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Sunday, May 31, 2015

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ROH Review 5/30/15

Ring Of Honor Wrestling Review 5/30/15
By Nathan Neumann Twitter @Headliner5

Hello Eyes On The Ring faithful! After taking a few weeks off from reviews due to recap shows, I am back with another one of my reviews of ROH Television.  The show started with a pre-taped promo from the Briscoe Brothers hyping tonight’s main event match against the House Of Truth and its members Jay Lethal and Donovan Dijak.  Jay Briscoe also addressed the title for title match with Jay Lethal come ROH Best In The World in June. 

From there we head inside of the arena and are joined on commentary by Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino.  Kelly and Corino run down all the action that we will see tonight as the show comes to us from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the Ted Reeve Arena.  From there we head down to the ring for the first match of the night.

Match 1
Kushida vs. Will Ferrara

Thoughts: Although I’m still not a fan of Will Ferrara, it was nice to see Kushida in Ring Of Honor once again. The two start off the match by feeling each other out and Ferrara gets the first real advantage after hitting Kushida with a neck breaker to create a near fall situation for himself. Moments later, Kushida rolls to the outside of the ring to catch his breath but Ferrara springs over the top rope and takes Kushida out with a tornado DDT. 

Back in the ring, Kushida recovers and hits Will Ferrara in the face with a punch, Ferrara hits the mat and Kushida follows it up with a standing moonsault for a near fall.  The finish came when Kushida locked Will Ferrara in a arm key lock which forced Ferrara to tap out and as a result Kushida picked up the win via submission.

Match Result: Kushida defeats Will Ferrara via submission with a key lock.

Match Rating: **

From there, the Addiction makes their presence felt at ringside and cuts a quick promo targeting reDRagon which will lead into the tag team title rematch that reDRagon will receive next week on TV. Silas Young makes his way out to the ring for the next match of the night.

Match 2
Silas Young vs. Takaaki Watanabe

Thoughts: The match starts with the two men trading offensive maneuvers before setting up their bigger spots.  The match picks up when Watanabe hits a backdrop on Young and then picks Young up and hits him with a release German Suplex.  Silas Young manages to recover long enough to hit a clothesline from the second rope to Watanabe in order to pick up a near fall. 

Watanabe recovers and rolls back to the outside of the ring, Young follows him out and gets driven into the barricade.  Watanabe then charges Young but catches a boot to the face.  Watanabe recovers and locks Young by the waste and delivers a German suplex on the floor.  Back in the ring and Silas Young who has recovered by now, picks up Watanabe and airplane spins Watanabe around the ring before hitting a TKO to score the pinfall victory.

Match Result: Silas Young defeats Takaaki Watanabe via pinfall with a TKO

Match Rating: **1/2

From there, the Decade makes their way out to the ring BJ Whitmer grabs a microphone and begins talking about how Steve Corino’s son Colby Corino joined the Decade and how Colby’s father Steve Corino is a loser.  BJ Whitmer says that he is supposed to face Moose but then says he doesn’t feel like it so instead it will be Colby Corino in the match as his replacement.

Match 3
Moose vs. Colby Corino

Thoughts: The match starts and the two immediately go to the outside where Moose throws Colby into the barricade like a rag doll. Moose then grabs Colby by the ankles and repeatedly tosses him into the barricade with a Giant swing.  Still outside the ring and Moose picks up Colby and delivers an Apron powerbomb and then follows it up with a powerbomb on the arena floor.  Moose brings the match back into the ring and puts his foot on Colby Corino to get an easy pinfall.

Match Result: Moose defeats Colby Corino via pinfall

Match Rating: *

There wasn’t much to this match it was pretty one sided but I don’t think it quite deserved the dud rating therefore it gets one star. It’s then revealed that Truth Martini and Jay Lethal may have something up their sleeve for Jay Briscoe leading into their match at Best In The World. So, we will have to wait to see what that is.

From there we are treated to the return of Inside ROH with Mandy Leon where they recap the ACH/Adam Page feud. It is then announced that at Best In The World on Friday June 19th, it will be Matt Sydal and ACH taking on BJ Whitmer and Adam Page of the Decade in Tag Team action. After that we head into the main event of the evening which was a tag team match.

Main Event - Match 4
Donovan Dijak and J Diesel vs. Jay and Mark Briscoe

Thoughts: This match was supposed to have Donovan Dijak teaming with Jay Lethal but instead they threw in J Diesel into the match as a last minute substitution while Jay Lethal sat the match out on commentary.  The match starts and Mark begins his redneck kung fu antics almost immediately by throwing chops doing the crane and a bunch of other crazy stuff that he normally does.  Lethal who like I mentioned was on commentary grabbed Jay Briscoe’s version of the world title and tried to strike a pose with it but Jay Briscoe saw it and snatched the belt out from Lethal’s hands and pulled it into the ring where he quickly discarded it.

Mark Briscoe brings Donovan Dijak into the corner and runs full steam at him and kicks him in the face. Will Ferrara tags in and tries to mount some offense but is unsuccessful, Dijak is brought back in and he returns the favor from earlier by choking Mark in the corner with his boot.  Mark tags in Jay, he comes in and delivers a backdrop on Dijak followed by a neck breaker on Diesel for a near fall.  The match comes to an end when Jay Briscoe picks up J Diesel and Mark Briscoe comes off of the top rope to nail the doomsday device to pick up the win over Diesel via pinfall.

Match Result: Jay and Mark Briscoe defeat Donovan Dijak and J Diesel via pinfall after a Doomsday Device on J Diesel.

Match Rating: **1/2

After the match, Dijak hits Feast Your Eyes on Mark and Jay Briscoe hits Jay Lethal with the Jay Driller as the show goes off of the air for the week.

This show was good but I’ve said this before and I can’t stress it enough that I’m not a fan of shows when they cram four matches into an hour block of television. Things always seem rushed and it doesn’t make for a good ROH TV viewing experience. This wasn’t a bad episode by any means but I really wish they would stick to the 2 or 3 match format instead of jumping back and forth the way they do.

That however will do it for another Ring Of Honor TV review for EyesOnTheRing.com. As I said earlier, this show seemed to have too much going on during it but it was still an enjoyable show so make sure to check it out if you are sick of the mainstream wrestling and want something different. Make sure to follow me on Twitter at @Headliner5 and make sure to follow the Eyes On The Ring main account, @EyesOnTheRing. Also check out EyesOnTheRing.com as I continue to bring you my thoughts in regards to Ring Of Honor or whatever else I decide to review. Plus make sure to check out all the content that the rest of the Eyes On The Ring team will bring you throughout the upcoming weeks. 

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