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The pre-game show is a 30 minute version of the ROH TV episode that aired this weekend on Sinclair Broadcasting. ROH Best in the World opened with a nice video showcasing some of their older champions like Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson and CM Punk before showing the current roster, with the idea they if you make it in ROH, you are “The Best in the World.”
Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino (wearing a suit jacket that Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette would both be proud of) welcomed everyone to the PPV and previewed the main event of Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin.
You could hear the Nashville crowd chanting, “F TNA.”
Six Man Mayhem: ACH vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Tadarius Thomas vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Takaaki Watanabe vs. Tomasso Ciampa
The winner will get a future ROH TV championship shot.
Kevin Kelly said that Coleman was Thunderbolt Patterson’s favorite wrestler. Corino said, “That’s like saying Brian Christopher is your favorite wrestler – no one cares.”
Ciampa and ACH had a nice back and forth with lots of reversals to start off, but Watanabe attacked ACH when they faced off. He manhandled ACH but ate a leg lariat. Thomas tagged in and slapped ACH hard. They had some nice back and forth. Thomas was chased to the floor, allowing Whitmer the chance to attack ACH.
Whitmer worked over ACH but Coleman attacked him and sent him to the outside. They did a sequence that saw everyone sent to the floor but Watanabe and ACH. Watanabe controlled him but was sent to the floor. ACH tried to set up a dive but Whitmer clobbered him with a clothesline.
This allowed Whitmer to take control, nailing a suplex with a two count. ACH finally cuts him off with a reverse kick and tagged in Coleman. Coleman cleaned house on Whitmer, Thomas and then Watanabe He nailed a leaping rana on Whitmer. Thomas broke it up but was caught with a series of suplexes. Ciampa tagged in and drilled him with a lariat.
Ciampa and Watanabe began stiffing each other with forearms. Watanabe went for a leapfrog but was caught and nailed by Ciampa with a Kryptonite Krunch. Whitmer broke it up. ACH cleans house but is caught by a Whitmer powerslam. Watanabe went for a back suplex and drilled Whitmer on his head. Coleman broke up the pinfall attempt and nailed a cutter. Ciampa grabbed him and went for Project Ciampa on Coleman and nailed it, then drilled ACH with one as well.
The Decade broke up the pinfall attempt. They ended up as the two legal men, so Whitmer attacked Thomas and nailed a series of exploders for a two count. Watanabe broke it up and slugged it out with Ciampa. Ciampa cuts him off in the corner and nails a running knee, then a second. He then hits a dive over the top to the floor on everyone else. Coleman then hit a springboard moonsault to the outside. ACH then hit an INSANE springboard dive to the floor on everyone.
ACH tossed Thomas into the ring and nailed a 450 splash off the top and scored the pin.
Your winner, ACH!
ACH will be getting a title shot.
Really fun opener. Lots of good wrestling and they teased all the big dives until the climax, which made them even more special. Everyone looked really good here and if you wanted an introduction to ROH, this was a fun way to do it to show how hard everyone works.
After the match, Whitmer slapped or shoved Corino and they got into it shoving and yelling at each other.
ROH TV champion Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini) vs. Matt Taven: Martini handcuffed to to the ringpost
Seleyzia came out with Lethal and Martini, so you can see where this is going.
After they spent some time getting Marini handcuffed, Taven chased Lethal out of and back inside the ring. He nails some big chops with Jay sold like they were killing him. He cut off Taven with a headbutt to the gut. Taven went after Martini but Lethal stopped him and they battled back inside the ring.
Lethal went for a bodypress off the ropes but Taven ducked. Lethal backdropped Taven over the top to the floor, but Taven pulled himself on the ropes. Selizia distracted him, allowing Lethal to nail an enziguiri and send Taven to the floor. Lethal peppered him with punches on the floor. Taven fired back with chops but was clubbed in the back of the head as they returned to the ring.
Taven sent Lethal into the corner but was cut off with an elbow as he charged in. Taven caught him with a kick but ducked a clothesline and hit a Blue Thunder...