Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 7/12 ROH in Milwaukee, Wis.: Detailed Report on pre-show Q&A, Edwards vs. O'Reilly show-stealer, Davey vs. Fish main event, crowd involvement, more
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Ring of Honor show results
July 12, 2013
Milwaukee, Wis. at Turner Hall Ballroom
Report by Blake Reilly, PWTorch correspondent
- Doors opened at 6:40 p.m. (10 minutes late). I'm not the best at attendance numbers, but it was not a full house this time. There were some empty seats, but the crowd was red-hot.
- Nigel McGuinness Q&A: The Q&A was cool, but I'm not sure why there were not more questions. Nigel was very up front on stuff, even talking about his TNA days. He did announce that The Young Bucks will be at the August 3 show in Toronto (which probably would have got a better reaction in Toronto) and also said that the #16 spot in the ROH Title Tournament will be a "Major Name."
Nigel and Kevin Kelly also announced that the company is thinking about doing a special show in Milwaukee down the road. (I'll be there if it happens!) Finally, Jimmy Jacobs ran through the crowd jumped the line and confronted Nigel on why he wasn't on this card or any other card despite being a ROH original. He really got the crowd behind him.
- Meet & Greet: Michael Elgin, MsChif, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, and Maria Kanellis. To be honest, this was the shortest line I've seen for a meet and greet, and with the star power I'm surprised. I did feel bad for MsChif because she didn't get any attention. I got my picture with Maria.
Dark match: Benjamin Boone and Cheeseburger beat Beer City Bruisers with the Rocket Launcher a la Midnight Express. Cheeseburger came out last for introductions and the place erupted. The crowd was really into him, led by "Cheeseburger," "F--- 'em Cheeseburger, f--- 'em!," and "Let's Go Cheeseburger!" chants. (Yes that did happen.) It's hard to believe that this was just a dark match. Nigel was up in the balcony with Steen and Elgin, and he had a smile on his face because of the crowd reaction.
(1) Adrenaline Rush (A.C.H. & Tadarius Thomas) beat Mike Sydal & Zizou Middoux when A.C.H. hit Sydal with a 450 Splash. The crowd loved Adrenaline Rush. Not much else to note, as awesome as they were it felt like a glorified squash to get the crowd going.
(2) Athena beat MsChif. This was the first Women of Honor match I've ever seen and it was well done. The one thing I noticed is that TV doesn't do MsChif justice. She is a total freak and terrifying in the ring, but is good-looking and fantastic with the crowd. All through the match she was interacting with fans and had them in her hand. The surprise was that Athena won with a top-rope splash. The crowd almost didn't know how to react. After the match, Athena went for a handshake and got the mist.
(3) Mike Bennett beat B.J. Whitmer after a piledriver. First, Maria is an awesome valet/manager. Watching her react to every move really makes the match better. As for the match, it was exciting. I'm not sure why Whitmer matches on TV can't be this good. He is good wrestler and a lot faster than people give him credit for. Bennett had his moments as well. Whitner had Bennett pinned, but I didn't see it because Maria distracted ref Todd Sinclair and my entire section. The crowd was not happy with the finish and littered the ring with empty beer cans and trash. The cameraman on the other side of the ring from me got hit in the head and was really pissed.
(4) Eddie Edwards beat ROH tag champ Kyle O'Reilly when Edwards stomped on O’Reilly while in the half crab. MATCH OF THE NIGHT! Not even close. This stole the show, had every one, even the Turner Hall wait staff, on their feet looking at the ring. There was like 5-6 minutes of solid chain wrestling which got the crowd to duel between "This is Awesome" and "This is Wrestling" chants. There is no way I could even write down what moves were hit because there was so much to it. If you love wrestling find this match when it goes up on ROH's VOD match.
(5) Tommaso Ciampa beat Rhino when Rhino went for a spear and got hit by a knee. Ciampa's entrance really gets you pumped up in-person. The crowd went insane went he came out. It turned into a war really fast and was really entertaining.
(6) Kevin Steen beat Silas Young with a Package Piledriver. To his credit, Young always finds a way to get his hometown crowd to boo him. Steen got a crazy reaction. In the balcony, Maria was actually rocking out to his theme music. Before the match, Young got on the mic and said that he refused to shake Steen's hand because he was fat and a poor excuse for a wrestler. This received the "What?" treatment. (Which didn't sit well with a bunch of fans, including ironically the one guy in a Cena t-shirt.) Steen's reaction was a punch to the face and the match got started. This was really good even though not one person thought Young had a chance to win. I will say that Steen wrestled so well in this match, hitting standing dropkicks, rolling thunders, and top rope moves. The crowd ate it all up. At one point a guy in the front row of my section, very drunk, put his foot up on the top of railing and Steen threw Young face into it.
(7) Michael Elgin beat Adam Cole, TV champion Matt Taven, and Jay Lethal in a four-way match. Following the antics of the Hoopla Hotties and Truth Martini,t he match was fantastic. For all the crap Taven gets, when they let him wrestle he can go. Elgin hit his delayed vertical suplex on Cole for a 60 count from the crowd. The only confusing part of this match was that there random tags for some reason. At one point there was a spot where Cole superkicked Lethal, Elgin superkicked Cole, and then Taven superkicked Elgin and the crowd went crazy. After the match, Cole refused to shake hands with Elgin and Lethal.
(7) ROH tag champion Bobby Fish beat Davey Richards via a vicious knee strike after a O'Reilly distraction. Fish got the biggest heel reaction of the night by far. The crowd HATED him. He was getting into fans's faces all the way down the ring and at point had a beer thrown at him. That caused him to knock another beer out of another guy's hand and it flew up and landed three rows back an exploded on about seven fans, including the two guys in front of me. Davey actually got the crowd to do very various "Yes" and "No" chants throughout the match. The biggest spot of the night came when Davey hit a dive, cleared the ring and the barricade, and landed in the third row. That was just insane. At this point Edwards and O'Reilly came down to the ring to check on their partners. The crowd was all over O'Reilly because he came out in lime-green sweatpants. I almost missed the finish because a fan got removed from our section by an ROH ref for picking up his chair and aiming for O'Reilly.
Post-match, Davey sold being hurt and needed Edwards and Adrenaline RUSH to help him to the back. Nigel then came down to the ring to check on him. After Davey left the ring, Nigel talked to the crowd thanking us for being there and saying that honor has be restored to ROH. No return date set but they promised they will be back.
This was our third Milwaukee show and the shows just keep getting better. This was beginning-to-end a great show and if you want to watch it on VOD or DVD, I would suggest it.
- Kevin Steen
- Michael Elgin
- Davey Richards
- Bobby Fish (by far!)
- Mike Bennett
- Silas Young
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