With the biggest PPV event of the calendar year now in the rear view I thought it would be the right time to look back and see the state of the company. Last year I will admit that I was hype critical of certain aspects of Ring of Honor and still am not a fan of those aspect of the company. However, that doesn't keep from being a fan of the company and really want the best for the company which is the same thing I have said about the other companies. Don't get me wrong I would prefer to avoid this conversation as it could be me as a broken record. Below are two of the main prospects that I think should be focused on when looking at 2017 and Ring of Honor:
First of all it is hard not to mention the expanding working agreement that has formed between CMLL, NJPW, and Ring of Honor. The amount of talent that ROH has been able to have access to this year because of that agreement is incredible. Also the fact that ROH has given fans in the states another way to see the Bullet Club who are by far the hottest group in wrestling has helped to no end. This has also given ROH the ability to always have back up if a talent like Adam Cole is signed away because they know that NJPW & CMLL will work with them look at both KUSHIDA & Jay White as examples.
However, the one thing that still in my opinion needs to be addressed is the booking style of the company. The reason I say this is because watching Final Battle I still feel as though ROH still tries to make every match feel like the best match of the show or match of the year. In my opinion not every match needs to be looked at as the best match on the show and though this could be an old school mentality the main event should be the best match or at least a top match. The one thing though is that instead of giving every match enough time to feel like a big match every though shouldn't all feel that way. One reason that all the matches shouldn't be allowed a lot of time is because it makes it tough to allow fans to differentiate between the matches.
Last weekend I actually was at the Manhattan Center live for the biggest event of the Ring of Honor calendar year with Final Battle taking place. As always Final Battle lived up to the expectations and even some of the way over stepping the expectations for matches. However, I was very surprised by the showing that Punishment Martinez in the Four Corners Television Title Match. Now I am not going to lie that one spot Martinez does where he powerbombs his opponent on the apron using the last the ride which I think isn't even a finish.
In my opinion some move shouldn't be used during a match and should only be things that should be used to write talent off. The last time I saw him perform the move I actually removed ROH from the site for a bit due to my opinion of the move being too far.
However, seeing Martinez perform live he is extremely talented and a very athletic talent with a bright future. There was a time when I did think that he would actually win the match and become champion, but thinking about it I still think he really isn't ready for the title but he is capable of someone being pushed next year. For a big man he moves around excessively quick and has a ton of potential, but for me he needs to drop his stuff outside the ring and focus on character development to bring him to the next level.
With Final Battle 24 hours away from airing I thought it would be fitting to find a match from Ring of Honor for the Match of the Week. This four corners has such an assortment of talent and just different styles clashing in this one from the early days of the NJPW/ROH working agreement. For those who aren't aware of Nakamura's US status before being signed by WWE he actually had competed in a few matches for ROH the year before leaving NJPW.
Also even though only two of the stars still remain with ROH this puts on display the ability this company know has to call upon NJPW when they want to give a show a unique feel. Looking ahead to Final Battle the event promise to live up to the name of ROH's biggest event of the year far none.
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