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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 2/15/17: Boys Among Real Men

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/15/17)

Boys Among Real Men 

– Hangman Page came out, his return still fresh on everyone’s minds. His opponent was in the ring in the form of Matt Sells. What a jobber name that was. Mark Briscoe was also on commentary for what it was worth. Sells was apparently in his hometown and was greeted with a shove into the ring post. One Rite Of Passage later and it was over. Post-match, Page grabbed a noose and ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks came down. Superkick party. They gestured to the stage and ROH World Champion Adam Cole/”The American Nightmare” Cody walked to the ring. Chants of “Cody”/”Welcome home” were rampant. Cody kissed the canvas and played the crowd for a too-sweet with the Champ. He got the streamer treatment and addressed the warm reception before he deceptively turned on the fans for being “11 years too late.” Great heel work as always. Crowd chanted “Dusty” at him. Cody called out Jay Lethal and referred to him as the “Doorman Of ROH.” Lethal stormed out and came onto the apron. Some taunts and saliva later, Lethal charged at Cody, which commenced a beatdown. Bobby Fish came out for the save, an apparent hype for the main event, where he/Lethal would team against Cole/Cody. More of the ROH Cavalry came down, aka Jay White/Alex Shelley/Lio Rush. Not such a bad lead-in to commercial. Apparently that tag main event was set for now. Fish weaved around Cody, but got caught flush with a superkick from Cole. The Cody/Cole dynamic was almost comparable to the now-defunct Jeri-KO. Wonder if that was on purpose. For the first time ever, a man was too-sweeted in the eyes, as Cody did it to Fish. Lethal/Cody were tagged in simultaneously and went at each other’s heads. Lethal Injection on Cole changed the momentum, but it was Cody who was legal. It came to a point where all four men were exhausted and traded forearms. Lethal hit the most underwhelming tope on Cody ever. It was almost like a light nudge. The big story laid in the finish, as Fish had Cole dead in the armbar. Cody was unable to get it broken up, so the Champ had no choice but to tap out. A smart decision, especially based on that they needed to build Fish up as a threat for that World Title shot he gets at Manhattan Mayhem on Mar. 4. Not the most enlightening of matches, but Cody was great here and Hangman does his Hangman thing.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 2/8/17: Taking Umbrage To The Umbrella

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/8/17) 

Taking Umbrage To The Umbrella 

– The Punishment Damien Martinez/BJ Whitmer-War Machine match carried off past quarrels where a match went to the wayside for the purpose of pointless brawling. At least it gives the four something to do, as Martinez’s future’s the most to gain here. It also helped this episode that Colt Cabana was on commentary in classic boastful heel mode. We also liked the little touch that WM wore face paint. It adds to their look, albeit in a “Braveheart” way. Whitmer seems to get “go away heat” and that continued here as not much action occurred. There was a moment where Hanson performed a spot where he repetitively ran his opponents in the corner, to the point the fans did the rally cries with him. It lasted about a minute, legitimately. There were some consistent double-teams on both ends, including an impressive pop-up powerslam by WM. The finish is where things get silly again, because the four men are so into the brawl, the damn 20-count passes them right by. Countouts in ROH are just ridiculous. The only solace taken here was that Martinez/Hanson could make an intriguing singles match one day. Let’s hope they go that route.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/11/17: Droned In

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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 1/11/17)

Droned In 

– Christopher Daniels’ hype video promo did a good job of showing his refocused goal of his “destiny to become Champion” in the midst of the Decade Of Excellence Tournament that he was a part of. He defeated Mark Briscoe last week to advance to the second round. He spoke about how he made a name for himself in 2002 and they wisely played back footage of those classic Murphy Rec Center days when he denied handshakes and broke the mold as the face of The Prophecy, despite never holding the ROH World Championship. They flashed back to now, to where he gives those handshakes and obeys the Code Of Honor, a presumed changed man. With this kind of package, we could tell this next push was set to be a serious one. It also helps to get more passionate promos like this one, because that’s what Daniels does best these days.

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ROH Final Battle 2016 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Ring Of Honor’s Final Battle signifies both the end and new beginnings.

While we initially saw this as counterproductive to host an annual “payoff”-themed Pay-Per-View typically saved for December’s last week on the month’s second day, you couldn’t knock this card.

It’s funny, since ROH didn’t hammer home the hype until the final two weeks of television, but alas, it came together enough for the in-ring action and events to bring it full circle.

We had Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Cody, hell, even Broken Matt Hardy made a cameo appearance.

A fitting main event too, as we’d see Kyle O’Reilly get his last shot (seemingly) against ROH World Champion Adam Cole.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 11/23/16: Nard And Feathered

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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 11/23/16)

Nard And Feathered 

– The Silas Young-Kyle O’Reilly match was a good time for both to face each other as Final Battle looms. O’Reilly was penciled in as the definite challenger for whomever was ROH World Champion by then, given the winner between ROH World Champion Adam Cole and Jay Lethal. We also appreciated the effort to put Young over as someone in primed position to one day be atop the card, evidenced by how close he came to beating Cole on Sep. 22 for the Title. Sort of a slow bout to start, with basic chain/technical wrestling with a couple of standoffs. Expected in the “feeling out” process. Young got some momentum as he threw O’Reilly aggressively into the barricades. O’Reilly was put over by commentary for his keen predator-esque mindset that focused on the target of different body parts in a match. They traded stiff forearms as Cole came down to join commentary to badmouth Cole as a coward. Young kicked out of a power maneuver, which prompted O’Reilly to lock in his armbar. Young escaped and nearly hit Misery, but ended up in the Brainbuster to lose the match. A fine match with an added emphasis to showcase Young’s toughness (he didn’t tap out) and keep O’Reilly hot. Young’s post-match promo used his great ability to pick on the fans as a device to hype his FB encounter with Jushin “Thunder” Liger. A fan in a Liger outfit made it all possible. That said, we would’ve had a mention of the Young-Liger match much sooner than after this bout.

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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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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 10/28/15: Revenge Is Sweet

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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 10/28/15)

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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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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