ROH Recap: Cody Puts ROH World Title On Line In Impromptu Match

The Addiction is Banned From the Building

In video shot earlier in the day, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian were denied entry into the building. Daniels and Kazarian weren’t pleased about it but they chose to leave peacefully.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kushida vs. Scorpio Sky (Non-Title Match)

The Japanese star and the noteworthy independent wrestler were only a few minutes into their match when Daniels and Kazarian managed to get into the building and ruin it.

Daniels used an air horn outside the ring to create a distraction, and then Kazarian entered the ring and kicked Kushida low. The Addiction then proceeded to beat down both Kushida and Sky until Jay Lethal hit the ring and they retreated.

Lethal said he will no longer stand by while The Addiction repeatedly disrespects ROH. He challenged them to face him and Kushida in a tag match, which will take place on a future episode.

Bully Ray Delivers Shocking Health Update

Bully Ray came to the ring wearing sunglasses and without entrance music. He said he took a bad shot to the head at Death Before Dishonor, and that due to the head trauma he suffered, loud music and bright lights are affecting him.

He said he’s always appreciated the respect the fans have given him, and there’s nothing more he’d rather do than yell and scream about getting revenge on Jay Briscoe, but he just doesn’t know if that’s ever going to happen.

Bully said he’s considering stepping away from the ring for the first time in his career. He said he has to think about his health and his family. He thanked the fans and told them he’d see them down the road.

After Bully left the ring, he was met in aisle by Mark Briscoe. Mark shook Bully’s hand and said, “The issue is not with the Briscoe brothers, it’s with Jay Briscoe.

“You know I got your back and you know I love you,” Mark added as he embraced Bully.

Bullet Club Celebration

Bullet Club members ROH World Champion Cody and ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks and Adam Page entered the ring accompanied by Brandi Rhodes, business managers -- and Shane Taylor. Cody handed a wad of money to Taylor, who stood by at ringside.

Cody said that after Death Before Dishonor, ROH officials offered him the most lucrative contract in company history. He said that in November 2015, the Young Bucks were fielding offers from every major wrestling company, and just like them, he’s choosing ROH. Cody signed the contract and put on an ROH baseball cap.

Cody said that despite being dressed in a suit, he will defend the title right now. He said his opponent openly challenged him for the title, is arguably the second-most-popular wrestler in ROH and has a great entrance.

The crowd was expecting Dalton Castle, but Cody had someone else in mind. He introduced Cheeseburger as the No. 1 contender.

ROH World Title Match: Cody (champion) vs. Cheeseburger

Cody demanded Cheeseburger kiss his ring, but the challenger suggested they adhere to the Code of Honor. Cody responded with a slap to the face.

The champion toyed with Cheeseburger early in the match, but the never-say-die fan favorite eventually gained the advantage and scored several near falls on Cody. Cheeseburger attempted to hit Shotay, but Cody turned it into Cross Rhodes. The cocky Cody could’ve finished off Cheeseburger at that point, but he picked him up at the count of two to humiliate him and dish out more punishment.

Cody removed his cowboy boot, but the referee took it away from him. While the referee was preoccupied, Cheeseburger grabbed Cody’s leather belt -- which Cody had removed and tossed on the ring apron earlier in the match -- and lashed Cody’s back with it. Cheeseburger then trapped Cody in an inside cradle and nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in wrestling history, but Cody kicked out just in time.

After that incredibly close call, Cody wasn’t taking any more chances. He applied the American Deathlock, and Cheeseburger tapped out.

A Conspiracy Against The Kingdom?

Prior to their six-man tag main event tonight against Search and Destroy’s Motor City Machine Guns and Jonathan Gresham, The Kingdom claimed there was a conspiracy against them. Vinny Marseglia said they never should’ve had to compete in a No. 1 contender's match for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles -- a championship they were never defeated for -- at Death Before Dishonor. TK O’Ryan said The Kingdom should’ve been handed the titles after he returned from the knee injury that caused them to be stripped of the championship belts. Taven said no combination of Search and Destroy can hold a candle to The Kingdom.

Coleman’s Pulpit Welcomes The Dawgs (Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara)

Titus was wearing Ferrara’s rather tight suit jacket, while Ferrara was “swimming” in Titus’ jacket.  Ferrara talked about his problems with Cheeseburger and said he doesn’t feel bad about it because Cheeseburger was selfish. Titus said he knows something about selfish tag partners and sometimes you have to cut the fat. Titus said he will take Ferrara to the top.

The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) vs. Search and Destroy (Jonathan Gresham and ROH World Tag Team Champions Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley of The Motor City Machine Guns)

After an early flurry of high-flying offense by Search and Destroy, The Kingdom used their aggressive tactics and teamwork to ground the popular trio. 

Search and Destroy rallied, however, and Gresham put O’Ryan in an ankle lock. That may have spelled the end of The Kingdom in this match had Taven not hit a springboard enziguri on Gresham to set O’Ryan free.

With the referee distracted by O’Ryan, Taven nailed Sabin in the back with his walking stick. Taven then rolled up Sabin and grabbed a handful of tights to score the winning pinfall. Despite attaining the victory by questionable means, it will go down in the record book as a member of The Kingdom pinning a member of the ROH World Tag Team Champions.

Next Week

A four-corner survival match to determine the No. 1 contender for Kenny King’s ROH World Television Title will take place between Mark Briscoe, Punishment Martinez, Shane Taylor and Chuckie T.