ROH Round-Up: Survival Of The Fittest Begins This Weekend, Tag Title Match Announced
It’s only Tuesday, but this week has already been quite eventful in the world of Ring of Honor.
This past weekend on ROH Wrestling, Violence Unlimited picked up a statement victory over The Foundation in an eight-man tag team match. When Brody King pinned former champion Jay Lethal, he made it clear that ROH’s newest faction is on the same level as The Foundation and La Faccion Ingobernable. Now that LFI’s suspension has been served, it’ll be interesting to see how ROH World Champion RUSH and his stablemates respond to this shifting dynamic. It’s also fair to wonder whether King will get another shot at RUSH’s title; after all, LFI cost King his match against RUSH at the Final Battle pay-per-view in December, and King should certainly be considered a strong contender at this point.
Plus, LSG defeated Joe Keys to earn the right to enter the rankings of his choice. The two young stars showcased their knowledge of each other, as they practically knew his opponent’s every move due to their shared experience at the ROH Dojo. In the end, LSG picked up the victory and chose to enter the Pure Division.
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Looking ahead to this weekend’s episode, a clash between former MexiSquad partners will kick off the Survival Of The Fittest Tournament. Flamita and Rey Horus will face off in a high-stakes match; the winner will go on to compete in the six-man elimination match to determine the winner of the tournament. Considering Flamita’s dastardly victory over Bandido several weeks ago, he has momentum on his side, but Horus should not be taken lightly, either. The former ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion pinned Dalton Castle in December and held his own with Dragon Lee shortly thereafter. A potential clash between either Flamita or Horus against RUSH could be one of the most exciting outcomes of the bracket.
This weekend, fans can also anticipate a heated Pure Rules match between Josh Woods and Silas Young. The former 2 Guys, 1 Tag partners have been engaged in a bitter rivalry since Young cost Woods his match with Castle at ROH 19th Anniversary. “The Last Real Man” cheated to beat Woods on ROH Wrestling last month, and this time around, “The Goods” will hope to both avenge that loss and prove that the student has become the master. With a win, Woods could clinch a shot at ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham, an opportunity he has been chasing since his impressive run in the Pure Championship Tournament.
On the newest episode of ROH Week By Week, Violence Unlimited gloated after their win over The Foundation, and Jay Lethal vs. Brody King was announced for ROH Best In The World. Plus, Shane Taylor officially welcomed O’Shay Edwards into Shane Taylor Promotions after he defeated Sledge.
Quinn McKay also announced that Dragon Lee and Kenny King will finally get the opportunity to challenge Rhett Titus and Tracy Williams for the ROH World Tag Team Championship in two weeks. The duo was suspended for the month of may along with the rest of LFI, but now they have the chance to regain the gold they lost at ROH 19th Anniversary.
In an updated look at the rankings, Fred Yehi is now the top contender in the Pure Division, so he might get a shot at the champion, Jonathan Gresham sooner rather than later. Rhett Titus (#2) and Josh Woods (#3) are firmly in the title picture too.
The return of the Survival Of The Fittest tournament has ROH fans buzzing; the winner will earn a shot at the ROH World Championship, and with a lineage that includes names like Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan), Tyler Black (Seth Rollins), and Adam Cole, the tournament could offer a preview of the company’s exciting future.
The bracket is as follows:
- Rey Horus vs. Flamita
- Eli Isom vs. Dak Draper
- Bandido vs. Bateman
- Brian Johnson vs. Sledge
- Chris Dickinson vs. O’Shay Edwards
- Danhausen vs. Rhett Titus
As previously mentioned, Horus and Flamita will kick off the competition this weekend. Then, on June 8, Sledge will face “The Mecca” Brian Johnson on ROH Week By Week.
On the newest edition of Women’s Division Wednesday, former Women of Honor Angelina Love defeated newcomer Mazzerati, who still earned a Ticket To Gold due to her impressive performance. Love seems like a favorite to win the upcoming ROH Women’s World Title Tournament, given her experience and her recent momentum. But as the field continues to develop with names like Allysin Kay, it feels like the bracket is up for the taking.
This week on Women’s Division Wednesday, Alex Gracia will face Willow, and both women will try to earn a Ticket To Gold.