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The commentary is both serious and funny wrapped in on little odd package. Examples;Maxx Hero's PWG: Sells Out DVD Review-Disc One
"Kevin Steen is back...like a god...with a crutch...and a baby." This randomness was in the middle of a hardcore match and I am like WTF?
"I think Samoa Joe is like a shark. You know why? Because likes to eat babies. And crabs." I loled at that one. It was in the middle of a great technical contest and then Disco Machine just went and said it. I have been watching matches the first time w/o commentary and the second time with that way it doesn't distract from the match when I am trying to concentrate and enjoy the wrestling aspect of it. Which leads into...
Samoa Joe vs. Bryan Danielson-This match had a lot to live up to considering those involved and it did not disappoint. These guys hit hard and did a lot of stuff that they didn‘t do in the ROH encounters. Tons of new counters and modified versions of moves, innovation and other good stuff. The crowd was right with them and they told a good story. This one match was worth the $15, especially if you are a fan of Danielson or Joe. I solid 30 minute match, even though I disliked the ending…but hey, storylines are storylines. I say ****½.
Super Dragon vs. CM Punk-I couldn’t get into this match. Punk was up to his usual shenanigans and Dragon was a dick face…as in dickish baby face…They did some cool stuff like Dragon reversing the Devil Loc DDT in a way that was totally original or Punk running away from the stomps right into a corner curb stomp. Ok match. Better than the WWE and half of what ROH is doing these days. I give it a flat ***.
Frankie Kazarian vs. Adam Pearce-I like neither man in this match, nor do I like cage matches, so this really wasn’t the thing for me. **¼
Jack Evans vs. Christopher Daniels-When I was looking at the match lists before buying I asked myself if these two had ever faced off in ROH. To my knowledge they haven’t, which is a shame as they have great chemistry. First off, make sure you can here what these two and the fans are yelling at each other, quality stuff. They had a great story of one one-up man ship and Daniels trying to stop the break dancing fever. Lots of cool flying craziness and some other hard shots. Really cool spot was Christopher Daniels doing this thing with back breakers where he would keep switching the sides he was doing it on repeatedly in succession. Hard to explain but it was cool. Also, Chris rolls out of the way of the 630 in this one and Jack really took it hard on the mat. It was pretty sick. ****¼
Samoa Joe vs. Super Dragon-This was at a collectables show in the afternoon, so I wasn’t expecting much. Was I wrong. First off this crowd was hot! There wasn’t many of them but they were on fire. Next, this match was really stiff. They weren’t pulling the punches or kicks of head drops…It went by pretty fast, so either it was a short match or I was entertained. Joe taking the Psycho Driver was sick, and that didn’t even finish the match. It was good. ****
Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles-I watched this only an hour ago but all I can remember was that AJ got a Styles Clash in. Pretty reminiscent of their match at ROH War Of The Wire, maybe a little worse. ***½
James Gibson vs. AJ Styles-I personally can’t stand James Gibson. Never got into the guy, but he does some good work here. This was a great technical match, catch as can. When is the last time you actually thought someone was gonna tap to a Texas Cloverleaf? When’s the last time you saw a Texas Cloverleaf? Very good match that puts Gibson’s ROH work to shame. ****
A wrestling match is like a balanced diet. The basics are carbs, keeping you going. Armdrags may not be the highlight, but they're key to the development. Dairy is emotion and crowd interaction, like bones, they strengthen the match, and in there absense, the it will fall apart. Meat is moves like suplexes and finishers. They’re cool, but if you rely on them you’d be unhealthy, and the matches unwatchable. Mat work is fruits and vegetables. We may not like them, but some is sweet chain wrestling. Last is spots and indy MoVEz~!, your sugars and fats. You can't just eat chocolate, and thus you need to do more than flips and head drops to get above ****.