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Ring of Honor kicked off a very exciting couple of weeks last night in Plymouth, MA. The show was headlined by Roderick Strong against Jay Briscoe, Homicide and El Generico in a non-title match. Around 550 people crammed into the Plymouth Memorial Hall to witness ROH ‘Defy or Deny’. Here are the results from last night’s show:
Roderick Strong defeated El Generico, Jay Briscoe and Homicide
The ROH World Champion defeated his last three challengers all in one match and now none of three can challenge for the title whilst Strong is champion. It was an elimination bout with “The Notorious 187” Homicide going out first, followed by Jay Briscoe, which left Strong and El Generico to battle it out. The end came when House of Truth member Michael Elgin interfered and powerbombed Generico who was going for a superplex on Strong. This distraction allowed Strong to hit a running kick for the win. After the match, The House of Truth began to beat down on Generico before The American Wolves and Christopher Daniels came down to make the save.
Davey Richards defeated Claudio Castagnoli
Richards began his trail back to the top of ROH with an impressive victory over one half of the ROH Tag Team Champions – Claudio Castagnoli. It was feared that Richards might have injured himself after both he and Castagnoli fell off the top rope to the outside. Richards had gone for a suplex but both men fell and Richards looked to have landed on his ankle but he fought on. Richards put this setback behind him and finally got the win via a Shooting Star Press.
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Christopher Daniels defeated “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett
“The Prodigy” tasted defeat for the first time inside a Ring of Honor ring as he was defeated in his first match since being crowned the Top Prospect of 2011. Bennett resorted to underhand tactics and was close to hitting Daniels with the belt when Steve Corino intervened which allowed “The Fallen Angel” to get his bearings together and he eventually won thanks to the Best Moonsault Ever. Corino and Bennett had words to open the show and their match-up at Manhattan Mayhem IV should be a fiery one indeed.
Eddie Edwards defeated Michael Elgin
Michael Elgin continued his way through his ‘hit-list’ given to him by ROH Champion Roderick Strong. He faced off against Eddie Edwards who goes up against Strong at Manhattan Mayhem IV for the World Title. Truth Martini was at ringside and got involved in the match. At one point, Edwards had both Elgin and Martini in the Achilles lock. He then managed to hit the Die Hard (fisherman suplex) for the three count.
Chris Hero defeated TJ Perkins
The other half of The Kings of Wrestling – Chris Hero – went up against the returning TJ Perkins and the pair put on a fantastic match. TJP did all he could on his return but in the end it wasn’t good enough as Hero hit a roaring elbow followed by a big boot for the win. Perkins got a standing ovation from the crowd afterwards as it’s clear ROH fans want to see more of TJP in Ring of Honor.
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Adam Cole
Ciampa was introduced to us on last week’s ROH on HDNet as The Embassy’s ‘New Project’. He looked impressive after defeating Mike Sydal and picked up where he left off as he took on Adam Cole. Cole put up a strong challenge and should have won the match after a backbreaker but Prince Nana distracted the referee. Ciampa took this opportunity to hit Cole with a low blow and then the double knee powerbomb for the victory.
The All Night Express defeated Steve Corino & Grizzly Redwood
Corino asked ROH officials to make this match because he respects Grizzly’s fighting spirit. They faced off against the much improved All Night Express in a valiant losing effort. Their downfall was caused by miscommunication as Corino accidentally clotheslined Grizzly. This allowed Rhett Titus and Kenny King to hit the backbreaker knee drop combo for the win. Redwood bailed on Corino after the match as he is clearly having problems in trusting the ROH veteran.
Mark Briscoe defeated Kyle O’Reilly
This was described as a fantastic opening match and that’s hardly surprising. These two went toe-to-toe for a good 15 minutes but it was Briscoe who eventually came out on top. Briscoe hit a frogsplash elbow drop on O’Reilly which gave him the win in the opening match of the night.