KENTA Battles Roderick Strong, Bryan Danielson defends against bitter former tag team partners, and CZW continues their crusade against Ring of Honor
Detroit, Michigan 6/23/06
1.) Irish Airborne vs. Shane Hagadorn & Keith Walker: **
Nobody likes Shane Hagadorn. This was ok, nothing really special.
2.) ROH Pure Title - Nigel McGuinness vs. Conrad Kennedy III: **1/2
Another ROH Show, another relatively average Pure Title defense from Nigel McGuinness. Like the first match, this was ok, nothing really stand-out about this one.
3.) Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Colt Cabana & Ace Steel: ***
This was a pretty good tag team match. Nothing really outstanding, but a solid match-up nonetheless.
4.) Four Corner Survival: Jimmy Rave vs. Samoa Joe vs. Delirious vs. Davey Richards: ***1/2
I'll probably say this a million times, but I really like these Four Corner Survival Matches. They can prove to be really entertaining when you get the right people involved. Here you got a mix of veteran talents and newcomers. Delirious gets the upset win in a very exciting match.
Necro Butcher & Claudio Castagnoli come out during intermission and run down the fans. This leads to Adam Pearce coming out & we got a fight on our hands!
5.) Falls Count Anywhere - Adam Pearce vs. Necro Butcher: ***
This wasn't anything outstanding, but it was a decent, entertaining hardcore brawl (The kind we regularly saw throughout this whole feud). The match ends up getting thrown out, which is odd since it's a No DQ Match.
Claudio & Necro beat on Pearce afterwords which leads to Homicide coming out & getting our next match underway!
6.) Homicide vs. Claudio Castagnoli: ***
This match continued the trend of Homicide being the "CZW Killer" aka the only ROH guys who was able to decisively beat the CZW guys on a regular basis. It was nothing special, but decent.
7.) ROH World Title Three Way Elimination Match: Bryan Danielson vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs: ****1/4
This was held under three way dance rules which means that two guys have to be eliminated in order to win. It turned out to be the best match on the card. Whitmer being out first made sense with Danielson & Jacobs double-teaming him, but the match as a whole was very good. Even the last part with Jacobs vs. Danielson turned out to be good.
8.) KENTA vs. Roderick Strong: ****
Although the World Title Match slightly beat it out for Match of the Night, this was pretty close as well. These two had a hard hitting battle that went just over 20 Minutes. It proved to be pretty entertaining.
After the match the Briscoes attack Strong but KENTA fights them off.
Most of this card turns out to be pretty average, but the Four Corner Survival as well as the two Main Event Matches delivered and definitely raised the value of this card overall. It's a good, solid night of wrestling, so I'd say pick this one up.