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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/14/16: Women Of Honor 2016

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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 12/14/16)

Women Of Honor 2016 

– The Deonna Purrazzo-Candice LeRae match began with a pre-taped sit-down Purrazzo promo from that put her over for her great reputation and pro wrestling obsession. LeRae’s pre-taped sit-down promo put herself over as cheerful yet strong. She was finally in Ring Of Honor after 15 years. After the “feel out” process, LeRae hit a nice suicide dive and then a double stomp on Purrazzo’s neck to gain momentum. LeRae continued with a few pumphandle German suplexes. Purrazzo countered with a Fujiwara armbar, before LeRae broke the hold at the ropes. LeRae had her own submission with an Octopus variation, but Purrazzo kicked out and locked in the armbar again to win. A fine match where both ladies worked hard. It would be cool if ROH got with the program and actually utilized a Women’s Division or at least made WOH a tournament.

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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 2/24/16: Patience Wears Thin

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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 2/24/16)

Patience Wears Thin

– Another week, another match where ROH World Television Champion Roderick Strong takes on “the world.” This time, it was Jonathan Gresham. We had a brief promo before the bell from Veda Scott, who tried to buy Cedric Alexander that TV Title shot, tying back to when Gresham upset Alexander, as Gresham valiantly turned down a check offer. Good explanation from commentary in questioning the legitimacy of Scott’s promise, saying that she couldn’t have had that much money from the lawsuit settlement and having a possible clause that’d get her out of dishing out that cash. As for the match, it had the makings of a Strong squash, as he boasted beaming confidence en route to his match against Bobby Fish that’d take place at ROH’s 14th Anniversary. Gresham put on an impressive showing, perhaps his best to date, moving around with ease, switching from submission to submission, even scoring a close near-fall on Roddy before a knee strike did him in. The post-match interaction with Fish and Strong fit their feud, as Fish attacked Strong coming out of the crowd and taunted him to fight, only for the heel Strong to raise his belt and back away.

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

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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//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 1/6/16: Welcome To The Fish Tank

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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 1/6/16)

Welcome To The Fish Tank

– Coming out of Final Battle, one of the primary developments was the attitude change of ROH World Television Champion Roderick Strong, pulling an Undertaker 2015 by tapping out of an opponent’s submission maneuver out of the Referee’s view to get him to break the hold before taking advantage. The opponent in this case was Bobby Fish and they wasted no time revisiting that moment, but not before a good opener that saw Strong defend his Title in the latest chapter of “Roddy Versus The World” against Philadelphia’s own Stevie Richards. Richards didn’t show an ounce of aging and hung in there to show a respectable effort by ROH standards, but could only go so far. Strong unleashed a wicked chop in the match that actually left a dark mark on Richards’ chest, which only set the pace to come, despite some nice near-falls. Strong teased some heel tendencies before putting Richards to rest with his running knee strike to retain. The “Fish Tank” segment that followed with a suit-clad Fish, a table and two comfy looking chairs was a stage to have Fish show photographic evidence of Strong tapping out at Final Battle to warrant him another shot. Strong went deeper into heel mode, telling the crowd to shut up and denied any wrongdoings, which will likely lead to a rematch at one of these next TV shows we can assume. We do like the new twist on Strong’s character, as it keeps him from becoming a stale babyface.

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

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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 12/23/15)

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?

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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 11/11/15: Dem Boys Go All Night

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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 11/11/15)

Dem Boys Go All Night

– Nothing screams “I think this is an unsafe work environment that warrants a lawsuit” like competing the next week without any arguments, right? This is from the Cedric Alexander/Veda Scott side of things. She has helped him become more relevant, but his in-ring skills are still underutilized. Good idea for him to be matched with the fiery ACH, who almost bleeds that Street Fighter swag. This was a fun one, as both guys’  styles meshed well, almost bouncing off each other’s energy at one point in a “standoff.” Both guys are on the same spot on the totem pole, so a win would only help. Given that one guy (ACH) was hyping the final match of a Best-Of-Five Series with his tag team partner and the other was in a storyline where his manager is suing the company, it made sense to give this one to ACH to keep him hot until the match with Sydal. ACH’s post-match promo also hyped the Sydal match, saying he’d go into things the same way as when he fought Samoa Joe and AJ Styles, but would win this time. Mic skills aren’t his first asset, but it was decent. The finish even helped Scott further accuse Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness of an unsafe environment with Alexander slipping off the top rope.

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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 10/7/15: Field Of Honor II

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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 10/7/15)

Field Of Honor II

– Interesting idea to showcase TV tapings in the unique environment of MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. It was a different feeling from your conventional wrestling show, though the crowd wasn’t as vocal as you’d think, at least not right off the bat. Some of the camera angles felt awkward, but weren’t too much a distraction. Anyways, the first tag match between the Time Splitters and The Briscoe Brothers saw a return for one Alex Shelly. This match sounded good headed in and revolved around mutual respect, as we saw some fun spots, well-timed maneuvers and a mix of car wreck-styled brawling and smooth athleticism. Kushida’s right fist strikes were put over a lot here and he singlehandedly woke the crowd up with his “You can’t see me” gesture. A couple of good near-falls towards the end had us briefly second-guessing who’d win, but given the way commentary talked about the Briscoes and their feud with The Decade, we weren’t shocked about this. Excellent match.

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