ROH WRESTLING DVD REVIEWS
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May 13, 2006 - RING OF HOMICIDE - Edison, NJ
Ring of Honor's WAR with Combat Zone Wrestling has not gone as well as some ROH soldiers may have wanted it to go. Time after time, members of ROH such as Adam Pearce and BJ Whitmer have gotten their butts kicked by hostile CZW invaders like Chris Hero, Necro Butcher, Claudio Castagnoli and Super Dragon. The majority of the battles have been won by CZW, but the war is clearly far from over. For months, ROH has been begging Homicide to side with them, but a series of seemingly unfortunate incidents has kept Homicide on the sidelines -- until now.
The comedy-match-of-the-night involved the funny man from the land of Japan Kikitaru taking on ROH's resident class clown Colt Cabana. Even though this match was insanely unrealistic, it was actually the funniest match I have ever seen in a wrestling ring my entire life. Very entertaining and had myself, as well as the fans live, rolling on the floor laughing their butts off - so to speak. Colt Cabana, who has undeniable wrestling skill to back up his goofy antics, won the match. Be prepared to laugh ( 7 / 10 ).
Homicide & Ricky Reyes defeated The Ring Crew Express quite easily but the story of the match happened after the bell. Adam Pearce appeared in the ring to ask Homicide face-to-face to side with ROH against CZW. Homicide dropped the microphone and left the ring, leaving his status in question ( 5 / 10).
Jimmy Rave was accompanied by Prince Nana and the feisty scrapper Daizee Haze as he beat Jimmy Yang in a great match ( 6 / 10 ).
Nigel McGuiness was scheduled to defend the Pure title against Alex Shelley, but Shelley did not make it to the show, so they brought back former Pure Champion Jay Lethal to replace him. With the show taking place in New Jersey, it goes without saying that the fans were very satisfied with the last minute substitute. Jay Lethal fought like the warrior he is, having improved a lot since joining Total Nonstop Action. It really looked as though Lethal could win the match, but Nigel McGuiness used two consecutive Towers of London to finish him off and retain his title. There was a lot of heat on McGuiness during this match even though they are sort of setting him up to be a babyface challenger for American Dragon's ROH Championship ( 7 / 10 ).
Speaking of American Dragon, he once enjoyed another successful ROH World title defense against the challenge of Delirious, who sought revenge for the way Dragon treated him in their previous encounter at "The 100th Show". Delirious was even more impressive than his last battle with American Dragon, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. A group of CZW fans had their voices heard when they started chanting "Over-Rated!", "Same Old Sh*t!" and "TNA Reject!" at American Dragon, who was quick to point out that HE was the one who rejected TNA. Delirious seemed indestructible as he managed to escape the cross-face chicken-wing, the cattle mutilation, and a flurry of stiff elbow shots to the head - similar to those that ended their previous meeting. Just as Delirious was ready for a comeback, American Dragon rolled him up with a small package to win the match! The master of the small package strikes again! ( 8.5 / 10).
Christopher Daniels, who was once again by himself with Allison Danger no-where to be found, picked up another big win over Matt Sydal. This was the third time in three 1-on-1 matches that Christopher Daniels defeated Matt Sydal. I wonder if they are leading somewhere with this, as Matt Sydal always seems like he's on the brink of being elevated towards a main event spot ( 7.5 / 10 ).
After losing two separate singles matches to the Briscoe Brothers the night before, Austin Aries & Roderick Strong were the underdogs when they defended their ROH Tag Team titles against the Briscoes in a tag match. I have been very impressed with the Briscoe's since they returned to ROH, but this match was not as explosive as I expected it to be. It started off somewhat slow, had some nice momentary high spots and finished abruptly. The Briscoes nailed Strong with the spike Jay-driller but Aries (the legal man) snuck in and rolled up one of the Briscoes to win the match. It was still a great match but could have been way better. I'm begging Gabe to book a rematch! ( 6.5 / 10 ).
It was then time for the highly anticipated main event featuring ROH's Samoa Joe taking on CZW's Necro Butcher. These two have fought previously in other promotions such as IWA Mid South and every time they clash it is a brutally stiff encounter. It was one of those rare times in ROH when the action spoke for itself and the commentators signed off and left their position. They started off fast and furious for several minutes turning the fans to a wild pack of boisterous maniacs before CZW's Chris Hero & Claudio Castnognoli showed up and took out Joe with a chair-shot ( 7.5 / 10 ). The "match" was over for all intents and purposes but the war continued as Adam Pearce and B.J. Whitmer showed up to fight Hero, Castagnoli and Necro Butcher. Pearce and Whitmer almost broke Butcher's neck with a severely botched power-bomb through a steel chair. The CZW guys eventually gained control and it looked as though CZW was going to win yet another victory over ROH in their continuing conflict, when suddenly..............
............ Homicide's music hit and the lid blew off the arena. The fans cheered loudly as Homicide marched to the ring to confront the CZW invaders. The mood quickly changed as the audience realized Homicide had not yet made his choice, and the CZW guys were welcoming Homicide into their group. The fans erupted when Homicide chose to side with ROH and attacked all three men. When the dust settled they started a match between Homicide and Necro Butcher.
It was perhaps the most chaotic moment in ROH history when Homicide ordered the fans to throw their chairs into the ring and bury the Necro Butcher. Everybody ran for cover, but at least one camera man was struck in the back of the head while filming the spectacle. The ring was filled with chairs about three feet high as Homicide pulled Butcher out from underneath and power-bombed him on top of the mountain of steel! The crew pulled all the chairs out of the ring and Homicide finished off Butcher with a stiff Lariat and scored the 1-2-3. Welcome.... to the Ring of Homicide.... B*TCH! ( 9.5 / 10 )
Final Thoughts: I have said this before, but this might be the best ROH DVD I've ever seen, due mostly to the final segment which was totally off the charts. If you would like to purchase this or any other ROH DVD, please check out ROHwrestling.com ---- if you need some convincing, you can check out streaming video of various ROH matches for free at www.ROHVideos.com
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