Bullet Club, Los Ingobernables de Japon and SoCal Ucensored meet in a thrilling six-man tag match; it’s hero versus villain when Shane “Hurricane” Helms” clashes with Marty Scurll; and Silas Young and Chris Sabin square off for a shot at the ROH World Television Title!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #359
Airdate: Weekend of Aug. 4, 2018
Location: EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Va.
-- Chris Sabin defeated Silas Young in a match to determine to the No. 1 contender for the ROH World Television Title
-- Marty Scurll defeated Shane “Hurricane” Helms
-- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI) defeated Bullet Club (The Young Bucks and Adam Page) and SoCal Ucensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky)
ROH World Television Title No. 1 Contender’s Match: Silas Young vs. Chris Sabin (w/Alex Shelley)
Sabin, best known as a tag-team wrestler as one-half of The Motor City Machine Guns with Alex Shelley, was coming off a solid showing in New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors, where he defeated the likes of KUSHIDA, Dragon Lee and El Desperado. Young, a two-time former ROH World Television Champion, was looking to get back on track.
Sabin outwrestled Young early and hit a springboard tornado DDT for a near fall. Young came back and gained a near fall, but Sabin quickly regained the advantage and hit Cradleshock for a convincing victory.
As Sabin celebrated in the ring, ROH World Television Champion Punishment Martinez walked onto the stage and raised his championship belt as he glared at Sabin.
Marty Scurll vs. Shane “Hurricane” Helms
Scurll targeted the fingers on Helms’ left hand that Scurll had broken in an earlier confrontation. Scurll stayed on the attack by applying a Japanese stranglehold and hitting a lungblower for a near fall. Helms answered with a Mordifier for a near fall and then Eye of the Hurricane for another near fall.
Later, Scurll applied the finger break on Helms’ right hand. Helms came back with a super neckbreaker for a near fall. Scurll shoved Helms into the referee, and while the referee had his back turned, Scurll kicked Helms low and then pinned him with an inside cradle.
SoCal Ucensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI) vs. Bullet Club (The Young Bucks and Adam Page)
Not surprisingly, bitter rivals Page and Kazarian began brawling at the beginning of the match even though they were not the legal men. The action throughout the bout was fast and furious, as each of these outstanding teams got on a roll at various points.
After a flurry of high-impact moves from members of all three teams, BUSHI went to spit mist into Daniels’ face, but Daniels ducked and the mist went right into referee Todd Sinclair’s eyes. Daniels and Kazarian hit Celebrity Rehab on BUSHI, and as Daniels made the cover, Kazarian grabbed the hand of the blinded Sinclair and forced him to make the count. BUSHI got his shoulder up at two, and Kazarian instinctively stopped Sinclair from hitting the mat a third time.
Page hit the Rite of Passage on SANADA as The Young Bucks came off the top rope to spike SANADA at the same time to increase the impact. Members of LIJ and SCU both broke up the pin. Later, Page superplexed Kazarian off the top rope onto Sky, EVIL, SANADA and The Young Bucks on the floor. That left Daniels and BUSHI in the ring.
Daniels set up for Angel’s Wings, but Mark Briscoe came down to the ring and jumped on the apron to distract Daniels. As referee Paul Turner -- who had replaced the blinded Sinclair -- directed his attention to Mark Briscoe, Jay Briscoe slid into the ring and nailed Daniels in the back with a chair. BUSHI then hit a Codebreaker off the middle rope on Daniels for the win.
It was a measure of revenge for the Briscoes after SCU had attacked them with a chair after the Briscoes’ successful title defense of their ROH World Tag Team Titles against The Young Bucks at the Best in the World pay-per-view five weeks ago.
THEY SAID IT
“It’s refreshing to see Chris Sabin prove to the world that truly he’s underrated but he’s one of the absolute best pound-for-pound pro wrestlers.”
-- Alex Shelley on his Motor City Machine Guns tag partner
“I believe Ole Anderson and Dusty Rhodes said it best: It never ends, it will never end.”
-- ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni on the hatred between Frankie Kazarian and Adam Page
-- Flip Gordon, Cheeseburger and Josh Woods vs. Bully Ray, Punishment Martinez and Shane Taylor
-- Women of Honor Title No. 1 Contender’s Four Corner Survival Match: Tenille Dashwood vs. Kelly Klein vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q
-- ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas) in a non-title match