ROH – Defy Or Deny 2 (1.19.13) DVD Review

Posted: August 17, 2013 in 2013, Promotions, ROH



1. Proving Ground Match
Adam Cole vs. Silas Young

If Young wins or survives the time limit then he gets a shot at the TV title. Young made sure he capitalize on the opportunity on the red hot Cole. Both gave a stellar performance to open the show. A thing a like about openers is that they can be long or short and still can deliver a house as it’s sole purpose is to warm up the crowd.
Grade: B-


2. Tadarius Thomas vs. Bobby Fish w/Kyle O’Reilly

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Fish is a hit or miss. Unfortunately he missed this time as this match did not get a good vibe.  It started intense then it died, just at the point of reviving it died even more. Trtuh Martini came out halfway through the match scouting.
Grade: D+


3. Rhett Titus vs. Charlie Haas

Charlie doing the asshole gimmick is hilarious on ROH Videowires but in the ring he’s just plain awful and Rhett is no improvement. The shenanigans with the Beer only suited the local crowd but outside of that it really didn’t help the clusterfuck that this match was.
Grade: F+


4. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe)  & Jay Lethal vs. S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino, Jimmy Jacobs & Rhino)

This 6-man tag was brings flashbacks of ECW when Corino & Rhino were a unit. It was all brawling left and right with The Briscoes leading the offense. Nothing here went out of sync and Rhino proved to be a great asset for S.C.U.M.
Grade: B-


5. BJ Whitmer vs. Matt Hardy

Hardy went full barrage on Whitmer giving him a huge load of offense. Whitmer played the Ricky Morton very well taking all the punishment. It was mostly one sided but it gave a good feel with Whitmer on the never say die attitude.
Grade: C+


Segment: After the match, Nigel & the officials came out to check on Whitmer who was very woozy. Hardy demanded a TV title shot since he defeated Cole.  Cole came out and confronted Hardy and told him to shut up. Hardy going full heel tries to go for a cheap shot but he was overwhelmed by Cole,


6. Davey Richards vs. Kyle O’Reilly

It’s the ole Mentor vs. Pupil match. You can see a lot of Davey in O’Reilly when it comes to conditioning, aggressiveness and arsenal. Fulfilling their craft and reputation as workhorses they went all at it giving stiff shots and bone crunching submissions.  The match was well put together; however, it dragged a little bit more than it should because the no-selling has its limits especially when both competitors are very similar in styles. Other than that it’s enjoyable for the most part.
Grade: B-


7. Defy or Deny Elimination Match
Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong vs. Eddie Edwards

The Defy or Deny rules are the following: Whomever Steen defeats will not get another title shot as long as he remains champion. If Elgin, Strong or Edwards win, they get a title shot. Everyone had something to gain and lose so no one held back and all for it. This was well put together and all four competitors are proven to be at the top of their game.
Grade: B+


Final Thoughts:

This wasn’t a solid show as as a whole. There were bits and pieces that were good and the rest bad. Imagine a burger, the buns are fresh, the meat was not that fresh and the salad and dressing were expired. Not a good follow up to the previous night’s show. I’d pass on this show in favor for Hunt for the Gold if I were you.

Verdict: 6.5/10

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


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