11th Sep2019

‘Ring Of Honor/CMLL Espectacular 1’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor/CMLL Espectacular 1, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Hong Kong Phooey is number one super guy! Spelling right? Wrong? Who care?! Wilkomen action wrestling konichiwa bienvenidos! Did it sound multi-cultural? This is a joint show between ROH and CMLL, so sit back, strap on some Steely Dan to your music box and peg yourself some time to take in the pleasure of Espectacular!


Match #1: Dak Draper beat The Haitian Sensation – Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final Match

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Draper used a mix of athleticism and aggressive tactics to gain the advantage. Haitian Sensation fired back with a flurry of chops and clotheslines. He hit a scissors kick on Draper for a near fall. Draper answered with a fireman’s carry slam for the victory.

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – This was a dull bout that did enough to work as an opener, but that’s about it.

Match #2: Silas Young and Josh Woods beat The Bouncers (Brian Milonas and Beer City Bruiser)

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The Bouncers hit Last Call on Young, but Woods made the save with a running knee to Bruiser’s head. With Milonas and Young brawling on the floor, Woods hip-tossed Bruiser off the apron onto both of them. Back inside the ring, Woods hit a German Suplex on Bruiser into a bridge for a near fall. The Kingdom (Vincent and TK O’Ryan) came down to ringside. Milonas left the ring to confront them. That gave Woods an opening to roll up Bruiser to score the upset.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – At least Silas was here. No one did a bad job, necessarily, but this was a slow, plodding match that didn’t offer much.

Match #3: RUSH beat Triton

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Triton connected on two suicide dives, but RUSH side-stepped a third attempt and Triton landed face first on the floor. RUSH threw Triton into the barricade twice and tossed him back into the ring. RUSH landed an overhead throw into the corner and followed with Bull’s Horns for yet another impressive victory to remain unbeaten in ROH.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun, with RUSH and Triton matching up real well. RUSH is just too damn good to be stuck at the beginning of the card, but here he is, nearly opening all the time. Screw it. At least these guys got to have a good match.

Match #4: Mark Haskins beat Rhett Titus

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Haskins came to the ring and said that even though he isn’t scheduled to wrestle tonight, he loves competition and wants a match. Rhett Titus came out. Titus thanked Haskins and the rest of LifeBlood for restoring honor to ROH. He said he’s been in ROH for 14 years, but he lost his way at some point. Titus said that his son being born in July changed his perspective on life. He accepted Haskins’ challenge. Haskins went for a springboard move from the apron, but Titus caught him in mid-air and turned it into a Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall. Titus hit a facebuster off the top rope for a near fall and an elevated DDT for another near fall. Haskins survived the onslaught and caught Titus in a Sharpshooter to score a hard-fought victory. Haskins and Titus shook hands after the match.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a smart match that never strayed from being a quality match, even if it would have gotten them better reviews to have had a more stunt-oriented bout.

Match #5: Kenny King beat Jeff Cobb and Tracy Williams – Triple Threat Match

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King rammed Cobb into the post and then went to work on Williams while Cobb was down. King hit a blockbuster on Williams for a two count. Eventually, Cobb got back in the ring and dominated King and Williams. Williams rallied and hit a piledriver on Cobb. He went for a cover but Flip Gordon came down to ringside and broke up the pin out of the referee’s view. King rolled up Williams and held his tights for the win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – King might not have been the best choice for a victor, but at least the match was good. Cobb is quickly becoming as important to ROH as Samoa Joe once was, so having him win would have made more sense. Hey, at least all three of these guys can wrestle.

Match #6: Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham beat Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry

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This match was described on commentary as an odd couple (Castle and Hendry) against a team at odds (Lethal and Gresham). After Castle tried to humiliate Gresham by rubbing his head like he was a child, Gresham tried to bring a chair into the ring. Lethal calmed him down. In an impressive display of strength, Hendry hit a fallaway slam on Lethal and Gresham simultaneously. Castle, obviously feeling that Hendry was overshadowing him, tossed his partner out of the ring. Castle and Hendry argued, which gave Lethal and Gresham an opening. They hit the Cornette Cutter on Castle for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This worked out really well, with all four guys sticking together like a bunch of horses in a glue factory until they made the match entertaining. This had some of that ROH style flair to it, but not enough to be devoid of psychology like many of those kinds of matches normally are. Over-all, this was a good PPV match.

Match #7: Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, Flip Gordon, Brody King and PCO) beat Rey Buchanero, Okumura, Hechicero and Barbaro Cavernario

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This was an entertaining free-for-all that took place inside and outside the ring. King once again displayed his freakish agility for a man his size during the match, as the raucous crowd gave him a standing ovation. PCO hip-tossed Hechicero onto a pile of competitors on the floor and then hit a moonsault off the top rope onto them. Scurll had Okumura stretched out over his legs, and King hit a senton onto the defenseless Okumura for the win,.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that had plenty of action the whole way through and didn’t skimp on any of the good stuff. The luchadors fit right in with the VE, who have a similar, yet more brutal, way of wrestling. I hope we get to see more of all the CMLL roster on ROH shows, if they can all perform as good as the luchadors did here. Well, I blew this review out of my ass, didn’t I?

Match #8: Volador Jr and Stuka Jr. beat The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia)

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This match was fast and furious right from the start. Stuka Jr. hit a torpedo splash on Vincent, but Taven made the save. Volador Jr. hit a super hurricanrana on Taven, and then monkey-flipped his partner onto both Taven and Vincent. Vincent came back and hit Redrum on Volador Jr., but Stuka Jr. made the save. Volador Jr. hit a Spanish Fly off the top rope on Vincent for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a strong match that gave Volador a solid victory ahead of his World Title match with Taven. Yeah, I’m a really exciting writer. Police Story 2 is pretty good. I wonder is Jackie Chan ever got to clobber the people who offered him The Protector? Anyway, this was a fine way to get to the main event, which happens next.

Match #9: (Main Event) Bandido beat Jay Briscoe

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Even though they adhered to the Code of Honor, Briscoe quickly turned the match into a brawl. He whipped Bandido into the barricade multiple times and choked the luchador with a camera chord. Briscoe continued to punish Bandido and looked to finish him off with a Jay Driller. Bandido shocked the crowd and Briscoe by kicking out of the devastating finisher. Bandido rallied and hit a moonsault fallaway slam, but the double-tough Briscoe kicked out strong. Briscoe spiked Bandido with a hurricanrana and hit a running clothesline for a near fall. Bandido answered with a GTS, followed by 21 Plex to score a three count over the two-time former ROH World Champion and 11-time ROH World Tag Team Champion.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a…I already said excellent. I’m running out of words for these longer reviews. Do you think I’d make a good Smurf? If you blew smoke up a Smurf’s ass, would that make it a Mongolian Blue-Berry? Just trying to keep myself awake, which you won’t have any problem doing when you watch this fantastic match. I really suck at this writing thing. If you hand a Smurf over to a bride on her wedding day, does that count as some-thing blue or is it just kidnapping? All in all, this grueling hybrid of lucha and smash-mouth made for a great one.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bandido and Haskins will challenge Jay and Mark Briscoe for the Ring Of Honor World Tag Titles at Death Before Dishonor on Sept. 27th.
  2. RUSH will challenge for the ROH World Championship in the main event of Death Before Dishonor.
  3. Alex Shelley challenged Jonathan Gresham to a match at Glory by Honor in New Orleans on Oct. 12, after the latter admonished the former for losing the World Title match to Matt Taven.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This show did good with a good card. Some of the booking was a bit odd, but I would hope that means that the bookers have a plan for what they’re doing…an odd plan.


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