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We see video highlighting what happened last week when Mike Bennett challenged Eddie Edwards to face his trainer, “Brutal” Bob Evans before the usual intro.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD and then take us to our opening match.
Special Challenge Match: “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards vs. “Brutal” Bob Evans w/”The Prodigy” Mike Bennett & “The 1st Lady of Ring of Honor” Maria Kanellis
Evans charges at Edwards before the bell sounds, but misses a clothesline as Edwards nails with a pair of chops. Evans spins Edwards around in the corner as both then exchange blows. Evans sends Edwards through the ropes to the outside and then goes after him. Both men exchange strikes once more on the outside. Irish whip by Evans, reversed by Edwards, but Evans puts on the brakes before hitting the barricade. Edwards nails Evans with another chop, followed by an Irish whip that this time sends Evans into the barricade. Edwards charges and connects with a running Yakuza Kick on Evans. Back in the ring, Edwards is distracted by Bennett on the apron and that distraction allows Evans to charge and connect with a shoulder tackle on Edwards.
Evans unloads with a series of stomps while talking trash to Edwards. Evans continues to talk trash while hitting a pair of right hands, followed by a club to the back. Evans with a snapmare takeover, followed by a series of knee drops to the shoulder of Edwards. Evans rakes his knee across Edwards’ face, then talks trash some more, but Edwards fights back. Evans then comes back with a double sledge to the ribs, followed by deadlifting Edwards and dropping him back to the mat. Evans deadlifts and drops Edwards again as Bennett & Maria like what they are seeing. Evans does it a 3rd time, then taunts the crowd. Evans with an elbow drop for a 1 count. Evans with a front chancery as the crowd tries to will on Edwards. Edwards tries to fight out, but Evans keeps the hold applied. Evans shoves Edwards off the ropes, but Edwards catches him in a Sunset flip for a 1 count. Evans gets out of the pin and then locks Edwards in a side chinlock with his grip around Edwards’ shoulder. The crowd wills on Edwards once more as Edwards fights back, then with both men exchanging strikes once more. Evans shoves Edwards off the ropes again, but Edwards catches him with a kick to the face.
Edwards then unloads on Evans with the Kenta Kobashi style chops in the corner. Evans shoves Edwards off, but then Edwards catches Evans with a rana. Edwards heads up top and connects with a front missile dropkick for a nearfall. Irish whip by Edwards, but Evans sidesteps his backdrop attempt with a kick to the chest. Evans goes off the ropes, but Edwards goes in on the blind side and heads out onto the apron. Evans charges, but Edwards leapfrogs over him and that sends Evans through the ropes and to the outside. Edwards with a kick to Evans, then nails him with a moonsault off the apron. Back in the ring, Edwards heads up top and goes for a double stomp, but Evans moves out of the way. Evans charges, but Edwards catches him and locks him in the Achilles’ Lock. Bennett hops up on the apron as Edwards breaks the hold and goes after Bennett.
Evans tries to use the distraction to roll up Edwards, but Edwards rolls through it, then hooks Evans in a backslide for the victory.
Winner: “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards by pinfall (Backslide)
After the match, Bennett comes in and attacks Edwards. Both Bennett & Evans put the boots to Edwards until we hear some familiar music.
Homicide then comes out and makes his way to the ring. Homicide clears the ring of Bennett & Evans, then goes to help up Edwards, but Edwards wants no part of it. Homicide is saying to Edwards that he was only trying to help, then extends his hand to Edwards.
Edwards shakes his hand, but it was a trap as Homicide kicks Edwards in the gut, then drills him with the Gringo Killa.
Homicide talks trash to a fallen Edwards as we go to commercial.
Hype promo for Best in the World: Hostage Crisis w/”The Prodigy” Mike Bennett & “the 1st Lady of Ring of Honor” Maria Kanellis
Kelly asks Bennett what is Bennett & Maria gonna do with the live “Prodigy Service Announcement”.
Bennett: “Wouldn’t you like to know?” The rest of the world has been dying to know, what is Mike Bennett & Maria gonna do when the cameras are on, the lights are on, I have a microphone and I will not be censored”. “Well Kevin, I’ll tell ya, we’re on television, so we’re gonna be censored”.
Maria : “Baby, why don’t we do what we did last night?” “That would be completely unforgivable”.
Bennett & Maria make out to close the promo.
Back from commercial, Kelly & McGuinness talk about what just went down with Edwards & Homicide, then take us to video highlighting the apparent collusion between The Embassy Limited & The House of Truth.
Kelly & McGuinness then hype up tonight’s main event before we go to commercial.
Jay Lethal vs. “The Psychadelic Superstar” Chris Silvio
Lethal extends his hand for the Code of Honor, but Silvio slaps it away. Lock-up and Lethal backs Silvio into the corner, before breaking. Another lock-up and Silvio with a side headlock. Irish whip by Lethal, but Silvio knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Silvio goes off the ropes, Lethal with a leapfrog and then Lethal goes off the ropes, but when Silvio tries for a leapfrog, Lethal catches him with an inverted atomic drop. Lethal with a clothesline for a nearfall. Headfirst goes Silvio off the top turnbuckle, followed by a chop from Lethal. Irish whip by Lethal, reversed by Silvio. Silvio charges, but Lethal sends him onto the apron. Lethal then springs to the middle rope and nails Silvio with a dropkick, knocking him off the apron. Lethal with a head of steam and goes for a baseball slide, but Silvio moves out of the way. Silvio charges, but misses a right hand as Lethal nails him with a chop. Lethal with another chop, followed by a right hand as we see Prince Nana & Barrister R.D. Evans of the Embassy Limited make their way to ringside to get a closer view of the match. Lethal with another right hand and a chop, but gets distracted by the presence of Evans & Nana and that allows Silvio to nail Lethal with a knee to the gut. Silvio then drives Lethal headfirst into the ringpost.
Silvio gets back in the ring and tells the referee to count as Lethal is writhing in pain. Lethal starts to stir, but then Silvio comes off the apron and nails Lethal with a double sledge to the head. Silvio with a series of right hands, then taunts the crowd. Back in the ring, Silvio gains a nearfall. Silvio with another nearfall as we then see Truth Martini make his way to ringside. Silvio with more right hands to Lethal, then has words with the referee. Lethal tries to fight back, but Silvio with a forearm, followed by a kick to the leg and finally a leg sweep. Silvio with a leaping elbow drop, then heads up top. Silvio does a Zen like pose on top, then leaps off and connects with a guillotine leg drop for a nearfall. Silvio with a front chancery as the crowd tries to will on Lethal. Lethal feeds off the energy of the crowd and breaks free, followed by a right hand. Silvio tries to re-apply the front chancery, but Lethal nails him with another right hand. Silvio tries a 3rd time, but Lethal counters out with a backdrop.
Lethal sidesteps Silvio’s backdrop attempt with a kick to the chest, then nails him with a clothesline. Lethal with a back elbow as we see Tomasso Ciampa, who is wearing one of Lethal’s t-shirts, come out and has words with Nana about why he is talking to Martini. Lethal with a chop, followed by an Irish whip. Silvio reverses, but Lethal then catches him with a handspring elbow. Lethal heads up top as the conservation continues between Ciampa & The Embassy Limited. Silvio tries to come in after Lethal, but Lethal leaps off and lands on his feet. Silvio with a leaping forearm, then goes off the ropes.
Silvio then misses a clothesline as Lethal then handsprings off the ropes, hitting the Lethal Injection on Silvio for the victory.
Winner: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)
After the match, we see on the outside that Ciampa has shoved down Truth Martini. This brings out Roderick Strong, who begins brawling with Ciampa on the outside. Strong rolls into the ring, but gets nailed by lethal. Now Ciampa is in the ring and he and Lethal start brawling. Strong then joins in and we have a 3-way melee as referees, Nana, Evans & Martini all try and separate the 3, but to no avail as we go to commercial.
Inside Ring of Honor
The 1st topic is the match at “Best in the World: Hostage Crisis” between The Briscoes & Truth Martini’s Guardians of Truth.
Martini: “At Best in the World, the best tag team will prevail”. “Briscoe Brothers, you have accepted the challenge against my team”. “Now this team that I’m talking about, I cannot even mention their names because they are the most feared team in all of professional wrestling”. “You mention their names and grown men, they run for cover”. “Briscoe Brothers, I hate you, but at this point, I actually feel sorry for you because what’s gonna happen to you two boys, I will not wish that on my worst enemies”. “Briscoe Brothers, prepare to meet the Guardians of Truth”.
Martini laughs manically as we then go to comments from the Briscoes.
J. Briscoe: “So Truth Martini got a big surprise mystery team in New York City”.
M. Briscoe: “Truth Martini, you Willy Wonka looking, looking like the leprechaun on the Lucky Charms, fruit loop, queerer than a three dollar….”
J. Briscoe: “Calm down, chicken, calm down”. “Let me tell you something, Truth Martini, we really don’t give a damn who it is”. “You can bring them out, the Guardians of Truth, we ain’t scared, Truth”.
M. Briscoe: “I don’t care if its Jed Clempent or Jeff Rodean”.
J. Briscoe: “New York City, bottom line, Truth Martini, New York City, we gonna whoop us some ass, boy”. “You can bring whoever, we gon’ be there”.
The next topic is the main event for “Best in the World: Hostage Crisis” as ROH World Champion Kevin Steen defends against Davey Richards. We go to comments from ROH Executive Producer Jim Cornette.
Cornette: “So, Davey Richards wants the piledriver legal at Best in the World because he doesn’t want any excuses and also because he’s got too much honor”. “Kevin Steen, he wants the piledriver legal at Best in the World because that fat bastard wants any advantage he can get”. “The fans, they want the piledriver legal because they like anarchy and chaos and bloodletting”. “Corporate is on my ass because they don’t want the piledriver and they don’t want to get sued and they don’t want to be liable if somebody gets paralyzed or has their neck broken”. “And whatever I do and whatever decision I make, I’m gonna lose”. “So let me just say this, you guys want it, you got it”. “Fair fight, everything even, throw it all out the window”. “The piledriver is legal at Best in the World on the rematch and let me just guarantee you one thing, Kevin Steen”. “No matter what happens, I promise you, I swear to you, you will not be Ring of Honor World Champion by the time that Affiliates meeting rolls around in September, because I’m not gonna be embarrassed and I’m not gonna see this company go down”. “And if Davey Richards can’t beat you and take that title off you at Best in the World, I’ll find somebody that can”.
The final topic is the main event on this week’s TV as Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs face Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly. We go to comments from Steen & Jacobs.
Jacobs: Kyle O’Reilly & Davey Richards, they want revenge, they want payback tonight on Ring of Honor TV”. “They think they can do that, but the people, the fans in Toronto, they were smarter, they started chanting, “You can’t beat him”, “You can’t beat him”, because Davey can’t beat you (Steen), not on Ring of Honor TV, not ever”.
Steen: “What’s gonna happen on Ring of Honor TV is the same thing that happened in Toronto, Davey’s just gonna let Jim Cornette down, Kyle O’Reilly’s not gonna be able to do much about it”. “But what you know is unfortunate is I wish I could defend this belt more often, because let’s be honest, Davey didn’t exactly defend the belt too many times and now I’m on Ring of Honor TV, but in a tag match, but you know what, that’s OK because New York City’s this weekend, Best in the World 2012, Hostage Crisis, cuz of me & this (ROH title belt)”. “Me & Davey Richards one more time, Davey Richards’ last shot at the Ring of Honor World Title”. “Jim must be mad at him, right?” “You know for 6 months, Jim, you’ve been putting me in No DQs & Street fights and you were hoping somebody would injure me enough to keep me out for good and when that didn’t happen, you put me in a straight up wrestling match against Davey Richards and I still beat him”. “So now, we’re back to Anything Goes, we’re back in New York City, but the thing is, the piledriver is legal again, so the end result for you, Jim, is gonna be the exact same”.
Hype promo for Best in the World: Hostage Crisis with Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
Benjamin: “The All Night Express, they’re real proud of themselves for that little stunt they pulled in Baltimore”. “This time, there’s actually gonna be a ref involved and this time, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, we won’t be as nice as we were before”. “So All Night Express, get ready to have your asses kicked all night long”.
Haas: “What he said”.
Back from commercial as we go backstage where Veda Scott is with Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly.
O’Reilly: “Let me tell you what we’re gonna do”.
Richards : “Oh man, would you shut up with that?” “Let me tell you something, Kyle, I’m so sick of you talking, that’s what everybody does around here is talk, we’re not about talk, this team is not about talking, its about doing since the day we started”. “All you bitch about is Adam Cole, hey man, its over, its done”. “You feel bad about Toronto, hey, I lost, I got my ass kicked, ain’t the 1st time, ain’t gonna be the last time”. “You wanna make it up to me?” “You wanna do something about it instead of talk about it?” “Stand up and let’s fight, I know what kind of person you are, man, the same kind of person that came down, the same guy that trained every single day, that’s my partner, that’s Kyle O’Reilly, that’s Team Ambition”. “Let’s do this, Kevin Steen, Jimmy Jacobs, let’s beat those boys’ asses and make sure they never forget what Team Ambition is all about”.
Main Event in a Tag Team Grudge Match: Ring of Honor World Champion “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen & “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. Team Ambition (“American Wolf” Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly)
All 4 men begin brawling before the pre-match introduction finish taking place. Richards sends Steen to the outside, while Jacobs and O’Reilly battle on the other side of the ring. Jacobs nails O’Reilly with a right hand, while Richards sends Steen into the barricade. O’Reilly tries for a kick, but Jacobs blocks it. Richards chokes Steen while Jacobs bites O’Reilly. Irish whip by Jacobs sends O’Reilly into the ringpost. Steen and Richards get into the ring as both men then exchange right hands & forearms. Jacobs trips Richards and pulls him to the outside, but O’Reilly with a boot to the head. Steen & O’Reilly then go at it on the outside while Jacobs is with Richards inside the ring. Jacobs with a right hand to Richards, but Richards sends Jacobs to the outside. Steen goes for a powerbomb on O’Reilly, but Richards nails Steen with the running apron kick. Richards then with a head of steam and nails Jacobs with a tope dive, crashing into the barricade. O’Reilly then leaps off the apron, drilling Steen with a dropkick into the barricades. Back in the ring, Richards goes up top and hits a double stomp on Steen for a nearfall. Richards locks in the Ankle Lock. Jacobs pulls Richards out of the ring, but O’Reilly sends Jacobs into the barricade. Steen then with a powerbomb to Richards on the apron as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as other referees have made their way to ringside to try and get some control in this match. Steen sends O’Reilly into the barricade while Jacobs with a right hand to Richards. Steen sends O’Reilly back into the ring as Jacobs sends Richards into the barricade. Jacobs with a neckbreaker to O’Reilly, followed by an elbow drop. Jacobs with a dropkick to Richards. Steen tags in and he nails O’Reilly with a right hand. Steen bites O’Reilly’s ear and then Irish whips O’Reilly sternum first into the corner. Steen kicks Richards off the apron as Jacobs goes over to Richards. Steen chokes O’Reilly in the ropes. Steen with a slam, followed by a back senton for a nearfall. Steen sends O’Reilly into the corner and then tags in Jacobs while yelling, ‘sportsmanship’. Jacobs sends O’Reilly into the corner and he nails O’Reilly with a right hand in the corner. O’Reilly then comes back with a roll-up for a near fall. Steen & Jacobs try for a double belly-to-back suplex, but O’Reilly lands on his feet and then Richards with a double clothesline to Steen & Jacobs.
Richards with a flurry of running forearms to Steen and Jacobs across the ring. Richards with kicks to the chest and then pushes the referee so he can kick Steen some more. Steen comes back with a savate kick to Richards, but Richards with a back kick, followed by a German suplex. Steen then pops up, but Richards drills him with a clothesline for a nearfall. Richards goes back to the Ankle Lock Jacobs comes in and locks Richards in the End Time, but O’Reilly comes in and nails Jacobs with a running boot to get Richards out of the hold. O’Reilly charges at Jacobs, but Jacobs ducks down and O’Reilly sails over the top rope to the outside. O’Reilly then pulls Jacobs to the outside. Steen charges and connects with a somersault plancha onto everybody on the outside. Jacobs chokes O’Reilly, while Steen and Richards fight on the apron. Richards hits an Exploder Suplex on Steen on the apron. Richards goes up top, but Jacobs stops him. Richards then with a headbutt to send Jacobs to the outside. Steen with a low blow as Steen has Richards on the apron. O’Reilly tries to help out Richards, but Jacobs cuts him off by locking in End Time. O’Reilly then is able to send Jacobs into Steen and Richards on the apron and they fall onto the table. Jacobs applies End Time again on O’Reilly and he holds onto the ropes, but O’Reilly leaps off the apron and they go through the table as the referee calls for the bell.
After the match, Richards and Steen fight on the outside and they exchange right hands. Richards kicks one of the referees as Steen then rakes his eyes Both men continue to exchange right hands as security comes out to separate Steen and Richards. Jacobs and O’Reilly continue to battle on the outside, then Jacobs makes his way into the ring and goes after Richards. Other wrestlers come into the ring to try to help out security as the brawl continues while we go to credits.
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