1/24/19 - Road To G1 Supercard - Dallas, TX
Thursday night at Gilley’s in Dallas, Ring of Honor presented Road to G1 Supercard: Dallas. Watch the replay now on HonorClub!
Night 1 of Tag Wars -- a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles -- began with three big first-round matches, headlined by ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham against LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams. Plus, Bandido faced Silas Young, Dalton Castle and The Boys met the Briscoes and Shane Taylor, and more!
-- “The Villain” Marty Scurll defeated Rhett Titus
-- Tag Wars First-Round Match: IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson and David Finlay of LifeBlood defeated Karl Fredericks and Alex Coughlin of the NJPW L.A. Dojo
-- Proving Ground Match: ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Clark Connors of the NJPW L.A. Dojo
-- Dalton Castle and The Boys defeated ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Shane Taylor by disqualification
-- Madison Rayne defeated Holidead (w/Thunder Rosa)
-- Matt Taven defeated Rocky Romero
-- Tag Wars First-Round Match: PCO and Brody King of Villain Enterprises defeated TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia of The Kingdom
-- Bandido defeated Silas Young
-- Tag Wars First-Round Match: ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams of LifeBlood
Rhett Titus vs. “The Villain” Marty Scurll
The “Flex Express” rolled into Dallas looking to upset “The Villain,” and for a while it looked like Titus might do exactly that. He scored several near falls, including one after hitting a buckle bomb followed by a powerbomb. Scurll, however, showed why he is one of the top contenders to the ROH World Title. The Survival of the Fittest winner got his knees up on Titus’s Big Dawg Splash, and then hit a Destroyer followed by Graduation for the win.
Tag Wars First-Round Match: Karl Fredericks and Alex Coughlin of the NJPW L.A. Dojo vs. IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson and David Finlay of LifeBlood
The Young Lions took the fight to Robinson and Finlay right from the start and made it clear that they wouldn’t be pushovers. Every time Robinson and Finlay gained the advantage, Fredericks and Coughlin were able to halt their momentum. Fredericks hit a spinebuster on Finlay for a near fall, and then applied a Lion Tamer to Finlay while Coughlin did the same to Robinson. Finlay, the legal man, made it to the ropes to break the hold. Finlay came back with a big lariat to Coughlin, and then hit his Trash Panda finisher on him for the tougher-than-expected win.
Proving Ground Match: ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Clark Connors of the NJPW L.A. Dojo
If Connors could defeat Cobb or last the time limit, he would receive a future shot at Cobb’s title. The legendary Katsuyori Shibata, the header trainer at the NJWP L.A. Dojo, looked on from ringside as Cobb seized control right after the opening bell. Connors got a reprieve after he moved out of the way of Cobb’s standing moonsault. Shockingly, the Young Lion scooped up Cobb and slammed him, and then hit a spinebuster. Cobb caught Connors coming off the ropes, however, and suplexed him. Cobb then finished him off with Tour of the Islands.
Dalton Castle and The Boys vs. ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Shane Taylor
Castle was going to start the match for his side, but Jay Briscoe wanted one of the Boys in there. The Boys were willing and the crowd wanted it, so Castle tagged one of them in. Not surprisingly, the Briscoes brutalized and toyed with The Boys. It was a different story once Castle was tagged in, as he ran wild on both Briscoes. Castle hit Bang-a-Rang on Mark Briscoe, but Taylor pulled the referee out of the ring before he could complete the three count. The referee promptly disqualified the Briscoes and Taylor for Taylor’s interference.
An irate Taylor punched the referee. Taylor and the Briscoes then beat down Castle and The Boys until Juice Robinson and David Finlay made the save. Robinson and Finlay extended their hands to Castle, who hesitated at first but then shook their hands.
Madison Rayne vs. Holidead (w/Thunder Rosa)
Rayne gained the early advantage, but a distraction by Thunder Rosa allowed Holidead to take a cheap shot and seize control. Holidead used her size advantage to punish Rayne, including picking her up and driving her spine-first into three corners of the ring. Rayne rallied with a tornado DDT, step-up enziguri for a near fall and cutter for a near fall. Another distraction by Rosa stopped Rayne, and Holidead hit a spinebuster. Holidead went for her Go Home Driver finisher, but Rayne slipped free and maneuvered her into a pinning position for the win.
After the match, Holidead and Thunder Rosa attacked Rayne until Sumie Sakai came out with a chair and ran them off.
Matt Taven vs. Rocky Romero
Before the match between the only two men to hold titles in ROH, NJPW and CMLL began, Taven agreed to put his “real world title” on the line. Taven appeared to be taking Romero lightly, and that allowed Romero to gain the early advantage. The match eventually became a fast-paced, back-and-forth contest. Taven seized control after Romero was distracted by red balloons floating from under the ring (usually a sign that Taven’s fellow Kingdom member Vinny Marseglia is there, but Marseglia did not appear). Taven targeted Romero’s back, punishing him both in and out of the ring. Romero rallied and scored several near falls, but Taven caught him on a springboard off the ropes and hit Climax for the victory.
Marseglia and TK O’Ryan came to the ring to celebrate with Taven. The three Kingdom members then surrounded Romero, but before they could do anything, Brody King’s music hit.
Tag Wars First-Round Match: PCO and Brody King of Villain Enterprises vs. TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia of The Kingdom
Before the match began, Marty Scurll came out to chase Matt Taven to the back. The Kingdom gained control early in the match as they targeted PCO’s one good eye and double-teamed him. They hit a scary-looking double flapjack on PCO that spiked him on his head. Somehow, PCO kicked out and got back to his feet (perhaps he really isn’t human). Later, The Kingdom hit House of 1,000 Horses on PCO, but King made the save. Marseglia placed King on a table outside the ring and went for senton off the top rope, but King moved and Marseglia crashed through the table. King went on to hit a Gonzo Bomb on O’Ryan, and PCO followed with a moonsault for the win.
Silas Young vs. Bandido
“The Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling” clearly was not impressed by all the buzz over Bandido, one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars, signing with ROH. Young showed why he is a two-time former ROH World Television Champion and capable of beating anyone on a given night, as he was in control for the majority of the 20-minute match. He used every dirty trick in his arsenal to ground the high-flyer, including biting and pulling hair. Bandido had spurts of offense, but he couldn’t sustain the momentum. Young was unable to put Bandido, away, however, and the exciting luchador hit his 21 Plex finisher to pull out the win.
After the match, Bandido offered to adhere to the Code of Honor. Young shook Bandido’s hand, but then kicked him in his left knee. Bandido crumpled to the mat in pain. He had to be helped to the back and later was taken to a medical facility.
Tag Wars First-Round Match: ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham vs. Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams of LifeBlood
These two teams put on a technical wrestling clinic that had the crowd cheering for all four of them and chanting “ROH!” There were too many high-impact strikes, holds, submission moves and near falls to list. During the latter stages of the match, Williams hit a Death Valley Driver on Lethal, and Haskins followed with a double stomp off the top rope for a near fall. Shortly thereafter, Lethal launched Gresham across the ring, and the airborne Gresham landed a cutter on Williams for the victory.
After the match, the four men raised each other’s hands as the crowd expressed its appreciation for them. At that point, Silas Young and Shane Taylor came out to the stage. Suddenly, the Briscoes attacked Lethal, Gresham, Haskins and Williams from behind. Young and Taylor then joined in on the beatdown. LifeBlood’s Juice Robinson and David Finlay came out for the save, but they also were beaten down. Jay Briscoe hit a Jay Driller on Robinson to end the show on a sour note.
Road to G1 Supercard heads to Houston tonight for Night 2 of Tag Wars and an ROH World Title Match between champion Jay Lethal and The Kingdom’s Vinny Marseglia. The tour concludes tomorrow night in San Antonio for the Tag Wars semifinals and finals. Both shows will be streamed LIVE for HonorClub.