04th Mar2021

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Feb 26th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…I’m back! No one cares. ROH has been doing good while I was gone and I return on a night where we have two title matches on one show, including RUSH defending the World Title against Shane Taylor. It’s a good time to come back to this league. Let’s get right to it, you #%$%#$#^%$%^$%$@#@$^&& piece of ^%&%^&*&()((&%^%&*(&%%^! Ring Of Honor starts now, you (^@^&^*((&%#%&^&^#@@#%!$%%$#$@#!

Match #1: Dragon Lee and Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) def. Jonathan Gresham and Jay Lethal – Pure Rules Match For The Ring Of Honor World Tag Titles

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

As members of The Foundation, Lethal and Pure Champion Gresham are on a mission to “purify” all the divisions in ROH. As members of La Faccion Ingobernable, World Television Champion Lee and King are on a quest to own all the gold in ROH and will stop at nothing to do so. “We are one win away from domination,” King said. “We’re going to beat these guys in a Pure match. Jon Gresham and Jay Lethal need to know that this is not their house. This is our house.” Lee and King — who defeated 11-time former ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe last week to earn the title shot — are phenomenal athletes and don’t need to take short cuts, but their willingness to bend the rules typically makes them that much more of a threat. Their rulebreaking ways won’t help him this time, however. Lethal and Gresham insisted that the match be contested under Pure rules, which would seem to give the champions a distinct advantage against the “ungovernables.” “To get these championships, you’re going to have to wrestle,” Gresham said. “You’re going to have outwrestle, you’re going to have to outclass, two of the best pure wrestlers in the world. But you won’t.” Gresham applied a hammerlock on Lee, and Lee used the first of his team’s three allotted rope breaks just one minute into the match. Shortly thereafter, Lethal put King in the figure-four leglock, and King used their second rope break. Lee punched Lethal in the face and the referee issued him a warning. Lee hit a dropkick off the middle rope on Lethal and then dove onto Lethal outside the ring. Lee and King isolated Lethal. Later, Lethal gained the advantage by working on King’s knee. Gresham caught Lee in La Magistral Cradle, but King made the save, which counted as their third and final rope break. Lethal and Gresham attempted a combination cutter on Lee, but Lee caught Gresham and hit a tombstone piledriver on him for a near fall. King hit a brainbuster on Gresham, and Lee followed with Incineration, but Lethal made the save to use his team’s first rope break. Lethal went for a dive onto King on the floor, but King moved and Lethal inadvertently knocked down Rose. While the referee directed his attention to Rose, Lee punched Gresham in the face and pinned him at 14:12 to win the match and the title. Had the referee seen the punch, Lee and King would’ve been disqualified. Lee, the ROH World Television Champion, now holds two titles. Lethal and Gresham had been tag team champions since December 2019.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • This started out pretty well, with both teams finding common ground with a series of smart holds and steady pacing. All four fighters managed to keep the bout from falling behind itself.

The Bad:

  • The match kinda started to slow down near the end, which hurt the momentum of what was being positioned as a major match.

The Verdict:

  • Even though this did fizzle out at the end, the prize fight itself was still a quality bout that had a surprise title change.

Match #2: (Main Event) RUSH def. Shane Taylor – Ring Of Honor World Title Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

The colossal, first-time-ever singles match between two-time world champion RUSH and No. 1 contender Taylor pits two of the most intense, hardest-hitting competitors in ROH against each other. It’s also a matchup of two elite athletes who are at the top of their game. RUSH has been nearly unbeatable since making his ROH debut in December 2018. “El Toro Blanco” has only been pinned once in ROH. Taylor, a former ROH World Television Champion, became a co-holder of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title over the weekend when he and The Soldiers of Savagery dethroned MexiSquad. Taylor defeated two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe at Final Battle in December and pinned two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal in a six-man tag match last month. Taylor’s confidence is at an all-time high, and he believes no one — not even RUSH — can stop him from achieving his dream of being ROH World Champion. “RUSH, I get it. You’re physical, you’re brutal. Growing up on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio, that’s all I saw. This is home for me,” Taylor said. “RUSH, when you’re standing across that ring from me, the intimidation that you may bring to other people, you won’t find in me. You will see no fear in my eyes. You will see no intimidation in my eyes. As hard as you hit, I’m gonna hit harder. The physicality that you bring, I promise you I will bring more of it. The intensity that you have I will match and exceed.” RUSH said he isn’t fazed by Taylor’s strong words. “Taylor — talk, talk, talk, talk,” RUSH said. “Remember, I’m ‘El Toro Blanco’ RUSH and I will make Ring of Honor my empire. Remember … when you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Kenny King sat in on commentary. The match quickly spilled to the floor, where Taylor rammed RUSH into the barricade. Taylor connected on two right hands to the jaw and tossed RUSH into the barricade a second time. Taylor hit a draping DDT off the apron to the floor. Later, it was RUSH who took the fight to Taylor outside the ring. The champion rammed Taylor into the barricade and slammed the barricade door on Taylor’s head three times. RUSH then whipped Taylor with a chord and choked him with it. Back inside the ring, Taylor turned RUSH inside out with a clothesline for a near fall, and then hit a sit-out spinebuster for another two count. RUSH hit a German suplex followed by a knee strike for a near fall. RUSH connected on a double stomp off the middle rope for another near fall. The two powerhouses engaged in a slugfest. Taylor hit a package piledriver but RUSH remarkably kicked out at one. Taylor charged RUSH, but RUSH used Taylor’s momentum for an overhead throw into the corner. RUSH charged across the ring and inadvertently knocked down the referee. Bestia del Ring came to ringside carrying a steel chair, which he gave to RUSH. King, who had made it clear on commentary that he was rooting for his La Faccion Ingobernable stablemate RUSH even though he cared for Taylor like a brother, hit the ring. King took the chair away from RUSH and appeared to be angry with him. King then nailed Taylor with the chair. RUSH hit a Superman Punch and followed with Bull’s Horns to retain his title at 18:14. RUSH, King and Bestia celebrated after the match.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • RUSH and Taylor were at each other’s throats the whole time, which had a great effect on the match. There was a variety of different kinds of wrestling here and it allowed this match to change the pace regularly. RUSH had the star power on full display. It’s easy to forget how convincing he is in the role, but RUSH is great in the role of champion.

The Bad:

  • Shane didn’t look quite as formidable as a contender as he should have been, even though he was solid in the role of contender.

The Verdict:

  • The main event was a bit of a disappointment, but not a failure. RUSH retained and should have, so I have no issue with the result of this prize fight.

Major News:

  1. Here are next week’s matches:
    Josh Woods vs. Dalton Castle – Pure Rules Match
    Jay Briscoe vs. EC3 vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven – Four Corner Survival Match For ROH World Title Shot
  2. Kenny King betrayed Shane Taylor after teasing not wanting to hurt Shane earlier in the show.

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was a simple score to get to. Both matches were of solid quality and were without nonsense. RUSH and his faction seem poised to be the dominant force in ROH this year and that’s fine by me. Well, I’ll see you next week. I hope you enjoyed yourself, you (&%&&^$%^&^&%$%$^%!

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