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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 8/5/15: The Future Shocks Again

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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 8/5/15)

The Future Shocks Again

– Roderick Strong’s backstage promo provided good mic work, as he put over the 60-minute match with ROH World Heavyweight Champion/Television Champion Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor and how “nothing was settled,” practically begging Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness to book a rematch.

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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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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 7/8/15: An Element Of Lethal Truth

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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 7/8/15)

An Element Of Lethal Truth

– How nice that we finally got fallout from Best In The World that started with a simple video package of still shots of the Jay Briscoe-Jay Lethal match that ended with Lethal on top. An hour isn’t a lot of time, but ROH always manages to find a way to pace things out to satisfy everybody alike. That said, we have to wonder if the company did themselves a disservice with their taping schedule, as their next iPPV, Death Before Dishonor XIII is in three weeks, which leaves not too much time for a build. The only downside for this show was that besides the DBD main event, we still don’t know the exacts of the card.

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

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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 7/1/15)

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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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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