24th Oct2018

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Oct 21st 2018)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this turned out to be a big night for the league and we will be able to enjoy people beating the hell out of each other for money. Don’t walk away… Renee.

Match #1: The Briscoes beat Coast 2 Coast – Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Titles Match

My Take: 3.5 out of 5

This was a much slower match than you would have expected from these two teams, but the action was structured properly and felt like a real competition, rather than a stunt show, so it was worth the viewing. C2C has had a quiet year of success, high-lighted by their undefeated streak, which I barely noticed, at all. C2C is a really good team in this match, with fluid tag work that is reminiscent of the Motor City Machine Guns at their peak. The Briscoes worked well as the veteran team against their challengers and gave the younger duo plenty of chances to get over their moves. This match may not make any “Best Of” DVDs any time soon, but it was a quality bout that made the champions look good and the challengers into an act that can return to the main event for many contests to come.

Match #2: Jeff Cobb beat Punishment Martinez – Ring Of Honor World Television Title Match

My Take: 2.5 out of 5

This was a squash that gave Cobb the title in a convincing, yet anti-climactic, fashion. I was expecting this to be a thrilling bout, but we were, instead, treated to a duller version of the Kurt Angle/James Storm bout for the TNA World Heavyweight Title from a few years back. There really wasn’t any-thing that happened here other than some introductions and a few moves. I can say that Martinez, who is now a member of the WWE Performance Center, dropped this title like a real professional and made it very easy to see Cobb as a force to be reckoned with. I hope that Cobb’s reign as the new TV champion is kick-started by having to fight the winner of the Survival of the Fittest tournament, which I believe is due for a re-start, since Cobb was booked to attack the whole field of competition during each of their bouts. Well, my review of the match lasted longer than the actual match itself, so there you go.

Match #3: (Main Event) – Marty Scurll beat Chris Sabin

My Take: 3.5 out of 5

I liked this match and while it took a bit to get into the next gear, it became a real barn-burner near the end, which never hurts. The first act of the fight was based around the mirror gag that Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx did on “I Love Lucy”, with more action of course. It must be said, that as good Marty Scurll is, Chris Sabin was just a little better than him here. These two guys went back and forth with their offense and looked pretty even throughout the whole thing. Sabin is still having trouble showing his personality, but it’s also been a while since he’s been able to focus on being a singles wrestler again, so he might just need a little more time to get back in the swing of things. Scurll was his usual brash self, which sounds like some-thing out of the “Millennial Book of What The Hell Am I Talking About?”. I enjoyed the speed this was wrestled at in the final stretch, as it made for an exciting finale to a good night of wrestling.

News Of The Night:

  1. Coast 2 Coast did have the main event, but they demanded that they fight in the opener so they could win the titles faster.
  2. Adam Page will fight Scorpio Sky, next week.
  3. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham will fight Jushin Liger and Kushida, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an easy show to watch with a great card that may not have been as interesting as it should have been, but was memorable for the right reasons regardless. Ring of Honor did a fine job of promoting the titles as important, even though they weren’t in the actual main event.

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