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Powerbomb.TV Break The Barrier 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

May 15, 1999 was a historical day for independent wrestling as the former ECW Arena hosted an event called “Break The Barrier.”

BTB I was put together by Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz of “Scoopswrestling.com,” as a way to showcase the best independent wrestlers as the card represented 12 different promotions.

Talent like “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, Lou Marconi, Joey Matthews, Christian York and Nick Gage appeared and made names for themselves.

History repeated itself this year on Jun. 11 in Old Forge, PA., as Powerbomb.TV – a streaming service that provides 267 hours of content from 41 promotions as of press time – hosted “Break The Barrier 2017” in a similar supercard that included the likes of Colt Cabana, John Silver, Dasher Hatfield, Ophidian and Desean Pratt.

With Bryce Remsburg back and forth between commentary, pre-show duties and officiating, the broadcast had a CHIKARA-esque feel with a logical edginess.

Without much further ado, we’ll assess just how “Broken” this “Barrier” was nowadays.

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ROH Best In The World 2016 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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 Global Wars 2016 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Ring Of Honor doesn’t hide that New Japan Pro Wrestling has their fingerprints all over their television shows and as you see here, their Pay-Per-View events.

Their 14th Anniversary Show featured notable NJPW talent like Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi as a selling point and that’s all fine and good.

It’s just the fact that it might be misleading to build this PPV as “Global Wars” when there were no true stakes. Besides featuring more NJPW guys on an ROH show, there was nothing extraordinary about this.

In fact, the best things to come from this show were just ROH storylines and talent on their own. You’ll see our thoughts on everything and that oh-so-illustrious ending below, but don’t get your hopes high.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/30/16: Hit By The Truth

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 3/30/16)

Hit By The Truth 

– The Four Corner Survival match between Roderick Strong, Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway), Adam Page and Matt Sydal gave us a decent ensemble of clashing personalities. Page was angry, Roddy was cocky, Moose was fancy and Sydal liked to fly. It just worked. Good near-falls down the stretch. Page drew close to a win, but a BJ Whitmer distraction allowed Strong to hit him with a knee strike and win.

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

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

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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 1/13/16)

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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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 11/25/15: Strong-Lethal III

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 11/25/15)

Strong-Lethal III

– On the final episode of ROH’s Destination America stint, it was essential to go out with a bang, yet keep everyone refreshed for Dec. 18’s Final Battle Pay-Per-View from Philadelphia. We started things off with Moose and Stokely Hathaway, as the former was making a case for being a main event contender for ROH World and Television Champion Jay Lethal. Moose was put in a match to take on rookie Dominic Carter, which lasted five seconds, three of them being the pinfall after a vicious Spear. Post-match was all about Hathaway talking up a big game for Moose, arguing Moose was a better choice than even “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin. We usually don’t hear much from Hathaway, so this was a welcome change from the ordinary. It made sense for Elgin to come out and stand up for himself, making the case that Hathaway was talking for Moose and his client couldn’t speak, which Moose didn’t back down from. This was an interesting clash, since Elgin and Moose have similar gimmicks, though Elgin is perhaps more versatile in the ring. Also a better time for The House Of Truth to intervene and have Truth Martini be Lethal’s voice, downing both Moose/Elgin. Upon this segment, we saw the vibrant Taeler Hendrix of TNA fame in a newfound valet role she fits well. Elgin coming on to Hendrix was supposed to make him look like a “man,” but it made him look sort of sleazy. Looks like we have a tag match on our hands.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/30/15: Pure Puroresu

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 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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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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