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The Top Ten Moves of Roderick Strong

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Uploaded on Nov 17, 2009

Bringing back another Indy top ten, and one I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get back in posting order. Roderick Strong has had quite a career over the last five years or so. Strong first made a big impression for CZW and IWA Mid-South before finding a spot in ROH, ironically debuting for the company the same night as Austin Aries did. A few short months later, along with Alex Shelley and Jack Evans, Strong and Aries formed the group now as Generation Next, and together they put on many great matches. As the group split, Roderick would team with both Jack Evans, and Austin Aries as well, taking them all over the world, including Dragon Gate over in Japan. A feud with The Embassy would occupy most of 2005 for the group, which had replaced Alex Shelley and recruited Matt Sydal. Strong and Aries won the ROH World Tag Team Titles at Final Battle 2005, and took on all comers, from The Embassy to Blood Generation, as well as the recently returning Briscoes. Many of these defenses would be hailed as Match of the Year Candidates. After losing the belts, and suffering a few other tough losses, Strong turned on Aries, and formed the No Remorse Corps with Davey Richards, and eventually Rocky Romero. Strong's newfound attitude would lead him to crushing victories over the likes of Delirious, and a brutal feud with Austin Aries ensued, culminating in a sick match at ROH's third PPV, Undeniable. The No Remorse Corps soon split, and Roderick found himself flying solo. He would branch out to PWG at this time, and won the PWG World Tag Team Titles alongside Pac, and won the 2007 and 2008 DDT4 tournaments. Roderick's style is one that focuses on the back, including various Backbreakers, earning Roderick the nickname "Messiah of the Backbreaker." However, he's not that one dimensional, as he's got many other ways of working over the back, such as the Apron Belly to Back Suplex. This strategy usually leads to the Stronghold, or the Gibson Driver. Both moves are usually enough to earn Strong the victory.

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