Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 6/10/15: Smashburger

Image provided courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

Image provided courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 




(Aired 6/10/15)


– The Addiction promo addressed reDRagon’s title shot opportunity at their Tag Team Championships, tying into last week’s promo. Christopher Daniels’ portion of the promo was very strong with his “You saw what we did to win these titles, just imagine what we’ll do to keep them” line, which was good hype for the match.

– The Addiction soaked up a lot of heat as they came out unannounced and stated that Bobby Fish was injured and unfortunately couldn’t compete and they tried to get out of defending the titles by pointing to contractual obligations. This allowed Kyle O’Reilly to answer the call and show a lot of heart to the ROH faithful and he looked tough for taking on two guys, even taking control at one point, with an impressive dropkick spot on a sitting Daniels/Kazarian outside the ring. The fantasy was short-lived, though we dug the blatant DQ finish because it gave The Addiction more heat and if that didn’t, the attack on the ref definitely did. ACH and Matt Sydal making the save was also appropriate for the moment. The announcement of the reDRagon-Addiction match for the Tag Team Championships at Best In The World on June 19 topped everything off.

– Mark Briscoe’s backstage promo hyped his showdown against Donovan Dijak at Best In The World with a lot of crazy mumbling in true Mark Briscoe fashion.

– The Dalton Castle-Jushin Thunder Liger match was a strong match that allowed offense on both ends. Liger deserves a lot of credit with moving as flawlessly as he does at his age in the ring. Castle is also a unique kind of talent, coming off as a kind of showman while having the aura of a young Brian Pillman in him in terms of looks and athleticism. Liger picked up a big win and he also had a golden moment in the match where he called Dalton’s boys in the ring and posed with them, which was over big with the crowd. Looking back at it now, this match stood out more since it was the only match to end cleanly on the show.

– It’s hard to really put your finger on a guy like Cheeseburger. You’d look at him and not think the name fits, but he somehow makes it work. Good call to have Liger shown backstage wishing him luck, as that made him appear well-known. His match against Brutal Bob Evans had solid storyline with it stemming from the breakup of the Brutal Burgers, with much heat on Evans. The action saw upstart offense from Cheeseburger quickly downturn into Bob’s favor, who had the match won at one point but deliberately raised Cheeseburger’s shoulders up to continue. That said – the timekeeper’s table spot by Bob on Cheeseburger was an excellent and believable way to end the match. Even better, this promises more action from the two.

– The Jay Lethal/Truth Martini promo hyped the contract signing for Best In The World” next week against Jay Briscoe. Short and sweet.

– Jay’s response promo also hyped “signing the dotted line” and teased physical action if Lethal tried funny business. Also effective.

– The Kingdom (w/Maria Kanellis)-Doc Gallows/Karl Anderson match provided many hard hits in its short stint. The high emotions between both teams was sold well, ending in the match being called out because of both teams shoving the referee down and then bringing chairs into the equation. Bullet Club got to stand tall here but for first-time viewers, you weren’t really sure who to root for, but the tension between the two groups was what we could take away from it all. Some kind of hype video for Bullet Club/Kingdom would’ve helped better establish them to Destination America viewers.





Quick Results

– Tag Team Championships – Kyle O’Reilly def. The Addiction via DQ; The Addiction retains

– Jushin Thunder Liger def. Dalton Castle (w/Dalton’s Boys) via pinfall

– Cheeseburger and Brutal Bob Evans to a no-contest

– The Kingdom (w/Maria Kanellis) and Doc Gallows/Karl Anderson to a no-contest 

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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