Recap from TJ Hawke:
Sami is just one of those dudes that should always have his hair long. Aries was just transitioning into his A Double character at this time. Aries was using A Double tactics early on, but he struggled to get a decisive advantage. Finally, after Aries dumped Sami to the floor, Aries was able to get control of the match. He worked Sami over for a while. The crowd was less than impressed by the action. Sami eventually came back with some kicks and an Ace Crusher. Sami got a nearfall with a belly-to-belly suplex. Sami got another nearfall with an exploder. Aries came back with a rolling elbow and the shinbreaker/back suplex combo. Aries then hit a dropkick, a punt to the head, and a brainbuster: 1…2…3.
This was just a very flat match, as the crowd was not into any aspect of the match. Aries’s heel transition in 2009 was rough, as the crowd took a really long time before they got into his matches again. Sami would do much better for himself if he got a shot in ROH now.
Match Rating: **1/2