ROH Recap: 'Hot Sauce' Goes For The Gold Against World Champion Matt Taven

ROH World Champion Matt Taven puts the title on the line against “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams; The Bouncers tangle with The Kingdom; and Josh Woods looks to shut the mouth of “Number One” Brian Johnson!

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #407
Airdate: Weekend of July 6, 2019
Location: Showare Center in Kent, Was.


-- The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) defeated The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)

-- Josh Woods defeated “Number One” Brian Johnson

-- ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven defeated “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams


The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)

Bruiser hit a cannonball off the apron that took out both Kingdom members. Later, The Kingdom isolated Bruiser. Marseglia planted Bruiser with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Bruiser answered with a double reverse sidewalk slam on Marseglia and O’Ryan. Milonas went for a superplex on O’Ryan, but Marseglia hooked Milonas’ ankle from outside the ring, sending Milonas crashing to the mat with O’Ryan landing on top of him. Milonas was unable to kick out before the count of three.

After the match, The Bouncers were gracious in defeat. They invited The Kingdom to join them in a toast of honor. O’Ryan and Marseglia each accepted a can of beer, but they poured them out onto the floor and called The Bouncers “losers.” The Bouncers bounced O’Ryan and Marseglia out of the ring.

Pre-match words from Matt Taven, Tracy Williams

Speaking about his title defense against the understated Williams, Taven referenced the quote about being aware of the quiet man who watches and plans and then strikes while others rest. Taven said the problem with that is that he never rests. He said he’s worked harder than anyone to become ROH World Champion and he’s far from satisfied. He said his bite is as big as his bark.

Williams said tonight’s match against Taven is the biggest match of his career and he isn’t taking it lightly. He said he knows he can outwrestle Taven one on one, and with Taven’s fellow Kingdom members banned from ringside, the title will be his at the end of the night.

Brian Johnson vs. Josh Woods

In a pre-taped segment prior to the match, Johnson said Woods, the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, is the biggest bust in the tournament’s history. Johnson said he’s the No. 1 pick in this year’s tournament, and he’s going to show Woods why he is.

In another pre-taped segment, Woods said that Johnson will find out that he lets his actions do the talking.

Johnson continued to run his mouth before the opening bell, calling Woods a failure. Woods quickly took him down and seized the advantage. Woods remained in control until he crashed shoulder-first into the ring post after Johnson moved out of the way. Johnson immediately began targeting Woods’ shoulder. Woods proved resilient, however, and went on to hit the Seismic Toss to score the victory.

Highlight: Tracy Williams earns ROH World Title shot

At War of the Worlds in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 11, Williams won a Four Corner Survival Match over Eli Isom, PJ Black and RUSH to earn tonight’s title opportunity.

ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven vs. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams

Williams outwrestled the champion in the early going until Taven rammed him into the ring posts and barricade. Taven grabbed his belt and started heading to the back, but Williams stopped him and ran Taven’s head into the steps. Williams followed with a first drop off the stage. Taven regained the advantage with a Russian leg sweep off the middle rope onto the apron. Williams landed hard on his shoulder, and Taven began focusing his attack on it.

Williams rallied, hitting a DDT on the top turnbuckle followed by a diving DDT off the middle rope for a near fall. Taven hit Climax, but he was too weak to immediately make the cover, and when he did, Williams kicked out at two. Taven attempted a frog splash, but Williams got his knees up and applied an inside cradle for a near fall. Williams then hit a one-armed piledriver for a near fall. As Williams and Taven jockeyed for position, Taven grabbed the referee, causing the referee and Williams to collide. With the referee momentarily shaken up, Taven sent Williams shoulder-first into an exposed turnbuckle (Taven had removed the turnbuckle pad earlier). Taven secured Williams’ injured arm and hit Climax for the win.