8/24/19 - Saturday Night At Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA -- RUSH and Jeff Cobb were the sole survivors, as the All-Stars (RUSH, Cobb, Jay Lethal and Kenny King) defeated the Champions (Matt Taven, Shane Taylor and the Briscoes) in an elimination eight-man tag match in the main event of Ring of Honor’s Saturday Night at Center Stage last night.
In other matches: Villain Enterprises’ PCO suffered a gruesome cut about his right eye early in the tag team bout pitting him and Brody King against LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams, but he refused medical attention and continued the match; Marty Scurll and Bandido met in a dream match that electrified the sellout crowd; Joe Hendry made an impactful debut, and more!
-- Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Brody King defeated LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams
-- The Allure’s Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon) defeated Sumie Sakai
-- Silas Young, Okumura and Felino (w/Josh Woods) defeated Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)
-- Triple Threat Match for Shot at ROH World Television Title: Chase Owens defeated LSG and PJ Black
-- Marty Scurll defeated Bandido
-- Champions vs. All-Stars Elimination Match: All-Stars (RUSH, Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal and Kenny King) defeated Champions (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor and ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe)
LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams vs. Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Brody King
Less than two minutes into the match, PCO suffered a malfunction that caused him to deliver a suicide dive on the opposite side of where his intended targets were. He landed face first on the floor and came up dazed and bleeding profusely from a deep gash above his right eye. The “not human” PCO refused medical attention and continued the match.
The two teams battled back and forth, exchanging one hard-hitting move after another. Williams hit an assisted piledriver on King, but PCO made the save. Haskins hit a Death Valley Driver on PCO onto the apron. Flip Gordon came down to ringside and nailed Williams in the back with a chair behind the referee’s back. King followed with a Gonzo Bomb on Williams for the victory.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Express go face to face with Briscoes
The legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) came to the ring to talk about how happy they were to be back in Atlanta and their title match against ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe on Sunday night at Honor for All in Nashville, Tenn. The Briscoes interrupted. A verbal confrontation quickly escalated, and security came out to separate the two teams.
The Allure’s Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon) vs. Sumie Sakai
Love, competing in her first one-on-one match in Women of Honor, attacked Sakai from behind at the opening bell. Sakai rallied and hit a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Sakai applied a Cross Armbreaker, but Love made it to the ropes. Leon sprayed hair spray in Sakai’s face behind the referee’s back, and Love followed with Botox Injection for the victory.
Silas Young, Okumura and Felino (w/Josh Woods) vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)
After 3S seized control early, Young and CMLL stars Okumura and Felino isolated Cheeseburger. Eventually, Isom tagged in and ran wild on all three of his opponents. Nova attempted a Frankensteiner on Felino off the top rope, but Felino turned it into a powerbomb for the win.
After the match, the Code of Honor was adhered to. Young asked Woods if he’s learned what he’s been teaching him. Woods responded by hitting a low blow on Okumura and landing an exploder suplex on Felino. Young was pleased.
Triple Threat Match for Shot at ROH World Television Title: Chase Owens vs. LSG vs. PJ Black
The winner of this match receives a shot at Shane Taylor’s title Sunday night at Honor for All in Nashville. Bullet Club’s Owens hit a running knee strike on LSG for a near fall. Black gained a head of steam and seized control of the match. He stacked his two opponents and hit a moonsault on both. He covered Owens for a near fall, and then LSG for a near fall. LSG came back with a 450 Splash on Owens, but Black made the save. Owens nailed LSG with a running knee and then a package piledriver for the win.
Dalton Castle is interrupted by Joe Hendry
Castle came to the ring and talked about being the most entertaining person in ROH and being overlooked by ROH officials. He said he will become ROH World Champion again and won’t let anyone stand in his way. International star Joe Hendry, who signed with ROH recently, came out to the stage.
Hendry said he’s in ROH to become world champion, and Castle can be the “first chapter in the Joe Hendry story.” Castle said that as of now, Hendry is just the second-most entertaining person in ROH.
Bandido vs. Marty Scurll
The two top stars were meeting in a singles match for the first time in an ROH ring. It was a stalemate early until Scurll poked Bandido in the eyes. Bandido rallied and hit Fosbury Flop. Scurll came back with a powerbomb for a near fall and Ghostbuster for a near fall. Bandido landed a GTS and standing shooting star press for near falls. Bandido hit a fallaway moonsault slam, but it took a lot out of him as well, and he was unable to make a cover. A short time later, Scurll hit Black Plague for the win.
After the match, Scurll surprisingly adhered to the Code of Honor and said he’d like to wrestle Bandido one more time.
Champions vs. All-Stars Elimination Match: Champions (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor and ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe) vs. All-Stars (RUSH, Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal and Kenny King w/Amy Rose)
Teammates for a night, rivals Lethal and King began brawling with each other before the start of the match, but eventually order was restored. The Briscoes hit Redneck Boogie on King, but Cobb made the save. A little while later, King rolled up Jay Briscoe for a three count after Brisoe threw water on Rose. Jay Briscoe is eliminated.
Former associates King and Taylor went at it, culminating with Taylor hitting Greetings from 216 on him. King is eliminated.
Lethal was isolated, but he rallied and hit Lethal Injection on Mark Briscoe. Mark Briscoe is eliminated.
Taven hit a low blow on Lethal after the referee was temporarily incapacitated. He then connected with Just the Tip, and Taylor followed with a running knee strike, but Cobb made the save. Lethal went for Lethal Injection on Taylor, but Taylor caught him and hit Greetings from 216 to pin the two-time former ROH World Champion. It’s a huge feather in the cap ofTaylor, who has vowed to break Lethal’s records for most combined days and most title defenses as ROH World Television Champion. Lethal is eliminated.
After RUSH got the better of an exchange with Taylor, he went for Bull’s Horns, but Taven blasted him in the back with a chair. Taven was disqualified. Taven is eliminated.
Taven continued to assault RUSH with the chair, but RUSH -- who issued a challenge to Taven at Summer Supercard a couple weeks ago -- managed to get back on his feet and face Taven. At that point, Taven decided to leave. Shortly thereafter, RUSH hit Bull’s Horns on Taylor to win the match for his team. Taylor is eliminated. RUSH are Cobb are the sole survivors.
After the match, Cobb extended his hand to RUSH, but RUSH kicked it away and bumped Cobb with his shoulder as he exited the ring.