Last Week: Michael Elgin bested Davey Richards in another Match of the Year candidate.
ROH TV Episode 64
The Bravados vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish
O’Reilly and Fish attacked Harlem from behind, knocking him out of the ring so O’Reilly and Fish could single out Lancelot. Showing great heart, Lancelot fought off the two on one situation, actually executing the Chaos Theory on O’Reilly for a two count. Harlem tagged in; hitting a pair of elbows to O’Reilly for another two count. Blind tag by Fish allowed him to slip in and attack Lancelot following O’Reilly’s flying knee strike counter. After being isolated by his opponents, Lancelot fought his way toward his brother, tagging out after hitting a rolling elbow on O’Reilly.
Harlem was a house of fire, using a big boot on Kyle to finally get the crowd into this match. Harlem followed up with an enzuguri on Fish that knocked him to the floor with O’Reilly so Harlem could hit a moonsault from the middle rope. Harlem couldn’t pin O’Reilly with the blockbuster or a slingshot diamond dust. Sadly for Harlem, his Irish whip attempt was reversed into a series of kicks from his opponents. Executing their version of Total Elimination, O’Reilly and Fish picked up their first victory as a team in ROH.
In the back was S.C.U.M. to speak for the first time since the announcement of Nigel McGuinness as ROH’s commissioner. Jimmy Jacobs mocked McGuinness for putting them in a “Sudden Death” tag team match at “Final Battle”. Steve Corino reminded Nigel that they always survive because they’re smart. Kevin Steen, who cradled the ROH World title belt close to his chest, told Nigel McGuinness that he didn’t do Generico any favors. In actuality according to Steen, Nigel put Generico’s career in jeopardy.
After the promo, we got a video package highlighting the history between Generico and Steen starting with their ROH World Tag Team title victory over the Age of the Fall in 2008 until Generico’s mask in a box at “Glory By Honor XI”.
Jay Lethal vs. Chris Silvio
Lethal grabbed the microphone to a nice ovation. Lethal noted that he’s become the new whipping boy of ROH. That’s racist! Lethal noted that he’s wrestling Rhino at “Final Battle”, but will get nothing win, lose, or draw. Lethal promised to fight the World champion at “Final Battle” no matter what.
Before the bell, Lethal jumped Silvio, causing a fistfight that actually ended in Silvio’s favor. Silvio lost his momentum when he ran into the Lethal Combination II. The action spilled to the floor so Lethal could not only slam Silvio into the barricades, but also hit a tope. Silvio, though hurt, fired back with a neck breaker. Frustrated, Silvio started choking Lethal with his wrist tape. Silvio’s momentum ended when he let Lethal get up and hit the Lethal Combination. Instead of using the Lethal Injection, Jay spiked Silvio on his head with that cradle DDT to pick up the three count.
This week on Inside ROH, Kevin Kelly ran through the “Final Battle” card. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly spoke on their potential match against The American Wolves. Fish said that there’s no chance The Wolves will wrestle at the iPPV. Davey Richards called Fish and O’Reilly sheep. Richards also knows that Eddie Edwards will be the man he knows he’ll be come the show.
Also at the show, S.C.U.M. will defend the ROH World Tag Team title in a match where the only way to win the ROH World Tag Team title is to pin Jacobs & Corino. Coleman and Alexander spoke on the match, stating that they were on a roll after beating Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Coleman sang that the fans will need to get on C & C train.
The Briscoes noted their momentum after defeating The Headbangers last week. Mark Briscoe broke out in song to say that they’ll put C & C down on their way to another ROH World Tag Team title victory.
Next week it’ll be a Street Fight between Jay Briscoe and Steve Corino.
ROH World title: Kevin Steen (c) w/Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mike Bennett w/Bob Evans
Steve Corino joined the announce team. Kevin Steen wore Maria’s shirt for this match. At the sound of the bell, Steen rushed Bennett, clotheslining Bennett in position for the cannonball to a huge ovation. After clotheslining Bennett to the floor, Steen whipped his challenger from one end of ringside to the other. Both men ended up fighting in the aisle before Steen tried to follow Bennett back into the ring. Evans grabbed Steen’s boots to distraction the champ long enough that Bennett was able to recover and hit a spine buster.
The champ was finally reeling, taking a big clothesline and some ringside beating before we headed to a commercial break.
Mike Bennett was still in control when we came back, only to miss a dropkick seconds later that put Bennett in position for another cannonball. Steen was wearing out Bennett’s chest with chops until he hit that rope-assisted DDT. Showing great agility, Steen went for a springboard moonsault. Bennett moved at the last second, hitting the spear as Corino cried, “That’s Jimmy Jacobs’ move!”
Steen fought his way out of a superplex attempt, hitting the Swanton Bomb for a near fall of his own. Bob Evans tried to stop the F-Cinq by holding Steen’s boots, only for Steen to toss Bennett on top of his manager. Steen hoisted Bennett up, hitting that apron power bomb. Bennett was out on his feet as Steen rolled “The Prodigy” back in for the Package Piledriver. Steen hastily made the cover, successfully defending his ROH World title.
Steen grabbed the microphone to run down the list of unsuccessful challengers to his World title. Lethal hit the ring when Steen called his mother an idiot for cost Jay his chance at the ROH World title. Referees and Nigel McGuinness had to hold Lethal back as the show went off the air.
Overall: Another solid episode that featured some impressive action and a very good main event. It’s actually sad Mike Bennett is pretty much floating in ROH right now as he has really come into his own as a wrestler over the past year, but just can’t seem to get any real footing. If Bennett needs an example of why he should be in a better spot, his match here would be it. Outside of his stuff with Lance Storm, this was one of Bennett’s best ROH outings in 2012.
The rest of the show was good, but the crowd hurt it a lot. The opening tag match and the whole Jay Lethal situation would’ve felt bigger and more important if the crowd actually cared. It’s just further proof what a good crowd can do for your show. Outside of the main event, there’s not much to see here. The main event is very good and the other matches are solid. It’s an enjoyable forty-plus minutes, but nothing you’d coo over when the screen goes black.