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

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 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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ROH Final Battle 2015 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Following the ways of now-defunct World Championship Wrestling, Ring Of Honor prides itself on concluding the year with its biggest show – a little year-end bash called “Final Battle.”

2015 ROH boasts competitive matches plenty, a fierce Tag Team division, logical storylines and above all else, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal arguably in the prime of his career.

This edition of Final Battle delivered on the hype, even if it was more about being predictable to set up storylines for the new year than creating true moments to drop our jaws.

In this case, it doesn’t hurt to be predictable.

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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 11/18/15: 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 11/4/15: Three-Way Junction

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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 11/4/15)

Three-Way Junction

– An actual opening video to start the show? Hot dog. This perfectly hyped the blockbuster three-way main event between Kyle O’Reilly, AJ Styles and Adam Cole. O’Reilly was the sympathetic figure bent on revenge against the friend who stabbed him in the back and was itching to get his hands on him so he could make him feel the pain that he went through. You could feel the rage in his intensity and tone. O’Reilly’s mic skills have also noticeably improved lately.

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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 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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