We kick off this week’s show with a look back at last week’s main event match between Roderick Strong and Jay Lethal. We see the interference from Michael Elgin and how it caused Strong the match.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show and throw it over to Jim Cornette who is in the ring. He then welcomes all three participants of the triple threat at ‘Showdown in the Sun’ for the ROH World Title, to the ring.
Davey Richards says it’ll be the toughest match of his life and while he might not trust either Eddie or Roderick, you can’t doubt their accomplishments. Edwards gets on the mic and tells Davey he’s wrong and says how dare he liken him to that ‘prick’ Roderick Strong. Strong says he will make history and take back his title from the MMA wannabe. Strong continues that if he somehow doesn’t win on Night One, Michael Elgin will give up his shot on Night Two. Before Elgin can respond, Jay Lethal comes out to the ring.
Lethal somehow gets the crowd chanting ‘buttmunch’ and ‘fart head’ and then goes on to ask Cornette why he’s not involved in the match and from now on, he’s going to stop being the nice guy and take what he wants. That prompts Kevin Steen to come out and he says he’s supporting Edwards on Night One so he can challenge for the title on Night Two. He says if that doesn’t happen, he’ll find a way to get a title shot and when he finally wins the title, he’s going to be Cornette’s personal never-ending nightmare.
Before the first match, Charlie Haas says it felt good to hit both of the Briscoes with steel chairs. Shelton tells C&C that they’re going to get beaten tonight and that’s something they can put on their CVs. Caprice Coleman replies saying that they’re more than just a warm-up and that they’re fighting their way up from the bottom.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Shelton and Caprice go at it to begin with with Benjamin getting the upper hand while disrespecting his opponent. Haas and Alexander get tagged in and Cedric takes him out with a dropkick as Coleman knocks Shelton to the outside. C&C then hit stereo dives to the outside. Back in the ring and WGTT get back into it thanks to interference from Shelton. Alexander gets thrown to the outside and Haas drops him back first onto the guardrails. WGTT keep Cedric in their corner and wear him down with constant tags. Eventually, Alexander manages to hit an enziguri on Haas and tags in Caprice. He hits a jumping crossbody followed by a dropkick on both guys and a jumping leg lariat on Haas for two. Double superkick on Haas but Shelton breaks up the count. Shelton gets knocked to the outside as Caprice hits a hurricanrana off the top rope! Cedric goes to the top but Shelton cuts him off as WGTT hit a double team on Caprice. They set up for the Leap of Faith and with the referee distracted on the other side of the ring, the Briscoes come down and Jay hits Haas with a steel chair as Caprice gets the win. After the match, Shelton gets a mic and says in Florida, it’s going to be genocide against everybody called Briscoe.
Winners by pinfall: Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: This was a decent match and C&C are really coming into their own with consistently good performances. Hopefully the rematch at Showdown in the Sun is given enough time to be great. This also continued the WGTT/Briscoes storyline so it definitely accomplished what it set out to – a good start.
This week’s ‘Inside ROH’ we have a countdown to ‘Showdown in the Sun’. We go back to next week where it was revealed that Kevin Steen will take on El Generico on Night One. We then hear from Lance Storm who says he wants to open Mike Bennett’s eyes. He says nobody should disrespect the wrestling business and that ROH is a stepping stone for nobody. Bennett tells Storm to lighten up and that he’s jealous of him and that on March 30th, he’s going to lay him out. We go again to last week and see how the Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly match came about.
Back to the action and Jim Cornette tells us that on Night One, C&C Wrestle Factory will go up against WGTT. We see another run-down of how the March Mayhem tournament works and how Jay Lethal has already qualified for the Four Corner Survival final match.
Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin
Kyle O’Reilly joins us on commentary again as Cole makes a good start to the match with a dropkick in the corner for two. He then hits a hurricanrana that sends Elgin to the outside before hitting a suicide dive. Elgin blocks a clothesline and hits a German suplex which sees Cole’s head hit the top turnbuckle. Elgin goes on to manhandle Cole and hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Elgin locks in a submission but Cole fights back and hits a dropkick which sends Elgin to the apron. Cole then hits a slingshot DDT onto the apron on Elgin. Rollup from Cole gets him two before a sidewalk slam gets Elgin two. The two slug it out in the middle with Cole hitting a superkick followed by a huge lariat from Elgin. Cole fights off Elgin on the top and hits a sunset powerpomb before a splash off the top rope gets him two. Roderick Strong comes to the ring and grabs Cole’s boot, Elgin comes over to grab Cole but he ducks and Strong inadvertently kicks Elgin in the head and Cole rolls Elgin up for the victory. Strong attacks Cole after the match and O’Reilly refuses to help him before Eddie Edwards makes the save.
Winner by pinfall: Adam Cole
ROHWorld.com’s thoughts: I must admit that I enjoyed O’Reilly on commentary. They’re giving him a chance to get his cocky heel persona over and he’s definitely taking that opportunity. This was a good match from two really impressive guys. The finish leads you to think that Elgin will be leaving the HoT soon and this was another match that produced the goods and also advanced storylines. A good end to a good show.