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10/1 ROH in Manhattan: Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi in match of year candidate

Oct 2, 2005 - 7:04:00 PM
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Ring of Honor
October 1, 2005
New York City, N.Y.
Report by -Anthony Randazzo, PWTorch.com correspondent


Ring Of Honor presented a wonderful show in New York on 10/1, featuring Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi in one of the best matches I've ever seen. Period.

(1) Claudio Castignoli defeated Colt Cabana. Decent match, made better by these guys' great charisma. The Rottweilers, including Grim Reefer & Monsta Mack distracted Colt, allowing Claudio to pick up the win. Great European uppercuts from Claudio!

(2) Christopher Daniels defeated Matt Sydal and Azrieal in a 3-way Elimination Match. Daniels was WAY over in his first NYC ROH show. Sydal eliminated Azrieal while Daniels was out on the floor after getting hit with a couple of dives. After some great back-and-forth wrestling, Daniels hit Angel's Wings on Sydal for the win. Sydal really came through as a star here, hitting a couple of amazing spots.

(3) Sal Rinauro & Tony Mamaluke defeated BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs to win the Tag Team Titles. It was supposed to by Tony vs. Sal, but they teamed up and took the "open contract" for the tag title shot. OK match, that had some good moments, and some dead periods. BJ was dumped off the top through a table, and Jacobs was pinned after a sick double-team piledriver-type move.

(4) Nigel McGuinness defeated Jay Lethal to retain the Pure Championship. Great heel work by Nigel, and some great, stiff shots throughout the match. Nigel hit Lethal with his iron behind the ref's back to get the win. Much better match than I expected.

(5) Roderick Strong defeated Jimmy Rave. OK match, with both men hitting their signature spots. After Roderick got Rave to tap out to his Boston Crab, Nana tried to choke him out with the dog leash tied to Jade Chung. Finally, Jade removed the leash, took of the bedsheet she was wearing (revealing a nice little outfit), and low-blowed Nana and Rave. Roderick than cleared house and left with Jade in his arms.

After intermission, Lacey cut a weird promo. Her "new and improved" Lacey's Angels will debut soon, but it was hard to understand her shrieking.

(6) Ricky Reyes defeated Pelle Primeau. Primeau is an ROH Wrestling School student, and Reyes destroyed him in about a minute. Fun for what it was.

(7) James Gibson defeated Jimmy Yang. Lots of "Please don't go," "Thank you Gibson," etc. chants throughout for Jamie. Pretty good match, with some solid work from Gibson and cool kicks from Yang. Finish was messed up, as Gibson pinned Yang after a Tiger Driver, but the ref said it was only 2. Gibson then quickly locked in the guillotine choke for the win. Afterwards, Gibson cut a promo thanking ROH and the fans, and promising a great final match against Roderick tomorrow in Philly. NY chanted "MVP" at Gibson, which he turned into an "ROH" chant as he left.

(8) Jack Evans defeated Homicide. NY loves Homicide and hates the Red Sox! After some pre-match antics, these 2 put on a good, fast-paced match. Homicide had the match won, but Colt distracted him with a funny, vulgar, freestyle rap. This allowed Jack to hit a Reverse Rana for the upset win. The feud between Homicide and Colt is really heating up, and their exchange at the end of this match is a must-see.

(9) Kenta Kobashi defeated Samoa Joe. I don't know what to say. From the RED HOT crowd, to the ton of streamers, to the hard chops, the head dropping, the bruised and bloody chests.... This was just INCREDIBLE. Both men hit all their signature moves (including Kobashi kicking out of a Muscle Buster!). There were a million chops, and Joe's chest was just ravaged. He came right near me before an Ole' Kick about half way through the match, and it was already purple, bloody and swollen. This just has to be seen to be believe. Kenta picked up the win after a lariat.

Notes: Overall, another awesome show in NYC from Ring Of Honor. The main even reaffirmed everything that is great about wrestling. You MUST buy this DVD when it comes out. I can not say enough about how cool it was to see Kobashi live, and Samoa Joe deserves all the credit in the world for taking a beating like that. Joe is simply the best wrestler in the US right now, and this show proved it.

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