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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 2/3/16: Forever Trolling

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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 2/3/16)

Forever Trolling

– The ROH World Television Championship match between Champion Roderick Strong and Masada creatively kept the “Roddy Versus The World” storyline going, since death match mogul Masada was as polar opposite from Strong as you could get. On that note, Masada hasn’t aged a bit and was somewhat over with the crowd. Strong has been more heelish lately and this was no different. Still, it was unique to see these two go at it and we had some decent action along the way. We understood the lenience of rules throughout, but did we need the bamboo sticks bit towards the end? At least Strong’s knee strike was the final move here. The post-match stuff with Bobby Fish coming out to “troll” Strong for taking on the world yet avoiding him was a solid argument that’ll likely be leading to a match between the two at the 14th Anniversary Show. Strong stood heel with his retort that Fish was jealous of his success and tried to emulate that, even though he lost at Final Battle. Strong seemingly had the last action by throwing his mic at Fish after calling him a sore loser, where Fish called Strong a coward and would continue to haunt him to get what he wanted.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/20/16: Philly Street Fight

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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 1/20/16)

Philly Street Fight

– The opening match between The Addiction and ACH/Alex Shelley was entertaining in the way of seeing the former Motor City Machine Guns interact yet never get physical and for ACH’s athleticism, which often speaks for itself. The finish was okay, with Chris Sabin helping his buddies win by distracting the Referee. The post-match angle was quite telling in how Sabin looked conflicted when Addiction beat down Shelley, but never saved him. We liked the way Christopher Daniels drew big heat by attacking Paul Turner after grabbing the ringside hammer, threatening to use it. The only logical way to come out of it was with Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness suspending Daniels, a consequence regarding the company’s “zero tolerance” policy. With Daniels out of the picture, where does that leave Frankie Kazarian and Sabin? We want to see where it goes, as long as it ends up with MCMG back together, which is seemingly what everyone wants.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/23/15: A Christmas Surprise

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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 12/23/15)

A Christmas Surprise

– The Will Ferrara-Caprice Coleman match had developments from prior bouts with their relations to Prince Nana, who also happened to be the color commentator. Coleman’s pre-match promo proclaimed he was the first envelope and “thicker.” Nana explained he wanted his people to implement what was inside of the envelopes. They went into a slugfest going with Coleman’s recent heel tendencies, even Ferrara to an extent. It’s a smart use of both guys given they were stale white-meat babyfaces prior. Liked the dynamic with both guys using heel moves. Tough landing on the first Trinity suplex for Ferrara. The match was thrown out for both guys using steel chairs at each other at the same time. Logical within the storyline, but did the officials really need to come out to sell it?

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/2/15: May The Best Man Win

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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 12/2/15)

May The Best Man Win

– Carrying off last week’s segment where ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness banned The Decade from appearing on the year’s biggest show – Final Battle, it made sense that they’d be angry, as Adam Page battled Will Ferrara. Page showed some of that rage, attacking Ferrara before he even got settled in the ring and it was on. This was as standard as it comes, though Ferrara got to show off some high-flying tendencies by taking out all of The Decade on the outside. The finish was surprising in that Ferrara used a weapon that wasn’t meant for him to use, making the heels’ plan backfire and show perhaps a new tough side of Ferrara stemming back from when he accepted an envelope from Prince Nana, who seemed to quietly be recruiting a new Embassy stable also featuring Caprice Coleman. That’s just speculation, but the clues tell us that’s perhaps where it’s going. We liked that the heels got revenge afterwards as Whitmer shoved the referee to the canvas, a heinous action but with them already off Final Battle, they had nothing to lose. Mark Briscoe joined the show on commentary initially and was instructed not to intervene because he was a commentator this week but was too offended by the heels to sit there and therefore chased them out of the ring. Interested to also see where that goes.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/25/15: Strong-Lethal III

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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 11/25/15)

Strong-Lethal III

– On the final episode of ROH’s Destination America stint, it was essential to go out with a bang, yet keep everyone refreshed for Dec. 18’s Final Battle Pay-Per-View from Philadelphia. We started things off with Moose and Stokely Hathaway, as the former was making a case for being a main event contender for ROH World and Television Champion Jay Lethal. Moose was put in a match to take on rookie Dominic Carter, which lasted five seconds, three of them being the pinfall after a vicious Spear. Post-match was all about Hathaway talking up a big game for Moose, arguing Moose was a better choice than even “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin. We usually don’t hear much from Hathaway, so this was a welcome change from the ordinary. It made sense for Elgin to come out and stand up for himself, making the case that Hathaway was talking for Moose and his client couldn’t speak, which Moose didn’t back down from. This was an interesting clash, since Elgin and Moose have similar gimmicks, though Elgin is perhaps more versatile in the ring. Also a better time for The House Of Truth to intervene and have Truth Martini be Lethal’s voice, downing both Moose/Elgin. Upon this segment, we saw the vibrant Taeler Hendrix of TNA fame in a newfound valet role she fits well. Elgin coming on to Hendrix was supposed to make him look like a “man,” but it made him look sort of sleazy. Looks like we have a tag match on our hands.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/30/15: Pure Puroresu

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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 9/30/15)

Pure Puroresu

– The Matt Sydal-Kushida match already looked to be a high-fly happy bout on paper. The “mirror image” comparison was a fair one on commentary. Hell, the match got a “This is awesome” chant before a single grapple. We saw some cool spots (Kushida’s huricanrana counter into a cartwheel, Sydal’s “Matrix”-esque clothesline escape) and exchanges, but we have to wonder what ROH will do for its post-Pay-Per-View shows when it doesn’t have irrelevant ROH-New Japan Pro-Wrestling bouts to fall back on. Granted the quality of these matches are damn high, but it only seems to be a distraction from the problem at hand – loss of immediate momentum gained from the PPVs. As for the rest of the match, it was with strong, even-handed action that ended with Sydal’s finisher for the victory. Fun match that probably won’t be remembered past this night unfortunately.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/2/15: Competition With A Lethal Overdose

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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 shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 9/2/15)

Competition With A Lethal Overdose 

– The Adam Page-Jay Briscoe match continued to sell the ongoing feud between Whitmer and King Corino while also readdressing Page’s recent challenge to Briscoe. Loved Page’s intensity with the hard slap during the moment of Code of Honor attempts. The match never developed into anything contest-wise with the blatant chair DQ, but once we saw it was only a matter of seconds before Mark Briscoe came out with an array of chairs himself, it became obvious they were building to a Briscoes-Decade match and thus, was a good way to get there.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 8/26/15: Tag Team Chaos

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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 8/26/15)

Tag Team Chaos 

– The Bloodbound Warriors-Briscoe Brothers match was an obvious squash from the differences of the entrances alone. BBW looked like a rip-off of The Ascension, who look like a rip-off of everybody else. Way too generic. The match was decent, though maybe a few minutes longer than needed. You never questioned the result, though BBW put in some dominating offense too. Post-match saw Adam Page come out with BJ Whitmer/Colby Corino, and ask what happened to his challenge. Jay told him he didn’t know who he even was and if he wanted a fight, they could do it now. Whitmer stopped it from happening, wanting to do it on his terms, proposing the match for next week. Got something for next week already. Nice.

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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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