Ring of Honor
Date: February 20, 2019
Location: Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana
Things have been on fire around here as of late, mainly due to last week’s debut of the Lifeblood stable. I don’t know if it’s no longer being able to rely on the Bullet Club guys or what, but the last few weeks have been a lot of fun. Now if they can keep this up, we could be in for a great time. Let’s get to it.
Luchasaurus vs. Chris Sabin vs. Shane Taylor vs. Flip Gordon vs. Kenny King vs. Rhett Titus
Tags with lucha rules. We come into the arena for the opening bell as everyone is already in the ring. Sabin can’t get anywhere with a hold on Luchasaurus, who shrugs him off and kicks him in the head. A middle rope hurricanrana works a bit better to send Luchasaurus to the floor so King comes in, only to have Titus tag himself in for an All Night Express showdown. They run the ropes for a bit without making any significant contact as they know each other that well. Makes enough sense.
Taylor, a former Rebellion teammate with the two of them, comes in so King and Titus kick him down in short order. Luchasaurus gets the same treatment but the fight breaks out over who gets to cover him, as tends to be the case. Gordon comes in with a springboard spear to King but Taylor LAUNCHES Gordon to the floor with a hard shoulder.
Luchasaurus comes back in with some great looking kicks until Sabin hits him with one of his own. Everything breaks down and it’s a six way knockdown as we go to a commercial. Back with Titus diving onto Gordon and Luchasaurus, leaving Shane alone in the ring, allowing Kenny to springboard in with a Blockbuster. Shane is fine enough to block Luchasaurus’ dive before hitting one of his own.
Now Luchasaurus hits the step up dive but Gordon has climbed into the balcony for his big flip dive. The 450 hits Shane back inside but King makes the save and hits Gordon with a chair. That’s enough to DQ King and we’re continuing as a five way. With Sabin down (apparently due to a torn ACL, which could keep him out of action for nearly a year), Titus tries his bet on Shane but gets caught in Greetings From 216 for the pin at 12:24.
Result: Shane Taylor b. Chris Sabin, Luchasaurus, Flip Gordon, Kenny King and Rhett Titus – Greetings From 216 to Titus (12:24)
Trent Barretta has a family emergency so Chuckie T. has found a replacement for the Tag Team Title shot tonight.
Marcus Kross/Griff Garrison vs. Bouncers
Griff and Marcus like to dance with the latter looking a bit Super Sayianish. Marcus gets shoved down so it’s off to Garrison, who gets the exact same treatment. Double teaming doesn’t work very well on Milonas either so it’s off to Bruiser, who misses some elbow drops. A top rope headbutt rocks Bruiser but he pulls Marcus out of the air for a Samoan drop. Milonas’ reverse splash connects but Marcus smacks Bruiser in the face, allowing the hot tag to Garrison. The running splash misses in the corner though and Milonas nails a sitout Boss Man Slam. Closing Time crushes Garrison for the pin at 3:57.
Result: Bouncers b. Marcus Kross/Griff Garrison – Closing Time to Garrison (3:57)
Tag Team Titles: Briscoes vs. Chuckie T./???
The Briscoes are defending and the mystery partner is…Colt Cabana, who happens to have his gear on underneath his suit. The brawl is on in a hurry with all four fighting on the outside until it’s Jay getting double teamed inside. They shake hands instead of hug (they’re just good friends instead of best friends) but the delay lets the champs take over for the first time.
We take a break and come back with Chuckie getting posted and chopped into the corner as Cabana tries to come in like an inept partner. Chuckie finally gets in a middle rope dropkick and the hot tag brings in Cabana to clean house. That means a double standing Lionsault and the snap jabs that so many people tend to use anymore. A Bionic elbow sends Mark into the corner but he’s right back with a middle rope bulldog.
Everything breaks down again and Chuckie hits a standing Sliced Bread #2 on Jay. Colt grabs a chair on the floor with Jay making a save. A Blockbuster from the apron knocks Cabana out of the chair and we take another break. Back again with Jay kicking Chuckie in the face but the Doomsday Device is broken up. That’s fine with Jay, who hits the Jay Driller to pin Chuckie at 11:51.
Result: Briscoes b. Chuckie T./Colt Cabana – Jay Driller to Chuckie T. (11:51)
Post match Mark hits the Froggy Boy to put Chuckie through a table.
We see a clip of the big Elite beatdown.
Clip of Lifeblood forming.
Here’s Jay Lethal for a chat, though after he sends Ian out of the ring. Jay puts the title on the mat and says there is so much pressure on him other than just being World Champion. Some of that pressure involves watching this company deteriorate right in front of your eyes. You have people like Bully Ray and the Briscoes running around doing whatever they want and Jay isn’t going to stand for it anymore.
Then there’s a man running around with a fake World Title and that’s too far. Dark days are here but a change is coming. This brings out Lifeblood, who says they’re speaking the same language. Jay says he knows some guys who believe the same thing, which is why he doesn’t want to join a group like this. Juice says there was never an invitation, which doesn’t sit well with the champ.
Jay talks about how awesome the team is and goes through each member to sing their praises, though he has to stop for a few chants. After several minutes of praise, Juice says if Jay knows a bunch of people in the back like him, let’s have a ten man tag. The match is made for next week.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2000 Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Part 1.
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