ROH issued the following:
Colt Cabana doesn’t know who the ROH World Champion will be on July 16th, but he does know that he will be getting a much-deserved title shot that night at the historic 2300 Arena in Philadelphia at the Aftershock national TV taping.
Cabana could be facing current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal; or former champion Jay Briscoe, who takes on Lethal in the Biggest Rematch in ROH History on June 24th at the Best in the World pay-per-view; or Kyle O’Reilly, who meets the Lethal-Briscoe winner in a championship match at an event the following night.
Regardless of who walks into the ring with the championship belt to defend it against Cabana, the title undoubtedly will be in serious jeopardy.
After what transpired in the title match between Cabana and Lethal at the Global Wars pay-per-view on May 8th, many people consider Cabana to be the uncrowned champion.
Cabana went hold-for-hold with Lethal and eventually trapped the champ in Billy Goat’s Curse. Lethal appeared to be on the verge of tapping out when his associate, Taeler Hendrix, pulled the referee out of the ring.
After that, The Bullet Club (new member Adam Cole, The Young Bucks and The Guerrillas of Destiny) interjected themselves into the match and attacked Cabana, Lethal and a number of ROH staff in a beat-down for the ages.
Cabana may very well have been robbed of the ROH World Title, and the fans were robbed of a conclusive finish to what had been a spectacular main event to that point.
Seeking retribution on Cole and The Bullet Club, Cabana has gotten a bit sidetracked as of late, but he hasn’t lost sight of why he returned to ROH for the first time in nearly five years.
A 17-year veteran who has won numerous regional and tag team championships all over the world and carved out a nice for himself outside the ring with his popular podcast and endeavors in the world of comedy, Cabana is determined to add “ROH World Champion” to his impressive body of work.
Cabana stated his intentions when he confronted Lethal during a surprise appearance at the Supercard of Honor X events in Dallas in early April.
“Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and know exactly want you to be,” Cabana told Lethal. “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I won’t be able to live with myself unless I am able to wear [the ROH World Championship belt] around my waist.”
The following night, Cabana pinned Lethal in an impromptu non-title match.
Cabana, who made his ROH debut all the way back in 2002 by defeating best friend CM Punk, has come close to winning the ROH World Title on several occasions over the years, including taking then-champion Bryan Danielson to a 60-minute draw in a two-out-of-three falls match in 2006.
Cabana, who has gotten himself into great shape and is better than ever in the ring, believes it’s finally the right time and right place for him to become world champion.
He certainly would love nothing more than to win the most prestigious title in pro wrestling at the 2300 Arena, the birthplace of Honor and a building that he has a lot of history in.