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Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH 03/30/02)

Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:48 am
by SammyJ_D
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Re: Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH 03/30/2002)

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:54 am
by supersonic
Round Robin Challenge Match #3
Guest Ref - Ken Shamrock
Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson

Now THIS is a work of art - Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards should study and analyze this match to the point of absolute mental exhaustion. This is how you mix mat wrestling with strikes and dramatically close near-falls, with nice spots blended in here and there. At least 75% of this match is purely on the mat, and everything is done smoothly and crisply. The transitions are just gorgeous. Finishers are executed and the crowd actually buys into them. The psychology of Danielson's prior match with Daniels is played up to flawlessly. Danielson vs. Daniels set the bar for openers in this company; this match set the bar for ALL ROH matches. I thought of taking a 1/4* away, but the post-match selling of complete exhaustion and fatigue from both men boost it to perfection. Shamrock is two for two in refereeing a five star match.

Rating: *****

Re: Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH 03/30/2002)

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:53 pm
by RajahDDT
My (thus far) favorite match of the Rob Feinstein era and it isn't close. Shamrock added without distracting, both men clearly struggled for control, going slowly because it wasn't just a fight; it was a match they wanted to win. Low-Ki could win the Round Robin challenge and secure bragging rights as the undisputed top dog of Ring of Honor, but a loss would make Danielson the big loser of the whole tournament, and the equally undisputed number three. Despite the slower pace, they aren't plodding and resting either; there's a real struggle for control, both guys desperately trying to come out on top without making a mistake, yet are being too cautious to gain an advantage.

When frustration boils over and both men go for the kill, the only word I can describe the end result is orgasmic. Yup, you will reach sexual climax after watching this match. Get on it.