Thursday, June 6, 2013

ROH Honor vs. Evil Review

Three of Ring of Honor's Best take on S.C.U.M. in a huge Elimination Match!

ROH Honor vs. Evil
Cincinnati, Ohio 2/16/13


National Pro-Wrestling Day 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2/2/13

1.) ROH World Tag Team Titles – The Briscoes (with Cary Silkin) vs. S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs): **1/2

This was essentially S.C.U.M.'s rematch for the World Tag Team Titles. Cary Silkin accompanied The Briscoes to ringside. While it was a pretty short match, it was still decent for what it was, especially when you consider this event had 8-9 more matches on the card, and then another card (an evening card) with another 8 or 9 matches. Afterwords, Corino & Jacobs attack the Briscoes (who won) & cut a promo talking about how ROH's death was coming soon.

Main Show

1.) “God’s Gift” QT Marshall vs. Jay Briscoe: **3/4

Marshall cuts a generic heel promo (which I don't care for) until Jay Briscoe comes out for the match. This was a fine opening contest, probably QT Marshall's best ROH match up to this point. Briscoe gets the win here.

2.) Jay Lethal vs. Tadarius Thomas: ***1/2

This was a pretty solid match. Similarly, I think this was TD's best match up to this point. I felt like he & Lethal really meshed well in the ring & it produced a good match, though it did look like there was a slight botch on the Lethal Injection at the end, but it's nothing major.

3.) “Spyder” Nate Webb vs. Mark Briscoe: **1/4

For those who might not remember, Nate Webb was part of the CZW Invasion of ROH in 2006. He had another match in ROH in 2009 but that was his last appearance up to this show. It was an ok match. I feel like he & Mark Briscoe matched up really well, and the crowd was into it, but it was something that was just ok.

4.) Roderick Strong vs. ACH: ****

ACH ended signing an ROH Contract shorty after this, which was great, because he showed here that he is a future star. What an excellent match. Strong usually has great matches with guys that are smaller than him, and this was no exception. A star making performance here by ACH and it's no wonder ROH singed him!

After intermission, Truth Martini comes out with his Hoopla Hotties, Scarlett Bordeaux and some other chick (who's pants fell down as she was getting in the ring), to host "Hoopla Uncut". He makes his usual sexual jokes and introduces Adam Cole as his guest. He talks about not to overlook new HOT member Matt Taven, saying he will win the ROH World TV Title. Cole says he's going to kick Martini's ass but as he's about to Superkick him, he pulls Scarlett in his way and Cole stops. He goes to walk away but Martini slaps Cole's ass, and gets a Superkick for being a pervert.

5.) “The Outlaw” Charlie Haas vs. Pepper Parks: **1/2

Haas is drinking beer on his way down and I believe he runs down his opponent, Pepper Parks. Parks cuts a promo, slaps the beer out of the hand of Haas, and begins to brawl with him to start the match. I was expecting this to be more of a squash, but it actually wasn't that bad. Parks is good in the ring and is one of those guys similar to Silas Young & Adam Page, in the sense that he isn't a regular but can be brought in and have good matches. Haas though, manages to pick up the win.

After the match, Haas continues his feud with the ROH Student affectionately known as Cheeseburger, picking him up and delivers the Giant Swing repeatedly into the guardrail, similar to what Antonio Cesaro did to The Miz on a recent episode of Raw.

6.) Kyle O’Reilly vs. BJ Whitmer: ***3/4

Didn't know what to expect going into this one but it turned out to be a very good match. O'Reilly was good as usual and BJ Whitmer proves once again that he's been great since his comeback. A entertaining & solid contest that made both guys look very tough.

7.) Six-Man Elimination Match – Davey Richards, Michael Elgin & Adam Cole vs. S.C.U.M. (Kevin Steen, Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino): ****

When I first heard of this match, I was really excited. After ROH had a similar style of match at Northern Aggression in 2011, I thought this would be an awesome match. Now although this was a very good match (and my star rating indicates this), I came out of it a bid disappointed. The action was very good, but I was hoping for it to be a little better (maybe I just had my expectations set to hight). My biggest issue with this, I guess, would be how it was booked. I thought the whole Adam Cole getting taken away thing where he appeared to be injured, only to come back, wasn't necessary. The part where they were attending to and taking away Cole, I felt, hindered the flow of the match. I also felt the ending of the match was a little flat with Steen winning in a roll up/small package for the win on Elgin, though Elgin did look strong by eliminating both Jacobs & Corino. With all my gripes, in summary, it was still a very good match, though not as good as I thought it would be.

After the match, Jay Lethal (who came out to prevent S.C.U.M. from interfering in the final fall) is attacked by S.C.U.M. and Elgin is as well, until the Briscoe made the save. They then cut the traditional end-of-the-show promo to wrap things up.

Overall: 8.0/10

While I wouldn't call it as good as the Dearborn/Milwaukee shows, this was still a fine show from ROH. I liked the theme of this show with pretty much all the matches being first-time matches, several of which were very good. ACH/Strong was the Match of the Night for me, and despite my gripes with it, the Main Event is right up their with it. Couple that with Whitmer/O'Reilly, Lethal/Thomas, and a decent undercard, and you got the makings of another solid live event from ROH.

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