Coming from Dayton, OH, this show didn’t have a fantastic card but there were still some great matches in store. The two pick your poison matches – Roderick Strong vs. El Generico and Steen & Corino facing off against The Briscoes. Tyler Black also defends his ROH World Title against Kenny King. So here it goes, ROH World reviews ‘Pick Your Poison’:
Jim Cornette comes out to begin the show and he thanks the fans for coming out to the show. He describes the ‘Pick You Poison’ matches, Kevin Steen & Steve Corino picked El Generico’s opponent for tonight – Roderick Strong. In return, Generico chose The Briscoe Brothers as Steen & Corino’s opponents for tonight.
Sami Callihan vs. Metal Master
Match starts off quickly and Master knocks Callihan to the outside, he follows up with a suicide dive which sends Callihan to the steel barricades. Callihan ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard lariat and then a big boot as Master is hung up on the second rope. Callihan continues the dominance with a variety of chops and slaps but then gets hit with a powerslam as he comes off the ropes. Snapmare by Callihan and then comes off the ropes and hits a diving neckbreaker for a two count. Master off the ropes with a dropkick but Callihan comes back with a chinbreaker and a kick to the head. Callihan misses a diving move and then Master hits a diving move of his own with a crossbody. After a brief struggle followed by a sequence of two counts, Master manages to keep the shoulders of Callihan down for a three count. Was a decent opening contest but the end was botchy didn’t really work. Not two keen on Callihan and I don’t think the fans are either.
The Embassy (Erick Stevens & Shawn Daivari) vs. Necro Butcher & Rashe Brown
Prince Nana gets on the mic and says how much he hates Ohio and tells his men to take care of Necro once and for all. Necro and Rasche go straight after The Embassy and Stevens and Brown end up in the crowd. We’re told Necro has his own rules and this is a No DQ contest. Daivari and Stevens go after the taped ribs of Brown as Necro is knocked to the outside. Daivari takes out Necro again and drives him into the steel barricades as Brown is launched into the corner – ribs first – by Stevens. Necro back in the ring and takes out Stevens with a back suplex, he then goes to the ring apron and hits a somersault senton to Stevens on the outside. Stevens and Necro brawl into the crowd and chairs are involved. Brown and Daivari back in the ring and Daivari almost gets the win with a backslide. Brown fights back and hits a big spear for the victory. Well, this wasn’t great. It was hard to keep up with as they kept going into the crowd and back again and didn’t really serve any purpose. Disappointing. Necro sets up some chairs in the ring and picks Nana up but Stevens cuts him off. Nana and Daivari take out security as Stevens powerbombs Necro onto the chairs, ouch.
Chris Hero vs. Petey Williams
This is a pick 6 series match, Hero is number 3, Williams is unranked so will take Hero’s spot if he wins. Nice bit of mat wrestling to start the match before a couple of arm drags followed by a dropkick by Petey. Two hurricanranas by Petey and he goes for a third but is caught by Hero who drives him down with a powerslam. Elbow by Hero followed by a senton for a two count as Hero starts to take control of the match. Hero knocks Petey out of the ring and distracts the ref as Shane Hagadorn chokes Williams on the outside. Hero starts to pick apart Williams with a variety of elbows, he then goes for a running powerbomb but Petey reverses it into a DDT. Running bulldog by Petey who then evades a dropkick and hits a spinning neckbreaker for the two count. Hero blocks a kick and hits a back suplex followed by a big elbow as he comes off the ropes. Petey ducks a rolling elbow and then sends Hero out of the ring, he then hits a slingshot hurricanrana on the outside which always looks great. Back in the ring with a slingshot lungblower; Hero reverses the Canadian Destroyer into a sit-out powerbomb for a very near fall. Side Russian leg sweep by Petey who goes for the Destroyer again but Hero reverses it and hits a rolling elbow. Williams back up and receives the kick to the head/rolling elbow combo but kicks out at two. Petey reverses the Death Blow and hits the Canadian Destroyer, Hagadorn pulls Todd Sinclair out of the ring though and Williams takes matters into his own hands by taking Hagadorn out with a plancha. Back in the ring, Hero hits two rolling elbows and then applies the stretch plum for the victory. Now we’re getting going, really good match between these two and was given a lot of time too (around 17 minutes). Petey was great as the sympathetic babyface and looked great; if it wasn’t for Hagadorn, he would have won. Hero was his usual self, hard hitting and very entertaining. The show needed this match as the first two were disappointing.
Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis & Kory Chavis) vs. The American Wolves (Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards)
Richards begins the match and gets chants of “Next World Champ”, oh the irony! DCFC have control of the match to begin with and use their power advantage to good use. Edwards finally gets the Wolves back in it and hits a number of headbutts on Davis before tripping him which allows Richards to hit a missile dropkick from the top rope. The Wolves dominate for the next few minutes until Davis catches Richards with a big powerslam. Chavis comes in and goes to work on Richards with a flurry of elbows as the DCFC keep him isolated in their corner. They keep him down with a nice sequence of double team moves including a backbreaker/leg drop combo for a two count. Chavis and Richards exchange forearms and then Chavis drives him down with a spinebuster for another near fall. Richards fights back against both Davis & Chavis and Edwards helps him out with a kick to Chavis from the outside as he gets the hot tag. Edwards ducks a clothesline from Chavis and then hits a suicide dive to Davis on the outside. Both members of DCFC back in the ring and Edwards takes Chavis out with a hurricanrana and Davis out with a superkick as he continues to dominate. Richards finally gets up and comes off the ring apron to hit a tornado DDT to Davis on the outside.
Richards kicks away the leg of Chavis and then Edwards gets him in the Achilles Lock. Richards gets thrown into the crowd by Davis who then comes into the ring and hits a spinning powerslam. Edwards almost gets pinned after a double team bearhug/jumping legdrop combo until Richards breaks it up. All four men take each other out with their signature move and this is hard to keep up with! Davis and Edwards exchange forearms and then Davis hits a running powerslam, the DCFC follow up with a high/low combo but Richards breaks it up. Edwards gets saved from the Project Mayhem as he gives a hurricanrana to Davis and Edwards German suplexes Chavis. The Wolves then hit some double team moves on Davis including two sick kicks to the head but they only get two. Edwards puts Davis in the Achilles Lock and Richards comes off the top rope to hit a diving headbutt to Davis who then immediately gives up. Really enjoyable match, The Dark City Fight Club were really underrated in my opinion and made The Wolves look great. Some nice moves with a story, a hot tag and a nice finish. Can’t ask for more than that. The two teams argue as it is now 1-1, I smell a rubber match.
The House of Truth (Christin Able & Josh Raymond) vs. Austin Aries & Rhett Titus
The House of Truth continue with their really weird ring attire as both teams try a sneak attack before the bell is rung. Aries and Able start the match and exchange brief periods of dominance down on the mat as both men complain about having their trunks pulled. Both teams try and bend the rules and Truth Martini grabs the leg of Titus to give his team the upper hand. Titus ducks a clothesline and then hits a knee lift to the face of Raymond, Aries comes in the ring and they deliver a double suplex. Titus to the top but Martini distracts him which allows Raymond to hit an enziguri as Able comes in and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Titus gets hung up on the second rope and The House of Truth hit a double dropkick to his face. Frequent tags from the HoT keep Rhett down in their corner until he escapes and tags in Aries. Aries gets Raymond down with numerous chops and then hits a dropkick followed by a kick to the back. Titus comes in and continues where Aries left off and when A Double is tagged back in, he hits a springboard elbow drop on Raymond to keep him grounded. Raymond finally gets the tag to Able after throwing Aries into Titus and Able throws Aries around like a ragdoll. Able takes out Titus on the apron and then comes back in with a springboard one-armed DDT to Aries for a two count. Aries and Titus get back on top until Aries is sent to the floor. Able hits a corkscrew on Titus but Aries breaks the count. Truth Martini goes for a bronco buster (yeah…) on Titus but misses. Aries goes for a brainbuster but it’s reversed by Able, Titus comes in and accidentally gets hit with a brainbuster by his partner. The HoT take control and hit a seated senton/slam move on Titus for the victory. The action wasn’t bad at all but are the HoT heel or face? They seem to be put in the ring against mainly faces yet get next to no crowd reaction, bizarre. This continued the Aries miscommunication storyline with ANX but was a strange match that never really got into fifth gear.
Roderick Strong vs. El Generico
Kevin Steen and Steve Corino chose El Generico’s opponent for him tonight, they chose Roderick Strong. The first few minutes of this one was just both men trying to get the upper hand with some nice mat wrestling. Generico strikes first with a jumping heel kick and then hits 10 punches to Strong in the corner. Generico hits a chop and then receives a much stronger one from Roderick. This leads to a period of dominance for Strong as he keeps Generico down with a variety of strikes and a couple of nice backbreakers. Generico looks to get back into it with a couple of arm drags but then gets cut off with a snap powerslam. Strong tosses Generico to the outside and then whips him into the steel guardrails; he follows that up by hitting a backbreaker on one of the barricades, that has to hurt. Back in the ring and Strong continues the assault with a submission move, Generico escapes it but then runs straight into a dropkick. Strong locks in a body scissors and then kicks him in the gut after he breaks the hold. The pair exchange strikes including a rolling elbow by Strong; Generico throws Strong to the outside and then quickly follows up with a hilo over the top rope. Back in the ring and Generico hits a crossbody and a Blue Thunder bomb for a near fall. Strong reverses a diving move into a gut buster but then walks into a Michinoku driver by Generico.
Both men back up and Strong strikes first with another backbreaker for two. Strong hits an enziguri to Generico in the corner followed by a backbreaker and then locks in the Strong Hold but Generico manages to get to the ropes. Generico takes a Gut Buster but then comes back with a Yakuza Kick. Strong ducks a clothesline and lifts Generico up for the backbreaker. Generico sort of flipped in mid air and came crashing down on the knees of Strong, awesome stuff. Generico sets Strong up in the corner and hits a coast-to-coast dropkick but Strong gets a hand on the ropes. Generico goes for the turnbuckle brainbuster but Strong cuts him off and hits a diving kick to the face. He follows up with a backbreaker, a sick kick and the Gibson Driver which eventually keeps Generico down for the three count. Wow, awesome match between two brilliant wrestlers. Generico is one of the best babyfaces in the business and had the crowd behind him in this one. Strong cemented himself as a legitimate title contender and he’s just so damn fun to watch. Twenty minutes of pure wrestling, brilliant.
Steen & Corino ambush Generico after the match and beat him down until The Briscoes come out to make the save leading us into our next contest.
The Briscoes vs. Kevin Steen & Steve Corino
Steen & Corino picked Strong to face Generico so in return, Generico gave Steen & Corino The Briscoes. The action spills into the crowd straight away as Mark goes to work on Corino with a steel chair. It would seem this is a No DQ match as both teams are using chairs pretty freely. Corino and Mark just go at it and chuck chairs at each other’s heads as Steen and Jay brawl at the back of the arena. The Briscoes set up some chairs in the crowd and then slam Steen down onto them, that looked painful. Briscoes and Corino are back in the ring and the brothers hit the double football tackle as Corino is on his own. Jay hits a belly-to-back suplex and then Mark comes off the top rope with a senton as Steen tries to make his way back to the ring. The Briscoes hit a double clothesline on Corino as Steen gets Mark and powerbombs him onto the ring apron! Corino tosses out Jay and Steen whips him into the steel barricades as Corino & Steen turn the tide. Great bit of commentary: “Steen is a crazed man, he licks people, he kisses people, he’s a danger to himself!”. Steen and Corino wear down Mark Briscoe in their corner as they infuriate Jay with blatant double teaming. Corino hits a running clothesline to Mark in the corner and then Steen follows up with a running senton as they build the hot tag even more. Corino goes to work on the leg and locks in the figure-four leg lock for a good minute; Corino brings him to his feet but is met with a kick to the head.
Mark finally gets the tag into Jay who comes in and takes Steen out straight away and then knocks Corino off the apron. Jay hits a couple of hard kicks to the face of Steen for the two count. Jay and Steen trade forearms, Steen comes off the ropes but walks straight into a spinebuster but gets the shoulder up before three. Steen comes back into it thanks to interference by Corino and floors Jay with a Fisherman’s backbreaker. Jay evades a clothesline from Corino who takes out Steen by accident. Mark hits a hilo to Steen on the outside as The Briscoes go for the Doomsday device. Mark goes up but is cut off by Steen, Corino slips out of Jay’s grasp and rolls him up with a hand-full of tights for the win. I like the way they gave Steen & Corino the win, especially a cheap win. This gave them momentum going into the Street Fight with Generico & Cabana but didn’t hurt The Briscoes. This was a solid match which Steen & Corino dominated for the most part, I also liked the brawl that started the match. All in all, a good tag-team match that was booked correctly.
ROH World Title Match – Tyler Black © vs. Kenny King
Not a great reaction to the champ at all. Black gets the upper hand to begin with and this forces King to the outside so he can regroup. Black again goes after King and hits a couple of chops in the corner followed by a suplex for two. The pair exchange two counts and then King shows his athleticism with a kip-up as Black looks on unimpressed. Black hits a dropkick and the action spills to the outside where he hits a running knee to King. Black follows that up with an Irish whip to King which sends him into the steel barricades at ringside and then rolls him back in the ring. King lowers the rope and Black goes to the outside, King hits a scoop slam on the outside and then follows up with a springboard legdrop off the barricades. Back in the ring and King gets stomped in the throat but then manages to get his knees up as Black goes for a springboard moonsault. King starts to wear Black down until Black hits an enziguri which sends King out of the ring; Tyler goes for a suicide dive but is met by King’s boot. Back in the ring and Black hits a dropkick as both men struggle to get back up. Off the ropes and after a brief struggle, Black hits a belly-to-back suplex followed by a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Black gets King up and slams him out of the ring, he comes off the ropes and hits King with a big hilo over the top rope.
Back in the ring and Black hits a springboard clothesline but taunts for too long and gets the double knees from King as he kicks out at two. Back up and King hits an enziguri followed by a spinebuster but he only gets a two count. They trade forearms and both men are visibly tired but then Black hits a pelé kick out of nowhere. Black gets the advantage after a brief struggle that looked sloppy and hits God’s Last Gift but King manages to kick out. Tyler goes for a springboard move but King catches him and goes for The Royal Flush, Black manages to reverse it into a DDT at the last second though. King off the ropes but Tyler gets him up and hits him with the F-5 for the near fall. King gets cut off on the top and ends up in a tree of woe, Black goes above him and then drives down with the double foot stomp. Black drags King up and hits the Paroxysm but King still manages to kick out! King goes for the double knees but Black catches him and delivers the Buckle Bomb. King dodges a kick and then hits a lariat followed by a springboard neckbreaker. King gets Black up and hits The Coronation but Black manages to kick out! King tries to set up a Super Royal Flush but Tyler cuts him off and hits a Superplex followed by the God’s Last Gift again but King kicks out! How?! King is on his knees and Black nails him right in the face with a superkick for the win after 25 minutes of great wrestling. This match definitely grew on me, it started out slowly and after 15 minutes, I thought this was going to be a pretty average match but both men picked it up. King was brilliant and showed why he deserves more chances at the top of the card, these sort of matches also helped put Black over as people were still unsure of him at this stage. Excellent match and I will rate this based on the match rather than including the crowd as I usually do as the crowd were completely dead for the whole event.
Looking at the card, I wasn’t expecting a classic show but it was a lot better than expected. El Generico vs. Strong was brilliant and so was the Main Event. Couple of the tag team matches were also good but the undercard wasn’t up to much and the crowd were awful. Considering this was considered a ‘B’ show, I was surprised, I enjoyed it a lot. You can pick up ‘Pick Your Poison’ here: http://www.rohstore.com/index.php.
Overall Score: 7.5/10