Thursday, January 24, 2013

ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII & Buffalo Stampede II Review

Ring of Honor makes a stop in Buffalo before heading to Toronto for one of their biggest iPPV's ever!!

ROH Buffalo Stampede II
Buffalo, New York 6/18/10

1.) Delirious vs. Ernesto Osiris: **

Eh....not much to this one. Basically an entertaining squash for Delirious

2.) Ten Minute Hunt - ROH World TV Champion Eddie Edwards vs. Tyson Duxx: **1/2

If Duxx can beat Edwards or last the Time Limit, he gets a TV Title Shot. A fine match.

3.) Colt Cabana vs. Shawn Daivari: **1/4

Daivari had a lot of potential in ROH but much like Ex-TNA talents Sonjay Dutt & Petey Williams, he didn't seem to get any direction once they came in. This was your typical Cabana match. 

4.) Roderick Strong vs. Pee Wee: **3/4

Davey Richards was going to face Strong, but couldn't make it due to travel issues, so Pee Wee, who is a local talent, is taking his place. Odd choice of replacement. The match wasn't bad, but I'm sure they could have gotten a better opponent for Strong.

5.) Kings of Wresting vs. Up in Smoke: ***3/4

This match proves that the Kings of Wrestling can have awesome matches with anyone. Nothing against Up in Smoke at all, but facing the Kings definitely upped their game. Great Match.

6.) Kenny Omega vs. Austin Aries: ***1/4

Here we got a pretty good match, but from these two, you know it could have been better.

7.) All Night Express vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe: ***

Another good tag team match, but like this previous match, this could have been better.

8.) Tyler Black vs. Steve Corino: ***

Corino main-evented the first Buffalo Stampede. This could have been a World Title Match, but that would make no sense since Black/Richards is the marquee matchup of the weekend. Fine for what it was, nothing special.

Overall: 6.25/10

I have a feeling if Richards hadn't had travel troubles and actually had his match with Strong, it could have elevated the card. Otherwise, a pretty average card. Nothing terrible, but nothing outstanding other than the match with the Kings.

ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII
Toronto, Ontario 6/19/10

1.) Grudge Match - Six Months in the Making - Kevin Steen vs. El Generico: ****

Tag Team Action was supposed to start the show off, but El Generico comes out and demands that his match with Kevin Steen right now. Steve Corino says that's not gonna happen, but Steen wants it to, and we get the match! This was pretty awesome. One of the best openers in ROH history. Great stuff here.

2.) Tag Team Attraction - The All Night Express vs. Up In Smoke: ***

Now we get the match that was supposed to open the show. It was pretty good. Nice to see ANX go over here.

After the match, ANX introduces their man, Austin Aries, who says that he's going to end things with Delirious tonight.

3.) Grudge Match - Delirious vs. Austin Aries: **3/4

Delirious is wearing his Red Poison attire. This was fairly decent. The match ended in DQ, but it advanced the story, so I'm fine with that.

After the match, Rhett Titus gets pants and does a little dance before Delirious lays him out.

4.) 2nd Annual Toronto Guantlet - Eddie Edwards vs. Colt Cabana vs. Roderick Strong vs. Shawn Daivari vs. Steve Corino vs. Tyson Duxx: ***1/4

So it went down like this....Duxx eliminated Edwards, Daivari eliminated Duxx, Cabana eliminated Daivari & Steve Corino, and finally Roderick Strong beat Cabana to win the Toronto Gauntlet and a future World Title shot. Overall, it was a fine match. Nothing overly great, but acceptable.

During intermission, Generico & Cabana got into a brawl with Steen & Corino. The segment ends with Generico choking Steen with Bobby Cruise's neck-tie (obviously a reference to the recent Daniel Bryan incident in WWE).

5.) Pick 6 Challenge Match - Christopher Daniels (2) vs. Kenny Omega: ****

This is a first time matchup. A very good contest. Daniels & Omega put on a great show for the fans in Toronto.

6.) ROH World Tag Team Titles - No Disqualification - The Kings of Wrestling (with Shane Hagadorn) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe: ****1/2

The Kings come out but the Briscoes aren't their due to "immigration issues". The Kings make fun of that fact until The Briscoes come through the crowd and get the match started! This was pretty great. Both teams put on a really hard hitting fight. Blood was spilt, and the match looked brutal to watch. 

7.) ROH World Title - Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards: ****3/4

Now I can go on forever, but honestly, was hasn't been said about this match??? This was great, fantastic, all kinds of awesome!!! You need to see this if you have yet to do so.

Overall: 9.75/10

This was probably the greatest show ROH has ever put on, in my opinion. You have FOUR MATCHES that went over ****+, with one of those being Match of the Year for ROH. Just a great card overall, with the other matches being just icing on the cake. This is worth getting. If you don't own this show already....GET IT NOW!! It is awesome. Despite the fact that it's a little lackluster, the Buffalo show is just a bonus to an excellent show.

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