Relive the semifinals and final of the historic Women of Honor Title Tournament that took place at Supercard of Honor before a record crowd, featuring Kelly Klein, Mayu Iwatani, Sumie Sakai and Tenille Dashwood!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #344 (watch full episode)
Airdate: Weekend of April 21, 2018
Location: UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans
-- Kelly Klein defeated Mayu Iwatani in a Women of Honor Title Tournament semifinal
-- Sumie Sakai defeated Tenille Dashwood in a Women of Honor Title Tournament semifinal
-- Sumie Sakai defeated Kelly Klein in the Women of Honor Title Tournament final
Women of Honor Title Tournament Semifinal Match: Kelly Klein vs. Mayu Iwatani
Klein put her streak of having never been pinned or forced to submit in a WOH match on the line as she faced arguably her toughest opponent yet in Stardom superstar Iwatani. Iwatani countered Klein’s striking ability with her quickness and was able to gain multiple near falls, but Klein eventually overpowered Iwatani and locked on her End of the Match choke. Iwatani refused to tap out but she was unable to escape and eventually went limp. The referee stopped the match and awarded it to Klein.
Women of Honor Title Tournament Semifinal Match: Sumie Sakai vs. Tenille Dashwood
The two battle-tested competitors went at it hard right from the opening bell, as they both attempted to win the match in the first 30 seconds. Also in the early going, Dashwood hit a crossbody off the top rope onto Sakai on the floor and then rolled her into the ring for a near fall. The action went back-and-forth, with both women scoring near falls. Dashwood looked to finish off Sakai with the Spotlight Kick, but Sakai countered with a reverse crucifix to score the victory in what many would consider an upset.
With the finals set, Kelly Klein was brought into the ring to shake hands with Sakai and pose for a customary photo with her. Klein shook Sakai’s hand but then nailed her with a forearm to the head.
Women of Honor Title Tournament Final: Kelly Klein vs. Sumie Sakai
Angered by Klein’s cheap shot during the handshake earlier, Sakai attacked her foe before the opening bell. The heavily favored Klein quickly gathered herself, however, and took control of the match. “The Gatekeeper” dished out her hard-hitting offense, including hitting a snap-suplex on the floor, where she then applied her End of the Match submission. Klein appeared on her way to victory, but Sakai survived the onslaught. As Sakai continued to battle, several members of the WOH roster came out and surrounded the ring to cheer her on. Perhaps sparked by the support of her peers as well as the fans, Sakai rallied and went on to drop Klein on her head with a wicked DDT. Sakai made the cover, and when the referee slapped the mat a third time, Klein’s streak was over and Sakai was the first WOH Champion.
ROH ambassador Cary Silkin presented Sakai with the WOH championship belt, and the new champion celebrated her historic victory with the other WOH competitors.