18th Apr2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (April 14th 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 the Crockett Cup here to enjoy, so let’s see what happened this week.

Match #1: Shane Taylor defeated Luchasaurus

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Taylor hit a draping cutter off the top rope, but Luchasaurus answered with a Shining Lizard for a near fall. Taylor rocked Luchasaurus with a big clothesline for a near fall. Luchasaurus came back with a series of kicks to the head and a chokeslam. He went for a standing moonsault, but Taylor got his knees up. Taylor planted Luchasaurus with a Uranage. After landing a knee strike to the head of Luchasaurus, Taylor hit Greetings From 216 for the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Overall, this was a good match that had some big shots thrown like the potential for Owen Hart to be the WWF World Champion in the 1997 Survivor Series Pay Per View. Taylor has talent, but he needs to focus more on his stances when he wrestles, because he just looks like a deer in head-lights when he’s not doing big moves. Luchasaurus worked hard here and might have a shot at being a strong member of this roster, if he can get to the point of being a better pure technician. This was like watching two trees fall into each other after being chopped down, so it was good.

Match #2: Mayu Iwatani and Sumie Sakai defeated Katie Forbes and Mazzerati

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Forbes’ unorthodox offense including used her gluteus maximus as a weapon, as she and Mazzerati isolated Sakai. Mazzerati hit a pendulum DDT for a near fall. Later, the powerful Forbes got both Sakai and Iwatani up across her shoulders and began doing squats. The she landed a double Samoan Drop. Sakai and Iwatani rallied, and Sakai went on to his Smash Mouth on Mazzerati for the victory.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a simple match that had a few nice moves, but not much else.

Match #3: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated NWA National Champion Willie Mack and ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb – Crockett Cup Qualifying Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

It was clear in the early going that a team of singles wrestlers — no matter how good they are — is at a disadvantage against a team of brothers who have been tagging together for two decades and won 10 ROH World Tag Team Titles. That said, Cobb and Mack did give the Briscoes a strong run for their money. The Briscoes isolated Cobb and later isolated Mack, but eventually Cobb and Mack got on a roll. Cobb suplexed both Briscoes and landed a standing moonsault on Mark Briscoe for a near fall. Mack also hit a standing moonsault, on Jay Briscoe, for a near fall. The Briscoes answered with a Doomsday Device on Mack, but Cobb made the save. Mack hit a frog splash on Mark Briscoe for a near fall. In the end, Jay Briscoe hit Jay Driller on Mack, and Mark Briscoe followed with Froggy Bow to pin Mack and earn the Briscoes a berth in the Crockett Cup.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This whole thing felt like an off-shoot of a classic kind of Crockett-era match. This was almost like a time-warp sort of thing, in that regard. Now, let me be clear on this detail, that being that the action itself eventually became more of the modern style. The wrestling was like seeing a butcher beat the meat to death all over again just to make sure it got real tender. If you can picture what a bruise would look like if it could do a drop-kick, then this match will do a lot for you. Overall, this was some strong stuff all the way through.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bandido vs. PJ Black happens, next week.
  2. Kenny King vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams happens, next week.
  3. The Bouncers vs. RENO Scum happens, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The main event was good to the bone, but the rest of the show was pretty damn dull.

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