Inside Pulse Wrestling » Jake Ziegler http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:19:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » Jake Ziegler http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com A2Z Analysiz – WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 (John Cena, Wade Barrett) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/11/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-chairs-2010-john-cena-wade-barrett-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/11/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-chairs-2010-john-cena-wade-barrett-2/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171297 tlc 2010

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Toyota Center – Houston, Texas – December 19, 2010

Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Triple threat Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship – Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger

Ziggler has been the Champion since 8.6.10, and this is his ninth defense. Everyone goes after everyone and Ziggler is the first one tossed to the floor. While he’s out there Ziggler grabs a ladder and brings it into the ring to climb when Swagger and Kingston roll to the floor, but he gets pushed down by both challengers. Swagger gets his injured wrist looked at by a trainer while Ziggler throws Kingston into a ladder set up in the corner. When Swagger gets back in the ring he catapults Ziggler’s face into the same ladder in the corner. Kingston gets back in and takes Swagger out. The action is fast and furious here, with everyone using the ladder to their advantage. With all three men on the floor writhing in pain, Vickie Guerrero gets in the ring and climbs up the ladder. Kingston gets in the ring and climbs up the other side, then climbs down to threaten to push the ladder over. Ziggler and Swagger save her and she runs back to the floor screaming. Everyone tumbles to the floor again, and when they get back in the ring Swagger has Kingston in the Ankle Lock. Kingston tries climbing the ladder anyway, and then Ziggler climbs up Kingston’s back and almost grabs the belt. Swagger gets knocked down so it’s Ziggler and Kingston fighting on top of the ladder. Ziggler ducks a big right hand and locks on the Sleeper. Kingston breaks out of it and knocks Ziggler off the ladder but Swagger climbs up and they knock the title down. Ziggler retrieves it and is awarded the win at 8:56. That was quite short but they packed a ton of action into it and the crowd was hot. The finish seemed to deflate them a bit, but rules are rules and that’s a fine win to give a heel Intercontinental Champion.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Divas Tag Team Table Match – Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. Lay-Cool

This is the first-ever Divas Tag Team Table Match, and only one Diva has to go through a table to end the match. Michelle McCool and Layla look a little bit frightened of participating in this match. Natalya is the current Divas Champion. She and Phoenix dominate early on, and go for the special table they have prepared for their opponents. Lay-Cool avoids the table for now, and they go to work on wearing down their much stronger opponents. McCool simply tosses Phoenix through the ropes and it causes a nasty bump on her head and neck. Yikes. The momentum shifts back and forth and the crowd is reacting really well for a Divas match. Lay-Cool disposes of Phoenix and tries a double superplex on Natalya, but the Divas Champion pushes them both back but the table doesn’t break! Natalya then hits a Superfly Splash to put them both through a table and get the win at 9:23. That was one of the best Divas matches probably in company history, with really good action, great heat, and a great finish.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #3: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel

Marella and Kozlov have been the Champions since 12.6.10, and this is their first defense and the Nexus’s official rematch. This is the only match on the card to not have a TLC stipulation attached to it. Slater and Gabriel are accompanied by fellow Nexus members Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris. Marella and Gabriel start the match with some mat wrestling. The Nexus is able to take the advantage and they isolate on Marella, a former two-time Intercontinental Champion. Kozlov is able to tag in and he immediately asserts his power advantage. Harris interferes from ringside to give the challengers the advantage again. Marella makes the hot tag and the crowd is on fire with him. He goes for the Cobra and McGillicutty gets in the ring to interfere and the referee sees him and calls for the bell at 6:28. Wade Barrett comes out and uses a chair to beat down the Tag Team Champions. That wasn’t much of a match and the finish was more suited to Raw.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Number One Contender’s Ladder Match – John Morrison vs. Sheamus

Morrison pinned Sheamus at Survivor Series and Sheamus beat Morrison in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament, so this is a rubber match. Sheamus immediately starts asserting his power advantage and throws Morrison around. They take it to the floor and Sheamus sets a ladder between the apron and the announce table. Morrison avoids it and drives Sheamus into the barricade. Back in the ring Morrison uses a ladder to his advantage and makes the first couple of attempts at reaching the contract. Sheamus fights back and goes to work on Morrison’s knee, which is good strategy against a high flyer and really against anyone in a ladder match. Morrison tries to fight up but King Sheamus just has too much power for him. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse and Morrison rolls to the floor. Both men bring ladders in the ring and Morrison throws his at Sheamus first. Momentum shifts a few more times and Sheamus finds himself at the top of the ladder but he can’t grab the contract. Morrison hops up the ladder too and knocks Sheamus down, and then Sheamus tries to bring Morrison down with a powerbomb but Morrison instead ranas Sheamus to the floor. Whew. Morrison gets his hands on the contract but can’t pull it down and Sheamus pushes the ladder over. They fight back to the top of the ladder and both men fall over right through the ladder that was set up between the apron and the announce table earlier! That was a nasty bump. Back in the ring Morrison once again tries to get the contract but he can’t unhook it. Sheamus gets back in the ring and tries to push him over but Morrison bounces back off the top rope with a kick to the face and pulls the contract down at 19:07! What a great match, with some awesome creative spots, a good story, and amazing crowd heat. Morrison’s selling was outstanding as well. This is probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in WWE.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #5: Tables Match for the WWE Championship – The Miz vs. Randy Orton

Miz has been Champion since 11.22.10 and this is his second defense as well as Orton’s rematch. He’s accompanied by his apprentice Alex Riley. The pop Orton gets is deafening. Orton is the aggressor early on, keeping Miz on the mat. They go to the floor and Orton stays in control. Miz comes back by dropping Orton’s face on the steel steps, and then he sets up a table. He sets Orton on the table and goes to the top rope but Orton rolls off before Miz can jump. Back in the ring Miz sets up a table but Orton cuts him off with an Angle Slam. Orton sets up a table and hits a superplex, but Riley moves the table, saving the Miz’s title reign yet again. The challenger hits the Orton DDT and then takes Riley out with a clothesline on the floor. Orton hits the Orton Backbreaker and sets up for the RKO but Riley interferes again and the referee gets bumped. Riley gets in the ring and runs right into an RKO. Orton then powerbombs Riley through the table, and Miz sneaks back in and hits Orton with the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz then pulls Orton onto the broken table and wakes the referee up, who calls the match in favor of the WWE Champion at 12:59. The referee spots the replay on the Titan Tron and he restarts the match! Orton is energized by the restart, and he takes it right to the Champion. He throws Miz back in the ring and as soon as Orton gets on the apron Miz pushes Riley, who knocks Orton off the apron and through a table and Miz wins for real at 0:41 (13:40 total match time). These two don’t have great chemistry together and the finish seemed like an overly complicated way to not help The Miz at all.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Fatal Four Way Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio

Kane has been the Champion since 7.18.10, and this is his sixth defense. Mysterio is a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Edge is a nine-time World Champion at this point, and has by far the most previous TLC experience. They immediately pair off exactly how you would expect them too, with Edge and Kane going straight to the floor. Mysterio and Del Rio creatively involve the ladder early on, and then they trade places with Edge and Kane. Eventually they trade dance partners as well, as Kane goes after Mysterio and Del Rio takes on Edge. Then Edge, Mysterio, and Del Rio work together to take Kane out, and then Mysterio and Edge double-team Del Rio. Edge sets Kane up on a table outside the ring and climbs up a ladder in the ring and puts Kane through said table with a splash. Finishers start popping up pretty early, and all four men make their way up by the entrance. Mysterio uses the props as a launching pad to take Kane out. Everyone except Kane fights back to the ring and up on a ladder. Edge and Mysterio knock Del Rio off and then pull each other down face-first into the mat and all four men are down again. Ricardo Rodriguez tries to climb the ladder and retrieve the belt, but he gets stopped by Kane and hit with a Chokeslam. Del Rio and Edge suffer the same fate, Edge through a table. Mysterio halts Kane’s momentum and takes him out with a steel chair. Del Rio takes Mysterio out and climbs up for the belt but Mysterio pushes the ladder over and Del Rio crashes hard through a table. Mysterio climbs but Kane pulls him down and hits a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane climbs up but Edge stops him with a chair. Edge Spears Kane off the apron and through a table, and then climbs the ladder and grabs the belt to become a 10-time World Champion at 22:42. With four guys in the match there was certainly no shortage of spots and they worked in some great ones. It’s hard to get fired up about Edge getting a World Title for the tenth time, but at least the match was fun.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Chairs Match – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

CM Punk comes out to replace Matt Striker on commentary, which is a huge trade up. Houston loves John Cena, wow. Cena tries to keep Barrett from getting a chair but it doesn’t take long for him to fail at that. Barrett takes the advantage and controls the first several minutes of the match. They fight up on the entrance ramp and Barrett is in complete control. Barrett goes for a piledriver but Cena backdrops him to finally get a reprieve. Cena goes backstage and gets a nice leather office type chair. He puts Barrett in the chair and slides him down the ramp right into the steel steps! That’s a cool spot but Barrett pretty much recovers from it instantly and goes back to work. Barrett wraps a chair around Cena’s neck and hurls him into the ring post. Back in the ring Cena tries to fire up but Barrett cuts him off again. Finally Cena avoids a chair-assisted elbow drop off the second rope and he gains control of the chair. Cena then goes up top and hits a chair-assisted Cena Slice. He sets up six chairs and delivers a brutal Attitude Adjustment to get the pin at 19:09. That was solid stuff but it never quite got the epic feel that the end of this months-long feud could have gotten. It’s the problem with a lot of Cena matches nowadays, where the result is so obvious that people just wait for his comebacks and don’t really get sucked into the match.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs 2009 (Jeri-Show, D-Generation X) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-and-chairs-2009-jeri-show-d-generation-x-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-and-chairs-2009-jeri-show-d-generation-x-2/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171293 tlc 2009

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AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas – December 13, 2009

Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary. They say revolutionary a bunch of times and Striker gives Benjamin Billy Gunn’s old nickname.

MATCH #1: Ladder Match for the ECW Championship – Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin

These two expressed a desire to “steal the show” in the buildup to this match so there should be a ton of action. Striker spouts off tons of statistics, but would be well served to work them into a more conversational style than just reciting facts. The combatants spill to the floor and throw each other around ringside. Christian makes the first attempt at climbing a ladder but Benjamin pulls him down. Benjamin takes a shot at climbing but also gets pulled down, and the ladder now becomes a weapon for both men. Christian gets busted open and the medic has to stitch him up before the match can continue. Striker blames the Texas State Athletic Commission, which is a nice touch. Lawler then ruins it by also saying it’s a WWE rule. Sigh. They continue fighting on the floor and Benjamin goes up one of the ladders and lays Christian out with a somersault dive. Benjamin continues to dominate and brings Christian back in the ring for more ladder abuse, but Christian gives it right back to him. The momentum shifts frequently and they work in a couple of really contrived spots. Benjamin is able to deliver a powerslam off the ladder, which looked very cool. He goes up for the belt and Christian removes the ladder, leaving Benjamin hanging. Christian then just sets up another ladder and knocks Benjamin off of it. This time Benjamin removes the ladder and then brings Christian down for a Buckle Bomb right into a ladder. They both climb the ladder again and Benjamin tries a sunset bomb but it gets countered to a rana. Christian knocks Benjamin onto a ladder that’s stationed between the ring apron and the announce table, and delivers a Frog Splash from the top rope to break the ladder in half! The champion climbs up and retrieves the title at 18:06! The effort was fantastic, but the bleeding having to be stopped killed some of the momentum early on, and a couple of minor botches brought it down a tad.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – John Morrison vs. Drew McIntyre

Morrison has been the champion since 9.4.09, and this is his sixth defense. McIntyre had truly hideous generic rock music for his entrance theme here. They go back and forth in the ring to start, with neither man gaining an advantage. That changes when they go to the floor and McIntyre hurls Morrison’s face into the ring post. Back in the ring McIntyre covers for two. Now McIntyre takes control and wears Morrison down. Morrison fights back with an impressive DDT, spiking the challenger on his head. He follows up with a flurry of offense, including a hard kick to the face for two. The champion goes up top and hits a missile dropkick for another near-fall. McIntyre fights back with an inverted Alabama Slam, which could totally be a finisher. But it’s not, so the match continues. Morrison dropkicks McIntyre to the floor and hits the Flying Chuck. Back in the ring Morrison hits Starship Pain (sort of) and McIntyre is saved by having his foot under the bottom rope. Morrison takes his belt off for some reason and the referee removes it from the ring. With the official’s back turned McIntyre delivers a thumb to the eye and follows up with the Scot Drop to get the win and the title at 10:21. Why exactly did Morrison take his belt off? That’s a puzzling finish to an average match.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James

McCool has been the champion since 6.28.09, and this is her third defense. She is accompanied by Layla. James is aggressive in the early going, due to McCool teasing her about being fat for the last few weeks. I hated how so many people on the Internet complained about this angle just because someone was calling Mickie James fat. Heels say mean things to babyfaces all the time – it’s kind of how wrestling works. Jerry Lawler goes out of his way to talk about how hot Mickie James and heels are the only ones who say anything about her being fat, which she obviously is not. Internet Wrestling Fans are such buttholes sometimes. The champion survives James’s early onslaught and goes to work on her. Despite James’s comeback efforts McCool stays in control of the match. Outside the ring James comes back with a headscissors and a Thesz Press. Layla interferes but James brushes her off. Back in the ring James hits another Thesz Press and a low dropkick for two. James continues with her flurry of offense, but when she goes to the top rope Layla shoves her down. McCool then accidentally kicks Layla off the apron and James gets a quick rollup for two. McCool then delivers a hard kick to the face to retain the title at 7:32. The crowd was more alive for that than they are for most women’s matches, and the wrestlers seemed energized by them and it turned into an okay match.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Tables Match for the WWE Championship – John Cena vs. Sheamus

Cena has been the Champion since 10.25.09, and this is his second defense. Sheamus is greener than grass at this point. The champ is here from the get-go, aggressively attacking his challenger at the bell. Sheamus fights back as Cole helpfully explains that the “Laoch” on the front of Sheamus’ tights is a Gaelic term meaning “Warrior.” They take it to the floor and Cena slams Sheamus into the table several times. Cena sets up the first table but can’t put Sheamus through it just yet. Back in the ring Sheamus goes back on offense. They fight both in and out of the ring but no one can get the other guy through a table. Up on the entrance ramp Cena delivers a suplex. Cena goes and gets a table and tries to slam it on Sheamus, who had plenty of time to recover and move out of the way. They make their way back to the ring, where Sheamus hits the “Irish Curse” Kick, now known as the Brogue Kick. Sheamus sets up a table in the corner and tries to drive Cena through it, but the champ escapes and hits his comeback series of moves. Cena hits the Five-Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment. Cena brings another table in the ring and brings Sheamus up to the top rope for a Super Attitude Adjustment but Sheamus blocks it. The champ goes back up for a superplex but he sort of falls and Sheamus sort of pushes him off, and the referee calls the match in favor of Sheamus and we have a New Champion at 16:22. Sheamus wasn’t all that great at this point so this was a huge shock. The match just never seemed to click, and it’s a good thing it was placed here on the card.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Chair Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Undertaker vs. Batista

Undertaker has been the Champion since 10.4.09, and this is his fourth defense. Even though chairs are legal, other weapons are not, so countouts and disqualifications are still in play. Both men start off hot, as momentum shifts several times in the early going. Undertaker misses a charge into the barricade and injures his knee, allowing Batista to take control. That doesn’t last too long before the champion reclaims the advantage and the crowd is struggling to get into it. Batista comes back with a superplex for a two-count. They get up and Batista goes for a Batista Bomb but can’t connect, but he does hit the Spinebuster and gets another two-count. Undertaker hits the flying clothesline and the Old School. He follows up with Snake Eyes but then runs right into a Spear and Batista gets another near-fall. Batista then hits a Spinebuster right on a chair. He signals for the Batista Bomb but Undertaker grabs him in Hell’s Gate and Batista reaches the ropes. The back and forth continues and Undertaker hits the Chokeslam but Batista kicks out. Batista repositions the referee and hits a solid low blow. He then brains Undertaker with a chair and gets the pin to win the title at 12:44. While Batista celebrates, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long comes out and restarts the match because he saw the low blow. That’s so stupid – the referee’s decision is final! I hate this. Back in the ring Undertaker hits Batista with the chair and lands the Tombstone Piledriver to get the win and actually retain the title at 0:31 (13:15 total). The match had no flow to it whatsoever and the finish was profoundly stupid. These two have had great matches in the past but this one was not.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton

This is the biggest match of Kingston’s career to this point. They take it to the mat from the start and exchange holds. It’s actually kind of strange to see Orton as a heel now, even though for the longest time I thought he was a better heel than a face. Orton controls the early going, but Kingston makes sure to show that he’s not intimidated. They take it to the floor and Kingston goes for a cross body block off the top rope but Orton cuts him out of the air with a dropkick! Good timing on that spot. Back in the ring Orton goes to work on the ribs, keeping Kingston on the mat. Kingston comes back with a sloppy SOS and gets a two-count. He clotheslines Orton to the floor and follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring Kingston hits a high cross body block off the top rope for a near-fall. After some more offense, Orton tries to come back but Kingston cuts him off and hits the Boom Drop. Kingston then hits Trouble in Paradise but Orton is able to grab the bottom rope to just escape being pinned. Orton slides to the floor and when Kingston drags him back in the ring. That proves to be a mistake though, as Orton grabs him in the Orton DDT and both men are down. Back on their feet Orton goes for the Punt but Kingston gets his arm up, saving his head but doing his arm no favors. Orton zeroes in on the arm and then ducks a Trouble in Paradise, giving him the perfect chance to hit the RKO and get the pin at 13:13. The pop from the crowd is pretty sizable for the supposedly heel Orton. As for the match, it was structurally solid but was never exciting enough to feel like a true coming out party for Kingston like it should have been.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: TLC Match for the Unified Tag Team Championship – Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

Jeri-Show has been the champions since 7.26.09, and this is their sixth defense. Both Shawn Michaels and Triple H have held the Tag Team Titles with other partners but never with each other. There have been 10 TLC matches in WWE history, and of these four men only Jericho has been in one (two) of them. This is just like a ladder match except that tables and chairs are also legal. Michaels pairs off with Jericho while HHH and Show do battle on the floor. Jericho and Michaels find their way out there as well and try to put each other through a table but they both block it and get back in the ring. Michaels takes Jericho down and goes for the flying elbow drop but Jericho gets his knees up. Meanwhile HHH and Show are fighting up by the entrance. Jericho tries to hit HHH with a chair but HHH blocks it. HHH goes for the Pedigree and Jericho backdrops him. Michaels comes up to join them and gets knocked down. D-X is looking the worse for wear right now. Michaels goes backstage and grabs another chair and hits both the champs with it, but Show cuts him off with a headbutt. Everyone makes their way back to the ring and the challengers come back and get creative with the ladder. D-X tries to grab the belts first but Show cuts them off. The momentum shifts back and forth and everyone starts handing out signature maneuvers. Show winds up all alone and sets up a ladder and climbs. HHH stops him with a steel chair, and then Show punches the chair back into his face! Michaels then gets back in the ring and D-X pushes Show off the ladder, and then HHH hits him with the Pedigree! Michaels tries to climb and Jericho shoves him off the ladder and right onto the Big Show. Jericho climbs and HHH takes him down, and then HHH climbs and Show takes him down. Show then dismantles the ladder, making one less ladder for everyone to climb. The champions are firmly in control now as the crowd chants for Tables. Show gives them their wish, putting both members of D-X through a table on the floor. Since one ladder is broken, Jericho tries standing on Show’s shoulders to grab the belt s. D-X recovers and Michaels hits Show with a Superkick in an awesome spot, and Jericho takes a nasty face bump on a table at ringside. Michaels then hits another Superkick and they clothesline Show over the ropes to the floor with the half ladder. HHH holds the ladder and Michaels climbs up in and pulls the belts down at 22:32! This entire feud was great and this was a fantastic match with great heat and cool spots. All four of these men were on fire at this point, and who knows when the next time we’ll see the WWE Tag Team Titles on the line in a pay-per-view main event.
Rating: ****¼topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, New York – Sunday, December 16, 2012

The show opens with a very well done and very thorough video package on the Kevin Steen versus El Generico main event for tonight. Kevin Kelly and Caleb Seltzer are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The House of Truth Collides – “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong

Truth Martini is nowhere to be found here. These two really don’t like each other and it shows right from the opening bell. Strong dumps Elgin to the floor and tires a house show dive but Elgin catches him! Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Strong slips out and tries a chop, but Elgin ducks and Strong chops the post! Back in the ring Strong kicks Elgin in the face and takes control. Martini makes his way down to the ring, but neither guy is a big fan of him right now so who is he out here for? Elgin dumps Strong out to the floor and hits a flying shoulder tackle off the apron. He throws Strong into the barricade and then hits a running powerslam. They fight on the apron, where Strong hits an enziguiri and a back suplex. Martini is celebrating whenever either guy is in control. Strong and Elgin trade chops on the floor and slug it out. Back in the ring they slug it out some more. Elgin hits a Black Hole Slam for two. He follows with a Death Valley Driver into the buckles for another two-count. They fight up on the ropes and Strong hits a backbreaker on the top turnbuckle. That gets a two-count. Strong hits a jumping knee strike for two. He tries the Stronghold but Elgin kicks out of it. They fight in the corner again and Elgin hits a superplex as Strong was on the apron. That’s awesome. It gets a two-count. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb and Strong pops out with a knee strike. They trade a few shots and Strong hits a gutbuster. Elgin responds with a big clothesline. Martini gets on the ring apron to distract referee Brian Gorie, and he slips the Book of Truth into the ring. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Strong grabbed the book and he hits Elgin with it. Strong then hits the End of Heartache and that’s enough to get the pin at 11:31. After everything Elgin went through with Steen that seems pretty silly that the Book of Truth would knock him out that much. Kelly says “who knows what that’s loaded with” but it’s very clearly loaded with nothing. Aside from that this was a good not great match, which is understandable given that the feud just started and more matches are bound to come.
Rating: ***

After the match, Martini tries to get on Strong’s good side again but Strong won’t have it. Strong reiterates that he wants nothing to do with the House of Truth. Martini then tries to get Elgin back in the fold by telling him he loves him and giving him a hug. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Martini begs him to give him a chance. Martini rambles on for a while and then delivers a slap. Elgin delivers a Buckle Bomb and a spinning back first to send Martini crashing to the floor.

MATCH #2: Jay Lethal vs. “The Man Beast” RHINO

They show a video package on the recent events involving Lethal and Kevin Steen. Lethal has promised to fight the ROH World Champion one way or another tonight. Steve Corino comes out to join the commentary team. RHINO stalls a bit to start. Lethal hits a springboard cross body block and then dumps RHINO to the floor. He hits the Jericho dropkick to knock RHINO off the apron. Lethal tries a house show dive but misses. He doesn’t miss the superkick though. Lethal then hits a suicide dive. He throws RHINO around ringside a bit and then they go back in the ring. Lethal tries the Lethal Injection but RHINO avoids it and hits a spinebuster for two. RHINO goes to work on Lethal now, keeping him on the mat and working his midsection. He slaps on a bear hug. Lethal slugs his way out of it and unleashes a flurry of offense, including a hard clothesline for two. RHINO reverses a whip in the corner and drives a shoulder to the midsection. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and sets up for the GORE. Lethal cuts him off with a superkick! He hits a Flatliner and locks on the Koji Clutch. RHINO powers his way out of that and slams Lethal down for a two-count. Lethal then hits the 9:32. That was perfectly adequate, but a good win for Lethal as he moves his way up the card.
Rating: **½

Steve Corino gets on the house mic and bad mouths Lethal in regards to facing and/or defeating Kevin Steen for the ROH World Champion. Lethal challenges Corino to get in the ring and fight him, so Jimmy Jacobs comes out and attacks Lethal from behind. The Tag Team Champions hold Lethal in place for the GORE and RHINO cuts him in half. Corino reiterates that Lethal will never beat Steen for the ROH World Title.

MATCH #3: The Embassy Explodes – “Barrister” R.D. Evans w/ Q.T. Marshall vs. Prince Nana

Nana is the aggressor early on and dominates Evans. While rarely used as such in ROH, both men are trained wrestlers. Nana actually has the distinction of having wrestled on the first ever ROH show. Evans throws Nana to the floor and tries a house show dive but misses. Nana then connects on a suicide dive to wipe out both Evans and Marshall. Back in the ring Evans goes back on offense. Evans goes to work on the back. Nana tries to escape a rear chin lock but Evans takes him back down with a back suplex. Evans goes for an elbow off the second rope but Nana catches him with a boot to the face. Nana hits a spinning sidewalk slam and a senton for two. He knocks Evans to the apron and when Evans tries a springboard maneuver, Nana catches him in an Ace Crusher! Marshall pulls the referee out of the ring before a three-count can be made. Ernesto Osiris comes back from out of nowhere and gets hurled into the barricade. Meanwhile, Evans hits what looks like the Old School Bomb. Evans goes up top and Nana knocks him down. Nana hits a superplex for two. Evans comes back with an inverted Styles Clash to get the pin at 6:40. For a match between two managers that was really solid.
Rating: **¼

After the match, Tommaso Ciampa hops the apron and wants to get at Evans and Marshall. Unfortunately that does not happen tonight.

MATCH #4: NYC Street Fight – BJ Whitmer & Rhett Titus vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin

All four men come out in street clothes, so you know it’s a real street fight. Titus and Whitmer attack during WGTT’s entrance and IT…IS…ON! They fight on the floor for a minute and then they take it to the ring where Whitmer and Titus use big candy canes for weapons. To be fair they did look like they would hurt. Christmas themed plunder continues to be used by both teams. Haas and Benjamin take control and use belts and crutches to assault their rivals. Whitmer fights back and dumps Benjamin to the floor. He takes it to Haas, but The Outlaw comes back with the Olympic Slam for two. Titus drives Benjamin’s face into a chair with that leaping Rocker Dropper that he does. He then hiptosses Haas into a piece of guardrail that was brought into the ring for a two-count. Benjamin fights back and he fights Titus on the apron right above a table. They trade strikes until Benjamin hits Paydirt off the apron through the table! Good spot there. Whitmer and Haas battle it out in the ring and Whitmer hits an exploder for two. He goes out and grabs another table. They take the fight to the top rope and Haas hits a belly-to-belly suplex through the table that appears to kill Whitmer, or at very least break his neck. That’s enough to get the pin at 15:26. Knowing that Whitmer ended up okay makes it somewhat easier to watch, but that finish was disgusting. Whitmer is tough as nails, clearly. The match was actually pretty fun and they almost always had something going on so that’s good. These two teams do appear to dislike each other, which also helps make their matches feel more heated, something WGTT has lacked in the past.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #5: Jerry Lynn vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Brutal Bob & Maria Kanellis

They show a quick clip of Jerry Lynn winning the ROH World Title from Nigel McGuinness in April 2009 before getting to the match. Bennett has both his trainer “Brutal” Bob Evans and his girlfriend Maria Kanellis with him tonight. Lynn is wrestling with a sleeveless shirt on for some reason. Kevin Kelly oversells it by calling it a “hero’s return.” They take it right down to the mat and Lynn dominates there because he’s the wily veteran. Even Maria looks bored at ringside. Lynn goes for an early Cradle Piledriver but Bennett is able to slip out. Bennett takes a quick break to regroup. Lynn then hits a headscissors to send Bennett to the floor and follows him out with a house show dive. Bennett actually hides behind Maria, which is awesome. Lynn gives chase and Evans takes a cheap shot clothesline. Bennett is totally in control now. Well, as much as you can be in a Jerry Lynn match because he’s constantly fighting back. Lynn does indeed fight back and hit some lame offense. He hits a DDT for a two-count. Lynn takes Bennett to the apron and hits an Ace Crusher to the floor. Back in the ring Lynn covers for two. Bennett hits a spinebuster for two. Maria distracts the referee and Brutal Bob throws a chair in. Lynn hits a TKO onto the chair and then throws it at Bob just for fun. Bennett is able to kick out at two. Now Brutal Bob distracts the referee and Maria distracts Lynn. Maria distracts Lynn and then snaps his neck off the top rope. Bennett hits the Box Office Smash to get the pin at 10:07. So it takes three people to beat Jerry Lynn? That seems like a lot of protection for a guy admittedly wrestling his last match in the company. Why not just let Bennett go over clean? I guess it wouldn’t have been a much better match either way.
Rating: **

After the match Lynn beats up both Bennett and Evans, and then hits Maria with a DDT. Lynn then hits Bennett with the Cradle Piledriver to get his non-existent heat back. He cuts a promo, thanking Cary Silkin for his efforts in keeping ROH alive. Of course Lynn thanks “the boys in the back.” Nigel McGuinness comes out and tells some stories about Lynn and then presents him with a plaque. Lynn thanks everyone again and heads to the back.

Before McGuinness can leave the ring, Jay Lethal comes out and says he’s been trying to talk to him and he’s been ducking him. Lethal demands to be put in the main event for the ROH World Title tonight. He says he’s going to fight the ROH World Champion one way or another, and that if El Generico has a problem with that he can deal with it personally. McGuinness tells Lethal that his proposal is rejected, but that if Generico wins the title Lethal will be first in line. Lethal doesn’t like that so he spits on McGuinness, triggering a pull-apart. Oh great, another loose cannon versus authority figure, haven’t seen one of those in ROH in a few weeks.

Interview with Mike Mondo

They return from intermission with MORE talking, as Kevin Kelly introduces the injured Mike Mondo. Apparently Mondo was supposed to be out for a year, but is actually going to be back in five weeks. He cuts one of his idiotic promos and then Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly come out to interrupt him. Fish and O’Reilly trash talk the American Wolves, their opponents for tonight, saying that Eddie Edwards told Nigel McGuinness there will be no reunion tonight. Then they take advantage of the wounded Mondo and beat him down. Davey Richards comes out to make the save, and Edwards soon follows. Edwards appears ready to superkick Richards, but instead delivers the shot to Fish! The Wolves then hit O’Reilly with the double-team Alarm Clock. Richards and Edwards shake hands to a big pop and then kick their opponents to the floor and follow them out with stereo dives.

MATCH #6: Tag Team Grudge Match – The American Wolves vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly

Referee Todd Sinclair calls for the bell, even though all four men are on the floor. That seems wrong. Back in the ring the Wolves double-team Fish and the crowd is loving them some Wolves. O’Reilly gets the same treatment. Fish and O’Reilly use some chicanery to take the battle back to the floor, where Fish subdues Edwards. Richards tries the kick from the apron, but Fish catches it and O’Reilly boots Richards to the floor. O’Reilly follows with the missile dropkick off the apron, knocking the wind out of Edwards. Back in the ring Fish covers Edwards for two. Fish and O’Reilly isolate Edwards and wear him down. Richards gets fed up and enters the ring illegally. The referee has lost control completely. The Wolves suplex Fish and O’Reilly over the ropes simultaneously and all four men tumble hard to the floor. Back in the ring Richards and O’Reilly exchange strikes. O’Reilly locks on a Dragon Sleeper, and Richards counters with an Ankle Lock! That was cool. O’Reilly escapes but gets blasted in the face with an Edwards kick. Edwards then hits a Super Boston Knee Party. Richards grabs O’Reilly for a Tombstone Piledriver and lets Edwards kick him in the head before dropping him down. Edwards covers for two. O’Reilly fights back and the momentum continues to shift. He locks Edwards in a Dragon Sleeper. Richards goes to the top rope and Fish knocks him down. Edwards rolls over into a cover but Fish is right there with a huge moonsault! O’Reilly kicks Edwards in the head and Richards has to break up the cover. Richards throws Fish to the floor and once again exchanges strikes with O’Reilly. This time Richards gets the better of it and hits a huge lariat. The Wolves hit the double-team lungblower and Edwards puts on the Achilles Lock. Richards adds a knee off the top rope and Edwards stomps O’Reilly’s head until Sinclair calls for the bell at 12:27. That was a lot of fun and a good choice to bring the Wolves back. The only bummer about this match is that Fish and O’Reilly had to lose pretty decisively, so they don’t really have a lot of grounds to ask for a rematch. Still, this was good stuff.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Special Challenge Match – ROH World TV Champion Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy

I am not looking forward to this. Kevin Kelly says he has never heard such hatred from the fans, but I think they hated Jeff Hardy even more than the elder Hardy. Cole’s TV Title is not on the line here, so that seems to telegraph the finish. They start slowly with some chain wrestling. Cole quickens the pace and sends Hardy powdering to the floor. The TV Champ surprises Hardy with a dive to the floor, wiping him out. Cole hits another dive and keeps the pressure on. The crowd is loving him. They fight on the apron and Hardy hits a Side Effect. That’s a good spot. Back in the ring Hardy controls Cole. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Cole sweeps the legs and locks on the Figure-Four Leglock. When Hardy turns it over Cole is able to reach the ropes. Hardy hits the Side Effect for two. He hits it twice more but still only gets a two-count. Hardy hits another Side Effect. He tries the Twist of Fate but Cole avoids it. Hardy hits the elbow to the back of the head off the second rope, but Cole immediately hits him with a superkick for a two-count. Cole unleashes some offense. Hardy tries another Twist of Fate but Cole counters with a backslide for two. Cole then hits the Twist of Fate for a near-fall. He follows with an enziguiri and a Shining Wizard for two. Hardy comes back with Splash Mountain for a two- count. They trade some reversals and tumble to the floor. Cole hits the Florida Key on the floor! Back in the ring Cole covers for two. Hardy finally hits the Twist of Fate but only gets a two-count. He goes for the legdrop off the second rope but Cole sweeps his legs and locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and Hardy reaches the ropes. Cole tries the Florida Key again but Hardy repositions the referee and kicks Cole square in the junk. Hardy grabs an inside cradle to get the cheap pin at 11:42. Cole tried his hardest, but Hardy was the opposite of impressive in his return to ROH.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: ROH World Tag Team Championship – SCUM (C) vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Briscoes

Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino have been the Champions since 9.15.12, and this is their fifth defense. This match has the slight twist that the Briscoes and C&C have to actually beat the Champions to win the titles. The challengers all go after the Champions, which makes complete sense. Mark and Alexander go after Corino, while Jay and Coleman go after Jacobs, all on the floor. That’s an interesting pairing. Everyone gets back to the ring and it’s not long before the challengers start messing with each other. Mark unleashes some Redneck Kung Fu early. Jacobs and Corino try to take a walk while the challengers fight each other. The Briscoes go and retrieve the Champions and bring them back to the ring. Jacobs tries to hit the Contra Code on Mark but instead hits the Ace Crusher from the second rope for two. The action is very hard to keep up with, as all six men are dishing out offense every chance they get. The Champs isolate Coleman and try to put him away but cannot. Corino grabs a roll of quarters but Alexander stops him from using them. Jacobs distracts the referee long enough for Corino to blast Alexander with the roll of quarters but Alexander kicks out! Now Jacobs tries to use one of the tag team title belts but the Briscoes stop him from using it. The Briscoes then hit Jacobs with the Doomsday Device to get the pin and win the ROH World Tag Team Titles for the eighth time at 7:06. That was surprisingly brief but the action never stopped so I enjoyed it for the most part. I don’t see what the benefit is of having the Briscoes be the Champions AGAIN though. I would have rather seen Jacobs and Corino retain, and then let Coleman and Alexander chase them to either the 11th Anniversary or Supercard of Honor VII. That would at least be fresh. Nothing against the Briscoes, but EIGHT times? Jeez.
Rating: **¾

Jay cuts a promo after the match, talking about how awesome he and his brother are. They issue an open challenge to any team to just step up and take the shot. Jay then announces that Coleman and Alexander have earned the first crack at the titles.

MATCH #9: ROH World Championship Ladder War – Kevin Steen vs. El Generico

Steen has been the Champion since 5.12.12, and this is his thirteenth defense. They immediately start slugging and away we go. Generico strikes the first big blows with a tornado DDT and the running Yakuza Kick. Steen takes a powder and Generico wipes him out with a Tope Suicida. Back in the ring Generico uses the ladder first. Steen is able to backdrop Generico onto the ladder to stop his masked rival’s momentum. The Champion is totally in control now, wearing Generico down in sadistic fashion. They go to the floor and Steen whips Generico through the barricade. Back in the ring Steen continues to throw Generico around and into ladders. Steen tries to climb a big ladder up to grab the belt but Generico pulls him down. Generico hits a t-bone suplex into a ladder! He tries to climb up but Steen pulls him down. Generico hits a half suplex onto another ladder! He climbs up again and this time Steen shoves the ladder over. Generico tries another tornado DDT but Steen counters with a backbreaker. Steen climbs up the ladder but Generico stops him. They go back to the floor and Steen whips Generico through the guardrail again. Steen sets up both a ladder and a table on top of it between the apron and the barricade. He tries a powerbomb but Generico escapes and backdrops Steen through the table and the ladder! Generico sends the ring crew to the back to get a really, really tall ladder. He sets it up in the ring. Steen climbs up top and Generico meets him up there. Steen hits the F-Cinq through a table! Steen climbs the really tall ladder. Generico hits him with another ladder to knock him down. He grabs a third ladder but Steen boots him in the gut and hits him with said ladder. Steen sets the third ladder between the other two ladders and hits a nasty powerbomb. Generico fights back with a Package Piledriver! The crowd is really behind him now. Generico tries to climb the ladder but Steen pulls him down. Steen sets another ladder in between the two tall ladders and the two men fight it out on that ladder. They fight each other while trying not to fall off. Steen is able to land a low blow and then hits the Package Piledriver! That looked brutal, and it’s enough for Steen to climb up and retrieve the title at 28:04. That was slower paced than some of their other matches but I think it worked really well with the stipulation. At 28 minutes it never felt too long and the spots were well put together. This will likely be the last time these two face each other in Ring of Honor, and it was a fitting final entry in the series.
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Hammerstein Ballroom – New York City, New York – December 23, 2011

~DISC #1~

MATCH #1: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini vs. TJ Perkins

Elgin shows off his power right away, throwing Perkins around the ring. Perkins uses his speed to counteract the size and power disadvantage he’s at. He uses a body press to send Elgin to the floor, and then teases a dive but Elgin moves. Perkins instead tries a somersault off the apron but Elgin catches him in mid-air and drives him into the barricade! That was cool. Back in the ring Elgin gets two. Elgin is fully in control, dominating Perkins and cutting off his comeback attempts. After a few minutes Perkins uses a headscissors to send Elgin to the floor, and this time he follows through on the dive to wipe him out. Back in the ring Perkins hits a missile dropkick for two. Perkins keeps the pressure on but Elgin is too strong to be pinned just yet. They fight up on the top rope and Perkins leaps right into Elgin’s arms for a suplex side slam for a near-fall. Elgin tries a powerbomb but Perkins avoids it. A series of reversals ends with Elgin hitting Shock Treatment for a two-count. Perkins avoids a charge in the corner and hits a neckbreaker. He tries a rana but Elgin catches him and hits a Buckle Bomb. Elgin tries the Elgin Bomb but Perkins counters to a reverse rana! That only gets two. Elgin is able to land the spinning back fist, another Buckle Bomb, and this time lands the Elgin Bomb to score the pin at 7:35. That was short but action packed, with these two different styles playing off each other perfectly. Excellent choice for an opener.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Tommaso Ciampa (w/ The Embassy) vs. former Embassy member Jimmy Rave

The Embassy is in full force tonight, with Prince Nana, Mia Yim, R.D. Evans, and Ernesto Osiris in Ciampa’s corner. Rave has an awkward little goatee. This is Rave’s first match in ROH since losing to Necro Butcher in a Dog Collar Match at The Final Countdown Tour: Chicago. They chain wrestle back and forth in the early going. Rave focuses on the arm. The pace quickens and Ciampa decks Rave with a clothesline that sends him to the floor. Rave takes control out there but gets distracted by Nana. Back in the ring Ciampa is able to get Rave in position to hit multiple knee strikes in the corner for two. Rave fights back and locks on the Heel Hook! Ciampa reaches the ropes. Rave sends Ciampa to the floor and goes for a baseball slide but Ciampa catches him and swings him into the barricade. Back in the ring Rave hits the running knee to the face. Rave follows with the Rave Clash but Ciampa kicks out at two! He goes for Greetings from Ghana, and Nana distracts him with his old Crown Jewel robe. It takes everyone in the Embassy interfering to give Ciampa the chance to hit Project Ciampa for the pin at 8:29. This was a perfectly good reason to bring Rave back for the night, and he made Ciampa look good for the most part, but needing every single member of the Embassy almost undid all of it. They kept it solid though.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: ROH World TV Title Match – Jay Lethal vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett (w/ Maria & Brutal Bob) vs. El Generico

Maria Kanellis is making her ROH debut in Bennett’s corner. Lethal has been the Champion since 8.13.11, and this is his third defense. All three men are in the ring at the same time. Bennett bails to the floor to let Lethal and Generico do battle. Of course that doesn’t last long before Bennett hops back in and takes a cheap shot. Bennett goes right back to the floor but lethal and Generico decide to team up on him on the floor and throw him back in the ring. Lethal and Generico double-team Bennett back to the floor and then try to decide who’s going to dive on him first. In the end they decide to both dive on him together, which was probably best for everyone, except Bennett of course. Lethal and Generico decide to take each other on now, and they are no strangers. They start going through the same moves that they’ve done in their other matches together. Bennett pulls Lethal to the floor and gets in the ring to battle the Generic Luchador. Generico sends Bennett to the floor and appears to be going for a dive but Lethal cuts him off with a missile dropkick for a two-count. Lethal continues the punishment but Generico fights back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Bennett comes back in and dumps Generico to the floor. Lethal is able to hit Bennett with the springboard back elbow and then a springboard dropkick to send Bennett to the floor. Generico flies in across the ring and flattens Lethal with a cross body block to the back. That gets a two-count. Generico stays on offense until Bennett makes his way back in and things get a little hectic. Lethal comes out on the better end of it and is in control. Generico fights back on Lethal with an exploder into the turnbuckles. He goes for the Yakuza Kick but Bennett grabs his leg from the floor. Generico goes out to fight him and decks Brutal Bob. Bennett then hides behind Maria. He throws her into Generico, who refuses to hit her, and that gives Bennett the advantage. Back in the ring Bennett hits Lethal with a powerslam. Bennett then hits Generico with a TKO. He plays to the crowd too much though and Generico blasts him with the Yakuza Kick. Lethal then hits Generico with a superkick and all three men are down. Lethal hits Generico with the Lethal Combination for a two-count. Bennett grabs Lethal in a spinebuster for a near-fall. Generico hits Bennett with the Michinoku Driver for two. Lethal catches Generico with an enziguiri and goes for Hail to the King. Generico gives him a Yakuza Kick to knock him to the floor and then hits a double springboard dive to the floor to take Lethal out, and then a dive-through tornado DDT on Bennett! Back in the ring Generico hits Bennett with the Yakuza Kick and the half-nelson suplex for a two-count! Lethal rejoins the fray and hits the pop-up neckbreaker on Generico. He goes for Hail to the King again and this time nails it but only gets two! Lethal goes up again and Generico pops up there. Bennett sneaks up from behind and rolls Generico up with a handful of tights to score the first elimination at 17:58! Lethal then immediately catches Bennett with the Lethal Injection to get the pin and win the match at 18:12. That was shockingly good, with almost non-stop action and clever triple threat spots to keep everyone involved in the match and keep the pace going at the rate it did. This is probably Bennett’s best match in ROH to date.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #4: No DQ Match w/ Jimmy Jacobs as Special Referee & Jim Cornette at Ringside – Steve Corino vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen

Steen and Corino take it right to each other with punches. They quickly take it to the floor and Steen hits a Cannonball on the apron. Corino fights back with a dive off the apron to wipe Steen out. Back in the ring Corino brings chairs. Corino blasts Steen in the head with a chair. Steen comes back and superkicks a chair into Corino’s face. They go back to the floor and Steen hits the powerbomb on the edge of the ring frame. Steen hits a Frog Splash off the apron. He retrieves a piece of the barricade and hits Corino in the face with it. A chair gets set up on the barricade, and Steen actually powerbombs Corino right there. That’s a cool spot. Steen brings out a table and sets it up at ringside. Back in the ring Corino cuts Steen off with a clothesline. Corino retrieves a garbage can, a lid, and some more chairs. Steen ducks a lid shot and nails Corino in the skull with it. He then hits the somersault legdrop on the trash can lid, and then gets into a shouting match with Cornette. Corino is busted open. He fights back with a low blow and then hits Steen with a trash can repeatedly. Corino hits the Old School suplex on the can. He slams Steen on a pile of chairs and then goes up top to hit an ugly splash for two. Corino sets up a couple of chairs and places the guardrail on them. Steen fights back but foolishly goes up top and superplexes Steen onto the piece of guardrail! Amazingly that only gets two. Corino goes up top and Steen knocks him down to the apron. Steen sets some chairs on top of the table that he had earlier placed between the apron and the barricade. They fight up on the top rope and Corino jumps down to hit Steen with a trash can lid. That sends Steen crashing through the chairs and table. Corino grabs more chairs as the NYC fans make it clear that they want fire. Back in the ring Corino covers for two. Corino hits a chair-assisted Eternal Dream but again only gets two. Steen fights back with a sleeper suplex and then hits a pumphandle driver on the chair for a near-fall. Corino allows Steen to hit him in the face with a steel chair, and then he kicks out! Steen tries to use a chair again but Jacobs stops it. That’s silly, Jacobs should let anything go as per the rules. Corino hits Steen with a roll of quarters and Steen kicks out at two! Now Corino sets up some chairs in the ring but it backfires, as Steen hits a low blow and then the Package Piledriver! Finally that’s enough at 22:17. That was pretty good for a hardcore match, but there wasn’t a lot of build in between the spots, just a collection of spots. Granted they were cool spots and both guys pulled them off, so it worked.
Rating: ***¼

~EXTRAS~

BONUS MATCH #1: Proving Ground Match – Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin, ROH on SBG Episode #13, 12.17.11

Richards is the current ROH World Champion, and if Elgin can defeat him here or last the time limit, he earns a future ROH World Title shot, supposedly within 60 days. Elgin has Truth Martini in his corner. They feel each other out just briefly, and when Richards tries a forearm strike Elgin strikes back with one so hard that it sends the ROH World Champion to the floor. Back in the ring Richards tries taking it to the mat and working the big man’s legs. Elgin comes back with a Black Hole Slam for two. They go to the floor and Elgin focuses on the back. Martini interferes every chance he gets of course. Back in the ring Elgin stays in control. Richards comes back and knocks Elgin back to the floor. He follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring it turns into a slugfest. Richards tries a handspring spin kick but Elgin catches him with Shock Treatment for a two-count. Back on the floor Elgin hits a Fisherman’s Buster. Richards just barely makes it back to the ring. Elgin talks trash and Richards tells him to bring it. Bring it Elgin does, but Richards won’t give up. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Richards blocks it and hits a double stomp. Richards is back in control, and he hits Elgin with a superplex. Elgin gets right back up and tells Richards to bring it. They trade strikes and Elgin wins that battle with an enziguiri. Both men are down, and when they get up they strike each other some more. Richards wins that battle with a succession of kicks. He hits a German Suplex for a near-fall. Martini grabs Richards’ leg to distract him, but Richards hits the Alarm Clock anyway. He goes to go up top but stops to kick Truth down first. Richards goes to the top rope and drills Elgin with a double stomp for two. He lands a knockout kick to the head for another near-fall. Ricahrds then locks on a Cross Armbreaker as just two minutes are left in the time limit. Elgin tries to power his way out of the hold, but Richards floats over with a sunset flip to get the pin at 18:42. This was fine I guess for the style of match they were going for, but it was just too much “I hit you hard for a while, then you hit me” for my likings. It was still entertaining but they would go on to do much better not long after this.
Rating: ***

After the match Elgin continues to attack Ric hards until Eddie Edwards makes the save. Edwards get s ahol of the ROH World Title belt, which Richards takes exception to so he starts a fight. These two will meet in the main event of Final Battle 2011, and tensions are running high.

– “Cornette’s Bargain” – Kevin Steen accepts Jim Cornette and Steve Corino’s offer to win his career back (DVD Exclusive)
– “Broken” – Unaired video of the aftermath of Kevin Steen’s attack on El Generico (DVD Exclusive)

BONUS MATCH #2: ROH World TV Title Match – Jay Lethal vs. El Generico, ROH on SBG Episode #10, 11.26.11

Lethal has been the Champion since 8.13.11, and this is his second defense. Mike Bennett and Brutal Bob are watching from ringside. Generico and Lethal start with some chain wrestling and they battle to a standoff. They continue to trade moves back and forth and appear to be very evenly matched opponents. Generico executes a series of armdrags and a snap mare for a one-count. He keeps up the pressure and maintains the early advantage. Generico hits a backbreaker and a split-legged moonsault for two. Lethal backdrops Generico to the apron and knocks him off with a dropkick. They take one more commercial break at this point but for once they actually continue showing the action just without commentary. That’s a nice bonus. They continue the battle on the floor and Lethal hits a superkick. Back in the ring Lethal covers for two. Lethal follows with a vertical suplex for another two-count. A leg lariat gets another two-count as they return from commercial. Lethal puts on the Parachute Hold and then covers and again gets two. He hits the hiptoss/dropkick combo for another near-fall. Generico fights back with a flurry of offense. He hits the Blue Thunder Powerbomb for two. Lethal tries to fire up but Generico catches him with a Michinoku Driver for a two-count. Generico goes for the Yakuza Kick but Lethal catches it and hits the pop-up neckbreaker for two. Less than three minutes remain in the time limit. Bennett takes possession of the TV Title belt. That’s not fair. Brutal Bob straps it on him as Lethal hits the Lethal Injection for a two-count. Generico pops up and hits the Yakuza Kick and the half-nelson suplex but Lethal shrugs it off and hits a hard superkick. Both men are down as one minute is left. Lethal rolls to the floor where Bennett taunts him with the belt and gets punched in the mouth for his troubles. Back in the ring Lethal gets an O’Connor Roll for two. Lethal hits the Lethal Combination and goes up top for Hail to the King but Bennett distracts the referee and the time limit expires at 15:00. That was very similar to the previous match, which was also good. These two just have good chemistry together.
Rating: ***

~DISC #2~

MATCH #5: Five-Team Tag Gauntlet – The Bravado Brothers, Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander, Future Shock, The Young Bucks, and The All Night Express

The Bravado Brothers are out first, and they are joined by Coleman and Alexander. Harlem and Lance attack before the bell and send Coleman and Alexander to the floor. Momentum shifts back and forth as the fight continues to move in and out of the ring. The Bravados use some shady tactics to keep Alexander grounded and in their half of the ring. The referee loses control and C&C start flying all over the ring. Alexander hits Harlem with a Gory Special for two. A seroes pf reversals ends with Alexander trapping Harlem’s legs a la Bret/Bulldog to score the first elimination at 4:54. That was pretty short but they had good energy and this was a pretty good way to start the gauntlet.

Future Shock is the next duo out. Alexander and Kyle O’Reilly start battling for their respective teams. O’Reilly gets the first advantage, which makes sense given that he’s fresh. Cole tags in and continues the advantage. Coleman gets a blnid tag and he takes control of O’Reilly, but Cole returns the favor with a blind tag of his own, and Future Shock is right back on offense. Momentum shifts again and Alexander gets the hot tag. Things have been almost non-stop between these two teams. C&C hit O’Reilly with Overdrive and Cole breaks up the cover. Cole takes Coleman out with an enziguiri, and then Future Shock hit Alexander with Ride the Lightning to advance at 11:46.

Nick and Matt Jackson, the Young Bucks, are the fourth team out. The Bucks act like jerks on the floor so Future Shock makes them pay for it. It doesn’t take long for the cocky brothers to make the comeback and isolate Cole with some nifty double-team moves. Things are not looking good for Future Shock, as Cole has been beaten down for several minutes. Eventually Cole is able to make the hot tag and O’Reilly is the house afire. The referee loses control and bodies are flying all over the place. O’Reilly misses the missile dropkick off the apron and makes contact with a steel chair. That gives the Bucks the chance to hit Cole with stereo superkicks and then More Bang For Your Buck to get the pin at 20:08.

The final team is The All Night Express. Rhett Titus and Kenny King are ready for the somewhat worn down Bucks, and the fight begins on the floor. King and Titus are fully in control in the opening moments of this final gauntlet round. Nick trips up Titus and slams his knee into the ring post. While Titus writhes on the floor, the Bucks are able to double-team their way back into control on King. After several minutes King is able to make the tag, and Titus comes in guns blazing. All four men are in the ring and the referee has no control of what’s going on. Matt hits King with a DDT to the ring apron and they both tumble to the floor. That leaves Titus and Nick in the ring. Titus goes for Rhettribution but Matt comes back in and clips his knee. Matt traps Titus in a step over toehold and Nick adds a 450 Splash. Kevin Kelly tries to say that Nick landed on Titus’ knee, but he really didn’t. Anyway, the referee stops the match and awards the fall and the title shot to the Young Bucks at 28:52. All in all that was a very good gauntlet and they kept the action moving. All the teams got a chance to shine a bit, and in the end the Bucks look like huge jerks, and are set up for both a title shot and a feud with the All Night Express so this was a success.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: The Roderick Strong Challenge

Truth Martini and Roderick Strong come out to complain that Strong didn’t have an opponent for tonight, despite his eight-year history and former ROH World Champion status. They think no one will answer the challenge, so Truth counts off to 10 and declares Strong the winner. Just then, some familiar music hits and Chris Hero makes his way out! Hero had been gone since August, presumably to sign with WWE but there were some snags and it took a little bit longer, so here he is.

In the early going Hero has the advantage over Strong, who was clearly not prepared for someone of Hero’s status tonight. Strong fights back with chops but gets booted in the face and sent to the floor. Outside the ring Hero continues the advantage but Truth puts a stop to that by hitting him with the Book of Truth. Back in the ring Strong goes to work, wearing Hero down. Every time Hero tries to fight back either Strong cuts him off or Martini interferes. Finally Hero lands a solid boot to the face and both men are down. Back to their feet Hero unloads the offense on Strong, focusing on strikes but throwing in a powerslam and a back senton for good measure. Strong rolls to the floor and Hero baseball slide kicks him in the face. Back inside the ring Hero continues the assault. Strong avoids the Death Blow with a knee strike for two. He puts Hero on the top rope and hits a backbreaker on the turnbuckles. That gets a near-fall. Momentum continues to shift back and forth, but neither man can put the other away. Strong hits a release German Suplex into the buckles, an enziguiri, a gutbuster, and the Gibson Driver for two. Hero comes back with more elbow strikes and a rolling boot but only gets a two-count. He hits the Death Blow and Martini breaks up the cover. Somehow the referee didn’t see that. Martini gets up on the apron and Hero takes him down with a boot. Hero then turns into a Sick Kick and Strong gets the pin at 16:38. That was good solid wrestling and all, but there was a lot of Truth Martini interference, as if they had to protect the basically gone Chris Hero, which was weird. But really all in all a fun time was had here.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #7: ROH World Tag Team Championship – Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe

Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin have been the Champions since 4.1.11, and this is their seventh defense. The Champions hit their challengers with the belts before the referee can ring the bell. They spill to the floor and WGTT are in complete control. Haas and Benjamin even use steel chairs to wear the Briscoes out. The bell hasn’t even rung yet but this might be a short match with the beating #DemBoys have taken. Seriously, the amount of chair shots the Briscoes have taken rival Mick Foley at Royal Rumble ’99. Jay is busted open. The bell kind of rings out of nowhere even though there is still no order to the match.

The Champions are still dominant and referee Paul Turner is not enforcing the one man in the ring rule at all. A bloody Jay stands face-to-face with Haas and they slug it out. Haas knocks Jay to the floor with a boot. He goes to his corner now and the match has settled with Mark and Benjamin in the ring. Benjamin hits a Blinger Splash but his ribs are injured so that didn’t work out so well for him. Mark is able to make a tag but Jay is looking worse for wear. The Briscoes focus on Benjamin’s injured ribs. Benjamin cuts Jay off with a back body drop and Haas tags in. Haas goes to work and handles both Briscoes with ease. Mark fights back with a flurry of offense and Jay covers for two. The referee is not enforcing tags of any kind here. Haas delivers rolling German Suplexes to Jay. He locks on the Haas of Pain and Mark breaks it up with the Froggy ‘Bow. Benjamin actually covered Haas up with his body and took the full force of the blow. Turner calls for help and referees bring the injured Benjamin to the back. That leaves Haas alone with both Briscoes. The challengers dominate until Haas grabs Mark in an Angle Slam but Turner was in the way and he goes down. Benjamin makes his way back out and has a board from under the ring. He breaks it over Mark’s head. The Champs use the broken pieces on Jay and then try the Doomsday Device. Mark breaks that up and Jay drills Haas with a superkick. The Briscoes then hit the Doomsday Device and Jay scores the pin at 13:25. The brawling before the match kind of hurt the overall presentation, as it was just too much for anyone to realistically come back from. Also, Benjamin getting injured but coming back out was strange, because that’s a babyface spot and they were quite obviously heels. This just didn’t click for me.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #8: ROH World Championship – Davey Richards (w/ Team Richards) vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards (w/ Dan “the Beast” Severn)

Richards has been the Champion since 6.26.11, and this is his fifth defense. His Team Richards members tonight are Tony Kozina and Kyle O’Reilly. These two former friends waste no time tearing into each other and they are too fired up to sell anything in the early going. They take it to the mat and aggressively chain wrestle. Momentum shifts back and forth here as both men are trying to set the pace. They spill to the floor, where Edwards has the advantage. Richards comes back with a big running boot to the face. Back in the ring Edwards goes back on offense. I have a feeling it’s going to continue going back and forth for a while. Richards knocks Edwards to the floor and lands the running kick from the apron. He goes back in the ring and takes Edwards out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Richards hits a missile dropkick for two. Soon after that Edwards comes back with some stuff. Edwards dumps Richards to the floor and follows him with a moonsault off the apron, hiw own knees making contact with the barricade. Ouch. Back in the ring Edwards hits the Chin Checker for two. Of course Richards makes the big comeback and hits clotheslines for a two-count. Richards hits a double stomp to the back and The Kick That Beat Eddie Edwards. He hits another double stomp off the top rope, this one to the chest, for a near-fall. Richards hits a superplex and holds on, but Edwards reverses the momentum and suplexes Richards to the floor and they both tumble out. They barely make it back to the ring and start kicking each other in the face. Edwards gets the better of the exchange and unloads a series of chops. Richards responds with kicks. They trade Back Drop Drivers, two apiece. Edwards hits a Tiger Suplex, Richards responds with a Dragon Suplex. They knock each other out and Roderick Strong makes his way out for some reason. O’Reilly takes exception so Strong throws both O’Reilly and Kozina into the barricade. Severn comes over and tries to chase Strong away. Michael Elgin makes his way out along with Truth Martini, and the House of Truth battle with Team Richards. Severn carries Truth to the back. Richards and Edwards meet center ring and hit each other some more. Edwards hits a Tiger Suplex into the buckles. He puts Richards up top and goes for a Tiger Superplex. Edwards can’t hit that but he hits a top-rope hurricanrana instead. He follows with a shotgun dropkick, a powerbomb, and a sitout powerbomb for two. Edwards hits a superkick and a chop to the face for two. He locks on the Dragon Sleeper but Richards counters to a cradle for two. Edwards puts the Dragon Sleeper back on, and then turns it into a Tombstone Piledriver. He follows up with the Die Hard for a near-fall. They fight up on the top rope and Richards hits a Dragon Superplex for two. Out on the apron Richards suplexes Edwards down to the floor. Edwards barely makes it back in and Richards hits him with a German Suplex on the apron. Edwards lands on the floor and the count begins again. Once again Edwards makes it back to the ring and Richards murders him with kicks to the head. Edwards won’t stay down though. Richards goes to the Ankle Lock and then lands another kick to the face. Once again Edwards kicks out. After more kicks to the face Richards is finally able to put him away at 41:12. This was the very definition of going long for the sake of long and kicking out of more stuff than anyone should ever kick out of. They were just not selling anything for long periods of time and just trying to show “Fighting Spirit” or whatever. I just don’t care much for these types of matches, but I certainly can’t fault their effort, so I’ll split the difference.
Rating: ***

Richards cuts the usual wank-fest promo after the match, putting over his opponent, blah blah blah. Kevin Steen comes out and says what’s always on my mind during Richards promos, telling him to quit kissing ass and to finish the jerk-fest in the back. Steen promises to win the ROH World Title in 2012 and hold the company hostage.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Victory Road 2012 (Bobby Roode, Sting) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/05/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2012-bobby-roode-sting/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/05/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2012-bobby-roode-sting/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:00:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171220 Victory Road 2012

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: World Heavyweight #1 Contender’s Match – Bully Ray vs. “Cowboy” James Storm

Ray comes out and says he will hold this show hostage until his match later on with James Storm will be for the Number One Contender’s spot at the upcoming Lockdown pay-per-view. Storm comes out and agrees to put his title shot on the line, and he’ll do it RIGHT NOW! Ray attacks right away and the match is on. It looks like Storm has made a big mistake as Ray goes out and grabs the beer bottle. Ray takes a swig and then runs right into a Last Call superkick and Storm gets the pin at 1:11! This looks Storm look really strong going into his title shot against his former tag team partner in his home state next month. You’d almost think that he’d be a shoo-in to take the title, right?
Rating: ½*

MATCH #2: TNA X Division Championship – Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion

Aries has been the Champion since 9.11.11, and this is his eighth defense. Both men in this match are ultra-cocky, and they try to psyche each other out in the early going with slaps to the face and mind games. Ion gets to the top rope and Aries shoves him to the floor. Aries follows with the heat seeking missile, and then borrows SoCal Val’s phone to send a tweet. Back in the ring Aries hits a slingshot twisting splash for two and then a quebrada for two. The Champ looks firmly in control but Ion is able to come back and snap Aries’ neck off the top rope. A slingshot curb stomp gets a two-count for Ion. The challenger has the Champion reeling, and even hits him with the same moonsault that broke Jesse Sorensen’s neck. Back in the ring Ion continues on offense but can’t put Aries away. Ion tries the pendulum elbow but Aries avoids it. Aries slugs Ion down in the corner and Ion is able to sneak the hair spray bottle into his tights. As Aries continues the beating, Taz refuses to shut up about Twitter. Ion tries to use the title belt as a weapon but when that distracts the referee Ion is able to spray Aries in the eyes with hair spray. A rollup gets a near-fall for the challenger. Ion keeps the pressure on but Aries won’t stay down. He puts Aries up top but Aries reverses a superplex attempt into a sunset bomb. Aries is still having problems with his vision, but he’s able to grab hold of his challenger and hit the Brainbuster. He rolls that into the Last Chancery and Ion taps out at 11:09. Ion clearly is not on Aries’ level in TNA, but they did a good job of structuring the match to make him look like a nominal threat.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: TNA Tag Team Championship – “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Crimson & “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

Joe and Magnus have been the Champions since 2.12.12, and this is their second defense. Magnus and Morgan start the match, but Crimson tags himself in before any contact can be made. There quite clearly is dissension amongst the challengers. Joe and Magnus take the early control and start wearing Crimson down. Crimson takes a powder and Morgan would rather have had him make a tag. Back in the ring Crimson rebounds and goes to work on Magnus, and also gets a little cocky about it. Morgan badly wants to tag in but Crimson isn’t going for it. Eventually Magnus is able to make a comeback and tag Joe, but Crimson still refuses to tag in his partner. Morgan is livid on the apron as Joe is building momentum. Finally Morgan is able to tag himself in and it’s on now. Morgan sets up for the Carbon Footprint but Crimson tags himself in. That doesn’t go over well with Morgan, who tags himself back in. An argument ensues and Crimson leaves Morgan high and dry. Morgan fights back on the Champions, but Crimson sneaks back in the ring and hits his own partner with a Spear! That leaves Morgan easy prey to the snap mare / flying elbow combo and Magnus gets the pin at 10:13. That was all about the challengers splitting up and very little about the Champions being awesome. These four still work well enough together to make a decently entertaining match though.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: TNA Television Championship – Devon vs. Robbie E

Robbie E has been the Champion since 11.13.11, and this is his sixth defense. He has Robbie T in his corner of course. The Champ says every wrestler backstage is already in a match, so there is no one to answer the open challenge. The crowd chants “Robbie T,” but E has a different idea – challenging anyone in the Impact Zone. He goes around looking at potential challengers and it takes forever. E decides no one deserves the shot at him and the Open Challenge is cancelled. Then Devon makes his way in through the crowd and he answers the challenge. The referee calls for the bell and Devon is a house afire. Taz continues to NOT SHUT UP ABOUT TWITTER. They’re worse than WWE. Devon sends the Champ to the floor with a clothesline and continues hammering away at him. E grabs a chair, which distracts the referee long enough for T to take a cheap shot and give the Champion control. Back in the ring E gets a couple of near falls but his control doesn’t last long. Devon destroys E with his basic offense, and knocks T off the apron and into the barricade. He hits a big spinebuster and gets the pin at 3:02. Devon’s reign would eventually kill the TV Title dead, to the surprise of very few.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #5: TNA Knockouts Championship – Gail Kim vs. Mickie James

Gail has been the Champion since 11.13.11, and this is her fourth defense. These two were recently best friends and Knockouts Tag Team Champions but their friendship has been on the rocks for weeks. They get aggressive with each other in the early going. Kim takes the first control but it only lasts briefly, as Rayne knocks her to the floor and takes the advantage. Rayne wears the Champion down for a bit, and then Kim is able to catch her leg and jam it into the canvas. Kim starts flying around the ring, landing a missile dropkick for two. Rayne hits a neckbreaker, which Tenay calls “straight down, neckbreaker style.” Who taught him to commentate in such a fashion? He’s terrible and I can’t wait for Josh Mathews to replace him. Rayne does some stuff and goes for the Zack Attack, but Kim counters into the Eat Defeat to get the pin and retain her title at 7:10. They had a solid story going in and they played it pretty well. The crowd was silent and the finish came out of nowhere, but it was fine aside from that.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Mr. Anderson & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian

Anderson and Daniels start the match, but Daniels quickly exits and lets Kazarian start. Nothing happens and tags are made, allowing the two hated rivals Styles and Daniels to square off. As soon as Styles starts building momentum Daniels takes a powder, but Anderson won’t allow it and throws him back in. The match breaks down to a pier-six brawl and the referee has very little control. Anderson and Styles control the match until Styles goes for the springboard flying forearm on Kazarian but Daniels sneaks over and knocks him off the apron into the barricade. The future Bad Influence keep Styles in their half of the ring and wear him down for several minutes. Daniels whips Kazarian into a monkey flip attempt, but Styles lands on his feet, clotheslines Daniels, and hits Kazarian with the Pele. That gives Styles the chance to make the hot tag and Anderson comes in all fired up. The referee once again loses control and all four men are fighting it out in the ring. Anderson takes Daniels to the floor with a Spear and Styles catches Kazarian with a Styles Clash and doesn’t break his neck to get the pin at 14:00. That was a fun tag team match but nothing extraordinary or memorable. They all did their stuff and that was that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle

They start cautiously, as these two have faced each other many times in the past. Angle tries to keep Hardy on the mat while Hardy tries to quicken the pace and use more strikes. Hardy uses a headscissors to send Angle to the floor, and he follows him out to keep up the pressure. Back in the ring Angle cuts Hardy off and the momentum continues to shift back and forth. They head back to the floor, where Hardy attempts to leap off the steps and wipe Angle out, but Angle moves and Hardy makes contact with the barricade. Ouch. Now Angle is firmly in control and he begins to dissect the Charismatic Enigma. Surprisingly it doesn’t take too long for Hardy to fight back, and he unleashes a flurry of offense ending with a Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. Angle blocks the Twist of Fate and turns it into rolling German Suplexes. He tries the Angle Slam but Hardy counters it and hits the Twist of Stunner. Hardy goes up top and Angle pops up there to bring him down with a super belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. The straps come down and Angle puts on the Ankle Lock. Hardy kicks his way out of it and avoids a charging Angle in the corner. He hits the Twist of Fate and Angle kicks out at two. Angle rolls to the floor and Hardy follows him out. Hardy slams Angle’s head into the ring steps and rolls him back in. The shirt comes off and Hardy goes up top. Angle tries to pop up again but Hardy knocks him back down and tries the Swanton, but Angle gets his knees up. The Olympic Gold Medalist takes advantage and hits the Angle Slam for a near-fall. Angle tries another Angle Slam and Hardy counters to a Twist of Fate. Both men are down. They rise and Hardy has as second wind, taking Angle off his feet and this time connecting with the Swanton. Hardy covers but Angle rolls him over and grabs the ropes for leverage to get the pin at 19:06. I’m not a big fan of the finish, as Angle essentially no-sold one of Hardy’s finishers. But like most Angle matches they did a bunch of finishers anyway. But aside from that this was a good clash of styles that kept the crowd engaged and lends itself to a rematch, so that’s fun.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: No Holds Barred – Bobby Roode vs. Sting

Roode starts off a bit slowly, as Sting is all fired up and the TNA World Champion wants to stunt his momentum. They head to the floor and Sting throws Roode around into the ringside furniture. Sting drapes Roode against the barricade and hits him with a Stringer Splash, sending him into the audience. Back in the ring Roode pokes Sting in the eyes, and then slams his legs around the ring post. Roode targets Sting’s leg with viciousness, even using the Figure-Four Leglock to wear the Stinger down. After several minutes Roode tries some chops but that just makes Sting angry, and the Icon is able to get a second wind and throw Roode around the ring. Now it’s Sting’s turn to attack the legs, which is smart to set up for the Scorpion Deathlock. Sting hits a Stinger Splash, but then misses a second one. Roode goes up top and Sting knocks him down and then brings him down with a superplex. Sting puts on the Scorpion Deathlock and actually sits back in it so it doesn’t look terrible. Roode reaches the ropes to break the hold. He is able to snap Sting’s neck off the top rope, and he follows with a spear for a two-count. The Champ brings a chair into the ring and goes for a powerbomb, but Sting counters out of it. Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop, but the back of his head makes contact with the steel chair and that’s enough for Roode to steal the pin at 16:39. That was a fine albeit dull main event, with the No Holds Barred stipulation barely coming into play. The finish was somewhat clever but it does so much more to protect Sting than help Roode, and that’s pretty a pretty backwards line of thinking.
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Manhattan Center – New York City, New York – December 18, 2010

Dave Prazak and Kevin Kelly are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Tag Team Rematch – The All Night Express vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly

Rhett Titus and O’Reilly start the match. They go back and forth a bit and O’Reilly unleashes some early kicks to take first control. Cole tags in for some double-teaming. He keeps up the pressure and hits Titus with a leg lariat off the second rope for a one-count. King rescues his partner from further beating and the ANX tries to regroup on the floor. O’Reilly tries a dive but the ANX catches him, so Cole follows out with a second dive to wipe them out. Back in the ring Cole and O’Reilly stay in control. Titus pokes O’Reilly in the eyes and hits the shinbreaker/back suplex combination for two. King tags in and the ANX is firmly in control. O’Reilly is able to fight back and takes out both members of ANX before making the tag. Cole comes in a house afire. He hits King with a nasty slingshot DDT on the apron! Cole kicks Titus in the head and O’Reilly hits the two butterfly suplexes / double-arm DDT combo O’Reilly goes to the apron and NAILS King with the running missile dropkick. Cole goes up top and hits Titus with a high cross body block for two. He puts Titus on the top rope and King is able to provide enough distraction for Titus to slip out and drop Cole face-to-top-turnbuckle, and then King follows with shotgun knees. Titus rolls Cole up for two. Cole fights back but King catches him in a bridging leg cradle suplex for two. O’Reilly makes the save and the referee loses control. All four men are down. Everyone gets back to their feet and Cole and O’Reilly appear to be in better shape. They hit King with Ride the Lightning but it only gets two! Titus is able to drop the top rope and O’Reilly tumbles to the floor. He then rescues King with a dropkick on Cole. ANX then hit the One Night Stand to get the win at 9:24. That was a great showing for Cole and O’Reilly, who were wrestling like they had someone to impress. ANX had really jelled as a team by this time, and the two duos worked well together.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Scientific Showdown – Colt Cabana vs. TJ Perkins

This should be a nice, respectful contest. The pace is quick from the get-go, and that gives Perkins the advantage. Perkins uses a headscissors to keep Cabana on the mat, Cabana counters and uses a body scissors. They continue going back and forth with their unique offense. Cabana locks on the Billy Goat’s Curse but Perkins reaches the ropes. They continue the back and forth display until Cabana is able to trap Perkins in a sunset flip to get the pin at 7:54. That was a nice little techincal exhibition but nothing memorable at all.
Rating: **½

Final Battle 2010 – Daizee Haze and Awesome Kong vs. Sara del Rey and Serena Deeb

MATCH #3: Women of Honor – Amazing Kong & Daizee Haze vs. Sara Del Rey & Serena Deeb

Haze and Del Rey start the match. They go back and forth with their usual dynamic, as Del Rey brings the power and Haze brings the speed and agility. Deeb gets the tag and prevents Haze from tagging Kong. That’s a good spot. Del Rey and Deeb go to great lenghts to keep Kong out of the ring, which is wise. After several minutes of abuse Haze is able to come out of the Tree of Woe with a Daizee Cutter on Deeb. Kong gets the hot tag and she takes it right to Del Rey. She knocks her down and hits a big splash for two. Del Rey fights back with a kick but Kong cuts her off with a clothesline. Kong hits the Implant Buster but it only gets a two-count. The referee loses control and all four women are in the ring at the same time. Haze hits Deeb with a Heart pUnch, Kong hits a back fist, Haze hits a Yakuza Kick, and Kong hits a legdrop. Ouch. Del Rey takes Kong down with a Koppo Kick. Haze hits Del Rey with a code Red for a two-count. Del Rey comes back and executes the Royal Butterfly but it only gets two! She follows with a piledriver and Kong has to break up the cover. Deeb takes Kong down with a very impressive spear. Del Rey hits Haze with another Piledrier and that’s enough to get the pin at 8:18. That was one of the better women’s matches ROH has ever run, and it’s a shame they didn’t give it more time. Everybody was hitting everything well and they worked the formula to a T.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: Special Challenge Match – Eddie Edwards vs. Sonjay Dutt

I believe Kenny Omega was scheduled to face Edwards, but he got injured or something and Dutt was a last minute replacement. They wrestle on the mat and Edwards appears to have the early advantage. Dutt offers a handshake but slaps Edwards instead. Edwards gets mad so Dutt goes to the floor and hides under the ring. Dutt comes out the other side but Edwards catches him in the act. So that was all for nothing. Dutt comes back and lands an Asai Moonsault to the back. They go to the floor and Dutt rams Edwards into the guardrail. Back in the ring Dutt continues to wear Edwards down. Edwards fights back with that face plant move that he does and some strikes. He drops Dutt on the top rope and hits a hurricanrana from the second rope. That was a unique position to do that from. A series of reversals leads to Edwards putting on the Achilles Lock, which Dutt counters with a rollup for two. Edwards hits the Chin Checker for two. Dutt hits a springboard Superfly Splash for a near-fall. He follows with a tornado DDT and a standing shooting star press for two. Edwards creates some distance (you can tell Kelly used to announce for WWE) and hits the Boston Knee Party. They trade superkicks and Edwards wins that battle with a hard clothesline for two. Edwards goes up top and Dutt joins him, only to get shoved down and double stomped. One powerbomb and 2K1 Bomb later and Edwards is the winner at 10:43. That was a solid win for Edwards, and Dutt certainly looked game. None of it really mattered, but it was pleasant enough.
Rating: ***

Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Kings of Wrestling – ROH Glory By Honor IX – HDNet Exclusive
Final Battle 2010 – Haas and Benjamin Announcement

MATCH #5: ROH Legends Collide – Christopher Daniels vs. Homicide

Daniels’ TV Title is not on the line here. Mike Bennett and his trainer Brutal Bob come down to watch the match from ringside. They start slowly, as these two have faced each other numerous times before and have a great deal of respect for one another. Things quickly spill to the floor and not much happens so they go back to the ring. Homicide hits a neckbreaker for two. He sends Daniels to the floor and wipes him out with a Tope Con Hilo. Back in the ring Homicide hits a t-bone suplex for a two-count. Daniels fights back with some of his usual. Homicide throws Daniels outside again, and then they get back in the ring. Nothing they have done so far has really amounted to anything. Daniels counters Da Cop Killa and tries the Best Moonsault Ever but can’t connect. Instead Daniels hits an enziguiri and goes for Angel’s Wings but Homicide shoves him back into the corner, unintentionally squashing the referee. Homicide throws his shirt at Daniels and then hits an Ace Crusher to get the pin at 10:31. What the hell kind of finish was that? The match was dull leading up to it too.
Rating: **¼

Final Battle 2010 – Kings of Wrestling/Briscoe Family Story – ROH on HDNet 11/29/10

MATCH #6: Six Man Tag Team Grudge Match – The Kings of Wrestling & Shane Hagadorn vs. Jay, Mark, & Mike “Papa” Briscoe

Jay and Chris Hero start the match. Hero immediately knocks Papa Mike off the apron, earning Jay’s ire. The Briscoe family isolate Hero in their half of the ring and make him pay for his transgressions. Hagadorn tries to get involved but he blows it and the Briscoes stay in control. Claudio Castagnoli is able to tag in and after a brief period on defense he’s able to catch Jay with a gutwrench suplex. The Kings take control but foolishly tag Hagadorn. Papa Mike tags in and puts the boots to him but Hagadorn quickly crawls to the corner and tags Castagnoli. Impressively, Papa Mike shows no fear and takes Castagnoli down with a headscissors! Del Rey pulls Mike to the floor and receives a kiss for her troubles. The referee then pours salt in the wound by ejecting Del Rey from ringside! The crowd chants “Papa Briscoe” but the Kings take advantage on Mark. Some miscommunication allows Jay to get the hot tag and he unleashes the fury. Hero slips out of a Death Valley Driver and hits a knee to the face and a huge rolling boot. Castagnoli comes in and hits a pop-up European Uppercut for two. Jay comes back with a Death Valley Driver and makes the tag. Mark hits the Froggy Bow for a two-count. He and Castagnoli then clothesline each other and both men are down. Hagadorn and Papa Mike get the tags but the real wrestlers intercede before anything can happen. In all the confusion Hagadorn kicks Jay right in the balls. Papa Mike comes in with a spear. Jay and Mark take out the Kings with simultaneous dives. Papa Mike teases one but Hagadorn pulls him to the floor. Back in the ring Hero hits Papa Mike with the Rolling Elbow! The Kings set Papa Mike up for the KRS-One but Jay breaks it up and Papa Mike hits Castagnoli with a Stunner! The Briscoes then hit Hagadorn with the Doomsday Device, but Papa Mike hits the clothesline! That was awesome, and enough to get the pin at 15:49. That was tons of fun and the finish was great.
Rating: ***½

Davey Richards on Final Battle 2010 & The “Truth” on Roderick Strong

MATCH #7: ROH World Title Match – Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards

Strong has been the Champion since 9.11.10, and this is his second defense. Richards offers a pre-match handshake but Strong declines. They take it down to the mat, where I expect a lot of the early portions of this match to take place. Richards controls first, going after the arm. They take it to the floor and Richards kicks Strong’s head off. Not literally of course. The crowd is hard for Richards to win the title here. Richards delivers another running kick to the head. Strong gets back in the ring but rolls right back out and is able to connect with a kick to Richards’s face. Now the champion is in control. Back in the ring Strong delivers some elbow strikes a la Bryan Danielson. Strong keeps Richards on the mat and wears him down with various submission holds. Richards tries to fire up and hit the handspring enziguiri but Strong dropkicks him in the gut. They take it to the apron and Richards dropkicks Strong back to the floor. Strong tries to get back in the ring but Richards kicks him back out and hits the dangerous suicide dive, landing several rows deep in the crowd. Back in the ring Richards hits the missile dropkick. They slug it out and Richards wins the battle. Richards hits a Saito Suplex for two. He puts on a Kimura Lock. Strong powers his way out and they trade strikes. Richards hits the Alarm Clock and more strikes. He goes up top and hits the diving headbutt for a two-count. Richards puts on the Cross Armbreaker and Strong wisely reaches the ropes. Strong hits an enziguiri and the Falcon Arrow for two. The champ keeps up the intensity and locks on the Stronghold. Richards reaches the ropes. They trade shots again and the crowd is fully in support of Richards, which is a nice change of pace from the dueling chants that often accompany ROH main events. Richards hits a hard kick to the chest and a bridging German Suplex for a near-fall. They fight up on the top rope and Richards a belly-to-back superplex! Richards hits a big lariat for two. He follows with a knockout kick for another two-count. Richards puts on the Ankle Lock and Martini distracts the referee while Strong taps out! An infuriated Richards kicks Martini out of the way and lands a beautiful Shooting Star Press for a close near-fall. That would have been a hot finish. They go back around the top rope and this time Strong uses it to his advantage, hitting a backbreaker on the top turnbuckle for two. Out on the apron Strong hits an enziguiri and then drops Richards through the announcer’s table! Strong then hits a Gibson Driver on the floor! He throws Richards into the crowd, hoping for a countout win. That’s super dickish and I love it. Richards barely makes it back in the ring at the count of 19. Strong immediately hits a gutbuster and the Gibson Driver but Richards kicks out! The champ then locks on the Stronghold. Richards counters that to the Ankle Lock, which Strong counters to his own Ankle Lock, and then Richards counters to the Cloverleaf! Whew. They’re not done countering though, as Strong turns that into the LeBell Lock. Richards turns that into a cradle for two. Back on their feet Richards hits a huge lariat for two. Richards follows with a Gibson Driver for another near-fall. He locks on the Ankle Lock but is too exhausted to keep it on. Strong drills Richards with a knee strike, an enziguiri, and a torture rack backbreaker. He hits the Sick Kick for two! Strong hits the vertical suplex into a backbreaker, a superkick, and another Sick Kick and Richards kicks out again! Now Strong locks in the Stronghold and Richards passes out at 30:28. These two are natural opponents and though this match was 30 minutes it didn’t really feel that long. The crowd was in the right state of mind for this one, cheering Richards like crazy and booing Strong with equal fervor. This may be my favorite match between the two of them.
Rating: ****¼

Final Promo for Kevin Steen VS El Generico @ ROH Final Battle 2010

MATCH #8: Non Sanctioned Fight Without Honor: The Final Battle at Final Battle – Kevin Steen vs. El Generico – If Steen loses he will quit Ring of Honor; If Generico loses he will unmask

The video package for this match gives Kevin Ford a slight boner. I never reviewed Final Battle 2010 so I’m looking forward to this. They start cautiously, trying to psyche each other out but that doesn’t last long. Generico boots Steen to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. He finds a chain and wraps it around Steen’s neck, then hits him in the face with it. Back in the ring Generico continues the assault with the chain, hitting Steen with it and wrapping it around his forehead before delivering the Yakuza Kick. Obviously Steen is busted open now. Generico uses a table as well, and he has been dominant thus far. He brings out a ladder and drills Steen in the face with it. Steen comes back with a boot to the gut and a powerbomb on the edge of the ring frame. He starts piling barricades on Generico and hits a Frog Splash off the apron. Steen actually tries to throw a guardrail at Generico, who luckily moves out of the way. Generico counters a powerbomb with a back drop. Back in the ring Generico uses the ladder as a weapon. Steen backdrops Generico on the ladder and the crowd chants “ROH.” Generico is looking worse for wear as Steen hits a big powerbomb. Steen goes outside and brings in a couple of chairs to abuse Generico with. He hits a Codebreaker with assist from the chair and then lands the somersault legdrop, also on the chair. Now Generico is also pouring blood. Steen sets up a ladder but Generico is able to catch him with a Michinoku Driver right on the ladder! Generico then hits an exploder suplex into the ladder in the corner. He follows that with the half-nelson suplex onto the ladder for a two-count. Steen rolls to the floor and Generico goes for the swinging DDT but Steen throws a steel barricade cover into his face. Steen launches Generico into another barricade cover and then produces a table. He sets a ladder up between the apron and the guardrail, and then sets a table up on top of that. Generico is able to recover and hit the missile swinging DDT. That was awesome. Back in the ring Generico runs right into a superkick. Steen tries the Package Piledriver on a chair but Generico reverses it to the half-nelson suplex. Generico then hits the Brainbuster but it only gets two. He goes for the running Yakuza Kick but Steen avoids it. Steen goes to the top rope and Generico slams him through the table and onto the ladder! Back in the ring Generico hits the Package Piledriver but Steen kicks out! They take it to the apron and Generico hits the Brainbuster! Steve Corino comes out to make the save. He blasts Generico with a lariat and then knocks out referee Todd Sinclair. Corino goes for a steel chair shot but Colt Cabana comes out and runs him off. Cabana then launches the chair at Steen’s face but again it only gets two! Generico goes for a running Yakuza Kick but he accidentally nails the referee! Sinclair crashes off the apron through a table to the floor. Steen kicks Generico in the nuts and hits the Package Piledriver. Bryce Remsburg comes out to make the count but he can only count two so Steen hits him with the Package Piledriver too! Steen hits Generico with the Package Piledriver on a chair and Paul Turner comes out to make the count but once again only gets two! They fight to the top rope and Generico avoids a super brainbuster and drops Steen face-first on the exposed steel. Generico hits the running Yakuza Kick and then finally lands the Turnbuckle Brainbuster! Amazingly that only gets two. Generico picks up the steel chair and Steen tries to appeal to him with the mask he stole from him. Steen begs for mercy but Generico KILLS him with the chair to finally get the pin at 31:12. That was brutal and awesome, and the only way that feud could have possibly ended. I knew how long it was and that immediately had me thinking it was too long but I was wrong. This was one of the best hardcore spectacles ever in ROH and one of the best matches in either Steen or Generico’s career. I missed a handful of shows in 2010 but I believe this is a strong contender for 2010 ROH Match of the Year.
Rating: ****¾

Backstage – The camera man sneaks in on Roderick Strong and Truth Martini having an argument, and Strong tells him that it’s “private time” so he should leave. Yikes.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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Manhattan Center – New York City, New York – December 19, 2009

PRELIMINARY MATCH: Alex Payne vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge

This is Ridge’s highest profile match to date. Payne tries to control the action with a headlock, but Ridges escapes. Undaunted, Payne continues to hold the advantage, staying one step ahead of Ridge. They somehow manage to blow a back body drop spot, and Payne tries to cover it up with a dropkick. Payne gets a La Magistral rollup for two. Ridge fights back with a couple of nasty kicks for a two-count. A big boot to the face and a running kick to the face gets another near-fall. Payne comes back and tries a German Suplex but Ridge reverses it to an O’Connor roll and grabs a handful of tights to get the pin at 2:49. I don’t know what they expect the students to learn if this is all they get. It’s the preshow, let them go nuts and get all their stuff in.
Rating: ½*

The show opens with a really good highlight package starting with Final Battle 2008, when Tyler Black and Austin Aries battled in a Number One Contender’s match. They show quite a few highlights from the three-way match at Manhattan Mayhem III where Aries won the title, as well as clips of the show on HDNet. Whoever put that together deserves a raise; that was a great setup for the main event tonight.

Dave Prazak and Eric Santamaria are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Pick 6 Series Four Corner Survival – (6) Kenny Omega vs. Rhett Titus vs. (1) Claudio Castagnoli vs. Colt Cabana

Castagnoli is accompanied by Prince Nana and Mr. Ernesto Osiris. Omega defeated Castagnoli in a singles match at least year’s Final Battle. Cabana and Titus opened the last New York show, Glory By Honor VIII with a singles match, so there’s plenty of history here. Omega and Cabana reprise their tag team by going after Castagnoli, and merely threatening Titus. Their lack of a killer instinct gives Castagnoli and Titus to take control. Cabana and Omega are too smart for them though, and they come back with dueling atomic drops to send their opponents to the floor. We wind up with Omega and Castagnoli wind up in the ring, and when Castagnoli tries to backdrop Omega to the floor, Omega lands on the second turnbuckle and hits a moonsault to the floor on Titus! Cabana is in the ring now and he hits a headscissors on Castagnoli and then dumps him to the floor. Omega gets back in with a rolling prawn hold on Cabana for two. Cabana throws Titus back in the ring, while Castagnoli throws Omega into the barricade. Back in the ring Titus hits Cabana with a dropkick. Castagnoli goes back to the floor to ram Omega into the barricade again. He gets back in the ring and hits a double suplex with Titus. Omega gets back in the ring with a cross body block on both men. Cabana tries to give Omega the Stop Sign, but Omega hits him with an enziguiri and then a uranage for two. Titus throws Omega to the floor, but then Castagnoli executes the UFO on him. Omega gets back in the ring with a missile dropkick on Titus and then a dragon suplex on Castagnoli for two. Omega and Cabana battle on the rope and when Omega knocks Cabana down, Titus takes the opportunity to hit the Super Sex Factor. Cabana then locks Titus in the Billy Goat’s Curse, which Castagnoli breaks up with a bicycle kick. Castagnoli then hits Titus with a German Suplex with a bridge to get the pin at 6:17. That was brief but certainly energetic and was a good choice to open.
Rating: **½

Before the next match we cut back to Chicago on December 5, when challenger Tyler Black talked about his path towards his ROH World Title match tonight. He takes unnecessary shots at WWE as he promises to win the ROH World Title. The promo ends with “we’re taking over the world,” but it’s unclear who he means by “we.” Does he mean him and his fans maybe?

MATCH #2: Delirious & Bobby Dempsey vs. Bison Smith & Erick Stevens w/ Prince Nana & Ernesto Osiris

Necro Butcher was originally scheduled for this match, but I believe couldn’t make it due to travel difficulties caused by the Asshole Snow Storm, so Delirious starts the match by himself! He gets double-teamed and beaten down pretty quickly by his larger opponents. The battle spills to the floor, where Delirious gets dumped into the crowd. Smith charges and dives over the guardrail to wipe Delirious out. Then some music hits and Pelle Primeau comes from out of nowhere to make his ROH return. Primeau unleashes a flurry of offense on Stevens, but Smith comes in and clobbers him with a clothesline. Smith military presses Primeau to the floor. Bobby Dempsey’s music hits and now he’s here to be Delirious’ partner. He hits a powerslam on Stevens for two. He makes the tag to Delirious and apparently we’ve got a real match here. So why was Primeau involved – just to build to Dempsey coming out? Smith breaks up a pin attempt and pitches Delirious to the floor, where Nana and Osiris take free shots while Dempsey stupidly distracts the referee. Now the Embassy takes control of the masked man. Santamaria points out that both men who came to Delirious’ aid are ROH students, and Delirious is the current head trainer. After a few minutes Delirious makes the hot tag to Dempsey. The fat man is a house afire, bringing Stevens down in the corner. Delirious charges in with a Panic Attack and Dempsey follows with a Cannonball. Both Stevens and Smith are on the floor now, and Dempsey and Delirious follow them out with simultaneous somersaults, although Delirious’ came from a much higher altitude. Back in the ring Delirious goes for Shadows over Hell on Smith but Stevens pushes him to the floor. With Dempsey on his own, the Embassy hits a Claw Slam / Backbreaker combination. Stevens appears to have injured his knee. Smith goes for a powerbomb but Dempsey backdrops his way out of it. He comes back with a lariat for two. Smith then connects on a powerbomb to get the win at 9:41. I like Smith and Stevens as a tag team, but the match was nothing special. I don’t get the Pelle Primeau thing.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Fight without Honor – Chris Hero vs. Eddie Kingston

Hero is accompanied by Sara Del Rey and Shane Hagadorn. Does Del Rey really have a purpose in ROH at this point? I know she’s a good wrestler, but when was the last women’s match? Kingston meets Hero in the aisle and the fight is on. I think this is going to be a lot of kicks, punches, and forearms. Hero gets the first advantage and finds a chain. He whips Kingston with it, and then wraps it around his throat and mouth. He throws Kingston into the guardrail, taking out a camera man in the process. Back in the ring Hero continues using the chain to abuse Kingston. Hero hits an elbow and Kingston kicks out at one. Back up Hero hits headbutts and a boot to the face. Kingston is bleeding from the forehead. Hero tries a Liger Bomb but Kingston counters with a headscissors and a uranage. Kingston hits an enziguiri and a Northern Lights Bomb for two. Hero comes back with a series of elbows for two. They rip each other’s shirts off and trade chops. Hero hits another elbow for two. He goes outside and brings one of the barricades in the ring. Back in the ring Hero hits a Saito Suplex. Hero and Hagadorn set the barricade up horizontally in the turnbuckles. He sets Kingston up on the top and then climbs on the barricade, and ends up hitting a powerbomb off the top rope and onto the barricade. Kingston kicks out at two. I call bullshit. Hero goes back to the chain and wraps it around Kingston and tries the Death Blow, but Kingston reverses to a straight jacket suplex. Kingston wraps the chain around his arm and hits a lariat for two. Hagadorn and Del Rey interfere, and Del Rey takes a leg capture suplex for her troubles. Hero puts on the golden elbow pad but Kingston ducks a shot and hits the Back Drop Driver. Kingston tries the spinning back fist but Hero ducks and hits a low blow. Hero then kisses Kingston on the head and then hits a rolling elbow for two. Kingston gets up and hits two spinning back fists but Hero kicks out at two. He takes Hero’s golden elbow pad and hits a rolling elbow to get the pin at 15:09. If you’re into this feud and this style of match you’ll probably love this, but it went astray for me when Kingston kicked out of that ridiculously sick powerbomb. Some moves should just finish a match.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. The Young Bucks

These two teams met at both Contention and Aries vs. Richards, with Steen & Generico getting the win both times. The video packages tonight have been pretty great across the board. Steen is noticeably hobbling on his way to the ring, and he looks despondent. Generico and Nick start the match. They wrestle on the mat briefly before taking it to the air for some of the high flying both men are known for. Steen asks to be tagged in and gets his wish, so Nick tags in Matt as well. Matt takes the advantage and it’s obvious that Steen is not 100%. Things get personal when Matt offers to help Steen up and gets spat at. Matt counters by spitting his gum at Steen, who picks it up off the mat and puts it in his own mouth just to spit it at Nick on the apron. Both men knock each others’ partners off the apron, but Generico sneaks in the ring and helps Steen gain an advantage, and he hits the front flip legdrop. Steen then knocks Nick off the apron and blasts him with a snot rocket. The former ROH World Tag Team Champions isolate Matt in their half of the ring and work him over. Matt comes back with a standing Sliced Bread and makes the tag. Nick comes in a house afire, knocking Steen off the apron and hitting Generico with a springboard swinging DDT for two. Now the Bucks isolate Generico. After a few minutes of abuse, Generico makes the hot tag. Steen is all over both Bucks, taking them both down with a simultaneous clothesline. He hits a cannonball on Matt and then an Orton DDT on Nick for two. The match breaks down a bit, with people coming in and out of the ring. Steen hits Nick with the pumphandle neckbreaker for two. He goes for a powerbomb but Nick flips out and hits a kick to the head. Matt gets tagged in and Generico gets knocked to the floor. The Bucks double-team Steen and get a near-fall. Steen comes back with a Codebreaker and he tags Generico, who hits a high cross body off the top rope on Matt for two. Generico gets trapped in the corner and Nick hits him with a running knee and the springboard X-Factor. When Nick tries that flip to the floor thing he does in every match, Steen catches him and powerbombs him on the ring apron. Back in the ring Matt hits Steen with a superkick and then Generico catches Matt and suplexes him into the turnbuckle. Nick comes back in and pitches Steen to the floor. He then wipes Steen out with a dive over the top rope to the floor. Meanwhile Matt hits Generico with the Diamond Dust, and then the Bucks hit a moonsault/splash combo for a close two-count. The match breaks down and Steen dumps Matt to the floor. Generico hits Nick with a running Yakuza kick and a half-nelson suplex. Steen follows with a frog splash, but it only gets two! He sets up for the Package Piledriver but Nick escapes it. After a couple reversals, Steen powerbombs Nick and traps him in the Sharpshooter. Matt tries to break it but Generico cross bodies him to the floor. Steen’s knee gives way and he has to release the hold. Matt rams Generico into the guardrail. Steen once again tries the Package Piledriver but Matt breaks it up and hits a superkick. The Bucks hit More Bang for Your Buck but Steen kicks out at two! Why are we killing finishers on an already injured wrestler? The Bucks each hit two superkicks and then a double superkick to finally get the pin at 17:10. That was the usual pretty good tag team match between the two teams, but the Bucks pretty much do the same stuff in every match, and really don’t understand why Steen had to kick out of their finisher only to get beat by superkicks just seconds later.
Rating: ***¼

Steen gets on the microphone as the crowd chants his name. The sound on this DVD is horrible; I can barely understand what he’s saying. It sounds like he’s cutting a goodbye promo from what I can hear. Steen hugs Generico. You know how I know those guys are gay – because they’re holding each other ever so gently. Steen then swerves us all by telling Generico he “hates his fucking guts,” and then pulls a Chris Jericho and kicks Generico in the balls. He grabs a steel chair and cracks it over Generico’s head. Colt Cabana comes running out to question Steen’s actions, so Steen kisses him on the lips and bails. It sounded like a great promo; I wish I could have heard it better. After three years teaming together in ROH and one World Tag Team Title reign, I’d say Kevin Steen & El Generico are over.

MATCH #5: Pick 6 Series – (4) Roderick Strong vs. Kenny King

They lock up and Strong grabs a wristlock. King comes back with a takedown and then locks on a side headlock. He knocks Strong down with a shoulderblock, but when he gloats Strong makes him pay with a spinning heel kick for two. Strong hits a chop and puts the boots to King. He maneuvers King to the floor, and then takes him down with a clothesline off the apron. He hits a chop, rams King into the edge of the ring frame and hits another one. King blocks a whip into the guardrail and takes Strong down with a twisting senton off the barricade. Now King takes advantage of the outside, ramming Strong’s head into the barricade several times. Back in the ring King gets a two-count. It’s all King now. King hits a spin kick for two. He gives Strong a taste of his own medicine with a backbreaker. He tries a springboard legdrop but Strong moves out of the way. King hits a few strikes in the corner and then dances to celebrate, giving Strong the chance to unleash a backbreaker of his own for two. Strong hits a dropkick for two. King counters with a spinebuster for two. Strong goes for the Stronghold but King reverses out of it and hits an enziguiri. King follows up with a clothesline for two. They take the fight to the apron and Strong hits King with the back suplex right on the ring frame. King comes back with a sunset flip, and a series of reversals ends with King hitting an enziguiri for two. He sets Strong up on the top rope and they slug it out, and King pulls Strong out with the Royal Flush for two! King goes for the double knees but misses and Strong hits the torture rack backbreaker for two. Strong goes for a crucifix but King rolls through with a schoolboy rollup for the pin at 10:27. This was technically proficient but not terribly exciting. King extends his hand, and Strong spits on him.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: Rocky Romero vs. Alex Koslov

This match is courtesy of the AAA promotion in Mexico. I’ve yet to see what others see in Alex Koslov, so this should be interesting. Romero gets on the mic to announce that Jack Evans and Teddy Hart are not here, so instead of the tag team match we get this singles match. The crowd is not pleased, so hopefully Romero and Koslov can get them into it. They take it to the mat and wrestle to a couple of quick stalemates. They’re working cautiously, since apparently they know each other very well from Mexico. The crowd seems to be with them now, which is good. The pace quickens and Koslov does the stupid stop sign just like Kenny Omega, and Romero just stops. Both guys stand there for a few seconds and then Romero hits a low dropkick. Romero is able to lure Koslov into crashing to the floor, and then he wipes him out with a dive that sends him all the way into the crowd. Back in the ring they decide to exchange strikes. Romero hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, but then falls victim to a kick to the back of the head by Koslov. That gets a two-count for the agile Russian. Koslov hits the Russian Legsweep and puts on his little hat. He hits the kicks to the head, which Romero no-sells. Romero hits a rana, and Koslov counters with a drop toehold. Koslov ties Romero up in a surfboard using the ropes, which looks really cool. Back in the ring Romero hits a flurry of offense and then he puts on the hat and does some dance moves of his own. Romero hits a swinging DDT for two. The fight spills to the floor and Koslov chops Romero into the crowd. Koslov leaps off the top rope and wipes Romero out. Back in the ring Koslov tries a splash off the top rope but Romero gets his knees up. Romero hits a reverse enziguiri for a two-count. Koslov comes back with a vicious superkick for two. He goes up top again and Romero pops up and locks on the Diablo Armbar and the bell rings at 11:19. The crowd is rightfully pissed because Koslov didn’t actually tap out and the bell rang out of nowhere. The match was a terrible mess of guys just hitting moves and not selling a damn thing. I understand what they were going for in trying to make up for Jack Evans and Teddy Hart not being there, but it just didn’t work for me. Plus the messed-up finish, which the commentators gloss over, didn’t do the match any favors.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: World Tag Team Title Match – American Wolves w/ Shane Hagadorn vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe

The Wolves have been champions since 4.10.09, and this is their tenth defense. This feud began one year ago at Final Battle 2008. This is the Wolves’ first title defense since Ladder War II almost three months ago. Richards and Mark start the match. They chain wrestle for a bit, and then Edwards gets tagged into the match. Edwards and Mark trade kicks to the back and Edwards tags back out to Richards. Mark subdues Richards with a headlock and then goes after his leg. They trade some holds and wrestle to a stalemate, and then tag their partners. Edwards kicks Mark right off the ring apron just to be a dick. Richards gets tagged back in and Jay returns the favor by kicking Edwards to the floor, and then the Briscoes level Richards with a double tackle, sending him to the floor. The Wolves attempt to regroup on the floor while the crowd chants “Man Up.” Back in the ring it turns into a pier-six brawl, with everyone kicking each other in the face and head. Mark hits Edwards with a t-bone suplex and Jay follows up with a boot to the face for two. The challengers are cutting the ring in half and working Edwards over. The Wolves use some clever double-teaming to target Mark’s knee and take advantage on him. Mark comes back with an Ace Crusher on Edwards and makes the tag. Jay is all over both Edwards and Richards. He drops Edwards with a spinebuster for two. Edwards appears to be injured, while Richards throws Mark into the guardrail and kicks him into the crowd. In what should come as a shock to no one, Edwards was playing possum, and the Wolves hit Jay with the Superkick-German Suplex-Jackknife Pin combination for a two-count. The Wolves work Jay over for several minutes. Jay comes back with a Death Valley Driver on Edwards and both men make tags. Mark is on fire with his redneck kung fu. He hits Richards with an Iconoclasm for two when Edwards breaks it up. Mark hits Richards with a missile dropkick, and then the Briscoes execute the Sidewinder (!) for a near-fall! I love that move. Jay sets Richards up for the Jay Driller but Richards escapes it. Edwards gets tagged in and he exchanges strikes with Jay. He hits an enziguiri and then charges into a big boot. He fights back with the Backpack Chinbreaker for two. Edwards hits a super Frankensteiner and Richards hits a running kick to the chest. Richards follows up with a DR Driver but it only gets two! Edwards has a Half Crab locked on Jay, while Richards has a Texas Cloverleaf on Mark. The Briscoes counter them both with small packages for two-counts. Mark gets dumped to the floor and the Wolves hit the double-team Alarm Clock and a powerbomb/lungblower combination for two. Edwards locks Jay in the Half Crab and he reaches the ropes to break it. The Wolves try a Doomsday Device but Mark breaks it up and the Briscoes throw some suplexes. Jay turns Edwards inside out with a lariat for a two-count. He goes for the Jay Driller but Edwards fights it off. The Briscoes hit Edwards with a double superkick for a two-count. Jay hits Edwards with the Jay Driller, which only gets two. I hate how that move doesn’t mean the end of a match. The Briscoes nail Edwards with the Doom to get the pin and their sixth ROH World Tag Team Title at 22:52. I think they could have cut a few momentum shifts out of the early going and had a much tighter match at 18 minutes or so, but this was still really a very good match. It does make me wonder though why didn’t they move the titles over to the Briscoes back in September when Edwards got hurt, and then you could have done the rematch here? That way the title wouldn’t have sat dormant for three months and the same result is achieved.
Rating: ***½

While the Briscoes are celebrating, Claudio Castagnoli comes out and gets in the ring. Meanwhile Chris Hero sneaks up behind Jay and hits an elbow! The Kings of Wrestling then hit Mark with the KRS-One and hold up the tag belts as the crowd chants “Kings of Wrestling.” I’m all for this.

MATCH #8: Jack Evans vs. Teddy Hart

Bobby Cruise is in the ring to announce the main event, but the lights go out, and when they come back on Jack Evans and Teddy Hart are in the ring with Julius Smokes! Evans proposes that he and Hart face off in a singles match. There’s no referee so there’s no opening bell, so I don’t think this really counts as an official match. Evans busts out an early Super Space Flying Tiger Drop. He hits a springboard 450 and goes for a cover but there’s no referee. Hart comes back and hits some wicked head-dropping maneuvers to the delight of the fans. J-Train has stepped in as the referee. Hart tries a Shooting Star Press but eats knees. Evans tries a 630 but also meets knees. Hart hits an amazing back suplex into a powerbomb. He hits another piledriver variation for a two-count. Evans comes back and this time hits the 630 senton for the three-count around six minutes in. This was definitely not an official match so I’m not going to give it a rating, but the fans got to see Jack and Teddy do a bunch of crazy spots in a short amount of time, so I think they did the best they could, weather considering.
Rating: *

MATCH #9: ROH World Title Match – Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black

Aries has been the champion since 6.13.09, and this is his lucky thirteenth title defense. The champ immediately bails to the floor and wastes some time. Back in the ring Black takes Aries down in the corner and stomps away, so Aries bails again. Aries bails a third time. They wrestle on the mat and Black hits a mini piledriver, so Aries bails again stomps on Black sliding back in the ring. Black hits some mounted punches and the crowd barely cares. Aries takes Black down with another headlock. This is just brutal. They take it to the floor, where Black chops Aries into the crowd. Speaking of the idiots in the crowd, they’ve brought Twinkie back. Another part of the crowd chants “shut the fuck up” while Aries literally runs away from Black, very slowly. They go back to the floor and Black hits Aries with a moonsault off the guardrail. Aries continues trying to escape Black on the floor. Half the crowd is just actively booing Tyler Black. Aries takes he advantage and works on Black’s left knee. They’re about 15 minutes in but it feels more like 45. Aries takes forever to try the pendulum elbow, so Black comes back with a kick to the head and a flurry of offense. Black knocks Aries to the floor and follows him out with a running moonsault, on his badly injured knee. Back in the ring Black hits the springboard lariat for two. He gets an O’Connor Roll for two, and then lands a running knee to the face for two. He misses the Quebrada but hits the standing shooting star press. Aries slips out of paroxysm and hits the shinbreaker / belly-to-back suplex. He goes for the IED but Black blocks it with a boot to the face. Black sets Aries on the top rope, but it’s Aries who’s able to hit Black with a Super DDT for two. Aries then locks on the Last Chancery but Black gets out of it. Black comes back with an IED and Paroxysm for two, and then locks on the Last Chancery. Aries elbows his way out of it. Black goes up for the Phoenix Splash but Aries shoves him down to the floor. Aries follows him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. A few minutes later Black tries the Phoenix Splash and misses, so Aries goes back to work on the knee. Aries locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and Black turns it over. The hold is broken and Black goes on offense to the seeming chagrin of the crowd. Black puts Aries up on the top rope, but Aries counters the superplex into a super gourdbuster. Before he can capitalize, Black jumps up and kicks Aries in the head, sending the champ crashing through the timekeeper’s table! Thirty minutes have gone by. Aries simply recovers and goes back on offense. Black reverses a whip and sends Aries into the barricade. Back in the ring Black gets a two-count, and Aries bails again. Aries tries the brainbuster but Black reverses it to a gourdbuster and sets up for the superkick, so Aries bails AGAIN. That takes the fight to the apron, and Aries hits a Death Valley Driver on the edge. Aries then shows he was playing possum with his arm injury. So what was the point of the table spot anyway? The chants are dueling, but the Austin Aries chant is murdering the Tyler Black chant. Aries hits knee strikes and then locks on the Last Chancery and Black is able to reach the ropes. Now Aries tries to keep Black on the floor and win by countout. This goes on FOREVER. Black finally has enough and fights back and this time Aries bails. The crowd chants “we want wrestling.” I don’t blame them. Now they’re chanting “this is bullshit” about 40 minutes in. Aries continues trying to run away and Black chases after him. He actually goes back to the locker room and Black follows him. A sizable group chants “don’t come back,” and then they boo when it happens. Black is carrying Aries on his shoulders and hits an F-5 on the ramp. He convinces the referee not to count them out, turning himself into an even bigger accidental heel. Aries has been busted open. Black carries him back to the ring and locks on the End Time. Aries rolls that into a pin cover for two. We’re past the 45 minute mark here and the crowd is fairly hostile.

Aries once again tries to run away so Black Buckle Bombs him onto a chair on the floor and follows up with a superkick. He quickly rolls Aries back in the ring but the champ grabs the ropes before a three-count can be made. Black goes for a Phoenix Splash and misses, and both men are down. Aries goes up the ramp again and this time he’s able to hit Black with a Brainbuster on the ramp. Now Black is busted open. The challenger barely makes it back to the ring as we go north of 50 minutes. Aries locks on the Last Chancery, and then decides to straight up choke Black and not break on the count of five, but he doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a blatant low blow, but Black begs him not to call for the DQ, so the match will continue. Aries pulls a turnbuckle pad off and rams Black’s head into it, but Sinclair still won’t disqualify him. He hits a Russian Legsweep into the steel turnbuckle. He hits a perfect 450 Splash but Black reaches the bottom rope. Aries goes back to the Last Chancery and Black elbows his way out. So Aries goes to the floor and brings the belt into the ring and the referee tries to stop him. This distraction allows Black to come back with a schoolboy rollup for two and then a kick to the head. They trade punches as 55 minutes have elapsed. They trade kicks and Black is able to take Aries down with Cattle Mutilation. Black then rolls that into Bryan Danielson elbows and back to the Cattle Mutilation. The crowd doesn’t seem amused. Aries escapes the hold and hits a brainbuster for a close near-fall. One minute remains now as they duke it out. Black hits God’s Last Gift but Aries kicks out. Before anything else can happen, the bell mercifully rings at right around 60:00 (a little short by my clock but after Injustice II I’ll take it). This whole match was just a big bowl of wrong. This was just the worst match they could have possibly put on for this crowd under the circumstances. The crowd turned on it in a number of ways and I don’t blame them. This was an absolute disaster in every sense of the word. Hopefully this doesn’t set a bad omen for 2010.
Rating: DUD

Aries and Black continue brawling. Black knocks Aries out with the World Title belt. Meanwhile, the Briscoes and the Kings of Wrestling are brawling around the building as well.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: No Disqualification Match – Bully Ray vs. Tommy Dreamer

Bully Ray kicks SoCal Val out of the ring and cuts a quick promo putting over Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, and then calls Dreamer out for their already scheduled match. Ray then continues the trash talk to Dreamer’s face. He announces that tonight’s match is now a no disqualification, falls-count-anywhere match. Dreamer hammers away to start and hits a not very high cross body block and more punches. Ray cuts him off but misses the elbow drop. Dreamer throws Ray to the floor and follows him out. He continues the advantage and uses a plush minion from “Despicable Me” as a weapon. Mike Tenay thinks this is the funniest thing he’s ever seen, and neither he nor Taz have any idea what it is. The fight spills further into the crowd and Dreamer is using everything that’s not nailed down as a weapon. Back at ringside Ray cuts Dreamer off and drops him nuts-first o the guardrail. No really, Dreamer did that spot, can you believe it? Weapons are found and brought into the ring. Dreamer hits Ray with a kendo stick. He then finds an inflatable doll and hits Ray with a trash can lid. Of course Ray winds up in a 69 position with the doll. Dreamer then puts the doll on top of Ray and hits a splash for two. This is pretty stupid. Ray comes back and hits a superplex. He goes for the Bubba Bomb but Dreamer reverses it to a DDT for two. Dreamer goes to the floor and brings in a table. He tries a piledriver but Ray backdrops his way out of it. Ray plasters Dreamer with a trash can. Poor Dreamer, the crowd is actually chanting “We Want Devon.” Ray hits a big boot to the face for two. He should’ve dropped the leg. Ray continues the abuse, hitting Dreamer repeatedly with a kendo stick and even getting on the microphone to taunt him. He says the next move is for Devon, and that brings out Devon’s kids (with their dad’s music, helpfully). That allows Devon to sneak in from behind and help Dreamer hit the 3D and Dreamer gets the pin at 10:43. I don’t mind the finish because it’s a no-DQ match so why not, but I do mind the general awfulness of the match.
Rating: *½

MATCH #2: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Title Match – Angelina Love & Winter vs. Sarita & Rosita

Love and Winter have been the champions since 12.23.10, and this is their second defense. Sarita cuts a promo before the match, promising to win the titles and stuff. Viva Mexico! Love and Rosita start the match. The former Knockouts Champion dominates so Sarita tags in, but Love and Winter continue to control both challengers in the opening minutes. Winter hits Rosita with a backbreaker for two and Sarita tags back in. She hits Sarita with a bridging Northern Lights Suplex and Rosita breaks up the pin. Love gets the tag and continues on the advantage, despite Sarita and Rosita’s efforts. This match has been completely one-sided. Finally Sarita gets one of the belts in the ring but before Rosita can use it Velvet Sky comes out and takes it from her. Winter traps Rosita in an O’Connor Roll but the referee isn’t there to count, so Sarita simply rolls Winter over and somehow Rosita is able to hold Winter down to get the pin and win the titles at 4:58. The heels got no offense in and the finish looked absurd, as Winter looks completely lost out there.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: First Blood Match – Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez

Doesn’t TNA have anything else for these two guys to do besides team with or fight against each other? Morgan charges the ring and takes the first control. They spill to the floor but nothing much happens out there. Back in the ring Hernandez hits a Spear. Hernandez ten get a wooden stick and chokes Morgan with it, and then tries to jab him in the face. Morgan fights back and hits a side slam. Hernandez cuts him off with a shoulderblock. Zzzzzzzz. Morgan hits a clothesline. He follows with a series of offense, including a fallaway slam. Morgan tries to use the same stick Hernandez tried to use earlier but it gets blocked. Hernandez goes up top and Morgan slams him down. Morgan slams him down and signals for the Carbon Footprint but a fan rushes into the ring and gets his ass kicked by security. Hernandez tries to use a chain but Morgan takes it from him and smashes him in the face with it. Referee Brian Hebner is knocked out at ringside while Morgan yells at him to get back in the ring. Hernandez squirts Morgan’s chest with some fake blood, and referee Jackson James comes out actually declares Hernandez the winner at 8:34. That was painfully dull and the finish was powerfully stupid.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #4: Ultimate X X-Division Title Match – Kazarian vs. Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck vs. Robbie E with Cookie

Kazarian has been the Champion since 1.9.11, and this is his fourth defense. This is Kazarian’s sixth Ultimate X match, this is the second time for both Max and Jeremy, and the first time for Robbie E. That gives the champion a decided advantage. Cookie grabs Kazarian’s leg right away while Generation Me double-teams Robbie and throws him to the floor. The brothers Buck now turn their attention to the champion, who successfully fights them off. Robbie comes back and throws Kazarian to the floor, and then pulls Max off the cables. He goes up but Kazarian pulls him down and then climbs up for a guillotine legdrop from the cable. The offense continues to come from everywhere. Of the four competitors Kazarian dishes out the most offense and seems the most at home in this environment. The Bucks do show off some tremendous double-team moves, and it’s amazing that TNA couldn’t find anything for these guys to do besides lose to the Motor City Machine Guns. Jeremy tries to run interference for Max on the cables, but Kazarian knocks him down and then pulls Max down into an Ace Crusher. Moments later Max goes to the top rope backwards and Kazarian shoves him right into the corner truss! That was awesome; not sure if I’ve seen that in an Ultimate X match before or not. They work in a three-man Tower of Doom spot, which is meager by TNA standards. Kazarian hits Robbie with the Fade to Black, and then Jeremy takes Kazarian out with an elbow strike and a kick to the head. They fight up top and Kazarian hits the Flux Capacitor. Finally the Bucks get into an argument about who is going to win the match, which they supposedly decided was going to be Max. Jeremy says “f that” and climbs out after the title. The brothers get into a slugfest up by the belt, allowing Kazarian to hit Jeremy with a ladder and knock him down. Kazarian goes up above the cables, and Robbie hits Max with the ladder to knock him down. Robbie tries to use the ladder to climb to the belt, but Kazarian walks the high wire and is able to procure the belt and fall to the canvas at 14:21. They did some cool spots and the action pretty much never stopped. Ultimate X matches have been overdone, but this one was fun.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: TNA Tag Team Title Match – Beer Money, Inc. vs. Ink Inc.

James Storm and Robert Roode have been the Champions since 1.9.11, and this is their third defense. Jesse Neal starts the match with Storm and they do some Even Stevens chain wrestling. Things get heated and Storm hits a neckbreaker for two. Neal hits a turnaround cross body block off the second rope for two, and then tags are made. Moore and Roode go back and forth a bit as both teams struggle to establish an advantage. The challengers are able to use double-teams to isolate Storm, and they work him over in their half of the ring. After a little bit of that Roode gets the tag and he slugs it out with Neal. Roode hits the Spinebuster and the champs take control. Beer Money double-teams Neal so Moore comes in to the rescue and he’s quite effective. Moore hits Roode with a bulldog for a two-count. Ya know, I’m not sure Moore ever made the tag. The referee loses control as all four men are in the ring fighting it out. Beer Money takes control and wakes the crowd up with their little “Beer / Money” chant. They go for the DWI but Neal catches Storm with a Spear to break it up. Moore hits Roode with a bulldog but it only gets two. He tries to hit Roode with the Book of Dilligaf but Storm hits Neal with the Last Call and then catches Moore with the Lungblower. The champs then catch Moore with the DWI to get the pin and retain the titles at 12:32. Beer Money has the formula down pat and they’re crazy over, but no one for a second bought Ink Inc. as legitimate threats so the crowd felt listless.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: AJ Styles vs. Matt Hardy with Ric Flair

Matt looks like he’s as high as a kite during his pre-match interview. He beat AJ on IMPACT Wrestling back on February 17 to set up this rematch. They start with some fast-paced chain wrestling, with both men trying to establish dominance. The crowd is split in support of both men. AJ hits The Dropkick to send Matt to the floor. He looks for a dive but Flair grabs his leg for distraction, and Matt levels AJ with a clothesline. Matt charges and AJ drops the ropes, ending Hardy crashing to the floor. This time AJ is able to hit the dive. Matt comes back by pulling AJ face-first into the ring apron. He then slams AJ shoulder first into the steel ring post. Matt then tries to throw AJ into the guardrail, but AJ slides underneath it and hits a springboard flying forearm. That always looks cool. Back in the ring Matt fights right back, rendering everything on the floor meaningless. Flair interferes from the floor, actually executing the Crotch Claw. After several minutes AJ is able to land an enziguiri and both men are down. Back on their feet AJ fires away and hits a Death Valley Neckbreaker for two. AJ follows up with the vertical suplex neckbreaker for a two-count. Matt is able to duck a clothesline and grab AJ with the Side Effect, which gets two. He goes for the Twist of Hate but AJ counters with a backslide for two, and then hits the discuss clothesline. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Matt blocks it and hits the Carolina Slam for two. Flair gets up on the apron to distract the referee as AJ sort of hits the back flip inverted DDT. AJ takes Flair off the apron with the Pele, but then Matt is able to catch him with a hard DDT. Matt goes up top and hits a moonsault but AJ kicks out. He goes up to the second rope this time and AJ knocks him down with an awesome Pele. AJ goes up top and hits Spiral Tap to get the win at 17:36. That was solid back and forth and aside from Matt Hardy’s lapses in psychology it was fun.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Number One Contender’s Match – Mr. Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam

They go back and forth to start and trade holds, putting over their differing styles. This continues on after a standoff, and they manage to blow a leapfrog. That looks like it would hurt a lot. Either way it allows Anderson to take control, and he slows down the pace. RVD fights back with a collection of kicks and the Rolling Thunder. Anderson rolls to the floor and RVD tries to hit the spin kick off the apron but Anderson moves and RVD’s leg crashes into the guardrail. Back in the ring Anderson wisely goes to work on the leg. RVD tries to fight back but then just stupidly turns around and waits for Anderson to attack him again. I don’t get what goes through his head during his matches. Finally he comes back and they knock each other down. Next they tumble to the floor and are both down again. They fight up on the entrance ramp and Anderson hits the Mic Check. Both men get counted out at 12:52, and they let it stay that way. Some in the crowd chant “restart the match” and others respond with “No!” I’m with them – that match was terribly boring before the asinine finish.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #8: TNA World Title Match – Sting vs. Jeff Hardy

Sting has been the Champion since 3.3.11, and this is his first defense. He still has Jeff’s stupid looking purple belt design. Jeff pretty obviously appears to be in no condition to perform. Before the match can start, Eric Bischoff makes his way out to the ring. Bischoff announces that this is now a No Disqualification match, so Sting knocks him out. They stall to start, as Jeff tries to figure out where to throw his t-shirt and the monkeys in the audience go nuts. Jeff drops the shirt and they finally lock up. Sting hits a couple of punches and then the Scorpion Death Drop to get the pin at 1:28. No seriously, with all of the options TNA must have had to give the fans something worthwhile and apologize for Jeff Hardy screwing them over again, they thought THIS was the way to go. I can’t imagine being in that meeting and listening to the justifications for doing this and having any sane person agree. This was a new low for TNA.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Victory Road 2010 (Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, Abyss) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/03/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2010-rob-van-dam-jeff-hardy-mr-anderson-abyss-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/03/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2010-rob-van-dam-jeff-hardy-mr-anderson-abyss-2/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171064 Victory Road 2010

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA X Division Championship Match, Ultimate X or Submission – Douglas Williams vs. Brian Kendrick

Williams has been the champion since 5.16.10 and this is his second defense. The champ immediately tries to climb up but Kendrick stops him. Williams wisely decides to take it back down to the mat and starts working on Kendrick’s neck. You know why I hate Mike Tenay? He says things like “European Cravat Type Headlock” when he could just say “Cravat.” Kendrick escapes the cravat and unloads with punches, and then mounted punches. Williams fights out and whips Kendrick to the opposite corner. He hits a running knee lift and a suplex, and then puts on a “bridging style chinlock,” otherwise known as the Muta Lock. I HATE YOU MIKE TENAY. Just when I think the commentary couldn’t be any worse, Taz says that Williams is “trying to supine Kendrick’s spine, his back.” SUPINE IS NOT A VERB TAZ! It also means “lying on the back,” which Kendrick is clearly not doing at this point. Williams tries a tornado DDT but Kendrick avoids it and hits a dropkick off the second rope. Kendrick then goes for the Cobra Clutch but Williams powers out of it. Williams hits a leaping European Uppercut to reclaim the advantage. He locks on a headscissors but Kendrick slips out and lands a series of cross faces. Kendrick goes for the Cobra Clutch again but Williams slams him down to the mat. Williams locks on a hanging choke, but Kendrick drops out and unloads a flurry of offense. Kendrick tries the Cobra Clutch again but Williams backs him into the corner, but then gets backdropped to the floor. The challenger sets Williams up on the top rope and locks on an assisted Cobra Clutch, and then lets it go for some reason. Kendrick climbs up but Williams pulls him down with a super belly-to-back suplex. For some reason Kendrick thinks he shouldn’t sell that, and goes right back to the Cobra Clutch. They tumble through the ropes and to the floor, breaking the hold. Kendrick goes to climb up but Williams follows and tosses him down to the floor. Williams decides not to continue climbing (they’ve been pushing that he has a fear of heights) and instead slaps Kendrick with a glove. The champ then puts the gloves on and climbs out towards the belt (since they are Climbing Gloves, according to Tenay), but Kendrick scurries up and pulls him down. Now Williams locks on a Choke and Kendrick passes out at 10:04. That match was all over the place and the finish came out of nowhere. I like both of these guys but there was no chemistry whatsoever.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon vs. Jesse Neal

Ray attacks Neal on the ramp during his entrance. Devon doesn’t come out when he’s supposed to, and we find out that his locker room door has been barricaded! What a dastardly man that Brother Ray is. Meanwhile Ray continues throwing Neal around, and they finally get in the ring to start the match proper. Ray is dominant on the much less experienced Neal, who has gotten no offense in. Finally Ray misses an elbow drop and Neal hits some punches. Unfortunately for Neal he walks right in a back body drop and Ray is back in control. Then for some reason Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Raven, and Stevie Richards make their way through the crowd. That distracts Ray long enough for Neal to hit a Spear for a two-count. Neal hits more punches but Ray cuts him off with a back elbow. Ray brings a chair into the ring and Shannon Moore comes out, inadvertently distracting the referee, allowing Ray to crack Neal across the back with the chair. Way to screw over your tag partner Shannon. Finally Devon has gotten out of his locker room and comes out, but makes sure to tell the production guys to play his music first. Ray and Devon trade hands, and when Neal goes for a Spear on Ray but hits Devon instead, and then Ray lands the Bubba Bomb to get the pin on Neal at 5:57. That was a TV match dragged down by the random appearance of ECW guys.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #3: TNA Knockouts Championship Match – Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love

Rayne has been the champion since 4.18.10 and this is her fifth defense. They trade strikes early on and Love takes the first advantage. Love hits a Spear and Rayne rolls to the floor. She dominates out there too and rolls Rayne back in the ring for a two-count. She hits another spear for two. Rayne goes to the eyes and then shoves Love into the corner. She works the challenger over, hitting a neckbreaker for two. The champ then executers the Skull Fucker (has she been training with Alex Shelley?). Rayne goes for the Zack Attack but Love counters with a clothesline and a jawbreaker. Love is on fire now, scoring multiple takedowns and a spinning heel kick. Rayne comes back and slams Love’s face off her knee, and then goes outside for a steel chair. Love kicks it right back into her face. Then some chick on a motorcycle makes her way to ringside. Rayne knocks Love to the floor ant the mystery woman attacks both Love and referee Andrew Thomas for the DQ at 4:41. For some reason that means Angelina Love is the new Knockouts Champion. What a terrible, terrible way to win a title, especially after such a dull, meaningless match.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #4: AJ Styles & Kazarian vs. Mystery Tag Team

The mystery team turns out to be Samoa Joe & Rob Terry. That’s the best they can do with Joe?! Terry is the current Global Champion, though I don’t think he’s defended it in months. Styles starts the match with Terry, but before any contact is made he tags out to Kazarian. Terry grabs Kazarian by the head and then shoulderblocks him to the floor. Joe drops to the floor to nail Kazarian with a few jabs, and he throws in a superkick for Styles as well. Terry then tags Joe into the match, and he is all over Kaz. Joe tags back out and Kaz scampers to the corner to make the tag. Terry hurls both Kaz and Styles to the floor, and Joe follows them out with an elbow suicida. Back in the ring Joe continues pounding on Styles. Kaz interferes illegally and they use some double team tactics to take Joe down. They take turns working him over for a few. Joe escapes a Styles Clash but gets hit with the Pele. Styles charges into the corner but Joe hits him with the STJoe! Terry gets the hot tag and he is a freak afire. He throws Styles and Kaz all over the ring, hitting Styles with a powerslam for two. The match breaks down and Joe looks for the Muscle Buster but Desmond Wolfe runs down and distracts him. Wolfe tries to distract Terry as well but gets drilled with a clothesline. It does distract him long enough for Styles to hit a springboard forearm, and Kaz follows up with a springboard dropkick. Kaz hits the quebrada legdrop and Styles follows up with the springboard 450 Splash to get the pin at 8:09. That was a pretty fun and spirited tag match. You’d think that this would lead to a feud with Joe and Wolfe, but since this is TNA Joe just immediately hits Wolfe with the Muscle Buster and that may have been the last we heard of it.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Steel Cage Match – Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez

These two are so fired up at each other that they stand there for a while before engaging in some weak brawling. Hernandez whips Morgan into the cage walls and then drops his nuts on the top rope. He then sandwiches Morgan between the ropes and the cage and works him over. He charges but Morgan moves, and Hernandez crashes head first into the cage. Now Morgan takes control, working over Hernandez with his usual offense, including the corner elbows. Hernandez tries to pull himself up in the corner but Morgan boots him in the face. Morgan almost walks out the door, but then changes his mind and goes back in to deliver more punishment. Hernandez has a small cut on his head. Morgan works him over a bit more, and then Hernandez fires up with a series of clotheslines. Hernandez avoids the Carbon Footprint with a big shoulderblock and goes for the Border Toss but can’t complete it. Moments later he goes for another one but it ends up as more of a powerbomb. I can’t tell if that was his intent or not. Hernandez goes up to the top of the cage and misses a big splash. Morgan produces a pair of handcuffs and cuffs Hernandez to the top rope. He stupidly cuffed him right next to the door and then goes up to the top of the cage to climb out. Shockingly Hernandez breaks the cuffs, and dives head first through the door to win the match at 10:43. I just didn’t feel the hatred here, and the finish was pretty stupid. Why would Morgan handcuff him there? Why would Hernandez dive through the door like that?
Rating: **

MATCH #6: First Time Ever! – Ric Flair vs. Jay Lethal

I hate feuds that are based on nothing but a guy imitating another guy. Lethal scores the first knockdown with a shoulder tackle. Flair comes back with one of his own, but then gets dropkicked, backdropped, and clotheslined over the top rope to the floor. Lethal suplexes Flair back into the ring and hits a low dropkick for barely a two-count. He follows up with a missile dropkick for another two. Flair comes back with a classic thumb to the eye. He chops at Lethal in the corner, and Lethal comes back with the same, causing the Flair Flop. Flair once again goes back to the eyes and then goes up top. Shockingly Lethal knocks him down and then hits a superplex. I’m surprised Flair’s body hasn’t just literally quit on him. Lethal goes for a moonsault but Flair moves out of the way. The crowd starts the dueling chants, one of the only things they bother to do on a regular basis. Meanwhile Flair goes to work on the knee. He locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and uses the ropes for leverage. Referee Earl Hebner catches Flair using the ropes and breaks the hold. He and Flair get into a shoving match, allowing Lethal to get a quick schoolboy for two. Lethal fights back with strikes, including the handspring elbow. Taz and Tenay chuckle over a Great Muta reference. Why is everything so funny to them? Lethal pulls off the Flair Flip and then tries a sunset flip with the sole purpose of pulling down Flair’s tights. Flair locks on a sleeper but Lethal drive him into the turnbuckle and then hits a springboard cross body block. Now Lethal goes to work on the knee, and he locks on the Figure-Four Leglock. Flair taps out at 12:04. I’m not one of those people who thinks Flair is “tarnishing his legacy” by wrestling, but I do have to wonder what the point is. Beating Flair does nothing for anyone at this point, as evidenced by the fact that four months after this Lethal was playing second fiddle to Robbie E during their feud over the X-Division Title that Lethal had held three times prior.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #7: For the Vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship – Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money, Inc.

The titles were declared vacant on June 17, 2010 due to Scott Hall’s legal problems. James Storm and Alex Shelley start it off. Shelley sues his agility to thwart Storm’s attacks, hitting a headscissors and a leg sweep. He tries to work on the arm but Storm goes to the eyes and tags Robert Roode. Shelley escapes Roode’s grasp and makes the tag to Chris Sabin. The Guns use some creative double teaming to knock both Beer and Money to the floor. Back in the ring the Guns continue to work Roode over. Storm tags in and the Guns work him over too. No one has really established control thus far. Just as I say that, Roode pulls Shelley groin first into the ring post, and Beer Money takes control. You know, if Storm and Roode are going to be good heels, they should stop doing that “Beer! Money!” thing they do that gets a face pop. It’s also pretty lame. Anyway, they focus on Shelley’s midsection for a while, and then Shelley makes the lukewarm tag. I hate this Orlando crowd. Even so, Sabin is a house afire, dumping Storm to the floor and field goal kicking him in the face. He comes back in the ring with a springboard clothesline for two. Shelley comes back in and hits Roode with an Asai DDT but Storm breaks it up. The match breaks down and the referee isn’t even trying to reclaim control. Sabin tries a rana on Roode, but he blocks it and hands him off to Storm, who hits the Eye of the Storm. Roode then catches Shelley in mid-air and catapults him into a Storm Codebreaker for two. He then sends Sabin to the floor and hits a house show dive, and Shelley follows him out with a dive of his own. Storm appears to have a beer bottle in his hand as the Guns go for the Skull & Bones. He knocks Shelley off the top rope and tries to spit beer on Sabin, who ducks so it hits the referee instead. Sabin knocks Storm off the apron and then the Guns hit Skull & Bones, but there’s no referee to count. Earl Hebner comes running out but Roode kicks out at two! Tenay wonders if he got the pin, and then concludes that “the look of frustration on Shelley’s face tells me no.” I would think that the fact that Hebner only counted two, threw up two fingers, and the bell not ringing would have told him that. The Guns hit their version of Poetry in Motion on Roode, and then Sabin wipes Storm out with a dive. Shelley hits Roode with a cross body and Roode rolls through for a two-count. There are still two referees in the ring. Shelley and Roode trade strikes, and then Sabin rejoins the ring for a series of superkicks. Sabin covers Roode, and Storm rolls up Shelley, and of course the two referees both count a different person (HOW CAN EVERYONE IN THE MATCH BE LEGAL!?!?!?!?!?) and the match is over at 14:57.

Senior official Earl Hebner tells Jeremy Borash that the match has to be restarted. Taz and Tenay say it’s a great call but I think the better call would have been to not leave two referees in the ring and to keep track of the legal men. This is the kind of stuff that drives me up the fucking wall with TNA. The Guns take control right away and hit Roode with the Skull & Bones to get the win at 0:57. It’s not Sabin, Shelley, Roode, or Storm’s fault that the booking was so beyond stupid, but it was, and it hurt the match greatly. Why restart the match for less than one minute of action when it would have made the Guns look a lot stronger to just win outright?
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: Kurt Angle vs. Pope

This was part of the “Kurt Angle going through the top 10 in TNA” angle that went absolutely nowhere. Angle backs Pope into the corner and gives a clean break. They take it down to the mat, which is advantage Angle obviously. Pope does his best to keep up with him. Angle takes him down with a side headlock and grinds away. Pope comes back and tries going after the arm, but settles for a high shoulderblock and Angle takes a powder. Mutual respect dictates that Pope hold the ropes open for Angle getting back in the ring. Angle responds with a Buckle Bomb. He follows up with a snap suplex for two, and then puts on a chinlock. Pope fights out of it but Angle buries a knee into the gut and gets another two-count. A backdrop suplex gets another two-count, and then Angle goes back to the chinlock. Pope fights back and they trade sleepers, and Pope wins the battle with a backdrop suplex. They get up and trade punches, with Pope getting the better of it. It doesn’t last long though, as Angle catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Pope comes back and hits a vertical suplex, then rolls it into a German Suplex, and then an STO for two. He goes for the D’Angelo Dinero Express but Angle avoids it and hits three Rolling Germans for a near-fall. Angle tries the Olympic Slam but Pope slips out and hits the Coronation. Pope goes up top and Angle decides he’s done selling so he pops up for a super belly-to-belly suplex. Angle goes for the Ankle Lock but Pope kicks out of it. He then tries charging in the corner but Pope moves out of the way. Pope hits a Codebreaker for two. He whips Angle into the corner and Angle pops over him and hits the Angle Slam but Pope kicks out. Angle pulls the straps down and locks on the Ankle Lock. Pope rolls it into a cradle for two. Angle tries a sunset flip and Pope kneels down. “That’s the move,” according to Tenay, but Angle rolls through it again to the Ankle Lock and Pope taps out at 12:07. That was the usual Kurt Angle no-sell fest, and I really think D’Angelo Dinero is not good at all.
Rating: **½

MATCH #9: Four-Way TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Rob Van Dam vs. Abyss vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson

RVD has been the champion since 4.19.10 and this is his fifth defense. Abyss hangs out outside the ring during the intros, and when the match starts the other three go right after him. Anderson, Hardy, and RVD take turns with mounted punches in the corner, and follow up with charges in the corner ending with an RVD monkey flip. Abyss tries to powder but Anderson whips Hardy towards the ropes, and Hardy jumps off RVD’s back and right into Abyss. Anderson then quickly rolls up RVD but only gets two. RVD comes back by shouting his name and then hitting a spin kick and a spinning legdrop. He goes for Rolling Thunder but Abyss grabs him and drags him to the floor. Back in the ring Abyss goes after Anderson but Hardy cuts him off and the Enigmatic Assholes go to work on him. Anderson double crosses Hardy and RVD breaks up the cover. Hardy comes back and hits RVD with the mule kick and a gourdbuster for two. RVD comes back for some reason, and then switches gears, wiping Abyss out on the floor with a dive. Hardy follows in kind, as does Anderson. Back in the ring RVD hits a prone Anderson with a split-legged moonsault to the back and Hardy breaks up the cover. RVD then blasts Hardy with a kick to the face. He goes over to Anderson, who is just standing in the corner, which somehow to Tenay equates to being “stacked up.” RVD goes up top and Anderson shoves him down. Anderson heads up for a superplex and Hardy joins him up there, and then Abyss throws them all down in the requisite Tower of Doom spot. Abyss covers Anderson and gets two. RVD comes back on Abyss with some kicks, and then hit hits Anderson and Hardy with kicks as well. He goes up top and hits Abyss with the single leg dropkick. Once again he heads up top and this time Anderson shoves him to the floor. Meanwhile Hardy hits Abyss with the Whisper in the Wind and Anderson breaks it up. Anderson hits Abyss with the Mic Check and Hardy breaks up the pin. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Abyss counters with the Black Hole Slam. Anderson pulls the referee to the floor, and then Hardy knocks Abyss to the floor. Hardy and Anderson are trading punches in the ring now, and Anderson gets the better of it. The crowd is not hot at all. Anderson goes for the Mic Check and Hardy reverses to the Twist of Fate and Anderson reverses to the Green Bay Plunge but Hardy avoids that. Finally Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and then the Swanton, but Abyss comes in and Stacks Him Up with a Chokeslam right on top of Anderson. Abyss covers both guys, and RVD comes back in with a Five Star Frog Splash on the pile and then pins Anderson to retain the title at 12:28. There was little resting and some cute spots, and Anderson did some clever stuff, but the crowd just couldn’t be bothered.
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Hammerstein Ballroom – Manhattan, NY – December 27, 2008

The Age of the Fall is somewhere in the bowels of the building, where Jimmy Jacobs is talking about cycles. He says that he and Delirious will win the ROH World Tag Team Titles tonight, just like he and Black did last year. Black also promises to defeat Austin Aries tonight and squash his dreams of becoming the first ever two-time ROH World Champion.

MATCH #1: Kenny Omega vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Claudio takes the early advantage by aggressively going right after his less experienced opponent. Omega tries to use his agility to make a comeback but Claudio swats him away. Claudio tries to throw Omega to the floor but Omega blocks it, but can’t block the hot shot. That gets a count of two. Claudio continues to overpower Omega as the crowd stays on his case. Omega hits a monkey flip and has a few people in the crowd behind him as he makes the big comeback. He misses a spin kick and eats a European Uppercut instead. Omega hits the leapfrog bulldog and now the crowd is getting into it. Claudio misses the Bicycle Kick and Omega hits the stupidest move ever invented in the history of wrestling. That sends Claudio to the floor, and Omega dives out right on top of him. Back in the ring Omega hits a missile dropkick to the back for two. Claudio comes back with a chin breaker, and after a few reversals finally hits the Bicycle Kick. He goes for the Ricola Bomb but Omega reverses it to a small package to get the upset win at 7:00 flat. Omega still bores and/or irritates me, and I don’t know why Claudio can’t buy a win since turning heel.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #2: Four Corner Survival – Chris Hero vs. Necro Butcher vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Rhett Titus

Necro and Titus start the match, with Necro being aggressive and Titus trying to avoid him. Titus certainly doesn’t appreciate it when Necro tries to show that his own thrust is a must, but his offensive “assault” doesn’t last long. Necro hits an early right hand to the face and Titus crawls over to make the tag to Hero. Before they can make contact Lynn asks Necro to be tagged in and Necro obliges. Lynn gets a flurry of offense in and Hero powders. We wind up with Lynn and Necro in the ring, and Necro shows off his chain wrestling ability. Titus tries to interfere but gets knocked to the floor. Hero makes a blind tag off Lynn and cracks Necro in the back of the head with an elbow for a near-fall. Titus and Hero start working together on Necro. Hero tries another Rolling Elbow but Necro blocks it and hits a big punch and makes the tag to Lynn. Titus and Hero continue working together, this time on Lynn. Hero hits a huge Rolling Elbow on Lynn and Necro breaks up the fall. Lynn makes the comeback and works in his signature spots, but can’t put Hero away. Titus tires a Sunset Bomb to the floor on Necro, but he counters with a rana! Hero and Lynn wind up in the ring. Sweeney distracts the ref, allowing Sara Del Rey to slip Hero the elbow pad, which he places on his boot. Lynn avoids the boot though and hits the Cradle Piledriver for the pin at 12:50. I actually think Titus should have gone over there, since it would have meant something for him but not for any of the other three guys.
Rating: **

Jimmy Jacobs is in the ring to confront his former follower. He calls him a sellout, and when Necro charges the ring Delirious comes out to attack Necro from behind. This brings out Kevin Steen and El Generico, and the World Tag Team Title match is on!

MATCH #3: ROH World Tag Team Title Match – Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious

Steen and Generico have been the champions since 9.19.08 and this is their fourth defense. The champions start off hot, so the challengers bail. Not deterred, Steen flips over the ropes and wipes both men out. The action settles in the ring with the champions working Delirious over in their half of the ring. Delirious cuts Generico off and Jacobs makes a blind tag. Generico is still able to thwart Jacobs coming off the top rope and now he takes a beating in the champions’ corner. Jacobs takes a beating for a few minutes until Delirious illegally enters the ring and takes out Steen’s knee. He then legally tags into the match and continues working the knee. That goes on for a few minutes until Steen makes the hot tag go Generico. He nails Delirious with a huge boot to the face and he goes up top. He hits a high cross body block but Delirious kicks out at two. He then leaps to the floor on Jacobs, while Steen hits Delirious with a cannonball. Generico re-enters the ring with a top-rope splash on Delirious for another near-fall. He gets another two-count with the Michinoku Driver. Steen tags in and Jacobs grabs him from the apron, but a Steen avoids a charging Delirious and Jacobs hits the floor. The Package Piledriver can’t connect because Steen’s knee is too injured, so he puts on the Sharpshooter instead. Jacobs breaks up the hold. Delirious nails Steen with the Panic Attack and then hits Shadows over Hell. Jacobs follows with a senton, but Steen somehow kicks out at two. Generico pulls Jacobs to the floor, and Delirious gets distracted by Daizee Haze. Jacobs hilariously has Generico in a headlock on the floor. Steen hits Delirious with the Pump Handle Neckbreaker on his bad knee, and Delirious rolls to the floor. Since Kevin Steen is too injured to dive off the top rope, Daizee Haze tries to do so. Jacobs rightly pulls her down off the top rope. I mean, what the hell is she doing interfering in the match? She continues to distract Delirious, leading to Steen hitting the Package Piledriver followed by the Generico Brainbuster to get the pin at 13:42. I don’t like that Steen was able to hit the Package Piledriver on his second try, especially when Generico’s finisher is strong enough by itself. Other than that it was a very solid match, but one can’t help but feel underwhelmed by Steen and Generico’s reign thus far. Something else that bothered me about this match is that from a logical standpoint I totally side with Jimmy Jacobs’s actions toward Daizee Haze, which I don’t think is intended, but she’s sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Jacobs berates Delirious after the loss and they make their way to the back.
Rating: **¾

Backstage the Briscoe Brothers are all excited about getting to fight Kensuke Sasaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima tonight.

MATCH #4: Street Fight – Sweet & Sour Inc. vs. Brent Albright, Roderick Strong & Erick Stevens

Sweet & Sour is being represented by Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, and Go Shiozaki tonight. The good guys waste no time, charging the ring to attack their adversaries. They brawl outside the ring for the first several minutes. Strong and Edwards are the first two in the ring while the other four remain outside. Albright (who has ripped his pants) gets a near fall (they’re back in the ring) on Edwards with a powerslam. The match continues as a big brawl, as tables are introduced. Shiozaki gets into the ring and German Suplexes Stevens through a table propped up in the corner. Strong breaks up the pin attempt. I just realized I can’t remember why Stevens is feuding with Sweet & Sour. Stevens and Strong both get taken out and Albright is left in a three-on-one situation. He manages to get Richards in the Crowbar, and Edwards breaks it up with a chair. Shiozaki and Edwards smash the chair into Albright’s face, but that only gets two. They beat on him for a bit until Stevens and Strong finally recover and clean house on the villains. Richards is the first one to go through a table, on the floor, courtesy of Roderick Strong. The good guys get Shiozaki alone and their combined forces lead to Albright locking on the Crowbar. Shiozaki taps out in his last ROH match to date at 14:33. That was a decent enough brawl but I’m just not invested in the plight of any of the three babyfaces.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Dream Tag Team Match – Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe

Nakajima and Mark start the match. Mark backs Nakajima into a corner and delivers a clean break, but when Nakajima backs Mark in, he chops him in the chest. They trade kicks and slaps and neither man will back down from the other. Nakajima hits a hard kick to the chest and Mark tags his older brother Jay into the match. They go back and forth, and the crowd supports both teams. Sasaki tags into the match and gets a nice pop. He wins a chop exchange but gets hit with a dropkick. Sasaki quickly comes back with a clothesline and a suplex for two. Nakajima tags back in and Jay drives him into the corner and tags Mark. The former five-time ROH World Tag Team Champions isolate on Nakajima now, keeping him in their half of the ring. Nakajima comes back by sweeping Mark’s injured leg out from under him and tagging in Sasaki. He continues working on Mark’s knee, and Nakajima does the same. After several minutes Mark finally makes the tag to Jay and he cleans house. Nakajima comes back with some kicks but Jay comes back with a chokeslam for two. Soon after Nakajima makes the tag to Sasaki, and he wins a chop battle with Jay and then hits a powerslam for two. A judo throw gets another two. Jay landed awkwardly on his shoulder and Sasaki locks on a submission, but Mark breaks it up. Sasaki knocks them both down with a simultaneous clothesline. The match breaks down to a big brawl and referee Paul Turner has lost control. Nakajima hits a series of brutal superkicks on Jay. A running knee and another kick get two. Yet another superkick gets another near fall for Nakajima. The Briscoes briefly recover and try the springboard Doomsday Device but Mark can’t complete the move due to his injured knee. Jay hits Nakajima with a clothesline but Nakajima breaks it up. Mark and Sasaki go to the floor and Mark whips him into the guardrail. Back in the ring the Briscoes hit the Doomsday without the springboard, but Sasaki breaks it up. Moments later Jay is able to nail Nakajima with the Jay Driller to get the pin at 16:47. That was the good, hard-hitting match I expected it to be, and much better than the one from last night. The Briscoes are still great.
Rating: ***½

Immediately after the match the American Wolves come out and attack the Briscoes. They handcuff Jay to the ropes and then brutalize Mark’s knee with a chair. The ROH World Tag Team Champions Kevin Steen and El Generico come out to run them off. They turn their backs to check on the Briscoes, and the Wolves attack the champions! Roderick Strong, Brent Albright, and Erick Stevens come out to run them off for good. Brent Albright is pissed! He’s so pissed in fact, that he introduces Cary into the storyline by begging him for a Steel Cage Warfare match. Cary agrees. This was a great segment to get the Wolves over, but it got stupid as soon as Albright took the microphone. Go figure.

Kyle Durden is backstage with Naomichi Marufuji, asking him for his thoughts regarding his ROH World Title match tonight. Marufuji doesn’t seem to be too worried.

Now Kyle Durden is backstage with former ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima. He says that tonight is the night to settle the score once and for all.

MATCH #6: #1 Contender’s Match – Tyler Black vs. Austin Aries

They show clips of their match from Wrestling at the Gateway three weeks prior, where Black got a clean pin with the God’s Last Gift. The crowd is split down the middle for this one. Both men start cautiously, since there’s so much on the line in this one. They trade holds and maneuvers back and forth in the early going. Aries gets the first advantage and works on Black’s arm. Black avoids the patented “escape from the head-scissors dropkick” but Aries puts the headlock right back on. That doesn’t last too long as Aries tries a head-scissors, and Black hits the Aries dropkick! The crowd is pretty much on Black’s side now. Aries doesn’t appreciate that so he takes Black down but misses the Power Drive Elbow. That brings out an audible “same old shit” chant. Black is in firm control now and goes for covers rather often. He tries to fire up and charge into the corner but Aries cuts him off. Aries tries to do the same move, but Black cuts him off. Both men get back to their feet and Aries hits a knee to the gut and throws Black to the floor. He follows him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Aries gets a two-count and the crowd chants for both men. Aries takes the battle to the floor and whips Black into the barricade. He sets Black up in a chair and hits a running dropkick to the face. Back in the ring Aries gets another two-count. Aries locks on the Last Chancery but Black reaches the ropes. He once again throws Black to the floor. Aries tries a Death Valley Driver on the apron, but Black reverses it and hits an F-5 onto the apron! Both men are down outside the ring and Sinclair puts the count on. They make it back in around 15, with Black still on the apron. They trade punches and Black knocks Aries down. He misses the springboard forearm but hits a Pele Kick and Aries goes to the floor. Black follows him out with an awesome dive over the ropes and once again both men are down. Back in the ring Black gets a two-count. He tries God’s Last Gift but Aries blocks it and unloads a series of right hands. Aries tries the Brainbuster but Black reverses it to the Paroxysm for two. Black tries the Buckle Bomb but Aries counters it to the Last Chancery. That doesn’t work so Aries once again goes for the Brainbuster but Black gets a quick rollup for two. The Buckle Bomb connects this time and Black gets another two-count. Black goes up, presumably for the Phoenix Splash, but Jimmy Jacobs comes out and momentarily distracts him. That gives Aries the chance to hit a kick to the head and the Brainbuster, and then woozily hits the 450 Splash to score the pin and earn a title shot at 17:07. That was easily the best match between the two, with great crowd heat, particularly in favor of Tyler Black.
Rating: ****

Aries heads to the back and Jacobs enters the ring to berate Black, telling him that he was the chosen one. Black shoves Jacobs down to the mat, and now Jacobs wants a truce. He’s of course insincere, as he kicks Black in the balls and chokes him out with the End Time. Jacobs grabs a chair from ringside and threatens to Pillmanize him. Austin Aries comes back out to save Black, and then he blasts Black over the head with the chair. Jacobs and Aries uneasily double-team Black, going after Black’s now bloody forehead. They leave and Black eventually makes his way to the back, with the fans fully behind him now.

MATCH #7: ROH World Title Match – Nigel McGuinness vs. Naomichi Marufuji

They show clips of the match these two had at Glory By Honor V Night Two over three years ago. Marufuji won that match to successfully defend his newly won GHC Title. Nigel has been the champion since 10.6.07, and this is his thirty-first defense. Nigel goes after the neck to start, as Lenny Leonard announces that ROH has set a new attendance record tonight, but he curiously omits the number. If Nigel can successfully defend the title tonight, he will become the first man to ever hold the ROH World Title throughout a calendar year. They trade a series of near-falls with some pinning combinations and we’re back to square one. Nigel takes a short advantage, but Marufuji has soon reversed the momentum and wears Nigel down with a headlock. The champion reverses to a head scissors, but Marufuji escapes and delivers a kick to the jaw. He then goes back to the neck, looking to soften it up for the Shiranui. Marufuji even executes the SkullF*cker, one of my favorite moves. Nigel comes back with a mule kick in the corner, which I still can’t figure out how anyone would fall for. Marufuji rolls to the floor and Nigel follows him out, driving his shoulder into the barricade. Nigel charges and eats a superkick, followed by a Shiranui! He rolls Nigel back into the ring but only gets two. Nigel goes back on offense and hits a cool hammerlock slam. He throws Marufuji to the floor, but when he sticks his head through the ropes to taunt his opponent he gets dropkicked in the face. Back in the ring Marufuji counters Nigel’s attacks and hits a clothesline for two. Marufuji puts on a combination Cobra Clutch and Triangle Choke. Nigel makes it back to his feet, but Marufuji is able to take him down with a modified lung blower for two. Marufuji goes to the top rope but Nigel stops him and tries the Tower of London. That gets countered and Marufuji tries the Shiranui. Nigel avoids that and hits the kick to the back and clothesline in the corner combo. He goes to the top rope but Marufuji kicks him down. They trade strikes on the apron with the post between them. Marufuji hits a superkick and a Shiranui on the ring apron! That only gets two, so Marufuji sets up for the corner to corner dropkick. Nigel avoids it but still takes a kick to the head. Marufuji slams him down and goes to the top himself. Nigel knocks him down and goes for the Tower of London. He alters his plan slightly and gives Marufuji a receipt in the form of the Tower of London on the apron. Back in the ring it only gets a two-count and no pop at all. Nigel hits a lariat for another near-fall. Nigel’s right arm looks pretty limp. He hits a lariat with his left arm for another two-count. The champ goes for another Tower of London and it’s blocked. Nigel tries the headstand in the corner and eats a superkick for his troubles. This time Marufuji is able to hit the Coast to Coast Dropkick. That gets a near-fall. Marufuji nails a series of superkicks but Nigel eventually avoids one and is able to hit the Jawbreaker Lariat to get the pin at 18:14. That was a superbly executed match from two of the best wrestlers in the world today.
Rating: ****

Jerry Lynn comes out and confronts the ROH World Champion. He just wants to say what an incredible match Nigel just had and takes a shot at WWE and TNA. Nigel is rightfully pissed off about Lynn trying to steal his thunder, and makes a comparison to Randy the Ram. That’s a stretch. Lynn gets all pissed off, and he is still just awful on the mic. I just don’t buy him at all.

Before the main event can get underway, Prince Nana is in the ring, begging for a job! Bobby Cruise tries to catch him, but security does a much better job. The crowd loudly chants “We Want Nana!” Give the people what they want!

MATCH #8: Fight without Honor – Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima

This match is well over a year in the making. All of the matches have been awesome. Danielson starts the match with a surprise springboard knee strike that sends Morishima to the floor. A baseball slide sends Morishima into the crowd, and Danielson leaps over the ropes and wipes out his opponent. Danielson is in control early on with a very aggressive attack on the floor. Back in the ring Danielson remains in control. You know it’s pretty rare to get two former ROH World Champions in a match against each other these days. Danielson tries a sunset bomb to the floor but Morishima counters by dropping his gigantic frame across Danielson’s chest. He throws him into the guardrail and gets back in the ring to a chorus of boos. Danielson’s head is busted open, and Morishima goes right after it. Morishima uses a chair, and continues the abuse on the floor. He also beats on Danielson in the ring. Danielson is a bloody mess now. Morishima introduces a steel chain to the match and ties it around Danielson’s neck. He goes up top for the missile dropkick but Danielson avoids it! Danielson is able to hit a running forearm that sends Morishima to the floor. He follows him out with a dive that carries him all the way over the barricade and into the crowd. Danielson hits a missile dropkick to the knee (damn impressive), and then hits a couple of kicks to the chest. He scores a two-count. Danielson butterflies the arms but Morishima backs him in the corner and hits a kick to the face. Morishima hits a uranage suplex for two. He turns Danielson inside-out with a lariat but again only for two. Morishima tries the Back Drop Driver but Danielson reverses to a small package for two. A German Suplex with a bridge also gets two. He then locks on Cattle Mutilation and rolls it into the elbows to the face. Morishima comes back and hits another lariat but can’t make a cover right away. He goes back to the chain, wrapping it around Danielson’s neck and trying to choke him out. Danielson won’t give up, so Morishima goes for a pin but he kicks out at two! Morishima goes for a Super Back Drop Driver, but Danielson reverses it to a super back suplex! That gets two for Danielson. Now Danielson goes to the chain and wraps it around Morishima’s neck. He stomps his head in, and then locks on a Triangle Choke. Morishima will not give in. He pulls Danielson off the canvas and slams him down with one arm. Both men get back to their feet and Danielson jumps off the second rope and gets caught and slammed down. Morishima hits another lariat and the Back Drop Driver, but Danielson was too close to the ropes! He tries to hit Danielson with the chain, but Danielson avoids it and locks on a Fujiwara Armbar. He then uses the chain to tie Morishima’s hands behind his back. He then stands him up and they obviously call the next spots. Ouch, that was really blatant. Danielson knocks Morishima down and hits a series of kicks to the groin. He then wraps the chain around his arm and delivers the elbows to the face! He rolls that over to Cattle Mutilation and Morishima is out cold at 20:46. That was the usual batch of awesome from these two, except for that obvious spot calling.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Victory Road 2009 (Kurt Angle, Mick Foley) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/02/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2009-kurt-angle-mick-foley-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/02/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2009-kurt-angle-mick-foley-2/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171060 Victory Road 2009

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – July 19, 2009

MATCH #1: TNA Knockouts Championship – Tara vs. Angelina Love w/ Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne

Tara has been the champion since 7.9.09, and this is her first defense. This is Love’s official rematch after losing the title a few weeks ago. Love tries attacking the champion right away, but Tara weathers the storm and completely dominates the opening minutes. Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky distract the champion, allowing Love to take her first advantage. Love goes to work on the back outside the ring, and then rolls Tara back in for a dropkick to the face for two. The challenger works the champion over for several minutes, even hitting a clothesline off the second rope for two. Tara comes back and they clothesline each other, so both women are down. The champion gets to her feet first and puts on her angry face before lighting up Love with strikes. She hits the standing moonsault for a near-fall. Sky accidentally sprays Love in the eyes with hairspray, but the referee gets distracted and doesn’t see Tara covering Love until it’s too late, and Love kicks out at two. The referee has booted Sky and Rayne from ringside; meanwhile Tara misses a big moonsault. Love goes over to make the cover, and the referee doesn’t notice Tara’s foot on the ropes as he counts three, giving Love the victory and her second title reign at 7:02. Love played a good heel here but I just have no interest in Tara or her spider. Why does her entrance music say “broken” so many times?
Rating: **

MATCH #2: “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs. Daniels

Morgan quickly throws Daniels to the floor and follows him out. He throws Daniels around ringside and looks to be in total control. Back in the ring Daniels recovers and hits a missile dropkick and a running forearm in the corner. He tries to build some momentum off the ropes, but Morgan drops him with a shoulderblock. Daniels comes back and sends Morgan to the floor with a leg lariat, and then follows him out with a suicide dive. He hits the Arabian Press, which I can’t figure out why Tenay insists on calling the “spilt-legged moonsault” month after month. Daniels tries a slingshot dive but Morgan avoids it and resumes control. Morgan goes to work on the leg, using the ring post and the ropes to wear down the body part. Don West referring to the 38-year-old Daniels as a “kid” is pretty funny. Daniels recovers and hits a cross body block off the top rope for two, and then gets a schoolboy rollup for two. He also gets a crucifix for two, then avoids a big boot, and hits a springboard bulldog for two. Morgan comes back with a fallaway slam. He goes for another kind of slam, and Daniels reverses it to a DDT for two. Daniels then goes for the Best Moonsault Ever but thankfully (for the match psychology) can’t hit it due to the injured leg, and Morgan levels him with the Carbon Footprint. Morgan then flattens Daniels with the Hellevator to get the pin at 10:36. That was a solid match, and Daniels is certainly in the right position to put Morgan over at this point.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: “The Monster” Abyss vs. Dr. Stevie

They’re saying that Stevie has been Abyss’s doctor for 10 years. Good thing WWE let him have a side job. This is a no-disqualification match. Stevie has what looks like a police baton, and he starts choking Abyss out with it. That’s not really the start to this match I would have picked. Abyss quickly comes back and takes the fight to the floor. Back in the ring Stevie tries some chops but Abyss won’t budge. They take it right back to the floor as Stevie does what he calls selling. Stevie tries to escape through the crowd but Abyss catches up to him and continues the beating. Eventually they make their way back to ringside, and Stevie is busted open. It looks like he just spread blood across his forehead; it’s not really flowing, which is weird. Abyss throws Stevie back in the ring and continues destroying his doctor. After a few minutes he hits the Shock Treatment but pulls Stevie up before the three-count. Daffney comes out with a taser, which brings out Lauren, who has no business participating in any storylines whatsoever. She pulls Daffney off the apron and shoves her into the steps. Stevie hits a low blow and gets a hold of the taser. It makes no difference, as Stevie charges right into a Black Hole Slam. At the behest of the crowd, Abyss uses the taser and Stevie’s skin actually smokes. That’s enough for Abyss to get the win at 9:52. Amazingly this didn’t end the feud, no matter how definitive that seemed. The match was pretty dull and the storyline does nothing for me.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: IWGP Tag Team Championship Match – Team 3D vs. The British Invasion

Team 3D have been the champions since 1.4.09. Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams are accompanied by big Rob Terry. Williams and Brother Devon start the match for their respective teams. They chain wrestle to start, and when Williams gets the better of it, Devon starts slugging. Williams tags Magnus, and Devon unleashes a series of bodyslams and a legdrop for two. Brother Ray gets tagged in and does his usual stuff. Team 3D is dominant early on here. The British Invasion takes a powder to regroup, and when they get back in the ring they use some double-teaming to take Ray down. I hate how referees in TNA tag matches never enforce the tag rules. Ray gets a brief comeback and Devon goes up for the What’s Up, but Terry throws Devon off the top and hits Ray with a headbutt. The challengers continue the beatdown on Ray, which I realize is pretty rare; it’s usually Devon that takes the heat. Magnus charges in and Ray hits a Spear. Both men make tags and Devon is all over Williams and Magnus. He hits a side slam on Williams for a two-count. Magnus gets thrown to the outside and Ray gets tagged in and hits a Rock Bottom for two. Team 3D hits the double-team neckbreaker for another two-count. Everyone is brawling in the ring now, just like every other TNA tag team match. Terry once again distracts the referee so Team 3D can hit the What’s Up and go for tables, just like they’ve done in every match for the last decade. They get a table in the ring and the referee gets distracted trying to get rid of it. Terry interferes and accidentally clotheslines Williams and then gets tossed out to the floor. Ray and Devon then hit Williams with the 3D for the pin at 10:18. Wow, Team 3D gets a table out, overcomes outside interference, wins with the 3D, and then puts someone through a table after the match? You don’t say?
Rating: *

MATCH #5: Jenna Morasca w/ Awesome Kong vs. Sharmell w/ Sojo Bolt

I still can’t believe how much time and effort they put into this ridiculous feud. What exactly did TNA think they were gaining from this feud? Morasca shows off her ass getting in the ring, and I come to the realization that she is not at all attractive. That just made me uncomfortable. Why is Sharmell wrestling in an evening gown? What the hell is going on? I refuse to dignify this match with play-by-play. Eventually Kong interferes with a punch to knock Sharmell out, and Morasca gets a disgusting pin to end this atrocity at 5:49. I’m not really offended by the lack of quality of the match, because they’re not wrestlers so I’m always more offended by actual trained talent having a shitty match, but this whole angle, and the way Morasca paraded around in this match showing off her “stuff” was just so desperate and embarrassing and demeaning. I’ve watched a lot of wrestling in my lifetime, but I don’t think I’ve ever had someone make me feel as uncomfortable as Jenna Morasca just did.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #6: TNA Legends Championship – “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash

Styles has been the champion since 3.15.09, and this is his third defense. In a pre-match promo, Nash promises to retire if he doesn’t succeed in winning the Legends Title tonight. Tenay and West don’t mention this at all, making me wonder why Nash would even say it in the first place. Styles quickly goes after Nash’s leg with kicks and then takes him down with a single leg takedown. Nash rolls to the apron and Styles knocks him down to the floor and fakes a springboard dive. Back in the ring Nash takes control and hits a series of kneelifts in the corner. It’s all Nash now, as he continues to work Styles over, hitting a side suplex for two. Styles goes up to the top rope but Nash hits a big boot to send him to the floor. Nash quickly brings the battle back inside, and the straps come down. He tries the Jackknife but Styles punches his way out of it and falls on top for a two-count. Styles takes over on offense and the crowd doesn’t seem to really care. He hits the springboard flying forearm for two. Seriously commentators, just mention how Nash said he would retire if he didn’t win the title. Styles hits a Pele kick for another close near-fall. He goes for another springboard something and has to jump over the referee for some reason, and he jumps right into a Nash chokeslam, which gets the pin at 10:47. Really, we’re using transition moves for finishers now? And I know the chokeslam can be a finisher, but Nash has never used it before and it had no history of beating anyone, so why would anyone pop for that finish? TNA makes no sense, almost ever. That match was decent.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #7: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Beer Money, Inc. vs. Booker T & “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner

Beer Money, Inc. has been the champions since 6.21.09, and this is their first defense. Booker and Storm start the match, both with some trepidation. Storm takes the first advantage and gains the first near-fall, and then tags Roode in for some double-team work. Booker gets an eye poke and then tags Steiner. The champs execute some more double team moves and send both opponents to the floor. They take the fight outside briefly, and then Storm throws Steiner back in the ring. Booker sweeps Storm’s leg from the floor, and then drops him throat-first on the guardrail. The Main Event Mafia duo takes over now. Steiner hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. They continue to work Storm over in their half of the ring for a while. Storm comes back with a tornado DDT out of the corner on Steiner and makes the hot tag to Roode, who is a houseafire. Roode hits Steiner with a blockbuster for two, and we reach the point in the match where everyone comes in the ring and the referee doesn’t care. Booker throws Storm to the floor and Steiner hits Roode with the Novocain for a near-fall. Roode comes back with a schoolboy rollup for two. Storm spits beer in Steiner’s eyes, and then the referee gets knocked down. He was supposed to get beer in his eyes too, but he didn’t. Good job guys. Beer Money hits the DWI but Hebner can’t see to count right away, and moreover Booker pulls him to the floor. Booker blames it on Storm, so Hebner yells at him. Meanwhile Booker hits Roode with an Axe Kick and Steiner gets a rollup while Storm, who is not at all injured, slowly tries to crawl in and break up the pin but can’t, and thus Booker T and Scott Steiner are the new champions at 12:38. Beer Money is usually entertaining to watch, but this felt like Booker and Steiner were inadvertently dragging them down to their level. It was still solid but too bad they couldn’t properly pull off the finish.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: “The Icon” Sting vs. “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe

Joe attacks Sting right away and tosses him to the floor. He goes one step further and takes it into the crowd, throwing Sting into the wall. Sting ducks a punch and then throws Joe into the wall. They take the fight over to the entrance ramp and Joe suplexes Sting on it. Back towards ringside Sting reverses a whip into the steel steps. Back in the ring Sting kicks away. Joe recovers and sends Sting back to the floor, and follows him out with a suicide elbow. He brings Sting right back to the ring for a cover but it only gets two. It’s all Samoa Joe now, as he wears his opponent down with various strikes and kicks. Joe hits a powerslam for two as the beating continues. Sting eventually just stops selling and hits a back suplex. They get back to their feet and Sting hits a clothesline for two. Tenay says Sting went from the clothesline to the cover in one fluid motion, but that is just a blatant lie. Sting hits an enziguiri for two. He hits the Stinger Splash and then locks on the Scorpion Deathlock. Then to the surprise of absolutely no one, Taz comes out to reveal himself as Joe’s “advisor” or whatever. Sting pretty much just lets go of the hold and they stand there staring at each other. Then they start fighting again and Sting hits a back elbow for a one-count. Sting goes up top and hits a clothesline for another one-count. He goes up top once again and Joe knocks him down and Sting sandbags him on the Muscle Buster. Joe locks on the Choke instead and Sting taps out at 11:37. The match was the usual Sting tomfoolery, and the Taz thing brought the match to a screeching halt. The whole angle with Taz wound up doing absolutely nothing for Joe’s career, and neither did cleanly defeating Sting.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Kurt Angle vs. Mick Foley

Angle has been the champion since 6.21.09, and this is his second defense. They start slowly with some mat and chain wrestling, and Foley actually keeps up with the Olympic Gold Medalist, who takes an early powder. Back in the ring Foley stays in control, hitting a series of punches. They take the fight to the floor and Foley continues his surprising dominance. Back around the ring Foley continues working over Angle’s previously broken neck. Angle comes back by raking the eyes, and now Angle is in control. Foley comes back with a catapult, sending Angle to the floor. The challenger follows the champion out to the floor and goes for a piledriver, but he gets back dropped right onto the ring steps instead. Angle then slams Foley’s head into the ring steps multiple times. He rolls Foley back in the ring and goes to work on the leg. Angle controls the action for a while, and a series of reversals leads to Angle putting on the Ankle Lock in the center of the ring. Foley rolls out of the Ankle Lock, but Angle knocks him right back down with a clothesline for two. Angle goes up and misses a moonsault. Foley takes advantage with a Double-Arm DDT for a two-count, and then he puts on Mr. Socko. Angle avoids it and shoves Foley into the referee. The champion hits a low blow and the Angle Slam, but it only gets two. That barely got a pop from the crowd, and it’s Angle’s finish. A frustrated Angle drops an elbow on the referee, and then brings a chair in the ring. Foley avoids getting hit by locking Angle in the Mandible Claw, and he throws Angle to the floor. He hits the elbow off the apron. Back in the ring Foley gets a cover and Angle kicks out. Foley locks on the Mandible Claw with a body scissors. Angle punches his way out of the hold and locks on the Ankle Lock. Foley reaches the ropes but Angle pulls Foley back out and locks on the Ankle Lock once again. This time Foley can’t escape and he has to tap out at 14:05. Foley just has no business being in main event matches at this point, and that makes me sad. The match was solid enough in some spots, but the crowd hardly seemed invested at all, and after all the other Main Event Mafia members won their matches it was severely anti-climactic.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Final Battle 2007 (Age of The Fall, Briscoes) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/01/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2007-age-of-the-fall-briscoes-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/01/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2007-age-of-the-fall-briscoes-2/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171076 fb07

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Manhattan Center – New York City, NY – Sunday, December 30, 2007

We open with footage of Austin Aries last night after losing to ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness. He has nothing to say.

Elsewhere, and on the actual night of the show, Rebecca Bayless is with Jay and Mark Briscoe, the ROH World Tag Team Champions. The Briscoes talk about Manning Up, beating Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black, and some other mumblings.

MATCH #1: Jigsaw & Ruckus vs. Matt Cross & Bobby Fish

The Vulture Squad is accompanied by Julius Smokes. Fish and Jigsaw start the match. They chain wrestle for a bit. The pace quickens and the larger Fish keeps up with the more agile Jigsaw. The fans applaud. Tags are made. Smokes constantly doing the Vulture caw is distracting me from the match. Ruckus sends Fish to the floor, and Fish drags Ruckus out with him. Jigsaw hits the first dive of the match, and Cross follows with one immediately after. Back in the ring Fish and Cross isolate Jigsaw, That doesn’t last long and Ruckus gets the hot tag. Momentum continues to shift as the referee has little control over the action. Jigsaw catches Fish in the Jig N Tonic to get the pin at 8:02. That was a perfectly solid opener, with fast paced action and high spots but not too many high spots. Good for them.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Larry Sweeney vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Sweeney is accompanied by Sara Del Rey, Daniel Puder, Bobby Dempsey, and Tank Toland. He says that Puder injured Castagnoli’s leg last night so the match is off. Castagnoli disagrees and limps his way out to the ring. Toland clips Castagnoli’s leg before the bell, and that gives Sweeney the early advantage. Sweeney attacks the leg viciously, and members of Sweet ‘n’ Sour Inc. interfere whenever they get a chance. Castagnoli fights back and unleashes fury on his former manager. He goes for the Ricola Bomb but Toland distracts the ref and Puder hits Castagnoli’s knee with a workout bar. That’s enough for Sweeney to get the pin at 2:30. That wasn’t much of a match but it was a fine way to keep the feud going. Of course the feud really should have ended here, but hindsight and all that.
Rating: *

Toland attacks Castagnoli after the bell and eats a Ricola Bomb for his troubles.

Backstage – Sweeney, Chris Hero, and Puder are celebrating the big victory.

MATCH #3: No Disqualification Match – Necro Butcher vs. Jack Evans

Necro is accompanied by Lacey. Evans gets distracted by Lacey before the bell, allowing Necro to take control. They spill to the floor right away and Lacey interferes liberally. Necro thwarts Evans’ high flying and throws him around ringside, using anything he can as a weapon. Evans fights back and tries a flying knee of the apron but Necro moves and Evans crashes into the guardrail. Back in the ring Necro hits the Chair Slam. Necro continues to beat Evans down, looking dominant. He hits a bulldog on a chair for a two-count. They take the fight to the apron and Evans hits a Code Red to the floor! I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else do that. Back in the ring Evans continues to pour the pressure on. Necro fights back with a punch to the face and a Tiger Driver for two. He follows with a backbreaker onto a standing chair and Evans kicks out again! More chairs get set up but it backfires on Necro when Evans places him across the chairs and hits a moonsault legdrop! Evans pulls Necro over to the corner and places a chair across his chest. He goes up top and Lacey gets in the ring to distract him. Smokes comes to the rescue, and that distraction is enough for Mercedes Martinez to come running to the ring and take Lacey out. Smokes takes a chair away from Necro and Evans rolls him up to get the pin at 11:16. That was decent hardcore junk with some cool spots, but really having Necro lose to Evans so soon into Age of The Fall was a huge mistake and took a lot of mystique off Necro.
Rating: **½

After the match Smokes asks what’s up, and Evans introduces Martinez as the “booty vulture.”

MATCH #4: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Davey Richards

They take it right to the mat, as Prazak talks about what a huge match this is for Richards. After some back and forth action that ends with Marufuji in control, Richards retaliates with a slap to the face. Both men are aggressive here. Marufuji goes after the leg, which is wise given how much Richards relies on kicks in his offense. Richards weathers that storm though and is able to wear Marufuji down with a variety of strikes and holds. They trade shots to the groin just for fun, and no one gets disqualified. Marufuji goes back on offense and hits a cradle suplex for two. They fight on the top rope and Richards is able to hit a missile dropkick. Marufuji fights back and they take it to the apron. Richards hits an Alarm Clock that sends Marufuji to the floor. He follows with an insanely dangerous suicide dive that lands him in the third or fourth row. Richards throws Marufuji into the guardrail. He slowly gets back into the ring and Marufuji has popped up to the top rope to deliver a missile dropkick to the side of the head. That was super contrived and Marufuji recovered way too quickly. The back and forth continues and Richards almost puts Marufuji away on multiple occasions. Marufuji is able to score a quick Shiranui to score the pin at 15:12. That was fun and all but there was no selling of any kind. Still it was a good showing for Richards against one of the top guys from Japan.
Rating: ***¼

Rebecca Bayless is somewhere in the basement of the Manhattan Center. She’s with Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs, who promise to win the ROH World Tag Team Titles tonight.

MATCH #5: Tables Are Legal Match – The Hangmen 3 vs. Delirious, Kevin Steen & El Generico

BJ Whitmer, Brent Albright, and “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce are accompanied by Shane Hagadorn. The babyface trio charge right to the ring and the fight is on. Delirious and Pearce take center stage in the ring while Steen battles Whitmer and Generico fights Albright on the floor. For some reason Bushwhacker Luke makes his way out and he joins with Delirious to hit multiple battering rams. The babyfaces do the Bushwhacker strut and Luke heads to the back. They follow with three simultaneous dives to wipe out the Hangmen. The brawl continues and the good guys continue to dominate. Steen hits Whitmer with a belly-to-back suplex to break the first table. Albright breaks the next one on purpose so he can crack Generico in the head with it. That’s clever. The Hangmen take control now and focus on Generico. Delirious and Steen make their way back in but get quickly dispatched again. The Hangmen work Generico over and set him up on a table on the floor. Hagadorn climbs the ropes and Delirious comes to the rescue with some mist. Pelle Primeau then runs out and puts Hagadorn through a table with a hurricanrana. Primeau pays for it though and gets suplexed on his head by Albright. The match continues at a breakneck pace, with offense coming from every direction. Bodies are flying all over the place and it’s hard to keep up. We end up with Delirious and Pearce in the ring. Delirious sets up a table on the top rope and he fights Pearce on it. Hagadorn grabs Delirious’ leg, allowing Pearce to hit a piledriver off the table and through another table to get the win at 18:23. That was a ton of fun, a good garbage brawl that never stopped and an awesome, memorable finish.
Rating: ***½

INTERMISSION – Rebecca Bayless gets a word with the Hangmen 3, who are celebrating their huge victory tonight. Pearce promises to unmask Delirious after the Dog Collar match in Chicago on January 26.

MATCH #6: Rocky Romero vs. Ernie Osiris

Osiris is the current Top of the Class Trophy holder. This match is being taped for ROHVideos.com. Romero dominates in the early going with his strikes. Osiris hits a modified gourdbuster for one. Romero goes right back on offense and locks on the Cross Armbreaker for the win at 1:09. There’s nothing wrong with a match like this being on first after intermission.
Rating: ½*

Nigel Makes a Choice

ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness is banged up after last night’s defense against Austin Aries. He was supposed to defend tonight in a four-way elimination match against Chris Hero, Bryan Danielson, and Takeshi Morishima, but he was too injured to do so. Thus a four-way match was made with those three challengers and Austin Aries to determine the next challenger. A majority of the fans chant “drop the belt,” since it’s the second time during his short reign that he has had to miss a title defense. He says that maybe he should drop the belt, that someone who is able should defend it tonight. Then he gets angry an indignant with the fans, talking about his sacrifices and that’s why he deserves to be Champion. That actually turns the crowd back to his side.

MATCH #7: FIP World Heavyweight Title Match – Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens

Strong has been the Champion since 11.10.06, and this is his twenty-seventh defense. Since this is an FIP sanctioned match, there is a 20 count on the floor, and the title can change hands via countout or disqualification. Things get heated between these two rivals right away when Strong spits in Stevens’ face. Stevens controls the opening minutes, absorbing Strong’s hard chops. Strong battles back with hard kicks to the face. They go to the floor and Strong abuses Stevens’ back. Back in the ring Strong stays in control and tries to keep Stevens off his feet. They take it to the apron and Strong knocks Stevens down, and then wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring Strong maintains the advantage. After several minutes Stevens is able to fire up and hit the Choo-Choo and a powerslam. Both men are down. Back on their feet Stevens seems to gain a second wind. Stevens lands a shoulder tackle off the second rope for two. A full nelson slam also gets a two-count. Strong comes back with an enziguiri and a Samoan Drop for two. He takes Stevens up and hits a superplex for a near-fall. They go back to the ring apron and Stevens knocks Strong down and then takes him out with a shoulder tackle off the apron. Back in the ring Stevens hits a TKO for two. Stevens hits a pop-up powerslam for another two-count. He takes Strong up top but that backfires when Strong knocks him down and comes down with a Sick Kick. Strong hits the gutbuster and a Hurricane DDT for two. He goes for the Gibson Driver but Stevens shoves back and they both tumble to the floor. They fight up on the entrance ramp and Strong hits the Gibson Driver! The crowd helps Stevens will his way back to the ring at the count of 19. Strong unloads with chops but that just fires Stevens up. The Champ drops Stevens on his head but can still only get two. Strong goes for the Gibson Driver but Stevens blocks it and hits a release German Suplex and the clothesline slam. He hits another release German Suplex and two lariats. He follows with the Doctor Bomb to get the pin and win the title at 21:00. A lot of guys could learn from this match. These two powerhouses kept throwing bombs at each other, but they weren’t “finishing” moves per se, so no one’s finisher got killed in the attempt to create drama. Stevens and Strong were just natural opponents with an effortless chemistry that came through here.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: ROH World Title Number One Contender’s Four Way Elimination Match – Takeshi Morishima vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Hero

Hero has Larry Sweeney, Tank Toland, Sara Del Rey, and Bobby Dempsey in his corner. Danielson attacks his arch nemesis Morishima before the bell can ring and we’re underway. It’s always electric when Danielson and Morishima are in the ring together. Morishima hits Danielson with a side slam and bowls him over. Hero tags himself in and takes advantage of the weakened Danielson. Aries and Morishima get tagged in and Aries shows no fear of the monster. Hero continues to pick his spots, only getting in the ring when someone is at a disadvantage. Of course when a fresh Morishima gets in the ring Hero wants no part of that. Hero scurries over and tags Danielson, who is happy to unleash fury on Morishima, who is looking unstoppable in the early going here. Danielson and Aries try double-teaming Morishima but even that proves difficult. They finally take him down with simultaneous elbow and knee strikes. Hero comes in the ring and does his little somersault routine so Danielson dumps him to the floor. Danielson and Aries hit a double belly-to-back superplex on Morishima, and then Danielson stomps his face in. Aries hits the 450 Splash and all three men cover him to eliminate him at 10:36.

Hero tries to celebrate with Aries and Danielson, and then quickly double-crosses them. He sends Danielson to the floor and then goes to work on Aries. Hero continues to take cheap shots whenever he can, and actually does a good job controlling both Danielson and Aries with his unique offense. Unfortunately for Hero he gets too cocky and Aries rolls him up for the second elimination at 14:18.

Now we’re down to Aries and Danielson, one more time. They shake hands and here we go. Obviously they go right down to the mat and chain wrestle. Aries is able to send Danielson to the floor and follows him out with the Heat Seeking Missile, landing in the front row. Danielson gets back in the ring first and wipes Aries out with a springboard dive into the third row. Back at ringside Aries whips Danielson into the guardrail and hits the IED. In the ring Aries hits a series of back elbows to the face. Danielson fires back with a running kick to the face. He takes Aries up for the belly-to-back superplex but Aries lands on top for two, and Danielson rolls that over for his own two-count. Aries gets a backslide for two and then kicks Danielson in the head. He tries the Brainbuster but Danielson reverses to a Tiger Suplex for two. Danielson rolls that into Cattle Mutilation, which morphs into the elbow strikes to the face. Aries escapes and kicks Danielson in the head. He hits the Brainbuster for two and then locks on the Horns of Aries. Both men reverse each other multiple times and are just leveling each other with strikes. They slap each other in the face. More reversals leads to Danielson locking in a triangle choke. Aries won’t give up so Danielson adds elbows to the head and referee Todd Sinclair stops the match at 22:48. I liked that match a lot, even with Hero’s goofy shenanigans. I didn’t buy Hero as a top contender at this time but he was a good foil to the seriousness of everyone else. Danielson and Aries working together to eliminate Morishima after the big man dominated was great, and then of course the two of them tearing into each other at the end was as good as it always is between the two. Aries refuses to shake hands after the match.
Rating: ****¼

Backstage – Erick Stevens is beat up, but he says none of that matters because he is the new FIP World Heavyweight Champion. He’s very proud of himself (and he should be).

MATCH #9: ROH World Tag Team Title Match – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black

The Briscoes have been the Champions since 3.30.07, and this is their twentieth defense. Jay and Mark are accompanied by Daizee Haze, while Jacobs and Black have Lacey in their corner. The Briscoes surpassed Austin Aries and Roderick Strong in both longevity and number of title defenses (19) last night, making them the most successful tag team Champions in ROH history to that point. They even would have had 20 defenses had Mark not injured himself during WrestleMania weekend and have to be replaced by Delirious for one match. Their title defense record still stands, but the Kings of Wrestling surpassed them for longevity with their second reign from 2010-2011. The Briscoes by far though still have the most days total as Champions, with 732 days spread over seven reigns to go along with 35 total defenses.

Jacobs and Jay start the match. Jay is on fire from the get-go, so Jacobs rakes his eyes and makes the tag. The Briscoes continue to dominate the challengers. This is the first time the combination of Jacobs and Black have faced Jay and Mark. The fight spills to the floor and the referee threatens to throw the match out if they don’t get back to the ring. Jay and Mark comply and continue to control the action. They go for the Doomsday Device early but Jacobs breaks it up with a Spear. Now the challengers are in control. After a few minutes Jay hits the Flatliner into the buckles on Black. Mark gets the hot tag and he unleashes the Redneck Kung Fu. He goes for a moonsault but Black pushes him down and Mark ends up in the Tree of Woe. The challengers hit a simultaneous dropkick on Mark for two. Black hits Paroxysm for two. Mark catches him with an exploder suplex. The Briscoes hit the double-team neckbreaker for two. Jay hits Black with a Falcon Arrow for two. Jacobs and Mark take the fight to the floor. Jay goes for the Jay Driller but Jacobs breaks it up and hits Jay with a neckbreaker. Jacobs goes up top but Jay knocks him down. Jay goes for a Super Jay Driller but Black breaks that up and the challengers hit the Doomsday Rana for two. Black puts Jay in a torture rack and Jacobs hits a back senton off the top rope, and Black slams Jay down. Jacobs then locks on the End Time and Mark breaks it up with a springboard double stomp. Mark and Jacobs slug it out now and Mark ends that battle with a powerbomb for two. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring. Black dumps Mark to the floor, but moments later the Briscoes hit Black with a Doomsday Device on the apron! Holy shit indeed New York City. Mark hits Jacobs with the Cutthroat Driver but amazingly it only gets two! The Briscoes are not real happy with the referee. They hit Jacobs with the springboard Doomsday Device and Black makes the save! Out on the floor Black hits Jay with a powerbomb into the barricade. Meanwhile Mark and Jacobs battle on the top rope. Black joins them and helps Jacobs hit a Super Contra Code! Black follows with a Phoenix Splash and we’ve got new ROH World Tag Team Champions at 18:54! These teams have good chemistry and the crowd was pretty hot for this one. As usual with the Briscoes they did some wicked cool spots, and the finish was good too. They would go on to do better but this is a great start.
Rating: ***¾
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Reliant Center – Houston, Texas – Sunday, July 13, 2008

MATCH #1: World X Cup Four-Way Elimination Match – The Motor City Machineguns & Curry Man vs. Tyson Dux, Doug Williams & Alex Koslov vs. Masato Yoshino, Milano Collection AT & Puma vs. Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero & Averno

Two referees are on hand to help control the action. The winning team gets three points, second place gets two points, third place gets one point, and fourth place gets nothing. Yoshino and Man start the match with some immediately fast-paced offense. Man gets hit with a dropkick, and then decides he would rather engage in a test of speed. It was actually a trick, as Man trips Yoshino up and tags in the Guns. Sabin gets backed into the corner and Dux gets tagged in and he and Williams go to work on Sabin, briefly. Sabin makes the tag to Team Mexico, and they go to work on Williams. Guerrero wipes Williams out with a dive on the floor. Bucanero hits Dux with Chemical Imbalance II for the first elimination at 2:58. Puma gets in the ring and goes after Bucanero. Milano pulls Bucanero to the floor and whips him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Team Japan continues beating Bucanero down. Bucanero reverses a victory roll attempt with a powerbomb of sorts and makes the tag to Averno. This is Averno’s first appearance in the World X Cup, and he makes it a good one. He hits the Angel’s Wings to eliminate Puma at 5:07. AT jumps in the ring to battle Averno and he kicks him down on the apron. Averno makes the tag to Sabin, and AT is able to immediately go after Sabin’s leg. Shelley comes in to break it up and AT locks both Guns in a half crab. Man breaks that up. AT pushes the referee out of the way and pretends he was hit with a low blow, but outside referee Rudy Charles refutes that claim. Awesome, they’re actually USING the referee outside the ring. Moments later Sabin kicks AT in the face and hits the Cradle Shock for the pin at 7:14.

Yoshino is on his own now but he gets right in the ring to battle Sabin and the Guns go right to work on him. They both hit hesitation dropkicks but Yoshino kicks out. Yoshino comes back with the Octopus hold, but Shelley escapes and kicks Yoshino’s head off. Shelley goes for Sliced Bread but Yoshino pushes him into the corner and Averno tags himself in. Tenay and West are doing a good job putting Yoshino over as a super underdog as Averno works him over. Yoshino comes back with a rollup out of nowhere to pin Averno and eliminate him at 10:34. Williams and Kozlov immediately jump Yoshino, and then the Guns and Man come in. Kozlov hits Man with a powerslam and then does the Russian Hat Dance. Sabin answers it with a superkick. Williams hits Sabin with the Chaos Theory but Man breaks it up. Man goes for the Spice Drop on Williams but can’t it. Team Mexico comes in with cross body blocks on both Williams and Man. They execute some impressive double teams, but Man comes back and puts Guerrero on the top for a super hurricanrana. Guerrero counters with a super powerbomb to eliminate Curry Man at 12:57. Moments later Guerrero hits Williams with a twisting senton off the top rope to eliminate him at 13:24. Half of the competitors have now been eliminated.

The Guns battle Guerrero and Bucanero now, and they miss simultaneous dives to the floor. Koslov gets in the ring to go after Guerrero, and they go up top. Guerrero is able to hit Koslov with a super gourdbuster for two. Koslov comes back with a low blow and then a Cobra Stretch and Guerrero taps out at 15:12. Bucanero jumps in the ring and slams Koslov down for a two-count. Koslov tags Sabin in and takes a break. Bucanero slams Sabin and goes to the top rope. Sabin cuts him off and hits a super hurricanrana. The Guns then hit Bucanero with a double superkick to eliminate him and Team Mexico at 16:20. Yoshino gets back in the ring and the Guns show him no sympathy. The Guns utilize some incredible double-team maneuvers on both opponents. Sabin hits Koslov with a running Ace Crusher and then hard clothesline for two. He charges in and Koslov pulls the referee in front, and then scoops Sabin’s legs and puts his own on the ropes (but has trouble) and Sabin is out at 19:07.

Shelley protests to the referee and Koslov knocks him to the floor. Koslov wipes him out with a somersault. Koslov and Yoshino battle briefly, and then Shelley gets back in the ring. Shelley goes for a running knee in the corner but Koslov moves and Shelley crashes right back to the floor. Moments later Yoshino traps Koslov in the Sol Naciente and Koslov taps out at 20:31. We’re down to two men. Yoshino uses his speed to take advantage. He hits the shotgun missile dropkick for a two-count. Shelley comes back with Sliced Bread but Yoshino kicks out once again. He goes up for a Frog Splash but Yoshino gets the knees up and hits Another Space for a two-count. Shelley comes back with a face-first powerbomb and a Tiger Suplex for two! He puts Yoshino on the top rope and superkicks him. Yoshino fights back and hits the Sling Blade for two. He puts Shelley on top and goes for a super something. Shelley counters with a super inverted atomic drop and then an Air Raid Crash to get the pin and win the match at 24:19. That was just an incredible match with nonstop action for the duration of the contest. The story of Yoshino lasting as long as he did by himself gave the match an underlying story that gave meaning to all of the incredible action.
Rating: ****½

Now Team TNA is in first place with six points, Team Japan is next with four points, and then Team International and Team Mexico tied for last with three points.

MATCH #2: Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love

Love attacks before the bell and away we go. Kim fights back and takes Love down and fires off some chops and a clothesline in the corner. She goes to the apron and tries a springboard maneuver but Velvet Sky pulls her down to the apron. Back in the ring Love takes control. Kim catches a kick and they keep going back and forth. Love pokes the eyes and hits a spinning heel kick for two. Kim comes back by avoiding a charge in the corner and snapping Love’s neck on the top rope. She then locks on a ring post Figure Four Leglock (sort of) and when the referee checks on Love, Sky tries to interfere but gets herself thrown into the barricade. Kim goes up top and Love shakes the ropes to knock her down. Love hits a superplex for a near-fall. She misses a kick and Kim unleashes a flurry of offense. So she’s just not selling the superplex. Love slips out of a bodyslam and gets an O’Connor Roll for two, and Kim fights back with a Spear. Sky gets on the apron for a distraction. Even so Kim hits a Codebreaker and then the handcuff neckbreaker to get the pin at 6:15. This seemed more about showing off all the neat stuff they could do rather than telling a coherent story.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #3: Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt

This feud started with the long drawn out wedding of Jay Lethal to SoCal Val last month at Slammiversary. Dutt has a flower and a card for Val, and Lethal takes offense to he knocks Dutt off the apron and hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring the match officially begins and Lethal is all offense. He hits the double sledge off the top for a two-count. The pace quickens as Val literally is clapping for every offensive move Lethal delivers. It’s kind of annoying actually. Dutt fights back by snapping Lethal’s neck on the top rope and then hitting a springboard legdrop to the back of the head. He follows up with a springboard seated senton. He steals KENTA’s slingshot kick to the head and then locks on a headlock. No, really. Lethal fights out of that but Dutt takes him right back down and hits a standing moonsault for two. Dutt hits an enziguiri and goes for the Asai DDT but Lethal catches him in a Tombstone and drops him on the turnbuckle. Lethal then hits an overhead release German Suplex and both men are down. Back on their feet Lethal takes control but Dutt quickly reclaims it. They fight up on the top rope as Val is so distressed she can’t watch. Dutt hits a hurricanrana from the top and then a standing shooting star press for two. Lethal fights back with a face plant for two. They take it to the floor and Lethal pounds on Dutt while he begs for help. Back in the ring Lethal locks on a Texas Cloverleaf as Val continues to look upset. Val climbs up the steps but Lethal tells her to get down. Dutt continues to appeal to her and Lethal grabs him with the Lethal Combination. Now Val gets up on the apron and pleads with him to stop, giving Dutt the opportunity to roll Lethal up for the pin at 8:29. That started off just fine but descended into silliness surrounding SoCal Val.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Fan’s Revenge TNA World Tag Team Title Match – The Latin American Xchange vs. Beer Money, Inc.

LAX have been the champions since 5.11.08 and this is their third defense. Twelve angry fans are surrounding the ring with straps for this important title match. You know, couldn’t they have found some fans that didn’t look so much like stereotypical wrestling fans? Yay, I get to see Salinas again! Homicide and Roode start it off slugging. Roode gets dumped to the floor early and the fans take their shots. Storm gets the same treatment. In the ring it’s no better for him, as LAX double teams him and generally controls the match. Storm tags out to Roode, and he dumps Homicide to the floor. He tries to follow him out with a baseball slide and Homicide traps him in the ring apron. Roode crawls under the ring and makes it back inside for more punishment from Homicide. The challengers use some less than savory tactics to gain an advantage. They isolate Homicide and work him over for a few minutes before Hernandez gets tagged in. Hernandez hits the Crackerjack on Storm and a back body drop for Roode. Storm gets a backbreaker, and Roode gets caught off the second rope with a sit-out powerbomb for two. The match has broken down to the usual brawl. Homicide nails Storm with a tornado DDT and dumps Roode to the floor. Back in the ring Hernandez puts Roode on his shoulders and Homicide hits an Ace Crusher off the top and LAX retain at 10:09. That was a perfectly solid tag team match.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Knockouts Title Match – Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong

Kong is accompanied by Raisha Saeed. Wilde has been the champion since 7.10.08 and this is her first defense. TNA definitely did pay off the Awesome Kong challenge on free TV and then did the rematch on pay-per-view. And they wonder why they can’t make money? Kong immediately attacks and starts throwing the smaller Wilde around. The champion uses her speed to try and come back but Kong knocks her down and hits a big splash for two. Kong continues to wear Wilde down, looking totally dominant. She locks on a camel clutch but Wilde won’t give up. Wild slips out of an Awesome Bomb and hits a couple of dropkicks and a missile dropkick, but Kong pops up and decapitates her with a clothesline. Kong goes up top and Wilde meets her up there and armdrags her down for a two-count. Wilde ducks a spinning back fist and gets a schoolgirl rollup for two. Kong tries a chokeslam but Wilde reverses it to a victory roll for the upset pin at 4:54! That was a decent squash/upset match.
Rating: *½

Saeed grabs Wilde in the aisle and brings her back for a beating. Kong goes for an Awesome Bomb on a chair but Abyss comes out to make the save. Saeed gets right in his face and slaps him. Abyss hits Saeed with a Black Hole Slam and then carries Wilde to the back.

MATCH #6: World X Cup Ultimate X Match – Kaz vs. Daivari vs. Volador Jr. vs. Naruki Doi

This is the fifteenth Ultimate X match. This is the third appearance for Kaz and the first for everyone else, so he has a distinct advantage. No one wastes any time in going after someone, so the offense is fast and furious. Kaz makes the first attempt at the X but Daivari cuts him off. As expected Kaz seems to have the early advantage, and everyone seems to be gunning for him. Volador makes an attempt at the X but drops down hit Doi with a hurricanrana, and then Kaz clotheslines Volador to the floor. Kaz goes after the X but Daivari pulls him down to the floor and whips him into the guardrail. Daivari now targets Kaz’s arm, which is great strategy. Volador and Doi team up with Daivari in a show of solidarity against the USA. Kaz briefly recovers and goes for the X but his arm prevents him from getting too far. Doi decides to go into business for himself and dumps Volador to the floor. He goes up for the X and Daivari joins him up there and drops him all the way to the floor. Now Volador and Daivari go at it as all bets are off. Doi goes up for the X and Kaz knocks him down, but then Daivari knocks him down, and Volador knocks HIM down. All four guys are recovering, but Doi gets up first and goes after the X but Volador dropkicks him down to the floor and then hits a moonsault off the top rope. Kaz and Daivari climb up for the X now and Daivari traps Kaz’s arm in the truss, and then scurries over towards the X, but Kaz goes to the top of the truss and legdrops Daivari down to the canvas! That was pretty intense. Volador Jr. picks the bones so to speak and goes up to retrieve the X at 10:59. That was a compact Ultimate X match but they did some cool stuff in there and I certainly wasn’t expecting Volador Jr. to win.
Rating: ***¼

That actually gives Team Mexico the win in the 2008 World X Cup Tournament. Mike Tenay comes in to present them with the trophy and get a word with them. Thankfully Spanish commentator Willie Urbina is on hand to translate for us stupid Americans. Kaz looks despondent at the loss.

MATCH #7: Fan Stipulation Match – Team 3D & Kurt Angle vs. Rhino, AJ Styles & Christian Cage

The fans get to choose between a Tables Match, Falls-Count-Anywhere Match, or a Full Metal Mayhem Match. Not surprisingly, the winner is Full Metal Mayhem. Frank Trigg is joining Don West and Mike Tenay on commentary. Angle attacks Styles in the aisle and it’s a big brawl right away. Styles and Devon are briefly in the ring but they soon tumble back to the floor, to be replaced by Angle and Rhino. Ray and Christian take their turn as well. Rhino and Christian introduce a ladder into the match, and Angle follows with a chair. Christian climbs all the way to the top of the steel truss that was used for Ultimate X and hits a beautiful cross body block. Rhino starts throwing out Gores, one for everybody. A table gets set up in the ring, and Team 3D hits a Doomsday Device on Rhino, dropping him right through the table. Devon took a rough landing on his ankle on that one. There’s barely been a break in the action throughout the entire match. Christian takes the 3D through a table on the floor. With both Rhino and Christian out, Styles takes quite the beating from all three of his opponents. Styles recovers and hits Angle with the Styles Clash for two. Then Johnny Devine runs out and tries to hit Styles with a kendo stick, but Styles thwarts him. Angle hits an Angle Slam for two. He brings in another table and the referee gets bumped. Styles comes back and sets Angle on the table and climbs a ladder. Trigg leaves the commentary table and hits Styles with a kendo stick. Angle hits an Angle Slam off the ladder through a table to get the pin at 15:57. That was a great hardcore brawl, with non-stop action and cool spots. Trigg interfering seemed unnecessary, and he took away from the match with his commentary too. Good stuff otherwise though.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: TNA Heavyweight Championship Match – Samoa Joe vs. Booker T

Joe has been the champion since 4.13.08 and this is his fifth defense. This is an interesting dynamic because Joe is the face and Booker is the heel normally, but they’re in Booker’s hometown of Houston so the roles are reversed. They’re throwing bombs at each other right from the get-go as Sharmell watches on. Joe traps Booker in the corner but the challenger escapes with a thumb to the eyes. That doesn’t faze Joe for long though, as he comes back with a running knee strike. They take it to the floor and Booker takes another shot to the eyes and slams Joe into the guardrail. Booker slams Joe’s head into the steps and the champion is busted open. Back in the ring Booker wears Joe down. The champ comes back with a knockdown and goes for a senton but Booker moves and hits the Axe Kick for two. Joe ducks a clothesline and hits a knee strike. He goes up to the second rope and hits a kick to the face for a two-count. He hits the snap powerslam for another two. Booker comes back and tries the Bookend but Joe blocks and hits a t-bone suplex for two. Joe looks to be going for the Muscle Buster but Booker blocks it and hits a series of knees. They both duck each other’s strikes and they manage to mess up a ref bump spot that looked awkward and forced. Joe hits a big lariat and dumps Booker to the floor. He hits the Ole Kick, right in front of the man’s wife. Sharmell begs him to stop and she slaps Joe in the face, so he beats up her bodyguards. Back in the ring now Booker is busted open as well. Referee Slick Johnson comes out to take over and calls for another referee. They’re pleading with Joe for some reason, so Joe kicks their asses as well. This has turned into an absolute slaughter. More security people come out and try to stop Joe, but I have to ask why? This is a World Title match, and certainly worse things have been done in TNA that no one tried to stop? And why are they making Booker T look like such a giant pussy in his own hometown? This whole thing makes no sense. Then from out of nowhere Sting’s music hits and out he comes. He lectures Joe as well but Joe decides to blow him off as well and go right back in the ring to beat Booker up some more. Sting comes in and forces Joe off Booker and hits him with the baseball bat. Booker actually covers Joe and Sharmell makes the three-count to unofficially end this idiocy at around 17:30 (no actual bell). Sharmell and Booker claim the belt on their way to the back. The match started off fine enough, but quickly descended to levels of stupidity only TNA could dream up. I mean I’ve seen them do a lot of stupid stuff over the years but this one has to be top five for ridiculousness. This passed stupid and made it to counterproductive and pathetic. What the hell was Sting doing there? I would love to hear anyone try to defend this.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Final Battle 2006 (Bryan Danielson, Homicide) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/30/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2006-bryan-danielson-homicide-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/30/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2006-bryan-danielson-homicide-2/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:00:31 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171072 fb06

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Manhattan Center – New York City, NY – Saturday, December 23, 2006

Some students come out in Santa suits handing out ROH merchandise. The Briscoes storm the ring to destory them, and then demand a rematch with the Kings of Wrestling TONIGHT.

MATCH #1: Four Corner Survival – Christopher Daniels vs. Davey Richards vs. El Generico vs. Jimmy Rave

Daniels has Allison Danger in his corner, and he is one half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Generico and Richards start it off. They chain wrestle back and forth, with neither getting a strong advantage. Generico uses a series of armdrags and a dropkick to send Richards to the floor. Back in the ring Richards tags Daniels, who for some reason came to the ring without his Tag Team Title belt. Daniels and Generico chain wrestle a bit and then Rave tags in to take his shot at the Fallen Angel. The pace is quick and aggressive between these two, and when Daniels makes the tag to Richards, Rave immediately bails. Rave and Richards had a series of matches earlier in 2006 that did not go well for Rave, by the way. Richards and Daniels seem to form a bit of a unit, tagging in and out and working on Generico. Eventually Richards gets his hands on Rave and dominates. Rave quickly tags out but Richards has no problem fighting Generico either. Richards dominates but can’t quite put Generico away yet. Daniels tags himself in and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and the uranage slam. He hits the Best Moonsault Ever and Generico breaks up the cover. The offense is coming from all over the place now. Rave has been hiding for quite some time, which is pretty smart strategy. Richards goes up for the Shooting Star Press but a momentary distraction by Daniels allows Generico to pop up and hit the Top-Rope Brainbuster. Rave blind tagged himself in and he snags Generico in the Heel Hook to get the tap out win at 17:49. That was a great opener, with fast-paced action and enough from everyone to look good. I loved the finish, as it makes Rave look both smart and tough, and it made the crowd pissed at him. Rave was underrated.
Rating: *** ½

After the match Rave gets on the mic and talks some trash so Nigel McGuinness comes out to fight him. Rave gets cracked in the jaw and he bails.

MATCH #2: Adam Pearce vs. Ricky Reyes

Pearce is accompanied by Shane Hagadorn, who is accompanied by his Top of the Class Trophy. “Scrap Iron” talks some trash about Homicide before being interrupted by Ricky Reyes and Julius Smokes. Of course Smokes has a retort. I don’t really care what he says and then Reyes attacks Pearce to start this apparently impromptu match. Reyes controls the opening minute and then Pearce catches him with a spinebuster to take the advantage. Momentum shifts back and forth between two of the duller in-ring competitors ROH had at this time. Reyes locks on the Dragon Sleeper but the referee is distracted by Hagadorn and Smokes brawling on the floor. Pearce then levels Reyes with brass knuckles and the referee turns around to count the pin at 3:22. After the match Pearce and Hagadorn beat up Reyes and Smokes some more. Not much to see here match-wise, but it did put some heat on the main event so at least it served a purpose.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: BJ Whitmer & Colt Cabana vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Brent Albright

Jacobs and Albright have Lacey with them, while Whitmer and Cabana counter with Daizee Haze. Cabana and Whitmer attack Albright and Jacobs from behind to start the brawl. Albright gets pitched to the floor so Jacobs gets double-teamed by his hated rivals. Tide quickly turns when Albright gets back in the ring to join Jacobs in the fight. The referee has had no control of this match whatsoever yet. All four men spill to the floor. Whitmer sets up a table between the apron and the guardrail, but Albright is able to stop Cabana and Whitmer from using it. Mortal enemies Jacobs and Whitmer end up in the ring together but they quickly take it back to the floor. The action in this one has been non-stop. Jacobs and Albright slow it down and isolate Whitmer, keeping him in their half of the ring. Eventually Whitmer makes the hot tag and here comes Boom Boom. Cabana dominates both Albright and Jacobs briefly, but soon falls victim to a 61Knee and a Spear for a near-fall. Whitmer comes in and catches Albright with a spinebuster, and then hits Jacobs with the Exploder. Cabana covers for two. Whitmer tags in and hits Jacobs with a brainbuster for two. Cabana and Whitmer try a Doomsday Device but Jacobs avoids it and hits Cabana with the Contra Code and Whitmer with the headscissors. Albright then powerbombs Whitmer from the ring through the table on the floor! That looked nasty. Albright then hits a series of rolling German Suplexes on Cabana, and Jacobs follows with a hard senton bomb to get the pin at 13:49. I had almost no memory of that match and it definitely surprised me. The action was non-stop and he crowd was rocking with them for the duration. They worked the formula but threw in some good big spots too just for icing on the cake.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #4: Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The Kings of Wrestling

Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli are accompanied by Larry Sweeney. The Briscoes start off hot, eager to avenge last night’s loss. Mark hits a dive off the top rope into the aisle to wipe out both Kings before the bell can even ring. Speaking of the bell, it seems to ring rather arbitrarily. I question Bryce Remsburg’s judgment here. The Briscoes fly all over the place and keep the Kings reeling. After a few minutes the Kings are able to come back on Jay and cut the ring in half. Jay fights back and catches Hero in a Fisherman’s Buster, but the Kings use chicanery to prevent the tag. Hero and Claudio continue working Jay over, putting him in a bad way. Eventually Jay makes the hot tag and Mark is a house afire. I have no idea who this is on commentary with Prazak, by the way. Mark goes for a springboard splash but Hero gets the knees up. Claudio tags in and hits the Riccola Bomb but Mark kicks out at two. Jay tags back in and hits Claudio with a gourdbuster for two. Claudio is able to tag out and Hero hits a cravat suplex out of the corner for two. The momentum shifts back and forth multiple times as neither team can stay in control for very long. The Kings hit Power & Glory’s old finisher but it only gets two. The Briscoes isolate on Castagnoli but can’t quite put him away. Then in an amazing spot, Claudio is able to carry both Briscoes for a variation of the Giant Swing. I love Claudio. The referee has totally lost control of this one, with all four guys fighting in the ring. Jay hits Hero with the Jay Driller, Claudio hits Jay with the Alpamare Water Slide, Mark hits Claudio with the Cutthroat Driver, and all four men are down. Hero and Jay are up first and they strike back and forth. Sweeney distracts the referee and Claudio brings in the Halliburton briefcase, but he accidentally hits Hero! The Briscoes then hit a simultaneous shooting star press (Mark) / guillotine legdrop (Jay) for the pin at 16:02. That was great tag team action that almost never stopped and the crowd was moist for it the entire time.
Rating: ****

After the match Castagnoli reveals that he is staying in ROH (he had signed with WWE but was let go after something like a week I think). Castagnoli says the Kings of Wrestling will be dominant in 2007. Larry Sweeney disagrees. Sweeney says that Castagnoli killed the Kings of Wrestling when he decided to leave, and he can’t un-decide. Castagnoli thinks Hero will choose him over Sweeney. Unfortunately for Castagnoli, he is wrong, and Hero goes with Sweeney without a physical altercation. That’s weird.

Before Castagnoli can leave the ring, Samoa Joe makes his way out. Joe is angry and tells Castagnoli to beat it. He wants to face the best NOAH has to offer on February 16 when ROH returns to New York City. Nigel McGuinness objects, and offers to kick Joe’s ass himself. Jimmy Rave comes out and attacks McGuinness from behind. Joe slaps Rave in the face for fun, and then suggests McGuinness versus Rave.

MATCH #5: Nigel McGuinness vs. Jimmy Rave

Rave aggressively attacks to start and McGuinness is ready for him. McGuinness starts to attack the arm, no doubt looking to use the London Dungeon. The fight spills to the floor and Rave is using his surroundings to his advantage. Back in the ring Rave keeps McGuinness off his feet and continues to wear him down. McGuinness fights back and goes to the arm again. Rave ducks a lariat and hits a Spear. McGuinness rolls to the floor and Rave levels him with a running knee strike from the apron. Rave tries to keeps McGuinness reeling, but the feisty Brit comes back with his first Lariat. McGuinness goes on offense, even hitting the Tower of London for a two-count. Rave hits a nice tornado DDT for two. He hits Ghanarrhea for a near-fall. Rave gets the Greetings from Ghana and McGuinness kicks out at one! McGuinness is fired up but Rave puts that fire out with From Dusk Till Dawn. Luckily for McGuinness he’s able to reach the ropes. Rave hits a back suplex but McGuinness pops back with the Rebound Lariat for two. McGuinness is able to connect with a Tower of London on the ring apron! He covers but Rave kicks out! McGuinness sets Rave on the top rope and hits a huge lariat but it only gets two! He tries the Rebound Lariat again but Rave ducks it and locks on the Heel Hook and McGuinness taps out at 16:58! This is an unfairly forgotten feud, as the hatred between these two seemed very real. They went back and forth and gave each other their best shots. Rave going over clean via submission gives McGuinness reason to seek a rematch, and makes Rave a huge threat.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Dragon Gate Rules Match – Austin Aries, Roderick Strong & Delirious vs. Matt Sydal, CIMA & Shingo

I don’t expect to do much play-by-play for this one. Delirious and Sydal start the match with some fast-paced back-and-forth chain wrestling. They quickly tumble to the floor so Strong and Shingo take their place. They try to out-power each other and Strong wins that battle with a chop. Shingo rolls to the floor so CIMA comes in. CIMA knocks Strong out with a dropkick so Aries takes his place. The two team captains go back and forth and Aries proves why you should never put him in a headscissors. CIMA rolls to the floor and Aries wipes everyone out with a twisting body press. Back in the ring Team Aries isolates CIMA from his partners. CIMA takes out Strong and Delirious and makes the hot tag to Shingo. Strong and Delirious try to double-team and the referee loses control. Shingo and Sydal offer a lot of awesome together as a team. Aries gets isolated now as Team CIMA keeps him in their half of the ring. Finally Aries is able to connect with a quebrada on Shingo and CIMA and make the tag. Strong is a house afire and Delirious joins him in kind. CIMA gets trapped in a corner and Strong hits a running forearm, Aries follows with the IED, and then Delirious hits the Panic Attack for a two-count. Delirious traps Shingo in the corner and hits the Roots Clotheslines. Shingo comes back with a TKO for two. Bodies are flying all over the place and Sydal takes everyone out with a beautiful moonsault to the floor. Aries and CIMA are first back in the ring and CIMA controls the action. Team CIMA runs like a well-oiled machine with some impressive triple-teams. Strong comes back with a superplex on Shingo and the Sick Kick. CIMA hits Strong with Venus, but then runs into the Bizarro Driver from Delirious for two. Sydal hits Strong with an amazing neckbreaker for a two-count. Aries kicks Sydal in the head and Delirious hits Chemical Imbalance II for a near-fall. The action is coming way too fast for me to keep up with. Strong hits Sydal with a gutbuster, Delirious hits Shadows over Hell, and Aries lands the 450 but CIMA breaks up the cover. Shingo hits Strong with the Pumping Bomber. CIMA and Shingo hit Aries with a Doomsday Cross Body, and then Shingo hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Delirious traps Shingo in the Cobra Stretch and CIMA breaks that up. CIMA hits Delirious with a superkick and Schwein but only gets two. He follows up with the Crossfire to finally get the pin at 24:02. What a ton of fun. All six guys went 100 MPH through the whole match and everyone was spot-on with their moves. It didn’t feel nearly as long as it was.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: ROH World Title Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide

Danielson has been the Champion since 9.17.05, and this is his thirty-ninth defense. Homicide has promised to leave Ring of Honor if he does not win the World Title tonight. They start off cautiously, taking it to the mat and trading holds. Danielson goes after the shoulder. He uses the surfboard, and then stomps Homicide’s knees into the canvas. Homicide fights back with strikes to take the advantage briefly but Danielson cuts him right off. They take it to the floor and that’s Homicide’s element. Homicide throws Danielson into the barricade and then back in the ring for a chinlock. Danielson breaks it with a chinbreaker. Homicide responds with the Three Amigos and then goes for the Frog Splash but Adam Pearce and Shane Hagadorn come out and throw him down for the DQ at 10:50. The crowd is furious. Julius Smokes comes out to make the save, as does another random dude. Referee Todd Sinclair decides that there is no way the match can end like that and we’re underway again!

Homicide is rejuvenated and he takes it right to the World Champion. He hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for two. Danielson cuts him off and goes right back to the shoulder. He this a roaring elbow for a near-fall. Danielson goes up for a diving headbutt but Homicide catches him with an Ace Crusher! Homicide fires up and suplexes Danielson to the floor and follows him out with the Tope Con Hilo. Back in the ring now Homicide targets Danielson’s also injured shoulder. Danielson fights back with a European Uppercut off the second rope. He goes up top and hits the diving headbutt for two. Danielson follows with a bridging German Suplex for two and Homicide kicks out and then turns it into an armbar! The Champ gets to the ropes and then they start trading strikes with each other. Homicide spears Danielson through the ropes and then goes for a baseball slide, but Danielson catches him and dumps him over the guardrail. Danielson follows with the springboard dive, appearing to take a pretty nasty fall. Back in the ring Danielson hits a missile dropkick. Danielson tries the belly-to-back superplex but Homicide turns the momentum in mid-air and gets a two-count, and Danielson rolls that over for his own near-fall. Back on their feet Danielson tries a lariat but Homicide catches him with an exploder. Homicide goes up top but this time Danielson hits the belly-to-back superplex and Homicide kicks out at two. Danielson hits the series of elbows and then turns it into the Crossface Chicken Wing with a body scissors. Homicide is able to reach the ropes but Danielson refuses to let go. Sinclair won’t disqualify the champ so Homicide has to power out of the move. Homicide hits a butterfly suplex and a dragon screw leg whip. He then locks on the STF and Danielson has to rake the face to break it. Danielson comes back with Cattle Mutilation and turns it into a Tiger Suplex for two, and then turns it right back into Cattle Mutilation. Homicide won’t quit and is able to get a Bret Hart rollup for two. Back on their feet Homicide ducks a roaring forearm and hits the Cop Killa! Danielson reaches the ropes to break. Homicide goes for the ring bell but Sinclair is able to stop him. Danielson delivers a low blow and gets a small package but it only gets two. Homicide then lands a huge lariat to get the pin and win the title at 18:34! That was a bit on the long side but the emotion and the crowd heat helped sustain it, and the pop for the win was enormous. I’m not a big Homicide fan but he’s definitely an important figure in ROH and they built up to this moment very well and it felt huge. The locker room empties to see Danielson hand the belt over and to celebrate with the new Champ. Homicide revels in the moment for sure.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Victory Road 2007 (Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/30/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2007-samoa-joe-kurt-angle/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/30/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2007-samoa-joe-kurt-angle/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171052 Victory Road 2007

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – July 15, 2007

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Ultimate X Gauntlet Match

This is like a regular gauntlet match except that once all 10 men enter it becomes an Ultimate X match. If you get eliminated before all 10 men make it out there, tough luck. We’re going with one minute intervals here. Christopher Daniels drew #1, and Jay Lethal drew #2. Daniels attacks right away and beats Lethal down. Lethal comes back with some jabs and elbows as #3 comes out and it’s Puma. The crowd is pretty excited to see him. Daniels is kind of hiding so Puma goes to work on Lethal. Daniels comes back to double-team Lethal, but he ducks a double-clothesline and knocks them both down with a clothesline of his own. Homicide is next out at #4. He hits Lethal with a back body drop and a dropkick. He follows up with a Gringo Cutter as they all triple-team Lethal now. We’re halfway home as Sonjay Dutt comes out at #5. He immediately uses his speed and agility to his advantage, taking everyone out. Puma comes back with a solid kick to Dutt’s head. Next out is #6, Petey Williams. The action is getting pretty tough to call with six guys out there now all running at 100 miles per hour. Williams hits Puma with the Canadian Destroyer and throws him out, but then Homicide tosses Williams out! Shark Boy comes out at #7. More brawling happens and Elix Skipper is #8. He immediately makes an impact in his first match since December by eliminating Boy, and moments later eliminating Dutt. That makes four eliminates as #9 comes out and it’s Kaz. He hits Daniels with the springboard legdrop. The final entrant, #10 is Senshi. Now it’s a six-way Ultimate X match. The action is hard to call as people are climbing and beating each other up all over the place. Kaz, Daniels, Lethal, and Senshi all climb towards the X and kick away at each other and they all fall down. Next to try grabbing the X is Daniels, and he ends up hanging upside down by his feet, and Kaz executes a perfect Ace Crusher from the top rope. The setup was contrived but they pulled off the move beautifully, so respect. Senshi sends Kaz to the floor with a kick to the head and then turns his attention to Homicide. That leads to the requisite Tower of Doom spot and everyone is down except Kaz and Skipper. They climb to the very top of the scaffolding, and there’s no longer a platform there so it looks even scarier. They stop to realize what they’re doing and then start trading punches. They sit down for more leverage and then try to drop down and grab the X but they fall to the mat and now all six guys are down. One of them grabbing the X there would have been a cool finish. Now begins the parade o’ finishers. Kaz brings back the Flux Capacitor and once again everyone is down. Daniels pitches Kaz through the ropes and into the steel truss holding up the structure. That’s awesome. Lethal disposes of Daniels and goes for the X. Daniels recovers and goes up as well. Skipper pulls Lethal down and then he and Senshi double team him with their own version of the Hart Attack. Daniels then scurries over and pulls down the X for the win at 18:47. Skipper, Senshi, and Daniels then celebrate together, officially reuniting Triple X! That was an awesome spot fest and I think reuniting Triple X was a great move.
Rating: ***¾

Jeremy Borash is in his favorite place, the men’s locker room, to interview the TNA World Tag Team Champions Team 3D. Brother Devon proclaims that he will win the TNA World Title from Kurt Angle. Brother Ray disagrees, saying he will win the X-Division Title from Samoa Joe. They yell at each other, and then Borash sends it over to Leticia Cline (wearing a ridiculous hat), who is with Joe. The X-Division Champion promises that he will be a tag team champion after tonight’s main event, and then he’s going after Kurt Angle’s title.

Back at ringside, Mike Tenay and Don West run down the rest of the card. Sadly they neglect to mention Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin taking on Jerry Lynn and Mr. Backlund. They go back to Leticia, who is now with the Voodoo Kin Mafia. They say they have a surprise for Christy Hemme, since TNA will no longer allow man-on-woman violence. They also promise to hurt Lance Hoyt. Based on that promo I have no idea who they are actually wrestling, because it’s not going to be Hemme and Hoyt that’s for sure.

MATCH #2: Voodoo Kin Mafia vs. Basham & The Damaja

This was one of the stupider feuds TNA ever ran. BG James introduces the newest member of the Voodoo Kin Mafia, Roxxi Laveaux. Apparently she’s some kind of voodoo queen from Congo Square in New Orleans. BG and Damaja start the match and take it right down to the mat. Of course BG takes the early advantage and fights off Damaja, Basham, and even Hoyt. Kip James and Basham tag in and Kip uses his size and power advantage to control Basham. Hoyt even interferes but James overcomes it and goes outside the ring to confront him but can’t catch him. He gets back in the ring and Hemme meets him there with a slap to the face. Laveaux comes in the ring but referee Earl Hebner prevents girl-on-girl violence. Basham sends BG to the floor and Hoyt throws him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Basham gets a two-count and then tags Damaja. They briefly work BG over before Kip gets the lukewarm tag and starts throwing Damaja and Basham around. Kip hits Damaja with a jackhammer for a two-count. He then hits a Stinger Splash but Basham catches him with a leg lariat and Damaja gets a two-count. The referee gets distracted and Hoyt throws a chair in the ring and kicks it into Kip’s face and Damaja gets another two-count. Now Hoyt argues with the referee, allowing BG to hit Damaja with the chair and Kip gets the pin at 7:04. That was a solid little tag team match, and much better than their previous efforts. Hemme is angry and sends Hoyt after VKM, but he gets disposed of. She gets in the ring herself and Kip holds her for Laveaux, who hits a Dominator.
Rating: **

Borash is backstage with TNA World Champion Kurt Angle, who is also the holder of the IWGP Third Belt. Angle cuts an arrogant promo, taking his sunglasses off and on, and concluding with “tonight it’s shake and break time.” Oy vey.

MATCH #3: James Storm vs. Rhino

This was basically a re-telling Jake Roberts versus Jerry Lawler feud, where Storm refused to take Rhino’s past alcoholism seriously. Storm is accompanied by “The Pride of Tennessee” Miss Jackie Moore. Referee Rudy Charles sends Moore back to the locker room before the opening bell. Rhino attacks Storm outside the ring and throws him into the guardrail and then the announce table. They take it up into the crowd and Rhino is dominating. They make it back to ringside and Storm tries to fight back but to no avail. They finally make it to the ring to officially start the match.

Rhino pretty much picks up where he left off, but when he goes up top Storm clobbers him, knocking him down to the floor. Back in the ring Storm gets a two-count. He focuses on Rhino’s neck, and tosses him back to the floor. He drives Rhino’s back into the guardrail and then brings him back into the ring for another near-fall. Moments later Rhino fights back with a clothesline and a shoulderblock in the corner. Storm cuts him off with a boot to the gut and a swinging neckbreaker for two. Rhino comes back with a superplex. He tries a short-arm clothesline but Storm ducks and the referee takes the blow instead. Storm tries the Superkick but Rhino ducks and hits the belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino goes for the Gore but Storm breaks the beer bottle on his head and gets the pin at 7:29.

Rhino is busted open pretty badly, and Storm goes out and grabs a rope to tie Rhino to the ring ropes. Storm calls Moore back to ringside and she’s got a little keg with her. He pours beer in Rhino’s face, and this is EXACTLY like the CM Punk versus Raven feud in ROH in 2003. I mean I know everything in wrestling is stolen but this is pretty damn blatant. Storm brings a chair in the ring and cracks Rhino in the head with it. As far as the mach it was actually pretty solid, with Storm focusing on the neck and Rhino just being Rhino (it’s about all he can do).
Rating: **½

Backstage, Leticia Cline and her stupid hat are with Jerry Lynn and Mr. Backlund. Lynn talks about keeping tradition alive in wrestling. He says they’re going to take Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin to school, and show them that family is the most important thing. Um, what? Backlund then gets his crazy two cents in, and I love it.

MATCH #4: Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Jerry Lynn & Mr. Backlund

Sabin and Shelley were basically doing the Motor City Machineguns shtick without the name at this point. They are accompanied to the ring by Kevin Nash. Sabin and Backlund start for their respective teams. Backlund stalls and it takes just over a minute before first contact, an armdrag. Sabin pops up and locks on a Full Nelson. Backlund escapes and reverses to a Full Nelson of his own, and Sabin reaches the ropes. Shelley and Lynn tag in and Shelley blows a snot rocket. Lynn comes back with an armdrag into an armbar. Shelley goes to the eyes and tags Sabin, who walks right into an armdrag. Sabin tags Shelley and they double-team the veteran. Once again Lynn fights back and the Guns comfort each other. The Guns try to double-team Lynn but the crafty veteran stays one step ahead of the youngsters. Lynn spikes Sabin with a hard DDT for a two-count. Finally the Guns are able to double-team Lynn down to the mat and they gloat hilariously. Shelley throws Lynn to the floor, and he comes back in with his legdrop and then a sunset flip for two, broken up by Sabin. Shelley makes the tag and they continue to wear Lynn down. Sabin uses an abdominal stretch and Lynn hiptosses his way out of it and makes a tag but the referee was distracted so he won’t allow it. Backlund overpowers the referee and enters the ring illegally. He throws elbows all over the place as the referee doesn’t even try to stop him. He hits Sabin with a double underhook suplex, and it looks like he landed on Lynn’s ankle and may have injured him. Nash enters the ring, and when the ref finally decides to get Backlund back to the apron Nash levels Lynn with a big boot. Sabin and Shelley hit a series of double-team kicks on Lynn to get the pin at 8:44. The finishing sequence was a little contrived but I’ll be damned if Shelley and Sabin didn’t make Lynn and Backlund look like a credible threat.
Rating: **¾

Backstage Borash is following Kurt Angle around while Angle looks for backup tonight since he thinks it’s going to be a three-on-one situation. He finds Jay Lethal, who doesn’t seem too interested, so Angle beats him up and throws him into a shower. The sunglasses thing is getting really old already.

MATCH #5: Eric Young & Gail Kim vs. Robert Roode & Ms. Brooks

The men are feeling chivalrous so they start the match. I think this was the longest feud in the history of wrestling. Young starts off hot so Brooks tries to come to the rescue but to no avail. Kim and Young work together on the Robert Roode, Inc. team and send them retreating to the floor. Young will have none of it, hitting Roode with a suicide dive, and Kim follows suit! Back in the ring Kim hits Brooks with a backbreaker and drives her into the corner. Brooks hits a kneelift and then tags Roode. Kim has no problem hitting Roode in the face, and then she tags Young. Brooks trips Young from the floor, and then they pull his groin into the ring post. Now Roode and Brooks are in control, working Young over. I’m pretty sure they were just talking about not allowing man-on-woman violence anymore earlier on this very show but I must have dreamt it. After several minutes of abuse Young makes the hot tag and Kim is on fire. You know, for wrestling as long as she has, Brooks often looks lost out there. Roode catches Kim in a rana attempt with a Boston Crab, and Young breaks it up with a DDT. Brooks shoves Young to the floor and sets Kim on the top rope. Kim pushes Brooks down and hits her with a missile dropkick. She goes for a cover and tricks Roode into falling onto Brooks twice. Young and Kim hit Roode with a double dropkick to send him to the floor, and Kim gets the pin on Brooks at 8:17. That seemed to entertain the live crowd but it didn’t do much for me.
Rating: *½

Borash is backstage with Christian, Tomko, and AJ Styles. Cage cuts his usual awesome promo about how awesome he is, while Styles plays the bumbling fool. Tomko gets angry and tries to fire Styles up about their tag team match tonight. TNA World Champion Kurt Angle busts in and wants to borrow Tomko and Styles for backup, but Cage says they have their own problems. Sonjay Dutt comes in with his tambourine, collecting money for the Ebola virus breakout in Kenya. If you don’t know how the rest goes, have you ever watched wrestling before?

MATCH #6: Christian Cage vs. Chris Harris

They have an intense lockup and aggressively chain wrestle. Harris scores a knockdown with a shoulderblock for a two-count and they face off. The Wildcat stays in control, scoring a delayed vertical suplex for another near-fall. Cage takes a powder but Harris follows him out. They fight up the aisle and Harris back body drops Cage on the ramp. Back in the ring Harris comes back with a flapjack for another two-count. Cage slips out of a powerslam and pulls Harris’s groin into the ring post. Now the veteran Cage takes control, locking on an abdominal stretch. He breaks the hold and pitches Harris to the floor. Harris reverses an Irish whip and Christian’s knees crash into the steel steps. Back in the ring Harris misses a flying clothesline and Cage covers for two. Harris comes back with a bulldog and a lariat. Cage tries throwing Harris to the floor but the Wildcat lives up to his name and jumps up to the top rope for a cross body block for two. Cage begs off in the corner and scoops the legs for a two-count. Harris comes back and tries a superplex but Cage reverses to a gourdbuster for two. They trade finishing hold attempts and neither man can land his own, but Harris hits the Unprettier for two! Harris hits a Spear for another two-count. He tries another Spear but Cage leapfrogs him and Harris crashes into the post. Cage hits the Unprettier but Harris kicks out at two! He removes a turnbuckle pad but that gives Harris time to recover and he catapults Cage into it. Harris hits a Full Nelson Slam for another near-fall. The referee inadvertently gets knocked out of the way, giving Cage the opportunity to blast Harris with a chair and then he hits a Frog Splash for two! For some reason Dustin Rhodes is watching from up by the entrance, distracting everybody, referee included. Tomko comes out to further distract the referee and Rhodes hits Harris with something (the camera manages to miss it) and Cage gets a cradle for the pin at 12:29. That was going along just fine until the colossally stupid finish.
Rating: **¾

Borash gets a word (mostly yelling) with Sting and his tag team partner Abyss. They spent most of the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 in a bloody (and stupid) feud, and now they’re together. Why are strobe lights flashing in the background?

MATCH #7: Sting & Abyss vs. AJ Styles & Tomko

Abyss and Styles start the match. Styles uses his speed and agility to avoid the Monster. He tries a cross body block but it’s more like running into a brick wall. Sensing he can’t match up with Abyss at this point, Styles makes the tag to Tomko. The two big men square off and trade punches and then Sting tags himself in. Sting manhandles both Tomko and Styles and then tags Abyss for some double-teaming. Styles valiantly fights back against the much larger Abyss, but it’s Tomko who boots the big man down. Now Tomko and Abyss work Abyss over in their corner. After a few minutes Abyss makes the tag. Sting clotheslines Tomko to the floor and Abyss goes up to the top rope and Styles knocks him down right into Tomko. Styles goes for a springboard move and Sting pushes him to the floor, and then the Icon wipes out all three men with a dive. Back in the ring Styles blasts Sting with an enziguiri for two and then makes the tag. They work Sting over now with a variety of offense and near-falls. Styles tries a super hurricanrana but Sting blocks it and follows him down with a clothesline and they’re both down. Abyss gets the hot tag and goes to work on both guys. He chokeslams Tomko for a two-count. Styles fights back with the Pele and Tomko gets a two-count as Sting makes the save. The referee has lost control, as Tomko and Sting take it to the floor. Abyss hits Styles with the Shock Treatment and Tomko gets back in the ring to hit Abyss with a Khali Chokeslam. Sting is back in as well and takes Tomko down for the Scorpion Deathlock. Styles distracts the referee while Tomko taps out, and then he breaks up the hold. Sting dumps Styles to the floor while Abyss hits Tomko with the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 15:33. That was a solid tag team match but I hate how referees in TNA at some point arbitrarily stop enforcing the rules in every tag team march. Jim Mitchell comes out afterward to make some cryptic comments.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: Match of Champions – Kurt Angle & Samoa Joe vs. Team 3D

The stipulation is that whoever gets the pin will win the title of the person he pinned. If Kurt Angle or Samoa Joe gets the pin on Brother Ray or Brother Devon, they will get sole possession of the titles and get to choose their own partner. Angle is been the champion since 6.17.07 and this is his second defense; Joe has been the X-Division Champion since 6.21.07 and this is his first defense; Team 3D have been the tag champions since 4.15.07 and this is their sixth defense. On his way to the ring Angle runs into Havok and Martyr and asks them for backup, and when they laugh at him they get beaten up.

Joe and Devon start the match. They trade holds and strikes, and Joe looks to be the stronger competitor. He takes advantage and brings Devon over to the corner and begrudgingly tags Angle into the match. Devon comes back with a thumb to the eyes and tags Ray. Angle throws Ray around (no small feat) until Ray drives Angle back into the turnbuckles. The World champ comes back with a release German Suplex for two and then makes the tag. Joe and Angle are working surprisingly well together as a team. They continue making tags and work Devon over in their side of the ‘gon. After getting beaten up for a while Devon comes back with a spinebuster on Angle and goes for a cover but Ray pushes his own partner off the pin! Ray tags in and Angle tags Joe. Turnabout is fair play, as Ray hits Joe with a uranage and Devon pushes Ray off the pin. The crowd is chanting for Devon! The tag team champions get into a shouting match and Ray pushes Devon down slaps him, and then walks up the ramp. Of course Ray comes back and delivers a low blow to Joe and then the throw Angle from the ring to the floor. They reveal that the whole thing was a ruse and now they’re firmly in control. Joe fights back with a flying knee off the second rope but before he can make the tag Ray knocks Angle to the floor. Finally Joe avoids a charge in the corner and he makes the tag. Angle is fresh and fired up here. He throws the tag team champions around with belly-to-belly suplexes and the straps come down. He hits Devon with a super belly-to-belly suplex and Joe comes back in with a powerslam on Ray for two. Angle then gets a two-count on Devon, but HOW IS EVERYONE IN THE MATCH LEGAL EARL HEBNER? I hate that. Angle slams Devon down and hits the moonsault but Ray breaks up the pin. Ray tells Devon to get the tables, but that gives Angle a Joe the chance to grab them with dueling Ankle Locks. Ray breaks out of his and then Angle accidentally breaks up Joe’s. The tag champs hit Angle with the 3D but Rick Steiner pulls the referee to the floor – WTF? Devon goes to the floor to fight Rick, while Scott Steiner sneaks in the ring to blast Ray with a lead pipe. Joe covers for two and Angle breaks up that pin and slugs away at his own partner. Angle goes for the Olympic Slam and Joe takes out his knee and then steals the pin to take sole possession of the TNA World Tag Team Titles (he never did pick a partner) at 18:25. That was going along pretty well (though it would have been more effective with a better team than Team 3D), but then the finishing sequence completely took the match off the rails, which was sad.
Rating: **

BONUS MATCH: Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe & Team 3D vs. Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Tomko & Robert Roode, Impact, 7.12.07

Brother Devon and Roode start the match. They go back and forth for a bit and Devon hits a back elbow for two. Roode tags Cage and Devon takes him down with a shoulderblock for a two-count and then tags his brother. Team 3D hits Cage with a flapjack for another two-count. Ray hits a delayed vertical suplex for another two-count. Joe tags in goes to work, hitting Big Joe Combo #2. Then he hits the original Big Joe Combo. Tomko tags in and the big men start throwing haymakers. They trade kicks and Tomko tags Roode. Joe is all over Roode as well, looking dominant on everyone. He tags Devon and then argues with Ray. They take a commercial break and come back to Roode working on Devon. The heels take turns working Devon over in their half of the hexagon while Ms. Brooks cheers them on from ringside. Devon comes back with a tornado DDT on Tomko and makes the hot tag to the X-Division Champion. Joe is all over everyone, hitting Styles with a snap powerslam for two. He follows up with a powerbomb into the STF. The match breaks down to a brawl bur conspicuous by his absence from the fight is World Champion Kurt Angle. Team 3D hits the double-team neckbreaker on Roode, and then the Doomsday Device on Cage. Then they hit the 3D on Roode but Tomko prevents a cover. Joe grabs Tomko with a Death Valley Driver. Styles hits Joe with the Pele but then runs into a monster lariat. Joe hits Cage with a kick to the head and then he goes back to Styles. He catapults Styles into Cage, knocking him to the floor. Joe looks to finish Styles off with the Muscle Buster, but Angle tags himself in and clips Joe’s knee to take him out, and then makes the cover himself to get the win at 8:36 (shown). That was a hot TV main event and did a good job building tension between Angle, Joe and 3D.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Final Battle 2005 (Low Ki, KENTA) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/29/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2005-low-ki-kenta-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/29/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2005-low-ki-kenta-2/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:00:34 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171045 fb05

Inman Sports Club – Edison, New Jersey – Saturday, December 17, 2005

Dave Prazak and, ugh, Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Jimmy Rave vs. Milano Collection AT

Rave is accompanied by Prince Nana of course. They chain wrestle to start, as is often the case in Ring of Honor matches. Milano takes the early advantage and Rave has to regroup with Nana. It takes a moment for that to pan out, but Rave does take the advantage with a Northern Lariat. Momentum continues to shift back and forth between these two evenly matched athletes. Milano is a little bit flashier though, and his offense keeps the crowd keyed into the match. He hits a flurry of offense, including a high cross body off the top rope for two. Rave comes back with the STO Backbreaker and Ghanarrhea for a near-fall. Milano responds with a flying clothesline and a corkscrew quebrada. He drills Rave with a step-up enziguiri for two. Rave rolls through a piledriver attempt and hits the running knee. He follows with Greetings From Ghana to get the pin at 12:46. That was a rock solid opener that got the crowd going but didn’t do too much. I liked Milano Collection AT, but I wouldn’t have put the belt on him.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Colt Cabana vs. Azrieal

Cabana looks a little bit more serious, since he is in the middle of a brutal feud with Homicide. Azrieal is just happy to be there. They chain wrestle and stuff, and Cabana is generally dominant. Azrieal isn’t going down without a fight though. In fact Azrieal is able to hit the much larger Cabana with a Cradle Shock for a near-fall. Cabana grows weary with Azrieal’s persistance so he unloads a string of offensive maneuvers, culminating in a huge lariat to get the pin at 7:19. That was a perfectly inoffensive little TV-style matchup.
Rating: **

As Cabana and Azrieal shake hands, Homicide’s music hits and the Notorious 187 makes his way to the ring with his arm in s sling. Ricky Reyes is out with Homicide as well. Homicide rambles on about getting surgery, Steve Corino, and some other stuff. Then nothing happens and he leaves.

MATCH #3: ROH Pure Title Match – Nigel McGuinness vs. Claudio Castagnoli

McGuinness has been the Champion since 8.27.05, and this is his sixth defense. This is the second time Castagnoli has challenged McGuinness for the title. The Champion has the advantage in the early going, frustrating the challenger into issuing a slap to the face. McGuinness tries to trick referee Todd Sinclair into thinking Castagnoli punched him in the face, but outside referee Paul Turner saw McGuinness throw the punch, so the Champ is issued a warning. Moments later McGuinness once again tries to get away with throwing a right hand but Turner catches him again and McGuinness loses his first rope break. They wrestle on the mat and McGuinness tries to use the ropes out of Sinclair’s view, but Turner catches him for the third time and McGuinness has now used two rope breaks. Castagnoli tries a series of pinning combinations and gets two-counts. McGuinness takes a powder. Castagnoli tries a suicide dive but McGuinness pulls Turner in the way, wiping out that pesky second referee. McGuinness’ facial expression after that is priceless. The Champ goes to work on the arm now, likely to set up for That Arm Submission. Castagnoli uses his first rope break, and moments later uses his second. McGuinness tries the Mule Kick but Castagnoli catches it and slams the Champ to the canvas. Both men rise and trade strikes. Castagnoli gets the better of it. He hits McGuinness with his own Tower of London, and McGuinness uses his third rope break to avoid getting pinned. McGuinness tries the Jawbreaker Lariat and Castagnoli avoids it but Sinclair is not so lucky. Once again McGuinness tries to use the iron to his advantage but Castagnoli gets a hold of it and rams McGuinness’ head into it. That’s enough to get the pin at 14:37! Unfortunately for Castagnoli, Turner had come around enough to see the infraction, and awards the match to McGuinness via disqualification. That was a good deal of fun, as was usually the case with these two. The finish was a bit screwy, but it played off their previous match and built logically towards a third, so it’s all good by me.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: Steve Corino vs. Alex Shelley

Shelley has Prince Nana in his corner. Nana punches out Corino’s personal ring announcer so Corino returns the favor. Shelley attacks and the match is on. Corino quickly grounds Shelley and goes to work on the arm. The mach quickly spills to the floor and Shelley takes control. Shelley works the arm now, and keeps Corino off-balance with a variety of maneuvers. Corino fights back but can’t keep the advantage for very long. Every time Corino tries to fight up Shelley takes him right back down by the arm. Finally Corino catches Shelley with a boot to the face and an STO for two. Nana tries to interfere but it backfires. Corino clobbers Shelley with a lariat and then hits the Old School Expulsion. Nana jumps on the referee to avoid the three-count, but for some reason there is no disqualification called. The distraction allows Shelley to trap Corino in a cradle to get the pin at 11:06. That was solid if unspectacular.
Rating: **½

Immediately after the match Homicide makes his way out to attack Corino like he promised to do earlier. Homicide tries to pour Drain-O down Corino’s throat but Colt Cabana comes out to make the save. Julius Smokes attacks Cabana from behind and they pour the Drain-O down Cabana’s throat instead. That’s a pretty heinous thing to do.

MATCH #5: Four Corner Survival – BJ Whitmer vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Jay Lethal vs. Samoa Joe

Whitmer has Lacey in his corner and Daniels is accompanied by Allison Danger. Lethal avoids Joe in the early going due to their ongoing feud. Joe and Whitmer start the match proper. That goes well for Joe, and when Whitmer tries to tag out Lethal drops to the floor so Daniels gets tagged in instead. Daniels sends Joe to the floor and then takes it to Lethal. “The Fallen Angel” is looking good in the early going. The battle spills to the floor, where Lethal continues to avoid Joe. Back in the ring Lethal turns the tide on Daniels, and he works with Whitmer to wear him down. Lacey tries to interfere and Danger takes offense, triggering a cat fight in the ring. Whitmer puts his hands on Danger and Daniels drills him with a step-up enziguiri for his troubles. Joe tags in and he wants Lethal. He gets his wish and he tears into his former protege, throwing him around the ring. Lethal bails and Whitmer tosses Daniels to the floor. Joe turns his attention to Whitmer, hitting an STJoe for two. Whitmer hits an exploder for a near-fall. He goes low and takes Joe off his feet. Joe comes back with a nasty Death Valley Driver for two. Daniels and Lethal take over in the ring, as this one is getting hard to call. All four men are brawling in the ring until Joe and Daniels toss Lethal and Whitmer to the floor. Daniels and Joe tear into each other and when Lethal and Whitmer try to get back in the ring they toss them out again. Joe hits Daniels with the Muscle Buster on the TNA X Division Title belt, which was brought in the ring by Lethal. Whitmer cracks Joe with a chair behind the referee’s back. Lethal drills Whitmer with a springboard missile dropkick. He then goes up top and lands the diving headbutt on Daniels to get the pin at 15:03. That was suitably chaotic given the participants and the storylines of the time. Lethal going over was the right choice, and doing it in the slightly shady manner he did helps his character.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Ricky Reyes vs. Davey Andrews

Reyes attacks right away with kicks. The brawl continues but they cut away from the match to show Gary Michael Cappetta talking to Steve Corino, who is leaving the building. Corino basically says he’s afraid of Homicide so he’s outta here. Back from that odd interruption Reyes is still dominating. Andrews tries to come back with a powerslam but Reyes turns that into the Dragon Sleeper to get the win at 2:20. That’s almost hard to rate because they didn’t even show the entire match, but I don’t think we missed much.
Rating: ¼*

After the match Reyes uses a baseball bat to destroy the Top of the Class Trophy until Austin Aries and Roderick Strong come out to run him off. That segues nicely into the next match.

MATCH #7: ROH Tag Team Title Match – Tony Mamaluke & Sal Rinauro vs. Austin Aries & Roderick Strong

Rinauro and Mamaluke have been the Champions since 10.1.05, and this is their fifth defense. Strong and Mamaluke start the match. The duo of Mamaluke and Rinauro are remembered for having one of the lamest tag team title reigns ever. The Generation Next duo earned this title shot by beating Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal at A Night of Tribute. Strong and Mamaluke chain wrestle back and forth, as these two are familiar with each other from their matches in FIP. Rinauro tags in and he looks game, but Strong starts tying him up on the canvas. Strong and Aries are simply dominating here. Finally the Champs use some less than savory tactics to take the advantage on Aries. Mamaluke and Rinauro keep Aries in their half of the ring and away from Strong. After what seems like forever, Aries makes the hot tag and Strong is going ballistic in there. The Champs use their own version of the Hart Attack on Rinauro, but Mamaluke breaks up the cover. Aries hits Rinauro with the Finlay Roll and he goes up top. Mamaluke knocks him down and goes up to hit a huge superplex. The referee has lost control of this one. Mamaluke and Rinauro go for Au Revoir on Aries but Strong breaks it up with a big boot. Aries takes Mamaluke out with a Brainbuster. Strong punishes Rinauro with a half-nelson backbreaker. Aries follows with the 450 Splash to get the pin and win the titles at 18:19. All four men put in in quite the effort, but was the result ever seriously in question. It was pretty squash-tastic for the first 10 minutes, but they came around and made a decent show out of it.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: ROH World Title Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Danielson has been the Champion since 9.17.05, and this is his eighth defense. They immediately start chain wrestling and they appear pretty evenly matched in the early going. A chop exchange happens pretty quickly and things get heated. Danielson avoids a dropkick and then both men go for one at the same time but neither connects. They continue trading strikes, trying to establish who the alpha male is. Danielson takes Marufuji down to the mat and tries to hold him there. He throws in some knee strikes as well. Marufuji fights out and goes after the arm. They exchange slaps and Marufuji appears to slap harder. Marufuji throws some kicks in and keeps Danielson off balance. He pitches Danielson to the floor but gets pulled down face-first on the apron. Danielson goes for a suplex on the apron but Marufuji blocks it and goes for a sunset bomb to the floor. Luckily for Danielson he is able to block that, as there are no pads on the floor at all. Danielson takes advantage now, throwing Marufuji around ringside. Back in the ring Danielson covers for two. Danielson locks on the surfboard and stomps Marufuji’s quads. He continues the leg work, using a spinning toehold. Danielson hits an interesting looking DDT for a two-count and then goes back to the leg with a Figure-Four Leglock. Marufuji turns it over and Danielson rolls into the ropes to break the hold. Back on their feet Marufuji slaps the Champion, which just angers him. Marufuji lands a dropkick and then a basement dropkick. He goes for a super rana and Danielson pushes him off. Danielson tries coming off the ropes but Marufuji dropkicks him right out of the air. They battle over a suplex and Marufuji suplexes Danielson all the way to the floor. Marufuji tries a baseball slide out but Danielson avoids it and throws him into the barricade. Danielson then wipes Marufuji out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Danielson hits a missile dropkick and then a bridging Butterfly Suplex for two. Danielson sets Marufuji up top for the belly-to-back superplex but Marufuji slips out and puts Danielson in the Tree of Woe. Marufuji hits a sliding dropkick and then a big coast-to-coast dropkick. That gets a two-count. Marufuji hits a superkick and goes for Shiranui but can’t hit it. Danielson hits a roaring elbow and a bridging German Suplex for two. He follows up with Cattle Mutilation and Marufuji reaches the ropes. Danielson then lands the belly-to-back superplex and it gets two. He goes right back to Cattle Mutilation and turns it into a cradle for a near-fall. Danielson goes for a Regalplex but Marufuji reverses it and hits Shiranui! Marufuji is too worn down to cover, and both men struggle back to their feet. They trade pinning combinations and Danielson holds Marufuji down at 23:44. The match really picked up a lot in the second half. I think they could have done more, but since they were the semi-main and Low Ki versus KENTA was still to come I can see why they held back.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #9: GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match – KENTA vs. Low Ki

KENTA has been the Champion since 7.18.05. This is the first time the title has been defended in America, and the second time Low Ki has wrestled for it. They get aggressive with each other early on. Ki locks on an arm submission in the ropes but of course has to let it go. They chain wrestle back and forth, trying to establish dominance. Ki is the first to land some hard kicks but KENTA is quick to land some of his own. KENTA puts on a submission in the ropes, and then follows with a leaping lariat off the top rope for one. The fight spills to the floor and KENTA whips Ki into the barricade. Back in the ring KENTA hits the slingshot delayed kick to the head for a two-count. Ki responds with a rolling kick to the head from out of nowhere to take control. He knocks KENTA to the floor and follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring Ki resumes control as ten minutes have gone by. Jeez that was fast. Ki hits a double stomp out of a sunset flip for a two-count. He uses a bearhug on the mat and KENTA reaches the ropes. They go back to the floor and Ki drives KENTA hard into the barricade. Back in the ring Ki hits a hard double stomp to the back from the top rope. That was sick, but it only gets two. KENTA grabs Ki in a powerslam as 15 minutes have gone by. The momentum has shifted and KENTA is firmly in control, hitting a series of kicks. KENTA hits a springboard missile dropkick for two. He follows with a butterfly suplex and turns that into a cross armbreaker. Ki reaches the ropes. KENTA hits a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. He puts Ki up on the top rope but that backfires, as Ki is able to hit the Warrior’s Way! Ki makes a late cover and only gets two. He lands a series of chops. KENTA fires back but Ki cuts him off with a springboard kick to the back of the head for a two-count. Ki goes to the top rope but KENTA hops up there and hits a super Falcon Arrow! That gets a two-count as 20 minutes have gone by. Both men get up and trade strikes. KENTA wins that battle and gets two again. He picks Ki up but then runs right into a Ki Krusher, which gets a two-count. Ki hits the Tidal Crush and calls for the Ki Krusher but KENTA counters to a bridging Tiger Suplex for two! KENTA hits a series of strikes but Ki cuts him off with a shotgun dropkick. Ki goes up top and hits a HUGE double stomp but it only gets two! He goes up top again but misses the Phoenix Splash. KENTA hits Go 2 Sleep (hey, that’s the title of this DVD!) and then follows with the Busaiku Knee Kick for the pin at 24:59. That was tremendous stuff from both men, and one of the fastest 25 minute matches I’ve ever seen. This one holds up well over time.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Victory Road 2006 (Samoa Joe, Sting) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/29/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2006-samoa-joe-sting/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/29/a2z-analysiz-tna-victory-road-2006-samoa-joe-sting/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171041 Victory Road 2006

Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – Sunday, July 16, 2006

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Diamonds in the Rough vs. The Naturals

The Diamonds in the Rough are David Young & “Primetime” Elix Skipper, accompanied by Simon Diamond. The Naturals are being managed by Shane Douglas. He comes out first to ramble about some nonsense before introducing his team.

Young and Chase Stevens start the match. Stevens scores a couple of quick knockdowns and then makes the tag to Andy Douglas. Young makes the tag to Primetime and Douglas hits him with a bulldog. Stevens tags back in and the Naturals are using teamwork and quick tags to keep their opponents off balance. Skipper and Stevens battle on the floor and Young hits Stevens with a “backwards moonsault” (thanks Don). Back in the ring Skipper ducks a cross body block attempt and the Diamonds take control on Stevens. Tenay and West talk about how the Naturals were lost after Chris Candido passed away, but as I remember it they held the tag team titles for about six months. Stevens decides he would rather not make a hot tag and just forces his way into the corner to make the tag. Young sneaks in the ring and tires to hit Douglas but he ducks and Young hits his own partner instead. Douglas hits the Honor Roll for a two-count. He goes after Young, allowing Skipper to take control and set him up on the top rope. Stevens comes in illegally and Skipper forearms him. He recovers though and picks Skipper up in a powerbomb position, and Douglas climbs the top rope and hits a missile dropkick. That’s enough to get the pin at 5:28. That was a decent opener to get the crowd into it but it was more of a TV match.
Rating: **

Even though they won the match, Shane Douglas comes back out and criticizes the duo for reasons not exactly made clear. We cut over to Tenay and West, and they run down the four big matches tonight – the James Gang & Abyss vs. Team 3D; the hair versus hair match; the NWA Tag Team Title match; and the four-way main even match.

Backstage Jeremy Borash is with Christian Cage, who feels like he was cheated out of the NWA Title last month at Slammiversary. He promises to win the main event tonight and get his title back.

MATCH #2: Monty Brown vs. Rhino

They meet each other in the aisle and the fight is on. They brawl around ringside and Brown drops Rhino’s throat across the guardrail. Back in the ring Brown slugs away as the crowd chants “Rhino.” Brown goes for the POUNCE but Rhino ducks and the referee gets hit! Rhino knocks Brown to the floor and follows him out with a slingshot dive. Back in the ring they keep slugging at each other and Brown tries to wake up the referee but to no avail. Rhino hits Brown with a belly-to-belly suplex and sets up for the Gore but Brown moves and the referee takes the Gore too! They go back to the floor and trade punches in the aisle. They tumble into the crowd and keep fighting. Someone calls for the bell at 4:55 and this one is a no-contest as they continue fighting out of the building. That was actually a fun brawl that made me want to see them have a real match. Of course that’s the kind of match you put on TV to encourage people to buy the pay-per-view, but it’s TNA, I’ll take what I can get.
Rating: **

Jeremy Borash is backstage with Konnan, Homicide, and Hernandez, collectively known as the Latin American Xchange, or the LAX. Konnan cuts his usual awesome promo from this time period, reminding me how unbelievably hot this group was back in 2006-2007.

MATCH #3: LAX vs. Ron Killings & Sonjay Dutt

LAX is represented in the ring by Homicide & Hernandez. They attack right way and the battle spills to the floor. Homicide hits Dutt with the Tope Con Hilo. Killings follows with a Fosbury Flop of all things. Back in the ring Homicide and Killings slug it out. Killings gets a sunset flip for two, and they do the fish out of water sequence (sort of). He hits Homicide with a back body drop and then tags Dutt. They knock Hernandez off the apron and double dropkick Homicide for a two-count. Homicide comes back with a stun gun and makes the tag. Hernandez hits Dutt with the Crackerjack and tags Homicide right back in. They work Dutt over, keeping him away from his partner. Even Konnan takes a couple of cheap shots from the floor. After several minutes Dutt is able to make the hot tag and Truth is on fire. Homicide fights back with the Gringo Cutter for two. He goes for a superplex but Killings reverses it to a super gourdbuster instead. Dutt and Hernandez tag back in, and Dutt hits him with an Asai DDT. Homicide throws a chair in the ring and then Truth wipes him out with a corkscrew body block. Man, Truth is pulling out all the stops tonight. Dutt goes up top and Konnan hits him with the Slapjack. Hernandez grabs Dutt and hits him with a Border Toss, and it’s academic at 10:07. Well I didn’t expect much out of that match but these guys went all out for 10 minutes and I can appreciate that.
Rating: ***

Jeremy Borash is backstage with Scott Steiner, who says a bunch of stuff that makes varying degrees of sense. He yells a lot and then leaves.

Team Canada Dissolves

Scott D’Amore, Petey Williams, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, and A1 come out for one last hurrah together. Recently they lost an eight-man tag team match on iMPACT! to Jay Lethal, Rhino, and Team 3D with the stipulation that they would have to break up if they lost. D’Amore thanks Roode, and says he’s the hottest free agent in the business now. Roode more or less snubs Young on his way out. He moves on to Petey Williams, and tells him to get back to being dominant in the X-Division. Williams snubs Young altogether on his way out. The crowd supports Young however. A1 is next, and the crowd chants “you can’t wrestle.” He also refuses to shake Young’s hand. D’Amore then moves on to Eric Young, and he chastises him, blaming him for the downfall of Team Canada. He makes him return the Team Canada gear, even the pants. He tells Young that he’ll soon be fired. As soon as D’Amore leaves Young picks up the microphone. He sucks up to the crowd and starts a “Don’t Fire Eric” chant. Yeah this all actually happened on a show they asked people to pay for. I don’t get Eric Young.

West and Tenay announce that Bound for Glory will take place in Detroit, Michigan. They cut backstage where Jeremy Borash is with X-Division Champion Senshi. He says he will come out on top no matter who the former X-Division Champion Mystery Opponent is.

MATCH #4: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Senshi vs. Mystery Opponent

Senshi has been the champion since 6.22.06 and this is his first defense. The mystery opponent turns out to be Kazarian. Senshi immediately ties Kazarian’s arm up in a submission hold in the ropes but of course has to break. They take it down to the mat and exchange holds. That doesn’t last too long before they start throwing kicks and chops at each other. Kazarian hits a swinging neckbreaker for a one-count. Senshi blocks a suplex with knees to the head and then drops Kazarian gut-first across the top rope for a one-count. The champion is firmly in control now, wearing the challenger down with a variety of martial arts, wrestling, and submission holds. After several minutes Kazarian ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own, and then unloads a series of strikes and a springboard back elbow. He hits a step up kick to the chest, sending Senshi crumpling into the corner. He hits a dropkick to the chest for a two-count. Kazarian tries a sunset flip but Senshi counters with a huge double stomp, knocking the wind out of him. Senshi hits a series of knee strikes and drops Kazarian down to the mat. He unloads with Kawada kicks. He misses a charge in the corner and Kazarian hits a slingshot DDT for a near-fall. Kazarian puts Senshi on his shoulders, but Senshi slips out and hits an enziguiri and then the shotgun dropkick. Senshi goes up top and hits the Warrior’s Way and that’ll do it at 11:19. That was all around solid but not particularly exciting or anything.
Rating: **¾

Backstage Jeremy Borash is with Larry Zbyszko, proving that Larry is definitely there. He says not much and then that referee who wears shorts comes in and says more not much.

MATCH #5: Hair versus Hair Match – Raven vs. Larry Zbyszko

This feud went on for at least 16 years. Referee Slick Johnson trips Zbyszko for some reason but it goes nowhere. They lock up and take it to the corner so the ref breaks it up. Zbyszko kicks Raven in the gut, chokes him, and then gets a one-count. He works Raven over, using Dory Funk Jr.’s spinning toehold. Ironically, Dory Funk Jr. is in attendance tonight. Raven kicks his way out and the referee goes down as well. Zbyszko goes for the piledriver but Raven reverses to the Raven Effect but the referee can’t make a count. Raven tries to wake up the referee and Zbyszko hits a low blow. The referee recovers and counts two. Zbyszko argues and Raven gets a schoolboy rollup for two. The frustrated Zbyszko comes right back with a small package for two. Back on their feet Raven hits another Raven Effect and this time gets the pin at 3:51. That was pretty pointless.
Rating: ¾*

Zbyszko tries to run away from the barber chair but security brings him back kicking and screaming. They duct tape him to the chair and Raven takes great joy in shaving Zbyszko bald. Even Slick Johnson gets a piece of the action. I honestly don’t remember anything between Zbyszko and Johnson or why that would be a big deal.

We head to the back, where Jeremy Borash is with Kevin Nash, Alex Shelley, and Johnny Devine. They cut their usually sarcastic and awesomely hilarious promo. Nash and Shelley were such a great duo, it’s a shame there wasn’t really a blowoff to end that.

MATCH #6: Kevin Nash & Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin & Jay Lethal

By all rights this feud should have made Sabin a main event level star, but as usual with TNA they blew it. Michigan natives Shelley and Sabin start the match. They go back and forth but Sabin seems to be one step ahead so Shelley seeks comfort from his tag team partner. Nash and Lethal enter the fray and Nash surprises with an armdrag. Lethal comes back with a couple of dropkicks and tries a springboard cross body block but they kind of badly blow it. He picks Lethal up for a slam and Sabin comes in to dropkick Lethal’s back to knock Nash down. Shelley tries to defend his partner but Lethal and Sabin take him down and dropkick him in the face. Paparazzi Productions regroups on the floor, and we resume action with Lethal and Shelley in the ring. Shelley spits in Lethal’s face and takes control. That’s awesome. Lethal comes back with the hiptoss-cartwheel-dropkick and goes up top. Devine knocks him down, and then Shelley knocks Sabin off the apron as well. Nash and Shelley work Lethal over in their half of the ring, much to Sabin’s chagrin. Some heel miscommunication allows Lethal to make the hot tag, and Sabin is a house afire. All four men are in the ring, and Sabin hits the hesitation dropkick off Nash’s back right into Shelley’s face. Lethal hits Nash with the Diving Dynamite and Sabin follows up with a guillotine legdrop. They turn their attention to Shelley and double-team him. Devine tries to come to the rescue but he hits Shelley and then gets thrown to the floor and Lethal hits him with a dive. That leaves Sabin and Shelley in the ring. Sabin tries the Cradle Shock but settles for a jackknife pin (sort of) to get the victory at 9:03. I loved this feud and the dynamics of this match were solid. Nash, Shelley, and Devine beat up Sabin and Lethal after the match until agent Jerry Lynn comes out to make the save.
Rating: ***

Borash is backstage with all three members of Team 3D. Brother Ray screams “violence” a bunch of times and then yells some more. Then Devon says Oh My Brother Testify. I’m as shocked as you are.

MATCH #7: No Disqualification Grudge Match – Team 3D vs. The James Gang & Abyss

I’d say that the James Gang got the better third man than Team 3D did. Brother Devon and BG James start the match, and it’s a rather subdued start for a no-DQ match. Abyss tags in and Brother Runt begs for the tag. TNA obviously exaggerates Abyss’s height because on his toes Runt can almost look him in the eye. Runt avoids abuse briefly, but then Abyss simply picks him up and slams him to the mat. Ray tags in and puts on his serious face for to battle Abyss. He hits Abyss with a Rock Bottom for a two-count. He follows up with jabs and mocks BG, allowing Abyss to take control and start throwing people around. Abyss grabs Runt and hurls him into the crowd for some crowd surfing. Now the weapons come into play and the James Gang is in control. The idiots pause for a mid-match beer, allowing Ray and Devon to take over, and also take their beer. The fight migrates up the aisle briefly, and then they make it back to ringside. Back in the ring Ray uses a staple gun on Abyss’s head. Weapons are all over the place now and everyone is using them on someone. Team 3D executes the What’s Up on Abyss and then signal for the tables but BG and Kip take them out. The greedy crowd chants for fire. Team 3D set up for the 3D on Abyss, but Kip breaks it up with a kendo stick. Runt tries the Acid drop on Abyss, but Abyss blocks it and hits the Black Hole Slam on the table (which doesn’t break) for the pin at 10:26. That was a decent garbage match but nothing more.
Rating: **½

Backstage Borash is with America’s Most Wanted, who will challenge for their seventh NWA Tag Team Titles tonight. Harris tells Storm to leave the beer in the back tonight because of what happened at Slammiversary when they lost the titles because of a beer bottle.

MATCH #8: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – America’s Most Wanted & Gail Kim vs. AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels & Sirelda

AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels have been the champions since 6.18.06 and this is their second defense. I’m sorry, she’s a nice girl and all but Sirelda just looks so out of place standing with Styles and Daniels. Storm and Styles start the match and it looks like Styles is going to hit his usual dropkick sequence but Storm avoids it and tags Harris. Moments later Storm sneaks back in the ring to try a double team and this time gets hit with the dropkick. Daniels tags in and they hit Harris with a double hiptoss. He then lets Harris get back to his feet and tag Gail Kim, who walks over and slaps Sirelda in the face. Daniels then tags Sirelda into the match, but Kim runs and tags Storm. Nothing happens there so Storm tags Harris. Kim comes in to take a cheap shot and then Harris pulls Sirelda down by the hair. Styles and Daniels come in as well as all six wrestlers are in the ring. They knock AMW and Gail Kim into the threesome position, much to Kim’s horror. The champions are firmly in control, working Storm over now. Storm seeks comfort from Kim, so Styles brings her in the ring for a spanking. Harris breaks it up and Kim hits Styles with a low blow. Styles comes back and hits Harris with a running clothesline in the corner. He tries another one but Harris catches him coming in and hits him with a spinebuster. Kim tags in and kicks away at Styles, then locks him in a headscissors like submission move. Styles reaches the ropes and then Storm tags in. Harris interferes from the floor, dropping Styles across the top rope on a springboard attempt and Storm gets a two-count. AMW takes control now, working Styles over. Styles comes back with a slingshot springboard flipping inverted DDT (really). Daniels tags in and he’s on fire. He hits Storm with a Death Valley Driver for two. Kim and Sirelda come in and the match breaks down. Kim hits Daniels with a hurricanrana, and then Sirelda clotheslines Kim out of her boots. Harris clotheslines Sirelda. Styles hits Harris with the springboard lariat. Storm hits Styles with a spinning Flatliner. Daniels comes back and locks Storm in the Koji Clutch. AMW comes back and sets up the Death Sentence but Styles breaks up Harris’s end up of it, but Kim completes the move with Storm for a two-count. They go for a Hart Attack and Styles breaks it up, only to eat a clothesline himself. Harris tries to hit Daniels with handcuffs but Daniels ducks and hits the Angels Wings for two. Sirelda hits Kim with a Chokeslam, and Storm hits her with a superkick. Styles flies in with a cross body block on Storm for two. Storm comes back with the Eye of the Storm for a two-count. He goes outside the ring for a beer bottle and tries to hit Styles but he ducks and almost hits a pissed off Harris. Heel miscommunication leads to Styles getting a schoolboy rollup for two. More heel miscommunication sees Harris throwing a chair in Storm’s face and Styles jackknife pins him to retain the titles at 12:01. That lacked the emotion of the great Slammiversary match and I have to say that the women dragged it down a bit. But still, AMW versus Styles and Daniels is pretty much always good.
Rating: ***

Borash gets a word with Samoa Joe backstage, who tells his opponents to heed the warnings of the crowd: “Joe’s Gonna Kill You.”

MATCH #9: Four Way Match – Sting vs. Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner

The winner gets a shot at Jeff Jarrett’s NWA World Title at Hard Justice on August 13. Sting paid off with Joe in the ring while Cage and Steiner take it to the floor. It doesn’t take long for Sting to try the Scorpion Deathlock on Joe, but Steiner comes in to break it up. Steiner suplexes Sting and kicks him to the floor. Cage comes in and clotheslines Steiner to the floor. Joe and Cage battle in the ring now while Sting and Steiner fight up in the aisle. After a few minutes they trade places and Joe and Cage head into the crowd. A cameraman comes in the ring and squirts gasoline into Sting’s eyes, and it turns out that the cameraman is NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett! Security and officials come out and take Sting to the back. Gee I wonder who’s going to win now. Jarrett leaves the arena running. Back to the ring, Joe hits Steiner with the Big Joe Combo. Cage comes back in and hits Joe with a Spear for two. Joe comes back and they trade finisher attempts but neither man can connect. Cage beats Joe down in the corner, and then Steiner pulls Cage to the floor. Joe takes the opportunity to wipe them both out with a suicide dive. He sets up a table and brings Steiner to the apron, but Steiner counters with a DDT on the apron. Steiner sets Joe on the table and hits an elbow off the apron to break the table! Cage recovers and throws Steiner in the ring for a two-count. So this match is for a title shot, but why doesn’t Christian Cage have an automatic rematch? Steiner comes back with a powerslam on Cage for a two-count. He brings Cage up to the top rope for a super Samoan Drop and Cage takes a hard landing on his shoulder. Joe comes back in the ring and tries to cover both men and gets two-counts. He’s got a little blood coming from his forehead. Cage comes back with a drop toehold and goes up top but misses a Frog Splash. Steiner hits Cage with a lariat and Joe hits Steiner with one. Cage comes back and uses Steiner to send Joe to the floor, and then gets a two-count on Steiner. He tries the Unprettier but Steiner reverses it to a belly-to-belly suplex. Steiner locks on the Steiner Recliner (terrible), and Joe breaks it up by pulling Steiner into the Choke! Cage goes up top and Joe spots him and goes up as well. Steiner starts throwing punches at them as Sting makes his way back with his head all taped up. Sting knocks Joe to the floor and then Cage hits Steiner with a Frog Splash but Sting breaks up the pin. Steiner dumps Joe and Cage to the floor but then falls victim to the Scorpion Death Drop and Sting gets the win at 14:08. That was mostly non-stop action and I don’t mind that Sting wasn’t out there very much on account of I hate Sting. Cage gets back in the ring and shakes Sting’s hand.
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Pennsylvania National Guard Armory – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sunday, December 26, 2004

Jimmy Bower and CM Punk are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Trent Acid vs. Jimmy Jacobs

They start with some shenanigans and quickly transition into mat wrestling. Acid delivers a couple of armdrags and then taunts Jacobs and pays for it. Jacobs knocks Acid off the apron and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Acid comes back by powerslamming Jacobs into the steel barricade. Back in the ring Acid tries to keep Jacobs on the mat. Jacobs fights up and tries the Contra Code but Acid blocks it and hits a superkick. Acid follows with a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. The crowd HUSSes Jacobs back into the match. Jacobs misses a Big Boot and Acid hits a Yakuza Kick for two. Acid pulled Jacobs up for some reason. He goes for the Shovel Driver but Jacobs slips out and hits the Contra Code to get the pin at 6:00. That was okay for a match with no build of any kind, but I don’t understand why it was necessary for Acid to pick Jacobs up from that last cover. It kind of makes Jacobs look bad. Other than that this was fine.
Rating: **¼

Acid is so disgusted with his recent losing streak and inability to beat that goof Jimmy Jacobs, so he profanely quits Ring of Honor. I think that really was his last appearance with the company.

MATCH #2: Lacey & Deranged vs. Becky & Angel Dust

I believe this is ROH’s first mixed tag team match. The men start it off. They chain wrestle and the girls take cheap shots when they can. The pace quickens and the action gets a little too fast to call. Angell Dust drops Deranged on his face and then hits a double stomp to the back of the head. Deranged fights back with a modified tornado DDT and a slingshot springboard double stomp to a standing Angel Dust. Lacey gets a tag and she’s not she about going after Angel Dust. Deranged goes for a super hurricanrana but Angel Dust shoves him down and hits a double stomp to the face. The women get the tags and it’s Cat Fight time. Becky takes advantage and Deranged has to pull her off a cover. She slaps Deranged and gets knocked on her ass for her troubles. Angel Dust comes to her rescue and takes out all the Special K members at ringside with a dive. Meanwhile, Deranged trips Becky up, allowing Lacey to hit the Implant DDT to ge the pin at 7:40. That was solid and well put together given the participants.
Rating: **½

After the match Special K looks to attack Lacey, but Dunn & Marcos make the save and beat up on Cheech. They rocked him like a hurricane.

MATCH #3: Homicide vs. Josh Daniels

They start with some chain wrestling, but things get heated and both men throw some strikes into the mix as well. Daniels takes the early advantage and grinds on Homicide with a headlock. He hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Homicide fights back and targets the left arm. He goes up to the top rope and misses a diving headbutt. Daniels capitalizes with a hard clothesline and a back body drop. He tries his own diving headbutt but he also misses. Homicide tries the Lariat but Daniels ducks and hits a German Suplex for two. Daniels tries another Northern Lights Suplex and Homicide counters with an Ace Crusher for two. Homicide goes back to the arm but Daniels grabs a Dragon Suplex for a two-count. Moments later Homicide traps Daniels in a Key Lock and Daniels has to tap out at 10:19. That was a solid showing for Daniels, as Homicide gave him a good amount of offense. Homicide also worked the arm throughout the match and won with an arm submission, so good on them.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: ROH Pure Title Match – John Walters vs. Jimmy Rave

Walters has been the Champion since 8.28.04, and this is his fifth defense. Rave is accompanied by Prince Nana and The Outcast Killaz. These two faced off at All-Star Extravaganza 2 just a couple of weeks ago, where Walters won via countout. Rave takes control early and throws the first punch, earning a warning from referee Todd Sinclair. Walters fights back with chops and takes Rave down with a side headlock. He locks on a particularly painful submission hold right near the ropes and Rave is forced to use his first rope break. Rave responds by hitting a spinning vertical suplex. He takes control now, keeping Walters grounded, and poking him in the eyes when he tries a comeback. Rave dumps Walters to the floor, where there is a 20 count during Pure Title matches. He hits a flying knee off the apron and Walters makes it back to the ring at the count of 19. Rave covers right near the ropes and Walters uses his first rope break. Walters gets fired up and unleashes a flurry of offense, including Snake Eyes and a huge clothesline for two. He covers again and this time Rave uses his second rope break. Walters hits the Hurricane DDT for another two-count. He goes up top but Rave knocks him down. Rave goes for the Rave Clash but Walters escapes. The Crown Jewel of the Embassy puts on a guillotine-like submission and Walters uses his second rope break. Rave then locks on a Crossface and Walters uses his third and final rope break. Walters comes back and locks on a Sharpshooter. Rave uses his third and final rope break. The ropes are in play now for both men. Rave uses an O’Connor Roll with the ropes for leverage but only gets two. He goes up top but Walters knocks him down and ties him up in a submission hold. Walters is outside the ring during the hold, so he is risking countout. For some reason Rave holds on until 19 and then taps out, giving Walters the win at 11:31. I have a hard time buying that Rave could hold on for 19 seconds in the hold bu wouldn’t wait one more second to win the title. I appreciate points for effort on a creative finish, but it didn’t work for me. The match was solid stuff but not quite as good as their previous encounter.
Rating: ***

Nana gets in the ring and puts over Rave and his efforts tonight. He then switches gears and offers Walters a spot in The Embassy. Walters is convinced and he joins! Good for him, Nana made a convincing case.

MATCH #5: Fight Without Honor – Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew

Loc pairs off with Whitmer while Maff and DeVito do battle in the early going. They all take it to the floor and engage in various levels of brutality. Maff is the first one to use a chair, and he also brings out a ladder. More brawling and hardcore activity continues with little rhyme or reason. Loc and DeVito take control for a good amount of time and use plenty of weapons to their advantage. Ladders get set up and all four men climb up and slug it out. Maff and Loc fall down crotch first on the top rope, and DeVito takes Whitmer down with a Side Effect. All four men are down. Mick Foley makes his way out to take the attention away from the wrestlers. He cuts a promo to reveal a Christmas stocking full of thumb tacks. DeVito hits an Ace Crusher pretty close to the tack pile for a two-count. Things get crazy when Loc delivers a neckbreaker to Maff, from the apron through a table on the floor. Back in the ring Whitmer hits the Wrist-Clutch Exploder on a pile of tacks for the pin at 14:48. That was lightly better than the Boston Street Fight, but mostly more of the same. Foley coming out there was just weird and unnecessary, it just felt forced.
Rating: *½

The Foley – Steamboat Confrontation

Foley gets on the mic to put everyone over, and the wrestlers shake hands and return the favor to Foley, the Hardcore Legend. Ricky Steamboat, fresh off the announcement that he will be returning to WWE as an agent, comes out to tie up the loose end of the hardcore wrestling versus scientific “feud” the two legends had. Foley appeals to Steamboat’s past hardcore matches with the likes of Wahoo McDaniel and the Hollywood Blonds, among others. He says that ROH doesn’t always stand for Ring of Hardcore, but he wants Steamboat to admit that it sometimes does. Foley takes unnecessary shots at Heidenreich, Snitsky, and Luther Reigns. Steamboat agrees that hardcore wrestling is okay in small doses. Then they shake hands. Wow, what an exciting climax for the feud. Foley then calls out Samoa Joe, the ROH World Champion. He says that when Ric Flair punches him in the mouth he deserved it for disrespecting a legend, and he wants to offer Joe a chance to apologize. Foley talks down to Joe and offers a handshake. Joe makes nice and then sucker punches Foley! That makes Foley angry and it looks like they’re going to fight but Steamboat stands in between them. Joe tells Foley to call him when he’s ready to wrestle. Sadly, the Foley versus Joe match never happened.

MATCH #6: Jay Lethal vs. Weapon of Mask Destruction #2

WMD #2 attacks right away and they trade control a bit in the opening minute. Lethal hits the first big strike with a dropkick. WMD #2 comes back with a back elbow smash. He drills Lethal with a dropkick to the back of the head for two. WMD #2 keeps Lethal on the mat and uses his generic (the he) offense to wear him down. He goes up top and misses a moonsault. Both men are down. Back on their feet Lethal fires up and tries the Dragon Suplex but can’t connect. Lethal can hit a big clothesline though and that gets two. He hits a leaping DDT from the second rope for another two-count. WMD #2 comes back with a Fisherman Buster for two. Lethal responds with the Dragon Suplex to get the pin at 6:22. That was another solid win for Lethal and a fine way to come back from intermission.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: CM Punk & Steve Corino vs. Alex Shelley & Roderick Strong

Punk and Corino have Traci Brooks and some random students with them. I believe this Corino’s first match since defeating Homicide in a Barbed Wire match last November at War of the Wire/i>. Corino and Strong start it off and they wrestle on the mat and trade strikes. Whenever Corino tries to tag Punk in, Punk stays in for a matter of second an tags back out, exposing Corino’s poor endurance. On the third try Corino ducks, leaving Punk in the ring to battle Generation Next. Punk and Corino continue their shenannigans while Shelley and Strong try to win the match. Generation Next is able to isolate Punk in their half of the ring. After several minutes of abuse Punk is able to hit the Pepsi Twist. Corino gets the hot tag and he is a house afire. Strong cuts him off with a backbreaker for a two-count. Shelley misses a Frog Splash and Corino makes the tag. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring, and all four men get taken down. Back on their feet Punk hits Shelley with Welcome to Chicgo Mutherfucker for two. Punk follows with a Mule Kick and an enziguiri for another two-count. He puts on the Anaconda Vise but Shelley escapes with Strong’s help and hits Shellshock for two. Corino and Strong take the fight to their floor. Strong comes back in to hit Punk with a backbreaker and Shelley covers for two. Corino comes in and Shelley tries a Tornado DDT but Corino catches him and Punk flies in with the Hart Attack. Punk then locks on the Anaconda Vise and Shelley taps out at 17:32. That was a solid formula tag match with some neat stuff at the beginning and a hot ending.
Rating: ***¼

Austin Aries comes out to talk to Shelley, who hasn’t been around much in recent months. Aries says he’s going to take the top spot in ROH by defeating Samoa Joe later on to win the ROH World Title. He says that he also wants Shelley’s spot, and offers him five seconds to leave. Aries sucker punches Shelley and Strong pulls him off. Strong then hits Shelley with a huge backbreaker! Aries officially kicks Shelley out of Generation Next and takes his place as leader!

MATCH #8: Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki

Ki is accompanied by Julius Smokes. They aggressively wrestle on the mat to start. Ki takes the first sustained advantage as the match stays on the mat, much like their first singles match in ROH at Round Robin Challenge. He focuses on Danielson’s left arm and viciously attacks it. Danielson fights back with a series of kicks. Ki cuts him off with a dropkick right to the arm. Danielson tries to fight back but only has use of one arm at this point. Finally Danielson has had enough and he gets angry. Danielson attacks KI’s knee, which should help subdue his kicks. He brings Ki up to the top rope and hits a superplex. Ki tries to use the Dragon Clutch but Danielson airplane spins him and both men spill hard to the floor. They fight into the crowd, where Danielson executes a roving Airplane Spin. As they get close to the entrance, Homicide and Julius Smokes bust out and interfere. Homicide uses a chair to beat on Danielson, and Jay Lethal comes out to brawl with Homicide. Danielson gets helped to the back, while Ki threatens the referee to declare him the winner. Ki knocks Hanson out and then chokes him with a belt. I never heard a closing bell, but I think it was a no-contest around 20 minutes in. This was similar yet different from their aforementioned match in 2002, as this one was much more hate-filled. The finish being inconclusive was kind of a bummer, but ROH very rarely used something like this (and I think they later changed it to a DQ win for Danielson), so that at least helped the match feel unique.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #9: ROH World Title Match – Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries

Joe has been the Champion since 3.22.03, and this is his thirtieth defense. Aries starts off hot and attacks Joe right away. Joe fights right back and plants Aries on the mat. Jay Lethal is in Joe’s corner and Roderick Strong is in Aries’ corner. Aries and Joe take it down to the mat and trade holds. Joe uses his power to dominate and tries the Big Joe Combo but he misses the knee. Aries goes back to the headlock, trying CM Punk’s strategy. Joe also uses a headlock. They criss-cross the ropes and Aries lands a dropkick to the knee. Aries zeroes in on the knee, which is pretty good strategy. He tries the shinbreaker / belly-to-back suplex combo but Joe blocks the suplex and hits an enziguiri. Joe goes to work with strikes and hits the Face Wash. Aries tries to fight back but Joe cuts him off and sends him to the floor. Joe goes for a dive but Aries avoids it and goes for one of his own, but Joe catches him with an enziguiri. The Champ hits the Ole Kick twice, but misses his third attempt. Aries knocks Joe back into the chair and hits an IED. Back in the ring Aries hits the slingshot elbow but Joe catches him in the Choke! Aries escapes out of that but runs right into a snap powerslam for two. Joe tries a powerbomb but Aries reverses to a rana for a near-fall. Aries hits a running dropkick that sends Joe into the corner, and then hits two IEDs in a row. On the third attempt Joe catches Aries and hits the Island Driver but it only gets two! The crowd cheers for both men, but when they cheer for Aries it just irritates Joe. They fight up on the top rope and Aries knocks Joe down and hits the 450! Joe kicks out at two! Aries gets knocked to the apron but comes back in with a sunset flip for a two-count, and then locks on the Samoan Crab! Joe powers out of the move, but Aries is tenacious and locks on the Fish Hook. That’s an illegal hold so he has to break it. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Joe blocks it and sets Aries on the top rope. Joe unleashes a series of strikes and goes for the Muscle Buster but Aries counters with a crucifix bomb. Aries hits a series of strikes and kicks Joe down to his knees. He lands a kick to the head, the Brainbuster, and a 450 Splash to get the pin and become the fourth ROH World Champion at 17:29! This one holds up really well, with great strategy and emotion from both guys and a hot crowd to match. It was a fitting end to Joe’s epic, company-defining title reign. Ever the company man, Joe goes out of his way to put Aries over after the match, even strapping the title on him as the crowd chants “ROH.”
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Final Battle 2003 (Christopher Daniels, Great Muta) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/28/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2003-christopher-daniels-great-muta/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/28/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2003-christopher-daniels-great-muta/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171033 fb03

National Guard Armory – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Saturday, December 27, 2003

Samoa Joe’s Ring

This is the first edition of Samoa Joe’s Ring. Joe wants to demonstrate some of the moves that he uses, and he has Oman Tortuga, one half of the Outcast Killaz, as his guest. That goes poorly for Tortuga, who gets put in the Choke. Joe threatens Mark Briscoe, his opponent tonight, and Tortuga heads for the hills.

Chris Lovey and CM Punk are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Bryan Danielson vs. Jay Briscoe

Jay is one half of the ROH Tag Tam Champions. They start aggressively chain wrestling right away. Danielson goes for an early Cattle Mutilation but Jay is able to avoid it. Jay tries to keep pace with the American Dragon on the mat, but that’s a tough task for anyone to manage. Danielson lands a hard dropkick for two and then starts attacking the arm. Jay fights back and goes after the neck. He hits a vertical suplex and a hard clothesline for a two-count. Danielson gets fired up and throws some European Uppercuts. Jay cuts him off and hits a hangman’s neckbreaker. Danielson fights right back with a ridiculous European Uppercut and then he unleashes the Airplane Spin. He follows up with the diving headbutt for two. Danielson goes for a roaring forearm but Jay blocks it and they trade slaps. Jay goes to the eyes and hits a Falcon Arrow for two. He follows with a Mafia Kick for two. Now Jay tries the Jay Driller but Danielson blocks it but can’t block a second Mafia Kick. Danielson then hits a Dragon Suplex from out of nowhere and locks on Cattle Mutilation for the win at 13:35. The finish came out of nowhere but aside from that this was a hot opener.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Fight Without Honor – Xavier vs. John Walters

Walters attacks during Xavier’s entrance and we’re off and running. They take the fight into the ring and Walters is too fired up to be stopped in the early going. It doesn’t take long for the hated rivals to head back to the floor, where Walters continues to dominate. Back in the ring Walters tries to use a chair but Xavier avoids it. Xavier takes control now and Prince Nana comes out to watch for some reason. A ladder gets involved and Walters is able to hurl it into Xavier’s face. Xavier tries to hit a piledriver but Walters counters with an Alabama Slam right on the ladder! The ladder gets set between the ring apron and the guardrail, and this time its Walters feeling the steel. Out on the floor Xavier resets the ladder between the apron and the guardrail and hits a nice springboard Arabian Press. Back in the ring Walters fights back with a Codebreaker. Walters clotheslines Xavier and both men tumble to the floor. He sets up a table but doesn’t use it and they get back on the ring. Xavier tries to fight back but Walters hits the Hurricane DDT right onto the steel chair! Walters follows with a sick chair shot to the head that busts Xavier wide open. Now Walters locks on a submission hold with an assist from the chair. Walters tries to suplex Xavier from the ring through the table on the floor but Xavier fights him off. Xavier knocks Walters back onto the table and hits a springboard 450 splash! That was awesome. Back in the ring Xavier seems to be a little bit better off than Walters. Xavier goes outside and Nana helps him get another ladder out. He sets up the ladder in the ring and climbs, but Walters brings him down with a Lungblower! That gets two for Walters when Nana pulls referee Paul Turner to the floor. Turner shoves Nana down but the match still continues. Walters brings the first ladder back in the ring and sets up it horizontally in the corner. Xavier hits Walters with the X-Breaker for two. They fight up on the top rope and Xavier hits a Super Kiss Your X Goodbye. Xavier chooses not to cover, instead setting up the broken ladder horizontally in the corner. He sets the other ladder up right near the other. Nana puts a chair on top of the horizontal ladder. Xavier and Walters both climb the upright ladder and slug it out. Walters hits an ill-advised Sunset Bomb off the ladder that just looked sick for everyone. I’d say that’s a finisher, and it is at 18:44. That totally surprised a lot of people, because this was way better than most thought it would be. These two had a nice little midcard feud that had produced some okay matches, but they built logically to the Fight Without Honor and the climax of the feud delivered in spades. Walters looked like a million ROH bucks after this.
Rating: ****

After the match, Walters wants Xavier to shake his hand. Nana says that he and Xavier are starting a group called The Embassy and they will see Walters again. Xavier shows Walters respect and shakes his hand.

MATCH #3: Field of Honor Tournament Final Match – Matt Stryker vs. BJ Whitmer

Stryker and Whitmer wrestled in a couple of Four Corner Survival matches in the spring, and then first wrestled each other in a singles match back in August in an attempt to qualify for the Field of Honor. They wrestled to a time-limit draw so they both earned a spot. In the actual tournament, Stryker beat John Walters, Chris Sabin, and Xavier to go 3-0 and win Block A. Whitmer beat Jimmy Rave and Dan Maff, but lost to Colt Cabana. Maff, Cabana, and Whitmer all finished 2-1 and had to face each other in a three-way match to determine the winner of Block B, and Whitmer emerged triumphant there to come into this match with a 3-1 record. At War of the Wire, Whitmer defeated Stryker as part of a gauntlet and looked particularly vicious in doing so, which nicely puts some heat on this match.

They start with some chain wrestling and show off how evenly matched they are. Stryker attacks the arm and starts wearing Whitmer down. He throws Whitmer to the floor and wipes him out with a dive, which is slightly unusual for him. Whitmer reverses a whip and sends Stryker into the ring post. Back in the ring Whitmer goes after Stryker’s arm, and Stryker responds by going after Whitmer’s braced left knee. They spill back to the floor and Stryker continues to decimate Whitmer’s knee. After several minutes of abuse Whitmer is able to connect with a Golden Gate Swing. Both men are down and Whitmer is getting a much needed breather. Back on their feet Whitmer is in control. Whitmer tries the Wrist-Clutch Exploder but his injured leg won’t allow him to complete it. Stryker takes advantage and unloads with a flurry of offense. He cinches on the Stryker Lock and Whitmer taps out at 18:09. I feel like the Field of Honor gets dumped on a lot, but really it’s a great concept that produced some pretty good matches, this one included. Sure, the long term Matt Stryker push didn’t exactly pan out, but there was no reason not to give it a shot.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: ROH World Title Match – Samoa Joe vs. Mark Briscoe

Joe has been the Champion since 3.22.03, and this is his eleventh defense. Mark earned this title shot by pinning Joe in a tag title match at The Conclusion. Joe attacks right away and we’re off and running. They go right to the floor and Joe tries an Ole Kick but Mark wisely rolls back inside. The match calms down a little bit but they are still aggressive in their chain wrestling. They wrestle to a stalemate. Mark then takes control and gets quite a bit of offense in. He even utilizes the Face Wash, which just angers the Champ. Joe slaps Mark back to the floor and goes for the Ole Kick again but this time Jay pulls his brother out of harm’s way. Joe is rightfully pissed. Back in the ring Joe hits the STJoe and the Big Joe Combo for a two-count. Joe is dominant now, working Mark over with a variety of offense. Mark comes back with a uranage slam from out of nowhere for two. He follows with a back elbow and a vertical suplex for another two-count. Joe comes back with the snap powerslam and a kick that sends Mark to the floor. He follows him out with the Elbow Suicida but actually hits Jay with it! That allows Joe to finally hit the Ole Kick. Joe grabs a cell phone to tell someone all about it. That’s awesome. Back in the ring Joe covers for two. Joe executes the rolling sunset flip for another two-count. He hits a powerbomb and quickly turns it into the STF. Mark reaches the ropes. They get up and trade some strikes, and Joe emphatically wins that battle. Joe covers for two. Mark hits a release German Suplex for two. He follows with a Back Drop Driver for another two-count. Mark tries the Cutthroat Driver but Joe slips out and hits a series of knees and a kick to the chest for a near-fall. Joe follows with a bridging Dragon Suplex for two. He unloads with a series of strikes and locks on the Choke. Mark passes out at 14:43. This started off strong but lagged by the end. Mark was also hardly a threat to the title at this point, so this was just a placeholder title defense for sure. A well executed one, but still.
Rating: ***

CM Punk makes his way down and he still wants to know who took Lucy out all those months ago. Joe doesn’t take too kindly to Punk’s interruption. Punk calls out Christopher Daniels but Joe doesn’t want to see that either. Joe makes his point and then leaves, but Christopher Daniels, Dan Maff, and Allison Danger meet him in the aisle and a fight breaks out. Daniels and Punk take their brawl into the ring and Daniels takes control. Colt Cabana comes out to make the save. Danger tries to protect Daniels but Punk and Cabana choke her like a rag doll. Punk literally threatens to kill Allison Danger if Daniels doesn’t tell him who was behind the attack in August. BJ Whitmer comes out wielding a chair and reveals himself as the newest member of The Prophecy and the man who took out Lucy! Whitmer had reason to be angry with Punk dating back to The Epic Encounter when Punk German Suplexed him off the apron and through a table. Punk talke dtrash to Whitmer consistently afterwards. Maff is upset, because he swore on his father’s memory that The Prophecy had nothing to do with it. Daniels explains that he didn’t want Maff to know so that Maff could believably deny any wrongdoing. Maff eventually comes around and the new Prophecy is born.

MATCH #5: CM Punk & Colt Cabana vs. Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto

Cabana and Miyamoto start the match with some fast-paced chain wrestling. Punk and Honma tag in and things get heated fairly quickly. Honma takes the advantage and they spill to the floor. Punk reverses a whip and sends Honma into the guardrail. Miyamoto tags in and Punk takes him down. Cabana comes in and the Second City Saints are in control. After several minutes Miyamoto is able to reverse a vertical suplex and the hot tag is made. Honma is a house afire. The referee loses control a bit as the momentum shifts back and forth between Honma and Cabana. Miyamoto comes in and Cabana gets him with a hurricanrana for two. It doesn’t take long for Miyamoto to make the comeback and the crowd is into him. Miyamoto goes up top and hits a Swanton Bomb for two. Cabana fights out and both men knock each other down. Tags are made and Punk and Honma tear into each other. Punk knocks Honma to the floor and looks for a dive but Miyamoto cuts him off with a Spear. The action comes flying in from all over the place and the referee has no control. Honma hits Punk with a Blockbuster for two. He and Miyamoto hit Punk with a superduperplex for a two-count when Cabana breaks up the cover. Miyamoto misses a dive on Cabana to the floor, and Cabana lands an Asai Moonsault. Punk and Honma go back and forth and Punk hits the Pepsi Twist for two. Miyamoto comes in the ring but Cabana dumps him to the floor. Punk then hits Honma with the Pepsi Plunge to get the pin at 16:35. ROH takes a 1-0 in the four match series. That was a really fun tag team encounter, with a fast pace throughout and a hot crowd.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: AJ Styles vs. Kaz Hayashi

They start with some aggressive chain wrestling. Styles strikes first with a hard dropkick, but Hayashi fights back with one of his own that sends Styles to the floor. Hayashi tries to whip Styles into the guradrail but Styles hops over the railing and disappears into the crowd. Back in the ring they trade chops and then step it up to forearms. Styles hits a spin kick to win that battle. Hayashi hits his own spin kick and follows up with a hard brainbuster. That gives Hayashi the advantage and he begins to wear Styles down. Hayashi hits a piledriver for a two-count. Moments later Styles hit sa modified tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two-count. Momentum swings again and Hayashi hits an ugly slingshot DDT for two. Styles hits a gutbuster and then an STO Backbreaker for two. Hayashi delivers a back handspring kick to the gut, and then both men clothesline each other. Back on their feet Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Hayashi counters with a nice rana for two. Hayashi hits a Dragon Suplex for two. He locks on a Crossface and Styles reaches the ropes. Hayashi goes up top but Styles is able to pull him down into the Styles Clash for the pin at 14:48. They did some stuff I guess, but they never were able to elevate it into something more than an exhibition. A fine exhibition it was, but I just expected more from these two.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: Satoshi Kojima vs. Homicide

Both men start cautiously and Homicide strikes first with a chop to the chest. Kojima has a definite size advantage but Homicide knocks him down with a shoulderblock anyway. Homicide knocks Kojima to the floor and teases the Tope Con Hilo. Back in the ring Kojima goes to work on the arm. Homicide responds by doing the same. Both men start chopping each other and Kojima wins that battle with a poke to the eyes. Kojima takes Homicide down in the corner and plays with the referee, telling him that he doesn’t understand his count on account of being Japanese and all. Homicide fights back with some boring offense, including a dropkick that sends Kojima to the floor. He follows with the Tope Con Hilo, much to the delight of the crowd and Julius Smokes. Homicide whips Kojima into the guardrail but then steps right into a belly-to-belly suplex. That landed Homicide directly on top of his head and he’s legit knocked loopy. Of course it doesn’t matter as back in the ring Homicide goes to work. Kojima cuts him off and hits an elbow drop off the top rope for two. Homicide responds with a swinging DDT for a two-count. Kojima hits a shitty spinebuster for a near-fall. He goes for the Lariat but Homicide counters to a terrible DDT and then hits the Ace Crusher for two. Kojima responds with his own Ace Crusher for a near-fall. Once again Kojima goes for the Lariat but Homicide blocks it and hits another Ace Crusher and again gets two. Homicide then runs right into the Lariat and that gets a two-count. Kojima then hits another Lariat to get the pin at 13:11. Homicide was definitely not himself after getting dropped on his head on the floor, but I’m not a big Homicide fan anyway so I’m not sure how much of a difference it would have made. The match was not so very good.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #8: All Japan World Double Tag Team Title Match – The Great Muta & Arashi vs. Christopher Daniels & Dan Maff

Muta and Arashi have been the Champions since 6.8.03. Maff and Arashi start the match. Arashi dominates that with his power. Tags are made, and here’s the man everybody wants to see. Muta and Daniels are in no hurry, and Muta sprays some green mist into the air. Daniels and Maff regroup on the floor. I hate Dan Maff, like a lot. Back in the ring Muta controls Daniels for a bit. Arashi tags in and he uses his power on both Maff and Daniels. The Prophecy use some less than honorable tactics to take advantage for the first time. Daniels and Maff keep Muta isolated in their half of the ring for several minutes. Muta fights back with a dropkick and makes the tag. Arashi also throws a dropkick and the crowd is fired up. Daniels and Maff cut Arashi off and go to work on him. Arashi catches Daniels with a powerslam. Muta tags in and goes after Daniels’ knee. He hits the Dragon Screw and then locks on the Figure-Four Leglock. Maff breaks it up and Arashi knocks him off the apron. Maff hits Muta in the back with a chair from outside the ring. He tries to hit Muta inside the ring as well but gets a face full of red mist. Daniels takes Muta down and goes for the Best Moonsault Ever but there’s no water in the pool. Muta capitalizes with the Shining Wizard to get the pin and retain the titles at 16:07. It was kind of neat to just have Muta in a Ring of Honor ring, but the match itself was pretty dull. They went back and forth a few times and then it was over, never really establishing a story or anything particularly meaningful.
Rating: **½

Good Times, Great Memories

Colt Cabana’s special guests on the show will be CM Punk and Special K. First up is the Special K crew. Cabana mentions their issues with the Carnage Crew, which they gloss over. Becky Bayless comes in and Cabana makes remarks about her boobs. Loc and DeVito rush in and chase Special K off. DeVito is mad that someone gave his 13-year-old daughter ecstasy. The Carnage Crew yells some more and then they leave. A distraught Cabana is not able to bring Punk on now. Next time.

The Aftermath

The Prophecy is backstage wallowing in their loss. Maff is mad that he didn’t know Whitmer was the one who attacked Lucy, because he swore on his father’s memory and all. Daniels gets mad, rightly pointing out that he never told Maff to make any such promise. Then they do that STUPID thing where they “get into character” and Gabe counts them down to “cut a promo.” I always hated that.
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Final Battle 2002 (Samoa Joe, Low Ki) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/28/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2002-samoa-joe-low-ki/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/28/a2z-analysiz-roh-final-battle-2002-samoa-joe-low-ki/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:00:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171028 FB02

Murphy Recreation Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Saturday, December 28, 2002

In an ROH High Impact TV Taping match, Homicide defeated Jay Lethal in Lethal’s ROH debut.

Chris Lovey and Ray Murrow are on commentary.

MATCH #1: CM Punk vs. Colt Cabana

This is a rematch from NIght of the Butcher, where Cabana picked up the victory. They start off fast and furious with some chain wrestling, both with something to prove. Cabana lands the first big strike, a hard clothesline to take the advantage. Punk is able to fight up briefly but when he tries a Shining Wizard Cabana blocks it and hits a powerbomb for two. Moments later Punk sends Cabana to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Punk goes up top for presumably a moonsault, but Cabana goes up and brings him down with an inverted superplex. Cabana goes up top and this time it’s Punk bringing him down, with a belly-to-belly suplex. Both men are down. Back on their feet Punk unleashes a flurry of offense, including an airplane spin, Finlay Roll, and a split-legged moonsault for two. Punk tries a reverse rana but of course can’t hit it because this was when Punk would try stuff he couldn’t do. He can however, hit a Shining Wizard, which gets a near-fall. Punk delivers the Face Wash and goes up top for the Pepsi Plunge. He nails it perfectly to get the pin at 9:24. It’s always fun to watch the early matches of guys who became big stars like Punk, just to see where he came from. This was a very typical match for two guys trying to get over in the early days of Ring of Honor, and it worked.
Rating: **¾

Gary Michael Cappetta is in the ring to interview Christopher Daniels, who makes his way out with Simply Luscious. Daniels is angry because last time ROH was in the Murphy Rec Center, Luscious was attacked by Alexis Laree. He and Luscious challenge Laree to come out, which she quickly does.

MATCH #2: Alexis Laree vs. Simply Luscious

Luscious attacks from behind and here we go. Laree ducks a clothesline and hits a spear. Luscious complains to the referee, and while his back is turned Daniels sneaks in and hits Laree with the Last Rites. That’s enough for Luscious to get the pin at 0:32. Not much to see there.
Rating: DUD

Steve Corino Confronts Christopher Daniels

Corino makes his way out to talk some business. Luscious is his real-life girlfriend by the way, and they’re blending that into the storyline. Corino puts over the year he’s had in 2002, and that he did it despite the fans not being there for him. He says he’s forming his own Group and they’re going after all the titles. Corino says he can’t have Luscious telling Daniels all his secrets, so he dumps her and she cries. He then challenges Daniels to throw the first punch, but Daniels has other business tonight so he declines. Daniels bails, and Corino turns his attention to Homicide, calling him a “disrespectful young boy.” Homicide comes out and chases Corino away with a fork.

In an ROH High Impact TV Taping match, ROH Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan defeated Dunn & Marcos in a non-title match.

MATCH #3: Three Way Tag Team Scramble Match – Backseat Boyz (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere) vs. Da Hit Squad (Mafia & Monsta Mack) vs. Special K (Angeldust & Deranged)

The action in this is going to be fast, furious, and hard to call. I admit I’m not particularly a fan of any of these three teams. Lovey tries to sell this as a dream match, but I would be very disturbed if anyone was dreaming about seeing this match. The Backseat Boyz and Special K provide the high flying early on, while Da Hit Squad counter with their size and power. The action spills to the floor and a lot of guys stand around waiting to be hit with a dive. Other members of Special K interfere in the match, including Hydro, who wrestled earlier in the night as Jay Lethal. That’s a quick transition. The Backseat Boyz end up alone in the ring with Special K but they can’t put either of them away just yet. Angeldust and Deranged fight back but Da Hit Squad make their way into the ring and just guess how that goes. Mafia puts Angeldust in the Figure-Four Leglock and Mack hits the Frog Splash. Acid breaks up that cover. The action continues coming from all angles. Mafia hits Deranged with a German Superplex and then goes for the Burning Hammer. Special K breaks it up and Izzy hits Mafia with his cast. Angeldust and Deranged both get the pin at 10:23. That was a pretty typical Scramble match, with non-stop action, blown spots, and no selling. It was fine enough for what it was.
Rating: **¼

In an ROH High Impact TV Taping match, Jay Briscoe defeated Ace Steel with the Jay Driller.

MATCH #4: ROH Tag Team Title Two Out Of Three Falls Match – The Prophecy (Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan) vs. The SAT (Joel Maximo & Jose Maximo)

The Prophecy have been the Champions since 9.21.02, and this is their second defense. Morgan and Jose start the match. These two teams faced each other in the first round of the Tag Team Title tournament, obviously Daniels and Morgan earned the win there. I don’t know what else the SAT did to deserve a title shot. Anyway, Morgan and Jose go back and forth with chain wrestling, and Jose actually gets the advantage so Morgan takes a powder. Tags are made and the SAT continue to control the early portion of the match. Finally the Champs take over on Jose and use their expert teamwork to wear him down. After several minutes of action Jose is able to duck a Daniels clothesline and hit a tornado DDT. Tags are made and Joel is a house afire. The Prophecy is able to cut him off and they hit Revelations to score the first fall at 14:00. I’m surprised it took that long for the first fall to happen.

The Champions are looking dominant as the second fall begins. They continue to wear Joel down, trying to get the win in two straight falls. In a nice touch, there is a new referee for the second fall. Eventually Joel makes the tag and Jose is a house afire. This is just like the first fall really. Jose hits Morgan with a low blow and then the SAT hit a Doomsday DDT but Daniels breaks up the cover. Daniels goes up top and the SAT bring him down with the Spanish Fly to even the score at 20:42. The referee has no control of the match as both teams are desperately trying to win the third fall. Daniels hits Jose with the Angel’s Wings but Joel breaks it up. Joel avoids the Best Moonsault Ever and hits Daniels with Maximo Explosion for two. After some more furious action, Daniels catches Joel with the Last Rites to get the pin at 24:43. I’m not sure who everyone pissed off to deserve 25 minutes of the SAT. The match was okay in spots and might have been lots of fun as a one-fall, 15-minute contest. But there was no reason for it to be as long as it was or as many falls as it was. Daniels and Morgan looked great but the SAT were limited in their style that only really worked in Scrambled Egg matches.
Rating: **¼

In an ROH High Impact TV Taping match, Samoa Joe beat The Outcast Killaz in a handicap match.

MATCH #5: The Carnage Crew (DeVito & Loc) vs. The New Christopher Street Connection

Buff-E is nowhere to be found, so someone I do not recognize is taking his place. They are still accompanied by Allison Danger. This match is all clipped up but rest assured Loc and DeVito dominate. The Carnage Crew get fed up with the CSC’s homosexual antics so they grab some hubcaps and lay waste to them for the DQ at 1:20 (shown). I’m sure we didn’t miss much.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #6: Amazing Red vs. Jody Fleisch

They start off fast and furious of course. The crowd seems juiced to see these two expert high flyers go at it. Red takes the first advantage and sends Fleisch to the floor. He follows him out with a nice dive to wipe him out. Back in the ring Red tries the 718 but Fleisch avoids it and hits an enziguiri. Feisch gives Red a receipt by knocking him to the floor and following him out with a springboard shooting star press. Back in the ring they battle on the top rope and do moonsault together for somer reason. They crash to the mat, and the Special K crew make their way out. Red and Fleisch get to their feet and slug it out. Red wins tha battle and controls the match, oblivious to the fact that Special K is there. Fleisch hits a quebrada for two. He goes up top and Red spinkicks him down down. Red goes up top for the Infrared but Special K pulls Fleisch out of the way! Fleisch then hits the 720 DDT to get the pin at 6:14. At least they didn’t let them go too long, because this was going nowhere fast.
Rating: *¾

Special K attacks Red after the bell, and keep control over the SAT when they come out to make the save. Divine Storm and Trinity come out to try and help, but they get beat down too. Finally Da Hit Squad and J.T. Smith come out to run Special K off. Slugger sneaks in and hits Smith with a Chokeslam.

MATCH #7: ROH Title Match – Xavier vs. Paul London

Xavier has been the Champion since 9.21.02, and this is his third defense. The match is joined in progress with Xavier clubbing London down. London comes right back and takes it to the Champion. He sends Xavier to the floor and goes for a dive but Xavier moves out of the way and London is able to stop himself. Back in the ring London takes Xavier down with a headlock. Xavier takes a cheap shot but London cuts him right off with a leg lariat. London tries a headscissors but Xavier catches him and slams him face-first on the mat. Xavier goes to work on the head and neck area. London continually fights back but Xavier is able to keep him down and keep the pressure on. Xavier hits a bridging German Suplex for a two-count. He goes up top for the 450 and London goes up there to fight him. That proves to be a mistake as Xavier knocks London all the way to the floor. London perseveres and goes back to toss Xavier down crotch-first on the top rope. Back in the ring London hits the dropsault for two. London follows with a sloppy powerbomb and then goes up for the London Star Press. Xavier rolls to the floor so London hits the move to the floor! Back in the ring London goes back up top but misses the London Star Press and Xavier rolls him up for two. London comes back with the inverted Roll of the Dice for a near-fall. Xavier tries to throw London into the turnbuckle and London avoids it but slaps the turnbuckle pad for affect. That’s pretty cool. A cocky Xavier then walks right into a DDT but it only gets two! That would have been a great finish. The crowd is not happy with the referee. Xavier hooks on a Cobra Clutch and London rolls it into a cradle for two. The Champ h olds on to the Cobra Clutch and turns it into a suplex. Xavier then hits the X-Breaker to get the pin at 17:01. That was a really good match with solid psychology, great crowd heat, and a logical finish. Xavier was not so bad.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: Number One Contender’s Trophy Four Way Match – Homicide vs. Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson

Before the main event can begin, Steve Corino makes his way out to the ring in his gear. Corino says you can’t have a main event without him. Homicide comes down to disagree but Corino has a fork ready for him. Corino hits a Northern Lights Bomb and three piledrivers to take Homicide out of the match. Rob Feinstein comes out and allows Corino to replace Homicide in the match.

Ki knocks Corino to the floor and Danielson knocks Joe to the floor, leaving Danielson and Ki alone in the ring. They mat wrestle back and forth, recalling their main event match from The Round Robin Challenge back in March. Joe tags himself in and he goes to work, as he and Danielson have a personal issue with each other. Danielson tags Corino, and now all four men have officially been in the match. None of the four have been able to gain any kind of sustained advantage in the first 10 minutes or so. The match continues on this way, as two guys wrestle for a while, and then someone else tags in and more stuff happens. I’m amazed that no real patterns or highlights are emerging through this match, at almost 30 minutes in it has just been lots of stuff and moves. We’ve crossed the 40 minute mark and the pace is picking up considerably. The parade of big moves carries on down the stretch, and Ki has Corino trapped in the Dragon Clutch. Time runs out just before Corino taps out and it’s a time-limit draw at 45:03 (close enough). With that kind of talent in the ring I’m shocked that something more memorable didn’t come of it, but it just seemed like they were killing time in the early going and didn’t really pick up the pace until the match was in its final stages. There was nothing really wrong with what they did, it just wasn’t exciting or interesting, and ending it in a draw certainly didn’t help. Big disappointment here.
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – Sunday, November 7, 2004

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary.

MATCH #1: No Limits X Division Gauntlet

No fewer than 20 X-Division superstars will be featured in this match, with one-minute intervals. Kazarian drew #1, and Sonjay Dutt drew #2. Dutt almost gets eliminated right away but fights back into the ring and unleashes a flurry of offense. Puma comes out at #3 and immediately goes after Dutt. Kazarian joins him and they double-team the Original Playa from the Himalaya. L.A. Park is entrant #4. Of course he brings a chair with him and gives everyone a shot with it. Kazarian takes offense as Jerrelle Clark comes out as #5. He shows off his aerial skills. Miyamoto is #6 and he goes after Puma. Clark hits Puma with the 630 but then gets leveled by Kazarian, who gets leveled by Dutt. Matt Bentley (accompanied by Traci) is #7. Kazarian and Bentley were tag team partners at this time, and they work together to eliminate Puma, Clark, and Miyamoto. Hector Garza is entrant #8. I must admit that Garza has a tremendous moustache. Next out is #9, NOSAWA. Not much happens until Mikey Batts comes out at #10. Next out at #11 is my buddy Alex Shelley. He immediately eliminates Dutt. Kazarian then eliminates Park. Next out is Matt Sydal at #12. Boy would he go on to bigger and better things. Sydal moonsaults right onto Shelley’s back and Shelley takes a powder. Former X-Division Champion Sonny Siaki is #13. He asserts his size and power advantage, eliminating NOSAWA. Garza eliminates Batts. Jason Cross is #14, and I wonder what happened to him. TNA always seemed to want to do something with him back in the day. Cult favorite Shark Boy is #15. Shelley pops up at an opportune time and eliminates Sydal! What a jerk. Next out is Psychosis at #16. Nothing much happens, and then D-Ray 3000 is entrant #17. Siaki eliminates both Shark Boy and D-Ray. Don West’s favorite the Amazing Red is #18. Shelley foolishly goes to the top rope and Cross pushes him to the floor to eliminate him. Next is the best entrance music ever for #19, Spanky. He immediately goes after Bentley. The last entrant, #20, is former X-Division Champion Chris Sabin. He drills Bentley with an around-the-world swinging DDT. Spanky and Sabin team up to eliminate Siaki. Then Spanky eliminates Bentley all by himself. Kazarian goes up top to set up the requisite Tower of Doom spot. Psychosis eliminates Cross with a clothesline. He’s the next one to go, courtesy of Amazing Red. Ironically Red is next to go via Kazarian. Spanky goes for Sliced Bread #2 on Sabin but gets pushed over the top rope to the floor. We’re down to the final three – Kazarian, Sabin, and Garza. Kazarian goes up top and Sabin hits a super release German Suplex right onto Garza. Sabin charges at Garza and gets dropped on the top rope and then dropkicked to the floor. Now we go to pinfall or submission rules. Kazarian hits a springboard legdrop for two. He tries the Wave of the Future but Garza blocks it with a clothesline. Garza hits a beautiful moonsault but Kazarian kicks out at two! Kazarian fights back with a slingshot DDT for two. Garza comes back with a dropkick to the back but misses the Tornillo. Kazarian rolls him up but Garza reverses the momentum and gets the pin at 26:26. That was a perfect way to open the show and a good showcase of the X-Division style. I remember Garza having a couple of big matches on iMPACT! after this but then he disappeared. Moody Jack gets a word with Garza, and helpfully translates for all of us.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Eight Man Tag Match – Kid Kash, Dallas & the Naturals vs. Erik Watts, Pat Kenney, Johnny B. Badd & Ron Killings

Talk about a motley crew of wrestlers. Both Kid Kash & Dallas and the Naturals are former NWA World Tag Team Champions. Kash and Kenney start the match trading armdrags. Kenney gets the advantage and tags Badd. Kash pokes Badd in the eyes and tags Andy Douglas. Badd comes back with a series of armdrags and tags Watts. Douglas makes a blind tag to his partner Chase Stevens, who goes after Watt’s leg. That doesn’t last long before Stevens tags Dallas (better known today as Vance Archer). Watts hits Dallas with a chokeslam. Dallas comes right back with a side slam and tags Kash. Watts kicks Kash in the face and tags Kenney. Kash fights back and tags Dallas. The big man takes Kenney down and goes up for the moonsault but misses. Stevens and Killings get tags, and The Truth is all over everyone. The match breaks down to a brawl with all eight men in the ring. They start heading to the floor, as Badd hits Stevens with a super hurricanrana. Killings hits Stevens with a modified Pedigree for the win at 4:39. Well they did as much as they could for the time given, but this was obviously a random mishmash just to get more people on the card.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Mascarita Sagrada vs. Piratita Morgan

Have you ever seen a midget match before? They’re all pretty much the same. The bigger one (Morgan) throws the smaller one (Sagrada) around, and the smaller one (Sagrada) comes back with various flippy armdrags and cross body blocks. Morgan drops Sagrada with a fireman’s carry and then hits a splash. Sagrada comes back and involves the referee, and then gets a cradle for the win at 2:59. That was exactly what you would expect.
Rating: ¼*

Scott Hall Announcement

The big announcement is that “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash will not be here tonight. He says a whole lot of not much, and then says about the main event “May the Best Jeff Win.”

MATCH #4: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – 3Live Kru vs. Team Canada

The 3LK is represented by BG James & Konnan, while Bobby Roode & Eric Young represent Team Canada. Roode and Young have been champions since 10.15.04 and this is their first defense. BG James and Konnan beat the Naturals to earn this shot. Roode and James start the match. James wastes no time hitting his signature jabs, and makes sure to make both champions look like idiots. He misses a cross body block and tumbles to the floor, where Roode drives his back into the ring apron. Now Team Canada takes the advantage, working James over in their half of the ring. Eventually James makes the hot tag to Konnan, who unloads with his slow, shitty offense. The match breaks down to a brawl, with Roode and James in the ring and Konnan with Young outside the ring. James goes for the Pumphandle Slam on Roode and Scott D’Amore tries to interfere, but Ron Killings runs him off. Roode comes back and levels James with the Northern Lariat. Konnan comes back in the ring and hits the K-Factor to get the win and win the titles for the second time at 6:58. At least they kept it short, but why on earth was the 3Live Kru wrestling for the tag team titles on a pay-per-view anyway? This was a total TV match.
Rating: *¾

In the Pit with Piper

Roddy Piper comes out and rambles on for a while. Then he calls out Superfly Jimmy Snuka and begs him to hit him with a coconut so that they can be even for something that happened 20 years ago in a different company. Kid Kash comes out to interrupt and to act like a jerk. He attacks Snuka, and Kazarian and Matt Bentley come out to join him. Sonjay Dutt comes to the rescue. He gets some offense in but then Kash blasts Dutt with the coconut. This took forever and went nowhere.

MATCH #5: Trinity Open Challenge

Trinity comes out with the New York Connection, Glenn Gilberti and Johnny Swinger. She looks … different than she did in WWE. She gets on the mic and says no one is answering the challenge, but then Jacqueline comes out of the crowd to answer it. She throws all three New Yorkers to the floor and then hits a dive to wipe them out. They get in the ring to officially start the match. Gilberti holds Jacqueline’s leg to give Trinity the advantage. Trinity rolls through a cross body block for a two-count, and then chokes Jacqueline with her own hair. She hits a powerslam and a sort of spinning kick to the face for another two-count. Jacqueline fights back with punches and a release German Suplex. She covers Trinity but Gilberti pulls her off. She goes up for mounted punches, but Swinger drops her neck on the top rope. Trinity goes up and hits a moonsault to get the pin at 1:52. Yeah, that’s going to make me care about a women’s division.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #6: The Monsters Ball – Abyss vs. Raven vs. Monty Brown

Raven and Abyss get the match started without the Alpha Male. They all battle outside the ring and throughout the crowd. Abyss takes control, throwing both Raven and Brown all over the place. Up in the rafters a guy in a black cloak is watching, and I have no idea where that ended up going. Back in the ring Abyss hits the Shock Treatment on Brown for a two-count. Brown and Raven try to double-team the Monster but get simultaneously clotheslined. Raven takes Abyss down with a discuss clothesline and then goes out and brings in a steel chair. Abyss boots him in the face takes the chair, but Raven counters with a superkick. Raven hits Brown with a clothesline. He tries the drop toehold on a chair but Brown avoids it and picks up the chair to hit both of his opponents. Brown sends Abyss to the floor and goes to work on Raven, hitting a t-bone suplex and then a fallaway slam. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Brown goes to Pounce Raven, but he pulls the referee in front and he takes the full force of the POUNCE! Abyss gets back in the ring and Brown picks him up for a powerslam! Brown goes for the Pounce but Raven kicks him in the back, and Abyss capitalizes with the Black Hole Slam, but there’s no referee. Abyss puts Brown up top and brings in a bag of thumbtacks. Of course Brown pushes Abyss back into the tacks instead. Raven goes for a cover and a new referee comes out to make a two-count. Abyss rolls to the floor, and Raven brings in a table. Raven takes turns punching both guys, and knocks Abyss off the apron and through a table. Then out of nowhere Brown hits Raven with the POUNCE through a table to get the pin at 9:25. That was compact but they got a lot of action in and the crowd was pretty hot for it. Brown getting the win was definitely the right call.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Petey Williams vs. AJ Styles

Williams has been the X-Division Champion since 8.11.04, this is his third defense and definitely his biggest. The crowd is hot for Styles. They start off by trading forearms and then take it down to the mat. Styles gets a quick small package for two. They trade a series of pinning combinations for a string of two-counts and the crowd is quite impressed. Styles hits the exact dropkick sequence that he’s still using six years later. Williams takes a powder and Styles follows him out to hit a kick to the back. He then gets back in the ring just to wipe Williams out with a dive. Back in the ring Williams hits a chinbreaker and then distracts the referee so D’Amore can take cheap shots. The crowd is chanting for both men. Styles comes back and goes for the flipping inverted DDT but doesn’t quite make it, and Williams wisely sells it as a kick to the head. Williams punches his way back and tries Oh Canada, but Styles pulls him down to the mat. Styles comes back with the Pele out of nowhere. He unloads with a series of hard forearms and then a belly-to-back suplex. He hits the springboard flying forearm for a two-count. Williams comes back with the Canadian Legsweep. He signals for the Canadian Destroyer but Styles reverses to a Styles Clash, which Williams blocks. Styles ends up with Williams in an Alabama Slam position, and he whips him into the turnbuckles. D’Amore grabs the title belt as Styles goes for the Styles Clash again. Williams blocks it but Styles rolls through to a jackknife pin, and referee Rudy Charles interrupts his own count to go argue with D’Amore. That just looked awkward. Williams grabs the hockey stick but Charles takes it away from him. In the process Williams is able to hit Styles with the belt but he kicks out at two! He goes for the Canadian Destroyer but Styles sets him on the top rope. Styles goes up with him but D’Amore grabs his leg. Williams drops Styles on his chest and then jumps off the second rope right into the Canadian Destroyer to get the win at 9:49. I would have liked the finish better without the interference (since it happened in just about every Team Canada match), but for the most part this was a solid, TV style match. That’s what makes it disappointing.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: Last Team Standing Match – America’s Most Wanted vs. Triple X

Triple X is of course represented by “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels and “Primetime” Elix Skipper; America’s Most Wanted is “The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm and “Wildcat” Chris Harris. The bell rings and all four men waste no time in getting the fight started. Skipper and Harris fight outside the ring while Daniels and Storm fight inside the ring. Those are the mixed duos that held the tag team titles together, for the record. Storm and Harris trade places and Storm hits Skipper with a reverse suplex. AMW follows up with the Hart Attack. Daniels tries to fight back but Storm blasts him with a superkick. They set Daniels up for the Death Sentence but Skipper breaks it up, only to take the legdrop the back of the head himself. Storm hits Daniels with a modified Air Raid Crash to get a pin at 1:48 but Daniels gets back to his feet before the 10-count. He hits Daniels with a powerbomb, and then Harris takes his shots. Daniels fights back with a side suplex. He makes the tag, and I guess we’re doing tags now. Triple X works Harris over, hitting the Power Plex for a two-count. Harris fights back with a lariat and makes the tag. Storm is a house afire, hitting Skipper with a powerslam for two. Skipper looks a little out of it for some reason. Storm sets up for the superkick but Daniels dropkicks the knee. Triple X hits the DWI to get a pin at 5:33 and Storm makes it back up at nine. Skipper slides Daniels a chair and then distracts the referee while Daniels hits Storm’s knee with the chair for another pin at 6:10, and this time Storm doesn’t answer the 10-count so he’s eliminated. Harris comes in swinging but Daniels grabs him with a uranage slam. Daniels goes for the Best Moonsault Ever but misses and Harris hits a Spear. Skipper is obviously supposed to break up the count but he is obviously messed up at this point. So Harris does the smart thing and throws him down hard to the floor. Harris then hits Daniels with a guillotine legdrop to get a pin at 7:36 and Daniels doesn’t get up, so he’s out. Back in the ring Harris tries to have a match with Skipper but it’s not going so well. Harris hits a powerbomb for a two-count. I wish JR was there to shout “Just stay down Elix” and that it would actually happen, but no. Skipper tries the Play of the Day and just falls over. The crowd is actively booing at this point. Skipper tries to hit Harris with a chair but Harris blocks it and hits the Catatonic right on the chair. This is just painful to watch. Skipper totally kicks out at two but the referee makes the right call and rings the bell anyway at 10:53. The referee counts to 10 to end this cruel game at 11:16. That match was brutal, but Skipper had a concussion so I can’t blame them. These teams obviously proved on several occasions there were better than this so it was obviously just a fluke disaster.
Rating: *

Storm and Daniels come back out to continue the brawl and Triple X takes control with a steel chair. They handcuff Storm and Daniels together and Daniels blasts them with a steel chair. Finally security comes out to break it up.

DOA Decision 2004

Mike Tenay is in the ring to announce the results of the vote for Director of Authority, which is a really stupid title for someone to have. Of course Dusty Rhodes beat Vince Russo to win the election. Dusty comes out for his acceptance speech. He announces that America’s Most Wanted will battle Triple X in a Six Sides of Steel match at next month’s pay-per-view.

MATCH #9: Ladder Match for the NWA World Title – Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy

Jarrett has been the champion since 6.2.04, and this is his fourth defense. TNA originally wanted Hulk Hogan to face Jarrett here, but it didn’t happen for whatever reason. I’d actually really like to see this match with both guys from today, but Hardy was not at the top of his game during his initial TNA run. There are two ladders in the ring before the match even starts. Jarrett tries to attack Hardy, but the challenger was ready for him. Both ladders get set up in a corner, and Hardy winds up Irish whipping Jarrett into both of them. Hardy stays in control by using the ladder as a weapon. He sets Jarrett in between the rungs of the ladder and slams them down on his back. He sets the ladder up in a V and puts Jarrett between the rungs again and stands on him, putting pressure on the ribs. Hardy hits a dropkick to the face. He tries to climb up but Jarrett blocks him. Hardy stays in control, hitting an STO. He goes for the super-over-the-ladder legdrop but Jarrett avoids it. Jarrett is in control now, whipping Hardy into the ladders. The champion makes the first attempt to climb the ladder and grab the title, but Hardy knocks him down. Hardy then slams Jarrett on a ladder and hits the Swanton Bomb. He tries to climb up but Scott Hall runs down and delivers The Edge to take Hardy down. Heavy D and TNA Security come over to remove Mr. Hall. He promises he’ll just sit and watch now, so Security takes him at his word. That’s a nice security force. Meanwhile, Hardy sets up the ladder see-saw and legdrops it, smashing Jarrett in the face. Hardy climbs the ladder. Jarrett climbs the opposite side and they slug it out. Hardy grabs Jarrett’s head and slams him off the ladder face-first into the mat. Hall pulls Hardy to the floor and slugs away on him. Jarrett tries climbing the ladder but Hardy makes it back and shoves the ladder over. Hardy goes up now and Jarrett pushes the ladder over, and Hardy actually lands on Hall outside the ring. Jarrett comes outside the ring too but Hardy whips him into Hall. Hardy grabs a chair and uses it as a launching pad to wipe out Jarrett and Hall on the floor. He then sets up a ladder on the floor for some reason, and it tips over with both of them on it. They crash to the floor and the ladder lands on Hall. They both make it back to the ring and climb on two ladders at the same time. Hardy hits a low blow and tries a Sunset Bomb but it doesn’t really work out. He then tries one from the apron to the floor but again it doesn’t really work out. Just stop it, dude. They go back to the ring and Hardy starts the climb. Hall gets back in the ring with a chair but Hardy kicks it back into his face. Hardy hits him with the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb. He tries to climb again and Jarrett hits him with the chair and Hardy crumples to the mat. Jarrett start to climb and Kevin Nash finally makes his way out, with two guitars in hand. He hands one to Hall, and Hardy takes three straight guitar shots, allowing Jarrett to grab the title and retain at 18:33. They kind of had a good thing going in the early parts, but Hardy got sloppy and the interference of Hall and Nash added nothing.
Rating: **¼

Nash gets on the microphone to talk lazily about the same old crap he always talks about in TNA. They challenge anyone from the back to come out, and AJ Styles answers the call. The 3Live Kru also answers the call and somehow Jarrett, Hall, and Nash are able to beat them all up. Then we cut to outside where someone gets out of the limo and it’s Randy “Macho Man” Savage of all people. He stands there looking old and the pay-per-view goes off the air.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Survivor Series 2008 (Chris Jericho, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-survivor-series-2008-chris-jericho-john-cena-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-survivor-series-2008-chris-jericho-john-cena-2/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:31 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168960 sur ser 08

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Boston Gardens – Boston, Massachusetts – November 23, 2008

MATCH #1: Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match – Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, Great Khali & Cryme Tyme vs. JBL, Kane, MVP, The Miz & John Morrison

MVP and Mysterio start for their respective teams. Mysterio gets the early advantage and tags in JTG. They double team MVP, but he quickly reverses the momentum with a dropkick to JTG’s knee. He then hits a variation of the Shining Wizard and JTG is eliminated at 1:40. MVP celebrates and doesn’t notice Khali enter the ring. He turns around and gets leveled with a chop to the head and MVP is eliminated at 1:56. Kane enters next and the two behemoths slug it out. Khali gets the advantage and the crowd chants his name, so I would just like to point out that I started that bandwagon. Khali knocks Kane down and tags in Mysterio. He goes up to Khali’s shoulders and hits a splash on Kane to eliminate him at 3:27. Morrison comes in but Mysterio has counters for all of his offense. He tags in Shad, who uses Mysterio as a weapon against Morrison. Shad press slams Morrison and then charges at him in the corner. Morrison avoids it and tags in the Miz. They double team him in their half of the ring. Shad comes back with a double clothesline and several more after that. The double teaming of Miz and Morrison eventually catches up with him though, and Miz hits the Reality Check to eliminate Shad at 6:31.

Michaels makes his first appearance in the match and Miz takes control of him. JBL even gets in on the action, as they keep Michaels isolated from his partners. Michaels finally makes the comeback and makes the hot tag to Mysterio. He hits the 619 on Miz and a top-rope splash to eliminate Miz at 11:46. Morrison is in next but JBL makes a blind tag and shoulder blocks Mysterio down. JBL and Morrison work on Mysterio’s back, and keep him isolated from his fresh partners. Mysterio is able to block a superplex attempt and hit a moonsault, and then makes the tag to Michaels. He brawls with JBL and they take it to the floor. Michaels almost hits Sweet Chin Music, and while JBL breathes a sigh of relief, Michaels gets back in the ring before the 10 count and JBL is counted out at 17:53. Morrison tries to superkick Michaels but he ducks it and nails Morrison with one to eliminate him and win the match at 18:13. That was a fun enough opener.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Smackdown vs. Raw Divas Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match – Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Candice Michelle & Jillian vs. Michelle McCool, Maria, Maryse, Natalya & Victoria

Thankfully Santino Marella comes out with the Raw Divas. Women’s Champion Phoenix and Divas Champion McCool start the match. Phoenix uses her power and McCool uses her agility. Maryse tags herself in and then knocks her own partner McCool off the apron, triggering a brawl between them that their teammates have to break up. Before Maryse can make any contact she tags out to Maria, whom Phoenix immediately manhandles. Maria comes back with some kicks and a head scissors. Kelly tags herself into the match and she and Maria do some very staged looking wrestling. Victoria tags herself in and Kelly hits a rana and is able to hold Victoria down and eliminate her at 2:56. Maryse comes in and hits a spinning backbreaker on Kelly to eliminate her at 3:24. The best part of that is Maryse totally groped Kelly’s boob on the cover. Mickie comes in now and Maryse tags out to McCool. She gets a cover and Maria tries to break it up but accidentally hits her own partner. Mickie then hits a DDT to eliminate the Divas Champion at 5:08. Maryse then rolls Mickie up and eliminates her at 5:27. Candice and Natalya enter the ring for the first time. Natalya takes her down and puts on the Sharpshooter. Jillian breaks that up, which distracts Natalya long enough for Candice to spear him and get a jackknife pin to eliminate Natalya at 6:47.

Maria and Jillian are in the ring now. Jillian hits a Samoan Drop but Maria kicks out at two. She hits a cartwheel elbow, but Maria comes out of the corner with a victory roll to eliminate Jillian at 7:45. Candice then hits Maria with a Northern Lights Suplex to eliminate her at 7:56. We’re down to Phoenix and Candice against Maryse. Maryse puts Candice in a leg submission and she’s eliminated at 8:27. Phoenix comes in and Maryse nails her with a kick to the back of the head. Phoenix kicks out and whips Maryse into the turnbuckle. She eats an elbow coming in, but catches Maryse in a leap off the second rope. Maryse sneaks out and gets a rollup for two. She tries a DDT but Phoenix reverses it and hits the Glam Slam to win the match at 9:40. That was really short and truthfully wasn’t too bad. I didn’t realize Maryse got entertaining.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Casket Match – Undertaker vs. Big Show

Their last two matches on pay-per-view were very good; let’s hope this one follows suit. Show attacks right away, but Undertaker is almost able to dump him into the casket right away. They battle on the floor, with Show in control. He whips Undertaker into the barricade and continues throwing punches everywhere. He tries to do something involving the ECW announce table, but Undertaker counters by hitting him in the face with a monitor. That knocks Show out long enough for Undertaker to hit a leg drop to the back of the head, breaking the table. They head back to the ring and Undertaker starts working the arm. He goes up for Old School but Show knocks him down and hits a nice suplex. Show whips Undertaker into the turnbuckles and follows up with a side slam. He rolls Undertaker into the casket, but refuses to close the lid himself. That’s rather silly. He argues with the referees about it, giving Undertaker more than enough time to recover. Undertaker hits a series of punches and the flying clothesline. He runs at Show in the corner and eats a back elbow. Show goes up to the second rope in a Vader Bomb position, but Undertaker recovers and Choke Slams him down to the mat. He boots Show in the head and that sends him into the casket. He tries to close the lid but Show locks it and escapes. Back in the ring Show hits a Choke Slam of his own. He then tips the casket over and starts walking towards the back. Undertaker magically conjures up a wall of fire to keep Show from going to the back. He follows Show up the aisle and gets taken down. Now some druids come out with another casket. Show stands the casket upright and runs Undertaker’s head into it. He sets it up again, but this time Undertaker whips him into it, and it the momentum knocks it over and the lid shuts at 12:44. This lacked the intensity of their other two matches, and the gimmick handicapped them somewhat as well. I mean, it’s a good thing that Undertaker has druids who appear to bring him caskets whenever he needs one.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match – Batista, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth & Matt Hardy vs. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, William Regal, Shelton Benjamin & Mark Henry

I like that the Intercontinental and U.S. Champions are on the same team. Punk attacks Regal right away and hits the Go to Sleep and eliminates the Intercontinental Champion in just 0:11! U.S. Champion Benjamin tries to get a quick rollup on Punk but he kicks out at two. A replay shows that Layla threw her shoe at Punk after he pinned Regal. Punk tags in Kingston. He and Benjamin had a feud over the summer in ECW that produced some good matches. Kingston hits a dropkick for two. Benjamin comes back with a forearm to the face and tags in Henry. He pounds on Kingston and then Rhodes gets tagged in. Kingston recovers and tags in Hardy. He gets a few shots in and tags Truth. He also gets a few shots in and then tags Batista. Rhodes scurries away and then tags Benjamin back in. Batista dominates the U.S. Champion as Striker falsely claims that Batista and Orton have never faced each other one-on-one. Hardy gets tagged in and Benjamin catches him charging into the corner with an elbow. He tags in Orton, who gets caught with a bulldog for two. Hardy hits a bodyslam but misses the moonsault. Orton tags Henry, who slugs away on the man he lost the ECW title to. Rhodes gets tagged in as Hardy continues to be abused in the corner. A double knockdown leads to Benjamin and Truth getting tagged in. Truth quickly gets a rollup for two and then another kick for another two-count. Truth hits some twisting maneuver that I don’t think another human being could pull off even by accident. What was that? Benjamin doesn’t know either, but he hits Paydirt anyway to eliminate Truth at 7:39. Kingston comes in the ring with a flying body press for two. He’s all over the U.S. Champion but can’t quite put him away. Henry stops his momentum with a shot from the apron, and then he gets tagged in. He abuses Kingston for a minute and then tags Orton. He delivers the Garvin Stomp to Kingston, which is somehow vintage Randy Orton. He hits the elevated DDT and Kingston is gone at 10:45.

Punk comes in and goes on the attack. Orton quickly tags out to Rhodes, who lands a nice dropkick and a drop toe hold. He wrenches Punk’s arm. Punk comes back with a cross body block for two. He follows up with a swinging neckbreaker for another two. The running knee in the corner and bulldog combo also gets two. Punk goes to the top rope and Manu distracts him. Rhodes is able to dump Punk down to the mat. He hits a DDT and Punk is gone at 13:10. Hardy comes in and hits the Side Effect for two. Rhodes fights him off and tags Henry. He charges Hardy in the corner but misses. Hardy hits the Side Effect on Henry but it only gets two. He leaps off the second rope but gets caught in the World’s Strongest Slam and Hardy is gone at 14:21. Now Batista is all alone, so his first order of business is to hit Henry with a Spear and eliminate him at 14:32. Benjamin comes in the ring and gets caught with a spine buster. Batista follows up with the Batista Bomb and the U.S. Champion is gone at 15:05. Rhodes tries to attack the Animal but takes a huge clothesline and a powerslam for his troubles. Manu gets up on the apron to distract, giving Rhodes the chance to try his DDT. Batista blocks it and hits the Batista Bomb. However, Orton was able to make the blind tag, and he sneaks in and hits the RKO to eliminate Batista and win the match at 16:12, and gets a pretty good pop for it. The rapid fire eliminations in the final stretch were interesting, but I liked the overall structure of the eliminations, and having Orton and Rhodes survive was right.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship – Edge vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. Triple H

Triple H has been champion since 4.27.08 and this is his eleventh defense. The crowd chants “We Want Jeff” right away as HHH and Kozlov chain wrestle. It doesn’t take long for “boring” chants to pop up as well. I have to say I agree with them there. The champion mostly dominates his challenger in the early minutes. HHH hits a spine buster and the crowd perks up a bit. He goes for the Pedigree but Kozlov blocks it and hits the battering ram right to the chest. He then whips the champion into the corner, who goes all the way to the floor. Kozlov follows him out and rams HHH’s back into the apron a couple of times. Back in the ring HHH tries a cross body block but takes fall away slam for his trouble for a near-fall. A running power slam also gets two. The challenger continues working the back. A spine buster gets two. Triple H finally comes back and hits a Pedigree. Both men are down, and Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero comes out. She says this will be a triple threat match after all, and exclaims “he’s here!” She of course means Edge, who hasn’t been seen since SummerSlam. The crowd pops pretty big for him. He hits the ring and nails HHH with a Spear. Then Jeff Hardy really does run out, and he goes after Edge. He winds up hitting both HHH and Kozlov with the chair, and then Edge spears him. That gives Edge the chance to cover Triple H and pin him to win the title for a third time at 14:21. While it was exciting to see Edge come back, the match itself was duller than dishwater. I’m all for giving new guys chances to shine, but Kozlov proved that he doesn’t yet have what it takes to be a major player.
Rating: *

MATCH #6: World Heavyweight Championship Match – John Cena vs. Chris Jericho

Jericho has been the champion since 11.3.08, and this is his first defense. The pop for Cena’s entrance is HUGE, no surprise given that he’s a Boston are native. It’s funny how they’re selling this as such a huge comeback for Cena, but he was only gone about three months. He tries an early FU but Jericho avoids it and bails. They go back to the ring and Jericho tries wearing Cena down with a headlock. He hits a shoulder block to knock Cena down, and the challenger bails this time. Cena comes back in all kinds of fired up. It looks like he wants to win the match early; perhaps he doesn’t trust his stamina after three months away. The champion weathers the storm and work’s on Cena’s injured neck. Cena comes back by reversing an Irish whip and hitting a clothesline. He body slams Jericho and drops an elbow for two. He whips Jericho into the turnbuckle but Jericho moves and goes right back to work on the neck. Cena fights back with a kick to the gut and then the Throwback. He thinks about going to the top rope but thinks better of it, and when he comes back in the ring Jericho kicks him and this a double-arm DDT for two. The announcers helpfully point out that Cena would be wary about going to the top rope since that’s where he got injured. Jericho places Cena’s head against the ring post and delivers a solid boot. Cena makes it back in before the 10 count, but he gets dumped right back to the floor and thrown into the ring steps. They go back to the ring and anytime Cena starts building any momentum Jericho cuts him right off.

Jericho puts on the full nelson. Cena briefly escapes but Jericho puts the hold right back on. The challenger once again powers out and then avoids Jericho’s bulldog. Cena hits a couple of shoulder blocks, but Jericho flips out of the Protoplex and hits the bulldog this time. Jericho tries a Lionsault but Cena avoids that and this time hits the Protoplex. He tries the Five-Knuckle Shuffle but Jericho grabs the legs and puts on the Walls of Jericho. Cena powers his way out of it but gets leveled with a clothesline. Jericho once again puts on the Walls of Jericho, right in the center of the ring. Cena crawls his way to the ropes to break the hold. Jericho argues with the referee and then runs right into an FU. Cena can’t make the cover right away so Jericho is able to kick out at two. Jericho is able to elbow a charging Cena in the corner, and then he drags Cena to the top rope with him. Cena ends up slamming Jericho down, and this time he goes to the top rope to hit the leg drop to the back of the neck. Cena tries another FU but Jericho elbows his way out of it and hits the Code Breaker and Cena kicks out at two! Jericho knocks the challenger right back down with a clothesline. The champion bides his time, and tries another clothesline but Cena avoids it and hits a drop toe hold right into the STFU! Cena breaks the hold before Jericho can reach the ropes, and Jericho is able to get a small package, which Cena reverses into the FU! That’s enough for Cena to get the pin and score his first World Heavyweight Championship and fourth World Title overall at 21:20. That wasn’t quite as good as their matches in August ’05, which is surprising since they’re both much better workers now. But still the psychology was solid and the crowd was really into the hometown boy.
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Frontier Fieldhouse – Chicago Ridge, Illinois – Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kevin Kelly does commentary solo for the preshow matches, and Nigel McGuinness joins him for the main show.

PRESHOW MATCH #1: The Romantic Touch vs. Will Ferrara

Touch kisses Ferrara’s hand after the handshake, and then he kicks Ferrara in the gut. Ferrara fights back but Touch cuts him off with a nice dropkick. Touch continues to beat Ferrara down with some basic offense. Ferrara comes back with some babyface fire and he heads up top. He misses a big cross body and Touch struts around the ring. Touch hits a Fisherman’s Buster to get the pin at 3:23. The Romantic Touch doesn’t do much for me as a character, but introducing him on the preshow is fine I guess. As for the match, it was a perfectly acceptable squash.
Rating: *½

PRESHOW MATCH #2: MsChif vs. Kasey Ray w/ The H.O.T.

Ray has Truth Martini and Scarlett Bordeaux in her corner. The smaller Ray actually slams MsChif down at the start. She pays for it though, as MsChif overpowers her and goes to work, stretching Ray out. Bordeaux gets on the apron to distract the referee, so MsChif kicks her down into Martini’s waiting arms. Ray takes advantage with a rollup for two. MsChif goes to run off the ropes but Martini and Bordeaux trip her up. Ray hits a Superkick and a standing moonsault for two. MsChif shrugs it off and hits a vertical suplex for a two-count. She hits the Eye of the Hurricane for another near-fall. MsChif goes to the ropes again and Martini grabs her leg, so MsChif screams at him and then pulls him up to the apron. Ray does a multiple handspring back elbow, and then hits a bulldog. She does more unnecessary flipping and hits a standing frog splash for two. MsChif decides she’s all done selling for that and hits the Desecrator for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with MsChif hitting a Choke Bomb to score the pin at 3:14. I know they only got three minutes, but MsChif looked completely disinterested in having a match with Kasey Ray, and Kasey Ray did some flips and not much else.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #1: Mark Briscoe vs. “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man” Silas Young

They brawl to start and quickly spill to the floor. Young hits a back body drop and goes for a suplex, but Mark reverses it and suplexes Young right on the edge of the ring frame. Mark follows up with a dropkick through the ropes and then takes Young out with a moonsault. Back in the ring Mark stays on offense, wearing Young down. Young gets himself back into it by back dropping Mark over the ropes and to the floor. He brings Mark back in the ring and hits a gourdbuster for two. Young is trying to work Mark over but Mark doesn’t seem interested in selling anything for poor Silas. Finally Young is able to come back and hit the backbreaker/clothesline combo for a two-count. Of course it doesn’t last and Mark sends Young back to the floor. Mark follows him out with the Cactus Elbow. Back in the ring Mark continues to beat on Young with his unique offense. Mark goes up top but Young avoids him. He charges into the corner and Young avoids him and gets a rollup with his feet on the ropes to get the pin at 9:02. That was an odd match, as Mark sold almost nothing and was on offense almost the entire match until Young cheated to win. How is that supposed to help Silas Young get more over? Does Mark need to be protected that much? After the bell Mark attacks and Young beats him down. Young takes off referee Todd Sinclair’s belt and whips Mark with it, and a gaggle of officials have to break it up.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Jimmy Jacobs Trial Series Match #4 – “Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. Adam Page

There seems to be some tension here, as Page is likely still upset with Jacobs about the whole S.C.U.M. thing for some reason. Jacobs clotheslines Page to the floor and goes for a dive but Page cuts him out of the air with a kick to the face. Page then wipes Jacobs out with a shooting star press off the apron. Back in the ring Page hits a cross body from the top rope for two. Page works Jacobs over for some time, and then Jacobs is all like “eat it, rookie,” and goes on offense. Jacobs hits the old Colt Cabana tornado vertical suplex for a two-count. Page fights back and hits a powerslam for a near-fall. Jacobs responds with the diving Ace Crusher for two. Page hits a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. He tries a springboard moonsault but Jacobs hits him with a dropkick. Jacobs nails the Contra Code but it only gets two. Momentum continues to shift and Page finds himself on the top rope. Jacobs joins him and after a struggle is able to bring Page down with a Super Contra Code to get the win at 10:59. That was a fine back and forth match but with Jacobs coming in with a 1-2 record in a five-match series essentially facing a job guy, there wasn’t a whole lot of drama to it. Still, they did solid work.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Battle of the Piledrivers – “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen vs. Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis

Punches are thrown right from the get-go and these two are eager to prove who has the more effective piledriver. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver early, but Bennett is able to escape and seek solace in the arms of his girlfriend. Back in the ring Steen keeps control so Bennett rolls to the floor again. Steen throws Bennett around ringside, into the barricades and crotch-first into the ring post. He slams Bennett’s boy parts into the post again, just to be a jerk. The crowd chants “one more time” so Steen goes for it, but Bennett blocks and throws Steen into the barricade. The brawl continues on the floor and the referee has no control over anything. Bennett misses a big punch and Steen follows through on ramming him crotch-first into the ring post. Back in the ring Steen goes up top and tries the Swanton Bomb but Bennett gets his knees up. Bennett hits the Box Office Smash for a two-count. He stays in control, keeping Steen grounded. Steen comes back and tries the Sleeper Suplex but Bennett avoids it. Bennett charges into the corner and Steen moves, sending Bennett shoulder-first into the post. Steen follows with a swank tornado DDT for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Steen hitting a Codebreaker. More reversals end with Bennett hitting a Superkick for two. Steen tries the Sleeper Suplex again but Bennett hits a chinbreaker. Bennett charges in and Steen grabs him for a pop-up powerbomb. Steen hits a back senton for a two-count. He hits Go To Sleep and Maria throws her shoe in th erring to break up the count. Not sure why the referee wouldn’t just keep counting. Steen chases Maria and runs right into a Bennett TKO. Bennett then hits the Piledriver for two. He goes for a superplex but Steen shoves him down and hits the Swanton Bomb for a near-fall. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver and Maria distracts Steen again. That allows Bennett to hit a second piledriver and get the pin at 12:24. That was well-paced and the internal story of who has the better piledriver gave the match a solid directive. Maria interfered just a little too much down the stretch for my liking, but that’s kind of their deal.
Rating: ***

After the match Bennett goes for a piledriver on the ring apron, but Lisa Maria Varon comes out and attacks Maria! Steen recovers and the fight with Bennett is back on. They brawl and security and officials have to break them up. Steen wipes out Bennett and a bunch of the job squad with a huge dive off the top rope. He then helps Varon hit Maria with the Widow’s Peak. You’d think that would lead to a mixed tag team match at Final Battle, but it didn’t.

Steve Corino replaces Nigel McGuinness on commentary for the second half.

MATCH #4: “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jesse Sorensen

Sorensen comes out without his football, so it’s already a step up from his TNA days. They start with some back and forth and Sorensen looks confident. Momentum shifts a few times and both men land strikes. Ciampa is able to send Sorensen to the floor and he follows him out. He exposes the floor and goes for a suplex, but Sorensen avoids it and takes Ciampa out with a house show dive. Back in the ring Ciampa gets the momentum back on his side and he goes to work. Sorensen won’t give up though and he fights back with a variety of offense. Ciampa catches him and drops him in an inverted-type Attitude Adjustment for a two-count. He gets Sorensen prone in the corner, and hits him with two running knee strikes sans knee pad. Ciampa goes for a Super Air Raid Crash and Sorensen reverses to an ugly Sunset Bomb, dropping Ciampa’s spine on his knees. That gets a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Ciampa locking on the Sicilian Stretch and Sorensen taps out at 9:57. That was the usual Ciampa goodness and a solid showing for Sorensen in his ROH debut.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Outlaw Inc. (“Notorious 187″ Homicide & Eddie Kingston) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & TaDarius Thomas)

Kingston and ACH start the match. They chain wrestle and ACH uses his agility and Kingston uses his size advantage. ACH sends Kingston to the floor and goes for a dive, but when Kingston moves ACH is able to flip himself back in the ring. Back in the ring Outlaw Inc. take control and start wearing down ACH, keeping him away from his partner. After just a short time ACH is able to make a tag. Thomas comes in guns blazing but he’s quickly cut off by Kingston. Momentum shifts back and forth and all four men get various chances to shine, albeit briefly. The referee loses control and Outlaw Inc. are able to hit the old Steiner Brothers bulldog to get the win at 11:22. That was not great, as they never established any kind of rhythm and it just went back and forth seemingly at random. Outlaw Inc. is pretty terrible.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: “Intrepid Traveler” Paul London vs. “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong

This is a first-time ever match I do believe. They start off with some mat wrestling to feel each other out in the early going. London strikes first with a dropkick and Strong bails to the floor. When London tries to follow him out with a dive, Strong catches him with a knife edge chop. Strong continues throwing London around ringside, but London is able to hop up on the guardrail and hit a moonsault! They head back to the ring and Strong brings London in with a backbreaker! That was neat. Strong is firmly in control now and he is assaulting London as only he can. London starts to fire up but both men cross body block at the same time and knock the wind out of each other. Back on their feet London fires up and unleashes a flurry of offense. Strong cuts him off and they fight on the apron. London is able to knock Strong to the floor with a dropsault, and then wipes him out with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring London hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. Strong responds with another backbreaker and then a superplex for a near-fall. He puts on the Stronghold and London counters it with a rollup for two. The pace gets fast and they trade reversals, ending when Strong tries the gut buster but London counters it into a double stomp! I’ve never seen that before. They slug it out and London wins that battle with a nasty Superkick. London hits the Waffle Face for a two-count. He goes for the Shooting Star Press but Strong rolls to the apron. London goes for the double stomp just like Richards did to him back at Border Wars, but Strong avoids it and hits a half-nelson backbreaker onto the edge of the ring frame! Sick. Back in the ring Strong hits the gutbuster and the Sick Kick but London kicks out at two! Back on their feet they trade reversals and such, and Strong is able to land a knee strike and the Gibson Driver for two. Strong turns that into the Stronghold and London reaches the bottom rope! London rolls to the apron and is able to headscissor Strong into position for a Tombstone Piledriver on the floor! Back in the ring London hits a double stomp to the back, and then lands the Shooting Star Press for the win at 16:52! What a tremendous match between two of the best to ever come through ROH. Their styles just clicked together and they did some really unique spots and built up to one hell of a finish. They kept up a torrid pace and made sure the crowd stayed with them. I really wish they would have been able to do the rematch in San Antonio, but life happens.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: ROH Champions vs. All-Stars – ROH World Champion Adam Cole, ROH World Television Champion Matt Taven & ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal and C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)

In a somewhat surprising move, Elgin and Cole start the match. Before any contact is made Cole runs away and then tags Taven. Lethal tags in as well, and that kicks off the tag parade, as everyone gets a chance in the ring during the opening minutes. The All-Stars team takes the first control, so the Champions regroup on the floor. It doesn’t do them much good though, as Taven gets beat up by Elgin and Lethal for a bit. Taven is able to force Lethal back into the wrong corner, and O’Reilly tags in. The tag teams get a chance to battle, and the All-Stars take control on Fish. All four All-Stars work Fish over in their corner, focusing on his arm. Fish survives the onslaught and is able to stave off elimination. The Champions go to work on Alexander, and we see Outlaw Inc. out in the crowd causing a ruckus. Elgin and Cole get tagged in at the same time and Cole bails in a hurry. Taven comes in instead and Elgin throws him around. Elgin beats up the Tag Team Champions as well, but Cole is the one he wants. The referee loses control and chaos erupts with a brawl outside the ring. The Champions get the better of the fight and the match settles back in the ring. Homicide and Kingston are causing trouble on the floor, getting into a heated argument with Fish. Elgin fights back and destroys all of his opponents, leaving himself alone in the ring with Cole. The ROH World Champion tries to beg off and offers a handshake but Elgin will have none of it. Everyone gets in the ring again for a big brawl and this time it’s the All-Stars in control. When the match settles back down again the Champions resume control, isolating Lethal. Cole and O’Reilly have a cool little Future Shock reunion with some awesome teamwork. We’re approaching the 30-minute mark and there have been no eliminations yet. Eventually Lethal gets the hot tag to Alexander and he is a house afire, taking it to all four of his opponents. Alexander sends Cole to the floor and goes for a dive but Cole cuts him off with a kick to the face. Coleman comes to his partner’s aid, and then reDRagon goes after Coleman. Homicide and Kingston jump the barricade and go after reDRagon. Everyone tries to break that up and Taven takes out the crowd with a dive. Alexander follows with another dive and security is finally able to run Homicide and Kingston off. Back to the ring, Alexander tries a springboard dive but Cole catches him with a Superkick to score the first elimination at 33:11.

Elgin comes in and goes after Cole, but Lethal takes offense to that because he wants to eliminate Cole himself and earn a shot at the ROH World Title. Lethal and Coleman work together on Taven until Scarlett Bordeaux peddles her wares in front of Lethal to distract him. Even so, Lethal is able to hit Taven with the Lethal Combination! Lethal goes up top and Kasey Ray climbs up to stop him. Taven hits Lethal with a Superkick and both Lethal and Kasey crash off the top rope and through the timekeeper’s table! Coleman takes advantage and goes after Taven. The TV Champion comes back and hits Coleman with the Climax, but Cole had made a blind tag. Taven and Cole argue briefly, but it doesn’t escalate to fisticuffs. Cole then hits Coleman with the Florida Key to score the second elimination at 38:10. The Champions have a huge advantage now and they go right after Elgin, beating him down. Lethal has been injured and is down and out at ringside, leaving Elgin at a four-on-one disadvantage. This goes on for several minutes, but Elgin never gives up and he’s able to blast O’Reilly with a spinning back fist and a short-arm lariat to eliminate the first Champion at 46:38. Elgin continues to fight off all three of his remaining opponents while officials try to herd Lethal backstage. Lethal will have nothing to do with that though, and he gets up on the apron! Elgin makes the hot tag and Lethal is fully recovered and ready to go. Lethal goes crazy, taking everyone out including Truth Martini! He locks Taven in a half crab but Taven is able to make the tag. Cole sneaks in and kicks Lethal in the back of the head. He follows with the suplex into a neckbreaker to get the win and officially eliminate Lethal at 51:29. We’re down to three-on-one in favor of the Champions now. Taven goes for the Climax but Elgin counters to the Crossface and Taven taps out at 52:51. The commentators are really pushing the fact that Fish has never been defeated since coming back to ROH about a year ago. Cole and Fish beat Elgin down for several minutes, but the resilient Elgin stays strong and gets rid of Cole. Elgin is able to hit Fish with the Buckle Bomb and the Elgin Bomb to get the pin and take it down to one-on-one at 57:30.

Before leaving, Fish gets in the ring and decks Elgin with a chair. Cole immediately covers but he only gets two! Elgin powers up and takes it to the Champion, throwing him around with suplexes. He sends Cole to the floor and tries to grab on to him, but Cole delivers an enziguiri. Cole hits a Shining Wizard for a two-count. He hits a couple of superkicks but again only gets two. Elgin catches Cole charging in with an STJoe, and then kills him with a lariat for a near-fall. Cole rolls to the floor. Elgin joins him but it backfires when Cole hits him with the Florida Key! He barely makes it back to the ring at the count of 19, and Cole immediately traps him in the Figure Four Leglock. Elgin reaches the ropes. He then traps Cole in the Crossface and this time it’s Cole barely making it to the ropes to break the hold. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb and goes for the Elgin Bomb but a series of reversals force him to settle for hitting a vicious spinning back fist. They fight up on the ropes and Cole hits a super rana and then follows with the Panama Destroyer but Elgin kicks out! They fight up on the ropes again and Elgin brings Cole all the way down with a super Elgin Bomb to get the pin at 71:34. Cole’s shoulder definitely came up; I think he landed badly on his head and got a concussion. That was certainly long, but it didn’t really feel it. Besides, to register seven falls on Ring of Honor Champions and All-Stars should take a long time, so there’s no issue there. Elgin eliminating all four members of the opposing team may have been a little bit much, but at least they were pushing someone hard and really going for it. The action here was great and everyone got a chance to shine, obviously Elgin in particular. It was a great showcase for the top stars and teams in the company (and Taven), and a worthy main event for one of the biggest shows of the year.
Rating: ****

While both men are down and exhausted, Jay Briscoe makes his way out with a mystery bag. Elgin gets up and gets in Jay’s face. Jay hits Elgin with the bag, and then blasts Cole with it as well. He reveals the contents of the bag – his own customized “World Title” belt.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz – ROH Glory By Honor XI: The Unbreakable Hope (Kevin Steen, Michael Elgin) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/14/a2z-analysiz-roh-glory-by-honor-xi-the-unbreakable-hope-kevin-steen-michael-elgin-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/11/14/a2z-analysiz-roh-glory-by-honor-xi-the-unbreakable-hope-kevin-steen-michael-elgin-3/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:00:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=170660 GBH11

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International Centre – Mississauga, Ontario – October 13, 2012

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are on commentary. They welcome everyone to the show and run down the card to get everybody hype!

MATCH #1: “Caged Hostility” Rematch – The Bravado Brothers vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

I really enjoyed their first match together (which Coleman and Alexander won) so I look forward to this. It seems like a good choice for an opener. Harlem and Alexander start the match. Lance attacks Alexander from behind and Harlem knocks Coleman off the apron, just to be jerks. That’s a good way to make sure the fans understand the dynamics of the match. Alexander quickly fights back and I expect a lot of momentum changes in this match. That prediction holds true early on as both teams try to establish the pace. The Bravados are able to focus on Alexander and isolate him from his more experienced partner. After several minutes Alexander uses his speed to take both brothers out and make the tag. Coleman comes in a house afire. He this Harlem with rolling Northern Lights Suplexes and even adds one for Lance on the third! That was awesome. The Bravados seek sanctuary on the floor but Alexander wipes Lance out with a dive. Harlem follows with a moonsault off the second rope to wipe Alexander out. Coleman then follows with a dive to wipe out everyone. Back in then ring Coleman covers Harlem for two. Coleman misses a charge in the corner and Harlem hits an Unprettier for two. Lance hits a huge lariat for another two-count. Coleman comes back with a springboard cross body block and makes the tag. Alexander hits a spin kick off the ropes for two. Coleman and Alexander show some impressive double-teaming but can’t put Lance away. The Bravados make the comeback and the match breaks down. Lance got his mouth busted open somewhere along the way. He gets thrown to the floor and C&C hit Harlem with Total Elimination to send him to the floor. Lance is back in and Coleman hits him with the pop-up rana and Alexander follows with the Frog Splash to get the pin at 12:17. That was a hot opener and just as good as their first match. I just wish they’d give these teams an actual issue to feud over.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: Grudge Match – Mike Mondo vs. Mike Bennett

This feud has been built around the fact that Mondo forced himself on Bennett’s girlfriend several times, and basically threatened to rape her. Somehow he’s the babyface in this scenario. Said girlfriend Maria Kanellis is in Bennett’s corner tonight. Mondo is the kind of guy who says “Boom.” He’s such a tool. Mondo starts off hot, throwing hands and making eyes at Maria. He goes outside and hides under the ring, and then surprises Bennett with a shoulder tackle into the barricade. Mondo tries leaping off the apron but Bennett catches him in a powerslam. Bennett throws Mondo into the barricade and Mondo lands badly on his leg. I think that’s where he got injured. Bennett follows up with a spear. Back in the ring Bennett continues the assault. They battle on the top rope and Mondo shoves Bennett down. Before Mondo can follow up Bennett charges in and knocks him back to the floor. Bennett rams Mondo into the barricade, and then Mondo rams Bennett into the same barricade. Mondo then throws Bennett into a barricade, but a different one. He charges and Bennett catches him in a spinebuster on the ring apron. Back in the ring both men cross body each other at the same time, rendering the spinebuster on the apron moot. Why even do it then? They go back to the floor and slug it out up in the aisle. Bennett goes for a piledriver but Mondo backdrops him. Mondo throws Bennett around a bit and prevents referee Gino Colucci from counting Bennett out. He goes back out to the aisle but is limping pretty severely. Mondo climbs up on the scaffolding and jumps off it to wipe Bennett out, likely further legitimately injuring himself. What a stupid spot to do in the second match on the card. They get back to the ring and Maria jumps up on the apron. Mondo avoids a charging Bennett and gets an O’Connor roll for two. Bennett kicks Mondo off and Maria catches him with a slap to the face. That debilitates Mondo long enough for Bennett to hit the TKO and get the pin at 10:51. Very little of what these guys did in the match made sense for the feud they have. Spots like the spinebuster on the apron and Mondo jumping off the scaffolding had little impact in the match and they would have been better off just keeping it an intense brawl. This just failed on every level except for Maria being a really hot distraction.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Grudge Tag Team Match – Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer

At least this match concentrates three of my least favorite people in ROH into one match. Haas and Benjamin attack before Titus and Whitmer can even make their entrance. They take Titus out and bring Whitmer into the ring. Titus comes to the rescue and I don’t think the bell has even rung yet. He sends Haas to the floor and Whitmer wipes him out with a dive. That leaves Titus and Benjamin in the ring and finally the bell does ring.

Titus has control and this a bulldog for two. Meanwhile Haas drops Whitmer back-first onto the ringside barricade. Haas then brings Titus to the apron and eventually the WGTT are able to dump Titus to the floor. Back in the ring Haas and Benjamin go to work. Benjamin tries the super belly-to-belly throw but Titus shoves him down and hits a high cross body block. Both men are down. They get to their knees and slug it out and do the same on their feet. The crowd is actually supporting WGTT here for some reason. Benjamin and Titus clothesline each other and both men are down again. Tags are made and Whitmer is a house afire all over Haas. Whitmer tosses Benjamin to the floor. He and Haas then trade boots to the face and curse at each other. They trade German Suplexes and Haas wins that battle. Haas hits an Olympic Slam for two when Titus breaks up the pin. The referee has completely lost control. Somewhere in all the brawling, Haas and Benjamin hit Whitmer with the double powerbomb for the pin at 10:12. That was a decent tag team brawl, especially given how little I care about anything Titus or the WGTT do.
Rating: **¼

Kelly and McGuinness recap the events of last week’s Killer Instinct main event, which saw Jay Lethal go crazy on Kevin Steen after Steen spit on his mother. Backstage, Lethal threw Jim Cornette over a table, “injuring” Cornette and removing him from ROH.

MATCH #4: “Survival of the Fittest 2012″ Finals Rematch – Jay Lethal vs. Davey Richards

Lethal gets on the mic before the match, and he’s still mad at Kevin Steen for spitting on his parents in Rahway, and tells Steen he can kiss his ass. He says he put Jim Cornette in the hospital and the crowd cheers. Good for them. Lethal blames ROH for him developing a Killer Instinct, and says that ROH can also kiss his ass. He does have respect for Davey Richards though, but he has a lot of anger in him so tonight Richards is just the wrong person at the wrong time.

These two have had good matches in the past, so with Lethal’s new attitude this could be pretty good. They feel each other out in the early going, as neither guy seems to be in a hurry. Down on the mat Richards takes the early advantage with a couple of submission holds, trying to wear Lethal down. Lethal responds with a slap to the face, angering the American Wolf. Things escalate now and Lethal hits the hiptoss/dropkick combination for a one-count. Richards comes back and goes to work on the arm. Momentum continues to shift back and forth as these two appear very evenly matched. Lethal has sure come a long way. Richards hits a dropkick that sends Lethal to the floor, and he follows with the running kick to the chest on the apron. He continues using kicks, even hitting his version of the Ole Kick to take Lethal’s head off. Back in the ring Richards hits a missile dropkick for two. Richards continues to control the action, keeping Lethal on the mat. Lethal fights back and hits the Jericho dropkick to send Richards to the floor. He follows with a suicide dive to wipe Richards out. They fight on the apron and Richards kicks Lethal in the head. Richards tries the running kick again but Lethal ducks it and hits an Ace Crusher on the apron! That was neat. Back in the ring they slug it out and Richards hits the Alarm Clock. Lethal strikes back with a superkick and hits the Lethal Combination and then locks on the Koji Clutch. Richards reaches the ropes. He lands a knockout kick and a bridging German Suplex for a two-count. Lethal comes back with an inverted suplex into a face slam for two. They fight up on the ropes and Richards connects with a superplex. Richards tries to hang on and deliver another move but Lethal grabs an inside cradle for two. They trade reversals and Richards hits an Ace Crusher. Richards follows with an Ace Crusher and a brainbuster for two. He goes up top and hits a huge double stomp but again only gets a two-count. Richards tries the Ankle Lock and Lethal escapes that, only to get drilled with a kick to the chest. Lethal kicks out at one! They trade strikes again and Lethal hits two superkicks for a near-fall. Back up on the top rope they slug it out some more and Lethal goes for a Sunset Bomb through a table but Richards blocks it. Lethal is tenacious though and kicks Richards in the head to send him through the table at ringside. Richards barely makes it back in the ring before the count of 20, and Lethal drills him with Hail to the King for a two-count. Lethal follows with a dragon suplex for another close near-fall. He goes for the Lethal Injection but Richards avoids it and puts on the Ankle Lock! Lethal rolls through and puts on the Parachute Hold. Richards rolls through that into an inverted cloverleaf. Lethal breaks free and hits a superkick to the back of the head. He then hits the Lethal Injection but it only gets two! Lethal locks on the Koji Clutch and Richards passes out at 23:31. That was an awesome contest that perfectly displayed both men’s present characters. It was also a key win for Lethal on his way up the card. Good for Richards for making Lethal look as good as he did. Richards even raises Lethal’s hand after the match in a show of respect.
Rating: ****

Kevin Kelly announces that Mike Mondo may have possibly fractured his ankle, and to go to ROH Wrestling Dot Com for more information.

MATCH #5: Special Challenge Match – Roderick Strong vs. TaDarius Thomas

Roderick Strong comes out in street clothes with Truth Martini chasing after him looking distressed. Strong refers to being in the first match after intermission and wrestling “this guy” is bullshit. He says tonight he officially quits the House of Truth. Strong is going to grab a seat in the front row and watch Michael Elgin fail in his attempt to win the ROH World Title later on. Referee Brian Gorie decides to count Strong out of the ring, but Martini brings RHINO out as a replacement opponent for Thomas. RHINO does not look happy to be there.

They start off slowly since neither guy was prepared to face the other. In fact RHINO only has one knee pad on. That’s just crazy. Martini runs to the back for some reason as Thomas shows off his unique style of offense. RHINO comes back with a hard TKO for a two-count. Martini had retrieved RHINO’s bag of stuff so RHINO starts taping his wrists in between pounding on Thomas. RHINO throws Thomas to the floor and Martini takes some cheap shots right in front of the referee. Even RHINO tells Martini to back off. Back in the ring RHINO continues the abuse. Thomas fights back with some unorthodox punches and kicks. Martini gets on the apron and Thomas knocks him down. RHINO hits a belly-to-belly suplex and sets up for the GORE. Martini trips Thomas instead, and RHINO is none too please about it. RHINO sets up for the GORE again but Thomas avoids it and kicks RHINO in the face. Thomas then scores a La Magistral cradle to get the pin at 5:56. That was fine for storyline purposes and it’s nice to see Thomas get a win but it wasn’t really much of a match.
Rating: *½

An angry RHINO grabs Martini and heaves him into the guardrail, slicing both Martini’s pants and leg open. That’s just mean.

MATCH #6: World TV Title Match – Adam Cole vs. Eddie Edwards

Cole has been the Champion since 6.29.12, and this is his third defense. This match has been granted a 30-minute time limit. These two teamed up on the last show, so this should be a friendly yet competitive match. They wrestle on the mat to start and come to standoff. It goes back and forth several times with both guys scoring multiple pinning combinations for two-counts and trying their submission maneuvers on each other to no avail. Edwards throws Cole to the floor and goes for a suicide dive but Cole cuts him off with an enziguiri. Cole gets up on the apron and Edwards kicks him down and this time hits the suicide dive. Back in the ring Edwards goes to work. Cole hits a basement dropkick. Edwards responds by also going after the knee. They get up to trade forearms and chops. The fight spills to the apron and Cole hits another enziguiri. Cole then hits a nasty looking slingshot DDT and both men are down on the floor. Back in the ring Cole hits a Superfly Splash for a two-count. Cole hits a Death Valley Neckbreaker for another near-fall. Edwards sells for about a second before coming back with the Chin Checker for two. The challenger goes back to the leg and then hits a double stomp off the top rope to the back. Edwards puts on the Achilles Lock and adds some kicks to the back of the head. Cole kicks his way out of it and then locks on the Figure-Four Leglock from a very unique position. Edwards reaches the ropes. Cole goes for a superplex but Edwards counters with a Death Valley Driver (sort of) to the floor! I don’t think that’s what they were going for but that’s what it looked like. Back in the ring they trade kicks to the face. Cole hits a suplex into a neckbreaker and then kicks Edwards in the back of the head for two. He follows up with the Florida Key to get the pin at 19:10. Both guys seemed to be going all-out to have a great match and I appreciate that. However they just kind of went from one sequence to another without anything tying it together. The action was fun and it didn’t feel as long as it was, it just never reached levels of greatness.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #7: World Tag Team Title Match – S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe

Corino and Jacobs have been the Champions since 9.15.12, and this is their third defense. These two teams met back at Boiling Point and the Briscoes earned a victory that night. The Briscoes attack before the bell and away we go. It doesn’t take long for the fight to spill out to the floor. Mark and Jacobs battle on one side of the ring while Corino and Jay fight on the other side. They make it to the ring and the Briscoes are firmly in control. The challengers wear Corino out for several minutes until Corino is able to hit Mark with the Colby Shock. Jacobs tags in and Mark quickly tags Jay and the Briscoes are right back in control. Corino uses a roll of coins to deck Mark and knock him off the apron. S.C.U.M. takes control now with essentially a two-on-one advantage. Jacobs and Corino isolate Jay and wear him down. Jay grabs Corino and hits a Flatliner into the middle turnbuckle. Moments later Mark is back on the apron and Jay makes the tag! Mark unleashes the Redneck Kung Fu and is generally a house afire. He hits Jacobs with the Iconoclasm for two. The Briscoes hit the Sidewinder but it again only gets a two-count. The match breaks down and offense is coming from all over the place. All four men are down. They rise and start trading punches. Jacobs sends Jay to the floor and then hits Mark with the Contra Code. Corino hits the Eternal Dream and Jacobs covers for two. Jacobs goes up for the senton as Jay hits Corino with a Death Valley Driver on the barricade! Mark gets his knees up! Jay gets the tag and hits a Death Valley Driver on Jacobs. Mark follows with the Froggy Bow but somehow Jacobs kicks out. The Briscoes go for the Doomsday Device but Corino pushes Mark off the top rope and kicks Jay square in the nuts. Jacobs gets a victory roll for the cheap pin at 13:59. That was the usual good but not great match between these guys. Is it possible the Briscoes have done all they can do as a team?
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: ROH World Title Match – Kevin Steen vs. Unbreakable Michael Elgin

Steen has been the Champion since 5.12.12, and this is his eleventh defense. Elgin earned this title shot almost a year ago by winning Survival of the Fittest 2011. This is the first time two Canadians have been fighting for the ROH World Title, and they’re in Canada no less. Steen cuts a promo before the match, talking about his confrontation with Jay Lethal and his family last week in Rahway at Killer Instinct. He also runs down his list of demands for agreeing to this match – he will never fight Jay Lethal again, he will get a new ROH Championship belt, and the Package Piledriver is legal again. Elgin then comes out, sans Truth Martini.

They start slugging right away. Elgin scores the first big blow with a Boss Man Slam. Steen tries to powder and Elgin follows him out to continue the abuse. They trade whips into the barricades, and then Steen chokes Elgin with the Canadian flag. Elgin reverses another whip into the barricade and then he returns the flag favor. Back in the ring Elgin covers for two. Elgin hits a delayed vertical suplex for another two-count as the crowd starts to really get behind him. He continues working on Steen and tries going to the top rope but Steen pulls him down and hits the Orton DDT. They go to the floor and Steen hits the powerbomb on the edge of the ring frame. Steen hits a Frog Splash off the apron. Back in the ring Steen covers for two. Steen keeps up the pressure and keeps Elgin off his feet. Elgin fights back with an enziguiri and both men are down. Back on their feet the pace continues to be quick given the size of both men. Elgin hits Diamond Dust for a near-fall. Steen tries the Package Piledriver but Elgin reverses and hits White Noise for two. Elgin tries a powerslam but Steen slips out and pulls the back of Elgin’s head onto his knee. Steen then hits the Cannonball in the corner for two. Elgin tries a corkscrew senton off the top rope but Steen gets his knees up. Steen charges but Elgin pulls down the top rope and Steen crashes to the floor. Elgin follows with a somersault dive to wipe him out. Strong distracts Elgin from his ringside seat and Elgin pulls him out and hurls him repeatedly into the barricades and then throws him back behind the curtain! Take that Roderick! Elgin then powerbombs Steen into the ring post! Back in the ring Elgin goes up top again and this time hits the corkscrew senton but it only gets two! Steen comes back and locks on the Sharpshooter. Elgin reverses to the Crossface and Steen reaches the ropes. They go to the apron and slug it out. Steen puts on a Sleeper so Elgin runs and jumps off the apron right onto a table! That was awesome. Both men barely make it back in before 20. They clothesline each other but no one goes down. Elgin runs off the ropes and Steen throws him into the air for a sit-out powerbomb! Somehow Elgin kicks out! Steen goes for the F-Cinq but Elgin counters to the Crossface, and Steen counters that with a cradle for two! Elgin gets an O’Connor Roll for a very close near-fall. He follows with an impressive dead lift German Suplex for two. That’s ridiculous. Elgin hits knees to the face. Steen hits a Codebreaker but Elgin drops him with a lariat for two. Elgin hits a Buckle Bomb but Steen pops out of the corner with a big clothesline and both men are down. Back on their feet Steen hits the F-Cinq but it only gets two! Elgin puts on the Crossface again and Steen reaches the ropes. Steen hits a Sleeper Suplex and the Package Piledriver but Elgin kicks out! While Steen argues with the referee Elgin rolls him up for two! Steen tries the Cannonball but Elgin catches him and hits a powerbomb! That’s awesome. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb and the Spiral Bomb but somehow Steen gets his shoulder up! They fight on the top rope and Steen is able to put Elgin in position to hit a Super Package Piledriver! Finally that’s enough for the win at 31:31. Best match of either guy’s life and the ROH Match of the Year, hands down.
Rating: ****¾

After the match Roderick Strong comes out and delivers a Sick Kick to Elgin! That’s just rude. Then a mysterious package arrives for Steen, and Nigel McGuinness delivers it to him. The crowd knows what’s in the box. Steen pulls out El Generico’s mask! I think the main event for Final Battle 2012 is set.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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Frontier Fieldhouse – Chicago Ridge, Illinois – November 19, 2011

Kevin Kelly and Dave Prazak are on commentary.

PRELIMINARY MATCH: Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Mike Sydal

Sydal is Matt’s shoot younger brother. Kevin Steen shows up to sit ringside and watch the action. Ridge and Sydal go back and forth as Steen heckles them, drawing the attention of the crowd. Jim Cornette and Cary Silkin come out and try to make Steen leave, but since he bought a ticket they can’t force him. Meanwhile, Ridge is in control of the less experienced Sydal, working on his arm. Steen and Cornette continue to keep the crowd distracted while Sydal has somehow made a comeback. Ridge comes back with kicks. He follows up with the slingshot Ace Crusher to get the pin at 6:19. It’s a little hard to rate that given that they didn’t show a lot of it due to Cornette and Steen, but I don’t think we missed much.
Rating: *¾

After the match Jim Cornette comes down to confront Steen again, and the crowd is totally on Steen’s side. Cornette makes some lame jokes and homophobic remarks and then heads to the back.

MATCH #1: Four Corner Survival Match – “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett vs. Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin vs. Grizzly Redwood

Bennett is 222 pounds and is from Boston, Massachusetts. Elgin, with Truth Martini, is at 245 pounds and hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Cole weighs in at 202 pounds and is wrestling out of Panama City, Florida. Redwood is a sparse 140 pounds and comes to us from Yukon, Canada. Cole and Bennett start the match. The crowd is on Bennett’s pace right from the get-go. Redwood and Elgin tag in and take one guess how that goes. Just as he did last night at Survival of the Fittest 2011, Elgin uses his power to throw everyone around. Bennett finds himself a target, likely because he’s been such a giant douche bag since debuting in late 2010. The pace in this one is fast and furious, making it a good choice for an opener. Redwood traps Bennett in a Sleeper but can’t hang on to it. Cole comes in and hits Redwood with a nice wheelbarrow suplex. Elgin throws Redwood on top of Cole, and then throws Redwood right into a DDT on Bennett. He then powerslams Redwood on top of Bennett and covers, but referee Paul Turner won’t count because Bennett isn’t legal. I love it. Elgin then Buckle Bombs Redwood right into Cole. Bennett cuts Elgin off with a spinebuster, but then turns into another Redwood DDT. Redwood hits Elgin with an enziguiri and then tries a Cannonball, but Elgin picks him up and powerbombs him over the ropes and onto Bennett on the floor! Cole tries a sunset flip but Elgin powers out of that too, only to eat a superkick. He hits an enziguiri and another superkick, but Elgin still won’t go down. Elgin responds with a big lariat and the spinning sitout powerbomb to get the pin at 9:25. Counting his victory in a Four Corner Survival and the main event of Survival of the Fittest last night, Elgin has gone over 11 fellow wrestlers in two nights. That’s a good run, and his use of Redwood as his own personal weapon made this great fun.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Singles Action – Jimmy Jacobs with Steve Corino vs. Tommaso Ciampa with The Embassy

Jacobs is 181 pounds and wrestles out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He cuts a quick promo, taunting Steen for not being able to fight him tonight. The Embassy is in full force tonight, with Prince Nana, Mia Yim, R.D. Evans, and Ernesto Osiris accompanying “The Dominant Male” to the ring. Ciampa is 211 pounds and hails from Palermo, Sicily. Jacobs lets himself get distracted by Steen and Ciampa puts the boots to him. When Jacobs comes back with the headscissors, he rolls right to the floor to confront Steen. Corino talks him back into the ring, and with referee Todd Sinclair distracted, the Embassy interferes to give Ciampa the advantage. Ciampa hits a big lariat for two. He continues to work Jacobs over, but Jacobs fires back and executes a cannonball in the corner. Ciampa rolls to the floor and Jacobs wipes him out with a dive. Steen throws a beverage at Jacobs, so Corino and Jacobs pull Steen over the barricade and the brawl is on! This is ruled a no-contest at about 5:00. Ciampa and Jacobs had solid chemistry together and I’d like to see them do a rematch. This was good angle advancement, not much of a match though.
Rating: **

The brawl goes outside the building, which we see on the picture-in-picture, while the Embassy issues an open challenge. Harlem Bravado answers the challenge.

MATCH #3: Impromptu Match – Tommaso Ciampa with The Embassy vs. Harlem Bravado

Harlem gets in the ring and Ciampa immediately hits him with a running knee lift and then Project Ciampa to get the pin at 0:18. I like Ciampa.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #4: Special Challenge Match – Eddie Edwards vs. Kyle O’Reilly

O’Reilly weighs 204 pounds and hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Edwards is 211 pounds and is wrestling out of Boston, Massachusetts. This is a big singles match for O’Reilly. Tonight’s match stems from a tag team match back at No Escape, when Edwards continued to abuse O’Reilly after the bell because he didn’t hear it. The match was great, by the way. They start off on the mat and chain wrestle back and forth. The crowd supports both men, but the chants for Edwards are definitely louder. Both men try to out-Wolf each other with hard strikes. O’Reilly hits two rolling Butterfly Suplexes but Edwards blocks the third one and drops O’Reilly directly on his head. Wisely, O’Reilly rolls to the floor to regain his sense. Edwards follows him out and throws him into the barricade. Back in the ring Edwards looks confident as he works O’Reilly over. O’Reilly is able to counter with a hard DDT and both men are down. He runs at Edwards and gets hit with a hard chop, but is able to persevere and grab a cross armbreaker. O’Reilly turns that into a Crossface and Edwards is able to reach the ropes. Edwards fights back and goes for a double stomp off the top rope and misses, and O’Reilly drills him with a kick to the head for two. O’Reilly unleashes with kicks to the chest and Edwards gives it right back to him. They each throw superkicks at each other, and this is getting heated. Edwards hits a couple of brutal chops to the face and gets a two-count. He goes back up top and this time hits the Double Stomp. Now Edwards tries a powerbomb and O’Reilly turns it into a guillotine choke. Edwards turns that into the Die Hard, and then hits a second one. He locks on the Dragon Sleeper and O’Reilly has to tap out at 15:21. These two have good chemistry together, and O’Reilly has been booked really well on his way up the card.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Tag Team Challenge Match – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The Young Bucks

The Bucks weigh a combined 402 pounds and hail from Los Angeles, California. Jay and Mark Briscoe weigh in at 470 pounds and are wrestling out of Sandy Fork, Delaware. Nick and Matt Jackson act like jerks before the bell, so Dem Boys attack and take the fight right to the floor. Mark takes Matt into the ring and then throws him right back out. Meanwhile Jay is using the barricades to abuse Nick. The Briscoes are beating the Bucks like they owe them money. It takes almost four minutes for the Bucks to get any offense in whatsoever, as they knock Jay to the floor and focus on Mark. For some reason Matt is wrestling this match with a t-shirt on. Not that I don’t see enough shirtless men on a wrestling show, but that’s what makes it curious. Pretty much right as I type that he takes the shirt off. Okay then. Eventually Mark makes the tag and Jay is a house afire. Jay hits Nick with a Falcon Arrow for two. The Bucks cut Jay off and double-team him, despite referee Paul Turner’s objections. Nick hits a 450 Splash for a two-count. Mark pulls Matt to the floor and levels him with a clothesline. He then illegally gets in the ring to hit Nick with an exploder suplex. Mark legally tags in and hits the Iconoclasm for two. He goes up top but Matt pushes him off right into a Superkick from Nick. Now Matt takes in and they go for More Bang for Your Buck, but Mark was able to make a blind tag. The Briscoes try the Doomsday Device but the Bucks break that up. Mark settles for a Death Valley Driver and Jay follows with a Froggy ‘Bow for a near-fall. All four men are in the ring and the referee has lost all control. The Briscoes send Nick to the floor and hit Matt with the Doomsday Device to get the pin at 12:16. Jay and Mark are arguably the best thing going in ROH today, and the Bucks more than held up their end too. This seemed a bit short but I assume there will be more matches between the teams so it’s wise not to give it all away.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Proving Ground Match – World TV Champion Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong with Truth Martini

Strong is an even 200 pounds and is wrestling out of Tampa, Florida. Lethal, the TV Champion, weighs in at 215 pounds and is also wrestling out of Tampa. If Strong wins or lasts the 15-minute time limit, he earns a guaranteed shot at the TV Title. They start with some fast-paced chain wrestling, which the crowd appreciates. Strong takes the early advantage and hits an early backbreaker. Lethal comes back with a slingshot senton and then kicks Strong to the floor. When Lethal throws Strong back in the ring, Martini takes his opportunity to interfere, giving the advantage back to his charge. Strong resumes targeting the back. He hits the dropkick but only gets two. Lethal looks to be in rough shape at this point. Apparently I’m wrong though because Lethal unleashes a series of chops, but Strong cuts him off and drives him back into the corner. Strong charges right into a boot and Lethal hits the lag lariat. Both men are down. Up on their feet Lethal goes on offense but he can’t put Strong away. Bobby Cruise announces three minutes left. Strong comes back with a modified Chaos Theory for a two-count. He hits the gutbuster for two as Cruise announces two minutes left. Now Strong locks on the Stronghold and Lethal reaches the ropes. Another gutbuster gets another two-count for Strong as one minute is left. Strong wisely decides to start running now, which is smart strategy. Lethal catches up with him though and puts on the Figure-Four Leglock with 30 seconds remaining. Strong is able to withstand the hold and the time limit expires at an even 15:00.

The fans and Lethal ask for five more minutes, which brings Jim Cornette for a ruling. Cornette says that Strong has earned his shot at the TV Title no matter what, and also that Strong is a pussy if he doesn’t take the five more minutes. Strong acquiesces and here we go! They slug away at each other and the crowd is amped up. Strong hits the Sick Kick for a two-count. Lethal counters with the Lethal Combination for a two-count of his own. Strong locks on the Stronghold but Lethal kicks out of it and grabs an inside cradle for two. Lethal shrugs off a gutbuster and hits a superkick and a handspring Ace Crusher and that’s enough to get the win at 2:05 (17:05 total match time). Strong is pretty automatic at this point and Lethal has been a good addition to the roster since coming back.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: World Tag Team Title Match – Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) vs. The All Night Express

Benjamin and Haas have been the champions since 4.1.11, and this is their sixth defense. The champs weigh in at 509 pounds combined. Kenny King and Rhett Titus weigh a combined 458 pounds. They earned this title shot by beating the Briscoes in Ladder War III at Death Before Dishonor IX. Haas and Titus start the match. The champions take the early control and work Titus over. Benjamin still has his ribs taped up, so I expect that to be a target. A few seconds after I type that Titus does attack the ribs and then is able to make the tag. Benjamin and King go back and forth a bit, cautiously. King takes a powder to regroup. Back in the ring the challengers isolate Benjamin and focus on his injured ribs. Eventually Haas gets the tag and the crowd goes mild. Haas hits a couple of German Suplexes and an Olympic Slam before putting on the Haas of Pain. King breaks that up. The champs focus on Titus for a while before the tag is made to King. This match has just been all back and forth, like every WGTT match – no real story. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring. At least the crowd is getting interested. King knocks Haas to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Titus tries a Frog Splash but Benjamin gets his knees up and hits Paydirt but Titus kicks out at two! Tags are made and Haas and King throw punches. For some reason Haas finds it necessary to stick up both middle fingers at King and scream “FUCK YOU!” I dislike him a great deal. Benjamin knocks Titus to the floor and WGTT then hits King with the Leap of Faith and a double powerbomb to get the win at 22:03. Haas and Benjamin just aren’t interesting enough to go more than 20 minutes, or really to be in ROH at all. I just don’t like anything about them. King and Titus clearly outshined them.
Rating: **½

Backstage – The ROH World Tag Team Champions cut a promo putting over the ROH tag team division and the All Night Express. Benjamin declares the tag division the best in the “universes.” He also says, and I quote: “Donald and Daffy came out on top to show you there’s no ducking you.” Seriously, get these guys off my show.

MATCH #8: ROH World Title Match – Davey Richards vs. El Generico

Richards has been the champion since 6.26.11, and this is his fourth defense. They chain wrestle to start and both men have their game faces on. Richards hits a dropkick and Generico powders. Back in the ring Generico unleashes a flurry of armdrags and now Richards takes a powder. When Richards gets back inside they continue to go back and forth and Generico takes the advantage. Richards fights back and dumps Generico to the floor and drills him with a running kick to the chest. The champ then wipes Generico out with a suicide dive. Now Richards is firmly in control. He wears Generico down with a series of submission holds and strikes. Generico fights back with a low bridge to send Richards to the floor, and then he wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring Generico hits a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two-count. Generico follows up with a Michinoku Driver for two. Richards sells those moves for about 10 seconds before coming back with a kick to the chest for two. He follows with a running knee strike in the corner and a superplex for another near-fall. They trade forearm shots now and Generico wins that battle with a kick to the face. Generico tries the Brainbuster twice but Richards avoids it and hits the Alarm Clock. Richards hits a running forearm in the corner and Generico comes right back with a running Yakuza kick. Generico tries the Brainbuster again but Richards reverses to one of his own for two. Richards puts on the Ankle Lock but Generico won’t tap out. The champ tries the handspring but Generico dropkicks him in the face, then hits a running Yakuza Kick and the Half-Nelson Suplex for a close two-count. They take the fight to the apron and Generico hits a SICK Brainbuster on the apron. That’s nasty. By the time Generico is able to get Richards back in the ring to cover him, Richards is able to kick out at two. Of course he is. Generico takes Richards to the top rope but Richards counters and hits a Dragon Superplex. Richards follows up with a running kick and German Suplex with a bridge for two. The Buzzsaw Kick gets another two, and then Richards puts on the Ankle Lock again. Generico rolls out of it and hits the running Yakuza Kick and a Half-Nelson Suplex, and then he locks on a Sleeper. Richards escapes but Generico catches him in the Ankle Lock. The champ escapes out of that too and hits a lariat for two. Another brainbuster by Richards gets another two-count. Richards hits a trio of kicks to the head (similar to how he won the title from Edwards) to finally get the pin at 30:01. The crowd was pretty into it because they love Richards, but I believe no one really bough that Generico could win the title. As a result the match just felt long and the selling came and went as they saw fit. It was a good match, but anyone who reads me knows I’m just not into Richards’s style as much as most ROHBots.
Rating: ***¼

Kevin Steen makes his way out from the crowd and attacks the worn-down Champion. The locker room empties to try and keep them apart, and Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs make their way out to attack Steen. Steen gets chased out of the building and Richards cuts a promo that’s hard to hear because they show Steen getting removed from the building on the picture-in-picture.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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