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Dalton Castle retains ROH World Title, despite NWA Champ Nick Aldis aiding Marty Scurll and a ridiculous ref spot

Ring of Honor (ROH) made the somewhat curious decision to run Cody vs. Kenny Omega, the most buzzed about match of the Supercard of Honor XII card - and one of the most talked about matches of WrestleMania weekend - as the second to last match of the show on Sat., April 7 in New Orleans. Maybe because they knew it would be Sun., April 8 by the time the last match started, and they just wanted to make sure it went on after fans who decided to watch TakeOver: New Orleans were free. Or because they believe the World Title should go on last, no matter what.

Or maybe the reason for the match order was because Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll featured a little bit of everything which makes ROH what it is in 2018. The match itself didn’t have any Bullet Club involvement, but Scurll provides a link to the ever-popular New Japan faction. And on a night when the Impact World Titleholder and a newly minted WWE Hall of Famer were prominently featured on the show, Marty was was aided in his effort to unseat Castle by NWA World Champion Nick Aldis, who slipped his childhood friend something to snip the cover off a turnbuckle...

That was just the start of the overbooking though. In a bit that was either campy fun or total bull$#!+, depending on your point of view, The Villian tries to blind the champ with his bag of powder, but ended up having it kicked into his face. Blinded himself, Scurll naturally grabbed the first fingers he could. Not realizing they belonged to referee Todd Sinclair and not The Party Peacock. He “broke” them, so that when Dalton grabbed Marty and hit his finisher on him, Sinclair was unable to count the pin... because he only can hit the mat with one of his hands, I guess?

Castle would fight through this, and the match actually got pretty serious, with the champ powering through Scurll’s chicken wing submission and an array of stomps to the head and superkicks to hit Bang-A-Rang again, picking up the win about four and half hours after the pre-show started.

For all the results from Supercard of Honor XII, click here.

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