9/7/2013 ROH TV Report
The show opens with footage of last week’s Jay Lethal vs Sonjay Dutt match as part of the first round of the tournament for the vacant ROH World Title.
Kevin Kelly introduces the show from the Mattamy Athletic Center in Toronto, Ontario. Kelly previews tonight’s show with three first round matches in the ROH World Title Tournament including Michael Bennett vs BJ Whitmer, Michael Elgin vs Paul London and Tomasso Ciampa vs Silas Young.
First Round Match: Tomasso Ciampa vs Silas Young. Nigel McGuinness is on commentary with Kevin Kelly. They do an extended collar-and-elbow tie-up to start and fall to the floor continuing the lock-up. They go back inside and trade punches. Young bits a back suplex and is in control until Ciampa hits a big boot. Ciampa starts pulling Young’s moustache to big crowd reactions. Ciampa goes for a running knee but Young cuts him off with a running forearm. The show goes to commercials and on return they are both struggling to hit a suplex on the ropes. Ciampa hits a knee to the face but Young responds by suplexing Ciampa from the apron to the floor. They both beat the referee’s count and they start trading headbutts on the mat. They get to their feet and Ciampa hits a dragon suplex. Ciampa goes for a running knee but Young dropkicks him in the knee and then hits a clothesline. Young hits a Finlay roll and then goes for his headstand on the turnbuckle into a springboard moonsault but Ciampa cuts him off with a big boot. Ciampa takes Young to the top rope. Young knocks Ciampa off and goes for a bodypress but Ciampa rolls through. They trade strikes and Ciampa hits Project Ciampa for the pinfall to advance to the second round.
First Round Match: BJ Whitmer vs Michael Bennett with Maria Kanellis. Bennett charges Whitmer who hits an exploder suplex and goes for a pinfall. Bennett rolls outside but Whitmer hits a tope suicida. Whitmer lays into Bennett with chops and suplexes him on the floor. Back inside Whitmer is in control until Bennett trips him into the ropes and dropkicks him from the floor. Bennett seats Whitmer on a chair outside and hits two running kicks as the show goes to commercials. After the break they are back inside and Whitmer hits a back suplex. Bennett hits a spinebuster and is in control briefly. They trade punches and then both hit each other with clotheslines at the same time. Maria is on the ring apron arguing with the referee when she throws her shoe in the ring for Bennett. Nigel grabs the shoe and then puts Maria over his shoulder and carries her to the back. Bennett attempts to follow but Whitmer climbs to the top rope and hits a plancha to Bennett on the outside. Whitmer hits clotheslines and a powerslam in the ring. Whitmer hits a vertical suplex and floats over into a northern lights suplex. Bennett hits a chinbreaker followed by a TKO. Whitmer hits two fisherman’s busters for a two-count. They go to the ring apron and Whitmer attempts an exploder but Bennett kicks him in the gut and hits a piledriver on the apron. Whitmer falls to the floor and the referee calls for the bell.
After a commercial footage is shown from 6/1/2013 ROH TV with Paul London coming to the ring to chants of “You’ve still got it.” ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness is shown telling London he has a spot here for life as long as he takes care of his concussion. The then-scheduled London vs Elgin match was postponed and Nigel said when London is healthy he will make the match and they will blow the walls off Ring Of Honor
First Round Match: Paul London vs Michael Elgin. They go for control and London hits a flying headscissors. London goes for a schoolboy and then a hurracanrana but is blocked and Elgin goes outside. London goes for a dive but Elgin rolls back inside. London hits a dropkick and Elgin hits a shoulder-block. London hits a knee off the top rope and then hits a dropkick to Elgin’s knee and then to his head. London hits a crossbody but is caught by Elgin. London goes for a springboard dropkick but Elgin catches him in a powerslam. They trade chops and then Elgin holds up London for a long delayed vertical suplex. The show goes to commercials and on return they on the apron. Elgin attempts a suplex but London gives him a hurracanrana from the apron to the floor. Elgin is back inside and London hits a springboard missile dropkick. Elgin puts London on his shoulders but London counters into a sunset flip attempt. Elgin goes for a sitdown splash but London moves and hits a standing shooting star press. Elgin hits a running kick and then a black hole slam. Elgin gives London a deadlift German suplex. London hits an enzuiguri. They have an extended forearm exchange. Elgin hits a forearm to the back of London’s head. London hits a dropsault. Elgin is outside and London hits a tope con giro. London goes back inside and hits a springboard double stomp to Elgin on the floor. London goes up top and Elgin follows with London hitting him with headbutts. London goes for a springboard move but Elgin dropkicks him to the floor. Elgin gives London a deadlift superplex. Elgin hits a buckle bomb and goes for a powerbomb that London reverses into a hurracanrana. London goes to the top rope and hits a shooting star press with Elgin kicking out. Elgin is up top and London follows with Elgin hitting a top rope powerbomb. Elgin hits a spinning backfist, a buckle bomb and then his spinning sit-out powerbomb to get the pinfall and advance in the tournament.
The show was excellent this week and probably one of the best episodes in a long time. It was wrestling from beginning to end and I enjoyed all of it even though I had already seen them all live. There are three matches here that are all worth seeing and Nigel is exceptional on commentary. This tournament has been great and really should be getting more talk.