9/14 ROH on Sinclair TV Recap
ROH On Sinclair
September 14, 2013
By Kevin Snyder
The show opens up with Nigel McGuiness ‘ speaking over a video showing Michael Bennett piledriving BJ Whitmer, causing his serious neck injury and due to the circumstances of Bennett still being able to compete, he will be advancing in the Ring Of Honor World Championship Tournament. Nigel tells us that ROH has elite athletes but accidents happen and hope for the continued support of the ROH faithful.
This week features 3 tournament matches from All Star Extravaganza in Toronto with two first round match-ups, as well as the first quarterfinal match.
Ring Of Honor World Championship 1st round Tournament match
ROH World Television Champion Matt Taven with Truth Martini and the Hoopla Hotties (Scarlett Bordeaux & Seleziya Spark) vs. “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong
Before the match, match maker Nigel McGuiness gets on the apron that Hoopla Hottie Scarlett does not the proper paperwork to be at ringside and a manager, but is offered a seat next to the announcers table. Some chain wrestling with Roderick getting Taven in a front facelock and getting to the ropes, breaking the hold. Dropkick by Roddy, followed up with some of the hardest chops in pro wrestling. Backbreaker from “The Messiah of the Backbreaker” for a nearfall. More chops by Strong. Kevin Kelly makes a Big Bubba Rogers reference in comparison to Seleziya. Yeah, that happened. Truth grabs the foot when Roderick hits the ropes but it almost backfires as Strong manages a rollup on Taven for a nearfall. Taven attempts to back body drop Strong to the outside but Strong lands on the apron. Turnbuckle smash by Strong. Truth grabs his leg again and this time Taven capitalizes and hits a springboard enziguri as the show goes to commercial.
Back from commercial and Taven hits another enziguri for a nearfall. Sit-out gourdbuster by Taven, who follows it up by going up top. Taven attempts a moonsault but Strong gets his knees up. Strong hits him with a boot, followed by a back elbow. More HUGE chops by Roddy. Sit-out clothesline followed with a Black Tornado Slam for a nearfall. Strong with a running knee then a running forearm before Taven hits him with a boot. Taven hits the ropes but Strong hits a back body drop then dumps him to the outside with a clothesline. Baseball slide by Strong. Seleziya distracts the ref on the other side of the ring while Truth hits Strong in the back with The Book of Truth. Nigel sees this and heads over to Martini. Taven goes for a boot Strong from behind but he moves and Nigel moves him out of the way and Taven nails Martini with it! Strong lifts Taven up torture-rack style and drops him on the apron. Back in the ring for a nearfall. Spin kick by Taven. Taven charges and gets hit with a boot and another enziguri. Taven with a Cyclone Kick followed by his version of Angels’ Wings for a nearfall. Taven goes up to the top rope, Strong stops him with a jumping enziguri followed by a MASSIVE Superplex for a nearfall. Strong keeps hold and puts on the Strong Hold. Taven gets to the ropes. Taven makes a comeback and hits a hanging rolling neckbreaker. Taven goes back up top and hits a frogsplash for a close nearfall. Taven goes for his finisher, The Climax but Strong counters it with 2 variations of the backbreaker. Sick Kick followed by the End of Heartache and Strong advances.
Winner: “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong
We go to commercial and when we come back, it’s the final first round match-up in the Ring Of Honor World Championship Tournament.
Ring of Honor World Championship 1st round Tournament Match
Brian Kendrick vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen
I just want to say this now and it’s my own personal opinion but Kevin Steen is one of the best performers in all of wrestling today and I know the show was taped in Toronto and he’s a Canadian but the reaction he got was HUGE. But, enough of my fandom and back to the match. The match starts off with Kendrick getting Steen in a side headlock. Steen shoots him off the ropes and Kendrick goes for a shoulder block but Steen barely moves. Kendrick tries again and again, to no movement from Steen. Kendrick tries for a third time but this time, ducks underneath and meets Steen with some forearm shots that send him into the corner. Irish whip by Steen and Kendrick turns it into a roll-up for a one. Steen with a shoulder tackle followed by a dropkick and Kendrick rolls to the outside. Kendrick takes his time getting back in the ring. He comes back in but quickly goes back out. Steen goes after him and chases him around the ring. Knee by Kendrick who goes for a plancha but Steen moves out of the way and grabs him for an apron powerbomb. Kendrick gets out of it and both are fighting on the apron. Sliced Bread #2 onto the ring apron! The show goes to commercial.
Back from commercial with Kendrick having Steen in a Camel Clutch. Steen tries to break it and Kendrick hangs on. Steen falls back, causing all his weight down onto Kendrick to break the hold. Forearm exchange, clothesline by Steen followed by a Pumphandle Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Steen charges but Kendrick moves out of the way and hits him with a leaping leg kick into the corner. Kendrick attempts to lift Steen onto his shoulders but with no luck. Steen climbs to the second rope but Kendrick catches him with a forearm shot. Death Valley Driver from Kendrick for a nearfall. Both men block suplex attempts on the apron. Sunset flip by Steen back into the ring and goes to attempt the Sharpshooter. Kendrick blocks it so Steen slingshots him into the corner. Kendrick manages to land on the middle turnbuckle. Back kick by Kendrick followed by a 2nd rope Tornado DDT for a nearfall. Steen blocks Sliced Bread #2 and hits the F-Cinq for a nearfall. Package Piledriver attempt by Steen but Kendrick escapes and hits him with a Superkick. Goes for Sliced Bread again but Steen hits him with a Sleeper Suplex for another nearfall. Kendrick crawls into the corner and uses the ref as a shield to avoid Steen’s corner cannonball. The ref gets shoved aside and Kendrick hits Steen with a low blow. Steen comes back with a chokeslam followed by the corner cannonball. Steen pulls him out of the corner and applies the Sharpshooter and Kendrick has no choice but to tap out.
Winner: “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen
Back from commercial and we get a recap of how Adam Cole and Jay Lethal won their 1st round matches to advance to this point in the tournament.
Ring of Honor World Title Tournament Quarterfinals
Jay Lethal vs. “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole
Chain wrestling in the early going. Cole with a shoulder tackle. Exchange of takedowns. Lethal with a chop, then blocks La Magistral into a nearfall for both competitors. Cole continues to utilize the side headlock, with many takedowns and not breaking his grip. Cole slips out of a back suplex, then blocks a hiptoss. Lethal hits a hiptoss, Cole avoids one dropkick, but does not avoid a second as Lethal connects for a one count. Backbreaker by Lethal for another one count. Lethal puts Cole in the corner and hits him with some chops, forearm exchange. Back suplex by Lethal for a nearfall. Lethal with a chinlock. Cole fights out and blocks a kick. Leaping neckbreaker by Cole for a nearfall as the show goes to commercial.
Back from commercial with Lethal dumping Cole out onto the apron. Lethal reaches for Cole but he drops to the outside, enziguri to Lethal. Lethal comes back with a springboard dropkick, then wipes out Cole with a dive through the middle rope! Ref begins his 20 count. Both Cole & Lethal roll back in at 15. Staredown and a forearm exchange. Lethal with a flurry of strikes. Cole comes back with a Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker for a nearfall. Cole heads up top, Lethal stops him with a couple solid rights. Cole blocks a superplex, Sunset Bomb by Cole followed by a Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Lethal blocks a suplex attempt with a knee shot to the head. Cole fights back but Lethal slips out of another suplex attempt. Lethal Combination for a nearfall. Lethal heads up top, Cole stops him with his own rights. Lethal blocks a superplex, knocking Cole off the ropes after a few punches. Cole avoids a dropkick, Lethal counters out of the Figure Four, inside cradle for a nearfall. Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection, Cole catches him off the handspring with a superkick. Brainbuster across the knee for a close nearfall. Lethal comes back with a jawbreaker, Cole with an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall. Lethal blocks a superkick, Cole with an enziguri. Lethal with a superkick, attempts another but Cole ducks underneath and attempts the Figure Four again. Lethal blocks it, shoving Cole into the ropes and hits him with another superkick. Lethal heads up top. Hail to the King for a nearfall. Lethal can’t even lift up Cole. Cole played possum, though, superkick. Superkick to the back of the head by Cole, Lethal blocks the Florida Key, in-ring Lethal Injection for a close nearfall. Lethal puts Cole up on the top rope and goes for a Superplex attempt, Cole slips out, superkicks the leg of Lethal. Cole up top. Super German! Superkick, Florida Key to advance Cole to the semis.
Winner: “The Panama City Playboy” Adam Cole