Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ROH - Best of Paul London: Please Don't Die!
Paul London vs. Spanky (Road To The Title) - ***1/2 (very good back and forths match, these guys have had quite the journey in 7 years)
Winner Gets an ROH Contract: Paul London & Don Juan vs. Michael Shane & Bio-Hazard (Crowning A Champion) - **3/4 (decent little tag match, Don Juan was pretty bad while Bio-Hazrd was fairly decent minus the terrible hairdo. side note: guy who got the pin or submission got the contract, not the team... thank god. some post match stuff is shown)
Paul London vs. Michael Shane (Honor Invades Boston) - *** (predictable ending I wasn't a big fan of, which dropped it 1/4* for me. not bad. more post match stuff)
Street Fight: Paul London vs. Michael Shane (Unscripted) - ****1/4-****1/2 (awesome, awesome match. basically the match that introduced me into ROH a few years back, and it still never gets old. crowd chants "Match of the Year!" afterwards, would've been really cool to see this on the Bloodstained Honor dvd)
#1 Contender's Trophy Semi-Finals: Paul London vs. EZ Money (Night of the Butcher) - ***1/4 (EZ Money was REALLY impressive, quick finish but a very nice little addidition to the set nonetheless)
#1 Contender's Trophy Finals: Paul London vs. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson (Night of the Butcher) - ****-****1/4 (excellent. great match, very stiff, loved the ending. hearing Paul put over Danielson as "the best wrestler in this industry and in the country" was nice to see as well)
Winner Gets an ROH Title Shot: Paul London vs. AJ Styles vs. Low Ki (One Year Anniversary Show) - **** (pretty damn good I must say. very stiff, might even go a 1/4* higher. probably my favorite 3-way in ROH history. yet another Match of the Year chant from the crowd)
ROH World Title: Xavier(c) vs. Paul London (One Year Anniversary Show) - ***1/2 (this was directly after the 3-way, so my hat is off to Paul for putting up one hell of an effort. at times it's sloppy obviously because Paul is fatigued like hell but it's still a very well put together match that tells a good story and gets you into it. get to see a young Mickie James as well)
ROH World Title & London's Farewell: Samoa Joe(c) vs. Paul London (Death Before Dishonor) - ***1/4 (Paul shakes just about everyone's hand and hugs a bunch of people from the crowd during his entrance, until he's cut off by Joe's music. haha. the match itself I didn't think was anything to blow you away, but it was pretty solid. it was more about the moment than the match though anyway. locker room clears out to the ring and Paul gives a speech and everything. such a classy way to go out)
Paul's nuts, that's about all I have to say. There's a moment where you have to say please don't die in just about all of these matches. If you could find this somewhere where it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg, I'd highly recommend you pick it up. Showcases what early ROH was all about and how it got to where it is today. This and the best of AJ Vol. 2 were the first ROH dvds I ever bought, and I still have them both. That shows you the rewatch value.