Ring of Honor returns with another week of television and the show features a big main event. Mike Bennett is scheduled to challenge Jay Lethal for the ROH World Television Championship in a match that has no time limit. Kevin Steen will also be interviewed in a Ring of Honor ring for the first time since being reinstated.
Let’s get to it.
The show opens up with a recap of the ROH World Television Championship match from “Final Battle 2011” in December.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show. They hype the main event between Bennett and Lethal.
Mike Bennett is backstage with Maria Kanellis and says he’s walking away with the TV Title.
ROH World TV Title Match
Mike Bennett with Maria Kanellis and Brutal Bob vs ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal
I have to start out by saying that Maria is just flat out gorgeous. She needs to be on every ROH show. Kelly says both men are 25, although the graphic says they’re 26. Bennett immediately flees to the outside when the bell sounds. Bennett tries to escape to the outside once again after an exchange with Lethal, but Lethal follows him to the outside and gains the advantage in the match. A hurricarana by Lethal sends both men to the floor. Bennett uses Brutal Bob and Maria as human shields, which he uses to his advantage to gain control in the match as the show goes to commercial.
Back from commercial and Lethal connects with a kick that sends Bennett to the outside. Lethal follows it up with a suicide dive, but Bennett moved out of the way and Bennett went straight into the barrier. Lethal gets back into the ring at a count of 17. Bennett locks in a sleeper as the crowd begins to rally behind Lethal. They slug it out in the middle of the ring and Lethal gets the best of it. A springboard missile dropkick gets a two count for the champion. Bennett counters the Lethal Injection into a neckbreaker for a two count. Brutal Bob distracts the referee as Maria pushes Bennett onto Lethal. Lethal is able to roll Bennett up to get the pinfall to retain his title.
Winner and STILL ROH World TV Champion: Jay Lethal
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was an excellent match with a poor ending. Bennett used the no time limit aspect of the match to slow it down to work his match, while Lethal was trying to work a more up tempo match. It resulted in a very good match, and one of the best opening matches in the show’s history. The ending left me with a bad taste in my mouth as it wasn’t clear that either Lethal or Bennett were injured enough for Maria to push Bennett onto Lethal. It just came across rather awkwardly. It was still a very good match all things considered. I just can’t help but wonder where this loss leaves Bennett.
Veda Scott is in the back with Eddie Edwards. Edwards says he applauded Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly last week because O’Reilly may finally get what he wants, which is to be with Richards. O’Reilly barges in and says he told Richards the truth and that he’s a better friend than Edwards. He challenges Edwards to a match. This is like some kind of really weird love triangle.
It’s now time for the live TV debut of Kevin Steen. They show a recap of Steen at “Final Battle 2011.”
Kevin Kelly introduces Steen for the interview. Steen says he’s waited for this moment for one year and he tells Kelly to get out of the ring. He says he’s been asking himself what promotion keeps their top guy out for a year. He says he was kept away for a year because he would’ve suck up to Jim Cornette like Davey Richards does. He says there’s been a lot of talk of the world ending this year, and he plans on facing the end of the year as ROH World Champion. Steen says he’s going to hold the company hostage. Cornette comes to the ring along with Cary Silkin and a group of security. Cornette says he has an announcement. Cornette says the piledriver in any form is banned in Ring of Honor. Steen says Cornette can ban his finishing move, but Cornette can’t ban him.
It’s now time for Inside Ring of Honor. Truth Martini blames the Briscoes for the loss in the epic eight-man tag match. The Briscoes says it’s the House of Truth’s fault. Next week the Briscoes will take on the House of Truth with a $5,000 side bet. In three weeks ROH World Champion Davey Richards will defend his belt against ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal. Richards says he’s the best wrestler in the world. The All Night Express say it all came crashing down at “Final Battle.” Titus says the doctors said he’d be out for four months, but he says he’ll only be out for half that. They have their sights set on the Young Bucks.
Veda Scott is in the back with the Young Bucks. They say on March 4 the titles are going home with them.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs The Bravados
Before the match, Charlie Haas says they aren’t going to wrestle the Bravados. Shelton Benjamin says all they did at “Final Battle” was defend themselves. Benjamin says they are holding the show hostage until the Briscoes give them their rematch. Jim Cornette says they don’t have time for that. This leads to commercial.
Back from commercial and there has still been no resolution. Finally, the Briscoes make their way to the ring.
ROH World Tag Team Titles
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe
The match starts off as a wild brawl and Jim Cornette is on commentary. After about a minute, it’s Haas and Jay Briscoe in the ring. A cheap shot from the apron by Benjamin gives the challengers the advantage. Benjamin throws Jay Briscoe into the ring post. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team is just wearing Jay Briscoe down. Jay Briscoe fights back and is able to tag his brother in. Mark Briscoe enters the match and dominates with the redneck kung fu. Benjamin hits Mark Briscoe with a chair and Paul Sinclair calls for the bell and Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team are disqualified.
Winners by DQ and STILL ROH World Tag Team Champions: The Briscoes
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: As a match, this really wasn’t much. It really wasn’t more than a run of the mill tag match you can see any Monday night, if you know what I mean. It wasn’t meant to be an epic rematch, but instead just another chapter in the Briscoes and Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team feud, and for that it was fine. Overall, it was a decent segment, which was made better by Jim Cornette’s screaming in the background.
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