ROH TV Recap: Dragon Lee Escapes With His World TV Title In Thriller Versus Rey Horus

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #487
Airdate: Weekend of Jan. 16, 2021

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to the show and explained ROH’s new rankings system. She revealed the latest rankings for the World Television and Pure divisions. McKay also announced that Matt Taven and Vincent have been banned from appearing at the same ROH events for the time being because of the hostility between them.


Rhett Titus sit-down interview


Flip Gordon sit-down interview


Pure Rules Match: Rhett Titus vs. Flip Gordon
(15-minute time limit)

Titus demanded this match because Gordon refused to adhere to the Code of Honor after losing to Pure Champion -- and Titus’ stablemate in The Foundation -- Jonathan Gresham at Final Battle last month. Gordon also refused to adhere to the Code of Honor at the beginning of this match.

Titus gained the early advantage with his mat wrestling skills. He trapped Gordon in a shoulder lock, and Gordon used the first of his three allotted rope breaks. Titus applied a single-leg crab, and Gordon used his second rope break. Gordon put Titus in the figure-four leglock, causing Titus to use his first rope break. Titus hit a German suplex into a bridge for a two count. Gordon answered with Kinder Surprise, which knocked Titus off the top rope to the floor. Gordon followed with a suplex on the floor and superkick.

After the action returned to inside the ring, Titus trapped Gordon in a single-leg crab again, and Gordon used his final rope break. Gordon hit a springboard neckbreaker for a near fall. Titus caught Gordon with a crucifix pin for a near fall. Gordon nailed Titus in the face with a closed first, drawing a warning from the referee. Gordon followed with a Curb Stomp and Flip-5 for the victory at 14:46. Had the 15-minute time limit expired, Titus almost certainly would’ve been awarded the match by the judges due to using the closed fist and all three of his rope breaks.

Flip Gordon’s post-match comments


Rey Horus sit-down interview


Dragon Lee sit-down (stand-up?) interview


ROH World Television Title Match: Champion Dragon Lee vs. Rey Horus
(30-minute time limit)

Horus, one-third of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, earned this title shot by pinning former ROH World Champion Dalton Castle at Final Battle. Horus went on the offensive immediately, catching Lee with a Tope Con Hilo as Lee was making his entrance. After tossing Lee inside the ring, Horus hit a tilt-a-whirl DDRT for a near fall. Lee halted Horus’ momentum by hitting a hurricanrana over the top rope and off the apron to the floor.

Later, Horus hit Spanish Fly for a near fall. Lee answered by punishing Horus with forearms and stomps while he was slumped in the corner. Taking a page from his brother ROH World Champion RUSH’s playbook, Lee hit Bull’s Horns, but Horus kicked out at two. As Lee charged across the ring, Horus caught him with an overhead throw into the corner. Horus hit Spanish Fly off the top rope for a near fall.

Lee landed a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Horus responded with a Destroyer for a near fall. Horus set up for a body-scissors driver of the top rope, the move he used to defeat Castle, but Lee countered with a stomp to the back while Horus was tied up in the ropes for a near fall. Lee nailed Horus with Incineration, and then pulled down his knee pad and hit the move a second time to score a hard-fought victory.


-- Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor & Soldiers of Savagery) vs. The Foundation (Jonathan Gresham, Jay Lethal & Tracy Williams)

-- Pure Rules Match: Dalton Castle vs. Josh Woods