Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair report. This week and next week will be special “Road Rage” editions of the show, with matches from the most recent Internet PPVs, Showdown in the Sun. This week’s matches are from the 1st night of action, so if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show and mention that this week, they will show the Mike Bennett vs. Lance Storm and Kevin Steen vs. El Generico matches in their entirety. Also, they will show highlights of the The Briscoes vs. TMDK Proving Ground match and the Triple Threat match for the Ring of Honor World Title between champion Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong.
We then go to a video of pre-match comments from Mike Bennett. Bennett says that it is time for some clichés and he talks about being forced off the beaches from Fort Lauderdale for this match. Tonight, the only thing that will be getting shut down is Lance Storm’s career.
From “Showdown in the Sun Night 1”, “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”The First Lady of Ring of Honor” Maria Kanellis vs. Lance Storm
Both men adhere to the Code of Honor, but Storm pulls Bennett in to tell him something. Lock-up and Bennett sends Storm to the corner, but Storm escapes. Another lock-up and Storm with a waistlock. Bennett switches, but Storm escapes and goes to a wristlock. Bennett reverses, but Storm uses the ropes to reverse and hits an armdrag that sends Bennett to the outside. Storm gives chase after Bennett, but Bennett uses Maria as a human shield. Storm then returns to the ring and he wants Bennett to return to the ring. Lock-up and Storm with a hammerlock, but Bennett reverses. Storm then comes back with a fireman’s carry into an armbar. Bennett comes back with a leg sweep, but misses an elbow drop and Storm goes back to the armbar. Bennett then with a drop toe hold into a wristlock, but Storm reverses. Storm then goes into a hammerlock. Bennett with an elbow to the face to counter out before going after Storm’s arm. Storm then counters with a drop toe hold back into the hammerlock and then gains a nearfall. Bennett with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle, but Storm comes back with a dropkick for a nearfall. Bennett nails Storm with a knee, but Storm throws Bennett over the top rope to the outside. Bennett then pulls Storm out to the outside, but Storm comes back with a series of right hands to Bennett. Bennett with a kick when Storm tries to return to the ring, but then Storm fires back by connecting with a running neckbreaker for a nearfall. Bennett sends Storm into the corner, but Storm comes back with a chop. Bennett then throws Storm out to the outside. Bennett drives Storm’s back into the apron, followed by slamming his head off the apron. Storm then comes back by sending Bennett’s head into the apron. Back in the ring, Bennett hits Storm with a dropkick as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Bennett hits Storm with the Box Office Smash for a close nearfall as Bennett cannot believe it. Bennett goes for Storm’s own single leg crab, but Storm blocks it and then drills Bennett with a superkick for a nearfall. Storm tries for the Maple Leaf, but Bennett avoids it and then hits a spear for another nearfall. Bennett with a series of right hands, but Storm dares him to do it again. Storm then with a drop toe hold and then he falls backward to hyper-extend the knee. Storm then connects with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Bennett gets himself to the corner and he kicks Storm in the head. Bennett setups for a TKO, but Storm counters and locks in the Maple Leaf. Bennett tries to get to the ropes, but Storm pulls him back into the center of the ring. Finally, Bennett is able to make it to the ropes. Bennett goes onto the apron and he nails Storm with a gut shot, but Storm hits one of his own. Both men then exchange right hands and forearms, but then Bennett sends Storm into the turnbuckles. Bennett heads up top, but Storm comes back with a forearm and a chop. Storm sets up for a superplex, but Maria grabs Bennett’s leg to prevent Storm from hitting it. Bennett then with a Super Box Office Smash for another close nearfall. Bennett hits another series of right hands and talks trash to him.
Storm comes back with a kick to the head, but then Bennett hits the TKO for the victory.
Winner: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett by pinfall (TKO)
After the match, Bennett returns to the ring and offers his hand to Storm and they adhere to the Code of Honor. However, Bennett pulls Storm in and then lays him out with another Box Office Smash.
We then go to post-match comments from Lance Storm, who says that he underestimated how much of an ignorant prick Mike Bennett could be. At his age and place in his life, the next time he stands in the ring could be his last one. However, he is not going to go out like this. He will not be laid out by an ignorant prick like Mike Bennett. Storm says he wants one more match with Bennett. Not for Ring of Honor, not for the fans, but for himself. Storm closes by saying he doesn’t care where or when, he will get one more match with Mike Bennett as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to the Proving Ground match between Tag Team Champions The Briscoes & TMDK joined in progress.
From “Showdown in the Sun Night 1”, Proving Ground Match: Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions #DemBoys The Briscoes (Jay & Mark) vs. TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls)
Nicholls with a clothesline to Mark for a nearfall. Mark comes back with right hands and then he tags in Jay. Jay with right hands to Nicholls, followed by a boot to the head. Jay knocks Haste off the apron and then Jay hits a Michinoku Driver but Haste breaks up the pin attempt. All 4 men are in the ring now and Nicholls with a clothesline to Jay. Mark goes into the corner and then Haste with a dropkick to both men. Nicholls with a powerslam to Mark and then Haste leaps off Nicholls’ back to hit a cannonball onto Jay in the corner. TMDK then hit their double team assisted DDT for a close nearfall. Mark makes the tag and hits a crossbody on Haste. Mark then with a running dropkick that sends Nicholls into the turnbuckles. Jay with a slam and Mark hits the Froggy Bow for a nearfall. Briscoes then with kicks to both Haste & Nicholls and Haste is knocked down to the outside.
The Briscoes then hit the Doomsday Device on Nicholls for the victory.
Winners: The Briscoes by pinfall (Doomsday Device)
Kevin Kelly tells us that we will see two matches from Night Two of Showdown in the Sun next week as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor”.
First off, we see highlights from the Triple Threat main event from Night 1.
We then see the press conference for Border Wars from last week that announced the main event for the Ring of Honor World Title between champion Davey Richards and Kevin Steen.
We go to Jim Cornette, who says that he has not been protecting Davey Richards by not making the match between him and Kevin Steen. Cornette says that he is protecting Kevin Steen because whatever form of match, whether it be wrestling, jiu jitsu, or a street fight, he could break Steen in half. He says that he has no idea what sort of plot that Steen has where he would end up the World Champion. Jim says that Ring of Honor is putting its faith and trust in Davey Richards.
We then hear 3 newly announced matches for the Border Wars Internet PPV on May 12th, which are as follows:
“The Belfast Bruiser” Fit Finlay vs. Ring of Honor Television Champion Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini
Fight Without Honor for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles: The Briscoes (c) vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards vs. “The Man Beast” Rhino w/Truth Martini
We go to Eddie Edwards, who tells Martini that he knows that Martini doesn’t want the Man Beast to have the title. He just wants Eddie and everyone out of the way to allow his boy Roderick Strong to get the World Title. Eddie says that Rhino has faced the best and has Gored the best. He has gored men bigger and stronger than him, but he is Die Hard. Eddie says that he is going on safari on May 12th and he will be hunting rhinoceros.
From “Showdown in the Sun Night 1”, “La Revnacha” in a Last Man Standing Match: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen vs. “The Generic Luchador” El Generico
Generico doesn’t wait for the ring introductions and charges at Steen, hitting him with a running Yakuza kick, followed by an Exploder into the turnbuckles and finally a somersault plancha onto Steen, who had went to the outside. Generico goes under the ring and gets a steel chair. Generico hits Steen in the ribs and then throws the chair into the ring. Generico with a series of right hands and kicks to Steen. Generico then sends Steen into the ringpost. Steen comes back with a forearm and then chokes Generico with a flag a fan had at ringside. Steen then sends Generico into the barricades. Generico gets some more chairs and throws them into the ring. Generico then hits Steen with an extra set of ring ropes, followed by hitting him with the turnbuckle. Steen then moves out of the way when Generico throws the ring ropes at him. Steen sends Generico into the barricades, followed by a series of forearms. Generico then comes back by Irish whipping Steen into the barricades. Back in the ring, Generico gets a chair but Steen stops him with a kick. Both men then exchange forearms until Generico gains the advantage as he then does the 10 punches to Steen in the corner as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Steen nails Generico with a somersault plancha through a table on the outside. Both men get up before the 10 count so the match will continue. Steen has a chair as Generico gets back in the ring. Steen sets up chairs in the ring and lifts Generico on his shoulders, but Generico escapes and he hits the Half & Half onto the chairs and then the referee starts his count. Steen gets back to his feet and Generico kicks Steen, followed by nailing him across the back with the steel chair. Steen then blocks a brainbuster attempt on the chair and then he hits a brainbuster of his own onto the chair. The referee starts his count but both men get up to their feet. Generico falls back down to the mat and then Steen puts a chair on top of Generico before Steen heads up top. However, Generico pops back up and nails Steen with another running Yakuza Kick that knocks Steen off the top rope and through another table at ringside. Steen then is able to get back into the ring and on his feet before the 10 count. Both then exchange forearms until Steen gives Generico the finger. Generico then ups the ante with a double bird, but then Steen bites one of Generico’s hands. Generico comes back with another Yakuza kick, followed by another Half & Half. Steen then with a forearm, but Generico with a kick. Generico then finally hits the brainbuster and both men are down. Steen and Generico have chairs in their hands and they have a stalemate on the first two shots but Steen then with a kick to the nuts and Generico doubles over to his knees. Steen sets for the same chair shot that started everything with Generico 3 years back, but Jimmy Jacobs comes into the ring to stop Steen. Jacobs and Steen have a staredown and that allows Generico to get back up and nail Steen with yet another Half & Half onto the steel chair. Jacobs picks up a chair and stands face to face with Generico. Jacobs hands Generico the chair, but then Jacobs reaches into his jacket and pulls out the spike. Generico tries to block it with the chair, but it fails and Jacobs then hits Generico in the face with the spike. Steen and Jacobs give each other an evil look and then Steen picks up a chair and gives it to Jacobs.
Jacobs then drills Generico in the head with the steel chair. The referee starts the count and Generico does not make it back up before the count of 10.
Winner: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen
Kevin Kelly plugs next week’s “Road Rage” show as we go to credits.
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