Arena Reports 10/21 ROH in San Francisco, Ca.: McGuinness vs. Jay Briscoe, Danielson vs. Aries
Oct 23, 2007 - 1:42:07 PM
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ROH live event/DVD taping report
October 21, 2007
San Francisco, Ca.
By Jon Karesh, Torch VIP Member
I had a great time at the ROH House Show at the Cow Palace yesterday (Sunday, October 21). It was my first ROH show. I am a newer fan of ROH, so I was not too familiar with the angles and all the wrestlers. However, the caliber of the show more than made up for it.
The crowd was small (estimate of 200-300 people) but very loud and enthusiastic. At the start of each match, the house lights went out, and the entering wrestlers came in via a spotlight. The arena (other than the ring) was also dark during the matches. They should be able to not show the sea of empty seats. As the wrestlers were introduced, the fans in the front row would bang the metal ROH signs which were mounted on the barrier around the ring. Anytime there was a great move, the front row fans would stand up and bang the metal to do the same.
From the reaction of the fans, it seemed that a majority of them were very familiar with the ROH stars and angles. However, I talked to a number of people with ROH shirts and many did not know the name of some of the wrestlers.
I didn't know the names of many of the wrestling moves, including the finishes. This was because so many of the moves are new to me and not ones you will see in WWE. As a new ROH fan, I have a lot to learn. Here are the results:
3. Adam Pearcrce beat Machine Gun Karl Anderson with a piledriver.
4. Brent Albright beat. Delirious with the half-nelson German suplex. Delirious had Albright tapping out but Adam Pearce distracted the ref, so the ref didn't see it.
5. In what was announced as a "bonus match," Davey Richards & Rocky Romero beat. TJ Perkins & Tony Kozina.
6. Jimmy Jacobs & The Necro Butcher beat The NRC (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero.
7. Bryan Danielson beat Austin Aries. Lots of chants of "Best in the World" for Danielson.
8. Nigel McGuinness successfully defended the ROH championship by beating Jay Briscoe using a wrist submission. Briscoe attacked Nigel's knee during the match. Mark Briscoe was at ringside during the match.
After the match, there was a huge brawl with lots of wrestlers including Briscos, Danielson, Nigel, Jacobs and Necro Butcher, Richards and Romero. Towards the end of the show, there were a few times the audience chanted, "Please come back; please come back."
The last thing that happened was that Claudio Castagnoli came to the ring, sincerely thanked the fans, and said that some of the ROH wrestlers would be out at the merchandise table signing autographs. I walked out and saw Delirious signing some autographs along with some of the other wrestlers.
The Wrestlefanfest which took place before the ROH show was a huge disappointment. There were maybe 100 people wandering around the booths. The huge Cow Palace appeared almost deserted. The biggest crowd was for Steve Austin, but even he was not exceptionally busy. I also noticed Greg Valentine, Virgil, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Chyna, and the Blue Meanie. I got there about 1 1/2 hours before the ROH show. Not all wrestlers advertised were there. Rocky Johnson was advertised as being there, but wasn't. Since I watched him on TV as a kid, I really wanted to get his autograph.
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