Dalton Castle stated recently that he’s focused on becoming ROH World Champion again. Mark Haskins is determined to capture the richest prize in the sport for the first time. They’ll both take the first step in their quests when they square off at Death Before Dishonor Fallout in Las Vegas on Sept. 28.
Their first singles match against each other in an ROH ring is part of the first round of an eight-man tournament to determine the challenger in the ROH World Title Match at the Final Battle pay-per-view in Baltimore on Dec. 13.
They only met one other time in an ROH ring. In a 10-man tag match back in January, Haskins won the bout for his team by forcing Castle to tap out to the Sharpshooter.
Haskins made another former world champion tap out to the move last month at Summer Supercard, when he did it to Jay Lethal in a tag match.
Haskins came within an eyelash of winning the ROH World Title on two occasions, against Matt Taven in May (he ended up losing because of a distraction from Bully Ray) and against Lethal in the UK in one of 2018’s best matches.
Haskins will be seeing s different Castle in Las Vegas than the one he saw in January. Castle has become a loose cannon, adopting a more aggressive style and win-at-all-costs mentality. After being obsessed with RUSH for several months, Castle has made it clear that he is focused on regaining the ROH World Championship.
Castle, who dealt with nagging injuries in 2017 and 2018, appears to be in great shape and is healthier than he’s been in some time. That, combined with his championship pedigree and new attitude, makes him one of the most dangerous competitors in the tournament.
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ROH PRESENTS DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR FALLOUT
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 6 P.M. PACIFIC
SAM’S TOWN LIVE
FINAL BATTLE ROH WORLD TITLE NO. 1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT
DALTON CASTLE vs. MARK HASKINS
JAY LETHAL vs. BANDIDO
TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT FINAL
DAK DRAPER vs. AUSTIN GUNN