Ring of Honor television is back with another week of “Road Rage”, this time with footage from the recent “Death Before Dishonor X” iPPV.
Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show and we see how both SCUM and Charlie Haas & Rhett Titus made it to the final of the ROH World Tag Team Title tournament.
ROH Tag Team Title Match
SCUM vs. Rhett Titus & Charlie Haas
Shelton Benjamin comes out with Haas once again. Corino and Jacobs dominate the early goings and isolate Titus in their corner before they do the same to Haas who had slapped Titus to tag himself in. Titus fights back on his own and hits the Razor’s Edge on Jacobs for two. Haas takes out Corino with a big kick before an Olympic Slam on Jacobs gets them two. Jacobs tries to use the spike on Titus but can’t. Benjamin gets in the ring while the referee is distracted by Corino and Haas and superkicks Jacobs before clashing with Titus. He looks like he’ll get out of the ring but gets back in and hits the Paydirt on Titus and then leaves the ring as Jacobs crawls over and pins him for the three and we have new champions! After the match, Haas & Benjamin attack Titus.
Winners by Pinfall: SCUM
We then hear from Davey Richards. Kevin Kelly asks him what the future holds for Davey in ROH and he responds by saying he’s in front of his family and this is home. He says he’s not proud of the person he has been outside the ring for the past year and apologises. He says starting now, the wolf is back. He adds that he doesn’t want belts, he wants to be the best wrestler in the world and will enter Survival of the Fittest to take on Mike Bennett.
Jay Lethal vs. Homicide
Action quickly spills to the outside and Lethal hits a suicide dive. We’ve already had several ‘killer instinct’ mentions. Homicide tries to get chairs and tables involved but is thwarted by referee Todd Sinclair and Lethal himself. Homicide goes for the Gringo Killer but Lethal reverses it into a rollup for two. Homicide trash talks Lethal who comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Lariat from Homicide gets him a near fall before he hits a cutter but Lethal comes back with a suplex. He follows up with the Hail to the King followed by the Lethal Combination twice but Homicide kicks out. Brainbuster from Lethal but Homicide just won’t stay down. Homicide spits in his face but Lethal then shows the Killer Instinct with a cradle DDT for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Jay Lethal
We now get to see the closing seconds of the Michael Elgin and Roderick Strong vs. Irish Airborne match where Strong tagged himself in and stole the pinfall. We also see how Steen beat Rhino and the aftermath where Elgin powerbombed Strong after he got involved in Elgin and Steen’s confrontation.
For this week’s “Inside ROH”, we hear briefly from Elgin and Truth Martini. Elgin says he’s sick of waiting and in Toronto in front of his home town, there’s no more waiting. He said he will show everybody around the World that he is capable of being the next World champion. SCUM then talk about how they are not afraid of the Briscoes. Steen also says he doesn’t care if the fans are behind Elgin, he has Corino and Jacobs to back him up.
Kevin Kelly then tells us that Survival of the Fittest will play out over the next four weeks of TV and explains how the tournament works and who the 12 competitors are. He also runs down the card so far for ‘Glory By Honor XI’.
Next up, we quickly hear from Matt Hardy who comes to the ring to a far from warm response and says he is interested in the next match and will provide commentary.
ROH World TV Title Match
Adam Cole vs. Mike Mondo
Both guys grapple around the outside to begin with as neither man can gain a distinct advantage. Mondo seems to hurt his left leg and Cole goes right after it with submissions. Mondo then stomps on Cole’s arm and he tries to work over that with both men being very methodical with their attacks. Mondo refuses to get knocked to the outside but Cole eventually manages it and then hits a suicide dive before throwing Mondo into the ringside barricades. Mondo fights back and goes for the DDT on the ramp but Cole reverses it and hits a German suplex on the floor. They finally get back in the ring and slug it out before Cole hits a big superkick and then another German suplex into the corner. Mondo back with a DDT but Cole gets his foot on the bottom rope. Mondo takes too long and Cole goes for a superkick which sees Mondo fall to the apron to avoid it. Cole quickly drops down and locks in the Figure-four leglock; Mondo reverses it but then Cole reverses it back and Mondo eventually taps.
After the match, Matt Hardy gets a mic and congratulates both men on a great match, He then addresses Cole and says people keep telling him how Cole reminds them of a young Matt Hardy. He says the difference is that he was better than him when he was his age and he’s better than him now before storming to the back.
Winners by Submission: Adam Cole
Next week, Survival of the Fittest kicks off with Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas and SCUM defend the Tag Team titles against Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander.