10/26/2013 ROH TV Report
The show opens with footage of Michael Bennett injuring BJ Whitmer with a piledriver at All-Star Extravaganza in Toronto. Whitmer is then shown in the ring with Nigel McGuinness announcing his retirement. He says that last time he left he didn’t get the chance to say goodbye but this time he does and he thanks the fans for everything. Whitmer calls Jimmy Jacobs to the ring saying that when he was in the hospital in Toronto Jimmy was at his bedside and called or texted every day. Whitmer asks Nigel to give Jacobs a chance to get his job back.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness introduce the show from the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA. They preview tonight’s matches with Eddie Edwards vs Kevin Steen and Ricky Marvin vs Davey Richards.
1) Silas Young vs Jimmy Jacobs: Young takes the microphone as the fans are cheering Jacobs and says he thought he was in Philadelphia, the birthplace of ROH and the home of loyal fans. He says that a few short months ago Jacobs tried to destroy the company and now the fans cheer him like idiots. Young says what really disgusts him is that Jacobs went to Whitmer when he was at his youngest point and used Whitmer’s pain for his gain. He says that Nigel wants to give him the opportunity to show he is an honorable man but he sees him with his pink hair, feminine body and make-up and that Jacobs knows he can wipe the mat with him. Young says Jacobs is self-entitled and expects second chance after second chance because Mommy and Daddy made sure he got a trophy when his team finished dead-last and he wouldn’t know what a real man was if it hit him in the head like a hammer. Young puts the microphone at ringside and as he turns around Jacobs hits him with a spear. Jacobs pins him and wins the match.
A vignette of Adam Cole is shown with footage of him winning the title as well as clips from his interview from last week. Michael Elgin and Jay Briscoe are shown grabbing the title belt and arguing over it last week.
An interview is shown with The American Wolves of Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards. Edwards says that they split up and see singles action tonight and that he will be facing Mr. Wrestling Kevin Steen. Richards says he and Ricky Marvin are two world-travelled wrestlers who have won titles all over the world but tonight they’re in the heart of America and the heart of professional wrestling in a Ring Of Honor ring. He says that whether it is he or Edwards their opponents will go down because they are the best in the world.
2) Ricky Marvin vs Davey Richards: Marvin comes out with two title belts that we are told are from promotions in Chile. Marvin and Richards tie up and trade hammerlocks and wristlocks and come to a stalemate. They tie up again and continue to trade holds again until Richards rolls outside and Marvin hits a tope suicida. Richards comes back inside and catches Marvin on his shoulders, places him on the turnbuckle and drives a knee into his side. Marvin falls to the floor and beats the count inside. Richards starts hitting him with kicks and punches and applies a bodyscissors. Marvin gets out and fights back with forearms but takes a knee to the gut. Richards kicks him but Marvin hits a spinkick off the ropes. They trade forearms and Marvin handsprings into a DDT. Marvin hits a rolling neckbreaker as the show goes to commercials.
After the break, they’re battling on the ropes to hit a suplex. Marvin floats over Richards to the apron and tries to suplex him to the floor. Richards elbows his way out but Marvin hits a superkick on the apron and then gives Richards a headscissors to the floor. Marvin goes inside and hits a running kick to knock Richards off the apron. Marvin goes to the top rope and hits a moonsault to Richards on the floor. Marvin takes him inside and hits a dropkick. Richards fights back and hits an enzuiguri followed by a German suplex in which he hurts his own neck. Richards takes Marvin rope but Marvin hits him with an elbow. Richards gives Marvin a German suplex off the top rope but Marvin lands on his feet and hits three superkicks for a two-count. Richards rolls up Marvin and they trade slaps and kicks. Richards hits a running forearm in the corner but then Marvin hits him with a clothesline. Marvin gives Richards a Michinoku Driver. Marvin goes to the top rope but gets crotched on the turnbuckle when Richards pushes the referee into the ropes. Richards climbs the rope but Marvin knocks him off. Marvin jumps into a kick from Richards who then hits a running kick in the corner. Richards gives Marvin a double stomp off the top rope. Marvin kicks out of a pin attempt and does a roll-up. Marvin counters a powerbomb attempt from Richards into a hurracanrana. They trade kicks and Richards hits an alarm clock and a clothesline. Richards then gives Marvin a brainbuster and pins him to with the match.
After a commercial break Veda Scott comes to ringside and serves papers to Nigel and tells him to look at it right now. She goes to the back as Nigel says it is more stuff regarding Steve Corino and that he needs to go to the back.
3) Kevin Steen vs Eddie Edwards: Steen comes to the ring first and gets attacked from behind from Michael Bennett who gives Steen a piledriver. Kelly notes that Steen and Bennett had a war of words last week over who had the best piledriver after Bennett had ended BJ Whitmer’s career with a piledriver. Bennett is laughing as officials are standing over a laid out Steen when the show goes to commercials. After the break, Edwards comes to the ring and referee Todd Sinclair is checking on Steen in the corner who is insisting he can continue. Steen starts slapping Edwards but Edwards kicks him. Steen goes to the floor and avoids a baseball slide dropkick from Edwards. Steen tries to give him a powerbomb on the ring apron but Edwards blocks it and hits a moonsault off of the apron. They trade forearms on the floor. Edwards rolls Steen inside and hits a running knee. Steen hits a kick and a chop but Edwards knocks him down with headbutts. Edwards hits a back elbow and continues to headbutt Steen in the corner and lays into him with forearms. Steen tries to fight back but Edwards kicks him in the face. They trade chops but Edwards continues to dominate and kicks Steen in the back as the show goes to commercials.
After the break, Steen fights back with punches and kicks and hits a clothesline. Steen rolls to the floor and Edwards follows, allowing Steen to powerbomb him on the ring apron. Steen goes for a second one and drops Edwards but then does hit a second powerbomb on the apron. Steen rolls Edwards inside and hits a rolling senton off the top rope for a two-count. Edwards blocks a package piledriver attempt from Steen and hits him with chops. Edwards hits a back elbow followed by a Boston Knee Party (codebreaker off the top rope) for a two-count. Edwards goes for a double-stomp off the top rope but Steen gets out of the way and hits a pop-up powerbomb. Edwards rolls Steen and attempts an Achilles lock but Steen blocks it. Edwards hits Steen with kicks and blocks a sleeper suplex attempt. Steen goes for a German suplex but Edwards lands on his feet. Steen goes for a pop-up powerbomb but Edwards counters with a hurracanrana. Edwards puts Steen in an Achilles lock but Steen gets to the ropes to break it. Steen kicks a charging Edwards and goes to the top rope where Edwards kicks him in the face. Edwards goes for a backpack chinbreaker but Steen gets out and hits a sleeper suplex. Steen goes for a package piledriver but his neck gives way and Edwards rolls him up for a three-count. They shake hands after the match and Kevin Kelly says that next week we will see the Kevin Steen vs Michael Bennett match from Chicago.
The show was really good this week. I would have preferred to see an actual match between Young and Jacobs but the segment was still good. Marvin vs Richards was quite good and Marvin really can still go. I was thinking that it should have gone on last as it feels like we have seen Edwards vs Steen so many times but the angle with Bennett did change it up. The Steen vs Bennett angles the last two weeks have been quite good and I’m looking forward to their match as they should work well together.