Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/23/15: Putting A Haymaker On The Rainmaker

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 9/23/15)

Putting A Haymaker On The Rainmaker 

– This was another one of those post-Pay-Per-View shows that didn’t immediately deliver on “fallout” despite King Corino saying it was “felt in the air.” Normally, this is best avoided by using talent not featured on the PPV, but it was hard to do when the opener was Silas Young and Michael Elgin. Commentary focused on Elgin’s Japan return with newfound confidence, while nothing was mentioned about Young and The Boys, though his feud with Dalton Castle was vaguely touched upon. Their chemistry was solid – some highlights being Elgin’s extended Brainbuster and Young’s top rope flips. Elgin was over with the Philly faithful and benefited with his hearty performance, as “Big Mike” dug deep to overpower Young. We can respect this slow push for Elgin if he’ll give us matches like that. At the same time, Young got some heat for refusing the handshake post-match.

– The Caprice Coleman-ACH match helped keep things “episodic” since it furthered the storyline with Coleman accepting Prince Nana’s envelope the last time we saw him, so maybe a push would happen for him here, while we could always expect explosive aerial maneuvers from ACH to make it an even affair. We saw some impressive athleticism here from both men, as ACH showed more aggression while Coleman was more in a position of “finding himself.” Usual babyface vs. babyface match that the crowd respectfully held their attention on. That finishing sequence was great as ACH pulled off a few swift moves of momentum all stemming from landing on his feet from a Frankensteiner to get the victory. Coleman’s post-match statements saying he “gets it now” to Nana, responding to the envelope that had a letter and money in it. Is this an impending heel turn? Will we simply see Nana as Coleman’s manager, remaining face? We liked that the statement was up for interpretation.

– The six-man tag match main event between Roppongi Vice/Kazuchika Okada and The Briscoe Brothers/Hirooki Goto already sounded worthy on paper and fully exceeded that hype with pure, back-and-forth, unabashed tag team wrestling at its finest. Okada was way over with the crowd, who clamored to see the Rainmaker finisher, but alas, never got to see it break out. Goto’s intense style fit The Briscoe Brothers and ultimately, a Jay Driller provided the proper sendoff to the latest battle for in-ring supremacy between ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Announced for next week was Adam Cole vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, which should be a strong in-ring contest. If you’re waiting on developments after All-Star Extravaganza, it’ll be a longer wait. Besides that, another hour of solid wrestling.






Quick Results

  • Michael Elgin def. Silas Young via pinfall
  • ACH def. Caprice Coleman via pinfall
  • Six-Man Tag – The Briscoe Brothers/Hirooki Goto def. Roppongi Vice/Kazuchika Okada via pinfall

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.

Posted on September 25, 2015, in ROH and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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