The show opens with a recap of last week when Kevin Steen was kicked out of SCUM.
Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show as SCUM is in the ring. Steve Corino puts out a challenge to Nigel McGuinness for three of ROH’s best to face Rhett Titus, Jimmy Jacobs and Cliff Compton. The request is quickly met.
Rhett Titus, Jimmy Jacobs and Cliff Compton vs Caprice Coleman, Cedric Alexander and BJ Whitmer
The match, of course, starts off as a while brawl. SCUM gets the advantage as Jacobs hits a spear on Alexander. The members of SCUM work over Alexander. He fights back with a suplex on Jacobs, but Compton cuts him off before he can make the tag. SCUM continues to methodically pick Coleman apart. Alexander is finally able to escape from Titus and tags in Whitmer. Whitmer hits a powerslam and almost gets a three count but Jacobs breaks up the pin. Whitmer sends Compton and Jacobs to the outside, which allows Alexander and Coleman to fly over the top to take them out. This distracts referee Todd Sinclair, which gives Corino the opportunity to hand Titus a chain, I think. He hits Whiter with it to pick up the pin. After the match, SCUM beats down Whitmer until Jay Lethal and Michael Elgin make the save.
Winners by Pinfall: SCUM
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This match was boring for the most part. Sure, SCUM methodically picking apart Alexander makes sense, but it doesn’t make for the most exciting wrestling. Once the hot tag was made the match really picked up. The ending was strange, too, and really fell flat. It wasn’t the best way to start the show.
Jay Lethal vs Rhett Titus
Apparently Lethal challenged Titus to a match during the commercial break and Titus accepted. We join in progress as Lethal dropkicks Titus to the floor, and then hits a series of three suicide dives. They brawl around the outside for a bit and Titus sends Lethal face-first into the apron. Back in the ring, Titus pulls Lethal down by his cornrows as the New York fans try to start annoying chants. Lethal fights back and they trade punches. Lethal gets the best of the exchange and goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick. He plants Titus with a Death Valley Driver. He goes for the Lethal Injection, but Titus counters it with a dropkick. Titus connects with a big boot and lariat for a two count. Lethal is able to fight back with a superkick and follows it up with the Lethal Injection to pick up the pin. Kevin Kelly and Lethal both say this is the first time ROH defeated SCUM, but didn’t Jay Briscoe defeat Kevin Steen for the ROH World Title?
Winner by Pinfall: Jay Lethal
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This match got off to a weird start with Lethal challenging Titus to a match during commercial. But other than that, it was a fairly entertaining match and the best Titus match in recent memory. It did a fine job of continuing the ROH vs SCUM feud and building to “Border Wars.”
It’s now time for Inside ROH. Kelly runs down the “Border Wars” card. Steen will be at “Border Wars.” Michael Elgin talks about his match on next week’s show against Karl Anderson. He says he has the reputation of being the baddest man in ROH. He says nothing will get in his way of getting his ROH World Title shot. redDRagon talk about next week’s match of Kyle O’Reilly vs Davey Richards. They say it won’t end well for Richards.
We see a recap of Steen winning the belt at last year’s “Border Wars.”
Nigel McGuiness is in the ring and introduces Adam Cole and ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe for a contract signing for the main event of “Border Wars.” Cole signs the contract first and Briscoe follows suit. The main event title match is now official. They shake hands, but Corino interrupts them. He has Matt Hardy and Rhino with him. He says Briscoe shouldn’t be defending the belt against Cole, but the man who will be the next ROH World Champion: Matt Hardy. He proposes the main event be changed to Cole and Briscoe vs Hardy and Rhino, but Briscoe would rather do it now. McGuinness makes it official.
ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe and Adam Cole vs Matt Hardy and Rhino
Cole and Hardy start the match off for their respective teams. Rhino distracts Cole, which gives Hardy the momentary advantage. Cole fires back with a neckbreaker for a two count and Hardy retreats to tag in Rhino. Cole tries going to the second rope, but Hardy grabs his foot, which allows Rhino to pull him off to give SCUM the advantage as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break, and Hardy plants Cole with a slam after he catches a crossbody attempt. A powerbomb gets a two count for Hardy. Cole uses his speed to evade Rhino and tags in Briscoe. He delivers a series of jabs and a DDT gets a nearfall. Rhino catches the champion in a belly-to-belly and goes for the Gore, but Briscoe gets the boot up. He connects with a big boot to put Rhino down and Cole blind tags himself in. Cole tries to superkick Hardy, but Hardy ducks and Cole connects with Briscoe. Rhino then tries to Gore Cole, but he sidesteps the attempt and Rhino Gores Briscoe. Cole then rolls up Rhino to pick up the pin.
Winners by Pinfall: Adam Cole and Jay Briscoe
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This match was a lot of fun and a very good way build to “Border Wars.” It featured good action in the first half of the match, and then did a great job of building tension between Cole and Briscoe throughout the ending of it. Cole’s heel turn has been teased, but it hasn’t fully happened yet. Him accidentally hitting Briscoe with the superkick and then being the reason Briscoe got Gored was a nice way to continue the slow build. It created the much-needed tension between the two competitors in the ROH World Title match at “Border Wars” and featured good wrestling. I liked this match, if it wasn’t obvious already.