Ring of Honor “Relentless”
Richmond, Virginia (Richmond Convention Center)
Taped on: May 18, 2013
Commentators: Joe Dembrowski, Steve Corino
Recap by: Jason Namako of WrestleView.com
Kyle Matthews vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
Commentary mentions that this is an opportunity for Matthews to earn a spot on the ROH roster. Code of Honor before the bell sounds. Elgin backs Matthews into the corner, breaks clean. Elgin then biels Matthews across the ring. Elgin wants a Test of Strength, but Matthews with a side headlock, Twice, Matthews tries for a shoulder tackle, but Elgin does not go down. Elgin catches Matthews off a leapfrog, powerslam for a nearfall. Overhand chest clubs in the corner, Matthews up and over, Elgin blocks an armdrag. Matthews slips off the back, standing switch, headscissors by Matthews. Matthews with a boot, followed by another headscissors. Elgin to the outside, but comes back in to prevent a dive. Forearm by Elgin, Matthews comes back with a dropkick. Matthews avoids a clothesline, Elgin catches him, BELLY-TO-BELLY TO THE OUTSIDE!!! Elgin goes out after Matthews, slams him on the outside. Back in, Elgin gains a nearfall. Matthews fights back, Elgin knocks him back down. Elgin lifts up Matthews. 10…….20……..30……….40…….50…..1 minute delayed suplex!! Elgin gains another nearfall. Knees driven between the shoulderblades, seated surfboard applied. Matthews counters out with a jawbreaker. Elgin runs into boots, double sledges, but Elgin does not go down. Chops and forearms, Elgin blocks a whip. Matthews holds onto the ropes, Elgin charges, Matthews pulls down the top rope, Elgin to the outside. Matthews head of steam, HEAT SEEKING MISSILE!!! Back in, Matthews heads up top, Elgin catches him in mid-air off a crossbody. Back elbow, Matthews comes back with an enziguri. Slingshot back in the ring, Elgin rolls through, basement DDT by Matthews for a nearfall. Hot-shot by Matthews, heads up top, front missile dropkick, Elgin to the corner. Matthews charges, Elgin catches him with a standing urnangi, shades of Samoa Joe. Elgin heads up top, Matthews avoids the corkscrew senton. Octopus Stretch locked in by Matthews. Matthews tries to switch to a Sunset Flip, Elgin counters with a butt drop. Not one, but TWO Deadlift German Suplexes, Matthews kicks out!!! Elgin calls for a lariat, Matthews gets the boot up, but Elgin with a clothesline. Another clothesline, Black Hole Slam for a nearfall. Elgin motions for the end, sets up for the Buckle Bomb. Matthews slips out, savate kick to the ribs. Elgin follows in with a clothesline, followed by a series of clotheslines. Matthews blocks a discus clothesline, twisting Flatliner for a nearfall. Matthews heads up top, leaps over Elgin. Matthews avoids a pump kick, Elgin turns a neckbreaker into a rolling elbow. RAINMAKER!!!!! Elgin lifts up Matthews, Buckle Bomb!!! Matthews surprises Elgin, roll-up for a nearfall. Spinning backfist by Elgin, 2nd Buckle Bomb!!!!
REVOLUTION ELGIN BOMB!!!! 1-2-3!!
Winner: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin by pinfall (Revolution Elgin Bomb)
Elgin lifts up Matthews afterwards, adherence to the Code of Honor.
Adam Page vs. “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole
Code of Honor before the bell sounds. Cole works on the arm. Page counters out. Cole regains control. Fireman’s Carry by Page. Cole side headlock takedown, Page slips out. Page side headlock takedown, Cole slips out. Both go for dropkicks, stalemate. Cole backs Page into the corner, hits a forearm. More forearms by Cole, Page fights back with chops. Page sent to the apron, enziguri by Cole. Cole head of steam, TOPE SUICIDA!!! Back in, Cole gains a nearfall. Snap suplex for another nearfall. Knees driven between the shoulderblades, basement dropkick for another nearfall. Chinlock applied, Page fights out. Cole catches Page off a leapfrog, fireman’s carry neckbreaker for a nearfall. Headscissors applied, Page gets to the ropes. Forearm exchange, Page with an overhand elbow. Powerslam by Page, Cole comes back with a jawbreaker. Cole is caught going up & over, running powerslam by Page for a nearfall. Cole slips out of a slam, standing switch, Cole gets out and hits an enziguri. Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Page gets out of a Figure Four attempt, roll-up for a nearfall. Cole avoids a clothesline, leaping neckbreaker for a nearfall. Page blocks a Tornado DDT attempt, Page comes back with a dropkick. Page goes up with Cole, swinging neckbreaker off the middle rope, Cole kicks out!!! Cole goes to the outside, Page avoids an enziguri. STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS OFF THE APRON!!! Back in, Page heads up top. Crossbody, but Cole is able to kick out. Cole blocks a suplex, places Page on the turnbuckles. Page comes back with a right hand, goes for a crossbody, COLE SUPERKICKS HIM IN MID-AIR!!!!! BRAINBUSTER ACROSS THE KNEE!!! PAGE KICKS OUT!!! Cole cannot believe it. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Page counters the Florida Key, roll-up for a nearfall. Cole avoids a clothesline, SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF PAGE’s HEAD!!!
FLORIDA KEY!!! 1-2-3!!
Winner: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole by pinfall (The Florida Key)
Refs check on Page afterwards. Cole goes to the back without adhering to the Code of Honor afterwards.
“Mr. Ring of Honor” Roderick Strong vs. Mark Briscoe
“Man Up” chants for Mark. Code of Honor before the bell sounds. Strong works on the arm. Mark takes down Strong. Strong with a headscissors. Mark flips over and gains a nearfall. Strong with a side headlock takedown. Mark tries a pinning predicament twice, Strong maintains hold. Mark backs Strong into the corner, takes him down into a headscissors. Strong gets out, hooks Mark in a stranglehold, Mark gets to the ropes. Strong with a side headlock, keeps a hold of it when Mark tries to get out. Strong avoids a back suplex, Mark comes back with a back suplex, but Strong keeps hold of the side headlock. Mark gets out, drop toe hold. Strong with another side headlock takedown, Mark gets out with a headscissors. Mark with a side headlock takedown, Strong gets out with a headscissors, stalemate. Mark and Strong do a little dance, Strong trips Mark up. Mark comes back with a spinning heel kick. Mark stomps away, snapmare, snap elbow drop, finally a seated abdominal stretch applied. Strong gets out with knees, Mark with right hands. Strong up and over, Mark side steps him, Strong to the outside. Mark with a head of steam, baseball slide dropkick. Mark goes out after Strong, headbutt and some Redneck Kung Fu. Strong fights back with some chops. Back in, forearm exchange, Mark with a suplex for a nearfall. More right hands by Mark, flips out of a back drop attempt, Strong comes back with a dropkick. Strike exchange in the corner, Strong stomps away and chokes Mark. Mark sent to the outside, Strong out after him. Chop exchange, leaping kick by Strong. Back in, Strong gains a nearfall. Reverse bearhug, Mark with a chicken dance to fire himself up. Mark fights out, another dropkick by Strong for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, elbows to the chest. Strong switches to a seated abdominal stretch. Mark fights out, Strong with a knee to the ribs. Mark slips out of a slam, hits some Redneck Kung Fu. Mark goes to the apron, shoulder to the ribs. Mark heads up top, overhand tomahawk chop. More Redneck Kung Fu, big boot to the head for a nearfall. Strong blocks an Exploder, roll-up for a nearfall. Strike exchange, Mark with more Redneck Kung Fu. Blindside knee to the ribs by Strong, Olympic Slam for a nearfall. Running knee strike, Mark avoids a 2nd charge. Strong gets his boot up, Mark comes back with a right hand. Iconoclasm out of the corner for a nearfall. Strong blocks the Cut-Throat Driver, Mark blocks a urnangi. Mark slips out of a slam, Uncle Mule Kick!!! Fisherman’s Buster, Strong kicks out!!! Strong again blocks an Exploder, roll-up for a nearfall. Leaping knee strike, rolling elbow, DEATH BY RODERICK, Mark kicks out!!! Mark back drops out of the Gibson Driver, Strong comes back with an enziguri. Mark catches Strong, cartwheel DVD!! Mark heads up top, Strong stops him. Strong goes up with Mark, top rope superplex!!! Strong with a cover, Mark kicks out!!! Mark slips out of a suplex, Strong rolls through a backslide, Sunset flip for a nearfall.
Series of nearfalls by both ends with Mark jackknife pinning Strong for the victory.
Winner: Mark Briscoe by pinfall (Jackknife Pin)
Mark celebrates his win, motions that he is gonna win the ROH World Title at Best in the World. Strong and Mark adhere to the Code of Honor and embrace.
Chris LeRusso vs. “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa
Ciampa instantly clotheslines LeRusso once he gets into the ring. Ciampa throws LeRusso to the outside. LeRusso comes back with a hot-shot and cannot believe he just did that. LeRusso heads up top, but Ciampa stops him. LeRusso slips out of the Super Air Raid Crash, tries for a Sunset flip powerbomb, but Ciampa blocks it with right hands, then bites at LeRusso. Down goes the kneepad, Ciampa charges, not one, but two running knees.
Another running knee strike, this one is over!!!
Winner: “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa by pinfall (Running Knee Strike)
Afterwards, Ciampa instantly power walks to the rampway, then goes to the camera to say something to Michael Elgin. Ciampa says he will own Elgin at Best in the World. Strongest man in ROH? You kiss the Sicilian Psychopath’s ass!!
Before the next match, Steve Corino does the ring introductions for his team, Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton.
ROH vs. SCUM: “Ruthless” Rhett Titus & “Mr. 1859” Cliff Compton (SCUM) vs. The American Wolves (“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards) (ROH)
The Wolves rush the ring and the fight is on!! SCUM with a double whip, Wolves hold onto the ropes. SCUM charges, Wolves pull down the top rope, SCUM to the outside. Wolves with a head of steam and they soar and score with double TOPE SUICIDAS to SCUM!!! Back in, Wolves with stereo 10 punches in the corner. Compton sent to the outside, running chop by Edwards to Titus. Double whip, Edwards running forearm, Richards with an enziguri from the apron. Edwards with a Front-Plex, but Compton grabs Richards’ leg. Richards kicks him off, heads up top. Front missile dropkick, Edwards gains a nearfall. Settled down into a regular tag match. Richards in, series of chops and kicks by the Wolves. Compton knocked off the apron, double whip on Titus, inverted atomic drop/chop combo for a nearfall. Titus backs Richards into his corner, Compton in. Compton chokes Davey, Corino yells at him. Davey avoids a charge, flurry of chest kicks. Titus hits Richards from behind, Richards puts Titus in front of Compton, more chest kicks. Titus sent into Edwards, who hits him with a chop. Running forearm to Compton, Compton comes back with a gut kick. Titus comes in, leapfrog bulldog sends Richards onto Compton’s out-stretched knee. SCUM taunts the crowd. Titus stomps away at Richards. Compton in, Titus gourdbusters Richards across the top rope. Compton with an elbow off the 2nd rope. Titus in, Compton with a headbutt to the lower abdominals. Titus with a double sledge to the ribs, gains a nearfall. Seated abdominal stretch applied, crowd wills on Richards. Kitchen sink to Richards, Titus mocks the wolf howl. Compton in, Richards fights back, but Compton knocks him down. Compton up and over, butterfly suplex for a nearfall. Titus in, running kick to the ribs. Exchange of right hands, Titus comes back with a standing dropkick for a nearfall. Compton in, double whip, double back elbow. Body scissors applied, crowd wills on Davey. Davey reverses into a grounded surfboard. Davey gains a nearfall, begins to fight out of the SCUM corner. Compton stops Davey from making a tag, drives him into his corner. Titus in, double whip, Davey avoids a double team. Titus sent into Compton, dropkick to Compton causes Titus to be DDT’d. Everyone is down except for Edwards. Edwards tagged in, Compton clotheslined to the outside. Chops to Titus, followed by a flurry of them, Kobashi-style. Double knees to the face, Die Hard, but Titus kicks out!!! Crowd chants for Edwards, standing switch, Edwards with chops. Titus gets a boot up, Edwards comes back with an enziguri. Titus blocks the Chin Checker, Alarm Clock by the Wolves!! Superkick/German combo, Compton breaks up the pinfall. Compton sent to the outside, Davey tagged in. Edwards with a slam, Wolves head up top, Compton knocks Edwards off the ropes, Titus avoids a double stomp. Davey avoids a chokeslam, roll-up for a nearfall. Davey goes for a handspring elbow, Titus counters with knees to the back. Chokeslam, but Davey kicks out!! Running Dominator sends Davey into the turnbuckles. Titus goes up with Davey. Power-Plex variation by SCUM, Edwards breaks up the pinfall. Edwards with forearms to SCUM, Titus with a gut kick. Edwards slips out of a double team, SCUM runs into strikes by Edwards. Boston Knee Party to Titus!! Davey to the apron, running apron kick to Titus!!! Shining Wizard by Edwards to Compton. Wolves go up adjacent corners. Mushroom stomp by Edwards, Top Rope Double Stomp by Davey, Compton kicks out!!! Anklelock locked in, Titus with boots to Richards, but Richards won’t let go. Titus off the ropes, Edwards rolls through with him, Achilles’ Lock!!!
Davey grapevines Compton’s leg!!! SCUM has no choice but to tap-out!!!
Winners: The American Wolves by submission
Corino checks on his men afterwards as the Wolves celebrate their victory.
Corino sends his men to the back, then gets in the ring. Corino forces the ring announcer to leave the ring and takes the mic. Corino says he has an announcement to make. Its official, on June 23rd in Baltimore, Maryland at the TV Tapings, my man, the Icon, the Living Legend, MY best friend and the savior of pro wrestling, MATT HARDY, will finally get his shot at the ROH World Title. June 23rd has now become the most important day in pro wrestling history. It has become a true OMEGA, or the end. Nigel, the end is finally near. Nigel, I don’t like you, you don’t like me and you wish SCUM was no longer part of ROH. I have watched all the injustices Nigel has let happen and I have decided that its time to go all in. Nigel, I’m gonna make a challenge, not just a challenge, but the ultimate challenge!! After Matt Hardy becomes the LAST ROH Champion, there is one more nail that needs to be put in ROH’s coffin. Nigel, you get 4 of your best, I’ll get 4 of my best. If ROH wins, SCUM is done, SCUM will disband, we will accept defeat. Nigel, I will look you in the eye and say that I’m sorry. But, when SCUM does win, I want you gone, Nigel, I want your job! That’s right, Steve Corino, match-maker, bookerman, the guy in charge!!! It doesn’t take a genius, which none of you are, you realize what I will do. The trumpets will go crazy when ROH finally dies. Its not about the fans, the boys, the game, its about being responsible for destroying this hypocritical, piece of garbage, company that you idiots have loved for 11 years. “ROH” chants by the crowd. 12 years ago, I helped kill a big company and in 2013, I will be solely responsible for killing this company!! When you are begging for what ROH was, you will know that ROH was destroyed by Steve Corino!! The rapture will save all of you that believe and for those that don’t, you will all parish, because SCUM will only find salvation when ROH BURNS!!!!!
6-Man Tag: Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) & Ring of Honor Television Champion Matt Taven vs. The C & C Wrestlefactory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) & Jay Lethal
Taven wipes his ass with one of the thrown in streamers before the bell sounds. Fish has a mic and says he feels like the 3 of us are the Beastie Boys and we’re taking on Run DMC. This incenses Lethal & C & C and the champs retreat to the outside. The champs go to the commentary table and say it’ll be a long night for Lethal & C & C.
Lethal & Taven will start. Jockey for position until Lethal knocks Fish off the apron. Taven takes Lethal down, but Lethal avoids an elbow drop. Lethal goes to the outside and goes after Fish, but then superkicks Taven as he tried to grab him. O’Reilly goes after Lethal, but Lethal ducks and O’Reilly accidentally nails his partner. Back in, Taven with a knee and tags in O’Reilly, but O’Reilly gets backdropped. Lethal catches O’Reilly off a dropkick and catapults him into his corner. Inverted atomic drops, right hands by C & C, Lethal with 4 arm drags, hiptoss/cartwheel/dropkick combo. Coleman & Fish in, Fish knocks Lethal off the apron. 2 Bionic elbows by Coleman, Fish avoids a leg drop. Coleman avoids a head kick, roll-through into a kick. Leaping leg drop for a 1 count. Fish with a knee to the gut, Coleman fights out of the champions’ corner. Leg lariat for a nearfall. Blind tag to Alexander, springboard clothesline to Fish. Fish comes back with a jawbreaker, Taven tagged in. Alexander catches a boot, tiger flip, spinning headscissors. Alexander goes to the apron, springboard tornado DDT, reDRagon breaks it up. All 6 men now in the ring. Champions sent to the outside. Lethal & C &C with a head of steam, stereo flip dives by C & C onto reDRagon while Lethal with a tope suicida to Taven!!!! Lethal & C & C play to the crowd while the champions have to regroup. “ROH” chants by the crowd. Back in, snap suplex by Alexander to Taven for a nearfall. Lethal in, double sledge off the ropes. O’Reilly knees Lethal in the back, Lethal knocks him off the apron. Taven charges, Lethal, pulls down the top rope, Taven to the outside. However, Fish turns Lethal inside out with a clothesline from the apron.
Back in, Taven gets a nearfall. Fish in, elbow drop to Lethal. Front kick, knee to the chest. Lethal fights back with chops, Fish with an inverted atomic drop. O’Reilly in, sliding kick to the ribs. Knee drop, followed by the wrapped up abdominal stretch. O’Reilly gains a nearfall. Lethal fights back, but O’Reilly with a series of strikes, ending in a leg sweep for a nearfall. Taven in, mocks Lethal and hits a double sledge off the top. Taven taunts the crowd, delayed suplex and a kip-up before gaining a nearfall. Taven stops Lethal from making a tag. Fish in, Taven with a slam, slingshot senton by Fish, Coleman breaks it up. Ref is with C & C, O’Reilly & Taven double team Lethal. Lethal’s leg sent into the ringpost. Fish gains a nearfall. Chest kick by Fish, O’Reilly in. O’Reilly draws in C & C, ref is distracted as champions continue to triple-team Lethal. Fish in, kicks to the leg and chest, gains another nearfall. “Let’s go Lethal” chants by the crowd as Fish continues to pound on Lethal. Lethal fights back, but Fish with a knee. Fish knocks C & C off the apron, sends Lethal into his corner. Fish chokes Lethal, Taven tagged in. Standing dropkick for a nearfall. Front chancery applied, crowd wills on Lethal. Lethal fights out, inverted atomic drop and a kick. reDRagon in, knocks C & C again off the apron. Lethal gets out of a double team, tags in Alexander.
Alexander with a series of strikes to reDRagon. Enziguri to O’Reilly, Finlay Roll and a split-legged moonsault to Fish!!!! Leg Lariat variation of the Hart Attack by C & C to O’Reilly. Kick combination by C & C to Fish for a nearfall. “This is awesome” chants as C & C set up for a double team, but Taven knocks Coleman off the top rope and onto a ringside table. Rolling elbow by O’Reilly to Alexander, Chest kick by Fish, Air Taven by Taven, but Lethal breaks it up. Lethal sent to the outside, Taven pounds on him. O’Reilly in, strike exchange between he and Alexander. Running knee by O’Reilly, Paradise Kick by Alexander!!! Taven in, spin kick to Alexander!!! Coleman back in, avoids a Taven kick, Snapmare Driver!!! Fish in, backdrop driver to Coleman. SUPERKICK by Lethal!!! O’Reilly with a spinning back kick and a standing curb stomp, but Lethal catches the rolling elbow, LETHAL COMBINATION!!! Lethal heads up top, Taven crotches him. Fish knocks Lethal to the outside. Coleman charges, Taven nails him with an enziguri. Alexander knocks Taven off the apron, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker/sliding kick combo by reDRagon. Leg Lariat/RegalPlex combo, ALEXANDER KICKS OUT!!!! Alexander gets out of Chasing the Dragon, Fish pulled out by Coleman. Running dropkick by Alexander to O’Reilly.
OVERTIME by C & C!!!! 1-2-3!!
Winners: The C & C Wrestlefactory & Jay Lethal by pinfall (Overtime)
C & C & Lethal celebrate their victory while reDRagon complains to the referee about the cadence of his count.
Grudge Match: “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen
Jacobs goes right after Steen in the rampway and the fight is on!!!! Steen sends Jacobs into the barricade not once, but twice. Steen then sent into the barricade. Jacobs charges, but Steen moves and Jacobs goes HEAD-FIRST into the barricade!! Again, Jacobs sent into the barricade. Steen gets in Corino’s face, but then sends Jacobs in the ring. Steen clotheslines Jacobs to the outside. Once again, Jacobs sent into the barricade. Back in, Jacobs chokes Steen with a chain and the ref has no choice but to call for the bell.
Winner: Kevin Steen by disqualification
Jacobs continues to choke Steen as referees and security come out to break it up. Steen gets back up and clotheslines Jacobs. Steen throws Jacobs to the outside and then begins attacking the refs and security. Jacobs sent into the barricade yet again and then Steen grabs a chair. Cliff Compton comes out, but Steen goes after him. Steen goes after anyone who gets in his way with the chair. Referees try to calm Steen down. Steen gets a mic and says to Jacobs that with their history, it would end in a DQ. After 8 years trying to prove you are a man, you get back in here and we do this, No DQ, till one of us can’t stand anymore!!! Steen threatens the referees as Corino discusses things with Jacobs. Referee gets a call from Nigel McGuinness and the ref rings the bell!!!
No DQ: “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen
Steen throws a ringside attendant onto all of SCUM!!! Steen sends Titus and Compton packing, then nails Jacobs repeatedly with a shoe!!! Steen gets back in, but Jacobs crotches him on the ropes!! Jacobs charges, SPEAR ON THE APRON!!! Steen sent into the barricade multiple times. Jacobs chokes Steen, then sends him again into the barricade. Back in, Jacobs with a series of double stomps to the ribs of Steen. Jacobs pulls at Steen’s face, then drives him face-first off a chair multiple times. Jacobs wedges the chair in the corner, but Steen fights back. Jacobs bites Steen, then sends him back-first into the wedged chair. Jacobs with another Spear, but Steen kicks out!!! Crowd chants for Steen as Jacobs wraps Steen’s hands and throat with the chain, then begins choking him. Steen sent to the outside, Jacobs with a head of steam and takes out Steen with a tope suicida!!! Jacobs goes to the apron, but Steen catches him with a gut shot. APRON POWERBOMB!!! Back in, Steen heads up top. STEENTON BOMB, JACOBS KICKS OUT!!! “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Steen goes for the chair, but Jacobs leaps on him and applies a sleeper. Steen drives him into the corner to get out, but Jacobs avoids the Cannonball. INWARD ACE CRUSHER, STEEN KICKS OUT!!! Jacobs sets up the chair, measures Steen. Steen blocks the Contra Code. Jacobs with forearms, Steen crotches Jacobs on the turnbuckles, places him in a Tree of Woe. Steen charges, CANNONBALL!!! Steen goes back over to Jacobs. Jacobs grabs Steen, CONTRA CODE, STEEN KICKS OUT!!! Chairshot to the back of Steen, then to the back of the leg. Another shot to the back, then Jacobs goes to the outside. Jacobs gets a piece of the barricade and brings it into the ring. Steen, though, grabs the chain and wraps it around his fist. Jacobs sets up the barricade, STEEN NAILS JACOBS WITH THE CHAIN!!! Jacobs counters F-Cinq into End Time!!!! Steen gets out, F-CINQ, JACOBS KICKS OUT!!! Steen sets up the barricade, calls for the end, but Jacobs trips him up and Steen is driven onto the barricade!!! Jacobs has a chair, but Steen avoids chairshots. Low blow to Jacobs!!
Steen lifts up Jacobs, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER ON THE BARRICADE!!!! 1-2-3!!!
Winner: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen by pinfall (Package Piledriver onto a barricade)
Steen celebrates his victory, then grabs a chair. Steen sets up the chair and lifts up Jacobs, F-CINQ ONTO THE CHAIR!!! Corino stares down Steen as he leaves while Jacobs is left in a heap.
We go to a promo from earlier today with BJ Whitmer. Whitmer says he hopes that Jay Briscoe earlier today looked deep inside himself and asked what the ROH World Title means to him. The ROH World Title means more than being the best, it means my redemption from years of self-destructive behavior. If that title means to you, Jay, that you are the best, tonight, I walk out the new ROH World Champion.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title: “The Buzzsaw” BJ Whitmer vs. Jay Briscoe (c)
Pre-match intros for this match. Mark Briscoe joins Dembrowski at the commentary table as Corino left ringside after the Steen-Jacobs match. Code of Honor before the bell sounds. BJ backs Jay into the corner, Jay shoves him off. Jay backs BJ into the corner, breaks clean. BJ goes to work on the arm. Jay gets out, applies a side headlock. BJ gets out, top wristlock, followed by a side headlock takedown. Jay with a headscissors, BJ gets to the ropes. Jay with a side headlock, no one goes down off a shoulder tackle. Drop toe hold by Jay surprises Whitmer. “Man Up” chants for the champ. Amateur takedown by BJ, keeps hold of Jay, Jay gets to the ropes. Top wristlock by Jay, BJ counters with a hammerlock. Back elbow by Jay to get out. They go nose-to-nose and lock-up. It goes to the outside, then they break. Chop exchange on the outside, BJ with the advantage. Jay sent to the barricade, explodes out and nails BJ with a big boot!!! BJ sent head-first off a chair. BJ sent into the barricade. Jay working over BJ’s back, BJ sent again hard into the barricade, almost breaking it. Crowd continues to chant for the champ. Headbutt, BJ sent back in. Jay yells “the champ is here”. Jay charges, runs into a back elbow. Jay comes back with a forearm, BJ catches him with a spinebuster. BJ stomps away, followed by a chop. Back elbow for a nearfall. Commentary mentions Whitmer’s last title shot was against Samoa Joe almost 10 years ago. Backbreaker by BJ for a nearfall. Chops, but Jay gets his boot up. Discus forearm for a nearfall. Jay continues to work over BJ’s back. Dueling chants now by the crowd. Uppercuts by Jay, then stomps away at BJ in the corner. Jay chokes BJ with his boot. Headbutt, followed by a back elbow for a nearfall. More shots to the back of BJ, BJ comes back with a leg lariat. Jay sent to the outside, BJ with a head of steam, TOPE SUICIDA!!! Back in, BJ stomps away at Jay. Snap elbow drop for a nearfall. Chops in the corner, Jay fights back with jabs. BJ knee to the ribs, snap suplex/Northern Lights combo for a nearfall. Chinlock applied by BJ as the crowd continues the dueling chants. Jay fights out, begins peppering BJ with jabs. BJ comes back with chops. BJ side-steps a back drop, forearm exchange. BJ slips out of a DVD, snap slam for a nearfall. BJ gets set, Jay avoids a charge, back elbow. Blockbuster out of the corner for a nearfall. BJ comes back, running boot to the head, dragon suplex, Jay kicks out!!! Spinning Fisherman’s/Fisherman’s combo, Jay kicks out again!!! Jay blocks a German by holding onto the ropes. Jay grabs BJ, BELLY-TO-BACK SUPLEX OVER THE ROPES AND THROUGH A TABLE ON THE OUTSIDE!!!! Referees check on BJ as he landed head and neck-first through the table. Jay tells the refs to get away as he picks up BJ and sends him back in. Jay with a cover, BJ KICKS OUT!!!! Hangman’s Neckbreaker, BJ KICKS OUT AGAIN!!! BJ is trying to shake the cobwebs off and get feeling back in his hands and arms. Jay goes for the Jay Driller, BJ backs Jay into the corner. Running boot by Jay, JAY DRILLER!!! 1-2………..BJ KICKS OUT YET AGAIN!!!!!! Jay cannot believe it!!! “This is awesome” chants by the crowd as BJ picks himself back up. Jay runs into a boot, but tries for the Jay Driller again. BJ counters out, roll-up, but Jay just barely kicks out!!! EXPLODER!!!! 1-2……..JAY KICKS OUT!!! Crowd now chants for BJ as commentary mentions that Jay is bleeding from the nose. BJ goes again for the Exploder, Jay fights out with elbows to the head and neck. Another running boot, but BJ gets back up!! Yet another running boot, but BJ won’t go down!! 3 more boots, but BJ still won’t go down!!! A 4th running boot and finally BJ goes down. BJ starts to stir, but Jay hits him with yet another running boot!!! Referee pleads with BJ to stop, but BJ won’t. A 6th running boot by Jay, then locks in a Dragon Sleeper with a body scissors!!!
Referee checks BJ, who passes out from exhaustion and calls for the bell.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: Jay Briscoe via referee stoppage
Referees come out to check on BJ as Jay celebrates his title retention. Multiple wrestlers come out from the back to check on BJ, who has opened his eyes. Crowd chants for BJ while Mark checks on his brother. Jay walks off as the wrestlers help BJ to his feet. Jay and BJ shake hands and embrace in the center as we go to credits.
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