Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ROH - Best In The World 2011
Colt Cabana vs. Tommaso Ciampa - **1/2
Mike Bennett vs. Jay Lethal - ***
Much better than I could've asked for. Entertaining throughout and Bennett looked like he could carry his own. Brutal Bob did his job on the outside and played the heel manager character better than he normally does. Lethal looks like he put on a little bulk and looks like a veteran in the ring. I'm really hoping he stays around.
Homicide vs. Rhino - ***
I really enjoyed this. Rhino always excels in these types of matches and the crowd was really hot for it. Finish came totally out of nowhere and honestly I think if the match was longer it could've been prety great. Regardless, postmatch stuff was great and Rhino should definitely stick around.
Michael Elgin vs. Steve Corino - **1/2
My name is Kevin Steen and... FUCK RING OF HONOR! My god what a twist that was. Obviously everything involving Steen overshadows the match itself, which was pretty decent. No one expected anything out of it anyway. Elgin continues to look ridiculously impressive and I'm extremely intrigued to see where Corino and Jacobs go from here.
ROH World Television Championship
Christopher Daniels(c) vs. El Generico - ****
Absolutely fantastic match. The two had really great chemistry that kinda caught me off guard in the early going. Since Truth wasn't at ringside, it made the match soooo much better. Daniels showed he doesn't need a manager to draw heel heat because his Double J struts and the chants he made up himself were incredibly entertaining. And the thing with the blonde girl in the crowd was great too. I swear every single time Generico comes out of nowhere and hits a yakuza kick into a brainbuster, I don't care where you are or what company it's for, every person in the crowd GOES NUTS. This, just another example. At the end where Daniels assumes he's gonna win by countout and decided the strap the belt around his waist, that was genius. Where else have you ever seen something like that?
ROH World Tag Team Championship - Elimination Match
Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team(c) vs. The Briscoes vs. The Kings of Wrestling vs. The All Night Express ***1/2
Some mixed feelings on this. Let me first say the entrances were awesome. The Briscoes look like complete badasses now and ANX look like the ultimate babyface tag team. It started off really, really slow so I figured they were pacing themselves for a lengthy match. Which it certainly was. As it went on I just never felt like it really picked up from that original pace too much. The first elimination was a big shock, the 2nd was fine but I was hoping ANX would pull it off, and the final one was pretty weak. There was tons of action, no doubt, I just didn't think it flowed all that well. ANX looked really great though, huge improvements from them. It could be better on a rewatch, but it was just so damn long to take in at once.
ROH World Championship
Eddie Edwards(c) vs. Davey Richards - *****
Wow, wow, wow. We're over 3 hours into the iPPV, and like most, I'm a little burnt out going into the main event. My first thoughts, god I hope this doesn't go as long as that tag title match, idk if I can handle it. Then about 5 minutes in, they had me hooked. Davey's wrestling in this, his counters to Eddie's signature moves in particular, were some of the best I've ever seen. As the match went on, and they kept pulling off these extraordinary spots and counters, I kept thinking of ways that the match could end without a clear cut winner, because with all the crazy shit they did, they could've easily pulled off a double countout about 4 times. But it just kept getting better and better. When Eddie hit his leg on the guardrail after the moonsault just like he did when he lost the TV Title to Daniels and the announcers pointed it out, I thought that was the end for sure. But they kept on going and I absolutely loved it. Really isn't much else to say, and incredibly fitting main event to a show called "Best In The World." I'm a little disappointed Eddie's reign is already over because there were so many more matchups for him, but this is Davey's time now. He's gonna tear this shit up. Incredible match, incredibly emotional moment afterwards. Instant classic, one of the best in ROH history.
An absolutely fantastic show. So many shockers, storyline twists, feel good moments, classic matches, etc. I would've paid $14.99 for the main event alone.