*Special Note: This is the first show where a 20-Count on the Floor is applied to all ROH Matches*
ROH The French Connection
Montreal, Quebec 11/7/08
1.) Erick Stevens vs. Eddie Edwards (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.): **1/2
A fine way to open the show. Really more of an extended squash for Stevens, but still pretty decent for an opening match.
2.) The Briscoes vs. Kenny Omega & Kenny King: ***
Jay & Mark are facing off against double Kenny's in this one. It was a good tag team match. Rhett Titus comes down during the match and King essentially stays with Titus, leaving Omega to fend for himself.
3.) Necro Butcher vs. Brodie Lee: *1/2
Brodie Lee is essentially Necro Butcher's replacement in the Age of the Fall. This was just a brawl that went to a DQ after the rest of the Age of the Fall interfered and attack Necro.
Afterwords, Nigel McGuinness comes out and basically makes fun of Bret Hart and runs down Necro Butcher (who is challenging him for the World Title the next night) & Montreal.
4.) Jerry Lynn vs. Delirious (with Jimmy Jacobs): ***
This was another good match from Jerry Lynn as he continues his comeback.
5.) Davey Richards (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.) vs. Roderick Strong: ***3/4
Davey Richards has been gone in Japan ever since he turned on Strong and joined Sweet 'n' Sour Inc. at Respect is Earned II so this is Roderick's first shot at revenge. It was a pretty good contest and a good way to officially start their feud.
After the match Go Shiozaki joins in on a Sweet 'n' Sour beat down until Erick Stevens makes the save.
6.) Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries: ****
This is a rematch from the main event of Respect is Earned II. I'd say it was about the same as that match in terms of quality, with the only real exception being that their were no titles on the line. Fans were definitely into it.
7.) ROH World Title - Four-Way Elimination Match - Nigel McGunness vs. Kevin Steen vs. Go Shiozaki vs. El Generico: ****
The thing with this match is that all four of these guys are champions, but of course only Nigel's title is on the line. It essentially goes for awhile as a tag match with the Tag Team Champs working together against Go & Nigel. El Generico is eliminated by Go first then Steen submits Go shortly thereafter. It comes down to Nigel & Steen with McGuinness sneaking out another win. A really fun World Title Match. Something fresh & different.
Afterwords Kevin Steen & El Generico thank the fans for their support.
Much like the majority of ROH shows, this had a lot of good stuff on here. The Necro Butcher match is excusable since you know him & Brodie Lee are more set for No DQ matches and this is only their first match. Everything else is good to great, with the last three matches really making this show very enjoyable.