ROH TV Recap: Eli Isom Knocks Off LSG; Brian Johnson Steals Rubber Match From Danhausen

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #498
Airdate: Weekend of April 3, 2021

Finish of Pure Rules Gauntlet from last week


Fred Yehi’s post-match comments


Brian Johnson sit-down interview


Danhausen’s pre-match comments


Brian Johnson vs. Danhausen
(20-minute time limit)

This is the rubber match between the bitter rivals. Johnson hit a Hot Shot followed by a draping cutter off the top rope for a two count. “The Mecca” rocked Danhausen with a flying clothesline and running lariat for a near fall. Danhausen rallied with a series of suplexes, including a German into a bridge for a near fall. Danhausen back-body-dropped Johnson over the top rope to the floor and then connected on a hurricanrana off the apron.

Back inside the ring, Danhausen hit the GTS, but in doing so, Johnson’s knees clipped the referee. Danhausen covered Johnson, but the referee was momentarily inacapacitated. Johnson dropped Danhausen throat-first on the top rope and made a cover with his feet on the ropes, but the referee caught him. Johnson kicked Danhausen low behind the referee’s back and hit The Process to score another tainted victory in 9:23.

After the match, Johnson grabbed a microphone and said it will be a “Meccade of excellence” and he put the entire roster on notice that “it’s Mecca versus everybody.” As Johnson walked back up the aisle, he jawed at Mark Briscoe, who sat in on commentary during the match.

Episode 500 in two weeks: Pure Title Match: Champion Jonathan Gresham vs. Jay Lethal


LSG sit-down interview


Eli Isom sit-down interview


Eli Isom vs. LSG
(20-minute time limit)

After several minutes of back-and-forth action between the rising stars, LSG hit a neckbreaker for a near fall. He continued to target Isom’s neck before Isom hit a neckbreaker of his own. Isom landed a sidewinder slam, and LSG rolled outside the ring. Isom hit a springboard moonsault off the top rope to the floor.

Back inside the ring, Isom hit a German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. LSG answered with Rocket-Bye Baby, a springboard forearm and Saintsplosion for a near fall. LSG went for a high crossbody off the top rope, but Isom caught him, rolled through and planted him with Emerald Flowsion for a near fall. After LSG went to the apron, Isom speared him, sending both men crashing to the floor. LSG rammed Isom into the barricade and got back into the ring. Isom made it back in a split-second before the referee reached the 20 count.

After exchanging hard-hitting forearms, LSG went for the Starjammer (the move he used to pin Bandido in a recent triple threat elimination match), but Isom blocked it and hit The Promise for the win in 15:15.

Episode 500 in two weeks: Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Briscoe