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TV title match official for ROH Best in the World

A new match has been made official for next month's ROH Best in the World pay-per-view.

It was announced today that Tony Deppen will defend his ROH Television Championship against Dragon Lee at Best in the World. Deppen is part of ROH's Violence Unlimited stable and Lee is part of La Faccion Ingobernable.

The TV title match was confirmed for Best in the World after Deppen retained the title against Tracy Williams and Lee in a triple threat match on the latest episode of ROH TV. Deppen rolled up Williams to get the win after Lee gave Williams a low blow. Lee could have broken up the pin but chose not to.

After the triple threat TV title match, Lee's La Faccion Ingobernable stablemate Kenny King said that Lee's strategy was just not to get pinned -- even if that meant that he didn't win. King said that, with Williams being pinned, Lee is now the number one contender to the TV title. King said Deppen will defend the TV title against Lee at Best in the World. Lee threatened that La Faccion Ingobernable would come to Deppen's house and take the title if he didn't.

Lee was ROH TV Champion going into the promotion's 19th Anniversary PPV this March, but Lee suffered a ruptured eardrum and had to miss the tapings for the event. King instead defended the TV title on Lee's behalf and lost it to Williams. Deppen defeated Williams on ROH TV last month to win the TV title.

When Lee was ROH TV Champion, he retained the title against Deppen at Final Battle last December. Deppen won a four corner survival match earlier in the night to get that title shot.

Best in the World is taking place at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, July 11. It will be the first ROH event with fans in attendance since February 2020. Here's the updated card for the PPV:

  • ROH Television Champion Tony Deppen defends against Dragon Lee
  • Brody King vs. Jay Lethal
  • EC3 vs. Flip Gordon
  • Last Man Standing match: Josh Woods vs. Silas Young