It’s Ring of Honor versus New Japan Pro-Wrestling as ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham team up against KUSHIDA and Jushin “Thunder” Liger; Bullet Club’s “Hangman” Adam Page faces SCU’s Scorpio Sky; Eli Isom looks to score another upset against Shane Taylor; and Bully Ray has a unique challenge for Flip Gordon!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #371
Airdate: Weekend of Oct. 27 , 2018
Location: Orleans Casino in Las Vegas
-- “Hangman” Adam Page defeated Scorpio Sky
-- Shane Taylor defeated Eli Isom
-- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated KUSHIDA and Jushin “Thunder” Liger
Scorpio Sky vs. “Hangman” Adam Page
Page took the fight outside the ring early in the contest and rammed Sky into the barricade twice before lawn-darting him into the ring post. Back in the ring, Page set up for a move off the top rope, but Sky caught him with a leaping hurricanrana for a near fall.
Sky had two more near falls before Page connected with a lariat. Page followed with a dropkick into the corner and a German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Sky rallied with a slingshot cutter for a near fall and a Fisherman Buster variation for another two count. Another lariat from Page turned Sky inside out. Page then hit the Rite of Passage for the victory.
The “real world champion” speaks
In a backstage segment with The Kingdom, TK O’Ryan said the “Kingdom Conspiracy” is about to get turned on its head. Matt Taven, proudly displaying his personalized world title belt, said we now have a real world champion who will defend it against anyone deserving of a shot. Vinny Marseglia said the conspiracy is dead.
“Hangman” eyeing gold
Backstage, moments after “Hangman” Adam Page’s win, he said his “dominant victory” proves the is one of the best heavyweights in the world. He said he was in the G1 Climax tournament in Japan and now he’s back in ROH and looking for a shot at a title, perhaps even a shot at the ROH World Championship.
Shane Taylor vs. Eli Isom
Isom, who pinned Taylor to win a Four Corner Survival Match four weeks ago, offered a handshake to adhere to the Code of Honor, but Taylor responded by spitting on Isom’s hand. Isom found success in the early going by employing a stick-and-move strategy, but a big right hand from Taylor abruptly halted his momentum. Taylor followed with a draping cutter.
Isom, however, once again showed both his resilience and his surprising strength, as he lifted Taylor and executed a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Taylor later connected with a headbutt followed by a knee to the chest to regain the advantage. Taylor then hit his Greetings from 216 finisher for the win.
After the match, Taylor continued to attack Isom. Taylor grabbed a chair and put it around Isom’s neck, but before Taylor could follow through on whatever he was planning, Cheeseburger came out to stop him. Taylor, however, nailed Cheeseburger with a right hand and then hit Greetings from 216 on him. Taylor picked up the chair, but Flip Gordon came out and speared him. Gordon nailed Taylor with a flurry of punches and then whacked him on the back with the chair several times.
Bully Ray issues a challenge to Flip Gordon
After taking care of Shane Taylor, Gordon grabbed a microphone and called out Bully Ray. He said he’ll fight Bully in any type of match he wants, whether it’s a TLC match, ladder match, street fight or whatever.
Bully came out to the stage and said that Gordon looks like he’s ready for a fight, but it’s not going to happen tonight. Bully told Gordon he’s already beaten him and has nothing to prove. Bully then issued a challenge for next week at the former ECW Arena in Philadelphia. Bully said it’ll be his best guy versus Gordon’s best guy. Bully said if Gordon’s guy wins, Gordon can do anything he wants to him, including beating him up and firing him. Bully said that if his guy wins, he can do whatever he wants to Gordon.
Bully introduced Silas Young as his guy. Bully told Gordon his guy better win or else it’ll be the end of him.
KUSHIDA and Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham
After the initial feeling out process, New Japan Pro Wrestling stars KUSHIDA and Liger took control against Gresham. Liger trapped Gresham in a surfboard, and when Lethal tried to make the save, KUSHIDA cut him off and applied an armbar. Gresham managed to escape, and Lethal rolled to the ropes to break KUSHIDA’s hold.
Liger then put Gresham in an Indian Deathlock/Kimura Lock combination, but the resourceful Gresham grabbed Liger’s ankle and twisted it, causing Liger to release the hold. After Gresham tagged Lethal, the ROH World Champion ran wild on KUSHIDA and hit Lethal Combination for a near fall. Later, Liger hit a splash off the top rope on Lethal for a near fall. Lethal rallied and went on to hit Lethal Injection on Liger to give the ROH duo the victory.
THEY SAID IT
“Do you consider yourself a betting man?”
-- Bully Ray to Flip Gordon
“I bet I could kick your ass here tonight!”
-- Gordon’s response to Bully’s question
“We’re watching art here. We’re watching a beautiful painting being made.”
-- ROH commentator Caprice Coleman on the technical wrestling being displayed in the main event
-- Silas Young (representing Bully Ray) vs. Flip Gordon’s representative