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By James Bullock Jun 27, 2018 - 12:07 AM print

Welcome to another edition of The ROHbot Report – the only article you need for all the Ring of Honor news you have to know. ROH is returning Baltimore for its second biggest event of the year, “Best in the World”. Lets find out what the men & women of ROH (as well as New Japan) have in store for everyone watching from around the globe.

Best in the World Preview; June 29th, 2018; Baltimore, MD

ROH World Championship (Triple Threat match): Dalton Castle defends against Cody and Marty Scurll
2016’s “Reach for the Sky” tour was historic for ROH for a variety of reasons including the ROH in-ring debut of Marty Scurll. Standing across the ring from “The Villain” was none other than one of ROH’s most charismatic grapplers of all time in Dalton Castle. Though Scurll was tested on that night, it wasn’t enough for Castle to pull out the victory and spoil what would become a groundbreaking weekend for Scurll as he’d parlay the win into a Television Championship reign only two nights later. Though it seemed inevitable their paths would cross again sooner than later, but later occurred before sooner thanks to the events of “War of the Worlds” in May where the TV title scene was shaken up by Kushida defeating Scurll for the title only two nights after Castle won a Four Corner Survival on pay-per-view in a match that featured the future TV champ. Three months after “The Villain” failed to retain the TV title, Kushida defended his championship in a match that also included Scurll, Castle and Hiromu Takahashi. While “The Peacock” and Scurll physically interacted during the show, it wasn’t until the next night in Edinburgh when things got personal as Castle answering Cody open challenge for a future World title shot drew not only the champ’s ire, but the entire The Bullet Club’s – leading to an attack on Castle that put Dalton out of action for the past two months.
The “Peacock” returned with his focus being on dethroning Cody as the ROH World champion. In hopes of stopping Castle’s intent before it could even begin, Scurll stepped up and attempted to put Dalton down. The night was not Scurll’s, putting their budding rivalry at 1-1. So it only made sense that when Castle did become the ROH World champion, Marty Scurll took his chance to campaign for a title shot – an opportunity at a championship that he never fought for during his entire time in ROH thus far. Scurll had his chance at “Supercard of Honor XII”, coming up short. Cody, on the other hand, had lost his focus on regaining the World title as The Bullet Club began to implode; causing problems between “The American Nightmare” and Kenny Omega that trickled down and affected Cody’s relationships with various members of the faction including Scurll shortly after “The Villain” pulled off the statistically impossible and pinned Castle to win the “Defy or Deny” match at “Masters of the Craft” to earn a future title shot. Though he had a championship rematch in his figurative back pocket, Cody took pride in the idea of proving his superiority over Castle in non-title competition. Cody accomplished his goal of defeating Castle before the inevitable big one during a big tag team elimination match; giving both Cody and Scurll validation in their respective claims that they are next in line for the gold.
Instead of taking them down one-by-one like he did before winning the World title, Castle looks to kill two birds with one stone. But there’s a huge variable coming into this match compared to Castle’s previous defenses: injuries aplenty. Dalton is suffering from multiple injuries that have not only hampered his abilities, but also put him out of action. While The Bullet Club members aren’t on the best of terms, the fact remains they can pick Castle apart if they want before deciding who is the best between the two. “Best in the World” was monumental for Cody last year as he won the ROH World title at that event. Scurll has been on nothing short of a roll in both ROH and New Japan. Castle has fought through his pain to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. There’s a chance Castle could walk out still the World champion, but there’s a better guarantee that a new World champion will be crowned in Baltimore.

ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Briscoes defend against Young Bucks
They are considered one of, if not the best tag teams in the world; garnering one of the most prestigious contracts in ROH history since the company’s formation – The Young Bucks. But during their rise to the top of wrestling’s international tag team scene, Matt & Nick Jackson have struggled against the baddest team to ever step foot in a ROH ring, The Briscoes. Over the past eight years these two teams have tangled in Ring of Honor, usually resulting in Dem Boys having their hands raised in victory. But that perception of the better team between them changed at “Final Battle 2016” where Matt & Nick Jackson super kicked Mark & Jay Briscoe into oblivion to retain the ROH World Tag Team title. The Briscoes moved on to challenge and win the Six-Man gold before returning to a old way of thinking that resulted in them destroying Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer and winning their record-breaking ninth ROH World Tag Team title reign.
It didn’t take long after The Briscoes regained the gold that The Bucks came after them; resulting in a barbaric match on ROH TV that saw The Bucks win via disqualification after being assaulted with chairs. The Briscoes’ actions didn’t hinder The Bucks’ mentality in wanting to beat The Briscoes for the title; sending a message to Jay & Mark in Doncaster when the future challengers won a Four Corner Survival match that featured the champions. Knowing how far The Briscoes will go to retain their title, the Bucks will most likely come in ready for war unlike anything seen from them in ROH; but not an environment unfamiliar to The Bullet Club members. The Briscoes have dominated the competition since winning their title back, but that streak could definitely end here in another fantastic match from these two duos.

ROH World Television Championship: Punishment Martinez defends against Adam Page
“Hangman” Page took a somewhat similar path in comparison to Martinez’s by working his way up the ROH card as a top prospect before aligning himself with BJ Whitmer. A vicious streak was awakened in Page thanks to his time working alongside Whitmer; resulting in Page not only attacking his mentor, but also defeating him. While Page became a member of The Bullet Club as the faction’s enforcer, Martinez went from supernatural big man supported by Whitmer & Kevin Sullivan to an impressive physical specimen who is primed to become a future ROH World champion. Martinez has also been making waves in New Japan thanks to his performances both across the Pacific and against New Japan stars in a ROH ring. One night removed from Punishment Martinez failing to defeat Cody, ROH’s “Creeper of Violence” was scheduled to battle Page. Instead, Martinez attacked “Hangman” before the match could begin and choke slammed him through a table to cause a no contest. A chance for fans to see what was supposed to happen in Florida was also scheduled during ROH’s “War of the Worlds” tour. In Toronto Page intervened in Martinez’s IWGP United States title match, only for Martinez to give Page a taste of his own medicine when “Hangman” challenged for the TV title. It seemed they’d be able to work out their problems in Royal Oak, but Page took it upon himself to beat Martinez down with a chair to leave the arena not a winner officially, but definitely a victor in this battle.
Something big happened shortly after this match was originally announced, Martinez became the new ROH TV champion by defeating Silas Young in an Instant Reward Proving Ground match; making this bout for the gold in the process. Last summer season saw both Page and Martinez engage in barbaric feuds and matches including Strap matches and Las Vegas Street Fights – they obviously thrive in those environments without rules other than a winner being declared by pin fall, submission or knockout. This match will not only establish the superior between the two, but could also see the crowning of a new TV champion or Martinez establishing himself as one of the best in the world without the vehement fan base telling the world. Though “Hangman” will have the same size disadvantage as Cody, expect Page to take the fight to the big man rather than hit & run as this hard-hitting encounter could go either way.

The Kingdom defends against Los Ingobernables de Japon’s SANADA, BUSHI & EVIL
The Kingdom entered last year’s “War of the Worlds” tour not at full strength due to an injury that put TK O’Ryan out of action. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia attempted to carry the load, but found themselves overwhelmed when entering the ring with a pair of men not only ungovernable, but also a well-oiled machine as a tag team in BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito. Over the next year things started looking up for The Kingdom as they rallied against ROH management while crying conspiracy until they entered Lowell for the beginning of this year’s “War of the Worlds” tour. In their hometown areas, The Kingdom defeated SoCal Uncensored to become the first two-time Six-Man Tag Team champions in ROH history. Now The Kingdom has a chance to avenge their loss from over a year ago in grand fashion. But just like last year, The Kingdom takes on a group of men who are just as united as they are as BUSHI, SANADA & EVIL have succeeded in trios action to the point they’ve dominated the NEVER Openweight Six-Man division and become the division’s longest reigning champions to date. This will be a wild match considering both teams have a tendency of breaking the rules in an effort to win while possessing indomitable skill that undoubtedly make this a highly memorable bout with or without a title change.

Jay Lethal vs. Kushida
2017 wasn’t the kindest to Kushida leading up to “War of the Worlds: Toronto”. The former multi-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight champion failed to reclaim his status as the division’s premier star while still being involved in memorable matches against a variety of opponents including the former Kamaitachi. But in 2014, Kushida was on top of the world with the hope of becoming a dual champion in both his home promotion of New Japan and Ring of Honor after having one successful ROH match the year prior – giving him the belief that he could win ROH gold while being the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight champion. At the time, Jay Lethal was just beginning his second reign as Television champion and found himself standing across the ring from Kushida during the inaugural “War of the Worlds” show. The two nearly stole the show early, with Lethal squeaking out a victory in New York. Three years after their first in-ring encounter, Kushida and Lethal locked horns again in a match that arguably stole the show with Kushida pulling out the huge victory. Lethal has declared he wants to get his career on track by defeating everyone who beat him over the past year. Lethal has a grand chance coming off of a rough Best of Super Juniors tournament. They had a must-see match last year and this one should be no different with the chance of a ROH and even IWGP title contender being established in one victory.

Women of Honor champion Sumie Sakai, Tenille Dashwood, Jenny Rose & Mayu Iwatani vs. Kelly Klein & Oedo Tai (Kagetsu, Hazuki & Hana Kimura)
Sumie Sakai had an arduous task en route to becoming the first Women of Honor champion as the tournament’s dark horse had to defeat two of STARDOM’s best before returning to stateside where international star Tenille Dashwood awaited. In arguably the most surprising result in the tournament, Sakai defeated Dashwood before overcoming Kelly Klein to pin “The Gatekeeper” for the first time in a ROH ring. Since then people have been wondering when Sakai’s past opponents will get their respective shots at the champ. Oedo Tai have been stewing for revenge against Sakai and Mayu Iwatani – the latter being responsible for Hazuki being eliminated from the WOH Championship tournament and a long-time rival of the faction while Sumie overcame Kagetsu & Hana. While Team Klein & Oedo Tai is bonded by revenge, their opposing team is bonded by potential; potential opportunities at capturing the Women of Honor title from their own teammate. Jenny Rose recently stepped up, challenged Sakai and came up short in dethroning the champ. Dashwood, though successfully teaming with Sumie as of late, is still gunning for that elusive title shot. And then there’s Mayu Iwatani, one of the best to ever step foot inside a STARDOM ring and someone who has add more gold to her list of accolades. Though they might be able to work together there’s a great chance Team Sakai could implode due to aspirations outside of tag team action in the first Women of Honor match on ROH PPV in years.

Austin Aries vs. Kenny King
Austin Aries has done utterly remarkable things in his career. Aries has conquered the insurmountable, ruled one of the most revolutionary factions in modern wrestling history, gained worldwide recognition for his talents, attained the ROH World Championship on two occasion while becoming the first man to do so, and has collected multiple titles that he now simultaneously holds; but Aries hasn’t done everything. Arriving on the stage during ROH’s “16th Anniversary”, Aries reminded everyone watching that though he has numerous titles to his name, he’s never won the ROH World Television Championship. At the time, “A-Double’s” protégé & former ally Kenny King held the gold. Between ROH’s “16th Anniversary” and “Supercard of Honor XII”, Silas Young gained another opportunity to regain the TV title; using every tactic in his arsenal including Beer City Bruiser to become the fourth man in ROH history to hold the TV title twice. The stage was set for Aries’ in-ring return to come at the expense of Young in their first battle in almost a decade. But just like King, BCB appeared to be ready to help Young to another victory. Refusing to let his former mentor be robbed of a win just like he was, King took action and attacked both Bruiser and Young en route to helping Aries win the big one yet again … or so everyone thought.
With senior referee Todd Sinclair convincing the original official to reverse the decision due to King’s interference, Aries’ title win was no more and he rightfully had everyone to blame including King. Kicking Kenny in the groin & cinching King in the Last Chancery, Austin left the ring with one less title than expected and one less friend. King, since 2009, has been in the shadow of “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” even though Kenny has found himself a champion in the same promotions as Aries during his time in and away from ROH. This is a magnificent opportunity for King to not only gain a measure of revenge for Aries’ actions in “The Windy City”, but also reestablish him as a ROH title contender. Aries needs to attain the ROH TV title to prove himself as the best ever; and having to go through someone he’s sided with in the past isn’t something unusual for the former World champion. This has all the makings of being a fantastic bout where things might get a little more intense and brawling oriented than one would’ve expected if this bout happened a month or two ago.

Flip Gordon vs. Bully Ray
“Supercard of Honor XII” proved to be a turning point in the career of Bully Ray. The ROH Enforcer Ray decided to join Cheeseburger in the ring some four months after the multi-time Tag Team champion left his boots in the ring to signify his retirement from active competition. But in New Orleans, Ray was put in a position where he had to give the fans what they paid for as Cheeseburger was scheduled to wrestle, but had no partner. Ray stepped up and aligned himself with Cheeseburger for one night only. It seemed everything was going well until Bully snapped and attacked the most famous ROH Dojo graduate. Ray, grabbing the microphone, explained how disappointed he was with this current generation of wrestling – a group of people he believes think they deserve to be on major cards & events even when things don’t go their way; individuals who would ask for help from veterans and take sole credit for their own success. Proclaiming himself as better than anyone in ROH & watching from behind the barricades because he’s a WWE Hall of Famer, Ray went on a rampage of attacking people obviously smaller & weaker than him while proclaiming himself as a vindicator. Men like Cheeseburger, Façade & Eli Isom felt Ray’s wrath, yet there was one man he named that Ray refused to confront after that faithful night in New Orleans: Flip Gordon.
Ironically, before Ray changed his tune in regards to wrestlers like Flip, Bully praised Gordon for being old school in nature; taking ribs & abuse from The Bullet Club in stride while standing up for himself without crying about an injustice being done to him. Now Gordon stands up again, but not in defense of his own pride, but the pride of an entire generation looking to leave their mark on wrestling just like Ray did over a decade ago by solidifying himself as one of the greatest tag team competitors in history as well as someone who could attain success on his own. This will be a huge opportunity for Gordon to prove himself as not only a bastion of hope for his generation against vindictive veterans, but also reestablish him as a title contender in singles action by defeating a bona fide legend. Bully is absolutely ruthless as seen on ROH TV where he used a personal story involving his deceased parents to lower Flip’s guard before kicking him in the groin; having no issues losing by disqualification or count-out if it means hurting his opposition as seen during his feud with Cheeseburger. Gordon will have to hit & move, keeping the pressure up if he wants to win. If Ray shuts down his offense quickly it could mean the end of Flip’s night and maybe the realizing to many that Bully is actually right about this generation of wrestlers.

Fairfax Excellence TV Taping Preview; June 30th, 2018; Fairfax, VA

Women of Honor Championship: Sumie Sakai defends against Hazuki

As noted by ROH when announcing this match, Oedo Tai’s Hazuki comes into this bout with not only youth on her side, but also a new attitude stemming from her loss in the inaugural Women of Honor Championship tournament where she lost to Mayu Iwatani in the first round. Showing a more vicious streak has allowed Hazuki to find success in her home promotion of STARDOM, but the former HZK has also grown familiar to gold before she failed to earn her first singles title. As a part of Oedo Tai, Hazuki has earned four Artist of STARDOM Six-Woman title reigns to her name topped by some incredibly impressive performances against some the best STARDOM has & had to offer. Sumie Sakai, a veteran of the mat game, was once the rookie looking to set the world on fire with her performances & victories, but times were very different for women wrestlers. By continuously honing her craft and never refusing to stop, Sakai became the first Women of Honor champion while tagged as the tournament’s darkhorse. This will be a major test for both women as Sakai will have to overcome an age disparity while HZK must prove herself as a competitor who can achieve fame with or without her partners in crime in what should be a fast-paced, hard-hitting affair where the title change may not be too likely.

The Hung Bucks vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI)

They are two of most prominent factions in not only New Japan, but also the entire world as both groups have accomplished so much in a relatively short period of time including multiple title victories in both ROH and New Japan. No better example of the championship-level teams involved here is the fact LIJ’s BUSHI, SANADA & EVIL are the longest NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag team champions. But when it comes to two-on-two competition The Young Bucks are hard to be considered as anything other than the best. Matt & Nick Jackson proved themselves as the better team against EVIL & SANADA as they dethroned the latter to win their first IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. The Bullet Club also enters this match with a big win over the faction in ten-man tag action as seen recently on ROH TV. Depending on what happens at “Best in the World”, Adam Page could be the worst for wear while The Bucks enter a ROH ring once against with two sets of titles in their possession. This could be a great chance for The Bullet Club to assert their dominance over LIJ like never before, or the ungovernables may establish themselves as top contenders in both ROH and New Japan in what should be a fantastic match.

Kushida vs. Jonathan Gresham
Jonathan Gresham has found himself on the losing end of several matches this year, but every time “The Octopus” enters a ring he impresses to the point people consider him just one win & performance away from breaking through the pack. Someone who is incredibly familiar with overcoming the odds to reach his potential & become one of the biggest stars of New Japan is Kushida. “The Time Splitter” is nothing short of a wrestling genius; a man who can grapple, fly, brawl all with the heart of someone who will never say die. This isn’t about some elaborate build or hatred, but two incredibly talented wrestlers clashing for the first time just like the days of old in Ring of Honor.

Women of Honor Championship #1 Contender match: Tenille Dashwood vs. Madison Rayne vs. Kelly Klein vs. Karen Q
While Hazuki will be challenging for all the Women of Honor marbles in Fairfax, four women who have found great success in promotions such as Impact Wrestling, STARDOM, and, of course, Ring of Honor, will hope to do what the former HZK has in mind for this TV taping by dethroning the Women of Honor champion. In one corner will stand Kelly Klein – “The Gatekeeper” is someone who not only went undefeated in ROH for a majority of her tenure, but also made it to the finals of the inaugural Women of Honor Championship tournament before succumbing to the talents of eventual winner Sumie Sakai. Ironically enough in regards to both Klein & success in ROH is Karen Q. With the help of Deonna Purrazzo, Q’s first official WOH match saw her defeat Klein by count-out. Q’s winning ways against Klein in multi-person matches allowed Karen to establish herself as a potential title contender whenever a championship was instituted. Someone who is incredibly familiar with championship glory is Madison Rayne. Not only has Rayne found success as a tag team competitor by becoming one-half of the first SHIMMER Tag Team champions, but also has an Impact Knockouts title reign to her name. With this victory Rayne could become a dual champion if she can regain the KO title and attain the Women of Honor Championship before the summer’s end. Last, but certainly not least is Tenille Dashwood. Dashwood entered ROH with international acclaim, yet hasn’t been able to win that big one just yet. That could all change for Tenille here as she proves it’s all about her en route to winning the Women of Honor title. Pretty much every woman involved in this one has a great chance of pulling out the victory and becoming the next contender in line for whoever is the WOH champion after ROH leaves Fairfax.

Oedo Tai (Kagetsu & Hana Kimura) vs. Mayu Iwatani & Jenny Rose
For the first time in ROH history, the World of STARDOM champion will enter a ROH ring to do battle. Kagetsu, fresh off her title win over Toni Storm, returns to ROH action alongside her tag team partner Hana Kimura with the intent of bring the same type of chemistry that made them champions in STARDOM. But someone who too has a lot of knowledge with succeeding against one-half of the Goddess of STARDOM Tag Team champs and one of the greatest to ever step into a STARDOM ring, Mayu Iwatani. By Iwatani’s side will be the ROH Dojo graduate and a woman who has made her name famous in wrestling by finding a home in STARDOM, Jenny Rose. It was during the Women of Honor Championship tournament where Kagetsu and Rose clashed with the latter coming up short, but only after pushing the future top champion in STARDOM to the limit. Iwatani requested Rose as her partner for the evening and it should be a great decision as fans will definitely will be impressed by the high level of talent each woman possesses and how this could easily establish a future contender in both ROH and STARDOM with the latter going across both singles and tag team divisions.

Ring of Honor will hold their annual ROH Death Before Dishonor event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on September 28th & 29th.

For those who may want to automatically correct this news, yes, ROH has run the Orleans Arena in the past with the company’s “13th Anniversary” pay-per-view that featured the return of Samoa Joe. But on that night ROH ran inside the ballroom of the Orleans Arena that drew over 1000 fans. Instead, ROH will hold its annual fall classic inside the actual arena that can house upwards of 9000 people – automatically making it the most attended event in ROH history if it can fill ¾ of that 9000. What will it take to pull 7000-plus – a few great builds, a must-see main event, and maybe some imports from New Japan and/or CMLL.

PWInsider conducted an interview with Joe Koff and asked about the MSG date. Koff responded with, “You know, I’m going to tell you Mike because you are asking. I’m not going to discuss beyond this statement because I am not going to litigate this in the press. We had a deal with [Madison Square] Garden and they then told us they were backing out after communications from the WWE. We are not able to get any other dates in any kind of discussion.

For every piece of good news there’s always a little bit of bad – this is a prime example of that belief as ROH seemed to be on the verge of something big almost eleven years after its highly anticipated debut in the Hammerstein Ballroom. ROH’s debut in MSG would’ve been a great test to see, even in a thriving market for the company, and whether or not they could do the seemingly impossible no matter what portion of the building the show emanated. unfortunately we may never find out if ROH could pull it off. Word is moving throughout the wrestling community that Sinclair Broadcast Group may take legal action, but without pen to paper there’s probably nothing SBG can get from a legal battle with the management of MSG (and, to a certain extent, WWE). Maybe something will change in the near future regarding this once budding relationship and ROH will test its status by running in the Garden.

Now lets find out what happened this week on ROH TV.

Last week: The Bullet Club got one over Los Ingobernables de Japon, avenging their loss to the fact from last year.

ROH TV Episode 353
New York, NY

The ROH World champion entered the ring with his Boys, but not dressed to wrestle as the fans chanted his name. Dalton Castle reminded everyone his reign began right here and started a streak of grueling title defenses including his upcoming match with Cody and Marty Scurll. With no fear of odds & holding a pretzel, Castle proclaimed he had a metaphor in mind … before admitting he doesn’t know what a metaphor is; but does know that he will drop opponents on their heads to retain his title. Declaring that in Baltimore he’ll fight with love and keep his championship for a long time.

Jay Lethal was in the promo area to state that his intentions of regaining the ROH World title begins with him defeating everyone who has pinned in him the past year; avenging losses to Mark Briscoe, Punishment Martinez, and, tonight, Chuckie T – the latter pinning Lethal in a shocking upset in a Triple Threat match during the “War of the Worlds" tour in May.

Jay Lethal vs. Chuckie T.
Excited was Lethal during the picture-in-picture promo where he promised to not miss out on his first opportunity to defeat Chuckie T. in singles competition. Following the Code of Honor, the two grapplers attempted to work with the wristlock to gain an early advantage. The fans were split down the middle in support of both men as Chuckie showed off the guns following a successful shoulder block. Chuckie's hip toss sent Lethal to the floor temporarily, leading to the former World champion attempting to fly. Pulling a page out of Samoa Joe’s playbook, Chuckie simply sidestepped his opponent to set up the octopus. When he relinquished the submission, Chuckie went for a moonsault. Lethal moved at the last second, posing to the crowd while remarking he was one-step ahead of Chuckie; not realizing T. was still on his feet until he felt a dropkick prior to the commercial break.
Reversing an Irish whip, Jay connected with Lethal Combination II to send Chuckie scurrying. The trio of topes succeeded for the former World champion, almost sending Chuckie into the crowd with the last highflying maneuver. A big backbreaker gave Lethal a two count. Going for an Irish whip, Lethal was yanked into Sole Food. Rather than go for the pin, T. let Lethal back up to continue the assault. Both men were thinking belly to back suplexes when both flipped out and threw clotheslines for a double down. Chuckie got up swinging for the fences, ducking a springboard dropkick counter before attempting a plancha when Lethal left the ring. Chuckie flew right into an ace crusher to a big ovation following the loud groan from the fans. Lethal was perfectly fine with a count-out victory, only for Chuckie to reenter right at the nineteen second mark. Countering the figure four leg lock didn’t save Chuckie as he ran into a super kick for another two count. Lethal was signaling for Hail to the King, but took too much time setting up the dive. Chuckie avoided the attack, but not the enzuguri after blocking the Lethal Combination. Mule kick stopped Lethal, stunning him long enough for T. to pull off a stump piledriver … that gave Chuckie a near fall!
T.’s Awful Waffle didn’t work, leaving Chuckie wide open for the Lethal Injection and the subsequent three count.

Footage from ROH TV two weeks ago aired that saw Bully Ray trick Flip Gordon into believing the hatchet had been buried before kicking Gordon between the goal posts.

A “Best in the World” card run-down featured promos from Kenny King promising to put Austin Aries in his place, “young boy” Flip Gordon will bully Bully Ray, Adam Page plans to finish the feud Punishment Martinez started with him, Jay Lethal will get his win back over Kushida on his way back to the mountain top, The Briscoes planning to show why they are the best tag team on the planet against The Young Bucks, and the main event competitors all had words including both Cody and Marty Scurll promising to put aside their friendship in an effort to defeat the champion – a World champion in Dalton Castle who promises to toss a bunch of bodies that night.

ROH World Tag Team champions The Briscoes & Punishment Martinez vs. The Hung Bucks
It was Nick Jackson starting this one off with Mark Briscoe. Some lucha action from Nick infuriated Mark as he left the ring to throw a chair into the ring as a distraction. The action didn’t work, but Jay pulling the top rope down to send a running Nick to the floor did succeed. As Punishment Martinez entered the ring to do battle with Adam Page, Nick came sailing off the top to dropkick him and eventually both Briscoes to the floor. The fans were going wild as Page pulled out that shooting star press off the apron on Jay while Punishment felt a big kick to the chest from The Bucks. Page had a moonsault to the floor in mind when Martinez yanked Page off the top so “Hangman” landed on the ring’s edge back first. Martinez topped off his attack by diving off the top to somersault atop The Bucks. Retrieving a table was Martinez, setting it up by the ring as Jay joined in beating up Nick before placing Matt on the table. Nick was doing everything in his power to avoid being driven through the table atop his brother, unleashing kick after kick as Martinez grabbed a kendo stick. The referee attempted to stop Martinez from doing something illegal as Jay pitched the chair to crack Nick on the top of his head! Mark quickly climbed the ropes, jumping off and driving Matt through the table via an elbow drop as the crowd lost its mind before the commercial break!
Nick was on the wrong part of town, causing a miscommunication between The Briscoes before running through Martinez for the tag to Page. Adam spit in Martinez’s face to stun him for the clothesline to the floor. Everyone was at ringside and prone to Page’s moonsault. Martinez reentered after knocking Page out on the floor to save The Briscoes from stereo sharpshooters by The Bucks. Page stopped a Punishment double chokeslam on the Bucks with his Buckshot Lariat topped by a Nick Jackson rope-assisted 450 splash … ended in a near fall!
Martinez blocked the Rite of Passage, leading to another double down as both went for the clotheslines prior to the commercial break!
Super kick to Jay only powered him up as he caught Matt with a Death Valley driver as he attempted a follow up attack. Matt survived the driver, turning a Doomsday Device into a super kick on both Briscoes by back flipping off Jay’s shoulders when Mark went for the clothesline portion of the double team. Jay got underneath Page after Mark knocked Matt to the floor, setting him up for a Doomsday Spinning Heel Kick on “Hangman”. Psycho Driver-curb stomp combo by Martinez on Matt … ended in a near fall!
“Fight forever!” chants broke out, leading to Jay slamming Matt in position for something. Nick tossed a chair to knock out Mark as he climbed the ropes and the referee was trying to stop more illegal double teams. The Bullet Club had welcomed their opponents to a #SuperKickParty with Jay prone to the Meltzer Driver afterwards. Mark dove off the top, using an ace crusher to catch Nick in midair. Jay grabbed the shocked Matt with the Jay Driller … to gain a near fall thanks to Page’s interference!
Nick found himself on Jay’s shoulders as Page drove Martinez through a table! Nick countered the Doomsday Device with a roll up for the surprise three count on Jay! The Briscoes was furious, attacking their future challengers until Cody ran out to make the save.

Overall: Wow, just wow! First things first – what a main event! In front of one of, if not the hottest crowds in recent memory when it comes ROH, the six men involved in this week’s main event went absolutely bananas; sending the crowd into a frenzy from bell to bell. If there is a must-see TV match this year in any promotion it’s this one as it will go down as one of the best in ROH TV history. Jay Lethal vs. Chuckie T. was no slouch of a match either. Though a little rough in the early going, things picked up and delivered a great bout (once again the crowd helped make this one even better). ROH also did a marvelous job hyping “BitW” with promos, video packages, and Castle’s opening segment promo (though it would’ve been nice to see some interaction between champion and his challengers). This is a must-see episode if there ever was one and may be a high mark that might not be overcome.

ROH World Champion Dalton Castle defends THIS FRIDAY at #ROHBITW

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And there you have it. Show that love, or like, for The ROHbot Report and Honor Nation on its Facebook page. Also, if haven’t already, make sure you listen to the latest FREE “Honor Nation” podcast as I talk about the career of Vader and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/36_Mins_Honor_Nation_Ode_to_the_Mastodon.shtml). And don’t forget to send those questions in for the next “Honor Nation either through the comments section below, on Facebook (The ROHbot Report and Honor Nation on its Facebook page), on Twitter (@fasjab), or by e-mailing me at Bullock@wewantinsanity.com.
Here’s to a great week for you and yours; and as always, thanks for reading.

Till Then.

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