ROH TV Recap: Angelina Love Escapes With Tainted Win Over Quinn McKay, Receives First-Round Bye In Women's Title Tournament

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #503
Airdate: Weekend of May 8, 2021

Pre-match comments from Flip Gordon & EC3 

Pre-match comments from Jay & Mark Briscoe

Flip Gordon & EC3 vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe
(20-minute time limit)

The Briscoes dominated the early stages of the match before Gordon hit a wheelbarrow suplex on Jay Briscoe on the floor and followed with a superkick. Back inside the ring, Gordon hit Falcon Arrow on Jay, but Mark Briscoe made the save. After Mark tagged in, he ran wild on both Gordon and EC3. The Briscoes set up for Redneck Boogie on Gordon, but EC3 broke it up. EC3 ducked a double clothesline and took down both Briscoes with a shoulder block. 

The Briscoes rallied and planted EC3 with Redneck Boogie, but Gordon made the save. Jay Briscoe charged at Gordon, but Gordon side-stepped him and Jay went over the top rope to the floor. Gordon took out Jay with a slingshot dive to the floor. Mark Briscoe set up for the Cutthroat Driver on EC3, but Gordon threw a chair into the ring, which distracted Mark. As the referee disposed of the chair, Gordon grabbed Jay Briscoe’s chain and nailed Mark with it. EC3, who did not see Gordon’s actions, hit a modified GTS followed by a modified Scorpion Death Drop for the win.

Brian Johnson sit-down interview

Brian Johnson’s open challenge

With Johnson in the ring awaiting the reveal of his opponent, Danhausen came out to the stage. Danhausen said since he’s already defeated Johnson “seven-to-10 times,” he decided to bring a “gifthausen.” Out came former ROH World Champion PCO, which did not please Johnson.

Brian Johnson vs. PCO

Danhausen sat in on commentary during the match. Johnson jumped PCO from behind before the bell and went to work on him in the corner, but PCO fought his way out and seized the advantage. PCO hit a Death Valley Driver into the corner and went on to back-body-drop Johnson over the barricade. At that point, PCO began “malfunctioning.” He attacked the timekeeper and ring announcer Bobby Cruise and then hurled himself through the barricade. Johnson rammed PCO into the barricade two more times.

Back inside the ring, Johnson hit three consecutive clotheslines, the third of which knocked PCO out of the ring. Johnson dove onto PCO on the floor. Later, Johnson hit a splash off the top rope, but it awakened PCO.  PCO hit a pop-up powerbomb and followed with a moonsault. PCO made a nonchalant cover, and Johnson managed to get his shoulder up before the three count. Johnson removed one of the turnbuckles. PCO charged at Johnson, who moved, sending PCO into the exposed turnbuckle. Johnson rolled him up and placed his feet on the ropes, but PCO kicked out. PCO applied the Destro Death Grip, and Johnson tapped out.

Angelina Love sit-down interview

Quinn McKay sit-down interview

Quinn McKay vs. Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon)
(20-minute time limit)

This was McKay’s in-ring debut in ROH. The stipulation is that if McKay wins, she will be in the ROH Women’s World Title Tournament this summer, and if Love wins, she’ll receive a first-round bye. Surprisingly, the much-less-experienced McKay was able to wrestle the seven-time former world champion to a stalemate early in the match. Love gained the advantage after a knee to the midsection. Love repeatedly bounced McKay’s head off the mat and then choked her with the bottom rope. Leon also choked McKay. Love hit a flapjack and transitioned into a Koji Clutch. McKay was fading, but Love decided to release the hold because she wanted to inflict more punishment.

With new life, McKay hit a jawbreaker. Leon grabbed McKay’s foot as she charged the ropes. The momentary distraction allowed Love to set up for Botox Injection, but McKay ducked and hit a powerslam for a near fall. McKay applied the Cobra Clutch. Love was fading. Leon, realizing how much trouble Love was in, began taunting McKay, saying that she’ll never be a wrestler. McKay lost her focus and released the hold to confront Leon, who was on the apron. McKay swung at Leon, but Leon ducked and dropped down to the floor. McKay turned around into a Botox Injection and was pinned.

NEXT WEEK

-- Josh Woods vs. Silas Young

-- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor & Soldiers of Savagery) vs. Primal Fear