I have a question of sorts. As usual though I need to explain first for no reason in particular. I just started watching ROH again; stopped when I moved to a new cable company who didn't have HDNet and I couldn't follow the show. However, when I say "watching," I'm trying to work my way through their really old stuff to see how they book feuds on only a show or two a month. So I started with the earliest I could find, in 2003.
My question is, though, a bit general: Why is it that Bryan Danielson is regarded as one of the best in the world, second maybe to KENTA but that's about it, where Samoa Joe or Paul London or Matt Striker, who I've enjoyed in this show as much as any match I've enjoyed with Danielson are basically regarded as "yeah, they're alright" type guys?
I mean I kinda get Striker, in that he immediately went to the E and that can cause a lot of talented guys to be regarded as garbage by the IWC. But Samoa Joe seems to be regarded as someone who can really go and is a really great workrate guy who's taken seriously by basically nobody. Paul London is kinda the opposite, at least in my mind: He's very entertaining on the mic, and he's regarded as a reasonably skilled high-flyer.
So... what makes Danielson different, do you think?
Originally Posted by MasterJ
I never said I wouldn't give them a chance I'm just saying I like the normal non IWC wrestling fan like wrestling with more angles than matches like WWE and TNA. I plan on watching ROH to see what I think though.
I don't really like more angles than matches, but I feel similar to what you're saying in that the IWC seems really high on flippy-dippy wrestling, and I'm actually pretty happy to watch the WWE style of wrestling, maybe with more head drops. Honestly my favorite show right now is OVW, which I watch when I remember to on the web. I wish there was some way to automatically download it so I could binge-watch OVW.
That said, in my experience, ROH largely delivers matches I enjoy. You've got Tyler Black, who IMO is made for the 'E right now and is basically being booked as sympathetic rather than good. You've got guys like Davey Richards who can do the stiff brawling that doesn't look like garbage.
As long as you come into it essentially willing to ignore that you don't know these people like you know WWE or TNA stars, you'll probably like the in-ring action. Beyond that, expect a lot of mic work and comparatively few skits if any.