Thursday, January 16, 2014

ROH Bryan Danielson: The Final Countdown Review

It's The Final Countdown!

Bryan Danielson: The Final Countdown

Disk 1

Death Before Dishonor V: Night 1 (8/10/07) – Bryan Danielson vs. Matt Sydal: ***

Take No Prisoners 2008 (3/16/08) – Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries: ****1/4

Respect Is Earned II (6/7/08) – ROH World Tag Team Titles – The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries: ****

New Horizons (7/26/08) – Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black: ****1/2

Fueling The Fire (8/1/08) – Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries vs. The Motor City Machine Guns: ****

Bound By Hate (11/8/08) – Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black vs. Kenny Omega: ***3/4

Southern Hostility (12/6/08) – No DQ Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Claudio Castagnoli: ****1/4

All-Star Extravaganza IV (12/26/08) – Bryan Danielson vs. Jerry Lynn: ****

Disk 2

Steel City Clash (3/20/09) – Bryan Danielson vs. Mike Quackenbush: ***1/2

ROH on HD-Net Episode 23 – Bryan Danielson & Roderick Strong vs. The American Wolves: ***3/4

ROH on HD-Net Episode 24 – Bryan Danielson vs. Roderick Strong: ****

The Final Countdown Tour: Dayton (9/18/09) – Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Hero: ****1/4

The Final Countdown Tour: Chicago (9/19/09) – ROH World Title – Austin Aries vs. Bryan Danielson: ****1/4

The Final Countdown Tour: Boston (9/25/09) – Bryan Danielson vs. Davey Richards: ****1/2

Glory By Honor VIII: The Final Countdown (9/26/09) – Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness: ****1/2

Overall: 9.5/10

Ring of Honor has put out several Bryan Danielson compilations, each detailing different parts of his ROH career. This one mostly details the last year and a half of his ROH run (2008-9), with one outlier match from mid-2007. I gotta say the compilation is pretty fantastic. The first disk has several matches from a lot of 2008 shows (For me, it's all of the matches on the first disk except the matches from Take No Prisoners 2008 & Respect Is Earned II) that are now out of print, which I was actually very looking forward to seeing. It has a really good mix of matches against a variety of opponents. I was actually extremely surprised that Danielson's Fight Without Honor against Takeshi Morishima from Final Battle 2008 didn't make the cut, but I have that show plus it's on the Danielson vs. The World compilation so it's not really that big of a deal. I did already have about half the matches on the second disk, but it was cool to see some of the matches I did not have (The HD-Net Matches, The World Title Match vs. Aries). The inclusion of all the Final Countdown Tour Matches is sweet as well, since all four of those matches are fantastic. Other than that, what else can I say? It's a Bryan Danielson compilation. We all know how good he is, and this DVD set further shows that. I'd say it's definitely worth going out of your way to get.

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