ROH: Midnight Express Reunion

 

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ROH: Midnight Express Reunion

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Havana Pitbulls (c) vs. Izzy & Angeldust (RoH Tag Team Championship) (11:15) Angeldust and Reyes start off with a knucklelock and Angeldust trips Reyes and grabs a side headlock. Reyes spins out into an arm wringer. Angledust drops down and goes through the legs of Reyes tripping him down and grabbing a side headlock. Reyes tries to shoot him off the ropes but Angeldust holds on and takes him down to the mat. Reyes breaks the hold with some forearms and shoots Angeldust into the ropes then drops down. Angeldust drops down on him and grabs a front facelock. Reyes spins out and grabs a hammerlock but Izzy tags in and gets a headlock takedown on Reyes. Reyes fights up to his feet and breaks the hold with a drop toehold then grabs a front facelcok and goes to his corner and tags in Romero who takes a side headlock on Izzy and flips him over. Izzy gets up to his feet and Izzy spins out into an arm wringer. Romero goes down to a knee and rolls forward but Izzy forces him down with a keylock. Romero gets up though and kicks Izzy then takes him down and hits Angeldust with a slap as well. Izzy gets whipped into the ropes and blocks a hiptoss and Romero flips him over backwards. Romero grabs him and goes for a German suplex but Izzy flips over then hits Romero with a moonsault kick and Romero tags Reyes. Reyes comes in and Izzy hits him with a leg lariat then Angeldust comes in and sends Reyes to the outside as well with a kick. Romero and Angeldust face off now and both swing some kicks that miss. Angeldust gives romero a slap to the face and Romero backs him into the corner and gives him a slap in return. Romero whips Angeldust into the corner and charges into a back elbow. Angeldust charges and grabs an arm wringer then grabs a cobra clutch and picks Romero up and drops him down with a backbreaker. Both men tag out and Izzy hits Reyes with a kick then plants him with a belly to back suplex and covers for two. Izzy pulls Reyes up and tags in Angeldust. Dust hits a couple of forearms to Reyes then goes for an Irish whip but Reyes blocks it then kills Dust with a backdrop driver and tags in Romero. They whip Angeldust into the corner then Romero trips Dust in the corner and Reyes charges with a dropkick to the face. Reyes pulls Angeldust up and snapmares him over then hits a big kick to the back and covers for two. Reyes whips Dust into the corner and tags Romero in while he chokes Dust. Romero chokes Dust down and Reyes starts choking him from the apron with his boot. Romero pulls Dust up and throws him to the outside then taunts Izzy. Reyes and Smokes work Dust over on the outside then throw him back in. Romero pulls Dust up to his feet and powerslams him down then tags in Reyes who slingshots in with a somersault senton and covers for two. Reyes pounds Dust down then whips him into the corner and charges into a big boot. Dust jumps up to the top rope then jumps off with double boot stomps to the back of Reyesí head. Both men make tags and Izzy comes in on fire. He hits Romero with a big kick to the face and covers for two. Izzy pulls Romero up then hits an asai DDT and covers for two before Reyes breaks it up. Romero ducks a punch from Izzy then hits soem slaps and kicks him in the side of the head. Romero trips Izzy down and grabs a Rings of Saturn but Dust quickly comes in and breaks it up. Izzy tags in Dust and they whip Angeldust into the ring and pick him up for a hiptoss then slam him down to the mat face first and both men grab a single leg crab. Reyes comes in and breaks up the hold and lays both men out. Reyes pulls Dust up and Dust picks him up and plants him with a sit out DVD for a two count before Romero breaks it up. Dust pulls Reyes up but Reyes hits him with two brutal German suplexes in a row. Dust blocks the third one but not for long as Reyes eventually hits the third and bridges it but Izzy hits a lionsault to break up the cover. Smokes trips Izzy as he bounces off the ropes and pulls him to the outside. Reyes picks Angeldust up and hits a backbreaker then Romero comes off the top rope with a knee to Dust and Reyes makes the cover for three.

Analysis: ***Ĺ A really exciting tag team match between these two teams. Izzy and Angeldust really look good as a team here and they both show off what they can do. Angeldust does a good job of playing the face in peril here and Izzy does a good job of doing the hot tag. Reyes and Romero employ some nice dirty tactics and Smokes interferes but not too much to be an annoyance. This is a standard face/heel tag match and all four men bring quality wrestling and Angeldust really stands out in this match.

Jimmy Rave vs. Josh Daniels vs. Trent Acid vs. BJ Whitmer (9:36) Daniels and Rave lockup and Daniels grabs an arm wringer but Rave rolls forward with a cover for two and Daniels reverses it into a cover of his own also for two. Rave goes for the big knee but Daniels moves out of the way. Daniels offers a handshake and Rave slaps him in the face. The two men lockup and Daniels backs Rave into the corner but Rave spins it around. They lockup again and Daniels backs Rave into the corner and whips him over still in the hold. Rave gets up to his feet still in the hold and Daniels backs him into the ropes and whips him over again but Rave gets his feet in the ropes to break it up. Rave offers a handshake now and Daniels gives him a slap. Rave backs Daniels into the corner and gives him some forearm rubs but Daniels spins out and shows Rave what knife edge chops are all about. Daniels whips Rave into the ropes and goes for a dropkick but Rave grabs the ropes to stop his momentum. Rave gets up and bounces off the ropes and Rave drops him with a shoulder tackle and both men tag out. Acid goes for a springboard moonsault but Rave jumps up and brings him throat first down on the top rope. Whitmer hits Acid with a belly to back suplex and covers him for two. Whitmer hits a snap suplex then rolls over into a northern lights suplex and bridges for two. Whitmer pulls Acid up and tags in Rave. Rave pulls Acid up and gives him a knife edge chop and whips him into the ropes. Rave ducks down and Acid kicks him in the chest then ducks behind him and hits a blue thunder driver for a two count and Acid tags in Daniels. Daniels drops Rave with a knife edge chop then pulls him up and Rave starts taking the advantage with forearms. Daniels gets whipped into the ropes and hits Rave with a forearm then bounces off the ropes again and folds Rave up with a brutal lariat. Daniels whips Rave into the corner then charges with a big forearm. Daniels takes Rave over with a northern lights suplex and bridges it for a two count. Rave blocks a suplex from Daniels then whips him around with a swinging neckbreaker and both men tag out. Acid hits Daniels with a super kick after taking the tag then whips Whitmer into the corner. Acid charges with a knee then stops Rave from coming in with some kicks. Acid springboards off the middle rope and spins around and spikes Whitmer with a tornado DDT. Acid whips Daniels into the ropes and Daniels dives through to hit Whitmer. Acid goes to the apron then hits an asai moonsault onto Whitmer. Rave bounces off the ropes for a dive but Daniels charges in and hits a double forearm shot. Daniels sets Rave up on the top rope then climbs up and goes for a vertical suplex but Rave blocks it then throws him down to the mat. Whitmer comes in and Rave jumps onto him with a hurrincanranna and follows up with a big knee. Acid comes in and drops Rave with a yakuza kick then Daniels clotheslines him in the back of the head sending him down. Whitmer and Daniles get up and they start trading knife edge chops. Rave gets up and both men chop him. Whitmer goes for an exploder on Daniels but he blocks it and hits a German suplex and bridges for two before Acid breaks it up. Rave reverses a clothesline from Acid and hits a reverse DDT for two before Whitmer breaks it up. Whitmer powerbombs Rave for two before Daniels breaks it up. Daniels goes for a German suplex but Whitmer blocks it then hits a golden gate swing into a wrist clutch exploder. Acid comes in and hits a yakuza kick on Whitmer. Acid goes for a sunset flip on Rave but he rolls through hits a big knee. Rave pulls Acid up and hits him with the Rave clash for the three count.

Analysis: **Ĺ A decent match right here but nothing really special. The action a the end is just insane and everybody hits some big moves. Whitmer looks really good in this match as he hits some big moves and looks really fluid. This is just 9 minutes of straight out hard hitting wrestling.

Low Ki vs. Jay Lethal (14:12) The two men lockup and Ki backs Lethal into the corner and gives Lethal a clean break. Lethal goes for a lockup but Ki ducks behind and takes him down to the mat then slaps him across the back of the head. Lethal gets up to his feet and Ki grabs him with an arm wringer. Lethal rolls forward then handstands up and turns it into an arm wringer of his own. Ki kicks at the leg of Lethal then headstands and kicks Lethal in the face to break the hold. Ki rocks Lethal with a big slap. Lethal gets up and fires off a series of chops and punches then whips Ki into the ropes and drops him with a back elbow. Lethal drops Ki with a lariat then whips him into the corner. Ki bounces out and Lethal hits him with a leg lariat and Ki bails to the outside. Lethal hits a suicide dive on Ki then plays to the crowd. Lethal throws Ki into the ring then goes for the whip into the corner but Ki reverses it. Lethal jumps over Ki and backflips over then plants Ki with a belly to back suplex when he ducks a clothesline. Lethal starts arguing with Smokes and Ki hits Lethal with a dropkick to the face. Ki snapmares Lethal over and delivers a big kick to the back. Ki drops Lethal with a wicked knife edge chop. Ki puts Lethal in the ropes and hits him with a knife edge chop that sits him down then just kicks him in the face and sends him tumbling to the outside. Ki reaches through the ropes and pulls Lethal into the ring and covers him for a two count. Ki nails Lethal with another big knife edge chop that sends Lethal down to the mat. Ki stomps away at Lethal in the ring then pulls him up but Lethal fights back with a series of punches. Ki charges and Lethal sends him over with a backbody drop but Ki lands on the apron. Ki grabs Lethalís head and jumps off snapping the back of Lethalís head off the ropes. Ki gets back in the ring and grabs Lethal with a figure four chokehold then turns him around so he can yell at Lethalís momma. Ki rolls Lethal over for a two count after he gets th ropes for a break. Lethal his Ki with some punches then bounces off the ropes and gets a sunset flip for two. Ki ducks a punch but Lethal just rolls him up. Lethal ducks a kick and goes for a sunset flip but Ki blocks it then puts his feet on the side of Lethalís head and twists as he falls to the mat. Ki makes a cover and gets a two count then sits Lethal up and grabs a rear chinlock. Lethal fights up to his feet and Ki throws Lethal into the corner and hits him with a couple of knife edge chops. Ki whips Lethal into the corner and charges with a forearm then throws Lethal down to the mat. Ki climbs up to the top rope and comes off with a double stomp then starts mocking Lethalís pain. Ki covers and gets a two count before Lethal kicks out. Ki pulls Lethal up and throws him to the outside then follows him out. Ki pulls Lethal up on the outside and Smokes rakes his back then holds Lethal up and Ki rocks him with a knife edge chop then gets in his mommaís face. Ki hits another knife edge chop then starts arguing with Lethalís momma and Ki avoids a slap. Lethal escapes Smokes and hits Ki with some punches and Lethalís momma slaps him. Lethal sends Ki into the ring and goes for an Irish whip but Low Ki blocks it and hits a forearm. Ki escapes a dragon suplex and springboards off the rropes with a kick but Lethal ducks that. Lethal hits Ki with some kicks then takes him over with a gut wrench suplex for a two count. Ki rakes the eyes of Lethal then bounces off the ropes and gets hit by a backbody drop. Lethal picks Ki up with a suplex and drops him across his knee then follows up with a neckbreaker for a two count. Lethal goes for the dragon suplex again but Ki blocks it by grabbing the ref and then Smokes holds Kiís feet to stop the move. Ki charges but stops before he hits Smokes. Lethal charges and Ki moves but Lethal sends Smokes to the outside. Lethal turns around and Ki hits him with a kopou kick. Ki puts Lethal on the bottom rope then plants his foot on the back of Lethalís head choking him and then follows up with a big stomp and Lethal rolls around in the ring. Ki grabs the dragon clutch and Lethal taps out.

Analysis:***1/4 A good match between these two men. The whole thing with Lethalís family was kind of lame and his mom is annoyingly loud. Still these guys did some good work in the ring together. Ki had some nice moves in keeping Lethal on the defensive and he brought some wicked chops in this match even more so than normal. He did the job of playing over confident heel very well and kept Lethal down. Lethal had some nice comeback spots and hit some nice moves but never really got a whole lot of big moves in to really make it look like he had a chance which is the big failing here. Lethal really needed some really high impact move or a good series of moves to make it look good. Still great wrestling and a good match.

Homicide vs. Nigel McGuinness (19:51) Nigel shoots in and grabs a rear waistlock then goes to a hammerlock. Homicide slips out into his own hammerlock but Nigel takes him down and grabs a side headlock. Homicide breaks up the hold with a headscissors then Nigel frees himself and jumps forward grabbing the side headlock. Homicide fights up to his feet and Nigel grabs the cravat. Homicide backs Nigel into the ropes and gets the break. They go into a knuckle lock and Nigel rolls and grabs an overhand wristlock. Nigel drops down on the arm with his legs then holds the arms with his legs. Homicide rolls around and gets on top to break free then grabs a modified STF. Homicide grabs an arm of Nigel and drops a knee then grabs a rings of Saturn but Nigel grabs the ropes for a break. Nigel gets up with Homicide holding a hammerlock but Nigel spins out into an arm wringer then flips Homicide over and traps him with a keylock then stands up and drops an elbow to the arm. Nigel pulls Homicide up with a cobra clutch then pulls him into a short arm clothesline. Nigel grabs a hammerlock and Homicide backs him into the corner and gives a fairly clean break with just a shove. Nigel comes out of the corner and shoves Homicide and Homicide gives one back. Nigel shoots in and picks a leg and holds onto it. Homicide slaps Nigel in the back then grabs a chinlock but Nigel cranks on the leg breaking Homicideís hold. Nigel flips Homicide over and grabs an STF but Homicide crawls to the ropes and gets a break. Nigel pulls Homicide out of the ropes by the leg and grabs a figure four and Homicide chops Nigel and Nigel returns the favor and they do that one more time. Homicide backs Nigel down with a chop and Nigel keeps one leg in that hold then puts his other leg over the back of Homicideís head. Nigel relinquishes that hold and grabs a hammerlock and Homicide counters it into the hold Nigel just had and holds him down for a two count but Nigel manages to flip out and grab a hammerlock but Homicide rolls through it and grabs a front facelock and plants Nigel with a DDT and holds onto the facelock. Nigel spins out and grabs a hammerlock and pulls Homicide up to his feet in it then whips him into the ropes but Homicide holds the ropes. Nigel charges and Homicide sends him to the apron. Nigel holds onto the top rope and lands on the apron but Homicide charges and htis a dropkick that sends Nigel to the outside. Homicide fakes the tope con hile and comes through the ropes and jumps down with a double axe handle. Homicide goes for a chop on Nigel but Nigel moves and Homicide chops the ring post. Nigel then uses the guardrails to destroy the arm of Homicide. Nigel grabs an arm wringer and drives some forearms into the arm. Nigel puts Homicideís arm over the top rope then kicks his legs out from underneath him leaving him hanging. Homicide goes for a chop but he hurts his arm. Homicide gets backed into the corner then rakes Nigelís eyes then jumps up and goes for a tornado DDT but Nigel blocks it then just tosses Homicide out of the corner and covers him for two two counts. Nigel sits Homicide up with a keylock. Homicide gets to his feet but Nigel pulls him down with hold into a backbreaker and Nigel keeps the keylock in on Homicide. Nigel takes Homicide over with an awesome German suplex and bridges for two. Homicide goes for another one but Homicide blocks it then pulls the ref and hits Nigel with a kick to the junk for the break. The ref yells at Homicide and Smokes chokes Nigel. Homicide pulls Nigel up and hits a forearm but hurts his arm. Nigel fires back a forearm of his own but Homicide responds in kind sending Nigel down. Homicide backs Nigel into the corner and hits a chop that sends him down then charges with a face wash. Nigel gets up and hits a knife edge chop and a European uppercut then Homicide fires off some left-handed strikes then chokes Nigel over the middle rope. Homicide pulls Nigel up and whips him into the ropes and takes him down with an overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Homicide goes to the legs of Nigel then stomps him to the ground and grabs an STF. Nigel manages to turn and grabs the ropes for the break. Homicide pulls Nigel up to his feet and snapmares him over and drops a knee to the face. Homicide climbs up to the top rope and hits a diving headbutt and covers for two. Homicide climbs up again but Nigel cuts him off with some forearms then climbs up the ropes and takes him off with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Both men get up to their feet at the refís six count. Nigel blocks a punch from Homicide and grabs a hammerlock then hits a belly to back suplex that drops him on his arm and covers for a two count before Homicide gets a foot on the rope then holds both legs and gets a two count. Nigel whips Homicide into the corner and Nigel charges but Homicide blocks it then hits a flatliner into the corner. Homicide grabs Nigel and spikes him with a piledriver for a two count. Homicide goes for a suplex but Nigel blocks then trips Homicide down as he holds the overhand wristlock and covers for a two count. Nigel pulls Homicide up but Homicide hits a knee to the midsection then takes him over with a hard T-bone suplex and bridges it for a two count. Nigel gets to his feet and Homicide backs him into the corner and grinds his forearm into the face and chokes him then whips him into the opposite corner and charges into a big boot. Nigel jumps over Homicide then goes to the other corner and does the headstand and Homicide charges. Nigel drops down behind Homicide and drapes him over the ropes with an inverted suplex then drops him down into an ace crusher and got a two count before Homicide gets a foot on the ropes. Nigel climbs up to the top rope but the ref is distracted and Smokes holds Nigel down. Homicide runs up the ropes and hits an ace crusher off the top rope. Homicide goes for the lariat and folds Nigel up. Homicide makes the cover and only gets a two count. Homicide pulls his elbow pad off then bounces off the ropes for another lariat but Nigel kicks the arm then grabs an overhand wristlock. Homicide kicks him in the midsection and goes for the cop killa but Nigel flips over to his feet. Nigel grabs a hammerlock and trips Homicide down to the mat. Nigel grabs the wristlock on Homicide and grabs his arm submission which Iím now calling the Nigel special. Homicide starts to fight free so Nigel rolls him over into a cover and gets the three count.

Analysis: ****1/4 A brilliantly wrestled match between these two men. Nigel does a great job of working on the arm of Homicide and Homicide does a good job of selling it of course. This has the same basic story as Homicide/Dragon and it is almost as good. This is just brilliant wrestling and there isnít much else to say. Nigel getting the win was surprising and the first time I watched the match I couldnít believe what I was seeing. Just great wrestling by both men.

Generation Next vs. CM Punk, John Walters, Ace Steel & Jimmy Jacobs (34:16) Walters and Strong start the match and Walters drop toeholds Strong down to the mat. Walters backs Strong into the corner and hits a knife edge chop then goes for a whip but Strong reverses it sending Walters into the corner. Strong charges and goes for a monkey flip but Walters flips over and lands on his feet. Strong charges and Walters takes him over with an armdrag and holds on with an armbar. Strong gets up to his feet then breaks the hold and tags in Evans. Evans comes in and Walters kicks him in the midsection then hits a delayed vertical suplex. Walters covers and gets a one count. Walters pulls Evans to his feet and whips him across the ring. Evans goes for a body scissors but Walters catches him then pulls him up and grabs a full nelson then backs into the corner and Jacobs tags in. Jacobs charges and hits Evan with the karate chop and covers for a two count. Evans hits Jacobs with a knee to the midsection then Evans goes for an Irish whip but Evans counters it into a short arm back elbow. Jacobs takes Evans towards the ropes then jumps up and down on his chest. Jacobs pulls Evans up to his feet then whips him into the ropes. Strong makes a blind tag and Jacobs hits him with a flying forearm. Strong hits Jacobs from behind with a clothesline then just pounds away on Jacobs. Strong sends Jacobs into the ropes and Jacobs ducks several clotheslines. Strong throws Jacobs up but Jacobs comes down and grabs Strong with a side headlock and takes him over. Strong gets up to his feet and Jacobs goes to his corner and tags in Punk. Punk and Strong trade chops back and forth until Punk gains the advantage with a forearm then hits a slingshot suplex for a two count. Walters tags in and Punk hits a backbreaker and Walters hits a dropkick to the side of Strongís head. Walters whips Strong into the ropes and Strong ducks a clothesline then takes a dropkick. Steel grabs the legs of Strong then drops a knee to the midsection. Steel hits a falcon arrow and Walters tags in and covers for two before Aries breaks it up. Walters tags in Punk and both men grab arm wringers then Jacobs comes in and climbs onto the back of Strong stealing Gen Nextís move then Jacobs jumps down with a karate chop on Shelley. Everybody but Jacobs gets a member of Gen Next in the corner and gives them ten punches then they all go into a six man rowboat. Strong comes over to break it up but Jacobs goes over and takes him over with a hurrincanranna for a two count. Jacobs and Aries are in the ring and Jacobs goes for a hurrincanranna but Aries catches him and pulls him up. Strong and Shelley come in and they grab Jacobs then Evans jumps off the top rope stomping Jacobs and everybody drops down with Jacobs. Shelley is the legal man and he snapmares Jacobs over then grabs a rear chinlock. Shelley whips Jacobs into the ropes and goes for a backbody but Jacobs sees it and kicks him in the chest. Shelley charges though and drops Jacobs on the back of his head with a lariat then tags in Strong. Shelley whips Jacobs into the ropes and all of Gen Next charge and hit Jacobs with moves. Strong snapmares Jacobs out of the corner and hooks a leg for two. Jacobs fights back but Strong keeps pounding on him then stops him from crawling between his legs and plants him with a big powerbomb. Strong tags in Aries and all of Gen Next come in. Everybody grabs a limb and throws Jacobs up and let him slam down to the mat and he gets a lot of air. Aries pulls Jacobs up to his feet and Jacobs fights back with some strikes but Aries says no then hits a Manhattan drop and goes for another one but Jacobs hits some punches and makes the tag but the ref didnít see it. Strong hits an atomic drop on Jacobs then picks him up and plants him with a spinebuster and grabs a liontamer. Strong pulls Jacobs up to his feet and goes for a delayed vertical suplex. Jacobs fights out of it with punches twice but Strong takes him back up and plants him with a brainbuster then tags in Shelley. Shelley slingshots Jacobs up into a big boot from Strong back down on Shelleyís knees. Aries slingshots in with a senton then Shelley puts Jacobs into a boston crab and Evans hits a standing shooting star press onto the back of Jacobs. Aries tags in and picks Jacobs up for a doomsday device but Jacobs counters and Shelley misses his crossbody and slams to the mat Jacobs grabs Aries for the reverse pedigree. Evans comes in and gets kicked in the midsection and Jacobs hits him with a normal pedigree as he hits Aries with the reverse pedigree. Jacobs goes to make the tag but Aries makes the block and hits a big double underhook suplex then covers for a two count before Steel breaks it up. Strong comes into the ring and hits Jacobs with some forearms then whips him into the corner. Jacobs staggers backwards and Strong charges with a big boot to the back sending him face first into the corner. Strong tags Shelley in and Shelley spits on the face of Jacobs. Jacobs hits some headbutts to the midsection of Shelley but Shelley cuts him off with a knee to the midsection and Shelley pisses off the good guy corner. Aries comes in and hits Jacobs with a chairshot to the back then Shelley plants him with the shellshock for a three count. (13:54)

We have a wild brawl after the elimination of Jacobs and Gen Next takes the advantage and the legal men are apparently Strong and Punk. Steel sends Aries or Shelley into the guardrail hard on the outside. Strong holds a double underhook on Punk but Punk spins out then takes Strong over with a backslide for two. Both men get up to their feet and Strong drops him with a clothesline and tags in Evans. Evans whips Punk into the ropes and hits a spinning heel kick for a two count. Evans takes Punk over with a fisherman suplex and covers for two before Steel breaks it up and Evans tags in Aries. Punk starts to fight back but Aries plants him with a belly to back suplex. Punk gets up to his feet and Aries whips him into the ropes and scores with a back elbow then bounces off the ropes and hits a knee to the back of Punkís head. Aries talks trash and Punk starts fighting back and Gen Next come in to distract the ref from the tag. Strong comes in and pulls Punk to his feet and powerslams him then tags in Evans. Strong grabs the legs of Evans and flips him over with a 450 then Strong covers for two. Strong takes Punk over with a double underhook suplex then comes off the top rope with an elbowdrop for a two count. Strong tags in Shelley who pulls Punk up and Punk fights back and goes for an Irish whip but Shelley reverses it into a forearm. Shelley goes for a suplex but Punk counters it into a small package for two. Shelley drops down on Punk and chokes him then tags Strong back in. Shelley slingshots Punk up and Strong goes for the big boot but Punk catches it then hits a belly to back suplex on Strong dropping him on Shelley. Walters gets the hot tag and he just cleans house. He grabs Evans with a reverse Indian deathlock then spikes Aries with a DDT. Shelley breaks up the hold then holds Walters as Strong charges with a lariat and hits Shelley. Walters grabs Strong and hits a backpack stunner. Walters tags Steel in and whips Evans into the ropes. Steel throws Evans up and Walters catches him and plants him with a big powerbomb. Walters flips Evans over into a liontamer and Steel charges with a dropkick to the face of Evans. Steel whips Evans into the ropes and goes for a hiptoss but Evans flips over to his feet. Evans goes for a backslide but Steel rolls through then hits Evans with the spinal shock and makes a cover for three as his team stops Gen Next from coming. (20:20)

We get some pier six brawling and Walters hits a lung blower on Strong. Steel climbs up to the top rope and Aries throws him the top rope then Aries hits a crucifix bomb for a three count. (20:33)

Aries and Walters are the legal men and Aries hits a golden gate swing for a two count. Aries pulls Walters up and hits a big sidewalk slam for another two count. Aries plants Walters with a forearm then kicks him in the midsection. Walters backs Aries into his corner with knife edge chops but Aries hits a forearm on Punk sending him to the floor. Aries takes Walters to his corner then tags in Shelley. Shelley trips Walters down then jumps forward and mounts him with a few punches. Shelley puts Walters up in the corner with a tree of woe then charges with a dropkick and tags in Aries who makes a cover for a two count. Walters gets to his feet and hits Aries with some forearms then goes for an Irish whip but Aries reverses it. Aries telegraphs a backbody drop and Walters catches him and plants him with the hurricane DDT. Strong comes in with a chair and Punk stops him then hits Strong with a shot to the head then Punk drives it into the throat of Aries. Shelley charges out of the corner and Punk drop toeholds him onto the chair and Punk gets DQíed (24:40).

Walters flips Aries over the top rope then whips Aries into the corner. Walters charges and hits a lariat then snapmares Aries out of the corner and covers him for a two count. Walters hits Aries with a backbreaker and covers for another two count. Walters grabs Aries with a full nelson but Aries fights to his feet and hits Walters with a kick to the junk. Aries charges and hits a high knee in the corner then charges and hits a knee to a slumped down Walters. Aries pulls Walters up and goes for a suplex but Aries lands behind and rolls him up for two. Aries rolls to his feet and charges with a lariat. Aries pulls Walters to his feet and snapmares him over. Aries tags in Strong who delivers a kick to the chest. Walters fights back with some big forearms but Strong kicks him in the junk to take him down. Strong calls Shelley in and Shelley hits a knife edge chop. Walters breaks through a double clothesline from Shelley and Aries and hits a double lungblower then hits three lung blowers to Strong for a three count. (28:30)

Aries comes in and stomps Walters to the back then hits a big knee to the chest. Aries trips Walters down across his knee with a cobra clutch and Shelley comes in and hits a boot to the face of Walters. Aries comes off the ropes with a knee to the back then grabs a side headlock but Walters fights free and Aries knees him sending him down to the mat. Aries gets a drop toehold then grabs a rings of Saturn. Walters fights the hold and slowly crawls over to the ropes and gets his foot on the bottom rope for the break. Aries takes Walters to his corner and Shelley tags in. Shelley whips him into the ropes and hits a back elbow then follows up with a double stomp. Walters fights back with some punches and goes for a lung blower but Aries blocks it and trips Walters down then grabs the Border City Stretch but Walters manages to crawl forward and grab the bottom rope. Strong comes down to the ring with a chair but Steamboat comes in and takes a shot to the midsection then starts brawling with Strong and Steamboat and Strong brawl to the back. Aries gets Walters in the corner and beats him down with some strikes. Aries sets Walters up on the top rope and goes for a superplex but Walters flips over and lands behind then puts him on the second rope and jumps up to take him down with a big lung blower. Walters crawls over with a cover for two before Shelley breaks it up. Shelley comes in and hits a super kick then plants him with a shellshock for a two count before Walters grabs the ropes. Aries climbs up to the top rope and hits Walters with a 450 splash for the three count.

Analysis: ***1/4 There was some good wrestling in this match as these are eight great wrestlers. However there isnít any real big story throughout the match like there was in the eight man that led to the booking of this match. Punk getting disqualified seems like bullshit after all the cheating that Gen Next gets away with without any punishment. Ace Steelís elimination is bad as well as nobody knew what the fuck was going on when it happened. The Strong/Steamboat brawl was stupid and didnít really fit into the match very well. This was just a flawed match from some really good wrestlers. It started off good but once the eliminations started it started to fall apart. When Evans and Jacobs were gone it just lost a lot of its excitement. I do like the fact that there were two survivors on the winning team but it wasnít enough. The final part with Walters was bad as well. It was too short to really show Walters was determined to win but it wasnít like Gen Next just destroyed him either. The ending eliminations really seemed rushed. Plus my time is way different from the official time that is announced for some reason.

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Bryan Danielson (RoH World Championship) (38:51) They go into a knucklelock and Joe powers Danielson down to a knee. Danielson gets up to his feet then backs into the ropes and gets the break. The two circle then Dragon shoots in under Joe and trips him down but Joe sit outs and spins around tripping Dragon down and grabs the leg of Dragon but Dragon boot scrapes him then gets up to his feet. Another knuckle lock and Dragon grabs one hand then spins out and grabs a rear keylock on Joe then goes into an abdominal stretch but Joe flips him over and grabs a side headlock. Dragon breaks it by grabbing a headscissors on Joe. Joe rolls over to his knees then powers himself out and Dragon goes to his back but Joe grabs the leg. Dragon rolls to his side up to one leg then jumps up and breaks the hold with an enziguri. Joe grabs a hand of Dragon and pulls him down into a cross armbreaker but Dragon falls down to his back into the ropes then bails to the outside. Dragon comes back into the ring and they circle each other and lockup and Dragon grabs a side headlock. Joe shoots Dragon into the ropes then drops him with a shoulder tackle. Dragon rolls up to his feet in the corner and Joe lets him. They go for another lockup but Dragon trips Joe down then grabs a camel clutch. Joe fights up to his feet then with Dragon on his back then drops down slamming Dragon down. Joe grabs Dragon with a modified abdominal stretch. Dragon breaks free and grabs a leg of Joe then bends it back down onto Joe and bridges it. Joe breaks the bridge with a chop to the chest but Dragon just gets up and bridges the hold again. Joe chops Dragon to break it again and Joe gets up to his feet selling the leg. Dragon shoots in but Joe steps back then gives Dragon a kick to the chest that he manages to avoid most of. They lockup and Joe backs Dragon into the corner then nails him with a bunch of forearm shots that seat Dragon. Dragon comes out of the corner tripping Joe down and spikes the leg. Dragon stomps the leg a couple of times then grabs an ankle lock but Joe smacks him with a back kick. Dragon grabs the ankle again and really cranks on it. Joe manages to flip over and hit Dragon with some knife edge chops to break the hold. Both men are up to their feet and they go into a knuckle lock. Joe hits Dragon with a series of headbutts and sends him down to the mat. Joe follows that up with a big kick then makes a cover for two one counts in a row. Joe grabs a double underhook and Dragon slowly gets up to his feet and spins out of the hold then hits a dropkick right to the face of Joe. Dragon then grabs a camel clutch on Joe. Dragon grabs the nose and the ref gives him two five counts. Dragon pulls Joe up to his feet and gives a headbutt but Joe no sells it then fires off some big slaps but Dragon is unaffected and Joe chases Dragon around throwing ineffectual kicks and strikes. Another knuckle lock and Joe just puts Dragon down on the mat then slams a knee into the side of his head for two, two counts and then grabs an arm. Dragon grabs a headscissors then grabs the arm of Joe and forces Joe to go to the ropes for the break. Dragon pulls Joe up and hits a European uppercut but Joe fires off a forearm that sends Dragon down to the mat. Joe pulls Dragon up and goes for a German suplex but Dragon blocks it so Dragon slaps him across the back then hits a belly to back suplex that sends Dragon over the ropes and crashing down to the outside. Joe goes to the outside and grabs a chair then sets it up in the corner. Joe puts Dragon in the corner and seats him with some knife edge chops. Joe charges but Dragon blocks the kick then sends his leg into the guardrail. Dragon goes into the ring then springboards to the outside with a somersault senton out of Joe and itís a beauty. Dragon throws Joe into the guardrail seating him in the chair and hits some chops. Dragon charges and hits Joe with a dropkick to the face. Dragon takes Joe into a different corner and seats him then hits some big strikes. Dragon charges and hits another dropkick to Joe and Joe breaks the chair. Dragon throws Joe into the ring then slides in after him and covers for a two count. Dragon pulls Joe up with a cravat then gives him a knee to the face sending him down to the mat. Dragon follows up with a knee drop to the head of Joe and grabs a camel clutch type move, Joe rolls over and rolls up for a two count but Joe bounces off the ropes and hits Dragon with some strikes and Dragon stops him with a poke to the eye. Dragon taunts the crowd and pulls Joe up then snapmares him down and hits an elbow for a one count. Dragon grabs Joe with a seated abdominal stretch. Joe brings a bunch of knees up into the face of Dragon but canít break the hold and Dragon just adds more pressure. Dragon lets go of the hold and grabs an armbar. Joe fights up to his feet with Dragon on his back and hits a samoan drop. Both men stand up and Dragon hits a headbutt that backs Joe into the corner then Joe comes out of the corner with slaps that puts Dragon in the ropes and Joe hits some big knees that send Dragon down. Joe comes over and Dragon kicks him in the face then plasters Joe with some big European uppercuts that send Joe down to the mat. Dragon pulls Joe up and goes for the Irish whip but Joe reverses it then hits a knee to the midsection of Dragon. Joe pulls Dragon up to his feet then picks him up with a firemanís carry then brings him down into a gut buster and Joe brings his knee up as Dragonís coming down. Joe pulls Dragon up to his feet and grabs an arm then kicks at the chest of Dragon sending him down to the mat and Dragon gets in the ropes and starts coughing up a lung. Joe hangs back until Dragon comes out of the ropes still on his back. Joe stalks him and starts kicking the legs of Dragon. Joe grabs a leg of Dragon then flips him over into a half crab and puts the knee onto the back of Dragonís neck and Dragon grabs the ropes for the break. (21:48)

Joe grabs Dragon with a half-nelson but Dragon gets to his feet and hits a bunch of elbows to Joe and then keeps pounding him down. Dragon pulls Joe up and hits a European uppercut and follows up with another one. Dragon hits another European uppercut then Joe sweeps out his legs and covers for a two count. Joe grabs Dragon with a side headlock and Dragon breaks it with a headscissors. Joe manages to get his feet into the ropes for a break though. Dragon pulls Joe up to his feet and hits a European uppercut and Joe rocks him with a forearm and they do it again then Dragon nails him with some forearms and takes him over with a snap suplex. Dragon climbs up to the top rope and comes off with a diving headbutt then hooks a leg for a two count. Dragon pulls Joe to his feet and goes for a vertical suplex but Joe blocks it. Dragon hits a couple of knees to the midsection then Joe catches one and hits a fisherman suplex for a two count. Joe bounces off the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Dragon dropkicks the arm. Joe gets up and sends Dragon to the outside with a standing enziguri. Dragon gets to his feet and Joe charges and hits a suicide dive forearm. Joe pulls Dragon up to his feet and slams him into the guardrail then clears a path on the outside. He gives Dragon a seat then nails him with a kick to the chest. Joe charges and hits Dragon with a big ole kick. Joe pulls Dragon out of the seat then sets up a chair in another corner. Joe slaps Dragon across the back then gives him a seat again. Joe charges and hits another ole kick. Joe tries to pull Dragon up but Dragon ainít going anywhere so Joe just rolls into the ring. Dragon gets up and falls back down on the outside so Joe goes out after him. Joe throws Dragon into the ring but Dragon gets up and hits a chop block as Joe gets into the ring. Dragon stomps the leg of Joe a couple of times then Joe goes to the ropes. Dragon pulls Joe up and throws him into the corner then puts his leg over the rope and cranks on it. Dragon backs off then charges and dropkicks the leg of Joe across the rope. Dragon pulls Joe out of the corner by the leg then grabs a reverse Indian deathlock. Then bridges back and grabs a Muta lock until Joe grabs the ropes. Dragon stomps on the leg of Joe then pulls him up and sends him into the corner. Dragon charges and hits a jumping forearm. Dragon whips him into the corner and charges but Joe counters with the STO but Dragon counters with a headlock takedown. Dragon climbs up to the second rope then hits a flying European uppercut and hooks a leg for two. Dragon goes for an Irish whip but Joe reverses it. Dragon springs off the second rope and spins around for something but Joe catches him and plants him with an STO for a two count. Joe pulls Dragon up and plants him with a powerbomb for two then flips him over into an STF then breaks that and grabs a crossface but Dragon slowly crawls forward and grabs the bottom rope. Joe pulls Dragon up to his feet and goes for a German suplex but Dragon blocks it then bounces off the ropes and ducks a clothesline then dropkicks the knee of Joe. Dragon grabs the leg of Joe and grabs a spinning toe hold then grabs then normal Indian deathlock and bridges back nicely. Dragon rolls it over the other way but Joe slowly crawls forward and grabs the bottom rope. Dragon stomps the leg of Joe stopping him from getting up to his feet. Dragon bounces off the ropes but Joe whips him over with a powerslam for two then spins out into a cross armbreaker but Dragon rolls over escaping it then Dragon hits a leg clutch backdrop driver for a two count. Dragon grabs the arms of Joe and flips over into the cattle mutilation. Dragon gives up on the submission and takes Joe over with a pin for a two count. Dragon pulls Joe up then sets him up on the top rope backwards. Dragon climbs up and goes for the belly to back suplex but Joe slides out under Dragon then chokes him. Joe puts Dragon back up on the top rope then takes him off with a brutal German suplex. Dragon gets up and Joe drops him on his head with a lariat for a close two count. Joe pulls Dragon up to his feet and shoves him into the corner then sets him up on the top rope. Joe goes for the muscle buster but Dragon punches free then hits Joe with a couple of forearms. Dragon hits the rolling forearm then drops him with a dropkick to the knee. Dragon pulls Joe up and hits a dragon suplex then rolls over and goes into the cattle mutilation. Joe manages to scoot over and get his foot on the bottom rope. Dragon pulls Joe up and hits a forearm then bounces off the ropes and Joe hits a knee to the midsection then a bunch of knees to the side of the head but Dragon frees himself and hits a bunch of knees to the top of Joeís head. Joe reverses it and hits some knees of his own then grabs the choke hold and rolls over into a seated position and Dragon taps out.

Analysis: ****Ĺ A really good back and forth match between these two men. They were going at it hammer and tongs right from the get go. They had some great striking segments early on in the match and just great back and forth the entire time. Dragonís game plan played out well through out the match and he did some nice work on the leg and he had some really nice submissions and bridges. Joe pulled out some of his really big impact moves and Dragon gave some big impact moves of his own right back. The ending of the match is just fantastic between the two men as they trade big knees then Joe grabs the choke for the finish. Dragonís sequence of his finishers near the end were a bunch of great false finishes and the tension was just intense and it really seemed like Dragon was going to get the win and Joe really seemed like he was in trouble through a lot of the match and especially near the end of it. Just a fantastic match between these two men.

Recommendation: This is a show with only six matches but they are six good matches and it is a show well worth getting. Joe/Dragon is really awesome and Nigel/Homicide is good as well. The rest of the show is solid but nothing spectacular but the two really good matches make it more than worth getting.

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