25th Apr2019

‘Ring Of Honor’ Wrestling Review (April 21st 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 big main event between PJ Black and Bandido, so let’s kick some ass.

Match #1: Kenny King defeated “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

These two mat-wrestled to a stalemate in the early going. That prompted Williams to extend his hand in a show of sportsmanship, but King responded with a sucker punch. King hit a spinebuster for a near fall. Williams came back with a front-face DDT on the top turnbuckle and then hit a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. King went for Royal Flush, but Williams countered with an inside cradle for a near fall. Williams went for a crossbody off the top rope, but King caught him, rolled through and landed Royal Flush for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an interesting match that had a good head on its shoulders. The wrestling was as it should be, with a focus on the ground and everything that comes with it. This was refreshingly smart and careful in a league that often doesn’t deal in either. Overall, Tracy Williams does it again, while Kenny King kept on truckin’ to the finish line.

Match #2: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe and Luster The Legend)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Reno Scum double-teamed and isolated Bruiser but couldn’t put him away. Bruiser eventually tagged in Milonas, who steamrolled both members of Reno Scum. The Bouncers won the match after Milonas hit a legdrop off the middle rope on Thornstowe, who was draped across Bruiser’s knee.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – Well, this was like a can of Spam being smashed on the sidewalk. I bet it tastes fine after taking a hit, but it probably leaves you with an uneasy feeling after having a chomp or two. How does this Dollar Store dinner reference suit you?

Match #3: (Main Event) Bandido defeated PJ Black

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

In a recent sit-down interview, Black said that he came into ROH with a chip on his shoulder and was willing to take shortcuts, but he realized the error of his ways after a loss to Bandido earlier this year. With this match, Black wanted to show that he has changed and also prove that he can defeat Bandido. The fast-paced, back-and-forth match featured high-flying and high-impact moves from both competitors in and out of the ring. Bandido went for a springboard hurricanrana, but Black countered with a Styles Clash for a near fall. Black hit a super hurricanrana followed by a moonsault for a near fall. Black then connected with a double stomp off the top for another two count. Bandido came back with a Super Spanish Fly, but Black managed to kick out at two. Bandido followed up with 21 Plex to score the hard-fought victory. After the match, Bandido and Black adhered to the Code of Honor and embraced as the appreciative crowd chanted for both competitors.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a strong main event that was built around competition and honor, which probably will bore the hell out of a lot of people, but the wrestling ought to reel you back in. Every-thing here was a simple pleasure all the way through, with the action actually having a purpose beyond just being there. Overall, this was an excellent main event that really did a number on me.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tenille Dashwood was attacked by Bully Ray, where he revealed he was the one who attacked her the first time. This appears to be her exit from Ring Of Honor.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Despite ROH having one hell of a growing pain right now, this show did well enough that there might just be a chance for things to get back to where they should be. I recently said that Ring Of Honor wasn’t going to be able to become a major league, but I wouldn’t mind being completely wrong. Maybe, this show will go a long ways towards me having my foot shoved down my throat.

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