Ring Of Honor
Date: August 17, 2023
Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Commentators: Caprice Coleman, Ian Riccaboni
We continue our build towards…whenever the next big show is going to be around here, which might not be happening for a fairly good while. For now though, we have a new #1 contender to the TV Title as Shane Taylor won a tournament to earn the shot last week. As for this week, Joe is teaming up with Stokely Hathaway to face the Boys, as what feels like the build to Joe vs. Dalton Castle continues. Let’s get to it.
Gravity vs. Gringo Loco
Gravity starts fast with a springboard hurricanrana and an armdrag to frustrate Loco again. The frustration is alleviated by a right hand to the mask but Gravity snaps off a scoop powerslam but Loco shoves him off the top for a crash. The big flip dive takes Gravity down again, followed by a twisting senton for two back inside. Gravity sends him outside and runs up the corner, flips into a seat, and then flips forward into a hurricanrana.
Back in and Gravity hits a delayed top rope Vader Bomb for two but Loco’s standing Spanish Fly gets the same. Loco threatens to kill him but Gravity gets in a kick to the head. They both stand on top and flip over in….well they call it a torture rack superplex but it also looked like a flipping DDT. Either way it gives Loco two but Gravity catches him with a super Samoan drop. The top rope splash finishes for Gravity at 10:16.
Result: Gravity b. Gringo Loco – Top rope splash (10:16)
Silas Young vs. Josh Woods
Pure Rules and Mark Sterling is…not here with Woods for a change. Woods grabs a headlock to start before they both avoid an armdrag. Young’s handshake offer is turned down and Woods picks the ankle to take it to the mat. They fight over a wristlock until Young blocks a Chaos Theory attempt. The fight over the armbar doesn’t work for either of them so Woods snaps the arm over the rope. Back in and Woods sends the arm into the buckle before getting in some rather aggressive stomps. Young gets two off a sunset flip so Woods punches him in the face. The anarchist suplex into the corner finishes Young at 6:53.
Result: Josh Woods b. Silas Young – Anarchist suplex into the corner (6:53)
Maria Kanellis-Bennett talks about everything she has given to wrestling but she’s still here. Now she wants an army to protect the Kingdom. Leyla Hirsch is mentioned but comes in to rant about how she doesn’t like to be scouted. Maria has granted her request for more competition with a match against Rachael Ellering.
Athena vs. Brittany J
Non-title Proving Ground match, meaning if J can survive the ten minute time limit or win, she gets a future title shot. Athena poses to start and gets rolled up for two. Brittany sends her outside but Athena grabs a leg for a pull to the floor. For some reason Athena yells at Riccaboni before hitting a pop up powerbomb inside. The right hand finishes Brittany at 1:50.
Result: Athena b. Brittany J – Right hand (1:50)
Post match the Renegades jump Athena but Billie Starkz runs in for the save.
Samoa Joe/Stokely Hathaway vs. The Boys
During the entrances, Stokely talks about how he’ll be right here on the apron if Joe needs him. The Boys jump Joe to start but he knocks them both down without much effort. Stokely comes in and gets punched in the face as the Boys take over without much effort. Back up and Stokely manages to get over to Joe, who quickly cleans house. The Muscle Buster is loaded up but instead Joe lets Stokely come off the top with an ax handle. Instead of connecting though, Joe turns away (taking Brandon with him) and lets Stokely crash. The Koquina Clutch finishes for Joe at 3:53.
Result: Samoa Joe/Stokely Hathaway b. The Boys – Koquina Clutch to Brandon (3:53)
Billie Starkz doesn’t know what is going on with Athena but the Renegades come in for a staredown.
Matt Sydal/Christopher Daniels vs. Gates of Agony
This is from a Dynamite taping. Daniels grabs a headlock on Toa to start before getting run over with a shoulder. Kaun comes in and gets taken down with a drop toehold. It’s off to Sydal for a kick to the head before Daniels comes back in. As was the case earlier, Daniels gets beaten down, including a running splash in the corner. The chinlock doesn’t last long so Kaun switches to a side slam for two instead.
Daniels has to bite his way out of a bearhug and there’s the STO, allowing the tag off to Sydal. Everything breaks down and Sydal gets caught with the stereo clotheslines. Daniels makes the save, allowing Sydal to dive over for the tag to bring Daniels back in. Angel’s Wings hits Kaun but Toa makes the save this time. Back up and Kaun hits a fireman’s carry gutbuster to finish Daniels at 10;12.
Result: Gates of Agony b. Matt Sydal/Christopher Daniels – Fireman’s carry gutbuster to Daniels (10:12)
Dani Mo vs. Madison Rayne
Still at Dynamite and Rayne is the hometown girl. Mo elbows her way out of a hammerlock to start before Rayne charges into a boot in the corner. A cartwheel sets up a kick to Rayne’s face but she’s back with a dropkick. Rayne hits a neckbreaker into a northern lights suplex for two, followed by CrossRayne for the pin at 3:22.
Result: Madison Rayne b. Dani Mo – CrossRayne (3:22)
Dark Order vs. Corey Calhoun/Isaiah Broner/Lord Crewe
Uno takes Broner into the corner for the rapid fire stomps to start before Reynolds comes in to hammer away. Silver is in for the kicks to the chest and a near fall, followed by Reynolds’ knee drop. Cue Stu Grayson to watch, allowing Calhoun to come in of the tag. Not that it matters as the Darker Realm finishes Calhoun at 3:49.
Result: Dark Order b. Corey Calhoun/Isaiah Broner/Lord Crewe – Darker Realm to Calhoun (3:49)
Claudio Castagnoli says he’s always watching, even if he isn’t on the show. He won the title over a year ago and cared, but then he lost it to Chris Jericho, who didn’t care. Now he’s a two time champion and he won’t let go of something he has cared about for so many years. His job is to keep people like Eddie Kingston, Mark Briscoe and Pac away from the title. He will step in the ring with anyone and this is still just a job. Come be better than him.
Cole Karter vs. Griff Garrison
Back in North Carolina as Garrison gets driven into the corner to start. A big boot staggers Karter though and a Falcon Arrow gets two on Karter. Back up and a dropkick hits Garrison and the chinlock goes on. Karter snaps off some suplexes but Garrison scores with a discus forearm to knock him silly. A rake to the eyes gets Karter out of trouble though and the belly to back spinning faceplant finishes Garrison at 4:29.
Result: Cole Karter b. Griff Garrison – Belly to back spinning faceplant (4:29)
Post match Maria Kanellis-Bennett comes out to leave with Karter.
Charlotte Renegade vs. Billie Starkz
Robyn Renegade is here with Charlotte, who takes Billie down and hammers away to start. Starkz is sent outside for a beating from Robyn, followed by a face pull and choking back inside. Charlotte grabs a suplex but Starkz reverses into a brainbuster onto the knee. Robyn offers a distraction though and Starkz misses a Swanton, allowing Charlotte to hit a Samoan driver for two. Back up and Starkz grabs an arm trap faceplant (like a Neutralizer) for the pin at 3:40.
Result: Billie Starkz b. Charlotte Renegade – Arm trap faceplant (3:40)
Post match the beatdown is on with Athena making the save. Athena won’t shake her hand but does say “come on minion, let’s go”, with Starkz following her out.
Tony Nese, with Ari Daivari, is annoyed at his group training being interrupted every week.
Workhorsemen/Lee Moriarty vs. Action Andretti/Darius Martin/Lee Johnson
Well this is a 2023 ROH match if I’ve ever seen one. Moriarty and Johnson start things off with Moriarty cranking on the wrist but getting armdragged into an armbar. Andretti comes in and helps send the villains outside as the fast start continues. Back in and we settle down a bit with Moriarty bringing Drake in for a swinging Boss Man Slam on Johnson.
Kicks and chops keep Johnson in trouble but he rolls over for the tag off to Andretti to clean house. Everything breaks down and Andretti is tossed into Drake’s sitout powerbomb. Andretti is back up with a springboard spinning kick to Drake’s face. Henry tries an O’Connor roll but Andretti rolls through and sits down on it for the pin at 7:05.
Result: Action Andretti/Darius Martin/Lee Johnson b. Workhorsemen/Lee Moriarty – Rollup to Henry (7:05)
Athena brings in Billie Starkz to say how proud she is but Starkz wants to face the Renegade Twins next week.
Lady Frost vs. Trish Adora
Feeling out process to start until Frost misses a charge in the corner and gets kicked in the head. They go outside with Frost doing a handstand on the apron and then kicking Adora down. Back in and Adora kicks her into a crossbody but the Lariat Tubman is countered into a rollup for two. Frost hits her own kick to the head and goes up top for a corkscrew moonsault (Frostbite) for the pin at 4:06.
Result: Lady Frost b. Trish Adora – Frostbite (4:06)
Kiera Hogan wants Lady Frost.
Rachael Ellering vs. Leyla Hirsch
Hirsch kicks a hand away rather than shake before taking Ellering down. Back up and Ellering chops away in the corner, only to get taken down by the arm. Ellering has to block a Fujiwara armbar and powers out of another armbar. A spinning uppercut drops Hirsch but she gets on Ellering’s back for the third armbar in a row. Hirsch rolls her up for two, followed by a cross armbreaker for the win at 4:49.
Result: Leyla Hirsch b. Rachael Ellering – Cross armbreaker (4:49)
Dalton Castle vs. Peter Avalon
Avalon is rather impressed by Castle’s over the top entrance. Castle wrestles him down to start but Avalon grabs a headlock takeover. A t-bone suplex cuts Avalon down and the Bang A Rang finishes for Castle at 2:35.
Result: Dalton Castle b. Peter Avalon – Bang A Rang (2:35)
Shane Taylor is tired of hearing about the old guard. Now it is his chance to fight one of them himself and he’s back to establishing his own legacy.
Metalik vs. Tony Nese
Ari Daivari is here with Nese, who does his usual bit before Jerry Lynn cuts him off. He’s tired of hearing this too, so here is someone from Nese’s past. Commentary being surprised despite introducing the match is a bit odd but far from new around here. Metalik stars fast with his rope walk dropkick to knock Nese outside but Nese trips him down.
Back in and Metalik gets tied in the Tree of Woe for the rapid fire kicks to the chest before grabbing the bodyscissors. Metalik is sent to the apron where he avoids a charge and hits an Asai moonsault. Back in and Metalik hits a reverse Sling Blade into the rope walk dropkick for two. Nese sends him hard into the corner but walks into a superkick and the Metalik Driver for the pin at 7:09.
Result: Metalik b. Tony Nese – Metalik Driver (7:09)
Gravity b. Gringo Loco – Top rope splash
Josh Woods b. Silas Young – Anarchist suplex in the corner
Athena b. Brittany J – Right hand
Samoa Joe/Stokely Hathaway b. The Boys – Koquina Clutch to Brandon
Gates Of Agony b. Christopher Daniels/Matt Sydal – Gutbuster to Daniels
Madison Rayne b. Dani Mo – CrossRayne
Dark Order b. Lord Crewe/Isaiah Broner/Corey Calhoun – Darker Realm to Calhoun
Cole Karter b. Griff Garrison – Belly to back spinning faceplant
Billie Starkz b. Charlotte Renegade – Arm trap faceplant
Action Andretti/Lee Johnson/Darius Martin b. Workhorsemen/Lee Moriarty – Rollup to Henry
Lady Frost b. Trish Adora – Frostbite
Leyla Hirsch b. Rachael Ellering – Cross armbreaker
Dalton Castle b. Peter Avalon – Bang A Rang
Metalik b. Tony Nese – Metalik Driver
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