14th Jan2019

‘Ring Of Honor: Honor Reigns Supreme 2019’ PPV – Results & Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s Honor Reigns Supreme pay per view. I’m Nathan Favel and we’re going to talk about this major event, right here on Nerdly, and decide if it lived up to its potential. Let’s get right to it.

3S (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova) beat John Skyler, Cory Hollis and Josey Quinn – Six-Man Tag Team Match

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a nice opening bout, but it didn’t do much to make this feel like a big PPV. The action was good, but none of it was beyond what you’d expect from a random tag match.

Mark Haskins beat Beer City Bruiser

My Take: 2 out of 5 – Beer City spent too much time pandering to the crowd for a match that didn’t have much going on any-way. Mark should have been booked with some-one more his speed, but there’s always a chance he might have asked for the chance to wrestle Beer City. Any-way, this was not enough to warrant being on PPV, but they tried.

Juice Robinson & David Finlay beat Best Friends (Beretta & Chuck Taylor) – Tag Team Match

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun match that got the crowd all riled up. The wrestling was solid and consistent the whole match, with all four men looking good from bell to bell.

Tracy Williams beat Flip Gordon

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This match ended long before it could make a difference for either man, due to Flip injuring himself.

The Kingdom defeated Luchasaurus, Delirious and Hurricane Helms – Proving Ground Match

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – This was a pretty lousy match that Matt Taven looked excellent in. The action was clumsy and embarrassing, which is not what I usually say about Ring Of Honor matches, but that’s the case here. There was too much comedy and failed moves to recommend this match, but that’s not how reviews work, either.

Bandido defeated PJ Black

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a real lucha libre match, complete with the adrenaline rush that comes with seeing those moves at high-speed. It’s nice to see the former Justin Gabriel get another shot at getting the PJ Black character over in another league. PJ did well here with Bandido, who is starting to get used to working in America, but it will take time for him to adjust enough to be able to wrestle against any style. This match could have benefitted from more technical offense, but what they did was still good.

Jeff Cobb beat Rhett Titus and Jonathan Gresham – Proving Ground Match

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This match was good, solid stuff that wasted Gresham and did little for Rhett. Cobb had a good time here, but it was a match without suspense, due to the booking making it clear that Cobb was never in danger.

Kelly Klein beat Jenny Rose – Street Fight Match For The Ring Of Honor Women Of Honor World Title

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a sloppy brawl that made both women look worse than they actually are. This felt like a lazy WWE Raw stipulation match and these two athletes are better than this kind of thing. I had such high hopes for this fight, but it just didn’t work out this time.

Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) beat The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) and Silas Young – Six-Man Tag Team Match

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some fine wrestling, but PCO stole the show here. Actually, this match had an array of impressive action sequences, but PCO wrestled like the sport was going out of style. They might have some-thing here with this match, as this could be a big series for the year, especially since ROH is going through growing pains on account of a changing roster. This might have been the best match of the show.

Jay Lethal beat Dalton Castle – Ring Of Honor World Heavyweight Title Match

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a slow, methodical bout that had a lot of action at the beginning and end of the match. Lethal looked excellent here as champion, but I’d argue it would have been nice to have given Dalton the strap here. Dalton is in danger of being a one-hit wonder and I’d hate for that to happen, but it’s important to give title to the best draw in the league and that might still be Jay. This felt a bit restrained in parts, but it always felt like a title match. Over-all, this was fine stuff.

News Of The Night:

  1. Kenny King and Flip Gordon might be getting into a feud.
  2. Flip Gordon may have injured himself in the match with Tracy Williams.
  3. Shane Taylor refused to be in the match with Jeff Cobb, on account that he is too good for it.
  4. Shane Taylor and Jeff Cobb look to be the next feud for the TV Title.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a fun card that had its issues, but it got the job done.


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