Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the Du Burns Arena and hypes the tag team gauntlet main event.
Top Prospects Tournament
Antonio Thomas vs. Tadarius Thomas
Antonio starts with a cheap shot to Tadarius after the Code of Honor handshake. A belly-to-back suplex gets an early two count for Antonio. A bridging fisherman suplex gets another two count for Antonio and he has been in control the entire match. Tadarius locks in a triangle choke assisted by the top rope and delivers a huge kick to Antonio’s head and they’re both down. Tadarius goes to the top but Antonio cuts him off. Antonio climbs to the top, but Tadarius hits a swinging neckbreaker. They slug it out in the middle of the ring and Tadarius drops Antonio with a back kick and it’s enough for him to pick up the pinfall to advance to the next round.
Winner by Pinfall: Tadarius Thomas
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This match didn’t do much for me. It wasn’t bad, but it was kind of bland. Antonio Thomas didn’t do much to impress, but Tadarius Thomas did get to show off some of his flashy offense. This was the the weakest match of the tournament so far.
Mike Mondo joins Kevin Kelly and Caleb Seltzer at commentary and says he hates Roderick Strong.
We get a video package on Grizzly Redwood. We get to see Redwood beating QT Marshall in the “Final Battle 2012” pre-show.
Grizzly Redwood vs. Roderick Strong
Strong gets on the mic right after the bell rings and says Redwood is always going to come up short. Redwood tries to fight against Strong, but Strong quickly turns the tides in his favor. Redwood locks in an abdominal stretch and turns it into a pinning combination for a two count. Strong sends him to the apron and his a double underhook backbreaker using the ropes. It was a pretty cool move. Redwood hits a seated senton, but Strong responds with a powerslam. Redwood gets a series of near falls and gets a two count following a spinning DDT. Strong launches him into the corner and hits the gutbuster, but Redwood kicks out at two. Strong locks in the Strong Hold and Redwood has no choice but to tap out.
Strong refuses to let go of the hold until Michael Elgin hits the ring and run him off.
Winner by Submission: Roderick Strong
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This match was surprisingly competitive. They let Redwood look like he could hang with Strong with short comebacks, but in the end Strong was too much for him to overcome. Mike Mondo was almost unbearable on commentary and kind of distracted from the match at times. Overall, though, this was a lot more fun than I expected it to be.
Michael Elgin vs. Mike Bennett w/ Maria and Brutal Bob
Elgin immediately goes after Brutal Bob who was standing on the apron, and that allowed Bennett to take advantage with a sneak attack. Elgin gets a quick two count following a powerslam. A huge backdrop from Elgin sends Bennett to the floor. Elgin dives off the apron and takes Bennett out with a shoulder block. Bennett fights out of a powerslam attempt and slams Elgin spine-first into the ring apron. Elgin responds with several clotheslines and a powerslam. Bennett hits the TKO, but Elgin kicks out at two! Bennett tries he cradle piledriver, but Elgin escapes. Elgin hits a death valley driver into the corner and gets a two count.Elgin tries to suplerplex Bennett, but Maria stops him. Elgin grabs Maria for a superplex. which allows the opportunity to hit the Box Office Smash from the top rope, but Elgin once again kicks out! Elgin answers back with the spinning sit out powerbomb to pick up the pinfall victory!
Winner by Pinfall: Michael Elgin
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a pretty good match that packed in a lot of action in the short amount of time they had. Elgin looked like a monster by kicking out of Bennett’s moves, and Bennett looked good in being able to hang with Elgin. I just wish they had a way to capitalize on Bennett’s win over Jerry Lynn at “Final Battle.” I still really enjoyed this match, though.
It’s now time for Inside ROH. The Jay Lethal saga since “Final Battle 2012” involving Nigel McGuinness and Kevin Steen is recapped. Jay Lethal will get his title opportunity at the “11th Anniversary” show. BJ Whitmer says he will be in the ring until he cannot walk and his story is far from over.
Tag Team Gauntlet
The winners of the gauntlet get a tag team titles match against the Briscoes.
The first two teams in the gauntlet are The American Wolves and The Bravado Brothers. Charlie Haas joins the commentary team. A diving headbutt by Davey Richards gets a two count on Harlem. Richards locks Lancelot into the modified cloverleaf and Edwards pulls back on Richards to add more torque. Harlem sends Edwards shoulder-first into the corner, but Richards is able to fight off both Bravados. Richards locks in the ankle lock on Harlem and Edwards has the Achilles Lock on Lancelot. The Bravados turn it into pinning attempts, but Richards locks the ankle lock back on and Harlem taps out.
The Bravado Brothers Have Been Eliminated
The next team is Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs. The American Wolves hit stereo suicide dive on Corino and Jacobs. Richards tries to kick Corino from the apron, but gets caught by a spear from Jacobs. Cornio hits a low blow on Edwards, but Edwards turns a lariat attempt into a rollup to pick up the win.
Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs Have Been Eliminated
Jacobs and Corino beat down the American Wolves after being eliminated and Corino hits them with the ring bell.
Team Am-Fishin’ are the final team to enter as the show goes to commercial. Back from break and Team Am-Fishin’ are in full control. Edwards is able to fight back and tags in Richards who destroys O’Reilly and Fish with kicks in the corner. The American Wolves both hits double stomps on O’Reilly, but he kicks out at two. Fish and O’Reilly hit the kick to the head and brainbuster combination on Edwards to pick up the three count to become the next challenge to the Briscoes’ titles.
Winners by Pinfall: Team Am-Fishin’
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: I’m not really a big fan of gauntlet matches. They’re just a series of short matches that aren’t given enough time to be fleshed out. I did think this one was ok for a gauntlet match, though. The American Wolves are always great to watch, and I was happy to see the Bravados make an appearance. Team Am-Fishin’ getting the win was the right choice as it gives them bragging rights over the Wolves without hurting Richards and Edwards at all. Team Am-Fishin’ and the Briscoes should put together a great match. This was a decent main event to an up-and-down show.