The list of men who have held the Ring of Honor (ROH) World title is a pretty illustrious one. Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan). Samoa Joe. CM Punk. Nigel McGuinness. Tyler Black (Seth Rollins). Kevin Steen.
Until tonight, only one man had ever held the title on two separate occasions. Now, Austin Aries has company in the two-time club.
Jay Briscoe continued his two-year undefeated streak tonight at All-Star Extravaganza VI in Toronto, defeating Michael Elgin 1 - 2 - 3 in the middle of the ring following a Jay Driller to regain the belt he had never lost.
In July of last year, Briscoe was forced to surrender the belt following a storyline injury (and amidst rumors of WWE interest and following controversy brought on the company by homophobic, anti-gay marriage comments he posted on Twitter). Adam Cole eventually defeated Michael Elgin in the finals of the tournament to replace him. Jay returned and failed to recapture the belt in a three-way with both Cole and Elgin, eventually introducing his own title, which was unified in a ladder match with the main ROH belt by the Floridian - with help from Matt Hardy and Michael Bennett.
Those losses did not result from Briscoe himself being pinned or submitted, thus the two year run that now continues. Though it wasn't billed as having any stipulations, the World title belt at ASE6 ended up involving tables and a whole lot of outside the ring action. And it ended with Michael Elgin being pinned in his hometown to wrap his title reign at just 76 days.
Jay Briscoe is now only the second two-time World champ in the 14 year history of the belt.
Anybody see that coming?