11th Jan2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Jan 6th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a four way main event. That’s not a sex thing, by the way. We have four people fighting in the main event for a title shot. Get it? I don’t.

Match #1: Jeff Cobb defeated Luchasaurus – Proving Ground Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

As per the rules of a Proving Ground Match, if Luchasaurus defeats Cobb or lasts the entire 15-minute time limit, he will receive a future shot at the ROH World Television Title. Immediately after the bell rang, the enigmatic Luchasaurus stunned Cobb with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Luchasaurus tried to keep his momentum going, but when he charged Cobb in the corner, the champion caught him and hit a spinning suplex. Cobb followed with a superplex and standing moonsault for a near fall. Luchasaurus rallied, hitting a chokeslam and a standing moonsault of his own for a near fall. Cobb answered with a belly to belly suplex off the top rope. Cobb then planted Luchasaurus with a piledriver and finished him off with Tour of the Islands.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun, if your idea of fun is watching two guys bludgeon each other half to death. This was no Dean Malenko wrestling clinic, but it was a great fight to the finish between two behemoths. It was a bit clumsy in many spots, but it got the job done and served as a nice match for Luchasaurus to use as a demo reel for those of us who don’t really know his matches.

Match #2: Kelly Klein vs. Nikki Adams – Ring of Honor Women Of Honor World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

This match was originally scheduled to be non-title, but Klein grabbed a microphone and said that every one-on-one match that she is in will be a title match. Adams refused to adhere to the Code of Honor and came out swinging. Klein was momentarily stunned but then gained the advantage. Adams halted Klein’s momentum with a big running kick to the face in the corner for a near fall. Klein recovered from the blow and hit a vicious knee to the face for the victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a clunky bout, but it had enough wrestling to make it a sufficient title bout. This was a bit slow to its own party, if that makes any sense. Klein is a good champion, but she needs to stream-line the way she wrestles. Klein is going back and forth between the way Samoa Joe wrestles and the way Tomohiro Ishii wrestles, which sounds good in theory but is just not working for her quite yet. Klein has no rhythm with her wrestling right now, but if she could figure out a good way to transition from move to move, then Klein might just be able to become the champion she deserves to be.

Match #3: (Main Event) Flip Gordon vs. Chris Sabin vs. Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll – Four Corner Survival Match (Winner Faces Jay Lethal for ROH World Title at Honor Reigns Supreme)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Gordon and Sabin worked together early in the match. Gordon hit a running Shooting Star Press on Castle and went for a cover, but Scurll made the save. Later, Sabin nailed Gordon with a kick to the face from the apron, and then did the same to Scurll. Castle charged at Sabin, but Sabin landed a shoulder to the midsection. Sabin went for a sunset flip, but Castle caught him and hit Bang-a-Rang for the win. After the match, Lethal, who had been sitting in on commentary, entered the ring and shook Castle’s hand.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a bit too short for its own good, but a solid match, nonetheless. Every-body worked hard, but the match was more like a greatest hits compilation of better matches that these guys have had before. The action was quick and fluid, but had little in the way of intellect. I’m just going full-on $#@!% with this review, aren’t I? That could be the name of a TV show starring Taylor Swift… “Full-On $#@!%”! I don’t actually know Taylor Swift, but I like making pathetic rumors about people who are better than me…especially when they don’t know I exist. Any-way, this match got the job done and that works just fine.

News Of The Night:

  1. Christopher Daniels announced his departure from Ring Of Honor, only to get offered a new contract. Daniels just signed with All Elite Wrestling, so it remains to be seen if what this means for his career in ROH.
  2. Shane Taylor attacked Christopher Daniels after he got offered his new contract.
  3. Beer City Bruiser wants to find out if Slias Young is still his ally.
  4. Jenny Rose challenged Kelly Klein to make their title match at Honor Reigns Supreme on Jan. 13 in Concord, N.C., a street fight.
  5. Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) will happen next week for the ROH World Tag Team Titles.
  6. Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tracy Williams happens, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was a bit dull, but it was solid stuff. It all felt a bit flat, but it’s a new year and it will take a bit for ROH to figure out what their going to do this year, now that the roster is changing again.


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