ROH Throwback Thursday: Danielson Wins the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship

by Daniel Johnson

Bryan Danielson vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

ROH Throwback Thursday just featured one of their best matches to date with this bout for NOAH’s GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. If the title of this post spoiled the match result from ROH The Tokyo Summit  for you then…who cares?  Watch the match anyway! It is really that good.

Bryan Danielson and Yoshinobu Kanemaru feel each other out a bunch in the beginning until the match comes alive when Danielson hits a shoulder block and Kanemaru delivers a dropkick. The action spills outside and Kanemaru nails the first aerial move of the encounter with a plancha to the floor. During the brawl on the outside Kanemaru sneaks in a guillotine leg drop on the guardrail and a DDT. Kanemaru would go on to hit a variety of DDTs in this affair, each more spectacular than the last.

On the inside Kanemaru explodes with a big splash from the top rope and does it so quickly that if you blink you’ll miss it. Kanemaru is like some kind of wrestling version of Sonic The Hedgehog. The two then engage in some blow for blow striking, which Danielson wins. Danielson next targets Kanemaru’s arms and nearly wins with a triangle lock. Kanemaru again though jumps to the ropes in a flash and hits a missile dropkick allowing him to resume control. Kanemaru hits a DDT then a jumping DDT from the second rope. Danielson bounces back with a diving European uppercut from the ropes and focuses once more on Kanemaru’s arms. Kanemaru doesn’t like this one bit and hits yet another DDT, this time taking Danielson with him from the ropes and then follows this move up with a brainbuster. Kanemaru attempts to go to the ropes once more at lighting speed, but gets caught by Danielson and hit with a belly-to-back superplex. Kanemaru wins one more blow for blow fight, but then gets defeated with Danielson’s cattle mutilation.

All in all this is a match deserving of two thumbs up. The clip finishes with Danielson giving a press conference where he talks about next defending the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship against Katsuhiko Nakajima. Danielson would go on to hold the championship for about a month before dropping it to KENTA.



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