27th Apr2021

‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (500th Episode!)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor…500 episodes! Yahoo! Right here on Nerdly, we’ve got the 500th episode of Ring Of Honor to get to. I’m Nathan Favel and we have two great matches to get to. Let’s get to them!

[Author’s Note: Jay Lethal, who has been accused of various sex crimes over the years, is present on this show. Lethal has not been found guilty or innocent of these various sex crimes in a court of law. If you are alarmed or upset by the presence of Jay Lethal, then viewer discretion is advised].

Match #1: Jonathan Gresham def. Jay Lethal – ROH Pure Championship Match

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Gresham and Lethal’s fellow Foundation members Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus came out with them and watched the match from outside the ring. Gresham targeted Lethal’s left arm to gain the early advantage. Lethal responded by focusing on Gresham’s left arm, hitting a hammerlock suplex for a near fall. Lethal hit a cutter and made a cover, but Gresham got his foot on the bottom rope, using the first of his three allotted rope breaks. Lethal applied a Boston Crab, and Gresham used his second rope break. Lethal then locked on a crossface, forcing Gresham to use his final rope break. Lethal was clearly ahead on points, but the resilient champion used a headscissors pinning combination out of nowhere to escape with the win at the 16:38 mark.

The Score: 8 out of 10

Match #2: Mark Briscoe def. Jay Briscoe

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

After the action spilled to the outside, Mark hit a flying elbow off the apron and followed with a suplex on the floor. Jay connected on a running boot to the face that knocked Mark over the barricade, but Mark answered with a blockbuster off the apron. Mark set up a chair in the ring in an attempt to use it as a springboard to hit a dive on Jay, but Jay slid back into the ring, scooped up Mark and hit a Death Valley Driver on the chair. Jay then hit a neckbreaker for a near fall. Mark landed a Death Valley Driver of his own and hit Froggy Bow for a near fall. Jay hit the Jay Driller, but he was slow to make the cover, and Mark kicked out just in time. Jay hit a second Jay Driller, but Mark rolled out of the ring. Jay followed Mark to the floor and went to grab the ringside table, but that gave Mark time to recover. Mark nailed Jay with a series of forearms, chop to the chest and kick to the face. Mark placed Jay on the table and hit a flying elbow off the top rope, sending Jay through the table. With both men down, the referee began the count. Mark barely beat the 20 count, but Jay could not, which gave Mark the victory by countout.

The Score: 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 8/10

Well, this is easy to review. You get two matches that are great and the entire show was built on these two matches. Gresham retained over a very game Lethal, who wrestled like a big star. Gresham has come so far in his career in just the past few years. His ability to make the tie-ups look so snug and tight on his end is one of the many reasons why his run as the Pure Champion often makes him feel the de facto champion of Ring Of Honor. How appropriate is it that I forgot what I was talking about? There’s so much going on in the ring and that’s not a crack about big moves happening repeatedly. This was a Pure Title Match and it felt like it. Then, we get to The Briscoe Brothers fighting each once again in a match that became a turning point in both of their careers. Mark finally got a big win over Jay. This contest started as an athletic bout and gradually became a hardcore brawl. Hell, this match was the rare occasion where you had a count out that actually felt satisfying. Mark deserved to have a big victory over his brother at so point and now he has it and in a well-worked match to boot. There were no false moves here. If a big attack happened here, then it felt important, because these guys didn’t just throw one big spot after another on screen. These guys went for a fight of respect and it felt like one. I had a great time here. This whole show was simple and easy and that’s all it should have been. Wrestling works best when it’s kept simple and easy. Okay, the acid is wearing off. I’ll see you next time.

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