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Homicide crowned ROH champion
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling


Homicide celebrates his ROH championship win. Photo courtesy rohphotos.com

Saturday, December 23, 2006 marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. In front of a sold-out crowd at the Manhattan Ballroom in New York City, hometown boy Homicide fulfilled his destiny by defeating "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson for the Ring Of Honor title.

The match was seven months in the making. On May 13th, Homicide challenged Danielson for the belt and came out on the losing end. Since that time Homicide had overcome a series of challenges from Jim Cornette and his henchmen Adam Pearce and Shane Hagadorn to even make it to New York City for his promised title match.

The two battled for close to 25 minutes, each focusing their attack on each other's bad arms and combining mat wrestling with high-flying attacks. Danielson barely kicked out of Homicide’s "copkilla" before succumbing to a lariat. After the match the locker room emptied and celebrated with the new champion.

The loss marks the end of the second-longest ROH world title reign. Dragon won the belt from James Gibson on September 17, 2005 in Long Island. His 15-month reign is second only to Samoa Joe. During the last 15 months Dragon has consistently been one of the highlights of Ring of Honor shows, defending the belt in classics against challengers like Roderick Strong, Austin Aries, Lance Storm, Samoa Joe, Nigel McGuinness, Colt Cabana and Pro Wrestling NOAH star KENTA. Many of his matches have gone close to 60 minutes, including draws with Cabana, Joe and McGuinness. Since August, Danielson has gutted through working with a painful shoulder injury.

While it has been expected for months, the lack of surprise didn't make Homicide's win any less emotional. The New York crowd exploded over the victory. It goes to show how good the storytelling is in Ring of Honor when despite all signs pointing towards a Homicide victory, the fans were still intensely passionate about both the match and the outcome.

The next Ring of Honor shows are in Braintree, MA on January 26th, and Edison, NJ January 27th.

Ring of Honor "Final Battle 2006" match results

  • Jimmy Rave defeat Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards and El Generico in a Four Corners bout
  • Adam Pearce pin Ricky Reyes after a foreign object shot
  • Brent Albright and Jimmy Jacobs defeated BJ Whitmer & Colt Cabana
  • The Briscoes defeated Claudio Castagnoli & Chris Hero
  • Jimmy Rave made Nigel McGuiness tap out
  • Cima, Shingo Takagi and Matt Sydal defeated Austin Aries, Roderick Strong and Delirious in a Dragon's Gate Rules match.

    RELATED LINKS:
  • April 6, 2004 : Homicide's style comes from the streets
  • Bryan Danielson's profile
  • Ring of Honor




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    Jason Clevett is a ROH fan from Calgary, Alberta. He has interviewed both Homicide and Bryan Danielson in the past.