Ring of Honor: Tradition Continues October 16th, 2003

October 16, 2003

From Michaels 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The show starts with Gary Michael Cappetta welcoming the crowd to Ring of Honor and bringing up how Ron Simmons won the WCW title here. Prince Nana interrupts and says that its been almost two years and he has yet to receive a title shot. The crowd chants “we don’t care” as Nana goes on and on about the crowd lacking respect until Samoa Joe interrupts. Nana then gets in his face and demands a title shot right now! Joe then calmly gives him his title shot before attacking him.

RoH World Title Match
Prince Nana vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)

Joe beats on Nana for a minute. Nana fights back and hits a corner splash but takes too long and gets hit with an enziguiri. Joe then follows with an overhead suplex before applying the Coquina Clutch for the win (0:57) 1/4*. After the match, Joe grabs the mic and welcomes the crowd to RoH and promises to make some memories tonight as we will see amazing high-flyers and technicians then will see him choke out Jay Briscoe, who is now in the ring. Jay is then held back by his brother as they build tension for the main event.

Thoughts: Decent way to kick off the show and get the crowd going. Nana was entertaining as a bottom of the card guy at least.



Colt Cabana is behind the desk as he tells us his show, “Good Times, Great Memories” which he got the chance to do after beating Rob Feinstein in a game of dreidel. He welcomes the Backseat Boyz, who light up cigarettes in lieu of the “No Smoking” sign. They put them out as they say it wont bring them down. Cabana makes a lame Backstreet Boys joke as Acid puts over how many titles they have won all over the country. Cabana then asks them if they ever got “chubbed up” from the women in the stands sticking dollar bills down their pants as they said it happens. If you think Cabana is funny, you’d probably like this but everyone else would think that it sucked.

Scramble Match
Ring Crew Express vs. Josh Daniels & Danny Doring vs. Slyk Wagner Brown & Sonjay Dutt vs. The Rottweilers w/ Julius Smokes

The Rottweilers consist of Slugger & Grim Reefer. This is the RoH debuts for Daniels, Doring, Dutt, and Reefer. Match starts with Doring and Marcos doing some chain wrestling as CM Punk joins on commentary. Marcos comes back with a hurricarana and an enziguiri before running into a clothesline. Daniels and Dunn are in now as the announcers talk up Daniels, who never ended up amounting to anything. He overpowers Dunn, who proceeds to hit the slowest victory roll in history. Dutt and Reefer are in now and do a bunch of standing switches at rapid speed. They are going way too fast for their own good in here. Dutt made his TNA the day before this show. Slugger as Brown comes in and chops away but runs into a shoulderblock. Slugger is terrible in the ring by the way. He stomps Brown in the corner but walks around and lets Brown hit him with a missile dropkick. Marcos tags in and hits the Sliced Bread #2 on Slugger, which looked ridiculous. Why let him get hit with that in his first match. The match breaks down as they hit all sorts of stuff, including a ropewalk swanton from Reefer. Dutt hits him with a Phoenix Splash as the crowd goes nuts but Daniels hits him with a German suplex. The match breaks down again as Dunn tries to face off against Slugger but gets booted down. Reefer then hits Dunn with a frog splash and Slugger hits the Bodybag for the win (8:05) **.

Thoughts: Not that bad. It was designed to put over the Rottweilers. I do think they should have made Slugger look a lot more dominant though as all his mystique was gone once he got taken down by one of the Ring Crew Express goofs. Dutt looked okay in his RoH debut and Daniels was a guy trying to wrestle like Chris Benoit but didnt show much. All Doring did here was collect a paycheck.



Field of Honor Tournament
Block A
Matt Stryker vs. Chris Sabin

Match starts with both guys doing some matwork as Punk still wants to know who took out Lucy at the Wrath of the Racket show then talks about his match with AJ Styles tonight. They end in a standoff and are met with a light applause. They go back and forth again until Stryker lights up Sabin with chops in the corner. Sabin fights back after a floatover then gets two with an enziguiri. Sabin hits more kicks but gets caught with a powerslam coming off of the top rope and his fortunate not to have been killed. That was fucking scary. Stryker works a surfboard then turns it into a back suplex for two. He hits a powerbomb that looked terrible for two. Sabin comes back with a few flying kicks but Stryker comes back with a neckbreaker for two. These two are not on the same page at all in this match. They trade chops until Sabin hits a springboard DDT for a nearfall. He heads back up top but Stryker climbs up and hits an overheard suplex for two. After another sloppy reversal sequence, Sabin gets two with a rollup. Stryker fights back and tries a Death Valley Driver that Sabin tries to turn into a crucifix but Stryker rolls through it and nearly drops him before getting up and hitting the DVD, dropping Sabin right on his face, for the win (10:03) *1/2. Sabin is pouring blood out of a cut near his eye as the ref is screaming for a towel.

Thoughts: An extremely disappointing match. These two were off all night and Styker almost killed Sabin on more than one occasion. A pretty embarrassing match as part of a tournament celebrating “pure” wrestling.



After the match, we see Sabin and Stryker in the back. Stryker says all he was trying to do was win as Sabin says its just part of the game and not to worry as he is pissesd about losing. He didn’t seem to thrilled about the cut either.

Field of Honor
Block B
Colt Cabana vs. BJ Whitmer

The crowd is all over Cabana, who responds by taunting. The crowd then calls Cabana a “homo” as he stalls to start the match. Punk talks about breaking into the business with Cabana and sometimes you don’t pick your friends and as a result he is stuck with Cabana. Punk also makes fun of Whitmer as their side feud continues. Whitmer catches Cabana with a leg lariat for two the works the arm as Punk makes fun of him for that. Cabana then trips over Whitmer after he dropped down as the fans chant “you fucked up.” Cabana yells at the fans as he is now pissed off. Back inside, Whitmer gets two with a Northern lights suplex as Punk talks about having a few leads on who attacked Lucy. Cabana fights back as Punk compares him to Mr. Wrestling II. He hits a double knee smash in the corner for two. Snap suplex gets two. He then hits a butt smash for two and follows that with an iron claw,something the announcers say doesn’t work as Whitmer fights out then catches Cabana with an overhead suplex as both men are down. Whitmer gets up and hits an Exploder for two. They have a reversal sequence that ends with Cabana nearly killing Whitmer with a back suplex for a nearfall then shortly after that he gets the win wit a bridging rollup (11:30) **.

Thoughts: Not much to this match as well. Cabana did this as a comedy match and it came off like a WWE house show comedy match at times. The highlight of this match was Punk on commentary. He was great here.

Backstage, Cabana tells us that was serious as he can do it all, stressing how he is 2-0 and is all serious in the ring.

AJ Styles is giving pointers to Jimmy Rave. He is a little hard on him as he wants him to take advantage of things.

RoH Tag Team Title Match
Izzy & Dixie w/ Special K vs. Backseat Boyz (Champions)

The Backseat Boyz start off hitting some double-team moves. Acid beats on Izzy then gets the crowd going but ends up getting tossed off of the top rope. Kashmere dumps Dixie then gets caught with a wheelbarrow slam/leg drop combo onto the floor. Ouch. Acid is in the ring fighting off both guys but that doesnt last as the Special K guys are in control. Punk leaves to get ready for his upcoming match against AJ Styles as Dixie gets a nearfall with a suplex. Acid fights back but Kashmere is still out on the floor as he looks for a tag. Izzy hits an inverted hurricarana then a snap suplex as Kashmere has now finally made his way onto the apron. Acid dodges a double-team attack and comes back with a Yakuza kick before finally making the tag. Kashmere cleans house as Becky Bayless is distracting the ref so the Special K goofs on the outside can try an interfere but that fails. Backseat Boys hit Izzy with the Dream Sequence then they hit Dixie with the T-Gimmick. They cover but Lit pulls out the referee and Acid chases Dixie around but gets hit with the belt by Izzy. Dixie covers but only gets two so he then hits a gordbuster as Izzy follows with a springboard 450 splash for the win and the titles (8:44) **. As the lights are off for Special K’s celebration, Loc runs into the ring but gets jumped by the rest of Special K until Julius Smokes and the Rottweilers make the save. Levy tells is that DeVito was working overtime and could not be here tonight. Kashmere was also seen walking away, leaving his partner behind.

Thoughts: The story of Kashmere getting taken out early on was good but Special K was far too weak of a team to be holding the belts. I swear to god Dixie had to have been blowing someone to get his spot because he is one of the worst wrestlers in the company. He is terrible at everything. The run-ins at the end were okay but it highlighted the lack of depth in the tag division more than anything else.






Punk comes out and tells the crowd that prescription drug use is on the rise but will not make fun of them for that or their failures. He then tells us that he is straight edge, which also means he is better than you.






CM Punk vs. AJ Styles


Both guys start by jockeying for position as Levy goes over the Code of Honor. They continue to trade holds on the mat as Samoa Joe has joined on commentary. Levy asks Joe about Jay Briscoe as he tells us everyone knows he will choke him out. Back to the match as both men continue to go back and forth as Joe leaves. AJ grabs a side headlock for a bit until Punk catches him with a back suplex. Punk attacks the neck but runs into a dropkick as both men are down. AJ gets two with a knee drop but gets caught with a drop toehold as he charged into the corner. Punk chops away then almost gets caught with the Styles Clash. AJ lands on his feet after a counter then drills Punk with an enziguiri that sends him outside. AJ tries for a moonsault off of the apron but Punk sidesteps that then rams Styles into the guardrail a couple of times. Back inside, Punk gets a nearfall with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. He hits a delayed vertical suplex then targets the back some more. AJ fights back with a moonsault kick but Punk takes him down and stretches him out. Punk gets a few more nearfalls, growing increasingly frustrated. He tries a spilt-legged moonsault after taunting the crowd but AJ gets his knees up as both men are down. They exchange chops then fight over a suplex until AJ hits a cradle back suplex for two. Punk slips out of a pumphandle then hits a legsweep DDT for two. They now fight up top as Punk hits a sunset powerbomb for two. Punk taunts the crowd then ends up getting hit with a discus clothesline. AJ tries for a super Styles Clash but Punk escapes. Punk tries for a shining wizard but AJ catches him then turns that into the Styles Clash for the win (18:44) ****.

Thoughts: Awesome match. Both guys were superb ad really laid into each other as well. Easily the best match on the show.






Cappetta is with the Backseat Boyz, who are not happy after losing the belts. Acid finally speaks and says he cant believe they lost to Special K as Kashmere gets pissed and walks off.

We see the Special K party in the hotel room as Lit is hurling in the bathroom with the others making fun of him.

Field of Honor
Block B
Jimmy Rave vs. Dan Maff w/ Allison Danger


A light “welcome back” chant breaks out for Maff. Rave offers a handshake but gets booted in the gut. Rave comes back with a pair of armdrags but gets hit with a backdrop driver and rolls outside. Maff follows him out and attacks the back and rams him into the guardrail a few times. Punk rejoins on commentary and tells us that he is still better than AJ due to the fact that he is straight edge. Rave fights back with after dropkicking Maff off of the apron then follows with a flying knee smash. Rave complains to the ref then Maff gets up and hits a clothesline after a Burning Hammer attempt failed. Maff hits the cannonball in the corner as Punk makes fun of Danger’s hair. Rave comes back with a crossface off of a tilt-a-whirl but Maff power out then hits the Burning Hammer for the win (6:50) *1/4.

Thoughts: Nothing more than a glorified squash. Rave’s losing streak continues as they try an re-establish Maff back into the Field of Honor tournament after getting knocked out cold by Low Ki. I dont think this match accomplished a whole lot for him in that regard.






Backstage, AJ shares his disappointment with Rave for not listening to him. AJ says he is knows what he is doing and that he needs to stay on the attack as Rave looks disappointed.

Maff tells us that Cabana and Whitmer are next as he will win the Field of Honor. He then tells Low Ki he is standing tall after taking his best shot as he walks over yelling “bitch.”

Dan McDevitt from Maryland Championship Wrestling comes out to thank the fans. He also tells them that a lot of independent promoters tried to run here and it was not until Rob Feinstein called from RoH that he decided to let them fill the spot vacated. He then talks about the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup and that RoH will be hosting the 6th Annual version of that as the crowd applauds.

Justin Credible vs. Raven 


Raven roughs up Credible to start as he rams him against the guardrail. They head back inside where Credible escapes from a DDT then takes a breather. Credible now beats on Raven in the corner then takes him outside with a drop toehold. Credible beats on Raven outside then heads back in where he works the leg. Credible works a figure-four that Raven breaks then crotches himself against the post when Raven moved out of the way. Raven fights back with a pair of clotheslines and a kneelift. Bulldog gets two. Raven pulls up as to not hit the ref then moves away as Credible takes the ref out with a super kick. Credible hits Raven low then grabs a chair but that backfires as Raven takes him down then hits the Evenflow DDT for the win (7:56) *1/2.

Thoughts: Not the best effort from these two, especially by Credible. Raven’s feud with Punk has cooled off considerably and he had nothing else going on here besides that. This was Raven’s second to last match with the company.






John Walters vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Homicide w/ Julius Smokes vs. Xavier


Typical back-and-forth action early on in this match. Xavier taunted Walters a bit but nothing else notable so far. The crowd is into Homicide more than anyone else. The action is fine but these four-way matches are all really wrestled the same way so it all comes off as old hat at this point. They work a contrived spot where Walters grabs Briscoe in a single leg crab and Xavier in a stretch while Homicide runs the ropes sevearl times before breaking that up with a dropkick. Walters then messes up another trainwreck spot after mistiming a springboard. Walters and Xavier trade chops but Homicide clears the ring and takes Walters out with a tope con hilo. Briscoe climbs up top and hits a shooting star press that drew a lot of “holy shit” chants. Xavier tries an Arabian Press but overshot the move. Walters teases a dive then Xavier snaps his neck off of the rope. Xavier rolls through a 450 then Homicide hits a draping DDT on Walters for a nearfall. Now everyone breaks up pinfalls after big moves until uses an eye poke before hitting Walters with the Kiss Your X Goodbye for the win (16:41) ***.

Thoughts: Good action but it didnt really resemble a match. It was a ton of cool moves done well and entertaining but these matches have been done so many times here that I cannot get to excited over this stuff anymore.






Jim Cornette tells us he is coming back to RoH on November 1st.

RoH World Title Match
Jay Briscoe vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)


Match starts with Joe grounding Jay on the mat. Jay tries to keep up and is able to grab a front facelock. Mark is now out at ringside to support his brother as Joe is in control. Joe now uses a Boston Crab but Jay reaches the ropes. Joe facewashes Jay in the corner but takes his time as Jay comes back with a Yakuza kick. Joe is now outside as Jay takes him out with a plancha. He sends Joe into the guardrail. Back inside, Jay gets a bit more offense in before he gets caught with an uranage. Joe takes Jay outside and connects with the ole kick. Back inside, Joe locks on the STF. He then uses a rolling cradle that gets two. Jay then blocks a strike and hits a back suplex as both men are down. Jay fights back with a DDT then climbs up top and hits a leg drop for a nearfall. Jay fights out of an abdominal stretch and lifts up Joe for a Death Valley Driver for two as the crowd is now solidly behind Jay. He now tries for the Jaydriller but Joe blocks it and tries for the Coquina Clutch. Jay bites out of that but Joe hits a Dragon Suplex. Joe slaps and kicks Jay repeatedly before hitting the Island Driver but Jay kicks out of that as the fans go nuts. Joe then turns Jay inside out with a lariat and gets the win (15:03) ***1/4. After the match, Joe crouches over Jay and shakes his hand while slapping him in the face. Mark comes in and is pissed but Joe takes him down with an enziguiri then puts him in the Coquina Clutch. Joe leaves then the Briscoes eventually get up and receive a standing ovation from the crowd.

Thoughts: Fun match that told a good story of Jay not backing down from the monster Joe, giving him everything he had. I did think the finish was weak though as a lariat getting the pin after everything else came off weak. But if the goal was to establish the Briscoes as threats, it was accomplished.






Christopher Daniels tells us that another show has passed and the Prophecy are still in the middle of things. He switches attention to Joe and says just because his first title shot did not go as planned doesnt mean he will not fulfill his destiny of being the RoH Champion. Daniels now tells Steve Corino he was surprised when he wished him luck in his title match then tells a story of a man who found a frozen snake and took care of it only to get bit and killed by it at the end. He then tells Punk that he doesnt appreciate being accused of attacking Lucy and the next time he steps in his face he better bring more than loud talk. This still continues as Daniels alerts RoH that they are not so big until he makes an appearance so they can sell their tapes. This promo went on for too long but it did show how RoH had a number of ways to go in building up feuds.

John Walters tells us that Xavier has cheated him out of two matches and that this injustice will be taken care of as next time they face he will throw respect out the door and will be there for a fight. Promos are certainly not Walters’ strong suit.

Trent Acid then tries to stop Kashmere from leaving but it fails as Kashmere says that he needs some time. This story line was really rushed.

Xavier tells Walters that he hears him crying and a win is a win. He also tells him that he can have another battle but in a tag match as he will find a partner.

The Briscoes tells Joe he can hit them as hard as they want but they will hit him back harder and assure him the war has just begun.

Final Thoughts: This show was average. It had some good matches, some bad matches and a bit too much filler. The Field of Honor stuff came off poorly and the Tag Team Division is a joke but they did build up a few people and seem to have many directions to head in when building new top feuds. Joe is great as the champ and Punk was entertaining all around here. RoH is still trying to build up compelling feuds as they close out the year and they are getting closer.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 8/22/87
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/23/87
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Brickhouse Brown
Friday: WWF Sam Houston Coliseum 8/28/87 (Paul Boesch Retirement Show)
Saturday: Brickhouse TV: Season 1, Episode 1

Ring of Honor Glory By Honor II September 20th, 2003

September 20, 2003

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Chris Levy and CM Punk

Colt Cabana is shown hyping up the 4-man match tonight that includes AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, and Matt Stryker. He states that a win would put him in the “Top 5 Rankings.” They are now having Cabana take things seriously, well more than before.

Dan Maff is shown at home sitting in a chair wearing a neck brace. He talks about facing the Carnage Crew at the first Glory By Honor show and how they both hated each other and at Glory By Honor II, he is still full of hate because of Low Ki injuring him as he has to sit home with a pinched nerve and effects from post-concussion syndrome. He then tells Christopher Daniels that he will beat Samoa Joe for the RoH World Title as he is everything you look for in a leader as he wants Daniels to bring the title back home to the Prophecy. He then pulls out a flip phone as he tells us that Alison Danger will keep him updated all night and he will also give ups updates throughout the show. Maff did okay here but some of the overacting was painful.

We get the first of many memories from the Murphy Rec Center. This is the last show that ever took place here. I am not going to list them all here as they happen because this DVD is almost five hours long due to stuff like this.

Field of Honor
Block B
Jimmy Rave vs. BJ Whitmer

The match starts back and forth as Punk tells us the Field of Honor is not important because he is not in it while telling us Whitmer and Rave are both underwhelming. Whitmer busts out a Saito suplex for two as Levy tells us the winner of this tournament will see their career skyrocket. That was not the case. The crowd chants for Whitmer as he clotheslines Rave for two as Punk continues to rag on both guys, particularly Whitmer. Brainbuster gets two. Whitmer misses a charge as Rave now briefly takes control of the match until Whitmer comes back with a Dragon Suplex. They have a slugfest that Rave wins with a running forearm smash. Rave then hits a DDT on Whitmer on the apron then hits a shining wizard off of the apron. Back inside, Rave hits a hurricarana off of the top rope then works a cross armbreaker. Whitmer breaks free and kicks Rave in the back. Whitmer then hits some soft forearm smashes but Rave comes back with a Cobra Clutch suplex. Rave works the arm then sets Whitmer up top and tries something but Whitmer fights back and hits him with a top rope powerbomb for the win (9:24) **. That finisher was really dangerous. The crowd cheers for both guys.

Thoughts: It got a bit better at the end but the match was dull and it had zero heat. Punk on commentary was the only real highlight. In fact, Punk’s commentary as a whole was one of the few highlights here.



Whitmer is shown out back as he tells us Rave is a tough kid that will make it in “this business” and how the Field of Honor is the start of his rise to the top of RoH. They were trying to push Whitmer here but besides a decent look, he didnt have much else.

AJ Styles questions Rave as to why he had to get fancy at put Whitmer on the top rope instead of working the arm. They are still going with AJ acting as Rave’s mentor.

Samoa Joe talks about destiny and names the others who failed to take the RoH World Title away from him as he questions Daniels if he has what it takes of will he be another victim. After the promo ends, Steve Corino comes in and talks about CM Punk putting him in a match with Raven tonight. Joe said that Punk is “anti-social” and rough around the edges as Corino tells Joe the original plan was for him to be champ and Joe the enforcer as Corino wishes him luck.

Xavier is shown working out wearing nothing but a pair of shorts as Lollipop is checking him out. Looked like the opening scene of a porno film. For those who are unaware, Lollipop was one of the cage dancers that TNA featured during their weekly PPV era.

Field of Honor
Block A
John Walters vs. Xavier

Lollipop is now checking out Xavier at ringside then Alison Danger comes out as well but Xavier tells her to go back to the locker room. The match starts with both guys trading stuff and it came off quite choreographed. The crowd starts a dueling chant as Punk questions if half of Philadelphia is gay because they are not cheering for Lollipop. Xavier sends Walters to the floor with a belly-to-belly suplex then follows him with a 450 as the crowd applauds. Punk makes fun of Levy for liking “New Kids on the Block” then goes back to ragging on Whitmer as Xavier tries some acrobatic stuff that didn’t work as planned. Walters blocks the Cobra Clutch then cuts off Xavier up top and hits him with a lungblower as both men are down. Walters hits a rolling spear that looked odd then they engage in a pinfall reversal sequence. Walters hits the Hurricane DDT for a nearfall. Xavier comes back with a reverse neckbreaker but Walters hits him with a backbreaker shortly after that. Walters picks him up but Xavier kicks him low then rolls him up for the win (10:44) **. Xavier immediately leaves without shaking hands then Walters calls him out and promises he will find out what respects means next time they face off.

Thoughts: They did some nice moves but there was nothing resembling an actual match here, which seems counterproductive for a tournament designed to celebrate traditional wrestling.



The camera follows Xavier backstage as he cannot believe that Walters had the audacity to call him out and that he can fight him anytime, any place.

Christopher Daniels is with Alison Danger as he talks about bringing Joe into Ring of Honor and how a lot of twists and turns have happened since, like him laying out Joe after his first title defense. He then promises to win the title as the promo ends with Corino cutting in and tells Daniels that he is #1 and to go win the world title. Long-winded promo from Daniels and the stuff with Corino comes off confusing more than intriguing.

TJ Wilson vs. Teddy Hart

TJ Wilson is currently Tyson Kidd in the WWE. Hart, who was a couple of weeks removed from a tremendous performance at TNA’s 2003 Super X Cup, got a decent reaction from the crowd. Match starts with both guys squaring off before getting into a slap fight. Neither guy can get the advantage as the keep on ending their sequences with a standoff. Wilson sends Hart into the corner then follows with a big boot that wasn’t even close before choking him out. Hart then takes Wilson down with a drop toehold then works the leg as the crowd applauds. Punk talks about facing Terry Funk tonight as this match is not impressing. Wilson drops Hart on his head with a full nelson suplex as that gets two. Hart comes back and works the leg but Wilson reaches the ropes. Punk continues to talk about Funk as Wilson hits a springboard dropkick then places Hart up top and hits the Lambeau Leap move that Mr. Kennedy used for a nearfall. Hart comes back with an inverted floating DDT then heads up top and hits a swinging DDT to set up for the shooting star press that gets the win (7:42) 3/4*. The fans chat for Teddy after the match. As he heads backstage, Hart blows off Special K’s offer to party after they tell him he is not a high flyer.

Thoughts: Terrible match. I have no clue what they were trying to do for the first six minutes of the match. Hart, fresh off of an incredible performance at the TNA Super X Cup just a few weeks prior, did nothing here except for a shooting star press.



Raven is backstage and talks about selecting Terry Funk as CM Punk’s opponent tonight so he can teach discipline, respect, and intestinal fortitude. Raven then said he is unsure why Punk picked Raven as he has beaten him everytime they face and makes the match “Raven’s Rules.”

Raven’s Rules
Steve Corino w/ Veronica Stevens & Guillotine LeGrande vs. Raven

Stevens is the former Simply Luscious for those wondering. Corino’s ring announcer lists off all the people Corino has beaten over the years in one of the more grandiose ring introductions you will ever see. Although having him stop for a drink of water halfway through was pretty funny. Match starts off with a lot of stalling. Corino hits a few shoulderblocks but Raven fights back and hits a suplex. Corino gets his foot up on a charge then catches Raven with a back elbow smash. Corino chokes out Raven in the corner then they trade chops until Corino gets a thumb in the eye. Suplex gets two. Corino wedges a chair in the corner then whips Raven into it as he spills out to the floor. Corino gets in some weak shots on Raven outside then connects with a flying forearm. Raven ducks a lariat and comes back with a super kick as both men are down. Raven is up first and hits a few clotheslines and a kneelift. Raven gets two with a bulldog as Punk is screaming about how the referee is not doing their job. Raven sets up a chair as he sends Corino into it with a drop toehold but Stevens breaks up the pin. Raven corners Stevens then spanks Stevens as he drapes her over his knee so Punk leaves the booth. Corino puts Raven in the Cobra Clutch in the middle of the ring. Raven is able to get up and ram Corino into the corner then hits the Raven Effect but Punk pulls the referee out of the ring. Raven chases him around but runs into a super kick from Corino, who covers and gets the pin (13:08) **. After the match, Corino & Punk beat on Raven until Corino tells him he doesn’t need his help and slaps Punk across the face. They get into each other’s faces as Punk eventually leaves.

Thoughts: The “Raven’s Rules” stipulation was not needed for the match and the only purpose it served was for the screw job finish, which could have done in a number of other ways. This was wrestled like a mid 80’s WWF house show match, which I guess is why the call Corino “The King of Old School.”



Chris Sabin vs. Colt Cabana vs. Matt Stryker vs. AJ Styles

Punk is back in the booth and asks if he missed anything. The crowd is really into Cabana. Match starts off slow with lots of stalling and feeling each other out. Cabana and Sabin go back and forth until Cabana knocks him off the apron. Cabana then teases a dive but stops before the ropes and ends up hitting a double axe handle from the apron. Back inside, Sabin nearly kills AJ by landing on his head after a spinning heel kick then Cabana missed a top rope splash as everyone rolled out of the way. AJ tags himself in and keeps trying to hit Sabin with a Styles Clash but fails then hits him in the face with a basement dropkick. AJ comes back with a dropkick of his own after a fast Irish whip sequence as Levy notes that Punk will face AJ at the next show. Sabin gets beat on for a while by everyone then Cabana spits at AJ, who responds by throwing his gum at him. Sabin gets placed up top but is able to take Cabana off with a neckbreaker as both men are down. Stryker and AJ tag but AJ goes after Cabana. Sabin hits AJ with an enziguiri then hits some sort of swinging slam as the match finally settles down between the two legal men. Stryker and AJ go back-and-forth then Cabana tags in and stretches out AJ while Punk cant get over the fact that AJ threw his gum like a sissy. AJ is now the one who is in trouble as we learn that Cabana and Sabin will face each other in a Field of Honor match next show. AJ then comes back with a double Phenomenon on Stryker and Sabin as the match breaks down again. Everyone trades moves at a decent pace, including an awesome reverse hurricarana on Cabana courtesy of Sabin. Stryker suplexes AJ but gets grabbed by Cabana. Sabin charges at them but Cabana backdrops him then hits the Colt 45 on Stryker for the win (18:55) **1/2.

Thoughts: The match was formulaic and disappointing considering the competitors. Cabana winning was a bit of a surprise I suppose but that’s all I took away from this match.




Maff is talking to Alison Danger about the show. He tells her to talk to Rob Feinstein about something that he is upset about.

Gary Michael Capetta is with Colt Cabana, who says he has something special planned. However, CM Punk interrupts to talk about Steve Corino briefly then switches topics to Raven and Terry Funk and asks Cabana how it feels to get cut off, as Cabana says it feels weird.

RoH Tag Team Title Gauntlet Match

Carnage Crew & Justin Credible vs. Angel Dust & Deranged & Hydro

For some reason, this match starts off with a six-man “grudge” match due to the strap attack by Special K on these guys from Beating the Odds. However, the winning team will have to reduce to two members. The Special Guys jump the Carnage Crew to start. The Carnage Crew then take control as they beat the shit out Angel Dust. Becky Bayless distracts Credible and after kissing her and Levy making a bunch of whore comments at Becky, Angel Dust takes him off of the apron. Hydro tags as Special K regains control while Levy goes through his usual schtick about Special K spending their parents money on drugs. Deranged puts Credible in a chinlock in what feels like an eternity. Credible finally breaks free as he tags Loc while the crowd is silent. Loc cleans house as the Carnage Crew try to get the crowd going but they seemed burned out. They set up Angel Dust for the spike piledriver but the Special K flunkies run in to break it up. The Carnage Crew then use straps as Deranged gets whacked in the face as the ref rings the bell for the DQ as we learn that the Carnage Crew have been disqualified, despite Special K using blatant outside interference (9:06). This sucked.

Deranged & Hydro vs. Briscoe Brothers 

The Briscoes take control early. Deranged hits a few hurricaranas on Jay but Mark tags and pancakes him. Hydro is in and clotheslines Mark after a fast-paced sequence. Mark then places Hydro up top and hits a springboard Ace Crusher. Deranged runs in and hits a Code Red as this is essentially under scramble rules. Jay tags and hits Hydro with the Jay Driller for the pin as Mark attempted to make it a spike but overshot his springboard dive (11:52). Brief but decent action at least.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Dunn & Marcos

Marcos hits the Sliced Bread #2 as he celebrates but Mark hits him with a springboard dropkick and shortly after that the Briscoes put Dunn away with a springboard Doomsday Device (13:34). Total squash.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Izzy & Dixie

The Briscoes immediately beat on Izzy and Dixie. They focus on Dixie as Levy tells us the winner of this fall will go up against the Backseat Boyz for the title. Dixie rakes the eyes of Mark then tags Izzy as Punk leaves the booth after Levy brought up Lucy and after that Ray Murrow finally enters. Mark comes back with a crossbody as both men are down. Izzy tags but Mark rolls away and makes the tag. Jay runs wild then Mark hits Izzy with a moonsault but Dixie breaks up the pin and the Special K guys pull Jay out of the ring then distract the ref as that allows Izzy to hit Mark with a Blockbuster for the pin (18:50). The ending was a mess but most of it actually resembled a wrestling match at the very least.

Izzy & Dixie vs. Backseat Boyz

The Backseat Boyz pounce on Izzy & Dixie as they hit all sorts of double-team moves. Kashmere takes out Special K with a dive on the outside. Acid tries to dive out but Dixie stops him and flings him off the top in a really pathetic looking spot. Kashmere comes back in and they hit the Dream Sequence but Izzy manages to hit Kashmere with a springboard senton at the end. Acid and Izzy work a fast but sloppy sequence that ends with Izzy hitting an inverted hurricarana for a nearfall. Kashmere gets hit with a double team move then Izzy takes Acid off of the top with a rana. They then signal for the T Gimmick as they try to hit it on Acid but Kashmere spears them both then the Backseat Boyz hit Izzy with the T Gimmick for the win and the Tag Team Titles (22:42) 1/2*. After the match, Dixie breaks up the celebration then takes out the Backseat Boyz with a weak-looking dive to the floor as Special K are beating on the Backseat Boyz but the Briscoes come out for the save then Teddy Hart comes out and hits an insane springboard corkscrew quebrada onto Special K then heads inside to raise the hands of the Backseat Boyz.

Thoughts: I personally couldnt think of a better way to match the Tag Team Titles seem less important than RoH did with this monstrosity of a match. The whole thing was filled with awful action and the end was filled with zero doubt or drama as to who would win. Joke teams like the Special K guys and Ring Crew Express showed the lack of depth and how those teams were essentially unable to even work an actual tag match. I dont know who Dixie was blowing to get his spot on the roster because he was by far the worst in the match. And he was treated as one of the top guys in the Special K stable. The Backseat Boyz did not even look impressive in winning the belts and who do they feud with now? Special K? The Briscoes are the best team but they would seemingly want revenge on Special K, who fucked them over. Not only was the match shit but they dont even have a good tag feud to run with now.






Homicide, who is in Japan, cuts a promo on Low Ki, telling him that he forgot where he came from and that he even trained him so he could be the superstar that he is today. He then tells Ki to come find him in the “projects” as he is pissed for Ki telling him not to bring in “thugs” into Ring of Honor. He then tells Samoa Joe to be ready and will beat his punk-ass, just like he will do to Ki. Now, both Maff and Homicide are looking to go after Ki.

Alexis Laree comes out to cheers as streamers come down from the ceiling. Gary Michael Cappetta wishes her luck as she just signed a Developmental Deal with the WWE. The fans chant “please don’t go” as she looks emotional but Special K’s music interrupts then Joey Matthews, who was in rehab the announcers tell us, comes out and hugs her then clotheslines her down as its revealed he is back with Special K. The Special K guys hold up Alexis as Joey grabs a chair. Slugger comes down and Joey gives him the chair as Hydro tells him to hit Alexis but he gets slapped down as the Special K guys are scared shitless as they leave the ring, dropping Laree to the mat. Julius Smokes runs in and lays out Hijinx as he now have a match between Laree and Hijinx.

Alexis Laree vs. Hijinx


Hijinx wants no part of Alexis, who takes him down with a flying headscissors and a rana as Smokes, who is now the ref apparently, counts to two. Hijinx knocks her down then hits a backbreaker but misses a senton off of the middle rope then after a reversal sequence, Alexis gets the win with a DDT (1:15) 1/4*. After the match, Slugger raises Alexis on her shoulder as the fans applaud.

Thoughts: No idea what the stuff with Smokes and the Rottweilers were about but it was a nice sendoff for Laree.






We get a promo from Jim Cornette, who tells us he is back in Ring of Honor after the Prophecy attacked him at Wrath of the Racket. He tells them that he is back in town. Okay then.

Punk comes out for his match against Terry Funk as he tells us Funk retired for the first time in 1983 and that he could shit on his career and family all night long if he wants but its all been done before. He says that Funk keeps on coming back because he is a “drunk, pilled-up, schizophrenic, multi-personality dickhead.” Punk then says that RoH put him in with a guy who has to take pills to get up in the morning and that he will finally dismantle Punk forever, which is repeats several times. Punk’s mic work has been the only highlight of the show at this point.



CM Punk vs. Terry Funk


The crowd goes nuts for Funk. Match starts with Punk slapping Funk after they shook hands. Funk backs Punk into then corner and breaks cleanly. After an armdrag by Funk, they roll around on the mat and end up outside as Punk retreats. Back in the ring, Punk takes down Funk and grabs a chinlock. Funk reverses it and works a hammerlock on the mat. Funk hits a neckbreaker then follows Punk outside but gets beaten on then Punk grabs the mic and declares this a hardcore match. Funk then roughs him up as they go back inside, where Funk punches him down. They then trade chops outside of the ring but that stops when Punk gets whipped into the guardrail. Funk hits Punk with a chair across the back. Punk then smashes Funks head off of the table then whacks him with the chair as Funk challenges Punk to hit him harder. Punk fires away at Fun, who is caught between the ropes, but Funk fights back and ends up suplexing Punk from the apron and through a table. Funk repeatedly slams Punk’s head on the table then heads back inside and goes for a moonsault but Punk rolls away as both men are down. Funk sells the knee like a champ then Punk goes right on the attack as he targets the knee as Funk calls him a “prick” and a “bastard.” Funk comes back with a stunner but is still in too much pain to follow up with anything as Punk brings him into the middle of the ring and works the leg before putting on the figure four as Punk taunts him. Levy tells us that the referee was warned before the match to not let anything dangerous happen to Funk, who now reverses the hold. Funk rolls outside and has trouble standing as Punk follows him up and rolls Funk back into the ring. Punk then grabs a chair and whacks the injured knee repeatedly then puts on the figure four again as Funk reaches the ropes but Punk pulls him back into the center of the ring to try it again. Funk fights back and eventually puts Punk in the spinning toe hold but Punk takes him down as Punk puts the figure four back on as Levy wants the ref to call the match in order to protect Funk, who reaches the ropes. Punk tries to yank Funk away from the ropes then puts the hold back on and refuses to break the hold as the ref calls for the bell as Funk wins by DQ (15:48) **1/2. Punk still refuses to break the hold as Colt Cabana comes down to tell Punk to break the hold, only to put it on himself and doesnt stop until Raven runs them off. However, Tommy Dreamer stops Cabana in the aisle as they bring him back in the ring as Funk hits him with a stunner. Funk, Dreamer, and Raven all shake hands together as the crowd applauds.

Thoughts: This match was about as good as it could have been but the Dreamer stuff felt all like deja vu and the Raven/Punk feud in general has lost a lot of steam.






RoH World Title
Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)


Joe starts the match by drilling Daniels with a kick that almost got the win. Joe continues to rough up Daniels, who eventually comes back with a leg lariat. Daniels gets two with an Arabian Press but Joe knocks him down with a spinning backhand. Joe then destroys Daniels in the corner as the announcers list off all the title defenses Joe has had as he puts Daniels in a Boston Crab. Danger comes in as Joe goes for a face wash but Daniels knocks him to the floor and follows with another Arabian Press. He grabs a chair and sits down Joe as he tries an Ole kick but Joe cuts him off then hits one on Daniels. Joe hits the move again then they head inside where Joe hits the rolling cradle. Daniels comes back with a German suplex as both men are down. Daniels charges but Joe catches him with a powerslam for a nearfall. Daniels then blocks a kick and hits a pair of enziguiris. Daniels fires away then hits a Samoan drop. The crowd is into Daniels here. Daniels then hits a STO then follows with the Best Moonsault Ever but Joe is able to kick out at two. Joe comes back with an STO of his own then knees Daniels in the head. Joe gets a few nearfalls then catches a breather but Daniels comes back with the Koji Clutch but Joe is able to reach the ropes. Daniels gets two with a Blue Thunder Driver. He then places Joe up top and tries a superplex but Joe blocks the move. Daniels is able to take him off with a hurricarana then hits the Angels Wings and covers but Joe kicks out. However, the timekeeper rang the bell as Daniels is in disbelief. Daniels tries for the Last Rites but Joe reverses and takes him down with the Coquina Clutch. Daniels finally makes the ropes but Joe connects with an enziguiri then gets the win with the Island Driver (15:02) ***3/4. The announcers then talk about who will ever be able to beat Joe. Daniels gets a standing ovation once he makes it back up to his feet.

Thoughts: Really good match but not a classic like the announcers made this out to be or anything like that. After the win, Joe now needs someone to feud with.






Maff is shown again as he tells Daniels that he had the match won and everyone knew it too before telling us that he will win the Field of Honor. His final comment is for Low Ki as he tells him that he is a “self-righteous, egotistical son of a bitch” and that he will be back and it will having nothing to do with winning a match as he promises to hurt him as he rips off his neck brace. Good, intense promo from Maff this time but he isnt someone who is worth all this promo time to begin with f you ask me.

Backstage, the Carnage Crew are talking about how they are disrespected every day in their lives before they warn Special K that they will kick their ass.

The Backseat Boyz gloat over the fact that they have won the RoH Tag Team Titles then tell is that they are the best tag team in the world. They then tell us they are going down to Atlantic City to get some hookers, room service, and shrimp.

Colt Cabana is now hosting his own talk show in the Murphy Rec Center hallway as his first guest is Julius Smokes, who is flanked by the Rottweilers. Cabana tries a “the man” joke then asks Smokes introduces us to . Smokes then tells us the Rottweiler Express is coming. A sad attempt at comedy by Colt Cabana.

Final Thoughts: A really disappointing show. It was more dull than horrible I suppose but that is the best I can say about the show as a whole. Besides the main event and Punk, everything else was either forgettable or awful. They are lacking in compelling feuds and the tag team division is complete shit at the moment. They might as well have just put the Briscoes vs. Backseat Boyz for the titles and built off of that because the other teams should be nowhere near a title belt. Also, the Field of Honor stuff has been a major disappointment so far. No one is looking like a breakout star from being a part of this tournament. One of the weaker shows RoH offered in 2003.




Ring of Honor Beating the Odds September 6th, 2003

September 6, 2003

From the Charbonneau Field House in Wakefield, MA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The show starts with CM Punk, alongside Colt Cabana, cuts a promo on Raven. He says that he wants Raven to remember how he is a failure and that he began wrestling so he could get his mission across. He ends by saying he will taken Raven out for good then walks away as Cabana is shown. Cabana says that he is not going to say something funny or talk about how Dunn & Marcos’s mothers wanted to be his groupies as he is serious and going to make a name for himself in the Field of Honor.

Raven is shown backstage telling us the world his filled with kings and queens and heaven and hell. He then informs us that for Punk, heaven is not an option as he welcomes him to his Clockwork Orange House of Fun. Raven then promises to “kill” Punk then finishes off this promo with a maniacal laugh.

Field of Honor Qualifying Match
Block B
Jimmy Rave vs. Colt Cabana

Lively crowd tonight. Cabana starts the match by stalling in the corner. Both guys trade arm wringers as the announcers put over the tournament and the “pure wrestling” aspect. We are now shown footage from before the show of the Backseat Boyz at the gimmick table harassing Gabe Sapolsky and Rob Feinstein then yelling at fans to get out of their way until they run into Julius Smokes and Homicide, who yells at them for being late. The argue as the Carnage Crew are laughing in the background then a brawl breaks out. Homicide then tells Feinstein to stop being a “pussy” and fine those “faggot-ass niggas.” We are finally back to the action as Rave takes down Cabana with an armdrag, with the announcers putting down the Backseat Boyz for unprofessionalism. Cabana challenges Rave to knock him down with a shoulder tackle then trips him up as the crowd applauds. Cabana whips Rave into the corner then puts him in a surfboard as we hear that all of the Field of Honor competitors will have cameras on them in the back at all times. Cabana hits a backdrop and gets two off of that. Rave tries to fight back with chops but keeps getting cut off. Cabana gets two off of a gutwrench powerbomb then catches him in a bearhug a few times. Rave connects with an enziguiri for two but Cabana comes back with a leg drop. Cabana misses a top rope twisting senton as Rave follows up with a shining wizard as both men are down. Rave hits a floating DDT for two then catches him with an armbar off of a springboard. Cabana takes control with a modified version of his Colt 45 then targets the back for a bit. Rave ends up putting Cabana in a crossface but Cabana powers out and hits the Colt 45 for the win (13:06) **.

Thoughts: Not much of a match. It did get better at the end though. The main focus was on Homicide and Acid as their feud is not going away. The secondary focus was on Cabana as his win keeps him going in the tournament as they story with him is that he wants to prove himself as a wrestler and stop acting like a goofball.



Backstage, AJ Styles tells Rave he lost because he went for the arm instead of the neck then gives him some advice. Styles appears to be the mentor for Rave.

Colt is shown as he says he is honor as the doctors and his family and friends told him not to wrestle tonight but he did as he is going to the top.

Diablo Santiago w/ Oman Tortuga vs. Slyk Wagner Brown w/ April Hunter

Before the match, the Outkast Killaz corner Hunter but Brown flipped into the ring to scare them off. Match starts with Santiago jumping Brown from behind. Santtiago kept taunting the crowd as that allowed Brown to hit him with a missile dropkick. Brown then hit a press slam and followed that with a standing moonsault. Santiago goes outside as Brown sends him into the guardrail with a baseball slide. Back inside, Santiago works over the back of Brown then they fuck up a super kick spot that missed by a mile but Brown sold anyway. Santiago gets two with a bridging slam but misses a diving headbutt as both men are down. Brown wins a slugfest then hits some sort of half-assed Thesz Press for two. Catatonic slam gets two. Santiago comes back with another bridging suplex as he is now bleeding from his nose. Brown almost botches a float over then catches Santiago with a sitout powerbomb for the win (4:19) 1/4*. After the match, Tortuga tells Brown they are not down and that Hunter was checking him out all match. Tortuga then Hunter to come with him then gets attacked in a sequence to show off Hunter, who was probably bigger than Tortuga anyway.

Thoughts: This match sucked. The point was to get Brown and Hunter over but Brown was a bad wrestler and did a ton of flips in the match for some reason. Hunter got over a bit for beating on the Outkast Killaz as they seem to be building up to a match between the four.



Scramble Match
Dunn & Marcos vs. Izzy & Dixie w/ Special K vs. SAT’s vs. Backseat Boyz

We are informed that Homicide & Julius Smokes are “tearing” up the locker room due to the Backseat Boyz being here tonight. This starts off the same as every other scramble match with guys pairing off and going at rapid speed. One cool move was when Joel countered a tarantula from Izzy with an Alabama Slam. Less blown spots than usual here too. Izzy busts out a few cool hurricaranas here as well. Dunn & Marcos hit a nice version of the Demolition Decapitation on Dixie for two. The match breaks down with the SAT’s botching a double-team move as they are incapable of having a match without at least one. The announcers talk about the Tag Team Title situation due to the Amazing Red’s injury and how Gary Michael Capetta will address that later tonight. THe match breaks down again as Kashmere takes out almost everyone with a senton. In the ring, Joel and Izzy take turns kicking each other then climb up top where Joel takes Izzy off with a Spanish Fly to the floor on top of everyone, drawing a “holy shit” chant form the crowd. They head back inside as the action breaks down again until Acid hits Joel with a high knee for the win (8:44) **1/4.

Thoughts: These tag scramble matches were really tiresome. The only team worth a shit was the Backseat Boyz as the others were probably incapable of wrestling an actual tag match. Despite all of that, this was more cool moves and less botched spots than usual, making it a bit entertaining at least.



Field of Honor
Block A
Matt Stryker vs. John Walters

Both guys feel each other out to start. They battle over a test-of-strength then trade moves until Walters stretches out Stryker in the ropes. Stryker takes a breather then re-enters as he takes down Walters and works a front facelock. They end in a stalemate as the crowd applauds then Walters works the arm. Stryker takes him down with a dragon screw and works the leg briefly before putting on the Stryker Lock. Walters is able to make it to the ropes then Stryker goes back to working the leg. Walters knee gives out as he was Irish whipped into the ropes then Stryker grapevines the leg. Stryker is unable to put Walters away then gets caught with a lungblower as Walters continues to sell his leg. Walters is up first and eventually hits his Hurricane DDT for a nearfall. Stryker comes back with rolling German Suplexes then takes him down and tries to work the leg but Walters crawled over to the ropes. Walters comes back with a La Magistral then lifts him up for a  chokeslam and drops him across his knee for a backbreaker. They have a reversal sequence that ends with Stryker getting a nearfall with a German suplex. Walters tries to hit Stryker with a powerbomb but his leg gave out as Stryker fell on top of him for the win (12:38) **3/4. After the match, Walters grabs the mic and tells us that he has been wrestling in the area for three years and talks about having pride and wanting to win before shaking Stryker’s hand.

Thoughts: Above-average match but I still dont really care about either one of these guys. Walters selling of the leg was questionable at times and his promo after the match was extremely long-winded. Stryker is a fine technical wrestler but had no personality or even a decent look and would be best served in a jobber role.



Homicide interrupts Feinstein as he is eating wanting to fight Trent Acid tonight, even giving up his title shot. Feinstein tells him he can make it happen.

Hydro & Deranged & Angel Dust vs. Carnage Crew & Justin Credible

The Special Guys are freaking out over the fact they have to fight these guys. Match starts with Loc getting the best of Hydro as the announcers put over the Homicide vs. Trent Acid match that will take place later tonight. Credible works over Angel Dust then kisses Becky Bayless as the announcers crack jokes about her being a whore. He then hits Angel Dust with several rolling suplexes as the crowd goes nuts. Deranged and DeVito are now in the ring as Deranged hits him low then hammers away in the corner. DeVito fights back and takes him down with a dropkick. Outside, Special K yell at Slugga and order him into the ring. He heads in as Loc slaps him in the face then chops away. Loc hits him low but gets caught with a reverse chokeslam as Angel Dust runs in and grabs a headlock. The Special K guys are now beating on Loc and that goes on for a bit until he hits Angel Dust with a backdrop driver then tags Credible, who runs wild. The match breaks down as all three Special K get whipped into each other. Carnage Crew hits Deranged with a Splash Mountain/Neckbreaker combo but Slugger makes the save on the pin attempt as the match breaks down again. Slugger holds up the Carnage Crew for Angel Dust and Hydro, who accidentally hit him with missile dropkicks that Slugger did not even know how to sell correctly. Credible takes Slugga down with a super kick then grabs Bayless and pulls her onto the apron after she tried to trip him but Deranged breaks that up then hits Credible with a spin kick for two. The match breaks down again as all we hear is Julius Smokes yelling at Slugga, asking him to follow him as he agrees with both guys heading to the back. Hydro and Angel dust take out the Carnage Crew with dives, leaving Deranged and Credible in the ring. They battle up top where Credible takes him off with a tombstone piledriver from the middle rope and gets the win (15:32) *1/2. After the match, DeVito destroys Hijinx with a chair then they drag Bayless into the ring for the spike piledriver but Credible prevents them as he asks for the tables as the Carnage Crew put her through the table from the apron with the spike piledriver. DeVito can barely walk after the move.

Thoughts: This feud looks like it will continue but this match really fell apart the last couple of minutes. It turned into a disaster. DeVito seemed to hurt himself putting Bayless through the table but still managed to really protect her with the move. Slugga has now apparently joined up with Smokes and Homicide as Special K is without their muscle.



Gary Michael Cappetta is backstage with some updates. He tells us that Low Ki has fractured his jaw during a recent tour of Japan and will be out indefinitely. Also, the Amazing Red will be out as he is undergoing surgery for an ACL injury as the Ring of Honor will have a Tag Team Gauntlet Series that will begin next show at Glory By Honor II when new Tag Team Champions will be crowned. He then brings out the Briscoe Brothers as Mark tells us that they are young and unsure what they want to do with their lives but now they want to win the Tag Team Titles. Cappetta tells us that Mark will face BJ Whitmer tonight and that Jay will take part in the four-way match, with the winner getting a title shot. After that, the SAT’s ask the Briscoes why they hurt Red, thinking that they were boys. The Briscoes tell them they were just trying to win the match. Christ, that was an awkward exchange. Jay improved by leaps and bounds in his promo skills while the other three have not.

Mark Briscoe vs. BJ Whitmer

The crowd chants for Briscoe as Whitmer has him in a headlock. Briscoe comes back with a spinning heel kick then grounds Whitmer as the announcers put over how much of an upset it would be if Briscoe won this match. Briscoe gets a nearfall with a crossbody but Whitmer fights back. He hits a gutbuster that gets two then works a surfboard. The announcers are trying way too hard to put Whitmer over by pretending that he has had all sorts of incredible matches. Well, you can say that many other guys in this company too. Whitmer beats on Briscoe outside of the ring as he targets the ribs. Back inside, Whitmer gets another nearfall with a gutbuster. He locks on an abdominal stretch but Briscoe counters with a hip toss. Whitmer goes back on offense after Briscoe missed an elbow drop as he continues to target the ribs. Whitmer sends Briscoe to the floor with a hiptoss but Briscoe is able to cut him off on a dive to the outside. Briscoe suplexes Whitmer onto the floor then flies out with a shooting star press as the crowd starts a “holy shit” chant. Briscoe repeatedly whips Whitmer into the guardrail then heads back inside, hitting a springboard dropkick for two. Briscoe then catches him with a uranage after a reversal sequence but that only gets two. Whitmer comes back with a superplex but that is not enough to get the win. Dragon suplex gets two. Briscoe comes back with an exploder for a nearfall. Whitmer then hits an exploder of his own after a reversal sequence but that is not enough for the win. They now battle up top where Briscoe takes him off with a belly-to-belly that looked really sloppy but it was enough for the win (13:50) **3/4.

Thoughts: Another match that was above-average but hurt again by a lack of psychology as they kept on hitting a ton of big moves then ended it with something that looked less painful than most of what they were doing to each other. The ending was also anti-climatic, which is a bad sign as you cannot build to a finish in a match that lasted almost fourteen years long. Still, Briscoe was just a teenager and was wrestling at a level far above most with the same experience. I also felt that the announcers gave away the finish with how they constantly talked up Whitmer and how much of an upset it would be if Briscoe won.






Feinstein is backstage asking the fans if they have any information about the attack on Lucy at the “Wrath of the Racket” show. If you do, send it to the company website.

Trent Acid w/ Johnny Kashmere vs. Homicide w/ Julius Smokes 


Before the match begins the camera cuts to Raven in the locker room, who is breathing heavily, as he tells Punk he will kill him. We are back to the action as these two go back and forth at a quick pace. Acid cuts off Homicide with a kick on a dive attempt then suplexes him onto the floor. Acid pulls the guardrail forward and asks the fans to move back then takes out Homicide with a quebrada. They go back and forth again then Homicide tosses Acid into the guardrail as he was in midair and holy shit did that look like it hurt. He places Acid on a chair then flies out and hits him with a tope con hilo. The action heads back into the ring as Homicide destroys Acid in the corner. He sends Acid to the floor with a running knee smash as they play up that Acid has an eye injury as he is bleeding. A dazed Acid heads back inside where Homicide goes back on offense. Acid is able to come back with a missile dropkick then hits a flurry of moves but remains dazed. Homicide hits a T-Bone suplex for a nearfall but Acid comes back with a low blow then brings a chair inside as the ref is tied up with Smokes. Acid takes him off of the top with a Backseat Driver as Homicide’s head whacks the edge of the chair. Ouch! Now they trade Yakuza kicks until Acid knocks him down but that only gets one as they go at it again until both men are down as the crowd goes nuts. Homicide blocks a kick then takes Acid down with a Dragon Screw before locking on the STF. Acid makes the ropes but Homicide puts the hold back on as Acid once again is able to make it to the ropes. Acid knocks Homicide down with a forearm smash as his nose is pouring blood. Acid waits up top but Homicide knocks him down then hits a Super Ace Crusher for two as Kashmere interrupts the pin. Smokes chases him around until Acid takes him out. Acid catches Homicide with another Yakuza kick as he was chasing Kashmere but that is not enough to put him away. Homicide breaks up a sleeper with a low blow then is able to hit the Cop Killa after failing previously and that is enough for the win (15:00) ***1/2. After the match, everyone shakes hands as the fans start an “R-O-H” chant.

Thoughts: Wild match. These two beat the crap out of each other and earned their paychecks with this performance. The next logical step is to have the rubber match to their feud. Acid looked like someone who could have been a star but drugs ruined that among other things.






Christopher Daniels is shown with Allison Danger talking about destiny. This is shot in black-and-white. Danger is holding up the ECWA Title. Daniels says that his goal has always been to be the Ring of Honor champion but he will not be here tonight as he is defending the ECWA title. Daniels closes by telling Samoa Joe that he is the only thing standing in his way and says that at “Glory By Honor II” he will fulfill his destiny by winning the title. I’ll say it before and I will say it again, the Fallen Angel gimmick held Daniels back. It came off too corny for someone positioned near the top of the card.

Four Corners Survival Match
Chris Sabin vs. Jay Briscoe vs. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe


The rules for this are as follows: Winner gets a title shot in the future. However, if Joe wins, the loser will not get a title match as long as Joe is the champion. Sabin and Briscoe start off the match as they work a decent little sequence that ends in a standoff. AJ and Joe tag in as now the NWA-TNA and RoH champs are in the ring but Sabin tags himself in and tries to attack AJ but fails. Sabin tags Joe, who starts kicking Joe. AJ then bails and tags Briscoe, who gets knocked down a few times. AJ tags back in as Briscoe catches him with a powerslam as all four guys keep tagging in and out until the match breaks down until everyone ends up in a standoff. That looked far to contrived and the crowd didnt care at all. Joe and Briscoe take turns beating on Sabin for a bit until he comes back with a catatonic backbreaker. Joe tags and puts Briscoe in a Boston Crab that looked painful as AJ breaks up the move. Now we are at the point where the guys all break up submission holds so they can have a chance to win a title shot. Briscoe is taking a beating here as he is getting put in all sorts of submission holds. He rolls away from a splash attempt by Sabin and finally makes the tag as AJ clotheslines Sabin to the floor. Joe takes him outside with an enziguiri then hits him with the ole kick. He tries it again but Sabin spears Joe then gets drilled with a super kick by AJ. All three guys outside brawl until Briscoe takes them out with a senton. In the ring, Briscoe chops Joe in the corner. Joe plants a charging Briscoe with an uranage. Joe follows with a powerbomb then locks on an STF but Briscoe reaches the ropes. AJ is in and messes up the Phenomenon but still gets two. The match breaks down as Sabin hits the Future Shock for two then Briscoe hits him with a Splash Mountain. Joe uses a rolling cradle on Briscoe that AJ breaks up at two. AJ botches a springboard move but salvages it somewhat by making it a leg drop. AJ then hits Sabin with a Styles Clash after a reversal sequence but Joe breaks it up then everyone takes turns kicking each other as the match has broked down again. AJ and Joe hit Sabin with a double enziguiri then Briscoe swoops in and hits Sabin with the Jaydriller and gets the win as the other two were unable to break up the pin (21:15) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Good match but nothing to write home about or anything. Briscoe winning was a surprise as they put over both of them strongly on this show. With the news of the new Tag Team Champions being crowned next show, it seems like they have put the Briscoes and Backseat Boyz at the top tier of teams.



Cappetta is with Justin Credible as they are fielding questions from the crowd. Some clown asks him if “Bret really fucked Sunny” then Credible said that he did then follows that he is just telling them what they want to hear.  After that, Special K jumps him from behind until the Carnage Crew make the save but they also end up getting beat down.  We can see the crew put together the cage as this is happening.






Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match
CM Punk vs. Raven


They fight over a lockup as Cabana is now ringside. Raven whacks Punk with a trashcan then chokes him out with a chain as Punk is already busted open and now wearing a crimson mask as Raven is ramming him into the cage. Punk is able to now send Raven into the cage as he now takes control of the match. Punk whacks Raven with a shovel then opens him up some more with punches to the forehead. He now uses the garbage can as the announcers tell us that Punk and Raven will pick opponents for each other as Raven has selected Terry Funk to face Punk at “Glory By Honor II” as Punk selected Steve Corino for Raven, who comes back with a DDT as Cabana breaks that up by tossing a chair at him. Raven runs over to him but gets the door slammed in his face. Punk comes back with a DDT but that just gets two. Raven whacks Punk with a chair a few times but is unable to put him away. He sets up a table but Punk hits him low and lays him across the table then heads to the top of the cage. Raven gets up and meets him there as they trade punches until Punk gets tossed off and through the table. Raven climbs down and but Punk is just able to kick out. Raven then hits a super kick then sets him on the top rope as he puts Punk through the table with the Raven Effect and gets the win (11:45) ***1/2. After the match, the lights go out and when they turn back on Raven is shown tied-up to a giant “X” with barbed-wire draped over his neck as Cabana is also in the ring. Punk grabs the mic and that while Raven had won this battle he will not win the war. Punk then leaves as the referees

Thoughts: Good match. These guys bled all over the place and the hype delivered for the most part, although you would have expected this match to last longer. With Raven winning the battle and Punk getting his heat back, this feud will continue. Punk looks like more of a star after each show. His character was awesome.






Joe talks about Daniels talking about his destiny of winning the RoH title as he talks about always being the bully and never the underdog as Daniels’ destiny is to get choked out and dropped on his head by him. He closes by saying that he is “pro wrestling.”

Final Thoughts: Solid show. Some of the undercard was garbage but the main storylines are going strong and they appear to be doing more with the tag division than scramble matches with the announcement that new champions will be crowned. Punk/Raven remains the hottest feud but they built up the Briscoes, Homicide, and the Backseat Boyz tonight. The Field of Honor hasnt really impressed all that much to be honest with Cabana the central part of that storyline. All in all, the promotion has more positives and negatives at the moment and I look forward to each show.

BREAKING NEWS: Ring of Honor to Start Airing on Destination America Beginning June 3rd

Here is the official announcement of Ring of Honor on Destination America, starting June 3rd at 8pm.

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/104-ring-of-honor/42743-breaking-news-ring-of-honor-coming-to-destination-America

It should also be noted that Dixie Carter has scheduled a conference call for 3pm EST and requested that all TNA talent participate.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0527/595702/tna-to-address-talents-later-today/

Ring of Honor Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies August 16th, 2003

August 16, 2003


From Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The show starts of zoomed in on Raven’s “Rust Never Sleeps” tattoo as he denies he attacked Lucy then questions whether or not the cage match stipulations are violent enough for when he faces CM Punk so he makes it a “Clockwork Orange House of Fun” match instead.

Punk interrupts Rob Feinstein, who was bragging about being “twelve inches” to the camera man as he talked about hitting on chicks. He yells at Feinstein for creating an unsafe work environment and demands to know what happened. The Outcast Killaz interrupt, with Punk calling them “Special K” as they cut a goofy promo as Tortuga tells him to relax and drink a beer as Punk responds by kicking both of their asses. Loving how they are building up the Punk/Raven feud to start the show.

Special K are backstage. Deranged then complains that there parties are too much like a “sausage fest” as the camera briefly shows Becky Bayless. He then says they need more girls then they all go on a voyage. They run into Alexis Laree, who rejects their advances and reminds them that RoH is about athleticism. Bayless then pushes her and wants her to dance as Laree questions if she is a wrestler then challenges here to a match. Bayless says it is not a good idea but the rest of the group tell her it will be fine as she smiles then dances.


Prince Nana comes out for his scheduled match against Oman Tortuga. Homicide then comes in the ring and demands that Steve Corino come out so he can kick his ass. Instead we get Corino’s friend, Guillotine LeGrande, who promises us that Corino is here and will kick his ass for insulting him. Homicide is all fired up here. He then turns around as Nana wants a match as the bell rings.

Prince Nana vs. Homicide

Nana surprises Homicide with an overhead suplex. He hits a few charging attacks in the corner then follows with a senton. Nana chops him all over the ring but Homicide tosses him outside then follows with a tope con hilo. The crowd is fully behind Homicide here. The action heads back inside where Homicide chops him a few times then hits a low dropkick. Nana escapes from the STF then hits a side slam. Nana heads up top but misses a senton then Homicide finally puts him in the STF for the win ( 3:03) 3/4*. After the match, Homicide once again calls out Corino as Feinstein comes out and reassures him that Corino is here and that he has a match as Homicide swears at him while the crowd chants “kick Rob’s ass.” Homicide then threatens Gary Michael Cappetta as he is just going completely mental, challenging anyone to stop him from getting Corino.

Thoughts: The match was nothing but it did a great job at hyping the Corino/Homicide feud.



The Carnage Crew are talking backstage as DeVito tells Loc how he missed the last show as he could not leave work and had to deal with his wife and kids. Loc talks about driving 10 hours to Dayton and how he took the pin due to Special K interfering as they talk about how they hate them then plug the scramble match while ripping on the fans at cheering for highspots. They are now setting up the Carnage Crew to feud with the other teams on the bottom of the totem pole. At least it is something.

Ring Crew Express vs. The Purists

Dunn and Walters start off the match. Walters stretches out Dunn then tags out as Mamaluke is now in as they jumped ahead a bit. Dunn hits a Gory Bomb and tags out as Marcos hits an enziguiri. The Ring Crew Express run wild then celebrate but pay the price then as Mamaluke puts Marcos on his shoulders, Walters takes him down with a lungblower and stretches him out then Mamaluke joins in as Marcos finally taps (2:34) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Quick little match to put over the Purists as a threat in the Tag Team division.



Danny Maff tells us that to advance in the future, you have to eliminate your past. He tells Low Ki how that he got bigger and faster and became an “indy wrestling wonder” but as that happened, he was held back watching from behind but now he grew up and his bigger and is now one of the biggest bad asses that RoH has to offer. Then after his daughter told him that Low Ki was her favorite wrestler, Maff said that he felt like “smacking the shit” out of her has he goes out of his mind while flipping out about Low Ki and how he will need to be killed in order to lose this match. I appreciate Maff trying to turn up the intensity here but this went on too long and was over exaggerated at times to the point where it came off as just plain goofy at times.


Field of Honor Qualifying Match
BJ Whitmer vs. Matt Stryker

The fans start dueling chants as both guys trade various holds. The chants get louder as Levy puts them over as Whitmer gets two with a leg lariat. Neither man can gain an advantage as they both spill out to the floor. Stryker then sends Whitmer into the guardrail then shortly after that takes him down with a dragon screw as Whitmer clutches his knee. Back inside, Stryker works on the injured knee. Whitmer is able to use his momentum to send Stryker to the floor then hobbles outside and hits a neckbreaker. They head back in as he kicks Stryker repeatedly to the back of the neck then stretches him out as Stryker just reaches the ropes. Snap suplex gets two. Whitmer applies a chinlock as he drives his knee into the neck. Stryker fights out but runs into an elbow then gets chopped in the corner. Whitmer places Stryker up top but gets taken off with a sunset powerbomb as both men are down. They get back up an trade chops until Stryker boots him down. They then trade suplexes for nearfalls as the crowd is really into this match. Stryker then hits a Death Valley Driver off of the top rope but that only gets two. Whitmer then cuts off Stryker from the top and hits a superplex for two. He tries for the Exploder 98 but Stryker escapes that and they end up elbowing each other before dropping to the mat. The ref starts a ten count but the bell rings at six as we learn the match is ruled a draw as it reached the fifteen minute time limit (15:00) **1/2. Gary Michael Cappetta then enters the ring and lets them know that due to the draw they are now out of the Field of Honor, despite deserving to be there then tells us that he has learned that they are both entered in the tournament based off of their performance tonight.

Thoughts: The company seems to be intent on putting these two over in the “Field of Honor” by having them both advance after wrestling in a time-limit draw. The match itself wasn’t bad but a lot of it felt like trasing holds just for the sake of doing so, while not really building into anything. Almost like a “highspot” match but instead of those moves they use mat holds. These two sold an elbow smash more than top rope suplexes, which is insane. It also didnt help that both of these guys were dull. At least Whitmer looked like somewhat of a star while Stryker was a goof with a unibrow.



Scramble Match
Dixie & Izzy w/ Special K vs. Carnage Crew vs. SAT’s vs. Backseat Boyz

Before the match, Acid chases away Special K  with a chair. The crowd is really into the Backseat Boyz. This starts off like every other scramble match where everyone take turns in the ring, getting in as many moves as possible. Nothing too impressive or horribly botched. Acid is the only one that resembles a star in this match by the way. Joel and Izzy then worked one of the more over choreographed sequences you will ever see and it looked like shit. The SAT’s hit Loc with a terribly botched double-team move then the match breaks down until the Backseat Boyz hit Izzy with the Dream Sequence. The Carnage Crew then run in and attack the Backseat Boyz as the match breaks down again, with the SAT’s hitting Izzy with a pendulum face buster. More fast-paced action occurs until the Carnage Crew hits Izzy with a spike piledriver but the rest of Special K run in and break up the pin in front of the ref, who does not ring the bell. The match continues as a big dive spot leads to Acid superplexing Special K flunky Cloudy to the floor, nearly killing each other in the process. The crowd chants “holy shit” as Lit tries a dive but Kashmere stops him but Dixie sneaks in, wearing a giant hat, and rolls up Kashmere for the win (9:19) *1/4. After the match, Special K starts a rave but that gets broken up as the DJ plays Alexis Laree’s theme music.

Thoughts: Ugh. Lots of bad looking moves and the Tag Scramble matches were way past the point of entertaining. I might have felt differently at the time but now these do not hold up well at all. Acid was the only wrestle worth a shit in the entire match.



Becky Bayless vs. Alexis Laree

Bayless fakes a fingernail after the handshake and that allows some of the Special K guys to attack Laree. Bayless then throws some forearm smashes that look horrible but Laree fights back. She hits a few kicks then some other girl from Special K jumps up on the apron to distract the ref but Laree dodges a few double-team attacks then hits Bayless with an inverted DDT for the win (2:32) DUD.

Thoughts: Luckily it was kept short. They seem to want to establish the women’s division around Laree and by the looks of things, will have a credible wrestle to face her at some point, likely brught in by Special K.



Before their match, Xavier tells Daniels that he won the RoH Title by himself, despite being the leader of the Prophecy. He then tells Daniels the best thing he can do is lay down as Daniels has had enough and reminds Xavier that he made the decision to have him be the champion. which was the only way he would have won the belt. He then tells Xavier that he doesn’t need to ask someone to lay down for him. They are certainly teasing a rift between these two Prophecy members.


#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
Xavier vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger

The winner of this match gets a title shot at the 9/20 Glory By Honor show. These two start on the mat as Xavier goes after the arm. The announcers put over the fact that Xavier has been out with a concussion for four months as he is in control of the match. Daniels grabs a headlock for a bit as this match is being wrestled scientifically at the start. Xavier comes back and works the arm as they keep a slow but steady pace as the announcers also let us know that Joe will not be defending the belt until the Glory By Honor show. Xavier punches Daniels in the face, who looks pissed. Danger even screams at Xavier about how they are both in the Prophecy. Daniels punches Xavier back and that triggers a shoving match. They square off then back off as they tried to trick each other into a handshake then both started punching each other. Daniels tosses Xavier onto the top rope then kicks him off as Daniels takes control of the match, to the delight of the fans. Xavier snaps Daniels neck off of the top rope then uses a baseball slide to send him into the guardrail. He then follows with a split-legged moonsault to the floor as he is in control of the match. Back inside, Xavier works the back and neck as the crowd chants “AC Slater.” He beats on Daniels in the corner as the announcers are trying way too hard to put him over. He was never at the level the company wanted to be and going overboard trying to sell him as a star just backfired. Daniels breaks up a sunset flip attempt then comes back with a basement dropkick. Gutbuster gets two. Xavier comes back with a stretch as Daniels escapes that then goes back to targeting the ribs of Xavier. Daniels locks on an abdominal stretch but Xavier escapes that and hits a facecrusher followed by an enziguiri that gets two. Daniels comes back with a spear as both men are down. They get up and go back-and-forth until Xavier yanks him off the top rope and clotheslines him down. They continue to go back and forth as neither man can gain the advantage. Xavier is able to hit a 450 splash, which looked great, but only gets two. Daniels escapes an X Breaker attempt that triggers a pinfall reversal sequence that ends with a double clothesline. They get up and fight over a backslide that Xavier wins but the ref breaks the count as he had his feet on the ropes. Xavier argues with the ref then Daniels sneaks up and gets a rollup while grabbing the tights for the win (22:25) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Good match. Slower-paced than a lot of other matches in the company but the psychology was solid. Xavier did fine but he didnt need to be a part of the RoH Title picture, especially after an unimpressive overall run as the champ.



Cappetta is backstage, looking to speak with Corino. CM Punk barges out of the locker room looking for Daniels then Cappetta attempts to interview Corino and his friend Guillotine LeGrande as they yell at Cappetta while denying that Corino is hurt.

4 Corners Survival Match
Slyk Wagner Brown w/ April Hunter vs. Jonny Storm vs. Hydro vs. Deranged

Deranged and Hydro start out as the attempt to recreate the finger poke incident between Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan but the pin attempt gets broken up. They turn their attention to Brown, who dumps them both to the floor. Storm runs in and gets clotheslined as Brown works the arm. Storm comes back and grabs a headlock as they work a so-so sequence that ends in a standoff. Deranged catches Brown with a springboard dropkick off of a blind tag. He follows with a satellite headscissors, that failed the first time, then a nearfall with a DDT. Brown catches Deranged with a press slam then follows with a standing moonsault for two. Storm clotheslines Deranged but runs into a spinning heel kick. Hydro tags as the Special K guys take turns beating on Storm. Brown tags and beats on Hydro and that leads to a wacky submission hold between all four guys. They have a dive sequence that ends with a tope con hilo from Brown, who then rolls Hydro inside. Hydro fights back and gets two with a clothesline. Top rope splash gets two. Deranged tags and says he isn’t fighting Brown so goes after Hydro and gets a few nearfalls. Storm tags in and hits a few sloppy moves on Deranged but cannot put him away. Brown cuts off Storm up top and hits a Dominator for two. Storm tries a top rope hurricarana but Brown blocks that and hits a catatonic slam for two. Brown goes up top but misses a shooting star press then Deranged tags himself in and ends up surprising Storm with an inverted hurricarana for the win (12:28) **.

Thoughts: Decent action at times but it was pretty meaningless as a whole. Brown appeared to be blown up at the end and did not impress. No one really stood out much to be honest but after this win and the scramble tag match, and the Laree stuff they seem to be building up Special K.



Punk runs down the crowd while running down Raven and Tommy Dreamer, then asks his “soldiers” in the crowd to throw up their “X” as the others in the crowd scream at him. Punk then promises that his match against Raven in Boston (Wakefield, MA) will be the bloodiest and most brutal we will ever see as the vocal minority start a “Raven’s gonna kill you” chant. Great mic work from Punk, who was knocking it out of the park week after week.



CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe

The announcers put over Punk coming back from his first tour of Japan and that he has an injured knee. Joe takes over the match to start as the announcers wonder who was behind the attack of Lucy. Levy predicts that one day CM Punk will be the RoH World Champion as he breaks up a test of strength with a kick to the gut then gets two with a rana. Joe brushes off a diving attack but Punk takes him down and works the arm. Joe comes back with an Exploder then sends Punk to the floor with a running kick as Punk is bleeding from the mouth. Joe chops the piss out of Punk then sets him up for the Ole Kick but Punk reverses it into a drop toehold in a nice spot. Punk chops Joe then mocks him as he tries the kick but Joe catches it and throws him into the guardrail. Joe finally connects with the Ole Kick then grabs a chair from a fan in the crowd as he sets him up for another Ole Kick on the other side of the ring. Punk is able to get up and run away from a third attempt then greets him with forearm smashes in the ring. Punk goes back to work on the arm but Joe catches him and slams his knee on the mat then immediately grapevines the leg. Joe stays on the attack as he puts Punk in the tree-of-woe. He works over the knee but Punk comes back then hits a slingshot senton as he goes back to targeting the arm, while selling his knee. They fight on the top rope as Joe wins that battle and goes back to targeting the knee. Both guys are down after going back-and-forth the Punk is up first and hits a Shining Wizard for two. They go back and forth again until Joe hits a Dragon Screw then makes Punk tap with a single leg crab (13:06) ***1/4. After the match, Daniels runs in and attacks Joe, hitting the Angels Wings. He then smiles at Punk, who is too hurt to stand up, then leaves the ring while shouting about being the next RoH World Champion. The ref then checks on Joe as Punk goes over and shakes his hand.

Thoughts: Good match, although it felt more like the beginning of a half-hour long match. The long ole kick spot might turn people off a bit as it did go on for a while but I thought it was fun. Punk’s psychology is also improving, something he attributed to working with Raven. This also left you wanting more between these two and with Daniels running in at the end and Punk hobbling over to make sure to shake Joe’s hand, it left a lot on intrigue.



Homicide vs. Steve Corino w/ Guillotine LeGrande

Corino’s entrance is complete with his own ring announcer, streamers, and his “young boys.” His introduction lasts forever as they name off all his titles, past and present, as Homicide is being warned by the referee to put down the chair he is playing with. They finally lockup after about five minutes of introductions then start brawling in the corner. Homicide grabs a leg lock then beats the piss out of Corino in the corner. They exchange chops then Homicide slaps Corino in the ear as he sells it like his ear drum is busted. He tries to walk away but is met by Julius Smokes and Slugger then Homicide drags him back towards the ring. Homicide stays on the attack but misses a diving headbutt then Corino hits a leg lariat. Corino beats on Homicide on the floor then gets his head rammed against the post as Homicide pulls barbed wire from underneath the ring and digs it into Corino’s arm. Shit, this is pretty graphic. Homicide then smashes Corino’s arm over the guardrail as it is covered in blood. Corino comes back with a lariat then takes the fight outside and busts open Homicide and digs his fingers into the cut as Homicide’s face his drenched in blood. Corino now digs the barbed wire into the cut as this is now a brutal bloodbath. Back inside, Corino gets two with a piledriver then pildrives him though a table from the apron as both men are down, with the crowd going mental. They finally head back into the ring as Corino chokes out Homicide then taunts the crowd. He charges but Homicide boots him then hits a tornado DDT. Homicide follows with a Shining Wizard that gets two as he is down on the mat while Corino ducks outside for a breather. Homicide finally gets up but misses a tope con hilo and slams into the guardrail, flipping into the crowd. My god. Corino picks up Homicide by the ears then rolls him inside but only gets two. Corino then puts Homicide in a sleeper but he was able to make the ropes. Homicide comes back with a big boot as both men are down, with the camera zooming in on the pool of blood that covers Homicide’s face. Corino cuts off Homicide as he climbed the top rope and hits a superplex that gets two. Corino hits a running forearm in the corner then climbs the top rope after blowing snot on the apron but Homicide cuts him off and hits a Super Ace Crusher but that only gets two, to the surprise of the crowd and Julius Smokes. Suplex gets two. Corino hits a Death Valley Bomb after a reversal sequence but still cannot get the win. Homicide comes back with a tombstone as that gets two with both guys hitting each other with everything they have then Homicide puts on the STF as the crowd is fully behind him. Homicide drags him back into the center of the ring and puts on the hold again then LeGrande gets up on the apron and tosses in the towel as the ref rings the bell, with Homicide declared the winner (23:39) ****1/4. After the match, several officials check on Corino then back off when Homicide stands over him and raises his arm.

Thoughts: Holy shit, this was a brutal bloodbath and the definition of a grudge match. Both these guys earned their paychecks here. The ending also left it so this feud can continue and I didnt mind it at all, although some might not appreciate it too much.



Dan Maff vs. Low Ki

Maff starts the match by attacking Ki from behind as he made his entrance. He roughs him up then they head into the ring where he chokes him out. Ki comes back with a low dropkick then hits a barrage of kicks and chops. Maff blocks a double underhook then puts Ki in a sleeper. Ki escapes and locks on a cross armbreaker. They now slap each other repeatedly until Ki kicks down Maff. Ki tries an Octopus Hold but Maff breaks the hold and hits a half-nelson suplex. Maff regains control of the match as he works over the shoulder, even biting it at times. Maff hammers away but Ki is trying to walk of the pain. Ki comes back with a springboard kick as both men are down then the ref rings the bell as Maff is not moving. They show about a dozen replays of the kick from a few different angles as Rob Feinstein checks on Maff (11:13) **.

Thoughts: Eh, didnt care for this too much. The match was dull and the “kick heard ’round the world” stuff came off really forced as well and just an attempt to protect Maff in anyway possible. You can debate as to whether or not Maff is someone who should have been protected as well.



Special K confront Alexis Laree as Becky Bayless tells her that they are all going to take things more seriously before leaving.

Daniels is backstage with Danger as he talks about how Maff took the stiffest kick in history and that is why he is the toughest wrestler in RoH. He then talks about how he is one step closer to the title and will deal with Xavier later as it was just a spat between family members. Punk interrupts and interrogates Daniels if he was the one who knocked out Lucy. Daniels tells him to worry about September 6th and his match against Raven. Punk is about to tell Daniels something then looks into the camera and decides to cut a promo on Raven. He tells him that he was his wrestling debut August 1997 and put the “X” on his hands to stand up to those who poisoned society and grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic father. Punk then tells Raven he will bring violence and blood and be careful what he wishes for because he will get it then rants some more before leaving as the camera shows a smirking then laughing Daniels while the show ends. Great way to end the show and again, they leave a lot of intrigue.

Final Thoughts: Another solid show. Make sure to seek out that Homicide/Corino match and they had a few other solid ones but more importantly, they are building solid storylines and putting together a solid top of the card. They made the Punk/Raven match seem like must-see stuff as that feud has been terrific. The Corino/Homicide feud is heating up and they are building up Daniels and Joe to something as well. The only minuses are that the scramble matches are getting tiresome (although that is probably more in retrospect on my part as the crowd still popped for this stuff) and the Tag Team Division is unstable at the top but luckily that will be changing soon.



Here is my schedule for the next several days

Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 6/14/87
Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries 1989 WCW Timeline as told by Jim Cornette
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/20/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/21/87

Ring of Honor Wrath of the Racket August 9th, 2003

August 9, 2003

From the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, OH

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The show starts with Lucy filming Ace Steel and Colt Cabana goofing around backstage as they compare the Field of Honor tournament to the film “Field of Dreams.” They then see Homicide and Julius Smokes play craps in the corner as Cabana plays the geeky white guy while asking them about the Field of Honor. Smokes tells him that its for the cream of the crop and that there is nothing worse than a “bitch-ass wigga.” A painfully unfunny comedy segment. These Cabana/Steel segments trying to find out what exactly the Field of Honor is went on throughout the entire show.

AJ Styles and Amazing Red are talking backstage. Red is really, really bad on interviews. Anyway, AJ tells the Prophecy that they do not respect them and to try and take away their belts. Red is trying to no-sell his injury by saying he is okay. AJ leaves as the SAT’s asks Red about his injury and he downplays that as well. Amateur hour stuff from these guys as AJ was a mediocre promo guy and Red was one of the worst I have ever seen.

Fast Eddie & Don Juan vs. Carnage Crew vs. Deranged & Hydro w/ Special K vs. SAT’s

Masada is replacing DeVito in the Carnage Crew tonight. Special K beats on Loc to start. Loc comes back with a Saito Suplex. Jose chops Eddie a bunch then hits him with a dropkick as the fans lightly applaud that sequence. Don Juan and Masada work a decent sequence that sees Juan bust out one of the most unique inverted atomic drops you will ever see. Hydro comes in and works with Joel, who looks even worse than usual as he can barely take any of the moves. Everyone trades high-impact moves now as some of it is sloppy but generally okay. The SAT’s then nearly drop Deranged but make up for it with a crazy double-team pendulum swing facebuster that looked like it killed the poor guy as the crowd is up on their feet. Jose blocks a spike piledriver attempt from the Carnage Crew then takes Masada off of the top rope with a hurricarana in another awful-looking spot. Hydro gets a nearfall off of a German Suplex but gets cut off on the top rope as the SAT’s hit him with the Spanish Fly. The TWA guys break up the pin then dive outside onto the SAT’s but in the ring, Dixie hooks the leg of Loc as Deranged hits a rana then has Dixie hold his hand for leverage during the pin as he scores the upset victory (9:04) **. After the match, Deranged looks into the camera and tells us that weed is good for us as Loc is swearing about the loss.

Thoughts: Fast-paced action that was hit or miss. The segment seemed to be designed towards a Special K/Carnage Crew feud so at least there was some point to this match.

Special K remains in the ring as they start a rave then Jim Cornette comes out with his tennis racket. The fans are going nuts for him. However, his microphone does not work so he had to head back near the ramp and used a mic that was plugged in as Cornette calls the guy an idiot before laying into Special K. He tells Special K that if he wants any shit out of them he will squeeze their head. He then runs down the scramble match and how it was like a blender as he welcomes what he calls a traditional tag team. The Midnight Express theme hits but out comes Dunn & Marcos, who do their schtick, then Cornette makes fun of them until they get ambushed by Christopher Daniels and Danny Maff. They drag Dunn & Marcos into the ring where Cornette tells them to hit the Rocket Launcher and they do. Cornette then whacks them with the racket as the fans mostly applaud. Daniels then grabs the mic to officially announce Cornette as a member of the Prophecy. So they have established why Cornette is here now. The segment was fine, if not a little lame.

BJ Whitmer cuts a promo about getting a title shot tonight against Samoa Joe and how he watched wrestling in Ohio with his dad growing up. This was pretty bad as Whitmer completely lacked the intensity to make this work. The verbiage was fine but Whitmer had no idea how to cut a promo.

Chet “The Jet” Jablonski w/ Brock Guffman vs. Nigel McGuiness

Winner of this match gets a shot at the HWA Heavyweight Title. Jablonski actually spent three years (05-08) in WWE Developmental and had a decent look. Guffman was a fat guy in a buttoned short sleeve shirt and a fleece vest. Quite the look. He told us that this is their time to shine and how they earned the right to be here in a passionate speech. Jablonski works the arm to start the match. He gets two off of a spinebuster as there was some miscommunication on that one. McGuiness comes back with some European Uppercuts but gets caught with a T-Bone suplex. They fight over a test of strength until McGuiness breaks that up with a Mexican armdrag. McGuiness now takes control as he targets the back then puts on the STF. Jablonski reaches the ropes then takes McGuiness down with a lariat but comes back and puts on the STF then a chinlock that Jablonski breaks up. He hits a Fisherman’s Northern Lights suplex that gets two then they trade pinfalls until Jablonski with an Emerald Frosion for two. Jablonski then misses a top rope senton as McGuiness rolls him up and uses a bridge to get the win (6:43) *3/4. After the match, both guys raise their hands in unison as the crowd applauds.

Thoughts: Neither guy really impressed all that much here. They kept it basic for the most part. The crowd was somewhat receptive to them but that could have been due to the fact they were in the local territory.



Chris Sabin vs. Homicide w/ Julius Smokes

The match starts as they trade moves on the mat. The pace picks up as Homicide hits a few armdrags after an Irish whip sequence then slows back down when he works the arm. Sabin then hits a few armdrags and a clothesline until they wind up in the corner during a lockup. Homicide headbutts Sabin down then hits monkey flips him out of the corner. Homicide is operating at half-speed tonight. Sabin fights back and hits a Michinoku Driver for two. Homicide is in control but Sabin avoids a baseball slide then pancakes Homicide on the mat. Shining Wizard gets two. Brainbuster gets two. Homicide comes back with a STF but Sabin hits a neckbreaker for two. He climbs up top but gets cut off then Homicide takes him down with a rana for two. Sabin rolls through a crossbody and hits a catatonic backbreaker for two. Homicide tries a Cop Killa after a reversal sequence but Sabin escapes then Homicide kicks him low and hits the move for the win (9:02) *3/4. After the match, Homicide calls Steve Corino a “pussy motherfucker.”

Thoughts: Really disappointing match. Homicide was going at half-speed here but later on in the show we will know why that was the case. And besides that, these guys lacked chemistry together in a major way.



Alex Shelley & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Ace Steel & Colt Cabana

Steel and Shelley go back and forth to start the match. Shelley is thoroughly outwrestling him here by the way. Jacobs tags and hits the bulldog as a few fans start the “Huss” chant. He hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors then gets two with a flying forearm. Steel lights up Jacobs with chops then tags Cabana, who hits a chop. Jacobs comes back with a dropkick then bites Cabana. Steel breaks up a pin attempt after a double team move. Steel makes a blind tag as Cabana distracts Shelley long enough for Steel to take him to the floor with a dropkick. Steel gets two with a slingshot suplex as Shelley is now getting destroyed by the Second City Saints, who are doing some solid tag wrestling. Shelley then takes them down with a neckbreaker/DDT combo before making the hot tag to Jacobs, who runs wild. Shelley gets up as he also goes nuts but gets dropped on his head after a nasty German suplex from Cabana. Jacobs takes Cabana down with a rana but Steel catches him up top and hits Jacobs with the Spinal Shock. Shelley tries a another neckbreaker but Steel breaks that up and the Saints put Shelley away with a neckbreaker/Colt .45 combo (11:18) **3/4. After the match the Saints dedicate the win to CM Punk.

Thoughts: Solid match. Shelley stood out the most here as he was by far the smoothest worker in the ring and could play the underdog babyface role well. This was to establish the Saints as a bit more than the goofballs part of Punk’s crew.



Matt Stryker vs. Justin Credible

Both guys butt heads before the match. Credible pretends that he got punched with a closed fist as he yells at the crowd to get some heat. Credible then cheapshots Stryker, who fights back, then bails. Its clear that they are trying to get Stryker over as a face here. Credible bullies the referee then goes up the ramp to speak on the mic as he swears at the fans and refuses to come back until he is shon respect but Stryker follows him through the curtain as they head into the ring. Both guys trade chops then Stryker sends him flying off of the apron with a forearm smash. Stryker whips him into the railing as he is far more aggressive than usual. They are brawling behind the bleachers as Stryker is getting the best of Credible until he gets tossed back over the guardrail. These two are beating on each other as Credible is busted open. Back in the ring, Credible tries to set up Stryker for a cheapshot but it fails. Credible blocks a Death Valley Driver attempt and sends Stryker back to the floor. He slams him down then taunts the crowd as he then rolls Stryker back inside. He puts him in a headlock as the crowd rallies behind Stryker as he fights out. He crotches Credible against the post then hammers away. Quebrada gets two. He tries a flying body press but Credible catches him with a super kick. Credible heads up top and hits a crossbody but Stryker rolls through and gets two. Credible escapes from a pair of DVD attempts and hits a tombstone but Stryker kicks out as Credible is in disbelief. He repeats the move but Stryker escapes then Credible counters another DVD attempt with a crucifix but Stryker rolls through that and finally hits the DVD for the win **1/2 (11:31).

Thoughts: Fun match. You would not notice it in the WWE as much but Credible really carried things here as far as working the crowd and getting them into the match. They were into Stryker here. The match itself was far from a masterpiece but it was enjoyable. And Credible did put over the guy, even if it was someone who probably was not worth pushing much.



Les Thatcher, replacing Gary Michael Cappetta tonight, interviews the Prophecy. Daniels promises AJ Styles & Amazing Red that their title reign will end tonight. Cornette tells us that he has been around a lot of the “next big things” and how he is in Ring of Honor for the Prophecy as he puts them over. Maff then orders Thatcher to leave as Cornette asks the Prophecy to see a tape of how Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson got the Tag Titles from the Rock & Roll Express in 1987 as he has an idea to use from that match tonight. They are going a bit too overboard with the Nostalgia act here. It was probably designed this way for the fanbase but to have a slapped-together tag team pretend to be like the Midnight Express was not going to work out all that well.

Steel and Cabana are backstage with their awful comedy routine trying to get the scoop on the “Field of Honor.” Even worse than them was Chris Sabin, who was terrible in his backstage role. He was almost as bad as Red at talking.

The Prophecy run out and ambush the Amazing Red and the SAT’s at the gimmick table. Cornette calls Red a “crippled midget” as the referees attend to him. Red is clutching his knee as he struggles to get helped to his feet. The fans start cheering for him as AJ arrives to help him out as well.

Four Corners Survival Match
Slyk Wagner Brown w/ April Hunter vs. Hotstuff Hernandez vs. “Black Nature Boy” Scoot Andrews vs. Michael Shane

Match starts with Hernandez no-selling Shane’s offense. He then beats on Shane for a minute and uses an impressive overhead throw. Shane hits him low then tags Andrews, who returns for the first time in a year. Brown tags in as he sports the blond hair. He botches a move then locks on an armbar. Hernandez tags and he chops Brown in the corner then crushes him with a slingshot splash for two. Andrews tags back in and works the arm of Brown as all three men take turns beating on him as the announcers talk up the Field of Honor, speculating that it might be a tournament. Shane has Andrews in a headlock as we are informed that the Amazing Red will be unable to compete tonight due to his injured knee. Hernandez catches Andrews off of the top then hits him with a spiral bomb. Brown gets two with a blockbuster then hooks on a reverse headscissors that triggers a wacky submission spot to pop the crowd. This match is lacking right now and needs to pick up. Hernandez brushes away a missile dropkick from Brown then slams his down as both men are down. They tag as Andrews and Shane trade punches that leads to a contrived car crash spot that Brown nearly ruined with his sloppiness. We are now alerted that AJ Styles will be able to choose a partner to replace Red tonight as this match has been a backdrop for the announcers to promote everything else in the company. Hernandez takes out everyone with his tope as the crowd goes nuts. In the ring, everyone trades big moves then Brown almost breaks his neck trying a shooting star press. He pulled a Brock Lesnar circa WrestleMania 19. The action picks up a bit then Shane hits Andrews with a Fisherman’s DDT for the win (16:34) **.

Thoughts: This went on for far too long. It was a throwaway match between 4 guys barely doing anything in the promotion. Brown did not impress in his debut and I have no idea why Shane got the win as they could at least have given it to Hernandez, who was over with the crowd.



Slim J vs. Jimmy Rave

Apparently, Slim is no longer part of Special K. That was not explained here though. We are informed that the winner of this will be invited into the mysterious Field of Honor. They start the match going back and forth. Rave flattens Slim with a clothesline but gets kicked low when he followed him out. Rave blocks a springboard attempt as they head back inside and trade a bunch of high impact moves without rhyme or reason. Slim hits a double underhook tornado piledriver and follows that with another creative slam but Rave comes back with a German suplex and a powerbomb as the crowd is not feeling this match. At all. Rave locks on a crossface off of a tilt-a-whirl as the crowd chants for Slim to tap and he does (8:57) *1/4.

Thoughts: Just a collection of moves here without a bit of psychology. Slim J was notable for grabbing his junk throughout the match. That was his gimmick. Rave gets to be the first person announced to the Field of Honor and seeing how he was low on the totem pole, it did not get you all excited for that.



RoH World Title Match
BJ Whitmer vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)

Whitmer is sporting a faceguard here due to a broken nose suffered at the hands of Homicide. Match starts with some back and forth stuff until Joe puts Whitmer in a single leg crab that he really stretches him out with. Joe wins a battle of strikes but Whitmer sends him down shortly after that. They slap each other then Whitmer tosses of the face guard where they continue their slap battle. Whitmer gets two with a back suplex then chops Joe in the corner. Joe comes back by planting Whitmer with a uranage then beats the crap of him. Joe follows Whitmer outside and roughs him up. Whitmer reverses an Irish whip that sends Joe into the guardrail then does it a few more times as the crowd approves. Joe chops Whitmer back then sets him up in the chair for the ole kick then does it again as the crowd also approves this. Back inside, Whitmer escapes from an Island Driver and comes back with a super kick. He heads up top and hits a flying forearm to the back of the head for two. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Whitmer tries and fails to put Joe away a few more times then Joe takes Whitmer down and knees him in the face a few times as he locks on the Coquina Clutch. Whitmer is able to reach the ropes then Joe comes back with a rolling cradle that draws an applause from the crowd. Whitmer then comes back with the Exploder 98 that dropped Joe right on his head but that only gets two. He hits the backdrop driver but Joe is able to kick out of that. Whitmer hits a pair of knee strikes but Joe comes back with an enziguiri. Joe then hits a few suplexes before getting the win with a straightjacket suplex (12:21) ***.

Thoughts: Good match but I don’t think anyone was buying Whitmer as a threat here. This match did help get him over a bit though.



Cabana and Steel are goofing around backstage as they run into Nigel McGuiness and make fun of Dunn & Marcos, who stand up for themselves. Cabana says he has to find Rob Feinstein to learn about the Field of Honor. Its getting tiresome watching these things.

RoH Tag Team Championship Match
Christopher Daniels & Danny Maff w/ Jim Cornette & Allison Danger vs. AJ Styles & Homicide w/ Julius Smokes

AJ and Homicide immediately go after their opponents. They then brawl all over ringside then AJ and Homicide pull the guardrails forward and fly out with dives as the crowd goes mental. Cornette & Danger get trapped in the ring as AJ and Homicide use the rowboat on them. The match settles down as AJ and Homicide take turns beating on Daniels. Maff tags in but does not fare to well as AJ catches him with a powerslam. Daniels is back in as AJ takes him down with a rana. Homicide is in and gets two with a T-Bone but Danger grabs his leg and that allows Maff to suplex him. Maff then knees Homicide several times but misses the cannonball as Homicide fights back but gets caught in the wrong corner as the Prophecy now takes control of the match, mixing in illegal tactics but not much in terms of double-team moves. Homicide tries to mount a comeback but Daniels takes him down and puts on the Koji Clutch as Maff prevents AJ from breaking up the hold but Homicide is able to stick his foot on the rope. They set up for the Rocket Launcher but took too long as Homicide was able to roll away then he tags AJ, who runs wild. AJ was great here. Maff catches AJ with a release German suplex. AJ comes back and tries the Phenomenon but they botched that badly so AJ ends up with an inverted DDT. Daniels attacks AJ as they go back and forth for a bit. AJ hits the Pele kick but Maff hits him with a facebuster of sorts then they hit the Rocket Launcher but Homicide breaks up the pin and runs wild. Maff and Smokes go at it on the floor then Homicide accidentally takes out Smokes with a tope. Back inside, Daniels hits Homicide with the Angels Wings but AJ breaks that up. Daniels shoves AJ into the ref then has Cornette toss him the racket but AJ boots Daniels and hits him with the Styles Clash on the racket as the ref gets up and counts to three (18:18) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Match was good and best of the night but it was missing something to make it more than that. Daniels and Maff also wrestled as two singles guys teaming up as opposed to an actual team as the only double-team move they did was the Rocket Launcher.



After the match, Cornette gets pissed off as he shakes hands with AJ and Homicide but blaming Daniels for the loss. Daniels and Cornette scream at each other until Daniels attacks him from behind. Maff then slams Cornette down as they both beat on him until Amazing Red limps in and takes them out with a tennis racket. Red becomes a victim of the numbers game until Samoa Joe runs in and clears the Prophecy from the ring. Cornette then raises the hands of Red and Joe as he grabs the mic with the fans chanting “RoH.” Cornette then says its not often he says this but he was wrong as he puts over Ring of Honor. They went from Cornette doing a nostalgia act to then putting over the company at the end. Yeah, that didnt work out all that well.

Homicide calls out Steve Corino in a pre-taped promo as Smokes does his routine during and afterwards.

Joe is in the locker room congratulating BJ Whitmer then tells him that he will sacrifice everything for this belt. He even said that Paul London sacrificed his career by facing him just before going up to the WWE and how Dan Maff faced him after burying his father but it wasn’t enough. He then asks who is the next to make the sacrifice and ends up questioning if CM Punk, Christopher Daniels, and Low Ki will have what it takes. Good, intense promo from Joe.

Steve Corino is then shown saying he did not think it could get lower than now. He says that we are all “smart” and “read the sheets” as he calls out those thinking that the riot was a work. This drags as Corino tells us that Japan matters more than Ring of Honor because they do not complain on the internet then tells Homicide he will be there to fight on August 16th and will even bring his kid in, the one that Homicide brought into the feud.

Cabana and Steel finally see Feinstein. They hang up his phone as Cabana asks about the Field of Honor as Feinstein angrily tells him that it is a tournament and that he is invited. Feinstein then leaves as Cabana declares that this is the greatest day before leaving then the camera drops as Lucy was attacked. The camera then shows a piece of paper that read “Trust Never Sleeps” before the show ends. The end would be followed up upon for future shows.

Final Thoughts: Even after expecting a let down from the fantastic “Death Before Dishonor” show, this show felt below expectations. The long running “Field of Honor” bit being revealed as a tournament was a waste seeing how it was assumed the whole time and the Cornette stuff was okay at first as a nostalgia act but him turning on the Prophecy and putting over RoH felt too forced and a lot of the matches were really just filler. And there were too many bad promos/backstage segments. Not much to recommend from this show.








Ring of Honor: Death Before Dishonor July 17th, 2003

July 17, 2003

From the Rex Plex in Elizabeth, NJ

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

CM Punk is backstage. He says it is the most important night in his life. He calls Raven no better than the dog a collar goes around and promises to end the feud tonight as it has gotten way too personal. He talks about choking out Raven at Wrestlerave and gloats that he gave Raven a flashback of his horrible life then talks about a time when his dad came home from work drunk then puked as he was asleep and turned blue then watched the light fade away but tipped him over so he could breathe again and regrets doing that ever since as he wanted the misery and pain to end. He now cannot figure out why he let Raven live as he is better than him because he has saved lived while all Raven has done is ruin them. Colt Cabana then walks in to interrupt as Punk pins him up against the wall and says how he is sick of his “Tom Foolery and shenanigans.” He walks away then Cabana looks into the camera and attempts to be funny as he claims that fans say they remind them of a “modern day Dave Coulier” before saying he has a serious side because he cried during the film “My Girl.” Cabana closes by saying we should wait until the night is over so we can take him seriously.

Before the show we see Special K having a rave at ringside. Elax has even made his return, to the joy of no one.

Backstage, Gary Michael Cappetta approaches Samoa Joe and asks him about his match against Paul London, who is having his last match in the company tonight. Joe then runs down other special moments and says that it won’t be one for Paul London tonight as this is his night and he will retain his RoH World Title. Cappetta then gets notified off camera that Homicide and Julius Smokes are here so he runs off to find them.

Back to the ring as the Special K rave continues. Becky Bayless was smoking hot here.

Cappetta talks to Homicide and asks what happened at the closed door meeting between Low Ki, Julius Smokes and himself after Wrestlerave. Homicide calls Cappetta a dumb ass for suggesting that he is now in a feud with Ki as Smokes and another one of Homicide’s thugs call Cappetta a “bitch-ass wigga” and does not care that Steve Corino refuses to come back to RoH because of him. Homicide then tells Cappetta to tell Corino that he is challenging him to a Strong-Style match in RoH and that he will leave his guys back in Brooklyn.

Back in the ring as the show is starting with the rave continuing in the ring. They then start to mess with ring announcer Stephen DeAngelis. Now, the Christopher Street Connection come down to the ring with Ariel as they have interrupted the rave. A “you suck dick” chant is aimed at the CSC as they tell Special K that they do not like their raves but rather disco music as they dance briefly until Special K jumps then from behind. The CSC get destroyed until Low Ki comes out and he looks pissed. Special K all back away from him as Ki first excuses himself for interrupting but that he is not here to see anyone dance and that he came here for a fight. The bell then rings as Deranged, Cloudy, and Hijynx all plead with Ki, who slaps down Cloudy. Hijynx laughs as Ki laughs with him before taking him down with the Dragon Clutch as the bell rings again. The rest of Special K leaves except for Deranged, who hits Ki with a low blow then mocks Ki as we now have a match.

Deranged vs. Low Ki

This is Ki’s first match in RoH since returning from injury. Deranged lands a bunch of shots then hits a tilt-a-whirl armdrag. Deranged then snaps off a hurricarana then gets two off of a spin kick. Deranged chokes him on the mat then targets the injured shoulder of Ki. Deranged doesn’t look half bad here. He kicks Ki in the face before going back to the arm as Levy tells us that Ki is only at 75%.  Ki gets sent through the ropes with a dropkick then Deranged takes him out on the floor with a springboard moonsault. They head back inside as Deranged hits Ki in the back of the head with a springboard dropkick. He then tries a handspring move but Ki catches him and just slams him down in a clunky-looking sequence. Ki is now viciously kicking Deranged in the face as he grabs him by the hair. He then drills him with a rolling Koppu Kick in the corner as he is just brutalizing this kid. Deranged sells like he is dead on the mat as Ki yanks him up so he can chop him in the corner. He then hits Deranged with the Tidal Crush as a few of the Special K goons distract Ki so Slugger can run out and grab Ki as the ref does nothing because this is not a match with honor from what Levy said. We then see that Ki is grabbing Slugger by the dick as he has the big man down. Deranged moves in for the attack but Ki picks him up and hits a pair of Krush Rushes before hitting the Ki Krusher then gets the win with the Dragon Clutch (6:34) **.

Thoughts: Fun match that was able to put Ki right back in the mix as a top guy for the company. Deranged did his part here too as this was a smart way to start the show.



Christopher Daniels is “backstage” at a New Japan show as he tells us that this is the biggest night in RoH history but that they never would have been in position to draw 1,200 fans tonight if it wasn’t for him and that the company was built on his shoulders. He then calls out Low Ki and how he will take him out just like he did with Corino, by getting close to those around him. He then says that he will challenge for the #1 Contender’s Trophy when he gets back to the states.

Jimmy Rave vs. Matt Stryker

These guys both trade hammerlocks to start. They are now fighting over a headlock as Stryker wins that battle then attacks the arm. Rave now takes control as he takes Stryker down with a Fujiwara armbar and that leads to a back-and-forth sequence that ends in a stalemate. Levy says that we will get some information about the “Field of Honor” as soon as tonight as Stryker has Rave grounded. Stryker targets the arm as this match has slowed down. Rave fights back and hits a backbreaker then follows that with a bridging suplex for a nearfall. Stryker comes back with a boot to the face but Rave counters a leg lock and puts on a rear chokehold. Stryker backs Rave into the corner but gets placed up top as Rave hits a Spider belly-to-belly suplex but poses for too long and that allows Stryker to hit a suplex of his own. Both guys are down then trade chops in a sequence that ends with Rave kneeing Stryker in the gut. Shining Wizard gets two. Rave ducks his head and gets booted in the face. Stryker then comes back with a leg lariat and gets two with a powerslam. Rave escapes from a Death Valley Driver attempt and goes for a headlock but Stryker hits a jawbreaker. Rave then uses a satellite headscissors to take down Stryker then puts on a STF. Stryker reaches the ropes then gets up and hits Rave with the Death Valley Driver for the win (8:45) **.

Thoughts: The action here was okay but they did not have the greatest chemistry and just a showcase for Stryker as a threat in the upcoming “Field of Honor” tournament. Stryker did not have anything to warrant a push, IMO.


Weapons Match
Carnage Crew & Justin Credible & Masada vs. Fast Eddie & Don Juan & Hotstuff Hernandez & Rudy Boy Gonzalez

Match starts with a giant brawl outside of the ring. DeVito is smiling as he canes Fast Eddie. The action starts to spill into the ring where Hernandez crotches Masada on the top rope then he an Eddie mistime a double dropkick that draws a “you fucked up” chant. In the ring, Credible is chopping Juan in the corner then powerbombs him for a nearfall. The action is everywhere as Rudy Boy follows Credible into the crowd and it looks impressive as there is a decent sized crowd here. The camera work is shaky though. In the ring, Eddie hits Masada with a release German suplex, crashing his head off of a chair. Loc cuts him off the top then climbs up and hits a released German suplex that sends Eddie through a folding chair! That draws a well-deserved holy shit chant as that spot looked fantastic. The ladder is in the corner across the ropes as that is used as a weapon. These guys are just beating the shit out of each other now but its all action and come cool spots too. Juan DDT’s Masada off of the top rope and through a chair as DeVito breaks up that pinfall. Masada bounces the ladder off of Hernandez then Eddie sets it up in the corner. He climbs up but Loc is on the second rope and cuts him off. DeVito climbs up the ladder and takes Eddie down with a superplex after Juan takes Masada off of the apron and through a few chairs with a swinging neckbreaker. Christ, this match is brutal. Everyone slows down for a few minutes then the Carnage Crew put Juan through a table from off of the apron with a spike piledriver as Levy alerts us that Gonzalez and Credible are now brawling in the parking lot. Hernandez then flies out and hits a tope on Masada that gets a good reaction. Gonzalez comes out as Levy now tells us that Credible is hurt and unable to continue. Back to the match as Hernandez puts Masada through a few chairs with a crucifix powerbomb (8:04) ***1/4.

Thoughts: This was a lot better than I was expecting. No idea what happened with Credible here but he did look very good in this match. Some of these spots were absolutely brutal though as these guys beat the shit out of each other.



Outcast Killaz vs. The Purists

The purists are Tony Mamaluke and John Walters. They are both very intense during the pre-match handshake. Levy talks up the Purists as Mamaluke starts off the match by grounding Tortuga, who to his credit fought back well, as they end up tangled in the ropes. Walters and Santiago tag in as they also roll around on the mat. They are letting the Outcast Killaz look a bit credible here. Walters works the ankle as the announcers talk about the feud the Killaz have with Dunn & Marcos. The Killaz take control of the match and hit a few nice double-team moves. Walters clotheslines Santiago then puts both of the Killaz in a contrived double submission hold that does not even get that much of a response from the crowd. Mamaluke works a neck vise but that gets broken up with a jawbreaker. Mamaluke comes back with a knee to the gut then gets two with a flying knee smash to the face. Walters tags and chops down Santiago in the corner. Dropkick gets two. Santiago comes back with a blockbuster as both men are down. The crowd rallies behind Santiago, who makes the tag. Tortuga then runs wild on Mamaluke and puts him in a stretch after elevating him in the wheelbarrow position as Santiago dropkicks him down. Walters comes in and dumps Santiago on the ropes then sends him to the floor with a dropkick. Mamaluke then powerbombs Tortuga as Walters stretches him out while Mamaluke puts him in a leg lock and they get the win (8:31) **1/4.

Thoughts: A decent way to showcase the new Purists team. Also, they let the Outcast Killaz shine a bit here and they did fine.



After the match, Dunn & Marcos come out and mock the Killaz. Then, Xavier makes his return as he walks down the aisle and stares at the duo, who are doing their routine. Xavier is not amused as he takes them both out with a double clothesline. He hits Dunn with a Cobra Clutch suplex then hits Marcos with the Kiss Your X Goodbye but not before kneeing him in the head three times. Gary Michael Cappetta then comes out and asks Xavier why he has returned. Xavier said that he cannot believe RoH would hold a tournament with the eight best wrestlers without inviting him and says that all he wants is respect and will go through seven other guys to get some. He closes by saying that he is back and better than ever. Decent promo from Xavier but the sound was not too good here.

Tom Carter vs. Doug Williams

Match starts with some back-and-forth action on the mat that the crowd appreciates. Carter works the arm for a bit as Levy puts over the matwork featured in RoH and how they respect it, unlike “other” companies. Williams fights back and hits a pair of European uppercuts before using a figure-four neck lock. Carter escapes and from that puts Williams in a bow-and-arrow hold. Williams then fights back and hammers away. Neckbreaker gets two. Carter is able to put Williams in an armbar then continues to work on the arm for a while. They go back and forth with Williams trying to act aggressive as Carter counters by targeting the arm. Williams rolls outside and sells his shoulder but drags Carter outside then sends him into the guardrail. Back inside, Carter blocks a suplex attempt but Williams eventually gets him up in a delayed vertical suplex that gets two. Tornado DDT gets two. Williams kneedrops Carterin the head before placing him up top. Williams tries for a German suplex but Carter reverses and has him in a hammerlock. Williams tosses him off as both men are down on the mat. Carter comes back with a moonsault block that gets two but Williams sends him into the corner and hits a pair of knee smashes. He then hits a top rope kneedrop that gets two. Williams targets the head but Carter comes back with a Flatliner and a pair of Shining Wizards but is unable to put him away. He heads up top but Williams cuts him off. Williams tries to take him off but Carter counters with a swinging DDT. He heads back up top and hits a beautiful frog splash that gets two. Carter uses an armbar but Williams lifts him up off of the mat and tosses him into the corner. Williams then hits the Chaos Theory but sells his arm and is unable to cover. He gets up and tries a suplex but Carter reverses the hold and rolls him up for the win (14:21) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Really good match. This was also the last appearance of Carter in RoH. No idea what happened here but it made no sense to have him win this and blow off joining the Prophecy if he was planning on never returning to the company. His wife did give birth several weeks before the match so maybe he just decided to quit wrestling. Does anyone know what happened regarding his departure?



After the match, Allison Danger meets Carter in the back and asks him to join the Prophecy because Daniels wants him in the group. Carter doesn’t say anything then walks away. This was the last time Carter was in RoH.

#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
Colt Cabana vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Homicide w/ Julius Smokes vs. Dan Maff w/ Alison Danger

After some blind tags, Whitmer and Homicide start off the match. They go back-and-forth in a decent sequence. Colt blindly tags Homicide and tries to attack Maff from behind but that fails. Colt has been doing his comedy schtick the whole time. Maff hits a suplex but misses a diving headbutt. Cabana comes back with a lariat. Whitmer and Homicide tag in and go at it for a bit. Whitmer goes outside and Homicide flies out with a tope as he crashes into the guardrail. Back inside where Whitmer catches Homicide with a powerslam then hits a Northern Lights Suplex as Cabana breaks up the pin. Cabana is now in as Homicide chops him in the corner. Cabana comes back with a suplex-type move that ends up as a butterfly lock but Whitmer tagged himself in and targets the back and neck of Homicide, who then returns the favor as they trade kicks to the back in a “Strong Style” sequence. Maff then yanks Homicide to the floor. Whitmer charges and Maff backdrops him outside then Maff pauses and look back and forth before flying out with a tope that he overshot and wound up in the front row. That looked quite painful. Cabana then takes out the other two with a quebrada. In the ring, Maff and Whitmer trade chops until Homicide pokes Maff in the eye. They all trade various suplexes. Whitmer is getting destroyed in the corner as Cabana is back in with the action too fast to call. The crowd goes nuts as Maff hits Cabana with a German suplex as he hit Homicide with a fisherman’s buster. Everyone is down on the mat as Colt is up first. He tries to hit Whitmer with the Colt 45 but Whitmer floats over and hits an inverted DDT. Whitmer gets flattened by a clothesline courtesy of Homicide. Maff hits Homicide but misses a cannonball. Cabana hits Homicide with a draping Ace Crusher then Maff hits Cabana with the Burning Hammer and covers but Whitmer breaks that up. Whitmer hits a Saito suplex for two that Homicide breaks up. He boots Whitmer in the face then sends Maff to the floor. Homicide places Cabana on top but takes too long as Whitmer takes him off with a German Suplex. Whitmer then goes up top and hits Cabana with an Exploder for the win (13:45) ***3/4. After the match everyone shakes hands except for Maff, who spits at Homicide then leaves after telling everyone to fuck off. Maff and Smokes then get into it as Maff yells at Smokes to “go back to the projects.”

Thoughts: Awesome stuff. All four guys busted their ass too. They are doing a fine job with the Homicide storyline of him trying to get away from his thug past to provide for his kid yet needing protection and having Smokes and his thugs with him, with everyone hating Homicide for bringing Smokes into the company. They are also giving Whitmer a push and although he was fine in the ring here, he did not really stand out other than being taller and having a better physique than most on the roster. See, even in RoH that can be the case as that is something not just unique to the WWE but rather accustom in all of professional wrestling.



Daniels is shown backstage from “Japan” as he is talking to Danger on his phone. He tells her to watch the show and call her as soon as the title matches end. He then gets off the phone and says that Xavier’s return was planned all along then tells Maff that he stole the show and made a mockery of the “Code of Honor.” He then addresses Tom Carter and tells him he needs his answer soon as its better to be with the Prophecy then against them.

Cappetta is backstage with Low Ki. He asks him about hurting Special K tonight as he tells Cappetta that they have disrespected the Code of Honor since the company began and will teach them lessons until they stop breaking the code. He calls out Maff for betraying his family before closing by saying he will be the RoH World Champion again. Cappetta then asks him about his meeting with Homicide as Ki tells him that it is not of his concern and to do his job and listen as he tells him he will be the RoH Champion once again.

We are shown a clip from Wrestlerave when Special K put the Backseat Boyz through a table.

Scramble Match
Mikey Whipwreck & Hydro & Angel Dust & Brian XL vs. Backseat Boyz & Spanish Announce Team

Hydro and Joel start off the match with a nice little sequence. Hydro in particular looked good. Angel Dust then comes in and hands a pill to Kashmere, who shoves it back down his throat and hits him with a few chops. Kashmere then spears Angel Dust and applies a figure four. Brian XL flies in with an elbow as he and Jose work their usual botch-filled sequence of highspots. Whipwreck hits Acid with a facebuster then this heads to Special K getting suplexed in a lame spot. Acid and Hydro anre in the ring and its clear that they are the best two in the whole match. The SAT’s then take down Hydro as Jose puts him in the Camel Clutch and everyone else hits him in the face with dropkicks repeatedly. Angel Dust springboards in to hit Jose with a blockbuster that gets two. The match breaks down then Jose drops Angel Dust as both men are down. Joel then hits the Maximo Explosion on Brian XL as now Trent Acid runs wild then this leads to the SAT’s hitting Hydro with the Spanish Fly. Joel then holds up Mikey for Acid but misses and gets hit with an enziguiri as Whipwreck then gets the Whippersnapper on Acid for the win (8:22) *1/4. After the match, the Backseat Boyz destroy the SAT’s as the crowd applauds.

Thoughts: These scramble matches were a lost cause and this match pretty much sucked. A majority of the Special K guys were useless and the SAT’s fucked up all the time. And fat Mikey Whipwreck is just awful in every single way. And he trained these guys too.



Krazy K vs. Joey Matthews vs. Jeff Hardy

A few fans start a “Fuck you Hardy” chant as he came to the ring in a goofy mask doing some of his terrible dancing. Hardy had a few vocal fans here at the start then a loud “You Got Fired” and a “We Want Matt” chant breaks out just before the match. Matthews beats on both guys to start. Hardy fights back as the fans boo then he takes off his mask as the girls in attendance scream. Hardy clotheslines Matthews to the floor then works one of the worst sequences I have ever seen with Krazy K. My god, wrestling school students in their first week could have done a better job. Hardy is still wearing his coat here too. Matthews comes back and tosses Krazy K to the floor. He follows him out and orders the fans to get out of the way then teases throwing him over the guardrail before tossing him back inside. Hardy comes out and brawls with Matthews then Krazy K flies out with a twisting plancha as Hardy doesn’t ever bother to catch him. Even the announcers are noting how Hardy isn’t giving a shit out here. Krazy K and Hardy team up on Matthews until Krazy K goes for a quick rollup. Hardy comes back with a powerbomb then takes forever to climb up and gets shoved off by Matthews as the crowd cheers. Matthews then hits Krazy K with an inverted DDT for two as the fans are completely shitting on this match and rightfully so as it is awful. Hardy and Matthews fight up top as Hardy shoves him off then hits the Swanton Bomb. Hardy now goes after K and gets the win with his double leg drop rollup (6:15) DUD.

Thoughts: What a fucking disaster this turned out to be. If not for Matthews, this would have easily reached negative star territory as Hardy and Krazy K were fucking horrible. The crowd hated Hardy, who looked every bit as strung out as he did before getting canned by the WWE. Krazy K was never seen in RoH again and for good reason. Its almost worth seeking this out because of the trainwreck factor.



We are shown a recap of the Punk/Raven feud.

Punk taunts the crowd before the match about how the building does not sell alcohol and that they were led down the wrong path as they start a “shut the fuck up” chant back at Punk, who says he feels sorry for them because Raven led them down the road to ruin. Punk then compares Raven to his “lousy, drunk father” as the crowd starts an “alcohol” chant. He then rips on Danny Doring, who is shown chugging a beer in the crowd as the fans start an “ECW” chant. Security prevents Doring from coming out to the ring as Punk again rips on the crowd until Raven comes out for the match. Punk was truly great here.


Dog Collar Match
CM Punk vs. Raven

A few in the crowd start a “CM Pussy” chant. They get chained together as Punk tries to escape but Raven yanks him back then uses the chain as a weapon. The action heads outside where Raven sends Punk into the post then crotches Punk with the chain before sending him into the guardrail with a Russian leg sweep as Punk is already busted open with his forehead painted red with blood. Raven continues the assault as he rolls Punk back inside. He sets up a table in the corner but Punk hits him with a low blow. Raven comes back with a kneelift but Punk reverses an Irish whip and sends Raven through the table as he now takes control of the match. He beats on Raven outside of the ring then chokes him out with the chain then busts open his forehead. Punk sends Raven into the guardrail a few times before sending him into the crowd. Punk steps back to take a breather but Raven yanks the chain as Punk flies into the guardrail. Both men are brawling through the crowd as this match is pretty fucking good right now. Raven knocks Punk through a few chairs then they head through to the other side of the crowd where Raven hands a fan a chair to hold so he can bounce Punk’s head off of that. Raven heads up to the bleachers but Punk yanks him down as Raven takes a hell of a bump. Punk now whips Raven with the chain as they head back towards the ring. Punk brings a garbage can ringside then rolls Punk into the ring. He hits Raven with a back elbow smash as Punk hurt his arm on that move. Punk then drops a knee on Raven as he has a microphone and calls Raven an “old timer” as he beats on him some more. He hits a suplex then a step-up enziguiri before he climbs up top and talks into the microphone but Raven yanks him off. Punk gets back up and taunts Raven by calling him “Flamingo” but Raven fights back. He clotheslines Punk down several times and gets two with a kneelift. He sets up a chair and sends Punk into it with a drop toehold for two. He then spits on Punk before grabbing a chair but Punk ducks as the ref gets hit with the chair. Raven then yanks Punk down then hits the Raven Effect but the referee is down. Colt Cabana runs into the ring and hits him with a low blow before hitting a DDT onto the chair. Cabana then taunts the crowd but Danny Doring comes out from the crowd and takes him out with a clothesline as they brawl outside but in the ring Punk rolls on top of Raven as the referee awakes and gets the win (18:22) ****. After the match, Punk tapes Raven’s wrists to the ropes as he is on the floor. Punk then grabs the mic and tells Raven that he is better than him and all that is left to do now is to send Raven back to rehab as he cracks a beer and pours it down his throat. Punk then calls Raven an addict as someone screams “I can’t believe you gave him a fucking beer.” Tommy Dreamer then comes out from the crowd to whack Punk with a chair as the crowd starts an “ECW” then a “Dreamer” chant. Dreamer then ties Punk to the ropes as the crowd chants “fuck him up Dreamer, fuck him up.” Dreamer then unties Raven, who can barely stand then they hug as the fans applaud. Raven then grabs the mic as he welcomes Punk to his worst nightmare as he cracks a beer then pours it down Punk’s throat, who is spitting it out. Dreamer when pulls a Sandman and smashes the can against his head as Punk is flipping out. Raven pours another beer on Punk as Dreamer struts around. They leave as the referees untie Punk, who flips out and tosses them down as he heads to the back.

Thoughts: Excellent match and easily the best from Punk at this point in his career. Both guys beat each other and kept it heated throughout the entire time. The post match stuff was fun as well with Dreamer surprising everyone by running in and he had some fun with Raven as they tortured Punk. It also set them up to have another match to keep the feud going.



Paul London cuts a promo about his experience in Ring of Honor as this was his last show before heading to the WWE. He puts over his opponents like Michael Shane, Bryan Danielson, Low Ki, and AJ Styles. He closes by saying that he will not let the people down and has a special feeling tonight and has to win the Championship. Long-winded promo from London, who seemed genuinely emotional here. And came off a tad high as well.

The Briscoes vs. AJ Styles & Amazing Red w/ Alexis Laree

The stipulations here are that this is the last match between the two teams and no matter who wins, there will not be a rematch. Match starts with Jay and AJ beating the shit out of each other as they spill outside. Mark and Red fight in the ring then Mark misses a dive to the floor. AJ sends Mark into the guardrail but Jay sends whips him then rolls AJ back inside. Red tags in and hits Jay with the Code Red for two. Mark tags in as the Briscoes now attack AJ, who comes back with a lariat on Mark. AJ tries for the Styles Clash but that gets blocked as Red tags and they hit Mark with stereo enziguiris for two. Red kicks Mark in the back then hits a basement dropkick for two. AJ tags as the announcers bring up Red’s knee injury. AJ gets two off of a dropkick then a neckbreaker. Red tags back in as he chops Mark then gets a baseball slide for two. Mark comes back with a low dropkick onto the hurt knee of Red. The Briscoes take turns working over the knee of Red as Mark uses a single leg crab. Jay chokes out Red as the referee orders AJ back to the apron. Laree rallies the crowd behind Red as he gets taken down with a Dragon Screw. Red gets sent to the floor and gets roughed up briefly before getting rolled back into the ring. Mark and Red exchange chops until they have a sloppy reversal sequence that ends with Mark getting two with a powerbomb. Red then is able to come back shortly after that with a Kryptonite Krunch as both men are down. Red finally makes the tag as AJ beats on both of the Briscoes. Mark then hits AJ with a T-Bone suplex then hits Red with a Mafia Kick. AJ comes back with a slingshot crossbody and then this leads to a Tower of Doom spot with each team getting a nearfall. Jay hits Red with the Jaydriller but AJ breaks up the pin by tossing Mark at his brother. The Briscoes hit AJ with a springboard Doomsday Device for two as Red is down in the corner. AJ comes back with the Phenomenon on Mark then Red hits Jay as he tried the Jaydriller then hits a Shining Wizard and that leads to AJ hitting Jay with the Styles Clash for the win (14:27) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Good match. The story at the end was that Red sacrificed his injured knee in order to help retain the Tag Team Titles. The Briscoes were so damn impressive too, especially when they were both under 20 years old. The Tag Team Belts have not been focused on much, especially with Red having been out with an injury, but that will be changing going forward.



Jim Cornette is shown in a promo with the Ohio Valley Wrestling logo in the background. He says that he will be part of the RoH show on August 9th as he wants to see what RoH is all about as he smells money and wants to be a part of that. He closes by saying that his appearance will make news on the internet and the magazines. Not bad and it did the job in making you intrigued as to why Cornette will be appearing on a RoH show.

We see clips of the last few matches featuring Paul London and Samoa Joe. This lasts for several minutes.

RoH World Championship Match
Paul London vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)

This match gets the boxing-style ring introductions as London gets a great crowd reaction as streamers drop from the ceiling after its announced that this is his final night in the company. Joe takes down London after the handshake then grounds him on the mat. London fights out as they are both on their feet. London puts Joe in a side headlock then they work a fast-paced sequence that ends with Joe destroying London with a forearm smash to the face. Joe beats on London in the corner for a bit. London floats over and gets a quick rollup then sends Joe out of the ring. He sends him into the guardrail with a baseball slide then takes him down with a moonsault off of the guardrail. Back inside, London barely gets a two count off of a splash but gets caught with an uranage off of a charge. Joe targets the back of London then catches him off of a springboard and throws him across the top rope. Joe then puts London in the tree-of-woe but misses on a baseball slide. London flies out with a pescado but Joe caught him then slams London into the post. Joe puts London in the chair and hits him with a few running kicks. In the ring, Joe hits London with a missile dropkick then gets two with a German Suplex. Joe tries for the Island Driver but London counters with a rollup as that leads to a rollup reversal sequence. London hits the dropsault then fakes out Joe pretending that he is hurt as he hits the legsweep DDT. London then heads up top and hits the London Calling but Joe kicks out at two. That looked perfect by the way. Joe then ducks a swing and locks on the Coquina Clutch as he drags him back in off of the apron. London escapes quickly but misses a spinning heel kick. Joe gets two with a Dragon Suplex. London comes back with a quick backslide but Joe comes right back with a vicious lariat. Joe then murders London with all sorts of strikes then locks on the Coquina Clutch and after a struggle, London’s hand drops three times as Joe retains the title (14:13) ***1/4. After the match the entire locker room comes out as Whitmer and Williams hoist him up on his shoulders before they all say their goodbyes to him. London grabs the mic as the roster surrounds him with the entire audience now giving him a standing ovation. He thanks everyone here as he refers to them as family. He then thanks Rudy Boy and hugs him then puts over the RoH office for making this show possible. The crowd starts a “please don’t go” chant then London said that no matter what he will always have Ring of Honor in his heart. He then says goodbye to everyone in the ring.

Thoughts: Good match but not a classic or anything. It was missing something. The announcers telling the story that London was risking his WWE contract by taking this match as he could get hurt by Joe wasn’t the worst I have heard but no one seemed to buy that or the fact that he was going to win this match. They just seemed happy to see him for the last time and wanted to give him a good sendoff. The end with the locker room wishing London luck as he went to the WWE was great and he gave a passionate, from the heart speech to the fans and other wrestlers. That was a great moment.



Raven cuts a promo behind a chain link fence about how Tommy Dreamer could not beat him for 2.5 years but now he cannot beat CM Punk. He then says that payback is hell and that he does not think that Punk has suffered enough because he is an “arrogant piece of shit” as he challenges Punk to a cage match and guarantees victory as long as Punk has the balls to face him.

The Carnage Crew talk about their ugly wives and shitty jobs then tell Mikey Whipwreck is a crippled old man then run down Special K as Credible calls them a joke as they leave to head to the “nudie bar.” Credible wasnt that good here on the mic.

Daniels tells AJ & Red that the Prophecy is coming for those titles but his first priority is taking the RoH World Championship from Samoa Joe. The Prophecy has gotten better but they have been a weak stable for a long time. This act is not a favorite of mine.

Rob Feinstein approaches Colt Cabana and CM Punk, who he asked to cut a promo about the challenge issued by Raven. Cabana warns Feinstein to leave Punk alone but he does not listen then Punk shoves Feinstein down as he tells him how he does not care where the match happens and that he will not be held responsible for his actions and how no one does what Raven did to him. The Punk character was so, so much better than the other acts in this company. Quite frankly, no one else was close.

Final Thoughts: Even at 4.5 hours long, this show was incredible. This show had it all:hot feuds, memorable moments, and great action. Plus, the pacing was fantastic. There was minimal filler as they reestablished guys, formed new teams, and had a great sendoff for London. Even Jeff Hardy’s disaster of a debut was enjoyable in a way. Plus the action was good as RoH hit a home run for their biggest show to date. Definitely seek out this show because it is one of the best that RoH has ever produced and it is loads of fun.










Ring of Honor Wrestlerave June 28th, 2003

June 28, 2003


From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA


Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

Show starts with Low Ki cutting a promo with his arm in a sling as he thanks the fans for their support as he recovers from his injury. He then calls out Danny Maff for joining the Prophecy and says that they will never have a place in RoH, much like Julius Smokes as the streets do not belong in Ring of Honor. Ki then says that Samoa Joe proved to be a fighting champion and how the one-year anniversary of their first match is coming up soon and he will be returning to the ring in August then yanks of his sling and tells Joe all he can do is be ready. Decent promo from Ki here.

Rob Feinstein cuts an intentionally corny promo then gets asked about the “promo schedule” by someone off camera when Simply Luscious interrupts. Feinstein points out how The Group lost two weeks ago and has disbanded so wants to know why she is here as Corino, Shane, and CW Anderson are all out of the company. Luscious said she is ready to work as Feinstein said she can sell programs as Luscious then cuts a terrible promo about how we have not seen the last of The Group and that Corino will come back to cause trouble. This telegraphs a Corino return but the segment itself was not too good.

Dunn & Marcos vs. Prince Nana & Jimmy Jact Cash


Before the match, Nana insults the crowd as he calls Cash one of the best wrestlers on the Independent scene today. Marcos then grabs the mic to say their catchphrases but get attacked from behind. Cash knocks down Marcos before destroying him in the corner. Cash then hits a flying back elbow smash for two then goes over to Dunn and calls him a “bitch” but turns around and gets hit with a Northern Lights suplex. Both men tag out as Nana catches Dunn with a lariat before hitting a few running charges in the corner. Cash tags and comes off of the top with a leg drop then hits a spinebuster but Dunn is able to come back with a Gory Bomb as both men are down then tag out as Dunn & Marcos take care of Nana. Dunn puts Marcos on his shoulders and tosses him off with a senton onto Nana but Cash breaks that up but after that, Dunn assists Marcos with a Sliced Bread #2 and ends up splashing onto Nana in the process then gets the win as Dunn & Marcos have won their first match (4:18) 3/4*. After the match, Dunn & Marcos celebrate to a solid reaction from the crowd.

Thoughts: Match was nothing but it was cool to see Dunn & Marcos actually win. Their celebration afterwards was fun.





Alexis Laree vs. Sumie Sakai


Match starts with the girls trading moves. Sakai’s screams are quite grating. Sakai then hits a pair of missile dropkicks before putting Laree in a bow-and-arrow lock. Sakai then puts on a Camel’s Clutch as the match has slowed down. Laree fights out and hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors but gets caught with a knee. They have a sloppy pinfall reversal sequence then follow that with a much better one as they are rolling all over the ring with the ref unable to even make a count due to how fast they were going. That pumps up the crowd then Sakai gets two with a back suplex. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Sakai slams her down the goes up top but misses a moonsault then Laree hits her with an inverted DDT for the win (5:02) **1/4. After the match, Laree raises the arm of Sakai and they hug each other.

Thoughts: Decent action here and easily the best women’s match in the company to date. Even still, the company has no semblance of a women’s division but as the show went on it seemed like they were trying to establish one.






The Prophecy are backstage as Daniels says that they finally got rid of The Group but are not going to rest and that their mission is to retain the RoH Championship as Danny Maff will be taking on Samoa Joe for the belt tonight. Maff tells Joe that he beat him once and will do it again. Daniels then said that he will team with Raven tonight to face the Second City Saints as Raven is shown sitting on the ground. Daniels asks Raven if he is okay with his messed up ankle as the camera zooms in with Raven just smiling into the camera.

Tap Out Match
Chad Collyer vs. Matt Stryker


Collyer is taking the place of Tom Carter, who we are told missed the show as his wife was about to give birth. Crowd is silent to start as the guys trade holds. Hell, they didnt even applaud the standoff. A few guys start a “Let’s go Stryker” chant as Collyer has him grounded on the mat. Stryker now takes control as he has Collyer in a crossface of sorts. Collyer comes back and pus Stryker in a painful looking hold that pops the crowd but cannot maintain it and they end up back on their feet. Collyer takes Stryker back down and stretches him out in order to soften him up for the Texas Cloverleaf, the move that has made Stryker tap twice. Stryker comes back and grounds Collyer with a hammerlock. Collyer fights out then knees Stryker in the face before roughing him up as Levy shits on the WWE for the “Boring” angle with Lance Storm. Stryker ends up escaping from a Fujiwara armbar and is able to put Collyer in his own finisher. Collyer is able to reach the ropes and ducks outside then yanks down Stryker and starts roughing him up, even ramming his leg against the ring post. Collyer attacks the leg with Stryker trying to fight back. Collyer locks on a Figure Four that Stryker is able to reverse as both men are now limping around then start to trade chops. Stryker is able to put Collyer in the ankle lock in the middle of the ring as the crowd chants “tap.” Collyer fights out and Stryker puts him back in the hold then Collyer trips him up and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf but Stryker reaches the ropes. Stryker then puts on the Stryker Lock but Collyer reaches the ropes as the crowd boos. Collyer floats over on a suplex attempt from the apron then blocks an enziguiri as he takes down Stryker with a Dragon Screw then is able to put Stryker back in the Cloverleaf as Stryker has no choice but to tap (18:20) **1/2.

Thoughts: The “pure wrestling” matches were too dull for my tastes. Also, it wasn’t even all that psychologically involved as they just did submission holds for the sake of doing them, making it too contrived. Plus, both guys bore the shit out of me. Never did get why they were high on Stryker at this point. He should have been a Velocity jobber for the WWE.






Izzy & Dixie & Deranged w/ Special K vs. Carnage Crew & Justin Credible


Before the match, the Carnage Crew introduce Justin Credible as a surprise partner, despite the fact he joined them at the last show. He gets a good pop from the crowd and a loud “welcome back” chant too. After some stalling by Special K, the match begins with Credible taking down Deranged. Credible beats on him but Deranged comes back with a hurricarana and a spin kick that has the rest of Special K going crazy. Loc tags in and beats on Dixie until he gets hit with a tornado DDT. DeVito tags and he beats on Izzy and they work an awful sequence that takes the crowd out of the match. Izzy fights out of the opposing corner as Special K are wrestling as the faces here then makes the hot tag to Deranged. Loc tags and folds Deranged in half with a Saito Suplex. DeVito then destroys him with crossfaces as Levy a lot of awful jokes on commentary. Credible tags back in and chops Deranged in the corner. DeVito misses a moonsault as Deranged makes the hot tag to Dixie, who runs wild. His offense looked bad here. The fans are silent as Special K are the faces in this match, despite being heels. As soon as I say that Special K gets the crowd going with a dive sequence capped off by Izzy getting crazy height on his move. Back in the ring, the Carnage Crew are in control until Dixie fights them off. He potatoed Loc badly on a moonsault kick and has had a terrible match as a whole. Credible takes him out with a super kick then hits the That’s Incredible (Tombstone) for the win (9:13) *3/4.

Thoughts: This was entertaining at times but some of this was bad and Dixie flat-out sucked in this match. Nothing he did looked good and he managed to single-handedly dragged down the match. And Special K playing faces for the match made no sense to the crowd but would play into the end of the show.



RoH World Title Match
Danny Maff vs. Samoa Joe

They let us know that Maff’s father just passed away the day prior as Maff gets a ton of cheers from the crowd. Maff attacks Joe before the bell. Joe ducks outside where Maff takes him out with a tope. Back inside they exchange strikes with Joe winning that battle then he shoves Maff into the guardrail but misses the ole kick but is able to catch him with a big boot off of a charge. He then hits the ole kick as the crowd goes nuts and want to see it one more time so Joe does it and it looked brutal. Joe tosses Maff into the guardrail before hitting him with a chair. Brutal stuff so far. The action heads back into the ring as Joe hits a butterfly suplex before stretching him out. Joe kicks Maff a few times then hits a German Suplex but Maff pops right up and hits a clothesline as the crowd is fully behind him. Maff beats on Joe in the corner then hits him with a cannonball and follows that with a heel kick. Lariat gets two. Joe puts Maff in the choke but it gets countered with a back suplex as both men are down. Maff finally crawls on top of Joe but is only able to get two. Maff charges but Joe flattens him with an uranage. Joe gets two with a powerbomb then locks on a STF but Maff is able to reach the ropes. Joe charges as Maff returns the favor and catches him with an uranage. He then has Joe up for the Burning Hammer but Joe escapes and hits an enziguiri before getting the win with a Dragon Suplex (10:37) ***1/4. After the match, both guys bow in front of each other on the mat as the crowd applauds. Joe then leaves as Maff is in the ring soaking up the applause from the crowd, who are going crazy for him.

Thoughts: Good hard-hitting match and a nice moment for Maff as the fans really let him know that they felt sorry about the passing of his father. I’m not the biggest Maff fan in the world but he has improved since the company began.



Gary Michael Cappetta is with Homicide and Julius Smokes as he asks Homicide about his match without honor tonight against Trent Acid. This is the result of Acid attacking Homicide at the Do or Die Show that took place one month prior. Cappetta then asks Smokes about Low Ki’s comments about him costing Homicide the title as he goes off on a tirade about him. They were using the beef between Ki/Smokes to enhance Homicide’s storyline and I was fine with that, especially with Ki being injured.

Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Tony Mamaluke

This is the RoH debut of both Shelley and Jacobs, who is only 19 years old here. He starts off the match with Mamaluke as they go back and forth on the mat. Levy alerts us that Cappetta is trying to arrange an interview with both Julius Smokes and Low Ki. Jacobs tags and has a test of strength with Mamaluke and from that they have a pinfall reversal sequence. Jacobs reaches the ropes quickly after Mamaluke put him in an armbar as the crowd chants “let’s go huss” at Jacobs,  referencing his furry boots. Shelley tags and works a nice sequence with Jacobs. Shelley is the more impressive out of the two. Whitmer tags and hits both guys with an Exploder but Mamaluke also tags and works the leg. Mamaluke then locks on a Camel Clutch but that gets reversed. Shelley tags himself in and beats on Mamaluke. Jacobs tags as the crowd goes nuts with a “huss” chant then he gets booted to the floor by Whitmer. Lots of quick tags as the action stays steady. Shelley shoves Mamaluke off of the top rope but gets tripped by Whitmer then Jacobs knocks Whitmer off of the apron and tries a hurricarana off of the top rope but Shelley counters and alley oops Jacobs into the turnbuckle from the top in a move that I have never seen before. The pace picks as we get several nearfalls that get broken up and the action is all good. Whitmer then takes the advantage as he overpowers everyone before putting away Jacobs with an Exploder just before Shelley tapped to Mamaluke’s hold (14:34) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Very good match that was all action. Shelley in particular stood out as he showed a lot of personality and did a fine job in the ring. Jacobs was a fan favorite and also did a fine job in the ring as well. Mamaluke is just a guy added to provide some name value but it was Whitmer who was the focus of the match.




No DQ Match
Colt Cabana & CM Punk w/ Lucy vs. Raven & Christopher Daniels w/ Allison Danger

Punk gets on the mic after being chased from the ring as he runs down Raven and the fans. He enters with Cabana and they both get clotheslined to the floor. Back inside, the Second City Saints are getting double-teamed as Raven & Daniels put them in the row boat spot. Raven sets up a chair but Punk blocks a drop toehold. However, Daniels whacks him with the chair. Punk then is able to return the favor as he is now busted open. Punk and Cabana then open up Daniels, who tries to fight back. Punk is wearing a crimson mask at this point. The Second City Saints maintain control as the crowd chants “Raven’s Bitch” at Punk before he locks on a crossface. Cabana stretches out Daniels as despite a “No DQ” stipulation, it is not tornado rules and you must tag in and out. Daniels has Cabana in a submission but Punk breaks that up with a leg drop from the top rope. Daniels fights back and hits Cabana with an inverted DDT then makes the tag to Raven, who runs wild. Cabana knocks down the ref then gets caught with a Raven Effect. The girls are fighting in the ring now then Cabana super kicks Danger out of the ring. Everyone then trades finishers until Punk hits Raven with a chain then chokes him out. He starts whipping Raven with the chain then covers him as the ref crawls over and counts to three (13:47) *1/2. After the match, Punk chokes out Raven with the chain some more as he is covered in blood. After the Second City Saints leave, Raven is slowly helped to his feet then he grabs the mic and tells Punk that their will have to be retribution for what he did and that they will have to settle this once and for all next show in a Dog Collar Match. Raven is coughing and selling the beating quite well here.

Thoughts: First off, this match sucked. Despite the no DQ stipulations, you still had to tag into the match. That is idiotic to say the least. And the actual wrestling was disjointed at the beginning and far too slow-paced overall. However, it was what took place after the match that was memorable.



Punk and Cabana are backstage as Punk looks into the camera to tell Raven that the reason he hates him is because when he was a kid and his dad can home smelling like beer and grew up not thinking it was strange for someone to drink all day long and says how he acted just like Raven. He then yells at Raven and said the reason he is coming after him is because he had everything handed too him but flushed it down for booze and pills then tells him that he will fight him on July 19th and promises to end his time in RoH. Tremendous promo from Punk and quite possibly his best ever. My recap does not do this justice so I included it below:

NWA-TNA Heavyweight Championship Match
Chris Sabin vs. AJ Styles

Sabin is the X Division Champion here but that title is not on the line. Match starts on the mat with both guys going back and forth. AJ goes for a Styles Clash but Sabin quickly escapes. AJ then snaps Sabin’s neck off of the top rope from the apron. Sabin catches AJ with a baseball slide then from that sends AJ into the guardrail with a hurricarana. Back inside, Sabin gets two with a flying clothesline then locks on a crossface. AJ escapes then hits a neckbreaker from a vertical suplex position that looked painful. Brainbuster gets two. Powerslam gets two. Both men then attempt to hit each other with an enziguiri at the same time and are now down. They get up and trade chops for a bit until Sabin hits a release German Suplex for two. Sabin tries a catatonic but AJ reverses it into a crucifix in a cool spot that gets two. Sabin is able to come back with a catatonic backbreaker then climbs up top and goes for a rana but AJ rolls through then hits a Styles Clash for the win (10:05) ***1/4. AJ then grabs the mic as they play Ric Flair’s entrance music as AJ talks about how a few years ago this belt was thrown in the trash but that he will respect the title as much as he does the fans, who cheer loudly and chant his name.

Thoughts: Good match that had the chance to become great if given several more minutes. This was all about establishing the NWA-TNA title as the two companies were exchanging talents at the time and the crowd was super into AJ too.



Cappetta catches up with Ki and tells him that Smokes wants to meet up with him after the show. Ki seems reluctant.

Fight Without Honor
Trent Acid vs. Homicide

Acid’s entrance is devoted to mocking Homicide. He then attacks Homicide before the match and takes him out with a quebrada. They head into the ring where Homicide fights back and suplexes him around. He then sets up a ladder in the corner and sends Acid crashing into it with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Homicide grabs a chair and sets it up on the floor. He chokes out Acid then places him on the chair and heads back in the ring so he could run out and hit a flying body press. Homicide bridges the ladder across the ring apron and guardrail then Acid gets backdropped and lands on the ladder feet first as they are both now standing on it where Acid DDT’s Homicide. Back inside, Acid throws a chair at Homicide’s face than rings around his head. He then bridges the ladder across two chairs and hits Homicide with a Blue Thunder Driver. Homicide is eventually able to fight back with a baseball slide then hits Acid with a brainbuster onto the chair. Johnny Kashmere runs into the ring and he and Acid with Homicide with the T Gimmick. Smokes then attacks Kashmere as they brawl all the way backstage. Acid gets two with the Backseat Driver as the fans chant for Homicide, who comes back with an Ace Crusher. Northern Lights Bomb gets two. He then sets up a table outside of the ring as a dueling chant breaks out. In the ring, Acid sets up a table and places Homicide up top but Homicide then takes Acid off of the top and through the table outside of the ring with an Ace Crusher in an insane spot that has the crowd going crazy. Homicide gets up and rolls Acid in the ring but can only get two. Homicide plays to the crowd then they trade Yakuza kicks that sees Acid getting a nearfall. Acid then sets up a ladder in the ring. He slams Homicide and climbs up top but Homicide gets up and pushes the ladder over as Acid dumps outside and hits the guardrail. Homicide limps outside and lays Acid across of the ladder then flies outside but crashes on a tope con hilo as Acid was able to roll away. Acid rolls Homicide back inside but only gets two. They trade strikes and more Yakuza kicks. Acid rolls through a Cop Killer attempt then gets a reverse rollup that he messed up and got the pin (19:42) ***3/4.

Thoughts: These two guys went all out and really put their bodies on the line and it made for a fantastic match. The ending looked rough but everything else was awesome and it should have made Acid into more of a star with this win but that did not happen and drugs definitely played a part in that.


After the match the lights go out as Special K’s music hits. They are beating up everyone in the ring but we can barely see as the lights are still out and the strobe lights are going. The lights come back on as Izzy and Dixie put the Backseat Boys through a table. Special K celebrates as we have learned that Homicide was carried to the back. All of the girls in the ring are making out with each other as Deranged grabs the mic as we now have a giant rave taking place in the ring.

Jim Cornette is cutting a promo with the OVW banner in the background. He talks about how he has seen the next big things throughout his career then says that he has heard RoH might be the next big thing and that he would make an impact at the August 9th show in Dayton, OH.

Back to the ring as the rave continues as the camera focuses on the girls who hang with Special K.

We then get a promo from the Carnage Crew as they hype their match against the guys from TWA. Loc then cuts a really good promo about how he worked in ECW doing all sorts of menial tasks but the company shut down before he got his chance to shine. Both guys excelled in their roles.

We are shown more of the rave as Colt Cabana has joined the “Special K Sluts.” Great.

Samoa Joe cuts a promo on his next opponent, Paul London, and how he should listened to his fans and not die by reconsidering his match. This was London’s final RoH match before leaving for the WWE.

Cappetta hears screaming behind a closed door and goes to see what it but it turns out to be Benny from the Bronx screaming a Lit from Special K. Bronx was an indy guy from the Northeast who was nothing special at all.

Final Thoughts: Despite the overly long Special K rave at the end, I thought this was a solid show. Although no memorable matches, the main event was good and the reaction to Maff’s match was nice to see. More importantly, they did some angle advancement with Punk/Raven, Homicide, and established AJ Styles as a major player. Plus the addition of new talent (Shelley and Jacobs) made this an enjoyable show.




Ring of Honor Night of the Grudges June 14th, 2003

June 14, 2003


From the National Guard Armory in Cambridge, MA

Your hosts are Chris Levy and Ray Murrow

Paul London is backstage and recalls his classic matches against Michael Shane and Bryan Danielson as he tells AJ Styles that he can beat him and will tonight in their #1 Contender’s match.

AJ Styles is backstage with Alexis Laree. AJ shows off the NWA-TNA World Title that he just won as well as his RoH Tag Team Championship. He tells London that he will beat him then add the RoH World Title to his collection.

Christopher St. Connection w/ Ariel vs. Carnage Crew


Buff E insists that he start out the match against Loc and hits him a few times. Buff E does a lot of comedy spots here including kissing Loc on the forehead as part of a double-team move. Mace tags and gooses DeVito then rides him around the ring before engaging in more homoerotic comedy spots. DeVito comes back with a clothesline as the Carnage Crew take control of the match. DeVito gets a nearfall with a dropkick then chokes out Mace in the corner. He beats on Mace with crossfaces as Buff E starts jawing with the Carnage Crew. Mace grabs Loc’s nuts as he was on top but DeVito stops that as this leads to more homoerotic stuff from the CSC. Mace comes back with a swinging DDT as both he and Loc are down. Hot tag made to Buff E as he cleans house while prancing around. Mace hits DeVito with a Bronco Buster then makes out with Buff E then hit Loc with the Gay Basher. DeVito breaks up the pin and tosses Mace to the floor and the Carnage Crew go for the spike piledriver but Mace breaks that up. Mace gets tossed back outside as Loc hits Buff E with a neckbreaker then DeVito gets the win with a moonsault (8:42) *. After the match, the Carnage Crew hit Ariel with a spike piledriver that looked like it killed her. The fans liked seeing that and actually chant “one more time.”

Thoughts: Way too long for a comedy match. Buff E looked awful in the ring too as he moved at a snails pace. The characters are natural enemies and it makes sense for it to happen but it was given too much time.






Chance Beckett vs. Matt Stryker


Beckett tells us that he is all the way from Canada. Wow, what a rarity in wrestling. Anyway, he got a shot here after impressing in the 2003 ECWA “Super 8” Tournament. He didnt have much of a look either as he was pale with an average physique. Match starts with the “pure wrestling” typical back and forth matwork. Beckett goes to work on the leg and works a single leg crab but Stryker reaches the ropes. They go back and forth again briefly until Stryker works a neck vise. Beckett stops that with a neckbreaker then puts on a Dragon Sleeper but Stryker again is able to reach the ropes. They now battle over a test of strength and Beckett ends up hitting another neckbreaker after that. Stryker reverses an Irish whip that sends Beckett right into the tree of woe position in the corner then follows that with a dropkick. Both men collide and are down but Beckett covers first and gets two before applying a chinlock. Stryker breaks and hits a clothesline then hammers away. Leg Lariat gets two. Beckett blocks the Stryker Lock and puts on a Reverse Cloverleaf. Stryker then reverses that and is able to put on the Stryker Lock (11:16) **1/2.

Thoughts: Bland match. Although techincally sound neither guy showed much of anything in terms of personality. The “pure wrestling” format basically consisted of matches revolving around matwork that featured a lot of counters. At least it did here anyway.






As the introductions for the next match takes place, Justin Credible takes out Angel Dust with a super kick and entered himself in his place as the give him a favorable reaction and the token “ECW” chant. This was his






John Walters vs. Justin Credible vs. Chris Sabin vs. Homicide


This is Sabin’s RoH debut. At the time he was the NWA-TNA X Division Champion and only 21 years old as well. Match starts with Walters and Homicide exchanging holds and moves. Homicide chops Walters against the ropes but Walters comes back with a dropkick that sends Homicide to the floor. Walters has a bit of crowd support here as he is from Massachusetts. Inside, Homicide sends Walters in the corner with a butterfly suplex as Julius Smokes comes out. Walters fights back and hits a lungblower then puts him in a bow-and-arrow lock. Walters now has him in a modified Camel Clutch but Homicide reaches the ropes. Sabin is in and snaps off a hurricarana on Walters. Credible tags and gets a good pop before hitting Sabin with a tornado DDT that looked sloppy. He stomps Sabin in the corner then gets two with a powerbomb. Lots of quick tags take place now as Homicide gets two with a sitout powerbomb from the second rope. Sabin catches Homicide then turns that into a catatonic backbreaker for two Homicide comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex for two then Walters tags in and hits a tornado armbreaker for two then attacks the arm some more. Sabin comes back with an enziguiri for two then he and Credible take turns beating on Walters. The match breaks down as Credible takes out Homicide with a pescado and that ends with Homicide taking everyone out with a tope con hilo In the ring, everyone trades off big moves until Homicide powerbombs Walters then makes him tap out to the STF (12:54) **1/2.

Thoughts: The action was decent but it was hardly memorable or anything. Credible was a bit out of place style-wise with the other three but did okay for himself. Sabin didn’t get a chance to really show off here as Walters got some time to shine as did Homicide.






After the match, Homicide and Smokes head backstage to see the rest of his “empire” as Low Ki tells Homicide that he doesn’t need to associate himself with those thugs then walks away as Homicide is conflicted. They have been doing a great job with Homicide’s character by the way.

Punk cuts a promo about being an outcast because he is straight edge, even comparing himself to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Raven the cuts a promo about he was in a good mood when he got here tonight then welcomes Punk to his  House of Fun.



Raven’s Rules Match
Colt Cabana & CM Punk vs. BJ Whitmer


“Raven’s Rules” means it is basically a no-DQ match. This starts with Punk stomping on Raven in the corner. Raven fights back and catches Punk with a knee then a super kick. Cabana and Whitmer are in now as the story here is that Punk questions the heart of Whitmer after their match when Whitmer suffered a concussion. Cabana fucks around then Punk whacks Whitmer on the head with a chair. Raven counters by taking out Cabana with a chair then circles around with Punk, who bails and heads out back. Raven chases him and they come back out with Raven beating on Punk with a trash can. Punk is busted open as he continues to get hit. Punk’s face is covered in blood as Raven is destroying him. Raven slams Punk’s head off of the wall as we see Cabana and Whitmer spill outside and now everyone is brawling outside. Raven and Whitmer hit their opponents with drop toeholds into the chair. Punk comes back and crotches Raven on the guardrail as Cabana takes care of Whitmer in the ring. Punk yells at Cabana for wanting to fuck around as the match heads back into the ring. Whitmer is getting destroyed as Punk & Cabana are in control. Whitmer dodges Punk, who accidentally takes Cabana down with a rana as Whitmer makes the tag to Raven, who is a house of fire. Whitmer hits Punk with a flying headbutt then Cabana yanks the referee outside. Whitmer then takes Cabana from the apron and hits the Exploder but the referee is not around to count then Punk runs in with a chair and drills Whitmer with a Shining Wizard and puts Cabana on top then rolls the referee back inside. Whitmer was able to kick out but Cabana hits the Colt 45 for the win (16:50) **3/4. After the match, Punk & Cabana destroy their opponents some more.

Thoughts: This match had its moments but it went on longer than it should have and the last few minutes were not all that great. Punk was starting to become a better worker as this match had a lot more psychology than his usual stuff.






Gary Michael Cappetta is with Matt Stryker, who cuts a generic babyface promo putting over his opponents and talking about being in the Top 5 title ratings. Why on earth this guy was getting a push is beyond me. He is the definition of a vanilla midget. Prince Nana then comes in as Stryker leaves and says he is back in RoH and has a partner that will take out who comes in his way.

Diablo Santiago vs. Prince Nana


Santiago hits a back suplex then chops away before getting two with a neckbreaker. Nana comes back and chops Santiago in the corner. Santiago comes back with a neck snap and some more chops but Nana clotheslines him in the corner then hits a running thump before finishing off Santiago with an elevated DDT (2:15) 1/4*. Tortuga comes in and Nana beats him down as well.

Thoughts: Nana is back and getting a bit of a push. The character wasn’t too bad but he sucked in the ring.






Spanish Announce Team vs. Mikey Whipwreck & Dixie w/ Special K

Match starts with Joel and Whipwreck in a sloppy sequence that included a botched tilt-a-whirl headscissors spot. Dixie gets hit with a double team move as the match breaks down. The SAT’s put Whipwreck in the Taffy Machine as this match seems to be under tornado rules. Whipwreck & Dixie are now in control and hitting all sorts of double team moves as the crowd is out of this match. And with good reason. The crowd wakes up with Joel hits Dixie with the Maximo Explosion onto the apron that looked brutal. Whipwreck takes everyone out with a senton then the action goes back inside as Joel hits Dixie with four powerbombs as the crowd is numb to this match. The match breaks down again then Jose hits a swinging DDT on Dixie, who was on Joel’s shoulders, then covers for the win (10:38) *1/4.

Thoughts: Just way too many big moves without a shred of psychology. Plus, a lot of the moves looked awful.

After the match, Special K takes out the SAT’s. Then the Carnage Crew run in and beat down Whipwreck, who fights back, but ends up eating a super kick from Justin Credible. After that, DeVito grabs the mic and announces that Credible is the newest member of the Carnage Crew.





Paul London vs. AJ Styles w/ Alexis Laree


These two start trading stuff on the mat as the fans are doing the duel chant bit. They fight over a test of strength then after that London offers a handshake that AJ declines. They now have a fast-paced sequence that ends in a standoff as the fans applaud. AJ hits a springboard dropkick but misses a pescado. London takes AJ down with a baseball slide but AJ sends him into the guardrail. London stops short of the guardrail then sends a charging AJ into it with a drop toehold then acts heelish as he uses boot scrapes. AJ leaps over the guardrail on a Irish whip but London blocks a super kick then slams AJs leg off of the guardrail. AJ then blocks London after he tried to springboard and takes it into the ring as London sells his shoulder. In the ring, AJ gets two with a neckbreaker as he is selling his own leg. London gets drilled with an enziguiri but London held on to AJ’s other leg and refused to let go then took him down with a vicious Dragon Screw. London works the injured leg of AJ, who comes back and hits London with a brainbuster after a reversal sequence. London gets up and starts viciously attacking AJ’s leg. He slingshots in with a leg drop onto AJ’s leg for two then applies a leg lock. They get up and slug it out until AJ murders London with a clothesline. My god that was brutal. AJ gets two with a powerbomb but London goes back to work on the leg. AJ ducks a diving attack then hits London with the Phenomenon for two. He gets up and limps before placing London on top. Both men are fighting on top until London takes AJ off with a gordbuster then hits the London Calling right on the leg of AJ. London tries a figure four but AJ turns that into a small package. London successfully puts on the hold this time as AJ struggles but eventually reaches the ropes. London places AJ up top but gets shoved off. London hits AJ and goes up again but gets knocked back down. Again, London heads up top and gets knocked down and tries and fails to take AJ off with a headscissors then gets taken down with a sunset powerbomb. AJ hits the Styles Clash but London was able to kick out. AJ then tries a German Suplex and the referee counts to three but then we learn that each guy had both of their shoulders on the mat and the match is ruled a draw (24:23) ****1/2. The crowd starts a “five more minutes” chant as after each guy stands they stare at each other for a few minutes before shaking hands.

Thoughts: A MOTYC for sure. These two were some of the best in America at this point and this match did not disappoint. The finish was a bit lame and a time limit draw would have seemed better I think but the commentators made sense of it by saying how AJ’s leg gave up because of the abuse he took during the match. Another thing is that AJ was not going to lose cleanly as the NWA-TNA Champion and London needed to be the #1 Contender.






Samoa Joe & Michael Shane & CW Anderson vs. Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan & Danny Maff


The stipulation here is that the losing team must disband. Shane and Daniels start off the match going back and forth and that ends in a standoff. Maff and Anderson trade chops for a while then end in a stalemate, only to have a slap battle. Joe and Morgan are in as Joe works the neck. Daniels and Shane are in as Daniels beats on him in the corner as the Prophecy neutralize Shane. Joe makes the tag and beats on Morgan then has Anderson come in so they can use double-team moves. Anderson is in and hits an armbreaker as he targets that for a while. Morgan comes back with a powerbomb and tags Maff, who cleans house. The crowd has no idea who to cheer for so they are quiet. To be fair to them, this feud has not been very well built and part of that is most of these guys are in Japan or wrestling elsewhere. Hell, Corino is the leader and not even here. Shane hits a tornado DDT for a nearfall on Maff after a top rope X Factor. Maff dodges a corner attack then hits Shane with a cannonball but Anderson takes him out with a super kick. Joe takes Maff outside as the ref is distracted and sits him down as he hits a running knee strike. Maff takes a beating then comes back with an German suplex on Shane that gets the crowd into the match. Maff tags Daniels, who runs wild as the crowd is into him a lot here. Daniels hits Anderson with an STO then gets two with the Best Moonsault Ever. Anderson comes back with a left hand then tags Joe who gets a nearfall. Morgan tags and Joe gets the best of him for a bit. Anderson tags and hits Morgan with a superplex then Shane comes off of the top with an elbow drop but Daniels comes off the top and hits Anderson then they make double covers until Joe and Maff make the save. The match completely break down as Daniels and Shane go back and forth which leads to a lot of big moves that result in nearfalls as people keep running in for the save. Maff and Joe are in the ring as they escape from each other’s finishers then Maff cradles Joe and gets the upset win (20:51) ***.

Thoughts: Solid action but the finish came out of nowhere. Plus, this feud was not that hot as the leader of the Group, Corino, barely appeared in RoH at this time and was not even present here. This was the last of Shane, Morgan, and Anderson in RoH too.






Backstage, the Prophecy are gloating as Daniels tells the Group that they dropped the ball. After that, Raven tries to recruit Daniels as his partner to face Punk & Cabana. Daniels appreciates Raven compliments then agrees to be his partner.

Joe is backstage as he tells Maff that he has his shot against the champion on 6/28.

Special K demands the lighting guy turn off the lights so they can party and he says no until Slugger intimidates him. As they party, the Carnage Crew toss them around and say that they will be more angry and violent and as a result, will kick more ass. Credible then yells about using two years of anger from being “held back” as motivation kick ass.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad show. You had a MOTYC and the Raven/Punk feud is still going well. The Group/Prophecy feud kinda sucked and now that it ended they can focus on something else. The only complaints are the constant scramble matches that are getting tiresome to watch and the pure wrestling stuff is not exciting at all. But overall, the company is going in the right direction.

Ring of Honor Do or Die May 31st, 2003

May 31, 2003

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Chris Levy and CM Punk

Homicide is with Julius Smokes as he cuts a promo about how ten years ago he was a fuck up by selling drugs and even pissed away his chance at a football scholarship from Miami University but when he gave birth to his son, he sacrificed everything to raise his son right and is putting everything on the line and declares that he will be the next RoH World Champion. Good stuff and the Homicide character in general has been built up well.

We now get a look at Deranged’s “R U Hizigh Cam” as he shows Special K partying in the locker room. They get sick of that then decide to head down to the ring but the production crew refuse to let them do so as they get pissed.

BJ Whitmer vs. Dan Maff w/ Allison Danger

Match starts with some back and forth action as Punk is asked about concussing Whitmer at the “Epic Encounter” show. Punk talks himself up as Maff chops Whitmer down. Whitmer comes back with an Exploder but Maff ducks outside to avoid a high knee. Whitmer follows Maff outside and roughs him as the fans start banging on the sheet metal RoH banners that have been placed on the guardrails for added noise. Back inside, Maff takes Whitmer down with an elbow smash then targets the back. Senton gets two as Whitmer’s hand is bloodied. Maff puts on a chinlock then takes Whitmer down with a clothesline. Punk is asked about competing in two matches tonight as Maff face washes Whitmer in the corner. Whitmer fights back but gets caught with a half nelson suplex. Maff calls for the Burning Hammer but Whitmer escapes and hits a German suplex as both men are down. Whitmer heads up top but Maff distracts the ref allowing Danger to cut him off. Maff then takes Whitmer on his shoulders and hits the Burning Hammer for the win (9:11) **1/2.

Thoughts: Decent match. Maff has come a long way since the beginning of RoH as he got himself into shape and is more than just a lame ECW knock-off type wrestler. Never really cared for Whitmer but he okay in the ring back then.

After the match, Julius Smokes comes out to confront Maff about turning his back on Homicide. Smokes then calls Maff a “Nigga” as Low Ki comes out with his arm in a sling due to an injury at the RoH/FWA “Frontiers of Honor” joint show. Maff ducks out as Ki grabs the mic and tells him to watch out. Ki then tells Smokes that he is in the ring with athletes, not thugs, as Smokes does a strut. Ki says that neither the “streets” or Smokes belong in RoH. Smokes takes off his shirt but Homicide comes in to stop a potential fight. Ki even takes off his sling then says that tonight is a very important night for Homicide and that he will become the new RoH World Champion. Trent Acid then runs in and kicks Homicide down from behind as we are told it is due to their feud in Japan.

We get clips of a match between Dunn & Marcos and Slugga & Hydro.

Tony Mamaluke vs. Jason Cross

Both guys were wrestling in TNA at the time. Cross had his Shooting Star Press leg drop finisher called the “Crossfire.” He looked like a miniature AJ Styles. And half of his talent too. Match starts with Mamaluke working the arm of Cross. Mamaluke gets taken off of the apron with a basement dropkick then Cross flies out with a corkscrew plancha. Cross then climbs back in only to hit Mamaluke with a somersault plancha and rolls him in for two. Mamaluke floats over and hits a Saito Suplex then follows that with a draping DDT that gets two. Mamaluke works on the neck for a bit then gets two with a Northern Lights suplex. Mamaluke locks on a Horse Collar off of a dragon screw but Cross comes back with an enziguiri. Cross gets two with a top rope corkscrew neckbreaker as Punk wonders why Cross isn’t hooking the leg on his pin attempts. Mamaluke then locks on a guillotine but Cross ends up suplexing him into the corner. Cross then hits a pair of brainbusters but only gets two. Another brainbuster gets two then Cross heads up top but misses the Crossfire as both men are down. Cross is up first and hits a Dragon Suplex then heads up top but Mamaluke shoves the ref into the ropes then takes Cross down with a superplex and locks on the Guillotine for the win (8:48) **1/4.

Thoughts: A lot of cool moves but there was no flow or even selling in this match. Mamaluke wasn’t that bad of a worker at all, really. He just had a terrible look.



Backstage, Rob Feinstein welcomes Iceberg, who has “RoH” spelled out on his forehead with thumbtacks. After Iceberg leaves, the Outkast Killaz come out and asks why they don’t get a spot as Feinstein offers Tortuga a chance to wrestle Iceberg and if he wins, he can tell Iceberg that he no longer wrestlers for the promotion.

Oman Tortuga w/ Diablo Santiago vs. Iceberg

Iceberg is a big, sloppy fat guy. Tortuga uses his speed to elude Iceberg at first but gets clotheslined. Iceberg hits a running powerslam for two as Levy tries to tell us that he is 600lbs. Iceberg hits a DDT for two as the crowd shits all over him. Tortuga avoids an Avalanche and hits a few strikes. He takes him down then stupidly tries a monkey flip but gets caught as Iceberg hits the Kryptonite Krunch then finishes him off with a senton (3:00) 1/4*. After the match the crowd starts a “don’t come back” chant aimed at Iceberg, who then hits Santiago with a suplex. Iceberg then pulls out what appears to be a prison shank but Dunn & Marcos run in for the save.

Thoughts: Iceberg would not return to RoH and did a few shows with TNA shortly after this as “Edward Chastain” as an associate of Don Callis. He sucked there too. Really nothing more to add other than this.



Highlights from the Alexis Laree vs. Persephonie match prior to the show.

Matt Stryker vs. Tom Carter

Punk is asked about wrestling Carter when he was “Reckless Youth” a while back. Match starts on the mat with neither guy gaining an advantage. The crowd starts a dueling chant as Carter works the arm. Punk talks about his opponents in the upcoming scramble match and looks down upon who use substances as Carter gets two with a senton. Dropkick gets two then Carter puts on a leg lock that eventually gets broken up. Carter puts on a chinlock as the announcers mention how Stryker has a pulled muscle in his ribcage. Stryker then catches Carter with a powerslam for two. Stryker gets a nearfall after some European uppercuts then puts on a chinlock. Carter breaks the hold but gets knocked off of the apron then Strykers takes him out with a plancha. Carter then hits Stryker with a half-assed DDT on the apron and drags him back into the ring. He climbs up top but Stryker climbs up and suplexes him off as both men are down. Punk leaves to get ready for his match then promises us a surprise as Ray Murrow replaces him. Stryker hits a leg lariat then fires up but gets hit with a brainbuster. Carter then hits a frog splash for two as both men are down. They both get up and engage in a pinfall reversal sequence that the crowd applauds as they are both down on the mat due to exhaustion. Stryker hits a Death Valley Driver after rolling through a crucifix attempt by Carter but only gets two as the crowd goes back to the dueling chants. Stryker places Carter up top for a Death Calley Driver but Carter counters hit to an inverted DDT in midair and that gets two as the crowd goes nuts. Carter takes him down with a dragon screw then locks on an inverted Texas Cloverleaf but Stryker is able to reach the ropes. Carter tries a shinbreaker but Stryker floats over for a sunset flip then Carter locks on the inverted Texas Cloverleaf but Stryker reverses that with a rollup and gets the win (18:23) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Awesome match. Carter reinventing himself as a more mat-based wrestler was something else. Stryker was a solid worker as well but his height and unibrow were not doing him any favors as far as having a chance to get a decent gig.



After the match, Carter refuses to shake hands so Gary Michael Cappetta tries to get him to do that but Carter grabs the mic and says that Stryker beat him with a cheap pin and almost beat him by submission then says that he is the former “King of the Independents,” Recklesss Youth and how the other “marks” in the locker room copied his junior heavyweight style. Carter says he was cheated out of his submission victory and lets everyone from “smart marks” to the workers that he will reinvent “pure” wrestling  and challenges Stryker to a “tapout” match. Stryker grabs the mic and says that he is now in the “Top 5” rankings and accepts the challenge but only if Carter shakes his hand. Allison Danger comes out and we can barely hear her but she offers Carter a spot in the Prophecy but Carter instead shakes Stryker’s hand to set up their match. Carter was not very good on the mic and the segment died as a result. But the pure wrestling comment would play into RoH as the year developed.

Right after the introductions for the scramble match, Samoa Joe, wearing his “Ribera Steakhouse” jacket, is backstage talking to Gary Michael Cappetta and tells him that a thug like Homicide is not going to take his table then gives Cappetta a scoop as he makes the cameraman follow him into the Prophecy’s locker room as Joe then beats down Maff as Cappetta screams for someone to help.

Scramble Match
Izzy & Dixie  w/Slugga vs. Carnage Crew vs. CM Punk & Colt Cabana w/ Lucy vs. The Briscoes


The match is joined in progress with Jay and Cabana going back and forth. They didn’t work all that well together. Jay takes him off of the ring with a stunner then hits him with a pescado. In the ring, Devito drops Dixie with a clothesline but eventually comes back with a swinging DDT. Dixie charges and gets sent into the corner with a suplex. The match breaks down with one member of each team in the ring until the Carnage Crew takes control until Izzy takes them both down with a moonsault kick. Izzy hits Mark with the Sliced Bread #2 after a reversal sequence but that just gets two. Mark comes back with an Exploder then CM Punk comes in as the fans boo but the match breaks down and is just a clusterfuck as it develops into an awful choreographed dive spot. Holy shit was that bad and the crowd was silent the entire time. Izzy goes up to Punk and motions that they should share a join and gets clotheslined as a result. Jay and Punk have an intense forearm exchange then the match breaks down again as Punk and Cabana are now in control. Izzy botches a top rope move as this match is just the shits right now. Levy covering for him by playing up the drug gimmick was a nice crush. Cabana puts Izzy on his shoulders but as Punk comes off the top with a dropkick, Izzy takes Cabana down with a rana that plants him on his head. Devito beats on Punk then the match breaks down with the Briscoes and the Carnage Crew  go back and forth in the only decent segment so far this match. The crowd starts a chant for the Briscoes but the Carnage crew regains control. They try to hit Izzy with the spike piledriver but Dixie breaks that up and that triggers a dive sequence. Punk then cuts Izzy off of the top rope as Cabana hits Dixie with the Colt 45, Punk comes off the top and hits Izzy with the Pepsi Plunge right on his partner and gets the win (11:05) *1/2.

Thoughts: Way too long and disorganized. Izzy was horrendous out there too but other than that everyone else just blended in together. The crowd was hot for the Briscoe Brothers though.






After the match, Punk grabs the mic and declares Izzy & Dixie the first two casualties of his revolution and shakes their hands as the lay on the mat to tell them that “Straight edge means that I am better than you.” Punk the rips into the Philly crowd by calling them weak for depending on substances then rips into Raven. Cabana then stops Punk as he goes on a tirade and gets Lucy to join him in his own revolution. Cabana then asks Lucy to be his girlfriend but she said that she can’t. Punk was awesome here and had the crowd in the palm of his hands. He always brought the goods on the mic.

Backstage, Cappetta is with BJ Whitmer, who is pissed over interference costing him a match tonight. Christopher Daniels then interrupts them to say that Maff had to be taken to the hospital. Daniels and Whitmer get into a very brief verbal altercation until Daniels tells Whitmer about the hypocrisy in RoH and when his luck changes, he will think about bringing him into the Prophecy. Daniels then wants Cappetta to tell Samoa Joe that he wants to fight him in an Empty Arena match after the show.

“Lone Wolf” Andy Anderson vs. John Walters

Anderson is from the IWA Puerto Rico promotion. He is from Canada and did a few dark matches for the WWE prior to this. Walters currently wrestles as RJ Brewer for Lucha Libre USA in a role that is a more extreme version of what Jack Swagger/Zeb Coulter were doing in the WWE. He also had the gimmick before them. Match starts with both guys fighting over a lockup. They then have a slap battle before going back and forth on the mat. Decent back and forth action here that gets a mild applause from the crowd as Punk joins on commentary to talk about how he won the scramble match and that the revolution has begun. Anderson hits Walters with an Alabama Slam and a delayed Falcon Arrow that gets two. Anderson is now chopping Walters in the corner but gets powerbombed off of the second rope after a reversal sequence. Walters works the leg until Anderson reaches the ropes but misses a top rope splash. Anderson comes back with a Splash Mountain but that only gets two. He tries it again but Walters floats over and that leads to Walters taking Anderson off of the top rope with a lungblower as both men are down. They get up and have a pinfall reversal sequence until Walters gets two with a DDT-type move. Both guys are now trading forearms then Anderson hits him with a helicopter slam for the win (6:45) **.

Thoughts: Decent action. This was Anderson’s only RoH match. He had a look of someone who the WWE would give a Developmental Deal to but that never happened. Walters looked fine as well and the crowd reacted to them favorably but seemed surprised by the finish, which was out of nowhere.






Jimmy Rave vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. CM Punk w/ Lucy vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels w/ Allison Danger


This is the RoH debut of both Rave and Kazarian. Punk and Rave start things off. Rave is only 20 years old here too. They go back and forth then Punk gets angry and tags in Kazarian, who would make his TNA debut a few days after this match. Kazarian works the leg then they battle over the arm until Daniels tags himself in and goes right after Kazarian. The fans are into Daniels tonight. Kazarian comes back with a boot to the face and a neckbreaker that has Daniels run over and tag Rave. Kazarian catches Rave with a dropkick and acts cocky for a minute then they both collide in the ring. Punk and Daniels tag as the crowd goes nuts and chants for Daniels. They start by playing mind games as some of the crowd start a “CM Sucks” chant. Punk works the arm then grabs a headlock. They have a standoff after colliding then tell each other to tag out and that leads to a shoving match. They trade working the arm as Daniels grabs the advantage. Punk returns the favor and slaps Daniels in the back of the head, They continue to go back and forth until Rave tags Punk but get hit. Punk sends Daniels to the floor then Rave sends him out and flies off the top with a crossbody onto Daniels. Punk grabs him but Kazarian takes him out with a pescado. In the ring, there are a lot of quick tags as whenever some gets into trouble they tag out. Decent action during this sequence that lasts a few minutes until everyone is down. Rave takes down everyone with forearms then takes Punk down with a crossface after a tilt-a-whirl. Kazarian breaks that up but gets hit with a bridging back suplex. Rave then heads up top but Daniels cuts him off then headbutts him to the floor. Punk climbs up and takes Daniels off with a superplex and gets two with that. He hits Daniels with a backbreaker but Danger trips him up. Lucy returns the favor and trips up Daniels as the girls are in the ring with the fans going nuts. They are grab by the opposing guys then Punk and Daniels go back and forth until Kazarian kicks them both down. Slingshot leg drop onto Punk gets two. Punk comes back with a legsweep DDT but that only gets two. Kazarian hits a Novocaine but Daniels breaks that up. Kazarian comes back with an Ocean Cyclone Suplex on Daniels for two. Springboard leg drop gets two. Daniels comes back with an STO then shortly after that gets the win with the Last Rites (20:13) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Good match. The Punk/Daniels dynamic was fun. Rave and Kazarian, who would not return to RoH until this year, also shined. However, the beginning was slow and the match itself never seemed to get fully out of second gear.






After the match, Daniels grabs the mic and tells Kazarian that he saw him at the Super 8 Tournament and was very impressive. He tells Rave that he came back to show fire and heart and that is impressive. However, he tells Punk that it is time to talk and that they are from the same city and both know how to “kick ass” before telling a heckler in the crowd that if he wants shit from him, he will “scrape his tongue” then offers Punk a spot in the Prophecy. Punk grabs the mic and tells Daniels he sees the fear in him or his Second City Saint surpassing his guys and he will join the Prophecy only if he shakes his hand. The crowd starts with a “just say no” chant and Daniels fakes out Punk and says it is off as Punk tells him that somewhere down the life, he is a deadman and will be begging him to join the Second City Saints. Daniels then tells Punk he will “drop him like a bag of dirt” in a singles match. Another tease of a stable feud.

Slim J & Jody Fleisch vs. Backseat Boyz


Fleisch and Acid start off with a really fast-paced exchange of moves. Acid looked pretty good there and could go before drugs completely ruined his ability. They have a faster and sloppier “martial arts” sequence that ends in a standoff/ They tag out as Kashmere and the recently turned 18 years of age Slim J are now in the ring. Kashmere makes short work of him then Fleisch tags back in and works the arm until he match breaks down. The Backseat Boyz take down Slim J with a powerbomb/neckberaker combo then dive out and hit everyone, including Lit and Hydro. The Backseat Boyz take control in the ring as Acid beats the piss out of Slim J until Flesich comes in and they nearly break Acid’s neck with a double-team move. Fleisch gets two with a crossbody then a standing SSP. Fleisch completely botches his 720 DDT then puts Acid on top but he gets shoved and Acid almost falls off as they botch another spot as this match is falling apart. Acid takes Fleisch of top with a reverse hurricarana as both men are down. Both men tag out but it is Kashmere who runs wild. Acid recovers as the hit Slim J with the Dream Sequence but Fleisch breaks that up. Slim hits Kashmere with a terrible springboard inverted DDT and that leads to a lot of sloppy highspots. It’s amateur hour now, folks. Crowd is out of the match completely as Dixie and Hydro help up their guys as the camera follows them going out in the crowd but the camerawork is awful. Slim J and Fleisch wheel out a scaffold and climb up as the rest of Special K bring over the Backseat Boyz and they stereo Moonsaults as the crowd goes nuts. Well, that was quite the visual. Slugger carries Acid to the ring and Slim covers but Acid was able to kick out. Fleisch is selling his knee and needs to be held up and fails to climb up top. Slim heads up top now but Acid cuts him off and Kashmere climbs up and they both hit Slim with the T Gimmick for the win (15:50) *3/4.

Thoughts: The match started off okay but it just fell apart due to a plethora of botched spots. This would be the last of Fleisch in RoH until 2006 and he left wrestling altogether for a few years due to injuries and “personal issues” according to Wikipedia. The scaffold spot was insane though. Fleisch may have very well been injured on that.






RoH World Championship Match
Homicide w/ Julius Smokes vs. Samoa Joe


This match gets the boxing-style ring introductions. Both guys have an intense staredown during the handshake. This is now referred to as the “World” title as it was defended in England a few weeks prior at the Frontiers of Honor Show. Joe works the arm to start then they go back and forth on the mat. Homicide hits a few kicks then hits him with crossfaces on the mat until Joe reaches the ropes. Homicide hits a flying forearm that Joe no-sells but Homicide pokes him in the eye and then takes him down in the corner. Joe catches him with an uranage that flattens him as Joe is now in control as he lays in a bunch of stiff strikes. Homicide comes back with an T-Bone suplex that has Joe roll outside. Homicide flies out with a tope but Joe shoves him into the guardrail and the sheet metal makes it sound deadly. Joe then hits Homicide with a belly-to-belly on the floor in a sick move. Joe boots Homicide off of a chair and the fans chant him to do it one more time and he does as Homicide looks dead as his head went through the metal. Great visual. In the ring, Homicide is busted open as Joe hits rolling German suplexes as Smokes yells at Homicide to get up. They are now trading slaps as Homicide fights back and eventually hits a swinging DDT. Joe rolls outside and Homicide follows him out as Smokes pulls out a table from underneath the ring and lays it against he guardrail. Joe is in front of the table as Homicide goes inside and flies out with a tope as Joe smashes through the table. He rolls Joe inside and gets two as Joe looks dead. Joe ducks a backfist and flattens Homicide with a powerbomb then locks on the Coquina Clutch. The crowd goes nuts as Low Ki comes out with his arm in a sling and yells at Homicide to start fighting. Homicide reverses the hold and has Joe in a STF. Joe reaches the ropes and is able to knee down Homicide then yells “fuck you” to Ki. Joe destroys Homicide with a knee smash as Ki continues to yell at him. Homicide just beats the standing ten count on that. Ki yells at Homicide that it is his time and fires him up as Homicide gets up and floats over Joe and hits a suplex as the crowd goes mental. Homicide hits an Ace Crusher then hits a double stomp from the top that gets two. Homicide boots Joe in the face a few times then hits a brainbuster that looked deadly. Joe rolls outside and is on the floor as a few referees are checking on Joe. Homicide then comes out and rolls Joe in the ring as the match will continue. Homicide hits a few more kicks as Ki but Joe is getting back into the match. Homicide places Joe up top as Ki and Smokes are yelling at each other. Homicide is distracted as Joe picks him up and hits a Super Muscle Buster for the win (18:16) ****. After the match, Homicide is helped to his feet by Rob Feinstein and Ki as he is distraught over losing the match.

Thoughts: Great stuff. The story of Homicide needing to win so he can provide for his kid and not be a thug was done to perfection. The crowd was into him a lot as well. The match itself was good but the backstory made it better. The finishing move was sick.






Joe is in the locker room and says that the RoH World Championship is the only belt that means anything anymore because its guys who live and die for wrestling and put it all for the line. The camera zooms in on his swollen eye and says that it means nothing as he is still the champ. He tells Daniels that he started the war and will do whatever it takes to finish it before kissing his belt.

Daniels is shown in the empty arena and sees Joe as he runs in and spears him down. Danger yells at them to stop as dozen or so guys run in to break it up. Then in the back, Daniels challenges Corino’s group to a six-man tag at “Night of the Grudges.”

Final Thoughts: Solid show. Not the best for wrestling but they are starting to put together solid storylines and build intriguing characters. Sure, not all of them worked and the scramble matches format was starting to wear thin and some of the characters (Special K) seemed to serve no purpose at all. But, Punk was coming into his own and Joe was starting an impressive reign as Champion so the positives were outweighing the negatives.



Ring of Honor Retribution: Round Robin Challenge II April 26th, 2003

April 26, 2003

From the Allegheny County Community College in West Mifflin, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The Prophecy are backstage as Daniels says that tonight is their right of retribution. Donovan Morgan is finally back and says it is not his fault he has a job in Japan and blames RoH for punishing them because they are successful. Allison Danger makes fun of Corino for being a bed-wetter at age fourteen as Daniels brings out the former Mafia as their enforcer who will now go by Danny Maff, who comes out and cuts a promo about the Code of Honor getting him straight to the midcard but with the Prophecy, he will make his name.

Round Robin Match
Amazing Red vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels w/ Allison Danger & Danny Maff

We learn here that the Round Robin Challenge will consist of Daniels, Red, and Paul London. The match starts off with Daniels overpowering Red. Daniels gets a bit cocky then Red comes back with an armdrag and a headscissor takeover. Daniels ducks outside for a breather then Red slingshots out and takes Daniels down with a hurricarana. Red roughs up Daniels then the action heads back into the ring where Red runs into a clothesline. Daniels hits a move similar to the Eye of the Hurricane that gets two then he continues to target the neck. Standing dropkick gets two. Red is able to land on his feet after a German Suplex attempt and dropkicks Daniels in the leg. He gets a nearfall with a La Magistral cradle and a botched rana. Red hits a springboard swinging STO for two but in another sloppy sequence Daniels blocks a rana attempt and takes Red down with an enziguiri then works a neck vise. He catches Red with a sleeper but is able to eventually break it up with a jawbreaker. He then hits Daniels with a float over inverted DDT as both men are down. Red hits the 718 then gets two with a springboard rana. Red connects with a few different kicks but gets caught with an STO. Daniels drags Red a bit closer then hits the Best Moonsault Ever but that only gets two. Red cuts off Daniels from the top and takes him down with a rana that gets two. Code Red gets two as these two are not on the same page tonight. Red heads up top but Daniels pushes the ref into the ropes and Red falls down, allowing Daniels to hit him with the Last Rites for the win (11:08) **1/4.

Thoughts: Really disappointing as these two did not appear on the same page and Red was really sloppy tonight.

Da Hit Squad w/ Allison Danger vs. Colt Cabana & Ace Steel

Cabana acts all goofy then hits Mack with a few forearms while asking if that was “stiff” then gets knocked down and sells it in an over exaggerated manner. Cabana is what I call a “rec center guy,” meaning he should only be wrestling in rec centers in front of 350 fans at most. Mack roughs up Cabana, who is doing a lot of awful comedy here. Maff tags and catches Steel with a leg lariat then orders Mack on the apron as he chops Steel. He misses a senton as Steel fires back. Maff catches him and hits a Dragon Suplex before tagging Mack as they hit a double press slam then they use quick tags to neutralize Steel. Maff and Steel trade slaps and chops for a while as Maff wins that then attacks Steel in the corner. Steel ducks a big boot as Maff’s foot is caught on the ropes and tags Cabana as they hit repeated charging attacks. Maff is able to make the tag as Mack catches Cabana with a powerslam and an Orange Crush that gets two. He hits Steel with a neckbreaker then kills him with a lariat. Steel is down in the corner and they set up for the cannonball but Steel moved out of the way and Steel catches Maff with a tornado DDT then Cabana and Mack fight on the top and he and Steel end up hitting him with a Colt 45 for the win (8:13) *3/4. After the match, Maff is pissed but Danger is able to talk him down and remind him about how he is in the Prophecy.

Thoughts: The comedy stuff with Cabana at the beginning was garbage but this got better towards the end. This was Mack’s last match for RoH as Maff stayed on for a few years. When Da Hit Squad first started, they were tough to tell apart but as the year went on, Maff got himself into better shape while Mack got even fatter. Cabana’s comedy stuff was terrible and Steel is one of my least favorite wrestlers.


Before the show, Dunn & Marcos cut a promo then the Outkast Killaz want to but the camera man says he doesn’t have the time so Diablo said that they have a catchphrase and first copy the “Rock You Like a Hurricane” phrase then Oman Tortuga gets serious and calls out the other teams. Seems like the Outkast Killaz will be getting involved with something soon.

Scramble Match
Dunn & Marcos vs. Hydro & Brian XL vs. EZ Money & Sterling James Keenan vs. SAT’s

Keenan is the current Corey Graves, who dresses like he is part of MNM here. To his credit, Graves had the look before they came around. He is quite skinny here too. The match starts with Money and Dunn going at it until Money sends Dunn into the ropes with a monkey flip. Marcos comes in as Money roughs him up but he spills outside and Hydro flies out with a tope. The action is too fast for play-by-play and Joel and Brian work a terrible sequence, which is sadly expected. The match breaks down as Brian ends up in the front row with a tope. Back in the ring, there are all sorts of dives with nothing standing out until the crowd cheers for a move where Money picked up Brian XL on his shoulders from the tope, who had Jose Maximo in a bodyslam position, then flips them off of his shoulders. Angel Dust comes off of the top behind the ref’s back and hits a blockbuster on Money. Everyone else trades all sorts of high impact moves with other Special K guys interfering until EZ dives to the floor instead of taking care of Marcos then the SAT’s climb up and hit the SAT on Marcos for the win (9:11) *1/2. After the match, Slugger beats up the SAT’s then the other huge, unidentified black man goes after Hydro but Slugger steps in between and stares him down and as the guy fends off one attack, Angel  Dust kicks him low and Slugger slams him down.

Thoughts: No one stood out and the novelty of these scramble matches were really wearing thin. The fact they all seemed to involve the same people was not helping matters either.


CM Punk heads to the ring as some jabroni is sitting in the corner acting like Raven. The guy gets into Punk’s face until Daffney of WCW fame runs in and takes him down. Punk then introduces her as “Lucy” before telling the crowd he is better than them.


#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
CM Punk w/ Lucy vs. Homicide w/ Julius Smokes

Homicide tries to slap on the STF at the start but Punk is able to reach the ropes. Homicide gets the best of Punk then they trade all sorts of moves at a rapid pace that ends in a stand off. Homicide takes control as he boots Punk in the face. Punk takes control with a shining wizard then flies out to take Homicide down with a tope. Back inside, Punk catches Homicide with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker then Lucy interferes and screams a lot while cheering for Punk. Pumphandle backbreaker gets two. Homicide regains control and starts kicking away before putting Punk in a surfboard. Punk escapes and is able to put Homicide in a STF. After a few reversals, Punk hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Homicide kicks Punk out of the ring then takes Punk out with a tope con hilo that pinned him against the guardrail. They go back and forth outside until Punk catches Homicide with an overhead suplex. Smokes tries to fire up Homicide as he rolls back into the ring. Homicide catches Punk with a low blow then drops him on his head with a German Suplex for two. They head up top as Homicide gets two with a hurricarana. Punk dodges a charge then takes Homicide off of the top rope with a Pepsi Plunge but Homicide is able to kick out as the fans go crazy with Punk completely shocked. Homicide then catches Punk with an Ace Crusher then gets two with a lariat. So much for selling the move. He then drops Punk on his head then tries for the Cop Killer but Punk flips out of the move and after a few revesals, Punk hits a Death Valley Driver but that only gets two as Homicide got his foot on the ropes. He hits an enziguiri but Homicide then reverses a move and locks on an STF as Punk taps (15:29) **1/2.

Thoughts: First, the crowd reaction for this match was awesome. The story of Homicide trying to win the belt to provide for his family because its all he has and he does not want to go back to his violent past was great. The announcers sold it well on commentary too. Punk was a great heel here too and the fans hated him. However, the match itself was pretty bad. There was no selling and just a bunch of moves without purpose. The fact that Homicide kicked out of the Super Pepsi Plunge and went right on offense was just ridiculous. If the storytelling in the match that even close to compelling as Homicide’s angle, this could have been a classic.

No Disqualification Match
Carnage Crew & Masada vs. Hotstuff Hernandez & Fast Eddie & Don Juan w/ Rudy Boy Gonzalez


Before the match, the Carnage Crew run down Rudy Boy. The Crew bring weapons into the ring but the Texas Academy guys use them to their advantage then the match breaks down. Masada takes an unprotected chair shot from Juan then smashes his head off of the chair in a nasty spot that busts open the bavk of his head. Eddie flies across the ring with a somersault Van Terminator. In the ring, Hernandez no sells some of DeVito’s offense and outside of it, the camera shows the back of Loc’s head which is soaked in blood. Jesus Christ. Hernandez tosses DeVito across the ring as the announcers talking about actually being able to soak up the blood. Just about everyone is bleeding as they brawl all over the place as Masada takes Juan off of the top with a Death Valley Driver. He heads back up top but Eddie cuts him off and takes him off with a hurricarana that sends Masada through a pair of chairs on the floor. Hernandez then picks up Eddie and tosses him over the top as he takes out the Carnage Crew. Loc’s neck is completely covered in blood. DeVito then whacks Hernandez with a chair on a tope attempt. In the ring, the Carnage Crew hit Eddie with the Carnageplex then after Loc wipes his blood on Eddie, they hit him with the Super Spiked Piledriver for the win (9:13) **3/4. After the match, the Carnage Crew beat the shit out of Scott from Tough Enough 3 until they get run off by Rudy Boy.

Thoughts: An entertaining garbage match. Tons of blood in this one so you “juice freaks” out there would enjoy this a lot.




Round Robin Challenge Match
Paul London (0-0) vs. Amazing Red (0-1)


The announcers bring up how London was pissed at Red for taking his spot when he was hurt as AJ Styles’ teammate. The match starts on the mat with neither guy gaining an advantage. They trade counters then Red hits London with a tornado DDT. London fights back and hits Red with a top rope knee smash that gets two. He hits a spinning heel kick then gets two with a dropsault. Powerbomb gets two. London is acting heelish here tonight as he is a lot more aggressive than usual. Red fights back with a few kicks as London ducks outside. Red and London try to outsmart each other but London catches Red off of the apron and drops him on the guardrail. London then mentions how he is bleeding as he rolls Red back inside then gets two with a slingshot senton. He hits rolling double underhook suplexes then turns it into a submission hold. He boots Red in the face and tries a delayed vertical suplex but Red turns that into a small package for a nearfall. They trade punches and Red ends up getting two with a German Suplex that dropped London on his head. Red tries to slingshot in with a sunset flip but London turns that into a Northern Lights Suplex for two. London mocks AJ Styles but misses a corner attack then Red ends up hitting a Super Code Red for two. Red fires away then gets two with the Red Star Press. He tries a springboard rana but London catches him with a powerbomb then picks him up and hits the Styles Clash for the win (10:11) ***. They shake hands after the match.

Thoughts: Much better than the first Round Robin match but it was clear that Red was not in the same class as London and Daniels. London was the heel here too and did a good job as they are continuing his story with AJ Styles when he was pissed that Red replaced him as his partner when London was in the hospital.




Backstage, Gary Michael Cappetta is with Matt Stryker. He asks Stryker about his four way match tonight against Chad Collyer, BJ Whitmer, and Donovan Morgan. Stryker cuts a dull face promo until Collyer interrupts and talks about how he will make him tap for the third time. Stryker cuts an even worse promo in response to that. Cappetta leaves then runs into Michael Shane and Simply Luscious. Shane says that he will get camera tonight as he does not have a match but promise they will be in the ring tonight. Shane’s stock has dipped a lot in RoH.

Persephone vs. Alexis Laree


I have no idea who Persephone is but she is noticeably bigger than Laree. They take it to the mat and Laree gains the advantage. She hits a basement dropkick then gets a rollup for two. They have an exchange of chops until Persephone hits a neckbreaker. Laree fights out of a chinlock but Persephone yanks her down by the hair. Persephone stays on the attack as she targets the back and neck. Laree fights back after kicking Persephone in the face after she ducked her head. Missile dropkick gets two. Persephone works over Laree in the corner and tries a DDT but Laree escapes and ends up hitting an inverted DDT for the win (5:23) *1/4. After the match, Shane and Luscious run in as Luscious hits both girls with Death Valley Drivers. Shane sits in a chair in the ring as Cappetta runs in and gets run off.

Thoughts: Better than any other women’s match in RoH to date but still not that good. Laree became a much better worker later on and Persephone seemed okay. Without an official women’s division, these matches were meaningless.




The Second City Saints backstage. Punk talks about being discriminated against at an early age for not using drugs and alcohol and says that his life was a war. He then runs down Raven before bringing out Lucy. The promo wraps, and Punk was great, then when it ends, the others are fucking around as Punk is frustrated. Too often here the leader of the stable is serious while the rest are just fucking around. Makes them seem all weak and that was what made the Prophecy look pathetic at the beginning.

Michael Shane w/ Simply Luscious vs. Matt Stryker vs. Chad Collyer vs. Donovan Morgan vs. BJ Whitmer


Shane apparently booked himself into this match according to the announcers. Shane tags Whitmer instead of facing off against Morgan to keep the Prophecy vs. Corino stable feud going. Whitmer and Morgan go back and forth in a solid sequence. Shane tags Whitmer blindly as he thought Morgan was hurt but runs into a hiptoss. Shane scurries out after tagging Stryker then Morgan spits at him and runs out to attack Shane. He goes after Luscious when she interferes but Stryker attacks him from behind. In the ring, Collyer tags in and works an intense mat sequence with Stryker that ends in a standoff. Stryker takes control then tags Whitmer, who puts the boots to Collyer. Morgan tags and suplexes Whitmer around. Stryker tags back in and grounds Morgan with a headlock. Lots of quick tags follow until Shane tags himself in and unloads on Collyer in the corner. Shane really did throw a great worked punch. Collyer comes back with a few rollups but Shane chop blocks him then works the leg. The other guys all tag each other and work over the leg of Collyer with Shane tagging himself in and breaking up submission holds when needed. Shane misses a kneedrop then Collyer takes him down with an enziguiri before tagging Morgan, who goes right after Shane. He beats on him for a minute until Shane hits an enziguiri then tags Whitmer. Morgan hits Whitmer with the Sayonara after a reversal sequence but Shane breaks up the pin with a super kick. Collyer and Stryker are in the ring and go back and forth until Collyer puts him in the Texas Cloverleaf until Shane breaks it up with a super kick. The guys trade off moves until Stryker rolls through a rollup then locks on the Stryker Lock as Collyer eventually taps out as Stryker gets the win (19:11) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Solid match. Also, unlike the other random multi-person matches in RoH, this one actually had some storylines going on as you had Shane and Morgan feuding as part of two different stables to go along with the Collyer/Stryker feud as Stryker finally made Collyer tap.




Round Robin Challenge
“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels (1-0) w/ Simply Luscious vs. Paul London (1-0)

Daniels stalls to begin the match but London returns the favor as they are playing mind games with London basically copying Daniels and fucking around. They finally get to the action and trade arm wringers until London cradles him for a nearfall. Daniels ducks outside for a breather then grabs the mic and tells London he is going to kick his ass as he is mad at London for not taking the match seriously. London then slips outside and grabs the mic as he tells Daniels he should shake hands if he is serious about the match. In the ring, Daniels extends his hand but it was a trap as Daniels boots him down. An Irish whip sequence ends with Daniels trying to skin the cat but London kicks him to the floor then follows out with a pescado. Back inside, London gets two with the dropsault after that he runs into a knee. Daniels targets the ribs of London and gets two with a gutbuster. London tries to fight back but Daniels puts him an abdominal stretch for a while. Daniels then misses a charge and London hits an enziguiri but Daniels comes right back with a dropkick to the ribs. London manages a quick rollup but Daniels sends him down with a clothesline then stretches out London on the mat. Daniels then hits London with the Angels Wings but London is just able to kick out as Daniels is in disbelief. He goes back on offense but London fights back then knocks him down with a springboard forearm smash as both men are down. London is up first and fires away. He hits an enziguiri and that gets two as London is still selling the ribs. He misses a double jump moonsault then Daniels whips London into the turnbuckle then slams him off the top rope for two. He misses the Best Moonsault Ever but is able to block a sunset flip and that leads to a rollup reversal sequence. London knocks down Daniels and heads up top. Daniels cuts him off but gets knocked off then London takes him off with a gordbuster and follows with the Shooting Star Press. London goes to cover but Danger distracts the ref by jumping up on the apron. London grabs Danger then sends Daniels over the top rope and takes them both to the floor. London flies out and hits Daniels with a tope then in the ring he gets two with a DDT. He tries another SSP but Daniels got his knees up as London is in agony. Daniels hits a Flatliner then hits the BME for the win (24:53) ****.

Thoughts: The match itself was very good but it was odd to see London, who had been acting like a heel all night, play the face in this match. The London/Styles storyline itself made sense but I never got why RoH wanted to make London a heel. The fans loved the guy and never wanted to boo him. Even when mocking Styles they did not seem to care much at all.




RoH Championship Match
Doug Williams vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)


The match starts with each guy going after the ankle. Williams works the arm for a bit then they use all sorts of counters and submission holds until they end in a stalemate. Joe takes the advantage with an enziguiri then chops away. Elbow drop gets two then Joe works the neck. Joe then face-washes Williams in the corner before getting two with a delayed brainbuster. Joe stays on the attack until Williams blocks a kick then takes him down with several knee smashes. Williams works the arm of Joe for a while as this match slows right down. Joe blocks a piledriver attempt but Williams turns it into an Octopus Hold until Joe reaches the ropes. Williams charges but Joe catches him with a Uranage then gets two with a German Suplex. Powerbomb gets two then Joe locks on the STF as the crowd rallies behind Williams. He breaks the hold then puts Joe in a cross armbreaker after ducking a clothesline. Williams targets the arm then heads up top and kneedrops the arm of Joe. Williams yells at the ref for breaking a submission hold then walks into an enziguiri. Joe gets two with a lariat then applies a chinlock. Williams escpaes and tries the Chaos Theory but Joe grabs Williams by the leg. Joe then knees Williams in the head repeatedly before putting him in the Coquina Clutch as Williams quickly taps out (11:46) **1/2. After the match, Morgan and Maff run in to attack Joe. Shane runs in and attacks Morgan but Daniels runs out and attacks him as the Prophecy has the 3-on-2 advantage. After laying them out, Daniels grabs the mic and says that the Prophecy made retribution tonight.

Thoughts: Disappointing match. It felt more like a midcard match instead of a title match and it lacked crowd heat. Plus, Williams’ mat based offense it not exactly the most exciting thing to watch.




We get a pretaped promo from the Carnage Crew as they run down the Briscoes for being kids, Special K for living off of their parents then CM Punk for not understanding why the drink to deal with their shitty jobs, ugly wives, and nagging kids. This is to hype their match at “Do or Die.” The Carnage Crew was a fine lower card tag gimmick for this company. Their promos were kinda funny too.

Backstage, the Prophecy are gloating  after laying out Shane and Joe. Daniels then puts himself over winning the Round Robin Challenge and being in the Top 5 rankings. He then tells Corino that he hope he is watching.

Joe shows off his broken nose and asks Daniels if he wants a war then tells Daniels that he will break him in half.

Final Thoughts: This was probably the most storyline driven RoH show to date. However, it lacked a big match and the Round Robin paled in comparison to last year. Also, the scramble tag matches are really getting tiresome to watch too. I’d recommend seeking out Daniels vs. London and that is all from this show as far as good matches are concerned. A lot of people love Punk/Homicide but I found that to be highly overrated for the reasons I explained above.

Here is my schedule for the next several days

Sunday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/6/86
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 12/7/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Raven, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/13/86
Saturday: RoH Frontiers of Honor 5/17/03

Ring of Honor Announces Toy Licensing Deal

Ring of Honor Announces Toy Licensing Deal
Baltimore, MD (October 28, 2014) – Ring of Honor Wrestling® (ROH) and Figures Toy Company today announced a licensing agreement to develop, market and manufacture a line of collectible figures and accessories based on the wrestlers and world of Ring of Honor Wrestling.     For the first time ever, Ring of Honor fans will be able to collect their favorite ROH wrestlers while younger fans can relive classic ROH matches and moments with some of ROH’s most popular stars now available in toy form.  This will include a “throwback” line of figures as well as replica title belts.    “There’s been an overwhelming demand for a line of Ring of Honor figures and collectibles,” states Ring of Honor Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff.  “Figures Toy Company has exceptional expertise in developing high quality goods.  It’s really a fabulous opportunity for Ring of Honor and its fans.”   Ring of Honor will reveal the ROH Series 1 line of figures exclusively at: www.ROHwrestling.com shortly.  
What the world wants to know is if:
a)  Any of these ROH figures will get poached by the WWE's developmental toy system?b)  The throwback line includes a Rob Feinstein figure that will be barred from getting within 100 feet of your child's dolls?
Other than that, good for them.  
 

Ring of Honor Epic Encounter April 12th, 2003

April 12, 2003

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow & Chris Levy

Alexis Laree introduces us to the RoH Tag Team Champions, AJ Styles & Amazing Red. She warns Alison Danger and Simply Luscious that they better not interfere in their matches and warns her opponent for tonight, Ariel, that she will be receiving a “stiff introduction” to the company. Paul London comes out and acts like he is high then gets pissed at AJ for teaming with Red, who he insults by saying that he is too young to look at porn then calls him a “prop” after trying to take his belt away from him. AJ tells London that they are not partners and he can get a partner to challenge himself and Red for a shot at the titles. London tries to get a Thundercats chant going at the end but it fails.

Backseat Boys vs. Da Hit Squad

What is noticeable right off of the bat is the fact that they put a black tarp up against the back wall which made it look darker in the building. Mackteases Kashmere by asking for a test of strength then gets punched in the face. Mack no-sells that and takes Kashmere down a few times and stomps his hand. The Boys regroup outside then Acid tags himself in and attacks Mack from behind. Mack fights back but Acid rolls outside to avoid a clothesline as the Boys stall in the aisle. Back inside, Mafia shoves down Acid a few times then the Backseat Boys double-team Mafia behind the ref’s back. Acid hits a double knee smash in the corner but gets caught with a half nelson suplex. Kashmere tags in and gets hit with a spinebuster and he rolls outside for another breather then they go backstage and leave. Da Hit Squad follow them backstage and drag them back as the fans are completely silent. Mafia then takes them both out with a tope as we get a replay of that as well. Back inside, Da Hit Squad hits Kashmere with a cannoball. Acid drills Mack with a Mafia kick then celebrates on the top rope. Mafia climbs up and takes him down with a back suplex and covers but Kashmere breaks the count. Mack then hits Kashmere with a running corner powerbomb then Mafia hits Acid with a Dominator. Then in a terribly mistimed spot, Kashmere escapes a Burning Hammer attempt from Mafia then ducks a clothesline that accidentally hits Mack then the Boys hit Mafia with the T-Gimmick for the win (8:03) *1/4. After the match, Mafia is pissed then leaves without shaking hands as Mack is puzzled as to why Mafia left.

Thoughts: Not much of a match as it was really all stalling. The big thing here was Mafia walking out on his partner, which will be addressed later in the show.



The Backseat Boys celebrate after the match but the lights go out and we get an indy-riffic laser show to welcome out Special K as we they start to have a rave. The lights come back on with Mikey Whipwreck laughing and saying that the shows needs “a little more cowbell.” The crowd is chanting “Mikey” as he runs down his former tag team partners and says that he wants to make Special K the best tag team in RoH but after saying that, Dunn & Marcos come out and say that they are the top team. The Carnage Crew come out and call everyone “Green Boys” except for Mikey then this leads to Acid telling them to have a scramble match and they will face the winner next month and they all agree. This was not a shining example of RoH’s tag team depth.

Scramble Match
Carnage Crew vs. Dunn & Marcos vs. Hydro & Dixie

Hydro is the future Jay Lethal. The rest of Special K are taking pills as in the ring, Loc suplexes Marcos. Dixie is in and the Carnage Crew hit him with a cool double team DDT/Powerbomb. Dunn comes in and gets powerbombed by Hydro. Everyone hits a move then gets the pin broken up as the action is too fast to call but looks fairly decent. DeVito sends Dixie into the corner with a Northern Lights Suplex then Loc chops Hydro against the ropes. The Special K guys roll through an attack and fly out and hit Dunn & Marcos with topes. Loc takes them all out with a dive then DeVito follows out with a somersault plancha. Dunn & Marcos climb up top and take out everyone else with the Stage Drive (Stereo Planchas). Whipwreck distracts the ref so Deranged can take out everyone with a double springboard moonsault. In the ring, Dunn hits Loc with the Sliced Bread #1 then follows that with a senton but Dixie breaks up the pin and this starts a diving sequence that ends with DeVito hitting a moonsault. They start a Tower of Doom spot that almost got a few people seriously injured then the Carnage Crew hit Marcos with the spike piledriver but the ref is distracted by Hijinx as Whipwreck hits everyone with the Whippersnapper then Hydro covers Dunn for the win (5:29) *1/2. After the match, Slugger hits Marcos with the Bodybag then the other giant black guy in a suit from last week comes in and Special Ki surround him. Angel Dust slaps the guy in the face then gets nailed with a facebuster

Thoughts: There were a few nice moves and it was all fast-paced so it wasnt that bad. The angle at the end with the two giant black guys fighting was a little intriguing I guess but we still have yet to find out why this is happening.



RoH Tag Team Title Match
Briscoe Brothers vs. AJ Styles & Amazing Red w/ Alexis Laree

They brawl to start the match. AJ & Red try stereo springboard dropkicks but Jay catches Red and hits a fallaway slam. The Briscoes spill outside after AJ & Red held down the ropes but were able to block a stereo tope attempt and dump them outside. AJ & Red slide in the ring as the Briscoes were in midair then fly back out with criss-cross topes. They brawl outside were the Briscoes get the best of that. In the ring, Red is getting double-teamed in the corner. Red boots Mark off of a charge then jumps off his back to hit Jay with an enziguiri. Red hits Mark with the Code Red for a nearfall and heads up top for an elbow drop that gets two. AJ tags and they hit Mark with a stereo enzuguiris. AJ drills Mark with a dropkick that gets two. Red tags and delivers all sorts of kicks but Jay makes a blind tag and nails Red from behind. He hits a leg drop then gets two with a snap suplex. Mark tags and gets two with a brainbuster. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. The Briscoe’s use quick tags to isolate Red then Mark knocks AJ off of the apron as Jay taunts Red by asking him to make the tag. Red continues to get beaten down as he manages to kick out of a few pin attempts. Red hits a DDT as both men are down. Red tries to make the tag and finally does as AJ runs wild. He hits Jay with a pumphandle gutbuster but Mark comes back with a leg lariat to AJ then Red flies off of AJ to hit a Shining Wizard. AJ then has Mark up in a Torture Rack as Red climbs up top and jumps off of MArk to hit Jay with a swinging STO as AJ slams Down Mark as they both get nearfalls. They try the same Hurricarana/Styles Clash combo from the last show but Mark shoves AJ out of the way and Red gets hit with a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo but AJ was able to make the save. AJ gets clotheslined over the top rope but AJ catches Mark then turns that into a Styles Clash on the floor. Jay baseball slides AJ down then tries to hit Red with the Jaydriller but Red counters that with the Maximo Explosion then hits the Red Star Press for the win (10:56) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Very good match. Not like their match from last show but still awesome as these two teams had awesome chemistry. The Briscoes were acting heelish here, unlike their first match.



BJ Whitmer vs. CM Punk

Trinity is in the ring sitting in the corner like she is Raven as Punk is pissed. She then does the Raven pose in his face and tries to fly out and attack Cabana but he catches her and they go backstage. Punk and Whitmer go back and forth on the mat to start. They work a pathetic reversal sequence that ends with Punk getting dumped outside then Whitmer nearly kills himself after attempting a plancha. Whitmer hits an ugly tilt-a-whirl as the announcers sell the fact that he might be knocked out. Punk takes Whitmer down with a missile dropkick. Punk hits a backbreaker that gets two. They trade chops until Punk catches him with a DDT. Punk then sets a table up outside of the ring and heads back in to try a powerbomb through the table but Whitmer blocks that. Punk tries it again as Whitmer slips out but gets caught with a knee to the head for two. Whitmer catches Punk with a body scissors but that gets turned over as Punk now has Whitmer in a Boston Crab. Whitmer fights out and starts a comeback. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Punk is then able to take Whitmer down with an overhead suplex as both men are down. They go back and forth trading suplexes and pinfalls then start slugging it out. The action and pacing has been really sloppy here. Whitmer gets tossed outside but blocks an apron smash then rolls Punk inside. Whitmer kicks Punk in the face from the apron then they trade chops until Punk takes Whitmer through the table with a German Suplex as both men are down. The ref checks on both men and they are not moving so the ref rings for the bell (12:21) *1/2. Medics and other wrestlers come out and check on these guys. We flash forward 5 minutes ahead as each guy gets helped to the back.

Thoughts: Not a fan of this match all. The wrestling and pacing was very sloppy and disjointed. Punk was really not a good worker in his early RoH run. Another match that would be followed up on later in the show.



Homicide vs. Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger

This match starts joined-in-progress with Homicide working the back of Daniels. He then eats boot on a charge and gets taken down with an enziguiri. Daniels chops and slaps Homicide in the corner. Homicide botches a Dragon Screw then puts Daniels in the STF but Danger distracts the ref from the apron. Daniels comes back with a DDT then breaks up a sleeper with a jawbreaker. Daniels locks on a sleeper then hits him with a lariat for two as this match is just not working out due to a lack of chemistry. Homicide hits an overhead suplex then follows with a running knee smash that gets two. He dropkicks Daniels to the floor then flies out with a somersault plancha but appears to have hurt his knee. Back inside, Homicide misses a diving headbutt then gets hit with a Uranage and after that the Best Moonsault Ever but that only gets two. Daniels gets cut off when he heads back up top but Daniels blocks the Super Ace Crusher and takes him down with a Russian Leg Sweep as both men are down. Daniels catches him with a back suplex after a reversal sequence that gets two. They reverse each other’s finishers then Homicide catches Daniels with a lariat for two. Daniels then hits the Angels Wings but Homicide is able to kick out as Daniels is pissed. Homicide takes Daniels down and they go back and forth until Homicide catches him with a frontsweep leg rollup for the win (12:21) **1/4. After the match, Homicide wants Daniels to shake hands and ponders the choice but CW Anderson, Jack Victory, and Samoa Joe run out and attack both men. Mafia comes out and cleans house as Homicide is on the mat. Mafia and Daniels have a stand off then Daniels rips of Mafia’s shirt to reveal a “Prophecy” shirt as Daniels introduces Mafia as the newest member of the Prophecy. He takes his “Da Hit Squad” shirt and throws it over the face of Homicide as the Prophecy walks away together. The refs then inform Homicide about what happened as seems confused as to why Mafia would do that to him.

Rating: Nothing special about the match but it was all a set up for the post match angle with Maff joining the Prophecy and tossing the shirt over the face of his friend Homicide. I am not the biggest fan of Maff but they did do a pretty good job with his turn and joining the Prophecy.



Gary Michael Cappetta is with a concussed BJ Whitmer. He says he cannot remember anything as Punk talks to him and tells him that the fans loved him and next time he will go a little easier on him so he doesn’t quit and tells Whitmer not to give up as Punk is being completely insincere in his caring for Whitmer and quite frankly, he was great in this segment.

Julius Smokes & Louie Ramos beat two guys down and have stolen their wallets.

Alexis Laree vs. Ariel

This match is clipped as Laree gets the win in about 40 seconds with an inverted DDT. Ariel did not impress.

Hotstuff Hernandez vs. Samoa Joe

This is a non-title match. Joe takes down Hernandez and grounds him to start as he works the arm. Hernandez fights back then takes down Joe with a lariat then follows that with a spinning heel kick. Hernandez the flies over the top rope that gets the crowd to chant “holy shit.” They start chopping each other before heading back in the ring. Joe charges as Hernandez slingshots in with a flying shoulder tackle. Joe blocks a suplex then hits an enziguiri before putting him in a Camel’s Clutch. Joe delivers crossfaces to the face of Hernandez. He tries for a powerbomb but that is blocked and Hernandez hits an overhead suplex. Joe floats over and tries for the Coquina Clutch but is able to ram Joe into the corner. Hernandez hits a spinebuster for two but Joe is able to lock Hernandez with a Triangle Choke and  gets the win via submission (6:38) *3/4.

Thoughts: Hernandez looked solid here and this match was fine for what it was, which was really a glorified squash for Joe.



After the match, Joe brings a chair into the ring and sits down with the belt next to him on the ground. He lays down as Cappetta asks him what he is doing. Joe says that fans pay to see title matches and that he is going to make the RoH Title the most prestigious in the world then tells the sound guy to hit the music as the competitors in the three-way come out and Joe decides to enter himself in the match and put his title on the line.

Samoa Joe vs. Matt Stryker vs. Colt Cabana vs. Tom Carter

Carter is the former Reckless Youth, who was an Indy darling of the late 90’s and at one point signed a Developmental Deal with the WWF but never made it and had a major injury that was thought to have ended his career but he came back to wrestle a technical style instead of being a high-flyer. Match starts with Joe taking out everyone. The other guys then gang up on Joe until they argue over making pinfalls. The other guys brawl in the ring then Carter and Cabana go back and forth on the mat as the match settles down. Stryker tags but Cabana backs him in the corner. Joe tags himself in by slapping Cabana in the back. Stryker slaps Joe but gets decked as a few in the crowd start a “Joe’s gonna kill you” chant. Cabana is in and hits a swinging snap suplex on Stryker for two. Stryker takes Cabana down with a snapmare then works the arm but Joe comes in and breaks that up. Carter dropkicks Joe to the floor then kicks out the leg of Cabana as he tried a suplex. Carter hits a senton then uses a modified surfboard on Stryker. These two then go back and forth on the mat as the announcers run down the future shows. Joe runs in and breaks things up as he is fucking around with these guys. The announcers now mention that there are brawls all over the arena as Stryker is working over Cabana then dumps him to the floor and follows out with a pescado. Joe comes in and tries for a tope but Carter boots him in the face then follows that with a neckbreaker of sorts for two. Joe comes back with a STO but Stryker breaks up the pin then hits Joe with a Death Valley Driver for two. Stryker chops Cabana after he broke up the pinfall but hits the Kryptonite Krunch Neckbreaker for two. Carter cuts off Cabana on the top rope and turns a top rope powerbomb into a DDT in midair as that gets two when Joe broke up the pin. Cabana and Joe escape from each other’s finishers then puts Cabana in the Coquina Clutch. Carter hits Cabana with a frog splash but Joe keeps the hold on as Cabana taps out and Joe gets the win (13:20) **1/2.

Thoughts: Solid match. Joe barely did anything here except for win and act like a bully of sorts. Carter looked good in his RoH debut.



We are shown David Young brawling with Iceberg outside of the arena. Iceberg was huge fat guy with no skills to speak of that would translate into a successful pro wrestling career.

Best of Three Falls
Bryan Danielson vs. Paul London

First Fall

They start by fighting over a lockup as Danielson sells his ear afterwards. They take it to the mat with Danielson winning that then they try to psych each other out afterwards through taunting. London works the arm as the crowd is really into this match. Dragon breaks that up then takes London down and applies a chinlock. They go back and forth a while on the mat as they trade headlocks until Danielson boots London in the face. London kips up after getting knocked down then catches Danielson with an overhead throw before he goes back to the headlock. Danielson comes back with a backbreaker then sells his ear as the announcers speculate that he might have cauliflower ear. They trade strikes and that ends with Danielson knocking down London with a headbutt. He catches London with a double axe handle then stretches him out on the mat as he drills him with open hand strikes. Danielson is ultra-aggressive here as he is beating on London, who just had sinus surgery. Small package gets two. London mounts a brief comeback but Danielson boots him down then gets two with a back suplex. London clasps his hands together in an attempt to block an abdominal stretch but Danielson is able to apply the hold as the fans start dueling chants. London gets knocked to the floor with an European Uppercut then Danielson takes him back in with a suplex. Danielson eats boot on a charge before London clotheslines him down. Danielson comes right back with a sunset flip then tries a slingshot but London skins the cat and is able to take Danielson over the ropes with a headscissors. London kicks Danielson off of the apron but Danielson floats over on a back suplex and knocks London to the floor then follows him out with a tope. Back inside, Danielson gets two with a diving headbutt. London gets a backslide then hits a top rope spinning heel kick. London goes back up top but Danielson cuts him off then hits a German Suplex for two. They fight on the top rope as London reverses a back suplex in midair and hits Danielson with a crossbody for the first fall (20:28)

Second Fall

Danielson cheap shots London after a handshake. London comes back with a flying forearm then glances him with a super kick before hitting an enziguiri. Danielson cuts London off of the top rope but gets knocked down with a headbutt. Danielson goes back up and is sent right down but on the third attempt he dropkicks London in the knee as he is hanging on the ropes as Danielson attacks the injured knee. Danielson is definitely acting heelish here. Danielson rams London into the corner with a shinbreaker then chops London against the guardrail. Back in the ring, London hits Danielson with a German Suplex as both men are down. London attacks Danielson with mounted punches but Danielson comes back with a Dragon Screw then applies a single leg crab. London reaches the ropes but Danielson pulls him into th middle of the ring then sticks his knee in the back of London’s head as he taps out as the match is tied a one fall apiece (27:13).

Third Fall

London comes back with an enziguiri. Danielson tries to target the leg but London keeps kicking him hard in the face. London gets two with a legsweep DDT then tries a slam but his knee gives out as both men are down. They exchange forearm smashes until Danielson takes London down with a discus forearm smash then applies the Cattle Mutilation. London reaches the ropes then blocks a Dragon Suplex attempt and gets a nearfall with a rollup. London slaps Danielson repeatedly as they are both seated and covers for two. Danielson comes back with an eniguiri then gets two with a Dragon Suplex. He goes back to the single leg crab but London reaches the ropes. London is able to counter a mounted punching attack in the corner with a powerbomb that gets two then slowly heads up top where he is knocked off by Danielson. He places London up top and kills him with forearm smashes before hitting a super back suplex that only gets two then goes back to the single leg crab as the crowd starts a “please don’t tap” chant. Danielson drives his knee in the back of London’s head but he is able to eventually reach the ropes. He places London back up top and tries to take him to the floor with a back suplex but gets knocked down on the mat. Danielson climbs back up top and that leads to London countering a Northern Lights Suplex with a swinging DDT. London struggles to get to his feet and climbs back up top and hits the London Star Press on Danielson’s back then turns him over for the win (41:12) ****1/2. After the match, Levy tells us that we have just seen an “epic encounter” as Danielson is helped to his feet and very slowly shakes London’s hand.

Thoughts: Incredible match. Both guys were excellent and this was one of the best matches in company history at this point. Definitely seek this one out if as you will not be disappointed.






Unsanctioned Bunkhouse Riot Match
Iceberg & Homicide & Dusty Rhodes vs. Jack Victory & CW Anderson & David Young


Young and Iceberg are already fighting as Young takes him down with a senton. In the ring, Anderson and Homicide are brawling as there is brawling everywhere as we do not even know all of the competitors yet. Homicide is getting destroyed by Anderson, Young, and Victory as we hear the “Midnight Rider” theme as he comes through the crowd but its a decoy as Dusty is behind them and takes them all out. Homicide carves up Victory’s head with a fork and Anderson is busted open now too. Iceberg splashes a chair onto Young as everyone else is outside brawling and bleeding. Lots more brawling as nothing particularly stands out. Two guys come out, one named Guillotine LaGrande, come out and attack Homicide until Smokes and Ramos comes out. Becky Bayless and Simply Luscious start brawling as Dusty kisses Luscious then shortly after that asks Victory if he quits as Homicide chokes him out. Homicide takes out another fork and carves up Victory again then grinds the fork in his mouth as Victory quits (11:00) **. After the match, Dusty tells the fans to give it up to Homicide

Thoughts: A garbage brawl that was all over the place but it was also fast-paced an entertaining enough that it was not a total waste of time.






Backstage, Dusty tells Corino that Homicide took care of business. Homicide calls Corino a “coward”and promises that this is not over as Smokes come in and does his annoying schtick. He was like the hood version of the Wizard on the mic.

Cabana and Punk are backstage. Cabana tells Raven that he did what he did because he and Punk have history. He then wants Punk to talk about their history as Punk refers to them the “Second City Saints” as he tells Raven that his mind games will not work on him. After that, Cabana runs a few corny catchphrases by him as Punk is aggravated and they walk away.

The Carnage Crew are cutting a promo as the ring crew guys take down the ring. They harass Dunn & Marcos until some other guy on the crew tells them to go back to their crackhead wives which leads to DeVito slapping him down and kicks his ass. The Carnage Crew then decide to leave and go to a seedy strip club around the corner.

Daniels is in the back with Mafia and Allison Danger. He tells Michael Shane that it will be personal when they face off at the next show. Danger then welcomes Mafia to the Prophecy as he is now referred to as “Danny Maff.” Monsta Mack interrupts and asks Maff whats up as Maff says he is sick and tired of the Code of Honor and trying to be a team player. He then tells Mack that he was sick of carrying him as Daniels tells Mack this is his opportunity to evolve. Maff then yells at Mack and says that their last match together will be on 4/26 against Colt Cabana & Ace Steel and that he is not going out a loser. Mack looks defeated as he then turns that into anger as he warns Cabana & Steel that they better be ready and says that Monsta Mack is dead and he is reborn as “Steve Mack.” Excellent performances by both Maff and Mafia here.

Final Thoughts: Another good show. The Danielson/London match was incredible and they are starting to have the matches be more than random scramble matches. They are also starting to establish the main guys from the midcard too. For the first time, RoH is starting to maintain some roster stability.






Upcoming Schedule

November 4th: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 11/29/86
November 6th: Shoot Interview TBD by poll
November 7th: WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/30/86
November 8th: RoH Retribution: Round Robin Challenge II 4/26/03
November 9th: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 12/6/86












Ring of Honor Night of Champions March 22, 2003

March 22, 2003

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

We see a clip that is sent in from backstage at the 3/15 Zero One show as Corino is in the shower and dares Christopher Daniels to cast the first stone.

Jody Fleisch interrupts the Special K rave to let them know that he has a match with Low Ki tonight and does not want to get his ass kicked as he denies their offer of drugs. Mikey Whipwreck is partying with Special K wearing a sombrero and demands the DJ play some rock n’ roll instead of techno and the rock music disturbs the other members of Special K.

Christopher Daniels is with Xavier and Alison Danger. Daniels has the FWA Heavyweight Championship over his shoulder and tells Doug Williams that he beat him at “Glory by Honor” then again two weeks ago as he won the belt. Daniels challenges Williams tonight for the #1 Contender’s Trophy and the FWA Title and if Daniels wins, he can also be allowed to shake hands in RoH again. Xavier tells Samoa Joe since Low Ki beat Joe and he beat Ki, he will beat Joe tonight and retain his title. At the end, Daniels asks Xavier if he is sure that he is ready for his match and Xavier says that he is indeed ready.

Matt Stryker vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Alex Arion vs. Dixie w/ Hijinx & Lit

Stryker and Whitmer start off the match by working the arm then they take it to the mat. Solid action from these two. They end in a standoff after a reversal sequence that draws an applause from the crowd. Whitmer tags Dixie, who pokes Stryker in the chest. Stryker works the arm then takes Dixie down with an European Uppercut. Dixie catches Stryker with a few armdrags and a leg lariat but Stryker blocks a monkey flip and tosses Dixie halfway across the ring. Arion tags and suplexes Dixie for a nearfall. Leg drop gets two. Backbreaker gets two. Whitmer makes a blind tag and holds up Arion but gets dropkicked by accident. Arion puts Whitmer in an armbar then Whitmer fights back but Stryker makes the blind tag. Arion clotheslines Stryker then hits a dropkick and a super kick. Stryker fights back and gets nearfalls with a powerslam and a backbreaker. Whitmer tags and targets the back of Arion. Dixie tags and tries to work the arm but Arion fights back. Both men collide when they attempt cross body blocks and are down on the mat. Both men tag as Stryker and Whitmer trade chops then knock the other guys off of the apron. They slug it out until Stryker hits a Death Valley Driver. Dixie breaks up the pin then hits Stryker with the Kryptonite Krunch neckbreaker and Arion makes the save and hits a Splash Mountain. Stryker slams down Arion then puts Arion in an ankle lock but Dixie breaks that up with a botched top rope hurricarana. Whitmer comes in then hits Dixie with the Exploder 98 for the win (11:26) **1/4.

Thoughts: Average match that was really only interesting when Whitmer and Stryker faced off. Arion was bland even by RoH standards and his ring work was decent but that was all. Whitmer by far had the most potential out of these guys.


Quiet Storm & Spanish Announce Team vs. Izzy & Deranged & Angel Dust w/ Mikey Whipwreck

Special K attacks their opponents from behind after they were distracted by Whipwreck to set up this match. Storm hits Deranged with the Spinal shock then Jose beats on Angel Dust and heads up top for an elbow drop. Izzy distracts the ref and Whipwreck slams Jose throat first against the guardrail. Storm & the SAT’s hit a contrived but cool looking triple-team move on Izzy that gets a standing ovation. Then, the SAT’s nearly break the neck of Angel Dust with a top rope move. Fuck, that was dangerous. Special K takes control of the match and are kicking Storm in the back. The SAT’s clean house as Deranged takes a crazy bump to the floor. Back in the ring, Jose hits Deranged with rolling brainbusters but Angel Dust breaks that up. Storm comes in and hits Angel Dust with the Storm Cradle Driver but Izzy makes the save. Joel then hits Izzy with six straight powerbombs. Brian XL and Hydro run up on the apron and put the sombrero on the ref’s head to distract him as Whipwreck hits all of his former students with the Whippersnapper as Angel Dust covers for the win (6:24) *3/4. After the match, Slugger comes in and hits Quiet Storm with the Bodybag then a second black guy in a suit with glasses comes in the ring and they have a staredown, with the other guy noticeably bigger.


Thoughts: Short match that had a few cool moves. The staredown at the end was the most interesting thing that took place here.


Ronnie from Atlas Security and Gabe Sapolsky order Homicide’s friends from last week (Julius Smokes & Louie Ramos) to calm down.

Dunn & Marcos vs. Backseat Boys

Acid comes down to the ring and has some ugly chicks put dollar bills down his pants. The Backseat Boys outsmart their opponents then hit them with stereo dropkicks. Dunn & Marcos fight back after mocking the Backseat Boys but that doesn’t last long as the Boys fight back. The crowd is really digging the Backseat Boys here. Outside the ring, Dunn hits Kashmere with a delayed vertical suplex while Acid is taking care of Marcos in the ring. Dunn comes in and they double team Acid. Dunn gets two with a top rope elbow drop and they celebrate as they are in control. Marcos gets dumped to the floor as the Boys hit Dunn with the Dream Sequence. Marcos flies in but gets caught and dumped with an H-Bomb. The Backseat Boys use some more double-team moves then Marcos blocks the T Gimmick as they rollup the Boys for two. Dunn gets knocked down then the Boys hit Marcos with the T Gimmick onto Dunn for the win (5:19) **. After the match, Acid gets on the mic and says that they are the best team in the world. Solid mic work from Acid here and its a shame that drugs ruined him before he got a shot in TNA or WWE. The Boys head backstage then encounter Da Hit Squad who say that he have to go through them first.

Thoughts: Not bad and a good showcase for the Backseat Boys, who definitely had potential. Dunn & Marcos where solid RoH-level jobbers, actually.


FWA Heavyweight Championship & RoH #1 Contender’s Match
Doug Williams vs. Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger

The winner of this match gets a title shot on the April 26th show. Match starts with a shoving match then they trade rollups as Daniels ducks outside as the crowd applauds. Back inside, Williams takes control and works the arm. Daniels escapes and grabs a headlock that Williams eventually counters with a back suplex. Williams targets the neck with all sorts of strikes and holds. Daniels comes back and hits a gutbuster then a slam. Daniels hits a slingshot elbow drop that gets two. Daniels is targeting the ribs then sends him to the floor with a leg lariat. They have an exchange on the floor but Daniels sends Williams into the post then once again targets the ribs of Williams. Daniels slaps Williams in the face a few times but misses a charge in the corner. Williams hits a high knee but gets caught with a knee to the ribs as Daniels covers for two then goes back on offense. Williams comes back with another high knee then rolls through a top rope double stomp and after a reversal sequence, murders Daniels with a lariat as both men are down. They battle for a bit then Williams hits a tornado DDT but takes a long time to make the cover and only gets two. Williams misses a charge and Daniels hits him with a STO then calls for a moonsault but Williams takes him down and puts him in a crossface. Daniels fights out then hits the Best Moonsault Ever but Williams is able to kick out at two. They trade chops and slaps until Daniels catches Williams with an Uranage then puts Williams in the Koji Clutch. Williams escapes then they reverse each others finishers. Williams puts Daniels in a swinging Cobra Clutch then hits Daniels on the back of the neck with a top rope knee drop for two. Daniels fights back and goes for the Angels Wings but that gets blocked and Williams ducks a swing and is able to hit Daniels with the Chaos Theory for the win (19:12) ****.

Thoughts: Excellent match. Some fine technical wrestling was on display here too. The downfall of the Prophecy continues.


CW Anderson, Samoa Joe, and Simply Luscious head down to the ring. Ramos & Smokes are yelling at them from behind the guardrail and Smokes ends up pulling down his pants and mooning Anderson. Security then orders them out then Jack Victory makes an appearance and beats them up as Rob Feinstein comes out with the announcers mention how Victory is not associated wit RoH. Homicide and Da Hit Squad run out and brawls with Anderson then they have a six-man tag match.

CW Anderson & Samoa Joe & Jack Victory vs. Homicide & Da Hit Squad

Everyone is brawling outside as the match starts. Mack and Joe are in the ring as Joe hammers away. Mack comes back with a clothesline but Joe takes him down with an enziguiri. Mafia and Joe have an exchange of strikes that ends with Mafia hitting a German suplex. Anderson comes in and Mafia clotheslines him down but Victory punches him from the apron. Homicide beats on Anderson then Joe comes in and hits him. Da Hit Squad beat on Joe. Anderson eventually hits Mafia with a spinebuster then Joe flies outside and hits Mafia with a tope. In the ring, Homicide and Anderson are going at it as this match is way too unfocused. Luscious is raking the eyes of Da Hit Squad then drags Becky Bayless from behind the guardrail and roughs her up. In the ring, Homicide takes Luscious and hits her with the Cop Killer but Anderson sneaks up from behind and hits a shoulder breaker then puts him in an armbar. The announcers let us know that the rest of the wrestlers in the match are brawling backstage but Victory comes back with a garbage can and Anderson sends Homicide through that as the ref rules the match a DQ (7:09) 3/4*. Ramos, Smokes and some other thugs, one of which has a machete, run out and clear the ring. They help Homicide to the back and leave as Smokes is flipping out.

Thoughts: Bad match. Everything felt unfocused as there was just too much going on. This was a set-up for a match at the next show though.


Gary Michael Cappetta is with Doug Williams, who promises that the next time he is in the U.S. he will take the RoH Championship.

Mase & Hotstuff Hernandez vs. Carnage Crew

Mase lets us know that Buff E couldn’t make it tonight because his “ass hurts too much.” Hernandez comes to the ring wearing a feathered boa. Hernandez starts the match by destroying the Carnage Crew with power moves. Loc hits Mase with a German suplex then yells about “faggots” then the Carnage Crew use double team moves on Mase. DeVito gets hit with a Thesz Press as Mase grinds his crotch on DeVito’s face. Hernandez yells at the ref and puts him in the corner but the Carnage Crew hit him from behind. Hernandez pops back up and ends up hitting them with a double DDT. He then rallies behind Mase as he makes the tag and runs wild on the Carnage Crew. He hits DeVito with the Dominator then catches Loc and hits a spiral bomb. He dumps the Carnage Crew then flies out over the top rope with a suicide dive that has the crowd going nuts. DeVito puts Hernandez on the guardrail with a spinebuster then hits him with a chair. In the ring, the Carnage Crew corner Mase and hit him with the spike piledriver for the win (6:29) *1/2. After the match, Buff E runs in and makes the save for Mase.

Thoughts: Hernandez really looked impressive here. He also stood out among everyone else on the roster due to his massive physique. The fans were really starting to dig him by the end too.


RoH Tag Team Title Match
AJ Styles & Amazing Red w/ Alexis Laree vs. Briscoe Brothers

Red and Jay work a nice back-and-forth sequence to start. Mark tags and works a bit with Red until AJ tags and ground Mark. These two work an impressive reversal sequence that ends with AJ hitting a release German suplex. Mark comes in and Red super kicks him as AJ hits Mark with a German then they take out the Briscoe’s with Stereo somersault planchas. Back in, Mark catches AJ with an overhead throw then the Briscoe’s double team AJ for a bit. AJ comes back and hits a gutbuster/backbreaker combo then hits Mark with a Death Valley Driver. Red tags and hits Mark with a flying elbow drop for two. He boots Mark in the face but gets caught by Jay with a springboard missile dropkick after he made a blind tag. Red hits Jay with the Brain Damage but that only gets two. AJ tags and hits a delayed brainbuster for two. AJ hits all sorts of crazy moves on Mark but is unable to put him away. Jay then catches AJ with a powerbomb and they go back and forth until Jay cuts off AJ on the top rope. Jay goes for the super Ace Crusher but AJ turns it into a back suplex in midair as both men are down. Red tags and dropkicks Jay to the floor then hits Mark with the Red Star Press after a Mafia Kick but that only gets two. Jay attacks Red from the apron as Mark knocks Red down with a lariat. Jay tags and slams Red before applying a chinlock. Red runs into a boot to the face then Jay knocks AJ off the apron as the Briscoes neutralize Red. Jay turns Red inside out with a clothesline then Mark distracts the ref so he does not see Red make the tag as the Briscoes continue to beat on Red. Finally, Red fights back and takes down both Briscoes before making the tag. AJ runs wild on the Briscoes. AJ and Jay have a battle of chops then Red and Mark go for Shining Wizards at the same time and collide. Jay clotheslines AJ to the floor then blocks a Code Red attempt with a DDT but AJ is able to make the save. He hits the Briscoes with an inverted DDT/ Guillotine combo that gets two. Jay and AJ counter each others finishers until Jay hits a Falcon Arrow. Red makes the save then cuts off Jay on top with a spin kick and heads up and hits a Super Code Red but Mark makes the save just in time. Mark is up top but gets cut off by AJ ,who then alley-oops Red and that gets turned into a hurricarana and AJ ends up catching Mark off of that and hits the Styles Clash for the win (16:43) ****1/2. Man, that was an awesome finish.

Thoughts: Phenomenal match and a legit MOTYC candidate. Definitely try to seek this match out. The Briscoe’s first match as a team in RoH was a great one.


Jody Fleisch vs. Low Ki

This match is taking place as Ki wants to teach respect to everyone in Special K. Ki takes Flesich down and works him over, mixing in the occasional strike. The crowd is really into Ki here. Ki no-sells a kick then they work a fast-paced reversal sequence that ends in a standoff. Impressive stuff. Ki takes Flesich over with a side headlock. They battle over a test of strength then Ki goes down and locks Flesich’s arms while his legs are wrapped around his head in a unique submission hold. Flesich comes back with an inverted hurricarana then a springboard dropkick. Ki is outside as the fans are going nuts for him then he hits Ki with a springboard Shooting Star Press that got a lot of height. Back inside, Fleisch gets two with a split-legged moonsault. Flesich kicks Ki in the neck then hammers away and taunts him with slaps. Ki comes back and hits a springboard kick in an awesome sequence and that gets two. He chops Fleisch in the corner then gets two with a double underhook suplex with a bridge. Flesich hits a spinning heel kick then gets two with a corkscrew body press. He tries the 720 DDT but Ki catches and puts him down then Fleisch locks on an armbar. Ki lifts him up and hits Fleisch with a Krush Rush then follows that with a rolling Koppu Kick. Ki hits Fleisch with a barrage of kicks as the crowd is loving this match. Ki beats on Fleisch but misses the Tidal Crush and gets hit with a German Suplex. Ki stretches out Fleisch, who just barely makes the ropes. They trade chops and that ends Ki hitting a Yakuza kick. Fleisch comes back with an enziguiri after a disjointed sequence as both men are down. Fleisch gets two with a victory roll but Ki powerbombs him after that and gets two with a bridge. Ki blocks a tilt-a-whirl headscissors attempt by sending Fleisch into the corner. He sets Fleisch on the top rope then eventually takes him off with a Tidal Crush that has Fleisch fall to the floor. Fleisch fits back from the air then hits a springboard Shooting Star piledriver that sounds a lot better than it looked. Ki rolls ourside as Fleisch brings him back in and covers but is only able to get two. Fleisch prepares for the 720 DDT but Ki is unable to get to his feet. Fleisch drags Ki to the corner and softens him up. Fleisch gets up top and brings Ki with him but Ki fights back. He kicks Fleisch a few times then hits him with a Super Ki Krusher that definitely warrants the “holy shit” chant from the crowd. It looked like they were going to fall off before the move too. Ki eventually covers and gets the win (19:35) ***3/4

Thoughts: Very good match that would have been better if not for Fleisch’s sloppiness as a worker. He had some rough spots here but this was still a good effort on his part. The finish was insane.




Backstage, the Special K dance party is going on strong as Fleisch limps back. They drip some drugs on his tongue and that wakes Fleisch right up and he starts dancing.

CM Punk and Ace Steel are in the ring. Punk runs down the crowd and does a damn fine job at that. e mocks the crowd as he does not wake up hungover next to disgusting women or work for a boss that he hates then runs the crowd down for going to church on Sunday’s and praying to a god that does not exist. Raven and Colt Cabana then come out as Raven cracks a joke about Punk waking up at the Neverland Ranch then basically runs down Punk for being an indy scrub. Punk finishes by saying he has beaten Raven at his game once and he will embarrass him again then tells Cabana he should be ashamed at himself for wrestling against his trainer (Steel).

Raven’s Rules Match
CM Punk & Ace Steel vs. Raven & Colt Cabana


Raven and Punk continue on the mic after the bell rings. Everyone keeps tagging out as Punk tries to avoid Raven. Steel and Raven start off as Raven works the arm. Raven tosses Steel down then beats him with a trashcan lid. Cabana tags but Steel knocks him down. Punk tags and catches Cabana with a leg lariat for two. He then chokes out Cabana in the corner but misses a charge. Cabana comes back with a running double knee strike then tags Raven but Punk runs outside. Raven chases him around but Steel hits him with a chair then sends him into the guardrail with a Russian leg sweep. Back inside, Punk hammers away on Raven in the corner. Suplex gets two. Punk puts on an Indian Death Lock variation as the announcers hype the next show. Raven makes it to the ropes but Punk sends him into the corner. He sets up a chair in the middle of the ring but Raven reverses an Irish whip and sends Punk into the chair with a drop toehold. Cabana tags and cleans house. Punk breaks up a pin attempt with a dropkick then Cabana clotheslines him to the floor. Punk is able to trip up Cabana then Raven and Steel brawl on the floor. Raven then whacks Punk in the back with a chair and Cabana hits Punk with the Colt 45 but Steel is just able to break up the pin. Punk hits a backbreaker that gets two then drags Cabana in the corner and tags Steel as they hit a double-team move that gets two. Cabana tries to fight out of the corner but Punk rakes his eyes. Punk & Steel continue to neutralize Cabana. Punk and Cabana botch a spot in which Cabana was supposed to catch Punk coming off of the top rope then Cabana slams him down and tags Raven, who cleans house with a trashcan. Punk gets drilled with a trashcan in midair then Steel flies into Punk on the outside after getting caught with a drop toehold. Raven takes them both out with a tope and Cabana tops that off with a moonsault then screams as he clutches his knee. In the ring, Steel breaks up a Raven Effect attempt with a missile dropkick. Steel and Punk have the 2-1 advantage as Cabana is still on the floor. They set him up on the table but he rolls off as Punk crashes through with an elbow drop then Raven hits Steel with the Raven Effect for the win (15:53) **1/2.

Thoughts: Decent match that dragged at points but it was the post match angle that was the most memorable.




After the match, Raven demands that Punk shake his hand but he slides out of the ring. Raven then hits Steel with another Raven Effect. Punk then yells at Cabana for not saving his trainer then attacks Raven from inside. Cabana them comes in and sqaures off against Punk but then stomps on Raven instead as the crowd boos. Cabana then tells Punk that he is about Raven being a has-been washup as he also tells them that Steel & Punk are what he knows.

Backstage, Homicide alerts us that they will be a Bunkhouse Match “Texas Style” at the next show. Julius Smokes comes in and cuts another crazy promo. Low Ki walks in and is disgusted as Homicide for bringing the streets into RoH.

Ring of Honor Championship Match
Samoa Joe vs. Xavier (Champion) w/ Simply Luscious & Christopher Daniels


Before the match, Michael Shane sneakes up from behind and drills Daniels with a super kick as CW Anderson takes Danger away as Corino’s guys have “cast the first stone”. Joe knocks down a distracted Xavier then beats on him in the corner as the announcers play up how Xavier suffered a concussion at the last show. Joe no-sells some chops then continues to beat on Xavier. Joe boots Xavier down as he tried to skin the cat then sets up a chair outside the ring and seats Xavier down before hitting him with a running Yakuza kick. Joe continues to attack Xavier in the ring. Xavier comes back with a Lung Blower then targets the neck of Joe. Overhead suplex gets two. Joe rolls outside after getting dropkicked then Xavier flies out with a tope that he turns into a swinging DDT. Back inside, Xavier goes back to attacking the neck before applying a chinlock. Ki puts on another submission move on Joe after hitting a suplex as Levy lets us know that Homicide is bringing in Dusty Rhodes as his partner for the Bunkhouse Match. Joe fights back and chops down Xavier. They have a chop exchange until Joe turns him inside out with a clothesline. Joe then hits Xavier with Rolling suplexes but Xavier is able to knee Joe in the head in midair after a suplex attempt. Xavier hits the X-Breaker then goes up top for the 450 splash but Joe gets his knees up as both men are down. Joe hits Xavier with an enziguiri then kills him with several knee strikes before applying the Coquina Clutch. The crowd goes nuts as Xavier passed out and Joe wins the title (11: 54) **1/2. After the match, Joe clutches the belt while on his knees then celebrates for a bit as he heads back to the locker room.

Thoughts: Another decent match as the unimpressive titlte reign of Xavier has finally ended. He was not a good choice as the champion.




Backstage, Raven talks about Punk and how he has a lack of balls but is impressed in his ability to put together a group together. Still, he doesnt mind how many beatings he has to take as long as he hits him with the Raven Effect then warns Punk to look over his shoulder as he will be hiding out in the weeds.

We get a video that was sent in the day after this show with Christopher Daniels talking about how it was the worst week for the Prophecy as they lost all of their titles. He says that Xavier will be out due to another concussion then turns attention to Corino and his group and lets then know that he is going to go for Joe’s title and that Morgan will be back as they challenge for the Tag Team titles. He also warns them that the Prophecy might be getting a new member and vows that the Prohpecy will be stronger than ever.

Corino sends in another promo as he reads on the internet about Homicide giving Simply Luscious the Cop Killer and that he will be back to RoH looking for him.

Final Thoughts: The big news here was the tile change as Joe is a more credible champion. But this was a very good show with some excellent matches. They are also building up feuds as the matches have more meaning to them instead of some random guys thrown together, which was still happening but not as much lately. The promotion is starting to get some momentum too. I’d recommend this show.



































Ring of Honor: Expect the Unexpected March 15, 2003

March 15th, 2003

From the National Guard Armory in Cambridge, MA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy


Christopher Daniels, Xavier, and Alison Danger are backstage. Daniels congratulates Xavier for retaining his title against Paul London at the “First Anniversary Show” then goes on about how everyone thinks he will lose the belt but he has beaten everyone he has faced then says that it does not matter who wins the 4-way #1 Contender’s Trophy match as they will get “X’ed out.” Daniels is pissed that RoH made him defend the Tag Team Belts with Donovan Morgan in Japan then laughs at RoH because the people pay to see him, not the company itself and that he will continue to take down the Code of Honor. He even puts over new wrestlers and teams, like the Brisco Brothers. Guess they are tagging together now.  Danger threatens to reveal all of the secrets about her brother, Steve Corino. This was long winded but more than that, it was showing how RoH was pushing all of their new talents.

Matt Stryker vs. Chad Collyer


This is a rematch from “Revenge on the Prophecy” when Collyer made Stryker tap to the Texas Cloverleaf. These two go back and forth, both on the mat and while standing up. The announcers make fun of Stryker’s unibrow as Collyer steps on his hand. Collyer works the arm on the mat as Stryker tries to break the hold then reverses into a crossface. Collyer catches Stryker with an armbar after a hiptoss attempt but Stryker reverses it into his Stryker Lock but Collyer reaches the ropes. Collyer works the leg for a bit as Stryker is now limping. Collyer boots him down then stretches him out as the crowd applauds. Stryker reaches the ropes as Collyer had him in a single leg crab then fights back but misses a flying knee strike in the corner and Collyer puts him in the Texas Cloverleaf but he is able to reach the ropes. Collyer uses a suplex for a nearfall then stretches him out again on the mat. Stryker fights out and chops Collyer hard but Collyer kicks his leg then hits a shinbreaker for two. Stryker fights back again and catches Collyer with a backdrop. He kicks him a few times but Collyer blocks a hurricarana and gets two with a rollup. They trade rollups then Stryker catches Collyer in an ankle lock. Collyer breaks then Stryker puts it back on for a bit. Stryker chops Collyer in the corner and tries a sunset flip off of the top rope but Collyer rolls through and puts Stryker in the Texas Cloverleaf and Stryker eventually taps out (15:05) ***

Thoughts: Good action. It felt more like a mat wrestling exhibition more than anything else but it was good to watch at least. These two had zero personality though but made for a solid choice as opening match guys in this promotion.




Backstage, Low Ki and Da Hit Squad arguing over who is going to cut the promo as Mafia is jealous of Ki, calling him “Mr. Ring of Honor” and how they are just a couple of midcarders. Ki then cuts a promo on Special K but Mafia cuts him off at the end. They are teasing a heel turn of Mafia here.

Slim J vs. Amazing Red


Red just came back from a tour of All Japan. They work the standard fast-paced sequence that ends in a standoff to get the fans going. Slim kicks Red after a handshake and they work another sequence that ends with Red turning Slim inside out with a clothesline. Slim rolls outside and Red flies out and hits him with a running flip dive. Red knocks down Hijinx as the action goes back into the ring. Levy alerts us that London had emergency sinus surgery thus will not team with AJ Styles tonight but that Red will be his replacement. Slim uses some innovative offense to work on the neck of Red then gets two with a suplex. Red counters an electric chair drop with an inverted hurricarana. They go back and forth for a bit until Slim hits Red with a cradle DDT that gets two. Sweet move. Slim hits a springboard inverted DDT for two. Slugger grabs Red by the leg as Slim hammers away on Red. Red boots Slim off of a charge then gets two with a leaping swinging STO. Red hits Slim with an F5 but that only gets two. Slim hits Red with a low blow then heads up top for a moonsault but Red catches him with a cutter in midair. Red escapes from the electric chair drop again then kills Slim with a few kicks. Red Star Press gets two. Slugger tries to trip up Red again but gets booted in the face and a reversal sequence ends with Red hitting Slim with a sitout piledriver (12:03) **1/4. After the match, Slugger hits Red with the Body Bag.

Thoughts: Some nice moves here but not much more than that. Slim was only 18 years old and looked like Eminem here and grabbed his crotch between moves. Slugger attacking Red would have an effect on the following match.




CM Punk comes out to the ring and tells the crowd that he is straight-edge thus better than you as he runs down the crowd and city of Boston for being drug addicts. The crowd is all over him as a few start calling him a homo. He even tells the crowd that they stunk the place up more than Konnan did in Philly. He calls out Raven for not having the balls to show up. He then heads to the locker room but Raven busts through the curtain as Punk retreats. The fans give Raven a decent reaction but nothing too crazy. Raven says that while he is older now, he still will not be as bad as Konnan was in Philadelphia and they go back and forth until Raven challenges him to a “Raven’s Rules” match and that he will even wrestle the standard RoH-style match for the first ten minutes. Punk then tries to jump Raven from behind but gets attacked then ducks outside as he heads up the ramp.

#1 Contender’s Match for the RoH Tag Team Titles
Carnage Crew vs. Backseat Boys vs. AJ Styles & Amazing Red w/ Alexis Laree vs. SAT


This match is under scramble rules. AJ is actually alone for this match as Red is selling the effects of getting attacked by Slugger. Jose and Acid start off by going back and forth. Kashmere and Loc slug it out until Kashmere spears him in midair. AJ and Joel are in now as AJ is still without a partner. AJ sends Joel to the floor with an enziguiri then hits him with the Phenomenon from the apron. Jose takes out AJ with a tope and that triggers a dive sequence that ends with Devito taking everyone out with a top rope moonsault. Joel goes back inside then takes out everyone but AJ with a senton as AJ also headed back inside and quieted the crowd as he dedicated a Shooting Star Press to London. Back inside, the Backseat Boys double team AJ. Devito comes in and stomps Kashmere then the match breaks down. Acid pulls down the top rope on AJ as he dumps to the floor. The Backseat Boys hit Joel with the Dream Sequence then the Carnage Crew beat on Acid. The SAT’s hit Loc with a really sloppy double team move then AJ hits Jose with rolling wheelbarrow suplexes. Now everyone is brawling as the Backseat Boys almost kill Loc with the T-Gimmick. Everyone is now outside except for AJ and Jose as AJ flattens him with a powerbomb then uses a bridge to get the win (12:15) **1/2.

Thoughts: Solid action here. No one in particular stood out but it was fast-paced and fairly enjoyable to watch.




The Outkast Killaz come out to confront the SAT’s. They try to attack them but end up getting taken out as the SAT’s hit Oman Tortuga with the Spanish Fly. Seemed just like an excuse to let the crowd see the Spanish Fly.

Dixie & Deranged & Angel Dust w/ Brian XL & Hydro & Slim J vs. Low Ki & Da Hit Squad


The Special K guys take out Da Hit Squad with dives before they enter the ring. They try another attempt but get caught and slammed. Inside, Ki is beating the piss out of Deranged. Mafia elevates Deranged as Ki destroys him with a kick in midair. Damn. Da Hit Squad take turns tossing around Deranged. Dixie tags and gets sent into the corner with a belly-to-belly suplex. Ki and Angel Dust are in as Ki chops him hard. Ki hits Angel Dust with a boot to the face as the fans chant his name. Ki misses a charge and Angel Dust gets a few kicks but Ki catches his foot then unloads on him various strikes. He uses the Hanging Dragon as the other Special K guys are begging for Ki to stop. Da Hit Squad comes in and they continue to brutalize these guys. Brian XL distracts the ref and that allows Hydro and Slim J to grab Mafia’s leg as Deranged hits him with a spin kick. Deranged tosses Mafia outside and distracts the ref so the rest of Special K can beat him down. Mafia is now getting triple-teamed in the corner. Mafia fights back and hits a suplex as both men are down. He tags Ki who beats the shit out of Deranged. He takes Brian XL off of the apron with an enziguiri. Hydro comes in as Ki kicks him down. Da Hit Squad double-team Angel Dust then knock Slim J off the top rope as he had a chair. Monsta Mack climbs up top and hits Angel Dust with a Van Terminator headbutt that looked terrible. Deranged then whacks Mafia with a chair as the match has broken down and the ref calls for the DQ (12:37). However, Ki grabs the mic and says that he does not  want to win that way and orders the referee to restart the match. Da Hit Squad beat on Special K outside of the ring as Dixie offers Ki some pills and actually swallows it as some shitty music plays as Special K dances with him as Ki is on the mat tripping as Slim and Brian have his arm but the camera shows Ki stick is tongue out with the pill still on his tongue then takes them all out. He hits Dixie with the Tidal Crush then takes his Kangol as Da Hit Squad enters and they all hit their finishers and cover for the pin (18:01) **1/2.

Thoughts: Decent action here as well. The story was that the other guys were teaching Special K a lesson and that came across well as they really laid into them. They did not tease any tension between Da Hit Squad and Ki here.




Gary Michael Cappetta are with the Carnage Crew who have fun pissing people off as they have shitty jobs and ugly wives. More of the same from this team.

Raven is backstage and sees Trinity walk by and asks her to see him later.

Dunn & Marcos vs. Quiet Storm & Ghost Shadow


Storm is with a new partner after Chris Divine left the company, reportedly due to roughing up his girlfriend Trinity, but the announcers tell us that he is touring Puerto Rico. Marcos gets double-teamed until he snaps off a rana in a terrible spot. Ghost Shadow catches Dunn with a muscle buster then Storm takes out both guys. Shadow & Storm hit a few cool double-team moves then Storm makes Marcos tap with a modified Indian Death Lock (4:00) *.

Rating: Ghost Shadow looked good here but Storm seemed disinterested. The fact that his partner was gone and he was wrestling the ring crew guys probably were the reason for that as he must have seen the writing on the wall. Storm wasn’t that bad in the ring and still wrestles in Japan for Pro Wrestling NOAH today but looked to be about 5’1.




Raven’s Rules Match
CM Punk vs. Raven w/ Trinity


Punk starts the match with a hiptoss then mocks Raven. Punk frustrates Raven early but then gets caught with a pair of armdrags. Raven sends Punk to the floor with a dropkick then takes him out with a twisting pescado as Levy brings up Raven’s shoot interviews. Back inside, Raven uses a neck snap then grabs a side headlock on the mat. Punk escapes and takes a breather outside as Raven grabs the mic and says that he is going to break out the “plunder” as Punk comes in with a chair then swings and misses as the chair catches Punk in the face after he hit the ropes. Punk then outsmarts Raven by going after Trinity then whacking Raven with a chair as he followed. Raven sends Punk into the guardrail then they brawl some more until Punk rolls Raven into the ring and hits a suplex. Punk grabs a chair and places it into the corner then rams Raven into it as the announcers acknowledge that Divine and Trinity are in a relationship. On the floor, Raven reverses a suplex as both men are down. Punk is up first and hammers away then slams him back in the ring. Punk misses a top rope leg drop as both men are down again. Raven is up first and hits a back suplex but Punk catches him in a sleeper as Raven is busted open after getting sent into the chair again. Raven now catches Punk in a sleeper but that get broken up with a jawbreaker. Raven fights back and hits a clothesline then a bulldog that gets two. Punk shoves Raven to the mat after a superplex attempt but Raven catches him coming of off the top and puts on a modified sharpshooter but Punk reaches the ropes. Raven heads outside and tries to bring a table into the ring but Punk kicks it into his face then tosses Trinity into the guardrail then runs back inside only to fly out and hit Raven with a tope. Trinity climbs up top and hits Punk with a moonsault as Raven now sets up a table but Punk knocks him down with a chair then puts Trinity on the table and puts her through with a leg drop. Back inside, Punk hits Raven with a Shining Wizard for two. He then puts Raven in the Devil Lock submission after hitting him with a DDT. Raven reaches the ropes as then Raven ducks a clothesline as Punk ends up hitting the referee. Punk sets up a chair in the ring but Raven reverses an Irish whip then uses his trademark drop toehold to drive Punk into the chair. Punk hits Raven wit a low blow then hits the Devil Lock as the referee comes back in as Raven taps out (28:52) ***1/2. After the match, Punk mocks Raven and the fans then tries to attack Punk but Raven fights back. Punk manages to slip out of the Raven Effect then after the ref yells at him, Raven takes him out with the move. Raven checks on Trinity after the match.

Thoughts: Good stuff and this instantly established Punk as a singles heel threat. Raven looked good here and 2003 was a great year for Raven as he was rejuvenated and wrestling in some of the best matches of his career. The ending was not the greatest but everything else was really good and Punk was great as a heel, pissing off the fans at every opportunity.




#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
BJ Whitmer vs. EZ Money vs. Samoa Joe vs. Homicide

Whitmer and Money start off the match by trading off a bunch of stuff is an alright sequence. Joe and Homicide are in now as they go at it until Joe flattens him with a uranage. Joe tags Whitmer and he gets two off of a high knee smash. Homicide takes control and destroys Whitmer in the corner. Money tags himself in and hits the Money clip on Whitmer then puts him in the pendulum swing. Money beats on Whitmer in the corner as these two are not working too well together. Joe tags and beats on Whitmer with kicks and chops before putting him a Boston Crab. Homicide breaks up the hold as Joe stares him down. Money tags and he rams Whitmer into the corner. Suplex gets two then Money stretches him out. Homicide tags but Whitmer is able to put him in a Dragon Suplex that gets two. Homicide sends him outside then flies out with a tope con hilo as Money and Joe are in as Joe flies out and hits Whitmer and Homicide then Money flies out with a body press onto everyone. That looked bad. Back in the ring, Homicide and Whitmer trade chops. Whitmer blocks a top rope hurricarana attempt then hits a Blockbuster. Joe levels Whitmer then trades slaps and chops with Homicide. Joe powerbombs Homicide, who tries to hold onto the arm but Joe kills him with knee strikes. Whitmer sends Joe down with a forearm then they work a ridiculous sequence when they trade suplexes. Joe comes back in and powerbombs Whitmer then puts him in the STF until Homicide breaks that up. Joe tags Money, who hits Whitmer with a few double stomps. Whitmer is able to get his knees up on a moonsault attempt then tags Homicide. Money wins a slugfest then tags Joe but Homicide is able to hit him with an Ace Crusher for two. Homicide hits a low blow then has Joe in a STF but it gets broken up as Money is in and hits Homicide with the Cha-Ching but Whitmer makes the save. Money snaps Whitmer’s neck but fails to hit the Money Clip and Whitmer hits him with the Exploder 98. Joe comes in and clotheslines Whitmer then hits Homicide with a knee smash. Money suplexes Joe and tries it again but Joe blocks that and puts on the Coquina Clutch as Money taps out quickly (16:33) **1/2. After the match, Joe and Homicide start butting heads.

Thoughts: This was only good when it was Joe and Homicide going at it in the ring. Money looked bad tonight and had no chemistry with Whitmer. I don’t think Joe winning was a surprise to anyone given who he was in there with.




After the match, there is another pull apart between the fans as the camera shows someone getting tossed outside as Sapolsky is screaming like a girl as Mafia swears at him. They are still trying to play off of the “riot” that happened at the “First Anniversary Show.”

RoH Tag Team Title Match
AJ Styles & Amazing Red w/ Alexis Laree vs. Christopher Daniels & Xavier w/ Alison Danger


The Prophecy attacks Red & Styles right after the bell. AJ alley-oops Red as he boots both Xavier and Daniels outside. Red & Styles fly outside with running flip dives as Red winds up in the front row. Daniels & Xavier head up the ramp for a breather then yell at the crowd. Xavier gets back in the ring with Red and overpowers him but acts too cocky. Xavier laughs off a few kicks until he gets drilled in the head with a spin kick. Red hits a DDT off of a tilt-a-whirl that gets two. AJ tags and Xavier ducks outside to avoid a double-team move. Daniels is now in with AJ after a breather as the announcers try to sell that Xavier might have a concussion. They go back and forth on the mat for a bit then Daniels hits a dropkick and a shoulderblock. AJ comes back with a few armdrags then a spinkick. He tags Red and he hits the 718 then gets two after AJ hit a senton. Red gets two with a rana then tags AJ as he hits a back suplex that gets two. Xavier is in as AJ kicks him in the head then clotheslines him in the corner. Xavier fights back and hits a Cobra Clutch suplex then tags Daniels as they isolate AJ, targeting his neck. They hit him with some nasty double team moves but AJ comes back with a double dropkick as all three men are down. AJ makes the tag to Red, who hits a double missile dropkick then runs wild. Xavier blocks a monkey flip attempt by Red as he leaped on the apron and stunned Red off of the top rope. Red avoids a double-team move as Daniels knocks down Red then tags out. AJ hits an inverted DDT on Daniels that gets two. Neckbreaker gets two. Danger grabs the leg of AJ and he drags her in the ring and holds her up so Laree can spear her as they roll around on the mat. Xavier attacks AJ from behind and hits the Kiss Your X Goodbye but Red braks up the pin then hits the Code Red as Daniels breaks up that move. AJ tries to escape a Blue Thunder Driver attempt but Xavier runs in and hits a neckbreaker for two. They have multiple pin attempts that follows then AJ calls him a wobbly Xavier and they trade kicks. AJ hammers away with forearm smashes then catches him with a spinning heel kick for two. Brainbuster gets two. Daniels hits AJ with a STO then Red comes in and Daniels hits him with the Best Moonsault Ever until AJ breaks that up. Daniels puts AJ in the Koji Clutch then hits the Angel’s Wings but Red breaks up the pin. Red gets two with a small package but gets caught with a clothesline. Daniels sets Red up for a superplex but AJ goes underneath and takes Daniels off and hits the Styles Clash and covers for the win just before Xavier could make the save. My god that finished looked horrible as it seemed clear that Xavier made the save and it looked like Red was going to hit him with a top rope move too. The fans were all confused until the bell rang (21:10) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Another poor finish. The end of this match really picked up as the first half was fairly average. They got the belts off of the Prophecy, which was a good thing seeing how Morgan was always in Japan and they rarely got defended. The storyline with Xavier getting a concussion would not be forgotten about the next show.




Homicide is backstage as he tells Steve Corino that there feud is not over then alerts the rest of his stable that if they interfere, he will have his “Doghouse Crew” with him where ever he goes. Two guys, one of them the future Julius Smokes, comes in and cuts a promo as the other guys wonders why Low Ki is not down with them. The girl with them who does not talk and is barely on camera would go on to become Becky Bayless. Smokes was like the gangsta version of King Curtis on the mic.

The camera guy asks Quiet Storm where Christopher Daniels is as he has no clue and does not care as well. He sees Daniels in the back, who refuses to cut a promo, despite the camera guy saying he needs it to finish the tape. Daniels yells about constantly being screwed over by RoH the slams the door in his face.

CM Punk cuts a promo about how wrestling is his life and not some hobby. He then says that his hobby is crushing the human spirit and says that he picked Ace Steel as his tag team partner for next week and tells Raven by picking Colt Cabana, he has chosen a tag partner who he cannot trust. He finishes by telling Raven he will bury him in Philly then mocks his taunt.

Final Thoughts: Decent show. There was not a must-see match here but this was notable for Punk’s heel turn as he was the highlight of the show. They are starting to tell better stories in the ring too, which is good. The roster was stabilizing a bit as they still had guys coming and going constantly and leaving for tours overseas but they were establishing the core and solidifying the Tag Team division, which had been horrible. RoH is starting to shape up but they are not quite there yet.



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.

Ring of Honor: Revenge on the Prophecy January 11th, 2003

January 11, 2003

From West Mifflin, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

Backstage, Steve Corino is with Simply Luscious. He declares that he is no longer the “King of Old School” as he is done with nicknames. He then tells us that the next member of the stable is someone he spent time with in bars in Japan and toured all over the world with and that person is…………………….Samoa Joe. He comes out and tells the Prophecy that he and Corino will be paying them a visit.

We are then shown a clip from RoH Impact TV as Corino, Joe, and Luscious interrupt the Prophecy’s meeting. Daniels tells him that he has replaced Luscious with Corino’s sister, Alison Danger, who warns her brother to stay out her business then Corino claims that his stable will take all the titles then almost comes to blows with Daniels.

The Special K come out acting like they are all fucked up as Deranged cuts a rambling promo about how the Special K is all about drugs and partying. Da Hit Squad and the SAT’s interrupt and beat the shit out of them. Mafia then grabs the mic and pumps up the crowd about how they will be seeing great in-ring action tonight.

Paul London is backstage who talks about how the guys in the locker room always bust their asses then talks about his four-way match tonight and how he needs the win to crack the “Top 5” ranking system. London says that there is a special vibe in the air tonight and also acknowledges the “please don’t die” chants, saying how they pump him up.

Matt Stryker vs. Chad Collyer

They start by going back and forth on the mat and end in a standoff, capping off a solid sequence. That is followed by another sequence that ends in a stalemate. Both guys fight over a key lock and that ends in a stalemate. Stryker works the arm as someone finally takes control in this match. Collyer catches Stryker with a hiptoss but misses an elbow drop and Stryker goes for a cross armbreaker but Collyer reaches the ropes. Collyer works over the leg after hitting a shinbreaker as he tries to soften up Stryker for his finisher, the Texas Cloverleaf. Stryker fights back with chops then a backdrop. Stryker continues to sell the leg. Collyer holds the ropes on a dropkick attempt then locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. Stryker is able to climb to the ropes. Stryker counters a shinbreaker with a sunset flip then takes down Collyer with a leg lariat. He hits a few clotheslines then gets two with a powerslam. Stryker hits a neckbreaker but misses a quebrada attempt and Collyer gets a nearfall with a rollup. Stryker comes back with a rollup of his own then puts Collyer in an ankle lock. Collyer reverses that into a cradle and Stryker comes back with a cradle of his own but Collyer catches him with a powerbomb then locks on the Texas Cloverleaf in the middle of the ring as Stryker taps (10:47) **3/4.

Thoughts: Solid match. This would have been rated higher but Stryker’s non-selling of his leg later in the match hurt things. These two were also the definition of “Vanilla Midgets.”


CM Punk is backstage wearing a “D.A.R.E” t-shirt. He talks about losing to Michael Shane in the #1 Contender’s Trophy and that he can handle losing but feels a rage since that happened because Shane cheated to win. Punk then says that he will get redemption by beating Shane tonight and if he doesn’t he will not be able to live with himself.

CM Punk vs. Michael Shane

They go back and forth and barely avoid disaster as they came dangerously close to smashing their heads together at one point. They take it to the mat where Punk has a side headlock. Punk fucks up a bridge spot and does it again then they trade rollups. Shane takes a breather outside then starts trying to get the crowd behind him until Punk does the same. Shane grounds Punk after a test of strength but they still maintain the hold as they perform all sorts of moves and counters. Punk knees Shane in the back repeatedly and finishes with a dropkick that gets two. Shane tosses Punk over the top rope then beats him up on the floor then blows a kiss towards two girls who look barely legal. In the ring, Punk comes back with a jawbreaker but Shane counters a crossbody attempt by sticking out his knee. Shane beats up Punk again on the floor before rolling him back inside. Shane gets a nearfall then puts on a front facelock. Punk comes back with a backbreaker but runs into a clothesline then Shane puts him in a chinlock. A sloppy reversal sequence ends with a double clothesline as both men are down. Punk is up first and hits a backdrop then the Shining Wizard that gets two. Spinebuster gets two. Shane knocks Punk off of the top rope then tries for a swinging DDT but Punk turns that into a powerslam then gets two with a split-legged moonsault that was not even close but covers and gets two. Punk tries a sunset flip from the apron but Shane blocks it and grabs the ropes. However, the referee sees it this time and stops his count. Shane drills Punk with a super kick and that gets two. Shane is pissed and tries for a piledriver but Punk blocks it then uses a double wristlock rollup for the win (13:50) **1/4. After the match, these two go face-to-face and almost come to blows after the handshake.

Thoughts: Disappointing match. Punk was really sloppy and Shane didn’t seem to give a fuck. This was Shane’s last match of importance with the company. Multiple guys have said in shoot interviews that he was difficult to deal with and I have to believe that was the reason his pushed stopped as he was teased as a member of Corino’s stable for a while but that was dropped.

Four Corners Match
BJ Whitmer vs. Colt Cabana vs. Paul London vs. Homicide

This is the RoH debut of Whitmer. Two men are in the ring at the same time in this match as London and Whitmer start off by working the arm. Whitmer catches London with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker then works the arm for a bit. London then catches him with an overhead throw as both guys tag out. Homicide puts Cabana in an armbar and works that for a bit. Homicide ends a reversal sequence with a drop toehold then he chops Cabana in the corner. Homicide hits him with a running knee smash and gets two off of that. Whitmer tags in and catches Homicide with a leg lariat for two. He then leg drops the arm and puts on a cross armbreaker that London breaks up. Cabana tags back in and briefly roughs up Homicide before he gets it with a superplex. He gets two with a dropkick but the ref broke it up as London made a blind tag. London gets two with a spinning heel kick but Cabana fights back and takes him down with a clothesline. Whitmer tags himself in and beats on London. Snap suplex gets two then he puts London in a chinlock. Cabana tags and hits a slam and a knee drop that gets two. London lands on the apron after a backdrop and comes back with a crossbody that gets two but Cabana flattens him with a clothesline then tags Whitmer as those two seem to be working together to beat on London. After a few minutes, London comes back with a dropkick for a nearfall then Cabana teases tagging in Homicide before going to tag Whitmer as London takes some more punishment. London then uses a few somersaults to tag Homicide, who takes it both Cabana and Whitmer. The match breaks down as everyone breaks up pinfalls. Homicide flies out and hits Whitmer with a tope then London catches a charging Cabana with a dropkick then Cabana flips London over the top ropes and onto both guys in a contrived but cool looking spot. Cabana caps it off with a springboard somersault senton as everyone is down and the crowd going nuts. Homicide rolls Whitmer inside and hits the Super Ace Crusher but London runs in for the cover and that leads to Homicide and London going back and forth until Homicide hits the Cop Killer that looked like it killed London but Cabana makes the save. Cabana avoids a Cop Killer attempt then hits the Colt 45 but Whitmer breaks up that pin attempt. Whitmer and Cabana trade shots until Whitmer hits Cabana with three consecutive Dragon Suplexes but on the third attempt, London flies off of the top with a Shooting Star Press onto Whitmer and gets the win (19:29) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Good stuff. The finish was awesome and Whitmer impressed in his RoH debut. Cabana ad Homicide did fine but the other two stood out a lot more than they did here.


Samoa Joe vs. Bryan Danielson

Joe overpowers Danielson to start. Danielson keeps fighting back and bounces off of Joe a few times before taking him down with a dropkick to the legs. Danielson chops Joe down then uses a Dragon Screw as he attacks the leg. Joe uses crossfaces but Danielson still maintains the leg lock. They are now trading shots as Joe wins that battle. Danielson comes back and puts him in an Indian Death Lock then uses a butterfly lock but Joe makes it to the ropes. Danielson chops Joe in the corner then hooks the leg on the rope but eats boot on a charge then gets turned inside out with a clothesline. Joe covers for two then kicks Danielson in the face a few times before hitting him with a running face wash. Joe bends Danielson in half with a single leg crab then tries to suplexes him on the floor as Danielson lands on the floor and was lucky that he did not break his tailbone. He sits Danielson in a chair then takes him down with a running boot that also knocked down the guardrail. Back inside, Joe gets two with a powerbomb then locks on a STF while yelling to Danielson that he owns him. Joe chops down Danielson as he keeps coming back. Joe misses a charge in the corner then takes Joe down with a running forearm. Danielson uses a suplex then climbs up top and hits the diving headbutt that gets two. They trade more strikes until Joe kills him with a knee smash to the head then finishes him off with the Island Driver (13:21) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Another really good match. The story here was that Danielson refuses to stay down, even when facing a monster like Joe. These two worked stiff and Danielson got over good with the crowd.


SAT’s & Ghost Shadow vs. Divine Storm & Konnan w/ Trinity

The fans hate Konnan. Ghost Shadow was trained by Homicide and wrestled in one other match for RoH before leaving. Shadown ad Storm start off the match trading moves as we are informed that the Amazing Red is not here because he is touring All Japan. Divine works on the arm of Ghost Shadow and they work a sequence that ends in a standoff that was not particularly exciting. Joel and Storm trade moves now. Konnan finally tags in and he and Jose actually work a decent fast-paced sequence. Ghost Shadow and Divine are back in a work a terrible sequence filled with botches. Divine was a horrible wrestler. Storm and Joel go at it then engage in a slap fest that ends with a and shake. Konnan is back in and hits Jose with a rolling clothesline then everyone gets in the ring and work a lucha reversal sequence that ends with a dance. Seriously! They trade missile dropkicks then Jose takes out everyone with a quebrada then Shadow hits a somersault senton as someone is yelling “back up” to the other wrestlers. Trinity caps off that with a moonsault then the action goes back in the ring. Konnan & Storm use a rolling leg lock submission on Shadow but the SAT’s break that up. Shadow hits Storm with a Muscle Buster as both guys are down. The match breaks down again as the SAT’s run wild. Storm beats on Joel, who cuts him off on the top rope then hits a super brainbuster that only gets two. Konnan tags and his Joel with a cradle DDT that Shadow breaks up then hits Konnan with a swinging DDT. They all hit a series of big moves then Konnan makes Shadow tap to the Tequila Sunrise (16:39) **.

Thoughts: The match was okay but would have benefited if it was several minutes shorter. Konnan did not work a lot in the match but did okay when in the ring. His stamina was awful at this point in his career so that was for the best. This was a lucha-style match for the RoH crowd.




Weapons Match
Carnage Crew vs. Da Hit Squad


They brawl in the aisle then make their way ringside. Mafia attempts a dive but the Carnage Crew block that with a guardrail in a spot you could see coming a mile away. Devito sends Mafia into the guardrail in the corner with a Northern Lights Suplex as he is busted open. Devito beats on Da Hit Squad with a steel pan then after knocking down the referee, walks into a hubcap shot from Mafia, who then beats on the Carnage Crew with a pair of cowboy boots. Mack hits Devito with a frog splash as Mafia is yelling all sorts of obscenities at Loc while choking him out. Da Hit Squad bring a ladder into the ring and use that as a weapon. Mack then climbs a ladder and tries a splash but it breaks as he jumps and it falls way short. Oh boy. The Carnage Crew beat on Da Hit Squad with the ladder and hubcaps. Loc cuts open Mafia’s head with a cowbell but Da Hit Squad fights back. They put the ladder over the heads of the Carnage Crew and whack them with chairs but that does not get the pin. The Carnage Crew come back with chair shots then set up Mack on the table but Mafia cuts off Devito on the top rope and place him on the table then Mafia powerbombs Loc onto Devito and through the table for the win (11:38) **1/2.

Thoughts: Decent garbage-brawl, which was the only times these teams could be entertaining.




We see a clip from Impact TV with Special K all passed out in the locker room after their New Years Eve party. This was the first time their bodyguard was identified on camera as he was called “Slugger” here.

Dunn & Marcos & Outkast Killaz vs. Deranged & Angel Dust & Hydro & Yeyo w/ Lit & Slugger


The Outkast Killaz were Oman Tortuga & Diablo Santiago, who along with Dunn & Marcos, put together the ring before the shows. Special K jump their opponents from behind then take them all out with dives. For those of you who do not know, Hydro is Jay Lethal. Dunn and Angel Dust are in the ring and work an okay sequence until Hydro breaks it up with a dropkick. Santiago comes in and powerbombs Hydro as everyone else is brawling on the floor. Dunn and Deranged work a nice sequence that gets the crowd into the match. Tortuga comes in and counters a fireman’s carry with an inverted swinging DDT but Slugger comes in and hits Tortuga then everyone else not in Special K with a chokeslam. Special K comes in and hits a few big moves until Slugger comes in and hits Marcos with the Bodybag then lifts Deranged on his shoulders as they all cover Marcos for the win (7:06) *3/4.

Thoughts: A few decent moves here and there but that was all. The focus of Special K was on Deranged in the match and that made sense as he was easily the best worker out of the others in the match.




AJ Styles and Low Ki are backstage. Ki tells us that they are both in RoH as they can compete as athletes and that tonight, they are here to end the war against the Prophecy.

No Holds Barred
Christopher Daniels & Xavier w/ Allison Danger vs. AJ Styles Low Ki


The Prophecy attack their opponents from behind to start. Xavier gets kicked by AJ then Ki beats the crap out of Xavier outside and inside of the ring. AJ & Ki use quick tags to isolate Xavier. AJ flattens Xavier with a powerbomb then uses a cradle to get a few nearfalls. Xavier comes back with a gutbuster then tags Daniels but AJ is able to tag Ki, who goes right after Daniels. They trade chops in the corner and Ki wins that battle. Double Underhook Suplex with a bridge gets two. Xavier tags and Ki hits him with the Krush combo before tagging AJ, who kicks Xavier a few times as well. Daniels breaks up a pin attempt after a brainbuster then Xavier boots a charging AJ and hits him with a DDT. Daniels tags and busts open AJ’s nose with a leg lariat that gets two. AJ hits a neckbreaker after a reversal sequence then tags Ki, who gets two with an elbow drop. Ki slams Daniels on the floor then rolls him back inside for two. Ki applies a Boston Crab but Daniels is able to reach the ropes. The match breaks down and Ki tosses Xavier to the floor as AJ hits Daniels with a discus clothesline for a nearfall. AJ hits three straight backbreakers before putting on the Muta Lock as AJ refuses to break as Daniels has the ropes but since this is a “No  Holds Barred” match it is allowed. Ki tosses Xavier then he and AJ double-team Daniels for a bit. AJ hits Daniels with a powerslam for two. Ki tags and puts Daniels in a Camel Clutch and doesnt break as Xavier is kicking him in the back. AJ takes care of Xavier as Ki gets a few nearfalls on Daniels. Ki tries a reverse rollup but Daniels sends him throat-first into the middle ropes. The Prophecy now isolate Ki for a while, working on his neck. I must admit that Xavier looks pretty good here. Danger chokes out Ki while Daniels distracts the referee. Daniels gets two off of a fisherman’s suplex then locks on a headlock. Danger hooks the leg of Ki and that allows Daniels to get two off of a Blue Thunder Driver. Xavier tags and softens up Ki’s neck before applying the Camel’s Clutch. Daniels calls for the Angel Wings but Ki turns that into a sleeper. Daniels drops Ki who makes the tag to AJ, who runs wild for a bit. Xavier attacks AJ from behind then works the leg until Ki breaks that up with a double stomp from the top rope. Daniels stretches out AJ in the ropes until Ki kicks him in the back of the head. Xavier tags in and AJ greets him with an enziguiri then tags Ki, who runs wild. Ki hits Xavier with a rolling Koppu Kick but gets caught with a slam afterwards. In a cool spot, AJ handsprings into the ropes, that knocks off Xavier from the top, and comes back to hit Daniels with a back elbow smash. Ki stretches out Xavier on top but Daniels slaps Ki and takes him down with a superplex. AJ climbs up but Xavier reverses a superplex as all four men are down on the mat. They get up and reverse each other’s finishers as the match has broken down. Ki flies out and hits Daniels with a tope after being whipped by Xavier. AJ tries a dive but Xavier breaks that up with a back elbow smash. Xavier tries a dive but Ki stops that with a Koppu kick then AJ hits him with a German Suplex and a wheelbarrow facecrusher but Daniels breaks up the pin. Ki breaks up a pin after a Cobra Clutch Suplex as the match breaks down again. Danger breaks up a pin after a Tidal Crush but Ki comes back and knocks Daniels & Xavier outside as AJ flies out with a twisting pescado. Ki grabs a chair and a concrete slab that Xavier used to win the title from him and puts it on Xavier’s chest and whacks it with a chair. In the ring, AJ kicks out of the Angel’s Wings as Daniels is in disbelief. He sets up a table on the floor as Xavier is still down. He calls for the Angel’s Wings again but AJ blocks that and takes him through the table with a Styles Clash. In the ring, Xavier comes in but Ki puts him in the Dragon Clutch while in the ropes as Xavier taps out (28:40) ***3/4. After the match, Daniels gets carried to the back.

Thoughts: Really good match. Ki and Styles finally got their revenge on the Prophecy (heh). All four guys looked good here too.




Daniels is backstage with Danger. He is all beaten up but happy that he still has the belts. He tells AJ and Ki that they got lucky tonight then yells at Corino about how he has his sister.

Final Thoughts: I thought this was a solid show from top to bottom. Also, the order in which these matches were reviewed are not the actual order from the card but rather the order from the copy I watched. They are setting up storylines for 2003 and have an awesome three-way match planned for the 1st Anniversary show, which is Ki vs. London vs. Styles. The company is also starting to shape up the roster as they are establishing the top guys from the rest of the card, which was tough here with guys leaving constantly or touring Japan. A good way to kick off 2003.

Ring of Honor Final Battle December 28th, 2002

December 28, 2002

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

We are shown a clip of CM Punk and Colt Cabana driving to the show with Ace Steel filming in the back. Cabana talks about all of the moves he is going to perform and about the different stewardesses on the planes then Punk gets out and tosses the keys at Cabana and yells at him for trying to double-cross him then tells Cabana that when he wins he will be flying while Cabana drives home. God, Punk was an awful character here. At least Cabana had some arrogant heel charisma but Punk was the pandering indy stereotype and by watching this, there was no way you would peg him as a future star.

Backstage, Gary Michael Cappetta is with Steve Corino. He talks up how he is going to build a stable of wrestlers as Corino takes offense to being called the “King of Old School” as the company that gave him the name put him $32,000 in debt then whines and cries about fans talking shit about him on the internet and not helping him out when he was struggling. He puts over the fact that he wrestles for the Zero One promotion then gets interrupted by his sister, Allison Danger, then goes off on her for cutting into his time and leaves.

We see clips from the RoH TV show with Homicide defeating Jay Lethal.

CM Punk vs. Colt Cabana

The stipulation for this match is that the winner gets to be flown in by RoH while the loser will have to drive in from Chicago if they want to make the show. They go back and forth to start. Punk hits a slingshot senton then tries a ropewalk move but Cabana kicks him down. Cabana comes back with a clothesline then chops him against the ropes. Cabana mocks Punk by “flying” on his back then uses a surfboard to stretch him out. Cabana stays in control until Punk gets a sunset bomb for two. Cabana blocks a shining wizard attempt then hits a powerbomb for a nearfall. They trade blows before working a terrible spot in which Cabana comes off the top and Punk apparently snaps his neck off of the ropes. Punk flies out with a tope then gets cut off as Cabana takes him off with a reverse superplex for two. They go back up top and Punk takes Cabana off with an overheard suplex as both men are down. Punk catches Cabana with an airplane spin then gets two with a split-legged moonsault. Punk hits a knee smash in the corner but Cabana escapes from a Pepsi Plunge attempt and that leads to a sloppy sequence that ends with Punk hitting the shining wizard for two. Punk uses boot scrapes then they fight back on the top rope and that ends with Punk hitting the Pepsi Plunge for the win (9:24) **1/4.

Thoughts: Average match. Despite the stipulations, there was no drama in this match at all . It had a few nice moves and not a whole lot else. Neither of these guys seem like much at this point to be honest.


Homicide runs into the Backseat Boyz, who tells Homicide that they had nothing to do with Corino turning on him in their match as they hash it out and Homicide tells them to take care of Special K.

Cappetta welcomes Christopher Daniels to the ring, accompanied by Simply Luscious. Daniels says that he came to address the injustice that occurred at the last show when Alexis Laree attacked Luscious from behind then calls her out for having no honor. He then orders Laree to come out so they can settle it once and for all. Laree comes out and accepts the challenge to face Lucious on March 22nd, when RoH returns to the Murphy Rec Center. Laree wants a match now then Luscious attacks her from behind.

Simply Luscious vs. Alexis Laree

Laree ducks a punch and comes back with a spear. She slams Luscious off of the mat but Daniels takes her and hits the Last Rites and Luscious covers for the win (0:51) NR.

Thoughts: Filler to set up the following segment.


After the match, Corino interrupts and tells Daniels that it is not personal, just business, then more or less cuts the same promo he did earlier in the show. He furthers his point of yelling at the fans for not being there for him when ECW went bankrupt and he was poor before telling Daniels that he is putting the Prophecy on notice and says his group will take all of the RoH titles. Corino then tells Luscious that their relationship is over because he cannot have her tell Daniels his secrets. Corino now eggs on Daniels to throw the first punch and they tease coming to blows but Daniels leaves as he has to defend the Tag Team Titles tonight. Corino finishes by dissing the fans and they respond with a funny “You’re a Jobber” chant and that switches to an “Asshole” chant after he makes fun of them. Corino then calls out Homicide, referring to him as a “disrespectful young boy” and Homicide comes out as they brawl in the ring, with Homicide getting the best of him. Corino bails after Homicide pulled out a fork. Long segment too. It wasn’t bad or anything and the fans hated Corino, which provided a funny moment when a fan was flipping out on him as he headed up the aisle and Corino responded by yelling “get your teeth fixed, Leroy,” but by the end of the show you felt burned out. Looks like they are setting up a feud between the Prophecy and Corino’s soon-to-be assembled stable.

Another clip of RoH High Impact TV with Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan destroying Dunn & Marcos.

Da Hit Squad are backstage and yell about how they are the “two stiffest bastards in the game” as they call out Special K and the Backseat Boyz. Maff showed a lot of intensity here and it was good.

Scramble Match
Deranged & Angel Dust w/ Special K vs. Backseat Boyz vs. Da Hit Squad

Levy tries to sell the fact that the Da Hit Squad and Backseat Boyz are facing off as a dream match. Well, it’s not. Deranged tries to get an “LSD” chant started but that fails. Acid slaps Deranged after getting flipped off then shoves him in the corner. They then work a martial arts sequence that ends with Acid nailing Deranged in the face with a dropkick. Not bad at all, actually. Kashmere and Angel Dust trade armdrags and do a bunch of reversals that ends with Kashmere spearing him in midair. Mafia tags in and grabs Angel Dust and hits him with a Dragon Suplex. He puts Angel Dust in a tree-of-woe then suplexes Deranged right into him. The Backseat Boyz run in but Da Hit Squad does a few double team moves then powerbomb Kashmere right on top of his partner. That looked painful. Deranged and Angel Dust dropkick Da Hit Squad into each other then dive outside as everyone is down. Hydro (Jay Lethal) runs in but Mack powerbombs him outside onto the rest of Special K. The Backseat Boys use a running flip dive onto everyone. Mafia then takes everyone out with a tope as this is getting a bit silly. Back inside, the Backseat Boyz hit Deranged with a powerbomb/cutter combo then hit Angel Dust with the Dream Sequence. Deranged & Angel Dust beat on the Backseat Boyz for a bit then Mack tosses Deranged at his partner and Mafia hits them both with a German Suplex that looked like it almost killed Angel Dust. Mack goes up top and hits Angel Dust with a frog splash as Mafia had him in a figure four. Everyone then hits a bunch of crazy moves and that ends with Mafia attempting to hit Deranged with the Burning Hammer but Izzy, Yeyo, and Hydro run in and break it up then Angel Dust and Deranged roll him up for the win (10:22) **1/4.

Thoughts: Much like the opener, some cool moves but not much else and the end was too slow with the constant set-ups for the big dives coming off as ridiculous. The feud between Da Hit Squad and Special K continues.


More RoH TV Taping Highlights, this time with Jay Briscoe defeating Ace Steel

Best of Three Falls
RoH Tag Team Title Match
SAT’s vs. Christopher Daniels & Donovan Morgan (Champions)


First Fall

Morgan starts off the match by taking down Jose. He then slaps him across the face after a break then wins a test of strength. Morgan grabs a side headlock then Jose hits him with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and a few armdrags as Morgan ducks outside. After some stalling, Daniels tags in and works a fast-paced sequence with Joel that ends in a stalemate. Joel chops down Daniels then catches him with an armdrag. The SAT’s use quick tags as they work over Daniels and get a few nearfalls as they work at a slower pace than usual and it is for the best in this match. Now they work over Morgan for a bit until Joel gets caught with a knee. Daniels tags but gets immediately backdropped as the SAT’s are hitting the Prophecy with all sorts of cool double-team moves. Morgan tosses out Joel then Daniels crotches Jose against the post and holds him so Morgan can hit him with a baseball slide. Morgan stretches out Jose then tags Daniels who nails him with a dropkick then tosses him outside where Morgan roughs him up. Back inside, Daniels hits a delayed vertical suplex then follows with an Arabian Press for two. The Prophecy continues to dominate Jose as the fans attempt to rally behind him as they use a lot of illegal double-team moves behind the referee’s back. Jose comes back with a tornado DDT as both men are down and he makes the tag to Joel, who goes wild on the Prophecy. He hits Daniels with a flying body press but gets dumped outside by Morgan then hit Jose with the Revelations (powerbomb/neckbreaker combo) to win the fall, despite Jose not being the legal man (14:00).

Second Fall

We have a new referee for this fall as the announcers tell us the previous ref split his pants. Morgan stretches out Joel then tags Daniels, who gets a nearfall with a suplex. The Prophecy continue to use illegal double-team moves then Daniels puts Joel in a cross armbreaker. They then no sell a double clothesline spot and slap each other until they both go down after a second double clothesline. Morgan runs in and knocks Jose off of the apron then grounds Joel. Daniels pokes Joel in the eye then covers for two. Joel fights off a double-team move then makes the tag to Jose. He hits a double dropkick and the SAT’s almost put him away with a DDT off of the shoulders. Daniels breaks up the fall and heads up top but the SAT’s cut him off then hit the Spanish Fly to win the fall (20:43).

Third Fall

Jose covers Daniels but Morgan breaks that up. The SAT’s clear house and almost put away Daniels with a DDT but Morgan breaks that up and hits Joel with the Golden Gate Swing and a Fisherman’s Buster but Jose breaks up the pin with a frog splash. Daniels tags and hits Jose with the Angel’s wings but Joel makes the save. Daniels hits Joel with a jawbreaker and a slam but misses the BME and gets hit with the Maximo Explosion. Joel puts Morgan on his shoulders as they try another DDT but Morgan catches Jose in midair with a spinebuster for two. Cool reversal spot. The match breaks down as Daniels hits Joel with the STO for two then puts him away with the Last Rites (24:47) **3/4.

Thoughts: Solid match but it was missing something and it appeared that the SAT’s were gassed near the end. The SAT’s started off fine wrestling at a slower-pace at the beginning but did not appear to have enough left in the tank at the end or the ability to connect with the crowd. This match did somewhat expose them as guys who could only do highspots too.

RoH TV highlights of Samoa Joe destroying the Outkast Killaz

Carnage Crew vs. The New Christopher St. Connection w/ Allison Danger

Buff E has been replaced by Guapo. The CSC piss off the Carnage Crew during the Code of Honor by licking and hugging them. The Carnage Crew suplex them around for a bit. This match is clipped as we jump to the CSC kissing the Carnage Crew, who then get disqualified for beating the shit out of them with hubcaps. Maybe two minutes shown of this and just another attempt to put over the Carnage Crew as a team who only cares about inflicting pain.

Homicide is backstage and cuts a promo about how he is on probation and wants a better life for his kid as wrestling is all he has.  He then says he will show why he is the “King of Strong Style.” Good, passionate promo from Homicide.

Jody Fleisch vs. Amazing Red

These two go back and forth on the mat to start. Now they work a lucha sequence and that ends in a stalemate as the fans give them a standing applause. Fleisch chops Red but misses a corner splash and eats a kick in the face. Fleisch ducks outside and Red hits him with a flip dive. Back inside, Fleisch ducks a 718 attempt and hits him with an enziguiri. Red ducks out and Fleisch hits him with a springboard shooting star press. Back inside they fight up top and end up taking each other down with a one man Spanish Fly in a terribly contrived spot. Plus, Fleisch sat there forever on the top rope. Special K come down to ringside as Fleisch and Red trade punches. Red gets a nearfall with a facebuster of sorts but Fleisch comes back with a quebrada then heads up top but Red takes him off with a spinkick. Red goes up top for the Infrared but Special K pull Fleisch away. Fleisch then goes up top and hits the 720 DDT for the win (6:14) *1/4. After the match, Special K celebrates with Fleisch, who pulls them away from beating on Red, but only so he can dance. They beat on Red then call for the DJ to hit their music but The SAT’s, Divine Storm, JT Smith, and Da Hit Squad run in for the save. The Big Black Guy in the suit comes out and acts like he is helping Smith again but turns on him with a powerbomb and helps Special K. Fleisch then proclaims Special K as the future of RoH.

Thoughts: Short and unimpressive match. Fleisch was just not very good at all to be honest. If he performed three highspots, one of them would look good. They put over Special K here and apparently Fleisch is a new member. They certainly are making an attempt tonight to put over the stables.


RoH Championship Match
Xavier (Champion) vs. Paul London

Before the match, Xavier cuts a promo on the crowd about how they can call him whatever they want but he is the champion. Xavier jumps London as soon as he enters the ring. He then roughs him up in the corner as Levy talks about how everyone from the internet to the “sheet writers” hate Xavier and do not want to see him as champion. London fights back and hits a standing shooting star press. London hits a few armdrags then a hurricarana. Xavier ducks outside but is able to avoid a diving attack attempt then yells at the crowd. London knocks Xavier off of the apron a few times then avoids a monkey flip attempt and works a side headlock for a bit. Xavier runs into a forearm smash then gets nailed with a spinning heel kick. Xavier manages to block a headscissor attempt and drops London on his face then hits London with several knee smashes in the corner. Now they trade chops until Xavier uses a thumb to the eye. Xavier hits a double underhook suplex then targets the neck. London manages a rollup but Xavier goes right back on offense. He puts London in a bow-and-arrow lock then catches him with a knee to the gut. Gutwrench suplex gets two. London fights back with knee strikes but Xavier tosses him into the corner. London slips out of a powerbomb attempt but Xavier comes back with a German Suplex that gets two. Xavier then hits London with a necksnap then signals for the 450 splash but London cuts him off and tries a superplex onto the floor as the crowd starts a “please don’t die” chant. London gets dumped to the floor but is able to crotch Xavier. Londn hits an inverted atomic drop and follows with a dropkick that gets two. The crowd is booing every move that Xavier does and cheers everything London does. London powerbombs Xavier then tries the shooting star press but Xavier rolls outside. London then flies off of the top with a shooting star press, nearly killing himself in the process. Back inside, Xavier cuts off London but gets shoved off of the top. London tries the SSP but Xavier rolls out of the way and rolls him up for two. London comes back with a neckbreaker for two. Xavier dodges a charge and goes for the X-Breaker but London hits a DDT for a nearfall as Xavier’s foot was on the ropes. The ref counted to three but saw Xavier’s foot on the ropes as the fans chanted “bullshit.” Xavier hits a pair of Cobra Clutch Suplexes then puts him away with the X-Breaker (17:05) ***1/2. All of the fans flip off Xavier as he heads up the aisle.

Thoughts: Good match. I give a lot of props to Xavier here as this was by far his best performance in RoH. He also looked a lot more comfortable in his role as the heel and did a fine job at that. London remains one of the top babyfaces in the promotion.




Backstage, Cappetta attempts to conduct an interview with Special K but they refuse to stop partying and dancing. Special K then messes around with Cappetta and he walks off. The huge black guy in the suit then prevents Da Hit Squad from entering the locker room and asks if they have a VIP pass. He shoves Mafia then tells introduces himself as “Slugger,” the security for Special K. Mafia and Slugger almost come to blows as Mack steps between them and walks off with Mafia.

Corino is sitting in the ring, wearing his ring gear. He was wearing a suit all night long. The crowd starts a “who booked this shit” chant. Corino says that you cannot book a main event in RoH without him then antagonizes the crowd some more until Homicide comes out. Corino jumps him with a fork as soon as he enters the ring then hits him with a few piledrivers as the rest of the contestants come out. Joe watches from ringside and then Low Ki comes out and checks on Homicide as the American Danielson and Joe are in each others faces while standing on the top rope. Rob Feinstein comes out and orders them to get Homicide out of the ring then names Corino as his replacement. Corino smirks after hearing that and looks quite confident.

#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
Steve Corino vs. Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson

Ki and Danielson start off the match by battling over a test of strength. They then take it to the mat as they go back and forth until Danielson tosses him. Ki starts kicking the leg of Danielson until he gets taken down then put in a giant swing. Joe tags himself in then elbows Danielson in the corner. Joe puts on a chinlock before switching to a front facelock. Danielson fights back and they spill outside, with Danielson sliding back inside and tagging Corino. Joe and Corino show each other respect then trade strikes. Joe takes him down with an enziguiri then hits him with more strikes. The crowd is really into Joe tonight, cheering everything he does. Joe flips of Ki as after they had some words then Joe goes back to beating on Corino. Suplex gets two then Corino ducks outside for a breather. Corino then calls someone in the crowd a “fag” after they harassed him then he takes down Joe but gets kicked to the floor. Ki tags himself in as Corino takes his time getting into the ring. Ki was pissed that Corino attacked Homicide. They go back to the mat as Corino works a side headlock. Ki kicks him in the face then drops an elbow for two. Danielson tags in as he viciously works over the neck of Ki. He catches him with a running knee strike then hits a slam. He drops a few elbows and covers but Corino breaks that up. Danielson tags Joe as he headbutts Ki down. Corino tags himself in and kicks Ki out to the floor. Corino roughs him up then chokes him out with his foot. Corino catches Ki with a leg lariat then works a cross armbreaker on the mat as the crowd rallies behind Ki, who comes back with a low dropkick then repeated kicks to Corino. Ki works a figure-four neck lock until Joe breaks it up. Corino then puts on a STF while he nails Ki with crossfaces. Joe tags and clotheslines Ki in the corner. Danielson makes the blind tag but gets kicked in the face by Ki, who was tossed by Joe. Corino tags and goes for the cover but that only gets two. Joe hits Danielson with an overhead suplex for two then applies a chinlock. Joe chops Danielson down then tags Ki, who hits a back suplex for two. Ki chops Danielson in the corner but comes back with a running forearm strike then a fallaway slam with a bridge that gets broken up by Corino. Danielson takes Ki down with an European Uppercut then tags Corino, who covers immediately for two then works over the arm and neck. Ki bridges out and chops away. He drills him with a boot to the face that gets two. Ki attempts the Dragon Clutch but Corino turns it around then hits a DDT. Corino hooks on an abdominal stretch then hammers away on the chest of Ki, who escapes and hits a kick. Danielson tags and attacks Corino briefly until he gets chopped. Joe tags and Danielson puts him in the Cattle Mutilation. Ki stands on top of Danielson until Corino takes him down. Joe tags Corino as he drops a knee on Danielson then targets the knee. Corino grapevines the leg as the crowd is all over him. Joe tags and works a single leg crab on Danielson while driving his knee into the back of his neck. Ki breaks that up with several kicks. Joe then chops Danielson and puts him in the Coquina Klutch. That gets broken up then Ki tags and  repeatedly tries to apply the Dragon Clutch but Danielson fights it off. Ki hits the Krush Rush then tries again for the Dragon Clutch but is able to hit him with a brainbuster after he escaped. Danielson comes back with a forearm and a rollup but gets drilled with a brainbuster as Danielson rolls outside. Ki follows him and hits a suplex as Danielson has been getting destroyed. Ki chops Danielson against the apron then finally rolls him inside and covers but Joe breaks that up. Joe tags and drops a knee onto Danielson. Corino runs in and clotheslines Danielson as Joe hit him with a German suplex then tags himself in and chops away as the crowd boos. He then puts on a chinlock to further piss off the fans but Ki breaks that up with a kick to the face. Corino and Joe work on Danielson for a minute. Danielson fights back with a forearm to Joe then finally makes the tag. Ki and Joe go back and forth until Joe chops him down. Joe and Corino work over Ki in the corner as Corino continues to jaw with the fans. Ki comes back with a running forearm smash then puts Corino in an Octopus Hold. They have a reversal sequence that ends with Ki hitting the Tidal Crush as both men are down. Corino tags Joe, who face-washes Ki as we are informed by Levy that there is just a few minutes left in the match. Corino puts Joe in a figure four but Ki and Danielson break that up with a double flying headbutt. Joe powerbombs Corino then puts him in a STF. He then takes Ki down with a dragon screw and applies a single leg crab. Danielson charges and Joe puts him in a STF until Ki breaks that up with a dropkick. Ki catches Corino with a springboard kick then Ki and Dragon kill each other with forearm smashes. DAnielson hits a roaring elbow for two then gets turned inside out with a lariat from Joe. Ki and Joe no-sell some shots then take off their tape as the crowd applauds. They have a stiff exchange of moves until Corino and Danielson break that up. Corino takes Ki off of the top with a T-Bone Suplex as it’s announced that two minutes are remaining in the match. Joe takes Corino off top with an Ace Crusher but Danielson breaks that up with another flying headbutt as everyone is down. Ki and Joe take down Corino and Danielson with enziguiris. The match has completely broken down as Danielson hits Corino with a Northern Lights Suplex over Ki as that gets easily broken up. Ki drops down and boots Danielson in the face then hits Joe with the Ki Krusher and puts Corino in the Dragon Sleeper as the ten second countdown begins. The bell sounds as it seems like Corino tapped but its announced a draw (45:00) ***1/2.

Thoughts: Long match that was missing something until the last ten minutes or so. It would have helped if they played up the time-limit stipulations at the beginning of the match. I guess they wanted to have a cliffhanger by going into 2003 without a #1 contender or they plan to have a 5-man title match because the ending made no sense otherwise. There was also some teasing of Joe being a potential member of Corino’s group.


Da Hit Squad rushes the locker room door along with the Amazing Red, JT Smith, SAT’s, and Divine Storm and tosses about Special K. Slugger is the only one left and he tells them all that they just made a huge mistake.

The Carnage Crew are backstage gloating about beating the shit out of the CSC then talks about how their day jobs suck and have ugly wives but the one thing they give a damn about his violence and do not care if they win or lose. They then tell Da Hit Squad at the next show, they will take them out.

Low Ki looks into the camera and tells us that RoH gives him a platform to do what he loves. He then gives himself three goals for 2003: Hurt Xavier, destroy The Prophecy, and to reclaim the RoH Title.

Cappetta is with Corino and asks him about the first member of his stable. Corino says that the first member of his group was in fact the first member of the Prophecy, Simply Luscious. She comes out as Corino says next week, we will find out who the second member will be.

Final Thoughts: This show was more about setting up for 2003 than delivering a great in-ring product. There were some good matches here but the main focus was on Corino, who ws being positioned as a major heel in the company. They set up feuds for him against Homicide, Low Ki, and the Prophecy tonight. If you are not a fan of Corino, then this is not the show for you. They also put over Special K a lot here and London looked like a legitimate star as well. Another thing to note that Konnan was introduced at this show and reportedly booed out of the building. He was going to be wrestling at the next show. This was not featured on the DVD. This crowd was really tough on the heels, and it made it fun. Not the best show of the year but far from the worse and I give it a recommendation.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Houston Summit House Show 10/19/86
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/25/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Sabu, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/26/86
Saturday: RoH Revenge on the Prophecy 1/11/03

Ring of Honor Night of the Butcher December 7th, 2002

December 7, 2002

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Jeff Gorman & Chris Levy


In the locker room, Divine Storm & Trinity run into Da Hit Squad and they decide to train together before the match. When they leave, Joey Matthews and Special K come in and throw a rave.

Michael Shane is backstage talking about how much he loves the “Code of Honor” as the man he beats has to look at him and shake his hand. He then tells his opponent for tonight, Jeremy Lopez, that his fate will be shaking his hand after he loses. Shane then states that 2002 was a great year for him as he pinned Spanky and that he carried Paul London to a “match of the year candidate” in their streetfight before talking about all of the cliques in the Ring of Honor. Shane then says that Bio-Hazard lost the streetfight for them last month and that he will no longer associate with him and that he will become champion in 2003.

Divine Storm, Trinity, and Da Hit Squad return to the locker room and see Special K raving and start to flip out. Special K respond by leaving before their buzz wore off.

Jeremy Lopez vs. Michael Shane

Lopez starts off the match by working the arm of Shane as the announcers mention that he will touring Japan for six months with the Osaka Pro promotion after this match. The announcers mention how Shane is an “asshole” as Lopez works a hammerlock on the match. Lopez locks on a full nelson as Shane tries to break the hold by putting both of his feet on the top rope but Lopez responds by dropping him to the mat. Shane takes a breather on the apron then works a side headlock. Lopez comes back with a neckbreaker for a nearfall. He follows that with a roaring elbow that sends Shane to the floor to whiffs on a baseball slide and gets rolled into the ring. Shane hits a couple of suplexes then chokes out Lopez with his boot in the corner. Shane now works a chinlock as the crowd rallies behind Lopez, who comes back with a crucifix then turns that into a crossface. Shane comes back and hits a backbreaker before going back to the chinlock. Lopez breaks and hits Shane with a backdrop then some mounted punches in the corner. Lopez hits a double underhook DDT then rolls through that and hits a Tiger Bomb for a nearfall. Lopez then goes for his finisher, the Elevated DDT, but Shane escapes then outsmarts Lopez and catches him with a super kick for a nearfall. Shane goes up top but Lopez cuts him off and they fight up top until Shane shoves him off and drops the Picture Perfect elbow drop for the win (10:50) **1/4.

Thoughts: Slow-paced match. Lopez was decent on the mat but that was about it as he had the charisma of tree bark. Shane performed down to the level of his opponent here.


Colt Cabana vs. CM Punk

At the time, these two had a feud going in the Midwest Independent scene. Punk looks like the definition of an “Indy Geek” here. Match starts off with the guys trading armdrags and all sorts of counters, some of which looked sloppy. Punk comes back with a hurricarana then hits a ropewalk armbreaker as he focuses on the arm of Cabana for a bit. Colt comes back and boots Punk to the floor then follows out with a quebrada. They slug it out on the floor then inside, Cabana hits a frog splash onto the back of Punk for two. Cabana targets the back of Punk then they trade rollups. Cabana hits a snap suplex then they trade moves without rhyme or reason. Cabana counters a Pepsi Plunge but Punk comes back with a backbreaker for two as the announcers talk about Punk’s Pepsi tattoo as he gets caught in a bearhug as he flew off of the top rope. Cabana then hits him with an overhead suplex and that gets two. Clothesline gets two. Punk comes back with a hurricarana from behind that gets two. They trade chops until Punk catches Cabana with a dropkick for a nearfall. Punk then blocks a reverse rollup and nails Cabana with a Shining Wizard for two. Punk gets the fans into the match then slips out of the Colt 45 twice but the third time Colt hit it for the win (12:29) **.

Thoughts: There were some nice moves but no flow to the match at all. Punk was not good in 2002 and Cabana looked better all-around to be honest.


Gary Michael Cappetta comes into the ring and says that on the December 28th show, the promoters have booked a rematch between Punk and Cabana, with the winner getting an RoH contract as the company can only afford to fly out one guy per show from Chicago, with the other one having to drive. Punk said that if he wins, he will still drive in with Cabana, who says he is flying if he wins. Punk’s character was terribly grating here as guy who panders to the indy fanbase was so lame.

RoH #1 Contender’s Trophy Tournament Match
EZ Money vs. Paul London

The RoH debut for Money. There is a mini tournament for the trophy as AJ Styles is facing Xavier tonight. They start off with a back-and-forth sequence that ends in a stalemate. Money puts London in a Pendulum Swing then they have another sequence of counters that ends with the Money Clip (springboard somersault clothesline). Standing moonsault gets two. Money stretches out London but misses a charge in the corner then takes a breather outside. London climbs up top and hits a somersault plancha. Back inside, London takes him over with a headscissors then hits a few kicks for a nearfall. Money comes back with a slam for two. He works on London in the corner then plants him with the EZ Driver. Money hits a handspring elbow drop then catches London with a Blue Thunder Driver for two. Money goes to put London over his shoulders but he slipped out and London catches him with the legsweep DDT for the win (7:27) **.

Thoughts: Alright match. Money stood out in RoH as he was jacked and taller than just about everyone here. He did okay in the ring here as he spent most of the match on offense. Well, that was the formula for London (take a beating then come back and hit high-flying moves until he hits the SSP).

#1 Contender’s Trophy Tournament Match
Chad Collyer vs .American Dragon

The RoH debut of Collyer. Levy talks about how the WWE cut Collyer from developmental because they do not like matwork and just want those who can cut promos. Guess it wasn’t Collyer’s distinct lack of a personality then. Collyer works the arm to start. Dragon now works a side headlock then they start to go back and forth on the mat as Levy plugs the RoH DVD’s. They keep locking up and ending in stalemates. Dragon then hurts his knee on a butterfly suplex then rolls out for a breather. Back inside, Collyer targets the knee for a long time as Dragon finally is able to muster some offense. However, Collyer takes him down and goes back to work on the leg. Dragon hits some European uppercuts and a clothesline then uses his hurt knee for a smash. German suplex gets two. They mess up a pop-up powerbomb then Collyer tries to turn over Dragon for the Texas Cloverleaf and gets it right in the middle of the ring. Dragon escapes then shortly after that hits a Dragon Suplex for the win (19:33) ***.

Thoughts: I appreciate good matwork but too much of this was on the mat and there was not enough excitement near the finish. The matwork was very good though. If you are not a fan of this style of match, it will be like torture for you. This sets up for London/Dragon for the #1 Contender Trophy match.


Joey Matthews & Deranged w/Izzy & Angel Dust vs. Jay Briscoe & Amazing Red & Spanish Announce Team w/ Trinity vs. Da Hit Squad

This is another match under Scramble Rules. Also, the winner will become the #1 Contender to the Tag Team Titles. Jose and Jay start it off going back and forth in a decent sequence. Matthews and Mack are in now as Special K acts all fucked up on the outside. Matthews bails when Mack gets pissed as Deranged and Mafia are in the ring. Mafia demands Deranged shakes his hand but he doesn’t and takes off his shirt so Mafia chops him hard. Deranged using his speed and hits an enziguiri that has little effect as Mafia overpowers him. Not a whole lot is happening as this has not been filled with action. Joel and Red pick up the pace but most of what they do looks bad. Special K then beat up Trinity and drag her backstage. Joel puts Deranged in a figure four. Jay now beats on Joel as this is just painfully dragging. Jay and Mafia then beat the shit out of each other as this wakes the crowd up. Deranged tries to break it up but gets tossed. Red is in and Mafia drops him on a powerbomb attempt and Da Hit Squad beat on Red for a bit. Matthews & Deranged then run in and clear the ring and this sets up for an incredibly contrived spot where Red superplexes Deranged onto everyone else on the floor. Just watching the other guys set up to break the fall was terrible. Mafia then dives out and almost breaks his neck with a tope as his momentum took him over the guardrail. Back inside, they all have a series of dives. Jay has Deranged up for the Jaydriller but Mafia breaks that up with a spear. Red then hits Joel with an F5 then a Red Star Press but Jose breaks that up and hits rolling piledrivers that ends with a facebuster. Deranged comes in and the SAT’s beat on him until they make him tapout to the Taffy Machine (23:33) **1/2. After the match, the big Black Guy comes out and slams the referee before going his spot in the back of the arena.

Thoughts: Another “spotfest” that started off very slowly. Too slowly in fact. It got a lot better near the end luckily as the action picked up. The scramble format is starting to get tiresome though.




We get clips ofthe RoH High Impact TV tapings. We  Paul E. Normous destroying Mase, Paul London beating Angel Dust from Special K, Da Hit Squad beating the Outkast Killaz, AJ Styles beating Jimmy Rave, and the American Dragon beating the piss out of Marcos for the RoH High Impact TV tapings. These were all squash matches. AJ got attacked by Mark Briscoe and Xavier after his match until London and Dragon made the save


Divine Storm w/ Trinity vs. Jeff Starr & Shockwave


Starr & Shockwave jump Divine Storm from behind but get beat down soon after that. Storm hits Shockwave with three straight Northern Lights Suplexes then both men tag out as Divine puts Starr in a Texas Cloverleaf then Storm puts Shockwave in a crossface while hanging from the ropes when he tried to make the save. The match breaks down then Shockwave gets a nearfall with a Swanton Bomb. Divine comes back with a handspring forearm smash then hits a DDT from the top rope but Starr breaks that up. Storm then hits Shockwave with the Spinal Shock then finishes this off with the Storm Cradle Driver (3:40) 1/2*.

Thoughts: The match was filler and only designed for the post-match angle. Starr & Shockwave did not impress and Chris Divine is terrible and no one cared.




After the match, CW Anderson makes his RoH return and beats down Starr & Shockwave. Cappetta runs in and asks Anderson what he is doing here. Anderson takes the mic and says he is back in RoH after being fired and calls RoH a “piece of shit indy promotion” as we get a worked shoot angle. He then runs down booker Gabe Sapolsky for being a “Paul Heyman wannabe” and calls him “Program Boy” because he used to sell them in ECW. Anderson runs down Sapolsky some more then talks to Rob Feinstein, who was come out and looks angry, then asks him to bring down Gabe. Da Hit Squad and Joey Matthews come out with Feinstein as we are breaking kayfabe now. They walk backstage as Gabe is throwing a shit fit. Worked shoots are usually terrible and this was the case here. Who cares enough about CW Anderson to put him in a worked shoot feud anyway? Oh yeah, Gabe Sapolsky.

#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
American Dragon vs. Paul London


Winner of this gets to face the champion at the “Final Battle” show on  December 28th. They start off the match aggressively as they are not breaking cleanly and getting into each other’s faces. London comes back with a monkey flip as the announcers let us know that Dragon will now be going by his real name, Bryan Danielson. I’ll call him Dragon for the rest of this match though to make it easier. They fight over a backslide then trade chops and slaps. Dragon headbutts London then hits him in the corner. London floats over and catches Dragon with an armdrag. He works the arm of Dragon, who reverses the hold then starts wailing on London with crossface shots. He puts London in a chinlock but that gets broken up and London starts chopping Dragon in the corner before applying a chinlock. London then cradles Dragon before applying an armbar as the action has been good so far. Dragon rolls outside after London drove his knees into him when he attempted a bridge. Dragon then chops London repeatedly in the corner until he falls down. Dragon gets two with a slam then gets pissed when the fans chant for London. He then puts London in a few different stretches then knocks him down with a few European uppercuts. Dragon is definitely the heel in this match as he is using boot scrapes to London’s face as he is down. London fights back with a pair of dropkicks and a springboard forearm smash. He hits a gutwrench suplex then gets two with a standing moonsault. Dragon comes back to hit him with a crossarm German suplex that looked awesome as he takes back control of the match. Diving headbutt gets two. London comes back with a neckbreaker then both guys end up spilling out to the floor. Dragon blocks a quebrada attempt but ends up getting drilled with a super kick. Back inside, London gets two with a flying body press then they end up trading chops from their knees until London catches him with a nifty rollup for two. London hits a scoop slam then heads up top but Dragon cuts him off and hits a super back suplex, almost slipping off in the process. Dragon sells the knee afterwards, from his match earlier in the show, and covers but only gets two. He locks on the Cattle Mutilation as London is able to stick his foot on the ropes. Dragon chops London down then sets up for another super back suplex but London knocks him off. Dragon goes back up top but London knocks him down again. Dragon goes back up for a third time but London sends him back down then follows with the Shooting Star Press for the win (18:40) ***3/4.

Thoughts: Really good match. The over aggressive Dragon getting increasingly frustrated at London for coming back told a good story. It also gave London a high-profile victory as he was becoming the most popular face in the company. It also left the door open for a Dragon heel turn.




After the match, London grabs the mic and puts over Dragon for being the best technical wrestler in the entire industry, perhaps of all-time. He then puts over Dragon some more. Dragon now speaks and says that London showed more heart than him and that the victory belonged to him. London stops Dragon as he leaves to offer a hand shake and Dragon accepts as the crowd applauds. London then jokes about now it is between him and “A.C. Slater.”

RoH Championship Match
AJ Styles w/ Alexis Laree vs. Xavier (Champion) w/ Simply Luscious


Xavier starts by slapping AJ, who responds by beating the shit out of him. AJ hits the Styles Clash as Luscious puts Xavier’s foot on the ropes then gets in the ring and yells at AJ until Laree comes in and hits her with an inverted DDT. Mark Briscoe helps Luscious to the back as Xavier is now outside catching a breather. The announcers mention how Morgan, Daniels, and Joe are not here tonight (They were in Japan). Back inside, they take it to the mat. Xavier works a side headlock for a few minutes as the announcers run down the upcoming shows. Xavier tries a bulldog by climbing the ropes but AJ catches him with a back suplex mid-move in an awesome spot. AJ hits a clothesline and a dropkick before sending Xavier to the floor. AJ climbs up top but gets knocked off. He then knocks Xavier back to the floor and hits a twisting pescado before rolling him back inside. Xavier comes back with a slam for two then beats on AJ. He puts AJ in a chinlock after an overhead suplex but AJ breaks out. Xavier then knocks AJ out of the ring and mocks him by shoving the title belt in his face. AJ comes back with an enziguiri after Xavier was busy flipping of a fan. AJ hits a dropkick but Xavier fights back and rolls him back into the ring. Back suplex gets two. Xavier hits another suplex then climbs up top but took too much time as AJ cuts him off and hits a superplex as both men are down. They get up and trade chops until drills him with an enziguiri. AJ fights back with forearm smashes then slips out of an X-Driver attempt and hits the Phenomenon. AJ signals for the Styles Clash but Xavier counters with a Waterwheel Slam for two. AJ counters a powerbomb with a rana then they have a pinfall reversal sequence that the fans applaud. AJ comes back with a crossbody block but Xavier hits a back suplex out of the wheelbarrow position. The fans rally behind AJ as Xavier sends him in the corner and targets the back. He puts AJ in the Camel Clutch then sets him up on the top rope. AJ tries a sunset bomb and that triggers a reversal sequence that ends with AJ hitting a piledriver. Xavier fights back and now targets the knee but gets kicked into the corner. Xavier comes back with a gutbuster then hits the Kiss Your X Goodbye for two. He goes up top for the 450 splash but rolls through then eats a super kick. Xavier gets pushed off of the top rope then goes back up as AJ blocks a rana and hits a super Styles Clash but hurt his knee. He covers but Xavier was able to put his hand on the rope. Xavier slips out of a Styles Clash then dropkicks AJ’s knee before using the figure four jackknife rollup to get the pin and retain the belt (17:06) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Good match. It was slower paced, which was typical for a match involving Xavier, but AJ held things together. Xavier also held up his end of the match too. The finish was anti-climatic as AJ’s knee was barely worked on before he sold it after hitting his finisher but everything before that was rock solid.




Bunkhouse Match
Carnage Crew vs Homicide & Abdullah the Butcher


The fans chant for Abby during his entrance. Abby & Homicide stall for a minute outside of the ring until the match begins. Abby already has his fork out and carves up the forehead of Loc. In the ring, Devito misses a moonsault and looked to be within inches of kneeing Homicide in the head. Outside of the ring, Abby continues to carve up Loc as that is all he can really do at this point. Abby switches things up as he uses a chair but goes right back to the fork. Loc is getting carved up as his face is covered in blood. Everyone is busted open now as everyone is on the floor. The camera zooms in on Abby sticking the fork into Loc’s forehead as this is quite sick. Homicide is using trash cans and hubcaps on Devito as the announcers point out the ECW regulars in the crowd, such as “Carlos” and Mike Johnson from PWInsider.com fame. Homicide rolls Loc into the ring as Abby carves him up some more with the fork. Homicide props up a table against the guardrail then sets up Loc but misses a somersault plancha and crashes through the table. Loc comes back with chairshots then goes inside as Abby is now carving up DeVito. Its two-on-one against Abby…for about two seconds until Abby knocks them down. Homicide is in but Loc slips out of the Cop Killa then hits Abby with a chair but it gets swatted away then Abby stabs Loc with the fork and Homicide finishes him off with the Cop Killa (9:19) 1/2*. Abby then goes nuts as the jobbers in the locker room run out and prevents him from killing Loc but end up getting knocked down. Da Hit Squad run out to beat on the jobbers before joining Homicide in telling Abby to stop. That went on for way, way too long.

Thoughts: A garbage brawl with a big, fat, useless Abby stabbing people with forks. The crowd was not into this that much and who could blame then with Abby looking pathetic.




Backstage, Homicide tells us that he proved himself tonight as the “King of the Bunkhouse match” and next week will porve that he is the “King of Strong Style.”

The Carnage Crew are backstage and say that their match was worth it and call Abby pathetic as he could barely move. They laugh at Homicide for crashing through a table then at Abby for only being able to use a fork as they look in a camera and say that they had fun and used to love the business but the idiots on the message board don’t realize that they love to kick ass before talking about their “nagging kids and ugly wives” as they are the type of guys at the corner bar who get wasted because their lives suck but in the ring, they can let out all of their frustrations, piss people off, and give misery to others. DeVito declares more blood, violence, and carnage in 2003 as they talk about pissing off the “Smart marks” by not chain wrestling. Big talk from a couple of idiots who get a spot on the card because they are willing to get stabbed by a fat guy wielding a fork.

We are shown Cabana and Punk in the car the day after the show as Cabana pisses off Punk with his non-stop talking. Punk then responds by pulling over the car and tells off Cabana, who hates driving, because he was going to give Cabana his plane ticket if he won the rematch and drives him all of the time to begin with. Punk finishes by telling Cabana to drive home as he walks away.

Christopher Daniels, Donovan Morgan, and Simply Luscious are backstage. Daniels & Morgan run down the SAT’s, who will be facing them in a Best of Three falls match next show for the belts. Morgan then tells the SAT’s that each time they pin their shoulders to the mat, they will get a free taco, just how the San Francisco Giants give their fans one when a home run lands in the water. Luscious brings up how the SAT’s are creative then Daniels cuts her off and reminds her that the Prophecy is in control and that they run Ring of Honor.

Final Thoughts: Not much of a show. It was basically a stopgap until the “Final Battle” show. A lot of the top talent was touring Japan as the lesser names got spots on the card. London/Dragon is worth tracking down but that was about it and the worked shoot stuff was as bad as when Russo did it in WCW and TNA. This was not the worst RoH show of 2002 but it was certainly not the best.


Ring of Honor Scramble Madness November 16th, 2002

November 16, 2002

American Civic Center in Wakefield, MA

Your hosts are Jeff Gorman and Chris Levy



The show starts with the Prophecy talking backstage. Once again Xavier wrestles in a non-title match, this time against Jeremy Lopez. Samoa Joe and Daniels get into a beef when Joe yells at Daniels about not being paid enough to disrespect the Code of Honor. Dunn & Marcos then interrupt with their schtick and asked for a shot at the Tag Team Titles. Daniels goes off on them before telling them that they will be facing Samoa Joe in a handicap match. The problem with the Fallen Angel gimmick is that Daniels played it too goofy to be taking seriously. Joe showed some personality here at least.

Jay Briscoe and Amazing Red are in the ring. Jay said that he picked Red as his partner then calls out his brother Mark, who calls out his partner, which turns out to be Christopher Daniels. The Fallen Angel comes out and says that not only is he Mark’s partner, he is his master as we now know that Mark is in the Prophecy. I like the idea of Mark joining the Prophecy. It gives them a lot of ways to further his feud against Jay and the story that he is splitting their family apart and it sets up for a nice turn down the road when he breaks away from them.

Jay Briscoe & Amazing Red vs. Mark Briscoe & Christopher Daniels

Mark starts the match by attacking Jay from behind. Jay fights back and they trade kicks. Red tags and they work a crisp fast-paced sequence that the crowd appreciates. Daniels tags and hits a shoulderblock but Red comes back with a headscissors and a dropkick. Jay tags and beats on Daniels for a bit. Mark tags and he takes it to the mat with his brother as they go back and forth. Jay gets the best of that and holds up his brother, allowing Red to hit a springboard STO. Daniels then sends Red to the floor and drops him on the guardrail. Red plays face-in-peril for a bit as Mark and Daniels use quick tags to cut off the ring. Red manages to catch Daniels in a small package but Mark distracts the ref. Mark gets two with a back suplex then puts Red in a surfboard. Super Ace Crusher gets two. Red goes to the wrong corner for a tag then gets powerbombed by Mark. Daniels charges but Red boots him in the face and hits a hurricarana before making the tag. Jay runs wild on Daniels. Gordbuster gets two. Fisherman’s Buster gets two. Mark comes in and Jay plants him with a DDT. Daniels hits Jay with an enziguiri then Mark clotheslines him as they both spill to the floor but that was after he tagged Red, who hits Daniels with a missile dropkick. Spin kick gets two. Code Red (Sunset Bomb) gets two. Red tries a rana but Daniels blocks that then gets the win with the Last Rites (15:47) **3/4. After the match, Mark walks up the ramp and laughs at his parents, who are on the verge of tears.

Thoughts: Decent match but really nothing more than that. The angle with Mark joining the Prophecy was more impressive to be honest. The match dragged in the middle as the heat segment on Red went on for far too long.


Joey Matthews is backstage with Special K. Izzy is shaking a pill bottle as Joey wants to know if they are with him. Alexis Laree interrupts and wants to know why he did not have his back last week as Joey is all fucked up and laughs. Laree leaves and says that she wants nothing to do with him if he going to act like this. Sadly, I think this was the case on real life too.

Mace w/ Allison Danger vs. Alexis Laree

Mace pie-faces Laree then taunts the crowd. Laree comes back as the announcers talk about how Buff E has left Mace and that their team is done. Laree hits a headscissors and a dropkick then flies out with a tope. She rolls Mace back into the ring but gets hit with a suplex. He taunts Laree, who comes back with a low blow then hits a tornado DDT that looked horrendous but it gets the win (2:37) 1/4*. After the match, Danger comes in and kisses Laree but ends up getting hit with an inverted DDT.

Thoughts: This was pretty bad but it was kept short. The finish was botched too. The feud between Danger and Laree continues.

Steve Corino cuts a promo on Homicide and how he got attacked by him with a fork last week. He even has his eye patched up. Corino puts over how he has a full-time job with Japan and despite his best efforts, the fans do not respect him and he says that he doesn’t care about Philly as he will go back to Japan and will also get his revenge on Homicide. Corino cut a solid promo here.

Jeremy Lopez vs. Xavier w/ Simply Luscious


Xavier grounds Lopez and attacks the arm. Lopez comes back and they battle over a key lock. Lopez hits a pair of armdrags and a dropkick but Xavier puts on the breaks on the second dropkick attempt. Xavier beats on Lopez then rams him in the corner. Brainbuster gets two then Xavier applies a chinlock. Lopez fights out but Xavier yanks him down by the hair and follows that with a backbreaker for a nearfall. Lopez fights back again but Luscious trips him up and that allows Xavier to send him to the floor with a knee smash. Xavier beats on Lopez before ramming him into the post. In the ring, Xavier hits the X-Slam for a nearfall then Lopez works an ankle lock. Xavier escapes and knees Lopez in the face. They trade chops and Lopez wins that battle. Lopez comes back with a Yakuza kick then gets two off of a neckbreaker. Xavier blocks a tornado DDT attempt but Lopez comes back with a double underhook tornado DDT. Tiger Bomb gets two. Xavier stops a charge and comes back with a nasty Cobra Clutch Suplex that gets two. He signals for the X-Breaker but that gets countered and Lopez hits him with his finisher, the Chicken Wing DDT, but that only gets two. Xavier floats over on a suplex attempt and knees Lopez in the back of the head before hitting the X Breaker then getting the win with a 450 splash (10:45) **1/4.

Thoughts: Average match. Having your champ face off in a competitive match against a former WCWSN jobber is not going to do them any favors. The crowd was practically silent for the duration of the match.


Matt Thompson & Tony Mamaluke vs. Da Hit Squad

Thompson is really tall and skinny. Who is billed at 6’8 but weighs about 175lbs. Mack and Mamaluke start the match on the mat. Mamaluke grapevines the leg for a minute. Mamaluke makes a blind tag to Thompson who comes in with a springboard crossbody then hits a headscissors. Thompson eats a clothesline then gets caught with an overhead belly-to-belly before tagging Mamaluke. Mafia beats on Mamaluke in the corner to the fans delight but Thompson makes the save when he goes for the pin. Da Hit Squad use quick tags to beat on Mamaluke as Mack gets a nearfall with a wheelbarrow suplex as Thompson made the save. Thompson is really green by the way and just about everything he does looks mistimed. Mamaluke continues to get his ass kicked. Mack hits Mamaluke with a dropkick as the announcers make reference of Maritato being called “Nunzio” in the WWE. Thompson roughs up Mack outside the ring as Mamaluke hits Mack with a leg drop inside. The crowd wants Thompson in the match as Mamaluke hits a tornado DDT as both men are down. Thompson tags and hits a fanastic quebrada for two. The match breaks down Mamaluke gets slammed down in midair then Mafia picks up Thompson and hits the Burning Hammer for the pin while Mamaluke had Mack in the Butterfly Lock but the pin was made before Mack tapped out (9:50) *1/2.

Thoughts: Not a whole lot to this match. Thompson did a few nice highspots but in reality was far too green overall. On commentary, they pushed that this was his 4th or 5th match ever. I have no idea what became of the guy.


Joey Matthews & Izzy & Slim J & Deranged & Angel Dust vs. Quiet Storm & Spanish Announce Team & Amazing Red w/ Trinity

Jose starts off by overpowering Deranged. They take it to the mat and it is just okay. Deranged looks decent but also looks to weigh about 140lbs. Jose hits a snap powerslam then hammers on Deranged outside of the ring. Slim J and Red are in the ring now as in Scramble rules, anyone can enter once someone leaves the ring. Slim blocks an armdrag but ends up getting turned inside out with a clothesline. Izzy and Joel work a sequence as Levy (Sapolsky) bashes those dismissing these matches as a “Spotfest” due to the athletic ability these guys possess. Izzy looked good. Angel Dust and Divine work a solid sequence and now everyone is on the floor except for Storm and Matthews, who works a headlock on the mat. Now all of Special K is in the ring and they all dive onto the opposing team who are on the floor in a car crash sequence if there ever was one. Back in the ring, Deranged gets beat on by the SAT’s and Red. Deranged eats a flying knee smash from Red that gets two. Storm tags and puts Deranged in a tree of woe then after the rest of Red’s team knock Special K off of the apron, they all take turns hitting Deranged with baseball slides. Divine gets two with a brainbuster but gets caught with a tornado DDT that gets two. Matthews tags in and gets hit with a crossbody. He does come back with a clothesline as Divine gets hit with a triple enziguiri as Deranged’s timing was WAY off. He actually attempted the move after Divine was on the mat. Special K takes turn hitting Divine with elbow drops. Red then hits Slim J with some sort of powerbomb variation that I have never seen before and this triggers a sequence of all sorts of powerbombs and DDT’s that is too fast to recap. Storm hits Matthews with the Spinal Shock then after Red hits Matthews with a running flip dive, the remaining members of Special K all get powerbombed off of the top rope, which is followed by Special K hitting the other team with moonsaults. Slim J gets killed with the Storm Cradle Driver but that gets broken up and that leads to another sequence of hot moves that ends with Joel powerbombing Deranged five times until hitting a backdrop driver then shortly after that, Red gets the win with the Infrared on Angel Dust (17:47) ***1/4.

Thoughts: The crowd went nuts for this match, which was fun to watch at least. Some of it was really sloppy at points but the choreographed stuff was at least new. Izzy continues to impress and stands out as the most promising member of Special K. I remember Slim J wrestled a match for TNA in the infancy of the company and never really impressed me and just kept grabbing his crotch. He only did that once here but still had the Eminem look going. As you will notice, a few wrestlers were pulling double duty, with Red being one of them.


Handicap Match
Dunn & Marcos vs. Samoa Joe

Dunn & Marcos charge Joe but just end up bouncing off of him. Joe slaps them around and gets two with a powerslam on Dunn. He pulls Marcos’ shirt over his head and hits him with the Island Driver then hits Dunn with the Island Driver after that for the win (1:39) 1/4*.

Thoughts: Just a quick little match to put Joe over as a monster.



Street Fight
Paul London & Rudy Boy Gonzalez vs. Michael Shane & Bio-Hazard

Shane and Bio-Hazard attack their opponents from behind on the ramp. Shane and London are in the ring as Rudy Boy is beating on Bio-Hazard on the floor. London hits Shane with a few kicks as the camera work keeps switching around and it makes it tough to get into the match. Rudy Boy and London beat on Shane in the ring. They hit him with a few double team moves then Rudy Boy fucks up when he tries to fake a dive to the outside as he gets caught in the ropes then London hits both guys with a somersault plancha. Rudy Boy roughs up Shane in the ring as London hits Bio-Hazard with a standing moonsault on the floor. Rudy puts Shane in the Tarantula as London sends Bio-Hazard through the guardrail. Shane then hits Rudy with a DDT on the floor as Bio-Hazard hits London with a flying mare as he was seated in a chair inside the ring. Bio-Hazard hits London with a Death Valley Driver then asks the cameraman where he can find a ladder. He finds it and places it across the guardrail but London comes out and rams him into the post. London then lays it across the apron and guardrail as Shane gets a nearfall on Rudy Boy. London stands on the ladder but Bio-Hazard kicks it and London crotches himself on a rung. Shane gets shoved off of the top rope and through a table as everyone is down. In the ring, Bio-Hazard suplexes Rudy Boy onto the ladder then follows that with a Swanton Bomb. London comes in and holds a chair as he moonsaults Bio-Hazard then heads up top but gets cut off by Shane. Rudy Boy then super kicks Shane and London hits the Shooting Star Press but Shane kicks out as London is shocked. Bio-Hazard yanks out London and whips him into the guardrail. Shane catches Rudy Boy with a super kick but London comes back in and dumps him outside. London then places Bio-Hazard on top of Rudy Boy’s shoulders who hits him with a top rope powerbomb then London finishes him off with a running Shooting Star Press (14:24) *1/4.

Thoughts: This match was a mess. It had no heat at all, the layout was terrible as was the camera work. It was like two separate matches were going on at the same time. Crowd was dead for this one too.


Carnage Crew & Masada vs. Alex Arion & Don Juan & Fast Eddie

Eddie and Masada start things off with a back-and-forth sequence. The faces then clear the ring as Eddie hits them with a quebrada. In the ring, DeVito beats on Arion. He takes him down with a dropkick then Arion gets hit with a triple-team move. Arion fights back and chops down Loc as Don makes the tag. Loc hits him with a back suplex then tags Masada, who hits Don with a powerbomb. Don continues to play the face-in-peril as he kicks out of a few pin attempts. He manages to roll away from a moonsault attempt by DeVito and makes the hot-tag to Arion, who takes out all three men. Fast Eddie tries to snap Masada off of the top rope with a rana by leaping off of Arion’s back and he botched the move badly. Arion then hits Masada with a splash but as the ref was ordering Eddie back to the apron Loc hits Arion with a chair in a spot that took way, way too long to develop but could only get a two count. Really bad sequence there by everyone involved. Fast Eddie hits Loc with a springboard dropkick but gets overmatched and hit with the spike piledriver from the top rope as the Carnage Crew & Masada get the win (7:27) 3/4*.

Thoughts: Masada did not look bad in his RoH debut. Physically, he looks like a mix between Matt Hardy and Chris Hero, which is not ideal. The last few minutes were awful though. Arion was the most competent wrestler in the match by far.


Homicide vs. Samoa Joe

This match came about after Homicide stabbed Joe’s buddy Corino in the eye last week. Also, Joe made Homicide pass out in the Coquina Clutch at the same show in a six-man tag. They trade front facelocks on the mat to start. Joe then murders him with all sorts of strikes then backs him into the corner. He boots him in the face a few times then gauges his eyes. Homicide catches him with a drop toehold and attempts an STF but Joe manages to escape and duck outside. Homicide then flies out with a somersault plancha that wakes up the crowd. Back inside, Homicide chops Joe hard then returns the favor and gauges his eyes before hitting him with a running knee strike. Homicide hits some more chops until he gets caught in a uranage. Homicide rolls outside and Joe whips him into the guardrail. Back inside, Joe gets a nearfall with a Dragon Suplex. Homicide fights back and takes Joe off of the top with a rana that gets two. He then hits front-to-back clotheslines but Joe comes back with a Death Valley Driver. Homicide then comes back with a back suplex and gets two off of that. Homicide kicks Joe in the face a few times to little effect and he ends up hitting Homicide with a powerbomb then locking on an STF. Joe then switches to the Coquina Clutch but Homicide is able to reach the ropes. They trade slaps and chops until Homicide ducks a clothesline and rolls him up for the win (9:56) **1/2. After the match, Joe abides by the Code of Honor.

Thoughts: The match was going along fine but the finish came out of nowhere and felt anti-climatic. However, the match showed that Homicide could hang in there with a guy like Joe and helped establish him as a singles wrestler.


#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
Christopher Daniels w/ Simply Luscious vs. AJ Styles

The story here is that Daniels wants to win the trophy so the belt can remain in possession of the Prophecy. AJ works a side headlock to start. He keeps going back to the move as the announcers put over AJ’s work in TNA. They trade armdrags until the collide after both attempting crossbody blocks. AJ hits a dropkick and follows that with a neckbreaker that gets two. Daniels sends AJ into the corner with a monkey flip and they take it outside. Daniels drops AJ across the guardrail and yells at the fans. He whips AJ who does the spot where he leaps over the guardrail then catches his opponent with a super kick when they charge after him. Back in the ring, AJ hits a facebuster then puts on the bridging Indian Death Lock. Daniels reaches the ropes and AJ hits him with a wheelbarrow facebuster. He heads up top but Daniels cuts him off then hits a DDT. Daniels then goes to work on the neck then takes him down with a flying forearm. They are now choking out each other but Daniels breaks that up with an eye poke then hits a back suplex for a nearfall. Eye of the Hurricane gets two. Daniels hits an STO and tries the BME but lands on his feet. He catches AJ with a Flatliner and that gets two. AJ comes back with a neckbreaker as both men are down. AJ is up first and hits Daniels with a dropkick and a discus clothesline. Brainbuster gets two. Daniels comes back with a Blue Thunder Bomb as both men are down again. Daniels hits another STO then hits the BME but AJ kicks out. AJ fights back and they have a reversal sequence that ends with AJ hitting an inverted DDT for a nearfall. They now have a pinfall reversal sequence that finally ends with AJ catching Daniels with the Styles Clash and getting the win (15:12) ***. After the match, the Prophecy attacks AJ until Jay Briscoe, Amazing Red, and the SAT’s make the save.

Thoughts: Good match but disappointing considering who was involved. Daniels wrestling at the beginning of the show could have also played into the match being slower paced than usual. AJ will now get a shot at the title the next show.


30 Minute Iron Man Match
Doug Williams vs. American Dragon

The match starts on the mat with Williams working the leg. He then switches to the arm until Dragon gets a quick rollup for two. Dragon then works a stepover toe hold as a fan chants “boring.” He then puts on the Muta Lock but Williams elbows his way out of that. Dragon takes Williams down again and acts cocky which allows Williams to escape. More matwork follows until Dragon runs into a clothesline. They now battle over a key lock until Dragon takes him down. He works the arm for a bit then grabs a side headlock. Williams is now working a neck vise until Dragon drops down to escape. They are now trading Judo throws then Dragon beats on Williams in the corner before working a side headlock on the mat. Williams counters that with a headscissors as Levy runs down the next show on December 7th called “Night of the Butcher.” Bryan puts on a rear naked choke as this match is getting repetitive with all of the back-and-forth matwork. Dragon uses headbutts and chops to knock down Williams. He steps on the back of his neck and drops an elbow as we are at the halfway point. Dragon gets aggressive as he hammers away on Williams and chokes him out in the ropes. Williams gets him up in the Gory Special then turns it into a backslide for two. Dragon sends Williams into the corner and boots him as he is hanging off of the ropes. Dragon then hits a superplex and that gets two. Northern Lights Suplex gets two. Dragon is pissed and they work a reversal sequence that ends with Dragon hitting a Dragon suplex for a nearfall but Dragon follows that with a second one and scores a pinfall (18:23).

Daniels tries for the Cattle Mutilation but Williams turns that into an Ace Crusher that gets two. They trade European Uppercuts until Williams knocks Dragon to the floor then follows him out with a tope. Back inside, Williams gets a nearfall with a pair of flying knee smashes. Williams hits a release German suplex then locks on the Cobra Clutch and swings him around. Dragon fights back and hits a snap suplex then hits a diving headbutt that gets two. Dragon dumps Williams outside as he avoided the Chaos Theory and they end up fighting on the top rope, ending with Williams countering a super back suplex in midair that gets two. Williams gets a victory roll for two as there are just five minutes left in the match. Floating DDT gets two. He hits the Chaos Theory but Dragon just kicks out at two, shocking the announcers. Williams slams Dragon and heads up top for a  flying knee smash but that only gets two. Williams hits a few more German suplexes and then another Chaos Theory but Dragon gets his foot on the ropes to break the pin. Brainbuster gets two. Dragon fights back and dropkicks Williams in the back of the neck. He sets Williams up on the top rope as there is just one minute left in the match. Dragon hits a super back suplex and goes to cover but Williams reverses it into a crossface as time expires with Dragon winning 1-0 (30:00) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Up until the first and only pinfall, this felt repetitive and more like an exhibition than a match. It was back-and-forth mat wrestling just for the sake of it rather than building up to something. It picked up near the end but I was not a big a fan of this one as some people were. The crowd did not really get into this until near the end either.


Dragon is backstage talking about how Williams was close to beating him for the second time but no one beats him twice. He reiterates that point and says that they are the two best indy mat wrestlers around and he knows that Williams will come back to RoH to face him one more time.

They catch up with a pissed off Williams backstage who says that in England, they wrestle best of three falls matches and challenges Dragon to that style of match, saying that he will beat him.

The Prophecy are backstage as Daniels looks like a goof with Luscious on the phone blowing him off and Joe punking him out after reminding him how he is just a hired gun. This is supposed to be the leader of the top heel group and the valet treats him like a joke. Joe leaves then Daniels tells Xavier that he will retain the belt next show.

AJ is with Alexis Laree when he gets jumped by the Prophecy. Xavier holds up Laree so Luscious can slap her. Daniels then yells at AJ about how the belt is not leaving the Prophecy.

Final Thoughts: I was not too thrilled with this show. The angle of Mark Briscoe joining the Prophecy was good and they are pushing Homicide as a singles wrestler, which is good as the crowd likes him. However, the middle of the show was pretty bad and burned out the crowd. None of the matches were memorable, to me anyway, and the depth of the promotion was shallow here with a few guys having to pull double-duty and a lot of the newer guys being at a lower level who did not impress. Another thing that bothered me was Levy (Sapolsky) on commentary. He was so obnoxious in stating how the fans in RoH were better than everyone else as they do not try to put themselves over, which was not the case, and in hyping up the promotion as the best in the world.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event 10/4/86
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/5/86
Thursday: Highspots Shoot Interview with Mike Awesome
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/11/86
Saturday: RoH Night of the Butcher 12/7/02