The show opens with a recap of last week’s two tag team title tournament matches.
The Briscoes (Jay and Mark Briscoe) vs BLK-OUT (Black Jeez and Ruckus)
The winner of this match will face the team of Rhett Titus and Charlie Haas in the next round of the tag team title tournament. Mark and Ruckus start the match off for their teams. A handspring kick from Ruckus takes Mark off his feet. Mark is able to fight back with a little Redneck Kung Fu before tagging in his older brother. Jeez is in the match for the first time and sends both of the Briscoes to the outside. Jeez flies over the top to take out Dem Boys. Ruckus hits a shooting star press off the apron on the Briscoes as the show goes to commercial.
Back from the break, and the Briscoes gain control of the match after a blind tag from Mark. Mark misses the middle rope senton, which gives BLK-OUT the opportunity to regain control with a suplex from Ruckus. BLK-OUT hit an awesome tag team combination of submissions and strikes on Mark, but Jay is able to break the pin up before the three count. Mark catches Ruckus charging at him in the corner and throws Ruckus over his head. This gives Mark the time to tag in Jay, and unloads a flurry of right jabs on Jeez before delivering a backdrop. A Falcon Arrow gets a two count for Jay, but Ruckus is able to break up the pin. Ruckus powerbombs Jeez onto Jay, but he is able to kick out at the last second. Mark connects with an awesome kick onto Jeez. Jay hits a neckbreaker on Ruckus, and Mark follows it up with a Froggy ‘bow. This is enough for Jay to pick up the win to advance to the next round of the tournament.
Winners by Pinfall: The Briscoes
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a very good match and a great way to start the show. This was the first BLK-OUT match I’ve seen and I have to say I was impressed. They had a very nice showing and some of their tag combinations were incredible to watch. I would love to see them get more booking for Ring of Honor in the future. The Briscoes were the Briscoes: the most entertaining tag team in wrestling. The two teams meshed really well and had great chemistry together, and it made for a really enjoyable match.
Veda Scott is backstage with Truth Martini. Martini says Rhino is the solution to Jim Cornette’s problem. He says Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin may get hotheaded, but they always listen to him because he will never lead them in the wrong direction.
Mike Sydal vs Mike Bennett w/ Maria
Brutal Bob has joined the commentary team. Sydal connects with a dropkick and then a hurricarana. He goes up top, but Bennett dropkicks him off the top to the floor. Bennett is throwing Sydal around the outside and into the barricade before continuing the beating in the corner of the ring. Sydal tries to fight back but Bennett stops any momentum Sydal is building with a spinebuster. Bennett attempts a piledriver, but Paul Sinclair stops him. Sydal uses it to his advantage and rolls Bennett up, however he only gets a two count. Sydal hits a neckbreaker and both men are even. Sydal hits a standing moonsault, but Bennett is able to kick out at two. Bennett connects with a big boot and follows it up with a Box Office Smash. Instead of getting the pin, Bennett picks Sydal’s shoulder off the mat. Bennett locks Sydal into a Million Dollar Dream type submission. Mike Mondo runs down to ringside and starts making out with Maria! Bennett chases after him all the way to the back and Sydal wins by count out!
Winner by Count Out: Mike Sydal
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t anything great. It was fairly entertaining, which I guess is all it was supposed to be. It was a surprise that Sydal got the win, and it was decent enough storyline progression between Mondo and Bennett. Mondo is one lucky man, even though I’m not sure if what he did was technically legal.
RD Evans has joined the commentary team and he is now the sole person in control of Tommaso Ciampa’s career.
Mike Posey vs Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa attacks Posey before the bell, and continues the beat down in the early moments of the match. Ciampa launches Posey from the ring to the floor. Posey is able to momentarily fight back, but Ciampa takes his head off with a lariat. He then hits the exposed running knees in the corner before hitting the Project Ciampa for the pin.
Winner by Pinfall: Tommaso Ciampa
After the match, Prince Nana attacks RD Evans at the commentary station before Ciampa runs him off.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a fun squash. It’s always fun to watch a bigger wrestler totally manhandle a smaller one, and this was no different.
It’s now time for Inside ROH. The ROH World Tag Team Title tournament will conclude at “Death Before Dishonor X,” and the two semifinal matches are Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander taking on Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs and The Briscoes facing off with Rhett Titus and Charlie Haas. Shelton Benjamin will be in Haas’ corner in Chicago. Titus says he doesn’t trust Benjamin. We get a recap of Jay Lethal’s actions last week. Lethal says a man can only be pushed for so long before he can change his outlook on life. He says his motivation is to become the ROH World Champion, and he will open everyone’s eyes in Chicago.
ROH World TV Title
ROH World TV Champion Adam Cole defends vs Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini and the Guardians of Truth
Elgin ignored Martini’s wishes and obliges with the Code of Honor. The two wrestle to a standoff, and it was a great set of counters and reversals. Cole and Elgin exchange a quick series of rollups, but neither is able to put the other away. Cole dropkicks Elgin’s legs out from under him, and gets a two count following a Shining Wizard. Elgin hits a picture perfect German Suplex, and gets a two count when bridging out of it. Elgin sits Cole on the top, but Cole crotches him in the middle rope. Cole hits a rope assisted lung blower and both men are down. They exchange forearm shots and Cole comes out on top with a step up enziguri. Cole goes for the crossbody, but Elgin catches him. Elgin goes for the bucklebomb, but Cole escapes it and connects with a superkick. Cole hits a shoulder breaker, but Elgin kicks out at two. Elgin fights out of a Figure Four attempt, and turns a sunset flip attempt into a bucklebomb. He throws Cole into the corner, and directly onto Paul Sinclair. Elgin tries to help Sinclair, and the Guardians of Truth run in and beat down Cole. Elgin stops them and rolls Cole out of the way. S.C.U.M. hit the ring and Corino and Jacobs brawl with the Guardians of Truth while Elgin and Steen fight in the middle of the ring. Rhino charges into the ring and begins fighting Steen and beating him down in the corner. Roderick Strong runs in and tries to join in on Steen’s beat down but Elgin stops him. The show ends with everybody brawling around ringside while Elgin and Strong argue in the ring.
ROHWorld.com’s Thoughts: This was a pretty good match, which is exactly what is expected when Cole and Elgin wrestle each other. The ending was kind of annoying, but I can live with it. It helped build “Death Before Dishonor X” and advance several storylines without hurting the momentum of either Cole or Elgin, so I’m ok with it. This was a pretty good end to what I thought was a very good show.