#AndNEW: RUSH Dethrones Taven, Becomes ROH World Champion

At ROH Death Before Dishonor, the juggernaut RUSH did the unthinkable and defeated the now-former ROH World Champion, Matt Taven. Taven had been champion for nearly 200 days; he first won the title at the historic ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard of Honor. He won it from Jay Lethal in a three-way ladder match that also involved Marty Scurrl. Taven would go on to defend his title against the then-undefeated Jeff Cobb, Jay Lethal, Kenny King, PCO, and Flip Gordon to name a few.


However, Taven met his match in the leader of Los Ingobernables Worldwide, RUSH. Ever since debuting for ROH, El Toro Blanco has never been pinned or been made to submit. Entering the ring with his patented all-white suit and cape, wearing his white Toro Blanco mask, reminiscent of all the other big matches he’s had throughout the career, RUSH was supported by his father, La Bestia Del Ring, his brother, Dragon Lee, and his son. This match saw RUSH pull out everything he had in his arsenal of moves such as hitting Taven with a Kaimatachi kick outside the ring at one point in the match.

RUSH would dominate the match inside and outside the ring for some time, but Taven would also dish out the punishment too as one moment of the match saw Taven drop RUSH right on the ring floor back first. RUSH would eventually win the match with his finisher, The Bulls Horns and having to hit it twice on Matt Taven to finally take him out for the win.

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RUSH would celebrate his win with the fans and his family members. They would all use the famous symbol of Los Ingobernables together and would embrace RUSH from thereafter the historic win. This makes RUSH the first-ever Mexican born performer to win the ROH World Championship and the companies 31st world champion in company history. With a win like this, it would also continue to cement the already strong relationship between ROH and CMLL which also had their most important show of the year, 86 Aniversario.

What does the future hold for the new ROH World Champion and who is next in line to challenge for the title? The ROH Death Before Dishonor fallout show takes place tomorrow night on HonorClub and will be out on television soon.

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