Kenny King looks to go 4-0 against Bullet Club when he takes on Cody in a battle of the top two contenders to the ROH World Title; Flip Gordon selects a hardcore legend to represent him against Silas Young, representing Bully Ray, in a Pick Your Punishment Match; and the Women of Honor compete in a six-woman tag match!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #372
Airdate: Weekend of Nov. 3, 2018
Location: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
-- Silas Young (representing Bully Ray) defeated The Sandman (representing Flip Gordon) in a Pick Your Punishment Match
-- WOH World Champion Sumie Sakai, Madison Rayne and Jenny Rose defeated Kelly Klein, Karen Q and Dr. Britt Baker
-- Cody defeated Kenny King by disqualification
Pick Your Punishment Match: Silas Young (w/Bully Ray) vs. The Sandman (w/Flip Gordon)
Bully Ray came out first and ordered ring announcer Bobby Cruise to leave the ring. Bully explained the rules of the match: If his representative, Silas Young, defeats Flip Gordon’s representative, Bully gets to choose Gordon’s punishment; and if Gordon’s representative defeats Young, Gordon gets to choose Bully’s punishment. Bully then introduced Young.
Gordon came out and was joined by color commentator Colt Cabana as he made his way to the ring. Bully assumed Cabana was Gordon’s representative and insulted Gordon for his selection. Cabana said he was only there to support Gordon and also to see the look on Bully’s face when he finds out who Gordon’s representative really is.
Former ECW star The Sandman made his entrance to a loud ovation in his old stomping grounds. Sandman, brandishing his trademark Singapore cane, immediately used the weapon on Young after the opening bell. Sandman then took the fight the floor, where he continued to assault Young.
Back inside the ring, Sandman dropped a ladder on Young. After Sandman set up the ladder in the corner, however, Young reversed Sandman into it. That gave Young a momentary advantage, but the hardcore veteran rallied. He placed a ladder on top of a fallen Young and hit a senton off the top rope for a near fall. Sandman then swung at Young with the Singapore cane, but Young ducked it and then hit Misery for the win.
Bully punishes Flip
After the match, Bully informed Gordon that his punishment was 10 shots to his bare back with Sandman’s Singapore cane. Gordon willingly accepted the punishment. After delivering five brutal cane shots to Gordon, Bully said he would stop if Gordon just says, “I quit.” A defiant Gordon replied, “Never.”
Several wrestlers came down to ringside to show support for Gordon. After Gordon absorbed the eighth shot, Cody and The Young Bucks also came out. Cody, who has had a love/hate relationship with Gordon, entered the ring and stared down Bully before joining the others outside the ring. Cody yelled encouragement to Gordon as Bully delivered the ninth shot.
With one shot to go, Gordon got up off his knees and told Bully to bring it. Instead of whacking Gordon in the back one more time, Bully delivered a low blow and quickly left the ring.
Karen Q, Dr. Britt Baker and Kelly Klein vs. Jenny Rose, Madison Rayne and WOH World Champion Sumie Sakai
It was clear from the beginning that Baker wasn’t thrilled about being booked to team with Karen and Klein. After several minutes of back and forth action, Sakai was isolated before she eventually tagged in Rayne, who ran wild on Karen and Klein.
Later, Rose, who has had her issues with Klein as of late, put her rival in an abdominal stretch. Klein wasn’t very far from her corner, and she reached out for a tag from Baker. Baker, however, refused to tag her. Rose went on to hit a Northern Lights Suplex on Klein to score a rare pinfall victory over “The Gatekeeper.”
The Kingdom has an ominous message for Jay Lethal
In an undisclosed location that included a wrestling ring, The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) spoke about their six-man tag match next week against Lethal, Jonathan Gresham and a mystery partner. Taven said he showed Lethal who the real world champion is when he laid him out at Death Before Dishonor in September. O’Ryan said they’re not afraid of Lethal’s mystery partner. Lurking under the ring, Marseglia said to always remember to check there.
Kenny King vs. IWGP U.S. Champion Cody (w/Brandi Rhodes)
King, who has scored recent victories over Bullet Club members Marty Scurll, Adam Page and Chase Owens, came to the ring wearing a t-shirt that had “Bullet Club Silencer” written on it. Sitting in on commentary was ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, who will defend his title against King on Nov. 11 in Toronto as part of the Global Wars tour.
After several minutes of back-and-forth action, King began playing mind games. On two occasions, he tried to convince the referee that Brandi was interfering in the match behind his back, when in reality she had done no such thing. King then acted as if Brandi had slapped him. Cody was momentarily distracted, which allowed King to catch him with a sucker punch to the jaw.
King went on to hit a corkscrew plancha, followed by a spinebuster for a near fall. King then threw his elbow pad at Brandi. Angered, Brandi jumped up on the apron to get at King, but referee Paul Turner prevented her from entering the ring. While Turner directed his attention to Brandi, King grabbed Cody’s IWGP U.S. Title belt, tossed it to Cody and then laid down on the mat. Turner turned around and assumed Cody had knocked out King with the belt.
However, senior referee Todd Sinclair saw what happened and entered the ring to inform Turner. King shoved down Sinclair, causing him to be disqualified. King then delivered a low blow to Cody and grabbed Brandi by her hair. That prompted Lethal to leave the announce table and attempt to calm down King. King appeared to acquiesce, but when Lethal turned his back, King blasted him in the back with Cody’s title belt.
THEY SAID IT
“You really are stupid, Flip. I guess that’s why you’re in the Army and not the Marines.”
-- Bully Ray to Flip Gordon after Bully assumed that Colt Cabana was representing Gordon in the Pick Your Punishment Match
“You live by your decision, now you’re gonna die by your decision.”
-- Bully Ray to Flip Gordon after Sandman lost the Pick Your Punishment Match
“Come on you piece of garbage! You piece of human filth!”
-- Commentator Ian Riccaboni after Bully Ray low-blowed Flip Gordon -- again
“You gotta calm down. You’re better than this Kenny!”
-- Jay Lethal to Kenny King after King shoved a referee, low-blowed Cody and grabbed Brandi Rhodes by her hair
-- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham and a mystery partner vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan)
-- ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Shane Taylor