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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/7/16: Some Lethal Backup

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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 9/7/16)

Some Lethal Backup 

– The opening video sent us back to Ring Of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor XIV Pay-Per-View when ROH World Champion Adam Cole shocked the world and defeated Jay Lethal to win the belt before he was soundly laid out by an angry Kyle O’Reilly.

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ROH Death Before Dishonor XIV Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Less than two months from their previous Pay-Per-View effort, “Best In The World,” you could feel a sense of transition amongst the Ring Of Honor storylines.

The focus had shifted from ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and his dominance with The House Of Truth to that of Bullet Club, now with Adam Cole and The Young Bucks at the helm.

After Cole embarrassed Lethal as BC shaved his head in the ring ropes, he was seemingly written out of the Title picture by Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness.

That was until Lethal begged for Cole’s blood and opted to challenge him for his next Title defense.

So the stage was set in Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, Nevada for “Death Before Dishonor” as a Cole-Lethal ROH World Championship match would lead the card by example.

There were some other high points in a night where the roster delivered top-to-bottom. Was every match a hit? Not exactly, but the studs certainly made up for the duds.

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ROH Best In The World 2016 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Ring Of Honor has always been great at simple storytelling when it comes to tradition.

With a main event branded as “One Year In The Making,” ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jay Briscoe would meet again to settle a score as Briscoe finally redeemed his rematch ever since Lethal became the first to beat him in three years and uncrown his throne.

Easy as that.

There was also a pretty good undercard – Roderick Strong (who was knowingly leaving the company shortly) vs. Mark Briscoe in a “Battle For Respect,” as well as a ROH World Television Championship encounter between Champion Bobby Fish and Dalton Castle.

Going two years in the making, we’d also finally get that Steve Corino-BJ Whitmer match.

When it comes down to it, this show succeeded at giving fans a little bit of everything to whet their appetites. No standout matches, but consistent nevertheless.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – Factions

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as PWO’s own Nick, “Big Guy” Rich and “The Mastermind” Sal discuss factions – overall history, small factions, big factions, the best, the worst and much more!

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 11/11/15: 2 Cocky Meets The Omega Man

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy 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)

2 Cocky Meets The Omega Man 

– We started things off with the glistening “old school/new school” partnership of The Lifeguard Mike Del and Dylan Stiffwood. Obvious innuendo aside, Stiffwood’s presence gives us hope that a push for Lifeguard is in the cards, at least to upper midcard status. He can take Lifeguard where Ashley Massaro couldn’t. Lifeguard’s match against The Drunken Swashbuckler was a buffer bout for the bustling beach personality, along with the fun that only comes in Pro Wrestling Syndicate when a lifeguard battles a drunken pirate. We were surprised to see some unorthodox moves from TDS (a successful hurricanrana, for one) as he gave Lifeguard a run for his sandy dollars, but this is where Stiffwood made a difference – distracting TDS with a megaphone siren among other foolishness. Lifeguard gained the advantage with a swift eye poke and hit his Sun Block finisher to give this new team instant success. Will we see them become a tag team down the road? That approach could also be taken, but we’re interested to see just how far Stiffwood can get Lifeguard.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 6/24/15: Hard Hits And Superkicks

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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 6/24/15)

Hard Hits And Superkicks 

– Now, here’s what sucks with ROH’s TV and Pay-Per-View schedule: they had a big company moment when Television Champion Jay Lethal defeated ROH World Heavyweight Champion Jay Briscoe at the end of Best In The World. ROH had plenty of momentum coming from that show into this one. It had to suck if you were a casual fan who watched the PPV hoping to see some form of fallout/aftermath and were promptly left empty-handed on that front. That said – ROH cleverly filled the hour with mostly top-notch quality wrestling that was entertaining regardless of what happened at Best In The World. Still though, it would’ve been nice to see some sort of highlight reel or teaser video for what happened from the show. Or promos. Something. Anything. That’s what happens when you see a show air in June taped in May after a buzz-worthy PPV. Things opened up with the Roderick Strong-Shinsuke Nakamura match thankfully. Nice to see Nigel McGuinness join the commentary booth with Kevin Kelly and King Corino, as he had a lot of veteran expertise to hand down as far as ring positioning and differences between American and Japanese styles of pro wrestling. At least they glossed over Best In The World with a few mentions, but it just seems odd that there wasn’t more than that with all of the hype they gave the show. This match saw both guys feel each other out, so the start was a bit slow, but once things settled in, we got very good, hard-hitting action. Props for that finishing sequence that saw Nakamura go over – a questionable booking decision based on the pacing of the PPV where we saw Strong become the new Number One Contender, which obviously didn’t get a mention since it was outdated. Still, Strong looked great in defeat and lost nothing. If you’re able to check out the match, do so.

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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 6/10/15: 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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