19th Feb2020

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Feb 16th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have one good f—— match. This is an hour-show with one GOOD match. Do you feel bad for ROH when they have an hour and waste it? Alright, let’s go see the one match…wait. There’s two matches. Wow! Thanks a million!

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Match #1: LifeBlood (Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) vs. Vincent and Bateman (w/Chuckles The Clown and Vita Von Starr) – Disqualification

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Haskins had the Sharpshooter locked on Vincent when Chuckles grabbed a block of wood and hit Haskins with it, causing a disqualification. After the match, Vincent and Chuckles were preparing to do more damage to Haskins with the object, but Williams chased them away with a chair.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – LifeBlood was excellent here, but it takes two to tango, so that performance is not enough to make this all a must-see. Williams was quite good, but the freakshow on the other side of the ring just didn’t make a mark this time. Also, a DQ finish is no way to make new fans.

Match #2: (Main Event) Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff def. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) and 2 Guys 1 Tag (Silas Young and Josh Woods) – Eight-Man Tag Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham form an uneasy alliance with Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff to face The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) and 2 Guys 1 Tag (Silas Young and Josh Woods) in an eight-man tag match. Lethal and Gresham never really got on the same page with Cobb and Maff, and The Bouncers a didn’t exactly seem thrilled to be teamed up with Young, which was not surprising given their history. Despite the lack of cohesion, Lethal, Gresham, Cobb and Maff got the win after Cobb hit Tour of the Islands on Bruiser. After the match, Lethal and Gresham exchanged words with Cobb and Maff.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was the most fun I’ve had with The Bouncers in several months, but this was still a match that favored the winners. There was a some good wrestling here and there, with nothing ever veering into s— territory, but it all left me a bit dejected that this was just put together to do…what exactly? I think this pushes the tag team division, but I easily forgot most of these teams were teams during the match, so maybe not that well. This whole match was just one, big shot at spinning the wheels until the money starts rolling in from something else. Why not just book an hour long match between two of the tops stars and just show that on here instead of a match like this, on that will be forgotten very quickly?

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This was…okay. Remember when this show first debuted and it had lots of great matches? What the hell happened? Did somebody at Sinclair get blitzed with Vince Russo and actually think he was right?

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