We see a video package of last week’s Steel Cage Warfare where Team ROH defeated SCUM and forced them to disband.
We go right to the opening match.
3.0. (“Big Magic” Shane Matthews & Scott “Jagged” Parker) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (“The Last Hero” ACH & TD Thomas)
Parker elbow drops the streamers for Adrenaline RUSH before the bell. Code of Honor as the bell sounds. Parker & ACH will start. Commentary mentions that 3.0’s influence is Rick Martel. Side headlock by ACH, he goes up & over, slides under Parker’s legs, hits a dropkick. Parker avoids a charge, but runs into a back elbow. ACH goes up top, but Matthews pulls him down and hot shots ACH across the top rope. Parker with a dropkick to ACH, followed by a front elbow drop. Matthews in, but ACH fights out of the 3.0. corner. Parker in, knocks TD off the apron. ACH with a back drop, TD tagged in. TD with shots to both of 3.0. Parker charges, TD ducks and Parker nails his own partner. TD with a savate kick, a Capoeira kick and a Half & Half, but Matthews breaks up the pinfall. TD with knee strikes and a head kick to Matthews, ACH tagged in. Matthews avoids ACH off the top and ACH runs right into a right hand by Parker. Parker runs into a boot by ACH, but Parker alley-oops ACH right into a Spear by Matthews for a nearfall. Matthews in, but ACH prevents a double team. Matthews drives ACH into the corner and Parker charges in with a running enziguri. Parker with a kick that knocks TD off the apron. Samoan Drop to ACH by Parker, powerbomb by Matthews. Matthews locks in the Boston Crab. Parker charges at TD, but he pulls down the top rope and Parker goes to the outside. TD with a running chest kick to Matthews to break up the Boston Crab. TD then with a springboard moonsault taking out Parker on the outside.
Back in, ACH’s Big Bang Attack to Matthews! 1-2-3!
Winners: Adrenaline RUSH by pinfall (ACH’s Big Bang Attack)
Back from commercial, match-maker Nigel McGuinness is in the ring. Nigel says we are at an unprecedented moment in ROH. Because of the injuries Jay Briscoe suffered at the hands of SCUM 2 weeks ago, I was forced to strip Jay of the ROH World Title. Today, for the first time ever in ROH history, the ROH World Title is vacant. The war with SCUM is over, honor has been restored, but one of the causalities of that war will forever be Jay’s ROH title reign. If you think that was an easy decision for me, you’re wrong. No one questions the toughness of Jay. No one questions what Jay has done for ROH and you can’t take away what Jay did as ROH champion. But, when the doctor looks at his shoulder and says that he can’t wrestle for 3-4 months, the decision is out of my hands. Now, we have to get a new ROH champion. In 3 weeks, the beginning of the ROH World Title tournament with 16 of the best wrestlers in the world will start and will end at Death Before Dishonor in the hometown of ROH, Philadelphia, where we will crown a new ROH champion. With the absence of the ROH title, we are gonna put more emphasis on the ROH tag titles and bring in some of the best tag teams in the world.
The music of the ROH Tag Team Champions hits as reDRagon makes their way to the ring. Nigel says that reDRagon are the best tag team in the world today. Bobby Fish says that it is no secret that since these titles have been around their waists, TV ratings are up. The live attendance is up. They are here to do Nigel and Ring of Honor a favor. The tag title defenses are piling up and their mythical level as champions has made them man up. Tonight, they have the Forever Fooligans . . . Hooligans in a Proving Ground match. As the saviors of Ring of Honor, he has an offer for Nigel. Instead of a Proving Ground match, why not make it for the ROH Tag Titles. Don’t get this twisted. They are not doing it for the fans. Nigel says that sounds fantastic idea so the titles will be on the line.
The music of the American Wolves hits and they make their way to the ring. Davey Richards says that he is giving reDRagon props for having the b***s to put the titles on the line. Romero and Koslov are a great team. reDRagon are a great team. However, the former champions, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards are not in the World Title Tournament because they are ready to become World Tag Team Champions. Whatever happens tonight, keep the belts warm because they are coming to collect.
“inside Ring of Honor”
We see footage from Jay Briscoe after he was stripped of the title.
We go to footage of Michael Elgin saying that he will not accept being handed the ROH World title because he would not be the best. The best earns everything he has.
Sixteen men will enter a tournament to see who will become the next ROH World Champion starting in a few weeks and ending at Death Before Dishonor in Philadelphia on September 20. Every match in the tournament will be on television.
Michael Elgin says he did everything Nigel wanted in Ring of Honor and now Nigel has done what he asked. Sixteen men to determine who will be the next ROH World Champion. Any man can win a match, but it takes a real man and a true champion to win four matches. Elgin says that he has fought long and hard for Ring of Honor and now he will fight for himself.
Before the tournament starts, we have a qualifying match between Adam Page and Silas Young on this week’s show, which will be……..NEXT!
Back from commercial as QT Marshall is at the announce table trying to argue that he should be in the tournament. QT gets in the ring and tells Nigel that it is ridiculous and utterly appalling to have the people decide whether he should be in this tournament. The people would want him fired right now. Adam Page takes the mic and says the people did not come here to hear QT Marshall talk. Put the doofus in the match.
Nigel tells the ref to ring the bell, leading to…………..
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament Qualifying Match: Adam Page vs. “The Last Real Man in Pro Wrestling” Silas Young vs. “God’s Gift” QT Marshall
Page avoids a charge by Young. Young slips out of a back suplex. Page avoids a clothesline, hits an inverted atomic drop and a dropkick. Page goes for a plancha, but Marshall catches him and hits a powerslam for a nearfall. Young with a slingshot elbow drop to Page. Roll-up by Marshall for a nearfall. Marshall with a Fameasser for a near fall. Page comes back with a spinning heel kick to Marshall, then an enziguri to Young. Young with a clothesline to Marshall and then crotches Page on the turnbuckles. Page blocks a superplex, Young knocked off the ropes. Young goes up again and stops Marshall’s attempt of a Tower of Doom by biting him. Young is knocked off the ropes again. Crossbody by Page to Marshall, followed by a dropkick to him, while at the same time, hitting a moonsault to Young for a nearfall. Marshall sends Page to the apron, but Page backdrops him to the outside. Young with his backbreaker/clothesline combo to Page for a nearfall. Finlay Roll, but Page avoids the headstand split-leg moonsault. Page heads up top, but Marshall pushes Page off the turnbuckle and onto the apron.
Inside cradle by Young to Marshall, 1-2-3!
Winner and advancing to the 1st Round of the ROH World Title Tournament: “The Last Real Man in Pro Wrestling” Silas Young by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Back from commercial, its time for the main event.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles: The Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov) vs. reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) (c’s)
Romero and Fish start things off. Romero works on the wrist. Fish with a drop toe hold into a side head lock. Fish with an amateur takedown. Exchange of slaps, Romero takes Fish down. Fish misses a kick. Romero with a back heel kick, followed by a dropkick. Koslov in, assisted slingshot splash by the Hooligans for a nearfall. O’Reilly in, but Koslov with an arm drag and chops. Dropkick, Fish knocked off the apron. O’Reilly sent to the outside and Koslov wipes him out with a flip dive. Romero with a spidey move in the ropes. Fish charges, Romero avoids and Fish to the outside. Romero takes out reDRagon with a tope suicida.
Back from commercial as the Hooligans double team O’Reilly. Romero with the Forever Clotheslines to O’Reilly, but Koslov gets angry at Romero for not giving him a chance to clothesline O’Reilly. They argue, but hug it out. Romero with an inverted atomic drop. Romero with a clothesline, but Fish clotheslines him. Koslov with right hands, but Fish sends him into the barricade. APRON RUNNING DROPKICK BY O’REILLY!
Fish in, suplex on Romero for a nearfall. O’Reilly in, running knee by Fish and O’Reilly. Backbreaker/knee drop combo for a nearfall. O’Reilly with a seated abdominal stretch on Romero. Fish in, slingshot senton for a nearfall. Dropkick for a nearfall. Strike exchange, Romero misses an enziguri, but hits a mule kick. O’Reilly tries to stop Romero from making a tag, but Romero gets the tag to Koslov.
Springboard crossbody to Fish, followed by a headscissors. Clotheslines to both of reDRagon. Springboard dropkick to O’Reilly. Both Fish & Koslov miss head kicks, but Koslov with the Dragon Whip. Romero tosses Koslov’s hat to him and he does the Russian Dance with stomps. Double stomp for a nearfall. Hooligans with an electric chair/knee drop combo to O’Reilly. Battering Knees by the Hooligans to Fish. Romero with a Tombstone to Fish, then Koslov with a Shooting Star Press, but O’Reilly breaks up the pinfall. O’Reilly with his series of strikes, ending with a leg sweep to Romero. Enziguri by Koslov to O’Reilly. Fish comes in, Saito Suplex to Koslov. Romero and O’Reilly tag in, strike exchange. Romero avoids the leg sweep, leaping knee strike. O’Reilly with his own leaping knee strike, but Fish misses a head kick, Romero rolls him up for a nearfall. O’Reilly with an axe kick to Romero. Regalplex/Back heel kick combo by reDRagon, Koslov breaks up the pinfall. Koslov with right hands to reDRagon. O’Reilly with a rolling elbow, followed by a running Yakuza kick in the corner. German Suplex by Fish to Romero. Total Elimination variation to Romero by reDRagon for a nearfall. reDRagon tries for Chasing the Dragon, but Koslov pulls Fish to the outside.
Backslide by Romero to O’Reilly, 1-2-3!
Winners and NEW Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions: The Forever Hooligans by pinfall (Backslide)
The Hooligans celebrate their title win while reDRagon complains to the ref as we go to credits.