Ring of Honor
Fifth Year Festival: New York City
February 16 2007
Hard to believe Ring of Honor has already been around
for five whole years! This event kicks off a five
event series to celebrate this accomplishment.
-The DVD kicks off with Rebecca Bayless hyping the
show in front of the Manhattan Center, with a crowd of
rowdy fans behind her. They really should reconsider
doing close ups of her face, she's attractive and all,
but it's a little too close for comfort.
-Next is a word with Jimmy Rave, who is challenging
Homicide for the ROH World title tonight. Rave has a
storied ROH career, and tonight he feels it will "end"
with him finally become the champion. Rave puts
himself over as a guy who's defeated all of the ROH
legends. Rave is "tired of being a failure."
Pelle Primeau vs. Takeshi Morishima
Poor Pelle issued an open challenge and it turned out
to be the ROH debut match of the monstrous Morishima.
They teased it being Samoa Joe, but of course that was
just a little joke by Morishima. Mori immediately
slams Primeau to the mat and pins him cleanly.
Winner: Takeshi Morishima
-Morishima takes a microphone and cuts an angry
Japanese promo. He's apparently calling out Joe, who
he is scheduled to face later in the show. Nigel
McGuinness comes out instead and tries to talk some
sense into Morishima. As they leave, Adam Pearce and
Shane Hagadorn come out to no music and beat on
Primeau, who still hasn't gotten up.
Adam Pearce (with Shane Hagadorn) vs. Delirious
Delirious charges in and attacks Pearce before the
bell can ring. He clubs Pearce to the mat and
celebrates. Pearce mounts some punch/kick offense.
Delirious hits a flying forearm and a drop kick to the
floor. Ringside chops by Delirious. Back in the ring,
Pearce takes control after an assist from Hagadorn.
Delirious gains some revenge on Hagadorn with a
baseball slide and throws Pearce over the ropes.
Delirious hits a senton off the top turnbuckle onto
the evil Pearce and Hagadorn. More chops by Delirious.
Back in the ring, Delirious goes for the cobra clutch,
but Pearce gets a blind low blow and plants him on the
canvas. Pearce keeps control with arrogant heel
offense, including choking Delirious with his own
tassels. Delirious goes for the sunset flip, but
Pearce keeps control. Slugfest by Pearce and a couple
of two counts. Reverse chinlock by Pearce. Delirious
gets to his feet, but gets taken down by a knee to the
gut. Pearce gets cocky and takes a break, but keeps
control with a powerslam and another close cover.
Hagadorn suggests throwing Delirious into the crowd,
which Pearce attempts, but Delirious fights back with
a drop toe hold and locks in the cobra clutch. Pearce
drives him into the turnbuckles to escape, but
Delirious comes back with a hurracanrana. Boot to the
face by Pearce, who then goes high risk. Delirious
knocks him off the turnbuckles. Panic attack by
Delirious, who then goes high risk. Shadows over Hell
by Delirious should have won the match, but Hagadorn
gets on the apron for the distraction. Pearce gets
brass knuckles from his tights and accidentally hits
Hagadorn. Delirious pulls out his own pair of knucks
and puts them in his mask. Delirious head butts Pearce
and gains the victory! Decent opener with a fun
After the match, Delirious celebrates at ringside,
while Pearce pushes Hagadorn down in anger over the
loss. Crowd chants "you both suck."
-We zoom over to Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal,
the reigning ROH Tag Team Champions. Daniels admits
that the ROH tag team division has been lacking
lately, and attributes it to himself and Sydal having
schedule conflicts. Sydal is amused that Aries and
Strong are the challengers now. Sydal claims he has
proven his ability to handle himself in Japan, and
feels confident about retaining the belts tonight.
Daizee Haze and Alexa Thatcher vs. Sara Del Ray and
This should be interesting, I haven't seen Thatcher
perform yet and the other three women are all very
good. Daizee kicks things off against Allison Danger.
They lock up and Haze hits an arm drag and hammerlocks
her way to a side headlock. Allison reverses and takes
Daizee to the floor. Daizee reverses into a leg
scissors, and they go through a series of pinning
combinations and chain wrestling. The match restarts
with a waistlock by Daizee. Sara tags herself in and
stalls with a power bomb attempt for too long and
Daizee takes her down with head scissors. Alexa is
tagged in and they hit simultaneous drop kicks to the
head of Sara Del Ray. Meanwhile, Lacey sneaks to
ringside and attacks Daizee. In the ring, Sara hits a
German suplex on Alexa. Royal butterfly by Sara into a
suplex. This is enough to pick up the victory. I
really wish this had gotten more time, as all four
women were impressing, *.
Winners: Sara Del Ray and Allison Danger
Four way fray:
SHINGO vs. Jimmy Jacobs (with Lacey) vs. Jack Evans
You might be wondering "Xavier is back?" He was the
replacement for an injured Davey Richards. I'm not
exactly sure why Xavier isn't around anymore, I'll
have to look into that some time. Jacobs isn't using
the Lacey ballad theme song anymore, which disappoints
me. However, it's been replaced with an over the top
emo song, which makes sense for his new character, so
it's all good. Evans takes the time to hug several
fans on his way to the ring, but only because he's a
nice guy. He doesn't answer my fan mail, but that's
okay. Xavier comes back to a very loud mixed reaction.
It's good to see him again, I really wish they'd book
him more. But once again, I have to remember that I
have no idea what the circumstances of his inactivity
are. For all know, he found something better to do
This is a four way fray, meaning that elimination
rules are in effect and there are no tags. This should
be fun to do play-by-play for. Match starts with
Xavier and Jacobs trying to double team Evans. Evans
fights back, but eats a strong clothesline from
Xavier. SHINGO attacks Xavier, but gets snapmared.
SHINGO shakes off the pain, but eats several hard
kicks from the former World champion. SHINGO catches
Xavier into a powerslam. Evans cartwheels over the
ropes but hits the floor when Xavier moved out of the
way. IN the ring, Jacobs aggressively beats on SHINGO.
Xavier returns and double teams SHINGO with Jacobs.
SHING fights both off and hits a double DDT. Chops on
SHINGO by Xavier, followed by knee strikes. Xavier
gets close cover on SHINGO, but walks into a spear
from Jacobs for a near fall. Jacobs hunts Xavier down
for a contra code. Xavier hits a powerbomb and a fap
jack, and then finally the piledriver. Xavier looks ON
tonight. Unfortunately, SHINGO and Evans slam Xavier
down with power moves before Evans pins Xavier with a
Match continues with SHINGO and Evans double teaming
Jacobs. SHINGO plants Jacobs on the mat and only gets
a two fall. SHINGO is furious that Jacobs won't stay
down. Jacobs fights back and goes for the contra code
again. SHINGO hits a rope assisted elbow thrust and a
lariat to eliminate Jacobs. Lacey is upset, for
obvious reasons. The match is down to Evans vs.
SHINGO. They shake hands and both go for mid kicks.
Slug fest follows, and SHINGO gets caught with a head
scissors to the floor. Evans cartwheels to the floor
again, this time hitting SHINGO (as well as the guard
rail). Evans directs SHINGO back to the ring but gets
caught by SHINGO and tossed onto the ropes. SHINGO
hits the lariat for an extremely close near fall.
Evans escapes a power move, goes for a flying knee,
but gets caught in a German suplex for another near
fall. Evans tries to fight back, hitting several stiff
kicks and a flying kick to the head. Flying knee by
Evans gets a near fall. Evans goes for a 630, but
SHINGO catches him for an attempted superplex. Evans
knocks him down and hits the 630! This is enough for
the victory for Jack Evans! This was a spirited
contest. I enjoyed the Evans vs. SHINGO portion, but
it was disappointing to see Xavier and Jacobs
eliminated so quickly, **3/4.
Winner: Jack Evans
-Samoa Joe makes his way to the ring for an interview.
"Please don't go chants" from the crowd, as Joe had
already announced that he was leaving ROH as a
full-time competitor to focus on his TNA career. Joe
welcomes everyone to the show and thanks the boys in
the back for giving him this opportunity to speak.
Tonight is the kick-off of the "Samoa Joe Farewell
Tour." "Fuck TNA" chants from the crowds, and Joe
tells them they can chant that when they're not
signing his paychecks, but right now he needs to pay
the rent. Joe looks back at how far ROH has come since
the early days. Joe wants to thank the fans for making
this the "best goddamn time he's ever had in a
motherfucking ring." Passionate and sincere speech by
Joe gets the sold out crowd on their feet and a loud
"ROH" chant breaks out. Joe then takes the opportunity
to call out Morishima. Instead, we get Nigel
McGuinness again. Nigel tells Joe to relax, and
reminds Joe that Morishima already called him out
earlier. Joe asks Nigel if he's forgotten who he works
for and if his Japanese sugar daddy is too busy, he'll
kick his ass now. Joe and Nigel brawl and are
separated, which hypes the match later tonight as well
as the Joe/Nigel collisions that would finish up Joe's
Tables are Legal:
Brent Albright vs. BJ Whitmer
Albright attacks Whitmer while he's still posing
during his entrance, knocking off the turnbuckle and
through a table to kick things off! Albright chokes
Whitmer with the plastic straps from the table and
pushes him into the barricade. Repeated shots into the
steel by Albright, who then grumpily fetches another
table. Whitmer gets some shots in of his own but gets
tossed back into the steel. Albright positions the
table in the corner of the ring and drags Whitmer in
by the hair. Whitmer fights back and tries to hit an
exploder suplex, but Albright reverses. Whitmer
reverses again and hits the exploder suplex on
Albright through the table! A "you fucked up" chant
breaks out by some fans who seem to think that the
spot was botched, but I would disagree. Whitmer sets
up another table and hits another exploder suplex on
Albright through the table. This earns a "one more
time" chant as Whitmer goes for the cover, which only
gets two. Albright shakes the pain off and beats
Whitmer into the corner. Albright sets a table up at
ringside and repeatedly drives Whitmer's head into the
apron. Albright returns to the ring for some beating
and sits Whitmer on the top turnbuckle. Albright back
suplexes Whitmer off the top, but Whitmer maneuvers so
that Albright gets the main brunt of the table
instead! That was really cool. Whitmer rolls Albright
to the ring for a cover, but it's only two. Series of
shots by Whitmer, but gets an eye rake from Albright.
Whitmer keeps control and hits a vertical suplex.
Cover attempt by Whitmer, but he pulls off. Whitmer
wants to punish Albright some more, and positions a
couple of tables as a stack at ringside. Loud "BJ"
chant from the crowd. Whitmer attempts to powerbomb
Albright through the tables, but Albright reverses
into a couple of suplexes. Whitmer shakes it off and
hits a desperate lariat. Albright grabs a piece of
broken table and beats BJ with it. Albright then lifts
up Whitmer and throws him over the ropes onto the
stack of tables! Holy shit! "This is awesome" chant
from the crowd, as Albright drags Whitmer into the
ring for a very close near fall. Albright is furious
and brings another table to the ring. Albright, get
this, sets the table up on the top turnbuckle!
Albright grabs another table, but has trouble with it
and angrily kicks it. Albright gets another table set
up in the middle of the ring . I'm very curious to see
what he's going for here. Albright gets a third table
into the ring, setting it besides the second table.
Albright positions Whitmer on the turnbuckle table and
climbs up from the outside himself. Albright is using
the turnbuckle table as a platform to launch Whitmer
off! Albright looks for an awesome bomb, but Whitmer
fires back and suplexes Albright off and they both hit
the tables! DAMN! Whitmer barely manages to drape an
arm over Albright to cover him for the victory! Hard
hitting match, with creative uses of the tables,
Winner: BJ Whitmer
ROH World Tag Team Championship:
Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal (c) vs. Austin
Aries and Roderick Strong
Daniels kicks things off against Strong and open with
some chain wrestling. Daniels favors the side
headlock. Strong slips into a wristlock. Daniels
reverses into a hammerlock. Daniels ducks a chop and
quickens the pace with a series of reversals until
Strong hits a leg lariat. Aries tags in and drives an
elbow off the top rope. Aries applies a wristlock and
drives his knees into Daniels' arm. Daniels reverses
and tags in Sydal. Wristlock by Sydal is reversed.
Sydal flips around to escape, but Aries hits a still
elbow shot to the ear. Rope assisted arm drag by Sydal
leads into a fast paced reversal sequence. Strong tags
in but Sydal double teams both men. Daniels enters and
hits a suicide dive through the ropes onto Strong.
Sydal attempts a flying move, but Aries trips him and
drops an arm for a cover. Surfboard stretch on Sydal
by Aries, which is modified into an interesting
looking leg scissors armlock. Aries drives Sydal into
the corner and tags in Strong, who fires away with
some nasty chops. Fallaway slam by Strong gets a near
fall. Aries tags in and Strong slingshots Sydal into
the elbow of Austin Aries. Aries slingshots into an
elbow drop and gets a near fall. Aries clubs away at
Sydal and tags Strong back in. Double atomic drop by
Aries and Strong gets another near fall. Strong
surfboard stretches Sydal into a chinlock, which
certainly looks painful. Release German suplex by
Strong gets another near fall. Aries tags in and hits
a drop kick to the face of Sydal for yet another near
fall. Note to Carlito in WWE: if you're going to make
a lot of pinfall attempts, at least make the moves
preceding them look painful.
Back to the match, Strong is the legal man again and
hits some evil chops on Sydal. Delayed vertical suplex
turns into a gutbuster by Strong. Daniels breaks up
the following pinfall. Strong wraps himself around
Sydal, but the hold is broken. Open hand chops by
Sydal and a spinning heel kick. Daniels is finally
tagged in. Daniels hits a flurry of offense on Strong,
and gets a cover attempt. Daniels targets the back of
Strong, with knee thrusts and authoritative Irish
whips to the turnbuckles. Backbreaker by Daniels
continues this psychological attack. Sydal tags in and
they double team Strong. Sydal is used as a weapon and
gets a near fall. Sydal corners Strong and drives his
feet into Strong's chest. Aries breaks up the cover
attempt. Chinlock by Sydal. Tag to Daniels, who double
teams Strong with Sydal. Daniels retains control of
Strong. Strong desperately goes for a backslide pin
and manages to hit some chops before Daniels takes him
down again. Aries makes the save, and Sydal tags in.
Sydal shows off with a lariat and big boot, before
tagging Daniels back in. Strong is the tweener in
peril, as he tries to fight back against Daniels.
Strong hits a springboard belly to back suplex and
crawls towards Aries. Sydal and Aries tag in
simultaneously. Aries dumps Sydal to the floor, hits a
clothesline on Daniels, and suicide dives onto Sydal!
Aries hits a corkscrew press on Daniels for a near
fall. Aries attempts a rope move, but botches it and
lands on his head. That may have been a planned botch,
playing off of Aries' apparent ankle injury. Sydal
returns and goes for a standing moonsault on Aries,
but lands on the knees. Sydal keeps control and drops
Aries on his neck. Strong hits a big boot to break up
the fall. Strong tags himself in and hits a rope
assisted suplex. Sydal reverses the Irish Whip, but
runs into Strong's boot. Strong and Sydal go high
risk, with Strong blocking the hurracanrana. Strong
leaps off into a knee strike and gets a close fall.
Strong sets Sydal up for the doomsday, but Daniels
cuts off Aries, so Strong hits a gutbuster instead for
yet another close fall. Daniels saves Sydal from
Strong and tags in. STO on Strong by Daniels, followed
by the Arabian press. Daniels hits the iconoclasm on
Strong for a close fall. Daniels holds Strong still
for a standing shooting star press by Sydal! Near fall
is broken up by Aries. Aries and Strong hit some
double team moves on Daniels, but Sydal breaks it up
only to suffer some double team offense himself. Aries
tags in and goes high risk. Daniels cuts off Aries for
the inverted driver. Sydal tags in and hits the
shooting star press on Strong. Daniels tags in, hits
the Best Moonsault ever, and pins Strong to retain the
titles! Very good match, with some strong storytelling
and dramatic high impact moments. A few sloppy moments
hurt it, but still a solid ***3/4 affair.
Winners and still ROH World Tag Team Champions:
Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal
After the match, Aries and Strong receive and ovation
from the crowd. Suddenly, Davey Richards appears,
seemingly for no reason. Aries is confused and
confronts Richards. Then STRONG HITS A BACKBREAKER ON
ARIES! Strong proceeds to turn heel by grabbing a
microphone and telling the crowd to shut up. Strong
feels that he has been in the background for far too
long. It is time for Strong to lead a faction.
Richards takes the microphone and introduces their new
faction as the No Remorse Corp.! Jack Evans runs in
for damage control and to check on Aries. Aries takes
the microphone and shames Strong for his cowardly
turn. Evans tells Aries that he doesn't want to have
beef with Strong, so he wants to be left out of this
conflict. Evans wants to get to the bottom of this
himself. Aries tells Evans to go his own way then, but
a war has been started, and Aries isn't backing down.
It's a shame that Aries was plucked out of ROH by TNA
before this angle could be resolved, but Strong's turn
was effective and he has become an effective heel
-It's intermission time with Rebecca Bayless! She's
standing by with ROH World Champion Homicide and
Julius Smokes. She asks him how it feels to have
performed on the first ROH show and to now be the
champion at the fifth year anniversary. Homicide is
looking for a party tonight. Rebecca talks about the
hot streak that Jimmy Rave has been on lately, putting
him over as a threat to the title. Homicide laughs off
Rave in a confident fashion.
Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. Colt Cabana and Nigel
The Briscoes have been tearing shit up everywhere they
go, so I have high hopes for this match. By this point
they were considered to be the uncrowned tag team
champions. The Briscoes dump Nigel through the ropes
in the very early going. Colt tangles up with Jay in
the ring while Mark chases after Nigel to ringside.
Chain wrestling by Colt and Jay, followed by hard
strikes by Colt. Jay takes down Colt with a head
scissors and Mark returns for a double flapjack. The
Briscoes hit running forearms and stereo running
boots. Double hard Irish whip by the Briscoes, but
Nigel stops Mark from a springboard move. Nigel and
Colt hit European uppercuts on Jay, as Colt takes his
place as the legal man. Nigel tags in trips Jay in an
a hammerlock position. Corner head butts by Nigel. Jay
reverses an Irish whip and hits a sloppy leg drop.
Mark tags in and stomps on Nigel. Forearms and chops
by Mark leads into a head scissors submission. Colt
enters, and distracts the referee while Mark grabs the
ropes for leverage. Jay tags in hits a leg drop on
Nigel. Mark tags back and head butts Nigel. Drop toe
hold into a side headlock by Mark. Nigel desperately
tries to fight back and tags in Cabana. Cabana dumps
Mark over the ropes onto Jay. Colt leaps over the
ropes onto both Briscoes, cleaning house. Colt directs
Mark back to the ring, but spends too much time
showing off. Mark almost got some offense in, but
Cabana fires away with strikes and pulls on Mark's
chest hairs. Mark gets a boot to the face and a flying
cross body. Jay tags in and hits some chops. Dropkick
to the back of the head by Jay. Mark holds Colt in
place for a running knee to the back of the head by
Jay. Shoulder thrusts byu Jay and a tag to Mark for a
spinning heel kick to Cabana's face.
Colt kicks out of a cover, and continues to be the
victim of the frequently tagging Briscoes. Cabana
blocks a charging Jay and hits a swinging suplex.
Nigel tags in and cleans house on the Briscoes,
including suplexing Mark onto Jay. Nigel destroys Jay
with uppercuts and strikes and a lariat. Jay gets a
foot on the ropes in a cover. Nigel hits another
lariat and it gets another close fall on Jay. Mark
fights back with a knee to the chin of Nigel and a big
springboard splash. Jay was the legal man and goes for
the cover. More frequent tagging by the Briscoes.
Cabana enters and cleans house on the Briscoes. Jay is
dumped to the floor after Colt hit a moonsault press.
Nigel and Colt double team Mark. Nigel and Colt go for
a double team Tower of London, but Jay makes the save.
The Briscoes hit a double neckbreaker on Nigel, and
almost win the match. Briscoes end up hitting stereo
fisherman busters and go thigh risk for stereo frog
splashes. Both Briscoes almost pinned their victims.
Cabana is sent packing, and Mark is left alone with
Nigel. Nigel almost wins after some stiff shots. Mark
is planted on the top and Cabana comes back for the
double team Tower of London, this time successful. Jay
breaks up the following cover attempt. Jay takes down
Nigel with a running boot and tags in. Nigel blocks
the J-Driller, but eats a Death Valley Driver.
Luckily, Colt breaks the pinfall and tries to hit the
Colt 45. Jay dumps Cabana to the floor and position
Nigel for the springboard doomsday. Nigel ducks and
Mark gets hit with a flying Cabana. Nigel hits the
rbound lariat on Jay and pins him for the victory!
Aside from a sloppy moment or two, this was a sharp
match, with innovative action, ***1/2. I will add that
the wrong team went over here.
Winners: Colt Cabana and Nigel McGuinness
After the match, Samoa Joe comes in to get some shots
in on Nigel McGuinness. This brings out Morishima and
their match is on!
Samoa Joe vs. Takeshi Morishima
Morishima doesn't waste a damn moment and nails Joe
with his forearm before the bell can even ring. They
brawl and Joe whips Morishima into the ropes, but is
taken down by a shoulder block. Joe retreats to
ringside and takes a flying shoulder block off the
apron from Morishima. Joe is directed back into the
ring and over powered by Morishima, who cartwheels
into a corner avalanche. Morishima is a beast and
stomps Joe to the mat. "Dueling chants" from the crowd
as Morishima chokes Joe on the ropes. Scoop slam and a
rope assisted stomp by Morishima. Joe hits a chop and
tries to regain his edge, but Morishima directs Joe
back to the second rope. Jabs by Joe, but Morishima
assaults with a hard shot. Sleeper by Morishima. Joe
escapes, but is splashed in the corner again.
Morishima goes for a cover, but Joe gets a foot on the
ropes. Rear chinlock by Morishima. Joe gets to the
ropes, but Morishima reapplies the hold. Joe pops out
and hits some chops. Joe bounces off the ropes and
runs right into Morishima's huge ass. Morishima goes
high risk and hits a missile drop-kick! Morishima is a
fucking beast! Morishima gains another close cover.
Joe counters an Irish whip but runs into Morishima's
boot. Joe counters an off the ropes club with his knee
and mounts enough offense to gain a close fall. Joe
his a back elbow and enziguri on a cornered Morishima.
Joe wipes his boot on Morishima's face and hits the
running boot. Joe hits a ruthless kick to the face,
all the while selling his back. Jabs and kicks by Joe.
Snapmare by Joe into a face rake. Joe drives his elbow
into Morishima's face, busting him open in the
process. Joe blocks a suplex and hits some more stiff
kicks, directed towards the face region. Morishima
retreats to ringside, but takes a suicide dive from
Joe! Joe made sure to connect his arm to Morishima's
face in the process, that was awesome! Joe positions
Morishima for the "ole, ole" kicks and connects in
brutal fashion! Joe repeats the spot and connects yet
Morishima is still bleeding from the nose, adding to
the drama. Joe directs Morishima into the ring for a
cover, but it only gets two. More jabs by Joe, but
Morishima dodges a lariat, Joe keeps trying to get the
lariat but runs into a side slam after a thrilling
exchange. More dueling chants from the crowd.
Morishima dives on a sitting Samoa Joe twice and gets
a near fall. Irish whip and a big boot by Morishima.
Joe dodges another boot and slams Morishima for
another near fall. Morishima blocks a suplex, but Joe
gets another enziguri and a Death Valley Driver! Joe
only gets a two out of the cover! Joe goes for the
power bomb, but Morishima blocks, so Joe hits some
stiff kicks. Morishima blocks the power bomb and flips
Joe over his back, and then drops his ass on Joe's
chest. Morishima goes high risk again, but Joe cuts
him off with kicks and shots. Joe climbs up goes for a
superplex. It is blocked, so Joe hits a kick to the
head and then the Muscle Buster! Somehow Morishima
kicked out of the following cover! WHAT! That was damn
convincing. More jabs by Joe, focusing on the nose,
and a big boot! Morishima shrugs it off and connects
with a lariat! They are both down for several seconds.
Lou Thesz press by Morishima almost wins the match.
Side suplex by Morishima! Morishima gets a second side
suplex and a near fall. Joe appears to be dead.
Morishima hits a lariat to the back of Joe's head, but
Joe ducks a second attempt and hits a half nelson
suplex! Joe goes for the headlock, blocks a
chinbreaker, and keeps the hold on. Morishima fights
out, but Joe goes back to the choke. Joe applies the
full blown Coquina Clutch! Morishima passes out and
Joe is the winner at 18:09! That finish was a little
anticlimactic, but it sets the table for future
rematches. The match went from "feeling out" to "going
home" really quickly, but provided tons of action,
psychology, and big bumps, ****1/4.
Winner: Samoa Joe
After the match, Joe celebrates with streamers and
shows his respect to the NYC fans. Morishima leaves to
a standing ovation and a loud "Morishima" chant.
-We are treated to a video package of some of the
biggest feuds of the last year in ROH. This includes
Danielson/Nigel, Jacobs/Cabana/ ROH/CZW,
ROH World Championship:
Homicide (c) (with Julius Smokes) vs. Jimmy Rave
If you blink, you'll miss Homicide's world title
reign. This was his second to last night as champion,
having just won the belt less than two months earlier
at this very building. The crowd is absolutely in love
with Homicide and hates Rave for daring to challenge
him. Rave jumps Homicide as streamers fly into the
ring and quickly hits a Northern Lights suplex for a
cover attempt. H9omicide sends Rave flying through the
ropes and shoots himself through the ropes himself.
Homicide whips Rave into the steel barricade and
crotches him on it. Julius Smokes gets a chop in
himself, which the referee doesn't seem to mind.
Homicide crotches Rave again and hits a series of
chops. Homicide directs Rave to the ring and sends him
into the ropes for an elbow shot. Rave reverses an
Irish whiop but Homicide hits a crossbody. Raven pulls
Homicide into the turnbuckles and onto the floor. Rave
goes high risk for a flying crossbody off the top to
Homicide on the floor! Rave slams Homicide itno the
steel and flashes a creepy smile to the cameraman.
Rave chokes with his boots and directs Homicide to the
ring. Shoulder thrusts by Rave and a high knee and
slam. Rave soon catches Homicide with a side Russian
legsweep and goes for the armlock. Rave goes for the
cover, but it's not even close. DDT by Rave gets
another cover attempt. Homicide fights back with a
boot to the face and hits a head scissors takedown.
Rave is planted in the corner and eats a running boot
to the face. Homicide scores a close fall. Tiger
driver by Homicide and a suplex cover attempt. STF by
Homicide. Rave makes it to the ropes after being
trapped in the hold for a while. Homicide goes for a
swnging DDT off the turnbuckles, but Rave blocks it
and hits a drop kick to the knee. Rave applies a leg
grapevine, presumably weakening Homicide's leg for the
heel hook. Homicide attacks the back of Rave's head,
but Rave simply won't let go of the hold. Homicide
finally makes it to the ropes. Rave breaks and drives
his weight into the injured knee of Homicide. Rave
reapplies the leg grapevine. Homicide frees himself
with clubs, but Rave drives the knee to the mat again.
Rave now has Homicide's fork, but the referee stops
him from using it. Meanwhile, Julius hands Homicide a
fork, who carves Rave with it while the referee was
distracted. Rave is busted open. Homicide focuses on
the open wound with his bare hands, which just isn't
sanitary. Homicide takes the fork again and uses it in
a clever way that the ref cannot see it. Power slam
gets a near fall for Homicide. Rave fights back with a
knee shot and drops Homicide on the apron. Homicide
tries to suplex Rave over the ropes, but Rave hangs on
for dear life. Rave lands on the apron and hits the
STO on Homicide! WHOO! Rave chokes Homicide and slams
him into the barricade again with a reversed Irish
whip. Rave sends Homicide to the ring for a cover
attempt, but it's only two... again! Homicide fights
back and goes for the Cop Killer, but Rave blocks it
and hits a running knee. Rave slams and hits a spear
and gets a DAMN close near fall! Homicide hits a
spinebuster and gets a near fall himself. Homicide
goes high risk, but Rave joins him. Rave hits a
superplex and gets another two count fall. Rave goes
for the pedigree, but Homicide blocks and hits a
series of snap suplexes. Homicide pays tribute to
Eddie Guerrero randomly and goes high risk again. Rave
is back and crotches Homicide on the top and goes for
another superplex. Homicide blocks and hits a big DDT!
Homicide goes high risk and hits a senton, for a two
count. Homicide plants Rave on the top rope, and Rave
blocks the hurracanrana and hits the Rave Clash off
the top! DAMN! Homicide somehow kicks out of the
following cover! Rave goes for the heel hook on the
injured knee! The crowd detects that Homicide's title
is in danger and wakes up. Rave pulls Homicide to the
center of the ring and applies the hook. Rave releases
to swing at Julius, who was on the apron, and Homicide
rebounds with a clothesline. Homicide hits an ace
crusher off the top rope and hits the lariat for a
very close fall! Homicide goes for the cop killer, but
Rave blocks it for the heel hook! Homicide could be
screwed, and the crowd knows it! Homicide makes it to
the ropes, and hits the cop killer to retain the
title! This was a clash of personalities, and the
setting really helped this one. This was a
surprisingly basic, but sharp match, ***1/2.
Winner and still ROH World Champion: Homicide
Homicide celebrates in the ring, while selling the
-Backstage, Rebecca Bayless is looking for feedback
from the NYC fans. "Holy shit" seems to be her new
catchphrase, as she finds Jack Evans beaten and
unconscious. She drops the camera and asks someone
"Did you do this? Are you responsible for this?" The
show ends in a rather Blair Witch-ish fashion.
Final Thoughts: ROH tends to step up their game when
they are performing in the Manhattan Center, and this
show was no exception. This was a solid card from top
to bottom, with only the women's match being a
disappointment, but that was due to it being short.
Morishima/Joe didn't quite live up to the five star
expectations that everyone set up for them, but was
still a solid MOTYC. Finally, the main event was
pretty much what I hoped it would be, though I would
have liked to see Rave control a bit more of it.
High recommendation for ROH Fifth Year Festival: NYC.
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