In a pre-show match, Grizzly Redwood pinned “God’s Gift” QT Marshall with a sunset flip in 16 seconds. Marshall’s pre-match promo was longer than the match itself.
As ROH ran a video package on the iPPV, live a fan dressed as John Cena walked into the Hammerstein. As you can imagine, he was shredded with a “You’re a Virgin” chant.
Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong
Elgin got a monster pop. He tossed Strong around early but was sent to the floor. Strong nailed a slingshot plancha to the floor. They battled hard on the floor, going back and forth.
Elgin went up on the apron and came off with a running clothesline on the floor. They continued battling around ringside on the floor. Strong kicked Elgin as they battled on the apron and went for a suplex. Elgin battled him off and hit a sitdown powerbomb on the apron. That was nuts.
When they returned to the ring, Strong regained control but Elgin fired back with a series of hard rights. Strong cut him off with a knee to the gut but Elgin avoided a suplex and hit a Uranage variation. Strong came back with a running knee in the corner but was caught and hit with a running death valley driver into the turnbuckles for a two count.
They continued to go back and forth with some great near falls. They battled atop one of the turnbuckles. Elgin overpowered him and nailed a beautiful delayed superplex off the middle rope. The crowd went nuts for that and chanted, “Holy sh**.”
Elgin followed that up with a powerbomb in the corner but Strong bounced right back and nailing a high knee to the face. Elgin absorbed it and drilled Strong with a backfist. They continued back and forth with this incredibly hard hitting shots until Strong nailed a suplex into a Codebreaker for the pin.
Your winner, Roderick Strong!
This was an awesome match with some really great and stiff hard hitting shots that had me wincing. They really took it too each other and it was great.
After, Truth Martini tried to announce Strong as the winner and sole member of the House of Truth but Strong told him he was a creep and to stay away from him. He quit the House. Martini then tried to make up with Elgin, telling him that he loved him and he felt the connection between them. Elgin grabbed him for a powerbomb but Martini asked to be heard. He said that no one ever heard of him until he met Martini and took him all the way to being Survival of the Fittest winner and the breakout star of 2012. He said that he has one last lesson for Elgin and that’s how a real man slaps someone. He drilled Elgin, who then killed Martini with a running powerbomb into the buckles.
Jay Lethal vs. Rhino
Small “ECW” chant for Rhino before the bell. They circled around each other and locked up. Rhino began yelling at one of the fans in the front row. He drilled Lethal in the gut and sent him into the ropes but Lethal nailed a springboard into a high bodypress for a two,
Rhino rolled out to the apron where Lethal hit him with a springboard dropkick, sending him to the floor. Lethal followed up with a tope to the outside. Back in the ring, Lethal hit a basement dropkick and went for the springboard elbow but Rhino evaded it and nailed a big sidewalk slam,
Rhino worked over Lethal in the corner but Lethal fired back with chops. Rhino overwhelmed him and brought him down in the corner. They battled back and forth but Rhino maintained control. Rhino locked in a bearhug and tried to wear him down. The crowd began with dueling chants as Lethal fired back and nailed a series of rights.
Lethal escaped and made a comeback, nailing a handspring into an Ace Cutter for the pin.
Your winner, Jay Lethal!
It was a solid match with some decent back and forth wrestling. They obviously have really different styles, but it was a solid bout.
Steve Corino came out and began ripping on Jay Lethal for trying to challenge Kevin Steen for a title match. He knocked Lethal’s mother and said he used to like Lethal when he was a kid that carried his bags. Lethal challenged Corino to fight him. Jimmy Jacobs attacked him from behind and they worked him over, then held him for Rhino to gore. Corino told him he would never be ROH champion, never beat Kevin Steen and would always be a second match terd. Good angle.
Prince Nana vs. RD Evans
Evans slapped Nana, who charged him and worked him over. Nana nailed a running clothesline in the corner and nailed a back splash into it. He covered Evans and threw him out to the floor. Nana hit a tope through the ropes, which got a massive pop.
Nana tossed Evans into the ring but was cut off. He worked over Nana but was hit with a head scissors. Evans cut him off and went to the top but was crotched. Nana hit a superplex for a two count but Ernie Osyris pulled the referee out. Evans hit him with a face forward tombstone and scored the pin.
Your winner, RD Evans!
Good match. I expected a comedy match but they worked a really good match with some cool spots.
After the match, Tomasso Ciampa tried to come into the ring and get at Evans who ran off.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Rhett Titus and BJ Whitmer in a New York street fight
Whitmer and Titus attacked WGTT with a ton of Christmas gimmicks, including a fake tree. They split into pairs, and Benjamin used the tree to take out Titus, while Whitmer and Hass battled on the floor. Whitmer started to hit a piledriver on a piece of railing, but Benjamin hit a superkick to knock Whitmer out.
Haas and Bejamin continue to take Titus apart with a belt and a crutch. The fans chanted for the tree. Benjamin picked it up and tossed it to the floor. Good heel move. Whitmer had a hope spot with a kendo stick, but Haas knocked him down and busted him open. Benjamin put a piece of railing in the ring and they hit a double team backdrop on Whitmer across the rail. Ow.
Titus broke the count and sent Haas to powder. He hit a face buster on a chair on Benjamin for two. He set the railing in the corner, but Haas kicked him. Haas tried to whip Titus on the table, but Titus reversed and hit a hip toss. Benjamin hit a superkick and setup a table on the floor. He and Titus battled on the apron until Benjamin hit Pay Dirt through the table.
Haas and Whitmer traded blows and Whitmer got the best. He got another table and set it up in the ring He put Haas on it and climbed to the top. Haas ran up and they battled on top forever before Haas hit a belly to belly superplex through the table for the win. Whitmer went through the table head first, but the replay shows him saying “I’m fine…”
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team defeated Rhett Titus and BJ Whitmer
A video recapped Jerry Lyn winning the ROH title several years ago. Back live, Whitmer was just leaving the ring as the fans applauded hi, I’m guessing that was half, “let’s make sure” and half selling. At least I hope so. Mike Bennett and his entourage made their entrance. Jerry Lynn was out to a good pop…
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett (w/Maria and Brutal Bob) vs. Jerry Lynn
A “Boston sucks” broke out for Bennett. Lynn started out fast. He hit a tilt-a-whirl head scissor that spilled Bennett to the floor. Lynn followed and chased Bennett, but Brutal Bob hit a surprise clothesline as Maria had the ref distracted.
Bennett rolled Lynn back in the ring and used a ground and pound approach. He hit an ace crusher on the floor from the apron in a nice spot. Back in the ring, Bennett hit a spine buster for two. Maria distracted the ref, and Bob slipped Bennett a chair. Lynn reversed the left and hit an ace crusher on the chair. He tossed the chair to the floor into Bob’s nuts and covered for two. Lynn grabbed Maria. She hit a hang man on him, and Bennett followed with a Box Office Buster for the win…
Mike Bennett defeated Jerry Lynn
Post-match, Bob and Bennett went after Lynn again, but Lynn ducked a clothesline that took Bob out instead. He started to hook Bob for something, but Maria shoved him. He hit a DDT on Maria, and then a cradle piledriver. All three heels went to the back, and Lynn took a mic. He started thanking Cary Silken and the boys in the back, when Nigel McGuiness came out with a few of the younger guys.
Nigel took the mic and shared a story about working with Lynn and how over Lynn was. He said to all the guys in the back, Lynn would always be over. He gave him a plaque that thanked Lynn and they all clapped for him. Lynn said his thanks and thanked the fans for being there. He said the crazier they are, the more the boys want to put it on the line for them. He said he had six more matches and told everyone to try and make them. He thanked everyone again and left…
Before Nigel could leave, Jay Lethal came out and demanded his match or he would take it tonight. Nigel said he wasn’t backing down. Lethal played the “spit on my mother card” and Nigel said he was sorry, but Lethal should just watch the main event and cheer on Generico because if he won, Lethal would get the first shot. Lethal said Steen spit on his mother, ROH spit on Lethal, and now Lethal just spit on Nigel. He followed by actually spitting on Nigel. Nigel went after him and the crowd filled with guys to break them up. Nigel ordered Lethal tossed from the building…
Mike Mondo made his ring entrance in a boot and said he was coming back soon. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish made their ring entrance. Fish took the mic and said Eddie Edwards wouldn’t be there, so there would be no American Wolves reunion. Fish said since Davey Richards found himself in a handicap match, he though Mondo might want to be Davey’s partner since he was handicapped. Mondo got in his face, so O’Reilly attacked from behind.
They beat Mondo down and Davey ran out for the save. They beat up Richards and Edwards ran out. O’Reilly and Fish held Davey, but Eddie hit a superkick on Fish. He tossed both men out and the Wolves reunited…
Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. The American Wolves
The announce team gave an update on Whitmer, saying he had refused treatment and left on his own power. In other words, he’s fine. The Wolves worked fast, hitting dives on the floor. O’Reilly took out Edwards with a dropkick on the chair on the floor. Fish caught Davey’s foot on a kick, allowing O’Reilly to kick Davey.
The rapid fire offense continued while the heels were in charge and the match quickly broke down with all four men flying around the ring. Fish hit a moonsault to break a pin attempt and sold his knee big time. He moved around pretty good after that, so I don’t think it’s legit. After roughly one million moves, Edwards tried to hook an Achilles’s lock on O’Reilly. Davey hut a double stomp off the top rope on O’Reilly, allowing Edwards to turn him over. Edwards stomped on O’Reilly’s head and the ref stopped the match…
The American Wolves defeated Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish
A video recapped the war of words between Matt Hardy and Adam Cole…
Matt Hardy vs. Adam Cole in a non-title match
Hardy hit a side effect on the apron early and continued to work Cole’s back. He hit the side effect four times in the row in the ring to a chorus of boos. He went for the Twist of Fate, but Cole escaped and hit a Twist of Fate of his own for two.
Hardy came back and hit a Razor’s Edge lift into a powerbomb for two. Hardy went for Twist of Fate again, but Cole escaped and they battled to the floor. Cole hit the Florida Key on the floor, and Hardy sold it like he was shot. Cole rolled Hardy in the ring and covered for two. Hardy came right back with a surprise Twist of Fate for two. Cole hooked for the Florida Key again, but Hardy grabbed the ref and pulled his shirt over his head. Hardy hit two low blows and rolled Cole up for the win…
Matt Hardy defeated Adam Cole
Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman vs. The Briscoes vs. S.C.U.M. (Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs) for the ROH Tag Team Championships
The babyface teams worked together to take out SCUM. Coleman and Mark teamed up on Jacobs as Cedric and Jay teamed up on Corino. Everything was grand until Mark covered Jacobs. Coleman broke the count and all hell broke loose with all six men flying all over the place.
SCUM finally ended up in control with Coleman in the ring. Corino grabbed a roll of quarters, but Cedric made the save. C&C setup for their finisher, but Mark ran in and took a missile dropkick from Cedric. Cedric took the roll of quarters punch, but kicked out. The Briscoes ran in, took out Corino, and hit the Doomsday device for the win…
The Briscoes won the ROH World Tag Team Championships
Post-match, Jay Briscoe cut a promo and said they did their part, now Generico needs to do his part and they will chase the SCUM punks out of the company. Jay said they were the best tag team in the world and would put the titles up against any team that asks. He closed by saying one team didn’t have to ask, their first defence would be against a team they respect, Cedric and Caprice…
El Generico vs. Kevin Steen in Ladder Wars for the ROH World Championship
The match started with both guys throwing haymakers, and Generico got the best. Generico brought the first ladder in the ring and slammed in against Steen. He tried to set it up to climb, but Steen hit him and the ladder fell against the ropes. They traded falsies on the ladder, and the Generico took the backdrop do destroy the first ladder at 3:15. Gonna be a long match for Generico’s back.
Steen set Generico in the corner, laid the ladder on him, and hit his cannonball move. Kevin Kelly said he didn’t think Cornette saw Generico the same way Nigel did. Way to bury a guy on the way out, Kevin! Steen brought several ladders in the ring and tossed them on Generico. He turned to the camera and said, “This won’t end until he’s broken more than the f—ing ladders.”
Steen continued to assault Generico with ladders and heel moves. Steen got the heavy duty ladder and slammed it into Generico’s head. Generico rolled to the apron and tried to stand, but he collapsed to the floor. Steen setup the ladder and climbed to the top. Generico recovered and pulled Steen from the ladder. He hit the half nelson suplex on a ladder that was setup in the corner.
Generico climbed the ladder, and Steen pulled him off. Generico hit another half nelson suplex onto a ladder on the mat. Generico climbed the ladder again, but Corino pushed the ladder over for a ladder spot on the turnbuckle. They repeated a spot three times where Steen would throw Generico to the floor and try to climb the ladder. After the third time, Steen went to the floor and slammed Generico into the railing.
Steen set a ladder from the rail to the ring. He hooked Generico for a powerbomb, but then shoved him away and went under the ring. He didn’t find what he was looking for, so he went to the other side and pulled a table out. Generico crawled into the ring, and Steen set the table on top of the chair. A “Please don’t die” chant broke out. Steen tried for a powerbomb on the table from the ring, but Generico reversed into a backdrop through the table.
Generico sent the ring crew over the railing, and they came back with a giant ladder and helped him put it in the ring. Generico setup the ladder and started to climb it, but Steen climbed the turnbuckle in the corner. Generico ran over for a top rope brain buster, but Steen reversed it into a F-cinque from the apron onto a table on the floor at 21:00.
Steen tried to climb the ladder, but Generico stopped him by hitting him with another ladder. Steen fought back, and used a small ladder to make a bridge between the two larger ladders. He powerbombed Generico on the ladder and climbed the ladder. Where the ladder was setup prevented him from reaching the belt, so he climbed down. Generico hit a package piledriver on Steen and started to climb again.
Steen stopped him and knocked him off the ladder. Generico’s back is a mess. Steen took another ladder and put it as a bridge over the first bridge. Steen climbed one ladder and Generico followed. They fought on the bridge, and Steen hit a package piledriver on the top bridge piece. The crowd came unglued.Steen climbed the ladder and took the belt for the win. Steen’s music played to end the show…
Kevin Steen retained the ROH World Championship