No DQ Match: Steve Corino vs Kevin Steen
If Steen wins this match, he'll regain a full time spot on the ROH roster. They charge one another right off the bell and go toe to toe in the middle of the ring. Steen goes to the eyes but Corino sends him to the ropes and hits a leg lariat that sends Steen out to the floor. Corino tries a baseball slide, but Steen dodges out of the way and rams Corino into the barricade, then sits him next to the ringpost on the apron and hits the running cannonball. Steen went to soak in a vulgar chant from the crowd, and Corino took the opening to pop up and hit a somersault dive off the apron onto Steen. Corino rams Steen from one barricade to another and then rolls him back into the ring. Corino throws a bunch of chairs into the ring and cracks Steen full on with a charging chairshot in the corner, but then Steen superkicks the chair into Corino's face and Corino rolls out to the floor where Steen powerbombs him onto the ring apron. Steen goes onto the apron to antagonize the crowd again before hitting a big frogsplash onto Corino, then he tears a piece of the barricade off and runs it into Corino's head. Steen dumps the piece of barricade into the ring and goes after Corino again, but Corino grabs him and rams him into the barricade. Corino sets up a chair at ringside and grabs Steen, but Steen nails Corino and powerbombs him onto the chair Corino had set up. Steen pulls a table out from under the ring and sets it up between the ring and the barricade, then gets in Cornette's face and antagonizes him until Cornette flips him the bird. Corino nails him and goes out to the floor and starts throwing a garbage can and chairs into the ring right on top of Steen. Steen gets ahold of a trash can lid and kills Corino with it, busting his ear open. Steen bites Corino's ear and wipes some of the blood on Jacobs, but Corino nails him when he turns around and starts pummeling him with shots from teh trash can before hitting a Snowplow onto the trash can. Corino piles some chairs in the middle of the ring and slams Steen onto them, then comes off the top rope with a frogsplash for 2. Corino sets up four chairs in the middle of the ring and puts the piece of barricade on top of them to create a Platform Of Discomfort. Steen nails Corino and goes up top, but Corino goes up with him and superplexes Steen onto the barricade platform in one of the sickest spots of the year, but Steen still kicks out at 2.
They go back out to the floor where Corino lays Steen on the table between the ring and barricade and goes up top, but Steen recovers and knocks him onto the ring apron. Steen nails Corino with a chair and then sets up a three chair platform on top of the table and he tries to put Corino through it, Corino tries to fight him off but Steen bites his bloody ear to send Corino tumbling back into the ring, but then Corino gets a trash can lid and uses it to nail Steen, who falls backward through the chair and table mess he set up. He rolls Steen back into the ring and makes a cover, but Steen still kicks out at 2. Corino and Jacobs get the piece of barricade out of the ring, then puts a chair over Steen's faceand nails it with another chair and STILL only gets 2. Steen suddenly comes back out of nowhere with a sleeper suplex and a pump handle neckbreaker onto a chair for 2. Steen gets another chair and cracks Corino in the skull with it, but that only gets 2. Cornette looksdisgusted at ringside, but Steen yells at him that this is his fault, then shoves Jacobs out of the way to try and hit Corino with the chair again. Jacobs grabs the chair out of his hand and distracts Steen long enough to hit Steen with a roll of quarters for 2. Corino sets up the four chair platform in the middle of the ring and tries to dump Steen on it, but Steen blocks and instead hits the Package Piledriver on the chairs and makes a cover right in front of Cornette while staring him right in the eye. Jacobsslowly counts 2 and then stops and looks at Cornette for direction, and Cornette hesitates a long time before telling him to make the count, and Steen is reinstated in ROH.
Winner: Kevin Steen
Steen takes the microphoner and says he came here tonight to do three things: beat Corino and get his job back, number two...Steen drops the mic and gives Jacobs a Package Piledriver. Cornette comes into the ring to check on the defenseless Jacobs, and I think we're about to find out what number three is. Cornette starts to back off, and El Generico comes running out of the back to face off with his former partner. They have a tense staredown before going toe to toe in the middle of the ring. Generico hits a running Yakuza Kick in the corner and goes for the top rope brainbuster, but Steen fights him off and hits a Package Piledriver off the top and through the timekeeper's table. He rolled back into the ring and blew kisses to the crowd while they chanted "welcome back" at him.
Between the match and everything that happened afterward, this was easily the best thing on the show so far and one of the most violent brawls all year. Steen made his return in a big way, and it'll be interesting to see what direction his career takes him in 2012.
Tag Team Contenders Gauntlet: The Bravado Brothers vs Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman vs Future Shock vs Young Bucks vs All Night Express
The Bravado Brothers start it off with Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman. They go out to the floor where Coleman hits a 619 around the ringpost and Cedric follows out with a dive that wipes out both Bravados. Lance Bravado whips Coleman to the ropes and Harlem pulls the top rope down and he goes out to the floor where Harlem wipes him out with a bicycle kick. The Bravados double team Cedric in the ring and hit a double flapjack for 2. Harlem holds Cedric so Lancelot can catch him with a running forearm and a BIG belly to belly suplex. Double elbowdrop from the Bravados gets 2, but Cedric catches Lancelot with a leaping enziguiri and Coleman comes off the top with a flying body press. Coleman hits a dive onto Lancelot on the floor as Cedric gets the Gory Driver for 2, Harlem gets an inside cradle on Cedric for 2, and Cedric counters to a seated cradle for 3.
The Bravado Brothers are eliminated.
The Bravados are understandably distraught, but clear out as Future Shock make their entrance. O'Reilly and Cedric go toe to toe and O'Reilly catches him with a leaping kneestrike and a running kick to the chest for 2. Future Shock with a series of double teams on Cedric for 2, then Cole gets a snap suplex for another 2. Future Shock with a flapjack/Ace Crusher combo for 2, and Coleman makes a blind tag in and hits a guillotine legdrop onto O'Reilly for 2. Coleman gets a crisp dropkick right to O'Reilly's jaw, but Cole tags himself in and gets a Northern Lights suplex for 2 on Coleman. A fast paced sequence ensues with both teams hitting a series of double teams and then Coleman hit a top rope Frankensteiner followed by a Cedric frogsplash for 2. Future Shock puts Cedric in the Tree of Woe for a double baseball slide, then hit the modified version of Total Elimination to get 3.
Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman are eliminated.
The Young Bucks are out next and waste too much time playing to the crowd and Future Shock wipes them out with dives to the floor. The Bucks come back and hit an assisted Sliced Bread #2 on Cole on the apron androll him back into the ring where Nick Jackson hits a springboard splash for 2. Bucks with a double back elbow and then a wheelbarrow into an Ace Crusher for 2. Matt does the Jericho foot on the chest cover on Cole for 1, then Nick tags in with a slingshot senton for 2. Matt chokes Cole out in the corner and gives him a jawbreaker and a textbook vertical suplex for 2. Bucks with a double team stomp off the top rope and Nick dives through the ropes onto O'Reilly while Matt covers Cole for 2. Cole desperately tries to escape the Bucks and finally makes the hot tag to O'Reilly, who cleans house on both Bucks. O'Reilly with the rolling butterfly suplexes on Nick, then Future Shock hits a wheelbarrow Pedigree into a German suplex on Nick for 2, then Cole takes Nick to the outside and gives him a wheelbarrow suplex onto the ring apron followed by O'Reilly's crazy diving dropkick off the apron. Nick recovers and the Bucks hit Cole with a double superkick and More Bang For Your Buck for 3.
Future Shock has been eliminated.
The All Night Express is out next and the Bucks try to get the jump on them, but they ram Matt into the guardrail and King hits a moonsault off the guardrail. They go back inside and work over Matt, but Nick grabs Titus' knee and rams it into the ringpost to take him out of the equation. Titus is completely out of the match as the Bucks continue to double team King in a smug fashion. Double suplex gets 2 on King and then Matt smacks King around in the corner while yelling "Come on New York City, what do you think of him now?" at the crowd. Finally King catches Nick's leg and hits a leg cradle suplex and makes the tag to Titus, who comes in and cleans house on the Bucks with big right hands. Titus is selling the knee big time, but still manages to hit Matt with a Sky High. King tries the cartwheel kick but Nick superkicks him in mid-move and they send him out to the ring apron where Matt hits a springboard DDT onto the apron. Nick superkicks Titus in the knee, but Titus wipes him out with a clothesline. He sets up Nick for something, but Matt clips the knee and puts Titus in a spinning toehold. Titus spits in Matt's face, but Matt just cranks on the hold and Nick comes off the top with a 450 splash. Finally the referee stops the match and awards the win to the Bucks.
Winners: Young Bucks
The Bucks continue the assault after the match as Nick hits another 450 splash and King comes running in with a chair to chase them off. There was a lot of great action, and it looks like they did an injury angle with Titus. Mike Johnson will have more on that story later on tonight.
Roderick Strong faces his mystery opponent next on Page 3!