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!
Its another special “Road Rage” edition of the show this week, with a look at matches from last month’s “Glory by Honor XI” iPPV from Mississugga, Ontraio, Canada.
We get the usual intro, then Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, run down tonight’s matches that we will see from “Glory by Honor XI”, then go right into the 1st match.
From the “Glory by Honor XI” iPPV in a Grudge Match: “No Fear” Mike Mondo vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”The 1st Lady of ROH” Maria Kanellis
Bennett slaps Mondo, but Mondo with a right hand. Mondo with shoulders and right hands in the corner, then flirts with Maria. Mondo misses a clothesline, but hits a Lou Thesz Press. Maria goes on the apron, but Mondo catches her hand. Mondo slides under Maria as Bennett almost ran into her. Mondo slides under the ring as Bennett searches for him. However, Mondo gets a head of steam from the rampway and hits a running shoulder tackle that sends Bennett into the barricade. Mondo chases away Maria, then comes off the apron, but Bennett catches him in mid-air with a powerslam.
Bennett whips Mondo hard into the barricade as Mondo went leg first. Mondo is clutching his leg as Bennett charges and connects with a Spear as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Bennett locks in a Cobra Clutch, but Mondo breaks free. Mondo drives Bennett into the corner, then both men collide into one another, both looking for crossbodies. Both go to the outside, where they exchange right hands on the rampway while the ref begins his count. Bennett tries for a piledriver on the floor, but Mondo counters with a backdrop. Mondo sends Bennett headfirst multiple times into the barricade as the ref continues his count. Mondo gets back into the ring, but doesn’t want the ref to count out Bennett, placing him on the top turnbuckle. Mondo goes back outside, limping from his injured leg. Mondo tries to crotch Bennett on the barricade, but it doesn’t go according to plan as the barricade comes completely off and both men are down. Mondo then climbs the truss on the entrance ramp and goes all the way on top, 20 feet high.
MONDO THEN DIVES OFF THE ENTRANCE TRUSS ONTO BENNETT FROM 20 FEET HIGH!
Both men are crawling from the rampway to get back into the ring as the crowd chants “This is awesome”. Mondo somehow gets Bennett back in and crawls in himself. Maria gets back on the apron and says to the ref, “No more”. Maria then does a dance in front of Mondo, drawing his ire. However, its all a ruse as Bennett comes in, but Mondo senses it coming and rolls up Mondo for a nearfall.
Maria then slaps Mondo off of the pin attempt, allowing Bennett to lift up Mondo and hit the Photo Finish for the victory.
Winner: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett by pinfall (Photo Finish)
After the match, Mondo picks himself back up as the crowd gives him a standing ovation.
“Inside Ring of Honor”
In Part 2 of the Matt Hardy interview, Matt talks about Adam Cole and says he came to ROH to see Cole because he heard about his “star-making” performance with Kyle O’Reilly, where Cole’s got bloodied up. Hardy says that nothing compared to when he tore his abdominal wall and still finished the match, but his match wasn’t “star-making”. Hardy says he sees some comparisons between he & Cole and maybe one day, Cole will catch up to Hardy’s accomplishments because until then, he will ALWAYS be in the shadow of Matt Hardy.
These comments incensed Cole, who asked and was granted a match with Matt Hardy at Final Battle.
We go to comments from Cole, who says there are ironies in what people told both he & Matt Hardy, but at Final Battle, he will prove he is NOT a 2nd rate Matt Hardy.
We wiil get news on the meaning of the El Generico mask presented to Kevin Steen next week on ROH TV, plus Michael Elgin wants Roderick Strong at Final Battle and Jim Cornette says that there will be a new matchmaker, but that person doesn’t know he is doing it yet.
Back from commercial, we join our next match from “Glory by Honor XI” already in progress.
From the “Glory by Honor XI” iPPV: “Ruthless” Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (“The Outlaw” Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
Tag to Benjamin, who nails Titus with a right hand, then places Titus on the top turnbuckle before going up with him. Benjamin gets shoved off, then tries to spring up, but is shoved off again. Titus then connects with a crossbody and both men are down. Both exchange strikes from their knees, then to their feet. Titus gains advantage with chops, but then both nail each other with clotheslines and both are down again.
Whitmer & Haas get the tags in as Whitmer with clotheslines to Haas, a back elbow to Benjamin, then a snap suplex, followed by a Northern Lights Suplex to Haas for a nearfall. Whitmer with an exploder suplex, but Benjamin breaks up the pin attempt. Whitmer sends Benjamin to the outside, then he & Haas trade shots and middle fingers and “F Yous”. Haas then hits a German, but then Whitmer with one himself. Haas hits a pair of Germans, then the Outlaw Slam, but Titus breaks it up. Titus with a running dropkick, then Whitmer with a spinning Fisherman’s Suplex, but Benjamin breaks it up again. Benjamin & Whitmer block each other’s exploder attempts, then Titus with a dropkick as Benjamin had Whitmer in a wheelbarrow position. Titus heads up top, but Haas sends Whitmer into Titus.
WGTT hit Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team Finisher (Double Powerbomb) on Whitmer for the victory.
Winners: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team by pinfall (Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team Finisher)
Back from commercial, its time for the main event.
From the “Glory by Honor XI” iPPV for the Ring of Honor Television Title with a 30 Minute Time Limit: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole (c) vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards
Crowd chants for Edwards as both men adhere to the Code of Honor before the bell sounds. They jockey for position as Edwards breaks clean. Edwards with a waistlock, then hits a drop toe hold into a front chancery. Cole tries to get away, then Edwards switches to a chinlock. Cole breaks free again and hooks Edwards, who gets to the ropes to force a break. Edwards with a wristlock, but Cole counters into a wristlock of his own. Edwards counters back and takes Cole down, hooking in a keylock. Edwards goes back to the wristlock, but Cole counters. Edwards kips out, Cole goes for a dropkick, Edwards catches the feet, but Cole with a cradle for a nearfall. Dueling chants for both men as they go into a Test of Strength. Edwards takes down Cole, but Cole bridges up multiple times to avoid being pinned. Cole tries to get up, but Edwards brings him back down. Cole gets up this time and takes Edwards down. Edwards bridges up, but Cole pus his weight across him to take him down. Edwards with a monkey flip, then both bridge up while still in the knucklelock. Then, both trade a series of pin attempts back and forth until Edwards tries for the Achilles’ Lock, but Cole with a cradle for a nearfall. Cole goes for the Figure 4, but Edwards gets out. Both block each other’s strikes, then go for dropkicks at the same time and we have a stalemate. Dueling chants again for both men along with “ROH” chants as Cole backs Edwards into the ropes, breaking clean. Edwards with a chop, Cole with a forearm. They begin to exchange strikes, Edwards slides under Cole’s leapfrog, then sends him to the outside. Edwards gets a head of steam, but Cole catches him coming in with a leaping enziguri. Cole tries to come back in, but is nailed by an Edwards running boot, knocking him off the apron. Edwards gets another head of steam and this time hits the tope dive as both crash into the barricade while we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Edwards locks in a chinlock, then uses his arm to pull at Cole’s neck. Cole breaks free, ducks under a clothesline and nails Edwards with a dropkick to the knees. Cole tries for a Dragon Screw, but Edwards blocks it and then connects with one of his own. Edwards with a series of chops in the corner as Kelly mentions that Cole has a laceration on his chest. Both men exchange forearms back and forth until Edwards hits a chop. Cole blocks a suplex, but then Edwards does the same. Edwards goes to the apron, then Cole hits another leaping enziguri. Cole then connects with a Slingshot DDT, spiking Edwards on the apron and now both men are down on the outside. Crowd chants “That was Awesome” as the referee begins his count. Cole sends Edwards back into the ring, then heads up top, connecting with a splash for a nearfall. Edwards is grabbing the side of his neck, showing signs of a stinger as Cole with a charging clothesline. Cole lifts up Edwards and hits a fireman’s carry neckbreaker across his knees for a nearfall. Edwards reverses a whip, then hits an enziguri as Cole was heading up top. Edwards hits the Chin Checker for a nearfall. Edwards grabs to his neck again, obviously hurt, then goes for a suplex, but Cole counters. Edwards with back elbows, then goes to the apron. Cole tries for a kick, but Edwards dragon screws his leg across the ropes. Edwards heads up top and hits a double stomp across the back for a nearfall. Edwards then goes right into the Achilles’ Lock. Cole tries to break free, but Edwards with kicks to the back of the head. Cole with some kicks of his own and is finally able to break free.
Both men get back up as Edwards with a back elbow, but then Cole wheelbarrows him and gets him into the Figure Four. Cole has it cinched in, but Edwards is able to get to the ropes to force a break. Edwards is clutching his leg as Cole places Edwards on the top turnbuckle. Cole goes up with him, but Edwards blocks a superplex. Edwards then picks up Cole for something, but Cole fights off. However, both men then crash and burn, falling off the ropes all the way to the outside. The referee begins his count as Edwards gets Cole back into the ring. Edwards removes his elbow pad, but Cole with a boot to the face. Edwards with a pair of superkicks, but then Cole with a brainbuster across the knee, followed by a superkick to the back of the head for a nearfall.
Cole then hits the Florida Key on Edwards to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor Television Champion: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole by pinfall (Florida Key)
After the match, bags of ice are thrown in for both men to tend to their injuries as both are exhausted from the match. Both get up and adhere to the Code of Honor as Cole celebrates his win while we go to credits.
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