If there was any question as to how far wrestlers will go to be the best of the best, it was answered last night at Survival of the Fittest in Dallas.
Current Ring of Honor World Champion Cody Rhodes defended his title against Christopher Daniels in the best way possible: by powerbombing Daniels through a table that Daniels himself had ignited moments before.
Easily the climax of the event, Daniels and The American Nightmare had already been battling for some time in their Texas Death Match for the ROH World Championship Saturday night. It seemed that Daniels might win the match as at one point he had Rhodes dazed and listless sitting on the top rope. He then took the opportunity to place a table in the middle of the ring and light it on fire using lighter fluid. Daniels then angled to finish Rhodes off, but then Rhodes countered with a powerbomb straight through the table that Daniels had just lit on fire.
The impact was so powerful that it actually doused the flame as Daniels hit the mat. You can see the referee freaking out trying to decide whether or not to call the fire brigade or the paramedics.
Soon after Rhodes got his three-count, ending the match and successfully defending his World Championship.
Following the match, Rhodes tweeted his appreciation to Daniels, saying that their feud “has been full of surprises and I am better for it.”
Daniels responded with a single word that summed up his feelings.
Rhodes and Daniels had been feuding for some time, but it traces back to earlier this year when Daniels decided to pick a fight with Bullet Club. After having been supposedly betrayed by his longtime tag-team partner Frankie Kazarian by disbanding The Addiction and defecting to Bullet Club, Kazarian then proved to be a double agent. At Ring of Honor’s 15th Anniversary show, Kazarian distracted then champion Adam Cole long enough for Daniels to secure the win and become the new ROH World Champion. Bullet club didn’t take kindly to the betrayal, but Rhodes found it especially galling.
Since then, Daniels and Rhodes have been in a bitter feud, with Rhodes repeatedly fighting for and eventually winning the World Championship from Daniels at Best in the World in June. Their bitter rivalry came to a head in Dallas, with the two competing in a Texas Death Match billed as career-ending for one of the combatants.
While neither of the indie superstars seems to have called it quits after the match, Daniels certainly walked away with some pretty severe burns.
Giving your all can sometimes leave a scar... pic.twitter.com/I0kXySGBIp— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) November 19, 2017
Rhodes will next defend his title against Dalton Castle at Final Battle, ROH’s last and largest show of the year.