We see the usual intro, then we hear the music of the H.O.T. as Truth Martini, Matt Taven & the Hoopla Hotties make their way to the ring. Martini has a mic and says they are the H.O.T, too hot for TV. Jay Lethal, at Best in the World, we will see if you got what it takes to take what we got, the ROH TV Title. Matt Taven is a fighting champion, so what I will do is throwing an open challenge for a Proving Ground match. If anyone in the back as the guts, come on down.
The challenge is answered by Pepper Parks, who makes his way to the ring. Crowd chants for Parks as Martini says just look at you, listen closely, “Sugar”. What makes you think you are in the same league as Matt Taven? The difference between you two is Taven is his dad’s pride and joy, while you are your dad’s disappointment. Parks grabs the mic and says he has been around a long time, so I am gonna take your silly Willy Wonka hat, gonna grab Pauly Shore’s hair over here, referencing Taven. Taven tries to attack Parks, but Parks sees it coming and decks Taven, starting the match.
Proving Ground Match: Ring of Honor Television Champion Matt Taven w/Truth Martini & the Hoopla Hotties (Scarlett Bordeaux & Seleziya Spark) vs. Pepper Parks
Parks stomps away at Taven, then sends him into the corner. Back body drop, then Parks catches a Taven kick and flips him down to the mat. Standing switch, but Taven with a back elbow. Taven goes up & over, but runs into a knee strike for a nearfall. Parks with a chinlock, then blocks an armdrag. Taven avoids a back suplex, but Parks with a back elbow, a dropkick, an armdrag and a Russian Leg Sweep for a nearfall. Taven catches Parks with a spin kick for a nearfall. Taven rakes the face of Parks, followed by a snapmare and a crossface shot. Exchange of right hands until Taven with a gut kick. Parks comes back with a suplex for a nearfall. Taven runs into a boot, but blocks a Tornado DDT attempt. Draping swinging neckbreaker, then Taven heads up top. Parks avoids a frog splash, causing Taven to crash & burn on the mat. Parks heads up top, but Taven stops him with an enziguri. Parks blocks a superplex and hits a Sunset flip powerbomb. Martini goes to the commentary table and asks when is Taven gonna receive people’s respect. Parks goes for the Pepper Shaker off the top, but Taven sidesteps him, causing Parks to crash and burn on the mat.
Taven hits the pumphandle headlock driver for the victory.
Winner: Ring of Honor Television Champion Matt Taven by pinfall (Pumphandle Headlock Driver)
The H.O.T. celebrate Taven’s win as we go to commercial.
“The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa vs. Rip Impact
Code of Honor adhered to, but Impact brings the fight right to Ciampa as the bell sounds with kicks and right hands. Ciampa comes back with chops and a flurry of forearms. Down goes the kneepad as Ciampa hits not one, but two running knees in the corner. Ciampa sets for Project Ciampa, but Impact counters into a jackknife pin for a nearfall. Jawbreaker by Impact, but Ciampa catches a clothesline and hits a Dragon Suplex, followed by a big-time clothesline for a nearfall. Ciampa points to the camera, then lifts up Impact for a delayed suplex, shades of Ciampa’s Best in the World opponent, Michael Elgin. This brings out Elgin, who hops up on the apron as Ciampa drops Impact with the suplex. Ciampa & Elgin have words, then Impact begins to fight back, hitting a kick to the head. Ciampa avoids a charge, but runs into a boot. Series of kicks by Impact, followed by a flipping neckbreaker. Impact heads up top, but Ciampa stops him. Ciampa with a running knee to the head.
Ciampa heads up top and hits a Super Air Raid Crash for the victory.
Winner: “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa by pinfall (Super Air Raid Crash)
Afterwards, Elgin grabs a mic and gets into the ring. Elgin says that Ciampa wants to put him on a hit list? I am the wrong person to mess with, because I will make sure your return is short-lived. See you at Best in the World!!
“Inside Ring of Honor”
Michael Elgin says Tommaso Ciampa thought there would be anger on this face, but no, I’m smiling. You thought I’d be mad? You have been on the sidelines and you come back and wanna pick a fight with the biggest dog in the yard. That is exactly what I would have done. You have shown that you got guts, that you are a little psycho, but have you seen what I have done? I had no clue you would be in my path to the ROH World Title, but a fight like that, I welcome with open arms. At Best in the World, you find out I’m unbreakable and you realize that they say God created all men equal, THEY WERE WRONG!!!
Adam Cole says that there has been a lot of talk lately about my apparent attitude change. What bothers me is that my integrity has not changed. Since I started in ROH, I set my sights on being the best. I was on my way to doing that until I lost the ROH TV Title. That changed something inside me. It made me realize that in ROH, all that matters are wins and losses. Come Best in the World, I face one of the very best to be in an ROH ring, Roderick Strong. At Best in the World, Adam Cole will walk away as a winner.
Kevin Steen says if someone told him 10 years ago that I’d be standing in front of an ROH camera, talking about a match with Matt Hardy on iPPV in Baltimore, I would have said they were crazy. Turns out that is exactly what will be happening. Matt, 10 years ago, I was watching you make a name for yourself falling through tables, jumping off ladders, getting hit by chairs. I’m sure that was hard on you, but it will be nothing like what is gonna happen to you in Baltimore. When we face each other, I am gonna make you wish you were jumping off a ladder, falling through a table, hit by a chair. Matt Hardy, there are many people who wanna cure cancer, I will be the 1st one to do it when I take you out for good.
Back from commercial, its about time for our main event, but then, we hear the music of SCUM as Steve Corino, Rhett Titus, Jimmy Jacobs & Cliff Compton make their way to the ring. Corino has a mic and says that for 11 long years, this company that you love, ROH, has made mistake after mistake. Guys have come & gone. Nigel McGuinness, you made three of the worst mistakes you could ever made. First, I can forgive not giving Matt Hardy the World Title shot at Best in the World because the inevitable is Matt Hardy WILL BE the ROH World Champion, because that’s the way I wrote that. Once again, though, you took the cowards’ way out. You sanctioned #1 contenders matches, but you left out Rhett Titus, Cliff Compton & Jimmy Jacobs. I know it was your elaborate plan to put your “boys” on Best in the World, C & C Wrestlefactory & that ingrate, Jay Lethal, when you know for a fact, you limey, piece of garbage. Crowd chants for Nigel to mess up Corino. Corino says the crowd would like to see that, but Nigel is a part of that stinky management and you are darn lucky that I didn’t file a lawsuit after what Nigel did to me at Border Wars. I could’ve went to HR, I could’ve filed a lawsuit, you would have been outta here. You did the wrong thing by putting your hands on me and then you don’t give my men title shots? You are nothing but a worthless coward. You know ROH is going down and you as the captain should go down with it. Corino dares Nigel to go after him, who gets up the commentary table, and he will sue.
Crowd chants for Nigel as Corino tells him to run, but then Jay Lethal & C & C come out. Corino says they were just talking about Lethal & C & C. C & C lost cleanly to Titus & Compton, the next ROH Tag Champions. And Lethal, you lost cleanly to Jimmy Jacobs. Lethal & C &C get into the ring as Corino says to the “ring of homies”, relax. Corino asks if he struck a nerve as the crowd chants “that was racist?” Corino says that Nigel needs to make the right decisions before I burn this company to the ground because if I snap my finger, Lethal & C & C don’t make to Best in the World. Nigel dares him to do it, so Corino does, but Lethal & C & C get the better of SCUM while Corino & Nigel stare each other down. Corino walks off as referees & security come in to break it up. Corino & Nigel continue their staredown as we go to commercial.
Main Event: The American Wolves (“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards) vs. #DemBoys The Briscoes (ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe)
Commentary brings up the fact that in all of the past meetings between the Wolves & the Briscoes, the Briscoes have won every match. Code of Honor adhered to before the bell sounds. Mark & Edwards will start. Mark with 2 side headlock takedown, but Edwards counters each time with a headscissors. Mark gets out, but Edwards avoids him when he tries to go back to the headlock. Edwards with a go-behind, series of standing switches. Edwards with a side headlock, but Mark takes him down. Edwards with an armdrag, but Mark ducks under some chops and hits some Redneck Kung Fu. Mark avoids another chop, Edwards avoids Redneck Kung Fu, they both go for it and put the brakes on as we have a stalemate. Tags in to Jay & Davey. Shoving match ensues until Davey with a side headlock. No one goes down off multiple shoulder tackle attempts until Davey hits a dropkick. Davey goes for a tope, but Jay catches him with a forearm. Mark in and the Briscoes with a double three point stance. Mark with right hands to Davey, but Davey goes up and over and hits an enziguri. Mark sent outside where Edwards hits him with a slam and a kick to the back. Back in, Eddie gains a nearfall. Mark gets out of a suplex and tags in Jay. Jay peppers Eddie with some jabs, followed by a headbutt and a right hand. Jay with a Hangman’s neckbreaker for a nearfall. Mark knocks Davey off the apron, but Edwards puts on the brakes off a whip. Eddie sidesteps both Briscoes and they go sailing to the outside. Davey hits Jay with the running apron kick while Eddie soars and scores with a tope suicida on Mark. Back in, Davey is sent onto the apron, but the Wolves sandwich Jay in the corner with an enziguri/running forearm. Front-Plex by Edwards, followed by Davey with a missile dropkick for a nearfall as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Davey with a Cloverleaf on Jay, but Mark comes in to break it up, hitting multiple kicks to the head before Davey finally releases the hold. Eddie in and stomps away at Jay. Edwards with a chop and a back club as the crowd chants “Man Up” to will on Jay. Edwards with Kobashi-style chops, but runs into a boot on the opposite side. Jay starts to go to the 2nd rope, but Eddie with an enziguri. Jay blocks the Chin Checker, then catches Edwards with a spinebuster.
Tags to Davey & Mark as Mark with some Redneck Kung Fu, but Davey comes back with kicks to the chest. Crowd does the “Yes” chant along with the kicks, but Davey answers with a “No”. Mark avoids Davey and hits more Redneck Kung Fu, followed by an exploder for a nearfall. Mark with a clothesline in the corner, more Redneck Kung Fu. Mark goes for the Iconoclasm on Davey, but sees Eddie charging in and catches him with the cartwheel DVD. Mark avoids a missile dropkick and catapults Davey right into a Jay superkick. The Briscoes hit the Redneck Boogie, but Edwards breaks up the pinfall. Jay & Eddie fight on the outside with Jay sending Eddie into the barricade. In the ring, Mark slams down Davey and heads up top. Davey stops Mark and goes up with him. Jay comes in from underneath Davey and the Briscoes set up the Doomsday Device, but Eddie stops Mark with an enziguri. Jay with a superkick to Davey, Eddie with a superkick to Jay, but Jay catches Eddie coming in with a big boot. Davey with a head kick to Jay, followed by a release German. Jay powers up, but Davey hooks him in a flying armbar. However, Mark breaks it up with Froggy Bow on Davey for a close nearfall. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd as all 4 men are down. Strike exchange by Mark & Eddie until Eddie gains advantage, but it fires up Mark who hits more Redneck Kung Fu. Mark off the ropes, but the Wolves catch him with the Alarm Clock kick. Davey flips off Jay and sends him right into a superkick by Eddie. The Wolves head up on opposite sides of the ring. Mushroom stomp, then a wolf howl call by Davey before hitting a double stomp on Mark for a close nearfall. The Wolves go for the powerbomb/backstabber combo, but Jay grabs Davey’s leg. Davey kicks away Jay, but Mark with a DDT to Eddie. Davey gets out of a German, but Mark with a release Dragon Suplex. Mark goes for Cut-Throat as Jay heads up top, but Eddie grabs his leg. Davey gets loose, but Mark keeps a hold of him. Jay knocks down Eddie as Davey gets away from Mark. Mark goes for a right hand, but Davey ducks and Mark accidentally hits Jay!!!
The Wolves hit the Tombstone/Superkick combo on Mark for the victory.
Winners: The American Wolves by pinfall (Tombstone/Superkick Combo)
The Wolves celebrate their win as Davey says to the camera that the Wolves are back as we go to credits.