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RoH: Back to Basics

Woodbridge, CT - March 12, 2005

DVD Review

Colt Cabana vs. Delirious (6:41) After some crazy antics from Delirious the two men lockup and Cabana grabs a side headlock. Delirious sends Cabana into the ropes and Cabana sends him down with a shoulder tackle. Delirious gets in his face and Cabana shoves him down. Delirious gets sent into the ropes then slides through the legs of Cabana and goes into the turtle. Cabana grabs Delirious and sets him up onto the top rope. Delirious strikes a pose on the top rope and Cabana grabs a knucklelock on Delirious and takes him off the top rope. Cabana picks Delirious up for a monkey flip but doesnít send him over then drops him down into a body scissors. The two men run the ropes after Delirious licks his fingers and rubs them across Cabanaís face. Cabana drops down to the mat and Delirious jumps over him and Cabana gets a series of two counts with a bunch of rollups then Delirious gets a rollup of his own for two. The two men get to their feet and face off and go into a lockup. Cabana backs Delirious into the corner then sends him across the ring with an Irish whip. Cabana delivers a European uppercut then sends Delirious into the corner again and runs into a big boot. Delirious gets up on the top rope then jumps off with a hurrincanranna and scores a two count. Delirious grabs a side headlock then jabs Cabana into the throat. Delirious hits some forearms but Cabana shakes them off. Delirious bounces off the ropes and Cabana kicks him in the midsection then takes him down with a swinging neckbreaker for two. Delirious crawls to the ropes and Cabana chokes him over the second rope. Cabana delivers a knee to the back of Deliriousí head as he crawls away and makes a cover for two. Cabana grabs Deliriousí left leg and wrenches it around his leg. Cabana pulls Delirious to his feet and backs him into the corner then lifts his leg over the second rope and delivers a kick to the knee. Cabana fires off two big knife edge chops to Delirious then sends him into the corner with an Irish whip. Delirious goes for a handstand into a headscissors but Cabana sends him over to the apron. Cabana goes for a superplex but Delirious shoves Cabana off and then hits the shadows over hell for a two count. Delirious goes for the in vitro fertilization but Cabana escapes. Cabana picks Delirious up for a crucifix powerbomb then spins him around and throws him down to the mat. Cabana hooks a leg on Delirious and scores the three count.

Analysis: ** A decent match between these two men considering the amount of time they had to work with but nothing special really. They do have some nice comedy spots in here but not too much and they stick with the wrestling.

Ring Crew Express vs. Alex Law & Ricky Landell (5:48) Law and Landell attack from behind but it gets turned on them. Landell gets sent to the outside with a backbody drop and the RCE grab Law with a double arm wringer. Landell comes back in and gets taken over with a backbody drop. The RCE hit both men with bulldogs then Dunn is in the ring with Law. Law stomps away at Dunn then goes to his corner and tags in Landell. Landell delivers some kicks to Dunn them backs him up in the corner and fires off some knife edge chops. Landell takes him over with a double underhook suplex and scores with a two count. Landell takes Dunn over with a vertical suplex next and covers for two. Landell pulls Dunn up and tags Law in and they send Dunn into the ropes. They send Dunn into the corner and Law hits a crappy clothesline on Dunn and Landell grabs a camel clutch and Law dropkicks Dunn in the face. Law hits a weak backbreaker on Dunn then tags in to Landell. Landell gets an arm wringer and hits some weak kicks to Dunn before rolling him up for two. Dunn comes up hot and hits some knife edge chops and sends Landell into the ropes and Landell connects with a dropkick to the knee. Landell hits some forearms then bounces off the ropes and Dunn picks him up and hits the Gory Bomb. Dunn crawls to his corner and tags in Marcos as Landell tags in Law. Marcos blocks a punch from Law and tees off on him. Law reverses an Irish whip but Marcos front flips over Law and hits a modified swinging neckbreaker. Landell comes in and Marcos plants him with a falcon arrow. RCE hit a double team series of kicks on Law and gets a two count. Marcos goes for a vertical suplex but Law blocks it so Marcos hits some European uppercuts. Law still blocks it and Landell comes into the ring. Law and Landell take Marcos down with a double team arm tackle. Dunn slides in and drops Landell on his head with a brutal backdrop driver. Law tries to get Marcos on the top rope but Dunn saves him then pulls Law off into a reverse firemanís carry then spins him around into a blue thunder driver I guess. Dunn climbs up to the second rope then Marcos climbs up onto his shoulder and Marcos comes off Dunnís shoulders with a senton and scores the three count.

Analysis: Ĺ* A sloppy match by both teams and especially Law and Landell who have never impressed me at all. They look particularly bad in this match. RCE manage to pull off some nice moves but their strikes look weak as well. Short enough to be fairly non-offensive though.

Spanky vs. Jack Evans (7:22) Before the match Evans does some break dancing so Spanky comes back with a jig or something like it. Then the two do a little dance together and Evans takes the opportunity to roll Spanky up. Evans hits a forearm to Spanky then sends him into the ropes and hits a backflip dropkick. Evans takes Spanky over with a vertical suplex and makes a cover for two. Evans sends Spanky into the ropes and connects with a spinning heel kick for one. Evans backs Spanky into the corner and connects with a knife edge chop then sends him into the opposite ropes. Evans charges but Spanky sends him over the top to the apron with a backdrop. Evans hits Spanky with a shoulder to the midsection then flips over him into the ring. Evans bounces off the ropes and Spanky flips him over the ropes with a monkey flip. On the outside Spanky sends Evans into the guardrail with a hard Irish whip and Evans gets a cut across his back. Spanky pulls Evans up and back into the ringside area then sends him hard into the guardrails with another Irish whip. Spanky rolls Evans into the ring then sends him into the ropes with an Irish whip and delivers a nice backbody drop. Spanky pulls Evans up to his feet and whips him into the corner. Spanky charges and connects with a knife edge chop. Spanky picks Evans up and takes him over with a vertical suplex. Spanky hops up to the second rope and comes off with a knee drop and gets a two count. Spanky pulls Evans up and plants him with a belly to back suplex then rolls Evans over into a Boston crab. Evans starts flailing and crawls to the ropes. Spanky pulls Evans back into the corner but Evans starts crawling again and makes it to the ropes. Spanky pulls Evans up but Evans hits him with some punches to the midsection then a forearm. Evans bounces off the ropes and Spanky flips him over with a spinning heel kick. Spanky goes for the sliced bread number two but Evans cartwheels out of it then sends Spanky to the outside with a kick. Evans bounces off the ropes then charges and cartwheels and flips over to Spanky on the outside with a crazy dive. Evans bounces off the ropes after taking Spanky into the ring and hits a spinning front kick. Evans sends Spanky into the corner then hits a back flip elbow and flips over to the outside. Evans pops up onto the apron and springboards in with a kick to the back of the head. Evans rolls over with a senton then hits a standing corkscrew moonsault for two. Evans plants Spanky to the mat with a slam then climbs up the top rope. Spanky charges to knock Evans down but Evans jumps off and rolls to his feet and Spanky clocks him with a superkick for two. Spanky goes for a vertical suplex but Evans lands behind him then connects with a knee to the back of the head that sends Spanky face first into the turnbuckle. Evans climbs up to the top rope for a move but Spanky racks him up on the top rope. Spanky climbs up to the top then scores with a sliced bread number two from the top and gets the three count.

Analysis: **Ĺ A nice display from both men although there were a few sloppy spots from Evans but nothing too bad. This is an intense match from both men and they really bring it hard. Spanky looks good playing the role of the controlling wrestler which is something he doesnít really do often. My favorite part of the match is Bower calling Evansí dive to the outside. I donít remember what all he calls it but it involves flipping, space and tiger driver so Iím sure it wasnít even close to being right.

Deranged and Izzy start the match with cheapshots but Azrieal and Dixie turns things around and send Deranged and Izzy over the ropes. Izzy hits the floor and Deranged lands on the apron then springboards in with a dropkick that hits Azrieal and Dixie. Deranged snapmares Dixie over then bounces off the ropes and goes into a rear chinlock. Deranged works the arm of Dixie and gets some nice armdrags in. Deranged nails some elbows to the top of Dixieís head then grabs a side headlock. Dixie trips Deranged down to break the hold then grabs a hammerlock. Deranged fights up to his feet and grabs Deranged with a rear waistlock but Dixie gets a standing switch then picks Deranged up and slams him down to the mat then goes into a front facelock and Azrieal tags himself in. Azrieal throws Deranged into the corner and hits a hard knife edge chip and grabs an arm wringer but Deranged breaks free with some forearms and grabs a standing armbar then tags in Izzy. Izzy with an arm wringer then wraps the arm of Azrieal over the top rope. Azrieal sent into the ropes and he ducks a clothesline then grabs an octopus on Izzy then rolls him backwards for a two count. Izzy comes out on top and gets a modified surfboard then throws Azrieal forward and drops an elbow to the back before grabbing a front facelock. Azrieal spins out of it and grabs an armbar. Izzy gets up to his feet and Azriel goes into a hammerlock then a side headlock. Izzy spins out into a side headlock of his own but Azriel sends him into the ropes and trips him down then grabs a bow and arrow hold. Azriel with a side headlock but Izzy breaks free and kicks Azrieal in the midsection and goes for the moonsault kick but Azriel steps out of the way then does a falling necksnap on the prone Izzy. Dixie tagged in and he picks Izzy up for a belly to back suplex and Azrieal comes off the top rope with a legdrop bringing Izzy down to the mat and gets a two count before Deranged breaks it up and Dixie comes back in. Dixie tags Izzy down with a leg lariat then bounces off the ropes but Cloudy grabs his leg from the outside. Izzy flips over Dixie and brings him down over the top rope and then springboards in with a kneedrop from two and Deranged tags in. Deranged and Izzy plant Dixie with a double powerbomb and gets two before Azrieal breaks it up. Deranged grabs Dixie and chokes him over the second rope and after the ref breaks it up the other Special K guys go to work choking Dixie. Deranged pulls Dixie up to his feet and hits a forearm shot then tags in Izzy. Izzy delivers a kick to the midsection of Dixie then bounces off the ropes with a knee lift then bounces off the ropes and sends him down with a yakuza kick for a two count. Izzy sends Dixie into the corner and Izzy catches a big boot and pulls Dixie out of the corner and eats an enziguri and Azrieal gets tagged in but the ref doesnít see it. Deranged comes in and Deranged hits Dixie with a standing moonsault while Izzy hits a standing somersault legdrop and Izzy covers for two before Azrieal breaks it up. Izzy pulls Dixie up and whips him into the ropes. Dixie ducks under a clothesline then whips Izzy onto the top of his head with a German suplex. Dixie and Izzy go through some standing switches before Dixie rolls him up and springs forward to tag in Azrieal. Azrieal comes in and hits Deranged with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Izzy springboards in and Azrieal catches him and plants him with the sitout DVD for two before Deranged breaks it up. Deranged drags Izzy to the corner and tags himself in. Deranged plants Azrieal with a code red while Izzy hits a standing blockbuster. Dixie breaks up the cover at two then gets hit with a blue thunder driver. Dixie goes to the outside and Izzy charges and hits a somersault senton onto him. Deranged bounces off the ropes and Azrieal sends him over with a backbody drop but Deranged lands on the apron then springboards in with a double stomp riding Azrieal down to the mat. Deranged picks Azrieal up and sets him on the top rope and climbs up after him. Izzy goes for a hurrincanranna but Azrieal catches him and picks him up and hits a sitout DVD from the top rope for the three count.

Analysis: ***1/4 A good tag team match right here. Itís got a nice story as Dixie and Azrieal fight the match cleanly while Deranged and Izzy are willing to cheat and play the numbers game. They have some nice wrestling early on in the match before they go into some big spots from everybody. Both teams get some nice double team spots and just make themselves look good. Azrieal is the real star of this match as he gets more offense than anybody else and everything he does looks crisp. Just a nice spot match near the end where everybody connects with their spots and makes things look good.

Homicide vs. Roderick Strong (18:00) Homicide and Strong lockup and Homicide backs Strong into the corner then Strong spins Homicide into the back and Strong gives him a clean break. They go into a test of strength and Homicide rolls backwards to get the leverage. Strong backs Homicide into the corner then gives another clean break. They go into a lockup again and Homicide gets an arm wringer. Strong spins out of it into an arm wringer of his own. Homicide drops down and trips Strong tot he mat then grabs a front facelock. Strong spins on the mat and gets an arm wringer. Strong trips Homicide down to the mat and Homicide gets back up then takes Strong over with an armdrag. Homicide leaves the ring and has an interaction with the fans that is off-screen. Homicide comes back into the ring and the two men go into a lockup. Homicide gets a rear waistlock but Strong grabs a hammerlock and front facelock combination but Homicide spins out with an arm wringer and then bites Strongís hand before going into a hammerlock. Homicide takes Strong down to the mat and grabs a leg and rolls Strong over but Strong gets into the ropes for a break. Another lockup and Strong grabs a side headlock. Homicide spins out into an overhead wristlock and trips Strong down to the mat in an arm wringer. Strong gets up to his feet and reverses the hold. Homicide reverses into a hammerlock then trips Strong down and covers for two. Homicide snapmares Strong over and grabs a rear chinlock. Strong fights up to his feet and hits Homicide with some back elbows so Homicide snapmares him over and grabs the rear chinlock again. Homicide then grabs a double fishhook and Strong uses the refís break to roll Homicide over into a leg lock but Homicide quickly gets to the ropes. They go into a lockup again and Strong grabs a side headlock and Homicide sends him into the ropes. Strong sends Homicide to the mat with a shoulder tackle then falls victim to two armdrags and a dropkick that sends Strong out of the ring. Homicide hits a baseball slide to Strong then grabs a chair and hits Strong in the side of the head with it. Strong gets the advantage with some strikes on the outside until Homicide rakes his eyes. Homicide whips Strong into the guardrail then charges and hits a jumping forearm. Homicide goes to whip Strong into the guardrail but Strong reverses and picks Homicide up for a powerslam and smashes him against the ring post then hurls him into the guardrail. The two men trade chops and forearms on the floor and Strong gains the advantage with a knee to the midsection then takes it back into the ring. Strong picks Homicide up and hits a delayed vertical suplex. Strong makes a cover and gets a two count. Strong pulls Homicide to his feet and hits some forearm shots then snapmares Homicide over and grabs a rear chinlock. Homicide gets to his feet and breaks the hold with a back elbow then takes Strong down with a jawbreaker. Homicide bounces off the ropes and Strong whips him over with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Homicide goes to the corner and Strong hits some forearms to the back then drives his knee into the small of Homicideís back. Strong whips Homicide into the rings and telegraphs a backbody drop and Homicide hits a neckbreaker. Homicide climbs up to the second rope and plants Strong with a tornado DDT. Homicide pulls Strong to his feet and rolls him up into a hammerlock leg-nelson stretch. Strong scoots on the mat to the ropes and Homicide breaks the hold and nails Strong with a knee to the face. Strong to the apron and Homicide tries to suplex him into the ring but Strong blocks it then slingshots in with a rollup for two. Homicide snapmares Strong over and delivers a sharp kick to the small of Strongís back. Homicide chokes Strong then pulls him up and hits a knife edge chop and sends him into the ropes. Strong ducks a couple of clotheslines from Homicide and then both men hit clotheslines and both men are down. Strong goes for a powerbomb on Homicide but he slides down the back of Strong. Homicide sends Strong out of the ring then hits the tope con hilo slamming into the guardrail. Homicide pulls Strong up and hits him with a stiff knife edge chop and throws him into the ring. Strong fires off with some punches and goes for a DVD but Homicide slides down. Homicide bounces off the ropes and Strong catches him and hits a half-nelson backbreaker. Strong climbs to the top rope and Homicide catches him with a punch racking him up on top. Homicide climbs up to the top rope then takes Strong off with a hurrincanranna. Homicide pulls Strong up and hits a piledriver for a two count. Homicide pulls Strong up and goes for another piledriver but Strong pushes off. They both avoid some moves then Strong hits the half-nelson backbreaker again then goes into a Boston crab and Homicide crawls to the ropes for the break. Strong hits Homicide with a forearm shot then sends him into the corner and runs into a big back elbow. Homicide puts Strong up on the top again and climbs up after him. Homicide takes Strong off with the double underhook suplex and covers for two. Homicide pulls Strong up but Strong explodes out with a chop and goes for another but Homicide blocks it and plants him with an exploder for two. Homicide pulls Strong up again and backs Strong into the corner with a couple of knife edge chops then sets Strong on the top again. Homicide climbs up and takes him off with an ace crusher. Homicide plants Strong with a lariat and covers for two. Homicide takes his elbow pad off and then folds Strong up on his head with a lariat for the three count.

Analysis: ***Ĺ A good match between these two men. Less hard hitting then you would expect from these two but they do some nice technical work early on in the match and both men counter their opponentís trademark moves. They had some kind of loose moments on the top rope when both men are up there but itís nothing too bad. Quality wrestling from these two guys.

Allison Danger vs. Cindy Rogers vs. Daizee Haze vs. Lacey (8:39) Danger and Rogers start the match with a lockup and Dranger grabs a hammerlock and into an armbar then takes Rogers over with an arm wringer and grabs a leg of Rogers. Rogers escapes it and grabs a hammerlock then rolls Danger up for two. Rogers with a rear waistlock and she picks Danger up and slams her down to the mat and rolls her up for two. Danger tags Lacey in. Lacey calls for a test of strength and spins around into an overhead wristlock and Rogers reverses into a hammerlock. Lacey counters with a drop toehold then grabs a front facelock. Lacey hits some hard knees to the face of Rogers. Lacey goes for a suplex but Rogers counters and Rogers goes for one of her own and Lacey reverses into a rollup and they roll around the ring trading covers. Haze tags in on Lacey then grabs an arm wringer on Rogers and hits an armdrag then goes into a reverse cradle for two. Haze ducks under a clothesline from Rogers then gets a rolling prawn hold for two. Haze grabs a side headlock and Rogers sends Haze into the ropes and Lacey kicks Haze in the back and Rogers makes a cover on Haze for two. Rogers pulls Haze up and takes her over for a suplex for two. Rogers whips Haze into the ropes and hits a sidewalk slam for two. Lacey calls for the tag and Rogers gives it to her. Lacey pulls Haze up and grabs a cobra clutch and brings her down into a backbreaker and covers for two. Lacey pulls Haze up and hits a short arm clothesline then tags in Danger. Danger pulls Haze up to her feet and drop toeholds her over the bottom rope then charges and hits a kick to the back of the head choking Haze on the rope for a two count. Danger backs Haze into the corner and hits some chops then Haze avoids a third one and hits some chops of her own. Haze goes for a monkey flip but Danger catches her and sets her on the top rope. Haze fights Danger off and hits a missile dropkick. Haze makes the tag to Rogers while Danger tags Lacey. Rogers comes in on fire and takes Lacey down with a clothesline from two. Rogers goes for a German suplex but Lacey does a standing switch and goes for one of her own. Haze hits Lacey with a sunset flip as Lacey whips Rogers over with a German suplex. Lacey slaps Haze and Haze fights back and goes for the heart punch but Rogers hits her with a superkick. Lacey and Rogers go back and forth and Lacey plants Rogers with a TKO for a two count before Danger breaks it up. Lacey gets in Dangerís face and screams at here. Rogers hits Lacey with some shoulders to the midsection then hits a sunset flip but Danger tags herself in and throws Lacey to the outside. Danger brings Rogers down with a neckbreaker across her knee then follows up with an STO for the three count.

Analysis: *1/2 Rogers and Danger seem hesitant on a lot of the moves they hit and they transition sort of sloppily. Haze and Lacey are smooth in the ring as always and really make the match look good. Some nice basic wrestling and a decent four way match here. Itís not great but not horrible either.

Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer (c)vs. Colt Cabana & Nigel McGuinness (RoH Tag Team Title) Whitmer and Maff jump Cabana and Nigel to start the match and they pound away at Nigel and Whitmer stays in the ring with him and then they trade some knife edge chops and Whitmer takes control and throws Nigel into the corner. Whitmer sends Nigel across the ring ring with an Irish whip but Nigel blocks it then rolls Whitmer up for two. Nigel takes Whitmer over with an arm wringer flip. Whitmer gets up and picks a leg on Nigel and Nigel flips him over using his leg. Nigel takes Whitmer down with an armdrag and goes into an armbar then tags in Cabana who comes off the top rope with a punch to the shoulder of Whitmer then grabs him with an armbar and adds a leg hold. Whitmer gets to his feet and Cabana snapmares him over into an armbar then an overhead wristlock and stomps the elbow of Whitmer. Cabana goes back to the arm wringer and Whitmer rakes the eyes for the break and tags in Maff. Maff comes in cocky and Cabana gets him with an arm wringer. Cabana goes for an Irish whip but Maff counters it into a short arm clothesline then tags in Whitmer. Whitmer with an elbow to the back of Cabanaís head sending him down to the mat then tags in Maff. Maff with some strikes to Cabana in the corner then whips him across the ring but Nigel blocks the impact. Maff charges and Cabana moves out of the way and Maff hits the corner and Nigel tags in. Nigel ducks under a lockup from Maff and grabs a cobra clutch but Maff just flips him over breaking the hold. Nigel gets up into a forearm shot and then the two men lockup and Nigel grabs the cobra clutch again. Nigel spins Maff out of it and drives his shoulder into the arm of Maff. Maff sends Nigel down on the third one though and then the two men start trading forearm strikes and Nigel goes into some hard European uppercuts. Whitmer tries to use Nigelís block in the corner but Maff reverses the Irish whip and Nigel kicks him in the midsection then hits Maff with a superkick for a two count. Cabana comes in to stop Whitmer and both groups of men are backed into the corner. Cabana whips Whitmer and Maff whips Nigel and Nigel crushes Whitmer with a clothesline and Cabana charges and hits Maff with a dropkick. Cabana takes Whitmer over with a hurrincanranna in the ring and scores a two count. Cabana starts to get the advantage but Maff comes back into the ring and hits Cabana in the back sending him to the mat and Whitmer dropkicks Cabana in the face then tags in Maff. Maff sends Cabana into the corner three times then hits a running knife edge chop then sends Cabana into a corner again and hits another running knife edge chop. Maff snapmares Cabana over and Cabana crawls through the legs of Maff and makes the tag but Whitmer distracts the ref. Maff pulls Cabana to their corner and Whitmer tags in and drops an elbow to the midsection of Cabana. Whitmer with a neckbreaker for a two count. Maff gets tagged back in and Cabana is sent into the ropes and taken down with a double clothesline. Maff gets Cabanaís head between his legs then jumps up and comes down on the head of Cabana. Maff backs Cabana into the corner and tags in Whitmer who hits a kick to the midsection then pulls Cabana out of the corner and hits a snap suplex then rolls to his feet and hits a northern lights suplex for two. Maff tags back in and Maff stomps away at Cabana in the corner. Maff plants Cabana with a powerslam then drops a forearm across the chest of Cabana. Whitmer makes a tag and grabs a cravate on Cabana. Cabana gets snapmared over and goes to make the tag but Nigel was away going after Maff on the outside. Whitmer grabs Cabana with a front facelock and Maff makes the tag. Maff chokes Cabana over the top rope then gives him a punch to the face. Cabana hits Whitmer with a forearm then takes a knife edge chop from Maff who then makes the tag to Whitmer. Double Irish whip into the ropes and Cabana ducks under the double clothesline and takes both men down with a springboard moonsault. Cabana makes the tag and Nigel sends Whitmer to the outside with a shoulder tackle. Nigel manages to take Maff down with a shoulder tackle then hits a hammerlock pedigree and Whitmer breaks up the count of two. Whitmer gets tagged in and plants Nigel with a brutal brainbuster for two before Cabana breaks it up. Cabana tags himself in and hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Whitmer reverses an Irish whip and Maff trips him on the outside. Whitmer goes for the exploder but Cabana reverses into a rollup but Whitmer blocks it with the cover and Nigel rolls him over for a two count. Cabana goes for the spinoff crucifix powerbomb but Whitmer slides down his back and plants him with the wristclutch exploder for the three count.

Analysis: **3/4 This was much better on a second viewing. I donít really care much for the clash of styles they want to sell between these two teams. When Nigel goes to the striking game against Maff he does a good job. A decent match but nothing more than that. I didnít get a time on this match so oh well.

James Gibson vs. Rocky Romero (16:33) The two men circle before the match and Romero goes for some kicks then taunts Gibson to through a punch and Gibson shoots in to pick a leg but Romero uses the ropes to stay on his feet and gets a break. Romero connects with a kick to the leg of Gibson but gets nothing. The two men go into a lockup and they struggle back and forth and go into a clinch and Gibson scores with a knee to the midsection but Romero spins him around into the corner and they have a clean break. Test of strength and Gibson trips Romero down to the mat and they go back and forth on the mat and Romero manages to fight out and get to his feet then gives Gibson a bitch slap. Gibson hits Romero with a kick to the legs and then they go into a test of strength and Romero scores with a kick and Gibson gives him a bitch slap of his own. They go into a lockup and Gibson goes behind with a hammerlock. Romero jumps up and takes Gibson over with a snapmare and Gibson goes to the outside. Romero grabs one arm of the test of strength and goes into a hammerlock but Gibson trips him down and grabs a front facelock. Gibson goes into an arm wringer and Romero rolls forward and goes for a hiptoss but Gibson blocks it and slams Romero down to the mat and grabs a rear choke and Romero gets to the ropes and forces the break. Test of strength and Gibson gets the advantage and takes Romero down to his knees. Gibson puts Romeroís hands on the mat and stomps the hands. Romero calls for a test of strength then hits Gibson with some stiff kick. The two go into a lockup and they go all over the ring before they break it. They go into a lockup and Romero gets a hammerlock and takes some hard back elbow shots then Gibson bounces off the ropes and drops him with a shoulder tackle. Romero grabs a side headlock and Gibson shoots him into the ropes and Gibson drops him with a forearm shot and Romero rolls out of the ring. Gibson charges and hits Romero with a nice suicide dive. Gibson pulls Romero up and hits a knife edge chop then throws him into the ring. Romero gets up on his knees and Gibson drops an elbow to the back of his head. Gibson delivers two powerslams then makes a cover for a long one count. Romero fights to his feet and Gibson hits a knee to the chest then whips him into the corner. Gibson charges into a big boot and Romero snapmares him over and kicks him in the back. Romero stomps away at Gibson then pulls him to his feet and hits a knife edge chop. Romero scores with some kicks and grabs the arm of Gibson then climbs up the ropes and jumps off the ropes and takes Gibson over with a loose hurrincanranna. Romero nails Gibson with a series of spinning kicks to the side of the head. Romero pulls Gibson up to his feet and Gibson reverses and Irish whip and telegraphs the backbody drop and Romero grabs an abdominal stretch and Gibson breaks it up with a gut buster. Romero gets up to his feet and grabs Gibson with the octopus hold. Romero takes Gibson down with the hold into a cover and scores a two count. Gibson scores with a big knife edge chop and Romero fires back with three kicks to the chest sending Gibson down to the mat. Romero sticks a knee into the back of Gibson and stretches his arms back. Gibson gets to his feet then turns the hold around and delivers a knee to the back of Romero. Gibson sends him into the ropes and both men bounce off the ropes and hit crossbody blocks and both men are down on the mat. They get up at the refís count of four and they start exchanging forearm shots and then they bounce off the ropes with forearms and Gibson sends Romero down then falls down. Gibson pulls Romero to his feet then bounces off the ropes for a clothesline but Romero blocks with a kick. Romero charges and hits a jumping knee. Gibson gets back up and clobbers Romero with a clothesline and both men are down on the mat. They get up at the refís count of five and Gibson goes for the tiger driver but Romero blocks it. Gibson drives some knees into the side of Romeroís head then bounces off the ropes and Romero takes him over with a hurrincanranna into a triangle choke but Gibson rolls through and picks Romero up and plants him with a sitout powerbomb breaking up the hold. Gibson pulls Romero to his feet and plants him with a hard vertical suplex and scores a two count. Gibson backs Romero into the corner and sets him on the top rope then hits him with some strikes. Gibson climbs up and goes for a superplex but Romero blocks it then takes him off with a sunset flip power bomb and covers for two. Romero gets up to his feet on the apron then springboards in with a dropkick but Gibson side steps and rolls him up with a la majistral for a two count. Gibson pulls Romero up and goes for a backslide but Romero blocks it and grabs a cross armbreaker but Gibson gets a foot on the rope to force the break. Romero pulls Gibson up and spins him into a shoulder block to the shoulder of Gibson. Romero goes for another Irish whip but Gibson counters into a DDT and grabs the front guillotine but Romero rolls over to the ropes breaking the hold and really preventing it. Gibson pulls Romero up and goes for a dragon suplex but Romero blocks it and goes for one of his own that gets blocked too. Romero spins out and grabs Gibson with a front facelock and a hammerlock and Gibson rolls him over into a cover and forces Romero to break the cover at two. Romero scores with a big knee to Gibson then goes for a suplex but Gibson lands behind him and hits a neckbreaker then grabs the front guillotine and gets the submission.

Analysis: **** An awesome match between these two men. I didnít get the hype for Gibson/Spanky but this match is just better and shows what Gibson is all about. Of course Romero does a great job as well. The opening mat sequence between those two men is just fantastic work and has a real shoot feel to it and itís just awesome, my play by play doesnít come close to doing it justice.. Itís nice to see the Rottweilers on the floor and not interfere as well. I love how Romero plays to his kicks and they are what gives him his advantage. Just a phenomenal match. There is nothing more to say about it than that. My only complaint would be the end as Romero is way to close too the ropes to tap out. Other than that this is a fantastic match and a good showing of what Gibson is all about.

CM Punk & Spanky vs. Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal (#1 Contenders Match) (25:48) Lethal and Punk start hte match with a lockup and Punk takes him over with a firemanís carry into an armbar. Lethal reverses the hold into a side headlock and Punk counters into a side headlock of his own and takes Lethal down to the mat. Lethal breaks the hold by grabbing a legscissors. Punk pulls himself free and grabs Punk with a front facelock. Lethal rolls through on the hold and grabs an armbar. Punk fights up to his feet and backs Lethal into the corner and gets a break. Punk ducks under Lethal and grabs a rear waistlock then slams Lethal down to the mat. The two men go back and forth and Lethal grabs a cravate as he gets to his feet. Punk pushes Lethal down to a knee then grabs a side headlock. Lethal shoots Punk into the ropes and Punk drops him with a shoulder tackle. They do some rope running that goes into a pinfall sequence. Lethal goes for the dragon suplex but Punk blocks then goes for the shining wizard but Lethal catches him and rolls him up for two. Punk tags Spanky in and Spanky avoids a lockup into an armbar but Lethal counters into one of his own and then Lethal takes Spanky down with a legscissors. Spanky rolls Lethal up reversing the hold but Lethal trips Spanky down and grabs a leglock. Spanky spins out of it and grabs a legbar on Lethal. Lethal counters and goes into a cross armbreaker but Spanky flips him over and pulls his arm out to grab a front facelock and Lethal backs him into the corner for a break. Lethal whips Spanky into the corner and Spanky handstands and takes him over with a headscissors. Spanky sends Lethal into the corner and Lethal handstands and comes down behind Spanky and Spanky nails him with a forearm and Lethal makes the tag. Spanky circles Joe avoiding him then goes behind with a rear waistlock but he canít lift Joe up. Spanky stomps a foot then grabs a side headlock. Joe sends him into the ropes and Spanky goes for a shoulder tackle twice to no effect. Spanky bounces off the ropes and ducks a clothesline from Joe then goes for a big shoulder tackle but he just bounces off Joe then tags in Punk and the crowd goes crazy. Lockup and Punk grabs a side headlock but Joe whips him over to the mat breaking the hold. Another lockup and Punk goes into a side headlock but Joe breaks out of it quickly. Lockup and Punk grabs a side headlock and takes Joe down to the mat but Joe counters with a headscissors and they do the sequence twice more before Punk manages to grab a headlock and keep Joe up. Joe goes for a belly to back suplex but Punk lands on his feet and hits Joe with some shots. Punk bounces off the ropes and Joe lights him up with a series of open hand slaps. Punk manages to grab the side headlock and take Joe down to the mat again and cranks on the hold. Joe fights up to his fee and Spanky makes a blind tag and a double team shoulder tackle takes Joe down and then Joe takes them both down with a shoulder tackle. Joe tags in Lethal and he faces off with Spanky. Test of strength and Lethal bridges Spanky down to the mat. Lethal puts Spanky down for a two count before he rolls a shoulder and then once more, Spanky kips up to his feet and breaks on grip and grabs an arm wringer and Lethal reverses into a side headlock. Spanky sends Lethal into the ropes and Lethal drops him with a shoulder tackle. Lethal whips Spanky into the ropes and Spanky hits a dropkick for two. Spanky pulls Lethal up and gets pulled down into a backbreaker and Lethal covers for two. Lethal pulls Spanky up and takes him over with a snap suplex and floats over for a two count then tags in Joe. Joe lifts Spanky up and Lethal holds him on the top rope and Joe charges with a big boot to the face and makes a cover for one before Punk breaks up the cover. Joe pulls Spanky up with a belly to back then drops him forward into a backbreaker. Joe grabs Spankyís legs and takes him over into a Boston crab but Spanky gets the ropes and Joe tags in Lethal. Lethal puts the boots to Spanky then pulls him up and hits a belly to back suplex for a two count. Lethal pulls Spanky up and sends him into the ropes with an Irish whip and hits a backbreaker for a two count. Lethal pulls Spanky to his corner and tags in Joe. Joe pulls Spanky up and delivers a delayed vertical suplex for about twenty seconds then makes a cover for two. Joe pulls Spanky up and takes some back elbows to the midsection then forearms. Spanky bounces off the ropes and Joe throws him up and lets him slam to the mat face first. Joe bounces off the ropes and hits a big back senton to Spanky and covers from two before Punk breaks it up. Lethal gets a tag in and grabs a cobra clutch and pulls Spanky down across his knee adding more pressure and Punk breaks it up. Lethal distracted by Punk and Spanky hits a leg lariat to the back Lethal. Lethal falls out of the ring and Punk catches him and drops him over the guardrail throat first and Spanky tags Punk in. Punk with an Irish whip then a kitchen sink to Lethal. Punk pulls Lethal up and drapes him over the top rope. Punk grabs the leg of Lethal and drops a leg on the knee then goes into a leglock and drives some punches into the midsection of Lethal before Joe breaks up the hold with a kick to the back. Spanky bounces off the ropes and drops some knees to Lethal then gets the tag in. Punk whips Spanky into a big shoulder thrust to the midsection of Lethal. Spanky stomps away at Lethalís midsection. Spanky pulls Lethal up to his feet and brings him down with a knee to the face. Spanky pulls Lethal up and whips him into the corner and Lethal falls down and Spanky tags out. Punk hits a backbreaker and then a gut buster and covers for two before Joe makes the break. Punk pulls Lethal up to his feet and hits a headbutt to the midsection. Punk pulls Lethal up and hits another headbutt to the midsection. Lethal goes to the corner but Punk pulls him back. Punk goes for another headbutt to the midsection but Lethal jumps over with a sunset flip for two and Punk rolls back to his feet and hits a shoulder to the midsection. Lethal comes off the ropes and Punk grabs him with an abdominal stretch. Spanky grabs the arm of Spanky for some extra leverage and the ref stops Joe from breaking the hold. Lethal breaks the hold with a hiptoss and Lethal goes to make the tag but Punk trips him and holds him with his legs then tags in Spanky. Spanky comes in and drops an elbow to the back of Lethal. Spanky pulls Lethal up and backs him into the corner and drives some knees into the midsection. Spanky goes for the sliced bread number two but Lethal avoids it then hits Spanky with a superkick and sends Punk to the floor with a leg lariat. Lethal tags in Joe and Joe tags Punk over with an overhead belly to belly suplex and plants Spanky with a brutal powerslam and goes into a cross armbreaker. Punk breaks up the hold with a slingshot senton and Lethal comes in and sends Punk over the top rope with a clothesline. Joe plants Spanky with a powerbomb for two then takes him over into the STF. Spanky bites the hand of Joe to break the hold and Joe tags Lethal back in. Lethal with a powerslam then climbs up to the top rope and connects with a flying headbutt. Lethal makes a cover for two before Punk dives in to break it up. Lethal throws Punk through the ropes then hits Spanky with some brutal strikes but Spanky ducks a clothesline and hits a left turn at Albequerque. Spanky grabs Lethal and hits a tornado DDT after kicking off Joe sending him to the outside. Punk comes in and hits the mule kick. Spanky grabs Lethal and hits a DDT as Punk hits Lethal in the back with an enziguri. Lethal fights out of the welcome to Chicago from Punk then fights off Punk and Lethal with chops but he eventually loses. Punk holds Lethal and Spanky goes for something but Lethal kicks him sending him to the outside. Punk takes Lethal over with a German suplex and bridges for two before Joe breaks it up with an elbow to the midsection of Punk. Joe and Punk exchange forearms and Joe ducks a clothesline from Punk and makes a suicide dive onto Spanky. Punk grabs Lethal and goes for the Pepsi Plunge when Steven Richards walks out from the back and distracts Punk. The ref is on the outside with Joe and Spanky I guess. Richards ducks a double forearm shot from Punk and then nails him with a superkick. Lehtal pulls Punk up and hits him with the dragon suplex and rolls him over for the three count.

Analysis: **** A really good tag encounter between these two teams and Iím glad Spanky ended up substituting for Corino. Spanky and Punk have a nice heat segment on Lethal and then they have a great build to the ending with everybody hitting big moves and the crowd is electric for it and then Steven Richards comes out and interferes in the match and it really sucks. It makes no sense at all and just brings this match down a lot. I just wish this match could have a clean finish instead of the crap it had. Good work by everybody in the match and itís good stuff.

Overall Recommendation: Get this show! My favorite RoH show of 2004 up until this point in the year. Romero/Gibson is the best match Iíve seen so far and the main event tag match is even better if it wasnít for the horrible finish. There is another nice tag match in the Special K name match and Homicide and Strong really show what they can do as well. There are some weak matches on the show but nothing really bad. Definitely a show you should pick up.

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