TORONTO -- Shane Taylor got the opportunity he asked for and he made the most of it.
After ROH officials granted Taylor’s request that the Four Corner Survival Match with him, Jeff Cobb, Brody King and Hirooki Goto at War of the Worlds on May 9 be for Cobb’s ROH World Television Title, Taylor shocked the standing-room only crowd at Ted Reeve Arena by winning the championship.
It appeared as if Cobb was going to make another successful title defense after he hit Tour of the Islands on King, but before Cobb could make the cover, Taylor nailed him in the back of the head with his knee. Taylor then scooped up King and hit Greetings From 216 to score the biggest victory of his career.
Cobb, who still has yet to be pinned or forced to submit since making his ROH in-ring debut in September by winning the ROH World Television Title from Punishment Martinez in less than 90 seconds, saw his reign end at 222 days.
Taylor, who came within an eyelash of defeating Cobb for the title at ROH’s 17th Anniversary pay-per-view in March, has used his perception that he’s not a favorite of ROH management as a motivating force. Now in addition to the huge chip on his shoulder, Taylor can drape a championship belt over his shoulder that has been worn by the likes of all-time ROH greats such as Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, Adam Cole and Roderick Strong.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 10, 2019
“This is the day every Ring of Honor official has been dreading -- the day Shane Taylor is a champion in Ring of Honor,” Taylor told ROH backstage correspondent Quinn McKay after his victory. “You know why? Because they can’t control me. I’m not any of their little projects that they bring in from the outside. I’m nobody’s boy here. I did this on my own, by myself.”