Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ROH Samoa Joe: Don't Call It A Comeback Review

Samoa Joe returns home!!

Samoa Joe: Don't Call It A Comeback

Disk 1

Glory By Honor (10/5/02) – Fight Without Honor – Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki: ****

Night Of Champions (3/22/03) – ROH Title – Xavier vs. Samoa Joe: ***

Joe vs. Punk II (10/16/04) – ROH World Title – Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk: *****

Manhattan Mayhem (5/7/05) – ROH Pure Title – Jay Lethal vs. Samoa Joe: ****

Joe vs. Kobashi (10/1/05) – Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi: *****

5th Year Festival: Finale (3/4/07) – Samoa Joe vs. Homicide: ***1/4

Disk 2

Rising Above 2008 (11/22/08) – Samoa Joe vs. Tyler Black (with Allison Wonderland): ***3/4

13th Anniversary Show (3/1/15) – Samoa Joe Returns

Conquest Tour ’15: Baltimore (3/7/15) – Samoa Joe vs. ROH World Tag Team Champion Kyle O’Reilly (with Bobby Fish): ****

Conquest Tour ’15: Milwaukee (3/13/15) – Samoa Joe vs. ACH: ****1/4

Conquest Tour ’15: Chicago Ridge (3/14/15) – Samoa Joe vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin: ****

Supercard of Honor IX  (3/27/15) – ROH World Title – Jay Briscoe vs. Samoa Joe: ***3/4

Aftershock Tour: New York City (6/20/15) – Samoa Joe & IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian): ***1/2

Overall: 10/10

As a whole, I thought this DVD set was fantastic. Disk 1 was pretty interesting, since ROH had put out two Samoa Joe DVD Compilations previously, and some of these matches had been on other DVD Compilations. It does do a good job in the sense that it included some of the most important matches in Joe’s ROH Career. Disk 2 takes a look at his one-off appearance in late-2008 when he wrestled Tyler Black (now Seth Rollins in WWE) before diving into his return to ROH in 2015. His four singles matches from March 2015 are included. Of course, the big draw for this DVD is his final match in ROH, where he teamed up with AJ Styles to take on Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian. I think this match was going to be featured on TV (it was part of a TV Taping), but with Samoa Joe signing an exclusive WWE Contract, it was forced into being a dark match, so if you want to see it, this DVD Compilation is the only place you can see it. As far as the match quality goes, it’s really incredible. Out of the twelve matches on this DVD Compilation, seven are **** or better, and two of those matches are *****. The other matches are very solid as well, and in general, this is a very strong DVD Compilation to get. I would totally recommend it.

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