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The best wrestling on the planet descended upon Sin City for the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas Sept. 22, and on a night filled with surprises and spectacular action, some ROH competitors hit the jackpot, while others were not so lucky.
In the opening contest, Bully Ray and the Briscoes defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) in a six-man tag match to earn a shot at ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks and Adam Page of Bullet Club later in the show. Bully Ray and the Briscoes, who have had tension between them as of late, largely due to Jay Briscoe’s temper, were on the same page for most of the match. They got the victory after Bully Ray and Mark Briscoe hit the Doomsday Device on O’Ryan. Jay Briscoe, however, looked less than thrilled that he was not involved in the execution of a finishing move that he and his brother had perfected. Jay grabbed a steel chair after the match and nailed O’Ryan with it to gain a measure of revenge on The Kingdom, whose three-on-one attack on Jay with chairs last month left him with a concussion.
Before the next match, a video from earlier in the day showed Bullet Club’s Cody, Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Marty Scurll arriving in Las Vegas looking for their missing Bullet Club teammate, Adam Page. Matt Jackson implored ROH fans to alert an ROH official if they see Page.
Back to live action, Scurll got Bullet Club in the win column by gaining a hard-fought victory over Chuckie T. In his first ROH singles match, “The Kentucky Gentleman” came with an eyelash of upsetting “The Villain.” Chuckie T. scored several near falls, including one in which he hit a Razor’s Edge followed by a piledriver. Scurll was fortunate to get his foot on the rope in the knick of time. The resourceful Scurll eventually escaped with the win after he pulled the referee in front of him to halt Chuckie T.’s momentum and then locked on the chicken wing, forcing Chuckie T. to submit.
Jay White and Punishment Martinez took their heated rivalry to new level of violence in a Las Vegas Street Fight. White took the fight to Martinez from the outset, but it was Martinez who walked out the victor. The win was Martinez’s first over White, who is the only man to have beaten him twice. White appeared to be on the verge of yet another triumph over Martinez after hitting the Kiwi Crusher, but Martinez kicked out of the finishing move. Martinez then hit White with a low blow and a devastating Last Ride onto six chairs, followed by a Psycho Driver on the chairs. Shockingly, White kicked out of Martinez’s pin attempt. But Martinez introduced tacks into the match, and he hit a South of Heaven chokeslam on White into the tacks for the win.
The ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match ended in controversy when Jay Briscoe finally snapped and turned on Bully Ray, which allowed The Young Bucks and Page to win the match and retain the title. The Young Bucks had come to the ring without Page, but just before the opening bell, Page -- wearing street clothes and with his mouth and hands duct-taped -- hit the ring. Bully Ray and the Briscoes took control early in the match, which led to Bully Ray calling for tables. Jay Briscoe obliged by bringing a table into the ring, but he suddenly nailed Bully Ray in the head with it. The edge of the table caught Bully Ray in the temple and knocked him out. Page entered the ring and made the cover for the win. Mark Briscoe looked stunned and upset over his brother’s actions.
Kenny King, wrestling in his hometown and with his daughter in the front row, won his first singles championship in ROH by defeating Kushida for the ROH World Television Title. King survived Kushida’s impressive offensive arsenal, including three Hoverboard Locks, before eventually hitting the Royal Flush for the biggest victory of his 15-year career. After the match, King celebrated with his daughter. Kushida, in a admirable display of respect and sportsmanship, shook both King and his daughter’s hands.
The result of a brutal Last Man Standing match between Jay Lethal and Silas Young undoubtedly shocked many ROH fans, as the violent battle ended with Young on his feet and a bloody Lethal unable to answer the 10 count. Young’s victory over the former ROH World Champion is a career-defining one for “The Last Real Man In Professional Wrestling.” During the match, Beer City Bruiser came out to assist Young, but his attempt to splash Lethal through a table on the floor backfired, as Lethal moved out of the way and Bruiser crashed through the table. After Lethal and Young took turns mercilessly whipping each other with a strap, the turning point in the match occurred when Lethal and referee Todd Sinclair inadvertently bumped heads. The collision busted Lethal open above his eye. The fight spilled onto the floor, where Lethal and Young exchanged blows on a ladder. Young unsuccessfully attempted to zip-tie Lethal to the ladder, but the struggle caused the ladder to tip over, sending both of them through a table. Young got to his feet just before the 10 count, but Lethal did not.
In the second title change of the night, The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) defeated The Young Bucks to finally win the ROH World Tag Team Title, which had eluded the highly decorated duo for years. As the two teams engaged in a fast-paced, high-flying match, The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), making good on their vow to ruin whatever ROH fans like, suddenly hit the ring and attacked Sabin and Shelley. Daniels and Kazarian went on to attack the Bucks as well. Eventually, MCMG and the Bucks worked together to eliminate Daniels and Kazarian. The two-on-two contest resumed, with MCMG eventually hitting a double Falcon Arrow on Matt Jackson to win the match and the championship. After the match, the Bucks presented Sabin and Shelley with the championship belts before exiting.
In the main event, ROH World Champion Cody successfully defended his title by pinning the dangerous Minoru Suzuki in the Japanese legend’s first match on American soil in 25 years. Suzuki, the NEVER Openweight Champion, assaulted Cody with an assortment of strikes and submission maneuvers, but the world champion proved resilient. After a series of reversals, Cody caught Suzuki with Cross Rhodes and pinned him. While Suzuki was still feeling the effects of the move after the match, a disrespectful Cody put his prized championship ring on his finger and pressed the ring to the helpless Suzuki’s lips.
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