22nd May2019

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (May 19th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Waterworld 2. Wait, this isn’t one of my nightmares. It’s still Ring of Honor time. We’ve got the 400th episode to look at, which includes two major title matches. Okay, let’s get right to the fun.

Match #1: Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and RUSH – ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Several minutes into the match, Cobb began tossing all three of his opponents around. He hit a standing moonsault on Scurll, but King made the save. Cobb came back with a double pumphandle slam on Scurll and King. Later, King hit a flip dive over the top rope onto Cobb, Lethal and RUSH on the floor. That was followed buy Scurll back-body-dropping PCO over the top onto them. Scurll and King hit a 619/cannonball combination on Cobb for a near fall.
RUSH hit a belly to belly suplex on PCO into the corner. Lethal then hit Hail to the King on PCO, but Scurll made the save. Lethal went for Lethal Injection, but King caught him on his shoulders and hit a spin-out powerbomb. PCO followed with a moonsault for the victory. PCO has now pinned ROH World Champion Matt Taven and two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal in six-man tag matches.

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – This was a fantastic match that really had everything it needed to be a success. PCO was the star here, although everybody was great. This match went from one thing to another at such a rate that you’d think they were trying to cram as much overtime as they could into the next paycheck. There were power moves, aerial moves, night moves…okay, maybe I’m getting off track with the last one, but I think you get it. This match had all the toys to play with and it took care of the toys so they were still there for next time. I loved this match and I stand by any good thing I can or will say about it.

Match #2: (Main Event) Matt Taven (w/TK O’Ryan) defeated Flip Gordon – ROH World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Gordon got off to a fast start, but after he superkicked an interfering O’Ryan, Taven took advantage of Gordon’s attention being diverted and knocked him out of the ring. Taven then slammed Gordon on the floor and tossed him head-first into the ring post. The champion also hip-tossed a charging Gordon onto the guardrail. Taven went to work on Gordon’s left knee. Gordon finally halted Taven’s momentum with a springboard knee strike. Gordon hit Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Taven spit in Gordon’s face and hit a pop-up powerbomb followed by Just the Tip for a near fall. Gordon came back with a spinning cutter. Gordon went to the top rope, but then red balloons came up from under the ring. Taven superkicked Gordon’s left knee and then hit Climax while Gordon was on the top rope for the win. After the match, Vinny Marseglia revealed that he had been hiding under the ring.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that got its flavor from Flip, who brought the goods. Yeah, I’m building towards a grocery store gag. I have nothing bad to say about Taven, but he simply isn’t interesting enough to be the champion at this point in his career. Taven follows a formula too much, which is also the case here. That’s not too say that the matches Taven wrestles are bad in any way, but they are predictable. Flip is nearly the opposite, but his personality, which is growing more interesting itself, is still not quite there yet to help him be seen as a big star. So, this match is being fought between two people who are not quite ready for a title run yet, which always makes it feel less important than it should be. That all being said, clean up on aisle five. There. I got my grocery joke in. Overall, this was a fine title match that was hindered to some degree by circumstances, rather than quality (although the match was boring in many small stretches).

News Of The Night:

  1. Kenny King attacked Jay Lethal to further their feud.

Final Verdict: 4/5

This turned out very well with an amazing opener and an excellent main event.


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