Eck's Files: Is The Foundation Down And Out? The Latest On Lee Moriarty's Status For Death Before Dishonor

By Kevin Eck

This Sunday’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view in Philadelphia has a loaded card, but three prominent competitors are not scheduled to be on the show.

The Foundation’s Jay Lethal, Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus are all sitting this one out. Jonathan Gresham, who will defend the ROH Pure Title against Josh Woods, is the only Foundation member booked for the event.

The Foundation has been relatively silent since Violence Unlimited (Brody King, Chris Dickinson, Homicide and Tony Deppen) laid them out at Glory By Honor three weeks ago.

Gresham suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket during the eight-man tag match against Violence Unlimited, but I’m hearing that Lethal, Williams and Titus could also be dealing with undisclosed injuries.

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For those who are wondering, Lee Moriarty will compete at Death Before Dishonor. 

Moriarty signed with AEW earlier this week, but he is honoring his commitment to team with John Walters and LSG against Dickinson, Homicide and Deppen in a six-man tag match.

 

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There are four big title matches at Death Before Dishonor. Here are my predictions for each:

ROH World Champion Bandido vs. Brody King vs. EC3 vs. Demonic Flamita in a four-way elimination match: The odds are stacked against Bandido, and even as talented as he is, I don’t think he’ll be able to overcome them. I’ve felt for a while that King was destined to become ROH World Champion, so he’s my pick.

 

ROH Pure Champion Gresham vs. Woods: Woods has future Pure Champion written all over him. Unfortunately, he’s competing in the Gresham Era. “The Octopus” is 12-0 in Pure matches. How could anyone pick against him? That said, I believe Woods has a better chance than anyone else of putting a blemish on Gresham’s record.

Rok-C vs. Miranda Alize in the ROH Women’s World Title Tournament final: Both of these women have been impressive and I can see either of them winning. But since I have to make a pick, I’ll go with Alize. “The Lucha Baddie” has a chip on her shoulder and is oozing with confidence.

ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Shane Taylor Promotions (Taylor and Soldiers of Savagery’s Moses and Kaun) vs. La Facción Ingobernable (Dragon Lee, Kenny King and Bestia del Ring): LFI lost their strongest link when two-time former ROH World Champion RUSH underwent knee surgery that will keep him out of action the rest of the year. No disrespect to RUSH’s father, Bestia del Ring, but RUSH cannot be replaced. It’ll be another successful title defense for STP, and I probably would’ve picked them even if RUSH was in the match. STP is just that good.

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Reminder: Death Before Dishonor Hour One, featuring the 15-man Honor Rumble for a future ROH World Title shot, airs for free on multiple platforms, including HonorClub and ROH’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern. The pay-per-view portion of the show begins at 8 p.m. and will be live-streamed for HonorClub. 

Tickets to see Death Before Dishonor in person at the 2300 Arena can be purchased here

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STP’s defense of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title against MCW Pro Wrestling standouts Black Wall Street from July at the MCW Arena in Maryland will be shown on the upcoming episode of ROH Week By Week, which premieres on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Speaking of MCW Pro Wrestling, the independent promotion’s promoter/co-owner Dan McDevitt was my guest on the latest episode of the ROHStrong Podcast, which drops Monday morning on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms.

McDevitt talked about the students from his training center who have made it to ROH; having a hand in training Lita and Mickie James; the challenges of running an independent promotion during the pandemic; getting knocked out when he wrestled The Rock; his role in a famous angle with Steve Austin; The Iron Sheik ruining his wedding, and much more.

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Matches involving Joe Hendry, Session Moth Martina and former ROH Pure Champion Doug William from this weekend’s Carnival of Honor in Nottingham, United Kingdom will be featured on ROH Week By Week on Sept. 21.

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Could Trish Adora become the first female member of STP? 

Taylor offered words of encouragement to an emotional Adora backstage after her loss to Alize in the semifinals of the women’s title tournament. 

Taylor has said in the past that he wants STP to make its mark in every division in ROH.

 

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“The Greatest Damn Woman” Gia Scott has been making it known to anyone who will listen that she’s not pleased about being left out of the women’s title tournament.

She does have an argument. Scott, the reigning MCW Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion, was an entrant in the original Quest for Gold tournament last year that was called off because of the pandemic.

Plus, she and Allie Recks were victorious over Sumie Sakai and Willow in a Women’s Division Wednesday match in July. Recks, Sakai and Willow were all awarded tickets to gold for the tournament by ROH Board of Directors member Maria Kanellis-Bennett (Recks had to bow out due to injury).

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An ROH World Tag Team Title Match pitting champions Dickinson and Homicide against Lee and Kenny King headlines this weekend’s huge episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling.

Also on the show, Bandido and Rey Horus face the Briscoes, and Woods meets Will Ferrara in a Pure Rules Match.

Remember, the watch party for this episode takes place on Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Fans can watch the program on ROHWrestling.com and interact with ROH stars on Twitter using #WatchROH.

The watch party typically occurs on Mondays at 7 p.m. Eastern.

 

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Until next time, keep safe and stay #ROHStrong!

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