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We see video highlighting last week’s Survival of the Fittest match between Davey Richards & Mike Bennett before the usual intro.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Kelly & Nigel run down tonight’s 3 Survival of the Fittest Qualifying matches before we go to the 1st of the 3 encounters.
Survival of the Fittest 2012 Qualifying Match: Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini vs. “The Notorious 187” Homicide
No Code of Honor before the bell sounds. Strong with a waistlock, Homicide drops down, Strong with a headscissors, but Homicide breaks free. Strong with a wristlock, but Homicide with a drop toe hold to take him down into a chinlock. Homicide fish hooks Strong, Strong goes for a snapmare, but Homicide goes into a wristlock. Homicide then hammerlocks Strong in the ropes, but is forced to break. Shoving match ensues, Strong with a whip, then a leapfrog, but Homicide hits a headscissors takeover, followed by a flying back elbow that sends Strong to the outside. Homicide sets to dive, but Truth Martini pulls Strong to safety. Homicide, though, goes out after Strong and sends him into the barricade. Homicide then chokes Strong with a television cable and gives chase to Martini. However, that allows Strong to come back with a chop. Homicide with a boot to the face, but then Strong sends him into the barricade. Homicide then reverses a whip and sends Strong again into the barricade. Homicide with right hands to Strong, then back in the ring, Homicide runs into boots by Strong off a corner charge. Strong stomps away at Homicide, then hits 10 punches in the corner. Homicide comes back with an uppercut, then bites at Strong’s ear in the corner. Homicide with a right hand, but Strong catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a nearfall. Strong chokes Homicide in the ropes as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Homicide with an inverted atomic drop, then hits the 1st of the Three Amigos, but seemed to hurt his back afterward. Strong blocks the 2nd and gourdbusters Homicide ribs first across the top rope for a nearfall. Strong with a suplex for another nearfall. Strong locks in a reverse bearhug as the crowd wills on Homicide. Strong switches to a regular bearhug, but Homicide is able to break free with a pair of double ear claps. Homicide then with a roll-up for a nearfall. Strong misses a clothesline and Homicide catches him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Homicide with a corner charge, but Strong catches him and places him on the top turnbuckle. Homicide with a right hand to Strong, then hits a leaping knee to the back of Strong’s head for a nearfall. Homicide goes for the Gringo Cutter, but Strong blocks it. Strong goes for an O’Connor Roll, but Homicide holds onto the ropes. Homicide then counters a Strong clothesline and hits a Hangman’s style neckbreaker for a nearfall. Homicide has words with the referee, but Strong drives him into the corner. Strong runs into a Homicide forearm off a corner charge, then Homicide goes onto the middle turnbuckle. Homicide points at Martini and goes for a Tornado DDT, but Strong breaks free. Strong then avoids a corner charge and nails Homicide with an enziguri to the back of the head. Strong then with a back suplex into a backbreaker for a nearfall. Strong motions that its over as he goes for the Gibson Driver, but Homicide counters with a back drop. Homicide with a running shoulder to the ribs in the corner, places Strong on the top turnbuckle, then goes up with him. Strong tries to lift up Homicide for something, but Homicide counters and hits a super rana off the ropes for a nearfall. Homicide can’t believe it, then hits a exploder suplex for another nearfall and again Homicide can’t believe it. Homicide removes his elbow guard, then goes for the Gringo Killa, but Strong slips out and backs him into the corner. Homicide charges, but Strong snake eyes him across the top turnbuckle. Strong hits the Death by Roderick, followed by the Sick Kick, but somehow, Homicide is able to kick out.
Strong then hits the Gibson Driver, and that is enough to put away Homicide for the victory.
Winner and advancing to the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012: Roderick Strong by pinfall (Gibson Driver)
After the match, Strong celebrates, but has words with Martini as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and before the next match, we see footage of when Kyle O’Reilly defeated ROH TV Champion Adam Cole back in September at a house show in Charlotte to earn a future ROH TV Title shot.
Survival of the Fittest 2012 Qualifying Match: Kyle O’Reilly vs. “No Fear” Mike Mondo
Both men adhere to the Code of Honor as the bell sounds. Mondo with a waistlock, but O’Reilly goes for the arm. Mondo with a side headlock takeover, O’Reilly with a headscissors, but Mondo gets out. Mondo with another side headlock takeover, but this time O’Reilly can’t get the headscissors applied to counter out. O’Reilly switches to his own side headlock as we see Davey Richards come out to ringside to get a closer look at the action. O’Reilly with a shoulder tackle off a whip, but then Mondo with a leapfrog, followed by a monkey flip. Mondo with a slam, then a drop toe hold. O’Reilly takes him down, goes for a La Magistral, but Mondo breaks free. They go to a Test of Strength, with O’Reilly taking Mondo down, but Mondo gets back to his feet, then starts to take down O’Reilly into a bridging position. O’Reilly gets to his feet and takes Mondo down, with the knucklelock still applied. O’Reilly flips over, but Mondo now takes him down with the lock still applied. They both get their shoulders up at the count of 2, then both go into back bridges until O’Reilly breaks and knee drops Mondo’s chest. Mondo goes to the apron, but O’Reilly nails him with a pump kick to the arm. O’Reilly goes out to the apron, shoves Mondo off the apron and into the barricade, then charges and connects with the running dropkick off the apron and into Mondo, who was taking a seat by the barricade. O’Reilly sends Mondo back into the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as both men exchange forearms until Mondo hooks O’Reilly in a backslide for a nearfall, however O’Reilly comes right back with a front dropkick for his own nearfall. O’Reilly chokes Mondo with his boot in the corner, but Mondo fights back with right hands and chops. O’Reilly then with a knee strike and a series of kicks to the back. They exchange forearms once more, with Mondo having to hold onto O’Reilly to be able to stand. O’Reilly stops himself on a corner whip, ducks under Mondo and kicks him in the gut. O’Reilly then with a cravate into a suplex for a nearfall. O’Reilly heads up top, but Mondo stops him. Mondo heads up with O’Reilly and is able to connect with a top rope superplex and both men are down.
They get to their feet at the count of 8 as Mondo blocks a pair of O’Reilly’s kicks, hits a series of jabs, then connects with a snapmare driver for a nearfall. Mondo goes for a suplex, but O’Reilly breaks free with a knee strike. O’Reilly hits a series of strikes, but Mondo avoids a leg sweep and nails O’Reilly with a dropkick to the side of the head for a close nearfall. Mondo motions for his kill shot, then goes for the Double Arm DDT, but O’Reilly counters out. O’Reilly tries for a full nelson suplex, but Mondo slips out and rolls up O’Reilly for another nearfall. Mondo catches an O’Reilly kick and nails him with a series of gut shots, but then O’Reilly hits a series of elbows to the back of Mondo’s head. Mondo with a series of knees to the gut, but then O’Reilly with some more elbows. Mondo then with more knees and gut shots, followed by a big kneelift that sends O’Reilly onto the apron. O’Reilly slips out of being suplexed back in the ring, but Mondo nails him with a forearm. O’Reilly then nails Mondo with a leaping knee. Mondo then avoids a basement roundhouse kick and rolls up O’Reilly for a nearfall.
O’Reilly avoids the leaping curb stomp, Mondo avoids another roundhouse kick, O’Reilly avoids left and right hand attempts, then nails Mondo with a spin kick. O’Reilly then with an axe kick, a roaring forearm, a reverse rana and finally a Regalplex, but somehow, Mondo is able to kick out. O’Reilly with a pair of kicks to the chest, but Mondo tells him to bring it on. Mondo then catches an O’Reilly kick, but O’Reilly with a flying armbar takedown into a cross armbreaker.
Mondo then breaks free and hooks O’Reilly in a version of the Kondo Clutch and O’Reilly hits the referee, who is checking for the submission, 3 times in the back of the head with the motion that he is trying to tap out and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner and advancing to the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012: “No Fear” Mike Mondo by submission? (Kondo Clutch)
Richards, from ringside, as well as O’Reilly can’t believe that the referee called O’Reilly tapping on the back of his head a tap out from the submission hold as we go to commercial.
“Inside Ring of Honor”
We now go to comments from Evans.
Evans: “It is so unfortunate that Tomasso Ciampa suffered such an injury with such severity”. “Especially since I cancelled his insurance premiums 3 months ago”. “As to the once Prince, now peasant, Nana, that plebeian dare put his hands on me again, I’ll have him thrown in prison, because I have a restraining order filed against him”.
We go to comments from Cole.
Cole: “Kyle O’Reilly, the last time we faced off, you earned a right to face me for my Ring of Honor Television Championship, taking advantage of an opportunity”. “To be honest, Kyle, I have no problem with that, because a win is a win”. “But Kyle, let’s talk a little bit about opportunity, because in Pittsburgh, I have an opportunity to continue my reign as Ring of Honor Television Champion”. “I also have the opportunity to prove once again to you that I am the better wrestler”. “And I have the opportunity to hurt you for what you did to me in New York City”. “Kyle, each and every time me and you face each other, we bring out the very best of each other”. “We prove how tough the other one is and we go to war each and every night we’re in the ring”. “Kyle O’Reilly, I can promise you this, with every fiber in my being in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I will do all that I can to walk out of Pittsburgh, STILL Ring of Honor Television Champion”. “And I will do all that I can to make sure that you feel more pain in your life than you’ve ever felt before”.
Before the main event, Truth Martini has a mic.
Martini: “I OBJECT!” “Rhino, Elgin, we do not have to do this, we do not have to do this”. “Survival of the Fittest?” “A random drawing?” “RANDOM?” “Random my booty!” “Its a plot, Its a plot, they’re trying to break us apart, nobody likes to see family fight, do you guys wanna see them fight?”
Crowd cheers for it and begins the “YES” chant.
“Rhino, I pay you lots of money, do the right thing, we’re about unity, do the right thing, step down from this match”.
Crowd with a “NO” chant as Rhino screams, ” I STEP DOWN TO NO MAN!”
Martini goes to Elgin, “Elgin, look at the bigger picture, the House of Truth, Elgin, you do the right thing, step down from the match”.
Crowd with another “NO” chant as Elgin screams, “THERE’S NO WAY I’M STEPPING DOWN FROM ANYONE!”
Rhino goes after Elgin and the bell sounds.
Main Event in the final Survival of the Fittest 2012 Qualifying Match: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. “The Man Beast” Rhino (Truth Martini at ringside)
Elgin with a series of right hands, followed by a back elbow off a whip. Elgin with more right hands in the corner, but Rhino fights back with some of his own. Elgin with a kick to the gut, followed by an elbow to the top of the head. Elgin stomps away at Rhino in the corner, but then Rhino sidesteps a back drop attempt and sends Elgin through the ropes and onto the apron. Rhino runs into a boot off a charge, then Elgin with a slingshot back elbow that sends Rhino to the outside. Elgin goes out after him and hits a pair of forearms, but then Rhino whips Elgin into the barricade. Rhino breaks up the referee’s count and continues to attack Elgin as we see Roderick Strong make his way to ringside to get a closer look at the action. Elgin whips Rhino into the barricade as Strong has words with Martini. Back in the ring, Elgin hits a top rope shoulder tackle for a nearfall. Rhino then counters a whip attempt and connects with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino setups for the Gore, but Elgin avoids it and Rhino goes into the corner. Elgin with a roll-up for a nearfall. Rhino with a club to the back, but Elgin with right hands. Rhino reverses a whip, but Elgin sidesteps a back drop attempt. Rhino then catches Elgin with a spinebuster for a nearfall.
Rhino stomps away at Elgin, followed by another club. Dueling chants for both men as Rhino whips Elgin hard into the corner. Rhino chokes Elgin in the ropes, then hits a short-arm clothesline for another nearfall. Rhino locks in a chinlock, with his knee driven into Elgin’s back as the crowd wills on Elgin. Elgin backs Rhino into the corner to break free, ducks under a clothesline and nails Rhino with a leaping enziguri and now both men are down.
Elgin with a series of right hands, Rhino reverses a whip, but Elgin avoids a charge and begins peppering Rhino with a series of clotheslines in the corner. Elgin sends Rhino into the turnbuckle, followed by a pump kick. Elgin then with a version of a Bossman Slam for a nearfall. Elgin motions that its over as he setups Rhino for the 360* Powerbomb, but Rhino breaks free and kicks Elgin in the gut. Elgin then counters a whip and connects with a roaring forearm. Elgin with a German Suplex for a nearfall. Elgin fires up and tries for the powerbomb again, but Rhino counters out with a back drop. Rhino runs into a boot by Elgin, but then drills him with a running shoulder to the gut. Rhino lifts up Elgin and hits a version of a TKO for a close nearfall.
Strong can’t believe it and he hops up on the apron to argue with the referee while Rhino is setting up Elgin for the Gore. While the referee is distracted, Martini comes in, gets in Rhino’s path, and pleads with Rhino to stop the match. Rhino then lifts up Martini and places him on the top turnbuckle so he is out of his way. Elgin then nails Rhino with a forearm that backs Rhino into Martini, who’s leg gets caught in the ropes and is left hanging upside down. Rhino misses a clothesline and then Elgin drills him with his own version of the Gore.
Elgin fires up again, lifts up Rhino and this time hits the Revolution Elgin Bomb for the victory.
Winner and advancing to the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin by pinfall (Revolution Elgin Bomb)
Elgin celebrates his win as we go to credits.
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