Saturday, April 20, 2013

ROH Caged Hostility Review

S.C.U.M. and Ring of Honor go to war in a Steel Cage!

ROH Caged Hostility
Charlotte, North Carolina 9/8/2012

1.) Jay Lethal vs. Adam Page: ***1/4

Lethal cuts a promo about his 'Killer Instinct' and wanting a shot at the Ring of Honor World Title, and says he's going to destroy Adam Page to prove it. Page, in turn, says he's got something to prove. This might have been Page's ROH debut but I'm not sure. Regardless, this was a fun opener. Lots of action and a great way to kick things off.

2.) "No Fear" Mike Mondo vs. "God's Gift" QT Marshall: **

This was.....just kind of there, or ok. Marshall really does nothing for me. He's unworthy of that awesome entrance theme! Mondo is good, but he & Marshall just don't mesh well.

3.) Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Bravados: ***3/4

With both teams being from North Carolina, you know this was going to be good. It proved to be great. Just awesome Tag Team Action here!! Very impressive.

Davey Richards comes out to cuts a promo. He talks about this issues outside the ring, and says that the American Wolf is back, and that he will be at Death Before Dishonor X. I believe he also said he had interest in a particular match on tonight's show.

4.) Mike Posey vs. Jeff Lewis Neal: *3/4

Posey is one half of Alabama Attitude. Nothing really to this, just a match with two local guys.

After the match, S.C.U.M. rushes the ring & attacks both guys. Steen says that since Jim Cornette isn't there and he has a title match with Rhino coming up, the Steel Cage Match is off. Rhett Titus and The Briscoes eventually come out and chase S.C.U.M. out of the ring. It's announced to everyone that Steen (and I guess Corino & Jacobs too) will be fined $5000 if they don't compete. What's with ROH's weird obsession with $5000?

5.) Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. The House of Truth: **3/4

So Shelton Benjamin was back in time for the Semi-Finals & Finals of the Tag Team Title Tournament, and to team with Haas here, but Haas still has to team with Titus?.....ugh. Anyway, this was....interesting. Strong does some funny stuff with Charlie's shirt. This was actually pretty decent, but it wasn't anything outstanding. I'd still say their Southern Defiance Match was better. The Strong/Elgin dissension continued.

6.) Proving Ground Match – Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly: ***1/4

If O'Reilly wins or forces a draw, he gets a future title shot. Davey Richards comes down to watch the match. A fine match. Not as good as Best in the World: Hostage Crisis, but better than their Showdown in the Sun match. Davey gets involved in the finish, and inadvertently costs Cole the match. 

7.) Steel Cage Match – S.C.U.M. vs. The Briscoes & Rhett Titus: ***3/4

Before everyone can get in the cage, they all start brawling on the outside, and people get busted open. This leads to Mark being locked out by S.C.U.M. meaning it's 3-on-2 in the Cage. Mark tries to climb in several times but keeps getting knocked off, including once through a table. Mark finally gets in and does a moonsault off the top of the cage onto S.C.U.M. with a Doomsday Device following shortly thereafter for the win. Not an insanely awesome match, but a very fun Steel Cage Match, with a good story told.

After the match, S.C.U.M. continues the assault, but Jay Lethal comes out and fights off all three of them. The Briscoes & Titus stand tall to end the show.

Overall: 7.5/10

This was a fine show. While you do have one or two skippable matches, the rest is a good watch. The Steel Cage Match & the Bravados/Coleman & Alexander Match were all very good, and the Proving Ground Match & Opener were fairly solid. WGTT vs. HOT was even mildly entertaining. Overall nothing outstanding but solid.

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