Sunday, December 23, 2012

ROH Glory By Honor VII Review

Steel Cage Warfare returns while Four Titles are on the line.

ROH Glory By Honor VII
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 9/2/08

1.) Jerry Lynn vs. Kenny King: **3/4

This was a fairly good opening match. Kenny King looked good against the veteran Jerry Lynn.

2.) NWA World Heavyweight Title - Brent Albright vs. Adam Pearce (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.): ***1/2

Funny to see this match going on second. Not as good as the match they had in NYC when Albright won the title, but still pretty good. Pearce wins the belt back in this one.

3.) FIP World Heavyweight Title - Go Shiozaki (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.) vs. Kevin Steen: ***1/2

Here we get another very good title match, this time for the FIP World Heavyweight Title. There were some fun moments for sure. 

4.) GHC Junior Heavyweight Title - Bryan Danielson vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima: ****

I believe Bryan Danielson won this title during the shows ROH ran in Japan the week prior. This was a very good match. Lots of stiff stuff as you would expect. Nakajima's good.

5.) Erick Stevens vs. Rhett Titus: **

Only real interesting point here is that Erick Stevens got his nose busted up by Titus pretty good.

Larry Sweeney comes out and tells Stevens to join Sweet 'n' Sour Inc. Stevens refuses and Sweeney tries to strike him. This brings out the rest of Sweet 'n' Sour Inc. as they beat down Stevens. Roderick Strong & The Vulture Squad run out to make the save, leading to...

6.) Roderick Strong & The Vulture Squad (Jigsaw & Ruckus with Julius Smokes) vs. Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards & Shane Hagadorn (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.): ***

This was a good tag team match, nothing more.

7.) Non-Title - Kensuke Sasaki vs. Claudio Castagnoli: **

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect going into this. It looked good, but it ended up falling flat. Very odd match.

8.) ROH World Title - Nigel McGuinness vs. El Generico: ***1/4

This is El Generico's second shot at the ROH World Title. He lost his first match to Nigel in Cleveland.  I think this match fell a little short for me personally, especially for a World Title Match. It was a good match, just not as good as the one from Cleveland.

9.) Steel Cage Warfare - Austin Aries & The Briscoes vs. The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black & Delirious) vs. The Necro Butcher: ***3/4

I know a lot of people questioned booking a 3 vs. 3 vs. 1 Match with Necro Butcher on his "own team", but I actually really enjoyed this match. The violence showed up in full force. Just a brutal match and a great main event. My only complaint is that Necro could have been in for a little longer, but that's about it. Definitely not as good as the original Steel Cage Warfare from 2005, but still a good match.

Overall: 7.75/10

There was fair amount of good stuff on this show. The first half was great, but there were a number of matches in the second half that either didn't deliver (World Title Match, The Castagnoli Match), were hit & miss (Steel Cage Warfare) depending on who you ask, or were nothing more than average matches after intermission. It was a very good show, but it didn't necessarily live up to Glory By Honor standards.

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