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By Stuart Carapola on 2008-09-21 06:43:44
Just wanted to check in with live thoughts on ROH Glory By Honor VII at the former ECW Arena in Philadelphia.  Overall a good show, but not the blowaway show I was expecting given how strong the card looked on paper:
-The opening match saw Jerry Lynn defeat Kenny King.  King looked good, he seems like he'll be someone to keep an eye on.  Jerry was over huge here, and I would even say he got one of the biggest pops of the night.
-Adam Pearce defeated Brent Albright to regain the NWA World Title.  I was kind of surprised at the result, not only because Pearce got the title back but also because he beat Albright by submission, and with his own hold (the crowbar) at that.  I did see Mike's news posting that Albright may have suffered an arm injury that led to the title switch, but I guess we'll hear more about that if there's anything to it.
-Go Shiozaki defeated Kevin Steen to retain the FIP "World" Title.  Good match, these two guys stiffed the hell out of each other, but you never really felt like Shiozaki's title was in any serious jeopardy here.
-Bryan Danielson defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima to retain the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title.  This was an excellent match, and it was either this or the main event for match of the night, depending on whether you like strong wrestling or brawls.  Nakajima has some of the stiffest kicks I've ever seen, and he basically kicked the crap out of Danielson for much of the match before Danielson came back, drilling Nakajima with a series of elbows to the head before hooking in Cattle Mutilation for the win.
-After intermission, we got Erick Stevens defeating Rhett Titus.  Stevens seemed to take an accidental shot to the face because his nose started gushing blood within the first minute or so of the match.  After the match, Larry Sweeney came out and offered Stevens a contract to join Sweet & Sour Inc, but Stevens blew him off, leading to all of Sweeney's guys attacking Stevens.  Roderick Strong and the Vulture Squad made the save, leading to...
-Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, and Shane Hagadorn defeated Roderick Strong, Ruckus, and Jigsaw.  This was an excellent match and easily the best match Shane Hagadorn has ever been, and probably will ever be, a part of.  Chris Hero picked up the win after knocking Roderick Strong out with his loaded elbowpad.
-GHC Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki defeated Claudio Castagnoli in a non-title bout.  This was a good match, even though I didn't think Claudio was laying into him with some of his moves the way he usually does.  Sasaki, on the other hand, seemed to have no problem laying into Claudio.  I don't think I was necessarily expecting a classic, but this felt kind of pedestrian nonetheless, and Sasaki finished him off with the Snowplow.
-ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness defeated El Generico to retain the title.  Nigel looked pretty dominating in this match, and even though Generico got in a bunch of hope spots and even had Kevin Steen interfere and attack Nigel with the title belt when the ref had his back turned, Nigel came through and pinned Generico with a jackknife rollup for the win.  Interesting to note that Nigel really kept the lariats to a minimum this weekend, and didn't win either match with the rebound lariat.
-After a second intermission, it was the main event of Steel Cage Warfare, pitting Austin Aries and the Briscoes against Age Of The Fall members Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black, and Delirious, and also the Necro Butcher entered on his own.  Necro was the first one eliminated, which didn't go over well with the crowd, and then Age Of The Fall teamed up to hit a bunch of big moves on Austin Aries to eliminate him.  The Briscoes then came back to eliminate Delirious with a Doomsday Device, and then Mark hit the cutthroat driver on Jacobs while Jay simultaneously hit the Jay Driller on Black to eliminate both and win the match.  There was one spot where Tyler gave Mark an Awesome Bomb on a barbed wire table, and there was another table spot on the outside, though I couldn't see it from where I was sitting.
Overall it was a good show, though like I said at the top, not quite what I was expecting.  I plan to have a hotline up sometime Sunday in the Elite section expanding on my live impressions of this past weekend, so you Elite members may want to check that out as well.

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