ROH: Can Alexander and Coleman prove themselves?
MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Ring Of Honor, we learn who Davey Richards will face at Final Battle and we also see if two newcomers belong in ROH. Sunday nights mean something once again.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are ringside and we immediately go to the ring where ROH executive producer Jim Cornette has an announcement.
Cornette announces that ROH World champion Davey Richards will face his American Wolves tag team partner Eddie Edwards at Final Battle on Dec. 23. Both come to the ring separately. Next week, though, the Wolves will face the House of Truth. The interview appears over when Edwards takes the mic and basically says he's regaining the belt, a belt Richards says is one of few in the business that actually means something, at Final Battle. Richards looks peeved, so we'll see what happens next week.
A quick recap of Edwards beating Michael Elgin two weeks ago is next. We then go to Truth Martini and Elgin with Truth pumping up Elgin for the impending match. Looks like Elgin pulled a Wesley Willis and cut the mullet.
ROH newcomer Shiloh Jonze gets some quic air time and says he knows Elgin's head is messed up and if he wins tonight, he'll be a star.
Match #1 – Shiloh Jonze vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini & Roderick Strong
Pretty much a squash here. After a buckle bomb, Elgin hammers Jonze with a twisting sit-out powerbomb and that's it.
Winner via pinfall: Michael Elgin
In an "Inside ROH" segment, we learn that Kevin Steen has filed a lawsuit against ROH and Cornette. Steen's legal team looks a little shady, but it works for me. Steen says he wants back in ROH and once he's reinstated, he'll win the ROH World championship. Mike Bennett then explains why he didn't take five more minutes with ROH World TV champ Jay Lethal a few weeks back. Bennett wants a rematch and without Todd Sinclair as ref.
Last week's main event of the Briscoe Brothers becoming the No. 1 contenders to the ROH World tag titles by beating the All Night Express is recapped. Solid match here.
The Proving Ground match is explained to segue us into the main event. Basically, it's a one-fall, non-title match where if the challenger(s) win, a title match will be granted within 90 days.
Match #2 – Proving Ground Match - Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman
I know nothing about Alexander and Coleman, but they showed an impressive skill set here. Then again, it's not like Team Angle was going to lose, right?
The champs pick up Coleman backwards on their shoulders and deliver a double-team powerboms and we get three.
Winners via pinfall: Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team
Haas and Benjamin help the defeated to their feet and handshakes all around. The Briscoes come out and Jay has the mic. He says after Final Battle, "Dem Boys" will be the seven-time ROH tag champs. We'll see. Should be a great match. This ends tonight's show.
WEEKLY DISCLAIMER: Great show again tonight! ROH is wrestling. I mean, WRESTLING. They don't need the word "entertainment" in the name of the company to let you know what it's supposed to do for you. It just happens naturally. And yes, I say this every week.
'Til next week, folks.
Matt Mackinder is a born-again wrestling fan and has ROH to thank. Email Matt at email@example.com.