ROH Recap: Is Matt Taven The New Master Of 'The Ring?'

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #333
Airdate: Weekend of Feb. 3, 2018
Location: Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.


-- The ROH World Tag Team Title Match between champions Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) and Best Friends (Beretta and Chuckie T.) ended in a no-contest due to The Briscoes attacking both teams

-- Marty Scurll defeated Shane Taylor

-- Cody defeated Matt Taven


ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) (champions) vs. Best Friends (Beretta and Chuckie T.) 

This was a rematch from Final Battle in December, when the Machine Guns successfully defended their titles against Best Friends. In this contest, the tremendous tag team continuity of both teams was on display. After a flurry of offense from Best Friends that took the action outside the ring, Beretta and Chuckie T. celebrated in the aisle with one of the patented hugs. Suddenly, The Briscoes came charging from the back and laid out Best Friends. The referee called for the bell, ruling the match a no-contest.

The Briscoes, who have made it clear that they’re on a mission to win the ROH World Tag Team Titles for a ninth time, then tossed the Machine Guns into the ring and began pummeling them. They zip-tied Shelley to the ropes, and Mark Briscoe forced him to watch as Jay Briscoe hit a Jay Driller on Sabin onto a chair.

Big tag team debuting next week

The newly formed duo of Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas announced that they will be in action next week. Their buddy, ROH World Television Champion Silas Young, said he will be there and can’t wait to see it.

Video package: Punishment Martinez has an ominous message for Dalton Castle

Martinez talked about his violent upbringing and his success in ROH before glaring directly into the camera to address Castle, who will defend his ROH World Title against Martinez next week. “Castle, since Final Battle you’ve received nothing but congratulations from your peers,” Martinez said. “Let me be the first to grant you condolences, because your time as world champion is dead.

Shane Taylor vs. Marty Scurll

Scurll asked for this match so that he could get his hands on Taylor, who was paid by SoCal Uncensored to attack him in the locker room two weeks ago. Despite giving up well over a hundred pounds to Taylor, Scurll went toe to toe with him. After absorbing some heavy blows from Taylor, Scurll shockingly was able to hit a brainbuster on the big man for a near fall. 

Realizing he was going to need to reach into his bag of tricks, “The Villain” brought his umbrella into the ring, but Taylor took it from him. After the referee got the umbrella away from Taylor and turned his back to toss it out of the ring, Scurll threw powder into Taylor’s eyes. Scurll covered the blinded Taylor, and the referee turned around to make the three count.

After the match, Scurll grabbed a microphone and called out Punishment Martinez. Martinez wasted no time coming to the ring. Scurll said that he believes Martinez will win the ROH World Title from Dalton Castle next week, and he wants the first title shot against him. Martinez nodded. As Scurll turned to walk away, Martinez grabbed him and delivered a South of Heaven chokeslam.

Matt Taven (w/Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) vs. Cody

Two weeks ago, a war of words between Cody and Taven ended with Taven dropping Cody with a low blow. Cody was looking to gain a measure of revenge this week, but it wouldn’t be easy with Taven’s Kingdom teammates present at ringside. 

Marseglia and O’Ryan repeatedly took liberties on Cody while the referee was distracted. Eventually, the referee saw what was going on and ordered Marseglia and O’Ryan to the back. As that was happening, Taven grabbed his walking stick and prepared to use it as a weapon, but Cody stopped him with a low blow -- a receipt for what happened two weeks ago. Cody immediately caught Taven in a small package for the win.

As Cody celebrated his victory by putting the “ring of honor” back on his finger, Marseglia and O’Ryan jumped into the ring and attacked him. Marseglia smashed a chair on Cody’s right hand. Taven followed with a low blow and then hit Climax. Taven removed the ring from Cody’s hand, placed it on his own finger and forced the nearly unconscious Cody to kiss the ring.


“Belly up to the bar, Ring of Honor, because the two largest drinks in the tag team division start knocking heads together.”

-- Beer City Bruiser on he and Brian Milonas making their debut as a tag team next week

“I earned my name Punishment on the streets by breaking bones and cracking skulls. … Ring of Honor has given me a platform to showcase my violence to the world.”

-- Punishment Martinez

“As the victories piled up, I  had to ask myself if there truly is a Kingdom conspiracy, because this is a man I feel should be contending for that Ring of Honor World Championship.”

-- ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni on Matt Taven


-- ROH World Championship: Dalton Castle (champion) vs. Punishment Martinez

-- Women of Honor Tournament First-Round Match: Mandy Leon vs. Madison Rayne

-- Coast 2 Coast vs. Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas