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Ring of Honor First Anniversary Show February 8th, 2003

February 8, 2003

From the Elks Lodge in Queens, NY

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The show starts with a zoom-in shot of a cake that reads “RoH 1st Anniversary” then shows a video highlight package of all the show.

Paul London lets us know that he is walking home with the gold tonight and will give 1,000%!

Chad Collyer vs. EZ Money vs. Colt Cabana vs. Michael Shane

The announcers speculate as to what group Shane will align himself with as he has dropped Bio-Hazard as an associate. Collyer and Money work an alright sequence that ends with a standoff. Cabana and Shane are in as Cabana hits a quebrada then they have a reversal sequence that ends with a standoff. Cabana works the arm then they tag out as Money puts Collyer in the pendulum swing. They trade chinlocks then Shane grabs Money’s leg and that allows Collyer to take him down with a clothesline. Shane tags and beats on Money. He gets two off of a flapjack then cheapshots Cabana. Shane puts Money in a STF then tags Collyer, who applies a chinlock. Collyer eats boot on a charge then Money takes him down with a back elbow smash. Shane sticks out his arm but his arm away then tags himself in so he can continue to beat on Money. Shane gets stopped with an enziguiri as both men are down with the crowd chanting for Cabana. Money comes back with a severely botched handspring back elbow smash as the crowd shits all over Money. Shane sets up Money for a superplex but Money takes him off with a front suplex then Money finally makes the tag as Cabana runs wild on Collyer. Cabana hits Collyer with a few innovative moves then the match breaks down and eventually leading to a dive sequence capped off with Shane taking everyone out with a somersault plancha. In the ring, Cabana and Collyer slug it out until Collyer kills him with a German suplex for a nearfall. Shane flies off of the top but Cabana catches him with an Ace Crusher then Collyer covers for two. Money redeems himself after that handspring fuck-up when he takes out Collyer and Cabana with the Money Clip (springboard somersault clothesline) that looked tremendous. Shane tries a reverse rollup then hits Money with a clothesline but misses the Picture Perfect Elbow drop then Collyer stops the Colt 45 attempt and puts Shane in the Texas Cloverleaf but he reaches the ropes. Money then sneaks up from behind to hit Collyer with the Cha-Ching (Orange Crush) for the win ( 15:18) **3/4.

Thoughts: Solid match. All four guys looked okay but you could tell that once again, Shane was not giving 100% in the ring. At least more effort than his match against Punk. Collyer is a good hand but bland as could be as Cabana was alright in the ring. Money looks like the biggest star of the group

We get an RoH Flashback from “All-Star Extravaganza.” when Tommy Dreamer confronted Michael Shane.

AJ Styles says that his objective is to get the RoH Title away from the Prophecy

Fast Eddie & Don Juan & Hotstuff Hernandez w/ Rudy Boy Gonzalez vs. Carnage Crew & Masada

This is the same Hernandez who was in TNA for several years. Masada and Eddie trade some moves to start. Juan dances a bit as the TWA guys beat the shit out of Masada as Hernandez looks very impressive with his power moves. Loc tags and suplexes Juan then Masada comes back in and targets the back. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Juan gets chopped against the ropes then tags DeVito who keeps up the assault. The Carnage Crew put Juan in a double Boston Crab as Masada comes off the top with a leg drop. DeVito misses a moonsault then Juan makes the tag to Hernandez. He destroys everyone with strikes and tosses Masada as the match breaks down. Eddie flies out with a quebrada but Loc whacks him with a hubcap in midair for the DQ (5:41) *. After the match, the Carnage Crew hits Eddie with a top rope spike piledriver and they beat on him. Rudy Boy comes in and gets hit with a chair on the back but “YMCA” is playing as the original Christopher St. Connection (Buff E & Mase) come out then hit the Carnage Crew with streamers but Mase’s does not go off. The CSC then use a variety of homoerotic moves on the Carnage Crew.

Thoughts: This was a nothing match as the Carnage Crew are only entertaining in garbage brawls. Hernandez stood out a lot here as he was massive compared to everyone else on the roster. His pwoer moves looked okay. The other two TWA guys are fairly useless and Masada looks like a cross between Matt Hardy and Chris Hero but doesnt really impress all that much himself. Oddly enough, Masada was also trained by Rudy Boy and Shawn Michaels.

RoH Flashback of the Briscoe brothers facing off at “Honor Invades Boston.”

Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Briscoe

Levy talks about how Mark has not been the same since his friend died in a car accident and no longer cares about the Prophecy and talks about how the Briscoe’s are no longer feuding and that this will be their last match. They start off the match trading holds on the mat. Mark puts Jay in a cross armbreaker but Jay escapes and hits a bunch of crossfaces then Jay boots Mark in the face and is now out on the mat as everyone is concerned that he was knocked out but he turned out to be playing possum and takes Jay down then stays on the attack. Jay comes back with a leg lariat and a snap suplex that gets two. Dropkick gets two. Mark manages to reverse a Jaydriller with a Hurricarana then hits a corner clothesline. Jay comes back with a Mafia kick but runs into an overhead toss that gets two. Mark puts Jay in a single leg crab then chops away. He hits a gutwrench suplex then follows with a knee drop that gets two. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Mark slaps Jay around but ends up getting backdropped then they both spill outside when Jay hits a clothesline. They start chopping each other then Mark hits a springboard somersault senton as Jay is busted open. Mark then flies out from the top rope to the floor with a moonsault. Back inside, Jay super kicks Mark as he was in midair then hits him with a vicious backbreaker then a Death Valley Driver for a nearfall. Mark comes back with a shining wizard then follows with a springboard Ace Crusher that only gets two. Mark places Jay up top and tries another Ace Crusher but Jay ends up hitting Mark with the move. They trade chops then Jay comes back with a Mafia Kick that used the 360 sell for, with the crowd chanting “holy shit.” Jay hits a sitout powerbomb then climbs up top and hits a senton for two. Mark catches Jay with an overhead toss then hits his brother with his own finisher, the Jaydriller, but still can’t put him away. Mark heads up top but misses a moonsault then Jay hits him with rolling Jaydrillers for the win (16:40) ***1/2. After the match, they shake hands and hug.

Thoughts: Really good match although it paled in comparison to their match at “Honor Invades Boston.” Once Mark joined the Prophecy, he became an afterthought quickly and the story of the friend dying bringing them together almost certainly feels like they are going to make up and possibly team up together. They could have had more mileage out of their feud too but the Prophecy was booked terribly with guys coming in and out frequently between tours and they were rarely all on the same show together.

Da Hit Squad cut a promo on top of some building as they reflect on the first year of RoH and that tonight they are going to give us the biggest scramble match of all-time and in 2003, will sacrifice their tears and bodies because without the fans, they are nothing. They are a low-rate copy of every ECW team I can think of at the moment.

RoH flashback of the insane martial arts sequence between Low Ki and Amazing Red at “Road to the Title.”

Homicide warns Corino to bring his crew as he has his people out here tonight.

Steve Corino w/ Simply Luscious & Samoa Joe vs. Homicide

This is billed as a grudge match so the Code of Honor does not apply. Joe and Homicide are in each other’s faces then Corino grabs the mic and welcomes the two newest members of his stable: Michael Shane and CW Anderson. Homicide then cuts a promo and finishes it by whacking Corino in the face with a microphone and the match begins with both guys brawling. Homicide gets two with a Mafia Kick and a T-Bone Suplex. Homicide puts Corino in a STF then hits a clothesline for two. Corino breaks up a side headlock with a back suplex then uses a crossface as Levy compares Corino’s group to the Kliq. Ha. Homicide fights back and beats on Corino in the corner. Corino blocks a top rope hurricarana attempt then bulldogs Homicide for two. Homicide climbs up top as Joe yells at a few fans then takes Corino down with an Ace Crusher for two. Homicide gets a few more nearfalls as Levy hypes up the Zero One promotion. The ref goes down during an inverted DDT by Homicide then jumps off his back for a shining wizard and that gets two. Corino gets tossed to the floor the Homicide walks past Joe with a chair and whacks Corino as it is against the Code of Honor to commit outside interference Homicide misses a somersault plancha and lands right on the chair and he sells that like he is out cold. The rest of Corino’s stable rolls Homicide into the ring but Corino can only get two on the pin attempt as the fans chant for Homicide. Corino tries the Old School Expulsion and that cannot put Homicide away. Northern Lights Bomb gets two as Corino is increasingly frustrated. He puts on the Cobra Sleeper and Homicide reaches the ropes but Corino drags him into the middle of the ring and that puts Homicide away as his arm dropped to the mat three times (12:09) **.

Thoughts: These two never really seemed on the same page and the match suffered as a result. However, this was designed to lead into the melee that would developed when it ended.

After the match is where the fun begins. Corino’ group had been taunting the fans all match long, especially at the end. After Corino won, he attempted to put Homicide in the Cobra Sleeper and the fans were jawing at the other guys then they hop the guardrail and go into the ring as a riot erupts. This was obviously staged as the locker room empties. The CSC are otu brawling and it looks ridiculous. Rob Feinstein comes out and pulls Shane off of someone and he yells”fuck you” to Feinstein, who is worried that might get banned from the building. In a funny moment, Devito walks by and says “I love this shit.” Da Hit Squad and Homicide start flipping out on Feinstein as Homicide goes after him but is stopped by security then he threatens to slap the shit out of Feinstein. After that, they show an “RoH Exclusive” replay of the brawl from another camera angle and we even get to see Gabe flip out and yell. But wait, there is more. We get a third camera angle shown as they have spent nearly a half-hour on this segment. This might have been a big deal when it happened (I honestly forget as I stopped following wrestling at this time) but in 2014, this does not hold up well at all. And to make things worse, showing three different replays of it made it unbearable to watch. They dragged this out big time.

Christopher Daniels is backstage and pissed at Steve Corino for stealing Simply Luscious and Samoa Joe from the Prophecy and now wants to take away their belts. He then tells Corino to take the first step and he will see that the Prophecy are ready.

RoH flashback of Low Ki winning the title at “Crowning a Champion.”

The Outkast Killaz and Dunn & Marcos are in the ring but CW Anderson interrupts and gives them the option to walk away so they can still have a career then he beats the shit out of them by himself.
He cuts a promo and we can barely hear him as this segment is dying then CM Punk comes in and runs down CW as the crowd starts chanting for Punk and this leads to an impromptu match.

CW Anderson vs. CM Punk

Punk works a headlock as the announcers play up how Anderson was “fired” from RoH for taking dates in Japan, which is why he is part of Corino’s crew. Punk grounds Anderson and mainly focuses on the leg. Anderson comes back with a Rocker Dropper then works an armbar but Punk uses a cradle to get two. Anderson catches Punk with a TKO then hammers away. Punk fights back but Anderson cuts him off on the top rope and hits a superplex for two. Punk hits a blockbuster then they have a chop exchange from the mat as a few in the crowd continue to yell “boring.” They trade suplexes then Punk catches Anderson with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Shining Wizard gets two. Anderson nails a charging Punk with a super kick the goes for the spinebuster but Punk counters that with a sunset flip and gets the win (9:42) *3/4.

Thoughts: Below average match. Very slow beginning of the match and the confrontation to set this up fell flat. Punk was not impressive at all when he first appeared in RoH but they seemed intent on giving him a push. His mic skills were there but his pandering to indy fan promos were quite awful to be honest.

RoH Flashback of the Shane vs. London streetfight from “Unscripted.”

Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe

Match starts with a battle over a test of strength and Joe wins that. They take it to the mat after that as Danielson works an Indian Death Lock while wrenching back Joe’s neck. Danielson targets the leg but Joe quickly counters with a Boston Crab after booting Danielson in the back. They get up and exchange chops and slaps then Joe hits a delayed vertical suplex for two. Danielson gets right up and boots Joe in the chest and hits a few chops but gets caught and slammed down with an uranage that got two. Damn. Joe kills Danielson will kicks and chops as the crowd is digging Joe. He then puts Danielson in a bow and arrow lock. Joe powerbombs Danielson then puts him in a STF was Danielson was just able to reach the ropes. Joe hits Danielson with a bunch of strikes but Danielson takes him down with a pair of enziguiris as both men are down. Danielson is up first and gives Joe everything he has as the crowd goes nuts. Snap suplex gets two. Joe catches him with a German suplex that got two then facewashes Bryan in the corner. Joe then heads up top but Danielson cuts him off and hits a superplex. Danielson heads up top and hits a diving headbutt that gets two. Once again, they trade strikes as Danielson knocks him down and gets two. Joe takes him down with a drop toehold then hits all sorts of knee strikes. Joe takes Danielson down with a knee smash then flattens him with a powerbomb. He picks him up for another powerbomb but Danielson turns that into a small package and gets the win (15:12) ***1/4.

Thoughts: I liked their match at “Revenge on the Prophecy” better than this one. Sure, they hit hard here but I hated the psychology as they would hit each other hard then hit a big move that would immediately lead to a comeback.

Alison Danger welcomes Xavier, who comes out and says he is here to scout his competition in the #1 Contender’s match after insulting the fans. The audio quality sucked here and this went on for too long as Xavier is weak on the mic.

#1 Contender’s Match
Paul London vs. AJ Styles vs. Low Ki

Everyone goes after each other to start. London and Ki block each other’s diving attacks. AJ and Ki start brawling outside of the ring untilLondon takes them out with a frog splash. London gets two with an Oklahoma roll on Ki but gets chopped hard afterwards. London skins the cat but AJ catches his legs then Ki kicks him and AJ drops London, who splats on the mat. London’s fucking crazy taking that bump. AJ beats on Ki but stalls and that allows London to hit him from behind with a missile dropkick. AJ comes back with a rana then London hits AJ with rolling Northern Lights Suplexes. Ki breaks up a fallaway slam bridging pin attempt then beats on London. AJ tries the Phenomenon but Ki drops down and boots him in the face and gets two. Ki puts the Dragon Clutch on London then AJ hits Ki with the Phenomenon from that position. Crazy move but it did not look that smooth. AJ hits a gutbuster/backbreaker combo before hitting a T-Bone Suplex that got two in an awesome sequence. AJ is unbelievably crisp and fast. AJ stretches out London while Ki hits him with the Krush Combo. Ki then puts AJ in the Dragon Clutch then London cranks back his neck as his legs are still tied up with AJ’s. The crowd applauds as all three men are down. Ki hits AJ with a springboard quick then the Krush Rush but London makes the save on the pin attempt. Ki and London trade strikes then in midair, London counters the Krush Rush with a DDT in an awesome spot but that only gets two. London and AJ are trading forearm smashes as AJ is crouched on the top rope and that leads to a contrived but visually impressive spot when Ki counters a top rope Styles Clash with a rana and London powerbombs AJ in midair. Ki broke up that pin attempt with a basement dropkick as the crowd is going crazy. Ki kills everyone with kicks then everyone trades nearfalls as they are all hurting. Ki hits London with the Tidal Krush as he was on the top rope then drills AJ with a Shining Wizard for two. Ki heads up top and brawls with London then AJ climbs up and this ends with a Super Ki Krusher on AJ but London flies off with a Shooting Star Press and covers AJ for the win (19:12) ***3/4. The crowd chants “match of the year” afterwards.

Thoughts: Certainly not a MOTYC but a very good match regardless. AJ took a shit-kicking here and the finish was insane. This match picked up a lot at the end too. Unfortunately for Ki, he would spend the rest of the year in RoH feuding with Special K as he plummeted down the card.

After the match, Xavier takes off his clothes to reveal his wrestling gear then informs London (while interrupted by several “what” chants) that he will be facing London now.

RoH Championship Match
Paul London vs. Xavier (Champion) w/ Allison Danger

Xavier attacks London from behind as he was distracted by Danger. London fights back and catches Xavier with a pair of armdrags then a spin kick. Danger trips up London then Xavier hits him with an overhead suplex. Alexis Laree runs out and has a catfight with Danger until Xavier pulls Danger away. Back inside, London slams Xavier off of the top rope. Xavier comes back and drops London on his head with a German Suplex then takes control of the match. London blocks a Cobra Clutch suplex then hits a neckbreaker as both men are down. London covers and gets two then charges at Xavier but gets tossed over the top rope and crashes through the timekeeper’s table. Xavier goes outside and they trade chops until Xavier whips London into the guardrail. Xavier busts open London by sending him into the ringpost. Back inside, Xavier uses an arrogant cover on London then gets kicked in the face. He cuts off a comeback by London with an European Uppercut then chokes out London in the corner. He hits the Cobra Clutch suplex but London manages to kick out. On top, London lands on Xavier after a back suplex then London hits a pair of dropkicks. He hits a springboard forearm smash then slams him near the ropes. London heads up top but Xavier rolls out and heads up the aisle so London flies out anyway and takes him out with a flying body press that looked very impressive. Back inside, London hits a double springboard moonsault but Xavier grabs the ropes. Danger accidentally trips up Xavier then London takes him outside and files out with a diving attack that nearly killed Danger. London sidesteps a charging Xavier who accidentally spears Danger into the guardrail. London hits Xavier with a moonsault off of the guardrail then rolls Xavier back inside as Xavier begs for mercy. London fires away and gets a few nearfalls. He heads up top and Xavier meets him but London shoves off Xavier and the crowd goes nuts as London sets up for the SSP and hits it but Danger drags Xavier outside just in time. Laree comes back and bets on Danger in the ring as London and Xavier brawl outside. Back in, Xavier hits London with the Kiss Your X Goodbye then sets up for the 450 splash and hits London who manages to kick out as the crowd goes nuts. Xavier tries the X Breaker but London counters with a small package and that triggers a pinfall reversal sequence that ends with Xavier grabbing a handful of tights on a reverse rollup attempt for the win (19:35) ***3/4.

Thoughts: I really liked this match and even thought it was better than the one they had at “Final Battle.” London’s selling was superb, especially when you add the fact that he would take crazy bumps, but Xavier held up on his end here as these two had fantastic chemistry together. The fans bought all of the nearfalls and when London was setting up for the SSP, the place was going to explode if that was the finish.

RoH Flashback of Eddie Guerrero getting the win at “Night of Appreciation” as the locker room congratulates him.

Scramble Match
Da Hit Squad & Mikey Whipwreck & SAT’s & Divine Storm w/ Trinity vs. Special K (Deranged & Izzy & Dixie & Brian XL & Jody Fleisch & Angeldust & Slim J) w/ Slugga & Yeyo & Hydro

Whipwreck is the trainer for most of the guys on the face side, who are wearing face paint. Everyone trades off with Brian XL and Jose  working an awful sequence together. Brian XL is one of the worst wrestlers RoH had at the beginning. Funny moment as Deranged teases a test of strength with Mack then ends up ticking his belly as Mack laughs like he is the Pillsbury Dough Boy. The action is fairly slow here and remains sloppy. Mack sends Deranged in the corner with an overhead suplex as the announcers talk about how Special K are spoiled ravers living off of their parents every chance they get. Flesich dances around then Maff slaps him around. Whipwreck tags and cleans house as Special K retreats outside then Whipwreck gets surrounded by Special K who run out and hit everyone with dives in a terrible looking spot. Fleisch was still inside and hits Maff with a somersault plancha then Whipwreck takes everyone out with a senton. The face team beats the shit out of Angel Dust as this match is dragging badly. Everyone takes turns hitting Angel Dust with baseball slides as he was in the tree of woe. Lots of standing around as action is not picking up then Mikey turns on his guys and hits them all with stunners then hits Storm with the Whippersnapper. Trinity comes in then Slugger comes in but gets slapped as Slugger hits her with the Body Bag then takes her out and carries her to the back as Whipwreck follows. Special K hits Storm with the baseball slide spot from earlier as this match is just a complete clusterfuck and the crowd seems disinterested. Da Hit Squad toss around a few of the Special K guys as some of the others are brawling outside. They have a trainwreck spot as everyone is down on the mat but the crowd is not impressed. This thing needed to wrap up 5 minutes ago but here it is, still going on as no one cares. Now everyone winds up on the floor outside in another wreck spot as Angel Dust tries to fight off Da Hit Squad in the ring. Everyone now trades off in the ring with Brian XL and Jose working yet another terrible sequence together. Fleisch hits Joel with the 720 DDT but Jose breaks it up then hits Fleisch with rolling piledrivers capped off with a facecrusher but that only gets two. More nearfalls are traded off as guys are kicking out of high impact stuff here. Angel Dust knees Mafia in the ribs after a springboard 450 splash then the SAT’s take Dust off the top with the Spanish Fly but Brian XL and Fleisch make the save. After a few minutes, Mafia hits Deranged with a Super Burning Hammer for the win (33:47) *1/2.

Thoughts: Holy shit was this excruciating. Who in their right mind books a 33 minute long spotfest at the end of a show. Was this the best they could do to send the crowd home happy after London lost? The crowd was done with this halfway through and no one stood out as it was a major waste of time. This was Divine’s last appearance in RoH as he would soon be run out of wrestling after roughing up his girlfriend, Trinity. He sucks both as a wrestler and as a human being.

RoH Flashback from “Revenge on the Prophecy” of the Styles/Ki vs. Xavier/Daniels tag match.

Daniels is with Danger backstage and tells Corino that he was thrilled how he won the NWA Title and became the top Gaijin in the Zero One promotion and supportive in general of him so if he wants a war, he should fire the first shot.

London and Styles are backstage as Styles suggests they become tag team partners so they can go for the gold.

Punk cuts a promo about respecting people as Cabana interrupts when his name is said as Punk tells him to shut up and that he is lucky to be sleeping on his hotel room floor. He then repeats the beginning of the promo and that he is proud to be in RoH but that someone coming to RoH does not fit the bill of RoH and that is Raven. Punk goes on about how he is straight edge and says that Raven is against his beliefs and that he is a weak individual who is unable to control his own demons then challenges Raven to a match at the “Expect the Unexpected” show in Cambridge, MA and how he will figure out how straight edge means he is better than you then tells Cabana to hurry up or he will have to sleep in his car.

Raven is sitting down cutting a promo about how Punk reminded him of himself when he was younger and old guys hated his arrogance. He then says that his condition is better and that Punk will have to knock him as he has been hit with every weapon there is from cheese graters to chairs. He finishes by saying Punk might not have the balls to walk on the dark side and finishes by welcoming Punk to his Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

Backstage, Feinstein is presented a cake and gets it smashed in his face. He closes by offering the cake to the others.

Final Thoughts: At over four hours long, it drags at points but there were a few good matches and they set up new feuds, especially with intriguing promos from Raven and Punk, who showed a lot of arrogance here. The shitty main event and the never ending replay segment of the “riot” took up roughly an hour of the show. Luckily, just about everything else was solid, making this a good show overall.

Match of the Day: 23rd Anniversary of Battle Kat’s WWE debut

This has it all!  Brady Boone in a stupid gimmick!  Jobber extraordinaire BOB BRADLEY!  Gorilla Monsoon shilling Hulk Hogan’s vitamins!  Actual vitamins, not just the metaphorical ones.

Fun fact:  Boone got shitcanned and they wanted to keep this retarded gimmick for some reason, so it went to… Bob Bradley.  For like two weeks and then they really did cut it loose for real.  And now you know.

ROH 11th Anniversary

A bit late, but it still fits in with the ROH taping schedule, so screw it…

Live from Chicago Ridge, IL. Hosted by Kevin Kelly and Caleb
Seltzer, as usual.

6 Man Mayhem: QT
Marshall (w/ R.D. Evans) vs. Adam Page vs. Silas Young vs. Mike Sydal vs. ACH
vs. TaDarius Thomas:
This is under Lucha rules, where if someone gets tossed
to the floor anyone else can come in and be the legal man. Crowd is solidly
behind ACH. There’s too much going on to really describe, but some of the
highlights include Page hitting a SSP off the apron onto Marshall, Thomas
hitting a sort of Space Flying Tiger Drop to 3 guys on the floor, Sydal taking
those 4 guys out with a moonsault from the top to the floor, and ACH taking
everyone out with a somersault dive to the outside. Evans goes to the top for
some reason, and Sydal superplexes him onto all the guys on the floor. ACH wins
it with a bearhug DDT on Young at 7:20. ***, total spotfest, but everything
landed clean and it certainly got the crowd going.
Steve Corino &
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander:
C+C attack before
the bell and all 4 guys brawl for a bit, with Alexander getting in his usual
highspots. The required terrible Total Elimination gets 2 on Jacobs. Someone
needs to find Perry Saturn so he can teach them how to do that properly. Jacobs
gets a jawbreaker and tags in Corino, who runs into the leg lariat/spinebuster
combo. Jacobs back in now and he too ends up on the receiving end of some
double-team action, they do a pretty cool spot where Coleman slingshots Jacobs
into Alexander but holds onto the legs, and Alexander splashes Jacobs onto
Coleman’s knees. Corino nails Coleman from behind and S.C.U.M. takes over.
Nothing of note happens for the next couple minutes until Coleman badly blows a
diamond cutter (and how do you fuck THAT up?) and gets the hot tag. Alexander comes
in with a springboard clothesline on Jacobs, a sort of GTS gets 2, Corino
makes the save. He sends Alexander into the ringpost, then gets hit with a
horrible STO from Coleman that looked more like a Corino DDT. Coleman gets the
rolling Northern Lights on Corino, with both heels taking the third one for 2.
Jacobs spears Alexander to the floor and hits Sliced Bread on Coleman, Corino
hits him with a lariat and Jacobs gets 2 off that. Front suplex and a top rope
legdrop on Jacobs, Corino makes the save. He gets dumped and C+C go for
Overtime (top rope rana/frog splash combo), but Corino nails Coleman with a
hunk of chain and a double team spike piledriver finishes Alexander at 8:32.
**, fun match, but way too much sloppiness from the face side. Coleman and
Alexander amaze me, as they can do all these insane double team spots with
pinpoint precision but somehow fuck up basic moves in spectacular fashion (how
do you screw up an STO? Grab the guy, fall forwards). I take it back, these two
aren’t ready for the big leagues.
No Holds Barred:
Charlie Haas vs. BJ Whitmer:
Haas tries to sneak attack Whitmer as he comes
through the curtain, but BJ is ready for him and Haas gets pinballed into the
barricades. This was never announced as falls count anywhere, but the ref is on
the outside like he wants to make sure that he’s in the right position for a
pin attempt as they brawl on the floor. Whitmer tosses Haas into the ring and
grabs a chair and a trash can. He nails Haas with the can, then puts it over
Haas’ head and kicks him in the face for 2. Now BJ grabs a ladder and he goes
to work with that. Haas is sitting in the corner, and Whitmer nails him in the
balls with the ladder, then hits the ladder with a chair. Crowd pops big for
the genital abuse as both guys end up on the outside again. Whitmer sets up a table
between the ring and guardrail, but he takes too long and Haas finally gets his
first offense in by sending BJ into the barricade. He gets a chair shot and a
backdrop suplex onto the barricade, and back in with some shots with the
ladder. He tries to set the ladder up in the corner on the top rope, but can’t
get it to stay in place and is rewarded with a “You fucked up” chant, which
really would have been more appropriate in the last match. He finally gets it
set up and sends Whitmer into it face first. He tries to bounce off the ropes
and nail him with a cookie sheet, but here’s Cheeseburger/Rondell to grab his
foot and throw him the double bird, and Whitmer nails him with a cookie sheet of
his own. Whitmer wins the battle of the cookie sheets, but eats boot on a blind
charge and takes a can lid to the dome. Now Haas belly-to-back suplexes Whitmer
over the top and through the table, it gets 2 back in the ring. Haas lays the
ladder on top of BJ and pounds him with the chair for 2. He wedges the chair in
the corner and sends Whitmer head first into that, and heads outside for
another table. Belly-to-belly suplex off the top and through the table gets 2.
At least BJ didn’t land on his head this time… Haas sets up the ladder between
2 chairs, but Whitmer Hulks up and exploder suplexes him through the ladder for
2. He throws knees to the back of the head, but Haas is out cold and the ref
stops it at 11:57. **1/2, same hardcore match we’ve all seen a hundred times
(more so if you watched ECW back in the day), with some crazy weapon spots but
no flow or any sort of story being told. I also question Whitmer going over here,
especially with the crowd chanting “BJ sucks!” at the point where the crowd
would normally be cheering for him to make the comeback.
Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero) vs. American Wolves:
Koslov sings the
Russian national anthem before we begin. He’s actually from Moldova, but this
is wrestling and little details like that don’t matter. Richards and Romero
(who used to team together in NJPW and ROH) start, but don’t do anything
noteworthy. Romero hugs the ref for some reason, then tries a cheap shot off a
handshake on Richards but it doesn’t work and the Wolves do some double team
stuff. The Hooligans end up on the floor and the Wolves follow them out with
dives through the ropes.  Back in Edwards
and Koslov both gets tagged in and Edwards gets a headscissors. Shining Wizards
gets 2 for Edwards, but Romero nails him coming off the ropes. Romero goes
after Richards on the outside while Koslov does some choking in the ring. Now
Romero is legal and he chops away on Edwards, he comes back with chops of his
own but a dropkick to the knee takes him down. Koslov is back in with a
chinlock and a Russian legsweep (Kelly: “It’s just a legsweep for him”) for 2.
Romero in now with some pretty shitty clotheslines in the corner, the last one
misses and Edwards hits a lariat and we do the double KO. Koslov cuts off the
hot tag and the heels try the double team backdrop, Edwards escapes that and
Koslov tries a rana but ends up getting powerbombed onto Romero. Hot tag is
made and Richards hits a missile dropkick on Koslov, they slug it out for a bit
before Richards hits a handspring savate kick for 2. Northern Lights for 2,
German suplex for 2, but the double stomp misses and he takes a wicked
enziguri. A series of kicks and knees gets 2 for Koslov, Edwards gets
dropkicked off the apron and the heels hit a modified Sidewinder, Edwards makes
the save. They do some more striking stuff until Edwards hits the Chinchecker off
the top, Tombstone from Richards (with a kick from Edwards) on Koslov gets 2.
That should have been the finish. The Wolves both hit the double stomp but
Romero makes the save, Richards tries a powerbomb but Koslov reverses it into a
DDT. Koslov hits a rana on Edwards off of Romero’s shoulders while he’s on the
top rope for 2, Edwards comes back with an O’Connor roll for 2.
Powerbomb/double knee backbreaker combo finish Koslov at 15:42. Last 5 minutes
were good, but the rest was rather slow and plodding. **, pretty disappointing
match, though it had good heat. All 4 guys do the mutual respect thing after
the match.
Intermission time. Already? We’re only about an hour in.
Video packages hyping the matches still to come are shown.
2/3 Falls: Roderick
Strong vs. Michael Elgin:
Elgin doesn’t want to shake hands, so Strong
shakes hands with the ref instead. Strong starts by working the arm, Elgin
cartwheels out of it, which is kind of odd to see from a guy with his build.
Strong throws a jumping knee and a fight over a fireman’s carry ends with Elgin
getting the bucklebomb and the spinning sitout powerbomb to go up 1-0 at 2:00.
They get a 20 second rest period between falls.
Fall 2: Strong bails to the outside, Elgin follows and they
brawl on the floor, with Elgin getting the majority of the damage in. Stiff
stuff too, and they keep it up for the whole match. He gets caught on the apron
coming back in and Strong tries to sunset flip powerbomb him to the floor, but
Elgin holds onto the ropes to block it. The butt-splash misses and Strong gets
a belly-to-back from the apron to the floor. Now Strong controls the outside
brawling and they head back into the ring for a Strong 2 count. A dropkick gets
2 after a striking sequence, Strong grabs a sleeper but Elgin is out of that
pretty easily. They do some more stiff-as-fuck punchy-kicky stuff, Strong
charges in but gets caught and planted. Elgin gets a flying shoulderblock and
the Black Hole Slam for 2, he locks in the crossface but Strong rolls it into a
pinning combination and Elgin has to let go. More kicking, then Elgin hits the
Shock Treatment for 2. He tries the bucklebomb again, but Strong gets free and
hits some stiff kicks and knees before a suplex gets 2. Superkick gets 2, but
he runs into a boot on a blind charge. Elgin tries a powerbomb off the top but
Strong reverses it into the double-knee backbreaker to tie it at 1-1 at 11:24.
Final fall: Strong fires off some jumping knees in the
corner before the rest period is over and hits the double-knee gutbuster for 2.
He tries a crucifix, but Elgin rolls through and picks him right up and hits
the Death Valley Driver. Corkscrew senton barely makes contact but gets 2
anyway. Deadlift German suplex for 2, he holds on and gets another one for 2.
Strong bails to the apron and Elgin goes for the apron-to-ring superplex, but
Strong gets loose and lands a sitout powerbomb for 2. A fight over a rollup
ends with an Elgin powerbomb for 2. Crossface and Strong taps to end it at
15:34. This was fucking awesome, just a frighteningly stiff match, as these
guys were beating the living shit out of each other. Some of those kicks were
just horrifying. ****1/2, and if not for Punk/Cena this would be my MOTY so far
by a mile.
Matt Hardy comes out for some gab time, and is greeted with
some garbage thrown at him and a “Shut the fuck up!” chant. He brags about how
he is getting the next shot at the TV title. Don’t be so sure, Matt…
ROH TV title: Matt
Taven (w/Truth Martini) vs. Adam Cole (c):  
Hardy joins us for commentary, or tries to
anyway, as his headset isn’t working at first. Taven fakes a grab to the balls
during the Code of Honor for whatever reason. Arm-based chain wrestling to
start (which seems to be a theme for this show), Taven goes to the ropes to
break and heads outside for advice from Martini. He finally gets back in the
ring and some more chain wrestling ends with a Cole neckbreaker. He gets
backdropped to the apron, Martini distracts him and Taven sends him to the
floor with a dropkick. He tries a dive through the ropes but Cole nails him
with a jumping enziguri, Cole tries to slingshot back in but Martini grabs his
leg and Taven sends him to the floor again. He tries the Irish whip into the
barricade but Cole reverses it. Cole now chases Martini around the ring and
gets caught with a spinkick from Taven. This time the Irish whip isn’t reversed
and Cole tastes the steel. Back in a backbreaker gets 2 for Taven. Vertical
suplex and a twisting springboard senton gets 2, and now Martini gets involved
again while Taven distracts the ref. Cole comes back with forearms but eats an
enziguri for 2. Taven throws punches from the mount while talking shit to the
crowd, but runs into a boot on a blind charge. He’s right back with a
clothesline and a backdrop, fireman’s carry into a backbreaker gets 2. Taven
bails AGAIN and snaps Cole’s neck on the top rope. He tries a crossbody from
the top but Cole dropkicks him out of midair for 2. Hardy on commentary is
claiming that McGuiness is racist against him (despite both of them and Cole
all being of the same race) as a suplex battle ends with Taven hitting a sweet
neckbreaker. He puts Cole on the top rope but can’t get the superplex, Cole
hits a sunset flip powerbomb (that Taven fucks up his end of) and a release
German suplex. Shining Wizard gets 2, he pulls down the kneepad and tries it
again but gets rolled up for 2. Springboard enziguri for 2 from Taven, but Cole
hits the slingshot DDT onto the apron out of the corner. Frog splash misses,
but a vertical suplex into a neckbreaker gets 2. Cole gets the figure 4 (maybe
if he ever gets signed by WWE he can teach Miz how to do it right), Taven makes
it to the ropes. Truth nails Cole in the back with the Book of Truth as he’s
running the ropes and Taven hits a move that sort of looked like MVP’s
Playmaker to become your NEW TV champion at 14:05. Pretty shocking upset, but
the match wasn’t very good, as they could never get into a rhythm thanks to the
constant interference and fucking around. *1/2, would it have been that hard to
tell them “Go out and have a good match before Martini’s interference gives
Taven the win”? Because I know these two could have done better than this horseshit.
This is where I’d say that Cole is leaving, but he’s booked against Steen for
the title at Border Wars. Of course, cards are always subject to change…
ROH Tag Team Title:
Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. The Briscoes (c):
Fish and O’Reilly are
now going by the stupid name of “reDragon”. O’Reilly and Mark start with some
mat-based stuff, O’Reilly eats a wheel kick and both guys tag out. Nigel
McGuiness joins us for commentary as Jay and Fish fight over a headlock. Some
jabs and a Yazuka kick knock Fish down and now the Briscoes do some double
teaming in their corner. Mark tries some of that idiotic redneck kung-fu (and
after seeing Elgin and Strong trying to kill each other earlier it looks even
dumber than usual), Fish kicks him down and tags in O’Reilly and now Mark is on
the receiving end of the double teaming. Fish back in and he charges but Mark
pulls down the top rope and he ends up on the floor, but he’s right back up and
he sneaks up behind Jay and kicks his leg out of his leg. The heels work on Jay’s
knee for a while, O’Reilly baits Mark into distracting the ref and Fish hits
Jay with the child-killer headbutt for 2. Now some more double teaming and knee
working in the heel corner, Jay gets dumped and O’Reilly tries something off
the apron but Jay nails him out of midair. He gets the hot tag, Mark cleans
house with some more of that shitty chopping before hitting a fisherman’s
brainbuster on Fish (heh…). Dragon suplex for 2, Jay tags back in and Mark hits
the Iconoclasm (SWEET!) on Fish and Jay hits a frog splash, O’Reilly makes the
save. Mark gets dumped and the heels hit Total Elimination on Jay for 2. Fish
goes up top but Mark sends him to the floor for a nasty bump, then the Briscoes
hit the Doomsday Device off the apron on O’Reilly. Falcon arrow and the froggy
elbow get 2 on Fish. O’Reilly saves him from the Doomsday Device and Fish
suplexes Mark from the apron to the floor and he’s done. Ouch… The heels hit
the Device on Jay, but he invokes the wrestling rule that says faces don’t have
to sell their own finishers and kicks out. The brainbuster/kick combo finish
him immediately thereafter and we have NEW tag team champions at 15:12. I’d
call that a bigger upset than the last match. ***1/2, I was expecting a wild
brawl and instead got a standard formula match with a lot of mat work, but it
was still pretty good. I assume we’ll be seeing the Wolves challenge for the
title in the near future.
ROH World Title: Jay
Lethal vs. Kevin Steen (c):
As usual, Steen has the support of the majority
of the crowd (including a loud “Mr. Wrestling” chant) despite being the heel
here. They slug it out to start, Steen gets the better of that and sends Lethal
to the floor. They brawl out there for a while with neither man getting much of
an advantage. Back in Lethal drop-toe-holds Steen into the middle rope and
dropkicks him from the floor for 2. Lethal controls with some basic stuff
before Steen misses a charge and ends up on the apron, a springboard dropkick
sends him back to the outside and Lethal follows with a dive through the ropes,
then gets back in the ring and does it again. He tries for a third one but
Steen trips him up and powerbombs him onto the edge of the ring. Steen sends
him balls-first to the ringpost and plays to the crowd before tossing him back
in. Slam and a senton for 2, then Steen chokes Lethal on the middle rope. Steen
is spending way too much time playing to the crowd here. Another slugfest ends
with Steen hitting a DDT for 2, Lethal is back up with punches but a
clothesline sends him back down. Steen goes up top, but spends too much time
fucking around and the senton hits Lethal’s knees. Steen fights free from a dragon
suplex but Lethal hits the backcracker for 2. Lethal tries an Irish whip but
Steen holds the ropes to block and lands a pumphandle neckbreaker for 2, but
the cannonball misses. Lethal gets a backdrop into a neckbreaker for 2 and
calls for the Lethal Injection, Steen goes for a fireman’s carry but
accidentally takes out the ref in the process. I don’t like where this is going…
Lethal Injection, but there’s no ref, and here’s Corino and Jacobs to hit the
double-team spike piledriver. Corino puts Steen on top of Lethal while Jacobs
wakes up the ref, but it only gets 2. Now Jacobs attacks the ref while Corino
grabs a chair, but here’s McGuiness out to stop that. He sends Corino to the
back, Jacobs goes after Lethal but he gets sent packing as well.
Steen and Lethal brawl some more, this time Lethal wins that
battle and hits the dragon suplex. Steen no-sells it so Lethal gives him
another one for a 2.9 count. Lethal gets an enziguri (Idea for an ROH drinking
game: Take a shot every time some hits an enziguri. Had you done that for this
show you’d be at about a 0.35 B.A.C. right now. Hell, that Cole/Taven match
alone would get you pretty shitfaced), but gets caught coming off the ropes
with a sitout powerbomb for 2. Steen misses a blind charge and takes a
half-dozen superkicks and the Lethal Combination, Hail to the King (Macho Man
elbow) gets 2. He hooks in the Koji Clutch, Steen makes the ropes. Both guys
end up on the apron and Steen F5s Lethal through the timekeeper’s table. Jacobs
is back out to try to give Steen the count out win, but Lethal makes it back in
at 19 (ROH has a 20 count), only to get hit with the package piledriver. It
gets 2, Jacobs tries to give Steen the spike but Steen has had enough of his
shit (“Get the fuck out of here!”), Lethal sends Steen into him to take him out
again and gets a rollup for 2. Steen no-sells a superkick and hits a huge
clothesline for the double KO. Both guys are back up at the same time, Steen
runs into a boot and Lethal goes upstairs, but he gets caught. Brainbuster onto
the top turnbuckle and the champ retains at 20:47. ****, a bit too much standing
around but still a damn fine match. I maintain that Lethal should have gone
over here, as Steen has been champ for nearly 10 months and really doesn’t have
any opponents left. Case in point: he’s booked against Jay Briscoe at the next
PPV. After that he’s got Adam Cole at Border Wars, and while I’m one of Cole’s biggest supporters
I don’t think he’s ready to get the title.
Now here’s Rhino to Gore Lethal while Jacobs takes out the
ref. The Briscoes try to make the save but get beaten down. Coleman and
Alexander try their luck next and do better, but Jimmy Rave makes his return,
coming through the crowd in a S.C.U.M. shirt to take them out. Rhett Titus and
BJ Whitmer are out next, but Titus immediately turns on Whitmer and reveals
that he too is sporting S.C.U.M. gear. Here’s Michael Elgin, and now Cliff
Compton comes out of the crowd to hit Elgin with some powder. While all this is
going on Steen is just standing around, not joining in the mass beatdown, but
not doing anything to stop it either. Elgin gets handcuffed to the ropes as
Edwards, Richards, and Cole try to make the save but can’t overcome the
numbers. Matt Hardy is out to attack Cole and join S.C.U.M. as well. The
Briscoes are zip-tied to the ropes as a gang of refs try to break everything up
but they get dealt with pretty quickly. Corino cuts a promo as fans fill the
ring with garbage, S.C.U.M. destroys an ROH flag as Steen just stands there
looking bored with the whole thing. “Tonight, honor has died!” End of show.
Final thoughts: I’m of two minds with this show. The “show
me good matches” part of my brain was more than happy, with 2 matches at ****
or better and nothing that I would call unwatchable. But the booking here made my
head hurt. Hey, a faction where guys tell us they’ve joined by revealing a
black and white shirt, where have I seen that before? Why is Steen still a
member? He’s obviously not into it anymore and is going face in the near
future, so why are they dragging their feet on the turn? And having 8 guys in faction
when your roster is only about 25 people seems like overkill to me. But hey, we’ll
see where it goes…
Still, a recommended show just for Elgin/Strong and the main
event alone. 

Silver Anniversary of Hogan v. Andre

With February 5 being the 25th anniversary of The Main Event with

Hogan V. Andre (drawing 33 million viewers) I was wondering what you
thought about the idea of a Hogan/Andre rivalry DVD. Would it sell, or
would people today just not care?  Here’s how I would do it:

Hogan vs. Andre 8-9-80 (Shea Stadium) with new commentary
Segment that talks about Hogan jumping to AWA, becoming friends with Andre
Hogan & Andre vs. Bobby Heenan Family 11-7-82
Segment that talks about everyone jumping to the WWF(E)
Segment that talks about Hogan & Andre kickstarting Wrestlemania and SNME
Hogan & Andre vs. Bundy & Studd 11-2-85 (SNME)
Segment that gives the rundown of Andre turning heel, challenging Hogan
Hogan & Andre in the SNME Battle Royal 3-14-87
Hogan vs. Andre  3-29-1987 (Wrestlemania III)
Segment that talks about the two kickstarting the Survivor Series
Team Hogan vs. Team Andre 11-26-1987 (Survivor Series)
Segment about DiBiase trying to buy the title and hiring Andre
Segment about Hogan & Andre signing a contract at the first Royal Rumble
Hogan vs. Andre 2-5-88 (The Main Event)
Segment about DiBiase being stripped
Hogan vs. Andre in a steel cage 7-31-88
Segment about the leadup to the first Summerslam
The Megapowers vs. the Megabucks 8-29-88 (Summerslam)

No five star matches to be sure, but a heck of a story.

I don’t think people would care enough, to be honest, but this is the kind of thing that BEGS for an on-demand DVD service to be started up.  

The one-thousandth anniversary of RAW

I was wondering what your thoughts on the RAW 1000 show will be like. While it
is a very significant milestone, I can't help feeling this show is gonna suck.
With the state of the state of the "creative" being what it is, and
remembering that useless 10th anniversary show, what should be a great
celebration will end up with lots of HHH, midget jokes and farting. Your

But they've done a THOUSAND episodes!  No other regularly scheduled weekly episodic prime time entertainment program has even come close achieving this very important milestone before!  Sure, all those other shows can sell their hundreds of episodes in syndication and make billions of dollars in revenue in perpetuity, but RAW has done A THOUSAND EPISODES!  That means they're important!  
By the way, your amusing thing of the week:  "anti-smark" people on wrestling websites who are like "OMG, who cares about ratings if you're entertained!?" when it's WWE itself who is constantly trumpeting their own ratings ON THESE VERY SHOWS!  
I'm sure the show will be fine.  Unless all their main eventers are either suspended or concussed between now and then.  And I'd only give that a max chance of 70%.  Maybe 75%.

Kaufman-Lawler 30 yr. anniversary article

Thought you might enjoy this if you haven't seen it already:

It was definitely a different time.  Unfortunately they kept going back to the well to diminishing returns each time, but Kaufman was definitely the one celebrity who truly "got" wrestling and was the right guy in the right place at the right time to make money off it.