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RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: TAG TEAM GAUNTLET; TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT CONTINUES; RODERICK STRONG AND MICHAEL ELGIN IN ACTION; AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-02-02 18:22:56
Last week, Jay Lethal got his title match against Kevin Steen, but I don’t think he expected it would be so easy. We also saw Adam Cole successfully defend the Television Title against BJ Whitmer, but Matt Hardy is not giving up in his quest for a title match.

We are in Baltimore, Maryland and your announcers are Kevin Kelly and Caleb Seltzer.

Truth Martini is with Kevin and Caleb at the announce table.

Match Number One: Antonio Thomas versus Tadarius Thomas in a Top Prospect Tournament First Round Match

Antonio attacks Tadarius before the bell rings. Tadarius with chops but Antonio with an Irish whip. Antonio with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Antonio punches Tadarius and chokes him. Antonio sends Tadarius into the turnbuckles. Antonio with an Irish whip into the turnbuckles and hits a fisherman suplex and gets a near fall. Antonio with a rake of the eyes and he applies a reverse chin lock.

Antonio with an abdominal stretch but Tadarius with an elbow. Antonio returns to the abdominal stretch. Tadarius goes to the apron and Antonio chokes Tadarius in the ropes. Tadarius with a triangle choke in the ropes.

Tadarius with a rollup for a near fall. Tadarius with a round kick to the head. Antonio misses a kick and Tadarius with a series of kicks and a leaping punch and more kicks to Antonio followed by a wrap around flying clothesline by Tadarius. Tadarius goes up top but Antonio crotches him.

Antonio with a European uppercut but Tadarius with a swinging neck breaker from the turnbuckles and both men are down. Antonio punches Tadarius but Tadarius punches back. Tadarius with a forearm but Antonio with another abdominal stretch. Tadarius with a back heel kick and he gets the three count.

Winner: Tadarius Thomas (Advances to face QT Marshall in the semi-finals)

We go to commercial.

We are back and Mike Mondo is with Kevin and Caleb at the announce table. Kevin asks Mike about his rehabilitation and he says that he will be back sooner than later. He has a doctor’s appointment in the next few weeks to get an update on his condition.

We have a video package about Grizzly Redwood, including footage of Redwood’s preshow victory over QT Marshall at Final Battle.

Match Number Two: Roderick Strong versus Grizzly Redwood

Strong backs off before locking up and Strong tells Grizzly that he knows that Grizzly knows that him facing Roderick tonight is a big deal. He knows that Roderick facing him is a small deal. He tells everyone he did not mean it like that. Not just in wrestling, but in life, Grizzly will always come up short.

Redwood with punches but Strong with a knee and punch. Strong with punches in the corner. Strong with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Redwood avoids Strong and Redwood with a drop kick to the knee. Redwood with an abdominal stretch and he gets a near fall with a rollup. Strong sends Redwood to the apron and Strong with a knee.

Strong with a butterfly back breaker for a near fall. Strong with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner and Redwood with a chop. Strong runs into an elbow and boot followed by a seated splash.

The suspenders are down and he goes to the turnbuckles but Strong catches Redwood and hits a power slam for a near fall. Strong tries for a half nelson back breaker but Redwood counters and tries for a crucifix driver but Redwood cannot get Strong over. Redwood with a sunset flip for a near fall.

Redwood with an inside cradle for a near fall. Redwood with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Redwood with a sleeper but Strong gets to his feet and he throws Redwood into the turnbuckles. Strong with a running knee into the corner followed by a running forearm and a gutbuster from the fireman’s carry for a near fall.

Redwood with a rollup for a near fall. Strong with a knee and a half nelson back breaker followed by the Strong Hold and Redwood taps out.

Winner: Roderick Strong

After the match, Strong refuses to release the Strong Hold. Michael Elgin comes to the ring and Strong leaves the ring unscathed.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Michael Elgin versus Mike Bennett (with Maria Kanellis and Bob Evans)

Evans gets on the apron at the start of the match and Elgin knocks Evans off the apron and Bennett goes for the leg. Elgin tries for a crossface but Bennett escapes. Elgin with a power slam for a near fall. Bennett retreats to the corner and Elgin misses a charge and Bennett with a rollup for a near fall. Bennett suggests that he is going to hit a cradle piledriver but Elgin with a back body drop that sends Bennett over the top rope to the floor.

Elgin with a running shoulder tackle off the apron. Elgin chops Bennett and then Elgin sets for a running power slam into the ring post but Elgin escapes and he hits a spinebuster onto the apron. Bennett gets a near fall when they return to the ring. Bennett with a quarter nelson and chin lock. Elgin with an overhead belly-to-belly throw.

Elgin with a running clothesline into the corner and he does the same on the other side of the ring. Elgin with a spinning side slam for a near fall. Bennett gets Elgin on his shoulders but Michael escapes. Elgin with forearms and an enzuigiri. Bennett with a TKO to Elgin but Elgin kicks out at two. Bennett sets for a power bomb but Elgin escapes and he kicks Bennett in the head and then hits a forearm to the back of the head.

Elgin with a running Death Valley Driver into the turnbuckles and Elgin gets a near fall. Elgin goes up top for the delayed superplex but Maria grabs Elgin’s leg. Elgin tries to superplex Maria but Bob holds on. Bennett with a forearm to the back and then he hits a Box Office Smash from the turnbuckles but Bennett can only get a two count.

Bennett sets for the cradle piledriver but Elgin runs Bennett into the turnbuckles. Bennett with a kick and he goes to the turnbuckles but Elgin with a clothesline to Bennett. Elgin with a buckle bomb followed by a spinning sit out power bomb for the three count.

Winner: Michael Elgin

We go to commercial.

We are back with Inside Ring of Honor. This week, we take a look at Jay Lethal versus Kevin Steen as well as BJ Whitmer.

Jay Lethal has been seeking a match against Kevin Steen even though he could not get a title match against Steen. Two weeks ago, Jay Lethal was given an ultimatum to behave. Jay was told what he had to do in order to get a title match. He found out that he had to get Kevin Steen to give the okay for the match.

That happened last week when Kevin told Jay ‘I Accept’ and left.

The match will take place at the 11th Anniversary Show on March 2nd.

BJ Whitmer came close to winning the Television Title last week. After the match, ROH cameras caught up with him. Whitmer says that Adam has a hell of a future. BJ says that he was not at 100% but he probably hasn’t been at 100% since 2001. Going through the table will probably cost him a neck surgery sooner or later.

As long as he can walk he will be out there. The best is yet to come.

Next week, we will look at the Top Prospect Tournament, look at the show in Cincinnati and a look at the 11th Anniversary Show.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four:Tag Team Gauntlet to Determine the Number One Contenders for the Tag Titles

Team Number One: Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards

Team Number Two: Harlem and Lancelot Bravado

Davey and Harlem start things off and Charlie Haas goes to ringside and then goes to the announce table. Harlem slaps Richards but Richards with a drop kick. Edwards with a power slam to Harlem and Richards with a diving head butt from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Edwards tags back in and he chops Harlem. Harlem with a forearm and chop to fight Edwards’ offense. Harlem with a knee and he tags in Lancelot.

They hit a double back elbow on Edwards and hit a double elbow drop for a near fall. Lancelot with a front face lock but Richards tags in and hits a head butt. Richards with a clothesline and then he knocks Harlem off the apron. Davey with a cloverleaf with his arm trapped and Eddie adds extra pressure while the referee deals with Harlem.

Richards with a boot and then he tags in Edwards. Eddie with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Harlem tags back in and he chops Eddie. Harlem sends Eddie into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Richards tags back in and he kicks Harlem and then knocks Lancelot off the apron. Edwards misses a splash into the corner and he goes into the ring post. Richards kicks Lancelot and then sends Harlem to the apron.

Harlem with a slingshot stunner on Richards followed by a running clothesline by Lancelot. Richards with knees to escape a double suplex and then he hits an enzuigiri on Lancelot. Harlem with forearms to Davey but Edwards with a super kick and a back heel kick from Richards. Richards with a kick while Edwards chops Harlem. Richards with an ankle lock but Lancelot tries to break it up with forearms but Richards holds on.

Richards spits in Lancelot’s face and Lancelot comes off the ropes but he is cut off by Edwards who hits a Maple Leaf into an Achilles Lock. Both Bravados with rollups on Edwards and Richards for a near fall. Harlem with forearms to Richards but Edwards sends Harlem into the air for the Alarm Clock but Harlem blocks it and he sends Richards’ leg into Edwards’ chest. Richards blocks an enzuigiri and he applies an ankle lock on Harlem and Harlem taps out.

Harlem and Lancelot Bravado Eliminated

Team Number Three: Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs

Corino and Jacobs go after Richards and Edwards after discussing strategy. Jacob works over Edwards while Corino goes after Richards. Richards and Edwards send Jacobs and Corino over the top rope to the apron. Richards and Corino with kicks to the back that send Jacobs and Corino to the floor. Richards and Edwards with stereo suicide dives onto Jacobs and Corino.

Richards sends Jacobs back into the ring and Edwards Irish whips Richards into Jacobs but Jacobs sends Richards to the apron. Eddie and Davey with kicks to the front and back of Jacobs’ head. Edwards with a belly-to-back Falcon Arrow and Richards goes up top for a missile drop kick and Eddie gets a near fall.

Jacobs with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Corino with a clothesline from the apron. Richards kicks Corino off the apron and he follows with a back heel kick to Jacobs. Richards goes to the apron and tries for the running kick to Corino, but Steve blocks it. Jacobs with a spear on the apron. Edwards chops Corino and Corino with a low blow to Edwards. Corino goes for the sliding clothesline but Edwards counters with a rollup for the three count.

Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs Eliminated

After the fall, Jacobs attacks Edwards’ injured shoulder but Davey returns to the ring and he punches Jacobs. Corino hits Richards in the head with the ring bell and Jacobs with a running cutter on Edwards. Corino hits Edwards with the roll of quarters.

Team Number Four: Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly

Fish and O’Reilly kick Edwards and Richards. The referee gains control and it is Fish and Edwards. Fish with a kick and knee to Edwards in the corner. Fish with an elbow drop and Kyle tags in and he drops a knee on Edwards’ chest. Kyle gets a near fall. Fish tags back in and he kicks Richards off the apron. Fish and O’Reilly with a double irish wihp. Edwards with a boot to Kyle followed by a kick to Fish.

Edwards with a dragon screw leg whip on O’Reilly. Eddie struggles to make the tag and he succeeds. Richards takes Fish into the turnbuckles and he kicks Bobby. Kyle charges into the corner to attack Richards from behind but Davey moves and then he kicks Kyle in the chest. The referee warns Richards. Davey with an Irish whip and running forearm to Kyle followed by a running drop kick into the corner on Fish.

Kyle with a bicycle kick to Davey but Richards with a round kick and German suplex on Kyle. Kyle pops up and runs into a clothesline from Davey and Davey gets a near fall. Kyle slaps Davey but Davey slaps back. They go back and forth until Davey connects with a back heel kick. Fish holds Richards in the ropes. Kyle with a forearm to Fish but a knee from Kyle to Davey.

Edwards sends Kyle into the air for an Alarm Clock from Richards. Eddie with a belly-to-back Falcon Arrow. Davey with the running kick to Fish. Richards and Edwards go up top and Edwards with a double stomp to the back and then Davey with one to the chest. O’Reilly is able to kick out.

Fish kicks Richards in the leg and Kyle with a kick to Eddie. Kyle with a kick to the back of the head followed by a forearm. Fish and O’Reilly with a high low combination but they can only get a near fall. Kyle gets Edwards up for a brainbuster but Fish kicks Edwards in the head before O’Reilly drives Eddie into the mat. Kyle gets the three count on Edwards.

Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards Eliminated

Winners: Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly

We go to credits.