ROH Recap: Special G1 Supercard Episode Features Epic Ladder Match For ROH World Title

Matches and highlights from the historic G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden are spotlighted, including the epic Ladder Match for the ROH World Title between Jay Lethal, Matt Taven and Marty Scurll in its entirety!

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #432
Airdate: Weekend of Dec. 28, 2019

Cold open: Kazuchika Okada defeats Jay White to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Title vs. Title: ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay 

Cobb, who has not been pinned or forced to submit in ROH since winning the ROH World Television Title in September in his debut match, was looking to avenge a pinfall loss to Ospreay in a tag match at Honor Rising in February. He did so in an exciting, back-and-forth match that got the G1 Supercard pa-per-view off to a sizzling start.

After hitting a super Tour of the Islands off the middle ropes, Cobb followed with a second Tour of the Islands for the victory. Ospreay, who had won the title from Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom in January, saw his reign end at 92 days.

Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. RUSH

One of The Boys’ feather fans was inadvertently left in the ring, and the referee wouldn’t call for the opening bell until it was removed. One of The Boys reached in and grabbed the fan, which distracted Castle for a split second, but that was all the time the opportunistic RUSH would need to take advantage.
 
The bell sounded and “El Toro Blanco” came charging out of the gate and blasted Castle with a shotgun dropkick that sent Castle crashing into the corner. RUSH immediately followed up with two Bull’s Horns and scored the victory. Time of the match: 16 seconds.

Highlights: Honor Rumble

The battle royal featured top stars from both ROH and NJPW as well as several legends. The winner would receive a future shot at the ROH World Championship.

The match came down to Great Muta and another Japanese legend, Jushin “Thunder” Liger. It was a goosebump-inducing moment when Muta and Liger squared off, but that moment was spoiled by Kenny King. 

King, who had been hiding under the ring after being through the ropes during the match (competitors are eliminated only when they are thrown over the top rope), came up behind Muta and Liger and eliminated them both to win the match.

ROH World Title Triple Threat Ladder Match: Champion Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. “The Villain” Marty Scurll 

Twenty-five years after a historic ladder match took place at Madison Square Garden, three competitors all at the top of the game looked to ascend to even greater heights by leaving “The World’s Most Famous Arena” as the ROH World Champion.

Lethal, Taven and Scurll left it all in the ring as they put their bodies on the line throughout the brutal contest. At one point, Taven speared Scurll through the ropes and through a table on the floor. Outside the ring, Lethal hit a flying elbow off the top of a ladder to send Taven through a table.

Taven introduced a super-sized, purple ladder into the match. It came down to Taven and Lethal slugging it out on top of the ladder. Taven slammed the championship belt onto Lethal’s head, knocking Lethal off the ladder back-first onto another ladder. Taven pulled down the belt to become the new ROH World Champion at just under the 30-minute mark.

Taven is just the second Grand Slam champion in ROH history. Lethal, who holds the record for most combined days as ROH World Champion at 707, saw his second reign at 280 days.