Sunday, June 24, 2012

ROH Best in the World 2012 Review

Ring of Honor Wrestling returns to Internet Pay Per View with Best in the World 2012. The Ring of Honor Championship will be defended when Kevin Steen takes on the former champion Davey Richards. Plus the ROH Tag Team Titles are on the line when Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team take on the All Night Express of Kenny King and Rhett Titus. Two former ROH Champions collide when Homicide and Eddie Edwards meet and the ROH Television Championship will be on the line in a Triangle Match when Roderick Strong defends against Jay Lethal and Tomasso Ciampa. It is now time to watch ROH Best in the World 2012 and review all of the action.

Ring of Honor Best in the World 2012: Hostage Crisis

First your results of Ring of Honor Best of the World 2012.

Ring of Honor Best in the World 2012 Results

The Briscoes defeated the Guardians of Truth, two masked men lead to the ring by Truth Martini.

Homicide pinned Eddie Edwards with the Cop Killa.

Adam Cole defeated Kyle O'Reilly.

Michael Elgin picked up the win over Finlay.

Mike Mondo scored a flash pin over Mike Bennett.

Roderick Strong held onto the Ring of Honor Television Championship in a Triple Threat Match over Tommaso Ciampa and Jay Lethal.

All Night Express won the ROH Tag Team Titles over Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team.

Kevin Steen kept the Ring of Honor Championship against Davey Richards. Then he cut a promo ripping into everyone but he still got cheered.

Ring of Honor Best in the World 2012 Report

Crossing our fingers I'm sure for this show to go as planned without any glitches.

The Briscoes defeated the Guardians of Truth

The Guardians of Truth are masked men and not really revealed. According to the Observer Website, they're the Headbangers. Yes, seriously, those Headbangers, Mosh and Thrasher, of the Attitude Era. In 2012. Mind blown. This match was a perfectly acceptable opening wrestling encounter despite who is under the masks. Roll up gets the win and the Guardians of Truth attack but this may be far from over.

Homicide picked up the win over Eddie Edwards with the Cop Killa

Battle between two former Ring of Honor Champions, and a bit of a shock that Homicide scored the win. Perhaps he's sticking around for the long term, otherwise this booking is kind of stupid. Homicide avoids the submission attempts from Edwards and takes him down with the Cop Killa to score the win at Best of the World 2012.

Adam Cole defeated Kyle O'Reilly

Yeah, this match began with Kyle O'Reilly just kicking Cole the freak right in the face and busting his teeth right out. Or so it does seem. Well, this match did raise a level beyond what I have expected. One has a future and the other is a low rent version of Davey Richards, who is a low rent version of Chris Benoit(TIMING), who was a low rent version of Dynamite Kid. Cole scores the win with the figure four. Not too bad of a midcard match.

Michael Elgin defeated Finlay

Smartly wrestled technical match, but obviously not for everyone. If you like the break neck Davey Richards main event style, likely not for you. Some great wrestling, with Elgin picking up the win with the Power Bomb. Then Finlay and Elgin shake hands much to the discouragement of Truth Martini.

After the Intermission, Mike Bennett is out. Best heel in the company due to the fact that he gets under the skin of the ROH fans for existing. Mike Mondo is out and some back and forth leads to a one on one match between Mike Bennett and Mike Mondo.

Mike Mondo defeated Mike Bennett

Bennett's ego gets the better him at Ring of Honor Best in the World 2012. Roll up picks up the win and Mike Mondo scores an upset win. Fair enough.

ROH Television Champion Roderick Strong retained over Tommaso Ciampa and Jay Lethal.

Elimination Rules Style Triangle Match here, with some rather good action. Ciampa is put down right first after Prince Nana botched some interference. It is down to Roderick Strong and Jay Lethal with Strong scoring the pin on Lethal to keep the ROH Television Title after Truth Martini interfered.

The All Night Express of Rhett Titus and Kenny King defeated Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin to win the ROH Tag Team Titles.

The right team won this match for sure and this tag team battle told a good story. WGTT were using any tactics to keep their belts and ANX wanted the belts. Sure enough, roll up on Haas scores the pin. Some good stuff right here, and WGTT beat up the ANX after the match.

Kevin Steen retained the ROH Championship over Davey Richards

Hot match and about as good as one would expect. The right man won, as really it would invalidate any kind of build if Davey Richards won the title back. Steen used the deadly spike to the groin and hit the Package Piledriver for the pin to keep the ROH Championship.

Then things got epic. Kevin Steen cuts a promo, pretty much bringing up every valid criticism that anyone has ever had about the ROH broadcast. Essentially calling them selfish, saying that they put themselves over. That they still cheer for people like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, with their little "yes, yes, chants". He tells the fans and the New York fans to essentially take a flying leap. The ROHbots turn on the champion. Well obviously they're trying to make him a heel but Steen could set babies on fire and still be beloved by a portion of the audience. Good promo though.

Some solid action but perhaps not the blow away card. Still good enough for what it was.  

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