30th Oct2019

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

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor: Honor United 2019 – Newport, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and…this show sucked. Yeah. The London show rocked and this one sucked. You’ll get it in a minute.

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Match #1: Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon) defeated Tracy Williams and Flamita

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Fortunately, this show did start off with a lovely match. I used lovely. I can do that. Suck it, Donald Trump. This was a fantastic way to start the show, as it was a longer match with plenty of action that was properly paced and fought with heart and passion. The sucking hasn’t quite started, yet.

Match #2: Shane Taylor defeated Danny Jones – 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 UK competitor Danny Jones.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – The sucking hasn’t quite begun yet, but we’re real close. This went a decent length of time, but couldn’t get the engine fired up enough to take off.

Match #3: Silas Young and Rampage Brown defeated Brat Pack (Mitch Waterman and Nick Bury)

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Okay, the sucking is running a little late, but this wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been. They tried, but couldn’t make heads or tails of this, let alone a great match. It happens.

Match #4: Dalton Castle defeated Hikuleo

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Castle defeated Hikuleo thanks to Hendry taking a bullet for him. Hikuleo was about to chokeslam Castle through a table outside the ring, but Hendry, who had been sitting in on commentary, stopped him. Hikuleo responded by chokeslamming Hendry on the apron. Shortly thereafter, Castle hit Bang-a-Rang on Hikiuleo for the win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a bit dull, but it worked for killing time, I guess. There’s nothing bad here, but there’s nothing great either.

Match #5: Kelly Klein defeated Lana Austin – Women of Honor World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein successfully defended her title against UK competitor Lana Austin.

My Opinion: 0.8 out of 5 – The sucking has arrived. This was just terrible. Klein needs a lot of seasoning if she ever hopes to be palatable to the masses. Lana…I can’t say anything besides that she didn’t offer much to make this match better. Mandy Leon was on commentary and did this obnoxiously bad English accent that made me wanna run her over. The sucking sucks.

Match #6: Joe Hendry defeated Matt Taven

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Joe Hendry scored arguably the biggest victory of his career by pinning former ROH World Champion Matt Taven. Taven was setting up for his Climax finisher when Dalton Castle’s music suddenly hit and Castle came out to the stage. Taking advantage of Taven’s slight hesitation to complete the move, Hendry applied an armbar to Taven and rolled him into a cradle for the three count.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was good, but suffered from Taven still being a dull wrestler. Hendry worked hard and while he’s no cult of personality either, at least there’s a chance he can be a big deal…possibly.

Match #7: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Kyle Fletcher and Lucky Kid and Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham opened the show by saying they didn’t owe anyone an explanation for why they bloodied the Briscoes Friday in London. Lethal said he and Gresham will do whatever it takes to win from now on and they want the Briscoes’ ROH World Tag Team Championship. The Briscoes came out and challenged Lethal and Gresham to a match on the spot, but Lethal and Gresham slid out of the ring and headed up the ramp. Jay Briscoe then suggested Lethal and Gresham be added to the Briscoes’ scheduled match against Kyle Fletcher and Lucky Kid later in the show, Lethal and Gresham accepted. The Briscoes went on to win the three-way match by hitting Doomsday Device on Lucky Kid. Lethal and Gresham brawled with the Briscoes after the match.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fine tag match that saw the tag champions beat the other two teams like Lindsay Lohan in a “I used to be a red-head” contest. This was some smart wrestling with enough flavor to make the cake tasty. I said all that just to rhyme. Marvelous.

Match #8: Mark Haskins (w/Vicky Haskins) defeated Kenny King (w/Amy Rose)

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This had the right amount of time, but King was involved, so it got pretentious really quick. I like King, but singles matches just don’t seem to be his thing right now. Haskins kicked ass here though and while the crowd was dead (like they were most of the show), he managed to make this worth watching.

Match #9: (Main Event) RUSH and Jeff Cobb defeated PCO and Colt Cabana

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

It was bound to happen. One day before RUSH was scheduled to defend his ROH World Title against Jeff Cobb, champion and challenger teamed up to face PCO and Colt Cabana (replacing the injured Brody King) in the main event of the Honor United UK tour stop in the Newport Centre on Saturday. RUSH and Cobb were able to coexist well enough to score the victory. As soon as the match was over, however, the obvious tension between them boiled over and they began exchanging blows. RUSH and Cobb will wrestle each other for the first-time ever in the main event of the final stop on the tour Sunday in Bolton.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Colt was the star in a match made of people populating the current World Title scene of ROH. This match was a lot of fun and, while it could have been even better, these guys did make it worth the time it took to watch it. Where’s Colt’s World Title shot? Is it up my ass and to the left? I don’t feel anythi…there it is. It smells terrible. I’ll go wash it off.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

Okay, I was too harsh with “The Sucking”, but this was a lot worse than the London show.

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