ROH – Honor vs. Evil (2.16.13) DVD Review

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

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1. Jay Briscoe vs. QT Marshall

OK opener. Not much of a fan of Marshall but this is one of his best performances I’ve seen from him so far.
Grade: C

 

2. Jay Lethal vs. Tadarius Thomas

I liked this pairing a lot. This was fast paced right from the get go. Both know what to do and when to do eclipsing the opener. Thomas is very talented and I can see good things for him in the near future.
Grade: B-

 

3. Mark Briscoe vs. “Spyder” Nate Webb

Webb returns to ROH after what I believe is a 6 year absence. Mark is fun to watch on his own but performs very well with the right opponent, sadly this wasn’t the case and it felt like both were wrestling on two left feet. There’s nothing really worth seeing nor remember.
Grade: D

 

4. Roderick Strong vs. ACH

This was fast right from the start. Very diverse which had brawling, ground game, high-flying and signatures. ACH is one of the funnest performers to watch as he can adapt to any environment put in front of him just like strong. Roddy serves the role as the tester very well when it comes to newcomers.
Grade: B

 

Segment: Truth Martini’s interview segment called “The Hoopla” is taken underway with the sexy Scarlett Bordeaux and some other girl. Martini asks the crowed who was gonna win the main event between ROH vs. S.C.U.M. and got a mixed reaction. He starts reading fan mail and doing other nonsense. He says the secret word of the day is underwear and the girls start stripping. Martini mentions Adam Cole as his guest who eventually comes out. Cole gets the old fashion treatment of not being able to speak his mind on the interview as he’s constantly interrupted or baited to say underwear. Martini then pops the big one and ask what’s his preparation for his upcoming TV title defense at 11th Anniversary Show. Cole understood it was Matt Hardy but then is corrected by Martini and says it’s Matt Taven who’s getting the shot and the new member of the House of Truth. Cole was about to kick Martini but Scarlett shields him. Martini proceeds to slap Cole on the butt and without hesitation gets kicked in the jaw by the TV champ. I’ve seen many wrestling personalities get their own segment but this is by far the most awkward of them all.

 

5. Charlie Haas vs. Pepper Parks

Haas divided his match time to bully Parks and drink beer. I have no idea what he tried to accomplish with all this but it really didn’t click. One the flipside, it wasn’t that bad of a match so I give credit where credit is due.

After the match he proceeded to beat up ROH student called Cheeseburger, this infamous segment went viral on the ROH YouTube channel later on.
Grade: C-

 

6. BJ Whitmer vs. Kyle O’Reilly

This was brutal and eye cringing. Both had little regard for their bodies and went very stiff on each other. Whitmer is a proven tough guy which made O’Reilly man up and not hold back. Good encounter.
Grade: B-

 

7. Elimination Match
Davey Richards, Michael Elgin & Adam Cole vs. S.C.U.M. (Kevin Steen, Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs)

I like the choices in here and feels a lot like Survivor Series. Elgin & Richards have a score to settle with S.C.U.M. while Cole is an All-Star right now which suits Team ROH well. This was very enjoyable for the amount of talent involved and despite it’s lengthy time it gave one hell of a main event. Elgin is definitely the MVP of the match being resilient and entertaining throughout the whole match. Lethal got himself involved in the later portion of the match to Steen’s attention. The ending could have been better but it doesn’t take away the goodness out of this main event.
Grade: B+

 

Bonus Match:

ROH World Tag Team Championship
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) (c) vs. S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) – February 2, 2013

This match took place on the National Pro Wrestling Day extravaganza. Quick and straight to the point match.
Grade: C

 

Final Thoughts:

ROH managed to put the prior show behind them and came back with another good show  to kick off month two of the year. So far so good ROH is on the right path and seeds were planted for the this upcoming year within its ranks. Overall the show was fun and easy to sit through. The main event was well put together and the undercard held  pretty well on it’s own. I recommend this show for the main event and ACH vs. Strong which is a must see.

 

Grade: 7.25/10

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

 

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