Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: May 2010
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ROH Champions vs. All Stars
-Kenny King vs. Kyle O'Reilly (***3/4)
While not the star making performance I hoped for, this is still a great athletic exhibition. Both men impressed me. Go out of your way to see this.
-Roderick Strong, Daniels + KoW vs. El Generico, Briscoes + Davey Richards (***3/4)
Another very good match. Although not epic, it was still a fun way to spend a half hour. The Davey/Roddy exchanges were awesome as was Daniel's role on the heel team. A good main-event.
There was a bit of filler on this show (which is expected with 8 main-eventers in one match). I would get this as a freebie after buying two dvds. Although 67 doesn't seem like an amazing score, it might as well be a 95 with RoH's track record for their first shows of the year. A good start for Ring of Honor.
ROH Only the Strong Survive
-TV Title: Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli ****
Awesome match. These two have amazing chemistry and the result is a good, crisp wrestling match similar to Daniels/Omega at DBDVIII. Exceeded my expectations.
-Davey Richards vs. Chris Hero ***3/4
A bit of a let down. Davey's selling was pretty inconsistent and the crowd wasn't with them enough for the near falls to not look like overkill. It's hard to build to an epic crescendo when they don't pop for a kickout. With that said, you can't go wrong with Davey and Hero and there are still some great moments in the match.
-World Title: Roderick Strong (c) vs. Jay Briscoe ****
Against all odds, Jay Briscoe made me believe he had a chance of taking the belt. An aggressive, bloody match that concludes the weekend in grand fashion.
This was a weird show. Some stuff overachieved (Daniels/Castagnoli, Briscoe/Strong) while others underachieved (Hero/Richards, Four Corner Survival). The good definitely outweighs the bad. Make this your first RoH purchase of 2011.
2011 Match of the Year Standings:
1. Ring of Honor Championship: Eddie Edwards (c) vs. Davey Richards (Best in the World iPPV, June 26th, *****)
2. Non-Title: Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin (c) vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards (Honor Takes Center Stage Part 2 iPPV, April 2nd, ****1/2)
3. All Asia Tag Team Championships: Seiya Sanada & Manabu Soya (c) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (AJPW, March 21st, ****1/2)
4. Pure Rules: Davey Richards vs. Christopher Daniels (Manhattan Mayhem IV, March 19th, ****1/2)
5. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Kotaro Suzuki (c) vs. Eddie Edwards (NOAH "The First Navigation", January 29th, ****2/5)