We see the usual intro, then Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show. Kelly is joined this week for color commentary by former ROH manager, Prince Nana. We then go to the opening match.
Special Challenge Match: “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
Adherence to the Code of Honor before the bell sounds. Elgin backs Anderson into the ropes and breaks clean. Now its Anderson who backs Elgin into the ropes and he breaks clean. Anderson with a go-behind into a side headlock. Shoulder tackle by Anderson, but Elgin does not go down. Another shoulder tackle and still Elgin won’t go down. Elgin off the ropes and Anderson with a leapfrog. Elgin slips out of a slam, but then Anderson holds onto the ropes to block an O’Connor Roll. Elgin avoids a pump kick, but then connects with a back suplex for a nearfall. Elgin with a 30 second delayed vertical suplex for a nearfall. Elgin with shoulders to the ribs in the corner. Anderson blocks a suplex attempt and hits some gut shots, but Elgin with a knee to the ribs. Elgin goes for the Oklahoma Stampede, but Anderson slips out. Anderson runs into a boot by Elgin, but then catches him coming in with a dropkick to the knees.
Commentary mentions that Elgin has had knee surgery a couple of times as he tries to get some feeling back in his leg while Anderson begins stomping away at it. Anderson goes to the outside, stakes out Elgin’s leg and hits a running knee and a club to it. Elgin kicks Anderson off, sending him into the barricade. Anderson with a kick to the leg and a club on the outside. Anderson stakes out Elgin’s leg on the top of the barricade and then kicks the barricade to do more damage to the leg. Anderson gets back in while the ref begins his 20 count. Elgin gets back in, but Anderson goes right to the leg. Elgin tries to fight him off, but Anderson with a series of European Uppercut. Anderson with a back heel trip, then applies a leg lock on Elgin. Crowd wills on Elgin as he tries to fight Anderson off of him. Anderson breaks, but then hits a knee drop to the injured leg for a nearfall as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Anderson has Elgin in a chinlock. Elgin fights out and hits a big forearm. Elgin off the ropes, but Anderson catches him with a dropkick for a nearfall. Anderson continues to stomp at the injured leg of Elgin, then begins paintbrushing Elgin on the head, but all that does is fire him up. Elgin with forearms, but Anderson knocks him back down with another European Uppercut for a nearfall. Anderson with a slam, then plays to the crowd. Anderson with a back senton splash for another nearfall. Anderson lifts up Elgin, but Elgin slips out. Elgin avoids a charge and Anderson crotches himself on the middle turnbuckle. Elgin with a rolling elbow to the back of Anderson’s head, then waistlocks Anderson out of the corner and German suplexes him into the turnbuckles.
Elgin fires up as both men exchange forearms until Elgin gains advantage. Anderson counters a whip with a knee to the ribs, but Elgin catches him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Elgin runs into a boot, but comes back with a clothesline in the corner. Elgin with a whip and follows Anderson in, nailing him with another clothesline. Elgin then short-arms Anderson right into a Black Hole Slam for a nearfall. Elgin hits the Deadlift German for another nearfall. Anderson goes out to the apron as Elgin goes to the middle rope to go after him. Elgin goes for the Deadlift Superplex, but Anderson fights out. Exchange of forearms, then Elgin with a back elbow, but Anderson comes back with a jumping kick that knocks Elgin off the turnbuckles. Anderson heads up top and hits a catching neckbreaker to Elgin for a nearfall. Anderson goes for a powerbomb, but Elgin sends him into the corner. Anderson tries for it again, but Elgin counters and hits an Air Raid Crash. Elgin heads up top and hits a corkscrew senton for a close nearfall. Elgin calls for the end as he hits the Buckle Bomb, but Anderson pops right out of the corner and hits a flying knee. Elgin comes back with a superkick and a pump kick, but Anderson avoids a spinning backfist. Anderson goes for the Gun Stun, but Elgin gets out and this time hits the spinning backfist. Elgin goes for a powerbomb, but Anderson gets out and hits the Bernard Driver for a close nearfall. Anderson lifts up Elgin, but Elgin fights out with elbows. Elgin with a series of kneelifts to the head, then calls for a lariat. Anderson avoids it, then tries again for the Gun Stun, but Elgin counters with an inside cradle for a nearfall.
Third time is then the charm as Anderson this time hits the Gun Stun to get the victory.
Winner: “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson by pinfall (The Gun Stun)
Afterwards, both men again adhere to the Code of Honor and Elgin raises Anderson’s hand as the crowd chants “Please come back”.
Back from commercial, we go to our next match.
Women of Honor: Daviene vs. “Your Soul’s Tormentor” MsChif
Commentary mentions that Daviene is from the New England area and is only 18 years old. Code of Honor adhered to before the bell sounds. MsChif with her infamous scream to start. MsChif with a knee to the gut and a series of back clubs. MsChif connects with a sit-out clothesline. MsChif sends Daviene into the turnbuckles multiple times, then does her series of double stomps to the back.
All of a sudden, Veda Scott comes out from the back and gets into the ring. MsChif sees her when she turns around and Veda attacks MsChif, signaling the disqualification.
Winner: “Your Soul’s Tormentor” MsChif by disqualification
The two women go back and forth with each other until multiple referees come out to separate the two. Veda breaks away and continues to go after MsChif. The referees finally separate them as we go to commercial.
“Inside Ring of Honor”
On May 18th at a ROH live event in Richmond, VA, BJ Whitmer will challenge whomever is the ROH World Champion for the title. We go to comments from Whitmer.
Whitmer says that very rarely do you get the chance to rewrite an ending to a chapter of your life and now I get that opportunity. In 2008, I lost my job in ROH and my life spiraled out of control. I was hurt in Japan and I traveled down a long, dark road. It was bad for about 3 years, but I managed to pull myself out of that and found myself again and found wrestling again. ROH is all I ever had in this business, its where I’ve had my highest moments in my career. That World Title signifies to me being one of the best wrestlers in the world, but it also signifies my redemption. Come May 18th, whether its Jay Briscoe, one of my closest friends, a guy whose family I consider my own family. Whether its Adam Cole, a young kid who I respect tremendously that is the future of this business. Whomever it is, if that chance to be the World Champion is in front of me, I’m gonna pull the trigger. If it means caving in the skull of one of my best friends, if it means shortening the career of someone that is the future, I’m gonna do it. This 2nd chance is not just about proving people wrong, its about proving to myself that the potential that I had a few years ago wasn’t wasted and wasn’t lost.
Back from commercial and before our main event, Prince Nana receives a phone call. Its obviously a good one because after he hangs up, Nana does his “We in the money, do-do-do-do-do” spiel before leaving the commentary table and going backstage. We then go to our main event.
Main Event in a Grudge Match: ROH Tag Team Champion Kyle O’Reilly w/Bobby Fish vs. “American Wolf” Davey Richards w/Eddie Edwards
Before the bell sounds, Richards drills O’Reilly, who was on the outside, with the running apron kick. O’Reilly is whipped into the barricade, then Richards charges and connects with a running boot. O’Reilly is sent again into the barricade and then Richards connects with another running apron kick. Bobby Fish joins Kelly at the commentary table as O’Reilly gives chase and heads back into the ring. Richards takes O’Reilly down and hits a kick to the chest, followed by locking in a double armbar of sorts, with one arm trapped underneath Richards’ legs. Richards with a knee drop to the arm, followed by a series of kicks to the arm. Richards with elbows to the arm, followed by a lifting wristlock. Richards goes for an armbar, but O’Reilly rolls through it. O’Reilly gets out of a suplex and then drills Richards with a knee to the head.
O’Reilly with an axe kick, a rolling elbow and a backdrop driver. O’Reilly goes for the cover, but Richards gets his hand on the bottom rope. O’Reilly with a snap suplex for a nearfall. O’Reilly then wraps up Richards’ legs and hooks him in abdominal stretch. O’Reilly drops backward and hooks Richards in a pinning predicament for a nearfall. Richards comes back with open-hand slaps, but O’Reilly comes back with a series of strikes, ending with a leg sweep for a nearfall. Richards counters a whip and pumphandles O’Reilly, then lifts him into a Tombstone position. Richards hits a shoulderbreaker out of a Tombstone position, then heads up top. Richards goes for a flying headbutt, but O’Reilly catches him and hooks him in a Triangle Choke while unloading with elbows to the head. Richards is able to get his foot on the ropes to force a break. Exchange of forearms and kicks until O’Reilly gains advantage. O’Reilly off the ropes, but Richards catches him with a boot. Richards off the ropes and when O’Reilly tries to follow him in, Richards pulls down the top rope, sending O’Reilly to the outside. Richards with a head of steam and hits a tope suicida, sending O’Reilly crashing into the barricade.
Richards is favoring his leg as he sends O’Reilly back in the ring. Richards heads up top and hits a missile dropkick. Richards with a kip-up, but again he is favoring his leg. Richards charges, but sees O’Reilly trying to put his foot up and catches it. Richards with a series of kicks to the chest in the corner, then hits a running forearm. Richards off the ropes, but O’Reilly catches him with a kick to the chest. O’Reilly off the ropes, but Richards drills him with a roundhouse kick to the head, followed by a German Suplex for a nearfall. O’Reilly blocks a suplex with a knee, but Richards with a kick to the chest. Richards blocks a back suplex with a knee, but O’Reilly follows him off the ropes and hits a leaping knee to the ribs. O’Reilly then catches Richards’s leg as he was going for the Alarm Clock kick and hits a Regalplex for a close nearfall. Both men are down as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as O’Reilly with kicks to the back of Richards’s leg. Richards tells him to bring it as he blocks a discus forearm and hits a kick to the arm. Richards goes for another kick, but O’Reilly catches it and hits a knee to the leg. Richards then counters out and hooks O’Reilly in a cross armbreaker. O’Reilly counters out and locks Richards in an Ankle Lock. Richards then counters into an inside cradle for a nearfall. O’Reilly with a boot, but then Richards this time connects with the Alarm Clock kick. O’Reilly comes back with a discus forearm, but Richards answers with a spinning roundhouse kick to the head. O’Reilly then blocks a kick and hits a run up the ropes Tornado DDT and floatovers into going for a Brainbuster, but then Richards counters with a Falcon Arrow back into the cross armbreaker. O’Reilly gets his foot on the rope to force a break. Richards heads up top, but O’Reilly stops him with a forearm, then hits a Dragon Screw leg whip while Richards was on the turnbuckles. O’Reilly heads up with Richards and tries for a back superplex, but Richards fights out with elbows. Richards then connects with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb, followed by a running kick to the chest. Richards heads back up top and connects with a Top Rope Double Stomp. Richards heads to make a cover, but O’Reilly grabs the foot and locks Richards back in the Ankle Lock. Richards tries to kick him off, but O’Reilly turns it into a Sharpshooter. Richards then is able to reach the bottom rope to force a break. Both roll out onto the apron as they exchange kicks. Richards then catches a kick and arm whips O’Reilly, sending him crashing onto the apron. Richards gets back in the ring and goes to dive, but his leg gives out, allowing O’Reilly to nail him with a forearm. O’Reilly goes to the apron and hooks Richards for something. O’Reilly then BRAINBUSTERS RICHARDS FROM THE RING ALL THE WAY TO THE OUTSIDE!!!
Referee & Eddie Edwards go to check on Richards as O’Reilly gets him back in the ring. O’Reilly with a cover, but RICHARDS KICKS OUT!! O’Reilly places Richards on the top turnbuckle with him facing the outside. O’Reilly again goes for a back superplex, but Richards fights out and does damage to O’Reilly’s injured arm, knocking him off the ropes. O’Reilly comes back with a shot to the back, then goes out onto the apron and heads back up with Richards. O’Reilly tries to superplex Richards to the outside, but Richards fights it. Richards then with a Triangle Choke while they were in the ropes. Richards is forced to break before a count of 5, but when he releases the hold, O’Reilly drops down onto a table that has all the audio equipment for the commentary. Richards then heads up top and DOUBLE STOMPS O’REILLY THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!
Richards gets back in as the referee begins his 20 count on O’Reilly. At the count of 19, O’Reilly is somehow able to crawl back in the ring. O’Reilly can’t even get to his feet, only to his knees, as Richards stands over him. Ever defiant, O’Reilly spits in Richards’ face, but that only spells his end as Richards hits a series of roundhouse kicks to the head, finalizing with a big head kick, but O’REILLY KICKS OUT!!!
Richards then goes right back to the cross armbreaker for the 3rd time in this match and this time, O’Reilly has no choice but to tap-out.
Winner: “American Wolf” Davey Richards by submission (Cross Armbreaker)
Bobby Fish checks on an injured O’Reilly on the outside while Edwards checks on Richards as we go to credits.