ROH 9th Anniversary Show
Chicago Ridge, Illinois 2/26/11
1.) Davey Richards vs. Colt Cabana: ***1/2
This is apart of Richards trying to build himself back up to a title shot after he lost at Final Battle. Oddly enough, Cabana did something similar in 2006. This was a very good opener. Cabana & Richards put on a good technical match and got the crowd fired up.
2.) Four Corner Survival – Steve Corino vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Mike Bennett vs. Grizzly Redwood: ***
These four put on a good Four Corner Survival. A very entertaining match.
3.) El Generico vs. Michael Elgin: ***1/4
This is Elgin's iPPV debut. A pretty good contest. These two seemed to mesh very well, even in this early stage of his ROH career.
Truth Martini & Elgin attack Generico and Roderick Strong comes out to assist. This brings out Homicide and we get our World Title Match!
4.) ROH World Title – No DQ Barrio Street Fight – Roderick Strong vs. Homicide: ***
You know it says something that ROH put this match as the first match before intermission....and the match shows. It was good, for a Street Fight, but for a World Title Match it was definitely lacking. Decent brawl...but that's about it.
5.) Women of Honor – Sara Del Rey vs. McChif: *1/4
I was really looking forward to seeing these two. It was ok....but it was lacking. Part of that is because it was very short.
MsChif spits mist into Del Rey's face after the match. She sells it pretty well.
6.) ROH World Tag Team Titles – The Kings of Wrestling vs. The All Night Express: ***1/2
ANX earned this opportunity last year at Fate of an Angel II. This was a very good match. ANX looked strong against The Kings. The first of many good things in 2011 for ANX.
7.) ROH World TV Title – 2/3 Falls – 30 Minute Time Limit – Christopher Daniels vs. Eddie Edwards: ***3/4
Daniels won the TV Title during the TV Tapings in Louisville late in 2010. This was a very good match. Both guys left it all in the ring in a pretty good match. Of course this match ends in a draw and Daniels suffers some bleeding from the head & gets disoriented because of it. I think this ended up affecting what was supposed to happen at the end, but it still turned out good.
8.) Dream Tag Team Match – Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin: ***3/4
These two teams are meeting for the first time. This was a very good tag team match. Both teams looked pretty good. WGTT wins & secure a title shot on WrestleMania Weekend. They raise each other's hands after the match.
This was a solid iPPV. It didn't have a really stand out match (nothing over ****) but nothing besides the women's match was under ***, which was pretty good. If you're looking for a show that's chock full of good wrestling, you've got the right show.