Archive for the ‘2006’ Category

1. Christopher Daniels vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Very technically sound performance by both competitors. A good highlight in history takes place as Daniels follows the Code of Honor for the first time ever.
Grade: B-

 

2. Four Corner Survival
Jimmy Rave vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Jimmy Yang vs. Delirious

Pretty good match which is highlighted with the gag of  Three competing Jimmies. Delirious once again gives a stellar performance and shows that he’s more than just a freak.
Grade: B-

 

3. ROH Tag Team Champioship
Generation Next (Austin Aries & Roderick Strong) (c) vs. The Rottweilers (Homicide & Ricky Reyes)

GN & The Dogs have been breathing down each others necks for a while now but never really went big. The match was OK but it never really clicked with anyone. Look at this as a side quest for the champions.
Grade: C

 

4. ROH World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Colt Cabana

Cabana earned his title shot by overcoming Homicide. Cabana was back to his normal goofy self and went to scientific wrestling right off the bat. Unfortunately this match was already over before anything started.
Grade: D

 

5. Top of the Class Trophy Championship
Derrick Dempsey (c) vs. Pelle Primeau

The Top of the Class Trophy is a championship only held by ROH students in which they have their own division and compete on the main ROH shows to get experience and showcase their talent, which is a good concept. With that being said, it’s not expected to be a decent match considering the amount of greenness in them.
Grade: D-

 

Segment: Danielson is back in the ring to give everyone a piece of his mind. For starters he trashes CZW and it’s audience which composes half of the attendance. He puts over ROH and it’s students, since he’s the school’s new head trainer. He wasn’t satisfied with the outcome of his match with Cabana and wanted another challenger so he calls out Delirious.

 

6. ROH World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Delirious

The insane wrestler let it all out against the champion and even blood couldn’t stop him from causing total mayhem. Danielson was a total pro and got everyone hyped for this one. Good performance by both for their strange rivalry.
Grade: B-

 

7. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Matt Sydal & AJ Styles

Ever since the Briscoes returned earlier in the year, they have been nothing but a thorn on every tag team’s side. This match came about when the Briscoes ruined Styles & Sydal’s title match with Generation Next. Once again they steal the house with the phenomenal (no pun intended) dynamic they provide in all of their matches.
Grade: B+

 

Verbal Debate
Jim Cornette vs. John Zandig

It seems fitting since both ROH & CZW wrestlers have been going at it, why not the authority figures? Not a pretty segment if you ask me since it went out of topic with Corny’s hatred towards WWE and Zandig’s inability to keep up with Cornette in subject.

 

8. ROH vs. CZW
Samoa Joe, Adam Pearce & BJ Whitmer vs. Chris Hero, Super Dragon & Necro Butcher

I look at this as the Inaugural Brawl that took place during the WWF Invasion. This was perfect in every sense of the word and all you get her is a war. Unfortunately, ROH loses one of it’s soldiers as Claudio Castagnoli defects to CZW and made sure where his allegiance is and that’s with his best friend, Chris Hero.
Grade: A-

 

Final Thouhgts:

The final stage of seven shows that compose the ROH Milestone Series was another hit by ROH. While it lacked the star power from the foreign talent, it made their homegrown performers go that extra mile resuming their war with CZW. I heavily recommend this show to go along with the rest of the milestone series.

Verdict: 8/10

 

Segment: Colt Cabana interrupts the Six Woman Mayhem pre-show match and addresses his hometown crowd and calls out Homicide to end the score once and for all. He says that tonight someone is gonna die. To the humor of everyone Homicide hasn’t arrived yet to the building and an ROH student informs Cabana that and he finds himself in confusion as is holding his head as his concussion has taken a toll on him.

 

1. Six Man Mayhem
Jack Evans vs. Dave Crist vs. Jake Crist vs. Matt Sydal vs. Ace Steel vs. Jimmy Jacobs w/Lacey

This was alright but nothing memorable took place. For being an opener it met the standards.
Grade: C-

 

Segment: ROH Commissioner Jim Cornette comes out and is in a very happy mood and puts over Adam Pearce. Colt Cabana comes out and asks Corny to sanction a Chicago Street Fight between him and Homicide to which the Comish happily granted. Corny calls out Delirious and informs him that this is his last chance if he wants to be on the ROH roster and must get a win in the following contest.

 

2. Delirious vs. Ricky Reyes w/Julius Smokes

This was a short match but it was very effective for it’s purpose. Reyes played the part well to get Delirious popped.
Grade: C

 

3. The Embassy (Alex Shelley & Jimmy Rave) & Masato Yoshino vs. Do Fixer (Ryo Saito, Genki Horiguchi & Dragon Kid)

This might not be a Blood Generation vs. Do Fixer rematch but Shelley & Rave are no slouches and can play ball when needed. Great six-man tag with all the Embassy keeping it up with the Dragon Gate guys. Yoshino & Kid were the highlight of the match with that inhuman speed.
Grade: B

 

4. Four Corner Survival
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Jimmy Yang

Jesus Christ! 3 out of 4 in this contest had one of TNA’s greatest matches in history and now there’s a fourth addition with Jimmy Yang. This will be marked as one of my favorite Four Corner Survivals of all time. It’s almost impossible not to enjoy.
Grade: B+

 

Segment: Joe takes the mic and lets the world know that he wants his title back and wants Danielson. Dragon comes out and begins cracking jokes making fun of Joe’s weight and ethnicity. Eventually Chris Hero & Necro Butcher crash the party and took over and left everyone helpless. Neither Castagnoli, Whitmer, Pearce nor even Corny with a baseball bat could save them.

 

5. ROH Tag Team Championship
Generation Next (Austin Aries & Roderick Strong) (c) vs. Blood Generation (CIMA & Naruki Doi) w/Masato Yoshino

Aries & Strong must have had the toughest reign as tag team champions than anyone in history. Super teams like The Briscoes, KENTA & Davey Richards, AJ Styles & Matt Sydal & Kings of Wrestling have all been challengers for their titles. This challenge wasn’t any easier with Dragon Gate’s top two in Doi & CIMA. Amazing performance by all of them.
Grade: A-

 

6. ROH World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Lance Storm

Storm comes out of retirement to get the gold. Such an amazing contest that is Scientific Wrestling 101. Very similar to Storm vs. Jerry Lynn at Anarchy Rulz 99, ironically in Chicago. Storm still has it’s no surprise as he’s always a in great shape and for his age it’s a blessing. Danielson was a total pro working with the veteran that made this match very well put together with little to no effort.
Grade: A-

 

7. Chicago Street Fight
Colt Cabana vs. Homicide w/Julius Smokes

This feud was very well put together with the jolly happy nature’d Cabana and the tough evil motherfucker in Homicide. Cabana was no longer the comical goof we all know him best as and was in full assault mode and didn’t mind getting his hands dirty against the Notorios 187. This was a nasty bloody war with little to no regard for their bodies and matches like these done appropriately turn successful. Great way to end this chapter of their careers.
Grade: B+

 

Final Thoughts:

Stage 6 of 7 and the final show of the three night extravaganza. I though Supercard of Honor was hard to follow but this one took the cake. One great feud was put to an end in great fashion, an amazing performance from Japanese visitors, a legend comes out of retirement and give one of the best performances of his career with the company’s ace, a new challenger emerges after being lurking in the shadows for over a year and a rival invades again and seems to have ROH’s number. What more can you ask for?

Verdict: 9/10

Segment: Several announcements were made. Colt Cabana will not be able to compete in his Fight without Honor match with Homicide. Also BJ Whimter is now on the I list for the attack received by the CZW invaders. Jim Cornette shows up and puts over the crowd and takes a shot at WWE, who was in town for WrestleMania. Cornette brings out some “Hardcore Guys” in masks for a match.

 

1. Samoa Joe & Adam Pearce vs. Two Hardcore Guys

SQUASH!
Grade: DUD

 

2. Four Corner Survival Match
Delirious vs. Ricky Reyes vs. Shane Hagadorn vs. Flash Flanagan

This was short but it was enjoyable for what was seen. Delirious is definitely getting a push in ROH. Ricky Reyes is not impressive at all and it’s a shame.
Grade: C-

 

3. The Embassy (Alex Shelley & Jimmy Rave) w/Prince Nana vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Jimmy Yang

Pretty fun match although there were bits and pieces that I wish that wasn’t present.
Grade: C+

Segment: Chris Hero comes out, grabs the mic, bitches about Claudio not joining him on the cause and then is ran out by the ROH students. That’s it.

 

4. First Blood Match
Ace Steel vs. Chad Collyer

These two are very talented individuals but they’re clearly not individual leaders. This was a mess.
Grade: D

 

5. AJ Styles & Matt Sydal vs. Generation Next (Austin Aries & Jack Evans)

The first time they met, excluding Evans, they were outstanding. This time was no exception, Evans squared off with Sydal in an amazing chain-spotfest. Aries & Styles are two aces that neither can outdo the other ending in lots of stalemates. Simply perfect.
Grade: B+

 

6. Dragon Gate Grudge Match
Blood Generation (CIMA, Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino) vs. Do Fixer (Ryo Saito, Genki Horiguchi & Dragon Kid)

The trios match is a Dragon Gate trademark as they are influenced by Mexico’s Lucha Libre. I’m just gonna put the grade and see for yourself.
Grade: A+

 

7. Six Woman Mayhem
MsChif vs. Rain vs. Lacey vs. Allison Danger vs. Daizee Haze vs. Cheerleader Melissa 

Fun exposition of the literal sister promotion, Shimmer. Wonderful performance by the girls showing they are just as good as the guys.
Grade: C+

 

8. Homicide w/Julius Smokes vs. Mitch Franklin
The future Grizzly Redwood takes on the Notorious 187……SQUASH!
Grade: DUD

 

9. Homicide w/Julius Smokes vs. Colt Cabana

Immediately after the Homicide/Franklin encounter, Cabana showed up and wouldn’t let this feud go and went immediately on the offensive as this brawl went all over the building and everything but the kitchen sink was used. There was never a finish nor an official match so this gets the DUD.
Grade: DUD

 

10. Adam Pearce vs. Necro Butcher

Another war that didn’t get a finish but the shenanigans of Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli are definitely worth the watch. Also Jim Cornette, Samoa Joe & a crippled BJ Whitmer headed towards the ring and cleaned house with ROH finally fighting back and winning this encounter against CZW.
Grade: DUD

 

11. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Jimmy Jacobs w/ Lacey

Short match considering the talent involved but it was very well put together and Jimmy actually had good momentum going at par with the elites.
Grade: B-

 

12. ROH World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Roderick Strong

This is their third encounter for the World Title and each match is more grueling than the last. The world title has elevated to another level in prestige with this encounter. Both went almost the full hour and not slowing down one bit keeping the pace consistent. Roddy gave it his all here and this is perhaps his greatest match ever along with their second encounter. There’s a reason why Danielson received the “Best in the World” moniker and it’s that he can create a masterpiece in that ring with just about anyone. Amazing contest.
Grade: A+

 

Bonus Features:

Jerelle Clark vs. Erick Stephens
Full Impact Pro Wrestling – April 08, 2006

This was very solid and it felt like a tease because I wanted to see more. 5 more minutes could have been wonderful.
Grade: B-

The Ballad of Lacey – Jimmy Jacobs fell in love with his valet, Lacey and is trying very hard to woo the girl so he makes a music video dedicating his love for her. Great stuff for what would eventually happen to Jimmy later on as the leader of the Age of the Fall.

 

Final Thoughts:

Stage 5 of 7 was another success. This would be the innovator of a yearly ROH tradition where they find the best of the best and make a super card. This was an amazing show and despite some low grades and DUD’s they all served a purpose in entertainment and pretty much pulled off some how like a WrestleMania show. It was fitting since WWE was in town for Mania at the time in Chicago and ROH wanted to introduce it’s product to a new fan base which in my opinion was a success. This would also be the innovator of what now you call Mania week in which the nation’s top promotions do wrestling shows in the same city as WWE’s WrestleMania and capitalize on the festivities also by treating the fans with a meet & greets and what not. While everything here is the utmost positive it has it’s flaws. Most notably the timing, this puppy went almost 5 hours long. Longer than any WrestleMania. This isn’t much of a factor but it’s quite noticeable. This DVD along with the rest of the Milestone Series is unfortunately Out Of Print and it’s a shame as this Milestone Series is what put them on the map entirely. If you manage to stumble upon this gem around Ebay, Amazon or anywhere at a good price, PLEASE DON”T HESITATE.

Verdict: 9/10

1. Falls Count Anywhere Match
Homicide vs. Colt Cabana

Neither couldn’t wait to pull the trigger and let it all out so they started the show. This wasn’t much a match nor anything as this was just a few minute  beatdown that really didn’t have much rythm but since ROH is doing a triple-header it’s logical to not have the payoff right away.
Grade: D-

 

2. Ricky Reyes vs. Chad Collyer

This was quite solid but it didn’t go the extra mile nor it was expected to.
Grade: C+

 

3. BJ Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs

The former tag partners are the most hated enemies. They wanted to kill each other with a passion and the spot of the night and possibly one of ROH’s most amazing moments was the Top Rope Powerbomb to the crowd. I’ve never seen anything like this nor I think it will be duplicated in that fashion. Definitely a kick for one of the greatest ROH feuds in history.
Grade: B+

 

4. Ryo Saito vs. Jimmy Yang

Saito is one of the Dragon Gate originals and is definitely one of the most underrated performers in Japan, the guy is very technically sound and has a lot of charisma to go with it. This was good but they didn’t take that extra step that they could have done. But still nothing to be complaining of.
Grade: B-

 

5. Bryan Danielson & Delirious vs. The Embassy (Alex Shelley & Jimmy Rave)

This was a very good tag team match where the odd couple pair of Danielson & Delirious played a huge role in the match. Embassy being the uber heels is made this whole thing a lot better. This drama along with their wrestling ability was fantastic.
Grade: B

 

6. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Shane Hagadorn
Squash!
Grade: DUD

 

Segment: Chris Hero & Necro Butcher come out and confront Claudio. Hero cuts a promo bragging about his partnership with Castagnoli in Chikara & CZW. BJ Whitmer unbelievably shows up and things got messy. Claudio deciding where  does his allegiance stands thinks for a second before hitting the trademark uppercut to fend off the CZW invaders. Claudio & Whitmer shake hands and head out to the back.

 

7. Do Fixer (Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi) vs. AJ Styles & Matt Sydal

Kid & Horiguchi are representing Dragon Gate’s Do Fixer stable while Styles and Sydal look out to be the new all-star tag team that neutralizes Generation Next.  This was extremely good but this could have been a whole lot better. AJ wasn’t as into it as he normally is in his matches. This could have been easily as 5 star match as everyone calls it.
Grade: B

 

8. Blood Generation (CIMA, Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino) vs. Generation Next (Austin Aries, Roderick Strong & Jack Evans) 

This had me ROFL the first time I read this on match on paper. When you think about it they’re somehow each other’s counterpart, with the exception of Yoshi & Evans, the rest are right on the money. As I reference this, this was amazing. Everyone played an important role in this war and exemplified the dedication and trust of a trio. A heavy recommendation right here.
Grade: A

 

9. Grudge Match
Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels

This was a true grudge match. The history behind these two is unforgettable, for starters it was Daniels who brought Joe to ROH in the first place as his hitman. From then on it backfired and Joe took over ROH and supported on his back for almost 2 years. This chapter of their ROH careers is now over once and for all. Great main event.
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts: 

Holy Shit! Stage 4 of 7 kicked into full gear in all it’s might. Amazing show where you got some of the best wrestling in the world. A chapter was closed and new one was opened. What more can you ask for here? Did I mention that there are three more shows to this Milestone Series?

Verdict: 9/10

 

The show starts with a continuation of the final moments of Arena Warfare with even more graphic moments that officially puts ROH at war.

1. Jimmy Rave w/Prince Nana vs. Pelle Primeau

Squash
Grade: DUD

 

2. Jimmy Rave w/Prince Nana vs. Jimmy Yang

Nana brags about no one being capable of taking down Jimmy Rave, not even Bruce Leroy, who was in attendance. For those are not familiar with Martial Art Films from the 80’s, Bruce “Taimak” Leroy is the star of the cult following flick, The Last Dragon., which also coincides with Jimmy Yang’s theme song. Long story short, Yang shows up to teach them a quick lesson, perhaps too quick, but effective to prove a point and Taimak had a piece of the action too.
Grade: C-

 

3. Four Corner Survival Match
Lacey vs. Allison Danger vs. Daizee Haze vs. Mercedes Martinez

This is a taste of Dave Prazak’s Shimmer, an all Women’s pro wrestling promotion. Whether you have a high opinion on women’s wrestling or not, the performers in this match are just as good as the men and the match itself is as good as any other four corner survival. Definitely a good booking for this show called Best in the World.
Grade: B

 

4. Jason Blade & Kid Mikaze vs. Chris Hero & Necro Butcher

Blade & Mikaze show a lot of promise but  damn, you gotta pay your dues.
Grade: DUD

 

Segment: Hero challenges Adam Pearce to a handicap match to which the Chicago native gladly accepts. But immediately it wasn’t a fair game nor a match so it was basically a beat down but someone very dear to Hero showed up in the form of Claudio Castagnoli and made his presence notice by siding with ROH to even up the odds. Hero & company leave.

 

5. Christopher Daniels vs. Alex Shelley

Shelley was always on my good boy list while Daniels was always been on my naughty list, if you know what I mean. In ROH at the time you never really defined a mid-card match by normal standards. However this one was the creme de la creme of mid card matches. Both had something to prove in order to stay in contention for that World title and they both delivered a hell of a match.
Grade: B+

 

6. ROH Pure Championship
Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli

The Pure title was the mid-card title in ROH back in the day and it was special in it’s own rights as it had stipulations. Let’s take a pause shall we, there are three rules which are the following:

  1. Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal.
  2. There are no closed-fist punches to the face allowed in a Pure match, only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body (save for low-blows) are permitted. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning, and the second will cause the wrestler to be penalized a rope break. If he is already out of rope breaks, he will be disqualified.
  3. A wrestler is subject to a twenty count by the referee if the wrestler goes to the floor.

Simple? Anyways back to the match. These two have history with each other ever since Nigel became Pure champion which was at the same time Claudio debuted in ROH. They had multiple matches with each other causing Claudio to earn a title opportunity and seemed to become it but McGuinness always took shortcuts in order to preserve his title. This would be Castagnoli’s last opportunity for the title. With that being said, you can clearly see the desire in Claudio to become a champion and this made the match somehow special. However, it didn’t stand out from any of their previous encounters. Fine showcasing from the participants from Europe in this show’s appropriate titling, Best in the World.
Grade: B-

 

7. Austin Aries vs. Ricky Reyes

This was another match of the feud between Rottweilers and Generation Next. specifically Aries & Reyes. Honestly there wasn’t much to see here and the no-finish ending really didn’t go well.
Grade: C-

 

8. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs. Generation Next (Roderick Strong & Jack Evans)

Out of the many partners Roderick Strong has had in his career, I must say the the one he had the most chemistry with was with Jacky Baby. They had success as a team in PWG & FIP, so seeing them teaming in Ring of Honor is definitely a treat for those who didn’t follow those other two promotions at the time. The Briscoes have just being fresh off a year hiatus and came back to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, the Tag Team titles, and did so by gunning the Champs themselves so it’s only a matter of time that they get what they wanted. This match proved how much passion these four have in professional wrestling and not only that but how strong the tag team division is for Ring of Honor and it’ll only go even stronger for the next few years.
Grade: A-

 

9. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Samoa Joe & Bryan Danielson

This match up on paper is a Dream Match all by its self. KENTA & Marufuji are the prodigies of Pro Wretling NOAH in Japan and have one of the most intense rivalries in Puro history. Danielson & Joe are looked as their American counterparts by having wars all over the country in various wrestling promotions with each match being more intense than the one before and it’s only a matter of time they face each other for the big on in ROH later in the year. With all this hype I’m giving I don’t think I need to explain how this match went. To just give a few words out there it was intense, dynamic, explosive, athletic, stiff, scientific, unbelievable, amazing, do I need to say more?
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts:

Stage three of the Milestone Series was in full effect and something we can all see from these first three is that they’re all unique. The first show was dedicated to ROH, the second on the CZW invasion and this third one was dedicated to the wrestling in general. You had participants from all over the globe, you had Japan, England, Switzerland, Cuba, Korea, Canada and of course, America. Like I said before, the show’s title was appropriately given to the occasion. But this is just the beginning as this is only the third show of seven and the next stop will be a three night extravaganza.

Verditct: 8/10