ROH Recap: Villain Enterprises, Kelly Klein Defend Titles Against Plucky Underdogs

The ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles and WOH World Title are on the line, as Villain Enterprises takes on Shinobi Shadow Squad, and Kelly Klein faces Karissa Rivera. Also in this episode: the undefeated RUSH is in action, the bracket for the Top Prospect Tournament is revealed and more!

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #413
Airdate: Weekend of Aug. 17, 2019


Kelly Klein backstage interview

Klein talked about her title defense tonight against Karissa Rivera. She said she respects Rivera for wanting to prove herself rather than just asking for a title shot. Klein said Rivera deserves to be in Women of Honor, but she’s not sure she’s ready to be champion. 

Highlights from Manhattan Mayhem: RUSH vs. TK O’Ryan

RUSH hit an overhead throw into the corner and followed with Bull’s Horns for the win.

Top Prospect Tournament bracket revealed

The first-round matches and brackets are as follows:

Dante Caballero vs. Joe Keys
Brian Johnson vs. Austin Gunn

Haitian Sensation vs. Ken Dixon
Makita vs. Dak Draper

Recap: The Silas Young-Josh Woods relationship

Three weeks ago on TV, Young used a low blow to pin Woods. Backstage after the match, Woods was being held back by security as he tried to get at Young. Woods said that Young disrespected him. Young replied that he actually did something for Woods. Young said Woods needs someone like him to learn from on how to be great.

In a Four Corner Survival Proving Ground Match at Manhattan Mayhem between Young, Woods, ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor and Tracy Williams, Woods used a low blow on Young to cost him the match (Williams won it). Backstage after the match, Young sarcastically congratulated Woods for “learning one lesson” tonight. “The big difference between me and you is if I would’ve hit the nut shot, I would’ve won afterwards,” Young said. “You’ve got a lot more lessons to learn, Josh.”

Highlights from Mass Hysteria: PJ Black vs. Silas Young

Black hit a springboard moonsault for a near fall and a Spanish Fly off the top for a near fall. Black went up top for another move, but Young pushed him off and Black landed split-legged on the top turnbuckle. Young followed with Misery for the victory.

Backstage after the match, Young was talking on his phone when Woods walked up to him. Woods put a pack of cigarettes in Young’s hands and said, “Some teachers just like apples.” Woods took one of the cigarettes, stuck it in his mouth and walked away. 

WOH World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein vs. Karissa Rivera

Klein dominated Rivera early, hitting a front-face DDT and fallaway slam. Klein went for a second fallaway slam, but Rivera slipped out and landed a pump kick. Rivera followed with a spinebuster for a near fall. Klein recovered and hit K-Power for the win.

After the match, Sumie Sakai came out and helped up Rivera. Sakai, who lost to Rivera in the youngster’s debut match in WOH three weeks ago on TV, has become her mentor. Klein grabbed a microphone and said that Rivera has the endorsement of a legendary WOH World Champion in Sakai, and when Rivera is ready, she will give her another shot at the title. Klein and Rivera embraced.

The Allure’s Angelina Love and Velvet Sky interrupted. Sky said Love should’ve been in the title match because she pinned Klein in a tag match at Best in the World. Love said there’s a conspiracy in ROH against The Allure. Klein said there’s no conspiracy, just the truth, which is that “Women of Honor don’t want bitches like you.”

Kelly Klein (w/Karissa Rivera and Sumie Sakai) backstage interview

Klein said Rivera gave her a fight tonight. She said women like The Allure don’t deserve to be in WOH. Klein said women like her, Rivera and Sakai will show The Allure what WOH is all about.

Highlights from State of the Art: Defy or Deny Elimination Match: ROH World Champion Matt Taven vs. PCO vs. Flip Gordon vs. Mark Haskins

The rules of this bout, which took place on June 2 in Portland, Ore., were 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.

It was announced prior to the start of the match that Haskins wasn’t medically cleared to compete due to being injured by Bully Ray earlier in the show, but Haskins defied the medical staff and inserted himself back into the match.

Taven’s fellow Kingdom members TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia came out. They have been banned from ringside during Taven’s title defenses, but the title was not at stake in this match. Taven nailed PCO with a chair behind the referee’s back, but it didn’t phase PCO. PCO took the chair from Taven and hit him with it. The referee saw it and disqualified PCO. Several minutes later, Taven rolled up Haskins and grabbed a handful of tights to eliminate him.

Now it was down to Taven and Gordon. Gordon went for a hurricanrana off the apron, but Taven caught him and powerbombed him through the ringside table. Taven hit a frog splash for a near fall. Gordon countered Climax with a sling blade, and followed up with a twisting Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Gordon went for the Flip-5, but Taven slipped out and hit Climax for the victory.

As a result of the decision, Gordon cannot challenge for ROH World Title as long as Taven is champion.

Announcement: Taven will compete in another Defy or Deny Match at Honor for All in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug 25 against Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Kenny King.

ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King w/Flip Gordon) vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova)

PCO dominated early until Isom got into the match. Isom back-body-dropped PCO over the top rope onto Scurll and King on the floor. Isom then hit a springboard moonsault onto to all three members of Villain Enterprises on the floor. 3S tossed PCO into the ring. All three members covered him, but PCO kicked out at two.

Later, King tagged in and ran wild on all three members of 3S. Nova countered Scurll’s attempt at a chicken wing and rolled him up for a two count. Scurll and King double-teamed Nova. Scurll stretched Nova across his knees, and King landed a senton on him for the win.