ROH Recap: Brody King Beats Shane Taylor To Stake Claim As No. 1 Contender; Josh Woods Shocks Jay Lethal

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #480
Airdate: Weekend of Nov. 28, 2020

A message from The Foundation

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to the show and threw to pre-match comments from Josh Woods and Jay Lethal, who will meet in a Pure Rules Match.

Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods vs. Jay Lethal
(15-minute time limit)

Woods applied an armbar, and Lethal used his first of three allotted rope breaks a little more than three minutes into the match. Woods had a smile on his face, which promoted Lethal to ask him if he thinks this is funny. “I don’t think it’s funny,” Woods replied. “But you’re Jay Lethal and this is just sad.” That fired up Lethal, who attempted two forearms to the face, but Woods blocked both. Woods hit a t-bone suplex and then mounted Lethal and began throwing forearms to his face. Woods applied a triangle choke, but Lethal shifted his weight into a pinning combination and Woods released the hold.

Lethal gained the advantage after a hip toss and cartwheel dropkick combination. He began targeting Woods’ lower back. Lethal applied a modified Camel Clutch, and Woods used his first rope break. Later, Lethal went for Hail to the King, but Woods caught him in a cross armbreaker. Lethal was able to stack up Woods for a two count, and Woods released the hold. Lethal went for Lethal Injection, but Woods caught him in a chokehold. Lethal again shifted his weight into a pinning combination and Woods released the hold.

Woods applied an ankle lock, but Lethal slipped out and set up for the figure-four leglock. Woods countered with a spladle and Lethal was unable to kick out before the three count at the 14:03 mark. By pinning the two-time former ROH World Champion, Woods scored the biggest victory of his career. Lethal, meanwhile, has now lost two of his past three matches.

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Mark Briscoe promo

Briscoe said he wants to be a 12-time ROH World Tag Team Champion, and he and brother Jay have a title match coming to them. He said it’s Final Battle time, but Jay is too worried about EC3. Since Jay is unfocused, Mark said he’ll go after the tag belts with another partner once he finds one.

Brody King sit-down interview

Shane Taylor sit-down interview

Shane Taylor  vs. Brody King
(20-minute time limit)

King rocked Taylor with a big right hand to the chin that knocked Taylor through the ropes. King followed with a cannonball off the apron and then tossed Taylor into the barricade and rammed his head into the post. Taylor survived the onslaught and gained the advantage after hitting a draping DDT off the apron. Taylor threw King into the barricade and then knocked King through the barricade with a running knee strike. King barely beat the 20 count back into the ring.

Taylor hit a spinebuster for a near fall. King came back with a Death Valley Driver into the corner. Taylor connected on a big clothesline for a near fall. King hit a Black Hole Slam for a near fall, and a piledriver for another two count. Taylor answered with a head butt and package piledriver for a near fall. King hit a German Suplex followed by a clothesline, but Taylor kicked out at one. King landed three more big clotheslines to score the pinfall victory at 12:37.

With the win, King significantly strengthened his case to be the No. 1 contender for RUSH’s ROH World Championship. King has defeated former ROH World Champion Dalton Castle and former ROH World Television Champion Taylor in his past two matches.

NEXT WEEK

-- Mike Bennett vs. Vincent
-- Pure Rules Match: Tracy Williams vs. John Walters