17th Feb2020

‘Ring of Honor: Free Enterprise’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Ring of Honor: Free Enterprise, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Marty Scurll’s big free show to help save the league from looking lame. There’s some great wrestlers here…and Bateman. F—— Bateman. Okay, I wanna get right to it.


Match #1: Mark Haskins defeated Alex Shelley

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A back-and-forth battle between master technicians ended with Haskins forcing Shelley to submit to the Sharpshooter.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was some great stuff. The action was smooth, like fine tobacco. SMOKE. Shelley and Haskins have a similar way of moving out in the ring that makes them mesh together really well. SMOKE. Haskins got more out of beating Shelley than he did what’s his ass from Dudleyville. SMOKE. Overall, this was a hell of an opener. ARE YOU SMOKING YET?

Match #2: Righteous (Vincent and Bateman w/Chuckles and Vita Von Starr) defeated Joe Hendry & Dalton Castle

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After Hendry hit the Codebreaker on Vincent, Castle set up for the Denouement, but Chuckles grabbed Castle’s legs and pulled him out of the ring. Vincent took advantage of Hendry being momentarily distracted and hit Sliced Bread on him for the win.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was s—. Castle deserves so much better than this. F—— Bateman.

Match #3: Flip Gordon defeated Slex

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Australian star Slex looked good in his ROH debut, but Gordon prevailed in a match that could’ve gone either way. The fast-paced contest ended with Gordon hitting the Flip 5 followed by a curb stomp for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a really good match that had a lot of oomph to it, which is my way of saying I’m too lazy to look up a better word than oomph. This was way better than the last match…f—— Bateman. Slex is a very unique wrestler, because his name makes me think of 80s adult actor Amber Lynn…boom baby! I don’t know. This was really good, that’s all. It coulda been longer and it coulda been better, but it was good enough and that’s alright.

Match #4: Alex Zayne defeated Alex Everett

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In a matchup of freakishly agile high flyers, Zayne came out on top after hitting a shooting star stomp followed by a package pumphandle slam.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – There wasn’t much logic here, but the jumping made my hoo-hah zoom up my ying-yang. This was Randy Orton’s wet dream, as both men dove from pillar to post like it paid better than “mall cop”. I personally liked this, but if you can’t stand the aerialist method of fighting, then this will just piss you off.

Match #5: The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) defeated Mexiblood (Bandido and Flamita)

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The 11-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion Briscoes and two-thirds of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bandido and Flamita went at it non-stop for nearly 20 minutes of fast-paced, hard-hitting action that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The Briscoes ultimately picked up the hard-fought victory after hitting the Doomsday Device on Flamita.

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – Now this is a Pay Per View match. This went nearly twenty minutes and had so much action that it will make your appendix burst. If had your appendix taken out, then you can just grab a bag of chips and smash them until it makes you feel like a big man. I never thought chicken-farmers fighting day-laborers dressed for Halloween would be so entertaining, but that’s life…so people say.

Match #6: Flip Gordon defeated Gangrel, LSG, Crowbar, Eli Isom , Dak Draper, Blue Meanie, PJ Black, Brian Johnson, Rhett Titus, The Bouncers, Maria Manic, Delirious, Danhausen, Cheeseburger, Tracy Williams, Silas Young, Josh Woods and Kenny King – Battle Royal For A Ring Of Honor World Title Shot

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The order of elimination was: Gangrel, LSG, Crowbar and Eli Isom simultaneously, Dak Draper, Blue Meanie, PJ Black, Brian Johnson, Rhett Titus, The Bouncers simultaneously, Maria Manic, Delirious, Danhausen, Cheeseburger, Tracy Williams, Silas Young, Josh Woods, Kenny King. Flip Gordon won a 20-person battle royal to earn a future ROH World Title shot. Gordon, who competed earlier on the show and was not scheduled to appear in the battle royal, was disguised as Dragon Lee. Maria Manic was in the match, and she eliminated Brian Johnson, Rhett Titus and both Bouncers. After an exchange of chops between Manic and Silas Young, Young tried to toss her over the top rope, but she held on. Suddenly, Bully Ray ran down to ringside and pulled Manic to the floor. Bully then whacked her in the back with a chair and proceeded to powerbomb her through the announce table. The final three were Dragon Lee, Young and Young’s tag partner Josh Woods. After Woods inadvertently eliminated Young, Lee eliminated Woods. At that point, King ran into the ring and tossed Lee over the top rope. As King celebrated his win (which was reminiscent of how he won the Honor Rumble), he failed to see that Lee held into the ropes and pulled himself back in the ring. Lee unmasked, revealing that it was Gordon. King turned around and charged at Gordon, but Gordon ducked and King went flying over the top rope onto the floor.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This turned out alright, but it didn’t get good until Flip Gordon/Dragon Lee got going in the final stretch. This wasn’t a great match, but it served a purpose and filled time nicely. I’m glad Gordon got the shot, as he is so close to being a big star. Overall, this was fun.

Match #7: Session Moth Martina defeated Sumie Sakai

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Martina made her highly anticipated ROH debut by defeating the inaugural Women of Honor World Champion. Sakai, who has adopted a win-at-all-cost mentality, DDT’d Martina on a chair behind the back of the referee, who was incapacitated. While Sakai tried to revive the referee, Martina got back to her feet and hit the Jaeger Bomb on her. The referee recovered and made the three count.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – I wish Sakai had a better opponent, but this still worked out enough for my taste. Then again, I kinda liked the Brothers Of Destruction/Kronik match from Unforgiven 2001, so what the hell do I know? Anyway, this was okay, but it was not good enough for PPV, that’s for damn sure.

Match #8: Jeff Cobb & Dan Maff defeated Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham – Proving Ground Match

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Lethal attempted Lethal Injection on Maff, but Maff countered by hoisting Lethal up on his shoulders and hitting a Burning Hammer for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – It’s a shame that the ROH website doesn’t feel it necessary to provide more of a recap of this match, because it is worthy of one. There’s a lot of smart, crisp wrestling here that might not set the world on fire, but it will keep it warm…global warming. All four of these guys knocked the piss out of each other like it was Japanese Monty Python. Hey, they’re not all good jokes. Gresham was the best part of all this and that’s saying some-thing. I think you’ll really dig this…but I’m usually wrong.

Match #9: Brody King defeated Rey Horus

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Horus, one-third of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, scored some near falls, but in the end the massive King hit a Gonzo Bomb to score an impressive win.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun, but for a PPV match, it was a disappointment, due to being too short and not enough action for this level of show. That being said, what’s here is good and that’s that.

Match #10: (Main Event) Marty Scurll & PCO defeated Nick Aldis & RUSH

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ROH World Champion PCO scored the winning pinfall on NWA World Champion Nick Aldis in the tag team main event at Free Enterprise at UMBC Event Center Sunday that saw PCO and Marty Scurll of Villain Enterprises defeat Aldis and RUSH. Aldis and RUSH surprisingly worked well together during the early stages of the match, but after Aldis inadvertently hit RUSH, RUSH abandoned him. Scurll did his finger-break spot on Aldis, and PCO followed with a chokeslam and moonsault to pick up the victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was pretty good, but it was a lame PPV main event. I get that some may consider this to be just a glorified house show, but since when is that supposed to mean that said show is supposed to be dull? This match was good, but it felt like a chore. RUSH was a blast and PCO is still great to have around, the whole match just felt like it was an undercard match that snuck into the main event at our expense. Well, at least this had some good action.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a good idea with decent execution, but the whole thing fizzled out in the second half in terms of momentum.


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