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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 Global Wars 2016 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Ring Of Honor doesn’t hide that New Japan Pro Wrestling has their fingerprints all over their television shows and as you see here, their Pay-Per-View events.

Their 14th Anniversary Show featured notable NJPW talent like Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi as a selling point and that’s all fine and good.

It’s just the fact that it might be misleading to build this PPV as “Global Wars” when there were no true stakes. Besides featuring more NJPW guys on an ROH show, there was nothing extraordinary about this.

In fact, the best things to come from this show were just ROH storylines and talent on their own. You’ll see our thoughts on everything and that oh-so-illustrious ending below, but don’t get your hopes high.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 4/27/16: Elite: Dangerous

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 4/27/16)

Elite: Dangerous 

– There were some aspects to the tag opener pitting Tetsuya Naito/ROH World Champion Jay Lethal against Kazuchika Okada/Yoshi Hashi. On top of the initial hesitant dynamic between Naito/Lethal for both having massive egos, it was always a pleasure to see both the ROH and IWGP World Heavyweight Champions square off in the ring. This match was actually at its highest points when it was purely Okada-Lethal. Commentary was okay here, but more could’ve been done to explain the factions involved and what significance they had on the bout for those of us who don’t nosedive into New Japan Pro Wrestling. Taking place in February from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, it always offers a unique environment, where the crowd’s more appreciative of the art of wrestling and whatnot. We liked that they didn’t pretend this was a few months back and made it feel “exclusive,” to help hype ROH’s “Global Wars” Pay-Per-View airing this Sunday, May 8. Anyways, as the match progressed, good action on both ends with an excitable pace that ended when Naito clonked Okada over the head with Truth Martini’s book to help Lethal score the pin. Post-match was telling in that Naito/Lethal embraced, signifying an alliance between The House Of Truth and the Los Ingobernables factions headed into the PPV.

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ROH 14th Anniversary Show Reaction

Photo courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

Photo courtesy of Ring Of Honor.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Despite the adage, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas, since Ring Of Honor held its 14th Anniversary Show live on Pay-Per-View and stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling were also here for the party at Sam’s Town.

An underwhelming undercard was made up for by a better second half, fronted by the triple-threat for the ROH World Championship between Champion Jay Lethal, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole and an insane six-man tag.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/7/15: Field Of Honor II

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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 10/7/15)

Field Of Honor II

– Interesting idea to showcase TV tapings in the unique environment of MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. It was a different feeling from your conventional wrestling show, though the crowd wasn’t as vocal as you’d think, at least not right off the bat. Some of the camera angles felt awkward, but weren’t too much a distraction. Anyways, the first tag match between the Time Splitters and The Briscoe Brothers saw a return for one Alex Shelly. This match sounded good headed in and revolved around mutual respect, as we saw some fun spots, well-timed maneuvers and a mix of car wreck-styled brawling and smooth athleticism. Kushida’s right fist strikes were put over a lot here and he singlehandedly woke the crowd up with his “You can’t see me” gesture. A couple of good near-falls towards the end had us briefly second-guessing who’d win, but given the way commentary talked about the Briscoes and their feud with The Decade, we weren’t shocked about this. Excellent match.

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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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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 7/1/15: The Battles Go On

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 7/1/15)

The Battles Go On 

– This was yet another show dedicated to the New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring Of Honor matches, whereas we thought this would have the Best In the World fallout, but that was instead hyped for next week. It’s giving people a chance to seek out BITW for themselves, but they’re losing a lot of momentum gained right after that show. It will be nearly three weeks before we see any kind of development and that’s asking a lot of your fanbase to stick around to see. On the plus side, anytime we see ROH vs. NJPW, we’re destined for good action and considering the main event, it was hard to argue with. Not to the extent of last week’s spectacular show, but pretty close.

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