As always, we look back at last week’s main event between Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly and the aftermath involving Truth Martini.
We hear from the Briscoes who talk about finally getting their shot at WGTT at ‘Final Battle’. They tell C&C Wrestling Factory that they’re in the wa so they will suffer the consequences. C&C talk and say they should not be underestimated.
C&C Wrestling Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) vs. The Briscoes
C&C go at it straight away and the Briscoes escape to the outside only for Coleman to hit a nice dive onto them. Jay takes out Alexander on the apron and that gives them enough to take control. The Briscoes double team Alexander, the referee tries to stop it but gets pushed away by Jay as WGTT hit the ring with chairs. The Briscoes manage to escape into the car park and security keeps the two teams apart.
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: This was pretty much total storyline advancement and it served its purpose in that regard. I was hoping this wouldn’t be stopped as I was hoping to see C&C again after their average match against WGTT.
Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini vs. Sean Casey & Raphael Constantine
We’re told Truth Martini has asked for this handicap match. Elgin takes both men down with shoulder blocks before they try, and fail, to double team him. Elgin hits a double suplex on both men for a near fall. Elgin picks one up and hits a fallaway slam, making it look so easy. Elgin catches Casey who goes for a crossbody and he then tosses him into his partner. Elgin then manages to pick both guys up at the same time and hits a double alabama slam, pinning both men for the victory.
Winner by pinfall: Michael Elgin
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: Wow, it’s scary how strong Elgin is. Even in squash matches, he’s entertaining. He was tossing the two guys around like they were ragdolls. That was great and made Elgin look brilliant.
Next we see Jim Cornette who invites Kevin Steen, his lawyer and Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs onto the TV show next week where he will make his final offer to Steen.
Now we go to this week’s ‘Inside ROH’. First off we see some training footage from Eddie Edwards and Dan Severn. We also learn more about Severn’s glittering past in amateur wrestling and MMA. Eddie says he knew about Davey’s plans but he was offered a spot by Dan Severn and he couldn’t turn it down. Severn says if you have to blame anybody, you should blame him. He then says that Davey knows too much about Eddie and that he needs to learn something different. He goes on to say that friendships go out of the window in title matches and that he intends to make Eddie a champion.
After that, we hear from Roderick Strong who is in a bar with three women. Strong says he’s heard about Davey and Eddie but he says he’s taking it easy. He says he’ll steal the show at Final Battle and wants a serious contender.
ROH World TV Title Match
Jay Lethal (c) vs. El Generico
Before the start of the match, Mike Bennett & ‘Brutal’ Bob Evans come to the ringside and will sit on the outside to watch the match. Some nice chain wrestling between the two and neither man can seem to get an advantage. Generico manages to take control and hits a backbreaker for two. Another backbreaker by Generico who then hits a split-legged moonsault for a near fall. Lethal fights back with a springboard dropkick and a superkick on the outside. Hip toss and a dropkick from Lethal keep Generico down but he fires up and comes back with clotheslines.
Blue thunder bomb from Generico gets him two and then Lethal walks straight into a Michinoku driver for two. Lethal then blocks a Yakuza Kick and hits the pop-up neckbreaker for two. Bennett takes the TV Title on the outside and Brutal Bob puts it around his waist. Lethal off the ropes and hits an amazing handspring cutter but only gets a two count. Enziguri by Lethal but Generico comes straight back with a Yakuza Kick and the Tiger suplex, Lethal gets straight back and hits a superkick. Awesome action!
Lethal rolls to the outside and sees Bennett wearing the TV title so gives him a right hand before getting back in the ring. Lethal Combination from Lethal who then hits the jumping elbow drop from the top. Before Sinclair can count the pinfall, Mike Bennett gets on the apron and distracts him which lets the time limit run out.
Lethal brawls with Bennett afterwards and then Generico hits a tope con hilo on both men as the broadcast goes off air.
Jay Lethal and El Generico fought to a time limit draw
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: Like the past TV title match between these two, this had some awesome action and some brilliant sequences. I wish these two could just go at it for however long they need because I’m positive that it would be a terrific match. I like what they did with Bennett coming to watch from ringside but yet another time limit draw is a bit annoying yet it was probably the best decision. Surely this sets up a triple threat match for Final Battle?
We see a graphic of next week’s main event which is Future Shock vs. The Young Bucks as the show ends.