This was for Bryan’s ROH World Championship.
While this truly had the big fight feel at points and had a handful of sequences that were genuinely enjoyable, this was still just another 2006 Bryan defense that prioritized going a very long time for the sake of it rather than telling a consistently engaging and compelling story in the ring.
Don’t get it twisted, the final ten minutes were truly great. The long story of Bryan’s reign though set up so many matches like this to fall short of their potential. Maybe it was worth it. Hard to say though even in retrospect. Bryan was about to pass out in the Coquina Clutch as the time limit expired. (**3/4)