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 & Caleb Seltzer welcome us to the show, from the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. Kelly hypes up tonight’s ROH World Title match as champion Kevin Steen defends against Mike Bennett before we go right to the opening match.
Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly vs. The Bravados (Harlem & Lancelot)
Fish & O’Reilly adhere to the Code of Honor, but then attack the Bravados from behind as the bell sounds. Harlem is sent to the outside as Fish & O’Reilly begin the double team on Lancelot. Lancelot tries to fight back, but to no avail. Fish with a corner whip, then O’Reilly charges, but runs into a knee to the gut by Lancelot. Lancelot with a clothesline to Fish, a kick to O’Reilly, followed by a Chaos Theory for a nearfall. Tag to Harlem as the Bravados with a double whip and a double back elbow, followed by a double elbow drop for a nearfall. Chop by Harlem, then tag in to Lancelot. Lancelot with an elbow to the top of O’Reilly’s head, but O’Reilly fights back with forearms. O’Reilly goes off the ropes, but Lancelot follows in with a forearm. Lancelot off the ropes, but now its O’Reilly who follows in with a leaping knee strike. Fish in as he hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Lancelot, followed by an O’Reilly running knee to the head for a nearfall.
Fish with a snapmare, followed by a slingshot senton for another nearfall. Fish with a snap suplex, then tags in O’Reilly, who hits a knee drop. O’Reilly then with a kitchen sink off an Irish whip for a nearfall. Tag to Fish as he O’Reilly with the double team on Lancelot as the ref is with Harlem. A series of drop downs and leapfrogs by Fish & O’Reilly leads to Fish nailing Lancelot with a dropkick for another nearfall. Fish with a series of kicks, then tags in O’Reilly, who hits some kicks of his own. O’Reilly with a boot to the face, but then Lancelot begins to fight out of the corner, with shots to both Fish & O’Reilly. O’Reilly runs into a boot by Lancelot, followed by a rolling elbow and Lancelot finally gets the tag to Harlem.
Harlem avoids O’Reilly and knocks Fish off the apron, then unloads with forearms to O’Reilly. O’Reilly avoids an elbow off a whip, but Harlem nails him with a big boot. Harlem is all fired up as he catches a Fish kick and nails him with an enziguri. Fish & O’Reilly go to the outside, but then Harlem heads up to the middle rope and takes them out with a moonsault. Back in the ring, Harlem heads up top and hits a Top Rope Blockbuster for a close nearfall. O’Reilly tries to send Harlem over the ropes on a corner charge, but is then nailed by a Lancelot clothesline. Harlem then with a slingshot front flip Ace crusher on O’Reilly for another close nearfall. Lancelot goes after Fish, but Fish drills him with a roundhouse kick to the head. Harlem is left alone with Fish & O’Reilly as he delivers strikes to them both. Harlem knocks down Fish, but then O’Reilly reverses a whip and hits a spin kick to the gut, doubling Harlem over. Fish with a kick to the back of Harlem’s head, followed by a kick to the chest that knocks Harlem down. O’Reilly with a running basement kick to Harlem, who somehow is able to kick out.
Fish & O’Reilly then measure Harlem and hit a version of Total Elimination for the victory.
Winners: Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly by pinfall (Total Elimination)
We see a hype promo for Final Battle with Davey Richards, who says he doesn’t know if Eddie Edwards will show up at Final Battle, but he does know this, THE HUNT IS ON!!!
Back from commercial as we are backstage with S.C.U.M. Jimmy Jacobs has a mic and says that new matchmaker Nigel McGuinness is trying to do something on his 1st day on the job, by putting S.C.U.M. in a 3 way match at Final Battle for the ROH Tag Team Titles against the Briscoes & C & C. He calls it Sudden Death. The irony is, it hasn’t been a sudden death for Ring of Honor. Its been slow over the last few months, S.C.U.M. has had all the belts here in ROH.
Steve Corino says that didn’t that stinking, tall, washed up, limy Nigel McGuinness think that Jim Cornette was bad enough? Didn’t you think that everything that has been done to S.C.U.M. over the last few years has been enough? Now, you wanna go beyond a 3 way sudden death match. What you fail to realize, Nigel, is how smart we are. We didn’t get to the top by kissing babies and slapping hands. We are the tag team champions, Kevin Steen is the world champion because of our brains. We’ll find a way out, Nigel, we always do.
Kevin Steen says he knows Nigel McGuinness, I know you think by bringing Generico in, you’ve done something smart, you’ve done something that’s gonna pay off. Not only that, but you’ve put a ladder between us. And you’re hanging MY Ring of Honor World Title high above the ring, in hopes that Generico will finally get to do what nobody has been able to do. Well Nigel, all you did is ruin Generico’s career.
Back to the ring as Nigel McGuinness joins Kelly & Seltzer at the commentary table and talks about why he made the match between Steen & Generico at Final Battle.
We then see a video package highlighting Steen & Generico as a tag team, with their tag title win over the Age of the Fall in 2008. We then see when Steen turned on Generico at Final Battle 2009. From there, we see highlights of the Steen-Generico feud involving Steve Corino & Colt Cabana in 2010 that culminated in their Final Battle match in 2010 where Steen lost and was exiled from ROH. We move to Steen invasions of ROH shows in 2011 leading to him being reinstated at Final Battle 2011 in which afterwards, he Package Piledrived Generico thru a table. We move on to see video of the “La Revancha!” match with Steen & Generico at Showdown in the Sun in which Jimmy Jacobs turned on Generico and aligned with Kevin Steen. Finally, we see video of Glory by Honor XI when Steen opened a package that had an El Generico mask inside.
Back from commercial and before the next match, Jay Lethal grabs a mic. Lethal says at least someone cares about me, responding to the crowd chanting for him. Apparently, I’ve become the new whipping boy in ROH. When my parents got spat on, I gave ROH exactly what they asked for, some Killer Instinct. And now, all of a sudden, I’m getting fined, getting chewed out in the ROH offices and now to make matters worse, at Final Battle, I have to sit back and watch El Generico get the title shot that I deserve. Meanwhile, I have to wrestle Rhino in a match that win, lose or draw, I have nothing to gain. Why am I wrestling Rhino? For what? I shouldn’t even do it, but I will. I’ll tell ya what, I’m gonna take matters into my own hands, at Final Battle, I promise to wrestle Rhino, but I also promise that I will fight the World Champion at Final Battle in New York City. I’m promising that, no matter who wins, whether its Kevin Steen or El Generico, I promise to fight the Ring of Honor World Champion and there’s nothing anybody can do about it, not even Nigel McGuinness.
Lethal then attacks Chris Silvio, his opponent for this week, and the bell sounds, leading to….
Chris Silvio vs. Jay Lethal
Both men exchange right hands until Silvio with a gut kick. Lethal reverses a whip, but Silvio sidesteps a back drop attempt. Lethal then with the hiptoss/cartwheel/front dropkick combo, followed by a clothesline that sends Silvio to the outside. Lethal goes out after Silvio, but Silvio with a right hand. Lethal with right hands of his own, then sends Silvio into the barricade headfirst. Silvio comes back and sends Lethal back in, but then Lethal with a springboard dropkick that knocks Silvio off the apron. Lethal with a head of steam and takes out Silvio with a tope dive. Crowd chants for Lethal as he sends Silvio flipping into the barricade. Lethal sends Silvio into the barricade again, then hits a right hand. Back in the ring, Lethal gains a nearfall. Lethal with a back suplex for another nearfall. Silvio reverses a whip, then misses a clothesline, but then hangs up Lethal in the ropes and hits a swinging neckbreaker while Lethal was on the apron.
Silvio with right hands, followed by a kick to the back. Silvio with more right hands, charges and connects with a charging forearm. Silvio then removes one of his wristbands and proceeds to choke Lethal with it. Silvio with crossface shots, then chokes Lethal with the wristband again before gaining a nearfall. Lethal fights back, but Silvio with a knee. Lethal blocks a corner whip, then reverses another attempt, ducks under a clothesline and hits a leaping forearm. Lethal with a clothesline, followed by the Lethal Combination. Lethal calls for the Lethal Injection, but stops himself.
Lethal drills Silvio with a superkick as Silvio gets to his feet, then Lethal with a Cradle DDT, the same one used on Homicide back in September, on Silvio for the victory.
Winner: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)
“Inside Ring of Honor”
We 1st hear from Fish & O’Reilly about Final Battle, as Fish says he spoke to Eddie Edwards while they were teaming in Japan and while Edwards doesn’t like O’Reilly that much, the Wolves are done. O’Reilly says there’s not gonna be an American Wolves reunion at Final Battle, it will be burial. There will be a rise of a new great tag team and Davey, you’re on your own.
We go to Davey Richards, who says O’Reilly fooled everybody a few weeks ago. I thought you had the fight in you, you’re a sheep, you exposed yourself. Congrats on finding another sheep in Bobby Fish. I’m looking for a Wolf, I’m looking for my brother, I’m looking for the most destructive tag team to ever step foot in an ROH ring. Some people may not have faith in Eddie Edwards, O’Reilly & Fish are counting on Eddie not being my tag partner, but I know my brother, I know Wolves, we hunt in packs. Maybe he shows up, maybe he doesn’t, but come Final Battle, be it a tag match or a handicap match, I leave with the sheep’s heads in a basket.
We move on to hear comments from C & C, as Cedric Alexander says the Briscoes say that their 7-time ROH Tag Team champions, but C & C is on a roll. This is our time to be the tag team champions. Caprice Coleman says maybe the Briscoes haven’t been paying attention. A couple weeks ago, we beat Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, the same team that put you in the hospital. We are here to show that this train is on board. Caprice sings “So people, get ready, the train is coming, the conductors are us, so get on board”.
We hear from the Briscoes as Jay says that C & C is indeed on a roll, y’all hot stuff. Caprice singing songs, well soon, y’all gonna be singing a different tune. Mark sings “Caprice & Cedric, Corino & Jimmy, #DemBoys is gonna put a foot in your hind parts”. Jay says C & C beat Haas & Benjamin, hats off to you, we beat the Headbangers. So, at Final Battle, 3 teams in there, C & C may think they hot stuff, but we walking outta that b***h 8-time ROH Tag Team Champions.
We see a hype promo for Final Battle with Truth Martini, who implores ROH fans, or the “good Christian folks at home”, to call & e-mail to say that Elgin vs. Strong at Final Battle should not happen.
Back from commercial as Steve Corino joins Kelly & Seltzer at the commentary table for our main event.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen (c) w/”The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ “Brutal” Bob Evans
Steen is wearing Maria Kanellis, who is not there with Bennett for the match, “I’M A LADY” t-shirt for this match. Steen charges as the bell sounds and hits a corner clothesline, followed by a 2nd one and finally the Cannonball as Bennett was slumped in the corner. Steen clotheslines Bennett to the outside, goes out after him and sends Bennett flipping into the barricade not once, but twice. Steen sends Bennett into the barricade two more times, then sends Bennett back in. Evans goes after Steen and that allows Bennett to hit a spinebuster. Bennett with right hands from the mount, then taunts the crowd. Bennett chokes Steen in the ropes, but Steen fights back. However, Bennett with a right hand, a corner whip and finally an avalanche. Steen is sent to the outside, then is sent into the barricade by Bennett. Bennett trash talks Steen, then pulls at his face as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Steen breaks free of Bennett, but Bennett comes back with a dropkick for a nearfall. Crowd chants for Steen as Bennett continues to talk trash. Bennett with a corner whip, but Steen avoids a charge and Bennett goes groin first into the middle turnbuckle and is hung up in the ropes. Steen then with another Cannonball in the corner on Bennett. Both men exchange right hands until Steen gains advantage. Bennett reverses a corner whip, followed by a shoulder to the gut from the apron, but then Steen with the apron spike DDT for a nearfall. Steen sets up Bennett, but misses a springboard moonsault, allowing Bennett to hit a Spear for a nearfall. Bennett places Steen on the top turnbuckle and heads up with him, hitting right hands. Steen bites Bennett and knocks him off the ropes, then Steen hits the Steenton Bomb for a close nearfall. Steen lifts up Bennett, but Evans grabs his foot, however Steen throws Bennett over the ropes onto Evans, taking them both out. Steen then hits the apron powerbomb and sends Bennett back in.
Steen then hits the Package Piledriver on Bennett to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen by pinfall (Package Piledriver)
Jacobs & Corino celebrate with Steen after the match, then Steen gets a mic. Steen says to Nigel McGuinness that Eddie Edwards couldn’t beat me, Davey Richards couldn’t beat me, Roderick Strong couldn’t beat me, Mike Mondo, Eddie Kingston, Homicide, Rhino, Michael Elgin, none of them could beat me. I keep hearing Jay Lethal complaining about how he didn’t lose to me, yet he’s never getting another title shot.
“Jay Lethal, that is your own idiot mother’s fault, bud”.
Steen goes to continue to talk, but then Jay Lethal rushes out to the ring, but is stopped by numerous referees and security before he can get in the ring and after Steen. S.C.U.M. taunts Lethal, who is yelling at Steen, as we go to credits.
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