Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
This week is another special “Road Rage” episode of the show, with highlights of some matches from the “Best in the World: Hostage Crisis” Internet PPV from back on June 24th.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, then take us to pre-match comments from the House of Truth before the opening match.
Michael Elgin talks about his match with Finlay and says he does not want Truth Martini & Roderick Strong out at ringside for the match.
From Best in the World: Hostage Crisis in a Challenge Match: “The Belfast Bruiser” Fit Finlay vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini
Both men adhere to the Code of Honor, then Finlay pulls Elgin in for a very tense staredown. Lock-up and Elgin sends Finlay to the corner, Finlay reverses it and then breaks clean. Finlay takes Elgin to the corner and head feints at Elgin, but Elgin doesn’t flinch. Finlay with a side headlock. Elgin takes Finlay to the ropes and slowly breaks, but Finlay takes Elgin down, then stomps on the knee and kicks him in the face. Elgin then with a forearm as a receipt. Finlay steps on the back of Elgin’s knee to take him down to the mat, then hits an elbow down on the top of his head. Finlay with a drop toehold into a side crossface. Elgin tries to roll Finlay to his back, but barely manages a 1 count before Finlay rolls back and then goes after Elgin’s arm. Elgin with a pair of forearms, but Finlay just dropkicks Elgin’s knee out from under him and goes back to the side crossface. Finlay takes Elgin down to his knees again and hits a forearm to the chest. Elgin comes back with a pair of forearms, but Finlay takes him down again and grinds Elgin’s knee with his elbow. Elgin tries to peel Finlay off, but Finlay holds on until Elgin rolls out and we have a stalemate.
Finlay slaps Elgin in the face, then Elgin comes back with a pair of forearms, but Finlay takes him down yet again. Elgin with a waistlock, but Finlay counters out and takes Elgin back down into a keylock. Elgin gets to the ropes, but then Finlay uses the referee to distract Elgin so he can come in and kick Elgin in the gut as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Finlay with an Irish whip, but Elgin avoids a charge from Finlay as Finlay goes shoulder first into the ringpost. Elgin with a series of clotheslines in the corner, followed by a superkick. Elgin then lifts up Finlay from his knees and turns it into a version of the Hellavator for a nearfall. Elgin goes for a powerbomb, but Finlay counters out with a backdrop. Finlay charges, but this time Elgin catches him with his boots. Elgin goes up top for a moonsault, but Finlay shoves him out to the outside. Finlay brings Elgin back in the ring and gains a nearfall. Finlay then hits the Celtic Cross for a nearfall. Finlay then lifts up Elgin for the Tombstone and connects with it, but Elgin barely kicks out and Finlay can’t believe it. Finlay goes for another Tombstone, but Elgin escapes and drills Finlay with a spinning backfist.
Elgin then hits the Buckle Bomb, followed by the 360* Powerbomb for the victory.
Winner: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin by pinfall (360* Powerbomb)
Finlay wants to shake Elgin’s hand after the match, but Truth Martini laughs Finlay off. However, Elgin comes over and shakes Finlay’s hand. Martini gets in Elgin’s face about it, then Elgin backs him to the corner and yells at him until Martini backs off as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see highlights of the Briscoes match with Truth Martini’s Guardian of Truth, then we go to another commercial break.
Back from commercial, its now for our next match to view in its entirety.
From Best in the World: Hostage Crisis in a Triple Threat Match for the Ring of Honor Television Title: Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini vs. Jay Lethal vs. “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa w/The Embassy Limited
Lethal and Ciampa need to be physically held apart during ring introductions, but go right after each other as soon as the bell rings. Strong is sent out to the outside ,then Lethal charges and connects with a tope dive on Strong. Lethal goes back in the ring, but then Mia Yim gets up on the ring apron and superkicks Lethal. Strong then hits an uranagi backbreaker on Lethal for a nearfall. Lethal unloads with a pair of chops on Strong, but then Ciampa comes in and connects with a reverse Electric Chair on Strong for a nearfall. Ciampa unloads on Lethal with chops in the corner, then goes for the running KO knee, but Lethal pops up and drills Ciampa with a superkick. Lethal charges, but Ciampa catches him coming in with the KO Knee. Strong sends Ciampa to the outside and gains a nearfall on Lethal as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Strong has Lethal in a chinlock. Lethal gets to his feet and both men exchange chops. Ciampa comes in, but Lethal & Strong then go back and forth on Ciampa with chops. Lethal then takes both men out with running clotheslines. Lethal with a handspring elbow to Ciampa, then runs off of Strong’s chest to hit Ciampa with a tornado DDT. Lethal locks in a Figure 4 on Strong, then at the same time, locks Ciampa in a Crossface, but Ciampa gets to the ropes to force the break. Lethal hits Strong with a Pop-Up Neckbreaker, but then Ciampa cleans his clock with another KO Knee. Ciampa then heads up top and hits Lethal’s own Hail to the King for a nearfall. Ciampa tries for Project Ciampa, but Strong comes in and nails Ciampa with a leaping knee. Lethal with a leg lariat to Strong and then places Ciampa on the turnbuckles. Lethal tries for a superplex, but Ciampa shoves him off right into a rolling elbow from Strong.
Strong then hits a leaping enziguiri on Ciampa, followed by going up with Ciampa and hitting a Top Rope Superplex. Lethal then goes up top and hits Hail To The King on Ciampa for a close nearfall. Strong sends Lethal to the outside, where Truth Martini tries to go after Lethal, but Lethal nails him. Prince Nana tries to go after Lethal, but Lethal sees him coming and the chase is on. The chase leads into the ring where as Ciampa lifts up Strong for Project Ciampa, Nana rolls into Ciampa’s leg, knocking him down.
Strong falls on top of Ciampa to eliminate him from the match.
Tommaso Ciampa is eliminated (Thanks to Prince Nana)
Lethal goes off the ropes, looking for the Lethal Injection, but while the referee is with Ciampa to try and get him out of the ring, Martini nails Lethal with the Book of Truth on Lethal’s handspring in.
Strong then hits the End of Heartache on Lethal to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor Television Champion: Roderick Strong by pinfall (End of Heartache)
Back from commercial and to close things out on this “Road Rage” edition of this week’s show, we see highlights from the main event Ring of Honor World Title as champion Kevin Steen successfully defended against former champion Davey Richards. We also see the pre-match promo from Kyle O’Reilly, where he turned on Richards and finally, we see the post-match promo from Steen where he vows to burn Ring of Honor to the ground.
Kevin Kelly closes the show by saying next week, they are back in Baltimore as Adam Cole & Eddie Edwards will face Mike Bennett & Brutal Bob Evans as we go to credits.
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