14th Dec2020

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Dec 5th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Tilda Swinton is weird lookin’. Shut up! Yes she is! That being said…mmmmmmmmm. Any-who, did you watch the Grinch musical from NBC? I never realized how horny that guy was until he wore homo-erotic clothes while moaning. I think it’s a giant step forward and now we can do a version of Joan of Arc where she humps the stake while they burn her on it. Progress! I’m excited to review this week’s Ring Of Honor episode, because I didn’t watch it. Get ready for your main event, starring Glom Gusbert and The Hibachi Kid himself, Naiko Namakanazakaziko!

Match #1: Mike Bennett def. Vincent (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

This is Bennett’s first match in ROH in five years, and while Vincent is no stranger to him, Vincent certainly is much stranger than the man Bennett once considered a close friend. Bennett, Vincent and Matt Taven all came up together on the New England independent wrestling scene. But Bennett knew Vinny Marseglia, as he called himself then. Vincent, the cult leader of The Righteous, bears no resemblance — physically or mentally — to Vinny. “I don’t really want to call him Vincent, because that’s foolish. He’s Vinny,” Bennett said. “He’s always been Vinny. I don’t know what he’s trying to portray now, but it’s disgusting to me.” Bennett made his dramatic return to ROH two weeks ago when he saved Taven from an attack by Vincent and Bateman. “I am really, really pissed off, and a pissed off, motivated, hungry, driven Mike Bennett is not somebody I would want to mess with,” Bennett said. Back in 2014, Bennett welcomed Taven into The Kingdom. After Bennett left ROH at the end of 2015, Taven went on to form a new Kingdom and invited Vinny and TK O’Ryan to join him. But Vincent violently turned on Taven last year and formed The Righteous. “Mike, I’m a little confused. Why am I the bad guy?” Vincent said. “Taven, when you destroyed your knee, didn’t Mike leave you all by yourself, man? To the point where I was all you had left? I didn’t mind because that’s what brought me here in the first place.” Vincent asked Taven to deliver a message to Bennett from him. “Tell Bennett that this is the biggest mistake he’s ever made — since you,” Vincent said. This was Bennett’s first match in ROH in five years. Vincent stalled at the beginning of the match and then pounced on Bennett after he let his guard down for a second. Bennett fired back with a series of chops and forearms. Vincent hit a cutter through the ropes to the floor. Vincent followed with a side suplex on the floor. Back inside the ring, Vincent connected on a pump kick and hit a German suplex. Bennett got a surge of energy and answered with a superkick and Death Valley Driver for a two count. Vincent hit a Side Effect for a two count. Bennett hit another superkick for a near fall. Bennett went for a spear, but Vincent caught him in a chokehold. Bennett powered out and hit a brainbuster. Bennett speared Vincent and set up for a piledriver, but Vincent blocked it. Vincent backed Bennett into the corner and unloaded a series of punches. Vincent continued the assault and ignored the referee’s warning to let Bennett out of the corner. The referee disqualified Vincent at 11:34. After the match, Vincent continued to beat down Bennett on the floor. Matt Taven appeared on the stage and dove onto Vincent. Bateman came out and attacked Taven. A brawl between all four men broke out. Security eventually was able to separate them.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Bennett sold this sucker to Okayville, which was north of Whoville and next to The Grinch, who played with himself with a tug and a pinch, as Bennett and Vincent fought furiously in a battle of I don’t remember. Bennett has really become a stockier, more intense Randy Orton, which is what Randy Orton was supposed to be by now. I loved how this never lost the momentum from the start of the bell, even if the match lost some taste after the first bite. The action was fine yet lame, with only Bennett’s performance and Vincent’s fury to make this stick together. This felt more like a commercial for what these two guys could do in a gimmick match than a full, complete one. I did have fun with this, but the DQ took the wind out of the sails, so the boat was left stuck in the middle of the ocean, albeit with a nice view in the evening sky to look at.

Match #2: (Main Event) Tracy Williams def. John Walters – Pure Rules Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The resurrection of the ROH Pure Championship has not gone unnoticed by Walters, who held the title for 189 days in 2004-2005, making him the second-longest reigning champion in the title’s history. “I’m back because the Pure Title is back,” Walters said. “I want the ROH Pure Title and I’m going to move [Williams] out of the way convincingly to get that belt.” Walters, who has not wrestled in ROH in 14 years, was scheduled to make his return at the Past vs. Present show in March, but the event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Walters made it clear, however, that he is not a nostalgia act. “Tracy Williams made a statement that he wants to be the modern-day version of the former Pure wrestling champions,” Walters said. “Modern day? I’m here. I’m modern day. I’m not a thing of the past.” In Williams, Walters will be facing a competitor at the very top of his game. “Hot Sauce” scored the biggest win of his career by defeating Jay Lethal to advance to the Pure Title Tournament final, where he came within an eyelash of defeating Jonathan Gresham. Williams said that Walters is someone he always dreamed of wrestling. “John, you had what it took to beat guys like Doug Williams, Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, Homicide. You had what it took back then, but now the shoe is on the other foot,” Williams said. “You are a name that I’m going to prove myself against. I am going to have what it takes to beat you.” Flip Gordon, who will face ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham for the title at the Final Battle pay-per-view on Dec. 18, joined Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman on commentary. Walters, who held the Pure Title for six months in 2004-2005, was competing in his first ROH match in 14 years. Williams gained the advantage with a short-arm scissors, but Walters used the first of his three allotted rope breaks. Walters clipped Williams’ left knee and went to work on it. Walters used a Dragon Screw legwhip and locked on a Sharpshooter. Williams used his first rope break. Williams applied a heel lock, but Walters used his second rope break. Williams hit a snap suplex off the second rope and applied a crossface. Walters used his final rope break. Williams hit a DDT onto the top turnbuckle and followed with a discus clothesline. He planted Walters with a piledriver and covered him for the victory at 11:41.

My Opinion: 4.1 out of 5 – Now this was cool. Walters is arguably the most prolific member of the original Pure division and him being back is a huge achievement for the revival of the strap. There were no hiccups in the match at any point and it all felt professional from bell to bell. You get a full-blown training course in how to make any given hold look painful, which is the biggest problem with today’s wrestling matches in general. There were no wasted efforts here and it all meant some-thing. I loved how these guys would sneak a transition into just about any-thing, which kept me on my toes. You get all manner of submission and every degree of technical technique you can think of. I had a blast and I hope these Pure bouts continue.

News of The Night:

  1. Here are next week’s matches:
    Pure Rules Match: Flip Gordon vs. Josh Woods
    Mark Briscoe and PCO vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)
  2. Flip Gordon will face ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham for the title at the Final Battle Pay-Per-View.

Final Verdict: 3.8/5

The main event was great, but a few minutes too short as well. The opener was decent, but also should have been a few minutes longer. Too much of this show was dedicated to recapping and catching-up on build for Final Battle, which is appropriate, but ignores the importance of making the task at hand a task well accomplished.

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