By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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ROH Bound By Honor
Coral Gables, Florida at Watsco Center
Streamed live on HonorClub
Nick Aldis and Caprice Coleman were on commentary (Ian Riccaboni had the weekend off due to the pending arrival of his second child)…
1. Jay Briscoe defeated Rhett Titus. Jay was scheduled to face Brody King, who had the weekend off due to the birth of his son. Jay hit a lariat clothesline and the J-Driller for the win.
2. Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, and Ryan Nova defeated Dalton Castle and The Boys. Late in the match, one of the Boys tagged himself into the match when Isom backed Castle into the corner. The Boy hit a missile dropkick. Castle was upset and tagged himself back into the match. Castle ran into Nova on the apron, then Isom performed a brainbuster on Castle and pinned him. Coleman noted that Isom has pinned two former ROH Champions in Christopher Daniels and now Castle.
3. Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Colt Cabana. Late in the match, Cabana caught Sabre in the Billy Goat’s Curse, but Sabre countered out of it. They treaded near falls and then Cabana caught Sabre with a headbutt and got a two count. Cabana went for a powerbomb, but Sabre countered into a Kimura. Cabana powered out of it. In the end, Sabre caught Cabana in a triangle. Coleman noted that it wasn’t fully applied. Cabana powered him up, but Sabre was able to pull him down and apply the hold fully and he got the submission win. A cool match.
4. Kenny King defeated Marty Scurll, Willie Mack, and Silas Young, in a four corner survival match. There was a good late exchange between Scurll and Mack. Scurll set up for the finger break spot, but Young and King broke it up. Young performed his moonsault onto King, who put his knees up. Scurll suplexed Young and then applied the chicken wing. Young tapped out, but referee Todd Sinclair was distracted while trying to take a chair away from King. As Sinclair cleared the chair, King low blowed Scurll and pinned him.
5. Jeff Cobb defeated Rocky Romero to retain the ROH TV Title. Romero went for a springboard move, but Cobb caught him. Romero countered into a huracanrana and got a good near fall. Romero threw several punches. Cobb picked up Romero and threw him into the corner, then threw an overhead belly-to-belly release suplex. Cobb perofrmed another suplex, then hit the Tour of the Islands for the win.
6. Mayu Iwatani (w/Sumie Sakai) defeated Kelly Klein to win the WOH Championship. Later in the match, Klein ran Iwatani into the barricade a couple times and then slammed her face into the mat once they were back inside the ring. Later, Iwatani sent Klein to ringside and then performed a top rope corss body block to the floor. Klein came right back with a German suplex at ringside. Iwatani struggled to be the referee’s count. Iwatani threw several kicks to Klein’s thigh and then performed a German suplex. Later, Iwatani performed a step-up enzuigiri and a moonsault for a near fall. Iwatani expressed surprise that Klein kicked out. Iwatani threw a kick at her and then hit a second moonsault and scored the pin. Cary Silkin presented Iwatani with the title belt. Iwatani and Sakai celebrated together afterward. By the way, Ian Riccaboni sent out a Twitter tease for a potential rematch between the women at the ROH 17th Anniversary pay-per-view.
7. Juice Robinson, Bandido, David Finlay, and Tracy Williams defeated Shaheem Ali, LSG, Beer City Bruiser, and Brian Milonas. Bruiser leapt off the ropes and Bandido actually caught the big man and slammed him. Wow! A short time later, Bandido hit his finisher on LSG and scored the pin. Both teams shook hands and drank beer together afterward.
8. PCO defeated Mark Briscoe. PCO worked over Briscoe before throwing him to ringside. PCO ran the ropes and performed a dive through the ropes and did a summersault cannonball on the floor. Briscoe came back briefly on the floor, but PCO grabbed him by the throat and shoved him into the post before chokeslamming him on the apron. PCO went for a moonsault onto Briscoe, who was on the apron. Briscoe moved and PCO crashed onto the apron. Briscoe went up top and performed a corkscrew moonsault onto PCO on the floor. They fought up to the stage and traded chops. Briscoe awkwardly powerbombed PCO onto the stage. PCO sat up near the stage steps and Briscoe gave him a running knee to knock him down the steps. Hilariously, referee Todd Sinclair, who followed the wrestlers to the stage, returned to the ring and started counting after all the time the wrestlers spent out of the ring. Briscoe returned and it looked like he’d win by count-out, but PCO got back in the ring at the last moment. Briscoe threw a chair at the head of PCO (stop) and then hit a top rope elbow drop for a two count. Briscoe ran info a forearm and then PCO slammed him. PCO followed up with a moonsault for the win.
9. ROH Six-Man Tag Champions “The Kingdom” Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia defeated Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, and Rush in a non-title match. The Kingdom members went for a triple powerbomb on on Lethal, but it was broken up. The babyface trio performed a triple dropkick on O’Ryan and Lethal had him pinned until it was broken up. O’Ryan and Marseglia performed House of a Thousand Horses on Rush and Gresham, then Taven tagged in. Lethal backdropped out of another triple powerbomb attempt. Lethal went for Lethal Injection on Taven, who stuffed it and hit the Climax. Taven covered Lethal and pinned him clean.
After the match, Kenny King came out and called Lethal a pathetic loser. King dubbed himself a winner. King boasted about his win over Scurll earlier. King entered the ring and started to talk over the fallen Lethal, but Scurll ran out and attacked King. Taven and Lethal fought at ringside, and O’Ryan and Marseglia helped King work over Scurll. PCO ran out and fought the heels. Dalton Castle and The Boys ran out and joined the fight. Eventually, the locker room cleared and everyone brawled in and around the ring. Aldis said he’d never seen anything like it in ROH.
All of the wrestlers fought to ringside. Bully Ray ran out and backed referee Todd Sinclair into the corner. PCO spun Ray around. Bully turned his hat around and then they traded chops and punches until the Briscoes entered the ring and attacked PCO. Bully left the ring. PCO knocked down both Briscoes, then went up top and performed a big moonsault onto a pile of wrestlers. Scurll and PCO celebrated. Aldis and Coleman signed off while asking what they had just witnessed.
Powell’s POV: The big brawl at the end helped send the crowd home happy after heel Taven pinned Lethal. I skimmed through the show and watched a few matches from bell to bell while checking out the “down the stretch” portion of others. Based on what I saw, it was an entertaining live stream event with the surprising women’s title change and some developments on the road to the 17th Anniversary pay-per-view. If you are pressed for time and can only check out a few matches, I’d recommend the women’s match, Sabre vs. Cabana, and PCO vs. Mark Briscoe if you like a big brawl (I just wish someone would step in and put a stop to the unnecessary chairs to the head spots in ROH). That’s quite a variety of match styles, and this show really did offer a little something for everybody.
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