ROH Wrestling TV results: Powell’s review of Flip Gordon vs. Tracy Williams in a No DQ match, Matt Taven’s first comments since losing the ROH Championship, Joe Hendry vs. Dom Kubrick

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Ring of Honor Wrestling TV (Episode 422)
Taped September 28, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Sam’s Town Casino
Aired in syndication on October 19, 2019, Mondays on the FITE TV app

The ROH opening aired… Footage aired of Flip Gordon attacking Tracy Williams at the Super Supercard event prior to his scheduled ROH TV Title match with Shane Taylor. Additional footage aired from Global Wars in Chicago of Gordon pinning Williams in a Chicago Street Fight between Villain Enterprises and Lifeblood…

Show hosts Ian Riccaboni and Quinn McKay checked in and hyped the main event. Thy also hyped Shane Taylor vs. Joe Hendry for the ROH TV Title on the Honor United tour…

A Shane Taylor video package narrated by Riccaboni aired. He said Taylor has always felt under appreciated and thus he and ROH officials agreed to a buyout of his contract, making him a free agent. Footage aired of Taylor boasting after a win that they are going back to the negotiation table.

Footage aired of Taylor trying to enter a locked door (that read “exit only”) while “media members” followed him. Taylor told the media members that ROH officials thought Tracy Williams was going to win the ROH TV Title, but he retained it. He said he could go anywhere and defend the title, but if the company wants him to defend it in ROH then they have to sit down and negotiate. A security guard told Taylor that they had to shut down the press conference because filming wasn’t allowed…

An ROH on tour video listed upcoming dates… [C]

Powell’s POV: I don’t know if anyone is actually buying that Taylor is a free agent, but he’s doing a good job with hits rants about the company.

Footage aired from the ROH Death Before Dishonor event of Dalton Castle, Joe Hendry, fake Boys, and Quinn McKay in the ring. Castle had McKay unveil a mimosa, which he sipped from. Hendry called for a karaoke singalong for Castle. Hendry a song while the lyrics appeared on the big screen. It concluded with a line about how Castle hurt his back trying to reach his peacock i in the middle of a match. Castle threw his mimosa at Hendry and stormed out of the ring. Hendry beat up the fake Boys and performed a double fallaway slam…

1. Joe Hendry vs. Dom Kubrick. The broadcast team was Riccaboni, Colt Cabana, and Caprice Coleman. Hendry came out with a pen and a pad of paper and handed out some autographs. Hendry signed an autograph during the match and handed it to a guy in the front row. The fans tore up the paper and threw it into the air. Other fans booed. Hendry won the match with the Hendry Lock submission hold…

Joe Hendry defeated Dom Kubrick.

A graphic touted Taylor vs. Hendry for the ROH TV Title on this week’s Honor United event… [C]

Powell’s POV: I’m surprised they aired the footage of the fan tearing up the autograph. It was funny and was the most notable part of the match. Perhaps they felt the rest of the crowd turning on the fan was made Hendry look good. It’s been a rocky start for Hendry, but his act strikes me as something that will eventually grow on the fans. It probably isn’t helping his cause that he’s working against Dalton Castle, who is a heel that a lot of fans still want to cheer.

Jenny Rose delivered a backstage promo and complained about Angelina Love winning the WOH Championship and the Allure’s antics. She said she respects what Love has done in the business, but she is not honorable. Rose said she won’t stop until she becomes the WOH Champion and puts an end to The Allure. A graphic listed Love vs. Rose vs. Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship…

The hosts noted that the WOH Championship match will air on next week’s television show. They also plugged some ROH merchandise and then shifted the focus to the Rhett Titus vs. Kenny King feud…

Footage aired from Global Wars in Dearborn, Michigan of Mark Haskins defeating Rhett Titus with a deep Sharpshooter. The wrestlers shook hands afterward…

Haskins and Titus were shown being cordial at an undisclosed location. After Haskins walked away, Kenny King showed up and mocked the idea that it was a great match. He noted that Titus tapped out. Titus mocked King for being knocked out “by a punk ass camera man.” Footage showed King walking face first into a camera during a match… [C]

Powell’s POV: This is still happening. Cut to the chase. Reform the tag team or have a match against one another. The weird build of King and Titus tearing one another down isn’t helping either guy.

Jeff Cobb cut a backstage promo about going to the United Kingdom for the Honor United tour. He said he is the number one contender and he was focused on Matt Taven, but now Rush is the ROH World Champion. Cobb said two bulls will collide and Rush won’t stop him from becoming ROH Champion…

Footage aired from the Death Before Dishonor Fallout event of The Kingdom delivering an in-ring promo. Matt Taven said seven years ago he was just looking to be a part of ROH. He said he wanted to be part of something special because ROH is where the most innovative wrestlers were and the evolution of pro wrestling was happening in ROH, and he was desperate to be a part of it.

Taven said he worked every single day to make sure that he succeeded. He mentioned winning the ROH Tag Titles with Mike Bennett and gave him a shout out. He also mentioned winning the ROH Six-Man Tag Man Tag Titles with his two best friends TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia, and winning the ROH World Championship.

Taven said there are so many talented guys in ROH that being the top guy almost felt impossible, but at Madison Square Garden all of his dreams came true. Taven said he held the title with the utmost pride and put over the title belt. Taven said whether fans loved him or hated him, he gave it everything he had when he defended the championship. A “thank you, Taven” chant broke out. “No, thank you, guys,” Taven said before telling them that they are the reason he does this.

Taven said the future is now up in the air. He said people on the internet were wondering what would happen with Taven in the future. He said he came to ROH seven years ago because it was the most innovative and had the best wrestling at the time. Taven said he still believes that’s the case today. “I am going nowhere, I am here to stay,” Taven said. He said his story is far from done and he has a championship to get back. Taven said The Kingdom will rise again. Taven hugged O’Ryan and Marseglia, then held his arms up and mouthed the words “thank you” to the fans…

Powell’s POV: This really should have opened the show or even been promoted throughout the show and aired in the closing segment since it’s likely the best thing that will air. Did ROH even go out of their way to promote that this would air on this week’s television show? Putting that aside, Taven’s apparent babyface flip is off to a good start. He cut a very good promo that the live crowd bought into. I could have done without the talk of The Kingdom rising because he’s better off on his own, but perhaps the idea is to build toward O’Ryan and Marseglia turning on him. Either way, Taven was very good here.

Angelina Love and Mandy Leon delivered a backstage promo. Love complained that it took a long time for her to get a title shot and yet now that she’s champion there are several people getting title shots. Leon said no one will take the title from them… [C]

Three random guys were shown talking backstage. One of htem asked what they just heard. They walked around the corner and found TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia knocked out on the floor…

Powell’s POV: So ROH was going to just air footage of three crew members talking? I guess it’s not as bad as when this type of thing airs on live television because you can make a case that they just happened to get the footage, though I’m not sure why a cameraman would be filming three crew members. Here’s hoping that they’re not doing a Taven swerve that will result in him staying heel. He needs a change and his babyface promo came off so well.

Tracy Williams made his entrance for the main event. Flip Gordon came out and attacked him. They fought on the stage. Gordon hit Williams with his black Singapore cane a couple times and then brought him to ringside and tossed him into the ring…

2. Flip Gordon vs. Tracy Williams in a No DQ match. The wrestlers fought in and around the ring heading into an early break. [C] Williams performed a DDT from the middle rope onto a chair and only got a two count. Williams applied a crossface, but Gordon reached the ropes. They fought to the stage and had a kendo stick fight. Gordon avoided a piledriver and then low blowed Williams before putting him down with a reverse DDT style move on the ramp. [C]

Gordon slid a table inside the ring where a chair was already set up. Gordon placed Williams on a table and then went to the ropes, but Williams cut him off and they fought for position on the ropes. Gordon went for a springboard move, but Williams pushed him to the floor. Williams positioned the table and ended up piledriving Gordon from the second rope through the table. Williams pinned Gordon…

Tracy Williams defeated Flip Gordon in a No DQ match.

They cut to Rush delivering a promo in a backstage location and brought up his match with Jeff Cobb and said nothing happens until he says it happens…

Powell’s POV: A good hardcore style match that was set up with several Gordon attacks on Williams. I didn’t care for the abrupt cut to the Rush promo, as it felt like they should have stuck with Williams’ celebrating a bit longer. I still have no idea why Gordon is a heel or why Villain Enterprises needs a fourth member, but both men worked very hard. Overall, the new format is still a negative, but this was one of the better shows since the company made the switch. I will have more to say about the show in my weekly members’ exclusive audio review coming up later today.


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