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RoH Presents: Manhattan Mayhem

New York, NY - May 7, 2005

DVD Review

Izzy & Deranged vs. Dixie & Azrieal (9:31) Azrieal and Deranged start the match and Azrieal grabs a rear waistlock and Deranged goes to the ropes. The two lockup and Deranged backs Azrieal into the corner and slaps Azrieal as he breaks it. They lockup again and Azrieal breaks Deranged into the corner and gives Deranged a slap of his own. Deranged gets in the ref’s face and the fans start making fun of him. They go into another lockup and Deranged gets an arm wringer. Azrieal rolls forward reversing the hold and trips Deranged down and grabs a side headlock. Deranged gets up to his feet and Azrieal spins out with an arm wringer and tags in Dixie. Deranged hits Dixie with a knee to the midsection as he comes in then tags Izzy. Izzy comes in and grabs a side headlock on Dixie. Dixie sends him into the ropes and Izzy drops him with a shoulder tackle. Izzy sends Dixie into the ropes and Dixie takes him over with a hurrincanranna. Dixie hits a neckbreaker on Izzy and scores a two count. Dixie tags in Azrieal then lifts Izzy up for a belly to back suplex and Azrieal comes off the top with a legdrop and Azrieal covers for two. Azrieal picks Izzy up and hits a spinning belly to back suplex and gets a two count before Izzy breaks it up. Azrieal pulls Izzy’s shirt off and gives him some knife edge chops then whips him into the ropes and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count before Izzy breaks it up. Izzy gets the advantage with some punches but Azrieal blocks one and hits a punch of his own. Azrieal bounces off the ropes and ducks a clothesline then grabs an octopus hold. Izzy lifts Azrieal up onto his shoulders and drops him with a DVD for a two count. Izzy tags in Deranged and they hit a double team brainbuster. Deranged mounts Azrieal and fires away with some punches. Deranged spits at Dixie and the ref holds him back for some heel tactics. Deranged bounces off the ropes and folds Azrieal up with a clothesline and makes a cover for two before Azrieal gets a foot on the ropes. Izzy tags in and grabs an arm wringer on Azrieal and goes right into a swinging neckbreaker then tags in Deranged. Izzy picks Azrieal up on his shoulders and Deranged springboards in with an ace crusher as Izzy hits a reverse brainbuster. Izzy makes a cocky cover and gets a two count. Azrieal gets sent into the corenr and Deranged charges for a monkey flip but Azrieal catches him and puts him on the top rope. Azrieal climbs up and gets a low blow for his effort. Deranged goes for a move but Azrieal pulls his feet out underneath him racking him up on the top rope. Azrieal takes Deranged off the top rope with a superplex then both men make tags. Dixie comes in on fire and hits a big backbody drop on Izzy. Deranged jumps him from behind and sends him into the ropes with an Irish whip. Dixie ducks it and takes Deranged over with a snap German suplex. Dixie rolls Deranged backwards into a camel clutch and Azrieal comes off the top for a double stomp but Izzy pushes Dixie forward into it. Izzy goes for a reverse hurrincanranna on Azrieal and gets throw forward into an reverse powerbomb and Azrieal follows up with a double stomp to the back of his head. Azrieal snapmares Deranged over and hits three hard kicks to the back then flips over and dropkicks Deranged and makes a cover for two. Azrieal whips Deranged into the corner and hits some hard knife edge chops then whips him across the ring. Deranged handstands on the ropes and grabs Azrieal with his legs and takes him over with a reverse ‘ranna into a piledriver and makes the cover for a three count.

Analysis: **3/4 The worst match of the three between these two teams but still a good match for how much time it had. These guys bust out some really nice looking spots and they manage to make all of their spots count and don’t blow anything. Izzy and Deranged do some nice cheating in this match and both teams pull out some nice double team moves. This is a great way to start the show off with a fast-paced spot-fest which is well done and finishes the feud.

Nigel McGuinness vs. Colt Cabana (11:27) Lockup and Nigel goes to a full nelson then an armwringer and takes Cabana down to the mat with a wristlock. Cabana gets up to his feet and Nigel takes him back down. Cabana spins up to his feet reversing into an armwringer of his own but Nigel rolls forward and reverses back into his own armwringer. Cabana drops down and kips up and reverses into his own armwringer. Nigel spins around and grabs a front facelock but Cabana flips him down to the mat and covers for two. Nigel keeps getting a shoulder up and Cabana keeps changing position to hold him down for about five tries. Cabana steps on the hand of Nigel as he tries to pull him up and the ref makes him break it up. The two men circle and go into a test of strength. Nigel spins out of it and flips Cabana down but Cabana gets up and takes Nigel down and covers for a two count a couple of times while Nigel gets a bodypart on the ropes. Cabana pulls Nigel into the middle of the ring and Nigel drop toeholds him down for a two count of his own. Nigel shoots the legs and goes for a rollup but Cabana slips free and crawls to the other side of the ring. Nigel ducks behind Cabana and gets a full nelson but Cabana reverses into one of his own but Nigel trips him down. Nigel bounces off the ropes and goes for a body press cover but Cabana rolls through and escapes. Nigel rolls Cabana over backwards into a cover but Cabana gets to his hands and knees and Nigel stops on Cabana’s legs to hold him down but he escapes. A lockup and Nigel grabs a cravate. Nigel goes for an Irish whip but Cabana reverses it. Nigel bounces off the ropes and crawls through the legs of Cabana. Nigel goes for the artful dodger but Cabana crawls away. Nigel picks a leg and stretches the leg while stepping on the other. Cabana frees himself and manages to lift himself free. Nigel grabs the hold again but Cabana rolls up to one leg and then jumps over the back of Nigel but Nigel holds onto the leg and trips him back down. Nigel spreads the legs of Cabana and fakes a kick but Cabana reverses it and takes Nigel over with a headscissors. A lockup and Nigel grabs the cravate. Nigel snapmares him over and bounces off the ropes with a shoulder tackle but both men stay up. They do it once more and then Nigel bounces off the ropes and they go through a quick series of rollups that is nicely done. Nigel bridges out of a cover and then breaks free and gets the leg of Cabana and Cabana flips him over but Nigel cartwheels over. Cabana grabs an arm wringer and flips him forward but Nigel rolls up to his feet. Nigel goes for a folding press on Cabana but Cabana rolls through and Nigel stays on his back as he crawls around the ring. Cabana offers a handshake and pulls Nigel into a headlock but Nigel takes him down with an arm attack. Nigel grabs Cabana and takes him down with a hammerlock divorce court. Nigel grabs a hammerlock on Cabana then lifts him up and also grabs a headlock. Nigel drops Cabana down and drops him with a shoulder tackle. Nigel pulls Cabana up and Cabana reverses a European uppercut into a backslide and gets two. Cabana gets another backslide for two and then gets a school boy for two. Nigel hits a shoulder to the knee of Cabana and goes for a European uppercut but Cabana rolls him up for two. Nigel sends Cabana into the corner and Cabana bounces off the corner and tries to go through the legs but gets a kick to the face. Cabana then sends Nigel into the ropes and Nigel bounces off the corner and hits a crappy looking slide to the legs of Cabana. Cabana whips Nigel into the corner and Nigel bounces off the corner and tries to roll forward and kicks Cabana in the junk. Nigel jumps up on the shoulders of Cabana and gets a victory roll for the three count.

** This match is just too slow between the two men and it never really picks up. They have some decent sequences but nothing new or really impressive. They go through the motions of some British wrestling before Nigel does a little bit of work on the arm of Cabana. Cabana does a nice job of keeping up with Nigel but that’s all he does and it’s not very impressive at all for him. Nigel dominates the match and then it ends with the crappy looking low blow sequence. This match was just too long and slow to be really good.

James Gibson vs. Black Tiger (15:45) They go into a lockup and Gibson backs Tiger into the corner and then breaks cleanly. Another lockup and Gibson spins into a hammerlock and takes Tiger down to the mat. Tiger rolls forward and kips up then spins into an armwringer on Gibson. Gibson cartwheels over and hits a release northern lights suplex and goes right into an armbar. Tiger gets up to his feet and Gibson adds more pressure to the arm. Tiger spins into a hammerlock on himself then jumps up and takes Gibson over with a snapmare breaking the hold and Gibson slides out of the ring to take a break. The two men circle each other and go into another lockup and Tiger gets an armwringer and Gibson rolls through and then jumps up and goes for a monkey flip but Tiger flips over to his feet. They do some rope running and then Gibson drops him with a forearm. Gibson backs Tiger into the corner and hits a hard knife edge chop and then a stiff forearm. Gibson delviers a hard powerslam and covers for a one count and makes another cover for one and a third cover for one. Tiger bridges out of the fourth cover as Gibson tries to hold him down with a knuckle lock. Tiger gets up to his feet and jumps onto the top rope and jumps off taking Gibson over with an armwringer. Tiger then gets two headscissors that sends Gibson rolling out of the ring. Tiger goes for a baseball slide but Tiger grabs him and spins him around and slams him chest first on the apron and Tiger falls out of the ring. Gibson picks Tiger up and runs him back first into the guardrail then rolls him into the ring. Gibson hits a legdrop then bounces off the ropes and drops a forearm to the face of Tiger. Gibson drives two headbutts into the back of Tiger then hits a belly to back suplex for a two count. Gibson rolls Tiger over and grabs him with a camel clutch. Gibson breaks the hold and stomps down on the back of Tiger’s head. Gibson hits a couple of headbutts then whips Tiger hard into the corner and Tiger goes down to the mat. Gibson pulls Tiger up and whips him into the corner but Tiger jumps onto the second rope and comes off with a spinning crossbody block. Gibson gets right up and htis a knee to the midsection of Tiger. Tiger gets a rollup for two and rolls to the apron on the kickout. Tiger drives a shoulder into the midsection of Gibson then springboards in with a missile dropkick. Tiger pulls Gibson up and drives an elbow across the back of his neck and then onto the top of his head. Tiger grabs a cravate on Gibson and then slams him face first into the corner. Tiger grabs the cravate again and forces Gibson down to his knees and then Gibson grabs the front facelock. Gibson gets to the ropes and Tiger gives a break and then stomps Gibson in the midsection. Tiger grabs the cravate and then runs Gibson into the turnbuckle face first. Gibson is on the ropes and Tiger drives three knees into the back of Gibson sending him out of the ring. Tiger goes to the outside with him and then runs him into the guardrail with the cravate. Tiger pulls Gibson up and throws him into the ring and follows up with a stomp to the back then an elbow to the face. Tiger drives several forearms to the back of Gibson then sends him down with a knee to the side of the head. Tiger pulls Gibson up and powerslams him down to the mat. Tiger looks for an elbow drop off the ropes but Gibson moves out of the way and grabs an armwringer but Tiger flips forward then takes Gibson over with a hurrincanranna and into a cross armbreaker. Gibson gets upt o his feet and flips Tiger over into a cloverleaf and Tiger crawls to the ropes for the break. Gibson fires off some big forearm shots then takes Tiger down with two short arm clotheslines. Gibson pulls Tiger up and hits a backbreaker then climbs up to the second rope and comes off with a legdrop for a two count. Gibson pulls Tiger up and whips him into the ropes and goes for a tilt-a-whirl but Tiger lands on his feet. Tiger goes for a tombstone but Gibson flips it over and charges toward the turnbuckle and Tiger slides behind him sending him into the corner. Tiger goes for the tiger suplex but Gibson blocks it and rolls Tiger up for two. Gibson blocks a kick from Tiger and hits a swinging neckbreaker that leaves both men down. They get to their feet at the count of five and Gibson goes for a suplex but Tiger flips over and runs Gibson into the ropes and rolls through and hits the tiger suplex and bridges it for a two count. Tiger pulls Gibson up to his feet slowly and goes for a fisherman suplex but Gibson grabs the ropes to block it. Tiger unleashes a series of kicks then hits a fisherman suplex and bridges for two. Tiger grabs Gibson with an ankle lock but Gibson crawls to the ropes and forces the break. Tiger grabs the ankle lock and tries to pull Gibson away but he won’t let go. Tiger grabs the ankle lock a third time and pulls Gibson back into the middle of the ring. Gibson rolls through and sends Tiger into the ropes and rolls him up for a two count. Tiger tries to pull Gibson up to his feet but Gibson fights him off. Gibson starts throwing strikes to fight back and hits a kick to the midsection and puts Tiger on the top rope and hits him with a forearm shot. Gibson goes for a kick but Tiger grabs Gibson’s leg and puts him into an ankle lock from the top rope which is quickly broken. Tiger climbs up to the top rope and comes off with a crossbody block which Gibson counters into a gutbuster. Gibson pulls himself up using the ropes and hits a forearm shot then goes for an Irish whip but Tiger blocks it and hits a kick then delivers a northern lights suplex for a two count but Gibson grabs the guillotine forcing the break and the tapout.

Analysis: ***3/4 Another good match but not quite as good as their first one. However that one was pretty awesome. Gibson uses a little more lucha in this match and less kicks which makes it a different style of match. I love Gibson’s counter into the cloverleaf from the cross armbreaker, it’s just great. Both men get their times to shine in the match and Tiger looks great at the end of the match and Gibson just won’t give up fighting and struggles through until he gets the win.

BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs (c) vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans (RoH Tag Team Titles) (14:30) Strong and Jacobs start the match for their respective teams and they go into a lockup and Strong just throws Jacobs down to the mat. Jacobs ducks behind Strong but Strong breaks free and goes into an arm wringer. Jacobs rolls forward and reverses into one of hi sown. Strong spins through and grabs a side headlock. Jacobs sends him into the ropes and Strong sends him down with a shoulder tackle. Strong bounces off the ropes and Jacobs trips him down to the mat and grabs a side headlock. Strong gets to his feet and sends Jacobs into the ropes and throws him up but Jacobs takes him over with a headlock takedown and goes to the corner to make the tag and Strong makes the tag to Evans. Evans comes in and does some break dancing and Whitmer just slaps Evans across the face. Strong comes in and he and Whitmer trade some chops and Whitmer sends Strong into the ropes and Strong grabs the ropes and rolls to the outside with Evans. Jacobs comes in and Whitmer throws Jacobs over the ropes onto Evans and Strong. Whitmer hits Evans with a powerslam and Jacobs runs to Whitmer who picks him up and powerslams him down on Evans and Whitmer covers for two. Whitmer pulls Evans up and sends him into the ropes and takes him down with a double forearm and covers for one before Strong breaks it up. Whitmer pulls Evans up and clubs him down with a forearm shot. Whitmer sends Evans across the ring and Evans grabs a rear waistlock but Whitmer goes behind and whips Evans over with a German suplex. Evans gets sent into the ropes and makes the blind tag but Whitmer takes Strong over with an exploder as he comes into the ring. Whitmer gets Strong in the corner and unloads on him. Whitmer takes Jacobs in and Whitmer snapmares Strong over and Jacobs runs off the ropes and dropkicks him down. Whitmer drops an elbow then throws Jacobs in the air and he comes down on Strong with a splash for a two count. Jacobs nails Strong with some punches then whips him across the ring into the corner. Jacobs charges and Strong sends him over with a backbody drop but Jacobs lands on the apron. Jacobs goes for a shoulder but Strong stops him with a knee to the face then drapes him over the middle ropes. Strong picks Evans up for a powerbomb and flips him over and Evans double stomps the back of Jacobs then makes a cover for two. Evans hits Jacobs with a big dropkick then a twisting shooting star press and covers for two. Strong gets tagged in and rails Jacobs with a knife edge chop then flips him with a butterfly suplex. Evans gets tagged in and Strong suplexes Evans over into a 450 and Strong covers for two. Jacobs gets to his feet and fires away on Strong and goes to make the tag but Strong catches him and plants him with a spinebuster. Strong goes for a suplex but Jacobs slaps him in the stomach and rolls him up for two. Jacobs looks to make the tag but Strong flips him over with a clothesline and tags in Evans. Evans picks Jacobs up and hits a falcon arrow for a two count before Whitmer comes in and breaks it up. Evans clubs away at Jacobs keeping him down then whips him across the ring and Evans hits the spinning front kick and covers for two. Evans tags Whitmer in and Whitmer punches away at Jacobs but Jacobs starts no selling them and fires off with shots of his own but Strong kills him with a jumping big boot. Strong makes a cover and gets a two count. Strong pulls Jacobs to his feet and picks him up in an electric chair. Evans comes off for a crossbody but Jacobs reverses it with a reverse ‘ranna and makes the tag to Whitmer. Whitmer sends Evans into the corner and runs into a big boot. Evans comes off with a crossbody block but Whitmer rolls through holding on to him and plants him with a brainbuster. Strong charges but Whitmer sends him over with a backbody drop. Whitmer hits Strong with some forearms but Strong scoops Whitmer up into a backbreaker variation. Strong holds Whitmer across his knee and Evans comes off with a moonsault onto Whitmer to bring him across Strong’s knee. Whitmer dumps Strong to the outside and Whitmer lifts Evans up with an electric chair and Jacobs comes off with the doomsday ‘ranna for a two count. Strong comes in and crushes Jacobs then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Whitmer. Strong picks Jacobs up in a torture rack and Evans jumps off Jacobs and hits a corkscrew senton on Whitmer for a two cout. Strong puts Whitmer up on the top and both men go to climb up but Jacobs pulls Strong to the outside. Whitmer and Evans both stand up on the top rope and Evans jumps up and takes Whitmer off with a hurrincanranna and makes a cover for a two count. Strong slides into the ring and hits a gut buster on Whitmer. Strong whips Whitmer into the ropes and Whitmer crushes him with a clothesline. Whitmer pulls Evans up to his feet and lifts him up for a powerbomb and Jacobs climbs up to the top rope and takes Evans down with a contra code for the three count.

Analysis:***3/4 An exciting tag team match between these two teams. Both teams make a point to actually use double team moves and not be just two singles wrestlers in a match together. This is all out action from beginning to end and they make it work. This could easily have broken down but these two teams hold it together and they do it well.

Jay Lethal (c) vs. Samoa Joe (RoH Pure Title) (16:28) The two men go into a test of strength but Joe breaks it and kicks Lethal then backs him into the corner with punches and chops and Lethal sends Joe down with a slap to the face and then hits some knees and forearms. Joe trips Lethal down and Lethal grabs his arm but Joe spins him over and goes for the choke but Lethal spins out and grabs a hammerlock. Joe gets up to his feet and spins around and takes Lethal over with a fireman’s carry and goes into an armbar. Lethal rolls backwards to his feet then ducks through and grabs Joe with an armwringer. Joe moves in and trips Lethal down the mat and into a fujiwara armbar. Joe grabs a leg and gets a half crab then rolls Lethal over with a knee to the back but Lethal rolls over on Joe with a cover for one. Both men get to their feet and Lethal grabs a front facelock and Joe backs Lethal into the ropes for a break and Joe fires off a forearm and chop on Lethal then sends him across the ring. Lethal hits Joe with a kick to the midsection then a leg lariat that sends Joe down. Lethal follows up with a neckbreaker and covers for one. Lethal pulls Joe up and hits a side Russian leg sweep then ties up the legs of Joe and rolls him over and stretches Joe by putting his feet in the shoulders of Joe and Joe goes to the ropes for his first break. Lethal pulls Joe up and puts him in the corner and hits a chop. Lethal fires off with another then goes to shoot Joe across but Joe reverses it. Lethal hits Joe with a back elbow as he charges then goes for a spinning crossbody but Joe avoids it. Joe hits a closed fist and gets a warning from the ref and Lethal hits a neckbreaker on Joe. Lethal grabs Joe with a crossface and Joe crawls to the ropes and uses his second break. Lethal pulls Joe up to his feet and hits a double forearm across his back and then a second. Lethal goes for an Irish whip but Joe reverses sending Lethal into the corner. Lethal handstands over Joe and backflips over to his feet then charges into an STO from Joe. Joe snapmares Lethal over and chops him to the back, kicks him in the chest then bounces off the ropes with a knee drop and covers for two. Joe kicks Lethal in the face as he starts to get up to his feet and follows up with a kick to the chest that sends Lethal down as he gets to his feet. Joe pulls Lethal up and the two men start trading forearms and chops. Lethal bounces off the ropes and Joe hits him with a closed fist and Joe loses his last rope break. Joe pulls Lethal up and plants him with a powerbomb for a two count then turns it over into the boston crab. Lethal starts crawling to the ropes and Joe turns the hold into an STF. Lethal grabs the bottom rope and uses his first rope break. Joe pulls Lethal up and puts him in the corner and fires off a couple of chops then a forearm. Joe sends Lethal across the ring and charges with a big knee to the midsection. Joe gives Lethal some boot washes and goes for the boot scrape but Lethal gets to his feet and catches Joe’s leg and puts it on the second rope. Lethal bounces off the ropes and hits Joe with a big dropkick. Lethal pulls Joe up to his feet and goes for a suplex but can’t get it the first time then takes him over the second time. Lethal climbs up to the top rope and jumps more than halfway across the ring to hit a diving headbutt for a two count. Lethal pulls Joe up and htis a knife edge chop then shoots him into the ropes but Joe grabs the top rope. Lethal charges and Joe sends him over with a backbody drop and Lethal lands on the apron. Lethal goes for a shoulder but Joe side steps and kicks Lethal in the chest that sends him down to the floor. Lethal gets up and Joe hits the diving forearm sending both men down to the floor. Joe slaps Lethal across the face and both men get up on the apron and Joe kicks away at Joe but doesn’t stop him. They start trading chops and forearms then Joe starts slapping away at Joe. Lethal jumps on Joe’s back and grabs a sleeper hold. Joe runs on the apron and flips Lethal over and both men crash through the table at ringside. The ref starts the count and Joe gets in at the count of thirteen and Lethal slides in while the ref checks on Joe. Both men get up to their feet and trade chops back and forth. Lethal starts firing away then bounces off the ropes but Joe whips him over with a powerslam then goes into a cross armbreaker but Lethal scoots around the ring and gets a foot on the rope for his second break. Joe goes for a powerbomb but Lethal flips over and hits a hangman’s neckbreaker then jumps off the second rope and spikes Joe with a DDT for a two count. Lethal pulls Joe up and hits some forearms then bounces off the ropes and Joe blocks a forearm and slaps him then bounces off the ropes and hits a clothesline to the back of his head. Joe bounces off and goes for another clothesline but Lethal ducks it and takes Joe over with a release dragon suplex and makes a cover for a two count. Lethal pulls Joe up to his feet and goes for the dragon suplex again but Joe blocks it and goes behind Lethal. Lethal nails some big back elbows. Lethal goes for a clothesline but Joe ducks it and takes him over with the German suplex, holds onto him and takes him over with a dragon suplex. Joe rolls to his feet again and hits the cross arm German suplex and bridges for the three count.

Analysis: **** A great match and the best pure title match so far. They don’t let the rules dictate the match but work the rules into the match. Lethal should be the underdog but because he knows the rules that gives him the advantage and it works until Joe just starts wrestling like he normally does and then he takes over the match. Joe and Lethal throw everything at each other and put on a hard hitting match that is just great to watch. Considering these two train together I would have liked to have seen more countering of trademark moves but it’s nothing that kills the match at all.

CM Punk vs. Jimmy Rave (Dog Collar Match) (13:42) Rave runs in from the back and attacks Punk while the chain is being attached to Punk. Rave fires away with right hands on Punk sending him down to the mat and mounts him and fires off more punches. The ref backs Rave up and then attaches the chain to him. Punk slowly gets up to his feet and wraps the chain around his fist and punches Rave in the midsection. Punk whips Rave into the ropes and drives a bunch of the chain into his midsection. Punk hits a side Russian leg sweep then performs the Garvin stomp. Punk pulls Rave up to his feet and backs him into the corner with a right hand. Punk runs Rave across the ring and slams him into the corner then chokes him with the chain. Punk picks Rave up and puts him in the tree of woe. Punk charges driving a knee into the midsection of Rave and follows up with a second. Punk slides out of the ring and grabs a chair but Rave slides out the other side and pulls Punk into the ringpost sending the chair into his face using the chain. Punk gets to his feet busted open and Rave fires off on the cut with punches then sends Punk into the guardrail face first. Rave grabs the chain and drives it into the forehead of Punk. Rave takes Punk around the ring punching away at the cut occasionally using the chain. Rave rolls Punk into the ring then slides in after him. Rave grabs Punk from behind and rakes at the forehead of Punk to open up the cut. Rave then uses the chain to pull back on the forehead of Punk. Rave pulls Punk up to his feet and throws him into the corner and stomps away. Rave pulls Punk back up and Punk shrugs him off and hits a forearm, a chop and kick to the midsection. Punk bounces off the ropes and Rave takes him down with a clothesline. Rave wraps the chair across the mouth of Punk and pulls him back and then slams him down with a curb stomp and makes a cover for two. Rave pulls Punk up and goes for the rave clash but Punk grabs the bottom rope and kicks Rave off. Rave gets to a knee and Punk charges and connects with a shining wizard. Both men are slow to their feet. Punk pulls Rave forward with the chain and takes him down with a right hand. Punk sends Rave into the ropes and takes him down with a clothesline. Rave gets up and Punk sends him down with a back elbow and then a leg lariat as Rave rises. Punk pulls Rave up and shoots him into the ropes and Rave ducks a clothesline but Punk connects with a superkick for a two count. Punk goes for a powerbomb but Rave fights out with punches. Rave bounces off the ropes and goes into the tilt-a-whirl crossface and uses the chain to pull back on the head of Punk but Punk rakes the eyes to break the hold. Rave goes for the Ghanarea but Punk counters and goes for the welcome to Chicago but Rave reverses with a backbody drop. Rave goes for the running knee but Punk grabs his leg and rolls backwards into a half crab. Nana gets on the apron and Punk walks over to him and Rave pulls the chain up hitting Punk in the junk. Rave then bounces off the ropes and hits the running knee and covers for a two count. Rave pulls Punk up to his feet and climbs up to the top rope. Rave pulls Punk up and goes for the Pepsi plunge but Punk sends him off the top with a backbody drop. Punk pulls Rave up and plants him with a powerbomb. Punk pulls Rave up and hits a second powerbomb on Rave. Punk pulls Rave up and plants him with a third powerbomb and holds him down for a two count. Rave kicks out and Punk goes into the Anaconda vice. The OCK climb up on the apron and Punk sends them down. Rave goes for something but Punk reverses and hits the Pepsi Twist. Punk makes a cover and Fast Eddie goes for a moonsault to break it up but Punk moves. Punk sends Eddie into Kruel as he comes in then hits a tornado DDT on Kruel. Punk pulls Rave up to his feet and goes for something but he gets distracted by Nana. Nana slides a chair into the ring and then comes in but Punk isn’t fooled. Jade jumps on Punk and Punk flips her over and off. Rave grabs the chair and sends Punk to his knees with two chair shots then drives a chair shot to the chest and a fourth to the back sending Punk down and Rave makes the cover.

Analysis: ***1/4 Up until the cheap ending this is a really good match. This is a brutal fight where it is obvious that neither man likes the other. They do some wrestling but mostly they are just brawling with each other and trading hard strikes. Punk bleeds buckets during this match and there is just a great intensity here all the way up until the interference. I don’t really dig the chairshots as an end to the match especially with the Punk promo afterwards. Rave should have laid in all of the shots to the head of Punk and then capped it off with a piledriver on the chair to really get it over that he wanted to re-injure Punk’s skull. Still a brutal brawl between these two men.

Austin Aries (c) vs. Alex Shelley (RoH World Title) (19:24) Shelley and Aries go into a lockup and quickly break it then do it again. They lockup a third time and Shelley backs Aries into the corner and gives a clean break but Aries slaps him across the face and Shelley spits in his face. Aries ducks down behind Shelley with a rear waistlock then picks him up and slams him down to the mat. Aries spins on the back of Shelley then grabs a front facelock and Shelley spins out into a hammerlock and Aries sits out escaping the hold and both men get up to their feet. They go into a test of strength and Shelley slowly starts to gain the advantage so Aries drops to his back and grabs Shelley with a cravate. Aries snpmares Shelley over and drops an elbow on the back of his head then grabs a side headlock. Shelley fights up to his feet and tries to shoot Aries off but Aries holds onto the hair of Shelley and grabs the hold again. Aries takes Shelley down with a headlock and Shelley grabs a headscissors and Aries kips up and out. They do this two more times and on the final time Aries headstands out and dropkicks Shelley in the face. Aries backs Shelley into the corner and punches him down in the corner then chokes him with a boot to the throat. Shelley reverses an Irish whip on Aries and Aries bounces off the corner and rolls across the ring then springboards off the ropes for a back elbow but Shelley stands behind him and grabs him then takes him over with a German suplex. Shelley whips Aries into the corner then charges and hits the double knees. Shelley hits a snap suplex and floats over for a one count. Aries sits up and Shelley kicks him down to the mat and then stands over Aries and gives him some cocky slaps to the face. Shelley pulls Aries up and lifts him up with a fireman’s carry and flips him down to the mat and makes a cocky cover for a one count. Shelley then goes to the apron and slingshots in with an elbow for a two count. Shelley pulls Aries up and hits a forearm shot and follows up with another. Shelley goes for an Irish whip but Aries reverses. Aries charges at Shelley and gets backbody dropped onto the apron. Aries springboards in for the back elbow but Shelley blocks it then hits a clothesline into a backbreaker on Aries and he rolls out of the ring. Aries climbs up to the top rope and comes off with a spinning dive onto Aries. Aries climbs onto the apron and Shelley grabs him and tries to suplex him into the ring but Aries blocks it and hits a shoulder block to the midsection of Aries then flips him over his back. Aries bounces off the ropes and jumps over the top rope and grabs Shelley guillotining him on the top rope. Aries then grabs Shelley and hits a neckbreaker across the second rope. Aries slingshots into the ring with a senton then follows up with an elbow and goes to make a cover but Shelley is in the ropes. Aries goes for a suplex but Shelley blocks it then hooks a leg and hits a golden gate swing. Shelley makes a cover and gets a two count. Shelley climbs up to the top rope and Aries takes him down with a forearm shot then drapes Shelley’s feet over the ropes and brings him down with a swinging neckbreaker. Aries pulls Shelley into the middle of the ring and makes a cover for a two count. Aries then rolls Shelley over then grabs a front facelock and flips over bridging the hold a couple of times. Aries breaks it and bounces off the ropes and drives a knee to the back of Shelley’s head and makes a cover for a two count. Aries pulls Shelley up and Shelley fires off with a series of chops then shoots Aries into the rope. Shelley telegraphs the backbody drop and Aries jumps up and hits a knee to the top of Shelley’s head. Aries hits Shelley with some kicks to the chest as he starts to get up then Aries drops down on Shelley and fires off some stiff right hands. Aries pulls Shelley up to his feet and shoots him into the ropes. Shelley ducks a clothesline but Aries catches him with a sidewalk slam. Aries stomps down on the hand of Shelley then pulls him up and into a cobra clutch. Aries then pulls Shelley down into a backbreaker and holds him down across his knee. Aries drops the hold and hits the spinning elbow to the back and makes a cover for two. Aries pulls Shelley up and snapmares him over then grabs a neck vice. Shelley fights up to his feet and hits a back elbow to the midsection then goes to run the ropes but Aries grabs a handful of hair and pulls Shelley down across his knee. Aries whips Shelley into the ropes but Shelley grabs the ropes to stop himself. Aries charges and Shelley sends him over the ropes to the apron with a backbody drop and Aries hits a guillotine over the top rope then slingshots in with a spinning splash for a two count. Aries then goes for the lionsault but Shelley gets his knees up. Shelley fights off Aries then hits a jumping enziguri then flips Aries over with a clothesline. Shelley pulls Aries up to his feet and delivers a scoop slam. Shelley climbs up to the top rope and hits a frog splash for a two count. Shelley goes right into the border city stretch but Aries fights out of it then grabs a fishhook hold and the ref breaks it up. Aries pulls Shelley up and goes for a suplex but Shelley drives a knee into his midsection. Aries blocks a second one then goes for a knee breaker but Shelley flips over with a sunset flip and goes into the border city stretch. Aries breaks the hold by biting the hand of Shelley. Aries gets up to his feet and Shelley goes for a superkick but Aries catches it and hits a knee to the midsection. Aries lifts Shelley up and hits a knee breaker and goes right into a backdrop driver. Shelley gets up in the corner and Shelley connects with the running dropkick. Shelley pulls himself up and Aries hits a second running dropkick. Shelley staggers over to another corner and Aries charges and hits a third running dropkick and makes a cover for a two count. Aries grabs Shelley and goes for the brainbuster but Shelley blocks it. Aries clubs the back of Shelley then bounces off the ropes and hits a knee to the side of the head. Aries plants Shelley with a rolling Samoan drop then goes up to the top rope and goes for the 450 but Aries lands on his feet as Shelley moves and Shelley connects with a superkick then follows up with the shellshock for a two count. Shelley rolls Aries over and goes for the border city stretch but Aries turns it into a sunset flip for a two count. Aries goes for the crucifix bomb but Aries plants him with a TKO then runs him into the ropes and takes him out with a tornado DDT. Shelley hits the shellshock but Aries rolls to the ropes. Shelley pulls him out and makes a cover for two before Aries grabs the bottom rope. Shelley pulls Aries up and goes for a brainbuster but Aries hits a knee to the head of Shelley and goes for a brainbuster of his own but Shelley lands down behind Aries. Aries bounces off the ropes and hits a spinning forearm then kicks away at the head of Shelley. Aries plants Shelley with the brainbuster then climbs up to the top rope and hits the 450 splash for the three count.

Analysis: ****1/4 My favorite match on the show. These two guys go at each other full bore and they are hitting big moves to get the win. Both men want to prove that they are the rightful leader of Gen Next and they want to win the match and the belt. Shelley has Aries well scouted and manages to block a lot of his trademark moves the first time around. Later in the match Aries has weakened Shelley enough that it doesn’t matter how much scouting he’s done he’s too weak to counter the moves. This match has a bunch of great false finishes at the end and it legit looks like Shelley was going to win the belt a couple of times. Just great wrestling from these two guys with a nice back story involved in it.

Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal vs. Homicide & Low Ki (9:14) Joe and Lethal attack the Rottweilers after the main event and then make the challenge for the tag match. Ki and Homicide slide in and the four men just start trading shots. Joe and Ki face off while Lethal and Homicide face off. Joe picks Ki up and Lethal holds him up on the top rope. Joe charges and gives Homicide a boot scrape then bounces off the ropes and hits Ki with a yakuza kick to the face. Lethal flips Homicide over the ropes into the ring and hits some forearm shots. Lethal goes for an Irish whip but Homicide reverses it and Ki clobbers Lethal in the back and Homicide sends him down with a forearm. Ki jumps off the apron and hits Joe with a chop. Homicide throws Lethal out of the ring then hits him with a tope con hilo then rolls Lethal into the ring. Ki backs Lethal into the corner and hits a vicious chop. Ki snapmares Lethal over and then jumps up and delivers a stomp to the face of Lethal and makes a cover for two. Ki and Homicide whip Lethal into the ropes and take him down with a double shoulder tackle. Homicide picks Lethal up with a suplex and drapes him over the top rope then spikes him with a DDT. Homicide tags in Ki and Ki puts Lethal in the corner with a tree of Woe and Homicide charges and hits a dropkick to the face of Lethal. Homicide holds Lethal’s head up and Ki comes off the top rope with a brutal double stomp to the chest. Ki makes a cover and gets a two count before Lethal grabs the bottom rope. Ki pulls Lethal up and Lethal fires off a couple of punches but Ki sends him down with a forearm. Ki nails a brutal chop to Lethal and Lethal fires back with one of his own but Ki sends him to the mat with a punch. Ki picks Lethal up and hits a vertical suplex and floats over for a two count. Ki pulls Lethal up and runs him into Homicide’s boot then tags him in. Homicide backs Lethal into the corner and hits a knife edge chop and goes to shoot Lethal across the ring but he reverses it. Lethal charges into a big boot then Homicide hits an ace crusher and tags in Ki who makes a cover for two while Homicide knocks Joe off the apron. Ki backs Lethal into the corner and whips him across the ring. Lethal bounces out of the corner and Ki takes him down with a clothesline. Ki makes a cover and Joe breaks it up at the count of two and then Homicide comes in. Homicide pulls Lethal to his feet then plants him with a piledriver for a two count. Homicide pulls Lethal up and goes for another piledriver but Lethal spins out and goes for a dragon suplex but Homicide breaks out. Homicide goes for the lariat but Lethal ducks it and hits a release dragon suplex. Lethal kicks Ki then makes the tag to Joe. Joe comes in and goes for an Irish whip on Ki but it gets reversed. Ki charges and Joe STOs him out of the corner. Homicide charges and Joe sends him into the corner with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Ki fights off Joe with some elbows then bounces off the ropes and Lethal comes in and hits him with a clothesline. Joe puts Ki up on the top rope and goes for the muscle buster but Homicide hits a running kick to the face to break it up. Joe is draped over the middle rope and Ki comes off the top rope with a double stomps across the back of Joe. In the ring Lethal hits Homicide with a running suplex. Joe gets up to his feet and Ki hits him with a running dropkick sending Joe into the corner hard. Ki pulls Joe out of the corner then climbs up to the top rope and goes for a double stomp but Lethal knocks him down on the top rope. Lethal goes for a superplex but Ki fights him off. Homicide picks him up for a cop killer and Ki comes off the top with a double stomp sending Lethal down on his head and Homicide makes the cover for the three count.

Analysis: ** Not really a match but just a fight between these four men. It gets over the feud between the Rottweilers and Joe/Lethal plus lets Ki and Homicide fight in their hometown. This is a brutal match with Ki and Homicide pulverizing Lethal in the ring and finishing it off with the brutal double stomp into the cop killer. This is fun to watch but not a great match although it was a great way to cap off the show.

Recommendation: Buy this show! All three of the title defenses are great matches and they get better as the night goes on. Cabana/McGuinness is the only match that falls flat on this show and everything else just flows perfectly. One of RoH’s best shows of the year.

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