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Join Date: Nov 2010
Re: ROH on SBG Discussion Thread
Full disclosure: I'm an ROH fan. These days I really only watch ROH and a few other indie promotions. I attended the tapings in Chicago Ridge. Although I do appreciate seeing wrestling in HD, I generally can't stand the glossy production and hokey soap opera of WWE. I have never been able to sit through an entire episode of TNA.
I watched this episode twice, first as it was broadcast on the network in my area and again as a downloaded file. The station broadcast was shown in 4:3 and as I have a big HDTV it just seemed a little off. I was pretty amped to have to wait until midnight to watch it though, as I felt some ECW nostalgia come over me. It felt cool to watch the show live, but who am I kidding really? I DVR everything else and watch it later. So I decided to download the 16:9 version and check it out. HUGE improvement, so much so that I doubt I'll even watch the broadcast again!
Yes, the production values are a major step down from the HDNet show in some ways, but they are a big step forward from the DVD product ROH has been releasing for the past 10 years. So we're not in HD, but at least the arena is well lit and the sound is clear. I would argue that the title and graphics are much more tasteful than ROH on HDNet. This show looks and feels like a sports show, which is a definite plus.
Future Shock vs. The Bravado Brothers ***1/2
WGTT vs. The Kings of Wrestling ***
This was the perfect amount of wrestling for a one hour show. Two matches, some recaps and some hype is exactly what a company needs to use to sell their product every week. No dull squashes or lame in-ring interviews. Just some decent action and a serviceable amount of hype for the future. I was highly entertained by both matches, slightly more-so by the opener. Showing the fallout from the BITW four way was a great way to show what's going on in the tag division. The interviews with Lethal, Future Shock and the Bravados were short, but gave just enough insight into each character. I thoroughly enjoyed the magazine-style video on the Code of Honor and the recap of BITW.
I find it hard to understand why the TNA marks are all picking on Kevin and Nigel. Both guys more than delivered on commentary. (Is this the best commentary team in ROH history? Probably.) Nigel received a huge reaction when he returned and came out with a lot of positive energy. I thought that was a great way to open the show.
- The house is dimly lit, but that's for good reason since the Fieldhouse is just an ugly basketball gym. Trust me, it would have looked really amateur if the house light were on.
- More Briscoes promos, please.
- This show will benefit from being shot in Louisville, where the Davis Arena has more of a "studio" feel.
- Funny seeing the enormous amounts of streamers for the Kings, only to see a single roll of toilet paper thrown at Haas moments later.
- Dave Prazak's insufferable dorkiness and out-dated heel shtick have been the bane of ROH releases for years. Thank God for Nigel McGuinness.
- The final appearance of the Kings of Wrestling. The return of an ROH legend. Two really solid matches predominantly focusing on the Tag Team Division. Improved production qualities. Ring of Honor fans should be easily pleased. Everyone else will be much harder to impress. Very interested to see where this series goes.