When looking at the entirity of the Ring of Honor roster, not many fans would have picked Matt Taven to be a future world champion. For the few that are his fans, that’s part of the appeal of the story going into his world title match last year at G1 Supercard. Fending off two game challengers, Taven climbed the ladder and became top dog in the promotion he calls home. In honor of Ring of Honor placing G1 Supercard up on YouTube for all to enjoy, Taven reflected on his world title win and what it meant to him in a first person essay.
Even though there would be two more events before Madison Square Garden, I knew this match with Lethal would be my chance to prove that I belonged in the World Title Match at G1 Supercard. I had made some drastic changes since my return to ROH that previous fall, from my hair, to my ring attire, but the biggest change was my overall attitude. I now truly believed that I deserved to be the Ring of Honor World Champion and said so to anyone who would listen. If I didn’t deliver that night in Vegas, my chances of winning in MSG were out the window, and all the work, risk, and preparation was for nothing.