Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer: Street Fight
Titus and Whitmer attacked the World's Greatest Tag Team in the aisle and they brawled around ringside. It was a wild brawl.
There was a Christmas tree at ringside as set dressing. Titus and Benjamin tossed it in the ring and used it on each other. Haas and Whitmer brawled in the aisle, using a piece of the ring barricade as a weapon.
Benjamin and Titus battled on the apron. Haas and Benjamin double teamed Titus and whipped him with a belt. The fans chanted for them to use the tree so they tossed it out to the floor instead.
They went to nail a double team powerbomb but Whitmer hit the ring with a Singapore Cane and began going to town on them. He tossed Benjamin over the top to the floor. Whitmer drilled Haas with a suplex and slammed him for a two count.
They continued battling back and forth but the sightlines weren't the best due to the crowd standing, so I am only catching some of what is going on. Whitmer placed Haas on a table in the ring and went to the top. Haas cut him off and tried to superplex BJ through the table. Haas nailed him with a belly to belly through the table and scored the pin. Whitmer looked like he came down right on his head. It was hellacious.
Your winners, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin!
Good brawl from what I could see. Everyone has their working boots on today.
The fans chanted Whitmer's name as he left the building.
Mike Bennett (with Brutal Bob and Maria Kanellis) vs. Jerry Lynn
This is Lynn's farewell appearance in ROH as he heads into retirement.
Big chant for Lynn at the start of the match.
They circled each other at the bell. The crowd was all over Bennett with a "Boston sucks" chant. They did some nice mat work early. Bennett tried to work over Lynn's ankle but Lynn escaped and grabbed a side headlock. Bennett went for a back suple but Lynn turned it into a rolling headlock takedown.
The crowd got all over Kanellis, chanting that she had herpes. Classy folks!
Lynn maintained control and was sent into the ropes. Bennett leapfrogged him, then went for a DVDR. Lynn slipped out and went for the cradle piledriver but Bennett escaped and they faced off.
Bennett whipped Lynn into the ropes but Lynn came back with a head scissor. They battled to the floor, where Bennett took control and sent Lynn into the railing.
Back in the ring, Lynn used a sunset flip for a two count but Bennett poke him in the eyes. Bennett snapped Lynn out of the corner with a stiff shot to the mat. Bennett continued to control until Lynn made a comeback with a bunch of strikes and a series of punches in the corner.
Lynn ducked an attempted clothesline and DDT'd Bennett for a two count. He came off the apron with a dive to the floor and tossed Bennett back in for a two count. Lynn nailed a series of kicks and set up for the piledriver.
Bennett slipped out and shot Lynn into the ropes for a spinebuster, getting a two count. Maria got on the apron arguing with the referee. Lynn nailed a TKO on Bennett for another two count. Bennett distracted the referee, allowing Maria to try and interfere. Lynn grabbed her but was caught by Bennett with his finisher and pinned.
Your winner, Mike Bennett!
They tried to work over Lynn after but he sent Bob into Bennett, DDT'd Maria and hit the piledriver on Bennett. HUGE Jerry chant from the crowd.
The crowd chanted, "Thank you Jerry" and he stood there taking it all in. He bowed before each side of the ring. The crowd chanted, "You still got it."
Lynn took the mic and thanked the crowd, then joked that it's all smoke and mirrors. He said he wanted to thank the fans. He said that he's said that ROH gave him a shot in the arm and kept his career going and it's the truth. He said that Cary Silkin was the most honorable promoter he's ever worked for. He said that ROH was losing money from day one and Silkin has such a passion for the business that he kept it open for the fans and the wrestlers. He said that he wanted to welcome the boys for welcoming him as one of their own from day one.
Nigel McGuinness entered the ring as the fans chanted for Lynn. Nigel took the mic and said he had a hell of a run. He said that life is about moments and a lot of his moments involve Jerry. He said one of his first matches in the company was against Lynn in New Jersey. He expected a big pop walking out and got nothing but crickets. He thought it meant the crowd was the sh**s and it was going to be a tough match, but then Lynn came out and there was a massive pop, and thought, "Wow, that's what it means to over."
Five years later, he was the ROH champion when they wrestled again and he wanted to see what the pop was like this time and again, Lynn was over with a massive pop. Nigel said that he'll always be over and presented Lynn with a nice award honoring him for everything he's accomplished in the pro wrestling business.
Lynn said that he didn't know how to top that but thanked for the fans because the harder they go nuts, the harder the boys want to work to kill themselves. He said that without them, he wouldn't have had a job and thanked them.
Solid match For the crowd, it was more about seeing Lynn again and that aspect of it was great. A truly wonderful moment with Lynn and Nigel.
Lynn left and Jay Lethal came out saying he needed to talk to McGuinness and that he's been trying to talk to him all day. He demanded his shot at Kevin Steen as Survival of the Fittest winner. Nigel told him to hope El Generico wins the title so he can get the first shot. That wasn't good enough for Lethal, so he went after McGuinness and they were held apart by referees.
After intermission, Mike Mondo cut a promo saying he would be back in the ring in five weeks and without surgery because he's Mike Mondo.
Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly came out and said that they've heard Davey Richards doesn't have a partner tonight, so it will have to be a handicap match. They mocked Mondo because he was handicapped and attacked him. The American Wolves hit the ring.
The American Wolves vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish
The Wolves cleaned house and nailed stereo dives to the floor on Fish and O'Reilly. They worked over Kyle in the corner with a series of roundhouse kicks. Kyle was whipped into the corner and kicked off Edwards, who still chopped him.
Richards clobbered Kyle with a big clothesline. The Wolves tagged in and out working over O'Reilly. Richards locked in a Boston Crab. Edwards tagged in but O'Reilly cut him off.
Fish and O'Reilly took turns working over Edwards. They nailed a series of flying forearms and kicks in the corner. Fish covered Edwards but Richards broke up the pinfall. Edwards fired back but was cut off with a series of kicks. They are working a very UWFi style with lots of stiff shots and kicks.
Richards finally tagged in and began killing people with hard kicks. He nailed a leaping forearm on O'Reilly and nailed a sick back suplex. The Wolves massacred him with kicks at the same time.
It came down to O'Reilly and Richards slapping and chopping the hell out of each other. Kyle grabbed a front guillotine choke but Richards grabbed his leg while being choked and cinched on an anklelock. Richard grabbed him for a tombstone but not before Edwards superkicked him in the back of the head. Nasty!
Fish grabbed Richards' leg, allowing Kyle to nail an enziguiri as he twisted Edwards into a tornado DDT. Nice sequence. Edwards came back to pin Kyle but Fish nailed a moonsault to break it up. Richards KILLED Kyle with a massive clothesline.
The Wolves hit a combination powerbomb/codebreaker on Kyle for a two count. Richards locked in a Boston Crab. Richards came off with a double stomp on Kyle while he was trapped. He finally tapped.
Your winners, The American Wolves!
Another really solid back and forth match with guys beating the hell out of each other. All four of these guys are just tremendous.
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