SCU’s Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky defend the ROH World Tag Team Titles against CMLL stars Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr; SCU member Christopher Daniels takes on Kenny King in what could be one of Daniels’ final matches in ROH; and both ROH World TV Champion Jeff Cobb and his challenger, “Hangman” Adam Page, are in action!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #376
Airdate: Weekend of Dec. 1, 2018
Location: Stage AE in Pittsburgh
-- Kenny King defeated Christopher Daniels
-- ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Josh Woods
-- “Hangman” Adam Page defeated Facade
-- ROH World Tag Team Champions SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr. in a title match
Kenny King vs. Christopher Daniels
Before the match started, Kenny King got on the mic and said that with Daniels not having much time left in ROH, it will look good on his resume to hand the stalwart one of his last losses before he’s “booted out the door.”
King’s disrespectful words fired up Daniels, who was all over King as soon as the bell rung. King briefly halted Daniels’ momentum after sweeping his leg while Daniels was on the apron, which sent Daniels crashing to the floor.
Daniels came back with a Blue Thunder Bomb. King regained the advantage with a spinebuster. He went for a pin and grabbed the bottom rope for leverage, but the referee caught him. Later, Daniels hit a Uranage. While King was down, he kicked off the approaching Daniels, sending him into the referee. While the referee gathered himself, King delivered a low blow to Daniels and followed up with Royal Flush for yet another tainted victory.
Dalton Castle is ready for Matt Taven
In a backstage pre-tape, Castle said he had one thing in mind while he was out of action for three months: regaining the ROH World Title. He said he didn’t have doctors inject seven needles into his spine because he wanted a match with Taven, his opponent at Final Battle on Dec. 14. Castle said the belt around Taven’s waist is fake, but the rage Taven ignited in him is real.
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Josh Woods in a non-title match
Before the match began, “Hangman” Adam Page, who will challenge Cobb for his title at Final Battle, watched from the stage. Cobb and Woods grappled to a stalemate early in the bout before Cobb landed a big overhead suplex.
Woods answered with a judo throw and an armbar, but Cobb deadlifted Woods and tossed him head-first into the turnbuckle. Woods attempted a springboard move off the middle rope, but Cobb caught him and hit Tour of the Islands to score another impressive victory.
After the match, Page got into the ring and told Cobb that he was impressed. Page then told Cobb to get out of his ring so that Page can show him how it’s done.
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Facade (w/Danni)
Like Page did, Jeff Cobb watched the match from the stage. Page took the early advantage and went on to hit a running Shooting Star Press off the apron. The “Elite” member followed with a fallaway slam in the ring into a bridge for a near fall.
Facade would not go quietly, however. The innovative high-flyer hit a kip-up followed by a one-handed cartwheel and kick to the head. Showing his incredible balance, Facade walked the top rope, but when he came off, Page caught him with a boot to the face. Page then hit a fallaway slam off the middle rope.
The resilient Facade answered with a spectacular springboard/450/double axe handle over the top rope onto Page on the floor. Page was reeling until he connected with a Buckshot Lariat. He then hit Rite of Passage for the win.
Cobb got into the ring after the match, and he and Page went nose to nose.
Video clip: Marty Scurll-Christopher Daniels confrontation at Survival of the Fittest
Minutes after Scurll defeated Daniels to win the six-way elimination final last month and earn a future ROH World Title shot, he saw Daniels backstage and told him that he put up a great fight but the better man won. Daniels, whose ROH contract expires after Final Battle, congratulated Scurll on the victory but added that he got some help from “Hangman” Adam Page. Daniels told Scurll he couldn’t beat him one on one. Scurll said he just did.
Daniels asked Scurll if he’s so confident that he’s willing to put his title shot on the line against him. Scurll hesitated, and Daniels called him a coward. That angered Scurll, who said he knows he can beat Daniels again. Scurll agreed to the stipulation, and Daniels suggested they do it at Final Battle. Scurll accepted.
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal reflects on his history with Cody
In a pre-taped, sit-down interview, Lethal said that in his first match against Cody, which took place at Final Battle in 2016, Cody wanted to prove that he could hang with the best wrestlers in the world and he failed. He pointed out that Cody won the match thanks to a low blow. Lethal said it makes him wonder at what point in the match did Cody realize he didn’t belong in ROH. Lethal said they had a rematch several months later at Supercard of Honor, where he beat Cody in a bullrope match, a match Cody’s father, Dusty Rhodes, made famous.
Lethal said Cody is a great wrestler but he’s willing to take short cuts. Lethal said that when they meet at Final Battle, Cody is going to have to pull out all the stops because the defending champion will not leave New York without the ROH World Title.
Matt Taven responds to Dalton Castle
In a backstage pre-tape, Taven said that his memory of Castle as ROH World Champion was of him literally crumbling under the pressure. Taven said he has had to work harder than anyone else to get the spotlight. He said that at Final Battle, Castle will remember that Taven is the real world champion.
ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr.
Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr. gained the early advantage, but after Sky was tagged in, he ran wild on both of the masked CMLL stars. The challengers withstood the onslaught, however, and responded with their own flurry of offense.
Stuka Jr. hit a moonsault off the top rope onto Kazarian on the floor, and Maya Jr. connected on a flipping suicide dive onto Sky. Back inside the ring, the champions rallied and went on to hit their Burning Heart finisher (Uranage/lung-blower combination) on Stuka Jr. for the win.
SCU will now go on to defend their titles at Final Battle in a Ladder War against The Young Bucks and Jay and Mark Briscoe.
After the match, Christopher Daniels joined his SCU teammates in the ring. He said that Kazarian and Sky both received new ROH contracts, but he has not. Daniels said he has one match left on his contract, and it’s against Marty Scurll at Final Battle. Daniels said if he has to go through Scurll in order to stay in the company he helped build, then that’s what he’ll do.
Scurll, who had been sitting in on commentary during the show, came to the ring. He told Daniels that Final Battle will be Daniels’ final battle. Daniels and Scurll shook hands and locked eyes.
THEY SAID IT
“When I’m done, I’m gonna haul you back to SCU, but it’ll just be the senior citizens unit at Allegheny General Hospital.”
-- Kenny King to Christopher Daniels before their match
“You talk about all of [Christopher Daniels’] accomplishments here in this company, a Grand Slam champion, but now it seems like everyone’s forgotten that. He’s simply a three-letter catch phrase. Does he want to be remembered that way, or does he want to be remembered for the legend that he is?”
-- Marty Scurll, Daniels’ opponent at Final Battle
“I’m building a legacy, and you are just Chapter One.”
-- Matt Taven to Dalton Castle
-- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Cody and Dalton Castle vs. ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) in a non-title match