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Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are standing in the ring to open the iPPV and welcome us to Day Two of Showdown in the Sun. Kelly asks Nigel what we should expect. Nigel says we should expect everything. He says last night everyone gave us their all, and we'll see if that continues tonight. Kelly tries to hype some of the matches, but he's interrupted by music, and Jimmy Jacobs comes out to the ring, sporting a new look for his heel turn, which began last night.
Jacobs grabs the mic and says for the past year he and Steve Corino have been on a road to redemption, trying to be good. He says the whole way through, the man who was trying to stop them was Kevin Steen. But at Final Battle, when Jimmy spiked Steen and froze, it was because he had been celibate for a year, and he finally had an orgasm. He realized that being good isn't for him. And Jimmy Jacobs rose from the grave. He says Steen was right, and sometimes evil wins.
(Some of this post was deleted due to technical issues, basically Generico came out and attacked Jacobs, leading to a match.)
Jacobs and Generico trade shots until Jacobs rakes Generico's eyes. Jacobs mounts Generico in the corner and pounds away at him with more punches. Jacobs tosses Generico out of the corner and hits him with a quick double stomp that's good for a near fall. Jacobs slams Generico's head into the corner. Jacobs hits a spear in the corner that's good for another near fall. Jacobs continues the assault on Generico in the corner while the fans chant "Little Jimmy". Generico begins to fight back, avoiding a splash in the corner and hitting a top rope cross body for a near fall of his own. Generico goes for a suplex but Jacobs fights it off. Generio pulls him back in and hits a blue thunder bomb for two. Generico charges in with a yakuza, but Jacobs fights it off and hits a suplex.
Jacobs heads up to the top but Generico stops him and heads up after him. Generico is sent away by Jacobs who heads into the ring and charges. He's caught and hit with an exploder suplex into the corner. Generico waits for Jacobs to stand and he charges in, but he's caught in the end time.
Generico is able to make his way to the ropes to force a break. Jacobs digs in his boot and pulls out a spike, charging in and trying to hit Generico. He misses and stabs the top turnbuckle. Generico hits the half nelson suplex for another near fall. Generico picks up Jacobs, but drops him and looks toward the spike. Generico gets rolled up, but he's able to kick out. Jacobs grabs the spike and the two men fight over it, but neither uses it. Jacobs rolls up Generico and gets the three count.
Winner: Jimmy Jacobs
Kelly and McGuinness talk about how hard it is for competitors to compete two days in a row with such little time to rest in between events. They then throw it to the ring for the next match.
Cedric Alexander makes his way out to the ring first for a match with Tomasso Ciampa. He’s accompanied by his partner, Caprice Coleman, to a nice response from the crowd.
Tomasso Ciampa is out next with the Embassy LTD (minus Mia Kim) in tow. They don’t get a favorable reaction, and it’s worth noting that they don’t have Lethal’s TV Title.
Tomasso Ciampa vs. Cedric Alexander
Ciampa attacks Alexander right off the bat, and takes him to the outside. Ciampa sends Alexander into the barricade, and grabs a chair, setting it up on the outside. Ciampa sets Alexander in the chair and charges in with a huge kick before sending him back into the ring. Ciampa follows and blasts Alexander with a big right before stomping away at him in the corner. Ciampa charges Alexander in the corner, but Alexander bails to the outside. Cedric heads back into the ring and surprises Ciampa on his way back in, striking and kicking and hitting a rope assisted STO to lay Ciampa out.
Ciampa and Alexander trade blows in the middle of the ring, and Alexander is able to slam Ciampa face first into the mat for a near fall. Alexander takes Ciampa into the corner and charges in with a big dropkick that sends him to the outside. Alexander follows and Ciampa sends Cedric into the barricade before hitting him with a barrage of right hands. Ciampa charges in toward Alexander, and he’s caught with a nasty scoop slam straight into the barricade. Alexander struggles to get Ciampa back into the ring, then follows in after him, going for the pin, but he’s too close to the ropes, then can’t hold Ciampa down.
Alexander tries to get the fans behind him, but he finds himself out on the ring apron, where he’s tossed like a lawn dart into the bottom turnbuckle. Ciampa heads to the apron as well and knees Alexander’s head right into the turnbuckle and ring post. Ciamps rolls Alexander back into the ring and goes for the pin, getting three.
Winner: Tomasso Ciampa
Following the match, Caprice Coleman heads into the ring and grabs Nana by the lapels, but he’s caught from behind by Ciampa and hit with the Project Ciampa. The Embassy LTD celebrate over the bodies of Alexander and Coleman.
The Embassy make their way to the back as Alexander is helped to the back by Coleman and officials.
Kelly and McGuinness say that if you’re a fan of quick paced wrestling, the next match will cook.
This next match is a showdown between Chikara and Ring of Honor. The first man to the ring is representing Chikara, and more specifically the faction The Colony: Fire Ant. Fire Ant gets a really good reaction from the crowd, drawing a fair amount of streamers.
TJ Perkins is out next, and he gets a good reaction, but I think Fire Ant got a bit of a better reaction from the fans.
Chikara/Ring of Honor Showdown
Fire Ant vs. TJ Perkins
The bell rings and we get a lock up but it’s quickly shrugged off. Perkins shows off a quick spin kick, but it doesn’t hit anything but air. We get a bit of trading holds and pins, but only for a couple of seconds before we get another stare down. Perkins takes Fire Ant down to the mat with a hammerlock, but it’s not long before Fire fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Fire hits an arm drag, and these two continue to work at a dizzying pace, showcasing some amazing speed.
Another lock up and Fire is able to work over Perkins’ arm. Perkins is able to take Fire down to the mat with a hammerlock, and eventually transitions into a rear chin lock. None of this lasts long as they both get back to their feet and Fire hits a nice arm drag, then shows off, walking the ropes for another arm drag. Perkins puts Fire into a tree of woe, but Fire escapes and hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Fire hits a dropkick that sends Perkins to the outside. Fire teases a dive, but Perkins heads back into the ring, picks him up and simply drops him. Perkins gets a two count, then gets right back up for a big suplex.
Perkins locks in a Gory special, but it doesn't last long as Fire is able to turn things around for a near fall of his own. Fire sends Perkins into the ropes and Perkins catches himself, avoiding a charging Fire. Fire connects with a kick to the head, then hits a suicide dive through the ropes, then a tope con heilo over the top to hit Perkins and take him out on the outside.
Fire Ant heads to the top and hits a beautiful missile dropkick, but he’s hit with a nice neckbreaker from Perkins, and running knees in the corner. Perkins tries for a powerbomb, but it’s countered into an ace crusher. Fire hits a nasty kick to the chest, then a crazy basement DDT for another near fall. Fire tries for an Alabama slam, but places Perkins on the top rope instead. Fire cracks Perkins with a kick to the shoulderblade and heads up to the top. Perkins is able to counter and powerbomb Fire out of the corner. Perkins hits Fire with a kick to the side of the head, but it’s still not enough to keep him down. Perkins nails a 450 splash, and gets the three count.
Winner: TJ Perkins
Kelly and McGuinness turn their attention to the next match, after calling Perkins a great ambassador for ROH. They talk a bit about Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole, before showing a video package that shows how these two former partners came to be booked in a match here this afternoon.
Kyle O’Reilly is the first man to make his way out to the ring. He doesn’t get a very favorable reaction from the fans in attendance. O’Reilly makes his way up to the middle turnbuckle to soak in the boos from the crowd.
Adam Cole is out next, and he gets a great reaction from the crowd, who are firmly in support of the more charismatic Cole.
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
There are echoes of last night’s technical difficulties, when as soon as Cole gets into the ring, the stream cuts out. Attempting to restart the stream isn’t much help either.
Apparently the power in the building went out (a brown out), and the crew is working on it.
After a 24 minute delay, we’re finally back to at least having a picture, and it’s just a looping video of an ROH logo. Then they go right to intermission.
Back from intermission, Kelly and McGuinness don’t even acknowledge the technical difficulties, and I’m not sure if O’Reilly/Cole has happened yet, or not.
The Young Bucks make their way out to the ring for their second match of two with the All Night Express. They go under the ring immediately and grab weapons to bring in the ring with them. It’s worth noting that they’re wearing street clothes, but they have tassles cut into them.
Titus and King make their way to the ring through the crowd, bringing a shopping cart of weapons with them.
The Young Bucks vs. The All Night Express
ANX make their way into the ring and attack right away, blasting the Bucks with weapon shots and sending the Bucks from the ring. Titus and King follow the Bucks and brawl with the Jackson’s on the outside of the ring. King slams Matt into the barricade then mugs for the camera. Back in the ring, Titus and King double team Nick, kicking him, then placing a trash can over his head and hitting him with another kick, then a dropkick. Titus and King double clothesline Nick over the top rope before turning around and seeing Matt. They place another trash can over Matt’s head, then swing away with broom sticks, to the crowd’s approval.
King chokes Matt with a broom while Titus and Nick fight on the outside. Nick slams a trash can lid into Titus’ back. King and Matt take it to the outside and Titus whips Nick into the ring post while King whips Matt into the barricade. The fans are loving this at Titus whips Nick into the barricade and King slams Matt head first into the ring apron. Titus slams Nick into the ring post again before he and Kenny simply beat on Matt and Nick. Then the stream freezes yet again.
Back from the stream being frozen and Mike Bennett is in the ring with mic in hand, and Maria by his side. Apparently he’s calling out Lance Storm, but Storm isn’t there because he’s nursing his wounds at home. Bennett says he might as well call himself World Champion. He says he and Maria are going to get out of this hell hole, and go down to South Beach to hang out with people that are almost as good looking as they are. And they’re going to celebrate the fact that they’re better then the best.
Bennett drops the mic and begins making out with Maria in the center of the ring. It goes on for an uncomfortable amount of time. They finally stop, and make their way out of the ring and to the back.
Apparently Kelly and McGuinness had been talking about the World Tag Team Title match before Bennett interrupted them. McGuinness talks about the merits of both teams, the Briscoe’s and Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team.
Benjamin and Haas are the first two men to make their way out to the ring. Haas grabs a fans sign and rips it up on the way into the ring.
The Briscoe’s are out next, and they get a great reaction from this Florida crowd.
ROH World Tag Team Championship Match
The Briscoe Brothers vs. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
After a long stare down, Mark and Haas look to start things off. Haas bails to the floor right away and flips off a fan before jawing with others. Haas heads back into the ring and he and Mark begin circling before locking up. They break the lockup pretty quickly. Another lock up and Haas goes behind before slamming Mark to the mat and locking in a front face lock. Mark fights up to his feet, but he’s shoulder blocked back down to the mat. He comes right back with a big boot to Haas’ face. Mark goes for another, but Haas bails to the outside again to catch his breath.
Mark turns his attention to Shelton, fighting with him on the outside while Jay attacks Haas, slamming him into the barricade. Jay and Mark team up on Charlie, then Mark turns back to Shelton, slamming him head first into a chair at ringside. Jay continues to ram Haas into the barricade before sending him back into the ring. Mark is already there to stomp away at Haas before tagging out to his brother. Jay comes in and the duo hit a double shoulder block to take Haas out.
Jay hits Haas with a couple of European uppercuts in the corner before whipping him hard across the ring. Shelton pulls Haas out of the way of a clothesline, then dropkicks Jay’s knee. Haas tags out to Benjamin, who comes in with a drop across Jay’s leg. Shelton locks on a knee bar, but Jay makes it to the ropes. The ref is distracted and it allows Haas to choke Jay. Haas tags in and kicks away at Jay in the corner before slamming him head first into the turnbuckle. Haas wrenches Jay’s leg across the rope before kicking away at it. Jay fights back against both Haas and Benjamin, but he’s driven to the mat by Haas who tags Shelton in.
Shelton comes in to the match and hangs Jay up in a tree of woe, kicking at his stomach. Benjamin goes to the outside and pulls at Jay’s leg until he’s driven away by Mark. Benjamin heads back into the ring and kicks Jay in the side of the head before tagging Haas. Shelton suplexes Jay and Haas slingshots into the ring with a senton. Haas tags right back out and WGTT try for something, but Jay fights it off and makes the tag to Mark. Mark comes in with chops to the head for both members of WGTT. He lands on his feet off of a back drop from Shelton, then hits him with a superkick. He sends Haas to the outside with a dropkick, then sits Shelton on the top turnbuckle and pulls him out, driving him to the mat for a two count.
Hass tries to low bridge Mark, sending him to the apron. Mark fights off both Shelton and Charlie, but he’s whipped into the corner ring post by Shelton, and sent down to the floor. Shelton rolls out after him and knees him in the chest a couple of times before whipping him into the barricade. Mark tries to fight back, but Shelton kicks at him and rams his head into the barricade. Shelton drags Mark back into the ring and follows, hitting him with a knee to the side of the head. Shelton stands on Mark with a cocky pin, but Mark kicks out at one. Haas tags in and peppers Mark with a right hand before slamming his head into the corner, whipping him across the ring and charging in with a spear. Haas hits a butterfly suplex that’s good for another two count on Mark. Haas locks in a body scissors with a rear chin lock, but Jay is quick to break things up.
Haas kicks Mark in the corner before hitting a snap mare and a kick to the spine. Haas slams Mark’s head into Shelton’s boot before tagging out to Benjamin. Shelton comes in and hits a quick suplex before taunting the crowd. Shelton takes Mark into the corner and seats him on the top rope. He follows up after him and hits him with a couple of clubbing blows to the back. Shelton goes for a belly to back superplex, but Mark turns his body mid-air and counters. Mark makes the tag and so does Shelton. Mark comes in with a couple of jabs for Haas before hitting a back drop, then a superkick to Shelton. Jay hits Haas with a kick before hitting a plancha to the outside on Shelton. Jay heads up to the top and launches himself off with a cross body to Haas.
Jay hits a beautiful falcon arrow, but Haas is still able to kick out at two. Jay shoulders Haas, but Shelton comes in and hits a superkick, allowing Haas to roll up Jay. Jay kicks out, and Mark attacks Shelton from behind. Mark is booted by Haas, then Jay and Haas trade kicks in the middle of the ring, both knocking the other to the mat at the same time.
All four men struggle to their feet, and have a stare down. They trade right hands in the middle of the ring. The Briscoe’s get the upper hand, but Haas hits Jay with a German suplex and Shelton sends Mark to the ring apron, then hits a slingshot DDT, planting Mark’s face on the ring apron. In the ring, Haas hits Jay with the Olympic slam, then drags Jay on to his stomach. Charlie locks in the Haas of pain, and Shelton prevents Mark from getting involved, but Jay makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Shelton heads into the ring with Haas and the two men hang Jay up on the top rope with Haas holding his legs. Mark hits a missile dropkick to prevent Shelton from doing anything, and Jay rolls up Haas for the three count.
Winners and STILL ROH World Tag Team Champions: The Briscoe Brothers
Following the match, Shelton takes out Mark by ramming him into the ring post, then hits Jay with pay dirt. They drag Jay to the corner and pull him by his legs to crotch him on the ring post. Jay writhes in pain while WGTT grab his legs again and crotch him on the ring post once more. Security come down to the ring, but Haas and Benjamin crotch Jay on the post one more time before heading into the ring and grabbing the ROH Tag Team titles and holding them high in the air. Haas and Benjamin toss the titles to the mat.
Mark Briscoe struggles to get to his feet, but he’s held back by and official and staff. Shelton attacks Mark with a kick and a forearm before he and Haas make their way to the back, smiling the whole way. Mark is able to make it back up to his feet, but Jay Briscoe has to be helped out.
Nigel and Kelly reveal that next will be the first of three Blind Destiny Challenge matches, seeing Eddie Edwards take on “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen.
Eddie Edwards is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a great reaction from the crowd.
Kevin Steen is the next man out to the ring, and considering the war he was in last night, it’s pretty amazing that he’s still standing. Someone brought the same Cornette sign, taped up from last night, and Steen rips is apart again, to lots of cheers from the crowd. It’s amazing that Steen gets a much bigger reaction and more streamers than the biggest babyface in ROH right now.
Blind Destiny Challenge
Eddie Edwards vs. Kevin Steen
The bell rings, and it seems as though Steen has a slight advantage in supporters. We get a lock up and Steen backs Edwards into the corner. Steen tries to hit Edwards, but Edwards ducks. Steen connects with a shoulder block, but Edwards locks in a side headlock. Steen pushes off and hits another shoulder block but Eddie doesn’t go down. They trade shoulder blocks back and forth, and Eddie gets up a big boot, but Steen comes right back with a drop toe hold and front flip leg drop.
Steen hits Edwards with a stiff kick to the back, then picks him up to blast him with a forearm. Eddie fires back with a chop, so Steen grinds his forearm across Eddie’s face. Steen chokes Eddie across the middle rope, ripping at his face and testing the ref’s count. Steen kicks Eddie in the ribs. Steen hits Eddie with a nasty forearm, then whips him into the corner. Steen runs into a big boot, then eats a codebreaker for two. Eddie rolls over into a cross face, but Steen gets into the ropes to break the hold.
Eddie scores with a chop in the corner before whipping Steen across the ring. Eddie’s back dropped to the outside, and caught with a kick to the chest, and huge DDT on his way back into the ring. Steen goes across the ring and collects steam, hitting a huge cannonball that sends Eddie falling from the ring. Steen heads to the outside and hits Eddie with a nasty chop against the barricade. Steen listens to a fan for a bit too long and eats a chop from Edwards, but comes back by raking his face. Steen whips Edwards into the stage that’s standing ringside. Steen tries to whip Edwards into the apron, but Edwards blocks it. Steen tries to powerbomb Edwards into the apron but Edwards counters into a hurricanrana. Edwards goes for another, but Steen counter with a powerbomb into the ring apron.
Steen heads up to the ring apron to talk with the referee before rolling into the ring to break the count. Steen picks up Edwards and tosses him up onto the stage. Steen heads up after him and catches a slap to the face. The two trade forearms, then Edwards hits Steen with a big boot. Steen comes back with a clubbing blow before biting Edwards. Steen grabs a chair and sits it on the stage, biting at Edwards’ face and seating him in the chair. Steen crosses the stage and charges into Edwards, hitting a giant cannonball that sends the chair sliding across the stage.
Steen heads to the ring and poses on the apron screaming, to the delight of the fans. Edwards slowly crawls back toward the ring and catches Steen with a kick that lays him out on the floor. Edwards gets distance on the stage and charges, leaping off and hitting Steen with a big double stomp off the stage to the floor. Edwards drags Steen into the ring and follows after him, but he runs right into a big boot. Steen goes to the top, but Eddie catches him with an enzugiri, then a backpack chin breaker.
Steen struggles to get back to his feet and Edwards hits him with a series of nasty chops to the chest, then head butts. Edwards hits the ropes, and runs right into a pop up powerbomb for a two count. Steen goes for the power bomb, but Edwards counters into the Achilles lock. Steen counters into a small package, rolling up Edwards for a three count.
Winner: Kevin Steen
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.
Kelly and Nigel turn their attention to the main event for the evening, and they discuss the events that took place at the end of the iPPV last night between Michael Elgin and Davey Richards that may have changed the complexion of this match tonight.
Michael Elgin makes his way out to the ring first with Truth Martini alongside. Elgin gets a couple of sparse “Next World Champ” chants.
Davey Richards is out next, and he gets a mostly positive response with a smattering of boos from the crowd.
ROH World Championship Match
Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin
The bell rings and both men go on the attack. Elgin shrugs off a shoulder block, but falls to a dropkick. Elgin is low bridged by Davey and sent to the ring apron. Richards hits Elgin with a kick to the back that sends him to the floor, then follows out with a tope. Davey follows Elgin and hits him with a kick to the chest. Then he follows it up with a second kick, and a third before taking Elgin back up to the ring apron. Davey begins to climb the turnbuckles, but Elgin fights him off, seating him on the top. Elgin tries for something but it's prevented by Davey. Elgin simply clotheslines Davey back into the ring and follows, going for an immediate pin.
Elgin picks up Davey in the corner and hits him with a clubbing blow to the chest. Elgin hits a beautiful delayed vertical suplex, holding Davey up for well over twenty seconds before driving him to the mat for a near fall. Elgin rolls to the outside and hits Davey with a couple of blows to the chest while he lays on the ring apron. Elgin heads up to the apron and hits the Undertaker style leg drop to Davey before rolling back into the ring for another near fall. Elgin goes for something, but he's backed into the corner by Davey, who hits him with a big head butt. Elgin shoulders Richards, but Davey fights out of it. Elgin hits Richards with a knee to the gut, then catches him on his shoulders again and hits the shock treatment for another two count.
Richards crawls to the corner to put distance between himself and Elgin. Elgin picks him up and tries for a suplex, but Richards grabs on to the ropes. Richards tries to fight back, but Elgin hits him with some big right hands. Elgin unloads with a huge chop that sends Davey crashing down to the mat. Elgin picks Davey up and clubs him hard across the back before kicking at his face.
Elgin picks Davey up again, but gets a chin breaker. Elgin is quick to recover though, and hits a Northern lights suplex with a bridge for another two count. Elgin wrenches back on Richards' arms, pulling back hard. Richards fights up to his feet, but Elgin hangs on to the hold. Davey tries to out-power Elgin, but it doesn't work. Elgin goes for a suplex but Davey lands on his feet. Elgin runs into a boot in the corner, then eats an enzugiri. Davey heads to the top and hits a missile dropkick to the side of Elgin's head for another near fall.
Davey charges into a big boot in the corner, but ducks a clothesline. Elgin fights off an exploder, and Richards and Elgin begin trading forearms.
Richards hits Elgin with a series of forearms, then an exploder suplex, but it's not enough to put the big man away. Elgin struggles to his feet, and fights off another exploder, but Richards pushes him into the corner. Richards hits a running knee in the corner before seating Elgin on the top rope. Richards follows up after Elgin and goes for a superplex, but Elgin fights him off. Richards fights back with head butts, then connects with the superplex. Elgin looks to be fired up though, getting right to his feet and telling Richards to bring it on. Richards hits a big kick, them another, then palm strikes, but Elgin just responds with an enzugiri. Richards hits a big kick to the back of the head, then a German suplex and clothesline, but it's only good for two.
Richards locks in the ankle lock, but Elgin quickly pulls himself to the outside. Richards jumps to the apron and goes for a kick, but Elgin blocks it and hits Davey with a fisherman's suplex on the floor. Elgin picks Richards up and hits a running powerbomb, planting Richards into the barricade. Elgin rolls Richards into the ring and goes for the pin but he's only able to get two.
Elgin heads to the top rope and hits a mariposa, pinning Davey, but it's still not enough to put away the champion. Elgin gets back up to his feet and looks shocked that that wasn't a three count. Elgin picks Davey up to his feet and takes him into the corner, seating him on the top turnbuckle. Elgin heads up and tries for a powerbomb out of the corner, but Richards hangs on. Richards locks in the kimura, then hits Elgin with repeated elbows to the back of the head. Davey goes for a sunset bomb, but Elgin hangs on to the ropes. Elgin goes to the top, but he's stopped by Richards. Elgin fights Richards off again, but Richards is persistent. Elgin fights off Davey once more, then catches a kick to the face. Richards goes to the top and hits a belly to back superplex, planting Elgin on top of his head.
Davey goes for the pin but only gets two. He transitions right into the ankle lock, but Elgin is able to make it into the ropes to break the hold. The crowd has been won over by Elgin. Davey blasts Elgin with a kick to the chest, then another, and a third. Elgin gets to his feet though, and stumbles to the middle of the ring. Elgin shoves Richards away. Richards hits Elgin with kicks to the face. Elgin responds with knees to the chin. Davey hits more kicks. Elgin hits more knees. More kicks. A kick to the chest from Davey, then a series of them up against the ropes. Elgin rolls Davey up and hits the Chaos theory, but it's still not enough.
Elgin hits a superkick, then a crazy suplex variation, but he can still only get two. Elgin goes right into a crossface, but Davey won't tap!
Davey starts to fade, but he's able to make it into the ropes. Elgin breaks the hold, using all of the five count. The crowd is eating this match up, and it's amazing. Davey rolls out to the apron, and Elgin falls into the ropes in exhaustion. Elgin heads out to the apron and he and Davey climb up opposite sides of the same turnbuckle. Davey fights Elgin off with head butts before hitting a dragon screw across the turnbuckle. Davey heads to the top rope and hits a double stomp to Elgin's face on the apron. Davey goes up again and hits a second double stomp, but it's still not enough for three!
Richards hits a running forearm, and a huge lariat, followed up by an exploder, but Elgin still kicks out at two. Richards gets to his feet and goes for a KO kick but Elgin catches the foot. Richards hits an enzugiri, and a couple more kicks. Elgin hits a roaring forearm, then plants Richards on top of his head but it's still only enough for a near fall.
Elgin gets to his feet and pulls Davey up slowly. Elgin hits a buckle bomb, but Richards comes back with a spinning kick. Elgin hits a lariat to the face, but when he tries for the power bomb, Davey counters into the ankle lock. Elgin rolls over and counters into the LaBell lock. Richards rolls up Elgin, but it's only two. Davey charges and Elgin hits a knee to the face. Elgin hits a backfist. Elgin hits the spinning powerbomb but Davey still kicks out!
Elgin rolls over into the cross face!
Davey rolls over, but Elgin keeps the hold locked in. They're in the middle of the ring! Davey grabs Elgin's leg and counters back into the ankle lock. Elgin struggles toward the ropes. He's reaching. Davey pulls him back to the center of the ring. Elgin rolls over and kicks at Davey, but Richards wont release the hold. Elgin teases tapping. Elgin rolls through to break the hold. Elgin can't stand and he's caught with the shining wizard, but he kicks out at one. Davey hits him with kicks to the head, but Elgin still wont stay down.
One more giant kicks to the head, and Elgin finally goes down for the three count.
Winner and STILL ROH World Champion: Davey Richards
That may have been one of the most incredible matches that I've ever seen! Just absolute, non-stop, amazing wrestling. Even with all of the problems of the weekend, ROH still proves that they're putting on some of the best in ring competition in the entire world. The crowd is chanting "That was awesome", and I have to agree. Possibly the best match of the entire weekend right there, and I'm not even a huge Davey Richards fan.
Following the match, Richards grabs the mic. Richards says he gets a lot of flak to MMA training, but he wants to make something clear, and that's that his heart and soul will always be in ROH. Richards says everyone here is family, and part of something special, and he thanks the fans for letting him be a part of it. Richards says people say this is the Superbowl of wrestling, but the real wrestling happened last night and this afternoon, not this Sunday.
Richards says the people in Connecticut and Orlando would be sent packing by the people in ROH. Richards says tonight he's lucky because he's walking out with the belt, but the real champion in the ring is Michael Elgin. Richards says he's not stupid, and that belt will some day be Elgin's. Richards says not right now though. He says Elgin is one of the toughest guys he's ever been in the ring with, but he'll tell him something he learned being in the ring with Samoa Joe and Bryan Danielson. He says Elgin will get further with the fan's support than with Martini's. He thanks the fans for ROH, saying without them, they're nothing. He thanks the fans once more, then poses on the turnbuckle with his title.
The show ends with Richards celebrating with the fans while Elgin is helped to the back.