21st Jan2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Jan 13th 2019)

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 we have a tag title main event, so let’s get to it.

Match #1: Zack Sabre Jr. defeated “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Sabre was making his much-anticipated ROH debut, but anyone thinking he would have an easy time with Williams was mistaken. Williams took the fight right to Sabre and matched the master technician hold for hold and counter for counter. Williams hit a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. He then applied the Texas Cloverleaf, but Sabre turned it into an inside cradle for a near fall. Williams answered with a hard clothesline for a near fall. Sabre landed a series of strikes and then applied his Hurrah submission move. Williams could not escape and had no choice but to tap out. The appreciative crowd applauded both men.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a very creative bout that made great use of all sorts of holds and locks before it moved on to some fantastic submissions. This could be one of the big matches for Ring of Honor this year, as it harkens back to Ring of Honor in its prime, as well as providing a kind of match that you can’t see often enough.

Match #2: Madison Rayne and Dr. Britt Baker defeated Twisted Sisterz (Holidead and Thunder Rosa)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Looking to avenge an attack by Twisted Sisterz and a loss to them in the teams’ first meeting, Rayne and Baker immediately went on the offensive and scored several two counts. Twisted Sisterz later gained the upper hand by isolating Baker. Baker eventually tagged in Rayne, who hit a cutter on Thunder Rosa for a near fall. Thunder Rosa came back with a lung blower on Baker for a near fall. As Holidead held Baker, Thunder Rosa tried to deliver a kick, but Baker broke free and Thunder Rosa inadvertently kicked Holidead. Baker followed with a pump-handle fallaway slam on Thunder Rosa for the win.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was fine, but it never got out of first gear, despite the effort to do so. Both teams looked fine, but it just didn’t work out, for what-ever reason.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) In A Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The Briscoes isolated Sky early in the match. Sky eventually made the tag to Kazarian after a knee to Jay Briscoe’s face followed by a neckbreaker. Kazarian hit a DDT/cutter combination on both Briscoes, and then covered Mark Briscoe for a near fall. Later, Kazarian hit a hurricanrana that sent Mark Briscoe crashing into the referee on the floor. With the referee incapacitated, the Briscoes assaulted SCU with chairs. Kazarian managed to land a victory roll on Jay Briscoe. A second referee ran into the ring to make the count, but Briscoe kicked out at two. Jay Briscoe hit the Jay Driller on Sky. He then superplexed Kazarian, and Mark Briscoe followed with Froggy Bow. Amazingly, Kazarian kicked out at two. With Sky still down, Kazarian tried to fight both Briscoes by himself, but they were too much for him. The Briscoes finished him off with Redneck Boogie to retain their titles.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent title match that went all over the place, but got its good rating because it was an intense match.

News Of The Night:

  1. Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser will fight in the near future.
  2. A tournament for the Ring of Honor Television Title is occurring with two matches next week: Eli Isom vs. Façade and Silas Young vs. Beer City Bruiser
  3. Rush vs. TK O’Ryan happens, next week.
  4. Marty Scurll formed Villain Enterprises with PCO and Brody King.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a simple show with two strong matches. The matches were generally better than the actual show, due to this whole thing moving at a snail’s crawl, for what-ever reason.

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