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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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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/7/16: By Honor, For Honor

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 12/7/16)

By Honor, For Honor

– If anybody hoped for meaningful post-Final Battle television, look elsewhere. However, since already here, why not stay awhile? We’ll keep you comfortable. Anyways, the Cheeseburger/Will Ferrara-Tempura Boyz match was throwaway material, but some decent action involved. Joey “Diesel” Daddiego (The House Of Truth’s former J. Diesel) was on commentary and put over Ferrara/Cheeseburger as hard workers in the dojo. Daddiego used to come off like a mini-Batista, but now that he talked, he was like a hybrid of Taz and Nunzio. At least Cheeseburger continues to grow in popularity. That shouldn’t be hard. The guy’s freakin’ name’s Cheeseburger. Fast-paced action as you’d expect. TB hit a nice codebreaker/German suplex combo before they won with a superkick/package piledriver combo on Cheeseburger. TB seem cool, though we still don’t know much about them besides their tasty name. Cheeseburgers and Tempura. Yummy. The post-match angle with Prince Nana and Donovan Dijak continued the inevitable Nana/Dijak split, as the manager demanded his client to “get this wet” and make easy work of Ferrara. Dijak showed brief hesitation before he picked Ferrara up and slammed him down twice. That prompted Daddiego to leave the booth and confront Dijak, as he challenged him to a match. Sure, why not?

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 10/26/16: (Un)Broken Spirits

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/26/16)

(Un)Broken Spirits 

– With the team of Colt Cabana/Dalton Castle still fresh on the tag scene, they needed wins to score some credibility. With a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships at a Baltimore live event soon to come, this was a golden chance to keep the babyface team hot and they shelled out some new talent from New Japan Pro Wrestling in The Tempura Boys to do the process. While it felt like commentary spoke too much about TB and how they wanted to be known by only their first names, the actions of Cabana/Castle were enough to tell the right story. A smart mix of comedy, fast-action and great double-team moves, Cabana/Castle easily got past TB when Castle hit the Bangarang to score the pin.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/16/16: Gauntlet War

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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 2/17/16: The Page Turns

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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 2/17/16)

The Page Turns 

– Easily the match of the hour was the one that started it off (yes, we know what the main event was, but we stand by this, more for the surprises) as we had Jason Kincaid (who resembled a deranged, homeless wizard with his attire) taking on Lio Rush (who came off as a young punk-rocker with a nice mohawk with one year wrestling experience) and the results were great on both ends. To Kincaid’s credit, he managed to turn critics into fans, right around the point he broke out the coast-to-coast and then the cutter through the ropes and to the floor below. The crowd was hot at that point and we would’ve been okay with Kincaid going on to the next round, but then Rush hit a nice finisher (described as a “one-man Spanish fly”) and all was forgiven. Seriously though, we want to see more of what Kincaid can bring to the dance.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 1/6/16: Welcome To The Fish Tank

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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 1/6/16)

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

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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 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 11/11/15: Dem Boys Go All Night

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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 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 11/4/15: Three-Way Junction

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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 11/4/15)

Three-Way Junction

– An actual opening video to start the show? Hot dog. This perfectly hyped the blockbuster three-way main event between Kyle O’Reilly, AJ Styles and Adam Cole. O’Reilly was the sympathetic figure bent on revenge against the friend who stabbed him in the back and was itching to get his hands on him so he could make him feel the pain that he went through. You could feel the rage in his intensity and tone. O’Reilly’s mic skills have also noticeably improved lately.

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