6 Man Mayhem: Shane Taylor gets the Victory
This week’s Ring of Honor television show kicks off with a 6 Man Mayhem Match. There’s no introductions or entrances. We get straight to the action. The rules for this match are Lucha Rules. If a man leaves the ring, another one can enter without a tag. Anyone can tag anyone. Chris Sabin, Kenny King, Rhett Titus, Flip Gordon, Shane Taylor, and Luchasaurus.
The match starts off with Luchasaurus and Chris Sabin in the match. After a quick back and forth, Rhett Titus and Kenny King both wind up in the ring. This is a matchup of former tag team partners. They go through a quick series of moves, reversals, and near misses only to have Shane Taylor wind up in the ring. He goes for a double clothesline. King and Titus duck. King and Titus bust out some old All Night Xpress double team moves.
After some mayhem, Gordon winds up in the ring and hits a nice spring board cutter. Taylor takes out Gordon with a HUGE shoulder block on Gordon. After a commercial, we get back and the match has broken down. Titus hits a dive on the outside. King with a block buster on the outside. Luchasaurus hits some impressive kicks. Shane Taylor hits a massive cannonball on the outside. Finally, Flip hits a flip dive on the outside to everyone else.
After all the chaos, we enter the final segment of the match. Gordon somehow winds up hitting a 450 for a near fall on Shane Taylor. Kenny King pulls Gordon out of the ring to stop the count. Gordon’s back in and is going for a springboard move when King nails him with a chair. The referee ejects Kenny King. I guess multi-man matches in ROH are not no disqualification.
Chris Sabin Injured
Complete ACL tear. 8 – 12 months.
— Constellation Chris Sabin (@SuperChrisSabin) January 23, 2019
Somewhere in all this mess, Chris Sabin is injured. He took to twitter to announce he’ll be out for 8-12 months. He did not have any action the last few minutes of this match. The final moments came with Shane Taylor no selling a Samoan Drop from Rhett Titus. Taylor pops up and hits Greetings from 216 for the win.
Overall, a pretty fun match. Luchasaurus is impressive. I’m not so sure about that gimmick, but he’s an agile big man with a moveset that could get over. It’s a shame for Chris Sabin. With ROH in roster overhaul, he may have had a chance to move up the card. Shane Taylor gets the victory, but I’m not so sure a returning Flip Gordon didn’t need it more. All in all, a very solid opener.