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Monday, November 17, 2014

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ROH Review: 11/15/14

Ring Of Honor Wrestling review – Airdate: 11/15/14

By Nathan Neumann @Headliner 5 on Twitter

Hello wrestling fans I am Nathan here once again with your weekly fix of all things ROH. This week, we saw the return of less matches (it was a two-match show versus a three match show), which works fine with me. Less matches within the hour means each match gets more time and things don’t have to be rushed.  I would really like it if ROH would be extended by an hour, but I doubt that will ever happen. If it doesn’t, I am fine with it. But, it would be nice.

We have a match to start things off, so lets get right to it.

Match 1

Will Ferrera, Caprice Coleman, and Tadarius Thomas vs. Roderick Strong, BJ Whitmer and Adam Page

Result: Caprice Coleman picks up the win after a front face buster on Roderick Strong after Adam Page inadvertently close lined Strong.

Thoughts: Ugh this match was a bit too much to keep up with. I’ll be honest: I didn’t do that good of a job of keeping notes. It was so much (possibly too much) to keep an eye on! The Decade dominated the match early on and well into the first commercial break.  At one point, Page attempted to hand Strong a chair, but Strong refused to take it. I really hope they don’t try and turn Roderick Strong into a face; I don’t think it will work very well. I could be wrong but I am just not a big fan of it happening if I am being honest.  

Nevertheless, the finish came when Adam Page flipped into the ring from the apron and tried to deliver a clotheslines on Caprice...but instead hit Roderick Strong, which allowed Caprice Coleman to hit a front Facebuster to score the win. Not a bad match by any stretch of the imagination. But, multi-man matches have never been my cup of tea because there’s way too much to keep track of (who’s the legal man, who’s possibly on the edge of turning, who’s brawling outside versus inside, etc).

Rating: *3/4

After the match, all of the Decade members argue, followed by a huge brawl from all the members of the stable.  I think it’s safe to say that the Decade are no more but just in case it’s not safe to say that then it’s probably some heavy dissension in the ranks of the Decade. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go away because between The Kingdom and The Decade, you really only need one multi-man stable in a small promotion such as ROH.

Back from commercial and we get a recap of the War Machine Tag Team (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) as well as a recap of what’s been going on with Raymond Rowe since his injury (a legit motorcycle accident that’s keeping him out indefinitely). Following that, Kevin Kelly is in the ring for an interview with Rowe. Rowe comes out and has a brace on his left arm. He doesn’t get to say much as BJ Whitmer and Adam Page come out and BJ called Rowe a bitch. BJ Whitmer went on to say that they (BJ and Page) are cutting the cancer out of The Decade in Roderick Strong (which defeats the purpose of the stable, to be honest) and Whitmer then went on to volunteer Adam Page (not himself) for a match with Roderick Strong at Final Battle which will take place on December 7, 2014 live on pay per view.

After a commercial break we go to the next match of the night, which will be the main event.

Match 2
ACH vs. Jay Lethal{C}
ROH World Television Championship Match

Result: Jay Lethal defeats ACH after hitting the Lethal Injection and following it up with a DDT to retain the title.

Thoughts: This match was really good, I was a bit mad that there was no Seleziya Sparx at ringside (Ed. Note: #FreeSelez). I guess I’ve gotten past it but still! BOO! Anyhow, Jay Lethal comes out and has the ring announcer Bobby Cruise announced him as the greatest first-generation wrestler Jay Lethal.

The match started out pretty slow with ACH making a mistake early on, which caused him to crash to the floor on the outside. This allowed Lethal to get control of the offense, as we would go to another commercial break.  After the commercial, referees came out to ringside to assist ACH to the back. But, he refused to leave the match and continued against the orders of the officials. This showed tremendous heart on his end (a play on his name). Later in the match, ACH would dive onto Lethal while Lethal was on the outside of the ring. This time, it connects. He smartly rolls Lethal back into the ring to pick up a near fall. The finish saw Lethal hit the Lethal Injection followed by modified DDT to pick up the win and retention of his title.  

Rating: **3/4

Valiant effort on the end of ACH but he came up just a bit short. Still, ACH is someone to watch as this young wrestler has all the talent that a wrestler should and needs to have.  Jay Lethal is great as well as he’s the current TV champion so I am not taking anything away from Lethal by putting ACH over but I am just saying ACH is really damn good.

After the match saw Matt Sydal (who was on commentary during Lethal vs. ACH) come into the ring and decline the offer to join Truth Martini’s House of Truth. I’m going to assume that this’ll set up for a future World Television Title match between Sydal and Lethal down the line. Everyone left up the ramp as the show went off of the air for the week.

Closing Thoughts: This was another solid hour of wrestling. I’m glad that they only had two matches on this show. Although ,with the Raymond Rowe angle, they will probably go back to having three matches next week.

Another solid hour of wrestling from Ring of Honor this week. I would highly recommend checking out the TV Title match. The opening six man you can probably skip but if you have a spare hour of time this week then by all means watch the entire hour. An hour isn’t that much time to spare for awesome wrestling.

That will do it for me and this weeks ROH TV review until next time ROH fans. I am Nathan saying so long for now and keep your Eyes On The Ring and stay tuned for all of the content that myself and the entire EOTR team will provide to you in the coming weeks. It’s an exciting time to be a wrestling fan so we will definitely cover as much as we can.  Also be sure to follow us on Twitter (@EyesOnTheRing) and give us a like on Facebook at facebook.com/EyesOnTheRing.


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