Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ROH Supercard of Honor IV
Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards & Incognito vs Jay Briscoe, Kevin Steen & Magno - ***1/4
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Roderick Strong
Four Corner Survival
Claudio Castagnoli vs Brent Albright vs Blue Demon Jr. vs El Generico - **3/4
Alex Koslov vs Bryan Danielson - ***1/2
D-Lo Brown vs Colt Cabana - ***
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship
KENTA vs Davey Richards
This is my Match of the Year. It's not the 5* match people are claiming it to be, but it is definitely one of the best things to happen and it did deserve a lot of hype. There were so many things that made this great: the story, the strikes, the immense crowd heat, Davey's performance and generally the epic atmosphere that you get accompanying a fantastic match. This is Davey Richards at his best right here. All his great little heel acts that he's been doing since he returned from Japan last year all amounted to this. Within the context of this match (he was very briefly a face afterwards, but who cares anyway? It made for a great moment), he was the most over man in the company. His heel work, especially confrontations with the fans were brilliant and he was at his most intense I've ever seen him. His face during the most intense moments of the match was unbelievable, the spitting and the screaming and the pain in his eyes. You could tell he was doing his damned hardest to put on the best match of his career and KENTA was the best person to do it against. They showed great chemistry here and the strike exchanges between them were incredibly exciting and the crowd going mental. The only problems at all I had with the match were the really short heat section of the match, and KENTA quickly forgetting the legwork that was done. He kept selling for a minute or too, then only seemed to remember when Davey had the Sharpshooter locked in. I was hoping Davey would keep targetting his leg for the rest of the match too. Davey's comment after the match "This is what ROH is all about" is just great. After he said he might get in trouble, it's confirmed the rumours about Pearce getting mad and it's as if he's saying "ROH is about putting on the best match you can, no matter what position you are on the card" and for the most part, that was indeed what pre-Pearce ROH was about. I just saw this match a little over an hour ago and I'm already looking forward to seeing it again. I don't often watch matches more than once, for fear of them getting less special each time, but I'll definitely be seeing this again. Best match in a while.
Jimmy Jacobs & Austin Aries vs Tyler Black & Necro Butcher - ***
ROH World Championship
Nigel McGuinness vs Jerry Lynn
Quite the contrast to Davey/KENTA earlier. This was definitely more emotional, and this is coming from someone who doesn't give a crap about Lynn most of the time, and became a great match when things picked up. There are flaws surrounding this match, such as Lynn's booking (tapping out to Claudio using Albright's finisher two weeks before this match) beforehand, Lynn's performances which I wouldn't consider up to the standard of other ROH main eventers, and the fact that I don't care about Lynn and don't like the angle. But in the context of this match, it was emotional and the veteran finally defeating the younger champion felt like a huge moment. It's the finishing stretch of this match that makes it. To me, it definitely seems like the first two acts of the match become erased when that part comes around, because in those points, I was finding it very difficult to support Lynn and I was cheering for Nigel. I was still cheering for Nigel towards the end, but I was a bit more favourable. Also, the action wasn't all that great in the first 10 minutes or so. The match was similar to their bout at Southern Navigation, but the emotion helps to top it. Nigel put on another great performance here, much better than Lynn's (that should actually go without saying). Who khows much of his facial expressions were real torture or just great selling? My general dislike for Lynn will surely return soon, but at the time, I felt like applauding him along with the crowd in the arena.