ROH – Final Battle: Doomsday (12.16.12) DVD REVIEW

Posted: August 17, 2013 in 2012, Promotions, ROH



1. Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong

After many months of simmering tension within the House of Truth, both Elgin & Strong finally face each other in the ring. Both delivered a fantastic opener while closing a chapter of their respective careers and begin a new one.  Unfortunately for Truth Martini, he was left without the kit and caboodle as neither competitor wanted anything to do with the guy.
Grade: B


2.  Jay Lethal vs. Rhino

Steve Corino is on commentary. Lethal has been a man on a mission to get back at SCUM for what they did to him a few months prior. The match was a bit short for both guys normal routine which was fresh. It was decent to watch, nothing really out stood. After the match, Corino, Jacobs and Rhino manhandled Lethal sending a message to not get involved into SCUM’s business.
Grade: C


3. Prince Nana vs. RD Evans w/QT Marshall 

This match was titled, THE EMBASSY EXPLODES. Nana & Evans were at each other’s throats for a while now as Evans was snooping around and taking over The Embassy behind Nana’s back. Both managed to deliver a good performance despite their inactivity as wrestlers within ROH. It was short and straight to the point which was what they needed.
Grade: C


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

After Kenny King jumped ship to TNA, Titus found an ally in veteran BJ Whitmer. It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of WGTT (especially Haas) but they’ve  managed to pull through and give a good performance with the two brawlers. It was pretty violent with some peculiar weapons such as a Christmas stocking full of candy canes and an actual Christmas Tree, guess they were in the holiday spirit. Overall it was very fun to watch.
Grade: B


5. Jerry Lynn vs. Mike Bennett w/Brutal Bob Evans & Maria Kanellis

Lynn, a former ROH World Champion, was on the verge of retiring and one of his last stops was in ROH. Bennett is no stranger to a veteran the likes of Lynn as he already wrestled former rival Lance Storm.  To be honest this wasn’t my cup of tea and this is coming from a fan of both wrestlers. Everything was just out of sync and no substance was provided. But out of that, Lynn still can go at his age which is outstanding.
Grade: C-


Segment: Immediately following the contest, Bennett, Bob & Maria were attacking Lynn but the former World Champion let them have it as well and managed to fend them off. Afterwards, the crowd was cheering and applauded Jerry for his contributions as a professional wrestler. A few guys from the back leaded by Nigel McGuinness came out and thanked Lynn personally. Lynn gave his speech to everyone present and left with a positive attitude. THANK YOU JERRY!


Segment: Immediately after the farewell, Jay Lethal comes out and sends a message to SCUM that he’s “still here” and promised to interfere in the main event. McGuinness, who’s the man in charge, promises that if Generico wins, he’ll get the first title opportunity. Lethal brushes that off and demands Steen so he can restore his family’s honor and wants a match tonight. McGuinness politely says no so Lethal puts him on the spot saying how would he like his mom to be spat on and proceeds to spit on McGuinness. The commissioner was now livid and went after Lethal but they were separated by the officials. McGuinness orders Lethal to be ejected from the building at once.


6. American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly

O’Reilly found a friend and partner in veteran and part-time MMA fighter, Bobby Fish.  They’re all known for their strong-style performances and they made sure they delivered. Everything went swell and the best part of all was that they all did it in 15 minutes when they normally go 20-25. Fish & O’Reilly worked pretty well and can complement each other. Awesome match.
Grade: B+


7. Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy

Hardy returned to ROH after a 6-year absence. He got a unanimous boo-fest from the demanding ROH crowd. Cole, who’s definitely the breakout star of the year, took the opportunity and faced the former WWE star. The match was actually pretty good and no one can’t deny that Hardy is a very good wrestler in his own right. Very satisfying match for both competitors.
Grade: B-


8. ROH World Tag Team Championship
Sudden Death Three Way Match
SCUM (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) (c) vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)

The tag division has been on fire all year. This match had the potential to steal the show with the amount of talent involved and it was going that way until it ended on the 8 mark. I’m sorry but that’s a slap in the face to everyone as there was a lot of build and anticipation from this match and to only give them such a short match is uncalled for. Nevertheless they did well right from the star.
Grade: C-


9. ROH World Championship
    Ladder War IV
Kevin Steen (c) vs. El Generico

There’s really no explanation to what we have here. The former tag team partners had a brutal and lengthy feud that began 3 years prior and Final Battle had become their battleground for the following years. This time they have it in a Ladder match, the fourth one in ROH history and both part of  the first two. The crowd went bonkers right from the start as both resumed where they left off. Their chemistry is unlike any other I’ve ever seen throughout this century. You had everything here, the championship, the dangerous spots, the weapons and the story.
Grade: A-


Final Thoughts:

Overall the show was good. A bit long for my taste but everything was satisfactory. My only complaint is the tag match which deserved more time and I strongly believe they could have reduced a few minutes off the rest the matches to give it’s fair share so it wouldn’t go too long. I recommend this DVD because it provides the basic needs of a wrestling which is talent and storytelling but I wont go as far to say that it’s one of the best shows for ROH, let alone this year.

Verdict: 8/10

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



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