06th Apr2021

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Mar 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 two more bouts from Ring of Honor, the home of the Whopper. Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Whopper! Whopper: Big Mac! Big Mac: I agree. Thank you. Whopper: Yeah! I…damn it! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Big Mac: Big Mac! Whopper: Whopper! Me: Lunch! Big Mac and Whopper: Uh oh. (Nathan eats them both) Me: Ring of Honor starts…BURP!

Match #1: Beer City Bruiser vs. Mike Bennett (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Matt Taven, who had a beer bottle smashed over his head by Bruiser after he and Bennett defeated Bruiser and Brawler Milonas in a tag match two months ago, sat in on commentary. Bruiser attacked Bennett from behind before the opening bell and brutalized him outside the ring. Bruiser worked over Bennett’s injured right ankle. Bennett rallied and hit a double boot to the face for a near fall. Bruiser answered with a modified DDT and went for a cover, but Bennett got his foot on the bottom rope. Bruiser retrieved a beer bottle from under the ring and broke it on the ring post. He entered the ring carrying a jagged piece of the broken bottle. The referee immediately disqualified Bruiser. Thankfully, Taven left the announce table and stopped Bruiser from using the weapon on Bennett. Bruiser quickly exited.

The Score: 4 out of 10

  • The Good: These two tried to make their match exciting in the time given, but these guys were building toward a No Contest finish the whole time, so they get what they get and so do we. Mike was keeping the match moving well and BCB actually offered so many excellent slams in un-likely places.
  • The Bad: This just felt like slams in un-likely places. Mike was forced to just react to BCB’s offense and adjust the whole time. This never felt even or fair.
  • The Verdict: It was a lame match, but not one without a few things worth seeing.

Match #2: (Main Event) Fred Yehi def. Wheeler Yuta, World Famous CB, Dante Caballero, Will Ferrara and Eric Martin – Pure Rules Gauntlet Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Dante Caballero vs. Will Ferrara

This was Ferrara’s first match on ROH television since August 2018, when he lost a Fight Without Honor to Cheeseburger (now World Famous CB). Ferrara is a coach at the ROH Dojo and Caballero is one of his students. Ferrara gained the advantage with a wristlock driver that sent Caballero to the mat head first. Ferrara began working on Caballero’s left arm. Ferrara caught Caballero in a crucifix for a two count. Caballero powered out into a fireman’s carry and hit a modified GTS followed by a single-leg dropkick. Ferrara used a double-leg takedown and turned it into a pinning combination for the win at 5:56.

Ferrara vs. World Famous CB

The former friends who became bitter enemies stood face to face. Ferrara said the past is behind them, and they adhered to the Code of Honor. Ferrara applied a crossface, but CB used the first of his three allotted rope breaks. CB hit a modified powerbomb and stacked up Ferrara for the three count at 4:15.

World Famous CB vs. Eric Martin

Martin, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound ROH Dojo student, is seven inches taller and nearly 100 pounds heavier than CB. He connected with a boot to the face and followed with a rapid series of elbow drops. Martin took CB down with a double leg, and CB used his second rope break. Martin hit a clothesline for a near fall. CB rallied with a Dragon Screw leg-whip and a basement superkick for a near fall. Martin answered with a Northern Lights suplex into a Boston Crab, and CB used his third and final rope break. CB caught Martin in Nuno de la Muerte, and Martin tapped out at 6:03.

World Famous CB vs. Wheeler Yuta

These two are no strangers, as Yuta has trained under CB at the Worldwide Dojo. CB immediately began going for pins in an attempt to end it early since this was his third match and he’s out of rope breaks. Yuta applied a Hangman submission hold, but CB escaped. Yuta planted CB with a flying DDT off the top rope for the victory at 3:08.

Yuta vs. Fred Yehi

This was fast-paced right from the start. Yuta hit a high crossbody off the top rope but Yehi rolled through and got a two count. Yuta hit a basement dropkick, and Yehi rolled out of the ring. Yehi pulled Yuta outside the ring with him and hit an exploder suplex on the floor. Yuta applied a heel lock, and Yehi used his first rope break. Yehi applied the Koji Clutch, but Yuta wrenched Yehi’s left ankle, which Yuta had been working over earlier. Yehi released the hold, but then applied the Koji Clutch from the other side, so his left ankle was not exposed. Yuta tapped out at 6:24.

The Score: 7 out of 10

  • The Good: This match moved well from one entrant to another. I never felt like there was a lull in the match or its wrestling action. A Pure Rules Gauntlet was promised and it was delivered in simple, easy fashion. From one athlete to another, this match always had the next phase in mind. There were no long periods where one fighter was favored over another. Everyone felt like they stood a chance of being booked as the winner.
  • The Bad: I can’t say this was the most thrilling match. There were times that the match lost a bit of steam from a leak in the engine.
  • The Verdict: I felt like this served a fine purpose of establishing how vast the Pure division is, but without one of those overwrought multi-man matches that just feel too frantic to follow.

Final Verdict: 7/10

Most of this show was dominated by the Gauntlet, so the majority of the show worked well. Sometimes, it’s just that simple.

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