We go right to the opening contest.
“The Ambassador of the Grind” Caprice Coleman vs. “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole
I should make mention before this match recap that Steve Corino is wearing an AMAZING yellow suit jacket. OK, back to your regularly scheduled recap. Code of Honor before the bell. Cole works on the arm to start. Coleman reverses out, Cole takes him down, regains control. Coleman with a headscissors, Cole gets out. Coleman slips out of a side headlock, gains a 1 count. Commentary mentions Cole signing a new ROH contract. Coleman takes Cole down. Cole breaks out, dropkick sends Coleman to the outside. Cole head of steam, Coleman gets back in. Leapfrog, followed by a dropkick that sends Cole to the outside. Coleman goes onto the apron while Cole gets back in. Coleman with a right hand, Cole responds with an enziguri knocking Coleman off the apron. Cole head of steam, TOPE SUICIDA!!
Back in, Cole with a snapmare, knee to the back, basement dropkick for a 1 count. Chinlock applied. Corino continues to champion the fact that he will get Cole to join SCUM. Coleman fights out, avoids a clothesline, leg lariat for a nearfall. Cole sidesteps a backdrop, neckbreaker for a nearfall. Cole gets 2 more nearfalls and is beginning to get frustrated. Snap suplex for a nearfall. Headscissors applied while Corino says he is sniffing Cole’s t-shirt. Coleman bridges back, pins Cole down for a nearfall. Bless-TO connects.
Coleman with a clothesline, a back elbow and a bionic elbow. Coleman holds onto the ropes, throws Cole to the outside. SPRINGBOARD TURNING MOONSAULT WIPES OUT COLE!! Back in, Coleman heads up top. High crossbody for a nearfall. Cole avoids Coleman in the corner, but then Coleman does the same, running knee strike. Coleman places Cole on the turnbuckles, no hands leaping rana, Cole kicks out!! Slam, followed by a senton. Coleman goes for a Lionsault, Cole gets the knees up! Coleman gets out of a suplex, drives Cole into the corner. Coleman hits 2 Northern Lights Suplexes and tries to complete the Trinity, but Cole counters, BRAINBUSTER ACROSS THE KNEE!!
FLORIDA KEY!! 1-2-3!
Winner: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole by pinfall (The Florida Key)
Cole goes to leave afterwards, but comes back in and adheres to the Code of Honor.
“God’s Gift” QT Marshall vs. “Mr. Ring of Honor” Roderick Strong
Commentary mentions that RD Evans is not here in QT’s corner due to handling some “legal business”. Code of Honor before the bell. QT backs Strong into the corner, breaks clean. QT works on the arm, Strong reverses out. QT backs Strong into the corner, Strong spins him around, feigns hitting a chop. QT with a knee to the ribs, side headlock applied, followed by a shoulder tackle. QT with another shoulder tackle, but Strong trips him up. Leapfrog, followed by a dropkick. QT sent into the corner, BIG chop. QT sent off another corner, another big chop. Corino complains about how stiff Strong’s chops are. Another big chop by Strong, QT fights back with a knee. Strong sent off the corner, shoulders to the ribs. Uppercut, but Strong with some more chops. QT blocks Strong going up and over, crotches him on the ropes, sending Strong to the outside.
QT brings Strong back in, gains a nearfall. Neckbreaker for another nearfall. Commentary mentions QT’s training at the Monster Factory in New Jersey. QT chokes Strong with his boot, Strong fights back, QT responds with an uppercut. Slam, then QT removes his elbow pad and motions that he is going for a People’s Elbow, ala the Rock, but Strong moves out of the way. Roll-up by Strong for a nearfall. QT comes back with a back elbow for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Strong. Strong fights back, QT drives him into the corner. Uppercut, but Strong gets the boot up off a charge not once, but twice.
Big chops, Strong up and over, running knee strike, running forearm, followed by a bulldog. Strong sidesteps a backdrop, dropkick for a nearfall. Corino calls Strong’s dropkick second best behind Rhett Titus. QT blocks being lifted up, Strong with a running knee to the ribs off the blind side. Olympic Slam for a nearfall. Strong can’t believe it, goes for the Gibson Driver, QT counters out with a backdrop. QT runs into a back elbow, Strong charges, QT catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a nearfall. QT heads up top, Strong stops him with an enziguri. Strong goes up with QT, Top Rope Superplex, but QT hooks Strong in a cradle for a close nearfall! Rolling elbow by Strong, QT catches him with a flapjack, BIG lariat for a nearfall. QT goes for God’s Gift, Strong slips out. Leaping knee strike, Strong lifts up QT, DEATH BY RODERICK!!
Strong Hold applied!! QT has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: “Mr. Ring of Honor” Roderick Strong by submission (The Strong Hold)
Afterwards, Adam Cole comes out and has a mic. Cole says that last week in San Antonio after our match, I let my emotions got the better of me and I refused to shake your hand. I’m here to tell you publicly that I apologize for doing so. The better man won that night in San Antonio and that was you. We have our rematch at Best in the World, in Baltimore, may the best man win again. Cole and Strong shake hands and Cole leaves the ring.
Cedric Alexander vs. “American Wolf” Davey Richards
Code of Honor before the bell. Davey works on the arm to start. Cedric reverses, Davey with an arm drag, Cedric with a headscissors, stalemate. Knucklelock, Davey takes Cedric down into a leglock. Davey with a toe hold, Cedric counters out into a side headlock. Shoulder tackle, Davey goes to the outside to re-group. Back in, Davey with a side headlock. Cedric with a leapfrog, arm drag, Davey with a headscissors, stalemate. Knucklelock again, Cedric works on the arm. Davey tries to get to the ropes, Cedric pulls him back into the middle. Davey then steps out to the apron and back in to allow him to kick at Cedric’s arm. Cedric with a hiptoss, followed by a dropkick to the back of the head. Chinlock applied. Davey comes back with a knee to the ribs. Chest kick knocks down Cedric. Trailer Hitch applied, DAVEY HIP SWIVEL, drops backward. Davey grabs the arms, turns Cedric over into a pinning predicament for a nearfall. Knee strikes, followed by a gut shot. Chest kick, Cedric fights back with chops. Spinning heel kick by Davey. Davey rolls through a Sunset Flip, Cedric with a headscissors takeover. BACK SUPLEX SENDS DAVEY TO THE OUTSIDE!! Davey avoids a slingshot plancha, RUNNING APRON KICK turns Cedric inside out!!
Back in, Davey heads up top, diving headbutt for a nearfall. Another knee to the ribs, body scissors applied. Davey switches out to a Tequila Sunrise variation, Cedric gets to the ropes. Davey says that he is awesome. Spinning back kick to the ribs, Cedric slips out of a suplex. Series of standing switches, Cedric sends Davey to the outside. Cedric with a head of steam, FLIP DIVE TAKES OUT DAVEY!! “ROH” chants by the crowd. Back in, Cedric charges, Davey gets the boot up. Cedric comes back with a spinning back kick, running dropkick to the side of the head. Finlay Roll, followed by a split-legged moonsault, Davey kicks out! Cedric charges, he’s sent onto the apron. Cedric with a forearm, but Davey nails him with a dropkick while in mid-springboard. Davey on the apron, Cedric avoids the running apron kick, leg sweep. Back in, springboard clothesline by Cedric. Sit-out full nelson facebuster, Davey kicks out!! Davey gets out of a suplex, forearm exchange. Cedric tells Davey to bring it, Davey obliges. Both hit spinning back kicks, Davey with a spinning roundhouse, Cedric goes for an enziguri, Davey catches him, ANKLE LOCK applied. Cedric tries to kick Davey off, SHARPSHOOTER applied. Cedric counters, inside cradle for a nearfall.
Cedric charges, ALARM CLOCK kick by Davey. Cedric runs up the ropes, ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO DAVEY! “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Richards is bleeding from the mouth as they exchange strikes again. Davey then hits a barrage of chest kicks in the corner. Slam, Davey heads up top. Cedric stops him, heads up with Davey. Crowd wants a superplex, Davey fights it. Cedric blocks a Sunset flip powerbomb, fights Davey off. Davey runs up the ropes, SUPER GERMAN TO CEDRIC!! Running forearm, big lariat, German, CEDRIC KICKS OUT!! Davey cannot believe it. Davey heads up top, Cedric avoids the double stomp. Cedric avoids a head kick, REVERSE RANA!! Davey powers up, charges, Cedric nails him with a boot. ANOTHER REVERSE RANA!! Running dropkick in the corner, BRAINBUSTER!!! 1-2….DAVEY KICKS OUT!! Cedric now cannot believe it. Cedric heads up top, Davey gets the knees up on a Frog Splash!! PENALTY KICK, Davey heads up top. Double stomp, CEDRIC KICKS OUT AGAIN!! Cedric avoids a roundhouse kick, roll-up for a nearfall. Davey with a front kick, roundhouse kick, head kick, CEDRIC KICKS OUT AGAIN!!
Cloverleaf applied, Cedric has to tapout. What a match!
Winner: “American Wolf” Davey Richards by submission (Cloverleaf)
Crowd gives an ovation for both Cedric and Davey afterwards. Davey has a mic, says that Cedric will be a World Champion someday. Davey gives Cedric the ring and does the C & C hand motion in a sign of respect. Davey holds open the ropes for Cedric as they leave the ring.
Proving Ground Match: Adrenaline RUSH (“The Last Hero” ACH & TD Thomas) vs. Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)
Crowd chants for ACH before the bell. Code of Honor before the bell. TD and Fish will start. TD with a go-behind, Fish sits out on a takedown. TD keeps a hold, Fish reverses, takes TD down before TD gets to the ropes. TD works on the arm, Fish reverses, takes TD down. O’Reilly and ACH get tags in. O’Reilly works on the arm, ACH reverses out, snapmare into a cravate. O’Reilly with a headscissors to counter. ACH kips out, arm drag into an armbar. O’Reilly kicks out of the hold, stalemate. O’Reilly kicks the arm from underneath, chest kick in the corner. ACH up and over, springboard back elbow. TD in, chest kicks to O’Reilly. TD covers O’Reilly, ref is with Fish, no count. O’Reilly with a knee to the ribs, misses two kicks, TD with a Capoiera kick. Fish tags in, kick to the leg of TD. Fish taunts TD, but avoids a TD kick to the leg. TD blocks a Fish single leg takedown, Fish drags him out to the center, drops his weight on the leg. Fish shoves TD, ACH in. ACH with a chancery, Fish gets out and pins ACH for a nearfall. Fish has the leg, but misses an elbow drop. ACH with a kick to the back, hits a slam. Corino complains on commentary about the fans chanting “we want action”. TD in, ACH slams him onto Fish for a nearfall. Fish drives TD into the corner, ACH in, dropkick to the back of Fish. Step-over standing facelock applied, TD in, kick to the back. Snapmare, headscissors applied. ACH in, double leg drop for a nearfall. Chancery applied, Fish counters out with an inverted atomic drop.
O’Reilly in, knee drop, followed by a big uppercut. O’Reilly drives ACH’s arm across his shoulder, ACH gets the boot up off a charge. O’Reilly placed on the turnbuckles, ACH goes up with him. Fish distracts ACH, allowing O’Reilly to hit a Super Divorce Court for a nearfall. Fish in, stomp to ACH. Fish drops his weight across ACH’s arm, hammerlock takedown for a nearfall. Crowd wills on ACH, hammerlock applied by Fish. ACH backs Fish into the corner, O’Reilly in, lifting hammerlock applied, almost bearhug style. O’Reilly switches to hitting a cradle hammerlock suplex for a nearfall. ACH fights back, but O’Reilly responds with his series of strikes, ending in a leg sweep. TD avoids being knocked off the apron, Fish comes in and the ref did not see a tag. Snapmare, followed by a slingshot senton for a nearfall. O’Reilly in, ACH fights back. O’Reilly goes back to the hammerlock, then pulls back on the other arm. TD knocked off the apron. Ref is with TD, allows Fish to come in and hit a top rope diving headbutt to ACH’s injured arm. O’Reilly gains a nearfall. ACH fights back, but Fish tags in. Kick to the injured arm, chest kick for a nearfall. Fish continues to do damage to ACH’s injured arm. ACH fights back, Fish with a knee to the ribs. ACH gets the boot up off a charge, avoids a forearm, STUNNER connects.
TD & O’Reilly get the tags in. TD avoids O’Reilly, big right hand to Fish. Capoiera kick to O’Reilly, TD slips out of a Fish back suplex. TD with a matrix move to avoid a kick, Capoiera kick to Fish. Slingblade to O’Reilly for a nearfall. ACH in, Adrenaline RUSH with stereo back elbows in the corner. O’Reilly placed on the turnbuckles, TD with a flipping Capoiera kick, drops O’Reilly’s chest onto ACH’s knee. Another Capoiera kick by TD for a nearfall. Fish knocked off the apron, but stops TD from hitting the Space Flying Tiger Drop by grabbing his leg and pulling him to the outside. Fish in, ACH drop toe holds him into the corner. O’Reilly goes back to the arm, armbar applied. ACH gets out, Half Pumphandle, Half Tiger Suplex, but Fish breaks up the pinfall with a senton. TD in, Capoiera kicks to Fish. O’Reilly with a head kick and a rolling elbow to TD. Saito Suplex by Fish to TD. ACH grabs both of reDRagon, STUNNER/FLATLINER COMBO! Crowd chants for ACH. Fish charges, he’s sent to the outside. ACH avoids an O’Reilly charge, Fish moves out of the way off an ACH springboard moonsault, drives him into the barricade. O’Reilly and TD on the apron, chest kicks by TD. O’Reilly catches one, Fish nails TD in the leg with a kick. O’Reilly head of steam, RUNNING DROPKICK ONTO ACH! reDRagon has TD, CHASING THE DRAGON ON THE OUTSIDE!! Back in, O’Reilly covers ACH, 1-2…..ACH KICKS OUT!! reDRagon with a series of kicks to ACH, but ACH fights back. Enziguri to Fish, O’Reilly with a spinning back kick. ACH avoids two penalty kicks, but Fish is able to hit one. Blockbuster/Regalplex Combo, ACH KICKS OUT AGAIN!! ACH with boots to reDRagon, Fish sent to the outside. O’Reilly with a roll-up for a nearfall. ACH with two front kicks, Roll of the Dice for a nearfall. Fish catches TD trying to do the Space Flying Tiger Drop again, pulls him to the outside. SAMOAN DROP ON THE OUTSIDE!! ACH heads up top, O’Reilly gets the knees up off the 450 Splash!
Armbar re-applied, ACH has no choice but to tapout.
Winners: Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions reDRagon by submission (Armbar)
Fish taunts Adrenaline RUSH afterwards, but they do adhere to the Code of Honor.
Truth Martini brings a parade of Hotties out with him including Scarlett Bordeaux and Seleziya Sparx. The other women are from a local gym called Columbus Gold. Martini has them here to audition for a spot amongst the Hotties. When the girls go backstage to prepare for the physical portion of the contest, Martini brings out his guest for the night: Cheeseburger! Martini asks how it felt to kiss Maria Kanellis. He’s not satisfied when he answers that it “felt good.” Cheeseburger corrects himself to say it was “the greatest moment of his life.” It was that action that earned Cheeseburger an invitation to the “Night of Hoopla” in Chicago next month. He accepts the invitation. Martini says for it to be official he has to answer another question: did you get a boner when kissing her? Cheeseburger is embarrassed. It takes some encouragement, but he confirms that he did. Martini awards his honesty with a lap dance from Bordeaux and Sparx. When it ends, Cheeseburger asks if he can kiss them. Martini says he can kiss both of them if he also takes his pants off. Cheeseburger is close to doing so when Rhino enters and gives him the Gore!
This brings out Kevin Steen, which leads to……..
Grudge Match: “The Man Beast” Rhino vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen
Steen nails a flying forearm. He spinwheel kicks Rhino before pitching to the floor. Rhino trips Steen’s legs out from the apron and sends him face first into a ringside chair. Steen fights Rhino off and comes off the apron with a senton. Back in the ring Rhino drops him with a spinebuster for two. He spears him in the corner. They collide head first in the opposite corner. Steen throws a couple clotheslines and a dropkick. A second rope dropkick leads to a cannonball senton in the corner for two. He comes off the top with a Swanton Bomb for another two count. Rhino takes him over with a belly-to-belly suplex. Steen gets his foot up to block the Gore.
Steen his own Gore! F-Cinq! 1-2-3!
Winner: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen by pinfall (F-Cinq)
Matt Hardy runs out as soon as the match is over. Steen almost gives him a Package Piledriver. Steve Corino stops Steen and allows Hardy to hit a Twist of Fate.
Mark Briscoe comes out, which leads to………
Grudge Match: “The Self-Professed Icon” Matt Hardy vs. Mark Briscoe
Mark runs in and pummels Hardy in the corner. Hardy tries a backdrop. Mark lands on his feet and continues his flurry of offense. Hardy slips to the floor. Mark dropkicks him into the barricades. He sends Hardy into the ring post. Hardy grabs the microphone. Referee Todd Sinclair tries prying it from his hands. Meanwhile Corino shoves Mark into the ring. Hardy catches him with the Side Effect for two. He gives Mark a few neckbreakers before applying a sleeper hold. Mark escapes it using a chin breaker. Corino grabs him by the foot. Hardy sneaks in another neckbreaker for two. Mark shoves Hardy to the corner to block the Twist of Fate. He sweeps Hardy’s feet off the second rope. He throws some Redneck Kung-Fu at him. He drops Hardy with a rolling Death Valley Driver. Corino distracts Mark long enough for Hardy to recover and drop Mark to the canvas. He drives his elbow into Mark’s neck. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate. Mark turns it into a sleeper hold. Rhett Titus runs in. Kevin Steen comes out to stop him. However, Jimmy Jacobs and Cliff Compton drag Steen out of the ring. Steve Corino then gives Mark a brass knuckles assisted right hand.
Twist of Fate! 1-2-3!
Winner: “The Self-Professed Icon” Matt Hardy by pinfall (Twist of Fate)
Steen brawls with Hardy afterwards to the back. SCUM comes in and is ready to attack Mark, when Michael Elgin, BJ Whitmer & Jay Lethal run out, which leads to……..
No Rules 6-Man Tag Team Grudge Match: “Ruthless” Rhett Titus, “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs & “Mr. 1859” Cliff Compton (SCUM) vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, “The Buzzsaw” BJ Whitmer & Jay Lethal (ROH)
The ROH Team takes the early lead. They barely feel the effects of a triple suplex and give the members of S.C.U.M. stereo delayed vertical suplexes. Lethal dropkicks Jacobs to the floor and suicide dives after him. Meanwhile Elgin and Whitmer send Compton and Titus into the barricades. The fight spills out into the crowd. Lethal and Jacobs are the first ones back in the ring. Lethal hits him with a back handspring elbow. Jacobs goes for the Contra Code. Lethal throws him off and superkicks him out of the ring. Titus comes in and clotheslines Lethal out. Whitmer tries for an exploder suplex. Titus fights out but gets caught off the ropes with the exploder anyhow. Compton does the deal with a Falcon Arrow. Elgin backfists Compton off the apron. Jacobs gives Elgin the Contra Code on the ring apron and lands onto everybody on the floor. In the ring he drops Lethal with an Inward Ace Crusher. Elgin catches Jacobs mid-senton. Lethal and Whitmer boot him into Elgin’s short arm lariat. Titus breaks the pin. Elgin Samoan drops Compton and fallaway slams Titus at the same time. Jacobs hits Elgin with a chair to stop him from giving Titus a powerbomb. Elgin feels no effects and grabs the chair. Compton kicks it into his face. Whitmer attempts to fight everybody off. When he tries to powerbomb Titus, Jacobs drops him in a reverse Frankensteiner. Lethal then comes in to fight S.C.U.M. by himself. He sends Jacobs into Compton, then DDT’s Jacobs and gives Titus a Complete Shot simultaneously. With them down, he tries for the Lethal Injection. Jacobs hits Lethal with a chair as he hits the ropes.
F-Cinq by Compton on Lethal! 1-2-3!
Winners: SCUM by pinfall (F-Cinq)
SCUM celebrates afterward while Elgin & Whitmer berate Lethal for losing.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title: “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards vs. Jay Briscoe (c)
Bobby Fish joins commentary for this match. Jay and Edwards fight for control. Edwards holds onto a side headlock. Jay escapes and catches him coming off the ropes with a headscissors. Edwards comes off the second rope with a Frankensteiner. He looks for the Achilles Lock but Jay rolls him up for two. Edwards reapplies the side headlock. Jay delivers a right hand. He headbutts Edwards and forearms him down in the corner. Jay gets two with a legdrop. Edwards gives Jay a chinbreaker and throws a chop. He sends Jay to the floor and then suicide dives onto him. Back in the ring he rolls Jay into a chinlock. He then puts Jay in the surfboard stretch. Jay kicks out when Edwards leans him back onto his shoulders. Jay throws some jabs. A headbutt and big boot take Edwards off of his feet. Jay gets two with a suplex. He goes to the second rope. Edwards catches him with a gamengiri and hits the Chin Checker for two. He goes for the Achilles Lock. Jay counters with a small package. He tries the Jay Driller. Edwards counters into a Backslide leading into a series of pinfall attempts. That leads them trading chops. Both of them spill to the floor when Jay tries for a suplex. They trade forearms once they get to their feet. Realizing they’re close to a double count out they slide back into the ring. They boot each other simultaneously seven times. Jay throws a few more boots. Edwards superkicks him. Edwards flips out of a German suplex attempt and rolls Jay into the Achilles Lock. Jay crawls to the ropes. Both men slug it out back and forth.
Out of nowhere, Jay Driller by Jay! 1-2-3!
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: Jay Briscoe by pinfall (Jay Driller)
Jay & Eddie go to adhere to the Code of Honor when SCUM comes out. Corino says that Jay has one more defense until Matt Hardy becomes the next and final World Champion and when he wins and SCUM wins Steel Cage Warfare, ROH will BURN!
Hope you all enjoyed the Live and Let Die recap. Up next will be recaps of ROH Reclamation Nights 1 and 2 from July 12 and July 13.
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