We see a video package on the kick-off match in the ROH World Title Tournament between Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt last week that saw Jay Lethal advance to the quarter-finals.
We go to the opening match.
ROH Television Title: Brian Fury vs. Matt Taven (c) w/Truth Martini & The Hoopla Hotties (Seleziya Spark & Kasey Ray)
This is Kasey Ray’s ROH TV debut. Pre-match intros for this match. Code of Honor before the bell. Taven messes with Fury to start. Taven confers with the Hoopla Hotties as Martini joins the commentary table. Fury comes in and hits Taven with a Michoniku Driver for a nearfall. Back elbow for another nearfall. Taven slips out of a suplex, but Fury catches him going up & over and hits an Alabama Slam into a Jackknife Pin for a nearfall. Fury runs into boots by Taven, followed by Taven hitting a clothesline. Martini does a victory lap around the ring, but Fury with an enziguri. Taven comes back with a superkick for a nearfall. Right hands from the mount by Taven. Taven stops his momentum off a whip, but Fury hits a neckbreaker. Martini hops up on one side of the apron, while Kasey Ray hops up on the other side. Nigel pulls Martini off the apron, but Kasey Ray comes off the 2nd rope with a rana on Fury! Taven heads up top, Air Taven for a close nearfall. Nigel calls for officials to babysit Martini while Fury counters a back suplex with the Black Tornado Slam for a close nearfall. Fury runs into a Cyclone Kick by Taven.
Taven hits the Climax to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor Television Champion: Matt Taven by pinfall (The Climax)
Afterward, Martini rips a page from the Book of Truth and stuffs it in Fury’s mouth.
We go to comments from Mark Briscoe from earlier today. Mark says that all these hippies on the internet are talking about “Oh, the Briscoes must be gone from Ring of Honor.” “SCUM done took them out, the Briscoes are causalities of war.” I’m right here, where’s SCUM at? Mark shows off a doctor’s note, saying he has been cleared to compete tonight from the concussion he suffered. Mark says he was ready to go weeks ago, but now he has been officially cleared. Adam Cole, pretty boy, that title is coming back to the Briscoe house, so you better be ready for this whooping I’m gonna put on ya.
Back from commercial, Michael Elgin makes his way to the ring. Elgin gets a mic and says there is nothing that means as much to me as the ROH World Title. There is nothing that means as much in wrestling as the ROH World Title. As #1 Contender, when I heard that the title was gonna be handed to me, I told Nigel there was a better way and Nigel put 16 of the best wrestlers in the world in a tournament for the right to call themselves ROH World Champion. That’s me and 15 other guys. So now, the 15 of you, look nice and deep in these eyes, know what I’m saying is the absolute truth. I don’t have to worry about you, you have to worry about me.
“Liar Liar, pants on fire, Mr. Elgin!” as we hear the voice of Kevin Steen, who makes his way out to ringside. Steen says that when Elgin says he isn’t worried about anyone else in the tournament, you are lying. Because the fact is that you are worried about the one guy you know you can’t beat and that just happens to be Kevin Steen. When I held the ROH World Title, people were saying “Oh, Elgin’s gonna be the one to beat Steen for it.” Then, we wrestled in Toronto and what happened? You couldn’t do it, I beat you. And now, most people are saying Michael Elgin’s gonna win this tournament. Well, I’m here to tell you and your mullet its not happening.
Elgin says that Steen is right, he beat me, but that was 10 months ago. And look what it took for you to beat me, a Package Piledriver off the top rope and I’m looking at you right now and I’m making you a promise, that won’t happen again. Steen says to try him.
We hear the voice of Michael Bennett as he & Maria make their way to the ring. Steen says “Hey everybody, its Maria…………and someone else!” Bennett says that Steen is so witty with his jokes. What a collection of talent. I’m sure all these people see pure talent in the ring. What I see? I see two guys who have been given opportunity after opportunity. I see two guys who have been given main event after main event. When I look at that ring, I see the past of Ring of Honor. While you two were given main event and opportunity, I was being told that Mike Bennett, not right now. Mike Bennett, just wait another week. Mike Bennett, you aren’t getting this opportunity because you’re leaving Ring of Honor. Well that’s true, I am leaving Ring of Honor, but Michael Bennett is staying.
We hear the familiar beeping and the music of the Sicilian Psychopath hits as Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to the ring. Ciampa goes nose-to-nose with Elgin, the same with Bennett, then piefaces him. Ciampa goes to nose-to-nose with Steen, then goes to the camera and says that your next Ring of Honor World Champion, the Sicilian Psychopath, TOMMASO CIAMPA!
Ciampa leaves while Nigel brings referees and security to get in-between Elgin, Steen & Bennett as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to our next match.
1st Round Ring of Honor World Title Tournament Match: “The Last Hero” ACH vs. “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
Anderson comes out wearing the t-shirt of his stable in New Japan, the Bullet Club. Code of Honor before the bell. Anderson backs ACH into the corner, breaks clean. ACH with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle. ACH shows off his agility, hits a rana that sends Anderson to the outside. ACH feigns a dive as Anderson retreats to the rampway to avoid it. Back in, crowd chants for ACH. Anderson with a side headlock takeover. They go to the ropes, but Anderson with a gut kick. Boot to the face, followed by an uppercut. Forearm, but ACH sidesteps a charge and Anderson to the outside. Anderson avoids an Arabian Press, but ACH lands on his feet. Anderson then drills ACH with a flying kick.
Back from commercial as Anderson brings ACH out from the apron with a delayed vertical for a nearfall. Anderson gets 2 more nearfalls and yells out in frustration. ACH fights back, but Anderson with an uppercut. Anderson stomps away, stands on ACH’s face. Anderson taunts the crowd. ACH with a shoulder to the ribs, Sunset Flip for a nearfall. Anderson comes back with a back elbow, followed by right hands from the mount. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on ACH. ACH fights out, but Anderson with a slam. ACH then avoids a back senton, both men down.
They get to their feet, ACH with kicks to the leg of Anderson as well as chops. 10 punches in the corner, then ACH with a body scissors to take Anderson over the ropes to the outside. ACH with a baseball slide, followed by Air Jordan! Back in, ACH heads up top. Freebird Crossbody for a nearfall. Forearms by ACH, then blocks the Gun Stun. Variation of the Paydirt by ACH for a nearfall. ACH heads back up top, but Anderson stops him with another flying kick. Anderson heads up with ACH, but ACH shoves him off. ACH leaps over Anderson, but Anderson avoids a charge and hits a pump kick. Running Powerbomb for a nearfall. Anderson calls for the Bernard Driver, but ACH gets out and hits a variation of Cross Rhodes for another nearfall. ACH heads back up top. The Best 450 Ever, but Anderson kicks out!! Anderson avoids a front kick, ACH blocks the Gun Stun. ACH rolls through a roll-up attempt twice, front kick to Anderson for a nearfall. ACH again up top, but Anderson this time avoids the Best 450 Ever.
Gun Stun by Anderson to advance in the tournament.
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson by pinfall (The Gun Stun)
We see video from the July 20th episode of ROH TV were SCUM put Mark Briscoe on the shelf with a concussion. Its now time for our main event.
Main Event in a 1st Round Ring of Honor World Title Tournament Match: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole vs. Mark Briscoe
“Man Up” chants from the crowd before the bell. Code of Honor before the bell. Mark backs Cole into the ropes, gut shot. Mark avoids an early Cole superkick. Cole with a side headlock. Mark with a drop toe hold into a waistlock. Mark transitions into a side headlock. No one goes down off a shoulder tackle. Cole with an arm drag, followed by a dropkick. Mark goes up & over, Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall. Mark with a boot to the head, followed by a headbutt. Mark hits some Redneck Kung Fu for a nearfall. Cole blocks a suplex, Mark misses more Redneck Kung Fu, but hits a back elbow. Mark this time with a suplex for a nearfall. More Redneck Kung Fu, followed by a headbutt. Cole sent off the turnbuckles, Mark with some jabs, followed by a big uppercut. Cole placed up top, but blocks the Iconoclasm. Mark slips out of the Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker, nails Cole with a boot that sends Cole to the outside. Mark charges and connects with a baseball slide. Mark goes out after Cole, but Cole catches him with a superkick.
Back from commercial as Cole with a chinlock applied on Mark. Mark fights out, but Cole this time with the Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Nigel talks about his history of concussions concerning with Mark’s condition, saying that Mark might be suffering from 2nd Impact Syndrome, where he might feel better, but the possibility of a more dangerous concussion is there. Mark fights back, but Cole blocks a leg lariat. Mark blocks a superkick, but Cole with an enziguri. Mark blocks going into the corner, but he & Cole bonk heads and both are down.
They get to their feet, Cole with forearms. Mark comes back with a jawbreaker, followed by a corner clothesline. Mark to the middle rope, dropkicks Cole in the corner. Mark charges, Uncle Mule Kick for a nearfall. Crowd chants for Mark, Cole blocks an Exploder with elbows. Mark avoids a superkick, Cole blocks both a Dragon & a German suplex. Mark hits an enziguri, followed this time by an Exploder for a nearfall. Cole again blocks a Dragon Suplex, Mark fights out of the Florida Key. Mark heads up top, but Cole drills him in mid-air with a superkick! Brainbuster across the knee for a close nearfall. Crowd chants “Man Up” to will on Mark as Cole with a running boot, but Mark pops up. Cole with forearms, but they don’t faze Mark. More forearms by Cole, but Mark fights back with an onslaught Redneck Kung Fu. Cole avoids a kick, Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Mark blocks Florida Key by driving Cole into the corner, followed by elbows. Mark runs into a boot twice, Cole charges, but Mark hits the Cartwheel DVD. However, Mark nearly falls all the way to the outside, puking a little bit in the process which Nigel explains is a side effect of a concussion. Mark heads up top, but Cole stops him with a running boot. Cole goes up with Mark, but Mark with headbutts to knock Cole off. Mark is dazed, but hits the Froggy Bow. However, Mark cannot capitalize because of the shots to the head throughout this match. Referee checks on Mark as he & Cole try to get to their feet. Cole goes after Mark, but the ref keeps him back. Mark tries to get to his feet as the ref keeps Cole in a far corner. Cole then gets a smile on his face and as Mark is getting up, drills Mark with another superkick!
Cole underhooks Mark, looks right at the camera and hits Mark with his brother, Jay’s, own finisher, the Jay Driller, for the win.
Winner and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole by pinfall (Jay Driller)
Referees check on Mark while Cole celebrates his win as we go to credits.