Die Neon Czarina
Join Date: Apr 2006
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Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
"Stupid even for Chikara" line about the Ice Creams couldn't be more wrong. Those are icons within the promotion. One of the biggest example of how these star ratings don't really do Chikara justice. Or maybe comedy matches aren't your cup of tea.1) Adam Cole vs Silas Young ~ **3/4
Ophidian's stalling on the outside in the match vs Frightmare feeds into his paranoia that Amasis is returning. Was logical considering it went with the current angle. That was the only part of the match that actually came off well. Tis a shame your first match seeing Ophidian had to be that train-wreck.
Booking in the match vs Delirious didn't surprise me. Delirious doesn't wrestle very often and it was a shocker when he was originally booked vs Dasher to begin with. Fact that it was only 50 seconds makes so much sense now. Too bad it wasn't a match, b/c I'm sure it would've been good. If only Delirious wasn't nearly semi-retired at this rate.
ROH Defy or Deny II
2) Bobby Fish vs Tadarius Thomas ~ *
3) Charlie Haas vs Rhett Titus ~ *1/2
4) S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino, Jimmy Jacobs, & Rhino) vs Jay Lethal, Jay Briscoe, & Mark Briscoe ~ **1/2
5) Matt Hardy vs BJ Whitmer ~ ***1/4
6) Davey Richards vs Kyle O'Reilly ~ 3/4*
7) Defy Or Deny Match
Kevin Steen vs Roderick Strong vs Eddie Edwards vs Michael Elgin ~ ***
~ Cole vs Young was solid. Exactly what an opener usually should be - fast and gets the fans into the event. Quick offense filled this one. Which was easy for Cole to work and Young got to display to fans what he has to offer from a purely offensive minded standpoint. It came off much better than the match vs Strong did the night prior. It't not a grand affair, but more than enough to be enjoyed. Adam Cole swag wins again.
~ Tadarius Thomas is so bad. Bobby Fish insults him by wanting to do an "urban" spin on the Code of Honor. It was the highlight. Bobby Fish's heel antics are swell in my book. This match was not. So bland. Not Fish's fault. He tried. ALL THOMAS DOES IS KICK. Block a move, one shitty kick. Counter here, another shitty kick. He's rocking the Michelle McCool type of work here. KICKS ARE THE ANSWER. Dude, get some talent or go away. No one should have to stomach this blah fest.
~ Haas vs Titus...I didn't hate. It certainly wasn't "good", yet it only fell into the nothing special vibe. Which I suppose could be considered a win. I fully expected to go all "omg it's Haas vs Titus, this will suck blah blah blah" on it. Ending was flat - Titus falls into the knees of Haas after a frog splash attempt and that's all. Eh. I'm just happy it wasn't a DUD and went by fairly fast for 12 minutes.
~ No complaints with the 6 man outside of Mark Briscoe's stupid redneck kung-fu. I hate that in every match he's in so this is nothing new. There were two FIP segments. A bit on the basic side. Not withstanding it was a trait I appreciated seeing. All in all a solid enough trios bout. S.C.U.M. winning certainly put a smile on my face.
~ Don't understand how Hardy vs Whitmer here got a bit of flak for being uneventful. It was the MOTN for me. Both did a good job in their roles & Whitmer's selling was on point to put over his damaged neck from Final Battle. The story in here actually got my interest. This is the Matt Hardy I like to see show up these days. Not the one who worked vs Rhett Titus in an absolute stinker on ROH TV. Good match. One I wouldn't mind watching a few more times over.
~ Davey vs O'Reilly...ugh. I got exactly what I expected. Moving on.
~ Main event was good. Certainly not in love with it like others, but it's good and that works for me. Negative was it went a little long for my tastes. Along the lines of the Armageddon 2004 four way - without the epic Undertaker vs Eddie sequence. Didn't need to go this long to prove its point. Elgin dominated a strong portion of the match using his impressive strength. Dude deadlifted Steen. idk how I feel about his work, that's very impressive. Like I've said a million times already, he needs more than some flashy power moves to really move me though. Strong one ups Elgin again by eliminating him. Fitting move. Strong gets double teamed by Eddie & Steen which leads to him being subsequently knocked out and eliminated. Down to Steen vs Eddie. Eddie was a little off on this night. I won't lie. Steen finishes him off quickly with a sick package piledriver on the apron. Thus stating Eddie Edwards can't get a championship match during this reign of Kevin Steen. Wonder why he was put on the chopping block. No matter I suppose. Can't see Steen's reign lasting too much longer...sadly. I did expect a bit better going in considering some of the reviews I read. Overall not much to gripe about. It's good. I can be happy a main event didn't leave me cringing after I saw it. It could have been SOOOO much longer too. ROH controlled themselves and only went 20 instead of 40. I thank them for that. Hate when indie promotions do nonsense like that. (PWG you know what I'm talking about back in the day.)
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