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The January 16th episode was average.

We've got some storyline progression with the opening two matches (The Addiction vs Shelley & ACH, and Chicken vs Page), but the in-ring part sort of lacked and the crowd wasn't fully invested. The ME was the true highlight of the show, though. If you're looking to cherry-pick from this show, just watch The Bucks vs reDRagon vs The Kingdom in a Philly Street Fight and skip everything else.
 

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Decent stuff from the January 23rd episode.

Fury vs Ali was a decent show opener, Lethal/Cole/O'Reilly was a good segment, Cedric/Gresham program is a'ight and the ME, Jay Briscoe vs Moose vs Elgin was solid.

Looking forward to Roddy/Masada and Cole/Lethal vs reDRagon this week.
 

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The January 30th episode was good overall. It was an easy hour to watch, as the build towards the 14th Anniversary Show continues.

- Roddy vs Masada was a solid show opener. Masada was an odd choice to bring in, since he's known for death matches stuff, but this worked out well. Masada was put over as someone who can wrestle, despite loving the death matches style, and he actually got the better of Roddy with his grappling early on. I also have to mention Masada hit a siiiick Belly-to-Back Suplex at one point when he was making a comeback, but ultimately Roddy would finish him off with a Jumping Knee. Post-match, Bobby Fish came out to hype a rematch with Roddy.

- Punisher Martinez vs Colby Corino was okay. It was a bit sloppy, but Martinez looked like a beast with his offense and Colby showed some fire. Man, taking that apron Powerbomb had to suck for Colby. It looked painful. They got back in the ring and Sit-out Chokeslam did the job. Martinez advances. Post-match, BJ Whitmer checked on Colby and got the mic. He told Colby he did well, but then told Corino Mr. Wrestling III to take off his mask. BJ knocked Mr. Wrestling III for abandoning his son Colby and his mom for a new family. BJ gave Corino a chance to unmask or fate will decide his actions and then proceeded to hit 4 Exploder Suplexes on Colby. BJ then laid Colby by the announcers and went face to face with Mr. Wrestling III, saying that everything he ever said about him was a fact. This was a good angle to advance the story between Corino and BJ Whitmer, even though I'm not a fan of the story. But, at least they're doing it well.

- reDRagon vs Adam Cole & Jay Lethal was a good ME. They did a good job at teasing the ROH 14th Anniversary Show main event and delivered a fun match overall. We got some really strong action down the homestretch, with guys unloading on each other, especially Cole and O'Reilly. Lethal accidentally hit Cole with a Lethal Injection, which led to him and Cole losing, as O'Reilly pinned Cole after Chasing The Dragon.
 

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The February 6th episode was meh and boring. It just felt lifeless.

I mean, they did some stuff to advance storylines, as well as set up matches for the 14th Anniversary Show, but none of it clicked.
 

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The February 13th episode was much better than last week's lifeless show.

The opener (Kincaid vs Rush) and the ME (The Young Bucks vs ACH & Sydal) were good, everything else in between was decent.

Overall, it was a watchable hour of wrestling.
 

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February 27th episode was good.

Silas Young & BCB vs The Boys was a solid show opener, Fury vs Ortiz was okay for what it was (that fucking dive over the tope rope by Ortiz was impressive, though), Rush vs Martinez was solid and Adam Cole vs Matt Sydal was a darn good ME.

All in all, an enjoyable hour of ROH TV.
 

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Ehh, the March 5th episode was totally skip-worthy.

The Top Prospect Tournament Finals (Lio Rush vs Brian Fury) is the only thing worth checking out. It was a solid match and Lio won.
 

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The March 19th episode was solid.

- BJ Whitmer was originally scheduled to face Ishii, but Veda and Alexander came out and offered to buy BJ's title shot. BJ accepted. Thank you, BJ. My interest for the match has just gone from 'meh' to 'yeah!'

- Ishii vs Alexander was a rock solid show opener. Wow, this match ended up being much more competitive than I had imagined it would be. Ishii snapping at Kevin Kelly and shoving the title at CA's face post-match was cool. Now, they need to figure out what to do with CA/Veda next.

- The Addiction/MCMG segment was kinda meh, it did nothing for me. Although I look forward to their match.

- Truth Martini and Lethal cut a promo on Goto to hype next week's ROH World title match.

- Dem Boys vs Reno Scum was decent.

- Dalton Castle cuts a promo on Silas Young. In three weeks' time, he and Silas will square off in a Fight Without Honor to FINALLY end their feud. It was about time!

- Tanahashi & Elgin vs The Young Bucks was a good ME.
 

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The April 2nd episode was good. The show just flew by, which is always a good thing!

- Lethal's promo on Dijak was good.

- reDRagon vs Okada & Gedo was a good show opener.

- Dem Boys cut a promo on War Machine.

- Adam Cole vs KUSHIDA was very good.

- Dalton Castle cut a promo and promised to get weird in next week's Fight Without Honor against Silas Young.

- The Motor City Machine Guns vs The Addiction was a good ME. Post-match, we got a massive brawl with The Young Bucks/MCMG/The Addiction/Sydal & KUSHIDA.

The April 9th episode was good. It was an enjoyable hour of ROH TV.

- War Machine vs RPG Vice was a good show opener.

- Donovan Dijak w/ Prince Nana and Lethal segment was fine.

- Dalton Castle cut a good promo on Silas Young. He said he's fighting tonight to HURT him.

- Kenny Omega vs ACH was a damn good match. LOL'd so hard when ACH backflipped and landed on the floor, ate a Superkick from Nick and then Nick made it look like he slipped on a banana peel! :booker2:

- Adam Cole's promo on Matt Taven was good.

- Dalton Castle vs Silas Young was a good ME. Yes, the feud's FINALLY over!
 

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Lethal is awesome. He's been a great champion.

Man, I haven't watched ROH TV in quite a while. I guess I've just lost interest since they started re-airing matches from Honor Rising a while back, as well as stuff from WOTW.

And the whole Bullet Club invasion did nothing for me, so I was just like 'Eh, fuck this.'

Hopefully my interest in ROH TV is restored after BITW.
 

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This is from 2016 but it was my first writing and of course it was on a bust website but I thought I would post it to show my writing skills...or lack there of.

Originally posted on August 7th, 2016​

Hello everyone. My name is Brian and I am your newest contributor. From this point forward I will be posting everything Ring Of Honor. But before I review this week’s Ring Of Honor action, I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I’ve been a wrestling fan since 1999. My favorites growing up were The Rock, Stone Cold, Mankind. The list goes on and on. For the past few years Ring Of Honor has been my saving grace in the world of professional wrestling with the likes of Roderick Strong, Jay Briscoe, and Jay Lethal reigning supreme in my list of wrestling greats. Anywho, let’s get ready to rumble with this week’s Ring Of Honor Wrestling TV review.

So first, we start off with a recap of last weekends beatdown on ROH World champion Jay Lethal by Adam Cole and The Young Bucks and the humiliating headshaving they gave him. We then go straight to the opening theme (which is new by the way) and are greeted by announcers Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness as they welcome us the the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.

With that, we have our first matchup of the night as Will Ferrara takes on the newcomer Jay White. They start off with some back and forth action before Ferrara throws White to the outside and delivers a suicide dive to the outside as we head to our first commercial break of the night. As we return from commercial break Ferrara and White are back in the ring as the fans chant for Jay White. They quickly begin to slug it out back and forth with elbow shots. Ferrara hits a Flatliner on Jay but only gets a two count. The match goes on for a minute or two more before Jay White hits what seems to be his finisher “The Kiwi Crusher” and get the pinfall and the win.

We get a preview of ROH’s Death Before Dishonor PPV matchup that comes to us LIVE on August 19th at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas, Nevada where NJPW’s Never Openweight champion Katsuyori Shibata will take on professional wrestling’s “Last Real Man” Silas Young in what could very much be a sleeper at this month’s PPV. We also get a small preview of Bobby Fish taking on Mark Briscoe for the ROH World Television title at Death Before Dishonor. As we go to another commercial break we a greeted with Jay Lethal’s famous Heath Care Hotline knee/back brace TV spot. We also get a new (at least to me) NJPW on AXSs TV spot which definitely looks intriguing.

Next up is The Fish Tank with Bobby Fish with his special guest this week Mark Briscoe but we are greeted with Mark in the ring saying that The Fish Tank is nothing but communist propaganda and he feeds you with nothing but MIIIIINNNNNNNDDDDD GAMES! (shoutout to OSWReview for that beauty). Mark then welcomes us to the very first (and most likely only) Chicken Shack. The fans start chanting Chicken Shack. Bobby Fish then comes down to the ring in a very nice suit as Mark asks him how the hell he’s doing. Fish replies that he’s doing well as he’s dressed like a million bucks and Briscoe is, well, a unmade bed. Briscoe then asks Bobby if the rumor of the last time he was in Vegas he married an Ethiopian midget. Fish said all he knows is what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. The fans pop as I do as well. Fish then goes on as he seems to be playing the heel in this feud and says even if Mark does win the ROH World TV title, all he ever will be known as is Jay (Briscoe)’s little brother. Security comes into the ring and breaks up what seems to be quite the feud.

We then see The Addiction who are the current Ring Of Honor World Tag Team champions talk about facing War Machine’s Ray Rowe and Hanson as well as The Motor City Machine Gun’s Alex Shelly and Chris Sabin at Death Before Dishonor August 19th. As we come back from commercial we are halfway through tonight’s show. Dang, time is flying by.

Next up is our television main event of the evening which is Colt Cabana taking on the Ring Of Honor World champion Jay Lethal for the ROH World title. Colt enters the ring as his awesome theme song plays. Next up is Jay Lethal (who also has some rocking theme music). One thing I don’t understand is when exactly did Lethal become a face? Or isn’t he one? Anyway, ring announcer Bobby Cruise introduces each combatant as both seem to be faces in front of this Philly crowd (my favorite crowd in the world). We then head to another commercial break. As we come back to the arena both Colt and Lethal shake hands and adhere to the code of honor.

The match starts off slow but quickly picks up with a beautiful dropkick from Lethal that lands smack dab on the chin of “Boom Boom” Colt Cabana. Colt slides to the outside to gather himself. He slides back inside to give Lethal a dropkick of his own that looks very nice in its own right. Lethal gets in the ring, they fight for a little until Lethal sends Colt back to the outside and delivers not one, not two, but three suicide dives which brings the fans to a craze. We head to what hopes to be the last break of the night as the fans chant for Lethal.

We come back to a this is awesome chant as Cabana delivers a few Flair chops and a strut like only he can do. Colt signals that the titles going to be around his waist in a few short minutes. Both men then knock each other down, they get up and begin to start their own slugfest where Cabana starts to get booed while Lethal gets cheered. Colt takes offensive as he hits some Dusty punches followed by the bionic elbow to Jay. Colt goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Jay gets to his feet as he hits a Lethal Injection on Colt but only for a two count. Jay is in shock as the fans are as well. Colt gets to his feet as he puts Lethal up in the corner for a “Chicago Sunrise” but only gets a two. This match is shaping up to be a barn burner.

We have one last commercial break. As we return we get a superkick from Lethal but Colt doesn’t go down. We get a second Lethal Injection for the one, two, three as Jay Lethal retains in one hell of a TV main event. The fans start chanting Best in the World at Jay Lethal as Colt gets up to his feet and the two shake hands. Jay then cuts a promo and calls Nigel McGuinness to the ring. Jay says that he wants Adam Cole at Death Before Dishonor for shaving him bald. Nigel says he can’t do that as he banned Cole from ever challenging for the World title as long as he’s the match maker. Adam Cole then comes out and says Lethal isn’t a true fighting champion and that everyone in the back calls him a bitch. Jay then starts begging Nigel to make the match. Nigel accepts as we sign off for the night.

All I’ve got to say is this episode of Ring Of Honor Wrestling was such a easy watch and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of what I saw this week. Which is more than I can say for WWE’s product right now. I hope you enjoyed my recap of tonight’s Ring Of Honor Wrestling on Sinclair as we are now one week closer to ROH’s Death Before Dishonor PPV and I simply cannot wait.

Until next time, this is Brian signing out. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.
 

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