01st Feb2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Jan 27th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more action from a league that is doing what it can to adjust in the wake of the existence of All Elite Wrestling, given that the new promotion has stolen its thunder as ROH nears the big Madison Square Garden card. Let’s see how every-thing goes with this show and what may be happening next.

Match #1: Juice Robinson defeated PJ Black by disqualification

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Robinson extended his hand for the Code of Honor, but Black gave him a chop to the chest instead of a handshake. That fired up Robinson, who knocked Black out of the ring and hit him with a springboard crossbody over the top rope. Black eventually took control by using aggressive tactics and bending the rules. He hit a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Robinson rallied with a cannonball in the corner. Robinson then went to the top rope, but Black shoved the referee into the ropes, which sent Robinson awkwardly crashing to the canvas. The referee awarded the match to Robinson by disqualification. An irate Black punched the referee. After the match, Robinson said he didn’t come there to win by disqualification. He said it’s about honor and seeing who the better man is. Robinson said he will be in ROH a whole lot more in 2019 and that positive change is coming.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun match that was a bit stilted in the wrestling department, but the action was just fine. Black looks a lot different from his time as Justin Gabriel in the WWE, especially in the way he wrestles. Since Black has adopted a technical approach to his offense, it made it much easier to work with Juice, who is still limited in what he can do, but can compete a bit more than just adequately. The whole thing felt like it never got past the first chapter, but since the first chapter was quite entertaining, this match ended up as a nice little thing to watch.

Match #2: Shane Taylor defeated Mike Law

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The bell rang. Taylor landed a big right hand. Taylor hit Greetings from 216. Taylor covered Law for the three count. Thanks for coming, Mr. Law.

My Take: .5 out of 5 – There wasn’t any wrestling here, but the few moves Taylor used were just fine.

Match #3: The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) vs. Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) – Ring Of Honor World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

After Villain Enterprises entered the ring, The Kingdom came out to the stage and Taven interrupted ring announcer Bobby Cruise’s introduction. Taven said Villain Enterprises doesn’t deserve a title shot because they haven’t even teamed together yet. He said they need to earn the opportunity, and he has arranged for them to face a team to prove themselves against. Taven said their opponents are undefeated. Out came Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova), who are 5-0 on Future of Honor shows.

My Take: 0 out of 5 – There wasn’t any wrestling here and since this was intentionally meant as false advertisement, it gets a 0.

Match #4: (Main Event) Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Villain Enterprises immediately took control and isolated Isom. 3S refused to back down and even had a few moments when they were on offense, but ultimately they were no match for Villain Enterprises. Scurll hit a tombstone piledriver on Cheeseburger on the floor while PCO and King delivered simultaneous chokeslams to Nova and Isom on the edge of the apron. PCO hit a buckle bomb on Nova and a pop-up powerbomb. Scurll and PCO then both kicked Nova in the face. King followed with a Gonzo Bomb and PCO landed a moonsault to finish him off.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun burst of action that needed a little more salt with the pepper, if that makes any sense. I know…I never make sense. VE made for a fine trio and they worked well with SSS, who are a strong trio as well. For a match that needed a bit more focus, it sure did make for an exciting end to the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bully Ray said he never said “I Quit”.
  2. Kenny King is Flip Gordon’s next rival.
  3. Shane Taylor attacked Christopher Daniels because he wanted to.
  4. Juice Robinson will be a regular for Ring of Honor this year.
  5. Ring of Honor said this best about a vignette that happened on this show: The familiar image of a pulse on a heartbeat monitor appeared on the screen, along with the following words: “A new beginning from an old foundation.”

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The wrestling was not enough to save a dull show this week that did promise some exciting things for 2019.


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