star Wars trilogies have been somewhat formulaic in terms of the overall story arc. Here’s what I mean…
Ring of Honor returned to the state of Pennsylvania for Live Strong, an event with a pretty unique main event that not only featured two heels going at it, but two champions, as ROH TV Champion Roderick Strong challenged Kevin Steen for the ROH World Title. Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer would have their first singles match against each other in ROH in over five years, and this event also marked the final appearance of Kenny King in an ROH ring before his controversial departure from the company.
After over a year since their last event there, Ring of Honor returned to the St Louis area for Gateway of Honor, featuring a main event pitting the past of the tag team division against its future. The All Night Express, who had fought hard all year to establish themselves as credible contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Title, faced the American Wolves, once the backbone of the tag team division. While the Wolves were still a formidable team, their bond had been strained by their awkward desire to fight each other over the ROH World Title. With Richards-Edwards III at Final Battle looming on the horizon, one had to wonder how they would hold things together tonight…or even IF THEY COULD!
ROH returned to the Manhattan Center in New York City this past March for a major show that featured not only a ton of great wrestling, but also several major angles that would set the stage for the next several months in the company. Headlining the show was an ROH World Title match with Eddie Edwards challenging Roderick Strong for the ROH World Title, as well as a slew of high profile matches in what could loosely be called the undercard. Homicide and Hernandez, known elsewhere as LAX, would reunite to face the Kings of Wrestling, Davey Richards would continue his quest for the ROH World Title by facing Christopher Daniels in a Pure Wrestling rules match, and the Briscoes would take on the All Night Express in a match that turned out to have major ramifications for both teams.
When Ring of Honor returned to Philadelphia for Homecoming 2012, the name was significant for a couple of reasons. Firstly, ROH had purposely avoided running in the city after the end of the HDNet series because they felt they had oversaturated it and wanted to give Philly a chance to breathe before they returned. The other reason was that, while the ECW Arena may have been where the HDNet show was taped, it wasn’t really ROH’s true home in Philadelphia. When ROH finally decided to return to Philly, it didn’t make sense to run anywhere but their true home at the Philadelphia National Guard Armory for the first time since June of 2008.
Ring of Honor kicks off 2010 with their first trip to California in three years as they present SoCal Showdown, featuring a huge eight man main event pitting the American Wolves and the newly reunited Kings of Wrestling against the Briscoes and the Young Bucks. Also, Jushin “Thunder” Liger makes his first ROH appearance in over five years to take on ROH World Champion Austin Aries.
ROH returned to the Midwest for the first half of a two night tour as they presented Tag Wars on January 27, 2006 in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to the 2006 edition of the Trios Tournament, this tag team-themed show would also see Bryan Danielson attempt to add a third championship to his collection as he teamed with Jay Lethal to challenge Austin Aries & Roderick Strong for the ROH World Tag Team Title. In a nod to longtime ROH fans, Low Ki also stepped in to replace an injured Samoa Joe and face his old rival Christopher Daniels in their first singles match since the original Round Robin Challenge in 2002.
Ring of Honor kicked off 2006 with the show that, in many ways, would set the tone for the entire year as they returned to the Philadelphia National Guard Armory on January 14, 2006 for Hell Freezes Over. The show was named for the fact that it was main evented by Chris Hero, a talented wrestler that many though would never wrestle in ROH, challenging Bryan Danielson for the ROH World Title. Aside from the Hero match, Danielson would also fire the first shot in his year-long build to a match with Homicide, and Hero’s appearance also marked the beginning of what many would consider the greatest angle in ROH history: The ROH-CZW war.
Glory By Honor 4 was a major turning point in the history of ROH. With CM Punk gone and his successor as ROH World Champion, James Gibson, also on his way to WWE, a true blue, born and bred ROH homegrown star in Bryan Danielson returned to ROH to challenge Gibson for the title and try to bring some stability back to the ROH World Title. Also, the war between Jay Lethal and Low Ki would finally come to an end in a Fight Without Honor, and Jimmy Rave’s issue with his former mentor, AJ Styles, would also be settled when they faced off in a Clash vs Clash match where only one man would walk out still allowed to use the Styles/Rave Clash.
Ring of Honor kicks off 2005 with It All Begins, an aptly named show because it’s not just the first show of 2005, but also the beginning of Austin Aries’ reign as ROH World Champion after ending Samoa Joe’s record setting 21 month reign at Final Battle 2004. Aries has his first title defense on this show against Colt Cabana, and other top matches include Homicide facing Bryan Danielson in a Tap Out Match, the first match of their best of five series, Samoa Joe facing Nigel McGuinness, and a confrontation between Joe and the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley.
The second annual Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on September 24th in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and was an opportunity for the winner to earn a shot at the ROH World Title. Austin Aries was the runner up in the previous year’s tournament, and planned to come back and go all the way to win this year’s competition. In the meantime, Aries’ tag team partner Roderick Strong planned to show that his win over Matt Hardy wasn’t a fluke and that he really has arrived as a main eventer in ROH. Other established stars like Colt Cabana, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and James Gibson, as well as new faces like Sal Rinauro and Milano Collection AT all had the chance to earn a shot at the biggest prize in the company if they could win Survival of the Fittest, and it was such a deep field that almost anyone could have conceivably walked out the winner.
A week after knocking CM Punk out with his own ROH World Title belt, Christopher Daniels finally gets the match he had waited a year and a half for, as he challenges CM Punk for the ROH World Title. The fact that this match took place in ROH’s birthplace of Philadelphia was seen as a sign by some that Daniels would finally claim the ROH World Title many felt should have been his years ago, but Punk had found a way to walk out with the title three times now since winning it, and was not a guy Daniels could underestimate. The Stuff That Doesn’t Matter Spanky defeated Deranged, Azrieal, and Nigel McGuinness in a Four Corner Survival: This was your standard “need a way to get all these guys something to do” match to open the show. Nothing to write home about, Spanky hits Sliced Bread #2 on Deranged for the win. The Stuff That Matters Prince Nana Puts Jade Chung In Line Gary Cappetta called Prince Nana and Jade Chung out to the ring after the opener to inform Nana that his treatment of Jade Chung is disgusting, and that ROH officials have decreed that if Nana ever […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…