28th Mar2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (March 24th 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 some more wrestling…dude.

Match #1: LifeBlood (IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson, Bandido and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams w/Tenille Dashwood) defeated Dalton Castle and The Boys

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Castle and The Boys isolated Bandido, but Bandido eventually tagged out to Robinson, who ran wild on both Boys. He hit an airplane spin, Juice Box and Pulp Friction on a Boy and made the cover, but Castle pulled Robinson out of the ring. Bandido landed a dive over the top rope onto Castle on the floor. Later, a Boy inadvertently kicked Castle. Bandido hit an over-the-top rope hurricanrana on Castle on the floor, and then hit a springboard moonsault on a Boy, who was draped over the middle rope. Castle again broke up the pin. Bandido threw one of the Boys into Castle and then landed 21 Plex on a Boy for the victory, as Castle and The Boys’ losing ways and communication problems continued.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice match that followed the schedule, in terms of what moves go where and that kind of thing. Everybody worked hard to make this a good thing to watch and they were successful, to a certain degree. I liked this for the pacing and the intensity, but I wish this would have had a bit more to it.

Match #2: (Champion) Willie Mack defeated Rhett Titus – NWA National Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Mack and Titus mat-wrestled early in the match. Mack hit a running suplex to seize the advantage, but Titus halted the champion’s momentum with a boot to the face. Mack came back with a modified cannonball into the corner and a flip dive over the top rope onto Titus on the floor. Mack then hit a standing moonsault and a stunner before finishing off Titus with a frog splash.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – These two had a very fun match that gave Titus the most to work with that he’s had in some time. Mack was great in his role as the champion and is quickly turning into a complete star that will shine anywhere he goes. To think, it only cost Willie Mack $15,000 to get me to say that about him. I am obligated to inform you that I have and never have met and/or colluded with Willie Mack to affect his reputation in a manner akin to embellishment of the highest order. Also, sock it to me George Segal, sock it to me all night long. Anyway, the action here was firm and solid, like frozen linguini. This match turned out well enough and it was good stuff.

Match #3: (Main Event) ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

After some back-and-forth action in the early going, Lethal hit an Enziguri on Ali, and Gresham followed with a Dragon Screw leg whip. From there, Lethal and Gresham targeted Ali’s left leg. Ali eventually tagged in LSG, who entered the ring with a head of steam until Lethal nailed him with a superkick. Lethal went for Lethal Injection on LSG, but LSG blocked it and hit a neckbreaker for a near fall. Later, Lethal powerbombed Ali, and Gresham locked on the figure-four on Ali, but LSG made the save. Gresham went on to hit a Cornette Cutter on Ali for the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good tag match, but it felt like it was all a bit too timid for its own good. Lethal and Gresham worked as hard as usual, while Coast 2 Coast put their best foot forward to make their return meaningful. The action was based on holds and locks, which made for an easy transition to the more exciting moves, like the dives and the kicks, for later on in the bout. I liked seeing Gresham get the victory here and I’d like to see more of a focus on him being a title contender this year. Over-all, this was a fun match that gave a promising tag team in C2C a second chance to make a first impression.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was an average show that got through each part of the show without incident or delay.

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