ROH on SBG : 7/14/12 Report‏

This week’s Ring of Honor television broadcast is another “Road Rage episode, but this time it is featuring matches from “Best in the World 2012.” Tonight we’ll see Michael Elgin vs Finlay, the TV Title triple threat match, and highlights of the ROH World Title match.

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show.

Backstage Truth Martini says the House of Truth will take another step forward. Elgin says all legends must fall and tonight Elgin becomes the legend. Roderick Strong says he’ll be out there if Elgin needs help, but Elgin refuses any help.

Fit Finlay vs Michael Elgin

The match almost immediately goes to the mat, and Finlay is neutralizing Elgin’s power by grounding him. Finlay is focusing his attack on Elgin’s knee. Finlay has been dominant so far in this match. On the outside, Finlay drops Elgin throat-first across the barricade. Elgin sidesteps Finlay, which sends the “Belfast Bruiser” into the ring post. Elgin tries to go to the top, but Finlay pushes him to the outside. Finlay hits the Celtic Cross, but Elgin kicks out. Finlay hits the tombstone, but once again Elgin kicks out of the pin attempt. Elgin is able to recover and hits the bucklebomb. He follows it up with a spinning powerbomb to pick up the victory.

Winner by Pinfall: Michael Elgin

After the match, Elgin shoves Truth Martini to the side and shakes Finlay’s hand. He backs Martini into the corner, but leaves it at that.

McGuinness and Kelly are ringside at intermission. They throw it to a highlight package of Truth Martini unveiling the Guardians of Truth and the match that followed.

ROH World TV Title Match
Roderick Strong (c) vs Tommaso Ciampa vs Jay Lethal

All three men got offence in early on with the action beginning on the outside. Strong tris to lurk on the outside but is taken out by Lethal before Princess Mia superkicks Lethal on the ring apron. Ciampa hits the running knee into the corner on Lethal before Strong takes control of the match. Ciampa back into it and gets two near falls on Strong before he attempts to bite Lethal’s eyes. Lethal hits a superkick on Ciampa but he comes back with a running knee for two before Strong throws Ciampa to the outside. Strong hits a nice dropkick on Lethal for two before Lethal takes both Ciampa and Strong out with strikes and hits the Lethal Combination on Strong for two.

Lethal locks in the figure four on Strong and a crossface on Ciampa at the same time but they both manage to get out of the holds. Pop-up neckbreaker on Strong gets Lethal two before Ciampa hits an elbow drop off the top on Lethal for a near fall. All three men go back and forth again in a bid to get the advantage before Strong hits a sueprplex on Ciampa. Lethal hits the Hail to the King but Ciampa kicks out. Ciampa goes for the Project Ciampa on Strong but Nana rolls into the ring in a bid to get away from Lethal and rolls into Ciampa which knocks Strong onto him and he gets the three. Martini hits Lethal with the book of truth and Strong follows up with a suplex backbreaker to retain the title.

Winner by Pinfall & STILL ROH World TV Champion: Roderick Strong

Kelly and McGuinness are ringside after the show has ended and are showing off some of the carnage that remains from the ROH World Title match where champion Kevin Steen defended the belt against Davey Richards. We then go to a highlight package of the match. We also see Steen’s post-match speech after retaining the belt.

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.

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