When Bandido received the news that he would be unable to appear on the Honor United UK tour due to his knee injury, he told ROH officials he had the perfect replacement.
That man is Flamita, who has been compared to the legendary Rey Mysterio due to his spectacular, high-flying skills. As first reported in Eck’s Files last week, Flamita will make his much-anticipated ROH debut on the tour, as he steps in for Bandido in three exciting matchups.
Flamita, who has made a name for himself in Mexico and Japan and frequently teams with Bandido on the international circuit, will face Colt Cabana on Oct. 25 in London; team with Tracy Williams in a tag match against Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon on Oct. 26 in Newport, Wales; and take on “Speedball” Mike Bailey in a first-time-ever dream match on Oct. 27 in Bolton, England.
Here’s a closer look at the bouts:
FLAMITA vs. COLT CABANA (London; Oct. 25)
Although Cabana has wrestled all over the world, this is the first time he and Flamita will face each other. A 20-year veteran, Cabana is still at the top of his game and capable of defeating anyone in pro wrestling. Flamita will definitely have the speed advantage, but Cabana is a master technician and one of the most versatile competitors in the sport. This will be a tremendous test for both men.
FLAMITA & LIFEBLOOD’S TRACY WILLIAMS vs. VILLAIN ENTERPRISES’ MARTY SCURLL & FLIP GORDON (Newport, Wales; Oct. 26)
Flamita is being thrown into the feud between LifeBood and Villain Enterprises that has been raging for months. Members of the warring factions have faced each other numerous times in singles, traditional tag matches and six-man and eight-man tag matches, with neither side able to sustain an advantage. Flamita undoubtedly will be motivated to hold up his end as he fights alongside Williams in place of their fallen friend Bandido.
FLAMITA vs. ‘SPEEDBALL’ MIKE BAILEY (Bolton, England; Oct. 27)
This bout could very well steal the show. Like Flamita, Bailey is a buzz-worthy competitor making his ROH debut. A native of Montreal, Bailey has been competing all over the world, including Europe, Japan, Mexico and Canada, since making his in-ring debut at the age of 16 in 2006. Blending high-speed athleticism with a martial arts background, Bailey owns victories over the likes of former ROH World Champions Kevin Steen and Michael Elgin, as well as Flip Gordon, Jonathan Gresham, Drew Galloway, Will Ospreay and Tommy End.