30th Oct2019

‘Ring Of Honor: Honor United 2019 – Bolton’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor: Honor United 2019 – Bolton, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final of three shows, with this one hailing from Bolton. Army of Darkness had a more depressing ending before the “S-Mart” ending. I slept too long! Okay, let’s see if this show can balance out a tour that had one great and one decent show to its record.

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Match #1: Joe Hendry defeated Silas Young (Disqualification)

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – What a waste of two talented people. I get that this was just a set-up for another match, but wasting a booking is some-thing that shouldn’t be done lightly.

Match #2: Joe Hendry and Dalton Castle defeated Silas Young and Rampage Brown

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Why not just have this be the only match to start the show and have a twelve or thirteen minute bout that has a better chance to be good? I don’t get that kind of booking.

Match #3: Mandy Leon defeated Molly Spartan

My Opinion: 0.1 out of 5 – Hoyven Maven! This was terrible, like my Professor Frink joke. This was like watching a baseball have a heart attack.

Match #4: Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon) defeated Kyle Fletcher and Lucky Kid

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a great one, like going to UNO’s and getting a pizza without soggy crust. I want a pizza…a pizza that ass! I liked this match. I liked this thing a lot. Did you ever notice that Kane’s theme song is just part of the score to “A Nightmare On Elm Street”? This was light, fluffy insanity. Did you ever think you’d be screwed enough to hear a phrase like that? Marvelous…Mrs. Maisel! With plenty of kinetic action from bell to bell, this happy fella kicked the puppy out of my kitty cat.

Match #5: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Brat Pack (Mitch Waterman and Nick Bury) and Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) and Hikuleo

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good enough little match. Fun and festive, like black mold in a Taco Bell kitchen, this was the 2019 Johnny Depp of wrestling matches.

Match #6: PCO defeated Jay Lethal (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

With Brody King of Villain Enterprises unable to compete due to a knee injury, the scheduled match of King and PCO versus Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham was changed to a singles bout between PCO and Lethal. PCO won the match by disqualification after Gresham interfered. After the match, Gresham repeatedly nailed PCO’s back with a chair. Gresham said he and Lethal will do this on every show until ROH officials give them what they want — a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Title. Jay and Mark Briscoe came out and brawled with Lethal and Gresham. After the two teams were pulled apart, Jay Briscoe said they’ll defend the tag title against Lethal and Gresham at Final Battle.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was a waste of two talented people. This should not have been booked considering the circumstances, but it was and this is what they chose to do.

Match #7: Flamita defeated “Speedball” Mike Bailey

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The first-time-ever dream match between Flamita and “Speedball” Mike Bailey more than lived up to the hype. In one of the most thrilling matches of the night, Flamita scored a hard-fought victory with a 450 Splash.

My Opinion: 4.1 out of 5 – Whoa. This was some wild $#!@. High-flying doesn’t even cover it. Just go watch this and enjoy the chaos.

Match #8: Shane Taylor defeated Tracy Williams, Mark Haskins and Matt Taven – Ring Of Honor World Television Title Four-Way Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

ROH World Champion Shane Taylor issued an open challenge to any local talent, but Tracy Williams came out instead and requested a title shot. Matt Taven and Mark Haskins did the same. Taylor agreed to defend the title in a four-way match. While Taven and Haskins battled outside the ring, Taylor hit a low blow on Williams and then planted him with Greetings From 216 to retain his title.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was about what you might expect, but it was good enough to make it to the big card. Plenty of spots and back and forth, this was a good show-case for Taylor, who looked like a solid champion.

Match #9: (Main Event) RUSH defeated Jeff Cobb – Ring Of Honor World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

During the ROH World Title Match between champion RUSH and Jeff Cobb on the final stop of the Honor United Tour Sunday, Cobb proved that he is one of the few competitors who can match RUSH in power, intensity and overall ability. As talented as Cobb is, however, “The Hawaiian Juggernaut” ended up suffering the same fate as everyone else who has messed with “El Toro Blanco” — he got Bull’s Horns and was put down for a three count. By turning back Cobb’s challenge, the undefeated RUSH punched his ticket to the main event of the Final Battle pay-per-view on Dec. 13, where he will defend his title against PCO. RUSH and Cobb battled back-and-forth for nearly 15 minutes when RUSH set up for Bull’s Horns. As RUSH charged across the ring, Cobb got to his feet, built up a head of steam and speared RUSH. Cobb appeared to be on the verge of winning the title as he put RUSH in position for Tour of the Islands. RUSH, however, countered with an inside cradle for a near fall. RUSH landed an overheard German Suplex into the corner and followed up with Bull’s Horns. When RUSH saw Cobb starting to pull himself up in the corner, RUSH hit Bull’s Horns again and covered Cobb for the win.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a strong, hard-hitting clash of two titans that could chew-up and spit out Harry Hamlin like Spearmint gum. I thought this was a fantastic end to the show. These guys delivered the real deal when it mattered most. This was awesome.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Briscoes will defend the Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Titles against Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham at Final Battle.
  2. PCO will fight RUSH for the Ring Of Honor World Title at Final Battle.

Final Verdict: 3.9/5

This was a great way to end the tour and a fabulous show overall.

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