Who Attacked The Kingdom? Shane Taylor, Bully Ray Coming To New Orleans; Dragon Lee Returns In November

By Kevin Eck

Video of the aftermath of the attack on The Kingdom’s Vincent and TK O’Ryan has surfaced, but it doesn’t provide any answers as to who perpetrated the assault.

The video, which was released on ROH social media earlier this week, showed Vincent and O’Ryan laid out backstage after they were discovered by ROH crew members. Vincent and O’Ryan later said they were blindsided and did not see their attackers.

That incident took place at Death Before Dishonor Fallout in Las Vegas on Sept. 28 moments after Vincent and O’Ryan had accompanied Kingdom leader MattTaven to the ring for his announcement that he was staying with ROH.

O’Ryan has accused The Kingdom’s arch rivals The Bouncers of being behind the attack, but Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas have denied it.

I believe The Bouncers. There’s no doubt Bruiser and Milonas loathe Vincent and O’Ryan, but attacking someone from behind and then running away like cowards is not their style. Plus, it seems to me like they settled their score with The Kingdom the night before at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view, where they defeated Vincent and Silas Young in a Barroom Brawl.

So if The Bouncers didn’t do it, who did?

I am not accusing anyone, but Soldiers of Savagery immediately come to mind. Moses and Kaun stormed onto the scene several months ago by laying out LifeBlood. Perhaps they felt the best way to gain attention was to take out another established faction such as The Kingdom. However, if that was their motive, it wouldn’t make sense for them not to take credit for the attack.

Is it possible that whoever attacked Vincent and O’Ryan did so to send a message to Taven? The former ROH World Champion certainly has made his share of enemies in ROH over the years. Perhaps Taven’s decision to remain in ROH did not sit well with some of his adversaries.

One thing is certain: The Kingdom will not rest until they find out the identity of their attackers.

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ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor says he will be in New Orleans for Glory By Honor this Saturday, Oct. 12 even though he is not scheduled to compete. 

Taylor, who is not under contract to ROH and is being booked through Shane Taylor Promotions, made the decision to be at Glory By Honor after he saw a video on social media from New Orleans independent wrestler J. Spade, who called him out.

Spade and Taylor have history, and Spade made it clear that he intends to settle the score in New Orleans.

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The highly controversial Bully Ray also will be in attendance at Glory By Honor. What he has planned is anyone’s guess. Like the proverbial bad penny, Bully resurfaced at Death Before Dishonor, where his heinous behavior was again on display.

After LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Bandido came out on the short end of a hard-fought match against ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe, Bully showed up and powerbombed Haskins and Bandido. 

As Bully continued the assault, Vicky Haskins, Mark Haskins’ wife, jumped from her seat in the front row and slapped him. Bully responded by powerbombing Mark Haskins through a table right in front of her. Vicky hopped the rail to check on her husband, but security pulled her away.

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The dynamic Dragon Lee has signed to compete at four ROH events next month: The Experience in Pittsburgh on Nov. 2; ROH Unauthorized in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 3; and Survival of the Fittest Night 1 in Dallas on Nov. 9 and Night 2 in San Antonio on Nov. 10.

Judging by Lee’s recent appearances in ROH, the younger brother of ROH World Champion RUSH is at the top of his game. It could be just a matter of time before Lee, a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, is wearing some type of gold in ROH.

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The feud between “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams and “The Mercenary” Flip Gordon continues to rage on. They will face each other again at The Experience in a match in which fan voting will determine the stipulation from among three choices.

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An announcement is forthcoming regarding a special guest host for ROH Unauthorized. Past Unauthorized shows have been hosted by Adam Cole, Truth Martini and Silas Young.

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Two more big matches have been signed for the Honor United UK tour: Haskins will face Kenny King on Oct. 26 in Newport, Wales, and Dalton Castle takes on British star Rampage Brown on Oct. 27 in Bolton, England.

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Matt Lancie, a rugged independent wrestler from Louisiana, is getting the opportunity of a lifetime, as he will take part in the 15-man battle royal at Glory By Honor. The winner will challenge RUSH for the ROH World championship in that night’s main event. Previously announced for the battle royal are: Kenny King, Young, Bruiser, Milonas, Joe Hendry, Josh Woods, Rhett Titus, Cheeseburger, LSG and Shaheem Ali.

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A CMLL star will return to ROH for The Experience and Unauthorized, and an independent standout will make her Women of Honor debut in Texas next month.

Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.