Common Sense Tip Of The Day:
Don’t insult Kevin Steen’s son.
Kevin Steen’s Cibernetico team reads like a who’s who of indepedent wrestling, covering the spectrum from top stars to rising prospects. Here’s the breakdown of who is on Team Steen (from left to right).
Kevin Steen (1st Cibernetico): The team captain, and the current Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and 2CW Champion, has taken independent wrestling by storm. He’s known for being brutally honest and quite hilarious in his promos while also being able to brawl and wrestle the cream of the crop. This year, he did something he had not done in six years: stepped into a CHIKARA ring. After an altercation with Eddie Kingston at ROH’s 10th Anniversary Show, Steen met Kingston in Chicago Ridge to challenge for the CHIKARA Grand Championship. Steen giving Kingston a low blow cost him the match, but that didn’t bother him. He had upstaged King in his home promotion. Kingston was then recruited by Jim Cornette to face Steen at ROH’s “Boiling Point” iPPV in August to try and take the ROH title off of him. Kingston would ultimately fail. Steen returns to face Kingston again in his home turf in the Cibernetico, a match Kingston won in 2010.
The Bravado Bros. (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) (1st Cibernetico): Believe it or not, the 2012 Cibernetico will celebrate the one year anniversary of The Bravados in CHIKARA. They debuted last year in a losing effort against 3.0, who would become their rivals in 2012. The Bravados returned from a three month tour in Pro Wrestling NOAH as a much more confident and well developed team. They even came close to earning a Campeones de Parejas title matches but never did grab the proverbial brass ring. They’re tired of being pigeon holed as “ROH Students”, and there’s no better way for them to break out of that mold than to win the Cibernetico. Harlem even took Eddie Kingston to task at “The Ring of Wax” so it will be interesting to see how he fares in this bout.
The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) (3rd Cibernetico): It’s not too much of a stretch to call these guys the best tag team going today. The Bucks also have no issue telling you that themselves. Best known for their exploits in PWG, the Bucks have expanded their reach to CHIKARA since debuting at the 2009 King of Trios tournament. Because they only made occasional stops, it wasn’t until June of this year that they were able to capture Los Campeonatos de Parejas from F.I.S.T. They still hold the titles to this day. The Bucks competed on opposite sides of the ring in the 2009 “Increible” style Cibernetico and with each other at last years iteration. Neither Buck lasted very long in either scenario, and they actually were pinned back-to-back in both years. Now that they stand atop the CHIKARA ladder, the results could be very different.
The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe) (1st Cibernetico): Although they have traveled around the world, The Briscoes are most associated with Ring of Honor. Not only have they been in the company since day one, but they have held the ROH tag titles a record 7 times. If you combine their reigns together, they have held those belts for two years. The Briscoes actually made their first and only foray into CHIKARA in August of 2007 where they challenged then Campeones de Parejas F.I.S.T. (Icarus & Gran Akuma) in a non-title bout. The Briscoes ended up on the short end of the stick and have not been back to CHIKARA since. They’re battles with team captain Kevin Steen (and his then partner now rival El Generico) are the stuff of legend, though they have teamed with Steen at various points as well. Even though The Briscoes are at odds with Steen in ROH they seemingly are willing to put their differences aside for this bout…or are they?
Jimmy Jacobs (1st Cibernetico): It’s been awhile since Jacobs has stepped foot in a CHIKARA ring as well. He was a part of both the 2003 and 2005 Tag World Grand Prix well before he made a name for himself. Since then, Jacobs has fallen in love (and subsequently had his heart broken), nearly died in the ring, started a revolution, publicly battled a drug addiction, cleaned up, and is now a Zombie Princess. Look, I don’t know what that means either, but he has taken solace with Kevin Steen and Steve Corino as part of the S.C.U.M faction in ROH. Jacobs is currently one-half of the ROH Tag champions with Corino. Jacobs has no real beef against Kingston or CHIKARA, but when Steen asked his partner to join him in battle, he was quick to say yes. It will be interesting to see what role he plays in this epic battle.
The only one of Team ROH to have never set foot in Chikara, Jimmy Jacobs is the man I want to see this Cibernetico. While I have my foot firmly in the Chikara camp this year, this will definitely be one I can see Team ROH winning. I mean, it’s Steen, the Briscoes AND Jimmy Jacobs.
Can anybody verify this — from WrassleGAF user Bootaaay:
“Man, ROH is so dead in the water.
They drew 220 last night in NEW JERSEY. That used to be one of their biggest markets, before the HDnet deal forced them to abandon it in 2009 - this is the first time they’ve been back since, and as if the low draw wasn’t bad enough…
First of all, the ‘free iPPV’ codes were just lying around on a merch table, and people could grab as many as they wanted, so expect a few to end up on ebay.
Secondly, in the main event between ROH Champion Kevin Steen and home-town boy Jay Lethal (which was said to be an excellent match), Steen verbally assaulted and spat upon Lethal’s family at ringside - Lethal went crazy, the two had to be separated, Steen high-tailed it to the back and Lethal followed. No one knew what was going on, until Bobby Cruise got on the mic and announced that the match was declared a no contest before shilling Final Battle to end the show. This was met with boos, ‘BULLSHIT’ & ‘REFUND’ chants and a whole load of bottles and trash being thrown in the ring.
What a GREAT way to return to a market you haven’t visited in 3 years!”
Are there any other live-results floating around online for this show?
At some point in their lives every man reaches a breaking point, a moment where he chooses to either persevere through his difficulties or give in and let his problems consume him. On December 19, 2009 at “Final Battle 2009” Kevin Steen faced that moment. With several choice words and the brutal crack of a steel chair, Kevin made his decision and a slow descent into madness that would grow to effect all of Ring of Honor began…
From the closing night of Steen & Generico’s ROH World Tag Title reign through the war at “Final Battle 2010” that brought this madman’s time in ROH to a temporary end, this 2-DVD set is a chronicle of the matches & the moments that saw Steen spiral out of control. From his tag team battles against The American Wolves & The Young Bucks with El Generico to his Steve Corino-influenced violent turn, this compilation includes Steen’s bouts against his former partner, bloody battles against Colt Cabana, his ROH World Championship battle against Tyler Black, and more! From the violence of his matches to the often psychotic words spewing from his mouth, this is Kevin Steen’s descent into madness…
There has been a war.
It tells a story.
All the other ROH wrestlers had tables lined up, charging $10 a piece for autographs on their photos. Kevin Steen grabbed and table, flipped off all the other ROH wrestlers, and yelled, “I’m doing this for free!” Half the line for the other tables instantly migrated to Steen. Fantastic.
First and foremost, this.
I was snapping a post backfist photo, and he, in perfect time, threw his thumb up. That is awesome.
ROH’s Kevin Steen has a message for Chikara’s Grand Champion…
Steen Must Die