ROH Recap: Tony Deppen Wins ROH World Television Title From Tracy Williams!

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #502
Airdate: Weekend of May 1, 2021

Flamita vs. Bandido
(20-minute time limit)

Flamita connected on a dropkick that knocked his former MexiSquad partner out of the ring. Flamita hit a dive and then rammed Bandido into the barricade. Back inside the ring, Flamita got a near fall after a running boot to the face in the corner. Bandido hit a spinning headscissors takeover that sent Flamita out of the ring. Bandido followed with Fosbury Flop and then repeatedly slammed Flamita’s knee into the post.

Flamita halted Bandido’s momentum by ramming his shoulder into the barricade and  dropping him groin-first on the barricade. With both men standing on the barricade and exchanging punches, Bandido hit a hurricanrana. They just beat the 20 count back into the ring.

Bandido hit a crucifix driver for a near fall. Flamita answered with a 450 splash for a near fall. Bandido planted Flamita with a springboard hurricanrana driver for a near fall. Bandido went for the GTS, but Flamita’s knees hit the referee as Bandido hoisted him onto his shoulders. With the referee momentarily incapacitated, Flamita delivered a low blow and pinned Flamita by stepping on his face. 

Pre-match comments from The OGK

Beer City Bruiser & Ken Dixon vs. The OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett)
(20-minute time limit)

Brawler Milonas, Bruiser’s (former?) tag partner sat in on commentary. Dixon sucker-punched Taven right at the opening bell. OGK isolated Dixon, and Bennett hit a Death Valley Driver on him. Bruiser entered the ring, hit an elbow smash on Bennett and then dragged Dixon over to their corner to make the tag. Bennett eventually tagged in Taven, who ran wild on both Bruiser and Dixon. OGK hit a series of double-team moves on Bruiser.

Bruiser later hit a pumphandle slam on Taven, and Dixon followed with a snap powerslam on him. Dixon went for a cover, but he intentionally let Taven up at two. A frustrated Bruiser asked Dixon what he was thinking. Dixon said he wants to win with his best move. As Dixon got Taven in a fireman’s carry, Bennett made a blind tag. OGK hit a modified stunner/dropkick combination for the victory.

After the match, Taven broke a beer bottle over Bruiser’s head, which was a receipt for Bruiser doing the same thing to him in January. An angry Milonas left the announce area and yelled at Taven. Milonas entered the ring and told Bruiser he had been right all along. Milonas attacked Dixon, and then he and Bruiser embraced.

ROH World Television Title Match
(30-minute time limit) Champion Tracy Williams vs. Tony Deppen

This is William’s first TV Title defense since winning the championship from Kenny King (substituting for the injured Dragon Lee) at 19th Anniversary on March 26. Williams landed a flurry of strikes and kicks, sending Deppen into the corner and knocking him off his feet. Williams and Deppen exchanged strikes and kicks on the apron before Deppen hit an Enziguri that knocked Willams to the floor. Deppen hit a cannonball through the ropes onto Williams.

Williams rallied and connected on a DDT on the turnbuckle for a near fall. Williams transitioned into the crossface, but Deppen made it to the ropes. Williams hit a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Deppen rocked Williams with two closed fists to the face. Deppen applied a modified Cattle Mutilation, but Williams got his foot on the ropes. Williams answered with a piledriver, but Deppen managed to get his foot on the bottom rope. Williams went for a discus punch, but Deppen caught his arm and rolled him into a spladle to score the pinfall and win the title.

Deppen’s Violence Unlimited teammates -- Brody King, Homicide and Chris Dickinson -- came out to celebrate with him.

NEXT WEEK

-- Angelina Love vs. Quinn McKay