GBH 13

San Antonio Shrine Auditorium – San Antonio, TX – Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino are on commentary.

~MATCH #1~
Tommaso Ciampa defeats Romantic Touch at 8:11. For some reason, this isn’t a brutal squash for Ciampa, they do a bunch of comedy and Touch gets a bunch of offense in. That makes no sense to me. After a bunch of nonsense Ciampa traps Touch in the Rings of Honor to get the submission win. The crowd was into this so good for them, but I thought this was awful comedy garbage that did nothing for Ciampa and made no sense for his character.
Rating: ¼*

~MATCH #2~
Hanson defeats BJ Whitmer, Mark Briscoe, and Moose in a Four Corner Survival match at 13:54. The action moves at a fast pace right from the get-go, as all four men try to take an advantage. Moose looks very impressive throughout the match, even hitting a dive to the floor. The action continues at a breakneck pace until Hanson is able to catch Mark with the Spin Kick of Doom to get the big win. That was a fun Four Corner Survival, with little resting and plenty of action. Hanson going over Mark was the right call.
Rating: ***

After the match, Hanson’s injured partner Raymond Rowe comes out to address the crowd. Rowe says he’ll be back sooner than later and War Machine will dominate. Michael Elgin interrupts, making his way in through the crowd with his own cameraman. Elgin tries to stir the pot and cause dissension in War Machine. The cameraman tries to attack but gets destroyed, and Elgin takes a cheap shot at Hanson on his way out.

~MATCH #3~
Frankie Kazarian defeats Roderick Strong at 15:02. This is just Kazarian’s second singles match since returning to ROH over the summer, as he’s been teaming with Christopher Daniels in The Addiction for the vast majority of this matches. As such, Strong is able to control a bulk of the match, since he’s much better conditioned for singles matches. Late in the match when Strong is looking especially in control, BJ Whitmer and Adam Page come out to watch his him in the entrance. I notice a lot of Kazarian’s offense requires contrived setups. Of course Page involves himself when the referee’s back is turned. The distraction (and assistance) allows Kazarian to hit a Tomikaze to get the pin. This was a solid but forgettable wrestling match further dragged down by interference, which runs rampant in ROH. There just weren’t any real stakes to this match, or anything to get invested in.
Rating: **¾

~MATCH #4~
ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) defeat The Kingdom (Michael Bennett & Matt Taven) (w/ Maria Kanellis) to retain the titles at 17:16. There’s a surprising amount of shenanigans in the early going, something I’m never a fan of during title matches. The Champions pretty much dominate no matter which Kingdom member is in the ring. More comedy finds its way into the match, and I’m flabbergasted that they thought this was the way to go with this match. Eventually they settle into the formula – Maria interferes, Kingdom controls for a while, reDRagon makes the comeback, etc. Finally the Champs hit Taven with Chasing the Dragon to score the pin and retain the titles. This got better as it went along and thank goodness because the early comedy nearly killed this match dead. As it was it wasn’t much more exciting than most Kingdom matches.
Rating: **½

~MATCH #5~
Will Ferrara defeats Adam Page at 7:45. Page has BJ Whitmer in his corner, and Whitmer is more than happy to help his aggressive protégé maintain control over the plucky Ferrara. They go back and forth, but Page appears to have the upper hand. When it looks like Page is about to put Ferrara away, Roderick Strong charges out and distracts him long enough for Ferrara to score a cheap rollup pin. That was an effective match, as in a short time it made Page look good, showed that Ferrara had a lot of heart, and advanced the Whitmer/Page v Strong issue. That’s booking efficiency right there.
Rating: **¼

~MATCH #6~
ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal (w/ Truth Martini) defeats R.D. Evans (w/ Moose, Ramon, and Veda Scott) to retain the title at 20:26. The New Streak is at 173-0 coming into this title match. The crowd shows support for both men early, as this could be a really hot match. Early on Lethal doesn’t take Evans seriously at all. They dress this one up with tons of bells and whistles, all kinds of interference from Truth Martini and Veda Scott, so referee Todd Sinclair ejects everyone extra from ringside. Evans pulls out all the stops, hitting a Spear and a Jackhammer, and even three diving headbutts. None of it is enough to put Lethal away. Now all hell breaks loose as the belt gets involved, the ref takes a bump, and then Moose comes out to turn on Evans with a Spear. That’s enough for Lethal to get the pin and retain his title. I admit that Evans’ hybrid Goldberg/Daniel Bryan character doesn’t do much for me, but he had the crowd juicing throughout this match so he’s doing something right. So while this wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, I can see others bring a lot more entertained by it.
Rating: **½

After the match, Ramon comes out with a new sign proclaiming “173-1, a new era.” Looks like Ramon and Moose were in cahoots!

~MATCH #7~
Adam Cole defeats Christopher Daniels at 25:01. These two are both pretty world class, so this should be good things. They stick to the formula pretty well, with babyface Daniels dominating early, only to give way to a long period of control by the heel Cole. Both men work in t plenty of their signature moves, and Cole puts particular focus on going for the Figure-Four Leglock. Daniels breaks free of that hold, and they build up to a wild finishing stretch that culminates with Cole landing a superkick, then a superkick to the back of the head, and finally a Jay Driller to get the pin. That’s a dick move, since Cole has a World title shot coming up against the purveyor of the Jay Driller, Jay Briscoe. Cole and Daniels probably couldn’t have a bad match together if they tried, and this was a pretty good one. It lacked any clear purpose or motivation, and it was a little bit too long, but it was all in all a fine semi-main event.
Rating: ***¼

~MATCH #8~
ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe defeats ACH to retain the title at 19:48. I believe this is the first time these two have been in the ring together in ROH. The challenger is energized by being in front of his hometown crowd, but he’s still dealing with a two-time ROH World Champion and one of the most dominant wrestlers in the history of the company. No big deal. ACH wisely goes after Jay’s previously injured left shoulder, sensing a weakness there. It doesn’t really end up going anywhere though, and after some more back and forth action down the stretch, Jay connects with a superkick and the Jay Driller to get the pin. That was a perfectly fine match, but ACH presented no actual threat to the title so it was all just a bit flat. ACH definitely put out a good showing though.
Rating: ***

After the match, Jay tries to put ACH over but gets interrupted by Adam Cole, who challenges Jay to a Fight Without Honor for the ROH World Title at the upcoming Final Battle. Things get out of hand when Matt Taven and Michael Bennett of the Kingdom come out to attack Jay, and they are soon joined by Mark Briscoe and Hanson for an all-out brawl. Michael Elgin sneaks in from the crowd, but quickly bails when he sees Tommaso Ciampa. The show ends with complete chaos out on the floor.

A2Z Analysiz
An altogether solid but unremarkable show, Glory By Honor XIII feels like it would have worked better as a series of TV episodes, as the build towards Final Battle felt like the focus throughout the show. So while this show made me want to see another show, it didn’t wow me on its own.

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