September 29, 2008
ROH has another great show with New Horizons PPV
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling
Continuing their streak of very good pay per view events, Ring of Honorís New Horizons is the newest offering from the company. Taped in Detroit, Michigan on July 25th, the show features something for everyone Ė wild brawls, fast paced action, and two incredible main event matches.
Juneís Take No Prisoners pay per view offered a star-making performance by Tyler Black, whose match against ROH champion Nigel McGuinness was a classic. Blackís star continues to rise with this show and an awesome main event against ďAmerican DragonĒ Bryan Danielson. The match is a back and forth battle that leaves the viewer breathless, culminating in Black powerbombing Danielson into the corner, and breaking the top rope. The crowdís reaction to this moment is one of shock and awe, and it transmits well to the audience at home. Black walks out of the match showing he can go with the best wrestler in the world, building him up as someone to carry the company as other top stars move on.
Immediately after the match, the longstanding feud between Austin Aries and Jimmy Jacobs comes to a head with a violent brawl through the crowd, culminating in a ladder spot that has to be seen to be believed. The show ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, as both men are still trying to kill each other.
The Detroit crowd is red-hot throughout the show, from the opening angle with The Age of the Fall and a squash match from the Briscoe brothers to the closing brawl, which really adds to the show. Kevin Steen and The Necro Butcher have a fun no-DQ match and ROH continues its run of excellent tag matches on pay per view with Chris Hero and Go Shiozaki teaming up to take on Roderick Strong and Naomichi Marufuji, with an appearance by Lance Storm. Another ROH staple, a four-corners match with Eric Stevens vs. Delirious vs. Ruckus vs. Shane Hagadorn.
Ring of Honor is a cheap and entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, and New Horizons is worth watching. Check your cable provider to see when it replays.
Jason Clevett is sad that the only way he usually gets to see ROH is on DVD or pay per view.