Ring of Honor
Date: July 1, 2020
It’s Kenny King week and that means…well it could mean a few things here as King has had a pretty long career in Ring of Honor. With so many matches to pick from, I’m not sure what we are going to be seeing here and that can be either a good or bad thing. Hopefully it’s the good King here, which certainly does exist. Let’s get to it.
Video on King.
King pulls into his garage and talks about what he has been doing since he has been in quarantine. That includes drinking expensive booze, training his dog to attack, and training himself of course.
From Global Wars 2018 Toronto.
Ring of Honor World Title: Kenny King vs. Jay Lethal
Lethal is defending and King charges straight at him with the running knees in the corner. Jay is right back up but the Lethal Injection is cut off by a kick to the back. King sends him outside for a big dive as the fire is strong early on. A suplex on the floor gets Lethal out of trouble and King is sent into the barricade as we take a break. Back with Lethal in trouble again but avoiding a charge in the corner.
The cartwheel into the basement dropkick puts King down again and Lethal stomps away. Another basement dropkick to the back of the head keeps King in trouble but he suplexes Lethal into the corner for a big crash. There’s a spinebuster for two and we hit the chinlock with a knee in Lethal’s back. That doesn’t last long and Lethal is up with a powerslam as we take another break.
Back again with Lethal sending him outside but King grabs the title to cut off the threat of the suicide dive. King gets back in and sends Lethal shoulder first into the post to slow him down again. The armbar goes on with some trash talk included, drawing Lethal back to his feet for a slugout. Lethal gets fired up so King grabs a Blue Thunder Bomb to take care of that in a hurry. King takes his time getting up and is superplexed back down as we take a third break.
Back again with Lethal grabbing the Figure Four but King is too close to the ropes. The Lethal Combination gets two but King is right back with a spinning kick to the face. The Royal Flush is blocked so King settles for a Blockbuster instead. Lethal shoves him off the top rope though and hits a Death Valley Driver. King is right back with a kick to the face though and the Royal Flush connects for two.
King’s Hail to the King misses and it’s the Lethal Injection for two more, leaving Lethal stunned for a change. Lethal just unloads with right hands so King flips him off. The ref gets bumped and King grabs a rollup with feet on the ropes for three….but the referee sees the feet on the ropes and waves it off. The Lethal Injection connects again to FINALLY retain the title at 22:21.
Result: Jay Lethal b. Kenny King – Lethal Injection (22:21)
King complains about the “doctored” footage and brags about winning the Honor Rumble in Madison Square Garden. Then he was blinded by the evil mist but got some emergency eye surgery and won the best of three series against Lethal.
Post break King talks about some of the great feuds in ROH, including the All Night Express vs. the Briscoes. We can’t show you the Ladder War though because it’s too violent so we’ll go with this instead.
From Death Before Dishonor 2017.
TV Title: Kushida vs. Kenny King
Kushida (also the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion) is defending. They fight over the wristlocks to start with King having to bail out to the floor. Back in and some hiptosses send Kushida outside for a change and we take a break. We come back with King hitting a fireman’s carry knee to the face but missing a twisting slingshot dive to the floor. This time Kushida is ready for him and uses a chair as a springboard for a running dropkick.
Back in and Kushida grabs something close to Cattle Mutilation but King manages to power out in a hurry. A regular armbar goes back to the arm, even as the fans are behind King. Kushida hits a kick to the head to slow King down again but he manages his own spinning kick to Kushida’s head.
We come back from another break with Kushida’s running dive off the apron setting up a hurricanrana into the post. Kushida hits a big dive off the top sets up a rolling DDT back inside into the Hoverboard lock. King is straight over to the rope as the fans are right back behind him again. The hold goes on a second time but King manages to suplex his way to freedom.
King takes him to the top but Kushida grabs the Hoverboard lock again and slams King down in a near armbar DDT. They slug it out until King hits the spinebuster for a double knockdown. Kushida tries a handspring but gets caught in an electric chair, with King switching him into the Royal Flush for the pin and the title at 16:25.
Result: Kenny King b. Kushida – Royal Flush (16:25)
Post match King’s daughter comes in to celebrate with him in a nice moment.
King told us so to end the show.
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