ROH is back with another episode this week, featuring the new format. ROH is now showing highlights and edited down matches for the undercard. However, they are showing the main event in full. We get highlights from Dragon Lee vs. Jonathan Gresham. The main event is an 8-man tag match between LifeBlood and Villain Enterprises.
- Best In The World Recap – Flip Gordon Joins Villain Enterprises
- Dragon Lee vs. Jonathan Gresham – Lee picks up the win
- Shinobi Shadow Squad Trains for their 6 Man Tag Team Title Shot
- Karissa Rivera Backstage Interview – Next week she has a title shot against Kelly Klein
- Rhett Titus Interview
- Soldiers of Savagery Defeat Hyena Hex and Greddy Calhoun in a squash match
- Philadelphia Street Fight Review from a few weeks ago
LifeBlood and PJ Black vs. Villain Enterprises
This match was supposed to be Flip Gordon’s coronation into Villain Enterprises, but unfortunately he has hurt his arm. He did very little in this match and was actually chased to the back mid-match. Essentially, this match was 4 on 3. Despite not having Gordon, this match was still very entertaining.
The real standouts of this match have to be Bandido and Brody King. During the match, Brody King did a king of the ropes, big man Lucha move in the corner. He stood on the top rope, bounced down to the second, and hopped back up before taking the opponent down. He really kept up with the smaller LifeBlood opponents, even Bandido. King was impressive, to say the least.
As good as King was, Bandido is on another level. During the match, Bandido hits a Sunset Flip Powerbomb onto PCO on the apron. He did a corkscrew dive on to Villain Enterprise. At one point, he even caught PCO who had attempted a cross-body from the top rope. The finish came when Bandido hits King with a 21-Plex and PJ Black follows up with a Springboard 450 splash. LifeBlood picks up the big victory.
I’m not sure what the expectation is for the new format, but I don’t love it. However, ROH has delivered two superb main events the last two weeks. It seems pretty obvious ROH thinks Marty Scurll is out the door to AEW when his contract is up. He is one of the best wrestlers in the world and ROH has him in a 6 man tag team at a time when they need all the star power they can get.
Instead of pushing him to the moon in an attempt to get him to stay, they’ve tucked him away. It looks like they’ve set up Flip Gordon to takeover for him as the leader of Villain Enterprises after he moves on. Reportedly, he’s signed through November. Seems like they could have used him more effectively to put over other stars on the way out. There’s still a chance they will ultimately do that with Gordon.
Speaking of needing star power, LifeBlood needs some. Mark Haskins is really good, but ROH is presenting Tracy Williams as the leader. Williams is not as good as Haskins or Bandido. David Finley getting hurt and Juice Robinson refusing to work with ROH has left them without a worth front man. A guy like Jay Lethal would be perfect for that role. PJ Black is certainly not the guy to be the leader. It’s a shame because Williams and Haskins have some good potential as a tag team.
Next week we get Kelly Klein vs. Karissa Rivera and Villain Enterprises vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad. I do not have expectations of having 3 weeks of incredible main events.