ROH World TV Title Shakeup; Session Moth Martina Signs; Lethal Hopes To Salvage Friendship With Gresham

By Kevin Eck

Some breaking news to begin today’s column …

There’s been a shakeup regarding the ROH World Television Title. The announced Triple Threat Match for the championship at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas is now pending. 

There are no further details to report at this time.

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Charismatic international star Session Moth Martina, who had been one of the most sought-after free agents in the sport, has signed a full-time deal with ROH. The news was first reported by PWInsider.com. 

In addition to wrestling throughout Europe, the Irish-born Martina has also competed extensively in Japan for the Stardom promotion. 

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Even though Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham came to blows in the ring during the Global Wars Espectacular show in Milwaukee last weekend and will face each other at Death Before Dishonor, Lethal is not giving up on their friendship. 

Lethal said that he asked for the match with Gresham in the hope that Gresham will “get this out of his system” and they can get back on track. Lethal likened it to brothers sometimes needing to fight to resolve their issues.

I reached out to Gresham for his thoughts, but he declined to comment.

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Expect an announcement next week regarding the dates and venues for ROH’s The Experience and Unauthorized live events. The Experience is ROH’s most interactive show, while Unauthorized is always the wildest, weirdest night of the year in ROH. You won’t believe some of the names I’m hearing being discussed for Unauthorized. 

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Matches for the Honor United UK tour will start being announced next week. So far, we know that Jeff Cobb will challenge for the ROH World Championship on Oct. 27 in Bolton. He will face the winner of the match between current champion Matt Taven and RUSH that headlines the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view.

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Speaking of Taven and RUSH, Taven has really taken the bull by the horns, pun intended.

The final image of the GWE tour was of Taven standing over RUSH with his foot on his chest. Taven, with an assist from Vincent, attacked RUSH after their tag match and hit RUSH’s own Bull’s Horns finisher on him. Then he mocked RUSH’s “tranquilo” pose.

It was one of the few times the undefeated RUSH has been left lying in the ring since debuting with ROH last December. On his first night with the company, RUSH was brutalized by Taven and fellow Kingdom members Vincent and TK O’Ryan.

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One of the biggest surprises coming out of the successful Global Wars Espectacular tour last weekend was the emergence of Silas Young and Josh Woods as a tag team. 

Despite having never teamed together before, Young and Woods went 3-0 on the tour. They weren’t facing slouches, either. Young and Woods defeated Lethal and Gresham, The Bouncers, and PJ Black and CMLL star Okumura.

It seems as if the teacher-student relationship between Young and Woods is benefitting both of them. 

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I have to hand it to Kenny King for his attempt to turn an embarrassing moment into a tactical advantage. 

During his match at the GWE show in Dearborn, Mich., King accidentally ran face-first into a camera outside the ring. The next night in Chicago, King came out for his Four Corner Survival Match against Colt Cabana, Dalton Castle and Marty Scurll with a bandage around his head that covered his right eye. King claimed that his eye was severely injured by the collision with the camera, but he said he would compete anyway.

Just like when King was rendered “blind” after being sprayed by Great Muta’s mist at G1 Supercard, this was all a ruse to lull his opponents into a false sense of security. Unfortunately for King, it backfired on him. After King revealed that his eye was fine, Cabana poked him in the eyes and went on to win the match.

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We may not be seeing “Number One” Brian Johnson in an ROH ring again anytime soon. He rubbed a lot of people in the company the wrong way with his unprofessional behavior during the GWE tour. 

Johnson put in a lot of time at the ROH Dojo and was always willing to help with anything that needed to be done backstage, but he had become hard to deal with. He was frustrated over losing in the first round of the Top Prospect Tournament and bitter about seeing people in the Dojo who hadn’t been there as long as him getting opportunities before him.
 
Johnson reached a boiling point and interrupted live GWE broadcasts with his tantrums. That just cannot be tolerated, and now Johnson’s seemingly bright future has turned cloudy.

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CMLL legend Ultimo Guerrero will compete on a couple of ROH shows towards the end of the year.

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Gia Scott, who trains at the ROH Dojo and is a two-time former MCW Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion, impressed ROH officials with her performances in two dark matches on the GWE tour.

Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.