30th Sep2019

‘Ring Of Honor: Death Before Dishonor’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor Pay Per View, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some big matches and moments to get to, so let’s do so before we become a Planet Of Apes. Caesar, want salad! Alright, it’s ROH time.


Match #1: Jeff Cobb defeated Brody King

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a real hard-hitting match that came across like a volcano fighting Larry The Cable Guy in a demolition derby. I bet every butcher shop in the world would hire these guys if they could. Beat meat! Ideally, there would have been more finesse to this, but they gave the people the kind of match that would be exciting, which is “Watch out for boulder, Indy! It crush you!” This was a great way to kick off the card.

Match #2: Marty Scurll defeated Colt Cabana – #1 Contender’s Tournament Match

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another fine match for the card. Good mat work and a bit of a sense of humor kept this from feeling dull or too simple. Colt Cabana… sounds like a Texas pool boy to me. Like Reese Witherspoon at a “sharp chin” contest, I had a good time here.

Match #3: PCO defeated Kenny King – #1 Contender’s Tournament No Disqualification Match

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a bit messy from time to time, but PCO beat the piss out of King, who also moon-lights as a horny bachelor on ABC. Of the two, PCO definitely came across as the bigger star here, with King as a fine foil to the big lug. ABC and PCO…sounds like a Battle Of The Alphabet Stars. Hey, that was a cute joke! Leave it! Okay, this was good.

Match #4: Angelina Love defeated Kelly Klein – Women of Honor Title Match

My Opinion: 0.8 out of 5 – You know this sucked. I hate giving bad reviews, but when it’s bad, it’s bad. Klein will likely be very good one day, but now is not her time to shine. Love has had many chances to be good, but has always fallen short. This matches looks great for Love’s record, but that’s a bout it. Is Bully Ray having sex with her too, or is he afraid of Davey Richards taking a chunk of his fried, lard ass out the hard way for even thinking about nailing one of his exes? Oh, Bully Ray is the one who brought in the Allure faction and is dating one of its members, Velvet Sky, so that’s a decent question to ask. I have no problem with any of those women in the faction, but there are better women to promote as champion than Love. Okay, this sucked.

Match #5: Jonathan Gresham defeated Jay Lethal

My Opinion: 4.1 out of 5 – This was the complete opposite of the last match. The right guy won in a big moment for Gresham and ROH. This is the kind of match that this league is known for and it should be the kind it always promotes. Intense, taut and very suspenseful, this match was every-thing that it should have been and more.

Match #6: The Bouncers defeated Silas Young & Vinny Marseglia – Bar Room Brawl

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – This wasn’t much of a wrestling match, but it did have…some-thing.

Match #7: Shane Taylor defeated Tracy Williams, Flip Gordon and Dragon Lee – Ring Of Honor World Television Title Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This had a lot of good moves, but it didn’t quite come together into the match as it should have.

Match #8: The Briscoes defeated Lifeblood (Bandido & Mark Haskins) – Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Title Match

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – They beat the hell out of each other. Lots of chemistry here. Sentence fragment. Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious. I don’t remember how to spell that word. Hey, these guys can wrestle each other all they want. I’ll keep my eyes open for them every-time. I sound like Stanley Kubrick on helium. Great stuff. Great Scott! All right, that’s enough. Go watch it.

Match #9: (Main Event) Rush defeated Matt Taven – Ring Of Honor World Title Match

My Opinion: 4.3 out of 5 – It’s about damn time. Rush has been ready for a World Title for a long time and it happened. Finally. Taven was good, but not great. Promos aren’t every-thing. In fact, they’re practically nothing. That being said, this match is not about what it’s not and simply what it is, which is great. I’ve used great lot in this review, but that’s because the word is apt, especially concerning this match. Rush and Taven synched together in such a way that made the whole match feel like a big occasion. This was Taven’s finest hour as champion and Rush got the grand crowning he deserved.

Final Verdict: 3.9/5

This was a mixed bag sort of show that had a bit of absolutely terrible and a lot more of absolutely fantastic.


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