The third episode of ROH was another jam-packed show filled with matches and challenges getting us closer to Supercard of Honor.
In the opening match, Willie Mack faced Claudio Castagnoli in a Proving Ground match. If the challenger pins the champion or lasts 10 minutes, they get a future title shot. Mack looked great against Castagnoli but was pinned. (HYAN faced Athena later in the night under the same stipulation, but was unsuccessful.)
A few matches later, Eddie Kingston faced Jeeves Kay of The Trustbusters. During the match, Castagnoli took a seat in the crowd to watch. Kingston threw Kay into the barricade right in front of the champ and made him spill his coffee down the front of his white shirt. Kay took advantage of the distraction, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Kingston made quick work of Kay after that. Afterward, Kingston made the universal gesture for wanting a title.
During Kingston’s match, Caprice Coleman and Ian Riccaboni discussed whether or not “The Mad King” would get his title shot. Riccaboni pointed out that his temper frequently costs him opportunities. Castagnoli isn’t sure if Kingston has the honor to carry the ROH World Championship and that’s why he hasn’t agreed to give him a shot at the title that he requested in the first episode.
Kingston has a history with the champion and has made no secret how much he despises him. The two begrudgingly teamed up to face former ROH Champion “The Ocho” Chris Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society last year as part of AEW’s Blood and Guts match.
Their history is what makes the match so intriguing. On paper, it’s a great matchup of two of the best. Their background and feelings toward one another add another layer. Kingston “quit” AEW and wants to prove he’s worthy of gold. He wants to hurt Castagnoli. Castagnoli wants to hurt him just as much and prove he is the best ROH Champion. All of this adds up to why it’s the perfect big feud for this new era of ROH.
Supercard of Honor is just a couple of weeks away and it’s time for the champion to decide if his nemesis is worthy of a title shot.