Ring Of Honor Showdown Results (3/31/12) – Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Kelly and Nigel are quick to turn their attention to the next match, and the second of three Blind Destiny matches.

Roderick Strong makes his way out to the ring first with Truth Martini in tow. Strong gets a mixed reaction, and Nigel mentions the look of confusion on Strong’s face last night when Martini proclaimed that Michael Elgin would be the next ROH World Champion.

Jay Lethal makes his way out next, and he gets a positive response from the fans.

Before the match can get started, Bobby Cruise is interrupted by the music of the Embassy LTD. Tomasso Ciampa makes his way out to the ring with a bag in hand. He pulls the ROH TV Title out of the bag and asks for a mic. Ciampa holds the belt up, then struggles with the mic a little bit. Ciampa yells for his music to be cut. He tells Lethal that the title looks better on him than it ever did on Lethal. Ciampa says he’s a man of his word, and when Evans comes out and gives a lot of lawyer talk saying he’ll give the belt back, well here it is. But before Ciampa hands the belt to him, he wants Lethal to prove that he’s a man. He asks Lethal to give Roderick a title match tonight. He says that if Lethal makes this a title match and beats Roddy Strong, he’ll get in the ring and shake Lethal’s hand, telling him he’s the better man. He asks if Lethal has the guts.

Lethal grabs the mic and repeats the terms Ciampa laid out. He says he’ll accept the challenge, and if Ciampa doesn’t hold up his end of the deal, Lethal is going to beat Ciampa and take what’s rightfully his. He tells Ciampa to grab a chair and start working on his speech, and he’s like him to address Lethal as “The New Dominant Male”.

Blind Destiny Challenge Match
Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong

We get a quick handshake before the bell and they begin circling each other immediately. Strong and Lethal trade holds, working over each other’s arms. Strong takes Lethal down to the mat and works around to a front face lock. Lethal fights up to his feet and the two continue to trade holds. Another lock up and Lethal locks on a headlock. Strong fights out but falls to a shoulder block. Lethal grabs Strong’s legs and puts him in a crazy submission hold before rolling him over into a pin for a one count.

Lethal suplexes Strong before rolling out to the apron and slingshots back in with a senton. Lethal catches Strong with a boot to the gut in the corner and the two men trade holds. Lethal gets the upper hand with an uppercut and a nasty chop in the corner, but Roddy resorts to a kick to the knee. Lethal is able to come back with a nice delayed vertical suplex, dropping Strong to the mat hard for another near fall. Strong whips Lethal into the ropes and ends up back dropped to the apron. Strong is rammed head first into the turnbuckle, then kicked from the apron by Lethal. Lethal dives through the middle ropes to the outside to take out Strong. Lethal stares down Ciampa, who holds up Lethal’s title. Lethal sends Roderick into the ring and hesitantly heads up to the apron. Ciampa stands to his feet and Lethal kicks at Truth Martini, allowing Strong to hang the back of Lethal’s neck up against the top rope. Strong heads to the outside and suplexes Lethal on the ring apron. Strong rolls back into the ring and goes for the pin, but he only gets two.

Strong hits a nasty backbreaker that’s good for another two count. Strong locks in a rear chin lock, hitting Lethal across the face repeatedly. Lethal tries to fight to his feet, but he’s slammed back down to the mat by Strong. Strong hits Lethal with a chop and Lethal responds in kind right away. Lethal comes back with a series of chops, but Strong responds with a kick to the side of the head. Strong pins Lethal for another two count. Strong puts on a waist lock, trying to wear down Lethal on the mat. Lethal gets up to his feet and hits Strong with a couple of elbows to the side of the head to break the hold. Lethal connects with a hip toss, but he’s caught and rolled right over into the Strong hold.

Lethal screams in pain while Martini celebrates on the outside. Lethal finally makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Strong stomps at Lethal before hitting a delayed vertical suplex of his own. Strong covers Lethal for another two count. Lethal attempts to fight back, hitting Strong with another series of chops, a big hip toss and a basement dropkick to a seated Strong and both men are down.

Strong charges into a big boot in the corner. Lethal follows the boot with a couple of big right hands and a series of chops. Lethal is unstoppable, hitting repeated punches and chops. He hits a dropkick, then another, then a spinning heel kick. Lethal whips Roddy into the ropes, but it’s reversed. Lethal avoids a dropkick and hits a handspring elbow. Lethal goes for the pin but he’s only able to get a two count. Strong rolls up Lethal, but Lethal is able to kick out at two. Strong hits a gutbuster, but it’s still not enough for a three count.

Strong pulls Lethal to his feet and tries for a Gibson driver, but it’s countered into a hurricanrana, and followed up by a superkick from Lethal for another two count. 3 minutes remain. Roddy fights off a suplex with a series of elbows, but Lethal is able to connect with the Lethal combination. Lethal goes to the top and hits hail to the king, but it’s still not enough to keep Roderick down for a three. Lethal gets to his feet and hits the ropes, but Strong hits him with a dropkick to the face. Ciampa sends Lethal into the ring post before sending him back into the ring. Roderick hits a sick suplex into double knees to the back, and goes for the pin, getting the three count.

Winner and NEW ROH TV Champion: Roderick Strong

Ciampa throws the title into the ring, and Strong grabs it, celebrating in the corner while Martini freaks out. Roderick Strong becomes the second man in history to grab the ROH Triple Crown.

Roddy heads to the back with his new title in hand while Lethal recovers in the ring.

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