After several weeks of Road Rage episodes, Ring of Honor finally returns with new television programming this week.
The show opens up with a recap of the match between Eddie Edwards and Mike Bennett, where Bennett, Brutal Bob and Maria beat down Edwards after the match.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, and we’re off to the first match.
Mike Bennett and Brutal Bob w/ Maria vs Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole
Apparently, Bennett, Maria and Bob want to be known as Team Sexy, which is still somehow a better name than Team Ambition. Edwards and Bennett start the match off for their respective teams. Edwards and Cole quickly get the advantage in the match with a series of dives onto their opponents. Bennett makes the tag to Bob, but Cole immediately gets the upper hand with a couple of armdrags before tagging Edwards in. From the apron, Bennett attacks Edwards, which gives Bob the opportunity to clothesline Edwards to give his team control in the match as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break, and Bennett and Bob are still working over Edwards. Edwards lands on his feet after Bennett tries a German Suplex, and finally makes the much needed tag to Cole. Cole comes in and cleans house. Cole tries to go to the top, but Bob stopped him. Edwards suplexes Bennett to the outside, and Cole hits a crossbody from the top onto Bob to pick up the pinfall for his team.
After the match, Maria slaps Cole, which gives Bob the chance to start the beat down. Maria hits Cole with her boot, but Sara Del Rey makes her return to Ring of Honor by making the save as Team Sexy flees the scene. The crowd is going crazy for Del Rey.
Winners by Pinfall: Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: The match itself was nothing special. It was a formula tag team match, but that’s not saying there is anything wrong with that. The match kept the allowed the feud between Bennett and Edwards to continue, and helped build on the momentum Cole gained at “Best in the World 2012.” And even though I’m not a big fan of women’s wrestling, I am a huge Del Rey fan, so I’m ecstatic that she’s back in Ring of Honor, even if it’s only for a short time.
It’s now time for Inside ROH, which is complete with a “Viewer Discretion Advised” screen. They show a recap of the Hybrid Fighting Rules between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly from “Best in the World 2012.” That match was awesome, and this video package is doing it justice. It was a true star-making performance by both men. They announce next week Cole will challenge for Roderick Strong’s World TV Title. They show clips of Bruno Sammartino, who looks incredible for his age. Storm says in two weeks, his feud with Mike Bennett is over.
Kevin Kelly says Kevin Steen will defend the ROH World Title against an unnamed opponent later in the show. We now get highlights from the All Night Express winning the ROH World Tag Team Titles at “Best in the World 2012.” In light of Kenny King’s departure, I’m sure they could have found another match to recap instead of this one.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) vs Fusion DS (Matt Saigon and Damian Dragon)
Charlie Haas immediately takes control of the match after, according to Kevin Kelly, Shelton Benjamin pickles Damian Dragon from the back while Haas did it from the front. Dragon tags in Matt Saigon after fighting out of a powerbomb attempt by Benjamin. Benjamin quickly ends any type of comeback hope with a clothesline and superkick. Haas hits the Olympic Slam on Siagon to pick up the pinfall. Dragon could have easily broken up the pin, but just stopped. That was odd.
Haas gets on the microphone after the match. He says losing to the All Night Express was the biggest fluke in professional wrestling. Haas says next week Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team is demanding to face the All Night Express in the ring.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: It was a squash. Not much more you can say. Haas got mic time, which is never a bad thing.
Veda Scott is backstage with Jim Cornette. Cornette says he is looking outside of Ring of Honor to find someone to face Steen. Mike Mondo interrupts Cornette and says Steen will get no rest, no mercy and no fear. Cornette is enthralled with Mondo’s speech, and awards him the title match against Steen.
ROH World Title
ROH World Champion Kevin Steen w/ Jimmy Jacobs defends vs Mike Mondo
Steen is on the mic while making his entrance. He says Cornette is so desperate to get the title off him because now wrestlers don’t even need to win matches to earn title shots.
As Steen continues to talk down to him, Mondo punches him in the face to start the match. Steve Corino joins the commentary team for this match. They brawl around the outside of the ring, and Mondo sends Steen into the barricade. Mondo sprints down the entrance ramp and charges Steen into the barricade once again. They fight up the entrance way, and Steen tries to throw the barricade onto Mondo. But Mondo moves. Moments later, however, Steen powerbombs Mondo on top of the same barricade. Mondo crawls his way back into the ring at the count of 19 as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break, and Steen is still in control. The crowd seems pretty split for this match. Corino Is plugging the Carolina shows on the commentary. Steen gets on the mic and tells Mondo he doesn’t deserve the title show and that after the match he isn’t going to be known as “No Fear,” but “No Balls.” This fires Mondo up and he fights back, complete with Steen still on the mic. Mondo connects with a dive to the outside and Steen screams in the mic. Mondo hits a double stomp and gets a close two count. Mondo tries to climb to the top, but Steen hits an elevated DDT. He follows it up with a cannonball for a two count. Mondo counter the F Cinq into a small package for another close near fall. Steen drops Mondo throat first across the top rope, and follows it up with the F Cinq to retain his ROH World Title.
After the match, Jacobs begins beating down Mondo. Eddie Kingston runs in to make the save, and Kingston and Steen slug it out before Jacobs jumps in. Security runs in to break it up as Kingston fights back. He hits a suicide dive on a group of security guards, narrowly missing Steen as the show comes to a close.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: What a great way to end the show! Everything about that was awesome. Mondo and Steen had a very good television match, and Mondo has proven he has the ability to be a key player in Ring of Honor. Mondo has impressed in all his recent matches and this was no exception. Corino on commentary was an added bonus as he is so good in that role. He did a fantastic job of putting over Mondo while still being fully supportive of Steen. Also, I’m a very big fan of Eddie Kingston, so the more we see of him in Ring of Honor, the happier I am. In all, this was a very good way to end the show.