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BLOODLETTING
 
  by Christopher Freda  

(11/09/03)

What the fuck is it with these wrestlers? Yes, we lost another one folks, Crash Holly aka Mad Mikey aka Michael Lockwood was found dead in Steven Richards house earlier this week. Another member of the frat goes down and we're all wondering what it's going to take to wake these people up. It's obvious to me that steroids are a huge underlying cause to many of these deaths. Steroids does tons of damage to the heart and liver and most of these guys are dying from heart failure at a young age. Now don't get me wrong, the choice to take or not take steroids is completely up to the individual jabbing the needle in his ass BUT you've got to think Vince's LUST for the big guys has an influence. How can it not? The only guys he wants to push are roided out monsters. I think it may be time for the federal government to step in once again and scare the shit out of Vince. Maybe then he'll start pushing the smaller guys like he did during the last roid trial. And maybe it will wake these guys up, if death or a future filled with disabilities doesn't scare these guys, maybe jail time will.

A lot of shit has gone down in Ring of Honor recently and I thought I would mention it briefly. Low Ki and ROH have parted ways permanently according to ROH. As a HUGE fan of both Ki and ROH this greatly saddens me. It's too bad that a simple double booking problem couldn't be resolved. Ki has meant so much to ROH from being it's first champion to help putting them on the map with his 4 star plus matches. Ki is now back doing another run in TNA so you can catch him over there.

Another big thing is that Teddy Hart will not be welcomed back. Apparently he pissed off a lot of the boys in the locker room with his antics after last Saturday's match. Plus he did many high spots tat were not planned before hand. I have also heard that he pulled the same thing during the X Tournament in TNA. He was also kicked out of the Funkin Dojo camp by Dory Funk Jr. for his antics. Teddy better smarten up or he'll have nowhere to work soon. And it's a shame, the kid can fucking go. I've enjoyed watching him work on the occasions that I've seen him.

Onto Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain! This game is just fucking phenomenal! The grappling is much more realistic as are the counters. It's a much tougher game than the previous games in the franchise and hat just makes it all the more rewarding when you get your hand raised. The choices for match types are great and ever-expanding with the additions of the Elimination Chamber, First Blood, and Bra and panties matches. That's right, there's blood in this one folks. I am also really enjoying the storyline mode and the way that you have to earn money to unlock items and earn experience points to better your wrestler.

OK, now onto a few issues I have with the game. The create a wrestler feature is awesome with lots of options to help you create a truly kick ass wrestler. I love that you can have different attire for your entrance and your match, very cool indeed. The also have a ton of moves to pick your moveset from. And some indy favorites such as the Ki Crusher 99, Styles Clash, Catatonic, and Angel's Wings are hidden in there under different names. Lots of Japanese favorite as well. My issue with the CAW is this: they give you dick for ability points. The ability points are what makes your wrestler a star or a damn jobber. I understand them not wanting you to make a superstar right out of the box but come on! The highest ranking you can have is in the low 40s! Therefor you're going to get killed by almost anyone other than Rico and Stevie until you build your boy or girl up in Season mode. They could have at least given you enough points to be ready for the midcard and not a Velocity/Heat job boy.

I definitely give this game a thumbs up for sure, great storyline mode, awesome and pretty realistic game play, great movesets, innovative CAW feature. This one is a keeper for sure and definitely the best SmackDown game thus far. As I said, my only real problem is the extremely low allotment of ability points for CAWs.

Well, that's it for this week folks drop me a line by clicking on my name and let me know what you think of the SD game and me in general. Until next week, keep your head up!

 

(11/16/03)

Yes, I know, I took a week off and you were deprived of my twisted and warped views on the sport that we all love. But now I'm back and I've got a lot on my mind so let's get rolling shall we?

OK, remember in my last column were I talked about the abuse of steroids in Pro Wrestling and Vince's overwhelming desire to push roided out freak jobs? Well, take a look at Brock's boys from Survivor Series. You've got two fat slobs and two roid heads. Matt Morgan and Nathan Jones are text book roid boys if you ask me. I guess no one has learned anything. What a fucking shock. And of course, they can't work for shit. But hey, you can see Spanky & Paul London on Velocity right?

To be honest with ya'all I didn't bother to order Survivor Series this year. I know, I'm a wrestling columnist, part of my job description is to watch wrestling. And I do watch wrestling, at the November 1 Ring Of Honor show I bought 3 new DVDs and I've been working my way through them. I'm a wrestling journalist, I watch wrestling. I don't watch the ton of crap that Vince serves up on a platter and some of you eat up with a spoon. Sorry but let's do the math, ordering Survivor Series on PPV costs about $40. That's $40 on a show that would have maybe two matches I would want to see. For $40 I can get 2 Ring Of Honor DVDs that will be packed full of matches I want to watch. Now am I making some sense? So you see, I don't feel the need to line Vince's silk pockets any more than they already are. He's not showing me the wrestling I want to see so I'm not going to give him any of my money. However, Rob Feinstein and his crew over at ROH provide me with ample amounts of the type of in ring action I want to check out. Therefor, they will continue to get my money and support.

In an interesting piece of wrestling news, Florida based MLW is going to start running shows up in Philly and NJ. Now from everything I've read about MLW they seem to be just another ECW knockoff to me. I mean, they have some great workers such as Corino and Low Ki but the whole design of the promotion seems to be a carbon copy of ECW. Don't get me wrong, ECW was great and I loved it but, it's done, it's over, it's gone baby. It's time to move on and do something new. That's what sets ROH a part from other indies. Their approach, their use of only the best workers around, and say it with me people, THE CODE OF HONOR. I will make an attempt to check out MLW when it comes to nearby NJ. I'll let you know what I think when I see it first hand. It's definitely going to be interesting to see how ROH and MLW coexist in the same areas.

Well, that's all for this week, and yes I will be back next week to rant your heads off some more. Until next time, keep your head up.

 

(12/07/03)

Well, hello there my loyal readers! I'm sitting here under about 2 feet of snow and I'm feelin' kinda frisky so, I thought that we would try something new this week. Well, new to this site anyway. You see, my good buddy Rick writes a column for a website called Dean's Planet (you can find it here: http://www.deansplanet.com) and he has something called a celebrity brick list. This is a list of celebs that good ole Rick would like to hit in the head with a brick. So I decided it was about time for me to do a Pro Wrestling Brick List. I'll tell you the wrestler and my reasons for wanting to club them in the head with a brick. Then, after reader my list, you can e-mail me and tell me who you think should be added to the list or who should be taken off and your reasons for thinking so. I will publish the responses in my next column. The staff should feel free to contribute as well. Here we go, in no particular order:

The Whole Fn Machine's
Pro Wrestling
Brick List


Vince McMahon - Vince has pretty much ruined the great sport of pro wrestling by oversaturating it with sports entertainment BS and roided out freaks with no move sets.

Stephanie McMahon - her horrible writing and horrible supervision of the writing staff has made story lines, angles, and pushes in the WWE nothing more than a stale joke.

Triple H - Once a darling of the IWC Trips let steroids and power trips ruin him. He used to be one of my favorite workers and he threw it away to be a Steiner wannabe. His mobility and move sets have gone to shit. And lately he has developed man boobs.

The Big Show - He's slow, he's fat, and he can't work for shit.

A-Train - see above!

Rikishi - see above! Plus he shows his fat dimpled ass!

Scott Steiner - Here is a guy who used to be one of the best workers in the business, he threw incredible suplexes, had great matches and did the frankensteiner! Now he's a roided out freak who gets blown up after 5 minutes and can o longer do more than half the moves that used to be in his arsenal.

The Undertaker - It's over pal, you're too old and you're too slow. And you need to stop getting pushed into the main event. Start putting young guys over and hang it up already. That's all you're good for.

Kane - c'mon, you always sucked.

Jeff Jarrett - Turning into Triple J and ruining the NWA-TNA.

Chuck Palumbo - Your best work was when you were teamed with O'Haire, your work in the FBI has been horrible.

Johnny Stamboli - You suck, end of story.

Billy Gunn - I don't know why in the hell they continue to push you because you have no charisma, fuck up the simplest moves and are boring as hell to watch.

Mark Henry - You must have a very special relationship with Pat Patterson to be getting all the attention that you do. Failed gimmick after failed gimmick you keep getting pushed. Another fat fuck who can't work.

Steve Austin - It's over and you're done. You alcoholic, wife beating, crippled, red neck, jerk off. You put yourself over in ring talent when you can no longer have a feud to blow it off. Just stupid.

Kevin Nash - All you can do is talk on the mic and you're not even that good at that anymore. Give it up Big Kev, either become a manager or just quit. You're in ring days are done, get over it.

Test - another example of Vince's hard on for big men who can't work.

Rico - the new gimmick isn't over and neither are you.

Bradshaw - C'mon do I have to even say anything?

Hard Core Holly - NO CHARISMA, BORING Matches

OK, that's going to about do it for this addition of my brick list. Trust me, there will be many more to come in the future. Now it's your turn, click on my name and tell me who you think should be on here and why. You can also tell me who you thin I should take off. All responses will be published in next week's column. Until next time, keep your head up!

(01/04/03)

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year and all that other fun, holiday type stuff! Welcome back to BLOODLETTING! I know that I have been a bit sporadic as of late but I'm here to tell ya that all that is in the past and I'm back and ready to stiff you with my insights until your ears bleed and you fall down to your knees and worship Ring of Honor. You heard it right kiddies, BLOODLETTING is returning to it's weekly spot!

First off let's discuss some feed back I got from last week:
Dan Yagud had this to say "I agree with all except my man Hardcore Holly he shouldn't be on the list. Other than having one of the best drop kicks I've ever seen, when he was doing the whole big shot thing it was cool not having him be a punk, he stiffs like a MOFO and Vince is really fucking up his style without giving him something decent to do! That's because he CAN be a good technical wrestler, but Vince won't let him, he wants him to be a brawler. If you saw all of the tough enough episodes, he was pretty knowledgeable."

Well, Dan, I guess we have a difference of opinion here, first off both Lance Storm and Paul London have a better dropkick than Bob's. Second, the man's promo suck ass, any second rate jock wannabe cuts the same promo on some freshman before he stuffs him into a garbage can. Third, I just don't see the technical ability in Bob, he's always been a punch, kick, stomp, dropkick, finish wrestler. I've never seen him put on a technical match, use psychology, or have a match better than average.

Next we move to comments I received from Kaitlin, she had this to say "Just thought I would add my two cents about the wrestlers I would love to throw a brick at. First on the list is The Big Show and following a close second would be Christian. And last but certainly not least that freakin idiot Val Venus. And hope I didn't offend anyone."

OK Kaitlin, I agree with you on the Big Slow and Val but I have to draw the line at Christian. Christian is a good technical wrestler and is great on the stick. His problem is being in way too many matches with guys who can't work and often drag the quality of his matches down. Also by being made to lose all the time or only win by way of cheating the WWE has pushed the idea of him being nothing more than a barley mid card talent down our throats. I bet back in the Edge and Christian days you were cheering for him like crazy. Christian is an example of how bad booking can ruin the fans perception of a great wrestler.

Many thanks to both Dan and Kaitlin for writing in with their two cents. Feedback is always very welcome and very much appreciated so keep those e-mails coming. I should also mention that Chris Brady indicated I should have had a special place on my list for Mark Henry's hair and tights. Yes, he does look like an overweight version of the Predator and we need to tell the production guys to stop zooming in on his white clad member. Oh and as a wrestler, he fucking sucks.

This past week RF Video had a sale on all Ring of Honor DVDs, I hope that some of you took advantage of this opportunity and stocked up on ROH. I'm looking at you Sean! YOU WILL BOW DOWN TO THE GREATNESS THAT IS RING OF HONOR! YOU WILL FOLLOW THE CODE OF HONOR DAMN IT! Oh...oops...umm...got a little carried away there...sorry. I own 15 Ring of Honor DVDs and have ordered 7 more which will bring my total to 22. There are now only 3 titles available that I do not either have or are on their way to me. What are the rest of you waiting for? This is the best promotion in the world right now, jump on the damn band wagon already! If you want suggestions on which ROH titles are best to get you started you can e-mail me or go on over to www.rohwrestling.com and check out their message board. They have a topic pinned on the best videos to get.

My Beloved Erin also purchased the Ultimate Ric Flair Collection for me for Christmas. It's 3 DVDs, 10 and a half hours of Flair! This is certainly a must have for all wrestling fans. I definitely recommend it to all you Flair and old school NWA fans out there.

That's all for now, I'll be back next week with more ranting and raving. Hope everyone out there is well. Until next time...keep your head up.

 

(01/11/04)

I was sitting here at my computer trying to think of a topic for today's column and nothing was coming to me. I mean sure I could continue to rant and rave about the piss poor work wrate, storylines, and overall crappiness of the WWE. Or I could continue to extol on the greatness of Ring of Honor and continue in my mission to convert all of you to the ways of the Code of Honor. But it seems that's all I do every week lately.

I checked all the newsboards to see if there was anything interesting to report. So let's see Nash and the WWE have parted ways...yawn. Taker is coming back in his deadman persona to feud with Kane...no shit Sherlock. Benoit looks to be getting a big push going into Wrestlemania XX...I'll believe it when I see it. Hmm...no inspiration there. So I decided to sign off and take a break for a bit, quite a few chores to be done around here.

There I was in my kitchen doing the mound of dishes that had accumulated in my sink when the doorbell rang. Visions of the UPS man bearing the 7 ROH DVDs I had ordered from RF Video danced in my head. (A quick aside, I love RF Video but come on, it took them a full week to charge my card, I paid extra for priority shipping, they are only in Philly and you can get to Philly from NYC in 3 hours, and it's been 2 days since my card was charged and ZERO DVDs. C'mon Rob, if you're not going to run PPVs at least have some prompt shipping on your orders. Now...back to the column) So, I raced down the stairs and yanked open the door...no UPS guy...no package from RF Video. DAMN IT! The two guys standing at my front door were nothing but a bunch of holy rollers. I made up an excuse about being in the middle of giving my daughter a bath and closed the door. I went back upstairs grumbling about Jesus freaks and RF video. I returned to my sink full of dishes.

It was there in the midst of suds and hot water that I realized that these Jeebus jerk offs and your everyday wrestling fan have a bit in common and I came to realize how quite a few wrestlers (AJ Styles, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Ted DiBiase, the Road Warriors, and others) could be talked into converting to the darkside. Let me explain gentle readers.

You see religious freaks and wrestling fans are both very misunderstood groups. I mean, let's face it, the wrestling fan doesn't get all that much good press. Society on a whole thinks of us as white trash, illiterate fools who think that wrestling is "real." They don't understand our love for this great sport or why some of us follow it so rabidly.

I mean look at me, I love movies and I've even written a script that I hope to sell for a big wad of cash one day. Let's take a look at my DVD collection, I have 20 films on DVD. How many wrestling DVDs do I have? Well, if we count the 7 that are on there way, I own 28 wrestling DVDs. I own 14 books that relate to wrestling, four of the fourteen PS2 games I own are wrestling games. See what I mean? And any time ROH is in the vicinity I go. I write a weekly column on this here fine wrestling web site, So yes, it's fair to say that I am obsessed with wrestling.

Let's look at the religious fanatics. They go from door to door to try and convert others to their religion, they go to church every week. They constantly read the bible and they also get a bad rap from the general public at large.

You see, I have nothing against religion, yes I am an Atheist but I don't have a problem with people who are into religion, just stop trying to make me believe in your "God." Whatever gets you through the day, as long as you don't go around condemning or harming other people that's cool with...um wait...they do that all the time. You see, that's where we differ, we don't going around trying to convert people to our sport or change their way of...um wait...I try to make you all stop watching the WWE and convert to ROH.

Anyway...the point is both groups are often ostracized and made fun of. So you could see how some wrestlers could find solace in joining another group that faces similar discrimination from the general public. So there you have it, I just linked wrestling and religious fanatics! Kneel before me my fellow blood worshipping heathens!!! Muahahah!!!

Seriously though, I mean us versus the Jesus freaks in a Hell in the Cell? No contest, we kick there asses. To quote Ready to Rumble:

"WWJKD...What Would Jimmy King Do?"

That's all for this week, I hope you enjoyed it. Take care and keep your head up. Let the BLOODLETTING continue!

 
(01/17/04)
 
Welcome back to Bloodletting you bloodthirsty bastards. There's a few things I want to cover this week so let's get down to it shall we? First off I want to thank Dan Yagud and Chris Brady for e-mailing me to correct a small mistake I made at the end of my last column.

Dan had this to say:
Hey man great column....Good to see you mixing it up a bit.
Just one footnote, the band on David Arquette's wrist said "wwkd" not "wwJkd" it was "what would king do"...so yes, knowing that makes me a wrestling freak too!! ALL HAIL the wonderful realm that is WRESTLING!

And Chris added this:
Its actually WWKD  What Would King Do

And of course that quote comes from the film Ready To Rumble. Which is both stupid and funny as hell at the same time. And for those of you who asked, my ROH DVDs arrived on Friday and there was much rejoicing by all!

Now, let's move onto some new stuff. First off Brian "Spanky" Kendrick walked into the SmackDown taping on Tuesday night and handed Vince his resignation. It is said that the split was amicable and the door was left open for Spanky to return in the future. He is heading off to Japan for a tour with Zero One. Now as you all know I am a big fan of Spanky, especially his work in Ring of Honor. I can definitely understand his being frustrated with his position in the WWE. I mean his was working a lot of Velocity and dark matches and wasn't really getting pushed at all. All while talentless pieces of crap like A- Train and the Big Show are pushed instead. I certainly hope that after Spanky finishes his Zero One stint he will return to ROH and possibly do some work for TNA.

There is one downside to Spanky leaving WWE....what about Paul London. Paul had been wrestling in a tag team with Spanky since he arrived in the WWE. The two were scheduled to work a tag match against Tajiri's boys the night Spanky quit. And the tag scene on SmackDown is certainly in need of some fresh blood. The Guerreros have split so that leaves the Bashems, the Yakuza, and the World's Greatest Tag Team. They are all heels and they are all the perfect size to work matches against Spanky & London. It would have been the perfect time to start a push for them. But now, just when the field started to open for them, Spanky quit and left Paul high and dry. I have to think that Paul would be a little upset with his fellow TWA grad for leaving him twisting in the wind like that. And I do wonder where it leaves Paul now. Hopefully Vince realizes what a huge breakout superstar Paul really is and well push him in the cruiserweight division.

In other news, it has been reported by Dave Meltzer that Benoit is pretty much a lock to go over to Raw after the Rumble. And you know that if the Meltz says it, is usually about 80% accurate. Is Benoit finally going to get that big push and his first World Title? Only time will tell but I can say this, and I know I speak for a lot of you out there, if there is one man who has never been champ and deserves it more than anyone, it's the Canadian Crippler. Here's to you Chris and I hope the rumors are true and by the time WrestleMania XX winds to a close the Big Gold Belt is wrapped around your waist.

Well, that's it for this week folks, I hope you enjoyed. I'll be back again next week with a brand spanking new column so, sit tight and keep the e-mails coming. Until next week, keep your head up.

 

(01/25/04)


Once again it's time for your weekly dose of BLOODLETTING! This week I'm going to focus on one of Ring of Honor's biggest stars. The man who had the feud of the year against Raven...CM Punk. Now I'm not just going to discuss Punk's skills as a wrestler or on the mic. I'm also going to discuss the way most of the fans see him and how it differs from the way I view the leader of the Second City Saints.

First off, you can't talk about CM Punk without going over something that truly defines not just the character he wrestles as but his whole life. You see, CM Punk is Straight Edge. For those of you who don't know what that means, it means that he's drug free and alcohol free. This is a huge part of his life and his wrestling career. The man has "STRAIGHTEDGE" tattooed on his stomach and "DRUG FREE" tattooed on his fists. He talks about it in every interview and promo and you know it's not just some gimmick. You've got to respect a man with convictions like that. And for those of you that don't know, I'm drug free and alcohol free as well. My only vice is cigarettes and come June, that one will be gone too. So yes, I identify with the man from the Second City.

Let's discuss Punk's in ring ability now. This man can fucking go and that's for sure. I've seen him in hard fought technical battles as well as bloody brawls. Let's see he's had dog collar matches and cage matches against Raven. Yeah, I think that covers that the man can brawl. His two finishers are devastating, so let's cover them. First, my favorite, The Pepsi Plunge. This is a sick looking top rope pedigree. It almost always guarantees victory. His other finisher is a wicked looking leg submission called the Devil Lock. He made Raven tap to it, enough said.

He has his own group in ROH known as the Second City Saints. It's made up of Ace Steel, the man who trained him, and Colt Cabana the man he made his name in Chicago wrestling with and against, he was also trained by Steel. Right now they are in a bitter war against the Prophecy of Christopher Daniels, Dan Maff, BJ Whitmer, and Alison Danger.

You can't talk about Punk without discussing his incredible promo skills. The man is simply gold on the mic. He more than held his own cutting promos against Raven during their feud and it's been said that Raven is one of the best promo men ever. I love his "I'm CM Punk and I'm Straight Edge. That means I'm drug free, I'm alcohol free, and I'm better than you!" speeches. This leads perfectly into our next point of discussion...CM Punk....a heel?

Gee, wouldn't you think that a guy who speaks out against drugs and alcohol would be a face? Not in today's society, people would rather cheer an alcoholic redneck who beats his wife like Austin. Then a man of such high moral fiber as CM Punk. You see, I cheer Punk at every show, I think he's a great wrestler and I am down with his beliefs for sure. Yes, the fact that he says he's better than you for not drinking may be talking down to you, it may be arrogance and it may be a superiority complex. But I guarantee if you say, hey I'm drug free and alcohol free too, he would embrace you as a brother. I have friends and family who drink and I don't look down on them at all. Do I wish they didn't drink? Sure I do, I think it's unhealthy and I don't believe in distorting one's mind. But I still love them as my friends and family. But back to Punk, this is not a man who should be a heel but society's twisted perception makes him one. So maybe that does make him better than you? Maybe not you individually but society as a whole. Think about that the next time you get ready to boo the leader of the Second City Saints.

Until next week, keep your head up

(02/15/04)

"Another one down and another one down, another one bites the dust" Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Welcome to the latest edition of Bloodletting, sorry about the lack of a column last week but my daughter was very sick and taking care of her overrides the need to write this column. I hope you all can find it in your hearts to forgive me, if not, go fuck yourselves. Now, onto the column, this week's column is brought to us by a classic Queen song. Why you ask? Well, because, another promotion went down in flames this past week, that's why.

MLW joins a long line of promotions that have folded in recent years. Unlike the others (WCW & ECW) MLW did not have a long or rich history. In fact it wasn't around all that long at all. And I honestly didn't think it would last all that long at all. As we continue on with this column you will see why it didn't last.

REASON # 1 - ECW Wannabe
Right from the start it was obvious that all MLW was trying to do was replace ECW. They used ECW style graphics on their web site, they hired anybody who was once in ECW and wasn't currently in the WWE. They hired ex-ECW announcer Joey Styles. Everything about them reeked of ECW. Now don't get me wrong, I was a fan of ECW, I loved ECW but it's gone. Let it go. By trying so hard to imitate ECW all they did was come off as a second rate ECW rip off. What they should have tried to do was be innovative and come up with their own unique style and traditions. SEE RING OF HONOR for a perfect example. As ROH says "We Don't Imitate, We Innovate." And you want proof that it works, ROH just held it's Second Anniversary Show in Massachusetts. There's your proof.

REASON #2 - TOO MUCH TOO SOON
MLW tried to do way too much way too soon. They were a Florida based promotion who instead of hiring mostly Florida based workers flew high priced talent in from all over the place. They also tried to move up to the Northeast way too soon and ended up having to cancel those shows way before they even happened. They tried to go to PPV without a big enough audience for their product.

As you can see MLW was almost doomed to fail before it began. Once I saw their web site with it's ECW style graphics, saw how they had hired Joey Styles, and saw how much high priced talent they were flying in I knew they wouldn't last long. Yes, they used some talented workers but you could see the writing on the wall. If you go out there trying to be something you're not, chances are people are going to see right thru it. It's no surprise to me that Court Bauer's backers pulled out like they did, they could see that there was no future in it.

That's all for this week folks, I'll be back next week with my thoughts on No Way Out and more importantly on Ring Of Honor's Second Anniversary Show. Until next week, keep your head up.

(03/01/04)

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of BLOODLETTING. For those of you who have been patiently waiting since I last wrote a column I do apologize. I had a very busy two weeks culminating in my daughter's 5th birthday party yesterday. So I do hope ya'all can forgive my tardiness. I want to cover two totally unrelated topics this week so let's get to work.

STEROIDS
Okay, I know that we've been over this a ton of times already but the recent scandal occurring in Major League Baseball over the abuse of steroids has brought the topic to the forefront again. Since steroids are obviously a huge part of pro wrestling (See Lesnar, Brock, and H, Triple for prime examples) I thought we could and should discuss them again. How many wrestlers have died prematurely? I know, too many to count. And how many of those wrestlers died of heart problems. If you answered most of them, you would be right. Now how could a majority of people who watch what the eat closer than an Atkins freak and who often wake up in the middle of the night just to drink a protein shake or eat some boiled chicken and who also do more cardio than a hamster on wheel to nowhere die of heart disease? Surely it's not from cholesterol and surely it's not from being out of shape. Your answer....steroids. Steroids weaken all the muscles and ligaments in your body. Especially your heart and liver. And they also weaken tendons...tendons do things like hold your quadriceps muscle to your leg......Hunter. So once again guys, get off the fucking juice, it might just kill you.

THE FCC
Yes, this is a totally unrelated topic to steroids or maybe it's not. Both have been creating quite a buzz in the media lately and yes, both have to do with wrestling. Ever since the Super Bowl the FCC has it's panties in a bunch over what we may see or hear on television and on the radio. Let's forget the fact that a woman's pierced nip took all the attention away from what was arguably the best Super Bowl in recent memory. And focus on the fact that the FCC has gone completely section eight ever since. And since the FCC has gone on it's little tirade/witch hunt communications company's have begun going a little crazy themselves. First Clear Channel, who by the way own most of the radio stations in the US, fires Florida's Bubba the Love Sponge. A fellow who often had such guests as The Rock and Bubba's good butt buddy Hulk Hogan. Then they pulled the King of All Media Howard Stern out of six markets. Thankfully I live in NYC and can still enjoy Howard every morning. Now my point is this people, if you don't like what's on a particular station or channel, turn the fucking knob or click your goddamn remote. Don't tell me what I can and cannot watch or listen to. I do believe this country was founded on free speech. I thank my fucking stars I write for Sean Carless and the Wrestling Fan where I can speak my mind and not worry about being censored like damn Disney movie. And if you don't like what you read here, read someone else's column or click the little fucking "x" in the upper right hand corner. Either way, it's your
choice, that's right yours.

That's all for this week people, any questions or comments, click my name and drop me an e-mail. Until next time, keep your head up. PEACE

(03/07/04)

Welcome to BLOODLETTING, well my computer froze halfway thru the first attempt at writing this column so let's hope we can make it all the way thru this time shall we? This week was filled with disappointment, disillusionment, and distress for yours truly so let's get down to why and start this fucker off with a quickness shall we?

BACK STORY

Anyone that has ever read my column or talked wrestling with me knows that beyond a shadow of a doubt Ring of Honor is my favorite promotion. Most people also know that I am a father. So it should come as no shock to anyone that the news that spread like wild fire this week upset me deeply and caused me great amounts of frustration and anger.
Most people who know about wrestling and who buy tapes or DVDs of indie shows know about RF Video and it's owner Rob Feinstein. Most people also know that Feinstein was part owner of Ring of Honor and that RF Video handled all of it's merchandise and promotion.
A lot of people in the wrestling community, including Scott Keith, were under the impression that Feinstein was gay despite the fact that Feinstein would always play it off as he was straight. Would anyone really care if Feinstein was gay? I highly doubt it as most people were pretty sure he was anyway. But no one, and I mean no one, would have suspected that he was a pedophile.

BUSTED
Apparently Feinstein went into what he thought was some sort of chat room and began chatting with what he believed to be a fourteen year old boy. I repeat, he thought he was talking to a fourteen year old boy. The conversation delved into the fact that they were both gay but liked "straight acting guys" not "gay guys." Then Feinstein proceeded to try and set up a meeting. The "boy" asked Feinstien to come over and Feinstein agreed. But you see this really wasn't a fourteen year old boy, a local Philly TV station had set up this fake chat to try and bust pedophiles. When Feinstein reached the house he was greeted by a reporter and a camera crew who busted him for trying to meet up with a fourteen year old boy. Feinstein was taped fleeing from the house and driving off in his Lexus. Yes, Rob Feinstein, part owner of a promotion based on the Code of Honor was trying to fuck a fourteen year old boy.

THE REACTION
I received the news of this altercation from my close friend Chris Brady. You see everyday around 1 PM we both take lunch at our respective jobs and usually call one another to talk about recent wrestling related developments. The passed few weeks our discussions have been full of excitement and speculation based on the fact that we will be attending the upcoming March 13 Ring of Honor show at the RexPlex in NJ. When he said he had huge news I thought it might be about an added match or performer, I never could have or would have expected this news. We were both deeply hurt and upset. How could he do this? How many other kids had he actually succeeded in meeting up with? How long had this been going on? Had the hundreds of dollars the two of us had spent on ROH tickets and DVDs gone to finance his escapades? What would the boys in ROH think? Would anyone quit over this? What would this do to the reputation of ROH? As the days went by we decided to go with "we can't let one bad apple spoil the bunch." We paid to see the workers not Rob Feinstein. We supported ROH not Rob Feinstein. After coming to that realization we felt a bit better but still, we were angry, and we wanted to know what was going to be done about all this.

The Fallout

Rob Feinstein stepped down from his positions at both RF Video Inc. and Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor released the following statements at http://www.rohwrestling.com :

"March 5, 2004

Statement from
Douglas I. Gentry
New President and CEO
RF Video, Inc. and Ring of Honor, Inc.



As a result of a personal incident in which Mr. Feinstein was involved, both RF Video and Ring of Honor have made some necessary changes in both management and ownership of our companies. This was a personal incident and RF Video and Ring of Honor as corporations were not involved.

RF Video and Ring of Honor are family-friendly organizations. We value all of our customers, vendors and business partners. As a result, the board of directors of both corporations voted officially this afternoon to release Robert Feinstein as president and CEO of both RF Video and Ring of Honor. As of today, Mr. Feinstein is no longer officially associated with either company or any upcoming events and I was named as the new President and CEO of both corporations. He has been dissolved of all responsibility and ownership in both companies. Our corporate attorney is currently working on all the necessary paperwork. We are also exploring a new name change for RF Video, Inc. and we will have more details soon.

We want to thank you all for the many positive messages we have received from hundreds of you, including fans, talent and business partners. We are very excited about the many upcoming wrestling events in 2004!"

They also released this statement as well:

"Ring of Honor's Mission

ROH has never been about individuals.

ROH is a team concept. It consists of the most dedicated professionals driven by pure pride to deliver the best performances ever witnessed in a pro wrestling ring. These athletes devote their lives to their art. All is sacrificed from family to friends to personal health for one goal- to produce the best show you'll ever witness in the spirit of ROH. The competitors in the ring feed off the energy of the crowd to produce the special atmosphere that can only be experienced at a live ROH event. We live for that moment when you people are awed, amazed and ignited by the action, spirit and pulse so unique to ROH.

Most importantly ROH is made up of survivors. People who persevere and perform at their best when the pressure is on. We can take the hit because we know how to survive. We have been hit hard and we have survived every time. We are a team that can't be broken. We have a bond that extends from all the wrestlers to the fans and nothing can destroy that bond because we have dedicated our lives to it. The ROH team remains intact - our athletes, our staff, and most importantly, all of our fans."

Both of those statements did a lot for me in making me feel better about ROH itself and the future of the company. So the question remains, is Ring of Honor tarnished?
In this writer's opinion, NO. What is tarnished is Rob Feinstein. He threw his whole damn life away. He possibly destroyed the childhood of several children, he could have destroyed a company that many people love and cherish. But all he did was destroy himself. His life is over, he will probably go to jail and I hope he does. He has lost control over two companies he built from the ground up, he has lost the respect and friendship of the entire wrestling community. He has lost his life and livelihood. Have fun in jail Rob, I hope your happy with the mess you created and the destruction you almost caused. Because now you're going to have to pay for it.

Until next week, keep your head up, this has been BLOODLETTING.

(03/16/04)

Here I am once again, ready to talk your damn ears off about that wacky sport we all love: pro wrestling. It's the day after Wrestlemania XX and two days after At Our Best. And being that I was sitting in the second row for At Our Best and I watched Wrestlemania XX on PPV I think I'm qualified to compare the two. If you don't well, you're reading the wrong damn column. Let's do this!

ROH - At Our Best
Words cannot describe what an event this was! ROH in it's first show since the Feinstein incident drew an ROH record breaking crowd of 1,800 at the RexPlex in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This show was solid from top to bottom with never a dull moment or a bad match. The place was packed out, the fans were loud as hell and the workers brought their A-game for damn sure. There was an afternoon convention card (Do or Die II) that saw the debut of Super Dragon on the East coast, this dude is the real deal for sure. I won't go into detail on the convention card, if your interested head over to http://www.rohwrestling.com and check it out. But I will go over the matches from At Our Best.

Six Man Mayhem:
Amazing Red vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Jack Evans vs. Teddy Hart
This was an amazing exhibition of high flying wrestling at it's best. Some of the moves in this match have to be seen to be believed. In the end Red went over after hitting Sonjay with the Red Star Press (standing SSP.)

Xavier w/Prince Nana vs. Slyk Wagner Brown w/April Hunter
Xavier made Slyk tap out in this one. I'm not a big fan of Brown's but he and Xavier managed to put on a pretty good match.

Jerry Lynn vs. Nigel McGuiness, winner gets a shot at the Pure Wrestling Title
This was a good back and forth match that Jerry Lynn won with a sick ass cradle piledriver. I can't wait to see Lynn vs. AJ Styles for the Pure Title.

Matt Stryker vs. John Walters for the #1 Contender's Trophy
This was a good, solid, mat based match. Stryker won when Walters refused to tap to the Stryker lock and passed out from the pain. Stryker will meet Samoa Joe for the title next month.

The Prophecy of Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs the Second City Saints of Colt Cabana and Ace Steel
This match never really started and was just a wild brawl that ended in a no contest. The locker room emptied to separate the two groups. OK, I understand the booking decision to draw this great feud out longer but they should have at least got the match going for a while. This was my only disappointment of the night. No Burning Hammer and no Colt 45.

AJ Styles (Champion) vs. CM Punk for the Pure Wrestling Title
Special Guest Referee Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
My straight edge hero CM Punk fell short in this one after AJ almost took his head off with a series of sick lariats. This was a really solid match and totally demonstrated what Punk can do in a true wrestling match versus his garbage matches against Raven. Punk and Steamboat got into after the match and Steamboat gave Punk an arm drag and a few chops to chase him off. Huge pop for the Dragon.

Samoa Joe (Champion) vs. Jay Briscoe for the Ring of Honor World Title in a steel cage
And yes, it really is a true world title as it was defended in both England and Germany. This was a fucking sick ass cage match, Jay Briscoe bleeds a gusher in this one. The phrase "crimson mask" took on a whole new meaning here. Briscoe managed to hit the Jay Driller on Joe but mistakenly opted to not walk out the door.
Later on in the match Jay hit a sick Ace Crusher on Joe off the top rope but it wasn't enough. Joe ended up retaining his title with a sick Muscle Buster off the second rope. DANGEROUS!!!!!

Scramble Cage II
The Carnage Crew vs. Special K
This match had some sick spots indeed. Masada of the Carnage Crew hits a 450 off the top of the cage to pop the crowd severe. And the finish, Devito hits Angel Dust with a spike piledriver off the top through two tables. That was some sick ass shit right there.

Now let me ask you, does that sound like a fucking sick ass show or what? Wish you were there don't you? If that doesn't entice you to get off your asses and order some tapes or DVDs of ROH, I don't know what will and I also don't know what pro wrestling is to you.

WWE Wrestlemania XX
All right, Madison Square Garden, my fucking backyard, where it all begins again. Or, where most of the matches sucked in my opinion. I'm sure you all saw it so I'm not going to run down the matches for you again. If you need to know what happened, go read Sean's recap of the show, I'm sure he was much kinder than I would ever be to WWE. But I will say this, congratulations to Chris Benoit for finally getting what he deserves. And thank you to the Steph Hammer for finally doing the right thing and tapping like the bitch that he is.

The Goldberg/Brock match was so horrible I can't even tell you. With both of them leaving this shit was pointless and the crowd shit on it. Lots of "boring" and "you sold out" chants. And why does Guerrero have to keep getting these cheap ass victories? Yeah, the finish goes with his character but I mean come on, that was not a Wrestlemania quality finish. The tag matches were too short and I can't believe they let the fat man and his bitch keep the SD tag straps. Who the hell did Haas and Benjamin piss off? And Molly with a shaved head? WTF??? Jericho vs Christian played out well with Trish turning heel. She needed some new life and it will help Xian over more. And the Taker/Kane match, great entrance, wrong fucking wardrobe. What is he, fucking Cowboy Taker now? Big deal, the old entrance is back, the hair is a bit longer, and he rolls his eyes again. What about the look? His clothes were exactly the same as Biker Taker except for the hat and the coat! DISAPPOINTED! The only decent match of the whole $50 night was the Triple Threat match.

Shawn bled a gusher from the turnbuckle shot but not nearly as much as Jay Briscoe in the cage. The match had a lot of back and forth moments and good false finishes. And for once, the right man won. And the right bitch in the fruity ass white boots tapped.

So let me ask you people, which was the better show? Who got the most for their money? I say the 18,000 of us at the RexPlex saw the better show, got more for our dollar and went home a hell of a lot happier. You don't agree? To quote the new WWE World Champion "prove me wrong."

In closing, I want to hear from you people, you love me, you hate me, you couldn't give a damn, something! Hit me with an e-mail and I promise to stiff ya right back. Until next week, I'm the Whole Fn Machine Christopher Freda, keep your fucking heads up.

(03/22/04)

Hello there loyal readers, I hope everyone enjoyed last week's comparison column on ROH - At Our Best and WWE - Wrestlemania XX. This week's Raw and SmackDown were pretty much proven pointless after Vince's big announcement over on Raw. It also has to make one wonder how much point there was to went happened at 'Mania as well. So let's get into it, shall we?

This past week on Raw Vince announced that this coming Monday there will be a lottery to shake up the rosters of both Raw and SmackDown. He also stated that none of the champions were safe and that anyone could go anywhere. Now I think everyone would agree that both rosters are in dire need of a shake up but moving the champions around? Doesn't this devalue the titles? Doesn't this devalue the Wrestlemania wins of both Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit?

Many are saying that there won't be too many talent moves and that the champions are going to stay put on their respective brands. Well, if this is so, why not just have a few trades? Why go along with the charade of another draft if only to end up moving a few people? Now that they've said there will be whole new draft if they don't move a lot of people around the fans are going to shit on it big time. I for one would have much rather they just made a few big trades to move some talent around. I definitely would move either of the champs off their shows.

There are definite moves that need to be made especially in light of Brock quitting and Goldberg's contract being up. It's a definite that Smackdown needs some more star power and Edge could have been just the ticket but no, HHH wants Edge on Raw so he can bury him. Their are rumors that Cena will move to Raw and Austin to SmackDown but I really don't see how that will help SamckDown at all. Taking away Cena who is one of their biggest and most marketable stars and replacing him with a non-wrestler in Austin is just ridiculous. Plus the fact they are not going to get Edge back really hurts them. Some say that if Cena and Edge go to Raw Orton will come to SmackDown. Listen, I think Orton has a lot of promise and will be a big star someday but he does not equate with Edge AND Cena. It has be extremely evident to me that for some reason Vince is trying to bury SmackDown. Why the hell would he do it? He created the damn show, why flush it at every opportunity?

All this being said I think the lottery is a bad idea, what we needed were a few trades and not a whole roster overhaul. Besides, we're not even going to get a big overhaul anyway, we're going to have a few people switching brands and most likely, as usual, SmackDown will get the short end of the stick. The fact that they announced a whole shake up and all we're going to get is a bait and switch of a few small talent moves I think this will be a disaster.

That's all for this week folks, I'll be back next week with my thoughts on the draft and the possible future ramifications of the moves the WWE makes and doesn't make. Until next time, take care and keep your head up.

(04/11/04)

I'm baaaaaaaaack! Yes, I know, I've been away for a bit, the girlfriend and I were apartment hunting and then had to go about the arduous task of credit checks, applications and lease signings. But now that's all been taken care of and the real work begins: packing, installing locks, painting, hiring movers, moving in, and unpacking. It will all be a lot of work but well worth it in the end. So in conclusion, sorry I've been away for a bit but real life intervened. So as all the homies like to say, let's get crunkin'.

Last night I had just finished having dinner with my family when my buddy Chris Brady rang me. He proceeded to ask if I had been to the ROH site at all that day. I told him that I was at the lease signing most of the day and hadn't even been able to check my e-mail in about a week. He then informed me that NWA-TNA had pulled all it's talent out of ROH and that they would not even be able to finish out the dates they had been booked for. This all at once worried and infuriated me. Some of ROH's top talent worked for TNA: AJ Styles the Pure Wrestling Champion, CM Punk the head trainer at the ROH wrestling school, leader of the Second City Saints, and my Straight Edge hero, Christopher Daniels leader of the Prophecy and one of ROH's biggest stars, the Amazing Red an ROH original and fan favorite.

What was going to happen? Were they all under contract with TNA? I know that AJ is but I'm not sure about Punk, Daniels, and Red. What will happen with the Pure Title? It's a new belt and it needs a long reign by someone of AJ's stature and ability to make it mean something. If AJ can't do any more dates how will he drop the title? And if he's stripped how will they resolve it? They just had a tournament on 2/14 to crown the champion, will they have another one? What will happen with the Second City Saints VS. Prophecy feud without Daniels or Punk or both? This is one of ROH's hottest feuds right now if not the hottest feud.

This is all a load of crap and bitterness on TNA's part because they know that ROH is the superior wrestling product. ROH has better storylines, angles, and matches. They also draw a hell of a lot more and don't have to paper their crowds like TNA does. TNA may claim that they are in direct competition but this is simply not true. ROH runs shows in the Northeast and Midwest and sell DVDs and tapes of their shows. Almost all ROH live events are on Saturday with another day thrown in here and there. They are not on television at all, not locally, not nationally, and not on PPV. The only way to see ROH is live, on tape, or on DVD. ROH has 34 DVDs available and TNA has 3. TNA is on PPV every Wednesday night, all their shows are in Nashville, and they have a syndicated show on Saturdays. Where is the direct competition? It simply doesn't exist.

Bob Ryder who is a high ranking official over at TNA is also the owner on 1wrestling.com and has long tried to put boots to ROH. Especially during the Feinstein incident. This is one of the reasons why Dave Scherer and Mike Johnson left 1wrestling to start pwinsider.com. How can Bob Ryder run an objective news site when he works for one of the wrestling companies? How can he say he's not biased towards TNA over other companies like ROH, WWE, NJPW, AJPW, NOAH, Zero One, and scores of others? He can't, he's not an impartial news source for pro wrestling. He has proved this by bashing ROH at every opportunity.

And the most upsetting thing about this is that things like this are why Vince always wins in the end. Smaller groups start fighting amongst themselves and stop letting their talent work for each other. Due to top talent not appearing at shows attendance dies down, merchandise sales fall, companies close down and Vince swoops in like a vulture and picks the bones clean. WCW raiding ECW's talent helped bring about their demise and soon after WCW fell a apart. The same thing happened years earlier with World Class and the AWA. If I can see this why can't Bob Ryder and TNA?

I know, I'm coming off as completely biased myself in this column. Do I think ROH is the better product? Yes, I do, but that's not why this column is so pro-ROH. This whole mess was started by TNA and Bob Ryder pulling their talent out of ROH, not the other way around. So the total blame for this situation falls upon them. I just hope that in the end cooler heads prevail and this whole mess can be sorted out and resolved. Because in the end, TNA is only hurting itself and the business. They are not helping anyone.

Let me know your thoughts on this one as I'm really interested in other people's points of view on this hot topic. Special thanks to Chris Brady for contributing to this story. Take care and until next time, keep your head up.

(05/09/04)

That's right, the Machine Strikes Back is the title of this week's column. Strikes back at what you ask? Well, you see loyal readers, I've been away for a bit, painting, moving into, and unpacking a new apartment can take up quite a bit of your time. So I haven't really had a chance to write about good ole pro 'rasslin. And I'll tell you what, not much has changed.

The WWE is still booking shitty ass angles with workers who couldn't tie Samoa Joe's boots on a good day. ROH is still promoting and putting on solid shows with the best workers in the US today. Their workers and angles are still the best in the business.TNA is still on my shit list and that of every ROH fan. It now looks like AJ Styles and Chris Daniels will not be back in ROH for quite some time. It's painfully obvious that TNA giving AJ the World Title was done to appease AJ for costing him ROH booking and sooner than you may think, his ROH Pure Title. I can't say enough how irritating this whole TNA/ROH deal is. I can tell you that as long as TNA keeps it's workers off of ROH shows, you won't see me anywhere near Jarrett's suck ass promotion. And I can tell you for a fact that most ROH fans have boycotted TNA. Watch your already piss poor buy rates plummet boys. Maybe that will wake you up.

Congratulations to ROH's new Tag Team Champions the Second City Saints, CM Punk & Colt Cabana!!! This is the first title in ROH for both men and I have a feeling that before the year is out, Punk will have that ROH World Title around his waist. The man has potential written all over him. Way to go my Straight Edge hero!

I know we ran a bit short this week but I'll make it up to you next time. I promise my little bitches, no begging, no crying, OK? Just remember, Straight Edge means that I'm better than you...until next time, keep your fucking head up.

(05/16/04)
 
Welcome to another action packed edition of BLOODLETTING! Last night in Lexington, Massachusetts Ring Honor held Round Robin Challenge III and from all accounts it was one hell of a show. Here are the results courtesy of red is my hero as he posted them on the ROH Forum:

-Joe is in the building and it is extremely hot and very small. Ricky Steamboat is signing autographs and Ox Baker has a booth. New merchandise are Prophecy skull caps coming in red and blue.

-The Prophecy of Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer defeated The Second City Saints of Colt Cabana and CM Punk in the first match of the Round Robin Challenge III when Whitmer pinned Cabana following an Exploder Suplex in a ** brawl. Before the match Ricky Steamboat was attacked. The Prophecy are the NEW ROH Tag Team Champions. The RRCIII Score is:
CM Punk and Colt Cabana: 0-1
Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer: 1-0
Jay and Mark Briscoe: 0-0

-Alex Shelly defeated Matt Stryker in the first match of the Best Of 3 Series in a pure wrestling clinic rating *** 1/2. Attendance is estimated at 500 people.

-The Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito and The Ring Crew Express, Dunn and Marcos defeated the Embassy of Prince Nana, Josh Daniels and The Outkast Killahs, Diablo Santiago and Oman Tortuga getting **.

-Ricky Reyes turned off the lights in Minnesota. He is the mystery man and the Havana Pitbulls are the newest Rottweilers.

-Samoa Joe defeated Ricky Reyes with the Island Driver in what is reported to be **** and stiffer than Low Ki VS Samoa Joe from Glory By Honor.

-The Briscoe Brothers defeated the Prophecy of Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer in the second match of the Round Robin Challenge III when Mark Briscoe pinned Dan Maff with a cradle in a *** match. The Briscoe Brothers are the NEW ROH Tag Team Champions. The RRCIII Score is:
CM Punk and Colt Cabana: 0-1
Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer: 1-1
Jay and Mark Briscoe: 1-0

*Intermission Time*

-Josh Daniels defeated Dixie with a Fisherman's Buster in a match getting * 1/2.

-John Walters won the Six Man Mayhem Match by pinning Izzy following a Top Rope Hurricane DDT in what is said to be simply awesome and the best Six Man Mayhem yet, ****.

-Spanky VS Homicide is up and Spanky just hit Sliced Bread #2 on the floor...

-Homicide defeated Spanky via a Lariat in a **** 1/2 match!

-Following the match Homicide destroys Samoa Joe with a couple of piledrivers and several boots.

-The Second City Saints of CM Punk and Colt Cabana defeated Jay and Mark Briscoe when Cabana pinned Mark Briscoe after a Frog Splash *** 1/2. The Second City Saints are the NEW ROH Tag Team Champions. After the match Ricky Steamboat returned and attacked CM Punk. The Final RRCIII Score is:
CM Punk and Colt Cabana: 1-1
Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer: 1-1
Jay and Mark Briscoe: 1-1

The Round Robin Challenge III Ends In A. Three-way Tie.

*The Final Verdict: Fucking Awesome Show*

Now does it get any fucking better than that??? I don't think so! Will you people wake up already and order some damn tapes or DVDs? This is the best wrestling around people and if you don't check it out well then I feel sorry for all of you, ROH is where it's at. They are the present and they are the future of pro wrestling. DEAL WITH IT!

I know what you're thinking, "Hey, isn't there a WWE PPV today? Aren't you going to talk about that Whole Fn Machine?" Yes, fan boys and gals, there is a WWE PPV today and no, I'm not going to fucking talk about it. Why you ask? Because they fucking Suck Big Hairy Moose Cock (TM). And there is a big ROH show in Philly next week that your STRAIGHT EDGE ICON will be attending. That's right, I'm YOUR straight edge icon, CM Punk is MY
straight edge icon, the lot of you don't have the right to worship the Punker.

Saturday, May 22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ROH will present Generation Next and the Whole Fn Machine and the Whole Fn Deal will be there along with our lovely ladies. So next week you'll be getting a full eyewitness report from yours truly. So let's go over the announced matches shall we.

"Generation Next" will feature four matches drawn at random with Austin Aries, Jack Evans, Hydro, Alex Shelley, Roderick Strong, Jimmy Jacobs, Nigel McGuiness and Izzy:
Okay folks
, all these guys, learn their names, right now. Jack Evans is possibly the greatest high flyer EVER. Witness Scramble Cage for proof of that shit. Alex Shelly is the future of technical wrestling, Roderick Strong is the master of a million different cool as hell back breaker variations. Jimmy Jacobs HUSS!!!! Nigel McGuiness is another pure wrestling wonder, Izzy is a great high flyer, Hydro is a quality technical wrestler, and Austin Aries is a real up and comer who almost won the Super Eight this year. These guys are the future, catch them now!

Homicide and Samoa Joe will go at it again in a must be a winner match for the ROH World Title. These guys have had 3 extremely brutal matches already, this one is sure to tear the fucking house down.  Joe will hold the title until Cm Punk takes it from him in their match in Dayton, OH on June 12.

The Second City Saints of CM Punk and Colt Cabana will defend their Tag Titles in a no dq match against the Prophecy of Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer. We all know CM Punk is gonna give Hillbilly Jesus Blow Job Whitmer a beatdown in this one. Punk and Cabana retain, if not, Punk wins the World Title from Samoa Joe in Dayton for sure.

Jimmy Rave will take on John Walters in a match where if Rave loses he is out of ROH. I think Rave is done in ROH, he never really caught on here for some reason. The guy puts on some decent matches and has a sick ass shining wizard. But I think he's AJ and Bill Behrens' boy and he'll be going back to NWA Wildside and possibly TNA. BOYCOTT TNA!!!
  Besides, Walters' star is on the rise and Steamboat loves him.

Carnage Crew, Jay & Mark Briscoe, Trent Acid, Special K, Dunn & Marcos, Outcast Killaz with Prince Nana
will all be at this show in matches to be announced. For more on the show and other ROH news and merchandise be sure to hit http://www.rohwrestling.com .

Now didn't I tell you last week that I would make up for a short column with a long one? See, I didn't let you down! Your Straight Edge Icon would NEVER let you down. All right, I'll be back next week with results from ROH Generation Next in Philly. Until next time, keep you head up and remember...straight edge means I'm better than you.

(05/24/04)
 
Welcome to BLOODLETTING bitches, sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up as my boy Henry Rollins once said. We've got results from this past Sunday's Ring of Honor show in Philadelphia and some major news items pertaining to ROH to go over as well. So strap yourselves in and get ready for a whole heap of BLOODLETTING. 'Cause this one is definitely a long one!

WAIT A SECOND! Before I got slamming into this week's column there is something I must get off my chest. I read a review of Sunday's show on a site whose name I won't mention because I refuse to give them free advertising. Anyway, the reviewer was a total fuck up. First off, maybe if you don't know the name of a submission move, you should try to find out before posting your review. Almost any ROH fan or indy fan could have told you that Alex Shelly's submission finisher is the Border City Stretch and that before he slaps it on he hits the shell shock. Also, you neglected to get into the historical ramifications of the Steamboat/Punk altercation. And you out and out fucked up by saying that Punk hit Steamboat with a chair. Later on in this column ya'all will see what I mean. So if you're reading this ass pirate, you suck, don't review ROH shows anymore. Let's get this shit moving.

Ring of Honor - Generation Next March 22, 2004 Philadelphia, PA Results

Okay, the show was supposed to start with a Scramble match between the Christopher Street Connection, Special K, and Dunn & Marcos but that was not to be. The CSC and the Ring Crew Express hit the ring only to be taken out by Alex Shelly, Jack Evans, Austin Aries, and Roderick Strong. The quartet referred to themselves as Generation Next and said they were taking over ROH. Then Special K made their entrance. This lead to:

Jack Evans, Austin Aries, and Roderick Strong vs. Izzy, Angel Dust, and Dixie
This was a good, fast paced, opening match. Their was lots of quick back and forth action and some great high flying stuff from Evans and Special K. The match ended when Roderick Strong hit a sick looking move which my buddy Chris referred to as a capture piledriver. Trust me, that shit was DANGEROUS!!!

After the match Alex Shelly proclaimed that there were no real wrestlers in Special K which prompted Hydro to step up and challenge Shelly.

Alex Shelly vs. Hydro
This was just an excellent technical match which saw Hydro twice block the Shell Shock before finally falling victim to it and then being forced to tap to the Border City Stretch.

Next up it was time to find out who took a shit in the Carnage Crew's bags at "At Our Best" back in March. Trent Acid had been bragging about knowing the identity of the "Poopers" as my group referred to them for weeks now. Loc, Devito, Justin Credible, and Masada came out first to await the reveal of the unknown vandals. It turns out that Danny Daniels and Masada were the one's who shit in Loc and Devito's bags. The reasons for the bag crapping are as follows: Daniels and Loc had heat in ECW when they were referees there and Masada felt that Devito, Credible and Loc were holding him back. Daniels and Masada are calling themselves the New and Improved Carnage Crew. Trent Acid is not a member of their group but got into an altercation with the original CC before the show. This lead to a six man tag.

Loc, Devito, and Justin Credible vs. Trent Acid, Danny Daniels, and Masada
This one was just a big old brawl which ended with Masada pinning Loc. During the course of this match Devito injured his knee and will be out for all of June. 

Jimmy Rave was set to face John Walters in the next match but both of them got their asses kicked by Generation Next so the match never took place.

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Nigel McGinnis
This match featured some very good mat work from McGinnis and Jacobs doing his usual "HUSS, HUSS!" routine. The match ended when McGinnis hooked an arm submission.

ROH Tag Team Title Match - No DQ
the Second City Saints of CM Punk and Colt Cabana, Champions vs.
the Prophecy of Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer with Allison Danger

Now this was a fucking tag team brawl. These guys seriously tried to kill each other, they battled all around ringside and as this was an outdoor event, they brawled across a field that was behind the tent. The match ended when your hero and mine, CM Punk, hit Hillbilly Jesus Blow Job Whitmer with the PEPSI Plunge.

The Outkast Killaz vs the Briscoe Brothers
This match was pretty much a glorified squash with the Briscoes dominating the Killaz the whole time. The finish came when Jay hit the Jay Driller and Mark hit the Cut Throat Driver. After the match Generation Next came out again and said they were taking the Briscoe's spots. The Briscoes challenged them and then John Walters and Jimmy Rave came out to even the odds.

Generation Next: Alex Shelly, Jack Evans, Austin Aries, and Roderick Strong vs.
Jay & Mark Briscoe, John Walters, and Jimmy Rave

Okay, this match was fucking unreal! 45 minutes of just insane back and forth matches. This may be the best 8 man tag I have ever seen! The conclusion of this match saw fans chanting "Match of the Year" and "Thank You." I don't know if this was the Match of the Year but it's definitely a candidate and was certainly match of the night. The match ended when Shelly made Walters tap to the Border City Stretch.

Next up was the confrontation between Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat and CM Punk. Punk basically told the Dragon what a legend he was but that his time had passed and it was pretty much time to fucking go away. Punk said that he could take all the Dragon's fame prestige away in one night which lead to Ricky challenging Punk. The two started to go at it and eventually Steamboat got the upper hand and ascended the top rope to go for his flying body press. Colt Cabana ran out and crotched Steamboat. This all lead to pre-Wrestlemania 3 flashbacks for Steamboat as Punk came off the top rope with the FUCKING RING BELL!!!! CLASSIC!!! That's right, the ring bell, not a chair asshole. Steamboat was said to be severely injured.

ROH WORLD TITLE MATCH - There Must Be a Winner
Samoa Joe, Champion vs. Homicide w/Julius Smokes

All right, now this was my only problem with the show. Sure, this was a pretty stiff and hard hitting match but it wasn't nearly as brutal as I expected. I mean I thought that this was going to be a sick bloodbath like Joe vs. Jay Briscoe at "At Our Best" or at least as brutal as Homicide and Joe's previous World Title clashes. I think these two had their best match in their first confrontation at "Do or Die" which was almost a year ago on 5/31/03. The finish kind of cam out of nowhere with Joe hitting a brainbuster for the win.

So there you have it, all the results from Generation Next in Philly! I was there and I can tell you, it was one hell of a fucking show. As I always say, if you haven't checked out ROH yet, what the fuck are you waiting for?

I know this has been a long ass column but let me hit you up with an important ROH news item before I leave you for the week. AJ Styles was stripped of the Pure Wrestling Title due to inactivity, ROH hopes AJ will return sometime in the future but the belt is too new to sit on the shelf. It will be renamed the Pure Title and ROH released this BIG ITEM on the future of the belt:

From the ROH Newswire available at
http://www.rohwrestling.com
May 24th: The format to determine a new Pure Champion on 7/17 at the RexPlex in Elizabeth, NJ is the following: There will be two Four Corner Survival matches in the first half the show. The winners of those bouts will meet under Pure Title rules in the second half to determine the new champion. Already entered in these matches are Alex Shelley, Doug Williams, Nigel McGuiness and Austin Aries. However, they will not all be in the same Four Corner Survival.

All right kiddies, that's all for now, until next time, keep your heads up
.

(06/06/04)

Well, here we are again, another installment of your favorite column and mine, BLOODLETTING. To make up for the lack of a column last week I've got a super sized column for you this week. It's going to be a three parter, so I hope you've brought a bowl of cool ranch doritos and an IBC Root Beer along for the ride. Have you got both of those things? Good, now run along and fetch a snack for yourself, I'll wait. Welcome back, strap yourself in, put on your "Fuck You" hat and let's go.

PART I: A first timer's point of view
My girlfriend accompanied myself, my friend Chris, and his girlfriend to the 5/22 ROH show in Philly. Since this was her first time ever watching wrestling live, I thought I would ask her a few questions to get her perspective on the event.

CF = Christopher Freda
GF = girlfriend

CF: May 22 in Philadelphia was your first time attending a wrestling show. What was your impression of the crowd?
GF:The crowd was predominantly male but there were a lot of women there as well. They seemed to be just as into it as the men. I was surprised by all the interaction, both good and bad, between the crowd and the wrestlers.

CF:What did you like the best about the show?
GF: I liked the 8 man tag the best (Jay & Mark Briscoe, John Walters, and Jimmy Rave VS. Generation Next.)

CF: What did you like the least?
GF: The main event (Samoa Joe VS. Homicide.) It didn't really live up to the hype, the show peaked with the 8 man tag and went down from there. I also really didn't like the thing between CM Punk and Steamboat.

CF: Was the show better or worse than you expected?
GF: Probably better

CF: What would have made you enjoy the show more?
GF: It was hard to see when they were fighting outside the ring and in the crowd. I would have enjoyed it more if they stayed in the ring.

CF: Were you able to suspend disbelief?
GF: Just during the 8 man tag. It was moving so fast, everything was happening one after another. There was constant action.

CF: When was your suspension of disbelief broken?
GF: During the slower parts of matches, breaks in the action. It was too slow and there wasn't enough going on.

CF: Did you ever think the workers were injured by a move or fear for their safety?
GF: All the time, it was hard to tell what moves hurt and what didn't.

CF: Were you bothered by the blood?
GF: Not really, there wasn't that much blood. But, I was bothered by it when we watched that one match on DVD (Homicide VS. Steve Corino, No Rope Barbed Wire Match on War of the Wire.)

CF: Which do you like better, watching on DVD or watching live and why?
GF: Watching it live, it's easier to get caught up in the crowd. It seems more real, looks more like people are getting hurt. The moves sound louder, when people are hitting the mat and the chairs and the guard rails.

CF: You'll be attending another show on June 17 in New Jersey, are you looking forward to it and why?
GF: Yes, I know what to expect now whereas before I had reservations. I also know more about some of the wrestlers and the moves. I have more of a background.

Well, there you have it folks, a first timers perspective on being there live. Fellas, you might want to show this to your girlfriends, it might help them to finally go to a show with you. What am I thinking, you losers don't have girlfriends do you? I didn't think so, sorry boys. I often forget that most of you sit home every night watching Zero-One tapes and masturbating to pictures of Ohtani. Moving right a long...

PART II: ROH FAQ
From time to time someone will drop me an e-mail asking a question or two about ROH. So, I thought I would take the time to answer some frequently asked questions about ROH. Here goes:

1) What is The Code of Honor?The Code of Honor is made up of Five Laws of Honor, they are:
-Competitors must shake hands before and after their match.
-No interfering in matches or having others interfere on your behalf.
-No harming a referee or causing others to harm an official.
-No sneak attacks.
-If you are disqualified in your match, you have broken The Code Of Honor
2) What's the difference between WWE and ROH and to a lesser extent, TNA &
ROH?
The difference between WWE and ROH is like night and day. WWE is completely driven by sports entertainment. It seems as if the matches are just a break between interviews and promos. Whereas ROH is all about the in ring product with promos and interviews used to enhance the matches. WWE has matches to enhance or close out storylines, ROH uses storylines to enhance matches.

TNA is like WCW in it's dying days. Workers who have no business being pushed getting pushed, a lot of shitty matches, and some good matches. TNA's X Division is a reminder of WCW's Cruiserweight Division. If someone is getting pushed in ROH, it's because they can wrestle their ass off and deserve it.

3) Are there "Sports Entertainment" style angles in ROH? And if so, please
give me an example?
At times there have been "Sports Entertainment" angles in ROH, one example is as follows. At "Wrath of the Racket" someone took out Lucy (Daphney from WCW) of the Second City Saints. CM Punk, the leader of the Second City Saints, was not at the show. In the next months he lost his mind trying to find out who took out Lucy. In the end it turned out to be the newest member of the Prophecy, BJ Whitmer. Now this storyline has lead to some incredible matches and confrontations between the Second City Saints and the Prophecy. Unlike in WWE where storylines result in shitty matches and disappointing endings. I should also mention that Lucy was taken out on August 9, 2003 and Whitmer was not revealed as the attacker until December 27, 2003. The first time the factions clashed in the ring was January 10, 2004. The factions are still trying to kill each other! How is that for making an angle last, unlike the WWE who hot shots every angle and feud!

4) What is the live crowd atmosphere like at an ROH live show? Is it rowdy
like ECW? Or somewhat subdued like Japan? Or something else altogether?
The atmosphere at an ROH show is a more subdued version of an ECW crowd. The fans are loud and animated and definitely knowledgeable about the workers, their move sets, the feuds. They also have an appreciation for great technical wrestling, not just high spots or chair shots. After a great technical wrestling sequence you will usually hear a loud round of applause from the fans. They are definitely work rate freaks for sure.

5) Explain to me "the pure Wrestling title" and how this differs from the
companies other straps:
The Pure Title is a singles title but matches for the Pure Title are held under a different set of rules. These rules are as follows: no closed fists, 20 count on the floor (There are normally no count outs in ROH), you only get three rope breaks to break up pin falls or submissions. This makes for some of the best pure wrestling you could ever imagine.

6) What is CM Punk's connection with "Pepsi"? (His tattoo is their symbol,
his finisher called "Pepsi plunge")
CM Punk, like yours truly, is Straight Edge. This means no drugs and no alcohol. So, one can assume that his beverage of choice is Pepsi VS. a beer. My guess would be that he's a big fan. I prefer IBC Root Beer or caffeine free diet coke myself, but hey whatever floats your boat. Calling his move the Pepsi Plunge (top rope pedigree) further reminds people that he is Straight Edge and therefor, better than you.

7) Why was Jeff Hardy so violently rejected by ROH fans?
Jeff Hardy was so violently rejected because he really fucking sucks now. It has nothing to do with him being a former WWE wrestler. You should have heard all the love Eddie Guerrero got at the shows he was a part of. Jeff fucked up all his moves and had an absolutely horrible match, I was there, you can trust me. If you don't believe me watch "Death Before Dishonor" and see for yourself.

8)I have just enough money to order one DVD. Tell me why I should purchase a
Ring of Honor disk rather than say, a WWE one?
You should purchase an ROH DVD because the wrestling is better, plain and simple. ROH has better workers, longer matches, and more entertaining matches. ROH DVDs are generally over 2 and a half hours long and most of that time is spent in matches not promos. ROH has the best technical wrestlers, the best high flyers, the best strikers, and the best tag teams. Watch any ROH show DVD and then watch a DVD of a WWE event and tell me that I'm wrong. The only thing better about WWE DVDs is production value but ROH is getting better at that all the time.

9) Please explain the situation between TNA and ROH and how this is
affecting Ring of Honor and their superstars.
Check out my column "ROH VS. TNA" for the answer to this question. It's too long and involved to get into here.

10) A lot of fans were possibly turned off by the whole Rob Feinstein
incident. What is your reply when his name is brought up in conjunction over
whether they should still support the product regardless?
Rob Feinstein is no longer involved with ROH or RF Video in any shape or form. He has nothing to do with ROH anymore. If you support ROH you are supporting ROH, NOT Rob Feinstein. I covered this in more detail in my column "ROH, tarnished?"

So there you have it, a quick ROH FAQ for ya. As always if you have any questions on ROH or anything else drop me a line. On to part 3!

PART III: ROH in Dayton, Ohio on June 12 Preview
ROH World Title Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. CM Punk

This match should be very interesting as the two have only met before in a non-title match that Joe won back at Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies. Punk has been saying that he has a new strategy that no one has ever used against Joe before. Joe of course is boasting that he's not worried at all. Punk is looking to become the first ever double champion in ROH history. ROH has recently announced that Joe will be defending the belt against international defenders in the upcoming months...unless of course he drops the belt to Punk. All this leads me to believe that, unfortunately, Punk will not be winning the belt...yet. I still see Punk as the man to end Joe's reign but I don't think it will happen soon.

Ultimate Endurance Match
The first fall with all four teams will be a Tap Out match; the second fall with the remaining two teams will be a Tag Team Scramble; the final fall with the last two teams will be Anything Goes.
Colt Cabana & Ace Steel vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Jack Evans & (either Austin Aries or Roderick Strong)
This match is definitely going to be something to see. Colt Cabana is the other half of the ROH tag champs with CM Punk and of course Ace Steel is the third member of the Second City Saints. The Prophecy of Maff and Whitmer are about to explode as Maff has said that if they don't win Ultimate Endurance the faction is dead. They have definitely been hurt by Christopher Daniels defection to TNA. Plus you have the ongoing war between the Prophecy and the Saints. Then you have the Briscoes who are perhaps the best tag team in the world and want to win this to get another shot at the tag straps. Finally you'll have the team made up of two members of Generation Next. Jack Evans is the most breathtaking high flyer ever and either Austin Aries or Roderick Strong would be a great partner. The Briscoes definitely want to get their win back from the loss to Gen Next at the Philly show. All this adds up to one phenomenal match if you ask me. I'm hard pressed to pick a winner in this one, especially with Maff saying the Prophecy is done if they lose. I say that the Prophecy loses and Maff quits but someone new joins and helps Hillbilly Jesus kick the crap out of Maff. As for who is going to win this one, I'm going with Gen Next, these guys are going to be pushed to the moon.


Top 5 Rankings Match
Homicide vs. John Walters
This is an interesting match, as Walters is being pushed heavily and Homicide has been going over the deep end lately as a result of not being able to beat Samoa Joe and capture the ROH World Title. I think Walters goes over here to continue his push and to send Homicide further and further over the deep end.

Return Match From Last Ohio Event
Matt Stryker vs. Alex Shelley
OK, this is match two in a 2 out of 3 challenge between Shelley of Generation Next and the Field of Honor winning Matt Stryker. The last time the two were in Ohio Stryker came out on top but that was not a part of this 2 out of 3 challenge. In the first match in that series Shelley won. Now normally in a 2 out of 3 it always goes to three matches. Not this time, they are pushing Gen Next hard core to get them over, this match will be no different. Shelley goes over and sweeps Stryker. They have to keep him really strong going into the Pure Title Tournament on 7/17.


Six Man Mayhem
Loc vs. Rainman vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Matt Sydal with Daizee Haze vs. Delirious vs. Jimmy Jacobs
OK, Jimmy Jacobs and Loc are the only real ROH regulars in this match. Therefor I think it's safe to say that one of them is going to go over. Caprice Coleman and Rainman were supposed to be the New Rottweilers but that seemed to disappear and it seemed like the Havana Pitbulls were Homicide's new crew. Now the Pitbulls won't be back until July so who knows? Loc is predominantly a tag wrestler so I'm going to go with Jacobs in this one, the crowd just loves this crazy fucker. And I do too, HUSS!


Four Corner Survival
Chad Collyer vs. Hydro vs. Ray Gordy vs. Superstar Steve
OK, Hydro is the only one of this bunch who has consistently been in ROH. Collyer has been in and out and I think Gordy (the late Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy's son) and Superstar Steve have only wrestled on showcase cards. I think Collyer wins leading up to his participation in the Pure Tournament. This gives Gen Next another chance to pursue Hydro.

Jimmy Rave vs. One member from Generation Next
OK, this is another tough one, they say if Rave loses another match in ROH he's gone. Rave has been around since the beginning but there is huge speculation he's going to be gone. The crowd boos the shit out of Rave which is a shame because he's actually a pretty solid worker and he's only 19. A lot of people think he'll end up with his mentor AJ Styles in TNA. I say this is the only match Gen Next loses at the show and that Rave sticks around.

Masada & Danny Daniels vs. Dunn & Marcos

OK, here's an easy one, the New and Improved Carnage Crew against everybody's favorite whipping boys the Ring Crew Express. Dunn & Marcos get squashed, end of story.

Well, folks, there you have it, the end of this super huge edition of BLOODLETTING. I hope you enjoyed it and if you didn't go fuck yourself! As usual, any questions or comments, drop me an
e-mail. Next week I'll be reviewing all the excitement from the 6/12 show in Dayton. Until next time, keep your head up.

(06/13/04)

Hey folks, welcome back to another action packed issue of BLOODLETTING! Now we've got a lot to talk about so we better get to it.

RESULTS FROM ROH IN DAYTON ON 6/12
Okay, now as you all know I live hear in the NYC so these results are of course word of mouth from the ROH Message Board. This was supposed to be a kick ass show from all accounts. Definitely going to be a must have when it's released on VHS and DVD. So why don't we check out the results.

The New and Improved Carnage Crew of Danny Daniels and Masada beat the Ring Crew Express of Dunn & Marcos when Dunn got pinned. It's been said that Masada and Daniels worked well as a team in their first outing together.

Homicide stormed the ring and destroyed two unknown tag teams. Looks like he's continuing his insanity trip.

Jimmy Jacobs pinned Loc in the 6-man that included Caprice Coleman, Rainman, Delirious, and Matt Sydal.This match is being called a must see and it was said that everyone looked great and really shined. ROH really knows how to make stars and it seems like this bout did it again.

Gen Next then came down and beat Matt Stryker into a bloody pulp until Jimmy Rave and John Walters made the save. They then challenge Gen Next to a 6-man.

This match was said to be fucking insane! Jack Evans got Awesome Bombed to the hardwood floor! Seems like Rave hit the dusk to dawn on someone and then Aries came off the top and hit a mo fuckin 450 onto Rave's HEAD!!! That had to look awesome! Gen Next wins again and the heat in this match was intense.

Hydro won the 4 corner survival to receive an invite into the Pure Title tournament on 7/17 in NJ. Hydro made Chad Collyer tap out in this one and when you make someone like Collyer tap, that's got to elevate you.

Then Les Thatcher presented Samoa Joe with a new title belt that said ROH World Champion, the old belt just said ROH Champion.

Then Samoa Joe and my fucking ICON CM Punk wrestled a 60 Minute classic that ended in a draw. One person said that this match was the greatest match in ROH history. This match had all kinds of crazy psychology and had people screaming themselves hoarse and standing on their feet. Everything in the match had a purpose and
from what I've read on the boards, this was Joe's best defense EVER and that's saying a lot. This was the first time Joe ever went 60 minutes and ever went to a draw. That says a lot for my man CM Punk. Maybe he'll get some more fucking respect from you people now.

After the match there were thank you and match of the year chants. Punk and Joe hugged and held the belt up together. Homicide came down and stole the belt and tried to steal the boys' heat and it sounds like this finally got Homicide some heel heat.

The Ultimate Endurance match was up next! Evans taps to eliminate Gen Next, the Briscoes get knocked out during the Scramble, and the Prophecy beats Ace & Colt to win the Ultimate Endurance. This match was said to have some insane bumps and sequences as well.

Holy fuck do I wish I was at this show! And I bet you slack ass bitches do too! Tons of shit to discuss so let's keep rolling!

ROH NEWS
First off there's big shit coming down the pike. ROH and RF Video who were once both owned by that bitch Rob Feinstein were always run together but now the winds of change are a blowing! The two companies will no longer be associated with each other. Cory Silken will be buying out Doug Gentry and taking full ownership of ROH with Gabe Sapolsky retaining his position as booker. This is definitely a good thing for ROH and I'll tell you why. A lot of people thought that Gentry who was a long time friend of Feinstein's was still funneling cash to Rob or trying to get Rob back into the companies. Now that Gentry has nothing to do with ROH this may open the doors for TNA and ROH to do business again. If that happens we get AJ, Daniels, Red, Dutt, and Sabin back. Hell fuckin yeah bitches! Plus I think we may see faster and better production of VHS and DVDs. There was said to be 4 camera men at the show in Dayton!

Okay here are some posts that ROH Booker Gabe Sapolsky quoted on the Official ROH Message Board. As always please visit www.rohwrestling.com for all the latest news in ROH.

"Ring Of Honor will return to the RexPlex in Elizabeth, NJ outside of NYC and just off NJ Turnpike Exit 13A for a huge summer event on July 17th. A main event match has been signed after the events of June 12th.

The Dayton, Ohio event saw Samoa Joe presented with a new World Title belt that had the word "World" on it. Joe retained the title after going to a 60 minute draw against CM Punk. Homicide jumped Joe after this epic match and stole the new title belt. On the night that Joe cemented his legacy as ROH World Champion by defending the belt in the greatest ROH World Title match ever, Homicide disgraced and disrespected him. Now Joe is looking to take out Homicide and his crew of The Rottwielers that includes Rocky Romero, Ricky Reyes and Julius Smokes.

Samoa Joe has challenged Homicide, Romero & Reyes with Smokes to a six man tag team match on July 17th. Joe is a man with no allies in ROH as he is not a part of any faction so there is no telling who his partners will be. Perhaps we can get some answers in the days and weeks before the event."

"Well there are going to be some changes in ROH. Here are a few questions that will be answered soon:

-Yes, the Code Of Honor will change, but how?

-The Top Five Rankings will be put on hiatus, but a new system will be put in place to determine challengers to the title. No one has ever done a system like this. What is the new system?

-How will both the original ROH Title and the new World Title belts be used in ROH?

Stay tuned for new matches for upcoming shows later today."

"Dan Maff talked BJ Whitmer into dropping The Prophecy name and quest after the show last Saturday. Maff told Whitmer that they proved they were the top ass kicking team in ROH in Ultimate Endurance on 6/12. Maff said they didn't need any leader or to fight the Code Of Honor and instead they should just concentrate on dominating the tag team division. Maff also said they didn't need Allison Danger. Finally Maff told Whitmer that they aren't The Prophecy, they are simply "Maff & Whitmer" and they will be the two baddest SOBs in ROH history.

Whitmer thought about it for a moment and then agreed with Maff. They will now be known as Maff & Whitmer and will no longer be associated with Allison Danger.

Danger was in tears and insists that "The Prophecy will never die." We aren't sure what that means, but it doesn't seem like she has any options and that The Prophecy is indeed dead. We will have a history piece on The Prophecy soon."

Holy fuck did Gabe drop some bombs on us today! Damn if he isn't a little cock tease isn't he? No, I don't have any inside info yet but I can tell you that I'm damn happy I'm going to be at that 7/17 show in NJ. And I do have a feeling that the Briscoes will be tagging with Joe that night after the amount of respect Joe showed them after his match with Jay at "At Our Best." Maff and Whitmer were getting cheers at the last few shows so it makes sense to have them leave the Prophecy and turn face, what Allison Danger will do now, I have no clue. Who will be the new Prophecy, I don't know. But I want to know and that's a sign of good booking. WWE, take fucking note!

A CALL TO ARMS
Okay my little fan boys and girls, here's where I draft you little bitches into my service. Pick ANY ROH show currently available on DVD. Drop me an e-mail request and I will review it for next week's edition of BLOODLETTING. I will also give you props in the next issue. The reason for this, I want to drop a DVD on ya'all but I also want to get you involved so I figure I'll let you pick the show. And my fellow Wrestling Fan staffers, you're allowed to submit a request too.

That's all for this week, keep your head up!!!

 
(06/26/04)

Greetings and salutations my little BLOODLETTING fans, here we are and it's time once again for a brand new edition of BLOODLETTING with me, the Whole Fn Machine, your straightedge ICON, Christopher Freda. Remember, straightedge means that CM Punk and I are better than you. Well, we've got show results from Ring of Honor's June 24 show in Philadelphia and tons of ROH news to cover so ... let's get busy bitches.

ROH JUNE 24 in PHILADELPHIA RESULTS
First off let me say that I normally have several sources for results of ROH show's that I am unable to attend in person. But currently the official ROH site (http://www.rohwrestling.com ) is down due to the fact they are renovating the site. Therefor I am not able to access the message boards over there for show reports. However I was able to find a few different reports elsewhere and shall give ya'all just the facts ma'am.

The centerpiece of this show was a twelve man tournament starting with six singles matches where the winners move on to the main event six-man elimination match. The show also featured a scramble match for the ROH Tag Team Titles.

Mark Briscoe defeated Alex Shelley with a shooting star press in their first round match. This was very surprising to me as I expected Shelley to make it to the six-man. He's been getting a big push as the mouthpiece of Generation Next and I expected a big showing from him leading to the 7/17 show in NJ and the Pure Title tournament.

Colt Cabana defeated Trent Acid in the next match. Another big surprise as I expected Trent to get a singles push starting with this show.

The next match was scheduled to be John Walters versus Austin Aries, however Aries came down with all the members of Generation Next. Gen Next proceeded to beat the hell out of Walters and declare Aries the winner. But ROH officials said they had a plan in place in case of this situation. Out came Josh Daniels so Gen Next beat the shit out him until a bloody Walters made the save. It was then made into a tag match between Daniels & Walters versus Aries and Roderick Strong. The man who scores the pinfall gets to advance. Aries picks up the win over Walters.

Homicide defeated Jay Briscoe with a sick lariat that dumped Briscoe on his head. Afterwards Homicide and Mark Briscoe almost got into it. Gee I wonder if that means it will be Samoa Joe, Jay, & Mark Briscoe against Homicide & the Havana Pitbulls in the Six Man tag at 7/17 in NJ. Chris, if you're reading this, we so called this one when the 6 man was announced.

American Dragon Bryan Danielson made Jack Evans tap in a match where Dragon was said to have put Evans through a ton of submission holds. It was said that in one of the maneuvers Evans' leg was behind his head! PRETZEL TIME!!! God I love American Dragon.

ROH WORLD CHAMPION Samoa Joe (Non-title) defeated Matt Stryker with the Island Driver to advance. The crowd was said to have been giving Stryker a really hard time in this one. I don't understand why the crowds have been so harsh to Stryker since he won the Field of Honor. The man is a fantastic technical wrestler who can work pretty fucking stiff too.

After the match CM Punk came out asking Joe when he would get his rematch. At the last show in Ohio Punk and Joe wrestled to an unbelievable 60 minute draw. Fuck I wish I was at that show! Before Joe had a chance to answer Homicide came out holding Joe's new belt which Homicide stole in Ohio. Joe and Homicide brawled to the back. Joe better not be ducking my straightedge hero. I DEMAND THAT FUCKING REMATCH! PUNK OWNS YOU JOE!!! Ehem...moving right along.

There was a squash match between two guys I have never heard of after the intermission so I won't even mention it.

Next was the Tag Team Scramble for the ROH TAG TEAM TITLES. Outkast Killahs VS. Dunn & Marcos, VS. Dixie and Hydro of Special K Vs the Tag Team Champions the Second City Saints CM Punk & Colt Cabana. Punk ripped everyone a new one and sent Cabana to the back saying Cabana should prepare for the six-man and he could win the scramble by himself. Damn you gotta look up to Punk, taking on 6 guys by himself so his partner can prepare for the main event. Punk dominated the match but avoided Hydro every time he stepped in the ring. Punk eventually won the match, by himself because...well...straight-edge means he's better than you.

After the match Hydro called out Punk for ducking him the entire match. The two went at it arguing for a while and finally squared with Punk wining the match after several nearfalls. OK, this is for all you haters out there, Punk wins a goddamn Scramble by himself (the only other person to do that is the Phenomenal AJ Styles) to keep the tag titles and the beats a promising up and comer in Hydro right afterwards. For all you nonbelievers, here's a big Fuck You. Straightedge is the way and the truth biotch!

After this Loc came out and challenged Masada and Danny Daniels to weapons match at 7/17. Then Alison Danger came out and said that Maff and Whitmer may have quit the Prophecy on 6/12 but the Prophecy would never die. She put a bounty on their heads and said that anyone could collect.

Up next was the Main Event:
Mark Briscoe VS. Colt Cabana VS. Austin Aries VS. Homicide VS. American Dragon Bryan Danielson VS. ROH World Champion Samoa Joe (Non-title.)
Reportedly the match had a slow start with Aries avoiding getting in the ring, Homicide avoiding Joe, and Cabana doing some comedy bits. After a clusterfuck Joe and Cabana ended up in the ring with Cabana pining Joe with a surprise victory roll!!! Joe was shocked but left without a fuss. Can I just say this is the second time in a match like this where Joe was pinned with a damn roll up, Maff did it in the Prophecy VS. the Group match. Then Homicide pinned Cabana and Homicide and Mark Briscoe both got eliminated in a double pin. Chaos for a bit between Homicide his manager Julius Smokes and the Briscoes, more incentive for the Briscoes to team with Joe against Homicide and the Havana Pitbulls at 7/17. Bryan Danielson and Aries were said to have an incredible match with tons of false finishes. Aries missed his 450 twice and Danielson had Cattle Mutilation broken up by the ropes. Eventually Dragon got Aries to tap out. Ladies and gentleman, American Dragon is BACK! Sounds like a kick ass show to me peeps.

ROH NEWS
ROH announced that the Code of Honor which was always the backbone of ROH and one of the major differences between ROH and other promotions would no longer be official enforced but would be more of a moral barometer for wrestlers. Here's a quote from a flyer ROH officials handed out to the crowd The Code "will still measure what kind of character you possess. Those that follow the path of sportsmanship and respect will follow the Code. Arrogant, selfish individuals with low morals will break the Code."Also handshakes will no longer be required unless you respect your opponent or the match you just had. OK, this really fucking pisses me off. How can you take the Code of Honor out of Ring of Honor? The whole promotion was built on the damn Code! It seems to me like they are trying to become a little more mainstream with this and that greatly disappoints me. I have always loved the idea of the Code of Honor and the fact that it will no longer be officially enforced greatly upsets me. It helped make Ring of Honor stand apart from all the other indies out there and now they are casting it aside. When the message board comes back up I shall be very interested to see what other hard core fans have to say about this. But I'm pretty damn sure there won't be a positive reaction. Bring back the Code Gabe!

ROH also announced that now instead of having the top five rankings system they were using or the retired number one contender's trophy a competitor would be voted on by a committee. OK, this is stupid, so anyone could be voted in then? They used to have a committee vote on the top 5 with the number one contender getting the shot. Now we have no idea who's climbing the ladder or where anyone stands. Just sounds like an excuse to have out of nowhere title matches booked. I liked the top 5 rankings and number one contender trophy much better. What the fuck is up with you Gabe? I'm seriously hating these changes, you're really disappointing me by totally changing the promotion around in just one damn day.

The deal with the two ROH championships is that the original ROH belt and the new ROH "World" title belt create a "Double Crown"a la Japanese promotions. Since Homicide stole the new "world" belt in OH, he will most likely start claiming that he is the champion. (Shawn VS. Razor WM X) The rumor is that if and when Joe loses the championship, he will get to keep one of the belts as a gift for all he did to raise awareness of it, while the other will continue on as the ROH championship. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.

ROH also released a ton of new merchandise at the show, most of which I will be picking up at the RexPlex show on 7/17 in New Jersey. I can't fucking wait for this show! SECOND ROW!!!!!

That's all for this week little fanboys and girls, I'll be back next week with more ranting and raving. Please remember to submit your requests for ROH show reviews as I shall start them soon. Wrestling Fan staff members are
eligible to submit requests. And here's a question for you all, why am I the only one on here who has a legitimate picture up? I mean, I know I'm sexxxy as all hell but, c'mon!! Until next time, keep your heads up.

Bloodletting 07/07/04: ROH Death Before Dishnor

 

Well, well, well if it isn't a brand spankin' new edition of BLOODLETTING. This time we're going to do something a little different, different for you and different for me. Upon request I've decided to do a show review and I'm poppin' my cherry here so you'll have to bear with me. This show was requested by the Wrestling Fan's own Head Honcho Sean Carless. Scroll up and read his column "The Back Leg Front Kick" if you haven't already.

The show we are going to review is a very special one to me for many reasons. This show is Ring of Honor's Death Before Dishonor which took place on July 19, 2003 at the RexPlex in Elizabeth, New Jersey and yes, yours truly was there. You see for months and months before my friends and I had been catching the buzz on the net about ROH and now they were finally going to be close by. We had yet to see a single match from ROH, all we had done was read show reviews on the net and we decided to see what all the fuss was about. After this show we knew! This one show was all it took to get us hooked. I now own 31 ROH shows on DVD and have been to 4 live shows, this is still one of my favorites. Let's get busy bitches!

The DVD begins with a promo from CM Punk about his upcoming Dog Collar Match against Raven, Colt Cabana interrupts to discuss his upcoming 4 way for the Number 1 Contender's Trophy.

Special K comes out to some techno and starts their little raver deal.

Samoa Joe talks some trash to Gary Michael Capetta.

More raving with Special K.

Capetta with Homicide, Julius Smokes, and Benny Blanco. They discuss the situation between Homicide and Low Ki and the situation between Homicide and Steve Corino. The Low Ki situation would never get resolved as Ki left the promotion later in the year however the Corino issue was resolved in a big way, see ROH War of the War.

There's more raving in the ring until the Christopher Street Connection comes out and declares that the rave is out and disco is in. Special K trounce the CSC until......LOW KI!!!! Huge chant for Ki as this would be his first match back after injuring his shoulder at Frontiers of Honor over in England. Ki gets on the mic and challenges Special K. Fuck 'em up Low Ki chant starts. Everyone clears out of the ring except for Cloudy, Hijinks, and Deranged.  Low Ki promptly slaps Cloudy knocking him the fuck out. Hijinks laughs at the situation which gets Low Ki laughing until he puts Hijinks in the Dragon Clutch until Hijinks taps like the little bleach blonde bitch that he is. This leads to

Low Ki Vs. Deranged
Deranged hits a low blow on Ki and follows it up with a mexican arm drag and a hurricanranna. He then hits a spin kick and goes to work on Low Ki's bad shoulder. Ki blocks a springboard cartwheel and follows up with Kawada kicks to the back, forearms, and a Kopo Kick. Low Ki has him in the corner and lands some vicious chops, cross corner whip....TIDAL KRUSH. Slugger, Special K's massive body guard, enters the ring and gets Ki in a bear hug from behind. Ki gets out of that via the testicular claw. He grabs Deranged and nails him with the Krush Rush into a spinning Ki Krusher 99, into a Dragon Clutch and Deranged taps. This match was just brutal and vicious, stiff beyond belief.

Daniels appears via promo from NJPW, he talks about the Prophecy, Maff, and Low Ki.

They run a promo for the Field of Honor.

Jimmy Rave Vs. Matt Stryker
The two exchange mat work, first Stryker and then Rave, tons of counters and pinfall reversals here. Rave begins working the arm to try to get it ready for Dusk till Dawn. Stryker works Raves arm for a bit. Then Rave hits his back breaker/back suplex combo. Rave hits the spider suplex but Stryker pops up and nails Rave with a belly to belly superplex. Rave comes back and hits a SWEET shining wizard on Stryker. Hits the Dusk till Dawn which is a satellite headscissors into a crossface. But Stryker makes the ropes and then  hits Rave with a devastating  DVD for the three count.

Next up is a Weapons Match between the Carnage Crew (Loc, Devito, Masada, Justin Credible) and the Texas Wrestling Academy (Rudy Boy, Hot Sutff Hernandez, Don Juan, Fast Eddie).
They brawl around a ton on the outside and Masada ends up inside with Hot Stuff, Don Juan and Fast Eddie. Don Juan holds chairs up to both sides of Masada's head and both Hot Stuff and Fast Eddie hit missile drop kicks! Tons of stuff going on here, inside and outside. Fast Eddie moonsault to the floor (by the way, the guy is legally blind), Loc hits Don Juan with a Saito suplex thru a fence on the floor. Masada hits Fast Eddie with a spider suplex thru a chair. Then Don Juan hits a second rope DDT thru a chair on Masada. Loc superplexes Fast Eddie off a ladder. Spike piledriver off the apron and thru a table on the floor on Don Juan. Hot Stuff (who is one huge mother fucker) hits a tope onto Masada. He then drags Masada into the ring and gives him a razors edge onto two chairs for the win.

Purists (John Walters & Tony Mamaluke) Vs. The Outkast Killaz (Oman Tortuga & Diablo Santiago)
Tortuga and Mamluke start out and exchange some mat work and both tag out which leads to Walters and Santiago both getting in some more mat work. The Killaz rally for a while on Mamaluke until Walters comes in and puts a submission on both of them, it's a combination Gory Special and chin lock. Mamaluke in and they double team Santiago and then hit a double team submission on Tortuga for the tap out victory. You have to see this match to really understand all the cool submission holds used.

Dunn and Marcos come out and rip on the Outkast Killaz for losing. Out comes Xavier and the Killaz split. This is Xavier's first appearance in ROH since losing the ROH title to Samoa Joe at Night of Champions. Xavier hits a double clothesline on Dunn and Marcos. Cobra Clutch Suplex on Dunn followed by a Kiss Your X Goodbye on Marcos. Capetta comes in and X enters himself into the Field of Honor.

The Technician Tom Carter (formerly known as Reckless Youth) Vs. The Human Torture Device Doug Williams
Carter works on the arm, nice reversals, fantastic technical exchanges, and Carter goes back to the arm. My words can't do this match justice, fantastic stuff here. The announcers go over the Code of Honor. Williams with big European uppercuts, knees, and back elbows. Carter stays on the arm and they head outside. Williams tosses Carter head first into the guardrail. Back inside Williams hits a delayed vertical suplex followed up by a swinging DDT. Williams hits his knee series: high knee to the corner, running high knee, top rope knee drop. European uppercuts but Carter comes back with a nice shining wizard. 2 count only. Carter gets caught up top but hits a swinging DDT off the second rope. Frog splash for two. Williams hits the Chaos Theory (roll through German suplex with a bridge) for two and then has to release due to the arm injury. PSYCHOLOGY PEOPLE! Williams goes for Carter's arm but Carter turns it into a roll up for the three count. Goddamn that was some brilliant technical wrestling.

Four Corner Survival for the Number One Contender's Trophy
Colt Cabana Vs. Homicide Vs. BJ Whitmer Vs. Dan Maff

Okay before I get going on this one, let me just say that this match was fucking incredible. Seeing this match live that day was one of the many things that got me hooked on ROH, it was beyond words.
Whitmer and Homicide start off with some mat work and the two trade arm drags. Now it's Maff and Homicide and Cabana with the blind tag so it's Cabana and Maff. NIIIIICE backdrop driver by Maff but he misses the flying headbutt and gets nailed with a lariat from Cabana. Maff tags Whitmer and and Homicide blind tags Cabana. Whitmer ends up outside and Homicide nails him with a Tope con hilo. Inside Cabana breaks up a Northernlights and tags in. Cabana with a suplex into a submission hold but Whitmer breaks it up. Whitmer in and he and Homicide exchange blows, then do the "I snapmare you and kick you in the back real hard and then you snapmare me and kick me in the back really hard" exchange except they do it stiff as fuck! Maff pulls Homicide out and tosses Whitmer out too. Maff flies into the second row with a Tope! Cabana hits an Asai Moonsault onto everyone. Maff and Whitmer back inside and they exchange chops. German suplex on Maff, half nelson suplex on Whitmer, Homicide hits the Ace Crusher on Whitmer. Cabana grabs Homicide and Maff grabs him and German suplexes them both!! Whitmer nails a high knee on Maff and an inverted DDT on Cabana. Homicide breaks up the pin attempt.  Lariat on Whitmer but Maff breaks that up. Rope assisted DDT on Homicide by Cabana. Burning Hammer on Cabana by Maff, Whitmer breaks, T-Bone by Whitmer, Homicide breaks and puts Cabana up top. Whitmer Germans Homicide off the top, climbs back up, and hits a top rope, wrist clutch, EXPLODER on Cabana. And it's all over but the shouting bitches and BJ Whitmer is your winner!

Another promo from Daniels about the #1 Contender's Trophy, the two title matches and Tom Carter.

Capetta interviews Low Ki about Special K's lack of Respect, Maff's betrayal, a desire to get the ROH Title back, and of course no comment on Homicide.

We then see some scenes from Wrestlerave when Special K put the Backseats thru some tables and then raved all night long.

Tag Team Scramble
Backseat Boys and the SAT Vs. Special K

Okay, if you've ever seen a scramble you know that it's virtually impossible to recap one...maybe someone like Sean Carless could....be certainly not me. These fucking matches are crazy ass spotfests and they're fun as hell. This was filled with lots of crazy back and forth action including an 8 man suplex! The SAT hit the Spanish Fly on Hydro but Joel mistakenly hits an enziguiri on Trent which allows Mikey Whipwreck to run in and hit the Whippersnapper on Trent for the three count. Post match the Backseats hit the T Gimmick and Dream Sequence on the SAT!!!

Krazy K Vs. Jeff Hardy Vs. Joey Matthews
Okay, this match was a clusterfuck from the start. Fuck you Hardy and you got fired chants. Hardy comes out in his Willow the Wisp outfit from his OMEGA days. Lots of chicks screaming and everyone else chanting we want Matt. This match is so bad, they fuck up so many moves and Matthews is the only one who deserves to be in that ring. Finally Hardy hits the Swanton on Matthews and the Compactor on K for the win. Crowd completely shits on it.

We then are treated to the history of the epic Raven/CM Punk feud. They show Punk's famous promo from Wrestlerave, the one about his Dad  and comparing him to Raven. This is one of the most intense promos I have ever seen and a huge part of the reason I worship CM Punk. At the end he points to himself and says "This true," he then points to his STRAIGHTEDGE tattoo and says "this is real," he holds out his fists which have DRUG FREE tattooed on them and says "this is straightedge."

CM Punk Vs. Raven Dog Collar Match
Punk comes out first and runs Raven and the fans down on the mic. He runs down Danny Doring who is in the crowd drinking a beer. Punk says that Doring would need another 6 pack of courage to step in the ring with him. But that will never touch his lips and that makes him better than you. Raven's music hits and out comes Raven with the collar already on. Punk balks at putting on the collar on. He finally puts it on, CM Pussy chant from the retards. Punk tries to bail but Raven pulls him back in, beats him with the chain, and chokes him with it. They brawl outside and Punk is busted open. Raven nails his Russian leg sweep into the guardrail and hits Punk with the ringbell. More choking and Raven throws a table into the ring. He whips Punk into the railing, nails him with a chairshot, and then throws him back into the ring. Raven sets the table up against the corner. Low blow by Punk but Raven comes back with a Mr. Wrestling 2 knee lift and tries to whip Punk into the table but Punk reverses and send Raven thru instead. Punk wraps the chain around his knee and drops a knee right on Raven's face. Chain assisted punches and choking follow as we go back outside. Raven into the rails and he's busted open. Raven over the guardrail and into the stands and he pulls Punk into the railing. Punk punches Raven out and hip tosses him thru some chairs. Raven clotheslines Punk with the chain and pulls Punk over the guardrail to ringside. He then throws Punk back into the crowd. He beats on him in the crowd and has a fan hold a chair and then throws Punk into the chair. He does it again and then slams Punk into the bleachers. Raven climbs up the bleachers to pose like the drunken moron he is and Punk yanks him right down the bleachers. Punk stomps on Raven and whips him with the chain. We make our way back into the ring. Punk hits a back elbow on Raven and they're both down. Punk stops and grabs the mic to rip on Raven "Had enough yet, you old timer?" Punk nails a vertical suplex and a stepping enziguiri. Punk goes up and crotches Raven with the chain from the top. Raven pulls Punk off the top and Punk taunts Raven some more "That all you got for me Flamingo" Damn he's funny. Raven punches, discus clothesline, series of clotheslines, rebound clothesline, Mr. Wrestling 2 kneelift. Damn, doesn't that drunk know any other moves, pitiful really. Raven brings in a chair and does his drop toehold onto the chair spot but it only gets two. He grabs the chair but being the addict he is whacks the ref instead of Punk and we have no referee. He nails the Evenflow but alas, no ref, no count. Cabana runs out and DDTs Raven onto the chair! Doring comes out and chases off Cabana. Punk covers Raven, 1 2 3 bitches.

Punk removes the collar and rolls Raven out of the ring. He tapes Raven's arms to the bottom rope and gets on the mic "Guess Straightedge means I'm better than you huh Raven?" Tells Raven he's going to knock him off the wagon and gets a beer and pours it all over Raven.   Tommy fucking Dreamer comes out of the crowd and ruins my party. Chairshot on Punk, Dreamer and ECW chants from the morons. He DDTs our hero and tapes Punk's wrists to the top rope and then unties Raven. Raven and dreamer shake hands, hug, and go down on each other. Raven asks Punk if he's ever had a beer and then punches him with the mic a few times. He then commits the unspeakable sin of pouring beer all over CM Punk. Punk screams in protest and then Raven kicks him a few more times before pouring more beer on him. Raven and Dreamer toast and then Dreamer spits beer in Punk's face. Dirty fucking animals.

END OF DISK 1

Disk 2 begins with a promo from Paul London about his career in ROH. He talks about his great matches against Michael Shane, American Dragon, AJ Styles, Low Ki, and his two title shots against Xavier. He says that he has a special feeling about tonight and thanks ROH.

We see the history of the Briscoes/AJ & Red feud,
ROH Tag Team Titles
AJ Styles & the Amazing Red (Champions) w/Alexis Laree Vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe


At the time AJ was also the NWA-TNA champ and Red's knee was fucked thus seriously limiting him in this match. Jay and AJ start off and they forearm each other thru the ropes. Mark comes off the top but Aj moves and throws Mark into the railing. Jay whips AJ into the railing. AJ and Jay back in, Red comes in and hits the code red on Jay for a 2 count. Mark springboards in and hits a clothesline on one and a dropkick on the other! There are several pin attempt and Styles Clash reversals. Double kick and double enziguiri from AJ & Red. Red and Mark trade some kicks and then AJ comes back in. AJ hits a dropsault and a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Mark in with Red and kicks away at the knee, Jay comes in and drops some elbows on the knee and they do the switcharoo behind the ref's back and Mark works on the some more with a half crab. Jay comes back and hits a body slam and a half crab while he spits at AJ. Jay chokes away while the ref is distracted and Mark comes back in. He hits a vicious dragon screw and some elbows to the knee. Red forearms out but gets his knee stomped and kneed. Red fights back but Jay comes back in and goes to the eyes. Jay stays on the knee and drags him outside. Stomps on the knee on the outside. The two trade forearms, back inside and Mark hits Red with a powerbomb for 2 and Red comes back with a Kryptonite Crunch. AJ in and Jay in. AJ hits a stomach breaker and a scoop powerslam. Jay with a T-bone suplex. Red comes in with a spin kick and a yakuza kick. AJ hits a slingshot crossbody. Powerbomb, suplex. Jay and Red exchange chops and Red gets murdered with the Jay Driller. AJ throws Mark on top of them to break the count. The Bricoes hit the springboard Doomsday Device on AJ for 2. AJ hits his Asai Inverted DDT maneuver on Mark. Jay goes for the Jay Driller on AJ but Red hits a shining wizard off of AJ's back! AJ nails Jay with the Styles Clash and it's OVER. AJ & Red retain the titles but would later be stripped do to Red's injury keeping them from defending the belts.

Jim Cornette cuts a promo on why he's coming to ROH. We then see some of London's highlights and some of Samoa Joe's highlights.

Ring Of Honor World Title
Samoa Joe (Champion) Vs. Paul London
This is London's last match in ROH before heading off to WWE and oblivion. Streamers for London, nice touch. It starts off fast and furious with 2 shoulder tackles from Joe. London works a headlock, lots of back and forth action here. Joe with a big forearm and a chop, the two trade blows. Joe goes to the outside and London nails him with a baseball slide. London does a moonsault off the guardrail onto Joe. Back in he hits a springboard bodypress for 1. Joe hits a HUGE STO on London. Big kicks to the chest and back while he's down. London tries to fight back but gets nailed with a big back suplex for 2. Boot scrapes and London fights back but gets dropped on the ropes. He's put into the tree of woe and treated to a free face wash courtesy of Samoa Joe. London out, Joe goes for a baseball slide but he moves. Joe comes out and slams London into the post. Joe sets up a chair and sits London on it. OLE OLE OLE chant from the crowd, running boot to the face by Joe. You have to hear the sound of Joe's boot hitting the guardrail after it plows thru London's face! He hits the Ole kick again and throws Paul back into the ring. Missile drop kick by the big ass Samoan. German for 2. Chop exchange and Joe's going for the Island Driver but London wriggles out and we have a nice pinfall reversal sequence. London hits a beautiful dropsault and Joe throws London towards the corner. Joe turns his back and London stops himself from hitting the corner but smacks the turnbuckle and drops to the floor holding his face just as Joe turns around. Damn, I miss you Paul, we all do. London hits his sweet ass DDT where he hooks his leg around yours before he drills your face straight into the canvas. Up top and LONDON STAR PRESS BIOTCH!!!! Two count only! Joe goes for the Choke but London rolls it into a pin for a 2 count. London misses a heel kick and Joe nails a Dragon suplex for 2. London with a baseball slide for 2, slaps from Joe. Knees from Joe and he applies the Choke, London with back elbows, a low blow, Joe keeps on the choke, drags London down and wraps the legs around. Ref checks the arm for once, twice, third times a charm, and he's out. Samoa Joe is still your ROH Champion.

This match was fucking breathtaking. Being there made it even more so and the emotions of knowing that Paul was leaving made it incredible. What bothers me about the DVD is that during this match the announcers kept saying that unless Paul won the ROH title his career there was worthless. This is not true, Paul put on some of the most memorable and breathtaking matches in ROH history. Amazing matches like against American Dragon at Epic Encounter, against AJ at Night of the Grudges, against Michael Shane at Unscripted, and in a 3 way against Low Ki and AJ at the One Year Anniversary Show. I just didn't like that facet of the commentary. But the match was fantastic.

Post match the locker room empties and Paul gets a standing ovation. Paul is up on the guys shoulders for a bit. Then everyone takes a knee and Paul makes his farewell speech. He puts over the company and Joe, thanks Rudy Boy for training him, thanks the office, thanks everyone for the streamers. And says "Whatever it might say on my shirt doesn't really matter because it will always say Ring of Honor on my heart." Amen mother fucker, I wish you were back home where you belong instead of on Velocity jobbing. Huge thank you chant and they play Paul's music.

Raven promo about the upcoming steel cage match against Punk. Carnage Crew cuts a promo on Special K. Daniels cuts a promo on ROH.

Punk is in the back and RF comes over asking for a reaction to Raven's challenge. Punk throws RF onto the floor and RF blows a load in has pants. Punk accepts Raven's challenge. End of DVD.

Now can I ask you mother fuckers, can you do any better for $29.99 online or $20 American at a show?? Can you??  I don't fucking think so. This is the show that started it all for me. I went back and bought every show before it and I've bought every show since on DVD. I urge you to do the same. This is Ring of Honor, this is Pro Wrestling.

Be sure to visit the Wrestling Fan Message Board and to drop me a line with any questions or comments. I'm Christopher Freda and I thank you for your time, this has been BLOODLETTING. Keep your head up.

 

 

Bloodletting 07/12/04: Reflections On ROH & 7/17 Preview

Hello all and welcome to a showroom floor new edition of BLOODLETTING. I hope you all enjoyed the reto-review of Death Before Dishonor. Now there's something I would like to say about that show and that review. I know that I mentioned in the column how special that show was to me but after rereading it during the week I don't think I really made my point at all. I didn't feel the emotion that I felt sitting in the RexPlex with two of my closest friends that day.

And that's what I was trying to convey to all of you, my readers, my friends. I was trying to make you feel what I felt on that day and I believe, as a writer, I fell short. Now that's very hard for me to admit to all of you. I pride myself on my writing and here I was thinking that I didn't get it done.

You see, sitting there in the RexPlex, sweating our asses off, we were so goddamn into it! I mean we had gone to SummerSlam together and Survivor Series and had a great fucking time. I saw my idol Shawn Michaels (and for all you haters out there, Ric Flair, in his new book, says that Shawn is better than Bret and is one of the greatest there ever was. So eat it and shut the fuck up) drop and elbow on Cripple H thru a table at Nassau Coliseum. I saw him survive the Elimination Chamber at Madison Square Garden and win the World Championship. And yes, I loved it but I was still a smart. I marked out a bit when Shawn won both those matches but I didn't feel like a fan for the whole night. There was too much shit my buddies and I could pick apart and dissect so easily.

But on July 19, 2003 at the RexPlex in Elizabeth, New Jersey at the inaugural Death Before Dishonor, Ring of Honor took us for a fucking ride baby. It was like fucking Space Mountain mother fuckers! Wooooooo! That 4 way between Homicide, Maff, Whitmer, and Cabana blew us away! Low Ki beat the living shit out of Deranged, the tag scramble was breathtaking, AJ Styles was...Phenomenal. The technical wonder of Doug Williams, the moral conflict and epic struggle between CM Punk and Raven. The sheer grace and style of Paul London and the utter brutality of Samoa Joe. And when it was over, we knew we had been a part of something very special.

Chris Brady and Danny Yagud are two of my very best friends in this whole world. I love them like I love my brother and those that know me, know that's a hell of a lot. I worry that I may be embarrassing them by writing all this but hey, fuck it, they wanna embarrass me they can write their own columns. We're the Triple Threat, The Whole Fn Machine, The Whole Fn Animal, and the Whole Fn Deal. Those guys were there for me when I was a fucking mess and they took care of me and helped me thru one of the toughest times in my life and I'll never forget that. I would bleed for those guys any day of the fucking week and twice on Sunday if they needed it.

That day at the RexPlex the Triple Threat, a bunch of guys who have been watching wrestling for about 20 fucking years, who analyzed the shit out of it, studied it, watched hours of tapes and DVDs and read books, were fans again. ROH gave us back what WCW, WWE, and the Internet, and the dirt sheets had taken from us. It gave us back our love for the game.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm a wrestling columnist, I still analyze the shit out of this great sport. I still read everything I can on the net and I read almost every book that comes out. I bought Flair's book two days ago and I already read 314 pages of it. It's fantastic and I'll be reviewing in a few weeks. Buy the fucking book, I love you Ric. I own tons of wrestling DVDs and have watched them all again and again. But the only new wrestling I really watch is ROH now. They don't insult my intelligence and they don't make me feel like I wasted my time and money. ROH gave me back something I thought was gone forever that day. They have my loyalty and my respect. When's the last time Vince McMahon or Vince Russo and Jerry Jarrett made you feel like that?

All right, enough emotions, time for a preview with my picks for next week's ROH show at the RexPlex in Elizabeth. I'll be there with the Whole Fn Deal, Chris Brady again. It's been a hell of a fucking year man.

The official Ring Of Honor website is finally back up and I urge you to go visit it at
http://www.rohwrestling.com they are having a HUGE sale on DVD and VHS tapes.

ROH Do or Die III afternoon card
Colt Cabana has added himself to the Do or Die III Preshow and says he has something big going on to prepare for his upcoming title match against Samoa Joe in Chicago.

Brian Gamble Vs. Scott Davis from Florida's FIP
I know absolutely nothing about either of these guys so, I can't really pick a winner.

Ray Gordy (Terry's son) Vs. Fast Eddie
Fast Eddie is hella fun to watch in the ring but he hasn't really been around ROH much recently and I really can't see them bringing in Gordy to lose so I'm going to pick Gordy in this one.

Rudy Boy Gonzalez is coming back to ROH with a new group of TWA students. The last time he brought a group in it included Paul London and Michael Shane, who's he bringing this time? May I remind you that Rudy also helped train American Dragon and Spanky as well?

Josh Daniels Vs. B-Boy (From Cali's Pro Wrestling Guerilla)
You don't bring B-Boy in from PWG to have him lose to Josh Fucking Daniels.

Matt Sydal Vs. Delirous
Sydal goes over in this one, he's a guy to watch.

Also appearing on the afternoon show will be Dunn & Marcos, Special K, Caprice Coleman, Outcast Killaz, Rainman, Shawn Daivari, Tony Kozina, and Daizee Haze.

ROH REBORN: COMPLETION

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe and the Briscoes Vs. Homicide and the Havana Pitbulls
I think Homicide and the Pitbulls go over here because it's obvious this feud is going to continue. For once I really think enough is enough, Joe and Homicide have been feuding for fucking ever and unlike the Raven and Punk feud there hasn't been near the intensity or the variety in the matches. But it looks like this one is going to keep going at least through July.

Maff and Whitmer Vs. Colt Cabana and Ace Steel in a Falls Count Anywhere match
Another feud that is just interminable, it's like the fucking Energizer Bunny. And another one that has truly run it's course. How many times do my boys the Second City Saints have to beat the shit out of Hillbilly Jeebus and his buddy Maff? An interesting twist is that Alison Danger has a bounty on Maff and Whitmer. My guess is someone collects tonight. Give the duke to the Saints based on that.

Ricky Steamboat and CM Punk's Final Confrontation
They'll come to blows and this will finally lead to a match between the two. And when that match happens Steamboat will do the right thing and put my hero over. Because that's the kind of fucking man that he is. Take note Hunter, Hogan, and Jarrett. You know, as an aside, Tips talks so much about how he wants to be Flair and yet he is so not like Flair. Flair laid down for Vince Fucking Russo because he was a fucking team player.

Fatal 4 Way, Winner goes on to the Finals for the Pure Title
Alex Shelley Vs. Austin Aries Vs. Matt Stryker Vs. CM Punk

Originally American Dragon Bryan Danielson was in this match but he took a tour with New Japan through July instead, CM Punk is his replacement. Not a bad replacement at all but it seems like whenever someone dicks out they just slam Punk into his spot and that's not fair at all. Besides, I miss seeing Dragon in action, haven't seem him live since Main Event Spectacles in November. My pick for this one is Alex Shelly. But if it's not Shelley, it will be Aries. One of the Gen Next guys is going to the final.

Fatal 4 Way, Winner goes on to the Finals for the Pure Title
Doug Williams Vs. Hydro Vs. John Walters Vs. Nigel McGuiness

Williams goes over in this one because he fucking is PURE wrestling.

The Final for the Pure Title
I predict it will be William Vs. Shelly and Williams wins to become the new Pure Champion. I say this because we already know at the end of the month Williams will face both Shelley and Aries in separate matches. So I think he's gotta win the title here to make that worth doing. Besides, like I said, he IS Pure Wrestling.

The Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito Vs. the New & Improved Carnage Crew of Masada and Danny Daniels in a Weapons Match & the losers can never team again.

The original Carnage Crew loses this one as Masada and Daniels were just put together. Also I think that they're ready to give Loc a singles push.

Jack Evans & Roderick Strong of Generation Next Vs. Izzy & Dixie of Special K
Generation Next goes over here, they still have to establish these guys as a dominant faction and to do that they need to win. Plus, Evans is the fucking man, even though he's an Eminem wannabe.

Trent Acid Vs. TBA managed by Prince Nana
Okay, this is a tough one, Acid is just getting started as a singles wrestler in ROH but Nana is bringing in someone new that's being billed as someone he emptied his bank accounts to get and that will bring him titles. I gotta say the new guy goes over because Acid will be able to get his heat back. He's a strong enough worker to do it. And no, I have no clue who the new guy is, no one does.

Okay people, that's it for this week's edition of BLOODLETTING. I'll be back next week with all the results and happenings from the RexPlex. Please check out our Message Board and join up with us on there! As always feel free to drop me an e-mail with your thoughts, concerns, or questions. Keep your head up!

Bloodletting 07/19/04: ROH REBORN: COMPLETION RESULTS & NEWS!

It's time, it's time, it's Freda time!!! That's right, I'm back bitches and here we go again with another fine edition of BLOODLETTING. On July 17 I attended ROH Reborn: Completion at the RexPlex in Elizabeth, NJ and so here I am to drop the results and the HUGE news that came out of this show, And let me tell you, when I say this news is huge I'm not fucking around.

Do or Die III Afternoon Show (results only)

The Outkast Killaz defeated Gabe Roach and Mike Foxx of the TWA

Daizee Haze pinned Allison Danger

Tony Kozina beat Angel Dust of Special K. This match featured the return of Hijinx of Special K

Dunn & Marcos defeated Don Juan and Jared Steel of TWA

Colt Cabana beat the Christopher Street Connection in a Handicap match. Caprice Coleman then challenged Cabana but he went down to defeat as well.

Matt Sydal beat Delirious

Joshua Masters Vs. Brian Gamble as Homicide hit the ring and destroyed both of them.

In what has to be considered an upset Josh Daniels defeated B-Boy

ROH REBORN: COMPLETION
Roderick Strong & Jack Evans w/ Generation Next Vs. Izzy & Dixie w/ Special K

This match featured lots of high flying from Evans, Izzy, and Dixie and lots of stiff strikes and brutal moves from Strong. Some high points were Evans' springboard corkscrew dive to the floor and Izzy's reverse frankensteiner. But the coolest move of the match was when Strong had dixie up in a torture rack, Evans goes off the top, uses Dixie as a springboard and hits a corkscrew onto Izzy! The crowd went fucking nuts! Match ended when Jack nailed a sick ass twisting move of the top for the pin. After the match Generation Next beat the shit out of Special K. They then got on the mic and told everyone to step aside.

4-Way for a spot in the Pure Title Final
Doug Williams Vs. Jay Lethal (Formerly Hydro of Special K) Vs. Nigel McGuiness Vs. John Walters

OK so right away with his announcement as Jay Lethal we knew that Hydro had quit Special K. Good move as he is an extremely talented worker. This match had a lot of back and forth moments and just some fantastic technical wrestling. There was a lot of anticipation for Williams and McGuiness, the two Englishmen, to lock up. They rewarded the fans with some great back and forth action. Walters and Lethal were also excellent in this match. This match was so fast paced it was incredible. The finish saw Williams hit the Chaos Theory (roll through German Suplex) on Lethal for the pin.

Weapons Match -Losing Team Must Break Up
the Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito Vs. The New & Improved Carnage Crew of Masada and Danny Daniels

This was an insane brawl as you would expect it to be. Lost of chair shots, crutch shots, garbage lid shots. The match ended with Loc hitting a swinging neckbreaker off the apron through a table on Masada. Then in the ring they put a garbage can over Daniels and beat the garbage can with aluminum bats. They then pinned Daniels. Loc & Devito are your winners and Masada and Daniels can never team again. This was surprising as Masada and Daniels had only been a team for 2 months.

Ring announcer Steven DeAngelis introduced Dave Prazak, who said that he had a special announcement about ROH's return to the RexPlex on 9/11. Prazak announced that MICK FOLEY would be making his ROH debut that night!!! That's right mother fuckers, MICK FOLEY in ROH. He told the fans to stay tuned to
http://www.rohwrestling.com for details.

4-Way for a spot in the Pure Title Final
Alex Shelley Vs. Austin Aries Vs. Matt Stryker Vs. CM Punk
Shelley ragged on Stryker on the mic saying he had already beat him twice and they had his spot already. Then he and Aries attacked Punk with Stryker making the save. The match featured Aries and Shelley working as a team as was expected. This match had some terrific wrestling as you would expect from those involved. The fans were all over Stryker as always. One of the coolest spots that occurred was were Stryker had Shelley in the Stryker lock when Aries came off the top and hit the 450 on Stryker. The Punk hit a running shining wizard on Aries. Then Punk and Shelley hit stereo roll ups on Aries and Stryker. Of course the ref was looking Shelley's way and he got the win. Thus, our Straightedge ICON gets screwed. After the match Punk ripped on Shelley and told him to remember that he didn't beat him, he beat Stryker. He said that Gen Next had nothing on the Second City Saints. He said if they wanted a spot they could have Raven's as Punk kicked his ass out of ROH. Or they could have Daniels as Punk destroyed him too. Or they could wait until the end of the night and Punk destroyed Steamboat and then they could have his spot.

Falls Count Anywhere
Colt Cabana & Ace Steel Vs. Dann Maff & BJ Whitmer

These guys went flying at each right at the start. This one was all out of the ring stuff, not really my cup of tea as there really wasn't much "wrestling" to speak of. No Colt 45, no Exploder 98, no Burning Hammer. Just beat on each other with different things at ringside. They made their way up to the balcony where they teased falling off but didn't. The finish came when Maff and Whitmer hit the Conchairto on Steel. After the match Allison Danger came out and congratulated them on the great win for the Prophecy and Christopher Daniels. They just waved her off and ignored her. She began creaming at them and saying that she owned them and that she was bringing people in to destroy them. Ready made feud for whenever Daniels gets back.

Trent Acid Vs. Prince Nana's new Embassy Member
Nana comes out with the Outkast Killaz and talks about how he emptied all his bank accounts to bring in his new man. Royal music hits and someone comes out in one of Nana robes with his head covered. He gits in the ring and Nana rips off the hood to reveal...Jimmy Rave! The crowd completely shits on this, ROH fans HATE Jimmy Rave. I mean, I don't think he's all that bad but, the Die Jimmy Die chant from the crowd tells you that they think otherwise. Acid hit some nice moves in this one including an Asai moonsault on the Embassy and an inverted fisherman's buster. Rave hit his awesome shining wizard. The match ended when Rave hit Acid with a STYLES CLASH! Before AJ left ROH he had been mentoring Rave. The crowd shit on Rave using AJ's move and gave the Embassy tons of crap as they left.

Pure Title Match
Doug Williams Vs. Alex Shelley

Do you like technical wrestling? Do you like reversals and counters and back and forth sequences? Then this is your match, this is Pure Wrestling! This match was under Pure rules: Only 3 rope breaks allowed, no closed fists, and 20 count on he floor. During the course of the match Shelley kept selling the arm which Stryker and Punk both worked in his previous match. Shelley used all of his rope breaks but Williams used none. The match ended when Williams had Shelley in a hammerlock in the ropes and Shelley had to tap. Doug Williams is your new Pure Champion!

DeAngelis brought out Gary Michael Cappetta who gave the back story on the CM Punk and Ricky Steamboat feud. Punk came out first followed by Steamboat. The two started brawling and then Punk hit Steamboat with a piledriver. Punk went up top with the ring bell but Steamboat got up and slammed Punk off the top. He then stood over Punk holding the ring bell. He got on the mic and told Punk that he was as good as any champion he ever faced. But he thought punk had a smartass attitude and that if he kept it up he was going to keep kicking Punk's ass. He said Punk had a choice to change and be great or to stay a smart ass and get his ass kicked. Gen Next then hit the ring and kicked the hell out of Steamboat. Punk stood over Steamboat with the mic and said you could say he was part of a new generation. He said that a few moments ago he was in Steamboat's place. He said Steamboat gave him a choice and to be the man he could be or stay the same. Punk then said "I'm going to be that man" and then began attacking Gen Next! The crowd exploded! Gen Next started to come back and beat on Punk but Steamboat joined in with Punk and they ran off Gen Next. Steamboat and Punk cleaned house and then touched fists. Steamboat left and the crowd chanted "CM PUNK, CM PUNK, CM PUNK!" It was so beautiful, I almost cried. My ICON, the hero of the masses! Fucking bandwagon jumpers.

Samoa Joe, Jay & Mark Briscoe Vs. Homicide and the Havana Pitbulls
This match, in one word, STIFF. These guys just beat the living shit out of each other with some of the sitffest strikes I have ever seen. The match was great until Mark slipped on an attempted shooting star due to the fact that his boot was coming off. Then he went up to go for another but Homicide hit a top rope butterfly suplex and then a sit out tiger driver. Then Joe hit a running death valley driver on Homicide. Then Homicide threw a fireball at Joe which ended up hitting Jay for the DQ. Homicide, Smokes, and the Pitbulls then began beating the hell out of Joe. The Briscoes tried to save but got taken out. Homicide said no one could stop them. And then...HIS music hit....

LOW KI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The crowd erupted "LOW KI LOW KI LOW KI LOW KI!" Homicide told Ki that it was his time now after all the time Ki had been gone. kis said how could Homicide disrespect the company and the belt. He siad no one could disrespect the belt, no one...but him. He then blasted Joe in the face with the belt! Ki and the rest of the Rottweilers continued to beat the hell out of Joe. Then said they were the future of ROH. Ki ran down everyone in the locker room and said that the promotion had gone nowhere but down since he had been gone. He then left with the ROH title. The crowd booed the shit out of Ki and the Rottwielers.

Holy shit was this an incredible show! A new Pure Champion is crowd, Mick Foley is announced as coming to ROH, CM Punk turns face, Low Ki returns, Low Ki turns heel! You just had to be there to experience one of the most exciting and history making shows in ROH history.

ROH NEWS
ROH did the best advanced sales in history after announcing Foley would be coming to the promotion. I for one can't wait to see what Mick's going to do in ROH. Former ROH champ Xavier was at the show with his arm in sling after his shoulder surgery. Low Ki has been added to the following shows 7/23 in Milwaukee, 7/24 in Chicago, 8/7 in Philly, 8/28 in Boston, and 9/11 in Elizabeth. Yeah...ya know I'll be at 9/11. Samoa Joe has taken Jay Lethal under his wing and he's the one who made Lethal drop the Hydro gimmick and leave Special K. Special K was said to have a lot of dissention the whole night. The other Second City Saints are supportive of Punk going after Gen Next with Steamboat. Doug Williams first two title defenses will be against Alex Shelley and then Austin Aries. For all the latest ROH news visit
http://www.rohwrestling.com and check the newswire! Tons of new DVDs are available and now if you order before 3PM your order goes in the mail that day! Much better than back when you had to order through RF Video.

All right fuckers, that's it for this week, I think I gave you a ton of BIG news to chew on. Didn't I tell you that shit was going to be HUGE! Be sure to check out the latest columns from Sean, Double M, the Duck, Gonzo, and everyone else here at the Wrestling Fan. And get your ass over to our
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(07/24/04)

Here we are again cats and kittens, another super sized edition of BLOODLETTING. This weekend is a huge one for Ring Of Honor as they will try and build upon the huge events of last weekend's Reborn: Completion show. They do so with Death Before Dishonor Part I on 7/23 in Wauwatosa, WI and Death Before Dishonor Part II in Chicago Ridge, IL on 7/24. We're going to go over the matches and my predictions for both shows so let's get to it.

Death Before Dishonor Part I
Wauwatosa, WI 7/23


World Title Match -Winner will leave with both belts
Samoa Joe (Champion) vs. Homicide w/Julius Smokes
Come on now, we all know that Homicide can't and won't beat Joe. If he was going to beat Joe he would have done so already, besides with Low Ki coming in now we all know the feud will now build to a World Title match between Ki and Joe.

Tag Team Title Match - 2 out of 3 falls
CM Punk & Colt Cabana (Champions) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe
As much as I hate to say it, the Briscoes win this one in 3 falls. It only makes sense after this past Saturday for them to have the tag belts to feud with the Havana Pitbulls over. Also Punk is going to be busy feuding with the Generation Next guys over the Pure Title. This match will be fucking awesome though.

Pure Title Match
Doug Williams (Champion) vs. Alex Shelley
This is a rematch from last weekends final that saw Williams crowned the new Pure Champion. This is going to be another awesome technical display and Williams will hold onto the belt.

Grudge Tag Team Match
Rottwielers of Low Ki and Rocky Romero vs. Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer
OK, this is Low Ki's first match back in 5 months, you really think he's going to lose? I don't think so either. This match will be very stiff but Ki & Romero will go over for sure.

Six Man Grudge Match
Generation Next of Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans vs. Matt Stryker, John Walters, and Jimmy Jacobs
This appears to be another no-brainer for me. They have to keep on building up Generation Next, especially in six mans like this one. People have to really want to see them get their heads kicked, that won't happen unless they dominate for a while. Plus with Shelley losing earlier in the night, they have to get a win on the show.

Four Corner Survival
Ace Steel vs. Trent Acid vs. Matt Sydal vs. Delirious
Oh come on, the only really name guy in this match is Acid! Especially after his upset loss to Jimmy Rave last week, he's got to go over.

Death Before Dishonor Part II
Chicago Ridge, IL 7/24

Main Event #1: World Title Match (If Joe Retains On 7/23)
Samoa Joe defends vs. Chicago's own Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana, ROH World Champion, no way, no how, not going to happen. Cabana is largely looked upon as a comedy wrestler and CM Punk's tag team partner. He is not going to beat Joe for the World Title. But I do think this will lead to us seeing the serious side of Cabana much more often. He's a good worker, they just have to stop showcasing his comedy ability so much and focus more on his wrestling.

Main Event #2: Non-Sanctioned Chicago Street Fight:
The Second City Saints of CM Punk & Ace Steel vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer
OK, this is going to be one wild and crazy fucking brawl. It's in the Saint's hometown of Chicago and it's going to be the last match, finally, in the feud between the Saints and Maff & Whitmer. Punk and the Saints will move onto a feud with Generation Next and Maff and Whitmer will go on to feud with Alison Danger and whoever she throws at them until Christopher Daniels makes his inevitable return. The Saints will go over in this one as somebody will try and collect on the bounty Danger put on Maff and Whitmer's heads. Unless....Generation Next jumps Punk and that leads to Maff and Whitmer going over!

Pure Title Match (if Williams retains on 7/24)
Doug Williams defends vs. Austin Aries
This one is made a lot easier to call by the fact that I don't believe Williams is booked beyond this show and hey, the man is from the UK. Also they have been billing Aries as a wrestling machine and he is scheduled to have a 2 out of 3 classic with American Dragon August 7 in Philly. If they really want to put Aries over what better way is there to do so than having him go over both Williams and Danielson within the space of 2 weeks? Aries wins the Pure Title in this technical masterpiece.

Grudge Match #1
Homicide with Julius Smokes vs. Jay Briscoe
This is match one in the two stiff fests of the night. 'Cide and Jay will go after each other like crazy in this one and in the end I think Homicide goes over on Jay. With Cide losing to Joe the night before they have to keep him strong by having him go over in this one.

Grudge Match #2
Low Ki vs. Mark Briscoe
This of course would be stiff fest number two! Please, Low Ki, lose to Mark Briscoe? No one is going to beat Low Ki until Joe does it...that is if Joe does it. Any, the point is that Ki is not going to lose in a singles match before he has one against Joe.

As A Result Of Last Time In Chicago
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Alex Shelley
These two have wrestled many times before and this will be great match for sure. In the end Shelley will go over to keep him strong after his loss to Williams the night before. Jacobs is an entertaining guy to watch but looks like he weighs 80 lbs soaking wet and I don't think he would be as over without his HUSS gimmick.

Tag Team Challenge
Matt Stryker & John Walters vs. Generation Next of Roderick Strong & Jack Evans
I have said it before and I'm going to say it again here, Generation Next needs to dominate! Strong and Evans beat the make shift team of Stryker and Walters in this easy pick.

Six Man Mayhem
Trent Acid vs. Danny Daniels vs. Delirious vs. The Great Kazushi vs. Shawn Daivari vs. Matt Sydal
This is another way to showcase some new guys and in the end give Trent a bigger push without hurting any established guys on the roster. Also with a win in the previous night's four corner survival and a win here Trent has an easy gimmick as the master of multi man matches.

Bonus Attraction Match
Rocky Romero vs. Chad Collyer
Collyer is a guy that has been in and out since the first time he came to ROH. Romero is still trying to build a rep in the fed and needs a strong singles win to help establish himself. Collyer has had many stellar technical matches in ROH and will be an excellent guy to help elevate Romero.

All right folks, there you have it, the matches and my predictions for both HUGE Death Before Dishonor shows. I think there will be a lot excitement and news that will come out after these shows but we'll just have to wait and see what happens now won't we? Next week I'll be back with all the results and happenings from both shows.

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(08/01/04)

Holy shit it's hot as fuck in here! Sorry, it's NYC it's the end of July, it's my fourth floor apartment, and it's fucking hot. First off I would like to thank everyone who either called, sent me e-mails, sent me e-cards, dropped a line on my lj, or posted on the message board to wish me a Happy 28th Birthday. Much props to Sean for his rad Birthday thread on our Message Board. Folks, our Message Board here at the Fan is pretty fucking rad and you should definitely check it out.

OK, we've got two ROH shows to go over the results for here so we better get rolling or I'll never make it to that block party/engagement party and my gf will kick my ass.

Death Before Dishonor Part I - 7/23/04 - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Trent Acid over Delirious, Ace Steel, and Matt Sydal in a Four Corner Survival. Trent had to go over here to erase the embarrassing loss to Jimmy Rave. There's more to this one but we'll get into that with the second night's results.

The Great Kazushi defeated Shawn Daivari with the mist. OK, not happy about this. And I really couldn't give a fuck about either of these guys, what I'm not happy about is the fact that someone used "mist" to win an ROH match. This is Ring Of Honor, enough with the retarded sports entertainment bullshit.

Doug Williams retains the Pure Title in defeating Alex Shelley. Not a big shock here as I expected this to happen. They have to keep the Pure Title strong after what happened with AJ. From all accounts this was another technical masterpiece.

Rocky Romero and Low Ki defeated Danny Maff and BJ Whitmer in what is being called a hard-hitting classic. A team of Romero and Ki, talk about a strong style fan's wet dream! Post-match Allison Danger confronts Maff & Whitmer and says she'll let them back in the Prophecy. Maff shoves her into Homicide and he nails her with the cop killer/vertabreaker/kudo driver.

Chad Collyer goes over Danny Daniels. I was a little surprised at this since Collyer hasn't been around all that much and I thought they would be looking to elevate Daniels. I like Collyer a lot, he's a great Pure wrestler and I would take him over Daniels any day of the week. I hope this win means he'll be around more often.

John Walters, Matt Stryker & Jimmy Jacobs with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat scored a big win over Jack Evans, Roderick Strong & Austin Aries with Alex Shelley. Shelley tried to interfere at the end, but Steamboat ran him off allowing the ROH mid-carders to score their first victory over Generation Next. To me, this is a mistake, I really think they should try and keep Gen Next as strong as possible, especially since it looks like they're going into a feud with the Saints.

Samoa Joe retains the ROH World Title against Homicide in a match that is being widely regarded as the best singles match between the two. Good, now let's home they don't have another singles match for a looooong time. Enough of Joe vs. Homicide, let him mix it up with the rest of the Rottweilers now. After the match the Rottweilers jump Joe, kick his ass again, and spit all over both belts.

In a shocker my straightedge hero CM Punk and Colt Cabana retain the ROH Tag Titles over Jay and Mark Briscoe in a 2 out of 3 falls classic. This match garnered a "Please Come Back!" chant from the crowd.

Death Before Dishonor Part II - 7/24/04 - Chicago Ridge, Illinois

Rocky Romero of the Rottweilers with Low Ki and Julius Smokes defeated Chad Collyer in a technical bout. After the match Low Ki said that respect is either taught or earned and none of the fans have earned their respect. He really is doing a good job of being a dickish heel.

Alex Shelley with Generation Next members Roderick Strong & Jack Evans defeated former tag team partner Jimmy Jacobs in another quality match. After the bout, Shelley said that Generation Next would put Jacobs out of his misery and they started throwing him a beat him down. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat then came out of the locker room and said that Generation Next always plays the numbers game and he has a couple of people that can even the odds.

John Walters & Matt Stryker then came out of the locker room and the tag match vs. Strong & Evans immediately started. After some competitive action, Shelley tried to interfere like he did in Milwaukee. Steamboat once again ran him off, but it was a setup as Aries jumped Steamboat in the aisle way. Stryker ran out of the ring to help Steamboat, putting Walters at a two on one disadvantage allowing Strong to get the pinfall. Nice move in having Gen Next recover some heat after their losses at Part I.

Trent Acid proved he is the master of the multi-man matches by winning a wild Six Man Mayhem over Shawn Daivari, Matt Sydal, Delirious, Great Kazushi and Danny Daniels. Good way to build up Acid here and in the news section after the show reports you'll see why that's very necessary.

Doug Williams shocks me in retaining the Pure Title over Austin Aries. I thought for sure that Williams would drop the title to Aries so Aries could defend it against Dragon on 8/7. But no, Williams retains here and has been booked for a few more shows down the line.

Low Ki defeated Mark Briscoe in another stiff-fest and post matched smacked Briscoe around saying that he hadn't earned his respect.

Homicide beat Jay Briscoe and another "respect" beat down was administered. Gee...wonder what this will lead to.

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe defeats hometown boy Colt Cabana to retain his title. No shock here, as I said last week, they really need to build Cabana up as a more serious wrestler if he is going to be taken as a true contender.

Allison Danger came out before the main event and said she blamed Maff & Whitmer for the cop killa. Danger was in bad shape and wearing a neckbrace. She then said she wanted to see all four men in the main event kill each other and had people bring out numerous weapons from the locker room.

In a violent Chicago Street Fight The Second City Saints of CM Punk & Ace Steel defeated Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer. This one saw barbed wire 2x4 and boards as well as numerous other weapons. The fans filled the ring with chairs in one of the wildest scenes in ROH history. This fight was a bloodbath. This isn't really my kind of match but, when done well, these matches can really settle a feud and send the fans home happy. ROH is trying to cover all the bases here.

After the bout, Generation Next ruined the victory celebration by jumping Punk and Steel. Colt Cabana tried to make the save, but was laid out as well. Finally, Steamboat entered the scene, but Generation Next outnumbered him and tied him to the ropes so he was forced to watch Punk, Steel and Cabana get beat down. The Saints and Steamboat have sworn revenge. Yep, Saints and Steamboat Vs. Generation Next looks like your next big ROH feud.

Here's some big news for ya 2 Cold Scorpio makes his ROH debut next weekend in Philadelphia. This will be his first time wrestling in the states in a long time. He is currently wrestling for Pro Wrestling NOAH, Scorpio lives in Germany and will be making a rare appearance in this country next Saturday at the Ring of Honor show in Essington, PA. And of course, I'll be there, second row. Suck it up bitches, suck it up with a straw.

Also at that show ROH World Champion Samoa Joe will defend his title against the master of the multi-man matches, Trent Acid. I personally think that it's a bit soon to be giving Trent a title shot but, Gabe always has his reasons. Plus this will give Trent a chance to silence all the haters out there. I like Acid, I think he's got a hell of a lot of potential. We'll see what he can do with Joe, the true Champion of the World.

Austin Aries will take on American Dragon Bryan Danielson in a 2 out of 3 falls match on the show which should be a technical and stiff masterpiece.

Also signed for the show: ROH Tag Team Title Match- CM Punk & Colt Cabana defend vs. Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottwielers with Julius Smokes; Grudge Tag Team Match- Homicide & Low Ki of The Rottwielers with Julius Smokes vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe; Winner Gets Pure Title Shot On 8/28- Nigel McGuiness vs. John Walters; Allison Danger's Revenge- Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito. With many more matches to be added during the week!

I'll be back next week with a full preview for the 8/7 show in Philly. Until then check out our Message Board and keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 08/08/04: ROH 8/7 IN ESSINGTON PA PREVIEW

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest edition of BLOODLETTING. This week we've got a little preview of the 8/7 Ring of Honor show in Essington, PA just outside of Philadelphia. Yes, I along with fellow Triple Threat member the Whole Fn Deal Chris Brady, we'll be again situated in the second row for another can't miss ROH event. Let's break it down working our way from the bottom of the card up shall we?

Ring Of Honor 8/7/2004 - Essington, PA

Allison Danger's Revenge
Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito
OK, by now you should all know the story in this one, but in case you don't, we'll go over it again. Maff & Whitmer say the Prophecy is dead without Daniels and quit. Danger gets pissed off and flips out at them saying the Prophecy will never die and that she will destroy them. Apparently Danger owns their ROH contracts and can book them against whoever she chooses. This time she has chosen one of ROH's hardest hitting tag teams in the Carnage Crew. All four of these guys can really brawl and are pretty stiff in the ring. But let's face it, as hard as ROH tries to push the Carnage Crew as a main event tag team, they're not. Maff and Whitmer are and this feud with Danger has to continue until Daniels inevitable return. Maff & Hillbilly Jesus go over because....YOU CAN'T BEAT JESUS!

Winner Gets A Pure Title Shot on 8/28
Nigel McGuiness vs. John Walters

Here ROH does a great job of keeping the Pure Title visible despite the fact that Pure Champion Doug Williams isn't on the show. There is no real issue between these two other than the fact that they both want that shot at the Pure Title. McGuiness wants to beat Williams and prove he's the best British worker in ROH and Walters wants to walk out of his hometown of Boston on 8/28 with a title. Walters has been saying he was going to walk into Boston on 8/28 either as a champion or challenging for a title. Well, he's going to win this one and walk into Boston a contender but Doug Williams will walk out of Boston on 8/28 with the Pure Title still around his waist.

Four Corner Survival
Too Cold Scorpio vs. Alex Shelley vs. Ace Steel vs. Jay Lethal

Too Cold Scorpio makes his Philly return in this trademark ROH match. Let's see, Shelley wants to make a name for himself at Scorpio's expense, Steel wants to prove he's a better NOAH worker than Scorpio and he wants revenge on Shelley while Lethal wants to make his mark and Scorpio wants to win big in his first Philly show in years. Scorpio will not get pinned here but he won't lose either. Shelley gets the win over Lethal to keep Lethal at odds with Generation Next. It would really love to see Shelley vs. Lethal one on one again.

Grudge Tag Team Match
Homicide & Low Ki of The Rottwielers with Julius Smokes vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe

This match is a result of Cide and Ki getting singles victories over the Briscoes at the last show and then slapping them in the face. All four of these guys are fantastic and I am chomping at the bit with anticipation for this one. I haven't seen Low Ki wrestle in person in over a year and he's always been one of my favorites. Jay and Mark Briscoe are one of the best tag teams in the world and Homicide and Low Ki are two of the stiffest guys around, this one's going to be....DAAAAAAANGEROOOUUUSSSSSSS!!!! I say that the Briscoes get their revenge in this one to keep the feud hot. Homicide will take the fall as no one is either pinning Ki or making him tap until he has his eventual match with Joe. Anyway, this match will fucking kick ass.

ROH Tag Team Title Match
Champions CM Punk & Colt Cabana defend vs. Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottwielers with Julius Smokes

The Second City Saints against the Havana Pitbulls, this is going to be all kinds of sick! Have you seen the match where the Saints won the titles from the Briscoes at Reborn: Stage Two? One of the best tag matches EVER, bar none mother fuckers! And if you haven't seen, you've heard how awesome the Pitbulls are. This one is going to be stiff and have lots of cool double team maneuvers involved. Picking a winner is tough because every time I think they're going to take the tag title off of the Saints they successfully defend them! I do think that the Pitbulls will really start feuding with the Briscoes and the Tag Titles would be icing on the cake. So I'll say that the Pitbulls go over in this one.

World Title Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. Trent Acid

Joe is pretty beat to shit going into this one and Acid is coming off wins in a Six Man Mayhem and a Four Corner Survival. That's what they are using trying to try and make it seem like Acid has a shot of beating Joe when in fact he doesn't. Don't get me wrong, I think this could be a really good match but I really don't think a guy who just started his singles run walks off with the ROH World Title. Acid is, in my opinion, underrated as a singles worker and Joe always does a good job of elevating talent. This match should do wonders for Acid's singles push while also making Joe look more vulnerable.

2 Out Of 3 Falls
"American Dragon" Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries

To quote Jack Tripper "Oh lordy, lordy, lordy." This one is a sure fire classic. If the reviews from their match at Survival of the Fittest are any indication, this one is going to tear the place apart. This match has been hyped for two months now and I fully believe that it will deliver. This is the match that is going to make Austin Aries the star everyone already says that he is. Danielson's last 2 out of 3 falls match was against Paul London at Epic Encounter and it was just that, an Epic Encounter. This will be technically sound, hard hitting, and all around incredible. Aries goes over to cement his position as one of the fastest rising stars in ROH today.

I don't know about all of you but this seems like a pretty damn stacked show to me. Of course I'll be back next week to go over all the results and happenings from Essington. Until next time, keep your head up!

Bloodletting 08/15/04: RESULTS FROM ROH ON 8/7 IN ESSINGTON, PA

Greetings, salutations, & welcome back to BLOODLETTING. I know we've spent a long hard week a way from each other but have no fear, your hero is back and I come bearing results! That's right, last week your beloved Straight Edge Icon was in the second row for ROH in Essington, PA. So let's look over the happenings and I'll give you my thoughts on the matches.

ROH in Essington, PA - 8/7


Winner Gets a Shot at the Pure Title
John Walters vs. Nigel McGuiness
This was what you would have expected it to be, a really great, no-nonsense technical match. Both of these guys really showed their stuff in this contest to set up a Pure Title shot in Braintree, MA on 8/28. The finish came as McGuiness was trying to hook Walters in a rather complex looking submission and Walters hooked him in a small package for the win. This was to be expected as Walters is from Boston and had been adamant about walking into Braintree a champion or a challenger. That's all well and good but we all know Pure Champion Doug Williams will walk out of Braintree with that belt still around his waist.

The Messiah of the Backbreaker Roderick Strong of Generation Next vs. Izzy of Special K
Special K is one of the multiple factions that Generation Next is currently feuding with. The feud continues here as Roderick Strong does the expected and kicks the living shit out of Izzy. There were tons of backbreakers from Strong and a few cool ass spots from Izzy. And of course Strong's trademark stiff ass chops. Strong ends the massacre with a cross arm spinal shock. After the match Special K attacks Strong but he beats the fuck out of them and goes after Becky again but Angel Dust makes the save.

Allison Danger comes out and prattles on and on about Maff and Whitmer and then introduces the Carnage Crew. Loc and Devito come out and call her a bitch a few times and tell her to get packing. This leads to...

The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito vs. Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer
This was a big ass brawl as I predicted with all the guys kicking the hell out of each other. Finish comes as Maff goes up top, Danger runs out and crotches him, and Loc & Devito hit the spike piledriver for the win. Post match Loc and Devito proclaim that Maff slipped. On the ROH web site they are claiming that no one in the match saw Danger trip up Maff. So, no turn for the Carnage Crew. Loc & Devito winning this one surprises me as I would think to keep the feud going that Danger's hired guns would have to keep losing to Maff and Whitmer. But it seems as though this one will go on for quite a while with Danger determined to make Danny and Hillbilly Jeebus's lives miserable.

4 Corner Survival Match
Jay Lethal vs. Ace Steel vs. Alex Shelley vs. 2 Cold Scorpio

Before the match Shelley gives Lethal another shot to join Generation Next and of course he rejected them. This was another great one in the tradition of 4 Corner Survival matches. Lots of back and forth stuff between Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal. Scorpio hit a ton of his signature spots including....the tumbleweed! Match ended when Shelley hit Lethal with the Shell Shock. Post match Shelley informed Lethal that he just "beat you in front of your parents." He also added that Gen Next would take care of that "washed up garbage wrestler" at the 9/11 show. Making reference to Mick Foley of course.

Gary Michael Capetta came out to announce that ROH would be reuniting one of the greatest tag teams of all time for the first time in 15 years when they returned to Philly on 10/2 as Jim Cornette would be bringing Beautiful Bobby Eaton, Loverboy Dennis Condrey, and Sweet Stan Lane, the Midnight Express. Well, all I can say is that I heard Beautiful Bobby looked pretty damn bad when he was on TNA against Kid Kash. I'll reserve my opinion until find out what the Midnights are doing that night other than the Q & A session. But I will say this, I'm skeptical. There is a real short list of "Legends" that I would care to see in the ring.

Tag Team Grudge Match
Low Ki and Homicide vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe
This was a really stiff, really well done tag match. There were some great spots in this one including Homicide nailing Jay with a snap brainbuster, then slapping him, and yelling "you ain't shit!" Mark hit his springboard ddt/dropkick combo on Cide and Ki. After some back and forth Homicide murders Jay with a clothesline and goes for the cover but the ref informs him that he is not the legal man. Jay spikes Homicide with the Jay Driller but Ki jumps him from behind and they fight over a Ki Krusher for a few seconds when out of nowhere Jay rolls up Ki for the clean pin. This was the old, "So you're going to Japan for NOAH and missing the Boston show eh? Well, you're getting pinned bitch." Maneuver from Gabe. Whatever, I really don't think anybody should be pinning Ki other than Joe at this point but hey, what do I know, I'm just the IWC's Straight Edge Icon.

Huge post match brawl which lead to Joe, CM Punk, and the Carnage Crew coming out to make the save. They brawled all the way to the back and from what I understand, out into the parking lot. This feud is heating up and getting better by the show.

ROH Tag Team Title Match
Havana Pitbulls w/Julius Smokes vs. CM Punk & Colt Cabana (Champions)

This was the second stiff as hell match of the night as that's the way the Pitbulls work. It was a great tag match with the Pitbulls spending most the night working on Punk's arm. Finish saw Rocky small package Cabana but Punk blocked it by grabbing Cabana's arm and preventing the roll thru. That is until Ricky came in a decapitated him with a lariat and Rocky rolled thru and scored the pin. And the Havana Pitbulls steal the ROH Tag Titles from the Second City Saints. Not much of a pop for the title change. Well, as much as I hate to see my hero CM Punk without the gold it only makes sense for the Pitbulls to have the Tag belts. It can only lend fuel to the fire of the Briscoes feud with them.

ROH World Title Match
Samoa Joe (Champion) vs. Trent Acid
This match started out pretty damn hot with Acid hitting Joe with the good old Greco Roman nut shot and then going for a couple of quick pin attempts, one off of a quebrada. Acid gets nailed with a sweeeet STO from Joe. The two head outside where Acid hits a nice rana on Joe. Joe nails Acid with the trademarked OLE OLE KICK! There's some confusion on the floor and the two make it back into the ring where Joe hits the Sumo palm strike rush followed by the Island Driver for the pin. This was very sudden as most expected the match to go longer. Post match Trent was clutching his ankle and practically screaming in pain. Turns out Acid sustained severely injured ankle and heel and was taken to the emergency room immediately. Acid will be out of action until September. Too bad as I think his singles push was really heating up and a good showing against Joe would have certainly helped his star to rise faster.

Two Out of Three Falls Match
Austin Aries vs. American Dragon Bryan Danielson
Umm...holy fuck was this 75-80 minute match a goddamn fucking classic. Can I describe it, I could, but you know what, I think this is one you need to experience for yourselves. I sat that watching this with a huge ass smile on my face and I can't wait until it comes out on DVD so that I can do it again. Oh yeah, Austin won, two falls to one. This shit ain't over, not by a long shot.

So there you have it, all the results and happenings of 8/7 in Essington. I'll be back next week with a preview of the 8/28 show in Braintree, MA. And yes gentle readers, I will be there, third row in Braintree! Oh and a special note to the Wrestling Fan's own Harry Simon, don't stay away too long man, we all need you around here and you'll be severely missed in your absence. As for the rest of you, until next time, keep your head up!

 
Bloodletting 08/23/04: ROH SCRAMBLE CAGE MELEE PREVIEW

Yes, it's me, the Whole Fn Machine, back for another edition of BLOODLETTING. This week we're going to preview next week's big ROH show, Scramble Cage Melee which will be held in Braintree, MA at the Nation Guard Armory. Yours truly will be seated in the third row for this one. As you're about to read, this event could be history making and someone could get seriously injured! BONUS! And away we go!

ROH Scramble Cage Melee - Braintree, MA 8/8/04

Special Challenge Match
Jay Lethal vs. Alex Shelley
OK, you all should know the set up on this one by now. It was at the 5/22 show in Philly that Generation Next was formed. After Aries, Strong, and Evans kicked the snot out of Special K in a 6 man tag Shelley proclaimed that there wasn't a single wrestler in the group. Lethal, who was then known as Hydro & a member of Special K, challenged Shelley then and there. Shelley won the match but said that Lethal had opened his eyes and offered him a spot in Generation Next, Lethal declined. Then at World Title Classic in Ohio Shelley offered a slot again and again he was denied. Soon after that Hydro quit Special K and became...Jay Lethal. Shelley pinned Lethal in the semifinals for the Pure Title on 7/17 at Reborn Completion and then again in a Four Way at Testing the Limits on 8/7. So as you can see this feud has been running strong for a few months now and it's time for another one on one confrontation. I think Shelley is going to teach Lethal another lesson in this one because, after all, Alex Shelley is, talent on loan from God.

Grudge Match
Ace Steel vs. Roderick Strong

Hmm...a guy who I don't think has ever won a singles match in ROH (Steel) against a guy known as the Messiah of the Backbreaker, who do you think goes over in this one? Yeah, me too, Strong snaps Steel in half with many of his backbreakers. This one is to keep the Generation Next vs. the Second City Saints feud going.

Grudge Match
Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries

Austin Aries just beat American Dragon Bryan Danielson in an 80 minute, two out of three falls classic and now he'll be facing Classic Colt Cabana. This one's another no brainer in my book with Aries going over Cabana. Again, the Saints vs. Gen Next feud continues. Is there anybody Generation Next isn't feuding with?

ROH Pure Title Match
Doug Williams defends against Boston's own John Walters

Walters has been going on and on for months about how he was going to walk into Boston with a title or contending for one. Well, here you go John, your contending for a title, but you sure as hell won't be winning it. Walters is a very good technical wrestler but I don't think he's yet reached the level of Williams, Danielson, Shelley, or Aries. And in my opinion, those are the only guys who should hold this belt...until AJ comes back.

ROH Tag Team Title Match

Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero defend vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe
This Reyes and Romero's first title defense since winning the belts from Punk and Cabana on the 7th. I really can't see them hot shotting the titles like this, it really doesn't make sense at all. The Briscoes are already two time tag champs and are certainly one of the best if not the best tag team in ROH. They really don't need the belts right now. Reyes and Romero while having quite a reputation are still relatively new to the ROH fans. Winning the titles from Punk and Cabana and keeping them away from the Briscoes will only strengthen their reputations. Look for Reyes and Romero to retain in this one.

Main Event #2- Scramble Cage Melee

Okay, this match is going to be fucking sick! It features the ROH exclusive Scramble Cage. This is a cage that has platforms on each of the four corners! This is an elimination match and the only way to eliminate someone is to jump on them from the top of the cage!!! Already announced: Jack Evans, Alterboy Luke, Fast Eddie, Dan Maff, BJ Whitmer, Loc, Devito, Dunn and Marcos, the Outkast Killahs and more names to be announced before the show! Do I even have to tell you how incredibly insane this match is going to be? OK, I'm sure everybody thinks Jack Evans is a lock to win this one, and yeah, that's a good possibility. But Jack really doesn't need to win this. He's already acknowledged as the best high flyer in the business. He doesn't need to win another spotfest to prove it. However, someone like Alterboy Luke, who is making his ROH debut, could greatly benefit from a win here. I can't pick a winner in this one but I'll tell you this, it's sure as shit is going to be one of two things: an incredibly fun spotfest or a gigantic clusterfuck.

Main Event #1- Non Title Match
ROH World Champion Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
The fact that this match is non title could really affect the outcome. This match has a lot to do with the fact that Punk never got his rematch after his 90 minute draw against Joe at World Title Classic, the fact that Joe and Homicide are STILL feuding, and the fact that there is now static between Homicide and Punk. Also that Homicide disrespected both Punk and Joe after World Title Classic. So yeah, Joe and Punk hate Homicide, Homicide hates Joe and Punk, and Joe and Punk still want to beat each other. SO this match has some damn issues. Who's going to win? Punk pins Homicide to eventually set up a Punk vs. Homicide. Maybe by the time we get that out of the way Joe will be done feuding with Homicide and Punk will get his damn rematch.

So there you go, a complete breakdown of Scramble Cage Melee in Braintree, MA on 8/7. I'll be back again next week with all the results and happenings from the show. Until next time, keep your head up!

 
 
Bloodletting 08/30/04: SCRAMBLE CAGE MELEE RESULTS AND HUGE NEWS OUT OF BOSTON!

Welcome, dear friends, to another action packed edition of BLOODLETTING. This week I bring the results from Ring of Honor's Scramble Cage Melee in Braintree, Massachusetts as well as absolutely HUGE news that emanated from the show. Do you want the huge news now or do you want it later? Hmmm....now or later, now or later? No, not the fucking candy you imbeciles! OK, fuck you, I'll tell you where it happened within the course of the show as I, your straightedge hero, the Whole Fn Machine, was there in the third row. Unfortunately I was stuck sitting behind some incredibly annoying and loud French Canadians and it was about 150 degrees in the venue. Were also going to do something a bit different from usual and start a new tradition. As you now in my previews I usually pick the winners as well as going over the matches. So from now on we'll see how we did. Matches that were changed or added obviously will not count. It's clobberin' time!

ROH Scramble Cage Melee - Braintree, MA 8/28/04

The night started out with some horrible news, Mark Briscoe was in a motorcycle accident and as a result the Briscoes would not be getting their Tag Title shot against Reyes and Romero. This was awful on two levels, first and foremost, I was worried for Mark Briscoes' health. Motorcycle accidents are no joke and you can get pretty damn gnarled on one of those machines. And of course taking a far second, I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to watch the Briscoes and the Pitbulls tear each other apart again. Hell if you had seen their matches at Reborn: Stage One and Reborn: Completion, you would be disappointed too! I received news on Sunday that Mark had been shaken up quite a bit but was fine. My thoughts are with him. As a result of the Briscoes being off the show Special K's Izzy and Dixie would now be taking on the Pitbulls for the Tag Titles. The crowd, of course, was not pleased. Also as a result Jimmy Rave of the Embassy would now be taking on Angel Dust of Special K. Rave was originally scheduled to face Izzy.

Special Challenge Match
Jay Lethal vs. Alex Shelley

Shelley got on the mic and asked if Ma and Pa Lethal were in the house and of course they were. Then he asked if they had brought there cam corder so they could have the event forever. This guy is such a good heel it's incredible. This was a really solid wrestling match that saw Shelley control the action almost the whole time. He worked Lethal's leg over a ton throughout the match. Lethal did manage to hit a very impressive release dragon suplex. Yeah, that's right, a release dragon suplex, that shit was sick. In the end Shelley wins it with a roll up. Of course Generation Next was ringside for the match.
My Pick: Shelley
My Score: 1-0

Jimmy Rave vs. Angel Dust

OK, originally this match was supposed to me Rave vs. Izzy but due to Izzy being put into the tag title match Angel Dust is subbing for him. The Rave/Izzy match was confirmed late so I didn't have a pick or preview for it. Plus with substitution it wouldn't count in my score anyway. For a last minute match these guys delivered. This match was fast paced and had some really nice spots. I really love Rave's new cocky heel persona, it's amusing as hell and I really think it is starting to get Rave over. Good for him, he works really hard and he deserves it. Rave hit a sick powerbomb on Angel Dust towards the end of the match, absolutely brutal. Rave hit a shining wizard and followed it up with a Rave Clash AKA Styles Clash for the win.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 1-0

Grudge Match
Ace Steel vs. Roderick Strong

This match had a lot of really stiff chops, palm strikes, slaps, and punches. The problem was, it didn't have much else. There really weren't any high impact moves or cool submissions or even a ton of ring psychology. This match was mediocre at best. I really do not like Steel and this match was another illustration of why, no real flow in the ring. Again, props for training Punk and Colt but otherwise, stick to 6 mans. This was the first time I didn't enjoy a Roderick Strong match, I think he only hit one back breaker variation. Steel gets the surprise victory with an arm submission.
My Pick: Roderick Strong
My Score: 1-1

Post match Generation Next kicks the crap out of Steel until Classic Colt Cabana makes the save. Gen Next high tails it out of the ring and Colt gets on the mic. He tells Aries that he doesn't want to wait until later for their match. He says "let's get it on like Donkey Kong! Let's hit it up like Cheech and Chong!" which brings us to

Grudge Match
Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries

This was a really great match with a lot of fantastic action. Colt hit his Kryptonite Krunch to the knee which is always and awesome sight. Aries got the victory with and awesome arm submission when Colt passed out. Post match Aries sandwiched Colt's arm between to chairs and then hit a 450 onto it! CM Punk hit the ring and chased off Generation Next. He got on the mic and ripped Alex Shelley a new one. Calling him Baby Bear and telling him that he can go back to Nashville and get back in Jerry Jarrett's pocket. SWEET!
My Pick: Austin Aries
My Score: 2-1

ROH Tag Team Title Match

Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero defend vs. Izzy & Dixie of Special K
Another match that won't count on my score as this was originally Reyes and Romero vs. the Briscoes. But c'mon, does anybody think that Izzy & Dixie have a chance against the Havana Pitbulls? Me neither, and they didn't. This was a solid tag team match that had some good spots despite being thrown together at the last minute. The finish came with Dixie getting pinned. Lacy (the IWA Mid-South Women's Champion) was ringside with Izzy. It looks like they are planning a split within Special K with some of the guys ending up with Lacy and some with Becky. There was some brief shoving and pushing within Special K post match but it calmed down and they walked out together.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 2-1

ROH Pure Title Match
Doug Williams defends against Boston's own John Walters

Before the match gets under way ROH World Champion Samoa Joe comes down to the ring and lets Williams know that it doesn't matter that he's the Pure Champion and it doesn't matter that he defended the Pure Title in England. That belt still doesn't mean anything compared to the World Title. He then told Walters to try not to choke in front of his hometown like he does everywhere else. This match was fast paced and featured a lot of submission holds and technical wrestling like you would expect from these two men. Both men used up all their rope breaks within the course of the match and it was a pretty even contest. Williams hit the Chaos Theory but couldn't hold the bridge due to the fact that Walter's had worked the leg most of the match therefor he did not get the pin. This seems to happen to Williams a lot and you would think he would protect the leg a bit better. In the end Walters hooked Williams in a submission in the ropes and being that he had no more rope breaks, Williams was forced to tap out. Your winner, and new Pure Champion, Boston's own, John Walters. This was pretty unexpected as the whole thing for Glory By Honor 3 on 9/11 was that Joe and Williams would pick each other's opponent. More news on this later on in the column...stay tuned!
My Pick: John Walters
My Score: 2-2

OK, here's the big announcement people, on November 5 in Boston, JUSHIN "THUNDER" Liger will make his Ring of Honor in ring debut!!! That's right fuckers, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, one of the greatest light-heavyweights of all time, is coming to Ring of Honor! And he will also be wrestling on November 6 in Elizabeth, NJ. This will be the ROH Thunder Weekend. Yeah bitches, you know I'll be there! ROH has announced that Liger "will be wrestling top notch opponents in the main events of both shows." For more on Liger's appearances go to http://www.rohwrestling.com and get all the info! When this was announced, the place absolutely exploded!

Main Event #1- Non Title Match

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
This match was all kinds of good except for the outcome. It featured the expected Punk and Joe double teaming on Homicide as revenge for him jumping them after World Title Classic. There was a lot of back and forth in this one and a lot of one guy getting thrown out and two guys going at it in the ring. Towards the end Homicide hit Punk with Punk's signature DDT, then Punk got Joe in the Choke, then Joe hit Homicide with and Ace Crusher. The finish comes when Punk nails Joe with the Pepsi Plunge and as he goes to pin Joe gets decapitated by a lariat courtesy of Homicide. Homicide pins Joe for the three count. ROH has already said that Homicide and Joe will not be in another match together this year, so we know there won't be a match between the two of them any time soon. So you figure this will ultimately lead to Homicide vs. Punk soon. Still, the wrong man won, I think Punk deserved the win here to become "the Icon of ROH." Whatever, he's still the Straightedge Icon and that's what really matters.
My Pick: CM Punk
My Score: 2-3

After the match Alex Shelley comes walking down the aisle and Punk starts screaming at him and of course gets jumped from behind by Generation Next. At one point Punk is on the mat being pressed back first up against the turnbuckles with Aries screaming in his face. Great tension building towards their first ever match on 9/11 in NJ. Ace Steel tries to make the save but gets his ass kicked. Eventually Colt comes in with his arm and head bandaged and makes the save.

Main Event #2- Scramble Cage Melee

Loc vs. Devito vs. Maff vs. Whitmer vs. Dunn vs Marcos vs. Oman Tortuga vs. Daiblo Santiago vs. Fast Eddie vs. Altar Boy Luke vs. Trent Acid vs. Jack Evans
That's right, twelve fucking guys! This match was all kinds of crazy and insane as you would expect. Devito hit a moonsault off the top onto Maff and Whitmer to eliminate both of them. This lead to Loc, Devito, Maff, and Whitmer brawling on the outside of the cage. That feud is definitely picking up some steam. While the four of them were brawling Altar Boy Luke hit an incredible Swanton Bomb off the top of the cage onto them to eliminate the Carnage Crew. Then Dunn and Marcos went up top to two separate platforms but Fast Eddie climbed up to the platform were Marcos was and the two started going at it. Dunn attempted to hit an elbow drop on someone but missed. Then, now this was sick, Fast Eddie had Marcos up for a fall away slam and while holding him did a back flip off the top of the cage onto Dunn, the Outcast Killahs, and Altar Boy Luke! Therefor Dunn, Marcos, the Outcast Killahs, and Altar Boy Luke were all eliminated! They announced the Fast Eddie was "unable to continue." Eddie left holding his ankle and we all thought that shit had snapped in two! The last two competitors were Trent Acid and Jack Evans. The two fought it out up top with Jack hit a hurricanrana on Trent off the top of the fucking cage! Then Jack Pulled Trent into position and hit a MOTHERFUCKING 1080 LEG DROP on Trent to win the match!!! Post match Jack looked fucking wrecked and so did Trent, they turned up all the house lights, thanked everyone for coming, and said everyone had to get out! Your winner of the first and probably last Scramble Cage Melee, Jack Evans!
My Pick: Jack Evans
My Final Score: 3-3

So the show is over and we're heading towards the exit and that's when it happened, I met CM Punk. That's right, I met my idol, my hero, CM Punk. It was definitely one of the coolest moments ever for me and I have to tell you, he's a really fucking nice guy. Unfortunately, my buddies fiancee had the camera and she had already headed out of the venue so alas, no photo of myself and the Punker. Oh well, there will be a next time.

ROH announced on Sunday that Fast Eddie, Trent Acid, and Jack Evans had all been injured in the match and had decided that there would never be another Scramble Cage Melee. This is wrestling folks, never say never. Despite this report Acid, Eddie, and Evans are all fine, it's just a work. Also as a result of Walters winning the Pure Title he gets to pick Joe's opponent for 9/11. Due to Joe trash talking Williams before their match, Walters has selected Williams as his opponent. Joe has selected Jay Briscoe as Walters opponent.

Well, there you have it, all the results and some very big news out of Boston. Jushin "Thunder" Liger is coming to Ring of Honor, why the fuck aren't you? Until next time, keep your head up!

Bloodletting 09/05/04: ROH - GLORY BY HONOR III PREVIEW

Oh my, my, my, my, my it's time for Ring of Honor's Glory By Honor III! That's right, September 11, 2004, in Elizabeth, NJ ROH will be presenting the third installment of it annual spectacle. And let me tell you folks, this one's going to bring the fucking roof down. Before we get rolling on the preview I should warn you all...the LIST is coming. Now let's get down and dirty!

Glory By Honor III - September 11, 2004 Elizabeth, NJ


Special Attraction Match
Jimmy Rave vs. Dixie

Here's another match to further the win streak and new character of Jimmy Rave while increasing the tension within Special K. And I think without a doubt that is exactly what will happen in this one. Rave will win with his "Rave Clash" and there will be infighting within Special K.

Rematch Of 4/23 "Reborn: Stage One"
Matt Stryker vs. Nigel McGuiness

Their match at Reborn: Stage One was very good but there is definitely room for improvement. The first match was, as you would expect with these two, very technical and involved a lot of submission holds and ring psychology. McGuiness got the duke in that one but I think he beats Stryker again here. The most logical thing to do with Nigel is build him up for a shot at the Pure Title. Also, somewhere down the line he's got to have a proper one on one match with Doug Williams. Losing to Stryker won't help usher that along.

Six Man Mayhem

Ace Steel vs. Fast Eddie vs. Izzy vs. Jay Lethal vs. Kahagas vs. Trent Acid

Now this should be interesting, there are quite a few variables in this match that make it awfully difficult to pick a winner. You've got Ace Steel who I believe finally won a singles match in ROH by making Roderick Strong tap at Scramble Cage Melee. Then there's Fast Eddie who had one of the most impressive moves of the night at that show and looks to be making a return to regular action here in ROH. Next is Izzy who, with his new woman, seems to be the next man to break away from or split in half Special K. As an aside, I've always really liked Izzy. The man who in other circles is also known as Insane Dragon has always impressed me with his ariel arsenal and agility. I've always felt he never got the credit he deserved for his talent. Next up is Jay Lethal who can't seem to get a win over Alex Shelley but keeps getting cheered like mad since leaving Special K behind. Kahagas is from Florida's FIP promotion and is making his ROH debut. I know absolutely nothing about this guy. And last but certainly not least you've got Trent Acid. He won both Multi-Man matches at Death Before Dishonor II weekend and was the last man to be eliminated from the Melee. I think Trent wins this one as well to increase his "Master of the Multi-Man Match" deal. Plus that could help towards Joe vs. Acid II as I think the original had a chance to be really good had Trent not injured his ankle and heel. Plus after his performance in the Melee, the man deserves it.

Allison Danger's Revenge
Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. IWA Puerto Rico's Chicano & Slash Venom

This would be the latest match in Alison Danger's series of attempts to take out Maff & Whitmer for leaving the Prophecy. Man, I really hope Christopher Daniels is coming back and coming back soon or this whole thing is going to get really old, really fast. I don't know a thing about Chicano or Slash Venom as I do not watch IWA Puerto Rico, do you? Exactly, here's hoping these two guys can work as Maff & Whitmer sure as hell can go. Also keep in mind that the two ex-Prophecy members have another and even more important match on the show. I'll go with Maff & Whitmer getting the win here despite interference from Danger. Can't have them going into Ultimate Endurance later on in the night with a loss.

First Time Ever Dream Match

Bryan Danielson vs. Alex Shelley
Oh boy, oh boy...can you see the drool? Can you see it, because it's there, I am absolutely salivating at this match. Aries vs. Danielson I & II were amazing but this right here, this could be the stuff legends are made of. Aries is a terrific all around wrestler who is extremely explosive in his movements but Shelley, oh mama, the boy is talent on loan from GOD. This is going to be a match up of true technical and submission artistry. Reversals upon reversals and innovative holds you won't believe. This match is a technical fans wet dream. Danielson is going to want to beat Shelley for being a part of Generation Next with Aries and Shelley is going to want to beat Danielson because Aries did. I'm going to give the win to the American Dragon Bryan Danielson here. I know that a win could to wonders to elevate the already high profile Shelley but you can't have Danielson, one of ROH's founding fathers, doing the J-O-B for every member of Generation Next. And yes, I know he beat both Jack Evans and Austin Aries at Survival of the Fittest. But he also lost the 2 out of 3 falls match against Aries at Testing the Limit. Either way, this match is going to be fucking unreal. Strap on your helmets kiddos, this one's gonna be a little rough.

Grudge Match

CM Punk vs. Austin Aries
At Reborn: Completion Punk saved Ricky Steamboat from Generation Next and in doing so did the face turn that shocked the world and brought joy to my warped and twisted little straightedge heart. Ever since then there has been run in after run in between the Second City Saints and Gen Next. Last week Aries injured Colt Cabana when he put his arm between two chairs and then hit a 450 onto them. Punk and Ace Steel made the save with Punk talking some serious shit to the boys in Generation Next. Later on in the night after Punk was CHEAP SHOTTED out of his win over Homicide and Samoa Joe he was jumped by Gen Next. This match is going to be all kinds of crazy intense with CM Punk going to every length to kick the snot out of Aries. Aries has been on a real roll here in ROH, defeating American Dragon and Colt Cabana but he runs into a road block here. And I'm not talking about GI Joes ladies and gents. CM Punk drops the Pepsi Plunge on Austin Aries. But this feud is far from over, not by a long shot.

Ultimate Endurance

Elimination match with each fall a different stipulation. First fall is a Tap Out match. Second fall with the remaining three teams is a Tag Team Scramble. The final fall with the last two teams will be for the ROH Tag Titles
ROH Tag Team Champions Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. Loc & Devito
The first Ultimate Endurance match happened at World Title Classic and it was one hell of a match. Maff and Whitmer came away with the victory in that one outlasting Ace Steel & Colt Cabana, the Briscoe Brothers, and Jack Evans & Austin Aries. What makes this Ultimate Endurance all the more enticing is that the Tag Titles are on the line. As you can see, Maff & Whitmer are the only team making a repeat appearance in this match. Their experience would definitely give them an edge if it wasn't for one thing, their mounting feud against the Carnage Crew. These boys went at it hot and heavy at Testing the Limits and the Carnage Crew scored a bit of a tainted victory when Allison Danger interfered. Then at Scramble Cage Melee Devito hit a moonsault off the top of the cage to eliminate Maff and Whitmer. The four then brawled outside the cage allowing Altarboy Luke to hit a SICK swanton onto all four of them and eliminate Loc and Devito. The two teams had to be separated in the locker room. So I believe that knocks both these teams out of contention to win this one. That leaves Reyes and Romero and Evans and Strong. I believe that they are going to want to make the Havana Pitbulls of Reyes and Romero look invincible going into their eventual match against the Briscoes. Especially since when these teams first met at Reborn: Stage One, the Pitbulls lost their ROH debut match. I'm sure Evans and Strong will look good in this one but I don't their going to win the straps yet, despite the fact that Generation Next could really use some gold to help get them even more over. I don't think anyone takes the tag belts from Reyes and Romero but the Briscoes and I think it will take the Briscoes more than one shot to do it.

Pure Title Match
John Walters defends vs. Homicide

Here's the situation, before Scramble Cage Melee then Pure Champion Doug Williams and ROH World Champion Samoa Joe agreed that each man would pick the other's opponent at Glory By Honor III. Williams lost the Pure Title to John Walters on that night. Joe picked Jay Briscoe as Walter's opponent for Glory By Honor III. Homicide was scheduled to face Mark Briscoe in a grudge match at GBH III. But alas, the day before the Melee Mark Briscoe was in a motorcycle accident and got himself pretty badly banged up. So the Briscoes missed their tag title shot at the Melee and now Mark is too injured to compete at this show. Jay requested the show off due to all the craziness in the Briscoe house right now. Hopefully the duo will be back for the 10/2 show. Whew...you still with me, OK. So Joe decides to name Homicide as Walter's opponent. Joe was supposed to make his reason for the choice known but as of this date has yet to do so. As I completely agree with my good friend Chris Brady's take on this match I'll let him tell you how it's going down. "Yeah Joe hates homicide but also thinks Walters is a punk. I say Homicide wins and since Joe and Homicide can't wrestle each other for a while anyway put the title on Homicide to build the feud between the 2 belts." I couldn't agree with ya more my man. And congrats again on your engagement to the lovely Laura!

World Title Match

Samoa Joe defends vs. Doug Williams

OK, explanation time again! Walters beat Williams for the Pure Title so HE gets to pick Joe's opponent for GBH III. Before Walter and Williams' Pure Title match Joe came out and talked a whole bunch of shit to both men. Therefor, since he disrespected Williams, Walters picked him as Joe's opponent. This match is going to be really hard hitting and I'm sure it will by far surpass the first match these two men had back at Round Robin Challenge II: Retribution on April 26, 2003. In the end Joe will walk out with his title but Williams will leave with Joe's respect.

Also at this show, Mick Foley makes his Ring of Honor debut! Everyone and their mother has been calling out Foley leading up to this show but why is here? What is Foley's business in Ring of Honor? We already know that this is more than a one shot deal as Foley has already been booked for 10/15 in Dayton, OH and 10/16 in Chicago Ridge, IL. Check out next week's edition of BLOODLETTING to find out all about Foley's reasons for being in ROH.

That's it for my amazing preview of Glory By Honor III which will be coming out you on Saturday, September 11, 2004 from the RexPlex in Elizabeth, NJ. Yours truly will be there in the second row to take in all the action!

Recently one of my former ROH favorites has been making quite a splash over on WWE SmackDown, even winning the tag team titles. That's right, I'm talking about my boy, Mr. Please Don't Die himself, Paul London. One of my fellow staffers here at the Fan, the lovely Miss Renee asked my opinion on some of Paul's best work in ROH. This was my response: If you're looking for shows with Paul on them, his best shows were: Unscripted (Street Fight vs. Michael Shane who is HBK's cousin..in this one Paul does a Shooting Star Press off a 20 foot ladder), One Year Anniversary Show (Three Way vs. Low Ki and AJ Styles,) Epic Encounter (2 out of 3 Falls Vs. American Dragon Bryan Danielson,) Night of the Grudges (Awesome Match vs. AJ Styles,) and Death Before Dishonor (his last ROH match vs. Samoa Joe.) Maybe Paul's success in WWE will help get some of you out there interested in checking out his, in my opinion, better work in ROH.

That's all for this week, I'll be back next week with all the results and happening from Glory By Honor III! And don't you forget, the LIST is coming! Until next time, keep your head up!

 

 

Bloodletting 09/13/04: ROH - GLORY BY HONOR III RESULTS

 Yes, I know, I'm a bit late with my results column but I was feeling a bit rundown yesterday and most of today so I asked Sean if I got do the column a little late. I assume you were able to bear without me for a day or so. Or, maybe not? Whatever, on to the results! Don't forget, I'll give you my prediction and my score throughout the results!

Glory By Honor III - September 11, 2004 Elizabeth, NJ

Before the show all the workers and ROH officials gathered in the ring and Danny Maff made a nice speech about 9/11 and we had a moment of silence. It was a very classy and moving experience.

Special Attraction Match
Jimmy Rave vs. Dixie
As was to be expected, Jimmy Rave beat Dixie with the Rave Clash to continue his win streak over the remaining Special K members. Rave's new heel persona continues to delight me! Post match Prince NaNa announces that Mick Foley is the newest member of his Embassy. It surprises no one when Mick does not comment when NaNa announces him.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave
My Score: 1-0

Jay Lethal vs. Matt Stryker
OK, this was supposed to Nigel McGuiness vs. Matt Stryker in a rematch of their Reborn: Stage One match but Nigel was moved into a Pure Title shot against John Walters when Homicide had to withdraw from that match due to being injured in a car accident the week previous. So this match came to be but not without some added incentive. If Stryker lost he would no longer be flown in to east coast shows, he would have to drive or pay for his own plane ticket. If Lethal lost he would not be booked for a few shows due to the fact that he has been on a losing streak. The fans have been shitting on Stryker for months and that continued here, as the crowd EXPLODED when Lethal won. Stryker cut a really bad promo post match.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 1-0

Six Man Mayhem
Ace Steel vs. Fast Eddie vs. Izzy vs. Angel Dust vs. Kahagas vs. Trent Acid

Yes kiddies, this match had some sick ass spots including when Fast Eddie had someone up for Fastedious and Trent hit him with a reverse rana! Then Izzy nailed Trent with his own reverse rana! Oh, Kahagas sucked BIG time. He fucked up several spots and there were several strikes where he did not even connect! He did hit an inverted Osaka Street Cutter that was pretty cool. In the end Acid went over with his sick inverted sit out brain buster AKA the shovel driver. As predicted, Acid continues his mastery of multi-man matches.
My Pick: Trent Acid
My Score: 2-0

Grudge Match
CM Punk vs. Austin Aries

OK, this match really was a lot different from what most people expected. It seemed as if everyone, myself included, thought that this match was going to be Punk going at any length to destroy Aries but it wasn't like that. Punk worked Aries arm like crazy which could be seen as Punk attempting to pay Aries back for injuring Cabana's arm at Scramble Cage Melee. We had a ref bump which the crowd shit on and Gen Next ran out and fucked up Punk a bit but then STEVE CORINO the KING of Old School made the save! The ring clears and Aries goes to the ropes to go after Corino but gets rolled up buy Punk for the 3 count.

My Pick: CM Punk
My Score: 3-0

Post match Punk tells Aries if he wants to fuck with him, he has to fuck with his friends too. Then out comes Homicide! Homicide pulled out of his match against Walters due to injury but was at the show anyway. Homicide and Corino had one of the most intense feuds ever in ROH culminating with the only barb wire match in Ring of Honor history at War of the Wire back on 11/29/03. Homicide jaws at Corino and then says how Corino was right back in the day about ROH management sucking, ROH fans sucking, and the ROH Champ sucking. He offers Corino his hand but Punk won't let Corino shake and Corino and Punk decide to leave. Homicide starts yelling at Corino and then tells the fans he wishes that they had been the ones who died in the Twin Towers. OK, I'm a New Yorker, born and raised and so is Homicide. I can't believe he crossed that line, it was fucked up. He did apologize later through ROH booker Gabe Spolsky. Here is Homicide's apology "I apologize for what I said last night. I live five minutes from the Twin Towers and I almost broke into tears during Dan Maff's speech before the show. I went too far and for that I am sorry." I believe his apology, he took his gimmick too far and he realized he fucked up, let's all let it go now.

Allison Danger's Revenge
Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. IWA Puerto Rico's Chicano & Slash Venom

This match was very short, only about 3 minutes but had some great spots including BJ hitting an Exploder thru a chairfor the win!
My Pick: Maff & Whitmer
My Score: 4-0

Post match Mick Foley hits the ring to let everyone know why he's come to ROH. Foley says that the opportunity came to him months ago to come to Ring of Honor and he had heard about ROH but wanted to see some tapes first. Upon seeing the tapes he had one thing to say "Holy Shit!" He went to say that if he were "younger and had even an ounce of athletic ability" he would have tried to steal all the workers moves! He talked about how tough as hell Maff & Whitmer were and said how ROH to him meant Ring of Hardcore! Gen Next and the Embassy tried to fuck up Foley but got beat down by Maff and Whitmer!

First Time Ever Dream Match
Bryan Danielson vs. Alex Shelley

This match was everything I could have hoped for! Tons of fantastic technical wrestling as was to be expected. Shelley really went for it in this one and had reversed a Cattle Mutilation into the Border City Stretch. He also hit the Shell Shock at one point. In the end though, it was the Cattle Mutilation the ruled the day as Shelley tapped.
My Pick: American Dragon Bryan Danielson
My Score: 5-0

Post match Dragon challenges Joe to a World Title Match in Philly on 10/2 and challenges JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER! The title shot against Joe will happen on 10/2 and PLEASE let the Liger match happen on 11/6 when I will be in the second row!

Pure Title Match
John Walters defends vs. Nigel McGuiness
Originally this was supposed to be Walters vs. Homicide but as I explain 'Cide had to pull out due to his injury. McGuiness was given the Pure Title shot instead. This was a great technical match with Nigel really working the British style. Both men used up two of their rope breaks and the finish was great. Walters had McGuiness in a straight jacket choke and dropped him on with the double knees in the move twice! After that no one was making plans for Nigel as he tapped out! And I still say that should be his theme song! (Making Plans for Nigel was an awesome song by XTC.)
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 5-0

World Title Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. Doug Williams

Joe REALLY kicked the ever loving shit out of Doug in this one. He hit one of the biggest STO's I have ever seen! And Joe always hits a HUGE STO in his matches and I have seen over 40 of Joe's matches and this STO was the biggest. And Williams is a pretty big fucking dude. The finish saw Joe absolutely crush Williams with a lariat hit a muscle buster and then another HUGE lariat for the win. OK, I love a huge lariat as much as the next guy but what the fuck is the trend in ROH main events with the lariat wins lately? First Homicide, now Joe? Besides, it makes me miss AJ's discuss lariat!
My Pick: Samoa Joe
My Score: 6-0

Ultimate Endurance
Elimination match with each fall a different stipulation. First fall is a Tap Out match. Second fall with the remaining three teams is a Tag Team Scramble. The final fall with the last two teams will be for the ROH Tag Titles.

ROH Tag Team Champions Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. Loc & Devito
This match was everything I expected it to be and more. First Maff and Whitmer made Devito tap out like the fat bitch that he is. Then Maff hit an incredibly sick Burning Hammer on poor Jack Evans. The final fall came after a flurry of absolutely stiff knee shots from Romero to Whitmer. In the end the Pitbulls were just too much for Maff and Whitmer. Although, there were a ton of near falls broken up by interference from Julius Smokes...hmm.
My Pick: Havana Pitbulls
My Score: 7-0

Post match the Pitbulls try to work over Maff and Whitmer as do the Embassy, and Gen Next but Mick Foley and a fire extinguisher make the save! Foley hits the double arm DDT on Jimmy Rave! Foley and Maff & Whitmer clean house! People begin chanting for Foley and he thanks them but tells them he did nothing and to cheer for the guys who did something! The crowd starts an ROH chant!

This was a highly emotional and excellent show with the debut of Foley and the return of Steve Corino. And hey, in matches I picked I went a perfect 7 and 0! I fucking rule bitches! Deal with it!

There has been a ton of things to come out news wise since the show but I think that I will be saving that for next time. Next week's column will be a simply HUGE two parter! Part One will cover all the news going on in Ring of Honor and Part II will mark the return of The List!!!

Until next time, keep your fucking head up!

 

 

09/20/04:

Well, another week has passed and although I'm sure the wait his been excruciating for you, I'm back with this week's edition of BLOODLETTING. As I promised last week I have loads of Ring of Honor news for you and the return of THE LIST. So why don't we stop fooling around and get to work?

ROH News
The first big pieces of news to come in over the work were the announcements of three big title matches for the 10/2 Midnight Express Reunion show in Philly. ROH World Champion Samoa Joe will face American Dragon Bryan Danielson in one of the most anticipated matches in ROH history. Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero will defend the ROH Tag Titles against the hard hitting tandem of Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer. And last but not least, ROH Pure Champion John Walters will defend his title against Alex Shelley of Generation Next. The Pure Title match will take place during the afternoon card as Walter's is participating in the elimination match on the night card.  The
eight man elimination tag match will feature ROH Pure Champ John Walters, CM Punk, Ace Steel, and Jimmy Jacobs vs. Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans of Generation Next. The three title matches and this elimination tag make 10/2 in Philly a can't miss event.

Also in ROH news two big matches have been signed for the 10/15 and 10/16 double shot. First off on 10/15 in Dayton, OH there will be a six man tag match pitting CM Punk, Ace Steel, and Steve Corino vs. Austin Aries, Alex Shelley, and Jack Evans. Then on 10/16 in Chicago Corino will challenge Samoa Joe for the ROH World Title, IF Joe can retain against American Dragon. If not, the match will be for a future title shot. Also Mick Foley will be at both of the shows for the Midwest double shot.

OK folks, I have saved the biggest news for last. ROH Thunder Weekend is November 5 & 6 in Boston and New Jersey. On November 5 in Boston, MA Jushin "Thunder" Liger will take on American Dragon Bryan Danielson in response to the challenge Danielson put out at Glory By Honor III. Then on November 6 in Elizabeth, NJ Liger and ROH World Champion Samoa Joe will take on Danielson and his partner....LOW KI. This is the first Liger and Ki will be in the same ring together. Danielson has said that he picked Low Ki because he will neutralize Joe and Dragon respects him.

So how do you like that for a big ass news update? As always, for the most current and in-depth ROH news you should go to
http://rohwrestling.com where you can also order all the latest ROH DVDs and VHS cassettes.

And now onto.....

THE LIST

OK, I first did the last back in December of 2003 and I used it as a way to get out my frustrations over the wrestling product and the WWE in general. I have always admitted that the List was a variation of my good buddy Rick Guzman's Brick List over at
http://www.deansplanet.com please head on over there and check out Rick and the boys sometime. Much love to you Rick, my fellow Tower Records veteran! But you see my list has now undergone a revolution. There will now be degrees in which I express my hatred. Here's the explanation:

Brick: This means I want smash you about the skull with a brick. You annoy the hell out of me and I want to injure but not maim or kill you.

Impale You with my Plastic Shovel: This term was taken from a zine my brother Frank (AKA Halovox, the best synthpop on the fucking planet, check him out at
http://www.halovox.com free plug cause I love you) wrote in college called the Scumbag Rag. Sean, you would have loved it, satire at it's best. Too bad he doesn't like wrestling or we could have made a hell of a writing tag team. Anyway, an answer to a psych quiz in "the Rag" was "or d impale you with my plastic shovel." I have always loved the term. This means I really fucking hate you and wish to seriously maim you.

And last but certainly not least:

Ball Peen Hammer: This means that I want to cave in your skull with a ball peen hammer. I cannot stand the fact that you waste air on the same planet as I. To quote Eric Cartman "I hate you, I want you to die!"

This time, I am not limiting myself to wrestling, so beware. So let's get going shall we?

Gimmick Fans - No, this doesn't mean fans who love wrestlers with great gimmicks. This means fans who try to get themselves over by creating their own gimmicks. We have several of these borderline retards at ROH shows. Like Green Lantern Fan who always wears Green Lantern gear and Billy Gunn Fan who you guessed it, always wears Billy Gunn shit. You all get a bunch of bricks for being such fucking losers. Get over yourselves, I am there to see the workers and not you. Maybe when you awake from your concussions you'll realize what morons you are and come to a show in some goddamn normal clothes.

Vince McMahon - You fucking roided up, senile old bastard. Thank you for making one of my most favorite things in the world, the WWE, unmatchable. Now when I tell people I love pro wrestling I have to qualify it be adding that I DO NOT watch the WWE. Every time I turn on Raw or Smack Down to give you another chance you reward me with Rene Dupree and other assorted crap like JBL. Fuck you Vince as I cave your big skull in with my ball peen hammer!

Rolling Stone Magazine - You corporate whore, you get impaled with my plastic shovel for putting fucking Lindsay Lohan on your goddamn cover. Celebrating 50 years of Rock my ass. When do Interpol, AFI, the Killers, Mindless Self Indulgence, or the Honorary Title get to be on your fucking cover?

MTV - You slick little pricks, where are the mother fucking videos? Oh, over at MTV2..sorry I meant where are the good fucking videos? Oh that's right they're on VH1 Classic on that show the Alternative. Because MTV fucking sucks and doesn't play any real bands like halovox or Xero/G or Simulator. You get impaled with a plastic shovel like the whore that you are!

The Wrestling Fan's Canadian Bacon - You really fucking suck, you know that don't you? I have seen some goddamn talentless hacks writing shit on the old net in my time but you take the fucking cake kiddo. And Seanie tells me you think you've got skills? Homie, take this here plastic shovel and stick it where the sun don't shine baby boy. Diesel...give me a fucking break.

NWA -TNA: Aww...you're all sad and distressed because you're number one boy, you're only grandslam champ the Phenomenal AJ Styles admitted he enjoyed wrestling in ROH more than in TNA. Gee, I wonder why he would enjoy working a 30 minute classic versus Samoa Joe or CM Punk over a 5 minute squash loss to Jeff Jarrett. So as a result you ban Styles and Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels from competing in ROH. Grow the fuck up, you can't touch ROH in terms of fan base, in ring quality, angles, and workers. Suck on my fucking ball peen hammer as I wrap it around your skulls Jarrett boys!

Jessica Simpson: You blonde haired, big titted, no brained moron. How do you live the life you lead, make the money that you make, and live in the house you without the possession of a single brain cell? Here comes the shove, Nick might have been your first, but my plastic shovel surely won't be your last!

Ashlee Simpson: Oh dear lord, you are fucking horrid girl. You sing like an old lady on crack and are sucking and the big breasted teet of your sister's fame. She sucks like shit but you're worse for profiting from said suckage. You get the ball peen hammer baby! Pieces of you all right!

Homicide: He's an ROH matches and can really do it all from Barbed wire matches, to strong style, to lucha style. He's a great in ring worker but on 9/11 at Glory By Honor III he proved why he should let Julius Smokes do his talking for him. Homicide made an inflammatory remark about 9/11 that he later apologized for through ROH booker Gabe Sapolsky. Homicide, you get a fucking brick for you boneheaded comment.

Think there is someone else who should have been on this list? Think there's someone on here who doesn't deserve to be? Well, then you better drop me a fucking line and let me know.

That's all for this week folks but I'll be back next week with a preview for ROH's big Midnight Express Reunion on 10/2 in Philadelphia. Until next time, keep your fucking head up!

 

 

Bloodletting 10/04/04: ROH MIDNIGHT EXPRESS REUNION SHOW RESULTS!

 It's time, once again, for everybody's favorite straightedge net columnist, that's right, the Whole Fn Machine himself, Christopher Freda! Thank you, thank you, and welcome back to BLOODLETTING, the place on the Wrestling Fan to get all the news and results concerning, the greatest promotion in the world today Ring of Honor. Now, let's get on to business, the results from the big Midnight Express Reunion show in Philadelphia. As usual I will post my pick and my score after the results of each match. Let's see how I do this week shall we?

Ring Of Honor: Midnight Express Reunion
October 2nd, 2004
Philadelphia, PA, National Guard Armory


As I said last week we'll start off with the afternoon mini-card and move on to the evening show from there. As my idol CM Punk would say "It's clobberin' time!"

Afternoon Mini-card


Rockin Rebel and Greg "Tough Enough" Matthews vs. Scott Cardinal and Jerk Jackson
OK, for those of you who don't know Rockin' Rebel is this suck ass indie wrestler who owns a promoter's permit that ROH uses when they are in Philly. He really fucking sucks but he let's ROH use his license provided they book him on the show. Unfortunately, he's fucking horrible and he always goes over. Greg Matthews was on the first season of Tough Enough. Rebel and Matthews won. I know nothing about Jackson and Cardinal, I believe they were ROH Wrestling School Students.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 0-0

Ricky Landell and Alex Law (Corino's students) vs. Anthony Franco and Evan Starsmore(CM Punk students)
Well, not knowing any of the workers in this one I went to the safe pick and chose the ROH students on the ROH show, I guessed wrong. My reasoning for Corino's student's going over is that I believe they have been in the business longer.
My Pick: Anthony Franco and Evan Starsmore(CM Punk students)
My Score: 0-1

The Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito vs. Shane Hagadorn, Jesse Robinson and Matt Turner (ROH Students)
This one wasn't announced until later in the week so I didn't have a chance to pick it. But I bet you can guess what happened and it was no shocker for me either.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 0-1

The top graduate of the ROH School Davey Andrews vs. Head Trainer CM Punk
CM Punk wins by submission...duh.
My Pick: CM Punk
My Score: 1-1

Tag Team Grudge Match

Dunn and Marcos vs. the Special K team of Deranged and Cloudy
This match was originally on the evening show but was shifted to the afternoon card. Also it was originally Deranged and Dixie but Cloudy subbed for Dixie. As predicted Dunn & Marcos went over on the rich kid ravers.
My Pick: Dunn & Marcos
My Score: 2-1

Pure Title Match
John Walters defends vs. Alex Shelley

As I said in my preview last week, there is no way they are going to give Shelley a title with the whole TNA thing hanging over their heads. Walters goes over after Shelley uses up all his rope breaks and is caught in a rope based submission hold by Walters. Winner and still ROH Pure Champion, John Walters.
My Pick: Walters to retain
My Score: 3-1

This was followed by what was said to be an amazing Q&A Session with Jim Cornette and all 3 members of the Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane, which has been reported to have lasted nearly 2 hours.

On to the evening show!

ROH Tag Team Title Match

Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero vs. Izzy & Angel Dust of Special K
This match was originally supposed to be Reyes and Romero against Maff and Whitmer but Maff has been coping with a bad shoulder for quite a while now and had to have some fluid drained and was on the shelf. Reyes and Romero rocked Special K and of course Izzy wasn't the one to get pinned. Thus Lacey went off on Special K about how only her boyfriend Izzy can do anything right. Furthering the tension in Special K.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 3-1

Four Corner Survival
Jimmy Rave vs. Trent Acid vs. Josh Daniels vs. BJ Whitmer

Another match that was revamped in the week leading up to the show. This was supposed to be a special challenge match between former Embassy member Josh Daniels and current member Jimmy Rave. Due to Maff being off the show and needing something for Acid and Whitmer to do they decided to put together this here 4 Corner Survival. I personally would have left the Rave/Daniels match alone and added Whitmer vs. Acid. But I guess this was done to save time. Anyway, Rave continues his winning streak by pinning Acid after a Rave Clash. This is the second time Rave his pinned Acid and it also put an end to Acid's winning streak in multi man matches. Post match the Carnage Crew comes out, traps BJ in a garbage can and beats the can with baseball bats to send Maff and Whitmer a message.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 3-1

Low Ki vs. Jay Lethal
This match was also added during the week leading up to the show. Upon hearing about this match I e-mailed the Whole Fn Deal Chris Brady and informed him there would apparently be a murder occurring at the show. I was right, Jay Lethal got the shit kicked out of him. This was used as a way to send Lethal's mentor Samoa Joe a message that Ki was coming for him.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 3-1

Homicide vs. Nigel McGuiness
In the upset of the night and possibly of the year, Nigel beats Homicide! Nigel works the arm the whole match and yet his victory comes via pinfall? Curious choice but I guess you can't have Homicide tap out. Post match Homicide does his "I'm crazy!" routine and destroys the ringside area...again. Definitely a HUGE upset and now that Nigel is full time guy it looks like this is the beginning of a big push.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 3-1

8 Man Elimination Match
Generation Next of Austin Aries, Alex Shelley, Roderick Strong & Jack Evans will battle Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat's team of Pure Champion John Walters, CM Punk, Ace Steel & Jimmy Jacobs
This was said to be a really great elimination match and the eliminations went as follows. Shelley pinned Jacobs at 20:57, Ace pinned Jack at 27:15, followed by Aries pinning Ace at 27:50. Punk wound up disqualified for using a chair that Gen Next brought into the ring at approx. 31:50, leaving Walters alone with 3 members of Gen Next. John Walters beat Roderick at about 35:20. Finally Aries pinned Walters to win the match with the 450 splash. Austin Aries & Alex Shelley of Generation Next are your winners. After the match both Aries and Shelley said that there was only one number one spot in ROH and they were coming for Samoa Joe. This lead to a bit of tension between Aries and Shelley but the two agreed that they were both coming after Joe. They left the ring together.
My Pick: Generation Next
My Score: 4-1

Before the main event the Midnight Express came out with Cornette and talked about their history as a team, spending time in Philly in the past, the first town to cheer on the heels for their work in the ring. All four spoke for a while including some personal tributes to Big Bossman, Ray Traylor (Big Bubba Rogers). The crowd started a "BUBBA" chant in salute. Then Prince Nana came to the ring with the Embassy (Jimmy Rave and the Outcast Killaz). Nana then brought out a real member of an Express team--- RICKY MORTON. Morton as a heel, talked about how the Rock N Roll Express should have been brought in and honored instead. Then Nana and the Embassy attacked the Midnights, but were soundly defeated and run off, hitting all the classic Midnight moves, and Nana getting the shit kicked out of him via a certain tennis racket.

ROH World Title Match

Samoa Joe defends vs. Bryan Danielson
Well folks, this was the match we were all waiting for, Dragon vs. Joe. And it was said to be about 40 minutes of pure awesomeness. People are calling it the best title match in ROH history and let me tell you, if it is, then it was one hell of a fucking classic. As I expected Samoa Joe won this one via choke out. I wasn't there in Philly but I really cannot wait until this one is available on DVD. Joe's reign is at 19 months and counting!
My Pick: Samoa Joe
My Score: 5-1

After the match Punk came out demanding a title shot because he took Joe to the limit in there 60 minute draw. Danielson countered that Punk my have taken on Joe for longer but he bought it harder. Umm...Dragon, you're awesome and all but, Joe beat you, he couldn't beat Punk. Therefor, Punk deserves a rematch sooner than later. It's just logical, oops...logic and wrestling never makes! Forgot my IWC handbook again, dang! Well, all that is moot as Generation Next came out, and ganged up on Punk, while Joe and Danielson watched. Then Homicide, Low Ki and The Rotweilers joined, and it was a huge brawl to end the show. Danielson got on the mic, and challenged Joe to a tag match with him and Low Ki teaming up against Joe and Jushin Liger on 11/6 at the Rexplex in Elizabeth. OK, again I have a problem. Why would Joe stand by and let Punk take a beating from Gen Next? Because Punk wants a shot at the title? Also, I know Danielson and Ki have this mutual respect thing going but Danielson's character is all about respect and while he may respect Low Ki he has called Homicide out on his antics before. Including how Cide needed a ball shot to beat him at Reborn: Stage 2 in Chicago. Well, I'm sure in the next few weeks leading up to the 10/15 & 10/16 double shot will shed some light on these issues.

Well, my score for this show was 5-1 and I know what you're thinking, I didn't pick a lot of the matches. Well, I can't control ROH changing or adding matches after I've already written a column now can I? And I didn't write the column until a week prior so you can't say it was done way in advance. I take what they give me children. There was a lot of news coming after this show but I think that we can save it for next week as it all pertains to the 10/15, 10/16 double shot in the Midwest. I'll have all the previews and predictions for those two packed shows next week! Until next time, keep your head up!

PS: Def Jam: Fight for NY is one kick ass video game, as a native NYC resident and someone who hates rap music, I thoroughly enjoy kicking the shit out of all these dumbass rappers. It hasn't even been a week and I have the game 94% completed! Eat shit Flavor Flav, go suck Brigitte Nielson's dick some more! I love that straightedge ICON Henry Rollins is your trainer in the game. Somehow Hank teaching you how to beat the fuck out of whiny bitch ass rapers seems appropriate. Heh

 
 
Bloodletting 10/11/04: ROH: 10/15 Dayton, OH & 10/16 Chicago Ridge, IL Preview!

Yet another week has gone by so here I am again to honor you with my presence. I know, you are all nowhere near worthy but, what the hey, I'm here right? So stop bowing and groveling and enjoy it! I know I say this often but we have a hell of a lot of ground to cover this week. Ring of Honor has a tremendous double shot next week and we're going to cover both shows here! And you know what that means, match previews and predictions. That also means that next week's column be another HUGE one, with all the results and my score! And now, it's clobberin' time!!!


Ring of Honor in Dayton, OH 10/15

Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious vs. Special K of Angel Dust and Dixie
This match was just added on the 10th and it includes Jacobs and Delirious teaming for the first time. Every time I watch Delirious wrestle I am highly entertained by his move set as well as his in ring antics. I would to see him showing up at ROH's east coast shows more often. And Jacobs is always a pleasure as well. Angel Dust and Dixie are two of the better Special K members and are on the Becky side of Special K. I think Special K's losing streak continues here and that the new team of Jacobs and Delirious starts off on the right foot. They are going to be one wacky as hell team.
My Pick: Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious

Bonus Attraction Match
Trent Acid vs. Matt Sydal
Another guy I wish ROH used more on the east cost is the highly talented Matt Sydal. He and Delirious are midwest guys and often only work the midwest shows, definitely unfortunate. Sydal is great to watch and is mostly featured in Four Corner Survivals so I am extremely excited about him being in a one on one contest this time. His opponent is the love him or hate him Trent Acid. Most people either go one way or the other on Acid, I think he's pretty damn entertaining. Not my favorite worker but I definitely enjoy watching him. He's gonna beat Sydal for sure in this one.
My Pick: Trent Acid

Four Corner Survival
Nigel McGuinness vs. Matt Stryker vs. Roderick Strong vs. ???

The fourth participant in this match was supposed to be Izzy of Special K but Izzy was forced to pull off the shows at the last minute. His replacement has yet to be announced but I have a feeling it will be Jimmy Rave. Without knowing for certain I'm going to say that "We're only making plans for" Nigel McGuinness gets the win. I mean c'mon, the guy beat Homicide last week!
My Pick: Nigel McGuinness

Rematch From Last Dayton Show
Chad Collyer vs. Jay Lethal
OK, this will be a fantastic technical match with tons of reversals and counters. There will be a ton of mat action with Lethal nailing Collyer with some killer strikes and Collyer going after the legs and lower back to attempt to set up the Texas Clover Leaf. Lethal is in the midst of a bush a Samoa Joe's disciple and he's going to get the win here.
My Pick: Jay Lethal

Tag Team Grudge Match
Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito

Well, the war between these two teams continues here. It seems that both of these teams go from one feud to another without really getting a true shot at the tag titles. Maff and Whitmer held the belts for a few hours before losing them at RRCIII and Loc and Devito have never gotten them. I don't think it's really in the cards for CC but I think Maff and Whitmer would be great tag champs. Perhaps with the Briscoes out for an indefinite time due to injury the tag ranks will open up a bit. In there last singles match which actually started this feud the CC won due to outside interference from Alison Danger. The next match both teams were in was the Scramble Cage Melee were Devito eliminated Maff and Whitmer but then Loc & Devito got themselves eliminated while brawling with Maff and Whitmer. Then in the Ultimate Endurance match at Glory By Honor III Maff and Whitmer forced Devito to tap out thus eliminating the Carnage Crew. At the Midnight Express Reunion Loc and Devito jumped Whitmer after his Four Corner Survival Match. Maff was not at the show due to injury. Round and round she goes and where she stops only ROH booker Gabe Sapolsky knows! But my guess is it's Maff and Whitmer's turn to pick up the win.
My Pick: Maff and Whitmer

Special Challenge Match- As A Result Of Last Time In Dayton
CM Punk vs. Homicide

The last time ROH was in Dayton was for the World Title Classic. That night CM Punk and ROH World Champion delighted the crowd with a one hour time limit draw. Post match they shook hands and raised each other's hands. Then Homicide stormed the ring with the Rottweilers and jumped both men ruining their moment. If there's one thing you don't want to do to CM Punk, it's steal his thunder. These two are seriously going to beat the shit out of each other, I guarantee it. This is not going to be pretty at all. I think CM Punk finally gets the win over Homicide here as the Second City Saints need to come out on top of the Rottweilers here.
My Pick: CM Punk

World Title Grudge Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers

OK, do I really have to go over the whole Samoa Joe Rottweilers feud? I didn't think so. Romero is one half of the ROH tag champs and is definitely not one to be trained lightly, there's also the little fact that Joe helped to train him. Both Romero and Joe like to use strikes to wear down their opponents and are adept at submission wrestling. Romero definitely has the speed advantage over Joe but it's also quite obvious that Joe has the power advantage. I've said it before and I'll say it again, no one is going to beat Joe one on one until he gets into the ring for a title defense against Low Ki.
My Pick: Samoa Joe

Six Man Tag Team War
CM Punk, Steve Corino & Ace Steel with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Austin Aries, Alex Shelley & Jack Evans

War is definitely the right word for this match. This match is a direct result of Generation Next's attempt to interfere in Punk's match against Aries. Corino came to Punk's aid and this match is the result. Too bad Cabana is in England and we have Steel instead. Steel is steady but Cabana would have fit much better in this one. The fact that Punk has a match against Homicide earlier in the night is definitely going to effect this match. Punk will be worn down and definitely a little beaten up after that one. This match is going to be very entertaining and I don't see Corino coming in and losing his first match back in ROH. Many think that Corino will turn on Punk here and join Gen Next, I'm not inclined to be one of them. Corino scores the pinfall here and joins the battle against the young upstarts in Gen Next.
My Pick: CM Punk, Steve Corino, & Ace Steel

On to the next show!!!!!!!

Ring of Honor in Chicago Ridge, IL 10/16

Special Challenge Match
Matt Stryker vs. Dixie of Special K

You're kidding me right? Former Field of Honor winner Matt Stryker against Dixie? Yeah, Dixie has a shot in hell, sure. Whatever, Stryker wins the squash here and turns his new heel routine up a few notches.
My Pick: Matt Stryker

Four Corner Survival
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Trent Acid vs. Matt Sydal vs. Angel Dust
This match will definitely be entertaining and sure has a shot to be a show stealer. All of these guys can go and this is the type of match that is great for showcasing them with lots of in and out action. Even though he lost last week in Philly I think Trent will regain his title of master of the multi man match here.
My Pick: Trent Acid

Tag Team Challenge Match
Homicide & Rocky Romero vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans

Strong and Evans are attempting to prove that they are good enough to hang with the best of them in ROH. If they beat Homicide and Romero then they are guarenteed a shot at Romero & Reyes' tag titles. This is definitely a tough call as Strong and Evans are making a case for themselves as a really good up and coming tag team but Homicide and Romero are two of ROH's hardest hitters. I think Romero and 'Cide put the crazy beat down on Gen Next in this one. Although I would love to see an 8 Man Tag pitting the Rottweilers of Homicide, Low Ki, Rocky Romero, and Rocky Reyes vs. Generation Next of Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans.
My Pick: Homicide and Romero

Grudge Match
CM Punk vs. Alex Shelley
This match has the potential to be very, very good. I just hope it doesn't disappoint the way Aries/Punk did. I hope these two just go for it in this one and try to go balls out. I have the feeling the reason Aries and Punk was let down was do to the fact that they were holding back for the eventual rematch. Punk is at a severe disadvantage here as none of the other Saints will be at this show even though it's in their hometown of Chicago. Corino will be at the show though so that could help. I see Shelley going over here in a way to further the Saints/Gen Next feud.
My Pick: Alex Shelley

Foley/Steamboat Challenge
Mick Foley's hardcore team of BJ Whitmer & Dan Maff vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat's pure wrestling team of Nigel McGuinness & Chad Collyer
Now this is going to be interesting for sure. Foley has been touting that ROH stands for Ring of Hardcore and Steamboat has stated that ROH is for pure wrestling and that "stuntmen" that practice "garbage wrestling" have no place in Ring of Honor. This has severely pissed off Foley, which one would expect after the Flair book. Also, Foley never clarified what he meant by "Hardcore." Did he mean hardcore as in balls out, no limits, no safety net wrestling? Or did he mean light tubes? Maff and Whitmer are one kick ass tag team and while McGuinness and Collyer are fantastic technical wrestlers, they've never teamed. Well....they've never teamed in ROH. McGuinness and Collyer are both midwest HWA guys and have teamed many times in the past. This match will be better than most people think. In the end Maff and Whitmer will win this one. This feud is far from over.
My Pick: Maff & Whitmer

World Title Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. Steve Corino

Wow, you want to talk about a match with back story? This goes all the way back to the first Glory By Honor on October 5, 2002. That was the day Samoa Joe first appeared in ROH for a Fight Without Honor against Low Ki. Joe was brought in by Christopher Daniels and the Prophecy to take out Low Ki. Joe left the Prophecy to join best friend Steve Corino's Group. The Group was supposed to ensure Corino's winning the ROH Title and taking out the Prophecy. But instead at Night of the Champions on March 22, 2003 Samoa Joe beat Xavier for the title. Then at Night of the Grudges on June 14, 2003 the Group lost a losing Faction must split up match to Daniels' Prophecy when Joe was rolled up by Danny Maff. Corino has never received a title shot from Joe. This one is definitely going to be a barn burner for sure. But again, I think Joe is keeping the belt until he faces Low Ki in a title match.
My Pick: Samoa Joe

These are all the matches that have been signed thus far for this show, originally Delirious was going to be taking on Izzy but as I mentioned earlier, he has pulled off the double shot. Also signed for the event are the Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito. So it is possible that more matches could be signed for both shows.

Well, that's it for this week's action packed column. I really hope you appreciated all the hard work and effort that went into it. If not, well, I enjoyed writing it anyway. I'll be back next week with all the results from the double shot weekend and to let you know how well I did on all my predictions. So until next week, keep your fucking heads up.

 
Bloodletting 10/18/04: ROH: 10/15 Dayton, OH & 10/16 Chicago Ridge, IL RESULTS!!!

Man oh man, this week ROH ripped it up with another midwest double-shot weekend and I am here with all the results for you. We've got two big shows to cover so we don't have any time to waste. But first I must start off my column with a little letter from a certain Mr. Corino from Sea Isle New Jersey:

To the ROH management and fans:

Much to my dismay Mr. Hashimoto from ZERO-ONE was forced to pull me off this weekends ROH shows in Dayton and Chicago. With recent injuries to Shinjiro Otani, Masato Tanaka, and then last night with Testuhito Takiawa (eye) and Nahiro Hoshikawa (ankle) he decided that he needed everyone he could for this weekends important shows. Jason The Legend was supposed to be my replacement for the weekend shows but we were told this morning that he will not be able to make it to Japan until 19 October.

I am very upset that I cannot make this weekends ROH shows. I was looking forward to having my first ROH World title match with Samoa Joe and getting back to the Midwest for the first time in way too long but ZERO-ONE is where my contract is written and I have to listen and respect my boss. I just wish the notice would have been much sooner.

I want to publicly apologize to Gabe and Cary and also to the whole locker room in addition to all of the great ROH fans that were coming this weekend.

I will no doubt 100% be at the ROH show in Philadelphia on 26 December and hope to return to ROH even sooner if possible.

Once again from the bottom of my heart I am sorry.

Thank you,
Steve

So, as you can see, Mr. Corino was not a part of the double-shot. This definitely threw a monkey wrench into some of my predictions but we'll still list my predictions and score. I will do an individual score for each show and then a combined score for the weekend. And away we go!

Ring of Honor in Dayton, OH 10/15

Special Challenge Match- As A Result Of Last Time In Dayton
CM Punk vs. Homicide

Homicide defeated CM Punk after a chairshot to the head and then a lariat to the back of the head. Yep, the man had to cheat to beat the straightedge ICON. This thing is far from over and let me tell you that I can't stand the fact they just won't let Punk go over on Homicide. I think that Punk is now 0-3 against him, what a joke.
My Pick: CM Punk
My Score: 0-1

Bonus Attraction Match
Trent Acid vs. Matt Sydal

In what has to be considered an upset Matt Sydal defeated Trent Acid with a roll up! From reports I've read it seemed like Acid was taking Sydal for granted, coming through the crowd with a cigarette, toying with Sydal throughout the match. Then when Acid went for his finish, Sydal rolled him up for the win! Book Sydal more!
My Pick: Trent Acid
My Score: 0-2

Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious vs. Special K of Angel Dust and Dixie
Jimmy Jacobs and the lizard faced Delirious get the victory after Jimmy hits the Contra Code on Angel Dust. The disintegration of Special K continues, as predicted. Glad to see the wacky combo of Delirious and Jacobs get the win here.
My Pick: Delirious and Jimmy Jacobs
My Score: 1-2

Rematch From Last Dayton Show
Chad Collyer vs. Jay Lethal
I heard that this match was totally devoid of any heat whatsoever. It seems Collyer worked the shit out of Lethal's knee the whole time but couldn't get any heat for it at all. Collyer makes Lethal tap to his Texas Cloverleaf.
My Pick: Jay Lethal
My Score: 1-3

Tag Team Grudge Match
Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito
Well at first there was a double DQ but then a certain Mrs. Foley's baby boy came out and had the match restarted! Mick was the guest ref of what turned into an extremely hard core tag match. Finish came when Maff & Whitmer put a garbage can over Loc's head and then nailed a con-chair-to on it for the win.
My Pick: Maff & Whitmer
My Score: 2-3

Post Match Ricky Steamboat came out and he and Foley got into a big confrontation. This featured Steamboat mentioning his great matches with Flair and Foley whipping out some "Dick Flair" comments. It was said that this was one of the night's greatest moments.

Four Corner Survival
Nigel McGuinness vs. Matt Stryker vs. Roderick Strong vs. Josh Daniels

Josh Daniels turned out to be the last minute replacement for Izzy who pulled off the doubleshot. Daniels is a pretty solid worker who throws some of the stiffest shots in the business. In the end we were only making plans for Nigel as he gets the duke after his sick ass top rope hangman's diamond cutter.
My Pick: Nigel
My Score: 3-3

World Title Grudge Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers

This match was, as predicted, stiff as all hell. From a lot of reports I heard it was a sever strong style match with a lot of kickboxing elements to it. According to Mike Johnson of pwinsider.com Romero was even out on his feet at one point in the match. He is reported to be fine but cannot recall the match at all. Samoa Joe makes Romero tap to the STF to continue his awesome reign.
My Pick: Samoa Joe
My Score: 4-3

Six Man Tag Team War
CM Punk with Traci Brooks, Ace Steel, & Jimmy Jacobs with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Austin Aries, Alex Shelley & Jack Evans

Jimmy Jacobs was Corino's surprise replacement as picked by Steamboat. It was a pretty good guess that they would pick Jacobs again as he was the surprise member of Steamboat's team last time in Philly. Traci Brooks makes a surprise return to ROH alongside her boyfriend CM Punk. Is it any wonder why this guy is my fucking hero? During the match Brooks got caught with an Aries baseball slide and had to be escorted to the back. But Aries paid the price as he fell victim to the Pepsi Plunge and the 1,2,3.
My Pick: My Pick: CM Punk, Jimmy Jacobs, & Ace Steel
My Score: 5-3

Okay, so my score for this one wasn't all that impressive, but hey, I was still above 500! Not too shabby fuckers. Now onto Chicago where it's clobberin' time!

Ring of Honor in Chicago Ridge, IL 10/16

Jay Lethal vs. Delirious
This was a last minute match as originally Delirious had been booked to face Izzy but no replacement had yet to be added up until show time. I have no idea what this match was like as none of the reports I read on the show mentioned much about it other than it being "fun." I mean, seriously, one guys idea of "fun" is another guy's idea of sheer torture. I don't even want to tell you what Sean Carless thinks is "fun!" I mean, I don't want to say anything because, you know, to each his own but, let's just say he's lucky he's Canadian because a lot of that shit just isn't legal in the states! Anyway, Lethal takes the victory here.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 0-0

Traci Brooks vs. Daizze Haze
This match was said to be very short and "hot." I had no clue about this match and neither did anyone else because no one knew that Brook would be returning to ROH. Haze is Matt Sydal's arm candy. Brooks goes over in this one.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 0-0

Special Challenge Match
Matt Stryker vs. Dixie of Special K

This match was another short one with Stryker kicking the shit out of Dixie and making him tap to the Strykerlock. Hell this match wasn't even reported in the Torch's results!
My Pick: Matt Stryker
My Score: 1-0

Four Corner Survival
Josh Daniels vs. Trent Acid vs. Matt Sydal vs. Angel Dust

Originally Jimmy Jacobs was in the match but due to Corino's absence he was pushed up the card and Josh Daniels was inserted in his place. The finish comes when Daniels hits a suplex with a bridge on Angel Dust and Acid hits Sydal with his inverted implant DDT. The ref counts Daniels pin and misses Acid's. Therefor Trent loses on both nights! Inconceivable! "I do not think that word means what you think it means."
My Pick: Trent Acid
My Score: 1-1

Foley/Steamboat Challenge
Mick Foley's hardcore team of BJ Whitmer & Dan Maff vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat's pure wrestling team of Nigel McGuinness & Chad Collyer

I've heard that the match began with dueling promos of awesomeness from Foley and Steamboat. Early on the Carnage Crew came out and attacked Maff and Whitmer with chairs to draw a DQ. Steamboat chased them to the back with chairs and while he was gone Foley called him an old man and restarted the match. The two teams brawled all over the place and into the GA section with Foley cracking people with chair shots and Maff and Whitmer beating ass. Then Steamboat returned and yelled at Nigel to wrestle "Pure" and McGuinness scored the pin soon after. They all shook hands afterwards. I have to tell you that I'm very surprised that an established team like Maff and Whitmer lost to the first time combo of Nigel and Chad. Christ, Nigel and Chad seem like guys my friends and I would have thrown out of the school in only their underwear during the brutal NYC winters.
My Pick: Maff & Whitmer
My Score: 1-2

The Carnage Crew vs. CM Punk's Students
Carnage Crew beat the snot out of Punk's students who didn't even get name checked in any reports.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 1-2

After the match ended both Steamboat and Foley came out and kicked the crap out of the Carnage Crew with chairs. Foley said they were even at 1-1.

Tag Team Challenge Match
Homicide & Rocky Romero vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans

This was reported as being a fantastic back and forth match. Really incredible considering that Romero got knocked out in the previous night's match. Evans and Strong get the win after Evans hits a 630 SENTON on Romero. Guess this means the Gen Next boys will be getting a tag title shot in the near future.
My Pick: Homicide & Rocky Romero
My Score: 1-3

I Quit Match
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Alex Shelley

This was going to be CM Punk vs. Shelley but with Corino going back to Japan things had to be shaken up a bit. So we get a return match of Shelly vs. Jacobs. Also the stipulation of it being an I Quit Match was added. This was supposed to be a brutal 40 minutes of action with the crowd really into it. I heard the Singapore cane shots were sick as all hell. In the end the Huss Man is forced to give it up.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 1-3

World Title Match
Samoa Joe defends vs. CM Punk

Yes, that's right CM Punk mother fuckers! CM Punk became the replacement for Steve Corino and could you ask for a better replacement? The only other people currently on the ROH roster who could have been as good as or better than Punk in this slot are American Dragon and Low Ki. And yes, they went a full 60 fucking minutes again! This match was supposed to be even better than their awe-inspiring match at World Title Classic! Another incredible 60 minute draw and Samoa Joe still cannot beat CM Punk in a World Title match! I know, Punk can't beat Joe either but Joe has beaten everyone....except CM Punk.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 1-3

Post Match Punk said that he would face Joe again in a no time limit match when ROH came back to Chicago in February. But my question is, will Joe still have the title???

Damn, I didn't do to well with my Chicago predictions but hey, half the matches weren't announced and a lot of the others I did pick got changed around so, what can I say. Well, my combined scores for both shows was 6-6 so I was still at .500 which is pretty damn good. I think the real point here is that again ROH delivered and amazing weekend of action. The loss of Corino was a big blow to the weekend but I think ROH did a great job of recovering in having another 60 minute classic draw between Punk and Joe. When I heard late in the week that Punk was going to be Corino's replacement I was concerned with how it would go down. Especially after the classic the two put on the last time they went at it in Dayton. But I was pleasantly surprised by the booking decision. You did it again Gabe, my hats off to ya!

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Bloodletting 10/24/04: Smackdown Vs. Raw: I Don't Watch The Shows, But I'll Buy The Game

You know, I was sitting at work this week and I started to wonder what I was going to write my column on. I thought about how the next ROH show wasn't until Thunder Weekend November 5 in Boston and November 6 in Elizabeth. And I knew I wasn't going to write about that until next weekend. So what was I going to do about this weekend? The answer came in the form of my ringing cell phone on my lunch hour. It was my fellow wrestling and gaming enthusiast Chris Brady. We discussed the imminent arrival of GTA San Andreas and of course SmackDown vs. Raw. Ah-ha!

I know what you're thinking, I bash WWE all the time, this is very true. While I am not a big fan of the WWE product as of late, I am a big fan of the SmackDown series for PS2. I have bought every one of them on the day they came out. You see, I do believe that they have the best CAWs and the best move sets of any game I have played. And the match types get better with every new release.

Every year they seem to come up with something that peaks my interest a little more than the last year. This year it's the Create-A-PPV feature and the Create-A-Title feature. I know what you're thinking, the Create-A-PPV feature was in an earlier installment of the series, yes it was, but its been gone for quite some time. I, for one, am very glad to have it back. I always enjoyed booking and then playing though an entire PPV. Plus, if you have a CAW or 3 this can really help boost them in the standings, or at least it used to.

The Create-A-Title feature definitely seems like a cool idea. I just wonder how in depth they take it. Do you get to pick what it takes to qualify for a title shot? How is the first champion chosen, is it a tournament? Do you get to design the belt as well? Are you allowed to set certain stipulations for how and when it's defended?

There were other features on the game in the past that I wish would return. Features such as being able to challenge for or defend titles in the exhibition mode. You used to also be able to move up in the standings this way. Also you used to be able to create a wrestler and put him or her right into a season and be competitive. That way you could create a whole stable and really get them into a season to mix it up. In the last version it took several seasons to really build up a wrestler. This made it difficult to build up more than one wrestler.

Something I would also like to see is a higher number of wrestlers allowed in a stable. I mean seriously, right now the most you can have is 3. Can you remember, other than the Triple Threat, a big stable with just three members? There were usually at least 4 members and sometimes a lot more than that. Also the ability to have a manager was an interesting one they used in the past that should be brought back.

So there you go, SmackDown vs. Raw, I don't watch the shows, but I'll sure buy the game! I'll be back next week with my big ass preview for Ring Of Honor Thunder Weekend November 5 in Boston and November 6 in Elizabeth. Until next time, keep your head up and visit
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Bloodletting 11/01/04: ROH: Weekend of Thunder 11/5 Revere, MA & 11/6 Elizabeth, NJ

Once again I have returned to awaken you from the boredom of your daily lives and enlighten you with my keen insight and razor sharp wit! If I believed in God I would say that you heathen pricks were blessed with my presence! Enough of the pleasantry, bitches and bastards, for we have a ton of ground to cover. This week we'll go over the preview for Ring Of Honor's Weekend of Thunder featuring the one and only Jushin "Thunder" Liger! So let's have at it!

Revere, MA, November 5th for the beginning of the 'Weekend Of Thunder'


Four Corner Survival
Homicide vs. Izzy vs. Angel Dust vs. Fast Eddie
OK, now this should really be a no brainer considering you've got a main event guy like Homicide in the ring with two Special K members and Fast Eddie. But then I think about the fact that Nigel McGuinness defeated Homicide and questions arise. Especially the fact that Fast Eddie looked to be getting a real push around the time of Scramble Cage Melee. Nonetheless, I'm not going to go against Homicide in this one.
My Pick: Homicide

Bonus Attraction Match
Ace Steel vs. Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana & The Outcast Killaz

This is another match with intriguing possibilities. You have Jimmy Rave still striving for respectability in his heel gimmick with the Embassy against Ace Steel who has very limited success when not teaming with his fellow Second City Saints CM Punk and "Classic" Colt Cabana. I think they keep the Rave going in Boston.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave

Special Challenge Match
Low Ki vs. Chad Collyer
Man, the ass kicking machine that is Low Ki squares off against the technical master that is Chad Collyer. Collyer is a student of the Malenko family and that comes across in a lot of ways, both his excellence in the ring and his blandness on the mic. Hell, he even looks like a Malenko! And I do believe that Ki will kick the living shit out of him and then rub it in by making him tap to the Dragon Clutch.
My Pick: Low Ki

Boston Street Fight
Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer
Shit, this show sure has some tough to call matches. These two teams have had issues since their 8/7 match at Testing the Limit and things have just intensified ever since. Many think that a sticking point is that Mick Foley chose Maff and Whitmer to represent his Ring of Hardcore and not the more hardcore oriented Carnage Crew. I myself think the CC represent garbage wrestling whereas Maff and Whitmer represent hard hitting ass kicking. I feel the Carnage Crew get the win here to keep the feud fresh as well as the fact that a loss would hurt them more than Big Dan and Heart Break Jeebus.
My Pick: the Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito

Grudge Match
CM Punk vs. Austin Aries
The Second City Saints' Chick Magnet vs. Gen Next's finest in this big time grudge match. I think this one is going to be high impact and hard hitting. After going to another 60 minute draw against ROH World Champion Samoa Joe I expect the Uncrowned Champ to win this one. Although a win by Aries would hardly be considered an upset.
My Pick: CM Punk

Tag Team Title Match
Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers with Julius Smokes defend against Jack Evans & Roderick Strong of Generation Next

Evans and Strong get this title shot after their surprise upset against Romero and Homicide. Evans and Strong are a true threat but don't look for the Rottweilers to drop the belts just yet. Reyes and Romero hold onto the titles in this battle of heel factions.
My Pick: Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero

Dream Partner Tag Team Match
ROH World Champion Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal vs. Boston's own Pure Champion John Walters & Nigel McGuinness

This stems from and incident that went down the last time ROH was in Boston for the Scramble Cage Melee. Before Walters had his Pure Title shot against then champion Doug Williams Joe demeaned the Pure Title and then told Walters not to choke as like he usually did. Well, Walters pulled out the big win that night and upset Williams for the title. Now we're going to see the first clash of ROH Champs as Joe and his little buddy Jay Lethal go up against Walters and his rival we're only making plans for Nigel. I think Walters and McGuinness get the win here to further the World Title vs. Pure Title feud. But the catch is Joe won't be the one to be pinned.
My Pick: Pure Champion John Walters & Nigel McGuinness

The Main Event
Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson
Now folks, this one's going to be a barn burner for damn sure. Two of the greatest Junior Heavyweights are going head to head for the first time ever. I'm sure this one is going to be something for the ages and wish I could be there in person to witness it, thankfully I'll be in the second row in NJ the next night. No way that Liger get pinned in this one.
My Pick: Jushin "Thunder" Liger

On to night two of ROH's first Northeast Double Shot!

Elizabeth, NJ, November 6th- 'Weekend Of Thunder' continues

Tag Team Challenge
Dunn & Marcos vs. Dixie & Angel Dust of Special K
Special K has been on one hell of a losing streak and I see no reason for it to end here, plus Dunn and Marcos haven't picked up a win in a while.
My Pick: Dunn & Marcos

Bonus Attraction Match
Jay Lethal vs. Jimmy Rave with The Embassy led by Prince Nana

I see New Jersey's hometown boy going home a loser again in this battle against the master of the Rave Clash. The only way to keep people hating Rave and not have them get sick of him is to keep him winning. Especially beating the hometown hero.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave

Technical Challenge
Chad Collyer vs. Nigel McGuinness
This match will definitely be a technical wrestling fan boy's wet dream for sure. Holds and counter holds galore complete with innovative submissions and reversals. I think they want to keep Nigel's star on the rise and they'll have him over a technical master to do so.
My Pick: Nigel McGuinness

High-Flyers Four Corner Survival
Trent Acid vs. Jack Evans vs. Izzy vs. Fast Eddie
OK, you've got Trent Acid who had claimed to be the master of the multi man matches but then lost both that he was in at the Midwest double shot and you've also got the greatest high flyer in the world in Jack Evans. ROH has said that if Acid's losing streak continues he could plummet off the ROH roster. For that reason alone I see Acid getting the win here with Evans and Fast Eddie having extremely strong showings. But I doubt this will be the last we'll see of Evans on this night.
My Pick: Trent Acid

No DQ Match
CM Punk & Ace Steel of The Second City Saints vs. Austin Aries & Roderick Strong of Generation Next
Man, what the hell are Generation Next thinking, getting into a feud with the Second City Saints? These are the guys who ran off both Raven and the Prophecy! Now an interesting twist in this match is that Jack Evans, who isn't even in the match, has been boasting about the havoc Gen Next will cause in it. HE even mentioned ladders being involved. You know what that means, a Jack Evans run in featuring a 630 or 720 off a ladder. You also know that as a result Gen Next will pull one out against the Saints. That's OK, they'll win this battle but the Saints always seem to win the war.
My Pick: Austin Aries & Roderick Strong of Generation Next

Tag Title Match

Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers with Julius Smokes defend vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer
Can you say the stiffest and most hard hitting tag match ever? That's what this is going to be for sure. I think these two teams are going to really beat the shit out of each other in this one. The last time in NJ when both teams were the last remaining in Ultimate Endurance they went at each other like a pack of rabid dogs. This time won't be any different and neither will the outcome. Maff and Whitmer will win the ROH Tag Titles from Reyes and Romero, but it won't be on this night.
My Pick: Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers

Pure Title Match

John Walters defends vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
Another match that can go a lot of different ways. Many people think that a true heel champion with real main event value is what this title really needs. While other feel that having a wrestler such as Homicide hold the Pure Title will destroy it's identity and uniqueness. I say that Homicide destroys Walters and takes the belt. This will really kick up the Pure Title vs. World Title feud as Joe can claim that Homicide had to get the Pure Title because he couldn't take the World Title from him.
My Pick: Homicide

Dream Partner Tag Team Match

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe & Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson & Low Ki
Boy am I glad I'm going to be sitting in the second row at the RexPlex for this one. To heated rivals who have mutual respect for one another in Low Ki and Danielson teaming against the legend that is Liger and the unstoppable Samoa Joe. Liger is Low Ki's idol and this match will be truly special as this the first time the two will be in the ring together. Low Ki wants a shot at Joe's title and the only way he's going to get one is if he defeats Joe in a match like this. Look for Ki to get the pin on Joe in this one.
My Pick: "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson & Low Ki

Well, there you have it people, my preview and predictions for Ring of Honor's Weekend of Thunder. As you know, I'll return next week with all the results and news from both shows. Until next time, keep your head up

 
Bloodletting 11/08/04: ROH: WEEKEND OF THUNDER RESULTS
 
Well, here I am again, back to that place where I started from. Well, that's not exactly true. I mean, if you really think about it I started from Smithtown, NY where I was born and that's certainly not where I am now. I'm sitting in my apartment in Forest Hills, NY. And who knows where the fuck I'll be while you're reading this masterpiece of a column I call BLOODLETTING and you call your Holy Scriptures. And why do you want to know where I am you sick freak? I swear Sean, the fucking perverts you let on this site. Any way, we've got business to conduct, as I have all the results and happenings from Ring of Honor's Weekend of Thunder! The results from night one were amassed though research from several sources and I was in attendance for night two. We'll kick it off with night one! As we did with the last double shot I'll give my predictions and score for each show individually and then for the double shot on a whole. Let's see how I do this time, shall we?

Revere, MA, November 5th for the beginning of the 'Weekend Of Thunder'

Bonus Attraction Match
Ace Steel vs. Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana & The Outcast Killaz
Rave added Angel Williams, a Midwest worker who has done some TNA, to his entourage at this show. The match continued along with the formula that of Rave getting encouraged on the mic by Nana towards the end of the night. One Rave Clash to Steel's freshly styled melon and the Rave keeps going.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave
My Score: 1-0

Four Corner Survival

Homicide vs. Angel Dust vs. Fast Eddie vs. Dunn
Izzy was originally booked in this match but was unable to get to the show so Dunn of the Ring Crew Express wrestled in his place. The match was said to have a cool ass dive sequence featuring a tope from Angel Dust, a stage dive from Dunn, and a corkscrew from Fast Eddie. But it was all for naught as a nasty ass cop killer from Homicide put Angel Dust down.
My Pick: Homicide
My Score: 2-0

Boston Street Fight
Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer

As predicted this match was pretty much you standard hard core blood bath. All four guys bled and the end came when Allison Danger brought down some trash cans to the ring. Loc and Devito then nailed Whitmer with a double trash can shot to score the victory.
My Pick: the Carnage Crew of Loc and Devito
My Score: 3-0

Special Challenge Match
Low Ki vs. Chad Collyer

I've heard a lot of different things about this bout but the consensus seems to be that the two didn't really click all that well. The finish came when Ki acted like his ankle was legit hurt and Collyer helped him up and to the ropes. Ki then booted him hard in the stomach. He finished the match with a double stomp off the ropes. When Super Dragon does it it's called the Violence Party. To me it's boring no matter who does it. I agree with the venerable Chris Brady when I say Ki's work as a face is much better. His face move set is much more entertaining. When he's working heel there is no Ki Krusher, no Tidal Krush, no Kawada Kicks. Bring back face Ki, just for the move set alone!
My Pick: Low Ki
My Score: 4-0

Dream Partner Tag Team Match
ROH World Champion Samoa Joe & Jay Lethal vs. Boston's own Pure Champion John Walters & Nigel McGuinness
This was said to be a very entertaining and fun match. When Nigel went to do his little headstand in the corner gimmick Joe just booted him in the face! In the end Jay Lethal was forced to tap out as McGuinness kept Joe occupied. Post match Joe challenged Nigel to face him one on one the next time ROH is in Revere on 1/15.
My Pick: Pure Champion John Walters & Nigel McGuinness
My Score: 5-0

Grudge Match
CM Punk vs. Austin Aries

This match was said to be a very exciting back and forth match. Aries worked Punks leg for most of the match and towards the end nailed him with a 450 on the leg. He then forced Punk to tap to a single leg Boston Crab. Now Aries and Punk are 1-1 against one another and I sure hope I am able to be there for the rubber match. Post Match Aries again demanded a title shot. There are some that think when he gets that shot he'll walk out with the belt.
My Pick: CM Punk
My Score: 5-1

Tag Team Title Match
Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers with Julius Smokes defend against Jack Evans & Roderick Strong of Generation Next

This is being touted as a truly awesome tag match in which, as usual, Jack Evans abuses the shit out of his body. This man is the fucking shit. There isn't now and hasn't ever been a better high flyer than Jack Evans. In the end Reyes and Romero turned back the challenge of Generation Next.
My Pick: Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero
My Score: 6-1

The Main Event
Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson

This was a classic example of the New Japan Junior Heavyweight style featuring Joe working Liger's corner and Dragon going it alone. Liger hit all his signature spots and had the crowd solidly behind him, chanting his name. It is extremely hard in ROH to get fans to not cheer for Danielson and Liger is one of the very few who can keep them from doing so. The match ended when Liger hit his top rope brainbuster on American Dragon.
My Pick: Jushin "Thunder" Liger
My Score: 7-1

Not too shabby, I only missed one match on the first night, let's see how I did on night two as I witnessed the action first hand from the second row!

Elizabeth, NJ, November 6th- 'Weekend Of Thunder' continues

Technical Challenge

Chad Collyer vs. Nigel McGuinness

This match was everything I said it would be with a little comedy for fun thrown in as well. A super technical match with a lot of mat wrestling that went to a 15 minute draw. The match was good but I definitely wouldn't have started the show with it. Post show it was announced on www.rohwrestling.com that the two will continue as a tag team and pursue singles gold as well.
My Pick: Nigel McGuinness
My Score: 0-1 (I picked Nigel to win and he didn't so I'll take that as a loss, though I know some would consider it a push. Nonetheless, my prediction was wrong.)

Carnage Crew vs. Davey Andrews & Franco (ROH School Graduates)
This was basically, welcome to ROH, the Carnage Crew will now hand you your asses. The kids tried hard but got crushed by the top rope piledriver. Post Match Allison Danger came out and tried to persuade Loc and Devito to join her but they made light of her request and asked for lap dances. I would have liked to have seen that. They really need to find something for Danger to do other than berate Maff and Whitmer and screech at other tag teams to join her. Give her someone to work with already.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 0-1

High-Flyers Four Corner Survival
Trent Acid vs. Jack Evans vs. Izzy vs. Fast Eddie

Again, Jack Evans, he fucking owns you. This match had some super sick spots including the moment when Evans said "Fuck this shit, corkscrew 630!" And then hit one to the floor! This match was just insane action from start to finish. Fast Eddie hit his Fastidious moonsault/fallaway slam combo to the floor which was insane! Izzy nailed a poisoned rana and Acid hit an Acid Drop. The end came when Izzy hit a Super Ninja on Acid for the win. It was said that if Acid lost this match he could lose his spot in ROH. No news on that as of yet but I'll keep you posted.
My Pick: Trent Acid
My Score: 0-2

Bonus Attraction Match
Jay Lethal vs. Jimmy Rave with The Embassy led by Prince Nana
Again Rave came out with Angel and used her as a step stool to get into the ring. This was a good back and forth affair with people chanting for AJ Styles towards the end. At that point Rave went for the Rave Clash but Lethal blocked it. Nana got on the mic and jumped up on the apron and Lethal showed how "Special" he is by going after Nana. This allowed Rave to hit the ball shot and the Styles Clash for the victory. I told you, you can't stop the Rave.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave
My Score: 1-2

Gary Michael Capetta then hit the ring and brought with him a letter from the one and only James E. Cornette. Cronette said he has done it all in the wrestling business except stand across the ring from the one man who might be able to claim he was a better manager. That man being, Bobby "the Brain" Heenan. Well, the next time ROH is in Elizabeth on 12/4 they will have The Great Managerial Debate! Heenan vs. Cornette and yours truly will be Second Row.

No DQ Match
CM Punk & Ace Steel of The Second City Saints vs. Austin Aries & Roderick Strong of Generation Next

Oh dear God did this match kick all fucking types of ass. This was 20 minutes of nonstop hard-core wrestling. Not garbage wrestling, hard-core wrestling. There is a difference. The only weapons that got involved in this one were two tables and a ladder and boy did that ladder get a lot of use and abuse. Jack Evans hit the ring with the ladder and all kinds of mayhem ensued. Including Evans getting powerbombed from the apron thru the table courtesy of Ace Steel. This match had two many incredible spots to recount here. When this show comes out on DVD or VHS just buy it already. The end came when Punk destroyed Strong with a Pepsi Plunge onto the ladder. I should have known not to go against the Saints in this one.
My Pick: Austin Aries & Roderick Strong of Generation Next
My Score: 1-3

Post match Punk sent Ace to the back because he said he had something to do but that he had to do it alone. Punk then pleaded his case for wanting another title shot against Joe. He said he wanted his rematch to be a no time limit bout when ROH returned to the RexPlex on 12/4. He then proceeded to call out Joe and say that he was not leaving the ring until Joe came out and answered his challenge.

Joe didn't hit the ring but Mick Foley did! Foley proceeded to pimp his book but then went on to say that he was not paid to be there tonight. That he called and asked if he could come to the show as a fan and didn't want to be paid. He then went on to extoll the greatness that was Punk vs. Joe II. He said it was one of the greatest matches he had ever seen. He then called out Joe to come make the match. When Joe didn't come out Foley said that perhaps Joe had a touch of Steamboat-itus and that perhaps he had gone soft core. The two then took a few shots at both the WWE and TNA which the crowd loved. Foley then left Punk with a copy of his new book. Punk proceeded to sit and read the book while drinking water and jawing with fans during the whole intermission.

Then the participants of the next match, Dunn & Marcos and Dixie and Angel Dust came out and Punk still didn't leave the ring. The ref rang the bell and still Punk didn't leave. Finally Joe came out and excepted the challenge. He then pointed to Foley in the balcony and said "until you get your crippled ass in this ring and wrestle for a real company your opinion means nothing. So get back to you typewriter." He then nailed Punk with a forearm shot and said the next time he called him out he better be ready for a fight. Punk just smiled and left the ring. Punk vs. Joe III, no time limit, and I'll be in the Second Row, too fucking cool. This leads us to...

Tag Team Challenge
Dunn & Marcos vs. Dixie & Angel Dust of Special K
This was a nice little 5 minute match that had Special K go down to the Ring Crew Express. Nothing more than something to further the break up angle of Special K. I wish they would find more for Dunn and Marcos to do as they are crazy entertaining. It's been a while since the last tag team scramble, sometimes I miss those crazy spotfests from the early ROH days.
My Pick: Dunn & Marcos
My Score: 1-4

Pure Title Match

John Walters defends vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
This match was just really starting to get going when Homicide took a bad fall off the top rope onto the floor. He made it back into the ring at the count of 19 and took a powerbomb and a hurricane DDT but was really out of it. You could see the lights were on but no one was home. The match ended when Walter had him in the Sharpshooter and Smoke jumped in the ring and cracked him one for the DQ. Post match Smokes and Romero & Reyes gave Walters a beatdown ending when Smokes gave him two sick ass piledrivers. It's really a shame because I think this match could have been really fantastic. Hopefully we'll get to see it again. I have read that Homicide was fine later on in the night when fans saw him and spoke to him at the after party. If I were him I would get my melon checked out all the same.
My Pick: Homicide
My Score: 1-5

Tag Title Match

Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers with Julius Smokes defend vs. Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer
This was an exceptional tag match between two really good tag teams. Maff set up what looked like was going to be a People's Elbow and ended up being a sick Dick Togo style senton. They even brought back the old Hit Squad spot where Maff had Romero in a Figure Four and Whitmer nailed him with a Frog Splash. But the ref got distracted and they did the switcheroo and Reyes hooked a small package for the win. Post match there was more Allison Danger nonsense. Seriously Gabe, put this one to rest already.
My Pick: Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero of The Rottweilers
My Score: 2-5

Dream Partner Tag Team Match

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe with Jay Lethal & Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson & Low Ki
This was a classic heel vs. face tag match with the heels pulling all the dirty tricks in the book. I really enjoyed this match and I don't thin words can do how much fun it was justice. Liger again hit all his signature strikes and in the end pinned Danielson with a sit out Liger Bomb. After the match Ki and the Rottweilers jumped Danielson and Joe and Liger made the save. Post match the three raised each other's hands and posed together. Great match, great fucking night.
My Pick: "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson & Low Ki
My Score: 2-6

Well, I did really well on the first night and pretty piss poor on the second night. Overall I went 9-7 which again puts me over .500 so not too horrible I suppose. This was a fantastic weekend of action and I really cannot wait until these shows come out on DVD.

Here's a bit of post show news for you, in addition to Joe vs. Punk III and the Great Managerial Debate the 12/4 show will feature "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide! And the first match for Final Battle 2004 on 12/26 has been signed and it will be "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki! These two matches stem from the post match altercation on 11/6. Danielson said he wants to express his hatred for the Rottweilers. I want to express my happy happy joy joy feelings in anticipation of these matches. But now when will we get to see Joe vs. Ki II? Perhaps at the Third Anniversary Show.

Well, folks there you have it, all the results and all the up to date news. I'll be back next week with even more ranting and raving. Until next time, keep your head up.

 
 
Bloodletting 11/15/04: Can you ever know too much?
 
In this week's edition of BLOODLETTING I want to pose a question to you my readers. The question is, can you ever know too much? The business of professional wrestling has changed so much in the last 10 or 20 years and we know more about the secrets of the business and it's participants than ever before.

Think about it, how many web sites can you name that claim to have all the inside news on the companies and wrestlers that you follow? There are tons of them from 1wrestling, to 411 mania, to pwinsider, and of course the #1 wrestling satire site on the net www.thewrestlingfan.com which I call home. Here at the Fan we may not claim to know all the inside news but we certainly consider ourselves experts on the sport. Now that should raise a question your mind, how did we become experts? None of us are professional wrestlers, bookers, or refs. How did we learn so much?

Well, we learned the way wrestling journalists have learned in years past. We studied the business, watched hours and hours of tapes and DVDs. But we also have tools at our disposal that none of our predecessors had. Back in the past there were a few dirt shirts around and wrestlers and feds all despised them. Well, supposedly despised them, since someone had to be funneling Meltzer all the dirt. Then they started filming "shoot" interviews where they would tell us all the inside stories about what happened behind the scenes. In ring and out of ring confrontations with workers, bookers, and marks a like. They were telling us all about it! These interviews were usually done by workers out of the business or near the end of their careers.

But now, they're writing their own books! Mick Foley, Rick Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Steve Austin, the Hardy Boyz, Miss Hyatt, the Dynamite Kid Tom Billington, Bobby "the Brain" Heenan, Hulk Hogan, and Gary Michael Capetta are just a few famous folks who've penned their life stories. And now workers like Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and Steve Corino have done shoot interviews while they're still in the prime of their careers.

It has become easier and easier to learn "all about the business" than ever before. Now Ring of Honor's home video department has made this announcement at www.rohwrestling.com in their November 14 Newswire:

"November 14th: ROH is please to announce the Secrets Of The Ring series. If you really want to learn about the wrestling business and all the tricks of the trade you need to know the Secrets Of The Ring. This series takes you behind the scenes and gives you knowledge that you can normally only learn by working in the wrestling industry. ROH will bring some of the greatest minds to you starting with Jim Cornette. More details later this week. This is a totally new take on the shoot interview concept and will be a must for any aspiring wrestler or anyone who wants to be educated on the wrestling business."

Upon reading this I went back in forth in my head. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? This is something that I need to get...or is it? Are they finally going to far? Wasn't Tough Enough bad enough? Is this too much exposure? Are we finally going to know too much to be able to appreciate the magic that goes on inside that ring? Or was Robert Smith of the Cure right when he said "Too much is never enough?"

That's my question to you, my reader, can you ever know too much? Get back to me and let me know what you think about this intriguing issue. I'll be looking forward to hearing from you. Until next time, keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 11/22/04: Austin Aries, is he the leader of the Next Generation?
 
It's late and I'm tired, and you know the fucking drill. Why so pissed off Mr. Christopher, I'll tell you why. Last week I wrote what I believed to be an incredibly thought provoking and insightful article and I asked for some feedback. I thought that it was an extremely relevant question considering the way the business has been going. How many responses did I get to my query? Not one, not one fucking e-mail. To quote Spanky "Nuts to you guys!" Onto this weeks edition of Bloodletting.

This week I'm going to discuss one of the hottest superstars to hit the indie scene. His name is Austin Aries and you better remember it because the man is going places, and fast. 5' 9" and 202 lbs of wrestling machine from Milwaukee, WI. He did his training at the Ed Fox Camp and with Eddie Sharkey and made his pro debut on November 11, 2000.

Austin made his first appearance in ROH at the Do Or Die III Convention Card of the At Our Best show in Elizabeth, NJ in March of this year. Ever since then he has rocketed up the card at an alarming rate. He joined Generation Next at their inception on May 22, 2004. That night he wrestled twice and impressed me both times. He really made his name on June 24 when he and American Dragon were the last men standing in the Survival of the Fittest 6 man elimination match. Dragon beat him that night but Aries impressed everyone with his performance. Then on August 7, 2004, Aries beat Dragon in a 2 out 3 falls match that went an unbelievable 80 minutes! I was there and I can tell you for a fact, everyone's were riveted to that ring. The match was incredible and it comes off even better on DVD.

What's so great about Austin Aries? To tell you the truth, nothing. He's not "great" at anything. But he is very, very good at EVERYTHING. Go to the message board over at
www.rohwrestling.com and see how many people profess to be "On his dong." He can beat you with his top rope 450 Splash or make you tap with his Rings of Saturn. He drops one of the best running elbows I have ever seen. The guy catches more air and hang time than most do coming off the top rope. He also has a nice pendulum elbow, brainbuster, diamond buster, tornado plancha, and corkscrew splash. And you do not want to get hit with his tornado forearm.

There are only two real knocks on Aries. One is that he isn't all that great on the mic yet. But as we all know this is something that can be improved on with time and experience. The other is that he stole Alex Shelley's push. You see at Generation Next it seemed as if Shelley was going to be the one to get the big push. He had been in ROH a little longer and fans were drooling over his technical and submission prowess. He had some of the most innovative and painful looking submission you had ever seen. But then Shelley signed a contract with TNA. While TNA allows Shelley to still appear on ROH shows it seems that ROH is afraid that if Shelley is pushed TNA will just pull him off. Therefor the theory is that Aries was given a push that Shelley truly deserved out of fear.

But hey, you can do "what if" all day in the world of pro wrestling. What if this one didn't die, what if that one never got injured? It's endless. I don't know what would have happened if Alex Shelley didn't sign a deal with TNA. All I know is that since Austin Aries has been given the ball, he's done nothing but score touch downs. He's definitely going to be someone to watch over the next few years.

That's it for this week's edition of BLOODLETTING. On Wednesday I'll be heading to Atlanta for a few days but I'll be back in time to give everyone a full preview for Ring of Honor's All Star Extravaganza II in Elizabeth, NJ on 12/4. Trust me, that show is going to be a mother fucking barn burner. So until next time, Happy Thanksgiving, and keep your fucking head up.

 
Bloodletting 11/22/04: Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza II Preview
 

Well, I see you've managed to pull yourselves away from stuffing your collective faces with Thanksgiving leftovers to ready my latest column. Good for you, maybe when you're done you'll able to get your asses on the treadmill or do some crunches? Very well then, I trust you enjoyed my little piece on Austin Aries last week? I will be profiling a different ROH worker from time to time here, if there's one that you yearn to learn more about, drop me a line and we'll see what we can do. But let's get to the task at hand. Previewing a show that looks like it's going to blow the fucking roof off the Rex Plex! ROH has stated that the Rex Plex has become their Madison Square Garden and having been to every show they've held there, I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly. And as always I shall give you picks so, let's get to it!

Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza II - December 4 Elizabeth, NJ

Jay Lethal vs. the Embassy's Weapon of Mask Destruction with Prince Nana

Yes, you read that right, weapon of MASK destruction. At the last Rex Plex show on 11/6 Lethal lost to the Embassy's centerpiece Jimmy Rave. Post match he bitch slapped Rave, Nana, and the Outcast Killaz. Ever since the incident Nana has been raving about emptying his bank accounts in West Ghana to create his weapon of mask destruction. There are many theories running rampant on the ROH message board as to who this will be. They range from Kamala to Super Dragon to Delirious to Matt Stryker under a mask. The Matt Stryker theorists have a point, Nana had been blustering about his huge new acquisition before revealing it to be Jimmy Rave. Nana never comes through on his big boasts. But I'll tell you this, whoever it is, he's gonna beat Jay Lethal.
My Pick: The Weapon of Mask Destruction

Bonus Tag Team Attraction
Special K of Izzy, Dixie, Deranged & Angel Dust vs. The First Graduating Class Of The ROH Wrestling School

Ah, here we go again, the Special K break up angle. This match purely exists to further this angle. Yes, it will give the ROH Grads some ring time against some quality fliers instead of the brawling Carnage Crew but it's just a vehicle to keep the Special K angle going. K will lose to the students and finally split up and feud against each other. Izzy, Deranged, Cheech, and Cloudy with Lacey on one side and Dixie, Angle Dust, & Becky on the other.
My Pick: The First Graduating Class Of The ROH Wrestling School

Tag Team Scramble

Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. Carnage Crew vs. Dunn & Marcos vs. Outcast Killaz
Wow, wasn't I just saying that it's been a while since we've had a good, old fashioned, ROH original, tag team scramble? Well, now we've got one. Although the teams involved, not including Dunn & Marcos, don't really go along with the spirit of the original spot fest scrambles of old. Not saying this match won't be good because any match with Maff & Whitmer has a shot, just saying it really wasn't what I was alluding to. This match is going to be all about what happens when Maff & Whitmer and the Carnage Crew get in the ring against each other. This is all leading up to their upcoming Fight Without Honor in Philly on 12/26. I'm giving Maff & Whitmer the victory in this one.
My Pick: Maff & Whitmer

Grudge Tag Team Match

Colt Cabana & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans
Now this is interesting, before this match was announced I was going over who I knew was booked but had yet to be put in a match yet. I figured that we would have Cabana and Ace Steel vs. Strong and Evans. But then this was signed and I was definitely surprised. On one hand I was very happy to see Jimmy Jacobs' name on the card but on the other I thought the pairing was a bit strange. Yes, Cabana and Jacobs both have some shit to settle with Generation Next but two comedy guys teaming together in a grudge tag match? I'm hoping that we have a few comedy spots but that Cabana and Jacobs show that they do have what it takes. I know that Cabana does and I've seen flashes in Jacobs. In the end Gen Next is going to beat their asses either way. Cabana and Jacobs are a slapped together duo and Strong & Evans came a second away from winning the tag straps on 11/5.
My Pick: Roderick Strong & Jack Evans

For A Future World Title Shot

Low Ki with Julius Smokes vs. Austin Aries
Austin Aries continues his ascent to the top of the card against the original ROH Icon, Low Ki. Now if I knew for sure who was winning the World Title match I would have a better idea of who was going to win this match. You see if Joe retains the title it makes more sense for Ki to win this match but if Punk takes the belt from Joe it makes more sense for Aries get the victory. Aries is almost at the upper echelon but not quote, also in a bit of foreshadowing, I'm giving the win to Low Ki. But watch for Aries to have a fucking stellar match, this one is a possible show stealer.
My Pick: Low Ki

Grudge Match

American Dragon Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
This match is as a result of the incident after the main even of the 11/6 show where Low Ki, Homicide, and the rest of the Rottweilers jumped Danielson after he and Ki lost to Liger and Samoa Joe. I also think that there are issues remaining from Dragon's loss to Homicide back at Reborn: Stage Two. It took a ball shot for 'Cide to defeat Dragon on that night. Many called that match one of the greatest in ROH history. Will history repeat itself? Nah, I don't think so, Dragon rips the Notorious 187 a new one en route to his show down with Low Ki on 12/26.
My Pick: American Dragon Bryan Danielson

Tag Team Title Match
Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero with Julius Smokes defend vs. Chad Collyer & Nigel McGuinness

Now this should be a very, very good match. But on the other hand, it's not very intriguing either. Collyer and McGuinness are a new team who only have one victory under their collective belts whereas Reyes and Romero have run rampant over the tag team division since winning the belts from the Second City Saints on 8/7. But make no mistake, the match will be very good. You've got two technical masterminds in Collyer and McGuinness against two guys who will kick your head off and know some pretty amazing submissions in Reyes and Romero. These boys are not losing these belts until the Briscoes return and take them away.
My Pick: Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero

Pure Title Match
Pure Champion John Walters defends vs. Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana
Thanks for the memories John Walters but your incredibly bland Pure Title reign is about to end. The Rave comes to NJ and will leave it with the Pure Title around his waist. No doubt through nefarious means but Nana's boy will hit his Rave Clash on Walters and walk away with his first piece of ROH gold. Bet on it.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave

The Great Managerial Debate

Jim Cornette vs. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Okay, this isn't a match, it's a debate to see who is the greatest manager of all time. These two greats have never been in the same ring together and have never managed against each other. Here's hoping this thing escalates into a feud between the two. Many ROH fans are saying it will with Heenan managing the retuning Briscoes against their former manager, Cornette. My Pick for Cornette's duo, none other than the man who raised his ire by using the Midnight's theme music, the Backseat Boys.

ROH World Title Match- No Time Limit

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe defends vs. CM Punk
They first met at World Title Classic in June and the result was a 60 minute draw. Then they faced off at Joe vs. Punk II in October and the result was the same, a 60 minute draw. This led to Punk challenging Joe to a no time limit match. And if it couldn't possibly get more interesting ROH posted this on www.rohwrestling.com on 11/28:

"November 28th: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat has requested to be at the time keeper's table for this Saturday's World Title defense by Samoa Joe against CM Punk in a no time limit match. Steamboat has stated that the Joe vs. Punk series reminds him of his 1989 matches against Ric Flair and that he wants to be there to make sure there is finally a conclusive winner on 12/4. ROH guarantees you a winner in this Saturday's Joe vs. Punk match. The Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter has a review of their 10/16 one hour draw and ranked it ****3/4. The Wrestling Observer ranked the match a perfect *****, which is the first time Dave Meltzer awarded five stars to a US match in seven years."

So not only is ROH saying that this a no time limit match, they are also saying that there will be a winner. Well, that just about ruins my double KO theory going into today. I'll say this much, unfortunately, Punk doesn't win the title here. He'll win it in Chicago in February when they meet again. This match is going to tear the fucking roof off the place and there will be grounds for Punk to get his rematch in February.

My Pick: Samoa Joe

Well Bloodletting fans, we've reached the end of another column and I know it was good for you and yeah I guess it was good for me too. I'll be back next week with another fantastic edition of Bloodletting with all the results and happenings from Ring of Honor's All Star Extravaganza II in Elizabeth, NJ. Until next time, keep your head up

 
 
Bloodletting 12/06/04: Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza II Results
 
Here we are again, back for another heaping spoonful of BLOODLETTING I see. This past Saturday saw Ring of Honor make it's return to the Rex Plex in Elizabeth, NJ for All Star Extravaganza II. I was there in the second row so let's hit up those results and see how I did on my predictions.

Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza II - December 4 Elizabeth, NJ


Bonus Tag Team Attraction
Special K of Izzy, Dixie, Deranged & Angel Dust vs. The First Graduating Class Of The ROH Wrestling School

This eight man tag was pretty much what one would expect given the participants. The Special K boys hit a lot of high spots and the students got their asses kicked an awful lot. In the end miscommunication led to Izzy getting cracked in the face and rolled up allowing the Students to score the win. Post match Izzy, Lacey, Deranged, Cheech, and Cloudy turned on Dixie, Angel Dust and Becky as expected. Let the war within Special K begin!
My Pick: The First Graduating Class Of The ROH Wrestling School
My Score: 1-0

Jay Lethal vs. the Embassy's Weapon of Mask Destruction with Prince Nana
OK, this match sucked and we have no clue who this WoMD was. Many have said that it was Puerto Rico's Slash Venom but I'm not too sure. I know it damn sure wasn't Matt Stryker, Super Dragon, Xavier, or any other worker we thought it might be. Lethal tried very hard but this match was just horrible. After Lethal won the match Nana kicked the WoMD out of the Embassy. ROH reported that Nana was sending an even greater WoMD after Lethal at Final Battle 2004 in Philly on 12/26. Wooo boy and I get to be second row for that show as well.
My Pick: My Pick: The Weapon of Mask Destruction

My Score: 1-1

Tag Team Scramble

Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. Carnage Crew vs. Dunn & Marcos vs. Outcast Killaz
This match was a straight up brawl from the beginning that saw Maff & Whitmer and the Carnage Crew trying to tear each other a part. It saw Maff & Whitmer and the CC brawl out into the crowd and all over the place until the ended up outside. Meanwhile, in the ring, the OCK took out Dunn and Marcos to actually....WIN A MATCH! All in all this was just something to show case the Crew and M & W's hatred for each other leading into their Fight Without Honor at FB2004. I can't wait for this feud to be over, all the Carnage Crew does is bring down the workrate of everyone they wrestle because all they can do is brawl and do hard core BS. I mean Loc has two or three good moves and so does Devito and that's it.
My Pick: Maff & Whitmer
My Score: 1-2

Pure Title Match
Pure Champion John Walters defends vs. Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana
At the beginning of the match the referee made Nana and the Outcast Killaz leave ring side. I'm guessing this is as a result of Julius Smokes drawing a DQ at Weekend of Thunder Night II. This match saw Rave goad Walters into punching him costing Walters a rope break. Then when the ref had his back turned Rave punched Walters dead in the face! Later when the ref was looking away Rave made a cracking sound and dropped his head to make it look like Walters punched him again costing Walters another rope break! This is the kind of gold shit you would get from a true heel going after this title. The match saw Rave hit his Dusk till Dawn submission and Walters hit the lungblower. The match ended when Walters had Rave in the Sharpshooter and Rave grabbed the ropes but was out of rope breaks. They fell to the floor with Walters still holding on to the Sharpshooter. Walters slid back into the ring at 17 and Rave was counted out. Much of the crowd was disappointed as they all seemed to want the title change here, myself included. This is the second straight Pure Title match Walters has won not by pin or submission, he beat Homicide by DQ.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave
My Score: 1-3

For A Future World Title Shot

Low Ki with Julius Smokes vs. Austin Aries
This match can best be defined by two words: stiff & intense. These two guys beat the shit out of each other. Low Ki was stiffing Aries with his kicks and Aries fired back with forearms galore. One particularly brutal moment feature Aries hanging in the tree of woe with his back parallel to the mat. Low Ki jumps off the top and hits a double stomp onto Aries' midsection. With time in the match running out Aries nails Low Ki with the 450 but time expires as the ref is counting three. The crowd chants "5 more minutes" and Gary Michael Capetta comes running out. He announces that if the fans want it they can have it. The fans chant "5 more minutes" again and the ref says let's go. Ki grabs the mic and tells the fan he signed to wrestle for 20 minutes and he did. He doesn't care what the fans want. Then Ki leaves the crowd chanting "we hate Low Ki." By the way, met Low Ki after the show, total dickhead. ROH announced yesterday that as a result of Ki walking away, Aries would be getting a shot at Joe's title at FB2004.
My Pick: Low Ki
My Score: 1-3

Tag Team Title Match
Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero with Julius Smokes defend vs. Chad Collyer & Nigel McGuinness

This was what I expected it to be a very good, technical tag team match. Lots of stiff shots and arm submissions from Reyes and Romero and lots of technical and submission wrestling from Collyer and McGuinness. In the the Pitbulls got the tap out victory.
My Pick: Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero
My Score: 2-3

The Great Managerial Debate

Jim Cornette vs. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
This started out with Cornette praising Heenan and all his accomplishments and how much of an impression he made on a young Cornette. Of course it lead to Cornette going heel on Heenan and saying how he was sick of being compared to Heenan and being told he would be the best if it wasn't for Heenan. He then said he wasn't going to hurt Heenan, he said that's what these guys are for. This brought out Jack Evans and Roderick Strong. Of course Colt Cabana and Jimmy Jacobs ran out and made the save. Heenan said they should have a match with Cornette managing Evans & Strong and he would manage Cabana and Jacobs and Cornette agreed to it. This was some great shit and with that we hit the intermission.

Surprise out of Nowhere "What the fuck?" Match
Trent Acid vs. Jerk Jackson

The Jackson dude was a big guy and I believe he's a student of Tony Devito. This match was bad, plain and simple and did nothing but waste time. Acid nails him with his inverted brainbuster for the win.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 2-3

Grudge Tag Team Match

Colt Cabana & Jimmy Jacobs with Bobby the Brain Heenan vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans with Jim Cornette
This match featured absolutely fantastic managing by both men. Heenan slipped Cabana and Jacobs chains behind the ref's back and all kinds of old school manger tricks going on in this one. Heenan also gave Evans a thumb to the eye during the match. The crowd just ate it up! The finish saw Cabana nail the Colt 45 only to get nailed with a racket shot. But Heenan came in and nailed Cornette with the racket. Cabana gets the pin and the crowd goes wild!
My Pick: My Pick: Roderick Strong & Jack Evans
My Score: 2-4

Grudge Match

American Dragon Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
This match was the fucking hotness. Especially with Am Drag's new look, black tights, black boots, scraggly beard. He looked even more the bad ass. Although I didn't really dig the beard, needs to grow in a bit more. But this match kicked all kinds of ass as Dragon just beat the fuck out of Homicide. Tons of stiff as hell European uppercuts from Dragon. The finish played off the finish of their first match with Homicide again scoring the ball shot and going for the lariat but Dragon blocked the lariat and blocked a second ball shot and scored the victory. Post match the Rottweilers put a beatdown on Dragon which will lead into his match against Low Ki at FB2004.
My Pick: American Dragon Bryan Danielson
My Score: 3-4

ROH World Title Match- No Time Limit

ROH World Champion Samoa Joe defends vs. CM Punk
This match fucking owned all! I would have liked a different outcome but this match was truly spectacular. They played off all the spots of their two previous classics and took it all the way home. The crowd was rabid for the whole match and even though it only went about 32 minutes this was just as good as the first two. The finish saw Samoa Joe trap CM punk in the Choke and unfortunately that was all she wrote. Post match Joe told Punk it was and honor and the two shook hands. Joe then called out Foley on the mic for calling him out the last time in NJ. Wow, with Steamboat calling out Foley on the mic before the match that's two guys gunning for him. Foley better watch his ass as both Joe and Steamboat will be at FB2004 with him.
My Pick: Samoa Joe
My Score: 4-4

Well there you have it, another fantastic event put on by the lovely folks at Ring of Honor. And another equally fantastic column by yours truly, can't do better than that. Next week I'll be back with another column, perhaps another wrestler profile. Until next time, keep your head up!

 
Bloodletting 12/13/04: The WWE and me, what the hell happened?
 

You know I often receive e-mails asking me why I despise the WWE so much. I also get e-mail asking me, since Ring of Honor has only been around for a little less than 3 years, what wrestling I watched before they were around. Well, the answer to both of those questions tie into one another.

I first started watching wrestling a little over 21 years ago. What company did I watch? Well, being a kid growing up in Queens, NY without cable at the time, I watched the only game in town the World Wrestling Federation. I was a big fan of Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Demolition, and the Rockers. Before we had cable I would watch WWF Superstars, WWF Challenge, WWF Spotlight, and Saturday Night's Main Event. Well, my parents would tape SNME and I would watch it Sunday morning. I would rent WWF tapes from the local video store as soon as they came out.

We finally got cable around the time I was 11 and then I started getting exposed to NWA/WCW. I was a big fan of Sting, the Steiners, and the 4 Horseman. I was still mainly a WWF guy and began ordering every WWF PPV that came out. I also bought every WWF video game that would come out.

The years rolled by and both WCW and the WWF were getting stale, boring, and completely unimaginative. Then came the monster that was ECW. I, along with everyone else, was swept away by this dashing new suitor. I was enamored with Chris Benoit, Eddy Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Shane Douglas, and later Rob Van Dam and Sabu. Of course I had to search around for it and usually ended up watching it at around 1 AM on Sunday mornings. I got pissed when WCW started stealing workers and WWF started stealing Attitude.

But I kept watching both Raw and Nitro and then SmackDown. Then the fall of ECW came and Heyman joined WWE. Then WCW fell and they botched the most unbotchable angle of all time. Then came the brand extension. Things started to actually get interesting when we had those awesome tag wars on SD between Benoit/Angle, Edge/Mysterio, and the Guerreros. We also had some awe inspiring matches between Benoit and Angle and Edge and Eddie.

Then it started to get unwatchable again. The same people getting pushed, the same storylines, the glass ceiling returns. The boring 4 minute matches between workers whose best move was a spine buster. And then it happened. I had been at work checking some sites and I kept reading about this Ring of Honor indie based out of Philly. So I read a few reviews of some of their tapes. These guys sounded incredible. I found out that they were doing their first NJ (Death Before Dishonor I) show so I e-mailed my best friend Chris. We talked it over and decided to hit the show with our Triple Threat buddy Danny.

That's where it all began and ended at once. Once I had experienced Ring of Honor, WWE just couldn't hold a candle to them. I would try and watch Raw and SmackDown but I just couldn't get into it any more. If Benoit or Guerrero wasn't in the ring the work rate was just so slow. And everyone's matches were so formulaic. It was all wrestling by the numbers. And the matches were so damn short! And most of the workers were so bad!

I got more and more into ROH, more so than any other promotion I had ever been involved in. I went back and bought every DVD they had until I was completely caught up. Now I get them as soon as they come out. The only WWE DVDs I buy are best of DVDs. Such as Benoit, Flair, Foley, Michaels, and Mysterio. But do I watch Raw or SmackDown, no I don't. I do continue to buy the PS2 games just because they are the best wrestling games out today.

So you see, WWE just couldn't keep up with ROH and that's what happened. At just the right time I was losing interest in WWE's stale matches and storylines I discovered my favorite promotion of all time. Lucky me! If the rest of you ever wake up, head on over to www.rohwrestling.com and check out the alternative. You won't be disappointed.

I'll be back next week to preview Ring of Honor's year end event, Final Battle 2004! This star packed even will be going down in Philadelphia, PA on 12/26 and yours truly will be soaking up all the action from the second row. So until next time, keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 12/20/04: Ring of Honor Final Battle 2004 Preview

First off, I would like to wish everyone out there a very Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Boxing Day! I hope you all give more than you get and get what you deserve on the holiday of your choosing. I also hope you spend the day or days with your friends, families, and loved ones.

Now that we're done with all that happy crap let's move on to some very big news going down in ROH in early 2005. James Gibson, formerly known as Jamie Noble in WWE, has signed with ROH and will be making his debut at the late February midwest double shot. He is set to be a very major player in ROH in 2005 and will be booked whenever he is not in Japan. And set to make his return to the scene of the crime is one of my all time ROH favorites, SPANKY! That's right, the Spankster will once again be a focal point of ROH in 2005 when he is not in Japan. Back in 2002 Spanky was one of the big main eventers in ROH before signing with WWE. He came back for Round Robin Challenge III in May of 2004 but then disappeared again. Now he's coming back and back in a big way.

But all that is going down in early 2005, we've got one more show before 2004 comes to an end and what a doozy it is! On the day after Christmas Ring of Honor will present Final Battle 2004 from Philadelphia and wait until you see this line up! Here's the preview along with my predictions.

Philadelphia, PA, December 26th- Final Battle 2004

Homicide vs. Josh Daniels
Okay, no real back story to this match. Homicide is the leader of the Rottweilers and didn't have a match going into Final Battle. Josh Daniels is someone that ROH is looking to step it up and become a regular in 2005. Also Homicide knows that in 2005 he can challenge for the ROH title again so he's probably looking to gather some steam heading into the new year. Now the last time Homicide was going up against an up and coming her lost to Nigel McGuinness at the Midnight Express Reunion show back in October. But Nigel was beginning a push back then and Daniels has been here today and gone tomorrow in ROH. No way do they give Daniels that much of a rub.
My Pick: Homicide

Mixed Tag Team Match
Angel Dust & Becky vs. Deranged & Lacey

Okay, this match is result of the long teased Special K break up. This saw Izzy, Lacey, Deranged, Cloudy, and Cheech on one side and Dixie, Becky, and Angel Dust on the other side. What's really interesting is that Izzy and Lacey are the couple that really fueled this break up and yet it's Deranged teaming with Lacey. Also Dixie would have to be seen as the one who was pushing the other half of Special K to get serious. However neither Izzy nor Dixie are in this match. Also, Izzy & Dixie are the original members of Special K. Angel Dust and Deranged are both really good high flyers with Angel Dust being the better worker overall. Lacey is the IWA Mid-South Women's Champion but I've never seen her work. Becky seems to be your classic cat fighter. I think Deranged and Lacey get the win here to further drive the "Serious" K.
My Pick: Deranged & Lacey

Bonus Attraction Match

Trent Acid vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Here we go with the classic, one guy on his way up vs. one guy on his way down match. Trent Acid's star has been falling ever since his horrific loss to Samoa Joe at Testing the Limit while Jimmy Jacob's star as been on the rise ever since Midnight Express Reunion. Jimmy Jacobs is the new Ricky Morton. Expect the trend to continue here. HUSS!
My Pick: Jimmy Jacobs

Special Challenge Match

Jay Lethal vs. Prince Nana's Weapon Of Mask Destruction #2
Well, if you're not seeing a trend here, you probably need one of those dogs. Nana is going to disappoint again with some jobber in a mask that Lethal will dispatch of with ease. This will happen until either Xavier returns to the Embassy or Matt Stryker joins it.
My Pick: Jay Lethal

Grudge Tag Team Match

Steve Corino & CM Punk with Tracy Brooks vs. Alex Shelley & Roderick Strong of Generation Next
Now this match should be interesting. CM Punk and Steve Corino teaming together for the first time against Shelley and Strong of Generation Next. I don't think Corino loses in his first match back in ROH, do you? Although many think Homicide will interfere causing Corino to get beat but I don't see it here. I think there is going to be big time ass kicking going on in this one. And I'm glad I'll be there in person to witness it.
My Pick: Steve Corino & CM Punk with Tracy Brooks

Fight Without Honor

Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito
Here comes the blood and brawling! This is your hardcore bloodbath of the night folks. If you like no holds barred, crazy, insane, bloody brawls then this is the match for you. There is going to be some serious shit kicking going on in this match for sure. I have to give the win to Maff and Whitmer as this is the blow off match and the only feud the Carnage Crew can win is against Special K or themselves. Maff & Whitmer are on their way to being in the upper echelon of tag teams and the Carnage Crew are staying at the bottom where they belong.
My Pick: Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer

Pure Title Match

John Walters defends vs. Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana
Hopefully ROH learned their lesson at ASE II where the crowd went nuts when Rave didn't win the title. Walters is simply not over as Pure Champion and is dragging the belt down with him. The title needs a shot in the arm and Jimmy Rave is the smarmy heel to do it. Just as his new heel persona jacked up his career he can do the same to the Pure Title. Here's hoping they get it right this time.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave

Grudge Match

Low Ki with Julius Smokes vs. Bryan Danielson
It's been almost three years since the original Round Robin Challenge where Low Ki and Bryan Danielson first went one on one in the match that sold my soul to ROH. When I got that DVD I watched that match over and over again. It just blew my mind and is still one of my favorite matches of all time. Now they're going to hook it up again. And they are both head and shoulders better than they were back then. This match is just going to be amazing. Danielson is on a crusade to destroy the Rottweilers and will be embarking on a best of series with Homicide in 2005. He beat Homicide at ASE II and he beat Ki way back at RRC so I see the American Dragon going down in this one. Either way, this match will kick a thousand types of ass.
My Pick: Low Ki

Ring Of Hardcore vs. Pure Wrestling Confrontation

Mick Foley comes face to face with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
It's another one of ROH's famous "confrontations" between legends. This will definitely be a promo fest to be reckoned with that will probably break down to the two men exchanging blows. It will definitely be a sight to see.
My Pick: N/A

ROH World Title Match

Samoa Joe defends vs. Austin Aries
The Champ vs. the Wrestling Machine in the showdown all the message board citizens want to see. Unfortunately I don't think that the result will be the one they are hoping for. Samoa Joe is not about to lose the ROH title yet. He still has big money matches waiting against Low Ki, Steve Corino, and more possible matches against Homicide and even CM Punk. Many people say that the Third Anniversary Show will be in Chicago with CM Punk taking the title from him. But ROH officials have said that Punk won't be getting another title shot. We shall see what happens with that. Regardless, Aries does not win the title here, it's way too soon. Aries may be ROH's next World Champion but he won't claim the prize at Final Battle 2004. Nevertheless this match will kick all kinds of ass.
My Pick: Samoa Joe.

Well, there you have it folks, some big news for ROH in 2005 and a kick ass show to close out 2004. And that's right, yours truly will be there in person in the second row to take it all in. The column will be a day late next week as the show will be going down on a Sunday so I won't be able to write it up until the next day. It's a long ass drive from the NY to Philly and back ya'all. But, rest assured, it will be well worth the wait. Until next time, keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 12/27/04: Ring of Honor Final Battle 2004 Results

1...2...3 NEW CHAMPION, NEW CHAMPION AUSTIN ARIES ENDS SAMOA JOE'S NEAR TWO YEAR WORLD TITLE REIGN!!! THE WINNER AND NEW RING OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION AUSTIN ARIES! And the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory fucking exploded!

Perhaps I should have waited until I got up to that match to announce the result but I just cannot contain myself. Besides, I thought all of you might just scroll down to the last match anyway so, now you know. Welcome to another action packed addition of Bloodletting, I'm Christopher Freda and if you're reading this, you already knew that. So now that I've gotten all that yelling and screaming out of my system, let's do this right, match by match.

Philadelphia, PA, December 26th- Final Battle 2004

Bonus Attraction Match

Trent Acid vs. Jimmy Jacobs
This match had a lot of really great comedy spots and great back and forth remarks between the two workers. Acid was actually funny and Jacobs, well Jacobs is always hilarious. This match was great fun and a good way to open the show. Finish saw Acid hit a devastating Yakuza kick but my the classic heel mistake of picking Jacobs up at two. Acid then goes for the Shovel Driver but Jacobs flips out of it and nails the Contra Code for the win. Post match Acid says he doesn't have to shake Jacobs' hand because he quits. Mark my words, Acid will be back with Johnny Cashmere as ROH is in need of more quality tag teams like the Backseat Boys.
My Pick: Jimmy Jacobs
My Score: 1-0

Mixed Tag Team Match
Angel Dust & Becky vs. Deranged & Lacey

First off, let me say that Angel Dust has really been impressive as of late. And his look has gotten more serious as well. He had cut his hair before the last show and at last night's show he was sporting real tights and kick pads. He also appears to be bulking up a bit. His offense was really solid and I think he is going to be the next lower tier guy in ROH to move up. The stuff between Angel Dust and Deranged was pretty good and the stuff between Lacey and Becky...not so much. Lacey nailed Becky with a DDT for the win. Post match Lacey, Deranged, Cheech, and Cloudy went to put the beat down on Angel Dust and Becky but Dunn and Marcos made the save.
My Pick: Deranged & Lacey
My Score: 2-0

Homicide vs. Josh Daniels
This match was the solid back and forth stiff match that everyone expected. Daniels looked solid but really didn't blow anyone away either. I mean, he's OK worker but I really don't see the big need for him in ROH right now. Homicide got the win as was expected.
My Pick: Homicide
My Score: 3-0

Pure Title Match

John Walters defends vs. Jimmy Rave with Prince Nana
This match was much better than their previous match at All Star Extravaganza II but still wasn't exactly a show stealer either. It was a solid match which featured both men using up both of their rope breaks. The finish saw Walters standing outside the ring while applying a submission hold to Rave. Rave tapped as the ref reached 19 where 20 would have given him the count out victory and the Pure Title as it can change hands on a count out or a DQ. Post match Walters was offered a spot in the Embassy and took it, thus selling out. Maybe being a heel will do for Walter what it did for Rave...I doubt it.
My Pick: Jimmy Rave:
My Score: 3-1

Fight Without Honor

Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer vs. The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito
This was the hard core blood bath you expected it to be. Tables, ladders, and chairs oh my! Maff took the REF (Really Effective Finisher) from Loc off the apron and through a table. Foley had brought out thumb tacks and the finish saw Whitmer hit Devito with a Wrist Clutch Exploder onto the thumb tacks for the win. Post match all four men hugged and shook hands. Great hard core match if that's your thing.
My Pick: Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer
My Score: 4-1

Ring Of Hardcore vs. Pure Wrestling Confrontation

Mick Foley comes face to face with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Steamboat comes out berates Foley for bringing out the thumbtacks. Foley basically grovels before Steamboat and admits he was wrong for saying that ROH stands for Ring of Hardcore. He says that wrestling is a big buffet and that while certainly not the main course, hardcore is the dessert. Steamboat agrees and they shake hands. Foley then proceeds to give both Flair and the WWE a verbal blow job thus dropping several notches of respect in my mind. He then calls out Samoa Joe and Joe comes out looking like he's going to stomp Foley but Foley tells him to knock it off. He then wants Joe to admit that he disrespected Foley and apologize. Joe apologizes and then cracks Mick one and challenges him again. This was Steamboat's farewell to ROH as he will now be working for WWE as an agent. I hated this, I hated Foley praising Flair and the WWE in an ROH ring. I hope he does have a match with Joe and that Joe shows him what ROH is all about. STIFF.
My Pick: N/A
My Score: 4-1

Special Challenge Match

Jay Lethal vs. Prince Nana's Weapon Of Mask Destruction #2
Jay Lethal beat another jobber under a mask. However this jobber was much better than the one they used at ASE II. Lethal won the match with his sweet Release Dragon Suplex. Post match Lethal yelled at Nana that he wanted Jimmy Rave.
My Pick: Jay Lethal
My Score: 5-1

Grudge Tag Team Match

Steve Corino & CM Punk with Tracy Brooks vs. Alex Shelley & Roderick Strong of Generation Next
This match was great on so many levels. Great comedy between Punk and Corino with Punk continually tagging Corino in and both of them taking pot shots at each other. There was great wrestling as well as both Strong and Shelley put on great performances as well. The finish saw Punk forcing Shelley to tap to the Anaconda Vice which is the finish Punk has been using in IWA-Mid South. Oh yeah, and some guy in crowd screamed out "Straightedge guys have hot girlfriends!" Alluding to the fact that Tracy Brooks is in fact CM Punk's girlfriend. And yes, before you ask, my girlfriend is quite hot. Straightedge guys do have hot girlfriends, it's a fact.
My Pick: Steve Corino & CM Punk with Tracy Brooks
My Score: 6-1

Post match Austin Aries comes out and tells Shelley that back at Midnight Express Reunion both he and Shelley challenged Joe. He said that Shelley told him to remember where his loyalties lied. He then mentioned how Shelley was then gone for months doing more important things. He then said he was taking Shelley's spot as leader of Generation Next and that Shelley had 5 seconds to "step down or get beat down." Before Shelley could respond Aries beat the snot out of him. Strong broke it up only to nail Shelley with a viscous back breaker. Shelley scrambled out of the ring and Aries grabbed the mic "Alex Shelley, you say that you have talent on loan from God. We'll I'm your own Personal Jesus!" With that Marilyn Manson's cover of the Depeche Mode classic kicked in. This was our first clue that there might be history in the making afoot. Aries kicked ass on the mic here, much better than at recent shows. Shelley is a much better face than heel anyway.

Grudge Match

Low Ki with Julius Smokes vs. American Dragon Bryan Danielson
This match started out looking like it was going to be a truly epic confrontation. Wicked strikes going back and forth between the two. Ki worked the arm and Dragon worked the leg. Then the fight spilled out to the floor and the shit hit the fan. They brawled out into the crowd and after a long time the ref decided to throw the match out and call it a no contest. The crowd shit on it big time. This was the worst non-finish in ROH history. And I myself found it inexcusable. They could have at least destroyed each other until near the time limit and then had Homicide run in and drop a beat down on Dragon. Color me disappointed. Post match Ki beats up the ref. This will no doubt lead to Ki being suspended to explain being gone with NOAH for a while.
My Pick: Low Ki
My Score: 7-2 (I said Ki would win and he didn't so I'll take the loss here.)

ROH World Title Match

Samoa Joe defends vs. Austin Aries
Aries' new theme music and phat new entrance complete with smoke and cool ass light effect was another hint here. This fucking match owned you! Aries went right after Joe to start and the two were all over each other the whole match. Tons of stiff shots and high impact moves. Joe hit the Island Driver and Aries kicked out. Aries hit the 450 and Joe kicked out. The finishing sequence was one of the best I've seen in recent memory with tons of counters until Aries finally is able to get the 280 lb. Samoan up for a sick brainbuster. Then Aries ascended the ropes and hit a beautiful 450 for the three count. There were so many times in this match where the finish was completely in doubt. It was just booked fantastically well. As I said at the beginning of this column the place exploded. Post match Joe handed over the belt and put it on Aries. He told Aries to defend the belt with dignity and respect he also told him that the belt was the biggest thing he had done in his entire career. Aries had tears in his eyes and looked truly filled with emotion.
My Pick: Samoa Joe
My Score: 7-3

The only thing stopping this show from being one of the best of 2004 was the finish to the Ki/Danielson match. Hopefully we'll get to see this one done again and done right in the near future. Danielson has a Best of 5 Series with Homicide coming up so I'm sure it will be after that is done with. This show was a great lead in to what's to come for 2005 in Ring of Honor. With a new World Champion it truly is the end of an age and the beginning of a new era. I, for one, am glad that I was there to witness history. Good luck Austin Aries, Joe sure left a huge legacy to contend with, but if last night was any indication, you'll do just fine.

I'll be back next week, until then, Happy New Year and keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 01/03/05: AFTERMATH

Here we are, a week removed from Samoa Joe's stunning title loss. And what has been the aftermath of this momentous ooccurance? Well, it all depends on who you ask. Samoa Joe's followers were all over the message boards crying about their hero's demise. Whereas those who hopped onto Aries bandwagon soon after Survival of the Fittest in June were jumping with joy.

I'm sure those of you remember when I wrote my column on Austin Aries and declared him the leader of the next generation. Aries is one of the best all-around wrestlers on the indie circuit today and a sure fire pick to replace Joe at the top of the ROH mountain. Now don't get me wrong, I would have loved for it to be Punk who knocked Joe off the mountain but truth be told, he doesn't really need the title. Punk is already one of the most over guys in the company and having the belt really wouldn't serve to elevate him at all.

However, Aries has risen to such meteoric heights after his two matches with American Dragon Bryan Danielson. His acclaim around the net has grown in leaps and bounds as has his work in the ring. Aries is incredibly explosive between the ropes and has vastly improved on the mic. He certainly seems like he's only going to keep getting better and better.

Now, how Aries will handle his new responsibilities as ROH World Champion is totally up to him. Aries has built his reputation on the strength of strong in ring performances. If he is going to continue his upward ascent he has to keep having phenomenal matches. I would love to see him face Danielson and Low Ki again as well as a match with AJ Styles. I'm sure he could have great matches with the returning Spanky and debuting James Gibson as well.

All in all I would say the aftermath of the title change is looking pretty good right now. As is the future of Ring of Honor with Austin Aries as their World Champion. But who knows, this all may come to be a moot point. Many think that CM Punk will dethrone Aries when ROH returns to Chicago in late February. Only time will tell. I'll be back next week with my preview for the ROH show in Cambridge, MA on January 15. Until next time, keep your head up. Oh, Happy Fucking New Year.

 
Bloodletting 01/03/05: PREVIEW FOR ROH in Cambridge, MA, January 15th

Let me start off this week's column by saying how much I enjoy watching, writing, and talking about pro wrestling. I have spent a lot of time over the last week watching DVDs, reading message boards, and discussing wrestling. Last week I spoke to Alex Shelley online for a bit and it was extremely enjoyable. And we didn't even talk all that much about wrestling. And last night I talked to my friend Laura online and she gave me props for sticking to my non-WWE guns. Thanks to yours truly she'll soon be ordering ROH Main Event Spectacles and checking out what all the fuss is about. Thanks for reading Laura!

Now, enough of all that happy, fuzzy, feel good, bullshit. Next week Ring of Honor returns to Cambridge, MA for their first event of 2005. It is also their first event with Austin Aries as their new World Champion. Ring of Honor has yet to announce all the matches for the show but, we'll go over the matches that have been announced. Also at the end of this week's column I'll have some news on a hiatus for an ROH mainstay.

Ring of Honor Cambridge, MA, January 15th Preview

Grudge Tag Team Match
Deranged & Izzy led by Lacey vs. Angel Dust & Dixie
Becky suffered a neck injury as a result of DDT delivered by Lacey on 12/26 and is now out of action. Angel Dust and Dixie, are of course, furious about this. This leads us to what should be a fun, fast paced, and high flying affair. This match has so much potential to be really good. I have always enjoyed Izzy's aerial maneuvers and Deranged and Angel Dust just get better and better with every match. Their back and forth double stomps at FB2004 were really fantastic. This would be a great show opener. I predict that Angel Dust will follow in Jay Lethal's footsteps and be a breakout star this year in Ring of Honor. However, on this night, Deranged and Izzy will come out on top.
My Pick: Deranged & Izzy

Tag Team Challenge Match
Jay Lethal & Josh Daniels vs. Outcast Killaz with Prince Nana

Ah, the saga of Jay Lethal versus the Embassy continues. Nana was unable to beat Lethal using his Weapons of Mask Destruction so now he thinks the Outcast Killaz can get it done? ROH is looking for Josh Daniels to make a name for himself this year so I don't expect he and Jay Lethal, who is a rising star, to go down to the perennial jobber tag team. This will be a match that will showcase Daniels and Lethal's hard hitting offense and the Killaz ability to take a fucking beating.
My Pick: Jay Lethal & Josh Daniels

First Time Ever Match
Spanky vs. Alex Shelley

The Ring of Honor return of Spanky! The Spankster was last seen in ROH back in May at Round Robin Challenge III where he lost to Homicide due to outside interference. Is it coincidence that that show was in Boston area as well? Who knows, who cares? I'm just excited because my boy Spanky has come home! This match is going to be tons of fun as these two hook it up for the first time ever. Since Spanky is going to be a mainstay in ROH again I look for him to get the win over Shelley. Either way, I can't wait to see how this one goes down.
My Pick: Spanky

Tap Out Match

Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
The first match in the best of 5 series is going to be a submission classic. Look for Homicide to try and hook Danielson with either the STF or the new arm submission he busted out against Josh Daniels at FB2004. Daniels, of course, will try and soften 'Cide up for the Cattle Mutilation. How much will the arm damage that both 'Cide at ASE II and 'Ki at FB2004 did on Danielson effect the result of this match? Hard to say as Danielson is such a gifted technician and overall, a bad ass mofo. I'm sorry, I just cannot go against the American Dragon in a tap out match.
My Pick: Bryan Danielson

Special Challenge Match
Samoa Joe vs. Nigel McGuinness

After Nigel made Jay Lethal tap at Weekend of Thunder Night One Joe challenged him to match the next time they were back in the Boston area. So, here we go. This is Joe's first match since losing the title to Austin Aries in their epic match at FB2004. This match is probably the biggest match in Nigel's ROH career thus far. How he performs in this match is really going to affect where he goes in the future. This match is also very big in Joe's career as we will see how he deals with his title loss. Joe is not going to lose this match but I don't think Nigel is going to be a push over either. Should be quite an entertaining match with Nigel trying to out finesse Joe and Joe just trying to be what he always has been. Brutality, defined.
My Pick: Samoa Joe

Ultimate Endurance

Elimination match with the first fall being a Tag Team Scramble, second fall with remaining three teams is Anything Goes and the final fall with the last two teams is for the Tag Titles
ROH Tag Team Champions Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero vs. Steve Corino & CM Punk vs. Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito vs. Jack Evans & Roderick Strong of Generation Next

Every Ultimate Endurance match has been great fun and this one looks like it can top them all. And there are quite a few intriguing match ups involved. Punk and Cabana lost the tag straps to Reyes and Romero, can he and Corino get them back? Are Corino & Punk a truly cohesive team? Evans and Strong came the closest to taking the belts, will they be able to get the job done this time? The Carnage Crew are one of the longest tenured tag teams in ROH and yet have never held the Tag Titles? Can Loc and Devito win the big one or will they continue to go from one pointless feud to the next? Then there are the Champions themselves, Reyes and Romero. They've had quite a run with the tag titles beating many top teams. Will this run continue in Boston? I think not, it's time for Generation Next to follow up their World Title win with the tag titles. Evans and Strong are taking it home.
My Pick: Jack Evans & Roderick Strong of Generation Next

World Title Match

Austin Aries makes his first title defense vs. Colt Cabana
The newly crowned ROH World Champion makes his first defense here in Cambridge and it's against the man he took out of ROH for months back in Boston at Scramble Cage Melee in August. Cabana has sworn to drop the comedy for this match and is out for revenge and the Title. This is Cabana's second shot at the belt as he had a shot at Samoa Joe back in Chicago during Death Before Dishonor II weekend. Cabana wasn't able to get it done then and he won't get it done here either. This will be a great match to establish Aries as a credible champion and Cabana as a serious wrestler.
My Pick: ROH World Champion Austin Aries (Damn, I just love the way that looks.)

The Hardcore Legend Returns To The Boston Area

Mick Foley will be in Cambridge and he will be faced with Samoa Joe
This is a result of Foley talking shit about Joe on 11/6 and Joe in turn talking shit about Foley at 12/4. Then at 12/26 Joe cracked Foley one. Foley has said that if Joe tries to do the same in Boston he better expect some hard core action. And I don't Foley is referring to the Johnny Holmes variety. As this isn't a match, I have no pick. All I will say, is that it should be interesting.

Well, there you have it, my preview for all the action that's to go down in Cambridge on the 15th. ROH has said that they will announce more matches this week so this card should get even more loaded than before. ROH looks like it's going to deliver in a big way in their first show of 2005.

Now, onto that news tid bit that I promised. Courtesy of the Newswire over at www.rohwrestling.com:

January 9th: ROH officials are going to make an example out of Low Ki for striking referee Sean Hanson on 12/26. Breaking the Code Of Honor like this will not be tolerated. Do not expect Ki back in ROH anytime soon, if ever.

OK, here's the deal, Ki is booked to wrestle two shows on 1/15 already then on 2/18 he heads off to NOAH in Japan where he is booked thru March. So there's your non-kayfabe reason for Ki's absence. Definitely a good storyline reason though. However, I am disappointed that Ki won't be around for the 2/19 show that I will be attending.

So there you have it, the preview for the 1/15 show and a little bit of news to tide you over. I'll be back next week with all the results and ramifications from Cambridge. Until next time, keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 01/17/05: ROH Results from Cambridge, MA, January 15th

Well, another week has gone by and here we are again. First off, let me say how hard it is for me to recap and give results to shows that I did not attend. I am often trusting the facts being given from a variety of sources. And let me tell you, some of these people who post their so-called "results" have no business being near a message board. How can you say you are giving "results" when you don't say who won or how? That drives me up a wall. Even when ROH posts their official results they often don't post this finish, just who won. That is especially nerve wracking. So, if this column is less than stellar, please forgive me as I was not in Cambridge, MA on Saturday.

However, I was at Rare in NYC on Friday night when the NYC Synthpop Festival blew the roof off the place. Most especially halovox (www.halovox.com) who had their best performance to date as well as Xero/G who had another stand out performance and added video to their live show. But I digress! Onto the results from Cambridge and my picks and score!

Ring of Honor Cambridge, MA, January 15th Results

First Time Ever Match

Spanky vs. Alex Shelley

It surprises me that they went with this match as the opener. I thought for sure that they would have gone with the Special K vs. Special K match first. Well, this would have gotten me going for sure anyway. It seems like this was a slow paced, mat based affair. I've also read that it was booked as a face vs. face kind of deal. In the end Spanky went over Shelley with I believe a frog splash.
My Pick: Spanky
My Score: 1-0

Grudge Match
Azreal (Formerly known as Angel Dust) vs. Deranged w/Lacey
This was originally scheduled to be Angel Dust & Dixie vs. Deranged and Izzy however Izzy & Dixie had a family emergency and had to back off the show. Apparently Angel Dust has switched over to his Azreal identity which he uses in all the other independents. It probably won't be long from now that Izzy switches over to his Insane Dragon persona. Azreal went over Deranged...don't ask me how as no one bothered to say. Post match the Ring Crew Express showed up and gave Lacey a spanking and Azreal played air guitar with them.
My Pick: Deranged and Izzy (As it was supposed to be a tag)
My Score: 1-1

Roderick Strong then announced that he would not be in Ultimate Endurance as he did not want to win the Tag Titles without Jack Evans. Evans is injured and was forced to cancel his appearance. So then Strong destroyed two graduates from the ROH School and Steve Corino's students Law & Landell. Strong kept beating on Corino's students until Corino made the save.

Tag Team Challenge Match
Jay Lethal & Josh Daniels vs. Outcast Killaz with Prince Nana
This match was said to be all kinds of disjointed and crappy. Not surprising as the Outkast Killaz are pretty crappy. Lethal and Daniels win to the shock of no one. Nana and the Killaz argued post match and Nana left without them. With Rave and Walters in the Embassy now it seems that ROH's perennial jobber tag team may be getting kicked out to bring up the profile of the group. A good idea in my opinion.
My Pick: Jay Lethal & Josh Daniels
My Score: 2-1

Ultimate Endurance

ROH Tag Team Champions Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero vs. Steve Corino & CM Punk vs. Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito
The loss of Evans and Strong really hurts this match a ton. I for one could give a rats ass about the Carnage Crew and I think everyone expected them to get eliminated first and of course they did. Apparently Punk had one of the champs tapping but Smokes distracted the ref. Then Strong came down to ringside and laid out Corino allowing Punk to get pinned. Many people called this match "disappointing."
My Pick: Jack Evans & Roderick Strong of Generation Next
My Score: 2-2 (Wow, it really hurts my picks when the guys I pick aren't even in the match anymore!)

Special Challenge Match
Samoa Joe vs. Nigel McGuinness

From all accounts this match lived up to my expectations and predictions. Nigel tried to use his technical mastery to beat Joe and Joe just plain beat on Nigel. This was said to be the match of the night and that Nigel really held his own with Joe. Apparently towards the end Nigel got frustrated and tried to compete with Joe in the striking department which, no shock here, ended badly for Nigel. Joe finishes him off with a Death Valley Driver, knee strikes, and the Choke. Oh, for those of you wondering, Joe's new music was "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J.
My Pick: Samoa Joe
My Score: 3-2

Tap Out Match

Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide with Julius Smokes
From all accounts one-third of this match was spent on the floor and in the crowd which apparently raised the ire of the building manager. Danielson and 'Cide eventually made it back into the ring. 'Cide eventually wins by hanging on through a hammerlock suplex and turning it into an arm submission for the tap out. They certainly have been playing up this arm injury angle as it has been going on since 12/4. Take notes WWE, this is how you book a feud and an injury. So Homicide goes up 1-0 in their best of five series. Danielson said that the next match will be a taped fist match.
My Pick: Bryan Danielson (Come on...it was a tap out match!)
My Score: 3-3

World Title Match

Austin Aries makes his first title defense vs. Colt Cabana
As expected Cabana dropped the comedy and really went after Aries. But Aries, being the wrestling machine that he is, went after Cabana's arm and shoulder just like he did at Scramble Cage Melee back in August. This hindered Cabana's ability to go for the Colt 45. Cabana tried a ton of different roll ups and flash pins but none worked. They ended up on the floor where Cabana took either a back drop or brainbuster on the ramp depending on whose report you read. Cabana eventually made it back into the ring where he tried a roll up but was unsuccessful. Aries nailed a brainbuster and a 450 for the victory. It has been announced that on 2/19 in Elizabeth, NJ it will Aries vs. Cabana in the STEEL CAGE for the title. I'll be there, second row.
My Pick: ROH World Champion Austin Aries (I still LOVE that)
My Score: 4-3

The Hardcore Legend Returns To The Boston Area

Mick Foley will be in Cambridge and he will be faced with Samoa Joe
Joe and Foley both talk a bunch of shit. Foley goes all heel saying he won't wrestle Joe because Vince can pay him a lot more to wrestle. Joe turns his back and Foley hammers him. They fight out to the ramp and someone hands Foley a chair through the curtain and Foley brains Joe with it. Foley hits Joe with the Double Arm DDT on the chair to lay him out. Well, all the pro WWE talk and the Pearl Harbor routine on Joe should succeed in turning Foley heel.

Well, considering that two of the matches had changed completely since my picks were made I don't think I did too badly with a score of 4-3, at least I broke .500. Many of the people in attendance reported that this event started out slowly but really picked up in the second half. I can't really judge until I see for myself. I'm most anxious to see Spanky vs. Shelley, Joe vs. Nigel, Danielson vs. Homicide, and Cabana vs. Aries. As well as the confrontation between Joe and Foley.

Here's the big news coming out after the show, as I said earlier Aries will meet Cabana again in the cage with the title on the line in NJ. Reyes and Romero will be defending their Tag Titles in NJ as well, against the combination of Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer. Shit, how many title shots do these guys get? Foley has challenged Joe to face his "mystery wrestler" in NJ. Foley will be in the corner of his "mystery wrestler." I'm assuming this is whoever handed Foley the chair last night. Foley said he will be giving ROH more info on this mystery man soon. Let the speculation begin!

Aright folks, that's it for this week. Sorry if it was a little on the short side but there were only seven matches to cover and as I said, I wasn't there. I'll be back next week with another brand spankin' new edition of your favorite wrestling column and mine, BLOODLETTING. Until next time, keep your head up.

 
Bloodletting 01/24/05: Breaking Down the Scramble Cage
 
Greetings everyone from snow covered New York City. Yes, we all got dumped on pretty bad here this past weekend. So bad in fact that my girlfriend, daughter, and I were stranded at my parents house until last night. Fortunately for us, my parents are wonderful people and my Mom is an exceptional cook. Then my Dad and I spent all day yesterday shoveling, snow blowing, and digging out buried cars.

Well, now that my little bitchfest is over, let's get down to the business at hand. On February 19 Ring of Honor will bring night one of the Third Anniversary Celebration to Elizabeth, New Jersey. And one of the matches on that night will be a Scramble Cage match. Now, I know that I have covered the Scramble Cage before when giving previews and results from ROH shows but I thought with the match coming up again in a few weeks now would be a good time to give an overview of the Scramble Cage and it's history. I have been fortunate enough to have seen every match involving the Scramble Cage live and in person.

The Scramble Cage itself is your basic, old school, chain link, steel cage with a few note worthy exceptions. First of all, there are platforms on all four corners of the cage. These are there to enable the high flyers in the match to perform breathtaking dives and take sick bumps off of. The other exception is that there is no door. Now this is something that has evolved over time and for different reasons. You'll see why as I cover the different matches that have used the Scramble Cage. So let's go over the matches shall we?

November 1, 2003 in Elizabeth, NJ - Main Event Spectacles
Scramble Cage
the Backseat Boyz vs. Hydro (now known as Jay Lethal) & Angel Dust (Now known as Azrieal) vs. the Carnage Crew vs. Jose & Joel Maximo vs. Teddy Hart & Jack Evans
I believe that in this version of the Scramble Cage all the teams entered at the same time and it was one wild free for all. The Maximos hit a Spanish Fly off one of the platforms. This match was also the ROH debut of Jack Evans and ever since he has been taking our breath away. On this night he did it with a double moonsault from the platforms to the floor. Teddy Hart stirred up major shit and got kicked out of the promotion for first hitting an unplanned shooting star off the top onto several unsuspecting workers. Then after the Backseats won the match with the T-Gimmick he stole the spotlight by performing several back flips off the platforms into the ring. I believe that night Teddy was tossed from the locker room.

March 13, 2004 in Elizabeth, NJ - At Our Best
Scramble Cage II
the Carnage Crew vs. Special K

This match is the one that necessitated the removal of the cage door. This was to settle the huge feud that had been running between the first class white trash Carnage Crew and the rich kid ravers of Special K. At this time the Carnage Crew consisted of Loc, Devito, Justin Credible, and Masada. Special K had it's most members to date and it would take me a paragraph and a huge cappuccino to list them all. Team members drew numbers indicating their entry into the cage. At 2 minute intervals another entrant would make his way into the cage. The big ass bump of this match was Loc and Devito giving Angel Dust (Azrieal) a spike piledriver off the platform and through a table! And yes, this was the finish of the match and the feud.

August 28, 2004 in Braintree, MA - Scramble Cage Melee
Scramble Cage Melee
Trent Acid vs. Loc vs. Devito vs. Maff vs. Whitmer vs. Oman Tortuga vs. Diablo Santiago vs. Fast Eddie vs. Altar Boy Luke vs. Jack Evans vs. Dunn vs. Marcos
Now this match was completely different from all the others with different rules and for the first time it wasn't a tag match. Instead of being one fall to a finish the match was an elimination match. To eliminate an opponent you had to hit them with a dive from one of the platforms. This match featured tons of insane bumps as you can expect. Fast Eddie hit his moonsault fall away slam, Devito hit his moonsault, Altar Boy Luke hit a Swanton, Trent gave Jack a hurricanrana off the platform, and to end it all Jack hit a 720 leg drop off the platform! Remember that all these dives were off platforms that were on top of a steel cage!

February 19, 2005 in Elizabeth, NJ - Third Anniversary Celebration
Scramble Cage
Jack Evans & Roderick Strong vs. Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito vs. Deranged & Izzy vs. Azrieal & Dixie vs. The Ring Crew Express of Dunn & Marcos

The Scramble Cage is going back to it's original tag team format with multiple teams involved. This match features several high flyers in Jack Evans, Deranged, Izzy, and Azrieal. It also features a few hard hitters in Roderick Strong, Loc, and Devito. This match is going to have tons of dives and be brutal as well. It's also good to see the match going back to it's original form as well. The multiple team idea adds a lot more intrigue and makes it harder to predict a winner. I loved the Scramble Cage Melee match but it's stipulations made it a very dangerous concept. Whose going to win this one? Well, you'll just have to wait until I do my preview for the show.

It's interesting to note that the Carnage Crew have been in every match involving the Scramble Cage. Jack Evans was in two of the previous three as well as Special K was in two out of the three. However now Special K has been broken up into two groups with Azrieal and Dixie on one side and Izzy and Deranged on another.

So there you have it, a complete break down of the Scramble Cage and all the matches that have taken place inside it. It's a Ring of Honor original match and it's a crowd pleaser for sure. If you want my opinion, the Scramble Cage Melee was the best match that featured it with the Main Event Spectacles match coming in second. I think it is also noteworthy that all the shows that have featured a Scramble Cage match were solid from top to bottom. With Main Event Spectacles considered one of the best ROH shows ever and At Our Best featuring the bloodiest ROH match ever in Samoa Joe vs. Jay Briscoe in the Steel Cage for the ROH World Title. And with that, I'm out of here folks. Until next time, keep your head up.