1/25/19 - Road To G1 Supercard - Houston, TX
Friday night at NRG Arena in Houston, Ring of Honor presented Road to G1 Supercard: Houston. Watch the replay now on HonorClub!
Night 2 of Tag Wars -- a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles -- featured three big first-round matches.Also, LifeBlood squared off with Bully Ray, the Briscoes, Silas Young and Shane Taylor in a huge 10-man tag match; ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and WOH World Champion Kelly Klein both put their titles on the line, and more!
-- Tag Wars First-Round Match: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas) defeated The Boys
-- Sumie Sakai defeated Thunder Rosa (w/Holidead) by disqualification
-- Twisted Sisterz (Holidead and Thunder Rosa) defeated Sumie Sakai and Madison Rayne
-- Tag Wars First-Round Match: Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) defeated Cheeseburger and Eli Isom (w/Ryan Nova)
-- Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated Karl Fredericks, Alex Coughlin and Clark Connors of the NJPW L.A. Dojo
-- TK O’Ryan defeated Jonathan Gresham
-- ROH World Title Match: Champion Jay Lethal defeated Vinny Marseglia
-- WOH World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein defeated Dr. Britt Baker
-- Tag Wars First-Round Match: Kenny King and MVP defeated Colt Cabana and Willie Mack
-- Proving Ground Match: Rocky Romero defeated Dalton Castle and ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
-- LifeBlood (IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson, Bandido, Mark Haskins, “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams and David Finlay) defeated Bully Ray, ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe, Silas Young and Shane Taylor
Tag Wars First-Round Match: The Boys vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas)
The Boys gained the early advantage with their superior quickness and conditioning, but The Bouncers eventually used their size and power advantage to seize control. Milonas picked up both Boys and body-slammed them. The Boys proved surprisingly resilient, however, teaming up to hit Sliced Bread and a double stomp on Bruiser for a near fall. Milonas answered with a Black Hole Slam on one of The Boys. Then Milonas and Bruiser hit Last Call for the win.
After the match, The Bouncers did the Toast of Honor with The Boys. The Bouncers drank beer as usual, but they gave The Boys chocolate milk.
Thunder Rosa (w/Holidead) vs. Sumie Sakai
The night before in Dallas, Sakai saved Madison Rayne from a two-on-one attack by Holidead and Rosa after Rayne had defeated Holidead, so there was bad blood between Sakai and the Twisted Sisterz heading into this match. Less than two minutes in, Holidead interfered, and the referee disqualified Rosa.
Twisted Sisterz double-teamed Sakai after the match. Rayne returned the favor by saving her. Rayne challenged Twisted Sisterz to face her and Sakai in a tag match right now, and the challenge was accepted.
Twisted Sisterz (Holidead and Thunder Rosa) vs. Sumie Sakai and Madison Rayne
Sakai and Rayne got off to a hot start, but Twisted Sisterz halted their momentum with illegal double-team tactics. They isolated Sakai and punished her for a long stretch. Sakai eventually tagged in Rayne, who hit a cutter on Rosa and made a cover, but Holidead broke it up. Rosa later rolled up Rayne and held the tights for the victory. After the match, a frustrated Rayne left the ring without Sakai.
Tag Wars First-Round Match: Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) vs. Cheeseburger and Eli Isom (w/Ryan Nova)
After several minutes of back-and-forth action, Isom hit Air Raid Crash on LSG for a near fall. Ali came back with a Doctor Bomb on Isom, but Cheeseburger made the save. After Cheeseburger nailed LSG with Shotei, Isom hit a springboard frog splash, and Cheeseburger followed with a senton off the top rope. Isom and Cheeseburger both covered LSG, but Ali came off the top rope with a diving headbutt for the save. Ali hit a swing-out slam on Cheeseburger and then took out Isom with a suicide dive. LSG followed with a cannonball 450 on Cheeseburger for the win.
Karl Fredericks, Alex Coughlin and Clark Connors of the NJPW L.A. Dojo vs. Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King)
After PCO missed a senton on Connors and landed hard on the apron, The Young Lions took control and isolated Scurll. Scurll eventually tagged in King, who ran wild on all three of his opponents. King and Scurll combined on a double sunset flip into a German suplex on Connors, but Fredericks and Coughlin broke up the pin. King back-body-dropped PCO over the top rope into a cannonball on Fredericks and Coughlin on the floor. King then hit a Gonzo Bomb on Connors, and PCO followed with a moonsault for the victory.
TK O'Ryan vs. Jonathan Gresham
This match was originally scheduled to be Matt Taven versus Gresham, but Taven came down to the ring with O’Ryan and said that Gresham was just Jay Lethal’s lackey and wasn’t worthy of getting a shot at Taven’s “real world title.” O’Ryan said he would give Gresham a chance to prove himself worthy of facing Taven by wrestling him right now. Gresham agreed to the match against O’Ryan.
O’Ryan gained the early advantage through the use of underhanded tactics, but Gresham rallied and trapped O’Ryan in the Octopus. At that point, red balloons floated from under the ring, and O’Ryan’s fellow Kingdom member Vinny Marseglia jumped up on the apron. O’Ryan was tapping out, but the referee didn’t see it because he was distracted by Marseglia. Gresham released the hold and knocked down Marseglia, but O’Ryan scooped up Gresham and pinned him with his feet on the ropes for extra leverage to score the upset.
O’Ryan and Marseglia double-teamed Gresham after the match. Lethal came down for the save. Lethal, who was scheduled to defend his ROH World Title against Marseglia later in the evening, challenged Marseglia to face him right now. Marseglia agreed.
ROH World Title Match: Champion Jay Lethal vs. Vinny Marseglia
Marseglia, who days earlier said he wanted to win the title from Lethal just so he could throw the title belt in the trash, grabbed the belt before the opening bell and kicked it. That incensed Lethal, who was all over Marseglia. Marseglia halted Lethal’s momentum by “accidentally” stradling Lethal on the top rope. Marseglia hit a modified Side Effect for a near fall. Lethal came back with a Death Valley Driver and Lethal Injection for the win.
WOH World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein vs. Dr. Britt Baker
This match was a late addition to the card, and the crowd was surprised to see Baker, who has been in the headlines as of late. During the pre-match Code of Honor, Klein shook Baker’s hand but then pulled her in and delivered a head-butt to Baker’s mouth. That set the tone for a hard-hitting, intense match. Baker hit a Rocker Dropper on Klein, and the champion uncharacteristically began backing off. Baker ripped the mouthguard from Klein’s mouth and delivered a jawbreaker and superkick for a near fall. Baker later applied a Mandible Claw, but Klein made it to the ropes to break the hold. Klein came back with a hard knee to Baker’s face. Klein then applied her End of the Match submission hold for the win.
Tag Wars First-Round Match: Colt Cabana and Willie Mack vs. Kenny King and MVP
King’s mystery partner was revealed to be MVP, his former teammate in the Beat Down Clan from several years ago. This was just MVP’s second appearance in ROH, and his first since 2005. After several minutes of back-and-forth action, Mack hit a Samoan Drop on MVP followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. MVP answered with The Playmaker -- a move he’s used to amass many victories over the years -- on Mack, who shocked MVP by kicking out at two. Later, MVP hit Yakuza kicks on both Mack and Cabana. King then connected with Royal Flush on Cabana for the win.
Proving Ground Match: ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Dalton Castle vs. Rocky Romero
This match was originally scheduled to be a four-way with Bandido, but he was not medically cleared to compete after suffering a knee injury the night before due to a cheap shot from Silas Young. If either Castle or Romero wins the match, they will receive a future shot at Cobb’s title, regardless of whether Cobb is the one who loses the fall.
During the latter stages of the match, it turned into a three-way slugfest. Later, Cobb took over with a double Saito suplex, but Castle came back by clotheslining Cobb over the top rope and following with a dive onto the champion. With Cobb neutralized, Castle went for Bang-a-Rang on Romero, but Romero slipped out and rolled into a pinning combination for the surprising victory.
Bully Ray, ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe, Silas Young and Shane Taylor vs. LifeBlood (IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins, “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams and David Finlay) in a handicap match
This was originally scheduled to be an eight-man tag match without Bully Ray, but he came down to the ring before the opening bell. He got in referee Todd Sinclair’s face and blamed him for his loss to Flip Gordon in the I Quit Match at Final Battle. Bully said that he never said the words “I quit” (technically, he is correct). He demanded that Sinclair add him to the match and make it a handicap. Robinson said he was fine with it if that’s what the fans wanted, and the match was made.
Bully and his team took advantage of their numbers advantage and isolated Robinson. LifeBlood appeared to be in a lot of trouble, but then Bandido limped down to the ring with his midsection wrapped. Sinclair allowed Bandido to join the match and even the sides. Bandido made an immediate impact, hitting 21 Plex on Young and then taking out the Briscoes and Taylor with a moonsault to the floor. Bandido went on to hit a corkscrew crossbody on Bully, but all of Bully’s teammates broke up the pin.
The match degenerated into a 10-man brawl. Williams superplexed Mark Briscoe off the top rope onto Jay Briscoe, Taylor, Young, Haskins and Finlay. Inside the ring, Robinson hit a spinebuster on Bully, and Bandido followed with a frog splash on Bully for the victory.
Road to G1 Supercard concludes tonight in San Antonio, where the semifinals and finals of Tag Wars will take place, WOH World Champion Kelly Klein defends her title against former champion Sumie Sakai, and Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll takes on LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins.