ROH Best In The World iPPV Results
New York City
Report by: Jason “JerseyViper” Namako, Wrestleview VIP Member
Hello everyone, this is the resident SNAKEEEEEEE of Wrestleview, JerseyViper, here with your 2011 Ring of Honor Best In The World iPPV recap. This is the 1st iPPV under the new ownership of Sinclair Broadcasting, and the 1st iPPV to take place on a Sunday afternoon, hailing from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Now, on to the show.
Kevin Kelly, Jim Cornette, and Dave Prazak welcomed us to the show. Sold out crowd in New York City with a huge walk up reported. Cornette thanked the fans for being the biggest crowd in ROH history and the most watched ROH iPPV in ROH history, according to preliminary reports. Cornette brings up the TV debut in September and to all the haters to kiss his ass. Crowd starts a loud “ROH” chant.
Match Number One: ECWA Super 8 Winner “The Project” Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Embassy vs Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana
Referee Todd Sinclair calls for the Code of Honor and Ciampa refuses. Crowd is behind Cabana. Cabana does his usual comedy to throw CIampa off his game. Cabana then goes to work on the leg but his stopped by Ciampa. Roll up by Cabana for 2. Cabana stomps on the hands of Prince Nana but is hotshotted by Ciampa. CIampa gets a 2 count after a dropkick. Double underhook suplex gets a nearfall for Ciampa. Both men exchange right hands and Cabana is sent to the corner. Ciampa rains down stomps and scores with the running knee to the head. Ciampa with boots and right hand shots to Cabana. Snapmare takeover and a chinlock applied by Ciampa as the crowd gets behind Colt. Cabana fights out and goes for the springboard moonsault but Ciampa gets the knees up. Mule kick by Cabana and a snake eyes to reel Ciampa. Cabana with the flip-flop-and fly to Ciampa and a running butt smash for a close 2. Ciampa blocks a Cabana kick and a German Suplex while Cabana was in the ropes for a 2 count. Waistlock countered by Cabana who applies the Billy Goat’s Curse but Ciampa reaches the ropes. Project Ciampa by Ciampa scores him the victory.
Winner: “The Project” Tommaso CIampa by pinfall(Project Ciampa)
Match Number Two: Jay Lethal vs “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans
Bennett comes out with sunglasses as Kevin Kelly points out he has Hollywood aspirations in mind. Lethal comes out to a loud reaction from the fans. “Welcome Back’ and “F TNA” chants from the fans to Lethal. Bennett refuses the Code of Honor to start things. Loud “Randy Savage” chants as Lethal does a little Black Machismo before locking up with Bennett. Bennett mocks Lethal and then a shoulder knockdown by Bennett. Lethal with hard knife edge chops and the combo hip toss/dropkick for a 2 count. Lethal with a slingshot headscissors and a dropkick that sends Bennett to the floor. Lethal goes out after him with the running tope to the floor. Both men back to the ring but Bennett distracts the referee as Evans with a side slam to Lethal across the ring apron. Bennett off the apron turns Lethal inside out with a leaping clothesline as the crowd puts major heat on Bennett. Lethal rolled back to the ring as Bennett scores a nearfall. Bennett with straight right hands to Lethal and a delayed vertical suplex for another nearfall. Bennett with a seated surfboard applied to Lethal as crowd tries to get him back into the match. Lethal tries to counter but is stopped as Bennett keeps the hold applied. Lethal fights back with shots. Bennett misses a clothesline and Lethal with a handspring elbow. Lethal with a heel kick off the 2nd rope for a close nearfall. Lethal goes up top but Evans stops him while the referee was with Bennett. Both men up top as Bennett with a superplex for another close nearfall. Bennett goes up top as Evans pleads with him not to. Bennett misses the elbow. Lethal with a superkick and goes back up top and hits the top rope elbow to get the victory.
Winner: Jay Lethal by pinfall(Top Rope Elbow)
Match Number Three in a No Holds Barred Barrio Street Fight: “The War Machine” Rhino vs “The Notorious 187” Homicide
Homicide with right hands to start things off. Rhino with a shoulderblock but Homicide with a headscissors to send Rhino to the floor. Homicide with the tope con hijo to Rhino on the floor. Homicide only gets a 1 count. Rhino with a flapjack and punts him in the ribs, but misses with a slingshot crossbody to the floor, as Homicide moved out of the way. Rhino goes head-first off the timekeeper’s table. Homicide sets up for a piledriver, but Rhino backdrops him off the apron and thru the table. Rhino gets a ladder from underneath the ring and places it inside the ring. Homicide with right hand shots and bites at Rhino’s ear. Homicide chases after Nana but is caught by Rhino, who sends him hard to the barricade. Rhino rolls him back into the ring and picks up the ladder. Rhino drives the ladder ribs first to Homicide. Rhino goes for a suplex but is countered and Homicide suplexes Rhino onto the ladder. Ladder is placed into the corner and Rhino hiptosses Homicide onto the ladder. Homicide favors his shoulder as Rhino gorilla-presses him ribs first onto the ladder. Homicide rakes the eyes and lays in an uppercut. Homicide with a drop toe hold sending Rhino face first to the middle turnbuckle. Homicide with a shoulder tackle off the 2nd rope for a nearfall. Rhino blocks the lariat and scores with the Rhino Driver, but only gets 2. Crowd with “F You Rhino” chants, and Rhino eggs them on. Rhino places Homicide on the turnbuckles. Rhino goes for a superplex but Homicide blocks it. Rhino goes off the turnbuckles but gets the knees up after a Homicide splash. Homicide counters the Gore and scores with the Gringo Cutter, but only for a nearfall. Homicide goes outside and gets a table from underneath the ring. Crowd chants “We Want Fire’. Rhino props up the table in the corner to set up Homicide for something, but Homicide blocks it. Rhino with the belly to belly and sets up for the Gore. Rhino goes for the Gore but Homicide counters with a Sunset Flip for the victory.
Winner: “The Notorious 187” Homicide by pinfall(Sunset Flip)
Homicide goes after Prince Nana but Rhino nails him with the Gore through the propped up table in the corner. Officials come to check on Homicide as Nana and Rhino leave. Homicide is bleeding from the mouth as officials help him to the back.
Match Number Four: “The Trouble King” Steve Corino w/Jimmy Jacobs vs “The Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini
Corino out with a new robe and crowd chants “We Want Steen”. Corino cuts a promo talking about his road to recovery. He thanks the fans for believing in him when all the other wrestlers don’t. Crowd chants “Mr. Wrestling” for Steen. Corino introduces Steen, who is the balcony and gets a huge reaction. Officials come to stop him as the crowd chants “Let Him Stay” and Steen receives a loud “Mr. Wrestling” chant from the crowd. Steen leaves through the crowd and the crowd begins a loud “BS” chant. Elgin attacks Corino to begin the match. Forearm strikes by both as Corino with the Colby Shock. Corino with a heel kick and running chop to Elgin. Corino with a slap but Elgin fires back with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Back suplex by Corino but Elgin gets back up. Corino with the abdominal stretch and applies the “thumb in the bum”. Elgin to the outside as Corino goes for a suicide dive but is caught by Elgin, who delivers the Michigan Stampede twice on Corino, sending him to the barricade. Corino barely makes it back in as Jacobs tries to will him in the match. Corino tries to fight back but Elgin with more shoulders. Corino goes for the Colby Shock but is stopped. Elgin with a Northern Lights Suplex with a bridge for a nearfall. Elgin sets up for the Package Piledriver, but Corino with a backdrop to counter. Corino charges, but goes shoulder first to the ringpost. Elgin with the Boston Crab applied in the corner and rains in 2 splashes. Elgin goes for a third, but Corino with a clothesline. Corino goes for the Eternal Dream, but Martini grabs his foot. Jacobs gets a hold of Martini and Corino rolls up Elgin for a 2 count. Corino with a running knee strike but Elgin with a TKO, a superkick, and a delayed vertical suplex to Corino. Powerbomb by Elgin, but Corino kicks out. Jacobs and the crowd try to get Corino back into the match. Buckle Bomb by Elgin and the Spiral Bomb for the victory.
Winner: “The Unbreakable” Michael Elgin by pinfall(Spiral Bomb)
Elgin continues the attack on Corino but Jacobs comes in to try and help out. Martini nails Jacobs with the Book of Truth as Martini & Elgin continue the attack on Corino & Jacobs. Elgin powerbombs Jacobs as Steen comes thru the crowd and attacks Elgin . Steen with a powerbomb to Elgin. Martini nails Steen with the Book of Truth, but it doesn’t faze Steen, who nails Martini with a superkick, sending him to the outside. Officials try again to remove Steen from the ring, but Corino pleads with him to let Steen say this peace. Crowd chants “Let Him Talk”. Steen takes the mic and goes to apologize, but instead says “My name is Kevin Steen, and F ROH!”. Steen nails Jacobs and hits Corino with the Package Piledriver. Officials send Steen away as Cornette proclaims that this will be the last time you see Kevin Steen in ROH and he doesn’t care what the fans want. Corino lies motionless as Grizzly Redwood and other wrestlers come out and try to help.
Match Number Five for the ROH TV Title: “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels(c) w/Truth Martini vs “The Generic Luchador” El Generico
Daniels with a knee strike and stomps to begin things. Daniels with a heel kick and digs in his boot in the face of Generico. Generico with chops and armdrags that sends Daniels to the floor. Daniels is sent hard to the barricade. Daniels breaks the 20 count, Daniels goes to send Generico to the barricade, but Generico counters with a moonsault off the barricade. Daniels goes shoulder first to the ringpost. Daniels tries to beg off but Generico slaps him. Generico with the 10 punches but Daniels rakes the eyes and scores with a clothesline. Daniels chokes Generico with his boot in the corner and again across the middle ropes. Daniels with the running butt across the back and does a Jarrett strut as the crowd chants “F TNA”. Daniels with a running knee as the crowd tries to get Generico back into the crowd. Daniels with a hotshot. Daniels does his own chant with “I still got it”. Daniels continues to taunt the fans as Generico tries to recover. Sunset flip by Generico gets a nearfall. Daniels with a headscissors across the ropes choking Generico. Daniels scores a 2 count as he continues to taunt the fans. Daniels applies a chinlock as the crowd chants “Ole’ for Generico. Daniels with a slam and the Arabian Press, but only gets a 2 count. Daniels with more chops for Generico, but Generico fights back. Generico with clotheslines and sidesteps Daniels to the outside. Generico with a flip dive onto Daniels on the outside. Back in the ring, Generico up top and a high crossbody gets Generico a close nearfall. Generico with a Blue Thunder Bomb for another nearfall. Generico goes for the Half & Half, but Daniels counters with the Flatliner into the Koji Clutch. Generico gets his foot on the ropes to break the hold. Daniels with a jawbreaker and enziguri. Daniels goes for the Angels Wings, but Generico with a backdrop to counter. Daniels hits the Last Rites on Generico for a very close nearfall. Daniels with forearms to Generico, who is barely on his feet. Both men exchange right hands, and Daniels lays in repeated headbutts. Generico goes for the brainbuster, but is countered with a palm strike. Generico with a boot to the face and goes for the brainbuster, but is countered again. Yakuza Kick and Brainbuster scores for Generico, but Daniels manages to kick out. Genrico places Daniels on the turnbuckles for the tree of woe. Generico nails the flipping Coast to Coast, but Daniels gets his hands on the ropes to break up the pin attempt. Both men on the apron and Generico goes for the brainbuster on the apron, but Daniels counters and sends him crashing to the barricade. Daniels nails Generico with the Brainbuster on the outside and goes back into the ring. Sinclair starts the count as Daniels places the TV Belt across his waist, confident that he has the match won. Generico somehow gets back in, and Daniels can’t believe it. Daniels talks trash to Generico, as the crowd gets behind him. Urnange by Daniels, but misses the BME, Best Moonsault Ever, as Generico gets the foot up. Yakuza Kick by Generico and places Daniels on the top turnbuckle. BRAINBUSTAAAA by Generico for the 1-2-3!
Winner and NEW ROH TV Champion: “The Generic Luchador” El Generico by pinfall(Top Rope Brainbuster)
Match Number Six in a Four Way Tag Team Elimination Match for the ROH Tag Team Titles: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team(c)(Charlie Haas & “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin) vs The Briscoe Brothers(Jay & Mark) vs The Kings of Wrestling(“That Young Knockout Kid” Chris Hero & “Very European” Claudio Castangoli) w/Shane Hagadorn & “The Queen of Wrestling” Sara Del Rey vs The All Night Express(“The Pretty Boy Pitbull” Kenny King & “Addicted To Love” Rhett Titus)
Cody B. Ware, who sings the Kings of Wrestling’s entrance theme, brings them to the ring with a live performance. Briscoes come out to new music and a new look.
Titus and Haas started the match. Haas gave his hat to a kid in the front row. The crowd chanted “Little Jimmy”. Haas and Titus went back and forth trading holds. Haas caught him with a big kick. He took down Titus and began working over his leg, then tied him up on the mat. Titus slipped out and locked in a variation of an abdominal stretch. Haas hiptossed his way out of it and backdropped Titus to the apron. Titus nailed him and went for a slingshot splash but Haas pulled his knees up. Kenny King and Shelton Benjamin tagged in. They locked up. Benjamin and King went back and forth with some mat wrestling. King scored with a high dropkick. Benjamin hit him with a cross bodyblock for a two count. Haas tagged in and slammed King for another two count. One of the Briscoes took a shot at King, who fired back with right hands. King drilled Haas but Claudio blind tagged in and nailed him with a big forearm. Claudio rolled him down on the mat. He forced King into the corner and tagged in Hero. They nailed a double boot to the face. Hero drilled King with a chop. Briscoe tagged King with a punch and King fired back with a right hand once again. Hero was tagged in the process but King scored with a monkey flip and Titus drilled Hero with a dropkick. Titus and King double teamed Hero. “Let’s go Hero” chants by the fans.. Hero regained control and tagged in Claudio, who applied a side chinlock. Titus fought his way out but was shoved into the Briscoes’ corner, and Briscoes stated going to town on Titus. Haas now in and he tosses Jay out of the ring and nailed him with a pescado on the outside. Titus then hit a flip dive to the outside on to both of them. Mark looked to do a dive but was jumped by Hero and Claudio. He backdropped Claudio out of the ring and went to the top for a moonsault to the floor. King went for a dive but Hero laid him out with a running forearm, then hit a Foxbury Flop out of the ring to the floor. King then went to the top but was cut off by Claudio, who drilled him with a forearm. Claudio went for a Ricola Bomb off the top. King blocked it and all of a sudden, Benjamin leaped to the top and suplexed them both off to a big reaction by the crowd. Briscoes jumped Benjamin and began double teaming him, clearing the ring. The Briscoes then took control of the match and scored several nearfalls on Benjamin. Jay drilled him with a high knee as Benjamin rebounded off the ropes, trying to make a comeback. Jay locked in a chinlock on Benjamin, who tried to fight his way up from it but was forced back down. Jay then tagged in Hero. The Kings worked over Benjmain’s groin, making a wish many times. Claudio applied an armbar, but broke out of it and sent Claudio to the corner. Unfortunately for Benjamin, it was the corner of the Briscoes and they made the blind tag and continued the attack on Benjamin. Haas finally got the tag and unleashed a flurry of clotheslines. Rhett in but Mark caught him with an exploder suplex and Jay took his head off with a lariat. King and Jay traded blows and Jay creamed King with a running boot. Briscoes went for the Doomsday Device but Titus countered with a victory roll for a near fall. The Briscoes scored several move on Titus but Titus kept on kicking out, refusing to stay down. King then jumped into the fray as did Mark. King drilled Jay with a dropkick in the corner and hit a backbreaker. King and Titus scored with their combo backbreaker/top rope knee drop to get the win, eliminating the Briscoes first from this match. Half the crowd sang “Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” while the others were chanting “BS”.
Titus waited to see who would come in next and it was Claudio. Hero tried to attack Titus from behind but Titus nailed Hero and Claudio both with chops. Titus squared off with Benjamin, who was tagged in. Benjamin went for a dropkick but Titus held onto the ropes. Hero tagged in and nailed a back senton splash. Hero drilled Benjamin into the turnbuckles. Claudio came off with a big axehandle. Claudio locked in a Camel Clutch, but Benjamin fought out of it and scored with the Electric Chair. He tried to tag out to Haas but Claudio caught his leg and tagged in Hero. Hero nailed Haas off the apron and then started working over Benjamin on the mat. Haas tried to get in but was held back by the referee. That allowed Hero the chance to nail Benjamin with the rolling boot for a nearfall. Hero and Claudio whipped Benjamin hard into the buckles for another nearfall. Benjamin caught Claudio with a back elbow and sidestepped Hero out of the ring. Claudio tried to prevent a tag but was nailed with a kick. Benjamin went for the tag but Hero pulled Haas off the apron, stopping the tag. The Kings went for their double team boots but Benjamin nailed them and finally tagged out to King. King nailed a moonsault for a 2 count. Claudio tried to attack but was caught with a sidewalk slam. King nailed Hero with a Fisherman’s suplex for a two count. King and Titus with a series of kicks to Hero, but only gets a nearfall. Hero came back with a kick to the head and a roaring elbow for a two count on Titus. Claudio tagged in but was caught by King and Titus, who hit their combo powerbomb/springboard blockbuster, however Sara Del Rey had the referee distracted. Hero then drilled Titus with the loaded elbowpad and Claudio covered Titus to eliminate the All Night Express.
Kings of Wrestling then took control on Haas, making frequent tags and scoring several nearfalls. Haas was able to duck a move as Hero ran into Claudio, then Haas hit a release German suplex on Hero. Benjamin got the tag and nailed the Stinger Splash, then a bulldog off the ropes. Hero and Claudio stopped him however and went for a double suplex but Benjamin was able to turn it into a double DDT. Haas and Benjamin set up Hero for their double team hanging splash and connected. Haas hit the Olympic Slam for a two count. Haas charged Hero in the corner but was nailed with a high knee and a leg lariat. Claudio tagged in and covered Haas for a near fall. Claudio went for the UFO and a nailed it, but only for another nearfall. Claudio nailed the combination big swing into the Hero dropkick for another two count. The Kings went for the KRS-One but Haas escaped and Hero accidentally speared Claudio. Haas and Benjamin drilled Hero with a double Alabama slam and scored the victory.
Winners and still ROH Tag Team Champions: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team by pinfall(Double Alabama Slam)
After the match, The Briscoes returned to absolutely drill the champions with steel chair shots to the head. Hero and Claudio backed down and sat on the turnbuckles not lifting a finger to help the champions. Briscoes basically beat the hell out of the champs with chairshot after chairshot to the back. King and Titus then came back to the ring to make the save, tossing a trash can in while wielding kendo sticks. The Briscoes finally left as officials tended to the fallen champions, helping them to the back.
Match Number Seven for the ROH World Title: “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards(c) vs “The Lone Wolf” Davey Richards
Lots of mat wrestling and exchanges to begin this. Richards snapmared him over and drilled him in the back. Edwards responded in kind. Richards drilled him with a running kick to the chest. Richards nailed a snap suplex for a two count. He tied up Edwards on the map and used a Texas Cloverleaf. Edwards escaped and fought back with sit-out F5. Edwards nailed Richards with a kick and a gutwrench suplex. Edwards locked on an armbar but Richards made it to the ropes to break it. Richards fired his way out of the corner with shots but was knocked down by Edwards. Edwards drilled him with a headbutt and a kick to the face. Edwards whipped Richards into the corner but was countered and tossed up and over to the floor. Richards went for a kick off the apron, but Edwards ducked. Richards drilled him on the rebound, then hit a suicide dive to the floor. Edwards was tossed back into the ring and Richards nailed him with a missile dropkick. He charged Eddie but was kicked off, Edwards then hit a leaping enziguiri. Richards rolled him into the cross arm breaker but Edwards escaped. Edwards was hoisted to the top rope, where Richards went for a superplex. They exhanged brutal headbutts back and forth. Richards was sent to the mat but rebounded with a leaping kick. He nailed a superplex and then pulled him back into the cross arm breaker. Edwards broke the move and turned it into a Boston Crab. Richards made it to the ropes and they drilled each other with slaps. Richards drilled Edwards with another kick to the chest. He went for a handspring elbow but was caught and tossed over the ropes to the floor, landing badly on his face. Edwards nailed a running knee to the face. Richards cut him off but was caught with a fisherman’s buster for two count. Edwards was favoring his arm, but chopped Richards with the other one. Richards came back and nailed a hard knee to Edwards’ bad arm. Edwards fought back but was caught with a rolling cross armbreaker. Edwards slipped out and stomped away on Richards, who fired back and caught him with the cross armbreaker once again. Edwards then nailed Richards with a hard kick to the back, sending him to the floor. Edwards scored with a moonsault to the floor, crashing into Richards and unfortunately, his leg against the guardrail. Back inside the ring, Edwards creamed Richards with a missile dropkick. Richards fought back and chopped away at Edwards. Edwards then caught him with a back suplex for a two count. They exchanged many strikes and forearms, with both men refusing to go down. Finally, Edwards drilled Richards with a flying knee to send him to the mat. They then battled to the outside, where Edwards attempted a suplex. Richards nailed several kicks to fight him off, but Edwards caught him and nailed a 2K1 Bomb on the apron. With both men making it back to the ring, Edwards placed Richards on the ringside table and nailed a double stomp off the top through the table on the floor. Back in the ring, Edwards nailed another double stomp off the ropes but Richards managed to kick out. Edwards had his leg caught up in the ropes and Richards came off the top with a big knee drop. Richards locked on the anklelock in the center of the ring but Eddie was able to make it to the ropes. Edwards fought back and drilled Richards with a kick. Crowd chanted “This Is Awesome”. Both men battled on the turnbuckles. Edwards nailed several back elbows sending Richards crashing to the mat. Richards tried to go back up and was sent off again. Richards tried a 3rd time and beat the hell out of Edwards with headbutts. Richards nailed him with a belly-to-back superplex. Richards then drilled him with a superkick and applied the anklelock. Edwards rolled through it and locked in one of his own. Richards reversed it and locked in a heel hook. Edwards reversed it but Richards rolled through with an anklelock. Edwards finally was able to make it to the ropes. They battled atop the announce table with Richards beating down Edwards. They exchanged kicks. Edwards ducked a kick and Davey kicked the ringpost at full force, going down and clutching his ankle. Back in the ring, both men climbed the turnbuckle, battling with one another. Edwards was shoved off and landed on the apron. Edwards tried to go for a top rope rana but Richards caught him for a powerbomb. In mid-move, Edwards turned that into a rana. Edwards followed up with a powerbomb for a two count, then a huge lariat. He nailed Davey with a 2K1 Bomb for a two count, then locked on the Achilles’ Lock. Richards rolled over and began drilling Edwards in the face with kicks but was forced back over into a Texas Cloverleaf. Richards laid in hard punches to Edwards and drilled him with a clothesline but Edwards kicked up at one and fired up. Richards then killed him with heavy kicks to the face but Edwards kicked out again. Richards finally drilled him with a running punt kick to the head and won the title.
Winner and NEW ROH World Champion: “The Lone Wolf” Davey Richards by pinfall(Running Kick to the head)
After the match, wrestlers and officials tended to both guys, who were noticeably exhausted. Both men finally hugged in the middle of the ring, and Eddie strapped the title belt around Davey’s waist. Davey asked for a mic and thanked the fans and his friends for being there for him and being his only saving grace when his grandparents died. Davey said if it wasn’t for ROH and his friends, he don’t know what he would do, and he has nothing left but ROH. Eddie took the mic and talked about how Davey has talked about everyone else being good people, but Edwards said he wouldn’t be where he is right now if it wasn’t for Davey. Eddie thanked Davey and said that it is his moment and he should raise his arm like the champion he is. Richards said to his late grandparents, “I Did It”! Richards celebrated to close the show.
And that is all from Best In The World 2011 for ROH. A very good show with an unbelievably emotional moment at the end with Davey Richards. Definitely worth checking the replay for all the title matches, and the Corino/Steen angle. Rest was solid as well, including a good Homicide/Rhino street fight. Til next time everyone, most likely September 17th as ROH will be back in NYC for potentially their Glory by Honor X offering, this has been JerseyViper, signing off the only way I know how, HISSSSSSSSSSSS!