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|TELEVISION TITLE MATCH & ALMOST EVERYONE VOWS TO HOLD ROH HOSTAGE|
We begin this week’s show with a look back at the Television Title Match from Final Battle when Jay Lethal successfully defended the title against Mike Bennett and El Generico. What will happen tonight when Lethal has to face Bennett again with no time limit?
We are live on tape from Baltimore, Maryland and our announcers are Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness.
Kevin and Nigel are in the ring. Kevin mentions the Television Title Match with no time limit between Jay Lethal and Mike Bennett.
Mike Bennett is in the interview area and he says that no good deed goes unpunished and it is true because he tried to give Ring of Honor something they could be proud of. A television champion who looks like him and acts like him. He beat Jay Lethal so bad that the time limit ran out. He faced Lethal and El Generico and he took care of Generico, but then Lethal hit him with something illegal from behind. With no time limit, there is no running away and no crooked referees. Mike vows to win the title.
Match Number One: Mike Bennett with Bob Evans and Maria versus Jay Lethal for the Television Title
Lethal goes after Bennett when the bell rings, but the challenger goes to the floor to frustrate Lethal. Bennett returns to the ring and they lock up. Bennett with a side head lock and shoulder tackles. Lethal tries for a hip toss but Bennett blocks it. Lethal with the hip toss but Bennett goes to the floor when Lethal was going for the cartwheel and drop kick. Lethal follows after Bennett and brings him back into the ring.
Lethal with a punch to Bennett followed by a chop and punch. Bennett goes to the floor when Lethal goes for the handspring. Lethal slides to the floor and he chops and punches Bennett. Lethal sends Bennett back into the ring. Lethal punches Bennett in the corner. Lethal runs into an elbow and then he tries for a rana but Bennett blocks it. Lethal is able to turn it into a rana that sends both of them over the top rope to the floor.
Bennett hides behind Evans and Evans tries to punch Lethal but Lethal punches him. Bennett figures he will have better luck with Maria and he pushes her into Lethal and Bennett punches Lethal.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bennett punches Lethal. Lethal with a leg lariat and Bennett goes to the apron. Lethal with a springboard drop kick to Bennett on the apron. During the break Bennett hit Snake Eyes followed by a flying clothesline. Lethal with a suicide dive, but Lethal is sent into the guardrails by Bennett.
The referee gets to eighteen before Lethal returns to the ring. Bennett punches Lethal and then applies a rear chin lock. Lethal with elbows but Bennett with a sleeper. Lethal with an elbow to get free and then they exchange punches. Lethal with an enzuigiri and a running forearm and clotheslines. Bennett with an Irish whip but Lethal with a moonsault. Lethal charges into the corner and Bennett sends him to the apron. Lethal with a springboard drop kick for a near fall.
Bennett gets Lethal on his shoulders but Lethal escapes and Lethal with a super kick and then he tries for Lethal Injection but Bennett sees it coming and hits a cutter for a near fall. Lethal with a rollup for a near fall. Lethal misses a clothesline and then they collide. Evans distracts the referee and Maria pushes Bennett onto Lethal. The referee moves into position and Lethal with a crucifix cover for the three count.
Winner: Jay Lethal
We go to the interview area where Veda Scott is with Eddie Edwards. She asks him about his recent actions dealing with Kyle O’Reilly. She asks why he applauded Kyle’s efforts last week. Eddie says that maybe this means that he will be an American Wolf. Eddie says that Kyle talks about loyalty and respect but he cannot give two s***s about Adam Cole and Future Shock as long as he can hang from Davey’s jock. Eddie says that he is a man and he puts things out in the open.
Kyle O’Reilly enters the interview area and he is not in a good mood. He tells Eddie if he has s*** to say to him to say it to his face and then he wonders if Eddie has the balls to do it.
Eddie says that this started with Kyle.
Kyle says that he told the truth to Davey. He says that if Eddie wants to act like a smartass, maybe he should wrestle him like a man. Kyle tells him to put up or shut up.
Eddie says that it looks like he has a match next week.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin and Nigel are at ringside. He mentions that it is time for the return of Kevin Steen and Kevin says that he doesn’t want to do the interview because of what he has done. It is time for a video package of what Steen did at Final Battle.
Kevin Kelly is in the ring and he brings out Kevin Steen. Kelly wants Steen’s thoughts about being reinstated and the cost at which it came. Steen says that he has waited for this moment to be in this ring for one year. He tells Kelly that when he imagined it, Kevin Kelly was not standing next to him so he tells Kelly to leave the ring. Before he leaves, Steen tells Kelly to hold his gum and then leave.
Steen says that for the last twelve months, he was asking himself a question. What kind of wrestling promotion keeps their best guy at home for a year? What kind of promotion goes around saying that they have the best product when their best wrestler isn’t there for twelve months. Other promotions let their talents get away with a lot worse. Steen says that you could almost get away with murder. Why is Steen kept away? Is it because he was hard to control or is it because he is a liability?
The reason he was kept away is because he wouldn’t suck up to Jim Cornette, stroke his ego, or kiss his ass like the golden boy champion Davey Richards. Steen says that there is a lot of talk about the end of the world being in 2012 and it does not scare him because he will do it as the Ring of Honor World Champion. When he gets his chance, he will take Jimmy Boy’s little champion and he is going to tear him apart. Then as the Ring of Honor Champion, he will hold the company hostage like he was held hostage for a year from doing what he was meant to do and that was to create chaos in Ring of Honor.
Steen says that he is Pro Wrestling’s Biggest Nightmare, and then Jim Cornette comes out and says that Steen is Pro Wrestling’s Biggest Mouth.
Security comes to the ring with Jim. Jim says that he brought his friends and then Steen says that he doesn’t have any friends other than the one standing next to Jim, and Kevin points out that he almost took him apart.
Cornette says that Steen has laid his greasy hands on everyone and he wants to stay impartial. He was looking forward to looking in Steen’s fat face to tell him.
Steen comments on Cornette’s ‘fat face’ comment by saying that Cornette was known for waving around a tennis racket even though it looks like he never played a sport in his life.
Cornette says that if Steen spent as much time in the gym as he does training his mouth muscles, then he might like Steen better.
Cornette says that Steen likes to be crude and obscene but he has an announcement for Steen. After Steen did at Final Battle in injuring three people with the piledriver, and remembering what happened with Owen Hart and Steve Austin in 1997 at SummerSlam. The neck injury led to the premature end of the career of the biggest star in the business. Cornette says that he knows that Owen was sorry for what he did to Austin. Cornette says that he knows that Steen is not sorry for what he did.
Cornette tells Steen that people will not be carried out to the hospital with neck injuries and being on the injured list for unknown periods of time. The piledriver in any form is banned in Ring of Honor.
Steen comments on two fans applauding Cornette’s decision. He calls them sheep. Steen says that he is not happy about this, but he loves how it is for everyone else’s benefit but he calls Cornette a hypocrite. It isn’t for everyone else’s safety, it is for Davey’s safety because Cornette knows that when he hits the move, Davey isn’t getting up. Then he will be wearing the belt around his waist.
Cornette tells Steen that it won’t fit around his waist.
Steen says that it doesn’t matter. He can ban his finishing move, but you cannot ban him any more. Steen says that he will swear on his son’s life to make sure that Cornette’s plan does not work. This is the year that he will take Richards apart and become the World Champion and make this the nightmare that Cornette cannot wake up from.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Inside ROH.
The first topic is the issues between the House of Truth and The Briscoes. Truth Martini says that the Briscoes are the biggest disappointment of all because they left all of the hard work for Strong and Elgin and they lost the match. They will get a chance to redeem themselves next week.
Strong talks about the way that the Briscoes had to struggle to get the money for their match but Strong says that he got the money with no problem. They are going to have a chance to shut the Briscoes up. They will take the payoff and then they will take the belt.
Elgin says that the Briscoes wrote a check that their bodies cannot cash.
Jay Briscoe says that Truth Martini is telling everyone it was their fault they lost the match in Greensboro. Mark calls him a peacock. Jay says that they took care of Charlie and Shelton and then Strong and Elgin lost. They are willing to put up $5,000 so they want to know if the House of Truth is willing to do the same.
In three weeks, the World Champion will face the Television Champion for the first time.
Davey Richards says that the Television Title is a gateway to the World Title, but with him as the World Champion, that gateway will lead to him kicking Jay’s head off. Jay can be the best wrestler on television, but with the belt, Davey says that he is the best wrestler in the world. He tells Jay that he can choose his poison. He can tap out or be knocked out.
Kevin talks about Rhett Titus’ knee injury thanks to the Young Bucks. Kenny says that they were on top of the world before Christmas because they were ready for a tag title match. Things came crashing down at Final Battle. Rhett mentions that the referee had to stop the match because of his knee injury. Rhett says that the doctors told him he would be out for four months, but he vows to be back in half the time. They say that they are not going anywhere. They are looking for the Young Bucks. The next time, the Young Bucks will be going to the hospital.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Young Bucks are in the interview area with Veda Scott. She asks them about their match against the Briscoes at the Tenth Anniversary Show. Matt comments on the tag teams in the company. On March 4th, the titles go from the chicken farm to Rancho Cucamongo, California. They continue to hit on Veda but she sends it back to the arena.
Before the next match, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin have something to say. Haas tells them not to send out the Bravados because they are not going to wrestle anyone tonight. Haas says that their interview time has been cut short because of Kevin Steen. Haas says that when it comes to them, they make the rules and their interview starts now.
Shelton says that they were going to say how much they enjoyed being in Baltimore, but after the lukewarm reception, he changed his mind. The people feel the same way the fans in New York felt about what they did to the Briscoes. They only defended themselves because the Briscoes introduced the chairs. Anyone who would cheer the Briscoes over them are as stupid as the Briscoes.
Shelton says that they are here to wrestle but not against the Bravados. They are holding the show hostage until the Briscoes get their slackjawed, yokel asses out here and give them a rematch.
Shelton says that they can sit here all night long.
Jim Cornette comes out with the referees and Haas tells Jim that they want the Briscoes.
Cornette says that they don’t have the time.
We go to commercial.
We are back and things have not changed.
The Briscoes make their way to the ring and the referees have to separate Haas and Benjamin. Jay says that they are not afraid of a fight and if Haas and Benjamin want a rematch, they can have it right now.
Jay and Mark attack Shelton and Charlie while the officials continue to try to maintain some order in the ring.
Match Number Two: Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin versus The Briscoes for the Ring of Honor Tag Titles
The fight goes to the floor and Haas is sent into the guardrail while Mark hits a pescado onto Benjamin. Jay and Haas start things off and Haas with a kick. Haas pushes Jay but Jay with an elbow and then he punches Benjamin. Haas chokes Jay in the ropes and then Benjamin kicks Jay.
Haas with a near fall. Haas punches Jay and connects with an elbow before sending Jay into Shelton’s boot. Shelton tags in and he punches Jay and kicks him in the corner. Benjamin with a short arm clothesline. Benjamin with a knee to the head and then he sends Jay shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Haas tags in and hits a double sledge to the ribs. Haas with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall.
Haas with a front face lock and he tags in Benjamin. Benjamin and Jay exchange forearms and Jay with the advantage. Benjamin with an Irish whip but Jay gets his knees up on the Stinger Splash. Mark tags in and so does Haas. Mark with a shoulder and springboard cross body. Mark with punches and he lands on his feet on a back body drop. Mark with a kick to Haas and then he puts Haas on the turnbuckles. Mark brings Haas off the turnbuckles and he gets a near fall.
All four men are in the ring and Shelton is sent to the floor. Mark with a rollup and Haas kicks out sending Mark towards the ropes and Shelton hits Mark in the head with a chair and the referee calls for the bell.
Winners: The Briscoes by disqualification
After the match, Cornette is incredulous about what Benjamin did.
We go to credits.