Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/7/16: Some Lethal Backup

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 9/7/16)

Some Lethal Backup 

– The opening video sent us back to Ring Of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor XIV Pay-Per-View when ROH World Champion Adam Cole shocked the world and defeated Jay Lethal to win the belt before he was soundly laid out by an angry Kyle O’Reilly.

– The in-ring segment with Bullet Club, Lethal, Tetsuya Naito and Evil was a good follow-up from what we saw at DBD XIV as Cole bragged that his promises were always kept when it concerned a goal, especially with the World Title. Lethal’s interruption was expected, as he mentioned it was “long from over” to which Cole accused him of beating around the bush to another rematch and noted it was the Champ’s night off for some good heat. The big news out of this was that Lethal had backup with him in the form of Naito/Evil of Los Ingobernables, which we remember was started earlier this year. This was a smart way to tie in that alliance to the Cole-Lethal feud and we also had a nice Six-Man Tag set up for next week from it, as it’d be Cole/Hiroshi Tanahashi/Page against Lethal/Naito/Evil. We didn’t see O’Reilly involved in any of this, so we imagine he might make an appearance next week.

– The ROH World Tag Team Champions, The Addiction came out and interrupted the broadcast as they accused Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness of “doctoring footage” from a clip they showed of their last successful defense. This would actually become a recurring occurrence throughout the hour.

– Not sure what to make of the “Evil,” BJ Whitmer, Steve Corino, Kevin Sullivan and Punishment Martinez stuff. Still a bit too early to call, but it appeared they tried to go for a horror-like image. Odd visuals, but at least Martinez gets a push out of it. He has a big size as we saw from the Top Prospect Tournament, so being with these guys could also help him out.

– The Caprice Coleman-Dalton Castle match was your general bout that geared more towards comedy spots between Coleman and Castle more than anything else, while the Referee ejected Coleman’s stablemates from The Cabinet in The All-Night Express from ringside when they tried to ruffle feathers with The Boys. The comedy spots were probably the highlight, as they did a “Boo, Yay” standoff where they each gyrated their hips for the desired reaction and then traded headlocks too. The finish was fine as we saw ANX march back out before The Boys took them out, which set up Castle to hit the Bangarang for a good pop.

– The Addiction’s onstage promo atop the ladder continued their broadcast interruptions, as they used the ladder as a visual aide for where they saw themselves in the Tag Team Division – the very top.

– ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish’s promo followed his heel-like confidence as he addressed Katsuyori Shibata, whom he’d defend against on next week’s show. Paint-by-numbers stuff, but we like that next week already sounds stacked.

– The Donovan Dijak-Manny Lemons match was a presumable Dijak squash, as he gets groomed up to face whoever wins between Fish and Shibata. The crowd actually chanted for Lemons, but it ended with the Feast Your Eyes finisher. Post-match, Prince Nana further cemented his argument for Dijak’s TV Title shot. Simple and effective.

– The Briscoe Brothers’ backstage promo hyped the tag team main event that’d take place between them and Jay White/Lio Rush. This biggest thing it tied to was Jay Briscoe’s recent television draw against White that helped propel White’s status as an up-and-comer.

– The Briscoes-White/Rush tag team main event was a fun bout that allowed us to see more great chemistry between White/Jay Briscoe and also gave Rush a platform to show off more of what he could do. White/Rush made an excellent team, while the Briscoes set them up to deliver a lot of the time. This also provided light hype for the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament that would begin on Sep. 30 at the All-Star Extravaganza PPV with these four men involved. We figured the Briscoes would go over, while Rush/White took them as far as they could go. The finish was good as we saw White get taken out with a forearm/spinning back elbow combo before they took Rush out with the Doomsday Device. The post-match announcement from McGuinness was huge, as he made it official that Addiction would defend their belts at ASE against The Motor City Machine Guns and The Young Bucks in Ladder War VI. The little shot of Addiction freaking out backstage over it was a good addition. This was a smart tie-in of their ladder promo earlier in the show as karma coming back to get them.






Quick Results

  • Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) def. Caprice Coleman (w/The Cabinet) via pinfall 
  • Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) def. Manny Lemons via pinfall 
  • The Briscoes def. Jay White/Lio Rush 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.

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