ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 351
Best in the World is on the horizon, but the ROH World Tag Team Championships are going to be on the line ahead of time! Mark & Jay Briscoe will defend their titles against Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh just weeks before their defense against The Young Bucks! Can #DemBoyz retain to then do it all again in Maryland?
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- Jonathan Gresham VS Flip Gordon; Gordon wins.
- Kelly Klein VS Deonna Purrazzo; Kelly wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K; The Briscoes wins and retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jonathan Gresham VS Flip Gordon!
The Octopus and the Captain of #FlipArmy are two of ROH’s young and upcoming stars, but only one can win tonight. Flip knows Gresham is a “technical wizard”, but he is the “high-flying extraordinaire.” He simply wants the fans to “sit back, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride.” Will it be the technical tentacles or the aerial arsenal that wins the day?
The fans are fired up for Flip as he and Gresham uphold the Code of Honor. The bell rings and they circle. Gresham and Flip tie up, and Gresham brings Flip down to a knee. Gresham rolls with the wristlock, but Flip rolls, only for Gresham to follow. Flip gets to ropes and flips through, but Gresham brings him back down. Flip handsprings and reverses to a headlock, but Gresham flips through to escape. Gresham sweeps the legs, but Flip flips to land on his feet! Flip says Gresham “Can’t See Me”?! Gresham and Flip low-five to show respect, then circle again. They tie up, and Flip powers Gresham back to a corner. Flip backs off, then whips Gersham corner to corner. Gresham goes up and over, then runs, but Flip jumps around. Things speed up, Flip flips but Gresham drops the elbow!
Fans applaud and rally as Gresham aims at Flip in the corner. Gresham runs but blocks that boot to give a chop. Gresham fakes the chop then whips Flip hard into buckles. Flip staggers right into Gresham’s standing abdominal stretch! Flip fights out but Gresham pulls back his arm. Gresham bends the fingers all around, then around some more. Flip endures as Gresham pulls, and puts on the full stretch. Gresham grinds and bends Flip, but fans rally. Flip feeds off the energy and pries his way out, but Gresham blocks the hip toss. Gresham shoves and shoulders Flip, then pushes him again for a forearm to the back. Flip clutches his back but Gresham shoves him again. Flip counters with a forearm on the rebound!
Gresham grimaces, and hits Flip back with an elbow. Flip swings but Gresham body shot counters. Gresham runs, but into Flip’s dropkick! Gresham ends up on the outside, and Flip builds speed, to FLY! The triangle leap takes them both out while we go to break!
ROH returns to Gresham stalking Flip. Fans rally but Gresham chops Flip against the ropes. Gresham whips but Flip holds the ropes. Gresham chops Flip again, and Flip responds with his own chop. They go back and forth with chops, then move to forearms. Gresham hits, then Flip hits, then back again. They go faster and faster, around and around the ring, and fans are firing up! Gresham fires up, but Flip intercepts with the scorpion kick. Flip runs, but Gresham follows to springboard! Gresham wants the DDT but Flip denies with power! Flip powers through, and Falcon Arrows Gresham down! The back slows his cover, TWO! Flip throws a kick but Gresham gets under to roll Flip up, TWO! Flip kicks, sweeps the legs, but Gresham kips up. Gresham enziguris Flip, but Flip Peles Gresham! Flip runs, springboards, Star-Spangled Stunner!
Cover, Flip wins!
Winner: Flip Gordon, by pinfall
Flip takes flight and takes the win! Flip continues to climb up in ROH, will he get his wish of someone deciding to #BookFlip at All-In?
But wait, the no-longer-retired Bully Ray is marching his way out!
Flip notices and is on his guard! Bully stares at Flip, and tells the young star “put your hands down. If I was gonna get you, I woulda got you already.” Bully wants to let us know he knows things about Flip now that changed his opinion of Flip. He didn’t know Flip is from Montana. Bully’s parents always wanted to retire to Montana. 15 years ago, Bully’s mother died of cancer. When she died, Bully was in the process of buying his father a 15-acre ranch in Montana. “In the middle of the purchase of the property, my dad had a heart attack and died.” Bully presents pictures of his parents. Flip takes them and looks at them. Those were the same cards Bully presented at his Hall of Fame speech. Bully’s family could’ve been Flip’s neighbors.
Another thing he knows about Flip now is that he really was in the Army. Anybody that knows Bully knows that Bully is very patriotic and supportive of the Army. “Listen, I might not agree with the way you came up in the wrestling business”, but for everything Flip has done for this country, Bully will respect Flip as a person. Bully wants to shake Flip’s hand, salute him, and end the heat between them.
Fans applaud as Bully puts out his hand. Flip takes it and they shake. Flip hands back Bully’s pictures, and Bully takes his hat off to salute. And then he kicks Flip in the crotch! Fans boo and jeer the Hall-of-Famer for lying to them all. Bully asks Flip, “Do you know who I am?! I’m Bully Ray” and Flip is “a stupid Young Boy.” Bully leaves Flip down and out, will he face the consequences of this disrespect?
ROH looks at THE feud in the Women of Honor Division.
The Gatekeeper suffered “a bitter defeat” at Bound by Honor, 4/27/18, to Deonna Purrazzo. It was only Kelly’s second loss ever in ROH, but it was to her bitter rival. That was the last straw for Kelly as she would attack Deonna from behind. Then Kelly would attack Deonna on another night in “an unjustified retaliation.” Deonna would herself retaliate, but that didn’t settle this “violent grudge.” That comes tonight.
Kelly Klein VS Deonna Purrazzo!
Neither the Pretty Badass and the Virtuosa are the WOH Champion, but the title takes a backseat to the venom between them. Will the grudge be settled? Will the winner move up and challenge Sumie Sakai? Or will this only escalate things further?
But surprisingly, Deonna isn’t dressed in ring gear but street clothes. That’s because she’s skipping the wrestling match for a fight as she LEAPS out onto Kelly from the apron! Deonna only clips Kelly, but the fight is on! They brawl, and Deonna brings Kelly to the ground. Deonna whips Kelly into barriers! Then into the apron edge! Deonna puts Kelly in the ring, the bell rings, and Deonna goes right after the arm with a wrench and uppercut. She pulls on the arm, wrenches it more, then drops it with an arm code breaker. Fans fire up with Deonna, but Kelly knees low. Kelly whips but Deonna reverses into a Russian leg sweep. Deonna rolls Kelly around, and goes for the Fujiwara! Kelly scrambles and turns it to a cover, TWO.
Deonna throws hands, and Kelly answers. They brawl back and forth with forearms, but Deonna boots Kelly out of the ring. Deonna gets back on the apron, the fans rally, but Kelly trips Deonna up! Kelly keeps on Deonna with a scoop, and Fall Away Slam! Deonna writhes while Kelly catches her breath. Fans rally while Kelly drags Deonna up and into the ring. Kelly stalks Deonna while we go to break.
ROH returns and Deonna jawbreakers Kelly away. Deonna throws forearms, Kelly answers, but Deonna rocks Kelly. Deonna fires off many more, then blocks the boot into the German Suplex! No bridge but Deonna holds on as they both stand up. Kelly resists and reverses, but Deonna ducks to hit the second German Suplex! Deonna brings Kelly up for the third! Deonna is all fired up, as are the fans. She goes back to Kelly, brings her up, but Kelly blocks the suplex to try the suplex. Deonna slips out and rolls Kelly, but Kelly slips out. Deonna kicks low, then tries again, snap suplex to cover, TWO, into the Fujiwara!
Kelly screams as she endures the wrenching. She moves around and reaches with her legs, for the ropebreak! Deonna lets go at 4, then drags Kelly back up. Deonna chops Kelly, then chops her again, and again, and again and again and again, then just fires off hands. She runs, but into the tilt-o-whirl, which she turns into another try at the Fujiwara! Kelly resists, and powers Deonna into the post! Kelly runs in for the forearm, then the back elbow, then the discus clothesline. She drags Deonna but Deonna shoves her away. Deonna boots Kelly down, and fans build to a rally.
Kelly staggers over and still hits Deonna. Kelly hoists Deonna up top, but Deonna shoves Kelly away, only for Kelly to come back with forearms. Deonna boots again but Kelly turns her sideways. Kelly climbs up, picks Deonna up, and though Deonna resists, Kelly throws her with a SUPER Fall Away Slam!
Kelly crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans build to a rally as Kelly drags Deonna up. Kelly toys with Deonna before lifting her in the fireman’s carry. Deonna slips off and shoves Kelly, and Kelly goes into the ref! They both go down, and Deonna hits a cutter! Cover, but the ref is down! The fans count past three, but that doesn’t matter. And Deonna is furious. Deonna argues with the referee, but Kelly gets up behind her. Kelly boots and prepares, but Deonna resists. Deonna pries her way out, and gets the Fujiwara again! Kelly rolls through, to her guillotine! Deonna taps, Kelly wins!
Winner: Kelly Klein, by submission
Call it a mistake, call it bad luck, you still have to say Deonna lost to Kelly again. The Gatekeeper gets away just before Deonna explodes with anger. Kelly has avenged on loss on her record, will she go after Sumie Sakai to avenge her first?
Jay Lethal finally gives his Best in the World announcement.
“Let it be known that at Best in the World, I have gotten what I have asked for.” Lethal, Kushida, 1v1! For those who forgot, back at War of the Worlds 2014, Lethal beat Kushida 1v1. Then in 2017, a WotW rematch at WotW, Kushida won. The series has been tied and this is the rubber. Kushida, Lethal, we will finally see who is Best in the World.
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Bring them to me. Bring them all to me!” The Peacock wants the best challengers, and now in Baltimore, Maryland, he finds himself against two challengers who are serious threats. Should he be worried of collusion? Take a whiff. He smells like fire because he rages inside like a furnace. Cody and Marty should be afraid of him. Will the Peacock retain his title against two members of The Bullet Club?
ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K!
Caprice Coleman joins commentary for this crossover championship match as NJPW’s Sho & Yoh return to ROH and #ManUp to take on #DemBoyz, the record 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. Win or lose, Mark & Jay Briscoe will still move on to Best in the World to face The Young Bucks! Matt & Nick Jackson want revenge for what The Briscoes did in their tag title match weeks ago, but will the belts be coming with them to Maryland?
There’s no Code of Honor when it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody, and there’s no respect either as The Briscoes attack Sho & Yoh from behind! Mark & Jay throw hands, then chops and headbutts. Jay has Yoh outside while Mark throws hands on Sho inside. Jay whips Yoh but Yoh reverses to send Jay into barriers! Mark chops Sho down, then rolls him around before winding up. Mark runs, but Yoh gets in and drop toeholds Mark, and Sho adds the basement dropkick. RPG3K fires up as Sho brings Mark over. Sho snapmares, Yoh tags in, and Yoh slingshots in for double stomps. Yoh clubs on Mark, then kicks him. He throws forearms in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay runs in but into a boot. Yoh waistlocks Mark and pushes him into Jay.
Mark helps his brother exit, but Yoh throws hands on Mark. Yoh whips but Mark reverses again, and Jay returns. Things speed up as Jay back elbows Yoh and Mark runs perpendicular to clothesline Yoh down! Mark then back elbows Sho just because, and the champions loom over Yoh while we go to break.
ROH returns and fans rally as Jay grinds Yoh in a chinlock. Yoh stands up, fights out with elbows, but runs into a dropkick. Jay drags Yoh up, tags in Mark, and they mug Yoh. Mark brings Yoh up, throws forearms and slaps. He just toys with Yoh, thinking of RPG3K as nothing more than the Tempura Boyz they were a year ago. Yoh slaps back! Mark is shocked, but he gives more forearms. He whips Yoh corner to corner, but Yoh puts him on the apron. Mark pulls Yoh’s hair to bring him down, then climbs up. Yoh staggers up, and Mark leaps, but his ax handle is hit away with a dropkick! Both men are down, but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Jay, and Jay leaps over to take out Sho before Yoh can tag.
Jay then headbutts Yoh back down, before bringing him up for another. Yoh staggers to ropes, and Jay chokes him. Jay lets go at 4, and Mark shouts “We know the rules!” Jay drags Yoh back up for a European Uppercut, then another. Yoh falls, and Jay drags Yoh up into a camel clutch. Jay spits at Sho, so Sho comes in and kicks at Jay. The referee backs Sho off while Jay and Mark stomp away on Yoh. Sho protests but that only allows #DemBoyz to fake the tag and let Mark continue on Yoh. Mark puts Yoh back in the clutch, and hooks the face of Yoh. Mark lets go at 4, then brings Yoh up.
Yoh hits back but Mark dares him to keep going. Mark then kicks and kicks Yoh down, and whips him. Yoh reverses into an enziguri! They circle, Yoh hits the backbreaker to neckbreaker! Fans rally, and Yoh hot tags to Sho! Sho rallies on both Briscoes! Sho whips Mark, Mark reverses but Sho uses that to dropkick Jay down. Mark swings but Sho keeps moving, to SPEAR Mark! Fans are fired up with Sho as he runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Sho throws Mark with a German Suplex! And again! And, no, Mark blocks the third, but Yoh comes in to SUPERKICK Mark into the third! Bridging pin, TWO! RPG3K fires up and the fans join in. Yoh brings Mark up, suplexes onto Sho’s shoulder, then runs, only for Jay to trip him up.
Jay drags Yoh out while Mark slips off the shoulder. Sho fights Mark off with elbows while Jay puts Yoh into barriers. Sho whips but Mark reverses. Mark runs in but misses, yet still clobbers Sho with a clothesline. Tag to Jay, and Jay boots Sho down again while we go to one more break.
ROH returns again, and The Briscoes double whip Sho to double shoulder him down. Mark brings Sho up in crucifix bomb position, and Jay joins in for the crucifix neckbreaker! High stack, but Yoh breaks it just in time!! Jay goes after Yoh with a right hand. Fans rally for “Roppongi! Roppongi!” while Jay goes back to the corner. Mark chops Sho, then tags in Jay. Mark hoists Sho up top and rocks him with a right. Jay climbs up to join Sho, but Yoh and Mark do the same on another corner. Sho fights back while Yoh and Mark fight. Mark sends Yoh back down, then Jay SUPERPLEXES Sho! Mark hits Froggy Bow! Jay covers, TWO!? Jay shakes his head, that’s not possible, but fans are loving this!
Sho stirs, but Jay drags him up again. Jay hoists Sho back up onto the top rope, but backwards. He tags in Mark, and Mark climbs up. Jay joins, but Yoh also returns. Yoh trips up Jay now, and Sho fights off Mark. Yoh puts Jay into barriers now, while Mark drags Sho back in a waistlock. Sho fights but Mark goes for the sleeper hold. Sho backs Mark down, and Yoh tags in. Yoh takes Jay down again, then runs to give the back elbow to Mark. Sho adds the clothesline, then Roppongi Poetry in Motion! Yoh brings Mark out, but Mark fights off the suplex. Mark fights both Tempura Boyz with haymakers and chops, then vows to end this himself, only to run into double knee strikes!
Mark falls all the way out of the ring and regroups with Jay. Fans fire up for RPG3K, and they build speed to DOUBLE FLY!
Fans are thunderous and RPG3K feeds off that energy! Sho & Yoh target Mark and put him in the ring. They prepare the finish, suplexing Mark onto Sho’s shoulder. Yoh runs, and they hit the Roppongi Cutter!
Cover, TWO!! RPG3K were so close, they can’t believe it. But they don’t stop, as Sho brings Mark up. Sho backstabbers Mark and feeds him to Yoh’s dropkick. They fire up even more, and want THE 3K. Fans rally with them as RPG3K stalk Mark. But then Jay throws in a chair! The referee is distracted, Mark LOW BLOWS Yoh! Sho fires off hands, but then he gets caught into the sleeper. Jay tags in, and while Mark keeps Sho down, Jay gives Yoh the Jay Driller!
Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Jay pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
Mark lets go of Sho, leaving both members of RPG3K down and out. The Briscoes didn’t break any rules, but they didn’t finish this fair and square. Either way, they’re still the champs, and move on to Best in the World. Will the #SuperkickParty waiting for them be what ends their current reign? Or will they use another cheap trick to get away with the gold?
A pretty solid night for ROH with plenty of time still before Best in the World. Gresham VS Gordon was great, and Flip has been rising as a star. Wow did Bully increase the Heel heat against him with that promo right after the match. He swerves us with the emotional talk that makes you think he’s turned, but then he gets everyone to 180 when he reveals he’s still a Heel. Bully VS Flip really needs to happen, especially since it’ll increase Flip’s star power even more. Kelly VS Deonna was good, but still a bit sloppy for two women so familiar with each other. Word is is that Deonna is going back to WWE, so her losing to give Kelly back her win might be akin to Deonna’s good-bye match as far as ROH TV.
Good promos from Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle. Great to hear Lethal VS Kushida 3 is happening, but since it’s an ROH event and Lethal is on his loss-redemption tour, Lethal has to be the one to go over. And what a great main event that was for two tag teams that went through shifts in their characters over the last year. Sho & Yoh really were that close to being champions, but story is why Briscoes went over. Briscoes VS Bucks means so much more with the titles on the line, but the in-ring action would still be great either way. Hopefully Sho & Yoh make more returns to ROH given the partnership with NJPW, and maybe with Rocky Romero this time to try for the World Six Man Tag titles.
My Score: 8.5/10