Ring of Honor Wrestling on Sinclair (Supercard of Honor VIII Edition #1)
April 12, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana (John A. Alario Sr. Event Center)
Commentators: Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, Nigel McGuinness
Recap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com
Over the course of the next three weeks, we will be seeing matches from the Supercard of Honor VIII event in New Orleans from April 5th during Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
We go to a promo from Jay Lethal. Lethal says that tonight, the story of Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa comes to an end. My deeper, meaner streak will come out because I want what is mine and that is the ROH TV Title. Ciampa, I had you beat twice and if it wasn’t for Matt Taven, I would be defending the ROH TV Title tonight instead of challenging for it. In New Orleans, Tommaso, you get all of me because I want my TV Title back!
#TheNewStreak on the line: “The Last Real Man” Silas Young vs. RD Evans w/Veda Scott & Ramon Valente
Silas says before the match that he is gonna end RD’s joke of a streak. “F you Silas” chants by the crowd. Code of Honor before the bell. Silas quickly goes for the Finlay Roll, but RD slips out and hits a boot. Silas drives RD into the corner. Shoulders to the ribs and a chop. RD with a Flair flip onto the apron and hits a shoulder to the ribs of Silas. Silas blocks a suplex, but Veda trips up Silas’s leg as he was suplexing RD back in, allowing RD to fall on top and get a nearfall. Silas goes to the outside and gives chase to Veda. Ramon nails Silas, but it has zero effect on him. However, the distraction allows RD to wipe out Silas with a flying forearm off the apron! Back in, RD heads up top, but Silas stops him and slams RD off the turnbuckles. Silas stomps away at RD. Silas rakes his knee against RD’s face, then chokes him in the ropes. Silas with a soccer kick to the ribs as Veda joins commentary. Snapmare, followed by a step-over mule kick by Silas for a nearfall.
Back from commercial as RD makes a comeback, catching Silas with a Northern Lights Bomb for a nearfall. Veda tells RD to head up top and RD obliges. RD goes for the Crainial Crescendo, but Silas moves out of the way! Silas hits the Killer Combo for a nearfall. Silas can’t believe it as the crowd chants “You can’t beat him.” RD rolls out to the apron and Silas goes after him. Silas talks trash, then RD blocks a German off the apron. RD fights out, but misses a right hand and is sent shoulder-first into the ringpost. Silas then lifts up RD and hits the Electric Chair on the apron!! Both men are down on the outside as the ref begins his 20 count. Silas gets back in at 15 while RD is still down. RD then just BARELY gets back in before the 20 count.
Silas can’t believe it and is frustrated. RD then surprises Silas with an inside cradle for a nearfall. Silas with a front kick, then goes for the Finlay Roll, but Veda hops up on the apron. Silas is distracted by this, then we see Ramon throw RD in his belt. Silas avoids a belt shot, then goes to hit RD with it, but RD feigns already being hit with the belt as the ref is turning around after dealing with Veda. The ref sees Silas with the belt and almost disqualifies him, but RD rolls up Silas from behind for a close nearfall. Silas goes to hit RD again with the belt, but RD ducks and Silas nails the ref with the belt in the face! RD with a running Flashback and goes for the cover, but the ref is still down. RD tries to revive the ref, but Silas grabs RD and hits the Finlay Roll. Pee Wee Gaja Plunge as a second ref comes in.
Silas gets the win and the #TheNewStreak is over.
Winner: “The Last Real Man” Silas Young by pinfall (Pee Wee Gaja Plunge)
Afterwards, the first ref comes in and has words with the second ref. After conferencing, they raise RD’s hand, reversing the original decision and giving RD the win via DQ, #TheNewStreak is still alive!!
Winner: RD Evans via reverse decision
RD, Veda & Ramon celebrate his win as the #NewStreak is at 83-0.
We see video of the break-up between Matt Taven and Truth Martini.
We go to a promo from Truth Martini backstage prior to the show. Martini says he is not here to hurt, he is here to help. Matt Taven, you fire me? When you did that, you proved to the entire world what you are. Young, dumb and full of complete ignorance. I walk alone now, but that doesn’t bother me. But I won’t be walking alone for long. At Supercard of Honor, there is gonna be a big surprise because I will unveil the newest member of the House of Truth.
Matt Taven comes to the ring for a match with Truth Martini’s mystery opponent, but Martini instead comes out by himself. Martini says he is not here to hurt, but to help. But those who refuse to help are destined to hurt. When you fired me, you made the biggest mistake of your career. Without me, you are nothing. I know that, the people know that and deep inside, you know that. Martini calls Kevin Kelly into the ring. Martini says he has never gotten to talk about the final chapter of the Book of Truth, so he has some final words of wisdom. When the man bites off the hand that………….all of a sudden, Taven grabs the Book of Truth from Martini. Taven says no one wants to hear what Martini has to say. Taven goes to read something from the Book, but all of a sudden, flames shoot out from the book. Taven quickly drops the book down to the mat, but that allows Martini to kick Taven down low.
Back from commercial, we go backstage as Taven is looking for Martini. He goes into the men’s bathroom and finds Truth, but we then see a bright yellow light and Taven begins screaming in pain. Martini walks out of the bathroom with a cigarette and says that he isn’t fired, but Taven is fired. Martini leaves as refs and medics attend to Taven in the bathroom as it appears Martini threw a fireball in Taven’s face.
We see video of Tommaso Ciampa defending the ROH TV Title over in the UK last month for UK promotions WXW in Germany and PCW in England.
Nigel McGuinness joins commentary for the main event.
Main Event for the Ring of Honor Television Title in a 2/3 Falls Match: Jay Lethal vs. “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa (c)
The last time these two wrestled in a 2/3 Falls match was back in August 2012 at Boiling Point, when Ciampa tore his ACL in the opening moments of the match, but finished the match before being out for 9 months. Pre-match intros for this match. Ciampa before the bell, takes off his knee brace and hands it to Lethal instead of adhering to the Code of Honor. This will be the first match Ciampa has wrestled without his knee brace since returning to the ring last May.
Ciampa backs Lethal into the corner and breaks clean. Lethal backs Ciampa into the corner and also breaks clean. Ciampa with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Lethal with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle as well. Exchange of nearfalls, then Lethal blocks a hiptoss. Lethal with a hiptoss, but as he is going for the cartwheel/dropkick combo, Ciampa moves to avoid it. Lethal backs Ciampa into the corner, then hits a chop. Ciampa with one of his own, then Lethal with a right hand. Lethal goes up & over and holds onto the ropes. Ciampa is sent onto the apron, but drops down to the outside to avoid the Lethal springboard dropkick. Lethal kicks Ciampa off to avoid a wheelbarrow. Lethal then hits the trifecta of tope suicidas, with the third one sending Ciampa over the barricade and into the crowd.
Back from commercial as Lethal with right hands and a chop, but then Ciampa drives Lethal into the ringpost, followed by the barricade. Down comes the kneepad and Ciampa with a Running Knockout Knee to Lethal by the barricade that sends Ciampa flying into the crowd! Back in, Ciampa gains a nearfall. Ciampa rakes his knee against Lethal’s face. Big chop, then Lethal is sent into the turnbuckles. Overhand chop, but then Lethal this time hits the hiptoss/cartwheel/dropkick combo for a 1 count. Lethal with a big chop of his own for a nearfall. Basement dropkick, then Ciampa is sent off the turnbuckles. Lethal with a dropkick in the corner, followed by a snap elbow drop for a nearfall. Lethal with an armbar, but Ciampa bites his hand to get free. Lethal with another chop, but Ciampa fights back. Lethal with an enziguri, but then Ciampa catches Lethal off the back handspring with a backstabber. Both men block each other’s suplex attempts until Lethal with a Suicide-Plex, sending both he & Ciampa over the ropes and to the outside! Strike exchange on the outside, Lethal gains advantage. Lethal stops Ciampa from getting back in and they continue to exchange strikes. Ciampa now stops Lethal from getting back in as the ref’s 20 count is at 15. They continue to exchange strikes, then both get back in right before the ref reaches 20. Lethal with a savate kick to the ribs, then calls for the Lethal Injection, but Ciampa blocks it.
Ciampa goes for an O’Connor Roll, but Lethal reverses into a cradle to get the first fall.
Jay Lethal wins the first fall via pinfall (Cradle)
Ciampa with a boot to the face, then goes for Project Ciampa, but Lethal counters with a rana for a nearfall. Ciampa then reverses the pin and also gets a nearfall. Ciampa with the Knockout Knee, but Lethal kicks out!
Back from commercial as Ciampa blocks a superkick, but Lethal hits the Lethal Combination, then locks in the Koji Clutch. Ciampa gets free and locks in the Sicilian Stretch, but Lethal is able to reach the ropes. Strike exchange, then Lethal with a chop. Ciampa with a forearm, then Lethal with a high knee. Another chop, but then Ciampa goes off Lethal’s blind side as Lethal was doing another back handspring and hits an Ace Crusher for a nearfall. Ciampa lifts up Lethal and goes to the middle rope, looking for the Super Air Raid Crash. Lethal fights out and brings Ciampa out of the corner with Ciampa’s own Project Ciampa! 1-2…..Ciampa kicks out! Lethal heads up top for Hail to the King, but Ciampa gets up. Lethal slides under Ciampa’s legs and goes for a handspring elbow, but Ciampa ducks and Lethal hits the ref, knocking him down. Ciampa with 4 rolling Germans, followed by a discus clothesline that turns Lethal inside out as Nigel checks on the ref. All of a sudden, we see Truth Martini head out to ringside. Martini throws Ciampa’s knee brace into Lethal and tells him to hit Ciampa with it. Lethal grabs it and as the ref is still down, nails Ciampa with his own knee brace! Ref comes to, 1-2…..CIAMPA KICKS OUT!!! Lethal & Martini can’t believe it. Lethal heads up top, Hail to the King! 1…………CIAMPA KICKS OUT AGAIN AND FIRES UP!!! Martini is in shock! Lethal with a superkick, but Ciampa brushes it off! 2nd superkick, but Ciampa flips Lethal off! Lethal with a kick to the knee, then hits the Lethal Injection!
1-2-3! NEW CHAMPION!!
Jay Lethal wins the second fall via pinfall (Lethal Injection)
Winner and NEW Ring of Honor Television Champion: Jay Lethal
Martini does a victory lap around the ring to celebrate Lethal’s win as Lethal has a smile on his face. Martini raises Lethal’s hand as it appears Lethal has joined the House of Truth. Martini grabs a mic and gives it to Lethal. Crowd chants “you sold out.” Lethal says there is a house in New Orleans and its called the House of Truth. Lethal & Martini leaves as attendants check on Ciampa to close the show.