By Kevin Eck
Flamita and “The Maneater” Maria Manic were both injured at Free Enterprise this past Sunday in Baltimore.
Flamita suffered a torn meniscus during the show-stealing tag match that pitted him and Bandido against the Briscoes. He will not be able to compete at Bound By Honor in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 28 or Gateway To Honor in St. Louis on Feb. 29.
Manic suffered a neck injury when she was powerbombed through the announce table by Bully Ray during the 20-person battle royal. She is out of action indefinitely.
MexaBlood (Flamita and Bandido) were scheduled to compete in a four-way tag match with Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams, and Righteous (Vincent and Bateman) in Nashville.
In light of Flamita’s injury, PJ Black and Brian Johnson will replace MexaBlood in the bout. Bandido has been added to the match between Marty Scurll and Slex in Nashville, so that will now be a Triple Threat.
In St. Louis, MexiSquad (Flamita, Bandido and Rey Horus) were scheduled to defend the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title, but now Bandido and Horus will face Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham in a traditional tag match. If Lethal and Gresham retain the ROH World Tag Team Title against 2 Guys 1 Tag (Silas Young and Josh Woods) the night before in Nashville, this will be a Proving Ground Match.
Speaking of injuries, fortunately Matt Taven suffered no further damage to his ankle from the beating he took at the hands of Righteous in Baltimore on Sunday.
Taven, who is recovering from ankle surgery, was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans in the lobby at UMBC Event Center prior to the start of Free Enterprise when he was ambushed by Vincent, Chuckles and Vita Von Starr (Bateman was too busy shooting the incident on his phone to participate in the attack).
— Vincent (@TheHorrorKingVM) February 9, 2020
Australian star Adam Brooks, who recently signed with ROH, will make his debut at 18th Anniversary in Las Vegas on March 13. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding who his opponent will be.
There also will be a big ROH World Tag Team Title Match at Anniversary. The challengers will be announced this Monday on ROHWrestling.com and ROH’s social media channels.
Sumie Sakai has been announced as the first competitor in the upcoming 16-woman tournament to crown the inaugural ROH Women’s World Champion. Sakai was the first and longest-reigning holder of the old Women of Honor Title.
The tournament begins with eight first-round matches at Quest for Gold in Philadelphia on April 24. Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. for HonorClub members and Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. for the general public.
Tickets also go on sale those same dates and times for Battlestarr 2020 on April 23 at Terminal 5 in New York City. The quarterfinals of the Pure Title tournament are among the featured attractions on that show.
Kudos to Flip Gordon for his ingenuity in winning a battle royal that he wasn’t even officially entered in -- again.
Gordon, masquerading as Dragon Lee (who was in Japan at the time), earned himself a future ROH World Title shot by prevailing in the battle royal at Free Enterprise. Gordon pulled off similar shenanigans when he won the battle royal at All In 2018 by posing as Chico El Luchador.
The questions now are when will Gordon receive his title shot and who will be the champion at that time. With PCO as the current ROH World Champion, it very well could be Villain Enterprises member versus Villain Enterprises member.
First, PCO will have to get past Dragon Lee at Bound By Honor; RUSH and Mark Haskins in a Triple Threat Match at Gateway To Honor; and the man who did not drop the fall in the aforementioned Triple Threat at Anniversary.
I don’t know what to make of the “Foundation” videos Jonathan Gresham has posted on his Twitter account, but I’m definitely intrigued.
A call to arms. pic.twitter.com/vtO9vnSUdR
— The Foundation (@TheJonGresham) February 12, 2020
Another match just added to the compelling ROH Past vs. Present show in Las Vegas on Match 14 is a tag bout pitting Delirious and Grizzly Redwood against Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry. The eccentricity quotient in this one is off the charts.
Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.