A Decade of Honor.
That's how Ring of Honor (ROH) has been hyping their 10th Anniversary Show. It's a very different company today than it was when it first opened its doors in Philadelphia in 2002. To drive that point home, a video montage of important and historic matches from the company's history played during the show's intermission. Almost no one featured is still with the company in a full-time wrestling capacity. CM Punk and Bryan Danielson -- aka Daniel Bryan -- are champions of their respective brands in WWE. Samoa Joe has been wrestling under the TNA banner for over half a decade now. Kenta Kobashi returned to Japan after a weekend, injuries caught up to Nigel McGuinness and forced him to retire.
It seems The Briscoes -- Mark and Jay -- are the last men standing.
Despite having a rotating roster thanks to their talent constantly getting called up to the big leagues, ROH still managed to present an entertaining show more often than not. Tonight was another example.
The 40 minute main event saw Adam Cole get the pinfall over ROH World Champion Davey Richards in a tag match fueled by betrayal and bad blood. It was a thrilling display of professional wrestling that seems long gone in this era of instant gratification, last minute script rewrites and a predilection towards social media over what goes on inside the ring.
ROH Young Wolves Rising -- Tenth Anniversary Show Results
Match #1: Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin vs. The All Night Express
(Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
Charlie Haas comes out sporting a beard, because that's what all heels do.
Action starts off at a fairly speedy pace, with ANIX taking control until
Benjamin hit a blatant low blow, which was wrongly called as a blow to the thigh
area. ANIX get back into the match however and hit stereo dives to the
Haas and Benjamin start working Titus' previously injured knee. Benjamin
teases a chair shot to the knee on the outside, but instead uses a figure four
with Titus leg wrapped around the ring post.
Titus clotheslines Haas to the outside leaving King and Benjamin to face off,
nice combination of pin attempts by both men and eventually King reverses one of
Benjamin's cradles into one of his own for the win.
Winner: The All Night Express
Match #2: Homicide vs. Mike Bennett (w/ Brutal Bob & Maria)
Love this chant. The NYC crowd, once again produce loud CM Punk chants for
the Prodigy and his main squeeze Maria. Homicide wears a jump suit, just like
old school. Fast paced and intense start to this one as they brawl around
ringside, with Homicide in command. Bennett controls methodically for a few
Homicide gives props to Samoa Joe with a powerbomb right into a Stepover
Toehold Facelock, but Bennett escapes in the ropes. They battle on the top rope
as Homicide teases a Pepsi Plunge, a nice shout out to CM Punk, But Bennett
backdrops him off the top rope.
Homicide however fights back and in another shout out to Punk, he hits the Go
2 Sleep as Maria flips out on the outside, thus distracting Homicide and
allowing Bennett to roll him up for the three count.
Surprisingly good match. The brawl at the beginning set the tone for what was
to follow. Homicide, with his costume, music and tributes to Joe and Punk added
some real niche nostalgia.
Winner: Mike Bennett
Nice comments from Homicide after the match, saying happy birthday to ROH and
stating it is the greatest company in the world, he then leads the crowd in the
famous ‘ROH' chant.
After some comments from Kelly and McGuinness about ROH not being a place
where the ‘old folks' end up, Chikara pro wrestling's Grand Champion, Eddie
Kingston comes out for an interview with Kevin Kelly.
As Kingston says he has an idea that he would like to tell Davey Richards,
Kevin Steen interrupts with Richards music playing. Steen insults Kingston and
Chikara itself by stating that it is a ‘Mickey Mouse promotion', this gets
Kingston hot. The two start fighting and then the two are pulled apart by
Steen then picks up the Grand Championship and threatens to piss on the
title, this leads to Chikara talents, The Colony and Jigsaw coming out and
attacking Steen with Fire Ant diving from inside the ring to the outside on
everyone. The brawl erupts again, through the curtain to the back.
Match #3: House of Truth (Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin) vs. TJ
Perkins & The Amazing Red
The fans welcome back Amazing Red, who as Kelly noted was in the first ever
ROH match against Jay Briscoe.
Perkins and Red seem to work well as a team and overwhelm the House of Truth
with speed for the early parts of the contest, until Elgin squashes Perkins with
a powerslam as he attempted a slingshot move.
Red goes on the attack with variations of kicks as the fans go wild for him.
He tries a suicide dive on Elgin but gets caught, however, Perkins from inside
the ring does his own dive, which connects on Elgin. Later on, Stereo dives by
Red and Perkins onto Strong and Truth Martini on the other side of the ring.
Code Red connects on Elgin, should have been contest over but Strong made the
save. Elgin and Strong hit an Alabama Slam into a Back Stabber on Red for the
Nice chants of ‘please come back' aimed towards Amazing Red. This was a fun
match, which saw the fans really get into Red and Perkins high flying offense.
This match seemed to be a showcase for Red, re-introducing him to ROH fans.
Winners: House of Truth
Match #4: ROH Television Championship Jay Lethal (Champion) vs. Tommaso
Very slow pace throughout the majority of this one, and it took a couple of
minutes before Lethal was able to turn up the pace, sending Ciampa to the
outside with a springboard dropkick.
It seems this match is going to go the distance with the way they have
structured this bout, especially because with about eight minutes left in the
time limit, Ciampa is still taking the match real slow, using nothing but kicks
Lethal and Ciampa fight on the top rope, until Lethal knocks him off and hits
Hail to the King for a two count. They fight on the apron and Ciampa hits a
dangerous Air Raid Crash, which sees Lethal's body smack the edge of the
Thrilling last few seconds in this one, with both men desperate to get the
win and beat the clock. But to no avail.
Not a great match this one, far too slow with not much going on for long
periods of time. Looks like ROH is wanting to build this into a long term
After the match, Lethal wanted five more minutes but wasn't given it, Ciampa
hit Project Ciampa to lay the champion out before stealing the belt and
Time Limit Draw, therefore still ROH TV Champion: Jay Lethal
Match #5: ROH Tag Team Championship Match -- The Briscoes (Champions) vs.
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Straight after the interval and this match got off to a frantic pace, with
The Briscoes dominating the early exchange. A nice spot saw The Briscoes double
hip toss Matt Jackson out of the ring onto Nick.
The Briscoes were in control for large periods of this and were wearing out
Matt until Nick distracted Jay as he ran the ropes and the Bucks double teamed
their way back into the match. The Bucks used some kicks but Mark blocks a
suicide dive and unleashes Red Neck Kung Fu, which gained a nice response from
Nick hit a moonsault off the apron on Mark and then the Bucks double teamed
Jay in the corner, followed by a rope-hung 450 Splash. Jay tried to fight both
Jacksons but got double superkicked and Mark had to break up the pin.
The Bucks went for More Bang For Your Buck but Jay got his knees up to block
the 450, Mark shoved Matt off the top to the outside and then took his place on
the top rope, hitting the Doomsday Device for the three.
Given how much TV time and build was put into this match, it was so
surprising to see how The Young Bucks barely looked like a threat. There wasn't
much drama to the match and this was solely because The Briscoes were booked so
strong that it was near impossible to fathom that they would lose. Very
disappointing if you were expecting a competitive encounter.
Winners and still ROH Tag Team Champions: The Briscoes
Match #6: No DQ Match -- Kevin Steen vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Steen wrestled in his tuxedo shirt, which was funny. Jacobs wore street
clothes. Casino came out with Jacobs and proclaimed to Steen that enough is
enough and this match wasn't happening. Steen insulted Corino, so Jacobs
attacked him and then removes his big coat and pants to reveal his Age of the
Fall tights and coat. Didn't get much of a reaction from the live crowd.
Steen hit a codebreaker while Jacobs was holding a chair and then hit a
fallaway slam into the guard rail, ouch. Steen beats Jacobs down on the ramp and
tried to jump on him off the rail but Jacobs threw him down onto the ramp.
Tornado DDT from Jacobs to Steen on the guard rail, looked sick, Jacobs took
too long setting up a table and Steen powerbombed him into the ring frame twice
but couldn't hit a third as Jacobs speared him from the ring off the apron
through a table. Which drew a huge response from the live crowd.
Steen went for a Swanton but Jacobs got his knees up. F-5 by Steen! But he
didn't go for the pin and instead set up two chairs back to back looking for a
backbreaker, Jacobs escaped but couldn't hold onto offense for long as Steen hit
an F-5 through the chairs for the win, which looked absolutely brutal.
Great match, a little slow and sloppy in places but once the two of them got
going it was good. One criticism could be made that perhaps Steen was given too
much of an invisibility aura about, with Jacobs hitting a lot of big moves only
for Steen to bounce right back.
Winner: Kevin Steen
Match #7: Davey Richards and Kyle O'Reilly vs. Eddie Edwards and Adam
Winners: Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole
Richards shook hands with Edwards and Cole but O'Reilly says he respects
neither man. Which drew a negative response from the crowd. Kevin Steen
interrupted them and said he respected none of them, Steen continues by claiming
Richards is scared of him and that the show should have been him wrestling for
the world title.