People laughed at me when I said this match was great live. As great as Hero is, I honestly think Petey has stepped it up big time since going indy. He really made the best out of terrible booking in his title program with Aries last year, and had a pretty quality match had it not been for (surprise) a terrible finish at Glory By Honor.
Looking back, I honestly can't believe how badly that program was booked. I mean, the NYC title match was a mistake, anyone could have seen that weeks in advance, but there is no way it was a good idea to have Petey show he wasn't a one-trick pony by doing nothing meaningful but hit the Destroyer for three months and tease it at every possible opportunity.
I wasn't a big fan of the NYC match either, even before the bad finish. For one thing, the crowd sucked, for another, Petey hit what, three Destroyers, including one off the top rope? What purpose did that serve? And then, of course, the finish was terrible.
As far as judging Petey, I think I'm just going to start fresh with that Hero match, and ignore his time in TNA when he really was a one-trick pony (and booked as such), ignore everything he did in mid to l late 2009 in ROH because it was just so terribly booked. I've never really thought he was a bad wrestler, just really bland apart from the Destroyer. Maybe Hero was just a really good foil for him in that match, maybe not. I wouldn't mind seeing more to make up my mind.