ROH Showdown in the Sun: Richards retains, Steen gets unexpected help
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
|Davey Richards superkicks Roderick Strong near the end of their ROH World title match. Photos by The Masked SLAM! Wrestling Photographer
It's a "Showdown in the Sun" as Ring of Honor returns to iPPV for two shows this weekend. Friday night, the ROH World Championship took center stage as Davey Richards defended his title against Eddie Edwards and Roderick Strong in a triple threat elimination match. In other action, El Generico was out for revenge against Kevin Steen in a last man standing match and Lance Storm returned to face Mike Bennett.
Kevin Kelly and former Ring of Honor World Champion Nigel McGuinness welcome us to tonight's show, an eight-match affair from the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the first of two ROH pay-per-views this weekend.
Due to technical errors with Go Fight Live's stream of this event, no match ratings will be provided for this show.
In the opening match, the Briscoe Brothers defeated Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste in a Proving Ground match.
Jim Cornette is in the ring and welcomes NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce. Last night, Cornette informs us Pearce beat Adam Cole at an NWA event by using a low blow and a piledriver, which is illegal in ROH. Pearce notes Cole is good, not great. Cole makes his way out.
Cole notes Cornette told him he wanted to gain something from the match with Pearce and he says what he learned was that if he got one more chance, he'd beat Pearce. Pearce says they've got a referee and nothing but air and opportunity between them, so let's do it. Cornette balks, but says he can't put the title on the line, but they can have a match.
Match #2 - Adam Pearce vs. Adam Cole
Pearce with a big suplex driver for two but Cole counters with a big kick to the head. Cole to the top rope but he misses a high cross by a mile. Cole, though, hits a super kick and a Shining Wizard for two. Pearce whips Cole into the corner and goes for the piledriver, but the referee stops him. Cole flips him over and sits down and pins him.
Winner via pinfall: Adam Cole
Match #3 - Tornado Tag Team Match - Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. Matt & Nick Jackson
Springboard face plant connects for the Bucks and they take over. They work over King as Titus is down on the outside. Titus comes back, though, and hits some clotheslines and then a big backdrop. Titus takes too long going for a move and gets super kicked. Then King eats a double superkick. The Bucks follow with stereo 450 splashes but both King and Titus kick out.
Bucks waste too much time and Titus rolls Matt up and gets the pin.
Winners via pinfall: All Night Express
After the match Nick comes in and hammers Titus in the back of the knee with a steel chair before King runs them off.
Match #4 - Ring of Honor World Television Championship - (c) Jay Lethal vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Lethal works an extended wristlock that O'Reilly can't get out of without slapping Lethal square in the kisser. O'Reilly goes to work with a modified abdominal stretch. Lethal, though, sends O'Reilly to the apron and then drop kicks him to the floor. They end up on the stage area and O'Reilly sweeps the leg, sending Lethal crashing hard to the unprotected ground.
A different modified abdominal stretch now for O'Reilly, complete with elbow into the ribs. Front headlock for O'Reilly and he turns it into a guillotine choke, but Lethal pounds O'Reilly into the corner and hits the Lethal Combination. Follows with a back-spring elbow for two. O'Reilly, though, comes back with a drop kick in the corner. He loads Lethal up on the top rope and hits a back suplex from the top but Lethal kicks out at two.
O'Reilly taunting Lethal now. Big knee to the face connects for O'Reilly, but Lethal hits a kick and follows with the Lethal Injection to retain his title.
Winner via pinfall and STILL Ring of Honor World Television Champion: Jay Lethal
Match #5 - Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin
Haas drops Coleman right on the barricade and he is in the world of hurt. They bring him back into the ring and Haas hits a slingshot splash. Haas and Benjamin in complete control here. Alexander finally gets the tag and he comes in with a missile dropkick and he goes to work on both Haas & Benjamin. He hits a bulldog on Benjamin for two as Haas breaks up the fall.
All four men in now. And I miss the finish completely because Go Fight Live completely cut out. I see on Twitter that Haas & Benjamin won.
Winners via ???: Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin
Match #6 - Lance Storm vs. Mike Bennett
Wish I could tell you what happened in the opening parts of this match, but I can't because Go Fight Live is a flat-out embarrassment for this show.
Storm rolls through a sunset flip attempt into the half crab, but Bennett pushes him away and puts the boots to him in the corner. Bennett back to work with a chinlock, but Storm hits a jawbreaker and they go through some boo/yay strikes. Storm gets the better of it and goes to work. He hits a leg lariat for two. Storm goes to the apron and hits a springboard clothesline for two. He goes to the corner and calls for the super kick but Bennett catches it, spins him and hits a spinebuster for two.
Bennett hits the Box Office Smash but Storm kicks out. Now Bennett goes for the half crab himself, but Storm easily escapes it and hits the super kick for two. They go off the ropes and Bennett hits a spear. Storm rises and hits the drop toe hold and snaps the leg back. Dragon-screw leg whip connects for Storm. Bennett manages to pull himself to the corner and kick Storm in the face and go for the TKO, but Storm escapes and rolls through into the half crab. Bennett fights it. He's near the ropes and finally gets to the bottom rope.
Bennett tries to go to the top but Storm cuts him off. He goes for a superplex but Maria holds on to Bennett's foot and Bennett hits the Box Office Smash off the top but Storm manages to kick out at two. Storm, though, cannot kick out of the TKO that ensues.
Winner via pinfall: Mike Bennett
Match #7 - Last Man Standing - El Generico vs. Kevin Steen
Generico doesn't even allow the introductions and attacks Steen. He suplexes him into the turnbuckle and then hits a flying flip dive to the outside. It's on!
They end up in the ring and Generico hits the mounted punches in the corner. Steen ends up biting Generico in the back. Generico fights him off and springboards into the ring right into a cutter. Steen with a chair into the cut and then into the back. They block each others chair shots and Steen hits a Codebreaker with a chair between his knees and Generico's face.
Steen hits a running barrel roll into the corner and then puts a chair on Generico and does it again. Steen charges Generico but gets low-bridged. Generico goes to hit the ropes but Steen pulls him out and power bombs him on the ring apron.
Generico gets going, hitting two yakuza kicks. Steen ends up on the stage area and Generico follows, hitting a sitout slam onto the concrete. Steen barely beats the count by rolling onto his feet off the stage. Generico goes back up to the stage, runs on the railing and hits a tornado DDT onto the floor.
Generico goes under the ring and grabs a table. He sets it up on the outside and brings Steen out and puts him on it. Steen gets up, runs Generico into the post and puts Generico on it. He goes back into the ring, hits the far ropes and comes over the top with a flip dive through the table. Steen sets up two chairs in the ring but it's Generico who takes advantage of them, hitting a double underhook suplex onto them. Steen in a world of trouble here, but he gets up at the last second.
Generico goes for a brainbuster on the chair but Steen counters with a slam of his own through the chair. Steen puts a chair on Generico and goes to the top rope, but Generico leaps to his feet and kicks Steen off the ropes, sending him through the timekeepers table. Steen barely beats the count.
Jimmy Jacobs and his spike after attacking El Generico.
They trade blows in the center of the ring. They trade moves and reversals and it ends with Generico hitting the brainbuster. Each man down. They rise and each have chairs. They swing at each other but Steen gets the best of it when he low blows Generico. Steen has a chair and lines him up, but Jimmy Jacobs runs down and gets in the way. Generico takes advantage and suplexes Steen. Jacobs with a chair now and he hands it to Generico. Jacobs, though, pulls a spike out of his jacket and hits Generico with it. Steen grabs the chair but he gives it to Jacobs instead, who lines Generico up and plasters him with it. The count is academic at this point.
Winner: Kevin Steen
Match #8 - Triple Threat Elimination Match for the Ring of Honor World Championship - (c) Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong vs. Eddie Edwards
All three men just kick the bejeezus out of each other here. Kicks, punches, chops, knees, slaps. Now Edwards and Richards double team Strong but it doesn't work as Strong is ahead of the game. Again, all three men just all over each other. Richards, though, catches Strong in the ankle lock. Strong tries to push out but Richards rolls it through. Edwards comes back in and boots Richards in the head but he refuses to let go. He tries it again and now Richards locks in the ankle lock on Edwards after catching the foot. Both men eventually get to the ropes.
Edwards and Strong battle on the apron and Strong gets the best of it with a side slam. Richards, though, drills him with a suicide dive to the outside. Now here comes Richards with an Asai moonsault onto both men. Back in the ring, Richards hits a superplex into an armbar, but Strong comes in and grabs Richards into a Boston Crab. Edwards up and he and Strong start chopping each other. Again, all three men in on the action now. Richards eats a super kick from Edwards.
Now Edwards gets going here. He goes for a power bomb and Richards comes flying in and catches hits a backstabber as the move is coming down. Truth Martini goes to the top rope but Edwards shoves him off into Michael Elgin only to be small packaged by Strong, who eliminates Edwards.
Eddie Edwards eliminated
Richards off the top with a double stomp for two. He hits the Gibson Driver for another two count. He's all over Strong here. Richards with two kicks, including an execution kick, and that does it.
Winner via pinfall and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: Davey Richards
Elgin in and he goes after Richards, hitting a sitout power bomb. Martini grabs the mic and says when Richards and Elgin meet tomorrow, there will be a new champion.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch for Matt Bishop's report from Saturday night's ROH iPPV as well.
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