ROH 5 Count: Outstanding Matches Of 2020

We’re only a quarter of the way into 2020 but ROH already has produced a number of outstanding matches. Here are five of them:

5. MARK HASKINS VS. ALEX SHELLEY
(Free Enterprise, Feb. 9)

Two of the best all-around competitors in pro wrestling faced each other for the first time in a one-on-one match, and the encounter did not disappoint. A back-and-forth battle between the master technicians ended with Haskins forcing Shelley to submit to the Sharpshooter. Haskins has dedicated himself to winning the ROH World Title in 2020, and he certainly looked like championship material in this bout.

4. ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS JAY LETHAL & JONATHAN GRESHAM VS. 2 GUYS 1 TAG (SILAS YOUNG & JOSH WOODS)
(Bound By Honor, Feb. 28)

The offbeat duo of 2G1T entered this championship match with an unblemished record, which included a victory over Lethal and Gresham prior to them winning the title. Lethal and Gresham weren’t taking any chances this time. They attacked the challengers from behind during their entrance, with Lethal clipping Young’s left knee with one of the belts. Lethal and Gresham targeted Young’s knee throughout the match, but Young proved resilient. In the end, the champions used a bit of subterfuge to retain their title.

3. ROH WORLD CHAMPION PCO VS. ROH WORLD TV CHAMPION DRAGON LEE
(Bound By Honor, Feb. 28)

Not only was this a dream match between the two singles champions in ROH (only PCO’s title was at stake), but it also was another chapter in the bitter rivalry between Villain Enterprises and La Faccion Ingobernable. Lee came within an eyelash of joining Jay Lethal as the only men to hold the ROH World Title and ROH World TV Title simultaneously. PCO rallied after surviving a series of brutal knees strikes to the head. The French-Canadian Frankenstein hit a tombstone piledriver and followed with a moonsault off the top rope for the victory. It would be PCO’s last successful title defense, as he lost the title to RUSH, Lee’s brother, in controversial fashion the next night.

2. THE BRISCOES VS. MEXABLOOD (BANDIDO & FLAMITA)
(Free Enterprise, Feb. 9)

When this match was first announced it had show-stealer written all over it, and the bout actually exceeded the high expectations. The 11-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion Briscoes and two-thirds of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bandido and Flamita went at it non-stop for nearly 20 minutes of furious, hard-hitting action that sent the fans into a frenzy. The Briscoes ultimately picked up the hard-fought victory after hitting the Doomsday Device on Flamita.

1. ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS VILLAIN ENTERPRISES (MARTY SCURLL, BRODY KING & FLIP GORDON) VS. MEXISQUAD (BANDIDO, FLAMITA & REY HORUS)
(Saturday Night At Center Stage, Jan. 11)

This was not scheduled to be a title match, but Scurll voluntarily put the belts on the line just prior to the start of the bout. That would turn out to be a mistake. After a flurry of fast-paced, back-and-forth action that thrilled the raucous crowd, Scurll prepared to apply the Chicken Wing on Bandido. However, Bandido took advantage of Scurll’s prolonged set-up and rolled him up for the three count to win the title. In their first match as a trio in ROH, MexiSquad ended Villain Enterprises’ record-setting reign at 301 days.