The following is a review of the recent Ring of Honor pay-per-view Border Wars 2013. It was written by Ring of Honor Correspondent Steven Forrester. Enjoy it!
Ring of Honor: Border Wars (May 4th 2013)
Ted Reeve Arena (Toronto, Canada)
Border Wars 2013 – Source: http://www.rohworld.com
C & C WrestleFactory (Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander) vs. TaDarius Thomas and ACH
This was pretty much the perfect way to open the show. An extremely fast-paced and eye popping match between some of the best young talent in the company. There were barely any breaks in the action, and that’s what makes tag-team wrestling so great. Coleman and Alexander pick up the win after hitting Overtime. ACH particularly impressed with his unique offense. I saw things in this that I haven’t seen before; this was a very impressive opening match.
Roderick Strong vs. Mike Bennett (with Maria)
This was a very solid match but it wasn’t anything special. It started slow but built up rather quickly and it had an entertaining finish which saw Cheeseburger interfere and lock lips with Maria. Bennett was distracted enough for Strong to hit the Slick Kick. There’s nothing more to say really. It wasn’t a bad match by any stretch of the imagination but it wasn’t anything spectacular.
Mike Bennett & Maria – Source: http://www.rohwrestling.com
BJ Whitmer vs. Rhett Titus in an I Quit match
This was a slightly confusing match. In my opinion, an ‘I Quit’ match should be a brutal showdown between two embittered rivals who truly despise one another. In this match it didn’t really seem like the two combatants hated each other. There wasn’t the intensity you would expect from an ‘I Quit’ match. However, the match did tell a pretty good story and the finish was pretty great too, with Titus quitting to save the SCUMM leader Steve Corino from a chair shot.
SCUMM (Jimmy Jacobs and Cliff Compton) vs. Jay Lethal and Michael Elgin
This tag-team match had something on the line. If SCUMM could pick up the win, one of the members was in line for a ROH World Championship shot and Steve Corino would then join the commentary team. This match was pretty cool and featured some nice wrestling. Jay Lethal was injured pretty early on and Kevin Steen took his place in the match, though Steen would be pinned by Jimmy Jacobs. SCUMM showed again that they will do whatever it takes to get the job done. I enjoyed the match.
After the intermission, RD Evans and QT Marshall made their way to the ring and ran down the Toronto crowd for a little while before the lights started flickering and Tommaso Ciampa made his ROH return, attempting to hit the running knee on Marshall. This was a really cool return.
Eddie Edwards vs. GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori
This was an incredible match. Edwards and Ishimori meshed so well and it led to a match that was worth the price of the PPV. Featuring a tonne of near falls from both men, this match is a great showcase of what Ring of Honor stands for. Edwards picked up the win after the Die Hard.
Matt Taven (with Truth Martina and the Hoopla Hotties) (c) vs. Mark Briscoe for the (ROH TV Title)
This match wasn’t anything special. When the managers are the most memorable feature of a match, you know something is not quite right, especially in Ring of Honor. It wasn’t terrible but it was just very average. Taven retained the TV title.
Toothless Mark Briscoe – Source: http://www.rohwrestling.com
Paul London vs. Davey Richards
Paul London made his long awaited (it’s been 10 years) return to Ring of Honor. This was a pretty awesome match. Davey Richards played the heel role to perfection. London showed that he hasn’t missed a beat and still has what it takes to wrestle at a high level. Richards picked up the win after blocking a Shooting Star Press to roll up Paul London.
Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Adam Cole for the (ROH World Championship)
This was a slightly disappointing match. It didn’t really feel like a ROH World Championship match. It was a more technical style of match than I’m used to seeing from Jay Briscoe and it was a little off putting to see him out of his brawling element. SCUMM got involved for the finish, with Steve Corino offering Cole a place in the stable, which distracted him before a Jay Driller. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a bad match. It’s just not quite what you’d expect from a ROH World Championship match.
Border Wars was a really cool internet Pay per View. The opening tag match and the Eddie Edwards vs. Taiji Ishimori match were incredible. You wouldn’t be disappointed to order this pay per view.