Kenny King takes a 1-0 lead into Match 2 of the Best-of-three-series between him and Jay Lethal; NWA National Champion Colt Cabana puts his title on the line against Mark Briscoe in the next chapter of the Briscoes-NWA feud; and Silas Young is in action against … El Hijo del Squid Jr.?
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #405
Airdate: Weekend of June 22, 2019
Location: Showare Center in Kent, Was.
-- NWA National Title Match: Champion Colt Cabana defeated Mark Briscoe
-- Silas Young defeated El Hijo del Squid Jr.
-- Best-of-three Series Match 2: Jay Lethal defeated Kenny King by disqualification (Series tied, 1-1)
NWA National Title Match: Champion Colt Cabana vs. Mark Briscoe
Cabana outwrestled Briscoe early, but the tide turned after Briscoe knocked Cabana off the top rope to the floor. Briscoe hit a flying elbow off the apron. Then he sat Cabana on a chair outside the ring and charged at him, but Cabana stood up and tossed Briscoe over his head onto the chair. Back inside the ring, Cabana knocked Briscoe off the middle rope and then followed with a splash into a Superman pin for the win.
After the match, Jay Briscoe attacked Cabana from behind. The Briscoes double-teamed Cabana, and Mark Briscoe nailed him in the face with the National Title belt. NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis, who will be Cabana’s partner against the Briscoes at the Best in the World pay-per-view on June 28, was in the UK when this match took place, so Cabana had no one watching his back.
Shane Taylor: ‘I’m the baddest champion you’ve ever seen’
In a pre-taped segment, Taylor said the best part of revenge is the look on the faces of the people who told you what you wouldn’t become. He said having the ROH World Television Championship is revenge because he wasn’t supposed to be successful. Taylor said he will shove it down the throat of every fan and official who didn’t believe in him by having the most dominant ROH World Television Title reign of all time.
Taylor said he will shatter Jay Lethal’s record for longest reign as ROH World Television Champion (567 days) and most title defenses during a single reign (35). He said by the time he’s done, every fan and official will have no choice but to call him “Shane T., boy, the baddest champion you’ve ever seen, boy.”
The Allure have a message for Kelly Klein and Jenny Rose
In a backstage segment with The Allure (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon), Love said it’s perfect that they’re making their ROH in-ring debut at an event called Best in the World. Love, who will team with Leon to face Klein and Rose in a tag match on the show, called Klein a bitter, petty champion, and acted as if she didn’t even know Rose’s name. Leon said The Allure wrestles on their time.
Video Package: How Dalton Castle vs. Dragon Lee, Flip Gordon vs. RUSH matches were made for Best in the World
After Flip Gordon won a Four Corner Survival Match a few weeks ago in Kent, Was., Castle hit the ring and attacked him from behind. Castle then demanded to face Lee -- RUSH’s younger brother -- at Best in the World. After Castle left the ring, Gordon challenged RUSH to a match at Best in the World. RUSH sucker-punched Gordon and then agreed to the match.
Silas Young vs. El Hijo del Squid Jr.
Before the match, Young said he has proven over and over that he’s the best pure wrestler today, and at Best in theWorld, he’ll defeat Jonathan Gresham in a Pure Rules Match. Young said tonight he will face one of the best up and coming technical wrestlers in the world, a man trying to avenge his father’s loss. Out came the same man in a squid mask who had faced Young two weeks ago as The Squid.
Young made quick work of the masked man, forcing him to submit to the Abdominal Stretch. Young then lit a victory cigarette.
LifeBlood, PJ Black join forces for title shot
In a backstage segment with Black and LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams, Haskins said LifeBlood has lost some members but now things are looking up. Williams said they’ve gone on a search to find the most dynamic athletes in the world, and they may have found their man in Black. Williams said nothing speaks louder than actions, and the three of them are already in the win column in six-man tag action.Williams said at Best in the World, they’re going to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles from Villain Enterprises.
Best-of-three Series Match 2: Kenny King vs. Jay Lethal (Kings leads series, 1-0)
King came to the ring with a broom and boasted that he would sweep the series. King gained the advantage after Lethal charged across the ring at him and King ducked and used Lethal’s momentum to lift him up; Lethal came down in a straddle position on the top rope. King claimed to the referee that it was inadvertent. King then hit a springboard dropkick that sent Lethal crashing to the floor, and he followed with a corkscrew dive onto Lethal.
Lethal rallied and hit Lethal Combination followed by three successive suicide dives. Once King got back to his feet, he signaled that he had enough and began walking to the back as the referee made the count. Lethal came out after King, who grabbed the microphone from ringside and nailed Lethal in the head with it. The referee disqualified King, and now the series is even at 1-1.
After the match, King continued to assault Lethal. Lethal fired up, but King kicked him low and then hit Lethal Injection on him. King put Lethal’s elbow inside a chair and leg-dropped it. King sarcastically congratulated Lethal on tying the series and then asked him if he feels like a winner. King said he could’ve defeated Lethal tonight, but he wants to do it on a bigger stage -- at Best in the World. With that, King stomped on Lethal’s elbow again.
ROH officials confirmed that the third and deciding match in the series will take place on the pay-per-view on June 28.
ROH World Champion Matt Taven demands some TV time
In a backstage segment, Taven said that after two weeks of listening to Jeff Cobb -- his challenger at Best in the World -- finally an actual star is on camera. He said Best in the World is named after him, yet his voice hasn’t been heard once. Taven said we had to hear about Cobb’s accomplishments, but no one has accomplished more in ROH than him. He rattled off his impressive resume. Taven said the title is going nowhere because he deserves to hold it forever.
THEY SAID IT
“For the last few weeks you people have had the honor to watch ‘The Technician of Honor’ exhibit pro wrestling prowessness at its most base, purest form.”
-- Silas Young
“You know what I’m gonna do for you guys? Well, what we’re gonna do together? At the Best in the World pay-per-view, we’re going to win the six-man tag team championships.”
-- PJ Black to LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams
“When you kill a king, when you kill a god, you don’t do it in the shadows, you do it out in front where the world can see. So Jay Lethal, congratulations. I’ll see your punk ass at Best in the World. I hope you feel a lot better.”
-- Kenny King after he beat-down Lethal
-- Jeff Cobb vs. Mark Haskins