Saturday, December 8, 2012

ROH Undeniable Review

On this night, Nigel McGuinness will not be denied

ROH Undeniable
Edison, New Jersey 10/6/07


Claudio is in the ring as his match with Chris Hero is first, but Sweet 'n' Sour Inc. come out & Larry Sweeney says that they're not happy with the stipulations so the match isn't happening.

After the opening, The Age of the Fall properly open the show, as this is the first ROH PPV since they made their brutal debut after the Main Event of Man Up! Jacobs says The Age of the Fall is a revolution whose goals stretch beyond wrestling. They're targeting ROH's "Favorite Sons" The Briscoes but will work within the system to get a title shot. They call out any tag team & The Vulture Squad answers the call

1.) Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) vs. The Vulture Squad (Jack Evans & Ruckus): **3/4

A fair opener here. It served its purpose of getting The Age of the Fall over.

2.) Sara Del Rey (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.) vs. Daizee Haze: *3/4

A distraction by Claudio Castagnoli (as he attempts to go after Sweeney) allows Haze to get the win over Del Rey. Eh...this was just there. Nothing of real merit.

Bryan Danielson comes out afterwords and runs down Sweet 'n' Sour Inc., saying they're everything that's wrong with professional sports. He challenges Hero to a match, and here we go...

3.) Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Hero (with Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.): ***

We get a clash of styles in this one, but it turned out to be pretty decent. Nothing great, just decent. Hero's antics annoy me...

Adam Pearce is in the ring and wants to talk to Kevin Steen. Steen comes out & Pearce tells him that El Generico is holding him back. The rest of the Hangman bring Generico out and Pearce tells Steen to embrace his darker side & join the Hangman. Steen refuses and a brawl breaks out. The brings out Delirious and we have ourselves a Six Man Tag!!! 

4.) Delirious, El Generico & Kevin Steen vs. The Hangman 3 (Adam Pearce, BJ Whitmer & Brent Albright): **3/4

This was a decent Six Man Tag and it was able to accomplish several things at once as far as feuds/character direction goes.

5.) Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries: ****

Here we got a great match between the two former parters. Aries & Strong always seem to have good matches against one another, and this one's no exception.

6.) ROH World Tag Team Titles - The No Remorse Corps. (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) vs. The Briscoe Brothers: ***1/2

This was taped from the Reckless Abandon show as the Briscoes & the AotF are not allowed to be in the same building (which contradicts the bonus content). It was a fairly good match. Enjoyable.

7.) ROH World Title - Nigel McGuinness vs. Takeshi Morishima: ***1/4

Obviously Nigel finally becoming ROH World Champion is the big story here, but the match was very underwhelming. I just don't know what it was. It was a good match...but for an ROH World Title Match, especially an ROH World Title Match in the Main Event of a PPV, this did not deliver. Perhaps it was the overuse of no selling of multiple finishers, or something else, but I just don't know...


1.) Jigsaw (with Julius Smokes) vs. Claudio Castagnoli: ***1/4

Claudio didn't get his match earlier but he's getting the chance to wrestle here against Jigsaw. This was a fun match. Claudio seems to work well with smaller wrestlers, especially the high flyers like Jigsaw & Matt Sydal.

2.) The No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) vs. The Resilience (Erick Stevens & Matt Cross): **3/4

Stipulation here is that the loser of the fall (not the whole team just whoever gets pinned/submitted) has to leave ROH for 60 Days. Eh...weird stipulation but whatever. This was a decent match. Cross ends up getting beat thus has to leave ROH for 60 Days. NRC attack Erick Stevens after the match.

3.) No DQ Match - Necro Butcher vs. Jay Briscoe: ***1/4

This was a very fun No DQ Brawl...pretty much what you would expect from these two. The rest of the Age of the Fall bring out Mark Briscoe tied to a gurney via Barbed Wire. This distracts Jay long enough for Necro to get the win.

Overall: 7.75/10

This was I think the first ROH PPV that under-delivered. The Aries/Strong match was the clear Match of the Night, but everything else just seemed to be good to ok. The ROH World Title Match did not live up to expectations and I think that really hurt this show. The Bonus stuff was a good addition, but the show overall was only good and did not live up to the High Standard set by the first few PPV's.

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