02nd May2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (April 28th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s review of Ring Of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a couple of good ones to go over, so let’s see what you might make of them.

Match #1: Silas Young beat Jonathan Gresham

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Right from the opening bell, Young and Gresham engaged in a fast-paced exchange of technical wrestling holds. Surprisingly, Young not only kept up with Gresham, but he was actually a step ahead. In a display of supreme confidence — or arrogance — Young voluntarily gave Gresham his wrist. Young quickly countered Gresham’s offense and gained the advantage. Young offered his wrist a second time, and the result was the same, which frustrated Gresham. Gresham then offered his wrist to Young, who responded by landing a blow to the back of Gresham’s head. Young went on the offensive, but Gresham rallied and hit a float-over DDT. Young rolled out of the ring to gather himself. He grabbed a chair and snatched the hammer that’s used for ringing the bell and slipped in the back of his tights. The referee took the chair away from Young and disposed of it. While the referee’s back was turned, Young nailed Gresham in the head with the hammer. Young then applied an abdominal stretch on a limp Gresham. The referee called for the bell and awarded the match to Young.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 - I thought this turned out really well. These two have a pretty similar style, so that part of the match is easy to watch. I mean the wrestling part. Is that too broad a term? Screw it. Young still looks like something out of 1986, which ain’t a bad way to go for the 21st century, since most of the guys in wrestling look like jail-bait now. Lio Rush looks like a middle schooler, so I’m using that as my lazy-man’s point of proof. I enjoyed watching a wrestling match where the athletes didn’t forget to actually wrestle. Overall, this was strong stuff and you might just agree/how the hell would I know?

Match #2: (Main Event) Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Caristico and Soberano Jr

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The CMLL stars frustrated the Briscoes early in the match with their unorthodox style and high-flying moves. The Briscoes took a moment to regroup and then went on the attack. They isolated Caristico, but the luchador eventually tagged in Soberano, who entered the ring with a head of steam and was all over both Briscoes. Soberano hit a crossbody/Doomsday Device on Mark Briscoe, but Jay Briscoe made the save. After the Briscoes tossed Caristico out of the ring, the 10-time former ROH World Tag Team Champions went to work on Soberano. The resilient Soberano kicked out after taking a Death Valley Driver from Jay Briscoe, and then kicked out again after being on the receiving end of Redneck Boogie. The Briscoes finally put Soberano away with a Jay Driller followed by Froggy Bow.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 - This was a pretty unique combination of people. I never thought I’d see Mistico/Caristico against The Briscoes, but there you go, we’ve got it. Jay didn’t rip off Caristico’s mask, which I’m glad for, because I get tired of that trope being beaten to death. It’s like Saving The World in today’s movies. At this point I say they can do what-ever they want with it. Anyway, this was a top-notch bout that tricked me into thinking wrestling was real for about a minute, so that ought to be a compliment.

News Of The Night:

  1. Flip Gordon will fight Matt Taven for the Ring Of Honor World Title in the near future.
  2. Kelly Klein is involved in a feud with Allure.
  3. Dalton Castle will explain his heel turn, next week.
  4. PJ Black will fight Eli Isom, next week.
  5. Kelly Klein fights Ray Lyn, next week.
  6. The Kingdom fights Life-Blood, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Ring Of Honor may be getting far too Bully Ray-centric for my taste, but the wrestling part itself worked quite well this week.

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