ROH Recap: The Kingdom Strikes Back

One week after having his “real” world title belt destroyed, an irate Matt Taven calls out Jay Lethal; Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and PCO take on The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia; newly crowned WOH World Champion Mayu Iawtani faces Holidead in a non-title match; and Dalton Castle clashes with Kenny King.

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #390
Airdate: Weekend of March 9, 2019
Location: RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla.


-- Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and PCO) defeated The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)

-- WOH World Champion Mayu Iwatani defeated Holidead in a non-title match

-- Kenny King defeated Dalton Castle


The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia vs. “The Villain” Marty Scurll and PCO of Villain Enterprises

The Kingdom gained an early advantage through their double-team moves until Scurll tagged in PCO, who ran wild on both O’Ryan and Marseglia. Scurll assisted PCO on a French Canadian Cannonball over the top rope onto The Kingdom on the floor. Back inside the ring, Scurll hit a superplex on Marseglia, and  PCO followed with a frog splash for a near fall.

The Kingdom eventually got back on track. O’Ryan hit a spinebuster on Scurll, and Marseglia followed with Redrum for a near fall. Marseglia then hit Redrum on PCO on a table outside the ring. After crashing through the table, the inhuman PCO popped back up. Later, O’Ryan tossed PCO off the top rope onto a chair on the apron. In the end, Scurll trapped Marseglia in the chicken wing, and Marseglia tapped out.

Bandido challenges RUSH
Moments after RUSH’s victory over Vinny Marseglia last week, RUSH reiterated backstage that he came to ROH to be the top star in the company and was coming for all the big names. Bandido interrupted and said that he knows and respects what RUSH has accomplished in Mexico and around the world, but he is the top Mexican wrestler in ROH. 

Bandido said he would prove it, and he challenged RUSH to a match. The masked luchador extended his hand to seal the deal. RUSH accepted the challenge, but he declined to shake hands. Instead, he called Bandido a perro (dog) and walked away. The dream match will take place at ROH’s 17th Anniversary pay-per-view on March 15.

WOH World Champion Mayu Iwatani (w/Sumie Sakai) vs. Holidead in a non-title match

Iwatani attempted a crossbody off the middle rope but Holidead caught her and hit a spinebuster for a near fall. Later, Iwatani hit a Crucifix Bomb for a near fall, but Holidead answered with a big clothesline for a two count. Iwatani came back with a German Suplex and a kick to the face, and then hit a moonsault for the victory.

After the match, Kelly Klein entered the ring and snatched the WOH World Title belt away from Iwatani. Members of Camp Klein stepped into the ring. Iwatani took out one of them and the others scattered. Iwatani ripped the belt away from Klein.

Clip: Briscoes brawl with PCO and Brody King 

After PCO and Brody King defeated Juice Robinson and David Finlay to win Tag Wars at Road to G1 Supercard in San Antonio on Jan. 26, Jay and Mark Briscoe hit the ring and attacked PCO and King with chairs. Mark Briscoe placed PCO on a table outside the ring and hit Froggy Bow. Security tried to separate the four men to no avail. Mark Briscoe and PCO nailed each other with repeated chair shots to the head.

The ROH World Tag Team Title Match between the champion Briscoes and PCO and King at ROH 17th Anniversary on March 15 will be no disqualification.

Kenny King vs. Dalton Castle (w/The Boys)

After several minutes of back and forth action, Castle took control with a clothesline, a series of throws and a bulldog for a near fall. Castle then hit a gutwrench power bomb for a near fall. After King went to the floor to halt Castle’s momentum, he tossed one of the Boys into Castle as Castle was approaching the ropes. That caused Castle to stumble, and King pounced, hitting Royal Flush for the win.

After the match, King said he just made a former ROH World Champion bend the knee, and at ROH 17th Anniversary, he’s going to do the same to Marty Scurll.

Matt Taven makes a threat

Taven held up his shattered “real” world title belt backstage and said that he will make Jay Lethal pay for destroying it. He said he will show Lethal why he’s the real ROH World Champion.

Matt Taven sets a trap

Taven came to the ring and said that Jay Lethal calls himself a man of honor but then he destroys another man’s property. He called Lethal a coward. Taven said The Kingdom wasn’t out there with him, so Lethal needs to come out and they can settle this once and for all.

Lethal, wearing dress clothes, came to the ring. TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia attacked Lethal from behind. All three Kingdom members beat on Lethal and ripped his clothes. Lethal put up a fight but couldn’t overcome the numbers disadvantage. O’Ryan and Marseglia hit House of 1,000 Horses on Lethal. Jonathan Gresham came out to try to make the save, but he also fell victim to the numbers game and ended up on the receiving end of House of 1,000 Horses. O’Ryan and Marseglia put Lethal on a table in the ring, and Taven came off the top rope with a flying elbow that sent Lethal crashing through the table.


“Marty Scurll, when you fly into my hometown, The King is gonna woop-woop that ass.”
-- Kenny King

“Kenny King, Las Vegas, Sin City. We all know it’s your hometown, but we also all know that anywhere I go is Villain country. In front of all the screaming numpties, I’m going to embarrass you, I’m going to beat you, and I’m going to put you out of your misery.”
-- Marty Scurll

“Villain Enterprises, you all have earned the opportunity to become a sacrifice. We’re Dem Boys. We kill people on pay-per-view, and you’re going to find out first hand come Las Vegas.”
-- Jay Briscoe