I have Manhatten Mayhem and Vendetta and like both of them might have to pick up some more 2005 dvds on the next big 10 sale.But just got done watching The Future is Now and another very entertaining show just didn't like the venue to small and rails to close to the ring.Well on to what I thought of the show
Jimmy Rave vs Colt Cabana-**3/4
Dunn/Marcos vs Carnage Crew-**1/2
6 Man Mayhem-***
Homicide vs James Gibson-***3/4
CM Punk vs Roderick Strong-****1/4
(Pure Title Match)Samoa Joe vs Nigel McGuiness-***1/2
Austin Aries vs Low-Ki-****
Another very entertaining show no really bad matches an easy to keep up with the storylines again.Really love Punk on commentary.And after watching NTR and TFN my perception of Homicide has changed all I thought he could do is brawl but have seen 2 good wrestling matches with him.And I know I might have overrated Strong/Punk but that was just a great back and forth match loved Punk avoiding the chops and backbreakers but Roderick out smarting him to hit them.And suprised at the main event ending as they were hyping Punk/Aries.Going to watch Final Battle 2005 before Genesis.What are the best shows from the summer of punk and how good is New Frotiers because sounded pretty good from what they said.
Don't worry about Punk vs. Strong. It's an excellent match and one of the earliest hints that he could be an amazing singles wrestler. He wouldn't show what he's truly got until Unforgettable against Gibson and later in his series of matches in 2005 against Danielson. Then everyone was on the Strong train.
New Frontiers is a good show. Joe vs. Gibson and Shelley vs. Strong are the only matches that stand out to me right now.
I'd recommend getting Death Before Dishonor III and then if you like the main storyline going out of the show and want to keep up with it on a show to show basis (there are only 6 shows in the Summer of Punk not including his final show) then I'd say get them all. Otherwise get Sign of Dishonor and see if you want to stick with it. His promo that opens the show is epic.
Death Before Dishonor III - Lethal vs. Ki face each other in a good match, but the real reason to buy the show is the main event. Aries and Punk put on one of the best matches of the year. Word of advice, go into the match thinking it is Punk's last match. It makes the match even better. You will be popping like a madman during a certain "kickout at 1."
Sign of Dishonor - Ok show. Joe vs. Cide vs. Gibson vs. Aries is excellent and Punk has a good title defense against Lethal.
Escape from New York - Joe vs. Aries is great and Punk's title defense against Strong is really good, but not on the level of their Future is Now match.
Fate of an Angel - Matt Hardy makes his first appearance in a "meh" match against Daniels. Generico makes his first main show appearance. Joe/Rave have a good Pure Title Match, Styles vs. Strong is an excellent match, and Punk vs. Gibson is disappointing I thought. Good, but not great.
Homecoming - Bleh main event. Styles vs. Rave, the 6 man tag and GeNext vs. Embassy are all very good.
Redemption - Great show. Best of the Summer of Punk. Cabana vs. Spanky is a very fun match and Matt Sydal joins GeNext and Abyss debuts in an awesome 6 man tag between GeNext and Embassy. Matt Hardy faces Homicide in a good match (much better than the Daniels match), and the main event is one of the best and most dramatic matches of the year. Joe/Daniels/Gibson/Punk delivers.
That's pretty much the Summer of Punk. I'll throw in Punk: TFC also
Punk: The Final Chapter - Joe/Lethal vs. Cide/Ki is a really good match that ends in an awesome brawl. Definitely worth seeing, especially if you liked their Manhattan Mayhem tag and wished it was longer. Matt Hardy has his final appearance and Strong gives him a run for his money (great match). The main event is Punk's farewell and one of my favorite ROH moments. Him and Cabana have a good match, but that's not the point. Awesome portion of the show.