08th Nov2019

‘Ring of Honor: The Experience’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring of Honor: The Experience, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a show that was voted on by fans, so Sanjaya will win. Ha! I don’t care if that American Idol joke is old. I’m a freakin’ genius! Okay, alright, I’m an idiot. Happy? Let’s see what the fans voted on already.


Match #1: Dragon Lee defeated Jeff Cobb

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Cobb was chosen as Lee’s opponent by receiving 41 percent of the vote, beating out PJ Black (31 pct.), Kenny King (15 pct.) and Eli Isom (12 pct). Lee scored what some consider an upset by turning a Tour of the Islands attempt into a crucifix pin.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a really good match, but it’s a shame that Cobb lost again. Who did he piss off? Greg Gilliland/Gilleland/who f—–‘ cares maybe? This was a great contrast of styles that made for a brilliant way to open the card.

Match #2: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Master and Machine (Marcus Cross and Griff Garrison) – Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Title Match

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In what was easily the most shocking voting result of the night, Master and Machine won with 57 percent, beating out Silas Young and Josh Woods (22 pct.), Soldiers of Savagery (15 pct.) and the Tate Twins (6 pct). Despite being massive underdogs, Cross and Griffin put up a spirited fight and even scored some near falls on the 11-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. Ultimately, the Briscoes prevailed after Jay Briscoe hit Jay Driller on Garrison, and Mark Briscoe followed with Froggy Bow.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was what it was. Master and Machine…sounds like an S&M Bow Flex. There was the usual near-fall business and the spots and all of that, but this was just not as exciting as I was hoping it would be. Master and Machine…sounds like a Dominatrix toaster. Overall, this was good enough to not wear out its welcome, but this was not the finest hour for The Briscoes. Master and Machine…slip a ball-gag into a Corvette’s tail pipe and rev your engine. I bet Henry Ford wanted to do that to the Model-T.

Match #3: PJ Black defeated Eli Isom, Ultimo Guerrero and Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) – Four-Way Match

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This bout featured CMLL legend Guerrero and the three wrestlers who didn’t win the vote to face Dragon Lee. Black scored the victory after hitting Isom with a moonsault/low dropkick combination. At one point during the match, King wowed the crowd by doing a running dive off the stage over several rows of fans onto his three opponents.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a spirited spot-fest with some good pacing and…I feel like I’m getting ready to review the house special at a fine-dining joint. The shrimp was tender but firm, while the lobster tasted like my daughter’s credit card bill. She’s cut off! This was a free for all on the winner, so I was happy with the outcome.

Match #4: RUSH and Shane Taylor defeated Matt Taven and Dalton Castle

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Taylor replaced Lethal in this match as a result of Lethal suffering a broken arm during the Honor United UK tour last weekend. RUSH and Lethal versus Taven and Castle got 55 percent of the vote, while RUSH and Castle versus Taven and Lethal got 45 percent. Taylor picked up the win for his team by hitting Greetings From 216 on Castle. The two champions had a brief staredown after the match.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was the standard tag match with singles people sort of deal that they do to get every-one on the card. This was a nice mixture of people though, with Taven being the weakest link in a chain where everyone was fairly strong. RUSH was the big star, but Castle ain’t too far behind. All in all, this was good enough to fill out the card, but a fan-vote show should do more than just have nice filler.

Match #5: Jonathan Gresham defeated Mark Haskins – Two-out-of-Three Falls Match (2 falls to 1)

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Two out of three falls (44 percent) was chosen as the stipulation over Pure Rules (30 percent) and European Rounds (26 percent). A double pin resulted in the referee awarding a fall apiece to Gresham and Haskins. Gresham won the deciding fall by countout to score a controversial victory. Gresham had Haskins in a figure-four leglock, but Haskins made it to the ropes. The referee did not call for a break for some reason, and Gresham and Haskins spilled to the floor with Gresham still maintaining the hold. Gresham eventually released the hold, slammed Haskins’ leg into the barricade, and beat the 20 count while Haskins writhed in pain on the floor.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a strong match that made fine use of the stipulation and displayed plenty of wrestling skill. These guys made for an inspired pairing, like elephants and cocaine. There was a logical reason for much of what happens here and there were no cheap short-cuts here to lament.

Match #6: Flip Gordon defeated Tracy Williams – Last Man Standing Match

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Last Man Standing (44 percent) was chosen over a Strap Match (30 pct.) and Singapore Cane Match (26 pct). The bitter rivals battled back and forth in a brutal encounter featuring the use of chairs, tables and kendo sticks. Williams was setting up to superplex Gordon through a table, but Tyler Bateman hit the ring and powerbombed Williams through the table. Williams was unable to make it to his feet before the referee counted to 10. This is the second time Bateman has attacked Williams; he also did so at Death Before Dishonor Fallout on Sept. 28 after Williams had defeated Gordon. It remains unanswered why Bateman is targeting Williams and whether he is affiliated with Gordon and Villain Enterprises.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was another good match from this show. They really wacked each other real good here. I like violence. Kill him! Killlllllll hiiiiiiiim!!! I don’t like this ending with interference though. Damn Bateman. Kill him! Killlllll hiiiiiiiiiim!!! Wait, I shouldn’t be so evil. We don’t have to kill him. Let’s spank him! Spank that tush!

Match #7: (Main Event) Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Dan Maff) defeated Jeff Cobb, Colt Cabana and Cheeseburger – Ring Of Honor World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match

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Cobb, Cabana and Cheeseburger were the leading vote-getters from a list of potential challengers. Maff, a two-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion making his first appearance in ROH in 14 years, was selected by ROH officials as a one-night-only replacement for Brody King, who is sidelined after suffering a knee injury on the Honor United UK tour. PCO and Maff, who will face each other at ROH Unauthorized tonight in Columbus, Ohio (streaming live for HonorClub), were able to co-exist well enough for Villain Enterprises to get the victory. Maff blind-tagged himself in right before PCO hit a moonsault on Cheeseburger. PCO went for a cover, but Maff shoved him aside and hit a Burning Hammer on Cheeseburger for the win. PCO and Maff glared at each other after the match and had to be separated.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was all about Dan Maff returning and pummeling everybody to death. Maff was accused of pedophilia by Homicide years ago and was subsequently forced out of wrestling because of those accusations. Maff was never proven to have done any-thing, so him losing his place was not correct, but very understandable. I’m glad Maff finally got back in and has received a chance to impress all over again, which he did here. PCO and Maff did make for a wild scene between the two, like a Muppet thrown in front of a firing machine gun. Waka, waka, brakakakakaka! Avocados from Mexico. This was like old ROH and it was all the better for it.

News Of The Night:

  1. Vincent (Vinny Marseglia) betrayed and attacked Matt Taven (with an ax) after pretending that he and TK O’Ryan were attacked by some un-known assailant.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a good show that had some fine matches, but felt a bit flat altogether.


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