03rd Oct2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Sept 29th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Defy Or Deny in the main event, so enjoy four of ROH’s prime stars fighting for the right to be the best.


Match #1: Soldiers of Savagery (Moses and Kaun) beat Sal Rinauro and Michael Stevens

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

SOS jumped their opponents before the opening bell. After hitting a couple of power moves, SOS hit Promised Land on Rinauro and Stevens, stacked them and pinned them. Time of the fall: 49 seconds.

My Opinion: 1.3 out of 5 – Remember when Rinauro was seen as one of the more important wrestlers on the indie circuit under-card? At least Sal got back on TV. Any-way, this was over before a sheep could sneeze the Pledge Of Allegiance.

Match #2: The Tate Twins (Brandon and Brent) beat Master and Machine (Griff Garrison and Marcus Kross)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The Tate Twins (formerly Dalton Castle’s Boys) took the early advantage on Kross. After Garrison was tagged in, he ran wild on both Tates. He speared Brandon Tate, but Brent Tate made the save. Master and Machine combined for a springboard enziguri/powerbomb combination on Brent Tate, but Brandon Tate made the save. The Tates rallied and hit a double facebuster variation on Kross for the win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was over pretty quickly, but there was enough here to give Dalton Castle’s former Boys something to hang their hats on. Tate Twins…could be on the cover of Teen Beat, if they play their cards right. Hollywood loves grown men that look like hot jail-bait.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jeff Cobb beat Matt Taven, Jay Lethal and Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) – Defy or Deny Elimination Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

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: 3.4 out of 5 – This was an interesting match that had enough action to get you from point A to point B, but wasn’t the most dynamic match either. Taven did his best impression of a toilet in a tornado the whole time, which isn’t the best thing to go for, but at least he didn’t do a Terry Taylor impression. Cobb lumbered along like the Samoa Joe imitation that he is (which I say proudly). Make no mistake, but Cobb does feel like a cheap attempt at replicating Samoa Joe’s prior success in ROH. Cobb ought to be running hot, but he just feels like he’s kept on a leash in ROH. In any case, Cobb can wrestle and he stood out enough here that he still felt like a proper winner for this bout. King did his impression of a moth ball at the DMV, so at least the mood was set by more than one competitor. Lethal even was a bit dull here, but not too dull. As a match, this was like oatmeal with a tea-spoon of sugar, which makes it just edible enough to eat with relish, but not Fenway Park style.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

We had three matches, but two of them were glorified squashes, so the main event was the whole show. Put more matches on the show and more folks will be incined to watch. Also, advertise the damn thing.

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