ROH Recap: Taven, Lethal, Cobb, Kenny King Battle In Defy Or Deny

Then-ROH World Champion Matt Taven faced Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Kenny King in a Defy or Deny Match. Also on this episode: Highlights of Mark Haskins versus Adam Page in last year’s International Cup finals, Soldiers of Savagery in action, and more!

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #419
Airdate: Weekend of Sept. 28, 2019


Highlights from Saturday Night at Center Stage (Aug. 24): Silas Young, Okumura and Felino (w/Josh Woods) vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)

Nova attempted a Frankensteiner on Felino off the top rope, but Felino turned it into a powerbomb for the win.

After the match, the Code of Honor was adhered to. Young asked Woods if he’s learned what he’s been teaching him. Woods responded by hitting a low blow on Okumura and landing an exploder suplex on Felino. Young was pleased.

Silas Young checks Josh Woods’ notes

Young found Woods backstage and took a look at his notebook. Woods had been taking notes at ringside during the six-man tag match. Young wasn’t pleased with what he saw, and he put his cigarette out on the notebook.

Soldiers of Savagery (Moses and Kaun) vs. Sal Rinauro and Michael Stevens

SOS jumped their opponents before the opening bell. After hitting a couple of power moves, SOS hit Promised Land on Rinauro and Stevens, stacked them and pinned them. Time of the fall: 49 seconds.

Jeff Cobb backstage interview

Cobb was asked by backstage correspondent Quinn McKay what his strategy will be in the Defy or Deny Match. He said his strategy is to get his win back from Matt Taven, who handed Cobb his only pinfall loss when they met on June 28.

Master and Machine (Griff Garrison and Marcus Kross) vs. The Tate Twins (Brandon and Brent)

The Tate Twins (formerly Dalton Castle’s Boys) took the early advantage on Kross. After Garrison was tagged in, he ran wild on both Tates. He speared Brandon Tate, but Brent Tate made the save. Master and Machine combined for a springboard enziguri/powerbomb combination on Brent Tate, but Brandon Tate made the save. The Tates rallied and hit a double facebuster variation on Kross for the win.

Highlights from 2018 International Cup Finals: Mark Haskins vs. Hangman Adam Page

In this match from Doncaster, England last August, Haskins hit a Destroyer, followed by a pumphandle driver to pin Page and win the tournament.

Jay Lethal backstage interview

Lethal discussed the high stakes for Defy or Deny and the possibility of earning a title shot or being denied a title shot for as long as the current champion holds the title. He questioned why anyone would agree to such a match, and he said it’s because the ROH World Title is just that important. He said tonight is his night.

Defy or Deny Elimination Match: ROH World Champion Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Jeff Cobb vs. Kenny King (w/Amy Rose)

The rules of this bout are as follows: If Taven wins, whoever is eliminated last cannot challenge for the world title as long as he remains champion. Should one of the three challengers win, they will receive a future ROH World Title shot.

Taven and King worked together to gain the advantage over Lethal and Cobb. Eventually, their alliance fell apart. King hit a Blockbuster on Cobb for a near fall. After all four men landed a series of high-impact moves, everyone was down. Rose grabbed the championship belt, and Lethal demanded that she go to the back. Taven ended up with the belt, and he blasted Cobb with it. The referee disqualified Taven. Taven is eliminated.

While Taven protested to the referee, King grabbed the belt and hit Lethal with it. King followed with Royal Flush and pinned Lethal. Lethal is eliminated.

King attempted Royal Flush on Cobb, but Cobb countered it. Cobb hit Tour of the Islands for the victory. King is eliminated.

With the win, Cobb earned a future ROH World Title match.