Samoa Joe has captured the Ring of Honor World Television Championship for the first time in his career.
Just weeks after stepping back into the ring after a lengthy absence, Samoa Joe is already holding championship gold.
While Joe had previously won the ROH World and Pure Championship’s he had never held the TV Title, until now.
Minoru Suzuki had only won the title on April 1st at Supercard of Honor from Rhett Titus and he was in no mood to give the up his new prize. Heading into the bout, the Japanese legend promising Joe that he would be in for a world of pain when he stepped into the ring with him.
Unsurprisingly, by the time that the match rolled around, Suzuki delivered on that warning and then some. The bout served as the Dynamite main event and it more than lived up to the billing.
For vast stretches, Joe and Suzuki traded a series of chops and hard strikes that brought the crowd to their feet. Not that the action was confined to a brawl. Suzuki trapped Joe in an Armbar as he took control, later looking for his Gotch-style Piledriver, but Joe found his way out.
For his part, Samoa Joe traded strikes and submissions with Suzuki, before eventually picking up the win with a Muscle Buster.
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However, his celebrations proved to be short-lived as he was quickly interrupted by Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt. The pair had warned Joe a week earlier that they had a huge surprise waiting for him. After mocking the new champion, that surprise was revealed to be former NBA star Satnam Singh.
The three men then delivered a savage beatdown with Singh trapping Joe’s head in a Vice Grip before Lethal delivered the Lethal Injection. The three men posed over Samoa Joe’s broken body as the show went off the air.