ROH: A Fight at the Roxbury


Boston, MA – 6.8.2007

#1 Contendership for the ROH World Championship
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Nigel McGuinness vs. Chris Hero vs. Mike Quackenbush

Hero does not want to start with McGuinness, so Quackenbush does. He applies a key lock which McGuinness rolls out of. He backs Quackenbush to the corner and cleanly lets him go. After a wristlock exchange McGuinness snapmares Quackenbush into a side headlock. Quackenbush flips through another snapmare. Hero ambushes him and tags in McGuinness. McGuinness strikes Hero from the apron. Quackenbush and Hero engage in a great Lucha sequence. When Quackenbush armdrags Hero to the corner he quickly tags in Claudio. Quackenbush monkey flips Claudio across the ring. He cartwheels off of the second rope into an armdrag. Claudio catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Hero tags in and throws Quackenbush bottom first into the apron. The former Kings of Wrestling form a union because they have a title match against the Briscoes tomorrow night. Quackenbush manages to stack Hero onto Claudio’s shoulders and sweeps out Hero’s legs. He tags in McGuinness who throws lariats at both Kings. McGuinness spins Hero into a short-arm lariat for two. Hero comes back with a double stomp. Hero gives him the Tracy Smothers sequence. McGuinness drives his shoulder into the mat divorce court style. Quackenbush flips through Hero’s courting hold and armdrags him to the corner. He gets two with the Black Tornado Slam. Hero blocks the palm strike and hits a rolling elbow. A German suplex and a flipping face buster get him two. Claudio blind tags in. He gives Quackenbush a Liger Bomb. McGuinness breaks the cover. Quackenbush breaks the Alpamare Waterslide. Quackenbush gives him a straight-jacket German suplex instead. Quackenbush cascades up Claudio for a huracanrana. Hero breaks the pin, so Quackenbush gives him a Frakensteiner. Hero boots Quackenbush off of Claudio’s shoulders. The Kings get in a fight over who will get the pin. While that’s happening, Quackenbush tags out to McGuinness. He mule kicks Hero but eats Claudio’s uppercut. Claudio gets crotched on the top rope. McGuinness hits the Tower of London. Hero breaks the cover. Claudio ducks a lariat. He gives McGuinness the Alapamare Waterslide. Quackenbush kicks Claudio in the head to stop the pin. He tags in and clotheslines Claudio in the corner. Claudio avoids the bulldog and hits an uppercut. Quackenbush catapults him to the floor. Claudio pops him up to the second turnbuckle, where Quackenbush lands and hits an Asai moonsault. Hero back flips to the floor for funsies. McGuinness comes to the floor and hits him with a lariat. Tank Toland and Bobby Dempsey stop McGuinness from hitting the Jawbreaker Lariat. Claudio sends Hero to the floor with Swiss Chin Music. Quackenbush gets two with a Torbellino. Claudio nails a hard uppercut for the pin at 18:43. Unquestionably one of the best four corner survivals ever. This met my expectations given the quality of competitors involved. Everyone fought hard for the title shot, the Kings mini-reunion worked really well, and Quackenbush was an awesome baby face against the juggernauts of ROH. So fun. ***¾


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