Eck's Files: Briscoes To Face G.O.D. In Chicago; LifeBlood Recruiting Flip? How Worried Should Taven Be About PCO?

By Kevin Eck

Here’s the latest ROH news and notes:

A war of words between the Briscoes and The Guerrillas of Destiny has escalated into a showdown at War of the Worlds.

A match between arguably the two best teams in the industry has been signed for May 12 when the War of the Worlds tour -- which features the top stars in ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling -- makes a stop in Chicago for an international television taping.

The match is scheduled to be for the ROH World Tag Team Titles, which G.O.D. (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) -- who also are the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions -- won in a four-way match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden on April 6 that included Jay and Mark Briscoe, then-ROH World Tag Team Champions PCO and Brody King, and EVIL and SANADA.

However, if G.O.D. loses the ROH belts before then -- specifically at the War of the Worlds show in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 8 (streaming live for HonorClub) -- their match with the Briscoes will still take place in Chicago because of the bitter grudge between the two teams.

The rivalry between the Briscoes and G.O.D. was all about titles initially. At Honor Rising in Tokyo two months ago, the Briscoes -- who were the ROH World Tag Team Champions at the time -- challenged G.O.D. to a title vs. title match at G1 Supercard. The match was eventually changed to a four-way after the Briscoes lost the titles to PCO and King.

G.O.D. left Madison Square Garden with two sets of belts, but they made it clear in a profanity-laced tirade afterwards that they didn’t care about the ROH titles.

Naturally, the 10-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion Briscoes took offense. They responded on social media with their own profanity-laced tirade.

The time for talking is over now. Fans can expect to see an all-out war when the Briscoes and G.O.D clash at War of the Worlds in Chicago. …

Before the Briscoes deal with G.O.D., they will compete in the Crockett Cup tag team tournament, an event co-promoted by ROH and the NWA that takes place April 27 in Concord, N.C., and will be streamed live for HonorClub.

The Briscoes, who defeated NWA National Champion Willie Mack and ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb on the current episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” to qualify for the Crockett Cup, will face the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) in the first round.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, who are in multiple pro wrestling hall of fames and competed in the first two Crockett Cups in 1986-87, are still very active on the independent scene, where they routinely defeat teams who aren’t even half their age. The Briscoes cannot afford to take the four-time former NWA World Tag Team Champions lightly or look ahead to their match with G.O.D. …

Two other ROH teams who will compete in the Crockett Cup are PCO and King of Villain Enterprises and the high-flying tandem of Flip Gordon and Bandido, who will team together for the first time.

PCO and King will face Japanese legends Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata, while Gordon and Bandido will take on CMLL stars Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr. 

Gordon and Bandido have been in the ring together on two prior occasions, and both times they electrified the crowd. The young stars quickly developed mutual respect.

At Masters of the Craft in Columbus, Ohio on April 14, Bandido won a thrilling Four Corner Survival Match over Gordon, PJ Black and Caristico. (Catch the replay on HonorClub.) Back in January, Bandido and Gordon were on opposite sides in an eight-man tag match in Atlanta.

There are rumors circulating that LifeBlood -- the faction consisting of Juice Robinson, Bandido, Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams and David Finlay -- is trying to recruit Gordon. Those rumors intensified when Robinson and Haskins came to Gordon’s aid at G1 Supercard and the trio went on to defeat Bully Ray, Silas Young and Shane Taylor in a New York City Street Fight six-man tag match.

Does the fact that Gordon and Bandido are joining forces at the Crockett Cup lend credence to the rumors? …

Speaking of Bandido, he will face PJ Black on this coming weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.” Black, who said in a sit-down interview that aired this past weekend on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” that his loss to Bandido in January made him do some soul-searching, thus far appears to be sincere in his stated desire to become a more honorable competitor. 

After being pinned by Bandido in the Four Corner Survival Match at Masters of the Craft, Black adhered to the Code of Honor and took a bow with his three opponents when the crowd gave them all a much-deserved ovation. …

Now that PCO has been signed to face ROH World Champion Matt Taven for the title in his home country of Canada at War of the Worlds in Toronto on May 9, expect his insane training sessions with the mysterious Destro to become even more insane. (PCO posts a new, bizarre training video every Monday night.)

Whenever Destro puts PCO through one of his torturous sessions, his words of encouragement -- if they can even be called that -- to “The French-Canadian Frankenstein” are simply, “Don’t worry.” After watching a number of PCO and Destro’s training videos, here’s my advice to Taven: Worry.

PCO was granted the title shot after he pinned Taven in a six-man tag match at Masters of the Craft.

Taven is planning to comment on his match with PCO sometime next week. ...

The Allure (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon) have quickly become one of the most controversial and polarizing groups in ROH in years. My sources tell me that The Allure’s contracts state that they must have their own private dressing room and personal hair and makeup artists. Moreover, their dressing room must be stocked with a package of perfectly pre-separated Oreo cookies and the temperature must be set at exactly 74 degrees Fahrenheit (or 23.3 degrees Celsius for the Canadian-born Love). …

Dalton Castle teased that he had something to say during Masters of the Craft, but he just strolled around with a microphone in his hand before heading to the back without saying a word. However, Castle will speak on an upcoming episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.” Hopefully he will explain his actions at G1 Supercard, where he took out his frustration over losing to RUSH in 16 seconds by brutalizing his Boys. …

Cobb, RUSH and PCO are all undefeated since signing with ROH. Cobb made his ROH in-ring debut in September; RUSH and PCO debuted in December. …

Kenny King is claiming that he has been rendered blind as a result of being sprayed in the face by The Great Muta at G1 Supercard after he had eliminated Muta and Jushin “Thunder” Liger to win the Honor Rumble. King said that he will undergo a complicated surgical procedure in an effort restore his sight. In the meantime, ringside attendant Amy Rose has been assisting King with his daily activities. ...

Former ROH Top Prospect Tournament winner Josh Woods made his return at the TV taping in Pittsburgh on April 13. Woods looked extremely focused and dangerous as he dominated his opponent in a match that will air in a few weeks. ...

ROH has hired a new backstage interviewer named Quinn McKay. She will be debuting soon on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” broadcasts. …

NJPW L.A. Dojo Young Lions Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks and Alex Coughlin have been signed to compete on the four War of the Worlds shows. All three appear to have very bright futures.

Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.