Since its inception in 2005, Ring of Honor’s Manhattan Mayhem has featured title changes, shocking moments and fierce rivalries. Manhattan Mayhem VII, which takes place Saturday, March 3 from a sold-out The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom and available LIVE for HonorClub, is shaping up to be another action-packed, unforgettable show.
Here’s a look at the Top 5 Manhattan Mayhem matches in the event’s history:
5. SAMOA JOE VS. JAY LETHAL (2005)
It was a classic matchup of student versus teacher when Lethal put the now-defunct ROH Pure Championship on the line against his mentor. Despite being at a disadvantage in size and experience, Lethal went hold for hold with Joe and showed that he had learned his lessons well. Lethal gained several near falls, but Joe ultimately proved to be the better man on this night, as he went on to capture the title from his protege. Even though he came up short, Lethal proved that he had all the qualities to one day be ROH World Champion.
4. EDDIE EDWARDS VS. RODERICK STRONG (2011)
Edwards walked into Manhattan Mayhem as the No. 1 contender for Strong’s ROH World Championship, and the former ROH World Television and World Tag Team champion walked out as the first Triple Crown winner in company history. The two evenly matched competitors engaged in a hard-hitting, back-and-forth contest that had the crowd whipped into a frenzy. In the end, Edwards overcame all of Strong’s pinning combinations and submission maneuvers -- as well as a distraction from Strong’s manager, Truth Martini -- to realize his dream of becoming world champion.
3. THE BRISCOES VS. KEVIN STEEN AND EL GENERICO (2007)
Jay and Mark Briscoe were on their third of what would become a record eight reigns as ROH World Tag Team Champions when they defended the titles against Steen and Generico in a two-out-of-three falls match in the main event. The bout degenerated into a wild brawl right from the opening bell. Steen and Generico pushed the champions to the limit, but The Briscoes were at the top of their game on this night and simply refused to lose. The Briscoes won the match in two straight falls.
2. THE HARDYS VS. THE YOUNG BUCKS (2017)
The lights went off in the arena immediately following a successful defense of the ROH World Tag Team Titles by The Young Bucks, and when they came back on, the crowd erupted. In a surreal moment that will go down as one of the most memorable in ROH history, The Young Bucks were standing face to face with Matt and Jeff Hardy. The Hardys challenged The Young Bucks to put their titles on the line. The champions accepted, and the dream match between two of the greatest tag teams of all time had become a reality. After about 10 minutes of fast and furious action, The Hardys captured the gold.
1. TAKESHI MORISHIMA VS. BRYAN DANIELSON (2007)
Danielson had many memorable moments in ROH, but when he challenged Morishima for the ROH World Title, he put on of the gutsiest performances of all time. Just over four minutes into the match, Danielson -- who was giving up nearly 150 pounds to the 328-pound Japanese powerhouse -- suffered a detached retina as the result of Morishima’s clubbing blows. Morishima would target Danielson’s injured left eye throughout the match, but the “American Dragon” kept battling. Fueled by the support of the rabid crowd and showing incredible toughness and heart, Danielson scored several near falls in the latter stages of the match, coming within a fraction of a second of regaining the championship he had once held for 462 days before Morishima ultimately prevailed after more than 20 minutes of intense action.
Manhattan Mayhem returns to NYC on Saturday March 3 with the addition of THE EXPERIENCE! Head over to ROHWrestling.com now to vote on match stipulations and more, and then watch LIVE at 7pm EST for the first time ever for all HonorClub members!