Cody needs to win the Ring of Honor World Title from Dalton Castle in order to get NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis to agree to face him at All In.
And he may still do it. But it will have to be some night other than Fri., June 29 in Baltimore. Because at ROH’s Best in the World pay-per-view (PPV), Castle shockingly retained despite obviously being less than 100%.
ROH knew what everyone was expecting to have happen here, as Aldis was on hand to watch the Triple Threat action unfold:
#ROHBITW @RealNickAldis pic.twitter.com/5u0c5dJNkQ— Italo Santana (@BulletClubItal) June 30, 2018
And he’d eventually get involved... along with just about everyone else in the building at UMBC Events Center. Referee Todd Sinclair had his hands full as Brandi Rhodes and her husband pulled him out when it looked like Marty Scurll had the pin on Dalton, then Aldis pulled The Party Peacock out when it looked like he would get the win over The Villain. The NWA Champ wants Cody to win as that would set-up his chance to win the ROH Title in Chicagoland. He didn’t get another chance to ensure it would happen on Friday, however, because Sinclair threw everyone out (Brandi, Aldis and Castle’s Boys... Burnard The Business Bear had been tossed earlier).
After a good series of nearfalls, Scurll had the champ locked in his crossface chickenwing submission, but Cody broke that up and went for CrossRhodes. Marty reversed it, but before he could cover his Bullet Club (which is fine, btw) mate, Dalton swooped in to hit Bang-A-Rang on The Villain to retain.
BANG-A-RANG!!!!!! @theDALTONcastle RETAINS THE ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!! #ROHBITW pic.twitter.com/6T6DBYECZZ— Italo Santana (@BulletClubItal) June 30, 2018
Likely, ROH didn’t want their Champion losing to the IWGP Heavyweight Titleholder when Cody faces Kenny Omega in Cow Palace at G1 Special in San Francisco next Saturday (July 7). There’s still a couple months to do a switch for All In, although it will either have to be at a TV taping or house show (the latter are often streamed on ROH’s HonorClub service now, though, so it could be a nice “you never know what might happen” incentive to sell more subscriptions).
Stay tuned. And party on, peacocks.