Ring Of Honor's second to last special event of the year will see a main event between ROH World Champion Bandido and Flamita, as the two former Mexi-Squad partners clash in a No Disqualification non-title affair.
The show also features two championship matches - both of which are for separate Tag Team Titles. ROH World Tag Team Champions La Faccion Ingobernable (Dragon Lee & Kenny King) will defend their titles against the OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett), while The Briscoes will defend their recently-won GCW Tag Team Championships against GCW stars Effy & AJ Gray. This will be the first time that Gray, Effy, or any GCW Championship has appeared on Ring Of Honor programming.
The war between Violence and Pure is set to come to a end, as the leaders of their respective stables, Jonathan Gresham and Brody King, will collide in singles action.
In women's action, we'll see a four way bout between Quinn McKay, Holidead, Trish Adora, and Vita VonStarr.
A rematch from 2020's Pure Tournament will resurface as well, with Tracy Williams taking on Taylor Rust.
Our live coverage begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
The announce team of Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Coleman and Brian Johnson welcome the viewers to the show. They ran down the six match card and introduced the opening match.
Taylor Rust defeated Tracy Williams in a Pure Rules match
This was a great opening match that saw both guys come out looking strong.
Williams and Rust exchanged strong strikes in the beginning stages of the bout, with Williams gaining the upper hand. Williams targeted the arm of Rust and worked tirelessly to apply a cross arm breaker and once he cinched in the hold, Rust used a rope break and rolled out of the ring.
Once Rust recovered, Williams went right back and targeted the arm with a few stomps and holds — to which Rust never found a good way to counter it. There were a few instances where Rust got some offense in, but it wasn’t much as the match stretched into the eight minute mark.
Rust used another rope break to escape a Williams headlock, which gave him a second wind. Rust threw a few kicks and punches as the two positioned themself in the corner. Rust escaped an armbar on the ropes and applied his own armbar to Williams, who used his second rope break.
As the bout reached its final stage, Williams and Rust began throwing forearms and kicks in a back and forth exchange. Rust eventually took the fighting to the mat and applied a double hook stretchy, which made Williams verbally give up.
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Holidead defeated Vita VonStarr, Quinn McKay and Trish Adora
This match never really picked up a consistent pace, but saw all four women shine in their own way.
The match was contested under Lucha Rules.
Holidead and Adora started off the bout. Holidead tried to take Adora off her feet but was met with strong resistance. Once Holidead rolled out of the ring, the “legal” women began to change rapidly with VonStarr and McKay getting a good chunk of action in.
Holidead began to dominate McKay, slamming her into the turnbuckle multiple times and delivering a suplex. McKay hurt her shoulder at one point, to which Holidead followed up with a powerbomb. Adora came in after McKay rolled out, but was also planted with a powerbomb. Holidead tagged out to VonStarr, who began to trade forearms with Adora.
Adora got the upper-hand in that exchange, which led to McKay coming back in. McKay tried a monkey flip on Adora, but ran straight into a back breaker. The match broke down at this point, with all four women getting in the ring and hitting moves. McKay hit a gorilla press slam on VonStarr and almost scored a victory, but Holidead broke up the pin.
McKay lost her focus and dove onto Adora on the outside, which allowed Holidead to hit a underhook slam on VonStarr and pin her for the win.
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GCW World Tag Team Championship Match - The Briscoes defeated AJ Gray & Effy to retain the titles
This was a great weapon fest of a match, but was way too short for my liking.
Effy and Jay started the match and immediately started throwing haymakers. Jay got overwhelmed and tagged out to Mark, who made Effy tag out after a chop. The match spilled to the outside for a short amount of time, but got back in order once Gray suplexed Mark on a chair in the ring.
The weapons began to spill out as a table was introduced. The Briscoes started just throwing chairs at both of their opponents faces, before slamming Gray into a chair positioned in the corner. A table was set up in the ring by Jay, but Effy jumped off the top rope and hit a blockbuster neck breaker - which didn’t break the table surprisingly. The move resulted in a two count after the pin was broken by Mark.
Another table was set up on the outside, which Effy ended up on. Mark hit a froggy bow elbow drop to the outside onto Effy, while Jay hit a Jay-Driller on AJ Gray which resulted in a three count and a pin.
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Jonathan Gresham defeated Brody King
This was a really good match and told the "David vs. Goliath" story to a tee.
King immediately planted Gresham with a gonzo bomb and tried to end the match within seconds, but Gresham kicked out of the pin at the very last second. King took the match to the outside and began beating down Gresham and taunting him. King slammed Gresham into two ring posts, before setting up “The Octopus” against the barricade and throwing his entire body into him.
Gresham somehow recovered and found a way to slow down King, hitting him with multiple dives to the outside. King was almost counted out, but made it back at a nineteen count.
Gresham started capitalizing off of King’s mistakes, moving out of the way when King attempted a cannonball in the corner. King attempted a senton shortly after, but Gresham moved out of harms way at the last second. Gresham unleashed a fury of offense, including a series of rapid fire MMA-like strikes. After that, King was introduced to a running forearm from Gresham that essentially knocked out him out — as he was pinned shortly after.
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ROH World Tag Team Championship match - The OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) defeated LFI (Dragon Lee & Kenny King) to win the titles
Both teams had really good pre-match promos. Kenny King said that The Kingdom used to be just Matt Taven and Mike Bennett polishing Adam Cole's crotch, while Taven had some passionate words about wanting to win the tag titles and take them home forever.
This was a very story driven match with a lot of great action, and it tied up some loose story ends.
The legal man was kept fresh early on, with there being frequent tags between both teams. Taven dove onto both Lee and King on the outside before heading to the top rope. Taven went to attempt a spike piledriver with Bennett, but was shoved off the top at the last second.
Lee and King cut off the ring and isolated Taven. King saw most of the action, mostly resorting to submissions and wearing him down. After Taven eventually tagged out, Bennett and Lee had a fun exchange where they threw multiple forearms and German suplexes. When Lee got a chance to tag out, King planted Bennett with a powerbomb - but immediately ate a running knee strike from Taven which broke up a pin.
The match broke down and saw a lot of confusion about who the legal men were. All four men got to hit their finishers at one point, but nobody was able to capitalize. Amy Rose and Max The Impaler came to the ring and distracted King and Bestia Del Ring, which allowed Taven to roll King for the three count and the win.
After the match, Max speared King on the outside as the OGK celebrated.
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ROH World Champion Bandido defeated Flamita in a non-title no DQ match
This was a great way to close the current chapter of the Bandido/Flamita rivalry.
Flamita dominated Bandido from the start, keeping him down in the corner and using a chair to keep the advantage. Flamita specifically targeted the knee of his former partner, but that was a non factor when Bandido snatched back control after hitting a fosbury flop to the outside.
Bandido set a table up on the outside and rolled Flamita back in. Flamita superkicked Bandido and went to the top rope, but flipped off the camera and hopped down. The energy began to drain from both competitors after a spanish fly, but they both managed to roll to the outside and keep the match going.
Bandido tried to put Flamita through the table with a back drop bomb, but the table refused to break. Bandido rolled Flamita back in the ring and had a standoff before the action began to pick up speed again.
In the closing stage of the match, Flamita low blowed Bandido and rolled up him - but the “Most Wanted” was able to kick out. Bandido then positioned Flamita in the corner and went for a 21-Plex but when he got to the springboard part of the move, he low-blowed Flamita and completed the move - which resulted in the three count and the win.
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This "pit-stop" show before Final Battle was an enjoyable watch that hosted six different matches and kept things short and sweet, clocking in at two hours on the dot.
The appearance of AJ Gray and Effy was surreal, given that ROH hasn't participated in any of the "forbidden door" stuff. Although their match with The Briscoes was shorter than I would have liked, I enjoyed it for what it was.
The OGK winning the tag belts at the hands of an Amy Rose distraction was a cool way to tie up that story - which has been left untouched for a while.
Brody King vs. Jonathan Gresham was just a fantastic match, with an always interesting "David vs. Goliath" story.
Every other match on the card was at least good, which made the entire show a good watch overall.