Four ROH champions (world champion Matt Taven, TV champion Shane Taylor and tag team champions Jay and Mark Briscoe) collide with a team of all-stars (RUSH, Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal and Kenny King) in a huge eight-man tag match. Also on this episode: the debuting Joe Hendry interrupts Dalton Castle; highlights from the first round of the Top Prospect Tournament, and more!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #416
Airdate: Weekend of Sept. 7, 2019
Highlights from Saturday Night at Center Stage (Aug. 24): Dalton Castle interrupted by Joe Hendry
Castle came to the ring and talked about being the most entertaining person in ROH and being overlooked by ROH officials. He said he will become ROH World Champion again and won’t let anyone stand in his way. International star Joe Hendry, who signed with ROH recently, came out to the stage.
Hendry said he’s in ROH to become world champion, and Castle can be the “first chapter in the Joe Hendry story.” Castle said that as of now, Hendry is just the second-most entertaining person in ROH.
ROH World Champion Matt Taven, ROH World TV Champion Shane Taylor, ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe backstage interview
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) August 25, 2019
Kenny King has words of wisdom for Coast 2 Coast
Backstage, LSG was firing up Shaheem Ali for his upcoming match against Rhett Titus when King walked up to them. King said he likes what he’s hearing and seeing out of them. He said the two young pups finally grew a set of teeth. King said he doesn’t claim Titus anymore because he has no heart. He said Coast 2 Coast reminds him of what he and Titus used to be. He told them to take whatever path they have to take. King said it’s not a shortcut if you win the race.
Highlights from Top Prospect Tournament first-round matches
Watch the entire 1st Round of the @ringofhonor TPT before the Semi-Finals begin this weekend!
Keys VS. Caballerohttps://t.co/ycZYf2SoJG
Dixon VS. Haitian Sensationhttps://t.co/RpWLbXJnB7
Johnson VS. Gunnhttps://t.co/6Vk4FJOB8p
Draper VS. Makitahttps://t.co/9kJK5dhgqP pic.twitter.com/HPzhPtC8Qt
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) September 5, 2019
Champions vs. All-Stars Elimination Match: Champions (ROH World Champion Matt Taven, ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor and ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe) vs. All-Stars (RUSH, Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal and Kenny King w/Amy Rose)
Teammates for a night, rivals Lethal and King began brawling with each other before the start of the match, but eventually order was restored. The Briscoes hit Redneck Boogie on King, but Cobb made the save. A little while later, King rolled up Jay Briscoe for a three count after Brisoe threw water on Rose. Jay Briscoe is eliminated.
Former associates King and Taylor went at it, culminating with Taylor hitting Greetings from 216 on him. King is eliminated.
Lethal was isolated, but he rallied and hit Lethal Injection on Mark Briscoe. Mark Briscoe is eliminated.
Taven hit a low blow on Lethal after the referee was temporarily incapacitated. He then connected with Just the Tip, and Taylor followed with a running knee strike, but Cobb made the save. Lethal went for Lethal Injection on Taylor, but Taylor caught him and hit Greetings from 216 to pin the two-time former ROH World Champion. It’s a huge feather in the cap ofTaylor, who has vowed to break Lethal’s records for most combined days and most title defenses as ROH World Television Champion. Lethal is eliminated.
After RUSH got the better of an exchange with Taylor, he went for Bull’s Horns, but Taven blasted him in the back with a chair. Taven was disqualified. Taven is eliminated.
Taven continued to assault RUSH with the chair, but RUSH -- who issued a challenge to Taven at Summer Supercard a couple weeks ago -- managed to get back on his feet and face Taven. At that point, Taven decided to leave. Shortly thereafter, RUSH hit Bull’s Horns on Taylor to win the match for his team. Taylor is eliminated. RUSH are Cobb are the sole survivors.
After the match, Cobb extended his hand to RUSH, but RUSH kicked it away and bumped Cobb with his shoulder as he exited the ring.