ROH: Death Before Dishonor V

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Boston, MA – 8.10.2007

Jigsaw vs. Delirious vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Matt Cross vs. Brent Albright vs. Pelle Primeau

Albright messes with Delirious before the bell, which is why Albright bails in fear when the bell rings. Edwards and Primeau start off. They reach a stalemate which would be hilarious nowadays. Jigsaw and Cross tag in. Jigsaw takes Cross down with a toreador. Jigsaw avoids a standing moonsault and delivers a leg lariat. Delirious blind tags Cross. He uses some armdrags to keep Jigsaw grounded and crucifixes him for a two count. He rolls Jigsaw into a butterfly stretch. Jigsaw escapes and Albright tags in. Delirious outmaneuvers Albright. After taking some clotheslines, Albright divorce courts Delirious’ arm. He targets his attack on that arm. Delirious escapes using a chinbreaker. Primeau comes in with a missile dropkick. It does nothing. Jigsaw and Cross each hit their own missile dropkicks. Edwards sends Jigsaw to the floor. Primeau dropkicks Albright on the floor from the apron. Delirious and Jigsaw battle Edwards until Cross dives onto them. In the ring, Edwards blocks Cross’ huracanrana with a powerbomb. He comes off the top and eats a headbutt in the stomach from Delirious. Delirious then hits the Panic Attack. Shadows Over Hell connects but Jigsaw’s double stomp breaks the pin. He superkicks Delirious out and dives after him. Cross and Albright evade each others’ attacks. Albright drives him face first into the mat. Primeau headscissors him to the corner. Albright suplexes him into the turnbuckles. Jigsaw enzuigiri’s Albright. Albright dumps him in a half nelson suplex. Edwards breaks the cover. He superkicks Albright. Albright slingshots him into the corner. After a half nelson suplex to Edwards, Delirious baits him to chase him backstage. Cross hits a shooting star legdrop on Edwards for the pin at 10:49. That was so action packed I feel like I need to catch my breath after watching this. I don’t know if anybody moved up the proverbial ladder because of this bout but it sure was fun. **¾

Philadelphia, PA – 8.11.2007

Jigsaw & Chris Hero vs. Nigel McGuinness & Claudio Castagnoli

Sweet N’ Sour Inc. (Larry Sweeney, Tank Toland, and Bobby Dempsey) are in Hero and Jigsaw’s corner. Jigsaw is under Sweeney’s employ for one night only. Hero wastes some time on the floor before starting off with McGuinness. After some back and forth Hero goofs off with some acrobatics. Claudio’s entry into the ring frightens him. He tags in Jigsaw. Jigsaw and Claudio go to the mat. Claudio then brings him to the corner and tags in McGuinness. Jigsaw wins a wristlock exchange with a leg lariat. Hero nips up off of his feet out of a wristlock from McGuinness. He notices Claudio has tagged in and bails to the floor. Jigsaw uses the ropes for a pair of armdrags. He slips out to avoid an uppercut. Claudio pulls him back in from the floor and hits the uppercut! He comes off the second rope with an elbow drop for two. McGuinness spins him out into a lariat for two. He goes for the Tower of London. Hero kicks McGuinness and divorce courts his arm. With that, Hero and Jigsaw take turns targeting McGuinness’ right arm. McGuinness almost escapes with a short arm clothesline to Jigsaw, but Hero thinks quickly and knocks Claudio off the apron. McGuinness manages to capture both Hero and Jigsaw in the corner. He kicks them both in the back and clotheslines them to the mat. Claudio comes in with Swiss Chin Music to Hero. He follows up with the Match Killer. He Giant Swings Jigsaw. Hero boots Claudio. Claudio hops up and delivers an uppercut. He gets two with the Alpamare Waterslide. He misses a top rope headscissors. Jigsaw hops off of Hero’s shoulders into a legdrop. Hero follows with a double stomp. McGuinness breaks the pin. He ducks Hero’s boot and nails a short-arm lariat. He catches Jigsaw with the Tower of London. He sends Jigsaw into the barricades. Hero clocks Claudio with the Race to the Top tournament trophy while referee Todd Sinclair is distracted by McGuinness and Jigsaw on the floor. Hero pins Claudio at 15:12. The goofiness of Hero played well into his avoidness of Claudio. The match moved into a more serious approach with some excellent wrestling and a nice comeback from the babyfaces. This was a really fun match, and Jigsaw made a surprisingly good teammate for Hero. ***

Mike Quackenbush vs. Bryan Danielson

They exchange wristlocks to start. Quackenbush locks Danielson’s legs around his own. They turn over and face each other in a headstand. They shake hands and release. Danielson breaks another wristlock with a dropkick. Quackenbush uses the ropes to snap off an armdrag. Danielson takes Quackenbush to the corner and picks up the aggression with knee strikes and kicks to the chest. He suplexes Quackenbush for two and grabs at his face and chin. He drops three knees to the face for a two count. Quackenbush comes back with some aggressive forearms after being slapped. Danielson drives his forearm into the bridge of Quackenbush’s nose. Danielson locks Quackenbush’s legs onto his feet presumably for a surfboard. However, he grasps at his nose and then bends his body in half. Danielson does some damage to Quackenbush’s shoulder before giving him a belly-to-back suplex. He puts on a Stretch Plum Quackenbush escapes and headbutts Danielson in the chest. He throws a series of chops to the chest while avoiding some of Danielson’s offense. He palm strikes Danielson to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo. In the ring Quackenbush goes after Danielson’s shoulder. After a Black Tornado slam he wrenches back in an armbar. He turns him into a crucifix pin for two. On their feet he puts on an abdominal stretch variant specifically stretching out the arm. He turns that into a clutch for two. Danielson kicks Quackenbush away and gives him a running kick to the chest. He gets two with a Tiger suplex. He locks on the crossface chickenwing. Quackenbush escapes and goes for the submission itself. When that fails he sunset flips Danielson into a crucifix. Danielson kicks out and puts on Cattle Mutilation. He turns him over into a Jorge clutch for two. Quackenbush comes off the top with double knees to the chest. He then puts on a Stretch Plum. He drags Danielson into a cross armbreaker. Danielson gets his foot on the ropes. They trade strikes. Quackenbush small packages Danielson for two. Danielson elbows Quackenbush in the head while putting on a triangle choke. Referee Todd Sinclair calls for the bell at 17:21. You might be surprised to hear this, but these two had a superb wrestling match. The psychology, the intensity, and the mat work were terrifically incorporated and the crowd was with them all the way. ***¾

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