Eck’s Files: Broken Hand Won’t Stop Brody; Flip Gordon Update; Why Bully Isn’t Going Anywhere

By Kevin Eck

Here’s the latest ROH news and notes:

Brody King is about to embark on the biggest weekend of his career, and he’s not about to let a “little thing” like a broken hand slow him down. The Villain Enterprises powerhouse suffered the injury last week during a match in Australia, and he’ll be wearing a protective cast for his two titles matches in Las Vegas.

At the 17th Anniversary pay-per-view on Friday, he and PCO will challenge ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe in a no disqualification match. At the international television taping the following night, all three members of Villain Enterprises -- King, PCO and “The Villain” Marty Scurll -- will challenge ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia).

“I wrestled two months with my mouth wired shut,” King said. “Nothing's gonna stop me this weekend.” ...

Flip Gordon, who suffered a full MCL tear in his right knee during a match in January, is on the road to recovery and expected to return to action soon. ...

LifeBlood’s David Finlay is expected to be out of action for six months while recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. Finlay suffered a torn labrum a few weeks ago during a match at Honor Rising in Tokyo that pitted him and Juice Robinson against ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe. …

If you’ve ever wondered why ROH management continues to put up with Bully Ray’s heinous actions rather than firing him, it’s because his lucrative contract includes a no-cut clause that makes letting him go virtually impossible. ...

We learned during yesterday’s 17th Anniversary press conference that Scurll will challenge for the ROH World Title in the G1 Supercard main event at sold-out Madison Square Garden on April 6. He will face the winner of the match between ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Taven at 17th Anniversary. Expect the rest of the G1 Supercard lineup to become much clearer after 17th Anniversary. ...

Congratulations to Shane Taylor on the birth of his daughter last month. However, if you think becoming a father again has mellowed the bad man from the mean streets of East Cleveland, think again. Taylor, who will challenge ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb at 17th Anniversary, has shown that he will resort to any means necessary to provide for his family, with zero sign of remorse for his often heinous actions.

“You think I was bad before?” he asked rhetorically. “Imagine how I’m gonna be now that I have another mouth to feed.” ...

PJ Black told me that he has been doing a lot of soul-searching since his last appearance in ROH, which was at Honor Reigns Supreme two months ago. He lost that night to Bandido and recently requested and received a rematch, which will take place Saturday at the international television taping in Las Vegas. Black said he has realized that he may have come into ROH with the wrong attitude.

“ROH fans haven’t seen the real me,” he said. ...

With Colt Cabana in Japan competing in the New Japan Cup, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis will join Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman on commentary at the 17th Anniversary pay-per-view on Friday in Las Vegas and the international television taping the next night. ...

Talent from CMLL has been booked for the international television taping in Pittsburgh on April 13 and Masters of the Craft in Columbus, Ohio (streamed live for HonorClub) on April 14. Keep it locked into ROHWrestling.com for talent announcements. ...

Word from NWA officials is that more tag teams will be announced in the next week for the Crockett Cup, which takes place April 27 in Concord, N.C. I’m told that a highly respected pair of Japanese stars will join forces for the tournament, one of whom hasn’t competed in the U.S. in more than 20 years, and the other has only made sporadic appearances in the U.S. during that span. ...

ROH officials have been diligently scouting female competitors. Expect some fresh faces, as well as some familiar faces, to join the Women of Honor roster in the very near future. ...

Mexican stars RUSH and Bandido have certainly lived up to the hype, as both are undefeated since coming to ROH. They will square off in a first-time-ever dream match at 17th Anniversary. ...

Veteran independent wrestling tag team Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe and Luster the Legend) has signed to appear at the international television taping in Las Vegas on Saturday. There’s no word yet on who the Nevada-based duo will be facing. Reno Scum had made two prior appearances in ROH, the most recent being in February 2016, when they lost to the Briscoes in a TV match. ...

I had an opportunity to speak with rapper Mega Ran -- who will host the 17th Anniversary show and perform his new, original song, “Going to the Garden” -- about the time he appeared in the ring during a rap battle on “SmackDown Live.” ...

“I got a chance to show up early and sit with the guys in catering, then to go over the words of the rap battle in private and it was surreal,” he said. “I did not help the guys write their raps -- they had that part down. We just worked together to make sure the song and moments had the right snap. … The segment was incredible.” ...

Rhett Titus, the leader of the “Flex Express” movement, has petitioned ROH management to provide him with a tour bus so that he can barnstorm the country and “help the helpless” improve their physical fitness. Thus far, ROH officials have yet to respond to Titus’ request. ...

Talks between ROH and “The Greatest Pro Wrestler of All Time” Chico El Luchador have broken off after months of negotiations. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the famed luchador adamantly “refused to do business.”

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