#ROH Is The Worst – Part XII

800-numbers-are-so-easyROH makes it so easy to write a column. I’m 18 minutes into the show and I’m furious. They have sent Maria Kanellis out to be the mouth piece for Mike Bennett’s new character. The match was inconsequential to my anger. Brutal Bob was going against Mike Bennett. It was a squash match with Bob getting in some opportunistic offense. She was terrible on the head set. Maria still sounds like a moron. She could be perfectly smart. I don’t remember any of her interviews when she did the Playboy thing. Which is another factor, she seems so much less hot to me now. I remember looking forward to that Playboy issue. Now, I wouldn’t bother. Back to her dumb streak though. The logic of Bennett’s turn, which isn’t a turn at all. Bennett was a heel. Now, he’s a heel. With no clown car at least. Being down to one manager is a good thing. Having her try and tell us that he’s not going to follow the establishment anymore is down right dumb. He never shook hands before a match that I can remember from the past year and 8 months. So how did that make him “establishment”? He wasn’t in SCUM but that doesn’t mean he liked management. He had complained how he wasn’t getting a shot at the big time. Now, he’s complaining that he’s not big time. How is his position any different? Well, Maria has another gem for us. She tells us to look at Bennett’s new tattoo. That proves he’s a rebel. Nevermind that the WWE Champion has two full sleeves and back tattoos. Randy Orton is even being backed by the establishment in the WWE. But for some reason, the “Man” in ROH is going to keep down that rebel Mike Bennett with one tattoo on the under side of his forearm. Christ on a pony. Maria’s insights were so important that ROH brought her back to be guest commentator during the next match because she’s a women’s wrestling expert. Maria hasn’t wrestled in ROH. I remember her not wrestling too well in the WWE. I remember her being a hold out for a while too. Maria rehashes her points about the new, more rebel like Mike Bennett which are just as dumb a second time around. Then she adds that Ms. Chif is a tough broad. Thanks Maria. I had no idea that the only woman who has won on ROH TV this year is good. What a dumb bell. ROH is the worst. Kevin

Maria Kanellis

I mean, I still would, but that something extra special she had going on is gone.

You know what. I forgot about something when wrapping up the upper part. I forgot that I don’t like the new look for Mike Bennett with the shaved head and beard combination. It makes you look older than you are. Grow back the hair.

Another thing about using Maria as the mouthpiece that hurts his “WWE Stock” as I call it. Mike Bennett needed to show that he was in control to take that next step. Keep Maria around. She can still talk for you sometimes but this occassion of a fresh and more vicious Mike Bennett needed to be delivered by the man himself. You look like a puppet having Maria do the talking. You can’t look vicious as a “hired gun” type when it’s your woman. Maybe if say, Sinister Minister (since how ridiculous that I was going to say Paul Heyman? That guy is never leaving the WWE. He’s killing it right now. They want him around.) were the one in control, you could sell me as “hired gun” material but it’d still be a weird angle. Bennett needed to deliver this speech he didn’t. Two fails in one segment. Congratulations. -Kevin

#ROH Is The Worst Part X

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Holly Willoughby from Surprise, Surprise.

Well I’ll be damned. Ring Of Honor put on a good show. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander took on a debuting Alex Reynolds & John Silver. Most teams in their first match aren’t good but they performed admirably. The next match on the docket delivered too, Veda Scott taking on Ms. Chif. Even though Ms. Chif ended up winning the match, Veda Scott showed much improvement from when I saw her at Wrestlelution. She only had one year of experience at that point and has pretty much doubled that in the mean time. Very good match with a very good opponent. The third match of the show was Silas Young taking on Adam Page, another new comer. Young got to cut a promo before the match so one would assume that he was going to get the win. You would be wrong. Page ended up winning with a victory roll which made things really odd. Young had won more of the match and got the mic time so why let him lose? I only count this match as a victory because the match itself was really good. The main event was Eddie Edwards taking on Matt Taven. Kevin Kelly & Steve Corino hit Taven’s problem directly on the head when they said that his entourage of Turth Martini & the Hoopla Hotties (Scarlett is pretty damn hot) take away from how good of a wrestler Taven is. When the announcers do something right, you’ve got to give it to ROH for a good show. To boot, the min ring product did have a high quality. One part of all of these matches was that they weren’t very “ROH” in that people didn’t kick out of multiple finishers and they didn’t exchange an obnoxious amount shots. Congratulations ROH, you got one right. -Kevin

#ROH Is The Worst Part VI

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I’m digging this picture from ricksilva.net

This week’s criminal act involves the recently interviewed Veda Scott, who not only wrestles in several independent leagues but also does interviews for Ring Of Honor. Recently at an iPPV Scott was interviewing Ms. Chif. She was upset that she didn’t win a multi participant match for a chance at something. I didn’t pay attention. I don’t feel like rewinding because it doesn’t matter to this crime. Ms. Chif out of her anger spit mist into Scott’s eyes. ROH did the right thing and held Scott off of television for a couple of weeks to see the injury. This week’s show was supposed to air before the pay per view (which only taped on Sunday for me this week meaning that it aired after the iPPV debuted. That’s a whole column similar to last week’s.) so it’d make sense if they decided to add a women’s match. They don’t have enough of a women’s division to have it be a weekly feature so they start this angle at the last iPPV then have a recap on TV a couple of weeks ago and then have this week’s confrontation. Ms. Chif came out for a scheduled match and started it but then Veda Scott showed up seething. Scott then attacked Ms. Chif. They had to be pulled apart. Kevin Kelly and Prince Nana do their job and sell the change in demeanor since she had been playing a meek reporter. Scott charges a second time. They get pulled apart again. Just then Kevin Kelly says “We HAVE to go to commercial now” so that we can do the iPPV center recap. (Emphasis obviously mine.) I’ve got no problem with Kelly on this one. He’s just doing his job. If he’s a producer, he’s culpable. There is no reason you should be cutting to commercial when Scott breaks away a third time to attack Ms. Chif. You’re trying to sell a change in personality and (I’m assuming) a match at some point between the two even if it wasn’t for Border Wars. You can’t go to commercial when this is happening. You can find thirty extra seconds if you even need that much extra. Ten probably would have done the trick. ROH is the worst. -Kevin

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