By Kevin Eck
The Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view later this month is quickly shaping up to be another can’t-miss Ring of Honor show.
Just signed for the event is a Triple Threat Match for the ROH World Television Title between champion Shane Taylor, “The Mercenary” Flip Gordon of Villain Enterprises and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams, and an ROH World Tag Team Title Match pitting champions Jay and Mark Briscoe against LifeBlood’s Bandido and Mark Haskins.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the show will be headlined by the undefeated RUSH challenging for the ROH World Title against the winner of the title match at Global Wars Espectacular in Chicago this weekend between current champion Matt Taven and CMLL star Volador Jr.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) September 4, 2019
The Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view takes place on Sept. 27 at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.
There’s a chance all three members of LifeBlood (Bandido, Haskins and Williams) could win gold that night. Bandido and Haskins earned their title shot at the Briscoes by defeating Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll and Brody King in a No. 1 contender’s match two weeks ago at Honor for All in Nashville, Tenn.
As for Williams, this will be his second shot at Taylor’s ROH World Television Title. His first one, which took place at Summer Supercard in Toronto a month ago, was spoiled by Gordon, who unleashed an unprovoked attack on Williams’ shoulder with a kendo stick prior to the match.
Williams fought through the pain and battled valiantly against Taylor, but ultimately came up short. This time, Gordon will actually be in the match, as he looks to win his first championship in ROH.
LifeBlood’s Bandido and Haskins also are entered in the eight-man tournament to determine the challenger for the ROH World Championship at the Final Battle pay-per-view on Dec. 13. In first-round matches at Death Before Dishonor Fallout on Sept. 28 -- which also will be held at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas -- Bandido faces two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, and Haskins takes on former ROH World Champion Dalton Castle.
Mark Briscoe has been medically cleared to compete at the Global Wars Espectacular shows in Chicago and Milwaukee this weekend. He had suffered an undisclosed knee injury during an ROH live event two weeks ago, which forced him to miss the CMLL Grand Prix in Mexico last week.
The Briscoes will compete in a non-title Triple Threat Match against The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) and the CMLL team of Rey Bucanero and Hechicero in Chicago on Saturday. The next night in Milwaukee, the Briscoes and CMLL star Barbaro Cavernario face LifeBlood (Bandido, Haskins and Williams) in a six-man tag match.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you check out the Q&A that former pro wrestling star CM Punk did with PWInsider’s Mike Johnson last weekend. During the captivating, nearly two-hour discussion, Punk spoke fondly of his days in ROH.
Punk wrestled in ROH from 2002-2005 and is a former ROH World Champion and two-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion. His trilogy of matches in 2004 with then-ROH World Champion Samoa Joe -- the first two of which were 60-minute draws -- reinvigorated the company and are still talked about today.
“I’m super proud of Ring of Honor at that time because I feel like we made it a destination. It’s still going today,” Punk said. “I think at that time it was a destination not only for guys to work and get paid well, but also learn. … It was very hard to leave.”
— FITE (@FiteTV) August 31, 2019
Punk said that all anyone has to do to see how much he loved his time in ROH is go back and watch the aftermath of his last match with the company.
“Watch that. I cried like a baby,” Punk said. “I don’t know if it hit me until that exact moment how much [leaving] was gonna suck. … I was at a point where I had to see what I could do [elsewhere], because that’s just me and that’s who I am. You climb the mountain and then you realize there’s another mountain. And then you climb that mountain and you’re like, ‘Man, that’s just a plateau. There’s more to go.’”
In closing, I must pose the following question: Am I the only one who hasn’t been able to get Joe Hendry’s entrance music out of my head ever since he made his ROH debut in Atlanta two weeks ago?
The multi-talented Hendry wrote and performed the infectious song himself. Hendry may annoy Dalton Castle, but I can’t stop singing, “I believe in Joe Hendry!”
I think Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein, a talented singer herself, just got some competition for best voice in ROH.
Subtlety is the key https://t.co/868wUrvFOE
— Joe Hendry (@joehendry) September 5, 2019
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) September 5, 2019
Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.