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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of The Best Rivaries.....PERIOD!, May 26, 2011
This review is from: Ring of Honor: Greatest Rivalries (DVD)
Though this is an ROH release, I would put their action up against anyone past or present. That includes WWE, TNA, ECW (original one), AWA, WCW/NWA, World Class, Mid-South/UWF or Mid-Southern!

To this release itself, it starts slow, picks up in the middle and kind of cools down at the end BUT there isn't one bad match on here! Let's get to the matches:

C.M. Punk Vs. Raven (Dog Collar Chain Match) - This was the blow-off of their feud as C.M. Punk was looking to make a name for himself at the expense of Raven and push his "straight-edge" philosophy (similiar to his feud with Jeff Hardy in WWE and his short lived group "The Straight Edge Society"). While I've seen worse (no D.C.M. matches Piper Vs. Valentine from the early 80's), it has its moments! Ends when Colt Cabana comes in and DDT's Raven, allowing Punk to get the victory.

Samoa Joe Vs. Homicide (ROH World Title Match) - It begins as basically a 4 on 1 match as Homicide had a manager (can't remember the name) and his Rockwiler partners (one of which was Low-Ki, better known to WWE fans as Kabal) at ringside but the referee quickly banned them for this match. From there, it was a back and forth bout with both men taking the other's best moves! Have to admit, Homicide's tougher than I thought! He even survived Joe's "Muscle Buster"! In the end, Joe would retain his title after using his Kokina Clutch/Chokehold to knock the "187" out for the win! The last laugh would belong to Homicide however as The Rockwilers came back out to beat Joe down! Great match though!

BJ Whitmer w/Daisy Hayes vs. Jimmy Jacobs w/Lacey (Steel Cage Match) - This has to be one of the craziest cage matches ever! This is not only wild by ROH standards, this could've easily have been part of ECW lore! It is that violent! Chairs, tables, railroad spikes and even the dreaded barbwire baseball bat is used in this one! Adding to the mayhem was the respective seconds for the wrestlers though they weren't that much of a factor other than to get their respective charges some weapons! Ends with an awesome backsplash through a table that has to be seen to be believed!

AJ Styles w/Mick Foley vs. Jimmy Rave w/Prince Nanna - In this match, the first to use their version of the face-first piledriver (Styles Clash) will win the match and the loser can no longer use that finisher! This was a pretty intense affair that was mostly athletic as very little weapons were used save a chair and a table at the end. Speaking of the end, it comes when A.J. gives his "Styles Clash" to Rave from the ropes.....THROUGH THE TABLE! Also, check out the post-match speech from Mick Foley. Hilarious!

Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. Austin Aries and Roderick Strong (ROH World Tag Team Title Match) - Hard hitting tag team match! Admittedly, this opened my eyes to Austin Aries as I have only seen his heel work until I watched these recent ROH DVD's! He is tremendous! The Briscoes (no relation to the late Jack Brisco and his brother Gerald Brisco) are an awesome tag team and I've always liked Roderick Strong! If you have an itch to see good tag team wrestling action, this match is for you! I won't give away the finish on this one but needless to say, the winner earned this victory!

Team ROH (Adam Pearce, Ace Steel, Colt Cabana & BJ Whitmer) vs. Team CZW (Claudio Castagnoli, Super Dragon, Necro Butcher & Spyder Nate Webb) - This is just a straight up fight with some very brutal spots! For those that like a wild brawl, this match is for you!

Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries - This was part of a best of 3 match series. The matchup here is the third and deciding bout! Both men really showed their wears here. And, as I said in other reviews on ROH stuff, if all you know of Bryan Danielson is his Daniel Bryan persona in WWE then you really need to see one of these releases! And, as I said earlier, Austin Aries is tremendous! Move after move and counter after counter that ends with a victory for Aries!

Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens (FIP World Title Match) - FIP was a training ground for ROH wrestlers. These two were their top guys. Roderick, the champion in this match, was the heel but both men got their share of cheers! Admittedly, this match was slow and methotical but does have some nice spots. It does pick up towards the end and sees (in my view) an upset as Stevens beats Strong for the FIP title!

Overall, this is a good release!
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Initial post: May 26, 2011 7:50:04 PM PDT
Scotty M. says:
Tbh, I haven't really looked that much into ROH wrestling. Though I hear outstanding reviews about the promotion. I really wanna get my mitts on their bloodiest bouts DVD. And speaking of blood, I posted this link on the discussion page of this one bloody match between the Great Muta and Hiroshi Hase from New Japan. Talk about a blood bath! I mentioned this on the dicussion too, that match gives Eddie (from JD 2004) a run for his money! If you thought Eddie bled buckets, Muta bleeds equal to that if not more!

Good review Ervin and btw, here's the link to the Muta/Hase match.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2yxfSRz-cw

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 11:17:51 PM PDT
Oh, I've seen this match plenty of times! In fact, I own this one in my collection! Yes, I've even said it gives Eddie/JBL, Cena/JBL and even 'Taker/Lesnar (Hell In The Cell) competition as far as blood loss!

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011 5:40:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 27, 2011 5:41:56 AM PDT
Scotty M. says:
I love Muta's match with Jushin Liger. Muta just went insane all over Liger. LOL! The same with his match against Hakushi. LOL.

One guy who I wish that wrestled in the early/mid 90s is Kurt Angle and one dream match of mine is him against the Great Muta. I would've love to see what business Angle would've done over in the NJWP promotion if he wrestled during that time. No disrespect to Yuji Nagata or any other of the wrestlers over there Angle has competed with but I think him and Muta would've tore the house down if they ever went one on one with each other.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011 7:25:58 AM PDT
You know, I've never thought of those two but yeah, especially if they wrestled in Japan, TNA (in the early days) or ROH!

By the way, Ring of Honor: Bloodstained Honor is a pretty good DVD, I just haven't done a preview for it yet but I think I'll do that now. May I also recommend this DVD too if you want to see a great bloody match! It is BJ Whitmer Vs. Jimmy Jacobs! That match was original ECW worthy!
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