ROH Recap: Tracy Williams Upsets Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham Beats Josh Woods To Set Up Pure Title Tournament Final

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #475

Airdate: Weekend of Oct. 24, 2020

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to Week 7 of the ROH Pure Title tournament. She recapped last week’s show and pitched to highlights of Tracy Williams’ win over Fred Yehi in a Block A semifinal match and Josh Woods’ win over PJ Black in a Block B semifinal match.

Tracy Williams’ post-match comments

Josh Woods’ post-match comments

Block B Final: Josh Woods (w/Silas Young) vs. Jonathan Gresham

Woods went for a gut-wrench suplex, but Gresham used his first of three allotted rope breaks just 90 seconds into the match. Woods picked up Gresham for a standing suplex, but he got too close to the ropes and both he and Gresham tumbled over the top rope and landed hard on the floor. Woods came up favoring his arm..

Later, with Gresham on the top rope, Woods climbed to the middle rope, grabbed Gresham’s arm and suplexed him. Woods hit two gut-wrench suplexes, but his arm gave out on a third attempt. Gresham trapped Woods in an Octopus Stretch and delivered a series of elbow strikes to Woods’ head. Woods used a Samoan Drop to escape. Both men jockeyed for position with a series of inside cradles and reverses. Gresham hit a sunset flip for the win at 12:00.

Grudge match: Matt Taven vs. Vincent

Vincent attacked Taven from behind as Taven made his entrance. Vincent hit Sliced Bread off the ring post, sending Taven face-first to the floor. Vincent pulled out a purple ladder from under the ring -- the same ladder Taven climbed to win the ROH World Title at Madison Square Garden last year. Vincent hit a senton off the ladder to put Taven through the table.

Highlights from last week: EC3 arrives, is confronted by Shane Taylor

EC3 delivered his mission statement in the ring, specifically naming Jay Lethal, the Briscoes, Dragon Lee and RUSH as competitors he’d like to face. Later, Shane Taylor (accompanied by The Soldiers of Savagery) confronted EC3 backstage. Taylor was angry that Taylor didn’t mention him among the ROH greats and said ROH is his house. The Briscoes walked by and took exception to Taylor’s comments.

A match was proposed pitting Taylor and SOS against the Briscoes and EC3.

Comments from EC3, Shane Taylor

 

Block A Final: Tracy Williams vs. Jay Lethal

Williams applied a modified ankle lock, but Lethal used his first rope break. Williams locked on the crossface, and Lethal used his second rope break. Lethal went for the figure-four leglock, but Williams used his first rope break. Lethal hit a springboard dropkick, sending Williams to the floor. Lethal set up for a dive, but Williams was ready for it and Lethal slid out of the ring. Williams hit a shotgun dropkick on the floor. Clutching his left shoulder, Williams picked up the Pure Title belt off the ringside table and seemed to derive inspiration from it.

Williams got back in the ring, and Lethal immediately targeted his shoulder. Lethal hit a shoulder breaker for a near fall. Lethal applied a Fujiwara Armbar, but Williams used his second rope break. Lethal set up for a superplex, but Williams countered with a DDT onto the turnbuckle. Williams planted Lethal with a piledriver, but Lethal used his final rope break. Williams went for the crossface, but Lethal escaped and hit a cutter. Lethal followed with Lethal Injection, but Williams used his final rope break.

Williams blasted Lethal with forearms, and Lethal answered with axe handles to Williams’ shoulder. Lethal hit Hail to the King and attempted Lethal Injection, but Williams blocked it and applied a chokehold. Lethal got the ropes, but he had no ropes breaks left. Lethal managed to shift his weight into a pinning combination for a two count. Williams transitioned into the crossface, and Lethal tapped out at 19:29.

Next week

Championship Final: Tracy William vs. Jonathan Gresham