How did it come to this for 2 males who had been shut pals for 12 years? Right here’s a timeline of a number of the key moments of their blood feud:
Nov. 2, 2019: In some of the surprising and heinous acts in ROH historical past, Vincent ambushed Taven and sliced open his brow with an axe at The Expertise. Within the moments previous the assault, Taven discovered fellow Kingdom members Vincent and TK O’Ryan laid out backstage. It was the second time in 5 weeks that Vincent and O’Ryan had been sneak-attacked — or so it appeared. It will quickly be revealed as a ruse orchestrated by Vincent, who had attacked O’Ryan after which laid down subsequent to him.
Taven stormed to the ring and demanded the unknown assailant or assailants reveal themselves. Immediately, the lights went out and a highlight blinded Taven. Vincent then appeared behind Taven and chop-blocked him. He proceeded to nail Taven within the aspect of the top together with his axe earlier than raking the bit finish of the weapon throughout Taven’s brow. In maybe the twisted Vincent’s most disgusting show but, he really tasted Taven’s blood and drew a “V” on his personal brow with the blood.
Vincent later stated he attacked Taven as a result of he was uninterested in him hogging the highlight.
Dec. 13, 2019: Vincent scored a clear victory over Taven at ROH’s largest present of the yr, Closing Battle. After the match, Righteous follower Bateman attacked Taven and planted him with It is a Kill (tombstone piledriver). Vincent then introduced in a wooden block, positioned it between Taven’s ft and smashed his already injured proper ankle with a metal chair.
June 11, 2020: Vincent entered Taven’s dwelling and assaulted him whereas he was taking part in a Fb Stay Q&A. Vincent focused Taven’s surgically repaired proper ankle.
Oct. 10, 2020: Whereas Vincent stood within the ring and delivered his message, Taven made his first look for the reason that dwelling invasion and attacked him. Taven went after Vincent’s eye, after which ripped off the canvas to show the wooden. He hit Climax on Vincent on the wooden. Taven put Vincent on a desk exterior the ring and hit a frog splash that despatched Vincent via the desk. Taven instructed Vincent that is only the start.
Oct. 24, 2020: A grudge match between Taven and Vincent by no means formally bought began. Vincent jumped Taven from behind as Taven made his entrance. Vincent hit Orange Sunshine off the ring publish, sending Taven face-first to the ground. Vincent pulled out a purple ladder from beneath the ring, the identical ladder Taven climbed to win the ROH World Title at Madison Sq. Backyard in 2019. Vincent hit a senton off the ladder to place Taven via the desk.
Dec. 18, 2020: Taven’s finest pal, Mike Bennett, returned to ROH after a five-year absence to battle alongside Taven in his warfare towards Vincent and The Righteous. At Closing Battle, The OGK (Taven and Bennett) defeated The Righteous (Vincent and Bateman).
As Taven and Bennett celebrated their hard-fought victory, The Righteous’ Vita VonStarr got here up from behind and delivered a low blow to each of them. Vincent hit Orange Sunshine on Taven, and Bateman tackled Bennett. Vincent used zip ties to lure Taven within the ropes, and VonStarr used her legs to choke Taven. With Taven being pressured to observe, Vincent positioned a wooden block between Bennett’s ft and slammed a metal chair on his proper ankle, recreating the scene from a yr in the past when he did the identical factor to Taven.
Jan. 30, 2021: After The OGK defeated The Bouncers, the 2 groups have been about to do the post-match toast of honor. Nonetheless, Vincent got here out to the stage and used his powers of persuasion to speak Bruiser into smashing a beer bottle over Taven’s head.
Feb. 20, 2021: After Bennett defeated Bateman in a singles match, Taven hit the ring and attacked Bateman. Taven and Bennett bought a wooden block and positioned it between Bateman’s ankles. Taven grabbed a metal chair and vowed to injure Bateman’s ankle in the identical method by which Bateman and Vincent injured him and Bennett except Vincent agreed to face him in a match. Vincent appeared on the video display and stated he wouldn’t give Taven what he desires. Taven smashed the chair on Bateman’s ankle.
March 26, 2021: Vincent invited Taven to satisfy him at PAL Corridor in Fall River, Mass. — the constructing the place they minimize their enamel in professional wrestling over a decade in the past — to battle it out in an unsanctioned match. They stomped one another throughout their outdated stomping grounds, ferociously combating on a number of ranges of the historic constructing. As they exchanged blows whereas perched on a balcony, a big man in overalls got here up behind them and knocked them off the balcony. Taven and Vincent crashed via a desk beneath. The thriller man, who would later be revealed as Dutch, the latest member of The Righteous, picked up Vincent and carried him out.
Might 22, 2021: Previous to The OKG’s title match towards ROH World Tag Crew Champions Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus, The Righteous attacked Taven backstage and injured his proper ankle. Taven fought via the ache and competed within the match, however he and Bennett finally got here out on the shedding finish. After the match, Vincent appeared on the video display and taunted Taven.
June 26, 2021: Throughout a match between Taven and Dutch, Vincent got here out to the stage carrying Taven’s purple go well with. He mockingly clapped for Taven. Taven tried to get to Vincent, however he was minimize off by Bateman. Bateman and VonStarr attacked Taven. Bennett got here out and jumped on Bateman, whereas Dutch joined VonStarr in beating on Taven.Vincent taunted Taven and appeared to be having fun with the chaos, however he didn’t get bodily concerned.
July 11, 2021: In a particular Trending With Taven section at Finest within the World, Taven stated he would go away ROH if Vincent faces him in a single last match. Vincent stated he doesn’t wish to eliminate Taven as a result of that may take all of the enjoyable out of issues. Vincent stated he desires Taven to place his ROH World Title shot on the road. Taven agreed to the stipulation. Vincent additionally made the suggestion for the match to be contested inside a metal cage.
After the match was official, Taven nailed Vincent within the head with a desk. Bateman, Dutch and Von Starr got here to Vincent’s rescue. Taven briefly held his personal earlier than succumbing to the numbers recreation. Bateman and Dutch lawn-darted Taven into the Trending With Taven signal and thru the ropes to the ground.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and in addition a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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