Credit: Michael Specian & PWInsider
The following are spoilers from the Ring of Honor TV tapings in Baltimore this evening. I don't know the names of everyone's finishing maneuver, and I'm too lazy to check the spelling of names, so please translate if you know what I'm describing.
Ring of Honor taped four episodes of television in Baltimore Saturday evening. The episodes will air through February 11 on Sinclair broadcast stations. A standing room only crowd of about 500 filled Baltimore's Du Burns arena.
If you don't want to read the entire report, here are the highlights:
Thomasa Chiampa remains undefeated
Jay Lethal retains his TV Title after Maria intervenes in the match
Coleman and Alexander have a breakout performance
Kyle O'Reilly has two excellent matches
Dissension builds between the American Wolves as Davey Richards and Kyle O'Reilly form a tag team called "Team Ambition", and Eddie Edwards responds by forming a new tag team with Adam Cole
The World's Greatest Tag Team continue a heel turn by hitting Mark Briscoe in the head with a chair
Kevin Steen is back as "professional wrestling's worse nightmare." He promises to take Davey Richards's title and hold ROH hostage.
The pile driver is banned in ROH
Before getting into the spoilers, I have to mention that ROH did everything in their power to be good to the Baltimore crowd. They often referred to Baltimore as a new home for ROH (huge applause for that and "Welcome Home" chants), and offered everyone in attendance coupons for $10 off the next show, which will be on Saturday, February 4. By time I went to get those coupons, they were all gone.
After the show, Nigel McGuiness hung around to talk to some fans at ringside and Mark Briscoe, Davey Richards, and Kyle O'Reilly chatted with fans and stuck around for pictures in the main lobby. The interaction at the end was actually really nice and sent us all home happy.
Devon Storm def. a guy whose name I didn't catch. He's white, under six feet tall with corn rows. Devon score the pin in about 6 minutes with a camel clutch dragon sleeper variation.
There were usually about two minute intermissions between segments. These were ocassionally punctuated by chants like "Awkward silence!"
Eddie Edwards def. Mike Mondo in 10 minutes. Eddie, who got a strong reaction coming out, finished Mondo off with a cradle brain buster. Mondo, a former member of WWE's Spirit Squad, received numerous chants of "He's got spirit!"
Jim Cornette invited out the new Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions, The Briscoe Brothers, who received a huge reaction. Jay Briscoe asked Jim Cornette if it was true that the World's Greatest Tag Team, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, were fined $5000 for the chair shots to the head they delivered at Final Battle. After Cornette confirmed this fact, Jay asked, "Who gets that money? Do you get that money?" Jim replied that he doesn't personally. Jay suggesting not only that the Briscoes should get the money, but that everyone in the locker room should come out to the ring to hit them with chairs. They claimed they didn't care because they weren't "cosmetically pleasing" anyway, a reference the Briscoes first made during a video leading up to Final Battle where they recounted that a promising tryout with WWE ultimately led nowhere because John Lauranitus did not appreciate their look.
Jim informed the Briscoes that Haas and Benjamin blame them for the hostile reaction they received in New York City at Final Battle. Mark replied that they just keep it real. They said that the Young Bucks, who earned the #1 contender's shots for the Tag Team Championships at Final Battle, were sitting ducks and that the Briscoes are going to knock them down. The segment concluded with the crowd chanting "Man up!"
Roderick Strong with Michael Elgin and Truth Martini def. Ricky Reyes (4 minutes) with by reversing Reyes's backroll with one of his own.
Matt Jackson with Nick Jackson def. Kenny King with Rhett Titus in the TV Main Event (10 minutes). Rhett Titus, who is recovering from surgery was at ringside on crutches. This match was a ton of fun. The Young Bucks played the role of utterly obnoxious heels, ridiculing Rhett Titus's injury by limping around the ring and mock-crying. After an athletic contest, Nick Jackson stole one of Rhett's crutches and hit Kenny King as he was attempting a springboard. Matt covered him behind the referee's back and scored the pinfall. After the match there was a melee where both teams needed to be pulled apart.
January 28 Taping
Thomaso Chiampa (with Prince Nana and that dude in the green jacket) def. TJ Perkins (6 minutes) with his signature powerbomb over his knees move.
Michael Elgin def. Grizzly Redwood (5 minutes). This match was supposed to feature Grizzly Redwood against Devon Storm, but before the match commenced, the House of Truth interrupted. Truth Martini, dressed in a long purple waistcoat brushed aside "Willy Wonka" chants to make Devon Storm an offer. He could either A) take $500 and let Michael Elgin take his place or B) piss Michael Elgin off. Storm took the money. Truth then turned to Grizzly and alerted him that Elgin was going to hurt him so badly he was going to wish he had "died as a child." The match was slightly more than a squash with Grizzly getting in some good, if at times sloppy, offense. Elgin looked the part of a monster. Fun little match.
Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly def. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman in the TV Main Event (12 minutes). This match was AWESOME. I feel Alexander and Coleman really turned a corner here. There were fans in attendance who had never seen any of the four wrestlers before and they walked away thinking C&A were the stars. After a lot of great back and forth and near falls, Kyle O'Reilly finally managed to secure a submission with the guillotine choke.
After the match, both teams received a big ovation and Davey took the... (Continues on next page)