ROH TV Recap: Shane Taylor Promotions Cracks The Foundation; Josh Woods Taps Out Dalton Castle

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #488
Airdate: Weekend of Jan. 23, 2021

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to the show and threw to video of Shane Taylor Promotions refusing to accept the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles by forfeit at Final Battle in December.

 

Highlights of last week’s Dragon Lee-Rey Horus match; post-match comments from Lee

 

 

Josh Woods sit-down interview

 

Dalton Castle sit-down interview

 

Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods vs. Dalton Castle
(15-minute time limit)

Woods was the aggressor during the early stages of the match, focusing his attack on the former ROH World Chanmpion’s ribs. Woods locked on an abdominal stretch, and Castle used the first of his three allotted rope breaks. Castle hip-tossed Woods over the top rope, sending him crashing to the floor. Later, Castle trapped Woods in a leg scissors, and Woods used his first rope break.

Woods flipped Castle over the top rope. With both men outside the ring, Castle got ultra-aggressive. He drove Woods into the barricade and the ring post and hit a t-bone suplex into the barricade. After the action returned to inside the ring, Woods hit a German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Castle hit a German suplex of his own, and Woods answered with a gut-wrench suplex. Castle went for the Bang-a-Rang, but Woods countered with a cloverleaf and transitioned into the Woods Lock. Castle tapped out at 14:27.

Woods has now defeated two former ROH World Champions in the past two months. He beat two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal in November.

Josh Woods’ post-match comments

 

The Foundation’s pre-match comments

 

Shane Taylor Promotions’ pre-match comments

 

Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor & SOS -- Kaun & Moses) vs. The Foundation (Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & Tracy Williams)
(20-minute time limit)

STP used its size and strength advantage to neutralize The Foundation’s speed and technical skills at the outset. The Foundation took a moment to regroup, which immediately paid off. They isolated Moses and went to work on the big man’s left arm. Moses eventually halted The Foundation’s momentum by landing a Samoan Drop on Williams.

Moses tagged in Kaun, who overwhelmed Lethal with a flurry of hard-hitting offense. Taylor hit a package piledriver on Gresham, but Lethal made the save. The match broke down, with all six men brawling in the ring. Gresham hit a spectacular Shooting Star Press on Taylor for a near fall. Lethal went for Lethal Injection on Taylor, but Taylor caught him and hit Welcome to the Land for the victory at 12:08.

It was a huge win for STP, who are the No. 1 contenders for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title held by MexiSquad (Bandido, Rey Horus and Flamita).

NEXT WEEK

-- OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser & Brawler Milonas)

-- Pure Title Match: Champion Jonathan Gresham vs. Joe Keys