11th Jul2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (July 7th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big ROH World Title Match. Also, have you ever seen that movie “Stay”, directed by Marc Forster? That thing freaked me out. It was cool. Oh, this show is cool too! Okay, I’ll stop before I fall off a cliff. Let’s get right into the action, here on ROH TV.

Match #1: The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) defeated The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Bruiser hit a cannonball off the apron that took out both Kingdom members. Later, The Kingdom isolated Bruiser. Marseglia planted Bruiser with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Bruiser answered with a double reverse sidewalk slam on Marseglia and O’Ryan. Milonas went for a superplex on O’Ryan, but Marseglia hooked Milonas’ ankle from outside the ring, sending Milonas crashing to the mat with O’Ryan landing on top of him. Milonas was unable to kick out before the count of three.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was like watching two hippos fight a couple of mongooses for a piece of salmon. Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such reviews as “Chain-Mail Snuggie: Comfort Through Pain” and “Velcro Duct Tape: Who Needs A Belt When You’ve Got Velcro Duct Tape”. This match is kind of like Troy McClure’s most memorable reviews, in that it had action and was entertaining, but it wasn’t what I’d call “top-notch”. The Kingdom works hard and has a lot of ability, but The Bouncers are too inconsistent to match them, so you have one team doing the brunt of the work for little reward. I hate picking on the fat guys of wrestling, but it is hard to justify having the slow one on TV when you have so many consummate professionals who are going without work in wrestling. Yokozuna didn’t get on TV because he was fat (well, maybe), but because he could wrestle better than many of his fit contemporaries. Don’t worry. I’m not going too far out here. The Bouncers tried to make this work, but when the going got tough, The Kingdom simply had to sell their asses to the finish line to make this successful. Before I end this part of the review, just remember that I like the chubby athletes just fine, but being fat in wrestling makes it difficult to perform and that was evident from this match.

Match #2: Josh Woods defeated “Number One” Brian Johnson

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

In a pre-taped segment prior to the match, Johnson said Woods, the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, is the biggest bust in the tournament’s history. Johnson said he’s the No. 1 pick in this year’s tournament, and he’s going to show Woods why he is. In another pre-taped segment, Woods said that Johnson will find out that he lets his actions do the talking. Johnson continued to run his mouth before the opening bell, calling Woods a failure. Woods quickly took him down and seized the advantage. Woods remained in control until he crashed shoulder-first into the ring post after Johnson moved out of the way. Johnson immediately began targeting Woods’ shoulder. Woods proved resilient, however, and went on to hit the Seismic Toss to score the victory.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – While technically proficient, this was just a lot of holds and transitions, so you are getting an exhibition, rather than a satisfying match.

Match #3: (Main Event) Matt Taven defeated “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams – Ring Of Honor World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Williams outwrestled the champion in the early going until Taven rammed him into the ring posts and barricade. Taven grabbed his belt and started heading to the back, but Williams stopped him and ran Taven’s head into the steps. Williams followed with a first drop off the stage. Taven regained the advantage with a Russian leg sweep off the middle rope onto the apron. Williams landed hard on his shoulder, and Taven began focusing his attack on it. Williams rallied, hitting a DDT on the top turnbuckle followed by a diving DDT off the middle rope for a near fall. Taven hit Climax, but he was too weak to immediately make the cover, and when he did, Williams kicked out at two. Taven attempted a frog splash, but Williams got his knees up and applied an inside cradle for a near fall. Williams then hit a one-armed piledriver for a near fall. As Williams and Taven jockeyed for position, Taven grabbed the referee, causing the referee and Williams to collide. With the referee momentarily shaken up, Taven sent Williams shoulder-first into an exposed turnbuckle (Taven had removed the turnbuckle pad earlier). Taven secured Williams’ injured arm and hit Climax for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that felt like World Title Match, through and through. Taven looked the best he’s been in a while, while Tracy was every bit the contender that he should have been here. The match was as competitive as it should been, giving both guys a chance to show how versatile they are in their moves. I’m running out of things to say. This was some fine wrestling that made the champion appear stronger than when he came in, which is the most important thing. I feel like a Dad telling his son that getting dumped is okay “…because at least you didn’t die. That’s the most important thing.” Overall, this was a fine prize fight.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good show that rested on the main event and that’s fine, but it would be better if the show was good the whole way through.


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