Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair recap.
Back to Baltimore this week, so if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Kelly & McGuinness hype up the main event for the ROH Tag Team Titles, then take us to the opening match.
Survival of the Fittest 2012 1st Round Match: Ring of Honor Television Champion “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas
Code of Honor adhered to before the bell sounds. Test of Strength to start things off with both men jockeying for position. Cole with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle off an Irish whip. Cole starts to go off the ropes, but Thomas kips up. Cole goes for a superkick, but Thomas catches his foot. Cole then blocks a Thomas kick, then goes for a rana, but Thomas headstands to block it. Thomas with a waistlock, but Cole with a wristlock. Thomas goes back to the waistlock, then into a side headlock. Thomas goes for the arm, then backs Cole into the ropes before whipping him off the ropes. Cole, however, sees a Thomas leapfrog coming and catches Thomas on the way down with an inverted atomic drop. Cole with a Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall. Cole with a forearm, followed by a back elbow off a whip for another nearfall. Thomas fights back, but Cole blocks a right hand and hits a leaping neckbreaker for another nearfall. Cole with a chinlock, then when Thomas gets to his feet, Cole goes for a back suplex, but Thomas lands on his feet. Thomas catches Cole’s arm off a clothesline attempt and hits a unique knee strike to the head. Thomas then hits Cole with a combination leg sweep/clothesline. Thomas with a corner whip that bounces Cole’s back off the buckles for a nearfall. Thomas with a kick to the chest, but Cole with a forearm. Thomas then with a forearm, but Cole answers with one of his own. Thomas answers back, but then Cole rains in a series of forearms to the head. Thomas hits a pair of kicks to the head, but then Cole fires back with a leaping enziguri, but only for a 1 count. Cole goes for a suplex, but Thomas breaks free with a knee to the head. Thomas with a whip, but ducks his head too early, allowing Cole to connect with the brainbuster across the knee for a close nearfall.
Cole waistlocks Thomas, but Thomas breaks free with a back elbow. Cole goes for a right hand, but Thomas proceeds to headbutt the hand to block it, followed by a Capoeira style kick. Cole goes for a superkick, but Thomas uses his Capoeira technique to evade it, then dances around and hits a sweeping roundhouse kick to the head of Cole for a nearfall. Thomas feeds off the crowd to fire up, then connects with a Superman punch, a pair of gut shots, and a kick to the chest. Cole then blocks a kick, but Thomas dances around again and hits another Capoeira style kick to Cole, backing him into the ropes. Thomas then hits a running Sleeper style neckbreaker that sends Cole out to the outside to regain his bearings. Thomas gets a head of steam, looking to dive, but when Cole moves out of the way, Thomas does a front flip over the ropes, landing on the apron. Cole tries to go after him, but Thomas evades him with a cartwheel. Thomas leaps off the apron, but Cole drills him in mid-air with a superkick. Back in the ring, Thomas nails Cole with a shoulder to the gut while on the apron, then hits a Sunset flip back into the ring for a nearfall. Cole tries for the Figure Four, but Thomas kicks him off. Thomas then misses a roundhouse kick and that allows Cole to nail him with a superkick to the side of the head.
Cole then hits the Florida Key for the victory.
Winner and advancing to the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole by pinfall (Florida Key)
After the match, both men again adhere to the Code of Honor.
Kelly runs down the remaining matches in the Survival of the Fittest on upcoming ROH TV in the month of October as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, the local team of Fusion DS & Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team come out as they are scheduled for our next match, however we then hear the music of Rhett Titus as he makes his way to the ring.
Titus: “Whoa, whoa, whoa , whoa”. “Hey Fusion DS, I know you guys want this big opportunity on TV, but I am gonna ask you guys to leave the ring because I have a personal vendetta against Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin and I want the both of you right here and right now in Baltimore”.
Fusion DS leave the ring as Haas grabs a microphone.
Haas: “Rhett Titus, you gotta be the dumbest son of a b***h I’ve ever seen in my life”. “You come out here demanding a match with Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin?” “We beat you in singles, we beat you with a partner, we beat you every which way but loose, you gotta have brain damage if you want a piece of us right now”. “But you know what, I know Cornette is in the back, in the truck, get this match sanctioned (looking to ring announcer Bobby Cruise) and let’s whip this ass”.
Rhett wants Cruise to get the match sanctioned also. Cruise then gets a message in his earpiece from Jim Cornette, who says that if all 3 men want the match, then they can have it so the match is official.
Haas: “Hey idiot, you gotta be stupid if you wanna fight us and you don’t even have a partner, you moron”.
Titus: “Hey Charlie, I’m a lot of things, but a moron isn’t one of them and I never said that I didn’t have a partner, brother”.
BJ Whitmer then runs out and nails Haas & Benjamin with right hands as the bell sounds, leading to……
“Ruthless” Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (“The Outlaw” Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
Titus & Whitmer lay in right hands on Haas & Benjamin, then nail stereo clotheslines off stereo Irish whips. Titus clotheslines Benjamin over the ropes and to the outside. Whitmer corner whips Haas, then hits a back drop while Titus unloads on Benjamin with right hands on the outside. Whitmer with right hands to Benjamin, who was sent back into the ring by Titus as Whitmer then nails Benjamin with a leg lariat. Meanwhile, Titus whips Haas hard into the barricade on the outside. Whitmer tries to tag in Titus, but Benjamin pulls away, then tries to call for a timeout. Whitmer feigns shaking Benjamin’s hand, then pulls him in and connects with a back suplex. Tag to Titus, who nails a running kick to the ribs of Benjamin. Titus with right hands to Benjamin, but Benjamin holds onto the ropes off a whip. Titus charges and then lands on his feet on the apron when Benjamin tried to back drop him over the ropes. Titus with another right hand to Benjamin, then tries to springboard, but while the referee is with Benjamin, Haas grabs onto Titus’s leg and drops him ribs first across the top rope. Then, when the referee is with Whitmer, Benjamin nails Titus with a running knee to the head while Titus was draped over the ropes.
Haas with a series of right hands and clubs to Titus on the outside, then back in the ring, Benjamin stomps away at Titus. Tag to Haas, as WGTT hit a double gutbuster on Titus. Haas drives the back of Titus’s head into the mat, followed by a running boot to the head. Haas stomps away at Titus, then places him in the Tree of Woe so Haas can stomp away some more. Then, when the referee is with Haas, Benjamin pulls at Titus’s neck while he is still trapped in the Tree of Woe. Haas then with a running knee to the ribs of Titus. Haas chokes Titus in the ropes, then tries for a running attack, but Titus moves out of the way and Haas hits nothing but the ropes.
Tags in to Whitmer & Benjamin, as Whitmer hits a pair of clotheslines to Benjamin, followed by an exploder suplex to Haas. Whitmer then reverses a Benjamin whip and catches him with a spinebuster, but Haas breaks up the pin attempt. This brings in Titus, who nails Haas with a series of right hands. Titus sends Haas through the ropes and to the outside, where Haas crashes into the barricade. Titus then with a double sledge off the apron across the back of the fallen Haas. Back in the ring, Benjamin with a corner whip and he then charges, looking for the Stinger Splash.
However, Whitmer moves out of the way as Benjamin eats nothing but corner, then Whitmer rolls up Benjamin for the victory.
Winners: “Ruthless” Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer by pinfall (Roll-Up)
After the match, Haas comes in and nails Whitmer with a big boot. Haas stomps away on Whitmer, then Titus comes in to help out his partner. However, Benjamin then nails Titus from behind. The assault continues as Haas holds up Whitmer so Benjamin can lay in a series of right hands and kicks. Benjamin then nails Whitmer with Paydirt. Haas spits on Titus as they each get a leg of Whitmer while they go to the outside. Haas & Benjamin then make a wish on Whitmer, driving him groin first into the ringpost. Multiple referees come out to check on the fallen Titus & Whitmer while Haas screams into the camera as we go to commercial.
“Inside Ring of Honor”
Maria: “Just hearing his (Mondo’s) name makes me want to vomit”. “He’s disgusting and creepy and a pervert that’s been stalking me, he’s slimy and…..but, my boyfriend, Mike Bennett, has promised me he is gonna take care of him, cuz I never want to be around Mike Mondo again”.
All of a sudden, we see Mondo creep up behind Maria.
Maria shrieks as Mondo grabs her arm when she tries to slap him.
Mondo: “MARIA, how you doing?” “I made your boyfriend a promise, I made you a promise too”. “Say, how does it feel to get kissed by a REAL MAN?”
Mondo then kisses Maria once again.
Mondo: “BOOM, YEAHHH!!!” “That’s what I’m talkin’ about”. “Hey, tell your boyfriend I’ve been lookin’ for him”. “Vedaaaaaaaaaaa, Veda”.
Mondo leaves as Maria is in a state of shock.
Maria: “Sanitizer?” “LYSOL?” “SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Lethal: “Davey Richards, in Toronto, Canada, its me vs. you”. “And if this was any other time, we’d shake each other’s hands and have a great wrestling contest and maybe I would win, maybe you would win, but now its different, Davey, because I must win, I have to win, I will win”. “Davey, you’re a former World champion, you’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime and you’ve lost it”. “I’m out to prove that same opportunity, Davey, I will not crumble, I will not fail, I will be the man who stands tall”. “That is why, Davey, in Toronto, Canada, I promise, I will defeat you”.
Evans: “Indeed, Tomasso Ciampa did suffer an injury at “Boiling Point”. “But, as the embodiment of the principles of “Survival of the Fittest”, he toughed it out for 3 falls”. “And now, here we stand at the precipice of the “Survival of the Fittest” tournament and it is far too important for a minor injury to keep me…hmmmm.. to keep us from succeeding”. “Don’t believe the rumors, my man will compete at “Survival of the Fittest”.
Back from commercial, Kevin Kelly is in the ring and he introduces the ROH World Champion, Kevin Steen, who comes out with Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs as S.C.U.M. is in full force.
Corino grabs the mic away from Kelly before Kelly can say a word.
Corino: “Kevin Kelly, as your TRUE partner in color commentating, I’m gonna ask you to leave and I’m going to conduct this interview with the ROH World Champion, KEVIN STEENNNNNN!!!”
“Now Kevin, you’ve asked for this time, you didn’t discuss it with me and Jimmy and we are waiting with baited breath, what do you have to say?”
Steen: “What I have to say is quite simple”. “I will put my Ring of Honor title on the line against “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin”.
Crowd cheers for Elgin.
“Yeah, you like him, eh?” “You like Elgin a little bit?” “That’s very unfortunate for you”. “And that’s exactly why I’m out here, I have some things to tell Mr. Elgin”. “So, uh, if you can please join us , that’d be lovely”.
The House of Truth’s music as Elgin makes his way to the ring with Truth Martini in tow.
Martini: “Kevin Steen, SHOOSH, just SHOOSH”. “Nobody here wants to hear what you have to say”. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, he agrees with me that everything that is coming out of your mouth is a bunch of hoopla”.
Elgin grabs the mic away from Martini.
Elgin: “Truth, the only hoopla I’m hearing is your voice”. “But, I’m not out here for that”. “Kevin, I’m out here because you had something to tell me face-to-face”. “Truth is, I have something you need to know as well”. “But, I’m a man of few words, Kevin, and lately you seem to be a man of so many, so I’m gonna let you say what you have to say, and I’ll say what I have to say after”.
Steen: “I called you out here to tell you 3 things”. “Number 1, I don’t like you”. “Now, I’ll explain why I don’t like you in a second, but before we step into the ring with each other October 13th, I think you need to think about a little something”.
The crowd chants “Hug it out”.
Steen: “Absolutely not”.
“When we stand in that ring in Toronto, I will have Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino, two men I can trust, the current Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions, by my side”. “But you, I see Truth Martini over here, but uh, Roderick Strong is not here, Rhino is not here, where’s the House of Truth, bud?’ “You say you don’t need anybody, fine, now let’s get to why I don’t like you very much”. “I came back to Ring of Honor for 2 reasons, I wanna kill this company, but I also want to steal the show every single night”. “And I believe that the general rule of thumb is that I do”. “But, in Florida a few months ago, you wrestled Davey Richards and that night, you stole the show”.
Crowd cheers for Elgin.
Steen: “Yeah, let’s give him a little round of applause, I’m a man, I can admit when somebody steals the show, but that’s the part that I don’t like”. “I don’t like when people steal the show, I don’t like when people take my spotlight and let me tell you something, Elgin, that one night in Florida is NOTHING compared to the 6 years that I have spent, pouring my heart and soul to get this (holds up the ROH Title)”. “On October 13, in YOUR hometown, you might have the entire city of Toronto behind you, but it will not matter, because I will walk out of Toronto the same way I did on May 12th, as Ring of Honor World Champion and you know why?”
“BECAUSE I, NOT YOU, I AM UNBREAKABLE, I AM UNBEATABLE, BECAUSE I AM KEVIN STEEN AND I AM THE BEST DAMN THING IN PRO WRESTLING TODAY!”
Elgin: “Now you’re done, I was gonna tell you, actions speak louder than words”.
Elgin attacks Steen, then fights off Corino & Jacobs. However, Steen nails Elgin with the ROH Title belt and then S.C.U.M. begins the beatdown of Elgin. Roderick Strong comes out to the rampway, but then just stands there and does nothing while Martini is begging him to help. Finally, the Guardians of Truth & Rhino come out and clear the ring of S.C.U.M. as we go to commercial.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Titles: S.C.U.M. (“The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs & “The Trouble King” Steve Corino) (c) vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Coleman & Jacobs will start things off. Jacobs acts like he wants to adhere to the Code of Honor, but instead, nails Coleman with a forearm. However, Coleman fights back with a series of right hands. Coleman with a pair of gut shots, followed by another right hand. Coleman, with a whip, a leapfrog and finally hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Tag to Alexander as Coleman with a snap suplex, followed by a slingshot senton by Alexander. Tag to Coleman, as C & C do their last sequence with an Alexander suplex, followed by a Coleman slingshot senton. Jacobs comes back with a jawbreaker, then tags in Corino, but Coleman catches him with an armdrag into an armbar. Tag to Alexander as Corino counters a whip attempt and goes for an abdominal stretch, but didn’t see Alexander’s tag in as he nails Corino with a running front dropkick. Coleman pushes Jacobs to the outside as C & C then hit a combination spinebuster/leg lariat on Corino for a nearfall. Corino reverses a corner whip, but Alexander catches him with a back elbow. Alexander goes for a turnaround crossbody off the ropes, but Corino sees it coming and sidesteps Alexander, causing him to crash and burn.
Tag to Jacobs, as S.C.U.M. hit stereo clubs across the back of Alexander. Jacobs with a snapmare, followed by a dropkick to the back of the head for a nearfall. Jacobs then with a Hangmans style neckbreaker, followed by double stomping multiple times onto the ribs of Alexander and finally hitting a slingshot elbow drop. Tag to Corino, as S.C.U.M. with a double whip and stereo right hands for another nearfall. Crowd wills on Alexander as S.C.U.M. hits a combination straitjacket neckbreaker while we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Alexander is trying to fight his way out of the S.C.U.M. corner, with strikes to both Corino & Jacobs. Corino, however, sends Alexander into Jacobs, knocking him off the apron. Corino gains a nearfall, then sends Alexander into Jacobs’ boots. Tag to Jacobs as Corino with a backbreaker, but when Jacobs goes for a 2nd rope back senton, Alexander gets the knees up and is finally able to make the tag to Coleman.
Coleman with right hands and clotheslines on both Corino & Jacobs, followed by a standing STO on Corino. Coleman charges at Jacobs, but Jacobs moves out of the way as Coleman catches nothing but turnbuckle. Jacobs goes for more double stomps, but Coleman kicks him off. Coleman lifts up Jacobs and drives him into the corner, then starts hitting a series of Northern Lights Suplexes. On the hat trick, Corino comes in to stop Coleman, but Coleman grabs him and hits a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX on S.C.U.M. for a close nearfall. Crowd is solidly behind Coleman & Alexander as Coleman hits a Tornado DDT on Corino, using Jacobs’ body as a springboard, that sends Corino to the outside. Jacobs reverses a whip, but Coleman sidesteps a back drop attempt with a kick to the chest. Coleman then hits a springboard crossbody onto Corino on the outside. Jacobs goes after Coleman, but Coleman uses the ringpost in 619 fashion to nail Jacobs. Then, Alexander gets a head of steam and hits a somersault plancha, landing on his feet, on both Corino & Jacobs. Jacobs is sent back into the ring as Alexander with a modified Glam Slam, followed by a top rope Coleman leg drop, but Corino breaks it up at the last second. Corino goes for a lariat, but Coleman blocks it. Then, Coleman & Alexander hit a version of Total Elimination on Corino. Jacobs nails Alexander, but Coleman sends Jacobs into the corner. Jacobs goes for the Contra Code, but Coleman waistlocks him to block it. Jacobs counters it while Alexander nails Corino in the corner with a running dropkick. Alexander then with a running dropkick to Jacobs as Corino is fumbling around for something in his ring jacket. Coleman places Jacobs on the top turnbuckle as it looks like Coleman & Alexander are setting up for Overtime.
Coleman & Alexander hit Overtime, but as Coleman is going to make the cover, Corino wallops Coleman with a roll of quarters and the referee rings the bell.
Winners: Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander by DQ (Still ROH Tag Team Champions: S.C.U.M.)
Corino sends Alexander through the ropes and to the outside, then sends him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Corino stomps away on Coleman while Jacobs unloads with right hands. All of a sudden, Michael Elgin runs in and clears the ring of Corino & Jacobs. Crowd chants for Elgin as he wants Corino & Jacobs back in the ring. We see a close up of the roll of quarters used by Corino leading to DQ. Truth Martini heads out onto the rampway as Coleman & Alexander get back to their feet and see Elgin in the ring. Crowd chants for Coleman & Alexander as Elgin shakes both of their hands while Martini is in shock on the entrance ramp.
Martini pouts on the entrance ramp as Elgin gets in his face while we go to credits.
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