This week, we will see the finals of the ROH World Title tournament from the September 20th Death Before Dishonor XI iPPV in Philadelphia.
We open ROH TV with The Briscoes walking into the building in Philadelphia and Jay has the ROH World title belt. Jay says that he is not going into the building, but Mark tells him to clear his mind. He Be a man and do what you have to do. Jay threatens to go home, but Mark says to put his big boy drawers on. We see a video package on Adam Cole and Michael Elgin’s path into the finals of the ROH World Title tournament. We go back to the Briscoes backstage with Mark giving Jay a pep talk. Jay says that Nigel McGuinness should have stood up for him before stripping him of the ROH World Title.
Back at ringside as the music of the former ROH Champion Jay Briscoe hits and he makes his way to the ring. Loud “Man Up” chants for Jay. Jay says that if you wanna be successful, you’ve gotta work hard. The harder you work, the better you’re gonna be. A company is only as successful as the people in it. 11 years ago, this company started with myself in the Murphy Rec Center. I was 18 years old and I have spent my entire adult life, my blood, sweat and tears trying to make ROH what it is today. “Thank You Jay” chants. Fast forward 11 years later, Kevin Steen is the World Champion, SCUM is taking over, but I whooped his ass and won the ROH World Title. Then, I got a shoulder injury and the higher-ups thought I couldn’t defend the title. Nigel McGuinness, I’ve known you for a long time, but why can you with a torn bicep defend your title, but I can’t defend my title? Now I know you are the messenger, but I think this is bulls**t. “This is “bulls**t” chants. Jay says its not Nigel’s fault. Jay says that his brother Mark told him not to look into the past, look to the future. So whoever wins this title fair and square and like a man, guess I will have to hand this title over to them. “NO” chants by the crowd. Jay says when he is cleared, he will come back and win back his title.
Nigel McGuinness introduces ROH founder Cary Silkin, ROH COO Joe Koff and Prince Nana as judges for the main event in case it goes to the time limit.
Main Event in the finals of the Ring of Honor World Title Tournament: Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin
Elgin with a quick shoulder tackle that sends Cole to the outside. Elgin with a powerslam for a nearfall. Cole counters the Buckle Bomb with a backdrop. Elgin sends Cole to the outside to get out of the Florida Key. Cole with a chancery, then works on Elgin’s arm. Elgin shows off his agility and hits a dropkick. Cole sent into the corner, then Elgin with a press slam for a nearfall. Cole gets out of the delayed vertical and hits a neckbreaker. Snapmare and knees to the back. Basement dropkick for a 1 count. Cravate applied. Elgin gets out with a back suplex for a 1 count. Cole then sidesteps a back drop with a DDT for a nearfall. Chinlock applied by Cole. Elgin fights out, but Cole avoids the spinning backfist and takes down Elgin in a sleeper hold. Elgin gets back up and gets free by driving Cole into the corner. Cole with a pump kick and an enziguri. Elgin with a rolling elbow, but Cole avoids a corner charge. Cole charges, but Elgin with the ST-Joe. Elgin with multiple clotheslines to the front and back of Cole. Elgin with 2 big clotheslines, Black Hole Slam for a nearfall. Cole gets out of the Deadlift German, Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Elgin gets out of the Figure Four, sending Cole to the outside. Cole comes back with an enziguri. Elgin then deadlift Germans Cole from the apron into the ring for a nearfall. Another German by Elgin for a nearfall. Both men head up top, but they then go through CRASHING THROUGH THE TABLE! Ref begins his count and Cole gets back at 16, with Elgin JUST BARELY making it back in! Elgin with a series of offensive moves, ending with the Elgin Bomb, but Cole JUST BARELY KICKS OUT!!! Elgin cannot believe it. Elgin brings Cole back in the ring, but Cole dropkicks his knee when Elgin tries to get back in. Figure Four applied by Cole, but somehow, Elgin is able to make it to the ropes. Cole hits the Florida Key, ELGIN KICKS OUT!!! Cole can’t believe it. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Cole with a slingshot DDT to Elgin on the apron. Back in, Elgin blocks the Florida Key, Crossface applied. Cole counters into a pinning predicament for a 1 count.
Cole with a German, followed by ANOTHER FLORIDA KEY!!! 1-2-3!!! NEW CHAMPION!!!
Winner and NEW Ring of Honor World Champion: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole by pinfall (The Florida Key)
Cole celebrates his win, then the music of Jay Briscoe hits and he makes his way to the ring. Jay has the ROH World Title belt and hands the title over to Cole. Cole & Briscoe shake hands. Jay turns his back to Cole and COLE SUPERKICKS JAY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD!! Elgin gets to his feet and COLE LAYS HIM OUT WITH THE ROH WORLD TITLE BELT!! Cole blows a kiss to Nigel McGuinness and poses with the World Title belt as the show closes.