DVDs - VGames - Books DVD Review: ROH, "Good Times, Great Memories" (4-28-07) with Cabana's final match, Briscoes-Shelley/Sabin
Aug 31, 2007 - 2:52:00 PM
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By Chris Vetter, Torch Contributor
Ring of Honor returned to Chicago Ridge, Ill., on April 28, 2007, for “Good Times, Great Memories.” As the show’s title implies, this is the final event for Colt Cabana in Ring of Honor. I have now seen all four ROH shows from April 2007, and this DVD, hands-down, is the best of the four.
The Chicago crowd is especially HOT tonight. While many ROH markets are cool to Cabana, the Chicago fans have always treated the hometown boy as a marquee name. As with all recent ROH shows, the sound and lighting are good, the event is filmed with multiple cameras, and the usual commentary team of Dave Prazak & Lenny Leonard are in the booth. The crowd looks good, and is probably more than 1,000 fans, which has been pretty common in the Chicago market.
* The DVD opened with Rebecca Bayless outdoors in front of the Chicago Ridge fieldhouse, and the camera panned the long line of fans waiting to get in.
* Jimmy Jacobs sat backstage, with a cane under one arm. He talked about how he suffered a torn ACL and had a tooth chipped in the cage match in March. “That match, for the rest of my life, will leave scars on my body,” Jacobs said. Jimmy said that Lacey offered her body to him after the match, but he turned her down! “I don’t want just one night,” Jacobs said. He pulled out a medicine bottle, which contained his chipped tooth. Jacobs suddenly yanked down his pants, removed the bandages on his leg, and showed off the scar around his kneecap. He said he suffered too much, just to have one fleeting night with Lacey. “The first time will be about us consummating our love,” he said. Good promo, a bit long.
To the ring! The six men are already in the ring, as their intros have been cut. (That was standard on most old ROH DVDs, but is pretty rare today).
(1) Delirious defeats Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush and Hallowicked and Gran Akuma and Pelle Primeau at 10:27. Wow, what a smart way to lead off a show! Delirious, as usual, went crazy at the bell, and the crowd popped for his antics. Akuma and Pelle tied up, and Akuma hit his quick kicks. Pelle hit a hurricanrana and an armdrag. Akuma fired back with more stiff kicks. Quackenbush tagged in, and he quickly tied up Pelle. Pelle escaped and dove to the corner to tag in Hallowicked at 3:30. Quackenbush traded offense in a knucklelock with Hallowicked, and they traded nice QUICK offense, as Quack hit a headscissors takedown and an armdrag.
Jigsaw tagged in and hit an armdrag on Hallowicked, then a nice dropkick. Jigsaw hit a satellite headscissors takedown on Akuma. Delirious finally tagged in, and the crowd popped, and Delirious hit a senton on Gran Akuma at 6:00. Delirious hit a headbutt to Jigsaw’s gut as Jigsaw went for a flying move off the top rope! Nice spot. Delirious and Hallowicked argued briefly in the middle of the ring, but they decided to team up! Quack hit a dive to the floor on Hallowicked & Gran Akuma. Pelle hit a doublestomp and a senton on Jigsaw. Delirious put Pelle in a Cobra Clutch, then he hit the Panic Attack/running knee, and a Shadows Over Hell/backsplash for a nearfall, but Quackenbush made the save. Quackenbush hit a cool reverse Crucifix Takedownon Pelle for a nearfall.
Akuma hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Jigsaw, then a snapmare driver for a nearfall. Jigsaw hit a Fisherman’s buster on Akuma for a earfall. Hallowicked hit a sitdown powerbomb for a nearfall, but he couldn’t hit the Go To Sleepy Hollow kick. Jigsaw hit a superkick! Quack hit a Tombstone Piledriver on Pelle. Akuma hit a powerslam on Quackenbush. Delirious hit a Chemical Imbalance II/flipping slam on Akuma to get the pin! What a fun, hot opener. Hallowicked celebrated with Delirious. Fans chanted “Please come back!” at the Chikara contingent.
* A clip aired of Colt Cabana and CM Punk arriving in Philadelphia, from December 2002. These clips are an absolute treat. (It also reminds fans just how LONG Colt has been a key member of the ROH roster!)
(2) Erick Stevens vs. Christopher Daniels (w/Allison Danger) ended in a time-limit draw at 15:00. They tied up, and Stevens easily shoved Daniels to the mat! Daniels tried a couple shoulder tackles, but they had no effect. Stevens hit a shoulder tackle that knocked Daniels down. Stevens hit a vertical suplex, a chop, and an elbow drop for a nearfall at 3:30, and he was in charge early. Daniels hit some blows to the back, and Stevens was a bit out of breath, as they fought to the floor. Daniels dropped Stevens stomach-first on a chair, and Stevens had a small cut on his stomach. In the ring, Daniels hit a Field Goal kick to the gut, and Daniels was focused on Stevens’ abdomen, and Daniels even stood on Erick’s stomach.
Daniels hit a basement dropkick to the thigh at 6:30, and he applied an abdominal stretch. Daniels choked him in the ropes. Stevens hit some stiff forearms. Prazak on commentary noted that Daniels was being “methodical” in his offense. Daniels went back to the abdominal stretch, and he planted his elbow in Stevens’ ribcage. Stevens hit a belly-to-belly suplex at 11:00, and both men were down, and the crowd began to heat up. Stevens hit a German release suplex, and Daniels spun in the air and crashed on his stomach. Stevens hit his ‘Choo Choo’ running Stinger Splash in the corner, then a hard clothesline for a nearfall.
Stevens hit a powerslam and a senton for a nearfall. Daniels came back with a Lungblower to the chest, a Samoan Drop, and an Arabian Press for a nearfall. Daniels tried to hit a top-rope crossbody block, but Stevens caught him and Erick hit a TKO stunner for a nearfall at 13:30. The ring announcer (correctly) acknowledged that there was only one minute remaining in the time limit. They traded stiff forearm shots, and Stevens hit a powerslam. Stevens tried to hit a Dr. Bomb/gutwrench powerbomb, but Daniels held on to Stevens’ leg so Erick couldn’t pick him up, and the time limit expired. The crowd booed. Solid match, but hardly memorable.
* Stevens said he took Daniels “to the limit” and he asked for five more minutes. Daniels told him no, and he told Stevens to leave. Surprisingly, Stevens left. Wow, that made him look weak. Anyhow, Daniels said it has been two years since he returned to ROH, and he now believes he never should have come back. “Why did you give up on me?” Daniels asked the crowd. He wondered if it’s because he’s also in TNA. Daniels said that only the ROH fans believe there is a “rivalry” between ROH and TNA. (Really?) Daniels said he would choose TNA any day – because of the bank statement he can look at. “What has Ring of Honor ever done for me?”
Daniels said that in his two years back, he’s not gotten title shots, and instead, he gets preliminary matches. He said that TNA took “Joe away to protect him from you people.” Daniels said this was his farewell tour, because he’s quitting ROH! Allison Danger tried to talk some sense into him, but he shoved her to the mat, and the crowd booed. Fans chanted, “F*** you, Daniels!”
* A clip aired of CM Punk & Colt Cabana celebrating their tag title win three years ago.
(3) Brent Albright defeats BJ Whitmer and Homicide and Jimmy Rave at 10:14. Good match. Fans chanted, “Die, Jimmy Die!” (The love he got the night before in St. Paul wasn’t present here!) Rave and Homicide started, and Homicide hit a backbody drop and a flying-back-elbow. Albright entered and hit some punches and stomps on Homicide. Whitmer tagged in and hit a leg lariat on Albright. Homicide hit a headscissors takedown on Whitmer, then some rolling suplexes. Rave speared Homicide at 3:00, and he slammed Homicide gut-first on the mat for a nearfall. Albright hit an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on Rave, then Brent hit his wrap-around kneestrike in the ropes.
Albright brawled with Homicide on the mat, then on the floor. Whitmer hit an exploder on Rave. Albright hit a swinging neckbreaker on Homicide. Rave hit a running knee to Albright’s face, but he couldn’t hit the Pedigree on Whitmer. Whitmer gave Rave a powerbomb into the corner. Homicide immediately hit a running knee in the corner on Rave! Homicide hit a tope con helo/dive to the floor on Whitmer at 6:00. Albright swung Homicide head-first into the guardrail. Back in the ring, Homicide hit a top-rope Ace Crusher on Whitmer.
Rave applied the Heel Hook on Homicide. Albright applied the Crowbar/Fujiwara Armbar on Rave, but Whitmer made the save. Homicide hit a second-rope chinbreaker on Rave, and the announcers acknowledged that Rave is competing with a broken jaw. Whitmer and Homicide traded slaps and stiff forearms. Homicide hit a clothesline on Albright for a nearfall at 9:00. Whitmer tried to hit a Copkillah on Homicide! Homicide escaped it, though. Whitmer hit a German Suplex on Homicide, then a Dragon Suplex and a standing powerbomb. Albright nailed a half-nelson suplex and he pinned Whitmer! Good match.
* A clip aired of Austin Aries and Colt Cabana fighting in a steel cage.
* Backstage, the Briscoes talked about their tag match later against Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin. Jay called them “yellow bastards.”
(4) Austin Aries defeats Rocky Romero at 12:25. Good match, but these two are so great, I think they can have an even better singles match down the road. Rocky kicked Aries thigh and danced. Aries unloaded some stiff forearms, and he hit a flying back elbow. Rocky applied a headscissorslock, but Aries escaped and kicked Romero in the face. Aries dove through the ropes onto Rocky at 2:00. Aries hit a so-so neckbreaker on the top rope, then a catapult senton and a flying elbow drop for a nearfall. Rocky snapped Aries’ arm over the top rope, and he hit a springboard dropkick. Romero twisted the left arm, and he was in charge.
Rocky hit a butterfly suplex for a nearfall, and he applied an Octopus. On the floor, Romero whipped Aries into the guardrail. In the ring, Rocky kicked Austin in the head at 6:00, then he hit a neckbreaker out of the second rope. Romero hit a back suplex for a nearfall, and he stayed focused on Aries’ arm. Aries hit some clotheslines as he was on the ring apron. Aries hit a catapult corkscrew press, then a Lionsault for a nearfall at 9:00. Romero hit a second-rope flying DDT for a nearfall, then he applied a cross-armbreaker, but Aries reached the ropes. Romero peppered Aries with more quick kicks.
Aries hit a back suplex and a running dropkick to the face for a nearfall. Aries hit a Finlay Roll, but he couldn’t hit the 450 Splash. In a nice spot, Romero pulled Aries off the top rope by applying a cross-armbreaker at 11:00. Romero then applied an anklelock, and he pulled Aries into the center of the ring. Romero hit a Tiger Suplex for a believable nearfall, but he missed a Tajiri-style spin kick to the head. Aries quickly nailed a Field Goal kick to the face, a brainbuster, and a 450 Splash for the pin! Good match.
* Roderick Strong ran in the ring to attack Aries. Delirious charged into the ring and chased Strong away.
* A clip aired of the soccer riot street fight between Colt Cabana and Nigel McGuinness.
(5) Takeshi Morishima defeats Shingo at 15:21 to retain the ROH World Heavyweight title. Sharp big-man match. They actually shook hands (Morishima has rarely shaken hands with opponents in his title reign.) Shingo hit a shoulder tackle, but it had no effect. Morishima nailed a shoulder tackle. Shingo hit a shoulder tackle that finally knocked Morishima down! Shingo hit a plancha to the floor. Lenny Leonard said that Shingo announced earlier in the week that if he can’t win the title tonight, he will leave ROH! Shingo was dominating early, as the action went back into the ring, with Shingo hitting a Dibiase fistdrop and a kneedrop to the face for a nearfall at 2:30.
Shingo hit a senton for a nearfall, and some chops, but Morishima no-sold the chops and just became angry. Morishima hit his mid-ring buttbump, then a running shoulder tackle off the apron to the floor. Morishima hit a (Samoa Joe Ole kick style) buttbump against a guardrail. He whipped Shingo into the guardrails. In the ring, Morishima hit some kicks, and he choked Shingo in the ropes. They traded stiff forearms at 7:00. Morishima applied a Camel Clutch, but Shingo reached the ropes. Morishima nailed his cartwheel-into-a-Stinger Splash. Shingo tried, but he couldn’t suplex Morishima. Shingo then nailed a clothesline in the corner, then he hit the suplex for a huge pop!
Shingo hit a DDT on the ring apron at 10:00, then he hit a Death Valley Driver on the floor; he rolled Morishima in the ring and got a nearfall. Shingo hit a Saito Suplex for a nearfall. Morishima fired back with a clothesline, some right & left punches in the corner, and he shoved the ref, then hit a Mafia Kick in the corner. Shingo hit a second-rope superplex and a clothesline, then his Last Falconry/modified Falcon Arrow for a believable nearfall at 13:00, and the crowd was going nuts!
Shingo hit a clothesline for a nearfall, a Northern Clothesline to the back of the neck, and a regular clothesline. Morishima hit a hard clothesline that leveled Shingo. Morishima hit a belly-to-belly suplex and another clothesline. Shingo couldn’t hit a powerbomb, and Morishima countered it by hitting a Yokozuna-style buttdrop to the chest. Morishima hit yet another clothesline and a Back Drop Driver/Saito Suplex for the pin. Excellent, excellent match. The men hugged after the match.
* A clip aired of Colt Cabana fighting James Gibson.
* Backstage, Rebecca Bayless interviewed Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin. “We’ve been waiting for this night for a long time,” Sabin said. Shelley said that he hates rednecks, and he will try to put both Briscoes in the hospital.
(6) Tank Toland defeats Alex Payne at 2:38. This was supposed to be Payne vs. Bobby Dempsey. Toland came out before the bell, and he ripped both of them for being too thin (Payne) and too heavy (Dempsey.) He said Payne is built like a 12-year-old girl. He told Dempsey he would help him slim down. Toland then said he would take over the match and face Payne.
Toland tossed Payne across the ring, and he hit some stomps and a bodyslam. Toland did some jumping jacks, stomping on Payne’s chest. Payne hit a spin heel kick. Toland hit a one-arm powerbomb to score the pin. A waste of time. Toland quite simply, cannot wrestle.
* A clip aired from the Colt Cabana-Homicide feud.
(7) Roderick Strong (w/Rocky Romero) defeats Jack Evans at 15:10. Good match, but a step below their ROH match a month ago. Strong immediately hit some chops. Evans hit a basement dropkick and some quick kicks, then a top-rope flip dive to the floor. Fans taunted Strong with the slow “Rod-A-rick” chant. Strong hit a bodyslam in the ring for a nearfall, and he applied a modified Camel Clutch. Evans hit a spin heel kick to the face at 2:30, then a standing moonsault for a nearfall, so Strong bailed to the floor. Evans hit a dropkick over the top rope to the floor! Evans went for a flip off the guardrail, but Strong kicked the guardrail, and Evans fell to the ground. Strong whipped Evans into the guardrail, and Evans was woozy.
Strong slammed Evans’ back into the ring post, and he tied Evans in a knot around the ring post! Cool! Strong hit a bodyslam off the apron to the floor at 5:30. In the ring, Strong was in charge until Evans hit a Lionsault-back-elbow. Evans went for a cartwheel move, but Strong caught him and he slammed Evans to the mat. Strong tied Evans in a modified Surfboard move, bending Evans in half! OUCH! Strong hit a butterfly suplex for a nearfall at 8:30. Evans came back with a Reverse Rana bodyscissors for a nearfall. Strong hit a German Release Suplex, and Evans crashed awkwardly on the mat. Prazak talked about how Evans was putting together his own faction.
Evans hit a springboard spin kick to the face, and they were both down. Evans hit some more quick kicks and a handspring-back-elbow, then a springboard kneestrike, a Northern Lights suplex, and a fisherman’s buster for a nearfall at 11:00. Strong came back with his Gorilla Press Gutbuster over his knees for a nearfall and a back suplex on the ring apron. Evans put Strong in the Tree of Woe, and he hit the double kneedrop off the top turnbuckle to Strong’s chest, and the crowd was fired up! However, Evans couldn’t hit the 630 Splash.
Strong hit a second-rope fallaway slam for a nearfall at 14:00. Evans couldn’t hit a Reverse Rana. Strong hit a backbreaker over his knee and he applied a Boston Crab, but Evans reached the ropes. However, Romero on the floor nailed a spin kick to Evans’ head! Strong hit a Stunner and scored the pin. Good match. Romero hopped in the ring with a chair, and he hit a kick on the chair against Evans’ head. Strong & Romero beat up Evans until Delirious ran in and made the save.
* A clip aired of Colt Cabana fighting Bryan Danielson.
(8) Jay & Mark Briscoe defeat Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin (the Motor/Murder City Machine Guns) at 34:16. Fans chanted, “Welcome back!” at the MCMG. They all shook hands. Sabin and Mark started and traded quick armdrags. Prazak said that the MCMG aren’t regulars, but they could regain full-time roster spots if they win the titles. Prazak noted both teams have won tag gold in Japan. Sabin hit some jabs. Mark hit a spin heel kick and a headscissors takedown. Sabin crawled to his corner and hugged Shelley, and Alex petted Sabin’s hair. FUNNY. Shelley tagged in at 3:30 and traded nice arm holds with Jay. Shelley spit water in Jay’s face! Jay hit some stiff forearms. Shelley hit a headscissors takedown, so Jay hit his own headscissors takedown, and Shelley bailed at 7:00.
The Briscoes began to work over Sabin, with Jay hitting a Dibiase fistdrop. Sabin hit a flying-back-elbow on Mark. The Briscoes did a quick series of moves that ended with a Flatliner on Shelley for a nearfall at 10:00. Jay hit a basement dropkick to the face for a nearfall. Mark hit a catapult doublestomp to Shelley’s chest for a nearfall. Jay hit a snap suplex. Shelley hit a Russian Legsweep and an enziguri, and he tagged in Sabin. Sabin hit a running Ace Crusher and a basement dropkick for a nearfall on Mark at 13:00. The MCMG hit double fistdrops and front & back kicks on Mark. Shelley blew his nose on Mark, then he hit a Lionsault for a nearfall. The MCMG hit a team suplex, and they were fired up and in charge. Mark finally tagged in Jay at 16:00, and Jay hit some loud chops and a dropkick on Sabin.
Jay nailed a running boot on Sabin. The Briscoes flipped Shelley in the air, and Alex crashed stomach-first to the mat. Sabin hit a Mafia Kick in the corner on Mark, and they tied Mark in the Tree of Woe. Both Shelley and Sabin hit basement dropkicks to the face as Mark was in the Tree of Woe at 18:00. The MCMG hit simultaneous dives to the floor on the Briscoes. Prazak & Leonard talked about Mark Briscoe’s recent concussions, and they were worried about how these blows were affecting him. In the ring, Sabin couldn’t the Cradle Shock, so he instead applied a Texas Cloverleaf on one Briscoe, while Shelley put the other Briscoe in the Border City Stretch!
Jay hit a Mafia Kick on Sabin. Mark hit a springboard spinning press for a nearfall. Jay applied the Stretch Plum at 21:00, but Shelley made the save. The Briscoes hit a team Japanese Armdrag. Mark hit a springboard senton for a nearfall, and he applied a half-crab, but Sabin reached the ropes. The crowd was HOT. The Briscoes hit a football double shoulder tackle. However, the Briscoes accidentally collided. Sabin hit a Tornado DDT on Jay, and he tagged in Shelley. Shelley hit a top-rope crossbody, but Jay rolled through and got a nearfall at 24:00. Shelley hit a Tajiri-style spin kick on Jay, then a Flatliner into the second turnbuckle. Shelley hit a German Suplex with a bridge for a nearfall.
Sabin hit a basement dropkick to Jay’s exposed face for a nearfall, then a backbreaker and a top-rope elbow on Jay for a nearfall. Sabin accidentally hit a dropkick on Shelley, and he fell on Shelley’s groin Mark made the hot tag, and she hit a springboard dropkick, some Karate Thrusts and he cleared the ring at 27:30. Mark hit a moonsault press on Shelley for a nearfall, then a Saito Suplex on Sabin. The Briscoes hit a team neckbreaker on Shelley for a nearfall. “We are in the midst of a classic,” Lenny Leonard exclaimed. Sabin hit a Reverse Rana. The MCMG hit a double enziguri. Shelley hit an assisted Sliced Bread #2 for a believable nearfall. Shelley hit a top-rope frogsplash for a nearfall at 30:00, and the crowd was HOT!
Mark hit a swan dive over the top rope to the floor. Fans chanted, “This is awesome!” Jay tried, but he couldn’t hit the JayDriller on Shelley. Jay hit a DVD. Mark hit a top-rope Shooting Star Press on Shelley for a nearfall, but Sabin made the save. Prazak talked about how Mark had no fear of going for that move, even after his injury. Sabin hit a Doomsday Missile Dropkick on Mark. Shelley hit a Superkick and an Air Raid Crash for a believable nearfall at 33:00. Shelley hit a Shellshock/spinning faceplant for a nearfall, but Jay made the save. Mark hit the Cutthroat Driver for a believable nearfall on Shelley, and fans chanted, “ROH!” The Briscoes hit a guillotine legdrop & cutthroat driver combo, and Mark pinned Shelley!
* Prazak said, “We just witnessed an absolute classic!” Fans chanted, “Please come back!” at the MCMG. All four men shook hands. Shelley & Sabin put the tag title belts on the Briscoes. Awesome visual, awesome match.
* A clip aired of Colt brawling with Jimmy Jacobs, and with Lacey.
* Backstage, Rocky Romero & Roderick Strong talked about sending Jack Evans to the hospital, and there won’t be any Evans’ faction now! Strong turned his focus to Delirious, saying that Delirious is obsesses with him, and he warned Delirious to back off.
(9) Colt Cabana defeats Adam Pearce (w/Shane Hagadorn) at 13:31. Fun stuff. An unparalleled amount of streamers were thrown in the ring. Pearce just looked annoyed, as fans chanted, “Thank you Colt!” Pearce jumped Colt during the ring intros, but Colt tied Pearce up in the streamers, until Pearce tripped and collapsed. Funny! Pearce teased leaving, and he got on the mic, angry at the fans. Jimmy Bower stopped in the booth and thanked Colt for everything he’s done for ROH. Colt hit a drop-toe-hold in the ring and he did some humorous tie-ups, and he swatted Pearce’s butt at 2:30. Colt hit a headscissors takedown.
Hagadorn hit Colt, allowing Pearce to attack Cabana and twist his leg. Colt went to the floor and did the “Eddie spot” with a chair, claiming to the ref that Hagadorn hit him with the chair. The ref tossed Hagadorn, who went nuts at 5:30. This was FUNNY. Pearce untied Colt’s boot; when Cabana went to tie the lace, Pearce kicked him in the head. Colt hit a crossbody block for a nearfall, and he tossed some powder in Pearce’s face. Colt hit some bionic elbows, and a punch that leveled Pearce at 9:00. Colt hit a moonsault press. Pearce hit a Spinebuster. “I don’t think anyone here tonight is cheering Adam Pearce,” Prazak said.
Pearce applied a Figure Four Leglock, but Colt reached the ropes. Colt went for a flying buttbump, but Pearce caught him, and Pearce hit a German Suplex. Pearce hit a top-rope legdrop for a nearfall at 12:00. Colt fired up, and he hit a Flair Toss to the mat, then some jabs, a buttbump, and he slapped on the “Billy Goat’s Curse”/inverted Boston Crab. Pearce tapped out! I was a bit surprised the match was already over.
* Colt got on the mic and he said that Pearce was one of his idols when he started. Pearce took the mic and said he’s known Colt for nearly 10 years, and he began to put Cabana over, but instead, Pearce spit in his face and left! All the babyfaces on the show tonight came to the ring, and so did Colt’s parents. Colt got on the mic and thanked Cary Silken. “This isn’t a farewell, it’s a celebration,” Colt said. Colt said when he started, he was just a chubby kid with a goal. Colt praised Gabe Sapolsky and all the wrestlers on the show. He said his only regret is he never got to wear the ROH title. Everyone in the ring posed for one big group photo. Colt then walked around ringside and shook hands with all the fans in the front row, as the show came to a close.
Final thoughts: DVD runs 3 hours, 38 minutes.
Wow, now that was a great show! The tag title match was superb, the Shingo-Morishima match topped my expectations, and the whole show simply delivered. A hot, hot crowd made this an enjoyable event to watch. The tag title match is definitely best on the show, as Shelley & Sabin are just an awesome team together, and they kept the action going for more than 30 minutes. Great stuff. Shingo had his best ROH match to date, and there were a few times the live crowd seemed to believe they were going to see a title switch. The Strong-Evans match, while a notch below last month’s match, earned third-best.
I was critical of a recent ROH show that led off with a dull squash match of Kevin Steen destroying Pelle Primeau. The six-way opener here is what I have in mind for ROH openers – fast action to get the crowd fired up and into the show. If you’ve read my past reviews – ROH as well as other promotions – you know that I’m a big fan of the quick lucha-style action of Chikara Pro. Here, Jigsaw, Quackenbush, Akuma, and Hallowicked showed why they are four of the best that Chikara has to offer. The Chicago crowd is familiar with them from their prior visits here in IWA Mid-South, and that really helped, as they were quite over in their “ROH Chicago debut.”
What didn’t work: Anything with Tank Toland. It is no secret that TNA has a fetish lately for hiring ex-WWE wrestlers. I hope someone tells Jeff Jarrett that Tank Toland is a former WWE guy, so Jarrett hires him and takes him away from ROH forever. Toland simply adds nothing to an ROH show. ROH is about workrate and skill, not big muscles. The Christopher Daniels match could have been better, too; it lacked a bit of energy.
I said this at the top of this review – I’ve now seen all four April shows, and this was hands-down the best of the four. If you are an ROH fan that only buys one show a month, this is definitely one to get. This DVD is highly recommended, and it can be purchased at www.rohwrestling.com for $20.
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