ROH 5 Count: Top Contenders To The ROH World Title

ROH World Champion PCO has no shortage of worthy contenders lining up to try to take his title. Here’s a look at his top 5 challengers:

5. SHANE TAYLOR

It turns out the CEO of Shane Taylor Promotions is as ruthless at the negotiating table as he is in the squared circle. Taylor announced recently that he re-signed with ROH after all his contract demands were met. One of those demands was that he receive a shot at the ROH World Title at a time of his choosing. Taylor has yet to reveal when he’s going to cash in his title opportunity, but this much is certain: his seven-month reign as ROH World Television Champion last year proves he is championship material.

4. FLIP GORDON

“The Mercenary” wasn’t even booked in the battle royal at Free Enterprise on Feb. 9 for a future shot at the ROH World Title, but he found a way to win it anyway. Disguised as Dragon Lee, Gordon outlasted 19 other competitors to earn the title shot. Gordon has had the look of a future world champion ever since he signed with ROH three years ago, and after joining Villain Enterprises last year, he has become an even more dangerous competitor. When Gordon will receive his title shot is unknown, but there’s a very real possibility he’ll be facing fellow Villain Enterprises member PCO for the championship when he does.

3. MARK HASKINS

Haskins’ first year in ROH was outstanding, but he has yet to get his first taste of gold. “Overkill” has vowed that he will be a champion in Year 2, and he’s set his sights on the richest prize in the sport. Haskins is scheduled to face champion PCO and RUSH in a Triple Threat Match for the ROH World Title at Gateway To Honor in St. Louis on Feb. 29. Haskins enters the bout with momentum, as he scored a huge win over Bully Ray in a Street Fight at Final Battle in December and forced Alex Shelley to tap out at Free Enterprise.

2. DRAGON LEE

The ROH World Television Champion is looking to join Jay Lethal as the only competitors to hold that title and the ROH World Championship simultaneously. Lee will challenge PCO for the ROH World Title at Bound By Honor in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 28. The La Faccion Ingobernable member shot up the rankings by handing Jeff Cobb a rare pinfall loss in November and defeating Shane Taylor for the TV Title in December. Lee has the full support of his brother RUSH (the man PCO defeated to win the ROH World Title at Final Battle), who said it doesn’t matter which of them is ROH World Champion as long as the title is with LFI.

1. RUSH

“El Toro Blanco” has suffered just one pinfall loss since debuting in ROH at the end of 2018, and he’ll have another opportunity to avenge it when he faces PCO in the Triple Threat Match for the championship at Gateway To Honor (unless Dragon Lee wins the title from PCO the night before at Bound By Honor). RUSH, who held the ROH World Championship for 77 days before losing it to PCO in December, would be attempting to become just the fifth man to regain the title. He failed to win back the title in his rematch with PCO in Atlanta on Jan. 11 -- PCO won the match by disqualification -- but he and the rest of La Faccion Ingobernable left the champion lying.