Blog Archives

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/23/15: A Christmas Surprise

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 12/23/15)

A Christmas Surprise

– The Will Ferrara-Caprice Coleman match had developments from prior bouts with their relations to Prince Nana, who also happened to be the color commentator. Coleman’s pre-match promo proclaimed he was the first envelope and “thicker.” Nana explained he wanted his people to implement what was inside of the envelopes. They went into a slugfest going with Coleman’s recent heel tendencies, even Ferrara to an extent. It’s a smart use of both guys given they were stale white-meat babyfaces prior. Liked the dynamic with both guys using heel moves. Tough landing on the first Trinity suplex for Ferrara. The match was thrown out for both guys using steel chairs at each other at the same time. Logical within the storyline, but did the officials really need to come out to sell it?

Read the rest of this entry

ROH Final Battle 2015 Reaction

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/16/15: Primed For A Final Battle

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 12/16/15)

Primed For A Final Battle

– The Adam Cole-Corey Hollis match served as a basic squash (guess Hollis doesn’t only job in NXT) but we still think Cole gave up more offense than necessary, but it did its job. Cole messed with first-row fans by telling them to get up and move acting like he’d throw Hollis over the barricade only to tease them by tossing him back into the ring. It wasn’t long before Cole put Corey to sleep and as expected, he promised to end Kyle O’Reilly at Final Battle once and for all.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/2/15: May The Best Man Win

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 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.

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

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

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 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.

Read the rest of this entry

ROH All-Star Extravaganza VII Reaction

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

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.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/16/15: Distractions, Distractions

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 9/16/15)

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.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/9/15: Championship Edition

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 9/9/15)

Championship Edition

– Things started with a Truth Martini/Jay Lethal promo putting down Roderick Strong for needing a rematch and his time was up and Cheeseburger deserved a shot more. Strong’s response promo put over his wrestling ability and pride, saying he was that much better than Lethal. Liked this – gives it the big fight feel.

Read the rest of this entry

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 9/2/15: Competition With A Lethal Overdose

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 shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 9/2/15)

Competition With A Lethal Overdose 

– The Adam Page-Jay Briscoe match continued to sell the ongoing feud between Whitmer and King Corino while also readdressing Page’s recent challenge to Briscoe. Loved Page’s intensity with the hard slap during the moment of Code of Honor attempts. The match never developed into anything contest-wise with the blatant chair DQ, but once we saw it was only a matter of seconds before Mark Briscoe came out with an array of chairs himself, it became obvious they were building to a Briscoes-Decade match and thus, was a good way to get there.

Read the rest of this entry