Thursday, February 7, 2013

ROH Defy or Deny Review

Will El Generico, Homicide or Jay Briscoe get another Title Shot, or will Roderick Strong deny one unlucky wrestler from ever challenging him again?

ROH Defy or Deny
Plymouth, Massachusetts 3/18/11

The show starts out with a promo with Mike Bennett & Bob Evans. Bennett talks about his TV Title shot as well as Steve Corino. This brings out Corino who chastises him for not being honorable. He says that even though he's on the road to recovery, he has no problem kicking Bennett's butt in NYC the next night. He lays out Evans as he & Bennett run off.

1.) Mark Briscoe vs. Kyle O’Reilly: ***

This was a very solid opening match. Both guys got the crowd into it.

2.) Steve Corino & Grizzly Redwood vs. The All Night Express: **1/2

Corino is teaming with Redwood for the second time in this one. This was a decent match. ANX are seemingly getting better & more polished as a unit.

3.) Tommaso Ciampa vs. Adam Cole: ***1/4

Ciampa is making his live event debut with The Embassy. This was actually very good. Cole & Ciampa put on a pretty entertaining contest. These two definitely showed why they are future ROH stars.

4.) Chris Hero vs. TJ Perkins: ***1/2

A very good match here. Hero & Perkins seemed to mesh well with some pretty good action. TJ is a perfect fit for ROH because he consistently has good matches.

5.) Bravado Brothers vs. Matt Taven & Guy Alexander: *

So this is basically the Bravados doing a somewhat competitive squash against these two local guys...not much else here.

6.) Special Challenge Match – Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin: ***1/2

Elgin is essentially trying to soften Edwards up for the World Title Match with Roderick Strong in NYC. This was pretty good. It could have been a little bit shorter, but it was still good.

7.) ROH World TV Title – Christopher Daniels vs. Mike Bennett: **1/4

So Bennett is finally getting his coveted TV Title Shot......AND he lost. No surprise. Anyway, it was...ok. Steve Corino came out to prevent Bennett from cheating, thus costing him the match.

8.) Kings vs. Wolves – Claudio Castagnoli vs. Davey Richards: ****

Richards faced the other half of the Kings in Chris Hero at Only the Strong Survive. While this just missed the mark of that match, this one was still very good. They told a good story and the crowd was into it.

9.) Defy or Deny Elimination Match – Roderick Strong vs. El Generico vs. Homicide vs. Jay Briscoe: ***1/4

Here are the rules. It's an Elimination Match. If El Generico, Homicide, or Jay Briscoe win, they get another shot at the ROH World Title. If Roderick Strong wins, the challenger he pins to win the match will never get another Title Shot as long as Roderick Strong is champion. This was....good, but somewhat disappointing. It was just kinda bland. The beginning was a little sluggish, and the finish was not good. Good, but that's about all I can say....just "good".

Overall: 7.5/10

Even though this is a B-Show, it isn't terribly bad. Richards once again stole the show, and although the Main Event was sub-par, there are several other undercard matches that are fairly good. A decent show overall.

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