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1. Tarvaris Thomas beat an unknown wrestler. The crowd had no patience for this. Thomas won a bad match with a kick to the head.
TV Taping For Week One
1. Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman defeated The Briscoes in a Proving Ground match. Solid opener. The Briscoes always fire up the crowd. The finish came when Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas beat up Jay Briscoe behind the referee’s back. Mark fell victim to a double team move.
2. Rhino (w/Truth Martini) beat an enhancement wrestler. Martini cut a promo before hand about Roderick Strong winning the ROH TV Title and how he’d signed Rhino. Clothesline, suplex, Gore, goodnight.
Kevin Kelly introduced Kevin Steen accompanied by Jimmy Jacobs. They mentioned a match scheduled between Steen and Edwards and talked some trash. Davey Richards comes out. Both men are wearing flags. The match is in Toronto. There was more shit is talked between the two, including the personal history between them and the fact that Steen asked Richards for help in getting reinstated.
After all the shit talk, they challenged one another right then and there. The refs kept them apart. Jim Cornette had them sign a waiver saying ROH is not liable for any injuries to either. Cornette then revealed the waiver also states that the pile driver is legal for one night only, and also that it is Steen’s only shot. Good promo segment; real solid heat between the two. This will be a good one.
3. Roderick Strong (w/Truth Martini) defeated Adam Cole to retain the ROH TV Title. Michael Elgin came out midway through the match. Cole dove onto him without provocation. When Elgin recovered, he distracted the referee, allowing Martini to smash Cole with the Book of Truth. Strong hit his finisher for the win.
TV Taping For Week Two
1. Tomasso Ciampa (w/The Embassy) defeated Matt Taven. Ciampa went for the win after hitting a German at the bell, but Taven survived. Jay Lethal then sat at ringside and the match continued. What looked to be a squash became a competitive match. Ciampa won with two running knees in the Tree of Woe followed by Project Ciampa. He then confronted Lethal, but that didn’t go anywhere.
2. Mike Mondo beat T.J. Perkins. The Young Bucks came out and just like the earlier match, Perkins dove on them and Mondo before they interfered. I guess they did then because Mondo won right after that, but I didn’t see it. The Bucks and Mondo triple teamed Perkins until the All Night Express made the save. My goodness, this stuff is getting a bit predictable. Mondo was much more over than at the previous Baltimore tapings.
3. Kevin Steen defeated Kyle O’Reilly. Steen won with the F5. He and Jacobs then attacked Kyle’s leg, which had been hurt during the match. Davey Richards rescued his lover. This led to another pull apart. Steen left and Davey cut a bad promo promising to kill Steen. He also called himself a wolf repeatedly. I wish he would stop that shit.
TV Taping For Week Three
1. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas beat The D-Line. The losing team may have been locals. They were very over and there were lots of people wearing their shirts, mostly kids. I’d never heard of them. Shirts covered the D-Line’s fatness. Haas and Benjamin couldn’t quite cover up what shitty wrestlers they were.
2. The Colony of Fire Ant, Green Ant and Soldier Ant defeated El Hijo del Ice Cream, Ophidian, and a third wrestler. The Colon won with a triple team alley pop splash. This match was hilarious. If you haven’t seen Chikara, this is a good representation. Fun stuff.
3. Jay Lethal beat Ricky Reyes. Reyes is not very over, probably because he only appears in ROH at television tapings and only to job. Lethal won a short, unremarkable match.
4. ROH Champion Davey Richards defeated Rhino (w/Truth Martini, Roderick Strong) in a Proving Ground match. Richards won when he countered the Gore with a sunset flip. Yes, he won with a sunset flip. Decent match. The crowd no longer loves Davey to say the least. The House of Truth jumped Davey afterward. Jay Lethal made the save. The reason to watch this match is to see Truth’s ridiculous outfit.
TV Taping For Week Four
1. Eddie Edwards defeated “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett (w/Maria Kanellis, Brutal Bob). Brutal Bob tried to interfere, but Edwards double stomped him. Bennett tried to capitalize with a rollup. Edwards instead rolled him up. There was another heel beat down. The match was whatever. Edwards is good. Bennett has plateaued and made Maria too central to his act. It’s a good act but he’s screwed when she inevitably dumps him.
Grizzly Redwood was scheduled to wrestle Kaval Dickinson (not sure of the spelling). The House of Truth entered before the match could get started. Truth offered the jobbers money and they accepted.
2. Jay Lethal and Grizzly Redwood beat Michael Elgin by DQ in a handicap match. Elgin murdered Dickinson, who was helped to the back. Grizzly put up more of a fight. Lethal came out and became his partner. Lethal took the hot tag. Lethal and Elgin wrestled for a while. Roderick murdered Grizzly on the outside, then ran in for the DQ. This angered Elgin! He and Strong nearly come to blows, but Martini calmed the situation down and the House of Truth uncomfortably left together.
3. The All Night Express defeated The Young Bucks in a tag team elimination match. Rhett Titus was the sole survivor. Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin ran out to attack ANX with the Bucks. D-Line makes the save. They made a challenge for an eight-man tag. Presumably this does not air. Wow, D Line is f—ing horrid. I have no clue who or what they are, but they suck.
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