By Kevin Eck
Jay Lethal, who suffered a broken arm during the final night of the Honor United UK tour last weekend, is hoping to be back for the Final Battle pay-per-view on Dec. 13 in Baltimore.
Lethal and Jonathan Gresham are scheduled to challenge Jay and Mark Briscoe for the ROH World Tag Team Title at the show.
ROH World Television Champion Shane Tayor will replace Lethal at The Experience in Pittsburgh on Nov. 2. In a matchup determined by fan voting, it will either be ROH World Champion RUSH and Taylor against Matt Taven and Dalton Castle, or RUSH and Castle versus Taven and Taylor.
Coincidentally, masked luchador El Lethal also suffered an injury recently while competing on an “outlaw” show in Mexico. He had been scheduled to team with fellow masked luchador El Jefe Cobbo against Delirious and Mini Delirious in a Loser Loses Mask tag team match at ROH Unauthorized in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 3.
El Lethal will be replaced by a mysterious masked luchador known as El Villainisto.
In even more injury news, Brody King of Villain Enterprises suffered a knee injury in the UK and will miss this weekend’s shows in Pittsburgh and Columbus. He will return at Final Battle.
Villain Enterprises will still defend their ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title at The Experience against three opponents selected by fan voting. ROH officials are allowing “The Villain” Marty Scurll and PCO to select a one-night-only replacement for King.
The match pitting King and Scurll against Taylor and a mystery partner at Unauthorized will be replaced by a new match involving Taylor. Unauthorized host and matchmaker Colt Cabana will reveal the matchup the night of the show.
The only other match that’s been announced for Final Battle thus far is the main event for the ROH World Title between RUSH and PCO. RUSH has no title defenses prior to Final Battle.
Meanwhile, RUSH’s brother, Dragon Lee, has been signed for Final Battle, as has Alex Shelley.
An update on the announcement earlier this week regarding upcoming ROH meet and greets in Dallas and San Antonio: The meet and greets are now FREE for ALL fans.
The Dallas meet and greet will be at Titan Comics on Nov. 9 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the San Antonio meet and greet will be at Wrestling Shop Trademark and Collectibles on Nov. 10 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Already confirmed for the sessions are Taven, Lethal, Castle and Taylor. ROH talent also will be visiting sick children at hospitals in Dallas and San Antonio on those days.
The meet and greets are ROH’s way of saying thank you to our great fans in Dallas and San Antonio in the wake of the shows in those cities that were scheduled for next week being postponed till June because of operational conflicts.
As a reminder to those attending The Experience and Unauthorized, an hour of matches taped exclusively for TV will take place an hour before the livestreaming portion of the shows begin. So that means bell times are 6 p.m. for The Experience and 7 p.m. for Unauthorized.
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All three Kingdom members (Taven, Vincent and TK O’Ryan) will be in Pittsburgh and Columbus. Vincent and O’Ryan did not accompany Taven on the UK tour because they weren’t medically cleared due to the injuries they suffered in the attack by a mystery assailant or assailants at Death Before Dishonor Fallout Sept. 28.
Will whoever has been stalking The Kingdom show up this weekend?
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— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) October 29, 2019
Bully Ray and Mark Haskins also will appear on both shows.
2019 Top Prospect Winner Dak Draper is signed for Pittsburgh, where fans also will hear from The Allure’s Angelina Love and Mandy Leon.
Love and Leon are livid that Kelly Klein is once again Women of Honor World Champion. Klein regained the title from Love three weeks ago just 15 days after Love had won it, making her the shortest-reigning WOH World Champion in history.
Leon thought she had the title won during her match against Klein in London on Oct. 25, but after she was announced as the new champion, senior referee Todd Sinclair came out and ordered the match to be restarted because Leon had hit Klein in the head with the title belt behind the referee’s back. Klein pinned Leon seconds after the restart.
Love and Leon have made it clear that they don’t care which one of them beats Klein as long as the title is back in The Allure camp.
Wrestling With Wregret’s Brian Zane recently put together a list of the five toughest former ROH World Champions. Castle rightfully took exception to being left off the list, citing that he defended the title with a severe back injury. The other guy who deserved mention was Taven, although I can’t fault Zane for omitting him.
That’s because it was a well-kept secret that Taven had been defending the ROH World Title for two months on a broken ankle. As Taven says, love him or hate him, you have to respect him.
Taven, by the way, suffered a broken nose on the final UK show.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) October 30, 2019
An interesting development coming out of the Honor United tour is that Castle and Joe Hendry have formed a bond. They former adversaries and reluctant tag partners are now allies and tag partners by choice.
It turns out Castle and Hendry were so much alike that they actually rubbed each other the wrong way at first, but now the “Peacock” and “Prestigious One” are on the same page.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) October 31, 2019
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) October 28, 2019
On a side note, “Joe Hendry Karaoke” will be part of ROH Unauthorized.
Speaking of wrestlers forming a bond, it seemed like that was the case with Silas Young and British star Rampage Brown on the Honor United tour, but things quickly blew up between them.
One night after Young and Brown defeated The Brat Pack (Mitch Waterman and Nick Bury) in Newport, they lost to Castle and Hendry in Bolton and ended up brawling with each other after the match.
I have to wonder what Young’s regular tag partner, Josh Woods, thinks about his mentor’s actions.
ROH officials were impressed with all the local UK talent that appeared on the Honor United tour and are looking to bring select talent to compete on ROH shows in the U.S.
Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.