08th Nov2018

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Nov 4th 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 we have Kenny King looking to take out the big star of wrestling, Cody Rhodes. Not to dinner, mind you, but King does want to beat Cody in a match. I guess that might be obvious, but King does appear on The Bachelor, so I suppose it is worth saying. What the hell was I talking about? Look out! Here comes tomorrow!

Match #1: Silas Young (representing Bully Ray) defeated The Sandman (representing Flip Gordon) in a Pick Your Punishment Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Bully Ray came out first and ordered ring announcer Bobby Cruise to leave the ring. Bully explained the rules of the match: If his representative, Silas Young, defeats Flip Gordon’s representative, Bully gets to choose Gordon’s punishment; and if Gordon’s representative defeats Young, Gordon gets to choose Bully’s punishment. Bully then introduced Young. Gordon came out and was joined by color commentator Colt Cabana as he made his way to the ring. Bully assumed Cabana was Gordon’s representative and insulted Gordon for his selection. Cabana said he was only there to support Gordon and also to see the look on Bully’s face when he finds out who Gordon’s representative really is. Former ECW star The Sandman made his entrance to a loud ovation in his old stomping grounds. Sandman, brandishing his trademark Singapore cane, immediately used the weapon on Young after the opening bell. Sandman then took the fight the floor, where he continued to assault Young. Back inside the ring, Sandman dropped a ladder on Young. After Sandman set up the ladder in the corner, however, Young reversed Sandman into it. That gave Young a momentary advantage, but the hardcore veteran rallied. He placed a ladder on top of a fallen Young and hit a senton off the top rope for a near fall. Sandman then swung at Young with the Singapore cane, but Young ducked it and then hit Misery for the win.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was fun for what it was and it can definitely be said that The Sandman looked the best he’s looked in quite some time. The Sandman was never the great wrestler to begin with, but he’s got heart and puts his back into it, so I can take his lack of technique. Young did a fine job selling for Sandman and made for a strong parallel to the latter’s rough style. Over-all, this was a fun change of pace and was a nice surprise.

Match #2: WOH World Champion Sumie Sakai, Madison Rayne and Jenny Rose defeated Kelly Klein, Karen Q and Dr. Britt Baker

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

It was clear from the beginning that Baker wasn’t thrilled about being booked to team with Karen and Klein. After several minutes of back and forth action, Sakai was isolated before she eventually tagged in Rayne, who ran wild on Karen and Klein. Later, Rose, who has had her issues with Klein as of late, put her rival in an abdominal stretch. Klein wasn’t very far from her corner, and she reached out for a tag from Baker. Baker, however, refused to tag her. Rose went on to hit a Northern Lights Suplex on Klein to score a rare pinfall victory over “The Gatekeeper.”

My Take: 2 out of 5 – For what-ever reason, this match never got around to being any-thing but a foot-note in these athletes careers. The action was slow, but not bad, yet still lacked any excitement. It could be argued that this match felt clumsy in parts, but I bet I’d feel a little less that way if I saw it again. The truth is, this happens once in a while in wrestling and matches that seem like a guarantee for success are just not able to get to where they need to go. Hopefully, this match proves to be a rare miss for these wrestlers and they’ll get back to their high standards with their next respective bouts in the future.

Match #3: (Main Event) – Cody defeated Kenny King by disqualification

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

King, who has scored recent victories over Bullet Club members Marty Scurll, Adam Page and Chase Owens, came to the ring wearing a t-shirt that had “Bullet Club Silencer” written on it. Sitting in on commentary was ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, who will defend his title against King on Nov. 11 in Toronto as part of the Global Wars tour. After several minutes of back-and-forth action, King began playing mind games. On two occasions, he tried to convince the referee that Brandi was interfering in the match behind his back, when in reality she had done no such thing. King then acted as if Brandi had slapped him. Cody was momentarily distracted, which allowed King to catch him with a sucker punch to the jaw. King went on to hit a corkscrew plancha, followed by a spinebuster for a near fall. King then threw his elbow pad at Brandi. Angered, Brandi jumped up on the apron to get at King, but referee Paul Turner prevented her from entering the ring. While Turner directed his attention to Brandi, King grabbed Cody’s IWGP U.S. Title belt, tossed it to Cody and then laid down on the mat. Turner turned around and assumed Cody had knocked out King with the belt. However, senior referee Todd Sinclair saw what happened and entered the ring to inform Turner. King shoved down Sinclair, causing him to be disqualified. King then delivered a low blow to Cody and grabbed Brandi by her hair. That prompted Lethal to leave the announce table and attempt to calm down King. King appeared to acquiesce, but when Lethal turned his back, King blasted him in the back with Cody’s title belt.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that favored King’s flexible, nimble body, as opposed to Cody’s brawling style. The idea here was that Cody kept positioning himself as a genuine face who dabbles in chicanery to get the victory. Cody is always a hard sell in wrestling matches, because he always looks so awkward in his clinches and his holds. The passion of Cody is what has carried him through to the next level and you’ll be reminded of that here. King, on the other hand, is very easy to take seriously as an athlete, but has a lot of difficulty in showing that he is a star. King often sells himself short on how he presents himself and will try to constantly preen to the crowd, rather than engaging them by doing what Terry Funk or Ric Flair did, which is keeping a frenetic pace in the matches. Funk and Flair were able to make throngs of people believe in the bouts because both men were able to make it look like a fight, which King would do well to remember. This match suffered from looking like a performance, instead of a sports contest, which would have gone a long way to making this more than just good.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bully Ray punished Flip Gordon with ten Singapore Cane strikes for The Sandman losing the opening bout to Silas Young.
  2. Cody Rhodes and The Bullet Club joined several members of the roster in supporting Flip Gordon as he was punished by Bully Ray.
  3. Kenny King and Jay Lethal are now at odds with one another, due to King striking Lethal with a title belt.
  4. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham and a mystery partner versus The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) will happen next week.
  5. ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb versus Shane Taylor will happen next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good event that had some solid wrestling but was saved by the big angles that occurred in the first and last acts of the card. Over-all, ROH did a nice job here, but this still felt a little too quaint in some ways and needed a sense of grandeur that a league like Lucha Underground has in spades.

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