We start this week’s broadcast with a look back at last week’s match between Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly and what happened following the match.
We kick off the show with an important announcement from Jim Cornette. He talks up Final Battle and the World Title match and he then announces that ‘Die Hard’ Eddie Edwards will face Davey Richards at ‘Final Battle 2011′ for the ROH World Championship.
Eddie talks about their past two matches and says they’re 1-1. He says he knows all about Davey and what type of training he goes through. Eddie then goes on to say that he has a brand new head trainer but won’t disclose who it is. Davey then interrupts and grabs the microphone. He puts over the ROH World Title and says it’s only fitting that the year should end Wolf vs. Wolf. Before then, he says next week they should take on the House of Truth and Eddie agrees.
After the break, we take a look back at Edwards’ road back to the title including his match against Michael Elgin a few weeks ago. We then go to Truth Martini and Elgin, Truth tells him he let Roderick Strong down by losing to Edwards. Truth tells him he can take all of the guilt away and says Elgin knows what he has to do.
We see a quick promo from Shiloh Jonze – an OVW regular – who says he’ll beat Elgin tonight or die trying.
Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini vs. Shiloh Jonze
Elgin dominates from the bell and gets an early two count after a jumping shoulder block from the second rope. Jonze goes for a tornado DDT out of the corner but Elgin catches him and reverses it into a running powerslam. Jonze fights back with a diving forearm off the top but Elgin comes back with a back fist and then a buckle bomb. Elgin grabs him again and hits the spinning sit-out powerbomb for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Michael Elgin
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: I really like the way they’re building up Elgin as some sort of monster that has been ‘programmed’ by Martini. Jonze got a good reaction from the crowd and Elgin looked completely dominant once again as he continues to impress. This match served its purpose well.
We go into this week’s ‘Inside ROH’, the first topic is regarding Kevin Steen. We learn that Steen is trying to sue Jim Cornette and we go to a video that Steen has sent to ROH.
After that we take a look at the rules for the ‘Proving Ground’ contests which begin next week. We go to promos from both WGTT and Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman. Steen’s lawyer says he has got an injunction allowing Steen back into ROH. He says if Cornette reinstate Steen to the ROH roster, they will release details about Cornette to the public.
Steen says he’s doing things Cornette’s way for once and that he is coming back to Ring of Honor, he is not going away. He says he’s sick of not being in the best wrestling company in the world because that’s where he belongs. He says he wants to come back for Steve Corino, Jimmy Jacobs and El Generico. He won’t stop until Jim Cornette admits that he’s the best and if needs to beat Davey for the World Title, he will.
Now onto the TV Title, Mike Bennett says he didn’t run away from his TV title match against Jay Lethal. He says he had already won the match and he had no interest in continuing with Todd Sinclair as referee. Sinclair says it was a good call. Lethal says Bennett might have been on top of him but he definitely didn’t beat him.
Before tonight’s main event, we see highlights of last week’s match between All Night Express and the Briscoes.
We then learn about the ‘Proving Ground’ concept. Cornette says any credible challengers can face a champion at any time. If a challenger wins the match or lasts the time limit, they get a title match within 90 days.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
This is a ‘Proving Ground’ contest. Some nice mat wrestling between Shelton Benjamin and Caprice Coleman to begin with, both men showing great athleticism. Both guys evade each other’s moves as Haas gets tagged in and he receives some nice tag team moves from his opponents. WGTT regain control as they focus their attacks on Alexander.
Haas starts to work on the left leg of Alexander and when we come back from the break, Shelton is still taking it out on him. Alexander tries to fight back and hits a nice tornado DDT on Haas before tagging in Coleman. Shelton goes to the top and Coleman hits a great jumping hurricanrana as Haas gets thrown to the outside.
There are three minutes left as Hasas gets back in and hits a German Suplex on Coleman as they hang Alexander on the top rope and hit the ‘Leap of Faith’. They get Coleman up and hit the ‘Wrestling’s Greatest Finisher’ (double spinebuster) for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: I must say that this one failed to really get going. They built up some things such as Alexander’s leg that had nothing to do with the finish of the match. The match really picked up pace towards the end but I didn’t think it was as good as it could have been. Decent showing from C&C though and they look a good addition to the roster.
Following the match, the Briscoes come out and Jay says at ‘Final Battle’ that’s not going to happen and in New York, they’ll become seven time Tag Team champions.