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Recap from TJ Hawke:
This is apparently Roc’s “retirement” match. I don’t know if this was Roc’s first retirement match, but apparently he is one of those guys that has had many retirements. Davey was about to break out in ROH/DGUSA, but he hadn’t quite put it all together at this time. After some trading of holds, Roc sent Davey to the outside and then did some fake-out dives. Roc went for a leapfrog, but Davey took him down with a spinning heel kick. Davey started to get the heat after that. Roc came back with a couple of dropkicks and a spinning heel kick. Roc went for a suicide dive, but Davey hit an enzugiri to block it. Roc low-bridged Davey to the floor and then hit the suicide dive. Back in the ring, Roc hit a diving cross-body: 1…2…NO! Roc then hit a slingshot Lionsault: 1…2…NO! Roc went for a big move, but Davey escaped and drilled him with a kick to the chest. Roc reversed a powerbomb into a hurricanrana. Roc then hit a Code Red: 1…2…NO! Roc went to the top rope, but Davey kicked him and hit a superplex. Davey hit the handspring kick to the head: 1…2…NO! Davey then hit a missile dropkick: 1…2…NO! Roc hit a pair of step-up enzugiris and a standing Sliced Bread #2: 1…2…NO! Roc tried for a super Sliced Bread, but Davey came back with a super German suplex! Powerbomb from Davey: 1…2…NO! Roc avoided a DR Driver and hit the SOS: 1…2…NO! They traded some shots. Davey hit an alarm kick, a lariat, and a DR Driver: 1…2…NO! Davey hit a high kick to the head and then another DR Driver (really just a butterfly suplex this time): 1…2…3. The locker room emptied to give Roc a big sendoff. The crowd was very appreciative.
They really went for epic here, and Roc looked as tough as possible, kicking out of almost everything Davey threw at him (Davey said in his post-match speech that Roc was the first person to kick out of the DR Driver. Even at the time, that can’t be true, right?). Roc showed off everything in this match, and he made sure to “leave it all in the ring,” so to speak. Very strong match.
Match Rating: ***1/2