01st Sep2019

‘Ring Of Honor: Saturday Night at Center Stage’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s Saturday Night at Center Stage, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a slew of good matches to get to, so let’s get right to it.


Match #1: Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) defeated LifeBlood (Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams)

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Less than two minutes into the match, PCO suffered a malfunction that caused him to deliver a suicide dive on the opposite side of where his intended targets were. He landed face first on the floor and came up dazed and bleeding profusely from a deep gash above his right eye. The “not human” PCO refused medical attention and continued the match. The two teams battled back and forth, exchanging one hard-hitting move after another. Williams hit an assisted piledriver on King, but PCO made the save. Haskins hit a Death Valley Driver on PCO onto the apron. Flip Gordon came down to ringside and nailed Williams in the back with a chair behind the referee’s back. King followed with a Gonzo Bomb on Williams for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was another fine match between two teams that have developed a thorough rapport with each other. These two teams are getting to the point where they could wrestle each other in their sleep. PCO is out of his mind and this match shows that every step of the way. Okay, that’s one down.

Match #2: Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon) defeated Sumie Sakai

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Love, competing in her first one-on-one match in Women of Honor, attacked Sakai from behind at the opening bell. Sakai rallied and hit a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Sakai applied a Cross Armbreaker, but Love made it to the ropes. Leon sprayed hair spray in Sakai’s face behind the referee’s back, and Love followed with Botox Injection for the victory.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This sucked. Poor Sumie. Angelina was never very good, but she was better than this. Overall…this sucked.

Match #3: Silas Young, Okumura and Felino (w/Josh Woods) defeated Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)

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After 3S seized control early, Young and CMLL stars Okumura and Felino isolated Cheeseburger. Eventually, Isom tagged in and ran wild on all three of his opponents. Nova attempted a Frankensteiner on Felino off the top rope, but Felino turned it into a powerbomb for the win.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was pretty good, with enough action to make it worth the effort.

Match #4: Chase Owens defeated LSG and PJ Black – Triple Threat Match For Shot At ROH World Television Title

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The winner of this match receives a shot at Shane Taylor’s title Sunday night at Honor for All in Nashville. Bullet Club’s Owens hit a running knee strike on LSG for a near fall. Black gained a head of steam and seized control of the match. He stacked his two opponents and hit a moonsault on both. He covered Owens for a near fall, and then LSG for a near fall. LSG came back with a 450 Splash on Owens, but Black made the save. Owens nailed LSG with a running knee and then a package piledriver for the win.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This was good enough, with Chase being a pleasant surprise as the winner. Good for him.

Match #5: Marty Scurll defeated Bandido

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The two top stars were meeting in a singles match for the first time in an ROH ring. It was a stalemate early until Scurll poked Bandido in the eyes. Bandido rallied and hit Fosbury Flop. Scurll came back with a powerbomb for a near fall and Ghostbuster for a near fall. Bandido landed a GTS and standing shooting star press for near falls. Bandido hit a fallaway moonsault slam, but it took a lot out of him as well, and he was unable to make a cover. A short time later, Scurll hit Black Plague for the win.

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – This was as good as you probably hoped it would be.

Match #6: All-Stars (RUSH, Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal and Kenny King) defeated Champions (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor and ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe) – Champions vs. All-Stars Elimination Match

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Teammates for a night, rivals Lethal and King began brawling with each other before the start of the match, but eventually order was restored. The Briscoes hit Redneck Boogie on King, but Cobb made the save. A little while later, King rolled up Jay Briscoe for a three count after Brisoe threw water on Rose. Jay Briscoe is eliminated. Former associates King and Taylor went at it, culminating with Taylor hitting Greetings from 216 on him. King is eliminated. Lethal was isolated, but he rallied and hit Lethal Injection on Mark Briscoe. Mark Briscoe is eliminated. Taven hit a low blow on Lethal after the referee was temporarily incapacitated. He then connected with Just the Tip, and Taylor followed with a running knee strike, but Cobb made the save. Lethal went for Lethal Injection on Taylor, but Taylor caught him and hit Greetings from 216 to pin the two-time former ROH World Champion. It’s a huge feather in the cap of Taylor, who has vowed to break Lethal’s records for most combined days and most title defenses as ROH World Television Champion. Lethal is eliminated. After RUSH got the better of an exchange with Taylor, he went for Bull’s Horns, but Taven blasted him in the back with a chair. Taven was disqualified. Taven is eliminated. Taven continued to assault RUSH with the chair, but RUSH — who issued a challenge to Taven at Summer Supercard a couple weeks ago — managed to get back on his feet and face Taven. At that point, Taven decided to leave. Shortly thereafter, RUSH hit Bull’s Horns on Taylor to win the match for his team. Taylor is eliminated. RUSH are Cobb are the sole survivors.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This was really good, like Martha Stewart’s sex change. Hold on, hold on. I get it. We have to keep our minds out of the gutter. It’s make love change. This was a great way to end the show, as it had the length of a classic and wasn’t too far off from actually being one as well. This was like Downton Abbey covered in juicy Jalapeno peppers, as it was hot that it burned! It’s exciting! Wahhhhh! Holy Rosa Parks. The action in this thing was tightly worked and ambitious enough to be… I have no idea what I’m talking about. This was a real blast that was guilt-free and built towards more big matches in the months to come, mainly RUSH and Jeff Cobb. I liked this and I bet you’ll like too.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a strong show that was better than the ROH TV shows of late.


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