Kelly and McGuinness discuss the upcoming TV Title match which will see Jay Lethal defending the title (in name only) against Kyle O’Reilly.
O’Reilly is the first man to make his way out to the ring, getting a mixed reaction, but a decent amount of boos, on his way out to the ring.
Jay Lethal is out next, without his belt of course, and he gets a great pop from the Florida crowd.
We get formal ring introductions for both men, and we’re ready to kick this one off.
ROH Television Championship
Jay Lethal vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Lethal goes to shake Kyle’s hand, but he’s interrupted by Ciampa making his way back out to the ringside area with a chair in his hand. Ciampa sits himself down next to the ring.
The bell rings and both men circle each other. We get a lock up and both men struggle to gain the advantage. They break the tie up, and stare each other down. Another lock up, and Kyle goes to work on the arm. Lethal flips out of the hold, turning things around on Kyle. Kyle tries to break the hold, but Lethal is one step ahead of him. Kyle is able to his a snap mare, but Lethal comes right back up in another wristlock. Kyle monkey flips Lethal over and Lethal hangs on. O’Reilly finally breaks the hold with a slap to the face, and Lethal comes back with a boot to the midsection. Lethal hits an arm drag, then another, but misses a third. Kyle rolls up Lethal for two, but eats a quick low dropkick.
Lethal chops away at Kyle in the ropes before putting him down with a Russian leg sweep, and clamping on an octopus hold. Kyle makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Lethal hits the ropes and Kyle hits a high knee. Lethal responds with a clothesline, so Kyle comes back with a low knee that’s good for a two count. Kyle hits a chestbreaker, then follows up with a sloppy backbreaker before locking on a crazy abdominal stretch variation, then turning it into a pin for two.
O’Reilly and Lethal trade blows and Lethal back drops Kyle to the apron, hitting a big dropkick to send him to the floor. Lethal heads to the apron, and he’s pulled off by Kyle. Lethal and Kyle fight up to a stage that fans are sitting on ringside, and Kyle sweeps Lethal’s legs out from under him, sending him crashing down on the hard wood. Kyle sends things back into the ring, kicking hard at Lethal in the corner.
O’Reilly locks in an octopus hold on a standing Lethal in the middle of the ring, grinding his elbow into Lethal’s ribs. Kyle turns it into a pin for two before locking on a front face lock. Lethal fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but Kyle keeps putting it on. Lethal slams him into the corner, and again I’m dealing with a frozen stream. When it’s back, Lethal and Kyle are trading chops and kicks respectively. Lethal hits the back handspring elbow, but he’s only able to get a two count off of it.
Lethal goes for a suplex, but O’Reilly fights it off, then scores with a kick in the corner. Kyle seats Lethal on the top rope and heads up after him, hitting a big belly to back superplex, but it’s still not enough to keep Lethal down for three.
Kyle kicks at Lethal’s head since the crowd begins to support him. Lethal comes back with a chop to the chest, to Kyle kicks at him more. Lethal comes with another chop. Kyle hits a high knee, but Lethal scores a superkick to the face. Lethal hits the Lethal injection, and gets the three count.
Winner and STILL ROH TV Champion: Jay Lethal
Following the match, Ciampa looks on approvingly, before he and Lethal stare holes in each other.
Ciampa calls Lethal to hit him. Lethal calls Ciampa into the ring. Ciampa throws his chair down to the floor, then heads off to the back.