Ring of Honor on Sinclair
July 7, 2012
Report by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s ROH on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!

This week is another special “Road Rage” episode of the show, with highlights of some matches from a recent live event in Charleston, WV on June 15th. Kevin Kelly & ROH Executive Producer Jim Cornette welcome us to the show. Cornette mentions that we will see Eddie Edwards vs. Kevin Steen in the main event for the World Title, but first we will see Jay Lethal vs. Michael Elgin as we go to comments from Jay Lethal.

Lethal says that he plans to burst the bubble that Michael Elgin is living in. He will prove that Elgin is not unbreakable. Finally, Lethal says he wants Roderick Strong to watch because the TV Title is coming back home.

We then go to the House of Truth as Truth Martini says that Elgin will climb to the top. Elgin wonders if Lethal knows what he has gotten himself into. Elgin says that he will be on top of Lethal within five seconds. Elgin promises that Jay will swallow a lot of blood. No matter how much Lethal begs and pleads, it won’t stop until he says it does. Strong interrupts and he tells Elgin not to worry. When Elgin messes up, he will be there to clean things up for Elgin. Elgin tells Strong he has everything under control and that Strong should not come to the ring tonight.

Jay Lethal vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini

Before the bell sounds, both men adhere to the Code of Honor. Lock-up as Elgin backs Lethal into the turnbuckles. Lethal goes for the legs but Elgin avoids it. Another lock-up and Elgin pushes Lethal away. Another lock-up and Lethal with a side headlock. Elgin with forearms to the gut, then Lethal with a shoulder tackle, but Elgin does not move. Another lock-up and Lethal with another side headlock. Lethal with a shoulder tackle but Elgin stays on his feet again. Elgin wants Lethal to go off the ropes, but Lethal with a right hand, then Elgin with a shoulder that knocks Lethal down. Lethal with a series of chops as Elgin misses a series of right hands. Lethal escapes a slam attempt, but he has a shoulder tackle blocked. Lethal with a chop, but Elgin comes back with a knee to the gut. Lethal then with the hiptoss/cartwheel/dropkick combo that sends Elgin to the outside. Martini gets on the apron and pokes the referee, but the referee pokes Martini back. Martini grabs Lethal’s leg, but Lethal stomps on hisfoot. Lethal then tries for a handspring back elbow but Elgin nails him in mid-move with a clothesline for a nearfall as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial as Lethal with a series of elbows & right hands to Elgin. Elgin then sends Lethal over the top rope to the outside. Elgin then has the referee distracted to allow Martini to nail Lethal with kicks and a chop to the back of the neck. Elgin then with an Irish whip into the barricade. Lethal then comes back by Irish whipping Elgin into the barricades. Back in the ring, Elgin with a kick to the gut, followed by a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Lethal fights back with a right hands, but Elgin comes back with a forearm, followed by a knee. Elgin with a snapmare and then locks in a chinlock. Lethal then is able to fight out of the hold by hitting a jawbreaker. Lethal is sent to the apron by Elgin, but Lethal nails Elgin with a right hand. Lethal tries for a springboard, but Martini pulls his leg. Lethal then recovers and gets a Sunset flip on Elgin for a nearfall, followed by a roll-up for another nearfall. Lethal with a kick and then hits a superkick after escaping a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Lethal tries for the Lethal Combination, but Elgin blocks it with a series of elbows & forearms. Lethal then misses an enzuigiri, allowing Elgin to hit a deadlift German suplex for a nearfall. Elgin charges and connects with a running knee in the corner. Elgin tries for another knee, but Lethal blocks it. Lethal this time hits Elgin with an enzuigiri, followed by connecting with the Lethal Combination. Lethal goes up top for Hail to the King, but Roderick Strong comes out to stop Lethal while the referee is distracted by Martini. Lethal is able to kick Strong off and then leaps over Elgin. Lethal then nails Strong with a springboard drop kick to knock Strong off the apron. However, that distraction allows Elgin to nail Lethal with the spinning backfist. Elgin goes for the 360* Powerbomb, but Strong comes in the ring and argues with Elgin while the referee is still with Martini. This allows Lethal to dropkicks Elgin into Strong, sending Strong to the outside.

Lethal then hits Elgin with the Lethal Injection for the victory.

Winner: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)

After the match, Strong and Elgin exchange words while Martini tries to calm the situation down. Elgin leaves the ring, but Strong has something to say to Elgin and Elgin returns to the ring. Elgin wants the mic, but Strong tells Bobby Cruise not to give him the mic. Elgin gets the mic and tells Strong that the people are right. If they fight, he will kill Strong. Elgin tells Strong this is the last mistake he will ever make as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “Inside Ring of Honor” as we take a look at some of the footage from the Charleston show and local appearances by the Ring of Honor wrestlers. Kevin Kelly mentions that we will see footage from “Best in the World 2012: Hostage Crisis” next week with Fit Finlay vs. Michael Elgin and the Triple Threat Match for the TV Title as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial as Kevin Kelly asks Jim Cornette about making the match between Kevin Steen and Eddie Edwards a title match. Cornette says that because Steen made a poor impression on a sponsor, this match will be for the title.

Steen addresses the people of West Virginia and tells Cornette to listen to what the fans are chanting. The crowd chants “Mr. Wrestling” for Steen. Steen says that is the name that Cornette told Bobby Cruise never to introduce him as. Steen says that the World Title proves that he is Mr. Wrestling.

Cornette asks Steen if he wants him to enter the ring.

Steen tells Cornette that he has a lot to tell him about. Steen says that the people disagree with Cornette that he is not Mr. Wrestling. The Ring of Honor World title also disagrees with Cornette. Steen says that he wants to tell Cornette about the great time he had with one of the sponsors last week at dinner.

Cornette wants Steen to know how much money he cost the company over his tricks.

Steen says that the sponsors overreacted when they called security.

Cornette says that Steen threatened the sponsor’s life.

Steen says that Cornette is wrong. Steen says he just told the guy that if he continued to poke him, he wouldn’t order off the menu, he would feast on his face.

Cornette says that if Steen was the World Champ, he would ruin the company because of the way the sponsors would react. Because he wants someone to beat Steen for the title, tonight’s match is for the World Title. If Edwards does not win tonight and if Richards does not win at Best in the World, every time Steen is in a singles match, it will be for the title and he doesn’t care who it is. Cornette says that sooner or later, Steen will lose the title before the affiliates meeting in September if its the last thing he does.

Steen says that sooner or later, they all will be dead. For Cornette, it will be sooner and Steen says it will be later for himself.

Steve Corino has joined Cornette and Kelly at the announce table for the main event.

Main Event for the Ring of Honor World Title: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen (c) w/ “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards

Before the bell sounds, Steen extends his hand for the Code of Honor, but Edwards kicks it away. Steen and Edwards exchange forearms, but then Jacobs grabs Edwards’s leg. Edwards with an elbow to Steen, followed by charging and connecting with a tope dive onto Jacobs. Back in the ring, Steen sends Edwards into the turnbuckles. Edwards floats over and tries to roll Steen into the Achilles Lock, but Steen kicks him away. Steen charges, but Edwards drops down and Steen sails over the top rope to the outside. Edwards goes to the apron but Steen pulls Edwards off the apron. Edwards then with an Irish whip sending Steen into the barricade. Edwards charges and drills Steen with a running boot against the barricades. Back in the ring, Steen rolls back out to the outside, but Edwards follows suit. Jacobs distracts Edwards, allowing Steen to go for the apron powerbomb, but Edwards counters out with a rana. Steen then comes back by drilling Edwards with a fallaway slam into the barricades. Steen shows Edwards a “Kill Steen Kill” sign, then he sends Edwards into the barricades. They Steen sends Edwards into the barricades again, then moves toward the entranceway as Edwards fights back with an elbow and a right hand Edwards with a headbutt, but Steen comes back with a forearm. Steen then blows a kiss to some Hooters girls in the front row. Steen proceeds to fishhook Edwards and bite his face in front of Cornette. Back in the ring, Steen with a kick to the back of Edwards. Edwards nails Steen with a slap, but Steen comes back with a forearm, followed by choking Edwards in the corner as we go to commercial.


Back from commercial as Steen with a forearm to the back, but Edwards comes back with a series of chops and forearms. Steen then fires back with forearms of his own. Steen with a snapmare and then tells Cornette that his next move is straight from the 1980s as he applies a chinlock. Edwards fights out with a right hand, but Steen comes back by raking the eyes. Edwards then comes back with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex into the corner.

Edwards charges and connects with a running forearm, followed by a suplex. Edwards heads up top and connects with a front missile dropkick for a nearfall. Edwards with a headbutt, but Steen comes back with a pumphandle neckbreaker for a nearfall. Edwards sends Steen onto the apron, then knocks him off it with a running boot. Edwards then gets a head of steam and nails Steen with a tope dive, followed by going back into the ring, getting another head of stem and nailing Jacobs with a tope dive as well. Edwards charges, but runs into a lariat from Steen back inside the ring for a nearfall. Steen charges, but runs into a boot from Edwards. Edwards heads to the middle rope and hits Steen with the Boston Tea Party, followed by a reverse Falcon Arrow for another nearfall. Edwards goes up top, but misses the double stomp and that allows Steen to hit the Alley-Oop Bomb for a nearfall. Steen locks in the Sharpshooter, but Edwards is able to make it to the ropes. Edwards with a forearm and he goes up top, but Steen pulls him off. Edwards comes back with a forearm and tries for a shoulder, but Steen blocks it with a knee and then hits a DDT. Steen charges, but Edwards moves out of the way when Steen tries for the cannonball in the corner. Edwards goes back up top and this time hits the double stomp for a close nearfall. Steen rolls to the apron. Edwards goes back up top again and tries for the double stomp onto Steen, who is on the apron, but he misses. Edwards then misses a boot to the floor and then Steen puts Edwards through a table at ringside with a powerbomb.

Back in the ring, Steen goes for a cover, but Edwards just barely kicks out. Steen goes up top for the Steenton Bomb, but Edwards gets his knees up. Steen then with a superkick but Edwards comes back with one of his own. Both men then exchange superkicks until Edwards hits not one, but two, followed by a German Suplex for a nearfall. Steen goes up top, but Edwards nails him with an enzuigiri. Edwards tries for the Chin Checker, but Steen escapes and then drills Edwards with a sleeper suplex.

Steen then connects with the F-Cinq to retain the title.

Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen by pinfall (F-Cinq)

Steen celebrates his victory as we go to credits.

This week on the Independent Roundtable:

  • Reviews of the 7/7 ROH TV & 7/8 FCW TV
  • DVD Review of ROH “Unity” from April 28th in Chicago Ridge, IL, featuring The Briscoes defending the ROH Tag Team Titles against Jigsaw & Hallowicked of CHIKARA
  • DVD Review of ROH “Rising Above 2012” from Dayton, OH, featuring Davey Richards defending the ROH World Title against Adam Cole
  • Grash joins the show to talk the 7/4 edition of WWE NXT

    Plus the news of the week and much more!

    If you would like to send in questions on any of the topics discussed this week on the Roundtable, shoot us an e-mail at roundtable@wrestleview.com.

    So with that, I will see you all next week for more Ring-Of-Honor!