Adam Page vs. KUSHIDA
Chain wrestling in the early going, KUSHIDA with a shoulder tackle. KUSHIDA shows off his agility, hits a dropkick on Page. Cartwheel dropkick by KUSHIDA sends Page to the outside. Page avoids a slingshot plancha. KUSHIDA sent into the apron. Page begins working over KUSHIDA. Chops, KUSHIDA fights back. Chinlock applied by Page, crowd wills on KUSHIDA. Page misses a clothesline, but hits a snap slam for a close nearfall. KUSHIDA driven into the corner. Page with shoulders, back suplex for a nearfall. Armbar applied by Page, crowd again wills on KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA fights out, but Page with a knee. KUSHIDA hits a kick & an enziguri. Springboard chop, followed by a hiptoss from KUSHIDA. Handspring elbow, followed by a standing moonsault for a nearfall. Page gets knees up off a moonsault, roll-up for a nearfall. KUSHIDA with forearms, counters a suplex with an inside cradle for a nearfall. Rana for a nearfall. Exchange of roll-ups by both for nearfalls. Page with a standing shooting star press for a close nearfall. Falcon Arrow by Page for a close nearfall. Page heads up top, leaps over KUSHIDA, runs into a forearm. Capoeira Kick by KUSHIDA, followed by the Buzzsaw Kick for a VERY close nearfall.
Backbreaker by KUSHIDA, followed by the Midnight Express to get the win.
Winner: KUSHIDA by pinfall (Midnight Express)
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament 1st Round Match: “The Last Real Man in Pro Wrestling” Silas Young vs. “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa
Trash talk from these two in the beginning. They go to the outside off a lock-up. Referee finally breaks them up. Silas with right hands, Ciampa comes back with a roll-up for a nearfall. Shoulder tackle, followed by an elbow drop as Silas dropped down. Chain wrestling, but Silas hits a back suplex. Silas stomps away, Ciampa sent into the corner. Ciampa comes back with a boot for a nearfall. Ciampa pulls at the mustache of Silas. Running forearm, followed by a basement Blockbuster. More pulling of the mustache. Down comes the kneepad, but Silas with a clothesline. Running boot while Ciampa’s head was on the middle turnbuckle. Both block each other’s suplex attempts. Strike exchange on the apron, Ciampa with a knee. Silas suplexes Ciampa off the apron! Ref begins the 20 count. Both get back in at the count of 15. Headbutt exchange from their knees. More trash talk as they get to their feet. Silas misses a clothesline, Dragon Suplex by Ciampa for a nearfall. Kneepad comes down again, but Silas dropkicks it. Roll-up for a nearfall. Silas with the backbreaker/clothesline combo for a nearfall. Finlay Roll, but Ciampa kicks Silas as he was doing a headstand on the top rope. Ciampa lifts up Silas and goes up the ropes. Silas gets free, knocks Ciampa off. Ciampa catches Silas and slams him for a nearfall. Silas slips out of Project Ciampa, strike exchange. Rolling forearm and a spinning back elbow by Ciampa. Silas hot-shots Ciampa and hits a clothesline, but Ciampa pops right up and he & Silas go nose-to-nose.
Ciampa misses a clothesline, but catches Silas and this time hits Project Ciampa to advance in the tournament.
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa by pinfall (Project Ciampa)
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament 1st Round Match: Michael Bennett w/”The 1st Lady of ROH” Maria Kanellis vs. “The Buzzsaw” BJ Whitmer
Bennett goes to attack Whitmer before the bell, but Whitmer saw it coming. BJ hits the Exploder for a close nearfall. Bennett to the outside, BJ wipes him out with a tope suicida. Big chops by Whitmer, suplex on the outside! BJ breaks the ref’s count. Back in, BJ stomps away. Back elbow for 1. Bennett comes back with a drop toe hold. Bennett to the outside, dropkick to Whitmer. Whitmer driven into the apron. Running Boot, Bennett breaks the ref’s count. Another running boot. Slam, then Maria gives Bennett a smooch. Back in, Bennett gets a nearfall. Running corner clothesline, BJ avoids a 2nd charge, Bennett crotched in the turnbuckles. BJ with a series of chops. Back suplex for a nearfall. Bennett comes back with a spinebuster for a nearfall. Knee drops to the back of Whitmer’s neck. Chinlock applied & Maria likes what she sees. Crowd wills on Whitmer. Bennett trash talks, BJ with a big right hand. Strike exchange. Whitmer avoids a clothesline, then he & Bennett clothesline each other, both are down. Maria takes her shoe off, throws the other to Bennett. Ref is with Maria, but Nigel spots it and has the ref eject Maria. Maria refuses, but Nigel carries her to the back while smacking her tush. Bennett is in pursuit of Nigel, but BJ dives off the top, wiping out Bennett. Back in, Whitmer with clotheslines, snap slam for a nearfall. BJ fires up, running knee, followed by a snap/Northern Lights combo for a nearfall. Bennett comes back with a jawbreaker, Photo Finish for a close nearfall. BJ comes back with the Spinning Fisherman/Fisherman combo for another close nearfall. They go to the apron, Bennett blocks the Exploder.
Bennett then does the infamous Piledriver to Whitmer on the apron. Ref stops the match, awards Bennett the win and to advance.
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: Michael Bennett via referee stoppage
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament 1st Round Match: “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong vs. Ring of Honor Television Champion Matt Taven w/Truth Martini & The Hoopla Hotties (Scarlett Bordeaux & Seleziya Spark)
Before the bell, Nigel says that Hoopla Hottie Scarlett does not have the proper manager license, so she must sit by Nigel at ringside. Strong & Truth Martini shake hands before the bell. Scarlett tries to reason with Nigel, but to no avail. Chain wrestling early, then Taven regroups with the H.O.T. Back in, both go up & over, Strong hits a dropkick. BIG chops, backbreaker for a nearfall. More chops by Strong, Martini pulls at the leg. However, Strong with a roll-up for a nearfall. Dropkick, followed by a suplex for a nearfall. BTW, Hoopla Hottie Seleziya is being referred to as a bodyguard, to which Kevin Kelly on commentary compares her to Big Bubba Rogers. Ok….Taven sent into the corner. Again, Martini grabs the leg, allowing Taven to hit a springboard enziguri. Martini does a victory lap. Strong sent off the commentary table. Back in, Taven with right hands from the mount, taunts the crowd. Taven chokes Strong. Delayed vertical and a kip-up by Taven. Springboard corkscrew senton for a nearfall. Taven goes after the leg of Strong. Strong counters with a roll-up for a nearfall. Taven comes back with a dropkick for a nearfall. Taven chokes Strong again. Strong fights back. Taven pushes himself off the corner to avoid Strong, enziguri for a nearfall. Martini complains to Nigel about Scarlett. Sit-out gourdbuster by Taven. Taven heads up top, Strong gets the knees up off a moonsault. Taven runs into a boot. Chops by Strong. Strong with a sit-out clothesline, Black Tornado Slam for a nearfall. Running knee, running forearm, but Taven with a boot. Strong with a backdrop. Taven clotheslined to the outside, Strong with a baseball slide. Seleziya distracts the ref, Martini hits Strong with the Book of Truth. Nigel saw this, goes to talk to Martini. Taven goes to hit Strong with a boot, Nigel moves him out of the way, Taven hits Martini! Strong lifts up Taven torture-rack style, drops him across the apron. Strong gains a nearfall. Taven comes back with a spin kick. Taven runs into a boot and an enziguri. Cyclone Kick by Taven, followed by Angels Wings for a close nearfall. Taven heads up top, Strong stops him with an enziguri. BIG Superplex for a nearfall. Strong Hold, Taven to the ropes. Taven comes back with an Ego Trip variation. Taven heads up top, Air Taven for a close nearfall. Strong counters the Climax with 2 backbreakers.
Sick Kick, followed by the End of Heartache to advance Strong in the tournament.
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: Roderick Strong by pinfall (End of Heartache)
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament 1st Round Match: “The Intrepid Traveler” Paul London vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
Elgin wants a Test of Strength early. London hits a headscissors. Elgin shows off his power. Roll-up by London for a nearfall. Elgin blocks a rana. Elgin sent to the outside. Back in, London with a dropkick, Elgin with a BIG shoulder tackle. Jumping knee by London, dropkicks the knee. Basement dropkick by London for a nearfall. Elgin catches a London springboard crossbody. London slips out of the Oklahoma Stampede. Elgin counters a springboard with a powerslam for a nearfall. BIG chop by Elgin. Set your watches, folks. Delayed vertical for a minute for a nearfall. London comes back with a jawbreaker. Elgin with 2 backbreakers and a slam. Elgin heads up top, London avoids the corkscrew senton. Elgin catches a London charge with an STO. They go onto the apron. London blocks a back suplex. London to the 2nd rope, ranas Elgin to the outside! Back in, springboard dropkick by London. Spinning heel kick, Elgin blocks a Sunset flip. London avoids a butt drop, Elgin avoids a head kick, London with a standing moonsault for a nearfall. Elgin comes back with a pump kick. London counters a German, Victory Roll for a nearfall. Elgin with the Black Hole Slam for a nearfall. Deadlift German for a nearfall. London avoids the Buckle Bomb. London with a double stomp, appears to hurt his leg. Strike exchange, Elgin gains advantage. Discus forearm, London with an enziguri. Rolling elbow to the back of the head by Elgin. London comes back with a dropkick. Flip dive & a mushroom stomp wipes out Elgin. Back in, London gains a close nearfall. London heads up top, Elgin stops him. London with headbutts, Elgin blocks a Sunset Bomb. Elgin counters a springboard with a BIG dropkick, London to the outside. Elgin pulls him onto the apron, deadlift superplex for a close nearfall. Buckle Bomb, London counters the Elgin Bomb, Reverse Rana! London heads up top, London Calling for a VERY close nearfall. London & Elgin go back up top. Elgin counters a Super Rana with a Super Elgin Bomb!
Spinning Backfist, Buckle Bomb, Revolution Elgin Bomb advances Elgin in the tournament. What a match!
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: Michael Elgin by pinfall (Revolution Elgin Bomb)
Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Adrenaline RUSH (TD Thomas & “The Last Hero” ACH) vs. The C & C Wrestlefactory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
The Bucks refuse to shake hands before the bell. TD & Cedric start. Exchange of roll-ups for nearfalls. Both miss kicks, stalemate. Bucks attack TD & Cedric. Double dropkick to Caprice. Gutbuster/Flipping Neckbreaker combo to ACH. Bucks do some air guitar. Cedric & TD dropkick the Bucks to the outside. TD goes to dive, Cedric with a dropkick. Cedric wipes out the Bucks with a flip dive. TD avoids a Cedric springboard, Capoeira Kick. ACH in, Dropkick/Flatliner combo by Adrenaline RUSH for a nearfall. Leaping Knee drop for a nearfall. Caprice in, Assisted Leg Lariat by C & C for a nearfall. Matt Jackson blind tags in. ACH shows off his agility, hits a rana. TD in, Matt stops a double team. ACH backflips to the outside to avoid Matt, but Nick drills him with a superkick. TD to the apron, Bucks with the backflip headscissors/dropkick combo sending TD to the outside. Everyone knocked down, Bucks in control. Bucks begin taking over on TD. Nick in, slingshot senton to TD. Bucks making quick tags, working over the arm of TD. Matt in, handspring back rake to TD. TD fights back from underneath. Nick in, Buckle Bomb/Enziguri Combo, everyone breaks up the pin. TD avoids a Bucks double team, but Nick pulls ACH off the apron. Caprice in, flying clothesline to Nick. Axe kick to Matt. Spinning Heel Kick/Moonsault Combo by Caprice on the Bucks. Cedric with a sit-out full nelson facebuster on Matt. Top Rope Leg Drop by Caprice for a nearfall. Cedric in, but Matt crotches him. ACH in, discus slap. Pump kick/Tiger suplex combo by Adrenaline RUSH. Series of kicks to Cedric. New School Big Bossman by ACH, followed by the slingshot corkscrew Ace Crusher, Bucks break it up. TD takes out everyone except Nick with a springboard moonsault. Nick goes to dive, but ACH stops him. ACH wipes out everyone with Air Jordan. Cedric blocks the slingshot Ace Crusher, Paradise Kick to ACH. Bucks in, #SuperkickParty to TD & ACH. Caprice with a double rana on Bucks. Running dropkick by Cedric to ACH. Matt stops Caprice from going up top. Caprice prevents More Bang for your Buck.
C & C hit Overtime on Matt, but at the same time, ACH nails Cedric with the Best 450 Ever to get the win.
Winners: Adrenaline RUSH by pinfall (The Best 450 Ever)
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament 1st Round Match: Brian Kendrick vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen
Kendrick with shots to the leg of Steen to start. Steen tries to take down Kendrick, but he quickly gets to the ropes. Steen showing off some technical ability in the early going, uncharacteristic of him. Steen doesn’t go down off a shoulder tackle. Kendrick tries again to no avail, but then rolls up Steen for 1. Steen with a shoulder tackle and a dropkick. Kendrick to the outside. Kendrick takes his time to regroup. He gets back in, but then goes right back out. Steen goes after him and the chase is on. Steen avoids a plancha, Kendrick blocks the apron powerbomb. They fight on the apron, Sliced Bread #2 by Kendrick on the apron! Back in, Kendrick with a basement dropkick for a nearfall. Camel Clutch variation applied. Steen tries to break it, but Kendrick holds on. Steen then drops backward, driving his body weight onto Kendrick to finally break the hold. Strike exchange, Steen with a clothesline. Pumphandle Neckbreaker by Steen for a nearfall. Kendrick avoids a charge, hits a dropkick. Jawbreaker, Kendrick with a DVD from the corner for a nearfall. Steen blocks being suplexed back in the ring. Steen with a Sunset flip back in, Kendrick blocks a Sharpshooter. Kendrick counters a catapult in the corner, hits a 2nd Rope Tornado DDT for a nearfall. Steen blocks Sliced Bread #2, F-Cinq for a close nearfall. Kendrick slips out of the Package Piledriver, hits a superkick. Steen again avoids Sliced Bread, Sleeper Suplex for another close nearfall. Kendrick uses the ref as a shield to avoid the Cannonball. Low blow by Kendrick after the ref was shoved aside. Steen comes back with a Chokeslam, followed by this time the Cannonball.
Sharpshooter applied, Kendrick taps, Steen advances.
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: Kevin Steen by submission (Sharpshooter)
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament Quarter-Final Match: Jay Lethal vs. “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole
Chain wrestling in the early going. Cole with a shoulder tackle. Exchange of takedowns. Lethal with a chop, then blocks La Magistral. Cole continues to utilize the side headlock, with many takedowns. Cole slips out of a back suplex, then blocks a hiptoss. Lethal hits a hiptoss, Cole avoids one dropkick, but does not avoid a second as Lethal connects for a 1 count. Backbreaker by Lethal for 1. Chops, forearm exchange. Back suplex by Lethal for a nearfall. Cole fights out of a chinlock, blocks a kick. Leaping neckbreaker by Cole for a nearfall. Snap suplex for another nearfall. Slam and a front elbow for another nearfall. Chinlock applied. Lethal counters a German with a roll-up for a nearfall. Lethal blocks a superkick, snapmare into a reverse DDT for a nearfall. Kondo Clutch applied. Lethal lifts Cole up with his legs, but Cole counters out into the Figure Four. Lethal gets to the ropes. Forearms by Cole. Cole drops to the outside, enziguri to Lethal. Lethal comes back with a springboard dropkick, then wipes out Cole with a tope suicida. Ref begins his 20 count. Both Cole & Lethal roll back in at 15. Staredown and a forearm exchange. Lethal with a flurry of strikes. Cole comes back with a Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Cole heads up top, Lethal stops him. Cole blocks a superplex, Sunset Bomb. Shining Wizard by Cole for a nearfall. Lethal slips out of a suplex. Lethal Combination for a nearfall. Lethal heads up top, Cole stops him. Lethal blocks a superplex, Cole knocked off. Cole avoids a dropkick, Lethal counters out of the Figure Four, inside cradle for a nearfall. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection, Cole catches him off the handspring with a superkick. Brainbuster across the knee for a close nearfall. Lethal comes back with a jawbreaker, Cole with an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall. Lethal blocks a superkick, Cole with an enziguri. Lethal with 2 superkicks, heads up top. Hail to the King for a nearfall. Lethal can’t even lift up Cole. Cole played possum, though, superkick. Superkick to the back of the head by Cole, Lethal blocks the Florida Key, in-ring Lethal Injection for a close nearfall. They go up top, Cole slips out, superkicks the leg of Lethal. Cole up top. Super German!
Superkick, Florida Key to advance Cole to the semis.
Winner and advancing to the semi-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: Adam Cole by pinfall (The Florida Key)
Before the main event, we see a promo from Paul London putting over Michael Elgin, saying he thinks Elgin will be the next ROH Champ.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles: The American Wolves (“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards) vs. The Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) (c’s)
Wolves with new ring jackets, with what looks to be faux wolf fur on the jacket. Pre-match intros for this match. EVERYONE IS WEARING RED RING TIGHTS!! Former partners Romero & Richards will start. Chain wrestling early. Both avoid each other’s kick attempts, stalemate. Richards goes for a right hand, but Romero begs off. Romero uses that to hit a dropkick. This time, Davey begs off when Romero charges. Richards kisses Romero’s feet in begging off! Romero stomps on Richards’s hand. Hooligans ping-pong Davey. Slingshot splash by Koslov for a nearfall. Richards comes back with a headbutt. Edwards in, multiple headbutts to Koslov. BIG chop, Koslov with a backslide for a nearfall. Another chop by Edwards. Series of evasions, Koslov with a dropkick, Edwards to the outside. Richards comes in, boot to Koslov. Koslov avoids a Richards clothesline, wipes out Edwards with a flip dive. Romero fakes out Davey with a spidey move in the ropes. Richards to the outside, Romero wipes him out with a flying knee. Back in, Koslov on the attack on Eddie. Neckbreaker across the rope. Koslov with a surfboard in the ropes, Romero traps Richards in an Octopus. Romero goes nuts on the official. Romero in, FOREVER Clotheslines to Edwards. Koslov gets mad at Romero for not letting him clothesline Edwards. HOOLIGANS IMPLODE? Hooligans set to fight each other while Davey cheers it on. However, Hooligans decide to “hug it out”. Edwards avoids a double team, rana to Koslov. Superkick to the knee of Romero, followed by a Shining Wizard.
Richards in, snap suplex to Romero for a nearfall. Edwards in, Wolves with a double elbow, Koslov knocked off the apron. Romero sent off the head of Richards. Richards in, double headbutt by the Wolves. Richards with the Trailer Hitch applied. DAVEY HIP SWIVEL, then turns Romero over into a pinning predicament for a nearfall. Edwards in, surfboard applied to Romero. Koslov again knocked off the apron, Richards with a basement dropkick to Romero while he was in the surfboard for a nearfall. Romero sends Richards to the outside, Edwards prevents him from making a tag. Richards pulls Koslov off the apron. Romero to the outside, Richards whips him into the barricade. Back in, Edwards gains a nearfall while Richards mouths off to the crowd. Richards in, chest kicks to Romero. Richards stops himself, does a “NO”. Romero fights back, but Richards with a Tequila Sunrise. Ref is with Koslov, Edwards with a chinlock on Richards to put more pressure on Romero. Edwards in, Romero slips out of a double team. Richards accidentally enziguris Edwards, Romero with a heel kick to Richards.
Koslov in, springboard crossbody to Richards. Koslov with a headscissors to Edwards. Koslov avoids a Richards charge, springboard dropkick. Enziguri to Edwards. Romero tosses Koslov the Russian hat. Kozak Kicks to Edwards, followed by a double stomp for a nearfall. Running forearm. Corkscrew suplex by Koslov for a nearfall. Edwards runs into a knee, but hits an enziguri. Chin Checker for a nearfall. Richards in, runs into a boot, but hits a backdrop. Running forearm, followed by a series of kicks. Eternal Dream for a nearfall. Richards puts on Koslov’s hat. Slam, then Richards elbow drops the hat. Koslov avoids the double stomp and a charge. Hesitation dropkick by Koslov. Richards avoids a Hooligans double team. Wolves apply stereo Ankle/Achilles Locks on the Hooligans. Hooligans counter into inside cradles for a nearfall. Romero counters the Alarm Clock with a rana on Richards. Tornado DDT by Koslov on Edwards. Richards counters the Battering Knee Ram with a heel kick on Romero. Head kick to Koslov. Koslov with a German on Richards, but Richards pops up and hits a double stomp. Edwards & Romero get tags in. Strike exchange. Edwards with chops, Romero with an uppercut. Missile dropkick while Edwards draped across the top rope for a nearfall. Koslov in, Battering Knee Ram to the Wolves. Doomsday Knee to Edwards for a close nearfall.
“Tag Team Wrestling” chants by the crowd. Edwards avoids a double team, Dragon Screw to Koslov, then one to Romero while he was in the ropes. Richards wants a tag as he wants to re-create what he did to Paul London at Border Wars. Crowd chants “NO”. Richards takes too much time, Koslov stops him. Edwards to the outside. Koslov up top, puts Richards on his shoulders. Romero with a super rana while Richards was on Koslov’s shoulders! Shooting Star Press by Koslov for a VERY close nearfall. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Edwards again to the outside, but he stops the Contract Killer with a dropkick to Romero. Tombstone/Kick Combo by the Wolves on Koslov. Edwards with a superkick to Romero. Wolves with a sandwich kick. Front-Plex by Edwards, Wolves both up top. Mushroom Stomp by Edwards, Double Stomp by Richards for a nearfall. Koslov prevents a Wolves double team, then Romero avoids another sandwich kick and the Wolves kick each other’s shins! Romero rolls up Richards for a close nearfall. Romero with slaps to the Wolves. Wolves with the Alarm Clock. Richards wipes out Koslov with a tope suicida. Romero with a leaping knee to Edwards, but Edwards with a lariat.
Powerbomb/Top Rope Backstabber Combo by the Wolves wins them the titles!
Winners and NEW Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions: The American Wolves by pinfall (Powerbomb/Top Rope Backstabber Combo)
The Wolves celebrate their title win as we go to credits.
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