Unlike other DVD Review posts on the internet, The Wrestling Times will not rate the matches from DVDs, especially those from house shows. To do so would be very egotistical on my part. Wrestling is all about getting pumped up or just having fun. So let’s have some fun with these DVD Reviews.
Match 1: Mark Briscoe vs. Mike Mondo
Unless you’ve watched ROH on HDNet (ROHonHDNet) during the month of January, you may not be familiar with Mike Mondo. He’s a wrestler who is larger than life, with his effectiveness exceeded only by his imagination. Not making a lick of sense? Basically he’s a mondo dude with a gimmick straight out of the 1980’s WWF; and he thinks that he’s better than he is. Prior to the match, he cut a promo of how he’s the “Giant Killer” and that as for his opponent Mark Briscoe, “It’s not Mark-Time! It’s My-Time! It’s Gut-Check-Time!!” His promos are silly, but it makes me chuckle.
Another guy who is good for a laugh is Mark Briscoe. If you have never seen Briscoe’s Redneck Kung-Fu, you owe it to yourself to check it out on YouTube. And if you don’t laugh, then you probably take wrestling way too seriously.
Match 2: Women of Honor: Daizee Haze vs. Lady Jojo
The former Sojournor Bolt “Sojo Bolt,” Lady Jojo cut a promo how she’s had eight years of experience, and that not only is she vicious in the way she looks and dress, but she would be vicious in the ring as well. A variation of that last part was true. She was vicious… viciously out wrestled by the much smaller Daizee Haze. Not to take anything away from Lady Jojo, she is a current six-time Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s champion, she just underestimated the abilities of someone who’s demanded better competition after trading wins with Sara Del Rey.
Match 3: Trial Series #1: Andy “Right Leg” Ridge vs. Colt Cabana
The trial series are matches designed to showcase talents currently training in the ROH Academy. Andy Ridge had shown some promise so ROH officials issued this match-up with the veteran Colt Cabana.
“This isn’t the first time that a black man has been on trial.” – Colt Cabana (Andy Ridge is black, by the way)
Colt Cabana, known as Dr. Colt Cabana on the social networks for having a PhD in twitterology, did what he said he would do prior to the match, and that was to mess with Andy’s head. You can tell Ridge is very green in the ring, falling for some of the oldest tricks in the book. Because seriously, if you are running the ropes and your opponent tells you to stop, you don’t stop. Colton had a lot of fun with this match, and it was a house show so you cannot be serious all the time, and Ridge made a lot of rookie mistakes. This is why it’s called the Trial Series, it’s going to be messy. And just like any initiation trial in the world of professional wrestling, the veteran Colt Cabana placed the rookie Andy Ridge in a world of hurt with a variation of Billy Goat’s Curse (inverted Boston Crab) with the added pressure of the Camel Clutch.
Match 4: Kevin Steen and Steve Corino vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole
Having first experienced the tandem of Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole at Final Battle 2010, and since watching them dominate on ROHonHDNet, I was ready to watch this fresh young team take on the more experienced union of Kevin Steen and Steve Corino. And before you start screaming at this post pointing out the fact that Kevin Steen is no longer with ROH since Final Battle, remember that this match took place on 10/15/10, about two months prior to Final Battle.
O’Reilly and Cole, no affiliation to WWE’s Michael Cole, have stated that they are a team of convenience because to make it in ROH you have to make an impression. And so far, O’Reilly, holy hell, has got something to offer to the world of professional wrestling. He is already showing signs of fluid chain wrestling, with a devastating Ankle Lock, and a series of Rolling Butterfly Suplexes. This team is great having gone undefeated on ROHonHDNet up until the January 31st edition where they suffered their first loss to The Bravado Brothers.
Though Cole and O’Reilly lost to Steen and Corino, they could have easily won the bout. And that’s impressive.
Match 5: Ricky Reyes vs. The Metal Master
Ricky Reyes can attest to once reigning as one-half of the ROH Tag Team Champions with Rocky Romero, but cannot say the same for his temper. In a bout between The Metal Master, who seriously was desperate for a gimmick if he goes around with a mask filled with metal (get it?), Reyes picked an argument with one of the fans. The fan took Reyes too seriously and hopped the barricade only to be tackled by security. If you think that WWE is the only company to have a great task force, check out that highlight from the match. Which is the only opinion I have of this match.
Match 6: Grudge Match: Jay Briscoe vs. Rhett Titus
Kenny King, the other half of The All-Night Express, defeated Jay Briscoe at Glory By Honor IX, and it was time for Rhett Titus to do the same in Dayton. But it didn’t exactly pan out that way. Kenny King and Jay Briscoe are the stronger competitors of their respective tag teams, which made their GBHIX so great. But Rhett Titus, though a decent singles competitor, could not out-wrestle Jay Briscoe.
Match 7: Rottweiler vs. Pit Bull: Homicide vs. Kenny King
Homicide is considered an ROH Legend, having defeated Bryan Danielson for the ROH World Title back at Final Battle 2006. And he garnered some success on the national scene in TNA, most notably as one-half of The Latin American Xchange. Personally, I cannot stand the fool and side with Jim Cornette for making his life hell during his first ROH stint. But I digress, Homicide, when he’s not fighting, can supposedly out-wrestle the best, and defeating Danielson is a testament to that.
After the match, ANX attempted to put away Homicide with One Night Stand (Powerbomb (Titus) / Diving neckbreaker (King) combination), but Jay Briscoe came to his aid. Instead of saying thank you, Homicide viciously stated that he didn’t need Jay’s help, and proceeded to attack him. That right there is the reason I do not like Homicide. “And I Quote!” Aside from his street dialect, he cannot conduct himself as a professional. – Just in case you thought I was turning heel during this post.
Match 8: ROH World Tag Team Title Match: [C] The Kings of Wrestling with Shane Hagadorn vs. Davey Richards and Christopher Daniels
The night before their match six-months in the making at Chicago Ridge, Davey Richards teamed up with Christopher Daniels for a shot at The Kings of Wrestling’s ROH World Tag Team Titles. Just hearing the insane crowd reaction for both Richards and Daniels is similar to what you might hear whenever Randy Orton and John Cena team up in WWE, minus about 4,000 fans. Most fans are more familiar with Christopher Daniels, having wrestled nationally for TNA, but you have never seen Daniels give more intensity to his matches than he’s had since returning to Ring of Honor. As for Davey Richards, this man has as much passion and discipline for professional wrestling as the late-Chris Benoit. Richards is a strong favorite to become the next ROH World Champion.
As much as Richards-Daniels may be a dream team, Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero have held onto those belts since 4/3/10, defeating The Briscoe Brothers at ROH The Big Bang! Not only are they the current World Tag Team Champions in Ring of Honor, but they also currently reign as Juggalo Championship Wrestling’s Tag Team Champions. And Castagnoli, aside from tag team gold, also currently reigns as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion. And though Richards and Daniels could have become Tag Team champions, their minds were on their match for Chicago Ridge.
This match marked KOW’s sixth successful title defense, and the challenge from Davey Richards to take on The American Wolves.
PWI Dispute: The Kings of Wrestling were voted the second runner-ups for the annual PWI Tag Team of the Year award. It was The Motor City Machine Guns with the advantage that they are nationally well known that took the top prize. MCMG have only defended their belts against Beer Money Inc. (3rd runner-up) and Generation Me, while KOW have defended their straps against MCMG, The Briscoe Brothers, Colt Cabana and El Generico, Kevin Steen and Steve Corino, Davey Richards and Christopher Daniels, and The American Wolves. While MCMG can also give credit to their Amazing Five Series matches to prove that quality is better than quantity, KOW, if ROH was more nationally well known, could have easily taken first runner up or even the Tag Team of the Year award.
And that’s the review on ROH presents: Allied Forces – Dayton, OH – 10/15/10 DVD. If you enjoyed the rants please leave some feed back, and if you are interested in purchasing the DVD for yourself, you can do so by clicking on this link: Allied Forces DVD. Oh, did I forget to mention that there’s a Disc 2? For a later post.