Friday, October 7, 2016

Roy's Review: Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza Weekend

As you may have read in my post about All Star Extravaganza my buddy Roy among others went down to the show.  Unlike the rest of us Roy & Mikey also attended Saturday's TV taping that was also held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday October 1st.

Here is Roy's Review of both nights:

Here is my review of All-Star Extravaganza 8:

Match 1: Silas Young defeated Evil and Will Ferrera. Decent match for an internet exclusive but nothing really to right home about. It was neat seeing Silas get the win since he is one of my favorites in ROH.

Match 2: TV Champion Bobby Fish defeated Donovan Dijak w/Prince Nana, Brian Fury, Anthony Greene, Scotty Slade and Mikey Webb to retain. Good match with some great leg work by Fish. It seemed that they had set up the perfect situation for Dijak to win the TV title but for some reason they didn't do it. This kinda bummed me out.

Match 3: Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle w/The Boys defeated The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) w/Caprice Coleman, War Machine (Warbeard Hanson and Raymond Rowe), Keith Lee and Shane Taylor in a Fatal 4 Way to become #1 contenders to the tag team titles. Very fun exciting match, with some great spots. I can't stand Dalton Castle but I really enjoyed this match despite that. Castle doing the delayed german suplex to Lee was insane. Also seeing the big guys doing dives was crazy too.

Match 3: Dragon Lee defeated Kamatachi. Awesome just awesome. This is a must see match. This was my first time seeing Dragon Lee and until this point I had only been mildly impressed with Kamatachi. This match changed my mind about both guys.

Match 4: Kyle O'Reilly defeated Adam Page. This was okay but nothing really great which surprised me. I really like both guys but for some reason this match wasn't what I though it would be. After the match Page attacked O'Reilly but putting his arm in a chair and ramming him into the ring post.

Match 5: Kushida, ACH and Jay White defeated The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) and Toru Yano to advance in the 6 man tag team title tournament. Fuck Toru Yano. I can't say that enough. I don't understand why he was teaming with The Briscoes. He is a comedy guy and The Briscos, especially Jay, are serious wrestlers. This was a solid match but it would have been way better without Yano. He really ruined it for me.

Match 6: Jay Lethal defeated Tetsuya Naito w/Evil. Solid match but like many of the others nothing great. Jay was super hot right off the bat because Naito and Evil were his buddies and they recently turned on him. Lethal got the win with Lethal Injection.

Match 7: ROH Champion Adam Cole defeated Michael Elgin to retain. This was a good solid match but nothing more. I was really surprised at how small Cole is. He is tiny. It kinda sucked that I knew Elgin had no chance of winning since he was a really random challenger with almost no buildup. Good action and a bunch of neat spots in this one.

Match 8: The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) defeated Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) in Ladder Wars 6 to win the titles. Words cannot describe this match both for its greatness and the sheer insanity. Dozens of insane spots. Daniels getting backdropped off the top of the ladder onto another ladder was ridiculous. How he was walking after that blew my mind. This one needs to be seen. One of, if not, the greatest ladder matches of all time. If I could rate this higher than 10 I would.

I had never sat this close at a show of magnitude before and I picked a great one to do it at. The Ladder War was the greatest thing I have ever seen. I still can't believe what my eyes saw.

 Here are the results from The ROH TV Taping on Saturday Night:

Dark Match: Kamatachi defeated Sho w/Yohei Komatsu. Decent match. Sho is pretty good. I would like to see more of him.

Episode 1:

Match 1: War Machine (Warbeard Hanson and Raymond Rowe) defeated Shane Taylor and Keith Lee. This was awesome. Lots of great brawling between 4 huge men. I became a fan of Rowe after this one. He is ridiculously strong, doing many power moves on both Lee and Taylor. Warbeard got this head busted open apparently due to Taylor's teeth accidentally hitting him.

Match 2: The Cabinet (Caprice Coleman, Rhett Titus and Kenny King) defeated Jason Kincade, Leo St. Giovanni and Shaheem Ali to advance in the 6 Man tag team title tournament. Decent match but nothing more. It wasn't a squash but it was what you would expect.

Match 3: Jay Lethal defeated Silas Young. Solid match but nothing more. Adam Cole left commentary and made his way to the ring, which brought out Kyle O'Reilly who attacked him. This distracted Young enough for Lethal to get the win with a roll up. After the match all 4 men brawled. Silas Young left with the ROH Title.

Episode 2:

Match 1: Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle w/The Boys defeated The Tempura Boyz (Sho and Yohei Komatsu). Nothing out of the ordinary here. Just the typical comedy match from Cabana and Castle.

Match 2: Kyle O'Reilly defeated Jonathan Gresham. This was really good technical match. I would have liked to have seen this one go longer. But a great match for the time it was given. After the match Adam Page attacked O'Reilly. Bobby Fish made the save, which brought out Adam Cole. Page then attacked Fish's ribs with a chair.

Match 3: BJ Whitmer and Punisher Martinez defeated Will Ferrera and Cheeseburger. Martinez is huge. He doesn't look that big on TV. This was basically a squash. Whitmer and Martinez continued the beatdown after the match. Steve Corino left commentary to make the save. Whitmer tried to get Corino to join his stable. He dropped a giant spike for him to use. Corino picked it up and looked like he was gonna use it but he didn't.

Match 4: Tetsuya Naito and Evil defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley). Good match here. Good back and forth action in this one. Nothing really out of the ordinary but a good match none the less.

Women of Honor Internet Exclusive Match: Sumie Sakai defeated Taeler Hendrix. Good match. Better than the one they had in Warwick back in April. After the match Taeler attacked Sakai which brought out Mandy Leon with a chair. She botched the chair shot and hit Taeler in the back of the head. Surprisingly it didn't knock her out.

Episode 3

Match 1: Donovan Dijak w/Prince Nana defeated Danny Miles. This was a typical squash. Dijak hit 4 Feast Your Eyes. That was great.

Match 2: The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) defeated The Bullet Club (Adam Cole and Adam Page) by DQ. The Briscoes were supposed to face The Addiction but Kazarian and Daniels came out and pulled out of the match. The Briscoes then called out The Young Bucks but got Cole and Page instead. The DQ came when Cole hit Jay with the ROH Title.

Match 3: ACH, Jay White and Kushida defeated The Cabinet (Caprice Coleman, Rhett Titus and Kenny King) to advance to the finals of the 6 Man tag team title tournament. Good solid match, with lots of good action. Just a good solid match. This seemed to be exactly what I expected and nothing more.

Episode 4:

Match 1: Michael Elgin defeated Toru Yano. Fuck Toru Yano. He did his usual stupid bullshit. Thank God Elgin got the win.

Match 2: Dragon Lee defeated Bobby Fish to earn a TV Title shot. Good match. Fish was selling the injured ribs but not as much as I felt he should have. Dragon Lee is awesome.

Match 3: The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) defeated The Bullet Club (Adam Cole and The Young Bucks) to advance in the 6 man tag title tournament. Yes you read that right. Marseglia and O'Ryan are the new Kingdom members. This was a good match and the perfect choice for the last match of the taping. The Kingdom was super over. Great action in this one. After the match Bullet Club wanted to show The Kingdom respect but Too Sweeting them but superkicked them instead.

This was a good TV taping. The next month of ROH TV is gonna be good and should definitely be watched. There were 2 matches above an 8 and many above a 7. This was my first TV taping of this kind and it seemed to be a bit of a marathon. I couldn't imagine what the old WWF TV Tapings were like. 

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