By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.internet Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Ring of Honor Wrestling TV (Episode 494)
Taped in Baltimore, Maryland at UMBC Enviornment
Aired March 6, 2021 in syndication and on SBG regional sports activities networks, out there Mondays on FITE.TV
The ROH opening video aired after which Quinn McKay checked in from the studio and hyped the 2 matches. Highlights aired of final week’s Rush vs. Shane Taylor match for the ROH Championship with Kenny King’s interference…
Kenny King delivered a backstage promo. He stated he taught Taylor yet another lesson, which is that he must preserve his head on a swivel. King launched Rush and his father Bestia del Ring. Rush stated he would be the champion for a very long time. He added that La Faccion Ingobernable is the previous, current, and the longer term. Bestia spoke briefly, then Rush closed by saying nothing occurs until he says so…
McKay listed the Pure Championship high 5 rankings:
1. Josh Woods
2. Dak Draper
3. Rhett Titus
4. Wheeler Yuta
5. Fred Yehi
McKay hyped the Josh Woods vs. Dalton Fortress match and stated it was requested by Fortress. She stated the match as developing after a business break… [C]
Footage aired of Woods beating Fortress through submission of their final match. Woods was featured in a sit-down promo. He spoke about pinning Deadly and submitting Fortress. He stated there was no motive for him to reject Fortress’s request for a rematch. Woods stated his win over Fortress was not a fluke and pointed to profitable the match through submission.
Woods stated Fortress has a lingering again problem. He stated he was honorable in not attacking it immediately. He stated nobody ever feels 100% in professional wrestling, and the damage didn’t assist him beat Fortress. Woods pointed to his wins over Jay Briscoe, Deadly, and Fortress. He stated he earned the proper to problem Jonathan Gresham for the ROH Pure Championship…
Dalton Fortress’s sit-down characteristic aired. He informed the producer that he wished it to be a fast piece. He stated Woods discovered a gap in his offense and a mistake led to a really large consequence. Fortress stated it’s one other blemish on his report and there’s sort of been a sample over the past couple years.
Fortress questioned the place he matches in ROH. He stated it’s an issue that he’s not within the high 5 rankings. He stated he’s higher than Woods and everybody else listed within the rankings. He stated he wished to right what occurred when he final confronted Woods. He stated has tape on Woods now. Fortress stated he has different issues occurring in his life, nevertheless it’s not like he doesn’t care about ROH.
Fortress stated he’s so sick of failing on a regular basis. Fortress stated he might beat Woods as a result of he’s the higher professional wrestler. Fortress stated that if he can’t beat Woods, then possibly he doesn’t belong in ROH. He stated that if he couldn’t beat Woods with the plan he had in his head, then he’s out…
Powell’s POV: Woods and Fortress did a pleasant job of organising their rematch. I like the way in which that Fortress acknowledges his current struggles and even acts neurotic about it. I want we had extra of that in professional wrestling. Most characters lose and simply transfer on to their subsequent match. There are good tales to inform with wrestlers who’re down on their luck, which ROH is doing with Fortress. They’re additionally leaning into the truth that a variety of followers know that Fortress’s contract with the corporate expired, so his tease of leaving the corporate if he loses seems like extra of a risk than it will if somebody who is called being below contract made that very same declare.
The published staff of Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman checked in on commentary whereas the ring entrances for the opening match passed off…
1. Josh Woods vs. Dalton Fortress in a Pure Guidelines match. The wrestlers adhered to the Code of Honor. The match spilled to ringside the place Fortress used a hip-toss to ship Woods over the barricade. [C] Fortress used a second rope break to flee a submission maintain. Woods had his lip break up open.
Woods went for a TKO, however Fortress slipped away and ended up going for a pin that resulted in a two rely. Fortress ducked a clothesline after which acted like he suffered a again damage. All of the sudden, Fortress grabbed Woods and put him in an inside cradle and pinned him.
Dalton Fortress defeated Josh Woods in 9:44 in a Pure Guidelines match.
After the match, Silas Younger walked onto the stage and shook his head in a unfavorable method. Younger headed to the ring whereas Fortress went to the again. As soon as Younger was within the ring, Woods requested him the place the hell he’d been. Younger informed him to recollect who he was speaking to.
Younger recalled Woods dropping to Jonathan Gresham within the Pure Title match. Younger additionally identified that Woods had an opportunity to earn an ROH TV Title shot, however he did not win that match. Younger stated he is aware of that Woods might beat Fortress each day of the week, however Woods let Fortress make him appear like a idiot.
Younger stated Woods had rather a lot to find out about professional wrestling. Younger stated they wanted to get again to tag staff wrestling and kicking ass. Younger left the ring after which requested, “Do you need to be good or do you need to be nice?”… [C]
Powell’s POV: I actually appreciated the end, as Fortress got here off as determined in his sit-down characteristic and the end performed into that. It additionally didn’t damage Woods to lose on this method. I’m going to let the Younger and Woods story play out. I can’t say that I’m excited concerning the concept of them reforming their tag staff as a result of Woods has clicked as a singles wrestler, nevertheless it’s doable they aren’t actually heading in that path.
Ring entrances passed off for the principle occasion. Bobby Cruise emphasised that the winner would problem for the ROH World Championship on the nineteenth Anniversary pay-per-view. EC3 was out first they usually lower to a pre-taped promo with him stating that there are 4 conflicting narratives with one goal of profitable the ROH Championship. He stated those that eat, sleep, and breathe the ROH Championship have an habit.
Jay Deadly was out subsequent. He was escorted onto the stage Tracy Williams, who then headed to the again. A Deadly pre-tape aired. Deadly spoke concerning the alternative to problem for the championship. He additionally spoke about how The Basis is attempting to revive honor to the corporate, however they’ll’t do this until they maintain all of the championships. Deadly stated the chance is about change. He stated wrestlers should prevail.
Matt Taven made his entrance. In his pre-tape, Taven stated it had been 16 months since he held the ROH Championship in his arms. He stated he’s been distracted since he misplaced the championship by the one that was the very first particular person (Vincent) to congratulate him when he gained the title at Madison Sq. Backyard after which stabbed him within the again. Taven stated he had a golden alternative as a result of he doesn’t have to make use of the championship rematch he nonetheless has in his again pocket.
Jay Briscoe was the ultimate entrant. Briscoe stated you don’t must get beat to lose in a 4 nook survival match. He stated you must be in the proper place on the proper time and he is aware of that. Briscoe stated he wished to present the individuals what he desires to see, and that’s him difficult Rush… [C]
2. EC3 vs. Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Deadly vs. Matt Taven in a 4 nook survival match for a shot on the ROH World Championship. Maria Kanellis sat in on commentary. The wrestlers met for the Code of Honor, however Briscoe refused to shake EC3’s hand. Briscoe went proper after EC3 they usually fought to ringside with Briscoe dominating to start out whereas Taven and Deadly wrestled contained in the ring.
The wrestlers ended up swapping spots with EC3 and Briscoe combating contained in the ring for a second. Deadly returned to dropkick Briscoe, however EC3 took out Deadly’s knee with a kick. Taven carried out a missile dropkick that knocked EC3, which cleared him from the ring. Deadly hit a Deadly Mixture on Taven, who rolled to the ground.
A short while later, Taven carried out a giant dive excessive rope and onto Deadly and EC3 at ringside. Taven returned to the ring and was labored over by Briscoe heading into a quick break. [C] Taven carried out a neckbreaker on Briscoe, however EC3 tossed Taven to ringside.
EC3 carried out a Thesz Press on Briscoe and threw a number of punches at him, then stopped Deadly and Taven from returning to the ring by knocking them off the apron. All 4 males ended up again within the ring they usually did a spot the place they have been all knocked down and promoting on the mat.
A short while later, Deadly and Briscoe arrange for a double suplex on Taven, and EC3 slipped below them to show it right into a tower of doom spot. EC3 bought to his knees and smiled sadistically whereas the opposite three wrestlers have been down. EC3 grabbed Briscoe and held him whereas telling Deadly to kick him within the face. Deadly punched EC3 as a substitute, after which Briscoe went after Deadly, who ended up placing Briscoe in a determine 4. EC3 bought up and powerbombed Taven onto Deadly to interrupt the maintain. [C]
EC3 arrange for a transfer on Deadly, however Briscoe returned to the ring and roughed up EC3. Briscoe and EC3 fought to ringside. EC3 headed to the again and was adopted by Briscoe. Vita VonStarr got here out and sat on the ringside barricade. Taven hit his Simply The Tip knee on Deadly for a close to fall.
Taven carried out a DDT on Deadly after which went to the ropes and was distracted by VonStarr’s presence. Taven leapt over Deadly and hit him with a kick coming off the ropes. Taven hit one other Simply The Tip after which coated Deadly for a close to fall.
Taven arrange for his finisher, however let it go when VonStarr climbed onto the apron and distracted him. Riccaboni emphasised that Vincent was not allowed within the constructing whereas Taven wrestled. Deadly carried out a cutter on Taven. Deadly adopted up with a Deadly Injection and scored the pin.
Jay Deadly defeated in a 4 nook survival match to earn a shot on the ROH World Championship on the nineteenth Anniversary pay-per-view.
After the match, Deadly and Taven shook arms. Taven jawed at Deadly and left the ring. Deadly celebrated within the ring. As he was leaving the ring, Deadly stated this was precisely what they wanted. He stated The Basis has an opportunity…
A graphic listed Fred Yehi vs. Dak Draper in a Pure Guidelines match, Tony Deppen vs. Kenny King, and Flamita vs. Flip Gordon for the following present…
Powell’s POV: This was the most definitely final result provided that EC3 and Briscoe are feuding, and Taven is in the midst of a blood feud with Vincent. Deadly has put over a number of wrestlers for the reason that firm returned from the pandemic and this win clearly places him proper again within the title image. General, this was a superb episode with a loaded fundamental occasion and good storytelling within the opener. My weekly ROH Wrestling audio assessment will likely be out there solely for Dot Internet Members later immediately.