Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor Wrestling on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get to the show!
We see video of what happened in the main event of the 11th Anniversary iPPV as Kevin Steen successfully defended the ROH World Title against Jay Lethal. We then see the roster-clearing brawl as Jimmy Rave, Matt Hardy, Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton joined SCUM. We finally see Steve Corino’s promo where SCUM tore up the ROH flag and proclaimed that at the 11th Anniversary iPPV, “honor had died”.
We do not see the usual intro as we go right to the ring where the ROH roster is around the ring apron and match-maker Nigel McGuinness is in the ring with a microphone and the torn up ROH flag. Nigel says this is Ring of Honor and boys, girls, ladies & gentlemen, s**t just got real. We’ve been disrespected and to be perfectly honest, the entire future of ROH is being threatened. SCUM fired a shot that was heard across the wrestling world and they started a battle, no, they actually won a battle. They started a war that we are more than willing & able to fight. Because we’re still standing, we’re still united because we believe in this company.
“ROH” chants from the crowd in Chicago Ridge.
Nigel says that Steve Corino said 3 things. That SCUM was gonna go down in history as the people who killed Ring of Honor. There are no more credible contenders to Kevin Steen’s ROH World Title. And he said that honor was dead. Well, take a look at all of these faces around the ringside. Take a look at all these fans and know that HONOR WILL NEVER DIE! There are plenty of credible contenders and they all around the ring right now. Adam Cole, raise your hand. Adam Cole defended the TV Title with pride, honor & dignity. He raised the title to a big level and if that is not a credible contender to the ROH World Title, I don’t know what is. Adam Cole, you will get your title shot. Now, Cole was supposed to fight Matt Hardy for the TV title this week, obviously, that can’t happen because of situations out of my control. But next week on ROH TV, Cole will be fighting Matt Hardy and the winner will get a TV Title shot at Supercard of Honor VII in New York City. Now, someone else proved to me that they are a credible contender to the ROH World Title at the 11th Anniversary iPPV and he is one of my dearest friends, BJ Whitmer. He proved by beating the living hell outta Charlie Haas that he is more than capable of taking the ROH World Title from the rotund waist of Kevin Steen. So BJ will get a title shot as well. Now, Elgin, Lethal, you’ve both had title shots before, but that does not mean you both are not credible contenders. So, at Supercard of Honor VII, you will wrestle each other and the winner will receive a ROH World Title shot. And if I’m talking that honor and talking about credible contenders, then I cannot…..
Roderick Strong gets Nigel’s attention, saying that he is a credible contender, but Nigel tells him that this is not the time, or place, to do this. Take this seriously.
Nigel says before he was interrupted, he was gonna talk about the pioneers of honor, the Briscoes. I can’t think of 2 more credible contenders. So Mark Briscoe, in Asheville, North Carolina on March 30th, I want you to bring that Redneck Kung Fu. I want you to shine up those white teeth of yours, because you will need to smile when you hopefully become the Ring of Honor World Champion. Which brings me to you, Jay. You are pretty much the founding father of this company. Supercard of Honor, it should be you next in line for that ROH World Title shot. But, look at you, you’re hurt (Jay is out there with a sling on after separating his shoulder at the 11th Anniversary iPPV). Jay gets in the ring and says SCUM might have injured him, but when it comes to Steen, SCUM, what they are doing to this company, I’ll fight with one arm if I got to. One chance, that’s all I need. Nigel says you want one chance, you got it. Nigel says that out of his control, ROH offices have locked the door here in the Frontier Fieldhouse and have amped up security to keep SCUM out of the building. However, I will talk to the ROH office this week and if I have to put my job on the line, next week, those doors will be open.
Nigel asks the roster to come into the ring and look into the camera and look at SCUM, who are watching this show. Nigel says we aren’t running, we aren’t hiding, next week, the doors will be opened. We have to stand together this week because next week, we’re gonna need to be. We are Ring of Honor, we will fight and HONOR WILL LIVE!
Before we come back from commercial, we see a hype promo for the Supercard of Honor iPPV on April 5th from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City with the American Wolves. Davey Richards says they have heard about the hype, we heard about the spectacle, we know what’s going down in New York City. We know its sold out and you can only see it on iPPV. But, we know when its the American Wolves vs. reDRagon, its about war. Eddie Edwards says last time we faced reDRagon in New York City, the American Wolves reunited and we took them down. We are the American Wolves and the HUNT IS ON!
Back from commercial, we go to the commentary table with Kevin Kelly & Caleb Seltzer inside the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. We then go to the opening match.
“T.D.” Tadarius Thomas & “The Young Simba” A.C.H. vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards & “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards)
Code of Honor adhered to before the bell sounds. Richards & ACH will start things off. Richards with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle off a whip. ACH with a leapfrog, but Richards flips over a monkey flip attempt. ACH blocks a kick and connects with a rana. ACH with an arm drag, but Richards with a head scissors. ACH kips out of it and we have a stalemate with Richards impressed with ACH. Richards backs ACH into the corner and tags in Edwards while Richards gives a clean break. ACH tags in Thomas and now Thomas & Edwards will go at it. Edwards with a wristlock, but Thomas with a single leg into a leglock. Edwards counters into a short arm scissors, but Thomas gets out and pulls back on the legs of Edwards. Edwards with a headlock and takes Thomas to the corner. Edwards with a chop, followed by a corner whip, but Thomas goes up & over into a Sunset Flip. Edwards rolls through it, but Thomas avoids a running boot. Thomas then with one of his Capoeira style kicks, followed by a roll-up for a nearfall. Edwards with a big chop, then sends Thomas into the out-stretched head of Richards. Tag to Richards, who hits a gut kick. Richards with a big kick to the chest that knocks down Thomas. Thomas reverses a whip and connects with a dropkick that sends Richards to the outside. Thomas then knocks Edwards off the apron with an elbow. Thomas goes to the apron, then when both Wolves go after him with kicks, Thomas does a cartwheel to avoid them. However, Edwards then goes on the apron and drills Thomas with a superkick. Richards on the apron, nails Thomas with the running apron kick. Richards knocks ACH off the apron and the Wolves stand tall.
Back in the ring, Richards gains a nearfall. Richards sends Thomas into the out-stretched head of Edwards before tagging him in. Edwards with a snap suplex for a nearfall. Thomas tries to make a tag, but Edwards sends him into the out-stretched boot of Richards. Edwards with a chop, then tags in Richards. The Wolves go for a double whip, but Thomas counters and nails Edwards with a Capoeira style kick. Richards with a waistlock, but Thomas fights out with elbows. Richards misses a clothesline and Thomas connects with the Slingblade.
Tags to ACH & Edwards as ACH with a clothesline, followed by a back elbow. ACH with a dropkick to Richards, followed by a moonsault kick in the corner. ACH with another dropkick to Richards, then hits Edwards with a rana. ACH with a corner charge and nails Richards, who is slumped down in the corner, with Ready or not, here I come (Sliding sit-out clothesline). ACH heads up top and hits a big crossbody on Edwards with a lot of elevation for a nearfall. Crowd chants for ACH as he does another charge, then lands on the apron when Richards tries to backdrop him over the ropes. Edwards goes after ACH on the apron, but ACH nails him with a headbutt to the gut. ACH avoids a right hand from Richards and then Thomas nails him with another Capoeira style kick. ACH hits a slingshot corkscrew Ace Crusher on Richards for a nearfall. Richards goes to the outside as Thomas gets set to dive. Thomas goes for a Space Flying Tiger Drop, but Richards nails him with a kick to the back before he does the back handspring. ACH with a springboard dropkick, knocking Richards off the apron. Edwards comes in, but ACH hits him with a rana that sends Edwards through the ropes and to the outside. Thomas with a head of steam and this time hits the Space Flying Tiger Drop on Edwards. ACH then with his own head of steam as he hits Richards with Air Jordan. Crowd chants “ROH” and “This is awesome” as all 4 men get back in the ring. Thomas with a back elbow to Richards, then ACH with a boot to the face, followed by connecting with a reverse rana. ACH with a half-Tiger, half-pumphandle suplex on Richards, but Edwards breaks up the pin attempt with a top rope diving headbutt. Thomas & Edwards exchange forearms until Edwards gains advantage. However, Thomas comes back with a Capoeira side kick. Thomas off the ropes, but the Wolves hit the assisted Alarm Clock kick. ACH with an enziguri to Edwards, then goes for a springboard moonsault on Richards, but he catches him. Richards gets ACH in Tombstone position and the Wolves hit the Tombstone/Superkick combo on ACH, but Thomas breaks it up before the count of 2. Edwards then sends Thomas to the outside.
The Wolves hit the Powerbomb/Lung Blower combo on ACH for the victory.
Winners: The American Wolves by pinfall (Powerbomb/Lung Blower Combo)
Crowd chants “That was awesome” at the match they just saw as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we go right to the next match with the 2 combatants already in the ring.
“The Buzzsaw” B.J. Whitmer vs. “God’s Gift” QT Marshall w/Barrister RD Evans
Marshall adheres to the Code of Honor in a cocky manner before the bell sounds. Whitmer with a side headlock, but Evans grabs onto his foot as he was going off the ropes. That distraction allows Marshall to hit a clothesline for a nearfall. Whitmer is sent into the corner, followed by a pair of right hands and a stomp. Marshall chokes Whitmer with his boot. Marshall with a suplex for a nearfall as Evans joins the commentary table. Marshall with a series of chest clubs as Evans mentions that he has luck on his side because he met a special young woman, who likes a man with a beard. Whitmer fights back with a right hand, but Marshall with a knee to the gut. Marshall with a basement DDT for another nearfall. Evans says that this woman he met will be bringing changes to his union he has with QT Marshall. Marshall with right hands, but that fires Whitmer up. Whitmer tells Marshall to bring it on as Evans says that Tomasso Ciampa will never come back to ROH when Kevin Kelly brings Ciampa up. Whitmer now with right hands, but Marshall counters a whip and hits a back elbow. Marshall charges, but Whitmer nails him with a big boot for a nearfall. Whitmer with a corner whip, but runs into a boot by Marshall. Marshall goes for a right hand, but Whitmer catches him and hits a Flatliner.
Whitmer then hits a series of knee strikes to the back of Marshall’s head until the referee stops the match.
Winner: “The Buzzsaw” B.J. Whitmer via referee stoppage (Knees to the head)
“Inside Ring of Honor”
The 1st topic is the shocking upset by Matt Taven in defeating Adam Cole at the 11th Anniversary iPPV to win the ROH TV Title, followed by reDRagon shocking The Briscoes to win the ROH Tag Team Titles. Finally, Kevin Steen retained the ROH World Title over Jay Lethal. We go to comments from Lethal.
Lethal says that he knows that Steen knows that Lethal took everything Steen could dish out, including kicking out of the Package Piledriver. Lethal says he isn’t gonna cry and complain because many times as a wrestler, its not about how many times you get knocked down, its about the great wrestlers who get back up. Lethal says he will prove to the world that he deserves a ROH World Title shot. The winner of himself vs. Michael Elgin at Supercard of Honor VII will receive a ROH World Title shot and best believe, it will be me.
The next topic is that at Supercard of Honor VII, it will be new ROH Tag Champions reDRagon defending against the American Wolves. We go to comments from both teams, 1st from the new champs.
Kyle O’Reilly says that thanks to Bobby Fish’s superior training regime and mentorship, reDRagon has captured the ROH Tag Team Titles. Now, we may have just painted a big target right on our backs because now that we are at the top of the food chain, everyone is gunning for us, which brings us to Supercard of Honor VII and the American Wolves. Apparently, the “hunt is on” once again, but reDRagon is gonna put an end to hunting season and put down a couple of mangy dogs. Bobby Fish says he is a little bit shocked that the American Wolves would even sign up for this. After what we did to you in the Tag Gauntlet? Hey, if you wanna get kicked in the back of the head, followed by being dropped on that same head, I’m not here to judge how you wanna spend your evening. But, Supercard of Honor VII, for these straps, let’s do it Wolves.
We go to comments from the challengers as Davey Richards says that now, Kyle O’Reilly has climbed to the top. Got yourself a new partner, got you some shiny new belts, you’re the new hot team in Ring of Honor. How many times have we heard that before? You’re nothing until you knock the old dogs off the block. Eddie Edwards says that they have heard it time and time again. The new team, the flashy team, the team to beat. The American Wolves are the tag-team to beat. The American Wolves, we are tag-team wrestling in Ring of Honor. Bobby & Kyle, you’re the new champs, the new dogs. We see you as fresh meat.
Before we come back from commercial, we see a hype promo for the Supercard of Honor iPPV on April 5th from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City with Charlie Haas. Haas says that April 5th, New York City, Hammerstein Ballroom. You damn right the Outlaw, Charlie Haas, is gonna be there, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I’ll tell ya who won’t be there, my ex-partner, Shelton Benjamin. I sent his ass packing, I gave him his future endeavor. I will be there, rest assured, drinking some Chuck Lights. Hell, I may even eat a Cheeseburger.
Before we go to the ring, we see a “parental discretion is advised” graphic for the upcoming segment of “Hoopla: Uncut”. This segment was heavily edited down for the TV show, so I will recap the uncensored clip of “Hoopla: Uncut”, which you can watch below:
Truth Martini comes out with his “Hoopla Hotties” (Mid-west indie workers Scarlett Bordeaux & Val Malone) and the new ROH TV Champion Matt Taven. Martini says welcome to Hoopla: Uncut, a talk show about life, love, pain and hoopla. Martini has one of the Hoopla Hotties hold on to his “shiny b***s”. Martini introduces Matt Taven and says that because ROH is a TV company, that makes the TV Champion the most important champion in ROH. That makes Taven more important than Kevin Steen. Martini then asks Taven how does it feel to be the newest member of the H.O.T.? How does it feel to be the greatest wrestler in ROH? How does it feel to be the new ROH TV Champion? Taven says that he has learned in life, that actions speak louder than words. So, I will show you how it feels. Wait one second while I “whip it out” (censored on the TV show). Taven undoes his jeans like he is gonna whip out something else, but instead, takes out the TV Title belt and has it hang down, like its his little Taven. The Hoopla Hotties are aghast to the Taven’s TV Title belt, but then Martini tells them to hold on, because they are missing something. Martini asks the crowd if they are ready to “get off”. Hey hoopla hotties, take your pants off.
(Note: Cameras cut away once the hoopla hotties began to take their pants off and it went to commercial).
The Hoopla Hotties do as Martini says and take their pants off. Martini, Taven & the Hoopla Hotties are celebrating when many referees come out and they cover up the Hoopla Hotties with towels. Taven tries to shoo some of the refs away by putting his title belt in their faces, acting like its his little Taven. The refs take the Hoopla Hotties to the back while Taven & Martini are upset that the referees put an early end to “Hoopla: Uncut”.
Back from commercial, its time for our main event. Nigel McGuinness joins commentary for this match.
Main Event: Jay Lethal vs. “The Messiah of the Backbreaker” Roderick Strong
Code of Honor adhered to before the bell sounds, although Strong had a cocky demeanor in doing so. Both men exchange arm wringers until Strong takes down Lethal with a drop toe hold. Nigel says that he will demand that next week, the doors to be unlocked so that SCUM can enter the building. Lethal kicks Strong off and we have a stalemate. Strong with a side headlock, but Lethal backs him into the corner. Lethal breaks clean and we have a staredown. Strong again with a side headlock, but no one goes down off a shoulder tackle attempt. Strong with a single leg, then goes off the ropes. Lethal with a leapfrog, but Strong with a cartwheel to avoid a monkey flip attempt and again we have a stalemate. Strong drops down and avoids a Lethal springboard moonsault attempt, with Lethal landing on his feet. Lethal then hits the hiptoss/cartwheel/front dropkick combo for a nearfall. Lethal with a headscissors, but Strong bridges back to pin Lethal’s shoulders to the mat for a nearfall. Lethal with a back club, followed by a right hand. Strong reverses a whip, but Lethal holds onto the ropes. Strong charges, but Lethal pulls down the top rope, sending Strong onto the apron. Lethal goes for a springboard dropkick, but Strong drops down to avoid it and Lethal crashes and burns. Strong with a slingshot Oklahoma Roll for a nearfall. Strong with a back club, then stomps away at Lethal. Strong with a backbreaker for a nearfall. Strong with a gut punch, followed by a big chop. Strong goes to a chinlock, switching to a Camel Clutch. Lethal gets to the ropes, forcing Strong to break, although Strong drops down with his body weight across Lethal’s back. Strong with a right hand, then sends Lethal into the corner head-first. Strong with another big chop, but that fires Lethal up. Strong with another chop, but that fires Lethal up some more. Lethal then fires back with a series of chops and right hands. Lethal with more chops in the corner, followed by a corner whip. Lethal charges, but runs into a boot by Strong. Strong goes for a rolling elbow, but Lethal catches him and hits the Lethal Combination, although Strong rolls out to the outside to avoid being pinned. Lethal with a head of steam and connects with a tope dive, sending Strong crashing into the barricade. Back in the ring, Lethal gains a nearfall. Lethal with a right hand, then heads up top. Strong stops him by crotching him on the turnbuckles, then charges and connects with a running knee in the corner. Strong with another charge and connects with a running elbow. Strong goes for a back suplex, but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal hits a superkick, then goes off the ropes, but Strong follows him in off the blind side, however Lethal sees him coming and nails him with another superkick. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection, but Strong catches him in mid-move and connects with another backbreaker for a nearfall. Strong goes right into locking in the Strong Hold. Lethal tries to counter out, but Strong sits down into a pinning predicament for a nearfall. Strong connects with a rolling elbow, followed by a leaping knee strike. Strong goes for the Gibson Driver, but Lethal counters with a rana.
Lethal then this time hits the Lethal Injection for the victory.
Winner: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)
Lethal celebrates his victory as we go to credits.