Re: Official Indy DVD Discussion Thread
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Jigsaw
Can't go wrong with Claudio wrestling a smaller guy. Not as good as some of his other encounters with small wrestlers as it never felt like Jigsaw had a chance at winning
Davey Richards and Rocky Romero vs. Erick Stevens and Matt Cross
Horrible. I have nothing good to say about this. It was just moves and they weren't impressive moves. This is everything that's wrong with indy wrestling with none of the things that make it fun.
Jay Briscoe vs. The Necro Butcher
I loved it. It almost seemed like Necro was a face at times because he took such a beating. He really was fantastic here as it felt like Jay was fighting against a total psychopath. There was a patch that I felt dragged a little but they were able to get me interested in the match again which is an impressive feat. I've always enjoyed watching Necro matches but I appreciated him a lot more as a smart worker because the brutal match they had still told a really good story. I can't believe this was a "bonus" as it was one of the best matches on the DVD.
Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black vs. Ruckus and Jack Evans
This was a really fun opener for the PPV. It wasn't very long but they spent about half of the match having Black and Jacobs act like heels and isolate Ruckus. Once he made the tag things went crazy for a little bit before the finish and it was a blast getting there. A good way to introduce a heel tag team as they both acted like jerks but still won the match in relatively clean fashion.
Sara Del Rey w/Sweet n' Sour Inc. vs. Daizee Haze
I thought this was going to be a squash when it started but that wasn't the case. It realyl just felt like an exhibition as both of them showed off what they could do in a very limited time period. They really didn't have a chance of having a great match because they only had like 5 minutes and the finish of the match happened during a Hero/Claudio exchange on the floor so it wasn't really the main focus when it happened. They did their best under the circumstances.
Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Hero w/Sweet n' Sour Inc
Hero was fantastic here. I find it hard to believe that he was the one to not make it to the main WWE roster and Danielson is a former world champion. So they were limited in time due to this taking place on a PPV but they really made it work. Hero acted like an ass, he would get out wrestled by Bryan but make one counter and go into a ridiculous celebration. he got more and more obnoxious as the match wore on and you could tell that he was going to make Bran snap. And snap he did. I believe it was Hero slapping him in the face for no reason, hitting a small package, and finally going for a Cattle Mutilation that did it but it was great when Bryan had enough of his shit and instead of wrestling on the mat he went crazy and kicked Hero's face in.
Kevin Steen, El Generico, and Delirious vs. Adam Pearce, BJ Whitmer, and Brent Albright
This really didn't do much for me. There was a good isolation segment on Delirious and the crowd really responded to the hot tag (probably because they wanted to see Steen and Generico wrestle) but once that happened the match really didn't pick up that much. I watched the match and the whole thing was kind of blurry.
Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries
Not much of a surprise that they had a really good match here. Roderick worked well as a heel as his control segment was great because his offense was just brutal. Aries did a good job working from behind as he had a few false comebacks before the match was back on even ground. The finishing stretch was pretty awesome. I'm not sure of the finish was botched or if Aries really tried to drive his knees into Strong after a 450. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't a botch because it looked intentional.
ROH Tag Team Championship Match:
The Briscoes vs. Davey Richards and Rocky Romero
This wasn't particularly great but it wasn't nearly as bad as the other Romero/Richards tag match on the DVD. It was structured the same (basically no structure) but the moves were much better so was interested in the match. This was by no means great and continues by theory that Davey Richards was only good for a brief period of 18-24 months and was terrible the rest of his career. I can deal with matches filled with meaningless moves if I can be entertained by them. Tolerable is probably the word I would use to describe this and for such a long match that really isn't a very good thing to say.
ROH World Championship Match:
Takeshi Morishima(c) vs. Nigel McGuiness
So I saw reviews for this match in the ratings thread and they went from anywhere between 1-4 stars. I loved the match. It was a perfect heavyweight battle. Nigel didn't seem concerned with doing anything other than hitting a big knockout blow with a lariat. Morishima as the monster champion and played his role perfectly. He went for a lot of big moves but also slowed things down from time to time in a way that made a lot of sense. Working on one of Nigel's arms make a lot of sense since it makes it a lot more difficult to hit a lariat with a bad arm. I knew the outcome to the match going and I was fooled by a few of the near falls. I understand why a lot of people didn't like this at the time it aired but that had a lot to do with the style of match that was worked. It's not a typical ROH match and it's not a typical indy match either. That doesn't change the fact that was still a fantastic match. Comfortably the best match on the DVD.
Overall the matches are hit or miss. I'm sure some people might like the two Davey/Romero tags more then I did but even with me not really liking them there are a lot of good matches on the DVD.