Archive for the ‘2008’ Category

1. Delirious vs. Go Shiozaki

I was a bit worried with the opposite styles clashing in disaster and thankfully I was wrong and a decent opener was given. Go played along with Delrious’ shenanigans to the humor of everyone.
Grade: C


2. The YRR (Kenny King, Sal Rinauro & Chasyn Rance) vs. Bushwhacker Luke, Alex Payne & Dingo

The YRR stands for “Young, Rich and Ready for Action”, they’re regulars on ROH’s then sister-promotion, Full Impact Pro. This was nice and dandy and it’s always fun having an old-timer do a match once in a while in ROH. This was alright.
Grade: C


3. FIP World Championship
Roderick Strong (c) vs. Erick Stevens

These two were scheduled for a match but they couldn’t wait and killed each other all over the building in gory fashion. This is how a feud takes place, letting them call the shots on how things will be done and the rest it’s done by itself. While there was no finish to this match I gotta hand it to both of them for making this match special. Especially in their home state of Florida.
Grade: A-


4. Relaxed Rules Match
Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) w/Lacey & Rain vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe)

Ever since the Age of the Fall debuted, the Briscoes have fallen prey to the enigmatic duo and lost their tag team titles to them in the process. Now it’s been six months and their blood still boil when they cross paths with each other. The tag team division at this time in ROH was the best in the world bar none. Fantastic performance and one hell of a story.
Grade: B


5. Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. BxB Hulk & Shingo

This was a perfect match if you ask me. The dazzling quickness of Generico and Hulk along with the brute strength of Steen and Shingo complement each others  styles with a flair. Amazing tag team action with Yin-Yang team of Steenerico and the Dragon Gate stars who always give it 200%.
Grade: A-


6. ROH World Championship
Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Austin Aries

We have a rematch of their classic PPV match at Rising Above. Nigel ever since becoming World Champion he has been suffering from the many changes that come with becoming The Champion and has developed a complete change of attitude and is no longer sympathetic with the crowd and now follows his own rules. Brilliant Heel! Aries along with Bryan Danielson have been competing for dibs on a title shot and Danielson had his shot, now it’s Aries’s turn. Just like their first encounter, this was an explosive and passionate title match where you see two grown men fighting like dogs for the big fat juicy steak and above all, pride.
Grade: A-


Segment: Immediately after the encounter, Aries is approached by the Age of the Fall who are very serious in recruiting him. Aries having trouble deciding what he wants to do is being persuaded also by Tammy Sytch to join her to success offering cash and ass. Ultimately, Lacey interrupts the bid on Aries and says that she knows how to persuade him and she takes him to the back much to Jacobs dismay.


7. Dragon Gate Six-Man Tag Match
Typhoon (CIMA, Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid) vs. Muscle Outlawz (Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & Genki Horiguchi)

The last time these six warriors were simultaneously in a ROH ring, they had a Match of the Year winner. This time around the teams have shifted members as time passed and new alliances were made in Japan. This wasn’t the same match they had at the first Supercard of Honor but it was not far behind in the amazing quality these six men deliver whenever they face each other. Logical choice for a main event considering the amount of talent involved and what they’re capable of doing.
Grade: A


Final Thoughts:

What a Show! This lies in history as one of the greatest Ring of Honor shows in their ten year history and definitely one that should be picked up wherever you spot it since this puppy is Out of Print. I got admit, Puroresu has always been very dynamic in their showcases and never slowdown. In my opinion, out of all the great promotions Japan has to offer, Dragon Gate is the king of innovation and the masters of the fast paced action we are accustomed to see nowadays. Don’t take my word for it, look at their matches from ROH, PWG and their sister-promotion, Dragon Gate USA.

Verdict: 9.5/10