ROH 5 Count: Top British Stars

With the Honor Re-United UK Tour coming up Aug. 16-19, here’s a look at the top British stars to compete in Ring of Honor:

5. JODY FLEISCH

Fleisch competed in the tournament to crown the inaugural ROH World Champion in 2002, defeating countryman Jonny Storm in the first round before losing to Spanky (Brian Kendrick) in the second. Fleisch defeated Amazing Red at Final Battle later that year and competed against the likes of Christopher Daniels and Low Ki in ROH in 2003.

Fleisch makes his return to ROH on the Re-United Tour, as he and longtime tag partner Storm face The Briscoes in Doncaster on Aug. 18 and then take on The Young Bucks in London on Aug. 19.

4. DOUG WILLIAMS

Williams, who competed in ROH sporadically from 2002-2007, wrestled in the four-way, 60-minute Iron Match Match in 2002 to crown the first ROH World Champion. He had defeated Jay Briscoe and “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson in first- and second-round matches, respectively.

In 2004, Williams won a tournament for the vacant ROH Pure Title. He also challenged Samoa Joe for the ROH World Title in 2003 and 2004. The decorated ring veteran returned to ROH in 2015 to wrestle Jay Lethal for the ROH World Title, and on the Honor United tour this past May he faced Silas Young for the ROH World Television Title.

3. WILL OSPREAY

Ospreay wasted no time living up to high expectations in ROH, as the then-23-year-old defeated Bobby Fish for the ROH World Television Title in his ROH debut in 2016. One of the most innovative wrestlers in the sport, “The Aerial Assassin” mesmerizes fans when he takes to the sky, and his devastating OsCutter won Best Move of 2017 in a vote by ROH fans.

Ospreay has won championships all over the world, including the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title twice. In 2016, he became the youngest and the first British wrestler to win New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s prestigious Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

2. MARTY SCURLL

“The Villain” has only been in ROH for a little more than a year and a half and he is already one of the top stars in the company. Scurll made his ROH debut by defeating Dalton Castle, and in his third match he beat rival Will Ospreay to win the ROH World Television Title. He went on to hold the championship for nearly six months, successfully defending it 11 times against such challengers as Ospreay, Adam Cole, Dragon Lee, Juice Robinson, Matt Sydal, Ken Anderson, Kenny King, Lio Rush and Donovan Dijak.

Scurll joined Bullet Club in 2017, replacing Cole, and continues to be an integral member of the sport’s top faction. Scurll also is making his mark in NJPW, where he is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and current co-holder of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Titles with fellow Bullet Club members The Young Bucks.

1. NIGEL MCGUINNESS

Only Jay Lethal has spent more days as a singles champion in ROH than the hard-hitting McGuinness. He won the ROH World Title from Takeshi Morishima in 2007 and held it for 545 days, which remains the second-longest world title reign in ROH history. In 2005, McGuinness defeated Samoa Joe to win the ROH Pure Title and held the now-defunct championship for a record 350 days.

During his reign as ROH World Champion, McGuinness successfully defended it 38 times (tied for the most with Bryan Danielson) against the likes of Danielson, Kevin Steen, Tyler Black, El Generico and Claudio Castagnoli. His long-standing rivalry with Danielson over the ROH World and Pure titles are regarded as some of the greatest matches ever in ROH.