Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 389
The ROH World Television Championship is on the line as Silas Young challenges Jeff Cobb! Will the Last Real Man take the title or a Tour of the Islands?
- ROH World Television Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Silas Young; Cobb wins and retains the ROH World Television Championship.
- Rush VS Vinnie Marseglia; Rush wins.
- The “REAL” ROH World Championship Open Challenge: Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS ???; Jonathan Gresham wins, by disqualification, Taven “retains” the “REAL” ROH World Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jeff Cobb speaks.
He “congratulates” Silas Young. The Last Real Man went through worthy competitors to get at the ROH World Television Championship. But if Silas thinks he’ll become a three-time champ off of Cobb, that’s not going to happen. Cobb promises Silas will get a “first-class” Tour of the Islands.
ROH World Television Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Silas Young!
The Hawaiian Juggernaut said his piece, but the Last Real Man is looking to prove him and everyone else wrong. Will Silas become the first-ever three-time World Television Champion? Or will the undefeated Olympian stay undefeated?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Silas trash talks that he’ll beat Cobb easy and go on to Las Vegas, aka the Anniversary Show. Cobb shrugs that off and ties up with Silas. Cobb pushes Silas to a corner but backs off. He waits for Silas to come back, and they circle. Silas and Cobb tie up and Cobb gets a waistlock. Cobb rolls Silas back and shifts to a facelock. Silas scoots back to get the ropebreak with a foot. Cobb lets go at 3 and he grins as they circle again. They tie up, and Cobb gets a takedown. He goes for the mount but Silas keeps his guard up. Silas pushes away with his legs, but runs into another takedown. Fans applaud while Silas scrambles. Silas gets a ropebreak then bails out of the ring, and we go to break.
ROH returns as Silas offers a handshake? Cobb takes it, because Silas seems genuine. But then Silas throat chops! Silas is genuine in being a cheater! Silas clubs and chops Cobb, but Cobb blocks the whip. Cobb blocks then reverses to run Silas over! Cobb throws forearms and European Uppercuts. He whips Silas and dropkicks him! Cobb even standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Silas survives but Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb whips Silas but Silas holds the ropes. Silas uses the ropes as a defense, then kicks Cobb’s bad leg! Cobb runs in but into a stungun, the flapjack hotshot! Silas pursues Cobb on the outside and throws him into the barriers. Silas throws hands as the ring count climbs, and he bounces Cobb off the chair. The count passes 5 but Silas puts Cobb into the post!
Silas finally puts Cobb in, then slingshot stomps him! He stands on Cobb but backs off at 3. Cobb slowly sits up but Silas kicks him in the face. Silas puts Cobb in a corner to ram his shoulder in. Silas taunts Cobb as he gasps for air. Fans rally up as Silas jams Cobb off his knee. Cobb hits back and they start brawling with haymakers. Cobb gets the edge then whips, but Silas fakes out the dropkick! Silas drags Cobb back into a chinlock, and he fish hooks the mouth. The ref counts but Silas stops, to fish hook the other side. Fans rally but Silas clobbers Cobb with a crossface forearm. Silas taunts the fans while he toys with Cobb. Cobb punches back but Silas eggs him on.
Silas ducks to rake the back! But Cobb is just angry! Cobb runs but Silas puts him on the apron. Silas triangle jump clotheslines! Silas dusts off his hands before going back to Cobb. He stomps and punches Cobb to a corner but Cobb grits his teeth. Silas eggs Cobb on then rams in his shoulder again. Silas CHOPS Cobb, then bumps him off buckles. Cobb is literally on the ropes while we go to break.
ROH returns again as Cobb endures a sleeper hold and body scissors. Fans rally up and Cobb fights his way up and out. Cobb throws big forearms but Silas kicks back. Silas whips Cobb to a corner but Cobb dodges. Cobb runs in but misses, and Silas manages a fireman’s carry! Rolling Death Valley to double stomps! Fans have to applaud that showing of strength. Silas covers, TWO! Cobb still lives but Silas keeps his cool. Silas taunts Cobb as fans rally up. Silas brings Cobb up by his ear, but Cobb breaks free to forearm. The brawl is on again with big forearms, and Cobb gets the edge. Cobb backs Silas to a corner then rams his shoulder in. Cobb runs in for a corner clothesline, then runs corner to corner for a big back elbow!
Fans fire up as Cobb scoops and suplexes Silas, but Silas slips out. Silas gives Cobb the backbreaker to clothesline! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives again but his ribs are bothering him. Silas stalks Cobb and drags him up for a full nelson. Cobb breaks free and arm-drags out. Silas kicks the leg then knees stiffly, and manages to lift Cobb for the Anarchist Suplex! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives again and gets to a corner. Silas keeps his cool, and tells Cobb to just give it up. Silas toys with Cobb in the corner, “You’re supposed to be a champ?!” He tells Cobb to get up, and Cobb does by carrying Silas corner to corner! Cobb rams his shoulder in again and again! Silas tries to escape but Cobb just puts him back in for more shoulders! Cobb pushes and overhead suplexes Silas!
Fans fire up with Cobb as he stalks Silas. The ribs bother Cobb but he keeps going. Cobb scoops Silas, but Silas slips out. Silas goes to kick, but gets reeled into the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Silas up again, reels him in, but Silas grabs ropes! Silas elbows out but Cobb’s on him again, German Suplex! Cobb holds on and drags Silas up again, for a second German! Cobb brings Silas up again, for the hat trick! But Cobb’s not done there, he gives Silas a fourth! And then a shove, for a Tour of the Islands! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion
This was perhaps his toughest challenge yet, but Jeff Cobb rises to the challenge to win! Who will step up to challenge him in Las Vegas?
ROH shares the results of Tag Wars 2019!
Villain Enterprises’ Brody King and PCO defeated LifeBlood’s FinJuice in the finals, and now they move on to face the ROH World Tag Team Champions, the Briscoes! A brawl broke out right after that match, and #DemBoyz did their best to wreck their future challengers with tables and chairs! But PCO’s not human, he survives a chair shot to give a chair shot! It’ll go down at the 17th Anniversary Show, who will hit the jackpot in Vegas?
Matt Taven speaks.
“For too long, this company has put a poser on its pedestal.” ROH wants everyone to praise Jay Lethal for how long he’s held a title that does not belong to him. There is only ONE ROH World Champion, and that’s Taven! Taven is going to do what Lethal has never had the guts to do: issue an Open Challenge! Anyone will have a chance at this title, except that “Melvin”, Jay Lethal. Why? Because he’s Matt Taven, and this is his Kingdom. Taven puts his month where his mouth is, but will he put his foot in his mouth, too?
It’s official for the 17th Annivesary Show!
The Hawaiian Juggernaut got through the Last Real Man, but he’ll have an even bigger challenge in the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor! Taylor already gave Cobb Greetings from the 216 in his sneak attack, but will he get to show Cobb the One Hitter Quitter?
Likewise, it will be an epic rematch from Bound by Honor! Mayu Iwatani of Stardom brought The Gatekeeper, Kelly Klein, way past her limit! It took two moonsaults but Mayu is now the NEW Women of Honor World Champion! Kelly won’t let this loss go, she wants her rematch! Will Mayu beat Kelly again? Or will she bust against the Pretty Badass?
Rush VS Vinnie Marseglia!
The White Bull returns after The Kingdom ruined his debut by trying to end his career! He wants revenge against all of them, but he’ll start with the Horror King. Will La Venganza del Toro Blanco (The Revenge of the White Bull) begin tonight?
The bell rings and these to go right at each other with furious fists! Fans fire up as Rush and Vinnie start trading CHOPS! Rush knees low but runs into a boot. Vinnie runs but into a knee! Rush runs and things speed up. Vinnie swings but into a whip. Rush hits a corner clothesline, but Vinnie comes back with his own. Vinnie runs but into the tilt-o-whirl. Vinnie lands on his feet to hit the Russian Leg Sweep! He rains rights down then drags Rush up to put him on the ropes. Rush whiplashes back and bails out of the ring. Vinnie pursues and CHOPS him to barriers. Vinnie throws Rush into other barriers, and grins maniacally while we go to break.
ROH returns as Vinnie throws Rush into more barriers! And even more barriers! Vinnie pulls mats up and shouts, “I’m gonna destroy him!” Fans duel as Vinnie drags Rush to the exposed area. Vinnie suplexes but Rush resists. Rush fights back with body shots, but Vinnie knees low and hard! Vinnie drags Rush up and into the ring. Vinnie stomps Rush and rains down more rights. Cover, TWO! Vinnie keeps his cool as he drags Rush up. Vinnie suplexes hard, then covers, TWO! Fans rally for Rush while Vinnie mocks Tranquilo. Vinnie taunts the fans while Rush gets to a corner. Vinnie whips Rush corner to corner but RUsh comes back with a forearm smash! Fans fire up with Rush as he rallies on Vinnie. Rush puts Vinnie on the outside to throw body shots and whip him into barriers! And he bounces Vinnie off the timekeeper’s desk!
Rush grabs a chair but the referee tells him not to use it. Rush tells the ref to back off, but he does put the chair down. He kicks Vinnie stiff in the leg, then whips Vinnie into barriers! Rush takes the other chair, but the referee takes that one away this time. Rush turns on the ref but the ref backs off. Fans wanna see Rush hit the ref but Rush puts Vinnie in the ring instead. Rush goes to Vinnie in a corner for big forearms. Vinnie turns it around to give back those forearms. Rush turns it around to CHOP, sweep and stomp away. Rush goes corner to corner, for a fake-out boot. And the true Tranquilo! Fans rally behind Rush as he drags Vinnie up. Rush suplexes and floats over, TWO!
Rush grows frustrated but Vinnie springs up for a ghost pin! TWO, and Rush dodges Vinnie for a rebound German Suplex! Vinnie’s up fast to hit a Side Effect! But Rush is up quick, only to get a boot. Vinnie hits a twisting butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Rush lives but Vinnie roars. Fans rally up as Vinnie puts Rush into the corner. Rush boots back then overhead suplexes Vinnie into buckles! Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Rush runs in for a big splash, he sweeps the legs and stomps away. Rush goes corner to corner and hits La Lanza! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
El Ingobernables Original, the Original Ungovernable, gets his revenge on the Horror King! But he still has TK O’Ryan and Matt Taven to go after. When and where will his revenge be complete?
ROH shares the results of Bound by Honor’s Four Corner Survival!
Kenny King made sure to distract the referee by bringing in a chair, just so Marty Scurll’s Chicken Wing would be ignored. The Villain would’ve won if the ref saw Silas Young tapping out. But the moment Scurll let Silas go, Kenny kicked Scurll in the balls! The K I N G again proves to be more villainous than even The Villain, and wins big over Mr. Survival of the Fittest. But now, they’ll settle things in a grudge match at the 17th Anniversary Show! Will the K I N G be victorious in Vegas once again? Or will he regret getting on The Villain’s bad side?
The “REAL” ROH World Championship Open Challenge: Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS ???
As Taven said earlier, the only man he doesn’t want to see answer this championship challenge is Jay Lethal. In fact, Taven picks up the mic to call out “a man in this company who thinks he’s me.” There’s a guy running around claiming to be ROH WHC. “But everyone who gets it knows there’s only one world champion in this building, and you’re looking at him.” Taven doesn’t bother with Lethal because Lethal looks foolish. Taven’s problem is with ROH pumping up a poser and encouraging fans to tweet congratulations at Lethal for “cosplaying” as Taven.
But as Taven told us earlier, he’s about to do something Lethal would never do! Taven’s a fighting champion, the REAL ROH WHC! And he will defend his title right here and right now, against any “doofus” that isn’t Lethal. That Melvin doesn’t deserve a shot at this gold! That Melvin hasn’t earned being ROH WHC! But Taven has, because he runs the show! And he runs the show because “IIIII’M Matt Taven!” So whoever thinks they’re worthy of the King’s Throne, “come out, come out, whoever you are~!” And the one to answer the call is… The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham! Gresham has taken the real real world champion to the limit, but Taven’s wanted nothing to do with him before. Now he’ll have no choice, can Taven overcome the Octopus?
ROH returns after one last break, and the referee EJECTS TK and Vinnie! A very smart move from the referee, because you can’t trust the Sassy Wild Horse or Horror King. The Kingdom protests the entire time other referees escort them out. Taven will have to do this alone now, and fans taunt him. The bell rings, and Taven goes right at Gresham! Taven stomps Gresham to a corner but backs off at 4. Gresham keeps his dukes up but Taven grabs a leg. Taven rains down rights even as Gresham guards. Taven backs off at 4 but comes back to drop ax handles. He even chokes Gresham! Taven stops at 4, but barely. The referee reprimands Taven but Taven keeps on Gresham.
Gresham tweaks Taven’s arm! Gresham gets to a corner and Taven runs in, but into a boot and a roll up! Taven rolls through but Gresham dodges Just the Tip to sunset flip! Taven rolls through again but falls for Gresham’s bait. Gresham waistlocks but Taven standing switches. Gresham gets a leg, rolls Taven and kicks the arm! He wrenches the arm to a hammerlock, hooks a leg, and puts on the Octopus Stretch! But The Kingdom revolt against the referees and rush the ring! The ref rings the bell immediately before TK and Vinnie attack!
Winner: Jonathan Gresham, by disqualification; Taven “retains” his “real” ROH World Championship
The Kingdom beat down Gresham, and jam Gresham with TK’s bat! TK chokes Gresham with the bat while Vinnie talks trash. But here comes Jay Lethal! Lethal fights off TK and Vinnie, then stares down with Taven. And they fire off fists! But TK helps out, as does Vinnie. The Kingdom stomp and choke Lethal while Taven fetches a table. Taven even admits this was the plan all along as he puts the table in the ring. Taven simply sets the table in the ring, and The Kingdom drags Lethal onto it. But here comes Juice and LifeBlood! The Kingdom get away, and simply laugh at Juice and crew. Taven, TK and Vinnie simply talk trash and walk away, but Taven’s belt was left behind!
Mark Haskins picks it up and dares The Kingdom to come back for it. Bandido has TK’s bat! Haskins hands Lethal Taven’s belt, and Tenille Dashwood speaks up. “As long as this thing exists, it’s like a slap in the face to all of us!” Tenille says it’s time to destroy the purple belt! Lethal puts the belt on the table and takes up TK’s bat. The Kingdom shout and protest as Lethal spits on then SMASHES the belt! And again, and again, and again! But that’s not all, Tenille hands Lethal Vinnie’s ax! Lethal chops away on the belt from plate to strap! Taven is almost in tears as Lethal rips pieces from the belt! Will Lethal get a chance to do roughly the same to Taven?
A pretty good episode for ROH this week. The ROH World Television Championship was a great match, Jeff Cobb and Silas Young did great, but naturally Cobb wins. Cobb VS Taylor is coming up, that is going to be great. It was quite the surprise to hear Kelly Klein lost the title, and that it was to a Stardom star. The rematch at the anniversary show will be great, and I’m thinking Kelly wins the title back in a dirty way to become the first-ever two-time WOH World Champion. I say this because again, I’m thinking if Tenille Dashwood circles back to the story about someone attacking her, it has to be Kelly Klein. Klein VS Dashwood at the Madison Square Garden G1 Supercard would be a great match for the women, assuming a women’s match makes it on that card.
Rush VS Marseglia was great, and it made sense by the end of the night why The Kingdom didn’t try to interfere. Rush wins, but obviously a lot of his Rudo (Heel) tendencies showed. I’m still hoping for an eventual Six Man Tag blow-off where Rush brings CMLL allies to take on The Kingdom, possibly for those ROH World Six Man titles. The Briscoes VS PCO & Brody King for the ROH World Tag Team Championships is going to be a great match, but I’m pretty sure The Briscoes win. First, it might be too soon for Villain Enterprises to have titles. Second, The Briscoes might just cheat. Third, there are bigger plans at work, as NJPW and ROH are putting together The Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes, winner takes both tag titles. So sorry, Villain Enterprises, it’s not time yet.
Things are really heating up in this story with Taven, Lethal, and the state of the ROH World Championship. Taven setting a trap should’ve been obvious, but it was delivered well, I didn’t expect things to escalate like that. I also didn’t expect Lethal to get the upper hand thanks to LifeBlood and then for him to smash Taven’s belt. I still want an Undisputed ROH World Championship match, and Taven either keeps the beaten belt or just makes a new one. Taven can claim it’s all about principle, and that the belt is just a symbol or something. So in the end, we still get Taven VS Lethal, winner is THE world champion. I would like to think that with everything Taven’s done, Lethal wins for The Kingdom’s biggest comeuppance.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/13/19)
The Kingdom, Jay Lethal and The Bouncers in a big Six Man main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 408
Manhattan Mayhem is on the horizon, and so is a major ROH World Championship match! But before Matt Taven and Jay Lethal face off 1v1, they bring allies to the ring for a truly massive Six Man Tag match!
- Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor; Taylor wins.
- WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love VS Tasha Steelz; Steelz wins and will challenge Kelly Klein for the title at Summer Supercard.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers; Lethal & The Bouncers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH looks back to Best in the World.
The Peacock faced Rush’s brother, Dragon Lee, and beat him using Rush’s moves! The Best of 3 Series’ third match saw the K I N G topple the Franchise Player! And the Villain Enterprises expanded to include an army! A FLIP Army! The Allure used every trick up their sleeves to beat the Pretty Badass and American Joshi, but were confronted by Maria Manic! Manic didn’t get her hands on Mandy Leon or the Beautiful People, so she ran roughshod over security! And most shocking of all, Matt Taven didn’t need to resort to anything underhanded to down the Hawaiian Juggernaut!! How can anyone hope to stop Taven’s #PurpleReign now?
Kenny King joins ROH commentary for this opening contest.
Coming off a big victory over THE Jay Lethal, the K I N G wants to see what his old friends are up to.
Proving Ground: Rhett Titus VS Shane Taylor!
The Fittest returns to in-ring action to show that Strong Beach physique. But will physique be enough to survive the Notorious Hitman and ROH World Television Champion?
Rhett wants to shake hands with his former Rebellion brother, but Taylor SPITS on the Code of Honor! Rhett just uses it as body oil. The bell rings and the 10 minute time limit starts counting down. All Rhett has to do is survive the 10 minutes, and he gets a future shot at the title!
Fans rally as the two circle. Taylor shoves Rhett down and taunts him as he stands up. Rhett comes back to waistlock, but Taylor standing switches. Rhett powers his way out, but gets caught in a full nelson! Taylor grins but Rhett powers out of the nelson! Taylor headlocks but Rhett powers out to headlock back. Rhett grinds but Taylor powers out and runs Rhett over! Taylor wants Rhett to stop playing, and scoops him up. Rhett slips out and dropkicks Taylor back! Rhett grins and flexes, but then he tries to fireman’s carry, and Taylor is too much. Taylor spins Rhett, misses one way but hits the clothesline on the other! ROH goes to break as Taylor dares Rhett to get up.
ROH returns and Rhett wrecks Taylor with a dropkick. Rhett shows off his core strength with leg raises, but Taylor pulls him down to ROCK him with that One Hitter Quitter! Taylor drags Rhett up and into the ring to put him on the apron. Taylor climbs up, to drop the leg! He laughs and taunts Rhett as he CHOPS the chest! Rhett gasps for air while he crawls to a corner. Taylor climbs in and throws another big right! Rhett forearms Taylor back! Rhett backs Taylor down but Taylor blocks and reverses the whip to rock him again! Taylor yanks Rhett up but Rhett lands on his feet! Rhett rocks Taylor back with a JAB!
Rhett is in the corner again, and dodges Taylor as he runs in, to give him back a splash! And a BOOT! Then side to side for another! Rhett keeps moving to boot again! Fans fire up with The Fittest as he fireman’s carries Taylor again! For a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Rhett keeps his cool as Taylor goes to a corner. Rhett runs corner to corner but his boot is blocked! Taylor shoves Rhett back to KNEE him in the face! Cover, TWO!! Rhett survives and now Taylor is frustrated. Taylor toys with Rhett but Rhett SLAPS him back! Taylor pie faces but Rhett CHOPS and forearms away! Rhett fires off forearm after forearm but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! Cover, Taylor wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Rhett fell short of proving himself worthy, and the ROH World TV Champion continues rolling on. Kenny gives Taylor his due props, but goes to check on Rhett in the ring.
“I’m searching for the words, man, to describe what I just saw out of you right now.” The word is, “disgusting.” King is disgusted by Rhett. What happened to him? ROH stuck them together and they fought, they scratched and they clawed and became one of the best teams ever, the All Night Express. They beat The Briscoes, the Young Bucks, Roderick Strong, Tyler Black, you name them. “What the hell happened to you?!” Rhett fails a Proving Ground match because he only proved that while he has the body of a god, he has the “heart of a b*tch.” There’s no fight left in Rhett! If Kenny was Joe Koff, he’d rip up Rhett’s contract on the spot!
Rhett’s family and pregnant wife are here, yet he embarrasses them!? Does Rhett think it’s okay that the reason his son won’t look him in the eyes is because daddy’s a coward?! Rhett gets mad, and that’s what Kenny wants to see! Show him something! But when Rhett doesn’t, Kenny is the one who gets mad. Is the Titus family really proud of that?! Because the Rhett Kenny King knew was a man, not this “punk ass b*tch.” Will these fighting words light a fire in the Fittest? Or does the K I N G have a point?
ROH hears from Kelly Klein.
“Women of Honor has some of the best women wrestling has to offer right now, and I love it.” That means the Gatekeeper will defend her title against some of the best women around. Maria Manic has Kelly’s attention, and Kelly is ready for that match. Kelly’s even excited to fight Tasha Steelz, the Allure, Stella Grey or Jenny Rose as she defends her world title. Who makes it out of the contender’s match first in line for a fight with the Pretty Badass?
ROH looks back to June 29th.
Jay Lethal vowed to work twice as hard as before, “whip the crap out of Matt Taven,” and become a THREE-TIME ROH World Champion! But Taven told him that in New York City, July 20th, we will all finally see that we are living in “The Time of Matt Taven.” Taven is the King of ROH, because heee’s Matt Taven, and he was #BorntoRule! But then, Alex Shelley returned!
Shelley was careful not to say he retired from ROH. Let’s pretend he has a card in his hand that is known as the “veteran’s card.” And let’s say there’s a hole punched for every year he’s contributed to the industry. That’s 17 holes. Shelley’s fingerprints are all over the world of wrestling, so now he plays his card. Shelley expects to be respected! And it won’t matter who walks out of Manhattan, Shelley just wants his shot to prove to them, him, and the world that he still has #TalentonLoanfromGod! Who will the returning revolutionary meet after mayhem goes down in Manhattan?
WOH World Championship #1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival: Stella Grey VS Jenny Rose VS Angelina Love w/ The Allure VS Tasha Steelz!
While only one of the Beautiful People is in this match, it is no surprise that she still has her friends by her side. Angelina Love leads the way as Velvet Sky helps Mandy Leon and their fluffy mascot, Foxxy, into the ring. But the spotlight quickly moves to the Garden State Goddess, little gritty Grey, and the American Joshi. With Kelly Klein watching on commentary, who grabs a huge victory and earns a Summer Supercard showdown?
But before the bell rings, Velvet grabs a mic to tell Jenny she doesn’t belong here, that Stella doesn’t belong here, and Tasha- She doesn’t even know who Tasha is, actually, but she doesn’t belong here, either. The only woman in the ring that matters is the Allure’s Bada$$, Angelina Love, the TRUE #1 Contender! Angelina proved herself already when she pinned Kelly at Best in the World. Win-loss records leave out a lot, and Kelly knows Angelina didn’t need to cheat that night to win. But talking aside, the other three competitors uphold the Code of Honor, but don’t even worry about Angelina. The bell finally rings, and Jenny goes right at her!
Stella and Tasha fight while Jenny rains down rights on Angelina! Angelina and Jenny roll out of the ring and Angelina kicks back. Jenny forearms but Angelina kicks again. Stella whips Tasha but Tasha runs Stella over. Tasha brushes herself off and runs, but Stella keeps up. Tasha and Stella trade hip toss blocks while Angelina and Jenny trade apron bumps. Stella rolls Tasha but Tasha arm-drags back. Stella arm-drags Tasha now, but Angelina kicks Jenny away. Angelina is on Stella with a sleeper, but Stella kicks Tasha away. Angelina throws Stella down by her hair, and The Allure cheers her on as she whips Stella into a corner. Stella runs into Tasha, then Angelina dropkicks them into each other. Angelina throws Stella out and runs, but into Jenny’s SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Tasha throws Jenny out fast and stares down with Angelina. Tasha flexes but it doesn’t impress Angelina. Angelina ties up with Tasha to a headlock. Tasha powers out but Angelina runs her over. Things speed up and Tasha shows agility to hip toss Angelina down! Fans fire up as Tasha whips. Angelina reverses and scoops to a spinning sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tasha fires forearms back and whips, but Angelina reverses. Tasha goes up and over and rolls, to drop toehold Angelina down. Angelina gets clear of the basement dropkick but Tasha gets clear of the elbow drop. The two stare down as fans cheer.
Tasha eggs Angelina on, and the two start trading forearms. Tasha gets an edge and fires off! She runs but Mandy trips her up! A Fatal 4 Way means no disqualifications, but the referee tells the Allure they’re EJECTED! Mandy is upset and Velvet just shrugs it off as they take Foxxy with them. Angelina is a bit more concerned now that she’s all alone as ROH goes to break.
ROH returns and Tasha waistlocks Angelina. They roll to a cover, TWO! Stella throws Tasha out to roll Angelina, but Jenny breaks it. Jenny kicks Stella out to then La Magistrol Angelina, TWO! Jenny stays on Angelina in a corner for a back elbow and whip. Angelina reverses but Jenny dodges to send Angelina into the post! Jenny dropkicks Stella back out and goes out to join her. They start trading hands, but Tasha slingshots out to take them both down! Fans fire up but now Angelina climbs up top. Angelina LEAPS to crossbody them all down! This is the top tier talent Kelly has wanted to see. But speaking of, Angelina dares Kelly to come closer. Kelly heads closer to the ring, and stares Angelina down the whole way. But this keeps Angelina seeing Jenny, Stella and Tasha all get back in the ring.
Jenny clubs Angelina, and has help from Stella! They DOUBLE POWERBOMB Angelina down! But then Tasha double clotheslines Jenny and Stella down! Fans fire up behind the Boricua Badass as she fireman’s carries Stella. Stella fights out and drags Tasha into a sleeper hold clutch! Angelina kicks Jenny then hits a complete shot, to the Koji Klutch! Side-by-side submissions, but which one puts their victim out first!? Jenny and Tasha endures, and Jenny reaches for a ropebreak! The ref counts and Angelina lets her go. Meanwhile, Tasha sits up, and Angelina kicks Stella off her! Jenny kicks Angelina down, then goes to Tasha for a German Suplex! Jenny kicks Stella for a snap suplex! She runs at Angelina but gets the Botox Injection! Angelina covers, but Stella breaks it!
Stella scoops but Angelina slips out and shoves, Botox Injection for Stella! Tasha throws Angelina out to get Stella with a CUTTER! Cover, Tasha wins!!
Winner: Tasha Steelz, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WOH World Championship
Angelina ain’t happy about it, but the Boricua Badass got the better of her fair and square, okurrr? Can Tasha make it a one and done when it comes to title matches? Or will Kelly still be the champion when she leaves Toronto?
But wait, the lights drop down. And a rather creepy little video plays. Dolls sit in a line, but a hand reaches out to take the man. To chew him up and spit him out! Because the MANEATER is here! And Maria Manic has appeared behind Tasha and Angelina! Angelina saw this once before, she gets away again. But Tasha shows no fear! Security hurries to keep this fight from happening, but Maria just manhandles them like she did at Best in the World! She takes one and tosses him from the ring, then clotheslines another! But she slaps the third around to then put him in the torture rack! And then she dumps him out onto the other two! The fourth man gets the double hand choke slam! Maria Manic made mince meat of five grown men, but is she going to devour the entire WOH Division?
ROH hears from Rush.
El Toro Blanco is “sick and tired” of Dalton Castle. Rush whooped The Peacock in 15 seconds. But if Castle wants to mess with his familia, well perro, the bull is going to end him for good! Rush didn’t come to ROH to play, he came to become the best! “Nothing happens unless I say so.” When and where will this grudge match happen? Mass Hyteria on July 21st! A wild weekend is coming for ROH, who survives the mayhem and hysteria on the way to the Summer Supercard?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal & The Bouncers!
Matt Taven vows to prove he’s the king, while TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia vow to show who are the real elite tag team wrestlers in ROH. But they’ll have to prove it with actions, not words, as they take on their rivals all at once! Will the Franchise Player gain major momentum towards Manhattan when he sides with former foes in Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser?
But given the apparent collusion involving Kenny King and timekeeper Amy Rose, Jay Lethal asks that she take her leave. Amy obliges, not wanting to be a source of controversy for this main event. The Kingdom then make their entrance, and ROH takes another break.
ROH returns and Lethal starts against the Horror King. The bell rings and they tie up right away! Vinnie powers Lethal to a corner but the ref backs him off. Vinnie throws a forearm but Lethal gives it back and we have a brawl! Lethal starts backing Vinnie down but Vinnie knees low and puts Lethal in a corner. Vinnie chops but Lethal CHOPS right back. They trade more CHOPS, and Vinnie wants Lethal to give him more. Lethal CHOPS Vinnie like he wants, but Vinnie just trash talks and knees low. Vinnie runs but misses in the corner, Lethal hip tosses and cartwheels to dropkick! Vinnie hurries to the Kingdom’s corner and tags to TK. Brian “Brawler” Milonas tags in and ties up with the Sassy Wild Horse.
Milonas shoves TK all the way back to his corner! TK runs back out but skids to a stop as Milonas towers over him. TK says he wants Lethal? Milonas gives TK what he wants, but he does tag Lethal a bit hard. Lethal shakes it off and ties up with TK. TK headlocks but Lethal powers out, only for TK to run him over. TK runs and runs Lethal over again, but things speed up. Lethal hurdles but his hip toss is blocked to TK’s own hip toss. Lethal boots TK back but runs into an elbow. TK runs but into that hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Lethal has gotten two Kingdom members with that, and then tags in Bruiser. Taven tags in and Bruiser dares him to bring the fight. Taven has Bruiser calm down, and fans chant “Melvin! Melvin!” But again, The Kingdom wants Lethal.
Taven wants Lethal and even offers a free shot. Bruiser says Taven’s too scared to fight a real man. Taven just wants Lethal, and again gives a free shot. Lethal tags in but he sees the sucker punch coming. The two fire off haymakers and CHOPS on each other! Lethal whips but Taven reverses, but Lethal gets under TK at the ropes. Vinnie rushes at Lethal on the outside but Lethal dodges to CHOP! TK jumps but Lethal punches him out of the air, only for Taven to wreck Lethal with a dropkick! Taven drags Lethal up and throws him into railing, then The Kingdom attacks like piranha! The Bouncers protest but The Kingdom put Lethal in. Taven stomps and chokes Lethal to then tag in Vinnie. The Kingdom mugs Lethal with stomps then Vinnie rains rights down. Fans duel as ROH goes to one more break.
ROH returns once again, and The Kingdom continues to mug Lethal. Taven stomps Lethal down then drags him up to put in the Kingdom’s corner. Taven CHOPS Lethal then tags in Vinnie. Vinnie tags in TK, and the two whip Lethal. Lethal reverses to whip Vinnie, but TK waistlocks him. Lethal boots Vinnie then slips out of TK’s suplex. He ducks them both to tag in Bruiser! Bruiser rallies with the power of “BEER! BEER!” He punches Taven, uppercuts Vinnie, and uppercuts TK! Bruiser brings TK in for the sidewinder DDT! Cover but Vinnie breaks it! Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser but Bruiser bites the fingers. Oh but wait, Bruiser can’t bite, “I ain’t got no teef!” Bruiser brings TK up but TK CHOPS! TK kicks low and DDT’s Bruiser! But Milonas tags in to rally on The Kingdom! He even back drops Taven!
Milonas falls back to senton on Taven! Vinnie runs but gets flattened with a crossbody! Cover, but Taven breaks it! Taven fires off strikes on Milonas, but Milonas powers Taven to a fireman’s carry. TK leaps but into Milonas’ arms! Milonas gives them a Fall Away Samoan Drop combo! Fans fire up with the Mastodon, but also for Lethal as he DIVES onto Vinnie! Lethal gets back in to DIVE onto TK! And of course, he runs and DIVES onto Taven! The trifecta has been completed! Vinnie runs in to fight with the Bouncers, and whips Bruiser, but Bruiser reverses. TK tags in before Vinnie gets fed to the Scrapbuster! TK climbs and leaps, but into Bruiser’s arms. Milonas sandwiches TK with Bruiser, and it even sends Bruiser stumbling. But Bruiser comes back while Milonas climbs, and it’s the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers and Lethal win!
Winners: Jay Lethal & The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The winner of Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Manhattan Mayhem better watch out, because some big competition is meeting them at Mass Hysteria. Who will The Bouncers get to toast with on the 21st?
But wait, Taven doesn’t let Lethal go, and gives him CLIMAX to the floor!! The Bouncers hurry to Lethal’s side as The Kingdom retreats. Taven raises the title, but will he still be holding onto the gold after Manhattan Mayhem?
A pretty good go-home with major developments for a busy weekend coming up for ROH. Not only is Manhattan Mayhem on Saturday, July 20th, but now there’s another event on July 21st with this “Mass Hysteria” in Lowell, Massachusetts. Of course, this is all on top of ROH TV finally referencing Best in the World, but the usual mess was mostly ironed out. Rush has a solid promo, and his grudge match with Castle will surely be longer and better than the shocking 15 second squash at G1 Supercard. What’s odd is that while Kenny King beat Lethal at BitW in their Best of 3, he’s doing a story with Rhett Titus next? Lethal’s using his contractual rematch, sure, but is this story with Rhett going to delay Kenny’s shot at Taven more? Is Rhett going to turn so that we more or less get an All Night Express reunion? It is both intriguing yet confusing as to what is going on here.
The Women’s Fatal 4 was a great match, and what a great surprise to see the younger Tasha Steelz getting this chance. I thought it was going to be Angelina Love, but at the same time, even Angelina Love seems like an odd choice from out of The Allure. But I suppose with now women’s tag titles in ROH (yet?) all three could try going after Kelly in turn. And then we got to see Maria Manic at the same time tonight, that was a great way to debut! The Maneater will surely be a contender, and a monster for the Allure to worry about while they’re each taking turns against Kelly Klein. Kelly’s promo is obviously to put the company over, but for just the WOH Division in a vacuum, it is definitely heating up now with an addition like Manic.
And to end the show, we get a really good Six Man Tag, and obviously the goal for The Kingdom was to do as much as they could to Lethal so it’ll be easier for Taven in Manhattan. I am still disappointed the timing kept Jeff Cobb from becoming ROH’s top guy, but I again reference that the G1 Climax and Cobb going back and forth just wouldn’t be good for him or ROH. Lethal might as well dethrone Taven, joining Adam Cole as the only other three-time champ. Then we could get Lethal VS King 4 within a span of a few months, and maybe that story (which has an interesting twist with how it involves timekeeper Amy Rose) is what gives King his first world title reign, and makes him an ROH Triple Crown winner. Then we can circle back to King VS K I N G, Grand Slam Taven VS Triple Crown Kenny for the One True King of Honor!
My Score: 8.2/10