Saturday, February 4, 2006

ROH Tag Wars 2006

1) Jack Evans, Matt Sydal, & Jimmy Yang vs. B.J. Whitmer, Jimmy Jacobs, & Adam Pearce – 6
2) Tony Mamaluke, Sal Rinauro, & Jay Fury vs. Jimmy Rave, Alex Shelley, & Abyss – 4
3) Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chad Collyer - 4
4) Ace Steel vs. Sterling James Keenan – 3
5) Nigel McGuinness vs. Delirious - 4
6) Christopher Daniels vs. Low-Ki - 7
7) Jack Evans, Matt Sydal, & Jimmy Yang vs. Jimmy Rave, Alex Shelley, & Abyss - 6
8) Bryan Danielson & Jay Lethal vs. Austin Aries & Roderick Strong – 6

This was the first Ring of Honor show I’d ever attended live and to say I was impressed would be a major understatement. The main point of this particular show was the trios tournament, seeing as Samoa Joe had to back out of his match against Christopher Daniels at the last minute due to a staph infection. Nonetheless, this was an incredible show and definitely the most fun I’ve ever had at a wrestling event. The opening match of the trios tournament was nothing short of amazing. All six guys put their bodies on the line for the fans and there were more than a few “holy shit” moments. After that, the next few matches moved down into a slower pace. A lot of the fans just crapped all over the Castagnoli vs. Collyer match, but personally, I thought that it was one of the best technical matches I’ve seen in a while. Following this was a superb angle that involved ROH’s rival promotion, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). A few of CZW’s top guys came out of the crowd to storm the ring and promptly got handed their ass by the entire Ring of Honor locker room and received a well deserved verbal kick to the nuts by Jim Cornette.

Following intermission, the show resumed with Nigel McGuinness totally schooling this masked characted named Delirious. Then came the first part of the double main event. It was originally supposed to be Daniels vs. Samoa Joe in a 30-Minute Iron Man Match. However, like I said earlier, Joe had to back out due to a staph infection and was replaced by Low-Ki. It was a great match with both Ki and Daniels busting out some amazing offense. The last two bouts were a bit of a let down, but overall, the show was an incredible experience and I’ll definitely be back in April. If you ever get the chance to go to a Ring of Honor show, don’t pass it up, it’s well worth your money.

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