Still seething over Flip Gordon double-crossing them, LifeBlood joined forces with PJ Black to seek revenge against Gordon and his Villain Enterprises co-horts in eight-man tag action. Also on this episode: Dragon Lee vs. Jonathan Gresham, ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and more!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #412
Airdate: Weekend of Aug. 10, 2019
Highlights from Best in the World: Flip Gordon joins Villain Enterprises
Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams presented Gordon with a LifeBlood t-shirt after he came to their aid. Gordon put it on and embraced Haskins and Williams. At that point, a pre-taped video of Scurll appeared on the screen. Scurll congratulated LifeBlood on getting a new member, and then said that Villain Enterprises also has a new member. The camera panned to reveal Gordon standing next to Scurll.
Gordon attacked LifeBlood, and Scurll, PCO and King came down to the ring to make it four-on-two. Haskins was placed on a table outside the ring, and Gordon hit a 450 Splash on him to break the table.
Highlights from Manhattan Mayhem: Dragon Lee vs. Jonathan Gresham
These two engaged in a chopfest on multiple occasions during the match. At the end of one such exchange, Gresham risked disqualification by delivering a chop that was below the belt. Gresham remained aggressive and began stomping Lee in the corner.
Lee and Gresham repeatedly slapped each other in the face while perched on the top turnbuckle. Lee hit a double stomp off the top onto Gresham, who was hung up in the ropes. Lee followed with two successive running knee strikes to the head to finish off Gresham.
Dragon Lee backstage post-match interview
Lee said that Jonathan Gresham is a great wrestler and this is the kind of match he wants. He said he’s making his dreams reality in Japan and CMLL and he knows he will do the same in ROH.
Jonathan Gresham backstage post-match interview
Gresham said Jay Lethal’s voice kept ringing in his head during his match against Dragon Lee, telling him to do things Lethal’s way. Gresham said he wants the lifestyle of a champion, the lifestyle Lethal already has. Gresham said he should’ve done what he thought was right against Lee instead of listening to Lethal.
Shinobi Shadow Squad trains for Villain Enterprises
Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova were shown training hard inside a dojo in preparation for their shot at ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Villain Enterprises on next week’s episode.
Karissa Rivera backstage interview
Rivera, who has a title shot against Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein on next week’s episode, said she is on a mission to become the best women’s wrestler in the world, but right now that’s Klein. Rivera said she has confidence in her ability to win the title.
Rhett Titus sit-down interview
Titus reflected on his career in ROH, which began in 2005. He said ROH is the only place he ever wanted to be. Titus talked about some of his biggest victories, including he and Kenny King (The All Night Express) defeating the Briscoes in a Ladder War and winning the ROH World Tag Team Titles from Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. He said his life changed drastically after King left ROH. Titus said he tried other tag team partners, but he wasn’t able to find the success he had with King.
He recalled the night in 2015 that he and King reunited in ROH and defeated the Briscoes in their first match back together. Titus said they weren’t getting the same opportunities in ROH that they had before, however, so he and King formed The Rebellion faction to take out their frustration on the company. After The Rebellion was forced to disband, Titus turned to Will Ferrara to be his tag partner as The Dawgs. Titus said The Dawgs were a fun team, but Ferrara got discouraged and took his ball and went home.
Titus said he’s in the best shape of his life and now he has a family to fight for. He said he’s been a tag team specialist his whole career, and now is his time to prove himself as a singles competitor. He talked about losing a Proving Ground Match to ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor recently and then having King verbally humiliate him afterward in front of his pregnant wife, who was sitting ringside. Titus said that perhaps King is right about him losing his fire. He said the biggest mistake he’s ever made was not smacking King in his mouth.
Soldiers of Savagery (Moses and Kaun) vs. Hyena Hexx and Geddy Cahoon
Moses and Kaun jumped their foes as the opening bell sounded and tossed them around. SOS hit a double chokeslam on Hexx and pinned him. Time of the fall: 45 seconds.
Highlights from Mass Hysteria: ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)
Given both teams’ penchant for brawling, it was no surprise that this was a fight right from the opening bell. The Bouncers had Mark Briscoe set up for Last Call, but Jay Briscoe powerbombed Milonas off the middle rope. Mark followed with Froggy Bow for the win. After the match, The Bouncers and Briscoes shook hands and joined together for the Toast of Honor
Highlights from TV three weeks ago: Philadelphia Street Fight: Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) vs. LifeBlood (Bandido, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams)
Bodies were flying everywhere and kendo sticks and chairs were used as weapons right from the start. Bandido hit a super hurricanrana that sent PCO crashing through a table on the floor. Bandido hit a corkscrew dive off the top rope onto a pile of competitors on the floor. Bandido connected on a fallaway slam/moonsault on Scurll for the victory.
LifeBlood (Bandido, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) and PJ Black vs. Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon)
Gordon, who double-crossed LifeBlood and joined Villain Enterprises at Best in the World, flipped off Bandido and immediately tagged out instead of locking up. Later, Gordon tagged in and got some shots in on Williams before quickly tagging out again. PCO went for a crossbody off the top rope, but Bandido caught the much larger PCO and slammed him. Bandido hit a corkscrew dive off the top rope onto three of his opponents outside the ring. Gordon entered the ring with a chair, but Williams took it from him and chased him to the back.
PCO hit a moonsault off the top rope to the floor onto a pile of competitors. Bandido planted PCO with a Canadian Destroyer on the apron. King hit a sit-out powerbomb on Haskins for a near fall. Bandido hit 21 Plex on King, and Black followed with a 450 Splash on King for the victory.
THEY SAID IT
“One of the most disgusting 450’s I’ve ever seen!”
-- Commentator Ian Riccaboni after Flip Gordon’s 450 Splash put Tracy Williams through a table outside the ring
“Like my brother RUSH says, everything is all right. Stay tuned, because we bring surprises, and soon another one is coming.”
-- Dragon Lee
“You did it to me again. Thank you, bro.”
-- A sarcastic Jonathan Gresham to Jay Lethal after Gresham’s loss to Dragon Lee
-- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)
-- WOH World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein vs. Karissa Rivera