Thursday, January 31, 2013

ROH Survival of the Fittest 2010 Review

Ring of Honor brings its annual tradition to Dearborn, Michigan!

ROH Survival of the Fittest 2010
Dearborn, Michigan 11/12/10

1.) Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Colt Cabana vs. Rhett Titus: **

Cabana points out a fan in the crowd dressed as Hulk Hogan. Funny. The match itself I guess. It was doing fine until the ending where Titus used the ring bell.

2.) Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Claudio Castagnoli vs. Grizzly Redwood: **

Even though everyone knew Grizzly wasn't winning here, the match itself proved to be decent. 

3.) Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Kevin Steen vs. Kyle O’Reilly: **3/4

Steen & Corino clashed with O'Reilly & Cole at Allied Forces so this is an extension of that. It was actually pretty solid. Steen puts on an El Generico mask & wins with The Brainbuster.

After the match, Steve Corino talks to Steen about Final Battle and how they'll win the World Tag Team Titles the next night. Steen losses it when he goes after a fan who was wearing a Generico mask. Corino then calls out Adam Cole & we get our next qualifier!

4.) Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Steve Corino vs. Adam Cole: **

Another match that was just ok. Cole gets a surprise win with a rollup on Corino. After the match El Generico comes out & brawls with Steen, who eventually puts Generico through a table via Michinoku Driver. Steen says Generico is going to die at Final Battle

5.) Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – Eddie Edwards vs. Chris Hero: **3/4

I thought this would be the best of the qualifiers....turns out I was right. These two put on a pretty solid little match. Eddie got injured on a dive, and that played a roll in the finish of this one.

6.) Survival of the Fittest Qualifying Match – El Generico vs. Kenny King: **

El Generico is still competing despite the beating he took from Steen a little earlier. Again, another match that was just ok. Didn't deliver, in my view.

7.) Trial Series – Match #3 – Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Homicide: **1/4

This is Trial Match #3 for Ridge. It was a decent match, though I feel like they're wasting Homicide here.

8.) Six Man Tag Team Match – Christopher Daniels and The Briscoe Brothers vs. ROH World Champion Roderick Strong & The House of Truth (with Truth Martini): ***3/4

Josh Raymond & Christian Able are no longer apart of ROH (one got injured & the other subsequently left, don't know which is which) so Strong & Martini are coming into this match with two new partners....Zack Gowen and a debuting Michael Elgin. Match of the Night here. Daniels looks good going into his World Title Match.

9.) 2010 Survival of the Fittest Finals – Rhett Titus vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Kevin Steen vs. Adam Cole vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Kenny King: ***1/2

I gotta say this was a very weird lineup for Survival of the Fittest. Steen gets eliminated quickly after El Generico attacked him pre-match. Adam Cole was out next, followed by Titus, Claudio, and finally, Kenny King, meaning Eddie Edwards was your winner. The match itself was decent, and you gotta give all the credit in the world to Edwards for fighting through his injury, but I was really disappointed with this one. Survival of the Fittest should be awesome and your Match of the Night. It wasn't. The booking didn't help either.

Overall: 6.5/10

As far as Survival of the Fittest goes, this was crap. Plain & Simple. The majority of the qualifiers sucked, and the finals was probably one of the most underwhelming finals in ROH History. The fact that it wasn't match of the night makes it worse. In a year filled with great shows, this is undoubtedly one of the dark spots.

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