02nd Nov2020

‘Ring of Honor: Pure Title Tournament – Week 6’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the semi-finals of the Pure Title Tournament to get to, so shut the mouth and watch the match…skoogy.

Match #1: Tracy Williams def. Fred Yehi – Block A Semi-Final Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Williams applied a hammerlock, but Yehi used his first of three allotted rope breaks. Less than 20 seconds later, Williams applied the same hold and Yehi used another rope break. Yehi hit an exploder suplex, then trapped Williams in a Koji Clutch, which forced Williams to use his first rope break. Williams kicked Yehi in the spine and landed a stiff forearm to the face. Yehi answered with a basement dropkick for a two count. Yehi caught Williams in the Koji Clutch again, but Williams used his second rope break. Williams hit a brainbuster for a two count. He followed with a discus clothesline and went for a cover, but Yehi countered with an inside cradle for a near fall. Yehi locked on the Koji Clutch again, but Williams used his third and final rope break. After a series of counters and reversals, Williams rocked Yehi with a forearm to the face. Williams hit a DDT onto the turnbuckle from the middle rope and stacked up Yehi for a two count. He planted Yehi with a piledriver, but Yehi used his final rope break. Williams applied a crossface. Yehi got to his feet and into the ropes, but Williams did not have to release the hold because Yehi was out of rope breaks. Williams transitioned into a Dragon Sleeper in the ropes. Yehi tapped out at 14:03.

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – This match was damn good. I enjoyed how the Catch-Point alumni brought their EVOLVE style into the mix, which is appropriate for the Pure Tourney, but also is just great to watch at any-time. Yehi has got to be signed after having two great matches in ROH. Yehi’s performance here was right in line with the great technicians, which has got to bode well for his career in a time where the shift back to technical is slow yet inevitable. Williams was equally fantastic here, matching Yehi hold for hold is a tense display of grappling prowess. Did you know the Japanese fart all of their music? One thing that is also worth noticing here is that you get as much wrestling per minute here as you’ll get per hour from WWE Raw. I loved the match and you might just feel the same way, if you get a thrill out of a soundly wrestled bout.

Match #2: (Main Event) Josh Woods (w/Silas Young) def. PJ Black (w/Brian Johnson) – Block B Semifinal Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Woods locked on a rear naked choke, but Black got to the ropes to force a break. Woods then caught Black in a kneebar, and Black used his second rope break within 15 seconds. Woods applied an armlock, but Black powered up and landed a fireman’s carry to break the hold. Black hit a high crossbody, but Woods rolled through and got a two count. Woods hit a bridging German suplex for another two count. Woods put on a cross armbreaker, but Black countered and stacked up Woods for a one count. Woods trapped Black in a grapevine anklelock. Black tried in vain to reach the ropes, and he tapped out at 13:27.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Both of these guys made this match a fine contest, one of both grit and determination. Woods showed more here than he has at any other point so far in ROH. This was easy to keep track of, so much so that you could actually look away for a second, turn back and still understand how they were getting from move to move. It’s a thrill to see wrestling that is methodical, but not without excitement. You won’t see any rest-hold-mania here; just damn good grappling. If you like smart, careful wrestling that knows when to kick it into the next gear and be thrilling, then this is your kinda match.

News Of The Night:

  1. EC3 wants to fight the best Ring Of Honor has to offer.
  2. EC3 pissed off Shane Taylor by not calling him great, so that feud has begun.

Final Verdict: 4.2/5

We had two great matches that will lead to one of the biggest matches of the year, which is coming next week.

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