Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ROH - End Of An Age
Kenny King vs Petey Williams - ***
Tyler Black vs KENTA
This I'm looking forward to. I've heard nought but good things and, even though Tyler has gotten really stale, KENTA will surely bring out the best in him. Great match, liked it a LOT and I'm not sure why. The action was quite typical of what you see from these two, but it must've been the psychology of the match. Tyler trying to hold his own against someone as dangerous as KENTA - getting destroyed by kicks early on, making a comeback but getting cut off early by a devastating and long series of big moves and strikes. The crowd seriously loved KENTA and popped for just about every move he did and KENTA knew that well enough, which is probably why that situation worked. The buildup to Tyler's next comeback was done really well and had a great payoff, despite there not being a lot of fire from Tyler. I can hardly say this was either guy's greatest performance, but something just worked between these two and I think they had good chemistry, despite the obvious botch at the end that kinda ruined a nice little sequence. The Go 2 Sleep kickout was a nice touch, but I felt quite unnecessary. I don't see the need for much more Tyler pushing, since in my opinion, he is already at a main event level and doesn't need such a rub like beating KENTA's main finisher. Worth seeing, for sure, but I don't think it will be loved by all.
Claudio Castagnoli & Joey Ryan vs Colt Cabana & Brent Albright - **1/2
D-Lo Brown vs Roderick Strong - ***1/4
Kevin Steen & El Generico vs American Wolves - ***3/4
ROH World Championship
Austin Aries vs Nigel McGuinness
Who's ready for a better match than their one at Rising Above? I KNOW I AM! I thought this was surprisingly good, given Nigel's condition. He was still pretty slow and didn't take many bumps aside from two Brainbusters, but he was certainly more agile than the night before, against Claudio. What they lacked in fast-paced, hard-hitting action, they made up in antics and personality. The promo they cut before this was hilarious and so was Aries continuously mocking Nigel for not being able to use the "McLariat". Aries was pretty great in this, despite those annoyingly obvious contrived spots he seems to do now where he gets caught in the ropes somehow. I'm glad Nigel was able to hit a Lariat in this, though it did seem to cause him pain, which leads me to wonder why he's even in this situation. Why bring him back when he's clearly not fully recovered? He needs the money? Sure. But why not give him some matches with lowcarders and jobbers to ease him into the process? Is anyone really expecting him to perform at the level he was last year? K, that's too obvious of a question, but I still wonder why he's wrestling big matches with the likes of Claudio, Tyler and Aries so soon. Really good match, but I don't think it should've been the main event.