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[2005-04-16-ROH-Stalemate] Alex Shelley vs Nigel McGuinness vs Colt Cabana vs Samoa Joe

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This is a Four-Corner Survival match with Double Stakes ... meaning the winner of the first fall gets a Pure title match (and both the winner & loser are subsequently eliminated from the match) then it becomes a singles match between the last two competitors for a shot at the World title. Kind of a silly stipulation, and it makes the psychology of the match wonky. Why would anyone want a shot at a secondary title over the World title? Anyways. There's a lot of cool mat & limbwork here; Joe being Joe is great, as usual; continuation in the Cabana/McGuinness storyline; an interesting first time match-up between Shelley/McGuinness. Good, well-worked match with decent storytelling, but not without its flaws. Rating: ***

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4 corner survival with the winner of the first fall getting a pure title shot. The other two then battle for a world title shot. So a weird stip, but it creates some interesting dynamics around who wants want shot and how that affects breaking up pins etc. I'm not sure time has been kind to Colt Cabana, he just seems...worse than a lot of other workers in the company. Joe looks absolutely great killing people. The first part of the match with all four men is great. It goes into decline with just McGuiness and Shelley, but is still alright. Finish comes out of nowhere really.  Fun match. *** 3/4

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