Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ROH - 7th Anniversary Show
Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs Roderick Strong & Erick Stevens - ***
Claudio Castagnoli vs Brent Albright - ***1/2
Mike Quackenbush vs Jerry Lynn - **1/2
Revolution Rules Match - ***1/4
Bison Smith & Jimmy Rave vs Bryan Danielson & Colt Cabana - ***1/2
D-Lo Brown vs Jay Briscoe - ***
ROH World Tag Team Championship
No Disqualification Match
Kevin Steen & El Generico vs American Wolves
I want to give this the full ****, but it just doesn't feel right. As great as I thought the match was, it had a good amount of flaws to it. The logic to it, for example. Generico's back should've been destroyed after the sick bump he took onto the ladder, but he was up quite soon after doing flips. Steen's knee was given a serious beating by chairs, so when Davey gets him in the Texas Cloverleaf, he's able to gut it out long enough for Generico to break it. But when Steen gets in a couple chairshots of his own to Davey's knee and gets in the Sharpshooter, Davey taps almost instantly. I guess you could use the "Steen has more heart than Davey" excuse, but it just didn't make sense to me considering how badly Steen was beaten. I wasn't all that fond of the Tombstone on a chair in the first few minutes of the match. Apart from those flaws, it really was exciting stuff. Hard not to get excited by some of the sick bumps and chairshots and whatnot. The moment where Steen just snapped and started battering Davey with chairshots to the knee was pure greatness and the crowd was really hot for this. Steen is just amazing when he's passionate. His facial expressions, his actions. Very good match.
ROH World Championship
Nigel McGuinness vs KENTA
What a great match this was! Best ROH match I've seen since the fourway on HDNet, and in continuity terms, Nigel/Tyler at Injustice II. It was hard not support Nigel in this, with both arms injured and just barely able to fight, but this really added to the drama and gave this match a special feeling to it. Some epic-ness. The finish to this was better than if Nigel used the Jawbreaker Lariat. For a man with barely any use of his arms, he was able to break KENTA down, keep working on his arm, out-wrestle him to the point that HE was the one tapping to an arm submission. This was a dream match that actually worked. Nigel hitting the Tower of London to the floor near the start of the match actually worked for once. With his injuries and the way he was getting his ass kicked badly by KENTA, he had to do something quick and effective to even things up. Unfortunately...he must've done that same move to the floor in 36 of his 37 defences, so that hurt it a bit, in my opinion. Nigel getting his foot on the ropes after the Go 2 Sleep, then doing the move himself was a mark-out moment for me and the crowd LOVED that. MOTN by far and a suitable MOTYC too. Brilliantly great match.