Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ROH Only The Strong Survive Review

Roderick Strong & Jay Briscoe MAN UP in Charlotte!!

ROH Only The Strong Survive
Charlotte, North Carolina 1/15/11

 1.) Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly vs. The Bravado Brothers: **3/4 

These two teams did battle in Canada at Fate of an Angel II. A very good choice of an opening match. Both teams put on an entertaining bout. The Bravados getting the win was a good move since this show was in their hometown.

2.) Rhett Titus vs. Caprice Coleman: **1/2 

Titus is bandaged up after his encounter with Homicide the night before. A decent singles match. 

3.) Colt Cabana vs. Grizzly Redwood: **1/2 

This was a fun match. Cabana does more comedy matches nowadays, but when he does them, especially against the right people, the matches turn out to be pretty good.

4.) “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett vs. Cedric Alexander: *1/2 

Eh...essentially a squash for Bennett. This was when he was a bit of an annoyance to watch in the ring sometimes.

After the match, Bennett cuts a promo and decides to sit an ringside and "observe" the TV Champion in the next match.

5.) ROH World TV Title – Christopher Daniels vs. Claudio Castagnoli (with Shane Hagadorn): ***3/4

This was a very good TV Title Match. Solid wrestling from these two, which is pretty much what you'd expect. 

6.) Steve Corino & Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Alabama Attitude: ** 

So this was supposed to be Steve Corino vs. Andy Ridge, but Corino cut another "I'm an Evil Person" Promo and offers to team with Ridge against a team that he feels has a "Bad Attitude".....Alabama Attitude! This was actually a decent match. 

7.) Kings vs. Wolves – Chris Hero (with Shane Hagadorn) vs. Davey Richards: ****1/4 

Very good match here. It was a little tepid at the beginning but REALLY picked up in the last 10 Minutes. Great stuff.

8.) Four Corner Survival – Homicide vs. El Generico vs. Kenny King vs. Mark Briscoe: ***1/2 

This was a very good Four Corner Survival. I really enjoyed it. Good call back to the Four Corner Survivals from year's prior.

After the match, Homicide attacks El Generico, the winner of the match, laying him out with Da Cop Killa and covering him in the Puerto Rican Flag.

9.) ROH World Title – Roderick Strong vs. Jay Briscoe: ****1/2 

These two got into an exchange backstage at Final Battle, so we have this World Title Match. Truth Martini, by the way, was not there. These two had several great matches in 2009, and this one was no exception. In fact, this match was AWESOME!!! There were honestly moments where you believed Jay was seriously going to win. This reached the level of the Steel Cage Match Jay had with Samoa Joe in 2004. Great Stuff. You NEED to see this match.

Overall: 8.0/10

Strong vs. Briscoe is a must-see match. The TV Title Match, Richards/Hero, and Four-Corner Survival were all very good. While it would seem like the matches would suggest a higher rating, some of the matches did bring the card down a tad. Regardless, this is a show you should definitely own!!

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