BALTIMORE — Jonathan Gresham moved one step closer to achieving his dream of winning the ROH World Title by taking down a huge obstacle in his path.
Despite giving up a foot in height and nearly 100 pounds in weight, Gresham defeated Brody King at Honor For All, an HonorClub exclusive, on Sunday night.
Gresham entered the match as the No. 3 contender in the ROH World Title division, but he’ll surely move up after knocking off King, who came in ranked No. 1.
Speaking of the ROH World Title, champion Bandido prevailed over former friend Demonic Flamita in a no-disqualification non-title match.
In the lone title change on the show, The OGK (Matt Taven and Mike Bennett) defeated La Faccion Ingobernbable’s Dragon Lee and Kenny King to become ROH World Tag Team champions for the first time since 2015.
Here are the complete results from Honor For All:
Taylor Rust defeated Tracy Williams in a Pure Rules Match
This was a rematch from last year’s Pure Title Tournament, when Williams defeated Rust in the first round. Rust said one of the main reasons he returned to ROH a couple months ago was to face Williams again.
Rust, who used all three of his rope breaks, caught Williams in a Goya Lock, but Williams used his second rope break. Rust applied the hold again, and the former ROH World Television champion submitted.
Holidead defeated Vita VonStarr, Quinn McKay and Trish Adora in a Four-Way Match
It was announced before the match that the winner would receive a shot at the ROH Women’s World Title on Ring of Honor Wrestling on Christmas weekend.
After McKay dove onto Adora on the floor, which took them both out, VonStarr went for a splash on Holidead from a headstand on the top turnbuckle, but Holidead moved out of the way and VonStarr landed hard on the mat. Holidead followed with a double underhook into a face-first slam for the victory.
It was a breakthrough win for Holidead, who had been 0-5 in singles competition in ROH.
GCW Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe defeated Effy & AJ Gray
Game Changer Wrestling regulars Effy and Gray were looking to win back the promotion’s tag belts from the Briscoes, who defeated Effy and Gray’s stablemates in Second Gear Crew — Mance Warner and Matthew Justice — for the title last month.
Since this match was sanctioned by Game Changer Wrestling, which has relaxed rules, this was a violent confrontation right from the opening bell.
Effy appeared to have the match won for his team after hitting a blockbuster on Jay Briscoe on a table, but Mark Briscoe made the save. Shortly thereafter, Mark Briscoe put Effy through a table with Froggy Bow outside the ring, and Jay Briscoe hit the Jay Driller on Gray for the win.
Jonathan Gresham defeated Brody King
King nearly ended the match in the opening seconds, as he planted Gresham with a Gonzo Bomb and made a cover, but Gresham managed to grab the bottom rope just in time.
King took the match outside the ring and continued to brutalize Gresham, but he made a costly mistake when Gresham ducked a chop and King hit the ring post hard with his right hand. Gresham targeted the injured hand after that.
King, using one arm because of his injured hand, hit another Gonzo Bomb, but Gresham kicked out at two.
Gresham stunned King with a flurry of strikes to the face and neck, and then wore the big man down further with a sleeper hold. Gresham followed with a running forearm to the back of the head that KO’d King, and Gresham covered him for the three count.
The OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) defeated ROH World Tag Team Champions Dragon Lee & Kenny King (w/Bestia del Ring) of La Faccion Ingobernable to win the title
Lee and King isolated Taven early in the match, and Bestia got in some cheap shots behind the referee’s back. Later, Taven hit Climax on Lee, but Bestia jumped up on the apron to distract the referee.
That brought out former LFI manager Amy Rose and her client Max The Impaler. While Max kept Bestia at bay, OGK hit the Proton Pack on Lee for the victory.
After the match, King yelled at Rose, but Max speared him. Rose had been waiting to exact revenge on her ex-associates since the 19th Anniversary show in March, when Bestia speared her and LFI fired her.
ROH World Champion Bandido defeated Demonic Flamita in a No-Disqualification Non-Title Match
This was the culmination of a bitter feud that began in March when Flamita turned his back on his MexiSquad teammates Bandido and Rey Horus after the trio lost the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title.
When Bandido and Flamita squared off a month later, Flamita used a low blow to steal the victory. In June, Flamita power-bombed Bandido through a table and assaulted him with a chair after Bandido eliminated him in the Survival of the Fittest final.
The former friends pulled out all the stops in this one, including Flamita hitting a 450 Splash off the apron onto Bandido on the floor.
Flamita hit a low blow and rolled up Bandido, but the champion kicked out. Bandido hit a low blow of his own, followed by a German Suplex for the victory.
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