Best in the World 2012 Results

The Briscoes vs Guardians of Truth w/ Truth Martini

Truth Martini makes his way to the ring alone, and says the two men he’s about to introduce are feared all over the world. He introduces the Guardians of Truth, and they’re two men under plain black masks and black singlets. They’re pretty big guys, too. Martini pulls their black masks off, only to reveal identical masks underneath.

During the match, Truth Martini gets on the apron and distracts both the referee and the Briscoes, which allows the Guardians of Truth to switch places and gain control of the match. After a few minutes of getting beat down, Jay Briscoe is able to tag in his younger brother how comes in with some Redneck Kung Fu. The Briscoes went for the Doomsday Device, but one of the Guardians of Truth tried to reverse it, which led to Jay Briscoe rolling up the Guardian of Truth to pick up the win.

Winners by Pinfall: The Briscoes

Eddie Edwards vs Homicide

Edwards immediately connects with a suicide dive as this match is starting off hot. The two exchange chops in the middle of the ring, and the crowd is pretty split in their reaction. Homicide sends Edwards into the ring post several times, both times on his injured arm. Homicide attempts the three amigos, but Edwards reverses the last one. He tries to hit the three amigos himself, but Homicide counters the last one, too. A superplex puts Edwards back in control of the match. A tornado DDT gets a two count for Homicide. Homicide hits the Ace Crusher for another nearfall. Edwards reverses a lariat attempt in an Achilles Lock, but Homicide fights out of it. Homicide hits the Gringo Killa and picks up the win!

Winner by Pinfall: Homicide

Hybrid Fighting Rules
Kyle O’Reilly vs Adam Cole

The two exchange strike attempts early in the match, although it ends in a stalemate. Cole is focusing his attack on O’Reilly’s injured left knee. A series of strikes from O’Reilly puts Cole to the mat, and he follows it up with a unique headlock variation. Both men are down, and it’s almost a double knock out. Cole’s teeth just got busted out! He’s pouring blood! A series of strikes puts both men out on the mat. A huge lariat puts Cole down, but he pops right back up. Another kick to the back of the head puts Cole down, but he once again makes it back to his feet. O’Reilly locks in the guillotine, but Cole counters it into a neckbreaker type move. They make it back to their feet at the count of nine. A superkick from Cole sends O’Reilly to the outside. O’Reilly locks in a cross arms breaker., but Cole counters it into a Cloverleaf. Cole locks in a Figure Four and O’Reilly taps!

Winner by Submission: Adam Cole

Fit Finlay vs Michael Elgin

The match almost immediately goes to the mat, and Finlay is neutralizing Elgin’s power by grounding him. Finlay is focusing his attack on Elgin’s knee. Finlay has been dominant so far in this match. On the outside, Finlay drops Elgin throat-first across the barricade. Elgin sidesteps Finlay, which sends the “Belfast Bruiser” into the ring post. Elgin tries to go to the top, but Finlay pushes him to the outside. Finlay hits the Celtic Cross, but Elgin kicks out. Finlay hits the tombstone, but once again Elgin kicks out of the pin attempt. Elgin is able to recover and hits the bucklebomb. He follows it up with a spinning powerbomb to pick up the victory.

Winner by Pinfall: Michael Elgin

After the match, Elgin shoves Truth Martini to the side and shakes Finlay’s hand. He backs Martini into the corner, but leaves it at that.

After the intermission, ‘The Prodigy’ Mike Bennett came down to the ring with Maria and Brutal Bob for a live Prodigy Service Announcement. Bennett says he was offered to wrestle anybody but he only wants title matches as he’s the best wrestler in the company. He says Boston is the best city in the world. Bennett then says they’re going to show everybody the ‘best makeout session ever’ as Bob watches on. Mike Mondo interrupts the session and says he’s New York born and bred which gets a huge pop. He says he’s sick of being ignored by the office and wants to achieve his dream by wrestling inside the Hammerstein Ballroom. Mondo attacks both Bennett and Bob and we have an impromptu match.

Mike Bennett vs Mike Mondo

The match begins with Bennett getting some revenge with several stomps in the corner as Bob gets in a right hand with the referee’s back turned. They both hit clotheslines before Mondo gets in several shots, knee strikes and headbutts before stomping on Bennett’s head. Mondo misses with a headbutt from the top and as Bennett taunts him, Mondo rolls him up for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Mike Mondo

ROH World TV Title Match
Roderick Strong (c) vs Tommaso Ciampa vs Jay Lethal

All three men got offence in early on with the action beginning on the outside. Strong tris to lurk on the outside but is taken out by Lethal before Princess Mia superkicks Lethal on the ring apron. Ciampa hits the running knee into the corner on Lethal before Strong takes control of the match. Ciampa back into it and gets two near falls on Strong before he attempts to bite Lethal’s eyes. Lethal hits a superkick on Ciampa but he comes back with a running knee for two before Strong throws Ciampa to the outside. Strong hits a nice dropkick on Lethal for two before Lethal takes both Ciampa and Strong out with strikes and hits the Lethal Combination on Strong for two.

Lethal locks in the figure four on Strong and a crossface on Ciampa at the same time but they both manage to get out of the holds. Pop-up neckbreaker on Strong gets Lethal two before Ciampa hits an elbow drop off the top on Lethal for a near fall. All three men go back and forth again in a bid to get the advantage before Strong hits a sueprplex on Ciampa. Lethal hits the Hail to the King but Ciampa kicks out. Ciampa goes for the Project Ciampa on Strong but Nana rolls into the ring in a bid to get away from Lethal and rolls into Ciampa which knocks Strong onto him and he gets the three. Martini hits Lethal with the book of truth and Strong follows up with a suplex backbreaker to retain the title.

Winner by Pinfall & STILL ROH World TV Champion : Roderick Strong

ROH World Tag Team Titles
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (c) vs All Night Express

If WGTT get DQ’d in this one, they will lose the titles. The match begins slowly with WGTT trying to frustrate Kenny King however King does manage to get a fair bit of offense in on Shelton Benjamin. ANX get on top though and begin to hit a number of double team moves on Charlie Haas. WGTT use a blind tag to get back on top and corner Kenny King to retain the advantage. King almost gets a surprise rollup victory before WGTT take control yet again. King finally managed to tag Rhett Titus in who clears house with clotheslines and big boots. Titus gives Benjamin the snake eyes before King hits the shotgun knees for two.

WGTT fight back and Haas hits the Olympic Slam on Titus for two. Kenny King throws a chair into the ring and Shelton catches it. The ref sees it and warns him not to use it. With him distracted, Titus hits a DDT on Shelton onto the chair but he manages to kick out. On the outside, Shelton hits Titus with the title belt and busts him open. Haas picks apart Titus back in the ring before he grabs a microphone and says Paul turner needs to ask Rhett Titus to give it up or they’ll kill him. WGTT go for the Leap of Faith but king interrupts it with the springboard blockbuster on Shelton. Haas turns around but gets rolled up by Titus for the three count! After the match, ANX celebrate until WGTT attack them from behind.

Winners by Pinfall & NEW ROH Tag Team Champions: The All Night Express

ROH World Championship Match – Anything Goes
Kevin Steen (c) vs Davey Richards

Steve Corino comes out for his commentary duties and talks trash about Jim Cornette who then comes out to sit next to Corino to keep an eye on him. Jimmy Jacobs comes to the ring with Kevin Steen. Kyle O’Reilly comes to the ring and says he won’t be in Davey’s corner tonight. He says he’s nobodies lackey and he’s his own man. He says he doesn’t respect Adam Cole or Steen and there’s no Team Richards any more and to be the best he’ll have to go through Richards before walking off to the back. Steen mocks Davey while standing on the apron before he gets kicked off the apron through a ringside table. Steen fights back and hits a powerbomb onto the ring apron before ripping the ROH signs off the barricades, throwing them onto Richards and hitting a frog splash.

Back in the ring and Steen goes for a senton from the top rope but Richards gets his knees up before Steen comes back with a DDT. Back to the outside and Steen even superkicks ring announcer Bobby Cruise before Richards hits a suicide dive! Both men fight on the apron before Richards hits an exploder suplex before he gets a table out from under the ring. Steen is set up on the table and Richards hits a double stomp through it off the top rope! Back in the ring and Richards hits another double stomp for a near fall. Richards brings  four chairs into the ring before Steen drives Richards’ face into one and then hits the cannon ball in the corner. Steen goes up top but Davey cuts him off and hits a superplex onto several chairs lying in the ring but he only gets two.

Richards sets up yet another table in the ring and goes up to the top with Steen. Steen bites him and then hits a sort-of Michinoku driver off the top rope through the table! Steen sets up two chairs in the ring and Davey manages to dodge a clothesline and hits a German suplex to Steen onto the chairs for two. Davey finds a chain and wraps it around his boot before kicking Steen square in the face but somehow Steen kicks out! Davey flips out and kicks Todd Sinclair in the stomach. Richards brings a ladder into the ring but Steen hits the F-5, Paul Turner runs down but Richards kicks out. So Steen hits the Package Piledriver on Turner and we have a second referee down!

Davey gets Steen and hits a piledriver onto the ladder but there are no referees around to make the count. Jimmy Jacobs gets into the ring and goes for a sleeper hold but Richards throws him off, Jacobs gets the spike out but Cornette grabs it off him until Corino gives him a low blow and takes him to the outside. Richards hits an exploder onto Jacobs against a ladder. Richards grabs the spike but Steen makes him stab himself in the groin and then hits the Package Piledriver for the victory.

Winner by Pinfall & STILL ROH World Champion: Kevin Steen

After the match, Steen gets on the mic and says he’s waited a long time to stand in the middle of the Hammerstein Ballroom as World Champion. He says for the last 18 months, he’s been a hypocrite and tells Richards that he thinks he’s one of the hardest working men in wrestling. He tells Richards that he’s the best in the world and then calls the fans hypocrites. He says they’re the biggest hypocrites in all of pro wrestling which gets a “YES!” chant. He gives examples of ROH fans being hypocrites. He calls the fans out for turning on World Champions, especially Nigel McGuinness, Tyler Black and Davey Richards. He says they can’t turn on him because he doesn’t care about them. He says he, Corino and Jacobs will kill the company and the fans only have themselves to blame.

Jon Shumake

Jon has been with ROHWorld since March 2011. The American Bearded Nightmare is one half of 'Team America' on ROHCast, which is available every week on ROHWorld, iTunes and Stitcher.

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