Things quickly go awry when LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams take on Bully Ray and ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor in an impromptu match; NWA National Champion Colt Cabana defends his title against James Storm; and Silas Young takes on masked newcomer!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #403
Airdate: Weekend of June 8, 2019
Location: The Odeum in Chicago
-- NWA National Title Match: Champion Colt Cabana and James Storm wrestled to a 15-minute draw
-- Silas Young defeated The Squid
-- LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams defeated Bully Ray and ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor by disqualification
NWA National Title Match: Champion Colt Cabana vs. James Storm
Cabana outwrestled Storm early, which frustrated the challenger. Storm resorted to roughhouse tactics to seize the advantage. Cabana came back with a moonsault for a near fall. Storm connected with a pair of superkicks and then locked on the Texas Cloverleaf. Cabana tried to get to the ropes, but Storm dragged him back to the center of the ring. At that point, the bell rang. Storm thought he won the title by submission, but the 15-minute time limit had expired and the match was declared a draw.
Storm grabbed the title belt and started to leave, but Cabana said he wanted five more minutes. Suddenly, Jay and Mark Briscoe hit the ring and attacked Cabana, continuing their war on the NWA. Jay Briscoe said they got screwed at Crockett Cup and now “it’s time to do some screwing of our own.” He pointed to NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis, who was sitting in on commentary, and said that no one in the NWA has the balls to stop them. Aldis, who was wearing a suit, entered the ring with a head of steam, but he was overpowered by the Briscoes.
A grudge tag match pitting the Briscoes against Aldis and Cabana has been signed for the Best in the World pay-per-view on June 28 in Baltimore.
Jeff Cobb sitdown interview: Part 2
Cobb talked about transitioning from amateur wrestling to pro wrestling in 2008. He said he feels pressure being in his first pay-per-view main event, against ROH World Champion Matt Taven for the title at Best in the World, but he pointed out that the last time he challenged for a championship he crushed Punishment Martinez in less than 90 seconds to win the ROH World Television Title.
A new Silas Young?
Young came to the ring and said he’s turned over a new leaf and is no longer taking shortcuts. He said there isn’t a better pure wrestler in the sport than him. Young said he could beat anyone on the roster he wanted to tonight, but he wants to push himself so he found one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He said his opponent was trained by Lou Thesz and has defeated Johnny Saint and Billy Robinson. Young introduced The Squid, who came to the ring in a silly-looking squid mask.
Silas Young vs. The Squid
Young toyed with his opponent briefly before applying the abdominal stretch and winning by submission. To add insult to injury, Young smoked a cigarette while having The Squid trapped in the hold.
Mark Haskins calls out Bully Ray
Haskins came to the ring and said that wrestling matters in ROH and he’s a wrestler, not an entertainer. He talked about LifeBlood being formed by Juice Robinson to restore honor in Ring of Honor, and he praised fellow LifeBlood members Bandido, Tracy Williams and David Finlay. Then he called out Bully Ray for attacking Tenille Dashwood.
Bully entered the ring with a microphone. He called Haskins “little doggy,” and asked if he was going to bark all day or if he was going to bite. Haskins said Bully should do everyone a favor and retire. Bully said he actually tried to retire a year or so ago right in this building, but the fans begged him not to. He said the fans bought into his retirement speech because they’re suckers. He said no one has been able to shut him up, so what makes Haskins think he can do it. Haskins said he knows he can do it, and he challenged Bully to fight him right now.
ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor came out to back up Bully. Williams then hit the ring to even the odds. Williams challenged Bully and Taylor to face him and Haskins in a tag match right now, and the challenge was accepted.
LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams vs. Bully Ray and Shane Taylor
Less than a minute after the opening bell rang, Soldiers of Savagery hit the ring and attacked Haskins and Williams. It was the second time in a month that SOS had attacked LifeBlood. The referee disqualified Bully and Taylor.
With Juice Robinson and Bandido in Japan and David Finlay injured, the four-on-two beatdown continued until PJ Black entered the ring with a chair. Black got in a few shots before falling victim to the numbers game. Taylor motioned for Bully to put Black through a table in the ring. With an assist from SOS, Bully powerbombed Black from the middle rope through the table.
THEY SAID IT
“I didn’t bust my ass day in and day out for the last 15 years of my life to be labeled as some kind of entertainer. I am a wrestler. A gritty, in your face, fight you any day of the week and twice on Sunday kind of wrestler.”
-- Mark Haskins
“I lied [about retiring]. I’ve been lying my entire career. It’s what I do.”
-- Bully Ray
-- Four Corner Survival Match: Jeff Cobb vs. Jay Lethal vs. RUSH vs. PC