Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ROH Bryan Danielson: The American Dragon Review

This will be the first of several ROH Compilations I will be reviewing here on the blog. First up is ROH's Best of Bryan Danielson!! Now depending on the DVD, I'll handle the review differently. For something like this that has 13 matches on it, I won't talk about each match individually, simply because there is so much to talk about. Instead, I will simply give star ratings for the matches, then my overall thoughts.

Bryan Danielson: The American Dragon

Disk 1

The Epic Encounter (4/12/03) - Bryan Danielson vs. Paul Londen: ****1/4

Main Event Spectacles (11/1/03) - Bryan Danielson vs. AJ Styles: ****

Final Battle 2003 (12/27/03) - Bryan Danielson vs. Jay Briscoe: ***1/4

Reborn: Stage 1 (4/23/04) - Bryan Danielson vs. CM Punk with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat as Special Guest Referee: ***3/4

Survival of the Fittest 2004 (6/24/04) - Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries (Final Fall): Very Good

Testing the Limit (8/7/04) - 2 Out Of 3 Falls - Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries: ***3/4

Disk 2

Midnight Express Reunion (10/02/04) - ROH World Title - Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe: ****1/2

Weekend of Thunder Night 1 (11/05/04) - Bryan Danielson vs. Jushin Liger: ***1/2

Weekend of Thunder Night 2 (11/06/04) - Bryan Danielson & Low Ki vs. Jushin Liger & Samoa Joe: ****

Final Showdown (5/13/05) - Steel Cage - Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide: ***3/4

Glory By Honor IV (9/17/05) - ROH World Title - Bryan Danielson vs. James Gibson: ****1/2

A Night of Tribute (11/19/05) - ROH World Title - Bryan Danielson vs. Christopher Daniels: ***3/4

Final Battle 2005 (12/17/05) - ROH World Title - Bryan Danielson vs. Naomichi Marufuji: ***3/4

Overall: 10/10

This was an amazing DVD. One of the best compilations ROH has put out to date, without questions. For people who are looking to learn more about Danielson's early ROH career, this is perfect. There are SOOO many great matches on here, I don't even though where to start. You get to see the Evolution of the American Dragon as he faces off against a variety of different opponents. Every match is enjoyable and are a perfect example of why Bryan Danielson was on of the Best Wrestlers in the World way before he came to WWE. If you're looking to get into ROH's new DVD compilations, make this one of the first ones you get!

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