By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.internet Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Ring of Honor Wrestling TV (Episode 499)
Taped in Baltimore, Maryland at UMBC Area
Aired April 10, 2021 in syndication and on SBG regional sports activities networks, accessible Mondays on FITE.TV
After the ROH opening, Quinn McKay checked in from the studio and hyped the present’s matches. She performed up the concept that Rey Horus acquired Bandido and Flamita on the identical web page following the MexiSquad meltdown on the nineteenth Anniversary pay-per-view. She additionally hyped Deadly vs. Gresham for subsequent week’s present…
Powell’s POV: Hey, it’s the primary present taped after the nineteenth Anniversary pay-per-view. It took per week longer than I hoped it will to get right here, however I’m completely happy that we’re getting the submit pay-per-view tapings.
A Delirious sit-down function aired. He spoke in gibberish, which was “translated” with subtitles. He stated he’s been with ROH since 2004 and the primary ROH occasion that he competed on was additionally the primary ROH present that Rocky Romero competed on. He stated their paths will cross once more. Delirious stated he respects what Romero and stated his affect in professional wrestling runs a lot deeper than what he portrays on digital camera.
Delirious stated he thanks Romero for that, however they’ve wars up to now. He stated he has a scar above his left eye and the pink paint on his masks symbolizes what Romero gave him years in the past (footage aired of Romero slamming Delirious’s face right into a wall). Delirious stated Romero loves the game and so does he. “As a result of it’s you, I’ll compete,” he stated. Delirious added that he’ll return into seclusion after the match as a result of he doesn’t like the eye. He stated the scars of the previous may manifest at any second and will trigger him to harm Romero as a result of these scars are endlessly…
A Rocky Romero sit-down function aired. He stated issues didn’t go his means within the Pure Championship event, however he finds himself again in ROH after a while to replicate. He stated he and Delirious return a few years and debuted in ROH on the identical day. He stated they’ve unfinished enterprise. He stated their battles have been tough. Romero stated he was form of an (censored) within the previous days and perhaps he must faucet into that. He stated Delirious has been hanging out in a basement and doesn’t wrestle a lot, whereas he’s been on New Japan Sturdy each Friday evening. He thought that might work towards Delirious.
Romero stated it’s loopy how a lot the panorama of professional wrestling has modified during the last yr or so. He stated it’s been wonderful to have ROH expertise be on New Japan Sturdy. He stated they’ve had ROH, AEW, and Impression expertise on Sturdy. He stated it’s essential for him to return to ROH as a result of it may open one other door, particularly if he wins the Pure Championship and defends it elsewhere. Romero stated he wasn’t positive what Delirious stated to him when he spoke in his ear on the nineteenth Anniversary pay-per-view. He stated that if Delirious was within the room now, he’d inform him the next. Romero spoke in gibberish after which closed by saying, “See you quickly”… [C]
Powell’s POV: That is the most recent proof of the greatness of the present ROH tv format. Earlier than the pandemic, the corporate possible would have aired this match with none promos and left it as much as the printed staff to fill in viewers on the historical past between Romero and Delirious whereas their match was happening. It’s so significantly better coming from the wrestlers and attending to see the basic footage from their earlier matches. So any viewer who didn’t see their previous matches is now on top of things and has a fundamental understanding of their historical past.
Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman checked in on commentary whereas Bobby Cruise dealt with the ring introductions…
1. Rocky Romero vs. Delirious in a Pure Guidelines match. The wrestlers adhered to the Code of Honor. Romero pressured Delirious to make use of a rope break a pair minutes into the match. Romero clotheslined Delirious and lined him for a two rely heading right into a break. [C]
Delirious utilized a Cobra Clutch, which brought on Romero to make use of his first rope break. Romero got here again with a Kimura that led to Delirious utilizing his second rope break. Delirious went for an additional Cobra Clutch, however Romero stomped his naked toes to keep away from it momentarily. Delirious was capable of apply the maintain on the mat. Romero stood up and reached for the ropes, then escaped the maintain with out utilizing a rope break.
Delirious carried out a discus lariat for a two rely. Each males stayed down. They acquired to their knees and traded forearm pictures. As soon as they acquired to their toes, Romero blasted Delirious with a knee strike. Delirious in a Cobra Clutch, which Romero escaped. Romero caught Delirious in a backslide for a two rely.
Romero adopted with and inside cradle and acquired a two rely, then Delirious rolled him over for a two rely of his personal. Delirious threw a punch and acquired his one warning. Romero caught Delirious in a cross arm breaker, which brought on Delirious to faucet out with simply 9 seconds remaining within the time restrict.
Rocky Romero beat Delirious in 14:51 in a Pure Guidelines match.
The wrestlers adhered to the Code of Honor afterward. Romero spoke into the digital camera and threw out the names of a number of ROH regulars that he needs to face… [C]
Powell’s POV: A great match between a pair of professionals. I like the way in which they used the time restrict to their benefit. So not solely did it really feel just like the match may go both means, however a time restrict draw earlier than going to the judges was additionally an possibility in the course of the frantic closing minute.
Footage aired from the nineteenth Anniversary pay-per-view of Brody King’s new faction arriving after the principle occasion. The brand new members are Tony Deppen, Murder, and Chris Dickinson…
A video package deal aired on Mark Briscoe and Jay Briscoe, who will face each other on subsequent week’s five hundredth episode. Mark spoke about how they have been imagined to face each other eventually yr’s anniversary present, however the pandemic cancelled the present. Jay stated that they had a tag title shot of their again pocket. Mark stated Jay was extra focussed on EC3 than going after the tag titles.
Mark recalled getting PCO as a associate for the tag title match. Jay spoke about it not feeling like the identical Briscoes after they misplaced a primary contender’s tag match. He stated they needed to get their unfinished enterprise out of the way in which. Childhood photos aired of each brothers whereas they spoke about how they’ve fought ever since Mark got here residence from the hospital. Jay hyped the match and stated might the perfect man win…
McKay interviewed Rey Horus and Bandido within the backstage space. She stated Horus had been pulled from the match as a consequence of harm. She requested if that they had a backup plan. Flamita confirmed up and provided to exchange Horus. They spoke in Spanish and subtitles have been used. Bandido was apprehensive, however he agreed to staff with Flamita, who laughed when the opposite two walked away…
Powell’s POV: This was a bit sloppy. McKay promoted the match as Bandido and Flamita teaming collectively at the beginning of the present, and now they’re appearing like Horus was imagined to staff with Bandido.
Jay Deadly and Jonathan Gresham delivered a backstage promo. Deadly was fired up. Gresham informed him that he has to settle down… [C]
2. Jay Deadly and Jonathan Gresham vs. Bandido and Flamita. Deadly and Flamita began the match. Riccaboni stated it was the primary time they’ve been within the ring collectively to the perfect of his data. Gresham checked in and took Flamita down with an arm drag. [C]
Bandido acquired the higher of Deadly popping out of the break and carried out a powerful overhead press slam. Later, Gresham checked in and carried out a German suplex, then flexed his muscle tissue. Deadly tagged in once more and acquired the higher of Flamita heading right into a break. [C]
Deadly caught Flamita in an stomach stretch. Bandido tried to interrupt it up and needed to combat off Deadly, then by chance kicked his personal associate. Bandido was apologetic. Deadly pulled Bandido to ringside. Within the ring, Gresham labored over Flamita and carried out a Spanish Fly.
Bandido and Deadly tagged in and traded forearms. Bandido caught Deadly operating the ropes and tagged him with an enormous boot. Bandido adopted up with a crucifix bomb for a two rely. Deadly got here again and went for the Deadly Injection, however Bandido dropkicked him.
Bandido and Flamita double teamed Deadly. They arrange for an additional transfer the place Bandido was imagined to go all over the world on his associate earlier than hitting a transfer on Deadly, however Flamita dropped him. They bickered and ended up combating each other. Deadly dropkicked Flamita to ringside. Deadly and Gresham doubled up on Bandido. Deadly put Bandido in a determine 4. Flamita acted like he was encouraging his associate, however he walked out on him whereas Bandido was pressured to faucet out…
Jay Deadly and Jonathan Gresham defeated Bandido and Flamita in 13:45.
Riccaboni hyped Gresham vs. Deadly for the Pure Championship, and Jay Briscoe vs. Mark Briscoe for subsequent week’s five hundredth episode…
Powell’s POV: It was logical for Deadly and Gresham to win since they’re going through each other on subsequent week’s present, and since they wanted to cement the Flamita heel flip. I proceed to marvel if Flamita can be a brief alternative in La Faccino Ingobernable for Dragon Lee, who needed to miss these tapings, however there’s no signal of that but.
Total, a strong present. I loved Delirious vs. Romero, but it surely felt like that might have taken place on any present fairly than on the primary present popping out of the pay-per-view the place there are extra well timed storylines to handle. I’ll have extra to say concerning the present my weekly ROH Wrestling audio assessment for Dot Web Members.