Ring of Honor is here for your classic footage hook-up. Seth Rollins and KENTA put on a barn burner, Shane Taylor was showcased, The Honor List counted down Samoa Joe’s greatest moments, and Dalton Castle broke down the scientific effects of his Bang-A-Rang maneuver.
The free throwback match this week is Tyler Black (aka Seth Rollins) vs KENTA (fka Hideo Itami). This was a mighty fine match from 2009. It simmers a little then explodes into a blaze of action. Black was 23 years old at the time and showed why he was a prodigious talent at such a young age.
For other free bouts, Shane Taylor was showcased on episode 464 of ROH Wrestling (here). Matches during Taylor’s 218-day title run with the ROH World Television Championship were featured. He wrestled versus Bandido, versus Eli Isom, and a four-way versus Tracy Williams, Flip Gordon, and Dragon Lee.
If you have never seen Taylor before, then this is a good episode to get a sampling of his skills. Taylor is someone to keep an eye on for bigger things in the future. He is a hefty fellow with a mean style in the ring. The Bandido match is the best of that bunch. Bandido was awesome as always, and Taylor raised his game up a level for this battle.
The Honor List features Samoa Joe’s greatest moments in ROH. Sit back and enjoy highlights of Joe opening cans of whoop ass.
8. Winning the Pure title against Jay Lethal
7. Toppling Morishima
6. Crushing Xavier for world title win
5. First international defense in the UK
4. Bittersweet farewell vs Homicide
3. Crashing anniversary bash
2. Epic war vs Kobashi
1. Winning the trilogy vs CM Punk
Adding a bit of current content, Dalton Castle was next up for the Signature Moves series. Castle broke down the Bang-A-Rang. This finisher is much more scientific than I imagined. The centrifugal force from spinning causes the blood to rush to the opponent’s head.
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What do you think could be the ceiling for Shane Taylor’s career? What are you favorite memories from Samoa Joe’s time in ROH?