Monday, December 24, 2012

ROH Caged Rage Review

Two Steel Cage Matches highlight the action in Hartford!!

*This is another one I just got recently so that's why this one is out of order*

ROH Caged Rage
Hartford, Connecticut 8/24/07


1.) Top of the Class Trophy - Pelle Primeau vs. Mitch Franklin: *1/4

Nothing really terrible, just your average, quick, Top of the Class Trophy Mtach. It actually changes hands here as Franklin wins the Trophy

Main Card

1.) Chris Hero (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.) vs. Hallowicked: **1/4

This was ok. Nothing really much to it. Decent...for an opener.

2.) Jimmy Jacobs vs. Rhett Titus: *1/2

Rhett Titus appears as the "Sexiest Man Alive" (which is a prelude to his "Addicted to Love" Gimmick). This was just kinda there. I still don't know why they had Jacobs wrestle here (still using his "Ballad of Lacey" Music & wrestling as a face) when he was going to debut with a whole new faction the next month. Doesn't make sense.

3.) Four-Corner Survival – Delirious vs. Nigel McGuinness vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Adam Pearce: ***1/4

This was an interesting Four-Corner Survival. I actually enjoyed this. It had a little bit of everything.

After the match, Adam Pearce, Shane Hagadorn & eventually Brent Albright attack Delirious post-match. Pearce says Delirious is done humiliating him, and that since he wears a mask, he's going to make it a permanent part of him, by stapling it to his head!! BJ Whitmer's up now (laying out Shane Hagadorn) but Pearce mentions what he's been talking to him about over the past few months, causing him to turn on Delirious, laying him out with the Adrenaline Spike. They then stapled the mask to his face.

4.) Six-Man Tag – The Resilience vs. Davey Richards, Jason Blade & Eddie Edwards: ***1/4

So the stipulation here (set by Austin Aries) is that if Cross or Stevens get pinned, whoever pins them takes their place in The Resilience, but if Austin Aries gets pinned, then he will disband The Resilience. Pelle Primeau was originally supposed to be in this match, but he was attacked by Davey Richards, saying if anyone was going to disband The Resilience, it's going to be him. Now that's a good way to insert Richards in here. While the match itself wasn't blow-away, it was still a pretty good contest. The Resilience wins so nothing changes there.

5.) Pac vs. Bryan Danielson: ***

Eh...this was decent, but there was noting really stand out to this one. Pac obviously would go on to become more polished than he was here as seen by his work in Dragon Gate USA. This was more of a warm up for his title match the next night.

6.) ROH World Title – 3-Way Elimination Match – Takeshi Morishima vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright: ****

While the two singles Title Matches featuring the two challenges during Death Before Dishonor Weekend were probably a little better, this was still pretty good. Morishima was forced to go outside of his normal arsenal to pick up the win.

7.) Steel Cage Grudge Match – Roderick Strong vs. Jack Evans: ***1/2

Now we get the first of two Steel Cage Matches on this show. This was a good cage match (considering the guys involved it can't not be good) but it wasn't a great cage match. Entertaining, but nothing that's must see.

8.) ROH World Tag Team Titles – The Briscoe Brothers vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico: ***3/4

It wasn't the best match these teams have had, but they definitely brought the violence that made for a pretty good cage match. The only complaint I have about this whole feud is that the Briscoes seemed to win WAAAY too much (at least that's what it seems like to me). I think it would have been interesting if Steen & Generico actually won the belts here, then had The Briscoes win the belts back the next night at Manhattan Mayhem II. It still would have worked as far as the eventual payoff is concerned and it would have added more excitement to the story.

Overall: 7.5/10

This show is really lifted up by the World Title Match and the two Steel Cage Matches. Everything else in ok to average to good, making for an overall enjoyable card.

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