Friday, January 25, 2013

ROH Salvation Review

ROH World Champion Tyler Black comes to Chicago to face possibly his toughest challenge to date!

ROH Salvation
Chicago Ridge, Illinois 7/24/10
1.) Tag Wars 2010 Opening Round Match – “Skullkrusher” Rasche Brown & Grizzly Redwood vs. Erick Stevens & Necro Butcher (with Prince Nana): *3/4

This is the first match of Tag Wars 2010, and it was......rather disappointing. While there was more crowd head for The Embassy here than usual, the match just wasn't that good.
2.) Women of Honor – Sara Del Rey vs. Amazing Kong: **1/2

These two met at Supercard of Honor V, and honestly, it felt like a bit of a step down. It was still fairly decent, but shorter than their earlier encounter.
3.) Tag Wars 2010 Opening Round Match – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The House of Truth (with Truth Martini): ***1/2

This was definitely a step up from the earlier Tag Wars Match. It also gave the HOT a chance to showcase their stuff against The Briscoes. Pretty solid match.
4.) Pick 6 Contenders Series – (1) Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini) vs. Austin Aries: ***1/2

A pretty good match in this one. While not the best of their encounters, you can definitely see the chemistry these two have after years of teaming together and wrestling against each other. 

After the match, Aries gives Strong credit for beating him all by himself. He continues by saying he brought the best out of him in this match, and can bring even more out of him as his manager. Strong leaves before he can finish, presumably rejecting his offer. Aries then goes to talk about Delirious and introduces his men, The All Night Express, who will face Delirious & Jerry Lynn next.
5.) Tag Wars 2010 Opening Round Match – The All Night Express vs. Jerry Lynn & Delirious: ***
While not overly good, it was still a fine tag team encounter. The right team won. Also, Aries came out wearing Daizee Haze's tights for some reason....weirdo.

Delirious goes nuts on Aries after the match and Lynn chases them off.

6.) Tag Wars 2010 Opening Round Match – The American Wolves vs. Colt Cabana & El Generico: ***3/4

This turned out to be surprisingly very good. I've given Cabana slack for not delivering great matches against certain high caliber opponents, but he & El Generico do pretty great here agains the former World Tag Team Champions.

After the match, Shane Hagadorn comes out to check on his team but Richards, wanting nothing to do with him, lays him out.
7.) Non-Title Match – The Kings of Wrestling (with Shane Hagadorn) vs. Generation Me: ****

The World Tag Team Titles are not on the line in this one. The match was actually pretty good, just as good as the match Generation Me had with The Wolves the night before. I gotta say that The Young Bucks are DEFINITELY better as heels, and should remain as such.
8.) ROH World Title – Tyler Black vs. Kevin Steen: ****1/4

This is Steen first World Title Shot in quite some time, and his first since his heel turn. We got to see a pretty great World Title Match. These guys gave it their all and told a pretty good story. Oh...and did I mention there was a fair deal of blood spelt?
Overall: 8.5/10

I have a feeling this is a very under-rated show. It was actually pretty great. The Special Attraction Tag Match with the Kings & Gen. Me and the World Title Match are worth checking out. While the first match is skippable and the women's match under-delivered slightly, the rest of the undercard was very solid. One of the better Ring of Honor house shows of 2010.

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