So Miranda Alize, who I’m still learning about, would appear to be a fixture in Ring Of Honor—especially since she’s on the Zero Hour of Supercard Of Honor. She was with ROH in its final days before come back under Tony Khan, a detail I’ve learned from commentary.
Willow Nightingale comes out to a great ovation. I love how Caprice Coleman has lyrics to Willow’s music. So funny. Nigel McGuiness is also on the call and… I don’t think he’s found his groove yet with Ian Riccaboni & Caprice Coleman. He feels like he’s just there to call the nerds and it’s like, I like their wholesome act. Don’t shit on it. Bring something better, IMO. I’m sure it’ll come together.
Alize technically adheres to the Code Of Honor, slapping Willow’s hand but she does doesn’t take kindly to the disrespect as she just inflicts her will on Alize to open the match. Alize gets herself back into it with a basement tiaras of the bottom rope. I liked how the match was basically the stronger Willow chasing (sometimes literally) Alize and Alize needing to just escape until she can find an opening. It’s a logical approach to a match given the competitors.
Alize delivers a lot of nasty strikes in her time on top. Willow uses a cartwheel reversing an Irish Whip to take the match back. Alize has a decent Ripcord Knee. She’s a solid wrestler. Willow flattens Alize with a Pounce then pulls down the straps and hits the Babe Bomb for the win. I thought this match transitioned well from Alize needing to just escape Willow to her taking advantage of her opportunities once she created an opening.
Take this with a grain of salt but there’s a bit I would’ve liked trimmed off this match although I wonder if I’d still feel that way if I had a better handle on who Miranda Alize is or saw her as a credible threat to knock off Willow. And maybe this is just my pure fandom but I wanted to see Willow be more dominant and put away Alize earlier.