6/28/19 - Best In The World PPV - Baltimore, MD
BALTIMORE -- Matt Taven’s ROH World Title and Jeff Cobb’s undefeated streak were on the line in the main event of the Best in the World pay-per-view at UMBC Event Center on June 28.
In other developments: Villain Enterprises revealed their fourth member in dramatic fashion, and no one saw it coming -- especially LifeBlood; “The Maneater” stormed onto the scene and made a huge first impression; NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis’ mystery partner against the Briscoes was no stranger to wrestling fans.
-- RUSH defeated Flip Gordon
-- Dalton Castle defeated Dragon Lee
-- The Allure (Angelina Love and Mandy Leon w/Velvet Sky) defeated Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein and Jenny Rose
-- Best-of-Three-Series Match 3: Kenny King defeated Jay Lethal (King wins series, 2-1)
-- Pure Rules Match: Jonathan Gresham defeated Silas Young
-- The Briscoes versus NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis and Eli Drake ended in a double countout
-- ROH World Television Title Match: Champion Shane Taylor defeated Bandido
-- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated PJ Black and LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams
-- ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven defeated Jeff Cobb
Flip Gordon vs. RUSH
These two got the night off to a hot start, as they battled back and forth and maintained a fast pace. Gordon scored near falls after a Falcon Arrow and springboard spear, but when he went for a suicide dive, RUSH caugh him and slammed him into the barricade. RUSH risked disqualification by throwing a garbage can at Gordon, but the referee let it go. Back inside the ring, RUSH nailed Gordon with Bull’s Horns, nearly knocking him unconscious, and pinned him to remain undefeated.
After the match, Quinn McKay interviewed RUSH at ringside. He said he didn’t come to ROH to play, and nothing happens unless he says so.
Nick Aldis introduces his tag partner
The NWA Worlds Champion came to the ring and was about to reveal the identity of his tag partner against the Briscoes later tonight, but he was interrupted by James Storm. Storm was angry that Aldis did not choose him, and he demanded Aldis tell him who his partner is right now. Aldis said the man can tell Storm himself. Eli Drake came out to the stage, confirming that he is Aldis’ partner and the NWA’s latest signee.
Dragon Lee vs. Dalton Castle
In a repeat of Castle’s 16-second loss to RUSH, Lee’s older brother, at G1 Supercard in April, Lee stormed out of the gate, hit Bull’s Horns twice and made a cover. This time, Castle kicked out at two. Castle was incensed. He tossed Lee into the barricade and into the front row on three different sides of the ring. On his fourth attempt, Lee reversed it and sent Castle into the barricade. After they exchanged near falls, Castle hit Bang-a-Rang, but he didn’t go for the cover. Instead, he hit Bull’s Horns, and then he covered Lee for the victory.
The Allure (Angelina Love and Mandy Leon w/Velvet Sky) vs. Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein and Jenny Rose
Klein and Rose jumped on Love and Leon right as the opening bell sounded. Outside interference by Sky halted their momentum. Love took out Klein and Rose with a crossbody off the top rope to the floor. Later, Rose slammed Leon off the apron to the floor. Klein hit a fallaway slam on Love off the middle rope for a near fall. While the referee was distracted, Leon hit Klein in the back of the head with a high heel shoe. Love nailed Klein with a pump kick to pin the champion.
After the match, the lights went out and “The Maneater” video played on the screen. When the lights came back on, Maria Manic was in the ring. The Allure took off. Security tried to escort Manic out of the ring, but she attacked them. After knocking several of the men out of the ring, she lifted up one of them in a Razor’s Edge position and tossed him over the top rope onto the others.
Best-of-Three-Series Match 3: Kenny King vs. Jay Lethal (Series tied, 1-1)
King immediately went to work on Lethal’s bad elbow, which was injured by King after their previous match. These two bitter rivals pulled out all the stops, including King suplexing Lethal onto the edge of the apron from the floor. King hit a Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Lethal put King in the Figure-Four Leglock, but ringside attendant Amy Rose -- who previously had assisted King when he was “blind” -- slid King’s walking stick into the ring. Lethal released the hold to question Rose. She headed to the back.
Lethal hit Lethal Injection, but King kicked out. King rallied with a Blockbuster and a clothesline. Then he hit Lethal Injection and Royal Flush to win the match and the series.
Pure Rules Match: Jonathan Gresham vs. Silas Young
The rules of the match were as follows:
-- Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts on or under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal.
-- Closed-fist punches to the face are not permitted; only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body are permitted excluding low-blows. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning, and the second will be a disqualification.
After nearly 20 minutes of exchanging holds, both competitors were out of rope breaks. While the referee was momentarily distracted, Gresham hit a low blow. It was uncharacteristic of the technical wrestling marvel, but it was payback for Young hitting Gresham low in their two previous encounters. Gresham locked on The Octopus. Young grabbed the ropes, but the rules prevented the referee from forcing Gresham to release the hold. Young tapped out.
The Briscoes vs. NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis and Eli Drake
This grudge tag match was chaotic right from the start. After just over 10 minutes of fast and furious action, all four men battled on the floor and were counted out. During the melee, Drake went to spit water at Jay Briscoe, but he ended up spraying James Storm, who was sitting in on commentary.
After the match, the Briscoes were about to put Aldis through a table, but Aldis’ bodyguard Kamille hit the ring and speared Mark Briscoe. Security tried to restore order, but the Briscoes attacked them. The Briscoes put Aldis back on the table, and Mark Briscoe hit Froggy Bow on him to break the table.
ROH World Television Title: Champion Shane Taylor vs. Bandido
Taylor’s first title defense was against the man who pinned him shortly before he won the title. This match pitted Bandido’s high flying moves against Taylor’s size and power advantage. Taylor hit a splash off the middle rope for a near fall, and later planted Bandido with a package piledriver for a near fall. Taylor attempted a crossbody off the middle rope, but in an amazing show of strength, Bandido caught the big man and slammed him for a near fall. Bandido followed with a Shooting Star Press. Bandido went for 21 Plex, but Taylor caught him and hit Greetings From 216 to earn a hard-fought victory.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) vs. PJ Black and LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams
The champions came to the ring wearing Road Warriors-style spiked shoulder pads and new, personalized title belts. Williams, with an assist from Haskins and Black, hit a spike piledriver on PCO for a near fall. PCO climbed the ropes but was stopped by a kick from Haskins, and Williams powerbombed PCO onto the apron. King hit the Gonzo Bomb on Black, and PCO followed with a moonsault for the win.
After the match, Black was helped to the back. Suddenly, the Soldiers of Savagery hit the ring and attacked Haskins and Williams. Their fellow LifeBlood member Bandido came out to make the save, but he was attacked from behind by Bully Ray. Flip Gordon came out with a kendo stick and faced off with Bully, his longtime nemesis, who had a chair in his hand. Ray backed down and left the ring.
Haskins and Williams, who last month extended an offer to Gordon to join LifeBlood, presented him with a LifeBlood t-shirt. Gordon put it on and embraced Haskins and Williams. At that point, a pre-taped video of Scurll appeared on the screen. Scurll congratulated LifeBlood on getting a new member, and then said that Villain Enterprises also has a new member. The camera panned to reveal Gordon standing next to Scurll.
Gordon attacked LifeBlood, and Scurll, PCO and King came down to the ring to make it four-on-two. Haskins was placed on a table outside the ring, and Gordon hit a 450 Splash on him to break the table.
ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven vs. Jeff Cobb
Earlier in the evening, ROH COO Joe Koff had The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia thrown out of the building, in keeping with the mandate that the Kingdom members are banned from Taven’s title defenses.
Cobb took control early in the match, but Taven seized the advantage after hitting a suicide dive to Cobb’s back that drove the challenger headfirst into the barricade. Back inside the ring, Cobb hit a huge clothesline and followed with a standing moonsault for a near fall. Taven came back with three successive Just the Tip knee strikes, but he only got a one count. Taven hit Climax, but Cobb kicked out at two. Cobb went for Tour of the Islands, but Taven blocked it and hit Climax again to win the match and hand Cobb his first pinfall loss in ROH.