Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor on Sinclair recap. Big main event this week, so if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
We see a video highlighting what took place in last week’s main event for the Ring of Honor World Title between champion Davey Richards and Television Champion Jay Lethal before the usual intro.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show from the du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. McGuinness hypes up tonight’s main event #1 Contenders match between Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong, where the winner will face Ring of Honor World Champion Davey Richards for the title on Friday, March 30th at “Showdown in the Sun”. Kelly then takes us to pre-match comments from Mike Bennett & TJ Perkins before our opening match.
Mike Bennett is with Maria and says that they are a few weeks early on their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Bennett talks about sitting by the pool and then gets interrupted by Jim Cornette. Cornette tells Bennett that Lance Storm called him and said that he thought Mike Bennett did not have any respect for wrestling. Bennett then says he gets to beat the crap out of a legend and then hit the town and beaches to show why he is “better than the best” when they go to Fort Lauderdale.
TJ Perkins says that he heard that all Mike Bennett could talk about is Lance Storm. While “Brutal” Bob Evans is showing Bennett 10 different ways to get out of the single leg crab, he should be showing Bennett 10 ways out of a ‘you can’t wrestle’ chant because that is what he is going to get in the ring tonight. Bennett might think that he is a young punk who isn’t worth his time, but he is worth Bennett’s time. Perkins closes by telling Bennett that you don’t know if you are going to be hit by lightning until it is too late.
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans & “The First Lady of Ring of Honor” Maria Kanellis vs. “Technical Lightning” TJ Perkins
Before the match starts, the referee wants the wrestlers to shake hands and adhere to the Code of Honor, but Bennett kisses Maria instead.
Perkins goes for a kick and misses, but it shakes up Bennett a little. Lock-up and Perkins with a waistlock, but Bennett counters it and takes Perkins down. Bennett grabs Perkins by the hair and locks in an armbar. Perkins then reverses it and nails Bennett with a dropkick. Perkins with a side headlock, followed by a Sunset flip and then goes for the single leg crab made famous by Lance Storm, but Bennett gets to the ropes. Bennett misses a right hand and then Perkins hits him with some right hands of his own. Bennett with an Irish whip, but Perkins does a headstand in the corner, followed by scoring with a headscisssors takeover. Perkins then with a back body drop to Bennett, followed by an armdrag into an armbar. Bennett goes for another Irish whip to get out of the hold, but Perkins does his perch in the ropes. Bennett charges and misses Perkins, which causes him to go to the outside. Maria then distracts Perkins and the referee and that allows Evans to trip Perkins.
Bennett with a series of elbow drops and then Evans rakes the eyes while Bennett is distracting the referee. Bennett scores with a butterfly suplex for a nearfall. Bennett with a snapmare into a rear chinlock. Perkins gets to his feet and both men exchange right hands, with Perkins gaining the advantage.
Perkins scores with a drop toe hold that sends Bennett into the ropes. Perkins then hits Bennett with a double jump leg drop. Evans checks on Bennett on the outside, but then Perkins nails him with a cannonball off the apron. Back in the ring, Perkins misses Bennett with a springboard move, but blocks Bennett’s kick and then lifts him up and scores with a sit-out powerbomb for a nearfall. Perkins nails Bennett with a European uppercut and a series of kicks in the corner. Perkins with a right hand to Bennett then goes for a Sunset flip, but Bennett drops down for a nearfall. Perkins comes back with a back heel kick and then lifts up Bennett, going for the Detonation Kick. However, Bennett rolls off his back and then tries for the Box Office Smash, but Perkins counters that. Perkins then locks in a STF, but Maria interferes, trying to help get Bennett to the ropes. However, Perkins then pulls Maria into the ring.
But, the distraction allows Bennett to grab Perkins and hit the Box Office Smash for the victory.
Winner: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett by pinfall (Box Office Smash)
Back from commercial, Veda Scott is in the locker room with the Embassy. Tommaso Ciampa says that nothing is on the line or at risk in New York City. He has nothing to lose, but Jay Lethal has everything to lose. His confidence, his television title, his health, and career are in Ciampa’s hands. Ciampa says that he will leave the ring as the champion and he will be the first undefeated champion in Ring of Honor history.
“The Dominant Male” Tommaso Ciampa w/The Embassy Limited vs. Guy Alexander
Ciampa slaps Alexander’s hand away before the bell rings when Alexander tries to adhere to the Code of Honor. Ciampa then with a German suplex, followed by a series of kicks to Alexander’s back and arm. Ciampa then with a series of forearms to the kidneys. Alexander tries to fight back with a kick, but Ciampa with a snapmare and a kick to the back. Ciampa then with a Shining Wizard to Alexander, followed by throwing him out to the outside. Ciampa follows out with him and connects with a chop across the chest. Ciampa then sends Alexander hard into the ring apron and multiple times into the barricades. Back in the ring, Alexander is in a heap in the corner as Ciampa drops the kneepad.
Ciampa then hits not one, not two, not three, but 9 CONSECTUIVE running knees in the corner. The referee then has no choice but to stop the match because Alexander can’t continue.
Winner: “The Dominant Male” Tommaso Ciampa by ref stoppage
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor”.
First, we get comments from the Briscoes on their Tag Team Title match against the Young Bucks.
Jay says that they will be defending the titles on March 4th against the Young Bucks. Mark says that the Bucks look pretty and after the match, they are going to take the Bucks on the town and make them buy their drinks. Jay says that they know a little something about brother tag teams so they aren’t going to take the Bucks lightly. They have chemistry and do a lot of quick moves. Jay closes by saying that the Bucks are in for a long night.
Next, we get comments from Kevin Steen.
Kevin Steen says that March 4th is the 10th anniversary and he is ready to celebrate because he has his party hat. Steen says that there is no one he would rather spend this night with than Jimmy Jacobs whether it is as friends or as foes. Steen understands that Jimmy does not want to be in his corner and wants to stand across the ring from him. Steen closes by saying the champagne will flow, as well as the blood.
Next, we get comments from the All Night Express & The Young Bucks, who will be facing each other on both nights of “Showdown in the Sun” weekend in a “Dual Duel”.
Rhett Titus talks about how he has been thinking about 2 things while on the sidelines. 1 is coming back better than before and the 2nd thing is doing to the Young Bucks what they did to him. Kenny King says that they were asking for a street fight, but the two sissies from Rancho Cucamonga said NO because they have never even been in a pillow fight.
Nick Jackson wonders if King and Titus think they are stupid and allow them to choose the stipulation for the match. Matt Jackson then suggests a tornado tag match to show the world what true tag team wrestling is about.
Kevin Kelly says that Ring of Honor liked both stipulations, so both will be taking place in the “Dual Duel”.
Nick Jackson says that means they have 2 chances to beat King and Titus.
Rhett Titus mentions that on Friday night it will be the street fight. Saturday night, they get their tornado tag match.
Matt Jackson closes by saying that after they beat the Briscoes and take care of the All Night Express, there will be no doubt that they are the best.
Main Event in a #1 Contenders Match: “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini
After a series of lock-ups and breaks, Strong hits Edwards with a knee, followed by a shoulder tackle. Edwards then comes back with a headscissors takedown and a armdrag into an armbar. Strong then with forearms, followed by an Irish whip. Edwards floats over, but Strong nails him with a leg lariat for a nearfall. Strong with a kick and then sends Edwards into the turnbuckles. Strong then with a series of kicks to Edwards’ chest. Strong with a forearm and a chop, followed by an Irish whip but he runs into a boot from Edwards. Edwards puts Strong in the Tree of Woe and Edwards then hits him with a hesitation dropkick. Edwards follows that up with a baseball slide kick from the floor while Strong is still in the Tree of Woe for a nearfall. Edwards with a series of chops, followed by a suplex for another nearfall. Strong backs Edwards into the ropes and kicks Edwards, followed by putting Edwards’ leg in the ropes. Strong with a kick and then kicks Edwards’ leg. Strong then tries for a suplex, but Edwards blocks it. Edwards scores with a back suplex for a nearfall. Edwards with another series of chops to Strong. Strong with some chops back and then connects with a knee. Edwards then comes back with a flying knee of his own for a nearfall as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Strong hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Strong then hits a modified curb stomp to the chest. Strong chokes Edwards in the corner, followed by a running boot to the head on Edwards where Edwards’s head may have hit the ringpost in the process. Strong locks in a modified bow and arrow around the ring post, wrenching Edwards’ back. Strong then with a hotshot to Edwards, dropping him throat first across the top rope for another nearfall. Strong then locks in a seated abdominal stretch. Edwards gets up from it and fights back with a series of right hands, elbows & chops. Both men then exchange chops to one another. Strong with a forearm and a knee to the gut, but Edwards with a boot. Edwards goes for a superkick, but Strong blocks it. Strong nails Edwards with a discus forearm, but Edwards blocks a 2nd one and nails him with another chop. Edwards then hits a release German suplex and both men are down.
Strong struggles to get back to his feet and so does Edwards. Edwards charges into the corner, but Strong with a boot. Strong then misses an enzuigiri, but Edwards with an Irish whip and a running chop into the corner, followed by the Die Hard for a nearfall. Edwards with a waistlock, but Strong backs Edwards into the corner. Edwards then with an elbow to a charging Strong and goes up to the middle ropes, hitting a 2nd rope Codebreaker for another nearfall. Edwards tries for the Chin Checker, but Strong fights out of it. Strong and Edwards exchange kicks and then Strong hotshots Edwards for a nearfall. Strong with a running forearm into the corner, followed by a 2nd one. Strong then with a urnagi into a backbreaker, followed by the Death by Roderick for another close nearfall. Strong heads up top and he picks up Edwards, going for a super Gibson Driver. Eddie fights out of it and they fight back and forth on the turnbuckles. Strong tries to get Edwards on his shoulders for a Super Death by Roderick, but Edwards counters with a rana off the ropes. Strong comes back with a boot to a charging Edwards. But, Edwards comes back and hits the Chin Checker on Strong for another nearfall. Edwards goes for the Achilles” Lock, but Strong kicks out of the hold. Edwards then misses a charge into the corner and Strong drills him with an enzuigiri. But then Edwards comes back with one of his own. Strong then comes back with another enzuigiri. Strong then misses a charge into the corner and Edwards goes up top, but Truth Martini grabs onto Edwards’ leg while the referee was distracted. Adam Cole then comes out and drills Martini with a superkick. Edwards goes for the double stomp. but misses, but then runs and does a tope dive onto Elgin and Cole, who were brawling on the floor. and Edwards with a dive onto Elgin and Cole on the floor. While this is going on, Strong goes to the outside and gets something to put on his boot.
When Edwards gets back in the ring, Strong drills him with the Sick Kick, using the added weapon on his boot for the victory.
Winner: Roderick Strong by pinfall (Sick Kick)
After the match, referee Paul Turner comes out and tells Todd Sinclair, the referee for the match, what happened. The referees argue and Edwards nails Strong with a superkick, followed by the Die Hard and Paul Turner makes the 3 count.
Back from commercial. and Jim Cornette is in the ring while all this confusion is going on over who won. Kevin Kelly says that there is controversy over who gets the match against Davey Richards as we see highlights from the match as Kelly is explaining the situation. Kelly asks Cornette what is his decision.
Cornette says that Todd Sinclair is the official referee and he declared Roderick Strong the winner. However, Paul Turner saw something that Todd Sinclair did not see. Even though Paul is not the official referee, he named Eddie Edwards the winner. So therefore, BOTH Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong will get their title match as they will face Ring of Honor World Champion Davey Richards in a Triple Threat match on Friday, March 30th at “Showdown in the Sun”.
Davey Richards comes out and stares down both men as we go to credits.
Another good show this week. The main event was very well done, and it was a nice little way to book the triple threat main event for the 1st IPPV during Mania weekend. Edwards & Strong have had eh to pretty good matches over the last year, and this would be on the latter end of their matches. Vicious strikes, both sold pretty well for each other, and you got the feeling that both wanted to win to get the title shot, which makes the title more important in the process.
Bennett & Perkins had a solid opening match. Perkins’ speed is a sight to behold, but Bennett also did a good job at getting heat, which has become the norm for him. Really liked the Maria involvement in the finish as she is very underrated in her role as a heel.
Tommaso Ciampa’s promo and squash match was another great way to get him over as this ruthless killing machine. The spot of knee after knee was done beautifully, and it got him over as a threat to Lethal’s TV title for the match they had last night.
Finally, “Inside Ring of Honor” continues to deliver week after week. If you don’t watch any of ROH during the week, I strongly suggest checking out the Inside ROH video, because it gets over the storylines in a logical way.
Overall, another good effort from ROH as it led in to the show last night, which you can check out the recap on Wrestleview. Starting the build to the Florida IPPVs, and the build to me has been so far, pretty good.
My Grade: B-
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