MP’s Indy DVD Bonanza 2010: ROH SoCal Showdown
A few quick notes: this is one of the ugliest DVD covers in ROH history. More importantly, however, the video quality looks tremendous by ROH standards. Now get these bad boys in 16x9 widescreen and then we’re really in business. And don’t ask me about the commentary because I’m turning it off and jacking up the volume.
El Generico & Colt Cabana vs. Scott Lost & Scorpio Sky: ***1/4
-Very good little match. Lots of character stuff, particularly for the ROH team. Good comedy from Colt, which I tend to get into more than most. Crowd was hot for this, as all four men should be very familiar to the LA wrestling scene. Great choice for an opener.
Necro Butcher vs. Erick Stevens: **
-I like brawls or “hardcore” or whatever you want to call it, and this was wasn‘t a great example of it. Some of the shots were pretty weak and got a “Nancy Shit” chant. Hey there’s the “overweight child” (Excalibur’s words, not mine) at Gentle Art of Making Enemies that Chuck Taylor used to shield himself from El Generico! And then we get a fucking bearhug in a fucking Anything Goes match. Yeah this wasn’t that great and I think a lot of people would rate it lower than I did actually.
Rick Knox sighting!
Roderick Strong vs. Delirious: ***½
-Some good shit right here, marred by just a couple obvious goofs. Much better than their Boiling Point match, which I barely remember a thing about. Loved the reference to the Go Shiozaki match at SOHIII with Delirious requesting “no chops!“ Delirious takes an absolutely SICKENING backbreaker on the apron that should have been the finish, but Paul Turner clearly fucked it up. I don’t want to take that away from a great effort from the talent though.
Tyler Black vs. Joey Ryan: ***
-Joey Ryan is over like Jesus here. “OH YEAH, side headlock!” FTW. I’m not saying he should be a main eventer or anything, but surely ROH could find a better use for him than lackey for Prince Nana. Crowd goes apeshit in anticipation for the Mustache Ride, but it gets turned into God’s Last Gift in a cool finish. This was about what you’d expect from these two.
Jerry Lynn vs. Kenny King: ***1/4
-Good brawl here, much better than the Necro match. Diving clothesline over the barricade by Lynn draws a well-deserved “holy shit” chant. Jerry Lynn in enraged old metalhead mode is pretty fun to watch. Fairly shitty finish but the post-match extra curricular activity was a lot of fun. I just wish somebody would have made Lynn vs. RVD happen when it was RIGHT there in front of them.
Larry Zbysko vs. Scott Taylor: FUCK OFF
-This is (smartly) included as a bonus and took place at this point in the live show. Jonny Fairplay (w/ transvestite) gets a couple minutes of promo time for some god damn reason. Pretty sure Taylor is fucked up on something. Looks a little drunk. Crowd: “this is bullshit.” The whole thing runs about 13 minutes but feels a lot longer than that. Colt Cabana with the run-in and saves wrestling for me by showing off his bunghole (just don‘t ask). For the love of God stay away from this.
Kevin Steen vs. Human Tornado: ***1/4
-Loved it. Two of my favorites, and just about anything would’ve looked good after that last match. HOLY SHIT was Tornado over here, but he got absolutely destroyed for most of it by an outrageously entertaining Steen. Really just an extended squash, but one of the better ones I’ve seen.
At this point in the show there’s a non-DVD clip that you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV9mVnLYGNU
, where…well I won’t describe it. *****. You gotta love a company that gets that many layers of awesome out of a broken ring rope.
Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Austin Aries: ****
-Fucking LOVED this. Aries takes a brainbuster on the floor early and gets busted open. So they end up having a totally different (and better) kind of match than I expected. That’s like the third straight DVD where the champ’s been busted open, right? This really is turning into 1980’s NWA, which I have absolutely no problem with.
American Wolves & Kings of Wrestling vs. Briscoes & Young Bucks: ****
-Man, if this were 2002 or 2003 people would be calling it the Match of the Year. Times have changed, though. In short: Davey is a machine, Edwards was a non-factor, so were the Briscoes for most of it, the crowd hates Generation Me, PWG was taking note of that, and the Kings of Wrestling looked like monsters. It’s an awesome collection of spots, but like I said in the Fearless review, there’s a ceiling to how good that kind of match can be. I honestly liked the Liger match better.
: Quality show here. I’d say it’s comparable to Clash of the Contenders, where just about every single match is worth your time (ignoring the business-killing debacle after intermission). There’s no match on this as good as Richards/Omega, but the double main event combined is worth about the same. And the crowd was really hot throughout the show. I’d say you can’t go wrong buying it. WrestleReunion weekend is off to a great start, and I'm looking forward to the PWG show that much more now.
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