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ROH: Cole and Elgin advance, will battle for World title
By MATT MACKINDER- SLAM! Wrestling


The semifinals of the Ring Of Honor World title tournament are upon us.

Well, sort of.

The two matches actually happened Sept. 20 in Philadelphia, but for taped TV’s sake, they are happening Sunday night. And both matches are doozies.

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are ringside and away we go, folks.

Match #1 - Adam Cole vs. “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa

Every time I watch Cole, I see more and more that he can be a superstar in the pro wrestling business. He has all the intangibles down and is an incredible in-ring performer. Plus, he’s only 24 years old, so he has time on his side.

Ciampa is still nursing his surgically-repaired left knee and the injury comes into play late in the match. Ciampa has Cole down, but his knee buckles and Cole takes advantage.

A suplex into a neckbreaker drops Ciampa and Cole locks in the figure-four leglock. The two exchange slaps before Cole somewhat breaks the hold to kick Ciampa in the face three times. Ciampa slumps to the mat and the referee counts three.

Winner via pinfall: Adam Cole

Cole advances to the finals to battle a Canadian. Which one? We find out next.

Match #2 – “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen

This match was a clinic. Two guys in their primes who can downright wrestle. This type of match defines ROH. And I’ve always thought Steen is one of the world’s 10 best wrestlers. Maybe even top five.

The fans are definitely into this match, and why not?

Elgin goes for the crossface on Steen, but Steen drapes a leg over the ropes and the hold is broken. Later, Elgin gets the crossface on Steen again and deep this time. The former ROH champ is forced to tap.

Winner via submission: Michael Elgin

Both men look absolutely exhausted on the mat. Steen is the first to his feet and he helps Elgin up. The two shake hands and Steen leaves the ring.

Next week, the finals of the tournament will have Cole against Elgin for ROH’s biggest prize. Even though it’s well known who wins, I have a feeling it’s a solid, solid match. ‘Till next week.

Matt Mackinder attended his first ROH show in March 2007 in Detroit. He’s been hooked ever since. Contact Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.