Wrestling Review: ROH Supercard of Honor XII (2018)

Ring of Honor (ROH) also joins the action in New Orleans, Louisiana as it presents its annual Supercard of Honor XII, in front of the largest crowd in Ring of Honor history. The ROH World Championship is on the line in the main event, as the flamboyant Dalton Castle defends against the Villain of the Bullet Club, Marty Scurll, whilst the Bullet Club implodes in the semi-main event, when Kenny Omega takes on Cody. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) will team with Flip Gordon to challenge SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky and Christopher Daniels) for the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, and the regular Tag Team Champions are on the line when champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defend against the power team of Jay Lethal and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Tomohiro Ishii, Hangman Page, Kota Ibushi, and Silad Young are all also in action throughout the card as Ring of Honor brings to you Supercard of Honor XII.

+ Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes) vs Kenny Omega: god damn, Cody is the greatest bad guy in the business right now. I know I wrote the same thing about Tommaso Ciampa s a few days ago, but I take it back to give Cody the honor. This was a really good, and really heated match, but there was a stretch in the middle that felt a little bit plodding, and there was a real over-reliance on near-pins towards the end, but the final few minutes were good enough to bring this back around to a positive ending
+ Kenny King (c) vs Silas Young (Last Man Standing Match for the ROH World Television Championship): a pre-match surprise saw Austin Aries come out to so guest commentary, and while the commentary was good, at times it did overshadow the match too much. There were chairs, garbage cans and tables, and it did become a good match in the end, thanks in some part to a wild and very clever ending sequence
+ SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) (c) vs Flip Gordon and The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (Ladder Match for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championships): I’ve mentioned I am a bit sick of Matt still selling his back from Wrestle Kingdom, but damn if it didn’t add tremendously to this match. FLip did flips, all of SoCal had their time to shine, and there were enough twists and turns to keep it all interesting. This was a wild brawl with too many ladders to count, and it had a really interesting finish and aftermath. This was another great ladder match for the weekend
+ Hangman Page vs Kota Ibushi: damn this was good too. Ibushi is incredible, and Page has had such a good run of late this had the backstory to be a great one before it began. A seemingly super dangerous suplex was one of many highlights, but in the end this was a fantastic match from both men
+ Punishment Martinez vs Tomohiro Ishii: Martinez had a great entrance, but Ishii doesn’t need flash or theatrics. Ishii was listed at 5’7″, but he looked four feet tall next to Martinez. This was a fantastic brawling match, despite Martinez inflicting the punishment on himself (hilarious pun included). This was really good

Dalton Castle (c) vs Marty Scurll (ROH World Championship): I really wanted to like this match, but it just went too long after another long match, and it didn’t feel like the bigger match of the two. Scurll was playing a real bad guy, not even interacting with fans like he often does, but he was still the far more liked of the two competitors. The ending sequence was really clever, and it broght the crowd to their feet, but it was perhaps the only high point of an otherwise far too meddling match
Cheeseburger & Eli Isom vs The Dawgs (Rhett Titus & Will Ferrera): this was not what you think, and it was pretty dumb. Waste of time on a show that already went too long
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) (c) vs Jay Lethal & Hiroshi Tanahashi (ROH World Tag Team Championships): I can’t believe I’d say this about Jey Lethal and Tanahashi, but this match bored me. I felt myself zoning out far too often, for several reason, but most of all it just didn’t feel special. I was really disappointed here
The Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas vs The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Luke & PJ Hawx: I’ll say straight up, I have no idea who those last two guys are. Bruiser/Milonas were a hell of a team. This played during the PPV intermission, and it was short, standard and went almost exactly as you’d expect
Kelly Klein vs Sumie Sakai (Women of Honor Championship Tournament Final): I can’t believe Sakai defeated Tenille Dashwood, but maybe I’m just biased because I loved “Emma”. This was an average at best match-up with a sloppy (I think?) and a bit confusing finish. I understand it was and is an important moment, but it was simply no very good
Chuckie T (w/ Beretta) vs Jonathan Gresham: outside of a Best Friends hug, this was a nothing match with a nothing finish

Should you watch this event: This event actually went head-to-head with the NXT show that was this same weekend, and frankly I’m glad I watched NXT live instead of this. Cody/Omega was really well done, but it should have gone on last because the Castle/Scurll match just didn’t do anything for me. Last man standing, the six-man tag titles and my boy Ishii and Punishment just smacking the crap out of each other was nice, but overall this was really a one match show, and that is all you should go out of your way to see.


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