THE RESULTS ARE IN FROM ROH 15TH ANNIVERSARY
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Ring of Honor’s 15th Anniversary pay-per-view is in the books, and it’s an event that fans undoubtedly will be talking about for years to come.
The show, which took place at fabulous Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas, kicked off with a hotly contested match between Jay White and The Rebellion’s Kenny King, who was accompanied by Caprice Coleman. King appeared to be on the verge of victory, but the resourceful White caught King in an inside cradle and scored the pinfall.
In a Six-Man Mayhem Match for a future shot at the ROH World Television Championship, Kazarian, the newest member of Bullet Club, emerged victorious over “Punishment” Damien Martinez, Hangman Page, Chris Sabin, Silas Young and Cheeseburger. Martinez put on a standout performance, but in the end Kazarian hit Ace of Spades on Cheeseburger for the win.
In a Top Contenders Match, Jay Lethal earned a hard-fought victory over Bobby Fish. Fish pushed the former ROH World Champion to the limit and came close on several occasions to either pinning him or making him tap out before Lethal ultimately hit Lethal Injection to win it.
The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) successfully defended the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title against Dalton Castle and The Boys, but it may have been a costly victory. During the match, O’Ryan hit an Asai Moonsault on one of The Boys outside the ring, but he slammed his legs into the guardrail in doing so. O’Ryan was carried to the back after the match.
Lio Rush came within an eyelash of winning the ROH World Television Title from Marty Scurll before “The Villain” forced him to tap out to the Crossface Chickenwing. Rush entered the match with a bull’s-eye on him, as his left shoulder was taped up. Smelling blood in the water, Scurll -- who kicked out of Rush Hour and Dragon’s Call before securing the win -- targeted the shoulder throughout the match.
Bully Ray made his ROH in-ring debut a successful one, as he teamed with Jay and Mark Briscoe to defeat War Machine (Hanson and Ray Rowe) and Davey Boy Smith Jr. in a hard-hitting six-man tag match. Not surprisingly, War Machine and Smith had communication problems during the match, and it ended up costing them. Bully Ray scored the winning pinfall on Rowe after hitting 3D. Smith bickered with War Machine after the match and security had to step between them.
Matt and Jeff Hardy successfully defended their newly won ROH World Tag Team Title against The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero and Beretta) in a Triple Threat Vegas Street Fight that proved to be a violent spectacle featuring tables, ladders, tacks and trash cans.
Showing a sadistic side, The Young Bucks hit a top-rope bulldog on Beretta onto the tacks, but that wasn’t the worst of it. They stuffed tacks into Beretta’s mouth and nailed him with a superkick. Romero then found himself on the receiving end of a Meltzer Driver onto the tacks.
The Young Bucks got a taste of their own medicine, however, when The Hardys hit stereo Twists of Fate on them into the tacks. The Hardys won the match after Jeff hit a Swanton off a ladder that sent Beretta through a table.
After the match, The Hardys grabbed The Young Bucks’ prized Superkick Party title belts and left with them.
In the main event, Christopher Daniels pinned Adam Cole to finally fulfill his dream of winning the ROH World Championship.
At 46 years old, Daniels -- a 24-year veteran who competed in the main event on ROH’s first show back in 2002 -- became the oldest world champion in ROH history.
Cole, the only three-time ROH World Champion, was in control for the majority of the match, thanks in large part to a superkick outside the ring that sent Daniels head-first into the ring post, resulting in a large gash over the challenger’s right eye. Daniels proved resilient, however, as Cole was unable to put him away.
The turning point occurred when referee Todd Sinclair was temporarily incapacitated after being hit with an inadvertent superkick from Cole. Kazarian, Daniels’ longtime best friend who had recently turned on him to join Bullet Club, entered the ring.
It appeared that Kazarian was going to help Cole, but in a shocking twist, Kazarian tore off his Bullet Club t-shirt to reveal a Daniels’ t-shirt that had the word “Destiny” on it. Daniels took advantage of a stunned Cole and hit three successive Best Moonsault Evers for the win.
After the match, the new champion and Kazarian embraced and celebrated Daniels’ historic victory.
Don’t miss your chance to witness this amazing event by catching the replay of ROH 15th Anniversary.