Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Bristol, England
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
Had this sitting around for ages. I'm so angry it's taken me this long to get round to watching it.
ROH World Title match:
CM Punk (c) vs Samoa Joe vs Christopher Daniels vs James Gibson - ****3/4
Everything about this was utterly fantastic. Punk played the chickenshit little bitch absolutely perfectly, constantly evading Joe, which made it all the more sweeter when he finally got his comeuppance. The crowd was ON the entire match as well which really helped. Little things like Punk pushing Daniels' foot off the ropes to cause the elimination sent the crowd into a frenzy. Punk busting out some of his old moves like the split-legged moonsault was a nice touch, partly because he was soon to leave the company and therefore he got to showcase a little 'Best Of' in terms of his moveset, but it also helped to convey how despite him giving off the impression he could easily retain his title, deep down he knew he had to pull out all the stops against opponents the calibre of Joe, Daniels and Gibson.
The look of sheer determination on Gibson's face as he re-entered the match sent chills down my spine, and Punk's cool exterior began to crack as he realised his plan of taking out Gibson earlier on had failed. The nearfalls in the final stretch were brilliantly executed, and they pulled the trigger on the finish before we even approached any kind of overkill.
I was sooooo close to going the full five, I loved it that much, but the fact that Gibson didn't get DQ'd for using the chair on Punk's leg bothered me. But that's a tiny slight on an otherwise near-perfect match. Easily the best Four Way in ROH history, and one of the top matches in company history period.