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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/11/15: Dem Boys Go All Night

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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 11/11/15)

Dem Boys Go All Night

– Nothing screams “I think this is an unsafe work environment that warrants a lawsuit” like competing the next week without any arguments, right? This is from the Cedric Alexander/Veda Scott side of things. She has helped him become more relevant, but his in-ring skills are still underutilized. Good idea for him to be matched with the fiery ACH, who almost bleeds that Street Fighter swag. This was a fun one, as both guys’  styles meshed well, almost bouncing off each other’s energy at one point in a “standoff.” Both guys are on the same spot on the totem pole, so a win would only help. Given that one guy (ACH) was hyping the final match of a Best-Of-Five Series with his tag team partner and the other was in a storyline where his manager is suing the company, it made sense to give this one to ACH to keep him hot until the match with Sydal. ACH’s post-match promo also hyped the Sydal match, saying he’d go into things the same way as when he fought Samoa Joe and AJ Styles, but would win this time. Mic skills aren’t his first asset, but it was decent. The finish even helped Scott further accuse Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness of an unsafe environment with Alexander slipping off the top rope.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/14/15: All Night Long

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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 10/14/15)

All Night Long

– The Fourth Match in the Best-Of-Five Series between Matt Sydal and ACH saw highlights of ACH beating Sydal at All-Star Extravaganza VII to get the 2-1 advantage. Going in, we knew Sydal had pressure to win or the series would end. Would be nice if there was a prize for the winner like a Title shot or something like that, but the match itself was great. We saw both guys’ usual athleticism, with harsh kicks and chops, having a “video game battle” feel through it all. ACH countering a Frankensteiner by landing on his feet was insane, while Sydal showed a more sinister side at times. The match’s final minute was super crazy, right from ACH’s top rope kick to Sydal finally hitting the Shooting Star press to get the win, establishing that it’d be going to a match five. The Addiction plus Chris Sabin suddenly hit the ring, laying both guys out. Good commercial hook to see what these guys wanted.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/23/15: Putting A Haymaker On The Rainmaker

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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 9/23/15)

Putting A Haymaker On The Rainmaker 

– This was another one of those post-Pay-Per-View shows that didn’t immediately deliver on “fallout” despite King Corino saying it was “felt in the air.” Normally, this is best avoided by using talent not featured on the PPV, but it was hard to do when the opener was Silas Young and Michael Elgin. Commentary focused on Elgin’s Japan return with newfound confidence, while nothing was mentioned about Young and The Boys, though his feud with Dalton Castle was vaguely touched upon. Their chemistry was solid – some highlights being Elgin’s extended Brainbuster and Young’s top rope flips. Elgin was over with the Philly faithful and benefited with his hearty performance, as “Big Mike” dug deep to overpower Young. We can respect this slow push for Elgin if he’ll give us matches like that. At the same time, Young got some heat for refusing the handshake post-match.

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ROH All-Star Extravaganza VII Reaction

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Courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

With many eyes upon the product when ROH Television Champion Jay Lethal completed his resurgence by also becoming ROH World Champion by beating Jay Briscoe at Best In The World in June, Lethal has effectively become the “go-to” guy in the company.

With two Title defenses in one night (just like WWE will do the same with Seth Rollins, the former Tyler Black of ROH fame), it was interesting to see just how things would turn out.

The members of reDRagon – Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly each had separate Title shots. Fish was going for the TV Title, winning a mini-tournament to do so, while O’Reilly gunned for the World Title, referencing aplenty a time when he made Lethal tap out.

We had some other interesting bouts and stipulations on the card and we’ll get to all of the fun below.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 8/12/15: Caught Between A Future Shock And A Kingdom

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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 8/12/15)

Caught Between A Future Shock And A Kingdom 

– The Watanabe-ACH match had the hook of two guys’ differing styles, yet still alike on some fronts. The upstart Watanabe was looking to make a mark, while ACH looked to keep up his momentum. It’s good when both guys have something heading into it. Highly competitive bout that showed off the best of what ACH had to give us in terms of athleticism – some memorable spots. His Matrix-esque run up the turnbuckle was something cool and unique. Watanabe didn’t lose anything in defeat either, though he screams “glorified enhancement talent” at the moment and could be so much more right now.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 7/29/15: Worst Father’s Gift Ever

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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 7/29/15)

Worst Father’s Gift Ever 

– Going off the last time we saw The Kingdom on screen, Adam Cole embraced his opponents after the match, which met disapproval from Maria Kanellis, Michael Bennett and Matt Taven. The question was if The Kingdom was still on board with things, as Kanellis joined the commentary team to deny any problems, also picking on Kevin Kelly for “stirring things up.” Bennett/Taven took on the jobber team of Corey Hollis/Jonathan Gresham and while at first, seemed slightly off their game, they recovered by the match’s finish. Hollis/Gresham were treated more than pushovers here, so it’ll be interesting to see if they pick up any kind of a push later on in the year. The overall consensus here was that everything was all well and good with The Kingdom, but it remained to be seen what would happen next with Cole.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 7/15/15: General Shenanigans

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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 7/15/15)

General Shenanigans

– When it comes to ROH television, it’s another case of quality wrestling and storylines packed into an hour. Thankfully this time, we got a lot of hype for the Death Before Dishonor XVIII iPPV on July 24. The Adam Page-Matt Sydal match had the storyline background of Sydal looking for revenge after how he lost at Best In The World. With the two heels on the outside, you had to know shenanigans would be had. King Corino did a good job of complaining on commentary about how his son was being taken advantage of and you could feel the blood pressure practically rising. The in-ring action was pretty good with some impressive clotheslines. It was surprising this had a clean victory for Sydal. Nevertheless, had to see the post-match heel attack coming, which set up ACH to make the save and get caught by the chair. The Rite Of Passage on the chairs was a big move. Whitmer/Page are just general jerks, so it really works here. Best heels besides House Of Truth right now in ROH.

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ROH Best In The World 2015 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

ROH Best In The World 2015Coming live from Terminal 5 in New York City, Ring Of Honor had a lot of eyes on its product, particularly on the best match it could offer – Champion Vs. Champion, as ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe took on ROH Television Champion Jay Lethal, with the winner getting both belts.

This event brought Lethal’s rise to the top of ROH full-circle, as he certainly came a long way since the days of being Hydro in Special K.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 6/17/15: War Of The Words

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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 6/17/15)

War Of The Words

– The first match, which was Colby Corino/Page against War Machine was more progression in the King Corino-BJ Whitmer feud. Whitmer, who was originally scheduled to team with Page, again called for Colby to take his place in the match, getting good heat as he claimed Colby came close to beating Moose last time (what?) and his father needed to notice more closely this time – a clear shot. While they did a good job putting sympathy on Colby after the match, it was hard to buy in when he came at War Machine aggressively once it started. Heat was also put on Page when he purposely left Colby in the ring to be decimated, refusing to tag in. At least King didn’t idly sit by for this one, nearly confronting Whitmer, but needing to be held back by Kevin Kelly. Feel like the next step in this story has to be Colby turning on Whitmer to side with his dad, or perhaps that will be the payoff.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 6/10/15: Smashburger

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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 6/10/15)

Smashburger

– The Addiction promo addressed reDRagon’s title shot opportunity at their Tag Team Championships, tying into last week’s promo. Christopher Daniels’ portion of the promo was very strong with his “You saw what we did to win these titles, just imagine what we’ll do to keep them” line, which was good hype for the match.

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