ROH WRESTLING DVD REVIEWS
| *** Official OWW.com ROH DVD Reviews by Brad Dykens ***|
June 22, 2007 - UNITED WE STAND - Dayton, Ohio
Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Irish Airborne (Dave & Jake Crist): The show opened up with a tag team match between Canadian-based odd couple "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen and El Generico facing the redemption-seeking Irish Airborne (Dave and Jake Crist). The Crists were trying to earn back their spot on the roster, but their dreams were crushed when Steen and Generico picked up the victory to continue their momentum going towards a rematch with the Briscoes - which they will get the following night in Chicago ( 6.5 / 10 ).
Gauntlet Series - Jimmy Rave vs. Pelle Primeau vs. Delirious vs. Adam Pearce vs. Chris Hero: I dislike gauntlet matches a lot, but I dislike them even more in Ring of Honor - where I expect much more creative matches that make sense. Gauntlet matches make no sense unless there are timed intervals for new entrants. Jimmy Rave started out with a predictable victory over Pelle Primeau by Submission with the Heel-hook. Delirious made an electrifying entrance and defeated Jimmy Rave in less than a minute. Adam Pearce, accompanied by man-servant Shane Hagadorn, was up next, against a fired up Delirious. There's a lot of history between these men, but it took a few minutes for Delirious to get past the "Repo Man" - oops I mean "Scrap Daddy" Adam Pearce. A fresh superior athlete Chris Hero came out flanked by members of the Sweet & Sour Inc. faction. Chris Hero and his crew wasted time during their entrance instead of immediately going after Delirious, who had wrestled two matches. See, makes no sense. Delirious made a successful sneak-attack, but it didn't take long for Hero to gain an advantage over the lizard man. Delirious fought valiantly but eventually fell to the Hero's Welcome finisher ( 5 / 10 ).
No-DQ Grudge Match - B.J. Whitmer vs. Brent Albright: The "Gun For Hire" Brent Albright came out to "I Don't Wanna Stop!" by Ozzy Osbourne. I don't know if that is new or not but what a great track for a wrestler's entrance music. Whitmer was trying to redeem himself for a couple of disappointing performances the previous weekend. Whitmer has let his frustration boil over and it has affected his work ethic - which in wrestling means he's going heel. After spending a good portion of the match outside the ring brawling throughout the crowd, they rolled back inside the ring and set up a table. Both men met each other on the top rope and struggled for the opportunity to put the other through the table, but when Whitmer launched his opponent in the air, Albright reversed it in mid-air and both men crashed through the table with Albright on top ( 7 / 10 ). A whole bunch of people came out to check on B.J. Whitmer (whose name was being loudly chanted by the ROH fans), who snapped, cleared the ring, and destroyed poor Mitch Franklin.
Backstage, "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness talked about their match. Each man made it perfectly clear that the only reason they agreed to team together was to get their hands on Takeshi Morishima. Thus giving birth to the name of this DVD, "United We Stand." But I hope they realize the other part of that express, which is "Divided We Fall."
The No Remorse Corps (Roderick Strong & Davey Richards) vs. The Resilience (Erick Stevens & Matt Cross): The war between the No Remorse Corps and the Resilience rages on in this tag team match with "relaxed rules." It seems like every match is relaxed rules these days. We don't need no stinkin' code of honor! It was a long hard battle but the No Remorse Corps once again reigned victorious over the Resilience ( 7.5 / 10 ). After the match, Roderick Strong taunted the Resilience and told them to give up (they wouldn't be allowed to call themselves "The Resilience" if they did). Strong then started insulting Austin Aries, who was in the crowd, but not allowed to be on the show due to being contracted to TNA. They did show Aries on camera fighting back the urge to jump the rail and attack his former Generation Next stable-mate, and he hadn't been on TNA for two months after being suspended.
Lacey w/Jimmy Rave vs. Serena Deeb: SHIMMER Women's Athletes were given the stage, with ROH mainstay Lacey taking on the debuting Serena Deeb - so great to see the Deebster in Ring of Honor! For those of you who don't know, Deeb spent a good two years in Ohio Valley Wrestling working with the "WWE Divas-in-training" but she never got an opportunity with WWE herself (even though she deserved one!). Jimmy Jacobs was lurking around ringside and even lit up a cigarette and blowing smoke in Serena's face. Late in the match, Deeb had the advantage over Lacey when Rain ran down and caused a distraction, allowing Lacey to score the tainted victory ( 6.5 / 10 ). Rain and Lacey, collectively known as the Minnesota Home-wrecking Crew, double-teamed Serena after the match until Daizee Haze made the save! Jimmy Jacobs controlled both Rain and Lacey with a both calm and cool manner.
KENTA vs. Rocky Romera: Whenever NOAH super star KENTA comes to Ring of Honor, I immediately sit up and pay close attention - because I know he can have an amazing match with just about anybody on the ROH roster. The Japanese phenom KENTA was booked against No Remorse Corps member Rocky Romero, who works for the New Japan promotion as Black Tiger. Romero is also the current stable-mate of Davey Richards, who is a protege of KENTA. They kicked, chopped, and destroyed each other for a good twenty minutes. Late in the match, KENTA no-sold a suplex but Dave Prazak called it "fighting spirit." Romero came extraordinarily close to scoring an upset victory on several occasions, but eventually fell to the Go-To-Sleep ( 8 / 10 )! After the match, Davey Richards came out to check on both fighters. Richards helped both men up and encouraged the fans to show their support. Romero and KENTA shook hands, but then suddenly Richards kicked his mentor in the chest and the No Remorse Corps began double-teaming KENTA! The Resilience and Delirious hit the ring and the Corps immediately retreated backstage.
Bryan Danielson & Nigel McGuinness vs. Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji: This is the kind of match that you stop what you're doing and glue your eyes to the television set so you can study every move. The enemy of your enemy can be your best friend, and Danielson's alliance with McGuinness was about as strong as any random pairing ever produced in pro-wrestling. ROH World champion Takeshi Morishima is walking around with a big target on his chest, and hasn't done himself any favors by throwing all of ROH's traditions out the window and making the minimum number of title defenses. The match was non-stop excitment and brilliance, with all four men giving their best effort. Nigel McGuinness stepped up his game and scored the pinfall on Morishima in an impressive display of supremacy ( 8.5 / 10 ). Danielson & McGuinness should try their hand at the tag team division.
2/3 Falls Match - The Briscoe Brothers vs. Matt Sydal & Claudio Castagnoli: These four men had their work cut out for them if they want to out-perform the previous tag match, but more often than not, the Briscoes rise to the occasion. This is one of many Briscoe specialty matches, and they often win two out of three fall matches in two straight falls. The Briscoes miraculously scored the first fall in less than ten minutes, putting the challengers at a severe disadvantage! Claudio Castagnoli pulled off a spectacular double giant swing on the Briscoe boys. Before long, the Briscoes scored the second and deciding fall, to retain their coveted ROH World Tag Team titles ( 7.5 / 10 ). The Briscoes have won six straight falls when competing in two out of three falls matches!!
Final Thoughts: The Danielson/McGuinness vs. Morishima/Marufuji match should have been on last. GREAT SHOW!
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