Ring of Honor returns with another week of “Road Rage,” which was filmed at the Charleston, W.V., show in June.
Kevin Kelly and Jim Cornette welcome us to the show and preview the main event where Eddie Edwards challenges Kevin Steen for the ROH World Title.
Jay Lethal says he’s going to prove every man is breakable. Truth Martini says the House of Truth is the greatest cohesive unit in all of pro wrestling. Michael Elgin says the match doesn’t stop until he wants it to. Roderick Strong says he’s there when Elgin messes up. Elgin tells Strong he may be the one who gets bloodied up.
Jay Lethal vs Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini
This is the first televised match between the two. They are starting the match off at a methodical pace with Elgin using his strength to keep Lethal from getting the advantage. Lethal is able to hit an arm drag and a dropkick, which sends Elgin to the outside. Martini jumps the apron, and referee Paul Turner runs him off. Back in the ring, Elgin clubs Lethal in the back as he goes for the handspring back elbow as the show goes to commercial.
Back from break, and Elgin launches Lethal to the floor. Truth Martini gets some cheap shots in on Lethal before Elgin goes to the outside. They fight around the ringside area. Elgin is back in control when they make their way back into the ring. Lethal hits a jawbreaker to break Elgin’s chinlock.
Lethal gets sent to the apron, and gets a sunset flip for a two count. Lethal gets a two count following a superkick. Elgin hits a dead lift German suplex for a two count. Lethal connects with an enziguri to the back of Elgin’s head, and follows it up with a Lethal Combination. He goes for the Hail to the King, but Roderick Strong comes out and stops him. Lethal hits a springboard suplex to take Strong out. Strong runs into the ring, and Lethal dropkicks Elgin into him. This allows Lethal to hit the Lethal Injection and pick up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Jay Lethal
After the match, Elgin tells Strong this is the last mistake he’ll ever make.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a very good match and a great way to start the show. Lethal is always solid in the ring, and Elgin’s strength spots are always amazing to watch. These two meshed really well and provided a very good match. It furthered the angle with Elgin getting frustrated with the House of Truth, and it actually got progressed more than it had been in months.
Inside ROH recaps the day Ring of Honor had the day in Charleston, including television spots they filmed. Next week is another episode of “Road Rage,” featuring matches from “Best In the World 2012.”
ROH World Title
ROH World Champion Kevin Steen w/ Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino vs Eddie Edwards
Before Edwards is introduced, Steen grabs a microphone and says that holding the ROH World Title proves that he is Mr. Wrestling. Cornette gets in the ring, and tells Steen he doesn’t deserve to be called Mr. Wrestling. Apparently, Steen went to a sponsors meeting, and Cornette says he cost Ring of Honor a sponsorship. Cornette says if Edwards or Richards don’t defeat him for the title, then every time Steen steps in the ring in a singles match it’s going to be an ROH World Title match. Steen says Cornette won’t live long enough to someone take the title from him.
They immediately trade shots, and Edwards goes over the top to take out Jacobs. Steen gets sent to the floor, and Edwards gets sent face-first into the apron. Corino is also on commentary. They fight around the outside of the ring. Steen goes for a powerbomb onto the apron, but Edwards counters it into a hurricarana. Steen catches Edwards, and throws him into the barricade. They finally get back in the ring as Steen is in full control. Edwards chops Steen’s face, but Steen walks right through it and chokes Edwards in the corner. Steen is standing tall as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break and Edwards and Steen are slugging it out. Steen locks in a sleeper and talks trash to Cornette. Edwards throws Steen into the turnbuckles with a belly-to-belly suplex. Edwards hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Edwards sends Steen to floor and connects with a suicide dive on Steen. Steen quickly makes his way back to the ring and hits a clothesline that gets a two count. Edwards misses a double stomp, and Steen follows it up with a pop-up powerbomb. Steen spikes Edwards on his head with an elevated DDT. Steen misses the cannonball, and Edwards answers back with a double stomp, which gets a two count. Steen rolls to the apron, and Edwards climbs to the top, and misses a double stomp. Steen powerbombs Edwards through the timekeeper’s table and it only gets a two count. Edwards gets his knees up as Steen goes for a Senton. The two exchange superkicks. Steen hits a sleeper suplex, and then hits the F-Cinq to retain the title.
Winner and STILL ROH World Champion: Kevin Steen
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a great match, and a fantastic first title defense for Steen. I doubt anyone thought Steen would lose here, but they did a very good job building up the suspense throughout the match. They hit each other with some punishing offense, and it resulted in a very entertaining match. If this is the quality of matches we can expect from Steen’s reign, this is going to be one of the bettertitle reigns in ROH history.