Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/20/16: Philly Street Fight

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 1/20/16)

Philly Street Fight

– The opening match between The Addiction and ACH/Alex Shelley was entertaining in the way of seeing the former Motor City Machine Guns interact yet never get physical and for ACH’s athleticism, which often speaks for itself. The finish was okay, with Chris Sabin helping his buddies win by distracting the Referee. The post-match angle was quite telling in how Sabin looked conflicted when Addiction beat down Shelley, but never saved him. We liked the way Christopher Daniels drew big heat by attacking Paul Turner after grabbing the ringside hammer, threatening to use it. The only logical way to come out of it was with Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness suspending Daniels, a consequence regarding the company’s “zero tolerance” policy. With Daniels out of the picture, where does that leave Frankie Kazarian and Sabin? We want to see where it goes, as long as it ends up with MCMG back together, which is seemingly what everyone wants.

– The Decade and The Briscoes certainly had history and some of that was revisited with the Mark Briscoe-Adam Page match, but it was average at best, not living up to what Page did against Jay a while back. Plus, the storyline that will never end had more development, since BJ Whitmer was more determined than ever to make masked wrestling commentator, Mr. Wrestling III, unmask himself to reveal he was Steve Corino. This was continuously denied by Mr. Wrestling III. The match had some moments where Page got to show off some slick kicks and a brief flip, but the Froggy Bow stopped his hopes short. The post-match angle was ultimately uneventful despite the funny moment of seeing Whitmer get interrupted mid-promo by mega heat from the crowd.

– We liked the brief promo by Silas Young, who showed jealousy of not having his Boys anymore and gave them an ultimatum to become men again or be sorry. This Young-Dalton Castle feud could last another year and we wouldn’t mind a bit.

– With Michael Bennett and Maria Kanellis on their way out of the company, this was ROH’s last chance to showcase The Kingdom stable as a whole and what better way to do that than with a good old-fashioned three-way tag Philly Street Fight also involving reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly wanting to put his hands on Adam Cole) and The Young Bucks (ROH’s most-over tag team)? We had a feeling the pace would welcome a reckless style but when ring announcer Bobby Cruise was accidentally Superkicked from the get-go, we knew we were in for something crazy. This match had pretty much everything – tables, flips, chops, kicks and much more. Hell, even Kevin Kelly was Superkicked accidentally and taken out of commentary, literally. We weren’t crazy about the unprotected chair shots to the head or babyfaces attacking a woman, but it was sort of justified since she low-blowed the Young Bucks first. We loved the idea that AJ Styles came to help his Bullet Club buddies win when it appeared The Kingdom would use their numbers advantage. They might’ve milked the whole “craziest match ever” statement, but it was highly entertaining crash-style hardcore television.






Quick Results

  • The Addiction (w/Chris Sabin) def. ACH/Alex Shelley via pinfall
  • Mark Briscoe def. Adam Page (w/BJ Whitmer, Colby Corino) via pinfall
  • Three-Way Philly Street Fight – The Young Bucks def. Adam Cole/Michael Bennett (w/Maria Kanellis, Matt Taven) and reDRagon 

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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