Thursday, May 18, 2006

ROH Weekend of Champions: Night 1

1) Colt Cabana vs. Jimmy Jacobs - 4
2) Jay Fury & Spud vs. Irish Airborne - 6
3) Jimmy Rave vs. Delirious - 0
4) Christopher Daniels vs. Nigel McGuinness - 6
5) Flash Flanagan vs. Apocalypse - 4
6) Bryan Danielson vs. Jimmy Yang - 6
7) Austin Aries & Roderick Strong vs. Samoa Joe & Matt Sydal - 7
8) Necro Butcher, Claudio Castagnoli, & Super Dragon vs. Ace Steele, Colt Cabana, & B.J. Whitmer – Street Fight – 5

Colt and Jacobs had a forgettable match in which Colt went over in order to begin his journey back to the top. Irish Ariborne, who some of you might know as Lotus and Crazy J, had a great, risk-filled tag match with Fury and Spud, who I believe was making his ROH debut. All four guys looked really good and all four have a solid future ahead of them in ROH. Rave and Delirious was absolutely terrible. They went to a 15-minute draw and killed the crowd at the same time. It was perhaps the worst match that I have ever seen at a live event and definitely the worst match I’ve seen since I’ve been writing these reviews. Hopefully, ROH will edit this out of the video release. The only highlight came when I blurted out “Denny’s called. They need you for third shift!” Nigel and Daniels attempted to pick up the pieces and re-excite the crowd. They succeeded, but not in the way they wanted. To say that the crowd came unhinged at the finish would be an understatement. A lame count-out finish after a superb techincal match pretty much pissed off those who weren’t already pissed by the Rave/Delirious match. Flanagan battled a guy no one has ever heard of in a pointless filler match. Danielson once again stole the show is his match with Jimmy Yang. There were some stiff shots and sick bumps involved in a fun-filled match that more that made up for the weak first half. Did I say sick bumps and stiff shots? That more than describes the tag title match. Joe and Sydal damn near upset the champs in a fantastic match that went above and beyond anything I though it would be. Afterwards, ROH brawled with CZW in a convoluted match that spent maybe two minutes in the ring. Truth be told, I’m not sure it was even an official match. There was some pretty sick shit involved though. The second half of the show saved it from being a complete snoozer. It wasn’t quite as good as the 1/27 Dayton show, but once again, I’d recommend any ROH live show over anything WWE has offered lately.

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