Ring of Honor
Date: July 17, 2019
Location: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana
We’re finally at a new taping cycle which means I should probably finish watching Best In The World at some point. Unfortunately that means more Matt Taven, who hasn’t been the most thrilling World Champion in the world so far. There is a lot to cover around here but odds are we won’t be seeing much of it tonight. Let’s get to it.
We open with a recap of Best In The World. That show that almost a month ago.
Rhett Titus vs. Shane Taylor
Non-title and Titus makes sure to get in some workouts on his way into the ring. Shane spits on the offer of a handshake so Titus rubs it into his chest. A headlock doesn’t get Titus very far but a shoulder gets him knocked down. For some reason Titus tries a fireman’s carry and gets his head clotheslined off instead. We take an early break and come back with Taylor dropping the apron leg.
The big right hands have Titus in more trouble but he comes right back with some running boots in the corner. Now the fireman’s carry works for a Samoan drop but Taylor blasts him with a running knee to the face. Back up and more forearms finally stagger Taylor for more than a second….so he headbutts the heck out of Titus for the pin at 7:46.
Result: Shane Taylor b. Rhett Titus – Headbutt (7:46)
Post match Kenny King comes to the ring and says Titus disgusts him. They used to be the Tag Team Champions as the All Night Express and now, Titus is this. Titus has the body of a god and the heart of a b****. King talks about Titus’ wife and son being embarrassed by him but Titus can’t bring himself to hit him. Titus’ wife doesn’t seem happy.
Kelly Klein is happy with the competition around here and wants to defend against them all.
Video on Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven, who fight for the World Title on July 20. They talked trash to each other until Alex Shelley made his return. His fingerprints are all over wrestling so maybe he should just play his veteran’s card. Shelley wants a shot at the winner.
Angelina Love vs. Tasha Steelz vs. Stella Grey vs. Jenny Rose
#1 contenders match with one fall to a finish and Women’s Champion Kelly Klein is on commentary. Before the match, Velvet Sky says Love is the only one who matters and she doesn’t know who Tasha is. It’s a fight to start with Tasha and Stella trading armdrags inside as the other two brawl on the floor. Love comes back in with some dropkicks to the back so Stella can be thrown outside.
Jenny spears Love for two but Tasha is back in with a hiptoss to Love. The sliding legdrop misses and Love just stares at her. Tasha wins a slugout but Mandy Leon pulls her down to the floor. That earns Mandy and Velvet an ejection and we take a break. Back with everyone inside and a series of rollups that have no chance of working. Stella and Jenny go outside so Tasha can dive onto both of them, allowing Love to dive onto all three of them.
Hang on though as Love needs to shout at Kelly, who comes down to the ring. The distraction lets Love get powerbombed out of the corner so Tasha can stop to dance. Klein returns to commentary as Stella grabs a Koquina Clutch on Tasha. At the same time, Love puts Rose in a Koji Clutch but Rose is in the rope in a hurry. That lets Love break up the Koquina Clutch, which probably should have finished Tasha earlier. The Botox Injection (Brogue Kick) sends Stella outside but Tasha hits the cutter to finish Love at 10:24.
Result: Tasha Steelz b. Stella Grey, Jenny Rose and Angelina Love – Cutter to Love (10:24)
Post match Maria Manic pops up to stare Tasha down. Security gets beaten up.
Rush wants to face Dalton Castle for attacking his brother.
Bouncers/Jay Lethal vs. The Kingdom
Jay and Marseglia slug it out to start with Lethal hiptossing him into the basement dropkick. Milonas and O’Ryan come in with O’Ryan not being sure about this. Instead Lethal comes back in and gets shouldered down a few times as O’Ryan is more comfortable this time around. It’s already off to Bruiser who gets to face Taven.
Hang on again though as Taven wants to face Lethal as the lack of action continues. Lethal comes in and slugs it out with Taven, who takes over off a cheap shot and some choking. Back from a break with Lethal fighting out of trouble and getting over for the tag to Bruiser. The Downward Spiral DDT gets two on O’Ryan and it’s time to not bite Marseglia.
Milonas comes in and starts cleaning house, including dropping back onto Taven. A crossbody gets two on Marseglia and there’s the fall away slam/Samoan drop combination to Taven and O’Ryan. Lethal dives onto all three of them in a row but O’Ryan comes in off a blind tag. That’s fine with Bruiser, who catches him diving in. Closing Time finishes O’Ryan at 9:55.
Result: Bouncers/Jay Lethal b. Kingdom – Closing Time to O’Ryan (9:55)
Post match Taven gets in the Climax to Lethal on the floor to end the show.
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 History Of In Your House.
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