Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Ring of Honor Wrestling on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let's get to the show!
We see the usual intro, then Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show and we go right to the ring where match-maker Nigel McGuinness is in the ring, flanked by security.
Nigel: "Ladies and gentlemen, at this time, I would like to introduce...........Jay Lethal!"
Lethal's music hits and he comes out to the ring, sporting an "Honor Lives" t-shirt.
Nigel: "And ladies and gentlemen, at this time, I would also like to introduce Ring of Honor World Champion, Kevin Steen!"
Steen's music hits and he comes out to the ring, flanked by the rest of S.C.U.M.
Nigel: "OK Jay, you asked for this opportunity to talk, this is your opportunity".
Lethal: "Kevin Steen, first of all I'm surprised you had the b***s to come out here".
Crowd goes "Ohhhhhhh" at that.
"But, I see wherever Kevin Steen goes, his "SCUM bags" are sure to follow". "I don't even know why you brought them out here, this isn't about them, or these security guards, or even Nigel McGuinness, this is about me and you, Kevin". "I wanted you out here so I could ask you like a man to accept my challenge for that Ring of Honor World Title".
Corino goes up and grabs the mic from Lethal.
Corino: "Jay Lethal, HOW DARE YOU?" "This is the World Champion, I thought your beautiful mother would have taught you a lot more respect than that". "In fact, you're sitting here complaining that he won't face you again? "Young man, you gotta understand that your mother got spit on because YOUR FATHER, that INGRATE, threw water on Kevin Steen". "When in fact, he should have thrown in the towel".
Lethal gets in Corino's face and begins to shove him.
Corino: "You angry at me, Jay?" "Well, let me give you another fact". "You will.........
Steen grabs the mic away from Corino and moves him aside so he can hear what Lethal has to say.
Lethal: "Kevin, I wanna tell ya, you're not a REAL Ring of Honor Champion, you're not like the other great Ring of Honor champions". "In fact, you're a vile human being, Kevin, who spits in the face of 58 year old women, you're a disgusting human being who only cares about himself". "And Kevin, you said you're here to destroy Ring of Honor, to kill it, because years ago, Ring of Honor did you wrong, so now you're back for revenge, back to kill it". "And how you're gonna kill it, Kevin?" "You said you'll kill it by beating every single Ring of Honor wrestler in the back that believes that HONOR LIVES". "Well, the biggest believer is standing in your face, challenging you for your Ring of Honor World Title and you're telling the world that you're too scared!"
Steen goes to talk, but Lethal cuts him off.
"Kevin, not only are you too scared, but you fail to realize that we actually need each other". "Because I need you, Kevin, to fulfill my dream of becoming the Ring of Honor World Champion". "And whether you realize it or not, you need me, you need to defeat me to stick it to Ring of Honor and what better way to stick it to Ring of Honor then defeating one of the honorable men back there, one of the MOST honorable men, ME!"
Jacobs & Corino continue to mouth to Lethal that his title shot is never gonna happen before Lethal speaks again.
"And the sad part, is I KNOW, I know that I can beat you for that Ring of Honor World Title and you know why?" "Because I'm fueled by much more than winning that belt, I'm FUELED by my family, I'm FUELED by my hatred for you". "Kevin, I'm fueled by my confidence that TELLS ME, I DESERVE TO BE RING OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION!"
Corino yells at Lethal, "YOU HAD YOUR SHOT!"
"And I'm looking at you, Kevin, and I can see it, I see it, its clear as day, you know it deep down inside that until you beat me, YOU AIN'T S**T!"
Crowd goes "Ohhhhhhhhhh" for that as that seems to incense Steen.
"KEVIN STEEN, I challenge you for that Ring of Honor World Title that you have hanging on your shoulder".
Steen goes to speak while Jacobs & Corino are constantly yelling at Lethal that the match will never happen. Steen then leaves the ring and starts to drop down off the apron, but stops himself, while still holding the mic.
Steen: "I accept".
Jacobs & Corino can't believe it while Lethal shakes his fists in victory, knowing that he now finally has his title shot against Kevin Steen. The crowd starts a "YES" chant while Corino is pleading with Nigel that Steen didn't mean what he said as we go to commercial.
Before we come back from commercial, we see a hype promo for the 11th Anniversary iPPV on March 2nd in Chicago Ridge, Illinois as Veda Scott interviews "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin, who has a huge match signed for the show.
Elgin: "Huge?" "Huge is an understatement." "Roddy, I've been waiting on this moment since Final Battle." "But, you gotta ask yourself, what are you gonna do when Truth Martini won't be at ringside?" "There's no Book of Truth, there's no help." "Roddy, this time, its 2 out of 3 falls." "You cheated me once, but do you really think you can beat me twice?' "There's not a chance."
Back from commercial, Kelly & Seltzer talk about what just happened with Lethal & Steen, then introduce Truth Martini, who will be doing commentary for our opening match. Martini says that "The Poonani Predator" is back once again to talk the Top Prospect Tournament, then wonders out loud just who the hell Caleb Seltzer is.
2013 Top Prospect Tournament 1st Round Match: "The Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling" Silas Young vs. Adam Page
Code of Honor adhered to as the bell sounds. Young backs Page into the corner and hits a knee to the gut. Young with a chop, then taunts the crowd, but that allows Page to come back with a chop of his own. Young with a side headlock, but Page counters into one of his own. Page with a shoulder tackle off a whip, followed by a 2nd one. Page then blocks a Young hip-toss and hits one of his own. Page with a pair of chops, but Young comes back with a kick to the gut. Page then reverses a corner whip and nails Young with a gut punch. Page follows up with a kneelift that sends Young onto the apron. Page goes to follow that up, but Young comes back by hotshotting Page throat first off the top rope. Young charges, but runs into a boot by Page in the corner. Page goes up to the middle turnbuckle and connects with a sit-out flying clothesline for a nearfall. Page is sent onto the apron and then when Page goes to capitalize when Young had missed a shoulder attempt, Young moves out of the way on a boot attempt, causing Page to kick the ringpost. Then, while Page is trapped in the ropes, Young drives him multiple times headfirst off the top turnbuckle. Young front facelocks Page and brings him back in the ring, not before drilling with a Randy Orton style hanging DDT.
Young taunts the crowd, then gains a nearfall. Young with a snapmare, quiets the crowd, then acts like he is going for a kick to the back of Page, but steps over him before nailing him with a mule kick to the chest. Young shouts some obscenities to a fan in the front row, then locks Page in a reverse bearhug while also hitting him with a crossface shot. The crowd wills on Page, who breaks free with a series of back elbows. Page goes off the ropes, looking for a clothesline, but Young does a Matrix move to avoid it, followed by a back suplex into a backbreaker and finally while Page is seated across the knee of Young, Young drills him with a left arm lariat for a nearfall. Young has words with the ref, then talks trash to Page. Page comes back with a hard slap to Young, followed by a right hand that knocks Young down.
Page with another right hand, followed by a series of chops. Young, however, counters a whip attempt and nails Page with a knee to the face. Young goes for a Finlay roll, but Page slips off the back and sends Young to the corner. Young goes up and over, followed by a forward roll, but then Page catches him coming in with a clothesline for a nearfall. Page goes to send Young to the outside, but Young reverses and sends Page onto the apron. Young then sees a Page shoulder attempt coming and nails him with a back club. Young sets Page up for something, but Page counters by backdropping Young over the ropes and to the outside, where Young lands hard. Young gets to his feet, but then Page leaps off the apron and hits Young with a STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS!
Page is fired up as the crowd chants "ROH". Page sends Young back in the ring, tights wedgie and all. Page heads up top and nails Young with a Froggy Crossbody for a close nearfall. Page can't believe it as Young backs himself into the corner. Page grabs Young's legs and goes to bring him out of the corner the hard way, but Young backflips onto his feet and hits Page with a full nelson butt bomb.
Young then floatovers and locks Page in the Stock Lock (Crossface style Full Nelson) for the victory.
Winner and advancing to the semi-finals of the 2013 Top Prospect Tournament: "The Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling" Silas Young by submission (The Stock Lock)
After the match, Young adheres to the Code of Honor in a cocky manner as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we are supposed to go to this week's "Inside Ring of Honor", however, the music hits of "The Outlaw" Charlie Haas makes his way to the ring, chugging some beer and receiving the toilet paper streamer treatment from the Baltimore faithful. Haas then grabs a mic as he has taken the show hostage it seems.
Haas: "I would like to say that its good to be Baltimore, but it isn't, because you suck." (referencing the crowd who is chanting "Charlie sucks") "And now I see why the great Ray Lewis is gonna quit football." "Oh wait, or maybe its because just like each and every one of you, he's just a big p***y." "Now, I'm out here.......keep throwing stuff and I'll come out there and slap you right out of the arena." "Now, I'm a little p**sed off on a couple of things." "First of all, ROH Corporate, you send me letters to my house saying you're gonna censor me, that I can't curse, I can't give the bird and that I'm vulgar to the fans?" "Well, the last I checked, I live in the United States of America and I have the freedom of speech, so censor that, mother f**kers!" (flipping off the camera) "Second, B.J. Whitmer, no one knew who the hell you were until I threw you off the top rope in a Haasplex and dropped you 12 feet through the air on your head and through a table and I pinned you." "And now, you get a TV Championship match?" "Well, that's a bunch of crap." "Which leads me next to you, Nigel McGuinness, you limy b**tard." 'You sit up here, all high and mighty." "You think, because you have the pen, that you're the man?" "You go book a Tag Team Gauntlet match, knowing that Shelton's not here?"
A roll of toilet paper nails Haas in the back.
"Knowing that Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team can't be in it?" "Well, that match, if you ask me, is a croc of crap and it doesn't mean jack."
Haas then notices a very skinny ringside attendant picking up all the toilet paper that was thrown at Haas.
"What on God's green Earth are you doing?" "This is my time!" "Get your ass up, boy!" "Get your ass in the ring!" (The attendant had dropped down to the outside)
The attendant comes into the ring at Haas' request.
Haas: "What's your name?"
Attendant: "My name is Brendall."
Haas: "Your name's Brendall." "Look at you, your name should be Hungry." "Everytime I look at you, I wanna eat a cheeseburger." "Actually, your name right now is now Cheeseburger." "You wanna interrupt my time?" "Let me ask you, what gives you the credentials to be out here, right now, while I'm in the ring?" 'Are you a wrestler?" "Who are you?"
Cheeseburger: "I'm a wrestler."
Haas: "You're a wrestler."
Another roll of toilet paper nails Haas in the back.
So, you're a wrestler, huh?" "Are you enrolled at the ROH dojo?"
Haas: "OK, so you're a wrestler, you're cleared to wrestle." "Well now, I'm gonna give you your chance."
More rolls of toilet paper nail Haas.
"Tonight, Charlie Haas, The Outlaw, versus Cheeseburger, right now, one-on-one."
The crowd loudly chants for Cheeseburger as Haas drops the mic and removes his shirt, ready to go. Cheeseburger then does the same, showing off his very skinny frame. Haas adheres to the Code of Honor, but then grabs Cheeseburger and with great ease, flings him across the ring with an overhead belly-to-belly Haasplex. Cheeseburger tries to crawl away, but Haas grabs him, flips off the fans and locks Cheeseburger in the Haas of Pain. Haas stands on Cheeseburger and flexes his muscles while the crowd flips him off. Referees get Cheeseburger out of the ring and help him to the back as we go to commercial.
"Ruthless" Rhett Titus vs. "The Self-Proclaimed Icon" Matt Hardy
Titus has his ribs taped due to injuries sustained in the New York Streetfight at Final Battle. Loud chants for Hardy. Hardy, much like Silas Young previously, adheres to the Code of Honor in a cocky manner as the bell sounds. Hardy backs Titus into the corner, then playfully taps Titus's injured ribs. Titus with an arm wrench into a wristlock. Hardy counters, then Titus counters back and goes shoulder to shoulder. Hardy gets himself into the ropes to force a break, but then takes advantage by nailing Titus with a right hand to the injured ribs. Titus leaps over Hardy off a whip attempt and nails him with a right hand, followed by a 2nd to knock Hardy down. Hardy comes back with a knee to the gut, then locks in a side headlock. Titus leapfrogs over Hardy twice off a whip, then catches him coming in with a flying back elbow. Titus goes off the ropes and connects with a crossbody for a 1 count, but in doing so, grabs at his injured ribs in pain. Hardy rolls out to the outside as Titus gets set to go out after him. Titus goes for a slingshot plancha, but Hardy gets back in the ring to avoid Titus, who crashes and burns on the outside, doing more damage to his injured ribs.
Hardy wags his finger, showing why he is the veteran. Hardy goes out after Titus, nailing him with a right hand before rolling him back into the ring. Hardy drives Titus backfirst into the corner, followed by a series of shoulders to the injured ribs. Hardy with a hard right hand, followed by a side slam for a nearfall. Hardy taunts the crowd, then nails Titus with not one, but two soccer kicks to the injured ribs. Titus begins to fight back, but Hardy reverses a corner whip and hits a clothesline. Hardy goes for the bulldog out of the corner, but Titus waistlocks him. Titus with an O'Connor Roll for a nearfall. Titus goes off the ropes, but Hardy catches him with a kick to the injured ribs. Hardy then this time hits the running bulldog for a nearfall. Hardy goes up to the middle rope, does his gun pose and leaps off, but Titus nails him in mid-air with a dropkick and both men are down.
The crowd wills on Titus as he charges at Hardy in the corner, connecting with a running dropkick. Titus then with a version of the Sky High for a close nearfall. Titus sets up Hardy for the Rhettribution, but Hardy gets free. Titus blocks a right hand with his boot, then nails Hardy with a boot to the face. Titus goes to follow up with a discus clothesline, but Hardy catches him and connects with the Side Effect for a close nearfall. Hardy measures Titus for the Twist of Fate, but Titus counters it with a backslide for a nearfall. Titus knocks down Hardy with a hard chop as Hardy again rolls out to the outside. Titus slides under Hardy, who gets back on the apron and pulls his foot, sending Hardy face-first off the ring apron. Hardy fights back with gut punches, followed by driving Titus back-first into the ring apron. Hardy then follows up by driving Titus back-first off the ringpost. Hardy then with a front slam, bouncing Titus's back off the ring mat.
Back in the ring, Hardy hits Titus with the Twist of Fate for the victory.
Winner: "The Self-Proclaimed Icon" Matt Hardy by pinfall (Twist of Fate)
Hardy celebrates his win while Titus is still down, clutching his ribs, as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, its time for our main event.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor Television Title: "The Panama City Playboy" Adam Cole (c) vs. "The Buzzsaw" B.J. Whitmer
Code of Honor adhered to as the bell sounds. Whitmer with a wristlock, but Cole spins out to counter. Whitmer then does the same and takes down Cole. Cole gets up, but Whitmer takes him back down, using his knee to press against the arm of Cole. They go to the ropes, then Whitmer with a pair of chops as we Matt Hardy come out and make his way to the commentary table. Cole reverses a whip and takes down Whitmer with an arm drag. Cole follows up with a dropkick for a nearfall. Cole with an armbar as the crowd chants for the champion. Cole drives Whitmer's arm across his own shoulder not once, but twice before keeping the armbar maintained. Whitmer now reverses a whip, but Cole catches a right hand, spins Whitmer around and connects with a leaping neckbreaker. Whitmer clutches his neck, still favoring it after what happened at Final Battle. Cole charges, but Whitmer pulls down the top rope, causing Cole to sail over the ropes and to the outside. Whitmer with a head of steam, looking for a tope dive, but Cole sees him coming and drills Whitmer with a jumping enziguri to the head, stopping Whitmer in his tracks. Cole heads up top and goes for a splash, but Whitmer is able to move out of the way, Both men are down as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Cole goes off the ropes, but Whitmer follows him in and nails Cole with a running boot to the face for a nearfall. Whitmer with a right hand, but Cole with a forearm. They trade right hands and forearms until Cole ducks under a right hand and peppers Whitmer with a series of forearms. Cole starts to go off the ropes, but Whitmer pulls him back in and waistlocks Cole, but Cole breaks free, connecting with a turnaround leaping enziguri to Whitmer. Whitmer is down to a knee as Cole goes off the ropes and connects with a Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Whitmer again is clutching his neck while the crowd chants for Cole.
Whitmer shoves Cole into the corner and connects with a leaping knee, followed by a snap suplex/Northern Lights suplex combination for a nearfall. Whitmer thought that was 3 as he then hits a spinning Fisherman's Suplex/regular Fisherman's Suplex combination for another close nearfall. Whitmer again can't believe it as Cole reverses a corner whip and lands on the apron when Whitmer tries to back drop him over the ropes. Cole with a forearm, then heads up top and hits a high crossbody for a nearfall. Cole goes off the ropes, but Whitmer catches him with an Exploder suplex for another close nearfall. Whitmer places Cole on the top turnbuckle, followed by a right hand and a chop. Whitmer heads up with Cole and with both men standing on the top rope, Whitmer connects with a Superplex, but in doing so, followed through too much and landed on the top of his head.
Whitmer instantly clutches his neck in pain as referee Todd Sinclair goes to check on him. Sinclair is still checking on Whitmer and keeping Cole back, who is now back on his feet. Cole goes to help Whitmer to his feet, but Whitmer slaps him across the face. Whitmer yells "Don't you f**kin stop this match!", but then Cole answers by drilling Whitmer with a superkick, followed by a release German Suplex, folding Whitmer up like an accordion. Cole then with the brainbuster across his knee, but somehow, Whitmer kicks out at the last second.
Cole then hits Whitmer with the Florida Key to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor Television Champion: "The Panama City Playboy" Adam Cole by pinfall (Florida Key)
Cole celebrates retaining the title as other referees are out to check on Whitmer, giving him an ice pack for his neck. Whitmer gets to his feet as Cole sticks his hand out for the Code of Honor, which Whitmer adheres to. Whitmer says something to Cole, then leaves. Cole then notices Matt Hardy at the commentary table. The two stare each other down as we go to credits.