As noted, Ring Of Honor (ROH) returned to the pay-per-view arena on Friday night with their ROH: Death Before Dishonor show from The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
ROH: DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2018
JUSHIN LIGER VS. KENNY KING
The story is that these are both honorable guys and they did a babyface match. Even though King is from Las Vegas and Liger is an all-time great, it didn't seem to have a lot of heat. Mach was decent. Nothing special. Liger did a top rope superplex and then started selling his back. He got a few more near falls. The story is that King was too respectful of Liger and not aggressive enough to beat him. Then, when he was giving Liger time to recover, he nailed him with a spinebuster for the pin. He thanked Austin Aries for giving him the killer instinct. The idea was it was a heel win cheating to beat a legend, except he didn't cheat at all.
MARK & JAY BRISCOE VS. FRANKIE KAZARIAN & CHRISTOPHER DANIELS FOR ROH TAG TITLES
The story here is that Daniels & Kazarian are going to be fired after their contracts are up at final Battle unless they have titles. The Briscoes retained with Jay pinning Daniels with the Jay driller. Earlier Jay had given him a Jay driller on the floor. The problem here was the lack of either eat or crowd micing, but on the air there was very little response. Daniels worked most of the way. First he was selling. Kazarian took a uranage by Mark on a chair and the back of his head was split open and he never tagged in again. Daniels got a near fall with a best moonsault ever, used a running flip ive over the post. Lots of near falls. Would have been a good match if the crowd was reacting but that hurt the broadcast version a lot.
SUMIE SAKAI VS. TENILLE DASHWOOD FOR WOH TITLE
Long match. The story is that Dashwood had a right shoudler injury and kept selling it. There were a lot of near falls and big spots like Sakai giving her a power bomb of the apron to the floor. Dashwood used a power bomb but Sakai then got an armbar and held it for a long time. Really too long without tapping. It almst got skilly. Then they did a ref stoppage with the idea Dashwood passed out. Crowd didn't like the ref stoppage aspecg. At the end there was some reaction. Somebody attacked Dashwood backstage and injured her shoulder again.
PUNISHMENT MARTINEZ VS. CHRIS SABIN FOR TV TITLE
The action was really good. Sabin had most of hte offense with fast moves and several different dives. There was a ref bump by Paul Turner and Sabin used a tornado DDT on a chair Martinez came back and won with a curb stomp. After the match Martinez was about to curb stomp him into a chair when Jeff Cobb came out. Cobb got the biggest reaction so far on this show. Martinez backed down and left. Then Martinez hit him with a chair and Cobb no sold it. Crowd got really loud and Cobb laid him out with the Tour of the Islands. Cobb held up the TV title belt.
SILAS YOUNG & BULLY RAY VS. COLT CABANA & FLIP GORDON IN A TABLES MATCH
I don't know what to say about this. Gordon did some cool stuff. Bully is a great heel. The match had more heat than any match so far. The rules were an elimination match. Announcer Ian Riccobani was taunted by Bully. He came to ringside. Bully ended up power bombing Cabana through a table to eliminate him. They beat on Gordon until Bully and Young has a miscue and then they started figthing each ohter. Bully threw Gordon into a table in the corner but he walked up the table and flipped. Bully went to charge at him, Gordon moved and Bully went through the table. Then we had another ref bump by Todd Sinclair. Gordon put Young through a table with a 450 splash. But the ref was down and didn't see it. Bully then recovered and attacked Gordon, pulled Young away from the broken table and put Gordon on the broken table. Sinclair got up, saw Gordon in the table and called for the bell. Crowd wasn't happy at all by this. Bully whipped Grodon with a chair and the knee after the mach and hit Gordon with pieces of the broken table.
YOUNG BUCKS & CODY & MARTY SCURLL & HANGMANB PAGE VS. KAZUCHIKA OKADA & TOMOHIRO ISHII & CHUCKIE T & BARETTA & ROCKY ROMERO
Excellent match. All action. 21 minutes of mostly great moves ending when Scurll beat Romero with the chicken wing. Baretta and Romero stood out as the stars but perhaps the bbest part of the match was Nick Aldis doing color. This was textbook. He got over the guys, buried Cody (his rival) constantly, got over his match with Cody, got over the belt plugged the rematch and how to watch the rematch. Ishii even did a flip plancha onto everyone. Chuckie did a running flip dive off the stage nad over the steps. Cody did a couple of dives. Okada refusd to face Scurll. The other story is even though they won, The Bullet Club kept messing up and hitting each other over and over. Baretta gave Nick a piledriver on the apron.
JAY LETHAL VS. WILL OSPREAY FOR ROH TITLE
Super match. Ospreay has gained weight since July and worked a very different style. He was awesome but in a very different way than usual. Less acrobatics and more hard hitting but still pulled off high speed mvoes out of nowhere. The finish saw Ospreay go for a Super Frankensteiner and Lethal turned it into a power bomb on he way down and hit the Lethal injection for the pin. Lethal had earlier kicked out of the Oscutter. All kinds of great stuff here but not nonstop big moves and more building to it. You can tell Ospreay is preparing for New Japan heavywight style which is his end destiny anyway.
TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia attacked both of them after the match, Jonathan Gresham made the save and attacked Marseglia. Marseglia and O'Ryan attacked Gresham. This was looking at setting up Lethal & Gresham against them. Matt Taven showed up and hit Lethal with a purple replica ROH title belt and called it the real world title belt.