Samoa Joe vs. Bryan Danielson from Ring of Honor 2006


This was a no disqualification match.

This was a really good brawl! Both guys worked like they hated each other and wanted to punish one another for the mere fact that they existed.

Despite the non-title component, Bryan worked with a level of pride that did not telegraph the result. There seemed to be a legitimate possibility that he could win the match.

The finishing sequence was beautiful. Bryan stole Todd Sinclair’s belt and tried to choke Joe out with it. That of course failed, and Joe ended up choking Bryan out with the belt!

Joe then announced they would be back in this city again for a steel cage match with the title on the line. Bryan woke up after that and was outraged when the fans told him what transpired. (***1/2)



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