Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/26/16: (Un)Broken Spirits

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 10/26/16)

(Un)Broken Spirits 

– With the team of Colt Cabana/Dalton Castle still fresh on the tag scene, they needed wins to score some credibility. With a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships at a Baltimore live event soon to come, this was a golden chance to keep the babyface team hot and they shelled out some new talent from New Japan Pro Wrestling in The Tempura Boys to do the process. While it felt like commentary spoke too much about TB and how they wanted to be known by only their first names, the actions of Cabana/Castle were enough to tell the right story. A smart mix of comedy, fast-action and great double-team moves, Cabana/Castle easily got past TB when Castle hit the Bangarang to score the pin.

– Commentator Kevin Kelly’s interview with The Briscoe Brothers took place after an altercation between BB and Castle/Cabana on the stage that led to some words exchanged and a shove or two. This was the Briscoes’ chance to put themselves over as they had their own horns to toot, since they had notable wins over Castle/Cabana and the ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks. They noted that YB-Cabana/Castle would battle it out and whoever won between them would get them at Final Battle. Briscoes wanted the Tag titles and they made that all the more clear. Would’ve been nice to see the altercation played out in full rather than reviewed in replay, but at least we got to hear from the Briscoes.

– The promo video package with ROH World Champion Adam Cole, YB, Jay Lethal and Kyle O’Reilly pushed the London live event where Cole’s rematch with Lethal for the World Title would happen, as O’Reilly waited in the wings for the winner. An easy story to tell given all their paths in 2016. Probably the best of this bunch was O’Reilly, as he stressed his eagerness to prove he could beat Lethal when it counted and how revenge against Cole could be put on hold when it came to the World Title, but if he was able to rip Cole’s head off, it’d feel even better. All good stuff here.

– With O’Reilly in pursuit of the World Title, it made sense to book a warm-up bout for him as we saw with him and Jonathan Gresham. While Gresham’s in-ring credibility was praised with mention of a classic encounter he once had with Delirious, we knew this match’s purpose all too well. Some nice amateur style back-and-forth to start things off, before they transitioned into an arm drag exchange that took them over the ropes and to the floor. Liked O’Reilly’s fire that showed once Gresham began to target his taped-up shoulder. Eventually, O’Reilly ripped off the tape and zeroed in with a Brainbuster to win it. The post-match angle with ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish, Cole and Hangman Page was a fantastic way to get heat on Bullet Club along with Fish’s involvement as O’Reilly’s tag partner in reDRagon. This made sense since it also tied into Page’s continued mission to further injure O’Reilly and had his eyes set on Fish’s belt with BC’s goal to get all the gold. Fish was left laid out by a chair with vicious shots to the ribs by Page, as we’re left to wonder if Fish will be good to compete for some time. We can see a tag team match in our future and eventually Cole-O’Reilly and Fish-Page for Final Battle.

– As the weeks pass, this BJ Whitmer/Punishment Martinez/Kevin Sullivan storyline with Steve Corino only gets stranger. Not the good kind either. We like the idea of pushing Martinez, but it has been overshadowed by all this other crap. The Cheeseburger/Will Ferrara-Martinez/Whitmer match with Sullivan on commentary continued things as Sullivan said things to Corino to try and convince him to join their force and held a mental edge over him perhaps for blackmail purposes. They lost us at the utterance of “The Spiritual Father, Son and the Reincarnation of the Purple Haze.” What in the blue hell?! The match was basically a squash after the babyfaces called out the heels because they were tired of the constant abuse. Oh, the irony there. Anyways, the post-match angle saw Corino get handed a spike by Whitmer as he teased an attack on Cheeseburger/Ferrara, but thought better of it. One of the few shining points about Corino’s due exit in Ring Of Honor is the end of this storyline. It’s surely one of the year’s worst though. Guarantee that.

– The gist of the Motor City Machine Guns-Tetsuya Naito/Evil main event was “MCMG barely survived Ladder War VI and were happy to do it for the fans, but their injuries were a target for Los Ingobernables De Japon.” While we were fine with that on paper, the match was fairly average, maybe below besides for a few double-teams by MCMG that impressed us. It’s odd. You’d think that MCMG would stand out on ROH TV, but after years of underutilizing Chris Sabin, it all feels too much, too late. Naito/Evil stuck to their normal games and with MCMG’s injuries an easy out for a loss, that;’s exactly what they went with. Where it leaves MCMG? Not so sure, but they hyped The Addiction in action next week. Take that with what you will.






Quick Results

  • Colt Cabana/Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) def. The Tempura Boys via pinfall 
  • Kyle O’Reilly def. Jonathan Gresham via pinfall 
  • BJ Whitmer/Punishment Martinez def. Will Ferrera/Cheeseburger via pinfall 
  • Tetsuya Naito/Evil def. The Motor City Machine Guns 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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