9/27/19 - Death Before Dishonor PPV - Las Vegas, NV
Silas Young and Vinny Marseglia
LAS VEGAS -- The undefeated RUSH was undeniable at Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view Friday night at Sam’s Town Live. And now “El Toro Blanco” is the new ROH World Champion.
RUSH defeated defending champion Matt Taven in an instant classic to become the first Mexican-born wrestler to win the ROH World Title.
In another title change, The Allure’s Angelina Love scored a controversial victory over Kelly Klein to win the Women of Honor World Championship.
Also on the show: ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes and ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor successfully defended their titles; the first round of the Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament began; Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham squared off in an emotional encounter; The Bouncers battled Vincent and Silas Young in one of the most brutal, sadistic matches in ROH history; and Bully Ray wreaked havoc in his return.
-- Jeff Cobb defeated Brody King
-- Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament First Round Match: Marty Scurll defeated Colt Cabana
-- Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament First Round Match (No Disqualification): PCO defeated Kenny King (w/Amy Rose)
-- Women of Honor World Title Match: The Allure’s Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon) defeated champion Kelly Klein to win the title’
-- Jonathan Gresham defeated Jay Lethal
-- Anything Goes Barroom Brawl: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated Vincent and Silas Young
-- ROH World Television Title Four Corner Survival Match: Champion Shane Taylor defeated Flip Gordon, Tracy Williams and Dragon Lee
-- ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated LifeBlood’s Bandido and Mark Haskins
-- ROH World Title Match: RUSH defeated champion Matt Taven to win the title
Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King
This main event-caliber match, the first-ever singles encounter between them as well as King’s first one-on-one match in ROH, headlined the free pre-show. As expected, this was a hard-hitting contest. Cobb hit a delayed superplex and a standing moonsault. King answered with a Frankensteiner, suicide dive and a cannonball while Cobb was draped over the bottom rope. King then planted Cobb with a piledriver for a very close near fall.
Cobb rallied, and he and King exchanged German suplexes. Cobb went on to hit Tour of the Islands for the win. Cobb and King adhered to the Code of Honor after the match.
Dalton Castle in-ring interview
Castle came to the ring with some Boys (not The Boys) for an interview with Quinn McKay. Castle said he’s there to entertain everyone, not to fight. He threw around some glitter. Joe Hendry came out. Castle unveiled a mimosa. Hendry threw to a karaoke video parodying Castle. Castle didn’t see the humor in it, and he threw his drink in Hendry’s face and left. Hendry snatched Castle’s Boys and hit a double fallaway slam on them.
Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament First Round Match: Marty Scurll vs. Colt Cabana
Scurll hit a snap powerbomb for a near fall, and then a piledriver for another near fall. Scurll applied the Chicken Wing, but Cabana shifted his weight and got Scurll in a pinning position for a near fall. Cabana locked on Billy Goat’s Curse, but Scurll got to the ropes. Cabana hit Chicago Skyline and followed up with a Superman pin for a near fall. Scurll answered with Black Plague for the win.
Scurll advances to the semifinals at Glory By Honor in New Orleans on Oct. 12. He will face the winner of tonight’s first-round match between Jay Lethal and Bandido at Death Before Dishonor Fallout in Las Vegas.
Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament First Round Match (No Disqualification): Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) vs. PCO
King got the match changed to a no-disqualification bout. PCO came out to his new theme composed by the legendary Jim Johnston. The fight quickly spilled to the floor. PCO set up for a suicide dive onto King, but he had an “electrical malfunction” and dove to the floor on the opposite side of the ring. Officials started to help PCO to the back, but King attacked PCO and suplexed him on the floor. Then he wrapped a ladder around PCO’s neck and slammed him into the ring post. King followed that by stacking PCO on top of two ladders and hitting a corkscrew dive over the top rope onto him.
King hit a sunset flip powerbomb on the floor and then rolled PCO into the ring for a two count. King grabbed a water bottle and doused PCO. Rose entered the ring and handed King a taser. King used it on PCO, but the jolt reinvigorated the monster, who chokeslammed King for the victory.
PCO advances to the semifinals at Glory By Honor on Oct. 12 against the winner of tonight’s first-round match between Dalton Castle and Mark Haskins.
Women of Honor World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein vs. The Allure’s Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon)
Love whipped Klein into the barricade and suplexed her on the floor. Klein answered by whipping Love into the barricade. Back inside the ring, Klein hit a fallaway slam from the middle rope for a near fall. Love responded with a cutter of the middle rope for a two count. Klein hit K-Power, but Love kicked out just in time.
As Leon distracted the referee, Love sprayed Klein in the face with hairspray. Love followed with Botox Injection, but Klein kicked out at two. Leon went to spray Klein in the face with the hairspray again, but she inadvertently sprayed Love. Klein rolled up Love for a near fall. Leon entered the ring, but she was speared by Klein, who mounted Leon and began unloading punches on her. Love took advantage of the momentary distraction and hit Botox Injection for the win.
After the match, Love and Leon attempted to draw the Allure symbol on Klein’s forehead, but Maria Manic came out and thwarted them. Manic put Love in the Torture Rack before security intervened. Manic proceeded to destroy several members of the security team.
Jonathan Gresham vs. Jay Lethal
There was a lot of tension between these two former best friends entering this match, and Gresham refused to adhere to the Code of Honor before the start of the bout. After the bell rang, Lethal and Gresham engaged in what would end up being an outstanding technical wrestling match. At one point, the action spilled to the floor. Gresham picked up a chair and was about to nail Lethal with it, but the referee took it away from him. Lethal said to Gresham, “Is that the only way you can beat me?” Suddenly, they started swinging furiously at one another.
Inside the ring, Lethal locked on the Figure-Four, but Gresham made it to the ropes. Lethal went for Lethal Injection, but Gresham countered with a backslide for a near fall. Gresham caught Lethal in the Octopus, and Lethal tapped out. After the match, Lethal and Gresham embraced.
Anything Goes Barroom Brawl: The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) vs. Vincent and Silas Young
The Bouncers attacked Vincent and Young during the latter’s entrance. Vincent and Young used a Zip Tie to bound Milonas to the top rope. Milonas eventually broke free, and the brawl was on. Before long, Bruiser, Milonas and Vincent were all busted open. Vincent used the shard of a broken pool stick to carve up Milonas’ forehead. Vincent, in perhaps his most sadistic act yet, brought darts into the ring and tossed them into Bruiser’s exposed back. He also dug one into Bruiser’s forehead.
Vincent hit Redrum off the top rope to put Milonas through a table on the floor. Bruiser hit a Death Valley Driver on Young on the apron. Josh Woods, who had been sitting in on commentary, helped Young, his mentor, to the back. Bruiser superplexed Vincent onto several chairs for a near fall. Bruiser followed with a DDT on Vincent on a chair for the win.
ROH World Television Title Four Corner Survival Match: Champion Shane Taylor vs. Flip Gordon vs. Tracy Williams vs. Dragon Lee
This match was originally scheduled to be a Triple Threat, but Dragon Lee was a surprise addition. Heated rivals Gordon and Williams targeted each other throughout the match. Taylor hit a cannonball off the apron onto all three of his challengers. Back inside the ring, he turned Gordon inside out with a clothesline. Lee hit a brainbuster on Williams for a near fall. Taylor hit Welcome to the Land on Gordon to retain his title.
After the match, Lee got in Taylor’s face, apparently to let him know he wants a one-on-one match for the title.
ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. LifeBlood’s Bandido and Mark Haskins
After the teams adhered to the Code of Honor, the action was fast and furious right from the start. Haskins hit Falcon Arrow on Mark Briscoe, and Bandido immediately followed with a frog splash for a near fall. Jay Briscoe hit a nasty-looking neckbreaker on Bandido for a near fall. Bandido hit 21 Plex on Mark Briscoe, but Jay Briscoe broke it up. Bandido superplexed Mark Briscoe, and Haskins came off the top rope with a double stomp, but Jay Briscoe again made the save.
Jay Briscoe hit Jay Driller on Haskins, but Haskins kicked out at the last second. Jay Briscoe landed a Death Valley Driver on Bandido, and Mark Briscoe followed with Froggy Bow. Jay Briscoe hit another Jay Driller on Haskins for the victory.
After the match was over and the Briscoes headed to the back, Bully Ray suddenly appeared. He hit powerbombs on Bandido and Haskins. Tracy Williams came out to save his LifeBood teammates, but Flip Gordon, attacked him from behind with a kendo stick. Former bitter rivals Bully and Gordon locked eyes for a moment, and then Gordon left. Bully whipped Williams into the barricade. Vicky Haskins, Mark Haskins’ wife, was sitting in the front row. She slapped Bully. Bully responded by powerbombing her husband through a table. Vicky hopped the rail to check on her husband, but security pulled her away.
ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven vs. RUSH
Taven charged RUSH as soon as the bell rang, but RUSH caught him and tossed him overhead into the corner. He set up for Bull’s Horns but Taven moved out of the way. Taven threw RUSH into the barricade in front of RUSH’s family, which included his brother Dragon Lee, his father, and his young son. Later, Taven suplexed RUSH over the top rope onto the floor. The champion hit a suicide dive and Flight of the Conqueror, and followed with a frog splash for a near fall. Taven then planted RUSH with a DDT for a near fall. RUSH had never been in this much trouble in an ROH match.
RUSH rallied, suplexing Taven into the guardrail and suplexing him onto the ringside table. RUSH hit a modified Jay Driller. Taven answered with Just the Tip and then landed Climax, but RUSH kicked out at the very last second. Taven landed three Just the Tip knee strikes, but RUSH again refused to stay down. Taven started to climb the ropes, but RUSH shoved him jaw-first into the ring post. RUSH yanked Taven backwards, leaving Taven trapped upside down in the corner. RUSH hit Bull’s Horns two times in a row and pinned Taven to win the title.
After the match, while RUSH celebrated in the ring with his family, Taven shook the new champion’s hand.