Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair report. I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday, and if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
The show is a “Best Of” format this week, with a look back at 3 matches from the first 3 months of the ROH TV show, as well a couple of video packages that were played on previous shows.
Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show and takes us to our 1st match.
From the October 1st Episode for the Ring of Honor Television Title: “The Generic Luchador” El Generico(c) vs. Jay Lethal
Both men get good reactions from the fans, as well as a lot of streamers as they are introduced. Before the match gets underway, another “ROH on Tour” video with ROH Tag Team Champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team.
Both men adhere to the Code of Honor to start things off. “Tale of the Tape” graphic is shown for the main event. Tie-up and Generico with a waistlock. Lethal with a wristlock but Generico counters out into a wristlock of his own. Lethal counters right back with another wristlock that Generico counters out of into an armdrag. Generico with a leg sweep and then comes off the ropes and scores with a rana. Tie-up and Lethal with a waistlock. Generico counters into a wristlock, but Lethal with a backflip and armdrags Generico to counter out. Lethal then counters a back body drop to the outside and scores with a headscissors, which leads to a stalemate. Dueling chants by the fans for both men as Lethal extends his hand to bring Generico back up to his feet. Tie-up and Generico with a waistlock. Lethal with the switch and as Generico tries to switch back, Lethal snapmares him down and delivers a dropkick to the back of Generico’s head.
Lethal goes for a cover but only gets a 1 count. Generico reels to the corner as Lethal goes after him. Lethal with a European uppercut and a blow to the back. Irish whip by Lethal and Lethal connects with the hiptoss/cartwheel/front dropkick combination for a nearfall. Lethal with a side backbreaker for another nearfall. Lethal with a snapmare takedown and then wraps Generico’s legs up and turns him into a reverse figure 4, but uses the arms instead of the legs for the submission. Lethal also uses his feet to lift up Generico into a surfboard like position with the hold still applied. Lethal then releases the hold, but not before driving Generico face first to the mat. Lethal gets another 2 count. As Lethal motions for a clothesline, Generico fights back with a right hand, but then Lethal drills him with another European uppercut. Lethal with a boot to the face and gets another nearfall. Lethal locks in a front facelock as the crowd tries to get behind Generico. Generico gets back up to his feet and fights back with right hands to the gut. Generico with more right hands but Lethal then comes back with another dropkick for a close 2 count. Lethal with a blow to the back, but Generico with a right hand. Generico with more right hands, but Lethal with a side headlock. Irish whip by Generico and Lethal with a shoulder knockdown. Lethal comes off the ropes, Generico with a leapfrog. Generico now off the ropes, Lethal sidesteps and gets out of the way of a backflip attempt by Generico, and Generico lands on his knees. Generico then hits an array of armdrags, sending Lethal to the outside. Generico then with a head of steam dives over the ropes, hitting a somersault senton onto Lethal as we go to commercial.
Both men back in the ring as Lethal connects with another dropkick. We see that during the commercial break, Generico hit a moonsault off the barricade onto Lethal on the outside. Back to the action as Lethal goes up and over Generico in the corner as Generico charged in, but seemed to hurt himself. Generico with a dropkick for a close nearfall. Lethal rolls to the apron clutching his leg as the referee asks him if he can continue, which Lethal says he can. Lethal with a shoulder to the gut as Generico went to go after him. Lethal with a sunset flip for a nearfall. Generico comes back with an elbow to the back of the head. Crowd tries to get behind Lethal as he fights back with right hands to the gut. Generico nails Lethal with a forearm that sends Lethal crashing to the mat. Irish whip by Generico, Lethal ducks the clothesline attempt and connects with a handspring elbow. Both men are down as the referee begins his 10 count. Both are back up at 4, and both men exchange right hands. Generico with another right hand, but Lethal fires back with a knife-edge chop.
Lethal with a clothesline and back elbow. Generico reverses the scoop slam attempt with a waistlock, but Lethal backs him into the corner. Lethal charges in and Generico tries to back body drop him over the ropes, but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal with a shoulder as Generico was coming in, and heads up top. Lethal scores with a missile dropkick as ring announcer Bobby Cruise says that there are 3 minutes remaining in the 15 minute time limit for this match. Lethal gets another close nearfall. A clock graphic is shown highlighting how much time is left in the match as Lethal wonders what he has to do to win the match. Lethal charges but Generico with a back elbow. Generico misses the clothesline and Lethal scores with the Lethal Injection(Belly to Back Suplex into a Neckbreaker) for another very close nearfall. 2 minutes remaining as Lethal sets up for a piledriver, but Generico counters it. Lethal tries again but Generico counters again, this time with an overhand chop to the chest. Generico with the knucklelock and runs up the ropes, hitting a tornado DDT for a close 2 count. 1 minute remaining as Generico waistlocks Lethal,, but Lethal fights out with elbows to the back of Generico’s head. Lethal misses a roundhouse kick and Generico with the Blue Thunder Bomb for another nearfall. 30 seconds remaining as Generico measures Lethal for the Yakuza Kick. Generico charges but Lethal catches the foot and drives Generico to the mat. Roll-up by Lethal for a very close nearfall. 10 seconds remaining as Lethal sets up for the Lethal Combination. Generico blocks with elbows and sets up for the Brainbuster, but Lethal blocks as time expires.
Time Limit Draw: El Generico still ROH TV Champion
Crowd chants for “5 More Minutes” as Generico & Lethal show respect to one another. Generico & Lethal go to referee Paul Turner to ask for more time, but Turner says he doesn’t have the power to do that. Jim Cornette comes out and says that there is not 5 minutes remaining in the show, but there is 3, and if both Lethal & Generico want to continue, they can go for the remaining TV time. Cornette restarts the match and both Lethal & Generico start slugging away at each other as the crowd is loud for the restart.
Generico with right hands, then comes off the ropes, but is caught with a big forearm by Lethal. Generico reels to the corner as Lethal comes in with a big clothesline. Lethal removes his elbow pad and goes for a big head of steam, however Generico charges in after him and drills him with the Yakuza Kick. Generico then hits the Half & Half for a very close nearfall. Generico can’t believe it as the crowd is really into this. Generico sets up for the Brainbuster, but then motions to the turnbuckles to set up Lethal for the top rope version, the BRAINBUSTAAAAA. Lethal blocks it, however, and hits a brainbuster of his own. Lethal removes his other elbow pad and heads up top for the Macho elbow. Generico gets out of the way as Lethal lands on his feet. Generico with a forearm and places Lethal on the top turnbuckle, setting up once again for the BRAINBUSTAAAAA. Lethal fights out with right hands and sends Generico crashing to the mat. Lethal then scores with the Macho elbow for another very close nearfall. Lethal can’t believe it as he tries to figure out what to do next. Lethal charges in, but Generico catches in and drills him with an exploder suplex into the turnbuckles. Generico then measures for another Yakuza Kick. Generico charges in, but is nailed with a superkick by Lethal. Lethal then hits the Lethal Combination (Backbreaker into Flatliner) for the win and the title.
Winner and new ROH Television Champion: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Combination)
Back from commercial, we go to the “Inside ROH” video from October 1st where Eddie Edwards explains how he got the nickname of “Die Hard”.
You can watch the video below:
We then go to the “ROH Focus On” video package featuring Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team from the October 15th episode.
From the September 24th episode for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team(Charlie Haas & “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin)(c) vs. The Kings of Wrestling(“That Young Knockout Kid” Chris Hero & “Very European” Claudio Castangoli) w/Shane Hagadorn & “The Queen of Wrestling” Sara Del Rey
Kings come out to a big ovation and a massive amount of streamers are thrown in what is to be their farewell appearance in Ring of Honor. Bobby Cruise, the ROH ring announcer, delivers the pre-match “big fight feel” introductions for both teams.
Before the match gets completely underway, we go to another “ROH on Tour” insert promo with Kevin Kelly interviewing Mark & Jay, The Briscoe Brothers, as they say that they will not stop causing havoc until they get back “their” Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles.
Back to the ring, Haas & Claudio start things off for their teams. Haas with a waistlock takedown and then he turns it into a front facelock and Claudio tries to roll through but Haas holds on. Haas with a hammerlock but Claudio with an elbow and side headlock. Claudio with a shoulder tackle and then he taunts Haas with a pose. Haas tries for a hip toss and Claudio blocks it. Claudio tries for a hiptoss but then Haas blocks Claudio. Haas with a fireman’s carry and a couple armdrags into an armbar. Haas works on the arm but Claudio with a European uppercut but then misses a clothesline and Haas makes the blind tag to Benjamin, who delivers a clothesline from the top onto Claudio. Benjamin with a hiptoss to Claudio and gets a nearfall. Benjamin with a front facelock but Hero is able to make the tag. Benjamin slides in from the apron and applies an armdrag into the armbar. Hero with a knee and he goes to work on the wrist. Benjamin rolls through it and he reverses with a hammer lock. Hero grabs the leg to get out of the hold, but Benjamin surprises Hero with a small package to gain a near fall. Hero pushes Benjamin and Benjamin punches Hero in the face. Hero argues with the referee before going back after Benjamin and Hero nails him a kick followed by a couple of chops. Hero with a wristlock but Benjamin with a knee and chops Hero right back. Benjamin with a right hand and then the side headlock to Hero. Hero with an Irish whip into the corner but Hero runs into a boot and then Benjamin clotheslines Claudio off of the apron.
Benjamin then misses a spinning heel kick and Claudio with a knee to the back from the apron, while the referee was distracted. Hero with the rolling boot to Benjamin. Hero throws Benjamin out to the floor and Claudio holds Benjamin for Hero to hit a baseball slide through the ropes to Benjamin as we go to a commercial.
Back from commercial, Claudio with a side headlock then scores with a powerslam for a nearfall. Highlights from the commercial break are shown when Benjamin missed a splash on the floor and hit the ringpost. Back to the action as Benjamin tries to make the tag but is stopped by Claudio and then Benjamin gets nailed hard with a European Uppercut from Claudio. Claudio with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot in the corner. Hero comes in to try to stop Benjamin from making the tag but Hero misses and goes over the top rope to the outside. Claudio grabs the boot of Benjamin, but Benjamin connects with the Dragon Whip spin kick. Benjamin dives to make the tag but Hero pulls Haas off the apron. Haas nails Hero with a right hand and throws Hero back into the ring. The referee keeps Haas on the apron and this allows Hero to drill Benjamin in the back of the neck with a forearm and Claudio gets a nearfall. Claudio tags Hero back in, and Hero with a back senton for another nearfall. Hero peppers Benjamin with kicks to the back and to the head and tags back in Claudio. Double team by the Kings as they do the wishbone split on Benjamin. Hero tags back in and another wishbone to Benjamin. Hero only gets a nearfall. Hero with a kick to the head but Benjamin fights back with a right hand. Hero with a chop but Benjamin with another right hand. Hero then with another boot to the head and tags back in Claudio. Kings go for a double vertical suplex but Benjamin lands on his feet and he counters with a double neckbreaker.
Benjamin tries to make the tag to Haas and gets there. Haas with right hands and clotheslines to both Kings. Haas with a headscissors to Claudio and then he dodges Hero’s roaring elbow and Haas scores with a German suplex. Haas with an exploder suplex to Claudio for a close near fall. Claudio Irish whips Haas, but Haas counters with an elbow. Haas then with a rana and a running boot for another nearfall. Hero tags in and Claudio connects with a flapjack, then Hero with the KTFO(stomp to head/rolling elbow), but Haas kicks out. Hero is frustrated and he hits the running splash into the corner but Haas counters with an elbow but Hero responds with the roaring elbow. Claudio tags in and the Kings connect with the combination Giant Swing/dropkick. Claudio covers Haas but Benjamin breaks up the pin attempt. Hero tags in and the Kings setup for KRS-1 but Benjamin runs in and delivers a diving head butt to Claudio to break it up and Haas rolls up Hero for another nearfall. Hero misses the roaring elbow on Haas and Benjamin with a superkick to Hero. Haas hot shots Claudio and then Haas & Benjamin connect with their tag finisher, The Leap of Faith(Benjamin splash leapfrogging over Haas’s shoulders). They then the Hart Attack(spinebuster/running clothesline) on Hero to get the win.
Winners and still ROH Tag Team Champions: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team by pinfall (Hart Attack)
Back from commercial, we go to our final match of this “Best Of” show.
From the October 29th episode in a #1 Contenders Match for the ROH Tag Team Titles (Winners will face Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team at Final Battle): The Briscoes (Jay & Mark) vs. The All Night Express (“The Pretty Boy Pitbull” Kenny King & Rhett Titus)
Both teams talk trash to one another and don’t wait for ring announcer Bobby Cruise to finish the ring introductions, as they go right after one another as the bell sounds. Titus & Mark go out to the outside, and Jay & King slug it out inside the ring. Titus sends Mark crashing to the barricade as Jay Irish whips King. King reverses the whip and as Jay catches his foot, King hits him with a unique kick with the other foot. King now with an Irish whip, Jay ducks under the clothesline attempt, but is nailed by Titus, who hits a slingshot shoulder tackle. King hits a springboard leg drop, then Titus hits a running splash. Jay goes headfirst off the top turnbuckle as King rains in gut shots to him. Tag in to Titus and King holds Jay in front chancery, while Titus comes off and hits a running boot to the ribs of Jay Briscoe. Titus nails Jay with a sledge across the back in the corner, then connects with a hard chop. Irish whip by Titus sends Jay to the corner. Titus charges in, but Jay gets the boot up, and scores with a Flatliner, sending Titus facefirst into the middle turnbuckle.
Jay tags in Mark, who drills Titus with a boot to the face. Mark connects with a succession of strikes and setups for a suplex. However, Titus counters and waistlocks Mark. Mark fights back with back elbows, but Titus shoves him away into a right hand by King. King is tagged in as Titus sends Mark headfirst into the top turnbuckle. Double Irish whip by ANX as Titus charges and connects with a back elbow and a forearm, then whips Mark into a spin kick by King for a nearfall. King hits a snap suplex, then floatovers into a mount position and rains in right hands to Mark before gaining another nearfall. King tags back in Titus who kicks Mark in the ribs. Mark tries to fight back with a back elbow, but Titus nails him with a right hand. Tag back into King as Titus Irish whips Mark. Titus hits an inverted atomic drop and King comes off the ropes and hits a flying clothesline for another nearfall. King rains in more right hands to the ribs of Mark as he tags back in Titus. King has Mark locked in a front chancery, as Mark tries to fight out with gut shots but to no avail as Titus nails him with a right hand to the kidneys. Titus scores with a scoop slam, then hits a knee drop before tagging back in King. ANX hits a double suplex on Mark, then King chokes Mark in the ropes. King Irish whips Mark, but as Mark goes off the ropes, Jay blind tags in and as Mark counters King and hits a jawbreaker, Jay comes off the ropes and drills King with a clothesline. Headfirst goes King off the top turnbuckle as Jay rains in right hands and chokes King with his boot as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, as Jay tags back in Mark, as The Briscoes with a double Irish whip to King, and The Briscoes connect with a double shoulder tackle on King and knock Titus off the apron. Mark digs his forearm in the face, as we see that during the commercial break, King almost pinned Jay with a sunset flip out of the corner, but of that pin attempt, Jay drilled him with a boot to the face.
Back to live action, as Mark unloads on King with strikes in the corner, then facewashes him. Mark misses a clothesline, and King hits an atomic drop, followed by a spinning kick to the back of Mark’s head. Both men are down, as King tries to crawl over to his corner to make the tag. Jay sees this, however, and he rushes in and knocks Titus again off of the apron as the Louisville crowd chants “Man Up”, as they are behind the Briscoes in this match. The Briscoes drag King back to their corner, and Mark tags back in Jay. King tries to fight back with a gut shot, but Jay nails him with a boot to the face. King again tries to fight back, but Jay hits him with a club to the back. Headfirst goes King off the turnbuckles as Jay begins to unload on him with stomps in the corner. Jay chokes King with his boot, then tags back in Mark. Mark facewashes King again, then snapmares him out of the corner, and locks in a reverse chinlock, while ripping at King’s face. King gets back to his feet and breaks Mark’s grip with back elbows. King goes off the ropes, and catches Mark with a backslide for a nearfall. However, Mark gets right back up and unloads with clubs to the back of King, then tags back in Jay. Mark hits King with a kneelift, then lifts up King, and the Briscoes connect with the Redneck Boogie(Double team Powerbomb/Neckbreaker combo). Jay goes for a cover, but Titus comes in and breaks up the pinfall, saving the match for his team. Mark sends Titus through the ropes to the outside as Jay setups King for the Jay Driller(Double Underhook Piledriver). However, King is able to counter and back body drop out of the hold. King nails Mark with a right hand, then evades Jay’s clothesline attempt and tags in Titus.
Titus nails clotheslines on both Briscoes, then nails Jay with a boot to the face and a discus clothesline. Titus with a right hand to Mark, then Irish whips him into Jay in the corner. Titus charges, and nails a running forearm to Mark, then sends him through the ropes to the outside. Titus, fired up, charges in again, and connects with a running dropkick in the corner on Jay. King, back up to his feet, charges in and connects with the Shotgun Knees. Jay comes out of the corner and Titus connects with a standing dropkick. Titus covers, but Mark breaks up the pinfall. King sends Mark through the ropes to the outside. ANX set up for the combination backbreaker/top rope knee drop, but Jay blocks it with elbows. King tries again, but Jay counters out, and underhooks King, setting up once again for the Jay Driller. King blocks it as Mark holds on to Titus’s foot, preventing Titus from leaping off the ropes. Jay with clubs to the back of King, then goes off the ropes, only to be met by a King forearm. King goes off the ropes, but Jay catches him and connects with a standing spinebuster. Jay charges at Titus and clubs him across the back. Jay perches Titus on the ropes and delivers a right hand. Jay goes up with Titus and setups for a super rana, but Titus counters and snake eyes Jay across the top turnbuckle. Crowd chants “ROH” as Titus has a look in his eye and is fired up, however Mark comes back in and drills Titus with a running front dropkick, sending Titus into the corner. Mark places Titus on the top turnbuckle, then delivers a hard uppercut shot. Mark springs to the apron, then springboards and catches Titus, connecting with a springboard Ace Crusher. Mark is now all fired up but out of nowhere, King springboards and hits a springboard Blockbuster onto Mark. Jay back in and he spikes King with a DDT.
All 4 men are down as Titus gets back up and unloads with clubs to the back of Mark. Titus lifts up Mark in a powerbomb position as The All Night Express set up for the One Night Stand(Powerbomb/Springboard Blockbuster combo). However, as King goes up top, Jay knocks him off with a bot as Jay was on the apron, Titus is unaware of what happened, as Jay heads up top. Jay comes off and assists his brother into hitting Titus with a rana for the victory.
Winners and #1 Contenders for the ROH Tag Team Titles at Final Battle: The Briscoes by pinfall (Assisted Rana)
The Briscoes celebrate their win as we go to credits.
No real thoughts this week because this was a “Best Of” show. What I will is let you guys know what OTHER matches/segments you should check out from the 1st 3 months of Ring of Honor TV if you have not seen it already.
Tommaso Ciampa video package/squash 10/8
The Briscoes vs. All Night Express 10/15
Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin 10/15
Roderick Strong vs. Kyle O’Reilly 10/29
Kevin Steen/Steve Corino Final Battle match announcement 12/3
All Night Express vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team 12/10
Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin 12/17
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