The show opens with a recap of the All Night Express defeating Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team for the ROH World Tag Team Titles at “Best in the World 2012.” Jim Cornette then talks about the contract dispute between Kenny King and Ring of Honor. The titles are now vacated and an eight team tournament will decide the new ROH World Tag Team Champions. The tournament will begin next week.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness hype tonight’s main event, which will be ROH World Champion Kevin Steen defending the belt against Homicide.
Princess Mia Yim vs Sara Del Rey
Del Rey goes for a quick cover, but barely gets a two count. Yim bates Del Rey into a spinning kick with a handshake offer, but Del Rey quickly fires back. Yim answers back with a shining wizard for a two count. Del Rey whips Yim across the ring by her hair. The two exchange kicks in the middle of the ring, and they connect at the same time and both women are down. Del Rey reaches her feet first, and gets a two count on Mia following a rolling forearm smash. Yim goes for a corkscrew moonsault, but Del Rey moves out the way. Del Rey hits the Death Blow and picks up the pinfall.
After the match, Mike Bennett distracts Del Rey and Maria hits her with her boot and then bulldogs her. Maria asks Del Rey who the first woman of professional wrestling is now.
Winner by Pinfall: Sara Del Rey
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was an ok match. That being said, it was a pretty good women’s match, and was much better than anything you’ll see women do on most other wrestling shows. I’m not that big of a fan of women’s wrestling, however I am a huge fan of Del Rey. Anytime she gets an opportunity in ROH is fine with me. If you like women’s wrestling, you’ll more than likely like this match
Truth Martini and Rhino make their way to the ring. A huge Rhino chant breaks out. Truth Martini gets on the mic and calls out Jim Cornette. Cornette says Martini and Rhino aren’t even supposed to be out there. Cornette says to make it quick so they can get back to wrestling. Martini says Cornette is stressed out because the company is being held hostage by S.C.U.M. Martini says the solution to Cornette’s problem has been right under his nose, and the man to get rid of Kevin Steen is Rhino. Eddie Edwards makes his way to the ring. Edwards says him and Rhino are even with one win a piece. Cornette says they need a challenger at “Death Before Dishonor” if Homicide is unsuccessful on tonight’s show, so they’re going to have a rubber match right now. It will be anything goes and there must be a winner! The winner gets the title shot in Chicago!
Rhino w/ Truth Martini vs Eddie Edwards
Rhino attacks Edwards as the bell rings, and the show goes to commercials moments after the opening bell.
Back from the break, and Edwards sends Rhino to the outside. Edwards then soars and scores with a suicide dive. They brawl around the ringside area and Edwards hits a hurricarana on the floor. He throws Rhino back in the ring. Rhino military presses Edwards over his head, and then launches him into the corner. Martini throws Rhino a chair, and he drives it into Edwards’s lower abdomen before cracking it across his back. Rhino goes for the Gore, but Edwards sidesteps him and sends him into a chair that was propped in the corner. In an impressive feat of strength, Edwards hits a very nice German Suplex on The Man Beast. The action once again spills to the outside. Back in the ring, Rhino goes for a superplex but Edwards hits a sunset bomb onto a couple of chairs. He goes for the pin, but Rhino kicks out at the last possible second. Edwards props up and table in the corner and tries to German Suplex Rhino through it. Rhino fights out of it, and eventually hits a spinebuster. Edwards once again avoids the Gore, but gets distracted by Martini. Rhino capitalizes on the distraction by hitting the Gore on Edwards through the table! The referee calls for the bell as Edwards is writhing in pain. Officials from the back come down to check on Edwards as Rhino’s hand gets raised in victory.
Winner by Stoppage: Rhino
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: That match was awesome. The intensity was there and you could tell these two men were willing to do anything they could to ensure they would get the title match. A lot of people were down on Rhino being named the No. 1 contender, but this match proved his is more than worthy of being in that position. The Gore that ended the match was one of the sickest Gore’s I’ve ever seen, and everyone sold it perfectly. This was just an outstanding match that really made me want to see the Rhino and Steen match now.
It’s now time for this week’s Inside ROH. “Death Before Dishonor will be home to the semifinals and finals of the tag team tournament. The opening round matches, which begin next week, are as follows:
- Coleman and Alexander vs Young Bucks
- Guardians of Truth vs Rhett Titus and a partner of his choosing
- The Bravados vs Charlie Haas and a partner of his choosing
- BLK-OUT vs The Briscoes
Rhett Titus says he’s faced adversity before, and he’s ready to face it again. Charlie Haas says the idea of the tag team tournament is bull****.
The World TV Title will be defended at “Death Before Dishonor” against the winner of next week’s Six Man Mayhem match between Tommaso Ciampa, Mike Mondo, Roderick Strong, TJ Perkins, Mike Bennett and Jay Lethal. Bennett says all that matters is when he wins he gets to wrestle the TV Champion and that the ROH Universe gets to see him on television all the time.
Steve Corino has joined Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness at the commentary table for the main event.
ROH World Title
ROH World Champion Kevin Steen w/ Jimmy Jacobs defends vs Homicide
Steen gets on the mic and asks Homicide why he is Cornette’s bitch. Homicide responds by punching Steen in the gut. Steen retreats to the outside and Homicide connects with a cannonball off the apron. Steen catches Homicide and throws him over his head into the turnbuckle. Steen follows it up with a cannonball. Jacobs gets in a cheap kick into Homicide’s ear, and Steen is taking advantage of it as the show goes to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Steen is still focusing his attack on Homicide’s ear. Homicide fights back by biting Steen’s ear and then gets a two count following a neckbreaker. Steen gets a two count with a popup powerbomb, but Homicide gets out of it by ripping on Steen’s nose. Homicide hits the Ace Crusher, but Steen gets his shoulder up at the last possible second. Steen fights out of a suplerplex attempt, and hits a fisherman buster from the top rope! Somehow Homicide kicks out! Homicide avoids a Swanton Bomb attempt, and goes for the Gringo Killer. Jacobs distracts him, but he is still able to attempt a rollup that gets a two count. Jacobs distracts the referee and Steen low blows Homicide behind the ref’s back. Steen hits the F-Cinq to retain his title.
Winner and STILL ROH World Champion: Kevin Steen
After the match, Rhino and Martini make their way to ringside and they have a stare down as the show goes off the air.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a pretty decent match and was exactly what you would expect out of a match between these two. However I can’t help but feel disappointed with it. I guess after Homicide’s match at “Best in the World 2012” I was expecting more. But for what it was, it was another perfectly acceptable title defense for Steen.