04th Jul2019

‘Ring Of Honor’ Wrestling Review (June 30th 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 wild match or two from a league that is having a hard time making this year into a success. Let’s see if this show comes together all right.

Match #1: PCO defeated Jay Briscoe by disqualification

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Not surprisingly, the fight spilled to the floor, where Briscoe backdropped PCO onto the edge of the apron. Back inside the ring, PCO hit Kryptonite Krunch for a near fall, and a cannonball off the top rope for another near fall. PCO connected on a cannonball through the ropes to the outside. Briscoe halted PCO’s momentum by dropping him ribs-first on the guardrail. Briscoe then sat PCO in a chair outside the ring and delivered a running crossbody. Later, PCO set up for a moonsault, but Briscoe nailed him on the side of the head with a chair and was disqualified. After the match, Mark Briscoe came down to the ring. The Briscoes set up a table in the ring and placed PCO on it. Mark Briscoe put PCO through the table with Froggy Bow. However, PCO fired up and put down both Briscoes with a double clothesline.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a really strong match that packed the action so full it was liable to burst. These two speak the same language, if you catch my drift? They hit harder than Babe Ruth the whole way through. Have you ever tried to see what it would be like to have a tank battle a boulder? This match is Clash of the Titans for people that ain’t too fond of Greek tragedies, because they beat the piss out of each other like it was going out of style. This is the kind of match you can put any-where on the card and you’ll feel like the whole card has been worth the money. I liked this whole damn thing and wish they would have gotten a real ending to work with, but the DQ actually worked, so there you go.

Match #2: Bully Ray and ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor defeated Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

LSG and Ali got off to a fast start before Taylor distracted the referee and Bully pulled Ali groin-first into the ring post. Taylor and Bully isolated Ali. After LSG tagged in, he ran wild on both of his opponents. LSG hit a crossbody on Taylor for a near fall. A double superkick by Coast 2 Coast knocked Bully out of the ring. LSG and Ali hit stereo frog splashes on Taylor for a near fall. They set up for their Coast 2 Coast finisher, but Bully knocked LSG off the top rope. Taylor hit Greetings From 216 on Ali for the win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – I’d rather have an official tag team win, but at least Coast 2 Coast knows how to lose by now, so they’ll be okay. The action was a brawl with some nice moves thrown in every so often, but it never got past just feeling like the second match on the card.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jeff Cobb defeated Mark Haskins

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Haskins hit a double stomp off the top rope for a near fall. Cobb came back with a spinning piledriver, but he was too weak to make the cover immediately, and when he did make the cover, Haskins kicked out at two. Later, with Cobb outside the ring, Haskins went for a knee strike from the apron, but Cobb caught thim and landed a spinning side suplex on the floor. Both competitors made it back into the ring just before the 20 count. Haskins hit a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Cobb recovered and hit Tour of the Islands for a hard-fought victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This worked for me. Cobb had a much better match here than he had with Matt Taven. This was as competitive as any bout I’ve seen from these two this year. I feel like a cave-man talking in short grunts. The wrestling was more than enough to earn the right to be in the main event, but it would have been nice for this to have a bit more to it. Not necessarily a story-line or any of that stuff, but promoting this match a few weeks in advance with the stakes would have given this a bit extra. By the way, I thought Cobb had ate Haskins at one point. Cobb is a mean looking guy. These guys had an excellent match that looked like a sports event. Boy, am I doing a lousy job writing this, or what?

News Of The Night:

  1. Brian Johnson and Josh Woods are in a feud over the Top Prospect Tournament.
  2. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) fight The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia), next week.
  3. Matt Taven fights “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams in a Ring Of Honor World Title Match, next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

The wrestling was quite good, but this show felt very tame.

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