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ROH Respect Is Earned Review
The show opens with BJ Whitmer in the ring. He talks about how this company is Ring of Honor and that they let the wrestling do the talking so he doesn't want to waste any more time. He then makes an open challenge to anyone in the back, leading to ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima coming out
ROH World Championship
Takeshi Morishima vs BJ Whitmer
This match did exactly what it was supposed and that is introduce Morishima to any new viewers and make him look like a monster. It did exactly that as BJ Whitmer couldn't get him off his feet and took some great looking bumps in a short match.
After the match, Nigel McGuinness came out to the ring and told Takeshi Morishima that he wanted a a shot at the ROH World Title. Bryan Danielson then made his way out to the ring and declared that if anybody deserved a shot at the title, it was him, a man that held the World Title for 15 months. Morishima and Danielson then stared each other down and began to beat down McGuinness! Danielson picked up the ROH World Title and This was an effective segment and introduced two of the main players in the company at the time.
Rocky Romero vs Naomichi Marufuji
Really good, stiff match between these two and definitely the sort of match that ROH should have put on their first PPV because the style of these two is a lot different to what you see in the mainstream promotions. The match started off with Romero working on Marufuji's arm, trying to soften it up for his Armbar and Marufuji responds by working on Romero's leg, which leads to several cool spots. Marufuji gets the win when he blocks a kick from, delivers two of his own and then hits the Shiranui (Sliced Bread 2#).
There is then an interview backstage with Larry Sweeney and Tank Toland. Sweeney talks about how he is the best agent in pro wrestling and Chris Hero and then announces he's got a new client, Sara Del Rey. Sweeney talks about how, you also get the services of the best athlete in wrestling, Tank Toland. Toland then introduces Bobby Dempsey and tells the audience that he is going to get Bobby Dempsey in shape and make him look like a ''Greek God''. He demands that Dempsey do some squats and he does so, as does Sara Del Rey. Toland tells Del Rey that she doesn't need to do what Dempsey is doing as the exercise is for men. Del Rey then bets Toland she can do more squats than him and the two have a squat challenge, while Demspey stops and is told that he is useless by Toland. This was a funny segment, I enjoyed it a lot.
We quickly go back to the ring where Bryan Danielson and Takeshi Morishima are beating down Nigel McGuinness. We are told by the announcers that McGuinness called Morishima and Danielson out. Before the next match begins, we are told that Danielson and Morishima vs McGuinness and KENTA has been booked for the main event of the evening.
ROH Tag Team Titles
The Briscoes vs Claudio Castagnoli and Matt Sydal
Such an entertaining match here that has an insanely fast place is full of crazy spots. You barely get a chance to take a great spot in before they do another one. I can't even list them all here but The Briscoes get the win with a Springboard Doomsday Device.
After the match, The Briscoes celebrate and Dave Prazak begins to talk about ROH's future events. He is interrupted Kevin Steen and El Generico. Steen asks when he and Generico are going to get their title shot and The Briscoes tell them to bring it now. Steen and Generico then head to the ring and brawl with The Briscoes before they are borken up by security (?).
Delirious vs Roderick Strong
Good match and has a much more methodical pace to begin with than the last match which I think was smart considering the last match. I think pacing is one of the main problems ROH can have at times. With all their great wrestling, they don't really give you a break and you can very easily get burnt out while watching one of their events. Luckily, this didn't have it. Roderick Strong eventually gets the win with the Gibson Driver.
After the match, Strong's No Remorse Corp team mates Davey Richards and Rocky Romero come out to the ring with part of a steel barricade. They position it and Strong then hits the Gibson Driver on Delirious onto it. At that point, Erick Stevens of The Resilience runs down to the ring and chases them off.
Adam Pearce then cuts very good promo on ROH moving to PPV and talks about how BJ Whitmer will be plagued with the tag of being the first person ever to lose for the rest of his life. Hes goes over to talk to Whitmer as the segment ends.
Dream Tag Match
KENTA and Nigel McGuinness vs Bryan Danielson and Takeshi Morishima
Great match here with some completely different styles on display. All four men have great chemistry together. McGuinness hits. It is taped up by the medical team while Morishima and Danielson beat down Morishima in the ring. The finish comes when Danielson locks on the Cattle Mutilation and Morishima stops McGuinness from saving him by continually pummeling his injured arm.
After the match, Bryan Danielson picks up Morishima's belt and Morishima gives him a Backdrop Driver. McGuinness then picks up the belt and tries to give him it back but is levelled with a lariat by McGuinness in a good way to finish the show.
Overall Rating: A hell of a good PPV, with the wrestling definitely delivering and the booking also very good. The Briscoes/Castangoli and Sydal match probably stole the night as a whole because they did some crazy stuff that you don't often see in mainstream wrestling but every match was very good and did a job. 8.5/10