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RADICAN'S ROH "GLORY BY HONOR XI iPPV REPORT 10/13 - Live coverage of iPPV from Toronto

Oct 13, 2012 - 7:25:37 PM
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist

RADICAN’S ROH “GLORY BY HONOR XI iPPV REPORT
OCTOBER 13, 2012
TORONTO, CANADA
AIRED LIVE ON ROHWRESTLING.COM
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Kevin Kelly previewed the card in front of a hot crowd at ringside to start the show.

1 - - Caprice Coleman & Cedrick Alexander vs. The Bravado Brothers (Lancelot & Harlem Bravado)

Harlem distracted Alexander from the outside and Lancelot nailed him from behind in the ring. Kelly announced that Steen would wrestle tonight and the ban on the package piledriver had been lifted due to Steen’s request. Alexander tried to fire back, but Lancelot pulled down the ropes on him from the apron and hit a slam on the outside as the announcers put over the Bravados improvement due to their training in Japan. Alexander finally fired back on the Bravados after fighting off a submission from Lancelot and Coleman got the hot tag.

Coleman ran wild and hit a series of suplexes on Lancelot. Harlem ran in and Coleman hit a double suplex on both Bravados and the fans went nuts. Alexander wiped out Lancelot with a dive, but Harlem ran across the apron and sprung off the turnbuckles to take out Alexander. Alexander then hit a big dive over the ropes to take out both Bravados and the crowd went nuts. Harlem hit the kill switch on Coleman after he missed a charge in the corner for a nearfall a short time later. Lancelot hit a TKO on Coleman a short time later, but he kicked out. Both teams exchanged a ton of nearfalls down the stretch. Coleman hit a top rope hurricanrana on Lancelot and Alexander finished him off with a frog splash.

Winners: Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

Star rating: (**3/4) – After a hot start, they went to a series of nearfalls that killed the heat a bit down the stretch. Despite the overuse of nearfalls, this was a good opening match.

2 - - Mike Bennett (w/Maria) vs. Mike Mondo

Mondo attacked Bennett after the bell and taunted Maria. Maria went for a slap and Mondo danced with her on the apron. Bennett went after Mondo, but he ran under the ring and nailed Mondo with a big shoulder tackle on the outside while Bennett was looking for him under the ring. Mondo went for a dive off the apron, but Bennett caught him and powerslammed him to the mat. Bennett hit a big spear on the outside a short time later before taking the action back into the ring. Both men battled up top, but Bennett nailed Mondo with a forearm and he spilled to the floor and sold his ankle. Both men came off the ropes and hit a double cross-body leaving both of them down on the mat.

Mondo hit a backdrop on the outside and slammed Bennett into the barricade several times. Mondo went back into the ring to break the referees count before going back to the outside and dropping Bennett over the barricade, which collapsed. Mondo continued to favor his ankle before climbing up the entrance overhang. Mondo jumped off the top of the overhang and crashed into Bennett leaving both men down while Maria sold concern at ringside. The fans went nuts as both men struggled to recover. Both men began crawling towards the ring as the referee counted while the fans went nuts.

Maria got up on the apron once both men got back into the ring. Maria grinded on the ropes for Mondo as Nigel went crazy on commentary. Mondo limped over to Maria who did another dip and grind. Bennett tried to charge him, but Mondo rolled him up. Bennett kicked Mondo into Maria for a slap and hit a TKO for the win.

Winner: Mike Bennett

Star rating: (***1/2) – This was a heck of a back and forth contest that the crowd just ate up. Mondo’s dive looked like a brutal bump for both men to take as he came off the top of the structure over the silver curtain. This was a much needed win for Bennett to rehab him after taking some losses in recent months.

3 - - B.J. Whitmer & Rhett Titus vs. WGTT (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)

WGTT jumped Whitmer and Titus as they made their entrance. Titus fired back on Shelton, but got cut off and WGTT began working him over. Titus tried to fire back on Benjamin, but the crowd booed his comeback. They went to a double clothesline spot that left both men down on the mat. Both men tagged out and Whitmer ran wild on WGTT. Whitmer and Haas went to a big exchange of blows. Whitmer eventually hit a fisherman neckbreaker on Haas, but Shelton broke it up.

Shelton and Whitmer went at it, but Titus nailed Shelton with a dropkick as he went for a German on Whitmer. Titus went up top, but Haas shoved Whitmer into him. WGTT then hit a double powerbomb on Whitmer for the win.

Winners: Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin

Star rating: (**1/2) – Solid back and forth match that featured some good action, but didn’t really get going into a high gear before it ended.

Kevin Kelly recapped the events of last weekend after the Steen vs. Lethal ROH World Title match. They went to a video package with highlights from the match. They showed Steen spitting at Lethal’s mother while they were brawling on the outside. They then went to footage of the post-match angle where Lethal and Steen went at it with officials trying to separate them on the outside. Steen tode down the entranceway and threw some objects. Cornette tried to tell Lethal Steen didn’t know it was his mother.

Lethal yelled at Cornette before charging backstage. The cameras followed Lethal backstage and he shoved a ref before tossing Cornette over a table.

Kelly said Lethal had reacted in a way he couldn’t put into words. McGuinness said he might react the same way if someone spit on his mom. The announcers mentioned that Lethal’s mom had thrown a drink at Steen before he spit at her. Kelly said to follow ROHWrestling.com for updates on the situation and also mentioned Cornette is out of action.

Jay Lethal came down to the ring and said he had a meeting with Joe Koff. He said Koff had told him now to bring this up again, but he was going to anyway. Lethal said Steen could kiss his a--. He said Steen spit at his parents on purpose. Lethal said he had put Cornette in the hospital. The crowd chanted “Thank you Lethal.” Lethal said ROH shouldn’t blame him. He said they had told Lethal he was too nice and needed a killer instinct. Lethal told ROH to kiss his a--. Lethal said he would say the same to his opponent, but he respects Davey Richards. Lethal said he has a lot of anger built up and Richards is the wrong person at the wrong time right now.

4 - - Jay Lethal vs. Davey Richards

Both men shook hands before the opening bell. Richards glared at Lethal from across the ring before they went at it. Lethal backed Richards into the corner and shoved him. Richards shoved him back, but Lethal decked him with a closed fist. They went to a fast-paced exchange and Richards got a trailer hitch on Lethal, but he got the ropes. Lethal caught Richards with another closed fist and Richards got pissed. Both men began shoving each other and Richards blocked another right hand from Lethal. He followed up with a head butt, but Lethal caught him with a cartwheel into a dropkick for a 2 count.

Richards took down Lethal and locked in a variation of one of McGuinness’s old double arm submission with a bridge. Richards even did McGuinness’s signature pose before rolling Lethal up for a 2 count. Lethal fired back and went to work on Richards. A short time later, Richards fired back and locked Lethal in a modified last chancery. Lethal tried to fire back, but Richards nailed him with a big dropkick. The crowd cheered after Richards hit a big running kick on the apron to the outside on Lethal. The announcers noted that the crowd was cheering Richards now as opposed to back in May when they booed him in the match where he dropped the title to Steen. Richards set up Lethal in a chair and nailed him with a big running kick on the outside.

Lethal fired back after Richards had worked him over for a long period of time and nailed him with a dive through the ropes. Richards went for another running kick from the apron to the floor, but Lethal ducked and caught him with an ace crusher on the apron a short time later and both men were down. Both men came back into the ring on opposite side of the ring at the same time and went face-to-face. They began exchanging blows in the middle of the ring. Both men no-sold big kicks. Lethal hit the Lethal combination out of nowhere and locked in the Koji clutch. Richards struggled, but got the ropes. Lethal no-sold a suplex and yelled at Richards, who nailed him with a superkick and a German with a bridge for nearfall. The crowd chanted for Richards after that spot. Lethal and Richards then exchanged counters until Lethal slammed Richards face-first into the match for a 2 count.

Lethal went up top, but Richards cut him off. Both men exchanged blows on the top rope. Richards hit a series of head butts on Lethal. Richards posed for a moment before nailing Lethal with a superplex. Richards hung on, but Lethal rolled him up for a two count. Richards hit Lethal with an ace crusher. Richards hit a big kick to the head and a brainbuster, but Lethal kicked out. Richards went up top and hit a doublestomp for another nearfall. Lethal kicked out of a big move at 1 and the crowd fired up. Lethal caught Richards with a big kick to the head, but he kicked out at the last second and the crowd erupted. Lethal and Richards went back up top again. They began exchanging blows. Lethal went for a sunset bomb through a table, but Richards blocked it. Lethal then nailed Richards with a running kick and he went through a table at ringside. The table didn’t give much as it broke, so that had to suck for Richards. Why is there a random table with a black cloth just sitting there?

Richards barely beat the ref’s count. Lethal immediately went up top and hit the top rope elbow, but Richards kicked out at the last second. Lethal followed up with a dragon suplex for another nearall and the crowd erupted again. This match is getting really good. Richards swatted away a Lethal injection attempt and applied the ankle lock as the crowd roared. Lethal countered it into a unique arm/leg submission, but Richards reversed it. Lethal kicked Richards into the turnbuckles and hit a superkick to the back of the head. Lethal then hit the Lethal injection, but Richards kicked out. Lethal then applied the Koji clutch. The ref checked Richards’s arm three times and he was out.

Winner: Jay Lethal

Star rating: (****1/4) – That’s how you get someone over as a serious contender in ROH. This was a match wrestled at an unbelievable pace at times. The last 10 minutes were ridiculous. What a match and win for Lethal. Wow!

Eddie Edwards came down to check on Richards. Richards recovered and raised Lethal’s hand.

After intermission, Kelly announced that Mondo might have a broken ankle and had been taken to a local hospital.

Roderick Strong came down to the ring dressed in street clothes. He yelled at Truth Martini and said it was bulls—t that he was scheduled to face a nobody like Thomas. Strong said he was quitting the House of Truth. Strong said he was going to sit in the crowd and watch Elgin fail at becoming world champion.

Martini got on the mic and chased after Strong. The ref rang the bell and began counting. Bobby Cruised announced that Strong had until the count of 10 or he would forfit. Martini said he talked to Strong and everything was fine. Martini brought Rhino out with him. Rhino didn’t look too happy. Martini said Rhino does what he’s paid to do. Martini said after this victory the House of Truth would pick out some hoopla hotties and they take their pants off. WTF? Martini told Thomas he would die courtesy of the gore.

5 - - Tadarius Thomas vs. Rhino

Rhino took some half-hearted swats at Thomas. Rhino then decided he was ready to wrestle. Thomas flipped around out of an arm bar and nailed Rhino with a kick. Martini ran to the back and Rhino finally took off his t shirt. Thomas did a unique leg sweep on Rhino, who bailed to the outside. Martini came back with a red bag for Rhino. Rhino cut off Thomas and hit a TKO for a 2 count. Rhino took some tape out of the bag and began tapings his wrists while beating up Thomas. Rhino tossed Thomas outside and Martini put the boots to him. Rhino didn’t seem to like that and the ref admonished Martini, ut didn’t kick him out.

Thomas no-sold some punches from Rhino and nailed him with a flipping kick. Rhino ducked a kick from Thomas and hit a belly to belly suplex. Rhino set up for the gore, but Martini tripped Thomas. Rhino yelled at Martini and set up for the gore again. Rhino went for it, but Thomas nailed Rhino with a kick and pinned him.

Winner: Tadarius Thomas

Star rating: (*3/4) – This wasn’t much of a match, as it seemed to be a match used to set up an angle.

After the match, Rhino attacked Truth. Martini offered him money, but Rhino tossed it aside and tossed Truth back-first into the barricade. Good lord that had to suck for truth. The crowd went nuts as Rhino picked up the money in the ring. Truth had a serious case of guardrail burn on his leg. The impact tore right through his hip and left a nasty scrap. Wow, that looked brutal.

6 - - ROH TV Champion Adam Cole vs. Eddie Edwards – 30 minute time limit

They did some chain wrestling during the early stages of the month and Cole got a rollup for a 1 count. They went to a test of strength. Both men took turns on the advantage and ended up holding their hands at the same time for a double pin. Both men began exchanging pinning combinations. They both went for a dropkick at the same came and came to a stalemate and the crowd roared as they regrouped. That was a heck of an exchange there. The crowd chanted for both men as they squared off again in the middle of the ring. They exchanged blows in the ring and Cole ended up on the outside. Edwards went for a dive, but Cole nailed him with a kick to the head as he came through the ropes. Cole tried to get back into the ring, but Edwards nailed him with a kick and hit a huge dive to the outside and the crowd exploded.

Edwards maintained the advantage and worked over Cole inside the ring. Cole fired back a short time later with a basement dropkick and went after Edwards’s knee, but Edwards fired back and drove Cole’s leg right into the mat. Both men began exchanging forearms and chops. They battled for position near the ropes, but Cole nailed Edwards with an enzuguri and he fell to the apron. Cole screamed at Edwards and spiked him with a huge springboard DDT on the apron and Edwards flew to the floor like a whirly bird and the crowd exploded. Both men were down on the outside as the ref counted. Cole tossed Edwards back into the ring and hit a huge splash off the top for a 2 count. Edwards sold his arm and the announcers said Edwards might have a stinger. Cole picked up Edwards and dropped him neck-first over his knee a short time later for another 2 count.

Edwards cut off Cole up top and hit a backpack chinbreaker for a 2 count. Edwards continued to favor his arm. Cole tried to kick Edwards with a kick as he got back into the ring, but Edwards caught his leg and gave him a dragon screw around the ropes. Edwards followed up with a double stomp and went for a pin. Cole kicked out, but Edwards immediately applied the single leg crab. Cole tried to escape, but Edwards hung on and stomped on his head. Cole tried to kick out again, but Edwards applied the hold while kicking Cole in the head. Cole finally landed several kicks to the face and Edwards let go. The crowd applauded as both men tried to get to their feet.

Cole rolled through on Edwards a short time later and applied a figure 4. Edwards struggled, but got the ropes. Both men battled for position up top a short time later. Edwards got Cole up on his shoulders, but both men spilled to the apron and bounced to the floor. The crowd gasped at the spot and began chanting for Edwards. Edwards tossed Cole into the ring and took his elbow pads off. Edwards hit a superkick and Cole no-sold it. Cole hit another superkick, but Cole fired back and hit a kick to the back of Edwards’s head. Cole then hit the Florida Keys German suplex for the pin.

Winner: Adam Cole to retain the ROH TV title

Star rating: (***3/4) – This was a heck of a match. Both guys set a heck of a pace and took some big bumps. The exchanges during the final stages of the match were great. The finish seemed a bit abrupt, as the match could have easily gone another ten minutes with more back and forth action. This was really good.

Edwards shook Cole’s hand after the match and the crowd stood and cheered for both men.

Kelly pitched to a video package that showed the Briscoes beating Corino & Jacobs back in August at the “Boiling Point” iPPV.

The Briscoes got a big pop coming out for their title shot against Corino & Jacobs.

7 - - ROH World Tag Team Champions Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe)

Both teams began brawling right away before the bell. Mark hit a huge dive over the ropes to wipe out Corino and the crowd cheered. All four men ended up brawling on the outside. The Briscoes got the upper hand on the outside and Mark hit a flip senton off the apron to the floor on Jacobs. Mark started hitting going wild with his kung fu and after taking out Jacobs, he went and wiped out Corino. The action spilled back inside the ring where the Briscoes began working over Corino. Corino eventually fired back on Mark and hit the Colby shock before tagging in Jacobs. Jacobs knocked Jay off the apron and began working over Mark with Corino. Mark landed on his feet after a double backdrop attempt and tagged in Jay, who ran wild on Corino and Jacobs.

Mark went for his dancing elbow drop, but Corino nailed Mark with a roll of coins. Mark spilled to the floor and Corino took Jay down as well. Corino and Jacobs began tagging in and out of the ring to work over Jay. An ROH official came down and checked on Mark on the outside. He gave Mark some water and he began to recover. Jacobs mocked Mark’s dance on the apron while Corino worked over Jay inside the ring. Jay cut off Corino in the corner and drove him head-first into the turnbuckles. Jay screamed for Mark and tried to tag out, but Jacobs grabbed his leg. Jay countered a double team attempt and tagged in Mark, who ran wild. The crowd fired up as Mark sent Jimmy flying into the corner with a running mule kick. The Briscoes hit a top rope legdrop/side slam combination on Jacobs, but Jay didn’t get all of it and landed on his hip. He had quite a distance to go given where Mark was holding Jacobs.

Jay and Corino came face-to-face in the middle of the ring and began exchanging blows. Jacobs caught Jay with a spear, but Mark nailed him with a springboard clothesline and everyone was down as the crowd applauded. The crowd chanted for the Briscoes as all four men got to their feet. Both teams began exchanging blows in the middle of the ring. Jacobs pulled the top rope down on Jay as he charged at him. Jacobs hit an assisted sliced bread on Mark and Corino followed up with a big lariat for a nearfall. Jay hit a DVD on a section of the ring barrier on Corino. Jacobs went for a senton, but Mark got his knees up. Jay hit a DVD on Jacobs. Mark followed up with the froggy-bow, but Jacobs kicked out.

The Briscoes signaled for the doomsday device, but Corino broke it up by shoving the ref into Mark on the top rope and low blowing Jay. Jacobs then rolled up Jay for the win.

Winners: Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles.

Star Rating: (***1/4) – This was a solid match that dragged in spots, but was overall good. I wasn’t a fan of the finish given that it’s something we’ve seen under Cornette before, but I didn’t hate it.

Kevin Steen walked down to the ring first for the main event to a good ovation. The cameras showed Strong watching from the front row. Kevin Steen got on the mic and welcomed fans to the Kevin Steen show. Steen said his demands had been met by ROH officials. He said he had been enjoying fruit punch Gatorade all night long. Steen said he was getting 80% of t shirt sales. He said Lethal’s parents had been banned from ROH events. He also said he would never wrestle Lethal in an ROH ring again. Steen went on to say ROH officials were making him a new belt. Steen finally announced that the package piledriver was legal now. He said tonight the unbreakable gets broken in reference to Elgin.

Elgin’s music played and he came out to a mixed reaction. Strong booed Elgin from ringside. Once his music stopped, Elgin got streamers from the fans, but got a mixed reaction when he was introduced by Bobby Cruise. Steen got a big chant before Cruise announced his name. Steen seemed to get a mixed reaction as well. Kevin Kelly ran down the tale of the tape as a Kill Steen Kill chant broke out. Steen offered a handshake, but Elgin shoved him. They began shoving each other before the bell ring.

8 - - ROH World Champion Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin – ROH World Title match

Both men exchanged blows after the bell. After exchanging shoulder tackles, Elgin finally caught Steen with a big side slam. Steen rolled to the floor, but Elgin followed him and nailed him with some punches. Steen fired back on the outside and whipped Elgin into the barricade. He grabbed a Canadian flag from a fan and choked Elgin with it. Elgin fired back and whipped Steen into the barricade. Elgin grabbed the flag and choked Steen with it against the guardrail before tossing him back into the ring. Steen tried to surprise Elgin by coming off the ropes, but Elgin caught him with a power slam.

Elgin lifted Steen and held him I the vertical suplex position and the fans erupted. Elgin finally slammed Steen down to the mat, but only got a one count. The fans chanted for Elgin after that crowd-pleasing spot. Elgin continued to work over Steen and hit a big shoulder tackle off the second rope for a one count. Elgin went for a shoulder tackle through the ropes, but Steen caught him with a DDT. They went to the outside and Steen powerbombed Elgin onto the apron and the crowd went nuts. Steen followed up with a frogsplash off the apron a short time later and the crowd applauded and began an ole chant. McGuiness hinted that he wasn’t sure if they should talk about someone associated to the ole chant, but mentioned tonight had been a homage of wrestlers past and present in ROH.

Steen ailed Elgin with a big forearm and Elgin fired up. Elgin tried to fire back, but Steen caught him with a belly to back suplex. Elgin tried to fire back against, but Steen caught him with a knee to the gut as he came off the ropes and followed up with a running senton for a 2 count. Steen looked at Strong, who saluted him with his beer. Steen pointed at Strong and hit a big chop. Elgin ducked a clothesline and hit an enzuguri on Steen that left both men down. Both men got up and began exchanging forearms. Elgin went for a dropkick, but Steen held onto the ropes. Steen went for the sharpshooter, but Elgin fought him off.

Elgin hit a rolling elbow in the corner and followed up with a flipping stunner out of the corner for a 2 count. Steen countered Elgin and went for the package piledriver, but Elgin turned it into the kryptonite crunch for a 2 count. The crowd fired up as Elgin went back on the attack. Steen slipped behind Elgin and drove him head-first into his knee. Steen followed up with the cannonball senton in the corner for a 2 count. The crowd began chanting for both men as Steen went on the attack. Steen put Elgin on the top rope and pulled on his legs. Steen climbed up top, but Elgin fought him off and went for a corkscrew senton, but Steen got his knees up.

Steen sent Elgin to the outside with a kick off the apron and nailed him with a flip dive over the top and the fans went crazy. Elgin went after Strong in the crowd and tossed him into the barricade. Elgin tossed Strong through the curtain. Steen tried to surprise him from behind, but Elgin picked him up and powerbombed him into the ringpost. Elgin went up top and hit a flipping senton for a nearfall and the crowd booed. That was a great nearfall. The crowd began chanting for Elgin with both men down on the mat. Elgin went for a powerbomb, but Steen blocked it and locked in the sharpshooter. Elgin slipped out and began landing forearms on Steen. He then locked in the crossface in the middle of the ring. Steen struggled, but got the ropes.

Both men ended up exchanging blows on the apron. Steen grabbed a sleeper, but Elgin drove him into the ringpost. Steen grabbed the sleeper again, but Elgin jumped back-first through a fresh table covered in back cloth sending Steen through it first. Both men were down. The ref nearly reached the 20 count, but both men got back into the ring to beat the count and the fans chanted this is awesome. The ref began counting again, as both men had failed to get to their feet. Both men got up and hit each other with clotheslines at the same time. They continued to go at it until Steen caught Elgin with a sick pop-up powerbomb for a nearfall. Steen went for the package piledriver, but Elgin blocked it. Steen went for the F-Cinq, but Elgin slipped out of it and applied the crossface again. Steen countered Elgin and rolled him up for a 2 count.

Steen ran to the corner, but Elgin caught him from behind and got an Okana roll for a 2 count. The crowd chanted for both men and Elgin dead-lifted Steen into a German with a bridge for a nearfall. The crowd fired up as Elgin stood over Steen. Elgin began nailing Steen with knee strikes to the head. Steen spit at Elgin, who nailed him with more knee strikes. Elgin paused and hit more knee strikes. Steen hit a code breaker, but Elgin no-sold it and hit a huge clothesline for a nearfall. The crowd chanted for both as Elgin looked at the ref in disbelief. Elgin lifted Steen up and hit a buckle bomb, but Steen got right up and hit a huge clothesline. Holy s—t! Both men were down on the mat as the ref counted.

Both men got to their feet. Elgin went for the knee strikes again, but Steen lifted him and hit the F-Cinq for a nearfall. Steen got up and went after Elgin, but Elgin caught him by surprise with the crossface. Steen struggled for the ropes, but Elgin shifted back for leverage. Steen bit Elgin’s fingers and finally managed to get the ropes. Elgin went for the crossface, but Steen slipped behind him and hit the sleeper suplex. Steen followed up with the package piledriver, but Elgin kicked out and Nigel went mental on commentary. The crowd exploded and began chanting for Elgin. Steen questioned the ref and shoved him. The ref shoved Steen right into a rollup from Steen for a nearfall. Steen yelled at the ref, who told him to knock it off. Steen hit a cannonball senton, but Elgin caught him and hit a powerbomb. Elgin picked him up again and hit a buckle bomb. Elgin then hit the spinning powerbomb, but Steen kicked out!

The announcers urged both men to get up. Elgin got up and stumbled to the ropes. Elgin fired up as the crowd cheered. The fans chanted for both men as Elgin lit up Steen with strikes on the top turnbuckle. Steen bit Elgin’s face and lifted him for a top rope package piledriver. Steen then covered for the win.

Winner: Kevin Steen

Star rating: (*****) – That was a war. An absolute war that must be seen. I got chills during the last ten minutes of the match. Congratulations to both men for a hell of match. Wow! No words right now.

Elgin got to his feet as the crowd cheered. Strong ran into the ring and wiped him out with a sick kick. Steen asked where his music was. A ref came down and handed McGuiness a box. Nigel got into the ring and said in the event that Kevin Steen retains the World Title, he had to deliver the box to Steen. The fans chanted ole as Steen stared at the box. Nigel said he didn’t want to say who told him to give Steen the box. Steen opened the box and took out some papers. Steen froze as he saw what was in the package. Steen looked like he had seen a ghost and he stared towards the entrance. Steen ended up taking Generico’s mask out of the box and the fans roared. Steen rubbed his head and sold frustration while staring at Generico’s mask. The fans went crazy and chanted, "Ole!"

Overall score: (9.0) – There were some booking issues that bothered me that I’ll get into later, but this was an amazing effort from ROH. There were so many good matches up and down the card. Richards passed the torch to Lethal in an awesome match before intermission.

The main event is must-see and worth checking out as soon ASAP. ROH did a lot right tonight, but the key is what they do to build up “Final Battle 2012.” This show totally blew away my expectations and the stream looked as close if not the same as DVD quality. There were some lighting issues, but overall this was a fantastic production from ROH. Buy this show!

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He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).

He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


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James Caldwell, assistant editor
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STAFF COLUMNISTS:
Bruce Mitchell (since 1990)
Pat McNeill (since 2001)
Greg Parks (since 2007)
Sean Radican (since 2003)

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