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Chris Jericho is your new Ring of Honor World Champion, defeating Claudio Castagnoli for the title at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam Wednesday night.

Jericho captured the title with the help of a low blow, followed by a Judas Effect, ending Castagnoli’s two-month reign. The announcers rightly sold it as a dark cloud being cast on the ROH title, considering a self-avowed sports entertainer cheated to win a championship that symbolizes honorable competition.

Castagnoli seemed to be getting the upper hand when Jericho resorted to grabbing Floyd, his bat, and then capitalized when the referee’s view was obstructed.

Afterward, the Wizard celebrated with the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society, although ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia looked less than thrilled to congratulate Jericho after taking a shortcut. That could be the next wrinkle in the tenuous relationship between the two stablemates.

Claudio won the ROH title, his first world championship, in July at Death Before Dishonor, defeating Jonathan Gresham. For Jericho, this is his eighth world championship, including six WWE world titles and the AEW World Championship.

AEW announced on the latest edition of Rampage that Claudio Castagnoli will defend his newly-won ROH World Title against Konosuke Takeshita at Battle Of The Belts III on 6 August.

The event, which is also billed as “Saturday Fight Night”, will mark Claudio’s first title defence since winning the strap from Jonathan Gresham at ROH’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view – this is also Takeshita’s first ever crack at the prestigious belt.

On paper, this certainly feels like a higher-profile bout than anything Tony Khan booked for the first two Battle Of The Belts specials. They’ve felt a little…lacking to date, and the idea could definitely use some inspiration.

Castagnoli vs. Takeshita could be just the tonic BOTB needs.

AEW will tape the card at the Van Del Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday 5 August. That same night, Khan’s group will also shoot a live episode of Rampage. Then, 24 hours later, Battle Of The Belts III will air for viewers back home.

Both previous BOTB shows have featured three title matches, so it makes sense to believe that AEW will add another couple to bolster Claudio vs. Konosuke.

Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view kicked off with a new ROH World Champion.

AEW star and Blackpool Combat Club member Claudio Castagnoli defeated Jonathan Gresham to become the new ROH World Champion.

This win marks Claudio Castagnoli’s first ROH World Title reign. During his first run with ROH, Castagnoli held the ROH World Tag Team Championship twice with Chris Hero.

Before losing the title tonight, Gresham had been the champion since defeating Jay Lethal at Final Battle in December 2021.

Ring of Honor World Champion Jonathan Gresham now knows who he will face at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view, and it’s a big name from ROH’s past.

It was announced during Friday night’s episode of “AEW Rampage” that Claudio Castagnoli will get the title shot against Gresham. Castagnoli confronted Gresham earlier in the episode after Gresham’s successfully defended his title against Lee Moriarty.

Gresham boasted he would be appearing on AEW programming every week going forward. He vowed to outclass and outwrestle all of the favorites of the AEW audience. Gresham declared himself “the best hold-for-hold wrestler in the world”. Gresham’s new manager Tully Blanchard continued to hype up his client until they were interrupted by Castagnoli.

Castagnoli wrestled in Ring of Honor between 2005 and 2011. He won the ROH World Tag Team Championship on two occasions with his longtime partner Chris Hero as The Kings of Wrestling. However, singles gold eluded Castagnoli in ROH.

Castagnoli spent more than a decade in WWE before leaving the company after his contract expired earlier this year. He made his AEW debut as the newest member of the Blackpool Combat Club at the Forbidden Door pay-per-view as the surprised opponent for Zack Sabre Jr. Filling in for the injured Bryan Danielson, Castagnoli got the win.

Just days later, Castagnoli forced Matt Menard to submit to the Sharpshooter to win the Blood & Guts match between the BCC and the Jericho Appreciation Society. Castagnoli scored another win in AEW on this past Wednesday’s “Dynamite” when he defeated Jake Hager.

Gresham has held the ROH World Championship for more than 200 days. His trajectory took an unexpected turn during last Friday’s episode of “Rampage” when he turned on Moriarty during a tag team match and revealed himself as the newest member of Tully Blanchard Enterprises. The stable also includes Brian Cage and the recently formed tag team Gates of Agony: Toa Liona and Kaun.

Bandido won the ROH World Championship against Rush at tonight’s ROH Best in the World.

Near the end of the match, Rush ripped off most of Bandido’s mask. The referee tried to get the champion to stop and ended up getting shoved down to the mat. Rush’s attention was taken away from Bandido for a moment and he got rolled up for the three-count.

Post-match, Rush and his stablemates beat up Bandido and hit him with the title. Rush then put the strap over the new champion.

Bandido has been with ROH since late 2018 and is also a one-time ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion.