18th Jul2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (July 14th 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 six-man tag team match for our main event, so don’t touch that $#@!&%? dial.

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Match #1: ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor defeated Rhett Titus – Proving Ground Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

If Titus defeats Taylor or lasts the 15-minute time limit, he will receive a future shot at Taylor’s title. Titus’ unorthodox behavior frustrated Taylor in the early going, but Taylor soon began to brutalize him. Titus rallied, and he had Taylor reeling after nailing him with three successive running kicks in the corner. Titus hit a Samoan Drop for a two count. Taylor shook it off and hit a knee to the face and a devastating headbutt for the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice match that had a good pace and enough action to make your butt curl. Does that make sense? I wouldn’t say this was the most exciting match in history, but it got the job done and made both athletes look formidable.

Match #2: Tasha Steelz defeated Jenny Rose, Angelina Love and Stella Grey – Four Corner Survival Match for a WOH World Title Shot

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The winner of this match challenges WOH World Champion Kelly Klein at Summer Supercard in Toronto on Aug. 9. Before the match began, Sky grabbed a microphone and said Love was the only woman in the ring who matters. She said Love proved herself by defeating Klein at the Best in the World pay-per-view (in a tag match on June 28). During the match, Leon tripped Steelz, and the referee caught her. He ordered Leon and Sky to go to the back. Love hit a crossbody off the top rope onto all three of her opponents on the floor. Love then turned her attention to Klein, who was sitting in on commentary, and taunted her. Klein left the announce table and stood in the aisle. While Love stood on the middle turnbuckle and yelled at Klein, Rose and Grey joined forces to powerbomb her. Love came back to hit Botox Injection on Rose, but Grey broke up the pin. Love then hit Botox Injection on Grey. Steelz dumped Love out of the ring and hit a cutter on Grey for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This worked out pretty well for what was going on here. The wrestling was consistent (for my taste) and had enough offense from everybody that you will feel like they are consummate professionals. This wasn’t the Triple Threat Match of Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling’s Unbreakable Pay Per View, but it got the job done. I’ve said that twice now.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jay Lethal and The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated The Kingdom (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Before the match began, Lethal demanded that timekeeper Amy Rose leave ringside. Rose’s interference cost Lethal his match — and the best-of-three series — with Kenny King at Best in the World. Lethal got the better of each Kingdom member individually in the early stages of the match, but The Kingdom pulled together and began triple-teaming him. Eventually, Bruiser and Milonas seized control of the match. Milonas hit a Samoan Drop/fallaway slam combination on Taven and O’Ryan. Lethal connected on suicide dives on each Kingdom member. The Bouncers then hit Closing Time on O’Ryan for the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was purdy goooooood. That’s how they write stuff in Alabama. I liked how this match wasn’t boring but…well, it wasn’t great either, but it had plenty of action. There have definitely been better main events in ROH history, but this one didn’t break the ferris wheel. Ferris wheel? I’m running out of words already. I wish ROH would get more ambitious with its booking, but I bet there are plenty of folks who would like me to write better reviews, so there you go. Everybody worked hard to make this a success and had enough success for this to be worth their trouble.

News Of The Night:

  1. RUSH fights Dalton Castle in the near future.
  2. Maria Manic attacked a bunch of security guards after attempting to fight Tasha Steelz.
  3. Kenny King is antagonizing Rhett Titus to either incite or inspire his former partner.
  4. Alex Shelley will challenge for the Ring Of Honor World Title in the near future.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was dull yet good, but it should be way beyond just an average review at this point. ROH feels like it is being run by people who are booking based off of old AWA footage from 1986. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it isn’t making them a bunch of money, so there you go.

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