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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/19/16: A Vow For Control

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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 10/19/16)

A Vow For Control 

– The opening video logically showed highlights of Ring Of Honor’s biggest occurrence in the year’s second half – Ladder War VI from All Star Extravaganza, as The Young Bucks overcame The Addiction and The Motor City Machine Guns to become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/12/16: Grand Slam Survival

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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 10/12/16) 

Grand Slam Survival 

– With this the second episode to come from “Field Of Honor” taped in late Aug., Coney Island’s MCU Park was in for a treat (as well as us we guess with two marquee main events) as we flushed out the last of the pre-All Star Extravaganza world. The Kyle O’Reilly-Katsuyori Shibata match with ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish on commentary looked like a pleaser on paper, but it developed quickly into a tangible success. There was nice chain wrestling to start, while Fish was cleverly tied in since he recently successfully defended his belt against Shibata and could attest to what it was like in the ring with him. Early on, they traded technical moves and avoided each other’s kicks. Shibata zeroed in on O’Reilly’s arm and no-sold a flurry of retaliated forearms. While sometimes we zone out when Fish talks, his commentary was uber effective here, especially when he got into the details of why Shibata’s submissions were painful. Things picked up around the time both guys traded German suplexes and they worked each other into a frenzy as they laid each other out. The crowd stood and applauded this. O’Reilly and Shibata have that similar “pound on their feet, ground on the floor” technical style and it could’ve gone either way. We were iffy about the finish since Tiger Tory stopped it when O’Reilly had a submission locked in for 40 seconds to “save” Shibata, but it was what it was. On the plus side, it protected both men and kept O’Reilly looking good. No sportsmanship after the bell, as they traded words.

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ROH All Star Extravaganza VIII Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

As the days wind down to Ring Of Honor’s biggest show of the year, Final Battle, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Dec. 2, we could see pieces begin to take shape.

ROH World Champion Adam Cole was on a tear.

While he had foes like Jay Lethal and Kyle O’Reilly on his tail, he seemed destined to go to war with the two of them eventually.

On a show remembered best for some great headline matches, the first thought that’ll come about is the Ladder VI main event that was for the ROH World Tag Team Championships between Champions The Addiction, The Young Bucks and The Motor City Machine Guns.

Lowell, Massachussets was in for a treat.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/28/16: A Tightened Grip On Legacy

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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 9/28/16)

A Tightened Grip On Legacy 

– The Silas Young-Toru Yano match was a randomly thrown out on television to air out the two’s character differences, all the more clear as Young was angry and Yano was a jokester. Kind of entertained at Young’s heel skills, as he even yelled at a kid on his birthday and wished him a terrible one. Yano’s charisma was on display as he purposely ticked off Young several times with his humor and did his signature spots from New Japan Pro Wrestling where he took the turnbuckle pad off and performed a low blow, all behind the Referee’s back. There were some good trades of near-falls towards the finish, as it came down to Young’s use of Yano’s own tactics against him to win on a point where he pulled the tights after a low blow. Young certainly needed the win and that was good to see, but we were baffled at why this would take place on the All Star Extravaganza go-home show, that was until the post-match angle where The Briscoe Brothers saved Yano from a further beatdown by Young. This made sense since Yano and The Briscoes would be partners at ASE as they’d pursue the Six-Man Tag Team Tournament.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/14/16: Unbreakable Allies

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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 9/14/16)

Unbreakable Allies 

– We had two big matches set for this episode and the opening video focused on one of them – a six-man tag between Jay Lethal/Tetsuya Naito/Evil and ROH World Champion Adam Cole/Yujiro Takahashi/Hangman Page. It basically brought us back to the reason for the match last week, as Bullet Club loved the fact that Lethal had no friends and it was Lethal who reminded us of his past alliance with Naito/Evil of Los Ingobernables de Japon as they backed him up on the stage.

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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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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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ROH 14th Anniversary Show Reaction

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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 2/24/16: Patience Wears Thin

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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 2/24/16)

Patience Wears Thin

– Another week, another match where ROH World Television Champion Roderick Strong takes on “the world.” This time, it was Jonathan Gresham. We had a brief promo before the bell from Veda Scott, who tried to buy Cedric Alexander that TV Title shot, tying back to when Gresham upset Alexander, as Gresham valiantly turned down a check offer. Good explanation from commentary in questioning the legitimacy of Scott’s promise, saying that she couldn’t have had that much money from the lawsuit settlement and having a possible clause that’d get her out of dishing out that cash. As for the match, it had the makings of a Strong squash, as he boasted beaming confidence en route to his match against Bobby Fish that’d take place at ROH’s 14th Anniversary. Gresham put on an impressive showing, perhaps his best to date, moving around with ease, switching from submission to submission, even scoring a close near-fall on Roddy before a knee strike did him in. The post-match interaction with Fish and Strong fit their feud, as Fish attacked Strong coming out of the crowd and taunted him to fight, only for the heel Strong to raise his belt and back away.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/27/16: Menage A Trois

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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//27/16)

Menage A Trois

– With an eye to the future, we always applaud ROH for spotlighting new talent with the Top Prospect Tournament, since it gives them an early chance to impress fans and officials alike for the ultimate prize of an early career accolade. Even better, some tourney matches would play out on TV, like the one that opened up the show between Brian Fury (17-year veteran who trained Sasha Banks and Donovan Dijak) and Shaheem Ali. Fury had a look about him that looked like a blend of Damien Sandow and The Ascension while Ali reminded us of Shelton Benjamin in his early days. The two did some flashy suplexes, but the big story of the fight was Fury using his “veteran heel status” to use the Referee’s leg to block Ali from hitting a top-rope maneuver, turning the distraction into a moment where he could pull out his Pop-Up Sit-Down Powerbomb finisher to advance.

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