Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/7/15: Field Of Honor II
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.
Field Of Honor II
– Interesting idea to showcase TV tapings in the unique environment of MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. It was a different feeling from your conventional wrestling show, though the crowd wasn’t as vocal as you’d think, at least not right off the bat. Some of the camera angles felt awkward, but weren’t too much a distraction. Anyways, the first tag match between the Time Splitters and The Briscoe Brothers saw a return for one Alex Shelly. This match sounded good headed in and revolved around mutual respect, as we saw some fun spots, well-timed maneuvers and a mix of car wreck-styled brawling and smooth athleticism. Kushida’s right fist strikes were put over a lot here and he singlehandedly woke the crowd up with his “You can’t see me” gesture. A couple of good near-falls towards the end had us briefly second-guessing who’d win, but given the way commentary talked about the Briscoes and their feud with The Decade, we weren’t shocked about this. Excellent match.
– Yes guys, promote your All-Star Extravaganza Pay-Per-View replay by following that up with a spoiler that ROH Television and World Champion Jay Lethal won both of his matches that night, all to hype his TV Title defense against Watanabe for next week. We saw highlights of Watanabe beating Cedric Alexander to earn the match, though it ran a bit longer than we thought it would, but that was to show that Moose factored into the finish, furthering his feud with Alexander/Veda Scott.
– The Roderick Strong-Kazuchika Okada main event match already sounded like a clinic going in. We were excited to see just what these two guys could do together when given the chance to impress. At the same time, putting the guy who recently lost two ROH World Title shots against Lethal against the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion might not have been the best move. This was all about quality though, and there was an abundance of that here, with chops, kicks and submissions galore. Once Roddy went into second gear and threw everything he had at Okada, this match reached another level of excellence. The near-falls of Strong almost beating Okada had everyone in awe. However, though it took two Tombstone Piledrivers, Okada came out with the win. Have to wonder if a story of Strong losing these matches by small margins is beginning to materialize. Again, high-quality wrestling but with a low-quality price: waiting yet another week to see fallout from a show nearly a month old. We’re going back in time to go forward. Otherwise, a nice easy hour of simply fantastic action.
- The Briscoe Brothers def. The Time Splitters via pinfall
- Kazuchika Okada def. Roderick Strong via pinfall
Posted on October 12, 2015, in ROH and tagged Cedric Alexander, Kazuchika Okada, Kevin Kelly, King Corino, Moose, Nigel McGuinness, Prince Nana, Roderick Strong, The Briscoe Brothers, The Time Splitters, Veda Scott, Watanabe. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.