ROH Caged Hostility (8/9/12) DVD Review By Adam Timmins

Posted: March 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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ImageJay Lethal vs. Adam PagePage wrestled for EVOLVE a couple of times in the first half on 2012. Hilariously, Lethal says he’s going to destroy Page in order to get a title shot in his hometown of New Jersey. HE’S GETTIN’ SERIOUS! Ahem. Anyway, that aside, this was a surprisingly good match; in fact, it was very good. Page was allowed to look extremely competitive; you might argue a bit too competitive considering they’re gearing Lethal up for a title shot. Given the lack of depth in the ROH roster they have to get this guy onto future shows. He kicks out of the Geese of Beverly Road; but Lethal hits the handspring Lethal Bizzle at 11.11 for the win.

Mike Mondo vs. QT Marshall – This is Marshall’s first match since winning an ROH contract, and my God, he looked terrible. If you thought Bennett’s punch and kick matches were bad, wait until you see this guy. I felt particularly sorry for Mondo; he’s working his backside off, is struggling to get over with the ROH fans, and gets lumbered with a stiff like Marshall. Mondo gets the win with the double armed DDT at 11.12.

Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Bravado Brothers – Not quite as good as their bout with the Bucks; but nonetheless, another very tag outing from the Bravados. I’ve been campaigning for C&C to get more than a ten minute tag match for ages – and whaddya know; when it happens, they have one of the better tag bouts in ROH in 2012. A couple of minor niggles: the match went slightly too long; and also saw the arm worked out for the second match in a row (although to be fair, the Mondo/Marshall was so crap many will have forgotten it already). Coleman hits the Leap of Faith on Harlem, and Alexander follows up with a frogsplash to get the win at 19.55. If ROH has a future, you’d like to think these two teams will be part of it.

Davey Richards cuts an in-ring promo, in which he states he’s ashamed of the person he’s been outside the ring in the past year. Seemed legit.

Mike Posey vs. Jeff Lewis Neal – If they mention Neal was trained by CW Anderson once they mention it ten times. In terms of giving the fans something to ignore after intermission, this bout did what it needed to. Posey hits a top rope legdrop at 6.03 to get the win.

After the match Steen, Corino and Jacobs hit the ring and beat down both men. Steen announces that Cornette isn’t in the building, therefore he’s cancelling tonight’s Steel Cage main event. Titus runs out on his own and gets battered; but the heels flee when the Briscoes hit the ring. It’s announced that Steen will be fined $5,000 if Steen doesn’t wrestle tonight.

World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong – As unappealing as sitting through a WGTT match is, it has to be better than sitting through another Haas singles bout. Elgin and Strong cut a promo before the match in which Elgin looks as gay as shit! The polo shirt and baseball cap look does not work for you Michael. As you’d expect, the main focus of the match was to further the dissension between Strong and Elgin. At one point, in an absolutely foul moment, Haas gobs at Martini; said gob hits the rope and dangles, and Haas eats it back up. If there was a moment that summed up Haas’ ROH run, it’s that. At one point Elgin goes to make the hot tag, but Strong drops off the apron. It comes back to bite him, as Haas locks the Haas of pain on him, and Elgin refuses to make the save, leading Strong to tap at 14.54. Fine for what it was.

Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly – Davey Richards sits at ringside for this one. Another solid outing between these two – not quite as dramatic as their BITW outing, but then seeing as how that saw poor old Cole getting his face smashed in I’m sure he’ll be quite happy with that. The finish was a bit laboured: O’Reilly threw Cole into Richards on the outside, and Richards bitching to the referee distracted Cole, leading to O’Reilly rolling him up at 15.48 (I thought these Proving Ground matches were supposed to have 15 minute time limits?). O’Reilly thus gets another crack at Cole’s TV Title somewhere down the line.

Kevin Steen, Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. The Briscoe Brothers & Rhett Titus –  Steel Cage Match – maybe it’s because I wasn’t expecting too much from this, but I found this very enjoyable for what was essentially a throwaway cage match. All six men brawl on the outside to begin with; then Mark Briscoe somehow contrives to get himself locked outside the cage. Naturally he gets knocked through the timekeepers table while attempting to climb over the top of the cage, and spends the next few minutes doing some comedy selling on the outside. The heels beat down the babyfaces for a few minutes; the babyfaces make their comeback, and Mark hits a moonsault off the top of the cage. On a side note, far too many people are kicking out of the F-Cinq at the moment, it’s rapidly losing its lustre as a finish. The Briscoes hit the Doomsday Device on Jacobs to get the pin at around the 18 minute mark. Like I said, they didn’t split the atom or anything, but it was fun.

Overall – not bad for an ROH B-show in 2012.

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