Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/4/17: Honorable Resolutions

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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 1/4/17)

Honorable Resolutions 

– Perhaps this was the last of the “Best Of 2016” television barrage, as the same had been done on NXT, where they showed the Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia shows in almost full. With highlights of Ladder War VI and how ROH World Champion Adam Cole won the Title from Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor XIV, this was more of the same, but with a few original twists.

– The No Disqualification match between Keith Lee/Shane Taylor and War Machine from Nov. 4 was most notorious for Commentator Kevin Kelly’s bump from a Hanson suicide dive, even though there was a 15-minute match around that. Luckily, they cut that in half as we mainly saw spots that favored WM’s bloodthirsty offense. Actually, bloodthirsty’s a fair way to describe the action. Sadly, if not for the Kelly bump, we would’ve confused it for one of their many encounters. Nothing new here, as table spots and powerbombs were the norm. Rowe’s German Suplex on Taylor through a table in the corner got a big reaction, but again, felt like it was done before. At least their chemistry improves with every match. The finish was okay, as Taylor lured Raymond Rowe in to a cheap shot, which left him prey for a powerbomb from Lee that crashed him through a table to secure the win for the heels. 2017 promises a continuation of the intense feud, which only means more powerbombs and broken tables, one maybe caused by the other.

– The Briscoe Brothers’ backstage promo was filler-esque in that it fit their “redneck reckless” ways, but all they said was that they looked forward to being Champions in the new year, whether it was tag team or singles.

– The ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks’ backstage promo was the same as above, as they mainly put Cole/Bullet Club over. “Oh my gosh, can’t for the new year.”

– The No Disqualification match from Dec. 4 between Taeler Hendrix and Mandy Leon came after a lengthy video package that showcased the Women Of Honor division. All we have to say is that it’s amazing how beat WWE has ROH in the women’s wrestling department. At least ROH has tried to showcase the ladies more now, but we’ve yet to have that breakthrough moment. They could also just do like WWE and feature them as a part of the regular television product. Sigh. Anyways, the stipulation was par for the course as far as their intense feud. Hendrix sought to make Leon’s life miserable for reasons that women who truly hate each other for no reason could only understand. This rivalry felt mainly empty, but they used the action to try to make up for it. For visual fun, they exchanged chops while seated on separate chairs and went through tables. Leon even bled from her mouth. That was about it for the action besides the finish. Hendrix was on her knees as Leon held a chair and begged for her not to use it. She suckered her in and provided a chair shot of her own and hit a Tombstone Piledriver onto the pile of chairs to win. That’s about right. Maybe this feud will develop to the point where we can know what they’re even fighting over.

– Cole’s backstage promo was obviously taped between Final Battle and Wrestle Kingdom 11 because he mainly cried about how he lost the belt and blamed it on management’s desire to see him lose. His expectations for a wrestling match at FB went awry when it turned out quite different for him. He vowed to get the belt back and we knew it wouldn’t be too long. Hee hee.






Quick Results

  • (Taped Nov. 4, 2016) No Disqualification Match – Keith Lee/Shane Taylor def. War Machine via pinfall 
  • (Taped In Dec. 4, 2016) No Disqualification Match – Taeler Hendrix def. Mandy Leon 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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