Ring of Honor Wrestling
Episode #520
September 4, 2021
Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
Baltimore, Maryland

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This episode of ROH TV features two Semi-Finals matches for the Women’s World Title Tournament. With the Finals booked for Death Before Dishonor, this episode will mark the last week of tournament matches on ROH TV. The Main Event sees La Facción Ingobernable (in probably one of the final times we see RUSH in ROH) squaring off against Shane Taylor Promotions in an 8-Man Tag Team Match.

ROH Women’s World Title Tournament Semi-Finals
Miranda Alize def. Trish Adora

Lenny Leonard and Chelsea Green are on commentary with Ian Riccaboni.

Alize and Adora waste no time trying to match each other at holds and grappling on the mat. They aggressively exchanged strikes and slams in an attempt to get the victory, whether the fight was in the ring or out. When Adora had trapped Alize in a submission, Alize fought with urgency to grab that rope. Alize fought from underneath, locking Adora in the Miranda Rights and scoring the victory.

I wanted to see this kind of performance from Miranda Alize from the start of the tournament. Credit to her and Trish Adora for providing a solid, action-packed opener with a tense closing stretch. ***3/4

ROH Women’s World Title Tournament Semi-Finals
Rok-C def. Angelina Love

Leonard and Green are still on the call for this match.

Angelina Love came into this match with a left elbow injury compliments of Max the Impaler. Rok-C takes a monster clothesline from Love to start this match. She refused to stay down for long, showing plenty of fight in her comeback. Angelina played the sympathy card so Rok-C can back off. Of course, this is a ploy to take advantage of the young prodigy. Angelina’s heel tactics kept her in the match and stifled Rok-C’s momentum briefly. Rok-C locked in the Fujiwara Armbar on Love’s injured arm, forcing her to tap.

This match was short but, with Love still selling the elbow injury, it made sense not to drag things out. It’s an easy watch that sought to elevate the younger talent. ***1/4

La Facción Ingobernable (RUSH, Dragon Lee, Kenny King, Bestia del Ring) def. Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor, Moses, Kaun, & O’Shay Edwards)

Caprice Coleman is back in the booth with Ian for the main event.

A brawl broke out before the match. It took until after the commercial break to settle things down. The overreaching narrative of this match was Kenny King’s rivalry with Shane Taylor. The tension never quelled once this match began. All the action inside the ring involved nasty, gnarly attacks. All hell broke loose when a legal competitor got dumped on the outside. The match closed with the referee being distracted by LFI and Kenny King hitting the low blow on Taylor to pin and win.

I’ve seen plenty of tag matches like this match while reviewing ROH programming. It was good, but the show only had a limited amount of time left. It didn’t get a chance to get going, and then it ended. STP worked well as stable. I would like to see them more in the mix for titles moving forward. ***1/2

Final Thoughts

This week’s ROH TV was a quick watch. Rok-C vs. Alize in the Finals of the World Title Tournament shows the company’s investment in younger talent. ROH chose to revitalize its Women’s Division. With the crowing of a new champion at Death Before Dishonor, the company has to continue building it to the standard of the other division in the company.