ROH World TV Championship Match
Jay Lethal (c) vs. Tomasso Ciampa
Tomasso Ciampa is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he’s got a heck of an entourage. The entire Embassy of Prince Nana, Barrister RD Evans, Mia Yim and Ernesto Osiris are all alongside Ciampa.
Lethal makes his way out next to a big pop from the crowd.
Lethal tries for a handshake, but Ciampa slaps his hand away. The bell rings and we’re ready to kick things off.
Lethal and Ciampa circle each other for a bit before locking up. Ciampa backs Lethal into the corner and breaks clean. Another lock up, and Ciampa locks in a headlock. Lethal throws him off, but eats a shoulderblock. Another lock up, and this time Lethal’s got the headlock. Ciampa throws him off, but Lethal comes up with a big chop to the chest. Ciampa goes to the mat, and he looks surprised.
Another lock up, and this time Ciampa tries to work on Lethal’s arm. Lethal fights out, and both men trade arm drags and headscissors. Lethal pops up with a big dropkick before sending Ciampa into the ropes. Ciampa grabs the ropes and heads to the outside for a breather.
Ciampa makes his way up to the apron, and back into the ring slowly. Lethal and Ciampa circle each other again before locking up. Ciampa hits Lethal with a knee to the gut before locking in another headlock. Lethal throws Ciampa off, only to eat another shoulder block. Lethal misses a lionsault press, but Lethal is able to put Ciampa down t the mat and hits a low dropkick to the face. Ciampa heads out to the apron, and Lethal hits him with a springboard dropkick that sends him crashing to the barricade outside.
Lethal flies with a suicide dive to the outside, squashing RD Evans against the barricade, but Ciampa comes up with a big clothesline out of nowhere. Ciampa sends Lethal crashing into the barricade before stomping away at him. Ciampa doesn’t stop, shoving Lethal hard into the barricade again. Ciampa has Lethal in the entranceway, whipping him from guardrail to guardrail before whipping him hard into the ring apron.
Ciampa sends Lethal back into the ring and follows, covering him quickly. Lethal kicks out at one. Ciampa hits Lethal with a big clubbing blow to the chest. Ciampa sends Lethal into the ropes. Lethal goes for a back handspring elbow, but Ciampa catches him with a low dropkick to the face to stop him in his tracks.
Ciampa hits Lethal with a big right to the face before dropping a knee into the side of his head. Ciampa sends Lethal across the ring before knocking him to the mat with a back elbow. Lethal hits Ciampa with a couple of shots to the stomach, then the face, but Ciampa throws him into the corner and stomps away at Lethal repeatedly before simply choking him with his boot.
Ciampa jaws with the ref, and this allows Nana to get in a cheap shot of his own on Lethal. Ciampa taunts Lethal, slapping at his head and face. Lethal shoves him away and hits him with a big chop. Both men trade chops in the middle of the ring. Ciampa lays in with a head butt, so Lethal comes back with a series of chops. Ciampa is able to hit Lethal with a corner dropkick that seats him in the corner. Ciampa drops his knee pad and hits Lethal with a big running knee to the side of the face. He hits a second, then a third, but when he goes for a fourth, Lethal is up with a superkick out of nowhere.
Both men struggle to make their way back up to their feet. Both trade rights in the middle of the ring, and time is ticking down. Lethal hits a running forearm and a big spin kick. Lethal goes for, and connects with, a back handspring elbow which is good for a near fall. Lethal heads up toward the top, but Ciampa stops him in his tracks. Ciampa tries for an air raid crash from the top, but Lethal fights it off. We’re down to three minutes.
Lethal knocks Ciampa to the mat and leaps off the top with a huge flying elbow drop to Ciampa’s heart. Lethal pins Ciampa, but Ciampa kicks out at two. Both men head out to the apron where they trade sick chops to the chest. Lethal misses with a chop, so Ciampa hits a nasty air raid crash, laying Lethal out on the ring apron.
Both men are down on the outside, and I don’t know how Lethal’s going to be able to stand after that. Todd Sinclair begins the count. We’re down to one minute and both men make it back into the ring at a count of 18. Back in the ring, Lethal hits the Lethal combination. Lethal fights off Osiris, who’s on the apron, then Evans. He even has a slap for Mia. Ciampa tries for project Ciampa, but Lethal fights it off. Lethal hits Ciampa with a flurry of punches in the corner, and he continues the assault until the time limit expires.
Before Bobby Cruise can even announce the match, Lethal wants five more minutes. Ciampa attacks Lethal from behind, beating on him in the corner and hitting him with more repeated knees to the face. Ciampa brings Lethal into the middle of the ring and connects with Project Ciampa.
Draw: Jay Lethal RETAINS the ROH TV Title
Following the post-match assault, Ciampa steals the belt and runs off to the back with the belt in hand, and the Embassy in tow.
Lethal is slow to make his way back to his feet, and he looks around confused, asking for his title. Someone tells Lethal that Ciampa stole the belt, so Lethal runs off to the back to get back his title.