Silas Young and Eli Isom clash in the finals of a mini-tournament to determine the No. 1 contender for the ROH World Television Title; and four of ROH’s recent signees square off, as Bandido faces Mark Haskins, and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams meets David Finlay!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #385
Airdate: Weekend of Feb. 2, 2019
Location: Center Stage in Atlanta
-- “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams defeated David Finlay
-- Bandido defeated Mark Haskins
-- ROH World Television Title No. 1 Contender Mini-Tournament Final: Silas Young defeated Eli Isom
“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams vs. David Finlay
IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson, who is a close friend of Finlay, sat in on commentary. Williams controlled the pace early with his mat wrestling skills. He also showed that he can deliver high-impact moves, as he hit a single-arm DDT on the turnbuckle followed by a big clothesline for a near fall.
Finlay came back with a Sambo backbreaker for a near fall and a devastating clothesline of his own for another two count. Williams answered with a Death Valley Driver for a near fall before finishing off Finlay with a piledriver.
Williams and Finlay adhered to the Code of Honor before and after the match, which impressed Robinson.
The Kingdom’s forecast: 100 percent chance of reign
In a backstage interview with the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom, TK O’Ryan said that Matt Taven gave Villain Enterprises an opportunity to show what they can do last week, and The Kingdom was not impressed. Vinny Marseglia said that The Kingdom will continue to reign in ROH, so Villain Enterprises should bring their umbrellas. Taven opened an umbrella that had “Melvin Enterprises” written on it.
Mark Haskins vs. Bandido
Juice Robinson remained on commentary for the match. After an early stalemate, Haskins gained the advantage after hitting a suicide dive. Bandido answered with a twisting dive over the top rope onto Haskins on the floor. Back inside the ring, Bandido and Haskins began exchanging near falls. Bandido gained two counts off a pop-up cutter and West Knee; Haskins scored near falls off a Falcon Arrow and double stomp off the top rope. Bandido ended up hitting 21 Plex for the hard-fought victory.
Robinson praised the efforts of both men.
Nick Aldis has a message for PJ Black
In a backstage interview, Nick Aldis said that the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title will be defended for the first time on ROH television next week when he puts the 10 pounds of gold on the line against PJ Black. Aldis said Black is an international star, but Black will find out why he is the “National Treasure” and the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion.
ROH World Television Title No. 1 Contender Mini-Tournament Final: Silas Young vs. Eli Isom
Young took control after body-slamming Isom on the floor and repeatedly bending the rules. Isom came back with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall, but Young regained the advantage and began taunting the youngster. That fired up Isom, who hit Emerald Flowsion for a near fall.
Young came back with the Plunge for a near fall. Isom’s resilience began to frustrate the veteran. Young hit a superplex, but, amazingly, Isom kicked out at one. Isom used a backslide for a near fall, but Young answered with Misery for the win.
Young will get his ROH World Television Title shot on TV in four weeks against Jeff Cobb or whoever is champion at that time. After the match, Young grabbed a microphone and referred to Cobb as a “disappointment to everyone in his life.” Cobb came out and got in Young’s face. Shane Taylor entered the ring, and he and Young moved menacingly toward Cobb. Cobb started swinging, but Young stopped him with a low blow. Taylor then hit Greetings from 216 on Cobb.
THEY SAID IT
“It feels like Ring of Honor is infected to its core right now. … These five guys, with those despicable actions, have no place here in Ring of Honor.”
-- ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni on the heinous actions of Bully Ray, the Briscoes, Silas Young and Shane Taylor at the international television taping in Philadelphia in December
-- NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title Match: Champion Nick Aldis vs. PJ Black
-- Villain Enterprises is in action