23rd Jul2019

‘Ring of Honor: Mass Hysteria’ Review (July 21st 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor: Mass Hysteria, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the second card of the weekend from ROH. Manhattan Mayhem was quite good, so my hope is that Mass Hysteria is just as good, if not better. Okay, let’s see if this all came together or not.

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Match #1: The Briscoes defeated The Bouncers – Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Title Match

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – The Briscoes did fine here, but this just wasn’t much of a match. Going around ten minutes, this felt like a bowling ball landing on your foot and only hurting half as much as you thought it would. The Bouncers leave a lot to be desired, but they do have ability (despite their size, which usually hinders an athlete), so seeing them falter is unfortunate. I bet if this had happened in a bar this would have been a fun one, but this is pro wrestling, pro meaning professional. This was no one’s finest hour, but that happens, so there you go.

Match #2: Christian Casanova defeated Jimmy Preston (with Jared Silberkleit)

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – These guys were very exciting in a match that just barely held on to its sanity. The moves here were fantastic, but the match just felt like an excuse for the moves, which is usual for a show-case match like this one. Both guys were impressive and had lots to offer, so perhaps we’ll be seeing a big star or two emerge from this match (always possible).

Match #3: Silas Young defeated PJ Black

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was pretty much Black’s match, in that he was the impressive one, despite Young being excellent here as well. It’s remarkable to see Black still this athletically spectacular even after years of damage to his body. Young made for a natural foil to the normally good-natured Black, so perhaps a feud is in order, simply based on character chemistry? I’d like to see more of these two together, especially in a much longer match.

Match #4: Tasha Steelz defeated Angelina Love and Karissa Rivera – #1 Contender’s Match For The Women Of Honor Title Shot

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This just barely got a 2 from me, as they tried to make this good but just couldn’t get it there. Some of this fell apart at the seams, while other parts of it stuck together, so if you like lame matches that occasionally hit the mark, then this one will do the trick.

Match #5: Kenny King defeated Dragon Lee

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was pretty good, but Lee was the thing to see here. King was entertaining only in spurts. It seems that singles matches are not King’s thing these days, as he is too dull in them. I don’t know why this has happened to him, but King needs to figure out why he keeps faltering in these big matches before it’s too late. Over-all, this was a good match that only got better on a few select occasions.

Match #6: Shane Taylor defeated Eli Isom – Ring Of Honor Television Title Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This match look like it hurt from bell to bell. These two have a lot of chemistry together (it’s a lame way to say this match is cool). Isom worked hard to play the under-dog to Taylor’s Big Dog, which gave the match even more to work with. Taylor looked like a star in a way he never really has before, so perhaps putting him with talented upstarts is the key to making him look important, rather than sending him Jay Lethal or Marty Scurll, for example. The action was crisp and brutal, while still delivering a match that had enough wrestling to look like a sports contest. Over-all, this was a real winner.

Match #7: Villain Enterprises (PCO & Marty Scurll) defeated Lifeblood (Bandido & Mark Haskins)

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This came so close to a better rating, but it kind of fell apart in the most vital places it needed to succeed, so the rating has to go down a bit. These guys tried to make this work (and often did), but it just didn’t make for a match that will stand the test of time. That being said, this match did serve as a long commercial for what these guys can do with each other and how they would do those things…not sex stuff. Over-all, PCO is a maniac and this match was pretty good.

Match #8: Rush defeated Dalton Castle by DQ

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – This sucked. I can’t believe I’m saying that about either man, but these matches have been booked into oblivion for a reason (or two) that I can’t surmise. This was around five or six minutes and prevented them from gaining any momentum or displaying any of their abilities. I hear All Elite Wrestling is still hiring drawing names. Maybe these guys should send in a demo tape to AEW and hope for the best? Poor bastards.

Match #9: (Main Event) Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham and Alex Shelley defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan)

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that was built around Shelley returning to form in time for his World Title shot. The wrestling was smart and fluid, never making any one person look weak for feeble. Gresham’s heel tendencies were not really on display here, which might just be for the best (as far as this match is concerned). Shelley was the big deal here and played the part of the special attraction perfectly. This was a simple, easy main event that ended a mixed card on a high note.

News Of The Night:

  1. Guerrillas of Destiny attacked The Briscoes with the IWGP Tag Team belts to tease a possible battle of tag team champions later this year.
  2. Maria Manic attacked Karissa Rivera and Sumie Sakai.
  3. Kenny King said he was going to CMLL next month (presumably as part of the ROH/NJPW/CMLL partnership, rather than switching leagues completely).
  4. Dalton Castle attacked Rush with a chair to get disqualified from the match they were having.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was an average show that had a few good matches on it, but lacked the extra spark of…what-ever. It’s a shame that a Pay Per View falls so short, but it could be argued that’s what happens when you have the same roster do two shows in a row (WWE does it and deserves criticism for it as well).

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