I just got back from tonights RoH show at the Rexplex in Elizabeth, NJ. Here is the card as I remember it (the order may be off and I don't remember finishes exactly... sorry):
Special K came out and had a rave with some girls that looked WAY too young to be out without their parent's permission. The Christopher St. Connection came out to promote Disco instead of club music, and Special K beat them down. Then Low-ki's music hit and he came out. He bitchslapped one of Special K down, then made a second tap, and faced a third member in a match. After getting hit in the nuts and being on defense for a bit, he came back and DESTROYED the kid. I feel sorry the kid had to face Low-ki, but I despise Special K, so watching him get demolished was fun. Don't fuck with Low-ki.
Matt Stryker v. Jimmy Rave. Rave wasn't bad and Matt Stryker won.
Tony Mamaluke and John Walters(?) vs. Outcast Killers. Tony gave a rather rude handshake to the killers to start the match. One of the OK had Mamaluke pinned while the ref was distracted, but then Mamaluke got him to submit once the ref was paying attention again. After he and Walters won, he gave the same rude *handshake* (it was really more of a slap) at the end. The Outcasts were left complaining in the ring, when Dunn and Marcos came out, and made fun of the Killers for losing. They left, and Xavier returned, and Dunn and Marcos saluted him Bill and Ted Wild Stallions style, so he laid them out with a double clothesline.
Carnage Crew (Justin Credible, Masada, HC Loc, DeVito) vs. Rudy Boy Gonzalez, Hotstuff Hernandez, Don Juan, and Fast Eddie. Nice hardcore brawl that became hard to pay attention to since a) there were always two or three different things happening at once, and b) a lot happened outside the ring where floor seats don't provide the best view. Lots of sick chair bumps. (I think Masada did a German suplex on Fast Eddie off the top rope, so that Eddie's head landed square on a chair in the ring.) I think Masada won by pinfall, but I don't remember over who and for some reason I'm doubting my recollection.
Doug Williams vs. Tom Carter (Reckless Youth). I've never seen Reckless Youth before, so it was good to finally see someone I've heard about. Carter had little heat throughout the match. Surprisingly, he won after kicking out of the Chaos Theory.
BJ Whitmer vs. Colt Cabana vs. Homicide vs. Danny Maff. Maff makes some funny faces while on the apron. Standard four way match that starts out nice and slow and ultimate degenerates into highspots with no continuity of legality regarding tags. Whitmer pinned Cabana to become the number 1 contender.
Tag Team Scramble: The SAT and the Backseat Boys vs. Mikey Whipwreck and three members of Special K. These were three different members of Special K than the one's Low-ki destroyed earlier, but the whole stable was at ringside (including the annoying fifteen-year old girls from the opening *rave*.) Special K won when one of the SAT accidentally kicked one of the Backseat Boys, and of course the end result was the Boys beating down the SAT. For the record, I hate Special K.
Jeff Hardy vs. Joey Matthews vs. Krazy K. The minute the match was announced, the crowd started booing, and it really picked up once Matthews and K were in the ring and Jeff's music hit. All throughout the match, the crowd was all over Hardy, with "you got fired" and "don't come back" chants. Jeff tried to brush it off. (He came out in a black trenchcoat with some freaky mask that made him look like one of the Korok's from WindWaker). He stumbled when he first climbed the turnbuckle to do his Jeff Hardy gun-to-the-head pose, but that could have been as much due to his not having had to do that in a non-WWE ring as of late as much as other factors. The match was okay, with Jeff hitting his trademark spots, except for the crowd ragging him. He pinned Krazy K (I think), and then left. The crowd started a "Hogan's better" chant.
Raven vs. CM Punk (dog collar match). CM Punk came out and talked a bit. Straight X... blah blah blah. Raven came out and CM tried to wuss out of the dog collar stipulation, but finally the match was on. The brawled around the ring, brawled back in the ring. CM was bleeding. They brawled around the ring again, and over the railing and nearly knocked over a light fixture. The brawled back in the ring. Raven was bleeding. The ref was bumped, and Colt Cabana ran in and low blowed Raven. Danny Doring (who CM ran down during his pre-match promo) ran in and chased off Cabana. However, the damage was done and once the ref was up, CM pinned Raven (AGAIN!?!?!!?) He then dragged Raven out of the ring, and tied him to the bottom rope and poured beer on him. While he was talking, Tommy Dreamer came up behind him and nailed him with a chair. He tied CM Punk to the top rope in the ring, and freed Raven. They hugged, and then Raven poured beer all over CM (who previously claimed his lips had never touched beer), and the two taunted him. The crowd went nuts for the Tommy/Raven reunion.
RoH Tag Titles: The Briscoe Brothers vs. AJ Styles/The Amazing Red (champs). Good match, with Briscoes playing defacto heels and destroying poor Red's leg early on. Styles pinned one of the Briscoes with the Styles clash to retain.
RoH World Title: Paul London vs. Samoa Joe (champ). The crowd started cheering for London before he even came out. When he did, streamers poured in from all sides in his honor. The crowd cheered for London the whole match, who, while he didn't try anything death-defying, did take some pretty sick suplexes from Joe. Unfortunately, London succombed to Joe's sleeper, and lost. As he revived, the locker room emptied, and the crowd kept cheering for him. They hoisted him on their shoulders, while the crowd chanted "thank you", and finally they put him down. The roster knelt around him in the ring, and London made a speech. He joked that with everyone kneeling it was like him going to church with AJ. He thanked Ring of Honor and the fans, and said that no matter what it says on his shirt, it will always say Ring of Honor on his heart. The crowd chanted "Please don't die!" one last time, and he ended the show.
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Sounds like a great show. Watching Low Ki beat the living shit out of people is ALWAYS fun! I never expected Jeff Hardy to get booed out of the building the way he did, but it's VERY funny to hear that he did. It's obvious that RoH fans are no dummies.
They also seem to have a lot more class than the average fan. If this had been ECW, Paul London would have been greeted with "You sold out" and "Fuck you, Paul" chants. These fans seemed legitimately happy for London and that's refreshing to hear.
It amazes me that Vince let Tommy Dreamer come out and play a SECOND time. Dreamer must have a lot of respect for RoH if he's making more than one cameo appearance and this could very well be his next stop after his (inevitable?) release. It must have been a mark-out moment in the arena to see Tommy and Raven reunite for one night.
definitely sounds like a good show. I heard it was ROH's biggest crowd yet (roughly 1,000 according to 1Wrestling.com). Also, from reading 1Wrestling's report, they said Scott from Tough Enough came out during the Special K/Whipwreck vs The SATs and the Backseat Boyz. And there was also a "Go get well!" chant to Jeff after the match.
I'm curious to see that Jeff Hardy match just to hear all the reactions and of course the Dreamer/Raven thing.
I also have to say that ROH's fans at the live shows seem to be a real good and respectful crowd. Not too many annoying jackasses in the crowd, it seems.
Originally posted by oldschoolhero"Dreamer must have a lot of respect for RoH if he's making more than one cameo appearance and this could very well be his next stop after his (inevitable?) release."
Tommy's not going anywhere. He's a loyal company man that'll have a job as long as Heyman's around; I can't see that changing any time soon.
It's not even that, entirely. Dreamer's a man of many talents. He can help with promotions, booking, and work as a road agent. When WWE initially looked into hiring him, it wasn't even to be as a wrestler.
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Youth actually changed his name a couple months back and was supposed to debut in ROH as Tom Carter, but he got in a car accident and had to take a few months off. I don't remember exactly why he changed his name. I would assume it's because he might have felt that the "Reckless Youth" moniker was tired and old and wanted to dump it. Also, going by his real name allows him to fit in better with the ROH "No Gimmicks Wanted" vision of wrestling.
I fully expected the ROH fans to completely rip on Hardy. I've come across enough ROH die-hards to know that he wasn't exactly going to be welcomed with open arms.
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Originally posted by EddieBurkettTommy Dreamer came up behind him and nailed him with a chair. He tied CM Punk to the top rope in the ring, and freed Raven. They hugged, and then Raven poured beer all over CM (who previously claimed his lips had never touched beer), and the two taunted him. The crowd went nuts for the Tommy/Raven reunion.
This makes sense. CM Punk's usual gimmick is that he's "straight edge." No beer, no booze, no dope, no drugs...and that makes him better than his opponent, and the rest of us. He cut promos for us in the same vein, back in the day. And going out to dinner or what-not after the show...yep, he apparently really lives that lifestyle.
So a beer spot on a guy like that...good booking. The average beer-drinkin' fan will be happy to see the pretentions heel "get his."
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Originally posted by GrubbyLongJohnsI also have to say that ROH's fans at the live shows seem to be a real good and respectful crowd. Not too many annoying jackasses in the crowd, it seems.
I'm sure Jeff Hardy would agree with you.
It's too bad the "chant mark" breed of fan didn't die with ECW.
I totally agree, I hate that smarky attitude. You don't have to send the guy Christmas cards, but he is putting his ass on the line... so at least have SOME respect.
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Tony Mamaluke and John Walters(?) vs. Outcast Killers.
John Walters works in an indy fed in MA called Chaotic Wrestling and his nickname is the Hurricane. He is a pretty damn good wrestler in my opinion and a dude I work with has trained with him and says he has all the tools to make it. I have seen him and totally agree. Good moveset, great look and bumps pretty well. I was shocked when the WWE signed Aaron Stevens (basically Edge with black hair) and not this guy. However, he will fit in on the RoH roster just fine from the work I have seen him do.
Did they flip-flop the brackets? I could have sworn when I first saw them Thursday that Jericho and RVD were in opposite sides of the draw. I was thinking that either Lesnar or RVD would go over Chris in the final.