Arena Reports 2/24 ROH in Chicago (2nd report): Thumbs down to new venue, but otherwise good show
Feb 26, 2007 - 10:23:00 AM
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Ring of Honor
February 24, 2007
Report by Adrell Gibson of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Torch VIP Member
Just got back from the show. It was not held at the normal venue the Chicago shows usually are. (the Frontier Fieldhouse in suburban Chicago Ridge) Instead, it was held at the Windy City Fieldhouse in the cty proper. Attendance wasn't announced, but I'd guess somewhere between 400-450. (It was all that could fit given they had to share the fieldhouse with another youth sporting event, cutting out a lot of space.) Please bear with me as I'm doing this from memory.
Shane Hagadorn defeated Mitch Franklin via submission to retain the Top of the Class trophy.
Pelle Primeau defeated Ernie Osiris, Bobby Dempsey, "Sugarfoot" Alex Payne and two other students in a Six Man Mayhem match.
We started off the night with Claudio coming down in his suit carrying the briefcase. Once Brent Albright came down, Claudio took the mic and told Albright that he knew that Super Agent Larry Sweeney paid to have Claudio taken out. He then offered Albright a larger sum of money to take out Sweeney, which prompted Sweeney to come to the ring. Sweeney told Claudio off and then threatened to sue Albright if he took Claudio up on his offer. Albright grabbed Sweeney and told him he was a man of his word and that he would take Claudio out but that he does things his way...
(1) Brent Albright defeated Claudio Castagnoli via interference by Sweeney and pinfall.
(2) Four Corner Survival Match: Matt Cross defeated C.J. Otis and Trik Davis and Shingo with a Shooting Star legdrop.
After the match, Austin Aries came out and said he's been impressed by Matt Cross as of late and asked him to be his partner later. "M-Dogg" accepted, only for he and Aries to be attacked by Strong and Richards. After Aries/Cros fended The No Remorse Corps off, Delirious ran around the ring.
(3) SHIMMER Tag Match: Allison Danger/Sara Del Ray defeated MsChif/Serena.
(4) Jimmy Rave defeated B.J. Whitmer by a rollup with feet on the ropes. Afterwards, Whitmer wasn't happy with the decision and chased the ref to the back.
(5) ROH World Tag Team Championship match: The Briscoes defeated Christopher Daniels/Matt Sydal to capture the tag titles. Daniels/Sydal clearly played the heels in this match but feigned a confrontation at the end before putting the belts around the waists of the Briscoes.
(6) Austin Aries & Matt Cross defeated Roderick Strong & Davey Richards (No Remorse Corps) after Aries hit the brainbuster /450 splash combo on Richards. After the match, Cross was being helped to the back after a high-risk corkscrew dive to the outside. At the curtain, he was attacked by Roderick Strong. Delirious made the save.
(7) Windy City Death Match (No DQ) Colt Cabana defeated Jimmy Jacobs after Colt hit the Colt 45 on both Jimmy and Lacey, stacking them up for the win. Wild match that had tables, ladders, chairs, spikes, scissors, run-ins by Daisee Haze, Whitmer and Albright.
(8) Main Event: Nigel McGuiness & Takeshi Morishima defeated Homicide & Samoa Joe after McGuinness pinned Joe with a lariat. Afterwards, the locker room emptied to show their respect and Joe cut an emotional promo before he left.
Notes: I honestly hope they don't use Windy City Fieldhouse as a venue again. The lack of bleachers make it hard for folks in GA to see any matwork or action on the floor, plus it's just too small... My tag title prediction came true, not only because I believe they were looking to take the belt off Daniels but I know that they're looking to push the Briscoes to the moon this year, which I have no problem with. This was also match of the night as well, with Daniels/Sydal playing the heel card wonderfully... I like the tension in the Aries/Strong feud. Strong kept playing it where he wouldn't be in the ring with Austin and he showed genuine frustration at not being able to get his hands on he ex-artner. Now *that*'s how you book a feud. I like Albright's "Hired Gun" character. It gives him an excuse to fight anyone and not get trapped in a feud, which is not what they need from him right now. I sadly had never seen SHIMMER before tonight, and I must say I'm quite impressed. There were four lovely ladies that put on a solid wrestling match... Joe was very choked up as we showed out appreciation for him. Morishima was very impressive. He's not as stiff as Joe, but he's as agile, especially for a big guy. I can accept him as champ, though I don't know who would be able to defeat him... Yes, Joe did the job. We weren't happy about it, but I see why it was the right finish. McGuiness cut a post match promo stating that, while tonight was Joe's night, he got the pinfall and that he would be coming after the World Title soon enough. I think the answer to my previous question has been found. I think Nigel is about to become "The Man." All in all, good show on par with the last six shows here in Chicago. The crowd was hot throughout, save for the Rave/Whitmer match. My crew and I are taking the next show off to recover after almost a year of this, but I certainly cannot wait for the June show.
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