ROH World Television Champion Silas Young puts his title on the line against Flip Gordon, Bully Ray sounds off about his controversial actions at Supercard of Honor, WOH Champion Sumie Sakai takes on Stella Grey, and Josh Woods seeks a breakthrough win against the always entertaining Chuckie T!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #345
Airdate: Weekend of April 28, 2018
Location: Stage AE in Pittsburgh
-- Chuckie T defeated Josh Woods
-- WOH Champion Sumie Sakai defeated Stella Grey in a non-title match
-- ROH World Television Champion Silas Young defeated Flip Gordon in a title match
Chuckie T vs. Josh Woods
Thanks to his flying maneuvers and unorthodox style, Chuckie T stayed one step ahead of Woods for much of the match, but the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner managed to score a near fall after a fireman’s carry into a knee to the face. Woods went on to apply a cross armbar, but the savvy Chuckie T shifted his weight and held Woods down for the three count.
Cody turns his attention to Dalton Castle
In backstage segment with Cody and Brandi Rhodes, Cody said that Castle is his favorite wrestler and he disagrees with anyone who is criticizing Castle’s reign as ROH World Champion. Brandi pointed out that Castle had a great match with Jay Lethal and that Cody beat Lethal. She said Cody also beat Kenny Omega.
“So where does that leave us?” Cody wondered. Brandi gestured to her waist
“Are you pregnant?” Cody asked.
“God no, a title!” she replied.
“The Ring of Honor World Championship,” Cody said.
The Kingdom gloats
In a backstage segment with The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia), Taven sarcastically congratulated SoCal Uncensored and The Young Bucks and Flip Gordon for stealing the show at Supercard of Honor. Marseglia remarked that both teams left the ring empty-handed. O’Ryan said The Kingdom took possession of what should’ve never been away from them in the first place: the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles (which still rightfully belong to SCU).
Stella Grey vs. WOH Champion Sumie Sakai (non-title match)
In her first match since becoming the inaugural Women of Honor Champion at Supercard of Honor, Sakai faced the aggressive up-and-comer from Philadelphia. Grey nearly scored the huge upset when she hit a wicked spear for a near fall. She also got a near fall on an overhead throw into a bridge. Sakai recovered and landed a Saito Suplex for a near fall before finally finishing off Grey with Smash Mouth.
Afterwards, Jenny Rose, who had been sitting in on commentary during the match, came into the ring and congratulated Sakai on winning the title. Rose said she and Sakai aren’t always on the same page, and she threw to footage of a tag match at Manhattan Mayhem in which Sakai was pushed into Rose, costing them the match. Rose said she wants to be the first to challenge Sakai for the title.
Sakai told Rose that she loves her and doesn’t want to fight her, but for the title she will. Sakai offered to shake Rose’s hand, but Rose pointed to the title belt on Sakai’s shoulder and walked off.
SoCal Uncensored issues a warning to The Kingdom
In a backstage segment with ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champions SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky), Daniels said there will be consequences for The Kingdom stealing the championship belts from them. Daniels said they will do ROH a favor and get rid of The Kingdom once and for all.
Video highlight from Masters of the Craft
At the event in Columbus, Ohio, on April 15, Marty Scurll pinned ROH World Champion Dalton Castle in a Defy or Deny match to earn a future title shot with Castle.
Marty Scurll puts Dalton Castle on notice
In a backstage segment, Scurll said it makes him physically sick that Castle calls himself the ROH World Champion. Scurll said he wants his title shot at Best in the World in June. He said Castle’s days as champion are numbered.
Video highlight from Supercard of Honor
Needing a partner to face The Dawgs, Cheeseburger pleaded with Bully Ray to team with him. Bully accepted, but then turned on Cheeseburger and left him lying. Bully said that guys like Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon are what’s wrong with the wrestling business because they’re spoiled and entitled. After ROH COO Joe Koff and Gordon came down to ringside, Bully Ray powerbombed Cheeseburger and exited.
Bully Ray blasts young wrestlers, ROH fans, Joe Koff
Bully Ray came to the ring and was greeted by chants for Cheeseburger. He said Cheeseburger represents what he despises about a lot of young guys in the wrestling business.Bully said guys like Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon are spoiled and entitled and so are the fans.
He said another problem with ROH is COO Joe Koff because he “provides all these spoiled, entitled young boys with a platform.” Bully told Koff, who was standing in the back of the arena, that he’s still the enforcer in ROH. Bully then put on his WWE Hall of Fame ring and said it makes him better than everyone in the building.
ROH World Champion Dalton Castle answers his critics
Castle noted that it’s been well over 100 days that he’s been champion yet people still ask whether he’s championship material. He listed the challengers he’s defeated -- Punishment Martinez, Beretta, Beer City Bruiser, Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll -- and said, “You’re damn right I am.”
ROH World Television Title Match: Silas Young (champion) vs. Flip Gordon
Gordon, one of the fastest-rising stars in the sport, was getting his first opportunity for a singles title in ROH. Young, who had regained the title from Kenny King at Supercard of Honor, had the advantage in the early stages of the match, but Gordon rallied with a flurry of offense.
After landing a springboard spear for a near fall, Gordon hit Kinder Surprise, a suicide dive, Samoan Pop and a standing Shooting Star Press in succession for another near fall. Gordon then planted Young with Falcon Arrow and came within an eyelash of winning the title. Having survived the onslaught, Young dug deep and and hit Misery for the hard-fought win.
THEY SAID IT
“I’m not going to be one of these hobby journalists, one of these keyboard warriors that writes off [Dalton Castle’s] title reign as a failure, comparing him to 1978 Bob Backlund where he had to substantiate the whole card around him so people care. I care about Dalton Castle. I like Dalton Castle.”
“If you throw something at me again, I come over the guardrail, I punch you in your face.”
-- Bully Ray to a fan who threw a streamer in the ring while he was talking
“For over 500 days now, we’ve been the first, the last, the only six-man tag champions here in Ring of Honor.”
-- The Kingdom’s Matt Taven with some “alternative facts” regarding the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles
“Bad Matt Taven! Bad! Matt, Kingdom, I’m not going to talk to you like men because you’re not men. I’m going to talk to you like a child because that’s all The Kingdom are -- children. At Supercard of Honor you played a little hide and seek and you stole the six-man tag team championships from us like it’s a prank, like it’s some sorority game. Well gentleman, there are consequences when you misbehave.”
-- Christopher Daniels on The Kingdom stealing SoCal Uncensored’s ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship belts