ROH Recap: Mike Bennett Makes Dramatic Return; EC3-Jay Briscoe Ends In Chaos; LSG Pushes Jay Lethal To The Limit

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #479

Airdate: Weekend of Nov. 21, 2020

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to the show and threw to pre-match comments from the participants in the main event, Jay Briscoe and EC3.

EC3 vs. Jay Briscoe
(20-minute time limit)

EC3, making his singles debut in ROH, extended his hand for the Code of Honor, but he refused to look Briscoe in the eye. Briscoe declined the handshake. After EC3 made a clean break in the corner, he extended his hand again, but still wouldn’t look Briscoe in the eye. This time, Briscoe responded with a shove. On EC3’s third attempt at a handshake, Briscoe knocked his hand away, and EC3 pie-faced Briscoe.

That fired up Briscoe, who landed a rapid series of punches to the face that backed EC3 into the corner. EC3 slumped in the corner, and Briscoe proceeded to stomp him. Briscoe put his boot across EC3’s throat. He refused to back off before the referee’s count of five, so the referee called for the bell. EC3 was awarded the victory by disqualification just 1:57 into the match.

After the match, EC3 attacked Briscoe. They exchanged punches until security came out to pull them apart. EC3 dropped to his knees and implored Briscoe to hit him. Briscoe was about to oblige, but security stopped him and got him to leave the ring.

As Briscoe stood in the aisle glaring at him, EC3 said: “There is no honor in what you do.”

Jay Briscoe’s post-match comments

Quinn McKay asked Briscoe why he wouldn’t uphold the Code of Honor and allowed himself to be disqualified. He responded: “Because, f**k him. That’s why.”

LSG sit-down interview

Jay Lethal sit-down interview

Pure Rules Match
(15-minute time limit)

LSG vs. Jay Lethal

Lethal went for the figure-four leglock, but LSG used his first rope break. After Lethal gained the advantage, he climbed to the top rope, but before he could hit a move, LSG recovered and threw Lethal to the floor. LSG followed with a baseball slide and began targeting Lethal’s neck. Lethal regained the advantage and executed his hip toss/cartwheel dropkick combination. He followed with a springboard dropkick that knocked LSG off the apron. Lethal connected on a dive to the floor and then tossed LSG back in the ring.

Lethal hit an inverted DDT for a near fall. LSG answered with a rolling clothesline for a near fall. Lethal landed an Enziguri and set up for Lethal Injection, but LSG caught him and hit a swinging, face-first slam. LSG maneuvered Lethal into a crucifix for a near fall. LSG locked on a crossface. As Lethal attempted to get free, LSG transitioned into a Sharpshooter and then a Muta Lock. Lethal was in the hold for more than 20 seconds before finally getting to the ropes seconds before the time limit expired.

Lethal was declared the winner by split decision. Although LSG didn’t get his hand raised, he made a huge statement by taking the two-time former ROH World Champion to the limit.

Video package: Former Pure Champion John Walters is returning

Walters held the Pure Championship for 189 days in 2004-2005, the second-longest reign in the title’s history.

Preview package: Bateman vs. Matt Taven

Bateman vs. Matt Taven
(20-minute time limit)

Taven, seeking revenge for having his ankle shattered by Bateman and Vincent last December, went after Bateman before the opening bell. Taven attempted a springboard from the middle rope, but Bateman caught him with a clothesline to halt his momentum. Taven came back with a flurry of offense and punches to the face.

Bateman hit a swinging neckbreaker. Taven answered with a face-first slam and crossface. Bateman got to the ropes to force a break and then slid outside for a breather. Taven hit Flight of the Conqueror, but his knee buckled upon landing. After getting back in the ring, Taven came up empty on a frog splash, but he managed to roll up Bateman for a three count at 9:33.

After the match, Bateman attacked Taven and his This Is a Kill (Tombstone piledriver). Vincent entered the ring and taunted Taven, who was being held by Bateman. Vincent had a dart in his hand and threatened to use it as a weapon.

Suddenly, the lights went out and Mike Bennett’s music hit. When the lights came back on, Bennett was in the ring. Taven’s best friend and fellow former Kingdom member cleared the ring of Vincent and Bateman. Bennett and Taven embraced as Vincent and Bateman looked on from the aisle.