ROH 17th Anniversary Recap

At the ROH 17th Anniversary pay-per-view in Las Vegas Friday night (March 15), ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Matt Taven took each other to the limit; ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Brody King set Sin City ablaze with an insane Las Vegas Street Fight; Mexican stars RUSH and Bandido met for the first time in a battle of the unbeatens; ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb and new WOH World Champion Mayu Iwatani put their titles on the line; and challenges were made for next month’s G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden.

QUICK RESULTS

-- “The Villain” Marty Scurll defeated Kenny King

-- ROH World Television Title Match: Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Shane Taylor

-- WOH World Title Match: Champion Mayu Iwatani defeated Kelly Klein 

-- ROH World Title Match: Champion Jay Lethal and Matt Taven wrestled to a 60-minute draw

-- RUSH defeated Bandido

-- ROH World Tag Team Title Las Vegas Street Fight: Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Brody King defeated champions Jay and Mark Briscoe to win the titles

RECAP

Kenny King vs. “The Villain” Marty Scurll

Taking a page from Scurll’s playbook, King made his entrance with a “Villain” cosplayer in an attempt to get into his head. It didn’t work. Early in the match, Scurll took out the faux “Villain” with a swift kick to the head.

King halted Scurll’s momentum with a Blockbuster for a near fall and a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Scurll hit a Villain Bomb for a two count, but King answered with a spinebuster for a near fall. Scurll landed a superplex, but King countered with Royal Flush. Scurll wisely rolled out of the ring before King could attempt a cover.

A frustrated King brought a chair into the ring, but the referee took it away from him. While King and the referee were playing tug of war with the chair, Scurll grabbed his umbrella. He nailed King in the head with it and the referee turned around and made the three count.

ROH World Television Title Match: Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Shane Taylor

The two bulls exchanged hard-hitting moves early in the match, but it was a stalemate. Cobb hit a deadlift T-Bone suplex for a near fall, but Taylor answered with a devastating knee to the jaw for a two count. Cobb came back with a running clothesline that had so much steam behind it that his momentum sent him crashing through the ropes to the floor. 

Cobb slammed Taylor off the top rope and followed with a standing moonsault for a near fall. Taylor hit a splash off the middle rope for a near fall. Cobb landed a delayed German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Taylor turned Cobb inside out with a clothesline and then stuck Cobb with a Cleveland Destroyer that Cobb somehow managed to kick out of at two.

Cobb eventually hit Tour of the Islands, but sensing that Taylor still had fight left in him, Cobb hit a second one. Cobb made the cover and got the three count.

WOH World Title Match: Champion Mayu Iwatani (w/Sumie Sakai) vs. Kelly Klein (w/Camp Klein)

Klein adhered to the Code of Honor -- which she usually doesn’t do -- but was aggressive right from the opening bell. The former champion seized control with a ground and pound attack. Iwatani survived the early onslaught and hit a pair of Sling Blades and a Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall. Iwatani remained on the offensive, connecting on a double stomp off the top rope and a superkick.

Klein rocked Iwatani with a series of palm strikes and a German suplex that dropped Iwatani on her head. Remarkably, Iwatani survived the nasty-looking landing and hit a moonsault. She went for a second one, but Klein got her knees up. Klein hit K-Power, but Iwatani kicked out of the finisher. Klein hit a clothesline and began to talk trash. Iwatani took advantage of Klein’s lapse in judgment and caught her with an inside cradle for the win.

LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams vs. The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia

A video showing highlights of LifeBlood guarding the ring while Jay Lethal destroyed Matt Taven’s “real” world title belt was shown on the screen. That led to an irate Taven storming to the ring. Taven said he’s ready for his match with Lethal right now. Lethal came out, and the match was on.

ROH World Title Match: Champion Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven

These two bitter rivals started slugging it out right from the start. Throughout the match, Lethal targeted Taven’s surgically repaired left knee, while Taven focused much of his attack on Lethal’s left shoulder after Lethal landed awkwardly on it early in the match.

As Lethal was about to leap off the top rope, red balloons came up from under the ring, and The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia entered. While O’Ryan distracted the referee, Marseglia nailed Lethal with O’Ryan’s baseball bat. Jonathan Gresham came down to intervene, but he was double-teamed by Marseglia and O’Ryan, who slammed a chair on Gresham’s knee. LifeBlood’s Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams came out and ran off O’Ryan and Marseglia.

Taven hit a low blow behind the referee’s back and followed with Climax for a near fall. Taven then hit a frog splash for a near fall. Lethal came back with a Figure-Four Leglock, but Taven got to the ropes to force a break. Taven suplexed Lethal from the ring and through a table. He then rolled Lethal back in the ring for a near fall. 

Lethal rallied and hit Taven’s Climax finisher for a near fall. He followed up with Just the Tip and Lethal Injection for another near fall. Taven brought a ladder into play and wedged it between the ring and a table on the floor. He ended up being placed on the ladder, but when Lethal attempted an elbow drop off the top rope into him, Taven moved and Lethal crashed through the ladder.

Ringside crew members tried to help Lethal to the back, but Lethal resisted. Taven did a big dive over the top rope that took out Lethal and the crew members. Back inside the ring, Taven hit Just the Top five times and covered Lethal, but the champion kicked out at two. Taven came off the top rope for a move but was caught with a cutter for a near fall. Lethal nailed Taven with three Enziguri kicks and followed up with Lethal Injection. Incredibly, Taven kicked out at two.

At that point, the bell rang. The 60-minute time limit has expired and the match was declared a draw.

Marty Scurll, who will challenge for the ROH World Title at G1 Supercard, came out and picked up the championship belt. As the exhausted Lethal and Taven remained on the mat, Scurll draped the belt over his shoulder and walked out.

Note: It was announced on commentary during the match that ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb had challenged NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay to a title versus title match at G1 Supercard.

Mega Ran Performs

Rapper Mega Ran and his associate came down to the ring and performed Mega Ran’s new, original song, “Going to the Garden.” Bully Ray interrupted. He bullied Mega Ran and his friend and demanded that they leave the ring.

Bully then issued an open challenge for a New York City Street Fight at G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden on April 6.

RUSH vs. Bandido

It was apparent from the start that RUSH, while popular with fans, is not the most honorable of competitors. Early in the match, Bandido went for a hurricanrana off the apron to the floor, but RUSH caught him and powerbombed him through a ringside table. RUSH continued to assault Bandido outside the ring.

Bandido rallied with a series of spectacular, high-flying moves, including a Fosbury Flop and a springboard 450 Splash while RUSH was caughton the middle rope. RUSH came back with a flip dive to the floor, but Bandido answered with a running hurricanrana off the apron. Back inside the ring, Bandido hit the GTS. RUSH landed an overhead suplex into the corner and followed with a basement dropkick in the corner for the victory.

After the match, Dalton Castle, who had been sitting in on commentary for the contest, got into the ring and challenged RUSH to a match at G1 Supercard. RUSH disrespected Castle, but accepted the challenge.

ROH World Tag Team Title Las Vegas Street Fight: Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Brody King

As soon as the bell rang, all four competitors grabbed chairs and began swinging them at one another. The Briscoes won the chair-swinging battle, but PCO powerbombed Mark Briscoe off the apron and through a table. Later, Mark Briscoe dropped PCO throat-first onto the guardrail. Inside the ring, King hit a Death Valley Driver that sent Mark Briscoe through a table that had been positioned in the corner. 

Jay Briscoe, who was bleeding profusely from his head, and his brother back-body-dropped PCO onto the edge of the apron. Mark Briscoe hit a Blockbuster off the top rope that put King through a table on the floor. Jay Briscoe went on to hit Jay Driller on King, but King kicked out at two. Both Briscoes grabbed kendo sticks and nailed PCO in the head with a series of blows with the weapons, but he shook them off. PCO snatched both kendo sticks and broke them in half.

Mark Briscoe grabbed a jagged shard from one of the broken kendo sticks and stabbed PCO in the throat with it. King tossed Mark Briscoe off the top rope onto some chairs that were on the floor. King then put Jay Briscoe through a table with a piledriver off the apron. Inside the ring PCO placed a chair on top of a fallen Jay Briscoe and hit a moonsault on him to win the match and the titles for his team. The insane match left all four men bloodied and battered.

PCO and King will now go on to face IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny at G1 Supercard with both sets of titles at stake.