ROH on SBG : 2/25 Report‏

We are now under a week away from Ring of Honor’s “10th Anniversary Show” with what may be the biggest episode of the television program so far. The main event features ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal challenging Davey Richards for the ROH World Title.

Let’s get to it.

The show opens up with a recap of last week’s episode and the main event between Mark Briscoe and Charlie Haas.

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show.

The Young Bucks say they’re using Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander as stepping stones to the Briscoes.  Coleman and Alexander say beating the Young Bucks is exactly what they need.

Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander vs The Young Bucks

Alexander and Matt Jackson start the match for their respective teams. A quick headscissors gives Coleman and Alexander the advantage. A nice series of reversals and counters gives the Young Bucks the upper hand after Nick Jackson dives outside onto Coleman. This match is going to be almost impossible to do recap of that will make much sense since both teams are flying all over the place. A huge dropkick and spin kick by Coleman allows his team to begin a comeback. The teams are flying everywhere. It’s impossible to keep up with, but Coleman and Alexander are looking impressive. A huge splash by Coleman gets a two count. Coleman plants one of the Bucks headfirst into the mat after a super kick from Alexander. The Bucks connect with a super kick of their own before hitting More Bang for Your Buck to pick up the win.

Winner by Pinfall: The Young Bucks’s Thoughts:That was a ton of fun and a fantastic way to start the show. The action was furious and high-flying almost from bell to bell. The Young Bucks are always great, and this is the second straight time Coleman and Alexander have impressed me. They seem to be finding their footing in Ring of Honor and I can wait to see what’s in store for them in the future. Still, this was a very fun match. Kevin Kelly says they could just replay the whole match when he asks for a replay, and I agree. I really loved that match.

Veda Scott is backstage with the Embassy, Ltd. Tommaso Ciampa says on March 4 he will defeat Jay Lethal for whatever championship Lethal is holding, whether it is the TV Title or World Title.
Kevin Kelly introduces the Briscoe for an in ring interview. Jay Briscoe says the Briscoes are going to make the Young Bucks their personal bitches. Jay Briscoe says they had a lot of plans with the $5,000 they were supposed to get from Truth Martini. He says their match with Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team isn’t about the titles, but someone is leaving in a body bag.

It’s time to go Inside ROH. They show a recap of Kevin Steen and Jimmy Jacobs from last week. Jacobs says he thought Steen wanted redemption, but he jumped them. He said he learned sometimes evil wins. Jacobs says he still knows how to be evil. Steen says he hopes Jacobs realizes what he used to be during their match.  The All Night Express return at the “10th Anniversary Show” when they wrestle Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. ANX say they’re going to prove they’re better than they’ve ever been. Next week, Eddie Edwards will wrestle Roderick Strong to determine who challenges for the ROH World Title March 30. Strong says he can flatten Edwards in a second.

Veda Scott is backstage with Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole. Edwards asks if Davey Richards is focused on Lethal for the title match. Adam Cole says he wouldn’t be the distraction Kyle O’Reilly has.

ROH World Title
ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal vs ROH World Champion Davey Richards

The two go through the feeling out process early on as neither can get much of an advantage. They go through a series of pinning combinations before Richards is able to avoid a kick by Lethal. This match has been pretty slow thus far. Richards hits a dropkick and locks in an Indian Deathlock, but Lethal reaches the ropes. A tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and Russian leg sweep gives Lethal the chance to lock in a submission, but Richards reverses it into a submission of his own. Lethal reaches the rope to force the break. A leg lariat gets a two count for Lethal as Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to ringside and takes a seat.

Back from commercial, and Lethal gets sent to the outside. Richards runs along the apron and kicks Lethal across the chest. A suicide dive by Richards puts both men down on the outside. Kyle O’Reilly enters ringside to make sure Ciampa doesn’t get involved. This distraction gives Lethal the chance to take the upper hand in the match. Lethal Combination gets a two count. Now the House of Truth enters the ringside area. Lethal goes to the top, but Richards stops him and hits a superplex and then turns it into an armbar. Once again, Lethal is able to reach the ropes.

Now Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole make their way to ringside. Richards kicks away at the injured arm of Lethal, but Lethal fights back. Lethal blocks the alarm clock kick, but Richards counter it into an armbar. Lethal rolls through into a pin attempt and gets a two count. They exchange shots and a clothesline by Richards puts both men down. Richards goes up top, but stops and stares at Eddie Edwards. There is a brawl at ringside as Lethal takes Richards down hits the elbow drop for a very close near fall. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection, but as he bounces off the ropes, Michael Elgin throws Cole into him, which gives Richards the opportunity to connect with a kick to the head and pick up the pinfall to retain his title.

Winner and STILL ROH World Champion: Davey Richards’s Thoughts: Davey Richards is much more tolerable when he’s toned down, and that was the case for much of this match. When he’s wrestling someone with a style that’s different from him, he usually tones it down, and that was the case here. This is the most I’ve enjoyed a Richards match in a long time. It was a different type of match than what most people would expect. It was slow and methodical for most of the match, but it picked up some toward the end. The ending killed it, though. It was going fine, but the ending of the match left a sour taste in my mouth.

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Jon Shumake

Jon has been with ROHWorld since March 2011. The American Bearded Nightmare is one half of 'Team America' on ROHCast, which is available every week on ROHWorld, iTunes and Stitcher.