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ROH TV REPORT
OCTOBER 13, 2019
LAS VEGAS, NV AT SAM’S TOWN LIVE
AIRED ON FITE TV
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Hosts: Ian Riccaboni, Quinn McKay
-We opened with footage of Rush defeating Matt Taven to capture the ROH world title at Death Before Dishonor on September 27.
-Riccaboni and McKay checked in and spoke about our two new champions, Rush and Angelina Love. (LOL at Love losing the title back to Kelly Klein last night at Glory By Honor.) They explained that Bandido was pulled from the world title #1 contender tournament due to injury and his berth was given to PJ Black instead.
-Highlights of Villain Enterprises retaining the six-man titles over The Briscoes & Dragon Lee at Death Before Dishonor: Fallout on September 28. Marty Scurll pinned Mark Briscoe with Black Plague in 11:50.
-In first-run footage Jay Lethal explained to Jonathan Gresham that he had been preparing for a match with Bandido but now he was facing Black instead. [C]
-A video package aired on The Allure stealing the Women Of Honor title from Kelly Klein at DBD with first-run footage mixed in of Love and Mandy Leon celebrating post-match and Klein vowing to get revenge.
-Brian Zane got a segment running down his five favorite moments from DBD. They were:
5) PCO no-selling being jolted with a cattle prod by Amy Rose.
4) Vincent Marseglia throwing darts into Beer City Bruiser’s back.
3) The Briscoes retaining the tag titles over Lifeblood.
2) Gresham making Lethal submit to the octopus.
1) Rush defeating Matt Taven to capture the world title.
-In first-run footage PJ Black spoke about getting inserted into the #1 contender tournament. He said Lethal’s an ROH legend and guys like him are the reason he came to ROH. In Vegas you should always bet on Black.
-Random footage aired of Coast 2 Coast pinning Cheeseburger. In a tag match? Where? When? Go to YouTube to find out.
-In first-run footage C2C were outside the arena. They’re not playing games anymore. They’re established stars and everyone’s going to realize it. They’re coming for the champions. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: They have a 4-6 record this year so for some reason their threats ring hollow.)
-In first-run footage from backstage at DBD: Fallout McKay caught Tracy Williams ahead of his no DQ match with Flip Gordon. Williams said Gordon’s finally given him a fair fight, one on one. He said he’d end it all, weapons or not, and would put Gordon back on the shelf for good.
-In a match exclusive to TV it was Coast 2 Coast taking on Young Woods. Riccaboni, Colt Cabana, and Caprice Coleman were on commentary.
(1) YOUNG WOODS (Silas Young & Josh Woods) vs. COAST 2 COAST (LSG & Shaheem Ali)
Woods, the only babyface of the four, was the only one willing to attempt a code of honor. Young and LSG started. Woods and Ali tagged in and Woods outwrestled him. [C]
The crowd was silent and Cary Silkin could be seen yawning in the background. C2C took advantage in their corner. LSG looked for a pop-up facebuster but Woods caught him and planted him. Tags to Young and Ali at 6:50. Anarchist suplex. C2C took out both men ad called their shot. Woods saved Young from a double-team, though. Young Combination to LSG. Woods with a backwards roll into a German suplex. Woods lawn-darted Ali into a cutter from Young for the win.
WINNERS: Young Woods in 9:05. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: Young Woods are now 4-0 in tag competition. Will they be the ones to challenge The Briscoes at Final Battle? With the 2019 Top Prospect tournament now finished ROH will want to do something big with the 2017 winner Josh Woods in order to really sell the prestige of the tournament. A tag title reign would do it and give Young something fresh to do as well.)
-In first-run footage from DBD Matt Taven paced the hallway and looked frustrated at having lost the world title.
-Footage of Marty Scurll pinning Colt Cabana at DBD in a #1 contender tournament opening round match, then PCO pinning Kenny King in the first round as well. The next night Dalton Castle defeated Mark Haskins in another first round match. An updated bracket aired with the results of this next match included.
-Black and Lethal made their entrances. [C]
(2) JAY LETHAL (w/Jonathan Gresham) vs. “DAREWOLF” PJ BLACK – ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT: OPENING ROUND
Even back and forth in the opening minutes. Black wrestled a bit more aggressively than usual due to the stakes at play. [C]
Black was crotched on the top turnbuckle. Superplex from Lethal. They traded chops. Hail To The King blocked. Lethal Combination. Elbow drop landed on the second attempt. C4 from Black. They battled up top again and both men were knocked off. Lethal avoided a Placebo Effect. Black blocked a Lethal Injection, avoided a second try, and side-stepped a third. The fourth attempt hit.
WINNER: Jay Lethal in 15:42 to advance to the semifinals.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Wrestlers on the roster with better 2019 records than Black include Gresham, Woods, Young, Williams, and Gordon. Why he was chosen to get Bandido’s vacant tournament spot instead of any of them is a big question mark. Since this match first aired Scurll defeated Lethal and PCO defeated Castle in the second round, then PCO defeated Scurll in the finals. PCO will challenge the world champion in the main event of Final Battle on December 13.)
-Next week: it’s Flip Gordon vs. Tracy Williams in a no disqualification match from Death Before Dishonor: Fallout.