The show opens with a recap of last week’s main event where Eddie Edwards defeated Davey Richards. Edwards says he saw that Jacobs changed the outcome of the match, and that he is not accepting the victory. It’s been ruled a no contest.
Mike Bennett w/ Maria and Brutal Bob vs Adam Page
This is Page’s ROH TV debut. He’s apparently a tobacco farmer, and he looks the part. Page starts off hot with a series of chops and armdrags. Page goes for a tornado DDT, but Maria distracts him. Bennett connects with a dropkick and he punishes Page around the outside of the ring. Bennett locks in a chin lock, and Page fights his way out of it. Bennett goes for a double axe handle off the top, but it met by a dropkick from Page. A leg lariat gets two for Page. Bennett hits a spear, and Page kicks out at the last possible moment. Bennett hits the TKO, which is enough to put Page away for a pin.
Winner by Pinfall: Mike Bennett
After the match, Brutal Bob and Bennett beat down Page. Eddie Edwards makes the save. Bennett gets on the mic and tells Edwards he’s sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. He tells Edwards he can’t even beat Brutal Bob. Next week, it’s Edwards vs Brutal Bob one-on-one.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: Well, this match happened. It was anything horrible, but it was particularly good or memorable for any reason. Page looked decent, but wasn’t anything special at all. The best part (other than getting to see Maria and Nigel McGuinness’ awesome commentary) was Brutal Bob getting a match against Edwards. That should be a classic.
Kevin Steen makes his way to the ring with Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino, who is on the mic. Corino says Jim Cornette needs to take a second to listen to what his world champion has to say. Steen says next week it’s Steen and Jacobs vs Kyle O’Reilly and Davey Richards/ Steen says he waiting to hear whether or not the Package Piledriver is legal at “Best in the World 2012.” Steen says he wants a No DQ match for the Ring of Honor World Title. Steen says when he takes Richards out, Cornette is going to realize it’s not about who is the best in the world because it’s a hostage crisis.
Jay and Mark Briscoe vs Sam Shaw and QT Marshall
Two things before this match starts: The Briscoe have amazing facial hair, so Tommaso Ciampa should take note. And Shaw is a local independent wrestler, so it’s really cool to see him on here. Marshall and Mark Briscoe start the match off for their respective teams. Truth Martini almost immediately joins the commentary team. A big boot takes Marshall out, and Mark tags in his older brother. Mark Briscoe hits the second rope senton, which is one of my favorite moves. Shaw hits a blind kick to the back of Jay Briscoe, and Marshall gets a two count. Shaw gets tagged in and hits a side suplex for a two count. Shaw and Marshall hit a dropkick and suplex combination for a two count. Jay Briscoe finally gets the tag to his younger brother, and Mark Briscoe fights off his opponents with some Redneck Kung Fu. Mark Briscoe hits the froggy elbow and tries to make the pin, but Marshall broke up the pin. The Briscoes hit the Doomsday Device on Shaw to pick up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Briscoes
After the match, Martini gets on the microphone and tells the Briscoe that the challenge has been made for “Best in the World” for the Briscoes against the Guardians of Truth. He asks them if they accept, and Jay Briscoe says the Briscoes will whoop their ass in New York City.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This wasn’t much more than a showcase for the Briscoes. They were able to hit their big moves and look impressive before they accepted a challenge against Martini’s team. Shaw and Marshall hit some good moves and had a pretty good showing. I’m really intrigued about who the Guardians of Truth could be, and the more microphone time Martini gets the better in my book.
Veda Scott is in the back with Prince Nana and RD Evans. Evans says they advised Ciampa to pursue other ventures than the TV Title, but Ciampa is still challenging for it.
It’s now time for Inside ROH. Last week’s segment between Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team and the All Night Express is recapped. Finlay says he will find out what Michael Elgin is made of at “Best in the World.” Jay Lethal says he’s going to use Strong and Ciampa’s dislike of each other to his advantage to become the new ROH World TV Champion. Davey Richards says he wants revenge on Steen. He tells O’Reilly he needs to think about redemption because he’s become a whiner.
Veda Scott is backstage with Truth Martini and Roderick Strong. Strong says he was told he wouldn’t have to wrestle Tommaso Ciampa. Martini tells Strong that the “ixfay is in.”
ROH World TV Title Match
Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Embassy LTD
vs ROH World TV Champion Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini
The wrestlers do not follow the Code of Honor. The managers do follow the code, however. Ciampa takes the fight right to Strong, but Strong responds with an enziguri and a side suplex. Strong gets his leg tied in the ropes, and Ciampa kicks him in the leg and then hits a lariat for a two count as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break and Ciampa gets a nearfall on the champion. Ciampa goes for the running knee strike in the corner, but Strong is able to move. Strong fights back with a dropkick and atomic drop. He drops Ciampa right across the top turnbuckle from a suplex-like position. Strong hits a nice looking for a two count. Ciampa fights out of a Strong Hold attempt, and is able to hit the Kryptonite Crunch for a nearfall. Ciampa hits a German suplex out of a wheelbarrow position! That was insane! RD Evans distracts the referee as Prince Nana gets in the ring. Nana is met by a shot from Strong, but the distraction is enough for Ciampa to hit the Project Ciampa. Nana gets back in the ring and beats down Strong as Ciampa has him pinned, which forces referee Todd Sinclair to call for the bell and disqualify Ciampa.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: That ending had me as confused at the announcers. It just didn’t make any sense. If the House of Truth and the Embassy were working together, and the fix was in like Martini said it was, then Nana should have interfered off the get-go and never put either Strong or Ciampa in any danger. Ciampa had Strong pinned, and Sinclair was about to make the count when Nana started hitting Strong. It just made Nana look really stupid. I understand they’re building up the dissention within the Embassy, but this was just horrible. The match before that terrible ending was going along quite nicely, though.