30th Oct2019

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

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor: Honor United 2019 – London, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got the first show of three to get to, which better be good or The Great Pumpkin won’t come to my pumpkin patch! This pumpkin patch is the most sincere! Screw the other ones! Hey, we’re in London for this show. Do you think Mary Poppins will be there…to strip? Juuuuuuust a spoon full of sugar makes the pantaloons fall doooooooown…in the most delightful waaaaaaaaay! Okay, you crazy kids, let’s enjoy Evil Dead 2.


Match #1: LifeBlood (Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) defeated Brat Pack (Mitch Waterman and Nick Bury)

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – It’s a shame that ROH didn’t have a write-up about this match in their recap, because it turned out well enough. Haskins and Williams have been the best part of LifeBlood since it started and it doesn’t appear that will change anytime soon. BP were great opponents for LB and PBJ was eaten by LBJ while he heard about JFK looking at ladies’ TNA all damn day and…I’m way out on the reserve again. The Watchmen TV show was okay, but is kind of lazy for a sequel to Watchmen. Me and the Bureau gonna kiss the tree, baby. I’m lost again. This match turned out pretty well for a bit over ten minutes.

Match #2: Jonathan Gresham defeated Jay Briscoe

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Gresham scored a tainted win over Jay Briscoe by rolling up the two-time former ROH World Champion after spewing some type of brown liquid in his face.

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – Hoo boy! This was a good’un’! They whooped on each other like soccer moms at the grocery store! There was a lot of great wrestling in here, from mat work to brawling and everything in between. This went around thirteen minutes, but it should have gone on much longer. Gresham continues to be one of the best in wrestling and Jay ain’t that bad neither!

Match #3: Silas Young beat Dalton Castle, Matt Taven, Kenny King, Rampage Brown and Hikuleo – Six-Man Mayhem Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This went for a little less than ten and had enough action from the big stars to feel like it mattered, but it mostly worked as an excuse to have all six on the card (which is fine). Kiss me, I’m Irish…cream.

Match #4: Kelly Klein defeated Mandy Leon – Women of Honor World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein turned back the challenge of The Allure’s Mandy Leon. Leon appeared to have won the title when she pinned Klein after nailing her in the face with the championship belt behind the referee’s back. Leon was announced as the new champion, but senior referee Todd Sinclair came down to the ring and ordered the match to be restarted. Klein immediately hit K-Power on Leon for the three count.

My Opinion: 1.2 out of 5 – Bad, lousy and a waste of time. George of the Jungle 2 can kiss my ass (it ain’t fine). Way too short and slow like molasses. I don’t like this new pair of Luxotica sun-glasses. Weak, feeble and without class, I can’t those who talk while they mime, ‘cuz that’s a crime. Oh, the match sucked. Did you spot all the sentence segments? The computer did and is pissed. Too bad!

Match #5: Colt Cabana defeated Flamita

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good mixture of styles and skills, with a bit of levity the whole way through. I bet Colt liked it, because he didn’t get sued by anybody. Flamita probably liked this match, because he got paid money. Isn’t it nice to make money while you’re working? Did you know that Bill Gates got a pie thrown at his face? POW! Right in the kisser! That’s what this match was. POW! Right in the kisser! POW! Right in the kisser! POW! Right in the kisser! POW! Right in the kisser! Ahhhhhh!!! Shut up! You can’t hear me say… POW! Right in the kisser! POW! Right in the kisser! POW! Right in the kisser! This was a fine match though. When does Colt get a World Title run? If he doesn’t get one, he should walk into Joe Koff’s office and just… POW! Right in the kisser!

Match #6: Shane Taylor defeated Joe Hendry – Ring Of Honor World Television Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor successfully defended his title against Joe Hendry in a hard-fought match.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – These guys slugged away at each other like it paid better than hospice work. Fold your own damn sheets. Hendry looks like a star and acts like a star, but I don’t know if he is one. Hendry is worth the effort though. Taylor is about where he should be right now, so it will be interesting to see if Taylor is just a pit-stop for Hendry in a race to the World Title or if this TV Title 500 is the series he has been training for since he signed the ROH contract. Either way, I could go for another one between these two.

Match #7: Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) defeated Kyle Fletcher and Lucky Kid

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Whoo doggy! We had all sorts of ooey-gooey wrestling goodness here! Like tears in my beer, there’s a bear in my hair. Bruce Campbell would’ve made a great Jayne Mansfield impersonator. Lucky Kid was aptly named, because being a part of this match meant that this was his lucky day! I seem really excited, don’t I? I’m like Eeyore, but with a bad credit rating. My credit score is 24. Did you have Eeyore’s voice in your head? Not shabby at all.

Match #8: Jay Lethal versus Mark Briscoe (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Why, Jay, why? That’s the question pro wrestling fans around the globe are asking Jay Lethal after his despicable actions on the opening night of Ring of Honor’s Honor United UK tour in York Hall Friday left the Briscoes bleeding profusely. Lethal and Mark Briscoe were having a great back-and-forth match until Lethal’s best friend, Jonathan Gresham, showed up. While both Lethal and the referee had their attention diverted, Gresham emerged from under the ring and rammed Mark Briscoe into the ring post, busting him open. That brought out an irate Jay Briscoe. Gresham grabbed a chair and ran into the ring, and Jay Briscoe followed him. Lethal, seemingly angry with Gresham, ripped the chair away from him. Then Lethal turned from Gresham and blasted Jay Briscoe over the head with the chair, busting him open. Lethal and Gresham continued to assault the Briscoes, but the 11-time ROH World Tag Team Champions, blood streaming down their faces, fought back. Referees and security hit the ring to separate the four men. For months, Lethal chastised Gresham for Gresham’s willingness to cheat to achieve victory. That’s why the sudden change in attitude from Lethal, who for years has been the moral compass in ROH, is so shocking.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was a great match that was ruined by a cheap heel turn that was performed quite well. Jay Lethal reminds me of Ricky Steamboat, in that he is (allegedly) a huge jerk in real life, yet can’t play anything but a face in the ring. Lethal was a terrible heel the first time around, so what would make him any better the second time around? Bayley just did a pathetic heel turn in the WWE that is failing miserably so far. Why do so many leagues think that turning some-one will suddenly “freshen-up” the shows? Good booking is what makes for fresh shows, not switching places faster than a rabbit at The Mad Hatter’s table. Fortunately, this was a fantastic match before the lame (albeit entertaining) finish.

Match #9: (Main Event) RUSH and Jeff Cobb defeated Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Despite some tension between ROH World Champion RUSH and Jeff Cobb, they defeated Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon in the main event.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – Despite the very brief write-up provided by rohwrestling.com, this was a long, stellar main event. Consider this easy viewing at high speed on a loop. The wrestling was a deft mixture of all the different types that make-up this whole damn sport. Any promoter would be lucky to have these guys on their roster.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jay Lethal turned heel on The Briscoes (with Jonathan Gresham’s help).

Final Verdict: 4.4/5

Despite a couple mistakes, this was a magnificent show that ranks up there with the best in Ring Of Honor’s history.


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