ROH: The Battle of St. Paul

battleofstpaul

St Paul, MN – 4.27.2007

ROH World Tag Team Championship – Ultimate Endurance Elimination Match
Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe (Champions) vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Hallowicked & Gran Akuma vs. Pelle Primeau & Mitch Franklin

First Fall: Tap Out Match

Jigsaw and Primeau trade wristlocks. Primeau snaps off a pair of armdrags. Jigsaw drops him in the Gory Special. The fans lose their minds when Quackenbush tags in. He armdrags Primeau into a key lock STF. Primeau drags Quackenbush to the ropes. He trips him into a front chancery. Quackenbush arm whips him into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a gut buster. He places his leg across Primeau’s face while pulling on his arm. Again Primeau gets the ropes. Primeau puts on his own armbar when a crossbody goes awry. Franklin sunset flips Quackenbush into an Anaconda Vise. He has to release and tag in. He O’Conner rolls Hallowicked into a chin lock. Hallowicked rams him to the corner and delivers a super snapmare. Frankline armdrags him thrice. He hits a wheelbarrow facebuster and foolishly tries a pin. Jay Briscoe boots him in the face. After a slam he tags in Mark. The Briscoes double shoulder block him down. Mark slams him a few times. Jay military presses him into a Death Valley Driver. He applies a Stretch Plum. Primeau breaks it. Jay and Mark toss him in the air. Jay reapplies the Stretch Plum and Franklin taps at 6:33.

Second Fall: Scramble Rules

Hallowicked yakuza kicks Jay to the floor. Quackenbush baits Hallowicked into a crossbody from Jigsaw. He helps him to headscissors Hallowicked to the floor. Quackenbush and Jigsaw slingshot the Briscoes onto each other. They roll to the floor where Jigsaw follows with a dive. Hallowicked and Akuma attack Quackenbush from behind. Quackenbush maneuvers so that they end up hurting each other. He armdrags Akuma and avoids Hallowicked’s back senton. Akuma catches him with a powerbomb. Hallowicked boots him into Akuma’s Yoshi Tonic. Jigsaw breaks the cover. The Briscoes toss Jigsaw and Quackenbush out. Jay gives Akuma a stunner and clotheslines him out. Mark missile dropkicks Hallowicked. The Briscoes double team him but only get a two count. Akuma trips Jay to stop the Redneck Boogie. Hallowicked Rydeen Bombs Mark. Akuma misses a moonsault. Mark gives him a uranage suplex. Jay legdrops Akuma into Mark’s Cut-Throat Driver for the pin at 10:21.

Third Fall: Regular Tag Rules

Jigsaw leg lariats Jay for two. Mark blind tags in. He kicks Jigsaw into Jay’s Complete Shot for two. The Briscoes beat down Jigsaw until he superkicks Jay to block an Irish whip. Quackenbush tags in. He headbutts Mark in the chest. He Thesz Presses him into the corner and palm strikes him on the top rope. He brings him down with a super Frankensteiner and applies the Lightning Lock Omega. Jay boots him to break the hold. Quackenbush dives over a double shoulder block. Jigsaw double dropkicks the Briscoes after being tagged. Jigsaw seems to have hurt himself on that move. He gets chopped up in the corner before being hip tossed out. They kick Jigsaw to the floor and Quackenbush attacks. He and Jay trade forearms. Jay drops him with a brainbuster. The Briscoes give him a variation of the Total Elimination. Quackenbush succumbs to the Doomsday Device and the Briscoes retain the titles at 16:34.

I am thrilled to see that the CHIKARA gang got an incredibly warm response in their ROH debut, despite being quite distant from their home turf. They all got a chance to look great and the Scramble rules played right to their strengths. It also helped make the ROH champions look remarkable by beating three teams with relative ease. This was a lot of fun and a perfect opportunity for the CHIKARA guys to make a good, lasting first impression. ***1/2

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