The show opens with the usual pre-show video package. The crowd is hot and Bobby Cruise is standing in the middle of the ring. Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are on commentary and they welcome us to the show. They immediately begin hyping the main event seeing ROH World Champion Kevin Steen taking on Chikara Grand Champion Eddie Kingston. They also highlight the mixed tag team match but they’re interrupted by Roderick Strong’s music. Strong makes his way out to the ring for the first match of the evening, accompanied by Truth Martini.
Mike Mondo is the next man out, and he gets a little bit of a pop from the crowd.
Roderick Strong vs. Mike Mondo
Both men shake hands before the match, but Roderick slaps the side of Mondo’s head. The bell rings and both men square off. They lock up and Roddy takes Mondo over, but they’re both back to their feet very quickly. Roddy goes to work over the arm but Mondo reverses it, taking Roddy down to the mat in a wrist lock. Strong fights up and reverses things, only to have things turned around again. Roddy fights to the outside and consults with Martini while Mondo invites him back into the ring. Roddy heads in for a test of strength and makes fun of the fact that he’s taller than Mondo. He kicks and chops Mondo. He and Mondo begin trading chops. Mondo responds with a forearm and takes Roddy into the corner, chopping him again. Roddy responds with a bunch of nasty chops and traps Mondo in a headlock. Mondo backs Roddy into the corner to force a break. He snap mares Strong out of the corner and goes to the legs, locking in a strange looking submission, but Roddy breaks it by slapping his stomach. Mondo heads to the top but Roddy pushes him to the outside.
Strong heads outside and takes Mondo into the barricade, chopping him hard. He takes him around the ring, into the barricade for another chop. Mondo and Roddy trade chops and head butts and Mondo catches Strong in the face with a nasty head butt that busts open Roddy’s nose, possibly breaking it. Roddy runs around the ring and blasts Mondo with a huge kick to the face before sending things back into the ring. Roddy chops Mondo in the throat and kicks away at him. Both men trade slaps and Roddy hits a low dropkick to Mondo’s face for a two count.
Strong chops Mondo so hard it sends him over the top rope to the outside. Strong heads out after him and ends up backed into the barricade hard. Strong shoulders Mondo and throws him shoulder and head first into the ring post. Strong picks up Mondo and lays him out with a suplex on the floor. Strong throws Mondo into the ring and goes for a pin, getting a two count. Strong locks in a rear chin lock, trapping Mondo’s arm. Mondo fights up to his feet and out of the hold with punches to the gut. Strong hits a running knee to Mondo’s stomach. Strong kicks Mondo, but eats a clothesline, shoulderblock, and kicks to the face. Strong tosses Mondo to the apron, but Mondo catches Strong in a cravat and blasts him with knees to the face. Mondo pulls Roddy down and traps him in the ring apron skirt, stomping down on the back of Roddy’s head. Mondo pulls Strong in and goes for the pin but only gets two. Roddy backs Mondo into the corner, but runs into a big boot. Mondo hits a moonsault press from the top, but only gets two. Roddy rolls right out of the ring.
Roddy pulls Mondo outs and hits him with a big knee to the chest. Roddy pops Mondo up and into the ring ropes, and Mondo turns things around with a head scissors into the barricade. Mondo heads up the entrance ramp and gets a huge running start. He runs in shoulder first, slamming Strong into the barricade. Mondo immediately grabs his arm and elbow and Martini rolls Strong back into the ring.
Mondo struggles back into the ring and the ref immediately attends to him. Sinclair wants to call the match, but Mondo says no. Strong hits a rolling elbow, high knee in the corner, and a urunage backbreaker, but Mondo still wont stay down for three. Strong shoulders Mondo but Mondo fights out. Strong hits an enzugiri, but Mondo comes back with a spinebuster for two. Mondo goes for something, but Strong is able to lock in the La Bell lock. Mondo fights out, but Strong gets him up on his shoulders for the gut buster. Mondo still wont stay down for three! Strong picks Mondo up, but Mondo reverses into a roll up for two. Another roll up from Mondo. Strong hits a high knee and follows up with the sick kick, finally putting Mondo down for three.
Winner: Roderick Strong
Following the match, Mondo attempts to follow the Code of Honor, but Strong refuses to shake Mondo’s hand.
Up next is the four way match where the four men are going to get the opportunity to get an ROH contract by winning the match. I’m unfamiliar with all four competitors, so please bear with me as I try to follow the action. Kelly and McGuinness are probably going to have the same problem as they have a guest commentator to help them call the action.
Antonio Thomas is the first man to make his way out to the ring for the match.
The second man to the ring is Vinny Marseglia, who is from Rhode Island, and gets a bit of a hometown pop.
QT Marshall is out next, and he gets a bit of heat, I think simply by wearing the Ric Flair style robes.
The last man out to the ring is Matt Taven, who also gets a decent pop from the crowd.
Matt Taven vs. QT Marshall vs. Antonio Thomas vs. Vinny Marseglia
All four men shake hands before the match, adhering to the Code of Honor. Taven and Thomas start things out. Thomas takes Taven over but both men pop right back up. They lock up and Thomas takes Taven over again but they stay locked up. They continue to trade holds, fighting up and down off the mat without ever breaking. Both men run the ropes before Taven hits a hip toss. Thomas kicks him off and hip tosses Tave right back. Thomas locks on a head lock, but Vinny tags himself in and Taven backs up. Vinny rolls up Taven, and they trade super quick near falls. They stop wrestling to have a quick stare down and are attacked from behind by the other two men in the match. Thomas and Marshall team up, but Vinny takes them out of the ring with the help of Taven. Vinny goes for a suicide dive but Marshall catches him with a forearm. Taven leaps over the ropes and takes out Thomas and Marshall.
Back in the ring Vinny and Taven trade holds, but Marshall makes a blind tag on Taven and comes in, blasting Vinny with a clothesline. Vinny is able to come back with a Russian leg sweep for two. Marshall takes Vinny into the corner, but he ends up eating a back elbow. Vinny heads up to the middle rope, but coming off he runs into a dropkick from Marshall. Thomas tags in and hits Vinny with a European uppercut before taking him over with a Norther lights suplex. Thomas takes Vinny down in an interesting cradle for two before taking him down to the mat hard for another two count. Marshall tags in and takes Vinny into the middle of the ring, hitting a big dropkick that sends Vinny to the apron. Marshall ties up Vinny in the ropes and blasts him with a big punch. Marshall hits a big suplex and Thomas makes the big tag, splashing Vinny for two.
Marshall isn’t happy with Thomas. Thomas locks up Mashall’s leg and suplexes Vinny into a pin and Taven comes in out of nowhere with a huge splash. This is crazy. Taven hits Thomas with a huge hurricanrana and Marshall with a giant backdrop. Taven hits the roll the dice on Thomas, and goes for the pin, so apparently they’re the two legal men. Thomas drops Taven face first on the turnbuckle, but Marshall makes the blind tag, blasts Thomas and hits Taven with a huge leg lariat. Vinny breaks up a pin, so Marshall hits a huge clothesline and suplex, launching him. Taven hits a springboard kick and a springboard moonsault on Marshall, the follows it up with a giant DDT, but Marshall breaks up the pin by putting his foot on the rope.
Marshall drops to the outside and drops Taven throat first over the middle rope. Marshall heads back into the ring, but is dumped to the outside by Vinny, who leaps to the outside and wipes out Marshall and Thomas. Vinny heads to the top and he’s stopped by Taven. Taven pushes off Thomas, but he’s hit with a sunset bomb by Vinny. Marshall sends Vinny crotch first into the ring post. He misses a powerbomb on Vinny, but avoids and big kick. Marshall hits a crazy running face plant on Taven, getting the three count.
Winner: QT Marshall
Kevin Kelly and Nigel immediately turn their attention to the next match, which will see Adam Cole taking on the manager, Brutal Bob Evans. They try to hype that Bob is a strong competitor in his own right, before going into a video package highlighting the events that have led up to this match.
Brutal Bob Evans is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and rightfully so, he gets a decent amount of heat from the crowd.
Evans asks for a mic and he says that Bennett and Maria are going to let him say it. He says Cole beat him, but he’s calling him out tonight. He says Adam is a sweet little boy, but wrestling is a man’s sport. Then he says something that I don’t really think I should re-type here.
Adam Cole, the ROH World Television Champion, is the next man out, and he gets a big pop from the crowd.
Brutal Bob Evans vs. Adam Cole
Before the match we actually do get a handshake. The bell rings and we get a lock up right away. Bob backs Cole into the corner but Cole ducks a punch. Another lock up and Bob backs Cole into the corner, but Cole ducks another punch and catches Evans with a couple of low kicks to the leg. Cole traps Evans’ leg, hitting him with knees to the inside of the leg before clamping on a submission. Evans kicks Cole away and tosses him into the ropes, but he eats a kick, then a dropkick. Evans comes back with a couple of weak punches, so Cole comes back with some nasty forearms that send Bob to the outside. Cole heads out after Bob, but Evans dumps Cole throat first on the barricade before picking him up and slamming him down back first on the ring apron.
Cole makes it back into the ring where Evans slams him down to the mat sloppily. Evans picks up Cole and slams him down again. Cole crawls to the corner and Evans drives his head into the middle turnbuckle with his knee. Cole fights back. Evans goes for a suplex but Cole fights it off. Cole is reversing everything, but Evans is able to blast Cole with a couple of elbows to the back of the head while they’re wrestling on the mat, locking in a rear chin lock. Cole hits a couple of wile punches, backing Evans up. Bob tries for a slam, but loses it and drops and elbow across Cole’s throat before hitting Cole with a couple of head butts to the back. Bob grinds away at Cole’s face before hitting him with a series of kicks.
Bob locks in a bear hug and the crowd tries to pump up Cole. Cole fights back with a couple of elbows, but Evans picks him up and drops him down to the canvas before grinding his knee in Cole’s face. Bob drops a couple of knees into Cole’s back and neck. Bob picks up Cole and drops him with a belly to back suplex for a two count. Bob blasts Cole with a couple of right hands to the forehead. Cole kicks at the back of Bob’s leg, hitting him with a couple of punches. Cole hits Evans with an enzugiri and hits a nice running knee that gets him a two count. Evans stumbles to the corner and Cole charges in. Cole ends up back dropped to the apron and he drops the outside. Evans looks out the ropes and is caught with an enzugiri. Cole heads to the top but misses a splash and Bob hits a giant spear, getting another two count.
Bob tries for another suplex, but Cole fights it off. Cole misses a superkick, and Bob lifts up Cole for a huge spinebuster. Bob gets two. Bob is slow to go back to work on Cole, and he pays for it as Cole hits a superkick out of nowhere. Cole goes for the pin but Bob kicks out at two. Cole goes for a suplex but Bob fights it off. Cole teases a superkick and Bob flinches, so Cole superkicks the knee. Cole locks in the figure four leg lock. Bob tries to fight it off, but eventually he’s forced to tap out.
Winner: Adam Cole
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis are out after the match and they jump Cole. Eddie Edwards and Sara Del Ray are out quickly after them, and they chase off the heels. Bennett and Maria help Bob to the back while Del Ray and Edwards check on Cole in the middle of the ring.
Kelly and Nigel discuss a couple of the upcoming matches before they’re interrupted by the music of the House of Truth. Michael Elgin heads down the ramp, escorted by Truth Martini and Roderick Strong. Strong slides in front of Elgin on the way to the ring. Truth calls Kevin Kelly into the ring.
Truth says HOT is the greatest cohesive unit in all of wrestling, and Truth can see the future. He says that tonight Kevin Steen will retain the World Title, but that’s not a shot to Eddie Kingston, he’s a great athlete, but the destination of that title has a different path. At Death Before Dishonor, it’s going to be the hired mercenary, Rhino, vs. Kevin Steen. And that night the title comes back to the House of Truth. Kevin Kelly asks about the rumors that Strong and Elgin can’t get along. Truth says they’re a lot of rumors and speculation. There’s a tag team tournament going on, and Elgin and Strong are going to prove they’re on the same page by winning it. Elgin interrupts and says great minds think alike, and that image is him walking out of Toronto with gold around his waist. That leads to his announcement. Elgin signed an agreement with ROH after talking with officials all week. Those papers say that Michael Elgin wrestles the World Champion in Toronto. Strong interrupts and says no, that that can’t be because Martini promised that to him. Strong says he’s on strike from the House of Truth, and in Toronto, he’ll be in the front row to watch Elgin fail. Elgin says he can go on strike, because after Toronto, he’ll be addressing him as the new World Champ.
Charlie Haas is out next, to a good amount of heat. He gets in the faces of various fans on his way to the ring.
Charlie Haas vs. Michael Elgin
Elgin tries to shake hands, but it doesn’t look like Haas is going to follow through. The bell rings and Haas backs off. Elgin gets in Haas’ face. Haas screams at the fans. Elgin and Haas lock up and Elgin shrugs it off, slapping Haas. Elgin shoulders Haas and takes him into the corner, blasting him with right hands before launches him across the ring, splashing him, and going to the middle rope for a giant shoulder block. Elgin gets a two count. Elgin picks up Haas and hits a delayed vertical suplex, holding Haas up for an amazing amount of time. Elgin goes for another pin, getting another two count.
Haas responds with a punch and a head butt, but runs right into a big suplex. Haas catches Elgin with a cheap shot and Elgin rolls to the outside. Roderick Strong has come back out to the ring with a chair and a case of beers. Haas rolls out after Elgin and catches him with a kick to the back of the leg. He slams Elgin’s leg into the barricade repeatedly while Strong yells how he’s loving it. Haas sends Elgin back into the ring, and Elgin launches Haas into the barricade with a huge kick. Haas heads back up to the ring apron and Elgin hits Haas with a big right hand. Elgin climbs up to the middle rope and tries to suplex Haas back into the ring, but he can’t get them up. Haas fights out and kicks Elgin in the back of the leg to send him crashing to the mat. Haas rips at Elgin’s knee pad, bringing it down and slamming it into the ring post.
Haas slams the knee into the ring post again before pacing around the ring for a bit. Haas rolls back into the ring and stalks Elgin, stomping at his knee before hitting him with a couple of rights. Elgin hits Haas with a big chop and Haas responds by sending Elgin rights back down to the mat and driving his knee straight down into the canvas. Elgin gets to his feet in the corner where Haas beats on his with rights and kicks. Haas ties Elgin’s leg up in the ropes and hits a running butt bump to Elgin’s knee. Haas hits the ropes and runs int with another butt bump, and Elgin rolls out of the ropes and into the middle of the ring. Haas elbow drops Elgin’s knee and wrenches Elgin’s leg. Elgin kicks Haas away and Elgin gets to his feet. Haas blocks rights from Haas and delivers some big right hands of his own. Haas is able to take Elgin down to the mat with a single leg trip and he delivers a series of rights to Elgin’s forehead.
Haas continues to focus on the leg of Elgin, locking on an Indian death lock. Elgin chops at Haas and gets out of the hold. Haas stomps away at Elgin, wrapping him up in the ropes and hitting clubbing blows to Elgin’s face. Haas charges in and leaps, but Elgin moves and Haas ends up ties up in the ropes. Elging rolls to the apron and Haas charges, running into a big boot. Elgin launches himself over the top rope with a huge shoulderblock. Elgin avoids a splash in the corner and hits Haas with a series of clotheslines before sending him into the corner hard. Elgin charges in, hitting Haas in the face with a big knee that’s good for another two count.
Elgin goes for a German suplex but Haas fights it off. Elgin is persistent though, and he’s able to hit a big German suplex. Elgin tries for the powerbomb, but Haas fights if off. Elgin responds with a big enzugiri that sends Haas to the outside. Roddy tries to give Haas a pep talk and offer him some of his beer. Elgin hits the ropes, but Roddy blocks Elgin from hitting Haas. Elgin gets angry and yells at Roddy, but Haas takes advantage of the distraction and lays Elgin out o the ring apron. Haas takes one of Roddy’s beers and splashes it in Truth’s eyes. Haas goes to sip a beer, and Elgin drives him into Roddy, and then into the barricade. Elgin sends Haas into the ring and grabs two beers, drinking one and dousing Roddy with the other. Elgin heads back into the ring and picks up Haas. Roddy sprays beer in Elgin’s eyes and Haas rolls up Elgin, holding the tights for the three count.
Winner: Charlie Haas
Truth Martini looks repentant in the ring while Elgin looks disappointed. Truth drops to the outside away from Elgin and keeps his distance.
We get footage of a recent ROH house show where The Briscoe’s took on Kevin Steen and Jimmy Jacobs, a match that featured Mark Briscoe taking an amazing dive through a table and Steen from a height of about 20 feet. They tease that this is the kind of action that will take place in the next match.
The Briscoe’s music hits, and Dem Boys make their way out to the ring for the grudge match.
Jacobs and Corino are out next and it seems like the crowd is pretty solidly behind the Briscoe’s.
The Briscoe’s vs. Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs
Jay and Corino look to start things off for their respective teams. They circle each other before locking up. Corino sends Jay into the ropes and Jay hits a shoulder block but neither man budges. Corino hits the ropes and hits a shoulderblock and Jay goes down. Jay comes back with a big back heel kick. Mark tags in and the Briscoe’s takes Corino down with a double shoulder block. Mark hits Corino with a series of jabs and a head butt, but Corino bails to the outside. Mark hits a big kick through the ropes to the outside before fighting with Jacobs on the outside, sending him into the barricade and tossing him around the ringside area. Jay sends Corino back into the ring, but Corino suplexes Jay over the top rope to the outside. Mark comes in and hits a spinning kick. Corino bails to the outside. Mark heads to the top and hits a moonsault to the outside that takes out everybody else in the match, including his brother.
Mark brawls with Corino on the outside, taking him into the barricade and slamming his head into the announcer’s table. Mark launches Corino into the barricade and Jay sends Jacobs face first into the barricade. Mark and Corino head back into the ring and Mark hits a nasty DDT. Mark heads to the top and walks the middle rope, hitting a big senton. Mark drives his foot into Corino’s face into the corner, but Corino is able to escape and blast Mark with a big forearm. Corino sends Mark into Jacobs’ feet in the corner and tags out. Jacobs mocks Mark with an elbow drop from the middle rope. quick tags as Corino comes back in and back drops Mark. Mark lands on his feet and tags in Jay. Jay comes in and back drops Corino before bringing Jacobs into the ring, and blasting Corino with a big kick. Jay shoulders Jacobs, but Jacobs fights it and Corino and Jacobs take Jay to the mat. Corino rips at Jay’s face before tagging in Jacobs, who comes in with a double axe handle smash from the top rope.
Jacobs mounts Jay and blasts him with punches in the corner before tagging out to Corino. Deuling right hands from Corino and Jacobs take Jay down for a two count. Corino elbows the back of Jay’s head. Corino runs into a boot from Jay in the corner and Jay hits a reverse STO, sending Corino face first into the corner. Both men make the tag and Mark comes in with a series of red neck chops to Jacobs. Mark hits a chop to the throat, several to the chest, and another to the throat to lay out Jacobs before launching him with a giant mule kick for a two count. Mark takes Jacobs into the corner, but runs into a big boot. Jacobs heads to the top, but he’s stopped by Mark. Jacobs counters into a kind of tornado suplex. Corino tags in and hits Mark with a running knee in the corner. He tries for a suplex but Mark fights it off. Corino is able to drive Mark down into the canvas hard face first for a two count. Corino goes for a lariat, laying Mark out and pick him up for a belly to back suplex, hitting a second and holding on for a pin. Jay breaks it up at two.
Mark hits a chin breaker and makes the tag to Jay who comes in with a series of jabs and a death valley driver to Corino. Jay takes Corino down with a neckbreaker for a two count. Jay picks Corino up to his feet, but Corino takes Jay over with a belly to back suplex. Jacobs tags in and heads to the top hitting a back senton right onto the knees of Jay. Jay runs into a big spear from Jacobs. Corino tosses Mark from the ring, but Mark responds by pulling Corino from the ring and hitting a Russian leg sweep into the corner. Jay hits Jacobs with a spinebuster and Mark heads to the top for a froggy elbow to Jacobs. Jay goes for the pin, but it’s broken up by Corino. some double teaming from Jacobs and Corino leads to a two count. The Briscoe’s catch Jacobs with the doomsday device, and Jacobs stays down for a three count.
Winners: The Briscoe’s
Following the match, Corino screams at the fans before raising his and Jacobs’ hands. Kelly and Nigel hype the upcoming matches before throwing us to intermission.
Back from intermission and Kelly and Nigel talk up the World title match, as well as the mixed tag team match, that Nigel is looking forward to, simply for the chance to ogle Maria. Up next though, is a two out of three falls match.
Tommaso Ciampa is the first man to make his way out to the ring with RD Evans in tow.
Jay Lethal is out next, and he gets a nice reaction from the crowd.
2 out of 3 falls match: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jay Lethal
The ref calls for a handshake. Evans tries to stand in for the handshake, but Lethal slaps him. Ciampa charges in but Lethal sees it and takes him out. Lethal back drops Ciampa and Ciampa’s knee buckles. Ciampa bails to the outside and Lethal chases off Evans. Lethal heads to the outside and chases Ciampa around the ring. Back in the ring Lethal hits a superkick and the Lethal injection, he goes for the pin but Ciampa is able to kick out at two. Lethal picks Ciampa up and hits the Lethal combination, scoring the three count.
Winner of the first fall: Jay Lethal
During the rest period, Ciampa consults with Evans and the ref. Lethal jumps Ciampa at the outset, stomping and kicking away at him and taking him into the corner, hitting him with a giant chop. Lethal mounts Ciampa and hits him with repeated right hands. Ciampa is seriously favoring his leg. Lethal takes Ciampa to the mat and hits a low dropkick for two. Lethal blasts Ciampa with a chop. Lethal blocks a running knee and suplexes Ciampa over the top rope to the outside, taking himself out in the process.
Ciampa backs Lethal into the ring apron hard before pulling himself back up to the apron. Lethal hits a springboard dropkick to send Ciampa falling back to the outside. Lethal heads to the outside after Ciampa and hits him with a hard chop, then another. Ciampa rams Lethal head first into the barricade. Lethal gets on the mic and says he’s going to break Lethal’s back. He rips up some of the ringside mats and tries for a suplex, but Lethal reverses it, suplexing Ciampa on the arena floor. Evans tries to catch Lethal from behind, so Lethal suplexes Evans on the floor.
Lethal tosses Ciampa into the ring and goes for the pin but only gets two. Lethal kicks Ciampa in the head and takes him in the corner, chopping away at him and hitting him with a big right hand. Lethal sends Ciampa across the ring and runs in with a big running clothesline. Lethal grabs Ciampa’s legs and Ciampa is able to pop up to his feet. Ciampa tires for the poerbomb, but Lethal counters into springboard hurricanrana position. Ciampa counters into powerbomb position but Lethal fights out. Ciampa hits a huge knee and then Project Ciampa. Ciampa pins Lethal and gets the three count.
Winner of the second fall: Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa goes for a pin right away after the rest period, but only gets two. Ciampa shoves Lethal and chops him to the back. He and Lethal trade chops and forearms. Lethal gets the upper hand and Ciampa is tied up in the ropes. Lethal runs into a big knee from Ciampa to stop him though. Ciampa hits the ropes, but Lethal hits the Lethal combination into the middle turnbuckle. He pins Ciampa but only gets two. Lethal heads to the top but he’s stopped by Ciampa. Ciampa heads up after Lethal and he shoulders him for a moment, but Lethal fights it off. Lethal hits Ciampa with a couple of rights that drop him, and Lethal leaps off the top with a double axe handle before popping Ciampa up for a neckbreaker that’s good for a near fall. Lethal hits a suicide dive on Evans out of nowhere before going to the top for the elbow drop, but he only gets a two count.
Lethal sends Ciampa out to the apron, and he follows, but Ciampa hits him with an air raid crash on the apron, both men falling to the outside.
Both men are able to beat the count and the stare at each other in the middle of the ring. Ciampa flips off Lethal and they get to their feet. They trade right hands and neither gives an inch. We get a series of big kicks and Ciampa hits a jumping knee. Lethal hits a crazy bicycle kick and a superkick, but it’s still not enough to keep Ciampa down for another three count. Evans tries to distract the ref, and it allows Ciampa to hit a low blow. Prince Nana runs out and pulls Evans from the apron, sending him into the barricade, but Ciampa clotheslines Nana over the barricade and into the fans. Lethal low blows Ciampa when he gets back into the ring and hits the Lethal injection, pinning Ciampa for the three count.
Winner of the third fall, and the match: Jay Lethal
Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to the back with help from officials to a big ovation from the crowd.
Kelly and Nigel recap the match between Brutal Bob Evans and Adam Cole earlier in the evening. They talk about Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis jumping Cole before being run off by Eddie Edwards and Sara Del Rey. This leads perfectly into the next match.
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis are the first team to make their way out to the ring, and they get a mixed reaction from the crowd. Bennett and Maria of course make out for a bit before their opponents come out.
Eddie Edwards and Sara Del Rey are the next team to make their way to the ring, and Del Rey looks fantastic, and in even better shape than she was during her last ROH run.
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis vs. Eddie Edwards and Sara Del Rey
Before the match Bennett slaps Edwards hand, and everyone else shakes hands, though Maria does so daintily. Maria and Del Rey start off, but Maria makes the tag immediately and forces the guys in. Edwards and Bennett lock up and Bennett works over Eddie’s arm. Eddie turns things around though and wrenches Bennett’s arm. Eddie gets dropped by a shoulderblock, but he avoids a slam and comes up with a hurricanrana before hitting a snap mare, stiff kick to the back, and quick senton to Bennett for three. Bennett catches Eddie with a blow to the gut before taking him into the corner. Benner misses a splash and Eddie catches Bennett with a low kick to the shin to take him down before hitting him with a running knee. Eddie hits Bennett with a chop, but Bennett comes bak with a chin breaker and an elbow to the back of the head. Del Rey makes the blind tag and she and Eddie catch Bennett with dueling chops and kicks. Del Rey takes Bennett down with a kick to the back of the head.
Del Rey hits Bennett with a head butt and a series of kicks. Bennett kicks Del Rey, but Del Rey comes right back with more kicks. Maria yanks Del Rey down by her hair. Bennett traps Del Rey and Maria tags in, kicking her. Bennett chokes Del Rey in the ropes and Maria kicks away at Del Rey. Bennett tags in and snap mares Del Rey. Del Rey catches Benett with a kick and tags in Eddie who comes in with a top rope missile dropkick. Eddie blocks a kick and chops Bennett repeatedly, not letting up and turning Bennett’s chest a bright red. Edwards catches Bennett with a boot and seats him on the top, trapping him in the tree of woe. He blows a kiss to Maria before drop kicking Bennett in the face. Del Rey kicks at Bennett while Edwards heads to the outside and hits a sliding basement dropkick that’s good for a two count. Eddie blasts Bennett with a huge chop, but Maria distracts Eddie. Bennett bails to the outside and Eddie heads to the apron. Eddie leaps off the apron, but Bennett catches him with a spear.
Bennett picks Eddie up and sends him into the barricade shoulder first. Bennett brings things back into the ring and goes for a pin but he’s only able to get a two count. Bennett picks Eddie up and slams him to the mat before tagging in Maria. Maria stomps Eddie, but Eddie backs her into the corner. Bennett tags in and hits a snap mare before clamping on a submission hold. Edwards fights up to his feet, but Bennett catches him with a knee to the gut. Edwards hits Bennett with an elbow, then the Boston knee party. Bennett catches Edwards with a slap and a big clothesline to take Edwards off his feet. Bennett makes the tag and Maria goes for the pin, getting a one count. Maria stomps away at Eddie, but Eddie trips her and tags in Sara. Sara hits Maria with a series of boots, and prevents her from making the tag to Bennett. She shoulders Maria, but Maria fights out. Del Rey blasts Maria with a series of forearms. Bennett blocks Maria from a rolling kick, but he takes the brunt of the force. Eddie tags in and she and Eddie hit stereo kicks, sending Bennett to the outside, before Eddie launches himself from the ring with a suicide elbow.
Back in the ring, Eddie misses a top rope double stomp, but connects with an enzugiri and backpack chin breaker. Eddie seats Bennett on the top rope and hits him with a big chop. Eddie follows up, but Bennett fights him off and tries for something. Eddie lands on his feet and locks in the Achilles lock. Maria slaps him, but Eddie wont break. Sara locks in the ankle lock, but Maria crawls out of the ring and under it. Bennett fights out of the Achilles locks and puts Eddie in one of his own. Del Rey comes up from under the ring with Maria’s ring outfit in her hand. She shows them to Bennett and kicks him in the head. Eddie locks in another Achilles lock and Bennett is forced to tap out.
Winners: Eddie Edwards and Sara Del Rey
After the match Bennett heads under the ring after snatching Bobby Cruise’s ring jacket, and covers Maria up so she’s able to run to the back. Edwards and Del Rey celebrate in the ring while the crowd gives Del Rey a really nice ‘Thank you Sara’ chant.
Up next is the main event of the evening, and Kelly and Nigel let us know that this next match is serious business. Cornette is looking for anyone that will be able to unseat Kevin Steen as ROH World Champion, and he’s hoping that Eddie Kingston will be the man who will be able to do so.
Eddie Kingston is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a pretty decent reaction on his way out to the ring. Nigel lets us know that Kingston has dedicated this match to the memory of Larry Sweeney.
Kevin Steen is the next man to make his way out to the ring with Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs in tow. He gets a great reaction from the crowd, getting involved with a bit of fan interaction on his way out.
ROH World Championship Match: Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Kingston
Bobby Cruise informs us that this match has no rules and anything goes. Steve Corino sneaks over to do commentary with Nigel and Kelly.
No Code of Honor from these men. The bell rings and Kingston rolls from the ring, blasting Corino with a right hand. Steen follows and he and Kingston brawl on the outside. Kingston fights off Jacobs before sending Steen into the barricade hard. Steen fights Kingston off, but Kingston heads into the ring and dives out, taking out Steen, Corino and Jacobs. Kingston grabs Jacobs and Corino by their hair and takes both men to the back. Kingston kicks Steen in the gut and sends him back into the ring. Kingston goes under the ring and grabs a chair. He goes for a chair shot, but Steen reverses with a code breaker and lays the chair over Kingston and hits the front flip leg drop. He goes for the pin but Kingston kicks out at two. Kingston rolls to the outside and Steen rolls out after him, sending him into the barricade. He rips off the metal fronts of one of the barricades before suplexing Kingston on the floor on top of it.
Steen goes under the ring and grabs a spare turnbuckle part, using it to crack Kingston in the back of the head before going back under the ring for a table. Steen sets up the table, propping it against the barricade. Kingston fights back, but Steen rips at Kingston’s face. Steen tries to whip Kingston into the table, but Kingston reverses it with a big suplex, sending Steen through the table hard.
Kingston sends Steen into the ring and he goes underneath the ring for another table. Kingston brings the table up, and tries to get it into the ring, but ends up getting it dropkicked back into his face. Steen picks up the table and pulls it closer to the ring. He sets up a table, upside down, between the apron and barricade. Steen teases and suplex, but Kingston teases reversing it. Neither man gets it, but Steen kicks Kingston in the gut, and powerbombs Kingston through the table, metal side up (legs and all).
Kingston calls for the ref as Steen heads back into the ring. It looks like Kingston may not be able to continue to compete. Steen looks annoyed as the referee continues to attend to Kingston, who hasn’t moved from the table.
More refs are down and more officials, the ringside doctor, and even Carey Silken. Steen calls for the mic. He starts jawing with some of the fans in the crowd. He says he’s the baddest man on the planet. Steen says they were off to a great start. He says he knows Jim Cornette is at home, and he’s watching this, he thought he was smarter than this. When he brings people in from the outside and cripples them, it doesn’t matter. Steen makes fun of the officials taking Kingston around the electronic equipment, and the iPPV feed getting cut. Steen makes fun of Kingston dedicating the match to Larry Sweeney and calls Sweeney a p****. Kingston is up and in the ring and he hits Steen with a series of rights and a one arm clothesline. Steen avoids the backfist, but Kingston fights off the F5. Kingston hits a big half nelson suplex and gets a two count.
Kingston rolls to the outside and grabs another chair, heading back into the ring slowly. Steen kicks the rope into his groin on the way in before hitting a DDT on top of a chair to bring him back in. Steen takes Kingston into the corner and puts a chair in his face, running in with a cannonball. Steen pins Kingston, but Kingston wont stay down.
Steen heads to the outside and grabs a chair, tossing it in the ring before going under the ring again for another table. Steen drives the chair into Kingston’s gut before taking the table and propping it up. Steen ducks the spinning backfist, but Kingston hits a backdrop driver, sending Steen through the table. Kingston goes for the pin, but he only gets two.
Kingston grabs a chair and sets it up in the middle of the ring. Steen spits at Kingston. Kingston slaps Steen and hits a backdrop driver sending Steen through the chair. Corino comes out to pull the ref out and break up the pin. Rhett Titus comes out and fights Steve Corino to the back. Steen pulls himself up in the corner. Jimmy Jacobs comes out but eats a spinning backfist from Kingston. Steen hits Kingston with a low blow and pins him for another two count. Steen shoulders Kingston and hits the F5, but Kingston still wont stay down. Steen grabs the mangled chair and sets it up, then grabs another, blasting Kingston across the back. He sets up a second, next to the first, and a third, next to the second, but not before whacking Kingston across the back again. Kingston spits at Steen, so Steen responds with a big kiss before laying Kingston out with an F5 across the chairs. Steen pins Kingston and gets the three count.
Winner and STILL ROH World Champion: Kevin Steen
Following the match, a fan shoves Steen, so Steen lays him out with a giant slap across the face, and security is called down. Jacobs laughs about it. Steen lets out a howl on his way out to close the iPPV.