Jeff Cobb had perhaps the most impressive debut in ROH history when he demolished Punishment Martinez in less than 90 seconds to win the ROH World Television Title last September.
More than seven months later, Cobb still has yet to be pinned or forced to submit in a singles match in ROH. At 221 days (as of May 8), the Hawaiian powerhouse and former Olympian has moved into fifth place for most combined days as ROH World Television Champion.
Here’s a closer look at Cobb’s reign:
Cobb has defended the title nine times, tied for fifth-most in the history of the championship. The competitors he’s defeated in title matches include former ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels, former two-time ROH World Television Champion Silas Young, “Hangman” Adam Page and New Japan Pro-Wrestling stars Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, EVIL and Rocky Romero.
Shane Taylor has pushed Cobb to the limit on two occasions. The first time was in a non-title bout in October, two weeks after Cobb had won the title. The second meeting between the two hard-hitting competitors took place at ROH’s 17th Anniversary pay-per-view in March. With the title at stake in that one, Taylor came within an eyelash of handing Cobb his first defeat. It took Cobb hitting two successive Tour of the Islands to put Taylor down for the three count.
Cobb and Taylor will meet again on May 9 in a Four Corner Survival Match that also involves Brody King and Goto at War of the Worlds in Toronto (the show will be streamed live for HonorClub). Taylor has petitioned the ROH Board of Directors to make it a title match, but there has been no response thus far.
The only time Cobb has been pinned since signing with ROH was in a tag team match at Honor Rising in Tokyo in February, when Ospreay accomplished the feat. Cobb was determined to avenge the setback, so he challenged Ospreay to a title versus title match at G1 Supercard on April 6, with both Cobb’s championship and Ospreay’s NEVER Openweight Championship on the line.
Before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden, Cobb defeated the immensely talented Ospreay in a thrilling match to become a double champion.
THE FORMER WORLD TV CHAMPIONS HE’S CHASING
The four competitors who have spent more days as ROH World Television Champion than Cobb are: Jay Lethal (798 days over two reigns), Matt Taven (287), Eddie Edwards (280) and Adam Cole (246). All four of them went on to win the ROH World Championship.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
As one can see from the list of names above, the ROH World Television Title has been a stepping stone to becoming world champion for several competitors -- Daniels and Roderick Strong also are members of that club. Based on how dominant Cobb has been since winning the ROH World Television Title, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if his reign continued for months and months.
However, whenever the day comes that Cobb is no longer ROH World Television Champion, one would think that he’d set his sights on becoming ROH World Champion.