Ring of Honor television returns with another week of action after an odd show last week. This week’s show features the Briscoes battling the House of Truth with each team putting up $5,000, and Eddie Edwards and Kyle O’Reilly go one-on-one in a match that has been building for months. This looks like a good show on paper, so let’s get to it.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show and they talk about Jay Lethal earning a world title match against Davey Richards in two weeks. They also hype the main event between the Briscoes and the House of Truth.
We then get some prerecorded comments from Kyle O’Reilly and Eddie Edwards. O’Reilly says he’s going to prove to Edwards that he is just as much of a man as Edwards. Edwards says O’Reilly stirred this whole thing up and he’s going to knock some sense into him.
Kyle O’Reilly vs Eddie Edwards
The two fight to a stalemate in the opening minutes of the match when they both go for dropkicks at the same time. A knee to the midsection and a kick to the chest gets a two count for O’Reilly. O’Reilly is met with a thunderous chop by Edwards. A jumping yakuza kick from Edwards sends O’Reilly from the apron into the barricade. Back in the ring, Edwards locks in the ankle lock, and here’s Davey Richards at ring side. It sounds like he’s shouting advice to O’Reilly, who reaches the ropes. Richards and Edwards stare each other down as the show goes to commercial.
Edwards is in control as the show is back from commercial. The announcers note that Richards has been vocally supporting O’Reilly. O’Reilly connects with the rolling butterfly suplexes and locks in an armbar, but Edwards reaches the ropes. Edwards suplexes O’Reilly over the top rope and they both go crashing to the floor. Edwards goes for a running kick, but O’Reilly ducks and Edwards kicks to ring post. O’Reilly locks in an ankle lock of his own on the injured ankle of Edwards, and here’s Adam Cole to cheer on Edwards. Edwards sends O’Reilly to the outside and connects with a suicide dive. Edwards hits the double stomp and O’Reilly kicks out at two.
They exchange shots in the middle of the ring for the third or fourth time this match, which I think is a bit ridiculous. O’Reilly spits on Edwards and Edwards just destroys him with some chops and it only gets a two count. O’Reilly counters a powerbomb attempt by Edwards into a guillotine, but Edwards rolls over into a pin attempt and gets two count. Another roll up by Edwards get the three count and the victory.
After the match, Edwards gets on the mic. He says he doesn’t have a tag team partner and asks Cole if he does. He asks Cole if he wants to form a tag team, and Cole accepts. Edwards tells Richards and O’Reilly they can have a match anytime and anywhere.
Winner by Pinfall: Eddie Edwards
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: You know what you’re getting when it comes to Edwards and O’Reilly. It’s going to be a stiff, hard-hitting match with a lot of strikes and submission attempts. If that’s your style, you’re going to love this match. If it’s not, then you’ll probably hate this match. Having Richards and Cole at ringside seemed pointless at first, but at least it had some kind of payoff after the match, even if it’s not something I particularly want to see.
Steve Corino has joined Kelly and McGuinness at the announcer’s table. He says he has never been so injured than after his match with Kevin Steen at “Final Battle” and says he’s excited to join color commentary for DVD releases. We then get a recap of last week’s Steen segment
Mike Mondo vs Matt Taven
The two go to a standoff after they both get side headlock takeovers. Mondo takes over control in the match after a couple of elbow smashes. Taven connects with a moonsault for a two count. a leg lariat gets a two count for Taven. They both go for dropkicks and it’s another standoff.
And here’s Kevin Steen with a microphone! He says he finds it baffling that Ring of Honor has time for Taven and Mondo to have a match, but Steen has to wait until next week to make his in ring debut. Steen offers Taven a handshake, but then hits Taven with an F5. He then bites Mondo’s ear and Steen hits Mondo with an F5 of his own. Corino gets up from the announcer’s table, but security stops anything from happening.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: It would be unfair to rate this match as it was more of a segment, and it was a pretty decent one. It helped get Steen over as a madman while showing that he has a new finishing move since the piledriver is banned. I wouldn’t be against Ring of Honor bringing Taven in again as he looked pretty decent.
It’s now time for Inside Ring of Honor. They recap Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team’s actions from last week, including the match with the Briscoes. Haas says last week was a little bit of satisfaction. Benjamin says he’s not paying the $5,000 fine. Jim Cornette says nobody in ROH is above the law, and that Benjamin is suspended until he pays the fine. The Briscoes say something about beating the Young Bucks in New York. It’s announced that Tommaso Ciampa will challenge Jay Lethal for the ROH TV Title at the “10th Anniversary Show.”
House of Truth (Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin) with Truth Martini
vs Jay and Mark Briscoe
Michael Elgin is only 22-years-old according to the graphic, which makes me feel like a massive failure. Mark Briscoe and Strong start the match out fast for their respective teams, but Elgin quickly enters the match and they double team Mark Briscoe. Jay Briscoe enters the ring and they unload a flurry of double team moves on Strong. The Briscoes are beating down Strong and they hit him with the double shoulder tackle. Strong was able to fight out and tags Elgin in. Elgin hits a powerslam on Jay Briscoe and gets a nearfall. A blind tag by the Briscoes helps put the champions back in control. A big splash by Jay Briscoe on Elgin gets a two count as the show goes to commercial.
Back from commercial and the Briscoes are still in control. Elgin is able to hit a huge splash to make the much-needed tag to Strong, who enters the match and slugs it out with Mark Briscoe. A double team move behind Todd Sinclair’s back gives the House of Truth the advantage. Strong hits the gutbuster and Elgin hits a lariat and Mark Briscoe is able to kick out at two. Mark Briscoe is able to escape from the House of Truth and tags in Jay Briscoe who cleans house. A frog splash elbow drop from Mark Briscoe almost puts Strong away, but Elgin makes the save. All four men slug it out in the middle of the ring. Jay Briscoe gets sent to the outside and Martini threw some kind of powder into his eyes and blinding him. Jay Briscoe goes to the back, but comes back with a baseball bat and beats the tar out of the House of Truth and gets the Briscoes disqualified. Mark Briscoes takes the checks and leads a $5,000 chant as the show goes off the air.
Winners by DQ: House of Truth
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts:As expected, this was a fantastic match all the way up until the stupid ending. These are four of the best wrestlers on the roster, so there was no doubt that it was going to be a very good match. The ending left a horrible taste in my mouth. It just came across as really weird. I’m not too sure how else to describe it. I just didn’t like it at all. It seems like Ring of Honor has been having a lot of unclean finished on the television show lately.
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