Here’s a preview of this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling:”
Brody King vs. Shane Taylor
This first-time one-on-one meeting between King and Taylor isn’t officially a No. 1 contender’s match, but it undoubtedly will have significant bearing on the ROH World Title picture.
Both behemoths have scored huge victories in recent weeks to strengthen their cases for a world title opportunity. King defeated former ROH World Champion Dalton Castle, and Taylor beat two-time former ROH World Television Champion Kenny King.
Brody King and Taylor have similar styles, as they’re both heavy hitters with agility that belies their size.
“I’d be lying if I say I didn’t see this coming,” Taylor said. “Me and Brody have been on a collision course since he got to Ring of Honor because we’re so similar. He’s coming off of one of the biggest wins of his career, beating a former world champion. But Brody, you’re stepping in the ring with Shane T., boy, the baddest champion you’ve ever seen boy.”
Brody King and Taylor have only been in the ring with each other once, but it was noteworthy. In a Four Corner Survival Match for the ROH World Television Championship last year, Taylor pinned King to win the title in a bout that also included then-champion Jeff Cobb and Hirooki Goto.
“Shane, you had a hell of a TV Title run, and that run started in a win over me in a four-way, but that was kind of a cheap win, wasn’t it?” King said. “Pro wrestling is all about receipts. And Shane, you’ve had one coming for a while.”
Pure Rules Match: Jay Lethal vs. Josh Woods
Lethal and Woods both won two matches in the ROH Pure Title Tournament before being eliminated in the block finals. Now they’ll face each other as they jockey for position in the Pure division.
They’ve only met one other time in singles competition. Lethal defeated Woods in the Survival of the Fittest tournament three years ago. However, Woods is a much more seasoned competitor today than he was in 2017, the year he won the Top Prospect Tournament.
Woods, who is one half of a successful tag team with Silas Young, established himself as a threat in singles competition by defeating accomplished veterans Kenny King and PJ Black in the Pure Title Tournament. A win over Lethal, “The Franchise of ROH,” would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Woods has the goods to beat anyone in the company.
Lethal is extra motivated to defeat Woods decisively after nearly being upset by LSG in a Pure Rules Match last week. The two-time former ROH World Champion escaped with a split-decision victory.
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