ROH WRESTLING DVD REVIEWS
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July 17, 2007 - LIVE IN OSAKA - Osaka, Japan
"American Dragon" Bryan Danielson vs. Jimmy Rave: The second night of ROH's double-shot in the land of the rising sun began with the appearance of Jimmy Rave and Bryan Danielson for their scheduled match. Before the match could get started, Dragon Gate super star CIMA came out and respectfully shook American Dragon's hand and asked for the microphone so he could officially welcome ROH to Osaka. The No Remorse Corps (Roderick Strong, Davey Richards, and Rocky Romero) attacked CIMA until American Dragon came to his rescue, followed by NOAH's Naomichi Marufuji. American Dragon called CIMA the best wrestler in Dragon Gate, and Naomichi Marufuji the best wrestler in NOAH, then referred to himself as the best wrestler in ROH. American Dragon suggested that they team up in the main event against the No Remorse Corps. They whole-heartedly agreed.
Jimmy Rave was left in the ring with no opponent so he anxiously grabbed the microphone and proclaimed that he came to Japan for a fight and issued an open challenge to anyone in the back - which brought the ROH World tag team champion Briscoe brothers to the ring. The Briscoes explained that Northwest Airlines lost their belts, but that won't stop them from defending the titles twice tonight! Jimmy Rave was joined by NOAH star Genki Horiguchi, who is like the Japanese version of Jeff Hardy.
ROH Tag Team Title Match - The Briscoe Brothers vs. Jimmy Rave & Genki Horiguchi: The Japanese star Genki Horiguchi is quite entertaining, but it wasn't enough to put the Briscoes off their game. The Briscoes retained their ROH World tag team titles in a surprisingly short match ( 7 / 10 ).
Nigel McGuinness vs. B.J. Whitmer: Two long time ROH veterans doing battle on foreign soil. Nigel McGuinness, who seems to be on the brink of a major push, soundly defeated B.J. Whitmer, who desperately needs a character renovation, in yet another surprisingly short match ( 6 / 10 ).
Roderick Strong vs. Jack Evans: In a video diary segment, Jack Evans declared that Japan was superior to America, and denounced his American citizenship and said he was officially Japanese. Jack Evans finally got some revenge with a victory over Roderick Strong after hitting the 450 splash ( 7.5 / 10 ).
Matt Sydal & Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito vs. Delirious & Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi: Six man tag team matches involving Dragon Gate wrestlers often steal the shows they are featured on. ROH regulars Delirious and Matt Sydal were included in this contest, once again renewing their long-standing feud. This lightning fast match was fought under Dragon Gate rules. After a long action packed match, Matt Sydal scored the victory - as Dave Prazak put it - winning the latest chapter of his rivalry with Delirious ( 7.5 / 10 )
ROH Tag Team Title Match - The Briscoe Brothers vs. SHINGO & Susumu Yokosukato: I'm not sure if I've seen Susumu Yokosukato yet, but if I did it must not have been memorable. After yet another exciting match, the Briscoes once again retained their ROH World tag team titles as Dave Prazak declared "I guess the only thing that can keep the belts from them is Northwest airlines!" ( 7 / 10 ).
American Dragon & CIMA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Davey Richards & Rocky Romero & Masaaki Mochizuki: I had a feeling this was going to be a really long match, otherwise this DVD would have fallen way short of the usual three hours. The match was fantastic, but lasted just short of twenty-five minutes, ending the DVD at the 2:18 mark. ROH's trip to Japan finished on a high note.
Final Thoughts: Just like the "Live in Tokyo" DVD, this video contained fewer matches but most of them were longer than the average ROH match. They filled some time with interesting "video diary" segments with cameras following Jack Evans around Japan to see the sights. It baffled me that the show featured a lot of talking on the microphone in front of a crowd that probably doesn't understand English. With so much hype put into this tour, these Ring of Honor events kind of fell flat (in my humble opinion).
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