Some more Future of Honor. This week we got a smiling, white meat babyface in the form of Eli Isom going up against Foxx Vinyer, a dude that appears to be the lovechild of The Ultimate Warrior and Big Japan Pro Wrestling’s Jaki Numazawa.
This is apparently Isom’s first match ever so don’t expect a five star mat classic here, but he’s okay on the mic and isn’t awful in the ring. There are a couple spots where he kind of pauses between moves but he doesn’t botch anything so I think with a few more matches under his belt he’ll probably be alright.
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.
This is a pretty bizarre match. Like pretty much all of Ring of Honor’s “Future of Honor” matches it was a dark match, but this match was so dark that the arena was more or less completely empty aside from some ring crew guys, and it didn’t seem to be a gimmick since the fact that the arena was empty was never mentioned and the two teams involved just wrestled a standard issue tag match unlike every other “empty arena match” I’ve ever seen.
“Cauliflower” Chase Brown’s gimmick seems to be that he eats raw cauliflower on his way to the ring. It’s a gimmick I could honestly see myself getting behind. He and Comoroto were the faces here. In the early going there was some good back and forth before Sells and Johnson got the heat on Cauliflower. Comoroto gets the hot tag and wrecks house. When all was said and done it was a pretty solid little tag team match, though it was weird to see these dudes work spots that were clearly designed to pop the nonexistent crowd.
Taeler Hendrix puts up a heckuva fight against Kelly Klein but ultimately Klein gets to continue her undefeated monster heel streak. This match was recorded February 6, 2016.
Match was filmed February 6, 2016.
Hania’s entrance attire might be the greatest thing ever.
In a pretty great spot, Veda Scott leaves the ring mid-match to start doing color commentary.