Arena Reports 2/16 Ring of Honor in Manhattan, N.Y. (2nd report): Joe vs. Morishima, Whitmer vs. Albright
Feb 17, 2007 - 1:10:00 AM
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By Rory Finch, PWTorch correspondent
Ring of Honor event
February 16, 2007
Report by Rory Finch, PWTorch correspondent
(1) Takeshi Morishima beat Pelle Primeau. I came in right after this ended. From what I heard, Pelle came out to start the show and issued an open challenge. Samoa Joe's old music played and Morishima ran out to quickly squash Primeau.
(2) Delirious beat Adam Pearce. Pearce tried to use a foreign object but Delirious movied and he hit Shane Hagadorn by accident. Amidst the distraction, Delirious loaded his mask and hit a torpedo headbutt to win. Fun, but Pearce isn't the type of heel I like to see in ROH and he lacks the high end offense required to get to the next level.
(3) Sara Del Ray & Allison Danger beat Alexa Fisher & Daizee Haze. Lacey came out right away and attacked Haize, dragging her to the back. Del Ray quickly pinned Fisher after a cradled butterfly suplex. Too short to be any good and the catcalling fans were disgraceful.
(4) Four Way Fray: Jack Evans vs SHINGO vs Jimmy Jacobs vs Xavier (Surprise replacement for Davey Richards)
* Jack Evans eliminated Xavier with a reverse rana and a backslide w/ bridge.
* SHINGO eliminated Jimmy Jacobs with something I didn't catch.
* Jack Evans eliminated SHINGO for the win with the 630 splash.
Great match with lots of high-end offense. Xavier was a nice surprise, but it's good that he went out pretty quick, as he's still the worst ROH champion EVER. Jack Evans is totally the man and the match wouldn't have been half as good without him. Four star match.
(5) Tables Are Legal: B.J. Whitmer beat Brent Albright. Albright looks like he has a beer gut but with a six pack, it's really weird. This was the 2nd great match in a row as they killed each other. Tons of great table spots, the best being an Awesome Bomb by Albright through two stacked tables. Whitmer won with an exploder off the top turnbuckle through a table. Another four-star match.
(6) ROH World Tag Titles: Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels beat Austin Aries & Rod Strong. Three great matches in a row! Old-school style tag with new school state of the art moves. Scary moment where Aries appeared to almost Hayabusa himself on a Lionsault, but he appeared to just tweak his knee and spare his neck. Champs retained with the BME -> SSP combo. After, Davey Richards came out and helped Strong turn on Aries, forming "The No Remorse Corps." Jack Evans made the save. Four-star-plus match.
(7) Nigel McGuinness & Colt Cabana beat The Briscoe Bros. Annnd another great match! Tons of great doubleteams from the Briscoes, stiff lariats from Nigel, and comedy from Colt. Finish was a combination leg trip/pendulum lariat. Yet another four-star match.
(8) Samoa Joe beat Takeshi Morishima. Everything you'd expect. They beat the hell out of each other. Early match of the year candidate, everything was perfect. Joe won clean via chokeout, which was more over than ever before, as the fans have clearly learned the lessons of legitimate submissions in UFC in 2006.
(9) ROH World Title: Homicide beat Jimmy Rave. Very good, but while I respect Jimmy Rave's ability as a heel, he's still missing something special and the crowd didn't buy most of his nearfalls, except for a second rope Rave Clash. Homicide carried things well and won with a a Cop Killer in one smooth motion after ducking a move from Rave, very impressive.
Incredible show, the DVD is a must-buy for everyone. Thanks to Gabe, Cary, and all of the wrestlers in the back, especially Samoa Joe!
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