We start the show with SCUM in a limo taking them to the Du Burns Arena. Steve Corino says next week its Steel Cage Warfare, but tonight its about Matt Hardy. Hardy got us this limo, what has ROH ever done for us? Corino says that Baltimore is known for losers. Their crappy inner harbor, idiots like Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken. Corino asks Hardy if he ever slept with Ripken’s wife. Hardy can’t remember, but he’s sure he has at some point. Corino says that Hardy will defeat Jay Briscoe and become ROH World Champion. Its like my son is winning the World Title. On behalf of SCUM, we are thankful for the hotels and resturants you have let us be, it’ll be our pleasure to strap that World Title around your waist. Hardy says that being reborn like I have been, I’m here to give back. SCUM is like family, you guys are closer to me than my brother. SCUM celebrates in the limo as we go to the usual intro.
We are about to ring the bell for our opening match between Adam Cole against Will Ferrera, but Roderick Strong comes out to the ring and grabs a mic. Strong says that at Best in the World, Adam Cole made a decision that wasn’t as honorable as you say you are. You are the type of guy that shakes everybody’s hand in the lockerroom and tells them that you are their friend, but at Best in the World, you had an opportunity to do the right thing and you didn’t do it. The more I watch, you would think I would be mad, but instead, I was disappointed.
Cole takes the mic and says that since he has started with ROH, he has prided himself with fighting with honor. I have been so obsessed with wins and losses that the chance to be one of the very best by count-out, I took it. So if I disrespected you, Roderick, or this company by not being honorable, I apologize. Cole says to Ferrera that he deserves an opportunity and he would love to face him at some point, but it can’t happen right now because I think the people in Baltimore would like to see a re-match from Best in the World. Ferrera leaves the ring as Cole asks the crowd if they wanna see Cole vs. Strong right now. Crowd does the “YES” chant as Cole says that tonight, he will prove that he has honor.
Bell sounds and we have an impromptu match.
Best in the World 2013 Return Match: “Mr. Ring of Honor” Roderick Strong vs. “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole
Code of Honor before the bell, but Strong says Cole has one more chance. Strong with a side headlock takedown, Cole with a headscissors, stalemate. Strong sits out on a Cole go-behind, drop toe hold, series of reversals, another stalemate. Strong backs Cole into the corner, clean break. Crowd chants for Strong. Cole backs Strong into the corner, clean break. Commentary mentions Cole’s taped up elbow based off a previous staph infection. Strong sends Cole into the corner. Huge chop, followed by an elbow. Snapmare, Cole slips out of a slam, back suplex for a 1 count. Forearms, snapmare, followed by a knee drop for a nearfall. Strong blocks a suplex, hits a standing gourdbuster. Strong avoids a charge, 2 chops, running forearm in the corner. Cole avoids a bulldof, Strong with a savate kick. Cole lifts up Strong, fireman’s carry neckbreaker for a nearfall. Neckbreaker for another nearfall. Chinlock applied as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Cole with a snap suplex for a nearfall. Slam for another nearfall. Headscissors applied, dueling chants for both men. Strong bridges back, gets a nearfall. Strong fights back, slips out of a back suplex. Strong avoids a clothesline, hits a dropkick. Knee to the ribs, sit-out clothesline. Strong lifts up Cole in an unique way, Black Tornado Slam ala Mike Quackenbush connects. Big chop, running knee strike in the corner, running bulldog for a nearfall. “This is wrestling” chants by the crowd. Cole drives Strong into the corner, Strong places him in the Tree of Woe. Running knee to the ribs of Cole, followed by a belly-to-back backbreaker for a nearfall. Cole with a gut kick, Strong gets a boot up off a charge. Enziguri, urnangi backbreaker, Olympic Slam for a nearfall. Strong lifts up Cole, Cole goes onto the apron. Cole pulls Strong to the outside, WHEELBARROW GERMAN ONTO THE APRON!! Back in, Cole gains a nearfall. Figure Four locked in, Strong is able to get to the ropes. Strong goes to the apron, blocks a suplex. Strong places Cole on the turnbuckles, enziguri connects. Strong goes up with Cole, strike exchange. Top Rope Superplex connects, Cole kicks out!! Cole blocks a suplex, rolling elbow by Strong. Strong lifts up Cole, Death by Roderick! Strong goes for the Sick Kick, Cole counters with a dropkick to the knees. Strong counters the Figure Four, inside cradle for a nearfall. Strong goes for the Strong Hold, Cole kicks him off and into the ref, knocking him down. Strike exchange, Strong with a leaping knee strike. Flurry of forearms by Strong, Cole comes back with a superkick and both men are down. Corino leaves the commentary table and throws in a steel chain. Strong grabs the chain and sees Corino. Cole comes back with a kick to the leg and sees the chain, thinking Strong brought the chain.
Cole grabs the chain, wallops Strong with it and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: “Mr. Ring of Honor” Roderick Strong by DQ
Cole complains to the ref afterwards that Strong was gonna hit him. Corino tries to explain himself to Cole, but Cole walks away from him. Corino chases after Cole as we go to commercial.
We see a video hyping up next week’s Steel Cage Warfare with comments from Team ROH, with the jist of it being all of them saying they are counting on Kevin Steen to help them win and he better be on the right side.
We then see video from earlier today where SCUM arrived at the Du Burns Arena and Matt Hardy signed autographs with the fans. Hardy offered a fan money to rip up a “Fat Hardy” sign, but he refused. Cliff Compton then ripped up the sign anyway as we go to commercial.
Before the main event, Steve Corino does the pre-match intros. Corino introduces Matt Hardy as an Icon, a Living Legend, a beauty. A man that has had eras named after him, someone who has invented more matches than I count. A man that can walk on water, a man that is Stronger than Death. Ladies and Gentlemen, you all remember when JFK was popped in the head, you all remember when you were when that 9/11 thing happened and tonight, you will remember where you were when Matt Hardy becomes the next and final ROH World Champion.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title: “The Self-Professed Icon” Matt Hardy w/Steve Corino vs. Jay Briscoe (c)
No Code of Honor. Jay works on the arm of Hardy. Hardy counters out and goes after Jay’s bad arm. Hardy again works on the arm of Jay. Jay comes back with a headbutt, stomps away at Hardy in the corner, followed by choking him. “Man Up” chants for the champion, Uppercut, followed by a back elbow for a nearfall. Shoulders to the ribs of Hardy in the corner, but Hardy avoids a charge and Jay goes into the ringpost, bad shoulder-first. Hardy sends Jay’s injured shoulder into the ringpost 2 more times, Divorce Court for a nearfall. Hammerlock applied, but Jay fights out. Forearms, but Hardy comes back with the Side Effect for a nearfall. “Die Hardy Die” chants by the crowd. Jay comes back with headbutts, Hardy fights out of a Death Valley Driver, Twist of Fate, but Jay kicks out!! Hardy with elbows to the injured shoulder, pulls at it in the ropes. Right hands by Hardy in the corner, taunts the crowd. Hardy goes shoulder to shoulder multiple times, re-applies the hammerlock as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Jay fights back with jabs. Forearms and a headbutt, followed by a dropkick. Hardy gets a boot up off a charge, goes to the middle rope, elbow to the back of the head. Jay comes back with a superkick for a nearfall. Hangman’s neckbreaker for a nearfall. Jay flips off Corino, Hardy blocks the Jay Driller. Jay off the ropes, Corino pulls at the legs. 2nd Twist of Fate by Hardy, Jay kicks out!! Crowd chants for Jay. Jay sent to the outside. Jay whipped into the barricade shoulder-first multiple times. Back in, Hardy gains a nearfall. Jay gets out of the Ice Pick, Jay Driller connects, but Hardy kicks out!! Jay stomps away at Hardy in the corner. Hardy grabs at his leg, but Jay continues to stomp at the leg. Hardy removes his boot and nails Jay with it as the ref was distracted, but Jay kicks out again!! Hardy with 2 more Twist of Fates, but Jay kicks out again!! Hardy and Corino cannot believe it. Hardy locks Jay in the Ice Pick, but Jay is able to fight out. Right hands from the mount by Hardy, then Hardy heads up top. Jay stops Hardy on the turnbuckles and goes up with him. Jay with a back superplex, but Hardy kicks out! Jay removes the bandange from his shoulder as he and Hardy exchange right hands. Jay with jabs, followed by forearms.
Hardy blocks the Jay Driller, Jay counters a Twist of Fate, inside cradle! 1-2-3!!
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: Jay Briscoe by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Afterwards, Rhino rushes out, charges at Jay, GORE, GORE, GORE!!! Mark Briscoe runs out, Redneck Kung Fu and the Uncle Mule Kick to Rhino. All of a sudden, Corino nails Mark in the back of the head with a roll of quarters as Mark is still suffering head trauma from Best in the World. SCUM come out as well as BJ Whitmer and Michael Elgin and a brawl is taking place at ringside. Lethal comes out as well, but SCUM has zipties and they tie up Team ROH to the ropes. Rhino stomps away at Mark as Corino asks for some chairs. SCUM throws chairs into the ring while they continue to beat down a helpless Team ROH, who are tied up to the ropes. Rhino places one of the chairs under Mark’s head, then has the other one, ONE-MAN CONCHAIRTO MULTIPLE TIMES TO MARK’s HEAD as Hardy yells to cripple him. SCUM with shots to Jay as Hardy yells to destroy him. Security rushes out, but SCUM takes them all out. Corino grabs the mic and says to finish Jay Briscoe one and for all. SCUM places Jay’s injured arm inside a chair as Hardy goes to the middle rope. Corino wants Team ROH and Nigel McGuinness, who has come out, to watch. Hardy off the middle rope, STOMPS ON THE CHAIR THAT HAS JAY’s ARM INSIDE!!!
Corino says that at Steel Cage Warfare, ROH not only dies, but ROH will BURN!!
SCUM stands tall over the fallen Team ROH and the Briscoes as we go to credits.