01st Aug2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (July 28th 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 wild main event that even Eric Bischoff would cut to save money, even though that’s not how that works.


Match #1: Silas Young defeated Josh Woods

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Before locking up, Young grabbed a microphone and told Woods that he’s been in ROH about two years and hasn’t accomplished anything. He said Woods should be winning titles and earning the respect of his peers but even the fans don’t respect him. Young said Woods has a lot of learning to do before he earns respect. He told Woods to put up or shut up. Young handed the microphone to the referee, and as the referee turned to hand it off to a ringside attendant, Young kicked Woods low and locked on an inside cradle. The referee turned around and made the three count.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – Talking does not equal wrestling. This sucked. At least Young won.

Match #2: Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova) defeated Brian Johnson, Dante Caballero and Joe Keys

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Johnson, Caballero and Keys — who all are participants in the upcoming Top Prospect Tournament — isolated Cheeseburger in the early going. After Caballero inadvertently nailed Keys with a punch, Cheeseburger tagged in Isom, who came in with a head of steam. Isom landed Kryptonite Krunch on Keys, but Johnson made the save. Keys went for a missile dropkick on Isom, but Isom moved and Keys hit Caballero. As Isom and Nova had Caballero outstretched, Cheeseburger came off the top with a double stomp to Caballero’s back and pinned him for the win. After the match, Caballero and Keys – who will face each other in the first round of the TPT – began shoving each other. Caballero slapped Keys. Security came out to keep them apart.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was over and done before it could make any kind of mark, good or bad.

Match #3: Karissa Rivera defeated Sumie Sakai

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Sakai returned to action for the first time since suffering a broken orbital bone at G1 Supercard in April. After some back-and-forth action, Sakai took control. Rivera rallied and connected on a pump kick for a near fall. Sakai regained the advantage and scored near falls on a swinging neckbreaker and missile dropkick. The resilient youngster answered with a spinebuster for a near fall. Sakai went for Smash Mouth, but Rivera countered into a fireman’s carry. Sakai slipped off into a sunset flip attempt, but Rivera sat down on her and hooked her legs to secure the upset. After the match, ROH correspondent Quinn McKay entered the ring to interview Rivera. Before Rivera could say anything, Sakai nudged McKay out of the way. Sakai shook Rivera’s hand and raised it.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This wasn’t very much to talk about, but they tried and the effort did show.

Match #4: (Main Event) RUSH and Dragon Lee defeated Jay and Mark Briscoe

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The two sets of brothers ferociously went at each other right from the opening bell. The crowd was going crazy throughout the match. The bout quickly spilled to the outside. RUSH and Lee began ramming the Briscoes into the barricades. Later, Mark Briscoe got a running start and used a chair in the middle of the ring to propel him head first over the top rope onto RUSH and Lee. Mark Briscoe, who was bleeding from the head, hit Froggy Bow for an especially close near fall on the undefeated RUSH. RUSH came back with a superkick to Jay Briscoe and an overhead throw into the corner. In an amazing display of agility, Lee leapt over the top rope and caught Mark Briscoe, who was on the apron, with a Frankensteiner to the floor. Meanwhile, RUSH hit Bull’s Horns on Jay Briscoe for the victory. What a match!

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – This was as good a match as you’ll see this year. It was boner-iffic! That’s a Family Guy joke. Okay, I’ll stop. There was so much happening in this match that you’d be liable to not remember half of what happened. Think of this match like a bunch of grenades tossed off at a pack of Boy Scouts on prom night. Hey, in my head that makes sense. I never said you were dumb enough to get it. This is the kind of match that takes you by surprise, because you’d never expect this match, in this context, to be as good as it is. All in all, this is a big achievement for ROH this year to have a match this good on free TV and they need to keep striving to do it again.

News Of The Night:

  1. Silas Young and Josh Woods look to be entering an angle.
  2. Matt Taven fights Jay Lethal for the Ring Of Honor World Title, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was all about the main event. The rest of the show was okay, but the main event is what you’re here for.


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