Thanks to PWTorch for results.
- Kevin Steen suffered a concussion in Baltimore last night at the TV tapings and was unable to compete. Steen and Davey Richards both ended up in the ring trading insults and it was decided the main event would now be a one on one encounter between Davey and Jimmy Jacobs.
Jay Lethal def. Mike Mondo (Hail to the King): Said to be a good match and it’s interesting how the hierarchy of ROH can be determined by Lethal’s finishers; only those lower down the card lose to the big elbow drop these days, with others requiring a Lethal Injection… or if you’re Tommaso Ciampa a Lethal Combination with ten backbreakers.
- The Bravados come to the ring for a promo but are interupted by Haas and Benjamin leading to an impromptu tag team title match. Crowd were majorly behind the Bravados while WGTT heeled it up in grand fashion (as you’ll see…)
ROH Tag Team Title Match – The Bravados def. WGTT (Disqualification): Haas shoved the referee to cause the DQ after about six minutes. No word on the match quality but in previous encounters the Bravados have made for pretty good crash-test dummies for Haas and Benjamin, so hopefully their reported new form from their time in Japan continued and they put up more of a fight.
- Haas and Benjamin began a beat-down on the Bravados, bringing out the All-Night Express to make the save and the belts will be defended as scheduled, making two defenses in a row for the champions.
ROH Tag Team Title Match – The All-Night Express def. WGTT (Disqualification): This time Haas hit Rhett Titus with one of the belts to cause the DQ in eight minutes. So apparently now the champions are mega-heels now. Ya know, as opposed to when they were chasing the titles and were flipping off the fans and using chairs and stuff. To be fair, Haas was responsible for both DQ’s, and in terms of continuity you can argue he’s in fight-mode for his match at the end of the night, or that he’s making sure he isn’t too tired for said match later on.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Adam Cole (Roll-Up w/tights): Said to be good but lacking in some crowd heat compared to previous matches. I’m imagining Ciampa behaving erratically and pulling the tights because he’s become desperate to prove himself again. After the match Nana asked Ciampa to attack Cole but instead he left. Really liking this direction of his character even if I didn’t approve of Lethal being the first man to beat him. Instead, Ernesto Osiris tried his luck with Cole and ate a Superkick.
The Briscoes def. The House of Truth (Doomsday Device): Elgin ate the pin after colliding with Strong. Dissension! Of note, Truth Martini got pantsed, revealing he wears Roddy’s trunks for funsies. What a fruit.
Chris Silvio & Paradyse def. Team A-1: I have zero knowledge on three of the four men in this match, and have only seen Silvio in his few ROH TV appearances. Allegedly Silvio was fantastic in this one. I’ll abstain from opinion.
Eddie Edwards def. Mike Bennett: Said to be pretty good and Bennett got some praise. Edwards got the win after Bennett collided with Maria on the apron. I assume the pin came with a roll-up, but can’t be sure. If so, it’s the reverse of what happened on TV recently with Maria faking that injury when Edwards ran into her and Bennett rolled Eddie up. This makes Edwards 3-1 against Bennett. I’d imagine this makes the Battle of Boston a best of 7 series over the next year.
Davey Richards (w/Kyle O’Reilly) def. Jimmy Jacobs (w/Kevin Steen) (Ankle Lock): Stunningly this match lasted eight minutes. I know it was a rescheduled main event and all, but come on, they’re both good wrestlers, throw them in there for fifteen or something. My biggest fear is they’ve just squashed Jacobs when this was a great opportunity to showcase his ability after months of tag matches and being a manager. Some fans were said to have started leaving the arena during this match as it was getting late, and those that stayed were too distracted by Steen and O’Reilly’s antics on the outside to pay attention to the match. Considering this was the main event in the ROH canon it sounds awful.
Lights-Out Fight – Charlie Haas def. Jay Briscoe (Low Blow): So again they end one of these No DQ matches with a frustrating dirty tactic from Haas, bringing him to three variants of cheating in one evening (yes, I know, there’s no cheating in a Lights-Out match.) Jay put Haas through a table with a double stomp at one point and then set up for the J-Driller but Shelton ran in to stop it. Mark Briscoe ran out and put Mr. Benjamin through a table, leading to the low blow finish. Jay challenged Haas to a Texas Death Match instead, but WGTT left. What would be the point in that anyway? If they actually book that match they’ll have followed a Fight Without Honor with two consecutive death-matches, really diminishing the impact of the Fight Without Honor stipulation. Sigh.
Overall Show Thoughts: I stopped buying ROH DVDs a while ago, but if you’re someone who still does then this sounds like one to pick up in a sale alongside something you do want. The Ciampa stuff intrigues me, three frustrating Charlie Haas endings in one night is a bit much for my sensibilties, and Davey vs Jacobs going 8-minutes is just insulting. Most importantly: No Steen = No Buys.