Bryan Danielson vs. Austin Aries from Ring of Honor 2006

bryanariesThis was for Bryan’s ROH World Championship.

This was unfortunately a rather dull and lifeless defense for Bryan. The biggest issue Bryan faced with a lot of his B-defenses was that he did not adjust his in-ring strategy to account for the fact that there was no way in hell that Aries was winning the belt here. There were a number of wrestlers set up in 2006 to conceivably take the belt from Bryan. Aries was not one of them, and Bryan doing the “I’m going to be methodical and outlast my opponent” strategy was a real drag as a result. ¬†With all that being said, it was hilarious to see Aries get very close in the end only for Bryan to win via small package. (**1/2)

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