"genital art of making an enemy"? I was half expecting that to actually be the name of the show, since it's PWG and all that. genital art > gentle art, anyway.
Gonna have to make a purchase from ROH, I think. Mike's Joe/Punk series review has convinced me to pick up the DVDs, or at least Joe vs. Punk II (unless Seabridge can point me to good quality downloads
Watched the last two matches from Unified yesterday afternoon, and they really push the show into "favourite show ever" territory. I yammered about them on another board, so I'll go for the old C&P job:
Still on the Brian Danielson high (while thinking about the best matches of the decade, for whatever reason I started to think about that), I went ahead and dug out one of my favourite ROH shows ever; Unified. The Danielson/Nigel match gets frequent match of the decade praise thrown its way, and while I don’t love it quite as much as the consensus, it’s still kinda, sorta good, I guess. I didn’t remember this being as hate-filled, but that’s probably because I forgot that Danielson used to be a heel in 2006 (and a damn good one). I’m not really sure why I’m not head-over-heels for this, because they don’t do anything that I dislike or whatever, but I just never got the “5 stars” feel for it (not that it really matters, though, because I’d still say it’s ****1/2. I just like to be awkward). There’s so much clout and surliness and HATE in a lot of this, especially the second half and ESPECIALLY after Nigel busts his head open hard-way on the ring post (which is an incredibly awesome yet incredibly stupid spot given the whole “concussions in pro-wrestling” thing). Danielson’s dive into the crowd is just insane. There’s no real technique to it like you see from a lot of guys busting out the crazy dives; it’s not “cool” looking... it’s just him launching himself into a bunch of people with the intention of hurting one person in amongst it... and that makes it fucking AWESOME. Every time I see him do it I actually brace myself because I’m expecting him to paralyze himself. Then he hits it and I exhale and think “yeah… he’s the fuggin’ man”. When Nigel finally manages to crawl into the ring and hulk-up, it’s such a great moment. I mean, the place is fucking LOSING it! Danielson’s expression as a psyched to the gills Nigel marches over to him in preparation to headbutt the ever loving DOGPISS out of him is just indescribably great. The way he takes it like a man because he knows there’s no way of getting over, around or past it is fucking fantastic. God, if Danielson was an animal, he’d be a fucking tiger with rocket ships for paws that shits gold bricks. And McGuinness is God damn terrific, too! SO much fire, SO much intensity, SO much VIOLENCE. The fans kinda shit on the finish initially, but looking at how over the MMA elbows (has he given that a name yet, since it’s one of his finishers and whatnot? He should call it the ‘You just got your head caved in by a rocket propelled tiger that shits gold bricks’ elbows. That would fuckin’ ROCK, and if anybody could pull it off, Danielson could) are now, it’s such a badass finish in hindsight. Danielson’s a cocky fuckwing afterwards holding up the belts and challenges some sucka’ in the crowd to get in the ring so he can kill him. If he did that, I legitimately would’ve hit the point of climax. Maybe. This totally whipped my ass and I fucking loved it (WHAT?!).
Since Unified was already in my player, I figured I’d watch the Briscoes/Aries & Strong tag title match that I loved ever-so-much way back whenever I last watched it. Gotta say, I was expecting to like it less this time since I recalled it being basically a twenty five minute finishing stretch, but alas, I still quite enjoyed it. Actually, it rocked my fucking house (metaphorically speaking, of course). Now, it kinda is a finishing stretch that’s been further stretched into a whole match, but it’s really the perfect example of a match that you can just sit and watch and not have to think about ANYTHING other than how fucking cool the shit they’re doing is. It’s pretty much a spot-filled tag match with Aries being the only person doing any kind of face-in-peril work (not that a great tag needs an extended face-in-peril section, though), and even that only lasts about 5 minutes. A face-in-peril section isn’t really needed anyway, because there isn’t really a defined babyface team, nor is there a heel team. Aries and Strong are definitely the most over, but the Briscoes work such a crowd pleasing style that they won’t get booed. They’re basically tweeners, although they’re working more towards a heel side than a babyface side, if you get whatever the Hell I’m trying to say here. The over like rover team of Aries and Strong versus the filthy redneck team of Jay and Mark (front teeth et al) Briscoe is pretty much the extent of the roles, but it doesn’t matter much, anyway. The story really seems to be two teams throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the other with the goal of coming out with the tag team titles; that’s what it is, and that’s how it’s presented. There’s no attempt to do anything other than that, and it comes off GREAT as a result. Mark Briscoe takes a real man sized beating, inhaling the sternum-shattering chops from Roderick Strong - that just HAVE to suck - like the crazy redneck sumbitch that he is. It seems to be him that takes every single chop that’s thrown, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a rib perpetrated by Brian Danielson because Mark pissed in his shoes or something. The last few minutes are stacked to the brim with near-falls, and the fact they managed to escalate things even more in those minutes considering how high octane they started the match is yet another reason why this is a king sized, ass stompin’ motherfucker of a tag match. I also look at this and can’t help but compare it to the fabled No Mercy 2002 tag, which receives bags of praise as the best tag match of the decade (from North America, anyway), or even as the best tag match ever, period. That comparison being made, I’m pretty shocked as to how much my opinion of the No Mercy match differs from that of just about anybody that’s seen it, because I honestly think this match takes the No Mercy match to town, gets it drunk, sticks a “fuck me” note on its back and ditches it at a biker bar. Everything the No Mercy match does, this does better. The moves, execution, pacing and near-falls are the main selling points of the No Mercy match, but they do all that here for longer, and they do it better, too. I really, really love this, and I actually prefer it to the fantabulous Nigel/Danielson match from the same show. Right now, there’s only two tag matches from this decade that I’d put above it, and both of those happened in NOAH. Best North American tag match of the decade? I guess until I can think of something better – if
I can think of something better – that’s what I’m calling it. People should really buy Unified on DVD. Get two in case one breaks.