ROH on SBG: 5/4/13 Report

Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show and introduces Prince Nana as his broadcast partner. This is going to rule.

Karl Anderson vs Michael Elgin

Elgin finally gets the advantage using a side suplex after neither man could get the upper hand early in the match. Elgin holds Anderson up in a vertical suplex as the fans count up to 30. Elgin runs the ropes but Anderson is able to take him out with a dropkick to Elgin’s knee. The action spills to the outside and Anderson drapes Elgin’s leg over the barricade and kicks him on the inside of the leg. Anderson continues to work over the leg as the show goes to commercial.

Back from the break and Anderson cuts off an Elgin comeback attempt with a leg lariat. Anderson unloads with a series of European uppercuts as the New York crowd was again gets super annoying. Elgin sidesteps a charge attempt in the corner and deadlift German suplexes Anderson into the turnbuckles. The two trade forearms with Elgin getting the better end of the deal with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Elgins connects with another deadlift German suplex for a nearfall. Anderson rolls to the apron. Elgin tries for the deadlift superplex but Anderson fights out of it and hits an enziguri. He connects with a diving neckbreaker for a two count. Elgin responds with an air raid siren and a corkscrew senton for another two count. They exchange counters until Elgin goes for a powerbumb but Anderson counters with a sick looking tombstone for a two count. Elgin counters ace crusher attempt into a small package. Anderson quickly responds with a successful ace crusher to pick up the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Karl Anderson’s Thoughts: This match started off slow, but it picked up nicely in the closing stretch.  It was a little annoying that the leg work didn’t go anywhere, but the match featured good back and forth action in the closing minutes. I once again came away impressed by Anderson, but I have to question him going over Roderick Strong and Elgin. He defeated two of the company’s top wrestlers, so unless he makes more regular appearances, it was a waste to not have the Ring of Honor wrestlers go over him.

Daviene vs MsChif

It’s now time for our monthly Women of Honor match. This is Daviene’s ROH debut and Nana seems to like what he sees. A short-armed lariat easily gives MsChif control of the match. She stomps on Daviene in the corner, but Veda Scott enters the ring and starts brawling with MsChif. Referees come to the ring to try breaking the fight up.

No Contest’s Thoughts: This was more of a segment than a match. Even though I’m not a huge fan of women’s wrestling, it’s nice to see the Women of Honor get a story. And more Veda Scott is fine with me!

It’s now time for Inside ROH. BJ Whitmer talks about his upcoming title shot and everything he’s gone through to get back to where he is now.

Prince Nana gets a phone call at ringside and sings “We’re in the Money” before running from ringside.

Kyle O’Reilly w/Bobby Fish vs Davey Richards w/ Eddie Edwards

O’Reilly retreats to the outside as Richards enters the ring. Richards immediately jumps to the apron and connects with a running kick to O’Reilly’s chest. Richards beats him up around ringside before chasing him back into the ring. He focuses his early attack on O’Reilly’s shoulders. O’Reilly connects with a devastating looking knee to Richards’ head and goes for a pin after a side suplex, but Richards reaches the ropes. Richards attempts a move off the top rope, but O’Reilly catches him in a triangle choke. Richards ducks O’Reilly and sends him to the floor. The American Wolf quickly seizes the opportunity with a suicide dive. Richards unleashes a series of kicks on him former protege in the corner. O’Reilly counters the alarm clock into a nice variation of a side suplex as the show goes to break.

Back from commercial and Richards is fighting back. He locks in an armbar, but O’Reilly quickly counters it into an ankle lock. O’Reilly hits a torado DDT, but Richards answers back with a Falcon Arrow that he transitions into an armbar. The two fight for position on the top rope and Richards hits a rolling powerbomb. He follows it up with a running kick and a double stomp. Richards injured knee slows him down, which allows O’Reilly to lock in the ankle lock. O’Reilly transitions it into a sharpshooter, but Richards reaches the ropes. They roll to the apron and exchange kicks. Richards catches O’Reilly and plants him shoulder-first on the apron. O’Reilly cuts off a suicide dive attempt and hits what looked like brainbuster from the ring to the floor! That was insane! He pins him back in the ring, but Richards kicks out! O’Reilly tries to superplex Richards to the outside, but Richards counters it into a top rope-assisted arm bar. O’Reilly rolls onto the ringside table and Richards destroys him with a top rope double stomp! O’Reilly makes it back in at the count of 19. O’Reilly spits in Richards face and almost gets his head kicked off as a result. Richards locks on the armbar and O’Reilly has no choice but to tap.

Winner by Submission: Davey Richards’s Thoughts: This match was every bit as good as I expected to it be. Richards and O’Reilly complement each other so well and it made for a great match. There were a lot of awesome counters and transitions between submission attempts. The move from the apron to the floor by O’Reilly was terrifying. I’m not sure if it was a botch or what, but it was one of the scariest things I’ve seen in a while. Overall this was a fantastic match and a great way to end the show.

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.