07th Mar2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (March 3rd 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 few matches and Captain Marvel looks to be pretty boring. I’ll go see it and Jeffery will see it with me and then we’ll watch it and…on noooooooooo.

Match #1: (Champion) Jeff Cobb defeated Silas Young – ROH World Television Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Cobb used a series of takedowns to prevent Young from mounting any offense early in the match. Young, seemingly impressed with Cobb’s mat skills, extended his hand in a rare show of sportsmanship from him. Cobb cautiously shook Young’s hand, but Cobb let his guard down for a split second and the two-time former ROH World Television Champion nailed him with a thrust to the throat. Cobb shook it off and hit a big dropkick and standing moonsault for a near fall. Young answered with a Stun Gun and then tossed Cobb to the floor, where he ran the champion into the barricade and ring post. Young concentrated his attack on Cobb’s ribs. He hit an Anarchist Suplex for a near fall. Cobb was in trouble, but Young’s trash-talking incensed him and gave him a burst of energy. Cobb landed a series of suplexes and then finished off Young with Tour of the Islands.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a pretty good match that had some excellent grappling, but didn’t quite hold together as well as I hoped. Keep in mind, that this was a strong match in its way, but was more of a disappointment when you consider that this match was teased as being a big main event for over a month. Overall, this was wrestled well in the Ring Of Honor house style, but it needed to be tighter in the way it was wrestled. They worked hard, but it just didn’t come together quite the way it should have.

Match #2: RUSH defeated Vinny Marseglia

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

RUSH was looking to gain a measure of revenge on Marseglia, who joined fellow Kingdom members Matt Taven and TK O’Ryan in delivering a con-chair-to to RUSH on a previous episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” after RUSH had defeated O’Ryan. Not surprisingly, the match began with a slugfest and quickly spilled outside the ring, where both competitors used the barricade (and RUSH also used the announce table) to punish one another. After several minutes of intense, back-and-forth action, Marseglia hit a double underhook backbreaker for a near fall. RUSH answered with a belly to belly overhead suplex into the corner. He followed with a running dropkick into Marseglia in the corner for the win.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – There’s nothing bad here, but this never got the chance to be what it should have been, either. The match started off as a brawl and turned into a thoughtless sort of spectacle that looked great, but was just an excuse for RUSH to land a couple of big moves on Vinny. RUSH is already starting to feel like an after-thought, so it might be wise to not just saddle RUSH onto a horse that’s going nowhere fast (this feud sucks).

Match #3: (Main Event) Jonathan Gresham defeated Taven by disqualification – Matt Taven’s Open* Challenge “Real” ROH World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Taven stood in the ring and said that there’s a man in the company who claims to be the ROH World Champion, but “everyone who gets it knows there is one world champion in this building and you are looking at him.” Taven said his real beef is with the company putting Jay Lethal on a pedestal. Taven said he’s a fighting champion and will defend the title right now against anyone in the locker room except Lethal, because he hasn’t earned a shot. Jonathan Gresham came out to answer the challenge. As an example of the referees recently being empowered to crack down on outside interference, referee Todd Sinclair ejected Marseglia and O’Ryan for simply standing on the apron. Taven immediately blindsided Gresham, took him down and began punching and choking him. Gresham rallied, however, and trapped Taven in the Octopus.

Suddenly, Marseglia and O’Ryan ran down to the ring and attacked Gresham. The referee called for the bell and awarded the match to Gresham by disqualification. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal came down to make the save, but he was overcome by the numbers game. Taven brought a table into the ring, but before The Kingdom could do any more damage to Lethal, LifeBlood (Juice Robinson, Bandido, Mark Haskins, David Finlay and Tracy Williams) came out and ran them off. Unfortunately for The Kingdom, O’Ryan’s bat, Marseglia’s ax and Taven’s title belt were all left behind. LifeBlood’s Tenille Dashwood grabbed a microphone and said that as long as Taven’s belt exists it’s a slap in the face to all of them and it’s time for it to be destroyed. As The Kingdom looked on helplessly from the stage, Lethal proceeded to use O’Ryan’s bat and Marseglia’s ax to obliterate the belt. As he did so, LifeBlood stood guard around the ring so that The Kingdom could not attempt to stop him.

My Take: 0.5 out of 5 – This was an angle with two seconds of wrestling, but the two seconds were good, so there’s the reason for the 0.5.

News Of The Night:

  1. “The Villain” Marty Scurll and PCO of Villain Enterprises vs. TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia of The Kingdom
  2. WOH World Champion Mayu Iwatani vs Holidead in a non-title match
  3. Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. Kenny King
  4. The Ring Of Honor 17th Anniversary PPV has the following matches:
    • ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb defends against Shane Taylor
    • WOH World Champion Mayu Iwatani defends against former champion Kelly Klein
    • ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defend against Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Brody King
  5. Jay Lethal destroyed Matt Taven’s fake World Title belt.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The wrong match was in the main event. This show felt like a cheap WWE imitation. I’m already getting a queasy feeling about Life-Blood, if this ending for the card is what the new faction is going to be like.

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