ROH Rise & Prove (17/2/2012) Review By Adam Timmins

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

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ROH has a thing about having bimbo female interviewers; it used to be Becky Bayless, now it’s Veda Scott. Kevin Kelly is a solo single on commentary for some reason.

Michael Elgin vs. Adam Cole – before the bell’s even rung you know Cole’s down to do another job, which somewhat takes all of the fun out of the match. Elgin needs to do something with his hair, it’s bordering on a mullet at present. They have a decent opener; Elgin hits Spin City at 8.02, and Cole’s losing run continues.

Rise & Prove Semi-Final – Shiloh Jonez & Rudy Switchblade vs. Sean Casey and Chris Silvio – so the deal is that four local teams compete in a one-night tourney, with the winners getting a non-title match against the tag champs in the future. In classic ROH fashion however, they show the graphic for the final before the start of this match. Alas, these sort of production gaffes happen time and time again in ROH. Both tag teams look fairly indieriffic to say the least; and indeed, have a match which really shouldn’t be taking place in ROH – comedy spots involving the heels with their faces in each other’s crotches, that sort of thing. Switchblade hits a frogsplash on Silvio at 7.52 to see his team advance.

Rise & Prove Semi-Final – Mike Posey & Corey Hollis vs. Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls – and they show graphic for the R&P final again! Fail. Fortunately this match was a lot better than the previous one, and I wouldn’t mind seeing either of these teams back in ROH. Haste and Nicholls pick up the win with a double-team Beach Break/DDT on Hollis at 10.32 – but then we already knew that.

Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong – No DQ – I feel like I’ve seen Edwards vs. Strong a million times in the past 12 months; but with the lack of depth in the ROH roster, expect to see more of these “long running” feuds. Before the bell rings, Cornette comes out and decrees Truth Martini must be handcuffed to the ringpost. #SmokeyMountainofHonor. A fairly low calorie No DQ which nonetheless perked up a bit towards the end…until the finish obviously. Ref bump; Elgin and Cole both run-in (even though it’s no DQ, it’s more heelish to do this while the referee’s down you understand), Martini gets hold of the handcuff keys and gets himself free; distracts Edwards, and Strong hits him with the Book of Truth for the three count at 17.13. There’s no point complaining about naff finishes in ROH anymore; like Kevin Nash, they’re just something we have to accept will be booked. On a side note, at one point the fans broke out into a “this is awesome” chant for an Irish whip into the barricade.

Mike Mondo vs. Sampson Walker – Sampson had a fantastically bad match with Andy Ridge at Northern Aggression; but qualities not really an issue these days in ROH, so he gets another shot here. Basic post intermission match; the crowd seemed into Sampson. Mondo gets the pin at 7.38 with his feet on the ropes. Todd Sinclair comes out and tells the ref, which results in a restart. Sampson quickly pins Mondo with a spinebuster. Philosophical question – in match where both men get pinned, who gets over? Answer: no-one.

Rise & Prove Final – Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls vs. Shiloh Jonez & Rudy Switchblade – even though they were supposed to be the heels, Nicholls and Jones were way over with the crowd – and rightly so, they looked a far better team than Jones and Switchblade. The crowd’s constant chants for bodyslams’ got a bit tired; had they all migrated from Manassas? The double-team Beach Break/DDT on Switchblade at 8.52 sees Nicholls and Haste get a Proving Ground match a WM weekend.

Jay Lethal vs. B.J. Whitmer – man, talk about the perfect storm. Those who have followed these reviews over the years will know of the hatred I had for Whitmer: a bland big guy who failed to get over despite relentless pushes from Gabe. My currently most hated wrestler is Jay Lethal – a goofy-looking charisma vacuum seemingly forced on us by SBS on the grounds that he used to be a ‘star’ in TNA. However, I’ll give Whitmer his due: since he resurfaced in 2011 he looks leaner and meaner, even busting out a tope con hilo! Not bad all in all for a Lethal match; Whitmer kicks out of the BM Funkster; but succumbs to the Lethal Bizzle at 14.31.

The Briscoe Brothers vs. Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly – the Briscoes are ridiculously over, as you’d expect down South. A decent main event, slightly hurt by the fact no-one really thought Richards and O’Reilly had a chance of winning the tag belts. Still, they delivered an action packed 20 minutes or so, and you can’t really complain: especially considering with a crowd this size they could have been forgiven for phoning it in. The Briscoes make their third successful defence with the Doomsday Device on O’Reilly at 21.13.

Overall – an ok B-show if you take out all the usual production/ booking gaffes. 

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