13th Apr2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (April 7th 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 I’m changing my reviews from My Take to My Opinion, because every-time I write My Take, I feel like one of those obnoxious balding hipster dinks. Okay, let’s get to the wrestling.

Match #1: Dalton Castle and The Boys defeated Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors and Alex Coughlin

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The Boys and the young lions battled back and forth early in the match until Castle was tagged in. The former ROH World Champion ran wild on all three of his opponents and then used The Boys as weapons, repeatedly sending them flying over the top rope onto Fredericks, Connors and Coughlin. Boy No. 2 ended up scoring the win for his team after he and Boy No. 1 pulled off “twin magic.”

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was like a huff and a puff and the house, mostly, stayed up enough to make it through the night. The wrestling was decent, but it often felt like Dalton was alone out there, just struggling to keep the people interested.

Match #2: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated The Voro Twins (Chris and Patrick)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The flamboyant twins used double-team tactics on Bruiser to gain the advantage, but it was short-lived. After Milonas tagged in, he steamrolled both twins and went on to finish off one of them with a legdrop off the top rope.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a squash for the most part, with Milonas pushed as the big heavy of the match.

Match #3: (Main Event) Silas Young defeated Jonathan Gresham

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The action was intense and hard-hitting right from the start. Young gained a couple of near falls off a double stomp and an Anarchist Suplex. Gresham fired back with a series of running forearms and German Suplexes for a near fall. Gresham also hit a Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Gresham then applied an ankle lock. Young appeared to be on the verge of tapping out before he was able to roll through, which sent Gresham crashing into referee Todd Sinclair. With Sinclair momentarily stunned, Young hit a low blow on Gresham and pinned him.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Now this thing had some steam in its engine. Wait, is that a good metaphor? Would steam corrode the inside of the engine? I don’t know. Social Studies was always a real pain in the ass. Any-way, the idea here was that Young was bigger and more powerful, but Gresham was more dedicated and determined. Young makes for such a natural heel, but he is also able to go past that in a match like this and just be rough for its own sake. Gresham has some difficulty still as a personality, but he has the wrestling part of his job down to the necessary science, thanks to his incredible technical skill. I just had a thought. Gresham is like that TV show This Is Us, because he’s earnest and schmaltzy, yet intense at the same time. I know. That wasn’t one of my finest pieces of writing, but it got another TV reference in here, didn’t it? This was a very strong match that made for a fine finale for this card and this show.

News Of The Night:

  1. PJ Black has become a face, for now.
  2. PJ Black will fight Bandido in two weeks.
  3. Jay and Mark Briscoes vs. ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb and NWA National Champion Willie Mack in a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match happens next week.
  4. Shane Taylor vs. Luchasaurus will happen, next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a standard show that ran on the fumes put off by the one good match that was the main event.

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