RoH: Death Before Dishonor 2, Part One
Wauwatosa, WI - July 23, 2004
Trent Acid vs. Delirious vs. Ace Steel vs. Matt Sydal (7:47)
Acid grabs a headlock on Steel then gets shot into the ropes and the two men collide with shoulder blocks. Acid runs forward and stops before Steel hits him with a forearm and pokes him in the eye. Steel sends him to the mat with a big forearm. The two men start running the ropes and Steel catches Acid going for a crossbody block and drops him on his head. Sydal tags in and Delirious comes in and the two men go back and forth with some chain wrestling. Delirious goes for a German suplex but Sydal flips over and lands on his feet. Delirious takes Sydal down with a clothesline then Sydal reverses an Irish whip into the corner. Delirious runs out of the corner and Sydal Ďrannas him over. Delirious catches Sydal with a big sitout spinebuster then goes into an Indian deathlock. Steel comes off with a dropkick to the break up the hold and Acid knocks Steel to the outside then hits an asai moonsault on him. Delirious and Sydal brawl to the outside and Steel tries to climb up the ropes and jump but Steel runs up from behind and slams him down to the mat. Delirious comes off the top with a crossbody block for two. Steel picks Delirious up for a powerslam and runs him into the corner a couple of times then hits a sitout powerslam for two. Sydal comes in and takes Steel over with a Ďranna and then hits a spinning heel kick. Acid comes in and Sydal drops him with a reverse rocker dropper. Delirious runs in and Sydal flips him over to the mat face first. Then we get the giant clusterf-ck corner spot and it actually looks good and Acid takes Sydal off the top with a reverse Ďranna and Steel powerbombs Delirious down. Acid whips Steel into the ropes and Steel ducks a lariat then hits a neckbreaker, a European uppercut to the back of the neck and then hits an implant DDT for two. Delirious comes off the top rope with the shadows over hell on Steel for a two count. Sydal comes in and hits a pump handle driver on Delirious for two. Acid goes for a inverted brainbuster on Sydal but he flips over and lands on his feet and Acid nails him with a big yakuza kick. Acid sets Steel up on the top rope but Steel fights him off and Delirious climbs up after him. Steel gets Delirious up on the top rope and takes him off with a top rope spinal shock. Acid stops Acid from making the cover and misses a yakuza kick and Acid dumps Steel to the outside and then Sydal ducks a lariat from Acid and makes a tope con hilo on Steel. Acid picks Delirious up and drops him with the inverted brainbuster for the three count.
Analysis: ** Pretty short for the four way matches but not too horrible. They have a nice fast paced encounter with a lot of big moves and it seems to work for them. The finish is pretty good as everybody is accounted for but it would really make no sense for Sydal to dive out of the ring instead of hitting Acid with something and then finish off Delirious.
Doug Williams (c) vs. Alex Shelley (RoH Pure Championship) (16:40)
The two men lockup and Williams grabs a cravate. Williams escapes the hold and then they lockup and Williams grabs the head of Shelley and forces him down but Shelley breaks the hold and stomps on the hands of Williams. Another lockup and Shelley goes into an arm wringer. Williams rolls forward then twists and turns to reverse the hold and snapmares Shelley over and Shelley bails to the outside to regroup. The two go for a knuckle lock and Shelley forces Willaims down into a bridge but Williams quickly gets up and reverses it forcing Shelley down in a bridge then basically slams Williams down breaking the hold. Another lockup and Shelley goes behind with a full nelson then spins around with a couple of moves then snapmares Williams over and grabs him with a tequila sunrise but Williams manages to twist free. The two men lockup and Williams goes behind and grabs a nerve hold that forces Shelley down. Shelley gets up and then reverses into his own nerve hold. Shelley tries to slam Williams into the mat but he rolls through. Shelley tries it again but Williams rolls through again. Williams then grabs the nerve hold on Shelley and tries to slam him down but Shelley rolls through. Williams runs up behind him and slams him down face first into the mat. Another lockup and Shelley takes Williams down with a keylock and Williams frees himself with a headscissors. Shelley pries himself free a couple of times and Williams puts his head back down in the hold. Shelley rolls it over and grabs a headlock but Williams escapes then jumps up to his feet and asks Shelley to get up. Williams rolls to the side and picks a leg of Shelley and grabs him with an ankle lock then stretches out the legs of Shelley. Williams escapes the hold and both men get to their feet. They go for another knuckle lock and Williams gets a drop toehold then goes after the leg but Shelley goes to the ropes for a break. Williams then ties Shelley up in the ropes and the ref helps Shelley escape. Williams goes to pick a leg but Shelley rolls through it and grabs the border city stretch and Williams crawls to the ropes and uses a rope break of his own. Shelley grabs Williams and hits him with a neckbreaker then follows up with a kick to the back. Williams gets to his knees and Shelley nails him with some knees to the face and then steps on Williams a couple of times and pulls him up. Williams explodes with a European uppercut and Shelley rakes the eyes of Williams and then hits an X-Breaker and rolls Williams over and flips over with the double arm choke and then follows up with another X-breaker and Williams uses the ropes for the break. Shelley snapmares Williams over then grabs a full nelson with the legs. Iím sure it has a real name but I donít know what it is and this is what Knulty called it so whatever. Shelley whips Williams into the corner and charges into a back elbow then charges again into a big boot. Williams comes off the ropes for a knee but Shelley side steps it. Shelley comes off the ropes and Williams grabs a leg and rolls backwards into a single leg crab and Shelley apparently grabs the ropes. Williams pulls Shelley up by the foot and Shelley drops him to the mat with an enziguri and then drops a bunch of knees to the back of Williamsí head. Shelley pulls Williams up for a suplex and Williams counters with a roll up for two. Williams gets up to his feet and Shelly charges taking him down with back elbow. Shelley whips Williams into the corner and Williams blocks hitting the corner and then does a bunch of his British wrestling and then gets him up for a vertabreaker and then rams him into the corner in the top rope and takes Shelley off with a butterfly suplex off the second rope. Shelley blocks an Irish whip from Williams then takes him over with a fisherman swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Shelley reverses another Irish whip into a superkick then plants Williams with a shellshock with two before Williams grabs the ropes. Shelley puts Williams up on the top rope and climbs up after but Williams fights him off with some elbows and throws him down to the mat. Williams comes off the top with a knee drop for a two count. Williams goes for a chaos theory but Shelley blocks it and rolls him up for a two count. Williams gets a rear waistlock again and Shelley grabs his head and takes him over with an asai DDT. Shelley then grabs a full nelson on Williams then hops up on his back and Williams runs Shelley into the ropes for the break. Williams falls on his knees and Shelley comes off the top rope with a double stomp to the back of Williamsí head and gets a two count. Shelley goes for the shellshock but Williams counters it into the chaos theory but Shelley grabs the ropes for a break. Williams goes for it again but Shelley blocks it and goes behind Williams. Williams gets a standing switch then runs Shelley into the corner and takes him over with the chaos theory for a three count.
Analysis:****1/4 The wrestling in this match I would say is better than there match at Completion. Shelley doesnít come into the match injured and they do some nice back and forth throughout the match and they really give the spirit of competition and knowing each other since they have wrestled before. The thing that hurts this match is that Shelley spends the entire time working on the neck of Williams and then he still bridges easily for the chaos theory. It may sound like a minor quibble but heís done it many times before and it really hurts Shelleyís offense in retrospect. Still this is just awesome wrestling from these two guys who are great on the mat.
Rocky Romero & Low Ki vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer (16:52)
Romero and Ki jump Maff and Whitmer. Ki throws Whitmer into the corner and gives him a couple of big knife edge chips. Maff and Whitmer reverse Irish whips and hit shoulder blocks that send the Rottweilers to the outside. Romero and Whitmer come into the ring to start the actual tag match and they go for a knuckle lock and Whitmer gets the advantage and Romero slowly gets to his feet and gets to the ropes for the break. Romero and Maff grab a knuckle lock again and Romero kicks Whitmer in the leg and Whitmer fires back with one that staggers Romero and Ki tags in and Whitmer tags in Maff. Maff nails a blistering chop and Ki fires back with a standing enziguri. Maff drops Ki with a chop and then Ki backs up to the corner. Maff gets Ki in the corner and rifles off a series of chops. Maff pulls Ki up and powerslams him down. Ki gets to his feet and Maff goes for the half nelson suplex but Ki gets to the ropes and then low blows Maff and hits him with a nice chop then snapmares Maff over and drops a nice elbow. Romero tags in and hits Maff with a series of stiff kicks to the chest and back. Maff reverses an Irish whip and drops Romero with a back elbow then tags in Whitmer. Whitmer pounds at the head and back of Romero then whips him into the ropes and hits him with a nice leg lariat for a two count. Maff tags in and hits Romero with a double slap to the back then hits a nice vertical suplex. Romero tries to crawl to Ki but Maff just steps on his hand then pulls him up and tags in Whitmer. Romero tries to push Whitmer to his corner but Whitmer holds onto the front facelock and takes Romero down stopping him. Whitmer backs up to his corner and Romero hits him with some shoulders to the midsection then tags in Ki. Ki nails a hard chop to Whitmer then chokes him over the top rope. Ki stomps at the leg of Whitmer to sit him down in the corner then hits a big kick to the chest. Ki pulls Whitmer up and hits him with a big chop then snapmares him over and covers for two. Ki pulls Whitmer up and Whitmer punches his way free then tags in Maff. Maff pokes Ki in the eyes as he gets up to his feet then whips him into the ropes. Maff catches Ki coming off the ropes then throws him up and lets him fall down to the mat. Ki rolls out of the ring and Maff follows him out and knocks him down then drops an elbow. Romero jumps down and shoves Maff into the ringpost then jumps down and kicks at Maff. Ki gets to his feet and helps Romero kick Maff. Romero throws Maff into the ring and Ki gets an arm wringer then drops him with a variation on the single arm DDT and covers for two. Ki tags in Romero and Romero hits some big kicks to the chest of Maff and Ki lands some big kicks as well. Romero whips Maff into the corner and hits him with a big knee. Romero grabs an armbar and taunts Whitmer and Whitmer comes in and just kicks him in the face breaking up the hold and Ki comes in behind the ref and twists the arm of Maff around the ropes until the ref breaks it up. Then Romero comes in behind the refís back and throws Maff into their corner. Romero snapmares Maff over then kicks at the arm of Maff. Romero pulls Maff down and Ki comes off the top with a brutal double stomp and makes the cover for two before Whitmer breaks it up. Ki then makes a cover and gets a two count. Ki delivers some chops to the shoulder of Maff then draws Whitmer into the ring and Romero comes in and drops a knee to the arm of Maff. Romero pulls Maff and rolls through into a keylock. Maff fights up to his feet then breaks the hold with a powerslam and Ki comes in and attacks Maff. Whitmer starts to come in and Romero stops Whitmer. Maff ducks under a double high knee then takes Romero and Ki over with a double German suplex which actually looked pretty good. Maff crawls to the his corner and tags in Whitmer but Smokes distracts the ref. Whitmer manages to nail Romero with a forearm until Whitmer to the outside. Whitmer then throws Smokes into the ring and Maff spears him big time. Maff then makes a tag the ref sees and he takes down the Rottweilers with a series of lariats then whips Romero into the ropes and hits him with a back elbow. He sends Ki into th eropes and hits him with a high knee. Whitmer grabs Romero and hits a vertical suplex then northern lights suplex for a two count. Whitmer avoids the springboard back kick from Ki and delivers an exploder suplex to Ki into Romero. Whitmer hits Romero with an exploder and gets a two count before Ki breaks it up. Ki stops Maff by hitting his arm then Ki backs Whitmer into the corner with some chops. Whitmer hits Ki with another exploder for a two count. Maff catches Romero off the top with a spinebuster then grabs him with a double underhook. Whitmer grabs Ki and goes for a wristclutch exploder but Ki bounces off the ropes into the dragon clutch but Maff spears Ki to break it up. Maff goes for the burning hammer but Ki pushes Whitmer into Ki to break up the hold. Ki hits Whitmer with a belly to back suplex. Romero takes Maff over with a cross armbreaker while Ki holds Whitmer with the rings of Saturn. Maff fights the hold but Romero takes him down to the mat and he taps out.
Analysis:***3/4 An awesome tag match between these two teams. Throughout the match itís just hard hitting action which is what these four guys do best. Then Maff goes to the outside and Romero slams him shoulder first into the ringpost and the Rottweilers start to work on the arm of Maff throughout the match and it becomes the focus. When Whitmer gets the hot tag the match just breaks down and it becomes balls to the wall action and these guys just start throwing everything theyíve got. Maff is really awesome in this match and he has to be since he spends the largest amount of time in the match as the legal man. This is a wild brawl without involving weapons or just devolving into a bunch of punches. Just good stuff from these four.
Chad Collyer vs. Danny Daniels (8:21)
Collyer and Daniels lock up and Daniels backs Collyer into the corner and gives a clean break. The two men lockup and Collyer spins around with an arm wringer but Daniels counters it into his own arm wringer. Collyer does some flipping then fireman carries Daniels over and grabs an arm wringer of his own again. Daniels gets to his feet then counters with an STO and grabs a side headlock but Collyer is quick to grab the ropes and break the hold. The two men lockup and Collyer drope toeholds Daniels and grabs a side headlock. Daniels fights up to his feet and hits a couple of forearms to the midsection then shoots Collyer into the ropes and the two men start to go through a nice back and forth sequence. Collyer nails Daniels with a great dropkick then armdrags him over into an armbar and turns it into a keylock. Collyer goes for an arm wringer but Daniels fights free and chops away at Collyer until Collyer reverses an Irish whip and hits some nice chops of his own. Daniels reverses an Irish whip from Collyer then takes him up in a firemanís carry and throws him over and into a gut buster. Daniels then hits a double stomp on Collyer then drops back with a senton for a two count. Collyer gets up to his feet and Daniels hits him with some forearms. Collyer ducks one and grabs a rear waistlock but Daniels fights free then sends Collyer into the ropes and hits him with a spinning gut buster then grabs a seated abdominal stretch. Daniels rolls Collyer into a cover for two. Collyer reverses an Irish whip into the corner and charges. Daniels goes for a big boot but Collyer catches it then hits drops down bringing Danielsí leg down on his shoulder. Daniels counters an Irish whip and hits Collyer with a clothesline. Collyer gets up in the ropes and Daniels him with a big shoulder to the midsection. Collyer staggers out of the corner and Daniels charges and Collyer sends him into the corner with an overhead belly to belly suplex that drops him on his head. The two men trade chops and Daniels gains the advantage with a poke to the eye. Daniels whips Collyer into the ropes and Collyer hits a leg lariat. Collyer whips Daniels into the ropes and messes up a Ďranna but still makes it look good for a two count. Daniels charges and Collyer sends him to the outside with a backbody drop then charges and hits a suicide dive. Collyer rolls Daniels into the ring then climbs to the top rope but Daniels cuts him off. Daniels climbs up and goes for a butterfly suplex but Collyer fights him off and throws him to the mat. Collyer comes off with a crossbody but Daniels counters it into a gut buster for a two count. Collyer reverses a firemanís carry and goes for a backslide but Daniels rolls through. Daniels goes for a piledriver but Collyer counters it and takes him over with a dragonscrew then grabs a Texas cloverleaf for the submission.
Analysis:**Ĺ A nice match here with a simple story. They go back and forth throughout and Collyer slowly works the leg of Daniels and then gets the Texas cloverleaf and itís all over. Daniels does a nice job of sticking to the midsection of Collyer with some of his offense and both men seemed to bring some new moves to the table here.
John Walters, Matt Stryker & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Austin Aries, Jack Evans & Roderick Strong (16:34)
Jacobs and Evans start the match with a lockup and Jacobs goes behind with a hammerlock. Evans jumps up and takes Jacobs down with a snapmare. Jacobs gets up and Evans armdrags him and they go back and forth before locking up again and Jacobs grabs an arm wringer then armdrags Evans a couple of times and goes into an armbar. Evans gets to his feet and Jacobs twists the arm and tags in Walters who comes in and kicks the arm of Evans. Walters whips Evans into the ropes and he avoids it then tags in Strong and Walters armdrags him over into an armbar. Walters tags Stryker in and Strong rakes the eyes of Stryker then tags in Aries. Stryiker armdrags Aries over and Aries lands on his head. Stryker grabs a hammerlock but Aries fights free with some back elbows and bounces off the ropes and Stryker hiptosses him over. Aries gets up and Stryker armdrags him over into an armbar then drops some knees to the arm of Aries then grabs an armbar again. Aries gets up to his feet and backs Stryker into the corner and grabs the ropes for a break. Stryker fires off with some forearms and chops on Aries then whips him into the opposite corner but Aries avoids a high knee from Stryker then dropkicks the knee sending Stryker down. Aries kicks at the leg of Stryker then grabs an armbar but Stryker kicks his way free. Aries pulls Stryker back to his corner and tags in Strong. Strong drops an elbow to the leg of Stryker and grabs a hold. Then he flips Stryker over and surfboard and slams Stryker face first into the mat repeatedly. Strong then tags in Evans who drops an elbow on the injured leg of Stryker Evans dragonscrews Stryker over and twists the leg but Stryker just rails him with some forearms to break it up but Evans manages to pull Stryker back to his corner and tags in Aries. Stryker gets to his feet and Aries nails him with a nice kick to the chest. Aries with a spinning toe hold but Stryker fights free with some kicks to the back. Aries comes off the ropes and Stryker grabs his arm and takes him down with a single arm DDT. Stryker manages to tag in Jacobs and Jacobs comes off the top with a karate chop to Aries. Jacobs goes strong until Aries whips him into Strong who throws him up in the air and Evans comes off the top with a missile dropkick to Jacobs in midair. Aries whips Jacobs into the ropes and hits him with a combination of a manhattan drop and a spinebuster then tags in Strong. Strong takes Jacobs to the corner and gives him some chops then pulls him out of the corner and drops him with a belly to back suplex and covers for two. Strong tags in Evans and whips Jacobs into the ropes. Jacobs ducks a spin kick but gets nailed by a dropkick and then Evans hits one of his crazy standing flips for a two count before Walters breaks it up then tags in Aries. Aries puts Jacobs up on the top rope and Jacobs bites Aries then fights Strong and Evans off and then comes off with a crossbody block on Aries but Aries rolls through then picks him up into a firemanís carry and hits a rolling Samoan drop then tags in Strong. Strong comes off the top with a big elbow drop for a two count. Jacobs tries to get to his corner but Strong stops him and picks him up and gorilla press slams him into the corner. Strong and Aries hit a belly to back neckbreaker combo as Evans comes off the top with a double stomp. Strong takes Jacobs over with a butterfly suplex then just rocks him with a kick to the back then tags Aries in. Aries hits a high impact sidewalk slam for a two count. Aries hits Jacobs with a Manhattan drop and Strong hits him with a forearm. Aries staggers backwards and Jacobs makes the tag but the ref didnít see it and Aries throws Jacobs down and tags in Strong. Jacobs fights against Strong in the corner but Strong whips him into the corner then hits a yakuza kick to the back that sends Jacobs face first into the ringpost for a two count. Strong drops Jacobs with a slam then tags Aries who comes in with a slingshot senton then bounces off the ropes and drops a big elbow for a two count. Aries pulls Jacobs up and Jacobs fights against the Gen Next team and starts nailing Aries with some forearms. Aries whips Jacobs towards Strong but he ducks Strong then racks Evans on the top and then press slams him into Aries and Strong and then flips over the pile and tags in Stryker and Walters who just go to town on the members of Gen Next and the action is too furious to call. Stryker picks Evans up in an electric chair and Walters jumps up and takes him off with the double knees for the two count before Aries breaks it up. Strong saves Aries and plants Stryker with a powerbomb and Aries comes off the top with a 450 that gets a two count before Jacobs breaks it up with a senton from the top. Walters grabs Strong and attacks him but Strong whips him into the corner and Walters hits Shelley sending him off the apron to the floor. Shelley trips Walters and attacks him and then Evans goes up to the top rope and misses a 630 on Walters and Walters grabs him with a crazy submission on Evans for the tapout.
Analysis:***1/4 A fun match from these two teams but not as good as some of the matches they have had. Jacobs plays the face in peril for a large part of the match and once he makes the tag the match is pretty much over there. Gen Next had some nice triple team moves and they set it up for the one Jacobs reverses well. Itís just too quickly after Jacobs gets the hot tag that the match is over. This one needed more time or better organization.
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Homicide (RoH World Championship) (23:43)
Joe knocks Smokes off the apron and Homicide jumps him from behind but Joe fights his way free. Then Romero gets on the apron and Joe takes him off and Homicide jumps him from behind. Homicide whips Joe into the ropes and Low Ki grabs the leg of Joe stopping him. Joe turns around right into a yakuza kick from Homicide. Ref Hanson then gets out of the ring and tells Prazak that the Rottweilers must leave the ringside area upon threat of Homicide getting Dqed. Homicide and Joe start going back and forth with chops and forearms and Homicide backs Joe into the corner and Joe fights out with some big headbutts. Then they trade slaps to the face and Joe drops Homicide with a big forearm. Joe chops and forearms Homicide then follows up with a boot scrape. Joe snapmares Homicide over then slaps him in the back and kicks him down with a kick to the chest. Joe pulls Homicide up and grabs a cravate. Homicide backs Joe into the corner then chops him and then chokes him. Joe backs Homicide up with a headbutt then drops him with a couple of forearms. Joe grabs Homicide and delivers a stalling vertical suplex. Joe grabs an armbar on Homicide and Homicide scoots over to get a foot on the bottom rope for a break. The two men trade forearms on their knees and then Homicide rakes the eyes of Joe. Homicide delivers some kicks to the face of Joe and makes a cover for two. Homicide exits the ring and yells at the fans. He slides back in and runs and kicks Joe in the back of the head then scrapes his face on the ropes. Homicide then delivers the fearsome back rake twice in a row. Joe explodes up with a series of punches and kicks then bounces off the ropes and hits a yakuza kick. Joe kicks away at the face of Homicide but Homicide shakes it off and gets up to his feet. The two men face off and Homicide pokes him in the eye. Homicide hits Joe with a couple of running boots to the face but Joe gets up and then hits Homicide with a yakuza kick then Homicide gets up and hits Joe with another yakuza kick that takes him down. Homicide grabs a side headlock and works th eyes but Joe gets to the ropes. Joe gets up and just goes crazy with chops and strikes to back Homicide into the corner then Homicide stops him with an eye poke. Homicide goes to the apron and chokes Joe by standing on him then he goes to the apron and legdrops Joe. Homicide pulls Joe up and slaps him in the chest a couple of times and Joe gets to his feet and just starts rocking Homicide with chops and then throws him into the corner. Joe whips Homicide across the ring into the corner and charges after him but Homicide moves out of the way. Homicide punches Joe down then bounces off the ropes and hits Joe with a big boot scrape. Homicide pulls Joe up and throws him out of the ring. Homicide then fakes tope con hilo and hits a baseballs slide on Joe although Iím pretty sure he just wanted to slide out and Joe was in his way. Homicide pulls Joe to his feet and Joe reverses an Irish whip sending Homicide into the guardrail then slides in after him and covers for two. Joe pulls Homicide up and chops and punches away at Homicide then drops him with an enziguri for another two count. Joe pulls Homicide up and goes for an Irish whip but Homicide reverses it and charges. Joe backbody drops him but Homicide lands on the apron then chokes Homicide over the top rope then climbs up to the top rope and comes off with a knee to the back of Joesís head then makes a cover for two. Homicide then grabs Joe with a figure four headlock. Joe gets up to his feet and pummels Homicide then takes another eye poke. Homicide comes off the ropes and Joe sweeps his legs out from him. Homicide grabs Joeís trunks and sends him to the outside then fakes a tope con hilo. As heís leaning out the ropes Joe nails him with an enziguri. Joe goes for the ole kick but Homicide counters with a drop toe hold onto the chair. Homicide charges and Joe gets up and then hits Homicide with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Joe sets Homicide on a chair then hits the ole kick. Joe jumps up and double stomps the RoH sing from the guardrail thatís on top of Homicide. Joe sends Homicide into the ring then stands near the apron recovering. Joe slides into the ring and Homicide starts choking him. Homicide hits Joe with a chop into the corner then whips him across the ring and charges but Joe catches him and plants him with an STO for two. Joe pulls Homicide up and Joe gets whipped into the corner again. Homicide charges and Joe sends him over with a backbody drop but Homicide lands on the apron. Homicide brings Joe throat first down the ring then comes off with a knee but Joe side steps it then hits Homicide with a big powerslam for a two count. Joe sends some kicks to Homicide but he manages to block a couple and Joe just takes him down with a powerbomb for two and then Joe grabs Homicide and hits a tiger driver for a two count. Homicide gets sent into the corner but Homicide moves out of the way then hits Joe with a flipping ace crusher, follows up with a neckbreaker then drops him with a piledriver and crawls over for a cover and a two count. Homicide comes off the ropes with two lariats that stagger Joe and then hits a third lariat to take Joe down for a two count. Homicide bounces off the ropes for another lariat but Joe blocks it then slaps away then grabs a sleeper hold and avoids a mule kick to the junk then grabs the sleeper hold again and takes Homicide over with a sleeper suplex and makes a cover for two. Joe picks Homicide up and sets him on the top rope and Homicide rakes the eyes and goes for a DDT but Joe slaps Homicide then hits the muscle buster for a two count. Joe picks Homicide up and plants him with an island driver that gets a two count and Joe just starts kicking the shit out of Homicide then grabs the choke and Homicideís arm drops three times and Joe wins.
Analysis:****1/4 This is probably the best match between these two men. Theyíve got a nice story of Homicide turning the match around and stopping Joeís momentum by going to the eyes or other cheapshots and then Joe learns to avoid those tactics later in the match. They start the match fairly slowly paced and they avoid any real big spots until Joe counters the tope con hilo attempt with a big enziguri. Then both men start hitting big moves and Homicide in particular wonít stay down no matter what Joe hits and then he gets choked out and still wonít give up but passes out. These guys pull out a lot of moves they havenít used in other matches with each other and this one doesnít have the same structure as the other matches. They keep the match more into the ring and they really keep the match going at all times.
CM Punk & Colt Cabana (c) vs. The Briscoes (2/3 Falls, RoH Tag Team Championship) (37:10)
Fall 1: Punk and Mark circle each other slowly then they lockup and Punk backs Mark into the corner and makes a clean break. Mark grabs Punk and rolls him up for a close two count. The two men go into a knuckle lock and Punk takes it over into a Japanese stranglehold and then Punk grabs a side headlock and takes Mark over to the mat. Mark fights up to his feet then shoots Punk into the ropes and Punk takes him down with a shoulder tackle. Punk runs the ropes and Mark takes him over with an armdrag then tags in Jay who tells Punk to tag in Cabana and gets his wish. Jay and Colt lockup and Jay goes behind and rolls Cabana up for one and then Cabana rolls Jay up for one. The two men tie up again and Cabana backs Jay into the corner and gives him a double high five then backs off. Cabana gets a rear waistlock on Jay and then grabs a side headlock and takes Jay down. Jay escapes with a headscissors and Cabana rolls Jay over and then headstands and brings himself down to escape and jumps forward grabbing a side headlock. Jay fights up but Cabana flips him over and Jay escapes with a headscissors. Cabana headstands free and Jay grabs him with a side headlock when he jumps forward then tags in Mark. Mark and Cabana lockup and Mark takes Cabana down with a side headlock takedown and Cabana escapes with a headscissors but Mark reverses it and gets to his feet and uses Cabanaís neck snap move. Mark gets Cabana in the corner and drives a series of shoulders the midsection. Cabana reverses an Irish whip into the corner and then whips Mark into the corner and follows up with a knee then tags in Punk. Punk grabs Mark with an arm wringer then picks him up by the arm and brings him back down. Punk grabs a side headlock and Mark reverses it with a headscissors. Mark then grabs a side headlock and Punk escapes with a headscissors and then the two men trade armdrags. Mark backs Punk into the corner and chops him instead of giving a clean break. The two men trade a chop each in the ring then Punk kicks and punches Mark down into the corner and then goes for a boot scrape but Mark rolls out of the way. Mark and Punk lockup and Punk goes behind with a cobra clutch then tags in Cabana. Mark takes Cabana down into an armwringer Punk makes a blind tag and Cabana takes Mark down with a side Russian legsweep and then rolls Mark over into a submission and Punk slingshots himself into the ring with a senton for a two count. Punk chops Mark then whips him into the ring and grabs an abdominal stretch. And then tags in Cabana. Cabana comes in and grabs an abdominal stretch as well and Punk leaves as Cabana grabs the hold. Cabana snapmares Mark over and hits his neck snap then picks Mark up and whips him into the ropes and hits a big back elbow for two until Jay breaks it up. Cabana gets up and tags in Punk. Punk trips Mark down and grabs him with a reverse double toe hold with a surfboard and takes Mark over into a pin for two and still holds on then tags in Cabana. Cabana drops a couple of elbows on Mark and gets a two count. Cabana backs up and Punk tags in and punches away at the midsection of Mark as Cabana holds him stretched. Punk bounces off the ropes for a swinging neckbreaker but Mark reverses it with a backslide for two. Punk gets up and backs Mark into the corner and tags in Cabana. Cabana comes in and rolls over a camel clutch into a pin for a two count. Cabana tags Punk in and Punk hits kicks to the back of Markís knees and hits chest and Punk runs him into a rollup and a two count. Markís kickout sends Punk to the outside and Jay pounds away at him and then Mark comes to the outside with a crossbody block. Mark takes Jay into the ring and drops a knee to the groin of Punk and then tags in Jay who punches away at Punk dropping him down in the corner. Jay pulls Punk up and hits a chop then whips him into the ropes and hits a leg lariat. Jay and Cabana start fighting and Cabana tries to come in and the Briscoes double team Punk and Mark becomes the legal man and makes a cover for two. Mark takes Punk over with a gut wrench suplex then drops an elbow to the face of Punk and makes a cover for two. Mark slams Punk into the corner and tags in Jay. Punk kicks Jay and Jay just punches him down then hits a sitout front suplex. Jay pulls Punk up and Punk rolls him up for two. Punk gets up and Jay trips him down then pulls him back and drops an elbow to the back. Jay pulls Mark up to his feet and hits a few forearms then whips him into the ropes and Mark makes a blind tag and comes in with a springboard dropkick and then puts his foot on the throat of Punk. Mark then takes Punk over and chokes him over the bottom rope. The ref is distracted by Mark and Jay starts choking away at Punk. Mark tags in Jay and then pulls Punk up and Jay nails him with the turnbuckle cover. Jay kicks away at Punk in the corner then tags in Mark. Jay goes to pull Punk into a short powerbomb but Mark tells him not to. Mark pulls Punk up and goes for a monkey flip out of the corner but Punk reverses it and lands on his feet and makes the tag to Cabana. Cabana comes in and takes out both Briscoes and then grabs the pendulum on Mark. Punk makes the blind tag and comes in and grabs Mark with a camel clutch. Jay charges and hits Punk with a yakuza kick to break the hold and then spikes Punk with the Jay Driller for a three count and the first fall. (19:55)
Fall 2: Cabana checks on Punk and Punk just rolls out of the way. Jay grabs Cabana from behind and spins him around and goes for a punch but Cabana blocks it then whips Jay into the ropes but Jay drops and hits Punk with a dropkick that sends him out of the ring. Mark grabs Cabana and then Jay charges but Cabana moves and Jay sends Mark down. Cabana gets a rollup for a two count then takes Jay down and grabs him with a pendulum. Cabana drops Jay down and then drops an elbow to the back and makes a cover for two. Cabana whips Jay into the ropes and hits a butt bump for another two count. Cabana pulls Jay up to his feet and hits him with a chop then whips him into the ropes and Mark makes a blind tag then comes in with a springboard crossbody and hits Jay. Cabana whips Mark into the corner and runs into a big boot but it doesnít faze him. Cabana hits Mark with a reverse suplex and makes a cover for two. Cabana goes for an Irish whip but Mark reverses it. Jay cheapshots Cabana and Cabana knocks Jay off the apron and turns around into a leg lariat from Mark. Mark follows up with a vertical suplex and floats over for a two count then tags in Jay. They back Cabana into the corner and hit a couple of chops. Mark and Briscoe charge and hit clotheslines that drop Cabana into the corner and then they hit dropkicks on Cabana at the same time. Jay drops an elbow on Cabana then pulls him into the middle of the ring and covers for two. Jay whips Cabana into the ropes and goes for a backbody but Cabana kicks him and then bounces off the ropes and Jay takes him down with a back elbow. Jay pulls Cabana up and punches away at him and Jay tags in Mark. Jay runs Cabana into the uplifted boot of Mark. Mark stands on Cabana for the cover and only gets a one count. Cabana fights back with some punches then whips Mark into the corner and charges with a knee which misses. Mark pulls him out of the corner and drops him with a neckbreaker then bridges a cover for two. Mark tags Jay in and Jay hits a backbreaker and Mark goes for a springboard knee drop and Cabana pulls Jayís head over so Mark lands on that. Cabana sends Mark to the outside then uses his devastating rollup for a three count and even out the falls.(26:24)
Fall 3: Mark gets back in and attacks Cabana during the rest period. Jay puts his foot on the corner and Mark runs him into it and Jay chokes Cabana while Mark distracts the ref. Mark hits a big knee to the face of Cabana and Cabana fights back with some strikes but he canít sustain it. Mark runs into a knee from Cabana and Cabana ducks through the legs of Mark and goes to his corner where Punk isnít is. Jay comes in and sets Cabana up on the top rope facing out then tags in Mark. Jay picks Cabana up on his shoulders and Mark springboards in for the doomsday device. Mark makes the cover and gets two before Punk dives in to break it up. Mark tags in Jay who comes in with a kick to the back of Cabana and then grabs him with a cravate. Jay snapmares Cabana over and grabs him with a rear chinlock. Cabana fights up to his feet and breaks the hold then ducks a clothesline from Jay and hits a big clothesline of his own. Jay makes the tag to Mark who comes in and hits Punk with an elbow then pulls Cabana up and forearms away at Cabana then tags Jay back in. Mark and Jay whip Cabana into the corner and charge with clotheslines but Cabana ducks under then runs up the ropes and comes off with a spinning crossbody. He punches away at the Briscoes then hits Mark with an enziguri then ducks Jay and tags in Punk who comes in on fire. Punk hits Jay with a side Russian legsweep and takes Mark down with a DDT at the same time. He backs Mark into the corner and hits some chops then whips Mark into the opposite corner then pulls him out and hits the butterfly backbreaker for a two count. Punk goes for another one but Jay breaks it up with a yakuza kick. Punk reverses it and plants Jay with a big spinebuster and Cabana comes off with a frog splash and Cabana covers for two. Punk and Mark start trading forearms and then Cabana and Punk start ping ponging Mark back and forth. Jay pulls Cabana to the outside and Punk hits Mark with a mule kick then charges him and Mark sends him to the outside with a backbody drop onto Jay and Cabana. Mark goes to the apron and climbs up to the top rope and jumps onto everybody with a nice shooting star press. Cabana gets up on the apron then hits an asai moonsault onto the other three men. Punk takes Mark into the ring and Mark runs off the ropes and grabs a rear wailslock and goes for rollup but Punk holds the ropes then goes for a shining wizard but Mark ducks it then hits Punk with an enziguri. Cabana comes in and crushes Mark with a lariat. Jay comes in and nails Cabana with a yakuza kick and Punk hits him with a shining wizard. Punk grabs Jay and goes for the Pepsi plunge but Mark breaks it up by taking Punk off the top with an ace crusher. Cabana grabs Jay and plants him with an air raid crash neckbreaker on the knee. Cabana and Mark both make covers and get two counts. They get up and trade some forearms then Mark picks Cabana up and drops him with a cut throat driver. Punk gets to his feet and goes for a full nelson but Mark breaks it then picks Punk up for a cut throat driver but Punk flips out and sends Mark into the corner. Punk pulls Mark up in the corner and hits a nice Pepsi plunge. Punk makes the cover and gets the three count and their second fall.
Analysis:****1/2 A well executed match between these two teams with a nice story for each fall. The first fall was the Briscoes dominating Punk. Cabana manages to get tagged in but it doesnít last long and then Jay takes Punk out and Punk is out for about 8 minutes after the Jay driller. On the second fall itís all about Cabana. He takes a beating but he manages to hold his own and then prove his master of the rollup to get a fall. The Briscoes renew their determination in the third fall as they beat down on Cabana and nearly finish him when Punk makes his triumphant return. The third fall is about Punk overcoming his damaged neck and Cabana overcome the beating he took to give the Briscoes a taste of their own medicine and finish them off. The ending seems weird to me because Punk comes back from an ace crusher off the top but a neckbreaker keeps Jay out of the equation? Cabana instead hitting a Colt 45 would have mad the finish that much better. Still itís hard to complain about a match that features two of the best tag teams facing off and providing a great 30+ minute match with great wrestling and a nice story.
Recommendation: Definitely a show worth picking up. A lot of good stuff here. The pure title and World Title matches are both great and the Tag Team title match is pure awesomeness. Maff & Whitmer vs. The Rottweilers is some great stiff action as well. Everything else on the show is not bad and most of it is good. Picking this one and Night 2 up are good choices.
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