On June 29, The Best Wrestling on the Planet presents the ninth edition of the Best in the World pay-per-view. Over the years, Best in the World has produced historic title changes, classic matches and violent battles. Here’s a look at the Top 5 matches in the event’s storied history:
5. KENTA AND NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS. BRYAN DANIELSON AND SAMOA JOE (2006)
When this dream tag match took place at the inaugural Best in the World, the four participants were among the very best singles competitors in the sport. The match more than lived up to the hype, as ROH stalwarts Danielson and Joe battled the Japanese stars in a hard-hitting contest that lasted nearly 35 minutes. In the end, KENTA hit Go 2 Sleep on Danielson for the victory.
4. BJ WHITMER VS. STEVE CORINO IN A FIGHT WITHOUT HONOR (2016)
One of the most intense, personal rivalries in ROH history culminated in arguably the most violent match to ever take place in an ROH ring. Chairs, tables, a roll of quarters and broken glass from a beer bottle were used as weapons, as both men bled profusely. At one point, Corino even poured rubbing alcohol into the open wound on Whitmer’s head. Eventually, Kevin Sullivan, one of the most evil, sadistic men in pro wrestling and a mentor to both competitors, showed up in the ring with a spike. He drove the spike into the head of Corino, and that allowed Whitmer to prevail.
3. DAVEY RICHARDS VS. EDDIE EDWARDS (2011)
Richards and Edwards had been ROH World Tag Team Champions as The American Wolves, but they found themselves on opposite sides of the ring with Edwards’ ROH World Title on the line. With each of them determined to prove he’s the better man, the best friends went toe-to-toe for nearly 40 minutes. When the dust settled, Richards was the new ROH World Champion.
2. CODY VS. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS (2017)
Daniels, one of ROH’s “Founding Fathers,” had finally realized his dream of becoming ROH World Champion at the age of 45 three months prior to this title defense. On this night, however, it was “The American Nightmare” Cody who would achieve his dream of winning the world championship, just as his father, the late, great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes had done on three occasions. Cody scored the biggest win of his career after hitting Cross Rhodes.
1. JAY LETHAL VS. JAY BRISCOE IN A WINNER TAKE ALL MATCH (2015)
This was a showdown to truly determine who was the “Best in the World.” Entering the match, Briscoe had been ROH World Champion for more than nine months, and Lethal had been ROH World Television Champion for more than 14 months. Both titles were on the line. Briscoe and Lethal engaged in an instant classic that took the rabid crowd for a thrilling ride. As the contest neared the 30-minute mark, Lethal hit Lethal Injection to become the only man to hold both the ROH World and ROH World Television titles.