We’re just days away from “Glory By Honor XI,” and Ring of Honor is finally back with new television after weeks of “Road Rage.” The annual Survival of the Fittest tournament begins this episode, and will run throughout October.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show.
Survival of the Fittest Qualifier
ROH World TV Champion Adam Cole vs Tadarius Thomas
The two exchange attacks and counters and it ends with the two in a standoff. Cole gets the advantage with a Northern Lights suplex, which gets a two count. Cole locks in a sleeper hold, but Thomas is able to fight out of it with a series of unique kicks and strikes. The two exchange forearms in the middle of the ring and Cole connects with an enziguri, but it only gets a one count. Cole hits a suplex into neckbreaker variation that gets a two count. Thomas is able to evade a super kick attempt and transitions beautifully into a kick of his own for a near fall. Cole rolls to the outside. Thomas tries to dive off the apron onto the TV Champion, but Cole is able to land with a super kick. Cole connects with a super kick to the back of Thomas’s head, and follows it up with the Florida Key for the three count to advance to the Survival of the Fittest finals.
Winner by Pinfall: Adam Cole
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: Tadarius Thomas continues to impress. His offense is just so much fun to watch and the way he uses his kicks is just so innovative. Cole, as always, puts forth a great effort in the ring and is once again a part of a very good match. These two seemed to have great chemistry together, and I would love to see a longer match between the two.
Fusion DS vs Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin)
I didn’t catch the names of Fusion DS, but not like it really matters. Haas is wearing a shirt that says “U Haas Hole.” Rhett Titus comes to ringside before the bell rings and grabs a microphone. He asks Fusion DS to leave the ring because he has a personal vendetta against Haas and Benjamin. Haas tells Bobby Cruise to announce the match to start, and Cruise says he was told if the wrestlers want it then it’s on. Titus introduces his partner: BJ Whitmer!
Rhett Titus and BJ Whitmer vs Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
Titus and Haas brawl around the ringside area as Whitmer and Benjamin wrestle in the ring. Haas hangs Titus on the ropes and Benjamin connects with a big boot. Haas and Titus work over Titus. Titus fights out and tags Whitmer in, who comes in and takes control of the match. A spinebuster gets a two count on Benjamin. Benjamin misses a splash and Whitmer rolls him up for a surprise pinfall!
After the match, Haas and Benjamin beat down Whitmer and Titus. Much like they did to Jay Briscoe, Haas and Benjamin rob Whitmer of his manhood. So much for the BJ Express.
Winners by Pinfall: BJ Whitmer and Rhett Titus
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: After a semi-chaotic start, this quickly morphed into a bland, paint-by-numbers tag match. The match itself was merely just a vehicle for the post-match angle, but as a whole this wasn’t interesting in the slightest.
It’s now time for Inside ROH. Veda Scott has an interview with Maria. Maria says Mike Mondo is a perverted stalker, and that Mike Bennett will protect her. Mondo creeps up behind her and asks Maria what it feels like to be kissed by a real man, before forcing himself upon her once again by orally molesting her. He then celebrates loudly as Veda Scott watches on awkwardly and Maria cowers in fear. They show clips from Davey Richards’s speech from “Death Before Dishonor X.” Jay Lethal says he has to beat Richards, and that he will not crumble. RD Evans says Tommaso Ciampa will compete in Survival of the Fittest despite Ciampa’s knee injury.
S.C.U.M. make their way to the ring. Kevin Steen says he has some things to tell Michael Elgin, and asks Elgin to join them in the ring. Elgin and Truth Martini make their way to the ring. Martini says nobody wants to hear what Steen has to say. Elgin says the only hoopla he’s hearing is Martini’s voice. Steen says he doesn’t like Elgin and that Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs are by his side. He asks Elgin where the House of Truth is. Steen says he came back to Ring of Honor to kill the company and steal the show every single night. Steen says in Florida Elgin stole the show, and that’s why Steen doesn’t like him. Elgin says actions speak louder than words and punches Steen in the mouth. Eventually, Jacobs and Corino overtake Elgin. Martini tries to get Strong to help Elgin, but he refuses. Rhino and the Guardians of Truth run S.C.U.M. off to save Elgin.
ROH World Tag Team Title Match
ROH World Tag Team Champions Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino vs Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander
Coleman and Jacobs start the match off for their respective team. Coleman quickly gets the upper hand with a dropkick. A nice double team move gets a two count on Corino. Alexander tries a top rope crossbody but Corino is able to avoid it. Jacobs and Corino hit a double team move as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break and Jacobs and Corino are still in control, although Alexander is fighting back. He finally tags in Coleman who is able to take control of the match. Coleman hits two Northern Lights suplexes on Jacobs, before grabbing Corino and connecting with the same move on both of them at the same time. A huge springboard dive to the floor by Coleman takes Corino out. Alexander follows it up with a dive of his own as the crowd cheers them on. Coleman connects with a top rope leg drop, but Corino breaks up the pin attempt. Coleman and Alexander hit their finishing combination on Jacobs, but Corino hits them with a foreign object before they make the pin. The referee saw it and disqualified Jacobs and Corino. Kevin Kelly says it’s a roll of coins. Jacobs and Corino retain the belts despite losing.
They continue the beat down on Coleman and Alexander before Elgin makes the save. Elgin shakes hands with Coleman and Alexander to end the show.
Winners by DQ: Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This match was going along fine until the cheap ending, which comes as no surprise considering the talent in the ring. Coleman and Alexander have made a habit of putting on very good matches, and up until the ending this was no exception. They are just so exciting to watch. The DQ ending protects Coleman and Alexander, and gives them the opening for another title shot in the future. They have more than proven they are worthy of holding the gold. Going by the Baltimore crowd’s reactions, they seem to agree.