RoH: Death Before Dishonor 2, Part Two
Chicago Ridge, IL - July 24, 2004
Rocky Romero vs. Chad Collyer (11:23)
Lockup to start and they struggle until Collyer takes Romero over with an armdrag variation. The two circle and then lockup again and Romero backs Collyer into the corner then takes him out with an armdrag of his own. Another lockup and Collyer grabs a side headlock then goes into a hammerlock. Romero reverses it into a hammerlock of his own but Collyer trips him down then grabs a side headlock. Romero fights up to his feet and Collyer turns it into an arm wringer and Romero gets to the ropes. Collyer trips Romero down and grabs him with a spinning toe hold but Romero gets the ropes for the break. The two lockup again and Collyer grabs a side headlock. Romero shoots him into the ropes and Collyer drops him with a shoulder tackle. Collyer runs the ropes and takes Romero over with a firemanís carry and tries to hold Romero down for a pin in a knuckle lock but Romero fights up to his feet and takes Collyer over with a monkey flip. They keep their hands together and Collyer gets up and hits a monkey flip of his own and rolls over into a cover for a two count. Romero takes Collyer over with a headscissors type thing and Collyer gets up and grabs him for the Texas cloverleaf but Romero gets to the ropes before he can flip it over. The men lockup again and Collery gets Romero against the ropes but Romero turns it around and kicks Collyer in the side of the head on the break. Romero just lands a bunch of kicks on Collyer then goes for an Irish whip but Collyer reverses it and hits a big leg lariat. Collyer fires off a series of chops then hits a nice vertical suplex and covers for two. Collyer pulls Romero up and hits a belly to back suplex for another two count. Collyer nails a headbutt then whips Romero into the ropes. Collyer catches a kick and ducks an enziguri but Romero catches him on the next go around. Romero grabs a cross armbreaker but Collyer manages to get to the ropes. Romero gets Collyer draped over the apron and brings Collyerís arm down across his shoulder then goes back into the ring. Collyer takes Romero over with a hiptoss and goes into a cross armbreaker but Collyer is already in the ropes. Romero kicks away at the injured arm of Collyer then whips him into the corner and charges with a high knee. Romero hits a forearm on Collyer then batters him down with a couple of forearms. Collyer grabs a rear waistlock on Romero and Romero gets to the ropes and he breaks it. Romero backs out of the ropes and Collyer grabs him and hits a pretty German suplex and bridges for two. Collyer pulls Romero up and takes a single arm DDT. Romero whips Collyer into the corner and Collyer reverses with a victory roll, Romero rolls through it and then Collyer rolls through again for a two count. Romero rolls it backwards and Collyer kicks him out to the outside. Collyer charges with a baseball slide but Romero moves out of the way. Collyer ducks a kick from Romero on the outside then drops him with a clothesline. Collyer rolls Romero into the ring then climbs up the top rope and hits a crossbody block for two. Collyer pulls Romero up and goes for a vertical suplex but Romero lands behind him and Collyer does a standing switch but Romero runs to the ropes and gets nailed by a dropkick. Collyer pulls Romero to his feet and drops him with a brainbuster for a two count. Collyer goes for a double underhook move but Romero reverses it and jumps up and takes Collyer over into a cross armbreaker but Collyer manages to get a foot on the ropes. Romero drives some kicks to the arm then Collyer grabs the leg. Romero flips him over into a cover but Collyer gets up and grabs the Texas cloverleaf and turns Romero over but he manages to crawl to the ropes. Romero ducks a clothesline from Collyer then jumps up and takes him over with a hurrincanranna and grabs a cross armbreaker and gets the submission.
Analysis: ***1/4 A nice simply match here. Romero works the arm and Collyer tries to just get the win and eventually does some work on the leg. These two guys just do some nice wrestling in this match. Romero stays away from his kicks and shows his wrestling skills although he does throw a few nice kicks in once in a while to work on the arm. Collyer was a little weak on selling the arm near the finish but it wasnít too bad so it doesnít bother me that much. Just some nice wrestling from these two guys here.
Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Jacobs (14:16)
The two lockup and Shelley grabs the arm and goes into an arm wringer. Jacobs spins around into an arm wringer of his own and Shelley then does some spinning into an arm wringer of his own then trips Jacobs down and grabs an armbar. Jacobs gets up to his feet and spins around into a hammerlock on Shelley. Jacobs trips Shelley up and goes into an anklelock but Shelley quickly grabs the ropes and breaks it up. The two men lockup and Shelley grabs a cravate. Jacobs escapes and spins around Shelley and grabs a cravate of his own. Shelley flips over to escape and then ties Jacobs up with the modified tequila sunrise but Jacobs is quick to the ropes for the break. They go into a knucklelock and Shelley drops down and trips Jacobs up and grabs a keylock. Jacobs fights up to his feet and Shelley goes into a side headlock on him. Jacobs shoots Shelley into the ropes and Shelley drops him with a shoulder tackle. Jacobs trips Shelley then goes for an elbow drop but Shelley moves. Jacobs takes Shelley over with a series of armdrags then hits a sunset flip for two and then grabs some crazy submission and then flips Shelley into a cover for two. The two men lockup and Shelley grabs the hair and slams Jacobs down to the mat then delivers a hard kick to his back as he sits up. Shelley whips Jacobs into the ropes and throws him up and Jacobs takes him over with a Ďranna. Jacobs whips Shelley into the corner and charges but Shelley sends him over the ropes to the apron with a backbody drop. Shelley punches him then goes to the apron and slams Jacobs into the guardrail off the apron. Shelley throws Jacobs into the ring then climbs to the top rope and comes off with a big knee to the back of Jacobs head for a two count. Shelley then grabs a figure four headlock and Shelley spins Jacobs around and just slams him into the mat face first a bunch of times. Shelley pulls Jacobs to his feet and slams him into the corner face first but Jacobs no sells it then Shelley rakes his eyes and follows up with a snap suplex and floats over for two. Shelley whips Jacobs into the corner and charges but Jacobs drop toeholds him into the corner. Jacobs jumps up and comes down with a double stomp to the back of Shelley. Jacobs pulls Shelley to his feet and Shelley reverses an Irish whip and picks Shelley up with a firemanís carry then brings Jacobs down across his knee with a neckbreaker. Shelley powerslams Jacobs down and follows with a legdrop for a two count. Shelley snapmares Jacobs over then slingshots in with an elbow for another two count. Shelley pulls Jacobs up to his feet and goes for a suplex but Jacobs lands behind Shelley then trips him down with a clothesline and both men are down. Both men get up and they start trading some punches, Shelley bounces off the ropes and Jacobs takes him down with a clothesline. Jacobs bounces off the ropes and slides through the legs of Shelley and takes him down with a bulldog. Jacobs follows up with a knee to the face then bounces off the ropes with a knee to the back of Shelleyís head for a two count. Jacobs climbs up to the top rope then comes off with a karate chop to Shelley and covers for two. Shelley reverses in Irish whip and Jacobs goes for a crossbody but Shelley catches him then spins him around into a flatliner. Shelley goes for a cross leg brainbuster but Jacobs reverses it then brings Shelley down across his knee with neckbreakers four times in a row. Shelley gets up to his feet and Shelley goes for the big boot but Shelley blocks it. Jacobs goes for the reverse pedigree but Shelley stops it. Shelley goes for the shellshock but Jacobs blocks it then hits a shellshock of his own that gets a two count. Jacobs goes for the contra code but Shelley blocks it and hits the cross leg brainbuster for two. Shelley sets Jacobs up on the top rope and the two men start trading strikes and Jacobs punches Shelley off and then hits a big senton bomb for a two count. Jacobs kicks Shelley in the gut then goes for the Contra code but Shelley flips Jacobs over. Jacobs goes for the big boot but Shelley sidesteps it then hits him with a backbdrop driver then goes into a border city stretch. Jacobs fights the hold but eventually has to tap.
Analysis: ***Ĺ Another nice singles match and just a little bit better than the last one. These two guys know each other and it comes through well in the way they reverse each others finishers and then use different finishers against each other to win. Jacobs plays the face in peril well and then makes a comeback and they both hit some nice moves to really showcase their skills and both men really look like they could win the match at any time.
John Walters & Matt Stryker vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans (10:49)
Walters and Stryker run down after Steamboat introduces them and they catch Evans as he tries to slide out of the ring. Stryker whips Evans into the ropes and tosses him up Walters catches Evans and drops him with a big powerbomb then takes him over into a liontamer and Stryker hits a dropkick to his face. Strong comes into the ring and he gets double hiptossed over. Strong manages to fight Stryker off but Walters hit him with a double knees to the chest then Stryker hits Strong with a dropkick that sends him to the outside and Steamboat sends him back into the ring. Stryker armdrags Strong and goes into an armbar. Walters gets tagged in and does some work on Strong until Strong reverses an Irish whip into the corner. Walters does a handstand on the ropes but Strong catches him in a firemanís carry then tosses him over and into a gut buster. Walters gets to his feet and Strong nails him with a yakuza kick then tags in Evans. Evans comes in and hits a snap suplex and floats over for a two count. Walters fires back with a couple of chops to Evans and then misses a dropkick. Evans hits a senton and then a corkscrew senton for two before Stryker breaks it up. Strong comes in and grabs the legs of Evans and flips him over into a 450 on Walters for another two count and then tags in Strong. Strong hits a butterfly suplex for a two count. Walters fires back with some punches to the midsection then Walters bounces off the ropes and Strong hits him with a kitchen sink then spits on Steamboat. Strong drives a series of shoulders into the midsection of Walters then delivers a wicked chop. Strong pulls Walters out of the corner and hits a stalling vertical suplex. Strong then tags in Evans who hits a front suplex I guess but it looked bad. Evans backs Walters into the corner then hits a cartwheel back elbow and flips over to the outside. Evans hits a fisherman buster then makes a cover for two and tags Strong in. Strong snapmares Walters over and kicks him hard in the back. Strong sets up for the surfboard and just slams Walters into the mat twice then gets the surfboard and Evans comes in and dropkicks Walters and Strong covers for two before Stryker breaks it up then tags in Evans. They whip Walters into the ropes and Walters ducks clotheslines and takes both men down with knees to the back then tags in Stryker. Stryker comes in with a big double clothesline then hits both men with forearms. He whips Evans into the ropes and hits a nice leg lariat. He whips Evans into the ropes and whips him over with a big powerslam for two. He whips Evans into the ropes again and he ducks a clothesline then nails a thesz press and fires away then goes for a lionsault but Evans moves out of the way. Strong picks Walters up in a reverse firemanís carry and Evans jumps off the top then springs off Walters and hits a moonsault on Stryker for two. Evans tags in Strong and Strykers hits a jawbreaker on Evans then sends Strong right to the outside and Stryker tags in Walters. Stryker picks Evans up on his shoulders and Walters jumps up and hits a double knees. Walters makes the cover but Evans isnít the legal man. Walters and Evans grab submissions but the camera angle canít show we what it is. Steamboat chases Shelley around and they go through the ring and Shelley stomps Stryker breaking up the submission. Stryker slides out of the ring to help Steamboat whoís being double teamed by Aries and Shelley. Strong and Walters both attempt powerbombs but are blocked. Strong manages to get Walters up and drops him with a spinal shock. Stryker comes back into the ring but Evans drops him with a spinning front kick and Strong covers for three.
Analysis: **3/4 A decent match but too short to be really good. They were all on fast here and they really were clicking. The powerbomb Evans takes in the beginning of the match just sounded brutal. Walters does a nice job of playing face in peril for a lot of the match and Stryker gets a good hot tag. Everyone plays their part well but it was nothing more than that really.
Trent Acid vs. Shawn Daivari vs. Matt Sydal vs. Delirious vs. Great Kazushi vs. Danny Daniels (8:22)
Daniels and Delirious start off and Daniels grabs an arm wringer but Delirious reverses it into one of his own. Daniels trips Delirious down into an arm wringer and then flips Delirious over with a monkey flip and keeps the hold. Delirious fights up to his feet and frees himself then takes Daniels down with a series of shoulder tackles. Daniels reverses an Irish whip into the corner but Delirious stops Daniels with a knee to the arm then jumps off with a headscissors and Delirious tags Kazushi and Daniels tags Daivari. Kazushi rolls under a clothesline and spits red mist into the air. Daivari then spits him gum onto Kazushi. The two men lockup and Daivari grabs a side headlock. Kazushi shoots him into the ropes and Daivari drops him with a shoulder tackle. They do some rope running and Kazushi forgets to flip over on a rollup and goes face first into the mat and Acid comes in and trades some punches on Daivari. Sydal then comes into the ring with a springboard dragonranna on Acid. On the outside Kazushi takes Daivari down with a clothesline. Acid slides out of the ring after the dragonranna and he fires off on Kazushi and then goes up on the apron for a springboard asai moonsault but Daivari jumps up and grabs him then slams him into the guardrail. Daniels and Sydal are in the ring now and Sydal takes Daniels over with an armdrag. Sydal climbs up to the rope and Daniels grabs him with a reverse firemanís carry and drops down to his knees in a back breaker. Delirious goes for something and yells out in tongues. Daniels blocks it then goes for a double underhook powerbomb and yells out f-ck you. Delirious and Sydal double team on Delirious and Sydal hits a bulldog on Daniels bringing him down onto the knees of Delirious. Daivari comes in flips Sydal over into a front kick on Delirious. Daivari drops an elbow to the back of Sydalís head then goes for another elbow drop but Sydal moves then goes for a corkscrew senton but Daivari gets his knees up and blocks it. Kazushi nails Daivari with a superkick and then Acid springboards off and htis a spinning tornado DDT. Delirious charges Acid in the corner and gets sent to the apron and Delirious jumps onto somebody on the outside and takes him over with a Ďranna. Daniels grabs Acid and hits him with a neckbreaker and then a big backdrop driver. Daniels and Kazushi trade some chops then Daniels pokes him in the eye. The two men go back and forth looking for a tombstone piledriver and Delirious comes off with a shadows over hell on both men. Daivari sets Sydal up on the top rope and Acid takes Daivari off with a sunset bomb as Daivari takes Sydal off with a German suplex. Delirious gets Acid and hits him with a wheelbarrow driver. Daniels grabs Delirious and hits a brutal sitout piledriver for two before Kazushi breaks it up. Kazushi mists Daniels then drops him with an enziguri. Sydal grabs Kazushi and hits the reverse rockerdropper. Daivari picks Sydal up and whips him into the ropes and catches him with a firemanís carry and then sees Delirious up on the top rope and gets him up in a firemanís carry and hits a double DVD. Acid and Daivari go back and forth and Acid reverses a firemanís carry and then hits the reverse brainbuster for the three count.
Analysis: **1/4 A fun sprint of a match with everybody either hitting or missing some cool moves. They manage to keep this one fairly coherent although it degenerates into everybody just throwing out big moves onto everybody else. I did like the sunset bomb/top rope German spot. Everything else was done well but itís not much a match just a spot exhibition.
Doug Williams (c) vs. Austin Aries (RoH Pure Title) (14:19)
Aries fires off a punch the ref misses and Williams sees Aries reply with a punch and warns Williams not to use a closed fist. The two men lockup and Williams gets a hammerlock. Aries spins around and trips Williams down but Williams escapes Aries and grabs a hammerlock of his own. Aries spins around into a hammerlock of his own and Williams goes through the legs of Aries and flips him over into a hammerlock. Aries fights up to his feet and reverses the hold and goes for a flip but Williams holds on and gets the hammerlock back in. Aries ducks under to reverse it and Williams returns the favor and then the two men keep reversing each other until Aries goes to the ropes to break it up. Aries kicks Williams in the gut then grabs a side headlock. Williams tells the ref to check Williams pulling the hair and uses a closed fist while the ref canít see. Williams reverses it and uses a closed fist of his own and loses a rope break. Williams flips around with an arm wringer and just keeps it on Aries. Williams turns it into a headscissors and Aries tries to headstand out of it but Williams does a short piledriver. Aries manages to escape the hold but Williams holds onto the arm and takes him into a headscissors again. They do that once more and then Aries head stands out of it and hits Williams with a dropkick. Aries grabs a choke on Williams and the ref breaks the count and Aries charges and drops him throat first across the rope and flies to the outside. Aries slingshots in with a senton that gets a two count. He follows up with an elbow to the back and goes into the rings of Saturn by the ropes but Williams bridges out of it and Aries breaks the hold and kicks him in the side. Williams shoulders Aries in the midsection then hits him with two European uppercuts for a two count. Williams hits a European uppercut and Aries bounces off the ropes with a knee to the midsection then takes Aries down with a cobra clutch backbreaker and keeps the hold bending Williams down across his knee. Williams fights up and Aries brings him down again then bounces off the ropes and drops a knee to the back of Williamsí head and grabs a chinlock with his knee in the back of Williams. Williams fights up then flips Aries over. Aries charges though and hits a knee to the midsection then pummels Williams in the corner. Aries whips him into the opposite corner and runs into a big boot. Williams comes out of the corner and Aries drop toeholds him and grabs a Muta lock and Williams crawls to the ropes and gets the break. Aries hits a baseball slide that sends Williams to the outside then follows up with a corkscrew crossbody onto Williams. The two men brawl with each other on the outside and Williams pulls Aries into the ringpost and both men roll in at the nineteen count and Aries gets up right into a forearm from Williams and drops down. Aries whips Williams into the corner and charges to get backbody dropped onto the apron but Aries leaps over the ropes and comes in with a back elbow to Williams. Aries charges again and Williams sends him into the corner with a Japanese armdrag then drops some knees to the face of Aries. Aries gets up and Williams grabs him with a cravate and drives some knees into his face and hits a running knee lift and covers for two. Williams whips Aries into the corner and hits a high knee. Aries comes out of the corner and Williams hits a high knee to the arm. Williams powerslams Aries down then climbs up to the top rope and hits a big knee drop. Williams grabs a hammerlock on Aries and bridges over with the hold. Aries manages to spin enough to get a foot on the rope for a break and both men have one left. Williams goes for a suplex but Aries flips over and lands behind him then hits a sidewalk slam for a two count. Aries takes two forearms then grabs Williams and hits an urinage gut buster and then an STO. He goes for the power drive elbow but Williams moves out of the way. Williams hits a few forearms before Aries rakes the eyes then bounces off the ropes with a rolling forearm smash that gets him a two count. Aries gets up holding his arm then calls for the 450. Williams trips him over and grabs a modified rings of Saturn I think and Aries gets a foot on the ropes to break the hold. Williams stomps Aries who is clutching the bottom rope. Williams grabs Aries and sets him up on the top rope and hits a European uppercut. Aries fights Williams off but Williams grabs the arm of Aries and brings it down on the ropes as he falls down. Aries gets on the apron and hits a choke on Williams then goes on top for a 450 but Williams stops him then grabs a fujiwara armbar using the top rope for extra leverage to get the submission.
Analysis: ***3/4 A good match but it could have been great with some more time. Williams does a good job of focusing on the arm of Aries. Aries does a nice job of selling the arm and a nice job of really establishing himself as a heel by cheating early on in the match by distracting the ref and costing Williams a rope break. Not quite as good as Williamsí match against Shelley the night before although it contained many similar elements. A rematch with more time between these two would be great.
Low Ki vs. Mark Briscoe (16:31)
The two men circle each other then Low Ki shoots in and goes behind with a rear waistlock and takes Mark to the mat then spins around and grabs the front facelock. Mark escapes and gets a hammerlock and Low Ki escapes that and grabs an armbar but exposes his back and Mark grabs a rear naked choke. The two men continue some nice back and forth wrestling and Low Ki ends that with some chops to Mark then snapmares him over into a rear chinlock. Mark spins out with an arm wringer Low Ki rolls forward then back onto his shoulders and kicks Mark to break the hold. The two men face off and bask in their cheers from the crowd. Low Ki takes a down position and Mark takes it and grabs Ki in a front facelock and Ki manages to escape the hold and then he slides out of the ring and takes a break. Ki slides back in and throws a punch but Mark blocks it and fires off his own then whips Ki into the ropes and hits a back elbow sending Ki to the outside again. Ki slides back into the ring and Mark blocks a punch and whips him into the ropes again. Ki grabs the ropes then charges with a clothesline but Mark ducks it then catches him with a backbody drop and Ki goes to the outside again. Ki grabs a chair and runs as Mark climbs up to the top rope and then Smokes shoves Mark off while the ref is distracted. Ki slides into the ring and pulls Mark to his feet but he takes too long and Mark strikes at him then bounces off the ropes and Ki fakes a leg injury. Ki throws the ref into Mark then runs to the ropes and springs off with his spinning front kick that sends Mark down to the mat and he gets a two count. Mark sits up and Ki nails him with a knee to the face. Ki pulls Mark up and snapmares him over then comes off the ropes with an elbow drop for another two count. Ki hits the Mongolian chops across the back of Mark and sends him down to the mat. Ki stands him up in the corner and nails him with a big chop but Mark starts firing back but a second chop stops him. Ki snapmares Mark out of the corner and drops down for a two count. Ki grabs Mark witha figure four headlock. Mark escapes and Ki covers him for two. Mark gets to his feet and Ki hits a chop but Mark fires back with a forearm. Ki backs Mark into the corner and Mark keeps fighting back then Ki gets backbody dropped but he lands on the apron then hits a neckbreaker on Mark over the top rope. Ki slides in and hits a vertical suplex then climbs up to the top rope and hits a double stomp. Ki makes a cover and gets yet another two count. Ki nails Mark with a knife edge chop then drops him across the ropes with a suplex and then kicks him in the chest. Mark gets up to his feet and hits some forearms to the midsection but Ki drops him with a kick to the knee. Ki nails a nice kick to the chest of Mark and then follows up with a few more kicks for fun. Ki pulls Mark up and snapmares him over then covers for two. Ki pulls Mark up to his feet and nails a knife edge chop and then an elbow to the back of the neck. Ki taunts the crowd and Mark fires off with some big forearms but Ki kills his momentum with a nice dropkick. Ki drops Mark into the corner with a European uppercut then chokes him with the boot. Mark gets up to his feet and fights against Kiís punches. Ki pulls Mark out of the corner and whips him down with a powerslam for two. Mark fires off some punches to the midsection of Ki and he takes the advantage by pounding away at him. Ki stands back up and just nails Mark with a kick to the face that drops him for a one count before Mark grabs the ropes. Ki follows up with a kick to the back then makes a cover for two. Mark takes some kicks from Ki and keeps getting up and Ki fires off a series of punches that sits him down in the corner. Ki pulls Mark up by the ear then drops him down with a European uppercut. Ki goes for the Irish whip but Mark reverses it and hits a spinning heel kick. Mark backs Ki into the corner and hits some forearms then whips him into the opposite corner. Mark charges and hits a lariat that sits Ki down then bounces off the ropes and hits a dropkick to the face. Ki breaks a rear waistlock from Mark but Mark grabs him and drops him with a nice fisherman buster and makes a cover for two. Mark pulls Ki up to his feet and goes for the cut throat driver but Ki rakes the eyes to escape then drops Mark with a saido suplex. Ki makes a cover and gets a two count. Ki grabs Mark from behind with the dragon clutch but Mark gets to his feet and escapes it. Ki goes for the springboard kick but Mark ducks it then hits an electric chair drop and covers for two. Mark pulls Ki up and goes for a German suplex but Ki blocks it so he rolls him up and tries to bridge it but Ki grabs the dragon clutch and sits on it but Mark snapmares him over. Mark ducks an enziguri then hits Ki with a German suplex but canít bridge it and makes a cover for two. Mark goes for the cut throat driver and gets Ki up but Mark lets him go when Smokes throws a chair into the ring. Turner catches Ki with the chair but Smokes hits Mark with a forearm to the back and then Ki hits the tidal crush on Mark and grabs the dragon clutch and Mark has to tap out.
Analysis: ***Ĺ A nice match between these two men. Low Ki comes into the match the favorite but he underestimates Mark and Mark just keeps on coming back against his best. Ki seems surprised in the beginning and then they start to rely on their dirty tactics and Low Ki takes the advantage and just beats Mark down. Mark manages to fight back and hit some good moves of his own but canít really capitalize because of the damage he has already taken. Mark almost gets the win in the end but the Rottweilers cheat and Ki gets the victory. Itís a tainted victory but not too badly. They take a simple story for the match and they really make it work for them as they fill it with some hard hitting action and just good wrestling.
Homicide vs. Jay Briscoe (11:22)
Homicide starts the match off right away when he throws his towel into Jayís face and then letting fly with some strikes but Jay returns the favor and gains the advantage. Jay hits Homicide with a superkick that sends him to the outside then leaps over the top rope with a crossbody block. Jay whips Homicide towards the guardrail but Homicide slides and stops himself. Homicide hits Jay with a kick to the midsection and goes for a piledriver but Jay counters it with a backbody drop. Jay rolls Homicide into the ring and Homicide hits a forearm smash then throws Jay into the corner. Jay fights out and whips Homicide into the opposite corner. Homicide sends Jay over the top with a backbody dropb ut Jay lands on the apron then climbs up to the top rope and hits a missile dropkick. Jay takes Homicide over with a snap suplex and floats over for a two count. Homicide gets over and hits a jaw breaker. Jay picks Homicide up but Homicide lands behind him and drops him with an ace crusher. Homicide snapmares Jay over then drops a knee to the head for a two count. Homicide backs Jay into the corner and fires off a series of chops to sit Jay down then follows up with a boot scrape. Homicide snapmares Jay over and kicks him in the back and makes a cover for two. Homicide grabs a hammerlock and flips Jay over and then puts his leg behind the head of Jay and ties his feet up as well until Jay gets the ropes. Homicide connects with a nice knife edge chop. Homicide snapmares Jay over and covers for two. Jay sits up and Homicide grabs a rear chinlock and sticks his knee into the back of Jay. Homicide climbs up to the top rope but he takes too long and Jay catches him. Jay climbs up to the top rope and Homicide shoves him off. Jay gets up and catches Homicide on the top and gets shoved off again. Jay gets back up and catches Homicide once again. Jay takes Homicide off the top rope with an overhead belly to belly suplex leaving both men down on the mat. The two men start trading punches and Jay gains the advantage. Jay whips Homicide into the ropes and nails him with a big clothesline then plants him with a falcon arrow for a two count. Jay pulls Homicide up and throws him into the corner. Homicide reverses and whips Jay into the other corner. Jay catches Homicide jumping up on the second rope and takes him off with a sitout splash mountain powerbomb for a long two count. Jay fires off a chop on Jay then whips him across the ring. Jay blocks it and catches a clothesline from Jay and hits a single arm DDT into the corner on Jay. Homicide follows up with a piledriver for a two count. Jay rolls over on a cop killer attempt and goes for the J-driller but Homicide blocks it. Homicide then hits Jay with a tiger driver and makes the cover for two. The two men get to their feet and they start exchanging yakuza kicks and Homicide goes down first. Jay bounces off the ropes and Homicide folds him up with a lariat. Homicide pulls Jay up to his feet but Jay recovers and hits him with a brutal saido suplex. Jay climbs up to the top rope and Smokes interferes and Homicide catches Jay on the top rope and takes him off with a double underhook suplex. Jay gets up and Homicide folds him up with another lariat for the three count.
Analysis: *** A nice sprint through a series of big moves by these men. Itís very similar to their Survival of the Fittest match. A hard hitting brutal match between these two men and just an enjoyable match.
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Colt Cabana (RoH World Championship) (16:55)
The two men lockup and Joe backs Cabana into the corner and gives a clean break. The two men lockup again and Cabana puts Joe in the corner and gives a clean break of his own. They lockup once again and Joe grabs a side headlock. Cabana forces Joe down putting his foot into the knee of Joe then grabs a side headlock of his own. Joe drops down and rolls over breaking the hold. Both men get up to their feet and they lockup once again. Cabana goes for a powerslam but canít get it and Joe nails him with a forearm to the head and then the two men face off. Cabana bounces off the ropes and a shoulder tackle gets nothing. Cabana goes for another one that gets nothing and Joe pie faces him. Cabana bounces off the ropes and ducks a lariat then hits a shoulder tackle and knocks Joe down to the mat. Cabana grabs Joeís head with his legs and does his neck snap thing. Cabana whips Joe into the ropes and misses a butt bump and Joe hits him with a forearm that sends him rolling to the outside. Cabana gets back into the ring and the two men circle then go into a knuckle lock. Joe forces Cabana down and gains the advantage. Cabana headbutts Joe into the chest then gets to his feet and breaks the hold and whips Joe into the corner. Cabana charges and Joe catches him and plants him on his head with an STO. Joe snapmares Cabana over then goes for the kick to the chest but Cabana ducks it then rolls him up for a two count. Joe gets up to his feet and hits Cabana with some forearms. Joe traps Cabana in the corner and hits him with some chops and punches to drop him down then hits a running boot scrape that sends Cabana through the ropes to the outside. Cabana pulls himself up onto the apron and hits Joe with a shoulder to the midsection and goes for a second but Joe stops him with a knee to the face. Cabana gets up on the apron and Joe starts slapping him across the back. Cabana climbs up the ropes and hits Joe with some punches but Joe fires off a slap that sprawls Cabana across the top. Joe pulls Cabana into the ring and hits a belly to back suplex for a two count. Joe sits Cabana up and grabs a rear chinlock and sticks his knee into the back. Cabana gets up to his feet and breaks the hold then bounces off the ropes but Joe rolls forward and takes his legs out from underneath him. Joe grabs Cabana and rolls him over into a single leg crab and sticks his knee onto the back of Cabanaís neck but he gets the ropes. Joe fires off some slaps and kicks to Cabana in the corner then pulls him up to his feet. Cabana shoves Joe back but Joe hits a slap to the back then a kick. Cabana starts to fire back and hits Joe with a series of punches. He bounces off the ropes but Joe catches a full nelson. Cabana breaks the hold then his Joe with a forearm. Joe charges with a clothesline but misses and goes into the corner. Cabana charges and hits the double knees then picks Joe up and slams him down to the mat. Cabana climbs up to the top rope for the moonsault but Joe gets up and shoves him to the outside and Cabana goes way down the entrance way. Joe exits the ring and kicks Cabana in the face a couple of times for fun. Joe runs with Cabana and sends him right into the guardrail. Joe gives Cabana a seat the hard way then charges for the ole kick but Cabana blocks it with a chair and then throws the chair into the face of Joe. Cabana sits Joe down then charges and hits an ole kick of his own. Cabana pulls Joe up to his feet and rolls him into the ring and follows. Cabana goes for an Irish whip but Joe reverses it. Cabana kicks Joe in the chest then bounces off the ropes and Joe takes him over with a big powerslam for a two count. Joe follows up with a lariat that gets him another two count. Joe whips Cabana into the corner and charges after but Cabana blocks him with a back elbow. Cabana hits Joe with a powerslam then climbs up to the top rope. Cabana goes for the frog splash but Joe moves and Cabana lands on his feet. Cabana hits a backdrop driver and covers for two. Cabana climbs up to the top rope and comes off with the frog splash that scores a two count. Cabana charges and Joe sends him to the outside with a backbody drop but Cabana lands on the apron. Cabana flips over for a sunset flip for two but grabs the leg of Joe and goes into an STF and Joe manages to crawl and grab the ropes to break the hold. Cabana goes for the Colt 45 but Joe blocks it and then fires off a series of slap and hits two enziguris in a row. Joe grabs Cabana from behind with a choke but Cabana rolls it over into a cover for two. Cabana bounces off the ropes and Joe drops him on his face with a lariat that scores a two count. Joe hits a forearm that sends Cabana into the corner and Joe whips him across the ring and charges into a big boot. Cabana jumps over Joe then runs to the opposite corner and climbs up to the top rope. Joe runs right behind and hits a palm strike then grabs him on the top rope and hits the muscle buster for the three count.
Analysis: ***Ĺ A nice title defense by Samoa Joe. Cabanaís size makes this match different from most of Joeís matches where he easily overpowers his opponent. Plus the added story of Cabana pinning Joe at SotF with a rollup so he goes for quite a few of them in this match but just canít get the three count again. Cabana using some of Joeís moves against him is a nice touch as well. This isnít a classic but it is definitely a good match in Joeís reign. A nice demonstration of what a big man match can be.
CM Punk & Ace Steel vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer (Chicago Street Fight) (25:46)
Maff and Whitmer bail when the Saints come down and have trouble getting back into the ring. They manage to catch Steel and Punk and pull them to the outside. Whitmer takes Punk to the rails and hits him with a knife edge chop and then throws him into the guardrail. Whitmer jumps Steel from behind and Maff follows up by sending Steel into the guardrail and then they take Steel into the ring and isolate him. Punk pulls Whitmer out of the ring and throws him into the guardrail. Punk slides into the ring and ducks a clothesline from Maff and then he and Steel bounce him back and forth with forearms and then some bionic elbows. The Saints whip Maff into the ropes and hit him with a double backbody drop. Whitmer climbs to the top rope and jumps down but Punk catches him and drops him on his head with a urinage suplex. Punk climbs to the top rope and jumps down onto Maff. Steel goes to make a dive but Whitmer stops him with a chair shot to the head. Punk tries to Irish whip Maff but Maff reverses it and Whitmer nails Punk with a chairshot right to the head. Steel and Punk are busted open as Maff and Whitmer start to beat them down on the outside. Maff and Whitmer throw Punk and Steel into the ring. They take their belts off and start whipping the Saints. Maff whips Punk into the corner and charges into a big boot. Punk picks up a belt and whitmer comes to stop him but Steel stops Whitmer and now the Saints have the belts and they turn things around. Steel puts Maff into the corner and climbs up and rains down punches. Punk whips Whitmer into the ropes and Whitmer comes off with a back elbow. Steel throws Maff to the outside and follows him out and Whitmer throws Punk to the floor. Steel sends Maff headfirst into the guardrail several times and Maff is busted open. Whitmer throws a table into the ring then Steel jumps him from behind and sends him into the guardrail. Steel sends Maff into the guardrail again and then repeatedly smashes him face first into the rail. Punk goes into the crowd then runs and jumps over the rail onto Maff. Punk throws Maff into the ring then slides a ladder into the ring before he goes in. Steel enters the ring and puts Maff into the corner and fires off a bunch of forearms. Punk then holds a chair up to his face and Steel charges and dropkicks it into his face. Punk rolls Maff over and puts his head between the sides of the ladder and then Steel slams the chair down on the ladder and Maff rolls out of the ring. Whitmer comes in and Punk gets him in the corner and gives him a face wash then charges with a pair of boot scrapes. Punk answers the crowdís pleas and hits a third boot scrape. Steel then places the edge of the table into the throat of Whitmer and then place the chair in his face. Punk picks up the ladder then slides it along the table into Whitmerís face and Busted open and has almost an immediate crimson mask. Steel bails to the outside and starts beating down on Maff. Punk fires off a bunch of punches with the belt buckle to the face of Whitmer. Punk goes to the outside and gets the 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire. He gives Whitmer a shot to the arm then Maff gets one to the gut and one to the back. Steel puts Maff down to his knees then pulls him up but Maff hits him with a low blow. Whitmer grabs the board from behind and takes Punk down with a side Russian legsweep using the board and then Maff slams the board down on Punkís crotch. Whitmer snapmares Steel over and then he gets a barbed wire board shot to the junk as well. Maff goes to the outside and grabs the barbed wire board then hands it to Whitmer. Punk fights back but he is stopped. Whitmer goes for a suplex through the board but Punk blocks it and goes for his own but Whitmer blocks Punkís attempt at well then throws him into the corner. Whitmer puts Punk on the top rope and moves the barbed wire. Whitmer comes over but Punk kicks him in the midsection. Punk goes for a tornado DDT but Whitmer just throws him face first into the barbed wire. Whitmer pulls him out of the wire and goes for an exploder but Steel comes in and blocks it. Steel tries to suplex Whitmer into the wire but Maff moves the board. Maff sets the board up in the corner. Whitmer whips Punk towards Maff and Punk kicks Maff in the gut and almost sends him into the board. Maff manages to stop from falling in. Maff whips Punk towards the corner but Punk puts the brakes on then Maff charges and hits a cannonball sending both men into the board breaking it. Steel climbs up into the ring and he sets up whatís left of the board into the corner. He hits Maff with a forearm then whips him into the barbed wire board. Steel pulls the barbed wire off him then picks Maff up and hits him with a tiger driver for a two count. Whitmer slides into the ring and all four men get up with chairs. Maff and Whitmer deliver the first shots but the Saints get up and fire off chairshots of their own. Maff and Whitmer start chopping each other to power up then nail chairshots of their own. The Saints recharge and take their chairshots and Steel breaks the chair over Whitmerís head then all four men fall down and roll out of the ring. The four men start throwing chairs into the rings and then all the fans throw their chairs into the ring and itís just f-cking crazy to see. The ref covers up by the ropes and doesnít get hit too badly. All four men enter the ring and they start firing off shots. Maff ducks a punch from Punk and drops him with a half nelson suplex on the chairs. Punk gets up and ducks a clothesline from Maff and drops him on the chairs with a German suplex. Punk and Whitmer are left in the ring and they start kicking out some of the chairs after they get to their feet. Steel and Maff brawl on the outside as the two men fight to their feet on the inside. On the outside Maff grabs the ladder and sets it up across the guardrail. Maff picks Steel up and puts him on top of the ladder. Whitmer climbs up to the top rope but Punk stops him then throws him off the top rope onto the chairs. Steel rolls off the ladder and slams it into Maff a couple of times then sets him up on the ladder. Punk climbs up to the top rope then comes of with a splash onto Maff on the ladder and both men are down. Steel goes back to the ring and hits Whitmer with a chairshot then puts him on the table. Steel climbs up to the top rope but Whitmer stops him then goes for the exloder suplex but Steel fights out of it and shoves Whitmer down to the apron. Whitmer climbs back up but Steel grabs him and jumps off the top with a tombstone piledriver through the table and Steel makes the cover for three.
Analysis: ****3/4 This is a great example of how to blow off a feud. The matches were violent throughout the feud so they just ratchet up the violence another notch and they are off and running. These guys take some normal wrestling and brawling which they are all adept at doing and then they add in the hardcore and damn is it hardcore. With all four men in at one time they do a good job of making the match coherent even though they are all running around at once. Nobody is ever just standing around waiting for something to happen. This match is just awesomely brutal and these four men bleed buckets. This is a truly great hardcore match. When all the fans throw the chairs into the ring itís just crazy and that they wrestle on those chairs is even crazier. Itís just an awesome match.
Recommendation: Another great show in RoHís best year to date. They have some great matches throughout the undercard including Williams title defense against Aries and then both of the Briscoesí matches. Joe has a nice title defense as well and then the main event is just awesome. This is one show you canít go wrong with.
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