Sunday, 18 May 2014 09:46
Best Match: Young Bucks/ReDRagon
Worst Match: Decade/Jado & Gedo
I was in attendance for the show in Manhattan. I'm not sure how the audio on the show was, but according to your review it couldn't have been mic'd well, because this crowd was electric the entire night.
There were a couple of slow spots for the crowd, most notably the Decade tag match, and Liger-Cole (which was due to how crazy they went for the Bucks match before it). Other than that, this was as great of a crowd I have seen since ECW One Night Stand. And I've been at the last two Mania shows.
Okada was the most over New Japan talent, while there were a ton of Bullet Club shirts in the crowd. Overall, an amazing show from everyone.
I have read several different reports on this show over the last few hours and wanted to share my thoughts on the show. Definitely a thumbs up from me, probably the best show I have ever been to. That is one of the main reasons I wanted to write in. I keep hearing reports from people who covered the iPPV that the crowd was pretty quiet. I do not understand this at all. I attended the show live and it was easily the best crowd I have been a part of. Most of the crowd was really loud for the majority of the show and definitely reacted to many, many spots throughout the night. I don't know if the energy of the crowd did not transmit over the live Internet feed but the Hammerstein was rocking all night long.
WORST MATCH: Hiroshima Tanahashi vs Michael Bennett
I think it is unfair to call this the "worst match," because that implies it was a bad match, which it was not by any stretch. It was my least favorite, but it was a good match that I did enjoy.
BEST MATCH: Young Bucks vs ReDragon
I lost track of how many spots I saw in this match that I had never seen before. These guys definitely stole the show. They worked their asses off, the crowd was going NUTS, and it was just non-stop action from start to finish. I was physically exhausted just watching the effort all four men put forth.
HONORABLE MENTION: Adam Cole vs Jushin Liger
If I had one criticism of the show, it was that the matches were TOO fast paced. It was just one great spot after another in rapid sequence. I was still processing something amazing when two more things would happen. As fantastic as Young Bucks vs ReDragon was, there are large sections of it I don't really remember because everything happened too fast. It was certainly exciting, and I can't wait to rewatch it on the DVD, but the old school wrestling purist in me wishes the wrestlers in that match (and everyone in ROH in general), would just SLOW DOWN a little. A truly great wrestling match should not be full speed ahead at all times. It should have peaks and valleys, in ebb and flow, and tell a story. The only match that really did that was the Cole vs Liger match.
I am sure a lot of that had to do with Liger being 49 years old, but be that as it may, everything in that match actually meant something. There were no high spots just for the sake of high spots. Liger and Cole took the crowd on a journey, told a story, and showed that you don't need countless dives and high impact moves in rapid fire sequences to have a very good match.
That being said, this was a great night of wrestling. Every match was entertaining, everybody put forth a ton of effort, the crowd was rocking all night long, and it came across as feeling like a very special night.
Thumbs up(for Chandler/Brooks and I got my moneys worth in entertainment)
Well I certainly got my money's worth in entertainment but boy was it a bad night for Bellator. 2 awful decisions in the main events, Tito steamrolling their middleweight champ, and an embarrasing post match scene after the main event(certainly entertaining though).
Chandler vs Brooks was an awesome fight from rd3 on I had it scored a draw after giving Brooks a 10-8 3rd. I thought every round was clear who the winner was with the only question whether it was a draw. Horrible judging with 2 judges giving Brooks rd 5 and totally fucking up Chandler vs Alvarez 3, totally could have been avoided by not having this match for a fake title.
Rampage vs Mo wasn't very good as expected but once again I thought Mo clearly won rds 1&3 but all 3 judges somehow gave it to Rampage for apparently having Mo in his guard for most of the round. Mo classless in defeat but still enjoyed it for calling out Bjorn for being the scumbag that he is.
Tito winning was a feel good moment even if Bellator threw their Middleweight Champion under the bus fighting a guy in reality 2 weight classes bigger than him...good luck in the future convincing anybody Schlemenko is worth your time. There is a reason UFC doesn't let it's stars fight lose/lose matches. Great for Tito embarrasing for Bellator.
At least Michael Page looked awesome, so they got that going for them...which is nice.
Thumbs Up (From a forty-something fan from the tape trading era when Liger was king)
Best: Red Dragon over Bucks
Worst: Tanahashi over Bennett (Hard to believe on a joint ROH/NJPW show that a former world champ would be booked into a Santino style clown show)
Despite the show's shortcomings (poor booking, flat finishes to the Liger match and the show itself, lousy crowd), it was still worth at least double what I paid for UStream.
First off, thanks for sharing my Natalya article!
ROH/New Japan War of the Worlds Feedback
Best Match: Hard to say. A lot of great matches on the card. Probably the main event with Styles vs. Elgin vs. Okada
Worst Match: Nothing bad on the show. Wall to wall great wrestling.
Amazing show. Not one single bad match all night. Each match was entertaining in its own way and delivered some great wrestling.
All the New Japan guys who you really wanted to see step up and show the world what they could do, did exactly that. Nakamura was great in his match with Steen, Tanahashi vs. Bennett was excellent, as was Okada in the main event. Speaking of, the inclusion of Okada into the main event, making it a 3-way title match was a great call. All three guys put on an excellent performance.
No real problems with the USTREAM feed either. During the main event I got a few glitches in the picture, but nothing that detracted from the experience. I'm really happy that ROH has successfully returned to iPPV.
Both promotions came out looking great after Global Wars and War of the Worlds. Hopefully we get some more joint shows in the future. All the wrestlers really stepped up and the crowds for both shows were insane! Good insane.
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Overall: Thumbs Up
Best Match: Tom Lawlor featuring ReDragon vs Young Bucks
Worst Match: Whitmer and Strong vs Gedo and Jado (wasn't bad)
If ROH could bring this production value to their TV show I probably wouldn't even watch WWE. Crowd just wanted to see high spots. Probably the worst crowd I can remember from the Hammerstein. I was really hoping for a New Japan hard hitting near 5 star match, but it was still a great 3 hour card. I LOVED the Paul Silas and Steen segment. I think Silas is great and would love it if they're facing each other at Best in the World. I'm going to be really bummed if Steen ends up going to WWE. This show was worth every penny and left me feeling more satisfied than any WWE show, other than Mania, in more than a year.