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!
We see video highlighting what happened last month on ROH TV between Eddie Edwards & Mike Bennett before the usual intro.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. Kelly & McGuinness hype up this week’s matches, then take us to video of pre-match comments from the combatants in the opening match.
Mike Bennett says “Eddie Edwards, tonight’s the night, tonight’s the night you get your re-match against the Prodigy Mike Bennett, you get to ride my coattails one more night”. “But tonight’s more personal to me, because I’m gonna make sure you never touch the beautiful……Hey eyes up here”, as the camera pans down to Maria’s “assets”. “I’m gonna make sure you never touch the beautiful 1st lady of Ring of Honor again”. “Eddie, I’m gonna get in the ring with you, I’m gonna hurt you, make sure you don’t touch her or Brutal Bob and show you and the rest of the world why I am better than the best”.
Eddie Edwards says “Tonight Mike Bennett, I get even from March Mayhem”. “Not only for the $24,000 you cost me, but the embarrassment you cost me, because I fell for your………girlfriend’s trick”. “Tonight Mike, if she gets in the way, I’m gonna take her down”. “If Brutal Bob gets in the way, I’m gonna take him down cuz tonight, the only thing I care about is getting even with you, cuz tonight your Box Office Smash is gonna be a flop”.
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans & “The 1st Lady of ROH” Maria Kanellis vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards
The Code of Honor is not adhered to before the bell sounds. Bell sounds as Bennett & Edwards exchange words concerning Maria at ringside. Lock-up and Bennett with an arm wrench. Edwards then spins out and kips up to counter into his own arm wrench into a wristlock. Edwards goes to a hammerlock, but Bennett counters out with a snapmare takeover. Bennett goes for a chinlock, but Edwards quickly spins out and goes back to the wristlock. Edwards with another arm wrench, but Bennett counters out back into a wristlock. Then, Edwards with another kip up to counter and goes right back to the wristlock. Edwards with another arm wrench, but Bennett sends Edwards to the corner to force a break. Bennett breaks, but then both men exchange shoves to one another. Bennett with a slap across the face, but Edwards comes back with one of his own. Edwards says “Let’s go” to Bennett, who fires back with a kick to the gut. Irish whip by Bennett, but Edwards slides under the legs. Bennett goes off the ropes, but Edwards catches him with a rana. Edwards then with an armdrag as Bennett retreats to the corner. Edwards with a chop, followed by an Irish whip, but Bennett reverses it. However, Edwards goes up & over, followed by doing a kip-up. Bennett charges, but Edwards drops down to roll through and then goes to lock in the Achilles’ Lock, but Bennett kicks him off. Bennett charges again, but Edwards catches him with a roll-up for a nearfall. Then, right out of the roll-up, Edwards spins around and locks Bennett in the STF. However, Bennett is able to crawl and reach the bottom rope to force a break. Edwards with a pair of chops, followed by an Irish whip, but Bennett counters it and kicks Edwards in the gut. Bennett goes off the ropes, but Edwards goes in with him and slides out to the outside. Bennett goes after Edwards, but Edwards slides back in. Bennett then goes up on the apron as Edwards goes off the ropes and drills Bennett with a running kick that sends Bennett off the apron and into the barricade. Edwards goes for a slingshot plancha, but Bennett moves out of the way, although Edwards is able to land on his feet. Bennett misses a clothesline and Edwards nails him with another chop. Edwards goes for an Irish whip, but Bennett counters and then sends Edwards backfirst into the barricade with a Russian leg sweep. Both men are down while Evans goes to check on Bennett as we go to commercial.
Before we come back from commercial, a hype promo is played for the June 25th “Best in the World” Internet PPV with comments from the House of Truth.
Back from commercial as Edwards nails Bennett with another pair of chops, followed by an Irish whip, but Bennett reverses it. Bennett charges, but Edwards catches him with a back elbow. Edwards goes up to the middle ropes, but Bennett grabs his legs and brings him down across his knee with a backbreaker for a nearfall. Bennett chokes Edwards in the ropes, then pulls at his face while talking trash. Bennett with a series of right hands along with some paintbrushes across the back of Edwards’ head, but all it’s doing is firing up Edwards. Both men then exchange strikes, with Edwards gaining the advantage. Bennett then comes back with a knee to the gut and goes off the ropes, nailing Edwards with a boot to the head, but Edwards does not go down. Edwards then goes off the ropes and gives Bennett a receipt with a boot of his own, but Bennett does not go down. Bennett then with another boot, but Edwards stays on his feet. Edwards goes back off the ropes, but Bennett drills him coming in with a right hand that knocks Edwards’ gum out of his mouth. Bennett goes back off the ropes, but Edwards sidesteps him and Bennett goes over the ropes and onto the apron. Edwards goes off the ropes and hits a running kick to the back of Bennett, who was sitting on the apron with his back to the ring. Edwards goes back off the ropes, looking for a dive, but Evans grabs onto his foot to stop him. Bennett tries to come in from behind, but Edwards sees him coming and sends Bennett over the ropes and to the outside. Edwards slingshots onto the apron and nails Bennett with a kick, then Edwards nails Bennett with a moonsault from the apron.
Evans & Maria try to will Bennett back to his feet as both men are down on the outside. Back in the ring, Edwards charges at Bennett, but runs into a boot. Bennett goes up to the middle ropes, but Edwards drills him with an enziguri. Edwards then gets Bennett from the middle rope and connects with the Chin Checker for a close nearfall. Then, right out of the pin attempt, Edwards locks Bennett in the Achilles’ Lock, but Evans hops up on the apron. Edwards breaks the hold and goes after Evans, but that allows Bennett to come in from behind. Bennett lifts up Edwards, but Edwards rolls off and goes for a waistlock, but Bennett breaks out with back elbows. Bennett charges in, but Edwards drills him with a superkick. Edwards then goes up to the middle rope and hits a 2nd rope Codebreaker. Edwards goes off the ropes, but Bennett catches him and connects with a spinebuster for a close nearfall. Bennett places Edwards on the top turnbuckle and goes up with him, looking for a superplex, but Edwards fights out with gut shots and a headbutt that knocks Bennett off the ropes. Edwards goes up top, but Evans hops back on the apron and is through the ropes trying to will on Bennett. However, Edwards sees this and drills Evans with a top rope double stomp across Evans’ back.
Bennett tries to come in and surprise Edwards with a roll-up, but Edwards rolls through it and then hooks Bennett in an inside cradle for the victory.
Winner: “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
After the match, Bennett attacks Edwards from behind and unloads with a series of right hands. Evans gets back up and says to Bennett that he wants some of Edwards as he removes his jacket. Bennett gives Edwards to Evans, who drills Edwards with a scoop slam into a backbreaker. Maria then comes in and stands over Edwards, talking trash, before lambasting him with a vicious slap. Team Prodigy stands over Edwards while Maria talks some more trash as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we think we are going to get a match between Grizzly Redwood & Camel Dickinson, but before the bell sounds, we hear the familar music of the House of Truth as they make their way to the ring.
Truth Martini says “The managerial sensation, Truth Martini aka The One, has a proposition to make”. “Now instead of the 2 of you wrestling against each other, how ’bout the 2 of you team up to wrestle Unbreakable Michael Elgin”. “And there’s a reason for that and that’s to prove to all of you that Michael Elgin is Unbreakable”. “Now, maybe your pride will want you to say no, but I’m gonna offer you something that makes the world go ’round”. “Something that buys love and happiness and that something is money” as Martini takes out a wad of cash. “Count it, $1,000, split it the way you 2 want”. “While you think about it, we’ll go over here, talk amongst yourselves”. Redwood & Dickinson accept the offer as Martini says to Elgin, “Now they say God created ALL men equal, to which Elgin replies, “THEY WERE WRONG”.
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini & ROH TV Champion Roderick Strong vs. “The Littlest Lumberjack” Grizzly Redwood & Camal Dickinson
Dickinson will start things off for his team against Elgin. Lock-up and Elgin just easily throws Dickinson away. Dickinson goes for a waistlock, but Elgin easily throws him off again. Elgin charges, but Dickinson moves out of the way and then hits a dropkick that rocks Elgin. Dickinson with another dropkick, but Elgin does not go down. Elgin then charges and knocks down Dickinson with a shoulder tackle. Elgin goes off the ropes, but as Dickinson goes for a leapfrog, Elgin catches him in mid-air and then drills him with a powerslam for a nearfall. Irish whip by Elgin, but he runs into boots by Dickinson. Dickinson charges, but Elgin lifts him up and drives him down to the mat chest first. Elgin then lifts up Dickinson and drills him with the 360* Powerbomb. Dickinson is out as the referee calls for medical help.
Redwood comes in now as Elgin motions for him to bring it. Redwood with strikes, then slides under Elgin’s legs and finally grabs a hold of him, locking in a sleeper. However, Elgin is too strong as he easily throws Redwood off of him. Elgin charges, but Redwood moves out of the way and Elgin goes through the ropes and to the outside. Redwood then gets a head of steam and goes for a tope dive, but Elgin catches him and then drills him with a chokeslam onto the apron. Martini & Strong like what they see as back in the ring, Elgin with an Irish whip, but Redwood hops up on the middle rope and nails Elgin with a Tornado DDT for a 1 count as Elgin powers out. We see that Dickinson has been carried out so now its a one on one match. Redwood tries to fight back, but Elgin biels him across the ring. Strong & Martini taunt Redwood as Elgin hits a backbreaker. Elgin motions how easy this is for him, but Redwood tries to fight back with chops. However, Elgin comes right back with a knee to the gut and then goes for a slam. but Redwood lands on his feet. Redwood with a jawbreaker, then goes off the ropes, but Elgin catches him coming in with a back elbow. Elgin then unloads with a series of stomps on Redwood in the corner.
All of a sudden, we see Jay Lethal make his way to ringside and onto the apron as it looks like he is going to take Camal Dickinson’s place in this handicap match. The House of Truth are incensed as the referee OKs it. Redwood tries to go for a tag, but Elgin stops him with a back suplex. Lethal tries to will on the crowd behind Redwood as Elgin lifts him up. Redwood tries to go for a Sunset flip, but Elgin blocks it. Elgin tries to go for a Banzai Drop, but Redwood moves out of the way. Elgin tries to stop Redwood from making the tag again, but Redwood nails him with an enziguri.
Finally, Lethal gets the tag in and he is a house of fire, hitting Elgin with a series of right hands. Elgin misses a clothesline as Lethal goes off the ropes, hitting a flying forearm. Lethal with a spinning heel kick, followed by an Irish whip. However, Elgin reverses it, but then Lethal does a handspring and connects with a back elbow for a close nearfall. Elgin misses a spinning backfist attempt and then Lethal scores with the Lethal Combination for another close nearfall. Lethal motions that he is going for Hail to the King, but all of a sudden, Strong gets a hold of Redwood and drives him into the barricade. Lethal heads up top, but Elgin nails him with a right hand. Lethal & Elgin exchange right hands until Lethal leaps over Elgin and lands on his feet. Lethal charges, but Elgin catches him with a Black Hole Slam for a close nearfall. We see that Strong again sends Redwood into the barricades as Elgin picks up Lethal inside the ring. Strong then hops up on the apron as Elgin lifts up Lethal for the Buckle Bomb, but Lethal counters and hits a kick to the gut. Lethal motions for the Lethal Injection, but he sees Strong and knocks him off the apron. But that distraction allows Elgin to drill Lethal with a spinning backfist.
Elgin goes to pick up Lethal for the 360* Powerbomb, but Strong comes in, shoves Elgin aside, and starts unloading with shots to Lethal, causing Elgin to get disqualified.
Winners: Grizzly Redwood & Jay Lethal by disqualification
Elgin is angry as he & Strong exchange words while Martini tries to calm things down. Lethal then gets up and nails Strong with the Lethal Injection while Elgin backs away. The House of Truth is in dissension as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, its time for this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor”.
The topic for this week is the feud between the All Night Express & The Young Bucks that will culminate in this week’s main event as the 2 teams meet one more time, this time in an Elimination match. We see video of the Perkins/Mondo match from 2 weeks ago where both ANX & The Young Bucks got involved at the end. We then go to comments from both teams.
Rhett Titus says “Matt, Nick, I will NEVER forget the pain you guys put me through”. “I was sitting in that hospital bed, getting anesthia put over my mouth, counting backwards from 100, not knowing if I’ll ever wake up again”. “Well, guess what boys?” “This guy’s awake and one of you 2 is gonna go to sleep”.
Kenny King says “You see its like Christmas time for the All Night Express”. “You remember that feeling where you couldn’t go to sleep because you didn’t know what you were going to get?” “Well, check it out, the All Night Express is gonna play Santa Claus to y’all, and here’s what you’re gonna get”. “Black eyes, broken legs and hospital beds”. “December 25th is long and gone, but we playing Christmas, good night Ho, Ho, Hoes”.
Matt Jackson says “Tonight, the big match, the rubber match, who’s gonna win this thing?” “You’re looking at ’em, you’re looking at 2 rockstars, 2 guys that specialize in tag team wrestling”. “Rhett’s whining and complaining, well Rhett, I assure you tonight, you ain’t gonna wake up”. “And Kenny, we got 2 feet that are gonna go down your throat tonight, 2 superkicks with your name on it”. “Well give you More Bang for your Buck, later dorks”.
Before we come back from commercial, we see another hype promo for the Best in the World Internet PPV as Kevin Kelly interviews Jay Lethal.
Back from commercial, we see what happened at the end of the Elgin handicap match that saw problems within the House of Truth. We then see video of what happened during the commercial break as Truth Martini forced Elgin & Strong to shake hands before we go to the main event.
Main Event in a Elimination Match
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus)
Ring announcer Bobby Cruise can’t get into the pre-match intros as the two teams start brawling before the bell sounds. King with a combination hot-shot, slingshot crossbody to both Young Bucks as Nick was sent to the outside by Titus. Titus then hits a running neckbreaker on Matt, followed by a running back elbow in the corner. Titus then with an Irish whip to Matt that goes right into a King spin kick. Nick tries to come off the top rope, but Titus catches him with an inverted atomic drop, followed by a clothesline from King. ANX play to the crowd as the Bucks roll out to the outside. Titus with a right hand to Matt as they are the 2 legal men in this match. Irish whip by Titus, but Nick hops up on the apron and grabs onto his brother. Titus charges, but he runs into a forearm by Nick, followed by a spear from Matt.
Bucks then hit a standing moonsault/springboard splash combo on Titus, followed by both stomping away at Titus. Matt knocks King off the apron and then they continue the assault on Titus while the referee is with King. Matt chokes Titus, but then Titus tries to fight back, however Matt regains the advantage. Tag into Nick, who nails Titus with a kick to the gut. Nick rakes Titus’s face in the ropes, but then as he tries to reel King in the ring, Titus rolls him up. However, the referee is still with King and that allows Matt to break up the pin attempt. Tag into Matt, who hits a double sledge off the top rope across Titus’s back. Matt with a series of double sledges to Titus’s chest, then taunts King. Titus tries to fight back, but Matt rakes the eyes. Titus then comes back with a jawbreaker and tags in King.
King with a series of clotheslines to both Bucks, followed by an atomic drop to Nick. King then with a Trouble in Paradise style kick to the back of Nick’s head, sending him to the outside. Titus comes in and Irish whips Matt, but Matt kicks him in the head to sidestep Titus’s back body drop attempt. Matt goes for a superkick, but Titus blocks it and this allows King to come in and connect with a Capture suplex on Matt. Nick then comes in and drills King with a superkick. Titus with a pair of right hands to Nick, followed by an Irish whip, but Nick counters and goes for a superkick, but Titus ducks. Nick then goes onto the apron as Titus charges, nailing him with an enziguri. Nick hits a slingshot facebuster to Titus, then goes out onto the apron again, but King comes in and nails him with a front dropkick, knocking him off the apron. Matt then comes in and leaps onto the middle ropes, then leaping over and drilling King with a DDT on the apron. The Bucks celebrate what they’ve done, but they don’t see Titus, who gets a head of steam and hits both Bucks with a somersault plancha on the outside. Titus helps up his partner, then sends Matt back into the ring. ANX setup for the One Night Stand on Matt, but Nick comes in and drills Titus with a superkick.
King leaps off the ropes and lands on his feet, but the Bucks then drill him with a double superkick and that eliminates King.
Kenny King has been eliminated (Double Superkick) Bucks 2- ANX 1
Matt says “1 down” as now Titus is back up and now has to fight off both Young Bucks all by himself. Titus sends Nick to the outside, then hits a series of right hands to Matt as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as the Bucks hit their backflip headscissors/running dropkick combo to Titus. Titus tries to fight back again with right hands to Matt, but Matt comes back with a knee to the gut. Headfirst goes Titus into Nick’s outstretched boot and then Nick chokes Titus with his boot while on the apron. Matt with a suplex, then tags in Nick, who hits a slingshot senton, followed by another suplex from Matt for a 1 count. Nick with a knee to the back of Titus, followed by a stomp and an elbow to the previously injured leg. Nick mocks Titus’s injury, then nails him with a kick. Titus tries to fight back, but Nick regains the advantage and tags in Matt. Matt does more damage to the leg of Titus, then taunts him. Titus fights back on Matt, but Nick comes in and hotshots Titus across the top rope. Matt with stomps to the injured leg, then locks in a leglock. Crowd tries to will on Titus as he hooks Matt in an inside cradle for a nearfall. Matt then goes back to work on the injured leg with stomps. Matt tries to go for another leglock, but Titus kicks him off and sends Matt into the corner. Titus tries to charge, but Matt easily gets out of the way. The Bucks try to go for stereo kicks to Titus in the corner, but Titus ducks and this causes Nick to accidentally drill Matt with an enziguri. Titus with a Northern Lights Suplex to Matt, but Nick comes off the top with a double stomp to break up the pin attempt.
The Bucks then go for More Bang for your Buck, but Titus rolls off Matt’s shoulders and hooks him in an O’Connor Roll to even things up.
Matt Jackson has been eliminated (O’Connor Roll) Bucks 1- ANX 1
Nick then jumps off the ropes and hits a spinning roundhouse kick to Titus for a close nearfall. Nick goes to a mount and rains in right hands as Kenny King comes back to ringside to will on his partner. Referees try to bring him to the back, but King will have none of it. Titus fights out of a front chancery from Nick, then Irish whips him. Titus charges, but Nick gets his boot up. Nick misses a clothesline, but Titus nails him with one of his own. Titus with a back body drop, followed by an Irish whip and finally catching Nick coming in with a dropkick. Titus is fired up as he goes for another Irish whip, but Nick counters and hits a spinning back elbow. Nick goes off the ropes, but Titus catches him and drills him with an Alley-Oop Samoan Drop for a close nearfall. Titus fires himself up, but then Matt comes back in and grabs Titus by the hair. King then hops up on the apron and drills Matt with a gourdbuster on the apron. Nick tries to capitalize on the distraction with a superkick, but Titus blocks it and nails Nick with a big boot, followed by a discus clothesline.
Titus then drills Nick with the Rhettribution (Implant DDT) for the victory.
Winners: The All Night Express
ANX celebrate their victory as we go to credits.
Solid show with a good opener, a OK angle with the 2nd match and a decent main event that had a few setbacks.
Bennett-Edwards was a solid opener, but I really enjoyed the post-match stuff involving Evans & especially Maria, who was fantastic in her heel role.
The Elgin handicap match was more of an angle to continue to tease dissension within the House of Truth, which I thought was executed well.
Main Event was decent, but there was a couple of mess-ups in the middle. Hey sometimes, those things occur and I thought the ending stretch, however, with Titus going 2-1 with the Bucks and putting them both away did a good job of putting some much needed sizzle back into ANX as they look to be finally making their way back into the Tag Title scene.
My Grade: C+
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So with that, I will see you next week for the special “Border Wars” edition of Ring of Honor on Sinclair!