7/21/19 - Mass Hysteria - Lowell, MA
LOWELL, Mass. -- Alex Shelley returned to the ring for the first time in more than a year, teaming with Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham against The Kingdom (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) in the main event at Mass Hysteria in Lowell, Mass., Sunday night.
In other bouts: One night after winning the ROH World Tag Team Titles for the 11th time in an epic war against Guerrillas of Destiny, the Briscoes put the titles on the line against The Bouncers; the next chapter in the LifeBlood-Villain Enterprises rivalry was written; RUSH and Dalton Castle faced off in a grudge rematch from G1 Supercard; Shane Taylor defended the ROH World Television Title against Eli Isom; and more!
-- ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Briscoes defeated The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)
-- Christian Casanova defeated “One Man Thrill Ride” Jimmy Preston (w/Jared Silberkleit)
-- Silas Young defeated PJ Black
-- Tasha Steelz defeated Karissa Rivera and Angelina Love in a Triple Threat Match to retain her title shot against WOH World Champion Kelly Klein at Summer Supercard on Aug. 9
-- Kenny King defeated Dragon Lee
-- ROH World Television Title Match: Champion Shane Taylor defeated Eli Isom
-- Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and PCO (w/Flip Gordon) defeated Lifeblood’s Bandido and Mark Haskins (w/Tracy Williams)
-- RUSH defeated Dalton Castle by disqualification
-- Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley and Jonathan Gresham defeated The Kingdom (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)
ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)
Given both teams’ penchant for brawling, it was no surprise that this was a fight right from the opening bell. Both teams were banged up from Manhattan Mayhem, as the Briscoes went through a war with Guerrillas of Destiny, and The Bouncers were attacked with chairs by The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia.
The Bouncers had Mark Briscoe set up for Last Call, but Jay Briscoe powerbombed Milonas off the middle rope. Mark followed with Froggy Bow for the win. After the match, The Bouncers and Briscoes shook hands and joined together for the Toast of Honor.
After The Bouncers exited, Guerrillas of Destiny hit the ring from behind and nailed the Briscoes with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Title belts, busting them open. The beatdown continued, and G.O.D. disrespectfully tossed around the ROH World Tag Team Title belts.
“One Man Thrill Ride” Jimmy Preston (w/Jared Silberkleit) vs. Christian Casanova
In a matchup of two local competitors, Casanova hit a flying legdrop off the top rope to score an impressive victory.
PJ Black vs. Silas Young
Young took the match outside the ring to gain the early advantage, but Black rallied. He hit a springboard moonsault for a near fall and a Spanish Fly off the top for a near fall. Black went up top for another move, but Young pushed him off and Black landed split-legged on the top turnbuckle. Young followed with Misery for the victory.
Tasha Steelz vs. Krissy Rivera vs. The Allure’s Angelina Love (w/Velvet Sky)
Before the match got underway, Love challenged Steelz to put up her title shot against WOH World Champion Kelly Klein at Summer Supercard in Toronto on Aug. 9. The fearless, confident Steelz agreed to the stipulation.
Love hit Botox Injection on Rivera, but Steelz dumped Love out of the ring and hit a cutter on Rivera for the victory. After the match, Sky entered the ring and sprayed Steelz in the face with hair spray, and Love hit Botox Injection on Steelz. Klein, who had been sitting in on commentary, came into the ring, and Love and Sky exited. Klein helped up Steelz and Rivera. Steelz got in Klein’s face and said, “I’ll see you in Toronto.”
Suddenly, the lights went out. When they came back on, Maria Manic was in the ring. She grabbed Rivera by the throat. Sume Sakai came out and intervened, but Manic put her in the Torture Rack. Two members of security hit the ring, and Manic clotheslined them.
Kenny King vs. Dragon Lee
Lee had the momentum until Amy Rose left her seat at the ringside table and distracted him. That allowed King to hit a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. When Lee regained the advantage later in the match and was setting up for a knee strike, Rose again provided a distraction. This time, King hit Royal Flush on Lee for the win.
After the match, King grabbed a microphone and said he’s headed to Mexico shortly to invade CMLL. He and Rose headed to the back together.
ROH World Television Title Match: Champion Shane Taylor vs. Eli Isom
During his entrance, Isom asked his mentor, Cheeseburger, to remain in the back. Taylor quickly seized control of the match and punished Isom. At one point, Taylor hip-tossed Isom off the apron and sent him crashing to the floor. After Taylor missed a splash from the second rope, however, Isom began to rally. He hit a twisting frog splash for a near fall, a DDT for a near fall and Kryptonite Krunch for an especially close near fall.
Taylor answered with two big right hands, but Isom kept battling. Taylor nailed Isom flush with a headbutt and followed with a powerbomb, knee strike and package piledriver, but somehow Isom kicked out, which shocked both Taylor and the crowd. Another big right from Taylor and Greetings from 216 finally finished off the determined young challenger.
After the match, Cheeseburger came to the ring and helped Isom to the back.
Lifeblood’s Bandido and Mark Haskins (w/Tracy Williams) vs. Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and PCO (w/Flip Gordon)
This was originally scheduled to be an ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match with Villain Enterprises (Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defending against LifeBlood (Bandido, Haskins and Williams), but neither King nor Gordon were medically cleared to compete after suffering injuries at Manhattan Mayhem.
Scurll and PCO isolated Bandido and targeted his neck. PCO, with an assist from Scurll, hit a cannonball off the top rope onto Bandido, but Haskins made the save. Bandido rallied and hit Spanish Fly off the top rope on PCO for a near fall. Bandido set up for 21 Plex on PCO, but when he hit the ropes, Gordon nailed him in the back with Scurll’s umbrella out of the view of the referee. As Haskins and Williams chased Gordon to the back, Scurll applied the chicken wing to Bandido, who had no choice but to tap out.
RUSH vs. Dalton Castle
Reminiscent of his 16-second win over Castle at G1 Supercard in April, RUSH charged across the ring at Castle right after the opening bell. This time, Castle was ready for it, and he exited the ring. Castle lingered on the floor for a bit to ensure that he would last longer than 16 seconds.
Once the match began, Castle was ultra-aggressive. Taking a page from RUSH’s playbook, Castle rammed the Mexican star into the barricade multiple times. RUSH rallied by hitting a snap German suplex, and then he returned the favor by throwing Castle into the barricade three times. He also tossed a garbage can at Castle for good measure. Castle brought a chair into the ring, but RUSH nailed him with a big forearm. Out of desperation, Castle hit a low blow and was disqualified.
After the match, Castle threw the chair at RUSH’s head and then proceeded to assault RUSH’s left shoulder with the weapon.
Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley and Jonathan Gresham vs. The Kingdom (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)
Shelley, back in the ring for the first time in more than a year, was in great shape and showed no signs of ring rust. At one point, Shelley -- who will face Taven for the ROH World Title at Summer Supercard on Aug. 9 -- ran wild on all three Kingdom members and applied a single leg crab on O’Ryan and Marseglia simultaneously until Taven made the save.
Gresham and Lethal teamed up for a Cornette Cutter on O’Ryan, but Marseglia made the save. Lethal hit Lethal Injection on O’Ryan, and Shelley then locked on Border City Stretch on O’Ryan and forced him to tap out.