17th Feb2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Feb 10th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s review of Ring of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a special National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title match for the main event, so let’s see if it’s good, bad or really, really ugly.

Match #1: Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated John Skyler, Josey Quinn and Corey Hollis

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Unsigned competitors issue challenge…The show began with John Skyler, Josey Quinn and Corey Hollis in the ring. Skyler said that the three of them are the toughest trio in ROH. He challenged anyone to come out and prove him wrong. Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) came out. Scurll said he used to be like Skyler, Quinn and Hollis, full of spirit and optimism. He said he’s sure all three of them will be huge stars one day, but it won’t be tonight. He said they’re about to feel the wrath of Villain Enterprises.

Villain Enterprises immediately seized control, as PCO dominated all three of their opponents. He missed a dive off the top rope and landed hard on the apron, but he just shrugged it off. Later, Skyler speared Scurll to turn the tide. Skyler, Quinn and Hollis isolated Scurll for a bit, but Scurll halted their momentum with a tornado DDT on Quinn. After King was tagged in, he hit a Gonzo Bomb on Hollis. Scurll then applied the chicken wing to Hollis, who tapped out.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was an extended demo reel that showcased what Villain Enterprises will wrestle like going forward. PCO is the daredevil, Brody King is the equalizer and Marty Scurll is the kingpin, so that’s what you can expect for this trios formula for offense. VE is a very good team, thanks to their aggressive approach to tag wrestling, as well as their odd yet convincing chemistry as a team. The match itself was wrestled like an extended squash match, but not one with any real sense of psychology. That being said, it could be argued that VE is being booked as “agents of chaos”, so perhaps their matches are meant to be reckless and dangerous. Overall, Villain Enterprises worked well with their opponents and every-body looked good after the bell rang both times.

Match #2: (Main Event) Nick Aldis beat PJ Black – National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

After a stalemate early in the bout, Kamille distracted Black, which allowed Aldis to seize the advantage. Black rallied with a flurry of offense and hit a double stomp off the top rope for a near fall. Black went to the top rope again looking to hit a moonsault, but Aldis knocked him off and Black straddled the top turnbuckle. Aldis followed with a German suplex off the top rope for a near fall. Black came back with a super hurricanrana, but an arrogant cover allowed Aldis to kick out at two. Aldis hit a Tombstone piledriver and followed with an elbow drop off the top rope, but Black kicked out. Kamille tossed the belt into the ring. When the referee went to Kamille to warn her about interfering, Black picked up the belt, tossed it to Aldis and laid down on the mat like he had been struck with the belt. While Aldis pleaded his case to the referee, Black rolled him up for a near fall. Later, Black went for a baseball slide through the middle rope, but Aldis moved and Black inadvertently nailed Kamille. Aldis went on to trap Black in the Cloverleaf, and Black tapped out.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent title match that was slow but smart, all the way through. Both Aldis and Black were able to find a good rhythm for their match that was not about style, but substance instead. There are many people who would consider this a boring match and, if you’re idea of wrestling is twenty minutes of bumps, then you’d be right. That being said, this is a match that is wrestled in the old method, with holds being sold as meticulous and slams as devastating. This wasn’t a bout that had a lot of stalling, but it didn’t strive to establish that these guys were invulnerable. To be clear, this was as thoughtful a match as I’ve seen in some time and considering that it got a fair bit of time, you can bet that this match feels like a proper title bout. Overall, this was some excellent stuff from two fabulous athletes who both had a strong night in the ring.

News Of The Night:

  1. Juice Robinson announced the arrival of his faction, Life-Blood. Life-Blood has Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins, Tenille Dashwood, David Finlay, Bandido and Tracy Williams as its members. The faction is being pushed as a face team, but it remains to be seen what the final plan is beyond just drawing a crowd.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The show this week was focused on two matches that delivered enough to be satisfied with, despite the main event being the real winner here. The Life-Blood faction is interesting and feels like a true fresh start, so let’s hope it goes well. This league does its best when it keeps the shows simple like this one, so perhaps that’s the goal for 2019.

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