ROH Recap: Cobb And Maff Take On Lethal And Gresham In Proving Ground Match

Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff will earn a future shot at the ROH World Tag Team Title if they can defeat champions Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham or take them to a time limit draw. Also, 20 competitors square off in a battle royal for an ROH World Title shot, Session Moth Martina makes her long-awaited debut against Sumie Sakai, and more!

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #443
Airdate: Weekend of March 14, 2020

Cold Open: Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham score a tainted victory over the Briscoes to win the ROH World Tag Team Title at Final Battle in December.

20-Person Battle Royal for Future World Title Shot

Surprise competitors included Gangrel, Blue Meanie, Crowbar and Danhausen. During the entrances, Kenny King seemed confused when fellow La Faccion Ingobernable member Dragon Lee came out, as he thought Lee was still in Japan. Before the bell sounded, Gangrel spit his red liquid into King’s face. In a scene reminiscent of the Honor Rumble at G1 Supercard last April when Great Muta sprayed his mist into King’s face, King seemed to be blinded.

Maria Manic was in the match, and she eliminated Brian Johnson, Rhett Titus and both Bouncers. After an exchange of chops between Manic and Silas Young, Young tried to toss her over the top rope, but she held on. Suddenly, Bully Ray ran down to ringside and pulled Manic to the floor. Bully then whacked her in the back with a chair and proceeded to powerbomb her through the announce table.

The final three were Dragon Lee, Young and Young’s tag partner Josh Woods. After Woods inadvertently eliminated Young, Lee eliminated Woods. At that point, King ran into the ring and tossed Lee over the top rope. As King celebrated his win (which was reminiscent of how he won the Honor Rumble), he failed to see that Lee held onto the ropes and pulled himself back in the ring. Lee unmasked, revealing that it was Gordon. King turned around and charged at Gordon, but Gordon ducked and King went flying over the top rope onto the floor.

The order of elimination was: Gangrel, LSG, Crowbar and Eli Isom simultaneously, Dak Draper, Blue Meanie, PJ Black, Brian Johnson, Rhett Titus, The Bouncers simultaneously, Maria Manic, Delirious, Danhausen, Cheeseburger, Tracy Williams, Silas Young, Josh Woods, Kenny King.

Backstage interview with Flip Gordon

Highlights from Free Enterprise: Session Moth Martina vs. Sumie Sakai

Martina made her highly anticipated ROH debut by defeating the inaugural Women of Honor World Champion. Sakai, who has adopted a win-at-all-cost mentality, DDT’d Martina on a chair behind the back of the referee, who was incapacitated. While Sakai tried to revive the referee, Martina got back to her feet and hit the Jaeger Bomb on her. The referee recovered and made the three count.

Backstage interview with Sumie Sakai

Proving Ground Match: ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham vs. Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff 

The stipulation of the match is that if Cobb and Maff defeat the champions or take them to a time limit draw, they earn a future title shot. Lethal attempted Lethal Injection on Maff, but Maff countered by hoisting Lethal up on his shoulders and hitting a Burning Hammer for the victory.