Ring Of Honor set out to show everyone why they are the ‘Best In The World’ – and Bullet Club had a golden chance to show everyone that they are fine, but did they succeed?
In the main event in front of a packed house at Baltimore, Maryland; Dalton Castle held on to his Ring Of Honor World Championship in an eventful triple threat match against B.C members Cody and Marty Scurll. After a manic final few minutes involving NWA Champ Nick Aldis, Brandi Rhodes and a whole bag of powder, Scurll turned the tables on his compatriot Cody, hitting a Crossrhodes of his own before walking right into the Bang-A-Rang for the three count.
However, the day after at a Ring Of Honor event in Fairfax, Virginia, Jay Lethal shockingly captured the gold in a four way title match including Castle, Cody and Matt Taven.
The Young Bucks fell short in their persuit of becoming triple champions as they did not take the ROH World Tag Team Titles from The Briscoes in a wild contest. The Bucks look set to have the match won with More Bang For Your Buck, but Mark Briscoe shockingly hit an elbow on referee Paul Turner to stop the count. This allowed the champs to bring chairs into play, hitting Nick with one and dropping Matt Jackson with a Jay Driller, but that wasn’t enough to stop the IWGP Tag Champs. The Briscoe Brothers held on to the gold by hitting a top rope crucifix powerbomb/neckbreaker combination to get the victory.
The Briscoes looked set to finish off The Young Bucks once and for all, with S.C.U all set to join in. But shockingly, Daniels, Kazarian and Sky helped the Bucks clearing the champs out of the ring.
Punishment Martinez made it 0-3 (or 0-4 if you count the triple threat as two losses) as he beat Adam Page in a wild Baltimore Street Fight to keep his ROH Television Title. In a match that had chairs, tables, cable ties and thumbtacks; Martinez held onto the gold by chokeslamming Page through a table for the win. However, there was some controversy when both Page’s and Martinez’ shoulders were down for the count. However, with ROH Enforcer about; the referess decision was final.
Speaking of enforcers, the former Ring Of Honor Enforcer Bully Ray was overwhelmed by the high flying offence of young Flip Gordon, so much so he viciously low blowed Gordon and got himself disqualified in their grudge match. He brutalised the rookie, and other young wrestlers like Cheeseburger and Eli Isom who tried to make the safe. However, we got an unlikely saviour as commentator Colt Cabana made the save, holding off Bully with a steel chair before he could driver Gordon through a table.
Jay Lethal continued his hot streak (and set a prescient for the following day) by beating KUSHIDA in their rubber match, hitting a huge Lethal Injection to finish off the decorated Japanese superstar.
A host of Japanese superstars made a huge impact as Mayu Itawani, Jenny Rose, Tenille Dashwood and Women Of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai bested the STARDOM team of Odeo Tai (Hazuki, Kagetsu, and Hana Kimura) and Kelly Klein when Itawani pinned Kimura with a dragon suplex.
In a grudge match Austin Aries showed that even thought they might be friends there are no friends in competition as he beat Kenny King by hitting a brainbuster on the floor after Kenny King decided to not hit his finisher on the outside out of friendship. Aries followed this up with a second brainbuster for the win.
Finally, The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) kept their Ring Of Honor Six-Man Tag Team Titles, beating the Los Ingobernables de Japon trio of BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA when TK and Taven hit BUSHI with a double powerbomb for the win.