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By James Bullock Jul 3, 2018 - 5:58 PM 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 continued its historic 2018 with a weekend starting with a pay-per-view and ending with a shocking TV taping. Lets find out what happened.

Best in the World Results; June 29th, 2018; Baltimore, MD
- Six-Man Tag Team Championship: the Kingdom defeated Los Ingobernables (SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI)
- Flip Gordon defeated Bully Ray
- Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Mayu Iwatani & Tenille Dashwood defeated Kelly Klein & Oedo Tai (Kagetsu, Hana Kimura & Hazuki)
- Austin Aries defeated Kenny King
- Jay Lethal defeated KUSHIDA
- ROH Television Championship (Baltimore Street Fight): Punishment Martinez defeated Adam Page to retain
- ROH Tag Team Championship: The Briscoes defeated The Young Bucks to retain
- ROH World Championship: Dalton Castle defeated Cody & Marty Scurll to retain

Ring of Honor returned to its second hometown with the intent of delivering something special and they actually succeeded from an in-ring perspective mostly up & down the card. To get the worst out of the way first, ROH’s website was, once again, unable to handle the load as many couldn’t access the website or the streaming quality wasn’t the best consistently. It’s been almost four months since HonorClub launched and ROH is still ironing out the issues in producing shows via the Internet. Production issues aside, the action itself proved to be exceptional with one truly shocking moment as the main event saw Dalton Castle actually retained in a great main event that could’ve been a classic if it had a little more time and the champion wasn’t in such bad shape. The near falls leading to Castle pinning Scurll after hitting the Bang-a-Rang were incredibly thrilling and left the impression that anyone had a chance including the eventual winner; a very banged up champion. Some of those near falls also came due to the interference of Nick Aldis; almost setting the stage for Cody vs. Aldis for the ROH and NWA titles.

Unfortunately for the main event it had to follow three of the best matches seen in ROH this year thus far. The Briscoes and The Young Bucks stole the show with a near twenty-minute classic in front of a white-hot crowd that saw Jay & Mark Briscoe use every trick in the book including illegal chair shots behind the referee’s back to finish off a fighting Matt Jackson after he took a Jay Driller on a steel chair. The post-match antics saw SoCal Uncensored actually save their rivals, The Bucks. During the show’s upward climb toward greatness, Punishment Martinez successfully defended the ROH World Television Championship against Adam Page in an expected brutal Street Fight. Chair pyramids, thumbtacks and, of course, tables all played a role in the destruction dished out including the culmination where Martinez pulled off the South From Heaven choke slam through a table to pin Page in somewhat controversial fashion as Punishment’s body was draped across “Hangman’s” body with his shoulders touching the floor as well. Jay Lethal’s quest to avenge all the losses handed to him over the past year came to close in another fantastic meeting between himself and Kushida where one of the greatest New Japan junior heavyweights in history actually turned up the obnoxiousness and openly mocked Lethal leading to his failure.

There was some good emotion in Aries-King with the former two-time TV champion failing to find his killer instinct when taking on his old friend – a man who proved through his performance that he is ready to do anything in his power to win. That willingness to forgo a friendship in favor of championships helped Aries stack King on his neck with the brain buster on the floor before performing one in the ring to win in a great match as well. The Women of Honor pulled off an impressive performance with the women of STARDOM shining just like they did during the Women of Honor Championship tournament. Iwatani winning for her team potentially sets the stag for her getting a shot at the WOH title. The Kingdom overcame three men who dominated New Japan’s Six-Man Tag Team division in a solid opener while Bully Ray’s anger got the better of him and caused Ray to lose to Flip Gordon via disqualification as it appears their phase in the Bully Ray “bitter veteran” tour winds down; leading to Ray battling Colt Cabana in the very near future. “Best in the World” on paper seemed to be a great show in the making; delivering on those beliefs with a must-see event topped by a shocking result to close the show.

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


- Women of Honor Championship: Sumie Sakai defeated Hazuki to retain
- The Briscoes defeated Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser
- Women of Honor Championship #1 Contender match: Madison Rayne defeated Kelly Klein, Tenille Dashwood and Karen Q in a Four Corner Survival match
- Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez defeated Cheeseburger, Josh Woods & Flip Gordon
- ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal defeated Dalton Castle, Matt Taven and Cody in a Four Corner Survival match to become the NEW CHAMPION
- The Dawgs defeated Locals
- Kagetsu & Hana Kimura defeated Jenny Rose & Mayu Iwatani
- ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship: The Kingdom defeated Kenny King, Eli Isom & Chuckie T to retain
- ROH Television Championship #1 Contender match: Chris Sabin defeated Silas Young
- Marty Scurll defeated Hurricane Helms
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI) defeated The Hung Bucks and SoCal Uncensored in a Triple Threat match

You know the routine – I’m not going to judge too harshly about what happened during the TV taping without actually seeing the product these tapings were done for. With that being stated, wow what a shocking turn of events. Similar to 2013 when Jay Briscoe’s first ROH World title reign was coming to a close due to injuries, Dalton Castle left “Best in the World” with the gold; only to find himself faced with a major challenge the next night. Unlike Briscoe, Castle was stuck in a Four Corner Survival bout where he couldn’t survive and Jay Lethal became the new ROH World champion. Lethal’s near two-year journey back to the top has seen him solidify himself as the face of ROH with or without the World title; delivering classic matches up & down the card including his most recent title shot during the “16th Anniversary”. Though it would’ve been nice to see someone new with the title like Matt Taven, the fact remains very few, if any wrestlers on the roster have everything that makes a prototypical great ROH champion like Lethal.

a majority of the results were status quo there were some interesting outcomes of the unexpected nature including Madison Rayne becoming the number one contender to the Women of Honor Championship, Los Ingobernables getting a major win over two former Six-Man Tag Team champions thanks to a little help from The Briscoes, and Chris Sabin coming back from Japan with a fire in his belly to win a top contender’s match against Silas Young. By the looks of it this historic taping will prove to be must-see television when it begins airing in the middle of July.

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

Last week: The Hung Bucks pulled out a big win over their “Best in the World” opponents The Briscoes & Punishment Martinez in a classic ROH TV main event.

ROH TV Episode 354
6/30/18
New York, NY

Kenny King vs. Jonathan Gresham
Picture-in-picture promo by Kenny King saw him state he’ll make “The Octopus” bend a knee after removing his tentacles. Showing his strength and athletic abilities, King not only countered whatever Jonathan Gresham had in mind, but also muscled his smaller opponent around the ring while playfully patting him on his head. Gresham kept his composure, offering his legs to a running King. The strategy worked as Gresham tripped him into several arm drags before locking in a head scissors before the commercial break.
Gresham was riding Kenny’s back when the show returned, only to have his chin checked. A big Irish whip slammed Gresham’s back against the turnbuckles as the crowd split their support for both men. Gresham fought his way off the mat, only for his back to prevent him from completing a slam. Springboard leg drop missed for King after he took too much time showboating, as did the shotgun knees. Gresham got up ready to kick King’s face off, but had to switch gameplans when Kenny chased after him. Gresham jumped onto King’s back, only to be shaken off and hit with an Eddy Gordo-spine buster combo. King failed to gain the pin after the combination, going for the Royal Flush. Gresham countered, leading to an exchange of pinning combinations that had the fans roaring. Springboard moonsault connected for Gresham when he made it to his feet, but he couldn’t stay on top of the former TV champ. Kenny got up swinging for the fences; getting rocked into position for the hurricarana that spiked King on his head. Gresham tried to turn the maneuver into a submission when King rolled through the potential hold to hit the Royal Flush to pin “The Octopus”.

In two weeks new contenders to the Six-Man Tag Team title will be crowned courtesy of a gauntlet match.

Josh Woods vs. Façade w/ Danni
After following the Code of Honor, Façade attempted to start off fast & furious; literally kicking himself into a gut-wrench suplex. Façade recovered, trying to get a running start for some offense. Big roundhouse kick almost knocked Josh Woods’ mouthpiece out, as did the caperana. Woods left the ring, forearming Façade when “The Neon Ninja” went for a tope. “The Goods” was in control until he missed a flying knee in the corner. Modified spinning heel kick worked for Façade, but didn’t keep Woods down for the long. Façade’s missile dropkick put Woods on the floor for a springboard somersault plancha that almost missed his target. Springboard bulldog in the ring worked for Façade, but didn’t end in a three count. Going for another springboard maneuver, Façade jumped into a waist lock for Chaos Theory. Woods wasn’t done, finishing off Façade with a reverse Attitude Adjustment to pick up the pin fall victory.
Josh Woods grabbed the microphone to call out Shane Taylor – who was at the commentators’ table. According to Woods, Taylor is wearing loading gloves to knock out people. Taylor took exception to the claims, offering Woods a chance to fight anywhere, anytime. Shane liked the idea of fighting right now; coming to the ring before realizing this fight wouldn’t make him any money.

The Dawgs were backstage, looking for Shane Taylor with an offering in mind: Shane Taylor being their partner in the Gauntlet. Unfortunately, The Dawgs had no money to offer, but did have an IOU. Of course Taylor didn’t accept and promised to knock both men out if they ever insult him like that again.

Next week will not only see Cody take on CMLL’s Titan, but also a No Disqualification match between Cheeseburger and Bully Ray with the latter getting a video package highlighting everything that happened between the two including Ray attacking Cheeseburger at “Supercard of Honor XII” and kicking Cheeseburger in the groin when they wrestled during the “War of the Worlds” tour. Cheeseburger was in the promo area to remark how his first hardcore match will be a testament to his heart of fire before using his boots of gold to kick Bully’s (bleep).

Matt Taven w/ TK O’Ryan vs. Ultimo Guerrero
Quick drop toe hold by Matt Taven allowed the champion to showcase his grappling abilities before Ultimo Guerrero countered via a head scissors to a biog, “Lucha libre!” chant. Taven didn’t appreciate someone throwing a streamer in joy while Guerrero didn’t want O’Ryan anywhere near the ring. Taven decided to simply brawl, slamming Ultimo face first against the top turnbuckle before distracting the referee so TK could illegally choke Ultimo. Guerrero recovered, sending Taven over the top when reversing an Irish whip that put the Six-Man champ in position for a dropkick to the floor. Pitching both members of The Kingdom against the barricades, Guerrero had an idea: an elbow drop off the top to the floor! Taven moved, but TK took the hit. When Ultimo turned to the ring, Taven came through the ropes to dropkick him prior to the commercial break.
Taven was still in control when the show returned, kicking Guerrero to the floor for a big dive. Ultimo sidestepped Taven, sending Matt into TK. Guerrero was fired up, placing both Kingdom members in an open chair for the running dive. The crowd was going insane for Ultimo as he raised the roof. Ultimo was channeling Kenta Kobashi with a series of knife-edge chops in the corner. Taven felt the super gourd buster soon after, ending a two count for Guerrero. Hesitation broncobuster connected for Guerrero, but didn’t end this one thanks to Ultimo not pulling Taven away from the ropes. Taven countered the power bomb attempt by kneeing Guerrero on the jaw to gain a two count of his own before the final commercial break.
Taven had Ultimo on the canvas after a neck breaker to set up the caperana, but couldn’t finish the lucha legend. The fans were actually starting to chant for Taven right before Ultimo turned a super hurricarana attempt against Taven by power bombing the NWA Welterweight champion off the top … to gain a near fall!
Kick of the King stopped whatever Guerrero had in mind for a follow up; giving Taven the chance to climb the ropes. TK tried to distract Ultimo, but got backhanded for his trouble. Vinny Marseglia ran out as the referee was distracted by some red balloons suddenly appeared from underneath the ring. Marseglia popped one of those balloons in Guerrero’s ear to stun him long enough for Taven to recover & hit the Climax. Taven made the cover, pinning the lucha legend.
Grabbing the microphone, Matt Taven asked how long before the people realize how good Matt Taven is and why he deserves the ROH World title. After stating he respects Ultimo, Taven declared he’d always be better than Guerrero as the show came to a close.

Overall: With “Best in the World” weekend occurring when this episode aired it’s obvious things are being placed in a holding pattern with very few major storyline advancements and a reliance on both one-off matches on storylines that have been solely associated with TV – the latter occurring both this week with the continuation of Woods’ problems with Taylor and next with Ray vs. Cheeseburger. From an action perspective, the main event stole the show with the crowd being hotter for this match than anything else seen on the episode; though Façade and King & Gresham did draw the fans into their respective matches. Unfortunately, the main event is the only must-see thing from this episode and that bout really has no bearings on the major ROH landscape.

ROH World Title defense in #ROHFairfax - Match to air exclusively for HonorClub


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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 Jay Lethal becoming the new ROH World champion and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/26_Mins_Honor_Nation_Lethally_The_Best.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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