01st Sep2019

‘Ring of Honor: Honor For All’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s Honor For All, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a bunch of big matches to get to. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get right to it.

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Match #1: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) and Okumura and Felino

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Felino hit a sunset flip powerbomb on Ali but The Bouncers broke up the pin. Felino went for a crossbody off the top rope to the floor, but The Bouncers caught him and Milonas slammed him. Coast 2 Coast gained the upper hand for a stretch, but The Bouncers rallied and hit Closing Time on Ali for the win. After the match, The Bouncers did the Toast of Honor with Okumura and Felino.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This wasn’t the greatest way to start the show, but at least Anakin killed those nasty Tusken Raiders. No one did a bad job, but they left a lot to be desired as well.

Match #2: Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry defeated Cheeseburger and Eli Isom

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Castle called out Joe Hendry, who had interrupted Castle the night before in Atlanta. Hendry came out. Castle said that Hendry doesn’t realize what he’s capable of. He told Hendry to take a seat in the front row and watch him beat up Isom. Hendry said he’ll defeat Isom, and Castle can take a seat. They continued to argue until Isom intervened. Isom challenged the two of them to face him and Cheeseburger in a tag match. Castle and Hendry agreed. Castle and Hendry isolated Cheeseburger, but their bickering gave Cheeseburger an opening to tag in Isom. Isom hit a springboard moonsault onto Castle and Hendry on the floor. Later, Castle got Isom up for Bang-a-Rang, but Hendry pulled Isom off, pushed Castle aside and hit a Codebreaker on Isom for the win.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – This was a dull, solid match that had all of its ducks in a row, but not much else.

Match #3: Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon) defeated Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose and Damaris Dawkins – Four Corner Survival Match

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Before the match, Love grabbed a microphone and said that she should already be the No.1 contender for pinning Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein in a tag match at Best in the World in June. Love said she doesn’t need to be in this match. She and Leon started heading to the back. Dawkins and Rose followed them and threw them into the ring. After the bell rang, Love slid to the floor while the other three battled inside the ring. Love picked her spots and only got in the ring when the others were down. Sakai hit Smash Mouth on Rose, but Dawkins made the save. While Love distracted the referee, Leon sprayed hairspray in Sakai’s face. Love hit Botox Injection on Dawkins for the win.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This was a lame match. Sumie was excellent, but that’s about it.

Match #4: PJ Black defeated Silas Young (w/Josh Woods)

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Throughout the match, Young repeatedly set up situations for Woods to interfere, but Woods kept missing his opportunity — seemingly on purpose to get a rise out of Young. Eventually, Young became preoccupied with Woods, and Black rolled him up for the win.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was pretty good, but not at the level I was hoping for from these two.

Match #5: RUSH defeated Vincent

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It was announced that Vinny Marseglia now wants to be referred to as Vincent. Vincent took the fight to RUSH, ramming him into the post and barricade. Later, RUSH threw Vincent into the barricade twice and powerbombed him through a table on the floor. Vincent proved resilient, however, and hit Redrum for a near fall. RUSH eventually hit Bull’s Horns for the hard-fought victory.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a fine little match that had RUSH and Vinny engage in a consistent back and forth that favored both men equally. RUSH looked great, as usual, with some Vincent doing pretty well in his first shot as the carpet salesman. Vincent is a dull name by itself. Okay, this match was not dull though, so watching it should be a pleasure.

Match #6: Shane Taylor defeated Chase Owens – Ring Of Honor World Television Title Match

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Taylor hit a draping stunner on the Bullet Club star for a near fall. Owens, wrestling in his home state, rallied with a flurry of offense, hitting a basement flat-liner and Jewel Heist for near falls. Owens attempted several times to get Taylor up for a package piledriver but couldn’t do it. Taylor landed a headbutt and knee strike for a near fall, and then finished off Owens with Greetings From 216.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that made Owens look credible and Taylor look important. They worked hard to make this bout feel right and I’d say they were successful.

Match #7: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) – Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Title Match

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Morton hit a suicide dive on both Briscoes. After the Briscoes gained the advantage, they placed Morton on a table outside the ring. Mark Briscoe went to the top rope, but Gibson shoved him off; Morton got off the table and Mark went crashing through it. Morton and Gibson connected on a double dropkick on Jay Briscoe, but he kicked out of the pin. Morton rolled up Jay for a near fall. Jay came back with a neckbreaker on Morton. Mark hit Froggy Bow on Morton for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was really good, with the Express handling the mind and the Briscoes handling the body. That’s a cute way of saying that one team did the thinking and the other took the risks. I know. I’m a twit. I really liked this whole thing and I hope that this isn’t the last we see of The Rock N’ Roll Express in Ring Of Honor.

Match #8: LifeBlood (Bandido and Mark Haskins) defeated Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and Brody King)

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The winner of this match receives a title shot at the ROH World Tag TeamTitle at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on Sept. 27. The evenly matched teams battled back and forth, hitting one hard-hitting move after another in the latest chapter of their intense rivalry. During the latter stages of the bout, Haskins hit Falcon Arrow on Scurll for a near fall. Haskins and Bandido clotheslined King over the top rope to the floor. Bandido hit 21 Plex on Scurll. As Haskins locked in the Sharpshooter on Scurll, Bandido dove onto King outside the ring. Scurll tapped out.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This was some strong stuff. These two teams keep getting better and better with each other. There are many instances in this match where the chemistry is beyond any-thing I thought these two teams would do with each other. This was just great the whole way through.

Match #9: (Main Event) Jeff Cobb defeated Kenny King, Matt Taven and Jay Lethal – Defy or Deny Match

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The rules of this bout are as follows: If Taven wins, whoever is eliminated last cannot challenge for the world title as long as he remains champion. Should one of the three challengers win, they will receive a future ROH World Title shot. Taven and King worked together to gain the advantage over Lethal and Cobb. Eventually, their alliance fell apart. King hit a Blockbuster on Cobb for a near fall. After all four men landed a series of high-impact moves, everyone was down. Rose grabbed the championship belt, and Lethal demanded that she go to the back. Taven ended up with the belt, and he blasted Cobb with it. The referee disqualified Taven. Taven is eliminated. While Taven protested to the referee, King grabbed the belt and hit Lethal with it. King followed with Royal Flush and pinned Lethal. Lethal is eliminated. King attempted Royal Flush on Cobb, but Cobb countered it. Cobb hit Tour of the Islands for the victory. King is eliminated. With the win, Cobb earned a future ROH World Title match.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a fine main event that had the right winner amidst a match of relentless action. Cobb is quickly becoming a force of nature in ROH, while Lethal continues to be one of the best. King and Tven did well here, playing their parts well and being successful with all that they were booked to do. Over-all, this was a main event that was every bit of what it was supposed to be.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jeff Cobb will challenge for the Ring Of Honor World Title.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

There were a few strong matches near the end that put this show closer to be a great one, but it still couldn’t quite get there.

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