ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 406
Yes, Best in the World just wrapped, but the action doesn’t end there! What happens as the best in ROH continue to fight for gold and glory?
- Jay Briscoe VS PCO; PCO wins, by disqualification.
- Coast2Coast VS ???; Bully Ray & Shane Taylor win.
- Jeff Cobb VS Mark Haskins; Cobb wins.
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Colt Cabana returns to ROH commentary!
Despite what The Briscoes did to the NWA National Heavyweight Champion during his defense against Mark Briscoe, Boom Boom Cabana is back! He won’t let #DemBoyz intimidate him into backing out of Best in the World Weekend. But speaking of The Briscoes…
Jay Briscoe VS PCO!
#DemBoyz couldn’t get it done at Best in the World, but they roll on towards another showdown with the Guerrillas of Destiny.
No Code of Honor, but that’s expected from the Briscoes. The bell rings and fans are fired up for the Canadian Frankenstein’s Monster. PCO and Jay tie up, and PCO powers Jay to a corner. Jay comes back and they tie up. Jay gets a headlock but PCO powers out. PCO and Jay collide but neither backs down! Jay throws an uppercut but PCO gives back a forearm, and repeat! PCO CHOPS then runs, but Jay follows to boot him down! But PCO gets right up! Jay stomps PCO in a corner then whips him corner to corner. Jay runs in and hits a big clothesline! Then he goes side to side, but PCO runs him over! Fans cheer for PCO again as he drags Jay up. PCO chokes Jay on the ropes, then runs, only for Jay to dump him out hard!
But PCO is up again and drags Jay out! PCO CHOPS away then forearms Jay onto the apron. PCO gives Jay kick after kick then bumps him off the apron. Fans cheer as PCO runs, only for Jay to back drop him on the apron! The referee checks on PCO but Jay is on PCO with stomps, and we go to break.
ROH returns and PCO fights back against Jay. Jay kicks then runs, then kicks PCO’s back drop away. Jay runs again to sunset flip, but PCO rolls through to scoop Jay into Alabama position. Censors bleep Jay as PCO gives him the Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO! PCO keeps his cool as he drags Jay up in a gut wrench and powerbomb! He rolls Jay for a stiff running knee! And another! Then a clubbing forearm! PCO drags Jay around into a drop zone. Fans fire up as PCO climbs up! PCO leaps for the swanton! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets to a corner. PCO stands but gets a boot. He still stands, so Jay runs to boot again. PCO still stays up, so Jay tries another, but gets caught to a dragon screw!
Jay curses more, PCO runs and clotheslines Jay and himself out! PCO gets up and back in the ring, to build speed! Jay stands for PCO to DIVE onto! The cannonball takes Jay down again! Fans chant for PCO as the ref checks on both men. Jay crawls away but PCO does rise. PCO runs at Jay, but Jay flapjacks him onto railing! Jay grabs a chair! The ref reprimands Jay but Jay doesn’t care about referees these days. Jay sits the chair down to boot PCO then club him down. He puts PCO in the chair then backs up. Jay runs to crossbody PCO down! Fans fire up as Jay drags PCO up and in. Jay picks up the chair and brings it into the ring! The ref again warns Jay, but Jay talks back.
Jay grabs PCO but PCO hits back with uppercuts! Jay throws a haymaker, PCO CHOPS! They go back and forth, but Jay gets an edge. Jay runs but into a pop-up powerbomb! PCO gives a shout out to the Prizefighter with that on. PCO drags Jay back up for the side slam! He goes back to the corner and climbs again, but Jay has the chair! Jay SMACKS PCO down!
Winner: PCO, by disqualification
It seems neither Briscoe cares about winning, only hurting! Jay grins as he holds the chair up high. Jay is joined by Mark, who goes looking for items. Mark brings out a table! The Briscoes stomp PCO while setting up the table. They put PCO on the table, and Mark climbs for a Froggy Bow through the table!! But PCO rises! He’s not human! He even eggs the Briscoes on! So the Briscoes kick and punch, then run, only to get run over by clotheslines! Security rushes the ring to break this up, and ROH throws it to the back!
ROH hears from Mark Haskins.
Mr. Overkill tells Jeff Cobb that he’s wanted this match for a long time. He’s got nothing but mad respect, and knows they can both bring out the very best in each other. However, Haskins knows things haven’t been going his way for a bit, a win against a former ROH World TV Champion might just be what he needs. Haskins’ family needs this, and he needs this. So this isn’t personal, Haskins is just coming to take what he needs.
Jeff Cobb responds.
“You see, the interesting aspect about working with ROH is getting a chance to compete with wrestlers I haven’t gotten a chance to suplex yet.” Cobb and Haskins go 1v1 for the first time ever. People see this match on paper, and they think what they will, but Haskins is a submission expert. But he’s going against a Hawaiian Juggernaut. Cobb might throw Haskins so far that Haskins lands back in England.
Josh Woods is confronted by Brian Johnson.
Brian mocks The Goods for wrapping up his hands. There’s not enough tape in the world to fix what happened to the Top Prospect Tournament after what Woods did. But The Number One vows to bring honor and prestige back to the tournament this year as the number one seed. Brian vows not to be a failure like Woods was. That gets Woods to stare him down, and that scares Brian. “Easy, big boy. Easy.” Brian smartly backs away, but will he pay for mocking The Goods?
Coast2Coast VS ???
Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni are still building back up in the ROH Tag Division, but “do you know who I am?” Bully Ray comes out and tells the ring announcer to get out because he’ll introduce himself. Bully bullies the announcer, then looks at the ring. “This is what I came out here for? This is what I traveled 3000 miles for?” Bully had to come all the way to the West Coast for this?
But he does have a partner. There is a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. And C2C should be worried, because this is an upgrade than what Bully is used to. It is SHANE TAYLOR! The ROH World Television Champion joins Bully because the money’s good. Will the Notorious Hitman help Bully get an easy win and fat paycheck? Or will Ali and LSG show them what a true tag team can do?
There is no Code of Honor upheld but that’s also expected from Bully. Taylor starts with Ali but Bully wants the ref to reprimand the fans. The ref refuses so Bully does it himself by grabbing a chair! Then the trash can! Bully doesn’t throw anything but he does dare the fan in question to look him face to face. It’s a little boy! Bully tells the kid off then goes back to the ring. Ali keeps laser focus as he and Taylor tie up. Ali headlocks but Taylor fights out. They collide and Taylor just laughs at Ali. Ali SLAPS Taylor, and Taylor says that was a mistake. But Ali SLAPS him again because it’s on purpose. Ali ducks Taylor’s punch and fires off forearms and chops and an elbow!
Ali runs but Taylor catches his crossbody! Taylor shakes his head before he pops Ali up. Ali slips out and waistlocks. They go to ropes and LSG tags in before Taylor bucks Ali off. Ali headbutts Taylor, then LSG somersaults in. Ali forearms Taylor in the corner then LSG rams his shoulder in! LSG holds Taylor in place as Ali swing kicks Taylor down! LSG covers, ONE! LSG clubs away on Taylor as we go to break.
ROH returns and Ali throws forearms. Taylor blocks then reverses the whip, sending Ali into the corner. Bully calls Ali a “Stupid son of a-” but Ali’s elbow interrupts. Ali boots Taylor away but Bully trips Ali up! And pulls him backward into the post! Bully mocks the fans while Ali writhes in pain. Taylor taunts Ali and sits him up for a HEAVY right! LSG tries to coach Ali up as fans rally. Ali still slaps Taylor! Ali starts throwing body shots then forearms, but Taylor headbutts him down! Bully likes that as Taylor toys with Ali. LSG and the fans still rally up for Ali but Taylor clubs Ali with crossface forearms.
Tag to Bully and Bully kicks Ali down. Bully knows everyone feels bad for Ali, but he’s still going to hit him with jabs. Ali wobbles with each hit, but then Bully revs it up… SUPERKICK from Ali! Bully doubles over while fans fire up for Ali. Bully brings Ali up but Ali switches to a waistlock. But Bully slips out to powerbomb lift, Bully Bomb! Bully runs to FLOP! Ali crawls for his corner, hot tags to Taylor and LSG! LSG fires off on Taylor then hits Bully for good measure. LSG elbows Taylor but Taylor reels him in for a back suplex, but LSG lands on his feet! They collide with clotheslines but stay up. LSG keeps moving to clothesline again, but Taylor still stays up. LSG tries again and gets Taylor in a corner! Taylor puts LSG on the apron but gets the enziguri! LSG climbs and leaps, blockbuster!
LSG keeps going, top rope again, another crossbody! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Taylor up and tags Ali. C2C work together, but they see Bully coming! They get clear and let Taylor get run over! C2C SUPERKICK Bully out! Taylor is down and C2C go to opposite corners. Top rope, frog splash and frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Taylor survives but LSG sees Bully. LSG slingshots to take Bully out! Then both C2C hit Taylor with corner back elbows! Now they go for their namesake, but Bully trips LSG! Ali hits Bully down but runs into Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor and Bully win!
Winners: Shane Taylor and Bully Ray, Taylor pinning
The Hitman was the key for Bully, but Bully still had to help out. Bully says “That’s what you get!” but are these two going to prove a formidable tag team?
ROH looks back to War of the Worlds Tour, 5/11/19.
It was Tracy Williams VS Eli Isom. LifeBlood’s Hot Sauce got the Future of Honor up for a crunching piledriver and won the match, and has a shot lined up at THE ROH World Championship! That match comes to us next week, Episode 407! Can Hot Sauce succeed where others have failed? Or will The Kingdom still hold gold because oooooof Matt Taven?
Jeff Cobb VS Mark Haskins!
Best in the World was not a good night for either man. The Hawaiian Juggernaut couldn’t overcome The Kingdom’s king while LifeBlood could not defeat Villain Enterprises. But just because these incredible international wrestlers aren’t holding gold now doesn’t mean they never will! Who uses this win as the first step back on track?
Fans duel as the two uphold the Code of Honor. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Haskins wristlocks but Cobb waistlock slams. Cobb facelocks, gator rolls, and turns Haskins over for a cover. Haskins pops out before a count but Cobb stays on him. Haskins powers Cobb away and the fans cheer as the two stand off. Cobb and Haskins circle again, and tie up. Haskins waistlocks but Cobb just smirks as Haskins can’t lift him. So Haskins shifts to a takedown and has the leg! Heel hook! Cobb scrambles to get the ropebreak! Haskins backs off and Cobb nods, because this is exactly what Cobb expected. Cobb walks it off and ties up with Haskins.
Fans rally both ways as Haskins gets around and spins Cobb to a cravat. Cobb powers up and carries Haskins, but Haskins holds on. Cobb pops out the back and waistlocks again, but Haskins scrambles up to hammerlock then half nelson to the headlock. Haskins manages to wrangle Cobb down but Cobb turns it to his own cover, ONE! Haskins holds on and tries again, but Cobb headscissors, but Haskins pops out fast. Fans cheer as the two stand off again. This technical exchange continues but we go to break.
ROH returns again as Cobb CHOPS Haskins! Haskins grits his teeth so Cobb CHOPS him more! Haskins blocks the next one to CHOP back on Cobb! He backs Cobb up but Cobb ducks to then scoop and slam! Fans fire up as Cobb goes to moonsault, but Haskins rolls him! Cobb rolls through but Haskins Penalty Kicks! And then one on the run! Haskins runs again, but into a pop-up, only to get the arm! Haskins wants the triangle but Cobb powers up for a snake eyes! Cobb clutches his arm while Haskins slumps to the mat. Cobb covers, ropebreak! Haskins keeps his wits about him while Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb grabs Haskins but Haskins clutches to ropes, so Cobb headbutts Haskins into letting go.
Cobb then drags Haskins up for more headbutts, and stalks him as he crawls. Haskins throws body shots back but Cobb clubs him down. Cobb works to get feeling in that right arm, then goes back to bring Haskins up. He wraps Haskins up in a bearhug while fans rally up. Haskins endures and fights with forearms. Haskins gets free and goes back to ropes. Cobb hobbles over to drag Haskins up, but Haskins again holds ropes. Cobb clubs Haskins but Haskins still holds strong. Haskins even hooks a leg around the rope, so Cobb clubs and kicks away more. Cobb throws big shots but the ref backs him off. Cobb calms down, but Haskins jumps as Cobb runs in! Haskins fakes Cobb out to then DIVE from the other side!
Fans fire up with Haskins as he puts Cobb back in. Cobb staggers up but into a mule kick to the knee! Cobb ends up on the ropes, Haskins goes out to kick him back in! Haskins climbs up, double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and Haskins can’t believe it! Fans rally as Cobb sits up. Haskins is on Cobb’s arm, but Cobb whips him away. Haskins goes up and over then comes back with a calf kick! Cobb staggers and Haskins pump handles, but Cobb breaks free. Haskins ducks the elbow but not the forearm! Gut wrench to spinning PILEDRIVER! Both men are down but Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO!! Haskins lives and we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more and fans want “One More Time!” as Cobb and Haskins have a knuckle lock. Cobb drags Haskins up but Haskins hits back! Haskins has the arm but Cobb rolls, only for Haskins to step through and STOMP the arm! Haskins runs to kick it out! He goes for another kick, but Cobb blocks it! Cobb clotheslines but gets caught into the armbar! Cobb gets the ropebreak quick and Haskins lets go just as quick. Haskins goes to the apron as Cobb bails out. Haskins Penalty Kicks the bad arm! Then runs to Penalty Kick again! He wants the hat trick but gets tripped up into the Athletic Plex! Both men hit the floor but the fans are thunderous!
A ring count begins and climbs to 5 of 20. It continues to 10 of 20 before either man stands. Cobb and Haskins stir at 13, but Cobb doesn’t sit up until about 15. Haskins revives at 18, and both men are in at 19.5! Fans cheer the close call and that this match continues. Haskins and Cobb glare at each other. They crawl and grind forehead to forehead before throwing forearm after forearm! Cobb rises first but Haskins is next with elbows and knees! Haskins uppercuts but Cobb spins him around for a forearm to the back! Cobb drags Haskins up to shove, but Haskins boots back! Haskins fakes Cobb out for a swift jab! Haskins runs but Cobb gets him in a snap German Suplex!
Cobb whips Haskins, but gets a knee! Haskins runs again but into a flapjack, and standing moonsault! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Cobb drags himself up in a corner while Haskins writhes and crawls. Cobb stalks Haskins, waistlocks, but Haskins covers up. So Cobb clubs and knees him, then drags him up in a sleeper. Wristlock ripcord, scoop, but Haskins slips through to a roll up! And then a step through, but Cobb powers him off. Haskins jackknifes to a fireman’s carry! Shoulder Soldier Roll!! Cover, TWO!! And Haskins is shocked!!
Haskins throws off the elbow pads and heads to the top rope. Cobb intercepts with a forearm, then climbs up to join him. Haskins fights Cobb back, but Cobb headbutts him, then dropkicks him! Haskins teeters but Cobb climbs again. Cobb grabs Haskins but Haskins slips around to a sleeper hold! Then he wrenches the arm to a kimura. Cobb resists and fights back, so Haskins forearms and headbutts Cobb down! Haskins has to reset and climb back up, but Cobb jumps to meet him. Haskins enziguris Cobb down! Up top, double stomps miss! Haskins runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall
This was nothing short of incredible! And best of all, he and Haskins uphold the Code of Honor with another handshake! With a big win like this, will Cobb make his way back to that world title? Who will even have it after Taven takes on Hot Sauce?
Another PPV weekend, another weird disconnect in continuity for ROH. This was obviously recorded before Best in the World, but even at the earliest, aired after the event. I do give them credit for selling this as “after” the PPV via commentary and also Mark Haskins’ promo. They were already talking like Best in the World happened, which it technically did, but they couldn’t say what happened because it actually hadn’t. Commentary was already plugging the next event, which is Manhattan Mayhem via Honor Club, but they didn’t/couldn’t say what happened between The Briscoes and their BITW opponents. This is a step in the right direction, but it still needs some tweaks to be a smoother transitional episode.
Jay Briscoe VS PCO was really good, even with Jay throwing the match away. But with PCO running him and Mark off, this shows that while at Manhattan Mayhem is Guerrillas of Destiny VS Briscoes, the next story for Jay and Mark in ROH might actually be them going after the NWA World Tag Team Championships and Villain Enterprises. That sounds like a really good story given how these teams did fight over the ROH World Tag titles once, without really settling anything since GoD took those from them both at G1 Supercard. Potentially we could get titles for titles again, ROH for NWA, but I don’t think GoD loses at a lesser event as Manhattan Mayhem, even if it will be No Disqualifications.
That was a decent tag match for Coast2Coast and Bully-Taylor. Though it looked like Taylor did 90% of the work for his team. Is Bully dealing with injury or is he just not in wrestling shape right now? I really hoped he was helping the Soldiers of Savagery with their in-ring debut, but maybe another time. Good to hear we’re getting a proper Top Prospect Tournament after Jeff Cobb literally took it down all by himself. And given the backstage promo with Brian Johnson and Josh Woods, maybe Johnson wins but has a match with Woods before going for the TV title. That gives Taylor’s story plenty of time to build, since he wants to be the best ROH TV Champion ever.
And while it is a shame Cobb isn’t ROH World Champion yet, his match with Haskins was title worthy! Taven VS Williams next week, that is going Taven’s way one way or another. The Kingdom will be busy with The Bouncers next week, but that doesn’t mean Vinnie and TK won’t try something. At the same time, the developing stories of LifeBlood could bring out other enemies to help Taven. If it isn’t Cobb taking the title, then no one should yet.
My Score: 8.4/10