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WRESTLING REVIEW

EVENT:
RING OF HONOR: UNITY
042812-HOUSE SHOW
Event Review by:
"Our Man" Andy Schumann
Event Date:
Saturday April 28th, 2012
Location:
Chicago Ridge Frontier Field house
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
"Overall the show was solid from top to bottom."
MATCH 1:
House of Truth vs. All Night Express
The House of Truth were represented by Michael Elgin and Roderick Strong. The All Night Express are Kenny King and Rhett Titus. Titus and Elgin started off the match with a few simple wrestling moves. Elgin got control off the match by catching Titus in mid air and turning it into a slam. While Elgin held the referee’s attention Strong hit Titus with a knee breaker on the apron. King picked up a near fall on Strong after nailing Strong with a pair of running knees in the corner. Elgin showed off his strength by suplexing both members of the All Night Express. King got the victory after Express nailed Elgin with their springboard blockbuster. After the match both members of the House of Truth got into an argument teasing a rift.
MATCH 2:
Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis vs. Mike Sydal
Bennett and Kanellis came out to cut a promo. Sydal came out from the back and challenged Bennett to a match right then and there. Sydal was able to get the early advantage by using his speed and agility. Bennett eventually got the victory with his TKO maneuver. After the match they cut another heel promo about Chicago being nothing but a town of losers.
MATCH 3:
The Young Bucks vs. The Bravado Brothers
This match was the Bravados first match back with Ring of Honor. They had spent the majority of this year over in Japan training with Pro Wrestling NOAH. Lancelot got an early near fall with a fisherman’s suplex. Matt Jackson got his team a near fall by reversing a DDT into a suplex. The Young Bucks kept the momentum going by landing several of their trademark double team maneuvers. Harlem got a near fall by landing a series of lariats. The Bravados got the victory when Harlem reversed a fisherman’s carry into a crucifix pin fall. At the beginning of the match the crowd was supporting the Young Bucks. At the end the crowd had rallied behind The Bravado Brothers.
MATCH 4:
Kevin Steen& Jimmy Jacobs vs. El Generico & BJ Whitmer
This match marks Whitmer’s first match for the company in a few years. Before the match could officially begin all four participants of the bout engaged in fisticuffs. Various referees, officials and wrestlers tried to keep the competitor apart. With approval from Jim Cornette the match was made a no disqualification. The competitors just brawled all over the ring side area for several minutes. Whitmer got a near fall on Jacobs with a series of rolling fisherman suplexes. Steen and Jacobs gained control of the match with several chair shots on both Generico and Whitmer. Eventually both teams got on even ground while trying to gain control of the table. Whitmer and Jacobs eventually made their way up to the top turnbuckle. They exchanged several blows for a couple of minutes at the very top. Whitmer was able to get control and picked up the victory. Whitmer was able to hit an Exploder Suplex on Jacobs through a table.
MATCH 5:
The Colony vs. Team Ring of Honor
This match was the last of the inter promotional bouts on the cards for the evening. Team Ring of Honor consisted of Jay Lethal, TJ Perkins and Adam Cole. This match was held under Lucha Libre rules. If you’re wondering what they are its simple. Every time a men hits the floor a new men is legal. The Colony got the early advantage by focusing on Jay Lethal. They triple teamed Lethal with dropkicks in the corner. Team Ring of Honor regained the advantage by landing a series of super kicks. Soldier Ant was able to dispose of Lethal to the outside with a head scissors. Fire ant was able to get a near fall on Adam Cole by hitting a tornado DDT. The colony was able to get the victory by reversing the small package that Perkins had locked on. So far Chikara Pro has picked up victories in both inter promotional bouts in the evening.
MATCH 6:
World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly
Davey Richards and Shelton Benjamin started off the match with several wrist locks. O’Reilly makes the tag in and Haas also tags into the match. Haas got the advantage with several take downs. Richards tagged back in. Haas and Richards traded several strength moves. Richards locked Haas into a surfboard variation. Haas and Benjamin eventually focused on O’Reilly and kept him cut off from Richards. Richards go the hot tag and cleaned out the ring. Richards took out Haas on the outside while O’Reilly took out Benjamin at the same time. Richards was able to get a couple of near falls with various submission attempts. O’Reilly suddenly tagged himself back into the match. Benjamin was able to get the victory after nailing O’Reilly with his inverted DDT.
MATCH 7:
The Briscoes Brothers vs. Hallowicked and Jigsaw for ROH Tag Titles
In the last six months Ring of Honor has instituted a new type of match called Proving ground. In this match the champion or champions have a non title match that is 20 minutes in length. If the challengers can last the time or gain a victory the get a future title shot. Hallowicked and Jigsaw earned their title match at the 10th Anniversary show. Jay Briscoe and Jigsaw started off the match. Briscoes got the early advantage by jumping both Hallowicked and Jigsaw. Jigsaw finally gained some traction with nailing a few strikes. About half way through Mark picked up Jigsaw for a slam and Jigsaw’s feet hit the referee and knocked him out. A Chikara referee came down and counted a near fall. Hallowicked and Jigsaw kept countering the doomsday device. Jigsaw got a near fall on the Briscoes. Jay accidentally knocked out the Chikara pro referee with a big boot. At this point both the Colony and Team Ring of Honor came down to the ring side area. They were cheering on their perspective teams. Eventually the Briscoes retained their titles after Jay nailed Jigsaw with a reverse DVD. Mark than nailed a elbow drop from the top turnbuckle. After the match all members of Chikara and Ring of Honor got into the ring and exchanged handshakes.
SHOW RATING:
3 ½ stars out of 4. The crowd was electric from the opening bell all the way to the closing bell of the main event. The whole card of tag team matches just delivered. All Night Express have gotten a huge swell of support here in Chicago in the last year. Hopefully they will get the next title shot. Mike Bennett is a wrestler that fits the WWE mold right now. He’s got great size, delivers good promos and has some great matches. The Bravado Brothers in my estimation had their breakout match for Ring of Honor. Bravados sacrificed 4 months of their career to train in Japan. That major step is already paying huge dividends for them. The no disqualification match was a nice change up in the order of the matches. The six man tag team match was very fast paced and extremely put together. I would love to see the Colony wrestle for Ring of Honor a few more times. They could be an excellent addition to an already deep tag team division. I really like Davey Richards but right know he needs to take a page from Brian Danielson. The main thing that he needs to learn is how to work different matches that have different endings. The ending of the match is the same to the last few of his I’ve seen. Haas and Benjamin I think are playing the right characters for them right know. They’ve been heels this whole year. The Briscoes and Hallowicked and Jigsaw delivered a solid match. I loved the section that a referee from both promotions get knocked out for the match. That seemed to put the crowd on a nervous edge. The crowd tension rose even more when the colony and team ROH came to ring side area. Overall the show was solid from top to bottom. I already can’t wait until Chikara comes back to town along with Ring of Honor.

Photo © 2013 Ring of Honor
Article © 2013 Alternate Reality, Inc.

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