Bryan Danielson & Nigel McGuinness battle for a shot at the ROH World Title
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ROH Driven 2007
Chicago Ridge, Illinois 6/23/07
1.) Roderick Strong, Rocky Romero & Davey Richards vs. Erick Stevens, Matt Cross & Delirious: ***3/4
ROH Stars off the PPV with the NRC taking on Delirious & The Resilience. This was a great opening match, probably one of the best ROH has ever had. Great stuff here.
After the match, Austin Aries saves the good guys from a further beat down and announces his intentions on returning to ROH, signing his new ROH contract on one of the turnbuckles in the process.
2.) Matt Sydal vs. Claudio Castagnoli: ***1/2
These guys were partners challenging for the Tag Team Titles at Respect is Earned, but lost. Sydal blames Claudio for the loss, leading to this match. It was a good contest. As I've mentioned on previous reviews, Sydal & Claudio have always seemed to have good chemistry together.
After the match, Sweet 'n' Sour Inc. comes out and Larry Sweeney offers Sydal a contract with his group, promising success. Claudio advising against it, calling Sweeney a scumbag, then going on to rip up the contract and attack Sweet 'n' Sour Inc. Sydal makes his decision by attacking Claudio, thus becoming apart of Sweeney's group.
3.) Naomichi Marufuji vs. BJ Whitmer: ***
There wasn't a whole lot here, but it was am entertaining match.
4.) Pelle Primeau vs. Brent Albright: DUD
Pretty much a squash for Albright....moving on.....
5.) ROH World Tag Team Titles – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico: ****
These two teams always seem to have great to fantastic matches against each other. A great Tag Team Title Match here. Briscoes win here, but a post match attack by Steen with a Ladder serves as a sign of things to come.
6.) ROH World Title – Takeshi Morishima vs. Jimmy Rave: **
Eh...not one of Morishima's better title defenses. More of a squash to be honest....
7.) ROH World Title #1 Contender’s Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness: ****3/4
This match was taped from the June 9th Show (Domination) in Philly. One of the best matches Danielson & McGuinness have ever had against each other. It brought both guys up to a whole new level, especially Nigel. Great PPV Main Event.
1.) Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew vs. Daizee Haze & MsChif: **
The MHWC consists of Lacey & Rain. This wasn't that good of a women's match. Just ok.
2.) Nigel McGuinness vs. Chris Hero: ***
Some of this was good, other parts...just ok. A decent match.
3.) ROH World Title – Takeshi Morishima vs. Adam Pearce: *1/2
Morishima's second title defense of the night....and it's worse than the first one...
4.) KENTA vs. Bryan Danielson: ****1/4
This the big one on one rematch from Glory By Honor V Night II last year when Danielson retained the ROH World Title. Their match on that show was a little better (and had more drama because the title was on the line) but this was a great match as well. KENTA is able to avenge his loss by getting the win here. A good way to end the night.
ROH's second PPV was definitely a good one overall. The PPV Card was pretty good save for one match, and the Bonus isn't bad either, though the Danielson/KENTA match is the only bonus match worth seeing really. Speaking of Danielson, both of his matches on here are reason enough to see this show.