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October 15, 2004 / TJ Hawke

CM Punk vs. Homicide from ROH’s Gold 2004

Part 1


Part 2


Recap from TJ Hawke:

Homicide had stolen Samoa Joe’s World Title.  They immediately start brawling in and out of the ring.  Punk back body dropped Homicide into the crowd.  Punk then suplexed Homicide back onto to the floor.  Back in the floor, Punk hit a Border Toss style powerbomb for a nearfall.  Punk set up for the facewash, but Homicide feel to the safety of the floor.  Punk decided to wipe out Homicide and Rocky Romero  with a Silverking plancha.  Back in the ring, Punk was in control until Romero distracted Punk and referee, Todd Sinclair.  Homicide then hit a running knee and a neckbreaker on the floor.  Back in the ring, Homicide went after the neck of Punk some more.  Homicide locked in a Boston crab, and he then transitioned it into a STF.  Homicide was in complete control of the match.  Punk got a sunset flip out of nowhere for a nearfall.  Homicide hit a diving headbutt for a nearfall.  Homicide went to the top rope again, but Punk met him up there and hit a superplex.  Punk immediately sold his neck after the landing.  He’s a pro.  Punk then made a big comeback, which included a Welcome to Chicago Motherfucker: 1…2…NO!  Belly-to-belly suplex from Punk: 1…2…NO!  Homicide went for a piledriver, but Punk reversed it into a backslide for a nearfall.  Homicide then connected on the piledriver, but they were too close to the ropes for a pinfall.  Punk avoided a super hurricanrana and hit a short-arm lariat: 1…2…NO!  Homicide hit the Cop Cutter for another nearfall.  Punk avoided a Cop Killa, and he went for one of his own.  Rocky Romero distracted Punk and Sinclair, which allowed Homicide to kick Punk in the balls and give him a belt-shot to the head: 1…2…NO!  Great nearfall.  Both men were at the top rope and Punk tried for the Pepsi Plunge, but Romero got another distraction.  Homicide hit a chair shot to the back of Punk’s neck, and he then hit a lariat to the back of his neck: 1…2…3


A fun brawl that was cool to go back and watch. I loved the simple story of Punk’s injured neck throughout the match.  Punk and Homicide played their roles great, and the crowd was into everything.  This is an easy recommendation to watch.

Match Rating: ***1/2


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