20th Nov2018

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Nov 18th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s review of Ring of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a double main event for the show itself, so let’s get right to it.

Match #1: Marty Scurll beat The Hurricane – Fight Without Honor Match

My Take: 3 out of 5 – I’m pretty sure this was a Fight Without Honor, because they bludgeoned each other with every-thing but the kitchen sink. Hurricane did a fine job here for man past his prime and delivered a strong performance that proved that a “has-been” can be worth just as much as ever. Hurricane focused on brawling in certain parts, while getting into the kind of technical wrestling that his cruiserweight peers are often accused of not employing in their work. Well, don’t I sound like the little dink-head supreme? First off, I don’t even have a firm grasp on what match stipulation was nor do I remember what happened in the match, which you didn’t know…until now. $#!&. Any-way, Marty looked good here, too. The Villain has fallen off the relevancy radar a bit in the past few months (which doesn’t exist and never will), but if he keeps putting in good performances like the one he did here, then he will be just fine. As for the action in the bout, it had more stops and starts than I would have liked, as well as each move just being an excuse to set up the next, but each move was sold well and that made the match a success. Over-all, this was a match that needed a bit more substance, but one that was able to coast on daring feats of danger that can thrill just about any-one. I sound like a pansy-ass in that last sentence.

Match #2: (Main Event) So Cal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) beat The Young Bucks (Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson) and The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) – Triple Threat Match For The Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Titles

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This match started off with sound, logical wrestling and went nuts at the end, which sounds like the way old men pee. Every-one looked really good here and managed to keep the momentum going, even when the match was going through the normal lulls that tag matches go through. A nice thing about this one was that they didn’t try to fix a broken clock, as it were, but simply chose to let the thing run on its own. At a certain point, the action ramped up and turned into a mauling that saw one of the Jacksons get back-dropped onto a chair and the damn thing bent like a steel girder in a hydraulic press. If you are looking for a Super-Kick Party from this match, then I think you can look to this match to make your dreams come true. That last sentence was brought to you by Walt Disney. As for the winner, I like the idea of Kaz and Sky getting the straps, as it is a pairing that is fresh yet benefits from months of practice with Christopher Daniels as the third man in what is normally a trio with So Cal Uncensored. I don’t know if this match will feel like a big fight to you when the bell first rings, but you can rest assured that it will feel like a big deal when they ring that bell in victory for the new champions, So Cal Uncensored. Over-all, this was an excellent match that deserved a bit more wrestling some parts and more restraint in others, but never failed to entertain.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Dalton Castle/Matt Taven continued with a brawl between both men that came after Taven, with The Kingdom, ambushed Dalton and his Boys.
  2. Brandi Rhodes went into great detail about her injury she sustained while wrestling for Stardom, I believe. Brandi now has a debilitated shoulder, but she is returning to the ring.

Final Verdict: 4/5

The final product was better than the ingredients used to make it, if that makes any sense. The wrestling was excellent, but the presentation of every-thing made this whole show feel important. This episode of ROH TV actually made me want to watch Final Battle 2018, which is what they should be doing with that event being just a few weeks away.


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