Aug 12, 2007

Dragon vs Lightning

ROH: Death Before Dishonor V - Night Two
PA National Guard Armory - Philadelphia, PA
This is probably going to be my last wrestling show for a little while.  I'm starting college on the 27th, so I won't have as much free time or spare cash to keep up with the indy scene the way that I have over the past couple of years.  However, this is definitely ending on a personal high note.  Bryan Danielson and Mike Quackenbush are two of my favorite wrestlers of all time, so getting to see them face off against each other from the first row was a dream come true.  Their match was every bit as incredible as I hoped it would be, with Dragon taking the win after hitting Cattle Mutilation.

There was a lot of hard hitting action throughout the night, which has what I've come to expect from an ROH show in Philadelphia.  The night included a Falls Count Anywhere match between Mark Briscoe and El Generico and a Lights Out Match between Jay Briscoe and Kevin Steen in which the match is won by beating your opponent so badly that they can't stand up from a ten count.  In other words, you have to knock your opponent's lights out... get it?.  The main event was an eight man Philadelphia Street Fight match, in addition to a very stiff match for the Ring Of Honor World Heavyweight Championship between champion Takeshi Morishima and challenger Brent Albright.

Speaking of Brent Albright, I was able to meet him at the show.  He's probably better known to the mainstream audience as Gunner Scott from his time in WWE, and it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up back on television sooner rather than later.  It'd be a shame for ROH to lose him though.  His match with Takeshi Morishima for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship was incredible, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see him have a run with the title in the near future. 

I also met Cary Silkin.  He has owned Ring Of Honor since 2004, and in that time, he's brought in some of the best talent ever assembled at one time on a pro wrestling roster.


This may end up being my last show for a while, but if that's the case, I can think of no better last memory to have than a show as excellent as this.