Originally Posted by bigcal
Edit: Lol, looking at my rep I can see Viva is extremely happy either with my rating for Unified, or the fact I finally got round to watching it, or both
Little of both. Especially since I pimped that match to you like every time we were on here at the same time. Glad you enjoyed it.
Originally Posted by bigcal
Is there anything from their Epic Encounter and Survival of the Fittest matches that I would need to see before moving on to their other matches (storyline-wise etc)? If not, I can move on to their other matches since those 2 are going to take for ever to download
The SOTF match was after Driven and was Nigel's 1st show and 1st match after FINALLY winning the title. The match was all about Danielson proving that even though Nigel had the belt, Dragon was still the best in the world. Nigel had never definitively beat Danielson, so he had something to prove as well. Danielson's selling in this match was incredible imo.
Driven is my favorite match of their's (which is funny considering how much I pimped the Unified match to you). I have it the full 5, although I'm one of the few.
I know you already seen the 6th Year Anny match, but I'll delve into it anyway. The storyline behind it is why I love it so much.
Nigel was injured in November 2007 only about a month into his title reign. He said that under no circumstances would he drop the title. He made an appearence at Glory by Honor VI in New York and even though he was a face, he was booed harshly due to the fact that he wasn't defending the title at such a big show due to injury. He returned from the injury at Rising Above in late December again in New York to another huge round of boos. He beat Austin Aries but in the process, recieved a concussion. The next night again in New York (The city where these events take place is obviously a pattern), he pulled out of a 4 way match due to said concussion. Fans wanted him to forfeit the title but Nigel basically said, "Fuck the haters, I busted my ass for this title and I'm not just gonna give it up like that." He said he would face whoever won the 4 way match that he was originally supposed to be in at 6th Year Anny. That match was obviously won by Danielson.
I should also point out Danielson had his eye detached in August 2007 in a match with then champion Takeshi Morishima. This is a big part of the 6YA story.
After the opening match at 6YA, Nigel came out to no music...just a chorus of boos from, you guessed it, the New York faithful. He said that the fans in New York had been on his ass since he got injured originally and that he was going to rob them of their precious title match by forfeiting the title. Danielson came out in raged and screamed at Nigel not to do it. The title was too important to be thrown to the ground like that. Nigel agreed but said that he was worried about his health because a lot of Danielson's offense involves attacking the head (remember Nigel's concussion?). Danielson swore on his word that he wouldn't go for Nigel's head, because the title meant too much to him to win it that way. Nigel obliged and the match main evented the show.