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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 11/18/15: The King Bids Farewell

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 11/18/15)

The King Bids Farewell 

– For what it’s worth, the Silas Young-Boys cold opener of him forcing them to do “manly” things like changing a car tire and using “manitizer” (aka spitting into your hands and rubbing them together) was worth a good laugh. This was some of the stuff we imagined the moment Young won their “service” at All-Star Extravaganza VII.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/21/15: Don’t Poke The Bear

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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 10/21/15)

Don’t Poke The Bear

– The Addiction-All Night Express match carried off last week’s segment that set this match up, with the theme surrounding bragging rights among both team’s commonalities in not being pinned to lose their Tag Titles during their respective ownerships. Chris Sabin proved to be a force early on until Referee Paul Turner ejected him. Liked how commentary talked about the intriguing factor that Rhett Titus hadn’t been seen since Kenny King departed, Kevin Kelly also giving multiple “parental discretion” warnings for the main event. The match itself was nice while it went on, with some stiff kicks and rough bumps. The Red Masked individual that attacked The Addiction at All-Star Extravaganza VII again played a role, distracting Christopher Daniels enough to get taken out by the killer ANX Double-Team finisher to end the match. Solid way to keep things progressing. Still a lot of speculation on who it could be in the mask. We’d have no earthly idea, just hope it’s someone good.

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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 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 9/30/15: 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 9/23/15: 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 9/16/15: Distractions, Distractions

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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 9/16/15)

Distractions, Distractions

– The Donovan Dijak/J. Diesel-reDRagon match with ROH World and Television Champion Jay Lethal on commentary made sense since he was literally facing both reDRagon members at All Star Extravaganza in San Antonio on 9/18. Lethal addressed the two matches by saying he’d get to prove he was the best in the world by beating both number one contenders – two men in one night. The match action was good, as reDRagon showed off their in-ring athleticism and stiff kicks, while the heels did their thing showing off their strength. The finish was well-orchestrated as it showed the swell teamwork of reDRagon, able to lock in respective submission holds for the decisive win. Things nearly coming to blows between reDRagon/Lethal needing to be separated by officials was good.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/9/15: Championship Edition

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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 9/9/15)

Championship Edition

– Things started with a Truth Martini/Jay Lethal promo putting down Roderick Strong for needing a rematch and his time was up and Cheeseburger deserved a shot more. Strong’s response promo put over his wrestling ability and pride, saying he was that much better than Lethal. Liked this – gives it the big fight feel.

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