Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright - Flag Match - ROH on HDNet 7/11/09 - 4
I'd say that Claudio and Brent have had one of the worst feuds of the year. I think you could make a fairly easy argument that Brent is the lousiest performer on the current ROH active roster. The matches have largely felt the same, haven't really helped elevate either guy, and have generally stunk like Gabe Sapolsky's underwear when his mom forgot to do the wash. But, all that being (cruelly) said, this match was sort of actively fun. Thanks in part goes to aging commentator Mike Hogwood, who sells Claudio's discretion of the United States' flag hilariously throughout. Both guys take big bumps outside of the ring, my favorite, a backdrop that sees Castagnoli sit upright and sell by raising an eyebrow inquisitively as if hearing a particularly interesting bit of oratory during the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. The ending is campy, too; as to win you have to enter the ring with your respective flag, after Brent pulls it off Claudio sells disbelief as Albright runs around wearing the flag as a makeshift cape, showcasing the exact opposite of equanimity as he looks like a child hopped up on sugar doing a celebratory lap around the playground.