The show has begun, so welcome everyone to the Best in the World LIVE COVERAGE! I am pumped for this show, so not much of an intro here. Let's get to it!
We start the show with Kevin Kelly, Jim Cornette, and Dave Prazak in the ring. General intro and Cornette announced that this is the BIGGEST CROWD in Ring of Honor history. I don't doubt it. This show is a draw. Combined with the crowd and the iPPV buys, this is the most watched Ring of Honor show ever. Tonight we enter a new era in Ring of Honor history. Hype the upcoming TV show. Cornette basically tells haters to eat a dick (I'm paraphrasing). "ROH" says New York City and me in the comfort of my desk chair at home. Are we ready to watch the Ring of Honor wrestlers set this ring on fire today? Let's get this party started.
First out is....BOOM BOOM! COLT CABANA! I like it. Ciampa is out with Nana & Osiris.
Match #1: Colt Cabana vs. Tommaso Ciampa
The code of honor is not followed, so Cabana shakes the hand of Todd Sinclair. We open with a lock up and a clan break. Ciampa starts the match trying to learn how to adapt to Cabana but doesn't know what to make of him. Ciampa catches Cabana's leg off a kick and tosses it to Sinclair, but Cabana blocks the clothesline and gets a shot on the only undefeated roster member in Ring of Honor. Cabana gets a boot up VERY slowly in the corner and Ciampa catches it, but Cabana then elevates himself up and slams the leg down taking Ciampa down as well. That was pretty funny. Cabana stomps the hands of Nana at ringside, but Ciampa is able to nail him and get the first pinfall attempt of the match. Ciampa in charge now. Running knee to the side of Cabana's head in the corner gets another 2. We're about 4 minutes in right now I think. I forgot to start the stopwatch here, but I'm all set up moving forward. Snapmare and a chinlock from Ciampa, but the audience claps Colt to his feet. He's punching Ciampa and trying to mount a comeback. He goes for his middle rope moonsault to the standing Ciampa, but Ciampa drops down and Cabana eats knees! Ciampa in minor control but Cabana gets snake eyes! Jab jab jab jab jab jab rolllllll ELBOW!! Butt bump in the middle of the ring on Ciampa!! 2 count. Cabana gets another boot up in the corner but Ciampa ties him up in between the ropes. German suplex on Colt gets 2! He goes for another suplex...Cabana's out and BILLY GOAT'S CURSE! Ciampa gets to the ropes. Cabana charges with a Flying Asshole in the corner and Ciampa moves. Cabana's up top and Ciampa has him up for a powerbomb. He powerbombs Colt ONTO his knees for three, but that looked...really sloppy. Bummer. That hurts the rating.
Result: Tommaso Ciampa via pinfall @ about 7:38.
My thoughts: Lots of fun comedy here from Colt, but it felt kind of slow and the finisher didn't look too good. Fun bout for sure, but if you missed it, I wouldn't sweat it too much.
Match #2: Mike Bennett vs. Jay Lethal
Big pop AND a "Welcome back!" chant from New York City for Jay Lethal. Then we get a "f--k TNA" chant. The code of honor is not followed. Jay is having some fun and we get a "Randy Savage" chant. That's nice. Finally we lock up after almost a minute and Bennett pushes Lethal into the corner and we get a clean break. Bennett dances around. He's so cocky. I hope he gets his. Another tie up and Bennett gets a hammerlock and again drives Lethal into the corner and breaks cleanly. Side headlock from Bennett, and a shoulder block. Jay is back up, avoids a leapfrog. CHOP! Shoulder block of Lethal's own and another leapfrog evasion plus combo. Armdrag, cartwheel, and a kick to a seated Bennett from Jay. "Lethal" chant. Chop to Bennett in the corner. Whips across the ring and Jay is elevated over to the apron. Shoulder to the midsection, and a hurricanrana over the top! He sends Bennett to the outside. SUICIDE DIVE! "You still got it" from New York. Lol, he's what, 26? Jay gets some shots before Bennett tries to get in and kicks Jay off into the guardrail. The ref reprimands Mike while Brutal Bob SIDEWALK SLAMS LETHAL ONTO THE APRON! Wow, that's the most I've ever seen a manager do. Bennett runs across the apron and gets a jumping clothesline. He rolls Lethal back in and cover him for 2. Rights to Lethal. Jay fights back with some shots the midsection but Bennett cuts him off with a boot to the gut. Vertical suplex gets two for Bennett. Bennett has Jay's arms wrenched back and puts his knee in the back (this is bugging me...someone PLEASE tell me what that move is called. It's so common...). Lethal gets up, tries to roll through but Bennett keeps the hold. Lethal eventually gets out and dodges a corner clothesline from Bennett, hanging him up. Clothesline from Lethal. Handspring back elbow!! Jay's on the middle rope and gets a single leg kick to Bennett for two. Jay is going up top!! Brutal Bob is up, but Lethal knocks him down! Bennett gets a right to Lethal though. He's got him up for a top-rope superplex and NAILS it! 1...2...no! Crowd is pretty quiet for anything Bennett does, but this is actually a pretty good match. Bennett goes up top! Bob is telling him no. Elbow drop gets nothing but canvas. Superkick from Jay!! Lethal is on the top rope...SAVAGE ELBOW!! I think he calls it the Lethal Injection? 1....2....3!!
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