Claudio Castagnoli Successfully Defends ROH World Championship At Battle Of The Belts III

ROH World Championship Match
Blackpool Combat Club’s Claudio Castagnoli (c.) (with William Regal and Wheeler Yuta) vs. Konosuke Takeshita

Caprice Coleman joined the commentary team for this match.

William Regal also joined the broadcast booth for the main event.

The Code of Honor was observed before the bell rang.

The champ charged at Takeshita at the start of the match. Claudio muscled Takeshita to the mat but Takeshita bridged up, using his savvy to compete with Claudio’s strength. Takeshita used a hip toss on the champ.

“Takeshita showing remarkable poise here tonight,” said Excalibur.

Takeshita connected with a leg lariat on Claudio. Outside the ring, Takeshita cracked Claudio with a stiff forearm. Back in the ring, Claudio singled out Takeshita’s lower back, working it over with a back breaker!

Takeshita surprised Claudio with an El Generico-esque dive. Claudio rallied back with a gut wrench off the turnbuckles. The fans were on their feet cheering on Claudio, wanting to see the Giant Swing. Claudio obliged the fans!

“That’s putting more pressure on the lower back of Takeshita,” said Excalibur.

Takeshita surprised Claudio with a Blue Thunder Bomb out of nowhere for a near fall! Claudio and Takeshita battled on the second turnbuckle and then Takeshita drilled Claudio with a turnbuckle DDT! Takeshita tried to finish Claudio with a frog splash but Claudio kicked out of the pin attempt. 

Claudio intercepted a knee strike attempt by Takeshita. Claudio rocked Takeshita with a European Uppercut. Claudio placed Takeshita in the Scorpion Death Lock but Takeshita rolled through. Takeshita nailed Claudio with two German Suplexes and then a jumbo lariat for a near fall on Claudio!

“Every match, Takeshita brings out a little more,” said Coleman. 

Takeshita walloped Claudio with a brainbuster for a (very) near fall!

“2.999,” said Excalibur.

Takeshita was looking for the Cinnabomb but Claudio countered and then stomped onto Takeshita. Claudio attempted the Ricola Bomb but Takeshita countered with a hurracanrana with a near fall!

Claudio plucked Takeshita out of the air as Takeshita was trying for the jumping knee and then Claudio countered with the Death Valley Driver! Claudio planted Takeshita with the Ricola Bomb and then pinned him!

“An exceptional display of fighting spirit by Takeshita,” said William Regal.

“What a match, and what a main event,” replied Excalibur.