We kick off this week’s show with a look back at last week’s main event match between Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards. We see the controversy after both men scored a pinfall and the subsequent announcement from Jim Cornette that on Day One of ‘Showdown in the Sun’, Davey Richards will defend the ROH World Title against both men in a triple threat match.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are in the ring and they pass it over to Jim Cornette as he explains the Blind Destiny challenge. He says the three men in the World title match on Day One will have singles matches on Day Two with the champion defending his belt. Strong will face either Jay Lethal or Kenny King, Richards will take on Michael Elgin or Kyle O’Reilly and Edwards will go up against Kevin Steen or Adam Cole. All three qualifying matches will happen tonight.
We hear from Kenny King and Jay Lethal. Lethal says that if anybody deserves a shot at the World title then it’s him. King says Lethal has been hot like fire since returning to ROH but it’s his destiny to hold the World title. Lethal says he needs to get back in the title picture and tells Roderick Strong that if he wins on Day One, he’ll hold the belt for one day only.
Kenny King w/Rhett Titus vs. Jay Lethal
King gets the early advantage as Roderick Strong and Truth Martini comes down to ringside to see who he’ll face. Springboard legdrop gets King just a one count. Lethal back into it and a dropkick to the back of King’s head gets him two. Lethal goes to the top but King hits a jumping kick to cut him off. Lethal goes a springboard move but King again cuts him off with a dropkick and then a spinebuster gets him two. King takes too long and Lethal sends him to the outside with a dropkick off the apron. Lethal Combination gets Lethal two before King gets two after an O’Connor roll before Lethal quickly gets out of it and pins King with a bridge for the three.
Winner by pinfall: Jay Lethal
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: Good start to the episode and the Blind Destiny tournament. I’d love to see a longer match between these two but they managed to cram lots of action in to this one – a great start with a very competitive match.
We now hear from Adam Cole who talks about his rapid rise in ROH, Kevin Steen says he’ll have to rebuild his career after he beats him up tonight. Steen says he’s all about winning the World title and he’s sorry to Cole for what he’ll do to him.
Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen
Cole refuses to shake Steen’s hand and then a right hand knocks him to the outside before he hits a nice suicide dive. Steen fights back and launches Cole right into the steel ring post. Back in the ring and a moonsault gets Steen two. Cole comes back with a DDT off the top rope before an enziguri and a flying knee gets him a two count. Steen hits a DDT with Cole hanging on the second rope and the hits the cannonball in the corner. Cole blocks an F-5 and then hits a superkick to the back of the head and a backcracker for another near fall. Another two superkicks to Steen but he won’t stay down and Cole then runs into a powerbomb. Steen hits a massive lariat and then hits the F-5 for the win. Steen was going to go for the package piledriver after the match but Eddie Edwards made the save.
Winner by pinfall: Kevin Steen
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: I liked how this match really put over Steen without hurting Cole. Cole got a lot of offense in but Steen just wouldn’t stay down – showing his crazy strength and durability. This was another good match packed with action and Cole continues to impress with his unique offense.
Now on to this week’s ‘Inside Ring of Honor‘ where Kevin Kelly talks about the ‘Showdown in the Sun’ weekend. We hear from Roderick Strong who says he beat Eddie Edwards last week and he should be the only one getting a title shot. Edwards says the triple threat match wasn’t needed and that Cornette should have just re-started the match. Strong continues that Eddie can’t beat Davey, but he can but the triple threat match will make it harder and it sucks.
We hear from Mike Bennett who says he didn’t know he was so popular with old people like Lance Storm. He says he’ll beat him so quickly that he’ll still be able to go and get the Early Bird special. We will hear from Storm next week.
We see a brief rundown of the Briscoes and WGTT feud and how the Briscoes won the belts and the subsequent fines for WGTT after they used chairs on the Briscoes. The Briscoes say that they demanded the match in Florida and Jay says that he promises somebody will have to be carried out of there when they’re done.
Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Davey Richards joins Kelly and McGuinness on commentary – he says whoever wins will pose him with a challenge. Kyle O’Reilly says that if he faces Davey for the title, he won’t act like Eddie Edwards did – he will fight with honor. Truth Martini says that’s not going to happen as Strong tells Elgin to take out O’Reilly just in case something goes wrong in the triple threat match for the title in Miami.
The two men exchange strikes to begin with, with neither man gaining a real advantage. Elgin hits a variety of kicks before Strong gets on the apron which gives Elgin the advantage after a German suplex. Elgin reverses a guillotine choke into a backbreaker for a near fall. Elgin tries to cut off O’Reilly on the top rope but he blocks it and hits a massive back superplex but Elgin manages to just kick out! Elgin on the apron and misses O’Reilly who hits another back suplex from the apron to the outside before hitting the running dropkick off the apron.
O’Reilly goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick for two. O’Reilly manages to hit a great tornado DDT on Elgin and immediately transitions to a guillotine choke. Elgin manages to pick him up though and slams him down for a two count. O’Reilly manages to hit the Regalplex for two and then locks in the guillotine choke before Strong gets on the apron again. Elgin uses the distraction to hit the buckle bomb before the spinning sit-out powerbomb gets him the win. Davey comes down to brawl briefly with Strong before the House of Truth escape to the back.
Winner by pinfall: Michael Elgin
That means that on Day Two of ‘Showdown in the Sun’ we will see Davey Richards take on Michal Elgin, Roderick Strong face Jay Lethal and Eddie Edwards go up against Kevin Steen.
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: This match kept getting better and better as it went on and was a worthy main event. I liked Davey on commentary and it seemed to give some extra important to the match. Elgin was made to look like a monster again and his strength is just scary. Good showing from O’Reilly too and it was an enjoyable match to end a very, very good episode.