25th Jan2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Jan 20th 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 the first stage of the Ring Of Honor Television Title Contender’s Tournament taking place , as well as a match with lucha libre star Rush, who may be poised to be the big star of this league in 2019. Let’s get right to the action.

Match #1: Eli Isom defeated Façade – ROH World Television Title No. 1 Contender’s Mini-Tournament

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Facade used his cat-like agility and quickness to stay a step ahead of Isom early in the match, but Isom gained the advantage after hitting a big suicide dive and then a belly-to-back suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Facade answered with a spectacular springboard step-up 450 clothesline to the floor. Back inside the ring, Facade connected with a Neon Hammer and Neon Terminator, but somehow the resilient Isom kicked out at two. Isom rallied and landed a clothesline that turned Facade inside out. Isom followed with a brainbuster for the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun romp through some of the more exciting moves of modern wrestling, while Isom was slightly less enthralling than Façade. Façade is a complete athlete at this point and while Isom is a natural, it would be nice if the former got a chance to enjoy the fruits of his labor before he chooses to no longer work the fields. Over-all, this was a fine match that made Isom look good, but not as good as his opponent already is.

Match #2: RUSH defeated TK O’Ryan

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

O’Ryan not only was looking to score the biggest win of his career, but he also wanted to gain a measure of revenge for Kingdom leader Matt Taven, who had his head shaved due to losing a hair vs. hair tag match to RUSH and his partner at CMLL’s 85th Anniversary show a few months ago. O’Ryan clearly was motivated, as he went move for move with the CMLL superstar, who recently signed an exclusive contract with ROH. O’Ryan threw RUSH into the barricade and then tossed him in the ring and hit a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. RUSH came back with an overhead throw into the turnbuckles, but O’Ryan answered with a spinebuster for a near fall. RUSH regained the advantage with a superplex and followed with a low dropkick in the corner for the hard-fought victory.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that Rush brought to the next level of quality. As a matter of fact, Rush could be the ROH World Champion this year if he gets a chance to wrestle Jay Lethal. That could be one of the big contests for Ring Of Honor this year, if they protect Rush and treat him like a big deal. TK looked just fine, but Rush was the star here and it showed from one bell to the other.

Match #3: (Main Event) Silas Young defeated Beer City Bruiser – No-Disqualification Match In The ROH World Television Title No. 1 Contender’s Mini-Tournament

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Before the match began, Bruiser grabbed a microphone and challenged his former friend to make this a no-disqualification match; Young accepted. Bruiser and Young immediately began brawling, both in and out of the ring. Bruiser superplexed Young off the barricade. Back inside the ring, Bruiser hip-tossed Young off the top rope and hit a Beer City Slam onto a chair for a near fall. Later, Young set up several chairs in the ring and slammed Bruiser off the top rope onto them for a near fall. Young then pulled out a pair of zip ties and tied Bruiser to the top rope. Young proceeded to nail the helpless Bruiser with chair shots to the head, back and midsection. At that point, Bruiser’s tag partner, Brian Milonas, hit the ring, beat down Young and cut Bruiser loose. Milonas placed a chair on Young’s chest and set up for a Vader Bomb, but Young popped up and slammed the chair onto Milonas’ back. Young then shoved Milonas off the top and through a table on the floor. Bruiser regained the advantage and placed a chair on the fallen Young’s chest. Bruiser then came off the top with a reverse elbow drop for a near fall. Bruiser grabbed his keg and nailed Young with it. He placed Young on a table and went for a frog splash, but Young moved and Bruiser crashed through the table. Young then hit Misery for the win.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This turned out quite well and it was Beer City Bruiser’s best Ring Of Honor performance. Silas Young sold well for BC and made him look formidable beyond any-thing we’ve ever seen from him in this league before. It was a vicious brawl that went from strike to strike like it was a street fight for blood. Overall, Silas won to move forward in the tournament

News Of The Night:

  1. Silas Young fights Eli Isom in two weeks for a Ring Of Honor TV Title shot.
  2. A feud between Rush and The Kingdom is being pushed.
  3. Jay Lethal and Matt Taven are still being teased for a Ring Of Honor World Title match in the future.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good show that needed a bit more juice in the tank, but it was still able to get to where it needed to go.

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