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By James Bullock Sep 23, 2017 - 7:45 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. The ROH fall season classic has gone down in Las Vegas as “Death Before Dishonor” the pay-per-view is in the books. Lets find out what happened.

“Death Before Dishonor XV” Results; September 22nd, 2017; Las Vegas, NV

– Number 1 Contender match: The Briscoes def. The Kingdom
– Marty Scurll def. Chuck Taylor
– Las Vegas Street Fight: Punishment Martinez def. Jay White
– ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship: The Hung Bucks def. Bully Ray & The Briscoes
- ROH World TV Championship: Kenny King def. Kushida to become the NEW CHAMPION
– Last Man Standing match: Silas Young def. Jay Lethal
- ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns def. The Young Bucks to become the NEW CHAMPIONS
- ROH World Championship: Cody def. Minuro Suzuki retain

For the second time this year, ROH hosted a pay-per-view in Las Vegas with a kick-off match that saw The Kingdom – which suffered a huge setback last March in the same building when TK O’Ryan broke his leg – take on rivals Bully Ray & The Briscoes in a match where the winning team would battle The Young Bucks & Adam Page for the Six-Man title. Similar to the tag match seen on ROH TV last week, The Briscoes & Ray dominated early before things broke down and bodies started flying including Bully who performed a dive off the top rope following O’Ryan’s feigning an asai moonsault similar to the one that caused his injury, and The Kingdom took over. When Jay became the legal man it was obvious he was out to hurt his opponents and Bully needed him to calm down. The end result was Jay being forced out by his own team when executing the Doomsday Device on O’Ryan to allow Bully to pick up the pin for his team. Frustrated, Jay took his chance to bash Taven with a chair post match. A nice opener on several fronts as the crowd really got into the smartly paced bout, it continued to push the narrative of Jay being unhinged while Bully tries to reel him in, and set up for a latter bout in the evening the fans would probably be more invested than if The Kingdom won (though it does feel ROH is failing to reestablish The Kingdom’s dominance since the trio reformed that was seen before O’Ryan’s injury).
A match based on insulting tweets and the beating of best friends was up next as former Television champion Marty Scurll took on Chuck Taylor in the latter’s first ROH pay-per-view bout on his own. As per the norm with Scurll matches, his goal was to get a hold of the arm and work it over. Though Taylor did a great job initially in keeping the pace in his favor, when the action spilled to the floor “Chuckie T” took a bad spill against the guardrails that would turn the tides in the former champion’s favor and allowed for him to execute his game plan. Taylor kept his composure through the pain, pulling off a comeback that saw him doing the deed, a power bomb, and even his Awful Waffle. Somehow, “The Villain” survived it all and decided nefarious actions were the way to go. Using the referee as a barricade to halt the incoming Taylor, Scurll took advantage of the distraction and cinched in the Chicken Wing for his first ROH pay-per-view since “War of the Worlds”. Really good stuff here as expected considering the great matches they’ve had in the past elsewhere. Similar to Scurll’s match with Rocky Romero, hopefully there’s a rematch in the near future.
The longest-running feud coming into this show looked to reach its climax in Sam’s Town as Jay White and Punishment Martinez did battle for the first time in a Street Fight; and White wasn’t waiting around by jumping Martinez in the aisle with a chair. What followed was sheer brutality that initially started with both men utilizing chairs to bash skulls, backs & abdomens. The chair obliterations actually allowed White to make a comeback after having battle rattled by a suplex across several chairs when he got a hold of a chair Martinez introduced to the match. Hitting the Kiwi Crusher didn’t secure White the victory, but he wasn’t deterred as White continued to punish Martinez while the big man tried to mount a comeback of his own. Like Martinez, the introduction of a chair, or in the case of White, multiple chairs stacked atop one another & open proved to be his undoing as Martinez blocked a superplex across the chair pyramid to pull off his Psycho Driver through the structure. Somehow, White kicked out of the follow up pin, but the damage had been down. Martinez knew the end was near and simply needed a figurative exclamation mark to emphasize his impending win. Martinez decided his South of Heaven choke slam into a pile of thumbtacks would be fitting and that’s exactly what White felt before his body gave out and Martinez picked up the three count to cap off not only the feud, but also an excellent match that really emphasized just how good both men are as wrestlers & against each other - great stuff all around.
It was time for the first of four title matches to occur in the evening as The Briscoes & Bully Ray tried to become two-time Six Man champions when taking on the disheveled trio known as “The Hung Bucks”, but “The Hangman” was missing since Atlanta. Bound & gagged, Page appeared and utilized a moonsault on his opponents before The Bucks freed him from his shackles. What came from this bout was a sprint where no tags were utilized and it seemed new champs were in the making when Ray called for the tables. Bully not only got his table, but also a face full of wood when Jay shockingly grabbed Ray and slammed him face first against the table before leaving his partner prone to a pin. While The Bullet Club members left, Jay demanded his brother to see the truth that Bully isn’t the baddest man on the planet like them. While the match itself was disappointingly short considering where it was on the card, the turn was nice because of what happened earlier in the night and even the last few months with Ray taking the spotlight in the prior and Ray blaming Jay (and Mark) for their title loss at “Best in the World”. Jay has every right to feel Ray has been holding them back by trying to keep them in line while Bully has shown nothing but being the best mentor he could be.
Unlike the previous bout, the Television title match between hometown challenger Kenny King and champion Kushida. The opening moments were based on crisp grappling that eventually turned into an exchange of highflying maneuvers before the challenger tried to go for his big maneuvers early. Kushida, fresh & prepared, rallied an early comeback after stopping the Last Chancery; going after King’s arm in preparation for the Hoverboard Lock. The action was tight & smart with the champ keeping to his game plan and King doing his best to regain the momentum until Kushida hooked him in the Hoverboard Lock. King, desperate to finally win ROH gold on his own, grabbed the ropes to save himself. Both men knew it would take one big move to finish it as the match started nearing the fifteen-minute mark. With Kushida going for the Hoverboard Lock again, King was able to stop the submission and execute the Royal Flush to become the new Television champ off a pin fall victory. An absolutely excellent match as expected with King having his, as cliché as it may be, coronation in front of his hometown crowd with a chance to celebrate with his daughter in one of the most profound feel-good moments in ROH history. Hopefully this is the beginning of a memorable reign for all the right reasons.
Not to be outdone was the second longest running feud heading into this show as Jay Lethal and Silas Young did battle once again in a Last Real Man Standing match. It didn’t take long for the violence to hit a great stride as the action spilled to the floor and both men tried to one up each other by trading shots after verbal challenges before Beer City Bruiser arrived in hopes of helping his body. BCB’s arrival didn’t do much initially to assist Young, but “The Last Real Man” took advantage of the distraction Bruiser caused by becoming a target for Lethal by recovering and striking when he had the chance. Young’s attack left Lethal bloody after hitting Misery – something that would’ve ended a normal match. Taking a page out of what happened during “Best in the World” when BCB used his frog splash off the top rope to drive Lethal through a table on the floor, Young retrieved a ladder with the plan of putting the former World champion through a table. Lethal fought through the pain of being bashed with a ladder, hitting his finisher not once, but twice. Somehow, Young was still moving; giving Lethal the chance to scale the ladder in an attempt to execute Hail to the King. Stopping Lethal’s dive, Young met his opposition atop the ladder and caused it to tip over during their struggle to send both men careening through the table! Similar to his most previous Last Man Standing victory, Young found his opponent rising alongside him, but the damage done gave him the slight edge in standing before collapsing after being declared the victor when he beat the ten count, but opponent couldn’t to cap off a very old school & fantastic feud with an even better match than anyone could’ve expected, but definitely hoped for when it was announced. Hopefully this is the beginning of a sustained, main event push for Young following the best match of this show.
The Young Bucks returned for their second match of the evening to defend the ROH World Tag Team title against The Motor City Machine Guns. Not necessarily winded from their previous bout, The Bucks were able to stay right with their fresh challengers during the bout’s opening minutes that saw them unleash a bevy of offense while Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin reciprocated with the intention of ending this one as quickly as the Six-Man tag bout. The action spilled to the floor after not only the #SuperKickParty kicked off, but the champs also pulled off those double too sweet sharpshooters. But it wouldn’t be a ROH PPV without a ref bump (yawn) as the referee got caught by an errant super kick; giving way to more stereotypical ROH PPV action when The Addiction interfered. The opponents actually teamed up to rid Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian with dual Indytakers on the floor. With things back to how they started, The Machine Guns took advantage of the chaotic situation, pulling off a double team driver to pick up the three count to become the new Tag Team champions for the first time in ROH. Another great tag team bout from these two teams marred by the interference that could’ve easily been saved for the post-match antics. From a match placement perspective, this match should’ve happened where the Six-Man bout occurred as it would’ve given a major reason as to why the Six-Man match was so short while having a satisfying conclusion early in the show later topped by Jay’s turn. But that shouldn’t take away from the fact this was a great semi-main event.
The show closed with Cody defending his ROH World Championship against a man who hadn’t wrestled in America for almost thirty years in Minoru Suzuki. The match’s early portions saw a hesitant Cody – who was accompanied to the ring by his wife – start a game of cat & mouse where the mouse had the audacity of trying to do what the cat does best (in this case, submissions) and fail as the cat was prepared every step of the way. Eventually Cody abandoned his game plan of trying to submit the shooter and went to what brought him to the golden well previously by luring Suzuki into the Disaster Kick. Staggered, Minoru couldn’t stop Cross Rhodes or the three count that followed. Coming off that highly disappointing clash between Cody and SANADA at “War of the Worlds: Liverpool”, this bout felt like a breath of fresh air as it didn’t feature any ref bumps or interference. Yet on a show with such insanity, Cody-Suzuki ultimately felt average missing that one crowd-getting near fall.
On paper, “Death Before Dishonor” looked to be the best ROH PPV of 2017 thus far. Though it did have a couple of hiccups (the match placement of the tag matches, the main event being a little underwhelming), those flaws pale in comparison to the pluses (two must-see feud-ending examples of barbaric wrestling, and fantastic TV & Tag Team titles, and the first two matches really kicking off the show on a good note). Add that to the fact commentators Ian Riccaboni & Colt Cabana were truly on point and, arguably, the best two-man team behind the booth in North American wrestling right now. “Death Before Dishonor XV” definitely lived up to the hype and is a definitive viewing experience.

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Here’s to a great week for you and yours; and as always, thanks for reading.

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