We start with a promo from Adam Cole. Cole says that tonight on ROH TV, he faces Cedric Alexander. Now Cedric, promise and potential have been used to describe you, but let me tell you that promise and potential does not stand a chance against a former Ring of Honor World Champion. That Ring of Honor World Title, I swear to God, will be mine again. And Cedric, you find out the hard way what its like to face the best damn pro wrestler on the planet, I can promise you that.
We see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.
The Romantic Touch vs. “The War Beard” Hanson
Code of Honor before the bell, but Touch kisses Hanson’s hand and Hanson goes after him as the bell sounds. Hanson takes down Touch, then drapes him across the top rope and hits a series of chest clubs. Bronco Buster in the corner by Hanson, Touch rolls out onto the apron. Hanson with a cartwheel to sidestep a backdrop attempt, but Touch with a dropkick for a nearfall. Touch with a boot and a hip swivel, followed by a kneedrop for a nearfall. Knee strike by Touch, head and arm lock applied, crowd wills on Hanson. Hanson comes back with a standing side slam and a big splash. Commentary brings up Hanson’s career-threatening back injury several years ago and why its the reason for his long beard. Touch goes for the Snuggle Monkey Flip in the corner, but Hanson cartwheels out of it and hits a big clothesline.
Spin Kick of Doom by Hanson for the win.
Winner: “The War Beard” Hanson by pinfall (Spin Kick of Doom)
Hanson celebrates his win afterward.
We go to a promo from the Decade. Jimmy Jacobs says that next week on ROH TV, but Roderick Strong cuts him off and says that next week, we become ROH Tag Team Champions. You’ve been a Tag Champion before, I’ve been a Tag Champion before. But, that was in a different era. Its our time to become champions.
Jacobs says its time to show these kids that we’re not resting on our lorals anymore and we are what has made this company turn for the past 10 years. Whitmer has heard enough in the background and he & Page walk off as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to a promo from ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe. Jay says well I’ll be damned, you know, last week I was watching the Honor Rumble and I was thinking to myself that there is two people that I really hope win this thing. 1, Adam Cole and the other, Michael Bennett. And low and behold, Michael Bennett wins the Honor Rumble. So next week, boy, you get a shot at this. Don’t think I forgot, Michael Bennett, you still got a piece of my property. I’m coming for yo ass next week, boy.
The music of Michael Bennett hits as he & Maria Kanellis make their way to the ring, with Adam Cole coming out behind them, but not with a happy look on his face. Bennett has a mic and says that ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Honor Rumble, Michael Bennett! And not only am I the winner of the Honor Rumble, but I am the holder of the prestigious Title of Love. Now listen, every Kingdom, it needs a crown, even you idiots can figure that out. After I beat Jay Briscoe, we will have 2 crowns, we will have the Title of Love and I will be the Ring of Honor World Champion.
Cole grabs the mic from Bennett and says that as happy as I am for you, you know as well as I do that this was not part of the plan.
Bennett asks about what plan? The plan was to just get the World Title into the Kingdom.
Cole says that we all know that it was indeed the plan, but every Kingdom, it has its King and well, you’re looking at the King.
Maria backs up Cole, whispers something in his ear and then Cole says that he knows that Bennett will do the right thing. I know that you are gonna give Jay Briscoe the beating of his life and you’re gonna do it for the Kingdom. Cole & Bennett shake hands and then Maria raises up both of their hands. The Kingdom leaves the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, the music of the Decade hits as they make their way to the ring. Jacobs grabs a mic and says welcome to the house that the Decade built. But, we’re not just concerned about the past, the last decade of ROH, we’re concerned about the next decade of ROH. That’s why we’ve taken TD Thomas and Adam Page under our wings and tonight, we’re giving them an opportunity because we’re givers. We’re not disgruntled, we’re not bitter, old veterans, we’re guys that are trying to help out a younger generation. So tonight, TD, Adam, you guys have a chance to prove yourselves, you guys have an opportunity in a match against each other and I want to see something from inside here, from inside here and we’re gonna make this a No DQ match because I wanna see some excitement, I wanna see some action. Gentlemen, take this opportunity, seize it.
No Disqualification: TD Thomas vs. Adam Page (Decade at ringside)
TD goes to adhere to the Code of Honor, but Page refuses. Jacobs goes under the ring and throws in a chair, a trash can and a trash can lid. Both men slug it out, then TD avoids the flipping clothesline and hits a Capoiera Kick. Page rolls to the outside, but TD wipes him out with a tope con hijo! TD sends Page into the barricade, then nails him with a running chest kick. Jacobs is happy about what he is seeing. Page sends TD into the barricade, then throws a chair at him. Whitmer is now happy about what he is seeing. Back in, TD nails Page with a trash can lid, but Page hits him with a broom handle. TD kicks a chair back in Page’s face, but Page traps up TD’s leg in the ropes. Page grabs a chair and nails TD’s leg with it! Page then kneebreakers TD into the ringpost! Back in, Page opens up 2 chairs and places them against each other. TD blocks a suplex, roll-up for a nearfall. GERMAN BY TD THROUGH THE 2 CHAIRS!! Jacobs does a victory lap around the ring, then gives Whitmer a high-five. The Decade is obviously caring more about amusing themselves than TD & Page. Chairshot to the back of Page by TD. Jacobs wants TD to hit him one more time. Another chairshot by TD as he is realizing what the true motive of the Decade is. Jacobs yells at TD to finish Page, then the entire Decade yells at TD to finish off Page. Page then gets to his knees and says to TD that since Whitmer said to hit me, you hit me! TD then nails Jacobs in the face with the chair and knocks Jacobs off the apron! TD leaves the ring and goes to the back while the Decade is fuming in the ring about what has just happened. Caprice Coleman leaves commentary and goes to the back with TD.
Referee counts TD out, giving Page the win.
Winner: Adam Page by count-out
Nigel McGuinness joins commentary for our main event.
Main Event: Cedric Alexander vs. “The One” Adam Cole
Code of Honor before the bell. Side headlock takeover by Cole early. Cedric with a headscissors, turns over to put more torque on the hold. Cole gets out, re-applies the side headlock. Cole yells out “ADAM COLE BAYBAY” to Cedric to taunt him. Cole with a shoulder tackle, but Cedric with an armdrag and a dropkick that sends Cole to the outside. Cedric mocks Cole as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as both men avoid each other’s chop attempts before Cedric hits Cole with one for a nearfall. 10 punches in the corner by Cedric. Cedric goes to the middle rope, but Cole shoves him off, sending Cedric crashing to the outside. Cole sends Cedric into the barricade, then yells out “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Back in, Cole gets a 1 count. Cedric fights back, hits a rana that sends Cole to the outside. Cedric with a head of steam, but Cole gets back in and locks Cedric in a sleeper. Cedric fights out, but Cole sends Cedric bouncing off the turnbuckles hard. Cole flexes to taunt the crowd. Again, Cedric is sent hard into the turnbuckles as Cole again flexes, saying he’ll do this all night long. Cedric gets out of Florida Key and runs up the ropes before hitting Cole with the 540 Kick. Cedric with a series of right hands and chops, followed by hitting two suplexes and a springboard Tornado DDT for a nearfall. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Cedric calls for the Lumbar Check, but Cole blocks it with elbows. Cedric catches a superkick, Air Raid Crash into a spinning facebuster for a nearfall as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Cedric with more chops to Cole. Cedric with a savate kick to the ribs, but when he tries for another 540 Kick, Cole superkicks him in the back of his leg, sending Cedric crashing down to the mat. Cole goes for the Figure Four, but Cedric kicks him off, however Cole then hits a Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Cedric blocks the Brainbuster onto the knee with a series of headbutts. Cole with a pump kick, but Cedric with a windmill kick that sends Cole to the outside. Cedric with a head of steam and wipes out Cole with a flip dive! “ROH” chants by the crowd. Back in, Cedric heads up top and goes for Overtime, but Cole gets the knees up! Brainbuster across the knee by Cole for a nearfall. Cole can’t believe it and gets in the ref’s face. Cole drops down his kneepad and goes for another Shining Wizard, but Cedric avoids it and rolls up Cole for a nearfall. Cedric goes for Kick 2 Kill: Part 2, but Cole slips out and this time locks Cedric in the Figure Four! Cole yells at Cedric to give up as the hold is applied in the center of the ring. Cedric, however, is able to reverse the hold and then gets to the ropes to force a break. Cedric kicks Cole off twice, then catches him with a Power Driver for a nearfall. Now its Cedric who can’t believe it. Cedric goes to the apron and springboards, but Cole catches him in mid-air with a superkick for a nearfall. Basement superkick to the back of Cedric’s head by Cole, but CEDRIC KICKS OUT AGAIN!! Cole is in disbelief! “This is wrestling” chants by the crowd. Cole blows a kiss to Cedric, but Cedric catches another basement superkick and shoves Cole into the corner. Cedric with 2 Concussions on Delivery to Cole in the corner, but when he goes for a third, Cole catches him in mid-air with another superkick!
Twist of Fate by Cole in homage to Matt Hardy for the win.
Winner: “The One” Adam Cole by pinfall (Twist of Fate)
Cole celebrates his win afterwards, saying the best is yet to come, as the show closes.