On Jan. 13 at Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C., Ring of Honor presented Honor Reigns Supreme. Watch the replay streaming now for HonorClub!
More than six months after losing the ROH World Title to Jay Lethal in a Four Corner Survival match, Dalton Castle got his championship rematch against Lethal; the newly formed Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO Brody King) faced a stiff test in ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Silas Young; WOH World Champion Kelly Klein put her title on the line against arch rival Jenny Rose in a Street Fight; buzzworthy newcomers Bandido and Mark Haskins were in action; Juice Robinson and David Finlay teamed up, and more!
-- Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova) defeated John Skyler, Josey Quinn and Corey Hollis
-- Mark Haskins defeated Beer City Bruiser
-- IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson and David Finlay defeated Best Friends (Beretta and Chuckie T.)
-- “Hot Sauce” Tracy William defeated Flip Gordon by referee stoppage (Gordon was unable to continue after suffering a knee injury)
-- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) defeated Shane “Hurricane’ Helms, Luchasaurus and Delirious in a Proving Ground Match
-- Bandido defeated PJ Black
-- ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Rhett Titus and Jonathan Gresham in a Proving Ground Instant Reward Match
--WOH World Champion Kelly Klein defeated Jenny Rose in a Street Fight for the title
-- Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Silas Young
-- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal defeated Dalton Castle in a title match
Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom and Ryan Nova) vs. John Skyler, Josey Quinn and Corey Hollis
The show opened with Skyler, Quinn and Hollis in the ring declaring themselves to be the “newest, toughest, meanest three-man group” in ROH and making an open challenge. Shinobi Shadow Squad wasted no time answering the challenge.
Skyler, Quinn and Hollis attacked 3S before the opening bell, but Isom’s flip dive onto all three of them got things on track for 3S. 3S won the match with their Oyasumi triple-team finisher that saw Cheeseburger come off the top with a double stomp on Quinn’s back as Isom and Nova held him.
Beer City Bruiser vs. Mark Haskins
Before the match got underway, Bruiser told Haskins that he wanted a fight, and the ROH newcomer from Oxford, England was happy to oblige. Haskins gained the advantage with hard kicks, but Bruiser later scored near falls after a Samoan Drop and a powerslam. After Bruiser missed a splash off the top rope, Haskins came off the top with a double stomp for the victory.
After the match, Bruiser gave Haskins the “Toast of Honor.”
Best Friends (Beretta and Chuckie T.) vs. IWGP U.S. Champion Juice Robinson and David Finlay
Robinson and Finlay -- known collectively as FinJuice -- and Best Friends know each other very well from New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The teams battled to a stalemate in the early stages of the match, but Best Friends eventually gained the advantage through an uncharacteristic use of questionable tactics. Chuckie T. hit a piledriver on Finlay, but Robinson broke up the pin attempt. Finlay came back to hit his Trash Panda finisher on Chuckie T. for the win.
After the match, Beretta snatched the IWGP U.S. Title belt from Robinson and held it up before aggressively handing it back to him.
“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams vs Flip Gordon
Just a couple minutes into the match, Gordon came up limping after hitting a running dropkick in the corner. He tried to continue, but his knee gave out and the referee stopped the match and awarded it to Williams, who was reluctant to accept the victory under those circumstances.
Keep it locked into ROHWrestling.com for updates on Gordon’s status.
Proving Ground Match: ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) vs. Shane “Hurricane” Helms, Luchasaurus and Delirious
If Helms, Luchasaurus and Delirious defeat the champions or take them to a 15-minute draw, they will earn a future shot at the titles. The Kingdom’s cohesiveness was on display as they isolated Delirious, but the trio of masked men rallied. Helms Luchasaurus and Delirious delivered simultaneous chokeslams, and Helms covered Marsiglia for a near fall. The Kingdom answered with House of 1,000 Horses on Delirious for the victory.
PJ Black vs. Bandido
The fans in Concord were crazy for Bandido, one of pro wrestling’s hottest free agents before signing with ROH recently. Black, a veteran still in his prime, was determined not to be a stepping stone for the 23-year-old luchador, and he matched Bandido move for move. Black hit a twisting brainbuster for a near fall and a snap bodyscissors hurricanrana for another near fall. Bandido rallied and hit a spectacular fall-away slam off the top rope for the victory.
Proving Ground Instant Reward Match: ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Shane Taylor vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Rhett Titus
If any of Cobb’s three opponents wins the match, they will receive a title shot against him immediately after. Before the match got underway, Taylor grabbed a microphone and said it was disrespectful for him to have to compete in a Proving Ground Match. He dissed Gresham and Titus and said Cobb will be his “next bitch.” Taylor exited the ring and walked to the back.
Cobb took control of the match with a delayed vertical suplex on Titus off the top rope, but Gresham broke up the win. Gresham then went to work on Cobb’s left knee. Titus rallied, hitting a flip dive on Cobb and a front-face DDT on Gresham for a near fall. Cobb came back with a piledriver on Titus followed by Tour of the Islands for the win.
Former ROH World Television Champion Silas Young came out to confront Cobb after the match. Suddenly, Taylor attacked Cobb from behind and then held up Cobb’s title belt.
Street Fight for WOH World Title: Champion Kelly Klein vs. Jenny Rose
Klein came out with Camp Klein, two male and two female up-and-coming independent wrestlers. Klein’s entourage popped up on the apron at the start of the match, which distracted Rose and allowed Klein to seize the advantage. Rose recovered and went on the offensive, including tossing Klein into the barricade. Klein answered by choking Rose first with a bungee cord, and then with the ring announcer’s tie. Later, Rose hit a splash off the apron onto Klein, who was on a table, but the table didn’t break. With both women back on the apron, Rose jumped on Klein’s back and applied a sleeper hold, but Klein leaped off the apron back-first, sending both of them crashing through the table.
Back inside the ring, Rose superplexed Klein onto a pile of chairs, but Klein somehow managed to kick out of Rose’s pin attempt. Rose grabbed the ring bell, but before she could use it, she again was distracted by Camp Klein. Klein took advantage and hit K-Power on a chair for the hard-fought victory.
ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Silas Young vs. Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King)
The match began with PCO and Mark Briscoe engaging in a brutal chopfest, with PCO eventually getting the better of the exchange. Shortly thereafter, Mark Briscoe flipped PCO off the top rope, and PCO landed hard on the apron. The Briscoes and Young isolated Scurll to take control of the match, but Scurll eventually tagged King, who ran wild on all three of his opponents.
Later, Young hit a sick-looking Destroyer on PCO on the apron. King then threw Mark Briscoe off the top rope and through a table on the floor. King hit a Gonzo Bomb on Jay Briscoe, and PCO followed with a huge moonsault on Jay Briscoe for the win.
ROH World Title Match: Champion Jay Lethal vs. Dalton Castle
Before the match, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis (with Kamille) came out to the stage. He talked about the Crockett Cup, which is being co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, taking place in Concord on April 27. He concluded by teasing that he might issue a challenge to Lethal at some point, and then he headed to the announce table to sit in on commentary.
Castle was ultra-aggressive from the start of the match, including hitting a suplex on the floor. Lethal halted Castle’s momentum by hitting Lethal Injection, but he was unable to make the cover right away, and when he finally did he only got a one count. Lethal began to target Castle’s injured back. He hit Lethal Combination and Hail to the King for a near fall. Castle responded with a running knee to Lethal’s head, a suicide dive and a running bulldog for a near fall.
Castle went for Bang-a-Rang but Lethal countered with a roll-up for a near fall. Lethal went for Lethal Injection, but Castle countered with a German suplex. Lethal immediately shook off the effects of the suplex and hit a buckle bomb followed by Lethal Injection for the victory.
Silas Young & The Briscoes
Delirious, Luchasaurus, and Shane 'Hurricane' Helms
Juice Robinson and David Finlay
Beer City Bruiser