02nd Nov2018

‘RIng of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Oct 28th 2018)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is a few days late due to being abnormally busy during the earlier part of the week. Fortunately, that was a temporary thing and my life is back to normal, so I can jump right in and get back to work. So, as the Amish always say… “I wanna play X-Box… damn it!”

Match #1: “Hangman” Adam Page defeated Scorpio Sky

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Page took the fight outside the ring early in the contest and rammed Sky into the barricade twice before lawn-darting him into the ring post. Back in the ring, Page set up for a move off the top rope, but Sky caught him with a leaping hurricanrana for a near fall. Sky had two more near falls before Page connected with a lariat. Page followed with a dropkick into the corner and a German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Sky rallied with a slingshot cutter for a near fall and a Fisherman Buster variation for another two count. Another lariat from Page turned Sky inside out. Page then hit the Rite of Passage for the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that had some excellent back and forth between two very talented athletes. Scorpio wrestled like he was a hybrid of Davey Richards, Low Ki and Shelton Benjamin, which is a big compliment if you were to ask most folks. Page has come a long way in the past three years and if you take a gander at this old feller of a match then you’ll see just how good he has become. I sound like I’m panning for gold in 1842 California. The match itself felt like it was secondary to the wrestlers, which I’m sure is what they were going for. This whole thing never felt like it had the stakes that it should have, but it was entertaining and a great demonstration of just how good both of these guys are.

Match #2: Shane Taylor defeated Eli Isom

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Isom, who pinned Taylor to win a Four Corner Survival Match four weeks ago, offered a handshake to adhere to the Code of Honor, but Taylor responded by spitting on Isom’s hand. Isom found success in the early going by employing a stick-and-move strategy, but a big right hand from Taylor abruptly halted his momentum. Taylor followed with a draping cutter. Isom, however, once again showed both his resilience and his surprising strength, as he lifted Taylor and executed a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Taylor later connected with a headbutt followed by a knee to the chest to regain the advantage. Taylor then hit his Greetings from 216 finisher for the win.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was fine stuff, but as a wrestling match, it was a failure. My criticism goes mainly to Isom’s lack of sound wrestling logic, as he just did spots the whole time, but he was able to use them as an effective form of offense, so I won’t just piss all over his hard work either. Taylor is talented, but his size is really starting to become an issue, because he can only do about half of what every-one else can. I hate mentioning stuff like that, but Taylor’s weight did affect the quality of the match, so it must be mentioned. Hopefully, Taylor is able to drop a few pounds the right way, because for him to have to lug around the extra weight while being an athlete, it must be rough living. I’ve been going through the same thing and it’s hard to get healthy, but if you exercise enough, it’ll get easier to get fit. I’m staying on this because people like Umaga/Eddie Fatu, Viscera, Yokozuna and Kevin Steen/Owens had or, Kevin’s case, have, their issues with weight and it has hurt their health. Most of those guys have died young and I’d hate to see Taylor die just as such. Any-way, this match was good for what it was and certainly showed the potential that these two have.

Match #3: ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Kushida and Jushin “Thunder” Liger

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

After the initial feeling out process, New Japan Pro Wrestling stars KUSHIDA and Liger took control against Gresham. Liger trapped Gresham in a surfboard, and when Lethal tried to make the save, KUSHIDA cut him off and applied an armbar. Gresham managed to escape, and Lethal rolled to the ropes to break KUSHIDA’s hold. Liger then put Gresham in an Indian Deathlock/Kimura Lock combination, but the resourceful Gresham grabbed Liger’s ankle and twisted it, causing Liger to release the hold. After Gresham tagged Lethal, the ROH World Champion ran wild on KUSHIDA and hit Lethal Combination for a near fall. Later, Liger hit a splash off the top rope on Lethal for a near fall. Lethal rallied and went on to hit Lethal Injection on Liger to give the ROH duo the victory.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – The first two acts of this match were good, but the final act is what sealed the deal on this being well above average. It wasn’t that the wrestling was slow in the beginning, but more so that it was too tepid, despite being of a fine caliber. The final stretch of this match was tightly wrestled and felt like an important match, even though there probably isn’t much here that will figure into the booking later on. Over-all, this was good stuff.

News Of The Night:

  1. Adam Page wants a shot at any title he can get.
  2. Cheeseburger was demolished by Shane Taylor after the former tried to save Eli Isom from an attack by Taylor at the end of their match.
  3. After Flip Gordon saved Eli Isom from Shane Taylor’s attack, Flip and Bully Ray agreed on a match net week to be contested by a representative from each man, where the outcome will give the either Flip or Bully the power to do what-ever they want to the other.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good card that needed a bit more oomph to it, but did have the goods on quality wrestling that felt different from the WWE.

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