Title Tuesday #2: ROH World Championship

ROH_WORLD_TITLE

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am your host, the Baumeister.  For many of us, we judge how good a wrestler’s legacy is based on how many titles they have, or haven’t won in their careers.  But, what about the heritage of those titles? That’s where we are going to look at here.  Not just who won the championship, where they won and how long they held it, but also interesting information unique to that championship’s history.
This week’s featured championship: ROH World Championship

  1. Low-Ki: Won July 27, 2002 at ROH Crowning a Champion in Philadelphia, PA in a Four-Way 60-minute Ironman Match. Held the title for 56 days.
  2. Xavier: Won September 21, 2002 at ROH Unscripted in Philadelphia, PA. Held the title for 182 days.
  3. Samoa Joe: Won March 22, 2003 at ROH Night of Champions in Philadelphia, PA. Held the title for 645 days.
    1. Currently the longest reigning ROH World Champion in history.
    2. First title defense in a Four Corner Survival Match April 12, 2003 at ROH Epic Encounter in Philadelphia, PA vs Colt Cabana, Matt Stryker and Tom Carter.
    3. Title declared a World Championship after a defense at ROH/FWA Frontiers of Honor in London, England on May 17, 2003 vs The Zebra Kid. This would be the first ROH World Championship defense in England.
    4. Won the GWA Heavyweight Championship (vacant) vs Ares at GWA No Friends Behind the Border in Bad Schwalbach, Germany. Held the title until the promotion closed at the end of 2003. This was also the first non-ROH branded defense of the title, and the first ROH World Championship defense in Germany.
    5. First title defense in a Steel Cage Match March 13, 2004 at ROH At Our Best in Elizabeth, NJ vs Jay Briscoe
  4. Austin Aries: Won December 26, 2004 at ROH Final Battle 2004 in Philadelphia, PA. Held the title for 174 days.
    1. First title defense in Switzerland March 12, 2005 at ROE Switzerland March Madness Tour ’05 in Weesen, Switzerland.
    2. First title defense in Austria March 13, 2005 at ROH March Madness Tour ’05 in Krems, Austria. Also won the Wachauer Wrestling Trophy vs Steve Douglas
    3. First title defense in Canada March 18, 2005 at UWA Hardcore vs John Prohibition
    4. First title defense in Mexico May 15, 2005 at X-LAW in Tulancingo, Mexico. Also first title defense in a Triple Threat Match vs Ricky Marvin and Super Crazy.
  5. CM Punk: Won June 18, 2005 at ROH Death Before Dishonor III in Morristown, NJ. Held the title for 55 days.
    1. First title change outside of Philadelphia.
  6. James Gibson: Won August 12, 2005 at ROH Redemption in Dayton, OH in a Fatal 4-Way vs Punk, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe. Held the title for 36 days.
    1. Holds the record for the shortest reign as ROH World Champion.
  7. Bryan Danielson: Won September 17, 2005 at ROH Glory by Honor IV. Held the title for 462 days.
    1. Unified the ROH Pure Championship on August 12, 2006 at ROH Unified in Liverpool, England vs Nigel McGuinness.
    2. First Two out of Three Falls Match August 25, 2006 at ROH Epic Encounter II vs Nigel McGuinness (Went to a Time Limit Draw)
  8. Homicide: Won December 23, 2006 at Final Battle 2006 in New York City, NY. Held the title for 56 days.
    1. First title change in New York City.
  9. Takeshi Morishima: Won the title February 17, 2007 at ROH Fifth Year Festival: Philly in Philadelphia, PA. Held the title for 231 days.
    1. First foreign-born ROH World Champion.
    2. First title defense in Japan March 4, 2007 at NOAH Navigate for Evolution ’07-Night 10 in Tokyo, Japan vs KENTA
  10. Nigel McGuinness: Won the title October 7, 2007 at ROH Undeniable in Edison, NJ. Held the title for 545 days.
    1. First title defense in Ireland June 14, 2008 at IWW Buzz TV Taping in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland vs Vic Viper
    2. First title defense in Italy March 8, 2009 at ICW Vendetta 2009 at Monza, Italy vs Kaio.
  11. Jerry Lynn: Won the title April 3, 2009 at ROH Supercard of Honor IV in Houston, TX. Held the title for 71 days.
    1. First title change in Texas.
  12. Austin Aries (2): Won June 13, 2009 at ROH Manahttan Mayhem III in New York City, NY in a Triple Threat Elimination Match vs Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black. Held the title for 245 days.
  13. Tyler Black: Won February 13, 2010 at ROH 8th Anniversary Show in New York City, NY. Held the title for 210 days.
  14. Roderick Strong: Won September 11, 2010 at ROH Glory by Honor IX in a No Disqualification Match. Held the title for 189 days.
  15. Eddie Edwards: Won March 19, 2011 at ROH Manhattan Mayhem IV in New York City, NY. Held the title for 99 days.
    1. Became the first ROH Triple Crown Champion (World/Tag/Television).
  16. Davey Richards:  Won June 26, 2011 at ROH Best in the World 2011 in New York City, NY. Held the title for 321 days.
    1. First title change in Spain July 3, 2011 at Wrestling in Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain vs Tommy End
  17. Kevin Steen: Won May 12, 2012 at ROH Border Wars in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Held the title for 328 days.
    1. First title change outside of the United States.
  18. Jay Briscoe: Won April 5, 2013 at ROH Supercard of Honor VII at New York City, NY. Held the title for 89 days.
    1. Vacated the title due to storyline injuries on July 3, 2013.  Title is vacant for 79 days
  19. Adam Cole: Won September 20, 2013 at ROH Death Before Dishonor IX in Philadelphia, PA; defeating Michael Elgin in a Tournament Final. Held the title for 275 days.
    1. First title defense at a NJPW branded show May 10, 2014 at ROH/NJPW Global Wars in Toronto, Ontario, Canada vs Kevin Steen.
  20. Michael Elgin: Won June 22, 2014 at ROH Best in the World 2014 in Nashville, TN.  Held the title for 76 days.
  21. Jay Briscoe: Won September 6, 2014 at ROH All Star Extravaganza 6 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Held the title for 286 days.
  22. Jay Lethal: Won June 19, 2015 at ROH Best in the World 2015 in New York City, NY. Held the title for 252 days.
    1. First champion to hold both the ROH World Championship and the ROH Television Championship at the same time. (Lost the Television Championship October 23, 2015 at ROH on SBG #218 vs Roderick Strong)
    2. Current champion

Thanks for reading! Is this one of your favorite titles? Is there a title you want to see here? Let me know in the comments below.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister.

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