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!
We see the usual intro, then Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show, from the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. Kelly hypes up tonight’s long-awaited re-match between Davey Richards & Michael Elgin, then introduces Caleb Seltzer, who will be filling in for Nigel McGuinness on color commentary for the next few weeks. Seltzer says he comes from New England, where it is all about the old school and he is looking forward to doing the color commentary for ROH as we go to the opening match.
Tag Team Grudge Match: The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) vs. #DemBoys The Briscoes (Jay & Mark)
The two teams go right after one another before we even get through the “Tale of the Tape” graphic and the match is underway. Jay & Thrasher go to the outside to brawl, while Mark & Mosh go back and forth in the ring. Mosh misses a clothesline and Mark with a baseball slide to Thrasher. Jay gets back in the ring and goes after Mosh, while Mark goes after Thrasher on the outside. Mosh with a corner whip, followed by a flying hip attack and then does the Headbanger dance. Mosh with another corner whip, catches Jay’s foot, but then Jay with a jab and tags in Mark. Mosh with a right hand to Jay, followed by an Irish whip, but Jay with a forward roll to avoid a clothesline as Mark leaps off the top, hitting a front missile dropkick to Mosh. Jay with a splash to the back of Mosh, then Mark with a right hand. Mark goes to the 2nd rope to do his dancing senton, but Thrasher, on the outside, pulls Mark’s foot, sending him crashing to the mat. Thrasher pulls Mark out to the outside and drops him chest first across the metal barricade.
Thrasher rolls Mark back into the ring, then gets a tag from Mosh. Thrasher with a stomp to Mark, then sends him to the outside. Thrasher goes out after Mark, who tries to fight back, but to no avail. Thrasher whips Mark face first into the ring post, then knocks Jay off the apron while Mosh nails Mark with a springboard clothesline as Mark was heading back onto the apron. Thrasher then distracts the ref, allowing Mosh to front suplex Mark off the apron and back down to the outside. Thrasher goes to the outside and then proceeds to suplex Mark on the outside as the commentators mention that underneath the ring mats is cold, hard ice with it being a hockey arena. Thrasher with a kick to the back, then the Headbangers double team Mark while the ref is with Jay. Back in the ring, Thrasher with a whip and a drop down, followed by Mosh with a 2nd rope clothesline to Mark for a nearfall. Mosh with a chinlock to Mark while the crowd wills Mark on. Mosh with stomps to Mark, followed by a corner whip. Mosh looks for another flying hip attack, but Mark catches him in mid-move, hitting a back suplex out of the corner and both men are down. Tag to Thrasher, who knocks Jay off the apron, preventing Mark from making the tag. Thrasher with a corner whip, but runs into a boot by Mark. Thrasher then misses a clothesline as Mark does a forward roll, hits some Redneck Kung Fu and finally makes the tag in to Jay.
Mosh with the tag in as well as he & Jay trade right hands until Jay begins to pepper him with a series of jabs. Irish whip by Jay, followed by a dropkick. Jay with a Death Valley Driver for a close nearfall. “Man Up” chants as Jay with a back suplex into a slam, then Mark does his wacky dance on the 2nd rope and hits the Froggy Bow, but Thrasher breaks up the pin attempt. Mark with some Redneck Kung Fu to Thrasher, then charges, but Thrasher back drops Mark over the ropes and down to the outside. Thrasher then reverses a whip by Jay and the Headbangers hit a double flapjack. Mark then pulls Thrasher out to the outside and rakes at his face.
In the ring, Mosh goes after Jay, but Jay surprises him with an inside cradle for the victory.
Winners: #DemBoys The Briscoes by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Mark rings the bell multiple times after the match as he & his brother celebrate their win while we go to commercial.
Backstage, Veda Scott is with Davey Richards and Nigel McGuinness as Veda asks if Nigel is concerned about Davey’s condition. Nigel says who wouldn’t be, take a look. Nigel says to Davey we saw what happened last week when Fish & O’Reilly put a “good pasting” on you. Tonight, you’re gonna face Michael Elgin? Davey says to Nigel “come on”, its a business of hurt. How many times did you go out there and defend your title, show you were the best in the world when you were banged up? Its a pain game, you know how it is, you know damn well I’m gonna go out there and fight Michael Elgin tonight. Davey says Nigel brings up O’Reilly & Fish, there is one thing I need to ask you, see I need to make the wrong things right, its not about revenge, its about doing the right thing. To do that, I need my partner, Eddie Edwards. I need the American Wolves at Final Battle vs. Fish & O’Reilly. You have the power, Nigel, make it happen. Nigel says Eddie’s in Japan, I can’t just call him up and ask him. Davey says for Nigel to e-mail him, I don’t care what’s happened in the past, we’re brothers. Send him an e-mail, I guarantee he’ll be there, I have all the faith in the world in him. I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t have faith in him, its the right thing to do. Nigel says alright, I’ve made my mind up, I’ll e-mail Eddie, I’ll tell him that at Final Battle it will be the American Wolves reunited against Fish & O’Reilly. But, if he doesn’t want to be there, then he won’t wrestle at all, that’s my decision.
Davey & Nigel shake hands as we go back to the ring for our next match.
“God’s Gift” QT Marshall w/Barrister RD Evans vs. Adam Page
Marshall with a conscending way to adhere to the Code of Honor as the bell sounds. Marshall with a big knee to the gut, followed by a right hand. Page reverses a whip, drops down, leapfrogs, then Marshall with a whip, but Page slides under Marshall’s legs and nails him with a spinning heel kick. RD Evans joins Kelly & Seltzer at the commentary table. Page with a pair of chops, catches Marshall’s foot, spins him around and hits a big right hand. Evans on commentary says that his lawyers tell him not to mention Prince Nana too much. Page with a chop, but Marshall with a corner whip. Marshall runs into a back elbow by Page as Kelly questions Evans about leaving Tommaso Ciampa high & dry after his ACL tear. Page goes to the middle rope, but Marshall pulls his arm and hotshots him throat first across the top rope.
Marshall is bleeding from the nose from that heel kick of Page as he sends Page into the top turnbuckle. Marshall with a right hand, followed by a slam. Marshall with a pair of elbow drops, but stops himself when going for the trifecta and steps across the face of Page. Page fights back with a gut punch, a chop and a kick to the gut. Marshall then counters a whip and hits a tilt-a-whirl slam for a close nearfall. Marshall disrespectfully kicks at Page’s head, followed by a slap to the face, but that fires up Page, who fights back with a series of chops. Marshall comes back with a knee to the gut, then goes for a back suplex, but Page lands on his feet. Marshall then sidesteps a back drop attempt, but Page catches him off the ropes with a powerslam for a nearfall.
Evans couldn’t take no more of what he calls “slander” from Kelly and leaves the commentary table. Marshall with a shoulder to the gut, but Page rolls off the back on a slam attempt. Page tries for an O’Connor Roll, but Marshall holds onto the ropes. Page then counters a right hand with a leg sweep, followed by a standing shooting star press for another nearfall. Page heads up top and goes for a crossbody, but Marshall sticks out his knee and Page goes ribs first right on top of it.
Marshall hits the running Dominator for the victory.
Winner: “God’s Gift” QT Marshall by pinfall (Running Dominator)
Evans comes in to celebrate his client’s victory, but all of a sudden, we see Prince Nana come out, head up top and take out Evans with a double sledge. Marshall charges, but Nana pulls down the top rope, sending Marshall sailing to the outside. Evans tries to get away, but Nana pulls him back in. Nana begins to shred the suit and pants of Evans, unloading with right hands. Nana removes the pants, suit jacket and dress shirt of Evans, leaving him in only his underwear, undershirt and tie. Multiple referees come out and get in-between Nana & Evans to prevent Nana from doing any further damage to Evans. Nana goes to the outside when Marshall tries to go after him as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Evans & Marshall are still in the ring, along with Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness. Evans grabs the mic away from Kelly and says to Nigel that this is an OUTRAGE! Prince Nana did not just violate me physically, he hurt me emotionally. Do you understand I am under severe psychological distress and it is on your hands as the authority figure of Ring of Honor. I have a restraining order against that peasant, Nana, he was not allowed in this building and that attack that was perpetrated on me is ALL YOUR FAULT!
Nigel gets the mic from Evans and says keep your pants on, mate. Evans says I demand restitution, not comedy. Nigel says you want restitution? I will give you restitution. But, I am going to be pushed around and I’m not gonna listen to the whims of a man with genitals the size of a 4 year old. Its clear that there is only one way to settle this. At Final Battle, RD Evans on one side of the ring and on the other, Prince Nana. One fight to a decision! And if you don’t like it, you and QT there can leave ROH forever! And I’ll worry about a lawsuit some other time, that’s my decision.
Nigel leaves the ring as Evans throws a tantrum in the ring.
“Inside Ring of Honor”
The topic this week is that 2 new matches have been added to Final Battle. The 1st, a New York City streetfight as Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team will take on Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer. The other is the reunion of the American Wolves, maybe, against Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish.
We see video packages of what happened last week involving WGTT & Titus & Whitmer, as well as the face-off between Richards & O’Reilly.
Kevin Kelly runs down the rest of the card and mentions next week’s TV main event will be for the ROH World Title as champion Kevin Steen defends against “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett.
Before the main event, Truth Martini comes out to ringside. He enters the ring and has a mic. Truth says to Elgin, on that one day when you needed me the most, Rhino injured me and I could not be by your side in Toronto. And I know for a fact, if I was there, you would have beat Kevin Steen and become the new Ring of Honor World Champion. I let you down, but I’ll never you down again. And I know we have the same beliefs, we believe in family, we believe in unity and you also believe in the House of Truth. So, I say to you this, if you promise me that you will not wrestle Roderick Strong at Final Battle, I promise you that you in fact will become the Ring of Honor World Champion.
Elgin takes the mic and says you know what Truth, I promise you. I promise you that at Final Battle, I’m gonna kill Roderick Strong. And I promise you that if you don’t leave, what Rhino did to you is gonna look like sunshine & lollipops, compared to what I’m about to do. Martini leaves, but still pleads with Elgin to reconsider.
Now, its main event time in the re-match ROH fans have been waiting for.
Main Event, Richards-Elgin II: “American Wolf” Davey Richards vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
Code of Honor is adhered to before the bell sounds. Davey charges as the bell sounds, but misses a running boot. Elgin waistlocks Davey and tries for the Chaos Theory, but Davey holds onto the ropes. Davey charges, but Elgin grabs a hold of the arm. Davey with a single leg takedown and goes for the Anklelock, but Elgin kicks him away. Davey goes for a running kick, but Elgin avoids it and we have a stalemate.
They trade forearms in the center until Davey with a side headlock. Davey goes for a shoulder tackle off a whip, but Elgin does not go down. Davey with another shoulder tackle that backs Elgin into the ropes. Davey with a leapfrog, a drop-down and finally a dropkick that sends Elgin to the outside. Davey goes for the running apron kick, but Elgin avoids it. However, when Elgin turns around, Davey is able on the 2nd try to connect with the running apron kick. Davey whips Elgin to the barricade, then nails him with a running Yakuza kick. Elgin then reverses a whip and sends Davey this time into the barricade, followed by a running Yakuza kick of his own. Elgin sends Davey back into the ring, but Davey with a single leg and locks Elgin in the Anklelock. Elgin uses his strength to send Davey to the outside to free himself, but Davey comes back with a shoulder to the ribs from the apron. Davey tries to send Elgin to the turnbuckle, but Elgin blocks it with his foot. Elgin tries to do the same, but Davey blocks with his foot. They trade right hands, but then Davey this time is able to send Elgin face first off the top turnbuckle. Davey tries to suplex Elgin over the ropes, but Elgin blocks it. Elgin with a big forearm, then heads to the 2nd rope and hits a DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX for a nearfall.
Crowd chants for Elgin as he hits an elbow drop to Davey. They trade forearms once again until Davey gains advantage with a barrage of left and right forearm blows to the head. Dueling chants now as Elgin reverses a whip, then catches Davey when Davey tries for a handspring elbow. Davey rolls off the back, then tries for an O’Connor Roll, but Elgin holds onto the ropes. Davey with a crucifix for a nearfall, but Elgin keeps a hold of Davey, gets to his feet and hits CHIKARA wrestler Icarus’s Blu-Ray maneuver (Death Valley Driver into the turnbuckles) for a close nearfall. “Holy S**t” chants from the crowd as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as both men are down with the referee counting them down. “This is awesome” chants from the crowd as they get to their feet and again trade forearms in the center until Davey with a spinning back kick to the ribs. Davey goes off the ropes, but Elgin follows him in, hitting a back elbow. Elgin now off the ropes, but Davey follows in and slides out to the outside. Elgin goes after him, but Davey slides back in, gets a head of steam and as Elgin comes back in, Davey nails him with a running front dropkick to the side of the head that sends Elgin back to the outside. Davey then with another head of steam and hits a tope con hijo on Elgin.
Crowd chants “ROH” as the ref begins his 20 count. Davey sends Elgin back in and heads up top. Davey with a wolf howl and hits a front missile dropkick that sends Elgin into the corner. Davey charges, but runs into a boot by Elgin. Elgin charges, but Davey catches him with a roundhouse kick to the head. Davey with a release German suplex, but Elgin pops right up. Davey then with a flying armbar takedown into a cross armbreaker. Somehow, Elgin deadlifts Davey up onto his shoulders while still in the hold and breaks free by nailing Davey with a Buckle Bomb. Davey comes out of the corner and hits a clothesline, but Elgin does not go down and comes back with a spinning backfist. Davey then with a spinning roundhouse kick and then when Elgin tries for a leaping enziguri, Davey catches his foot and hooks him back in the Anklelock. However, Elgin gets to the ropes and Davey is forced to break. Another “this is awesome” chant from the crowd as Davey tries for a gutwrench suplex, but Elgin blocks it. Elgin lifts up Davey and tries for the Oklahoma Stampede, but Davey rolls off the back and sends Elgin into the turnbuckles. Davey charges, but misses a clothesline as Elgin waistlocks him and this time hits the Chaos Theory for a close nearfall.
Elgin places Davey on the top turnbuckle and heads up with him. Elgin goes for a superplex, but Davey fights it and locks Elgin in a Kimura. Davey then with a headbutt that knocks Elgin down to the mat. Davey goes for the top rope double stomp, but Elgin rolls out of the way. Davey charges, but Elgin catches him and tries for a Tombstone, but Davey counters and hits his own Tombstone Piledriver for a close nearfall as the commentators mention that the piledriver is once again legal in ROH. Davey can’t believe it as the crowd chants for Elgin. Davey and Elgin head out onto the apron on opposite sides of the ring. They trade forearms until Davey with a series of Kawada kicks, bringing Elgin through the corner ropes. Elgin comes back with a forearm, brings Davey through the corner ropes, hooking in a cravate and proceeds to hit a barrage of knees to the head. Davey then with some more Kawada kicks, then Elgin with more knees. Elgin heads up top and tries for another deadlift superplex, but Davey fights it. Davey with an enziguri, then rolls back in and heads up top with Elgin. Davey tries for a superplex, but Elgin fights it. Elgin with right hands to try and knock Davey off, but Davey comes back with a flurry of headbutts to the back of Elgin’s head. They go to the very top as Davey with a superplex, then hangs on to Elgin, but Elgin comes back with a version of the Hellavator for a close nearfall.
Davey is still down as Elgin heads up top and tries for a corkscrew senton, but Davey is able to move out of the way. Davey fires back up and charges, connecting with a leaping forearm in the corner. Davey charges again, this time hitting a running knee. Davey places Elgin on the top turnbuckle, then heads up with him. Davey tries for another superplex, but Elgin with elbows. Elgin then gets Davey on his shoulders and hits a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH, but Davey kicks out. Elgin quickly heads back up top and this time hits the corkscrew senton, but again Davey kicks out. Elgin locks in the Crossface, but Davey counters it into a pinning predicament for a nearfall. Davey charges, but Elgin drills with a knockout knee strike, shades of Tommaso Ciampa. Elgin with a rolling elbow to the back of Davey’s head, followed by a spinning backfist to the face.
Elgin then lifts up Davey and hits another Buckle Bomb, followed by the Revolution Elgin Bomb for the victory.
Winner: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin by pinfall (Revolution Elgin Bomb)
After the match, multiple referees come out to check on both men, who are obviously beaten, bruised and exhausted from the battle they were just in. Elgin is helped to his feet, then drops down to check on Davey as the crowd chants “That was awesome”. Davey gets to his knees along with Elgin as they again adhere to the Code of Honor while we go to credits.
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