Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/5/16: A Run Around The Bases
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.
A Run Around The Bases
– One con to post-Ring Of Honor Pay-Per-View television is that it’s mostly throwaway. The pro was that at least the in-ring content was good enough to entertain you for an hour. Anyways, this week and next week’s shows would come from this year’s “Field Of Honor” show that took place in August at MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.
– Of course, past shows after a PPV where you know that belt didn’t change hands takes the fun out of any matches with said Title on the line. Take for example the ROH World Television Championship match between Champion Bobby Fish and Evil. Since Fish retained his belt at All Star Extravaganza, there was no way he’d lose. That still didn’t stop us from getting into the match per se. Fish was wildly popular with the Brooklyn crowd and that helped the atmosphere early on. He pulled on Evil’s ponytail, which cited him to respond as he used a chair on two separate occasions. We get the idea of “leeway” from Referee Paul Turner and not to follow wrestling norms with a disqualification, so we chalked it up to a heel tactic of trying to purposely rile up the Referee. Anyways, the challenger hit plenty of moves that made a near-fall believable. We also fell for the first near-fall Fish had when Evil kicked out of his Buster plex. The finish was cool since we seen Fish lock on his kneebar submission after Evil had kicked out of a previous pin. Again, predictable.
– As far as a past taped show, we had a bout we couldn’t predict with the IWGP Intercontinental Championship match between Champion “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin and Donovan Dijak. For those that don’t follow New Japan Pro Wrestling religiously, we probably wouldn’t had known Elgin had the belt to begin with, but it was a cool idea to push the match as the first time that the belt would be defended in the United States. For Elgin, it was a chance to maintain his status with his namesake, while Dijak had another chance to impress the masses as an inevitable Championship comes his way. An early highlight was Elgin’s extended brainbuster as he held Dijak up for 40 seconds. Prince Nana was a presence at ringside, as he yelled to the commentary booth about all the “injustice.” Elgin followed up with some sick lariats that turned Dijak inside out. The two traded stiff forearms and kicks as the crowd was split. They worked well together though, right through to the end. Dijak hit his moonsault for a near-fall and tried it again, but only set himself up for a German Suplex from the top rope. Elgin followed that with an arsenal of exlpoder suplexes and hit the Elgin Bomb to retain. Good match in the end that strayed in the less predictable territory.
– The Eight-Man Tag main event between The Young Bucks/Hangman Page/Yujiro Takahashi and Super ACG/The Motor City Machine Guns/Lio Rush was a flyer’s riot on paper. That had to be known headed in. It was essentially Bullet Club versus ROH without all the stable warfare implications. A fun environment though, as YB played off the crowd and ACH listened to his inner seven year-old as he ran around the bases before the bell and “slid home” into the ring. Some cool four-way maneuvers on the babyface side as they took a page from BC’s playbook. BC made a comeback on the wings of YB’s usual aerial shenanigans. ACH particularly impressed us with his moves, as he took out his opponents with a suicide dive that practically took him to center field. We didn’t want this to end, as it was a well-timed spot fest with everybody and it could’ve gone either way, but they opted for the “Too Sweet” finish as the Superkick/Rite Of Passage ended it. A great, fast-paced match that the crowd ate up. Check it out if you’ve got time, but then again, nothing special either.
- ROH World Television Championship – Bobby Fish (Champion) def. Evil via submission to retain
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship – “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin (Champion) def. Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) via pinfall to retain
- Eight-Man Tag – The Young Bucks/Yujiro Takahashi/Hangman Page def. Super ACH/The Motor City Machine Guns/Lio Rush via pinfall
Posted on December 2, 2016, in ROH, Uncategorized and tagged Bobby Fish, Donovan Dijak, Evil, Field Of Honor, Hangman Page, Kevin Kelly, Lio Rush, Michael Elgin, Prince Nana, Ring Of Honor, Steve Corino, Super ACH, The Motor City Machine Guns, The Young Bucks, Yujiro Takahashi. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.