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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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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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1. BJ Whitmer & Rhett Titus vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish

Both teams were in sync and delivered a good performance to star the year 2013. Titus & Whitmer don’t really mesh that well but their expertise in tag teams overcame the mismatch.
Grade: C+

 

2. Jay Lethal vs. Steve Corino

Lethal has been on a rampage and wants S.C.U,M. after what they did to him. Perfect choice of an opponent on this occasion. It was short and sweet. Corino has all the tools to make Lethal look good and that’s how it went.
Grade: C

 

3. Roderick Strong vs. Silas Young

This match was quite intense at times with the big man Young trying to get Roddy’s respect. It went back and forth and gave Young a good reaction to the crowd. Young has a lot of potential but is never a mainstay anywhere he goes but AAW, which is unfortunate because he could have been a great asset for years.
Grade: B-

 

4. ROH World Chamionship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Tadarius Thomas

Up and comer Thomas gets the golden opportunity (pun intended) for the main title. Both delivered a pretty fun match that was only stained by a dead crowd. Other than that there is nothing wrong with this match and can be enjoyed by everyone.
Grade: B-

 

5. Charlie Haas vs. Trey Miguel and Brent Daniels

Originally it was Miguel vs. Daniels but Haas gave them an ass-whipping which ended up in this impromptu handicap match. Unfortunately, Only a dropkick was the sole offense given by the duo against the angry veteran.
Grade: DUD

 

6. Proving Ground Match
Adam Cole vs. Jimmy Jacobs

It’s Jacobs turn for a proving ground as if either he wins or survives the time limit he gets a shot at  Cole’s TV title. My God, these two are great performers but never I would expect this match to steal the show. Both were fantastic giving hard blows to each other plus outsmarting themselves trying to get the W. I was blown away with this match as much as I did with Cole vs. Richards.
Grade: B+

 

7. Michael Elgin vs. Rhino

The two powerhouses in ROH collide once again. Rhino has the home turf advantage which is a nice touch. This was a  much better performance than their previous match from Survival from the Fittest. Both delivered the power, the agility and the psychology to get the crowd going.
Grade: B-

 

8. ROH World Tag Team Championship
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) (c) vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)

These two teams are no strangers to each other as they’ve been at war for the entire year of 2009. Now 4 years later and all four of them have come a long way and are now more dangerous than ever. There isn’t really much to say as to what happened as they never had a bad match. Both gave a stellar performance to conclude the first show of 2013.
Grade: B+

 

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this show pretty much. It was a bit slow at first but then it picked up pretty well. Definitely a good start for the new year. My only dilemma is that for it being the first show it didn’t have the new year/new direction feel and it felt more like it was during mid 2012. A very good house show but it’s definitely not a big time show which is perfectly fine.

Grade: 7.75/10

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

 

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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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1. The Bravado Bros. (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

Very fun opener with good tag team wrestling. Bravados are definitely the most improved tag team of 2012 in my book while Coleman & Alexander are delivering quality matches.
Grade: B-

 

2. Mike Mondo vs. Mike Bennett w/Maria Kanellis

The feud’s build up here of Mondo trying to rape Maria is quite odd but at least it kept him relevant for a while. Both delivered a good brawl and you can instantly tell how different ROH is without Jim Cornette since the wrestlers were given more freedom.
Grade: B-

 

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

This match was short and sweet. BIG difference when the match is even that a completely one sided match which is what Haas & Benjamin have been known for in Ring of Honor. Still not a great match but quite acceptable and refreshing considering the drags they’ve been doing for a long time.
Grade: C

 

4. Davey Richards vs. Jay Lethal

Lethal has been a huge role in 2012 and after coming from a very controversial incident at Killer Instinct and winning the Survival of the Fittest, Lethal seems to be going for the push if his career. My God! Lethal was unleashed and went at par with Davey all the way and I will go on to say that this is Lethal’s best match ever. Absolutely amazing to see a very known face go at a distance never seen before against a very demanding and compelling performer as Davey is.
Grade: A-

 

5. Tadarius Thomas vs. Rhino

Originally Roderick Strong was Thomas’s opponent but he refused to wrestle and said he quits the House of Truth. Martini’s absolutely not happy with it and gets a reluctant Rhino to replace Strong in the match. Very quick match that didn’t do much at all but it was alright considering this was after the intermission and following the awesome Davey/Lethal match. Post match Rhino was pissed and threw Martini to the guardrail much to the fans happiness.Grade: D+

 

6. ROH Television Championship
Adam Cole (c) vs. Eddie Edwards

Cole has been on fire nationwide at near Tyler Black & Claudio Castagnoli speed. Another good performance by the youngster and I’m pretty sure he’s WWE bound in the very near future. Edwards was good as well and gets kudos for wrestling hurt. The in-ring psychology is top notch and well implemented.
Grade: B

 

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

Fun tag team match with a lot of  chemistry by the two teams and I can’t deny it since they all been part of Ring of Honor for many years and delivered some of the most memorable matches and moments in it’s 10 year history. The finish was a little iffy but a good set up for a return match.
Grade: B-

 

8. ROH World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Michael Elgin

Amazing! This was absolutely beautiful. Everything has been said of Steen so it’s not worth repeating the same words. Elgin has also been on a mean streak in ROH ever since winning the 2011 Survival of the Fittest and his prize was redeemed a year later with this title shot. Elgin was unleashed with giving Steen a huge run for his money and once again raise the bar for big men in Ring of Honor history. Definitely up on the top 3 matches for Ring of Honor in 2012.
Grade: A

 

Final Thoughts:

I must say that justice has been served and ROH finally landed onto a winner show after a lot of slumps throughout the year. One thing very notable here and like I mentioned before is that with Jim Cornette out of Ring of Honor, Delirious runs the show now. I love Corny to death but like Davey, Steen and others mentioned, his mentality is outdated and his influence has dragged Ring of Honor out of the direction they were headed to for quite some time. You can instantly tell the difference between the overall quality of this show with the past 10 shows. It almost feels like a new Ring of Honor. I heavily recommend this show as one of the must haves out of 2012.

Verdict: 8.5/10

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