ROH: SUPERCARD OF HONOR VIII Review
I haven’t watched Ring of Honor in quite some time (the last bit of ROH I saw, was the second half of the 2012 Glory By Honor PPV), it was once my favourite western promotion and I’d go out of my way to get hold of DVD’s etc, but after years of not so great booking and an inability to replace top stars who left the company (their ability to have always been able to do so was one of the main reasons I loved ROH so much), began to cause my interest to wane. Anyway, life just got too busy around Best In The World 2011 and I stopped tuning in after that excellent show (along with pretty much every other US Indy). I thought I’d give this, arguably the company’s second biggest show of the year, a watch as it received a number of favourable reviews. Also, in about a month, they’re doing a couple of cards with my beloved NJPW which I’ll probably be checking out, so I also thought I’d get somewhat up to speed with what’s happening in Ring Of Honor presently.
On the whole, this was a really enjoyable PPV. The undercard was filled with mostly very good bouts and the top two matches were excellent. I find it difficult to choose the best match between the two, as they were both very different contests. The Steen/Elgin clash was a hard hitting big man match that, whilst not quite as good as their ROH Title Match at GBH XI, was great nonetheless and the Ladder War was the expected impressive, crazy stunt show. The latter bout, however, had me groaning when it descended into a run-in fest (seriously, what is Matt Hardy doing on the roster?) near the end & being new to current ROH, I really didn’t have much of a clue as to what was going on. Before all that, it was a brutal and dramatic showdown.
Other highlights included Mark Briscoe cutting one of the most amazing promos I’ve ever heard (something about sharks & jungle animals) & a really entertaining 3 way tag match. All in all this show is worth a watch, even if it didn’t, in my opinion, reach the same heights as Ring of Honor shows of yore.
Cedric Alexander vs. Roderick Strong ***¼
The Decade and Adam Page vs. Adrenaline Rush and Andrew Everett ***
Silas Young vs. RD Evans **
No Disqualification Match:
Michael Bennett vs. Mark Briscoe
reDRagon vs. Hanson and Rowe vs. Forever Hooligans ***½
2 Out of 3 Falls Match for the ROH World Television Championship:
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Jay Lethal ***¼
Winner gets IWGP Heavyweight Title Match:
Michael Elgin vs. Kevin Steen ****¼
Ladder War for the Undisputed ROH World Championship:
Adam Cole (c) vs. Jay Briscoe ****¼