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RUSH, Angelina Love win titles at ROH Death Before Dishonor

After what was, at least in this writer’s opinion, the best PPV match of his World title run, Matt Taven did the job for RUSH in the main event of Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view (PPV) in Las Vegas last night (Fri., Sept. 27).

Both survived furious assaults by their opponent, with El Toro Blanco kicking out after Just the Tip and the Climax on a really close nearfall right before his last comeback. It came after a stand-off where both men slapped each other in the face repeatedly before RUSH hit his Bull’s Horns finisher twice to win clean.

After receiving the belt from Cary Silkin, the first Mexican ROH World champion celebrated in the ring with his family, including brother and fellow ROH & CMLL wrestler Dragon Lee and their father, CMLL’s La Bestia del Ring.

ROH has built RUSH up well, as he remains undefeated in the company. It seems like a necessary move, both because Taven’s contract is set to expire next week, and because his run has been a critical & box office failure (despite what COO Joe Koff says). Unfortunately, the lack of buzz about the company in general means RUSH isn’t exactly red hot among U.S. fans right now, either. And his ROH deal was reportedly only for one year, meaning it expires in about three months.

While that feels like a step in the right direction for the men’s main event scene, ROH’s Women of Honor division continues to flounder. At Death Before Dishonor, they put the title on TNA veteran Angelina Love. The 38 year old won the championship from Kelly Klein after an overbooked affair which saw her Allure (the Beautiful People rehash ROH is doing) teammate Mandy Leon interfere regularly.

Finger crossed this is only temporary. ROH has been booking recent signee Maria Manic as an unstoppable force. She crashed The Allure’s celebration and took out a bunch of security guards in the process.

Both title changes will grab some headlines. Will they do anything to change ROH’s reputation?

Get the full rundown of everything that happened at Death Before Dishonor here.

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