21st Feb2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Feb 17th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of Ring of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big tag team title match for the main event, so don’t snap your fingers or the Avengers will die.

Match #1: Shane Taylor won a Six-Man Mayhem Match over Luchasaurus, Chris Sabin, Rhett Titus, Kenny King and Flip Gordon

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

King and Titus, who were former ROH World Tag Team Champions years ago as the All Night Express, faced off early in the match and battled to a stalemate. Then they started working together, using double-team tactics to get the better of Taylor and Luchasaurus. When King and Titus both went to cover Luchasaurus, however, the alliance came to an abrupt halt. Later in the match, after Titus, Taylor and Luchasaurus all hit big moves from the ring to the outside, Gordon one-upped them all with a cannonball off the balcony. Back inside the ring, Gordon hit a 450 splash on Taylor, but King pulled Gordon out of the ring as he was making the cover. As Gordon went for a springboard move, King nailed him with a chair. As a result, the referee threw King out of the match. Ultimately, Taylor hit Greetings From 216 on Titus for the win.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that had plenty of action sequences, but it failed to go to the next level as a complete match. A great mini reunion of The All Night Express happened in the beginning, but it eventually turned into a fun little fight between Titus and King that might have been the best part of the match. That being said, there was a lot Flip here that you’ll enjoy, so get ready for that wild nut. Overall, this was a good opener.

Match #2: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas) defeated Marcus Kross and Griff Garrison

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Despite being at a severe size disadvantage, Kross and Garrison took the fight to The Bouncers. Kross hit an elbow drop off Garrison’s shoulder onto Bruiser, but Bruiser kicked out before the referee could even make a one count after Kross went for the cover. Later, Garrison had a flurry of offense, but The Bouncers quickly shut him down. Milonas hit a Black Hole Slam on Garrison, and he and Bruiser followed with Last Call for the victory.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – There wasn’t much here to get excited about.

Match #3: (Main Event) ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Chuckie T. and Colt Cabana in a title match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

This match was originally scheduled to be between the Briscoes and Best Friends (Chuckie T. and Beretta), but Chuckie T. said that Beretta couldn’t be there due to a family emergency. He said that his best friend might not be here, but his good friend is. At that moment, ROH color commentator Colt Cabana stood up at the announce table and revealed that he was wearing his ring attire underneath his street clothes. Cabana and Chuckie T. charged the ring and began slugging it out with the Briscoes. The makeshift team of Chuckie T. and Cabana took control early in the match, but the Briscoes eventually seized the advantage. The champions punished the challengers both in the ring and around ringside and went on to isolate Chuckie T. After Chuckie T. finally tagged out, Cabana ran wild on both Briscoes, including hitting a springboard moonsault that took down both of them. Later, Chuckie T. hit a standing Sliced Bread on Jay Briscoe for a near fall. The Briscoes withstood the onslaught and regained control, with Mark Briscoe hitting a blockbuster off the top rope onto Cabana, who had been placed on a chair by Jay Briscoe outside the ring. Jay Briscoe went on to hit the Jay Driller on Chuckie T. for the win. After the match, the Briscoes placed Chuckie T. on a table outside the ring, and Mark Briscoe came off the top with Froggy Bow to send Chuckie. T crashing through the table.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – First off, Colt was in great shape. Colt ought to be on TV more, but whatever arrangement he has with ROH seems to be the way his career will be going…for now. As for the match itself, you can expect the wrestling to be fast and fierce, with The Briscoes as vicious as ever. As a brief aside, I really hope that The Briscoes get to work with All Elite Wrestling while staying with Ring Of Honor. The Briscoes have worked hard the entire careers and they could be a bigger act for ROH if they can show what they can do in as many places as they can get to. By the way, I might not ever say “they” again. Chuck Taylor/Chuckie T has been too good for too long. If the move to All Elite Wrestling keeps T from continuing to wrestle for ROH, then that is the league’s loss, because these wrestler’s careers are too precious to spend in just one league. As for what that means for this match, I’d say it is a nice reminder of how much talent there is in wrestling and how different each wrestler is to one another, because each wrestler here is so unique. I sound like I’m about to say “live my best life” or whatever the bull-$#!@ phrase is now. Overall, this was a fine main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. Life Blood (IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson, Bandido, Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams and David Finlay w/Tenille Dashwood) vs. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and four partners of his choosing.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a solid show that had an excellent main event. The theme of honor returning to Ring Of Honor is a tantalizing idea that could be the thing to help this league stand out in 2019, which is the year of so many leagues becoming competitive on every level and in every country.

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