Kelly & McGuinness welcome us to the show, and then introduce Executive Producer Jim Cornette, who lets us know that they set a record live gate and, based on preliminary numbers, this show will be viewed live by more people than any other ROH event in history. He then turns the introduction over to ROH Founder Cary Silkin and COO Joe Koff, who thanks everyone for coming out and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and also Festivus for the rest of us in a Seinfeld reference.
Special Challenge Match
2011 Survival of the Fittest Winner “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini vs. TJ Perkins
Lock-up and Elgin casually tosses Perkins across the ring, but Perkins ducks a charge and fires in some kicks to Elgin that have no effect. Shoulderblock has no effect as well, but Perkins slides between the legs of Elgin and dropkicks him to the outside. Perkins goes for a dive, but Elgin moves out of the way so Perkins instead swings through the ropes and comes down on the apron and he tries for a somersault dive, but Elgin catches him and rams him clear across ringside and into the barricade. They head back in where Perkins fires off some right hands, but Elgin easily knocks him down and tries a charge, only to be met with a superkick. Perkins goes for a spinning headscissors, but Elgin again catches Perkins in mid-move and pops him up into the air for a flapjack that gets a nearfall.
Elgin gets a reverse bearhug on Perkins and then tries to toss him through the ropes, but Perkins dangles himself between the ropes but is then shoved into the ring by Truth Martini. Elgin pops Perkins into the air but Perkins counters into a reverse headscissors takeover that sends Elgin out to the floor and Perkins follows out with a somersault plancha. Back in, where Perkins gets a top rope dropkick for a nearfall, but Elgin no-sells a sunset flip and tries a sitdown splash, but Perkins dodges and hits the Cancun Tornado for a nearfall. Perkins heads up top but Elgin catches him with a right hand and sets up for a superplex, but Perkins fights him off and tries for a flying shoulderblock, but Elgin catches him in midair, right into a vertical suplex for a nearfall. Elgin then with a swinging backbreaker and a version of the Shock Treatment for another nearfall, but Perkins then surprises him with a neckbreaker.
Perkins tries for a monkey flip out of the corner but Elgin catches him, hits the buckle bomb, then goes for the 360 powerbomb but Perkins swings around the back of Elgin’s shoulders and hits a reverse rana for a close nearfall. Elgin blocks the Detonation Kick attempt, but Perkins scores with a superkick. Elgin then escapes a second Detonation Kick attempt and hits a spinning backfist.
Elgin then connects with the Buckle Bomb, and finally hits the 360 Powerbomb for the victory.
Winner: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin by pinfall (360 Powerbomb)
Prince Nana comes out before the next match and wants to know “why, Jimmy, why?” Barrister RD Evans cuts a promo saying that Jimmy Rave is like a desperate ex-girlfriend who can’t take a hint and crashes a family Christmas dinner, but if he wants to spend Christmas with Tommaso Ciampa, tonight will be a “silent night indeed”.
Embassy vs. Former Embassy
“The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa w/The Embassy vs. Jimmy Rave
Lock-up, and Ciampa takes Rave down and begins to work on the arm with a kneeling wristlock. Rave breaks free and both men exchange chops, until Rave spits in Ciampa’s face but then gets drilled with a hard clothesline. Rave rolls out to the outside to try and take a breather, but Ciampa goes after him and rams him into the barricade. Rave fires back with hard chops and they go back into the ring where Ciampa hits a slam and then connects with a pair of running knees in the corner for a nearfall. Rave comes back with more chops and then hits a clothesline. Rave charges at Ciampa in the corner, but runs into a boot. Ciampa charges him, but Rave catches his ankle and locks in the heel hook. Ciampa struggles, but makes it to the ropes, and then goes out to the apron where Rave boots him into the barricade. Rave tries for a baseball slide, but Ciampa catches his legs and swings him hard into the barricade.
Rave sunset flips Ciampa back into the ring and then connects with a running knee for a nearfall, then as Ciampa kicks out, Rave catches him and hits the Rave Clash for another nearfall. Rave goes for the Greetings from Ghana, but Prince Nana gets on the apron and offers him his old Embassy robe back. Rave thinks about it for a moment before grabbing Nana, until the referee pulls him off RD Evans gets on the apron but is drilled by a running knee from Rave that sends him crashing into the barricade. Ernesto Osiris grabs Rave so that Princess Mia can nail him, but Rave gets out of the way and Mia boots Osiris in the face and then Rave sends Mia to the outside.
However, the interference is too much for Rave and Ciampa hits Project Ciampa for the victory.
Winner: “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa by pinfall (Project Ciampa)
After the match, Ciampa puts on Rave’s old robe to mock him, and as Rave gets back up, “Thank you Jimmy” chants from the crowd.
Mike Bennett comes out with Brutal Bob Evans and Maria Kanellis and he tries to cut a promo, but the fans started chanting “CM Punk” and “sloppy seconds”. Bennett responded by making out with Maria in the ring and reminding the fans that he’s here with a Playboy model while everyone here is at home, practicing their “one handed calisthenics”.
Triple Threat Match for the Ring of Honor Television Title
Jay Lethal (c) vs. “The Generic Luchador” El Generico vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans & Maria Kanellis
Bennett ducked out of the ring and let Lethal and Generico go at it, ducking in occasionally just to cheapshot one or the other in the early parts of the match. Lethal & Generico finally go out after Bennett and surround him, then toss him back into the ring so they can take turns beating him up. Lethal and Generico hit a double backdrop and clothesline Bennett out to the floor, and then Generico and Lethal both try to do a dive but keep cutting each other off until they decide to do a double dive onto Bennett. Lethal and Generico finally go at it in the ring and Lethal gets a flying headscissors for a nearfall, then hits the hiptoss/cartwheel/dropkick combo for another nearfall. Lethal rams Generico to the corner and charges at him, but gets backdropped to the apron and Bennett yanks him down, sending Lethal crashing face first onto the ring apron. Bennett comes back in and unloads on Generico with hard right hands and hits a hard slam, followed by a kneedrop for a nearfall. Generico and Bennett trade right hands, but then Generico ducks a charge and Bennett goes sailing to the outside. Generico goes for a dive, but Lethal blindsides him with a springboard dropkick for a nearfall.
Lethal gets Generico in the Condo Clutch, but Generico refuses to tap so Lethal converts to the elevated version of the move and slams Generico down on his face for another nearfall. Lethal comes off the ropes, but goes right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from Generico for a nearfall. Then Bennett again jumps Lethal from behind and rams him into the corner before hitting a clothesline and another kneedrop. Lethal ducks a clothesline and hits the handspring elbow to send Bennett out onto the apron. Then Lethal dropkicks him to the outside, but takes a flying forearm from behind by Generico. Generico and Lethal trade strikes back and forth, until Bennett comes in, only to be rammed into the corner for the 10 punches, or “Diez” punches from Generico. Lethal then gets a nearfall on Bennett, followed by Generico hitting an exploder suplex into the corner on Lethal. Generico goes for the running Yakuza Kick, but Bennett grabs his ankle and drags him to the outside. Generico gives chase, but Bennett throws Maria in his path and uses the distraction to nail Generico. Back in, Bennett hits a TKO on Generico and a snake eyes on Lethal. Bennett then is drilled with the running Yakuza Kick from Generico, but Lethal then superkicks Generico, and all three guys are down.
Lethal and Generico get to their feet first and Lethal hits the Lethal Combination for a nearfall. Lethal then blocks a German suplex attempt from Bennett, but as he comes off the ropes, Lethal is caught by a spinebuster from Bennett for a very close nearfall. Bennett nails a big boot to Generico, but runs right into a Michinoku Driver that gets Generico another nearfall, Lethal drills Generico with a leaping enziguiri and goes up top for the Macho Elbow, but Generico hits the running Yakuza Kick to send Lethal to the outside, where Generico then hits a triple jump somersault dive onto Lethal, followed by the diving tope like DDT through the corner ropes onto Bennett. Back in the ring, where Generico hits Bennett with another running Yakuza Kick, followed by the Half & Half for another close nearfall. Generico sets Bennett up for the brainbuster, but Lethal comes in from behind and throws Generico into the air, hitting the Lethal Injection for another close nearfall. Lethal slams Generico, and heads back up top, but Generico pops right up and goes for the Top Rope Brainbuster, but Bennett then grabs him from behind and rolls up Generico with the O’Connor Roll, holding onto the tights to eliminate Generico.
El Generico is eliminated.
Lethal then immediately hits Bennett with the Lethal Injection to retain the title.
Winner and still Ring of Honor Television Champion: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)
Bennett is carried to the back as Lethal and Generico adhere to the Code of Honor, although Generico is visibly frustrated.
Jimmy Jacobs, Jim Cornette & Cary Silkin come out as its time for our next match.
Hell Has No Honor (No Disqualification Rules, If Steen wins, he is reinstated back into Ring of Honor, Executive Producer Jim Cornette & Founder Cary Silkin at Ringside)
“The King of Old School” Steve Corino vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen (Special Referee: Jimmy Jacobs)
Both men charge one another right after the bell and go toe to toe in the middle of the ring. Steen goes to the eyes but Corino sends him to the ropes and hits a leg lariat that sends Steen to the outside. Corino tries for a baseball slide, but Steen dodges out of the way and rams Corino into the barricade, then sits him next to the ringpost on the apron and hits the running cannonball. Steen went to soak in the chants from the crowd, and Corino took that opening to pop up and hit a somersault dive off the apron onto Steen. Corino rams Steen from one barricade to another and then rolls him back into the ring. Corino throws a bunch of chairs into the ring and cracks Steen full on with a charging chairshot in the corner, but then Steen superkicks the chair into Corino’s face and Corino rolls out to the outside where Steen powerbombs him onto the ring apron, hip first. Steen goes onto the apron to taunt the crowd again before hitting a big frogsplash off the apron onto Corino, then he tears a piece of the barricade off and runs it into Corino’s head. Steen dumps the piece of barricade into the ring and goes after Corino again, but Corino grabs him and rams him into the barricade. Corino sets up a chair at ringside and grabs Steen, but Steen nails Corino and powerbombs him onto the chair Corino had set up. Steen pulls a table out from under the ring and sets it up between the ring and the barricade, then gets in Cornette’s face and antagonizes him until Cornette flips him off. Corino nails Steen and goes out to the floor, throwing in a garbage can and chairs into the ring right on top of Steen. Steen gets ahold of a trash can lid and creams Corino with it, busting his ear wide open. Steen bites at Corino’s ear and wipes some of the blood onto Jacobs, but then Corino nails him when Steen turns around and begin to pummel him with shots from the trash can.
Corino then hits a Northern Lights Driver onto the trash can. Corino piles some chairs in the middle of the ring and slams Steen onto them, then comes off the top rope with a frogsplash for a nearfall. Corino sets up four chairs in the middle of the ring and puts the piece of the barricade on top of them to create a platform. Steen nails Corino and heads up top, but Corino goes up with him and superplexes Steen onto the barricade platform, but Steen is able to just barely kick out. Back to the outside, where Corino lays Steen on the table bridged between the ring and then barricade and heads up top, but Steen recovers and knocks him down onto the ring apron. Steen nails Corino with a chair and then sets up a three chair platform on top of the table and he tries to put Corino through it, but Corino then tries to fight him off. However, Steen bites his bloody ear to send Corino tumbling back into the ring, but then Corino gets a trash can lid and nails Steen, who falls backward through the chair and table platform. Corino rolls Steen back into the ring and covers him, but Steen is able to barely kick out again. Corino and Jacobs get the piece of the barricade out of the ring, and then Corino puts a chair over Steen’s face and nails it with another chair and Steen kicks out again. Out of nowhere, Steen drills Corino with a sleeper suplex and a pump handle neckbreaker onto the chair for a close nearfall.
Steen gets another chair and drills Corino with it, but that only gets another nearfall. Cornette looks disgusted at ringside, as Steen yells at him that this is his fault, then Steen shoves Jacobs out of the way to try and hit Corino with the chair again. Jacobs grabs the chair out of his hand and distracts Steen long enough for Corino to hit Steen with a roll of quarters for another nearfall. Corino sets up a 4 chair platform in the ring and tries to plant Steen on it, but Steen blocks it and hits the Package Piledriver on the top of the chairs and makes a cover right in front of Cornette while staring him right in the eye. Jacobs slowly counts 2 and then stops to look at Cornette, not knowing what to do. Cornette hesitates a long time before telling Jacobs to make the count, and Jacobs obliges to give Steen the victory and reinstatement into Ring of Honor.
Winner: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen by pinfall (Package Piledriver)
Steen takes the mic and says “he came here tonight to do 3 things: beat Corino and get his job back.” “Number 2….”, Steen then all of a sudden drops the mic and plants Jacobs with the Package Piledriver. Cornette comes into the ring to check on the defenseless Jacobs, as Steen looks menacingly at Cornette. Cornette starts to back off, until El Generico comes in to face off with his archnemesis. Generico and Steen stare each other down before beginning to brawl with one another. Generico hits the running Yakuza Kick in the corner and goes for the Top Rope Brainbuster, but Steen fights him off and hits the Package Piledriver off the apron, and through the timekeeper’s table. Steen rolls back in the ring and blows kisses to the crowd while the crowd chants “welcome back” at him. Medical personnel is called to attend to Generico & Corino as we go to intermission.
5-Team #1 Contenders Gauntlet
The All Night Express (“The Pretty Boy Pitbull” Kenny King & Rhett Titus) vs. The Bravados (Harlem & Lancelot) vs. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
The Bravados start it off with Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman. They go out to the floor where Coleman hits a 619 around the ringpost and Alexander follows with a somersault plancha that wipes out both Bravados. Lance Bravado then Irish whips Coleman, as Harlem then pulls the top rope down and Coleman goes out to the floor where Harlem drills him with a bicycle kick. The Bravados begin the double team on Alexander in the ring and then hit a double flapjack for a nearfall. Harlem holds Alexander so Lancelot can nail him with a running forearm and a belly to belly suplex. A double elbowdrop from the Bravados gets another, but then Alexander catches Lancelot with a leaping enziguiri and Coleman comes off the top rope with a crossbody. Coleman hits a dive onto Lancelot on the outside as Cedric hits the Gory Bomb for a nearfall. Harlem gets an inside cradle on Alexander for a nearfall, but then Alexander counters with an inside cradle of his own to eliminate the Bravados.
The Bravado Brothers are eliminated.
Bravados are understandably distraught, but leave the ring as Future Shock are the next team in. O’Reilly and Alexander start things off and O’Reilly catches him with a leaping kneestrike, followed by a running kick to the chest for a nearfall. Future Shock then with a series of double team moves to Alexander for another nearfall. Cole then hits a snap suplex for another nearfall. Future Shock with a combination flapjack/Ace Crusher combo for yet another nearfall, but Coleman makes a blind tag in and hits a guillotine legdrop onto O’Reilly for a nearfall. Coleman nails O’Reilly with a dropkick, but Cole tags himself in and hits a Northern Lights suplex onto Coleman for a close nearfall. Coleman then hits a top rope rana, followed by an Alexander frogsplash for a close nearfall. Future Shock puts Alexander in the Tree of Woe, connecting with a double baseball slide kick, then hit the Ride the Lightning to eliminate Coleman & Alexander.
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander are eliminated.
The Young Bucks are out next and waste too much time taunting the crowd and that allows Future Shock to nail them with stereo dives on the outside. The Bucks fire back and hit an assisted Sliced Bread #2 on Cole on the apron and roll him back into the ring where Nick hits a springboard splash for a nearfall. Bucks then hit a double back elbow, followed by a wheelbarrow into an Ace Crusher for another nearfall. Matt does the Jericho style foot on the chest cover on Cole for a 1 count, then Nick tags in, hitting a slingshot senton splash for another. Matt chokes Cole in the corner and gives him a jawbreaker, followed by a suplex for yet another nearfall. Bucks then with a double team stomp off the top. Nick then dives through the ropes, nailing O’Reilly, while Matt covers Cole for yet another nearfall. Cole is able to escape the Bucks and makes the tag to O’Reilly. O’Reilly with the rolling butterfly suplexes on Nick, hitting 9 of them, then Future Shock hits a double team wheelbarrow style Pedigree into a German suplex on Nick for a nearfall. Cole then sends Nick to the outside and gives him a wheelbarrow suplex onto the ring apron, followed by O’Reilly’s diving dropkick off the apron. Nick then recovers and the Bucks hit Cole with a double superkick, followed by More Bang For Your Buck to eliminate Future Shock.
Future Shock has been eliminated.
The All Night Express is the final team in and the Bucks try to get the jump on them, but they ram Matt into the guardrail and King hits a moonsault off the guardrail onto the Bucks. Back inside, where ANX begin to work over Matt, but Nick grabs Titus’ knee and rams it into the ringpost, re-injuring it. Bucks double team King as Titus is writhing in pain on the outside. Double suplex gets the Bucks a nearfall on King and then Matt slaps King in the corner while yelling “Come on New York City, what do you think of him now?” at the crowd. Finally King is able to catch Nick’s leg and hits a capture suplex and is able to makes the tag to Titus, who comes in and drills the Bucks with big right hands. Titus connects on Matt with the Sky High. King then tries the cartwheel kick, but Nick superkicks him in mid-move and the Bucks send him out to the ring apron where Matt hits a springboard DDT onto the apron. Nick then superkicks Titus in the knee, but Titus comes back and drills him with a clothesline. Matt then clips out Titus’s knee and puts him in a spinning toehold. Titus spits in Matt’s face, but Matt just continues to crank on the hold and Nick comes off the top with a 450 splash. Finally referee Paul Turner stops the match and awards the match to the Young Bucks.
Winners: Young Bucks via referee stoppage to earn a future Ring of Honor Tag Team Title shot
The Bucks continue the assault after the match as Nick hits another 450 splash, until King comes running in with a steel chair to chase the Bucks off.
Roderick Strong and Truth Martini come out to introduce the Roderick Strong Invitational, and Martini counts to 10 to give Strong the forfeit win, channeling his inner Joel Gertner, but the challenge is answered by… Chris Hero!
The Roderick Strong Invitational
“The World’s Greatest Athlete” Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini vs. “That Young Knockout Kid” Chris Hero
Both men begin things by trading shoulderblocks, until Hero unloads with chops and catches Strong in a cravate. Hero then drills Strong with a boot, sending him to the outside. Hero goes after him, but is drilled in the head with the Book of Truth by Martini. Strong goes after Hero with a series of chops and then plants Hero with a back suplex onto the ring apron. Strong rolls Hero back into the ring and stomps away at him before gaining a nearfall. Strong chokes Hero in the corner with his boot and then whips him to the far corner. Strong charges, but Hero avoids him and goes for the rolling boot, but Strong blocks it and then continues to stomp away at Hero. Strong sends Hero to the outside and continues the assault, but as he rolls back Hero in, he takes too long to follow through and Hero nails him with a baseball slide. However, Strong regains the advantage and rams Hero into the guardrail, then rolls him back into the ring and gains a nearfall. Strong locks in a rear chinlock and Hero tries to escape, but Strong knocks him back down. Hero gets back to his feet and he comes off the ropes, hitting a Yakuza Kick. Hero no-sells a chop from Strong and then drills him with one of his own, then follows it with a powerslam and a back splash. Strong rolls out to the floor and Hero again drills him with a baseball slide. Strong tries heading up top, but Hero catches him with a cravate suplex for a nearfall. Hero goes for the Deathblow, but Strong stops him with a leaping knee for a nearfall.
Strong with a hard chop in the corner on Hero and places him up top. Strong goes for a top rope side slam onto the top turnbuckle, but Hero tries to fight him off. Strong is then able to hit it on the 2nd attempt and gets another nearfall. Strong then goes right to the Stronghold, but Hero manages to kick his way out and pick Strong’s ankle and then catch him in another cravate. Hero then with a leaping elbow in the corner, a boot from the middle rope, and finally the roaring elbow for a close nearfall. Hero goes up for a moonsault, but Strong moves, however Hero lands on his feet, but Strong then connects with a leaping enziguiri. Strong then hits a German suplex into the corner, followed by another leaping enziguiri, and finally the Gibson Driver for a close nearfall. They go back to trading chops and then Hero drills Strong with another roaring elbow, then a second one, and finally a rolling boot for another close nearfall. Hero pulls off the elbowpad and hits the Deathblow, but Truth Martini runs in to break up the pinfall. Hero chases Martini around ringside and into the ring where he gets ahold of him just long enough for Strong to get a rollup for a nearfall.
Hero kicks him away and goes for a running boot, but nails Martini, and that allows Strong to hits the Sick Kick for the victory.
Winner: Roderick Strong by pinfall (Sick Kick)
World Tag Team Titles
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) (c) vs. “The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet” #DemBoys The Briscoes (Mark & Jay)
They start brawling before the bell as WGTT use their title belts to beat the Briscoes down and take them to the outside, where they begin brawling around ringside. WGTT beat the hell out of the Briscoes on the outside, and then Haas sends Jay back into the ring and creams him with a chairshot to the head and then another brutal one to Mark. Haas whips Jay at Benjamin so Benjamin can drill him with yet another chairshot. Benjamin with another brutal chairshot to Jay’s shoulder as Haas dumps Mark into the crowd, then Benjamin rolls Jay back into the ring to continue the assault as the crowd chants “F you Charlie” at Haas, who gives back to the fans by holding Jay so Benjamin can drill him in the ribs with the chair, then Benjamin returns the favor and holds Jay so that Haas can drill him. Jay finally starts firing back on Benjamin, but Haas blindsides him with another chairshot and then yet another one right on the top of Jay’s head. The Briscoes are just being destroyed at this point, as Haas goes over to the bloody Jay and stomps on his privates. Mark comes back in and tries to make the save for his brother, but gets sent back out to the floor so Shelton can give Jay an Olympic Slam. The crowd is firmly behind the Briscoes, as the champions flip the crowd off before setting Jay up and hitting the Leap of Faith, or at least attempting to, because Benjamin didn’t quite clear over Haas and unfortunately landed right on top of him.
Mark comes in and goes face to face with the champions, and the referee finally rings the bell to start the match as Benjamin then spikes Mark with a DDT, then WGTT set Mark up for the Leap of Faith as Haas yells at the fans. Jay comes into the ring and boots Benjamin in the face to break things up, and then goes face to face with Haas as the crowd chants “Let’s go Briscoes”. Haas and Jay go back and forth, until Haas boots a bloody Jay in the face to send him tumbling to the outside. Benjamin then gives Mark a Stinger Splash, but Mark gets an elbow up and spears Benjamin before making the tag to Jay.
Jay stumbles in and nails Haas, then the Briscoes give Shelton the double biel across the ring. They tear off Benjamin’s shirt off to reveal his taped ribs, but Benjamin manages to fight back with a back body drop him and tag in Haas. Haas comes in and hits the exploder suplex onto Jay for a nearfall. Crowd again gets on Haas with a “you suck” chant, as he then takes Jay out with a powerslam as Shelton sends Mark to the floor. Haas and Benjamin then connect with an inverted atomic drop/superkick combo for another nearfall. Mark then pulls Benjamin out to the floor and rams him into the barricade. Mark comes back in and hits a running boot on Haas, followed by an Iconoclasm for a nearfall. The Briscoes go for the springboard spike Jay Driller, but Benjamin pulls Mark out to the floor and both men take each other out with a double clothesline on the outside as Haas hits a series of Rolling Germans on Jay inside the ring.
Haas locks Jay in the Haas of Pain, but Mark goes up to the top rope and tries to dive onto Haas to break the submission, but Benjamin throws himself on top of his partner to protect him and takes the blow, re-injuring his ribs. Benjamin gets carried out by referees as the Briscoes unload on Haas in the ring. The Briscoes hit the double shoulder tackle, then go for a double backdrop, but Haas holds onto the ropes and hits an Olympic Slam on Mark that accidentally sends him careening into the referee and knocks him out. Benjamin then stumbles out from the back with a wooden board and breaks it over Mark’s head as the crowd starts “HOOOOOOO” and “USA” chants in honor of Hacksaw Jim Duggan. WGTT then take the two pieces of the board and use them to continue unloading on Jay, then Benjamin tells Haas to put Jay up on his shoulders so they can hit him with the Doomsday Device, adding insult to injury. Benjamin heads up top, but Mark knocks him off the top rope with a piece of the board.
Jay then slips off of Haas and superkicks him, then the Briscoes set up Haas and hit the Doomsday Device to win the titles.
Winners and new Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions: #DemBoys The Briscoes by pinfall (Doomsday Device)
Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title
“American Wolf” Davey Richards w/Team Richards (c) vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards w/Dan “The Beast” Severn
They go toe to toe right off the bell trading chops and kicks, but Edwards blocks a kick from Richards and tries to go for the Dragon Sleeper right off the bat. Richards escapes and they go back and forth again before coming to a stalemate. Crowd is evenly split and Richards shoots a single leg and takes Edwards down, but Edwards sits out and they again start neutral. They go to the mat again and Richards gets a modified Indian Deathlock, but Edwards escapes and they trade blows again with Edwards easily coming out on top and shutting Richards down with a rear chinlock. Edwards takes Richards to the corner and unloads with a hard chop, then goes to the second rope but gets caught by Richards, who yanks him off by the foot and kicks him in the chest on the way down. Richards takes Edwards to the mat, grapevines one of his arms, and elbows his ribs before locking him in the Texas Sunrise. Edwards fights his way to the ropes and they go back to trading blows until Richards spinkicks Edwards square in the chest, but comes off the ropes right into an overhead release suplex that sends Richards out to the floor. Edwards goes out after him and they fight their way past Severn and Edwards whips Richards into the guardrail, but Richards fires back and boots Edwards into the crowd. They head back into the ring where Edwards takes Richards down and gets a spinning toehold with a bridge. Richards escapes that and dumps Edwards out to the floor, Edwards dodges the running boot on the apron, but Richards absolutely blasts him on the second try and then goes back into the ring to hit a dive through the ropes that nearly breaks Edwards in half over the barricade. Richards sends Edwards back in and hits a missile dropkick and then just beats Edwards into oblivion against the ropes and comes off the ropes with a running forearm that gets him 2. Edwards goes for a chop, but Richards catches the arm and rolls through into a seated anklelock on Edwards. Edwards kicks Richards off into the ropes and catches him coming back in the Achilles Lock, Richards escapes but Edwards plants him with a hard back suplex.
Edwards destroys Richards with a hard chop in the corner, then follows with a running chop and a flying kneestrike for a nearfall. Richards gets to his feet and he trades forearms with Edwards in the middle of the ring and Richards tries the handspring enziguiri, but Edwards catches him and dumps him over the top rope to the floor. Edwards goes out to the apron and moonsaults onto Richards, then rolls him into the ring and tries a top rope double stomp, Richards dodges and goes to the second rope but Edwards hits a leaping boot and the Chin Checker for a nearfall. Richards gets to his feet and tries a charge, but Edwards boots him in the face and goes for a clothesline, Richards ducks and goes for a rolling cross armbreaker, but Edwards catches him in a cradle for a nearfall, then goes to an STF. Richards gets out so Edwards goes to an anklelock, Richards starts kicking Edwards square in the face to try and escape, but Edwards stops him by repeatedly stomping on his face. Richards gets to his feet and looks really pissed off and slaps Edwards in the face. Edwards slaps back, and they take turns smacking the taste out of each other’s mouth until Richards just pummels Edwards with slaps. Edwards superkicks Richards, and Richards kills him with a lariat for a nearfall, Edwards pops right back up so Richards hits a discus lariat and gets another a nearfall. Richards goes up top now and hits the double stomp to the back of Edwards and a running boot to the chest, then goes up top and hits another double stomp square in the chest for a nearfall. Richards puts Edwards on the top rope and follows him up, and they end up trading headbutts on the top rope right above Severn, then just slapping the crap out of each other. Richards drops to the mat and hits a leaping enziguiri, follows up with another headbutt, and superplexes Edwards into the ring and rolls through, and Edwards suplexes Richards and they both tumble over the top to the floor.
They take until 19 and just barely beat the count back in and immediately take turns hitting running boots to each other’s faces. They then trade kicks and chops with Edwards getting the advantage and absolutely tearing into Richards in the corner with chops, but then Richards comes back and fires off more kicks. Edwards fires back, but Richards barely slows down before firing more kicks at Edwards until he collapses in the corner. Richards walks back out to the middle of the ring, but Edwards pulls himself up and goes back to the middle of the ring, slaps Richards in the face, and tells him to come on. They trade more blows, Richards fires a flurry of Kawada kicks at Edwards, Edwards the comes back with more open hand strikes, but Richards just drills him in the head with a big boot. Edwards then hits a leaping enziguiri. Richards hits a backdrop suplex, Edwards then hits one of his own, Richards then they trade back suplexes. Richards tries another and Edwards counters to a Tiger suplex. Richards counters another suplex attempt to a Dragon suplex, and then they go back to trading an array of strikes. Richards hits the Alarm Clock, then Edwards boots Richards, and both men are down.
Roderick Strong then comes out and gets into a fight at ringside with Kyle O’Reilly, but Severn goes after him. Then Michael Elgin and Truth Martini come out and go after Severn. Severn holds them off until O’Reilly and Kozina can even the odds and they fight the House of Truth all the way to the locker room.
Now it’s just Edwards and Richards, and they go back to trading hard forearms in the middle of the ring. Edwards hits a big boot and goes for another Tiger Suplex and launches Richards into the corner. Edwards picks Richards back up and sits him on the top rope for a Tiger superplex, but Richards fights his way out and knocks Edwards into the ring, but Edwards catches him with a leaping enziguiri and a top rope rana, followed by a running dropkick that sends Richards crashing into the corner, then a powerbomb, and finally a sitout powerbomb that Richards barely kicks out of. Richards’s on his knees and Edwards superkicks him and then hits a hard chop to the neck for a nearfall. Edwards then locks Richards in the Dragon Sleeper. Richards counters out to a bridging O’Connor Roll for a nearfall, then Edwards goes right back to the Dragon Sleeper. Richards again escapes, so Edwards elevates him into a Tombstone piledriver and hits the Die Hard for a nearfall. Edwards puts Richards on the top rope and goes for a superplex, but Richards blocks it and Sunset flips over Edwards, who holds onto the ropes and punches Richards in the face until he lets go. Richards goes back to ramming forearms into Edwards’s back, then repeatedly crossfaces him, and finally hits a top rope Dragon Suplex for a nearfall. Richards gets to his feet, looks at the crowd, and signals that he’s ready to put Edwards away. They go out to the apron where Richards tries for a Dragon Suplex onto the ring frame, but Edwards blocks so they trade chops and kicks until Richards hits an exploder suplex that sends Edwards tumbling hard to the floor. Edwards finally starts to make his way into the ring, so Richards punts him in the head and now hits the Dragon Suplex on the ring apron and tells the referee to count him out. Edwards still somehow beats the count, so Richards patiently waits for him to get to his knees so he can hit a pair of knockout kicks and cover for a nearfall. He goes right into the anklelock, Edwards goes for the ropes but Richards pulls him back. Edwards rolls Richards into a cradle, but Richards goes back to the anklelock. Edwards rolls him through again and Richards hits the running kick to the head that won the match last time but now only gets a nearfall.
Richards then finally with a trifecta of knockout kicks that manages to put Edwards down for the victory.
Winner and still Ring of Honor World Champion: “American Wolf” Davey Richards by pinfall (Knockout Kick)
Richards cuts a promo after the match saying that Jim Cornette told them that whoever won, he wanted them to go out and say the other guy was the toughest man he ever faced, but Richards didn’t have to say it because we just saw it. Before Richards could continue, Kevin Steen came out mocking the speech and said it’s time for Richards to stop the ass kissing BS because Kevin Steen is back in ROH and in 2012, he’s going to take the ROH World Title because he’s the “Antichrist of professional wrestling.”
Richards is irate at Steen ruining the moment, but goes over to shake hands with Edwards and they share a hug and appear to make up as the show goes off the air.