Archive for the ‘2012’ Category

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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.

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*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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1. Mike Bennett w/Maria Kanellis vs. Michael Elgin

Fun opener with the uber heel Bennett trying to break the “Unbreakable”  Elgin. It was for the most part a tarzan vs george of the jungle judo match but very flaws exist with these two so it’s all good. Maria is so hot here, like always :D.
Grade: C+

 

2. The Bravado Bros. (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) vs. 3.0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews)

A Chikara rematch between these duos. The Canadians were impressive in this encounter with their top notch chemistry and charisma. Bravados did their thing also in this good tag team match.
Grade: B-

 

3. Bobby Fish vs. QT Marshall

I like Fish but I’m somehow not feeling it in this match. This isn’t the way he should go if he wants to impress and the crowd let him know that. Marshall delivered but it takes two to tango to make this work.
Grade: C-

 

4. ROH Tag Team Championship
             Elimination Match
S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) (c) vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer

Everyone and I mean EVERYONE was running on medium speed and didn’t make this match the big one it could have. On the flipside, WGTT/Titus & Whitmer feud is intensifying and it’s good to see both teams not lost in the shuffle.
Grade: C

 

5. Roderick Strong vs. Kyle O’Reilly

I gotta hand it to O’Reilly, he’s been on a role as of late with a streak of good matches and this one is no different against the Messiah of the Backbreaker. Roddy despite being a hit and miss character wise is always an asset as a performer and definitely brought a house with O’Reilly. It’s a shame that they suck on the mic, otherwise they be superstars.Grade: B

 

6. Davey Richards vs. Mike Mondo

This one was a beauty and Mondo sure capitalized on the opportunity. Davey’s hunt is always intense but his prey was no slouch so it was back and forth with a huge mentality game in hand. Nothing but good things came from this match.
Grade: B

 

7. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole

Edwards & Cole make quite a team but it’s not way near the effectiveness of Future Shock or the American Wolves. The Briscoes are always down to boogie and they did so with the wrestling scientists. It was enjoyable but they could have done more but there’s one more match to end the show so it’s logical.Grade: B-

 

8. ROH World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Jay Lethal

If there was a match in this card that had the potential to be a very high regarded match for years to come, it was this one. The talent was there, the star power was there, the crowd was there. Unfortunately this match did not have a finish , it was very confusing and absolutely unacceptable in the fashion it was conceived.
Grade: C-

 

Final Thoughts:

The show was on the correct path but that main event finish ruined the whole experience. I condemn the booker and the powers that be for the laziness and unethical way to finish a show. The whole card was very good but the main event should be the performance that can’t be followed and honestly I’m losing faith in ROH’s leadership and this clouds their future at some point. I recommend this show partially for the majority of the card minus the main event.

Verdict: 6.75/10

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

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*WARNING* I usually don’t do spoilers regarding matches because I strongly believe giving out the result will take away some excitement away from the spectator and my mission is for everyone to invest on the product. However, this show features a tournament and in order to give a detailed review, I have to make the exception so I can progress all the way through but I’ll keep the finals a secret. I know most don’t care about spoilers but just for those that do, you’ve been warned.

1. ROH Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs)

Fun opener where Colexander once again proved that they’re a force to be reckoned with. S.C.U.M. are so perfect together that it’s quite creepy cause at the beginning it was sorta of a mismatch but now they’re inseparable. Not a great tag match but it left a good taste in my mouth.
Grade: C+

 

2. Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match
Silas Young vs. Tadarius Thomas

With the Survival of the Fittest Tournament coming soon, the qualifying matches were taken place at various shows. Both are very talented and have the tools to make it far but they were definitely off here which pains because they might’ve blown the one shot they had to make it big.
Grade: C-

 

3. ACH vs. Kyle O’Reilly

ACH has been captivating the crowds attention everywhere he goes and it’s no coincidence. The kid is charismatic and talented that blends perfect with his youth. This match with O’Reilly benefited both of them equally in the sense that ACH got a new fanbase and a possible permanent job while O’Reilly proved how much of a heel he can be and where that places him up on the naughty list of ROH (corny x-mas joke I know).
Grade: B-

 

4. ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Charlie Haas & Rhett Titus w/Shelton Benjamin

For those of you who might be lost in the shuffle. The All Night Express team of Titus & Kenny King disbanded when King jumped to TNA, thus vacating the ROH Tag Titles. WGTT on the other hand was inactive for a time because Shelton Benjamin was doing New Japan duties in which left Haas without a partner so both him and Titus formed an uneasy alliance to enter the tournament. With that out of the way, this match was average at best but it’s enjoyable for the most part.
Grade: C+

 

Segment: Davey Richards comes out for an interview by Kevin Kelly and addresses that Hunting Season is open and he’s entering the Survival of the Fittest Tournament to redeem himself. This was more or less the same promo minus the SofT entry from Caged Hostility.

 

5. Jay Lethal vs. Homicide

Lethal has been on fire in ROH and doesn’t plan to cool down. Homicide hasn’t been much of a threat in ROH but he’s still one tough cookie to crumble. This blended very well and I see it fitting considering Lethal’s rise to the top and working with an ROH original in Homicide. Props to both.
Grade: B-

 

6. The House of Truth (Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin) w/Truth Martini vs. The Irish Airborne (Jake & Dave Crist)

Airborne make their return after what I believe is a 6 year absence and you can clearly tell there’s maturity and a lot of ring experience in them since then.  This was alright for the most part but the focus was given to HoT and their endless breakup which is about to happen at any moment. Nothing wrong here but nothing too exciting either.
Grade: C+

 

7. ROH Television Championship
Adam Cole (c) vs. Mike Mondo

Matt Hardy is doing commentary for this match which may hint a future match between him and Cole. Mondo has been a hit or miss with the fans but it’s undeniable that he has potential. Thankfully facing Cole helped out with combating the zero reaction syndrome. Valiant performance by Mikey who showed he wanted that title bad. Cole is such a natural and he’s only 23 years old which is amazing for someone so young to get this far.
Grade: B-

 

8. ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament Final Match
S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) vs. Rhett Titus & Charlie Haas w/Shelton Benjamin

This was not what I would expect for a finals match nor I think anyone would either. This was another storyline driven match that delivered absolutely nothing in-ring wise. Thankfully new champions were crowned and now the division can be set.
Grade: D+

 

9. ROH World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Rhino w/Truth Martini

If Steen were 10 years older he would have been perfect in ECW and facing Rhino gave me nostalgia from those days back in the 90’s. Great choice for a main event and the outside shenanigans from S.C.U.M. and HoT made it even better. The wrestling was top notch so there’s really nothing to complain about here.
Grade: B+

 

Final Thoughts:

This did not feel like a Death Before Dishonor show and it’s sad because this not what I would expect from ROH at this point in time. The main event saved the show by far but the saddest part here is that the talent level here is top notch but the leadership doesn’t seem to be looking at all and just does things in Eenie Meenie Miney Moe fashion. This isn’t the worst show out there but I recommend other shows above this one.

Verdict: 6.5/10

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