16th Jan2020

‘Ring Of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Jan 12th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some new matches for this episode, so we’re slowly seeing this show turn back into an actual wrestling show, rather than re-cap city. Okay, let’s make like Anthony Hopkins and wear women’s clothes.


Match #1: Eli Isom def. Crowbar (w/Percival Payne and Serena)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

In a pre-taped backstage interview, Crowbar said he and Isom are here for two very different reasons. He said Isom desires to earn the respect of his peers and climb the ladder in ROH, but he, on the other hand, is trapped by the need for violence and to inflict punishment. In a separate interview, Isom said ROH is where veterans such as PCO and Dan Maff come back to reinvent themselves, so it only makes sense that Crowbar is doing it, too. Isom said he’s part of the new generation that wants to prove themselves, and Crowbar won’t beat him. Crowbar, making his first appearance in ROH since 2012, took a cheap shot on Isom during the Code of Honor. He continued to control the match, thanks in large part to distractions from Serena and Payne, his large manservant. Crowbar took the match outside the ring and hit a Vader Bomb off the guardrail. Isom rallied and hit a suicide dive that took out both Crowbar and Payne. Isom finished off the veteran with a brainbuster.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Crowbar did pretty well here, but this was Isom’s match. I’m glad a new guy won a match, rather than an old guy.

Match #2: Soldiers of Savagery (Moses and Kaun) def. Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger and Ryan Nova)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Cheeseburger made an open challenge to any tag team to face him and Nova. SOS answered the challenge. Cheeseburger and Nova got off to a strong start, as they took advantage of their edge in quickness. SOS eventually overpowered them and went on the attack. Moses and Kaun won the match with an assisted DDT on Nova.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Cheeseburger. Yeah, you knew that with a name like that, he wasn’t gonna win. SOS are cool and have some potential, but they are missing some-thing. That being said, this was a mildly fun hunk of s—. Boy, does that sound arrogant. This was just not much of a match, but they all showed promise.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jonathan Gresham (w/Jay Lethal) def. Alex Shelley

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Gresham prevailed over his former Search and Destroy teammate Shelley in a technical wrestling classic. After a flurry of moves and counters, Gresham maneuvered Shelley into a pinning combination and held him down for the three count. With the win, Gresham avenged his loss to Shelley at Glory By Honor in October.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine way to go out for the end of the show. I could watch these two guys fight all day. There was no bull-s— here, but there was plenty of wrestling. I didn’t feel like I had to have watched last week’s show to get this or have a deep knowledge of wrestling to appreciate this. This was just strong wrestling from a league that used to specialize in that.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

The main event rocked and the other two matches were fine, which leads to a show that was worth watching once.


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