ROH Wrestling TV results: Powell’s review of Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Jeff Cobb vs. Kenny King in a Defy or Deny match, The Tate Twins vs. Griff Garrison and Marcus Kross, SOS in action

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Ring of Honor Wrestling TV (Episode 419)
Taped August 24, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia at Centre Stage
Aired in syndication on September 28, 2019, Mondays on the FITE TV app

After the ROH opening, footage aired of Rush and Jeff Cobb winning the Champions vs. All Stars match. They showed the post match with Cobb offering a handshake only for Rush to kick his hand away and then nudge him with his shoulder as he blew past him…

Show hosts Ian Riccaboni and Quinn McKay checked in and encouraged viewers to check out the Death Before Dishonor event if they hadn’t done so already (this show aired in my market the morning after the pay-per-view). They hyped the featured match and then set up match footage…

Highlights of Silas Young, Felino, and Okumura beating Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, and Ryan Nova in Atlanta aired. Afterward, Young had Josh Woods join him and his teammates in the ring. Young asked if Woods has learned from what he’s been teaching him. Woods attacked Felino and Okumura…

Woods was shown boasting about his actions while talking on the phone backstage. Young showed up and looked at the notebook that Woods has been carrying around. Young took a lit cigarette and put it out on a page of the notebook and told him it’s time to get a new one. Woods said his girlfriend got him that notebook… [C]

Powell’s POV: I’m not sure how Woods attacking the luchadores is consistent with his actions from Death Before Dishonor where he sat in on commentary and voiced his displeasure with Young’s cheating and heel antics.

1. Soldiers of Savagery squashed a couple of enhancement wrestlers. A portion of SOS’s entrance was shown and the enhancement duo was already in the ring. SOS hit The Promised Land (double chokeslam) on both men and beat them in under a minute.

Powell’s POV: A blink and you missed it match. Hopefully we start to learn more about SOS because they seem to disappear from television for long stretches of time.

The hosts hyped Glory By Honor for October 12 in New Orleans at UNO Lakefront Arena. Riccaboni said the semifinals and finals of the Final Battle No. 1 contender tournament will be held at the event…

McKay interviewed Jeff Cobb backstage at the Nashville event about the Defy Or Deny match. Cobb said he wants to be the last man standing because the winner gets a shot at Matt Taven.

Powell’s POV: I wonder if there are some casual viewers who now mistakenly assume that Matt Taven retained the ROH Championship at Death Before Dishonor.

2. The Tate Twins vs. “Master and Machine” Griff Garrison and Marcus Kross. The Tate Twins were formerly known as Dalton Castle’s Boys. They came out with a superhero entrance and wore superhero style black gear. They took a break during the match. [C]

Garrison worked over both Tates coming out of the break while Riccaboni said he has future star written all over him. Later, Kross and Garrison hit a double team move and nearly pinned one Tate, but the other Tate broke it up. In the end, the Tates swung Kross face first into the mat and one of the Tates pinned him…

The Tate Twins defeated Master and Machine.

Powell’s POV: I can’t say I really understand why the Tates are playing superhero inspired characters, but their gear looks cool. This was a more competitive match than I expected.

The hosts spoke about ROH returning to the UK on October 25-27. Riccaboni recalled ROH introducing the International Cup during a 2018 tour…

Footage aired of Mark Haskins defeating Adam Page in Doncaster at Honor Re-United on August 18, 2018 to win the International Cup…

Jay Lethal was shown outside the building and he delivered a promo about the main event. Lethal said the ultimate goal is to win a shot at the ROH Title. He said there was also a chance that he could be denied ever going after the ROH Championship again as long as Taven is champion. Lethal said people wonder why the challengers would agree to that stipulation. Lethal said the answer is simple, the ROH Championship is just that important…

Ring entrances for the main event took place. Amy Rose came out with Kenny King, then Lethal made his entrance followed by Cobb and then Matt Taven was out last… [C]

Powell’s POV: Does anyone understand who Amy Rose is? She was at the timekeepers area and then started being involved in Kenny King’s matches, but it’s never really been explained why. Perhaps ROH has done something with this online, but have we even heard from Rose on the television show?

3. Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Jeff Cobb vs. Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) in a Defy or Deny match. The match was held at the August 25 Honor For All event in Nashville. Taven jawed at all three opponents and then they went after him. Lethal and Cobb had an early showdown that concluded when King pulled Lethal to the floor. Lethal got the better of King at ringside heading into a break. [C]

Taven and King worked together for a bit. King put an end to that by rolling up Taven for a two count. They bickered until Lethal punched King. A short time later, Cobb performed a helicopter on Taven and covered him for a two count going into a break. [C]

Lethal was about to go up top when he became distracted by Rose, who had the title belt. Lethal told her she needed to leave, which she did. Taven ended up with the title belt and tried to hit King with it. King ducked the belt shot and Taven hit Cobb. Taven was disqualified.

As Taven argued with the referee, King hit Lethal with the title belt, then hit the Royal Flush and pinned him. The match came down to Cobb and King. Cobb hit a Tour of the Islands on King and pinned him to earn a future ROH Title shot…

Jeff Cobb defeated Matt Taven Jay Lethal, and Kenny King in a Defy or Deny elimination match.

Powell’s POV: The show felt a little closer to the old format with three matches, albeit with the main event being from a different location than the first two matches and one of the matches being a brief squash match. The main event was well worked, but it really is strange that they opted to air this on the same weekend that Taven dropped the ROH Championship to Rush. Perhaps they wanted Taven to look strong going into the pay-per-view or they didn’t want to confuse viewers by having Cobb earn a title shot before Rush had his shot? I will have more to say about this show in my weekly audio review coming up later today for Dot Net Members.

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