16th Jan2020

‘Ring of Honor: Saturday Night at Center Stage’ Review (Jan 11th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s Saturday Night At Center Stage, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Wendy Williams has bigger jugs than I do. Hiya! We’ve got some good wrestling in here, so break out the bottle of hoop’de-juice, ‘cuz we gon git dat nouuuuuuuuuuuw!

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Match #1: Dragon Lee defeated Andrew Everett – Ring Of Honor World TV Title Match

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Everett nearly pulled off the upset, but Lee ultimately prevailed after removing his knee pad and hitting the Incinerator knee strike. After the match, Lee — who is becoming more like older brother RUSH all the time — stood on Everett and taunted him.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – We started off the night with some easy viewing. That’s the way I like it. I don’t have to say that there is a lot of aerial moves, because these guys are known for that stuff. The right guy won in a wild match that didn’t forget its manners, if you catch my drift.

Match #2: The Allure (Angelina Love and Mandy Leon) defeated Sumie Sakai and Nicole Savoy

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Savoy inadvertently kicked Sakai, which allowed Leon to roll up Sakai for the win. After the match, Savoy was apologetic, but Sakai kicked her in the stomach Sakai then hit Smash Mouth on Savoy and spit on her.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Sakai and Savoy were excellent here, but that’s it.

Match #3: Dak Draper defeated Jason Cade

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Independent star Cade gave Draper some anxious moments, but Draper proved resilient and hit Magnum KO for the victory. Cade was “awarded” a participation ribbon from Draper for his effort.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – There was some good wrestling in here, but neither man is a cult of personality yet, so this was a bit of a snooze-fest.

Match #4: Jonathan Gresham (w/Jay Lethal) defeated Josh Woods (w/Silas Young) (Count-Out)

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Gresham, frustrated that he couldn’t put away Woods with his technical wrestling skills, resorted to low blows and outside interference to win. While the referee was distracted, Lethal clipped Woods’ left knee — which Gresham had been targeting during the match — with the title belt. Gresham then applied the figure-four leglock on Woods on the floor. As the referee was just about to complete the 20 count, Gresham released the hold and slid back into the ring to gain a cheap countout victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Gresham and Woods had a smart match that had lots of great holds and transitions here. Gresham is absolutely fantastic at the wrestling part of his job, so much so that his timid personality doesn’t get in the way all that much. Woods is getting better all the time and might just become another Gresham in due time. I liked this.

Match #5: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated LifeBlood (Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) and Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff – Triple Threat Tag Team Match

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The sheer power of Cobb and Maff was on display, as were the high-flying and submission skills of Haskins and Williams, but in the end it was the 11-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion Briscoes who came out on top.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a lively fight that took its ass all over the place, but never forgot where it was supposed to be. This was another bit of easy viewing that was a blast to watch.

Match #6: Bandido, Flamita and Rey Horus defeated champions Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, Brody King and Flip Gordon) – Ring Of Honor World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match

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Before the match began, Scurll said Gordon was replacing PCO as a co-holder of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title for tonight, and the belts will be on the line. That turned out to be a mistake. After a flurry of fast-paced, back-and-forth action that thrilled the raucous crowd, Scurll set up for the Chicken Wing on Bandido. However, Bandido took advantage of Scurll’s prolonged set-up and rolled him up for the three count to win the title. It was a bad night all around for Villain Enterprises. In the match preceding the main event, Bandido, Flamita and Rey Horus upset Scurll, Brody King and Gordon (substituting for PCO) to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title. Villain Enterprises’ reign ended at 301 days. It was by far the longest reign in the title’s history, and the Villains were just four days away from surpassing three-time former ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom for most combined days with the belts.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Hoohah! That’s marine talk for “like a can without a cape”. Look at all those great people in this sucker. Do you really think this didn’t go over well? What-ever you have in mind for this match (aside from it being s—) is right on the money.

Match # 7: (Main Event) PCO defeated RUSH – Ring Of Honor World Title Match (Disqualification)

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The rematch for the ROH World Title between champion PCO and former champion RUSH ended in complete chaos and carnage at Saturday Night at Center Stage. PCO won the match by disqualification due to RUSH attacking two referees, but he didn’t look like a winner at the end of the night. RUSH and fellow La Faccion Ingobernable teammates Dragon Lee and Kenny King destroyed PCO with tables and chairs, and they also overpowered PCO’s Villain Enterprises teammates Marty Scurll, Brody King and Flip Gordon. These two picked up right where the left off at Final Battle last month, when PCO won the title from RUSH in a Friday the 13th Massacre Match. They wasted no time battering each other in and out of the ring in the rematch. As PCO went up top for the moonsault, RUSH pulled referee Todd Sinclair down to the mat, and PCO inadvertently landed on him. With Sinclair incapacitated, RUSH’s fellow La Faccion Ingobernable teammates Dragon Lee and Kenny King attacked PCO. PCO’s Villain Enterprises teammates Marty Scurll and Brody King came out to even the odds. RUSH nailed PCO in the head with a chair and then hit a senton off the top rope. RUSH made a cover as referee Joe Mandak slid into the ring and made the count, but PCO kicked out at two. An irate RUSH punched Mandak and hit Bull’s Horns on him. Sinclair was back to his feet at that point, and he called for the bell, disqualifying RUSH. The fight continued between Villain Enterprises and LFI, with Flip Gordon joining in.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Not nearly as good as the one with PCO winning the title (this was less than half the length of that match), but this was fun, until the end…the end sucked!

News Of The Night:

  1. Nick Aldis attacked Flip Gordon at the end of the show in what seems to be revival of the official NWA/ROH working relationship.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a fun, simple show that didn’t go for broke, but didn’t go broke either, if you know what I mean.

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