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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.
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
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
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
Bomb for a two count. Lethal knocked Taven to the floor and then worked him over
before locking him in a rear chinlock.
Taven fought his way up and they fired back with chops and punches. Taven
cleaned house and nailed an enziguri. He nailed a neckbreaker for a two count.
Lethal made a comeback and nailed the flying elbow for a two count. Lethal went
for the Lethal Injection but Taven followed him with a springboard of his own
and nailed a kick to the head, then drilled him with a brainbuster for a two
count. Cool sequence.
Taven followed Lethal to the floor but was slammed into the guard rails.
Lethal went for a dive but was nailed as he came through the ropes. Taven then
nailed a dive of his own, then, like Lethal, nailed a second, then a big dive
over the top that also took our Seleyzia. Nice spot.
With Martini all alone, Taven lost focus and grabbed a chair. Martini paid
off ROH’s Head of Security Jay Diesel, who pulled the chair away from Taven. He
challenged Taven but ate a kick to the head for his troubles. This never would
have happened if they used Ronnie Lang and Atlas Security! As all this was going
on, Seleyzia broke the cuffs and ran off with Martini.
Taven tried to give chase but then realized he was missing his chance at the
title and returned to the ring. He tried to come off the ropes with a splash but
Lethal pulled his knees up. Taven was nailed with The Lethal Injection and
pinned. Good work in most of the match, but the final sequence with Jay
Diesel came off as out of nowhere and overbooked and seemed to muddy things a
bit. The average person at home would have no idea why that happened and it came
off pretty goofy. Seleyzia did a good job at ringside. Taven worked hard but
probably needed a little more fire to really get the crowd behind him. Lethal is
a hell of heel.
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