By Kevin Eck
Due to suffering a knee injury, Bandido will not be on ROH’s Honor United UK tour. Taking his place will be Flamita, who has a well-earned reputation as one of the best high-flyers in pro wrestling.
Bandido went to ROH officials and requested that Flamita be the one to replace him. Bandido and Flamita are frequent tag team partners on the international independent scene.
Flamita, who has been compared to the legendary Rey Mysterio, will make his ROH debut against Colt Cabana on Oct. 25 in London; team with Tracy Williams in a tag match against Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon on Oct. 26 in Newport, Wales; and take on “Speedball” Mike Bailey in a first-time-ever dream match on Oct. 27 in Bolton, England.
Flamita has made a name for himself in Mexico and Japan as well as the California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. He and Bandido are former tag team champions for Crash Lucha Libre in Mexico and Progress Wrestling in the UK. A tag match pitting Flamita and Bandido against Penta El Zero M and Rey Fenix main-evented Night 1 of PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles last month and received rave reviews.
— cozy superkick (@cozysuperkick) August 26, 2019
There is no word yet as to whether Bandido, who is dealing with a meniscus injury, will be able to wrestle at The Experience in Pittsburgh on Nov. 2 or Unauthorized in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 3.
Bandido was forced to withdraw from the Final Battle No. 1 Contender Tournament. He had been scheduled to face Jay Lethal in a first-round match at Death Before Dishonor Fallout on Sept. 28 in Las Vegas, but PJ Black took his place.
New ROH World Champion RUSH was not medically cleared to compete at Death Before Dishonor fallout due to suffering an ankle injury the night before in the match in which he won the title from Matt Taven. The injury is not considered serious and he will compete at Glory by Honor in New Orleans on Oct. 12. That night, RUSH will make his first title defense against the winner of a 15-man battle royal that will take place earlier in the show.
Fifteen ROH stars will compete in a battle royal at #GloryByHonor in New Orleans on Oct. 12, with the winner receiving a title shot against ROH World Champion RUSH that same night.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) October 3, 2019
Details are sketchy, but The Kingdom’s Vincent and TK O’Ryan were laid out backstage at Death Before Dishonor Fallout moments after they had accompanied Taven to the ring for his announcement that he was staying with ROH.
I’m told there is camera footage of the incident, but ROH officials have not released it or offered comment on it as of yet.
Speaking of Taven, the former ROH World Champion is not scheduled for a match at Glory by Honor in New Orleans, but he is booked to appear at the show.
British stars Lana Austin and Rampage Brown will compete on the Honor United tour.
Austin will face former Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein on Oct. 26 in Newport. A six-year veteran, Austin has victories over the likes of Toni Storm, Kay Lee Ray, Xia Brookside and Leva Bates.
Brown, a former Progress World Champion, is booked for all three shows on the tour. He has defeated such stars as Will Ospreay and Zack Sabre Jr.
Independent wrestlers Tyler Bateman and Jake Atlas, who faced each other at Death Before Dishonor Fallout, both impressed ROH officials and will likely be getting more opportunities in ROH.
Bateman made an especially memorable first impression. After defeating Atlas, he came out later during the show and attacked Williams following Williams’ victory over Gordon. Bateman’s motive for targeting Williams remains a mystery.
Bite down. Knuckle up. Push forward. pic.twitter.com/25fV1XnRJK
— Tyler Bateman (@tylerbateman666) September 30, 2019
Congratulations to Dak Draper for winning the 2019 Top Prospect Tournament, thus earning an ROH contract and future shot at the ROH World Television Title. “The Mile High Magnum” has all the tools to be a star.
. @MileHighMagnum Is The 2019 Top Prospect Tournament Winner!
He has earned his official ROH Contract & a shot at the ROH World Television Title
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) September 30, 2019
Austin Gunn, the man Draper defeated in the finals, was understandably disappointed that he lost, but he admitted afterwards that he isn’t quite ready for a spot on the roster. The son of Hall of Famer Billy Gunn vowed to continue working hard in the ROH Dojo to hone his craft. Knowing Austin Gunn’s work ethic and determination, I’m certain we haven’t seen the last of him.
Brian Johnson, who was on the winning team in the Vegas Wild-Card Eight-Man Tag Match at Death Before Dishonor Fallout, is claiming that he was the star of the match, which pitted two randomly selected teams of four against each other. Johnson’s partners in the contest -- Jeff Cobb, Kenny King and Josh Woods -- may beg to differ.
For that matter, their opponents -- Joe Hendry, Silas Young, Rhett Titus and Cheeseburger -- may beg to differ as well.
— Brian Johnson (@Number1Bjo) September 30, 2019
Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.