Asheville, NC – 3.30.2013
ROH World Champion: Kevin Steen
ROH Television Champion: Matt Taven
ROH World Tag Team Champions: reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)
Commentary is provided by Kevin Kelly and various members of the roster.
Michael Elgin vs. Adam Page
Page is unable to take off Elgin in the early going. He slips out of the Oklahoma stampede and schoolboys Elgin for one. Elgin then shoulder blocks him down. He chops Page in the corner before whipping him across the ring. Page huracanrana’s Elgin for two. Elgin sends him to the apron Page drops the top rope to bring Elgin out and follows with a moonsault. Page tries to slingshot back into the ring, but Elgin dropkicks him back to the floor to counter. Elgin whips him into the barricades and delivers some more chops. Back in the ring Page throws some chops of his own. He kicks out Elgin’s legs to block his charge. Elgin tries to sit down but Page moves. Page dropkicks Elgin and hits a standing shooting star press for two. Elgin is able to withstand a spinwheel kick. He throws a couple strikes and pulls Page into a lariat for two. They fight on the middle rope until Page hits a neckbreaker. Elgin kicks out. Page misses a top rope crossbody. Elgin deadlifts him into a German suplex. Page jackknife pins him to block a Buckle Bomb. A backfist, the Buckle Bomb, and the Revolution Bomb put Page down at 9:33. It was nice to see Page get a chance to shine, but even still there was no doubt at all who was winning. The exchanges were good and the crowd enjoyed them though they lacked much rhyme or reason. **½
QT Marshall vs. Darren Dean
Marshall cuts a pre-match promo talking about how he and whomever RD Evans has planned to be his mystery partner at “Supercard of Honor VII”” will take ROH by storm. Marshall flexes when he takes down Dean. Dean escapes a headlock and hits a standing moonsault for two. He kicks Marshall to avoid a corner attack. Marshall shoves the referee into the ropes to crotch Dean on the top rope. He slams Dean and drops two elbows before stepping on his face. Marshall powerslams Dean for two. Dean hits a kick to the head, but it’s all for naught as Jimmy Jacobs and Jimmy Rave of S.C.U.M. attack Dean with Steve Corino watching on. The match ends at 3:25 with no decision. The crowd didn’t seem too upset, which should tell you a lot about how the match was going along. N/R
Steve Corino says the promise for S.C.U.M. to grow has come true. Their goal is to drive ROH fans away. They determine when they fight, so he calls out Mike Mondo and Grizzly Redwood for their tag match. The duo runs out and attacks.
Mike Mondo & Grizzly Redwood vs. S.C.U.M. (Jimmy Jacobs & Jimmy Rave)
Before the official bell, Mondo and Redwood take control. Mondo and Redwood team up on Jacobs in their corner. Rave spits on Redwood from the apron. Redwood charges and gets dropped on the apron with an STF. This allows Rave and Jacobs to turn the tide and wear down the littlest lumberjack. Redwood manages to send the Jimmy’s into one another so he can tag in Mondo. Mondo comes in throwing punches. He drops Rave with a swinging neckbreaker and tackle Jacobs in the corner. He then dropkicks Jacobs so that he DDT’s Rave. Mondo gives Jacobs a snapmare driver for two. Redwoord comes in with a slingshot spear for two. He and Mondo slam the Jimmy’s simultaneously. Corino shakes the ropes to crotch Mondo on the top rope. Redwood goes after him. The Jimmy’s catch Redwood with a double chokeslam for the pin at 7:02. This lacked a lot of energy. I really like the combination of Rave and Jacobs but did not love the fact that Corino needed to help them to beat Grizzly Redwood and Mike Mondo. No offense to those guys, but when’s the last anyone took either of those two seriously in ROH? **
S.C.U.M. member Rhett Titus runs out to attack Redwood and Mondo. He pulls out a table from underneath the ring and sets it up ringside. The Jimmy’s set him up for a T-Gimmick when BJ Whitmer runs out to save the day. Whitmer and Titus begin throwing forearms to start their match.
BJ Whitmer vs. Rhett Titus
Whitmer wins a chop battle. He gets two with a side slam across his knee. Titus snaps his neck across the top rope. Titus zeroes in on Whitmer’s neck after that. He gets two with a neckbreaker then applies a figure four headscissors. A slap wakes Whitmer up. He throws some strikes and drops Titus with a spinebuster. Whitmer then catches Titus coming out of the corner with a powerslam for two. He also gets two by stringing some suplexes together. Titus comes back with the Thrust Buster for two. Looking at Corino, Titus utilizes the Old School Expulsion. Both men are stunned when Whitmer kicks out. Whitmer cradles Titus but Corino pulls referee Todd Sinclair out of the ring. He tries to punch him but Sinclair ducks. Whitmer then backslides Titus for two. Jimmy Rave runs in and gets booted before he can do anything. Jimmy Jacobs is cut off and thrown into the ring. He then gets suplexes out of the ring and through the table Titus set up before the match. Behind the referee’s back, Titus clocks Whitmer with a fist full of quarters to get the pin at 10:59. All this interference is doing S.C.U.M. no favors, nor does it make for entertaining matches. Whitmer vs. Titus had a pretty good amount of history that deserved to be paid off in a match with no BS. Instead we had a lot of BS and a match that will be totally forgettable. **
S.C.U.M. is about to do more damage to BJ Whitmer when The American Wolves chase them off. The Wolves then call out their opponents to lead to our next match.
The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Coleman actually flusters Richards on the mat. Alexander and Edwards reach a stalemate. Richards stomps on Alexander’s shoulder. They throw him into each other’s heads for headbutts. Richards puts him in an arm capture cloverleaf. Alexander hits a dropkick upon escape. Coleman tags in and delivers his own dropkick. He suplexes Richards into Alexander’s slingshot senton. Coleman comes in with an Arabian Press for two. Richards shoves him back to the corner where he and Edwards throw headbutts. Richards blind tags in, kicking Coleman and then kicking Alexander off the apron. The Wolves attack Coleman on the floor before isolating him back in the ring. Coleman is able to roll under a double clothesline attempt and dropkick both Wolves. Alexander comes in with a springboard clothesline to Richards. He throws some forearms and kicks at Edwards. He gives Richards a big backbreaker and Edwards a tornado kick for two. Edwards takes a modified Total Elimination. Richards is there to break the pin. Richards dropkicks Coleman so that he DDT’s Alexander. Edwards suplexes him into a facebuster and Richards comes off the top with a dropkick. Edwards’ Dragon suplex is good for a two count. Alexander avoids a superkick and the Alarm Clock. He throws Richards’ leg into Edwards. Richards catches a tornado kick and applies an ankle lock. Alexander rolls forward to send him to the corner. Coleman spinwheel kicks him in the corner and falls into a moonsault onto Edwards. Alexander tope con hilo’s onto both members of the Wolves. Back in the ring Richards connects with the Damage Reflex on Coleman. He and Alexander kick each other in the head. Edwards lariats Alexander and Coleman drives Edwards’ head into the mat, leaving all four men on the mat. Edwards crossbody’s Coleman to the floor. Alexander eats the Alarm clock. Richards punts Coleman from the apron. He then double stomps Alexander from the top rope. Alexander kicks out! Edwards gets sent to the floor. Coleman and Alexander hit the C&C Connection Combo on Richards. Edwards breaks it just in the nick of time. He dragon screw leg whips Coleman and gives Alexander a Code Breaker. He then kicks him into Richards’ tombstone piledriver for the pin at 18:54. This was the kind of match this show was waiting for. In September when C&C were in Charlotte, they had an amazing performance with the Bravado Brothers and followed up that trend by tearing things up with the Wolves. Hopefully they will become top contenders for the belts and force to be reckoned with after this match; they deserve it. The Wolves of course get credit for letting them look awesome as well. ***¾
ROH Tag Team Championship
reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Alabama Attitude (Mike Posey & Corey Hollis)
After some trash talking from Fish, Alabama Attitude attack and send O’Reilly to the floor. Hollis suicide dives after him. Posey slingshot legdrops Fish on the bottom rope. O’Reilly gets sent into the barricades thrice. Posey slingshot legdrops him back in the ring. He gets one with a basement enzuigiri. O’Reilly catches Hollis mid-air with a dropkick. Fish helps O’Reilly wear him down. Hollis rolls under O’Reilly’s clothesline and tags in Posey. He throws dropkicks at both opponents. Posey gets popped up by Fish, but comes back down in a legdrop for two. Fish sends Hollis to the floor where O’Reilly German suplexes him inside out onto the floor! Fish Saito suplexes Posey. Posey escaped reDRagon’s corner by giving Fish a side Russian leg sweep and O’Reilly an enzuigiri. Hollis goes from corner to corner attacking his opponents. He drops Fish with a twisting neckbreaker and O’Reilly with a suplex. Alabama Attitude drop Fish with a double leg sweep. O’Reilly throws a knee and forearm strike at Hollis for two. He gives him a Regalplex for another two count. Hollis Sunset Bombs O’Reilly off the second rope. Posey comes off the top with a legdrop. Fish breaks the pin. Hollis gets put away with Chasing the Dragon at 13:16. I think Posey only did legdrops this whole match. The crowd seemed like they wanted to care, especially because Fish was so insulting. Problem is, moreso than any other mismatch on the card, nobody thought the Attitude had a chance and nothing they did changed anybody’s mind. It was a decent exhibition but disappointing for a title bout. **½
Proving Ground Match
Matt Taven vs. Roderick Strong vs. Jay Lethal vs. ACH
If Strong, Lethal, or ACH wins this match, they will earn a shot at Taven’s Television Championship. Truth Martini and Scarlett Bordeaux are in Taven’s corner. Lethal and Taven start off. Taven fools around, bringing Lethal to hip toss him into a dropkick. Strong and ACH tag in. ACH holds his own against the Triple Crown champion and sends him to the ropes with an armdrag. Strong ends up pulling ACH to the corner. Lethal tags in and kicks them both. Taven breaks Lethal’s pin after a basement dropkick. We get an interesting dynamic where Strong and Taven keep blind tagging in each other and ACH and Lethal do the same. Strong is obviously not a fan of Taven as he’s affiliated with his former manager and stable. ACH and Lethal have respect for each other, but that seems to diminish with the more tags they make. Scarlett enters the ring when Lethal is setting up for Hail to the King on Taven. Martini shoves Lethal to the floor while referee Paul Turner is distracted by Scarlett. Taven slams Lethal on the floor before bringing him back into the ring to continue wearing him down. ACH tags in. He goes for an enzuigiri on Taven and ends up hitting Lethal. He does take Taven down with some back elbows and kicks. Strong gamengiri’s Taven after tagging in. ACH Tiger walks Strong in the corner then nails a dropkick. He flies through the ropes after delivering a clothesline. He gets two with a high crossbody. Taven drops down the middle rope as ACH hits the ropes. Lethal sends Taven out with Strong. He then suicide dives onto both of them. ACH does a springboard dive onto everybody. Back in the ring, ACH drops Strong with a Roll of the Dice. Storng catches Strong with a gutbuster and a half-nelson backbreaker. Taven breaks the pin. A string of moves leaves everybody down. Lethal scores the first move up with the Lethal Combination on Strong. Taven splashes both of them to stop Lethal’s pin. ACH and Taven both tag their opponents. Taven gives ACH a rope-assisted neckbreaker for two. A tower of doom spot goes awry with everybody crumbling to the mat. Lethal hits Strong with the Lethal Injection. Taven kicks him in the stomach when he goes for it again. ACH schoolboys Taven into a face kick. The Cram for the Exam gets him the win at 20:56. It says a lot about Taven’s star power when as the champion he came off looking like the fourth biggest name in the bout. They seemed to have something going with the blind tags but it really did not go anywhere. There were also a few sloppy spots that slowed the pace down. What we were left with was an acceptable match but nothing more. ACH has a future TV title shot in his back pocket. **¾
ROH World Championship
Kevin Steen vs. Mark Briscoe
Poppa Briscoe and cousin Jethro are in the crowd while Steve Corino is on commentary. Steen antagonizes Mark’s relatives, causing Mark to dive onto him. He missile dropkicks Steen to the outside after going into the ring, then dives onto him again. Steen powerbombs Mark on the floor. He throws Mark into the barricades a few times, then back into the ring. He mockingly yells “Man Up” as he suplexes Mark. After a rope-assisted DDT he yells at Mark’s family. He bites Mark’s face after mark absorbs some chops. Steen gets two with a senton. Mark lands on his feet to counter a suplex. He throws some Redneck Kung-Fu and drops Steen on his head with a Saito suplex. Steen kicks out. Jimmy Jacobs makes his way ringside. Steen sends Mark back first into the corner and hits a cannonball senton. Jay Briscoe, with his left arm still in a sling, comes out to support his brother. Mark powerbombs Steen out of the corner for two. The Briscoe family comes to ringside when other members of S.C.U.M. make themselves present. Steen gives Mark a neckbreaker over his knee for two. He follows with a Swanton which Mark is able to kick out of. He catches Steen with a rolling Death Valley Driver. Steen looks for a top rope F-Cinq but gets taken down with an Ace Crusher. The Briscoes and S.C.U.M. get into a fight. Rhett Titus takes Jethro down with a chair. Steve Corino distracts referee Todd Sinclair. Mark puts Titus through a table with a splash. He then hits the Froggy Bow on Steen for two. Steen puts Mark in the tree of woe for a somersault senton. He tosses Mark across the ring in a sleeper suplex. The F-Cinq only gets two! The Package Piledriver however puts Mark away at 13:33. All of the focus was on the supporting players, which stinks for Mark who was able to get a good reaction even if the conclusion to the bout was obvious. He and Steen worked hard but it was tough to keep your eye on the match with all of the ambient noise going on. Mark and Steen deserve better, but I guess when telling the story it was somewhat necessary. ***
After the match, The Briscoes give Jimmy Jacobs a Doomsday Device. Jimmy Rave takes him and Titus through the crowd to flee. Jay Briscoe says while Steen won the battle tonight, the war isn’t over. Next Friday in New York for “Supercard of Honor VII” he plans to whoop Steen’s fat ass and take his title.