ROH Recap: ROH World Champion Dalton Castle and The Boys vs The Kingdom

 

Will Ospreay vs. Jay Lethal

In this first-time-ever dream match, Lethal gained an early advantage after hitting three consecutive suicide dives onto Ospreay. Marty Scurll, the man Lethal defeated last month at Final Battle, came down to ringside and joined Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana on commentary. Scurll openly rooted for Lethal. Ospreay eventually seized the momentum, as the high flyer showed his versatility by punishing Lethal with a series of hard strikes and kicks. The Essex, England native later hit a spectacular Flying Space Tiger on Lethal. 

Ospreay attempted to use Lethal’s own move -- Lethal Injection -- on him, but Lethal caught him in a rack and hit a fireman’s carry slam for a near fall. Lethal went to the top rope to set up for a move, but Ospreay stopped him with a hurricanrana. He followed with a crescent kick and a variation of the Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Ospreay then landed a vicious chop to the back of Lethal’s head for another near fall. 

Lethal rebounded to hit Lethal Combination. The former ROH World Champion attempted a figure-four leglock, but Ospreay caught him with an inside cradle for a near fall. Ospreay went for the OsCutter -- which was voted the 2017 Move of the Year in online voting on ROHWrestling.com -- but Lethal countered with a cutter of his own. Lethal then hit Lethal Injection for the victory. After a fantastic match, Lethal and Ospreay shook hands.

Coleman’s Pulpit Welcomes Jonathan Gresham

Before Gresham joined Coleman, the host set up a little chair and tall chair and wondered which chair his guest would choose; Gresham chose the tall one. Coleman complimented Gresham’s in-ring style, but then criticized his win-loss record. Gresham warned Coleman to watch how he speaks to him, but then acknowledged that he has lost more than he’s won. Gresham said that despite his record, he believes he has mastered his unique style. He added that he’s been thinking about getting special rules instated that will help to showcase his style.

Kenny King vs. Brian Milonas

King hit a corkscrew dive over the top onto his much larger opponent, and then the charismatic former ROH World Television Champion took a selfie with a female fan at ringside. King continued on the offensive until Milonas raked his eyes. Milonas, who advanced to the second round of the Top Prospect Tournament last year, hit Snake Eyes and followed up with a splash into the corner. King turned the tide back in his favor with a series of jabs and a spinning heel kick that took the big man off his feet for the first time in the match. King then hit a springboard blockbuster for the win.

As Milonas headed to the back after the match, King grabbed a microphone and congratulated him for putting up a good fight. King then called out Silas Young -- the man who took the ROH World Television Title from him in controversial fashion at Final Battle -- for a fight. Young came down to the ring and a slugfest ensued. King hit a spinning heel kick, and Young rolled out of the ring and began heading up the aisle, where he was joined by Beer City Bruiser.

Suddenly, Milonas returned and clotheslined King from behind. Young and Bruiser joined Milonas in the ring, and the three of them beat-down King. Bruiser, who said last week that he had found a new tag team partner, shook hands with Milonas.

ROH COO Joe Koff Puts The Addiction On Notice

The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and Scorpio Sky -- known collectively as SoCal Uncensored -- came to the ring and said that commentator Ian Riccaboni had asked them to be out there. Koff appeared on the stage and said that he was actually the one who wanted to speak with them. The ROH COO told The Addiction that they’ve been a disruption to the company and he probably should fire them right now. Kazarian threatened to kick Koff’s “corporate ass.”

Daniels calmed down Kazarian and said there’s no way Koff is going to fire them. Daniels reminded Koff of a discussion they had when Daniels was world champion about Koff’s “grand plans to expand ROH worldwide.” Daniels said if he’s fired he could call his good friends in other companies and reveal Koff’s plans for expansion. “Remember, we know where the bodies are buried,” Daniels said. Koff said he’s already thought of that. He told The Addiction they have one year left on their contracts, and at Final Battle 2018, they’re done with ROH. That bombshell left The Addiction speechless.

The Briscoes Are Coming For The Tag Titles

Eight-time former ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes were outside the building in the parking lot. Mark Briscoe delivered a message to ROH World Tag Team Champions The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley), telling them it’s not personal. Jay Briscoe said that no tag team in the world can do what he and Mark do, and they will get the ROH World Tag Team Titles back.

The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) vs. ROH World Champion Dalton Castle and The Boys

In this matchup of former ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, Castle frustrated The Kingdom early with his unorthodox moves and demeanor. However, The Kingdom seized the advantage after The Boys were tagged in. Taven, Marseglia and O’Ryan did their best to keep Castle from getting back into the match, but eventually Boy No. 1 (or was it Boy No. 2?) tagged him, and the ROH World Champion ran all over The Kingdom with a flurry of offense.

Castle got Taven in position for a Tombstone Piledriver, but Taven reversed it. After five more reversals, Castle finally landed the move. Before Castle could make a cover, O’Ryan nailed him with a kick to head. The cocky O’Ryan made the mistake of turning his back on Castle to play to the crowd, however, and Castle caught him with Bang-a-Rang. Castle then turned his attention to Marseglia, who was the legal man. Castle applied his Julie Newmar submission move, and Marseglia tapped out.

Next week: The Young Bucks vs. Best Friends vs. Dragon Lee and Titan in a Triple Threat Match; Motor City Machine Guns defend the ROH World Tag Team Titles against The Dawgs.