Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/7/16: By Honor, For Honor

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 12/7/16)

By Honor, For Honor

– If anybody hoped for meaningful post-Final Battle television, look elsewhere. However, since already here, why not stay awhile? We’ll keep you comfortable. Anyways, the Cheeseburger/Will Ferrara-Tempura Boyz match was throwaway material, but some decent action involved. Joey “Diesel” Daddiego (The House Of Truth’s former J. Diesel) was on commentary and put over Ferrara/Cheeseburger as hard workers in the dojo. Daddiego used to come off like a mini-Batista, but now that he talked, he was like a hybrid of Taz and Nunzio. At least Cheeseburger continues to grow in popularity. That shouldn’t be hard. The guy’s freakin’ name’s Cheeseburger. Fast-paced action as you’d expect. TB hit a nice codebreaker/German suplex combo before they won with a superkick/package piledriver combo on Cheeseburger. TB seem cool, though we still don’t know much about them besides their tasty name. Cheeseburgers and Tempura. Yummy. The post-match angle with Prince Nana and Donovan Dijak continued the inevitable Nana/Dijak split, as the manager demanded his client to “get this wet” and make easy work of Ferrara. Dijak showed brief hesitation before he picked Ferrara up and slammed him down twice. That prompted Daddiego to leave the booth and confront Dijak, as he challenged him to a match. Sure, why not?

– The Dijak-Daddiego match was sudden and without consequence. Daddiego showcased some early power as he hit a brainbuster on Dijak, but that was quickly undone with a Feast Your Eyes for the win. Post-match, Nana took credit for the victory and implied that Dijak didn’t know how to win matches. Given that by Final Battle, it was clear that Dijak had gotten rid of Nana since he teamed with The Motor City Machine Guns as a full babyface, we wondered why this was on the show.

– Filler show means another crappy hype video for the BJ Whitmer/”The Father” Kevin Sullivan/”Punishment” Damien Martinez trio, as Whitmer continued to ask Steve Corino to join them, at Sullivan’s request. They had a lot of colorful camera angles. Good god, make it stop.

– The Martinez/Whitmer-War Machine match never made us more happy to see WM in our lifetime. In the end, it was a pointless hardcore match. It was as if Officials knew this would be terrible and used the “bent rules” as a masked distraction. The Referee threw the match out anyway when Raymond Rowe shoved him to the ground twice. We also saw Whitmer push him down too. Well, that’s just rude. Martinez chokeslammed Rowe over the ropes and through two tables outside. The heel duo cornered Hanson and Martinez hit a big boot. Sullivan’s promo took this to the toilet, as he compared Hanson to Corino and called the latter down. It was as if Ring Of Honor tried to make their own version of Broken Matt Hardy and desperately failed. Sullivan looked like a drunken rehash of Obi-Wan Kenobi instead. The pain continued when Corino came down and was left alone with Hanson in the ring. The big moment where Corino would… awkwardly stare at Hanson for a minute before they left the ring on separate sides. That was terrible. Almost “Old Day” bad.

– A perfect pick-up came when Women Of Honor was hyped for next week, with the matches as Mandy Leon-Jessica Havok, Candice LaRae-Deonna Purrazzo and Kelly Klein-ODB. Take us there already.

– The Eight-Man Tag main event between The Motor City Machine Guns/Lio Rush/Jay White and The Briscoe Brothers/Silas Young/Jay Lethal had this odd theme of “a match built on honor” in contrast to the newly formed Rebellion stable. It was certainly a random in-ring cast, but heel Young on a team with babyfaces had us mildly curious of the dynamic. A slow start, before things picked up before the break with an array of dives and planchas. Rebellion stood on the stage midway through before they disappeared, but it was apparently enough to catch Lethal’s eye, as Commentator Nigel McGuinness noted “his mind was elsewhere.” In a cool spot, Rush countered a Lethal cutter with a handstand. There was also an impressive minute where White beat up on Lethal/Young simultaneously. Rush hit rocket-esque suicide dives on both sides of the ring. Mark Briscoe performed separate chops and forearm strikes on MCMG. Things winded down before we saw White get the pin with the Kiwi Crusher. The commentary team gushed over this match as “being ahead of the curve,” but this was an emotionless spotfest.






Quick Results

  • The Tempura Boyz def. Will Ferrara/Cheeseburger (w/Joey Daddiego) via pinfall 
  • Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) def. Joey Daddiego (w/Cheeseburger, Will Ferrara) via pinfall 
  • “Punishment” Damien Martinez/BJ Whitmer (w/”The Prince Of Darkness” Kevin Sullivan) and War Machine to a no-contest 
  • Eight-Man Tag – Jay White/Lio Rush/The Motor City Machine Guns def. The Briscoe Brothers/Silas Young/Jay Lethal 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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