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.
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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