A World Title Cage Match headlines the first night of this Chicago Double-Shot.
ROH The Chicago Spectacular: Night One
Chicago Ridge, Illinois 12/8/06
1.) Kikutaro vs. Tank Toland: *1/4
I'm usually into Kikutaro's ROH Matches, but not this one. Why? Tank Toland that's why. Eh...Moving on
2.) Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Irish Airborne: **1/2
This is I think the third match these teams have had in 2006. A fun little match up here that's makes The Briscoes look good after their time feuding with Samoa Joe & Homicide.
3.) Homicide vs. Brent Albright: **3/4
A fairly decent contest here. Albright gets DQ'ed after refusing to release the Crowbar. Samoa Joe comes out for the save and as Albright makes his way back up the ramp, Danielson comes out and pays him, presumably for injuring Homicide. Joe promises to take Danielson's Title tonight.
4.) Four Corner Survival: Davey Richards vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Matt Cross: ***1/2
This has got to be one of my favorite Four Corner Survivals.....possibly my #1 favorite. It was a ton a fun to watch from Bell to Bell. Great stuff.
5.) Nigel McGuinness vs. Jimmy Rave: **1/2
Here we have a rematch from the Dethroned show. This I think was a slight step down from their match in Edison to be honest. Rave surprisingly makes Nigel tap to his new Heel Hook finisher. After the match, Rave attacks Nigel and puts the Heel Hook on him again.
6.) Delirious & Ace Steel vs. Adam Pearce & Shane Hagadorn: *3/4
Eh.....this was just there.....moving on...
7.) Colt Cabana vs. Jimmy Jacobs: **
This was going ok, then Lacey gets Jacobs DQ'ed when she throws powder in Cabana's eyes. The brawling continues after the match as Daizee Haze comes out, only to get speared by Jacobs. Albright comes out to assist Jacobs and they allow Lacey to stomp Cabana in the crotch with her high heeled shoe. BJ Whitmer comes out to make the save. The leads to Delirious coming out and asking BJ to be a member of his team for Night 2's Elimination Tag Team Match. Nigel McGuinness then comes out and asks to be on the team so he can get at Jimmy Rave, and he's the third man for Team Delirious
8.) Austin Aries & Roderick Strong vs. Matt Sydal & Shingo: ***1/4
Dragon Gate Rules are in place for this tag team contest. This was a good match. Entertaining.
9.) ROH World Title - Steel Cage - Samoa Joe vs. Bryan Danielson: ***1/2
Here we go, Joe vs. Danielson in a Cage for the World Title. The was good but it felt weird watching it as it felt like an extended squash for Samoa Joe. Danielson got very little offense in, and took a beating. But I will say that I like the ending of this match. Danielson gets out as champ while Samoa Joe still look weak. Still, a good cage match, but it had so much potential.
Sadly I think this show falls short of expectations. The Main Event Cage Match under-delivered, and the Four Corner Survival is the only match that really stood out. This show was just ok, nothing else really...