30th Apr2021

‘Ring Of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Apr 23rd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Ring Of Honor is the only league as of late who is doing this right. It’s a pleasure to be here to promote episode 501 of ROH TV. Let’s see how it turns out.

Match #1: Eli Isom vs. Dak Draper (Time Limit Draw)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com

Two rising stars who appear destined to be wearing championship gold in the future will square off in a one-on-one match for the first time, but certainly not the last. Since returning to ROH last month, Isom has recorded impressive victories over Rey Horus and LSG. In 2018, less than a year into his career, Isom scored pinfalls on former ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels and Shane Taylor. Draper, the 2019 Top Prospect Tournament winner, is 10-2 (.833) in one-on-one matches in his ROH career. His only defeats were to then-ROH World Television Champion Dragon Lee last year and ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham at 19th Anniversary. Draper just moved from the Pure Title division back into the Television Title division, and a win over Isom, who is No. 5 in the TV Title rankings, would immediately re-establish Draper as a contender. Draper said there are a lot of similarities between him and Isom, but there’s one major difference. “I find my happiness when I’m moving up the card, when I’m becoming more and more successful to get more and more attention from people for how successful I am,” Draper said. “Eli is just as happy if he’s in the main event, as he is when he’s in the first match, as he is if he’s in the back just helping out. He’s happy to be here because he loves wrestling so much. He’s happy to participate.” Draper said he would award Isom a participation ribbon after defeating him. Not surprisingly, Isom took exception to Draper’s condescending comments. “I’m not here to participate, Dak Draper. I’m here to humble you,” Isom said. “And those are not empty words. That is a promise.” Draper used his size advantage to control the match early. Isom rallied with an Enziguri, discus forearm and release Northern Lights suplex. After Draper went outside the ring, Isom hit a springboard moonsault onto him. Back inside the ring, Isom hit a crossbody off the top rope for a near fall and a German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Draper answered with a Doctor Bomb for a near fall. Draper went for Magnum KO, but Isom countered with a crucifix for a near fall. Draper went for his finisher again, but this time Isom turned it into a small package for a near fall. Right after Draper and Isom simultaneously connected on punches to the face, the time limit expired and the match was declared a draw.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #2: (Main Event) Violence Unlimited (Brody King, Homicide & Chris Dickinson) vs. La Facción Ingobernable (RUSH, Kenny King & Bestia del Ring) (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com

Brody King learned the hard way that no one man stands a chance against La Faccion Ingobernable. He knew he needed allies, men who like him are every bit as tough, nasty and violent as LFI. Brody found such men in former ROH World Champion Homicide, Dickinson and Tony Deppen. Together as Violence Unlimited, they burst onto the scene at the 19th Anniversary pay-per-view last month by laying out LFI (as well as The Foundation’s Jay Lethal, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time). VU is out to prove that there is honor in violence, and their campaign begins with this six-man showdown against ROH’s ungovernables. “LFI has had the numbers against me, but look at me now,” Brody said. “The underrated (Homicide), unappreciated (Dickinson) and undervalued (Deppen). We are here to establish dominance. This is Violence Unlimited. And we’re not coming for the crown. We’re coming for your head! LFI is looking to get back on track after a humbling night at 19th Anniversary. In addition to being attacked by VU at the end of the show, LFI lost two of its three title matches. Only ROH World Champion RUSH escaped with his title. “Brody King has emerged from underneath the rocks or the slime or the dumpster, wherever you come from, and you brought a whole bunch of garbage with you,” Kenny King said. “Make no mistake. We took a stumble at the Anniversary show. But the main goal, the ultimate power, still lies with the ultimate guy, the No. 1 guy (RUSH).” Not surprisingly, all six competitors started brawling in and out of the ring right from the start of the match. RUSH choked Brody King with a camera chord on the floor. Later, Brody King ran wild on RUSH and Kenny King. He hit a cannonball on RUSH in the corner for a two count. Violence Unlimited proceeded to triple-team RUSH. Dickinson covered the champion, but Kenny King broke it up. LFI isolated Dickinson and triple-teamed him. Bestia hit a senton off the top rope onto Dickinson for a two count. Bestia went to the top a second time, but Brody King nailed him in the back with a chair. The referee called for the bell. The brawl continued. The Foundation (Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus) came out and went after both teams. The show ended with all 10 men fighting.

The Score: 4 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

Okay. F—k Ring Of Honor. I say all that nice s—t in the opener and you give me this s—t? Assholes. Actually, this was just an off week. Next week’s card, which is as follows:

  • Bandido vs. Flamita
  • The OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) vs. Beer City Bruiser & Ken Dixon
  • Tracy Williams vs. Tony Deppen – ROH World Television Title Match

That looks like a much better show than this one. The first match was dull, but it went the distance. The second was far more exciting, but it went for six minutes or some s—t? Two indecisive finishes made this show feel like it was not worth seeing, but the wrestlers worked hard, especially Chris Dickinson, which is a name that likes to bang its own kids. Well, apart from Captain Incest kicking ass, this was a penny on the ass of life and you get what you paid for it you look for a fortune in that sun-baked coin. Okay. I lost all sight of what I was talking about, so I must be done. ROH TV tried to meet the standard of last week and failed, but not horrifically so. I’ll definitely be back next time and I hope you will too.

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