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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/7/16: Some Lethal Backup

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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 9/7/16)

Some Lethal Backup 

– The opening video sent us back to Ring Of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor XIV Pay-Per-View when ROH World Champion Adam Cole shocked the world and defeated Jay Lethal to win the belt before he was soundly laid out by an angry Kyle O’Reilly.

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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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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 3/16/16: 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 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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ROH Final Battle 2015 Reaction

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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 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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