Nov 5, 2006

A Fight Without Honor

ROH: November 4, 2006
PA National Guard Armory - Philadelphia, PA
After a show in Edison a few months ago, the crew were asking for volunteers to help clear out the arena and pack up the truck.  It wasn't difficult work - mostly just carrying boxes of merchandise, chairs and pieces of the ring to the truck as the ROH students were taking everything apart.  They gave us a couple of shirts and DVDs to thank us for helping out and they let us know that if we showed up a few hours early to help them set up at future shows, we would be given free tickets to stay for the show.  It's a pretty sweet deal and we've done it a few times since then, including last night in Philadelphia.

My two favorite wrestlers on the roster are Samoa Joe and Bryan Danielson.  I was able to meet Joe and take a photo with him after Final Battle last year, but I never saw Bryan after any of the shows I've been to... until yesterday.  We had finished setting everything up and were just kind of hanging out in the building before the doors opened to let people in when I saw Bryan walking past the ring on the way to the backstage area.  I was a little hesitant because I didn't want to bug the guy the second he got to work, but I figured that it may be now or never, so I went ahead and approached him, and I'm very glad that I did.

He could not possibly have been a nicer dude!  I apologized for bugging him, and he was super nice about it and joked with me.  He asked me to make the ugliest, meanest face that I could for the picture.  I did, but then I busted up laughing, and that's when my girlfriend managed to snap the picture, so if I look like an especially big goober in this pic, that's part of the reason why.

This totally made my night, and the show hadn't even started yet!

The first of Homicide's three wishes that were granted by Jim Cornette at Death Before Dishonor IV came true in last night's main event.  Homicide took on "The King of Old School" Steve Corino in a Fight Without Honor, which is what ROH calls a match in which there must be a winner, with no countouts or disqualifications.  This is a fairly rare occurrence in ROH.  There have been a total of eight Fight Without Honor matches in company history before this weekend, and two of them have involved Homicide.  Both of those matches took place in 2003 and both had Homicide taking on Trent Acid.