Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
We see a video highlighting the Ring of Honor Tag Team Title match between champions The Briscoes & Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team from “Showdown in the Sun Day 2” before the usual intro.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD and we go right into the opening match.
Proving Ground Match: The C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) vs. Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions “The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet” #DemBoys The Briscoes (Jay & Mark)
“Man Up” chants from the crowd before the match starts. Code of Honor is not adhered to as well before the bell sounds. Mark & Alexander will start things off for their respective teams. Mark with a knee to the gut, followed by a pair of right hands. Mark with a series of headbutts, followed by another right hand. Irish whip by Mark, but Alexander goes up and over him and then goes off the ropes, catching Mark with a spinning headscissors takeover. Alexander then with a front dropkick to Mark’s knees, taking him down, followed by an enziguri for a 1 count. Alexander goes off the ropes, Mark misses a clothesline, but then Mark catches Alexander coming in with a big boot. Tag into Jay as Mark hits a slam on Alexander, followed by a leaping double stomp by Jay. Headfirst goes Alexander off the top turnbuckle, then Jay nails him with a European uppercut. Tag into Mark, who hits a series of gut shots to Alexander, followed by a right hand. Mark then hits a back elbow while Alexander was slumped down in the corner. tag into Jay, but then Alexander tries to fight back on both Briscoes with shots to each of them. However, the Briscoes regain the advantage as Jay nails Alexander with a club to the back. Briscoes go for a double back suplex, but Alexander lands on his feet, and then evades the Briscoes with a forward roll and tags in Coleman.
Coleman ducks under a Briscoes’ clothesline attempt and nails them with a dropkick, with one leg for each Briscoe. Coleman springs off the middle rope and nails Jay with a leg lariat. Coleman then hits the BlesSTO on Jay for a nearfall. Irish whip by Coleman, reversed by Jay, but Coleman then reverses Jay and nails him with a spin kick to the gut. Coleman goes for the windmill axe kick, but Jay ducks and then goozles Coleman. Jay then drills Coleman with a chokeslam.
Tag into Mark as Jay hits a slam on Coleman. Mark goes up to the middle rope, then proceeds to do a little dance along the middle rope before leaping off and nailing Coleman with the Froggy Bow for a nearfall. Mark with a pair of headbutts, then tags in Jay. Jay with another European uppercut, followed by a pair of chops before tagging back in Mark. Jay with an Irish whip, but then pulls Coleman back in so Mark can nail him with a back elbow. Jay goes for a waistlock, but Coleman switches as Mark heads up to the middle rope. Mark springs off, but then Coleman ducks under a right hand attempt and tags in Alexander.
Alexander springboards and connects with a clothesline on Mark. Jay misses a clothesline and Alexander nails him with a series of forearms and a chop, followed by a spinning back kick to the gut. Alexander goes off the ropes and nails Jay with a front dropkick to the side of Jay’s head. Alexander charges at Mark and connects with a forearm in the corner, then Coleman charges in and hits his spinning heel kick on Mark and in mid-move, nails Jay with a moonsault on the outside. Alexander then charges in again and nails Mark with a running dropkick, followed by a version of the Glam Slam for a close nearfall. Coleman & Jay exchange right hands on the outside as Coleman Irish whips Jay, but Jay reverses it, however Coleman catches the ringpost and tries for almost a version of the 619 to Jay, but Jay catches Coleman’s legs. Jay then drives Coleman hard into the barricade. Back in the ring, Alexander tries for a suplex, but Mark lands on his feet and nails Alexander with a gut shot. Mark then lifts up Alexander as Jay comes back in, and the Briscoes hit the Redneck Boogie on Alexander for a close nearfall. The Briscoes can’t believe it as they thought they had the match won. Headfirst goes Alexander off the top turnbuckle as the crowd begins to chant again “Man Up”. Jay lifts Alexander on the top turnbuckle and nails him with a forearm before going up with him. Jay setups for a superplex, but Alexander stops him with a series of gut shots. Alexander then throws Jay off the turnbuckles, sending Jay crashing into the barricades on the outside. Coleman & Mark exchange right hands in the far corner, with the referee trying to get them back into their corners. While all this is going on and while the referee is distracted, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team come to ringside and Benjamin nails Jay with a kick to #DemLittleBoys. The referee didn’t see any of this as Mark knocks Coleman off the apron with a right hand. Jay is writhing in pain on the outside as Alexander gets his boot up on Mark’s charge in. Alexander goes up to the middle rope, but Mark catches him with a right hand. Mark goes up with him and goes for a 2nd rope Ace Crusher, but Alexander fights him off.
Coleman & Alexander then hit their tag team finisher, Overtime (Leaping Rana by Coleman, Top Rope Splash by Alexander) on Mark for the victory.
Winners and earning a future Ring of Honor Tag Team Title Match: The C & C Wrestle Factory by pinfall (Overtime)
Coleman & Alexander celebrate their win, but are confused as to what happened with Jay, who is still hurt on the outside.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness hype up tonight’s main event for the Television Title as new champion Roderick Strong defends against Adam Cole as we go to commercial.
Backstage, Veda Scott is interviewing Truth Martini & Embassy Limited. Rhino says he doesn’t care about his opponent tonight, all he is worried about is Eddie Edwards. At Border Wars, he says Eddie will die a slow & painful death. When he cries tears of blood, he will ask Rhino to put him out of his misery with a Gore. Gore! GORE!
Before the next match, Truth Martini gets the microphone and says that its a happy time for the House of Truth. He has the Television Champion, Roderick Strong. The breakout star of 2012, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin. And now he has his hired mercenary and the newest member of the House of Truth, Rhino. Martini turns to Rhino’s opponent for the evening, Vinny Marseglia, and says that he is a weird looking person. Martini closes by saying that he hopes Marseglia called his mommy because he will never be the same after feeling a GORE, GORE, GORE!!!
“The Man Beast” Rhino w/Truth Martini vs. Vinny Marseglia
Before the bell sounds, Marseglia wants to adhere to the Code of Honor, but Rhino will have nothing of it. Bell sounds and Rhino charges at Marseglia, drilling him with a left arm lariat. Rhino then hits a belly-to-belly suplex and goes to the corner to stalk Marseglia.
Rhino then creams Marseglia with the Gore for the victory.
Winner: “The Man Beast” Rhino by pinfall (Gore)
Kevin Kelly and Ring of Honor Executive Producer Jim Cornette are in the ring, and they call out Kevin Steen. Steen comes out to the ring with Jimmy Jacobs. Cornette asks if Steen is done pandering to the crowd. Cornette says he doubts Steen respects his country of Canada, because he is holding a Canadian flag. Steen says he wonders why he is called out to talk, when he couldn’t talk to Cornette when he wanted to. Steen says Davey Richards isn’t here, and tries to call Richards out of Cornette’s ass by howling. Richards makes his way to the ring, bearing an American flag. Richards says if he is going to bring a flag, it might as well be the important one. Richards asks Steen to bring his flag to Border Wars, because he will end Steen. Steen says they used to be close friends, and during that time he remembers telling Richards ROH screwed him. Richards said he will help him, but Steen says he didn’t do s**t. Steen says Richards didn’t want him around, because he steals the show. Richards says Steen’s biggest problem is himself. Steen pushes Richards, and calls him a hypocrite. Steen asks Richards how many times he threatened to quit ROH, although he says he loves it. Richards says they can do this right now, and the two begin pushing each other. Cornette says Steen has what he wants, as does Richards. Cornette says he wants only one thing, and wants both to sign a liability waver. If they both sign it, Cornette says they can kill each other for all he cares. Steen says he wouldn’t want to sue anyway, because he doesn’t want Cornette’s Smokey Mountain tapes. Cornette informs Steen that in the waver it states this is Steen’s only shot at the World Title. Steen says he only need one shot, and Richards assures him he doesn’t have one to begin with as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor”.
First, we go to Lance Storm, who says he has been wrestling 21 years, and has seen it all. He says Mike Bennett doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone. Storm says that what Bennett did after the match was disrespectful and uncalled for. Storm says he will not go out on his back.
We then go to Jay Lethal, who says good things come to those who wait. Jay says he was attacked during his match, and lost his TV Championship Belt. Lethal says he will take Tommaso’s undefeated streak and become the new Dominant Male at Border Wars.
We then go to Tommaso Ciampa, who says Lethal shouldn’t have believed him, but regardless he will show him why he is the Dominant Male at Border Wars.
Finally, we go to Eddie Edwards, who says he knows what Rhino is all about. Edwards says if Rhino Gores him at Border Wars, it better kill him because he is Die Hard and he will get up no matter what.
Kevin Kelly also announces that at Border Wars it will be the previously mentioned match between Jay Lethal & Tommaso Ciampa and now also, Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see video highlighting the Roderick Strong vs. Jay Lethal match from “Showdown in the Sun Day 2” that became a Television Title match thanks to some goading from Tommaso Ciampa and allowed Roderick Strong to become the new Television Champion before the main event.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor Television Title: Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini (c) vs. Adam Cole
Lock-up and Strong with a wristlock, but Cole spins out into a wristlock of his own. Strong then cartwheels to get out of the hold and goes to a side headlock. Irish whip by Cole, but Strong takes him down with a shoulder tackle. Strong goes off the ropes, Cole leapfrogs, then Cole goes off the ropes, but as Strong goes for a back body drop, Cole sidesteps him with a kick to the face. Strong then goes for a clothesline, but Cole blocks it and then connects with a leaping neckbreaker for a nearfall. Strong then regains the advantage with a knee to the gut, followed by a pair of chops. Irish whip by Strong, but Cole gets his boots up on Strong’s charge in. Cole goes up to the middle rope and connects with a flying back elbow on Strong for another nearfall. Irish whip by Cole, but Strong holds on to the ropes. Cole charges in, but Strong sends him over the ropes with a back body drop, however Cole lands on the apron. Cole nails Strong with a forearm and then heads up top. Cole goes for a crossbody, but Strong gets out of the way and Cole catches nothing but canvas.
Strong gains a nearfall and then nails Cole with a stomp. Strong sends Cole hard into the corner and then unloads on him with a series of stomps. Strong then hits a suplex for a nearfall. Strong then locks in a reverse chinlock as the crowd tries to will on Cole. Cole gets to his feet and breaks out with a series of gut shots. Cole goes off the ropes, but Strong goes in with him and nails Cole with a running knee to the gut for another nearfall. Cole tries to fight back with a right hand, but Strong fires back with one of his own. Strong with a chop, followed by a pair of stomps. Strong then stands on the chest of Cole and also proceeds to run in place just to show nothing but disrespect. Strong hits a back suplex for yet another nearfall. Cole fights back again with a pair of gut shots, followed by a right hand. Cole goes off the ropes, but Strong catches him coming in with a dropkick. Strong taunts the crowd and then gains yet another nearfall as he took too much time in making the cover. Strong locks in a Camel Clutch on Cole as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Cole is fighting back on Strong, nailing him with a forearm. Cole charges, but Strong catches him coming in with a boot, followed by an enziguri and finally a urnangi backbreaker for a close nearfall. Strong is getting frustrated as he doesn’t know what to do to put away Cole. Cole tries to pick himself up as Strong goes back after him. Strong with a series of hard chops to Cole in the corner, but Cole fights back with a right hand. Strong with another chop, Cole with another right hand. Cole then unloads with a series of right hands on Strong as Cole is getting his 2nd wind. Irish whip by Cole, reversed by Strong, Strong charges in, but Cole moves out of the way.
Cole goes off the ropes and connects with a clothesline on Strong, followed by a back elbow. Cole then with a dropkick for a nearfall. Cole fires himself up as we see Michael Elgin make his way down to ringside. Strong goes for a discus clothesline, but Cole ducks under and waistlocks Strong. Strong reverses, but Cole counters by drilling Strong with an enziguri. Cole goes off the ropes and connects with a flying knee for a nearfall. Cole fires back up as Elgin shouts words of encouragement to Strong. Cole goes after Strong, who is on the apron, but Strong counters and kicks Cole in the gut. Strong then with a slingshot roll-up for a nearfall. Cole charges back after Strong, but Strong again kicks Cole in the gut. Strong charges at Cole, but Cole catches him with a boot to the face. Cole then charges, but Strong moves out of the way and nails Cole with another enziguri. Strong then lifts up Cole and hits the Death by Roderick for a close nearfall. Strong once again can’t believe Cole kicked out. Crowd tries to will on Cole as Strong goes back after him. Strong goes for the Gibson Driver, but Cole counters, however Strong quickly nails him with a leaping knee to the face. Strong goes for a suplex, but Cole counters and drills Strong with a Brainbuster across his knee for a close nearfall. Cole now can’t believe it as Strong rolls out onto the apron. Cole goes back after Strong and goes for the slingshot DDT on the apron, but Strong sees it coming and sends Cole into Elgin at ringside, laying him out. Cole gets back on the apron as Strong tries to suplex him back in, but Cole counters and rolls up Strong in the O’Connor Roll for a nearfall. However, when Strong kicks out, Cole uses that momentum to nail Elgin with a tope dive, sending Elgin crashing into the barricade. Strong goes after Cole, but Cole fights back and drills Strong with another enziguri. Cole heads up top and this time hits the crossbody for another close nearfall. Elgin now hops up on the apron and has words with the referee. While the referee is distracted by Elgin, Truth Martini slides in and drills Cole across the back with the Book of Truth.
Strong then takes advantage and hits the End of Heartache for the victory.
Winner and still Ring of Honor Television Champion: Roderick Strong by pinfall (End of Heartache)
Strong & Martini celebrate while Elgin does not look too pleased as we go to credits.
Solid show this week.
The opening tag match was a shorter, but more effective match from this pairing of C & C & The Briscoes. Liked the involvement of Haas & Benjamin to continue the feud with the Briscoes and to get a sense of payback since it was the Briscoes who cost Haas & Benjamin a match with C & C a month back.
Rhino squashed some weird looking dude, fine with me to get Rhino over as a wrecking machine heading into the Edwards match at the PPV.
The Steen/Richards back and forth in-ring segment was very well done and did a nice job of making the story heading into the show more of Steen vs. Richards than Steen vs. Cornette, which what it has been for the last few months. Both guys were good on their promo exchanges and it added a lot of intrigue to the match with the piledriver ban being lifted and now the fact that its Steen’s only title shot. They have a lot of directions that they go with this at Border Wars, so I am very interested to see where they go.
Finally, the main event was another shorter, but more effective match between Strong & Cole. For a less than 10 minute main event, they both worked their tail off and had a good main event. Cole continues to show a lot of good things working that old-school babyface charisma with a modernized moveset. The finish with Elgin getting involved worked very well as it showed that Strong is out for himself while Elgin is out for the group and it will surely lead to the break-up of the House of Truth somewhere down the line.
Overall, another solid show by ROH and I would recommend checking out the Steen/Richards back and forth as that to me was the best thing on the show.
My Grade: B-
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