Well, I find myself in a rare state. Hanging out at home on a Saturday night, just me and THE DUDE~! This isn’t a rare occurrence during the daytime on weekdays, but not so common on the weekends. He’s too cool to actually hang out with me, however, he’s in the next room watching his favourite channel, Teletoon Retro. He’s become a big fan of Spiderman and the Super Friends.
So, like I promised, I watched the ROH DVD “Best in the World” the other day. It was a good thing, too. The weather here got downright miserable for a couple days (although it’s back to being sunny and fantastic today). The switch in weather and staying up too late gave me a cold, which, with the exception of a little fatigue, I’ve handilly beaten already.
So the DVD gave me something to pass the time. I had editing work to do, but in my weakened state, I couldn’t concentrate for long periods, and I was into a very detail-oriented, meticulous portion of my project. I know many in recent years (more specifically the last two) consider ROH’s quality to have taken a bit of a slide, but that’s what makes these compilation DVDs so fun.
Here’s a list of the matches on the DVD, and a few thoughts on each. Generally, I liked “Blood Stained Honor” better, but that might just be because I was on a rougher, more violent match kick that day.
Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi- New York, NY 10/01/05
Wow, this match was something else, and I can see why at the time people were really raving about it. The live crowd also helped make it easy to get into the match, which may not be to the fancy of more “mainstream” wrestling fans. Really fun, rough match, even if it was not quite my style. Can’t debate these two put on a heck of a match.
AJ Styles & Matt Sydal vs. Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi- Detroit, MI, 3/30/06
Super fun match. Matt Sydal, for the uneducated, is the current Evan Borne, which should tell you plenty about what this match is like. Dragon Kid is always fun, even if I haven’t seen a Dragon Kid match for years. Some ROH matches seem to go on five or six minutes too long. This one was just right.
KENTA vs. Austin Aries Chicago Ridge, IL, 6/24/06
Couldn’t quite get into this one. Austin Aries was somewhat of an internet darling a few years ago, and was even the ROH champion. I thought he was a little disappointing in this match, but that’s just my opinion.
Samoa Joe vs. Kikutaro with Mick Foley Elizabeth, NJ, 2/19/05
Fun little comedy match, which you normally would associate Samoa Joe with. Joe put up with it for a while, then killed him dead. Foley provides a few fun moments as he gets involved. Some of Kikutaro’s (Asbestos Jack? Ebessan Jack?) offense was downright awful. Sorry.
Bryan Danielson vs. Lance Storm (ROH World Title Match Chicago Ridge, IL, 4/01/06)
One of the main reasons i picked this DVD over “Greatest Rivalries.” Certainly didn’t disappoint. Another match which I thought went the perfect length. This is the style of match Lance really suits, and makes you miss his Japan/ECW days.
CM Punk vs. Terry Funk- Philadelphia, PA, 9/20/03
Kind of an ending out of nowhere, I thought. But Funk did a ton more than I was expecting him to do. Kind of a weird mesh of styles, but certainly held my attention.
Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Naruki Doi & Shingo (ROH World Tag Team Title Match- Liverpool, UK, 3/03/07)
Remember what I said about some ROH matches going too long? Here’s a perfect example. A really exciting match full of a million crazy moves. All four guys should be dead right now. Seriously. This match could have ended 147.5 times given all the crazy finishing moves used. Quite the spectacular spectacle. Definately worth seeing, but I got the feeling that they could have blown up the ring with dynamite and the match still would have continued.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. El Generico (Race to the Top Tournament Finals Edison, NJ, 7/28/07)
Haven’t seen a ton of Claudio matches, but I’ve seen enough to know what he’s all about. El Generico is always fun. Another match where maybe both guys should be dead, but it made more sense than the Briscoes match.
Takeshi Morishima vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH World Title Match- Edison, NJ, 4/14/07)
If it’s crazy, stiff matches with a bit of everything that you like…this match is for you.
This DVD definately gets a thumbs up for me, just on the amount of action alone, even if I had a few issues with the seeming invincibility of some of the wrestlers. But that’s what ROH fans seem to go for, and what they’ve come to expect, so it’s really just a case of ROH and their crew giving the fans what they want. In the ROH environment it seems to be the way to go.
Like I said, I enjoyed “Blood Stained Honor” more, but perhaps that’s because the nature of the matches made the lengths the wrestlers were going to to kill eachother make more sense? Or maybe it just caught me on a good day?