ROH – Survival of the Fittest 2012 DVD Review

Posted: February 11, 2013 in 2012, ROH


*ATTENTION* This DVD features Four Ring of Honor TV Shows which covered the whole tournament so I’ll go strait forward with the matches in order of showing than breaking everything show by show. Also since it’s a tournament I’d have to spoil and give few results for a detailed review. Some don’t mind but for those that do, you’ve been warned.


1. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas

Despite having a split W/L record, Thomas was having a string of good matches with various performers like Kyle O’Reilly, Silas Young, QT Marshall and more. Cole welcomed the challenge and delivered a solid opener with the young up and coming wrestler. Thomas’s athleticism is reminded like a young Shelton Benjamin which is a very good sign of things to come for the youngster.
Grade: B-


2. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer

Originally, the team of Matt Saigon & Damian Dagon known as Fusion DS were scheduled to be WGTT’s opponents. However, Titus challenges WGTT to a match in which they accepted thinking he didn’t have a partner, until veteran BJ Whitmer came out, IT”S ON! The match was short and straight to the point but it gave another meaning for Titus to keep feuding with Haas & Benjamin now with Whitmer involved, thus evening the odds.
Grade: C-


Segment: S.C.U.M. (Kevin Steen, Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) head to the ring for an interview by Kevin Kelly. However, Corino tells Kelly to hit the bricks as he’s gonna conduct the show. Steen calls out Elgin who complies and shows up with Truth Martini. Both Steen & Elgin talk smack about their upcoming match at Glory By Honor XI in Elgin’s hometown of Ontario. Eventually a brawl kicks out with Elgin against come. The House of Truth minus Roderick Strong make save for their comrade.


3. ROH World Tag Team Championship
S.C.U.M. (Steve Cornio & Jimmy Jacobs) (c) vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

A rematch from Death Before Dishonor X. Coleman & Alexander are still causing waves in the ROH tag team scenario with their unique athleticism and tenacity. Despite the DQ finish, those were a pretty intense 7 minutes from both teams.
Grade: C+


4. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Davey Richards vs. Mike Bennett w/Maria Kanellis & Bob Evans

Enjoyable match with Bennett going with raw power & Richards going for the ground game. Mondo made his presence notice and smooched the smoking Maria in order to distract & further escalate his feud with Bennett. Outside of that I’d say this is one hell of a TV match.
Grade: B-


5. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Jay Lethal vs. QT Marshall w/RD Evans

Originally it was Tomasso Ciampa who was facing Lethal for this match but a torn leg took him out of action for the rest of the year. Evans says the show has to go on and has moved on from Ciampa and introduced his new client QT Marshall. Perhaps this move was made to give Marshall a presence in Ring of Honor as he barely is recognized at all. Honestly he didn’t stand out in the ring as it was Lethal.
Grade: C-


6. ROH World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Rhett Titus

It’s safe to say that Titus is ROH’s best student ever but still lacks to be a threat in the singles division. Something has to be done there cause by looking at the current roster he’s up there on ROH veteranship (If that’s even a word). Anyways the match was nothing special and I totally feel for Titus of not getting a serious singles run.
Grade: C


7. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Homicide vs. Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini

This was a let down in my opinion. Knowing these two wrestlers well and how accomplished they are couldn’t tear the house down. Nonetheless it’s still an OK performance but this could have been a whole lot better.
Grade: C


8. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Mike Mondo vs. Kyle O’Reilly

Good back and forth action and it’s a blessing to see Mondo kicking it up a notch in his repertoire. He’s a whole different competitor from a year ago. O’Reilly is still a top notch competitor but lacks a lot of the charisma Adam Cole possesses and now it’s more understanding why he’s on a bit of a bubble. Very good match.
Grade: B


9. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Michael Elgin vs. Rhino

Martini is out with both men and is obviously against this match up but neither seem to mind. It was a fun match with the two big men in ROH which is quite rare these days. The drama and dissension of the House of Truth also played a supporting role in this match making it even more special.
Grade: C+


10. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. The Bravado Bros. (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado)

Knowing how well both brotherly duos work together it’s a safe bet that they’re gonna have a good match. But it really didn’t make sense and out of everyone to lose, the Bravados got it worse by going against the Briscoes in a match very one sided. But then again it’s a TV match so it gets a pass.
Grade: C-


11. Survival of the Fittest Match
Adam Cole vs. Davey Richards vs. Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong vs. Mike Mondo vs. Michael Elgin

The winner gets a shot at the World title whenever he chooses. The thing I love about these Survival of the Fittest matches is the adrenaline the participants possess during the match that truly lives up to the name. In a way this can be looked at as a combination of WWE’s King of the Ring & Royal Rumble. Everyone here played their part very well and in sync. Davey & Lethal stole the show in this match by far. The choice of winner and elimination order was perfect. One of the best Survivals of the Fittest if you ask me.
Grade: A-


Final Thoughts:

ROH did a very good job covering the four shows into one DVD in it’s entirety. For those that don’t have the privilege of watch Ring of Honor TV then I suggest you getting this one so you can experience it. The build up and the actual SOTF match was very well executed. In my opinion this match should be profiled in a special event dedicated to it like in the past. It really looks good and gives the winner instant credibility for a singles push. The one let down here is that this whole “event” were actual four episodes given on free TV. If you seen this already then it’s quite pointless you buying this DVD  unless for collecting purposes. And like I said before if you never seen ROH TV or happened to miss this tournament then by all means get it because you’re missing on some good wrestling action.

Verdict: 7.5/10

You can purchase this DVD  and more ROH DVD’s at the ROH Store.


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