03rd Sep2018

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Sept 2nd 2018)

by Phil Wheat

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Welcome to this week’s review of Ring of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some excellent wrestling to get around to, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Sumie Sakai beat Madison Rayne – Women Of Honor Title Match

This was an excellent match and the best of the night. Sumie is getting more comfortable as champion with every defense of the belt. Madison looked really good here and is a fine contender for any day of the week. The action was crisp and precise. Sumie is an intense wrestler, but she has a hard time channeling her intensity into her personality. Sumie looks like a deer in a head-light… with a shot-gun. Madison is in remarkable shape for any-one, but especially for a woman who had a kid just a few years ago. The fact that Madison is able to wrestle on the schedule that she does with a family is staggering. This is a match that should have been the main event of the card, but opening is never a bad way to go either.

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: Shane Taylor beat Josh Woods

This was a bit sloppy, almost entirely due to Taylor. The action was good but often felt like it took a bit too long to happen, like a trigger on a gun being pulled and the bullet coming out twenty seconds later. Neo wouldn’t need to dodge those bullets if he could just walk out of the way…although he could just stop them with his hands any-way. Woods used his great technical skills to bring a little urgency to the action, but Taylor can only go so far with his weight still being a bit high. Did you know it costs $30,000 a semester to go to NYU? That’s $240,000 that you’d have to pay off! Good luck getting a student loan that can fix that mess. People always talk about how you need a back-up plan for wrestling and if college continues to cost as much as it does then maybe that plan should be to make goofy videos for Twitch. $17 million… Pewdeepie… Pudee…Peoo… what kind of a stupid-ass name is that? Anyway, Taylor and Woods did pretty well for a match that had a few hills to climb here and there.

Verdict: 2.5 out 5

Match #3: Marcus Kross versus Charles Zanders – Top Prospect Tournament Match (No Contest)

This was only… dust in the wind. I was going to do a Kansas joke, but the band told us no and we can’t go against Kansas. I had a friend who lived in Kansas and said that he’d watch old people cough up dust all the time and they’d tell him they couldn’t remember if it was because they were old or from licking dirty potatoes clean. There isn’t really any-thing to cover about this short match, so we could sing another song together… Dust In The Wind/all we are is dust in the wind!

Verdict: 1 out of 5

Match #4: Main Event – The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Barreta) beat Silas Young and Bully Ray – Tag Team Match

This was a good main event that had some fine moves and equally fine transitions. The idea was that Ray hates his opponents because they’re not real legends like him, which must be a line the Impractical Jokers told him to say. The action was excellent and high-lighted the Friends, who are a great team. Ray played a great prick here and really made it hard to like him. Young was a house of fire the whole match and really came across like a big star. Over-all, this was a good way to end the card.

Verdict: 2.5 out of 5

News Of The Night:

  1. Jeff Cobb attacked the Top Prospect competitors.
  2. Shane Taylor tried to cheat with a loaded glove in his match with Josh Woods.
  3. Bully Ray walked out on Silas Young, claiming he was not a real man anymore.
  4. Jay Lethal fights Johnathan Gresham in a 30 Minute Iron-Man Match, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid night of action that peaked with the opening title match.

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