Credit: Mike Johnson of Pwinsider.com
Six Man Mayhem: QT Marshall vs Silas Young vs Mike Sydal vs Adam Page vs ACH vs Tadarius Thomas
Matt Taven won the Top Prospect Tournament to earn a TV Title shot at Adam Cole later on tonight, and this match is made up of six of the seven other men who participated in the tournament. Antonio Thomas is the one . Page and ACH start us off and got back and forth, then Young and Thomas come in and trade shots until Young backdrops him to the floor. Sydal comes in and drills Young with a kick to the side of the head that knocks him to the floor, but Marshall comes in and blindsides Sydal before knocking Page off the apron. ACH catches Marshall with a flying headscissors, then all the other participants take turns beating Marshall up until Page clotheslines him to the floor. Young goes after Page and dumps him out to the apron, and Page comes off the apron with a shooting star press to Thomas on the floor. Barrister RD Evans grabs ACH’s ankle from the floor to stop him from hitting a dive on Marshall, so Thomas takes his place and hits a Space Flying Tiger Drop. Sydal wipes everyone else out with a moonsault to the floor except for ACH, who follows him out and nails the five guys with a dive. RD Evans climbs up the corner for some reason, so Young goes up and suplexes him to the floor where they take everyone out again. Wow, this is really old school ROH! The fans chant “this is awesome” as ACH hits a Stunner on Marshall and then tries a springboard move, Marshall trips him up by kicking the ropes and then kicks Page’s hand (which is in a cast) and plants him with an Alabama Slam. Sydal hits Thomas with a flying neckbreaker and a standing shooting star press for 2, then tries a flying crossbody on Young, but Young rolls through, powers Sydal into a Finlay Roll and tries the headstand suplex. Sydal moves and ACH pops Young over into a short fisherman’s buster for the win.
Hell of an opener! This was so old school in terms of the type of action we saw out there and gave ACH a strong first win after signing his ROH deal.
Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs vs Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman
Coleman and Alexander don’t even wait for the bell, and go right after SCUM as soon as they get in the ring. Corino and Alexander fight outside and Coleman leaps over the ropes to hit a springboard moonsault to Corino, then Alexander slides into the ring and takes both of SCUM out with a dive. C&C bring Jacobs inside the ring and take over with some fancy double teaming, then Corino comes in and has the same luck, getting laid out with a Hart Attack and then a pair of suplex/slingshot senton combos. Coleman charges Corino in the corner and runs into his boot, Jacobs tags in and immediately finds himself on the receiving end of another beating, getting slingshot into a forearm by Alexander, who then slingshots in and nails Jacobs with a twisting elbow. Corino cheapshots Coleman from outside the ring and comes in for a double team back elbow with Jacobs. Coleman is in the wrong part of town as SCUM work him over, hitting a double necktie beckbreaker and baiting Alexdander into the ring so they can get more free shots in on Coleman. Corino with a Saito suplex, Coleman surprises him with a Silver Slice and makes the tag to Alexander. Alexander goes to town on Jacobs with running forearms and a diving kick, followed by the IED and a back suplex into a backbreaker. That looked really nasty, and so did what happened right after when Corino came in and speared him shoulder first into the ringpost. Coleman comes in to help and winds up in the wrong part of town, Jacobs tried coming off the second rope with something but Coleman low blows him on the way down and C&C hit a series of suplexes on both Corino and Jacobs. Jacobs and Coleman wind up out on the apron, Jacobs spears Coleman as Corino lariats Alexander, SCUM hit an assisted Contra Code and Corino hits the sliding lariat, but only get 2. Alexander catches Jacobs coming off the ropes again and hits a facebuster, Coleman hits Jacobs with a second rope legdrop, then they dump Corino to the floor and go for Overtime, but Corino superkicks Coleman and Jacobs gets the knees up when Alexander comes off the top with a frogsplash. Corino picks Alexander up and Jacobs comes off the ropes with a spike cradle piledriver, and Alexander is DEAD as Jacobs covers for the win.
Winners: Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs
That is a hell of a devastating looking finish. Coleman and Alexander looked good, but they’re in the same spot they were when they got here, so there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense.
No Holds Barred Streetfight: BJ Whitmer vs Charlie Haas
This match is a continuation of the WGTT-All Night Express feud from last year that culminated in Haas nearly breaking BJ’s neck with a suplex through a table, and then escalated as a result of an incident at a car dealership. Haas waits for Whitmer in the aisle and they start fighting in the entryway, then brawl down to ringside where Whitmer rams Haas into the barricades. Whitmer sends Haas inside and brings in a trash can that he puts over Haas’ head, then big boots Haas and stomps on Haas’ face through the can. Whitmer goes under the ring for a stepladder and rams it into Haas’ ribs, then whips him into the corner and skeeballs the ladder into…well, Haas’ skeeballs. Just to up the ante even more, Whitmer then takes a chair and slams it into the bottom of the ladder, ramming it into Haas’ skeeballs one more time. Haas tries to escape to the floor, but Whitmer won’t let up as he follows Haas outside, sets up a table between the ring and barricade, then goes after Haas. Haas had enough time to recover that he’s able to Tully Whitmer into the barricade, smash a chair into his head, and back suplex him onto the barricade. Haas then sends Whitmer back inside and repeatedly smashes the ladder down onto him. Haas sets up the ladder in the corner, and he goes all Stone Cold when it falls back down nad he has trouble getting it to stay there. Eventually he manages to get the ladder to stay on the top turnbuckle facing into the ring and whips Whitmer face first into it. Haas grabs a piece of wood and prepares to bash Whitmer in the head with it, but the kid from the wrestling school that Haas beat up comes down and distracts Haas long enough for Whitmer to get a piece of wood of his own and trade shots with Haas. Haas gets the advantage and suplexes Whitmer over the top rope and through the table Whitmer set up earlier, then brings him back inside and covers for 2. HJaas is pissed off now, so he puts the ladder over Whitmer and nails him with a chair about fifteen times. Haas finally stops and covers, but BJ kicks out at 2. Haas sets up a chair in between the top and middle rope and rams Whitmer headfist into it, then pulls a table out from under the ring and sets it up in the middle of the ring. Haas puts Whitmer on the top rope to try for a repeat of Final Battle, and while Whitmer doesn’t go through the table headfirst, Whitmer sure does get suplexed through the table. Haas covers and Whitmer somehow kicks out at 2, so Haas gets another couple of chairs and uses them to set up a “ladder table” in the corner, and tries to hit the Hacker Slam onto the ladder. Whitmer slips out the back and suplexes Haas through the ladder, Whitmer covers and Haas kicks out at 2, so Whitmer starts pummeling Haas with kneestrikes to the head and the referee quickly stops the match.
Winner: BJ Whitmer
Whitmer keeps ramming kneestrikes to Haas’ head until the referee tells him to stop because he won the match, but Whitmer has now earned his biggest singles win yet since returning to ROH last year. HELL of a fight, just a good, old fashioned brawl between two guys who want to hurt each other. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
American Wolves vs Forever Hooligans
A lot of history here between Davey Richards and Rocky Romero, who were ROH World Tag Team Champions when both were members of the No Remorse Corps. For those who have never seen Romero wrestle, he’s probably one of the three most talented people to ever work for ROH and not win the ROH World Title. He brings a terrific blend of MMA, submissions, and lucha libre, and is one of the smoothest wrestlers I’ve ever seen, and makes it looks like everything he does requires no effort whatsoever. I’ve never been quite as high on Koslov, he’s okay but I always thought he relied more on the Soviet gimmick than his in-ring skills. He sings the Soviet national anthem, reminiscent of Nikolai Volkoff, though I’ll give him enough credit to say he’s a better wrestler and in much better shape than Nikolai ever was.
We don’t waste any time getting down to business, starting off with Davey and Romero. Romero ducks a tie up and punches Davey in the ribs on his way through, then does the azucar dance to get in his head. They do another feeling out sequence and Romero dropkicks Richards and dances again. Richards bridges out of an armbar and kicks Romero in the shoulder and azucar dances back at Romero, who were also former IWGP Tag Team Champions according to the announce team. Back and forth sequence ends with Richards dropkicking Romero, and Romero gets on his knees to beg for mercy. Richards gets an incredulous look on his face as Romero gets to his feet and asks for a handshake, then hugs toe referee to show his sincerity. He of course was just setting Davey up for a kick, but Davey caught his foot and beat the crap out of him, then Eddie comes into the ring and the two of them absolutely beat the crap out of Romero, then give Koslov the same treatment. They dump the Hooligans out to the apron, connect with stereo kicks and then stereo dives. The crowd is going nuts for the Wolves as Davey gets a 2 count on Romero, then Edwards comes in and unloads with chops on Romero. Romero goes to the eyes and tags Koslov in, but Koslov immediately winds up on the receiving end of an onslaught from Edwards, who kicks Koslov’s legs out from under him before connecting with a running kneestrike for 2. Koslov finall manages a cheapshot and turns the advantage around on Edwards as Romero attacks Davey and lays him out at ringside. Now Edwards in in the wrong part of town, and he tries firing back on Romero with chops, but Romero dropkicks his knees out and then tags in Koslov, who tries to put Edwards in the deep freeze with a chinlock. Koslov with a Russian legsweep (or a legsweep, in his case), then Romero nails a series of frenzied clotheslines in the corner until Edwards lays him out with a single clothesline of his own. Koslov cuts off the hot tag, but Edwards lays him out, powerbombs Romero onto Koslov’s prone form, and tags in Davey. Davey with a missile dropkick and a boot to the face of Koslov, then they trade forearms in the middle of the ring. Davey hits a handspring enziguiri for 2, suplexes Romero and tosses him to the floor, then kicks Koslov in the face and German suplexes him for 2. Koslov dodges a top rope double stomp and hits an enziguiri, then does the Russian dance thing where he kicks Davey in the head and covers for 2. Romero zips into the ring and dropkicks Eddie off the apron, then Koslov picks Romero up and rams his knees into Davey’s chest. Koslov picks Davey up so Romero can come off the top rope with a kneedrop, and that gets 2. Edwards comes into the ring and nails Romero with an enziguiri, then superkicks Koslov’s teeth down his throat. Davey ducks a roaring clothesline from Koslov, Edwards comes off the second rope with a chin checker to Koslov, Davey picks Koslov up for a Tombstone, Eddie kicks Koslov in the face, and Davey hits the Tombstone for 2. The Wolves head up to the top rope, Edwards hits a double stomps, Davey howls and hits the top rope double stomp, but Romero finally gets back in and breaks the fall at 2. Eddie dumps Romero back out to the floor and picks Koslove up for the powerbomb/lungblower combo, but Romero neutralizes Davey and Koslov spins out and into a tornado DDT on Edwards. Romero and Koslov go to the top rope with Davey and hit a mega Diablo armbar and Koslov immediately follows with a frogsplash, and Davey kicks out at 2.999999999999. Eddie hits an enziguiri to Romero as Davey gets an O’Connor roll for a very close 2, then Eddie pops Koslov up into the Alarm Clock. Davey charges across the apron and kicks Romero in the chest, then the Wolves hit the powerbomb/lungblower combo for the win.
Winners: American Wolves
I hate to sound like a broken record, but this was an awesome, awesome match. Back and forth, didn’t know who was going to win until the final three count, and could have gone either way. These guys all worked their asses off, and this was trademark ROH tag team wrestling at its best. Romero and Koslov are clearly disappointed, but follow the Code of Honor and Romero and Richards share a hug, then all four men raise their arms to the crowd together. This is the kind of match you show to people so they can see what ROH is all about.
Quick note before we come back with the second half: the quality of the iPPV stream tonight has been FLAWLESS. The video is higher quality than anything they’ve ever produced before, there have been no hiccups or lockups, and it’s come across like I’ve been watching TV on my computer, which is exactly what it should be.
2 Out Of 3 Falls: Michael Elgin vs Roderick Strong
Feeling out process to start, Strong takes Elgin down with a wristlock, but Elgin CARTWHEELS out of the hold and backs Strong to the ropes to force a break. Shoving match ensues, Strong hits a leaping knee to Elgin’s chin and fires forearms at Elgin, Elgin drills Strong with a spinning backfist, powerbombs Strong into the corner, and hits the sitout powerbomb to dust Strong for the first fall.
Elgin 1, Strong 0
Strong rolls out to the floor to create some distance before the second fall starts, but Elgin goes right after him and they brawl on the floor. Elgin no-sells Strong’s chops and rams him into the barricade. Elgin rolls Strong into the ring and gets on the apron, Strong tries to sunset flip him to the floor, Elgin tries to drop down with a vertical splash, Strong moves out of the way and back suplexes Elgin to the floor. They head back inside and Strong covers for 2, Elgin tries to shrug off Strong’s chops, but he’s tired now and Strong drills him with a dropkick for 2. Strong with a leg lariat that knocks Elgin backward into the corner, but Strong charges in and takes what was once known around here as the STJoe. Elgin goes up for a moonsault, Strong cuts him off and tries a back suplex, Elgin fights him off and hits a Patriot missile. Strong with a series of elbowstrikes, but Elgin hits a Black Hole Slam for 2 and then transitions right into the Crippler Crossface. Strong rolls Elgin to his back for 2, then hits a boot to the face and a leaping enziguiri, boot to the face from Elgin, and Elgin hits Shock Treatment. Hey, maybe Joseph Park should be looking for his brother in ROH? Nah. Elgin goes for the powerbomb again, Strong escapes and hits a leaping enziguiri to the face, a leaping kneestrike, and a charging forearm. Strong hits a pump handle suplex for 2, Elgin blocks a fireman’s carry attempt with elbows, but Strong hits another knee, he tries a powerbomb, Elgin backdrops Strong, Strong superkicks Elgin in the face and gets 2. Strong charges into Elgin’s boot in the corner, Elgin goes to the second rope and tries to pick Strong up for a powerbomb, but Strong fights his way out, side suplexes Elgin onto the top rope, and hits the vertical suplex into a backbreaker to win the second fall.
Elgin 1, Strong 1
Strong jumps Elgin during the 20 second break and repeatedly rams kneelifts to Elgin’s face and hits a gutbuster, Elgin is out at 2. Strong with a crucifix but Elgin rolls through and hits a running DVD in the corner. Strong tries to back suplex Elgin off the top rope again, but Elgin fights him off and this time he hits the twisting senton for 2. Elgin with a deadlift German suplex for 2, another for 2, Strong rolls out to the apron but Elgin goes to the corner and suplexes Strong all the way up, Strong slips out the back and powerbombs Elgin off the top rope for 2. Elgin reverses a sunset flip and hits the sitout powerbomb, but Strong is out at 2 so Elgin goes back to the Crippler Crossface and Strong taps out.
Winner: Michael Elgin
Very hard fought win for Elgin and both guys came out looking like a million bucks. I’m not a fan of people winning the first fall in under a minute because it’s been done to death and doesn’t mean anything anymore, but otherwise the match was great.
Matt Hardy comes out before the next match and says that Nigel McGuinness has thrown every obstacle he could in his way, but he’s still here and wants a shot at the TV Title. Hardy takes a seat at the broadcast table and joins the commentary team for our next match.
TV Title Match: Adam Cole vs Matt Taven
I love Taven and Martini’s new “hoopla” entrance music, but Martini is wearing…well, I guess he’s wearing the type of thing he wears when he’s preparing for another of his infamous conquests. Feeling out process starts us off as they exchange wristlocks and stuff, then go to the mat for some chain wrestling. Cole finally gets some momentum as he counters a leapfrog to an inverted atomic drop, Taven backdrops Cole to the ring apron and Truth distracts Cole so Taven can dropkick him to the floor. Taven tries a dive and Cole counters with a leaping enziguiri, Cole tries a springboard move back into the ring and Truth pulls Cole’s ankle and allows Taven to nail Cole and send him tumbling out to the floor. Cole reverses a whip and sends Taven into the barricade, then gets distracted by Truth again and chases him around ringside until Taven sneaks in and spinkicks Cole in the face. Truth runs around with his fists pumped in the air as Taven rams Cole into the barricade, then they go back inside and Taven hits a side backbreaker for 2. Taven with a vertical suplex and a SWEET springboard twisting senton, then he distracts the referee so Truth can choke Cole on the second rope. Cole starts a comeback, but Taven shuts him down pretty quickly, humps his face, and repeatedly right hands him in the face before stopping to yell at a ringside fan. Cole gets his boot up when Taven charges him in the corner and starts to mount a comeback, bicycle kicks Taven, and gives him an over the knee neckbreaker for 2. Cole with a missile dropkick for 2, Taven escapes a vertical suplex attempt and hits a rolling neckbreaker for 2. Cole blocks a superplex attempt and hits a sunset flip that causes Taven to apparently land right on top of his head in the scariest thing I’ve seen in months, then he rams Taven headfirst into the turnbuckle, drills him with a kneestrike for 2, but Taven hits a springboard enziguiri for 2, showing no apparent ill effects from that scary bump. Cole dumps Taven out to the apron and apparently causes him to tweak his knee, then slingshots over the top rope to DDT Taven on the apron in another scary head bump. Taven dodges a flying bodypress from Cole and tries a suplex, but Cole reverses to a brainbuster over the knee and gets Taven in the figure four. Taven makes it to the ropes, Truth grabs Cole from the floor and allows Taven to roll him up for 2, Cole with enziguiri #347 of the evening but Truth drills Cole in the back with the Book of Truth and Taven hits Moonlight Drive, and we have a new TV Champion!
Winner and NEW ROH TV Champion: Matt Taven
Wow, that’s a shocker! Great match and you did NOT see this title change coming, and Matt Hardy is stunned at ringside because his match with Cole tomorrow is now no longer a TV Title match.
ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Jay & Mark Briscoe vs Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
Mark and O’Reilly start us off as both Briscoes are looking really grizzly like they’ve been living in the woods or something. Basic feeling out process to start as they go back and forth until Mark hits a leg lariat and O’Reilly tags Fish in. Jay obliges by tagging in as well, and Nigel McGuinness joins the broadcast team to address Matt Hardy’s concerns, and he says that tomorrow’s Hardy-Cole match will be for a shot at the TV Title at Supercard of Honor. So there you go. Jay connects with a series of jabs and a big boot, then Mark comes back in to beat Fish up as well. Fish is in real deep trouble as Mark hits a vertical suplex for 2, then unloads with Redneck Kung Fu. Fish easily beats that with his real martial arts training, then tags in O’Reilly and knocks Jay off the ring apron so they can hit a series of charging strikes and a windmill backbreaker/kneedrop combo on Mark for 2. O’Reilly unloads on Mark with a series of kicks to the chest while mocking Redneck Kung Fu, Fish tags in and charges…and gets backdropped to the floor. Mark tags Jay in, but Fish sweeps the leg before Jay even has a chance to get in the ring and attacks his leg on the floor, then rolls Jay inside and drags him to his corner where he and O’Reilly viciously attack his knee. O’Reilly with a flurry of kicks to Jay, then he distracts Mark so Fish can hit a top rope headbutt behind the referee’s back. O’Reilly gets a side figure four on Jay and really cranks on the knee, then dumps him out to the floor so Fish can beat him up while he takes a shot at Mark. O’Reilly goes for the dropkick off the apron, but Jay clotheslines him on the way down and Mark nails Fish off the apron. Jay rolls back inside and finally makes the tag to Mark, and Redneck Kung Fu once again reigns supreme! Mark tears through Fish, then O’Reilly, then Mark goes for the Crane Kick, backflips out of a counter attempt by Fish, and hits a fisherman’s buster on Fish. Mark dumps Fish on his head with a pair of suplexes, but Fish kicks out of a cover at 2. Mark hits Iconoclasm and Jay follows up with a frogsplash, but O’Reilly breaks the fall at 2. Fish boots Jay in the face and backdrops Mark to the apron where O’Reilly boots him to the floor, then they double up on Jay. O’Reilly with a charging kick to Jay for 2, they hit a double goozle for 2, Mark shoves Fish off the top rope and brawls with O’Reilly on the apron, but Jay picks O’Reilly up from the floor and Mark comes off the apron with the Doomsday Device. The Briscoes get Fish alone in the ring and hit a Falcon Arrow suplex/froggybow combo, but Fish kicks out at 2. Briscoes go for the Doomsday Device again, but O’Reilly shoves Mark off to the apron and they trade punches and then headbutts while Fish and Jay lay each other out. O’Reilly goes to the second rope and Mark goes for Iconoclasm to the floor, but O’Reilly shoves Mark off and Fish suplexes Mark to the floor. Jay tries to superplex O’Reilly, O’Reilly stands his ground long enough for Fish to come in and pick Jay up so they can hit Jay with their own Doomsday Device for 2. Fish and O’Reilly hit Chasing The Dragon and we have our second title change of the evening!
Winners and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions: Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
What an eventful evening! I can’t wait for O’Reilly’s promo where he gloats about how he was able to do with Fish what he couldn’t do with Cole or Richards. The new champions demand that Cary Silkin comes into the ring and straps the belts around their waists. This match was terrific, O’Reilly and Fish have great chemistry and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do as champions.
ROH World Title Match: Kevin Steen vs Jay Lethal
Steen actually went to observe the Code of Honor, but Lethal waved him off and went after him with right hands. They trade blows and go right out to hte floor where Lethal rams Steen into the barricade, Steen goes to the eyes and rams Lethal into the barricade, then raises his fists in victory to the crowd. Steen sends Lethal back inside, but gets drop toeholded onto the second rope and Lethal slides out to the floor to dropkick Steen in the face. Steen clubs Lethal in the face with a series of forearms, Lethal shrugs it off and dropkicks Steen in the face, then he holds onto the ropes so Lethal can’t drag him back into the middle of the ring. Good idea, but it doesn’t work because Lethal gets Steen back out into the ring and dropkicked him out to the apron, then followed that with a springboard dropkick that sends Steen to the floor. Lethal wipes Steen out with a dive through the ropes, then does it a second time. Lethal goes for number three, but Steen drags him under the bottom rope and powerbombs him onto the ring apron. Steen crotches Lethal on the ringpost as the announcers rattle off a bunch of statistics about Steen’s title reign, Steen hits a senton for 2, then drills Lethal with some right hands and chokes him on the second rope. Steen with a DDT for 2 and then clotheslines Lethal before going to the top rope for a senton. Lethal got the knees up and Steen is in trouble, but he manages to block the dragon suplex so Lethal hits a lungblower instead for covers for 2. Steen with a pump handle neckbreaker for 2, but Lethal dodges a cannonball and hits a neckbreaker for 2. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection, Steen blocks by trying to pick Steen up for the F5, but his swings Lethal’s legs right into the referee’s face and knocks him out. Lethal hits the Lethal Injection on the second try, but Corino and Jacobs run in and attack Lethal, laying him out with the spike cradle piledriver and then ditching out of the ring. Jacobs reaches into the ring and wakes the referee, who crawls over and counts 2. Jacobs elbowdrops the referee, but Nigel McGuinness comes down to ringside and chases Corino to the back. Jacobs is still there and goes after Lethal, but Lethal takes him out with an enziguiri.
Steen is on his feet and he and Lethal stare each other down, then they break down into a slugfest in the middle of the ring. Lethal hits a dragon suplex, Steen pops right back up, and Lethal hits a second dragon suplex and Steen barely kicks out at 2. Lethal goes for the Lethal Combination, Steen fights him off but Lethal hits a spinning enziguiri and goes to the ropes, Steen pops him into the air and hits a sitout powerbomb for 2. Steen misses a charge in the corner and Lethal hits five superkicks, then hits the Lethal Combination and foregoes a chance for the win to go up top for Hail To The King. Lethal connects and covers Steen for 2, then transitions right into the Koji Clutch right in the middle of the ring. Steen makes it to the ropes fairly easily and rolls out to the apron, and I have a feeling something dangerous is about to happen. The folks at the timekeeper’s table know it’s coming and clear out as Lethal goes to the apron, he tries for a dragon suplex off the apron, but Steen picks Lethal up and hits the F5 through the timekeeper’s table. Yep, that was pretty dangerous, all right. Steen makes it into the ring as the referee counts on Lethal, and Jacobs holds Lethal’s ankle to keep him from getting inside, but Lethal kicks him off and makes it inside just before the 20 count. Steen immediately hits the package piledriver, but Lethal kicks out at 2. Jacobs pulls out the spike and Steen tells him to get out of here, Lethal kicks Steen into Jacobs, knocking Jacobs off the apron, and rolls Steen up for 2. Lethal with a superkick, and both men are down. They both get up, Steen charges into Lethal’s boot, and Lethal slowly goes to the apron and climbs to the top rope. He’s taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R to get up there, Steen stops him and goes up top as well, Lethal fights him off and goes for the elbow, but Steen pops up and nails Lethal a second time, then hits his old buddy’s top rope brainbuster for the win.
Winner: Kevin Steen
Steen prevents a clean sweep of title changes for the evening, and Rhino and Jacobs run in and attack Lethal and the referee. The Briscoes run in, but they get laid out as well. Coleman and Alexander run in and go at it with Rhino and Jacobs, but Jimmy Rave runs in with a SCUM t-shirt on and clears Coleman and Alexander out. BJ Whitmer and Rhett Titus run in and Whitmer goes after Rave, but Titus dropkicks Whitmer in the face and tears his t-shirt off to reveal a SCUM shirt on underneath. Michael Elgin runs in and tries to fight SCUM off, but then Cliff Compton runs in as well with a SCUM shirt on and throws powder in Elgin’s face. The American Wolves run in to try and help out, but they wind up getting laid out as well as we see that everyone SCUM lays out has been zip tied to the ropes. Adam Cole runs in, but Matt Hardy runs in as well and opens up his shirt to reveal a SCUM shirt underneath as well. Steve Corino comes back out to ringside with a microphone and says that evil would win, and evil is here. We are witnessing the power of SCUM and the destruction of Ring of Honor, and there isn’t a thing anyone can do about it. As Jay Lethal sits there a beaten man, he’s the last of the challengers, and Kevin Steen has proven himself to be the greatest ROH World Champion in history. He’s the king of ROH and the king of professional wrestling, and the mission has always remained the same: bring suffering, chaos, ugliness, and mayhem to this company, and everyone in ROH should feel responsible for the destruction of everyone laying in the ring. The nail has been put in the coffin, he promised their numbers would grow, and they did. They are the ones who have been put down by this company and have had to deal with everyone’s complaining, and they will murder this company. Jimmy takes his spike and tears up an ROH banner, then the rest of the group tears it apart and throws it on top of Lethal’s unconscious form. Corino says that war has been declared, and it won’t last very long because tonight, honor has died. Steen didn’t lift a finger during this entire postmatch segment, and didn’t seem sure about what Corino was saying, teasing that he might not be long for the group himself.
Well DAMN, that was a hell of a closing angle! Anyone who didn’t watch this needs to go out and buy the replay right now. This was three hours of excellent wrestling, a terrific main event, and an insane angle to close the show while setting us up with some questions to make us come back. The iPPV stream was top notch, it looked professional, and this was overall a premium wrestling experience. I simply can’t recommend this highly enough.