We see a video package on the end of the ROH-SCUM feud last month that saw an injury to prior ROH Champion Jay Briscoe and forced match-maker Nigel McGuinness to strip him of the ROH World Title. We hear the announcement of the ROH World Title tournament before we go to the usual intro.
We go to our opening match.
Four Corner Survival, winner receives an ROH TV Title Shot on the 8/31 ROH TV: Vinny Marseglia vs. Todd Hanson vs. Kongo vs. Brian Fury
This is the ROH debuts of Hanson, Kongo & Fury. Hanson looks like a bigger version of Robbie McAllister from the former WWE tag team the Highlanders. Kongo has half his face painted and has a Mohawk, with a build of well over 300 pounds. Code of Honor adhered to before the bell by everyone but Kongo. Vinny & Fury start. Side headlock and a shoulder tackle by Vinny. Lucha roll-up for a nearfall. Vinny slips out of a slam, Fury blocks an O’Connor Roll. Vinny comes back with an arm drag and a dropkick. We see the H.O.T. make their way to ringside to scout the potential opponent for Matt Taven next week. Hanson tags himself in as Vinny with another arm drag to Fury. Hanson nails Vinny from behind, hits some crossface shots. Vinny catches Hanson with a headscissors, sending Hanson into the top turnbuckle. Hanson comes back with a spinning front slam for a nearfall. Kongo tags himself in, bites at Vinny’s forehead. Headbutt, Fury blind tags in, Vinny sidesteps Kongo, sending him to the outside. Hanson comes in, shoves down the ref, gets a head of steam and takes out Kongo with a tope suicida. Fury charges, Vinny sidesteps him and sends him sailing onto Kongo & Hanson, wiping them out. Vinny heads up top, takes out everybody with a flip dive!
Back in, Hanson catches Vinny from the apron, but Vinny slips out, Forearm exchange with Vinny hitting a discus forearm. Hanson evades Vinny with a cartwheel and then connects with a clothesline. Kongo in, nails Hanson with a crossbody. Fury now in, but Kongo drives him into the corner. Vinny leaps off the top, but Kongo catches him and hits a Samoan Drop. Samoan Bulldozer Butt Smash by Kongo to Vinny and the strap comes down. Kongo charges at Fury, but Fury gets up and drills Kongo with a superkick. Hanson with a spinning kick to Kongo, then Fury with forearms. Hanson comes back with a clothesline, followed by back elbows in the corner. Fury avoids a charge and sends Hanson sternum-first off the turnbuckles, followed by a neckbreaker. Fury & Vinny exchange forearms, with Vinny taking advantage with a running corner forearm, followed by a Russian Leg Sweep. Fury avoids a kick, but Vinny with a Tornado DDT for a close nearfall.
Fury regains advantage on Vinny, hits a Black Tornado Slam for the victory.
Winner and receiving an ROH TV Title shot next week: Brian Fury by pinfall (Black Tornado Slam)
Adherence to the Code of Honor afterwards as we go to commercial.
We go to our next match.
#PartyBoys (“Rock & Roll” Mike Sydal & Zizou Middoux) vs. The C & C Wrestlefactory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)
Code of Honor before the bell. Coleman & Sydal will start. Fireman’s carry by Coleman into an armbar. Sydal tries to do a kip-up, but Coleman releases the grip, sending Sydal crashing off the mat. Hip-toss, but Sydal holds onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick. Sydal misses a boot, Coleman this time hits the dropkick for a nearfall. Alexander in, suplex/slingshot senton combo by C & C for a nearfall. Sydal comes back with a jawbreaker, Zizou tags in. Zizou charges, Alexander backdrops him, but Zizou does a full flip, sending him face-first off the mat. Running kick by Alexander for a nearfall. Sydal with a kick to the back of Alexander from the apron, but Alexander with a forearm. Sydal then hot-shots Alexander across the top rope and Zizou capitalizes with a dropkick, sending Alexander to the outside.
Sydal stomps away at Alexander. Back in, Zizou gains a nearfall. Sydal in, double hip-toss, double backflip, double dropkick combo by #PartyBoys for a nearfall. Sydal with a facebuster to the knee, followed by applying a cravate. Sydal with a snapmare, followed by a running knee for a nearfall. Zizou in, double sledge to the back. Alexander fights back, but Zizou with a snapmare, followed by a running knee, but Coleman breaks up the pinfall. Zizou taunts Coleman, but Alexander avoids a flipping leg drop. Sydal knocks Coleman off the apron, but Alexander comes back with enziguris to both of the #PartyBoys.
Coleman in, springboard clothesline to Sydal. Bles-TO to Zizou. Bionic elbows to Zizou, followed by left and right jabs. Coleman hits the Trinity for a close nearfall. Zizou avoids a corner charge, Sydal with a running clothesline, followed by an enziguri by Zizou, but Alexander breaks up the pinfall. Sydal goes to throw Alexander to the outside, but Alexander reverses on him and Sydal is sent to the outside. Zizou charges, but Alexander backdrops him to the outside. Alexander charges, but Sydal catches him with a kick. Sydal goes for a springboard moonsault, but C & C grab his legs and force him into a split. Coleman with a leaping dropkick through the rope sending Sydal to the outside. Zizou checks on his partner, but Alexander with a flip dive taking out the #PartyBoys! Back in, Coleman drives Zizou in the corner, Alexander with a running dropkick.
Winners: The C & C Wrestlefactory by pinfall (Overtime)
“Inside Ring of Honor”
Kevin Kelly begins Inside ROH, but then all of a sudden, Steve Corino walks in, ready to call the action. Kelly says that Corino doesn’t work in ROH anymore. Corino says he is a contracted broadcaster. Kelly says Corino needs to talk to Nigel. Corino says he has tried, he has called, texted, e-mailed, he doesn’t know what the problem is. What did I do?
We go to comments from C & C Wrestlefactory. Caprice Coleman says that the ROH Tag Division is heating up and we embrace that. But Nigel, don’t forget C & C. Give us one chance to show why C & C is the #1 team in ROH. Cedric Alexander says that since there is no more SCUM, we have no more distractions. There is no reason why we can’t get a fair title shot. Coleman says that if Nigel wants purity in ROH, give us a shot. You want honor in the Tag Division, give us a shot. If you want real champions who work hard, give us a chance to be at the top of the food chain. One pure chance, no distractions, no interference. Just one PURE chance. Amen!
We go to comments from Adam Cole. Cole says that for weeks, he has talked about wins and losses. With the tournament coming up, wins and losses have never meant more. When Roderick Strong fell through a table at Best in the World, what was I supposed to do, pick him up and throw him back in the ring? Then on TV, I turn my back for one second and when I turn back around, I see Strong with a chain in his hand. If it wasn’t his head, it would have been mine, I was just defending myself. Kevin Kelly brings up Cole’s friendship outside the ring with Steve Corino. Cole says that he & Corino are friends outside the ring. But in ROH, we have no allegiance. I have nothing to do with SCUM. But if a veteran gives you advice, of course you take it. But, you think I’m not smart enough to process the good and the bad advice? With the tournament coming up, that is all I have my mind on. Regardless of Corino or Strong, my goal is to be the next ROH World Champion.
Back from commercial, Nigel McGuinness is in the ring with ROH founder Cary Silkin and ROH COO Joe Koff. Nigel says that this week begins the ROH World Title Tournament. Cary says that the ROH World Title is the most important title in ROH and in his opinion, the most important title in pro wrestling. Koff says the tournament is for the fans, the TV viewers, so let’s get it started. Nigel asks Koff & Silkin to sit at ringside for our opening match in the tournament.
Main Event in a ROH World Title Tournament 1st Round Match: Jay Lethal vs. “The Playa from the Himalaya” Sonjay Dutt
Code of Honor before the bell. Nigel joins commentary for this match. Dutt goes for a quick roll-up, but Lethal counters for a nearfall. Dutt then gains a nearfall and we have a stalemate. Dueling chants for both men. Series of evasions from both until Dutt with a rana that sends Lethal to the outside. Baseball slide by Dutt, then a spinning rana using the apron. Back in, slingshot legdrop by Dutt for a nearfall. Step-over abdominal stretch applied by Dutt. Lethal fights out, then gets out of a back suplex. Hiptoss/cartwheel/dropkick combo by Lethal for a nearfall. Dutt sent off the turnbuckles. Strike exchange with Dutt taking over with chops. Lethal avoids a corner charge, clothesline for a nearfall. Inverted bearhug applied by Lethal. Dutt fights out, but Lethal with a back elbow for a nearfall. Slam, followed by 2 snap elbow drops for another nearfall. Dutt sent off the turnbuckles, Lethal with a couple of big chops. Big right hand by Lethal, then catches Dutt’s feet off a charge and sends him onto the apron. Springboard dropkick by Lethal sends Dutt off the apron and to the outside. Lethal with a head of steam, tope suicida sends Dutt into the barricade. Both men are down as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Dutt heads up top, but as Lethal tries to pull him down, Dutt counters with a rana that sends Lethal to the outside. Dutt with a head of steam, but Lethal catches him with a shoulder. Lethal runs into a boot by Dutt, then Dutt gets out of a tombstone attempt, gets himself back onto Lethal’s shoulders and hits a Tornado DDT! “That was awesome” chants by the crowd for the crazy move they just saw. Dutt gets the crowd behind him, strike exchange between he & Lethal. Dutt gains advantage, running Yakuza kick in the corner. Dutt places Lethal on top, but Lethal rolls through a super rana. Dutt misses a head kick, but hits a standing moonsault for a nearfall. Dutt plays to the crowd, allowing Lethal to roll him up for a nearfall. Dutt comes back with a clothesline, then heads up top. Lethal avoids the moonsault double stomp, but Dutt blocks a superkick and hits one of his own. Dutt blocks another superkick, takes Lethal down and hits a basement superkick. Dutt off the ropes, but Lethal catches him with the Lethal Combination for a close nearfall. Lethal feeds off the crowd as he measures Dutt. Snapmare into a sit-out rolling facebuster by Lethal for another close nearfall. Slam by Lethal, he heads up top. Lethal takes too much time and he leaps over Dutt. Dutt avoids a charge, hits a Pendelum Kick. Dutt then with a slingshot legdrop while Lethal’s head was across the middle rope. Dutt goes for a springboard splash, but Lethal gets the knees up. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection, but Dutt nails him with a dropkick while Lethal was mid handspring, sending Lethal to the outside. Dutt then wipes out Lethal with a springboard moonsault. Back in, Dutt this time hits the springboard splash for a close nearfall. More dueling chants by the crowd. Lethal blocks the Asai DDT, but Dutt counters a tombstone with a roll-up for a nearfall. Lethal avoids a boot, superkick to the back of the head.
Lethal Injection! 1-2-3!
Winner and advancing to the 2nd Round of the ROH World Title Tournament: Jay Lethal by pinfall (The Lethal Injection)
Lethal celebrates his win as we go to credits.