12th Aug2019

‘Ring of Honor: Summer Supercard’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s Summer Supercard, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big card with huge expectations, like a tornado in a trailer park. That last comment means nothing, but makes me feel like I know what I’m talking about. I hope this thing turned out well (I already know if it did or not).

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Match #1: Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) defeated The Kingdom (TKO O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)

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It was all PCO and King early, but The Kingdom survived the onslaught and took control by isolating PCO. Eventually PCO tagged in King, who ran wild on both Kingdom members. King hit the Gonzo Bomb on O’Ryan, and PCO followed with a moonsault off the top rope for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was all about PCO and how good he is. The match was mostly a formality for getting to watch PCO and that’s what they went with. Okay, moving on from a fine display of skill from PCO.

Match #2: Marty Scurll defeated PJ Black

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After Black made his entrance, Young came down to the ring in street clothes and grabbed a microphone. Young said that he’s been unprofessional because he’d been drinking some whiskey today. He also said that since he defeated Black the last time they wrestled, there was no need to face him again. Young said Black would have to earn a rematch with him, and he headed to the back. Black said he came there to wrestle, so he asked if anyone in the back wanted to face him. “The Villain” Marty Scurll answered the challenge, and the match was on. Scurll charged with his umbrella and swung it at Black, but Black ducked and quickly seized control of the match. He hit a super hurricanrana and moonsault off the top rope for a near fall. Later, Black scored near falls on a Spanish Fly off the top rope, a cutter and a springboard moonsault. Scurll came back and did his finger-break move. Scurll then hit Black Plague to escape with the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was supposed to be Silas Young versus PJ Black, but they changed it before the bell ever rang, so I’ll just leave that be. This match replaced that match, so this…you get it. This was pretty good stuff and these guys milked their time together for all it was worth. I don’t know when Scurll is going to All Elite Wrestling, but if it’s the rumored September/October departure time, then get a couple more from these guys while you still can.

Match #3: Kelly Klein defeated Tasha Steelz – Women Of Honor World Title Match

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The champion was in control for the majority of the match, punishing Steelz with an assortment of suplexes. However, Steelz proved to be very resilient. At one point, Steelz caught Klein with a cutter out of nowhere, but a stunned Klein was able to get to the ropes before Steelz could cover her. Eventually, Klein hit K-Power to finish off the plucky challenger.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – I like these two, but they are just not ready for TV yet. This match is bad and there’s not much I can say in its favor.

Match #4: LifeBlood (Bandido and Mark Haskins) defeated Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham

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In keeping with his recent change in attitude, Gresham displayed a cocky demeanor. He also again showed his willingness to bend the rules. As Bandido hit the ropes, Gresham pulled down the middle rope, sending Bandido crashing to the floor. Lethal wasn’t happy with Gresham, who ignored Lethal and tagged himself in. Gresham grabbed a chair and prepared to use it on Bandido outside the ring. Lethal stopped him, and Gresham responded by shoving his partner to the mat.

Later, Lethal had the figure-four leglock on Haskins, but Haskins refused to submit. Gresham had been holding back Bandido to prevent him from making the save, but Bandido eventually broke free and powerbombed Gresham onto Lethal to break the hold. Bandido hit a pop-up cutter. Bandido countered Lethal Injection and hit the GTS followed by 21 Plex. Haskins applied the Sharpshooter to Lethal, and the two-time ROH World Champion tapped out.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was doing quite good when it got great at the end. This was an old-fashioned ROH match that made every-body look tough and formidable. Why can’t they just do this more often? Also, LifeBlood won a match! Holy $#!@!

Match #5: RUSH defeated Dalton Castle – No-Disqualification Match

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Castle made his entrance with two “Boys” (not the original Boys) wearing cow masks, and Castle put on a matador hat, all to mock “El Toro Blanco” RUSH. Once in the ring, Castle “lanced” the “Boys” with his riding crop. The fun and games ended the moment RUSH hit the ring. He was all over Castle until his momentum was halted by a shot to the face with Castle’s riding crop. Castle body-slammed RUSH over the barricade into the front row and assaulted him with a chair. Eventually, RUSH fired up, throwing Castle into the barricade twice and powerbombing him onto a table at ringside. He went on to hit Bull’s Horns for the victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This stumbled when it should have flown like an eagle. Sing the song. The sentence is better when you sing the song. RUSH was the big deal here, but Castle had more than a few people there to see him as well. I wish this would have turned out better, but that does happen from time to time, so Feliz Navidad, from the bottom of my heart.

Match #6: Shane Taylor defeated Tracy Williams – Ring Of Honor World Television Title Match

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After Williams entered the ring for his match against ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor, Gordon came out and attacked Williams’ left shoulder with repeated shots from a kendo stick. The match was off, at least for a while. Williams came out later and said that Flip Gordon will need to do more than what he did to keep him from facing Taylor tonight. Taylor seized control of the match and targeted Williams’ injured shoulder. After Taylor missed a splash off the top rope, Williams applied the STF. Taylor got to the ropes to break the hold. Shortly thereafter, Taylor hit Greetings from 216 for the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was good, but a bit disappointing. This was too much of a story match, with Tracy having to sell the whole time, rather than just wrestling the best he could. Taylor was convincing as a behemoth, but when is he not? Overall, this could have been so much more, but it just got stuck being an angle with head-locks.

Match #7: Caristico, Soberano Jr. and Stuka Jr. defeated Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero and Templario

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The six CMLL stars thrilled the crowd with rapid, high-flying moves and non-stop action. In the end, Caristico forced Cavernario to tap out to La Mistica. If this match is any indication, the Global Wars Espectacular tour next month is going to be must-see.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Now this was exciting. Every-body worked hard and went full-tilt boogie on the canvas like a coked-out Bob Ross. How do you think he made those happy trees so damn happy? Surprise! Any-way, this had so much action that it made Michael Bay feel like Hitler. Hey! Megan Fox shouldn’t have been punished for a joke about two men who loved to yell and neither should I for a depression joke. Hitler was a sad guy, but this was not a sad match. Actually, this was one of the best thing to happen to CMLL in the past few years, because it made these guys feel as important as they should have been on their excursion. I hope they get booked to come back, because they made this show feel special, like Captain Kirk did when he found out his son was a hot nerd.

Match #8: Matt Taven defeated Alex Shelley – Ring Of Honor World Title Match

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The challenger was one step ahead of the champion during the early stages of the match. Shelley went for Sliced Bread outside the ring, but Taven countered by slamming him through a table. They continued to battle inside and outside the ring until Shelley eventually regained the momentum. Shelley hit Blade Runner (the move he taught to former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Jay White) for a near fall. He then hit two suplexes and Sliced Bread for a near fall. Taven came back and hit Climax, but Shelley turned it into a pinning combination for yet another near fall. Taven hit Just The Tip and Climax again, and this time he got the three count.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was pretty good, thanks to Alex providing the flavor. Taven is talented, but like Derek Jacobi, he just isn’t that interesting. If Taven was more like Eddie Marsan, then he’d be getting more praise. Hey, Eddie Marsan is an interesting guy. Any-way, Alex worked hard to make this match feel like it could be a big moment and Taven did the job he was supposed to do, which is sell for his latest contender. Over-all, I wish Alex would have won, but there appears to be a bigger plan in place.

Match #9: (Main Event) Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) – Ladder War for Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Titles

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The hatred between the two best tag teams in the sport runs deep, and that was evident right from the beginning of the match, as they swung chairs at one another as soon as the opening bell sounded. They continued to assault each other with chairs, ladder and tables, and both Briscoes were busted open. Jay Briscoe, in particular, was gushing blood from his forehead and had a large laceration on his back. Mark Briscoe hit a Blockbuster on Loa off the top rope through a table outside the ring. Jay Briscoe hit a sick-looking Jay Driller on Tonga off the apron through a table. Mark then hit a frog splash off the top of a tall ladder that sent Loa crashing through a table. As Mark climbed a ladder inside the ring, Tonga came flying off another ladder and hit a Stun Gun on him. It came down to Jay Briscoe and Tonga battling at the top of a ladder. Jay nailed Tonga with a headbutt that knocked him off the ladder. Jay then pulled down the tag belts for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was chaos, both without thought or mercy. Psychology was not the point here, but violence was the order of the day. Despite not being a wrestling classic, this did more than enough to be a great finale for the card, so there you go. This was a better version of Crash than the one that won Best Picture at the Oscars, but not the one where people got in traffic accidents to have sex. Okay, this was mayhem at a fourth grade level and I bet you’ll get a real kick out of it.

News of The Night:

  1. Angelina Love attacked the competitors of the WOH Title match.
  2. Flip Gordon attacked Tracy Williams.
  3. RUSH is teased as the next challenger to Matt Taven’s ROH World Title.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a night that belonged to luchadors and anyone who knew how to do submission moves. There was some fine wrestling here, but as a complete show, this just felt a bit off.

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