Mike Reviews: ROH Glory By Honour (05/10/2002)

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Time for some more ROH, as we look at the penultimate 2002 event that I have in my collection.

I believe Scott has actually reviewed this one as well, so you can see how his scores match up to mine. I’ve not read his take on the show for a while, but I remember enjoying it at the time. I won’t read it before writing my own, just in case it leads me to give similar takes.

This time out we’ve got a pretty famous fight (and yes, “fight” is the appropriate term) between Samoa Joe and Low Ki.

Let’s see how the rest of the show holds up 18 years later (Man I’m old!)

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Mike Reviews ROH Unscripted (21/09/2002)

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Back with some more ROH. Sadly I couldn’t find Honour Invades Boston (Though I’m sure I have it or have had it in the past) so it’s on to Unscripted next. This has quite a famous and often debated moment in it when it comes to classic ROH.

ROH will be crowning their first ever Tag Champs tonight, so there should hopefully be some really good action on display!

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Mike Reviews: ROH Crowning A Champion (27/07/2002)

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I haven’t watched a large chunk of my ROH DVD collection for a while, so I decided to work my way through them and do some reviews in the process. There’s going to be no real pattern to these reviews and I’ll mostly just get to them as and when I can. I also don’t have the entire ROH DVD collection, so you’ll see things jump ahead quite a bit sometimes.

As the Title suggests, this was the show where ROH crowned it’s first ever Champion. Wrestlers had won qualifying matches on a prior event called Road to the Title, with the four finalists due to compete for the Title on this show.

ROH from this period can be a tad hit and miss, but you were usually promised one or two great matches considering that the show was almost a Super Bowl of independent wrestling, with some of the best Indy guys all competing under one roof.

Right, let’s settle in and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews: ROH Without Remorse – 26/01/2008

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I decided to journey back to the world of Ring of Honour (I’m English and we spell it with a “u”, soz abar me) and look at an event that featured a blow off to one of my own personal favourite ROH feuds.

As this show happened in 2008, ROH was actually still fun to watch as well, so there’ll probably be some good action to enjoy.

Anyway, less prattle, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews: Ring of Honour – “Japan’s Finest” – Disc One

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Back with something else in my “to watch” pile, as we take a look at a compilation DVD that ROH put out covering some of the best matches from the company’s history that featured Japanese wrestlers.

Obviously ROH isn’t what it once was, but throughout the years the company has featured some truly excellent wrestling and one of the reasons why was because they were able to bring in wrestlers from major Japanese companies like All Japan, New Japan, NOAH and Dragon Gate to compete on their events.

The main reason I picked this one up is because it features the excellent main event from the first Supercard of Honour Show (An event I did have on DVD but sadly lost during a house move back in the day) as well as some cool sounding matches that I’d never seen before. We’ll just do Disc One today and I’ll try to get to Disc Two when I can (There’s a lot of matches on this here collection)

You actually can still buy this DVD on eBay, but golly gosh is it pricey! Still, if you like the sound of these matches then the option is there (Although it might be better possibly just to cherry pick the individual shows as that will probably set you back less in the long run)

And yes, I spell “Honour” with a “U”. I also drive on the left hand side of the road, drink copious amounts of tea and have terrible teeth. Deal with it!

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The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling–07.20.19

The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling – 07.20.19

Somewhat surprisingly, the ROH show from last week did really well on the blog, and I can watch them on Fite.TV for free anyway, so we might as well carry on. Here’s the link in case anyone wants to watch as well:


Taped from Philly

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Ring of Honor/New Japan G1 Supercard

Ring of Honor/New Japan G1 Supercard
Date: April 6, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Commentators: Kevin Kelly, Colt Cabana, Ian Riccaboni

My goodness it feels wrong to be typing that for another company. This is the indy/non-WWE main event of the weekend and the only show that stands a fighting chance to topple NXT for best event of the weekend. It’s a combination Ring of Honor/New Japan card and the first time New Japan gets to take the big stage in the big time. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for ROH/New Japan G1 Supercard from MSG–04.06.19

The SmarK Rant for ROH/New Japan G1 Supercard from MSG – 04.06.19

Live from Madison Square Garden!

Your hosts are Ian Riccaboni & Kevin Kelly & Colt Cabana

Sorry, but I missed the first hour due to work, so we’ll pick it up after the shitty women’s title match. The match sucked, and the post-match angle with one chick doing a literal heel turn on another chick sucked, but Velvet Sky can still GET IT. Come at me, bro, it’s not like my type is any big secret. Regardless, the Beautiful People and this sports entertainment gaga are NOT what this crowd wanted to see and it completely killed them. But Velvet’s ring entrance is always worth watching. Just saying. But really we’re all here for the New Japan portion anyway and the ROH guys are kind of a necessary evil.

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Mike Reviews: ROH Man Up 2007

No real reason for this one other than the fact I haven’t reviewed any Ring of Honour on here yet and we’re coming up for the eleventh anniversary of this show, so I thought it would be fun to show how the wrestling landscape has changed since this event took place. I also liked the symmetry of posting a show which contains Bryan Danielson taking on a monster World Champion when he’s just recently taken on a monster World Champion in WWE.

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Ring of Honor Supercard of Honor XII – live blog!


Alright, for the like 5 of you that may be watching ROH over NXT, I’m liveblogging this one tonight. Reload and give Scott some pageviews every few minutes.

I don’t know if it will work, might, might not, we’ll see. Could suck, could be fun. This will just be stream of consciousness as the card is going. I’m gonna catch Takeover later, but how can I pass up the biggest crowd in ROH history?

Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?

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Ring of Honor 2016 – The Year in Review, Part One


Back when I was getting my degree, I remember one of my professors preaching on the importance of endings to stories. “Hemingway may or may not have been a shit writer, that’s in the eye of the beholder, but he always stuck the landing” was one of his more favored opinions; I took issue with the ‘may not’ part of that statement, because I always felt that Hemingway was one of the more overrated writers in American Lit. But I took his meaning, that his stories were memorable because he knew how to bring them home, regardless of the long and sometimes meandering way he got there.

It’s been an interesting year in the Honorable Ring (tm Matt Hardy); so let’s take a look at it all. This is part one of my year in review of ROH; part 2 will follow soon. It’s long, got lots of lists, and hopefully will be edifying to you all. It is a handy month by month reference guide to ROH in 2016 for anyone interested. I reviewed every episode of ROH TV this year outside of two very notable exceptions, and I’ll be talking about that when we get there. Hope you all need some reading material for work today. Here we go!

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Ring of Honor Final Battle 2016 Preview



On Friday, December 2nd, Ring of Honor presents their biggest pay-per-view of the year, Final Battle 2016! As usual, I’m here to take you through the card and try my hardest to convince you all to part with some hard-earned cash to check it out!

Let’s begin, shall we?

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