31st May2019

‘RIng of Honor’ Wrestling Review (May 26th 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 beginning of a proper rivalry between Jay Lethal and Kenny King. It should turn out well…except if it doesn’t.

Match #1: Flip Gordon defeated Karl Fredericks

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Gordon seized control after a suicide dive, but Fredericks halted his momentum by turning Gordon’s attempted springboard move into a spinebuster. The NJPW Young Lion hit a Stinger Splash followed by an elbow drop for a near fall. Gordon rallied with a springboard dropkick and springboard neckbreaker. Gordon then hit a superkick and applied the STF (Submit to Flip). Fredericks tapped out immediately.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 - This was pretty good. Karl has some more work to do to really have a lot of talent available to him, but his potential is outstanding. Karl is like an old-school grappler crossed with a young Dean Malenko, if I’m remembering the right guy. I’m often wrong, but the Karl I am picturing is certainly a top prospect of the best kind. Flip, on the other hand, is still getting better and better all the time. Flip came across like a real star here and, while he is still working on how to show his personality, that part of his character is coming along nicely. The match itself was very smooth and easy to watch, with it being more conservative in the stunts, but it certainly had its fair share. The finish worked quite well as a logical finish and even had some of that ROH house-style flair that seems to be disappearing more and more. All in all, this was a lot of fun and a pretty good time.

Match #2: (Main Event) Kenny King defeated Jay Lethal: Best-of-Three Series Match 1

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The story throughout throughout the match was that King was always one step ahead of Lethal. King dominated early both inside and outside the ring. Pleased with himself, King strutted around, but that gave Lethal time to recover. Lethal DDT’d King on the floor. Lethal hit a springboard dropkick, suicide dive and Hail to the King for a near fall. Lethal attempted Lethal Injection, but King countered with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. King went for Royal Flush, but Lethal countered with a pump kick and Enziguri. King countered Lethal Injection two more times and then ducked a clothesline. Lethal nearly ran into the referee by accident but he put on the brakes. While the referee was momentarily distracted, King delivered a low blow to Lethal. King then hit Lethal Injection on Lethal to win the match and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 - I might be in the minority on this one, but I thought this turned out great. It was tense and intimate, while being a big, broad spectacle of a certain kind when it needed to be. King had his best performance in quite some time and really let everything he did sink in. Lethal, for his part, was just as good as King, with every move having heft to it. There was a healthy amount of logic to the whole match, especially with the idea of competition being the foundation of the match. They didn’t rush anything and made sure that what you saw was precisely what should be there. This match could be used to show ROH trainees on how to properly use the ROH house-style, so as to not break all their limbs or something. Yeah, the goofy juice I took to stay calm is already wearing off. In any case, this was one of those matches that did its job and then stuck around to help clean the building before leaving for the night. Did that come across like I was still praising it? Screw it. Yeah, I guess that goofy juice (Kool-Aid) did wear off. Overall, this was a real winner.

News Of The Night:

  1. A Briscoe Brothers/Guerillas Of Destiny feud is being built.
  2. Jeff Cobb, the former ROH TV Champion, challenged Matt Taven to an ROH World Title Match.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a simple show that built towards some interesting matches and had a great main event of its own.

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