ROH Wrestling TV results: Powell’s review of Jay Lethal vs. PJ Black in a tournament match to determine who will challenge for the ROH Championship at Final Battle, Silas Young and Josh Woods vs. Coast 2 Coast

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Ring of Honor Wrestling TV (Episode 421)
Taped September 28, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Sam’s Town Casino
Aired in syndication on October 12, 2019, Mondays on the FITE TV app

The ROH opening video aired… Footage aired of Rush defeating Matt Taven to win the ROH World Championship at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view… Show hosts Ian Riccaboni and Quinn McKay checked in on commentary and noted that Angelina Love also defeated Kelly Klein to win the Women of Honor Championship at the pay-per-view. They also hyped the show’s main event… Riccaboni, Colt Cabana and/or Caprice Coleman were on commentary for the matches…

Highlights aired of Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King defeating The Briscoes and Dragon Lee to retain the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles when Scurll pinned Mark Briscoe…

Jay Lethal was shown telling Jonathan Gresham that he was prepared to face Bandido in his tournament match, but he’s not prepared for PJ Black. Lethal said Black has everything to gain. Lethal said he would love to become the ROH Champion again and he thinks it might happen… [C]

Powell’s POV: Wait, so Lethal and Gresham are still on speaking terms despite some of their recent meltdowns? Strange.

Footage aired of Angelina Love winning the WOH Championship while Kelly Klein’s post match promo aired… The hosts noted that the Love vs. Klein match took place at the Glory Boy Honor event. They also hyped the battle royal for a shot at the ROH Championship and the semifinals and finals of the tournament…

Powell’s POV: The Glory By Honor show took place on Saturday, which is when the ROH television show airs in syndication in most markets, so that’s why they were advertising the event for HonorClub.

Brian Zane listed his top five favorite things that happened at Death Before Dishonor: 5. PCO surviving a cattle prod. 4. Beer City Bruiser being used as a human dartboard by Vinny Marseglia. 3. Mark Haskins and Bandido taking The Briscoes to the limit in the ROH Tag Title match. 2. Jonathan Gresham beating Jay Lethal by submission. 1. Rush beating Matt Taven for the ROH Championship…

Powell’s POV: A good segment that allowed them to work in some moments from the pay-per-view that wouldn’t have necessarily been showcased as standalone moments otherwise.

PJ Black cut a promo outside the building. He said he wasn’t mentally prepared for the match because he got it on short notice, but he’s always physically compared. Black noted that they were in Vegas and said you should always bet on Black…

Footage aired of the finish of Coast 2 Coast defeating Cheeseburger and a partner… The Coast 2 Coast duo of Shaheem Ali and LSG delivered an outdoor promo. They were cocky and said they don’t play no damn games… [C]

Powell’s POV: It’s nice to see Coast 2 Coast get a win and some promo time, but showing the finish of the match only was weak. They didn’t even show who Cheeseburger was teaming with.

McKay interviewed Tracy Williams backstage at the television taping and noted that he was facing Flip Gordon in a singles match. Williams said Gordon finally gave him what he wants in the form of a fair fight. Williams said the match had a no disqualification stipulation that Gordon thinks works in his advantage, but he won’t hesitate to end Gordon with violence and chaos…

1. Silas Young and Josh Woods vs. “Coast 2 Coast” Shaheem Ali and LSG. Woods offered a handshake that was rejected by the Coast 2 Coast duo. Woods had Ali in the ropes. Rather than breaking clean, Ali shoved Woods. [C] Late in the match, Woods performed a nice German suplex on LSG. Woods tossed Ali into a cutter from Young, who then scored the pin. Riccaboni noted that Young and Woods had won four matches in a row…

Silas Young and Josh Woods beat “Coast 2 Coast” Shaheem Ali and LSG.

Separate shots aired of Black and Lethal preparing for their match… [C]

Powell’s POV: The tag match was fine with Young and Woods continuing to win despite their awkward dynamic. They seemed to be on the same page this time around even though Woods was down on Young for cheating at Death Before Dishonor.

Matt Taven was shown walking backstage after his loss at Death Before Dishonor. Taven looked dejected as he removed some of his gear…

Highlights aired of Marty Scurll defeating Colt Cabana in the tournament to determine the No. 1 contender for the ROH Championship at Final Battle… Highlights aired from Death Before Dishonor of PCO defeating Kenny King to advance in the tournament after Amy Rose used a cattle prod on him… Footage aired of Dalton Castle beating Mark Haskins to advance in the tournament… The tournament brackets showed PCO vs. Dalton Castle and Marty Scurll vs. Jay Lethal as the semifinals of the tournament…

Powell’s POV: Why in the world would they show the bracket with Lethal advancing before they aired the Lethal vs. Black main event? The company should be very embarrassed by this mistake. It’s not as bad as giving away the first two rounds of your draft, but it’s still pretty bad.

Ring entrances for the main event took place… [C]

2. Jay Lethal (w/Jonathan Gresham) vs. PJ Black in a tournament match to determine who will challenge for the ROH Championship at Final Battle. The wrestlers shook hands before the bell. Black applied what was labeled as a South African Bucket on Lethal. Riccaboni said the move is painful and humiliating. Black released the hold and stomped the back of Lethal going into a break. [C]

Lethal and black traded chops and forearms coming out of the break. Lethal followed up by dropkicking Black off the apron, then hit him with a suicide dive. Lethal rolled Black back inside the ring and hit a Lethal Combination. Lethal followed up with his Hail to the King elbow drop and got a near fall. Black came back and picked up a couple of near falls. Black went up top for a move, but Lethal cut him off and crotched him. The wrestlers had a good fight for position and both men fell to the mat. A short time later, Lethal connected with a superkick and a cutter and then hit the Lethal Injection and scored the pin…

Jay Lethal defeated PJ Black to advance in the Final Battle tournament.

Powell’s POV: A solid match that was spoiled by the tournament brackets graphic. With Bandido injured and out of the tournament, I’m surprised they chose to air this match on television rather than the Marty Scurll vs. Colt Cabana match (the other two first-round matches aired on pay-per-view). Perhaps this was the better match? Overall, the show was decent by current format standards, but I’m still not a fan of the new format. I will have more to say about this episode in my weekly audio review for Dot Net Members.


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