The show opens up with a recap of last week’s Proving Ground match between the team of Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander and the Briscoes.
The Embassy makes its way to the ring as Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show.
Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Embassy vs Matt Taven
Ciampa immediately hits a full Nelson suplex as Taven flipped his way into the ring. Ciampa went for the running knee strike, but Taven escaped to the apron. Ciampa gets sent to the floor, and Taven flies over the top to take him out. Jay Lethal comes to ringside to watch the match. Ciampa hits an Air Raid Siren on the floor, and Ciampa and Lethal have a stare down. Taven reversed a suplex attempt on the exposed floor into a suplex of his own. They both slowly make their way back into the ring and slug it out from their knees. A flurry of offense gets a two count for Taven. Taven hits a rope-assisted swinging neckbreaker, and almost gets the three count before Ciampa grabs the rope. Taven goes to the top, but is distracted by Nana. Taven fights off Ciampa and hits a frog splash and gets another close two count. A jumping knee strike gets a two count for Ciampa. Taven gets tied in the Tree of Woe, and Ciampa hits the running knee strike in the corner several times before hitting the Project Ciampa for the three count.
Winner by Pinfall: Tommaso Ciampa
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was by far Ciampa’s most competitive match on Ring of Honor television to date, and it was a very good match. He proved that he can have good matches when given time. This was a fine way to start the show. Taven once again impressed me in this match. I’m happy he is getting more opportunities, and I hope he gets a contract if he keeps performing like this. It was a good match that made Ciampa look good going into “Border Wars.”
Veda Scott is in the back with TJ Perkins. Perkins said he’s already beaten Mondo once, and he can do it again. The Young Bucks interrupt him and mock him. Perkins said next time they interrupt him he’ll put their teeth through the back of their head.
Mike Mondo vs TJ Perkins
Perkins hits a neckbreaker after a quick feeling out process. A headscissors sends Mondo to the floor. Mondo crawls under the ring and attacks Perkins from behind to gain the advantage in the match. Mondo throws Perkins into the barricade, and gets a two count back in the ring. Mondo has been focusing his attack on the head and face of Perkins. TJP fights back with a series of strikes. A couple of springboard dropkicks gets a nearfall for Perkins. The Young Bucks make their way to ringside. Mondo gets sent to the outside along with the Bucks, and Perkins hits a tope suicida to take them out. Another distraction by the Young Bucks allows Mondo to hit a double armed DDT to pick up the win.
Mondo and the Young Bucks beat down Perkins after the match until the All Night Express make the save.
Winner by Pinfall: Mike Mondo
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was another solid match on the show. The second match is usually a squash match when Ring of Honor runs a three match format, but that was far from the case here. It was a good competitive match that made both wrestlers look good. Mondo has really impressed me lately and Perkins is always good. I could have lived without the Young Bucks interference, but it was established before the match and helped set up a match for “Border Wars.” Overall, I enjoyed this match.
It’s now time for this week’s Inside ROH. Haas and Benjamin say they don’t need honor, but they do need their belts. The Briscoes say Haas and Benjamin crossed the line, and in Toronto they’re going to cross the line. The House of Truth members each talk about their respective matches. Eddie Edwards says there is nothing Rhino can do to stop him. Mike Bennett says Lance Storm’s Ring of Honor career is going to come to an end in Toronto.
Veda Scott is in the locker room with Kyle O’Reilly. O’Reilly says he’s going to expose Steen for the fraud that he is.
Kyle O’Reilly vs Kevin Steen w/ Jimmy Jacobs
Steve Corino joins Kelly and McGuinness on commentary. Steen escapes to the outside after a series of kicks from O’Reilly. Steen catches a kick on the outside, and throws O’Reilly’s leg into the ring post. He follows it up with a powerbomb onto the apron.
Back from commercial, and Steen is still in control. O’Reilly is unable to put any weight on his leg. Steen charges are O’Reilly, but he ducks out of the way. O’Reilly hits the missile dropkick from the apron to the floor. O’Reilly goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick. Steen hits an elevated DDT and follows it up with a cannonball for a two count. O’Reilly locks in an armbar out of nowhere, but Steen is able to reach the ropes. Steen hits a powerbomb that knocks O’Reilly mouthpiece out. Steen puts O’Reilly’s mouthpiece in and locks in an ankle lock. O’Reilly fights out of the ankle lock with an enziguri. Jacobs distracts O’Reilly for just long enough for Seen to connect with the F5 to pick up the win.
After the match, Jacobs and Steen continue to beat down O’Reilly, and Davey Richards come down to fight them off. Richards locks in an ankle lock on Steen, but Jacobs breaks it up with a low blow. Steen hits Richards across the back with a tennis racket until security comes down to break it up.
Richards says if Steen wants the Wolf, then he’s got the Wolf. The hunt is coming for Steen.
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Steen
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was yet another good match on this show. This match made Steen look great going into his title match at “Border Wars.” He was able to defeat Richards’ training partner, so the next logical step is to face Richards. I really liked this match. The post-match segment was good, too, as it really built up more heat for the title match at “Border Wars.” This was just all really well done.
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