Roppongi 3K challenges The Briscoes for the ROH World Tag Team Titles, arch rivals Kelly Klein and Deonna Purrazzo square off in a grudge match, and Flip Gordon faces Jonathan Gresham in a matchup of rising stars before coming face to face with a seemingly contrite Bully Ray!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #351
Airdate: Weekend of June 9, 2018
Location: Odeum Expo Center in Chicago
-- Flip Gordon defeated Jonathan Gresham
-- Kelly Klein defeated Deonna Purrazzo
-- ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) in a title match
Jonathan Gresham vs. Flip Gordon
This match pitted the technical wrestling and submission skills of Gresham against the high-flying offense and agility of Gordon. With neither man able to sustain an advantage, Gresham and Gordon began exchanging brutal chops and forearms. Eventually, Gordon hit the Star-Spangled Stunner for the win.
After the match, Bully Ray entered the ring. Bully told Gordon that he recently found out some things about him, including that Gordon’s family is from Montana. He said that his parents always wanted to retire in Montana. Bully talked about his mother dying from cancer 15 years ago and said that he was in the process of buying his father a ranch in Montana before he died of a heart attack. He handed his parents’ mass cards to Gordon and said that their families could’ve been neighbors.
Bully said he also found out that Gordon was in the Army. He said he might not agree with how Gordon came up in the wrestling business but he does respect what he’s done for his family and the country. Bully said there was no issue between them and he wanted to shake Gordon’s hand. They shook hands and Bully saluted Gordon. Just when it appeared that a truce had been reached, Bully kicked Gordon below the belt and taunted him.
Video recap: Kelly Klein - Deonna Purrazzo rivalry
In West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 27, Purrazzo defeated Klein. Klein attacked Purrazzo after the match. The next night in Lakeland, Fla., Klein again attacked Purrazzo after Purrazzo’s win over Ava Storie.
Grudge Match: Kelly Klein vs. Deonna Purrazzo
Purrazzo came to the ring dressed for a fight in jeans and jumped Klein before the bell. Purrazzo later hit three German Suplexes in a row and applied the Fujiwara Armbar, but Klein made it to the ropes to force a break. Klein eventually gained the upper hand and hit a fallaway slam from the second rope for a two count.
Purrazzo inadvertently pushed Klein into the referee before hitting a cutter. She covered Klein but the referee was unable to make the count. Purrazzo went for the Fujiwara Armbar again, but Klein countered with End of the Match and Purrazzo tapped out. Klein has now defeated Purrazzo in three of their four meetings.
Jay Lethal makes a big announcement
In a backstage segment, Lethal said he asked for and has received a match against KUSHIDA at Best in the World on June 29. He said he beat KUSHIDA in 2014, but KUSHIDA avenged the loss last year. Lethal said we will find out who is the best at Best in the World, and it’s going to be him.
Dalton Castle has a message for Cody and Marty Scurll
The ROH World Champion said he wanted to face the best challengers and he has two of them at Best in the World. Castle wondered if he should be worried about Cody and Scurll teaming up against him in the Triple Threat Match. He concluded that Cody and Scurll should fear him.
ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Jay and Mark Briscoe (champions) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh)
Two-time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Roppongi 3K extended their hands to The Briscoes before the match, but the nine-time ROH World Tag Team Champions refused to adhere to the Code of Honor and jumped the challengers from behind.
Roppongi 3K, obviously much improved since their stint in ROH in 2016-2017, withstood the initial attack and went on the offensive. Sho hit three successive German Suplexes on Mark Briscoe -- the final one aided by a superkick from Yoh -- into a bridge for a near fall.
The Briscoes regained the advantage, hitting a backbreaker/combination on Sho to set up a pin attempt, but Yoh made the save. The Briscoes then hit a suplex/top-rope flying ebow combination on Sho, who somehow managed to kick out at the last second. Roppongi 3K rallied and hit 3K on Mark Briscoe for a near fall. As Sho and Yoh prepared to hit another double-team move on Mark Briscoe, Jay Briscoe threw a chair into the ring to distract the referee. Mark Briscoe kicked Yoh below the belt, and Jay Briscoe followed with the Jay Driller on him for a hard-fought victory.
THEY SAID IT
“Do you know who I am? I’m Bully Ray, and, Flip, you’re nothing but a stupid young boy.”
-- Bully Ray after kicking Flip Gordon low
“What a piece of garbage. … This is proof Bully Ray can never be trusted.”
-- ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni after Bully Ray attacked Flip Gordon
“You’re a champion and a legend in wrestling, but as a human being you’re a loser.”
-- ROH commentator Colt Cabana on Bully Ray
“I smell like fire because I rage on the inside like a furnace.”
-- ROH World Champion Dalton Castle