ROH Killer Instinct (6/10/12) DVD Review By Adam Timmins

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Michael Elgin vs. Mike Bennett – These guys both started out in ROH at roughly the same time, and it pretty much says it all that Elgin pins Bennett a week before the former gets a world title shot. Elgin’s worked his tail off to make himself one of the top guys on the indies Bennett has largely spent the same period marking out for himself and relying on his girlfriend to get him over. The match was pretty much the standard Bennett bout; Elgin hits Spin City at 11.59 for the win.

3.0 vs. The Bravados Brothers – Now this is something I never thought I’d see, although I’m not complaining – 3.0 in ROH! The two teams have been feuding in Chikara in 2012, hence this bout in ROH. The Bravados legitimately gave Jagged a cracked rib back at Hot off the Griddle, and work over it again here. You nearly always get a fun match out of 3.0, and this was no different; there’s no reason why they couldn’t occupy a regular spot in the lower half of the ROH tag division. The Bravados improvement continues to show through, and they put Matthews away with the Gentleman’s Approach at 10.05. Good stuff.

QT Marshall vs. Bobby Fish – Not sure of the reasons behind Fish’s departure from DG:USA; Gabe came out with some load of flannel about how wrestlers used to move from territory to territory – which had nothing to do with anything. Their loss is defiantly ROH’s gain though. Marshall is spectacularly dire, he’s even worse than Bennett. Thankfully Fish gets the win at 8.07 with a spinning kick to the head.

World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino – Man, this was just dire. If ever there was a bout in ROH that no-one cared about, it’s this one – you could cut the crowd apathy with a knife No-one gives a shit about Whitmer and Titus as a team, or WGTT for that matter. Corino and Jacobs are ok, but that’s about it. There was no psychology here whatsoever; after Titus got worked over for most of the match, Whitmer made the hot tag; he got a couple of moves in before Haas cut him off and everyone starting working over him. Great. The finishes were bullshit too; Whitmer and Haas are doing the tug of war spot over the tag belt; Jacobs hits a splash onto the belt, club sandwich in slow-motion, and Jacobs rolls up Haas at 14.25. Haas does his angry old man gimmick, hits Titus in the back with a chair, and Corino gives Titus a backdrop driver to retain the belts at 15.10. Yes, the ROH tag division just officially flatlined.

Roderick Strong vs. Kyle O’Reilly – A fun post-intermission clash. O’Reilly has largely been one ROH’s 2012 MVP’s; and Strong – who tends to go through cycles in ROH – is on one of his better runs in-ring wise. Strong picks up the win with All The Landslides Birds Have Ever Seen at 10.16.

Davey Richards vs. Mike Mondo – When these two originally met at The Nightmare Begins, Mondo had still yet to make his bones in ROH; but has come on in leaps and bounds since then, and this rematch is a lot more anticipated than the first clash was. Richards’ rehabilitation continues; he looks like he’s enjoying his wrestling a lot more at the moment, as well as having realised you don’t have to go 20 plus minutes to have a great match. Really good back and forth match here, that ended with Mondo tapping to CM Punk’s old Devil Lock at 14.47. Good win for Richards, and Mondo looked impressive in defeat.

The Briscoe Brothers vs. Adam Cole & Eddie Edwards – Super enjoyable tag team match. Given the fact that the Briscoes have been around forever, you tend to take them for granted at times; and then a match like this comes along and you remember they’re still one of the best teams in the business (And that they – Mark in particular – doesn’t need to do stupid comedy bullshit). Based on their showing here I’d also like to see Edwards and Cole as a regular tandem, particularly as Edwards hasn’t got much else to do at the moment. The Briscoes pin Cole with the Doomsday Device at 16.39. One of the best tag outings in ROH in 2012.

Kevin Steen vs. Jay Lethal – This being his hometown, Lethal’s parents are in the front row. (Incidentally this isn’t the first time ROH have done this angle with Lethal: older fans might remember the Lethal vs. Low-Ki match from 2004, featuring Gabe’s hilarious commentary – “That motherfucker!”) Before we get to all the nonsense with the finish, it’s worth noting that up to that point this had been a really good match; certainly Lethal’s best outing since Border Wars. But of course, this would be eclipsed by the finish; which was so bad it got Cornette the boot as booker a few days after the show. So what actually happened? Lethal hits the Lethal Bizzle on Steen, and Steen rolls outside the ring. Lethal tries to get him back in the ring, and Steen bites his face. This takes place in front of Lethal’s father, who lobs a (rather conveniently full) drink in Steen’s face. Steen responds by gobbing at Lethal’s mother. Lethal is predictably a tad narked, and brawls with Steen for a few minutes, punching out a couple of referees who try to break it up. Steen eventually storms to the back at around the twenty minute mark (interestingly you catch a brief glimpse of Delirious behind the curtain). Lethal faffs about at ringside for a few minutes, before chasing Cornette to the back. And that was the finish. Fucking hell, what an abysmal piece of booking. If you wanted to be charitable, you could say they were trying to book a kind of chaotic situation maybe similar to the angle they did with Homicide and Corino back in 2003. But even that analogy fails; there was a proper finish to that match, and it took place in the middle of the card in any case. I could probably write 1,000 words on what was wrong with that finish, but in the end it boils down to the fact that you cannot have a non-finish to a main event you’ve spent a couple of months building up to. On the DVD itself, fans chanted “bullshit” and “Cornette Sucks”; after the disc cut away, they pelted the ring with rubbish. Simply put, a new low for ROH.

Overall – The main event aside, this was a fairly decent ROH in 2012 effort; some dross to get through as ever, but also some decent stuff.

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