ROH: Champions vs. All-Stars a classic
MATT MACKINDER- SLAM! Wrestling
Just one match is on the card tonight on Ring Of Honor TV, but it promises to be nothing short of outstanding.
From Chicago Ridge, Ill., as part of Glory By Honor XII, it’s Champions vs. All-Stars. Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino are ringside and we get right to the introductions.
It’s an eight-man elimination match with the four ROH champs on one side against their top contenders on the other.
Match #1 - ROH World Champion Adam Cole, ROH World TV Champion Matt Taven (w/ Truth Martini and the Hoopla Hotties) and reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal and the C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander)
During the match, which has a two-hour time limit (for a one-hour TV show?), we see Outlaw Inc. at ringside and something tells me that Eddie Kingston and Homicide will get involved at some point.
During an early Pier-6, Fish gets busted open driving Coleman into the ringside barricade and then Outlaw Inc. joins fray.
Back in the ring, Alexander comes off the top attempting to land something on Cole, but the champ superkicks Alexander on the way down for the pin and the first elimination.
Cedric Alexander has been eliminated.
Lethal takes control of Taven and heads to the top rope. One of the Hotties goes up top with Lethal and Taven kicks Lethal in the face, knocking both Lethal and the Hottie through a ringside table. The female is carried to the back, while ROH matchmaker and refs come down to check on Lethal.
The smoke cleared, Cole drills the Florida Key on Coleman and the Champions are up 4-2.
Caprice Coleman has been eliminated.
The next elimination comes when Elgin goes stiff on O’Reilly and hammers him with the Rainmaker, a quick short clothesline, for the three count.
Kyle O’Reilly has been eliminated.
Lethal comes in and locks the Texas Cloverleaf on Taven, who tags in Cole without Lethal seeing it. Cole kicks Lethal in the back of the head and then turns a suplex into an inverted neckbreaker for three,
Jay Lethal has been eliminated.
Now facing 3-1 odds, Elgin counters Taven’s Climax finisher into a crossface and Taven taps.
Matt Taven has been eliminated.
Elgin then goes to work on Fish with a back slap and a buckle bomb into his patented spinning power bomb for the pin, which is also the first time Fish has been pinned in an ROH ring, according to Kelly.
Bobby Fish has been eliminated.
Now 1-on-1 and if Elgin beats Cole, he gets a future World title shot, but if Cole wins, Elgin is out of the title picture.
The next 10 minutes are classic ROH as the two pros go back and forth, counter for counter, hold for hold, until Elgin absolutely destroys Cole with a top-rope power bomb for the three count and the win for the Champions.
Adam Cole has been eliminated.
Winner and sole survivor: Michael Elgin
Jay Briscoe hits the ring and KO’s both Elgin and Cole with what appears to be a loaded bag. He takes out some other championship belt and holds it high as this show comes to an end.
Wow. Just, wow. Great show this week! This is why ROH is the best wrestling on the planet, bar none.
Note: Here are the results from past shows on ROH TV: Oct. 27 - Jimmy Jacobs defeated Silas Young, Davey Richards beat Ricky Marvin and Eddie Edwards pinned Kevin Steen. Nov. 3 - Silas Young beat Mark Briscoe, Jimmy Jacobs pinned Adam Page and Michael Bennett beat Kevin Steen. Nov. 10 - Tomasso Ciampa submitted Jesse Sorensen, Outlaw Inc. beat Adrenaline Rush (ACH and Tadarius Thomas) and Paul London pinned Roderick Strong.
Matt Mackinder was happily back in the saddle this week for the ROH TV report and picked a heckuva show to watch. Contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.