Buddy Hanlon vs. Jay Savage (ROH Future of Honor June 23, 2017)

Another Future of Honor match. This is a pretty solid concept: putting dark matches and tryout matches up on YouTube for people to watch. Today we got Buddy Hanlon going up against Jay Savage.

Hanlon looks pretty good in the ring and has a pretty good grasp of his character. Savage looks like he might have actually done legitimate wrestling in high school or college. He’s got some decent suplexes and grappling skills but doesn’t really look that great when he’s running the ropes or striking.

Overall this match reminded me a lot of the sort of matches you used to see on NXT before they became a super indie dream match federation: a couple of relatively unknown dudes still honing their craft, having a match before a live audience. If you’re looking for five star mat classics, this isn’t the match for you.

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