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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/2/16: Time To Go To Work

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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 11/2/16)

Time To Go To Work 

– Ring Of Honor’s mainstream storyline as Final Battle draws near seems to be a steady “war” between Bullet Club and ROH. It helps BC that they have the ROH World Championship (Adam Cole), the ROH World Tag Team Championships (The Young Bucks) and someone who has the ROH World Television Championship (Hangman Page) on the radar. BC made their quest for complete domination known, plus they seamlessly weaved in Page as an unhinged henchman of sorts, as his main job is to incapacitate Kyle O’Reilly (blood rival to Cole) from World Title contention, their biggest obstacle from complete ownage. The opening video looked at last week’s interaction between Cole/Page and reDRagon, as ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish came to save his partner.

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

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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 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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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/16/16: Gauntlet War

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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 3/16/16)

Gauntlet War

– With one show left before the post-ROH 14th Anniversary Show tapings, it wasn’t a bad idea to fill television time with a seven-team tag team gauntlet to determine new #1 contenders, but we figured it’d feature highlight teams like Matt Sydal/ACH, Silas Young/Beer City Bruiser or The All Night Express, but that didn’t happen. Anyhow, let’s get to the coverage. With War Machine as the Champions, we were pulling for either reDRagon or The Young Bucks for that spot. With the first match being reDRagon-Will Ferrara/Caprice Coleman, we were curious if they’d pull that “first team up, last team standing” story, which carried us through the match’s first half. Ferrera showed some aggression and Coleman some nice athleticism, but it wasn’t long before Bobby Fish made Ferrara tap out to his kneebar. The second match (reDragon-Joey Daddiego/Chris LaRusso) continued the storyline of Truth Martini looking for an acceptable replacement for Donovan Dijak, giving them opportunities to impress him or suffer the consequences. Looking at the “martial arts lawyer” LaRusso, you could tell which way it’d go. The crowd dumped “Justin Bieber” chants on him, which wasn’t wrong per se. LaRusso accidentally kicked Daddiego and he received a “thumbs down,” as they left him to dry, reDRagon getting the second fall. It was so-so thus far, until The Young Bucks came out. Now, it’s exciting. This was the second best fall of the match, with some creative spots. Also liked how they built up to the first Superkick until towards the end when it led to the finish and YB finished them off. You could guess who won between YB and Tough Guy Inc., though that was entertaining while it lasted, with the heels constantly strategizing and Tim Hughes being too dramatic. The sixth match (YB-The Addiction) was unexpectedly short, but Addiction made their presence felt by attacking YB from behind when their music hit and did some fancy “Too Sweet” mocking before getting pinned. They heeled it up by attacking YB and hitting Celebrity Rehab on them and then attacking the final team, Roppongi Vice. At this point, we thought they were setting up YB to win this and the last fall was certainly competitive, as the two teams had some history surrounding the IWGP Tag Team Championships and worked well together. YB was teasing the Indy-Taker enough but couldn’t hit it and RPG got the upset win, seemingly disappointing everyone in attendance. We thought the torch was going to be eventually passed to YB, but every time they come close to teasing it, they always pull the curtain back. RPG-War Machine doesn’t sound as exciting to us. Neither team talks, so that’s even worse. RPG’s credible in the ring, but all we know about them is their cool theme that simply says “Roppongi Vice” and things that rhyme with it. Also didn’t get why the last four minutes went to the finish of The Briscoes-“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin/Hiroshi Tanahashi from ROH’s 14th, perhaps to hype the New Japan Pro-Wrestling talent appearing on ROH TV next week, but it felt out of place.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

  • Seven-Team Tag Gauntlet To Determine #1 Contender’s For ROH World Tag Team Championships – Roppongi Vice def. The Young Bucks, The Addiction, Tim Hughes/Brutal Bob Evans, reDRagon, Joey Daddiego (w/Truth Martini)/Chris LaRusso and Caprice Coleman/Will Ferrera 

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/9/16: Rush Hour

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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 3/9/16)

Rush Hour 

– With his flashy tropical personality, ROH has a star in the making with Dalton Castle. It’s easy to fall for his charm and as much of a spectacle he makes with all the colors and his two “Boys,” you want to see more. He has that effect. This episode focused a lot on Castle and while it was TV filler essentially, there was a golden opportunity to advance Castle’s never-ending feud with Silas Young. Castle’s opening backstage promo chatted up tropical sweets and desire for victories while saying Christopher Daniels would have his heart broken. In a very “Dalton” way, did we actually hype the main event?

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 2/3/16: Forever Trolling

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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 2/3/16)

Forever Trolling

– The ROH World Television Championship match between Champion Roderick Strong and Masada creatively kept the “Roddy Versus The World” storyline going, since death match mogul Masada was as polar opposite from Strong as you could get. On that note, Masada hasn’t aged a bit and was somewhat over with the crowd. Strong has been more heelish lately and this was no different. Still, it was unique to see these two go at it and we had some decent action along the way. We understood the lenience of rules throughout, but did we need the bamboo sticks bit towards the end? At least Strong’s knee strike was the final move here. The post-match stuff with Bobby Fish coming out to “troll” Strong for taking on the world yet avoiding him was a solid argument that’ll likely be leading to a match between the two at the 14th Anniversary Show. Strong stood heel with his retort that Fish was jealous of his success and tried to emulate that, even though he lost at Final Battle. Strong seemingly had the last action by throwing his mic at Fish after calling him a sore loser, where Fish called Strong a coward and would continue to haunt him to get what he wanted.

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

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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 1/20/16)

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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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/13/16: The Boys Are Back In Town

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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 1/13/16)

The Boys Are Back In Town 

– Ever since returning to Ring Of Honor unannounced, it has been expected that fans would buy back All-Night Express as an unstoppable force, with no explanation of their whereabouts the last three years. We only know they’re doing well and want the World Tag Team Titles, like any team should. The lack of explanation and character development for ANX has alienated fans from embracing them and that led to the story told in the opening match between ANX and Roppongi Vice, which was a keen way to kick of the hour with good action. It appears ANX – already the #1 Contender’s – are showing more heel tendencies and reacting to the crowd’s lack of enthusiasm for their moves and maneuvers. As the match progressed, their actions became more ruthless and calculated. The finish served to make ANX look clever by way of ring awareness, as King blindly tagged in right before Rhett Titus was seemingly finished off, as King snuck in the winning pinfall. Rocky Romero stood out in the match for his enthusiasm and Trent Barretta also shined in his aerial moves. Wish we knew more about Roppongi Vice from an ROH perspective, because they rock a swagger all their own. Creatively, this was a better way to tell the story with ANX going forward and with War Machine as Champs, it makes it possible.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/9/15: Close To Blows

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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 12/9/15)

Close To Blows

– With Dec. 18’s Final Battle Pay-Per-View fast approaching, ROH dedicated numerous segments to push the year’s biggest show. The Silas Young/Beer City Bruiser-reDRagon match was a solid opener, which allowed the Young-Dalton Castle feud to continue with a new wrinkle of The Boys being loyal to their new boss, while Adam Cole smugly worked his way to commentary mid-match to rip on Kyle O’Reilly, calling him lazy, undeserving of his success and was jealous of the idea that he was on the same level as him. The in-ring action was entertaining with back-and-forth swings and again, BCB took big bumps for someone his stature and reDRagon had some great double-team maneuvers. reDRagon winning made sense in the way that it kept O’Reilly strong and then their feud was covered after the bell when they nearly came to blows. Also liked the post-match interaction between Young and Castle in showing The Boys’ sticking with Young, even though they teased going back with Castle. There’ll be another match at Final battle and it’ll be interesting to see if The Boys are thrown in there. Solid storytelling all around.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/28/15: Revenge Is Sweet

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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 10/28/15)

Revenge Is Sweet

– To start things off, we had commentators Kevin Kelly and Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness, no King Corino, which was expected given how last week ended, when he knocked out BJ Whitmer after weeks of pent-up rage. McGuinness refused to mention the disciplinary actions for Corino, which probably means he won’t be seen for a while, which is a shame because King/Corino are as great a commentary team as they come.

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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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