Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor on Sinclair recap. 2 tag team matches this week, so if you are a fan of the tag teams, then this week is the show for you. So, with that out of the way, if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Video is shown highlighting last week’s debut of the “Proving Ground” match as ROH Tag team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag team defeated the young, upstart team of Coleman & Alexander.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Davis Arena in Louisville, KY. They hype up the main event tag team match between The American Wolves & The House of Truth as we go to our opening match.
The Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
Nick & Harlem start things off for their respective teams as The Young Bucks do not adhere to the Code of Honor. Harlem takes down Nick and applies a front chancery, and then a side headlock. Nick Irish whips Harlem, but Harlem comes off and nails Nick with a shoulder knockdown for a nearfall. Nick gets up and shoves Harlem. Harlem nails him with a right hand and tags in Lancelot. Bravados hit a double hiptoss, then a combination neck snap/back senton splash for a nearfall. Nick comes back with a jawbreaker and tags in Matt.
Young Bucks hit a double hiptoss, followed by a double dropkick for a nearfall. Matt locks in a front chancery and tags back in Nick, who kicks at Lancelot. Nick works on the arm of Lancelot, then tags back in Matt, who hits a double axehandle off the middle rope to Lancelot’s arm. Lancelot fights back with forearms, but Matt comes right back with a forearm of his own. Lancelot goes and knocks Nick off the apron, but then Matt sends Lancelot into the corner. Nick tags back in and hits a second rope double stomp for a nearfall. Young Bucks hits a double team headscissors/dropkick combination on Lancelot. Lancelot is sent again into the corner, but both Bucks charge and are nailed by an elbow and a boot respectively by Lancelot, who makes the tag to Harlem.
Harlem hits a clothesline and a back elbow on Nick, followed by a scoop slam. Harlem connects with a scissors kick on Nick, then a Blue Thunder Bomb for a nearfall. Nick fights back with a back elbow, but Harlem sends Matt into Nick, sending both Bucks to the outside. Harlem charges, and hits a somersault senton onto the Bucks on the outside. Harlem brings Matt back into the ring and gets a nearfall. Lancelot tags back in and Matt tries to fight back with a kick, but the Bravados hit a front driver/stunner combination for a close nearfall. Matt comes back with a back elbow and a kick on Harlem. Matt goes for an Ace Crusher, but Harlem blocks it. Harlem hits a German Suplex with a bridge for a nearfall. Nick sends Lancelot to the outside and nails him with a dive to the outside. Harlem tries to go off the ropes, but Nick trips him.
Young Bucks hit a double team wheelbarrow into a facebuster on Harlem, then hit More Bang for Your Buck for the win.
Winners: The Young Bucks by pinfall (More Bang for Your Buck)
Back from commercial, Kevin Kelly is in the ring and he introduces ROH Tag Team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team for an interview.
Kelly brings up Final Battle on December 23rd and their match against the Briscoes. Haas talks about Best in the World when the Briscoes were the first team eliminated in the 4 way tag match. Then the Briscoes jumped them like “yellow cowards” with chairs. Haas says that they haven’t forgotten about them and they will take care of things at Final Battle. Benjamin says that he never liked the Briscoes, so it will be their pleasure to show the Briscoes what “real men” look like. Nothing matters until they get their hands on the Briscoes.
Haas & Benjamin are interrupted by the All Night Express. King & Titus enter the ring and King says that they were listening to Haas & Benjamin talking and all they hear about is the Briscoes. When they listen to the Briscoes, all they hear is Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. King says that people are forgetting about the All Night Express. King says that they don’t have to remind anyone that they are the “hottest tag team” in Ring of Honor. King says that Benjamin & Haas have been “hiding the titles” from them. King says that they are now Donald & Daffy because they are a “couple of ducks”. Titus says that they might have lost to the Briscoes, but they beat their asses a few times as well. All that they need is an opportunity.
The two teams stare each other down as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside ROH” segment as 1st we see highlights of the Kevin Steen/El Generico feud from last year, as well as Steen invading the Best in the World & Death Before Dishonor iPPVs. We then go to comments from Jay Lethal & Mike Bennett concerning the TV Title situation.
Back from commercial, Steve Corino comes out and heads over to the announce table before the main event and grabs a mic. Corino says he apologizes for interrupting and he says that this is the only way that he knows how to do this. Corino says that he is an evil person. Corino says that he has a solution to his problem. For over a year, he has told people that he is sorry but it did not change one person’s mind. He says that there is a monster among us. Corino says that he knows how to solve this problem but Jim Cornette won’t answer him. He asks for 5 minutes to talk to him. They both have a problem and Corino has the solution.
Video is shown highlighting the rivalry between the American Wolves & The House of Truth before our main event.
Main Event: The American Wolves (ROH World Champion Davey Richards & “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards) vs. The House of Truth (Roderick Strong & “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin) w/Truth Martini
Strong and Elgin forego the Code of Honor and attack The American Wolves. Elgin and Strong lay the double team in on Edwards. Edwards however, sends Strong to the outside. Richards with a hard kick to Strong from the apron. Strong is sent back into the ring and Edwards hits a belly-to-back sitout gourdbuster and then Richards connects with a missile dropkick for a nearfall. Elgin is tagged in but American Wolves lay in on him with double chops and then a double back elbow. Richards with a succession of right hands and kicks, followed by a boot to the head. Richards with a kick to the chest and then Edwards tags in and drills Elgin with a chop. Elgin fires back and chops Edwards in the corner. Edwards chops him right back but Strong tags in and he nails Edwards with a kick. Strong locks in a rear chinlock and kicks away at Edwards. Strong unloads with right hands and chops to Edwards before tagging Elgin back in. Elgin with a hard forearm to the chest, then goes for a suplex, but Edwards drops down to his knees to block it. Richards tags in and he nails Elgin with a kick. Richards with a flurry of kicks to the chest while Elgin is against the ropes. Richards tries for a handspring roundhouse kick but Elgin catches Richards and hits Shock Treatment for a nearfall. Strong tags in and he unloads with forearms to the back, followed by a hard chop but they only angers Richards. Richards comes back with forearms but Strong hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Strong with a succession of kicks and forearm, then tags Elgin back in. Elgin with a hard kick to the chest, followed by a knife edge chop. Richards fights back with a forearm but Elgin fires right back with a forearm of his own for a nearfall. Elgin hits another forearm that knocks Richards down to the mat for another nearfall. Strong tags back in but Edwards makes a blind tag. Elgin and Strong go out to the apron and then Richards and Edwards with running kicks to the back that send Elgin & Strong to the outside, followed by stereo tope dives by the American Wolves onto Elgin & Strong on the outside.
Edwards brings Strong back into the ring and hits a running kick to the back for a nearfall. Edwards hits a chop but Strong comes right back with forearms. Edwards Irish whips Strong to the corner, but as he charges, he runs into a boot from Strong. However, Edwards comes right back with an enzuigiri kick and the Chin Checker for a nearfall. Edwards locks in the Achilles’ Lock, but Strong is able to reach the ropes, forcing Edwards to break the hold. Strong goes to the apron as Edwards tries to suplex him back into the ring but Strong brings Edwards out onto the apron. Elgin tries to attack, but Edwards nails him to prevent it. However, this allows Strong to hit a brutal back suplex on the apron, sending Edwards crashing to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Elgin hits a delayed vertical suplex on Edwards for a nearfall. We see highlights from the commercial break when Strong hit a backbreaker on Edwards. Back to live action, Elgin connects with a powerslam for another nearfall. Strong tags in and connects with a forearm and then knocks Richards off the apron. Strong and Elgin go for a double back suplex but Edwards lands on his feet hits a double facebuster on both Strong & Elgin. Richards tags in and hits a double dropkick, followed by a flurry of kicks to Elgin but Elgin blocks the kick and Elgin comes back with a forearm. Richards rolls him up, then also hits a Northern Lights suplex on Strong while getting the rollup on Elgin. Elgin comes back and goes for a German suplex but Richards lands on his feet. Richards locks in an ankle lock on Elgin, but Elgin is able to escape. Edwards now in and the Wolves hit an enziguri/German Suplex combination for a nearfall. Wolves both go up top and Richards misses a splash but is able to land on his feet. Edwards is sent to the floor by Elgin and Elgin hits a sideslam on Richards for a nearfall. Elgin scores with a delayed vertical sideslam and Strong hits a chop while Elgin had Richards in the air.
Strong goes after Edwards on the outside, but Edwards sends Strong into the barricades. Elgin hits a running forearm into the corner on Richards. Edwards comes back with a running forearm of his own on Elgin in the corner. Strong now in, hits a running forearm to Edwards in the corner. Richards then hits a running knee to Strong in the corner after Strong goes for and misses a 2nd running forearm into the corner on Edwards. Elgin lifts Edwards on his shoulders and then also lifts up Richards. Elgin connects with a Samoan drop and fallaway slam to Edwards and Richards respectively and all 4 men are down.
Richards and Strong get back up and begin to exchange forearms while Edwards and Elgin begin to do the same. Then it turns into dueling open-hand slap exchanges between the 4. Richards hits a boot to Strong that sends him to the outside. Edwards connects with a superkick but Elgin comes right back with a forearm and a backfist. Richards then nails Elgin with the Alarm Clock kick and then the Wolves go back up top. Both Wolves hit a succession of top rope double stomps and go for a cover, but Strong breaks it up. Richards with open-hand slaps and then a back heel kick to Elgin. Richards with a roundhouse kick but Elgin stays on his feet and then spits at Richards. Edwards responds with a superkick to the side of Elgin’s head for a nearfall. Richards locks back in the ankle lock on Elgin, but Elgin rolls through it to escape. Elgin with a knee to the gut of Richards and Elgin then hits a sitout power bomb for a nearfall.
Truth Martini then pulls referee Todd Sinclair out of the ring for no apparent reason. Elgin sets up and hits the 360* Powerbomb on Richards, but the cameramen were focused on Martini and the referee. Edwards comes in from behind and locks Elgin in with a Dragon Sleeper while covering Elgin’s mouth to affect his breathing with Richards still out from the 360* Powerbomb. All the while, Truth Martini still has the referee distracted. Richards rolls over onto Elgin and gets the win thanks to Edwards.
Winners: The American Wolves by pinfall
Edwards celebrates the win while Richards doesn’t realize what happened as we go to credits.
Going to keep the thoughts of the show short and sweet this week. Both tag matches were solid affairs, with all the guys putting in a good effort. Thought the main event was the better of the two, and liked the finish as it raises questions as to whom Edwards’ trainer is. Haas & Benjamin were a little better on their promo this week, although ANX came out and cut a better promo, keeping themselves in the Tag Team Title mix. Inside ROH video was good to keep the Steen/Corino & Lethal/Bennett feuds going and the building them to Final Battle.
Overall, solid episode of ROH this week, would recommend checking out the main event and for new fans of ROH, check out the Inside ROH video highlighting the year long Steen/Generico feud to get an idea of who Kevin Steen is.
My Grade: B-
Well, that will do it for me this week, want to thank you all for reading and I will be back next week for more Ring of Honor. See ya next week!