Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair report. This week will be a special “Road Rage” edition of the show, with matches from the most recent Internet PPVs, Showdown in the Sun. This week’s matches are from the 2nd night of action, so if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show and mention that this week, they will show the Tag Team Title match & the Television Title match in their entirety. Kelly then takes us to comments from the Briscoes before our opening match.
Jay Briscoe says “The time has finally come, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin, for all the crap you have done to us over the last year”. “Tonight, its gonna hit the fan, boys”. “The War Memorial, we comin’, we gonna defend these belts and we gonna keep good on our promise that we made”. “We told y’all, somebody getting carried outta this b***h and that’s what the hell’s gonna happen tonight”. “Ft. Lauderdale, y’all don’t wanna miss this, stay tuned, its coming up next”. Mark Briscoe says “That exactly right, brother, a true man never goes back on his word and we done made a promise that gonna be fulfilled”. “Somebody getting carried outta there tonight”.
From “Showdown in the Sun Day 2” for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles: “The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet” #DemBoys The Briscoes (Jay & Mark) (c) vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
Haas with a takedown and he rolls Mark on the mat while in a front chancery. Haas with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle. Mark comes back with a big boot to the head and then nails Haas with a right hand. Haas goes to the outside to catch a breather. Jay goes after Haas and nails him with a right hand, before sending Haas into the barricade. Jay then sends Haas into a sign a fan was holding. Mark then sends Benjamin into the barricade, followed by into that same sign. Jay sends Haas into the sign one more time before sending him back into the ring. Mark with a boot to the head, followed by a punch and a series of kicks. Jay tags in and they hit a double running shoulder tackle. Jay with a series of uppercuts, followed by an Irish whip, but Benjamin pulls Haas out of the corner and Benjamin kicks Jay.
Haas then kicks Jay in the leg and tags in Benjamin. Benjamin continues to work on the leg with a kneebreaker and then locks in a version of the Indian Deathlock until Mark comes in to break things up. Haas tags back in and nails Jay with a kick. Haas uses the ropes to add pressure to the leg and then he nails Jay in the leg with another right hand. Jay fights out of the corner, but Haas with a takedown to prevent Jay from making the tag. Benjamin tags in and nails Jay with another kick. Shelton puts Jay in the tree of woe and unloads with more kicks. Shelton pulls on the leg until Mark kicks at Shelton. Benjamin with a boot to the head while the referee tells Mark to stay in the corner. Haas tags in and Benjamin with a suplex, followed by a slingshot senton by Haas. Benjamin tags in, but Jay comes back with a kick to Haas and he makes the tag to Mark. Mark with multiple chops to both Haas & Benjamin. Mark lands on his feet on a back body drop and hits an enzuigiri on Benjamin. Mark with a dropkick that sends Haas into the corner before he puts Benjamin on the turnbuckles and hits a strait jacket driver. Mark charges, but Haas pulls down the ropes and Mark goes onto the apron. Benjamin Irish whips Mark into the ringpost and he goes to the floor as we go to commercial.
During the commercial break, we see a hype promo for Ring of Honor’s next Internet PPV, Border Wars, on May 12th at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto, Canada as Kevin Kelly interviews the #1 contender for the Ring of Honor World Title, “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen along with his new co-hort “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs. Jacobs says “The emperor has no clothes, see nobody here wants to admit it, but everybody here can feel it, a shift on May 12th, an historic change”. Kevin Steen says “Historic is right, cuz on May 12th, everybody watching on PPV will witness the very 1st Ring of Honor World Title change in Canada when I become the most unlikely Ring of Honor World Champion ever”.
Back from commercial as Benjamin tags back in and hits Mark with a suplex. Benjamin puts Mark on the turnbuckles and sets for a super belly-to-back suplex but Mark is able to rotate and he lands on top of Benjamin.
Haas and Jay tag in and Jay with a series of right hands, followed by a back body drop. Jay with a Yakuza kick to knock Benjamin off the apron. Jay follows that with a superkick to Haas and a plancha onto Benjamin. Jay goes up top and hits a crossbody for a nearfall. Jay then with a Falcon Arrow for another nearfall. Jay sets up for the Jay Driller, but Benjamin hits him with a superkick and Haas gets a nearfall with a rollup. Haas with a running boot to Mark, who came in to attack Benjamin. Haas and Jay exchange boots to the head and some trash talk. They then each connect with kicks at the same time and all four men are down in the ring. They all get up at the same time and they face off in the center of the ring. All 4 men exchange right hands with one another until the Briscoes gain the advantage. Haas with a German suplex to Mark and then Benjamin sends Jay onto the apron. Benjamin slingshots to the outside and hits Jay with a DDT onto the apron. Haas then with an Olympic Slam to Jay and then he signals that it is all over. Haas then applies the Haas of Pain. Benjamin sends Mark into the guardrails to prevent him from making the save. Jay is able to get to the ropes and Haas breaks the hold.
WGTT setup Jay for the Leap of Faith, but Mark hits a missile drop kick on Benjamin and then Jay with a headscissors into a roll-up Haas for the victory.
Winners and still Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions: The Briscoes by pinfall (Roll Up)
After the match, Jay attacks Haas but Benjamin hits Paydirt on Jay. Haas and Benjamin pull Jay into the ringpost 3 times groin first, ala Jerry Lawler. WGTT then attack Mark before heading to the back as the referees tend to the fallen champions.
We then go to a post-match promo from Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Charlie Haas says “Briscoes, we took your manhood, we took your money and we know you don’t have no b***s right now”. “All you have left are those Tag Team titles”. “And once we take those, we are gonna leave you broke, we’ll leave you disgusted and we’re gonna leave you with the rest of that trash on the chicken farm”. Both Haas & Benjamin laugh as Benjamin says, “What he said”.
Back from commercial, Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness take us to the match between T.J. Perkins from Ring of Honor against Fire Ant from CHIKARA Pro joined in progress.
From “Showdown in the Sun Day 2” in a CHIKARA Pro vs. Ring of Honor match: Fire Ant (CHIKARA) vs. “Technical Lightning” T.J. Perkins (Ring of Honor)
Ant goes for a dive, but Perkins returns to the ring and he drops Ant to the mat. Perkins then gets a nearfall after a leg drop. Perkins hits a suplex for another nearfall. Perkins tries for the Gory Special, but Ant escapes and hits a fireman’s carry takedown, followed by a back senton for a nearfall. Perkins does his Puma taunt in the ropes and then moves out of the way when Ant tries for a dive. Ant then with a kick to the head and he hits a plancha, then goes back to the ring and this time hits a somersault plancha. Ant heads up top while Perkins gets back into the ring, but Perkins is able to hit a dropkick when Ant comes off the turnbuckles. Perkins with a leaping neckbreaker, followed by running knees. Perkins tries for a sit-out powerbomb, but Ant counters with a jawbreaker and a Shining Wizard. Fire Ant then hits a tornado DDT for another nearfall. Ant with a kick and then places Perkins on the top turnbuckle. Ant comes back with an enzuigiri. Perkins avoids a reverse piledriver from the turnbuckles and hits a running sit-out power bomb for a nearfall. Perkins then hits the Detonation Kick, but gets another nearfall.
Perkins finally hits a 450 Splash for the victory.
Winner: “Technical Lightning” T.J. Perkins by pinfall (450 Splash)
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness say that next week, its back to their regular home at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD where we will see Tag Team Champions The Briscoes take on C & C Wrestle Factory in a Proving Ground match, Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole & the Ring of Honor TV debut of Rhino as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor”.
The first topic is a video showing highlights from the Kevin Steen-Eddie Edwards match from “Showdown in the Sun Day 2”.
We then go to comments from the Ring of Honor World Champion Davey Richards about the match with Steen at Border Wars.
Richards says “Screw credentials, screw my jiu-jitsu credentials, screw my amateur wrestling credentials”. “Hell, screw the World Title”. “Not about credentials, not about respect, its about me beating your fat ass and shutting you up once and for all”. “You’re not a wrestler, Kevin”. “You’re not an athlete, you’re a fat kid in basketball shorts pretending”. “I know you got your promos on the Internet and that’s a beautiful thing, nothing gonna save you, cuz that ring is mine”. “So come one time, cuz its only gonna happen once, Toronto, heads are gonna roll”.
We then go to comments from Kevin Steen, who says “There’s 2 dates in my wrestling career that haunt me”. “1st one is December 18, 2010 at Final Battle when El Generico beat me and I was kicked out of Ring of Honor for over a year”. “The 2nd one is July 25, 2008 when I faced Nigel McGuinness for the Ring of Honor World Title in Toronto and I came up short”. “But now May 12th, back in Toronto, I get the match that I have been waiting for for a very long time when I face Jim Cornette’s World Champion Davey Richards”. “And I’m faced with a choice; Do I go with redemption for my loss to Nigel, or payback for what Jim and Ring of Honor have done to me”. “Well, if Jimmy Jacobs’s choices have taught me anything, its that redemption fails and payback is the way to go”. “Jim, Davey, this is as serious as I can get, I’m not laughing anymore, the joke’s over”. “May 12th, I leave Toronto with the Ring of Honor World Title and then payback begins”.
The next topic is the line-up for Border Wars with a newly announced match, a “Showdown in the Sun” re-match as “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett will take on one more time, Lance Storm. We then go to comments from Lance Storm.
Storm says “21 years I’ve been doing this, 21 years I’ve seen it all and Mike Bennett, in you, I see potential for greatness”. “But, I also see potential for disaster”. “You don’t know when to leave well enough alone”. “Disrespecting me in the ring, during the match, I’m fine with that, I’ve done it myself”. “But what you did after that match, laying me out one more time, that was a middle finger to the fans and to the wrestling industry”. “It was uncalled for and its something you have to answer for, cuz in Toronto, Canada, my home away from home, I’m gonna make you answer for it, answer for the disrespect in the ring and out of the ring”. “Lance Storm is not going out laying on his back with you and your 2-bit girlfriend standing over me”. “You should have left well enough alone”.
During the commercial break, we see a hype promo for Border Wars as Kevin Kelly interviews “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett. Bennett says “You see this smile on my face?” “You know why that is?” “Its cuz Lance Storm has begged, he practically got on his knees and begged for a re-match because in Ft. Lauderdale, he said he was gonna shut my mouth”. “But Lance, the only thing that was shut….down…was you and your career.” “So, in your hometown, no, no, no, no, home country, you wanna shut me up again?” “Well, that’s fine, your Ring of Honor career is gonna end on a downslide”.
Back from commercial, we go to the Roderick Strong vs. Jay Lethal match from “Showdown in the Sun Day 2” that was originally just gonna be a regular match, but after some persuasion from Tommaso Ciampa, it became for the Ring of Honor Television Title.
From “Showdown in the Sun Day 2” for the Ring of Honor Television Title: Jay Lethal (c) vs. Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini
Lock-up and Lethal with a wrist lock but Strong reverses it. Lethal then with a reversal of his own. Strong goes for the legs and takes him down to the mat and then applies a front chancery. Lethal with a hammerlock, but Strong reverses it. Lethal then with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Lethal with then locks in his unique surfboard submission, but Strong does not give up. Lethal hits a suplex, followed by a slingshot senton from the apron for a nearfall. Lethal with a kick to the ribs, followed by a chop. Strong chops him back but Lethal then unloads on him with a series of chops. Strong then with a kick to the knee but Lethal stops himself from being sent into the turnbuckles. Lethal then scores with a delayed vertical suplex for another nearfall. Lethal sends Strong onto the apron, but then Strong tries to send Lethal into the turnbuckles, but Jay blocks it and sends Strong into the turnbuckles himself. Lethal connects with a springboard dropkick, followed by getting a head of steam and hitting a plancha onto Strong on the outside. Lethal stares at Ciampa on the floor and that allows Strong to recover. Strong tries to get Martini to interfere but Lethal stops it from happening. Strong then drops Lethal across the ropes and hits a belly-to-back suplex onto the apron.
Strong then hits a backbreaker for a nearfall. Strong nails Lethal with a right hand for another nearfall. Strong with a chop, but Lethal chops back. Lethal with some more chops, but Strong comes back with a kick for another nearfall. Strong then locks in a reverse bearhug as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as the crowd in Ft. Lauderdale gets behind Lethal and he gets to his feet, breaking out of the hold with a series of elbows. Lethal with a hip toss and a cartwheel, but Strong recovers before the drop kick and locks in the Strong Hold. Lethal, however, is able to get to the ropes and Strong breaks. Strong hits a forearm, followed by a delayed vertical suplex for yet another nearfall. Lethal comes back with a series of right hands and chops, followed by this time hitting the hiptoss/cartwheel/dropkick combo.
Strong runs into a boot from Lethal and Lethal hits him with a series of right hands. Lethal then hits a series of chops, followed by a couple of dropkicks. Strong tries for a dropkick, but Lethal holds on to the ropes. Lethal then hits the handspring back elbow for a nearfall. Strong, however, comes right back with an inside cradle for another nearfall. Strong with a leaping knee, followed by the Death by Roderick for a close nearfall. Strong sets up for the Gibson Driver, but Lethal counters it with a rana, followed by a superkick for a nearfall. Strong fights back with elbows to avoid the Lethal Combination but Jay then hits it. Lethal goes up top and hits the Hail to the King for a close nearfall. Jay calls for the Lethal Injection, but Strong counters it with a dropkick as Lethal comes off the ropes. Tommaso Ciampa then sends Lethal into the ringpost while the referee is dealing with Strong on the other side of the ring.
Strong then hits the End of Heartache to win the title.
Winner and new Ring of Honor Television Champion: Roderick Strong by pinfall (End of Heartache)
Kevin Kelly runs down the matches for next week’s show in Baltimore, MD, including an interview with Kevin Steen as we go to credits.
There will be no thoughts this week as these are matches from the most recent Internet PPV. However, if you would like to hear a detailed review of both “Showdown in the Sun” Internet PPVs, you can listen to the “free” podcast review that was done with NXT Recapper Gregory “Grash” Walek, Independent Roundtable Co-Host Nicholas Gray & myself at this link: click here to stream or download.
Well, that will do it for me this week. I want to thank you all for reading and I will be back next week, but remember…
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(Programming Note: This week, my co-host Nicholas Gray will not be on the show as he is getting ready for his move over to Florida. So because of that, I am tentatively scheduled to be joined by both Grash and Teacher’s Lounge co-host “Mr. V” Anthony Valvo to talk ROH’s Rise & Prove & Underground shows along with this past weekend’s CZW Best of the Best XI.)
So with that, I’ll see ya next week for more Ring-of-Honor!