This week’s show opens with a recap of the confrontation between Kyle O’Reilly and Davey Richards at “Best in the World 2012” where O’Reilly broke free of Team Ambition.
Kyle O’Reilly vs Matt Taven
O’Reilly grabs the microphone before the match and says he didn’t tap out to Adam Cole, but he was beating the blood back into a preexisting injury. He’s going to make an example out of Matt Taven.
O’Reilly shoots toward Taven as the bell rings, and beats Taven down in the corner. Taven quickly recovers and hits a moonsault. O’Reilly escapes the outside, and Taven soars and lands a huge Tope Suicida. O’Reilly whips Taven’s arm down across the rope and kicks him into the barricade. O’Reilly dropkicks Taven from the apron before doing it once more from the top rope. O’Reilly locks in an armbar, but Taven is able to reach the rope to break the hold. An enziguri and a rope-assisted spinning neckbreaker allows Taven to make a comeback. They exchange shots in the middle of the ring, and a series of strikes gives O’Reilly control Taven fights off a superplex attempt. He goes for frog splash, but O’Reilly gets his knees up. O’Reilly locks in a Fujiwara armbar and Taven has no choice but to tap out.
Winner by Submission: Kyle O’Reilly
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This is the perfect way to open a show. It was a fast-paced match between two young wrestlers who are hungry to make a name for themselves. It was a lot of fun to watch, and the mix of styles resulted in a really good match. Taven always puts on good matches on tv and always makes his opponent look like a million bucks, and when he’s in the ring with someone as talented as O’Reilly it makes for a great showing for both men. This match also allowed O’Reilly to get his new character across, and I really like it so far. I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better start to the show.
Todd Sople vs Rhino w/ Truth Martini
I would be surprised if this match lasts longer than 30 seconds. Rhino immediately begins beating down Sople and hits a lariat. He connects with a series of shoulder thrusts in the corner and follows it up with a belly-to-belly suplex. The crowd cheers for a Gore, and Rhino gives them what they want as he easily picks up the win. This match clocked in at just about a minute.
Winner by Pinfall: Rhino
Martini says there is unity in the House of Truth. He says Michael Elgin and Roderick Strong work together perfectly, and that it’s coming up next.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: It seems to me that whenever they want to do a House of Truth promo, they have Rhino compete in a quick squash. That way they can get the promos on the show, and make Rhino look like the Man Beast without taking up multiple segments. I think it’s very effective.
We now get a recap of Adam Cole beating Roderick Strong for the ROH World TV Title.
Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini vs Bravado Brothers (Lancelot and Harlem Bravado)
It’s so awesome to finally get to see the Bravado Brothers on TV again. Strong and Elgin repeatedly tag themselves in to get under each other skins. Strong finally stays in to start the match against Harlem Bravado. The Bravado Brothers are using quick tags and double team moves to gain advantage of the match. Strong connects with a chin breaker, which gives him the opportunity to tag in Elgin. Elgin uses his strength to take control of the match against Harlem. Elgin picks both Bravado Brothers up and throws them over his head. Strong tags himself back in and tries to steal the pin, but gets a two count. Lancelot tags his brother in, who enters the match with a head of steam and takes the fight to Strong. An enziguri and German Suplex combination gets a two count for the Bravado Brothers. Strong goes for a tag, but Elgin walks down the apron to avoid it. Strong glares at Elgin, which allows Harlem Baravdo to roll him up for the upset victory!
Winners by Pinfall: The Bravado Brothers
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a pretty decent match that furthered the House of Truth break up angle. It also allowed the Bravado Brothers to get a huge win in their television return from their tour of Japan. The Bravado Brothers looked pretty good in this match, and I would love to see them get some kind of push. I just wish something would finally come of the dysfunction between the House of Truth members.
It’s now time for Inside ROH. We get a recap of the Guardians of Truth’s television debut from last week. The Briscoes say what the Guardians of Truth did was horse manure, pig droppings and cow pie. They say they’re going to blow the House of Truth down. We now see a recap of last week’s main event between Mike Bennett and Lance Storm, including the aftermath where Sara Del Rey and Eddie Edwards saved Storm from a beat down.
Jay Lethal and The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) vs S.C.U.M. (ROH World Champion Kevin Steen, Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino)
The two teams start fighting before the bell, and quickly everyone but Lethal and Jacobs is brawling on the outside. It’s chaos to start the match as there is a revolving door of wrestlers entering and exiting the ring. Eventually, S.C.U.M. retreat to the outside while Lethal, Titus and King stand tall in the ring. The match finally finds some semblance to order as King gets a two count on Corino. Titus and King use their tag team experience to maintain control against Corino. After a distraction from Jacobs, Corino hits a side suplex on King. Jacobs tags in as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break, and S.C.U.M. is still in control of the match against King. Steen and Jacobs bite King, which brings Titus and Lethal to his defense. This distracts referee Todd Sinclair, and S.C.U.M. take advantage of it by beating King down in the corner. King is able to evade a clothesline attempt from Corino and tags, who is able to take control of the match with a flurry of offense. Lethal is able to avoid a Steen clothesline attempt, and hits a suicide dive on Corino. Lethal connects with Hail to the King on Steen. The match begins to break down as all the wrestlers are going at it. A Lethal Combination takes Steen out, and all six men are down. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection on Jacobs, but Corino is able to keep it from happening. Jacobs hits the Contra Code, Corino hits a basement clothesline, and Steen connects with a Swanton Bomb on Lethal, but he somehow kicks out! Jacobs has the spike, but Lethal connects with a crazy looking kick and follows it up with a Lethal Injection to pick up the pin!
Winners by Pinfall: Jay Lethal and The All Night Express
After the match, Steen attacks Lethal. The All Night Express brawl with Corino and Jacobs in the ring, and S.C.U.M. get the better of the exchange. Steen slides a chair in the ring, and Corino hits a fisherman suplex onto the chair on King. Steen holds the ROH World Title high, while Jacobs and Corino hold the ROH World Tag Team Titles as the show goes off the air.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: I love multi-man matches like this one, and I think it’s something Ring of Honor needs to take advantage of more. It allows for multiple storylines and angles to play out, and gives fans a chance to see wrestlers face off with each other who might not usually be in the ring together. It’s always fun to watch this type of match play out, and this was no exception. It was a very good main event to one of the better Ring of Honor television shows I can remember.