During the Memorial Day weekend sale, ROHWrestling.com had a 40% off sale on all ROH store merch. And because Cablevision does not have HDNet, I am unable to watch ROH on Monday Nights.
Author’s Note: People tend to focus on TNA taking on WWE’s RAW in what was poorly accredited as the Monday Night Wars 2 that they do not realize that since March 31, 2009, Ring of Honor Wrestling could also be seen on Monday Nights.
I took the liberty of purchasing ROH on HDNet Vol. 1 DVD which features the 10 best matches throughout the course of their first twelve episodes. And after watching 10 main events in the span of a 3-hour single-disc DVD, all I can say is that ROH is the superb wrestling show. Aside from the first match between Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black, the rest of the DVD is non-stop action. The wrestling seen in these 3 hours will change the way you look at WWE or TNA because it is so innovative.
The following are spoiler-free. Unless you are unaware of who is the ROH World Champion as of today (June 6, 2010), then yes… I’ve spoiled that.
1. Tyler Black vs. Jimmy Jacobs – Episode # 1
The last time I saw Jimmy Jacobs was Glory by Honor V, Night 2 (2006) in a triple-threat against Christopher Daniels and Colt Cabana. And Jacobs just looks really weird now. He looks like he spent his allowance on Hot Topic apparel.
In this match, it is revealed that both Jimmy Jacobs and Austin Aries share a hatred for Tyler Black. And throughout this DVD, you see the evolution of Tyler Black into the new face of the company, which lead to his eventual role as the ROH Champion.
2. Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries – Episode # 3
At the 8th Anniversary Show (2010), I really started digging “A-Double” Austin Aries because he is such a great heel. So what happens when “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” takes on “The Best Wrestler in the World?”
3. Austin Aries vs. Kenny Omega – Episode # 4
Kenny Omega makes his first appearance on ROH on HDNet in an impressive effort against A-Double. Kenny Omega is one crazy, comedic character, who has a lot of athleticism. It’s obvious that he has a fascination for Anime because he does the Dragon Ball Z stance when he enters the ring. Definitely a favorite as well, and will be a great asset to ROH.
4. Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black – Episode # 6
Now, I may not like Tyler Black but I respect him enough. This match was given a 20-minute time limit. Bryan Danielson and Tyler Black went toe-to-toe, with neither of them giving in to the other. Bryan Danielson is the veteran as he is a former champion, and also making his way out of ROH as he was signing with WWE. While Tyler Black was being set to become the next big thing in the company. It’s like when Ric Flair went up against Sting. Sting wasn’t quite there, but Flair helped him get to that next level.
5. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries – Episode # 7
Only the Strong survives, but how did Roderick Strong fare against his former tag team partner A-Double? Both Aries and Strong know each other so well because they held the ROH World Tag Team Titles for a span of 9-months, named so after they defended the titles against Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino in Japan.
6. Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black – Episode # 8
A rematch from Episode #6, Tyler Black and Bryan Danielson lasted longer than their first 20-minute match. Possibly hoping for a decisive winner in this second bout. But what took place was unbelievable. For a match that went over 20-minutes, there were no dull moments.
7. Non-World Tag Team Title Match: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Rhett Titus & Kenny King – Episode # 9
Kevin Steen is known as “Mr. Wrestling.” Your initial impression is that he’s a fat bastard. After a few minutes of watching this man wrestle, you will know why they call him “Mr. Wrestling.”
El Generico is a Canadian pro-wrestler with a Luchador gimmick. Currently, Mr. Wrestling turned heel on El Generico, but on this DVD, you can see them working as a cohesive unit before the turn.
Kenny King is like the Shelton Benjamin of ROH, which would make Rhett Titus Charlie Haas. These two are still currently teaming together to this day, but too much show boating from Rhett Titus’ Rick Rude-like thrusts loses valuable momentum in matches.
8. Jay Briscoe vs. Kenny Omega vs. Kenny King – Episode # 10
Jay Briscoe, and his brother Mark, are known for as the only wrestlers, currently working for the company, who were featured on ROH’s first-ever event in February 2002. They held the ROH World Tag Team Titles a record of six times as a team. And on December 29, 2007, during their fourth reign, the Briscoe Brothers became the longest reigning tag team champions in ROH history.
Jay and Kenny King tried making this a one-on-one bout, continually tossing Kenny Omega over the ropes. Not feeling that he was up to par with either of them. But Kenny Omega made a name for himself in this Triple-Threat match.
9. World Tag Team Title Tables Match: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. The American Wolves – Episode # 11
The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) attacked Kevin Steen and El Generico at the end of their match with Titus and King on Episode 9. Sending a message that The American Wolves have targeted the ROH World Tag Team Champions.
Author’s Note: Unlike WWE or TNA, when tables break in ROH it really breaks. The tables aren’t precut as in other wrestling shows, so more pressure must be applied to break them.
One of the greatest maneuvers was when El Generico jumped through the ropes on one side of turnbuckle, appeared on the other side, and executed a tornado DDT on Eddie Edwards. Phenomenal. It blew my mind.
10. ROH World Title Match: Jerry Lynn vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black vs. Austin Aries – Episode # 12
After a long journey through some intense match-ups, the three men featured the most on this DVD meet with the ROH World Champion, Jerry Lynn in a Fatal 4-Way match. And believe me, this match probably will outshine the two Fatal 4-Way matches set for WWE’s Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view.
Bryan Danielson and Austin Aries are former ROH World Champions, looking to make it 2, while Tyler Black still on the hunt (at this point) for his first ROH World Title. As for Jerry Lynn, he’s trying to prove that he is still worth a damn in the world of professional wrestling.
You can feel the sweat and exhaustion that these four competitors put themselves through in this non-stop match. At times these wrestlers were fighting without a second to catch their breath. This match was the sole reason why I purchased the DVD, and after traveling through 3-hours of ROH action, this was the perfect way to end the first volume, in what hopefully will be many more to come.
Beyond the DVD
This DVD features no bonus materials. So no bonus matches, no music videos, and no Shimmer matches. ROH didn’t even take the time to make a flashy menu screen. The DVD is pretty bare, with the ROH on HDNet opening theme playing before 10 of the Best ROH Wrestling matches on HDNet.
Want to buy the DVD?
You can order “Ring of Honor on HDNet Vol. 1″ at ROHWrestling.com. Order here.