World Title Match Announced For ROH “Manhattan Mayhem”

Ring of Honor issued the following press release announcing that Matt Taven will defend the world title against former champion Jay Lethal at the July 20th television taping Manhattan Mayhem from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Details, including match card, are below.

New York City has been the site of one of Jay Lethal’s greatest victories as well as one of his most deflating defeats. At the Manhattan Mayhem international television taping on July 20 at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, Lethal will be seeking his sweetest victory yet in the Big Apple.

CO-MAIN EVENT
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ROH WORLD CHAMPION MATT TAVEN vs. JAY LETHAL

On that night, Lethal will attempt to become just the second man to win the ROH World Title on three occasions when he faces current champion Matt Taven! It will be Lethal’s first shot at regaining the title since losing it to Taven at Madison Square Garden, which is just minutes away from the Hammerstein Ballroom, in a Triple Threat Ladder Match at G1 Supercard on April 6 before a sellout crowd.

Lethal, who has held the ROH World Title for more combined days (707) than anyone, won the championship the first time at Best in the World in 2015 at Terminal 5 in New York City. By defeating then-ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe in a winner-take-all match, Lethal became the only man to hold the ROH World and ROH World Television titles simultaneously.

Leaving Manhattan Mayhem as a three-time world champion will be no easy task, especially considering the rarified air Taven has already reached as ROH World Champion. Three weeks before Taven won the title at G1 Supercard, the leader of The Kingdom went move-for-move with Lethal in a classic encounter that ended in a 60-minute draw at ROH’s 17th Anniversary pay-per-view. But many long-time ROH fans know their rivalry spans nearly five years as the two’s previous World Television Championship wars have now elevated to competing for the ROH World Championship!

Since winning the championship, Taven has successfully defended it against PCO, Flip Gordon, Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams, and Jeff Cobb. In those matches, Taven showed that he will not hesitate to do whatever it takes to retain his title — he even used an ax and a spike on PCO’s one good eye to achieve victory. And not only has Taven emerged victorious with title in hand but he has done so while also being able to assert that he was the first man to pin both PCO and Jeff Cobb in ROH!

Will Lethal make history once again in New York City or will Taven’s historic championship reign continue? Join us live for Manhattan Mayhem to find out!

ROH PRESENTS MANHATTAN MAYHEM
INTERNATIONAL TV TAPING
SATURDAY, JULY 20
BELL TIME 7 P.M. ET
MEET AND GREET 5 P.M. ET
THE MANHATTAN CENTER’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
311 W 34TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10001

ALREADY SIGNED

CO-MAIN EVENT
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ROH WORLD CHAMPION MATT TAVEN vs. JAY LETHAL

CO-MAIN EVENT, AIRING LIVE FOR HONORCLUB
NEW YORK STREET FIGHT FOR THE ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS GUERRILLAS OF DESTINY (TAMA TONGA & TONGA LOA) vs. THE BRISCOES (JAY & MARK)

SIGNED TO COMPETE:
DRAGON LEE
RUSH
LIFEBLOOD (TRACY WILLIAMS & MARK HASKINS)
PJ BLACK

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