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ROH – Driven (6.23.07) DVD Review

Posted: January 5, 2013 in 2007, ROH

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Disc 1: PPV

1. Erick Stevens, Matt Cross & Delirious vs. No Remorse Corp. (Roderick Strong, Davey Richards & Rocky Romero)

Ever since their inception, No Remorse Corp. were causing trouble for a few ROH stars. Especially Roderick harassing his FIP nemesis, Erick Stevens. Finally they had enough and called out the Corp. for a fight and they were answered. This was a total scramble with no one staying still in the ring and in 11 minutes an amazing war was provided in one of the best openers I’ve ever seen.
Grade: B+

 

Segment: Austin Aries was in attendance but he was just visiting but Roddy had other plans and begins a beatdown on the others till Aries finally cracks and enters the ring in utter rage. Aries takes the mic and gives a very heartfelt speech regarding professional wrestling and signs a contract and is now in ROH full-time after being a regular on TNA.

 

2. Matt Sydal vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Future WWE superstars Evan Bourne & Antonio Cesaro face each other in an exhibition contest. Both at the time were trying solo careers in ROH after success as part of units but they were a bit lost in the shuffle. This was almost 8 years ago and you can see how talented they are despite having been in the independent scene for many years. Phenomenal back and forth action if I say so myself.
Grade: B

 

Segment: Larry Sweeney and Sweet & Sour Inc. showed up to make  their move on their new prospect and chose Matt Sydal. Sydal being a bit confused couldn’t answer and Claudio cut in to push off Sweet & Sour Inc. from their attempt but Sydal already made his choice and Claudio suffered a pounding from everyone.

 

3. Naomichi Marufuji vs. BJ Whitmer

Marufuji is one of Pro Wrestling NOAH’s aces in the junior heavyweight scene and is highly regarded and respected everywhere he goes. Whitmer after having a successful year in 2006 was not so hot in 2007 and was another talent lost in the shuffle.  However that didn’t stop him from having a good match with an elite like Marufuji. Very easy to sit through encounter to say the least.
Grade: B-

 

4. Brent Albright vs. Pelle Primeau

You might recognize Albright as Gunner Scott in WWE who had a brief stint on Smackdown with Chris Benoit. Primeau on the other hand is one of ROH’s top students. With that being said, SQUASH!
Grade: DUD

 

5. ROH World Tag Team Championship
The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) (c) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico

Steen & Generico made their permanent ROH status known when they wanted the tag titles. The Briscoes welcomed all challengers and knew that this would be their biggest challenge ever. Despite them all being fan favorites, none liked each other and that made their feud even better and we got ourselves one hell of a brawl. Great interaction with the crowd and that added more greatness to their credit.
Grade: A-

 

6. ROH World Championship
Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. Jimmy Rave

Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Takeshi Morishima debuted in February and just a few matches in won the main title in ROH. Since then the Japanese star was on a mean streak in the western hemisphere welcoming all adversaries. Nice squash 😉
Grade: DUD

 

7. #1 Contender’s Match
Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness

If there’s a top 10 rivalries list, this should be in that list. Every time both met in that squared circle always tore the house down. Just so you know, despite the PPV being in Chicago this match was taped from Philadelphia and was provided as the main event for the actual PPV airing. Not complaint whatsoever because the last time they faced each other one on one they had a classic that’s still talked about till this day. This match was very intense and just as bloody as their previous encounter but back then they were champions, this they’re contenders so the want and need was even bigger. Not many have seen this match but for those that did can vouch for me that that this is an amazing contest.
Grade: A+

 

Disc 2: Bonus Matches (All these matches were taped in Chicago but were dark matches that didn’t make the PPV)

1. Minnesota Home-Wrecking Crew (Lacey & Rain) w/Jimmy Jacobs vs. Daizee Haze & MsChif

The Shimmer ladies once again doing showcases for Ring of Honor. I appreciate and respect the ladies talent and effort but they were very sloppy here and it’s a shame knowing how well they perform.
Grade: C-

 

2. Nigel McGuinness vs. Chris Hero w/Sweet & Sour Inc.

This was nice but it was very bland and too long to be enjoyed. I give props to both for effort but they really don’t mesh well with each other.
Grade: B-

 

3. ROH World Championship
Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. Adam Pearce w/Shane Haggadorn

Pearce was on the mic and issued an open challenge and it was answered by the World Champion. Nothing special was here and it was very one sided. On the other hand I will always remember this match as the return of Repo Man with Pearce bearing a striking resemblance to Barry Darsow and milked it with a Repo mask.
Grade: F (A+ for Vintage Repo Man shenanigans)

 

4. Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA

KENTA is another ace from Pro Wrestling NOAH and is quite a celebrity in ROH having done various stints with the promotion. Both are fierce rivals having wrestled over a dozen times in Japan & America respectively. The last time they wrestled in ROH, they had a classic that is arguably “The Greatest Match in Ring of Honor History”. They didn’t disappoint with this rematch as they wanted to kill each other with their strikes and submissions. I tip my hat to both competitors for  pulling another classic.
Grade: A

 

Final Thoughts:

This was the second ever PPV in Ring of Honor and out did their very successful first one. A lot of great action and hidden gems were provided in this two disc set. There is no doubt over why this DVD has been Out of Print for over 4 years now. With that being said it’s a shame that it’s no longer available because the current fan base are oblivious to these defining moments in Ring of Honor’s rich history. Fortunately enough there are numerous wrestler compilation sets that fill in today’s fans with the best of the best. I highly doubt you’ll find this cheap online but if you stumble upon and can afford it, don’t hesitate and buy it because it’s a gem worth treasuring.

Verdict: 9.5/10

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