With two-time Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein set to defend her title against Tasha Steelz at Summer Supercard in Toronto on Aug. 9, here’s a look at Klein’s biggest wins when the championship has been at stake.
5. TITLE DEFENSE VS. BRITT BAKER
(Road to G1 Supercard: Houston, 1/25/19)
Klein had no time to prepare for this match because it was a late addition to the card and she did not know who her opponent would be. Baker was very aggressive, but she couldn’t put the resilient champion away. Klein stunned Baker with a hard knee to the face and then applied her End of the Match submission hold for the win.
4. TITLE DEFENSE VS. SUMIE SAKAI
(Road to G1 Supercard: San Antonio, 1/26/19)
Sakai, the inaugural WOH World Champion, got off to a fast start and went on to score near falls on a TJ Neckbreaker and a top-rope Frankensteiner. Late in the match, Sakai hit her Smash Mouth finisher, but Klein kicked out at two. Klein came back with a Super K-Power off the middle rope and then locked on End of the Match. Sakai went limp and the referee called for the bell.
3. TITLE DEFENSE VS. JENNY ROSE -- STREET FIGHT
(Honor Reigns Supreme, 1/13/19)
The bad blood between Klein and Rose was evident by the ferocity in which they went at each other in this match. As they battled on the apron, Rose jumped on Klein’s back and applied a sleeper hold, but Klein leaped off the apron back-first, sending both of them crashing through the table. Back inside the ring, Rose superplexed Klein onto a pile of chairs, but Klein managed to kick out of Rose’s pin attempt. Ultimately, Klein hit K-Power on a chair for the win.
2. FOUR-WAY TITLE ELIMINATION MATCH VS. CHAMPION SUMIE SAKAI, MADISON RAYNE, KAREN Q
(Final Battle, 12/14/18)
Sakai entered this match having been WOH World Champion for 251 days. On this night, however, Klein left no doubt as to who the most dominant competitor was in WOH. Klein first eliminated Karen Q, and then Rayne. Fittingly, it came down to Klein and Sakai, who had met in the tournament final to crown the first champion seven months prior. This time, Klein would not be denied, as she hit Super K-Power off the middle rope to pin Sakai and become the second WOH World Champion.
1. TITLE MATCH VS. CHAMPION MAYU IWATANI
(G1 Supercard, 4/6/19)
This was the fifth meeting between the evenly matched rivals. Klein won the first two, and Iwatani won the next two, defeating Klein for the title in February and beating her again in the rematch in March. Knowing that she would likely go to the back of the line if she was unsuccessful this time, Klein simply refused to lose. Before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden, Klein hit K-Power two times in a row to beat Iwatani and become the first woman to regain the WOH World Championship.