Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Video is shown highlighting last week’s tag team main event between The American Wolves & The House of Truth.
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show from the Davis Arena in Louisville, KY. Kelly & McGuinness hype up tonight’s main event as in a “Team Richards” Challenge, ROH World Champion Davey Richards will take on his protégé, Kyle O’Reilly.
We go to pre-match comments from Mike Mondo before our opening contest.
Mike Mondo vs. Alex Silva
Lock-up and Silva takes Mondo down. Mondo charges at Silva, but misses a running boot attempt, and Silva applies a knucklelock. However, Mondo takes control by nailing Silva with a shoulder thrust. Silva though comes right back with a monkey flip, with the knucklelock still applied. Each guy goes for a bridge, and then both men get back up to their feet. Silva slaps Mondo, and then Mondo fires right back with a right hand. Both men then lock up using their knees and both then headstand while trading slaps to one another. Both men get back up and then Mondo drills Silva with a forearm that sends Silva to the floor. Mondo with a head of steam and connects with a corkscrew plancha onto Silva on the outside. Mondo brings Silva back into the ring and hits a dropkick for a nearfall. Mondo goes on the attack with elbows, followed by a snapmare takeover and a legdrop for another nearfall. Mondo locks in a cravate, as the Louisville crowd wills on Silva. Silva gets back to his feet, and fights back with right hands. Both men then exchange forearms, with Silva gaining the advantage. Mondo charges, but Silva catches him and connects with a spinebuster for a nearfall. Mondo goes to the corner as Silva charges, however Mondo moves out of the way. Mondo goes up to the middle ropes, but Silva catches him coming off with a clothesline. Silva then hits a gutwrench powerbomb for another nearfall. Mondo comes right back and locks in a Fujiwara armbar, however Silva is able to make it to the ropes. Mondo charges, but Silva catches him and hotshots him across the top rope. Silva charges, but Mondo counters Silva’s running kick attempt and connects with a facebuster.
Mondo with a kick to the gut and then hits a double arm DDT for the victory.
Winner: Mike Mondo by pinfall (Double Arm DDT)
Mondo celebrates his win, and then we go to a video with comments from Jim Cornette about the situation involving Kevin Steen. Cornette says that he has 2 more weeks to give an official response and he will have something next week. Cornette says that this is his personal response to Steen. Cornette denies that he coerced him into the match that ended his ROH career. He denies that he changed the terms of the contract and he denies that he has the referees in his pocket. Cornette says that this is America and anybody can sue anybody. Next week, he will have his official response for what he is going to do about the litigation.
Back from commercial, it is announced that next week’s main event will be Jay Lethal defending the ROH TV Title against El Generico.
We then go to a video with comments from Jay Lethal concerning he and Mike Bennett’s ongoing war of words concerning the ROH TV Title.
Lethal says that Mike Bennett has been whining and crying about the TV title situation but it will not get to him. He says that he and El Generico took each other to the limit….the time limit. They both asked for the extra time and he beat Generico and they fought like men. Mike Bennett and himself went to a draw but Bennett left when he offered more time. Lethal says that Generico deserves the title match before Bennett does. Lethal says that Bennett can run his mouth about being the ‘real’ TV champion, but until he has the title belt, he is just a chump.
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans vs. Jamin Olivencia
Before the match gets underway, Bennett grabs a microphone and says that he is the TV champion and because he is a nice guy, he is going to give Jamin Olivencia a TV title match.
Lock-up and Bennett with a waistlock into a takedown. Bennett disrespectively piefaces Olivencia but Olivencia fires back with a succession of right hands and a couple of dropkicks. Bennett then comes right back with a spinebuster. Bennett unloads with right hands on Olivencia, followed by a scoop slam. Olivencia fights back with some chops, but Bennett Irish whips Olivencia to the corner. Bennett nails a running forearm, followed by a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Bennett locks in a rear chinlock as the crowd wills on Olivencia.
Olivencia gets back to his feet and nails a backfist and a succession of right hands and forearms. Olivencia hits a leaping knee and then a flying clothesline for a nearfall. Olivencia goes up top but Bennett stops him with a kick. However, Bennett takes too long in going for a maneuver, and this allows Olivencia to jackknife pin Bennett for a nearfall.
Bennett with a kick to the gut and hits the Box Office Smash for the victory.
Winner: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans by pinfall (Box Office Smash)
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside ROH” video.
The first topic this week is the revelation that Eddie Edwards is being trained by UFC Hall of Famer and former NWA World Champion “The Beast” Dan Severn. We see a tweet from Davey Richards talking about how Edwards went behind his back to get Severn since it was his idea. Richards says that he isn’t angry. He is confused and he now does not trust Edwards. Richards says that it hurt him and it has broken their bond a little bit. Richards says that he has wanted to train with Severn for a long time. Richards says that he told Edwards in confidence about this decision. At Final Battle, this is now not about the title, this is personal.
Kevin Kelly says that they will have footage from Dan Severn’s training camp next week on the show.
The other topic this week is about the Tag Team Title situation and we see a video about what happened last week when the All Night Express tried to get into the Tag Title equation. The Briscoes have challenged Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman to a match next week in order to embarrass Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Jay Briscoe says that it took them 6 months to get a shot at Haas and Benjamin but Alexander and Coleman just walk in and get a shot at the champs. Jay says that it took Haas and Benjamin 13 minutes to finish those “greenhorns” off. Jay says that they can break 200 chicken’s necks in 13 minutes. Jay says that since they have to wait until Final Battle to face Haas and Benjamin, they are challenging Coleman and Alexander to a match next week and they figure they can beat them in about 3 or 3 1/2 minutes.
Caprice Coleman says that the Briscoes have gummed off more than they can chew. Coleman says that they do not fear the Briscoes.
Back from commercial, we go to our main event, but before we do so, Davey Richards grabs a microphone and tells everyone that they are going to do something different tonight. He doesn’t care about being ‘enemies’ or having a ‘big feud’. People want to see competition and “American Strong Style”. Richards tells O’Reilly it would do him a lot of good to beat someone like him. Richards says that it would do himself a lot of good to prove to himself that if he cannot beat O’Reilly, then he cannot beat Edwards at Final Battle.
Truth Martini then makes his way to ringside as we go to commercial.
Main Event in a “Team Richards Challenge”: ROH World Champion “The American Wolf” Davey Richards vs. Kyle O’Reilly w/Tony Kozina
Both men begin with an exchange of kicks to the leg and then O’Reilly fires away with right hands. O’Reilly with a kick to the leg, but Richards comes right back with some knees and a kick to the chest. Lock-up and O’Reilly locks in a cross armbreaker, but Richards counters with an ankle lock. Both men back up and both go for a dropkick as we have a stalemate. Lock-up and Richards goes for a heel hook, but O’Reilly is able to escape. Richards goes right back to the leg but O’Reilly makes it to the ropes. Lock-up and Richards with an armbar into a hammerlock. O’Reilly comes back with a hiptoss and tries to go after Richards’ arm, but Richards knees him in the face. Both men then exchange a flurry of kicks to the chest. Richards nails O’Reilly with a forearm, but O’Reilly comes right back with another kick. O’Reilly with a snapmare takeover and a hard kick to the back of Richards, but then Richards gets up and does the same thing to O’Reilly. Both men exchange forearms and then Richards gets the advantage with a back heel kick. Richards hits a knee to the gut and then takes O’Reilly down and locks in a Texas Cloverleaf, while hooking onto O’Reilly’s arm and gains a nearfall.
O’Reilly fights back with a succession of right hands and forearms, but Richards fires right back with a dropkick. Richards with a kick but then O’Reilly underhooks him and hits the Triple Butterflies into a cross armbreaker, but Richards is able to reach the ropes. Richards goes to the corner as O’Reilly charges. Richards gets out of the way and then places O’Reilly on the top turnbuckle. Richards charges and connects with a running knee to the ribs of O’Reilly, sending him crashing to the mat. Richards hits another knee to the ribs, followed by another back heel kick. Richards nails O’Reilly with a kick to the head, but O’Reilly kicks him right back. Richards motions for O’Reilly to keep kicking him, but then all of a sudden both men go back to exchanging forearm shots. Richards gains the advantage and drills O’Reilly with a roundhouse kick to the head. Richards comes off the ropes and hits a running kick to the chest for a nearfall. Richards hits a back suplex as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Richards has O’Reilly locked in a unique submission hold as we see that during the commercial break, Richards drilled O’Reilly with a clothesline for a nearfall. Back to live action, both men once again exchange forearms, then exchange a series of kicks. Richards gains the advantage with a clothesline, but O’Reilly fires right back with a discus clothesline and both men are down. O’Reilly goes to the corner as Richards charges, however Richards misses a running forearm attempt in the corner, but prevents O’Reilly on O’Reilly’s attempt at a charge. O’Reilly slaps Richards and Richards nails one of his own, as both men go back and forth with open handed slaps. O’Reilly with a jumping knee and then hits the ropes and connects with a running kick for a nearfall. O’Reilly goes for a suplex, but Richards counters with a knee. O’Reilly blocks a Richards’ kick, and then also counters the Alarm Clock kick attempt by Richards and hits a back suplex for a nearfall.
O’Reilly heads up top, but Richards stops him with a forearm. Richards pulls O’Reilly off the turnbuckles and nails him with a kick. O’Reilly goes off the apron as Richards nails him with a running kick to the head. Both men now on the apron as Richards goes for another kick, but O’Reilly moves and Richards’ leg strikes the ringpost hard. Richards goes out to the floor as O’Reilly charges off the apron and hits the running dropkick onto Richards. Both men get back into the ring as O’Reilly heads back up top. O’Reilly connects with a missile dropkick for a nearfall. O’Reilly locks in the guillotine choke but Richards is able to lift up O’Reilly, setting up for a suplex, but O’Reilly counters. Richards goes for the anklelock but O’Reilly rolls through it and hits a tornado DDT, followed once again with locking back in the guillotine choke. Richards counters that with a Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
O’Reilly goes for the guillotine choke once again, but Richards grabs a hold of the ankle while O’Reilly has the choke applied. Richards re-applies the anklelock, but O’Reilly reverses it and grapevines Richards’ leg. Richards reverses that and then Tony Kozina throws in the towel as O’Reilly was not going to give up.
Winner: ROH World Champion “The American Wolf” Davey Richards via ref stoppage/throwing in the towel (Ankle Lock)
After the match, Kozina and Richards check on O’Reilly as Truth Martini makes his way to the ring. Martini talks to Richards to try and coerce him into joining the House of Truth but then Richards kicks Martini. Davey Irish whips Martini to O’Reilly who Irish whips him back and Richards kicks the back of Martini’s legs and Martini goes into the turnbuckles in an uncomfortable position as we go to credits.
This was a really weak episode of Ring of Honor to me this week. Nothing seemed to click, the matches were either squashes, and not that good ones at that, or a 10-15 minute match in the main event that is the quintessential reason why critics kill Davey Richards, and that match made me understand that criticism and I can honestly sign off on it. The promo and video package material was solid to good, but the matches were just not that good at all. For the 1st time since I have been recapping ROH for Wrestleview, I gotta tell you all reading this, this was a throwaway show and completely skippable, unless you are a huge ROH fans and have to see every show. Sorry guys, have to be fair when its great and when its not good as well.
My Grade: C-
Well, that will do it for me this week, hopefully ROH can rebound next week with a much better effort as this week was to me, their worst show since debuting on Sinclair. I hope you all enjoyed the recap provided for you, and will see you next week for more Ring-Of-Honor!