LifeBlood had Bully Ray just where they wanted him before recent ROH signees The Soldiers of Savagery showed up; high-flyer Bandido and hard-hitter Shane Taylor squared off; Josh Woods returned; and The Bouncers, Coast 2 Coast and Shinobi Shadow Squad battled in a Triple Threat tag match!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #399
Airdate: Weekend of May 11, 2019
Location: Stage AE in Pittsburgh
-- The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) defeated Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) and Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova) in a Triple Threat match
-- Josh Woods defeated Flex Simmons
-- Bandido defeated Shane Taylor
Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger and Ryan Nova w/Eli Isom) vs. Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)
Nova got off to a fast start against LSG, but The Bouncers eventually used their significant weight advantage to take control. Coast 2 Coast got on a roll, as Ali took out his four opponents with a dive to the floor. In the end, The Bouncers prevailed after Milonas hit a legdrop off the middle tope onto Nova, was stretched across Brawler’s knee.
After the match, a frustrated LSG and Ali got into a shoving match with 3S.
Kenny King targets Jay Lethal
King, who claims to be blind as a result of The Great Muta spitting mist in his face at G1 Supercard last month, was helped down to the ring by ringside attendant Amy Rose. He said he did what he said he was going to do by winning the Honor Rumble at G1 Supercard, and now he is the No. 1 contender for the ROH World Title. He said you should never meet your heroes, because when he went to shake Muta’s hand and congratulate him on finally making his Madison Square Garden debut, Muta spit mist in his face. King said he now has to undergo emergency surgery to restore his sight.
King said ROH World Champion Matt Taven is not his target, Jay Lethal is. King said that after he can see again he’ll show everyone why he’s the King, and he’ll make Lethal “bend the knee.”
Flip Gordon discusses knee injury, ROH World Title shot
In a sit-down interview, Gordon reflected on the MCL tear he suffered in his right knee during a match against Tracy Williams in January. He said he pushed himself in rehab to come back early. Gordon, who is owed an ROH World Title shot by virtue of winning the Sea of Honor tournament in October, expected to be facing Jay Lethal and said he was surprised when Matt Taven won the title at G1 Supercard. Gordon said he’s excited to be facing Taven for the title on next week’s show.
Josh Woods vs. Flex Simmons
Woods, the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, returned to ROH after a six-month absence. He speared Simmons immediately after the opening bell. Then he tossed Simmons around a few times and pinned him. Time of the fall: 36 seconds.
Josh Woods is DTF
Backstage correspondent Quinn McKay asked Woods what he’s been up to since we last saw him. He said it’s not about where he’s been, it’s about what he just did. Woods said he’s always been down to fight.
Shane Taylor vs. Bandido
This match was recorded prior to Taylor winning the ROH World Television Title in a Four Corner Survival Match during the War of the Worlds tour last week.
As usual, Bandido extended his hand for the Code of Honor, and as usual, Taylor spit on his opponent’s hand rather than shake it. Despite Taylor weighing nearly twice his size, Bandido took the early advantage, hitting two successive dives on Taylor on the floor. Bandido went for a move off the middle rope, but Taylor nailed him with a big right hand to the face and scored a two count. Taylor also scored near falls after a knee strike, a ripcord cutter and a draping cutter. The resilient Bandido rallied, hitting the GTS followed by 21 Plex to score a hard-fought victory.
After the match, Bully Ray hit the ring and charged Bandido, but the luchador ducked under him. When Bully turned around, Bandido’s fellow LifeBlood members Mark Haskins and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams were standing with him. Bully backed into a corner and begged off.
Suddenly, The Soldiers of Savagery (Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun) hit the ring and laid out all three LifeBlood members. Bully and Taylor appeared to be as shocked as anyone about SOS showing up.
THEY SAID IT
“No one knew what was going to happen until Kenny King slid in, grabbed them both and threw their 700-year-old, Japanese, wrinkly asses over the top rope and won the Honor Rumble.”
-- Kenny King on eliminating Japanese legends The Great Muta and Jushin “Thunder” Liger in the Honor Rumble at G1 Supercard
“It smells like laundry detergent and Popeye’s chicken. It burned my face! Now I have to get emergency ocular vasodilation reticulation surgery.”
-- King on being blinded by Great Muta’s mist at G1 Supercard
“I think the only time [Jay Lethal] is a savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy Poffo.”
“As soon as I got the results [of the MRI exam] I said, ‘OK, now I know what the time is to beat.’ … I pushed myself as hard as I could.”
-- Flip Gordon on rehabbing his knee after suffering an MCL tear in January
-- ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven vs. Flip Gordon
-- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) vs. Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and RUSH