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ROH: Top Prospect Tournament gains steam
By MATT MACKINDER- SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight’s Ring Of Honor broadcast comes to us from the Nashville Fairgrounds and we continue with the 2014 Top Prospect Tournament, as well as a confrontation between Jay Briscoe and ROH World champion Adam Cole.

Kevin Kelly is ringside, to be joined later on by Steve Corino, and we get right to the ring.

Match #1 - Top Prospect Tournament semifinals – Corey Hollis vs. Raymond Rowe

This Rowe guy is built like a brick and could be a dominant force in ROH. His finisher is deadly – a Full Nelson where he drops Hollis into his extended knee – and gets him to the finals.

Winner via pinfall: Raymond Rowe

After a commercial break, we get right back to the action.

Match #2 – RD Evans w/ Veda Scott vs. Matt Sells

Corino is now ringside and mentions Evans’ supposed 13-0 record as of late and asks who else has a record like that. He also says the record began in Rio de Janeiro. Great stuff.

Evans takes the duke with a diving headbutt from the top.

Winner via pinfall: R.D. Evans

Veda grabs the mic and issues an open challenge for Evans, something that seems to infuriate him, even more when “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin accepts and walks to the ring. Elgin takes the mic and utters three words: “Ring the bell.”

Match #3 – R.D. Evans w/ Veda Scott vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin

As you can imagine, Elgin annihilates Evans, who gets in minimal offense. Elgin drills the buckle bomb and the spinning sit-out powerbomb, but doesn’t go for the cover. Instead, he sets up two chairs in the ring and powerbombs Evans onto the steel, causing referee Brian Gorie to call for the bell.

Winner via disqualification: R.D. Evans

Veda celebrates at ringside as her man’s winning streak is still intact. Elgin chirps Cole to the camera, saying this is a sign of things to come.

Don’t forget – A.J. Styles makes his ROH TV return next week against Roderick Strong. Can’t wait. Seriously.

Match #4 – “T.D.” Tadarius Thomas vs. Matt Taven

A rematch of the 2013 Top Prospect Tournament finals sees Taven come out without Truth Martini of the Hoopla Hotties. Boooooo!

Thomas comes off the top looking for something, but is met by a superkick from Taven. A frog splash later and Taven beats Thomas just as he did a year ago.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Taven

Jay Briscoe hits the ring with his version of the ROH World title and calls out Cole, but Bobby Fish comes out. Bobby Fish? Really? Fish calls Jay's belt fake, says he is insulted that Jay made it in his basement on a chicken farm in Sandy Fork, Delaware. Fish accepts the match on behalf of Cole and away we go.

Match #5 – Jay Briscoe vs. Bobby Fish

What a match!

Briscoe hits a splash from the top, but both men are hurt. Cole comes out and grabs Jay’s title belt. With referee Todd Sinclair distracted, Fish low-blows Jay from behind and hits a suplex for a near-fall.

Cole then jumps on the apron and Jay pushes Fish into the champ. Fish turns around into a kick and the Jay Driller and Briscoe gets the three.

Winner via pinfall: Jay Briscoe

Cole jumps in the ring to blindside Jay, who ducks and grabs Cole, but he escapes to the floor. Jay picks up both belts and poses in the incensed Cole’s face to end the show.

Matt Mackinder has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2006. Wow – has it been that long? Contact Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.