Archive for September, 2012

The show starts with a continuation of the final moments of Arena Warfare with even more graphic moments that officially puts ROH at war.

1. Jimmy Rave w/Prince Nana vs. Pelle Primeau

Squash
Grade: DUD

 

2. Jimmy Rave w/Prince Nana vs. Jimmy Yang

Nana brags about no one being capable of taking down Jimmy Rave, not even Bruce Leroy, who was in attendance. For those are not familiar with Martial Art Films from the 80’s, Bruce “Taimak” Leroy is the star of the cult following flick, The Last Dragon., which also coincides with Jimmy Yang’s theme song. Long story short, Yang shows up to teach them a quick lesson, perhaps too quick, but effective to prove a point and Taimak had a piece of the action too.
Grade: C-

 

3. Four Corner Survival Match
Lacey vs. Allison Danger vs. Daizee Haze vs. Mercedes Martinez

This is a taste of Dave Prazak’s Shimmer, an all Women’s pro wrestling promotion. Whether you have a high opinion on women’s wrestling or not, the performers in this match are just as good as the men and the match itself is as good as any other four corner survival. Definitely a good booking for this show called Best in the World.
Grade: B

 

4. Jason Blade & Kid Mikaze vs. Chris Hero & Necro Butcher

Blade & Mikaze show a lot of promise but  damn, you gotta pay your dues.
Grade: DUD

 

Segment: Hero challenges Adam Pearce to a handicap match to which the Chicago native gladly accepts. But immediately it wasn’t a fair game nor a match so it was basically a beat down but someone very dear to Hero showed up in the form of Claudio Castagnoli and made his presence notice by siding with ROH to even up the odds. Hero & company leave.

 

5. Christopher Daniels vs. Alex Shelley

Shelley was always on my good boy list while Daniels was always been on my naughty list, if you know what I mean. In ROH at the time you never really defined a mid-card match by normal standards. However this one was the creme de la creme of mid card matches. Both had something to prove in order to stay in contention for that World title and they both delivered a hell of a match.
Grade: B+

 

6. ROH Pure Championship
Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli

The Pure title was the mid-card title in ROH back in the day and it was special in it’s own rights as it had stipulations. Let’s take a pause shall we, there are three rules which are the following:

  1. Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal.
  2. There are no closed-fist punches to the face allowed in a Pure match, only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body (save for low-blows) are permitted. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning, and the second will cause the wrestler to be penalized a rope break. If he is already out of rope breaks, he will be disqualified.
  3. A wrestler is subject to a twenty count by the referee if the wrestler goes to the floor.

Simple? Anyways back to the match. These two have history with each other ever since Nigel became Pure champion which was at the same time Claudio debuted in ROH. They had multiple matches with each other causing Claudio to earn a title opportunity and seemed to become it but McGuinness always took shortcuts in order to preserve his title. This would be Castagnoli’s last opportunity for the title. With that being said, you can clearly see the desire in Claudio to become a champion and this made the match somehow special. However, it didn’t stand out from any of their previous encounters. Fine showcasing from the participants from Europe in this show’s appropriate titling, Best in the World.
Grade: B-

 

7. Austin Aries vs. Ricky Reyes

This was another match of the feud between Rottweilers and Generation Next. specifically Aries & Reyes. Honestly there wasn’t much to see here and the no-finish ending really didn’t go well.
Grade: C-

 

8. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Generation Next (Roderick Strong & Jack Evans)

Out of the many partners Roderick Strong has had in his career, I must say the the one he had the most chemistry with was with Jacky Baby. They had success as a team in PWG & FIP, so seeing them teaming in Ring of Honor is definitely a treat for those who didn’t follow those other two promotions at the time. The Briscoes have just being fresh off a year hiatus and came back to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, the Tag Team titles, and did so by gunning the Champs themselves so it’s only a matter of time that they get what they wanted. This match proved how much passion these four have in professional wrestling and not only that but how strong the tag team division is for Ring of Honor and it’ll only go even stronger for the next few years.
Grade: A-

 

9. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Samoa Joe & Bryan Danielson

This match up on paper is a Dream Match all by its self. KENTA & Marufuji are the prodigies of Pro Wretling NOAH in Japan and have one of the most intense rivalries in Puro history. Danielson & Joe are looked as their American counterparts by having wars all over the country in various wrestling promotions with each match being more intense than the one before and it’s only a matter of time they face each other for the big on in ROH later in the year. With all this hype I’m giving I don’t think I need to explain how this match went. To just give a few words out there it was intense, dynamic, explosive, athletic, stiff, scientific, unbelievable, amazing, do I need to say more?
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts:

Stage three of the Milestone Series was in full effect and something we can all see from these first three is that they’re all unique. The first show was dedicated to ROH, the second on the CZW invasion and this third one was dedicated to the wrestling in general. You had participants from all over the globe, you had Japan, England, Switzerland, Cuba, Korea, Canada and of course, America. Like I said before, the show’s title was appropriately given to the occasion. But this is just the beginning as this is only the third show of seven and the next stop will be a three night extravaganza.

Verditct: 8/10

ROH – Arena Warfare (3.11.06) DVD Review

Posted: September 29, 2012 in 2006, ROH

1. Tag Team Scramble Match
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Dunn & Marcos vs. Jason Blade & Kid Mikaze vs. The Rotteweilers (Homicide & Ricky Reyes) w/Julius Smokes

This was a pretty fun opener that saw most of the attention was given to the heels in Rottweilers & Briscoes.
Grade: C+

 

Segment: BJ Whitmer comes out to the ring and addresses the crowd issuing a challenge to any CZW wrestler to a match later in the evening, which was accepted by Necro Butcher. Have in mind, this show is in Philly of all places, even worse, at the Arena. The ECW Arena is the home and turf of CZW so ROH is now in CZW turf so they hype for this match is huge.

 

2. Jimmy Yang vs. Roderick Strong

This was solid but it lacked some emotion to the match thus the crowd being dead silent for this one.
Grade: C

 

3. ROH vs. CZW
BJ Whitmer vs. Necro Butcher

Necro’s reputation as a fighter is unquestioned, while BJ is a crazy cat in his own merit so it’s expected to go nasty right off the bat. This a complete fight instead of a match and it’s the right thing to do by milking this feud instead of having the infantry do battle. Another CZW star with the name of Super Dragon made his way into the feud and beat the shit out of Whitmer. Eventually the ROH calvary showed up and CZW retreated.
Grade: DUD

 

4. Austin Aries vs. Matt Sydal

The Generation Next dissension is loud and clear. Aries being the leader wasn’t too happy with Sydal’s pursuit of the tag titles with rival AJ Styles. This was pretty explosive from the start and Aries could do no harm here. Sydal proved that he’s as good as any other member of GN and it eventually was rewarded with a WWE contract a year later.
Grade: B

 

5. Irish Airborne (Jake & Dave Crist) vs. Sal Rinauro & Tony Mamaluke

This was a solid tag match that each performer got their rub and made the Irish be welcomed to Ring of Honor.
Grade: C

 

6. ROH World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Alex Shelley w/Prince Nana

For the second time in a row, Danielson defends his title against a member of the Embassy, who earned their opportunity by winning a Trios Tournament. And for the second time around the challenger has something to prove and once again for the second time in a row he succeeds in stealing the show with the champion. Alex Shelley is definitely one of the most underrated wrestlers today and it’s a shame he doesn’t get a legit run as a singles wrestler but at least we got this match to appreciate.
Grade: A-

 

7. Colt Cabana vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels w/Allison Danger

Originally it was gonna be a three way dance tribute to the ECW match titled the Night the Line Was Crossed between Terry Funk, Sabu & Shane Douglas. However, Samoa Joe hasn’t arrived to the building yet so he’ll face the winner between Cabana and Daniels. Honestly, I’m really not a fan of Christopher Daniels at all but he was very impressive here with Cabana who’s a very underrated wrestler and since he’s on serious mode, he’s that more legit. Eventually Joe comes out and goes Godzilla mode.
Grade: B-

 

Segment: Immediately after the match BJ Whitmer comes out and calls out CZW to settle the score which turned out to be a huge mistake. Like I said before, they’re in CZW turf so he got he asked for and just literally every CZW wrestler you can think of. Chris Hero, Necro Butcher, Nate Webb, Nick Gage, LOBO, Sonjay Dutt, BLK Out, Justice Pain but what really took the cake were Wifebeater showing up with weed whacker and John Zandig himself with his trademark barb wired bat. Eventually the rest of the ROH roster including the students were helpless to take down CZW. Zandig sent a message to Jim Cornette and ROH by tying Whitmer to the ropes and stapling his entire body.

 

Final Thoughts:

This was hell of a show that kept everything alive like Danielson proving why he’s the Best in the World, Generation Next almost in shambles & the ROH/CZW Invasion alive and kicking in the ECW Arena. This was quite similar to the Fourth Anniversary Show but more extreme. Stage 2 of the Milestone Series was a complete success.

Verditc: 8/10

1. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Sal Rinauro & Tony Mamaluke vs. Kid Mikaze & Jason Blade

Epic Squash but it was given decent time to appreciate
Grade: C-

 

2. Four Corner Survival
Adam Pearce vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Azriael vs. Jay Fury

This was very bland for a Four Corner Survival. This was Azriael’s last match in ROH.
Grade: C-

 

3. Samoa Joe vs. Jay Lethal

This was one was a grudge match in wait after Lethal turned on Joe 2 months prior. It started off not so hot but half way through it exploded like a fire cracker on the fourth of july.
Grade: B-

 

4. Christopher Daniels w/Allison Danger & Lacey vs. BJ Whitmer

Lacey walked out with with Daniels so she can get back at Whitmer for leaving Lacey’s Angels. This match really never got through as it was a pawn for the upcoming huge segment.
Grade: DUD

 

Segment: During the Daniels/Whitmer match, they managed to brawl through the crowd and a crew of CZW wrestlers, led by Chris Hero, take down Daniels & Whitmer and go to the ring. Hero sings Happy Birthday to ROH in his own evil way and before you know it, the ROH calvary went to battle with CZW guys all over ringside. Hero being left alone in the ring met his match with Samoa Joe who made his way to take him on. CZW retreats and in the ring, The Briscoes try to capitalize on the situation and gun the ROH Tag Team Champions, Austin Aries & Roderick Strong. After the remaining guys separated them and headed to the back, Colt Cabana threw Homicide to ringside for the upcoming match.

 

5. Ghetto Fight
Colt Cabana vs. Homicide w/Julius Smokes

There’s been a lot of hate between these two for the late part of 2005 and opened 2006 where they left off. This was really interesting to see Colt Cabana not being his usual self and taking things serious for a change against one of the toughest & dangerous motherfuckers in  ROH. Being total opposites, it made this fight look real in every sense of the word.
Grade: B

 

6. ROH World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Jimmy Rave w/Prince Nana

This was special for many reasons. Rave after being in ROH for quite some time gets his first shot at the big one against arguably the Best Wrestler in the World. It told a story in which Rave wanted to be champion so bad that he emulated Danielson’s tactics to see if he can have an edge on winning the gold. Rave showed his worth as a performer against Danielson by going at it with the champ for over 30 minutes.
Grade: A-

 

7. Rottweilers vs. Generation Next
Ricky Reyes w/Julius Smokes vs. Jack Evans

This was a disaster….PERIOD!
Grade: F

 

8. Tag Team Championship
Generation Next (Austin Aries & Roderick Strong) (c) vs. AJ Styles & Matt Sydal

Generation Next member Matt  Sydal wrestled AJ Styles at Hell Freezes Over and after their match they showed mutual respect and AJ asked Sydal to be his partner to which he gladly accepted. This however didn’t suit well with Aries and thus there’s dissension within Generation Next. Styles & Sydal are very similar in styles so they blend very well together and got the champs a run for their money. This was a great tag team match that ended the anniversary show with a bang. Not to mention some Briscoe shenanigans after the match.
Grade: B+

 

Final Thoughts:

This is the first show of seven that ROH has categorized as the Milestone Series. At this time and period, ROH was at an all time high in popularity and initiated a reputation that still lives on to this day as the best wrestling in America. These seven shows involved ROH’s biggest feud in their entire history with an invasion from rival promotion CZW along with a visit from some of Japan’s best such as KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, CIMA, Naruki Doi and others. This show initiated this Milestone Series with a BANG! You had two great title matches that proved that championships mean something, along with a great supporting cast of wrestlers can blow your mind away in a blink of an eye.

Verdict: 8.5/10

WCW- Greed (3.18.01) DVD Review

Posted: September 22, 2012 in 2001, WCW

 

1. Kwee Wee vs. Jason Jett

For those who are curious, Jett is ECW’s EZ Money who ventured through WCW on it’s last month of existence. This was pretty good for an opener and quite a shocker that you wouldn’t expect to happen.
Grade: C+

 

2. Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships
Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo vs. The Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman)

This was a tournament final to crown the new champions and this was a very solid performance by both teams. Skipper is really good and did nothing but good things as cruiserweight champion the year prior and Kid Romeo is a potential prospect. Kidman & Rey are dandy as always.
Grade: B-

 

3. Shawn Stasiak vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

This is just bad. Bam Bam has stepped down a lot from what he used to do and facing an extremely overrated Stasiak didn’t help.
Grade: D

 

4. Team Canada (Lance Storm & Mike Awesome) vs. Hugh Morrus & Konnan

Pointless match that really brings absolutely nothing to the table. Storm & Awesome were heavily misused in WCW, but then it again it’s WCW.
Grade: D+

 

5. Cruiserweight Championships
Chavo Guerrero Jr. (c) vs. Shane Helms

This was pretty good but it fell short to their opener at Sin. Helms & Guerrero were worthy of WWE contracts and they made their way and have lengthy careers there.
Grade: C+

 

6. Tag Team Championships
Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo (c) vs. Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell)

Squash
Grade: DUD

 

7. Ernest Miller vs. Kanyon

Miller in full James Brown mode was dancing and kicking his way to the match, which made Kanyon do absolutely nothing. Very entertaining but horrible match.
Grade: D

 

8. United States Championship
Rick Steiner (c) vs. Booker T

Horrendous, Appalling, Disastrous.
Grade: F+

 

9. Kiss My Ass Match
The Rhodes (Dustin & Dusty) vs. Jeff Jarrett & Ric Flair

Losers get to kiss the winners’s assess, yikes. We already had the elders beat the crap out of each other 20 years prior and by keeping them around doing this in the new millennium shows how much politics play in WCW. As for the “young guns” , they’ve seen waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better days.
Grade: D-

 

10. WCW Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
Scott Steiner (c) vs. Diamond Dallas Page

This was not a bad match at all but for main event standards it felt short. Typical DDP brawl match that blended pretty well with the crowd and Steiner, ewww.
Grade: C

 

Final Thoughts:

3rd and final stage of the Titanic sinking and it wasn’t as bad as the other two but still served as a typical WCW PPV that will always be remembered for being the last of it’s kind. TV wise WCW was pretty good regardless of it’s last breath but the PPV’s were major stinkers. Fortunately, 8 days later, the life support was removed and WCW closed it’s doors for good.

Verdict: 5/10

 

1. Elimination Match
Shane Helms vs. Shannon Moore vs. Kaz Hayashi vs. Jimmy Yang vs. Jamie Noble vs. Evan Karagias

The former trios 3 Count & Jung Dragons divided to three tag teams and are now six individuals fighting for the #1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight title. These 6 actually never had a bad match with each other and this was no exception. Definitely a stepping stone for a select few who would have success in greener pastures over the decade.
Grade: B-

 

2. Hugh Morrus vs. The Wall

GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! Who booked this match.
Grade: DUD

 

3. Tag Team Championship
Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo (c) vs. Sean Stasiak & Mark Jindrak

The Natural Born Thrillers collide. Stasiak & Palumbo were tag champions, so as Jindrak & O’Haire. There was jealousy and dissension on Stasiak’s & Jindrak’s part. Right now the teams have split and are trying to see who are the better Thrillers. Unfortunately these four rookies were still too green to even make a hip toss. It wasn’t a bad match but you can’t expect much from these four if they’re still years away to hone the craft.
Grade: C-

 

4. Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero Jr. (c) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

Yup! These two have history from waaaaay back, so back that they were Jr.’s at the time. Rey was in his prime here captivating everyone with his unique lucha arsenal and Chavo was as good as he was in WWE. This is probably one of their best matches together and I’ll be surprised if there’s an argument towards that statement. Wonderful match.
Grade: B

 

5. United States Championship
Rick Steiner (c) vs. Dustin Rhodes

If this was 1991, this could have been decent. But a decade and many pills & needles later this was worse than the Judy Bagwell on a Pole Match.
Grade: F

 

6. Totally Buff (Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell) vs. Kronik (Bryan Adams & Bryan Clark)

I really like Kronik a lot, they looked good together and made a decent big man team that cosmetically can entertain but in no way, shape or form can they wrestle despite being veterans. Luger & Bagwell were teamed most probably just cause they can but this doesn’t exclude them from being any good. This ladies and gentleman was  a ShitFest.
Grade: DUD

 

7. Commissioner Match
Lance Storm (c) vs. Ernest Miller

OK now this is getting out of hand. The position of Commissioner is now a title, SMH. This match is as ridiculous as the trophy but at least Miller brought comedy and character to this one so it can be enjoyed at least a little bit.
Grade: D

 

8. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kanyon

Originally it was gonna be Jarrett vs. Page but Kanyon being involved in this whole mess wanted a piece of the action. This pretty solid and could have gotten more time and it would’ve been a blast but it was understandable for the following match.
Grade: C+

 

9. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett immediately shows up and competes in his scheduled match with DDP. This was OK but it was very bland for many key parts.
Grade: C-

 

10. WCW Championship
2 out of 3 falls

Retirement Match
Scott Steiner (c) w/Midajah vs. Kevin Nash

The loser of this puppy is going to retirement and never coming back to WCW ever again. Flair was on commentary and was playing close attention to the action as he is having his main guy wrestle someone he’s never beaten before one on one. No Comment for this Match.
Grade: F

 

Final Thoughts:

This was slightly better than Sin but it still was a horrendous PPV. Stage 2 of the sinking Titanic kicked in all it’s glory. You can totally smell the end from a mile away and it what’s left ain’t getting prettier.

Verdict: 4.5/10