Mike Reviews – ROH Wrath of the Racket (9th August 2003) – Part One

It’s another ROH Wednesday!

This time we’ve got ROH coming from Dayton, with the big draw being an appearance from Jim Cornette, hence the show name. Blog poster Jeff Gorman is apparently doing the ring announcing on this one too, so there’s even a BOD tie in. What more could you ask for?!

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Mike Reviews – ROH Death Before Dishonour (19th July 2003) – Part One

Back with yet another ROH Wednesday!

This was actually a pretty darn big show for ROH crowd attendance wise due to them bringing in Jeff Hardy not that far removed from him leaving WWE earlier in 2003. There are also some big matches on the card featuring the likes of Raven, CM Punk, Samoa Joe, Paul London, AJ Styles and Low Ki, so it’s a pretty stacked card.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Night Of The Grudges (14th June 2003) – Concluding Part

Let’s finish this one off. When we last left things in Part One, Justin Credible had made his ROH debut and CM Punk had once again gotten the better of Raven in their ongoing feud. Later on in this concluding part we have a match between AJ Styles and Paul London, as well as The Group taking on The Prophecy.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Do or Die (31st May 2003) – Part One

ROH Wednesdays continue for another week!

They are giving some new faces a chance this time out, hence why they’ve gone for the “Do or Die” name, as if you make the chance count then you could potentially get some further bookings down the line. The second half of the show is scheduled to feature the usual top talent as well, with a Homicide Vs Samoa Joe Main Event pencilled in.

As usual we’ll break this up into a couple parts.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Vs FWA: Frontiers of Honour (17th May 2003) – Concluding Part

Back again for another ROH Wednesday!

Last week we left things with the FWA leading the inter-promotional series with ROH by a score of 2-1. This week they will try to close the series out when Zebra Kid, Flash Barker and Jody Fleisch take on Samoa Joe, Low Ki and Christopher Daniels respectively.

We’ve also got an FWA six person hardcore brawl on the docket as well, so let’s wait no longer and conclude things on this here shindig!

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Mike Reviews – ROH Vs FWA: Frontiers of Honour (17th May 2003) – Part One

It’s time for another ROH Wednesday!

This week we’ve got a special show from 2003 where ROH takes on the FWA. The FWA (Frontier Wrestling Alliance) was the main UK based indie of the time and regularly featured the likes of Doug Williams, Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm on its events.

ROH and FWA had friendly relations with one another, so they agreed to get together for a show where they would face off in six match series to see which company came out as the overall victors. There are also some FWA matches on the under card, featuring the official in-ring debut of Paul Burchill before he went across to America to play a pirate.

This show comes on two discs, so we’ll do disc one this week and disc two next Wednesday.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Retribution: Round Robin Challenge 2 (26th April 2003) – Concluding Part

ROH Wednesday’s Continue!

Last week we left things with Christopher Daniels and Paul London both winning a match each in the Round Robin Series with them due to meet one another later on. We’ll review that match today, along with Samoa Joe taking on Doug Williams for the ROH Title. Let’s waste no further time and see this puppy get concluded!

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Mike Reviews – ROH Retribution: Round Robin Challenge 2 (26th April 2003) – Part One

ROH Wednesday’s Continue!

Last week we concluded our review of The Epic Encounter (Check the archives if you haven’t read that one and are feeling generous to this humble scribe) and now we move on to the next show in the form of Round Robin Challenge 2.

The first Round Robin Challenge had one of the best matches in the early history of ROH with Bryan Danielson and Low Ki going at it. This time we’ve got Christopher Daniels, Paul London and The Amazing Red competing. They’ll all wrestle each other once, and the person with the best record overall will win the challenge.

We’ll split this one into two parts as per usual

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Mike Reviews – ROH Epic Encounter (12th April 2003) – Concluding Part

Hey there ya’ll!

ROH Wednesday’s continue, as we conclude The Epic Encounter show.

Last week we had CM Punk and BJ Whitmer having a cracking match, whilst Dan Maff joined Christopher Daniels’ “Prophecy” stable.

This week we’ve got ROH Champ Samoa Joe and Bryan Danielson taking on Paul London, so there should be plenty of good wrestling to come.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Epic Encounter (12th April 2003) – Part One

S’up

I thought I’d stick with some classic ROH in the Wednesday slot, and once again we’ll be splitting this show up into 2 or 3 parts depending on how long it is. The big draw for this one is that Dusty Rhodes has come in to back Homicide up in the Main Event. It’s also the first show since Samoa Joe became the ROH Champ, so I think we can expect him to do something as well.

If you’d like an update on the storylines then I suggest heading into my archives and reading the two parts of ROH Night of Champions, which was the show previous to this. Heck, I’ll appreciate the page views if nothing else!

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Mike Reviews – ROH Night of Champions (22nd March 2003) – Part Two

Let’s finish this off.

The highlight of Part One was a darn fine technical wrestling battle between Doug Williams and Christopher Daniels (Yeah, Doug Williams had a great technical wrestling match, what are the odds?).

This week we’ve got AJ Styles, Low Ki and Samoa Joe on the show, so there’s probably even more good wrestling to come.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Night of Champions (22nd March 2003) – Part One

Hey ya’ll!

These ROH reviews don’t tend to do very well, but I’ve had this one hand written for a VERY long time so I thought I might as well type it up so it didn’t end up being a wasted effort.

This was actually the first ROH show I ever bought, as I’d heard about the company but had never watched a full event before. I picked this tape up from Extreme Central UK, which was a store in Manchester that sold all kinds of wrestling and MMA stuff, including old copies of the Wrestling Observer and Pro-Wrestling Torch.

The VHS tape of this show really got me hooked on the ROH product and came around at a good time for me because I was starting to get disenchanted with WWE and having a different wrestling company to watch really helped rejuvenate my wrestling fandom.

This show is Main Evented by Samoa Joe, with the likes of Low Ki, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels on the under card, so there should be a healthy collection of fun matches.

We’ll split this up over 2-3 weeks, because the kids dig the episodic content I believe.

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Mike Reviews Shows Considered To Be Stinkers – ROH Suffocation (27/10/2006)

Hello You!

Back with another Stinker Review, as we journey to the land of ROH for the first (And likely the last unless I ever do that ROH/New Japan supercard show from MSG sometime down the line) time, with Suffocation from 2006. This is one of those shows that might be a comparative Stinker as opposed to a full on one, mainly because ROH generally put on hot shows in 2006 and this is one of the few shows from that year that got less than inspired reviews.

The first half of 2006 for ROH had been really strong, with a blood feud between Colt Cabana and Homicide as well as an inter-promotional feud with fellow Philly based indie CZW being the notable highlights. The latter feud had ended with Homicide going face and helping ROH win the climactic battle, leading to babyface authority figure Jim Cornette trying to make it up to him.

However, one of Homicide’s requests was for Cornette to start booking Low Ki again, which got a big fat no and led to Homicide and Cornette falling out, with Cornette and his heavy Adam Pearce going heel. This led to Homicide feuding with Cornette and his associates, one of which was old foe Steve Corino, along with The Briscoe Brothers.

Homicide had help from the likes of Samoa Joe, and even Colt Cabana buried the hatchet to help him at one point. Eventually along the way it was announced that if Homicide didn’t win the ROH World Title by the end of the year then he’d be gone from the company, so the race was on for him to deal with Cornette’s heavies in time to dethrone World Champ Bryan Danielson.

On the under card, Colt Cabana had begun a relationship with Jimmy Jacobs’ manager Lacey, much to Jacobs’ misery as he had the hots for her as well, enough to write a hilarious slow ballad about how much he loved her. Cabana and Jacobs were thus an uneasy tag team, with Jacobs playing nice to keep Lacey happy in the hope that he could eventually win her heart.

So, is Suffocation really a bad show or just bad by ROH 2006 standards? How much of a role does context play in one of these reviews? Maybe I won’t be able to answer that? Maybe I will? Who knows, just read the pigging review and you might find out!

Also, stay tuned for the end because I’ll be revealing which reader request was the lucky one out of the hat for May’s review.

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Ring Of Honor TV – April 7, 2021

No this won’t be a regular thing but I figured I’d throw all the regular shows I do on here for the sake of Wrestlemania Week.

 

Ring of Honor
Date: April 7, 2021
Location: UMBC Events Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Coleman

Things are in a bit of a shifting phase here as we are done with the 19th Anniversary Show but I’m not sure if we are going to be seeing the fallout just yet. The taping cycle usually has a few weeks of lag but when everything is being taped in the same place at the same time, I’m not sure if that is going to be necessary. In other words, I have no idea what to expect here. Let’s get to it.

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Mike Reviews – ROH First Anniversary Show (08/02/2003)

Hello You!

I’ve actually had this one hand written for yonks, but the classic ROH reviews seemingly got little to no interest and I never bothered typing it up. However, with want of anything better to review this week and the fact that this show features the sadly departed Xavier during his brief ROH Title run, I felt it would be appropriate to finally upload it.

I should point out that this version of the show was taped off the short lived Wrestling Channel over here in the UK. They used to have a special super card event every Sunday on the channel, which was usually a show from one of the main company’s they had on their books. They showed quite a bit of early ROH on the channel when it first started, with this show being amongst the events they aired.

One downside is that they’ve had to trim the show a bit in order to make it fit the three hour window (This includes advert breaks) which means some matches have been cut and others have been edited. It’s a shame, but ROH events were all kind of treated like big super cards with loads of matches, so needs had to must when it came to cramming in as much as possible for a set slot of TV time.

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