Jay Lethal Moves Closer To History As ROH Builds To Final Battle (ROH Report 11/12/18)

Jay Lethal - ROH Champion
Jay Lethal - ROH Champion

Ring Of Honor Territory Report

  1. Overview and News
  2. ROH Results
  3. Upcoming Schedule
  4. Championship Landscape

Ring of Honor Territory Archives.

1. Overview and News

With the Global Wars tour out of the way, Ring of Honor now just has two more dates left in 2018. Final Battle takes place in New York on December 14th and then the next night they will film a set of TV tapings from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Things could look significantly different for ROH in 2019. It’s going to be a big free agency period over the winter and what ROH’s roster looks like next year is unclear. The biggest question, of course, is whether the Elite will end up back in the promotion or somewhere else entirely.

We know ROH will run a show from a sold-out Madison Square Garden this April (along with NJPW) but who the featured players of the show will remain to be seen. Their first show of 2019 will be a TV taping on January 12th. Come that time, we should have a better idea of who will be featured for the promotion moving forward come that time.

Jay Lethal Successfully Defends Against Kenny King

The Global Wars tour closed with Jay Lethal successfully defending the ROH World Championship against Kenny King. With the win, Lethal moves even closer to Samoa Joe’s historical numbers. Here is where Lethal’s title reign sits in the historical standings as of today. He is 3 title defenses away from tying the all-time record, currently held by Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuiness who each defended the belt 38 times. He will tie Samoa Joe’s all-time combined days as champion record on February 3rd, 2019 and break in the following day.

ROH World Championship Statistics

  1. Samoa Joe (1x Champion, 29 defenses, 645 days)
  2. Jay Lethal (2x Champion, 35 defenses, 562 days)
  3. Nigel McGuiness (1x Champion, 38 defenses, 545 days)
  4. Bryan Danielson (1x Champion, 38 defenses, 462 days)
  5. Adam Cole (3x Champion, 22 defenses, 445 days)
  6. Austin Aries (2x Champion, 29 defenses, 419 days)
  7. Jay Briscoe (2x Champion, 18 defenses, 375 days)
  8. Kevin Steen (1x Champion, 18 defenses, 328 days)
  9. Davey Richards (1x Champion, 10 defenses, 321 days)
  10. Takeshi Morishima (1x Champion, 20 defenses, 231 days)
  11. Tyler Black (1x Champion, 7 defenses, 210 days)
  12. Dalton Castle (1x Champion, 7 defenses, 197 days)
  13. Roderick Strong (1x Champion, 5 defenses, 189 days)
  14. Xavier (1x Champion, 4 defenses, 182 days)
  15. Cody (1x Champion, 16 defenses, 175 days)
  16. Christopher Daniels (1x Champion, 8 defenses, 105 days)
  17. Eddie Edwards (1x Champion, 3 defenses, 99 days)
  18. Michael Elgin (1x Champion, 7 defenses, 76 days)
  19. Jerry Lynn (1x Champion, 6 defenses, 71 days)
  20. Homicide (1x Champion, 3 defenses, 56 days)
  21. Low Ki (1x Champion, 1 defense, 56 days)
  22. CM Punk (1x Champion, 4 defenses, 55 days)
  23. James Gibson (1x Champion, 4 defenses, 36 days)
  24. Kyle O’Reilly (1x Champion, 0 defenses, 33 days)

Jay Lethal Title Reign

Should Lethal make it out of Final Batlle and through the January shows he’ll break the all-time combined days as champion record. The only title record Lethal then wouldn’t own would be the longest single reign as champion and most title defenses in a single reign.

Kenny King attacked Lethal during the ring introductions, consistent with how he has been wrestling ever since a feud with Austin Aries earlier in the year. King said he learned from Aries that he should always do what’s necessary to win. This strategy had seen King get victories over Hangman Page, Marty Scurll, Chase Owens and Jushin Liger all since losing to Aries in June at Best in the World.

Marty Scurll Wins Survival Of The Fittest

Marty Scurll, who is signed with ROH at least through the G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden next year, won Survival of the Fittest in Columbus on September 4th, earning himself an ROH World Championship match in the process. Scurll has the right to elect when he cashes in his opportunity.

The full Survival of the Fittest results is in the results section below.

Chris Sabin Earns ROH World Title Match

Marty Scurll is not the only wrestler on the roster to earn a future ROH World Championship match so far this month. Chris Sabin earned one at Global Wars: Buffalo when his proving ground match with Jay Lethal went to a time-limit draw. Lethal then said he would put up the title then and there against Sabin but this was broken up by Kenny King, who was likely looking to soften up Lethal for their match in Toronto. The commentary team also suggested King might be ensuring he gets to face Lethal, who he prepared for, and not Sabin.

Cody Injured, Pulled From Final Night Of Global Wars, Title Defense

Cody sent out a Tweet on the Saturday between the Buffalo and Toronto shows that he heard his knee pop. It was later revealed he wouldn’t be able to make his scheduled title defense against Beretta on the final night of the tour. Instead, Beretta would take on the man Cody beat for that title, Juice Robinson. The former champion was able to defeat Cody’s scheduled opponent and then cut a promo directed at the champion. Juice said he wants a rematch for the title Cody took from him at Fighting Spirit Unleashed.

Sumie Sakai Has 3 Challengers At Final Battle

Sumie Sakai will be made to defend her WOH World title against 3 challengers at Final Battle. Madison Rayne qualified at Survival of the Fittest in her hometown of Columbus. She defeated a woman she shared the ring with at All In, Dr. Britt Baker DMD. Karen Q earned her way into the match with a victory over Kaitlyn Diamond at Global Wars Toronto.

Kelly Klein would defeat Madison Rayne in single’s action

Jeff Cobb’s ROH Record Thus Far

Jeff Cobb has been running through the entire ROH roster since his arrival this summer. He is a perfect 7-0 so far but none of his wins was bigger than the one he got in Buffalo on the Global Wars tour. Cobb defeated former IWGP Intercontinental Champion, EVIL, in a single’s match. Considering Evil’s last match in NJPW before the tour was in the main event of Power Struggle challenging Chris Jericho, it’s a big win for Cobb. Arguably it’s his most high-profile single’s win in ROH/NJPW.

Up next for Cobb is the NJPW World Tag League where for the second year in a row he will team with Michael Elgin. Cobb and Elgin went 4-3 in last year’s tournament.

Cobb’s 7 victories so far in his ROH career include victories over Punishment Martinez (won ROH TV title), Eli Isom, Shane Taylor, defeated SCU along with Jay Lethal in a tag match, Cheeseburger, Christopher Daniels, and now EVIL.

Bully Ray and Flip Gordon Singapore Cane Beating in Philadelphia

On ROH TV earlier this month, Bully Ray and Flip Gordon agreed to a match where each would pick a wrestler to face each other. Whoever’s wrestler won got to dole out a “punishment” of sorts to the other. Bully picked Silas Young and Flip picked the Sandman. The 55-year-old is a member of the 2300 Arena’s Hall of Fame (which was where the match was held). Young ultimately got the victory and Bully was then able to dole out his pre-selected punishment onto Flip.

In a nod to an old angle from ECW, Bully opted to give Flip 10 lashing with a Singapore Cane. Something the Sandman had done to Tommy Dreamer 2 decades ago. Bully said he was going to even use the Sandman’s own cane to do so. The state of Flip’s back after a few of the lashing was edited off ROH TV but has been posted on Honor Club.

On the final night of the Global Wars tour, Flip defeated Jonathan Gresham. After the match, he challenged Bully Ray to an I Quit match at Final Battle.

Dalton Castle vs Matt Taven Confirmed For Final Battle

Matt Taven and Dalton Castle will face each other at Final Battle. It’s the one year anniversary of Castle’s victory over Cody to win the ROH World Championship. Taven as of late has been carrying around his custom Kingdom world title and claiming he is the real world champion. Perhaps Castle’s journey back into the world title picture will run through Taven and his self-appoint title in New York next month.

Taven’s personal purple title will be on the line as well.

The Kingdom Win 6-Man Tag Team Championships At Survival Of The Fittest

For the 3rd time Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia are the ROH 6-Man tag-team champions. Here are the historical records for these relatively new titles:

  1. Adam Page and the Young Bucks 1x champions, 8 combined defenses, 201 days held
  2. The Kingdom 3x champions, 12 combined defenses, 179 days held
  3. Cody and the Young Bucks 1x champions, 2 title defenses, 106 days held
  4. Bully Ray and the Briscoes 1x champions, 4 combined defenses, 104 days held
  5. SCU 1x champions, 1 defense, 61 days held
  6. Dalton Castle and the Boys 1x champions, 2 title defenses, 58 days held

Comments From Sinclair CEO Regarding ROH

During a shareholders earnings call recently, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcasting, Christopher Ripley made some notable comments regarding ROH.

“an unpolished gem that ultimately should be something in the same light as WWE.” He noted that they know the brand has potential but has yet to found the right dials to turn yet. However, they plan to keep increasing the grassroots support on it and it has a loyal fanbase. He thinks that factor is something “you really need to explode a brand.”

ROH COO then responded to Ripley’s comments in a conversation with PW Insider:

“In just a few years, they have invested significant time and energy in expanding the scope and reach of Ring of Honor to a global audience. What makes Ring of Honor unique is our investment into our fans to help grow the massive grassroots support that has been the backbone of Ring of Honor since the very beginning.”

Flip Gordon On What Happens If The Elite Leave ROH

Flip Gordon spoke to Wrestling Inc about the possibility of the Elite leaving the company:

“If they do leave, anything can happen,” Gordon said. “There’s so much time between now and whenever whatever’s supposed to happen. If they leave, that just opens up more opportunities. Just like when I came to ROH, there were a lot of guys that left. That’s why I got to where I am so fast, because these opportunities were available for me.”

Flip also spoke on the possibility of him becoming the new “face of ROH”

“That is my goal,” He continued. “I re-signed with ROH and I’m with them until 2020. I knew that when I signed the contract, this is a commitment. Two years I’m with ROH. So if people leave, great! That is just more opportunities for me. If they stay, great! That’s even harder I have to work then because I still want those spots.”

2. ROH Results

Survival of the Fittest 2018
November 4th, 2018
Express Live
Columbus, OH

  1. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Qualifying
    Christopher Daniels (w/Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) defeated The Beer City Bruiser
  2. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Qualifying Three Way
    Hangman Page defeated Colin Delaney and Dalton Castle (w/Brandon & Brent)
  3. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Qualifying
    Jonathan Gresham defeated Tracy Williams
  4. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Qualifying Three Way
    Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Andrew Everett and Flip Gordon
  5. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Qualifying
    PJ Black defeated Luchasaurus
  6. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Qualifying Three Way
    Marty Scurll defeated Silas Young and Stuka Jr.
  7. ROH Women Of Honor Title #1 Contendership
    Madison Rayne defeated Britt Baker
  8. ROH World Six Man Tag Team Title
    The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia) defeated The Elite(Cody, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (w/Brandi Rhodes) (c)  – Title Change
  9. Jay Lethal & Jeff Cobb defeated SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky)
  10. Survival Of The Fittest 2018 Six Man Mayhem Match
    Marty Scurll defeated Christopher Daniels and Guerrero Maya Jr. and Hangman Page and Jonathan Gresham and PJ Black

Global Wars: Lewiston
November 7th, 2018
Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Lewiston, Maine, USA

  1. Flip Gordon defeated Eli Isom (w/Cheeseburger & Ryan Nova)
  2. SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) (w/Christopher Daniels) defeated The Bouncers (Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser)
  3. Jeff Cobb defeated Cheeseburger (w/Eli Isom & Ryan Nova)
  4. ROH World Six Man Tag Team Title
    The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia) (c) defeated Dalton Castle & The Boys (Brandon & Brent)
  5. The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) defeated The Elite (Adam Page & Cody) (w/Brandi Rhodes)
  6. Juice Robinson defeats Christopher Daniels (12:08)
  7. Bully Ray & Silas Young defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
  8. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) defeated Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & KUSHIDA

Global Wars: Lewiston
November 8th, 2018
Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Lowell, MA, US

  1. Matt Taven defeated BUSHI
  2. Dalton Castle and Juice Robinson defeated the Bouncers
  3. Flip Gordon defeated Frankie Kazarian
  4. Sumie Sakai defeated Jenny Rose
  5. Scorpio Sky defeated Jay Briscoe
  6. Evil and Sanada defeated Bully Ray and Silas Young
  7. Jeff Cobb defeated Christopher Daniels
  8. Cody defeated Mark Briscoe
  9. Tetsuya Naito defeated Adam Page
  10. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Chris Sabin and Kushida vs the Young Bucks vs the Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)

Global Wars: Buffalo
November 9th, 2018
Buffalo Riverworks
Buffalo, NY

  1. the Boys defeated the Kingdom via DQ
  2. Dalton Castle defeated TK O’Ryan
  3. Kenny King defeated Cheeseburger
  4. Kelly Klein defeated Madison Rayne
  5. Kushida defeated Bushi vs Flip Gordon vs Jonathan Gresham
  6. Jeff Cobb defeated EVIL
  7. Juice Robinson defeated Silas Young via DQ
  8. The Young Bucks defeated Sanada and Tetsuya Naito
  9. Proving Ground
    Jay Lethal (c) vs Chris Sabin – time-limit draw
  10. The Best Friends defeated the Briscoes vs Adam Page & Cody vs the Briscoes

Global Wars: Toronto
November 11th, 2018
Mattamy Athletic Center (Old Maple Leaf Gardens)
Toronto, ON, Canada

  1. WOH World Championship 4-Way Qualifier
    Karen Q defeated Kaitlin Diamond
  2. Adam Page defeated Chuckie T
  3. Bushi and Tetsuya Naito defeated TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia
  4. Matt Taven defeated Christopher Daniels
  5. The Briscoes defeated Evil and Sanada
  6. Flip Gordon defeated Jonathan Gresham
  7. ROH World Tag Team Championships
    SCU (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian) defeated the Super Smash Brothers
  8. Juice Robinson defeated Beretta
  9. The Young Bucks defeated Chris Sabin and Kushida
  10. ROH World Championship
    Jay Lethal (c) defeated Kenny King

3. Upcoming Schedule

  1. Final Battle – New York – December 14th, 2018
  2. Final Battle Fallout TV Tapings – Philadelphia – December 15th, 2018

4. Championship Landscape

ROH World Championship
Champion: Jay Lethal
Won: defeated Cody, Dalton Castle, and Matt Taven (ROH TV 6/30/18)
Defenses: 6
Challengers: Mark Haskins (ROH), Flip Gordon (All In), Jonathan Gresham (ROH), Will Ospreay (DBD), Silas Young (GBH Baltimore), Kenny King (Global Wars: Toronto)

Women Of Honor
Champion: Sumie Sakai
Won: vs Kelly Klein (first champion)
Defenses: 6
Challengers: Stella Grey (ROH), Jenny Rose (ROH), Chardonnay (ROH), Hazuki (ROH), Madison Rayne (ROH), Tenille Dashwood (DBD)

ROH Tag Team Championships
Champion: The Briscoes
Won: from MCMG (ROH 16th Anniversary Show 3/9/18)
Challengers: Tanahashi and Jay Lethal (Supercard of Honor), loss to Young Bucks via DQ (ROH), Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett (ROH), MCMG (ROH), Bushi and Naito (ROH), Roppongi 3K (ROH), Cody and Hangman Page (ROH), Killer Elite Squad (ROH), The Young Bucks (Best in the World), The Addiction (DBD), defeated Coast 2 Coast (ROH 10/22/18)

ROH TV Championship
Champion: Jeff Cobb
Won: from Punishment Martinez (ROH 10/22/18)
Defenses: 0

ROH 6-Man Tag Team Championships
Champions: the Kingdom
Won: Cody and the Young Bucks (Survival of the Fittest)
Defenses: 1
Challengers: Dalton Castle and the Boys (Global Wars: Lewiston)