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There’s a really good and excited vibe backstage among the wrestlers.
Before ROH went on the air, there was a short dark match with Grizzly Redwood beating QT Marshall. Marshall did some good mic work before the match.
As ROH ran a video package on the iPPV, live a fan dressed as John Cena walked into the Hammerstein. As you can imagine, he was shredded with a “You’re a Virgin” chant.
The next ROH show here will be 4/5/13.
Lots of “Yes” and “Ole Ole” chants.
Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong
Elgin got a monster pop. He tossed Strong around early but was sent to the floor. Strong nailed a slingshot plancha to the floor. They battled hard on the floor, going back and forth.
Elgin went up on the apron and came off with a running clothesline on the floor. They continued battling around ringside on the floor. Strong kicked Elgin as they battled on the apron and went for a suplex. Elgin battled him off and hit a sitdown powerbomb on the apron. That was nuts.
When they returned to the ring, Strong regained control but Elgin fired back with a series of hard rights. Strong cut him off with a knee to the gut but Elgin avoided a suplex and hit a Uranage variation. Strong came back with a running knee in the corner but was caught and hit with a running death valley driver into the turnbuckles for a two count.
They continued to go back and forth with some great near falls. They battled atop one of the turnbuckles. Elgin overpowered him and nailed a beautiful delayed superplex off the middle rope. The crowd went nuts for that and chanted, “Holy sh**.”
Elgin followed that up with a powerbomb in the corner but Strong bounced right back and nailing a high knee to the face. Elgin absorbed it and drilled Strong with a backfist. They continued back and forth with this incredibly hard hitting shots until Strong nailed a suplex into a Codebreaker for the pin.
Your winner, Roderick Strong!
This was an awesome match with some really great and stiff hard hitting shots that had me wincing. They really took it too each other and it was great.
After, Truth Martini tried to announce Strong as the winner and sole member of the House of Truth but Strong told him he was a creep and to stay away from him. He quit the House. Martini then tried to make up with Elgin, telling him that he loved him and he felt the connection between them. Elgin grabbed him for a powerbomb but Martini asked to be heard. He said that no one ever heard of him until he met Martini and took him all the way to being Survival of the Fittest winner and the breakout star of 2012. He said that he has one last lesson for Elgin and that’s how a real man slaps someone. He drilled Elgin, who then killed Martini with a running powerbomb into the buckles.
Jay Lethal vs. Rhino
Small “ECW” chant for Rhino before the bell. They circled around each other and locked up. Rhino began yelling at one of the fans in the front row. He drilled Lethal in the gut and sent him into the ropes but Lethal nailed a springboard into a high bodypress for a two,
Rhino rolled out to the apron where Lethal hit him with a springboard dropkick, sending him to the floor. Lethal followed up with a tope to the outside. Back in the ring, Lethal hit a basement dropkick and went for the springboard elbow but Rhino evaded it and nailed a big sidewalk slam,
Rhino worked over Lethal in the corner but Lethal fired back with chops. Rhino overwhelmed him and brought him down in the corner. They battled back and forth but Rhino maintained control. Rhino locked in a bearhug and tried to wear him down. The crowd began with dueling chants as Lethal fired back and nailed a series of rights.
Lethal escaped and made a comeback, nailing a handspring into an Ace Cutter for the pin.
Your winner, Jay Lethal!
It was a solid match with some decent back and forth wrestling. They obviously have really different styles, but it was a solid bout.
Steve Corino came out and began ripping on Jay Lethal for trying to challenge Kevin Steen for a title match. He knocked Lethal’s mother and said he used to like Lethal when he was a kid that carried his bags. Lethal challenged Corino to fight him. Jimmy Jacobs attacked him from behind and they worked him over, then held him for Rhino to gore. Corino told him he would never be ROH champion, never beat Kevin Steen and would always be a second match terd. Good angle.
Prince Nana vs. RD Evans
Evans slapped Nana, who charged him and worked him over. Nana nailed a running clothesline in the corner and nailed a back splash into it. He covered Evans and threw him out to the floor. Nana hit a tope through the ropes, which got a massive pop.
Nana tossed Evans into the ring but was cut off. He worked over Nana but was hit with a head scissors. Evans cut him off and went to the top but was crotched. Nana hit a superplex for a two count but Ernie Osyris pulled the referee out. Evans hit him with a face forward tombstone and scored the pin.
Your winner, RD Evans!
Good match. I expected a comedy match but they worked a really good match with some cool spots.
After the match, Tomasso Ciampa tried to come into the ring and get at Evans who ran off.
Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer: Street Fight
Titus and Whitmer attacked the World’s Greatest Tag Team in the aisle and they brawled around ringside. It was a wild brawl.
There was a Christmas tree at ringside as set dressing. Titus and Benjamin tossed it in the ring and used it on each other. Haas and Whitmer brawled in the aisle, using a piece of the ring barricade as a weapon.
Benjamin and Titus battled on the apron. Haas and Benjamin double teamed Titus and whipped him with a belt. The fans chanted for them to use the tree so they tossed it out to the floor instead.
They went to nail a double team powerbomb but Whitmer hit the ring with a Singapore Cane and began going to town on them. He tossed Benjamin over the top to the floor. Whitmer drilled Haas with a suplex and slammed him for a two count.
They continued battling back and forth but the sightlines weren’t the best due to the crowd standing, so I am only catching some of what is going on. Whitmer placed Haas on a table in the ring and went to the top. Haas cut him off and tried to superplex BJ through the table. Haas nailed him with a belly to belly through the table and scored the pin. Whitmer looked like he came down right on his head. It was hellacious.
Your winners, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin!
Good brawl from what I could see. Everyone has their working boots on today.
The fans chanted Whitmer’s name as he left the building.
Mike Bennett (with Brutal Bob and Maria Kanellis) vs. Jerry Lynn
This is Lynn’s farewell appearance in ROH as he heads into retirement.
Big chant for Lynn at the start of the match.
They circled each other at the bell. The crowd was all over Bennett with a “Boston sucks” chant. They did some nice mat work early. Bennett tried to work over Lynn’s ankle but Lynn escaped and grabbed a side headlock. Bennett went for a back suple but Lynn turned it into a rolling headlock takedown.
The crowd got all over Kanellis, chanting that she had herpes. Classy folks!
Lynn maintained control and was sent into the ropes. Bennett leapfrogged him, then went for a DVDR. Lynn slipped out and went for the cradle piledriver but Bennett escaped and they faced off.
Bennett whipped Lynn into the ropes but Lynn came back with a head scissor. They battled to the floor, where Bennett took control and sent Lynn into the railing.
Back in the ring, Lynn used a sunset flip for a two count but Bennett poke him in the eyes. Bennett snapped Lynn out of the corner with a stiff shot to the mat. Bennett continued to control until Lynn made a comeback with a bunch of strikes and a series of punches in the corner.
Lynn ducked an attempted clothesline and DDT’d Bennett for a two count. He came off the apron with a dive to the floor and tossed Bennett back in for a two count. Lynn nailed a series of kicks and set up for the piledriver.
Bennett slipped out and shot Lynn into the ropes for a spinebuster, getting a two count. Maria got on the apron arguing with the referee. Lynn nailed a TKO on Bennett for another two count. Bennett distracted the referee, allowing Maria to try and interfere. Lynn grabbed her but was caught by Bennett with his finisher and pinned.
Your winner, Mike Bennett!
They tried to work over Lynn after but he sent Bob into Bennett, DDT’d Maria and hit the piledriver on Bennett. HUGE Jerry chant from the crowd.
The crowd chanted, “Thank you Jerry” and he stood there taking it all in. He bowed before each side of the ring. The crowd chanted, “You still got it.”
Lynn took the mic and thanked the crowd, then joked that it’s all smoke and mirrors. He said he wanted to thank the fans. He said that he’s said that ROH gave him a shot in the arm and kept his career going and it’s the truth. He said that Cary Silkin was the most honorable promoter he’s ever worked for. He said that ROH was losing money from day one and Silkin has such a passion for the business that he kept it open for the fans and the wrestlers. He said that he wanted to welcome the boys for welcoming him as one of their own from day one.
Nigel McGuinness entered the ring as the fans chanted for Lynn. Nigel took the mic and said he had a hell of a run. He said that life is about moments and a lot of his moments involve Jerry. He said one of his first matches in the company was against Lynn in New Jersey. He expected a big pop walking out and got nothing but crickets. He thought it meant the crowd was the sh**s and it was going to be a tough match, but then Lynn came out and there was a massive pop, and thought, “Wow, that’s what it means to over.”
Five years later, he was the ROH champion when they wrestled again and he wanted to see what the pop was like this time and again, Lynn was over with a massive pop. Nigel said that he’ll always be over and presented Lynn with a nice award honoring him for everything he’s accomplished in the pro wrestling business.
Lynn said that he didn’t know how to top that but thanked for the fans because the harder they go nuts, the harder the boys want to work to kill themselves. He said that without them, he wouldn’t have had a job and thanked them.
Solid match For the crowd, it was more about seeing Lynn again and that aspect of it was great. A truly wonderful moment with Lynn and Nigel.
Lynn left and Jay Lethal came out saying he needed to talk to McGuinness and that he’s been trying to talk to him all day. He demanded his shot at Kevin Steen as Survival of the Fittest winner. Nigel told him to hope El Generico wins the title so he can get the first shot. That wasn’t good enough for Lethal, so he went after McGuinness and they were held apart by referees.
After intermission, Mike Mondo cut a promo saying he would be back in the ring in five weeks and without surgery because he’s Mike Mondo.
Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly came out and said that they’ve heard Davey Richards doesn’t have a partner tonight, so it will have to be a handicap match. They mocked Mondo because he was handicapped and attacked him. The American Wolves hit the ring.
The American Wolves vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish
The Wolves cleaned house and nailed stereo dives to the floor on Fish and O’Reilly. They worked over Kyle in the corner with a series of roundhouse kicks. Kyle was whipped into the corner and kicked off Edwards, who still chopped him.
Richards clobbered Kyle with a big clothesline. The Wolves tagged in and out working over O’Reilly. Richards locked in a Boston Crab. Edwards tagged in but O’Reilly cut him off.
Fish and O’Reilly took turns working over Edwards. They nailed a series of flying forearms and kicks in the corner. Fish covered Edwards but Richards broke up the pinfall. Edwards fired back but was cut off with a series of kicks. They are working a very UWFi style with lots of stiff shots and kicks.
Richards finally tagged in and began killing people with hard kicks. He nailed a leaping forearm on O’Reilly and nailed a sick back suplex. The Wolves massacred him with kicks at the same time.
It came down to O’Reilly and Richards slapping and chopping the hell out of each other. Kyle grabbed a front guillotine choke but Richards grabbed his leg while being choked and cinched on an anklelock. Richard grabbed him for a tombstone but not before Edwards superkicked him in the back of the head. Nasty!
Fish grabbed Richards’ leg, allowing Kyle to nail an enziguiri as he twisted Edwards into a tornado DDT. Nice sequence. Edwards came back to pin Kyle but Fish nailed a moonsault to break it up. Richards KILLED Kyle with a massive clothesline.
The Wolves hit a combination powerbomb/codebreaker on Kyle for a two count. Richards locked in a Boston Crab. Richards came off with a double stomp on Kyle while he was trapped. He finally tapped.
Your winners, The American Wolves!
Another really solid back and forth match with guys beating the hell out of each other. All four of these guys are just tremendous.
ROH TV champ Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy
They did some really nice mat wrestling early. The crowd was all over Hardy, as you would expect. Cole came back with a nice dive but wiped out and Hardy worked him over on the floor.
Hardy controlled Cole and sent him into the turnbuckles. He locked Cole in a forward guillotine choke. Hardy released it and began kicking Cole in the head.
Cole made a comeback and cinched in a figure four leglock. Hardy made it to the ropes, cut off Cole and nailed the Sidewinder, then a backbreaker for a two count. Hardy hit several more Sidewinders but Cole kept kicking out.
Cole took over control and sent Hardy into the railing. He brought Hardy in for a two count. Out of nowhere, Hardy hit the Twist of Fate for a two count. Cole fought back and locked in another figure four. The crowd chanted for Hardy to tap. Hardy struggled to make the ropes.
Cole went for a back suplex. Hardy grabbed the referee and pulled his shirt over his head. The ref was blinded so Hardy lowblowed Cole and hit him with the Twist of Fate and scored the pin.
Your winner, Matt Hardy!
OK match. I’d like to see what they could do with more time but this was solid stuff.
ROH Tag Team champions SCUM vs. The Briscoes vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Everyone started brawling on the floor. Corino and Jay Briscoe battled into the ring. Briscoe set up Corino for a move but Cedric dropkicked Corino instead. Jacobs hit the ring and tossed Jay out but was nailed with a sidewalk slam by Coleman. Mark came off the ropes with the redneck Kung Fu.
Mark whipped Alexander into the ropes but was nailed a dropkick. Jay hit the ring and worked over Alexander. They went back and forth until the Briscoes gained control. Jacobs attacked Mark and nailed a leaping Ace Cutter.
Alexander hit a springboard into a clothesline on Jacobs for a two count. Jay tossed Jacobs to the floor and drilled Alexander with a big boot. Coleman hit the ring and exchanged shots with Jay. SCUM overtook them and began double teaming Coleman. They nailed a double team Sliced Bread #2 on Coleman for a two count. Jacobs went to the top but Alexander hit the ring and attacked Corino. Coleman hit a top rope rana on Jacobs for a two count.
They all went back and forth until The Briscoes nailed a Doomsday Device on Jacobs and scored the pin.
Your winners and new ROH Tag Team champions, The Briscoes!
Another good match. ROH has had a good string of solid bouts today.
The Briscoes took the mic and said they were going to do their part. Jay said that once Generico does his part, they will get SCUM out of here. He said that in case you have forgotten, they are the best tag team in the world. They said ROH is alive and well and SCUM can’t tear it down. They issued an open invitation to any tag team in the world to come and ask for a tag team title shot. They then said there was someone who didn’t need to ask for a shot and told Coleman and Caprice they would get the first shot because they earned it and deserve it. The crowd gave them a big round of applause.
ROH champ Kevin Steen vs. El Generico: Ladder War
They started out hard with Generico nailing a big boot in the corner and drilling Steen in the chest with a ladder. He went to set the ladder up but was attacked. Generico kicked Steen in the gut but couldn’t slam him. He went to rebound off the ropes but was backdropped onto a ladder that was leaning against the ropes. The crowd exploded with a fecal chant.
Steen began slamming the broken ladder atop of Generico. He whipped Generico into the corner and slammed the ladder on him, then nailed a running cannonball into the ladder. That was sick.
Steen controlled Generico, trashing him with several ladders. He screamed at Generico and ripped at his mask, then kicked him across the back. He trashed Generico into the railing on the floor and got into the face of a fan wearing a Generico mask. Generico used the distraction to try and set up a ladder but was attacked. Steen attacked him nd stomped the hell out of Generico.
He placed another huge ladder in the ring and began climbing it but Generico grabbed at him. Steen came down off the ladder to confront him but was grabbed for an overhead suplex into the remnants of another ladder into the corner.
Generico began climbing the huge ladder but Steen pulled him down. He went for a clothesline but Generico ducked and nailed a Dragon suplex into the ladder remnants. Generico began climbing the ladder but Steen tipped it over and sent him into the buckles.
They battled over the ladder. Generico went for a tornado DDT but Steen threw him off and Generico landed on a ladder. He tossed Generico to the floor and climbed to the top. Generico was able to grab him just as he got to the top so Steen came down and tossed him back out. Generico returned but Steen saw him, met him and tossed him back out. He followed Generico to the floor and tossed him into the railing.
Steen bridged a ladder between the apron and the railing, then put a table on top of the ladder. He went for a powerbomb but Generico backdropped him over the top through the table. Generico brought another huge ladder in and began setting it up when he saw Steen returning and climbing to the top. He attacked Steen but was caught going for a move and slammed over the top to the floor through the timekeeper’s table.
Steen began climbing the ladder as the fans chanted “Ole Ole.” Generico began drilling him in the back with another ladder. Steen came back down and worked over Generico. He bridged a smaller ladder between the two huge ones and powerbombed Generico on it. No budge at all. Ouch.
They continued battling back and forth until Generico nailed Steen with what I think was the package piledriver. He climbed the ladder but Steen pulled him into the bridged ladder, then nailed him off that and Generico fell backwards to the mat.
Steen bridged another ladder higher up between the two giant ones. He climbed up but Generico caught him and they battled on the makeshift scaffold until Steen hit him with a package piledriver. That may have been one of the all time craziest things ever. They have no regard for their own well being and I love them for it.
Steen climbed to the top and retrieved the belt.
Your winner, Kevin Steen!
Awesome main event with some truly sick spots. I can’t tell you how much I loved the main.
The show overall was very solid. I wouldn’t describe it as a blowaway show but there was good wrestling and brawling from top to bottom. Worth checking out.