Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s recap of Ring of Honor on Sinclair. The intro has hit, and let’s get on with the show!
Video package is shown of last week’s main event between Wrestling’s Greatest Tag team and The Kings of Wrestling.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show from Chicago Ridge, IL and hype the main event of Jay Lethal challenging El Generico for the ROH TV Title.
Jim Cornette is in the ring and he brings out Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Jim asks them about the Briscoes and what took place at Best in The World. Shelton says that they proved they are the greatest tag team in wrestling today and it is no fluke that they are the champions. They beat every major tag team at Best in World when they beat the Kings of Wrestling, The All Night Express, and the Briscoes. Apparently, the Briscoes have a problem with the new team on top. After they beat the Briscoes, Jay and Mark came out and beat them with steel chairs. He says that it sickens him that they have not been given the Briscoes yet. Cornette mentions that the Briscoes were fined $5,000 for their attack. Shelton says that doesn’t matter to them. Charlie says that his dad never beat him as bad as The Briscoes did. Cornette says that the Briscoes have refused to face Haas and Benjamin unless the Tag Team Titles are on the line. Charlie says that if they want a title match, they will put the titles on the line right now. Cornette says that Ring of Honor is not going to reward the Briscoes for their attack by giving them a title match. Shelton says that if you listen to the crowd, you will know how they feel about that executive decision. Haas says that the fans of ROH agree with them and they will give the Briscoes a title shot and they want to face the Briscoes, or else.
“ROH on Tour” video is shown with The Briscoes, the same one as the week before.
“ROH Focus On” video is shown, highlighting “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett.
Match #1: Jimmy Jacobs w/”The King of Old School” Steve Corino vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans
Before the match, toilet paper is thrown at Mike Bennett instead of the usual streamers. Also, “Tale of the Tape” graphic is shown before the match gets underway.
Jacobs puts his hand out for the Code of Honor, and Bennett mockingly adheres to it. Bennett then taunts Jacobs to get him to attack him. “You Can’t Wrestle” chants by the fans directed at Bennett. Jacobs finally with a right hand but Bennett fires back with kicks and right hands of his own. Bennett stomps away at Jacobs in the corner. Jacobs reverses it and fires away with stomps in the corner of his own. Bennett reverses Jacobs’ Irish whip & when Jacobs tries to get the boot up on Bennett’s charge in, Bennett blocks it and puts Jacobs in the ropes, then hits a Randy Orton style backbreaker. Bennett with more right hands and Irish whips Jacobs. Jacobs rolls through Bennett’s clothesline attempt and headscissors Bennett to the outside. Jacobs goes for a dive, but Bennett moves out of the way and Jacobs crashes to the floor. Bennett then thinks about doing a dive to the outside but he stops himself before doing so to mock the fans. Bennett drives Jacobs head first into the apron and then rolls him back into the ring. Bennett with a backbreaker and a scoop slam for a nearfall. Bennett with more right hands to Jacobs, but only gets a 1 count as Jacobs starts to fire up. Jacobs fights off punches by Bennett but Bennett sidesteps Jacobs’ back body drop attempt with a kick to the chest. Jacobs though fires up again and comes back with a few clotheslines followed by a modified neckbreaker for a nearfall. Bennett comes back with right hands and places Jacobs on the turnbuckles. Jacobs fights off Bennett and hits a unique tornado version of a suplex from the ropes for another nearfall. Jacobs goes back up top and leapfrogs over Bennett, but then Bennett catches him with a spinebuster for a close nearfall. Bennett with a kick to the gut and sets up for the piledriver, however Jacobs crawls under the legs and springboards off the ropes, hitting an Ace Crusher for another close nearfall. Jacobs goes to the top again and tries for a back senton but Bennett gets his knees up and then Bennett hits the Box Office Smash(sit-out side slam) for the win.
Winner: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett by pinfall (Box Office Smash)
After the match, Bennett wants Jacobs to shake his hand as part of the Code of Honor. Jacobs adheres but while doing so, Bennett rubs the head of Corino, who was checking on Jacobs, and as Corino starts to go after Bennett, Jacobs stops him from doing so as we go to commercial.
Back from break, Nigel McGuinness asks a fan in the crowd who he thinks will win the main event. The fan says El Generico.
“Inside ROH” video is shown, highlighting how Eddie Edwards got the nickname “Die Hard”. Also, comments from ROH World Champion Davey Richards and Roderick Strong, hyping up their match next week for the ROH World Title.
Main Event for the ROH TV Title: “The Generic Luchador” El Generico(c) vs. Jay Lethal
Both men get good reactions from the fans, as well as a lot of streamers as they are introduced. Before the match gets underway, another “ROH on Tour” video with ROH Tag Team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team.
Both men adhere to the Code of Honor to start things off. “Tale of the Tape” graphic is shown for the main event. Tie-up and Generico with a waistlock. Lethal with a wristlock but Generico counters out into a wristlock of his own. Lethal counters right back with another wristlock that Generico counters out of into an armdrag. Generico with a leg sweep and then comes off the ropes and scores with a rana. Tie-up and Lethal with a waistlock. Generico counters into a wristlock, but Lethal with a backflip and armdrags Generico to counter out. Lethal then counters a back body drop to the outside and scores with a headscissors, which leads to a stalemate. Dueling chants by the fans for both men as Lethal extends his hand to bring Generico back up to his feet. Tie-up and Generico with a waistlock. Lethal with the switch and as Generico tries to switch back, Lethal snapmares him down and delivers a dropkick to the back of Generico’s head.
Lethal goes for a cover but only gets a 1 count. Generico reels to the corner as Lethal goes after him. Lethal with a European uppercut and a blow to the back. Irish whip by Lethal and Lethal connects with the hiptoss/cartwheel/front dropkick combination for a nearfall. Lethal with a side backbreaker for another nearfall. Lethal with a snapmare takedown and then wraps Generico’s legs up and turns him into a reverse figure 4, but uses the arms instead of the legs for the submission. Lethal also uses his feet to lift up Generico into a surfboard like position with the hold still applied. Lethal then releases the hold, but not before driving Generico face first to the mat. Lethal gets another 2 count. As Lethal motions for a clothesline, Generico fights back with a right hand, but then Lethal drills him with another European uppercut. Lethal with a boot to the face and gets another nearfall. Lethal locks in a front facelock as the crowd tries to get behind Generico. Generico gets back up to his feet and fights back with right hands to the gut. Generico with more right hands but Lethal then comes back with another dropkick for a close 2 count. Lethal with a blow to the back, but Generico with a right hand. Generico with more right hands, but Lethal with a side headlock. Irish whip by Generico and Lethal with a shoulder knockdown. Lethal comes off the ropes, Generico with a leapfrog. Generico now off the ropes, Lethal sidesteps and gets out of the way of a backflip attempt by Generico, and Generico lands on his knees. Generico then hits an array of armdrags, sending Lethal to the outside. Generico then with a head of steam dives over the ropes, hitting a somersault senton onto Lethal as we go to commercial.
Both men back in the ring as Lethal connects with another dropkick. We see that during the commercial break, Generico hit a moonsault off the barricade onto Lethal on the outside. Back to the action as Lethal goes up and over Generico in the corner as Generico charged in, but seemed to hurt himself. Generico with a dropkick for a close nearfall. Lethal rolls to the apron clutching his leg as the referee asks him if he can continue, which Lethal says he can. Lethal with a shoulder to the gut as Generico went to go after him. Lethal with a sunset flip for a nearfall. Generico comes back with an elbow to the back of the head. Crowd tries to get behind Lethal as he fights back with right hands to the gut. Generico nails Lethal with a forearm that sends Lethal crashing to the mat. Irish whip by Generico, Lethal ducks the clothesline attempt and connects with a handspring elbow. Both men are down as the referee begins his 10 count. Both are back up at 4, and both men exchange right hands. Generico with another right hand, but Lethal fires back with a knife-edge chop.
Lethal with a clothesline and back elbow. Generico reverses the scoop slam attempt with a waistlock, but Lethal backs him into the corner. Lethal charges in and Generico tries to back body drop him over the ropes, but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal with a shoulder as Generico was coming in, and heads up top. Lethal scores with a missile dropkick as ring announcer Bobby Cruise says that there are 3 minutes remaining in the 15 minute time limit for this match. Lethal gets another close nearfall. A clock graphic is shown highlighting how much time is left in the match as Lethal wonders what he has to do to win the match. Lethal charges but Generico with a back elbow. Generico misses the clothesline and Lethal scores with the Lethal Injection(Belly to Back Suplex into a Neckbreaker) for another very close nearfall. 2 minutes remaining as Lethal sets up for a piledriver, but Generico counters it. Lethal tries again but Generico counters again, this time with an overhand chop to the chest. Generico with the knucklelock and runs up the ropes, hitting a tornado DDT for a close 2 count. 1 minute remaining as Generico waistlocks Lethal,, but Lethal fights out with elbows to the back of Generico’s head. Lethal misses a roundhouse kick and Generico with the Blue Thunder Bomb for another nearfall. 30 seconds remaining as Generico measures Lethal for the Yakuza Kick. Generico charges but Lethal catches the foot and drives Generico to the mat. Roll-up by Lethal for a very close nearfall. 10 seconds remaining as Lethal sets up for the Lethal Combination. Generico blocks with elbows and sets up for the Brainbuster, but Lethal blocks as time expires.
Time Limit Draw: El Generico still ROH TV Champion
Crowd chants for “5 More Minutes” as Generico & Lethal show respect to one another. Generico & Lethal go to referee Paul Turner to ask for more time, but Turner says he doesn’t have the power to do that. Jim Cornette comes out and says that there is not 5 minutes remaining in the show, but there is 3, and if both Lethal & Generico want to continue, they can go for the remaining TV time. Cornette restarts the match and both Lethal & Generico start slugging away at each other as the crowd is loud for the restart.
Generico with right hands, then comes off the ropes, but is caught with a big forearm by Lethal. Generico reels to the corner as Lethal comes in with a big clothesline. Lethal removes his elbow pad and goes for a big head of steam, however Generico charges in after him and drills him with the Yakuza Kick. Generico then hits the Half & Half for a very close nearfall. Generico can’t believe it as the crowd is really into this. Generico sets up for the Brainbuster, but then motions to the turnbuckles to set up Lethal for the top rope version, the BRAINBUSTAAAAA. Lethal blocks it, however, and hits a brainbuster of his own. Lethal removes his other elbow pad and heads up top for the Macho elbow. Generico gets out of the way as Lethal lands on his feet. Generico with a forearm and places Lethal on the top turnbuckle, setting up once again for the BRAINBUSTAAAAA. Lethal fights out with right hands and sends Generico crashing to the mat. Lethal then scores with the Macho elbow for another very close nearfall. Lethal can’t believe it as he tries to figure out what to do next. Lethal charges in, but Generico catches in and drills him with an exploder suplex into the turnbuckles. Generico then measures for another Yakuza Kick. Generico charges in, but is nailed with a superkick by Lethal. Lethal then hits the Lethal Combination (Backbreaker into Flatliner) for the win and the title.
Winner and new ROH Television Champion: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Combination)
Lethal celebrates his title win and Kevin Kelly hypes next week’s ROH World Title match as we go to credits.
I thought from a match quality standpoint, this was a much better show than last week. Jacobs vs. Bennett was a solid, old school heel vs. face matchup that I really enjoyed. Jacobs is really good as a babyface and Bennett has really grown into his role as an arrogant heel that is slowly but surely backing it up in the ring.
Promo by Haas & Benjamin at the start was downright awful. I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea to ever give these two a microphone, but they need to stop immediately. Get them a manager who can be their mouthpiece ASAP.
Video packages once again were very well done, highlighting the characters of Bennett & Eddie Edwards and getting the basis of both characters over to people who may have caught this show for the 1st time. Good job on that front.
Also liked the hype for next week’s World Title match. What I liked and was impressed by is that this match is not about 2 guys who respect each other, as is the usual norm in ROH, but 2 men who can’t stand each other, and are looking to beat the hell out of one another for the top prize in the company. Simple stuff that can still get over.
The main event between Lethal & Generico was outstanding. Very hard nowadays to get a babyface vs. babyface match over, but both men did a great job of doing so. Ran a slow pace to begin things, then picked it up towards the end, and especially on the restart, which that crowd in Chicago Ridge was really into. Generico continues to add new great matches to his resume this year, and Lethal IMO, had his best match in over 2 years here. Great main event, and a very good show overall.
My Grade: A-
Well, that will do it for this week, I want to thank you for reading along, check out this week’s show this coming Thursday on the ROH website and I will be back next week for the ROH World Title match between champion Davey Richards and Roderick Strong. See ya next week!