ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes and ROH World Television Champion Punishment Martinez join forces against SoCal Uncensored in a wild six-man tag bout; an international superstar answers ROH World Champion Jay Lethal’s open challenge for a title shot at Death Before Dishonor; Jonathan Gresham faces Bully Ray in an impromptu “wrestling” match; and WOH World Champion Sumie Sakai competes in a Proving Ground Match and issues a challenge of her own for DBD!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #365
Airdate: Weekend of Sept. 15, 2018
Location: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
-- WOH World Champion Sumie Sakai defeated Tasha Steelz in a Proving Ground Match
-- Jonathan Gresham defeated Bully Ray by disqualification
-- SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and ROH World Television Champion Punishment Martinez
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal issues a ‘Lethal Challenge’
Lethal came to the ring and said that his title defense against Jonathan Gresham in a 30-Minute Iron Man Match last week is one of his favorite matches of all time, ranking alongside his bouts against AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Roderick Strong. He said it reminded him of what ROH was built on and why he fell in love with the company. Lethal said that Gresham earned his respect and he considers him a friend. He said he wants more matches like that for his title, and he issued a “Lethal Challenge” to anyone in any company.
At that point, Will Ospreay appeared on the video board. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling star and former ROH World Television Champion said that his last match in ROH was against Lethal, and now he’s back. He said he wants to take ROH on his back and to do that he needs the ROH World Championship. Ospreay said he wants to face Lethal at Death Before Dishonor in Las Vegas on Sept. 28. Lethal accepted the challenge.
SCU’s Scorpio Sky is ready for six-man war
In a backstage segment with SoCal Uncensored (Sky, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), Sky said this feud started with The Addiction and the Briscoes, but now that Punishment Martinez has interjected himself into the mix, he’s more than happy to join in himself.
The Briscoes and Punishment Martinez respond
The Briscoes and Martinez were outside the arena in the parking lot. Jay Briscoe said they’re going to show SoCal Uncensored “how East Coast boys get it done.” Martinez said SCU should prepare to be punished.
Proving Ground Match: WOH Champion Sumie Sakai vs. Tasha Steelz
Steelez seized her opportunity against the champion by taking the fight outside the ring. She rammed Sakai into the barricade and then followed with a cannonball senton while Sakai was seated against the barricade.
After the action returned inside the ring, Sakai hit a TJ Neckbreaker for a near fall and a missile dropkick for a near fall. Steelz avoided Smash Mouth and landed a springboard bulldog for a two count. Steelz set up for a butterfly suplex, but Sakai countered into Smash Mouth for the win.
A special announcement and a challenge
After Sakai’s victory, she remained in the ring as ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni announced that the Women of Honor Title will now be referred to as the Women of Honor World Title. Sakai said the woman she wants to defend the title against who would validate her title reign is Tenille Dashwood.
Dashwood came out to the ring and accepted the challenge, adding that they should have the match at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view. Dashwood said Sakai is the foundation of WOH and she respects her, but that doesn’t mean she won’t take her championship. They shook hands to make the match official.
Bullet Club disses CHAOS
In a backstage segment with Bullet Club (Marty Scurll, Cody, The Young Bucks and Adam Page), Scurll said that Bullet Club is the most popular group in Japan, whole CHAOS is the least popular. Cody said CHAOS -- who will be represented by Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Rocky Romero and Best Friends Beretta and Chuckie T. in a 10-man tag match against Bullet Club at Death Before Dishonor -- are no match for them.
Kenny King has a message for Adam Page
In a backstage segment, King said he likes Adam Page, his opponent on next week’s show, but he’s on a “Bullet Club bagging streak” and Page can ask Marty Scurll about that. King said he’s going to beat Page and then go on to defeat Jushin “Thunder” Liger at Death Before Dishonor.
Bully Ray crashes Jonathan Gresham’s interview
In an in-ring interview conducted by Ian Riccaboni, Gresham said he heard Jay Lethal challenge the world. Before Gresham could complete his thought, Bully Ray entered the ring. Bully got in Riccaboni’s face and said that Colt Cabana wasn’t there to defend him. He dared Riccaboni to say to his face all the negative things he has said about Bully on commentary. Bully backed Riccaboni into the corner and ordered him to get out of the ring.
Gresham stepped up to Bully and said that Bully had no business out there because it was his interview time. Bully said that he will interview Gresham. Bully said they’ve never been properly introduced. He said he’s the guy who single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden for ROH. Bully referred to Gresham as a “jobber” and said that if the fans truly loved Gresham they would give him a standing ovation. The crowd did exactly that.
Gresham said he can’t beat Bully in a fight, but he can beat him in a wrestling match. He challenged Bully to a match and said he’ll shake Bully’s hand if Bully wins, but he added that he wants Bully to shake his hand like a man if Bully loses. Bully accepted the challenge.
Jonathan Gresham vs. Bully Ray
Right after the bell sounded, Bully delivered a low blow to Gresham. The referee disqualified Bully, and Bully shoved him down. Bully then shook the hand of the fallen Gresham and said, “I guess you’re the better wrestler.”
Bully proceeded to whip Gresham with a chain. Flip Gordon came out to make the save, but Bully nailed him with a boot to the face. Jay Lethal then hit the ring and was all over Bully. Silas Young came out and attacked Lethal from behind and then hit Misery on him. Bully went in for a hug with Young, but Young shoved him away and left.
Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham want to settle the score with Bully Ray, Silas Young
After an irate Lethal and Gresham came through the curtain, Lethal said that Gresham is the best technical wrestler in the world and doesn’t need his protection, but he’s sick of Bully Ray sticking his nose in other people’s business. Lethal challenged Bully and Silas Young to face him and Gresham next week. Gresham said he’s coming for Bully.
Video Package: Chris Sabin’s quest for the ROH World Television Title
After Sabin defeated Silas Young to earn a future shot at ROH World Television Champion Punishment Martinez, Sabin’s tag partner Alex Shelley announced that he was stepping away from in-ring competition. Shelley told Sabin he needs to fulfill his potential by defeating Martinez for the title. Martinez attacked both Sabin and Shelley from behind, and later Sabin found Shelley down backstage, apparently after being attacked again by Martinez.
Sabin said Martinez is trying to play mind games, and that shows he’s worried. He said he will walk out of Death Before Dishonor as ROH World Television Champion.
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and ROH World Television Champion Punishment Martinez
All six men began brawling right from the start. After Jay Briscoe tossed Daniels out of the ring, Martinez choke-slammed Daniels on the apron. The champions isolated Daniels, but he eventually hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on Martinez and tagged in Sky, who landed a flurry of offense.
Jay Briscoe halted Sky’s momentum with a Death Valley Driver, and Martinez followed with The Silencer (stomp to the head). Jay later tried to hit Kazarian with a chair, but he inadvertently nailed the referee instead. Martinez did connect with the chair on Kazarian, and he also landed a spinning heel kick on Daniels. Jay and Mark Briscoe attacked both Sky and Kazarian with chairs, and Mark then hit a flying elbow off the apron onto Kazarian on the floor.
At that point, Chris Sabin -- who had been sitting in on commentary -- hit the ring and went after Martinez. They brawled to the back. Meanwhile, Daniels and Kazarian hit the Best Meltzer Ever on Mark Briscoe for the victory.
THEY SAID IT
“[The Iron-Man Match against Jonathan Gresham] reminded me you don’t need storylines, you don’t need angles; you just need two great frickin’ wrestlers in one ring to prove who the best is.”
-- Jay Lethal
“That chubby little [Tomohiro] Ishii can come to Vegas and enjoy the slots and the buffet, but [CHAOS] are no match for The Bullet Club.”
“I’m confident in saying [I can beat you] because for the last 20 years on national television I watched D-Von carry your ass through multiple matches.”
-- Jonathan Gresham
“You’ve never been in the ring with anyone like Chris Sabin because there isn’t anyone like Chris Sabin.”
-- Sabin to Punishment Martinez
-- Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham vs. Bully Ray and Silas Young
-- Kenny King vs. Adam Page