ROH TV Preview: EC3 Wants Jay Briscoe To Prove If Honor Is Real; Matt Taven, Bateman Clash In Grudge Match

Here’s a preview of this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling:”

Jay Briscoe vs. EC3

An impromptu backstage interaction brought EC3 and the Briscoes together as a team for a six-man tag match in EC3’s ROH in-ring debut two weeks ago, but the circumstances are much different for EC3’s second match.

This time, EC3 and Jay Briscoe are opponents, and the match is the result of a calculated effort by EC3.

Sitting in on commentary last week for the match pitting Jay and Mark Briscoe against the Soldiers of Savagery, EC3 focused much of his attention on Jay. He noted the similarities between them, such as the fact that they are both former world champions and had lengthy undefeated streaks.

After the Briscoes won the match, EC3 left the announce table and stood in the aisle, impeding their path. Jay took issue with EC3’s actions, but Mark calmed his brother down and convinced him to walk past EC3 and head to the back with him. As the Briscoes departed, EC3 smirked.

In a post-match interview, Jay challenged EC3 to a match this week, which EC3 quickly accepted.

“Jay, I expected to fight you. Hell, you could say it was part of my plan -- a plan to find if honor is real,” EC3 said. “Jay Briscoe, do you have what’s in you to control your narrative? Not only control your narrative, but control your emotions, your anger, your rage, your resentment? Do you have what is in you to show me honor is real?

“If you don’t, you have been warned.”

Matt Taven vs. Bateman

It’s been nearly a year since Taven and Bateman have been in a ring together. It’s not a pleasant memory for Taven.

At Final Battle last December, Bateman aided Righteous leader Vincent in a heinous attack on Taven following the former ROH World Champion’s match against Vincent.

Taven’s ankle was destroyed as a result of the attack, and he has vowed to exact revenge on his former friend Vincent. But to get to Vincent, Taven has to get past Righteous member Bateman.

“I’m telling you, Matt, you don’t want Vincent,” the sinister Bateman said. “You want me. I’m a much, much nicer guy.”

Said Taven: “If I have to go through this big Melvin, Master Bateman, to get to [Vincent], so be it. But, Vinny, karma comes for everyone. And that’s a trend I’m looking to continue.”

Pure Rules Match: Jay Lethal vs. LSG

LSG attended an ROH show in his hometown of Edison, N.J., when he was 15, and after being impressed by a wrestler on the card who was from nearby Elizabeth, N.J., he was inspired to pursue a career in pro wrestling.

That wrestler was Lethal. Now LSG has an opportunity to score a career-defining victory over Lethal, one of the best pure wrestlers in the sport, in a Pure Rules Match.

“This might be just another match for you, but this match means everything to me,” LSG said in his message to Lethal. “Not just now in 2020, but the kid back in 2005 that was watching you. It’s time to prove not only to you, but to myself, that I can hang with the best in the world. The boy who wanted to be you is now the man who’s going to beat you.”

Lethal said he requested the match against LSG because he wanted to reward him for traveling the world to hone his craft.

“You are getting the greatest wrestler in the world one on one so that you can prove that you can hang with the greatest wrestlers out there,” Lethal said. “But, unfortunately, nothing is free in this world. In our match, LSG, get ready to pay for it.”

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