WADE KELLER PODCAST - EARLY PREVIEW OF ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 MEN'S MATCH, PLUS 2019 AND 2010 LOOK-BACK ROUNDTABLES
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ROH TV REPORT
OCTOBER 20, 2019
LAS VEGAS, NV AT SAM’S TOWN LIVE
AIRED ON ROHWRESTLING.COM
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Hosts: Ian Riccaboni, Quinn McKay
-We went straight into a clip of Flip Gordon attacking Tracy Williams with a kendo stick at Summer Supercard on August 9. At Global Wars Espectacular: Chicago on September 7 Gordon then pinned Williams in a six-man street fight between Villain Enterprises and Lifeblood after Gordon gave Williams a Flip-5 onto some steel chairs.
-Riccaboni and McKay checked in. They sent to a Shane Taylor Promotions video package narrated by Riccaboni that recapped the storyline that ROH bought out Taylor’s contract and he no longer works for them, instead running his own rival promotion now.
-A group of dudes with cellphones chased Taylor as he tried to walk through an “exit only” door, seemingly in a hotel or convention center. He said he has to sit down with ROH to discuss his future and complained about them inserting Dragon Lee into his TV title defense at Death Before Dishonor at the last second. Taylor said he’s tired of the same guys getting the same shots over and over. ROH security showed up and told them to shut it down. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: Now that Maria Manic has left ROH their security has a lot of free time on their hands.)
-Footage of the cringey Death Before Dishonor pre-show segment featuring Dalton Castle, Joe Hendry, Quinn McKay, and some fake Boys. Castle had a mystery box with a mimosa inside. Hendry sang a song he wrote insulting Castle. Castle threw his drink at him and Hendry beat up Castle’s assistants.
-In a TV-exclusive match Hendry was in action next. Riccaboni, Colt Cabana, and Caprice Coleman were on commentary.
(1) “THE PRESTIGIOUS ONE” JOE HENDRY vs. DOM KUBRICK
Kubrick looked for a slingshot splash over the ropes onto Hendry at ringside but Hendry avoided it by chance as he walked over to sign an autograph. A fan tore up his autograph. Guillotine choke from Kubrick. Suplex from Hendry. Clothesline but Kubrick kicked out. Fallaway slam. Ankle lock and Kubrick tapped.
WINNER: Joe Hendry in 5:28. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: I’m forever baffled that the only matches ROH decides to make exclusive to TV are short enhancement matches. Also new signee Hendry taking five and a half minutes to win an enhancement match and having his opponent actually kick out of moves. Fun fact: this was Hendry’s first singles victory since signing with ROH.)
-Jenny Rose was backstage. She was angry that Angelina Love won the Women Of Honor title considering how dishonorable The Allure are. She promised that she wouldn’t stop until she became champion and put an end to The Allure.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Good news, Jenny! Kelly Klein won the title back from Love eight days ago. In all honesty it was really refreshing to see Rose again. Her last appearance was a tag match on September 7 and she’s one of the most underutilized wrestlers in ROH. These days it’s only about once a month that we get to see any female wrestlers other than Klein and The Allure. Next week it’s Rose and the also-frequently-forgotten Sumie Sakai facing Love in a threeway.)
-Riccaboni said Women Of Honor has never been hotter. (Now ROH is even impugning his credibility…) He and McKay transitioned into discussing the All-Night Express feud.
-Footage aired of Mark Haskins defeating Rhett Titus with a sharpshooter at Global Wars Espectacular: Dearborn on September 6. The next night at Global Wars Espectacular: Milwaukee Titus was on his phone backstage. Mark Haskins walked by and said he’d be happy for a rematch any time. Kenny King walked up and mocked Titus for tapping out. Shouldn’t Titus be home breastfeeding his son? Titus said that at least he didn’t get knocked out by a punk ass cameraman. [C]
-First run-footage of Jeff Cobb speaking about next weekend’s UK tour. He had his sights set on Matt Taven but now Rush is the ROH World Champion instead and Rush wouldn’t stop his destiny.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Rush vs. Cobb for the world title happens next Sunday in Bolton, England.)
-Footage of Matt Taven’s post-title loss babyface promo from Death Before Dishonor: Fallout on September 28. Vincent Marseglia and TK O’Ryan stood next to him and looked uncomfortable with Taven being so emotional and heartfelt. He recapped his ROH career and announced that he re-signed (for more money than any wrestler in NXT makes).
-First-run footage from backstage with Angelina Love and Mandy Leon. Love spoke as if the threeway next week was for her title. Leon said this is the age of The Allure and nobody was taking the title away from them. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: Except for Kelly Klein. Who did. Eight days ago.)
-We came back from commercial to the cameras backstage, filming three random guys talking to each other about nothing. A buzzer went off. They ran around the corner to find O’Ryan and Marseglia sleeping on the floor.
-The TV main event originally aired on Honor Club as part of Death Before Dishonor: Fallout. My original report was as follows…
(2) FLIP GORDON vs. “HOT SAUCE” TRACY WILLIAMS – NO DISQUALIFICATION
Gordon attacked with his kendo stick during Williams’ entrance. There was a steel chair used at points. Williams was crotched on the top rope. A crossface from Williams but Gordon escaped out of the ring. Williams got his own kendo stick and went after Gordon. Sword fight on the ramp. Low blow from Gordon. Williams with a piledriver from the second rope through a slanted table for the win.
WINNER: Tracy Williams in 16:40.
(Pageot’s Perspective: I’m only being a little facetious when I joke that there have been more street fights than women’s matches in ROH this year. It’s actually probably close. At Fallout Williams’ post-match celebration was interrupted by the lights going out and new ROH signee Bateman appearing in the ring and tombstoning him. Apparently that wasn’t important enough to make TV.)
-Rush was backstage somewhere at some point. He addressed Cobb, called him a dog, and said nothing happens until he says it happens.
-Next week: it’s Angelina Love vs. Jenny Rose vs. Sumie Sakai.