Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair recap. Earlier than usual, but because of the impending Hurricane, thought I would put it up before its too late.
So, if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
We see the usual intro, then Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Kelly & Nigel hype up tonight’s Survival of the Fittest finals, then we go to the opening match.
#DemBoys The Briscoes (Jay & Mark) vs. The Bravados (Harlem & Lancelot)
“Man Up” chants for #DemBoys as Mark & Harlem will start things off. Mark with a side headlock, reverses Harlem’s whip, Mark misses a clothesline and Harlem with a Sunset flip, but Mark rolls through it, whips Harlem and nails him with a boot to the face. Tag to Jay, as Mark sends Harlem into Jay’s elbow, then the Briscoes with a 2nd rope leg drop/side slam combo for a nearfall. Jay with an uppercut, a whip and then nails Harlem with a back elbow for another nearfall. Tag to Mark, who nails Harlem with a club to the back. Mark with a suplex for yet another nearfall. Mark with a belly-to-back slam, then stomps away at Harlem, who begins to fight back. However, Mark comes back with a headbutt. Mark with a throat thrust, then Harlem with a whip and Lancelot pulls at Mark’s foot as he was going off the ropes. That distraction allows Harlem to drill Mark with a pump kick for a nearfall.
Harlem stomps away at Mark, then tags in Lancelot and the Bravados with a double whip, followed by a double back elbow before taunting the crowd. Bravados with a double elbow drop for a nearfall. Lancelot with a suplex, then tags in Harlem. Mark begins to fight his way out of the Bravados’ corner, but Harlem nails him from behind as Lancelot distracted Mark. While Harlem has the referee distracted, Lancelot with a boot to Mark’s face and then Harlem gains another nearfall. Harlem with a chop, followed by a corner whip, but Mark goes up and over him, does a forward roll, then unloads on Harlem with some Redneck Kung Fu.
Tag to Jay, who begins peppering Lancelot, who also got the tag in, with a series of jabs. Mark nails Lancelot with some more Redneck Kung Fu, then nails Harlem with a hesitation baseball slide kick, sending Harlem to the barricade. Jay with a Falcon Arrow on Lancelot for a nearfall. The Briscoes call for the Doomsday Device, but Harlem pushes Mark off the ropes and onto the apron. Lancelot with a version of a Codebreaker on Jay, then Harlem connects on Jay with a slingshot version of a Diamond Dust. Harlem then leaps off the apron, nailing Mark with a flying knee strike. Harlem with a corner charge and connects with a clothesline, then Harlem heads up top after Lancelot snapmared Jay and connects with a Blockbuster, but Mark breaks up the pin attempt. Harlem sends Mark through the ropes and to the outside, but then Jay fights back on the Bravados. Lancelot catches Jay’s foot off a kick attempt and the Bravados go for the Gentleman’s Agreement, but Jay ducks under the Harlem enziguri and Harlem accidentally nails his own brother with the kick. Mark then nails Harlem with a springboard front missile dropkick, sending him to the outside. Jay then drills Lancelot with a roaring forearm.
Jay lifts up Lancelot and this time the Briscoes connect with the Doomsday Device for the victory.
Winners: #DemBoys The Briscoes by pinfall (Doomsday Device)
After the match, the Briscoes celebrate their win, but are interrupted by the Guardians of Truth, who make their way onto the rampway. One of them has a mic.
Guardian #1: “Hey Briscoe sisters, we gotta a little unfinished business with you two girls”. “So, we demand your undivided attention”. “You see, when we came to Ring of Honor, Truth Martini promised us greatness”. “But lately, he’s been a little busy fixing his broken House of Truth”. “So, we have become afterthoughts with Truth Martini”. “So, we have decided to do things OUR way”. “We are former WWF Tag Team Champions”. “We are the most TREMENDOUS tag team in wrestling today”.
“WE ARE THE HEADBANGERS!!!”
They remove their hoods to reveal indeed Mosh & Thrasher, the Headbangers underneath those Guardians of Truth hoods all this time.
Thrasher: “Hey, you two redneck hillbillies, we know that your SEVEN TIME, SEVEN TIME, SEVEN TIME, Ring of Honor Tag Team Champs, but frankly, we don’t care”. “We have beaten legends, we have held championships in the biggest companies in the world today”. “So, I have one question for ya, are you gonna MAN UP?” “Or, are you gonna be chicken?”
Jay has a mic now.
J. Briscoe: “Are we gonna man up? “ARE WE GONNA MAN UP?”
Crowd chants “Man Up”.
“Headbangers, with all due respect, as far as tag team wrestling is concerned, until you prove yourself in an ROH ring, you ain’t done s**t”.
Mosh: “Hey Briscoes, just remember this, remember this one thing, there’s no right way, there’s no wrong way, there’s only the Headbanger way”.
Mosh cackles and the Headbangers do their infamous Headbanger dance on the entrance ramp as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to video looking at all the past winners of Survival of the Fittest before we take another commercial break.
Back from commercial, its time for the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012.
Main Event in the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012 in a 6-Way Elimination Match (The winner will receive a guaranteed Ring of Honor World Title shot on demand): “No Fear” Mike Mondo vs. “American Wolf” Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. Jay Lethal vs. Ring of Honor Television Champion “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole
Richards & Strong won the pre-match coin toss, so they will start things off. Davey goes for the arm, but Strong counters out. They trade counters in working on the arm until Davey kicks Strong off. Strong mocks Davey, but then Elgin tags himself in and Strong retreats to the outside. Strong gets back in, but then quickly tags in Mondo. Mondo with a side headlock, then no one moves off a shoulder tackle. Mondo tries a 2nd time and again no one moves. Elgin tries this time, but when Mondo goes for a leapfrog, Elgin catches him in mid-air and slams him down for a nearfall. Elgin again goes after Strong, who drops down to the outside. Elgin with a club, but Mondo fights back. Mondo with some forearms, but Elgin with a knee to the gut. Mondo comes back with a headbutt to the gut, then Davey tags himself in. Davey & Mondo exchange right & left hands until Mondo gains advantage. Richards then with a leapfrog, a drop down, followed by a dropkick, sending Mondo to the outside. Elgin in and he gets nailed with a dropkick as well. Davey leaps onto the apron and drills Elgin with the running apron kick. Then, Strong comes in on the apron and drills Davey with an enziguri, followed by a backbreaker onto the apron. Cole then nails Strong with a slingshot plancha onto the outside. Lethal hops into the ring, gets a head of steam and takes out Cole with a tope dive, sending Cole into the barricade. Mondo then heads up top and takes out everyone with a top rope moonsault.
Crowd chants “ROH” as Mondo rolls Davey back in the ring, gaining a nearfall. Mondo stomps away at Davey, but Davey fights back with a knee to the gut. Mondo sends Davey into the corner, but Cole tags himself in. Cole with forearms to Mondo, then Mondo reverses a whip, catches Cole when he tries to slide under Mondo’s legs and goes for the Double Arm DDT, but Strong gets the tag in and drills Mondo with the Sick Kick to eliminate Mondo.
“No Fear” Mike Mondo has been eliminated (Sick Kick by Strong)
Cole & Strong slug it out, exchanging right hands, until Strong unloads with right hands & gut shots in the corner. Strong says something to Elgin to draw him in, but then he runs into a boot by Cole. Cole with forearms to Strong, then whips him into the corner. Cole now is the one who runs into a boot as Strong nails him with one, followed by an enziguri for a nearfall. Strong stomps away at Cole, then tries to goad Elgin in the ring. Strong knocks Richards off the apron, but Cole fights back with more forearms. Strong drives Cole into the corner, then hits a chop. Strong with a running knee in the corner, then lifts up Cole and hits the Death by Roderick, but Cole somehow kicks out and Strong can’t believe it. Strong nails Elgin on the apron, then nails Cole with a roaring forearm, however Elgin comes in and drills Strong with a spinning backfist.
Cole then drills Strong with a superkick and that does it in for Strong, as he is eliminated.
Roderick Strong has been eliminated (Superkick by Cole)
Truth Martini can’t believe it, but then Davey quickly comes in and hooks Cole in the Anklelock. Cole kicks Davey off, then lifts him up and hits a fireman’s carry into a neckbreaker across his knee for a nearfall. Elgin tags himself in and tries to hit the Chaos Theory on Cole, but Cole counters it into a roll-up for a nearfall. Elgin misses a clothesline and Cole drills him with a leaping enziguri. Cole motions for a Shining Wizard, but Elgin catches him and lifts him up.
Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb, followed by the Revolution Elgin Bomb and that is enough to put away the TV Champ.
Adam Cole has been eliminated (Revolution Elgin Bomb by Elgin)
Lethal comes right in and nails Elgin with a basement dropkick for a nearfall. Lethal with a pair of forearms, but Elgin blocks Lethal’s attempt at the Lethal Combination as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Elgin catches Lethal and lifts him up for something, then Davey comes in, however Elgin catches him also. Then, Elgin, in an incredible feat of strength, connects with a DOUBLE FALLAWAY SLAM ON BOTH LETHAL & RICHARDS!
Crowd chants “ROH” as Lethal & Davey roll out to the outside. Crowd chants “Feed Me More” for Elgin as he goes out after them. Elgin starts to head up top, looking to dive onto Davey & Lethal, but Roderick Strong, who was been eliminated, pushes Elgin off the ropes and into the ring. Lethal & Richards head back into the ring as it appears Strong is trying to grab a steel chair. Lethal & Richards exchange right hands until Richards nails him with an enziguri. Richards goes out onto the apron and goes after Elgin.
RICHARDS THEN EXPLODER SUPLEXES ELGIN OFF THE APRON AND THROUGH A RINGSIDE TABLE!
The table didn’t fully break, it only bent a bit as Elgin COMPLETELY bounced off of it. Martini checks on Elgin as the crowd chants “Holy S**t”. Lethal & Richards meet again in the center of the ring and Davey tells Lethal to bring it. They again exchange right hands, then kicks and chops until they begin slugging it out and then knock each other down. Lethal & Richards exchange more right hands when they get to their feet, but they both stop as they notice that somehow, some way, Michael Elgin has got himself back into the ring. Lethal & Richards stand in shock as Elgin is getting himself back to his feet while the crowd chants his name. Elgin blocks a Richards kick, then catches a Lethal kick, but Richards nails Elgin with an enziguri. Lethal spikes Elgin with a DDT, then Lethal & Richards look at each other and both decide to head up top. Richards with a wolf howl, then connects with a top rope double stomp right on top of Elgin. Lethal connects with Hail to the King and they both cover Elgin. 1-2……..but again, Michael Elgin kicks out and with authority!
Lethal & Richards have a state of shock on their faces while Elgin begins to fire himself up. Richards with a clothesline, but Elgin does not go down. Another clothesline and Michael Elgin STILL won’t go down. Elgin then spits in Davey’s face and tells him to bring it. Richards with a series of open hand palm strikes, but misses a roundhouse kick and Elgin nails him with a spinning backfist. However, Lethal drills Elgin with a superkick, then Richards with one of his own. Lethal with a pump kick that drops Elgin down to a knee.
Lethal & Richards then hit stereo superkicks to Elgin and that is FINALLY enough to put Elgin away and we are down to 2.
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin has been eliminated (Stereo Superkicks by Lethal & Richards)
Back from commercial as Lethal & Richards, the final 2 left in this match, get set to fight with both in an opposite corner of the ring. They slowly meet in the center of the ring as mostly all of the babyface ROH locker room comes out and stands around ringside, slapping their hands on the mat to fire up their peers. Lethal & Richards adhere to the Code of Honor, but then Lethal plants Richards with an Ace Crusher. Lethal heads up top and hits a leaping stomp for a close nearfall. Lethal lifts up Richards, but Richards breaks free. Richards hits the Alarm Clock kick, charges at Lethal in the corner and connects with a running forearm. Lethal then catches Richards and hits the Lethal Combination. Lethal keeps a hold of Richards and hits a 2nd one, but Richards kicks out. Lethal then goes right into hooking Richards in the Koji Clutch as Richards may be out cold. Richards, however, is able to counter out into the Anklelock. Then, Lethal counters out of that and hooks Richards in his figure four style surfboard, but Richards is able to reach the ropes. Lethal heads out with Richards on the apron and they go back to exchanging right hands, chops & kicks until Richards nails him with an enziguri. Richards then exploder suplexes Lethal off the apron and to the outside. Back in the ring, Richards heads up top and connects with a top rope double stomp, but JAY LETHAL KICKS OUT AT 1!!!
Davey can’t believe it as Lethal fires up. Davey then hits a trifecta of roundhouse head kicks to Lethal, but Lethal kicks out again! Richards with a throat slash and goes for the sliding kick, but Lethal catches him with a superkick. Richards with one of his own, then Lethal returns the favor with another superkick. Lethal with another superkick, but now its Richards who is somehow able to kick out. We see Kyle O’Reilly come out onto the rampway to get a better look at the match as Lethal calls for the Lethal Injection, but Richards sidesteps it and hooks Lethal back in the Anklelock. Lethal kicks him off, but then Richards hits a charging forearm, a corner whip and a 2nd charging forearm. Another corner whip by Davey, followed by a 3rd charging forearm. Davey places Lethal on the top turnbuckle, then heads up with him. Davey connects with a Top Rope Superplex, holds onto Lethal and then proceeds to drill Lethal with a Brainbuster, but JAY LETHAL KICKS OUT YET AGAIN!
Davey with another throat slash, then this time connects with the running sliding kick, but AGAIN JAY LETHAL KICKS OUT! Richards locks back in the Anklelock, but Lethal breaks free. Lethal hits a Release German Suplex, Davey gets right up, charges in, but then Lethal connects with a Release Full Nelson Suplex, however Richards kicks out. The wrestler slap their hands on the mat to will these two on as Lethal is frustrated. Crowd chants “ROH” as Davey is having to pick himself up, using Lethal to do so. Lethal says something to Davey, then hits a headbutt and chop, but Davey then spits in his face.
Lethal drills Davey with a leaping enziguri, then this time hits the Lethal Injection and that finally, finally, BY GAWD FINALLY , puts down the American Wolf.
“American Wolf” Davey Richards has been eliminated
Winner of Survival of the Fittest 2012 and earning a future Ring of Honor World Title shot: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)
The wrestlers, Kelly & Nigel all give both Lethal & Richards a standing ovation for their effort while Kyle O’Reilly goes to back, with an unimpressed look on his face.
We see highlights of the match as Lethal celebrates his win, with the crowd chanting his name and throwing streamers in the ring. Crowd chants “That was awesome” as Lethal puts up 1 finger, implying he needs only one shot to become Ring of Honor World Champion.
Lethal & Richards meet in the center and Davey raises Lethal’s hand as we go to credits.
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