After a brutal, back-and-forth powerhouse bout between former ROH World Television Champion, and the greatest NEVER Openweight Champion ever, Tomohiro Ishii and Punishment Martinez, Martinez walked away with his hand raised victorious, notching one of the biggest victories of his career over the current RevPro World Champion.
While the victory impressed officials in attendance from New Japan and RevPro, the victory impressed the man known as The Franchise in ROH, Jay Lethal! While the victory may have all but guaranteed a future RevPro Championship opportunity for Martinez and perhaps more opportunities competing against New Japan stars, it also opened up plenty of eyes right here in ROH.
Martinez and Lethal met for the very first time in November 2017 as part of the qualifiers for the Survival of the Fittest Tournament. And it was there that Martinez notched one of the biggest wins of his career when he defeated Lethal, albeit then with a little bit of outside of interference from Lethal’s then-rival Marty Scurll.
These two will meet once more when two top ROH World Championship contenders go at it in Pittsburgh!
PUNISHMENT MARTINEZ vs. JAY LETHAL
Jay Lethal has been at the top of his game dating back to last year’s Global Wars Tour and beyond where he went 3-0 with wins against international stars before defeating Marty Scurll at Final Battle, Will Ospreay, Flip Gordon, Jonathan Gresham, and Caprice Coleman in singles competition. Lethal is looking to get back into the ROH World Championship hunt after losing an instant classic against Dalton Castle at 16th Anniversary but to do so he will take on a towering monster in the 6’6” Punishment Martinez!
Martinez himself has been on quite a roll, winning Survival of the Fittest by pinning Gresham, current ROH World Television Champion Silas Young, and Gordon to capture the prestigious tournament following it up with wins over Gordon in singles competition, Soberano Jr., Shane Taylor, and Ishii. Martinez has firmly entrenched himself in the upper echelon of ROH World Championship contenders and looks to earn another shot at the title. A win over a man who perennially finds himself in contention with a resume as one of the longest-reigning World Champions would certainly do just that!
This clash will take place LIVE in Pittsburgh at Steel City Excellence and will be taped to air on ROH Television! Two of the top contenders for the ROH World Championship meet this Saturday - join us in Pittsburgh for Steel City Excellence to find out who will emerge victorious!
There is nothing like seeing the hard-hitting, in-your-face action that Ring of Honor can provide LIVE! ROH returns to Pittsburgh for a gigantic international television taping featuring all of your favorite stars. Don’t miss your opportunity – get your tickets, now!
ROH STEEL CITY EXCELLENCE – INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION TAPING
SATURDAY, APRIL 14THBELL TIME @ 07:00 PM EDT
400 N SHORE DRIVE
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES (JAY & MARK) vs. THE YOUNG BUCKS (MATT & NICK JACKSON)
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION “PRO WRESTLING’S LAST REAL MAN” SILAS YOUNG vs. FLIP GORDON
ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS SOCAL UNCENSORED (“ALMIGHTY” CHRISTOPHER DANIELS, FRANKIE KAZARIAN, & SCORPIO SKY vs. “THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE” CODY & “THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL
ROH WORLD CHAMPION DALTON CASTLE & THE BOYS vs. THE KINGDOM (MATT TAVEN, TK O’RYAN, & VINNY MARSEGLIA)
PUNISHMENT MARTINEZ vs. JAY LETHAL
SIGNED TO APPEAR:
WOMEN OF HONOR CHAMPION SUMIE SAKAI
THE MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS (ALEX SHELLEY & CHRIS SABIN)
ROH ENFORCER BULLY RAY
THE DAWGS (RHETT TITUS & WILL FERRARA)
“THE EXOTIC GODDESS” MANDY LEON
“THE GATEKEEPER” KELLY KLEIN