Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair recap. Back in Baltimore this week after 3 straight “Road Rage” editions of the show. So, if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
We see video of what happened 2 months ago on ROH TV when Eddie Edwards defeated Mike Bennett, but was attacked by Bennett & “Brutal” Bob Evans afterwards before the usual intro.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD before we go to the opening match.
Tag Team Grudge Match: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett & “Brutal” Bob Evans w/”The 1st Lady of Ring of Honor” Maria Kanellis vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole
No adherence to the Code of Honor before the bell sounds. Also, apparently Bennett & Maria are now being referred to as “Team Sexy”. Loud chants for Edwards & Cole. Edwards & Bennett will start things off. Shoving match ensues before the combatants lock-up. Edwards with a waistlock, but Bennett counters with an arm wrench. Edwards spins out, kips up, and counters into his own arm wrench. Edwards goes to a wristlock, but Bennett breaks free with a knee to the gut. Side headlock by Bennett, who then knocks Edwards down with a shoulder tackle after Edwards Irish whipped Bennett. Bennett with a hard right hand that knocks Cole off the apron. Evans now in as he & Bennett go to double team Edwards. Double Irish whip, but Edwards holds onto the ropes to put on the brakes. Bennett charges in, but Edwards sidesteps him and sends Bennett through the ropes and to the outside. Evans goes off the ropes, but Edwards goes in on the blind side and then slides under the ropes and to the outside. Evans goes outside to give chase, but Edwards keeps up this cat & mouse game by sliding back into the ring. Evans is confused and that allows Cole to leap off the apron and nail Evans with a crossbody. Edwards then gets a head of steam on the other side and nails Bennett with a tope dive, driving Bennett back first into the barricade. Edwards is all fired up as he & Cole corner Maria on the outside.
Back in the ring, Edwards heads up top and goes for a double stomp, but Bennett gets out of the way. Bennett charges, but Edwards slides underneath his legs. Edwards with a savate kick to the knee of Bennett, knocking him down. Edwards then measures Bennett, charges and connects with a Shining Wizard style kick to the chest of Bennett for a nearfall. Tag into Cole, who nails Bennett with an elbow to his shoulder. Cole with a wristlock, but Bennett breaks free with a kick to the leg. Side headlock by Bennett, but Cole Irish whips out. Bennett hits Cole with a shoulder tackle, then goes off the ropes, Cole leapfrogs, then goes off the ropes himself. However, when Bennett tries for a leapfrog, Cole drops down to a knee, causing Bennett to land groin first across Cole’s knee in a version of an inverted atomic drop. Cole then connects with a dropkick for a nearfall. Cole with an armbar, then goes to a wristlock. Bennett breaks free with a kick to the gut, then tags in Evans. Evans comes in, but is met by a Cole armdrag. Cole with another armdrag into an armbar. Cole with an arm wrench, then tags in Edwards. Cole & Edwards with a double Irish whip, followed by a double back elbow and Edwards gains a 1 count. Edwards with an arm wrench into a wristlock, but Evans backs Edwards into the corner to force a break. Evans with a shoulder to the gut, followed by a uppercut style right hand. Corner whip by Evans, but Edwards goes up & over, does a forward kip-up and then catches Evans with a rana. Edwards unloads with a series of chops, followed by an Irish whip. However, Evans reverses and while the referee is not paying attention, Bennett, who is on the apron, nails Edwards with a knee to the back. Edwards knocks Bennett off the apron, but that allows Evans to turn Edwards inside out with a lariat.
Tag into Bennett, who goes to a mount and unloads with a series of right hands. Bennett with a big right hand that knocks Edwards down, then taunts the crowd. Tag into Evans, who nails Edwards with a kick to the gut as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Bennett nails Edwards coming off the ropes with a dropkick for a nearfall. Tag into Evans, who nails Edwards with a kick to the gut. Evans then hits a powerslam for a nearfall. Tag into Bennett, who nails Edwards with a double sledge across the back as Edwards was trying to crawl to his corner to make a tag to Cole. Bennett locks in a front chancery as the crowd wills on Edwards. Edwards gets to his feet, but Bennett maneuvers himself to his corner so he can tag in Evans. Evans goes up to the middle rope as Edwards back drops out of the front chancery. Edwards drills Evans with an enziguri, knocking Evans off the turnbuckles as Bennett & Evans are down and Edwards needs to make a tag. Bennett waistlocks Edwards and goes for a German suplex, but Edwards lands on his feet and tags in Cole.
Bennett misses a clothesline as Cole goes off the ropes and nails Bennett with a clothesline of his own. Cole with a back elbow, followed by a dropkick and Cole is all fired up. Corner whip by Cole, reversed by Bennett, but Cole gets his feet up on Bennett’s charge in. Cole goes up to the middle rope and nails Bennett with a front missile dropkick. Evans comes in and waistlocks Cole from behind, but Cole breaks his grip and drills Evans with another enziguri, dropping Evans to a knee. Cole goes off the ropes and nails Evans with a Shining Wizard. Cole heads up top, but Evans stops him with a club to the back. Evans goes up with Cole and tries for a superplex, then Bennett goes up also as he & Evans try for a double superplex. Edwards gets up and pulls Bennett off the ropes, but Bennett nails him with a kick to the gut. Bennett goes for a suplex, but Edwards counters and suplexes himself and Bennett over the ropes and to the outside.
Back in the ring, Cole knocks Evans off the ropes and then hits Evans with a crossbody for the victory.
Winners: Adam Cole & “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards by pinfall (Top Rope Crossbody)
After the match, Maria comes into the ring and proceeds to slap the taste out of Cole’s mouth. Evans then nails Cole from behind and holds up Cole for Maria to do something. Maria takes her high heel boot off and then nails Cole in the head with the point of the heel. However, before she can do anymore to Cole, Sara Del Rey runs into the ring and takes down Maria. Sara locks Maria in an Ankle Lock while Bennett & Evans try and grab onto Maria’s arms to pull her to safety. Bennett & Evans finally get Maria out of there as Sara throws Maria’s high heel boot at her. Loud “Queen of Wrestling” chants for Sara as Maria has a frightened look on her face before heading to the back. Edwards & Cole, now back in the ring, raise Sara’s arms in the air as we go to commercial.
“Inside Ring of Honor”
Back from commercial, we go to video from the ROH Tag Team Title match at “Best in the World” where the All Night Express defeated Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team to become the new ROH Tag Team Champions before the next match.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (“The Outlaw” Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Fusion DS (Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon)
Fusion DS is a tag team that competes in the ECWA promotion in Delaware. No adherence to the Code of Honor as Haas & Dragon will start things off. Benjamin with a shove to Dragon from behind and that allows Haas to nail Dragon. Headfirst goes Dragon off the top turnbuckle, followed by a boot by Haas. Haas with a stomp, followed by a series of right hands before yelling at the referee. Corner whip by Haas, but he runs into a boot by Dragon. Dragon charges, but Haas catches him and then connects with an overhead release belly-to-belly suplex. Haas with a kick to Dragon, then gains a nearfall. Crowd chants “You suck” at Haas as Dragon fights back with some right hands. Dragon goes off the ropes and tries for a Sunset flip, but Haas is able to tag in Benjamin. Haas grabs a hold of Dragon, allowing Benjamin to kick Dragon in the back. Benjamin with a slam, followed by a hard corner whip, with Dragon bouncing off the corner. Benjamin with a stomp, then goes for a powerbomb, but Dragon fights out, slides under Benjamin’s legs and tags in Saigon. Saigon with a pair of forearms, followed by an Irish whip, Benjamin reverses it, but misses a clothesline as Saigon nails him with a dropkick. However, Benjamin then comes right back and drills Saigon with a clothesline. Benjamin stands up Saigon and then proceeds to clean his clock with a superkick. Tag into Haas as Benjamin with a corner whip. Haas charges and connects with a clothesline, followed by a Stinger Splash by Benjamin.
Haas then hits the Outlaw Slam on Saigon for the victory.
Winners: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team by pinfall (Outlaw Slam)
After the match, Haas gets the mic and says that what happened at Best in the World was a fluke. Next week, they challenge the All Night Express and if they don’t see them, they will find them.
We go backstage where Veda Scott is with ROH Executive Producer Jim Cornette, who has minutes to decide who will face Kevin Steen in the main event for the ROH World Title. Cornette says he is having to look for wrestlers outside of ROH to face Steen because he has had numerous people in the ROH locker-room say they can beat Steen, but he wants to see some passion. He mentions Homicide will face Steen soon for the ROH World Title, then on August 11th in Providence, he has someone in mind that Steen knows well. Tonight, he has narrowed it down to two men, but Cornette is interrupted by Mike Mondo, who says he wants Steen tonight. Mondo says there are 3 things Steen won’t have after tonight, no rest, no mercy and no fear. Mondo says he will put Steen’s head on a stick as a trophy. Mondo says he was born to be a champion and he wants to prove it tonight. Cornette says that this is the passion he was looking for it, this is why Davey Richards couldn’t beat Mondo in Charleston and tonight, Mike Mondo will face Kevin Steen for the ROH World Title. Mondo says “Nightmare?”, I fear no nightmare”. Cornette & Mondo leave the backstage area as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see a video package on Mike Mondo before the main event.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen (c) w/”The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. “No Fear” Mike Mondo
Before the match, Steen cuts a promo saying that Jim Cornette is so desperate to get the ROH World Title off of him, that now, people don’t have to win matches to get a title shot. Steen says that all Mondo did to earn a title shot is that he didn’t lose to Davey Richards. However, Mondo didn’t win against Richards, either. Steen says he will humor Cornette and give Mondo a title shot, but for Mondo’s best interests, he shouldn’t expect any miracles. Steen says that Mondo may have no fear, but after this match, he will have no pulse.
Mondo didn’t take too kindly to that and nails Steen with a series of right hands as the bell has sounded and we are underway. Mondo hits a series of forearms, but Steen comes back with a kick to the gut. Steen with a club to the back and a forearm as Steve Corino joins Kelly & McGuinness at the commentary table. Irish whip by Steen, but Mondo sidesteps his back drop attempt with a kick to the chest. Mondo goes off the ropes and nails Steen with a knee to the back, sending Steen through the ropes and to the outside. Mondo charges and connects with a baseball slide. On the outside, Steen rakes the eyes of Mondo, then nails him with a club to the back. Mondo fights back with a right hand, but Steen rakes his eyes again. Irish whip by Steen, reversed by Mondo, who sends Steen back first into the barricade. Mondo then repeatedly drives the back of Steen’s head into the barricade. Mondo then goes to the ramp way, gets a head of steam and shoulder tackles Steen into the barricade.
Headfirst goes Steen off the barricade, but Steen rakes Mondo’s eyes again. Steen then goes for a suplex on the ramp way, but Mondo breaks free. Mondo with a series of right hands, but Steen comes back with a back elbow. Steen then breaks apart one of the barricades and goes to throw it down on Mondo, but fortunately Mondo is able to get out of the way. Mondo with a forearm, then setups for his Double Arm DDT on the barricade, but Steen counters and then POWERBOMBS MONDO ON THE BARRICADE!
Mondo is down and hurt on the outside while Steen plays to the crowd. Referee Todd Sinclair starts his 20 count as Mondo starts to crawl back to ringside. Jacobs talks trash to Mondo while Mondo is trying to crawl back in. At the referee’s 19 count, Mondo is somehow able to get back in the ring and Steen can’t believe it as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as the crowd tries to will Mondo back into the match. Steen chokes Mondo in the ropes while dueling chants for both men commence from the crowd. Steen then bites at Mondo’s ear. Steen mocks Mondo, who fights back with a right hand. Steen comes back with a pair of boots to the face, but Mondo will not stay down as he pulls himself to his feet and nails Steen with a right hand, but falls down in the process. Steen then soccer kicks him in the gut. Mondo continues to try and fight back, but he cannot stand up. Steen chokes Mondo with his boot, followed by a short-arm clothesline and finally a leaping back senton. Steen plays to the crowd, then gains a nearfall. Steen with another boot to Mondo, then grabs the mic and says that Mondo doesn’t deserve the title shot. Steen says when he is done with Mondo, he won’t be known as “No Fear”, he’ll be known as “No B***s”.
That fires up Mondo, who unloads with right hands and gut shots. Mondo with a big right hand that knocks Steen down. Steen goes to the outside, but then Mondo takes out Steen & Jacobs with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring, the crowd chants “This is awesome” as Mondo heads up top and hits a double stomp across the back of Steen’s neck for a close nearfall. Mondo is clutching his back in pain as the crowd chants for Mondo. Mondo fights to get himself up the ropes. Steen stops him, but Mondo comes back with more right hands as he is now on the apron. Mondo goes for a shoulder to the gut, but Steen catches him with a kick to the face. Steen then hits a DDT bringing Mondo into the ring, while spiking Mondo on his head. Mondo is slumped in the corner and Steen charges and connects with the Cannonball for a nearfall. Steen can’t believe it, then lifts up Mondo for the F-Cinq, but Mondo squirms out, then hooks Steen in an inside cradle for a close nearfall. Mondo hits a discus forearm, then goes again for the Double Arm DDT, but Steen blocks it and hotshots Mondo throat first across the top rope.
Steen then lifts up Mondo again and this time hits the F-Cinq to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen by pinfall (F-Cinq)
After the match, Jacobs comes in and attacks Mondo while Steen looks on. Jacobs holds up Mondo for Steen, but then all of a sudden, CHIKARA’s Grand Champion Eddie Kingston runs in and goes after Steen. Kingston with a shot to Jacobs, knocking him down, as he & Steen slug it out, exchanging right hands. Jacobs comes back in and rakes Kingston’s eyes, then unloads with stomps in the corner. Steen joins the assault, but Kingston fights back on Steen & Jacobs. Numerous referees & security come in to break the fight up between Steen & Kingston as they pull Steen to the outside. Kingston then gets a head of steam and lays out all the security with a tope dive. However, he doesn’t hit Steen as Steen was able to get out of the way. Steen waves “bye” to Kingston as we go to credits.
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