The most interactive event in Ring of Honor history took place last night when The Experience rocked a capacity crowd at Express Live in Columbus, OH!
The Best Fans on the Planet were able to select everything from stipulations of matches to participants in the main event with meet and greets and question and answer sessions taking place throughout the night with all of the top Ring of Honor stars! And fans became part of the action when a lucky fan was selected to be a guest Ring Announcer and two lucky fans joined Ian Riccaboni on the call for a tag team match that will be featured on ROHWrestling.com.
Larry Legend and Mandy Leon hosted festivities throughout the evening, encouraging fans to vote for the three ROH stars that fans wanted to see compete for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships against the Kingdom. A late surge carried Motor City Machine Gun Chris Sabin ahead of Romantic Touch to capture the final spot on the fan-selected team made up of two-time ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe and number-one vote getter Cheeseburger!
With the element of surprise working to their advantage, Briscoe, Burger, and Sabin nearly caught the Kingdom off guard and walked out of Columbus with the six man titles around their waists. But the continuity of Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia allowed the trio to remain undefeated and continue what they are calling "The Purple Reign Tour". Up next for the Kingdom is Dalton Castle and the Boys at 15th Anniversary!
And it was in Columbus, another championship contender was established! In the days leading up to The Experience, fans selected the stipulation of 2 out of 3 Falls for Lio Rush's Proving Ground Match against the ROH World Television Champion "The Villain" Marty Scurll. After a very quick two falls, the two young stars fought back and forth before Rush scored the pinfall and secured a title match on Friday March 10 at the 15th Anniversary Pay Per View! He will face the winner of Scurll and Sonjay Dutt who will do battle at Manhattan Mayhem with the gold on the line!
Tag team action, though, ruled the night in Columbus! Hot off their upset win over the Addiction, the Tempura Boyz looked to keep things rolling against the Briscoes. But the 8-time ROH World Tag Team Champions were too much for Sho and Yo. Coast 2 Coast picked up a win against the Carnies, who were impressive in their ROH debut. And Bullet Club were the focal point of two must-see tag team battles!
War Machine had a visual pin for well over 10 seconds on the Young Bucks in one of the first true 2-on-2 meetings between these two teams while Frankie Kazarian distracted the referee. The Bucks used this to their advantage to retain but ROHWrestling.com has learned that War Machine is already petitioning the ROH Board of Directors and Executive Committee for another opportunity to face Matt and Nick Jackson.
The Young Bucks' Bullet Club compatriots ROH World Champion Adam Cole and Hangman Page faced Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish in a fan-selected Falls Count Anywhere match. In a wild brawl that saw Lethal lock a figure four on Page in the balcony and Fish throw Cole through a guardrail, Lethal pinned Page in a bit of revenge for Page's victory over Lethal one week ago in Dallas. But coming out of this bout, there are more questions than answers: has Fish softened up Cole and potentially gotten into his head ahead of their World Title match at Manhattan Mayhem and who will leave the Big Apple with the gold and head to 15th Anniversary to face "Almighty" Christopher Daniels in the main event!
In the last match with a Bullet Club imprint, "The American Nightmare" Cody used deception, dressing up as one of the Boys to catch Dalton Castle off guard, delivering a low blow and keeping control of the match to defeat the man who will challenge for the ROH World Championship at the biggest Supercard of Honor, ever, when Cole and Page held one of the Boys captive long enough to distract Castle and pick up the victory.
In a Six Man Mayhem match, Punishment Martinez picked up a victory, delivering a South of Heaven Chokeslam on the 300+ lbs Beer City Bruiser for the win in a match that also included "The Product" David Starr, Jonathan Gresham, Will Ferrara, and the Rebellion's newest recruit, Shane Taylor. Taylor made his impact felt earlier in the evening, helping Kenny King and Caprice Coleman continue their winning ways when the duo defeated Chris Sabin and Jay White.
In what was one of the most unique events in ROH history, the fans selected stipulations and even chose the main event competitors! Be sure to check back on ROHWRESTLING.COM for the Video on Demand, available soon! Don't miss this must-see event!