Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair report. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
We see video highlighting last week’s “settlement” for Kevin Steen and the fact that at Final Battle, Kevin Steen will face Steve Corino with Jimmy Jacobs as the referee and the fact that Steen must win to be reinstated in Ring of Honor.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show from the Davis Arena in Louisville, KY. Kelly & McGuinness hype up the main event “Proving Ground” match between Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team and The All Night Express.
We then go to pre-match comments from The C & C Wrestle Factory before our opening match.
The Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot) vs. The C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)
Harlem and Alexander start things off for their respective teams. Lock-up and Alexander begins to work on the arm but Harlem reverses it. Harlem with a right hand and then connects with a shoulder in the corner. Lancelot tags in and The Bravados hit a double back elbow, followed a double elbow drop. Alexander with a kick to Lancelot, followed by a chop. Alexander hits a back elbow then Coleman tags in and hits a springboard clothesline for a nearfall. Coleman then with a dropkick for another nearfall. Alexander tags back in and C & C hit a double suplex on Harlem, followed by a double kick. Coleman then with a leg drop to Harlem after Alexander hits a dropkick to the knees.
Bravados then regain the advantage as Harlem hotshots Alexander on the top rope and Lancelot hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a nearfall. Harlem tags in and he nails Alexander with a right hand, followed by a kick. Harlem draws Coleman into the ring and that allows the Bravados to double team Coleman. Bravados go for a double suplex, but Alexander fights out with right hands. The Bravados then come back and hit a double back suplex/neck breaker combo on Alexander for a nearfall. Alexander fights back with a Sunset flip on Harlem for a nearfall.
Coleman tags in and he hits clotheslines on both Bravados. Coleman hits a springboard leg lariat to Lancelot, followed by one to Harlem and a clothesline that sends Harlem to the outside. Coleman misses a plancha attempt, but he lands on his feet and runs around the ringpost, connecting with a kick to Harlem. Alexander then hits a somersault plancha onto the Bravados on the floor. Back in the ring, Coleman hits an STO on Harlem followed by a frog splash from Alexander for a nearfall. Coleman with a forearm to the back and a right hand, but Lancelot sends Alexander to the outside. Lancelot then holds on to Coleman’s leg, and The Bravados hit the Gentleman’s Choice for a nearfall that is broken up by Alexander.
Alexander connects with an enzuigiri on Lancelot, but Harlem comes back with an elbow and a chop to Alexander. Coleman then comes in and snapmares Harlem, spiking him on his head and finally C & C hit a combination Dominator/Ace Crusher on Harlem for the victory.
Winners: The C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander) by pinfall(Dominator/Ace Crusher Combo)
After the match, Lancelot adheres to the Code of Honor but Harlem refuses to do as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to pre-match comments from TJ Perkins and Chris Silvio before our next match.
TJ Perkins vs. Chris Silvio
Lock-up and Perkins with a snapmare but Silvio counters with a hammerlock. Perkins reverses it and hits a dropkick. Perkins then hits a rana, followed by a headlock takedown. Silvio counters out with a headscissors, but Perkins with a headstand to escape. Perkins then misses a kick and a standing moonsault. Silvio taunts Perkins by doing push-ups but then Perkins comes back with a dropkick. Perkins hits a European uppercut, but Silvio comes back by Irish whipping Perkins, but Perkins counters with a headstand and then another rana that sends Silvio to the corner. Perkins charges, but Silvio goes to the outside. Perkins hits a double jump kick to the head and then Perkins sets to dive, but Silvio blocks it and then hits a kick to the back that sends Perkins into the ringpost.
Silvio then sends Perkins into the barricade. Back in the ring, Silvio goes up top and hits a forearm for a nearfall. Silvio with a European uppercut and then wraps Perkins’ arm in the ropes. Silvio kicks the arm and then hits a hammerlock slam, followed by a senton for a nearfall. Silvio hits some forearms then Irish whips Perkins. Perkins counters by going to the apron and connects with a springboard kick.
Perkins with open-handed slaps, followed by another rana that sends Silvio to the outside. Perkins then with a head of steam and he hits a tope dive onto Silvio on the outside. Back in the ring, Perkins goes up top. but misses a crossbody but then Silvio also misses a senton. Perkins locks in a heel hook, but Silvio gets to the ropes. Silvio counters another rana attempt by Perkins with a sitout powerbomb for a nearfall. Silvio nails Perkins with some right hands and then he places Perkins on top, setting up for a superplex.
Perkins blocks the superplex attempt, then hits a gourdbuster followed by a double knee drop and finally the Detonation Kick for the victory.
Winner: TJ Perkins by pinfall (Detonation Kick)
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor” segment with comments from Ring of Honor Television Champion Jay Lethal & Mike Bennett concerning the Television Title match at Final Battle, as well as comments from Eddie Edwards and his trainer Dan Severn, concerning the World Title match at Final Battle.
Back from commercial, announcement is made that next week in the Proving Ground, Ring of Honor World Champion Davey Richards takes on “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin. We then go to comments from Davey Richards about next week’s main event match before this week’s main event.
Main Event in the “Proving Ground”: Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (c’s) vs. The All Night Express
Benjamin and King start things off for their respective teams. Lock-up as Benjamin backs King into the corner and King pushes Benjamin on the break. King avoids the Dragon Whip kick from Benjamin, but Benjamin avoids a spin kick by King and Benjamin lifts King on his shoulders. King counters out, but misses a short arm clothesline and Benjamin with a waistlock. Benjamin with a Sunset flip for a nearfall, then King with a jackknife pin for another nearfall. King then tries for a monkey flip, but Benjamin lands on his feet and we have a stalemate. King slaps Benjamin and Benjamin then hits a right hand and locks in a side headlock. King backs Benjamin into his corner and Titus tags in. King hits an elbow and then Titus with a dropkick for a nearfall. Haas then gets the blind tag and Benjamin sends Titus into Haas’ knees. Benjamin hits a spinebuster, followed by a knee drop from Haas. Titus Irish whips Haas to the corner, but runs into a boot and Haas with an armdrag into an armbar. Haas drives knees to the arm, then locks in a keylock.
King tags in and Titus with an inverted atomic drop, followed by a clothesline from King for a nearfall. King hits a suplex and then he rolls through into a mount and lays in right hands to Haas. Titus tags in and King with a slam, followed by a springboard leg drop and then Titus with a splash for a nearfall. Titus locks in an armbar but Haas fights back with a forearm. Haas goes to the corner as Titus charges, but Haas moves out of the way and Titus goes shoulder first into the ring post. Haas then kicks the shoulder as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Titus goes for a crossbody, but Haas catches him. Benjamin blind tags in and he breaks up the pinfall on Haas, then locks in a Fujiwara armbar. Benjamin connects with a single-arm DDT for a nearfall. Benjamin then hits a bridging German suplex for another nearfall. Titus tries to make the tag but Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team prevent Titus from doing so. Haas with a kick to the shoulder and then sends Titus’ shoulder into the exposed turnbuckle that was removed by Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Titus tries to fight back with right hands, but Haas hits right hands of his own and then kicks Titus. Haas with more right hands to Titus and then locks in another armbar. Benjamin tags in and he nails Titus with a series of right hands and forearms. Both men then exchange forearms, but Benjamin gains the advantage with a knee to the gut, but then Titus Irish whips Benjamin hard to the exposed turnbuckle. Haas gets the tag though, and he kicks Titus in the ribs to prevent Titus from making the tag to King. Haas then tries to send Titus into the exposed turnbuckle, but Titus sends Haas into the exposed turnbuckle instead. King then gets the tag in and he hits a clothesline on Haas and one for Benjamin as well. King with a roundhouse kick to Haas, followed by a spinebuster. King then with a spinning heel kick to Benjamin, but runs into a boot from Haas. Haas goes up top, but King hits an enzuigiri to stop him. Titus then hits the Super Sex Factor for a nearfall. Titus hits a kick, followed by a clothesline on Benjamin. Haas hits the Olympic Slam to Titus but King comes in and hits an atomic drop and an enzuigiri to the back of Haas’s head. King with a dropkick to Haas in the corner and then goes up top. Out of nowhere, Benjamin leaps to the top and brings down King with an overhead belly to belly suplex for a nearfall. Haas sets up King on the ropes for Benjamin to go for the Leap of Faith, but Titus pulls the ropes down and Benjamin goes to the outside. The Briscoes then run in, and attack Benjamin, hitting him in the back with a steel chair. All Night Express then hit the Catatonic style Backbreaker/Top Rope knee drop combo on Haas for the victory and a future Tag Team Title shot.
Winners: The All Night Express by pinfall (Combination Backbreaker/Top Rope knee drop)
After the match, officials check on Benjamin as he appears to be having trouble breathing. Haas then goes to check on Benjamin as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, as Kevin Kelly has moved from the announce table to go check on Benjamin’s condition. We see replay of what the Briscoes did as Haas then tells Kelly that he is tired of this and if he has to, he will face the Briscoes 2 on 1. Haas says that Benjamin is his brother and he “knows about losing a brother”. Haas finally tells the Briscoes that they are both “dead” as we go to credits.
Good episode this week. Main event tag was very good, as ANX gets a big win on the champions, and the added attack to the Briscoes brings a new wrinkle in the match at Final Battle. Benjamin sold the attack very well, and Haas was actually decent on the mic, putting over the emotion and the story behind the match at Final Battle in couple of sentences. Haas is more times than not, not good on the mic but this time out, he was much better, hopefully he keeps it up.
Inside ROH segment continues to build the other 2 title matches very nicely, and the pre-match comments throughout the show did a good job in putting some character development behind C & C and TJ Perkins, which IMO was sorely needed.
Speaking of C & C and Perkins, both matches were solid back and forth encounters. Silvio didn’t so a whole lot for me in the Perkins match, but Perkins made it interesting enough that I enjoyed it. Finally, opening tag match got both teams over as up and coming teams in the ROH tag division. Bravados actually got a chance to get some offense, but they really need to start winning some matches, or they will never be taken seriously and become a 1 note joke as a comedic undercard team. Although I like the gimmick, I do think they are a solid team and deserve something better. C & C threw out some nice double teams, and are slowly finding their groove as a team, kind of what we saw from Future Shock last year. Like the work by both guys, and think they have a bright future in the tag division.
Overall, a much better effort this week from Ring of Honor as they head into the go-home for Final Battle next week.
My Grade: B
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