We see footage from the end of last week’s show when Kevin Steen stood between Rhino and Jay Lethal. What will Kevin Steen say when he comes to the ring?
Kevin Steen makes his way to the ring and he only has the Ring of Honor World Title belt with him. Kevin says that people say that he has changed. Something that has changed over the last few years is Ring of Honor. It has gone through a few changes over the last few years. When he won the title, he was not proud of the victory and he was not happy to be Ring of Honor Champion. He hoped that it would have killed the company. He did not want to kill it because he hated it. He loves this company. He wanted to put this company out of its misery because of what Jim Cornette did to it.
Ring of Honor was about young wrestlers busting their asses to prove that they belong. With Jim Cornette gone, this company has become about pro wrestling. You can call him sick or an asshole, but you cannot say that he does not love pro wrestling. He has bled and cried for it and he is not going to stop soon.
Since Jim Cornette’s departure, he has realized that he is proud to be the Ring of Honor Champion. That is why he is giving Jay Lethal a title shot. It is because he earned it. He does not deserve it because he has beaten a lot of wrestlers or because of his talent. He deserves it because he got rid of Jim Cornette.
Jay may be great, but since he won the title, he has beaten Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong, Rhino, Michael Elgin, and El Generico to name a few.
He says that he has put himself through hell and now more than ever, he will do everything and anything to keep the title. What makes Jay Lethal think that he can beat him? Jay Lethal cannot beat him.
We go to comments from the participants in the finals of the Top Prospect Tournament.
First, we hear from Tadarius Thomas. He has gone through a lot of emotions since signing with the company. He feels that he belongs in the same building as the top guys.
Matt Taven says that he had his first Ring of Honor match in 2009 and now he is where he belongs.
Tadarius has been on the independent scenes for the last four years and Ring of Honor has the best athletes.
Matt says that he was jealous of Tadarius but now Tadarius is standing between his goal.
Tadarius says that he does not know much about Matt but he has watched his matches and he knows what Matt does in the ring. He says that Matt has not seen what he does in the ring. He is very unorthodox with his style.
Matt says that this is his breakout moment.
Tadarius says that he has won some matches and lost a few, but this is the match to give him his jump start.
Matt says that Tadarius is a stepping stone to where he wants to be. He wants that television title shot and Tadarius won’t stand in his way.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin and Caleb are shocked that Truth Martini is not with them at the announce table to provide the commentary that only Truth can for the finals of the Top Prospect Tournament.
Match Number One: Matt Taven versus Tadarius Thomas in the Top Prospect Tournament Finals and a TV Title Match at the 11th Anniversary iPPV
Thomas with a waist lock but Taven with a side head lock. Thomas with a hammer lock into a side head lock. Thomas lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt from Taven. Thomas with a waist lock and Taven with a standing switch. Thomas holds on to the ropes on an O’Connor Roll attempt and Taven with a drop kick but he misses a running kick to the head.
Thomas with a kick to the midsection and head for a near fall. Thomas misses a round kick and he Irish whips Taven into the turnbuckles but Taven hits a cross body but the momentum allows Thomas to get a near fall. Thomas with a side head lock. Taven with a spinning heel kick for a near fall.
Taven with a side head lock. Taven punches Thomas and connects with a forearm.
Truth Martini makes his way to ringside to watch the action and we watch Martini while stuff goes on in the ring.
Thomas with an arm drag and then we watch Martini again. Thomas with a drop kick and Taven is in the ropes. Taven with a back heel kick and the referee checks on Thomas. Taven focuses on the midsection and Taven with a shoulder in the corner. Taven with an Irish whip and a back breaker. Taven with a gutbuster and he gets a near fall.
Taven with a knee and delayed vertical suplex and Taven with a kip up. Taven with a springboard corkscrew leg drop for a near fall. Taven waits for Thomas to get up and Taven with a splash into the corner followed by an Irish whip. Thomas with a sunset flip for a near fall.
Thomas with a La Magistral for a near fall. Thomas with a discus forearm to Taven followed by an Irish whip. Taven with an enzuigiri out of the corner and he gets a near fall. Martini grabs Taven’s foot and Taven wants to know what is going on. Thomas with a clothesline to take advantage of the situation. Thomas with a splash into the corner followed by a round kick for a near fall.
Taven with an Irish whip but Thomas with a punch. Taven with a punch of his own. Thomas with a wraparound clothesline for a near fall. Taven misses a round kick and Thomas with a Tiger suplex for a near fall. Thomas tries for a suplex but Taven blocks it. Thomas almost bumps into the referee but he stops short. Taven tries for a round kick and he misses Thomas but hits the referee and he goes down.
Taven checks on the referee and Martini throws his boot to Thomas but Thomas throws it back. The boot is in the ring and Taven picks it up and he tries to hit Thomas with it but Thomas moves. Thomas goes for a rollup but Martini hits Thomas with the Book of Truth and Taven gets the three count.
Winner: Matt Taven
After the match, Truth celebrates with Matt Taven. Truth says something to Taven and they shake hands. We have a deal of honor.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the 11th Anniversary Show card with comments from one of the participants in some of the matches.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jay Lethal is in the ring and he has something to say. Jay has something to say to Kevin Steen. Kevin was out earlier and it is great that Kevin has a change of heart and now he loves Ring of Honor. He also thinks that Kevin is full of s***. He has Kevin all figured out. Steen is a master of mind games.
Kevin enjoys getting into the heads of his opponents and he has his matches won before they bell rings. Davey Richards is one of the best and the mind games that Kevin played on Davey was brilliant. It will not happen to him. Jay says that he has Kevin’s number and he has it mapped out. He has removed all of his distractions. When they talk about the great Ring of Honor Champions, after March 2nd, they will talk of Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, and they will say that there was ‘one of us’.
Jay says that he thinks he can win because Steen thinks that he cannot.
We go to comments that Veda Scott got from Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish. Strong points out that he is two and oh against Elgin. There will be nothing different tonight. We will see once again that Elgin is breakable and Roderick Strong is unbeatable. Fish points out that they beat the American Wolves to get their tag title shot. They will put another whooping on them again. Kyle says the Wolves have been running their mouths and he wonders if they will bark or will they bite.
Jay and Mark Briscoe join Kevin Kelly at the announce table for the main event.
Match Number Two: Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Roderick Strong versus Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, and Michael Elgin
The referee wants to get a six man handshake but that isn’t going to happen. Strong goes after Elgin and the referee calls for the bell. All six men battle around ringside. Kyle and Davey square off while Elgin and Strong are on the other side of the ring. Fish and Kyle battle. A second referee joins the action and we go to commercial with Bobby Fish getting Irish whipped.
We are back and Elgin with a splash on all three men and then Strong falls out of the way. Elgin with a splash on O’Reilly and Fish. Elgin with a power slam after Edwards and Richards Irish whip Fish to Elgin. Richards gets a near fall and Eddie tags in. Davey and Eddie with a double back elbow for a near fall.
Elgin tags in and he connects with a forearm and then he hits a delayed vertical suplex while Edwards and Richards keep Strong and O’Reilly out of the way. Elgin has Fish in the air for about a minute before getting a near fall.
Richards tags in and Kyle with a knee to the back form the apron and Kyle holds the leg so Fish can kick Richards and then he punches Davey. Kyle tags in and he snap mares Richards and hits a knee drop to the head for a near fall. Strong tags in and he kicks Davey in the chest and connects with a forearm to the back and a chop. Richards with a forearm and then Strong and Richards go back and forth until Strong hits a drop kick and gets a near fall.
Fish tags in and hits a slingshot senton and gets a near fall. Fish with a kick to the chest and he gets a near fall. Richards with a forearm but Fish stops Davey’s attempts to make the tag. Kyle tags in and they go back and forth with forearms until Kyle connects with a kick, knee and leg sweep. Strong tags in and he mocks Elgin.
Strong with a delayed vertical suplex to mock Elgin some more but he cannot keep Richards up and Strong with a counter into an inside cradle for a near fall. Strong with a drop kick to get a near fall. Strong with a stomp to Strong and then he tags Fish back in and he kicks Richards. Fish with a snap mare and he connects with an elbow drop for a near fall.
Richards with shoulders but he is in the wrong corner. Strong and Kyle assist Fish and Strong tags in. Strong with forearms but Richards with slaps and a back heel kick. Strong is able to run Richards into the turnbuckles. Kyle tags in and he snap mares Richards and puts him in a seated abdominal stretch and then gets him into a vertical position and locks up the legs. Kyle with a rollup for a near fall. Kyle with a dragon screw leg whip and Fish tags in and gets a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Fish and O’Reilly knock Edwards and Elgin off the apron. Richards with a kick to Fish and then he sends O’Reilly into Fish. Richards with a drop kick to Kyle’s back and the momentum turns it into a DDT by Fish on Kyle. Davey tags in Eddie and Edwards goes up opfor a double missile drop kick. Edwards chops Fish repeatedly in the corner. Fish with an Irish wip but he runs into a boot from Edwards. Fish with a forearm and Edwards with a boot to knock O’Reilly off the apron.
Edwards with a kick to the knee and then a kick to the chest for a near fall. Fish with a Falcon Arrow to Edwards and both men are down. Strong tags in and he runs intoa boot from Edwards. Edwards goes for a Codebreaker off the apron and Strong catches him and tries for the Strong Hold but Edwards escapes. Edwards tries for the Achilles Lock but Strong is able to escape as well.
Strong and Edwards chop back and forth. Edwards lifts Strong into the air for an Alarm Clock. Fish and O’Reilly go after Edwards and Richards. Fish and O’Reilly charge at Edwards and Richards but Davey and Eddie drop down and Bobby and Kyle go over the top rope to the floor. They hit running kicks that send O’Reilly and Fish off the apron. Richards and Edwards with stereo suicide dives.
Elgin had made the tag before the last sequence and he sends Strong into the turnbuckles and he punches Strong. The referee pulls Elgin out of the corner but Elgin with more shots. Elgin gets Strong on his shoulders and Elgin runs Strong’s head into the top turnbuckle before hitting an STO. Elgin with a splash into the corner and then he hits another splash into the other corner. Elgin with a spinning uranage for a near fall.
Elgin sets up for a power bomb but O’Reilly climbs on Elgin’s back for a sleeper but Elgin backs Kyle into the turnbuckles. Fish charges at Elgin but Elgin with a boot to Bobby. Kyle returns to the sleeper on Elgin. Elgin picks up Fish and hits a German suplex while O’Reilly still has the sleeper applied.
Edwards goes up top for a double stomp to Strong’s back and then Richards with a double stomp to Strong. Elgin gets Strong up for a suplex but turns it into a side slam but he can only get a near fall because Fish and O’Reilly break up the cover. Fish and O’Reilly send Richards and Edwards to the floor but Elgin with boots to O’Reilly. Kyle with a bicycle kick to Elgin but Elgin responds with a spinning back fist. Strong with a knee to Elgin followed by the gutbuster from a fireman’s carry position. Kyle and Bobby hit Total Elimination and Strong gets a near fall.
Fish and Edwards exchange forearms while O’Reilly and Richards do the same. Then they exchange kicks. Fish and Richards exchange kicks to the head in the center of the ring. Fish misses the enzuigiri and Richards applies an ankle lock until Strong gets Richards on his shoulders and then hits a back breaker. Strong with a running forearm to Elgin but Elgin tries for Chaos Theory. Strong with leaping knees followed by the Sick Kick but he can only get a two count.
Strong with a leaping knee and forearms followed by a back elbow. Strong with another knee followed by End of Heartbreak for the three count.
Winners: Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly
We go to credits.