Mark Briscoe, who was one of four ROH stars scheduled to participate in CMLL’s Grand Prix tournament at Arena Mexico in Mexico City this Friday, is unable to compete due to suffering a knee injury on an ROH live event last weekend.
Briscoe will be replaced by Delirious on Team Resto del Mundo (“rest of the world”), which will take on Team Mexico in a 16-man elimination match. Delirious joins ROH World Champion Matt Taven, Jay Briscoe, Kenny King and four wrestlers from other promotions on the international squad. Team Mexico is composed of RUSH, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr., Barbaro Cavernario, Negro Casas, Forastero, Diamante Azul and Soberano Jr.
Mark Briscoe, one-half of the 11-time ROH World Tag Team Champions with his brother Jay, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to determine the severity of the injury.
“It sucks that he’s hurt,” Jay Briscoe said at CMLL’s Grand Prix press conference yesterday. “We do double-team moves like no other tag team in this world, so that was definitely going to be a blow to the Mexican team, but it ain’t going to matter. We still gonna win.”
VIERNES 30 de Agosto ‘19
Taquillas de la Arena México y @Ticketmaster_Me https://t.co/mwX0dSRUfo@cmll_oficial @KennyKingPb2 @MattTaven @jaybriscoe84 @ROHDelirious pic.twitter.com/zspNBwMX2M
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) August 27, 2019
One ROH star who was not invited to compete in the Grand Prix is ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor, and he’s not happy about it. Taylor took to social media to voice his displeasure over the perceived snub.
After pinning @KennyKingPb2 AND @TheLethalJay in Champs vs All stars & DEFENDING my @ringofhonor WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP for a 4th time in Nashville, y'all see fit to send every champion down to @CMLL_OFICIAL but ME??? GTFOH with this bulls#+×!! Enough is enough... https://t.co/riDbS7Fx4i
— Shane Taylor (@shane216taylor) August 26, 2019
This is the 15th edition of the Grand Prix, which began in 1994. Taven is making his third straight Grand Prix appearance, while Jay Briscoe (2018) and King (2017) are both making their second appearance in the tournament.
As the reigning ROH World Champion, Taven is likely to have a target on his back in the match. RUSH and Volador Jr. both have issues with him and have set their sights on his title.
Volador Jr. gets his title shot against Taven at Global Wars Espectacular in Chicago on Sept. 7. RUSH, who issued a challenge to Taven at Summer Supercard three weeks ago, was beaten down with a chair by Taven during the Champions vs. All-Stars match in Atlanta last weekend.
If Taven is concerned about RUSH and Volador Jr., he didn’t show it during CMLL’s press conference yesterday. In fact, he was his usual cocky self.
“I’m not just going to be the first Ring of Honor World Champion to walk into Arena Mexico. I’m going to be the first Ring of Honor World Champion to win the Grand Prix,” Taven said at the press conference.
— Matt Taven (@MattTaven) August 29, 2019