Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
This week, its the 2nd of 2 editions of what is being billed as “Ring of Honor Road Rage” as this week, we will see highlights from Ring of Honor’s show back in December from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.
Also, for the 2nd straight week, our announcers are Kevin Kelly & Ring of Honor Executive Producer Jim Cornette with Nigel McGuinness away in England visiting family.
We have only 1 match on tap for this week’s show as it will be a clipped version of the history-making 80 minute long 8 man elimination tag team match.
Jim Cornette says that due to history being made with this 80 minute tag team match, they have decided to scrap what they had as a format and bring as much of the 80 minute match as possible in the show.
We go to video of pre-match comments from both teams before we go to the match itself.
Main Event in a 8-Man Elimination Tag Team Match with $10,000 for the winning team: TEAM BLACK (The House of Truth – Roderick Strong & “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini & “The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet” #DemBoys The Briscoes – Mark & Jay) vs. TEAM RED (Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin), “The Generic Luchador” El Generico and “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards)
Ring Announcer Bobby Cruise gives the pre-match introductions before we go to our 1st commercial break.
Back from commercial, we are underway as Charlie Haas will start for his side and he wants one of the Briscoes to start things off for their side. Bell sounds and Haas tries to go after the Briscoes, but they go to the outside as they want no part of Haas. We move a little forward in the match, which will be common place for this episode, as Strong and Edwards are now in the ring. Lock-up and Strong sends Edwards to the corner. Strong breaks, but not so clean as Martini applauds his protégé. Another lock-up as Strong with a wristlock, but Edwards counters out into one of his own. Strong cartwheels out and reverses into an armdrag takeover. Single-leg takedown by Strong as he goes off the ropes, but Edwards sees him coming on a drop-down and rolls him up in a unique way for a nearfall. Edwards hits an armdrag of his own, followed by a dropkick that sends Strong to the outside.
We move forward in the match as Jay Briscoe tags himself in and has words with Michael Elgin, but their bickering allows El Generico to tag in Shelton Benjamin, as the crowd is hot for this match. Benjamin goes after Jay, who quickly scurries out to the outside. Going forward in the match, we now have Elgin and Benjamin in the ring as Elgin kicks away at the injured ribs of Benjamin in the corner. Elgin hooks in a front chancery on Benjamin, and now Jay wants to tag in as he hits a sledge to the back of Benjamin, but then quickly tags in Strong. Going forward in the match, we now have Jay and Generico in the ring as Jay has a side headlock applied. Generico Irish whips out, but is met by a shoulder tackle from Jay. Jay goes off the ropes, but is met by a trifecta of armdrag takeovers by Generico. Going forward in the match, we now have Edwards and Mark in the ring as Mark nails Edwards with a series of back elbows in the corner. Irish whip by Mark, but Edwards goes up and over on Mark’s charge in, and comes off the ropes. Edwards reverses whatever Mark had in mind, and tries to roll him up in the O’Connor roll, but Mark holds on to the ropes. Edwards goes for a back body drop, but Mark lands on his feet. Both men then exchange ranas, followed by exchanging armdrag takeovers. Both men go for dropkicks at the same time, and we have a stalemate as the crowd is fired up. Lock-up and Mark sends Edwards to the corner and nails him with a chop. Edwards switches and nails Mark with a series of chops. Mark then switches and nails Edwards with an overhand chop, followed by a headbutt. We move forward again in the match as we have Haas and Strong in the ring, with Haas applying an armbar to Strong. Jay comes in and nails Haas from behind, breaking up the hold. Going forward, we now have Generico and Strong in the ring as Strong tries to back body drop Generico to the outside, but Generico lands on his feet on the apron. Generico hits a shoulder and goes to Sunset flip Strong, but Strong sees it coming and places his knee where Generico lands backfirst on off the flip in. Elgin tags in and stomps away at Generico. Going forward in the match, Elgin has Generico up and holds him for a long time before dropping him down with a delayed vertical suplex for a nearfall. Going forward, Jay and Generico are in now as Jay hits a boot to Generico in the corner. The Briscoes then setup Generico and hit their patented double biel out of the corner for a nearfall.
Going forward, we now have Generico and Strong again as Generico tries to break Strong’s grip from a rear chinlock, but Strong nails him with a club to the back. Generico fights back with right hands, and then comes off the ropes, only to be met by a dropkick from Strong for a nearfall. Going forward, The Briscoes once again are going for a double team on Generico as they double Irish whip him to the corner. Jay charges, but Generico nails him with a back elbow. Mark charges, but Generico gets his boot up. Generico tries to go for a tag, and nails Jay with another boot. Mark charges, but Generico sidesteps him and Mark goes flying out to the outside. Generico goes for the tag to Benjamin, but Mark pulls him off the apron as Jay grabs a hold of Generico’s foot and drags him back to his side of the ring. Briscoes go for another double team, but Generico lands on his feet, evades a Briscoes clothesline attempt, and tags in both Haas & Benjamin.
Haas & Benjamin lay in right hands to both Briscoes and send them both out to the outside. Now on the outside, Haas sends Jay hard into the barricade & Benjamin does the same to Mark as the crowd is loud for this. Haas sends Jay to the barricade again as Benjamin lays in more right hands to Mark. Haas sends Jay to the barricade a 3rd time, this time by the entranceway as Benjamin does the same thing to Mark. Haas grabs Jay and brings him back to ringside, only to send him into the barricades once again. Now all 8 men are fighting away with one another on the outside. Its breaking down in Greensboro as the action is too hard to cover as all 8 men are just beating the hell outta one another on the outside. Haas with Jay, Mark with Benjamin, Generico with Elgin, and Edwards with Strong, Its a Pier Six brawl taking place in Greensboro. Haas is fired up as the crowd chants “ROH” for the action they are seeing. Going forward, all 8 men are still brawling on the outside as Strong chops away at Generico. Elgin chokes Edwards by the barricades as we see Martini come out from under the ring as he was hiding the whole time the brawling was taking place on the outside. Going forward, we see Benjamin viciously suplex Mark on the entrance ramp. Elgin lays in knees and gut shots to the injured ribs of Benjamin as Mark goes onto the apron. Mark comes off, nailing Haas with a somersault senton. Edwards has a soda can now, and blasts Strong with it. We are 28 minutes into the match now as Generico has a bag of potato chips and nails Strong with them, and then eats a handful of them. Mark is completely worn out, and falls on the rampway as we see Jay and Benjamin on the apron. Jay nails Benjamin with a DDT on the apron as Generico drills Strong with a Yakuza Kick as Strong was seated by the barricades. Generico high fives the fans as Jay nails Haas with a boot. Haas then comes back and nails both Briscoes with a water bottle. Benjamin superkicks Mark as Haas as a hold of Jay.
Going forward in the match, Benjamin superkicks Jay while Generico nails Strong with what looks to be a cardboard sign. Strong comes back with a knee as Bobby Cruise gets on the microphone with an announcement by the officials. He says the legal men are Jay and Benjamin, and if they do not get back in by the count of 10, they will both be disqualified as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, as Jay and Benjamin have made it to the ring and they stare down one another. Both men exchange right hands, with Benjamin getting the better of the exchange. Benjamin with an Irish whip, and hits a high back body drop. Jay comes back with a mule kick to the groin, and then tags Elgin in. Elgin Irish whips Benjamin to the corner, then charges, but Benjamin gets the boots up. Benjamin charges out, but Elgin catches him with a powerslam for a nearfall. Now Jay is back in, but Benjamin reverses his Irish whip and sends Jay to the corner. Benjamin connects with the Stinger splash, but Mark comes in and nails Benjamin with a front dropkick. The Briscoes then miss a double clothesline attempt, and Benjamin tags in Haas. Haas & Benjamin lay in right hands to the Briscoes and send them out to the outside as we are back to our Pier 6 brawl from before, 38 minutes into the match, as all 8 men begin to brawl once again with one another on the outside. Strong dumps Edwards into the front row as Haas sends Mark into the barricade. Martini asks for some order to be restored as Haas is now sent hard into the barricade. Elgin slams Generico hard on the rampway as Edwards chokes Strong with someone’s T-Shirt. Strong then chokes Haas with a towel as Elgin and Benjamin go back and forth, exchanging right hands. Benjamin fights off Strong, but then Jay grabs a hold of the towel, and begins to choke Benjamin with it. Bobby Cruise then gets back on the microphone with another announcement. Haas and Jay are the legal men, and if they do not get back in by the count of 10, they are both disqualified as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Haas and Jay are now back in the ring as we are 42 minutes into this match. Now all 8 men are back in the ring, and they begin to once again brawl with one another. Mark comes off the ropes, only to be met by a Benjamin superkick. Generico scores with a Michinoku driver on Elgin as Haas shouts instructions to his team. All of Team Red then goes up on the turnbuckles and does the 10 punches to all members of Team Black. Team Red then Irish whips all of Team Black into one another, and all of Team Black goes down. Going forward in the match, WGTT has Mark setup, and they hit the Leap of Faith double team for a close nearfall. Benjamin has Mark locked in a Camel Clutch, as the crowd chants “Man Up”. Going forward in the match, Mark sends Benjamin to the apron, nails Haas off the apron, and then dropkicks Benjamin in the injured ribs. 48 minutes into the match, Jay has a steel chair, and drills Benjamin across the lower back with it while the referee was with Generico. Mark heads up top, and hits the Frog Elbow on the Benjamin for the 1st elimination.
Shelton Benjamin has been eliminated (Pinfall by Mark Briscoe’s Frog Elbow)
Now Haas is in, and he nails a series of right hands to Mark, knocking him down. Haas Irish whips Mark to the corner, and connects with a running elbow. Haas goes off the ropes, but Jay nails him with a knee from the apron, and that allows Mark to nail Haas with a dropkick. Both Briscoes in now, as they setup Haas for the Redneck Boogie, but Generico grabs a hold of Jay’s foot, and Haas backdrops Mark to counter. Jay kicks off Generico, and sends him crashing to the barricade. Haas now has Mark, and scores with the Olympic Slam to eliminate him from the match.
Mark Briscoe has been eliminated (Pinfall by Charlie Haas’s Olympic Slam)
Haas wants Jay in now, but Strong comes in from behind and nails Haas with an enziguri style kick, and Strong rolls up Haas to eliminate him from the match.
Charlie Haas has been eliminated (Pinfall by Roderick Strong’s Rollup)
Going forward in the match, Haas has a hold of Cornette’s chair at ringside as Jay as Generico in a rollup, but the referee is distracted with Martini. Generico pushes Jay off of the rollup and Jay goes flying into a steel chair shot by Haas square in the head. Generico grabs a hold of Jay and hits the Brainbuster to eliminate him from the match.
Jay Briscoe has been eliminated (Pinfall by El Generico’s Brainbuster)
We are 50 minutes into the match as Elgin and Generico are the legal men as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Generico and Strong are the legal men now, as Generico ducks a Strong clothesline and goes off the ropes. Generico tries for a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Strong counters into a half-nelson backbreaker for a close nearfall. Elgin now in, as he nails Generico with a club to the chest, then Irish whips him. Elgin charges, but Generico moves out of the way and grabs a hold of Elgin, locking in the knucklelock. Generico runs up the ropes, and tries to hit the Tornado DDT. However, Elgin blocks it in mid-move, spins Generico around, and hits the Oklahoma Stampede for a nearfall. Generico tries to fight back, as Elgin piefaces him. Generico slaps him in the face, but Elgin comes right back with a boot. Both men exchange right hands, with Generico gaining the advantage as the crowd does the “OLE” chants. Generico hits a running clothesline, but Elgin doesn’t budge. Generico hits a 2nd one, but Elgin still won’t go down. Generico goes for it a 3rd time, but Elgin throws him up. However, in mid-air, Generico nails Elgin with a dropkick, knocking him down. Elgin comes back with a kick to the ribs, but as he charges, Generico sidesteps him and Elgin goes flying over the ropes to the outside. Strong comes in and Irish whips Generico, who reverses it and Generico sends Strong over the ropes to the outside. Edwards now in, and he hits a tope dive onto Strong on the outside. Then, Generico charges and hits his patented somersault plancha onto Elgin and all 4 men are down on the outside. Referees check on all 4 guys as we are now 58 minutes into this match.
Going forward in the match, Elgin and Generico are back in the ring as Elgin blocks Generico’s attempt at the Blue Thunder Bomb with a series of back elbows. Elgin comes off the ropes, but Generico ducks the clothesline, and this time hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for a close nearfall. On the outside, Edwards and Strong get back to their feet as Strong back suplexes Edwards onto the apron. Back in the ring, Generico heads up top and goes for a crossbody, but Elgin catches him and hits a TKO for a close nearfall.
Going forward in the match, Elgin and Generico are now on the turnbuckles as Generico to hit the Top Rope Brainbuster. Elgin, however, blocks it and pushes Generico off the ropes as the crowd is fired up, continuing to chant “OLE”. Elgin then scores with a Top Rope shoulder tackle, then hits the 360* Powerbomb to eliminate Generico.
El Generico has been eliminated (Pinfall by Michael Elgin’s 360* Powerbomb)
Strong throws Edwards into the ring, and Edwards is then lambasted and turned inside out via a Elgin clothesline for a nearfall. Going forward in the match, Strong now in, and he tags back in Elgin, as Elgin and Strong take turns stomping away at Edwards. Going forward in the match, Edwards and Strong exchange forearms, with Edwards gaining the advantage and knocking Strong down. Edwards hits a series of forearms on Strong, but goes for one too many, as Strong counters and hits a Urangi style backbreaker for a close nearfall. Elgin tags back in and goes for a suplex, but Edwards blocks it. Elgin then lifts up Edwards and hits a reverse Crucfix Powerbomb, a la Lance Archer, for another nearfall. 68 minutes into this match as Elgin tells Strong to break Edwards, and Strong is tagged back in. Strong hits a series of forearms on Edwards in the corner, dropping him down to a heap. Strong lifts up Edwards onto the top turnbuckle and heads up top. Strong slaps away at Edwards and goes for a superplex, but Edwards blocks it. Edwards fights out and hits a series of headbutts that knocks Strong off the turnbuckles. Edwards scores with a missile dropkick and both men are down. Crowd chants for Edwards, as he begins to feed off of them. Edwards hits a series of forearms to Strong, but Elgin nails him from behind.
Going forward in the match, House of Truth have regained the advantage and now are going for a double team on Edwards. House of Truth go for a double back suplex, but Edwards lands on his feet. Strong charges, but Edwards gets his boot up. Elgin charges, but Edwards sidesteps him and Elgin goes flying out to the outside. Edwards lifts up Strong, and hits a fireman’s carry into a facebuster for a nearfall. Going forward in the match, Strong goes up on the turnbuckles, but Edwards nails him with an enziguri style kick. Edwards grabs a hold of Strong from the turnbuckles, and hits the Chin Checker for a close nearfall. Edwards then goes right into locking in the STF as we are 72 minutes into this match. Strong is able to make it to the ropes, and Edwards has to break the hold. Going forward in the match, both men exchange forearms with Edwards gaining the advantage. Edwards goes off the ropes, but Strong comes in and nails him with a knee to the gut. Strong goes off the ropes, but Edwards drills him coming in with a superkick. Edwards goes for the Die Hard, but Strong counters and shoves Edwards into an interfering Martini, who tries to hit Edwards with the Book of Truth. However, Edwards takes down Martini and puts him in the Achilles’ Lock, but Strong comes in and nails Edwards with a leaping knee for another close nearfall. Elgin tags back in and goes for an Alabama Slam, but Edwards counters and tries to Sunset flip Elgin. However, Elgin rolls through it and tries to lift up Edwards for the 360* Powerbomb, but Edwards rolls off. Edwards nails Strong with a back elbow, and sidesteps Elgin, who runs into Strong in the corner. Edwards rollups Elgin, and switches into a jackknife pin to eliminate Elgin from the match.
Michael Elgin has been eliminated (Pinfall by Eddie Edwards’s Jackknife Pin)
It is now down to one-on-one as we are now 74 minutes into this match and now head to the final commercial break.
Back from commercial, we are now 75 minutes into the match, as Edwards and Strong meet in the middle of the ring for a staredown. They slug it out with right hands, as Strong gains the advantage, hitting a discus forearm. Strong misses a 2nd discus forearm, and Edwards connects with a version of the Psycho Driver for a close nearfall. Strong drives Edwards to the corner. then charges, but Edwards gets the boot up. Edwards starts to head up top, but Strong catches with an enziguri style kick. Strong heads up with Edwards on the turnbuckles, and tries to go for a Top Rope Gibson Driver, but Edwards blocks it. Both men exchange forearms, with Strong gaining the advantage. Strong hits a couple of clubs to the back, then hits a series of right hands as Edwards continues to block Strong. Edwards tries to come back with some forearms, but Strong counters and hits a Urnagi that sends Edwards off the turnbuckles and through a table at ringside. Referee Paul Turner and Jim Cornette go to check on Edwards, who may be unable to continue. Strong is down on the mat and thinks he has it in the bag. Todd Sinclair begins his 20 count as Edwards is not moving on the outside. At 15, Edwards begins to stir, and just makes it back in the ring before the 20 counts. Strong covers Edwards, who just barely kicks out. Strong locks in the Strong Hold, as the crowd chants “Please Don’t Tap”. Martini thinks it is all over with, as Edwards tries to crawl to the ropes. Strong tries to pull him back in, but Edwards counters with the same rollup he beat Strong with to win the ROH World Title, but Strong just barely kicks out at the last possible second.
Edwards hits a clothesline, but Strong doesn’t go down and begins to hit a series of forearms on Edwards. Strong hits another discus forearm, then goes for another one, but Edwards ducks and hits a release German Suplex. Strong comes back with a leaping knee, but Edwards then takes his head off with a lariat. Edwards gets the arm over, but Strong kicks out again. We are almost at 80 minutes in this match, as the crowd in Greensboro chants “This is Wrestling”. Both men crawl to get themselves back up to their feet, obviously fatigued. Strong charges, but Edwards gets the boot up. Edwards goes up to the turnbuckles, as Martini comes back in the ring. However, Edwards sees him coming and hits a Codebreaker on Martini. Strong comes in and goes to lift up Edwards for the Death by Roderick, but Edwards rolls off and locks in the Dragon Sleeper, and Strong has no choice but to tapout.
Roderick Strong has been eliminated (Submission by Eddie Edwards’s Dragon Sleeper)
Winners of the match and $10,000: Team RED (Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, El Generico & Eddie Edwards)
Team Red celebrates their win and are presented with the $10,000 check as we go to credits.
WOW, what a match. I had some definite qualms when I heard about this match last month, but boy did it deliver. There was no real lull in action, and it was really smart to do the crazy brawling towards the middle of the match to keep the crowd into it, which they were for the whole 80 minutes of action. Got to tip my cap to that crowd, most crowds would have been dead as a doornail for a match of that length, but that crowd stuck with it and was hot for everything that transpired. My only thing I can say in closing is three simple words, WATCH…..THIS…..MATCH!
My Grade: A-
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