You never know what is going to happen when watching a Ring of Honor show. On Saturday night, a new ROH World Champion was crowned in an unexpected — and unannounced match.
In our exclusive interview last week with ROH TV Champion Punishment Martinez, he pointed out that anything can happen regardless of whether the show is televised or not.
“We have such a loyal fan base, so we have to give them what they want because that’s what we’re here for,” Martinez said.
The question was in response to Punishment winning the ROH TV title at an Honor Club show in Dallas — an event that was broadcast live over the Honor Club streaming service but was not part of the ROH weekly TV show or a PPV.
On Friday night, Ring of Honor Wrestling held their Best in the World pay-per-view and, surprisingly, not one single title on the card changed hands with the champions retaining in every match.
However, on Saturday night, Ring of Honor held their television taping in Fairfax, Virginia, and an unannounced world title match took place. Dalton Castle came out one night after successfully retaining his title at Best in the World and put it on the line in a four-way match.
The challengers were Cody Rhodes, who was one of the men who lost in the title match at Best in the World, current 6-man champion Matt Taven, and Jay Lethal.
At Best in the World, Jay Lethal finished his journey to beat everyone who had defeated him since he lost the world title by pinning KUSHIDA. Matt Taven is adding belts to his career. Cody is looking to win the ROH world title back so he can have a title vs. title match at All-In in Chicago.
The match streamed on Honor Club for fans, and Jay Lethal pinned Dalton Castle to win the title. After the match, the announcers said that Castle was taking time off from Ring of Honor to heal up from numerous injuries he suffered over the last few months.
Jay Lethal is now a two-time Ring of Honor world champion, one of only five men to have held the title more than once.
The ROH World Championship match is available to watch for all Honor Club members on the official Ring of Honor Wrestling website.