Welcome to ROH TV! Tonight we conclude the first round of the Tag Title Tournament and continue the World TV Title Tournament. I am also told that Adam Cole has something to say and will say it tonight. Lets get to the action!
Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team vs C & C Wrestle Factory This was a pretty back and forth match. Eventually Haas got Cedric Alexander outside and grabbed a chair only to smash him with it causing the automatic DQ.
Rhett Titus vs Mike Bennett No matter what Bennett did Titus kept frustrating him at ever turn. When Titus would get the upper hand he would walk over and flirt with Maria, which only disgusted her, and angered Bennett. Finally the flirting went too far and Bennett attacked, brawling all around the ring with Titus before throwing him out of the ring. Bennett ignored the refs instructions to get Titus back in the ring and dropped him with a PHOTO FINISH. That was enough for the ref to call for the DQ sending Titus into the next round of the TV Title Tournament.
Bennett was not done yet, and he let Maria get a few kicks in for good measure before throwing Titus back into the ring and hitting a couple of BOX OFFICE SMASHES. Finally Jay Lethal ran down to the ring to save his partner but the damage was already done. As medical officials got Titus and took him to the back Homicide came down to the ring and wanted to get their match started right now!
Lay Lethal vs Homicide Lethal dominated this match for a good bit of time. Then he made a mistake, throwing Homicide outside Lethal went for a plancha but Cide moved out of the way and Lethal went splat. Homicide decided to try the same thing but at the last second Lethal moved and Homicide splatted all over the outside. From there it was back and forth, with Homicide even introducing Lethal to his trusty fork. Finally Homicide got tired of playing around and hit Lethal with a mighty DA GRINGO KILLER to put him in the next round of the TV Title Tournament.
We have just received word that Rhett Titus has a minor injury and he will need at least a week to recover.
The music of the Dojo Bros hits and Adam Cole comes to the ring. He is clearly still frustrated with recent events but slightly calmer than before. Getting in the ring he gets a mic.
AC: "It seems that I am on a bit of a losing streak, through no fault of my own, but that still does not excuse the actions of one Roderick Strong! Strong you called me a side kick? I am nobodies side kick! Eddie and I are partners and friends, I am not his side kick. With that in mind, Strong, I am challanging you to a match next week! Now I know it wont be a title match since I have not earned a title match yet and Eddie is getting that shot at Anarchy in the Second City.......
The music of the House of Truth hits and out comes Roderick Strong with a big smile on his face.
RS: "Adam, adam, adam, do you really think that I am afraid of you? The Robin to Eddies Batman, the Stimpy to Eddies Ren, the Cornfed to Eddies Duckman? If you really want a match with me next week then fine, I accept your challange. I need a tune up match anyway.
AC: "For the last time, I am not a side kick! But I will be kicking your butt all over this ring next week! Now I have a tune up match of my own right now so get out here Ciampa!"
Adam Cole vs Tommaso Ciampa Well Tommaso Ciampa was no push over in this match. Cole had a hard time putting him away and almost lost in the process, but Cole did bounce back and threw Ciampa out of the ring who made a hard landing that knocked him loopy. Adam Cole simply followed him out and threw him back in before nailing a FLORIDA KEY to get the win and a bit of momentum heading into next week!
S.C.U.M vs QuackenSaw The Chikara visitors put on a clinic against S.C.U.M. and never let Corino get into the match. Jimmy Jacobs never even got to pull his spike out as much as he tried and that cost them the match in short order as Jigsaw hit a picture perfect JIG N TONIC to send QuackenSaw into the next round of the tournament.
Thanks Switch. For my promos I just put down whatever comes to mind and how I think the person would say it, and act. It also helps that I have watched enough ROH that I can get some of the characters down.
ROH TV #4 January 12, 2013 Amsoil Arena, Duluth MN
The Briscoes vs The Young Wolves Davie and Kyle were extremely cocky coming into this match sensing that they had it in the bag, but it was not meant to be. Both Briscoes pounded them all over the ring and in short order Jay and Mark hit Kyle with a SLINGSHOT LARIAT to send The Briscoes into the final match.
Eddie Edwards vs El Generico Now this was a match. Neither man pulled any punches and the crowd was super into it. Eddie fought off two BRAINBUSTAAAHHH!!! attempts by Generico to stay in it and almost pulled out the win, but El Generico fought back and the third time was the charm as Eddie could not fight off this BRAINBUSTAAAHHH!!! and El Generico gets the win and advances to the finals of the TV Title Tournament.
Bryan Danielson vs Mike Mondo This was a very hard hitting match. Both Danielson and Mondo just laid into each other. Finally they spilled out of the ring and continued the fight both ignoring the refs instructions to get back in the ring. Finally it was too much and both guys just brawling around the ring the ref finally counted both men out.
C&C Wrestle Factory vs The Dynasty Both teams wanted to be in the finals but only one could make it in. Momentum switched back and forth quite often but in the end 3 different spears by Joey Ryan finally kept Cedric Alexander down for the count and The Dynasty advance to the finals.
Adam Cole vs Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini This wasnt so much a tune up match as it was Roddy taking advantage of the situtation. Cole was dominating and would have put Strong away with the FLORIDA KEY but Truth stuck his nose in and distracted both the ref from making the count and Cole from getting the win. With the ref dealing with Martini Strong hit Cole from behind and locked in the STRONG HOLD. Cole was able to hold out but could not overcome a Death by Roderick that got Strong the win.
ROH TV #5 January 19, 2013 Amsoil Arena, Duluth MN
The Young Bucks vs S.C.U.M. The Bucks tried the finess route against Jacobs and Corino but it just didnt work. Jacobs almost got to use his Spike also but the ref stopped that from happening. Finally in the end Corino hit Matt Jackson with a couple of diving leg drops and Jacobs cut Nick off from making the save as S.C.U.M. is victorious.
Rhett Titus vs Homicide Fresh off his one week injury Titus was looking to take it to Homicide and go on to the final match. Cide had other plans though and it was a pretty back and forth match. Pretty soon Maria came out and was looking to distract Titus but he simply ignored her attention and focused on Homicide much to the anger of Maria. Soon Cide was frustrated at not being able to put Titus away so he threw him outside and grabbed a chair. Ignoring the ref to put the chair down Homicide went on the attack drawing the DQ but hurting Titus in the process.
Rhino vs Delirious Delirious was making his return to ROH and Rhino was looking to make it a one night deal. Rhino had the match well in hand when Delirious snapped and tossed Rhino to the outside and went on the attack. He dragged Rhino all around the ring and over to the announce table where Delirious ignored the ref even more and planted Rhino through the table with a PRAYING MANTIS BOMB to draw the automatic DQ.
Kevin Steen vs Claudio Castagnoli Steen and Claudio put on one heck of a match, with nobody knowing who was going to win. Back and forth they went and Claudio almost got the duce with a RICOLA BOMB but Steen kicked out. Finally Steen got Claudio outside the ring and hit him with two powerbombs onto the ring apron and simply rolled Claudio back into the ring for the 3 count.
House of Truth vs QuackenSaw The fans were expecting a spectacular match from these two teams but Strong and Elgin had other plans and finished off QuackenSaw in no time flat. Jigsaw never even got in the ring as in 5 minutes flat Elgin was tagged in and nailed Quack with a SPINNING SIT-OUT POWERBOMB to put the House into the final match and end the Chikara expermint.
ROH Presents Anarchy in The Second City January 25, 2013 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis/Chicago, IL
Jay Lethal vs Bryan Danielson These two kicked off Anarchy in The Second City and they did not disappoint. They both beat the crap out of each other with Lethal even injuring Danielsons' leg at one point. With Bryan on the defensive Lethal went on the attack and finally managed to apply a figure four leglock that Danielson tried to fight but his leg was too hurt and he finally tapped out.
Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team vs The Young Bucks The Bucks finally lived up to their ROH hype against Haas and Benjamin. All four men did things not seen in quite a long time and the bucks managed to stay in the match surviving a couple LEAPS OF FAITH, HAAS OF PAIN and a couple of PAY DIRTS. After 15 minutes Nick Jackson got hit with a move that made him just groggy enough to succumb to a PAY DIRT from Shelton to send the Bucks home losers.
World TV Title Tournament Finals El Generico vs Rhett Titus These guys pulled out all the stops since they both wanted to be the TV Champion. Back and forth they went, with Titus getting the upper hand then Generico taking that momentum away. Titus even fought off two BRAINBUSTAAAHHH!!! attempts and hit a MUFF DRIVER on Generico, but he kicked out. They even brawled around the outside of the ring both just avoiding Disqualification multiple times. Eventually Titus caught Generico with an inverted overdrive to take the win and the TV Title.
NEW World TV Champion RHETT TITUS
Rhett didnt have time to celebrate his victory though as just as soon as his hand was raised Mike Bennett and Maria hit the ring and Bennett attacked. He nailed Titus a few times then held him up so Maria could get a couple of shots in. Finally with Titus pulling himself up by the ropes Bennett got a running start and hit Titus right between the eyes with the TV Title Belt and left the ring a happy man.
Adam Cole vs Delirious Delirious did not seem interested in engaging with Cole in this match at all and Cole took advantage of that by easily handling Delirious and finishing him with a FLORIDA KEY in just 5 minutes.
World Tag Team Title Tournament Finals Gauntlet Match The House of Truth vs The Briscoes vs The Dynasty The Briscoes and Dynasty started this match off and went at it. Both teams used multiple finishers with Joey surviving a couple of DUAL SUPERKICKS and Sky survived a SLINGSHOT LARIAT. Mark even survived an ACE OF SPADES from Sky. Eventually Ryan was tagged back in and took the brunt of more punishment before falling victim to a DOOMSDAY DEVICE as the Briscoes sent The Dynasty packing back to Hollywood. Strong and Elgin hit the ring right after the three and started brawling with both Briscoes. The Briscoes had the win at one point after DUALING SUPERKICKS on Strong but Truth Martini pulled the ref out of the ring and then Elgin was tagged in. That would spell doom for the HOT as Elgin just couldnt keep the advantage and Jay nailed Elgin with a mighty JAY DRILLER to get the three and bring the Tag Titles home to The Briscoes.
NEW World Tag Team Champions THE BRISCOES
Tommaso Ciampa vs Claudio Castagnoli This was like the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. This had to be the stiffest match of the night. Both men just pounded on each other not giving an inch. Finally they both tumbled out to the floor where the brawl resumed and both men ignored the refs instructions to get back in the ring. Claudio then took matters into his own hands and nailed Ciampa with Swiss Death to draw the DQ from the ref.
Kevin Steen vs Sami Callihan Since this was not an Ultraviolent match that CZW is famous for Sami had a hard time with Steen and Steen took advantage of that handicap. He brutalized Callihan, but Sami did make one small comeback. It was not enough however as Steen retook the advantage and planted Callihan into the mat with a PACKAGE PILEDRIVER to get the three.
ROH World Heavyweight Title Match Eddie Edwards vs Roderick Strong(c) Strong was not in the greatest of moods coming into the match since his quest to be a double champion was denied, and he took that out on Eddie. Edwards tried to mount a comeback but Strong was just not in the mood and took it to Eddie from pillar to post. Eddie survived a couple of SICK KICKS and a STRONG HOLD to stay in the match. Finally Strong hit Eddie with a Death by Roderick and was about to get the pin when familiar music hit.
From out of nowhere CM Punk and Colt Cabana hit the ring and attacked Strong and Edwards. Cabana hit Eddie a couple of times then tossed him out of the ring while Punk pounded on Strong and then brought him over to the corner only to hit Strong with a PEPSI PLUNGE! The crowd was going insane as Punk left Strong face down and collected a mic.
Punk: "Welcome to the Straight Edge Revolution! ROH you wanted Anarchy in The Second City? Well you got it! Now if you thought you could bring your little show here to Chicago and not invite CM Punk, then you were sorely mistaken. Colt and I are here for one reason, and one reason only, the World Heavyweight Title! Eddie, I am sorry about what Colt did to you, that was nothing personal, just business. Roddy on the other hand, that was personal. Strong I know you cant hear me right now in your unconscious state, so when you wake up have your pitiful little manager explain what happened. "
Punk: "I have sat back long enough and let you parade around as Champion Roddy! It made me sick to my stomach when you won the title last month, and I vowed that I would be the one to come back and take it off of you. You see Roddy, I helped build this company while you came in and reeped all the benefits. Now that is all going to change, because The Second City Saints are here, and I am not about to let you benefit anymore from MY hard work! I am sorry did I say MY hard work, I meant to say OUR hard work. There are more of US here, in fact WE have been here for awhile now, on a scouting mission as it were. So Roddy, this is your only warning, the ROH World Heavyweight Title WILL be mine. WE are here, and WE are not leaving anytime soon! I am CM Punk! I am Straight Edge! Roddy, I am better than You!"
The fans continued to go nuts for CM Punk and Colt Cabana, even breaking out into Welcome Back chants. With a final disgusted look on his face at Roderick Strong Punk and Cabana left the ring. What will the repercussions of this attack be? Will Punk have more to say, and will we find out who this WE are? Tune in to ROH TV next week to find out!